Sunday, November 30, 2008



These are for the Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge over on Paper Craft Planet. The Challenge for today was to create a card with either two doves or two turtles... so, naturally I did both. Thanks for looking!

Have you heard? Santa had to lay the reindeer off. What with the price of grain and molasses, the turtles were MUCH cheaper... but somehow, I don't think this is gonna fly this year. They are currently doing some test flights around the north pole, but the poor little turtle's shells are sooo heavy, and their legs soooo short. Where, oh where is Rudolph.. oh that's right.. busy playing Reindeer Games with the Elves.
Additional Info
Stamps: GinaK, CTMH
Paper: GK Pure Lux
Ink: craft black, soft sky, baja breeze, not quite navy, old olive, ridinghood red
Accessories: dazzlin' diamonds, clear ep, wiggle eyes, circle punch
Techniques: embossing, sponging

Additional Info
Stamps: GinaK
Paper: GP white, GK PureLux white, chocolate chip, kiwi kiss, dsp
Ink: craft black, baja breeze, kiwi kiss
Accessories: aqua painter, ribbon, clear ep, coluzzle
Techniques: embossing

Saturday, November 29, 2008


deck the halls with bones and kibble.... bow-wow-wow.. wow-wow.. yippy yo yippy yay..

This is for today's Inspiration Challenge. Thank you Anne for picking the groovy paper from Whimsy Press to inspire us! I just love ALL of it. I kept going back to this paper. It is so unusual and fun. I just the the bone-tree - LOL!
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Studio G clear stamps
Paper: GP white, kraft, eggplant envy, chocolate chip, bashful blue, dsp HL1 printpack
Ink: old olive, stazon
Accessories: ribbon, slot punch, oval punches, SU! markers

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I made this for today's featured stamper using the new GinaK Funky Christmas stamp set. Gina's stamps are deeply etched rubber on foam that clings to your acrylic blocks. Easy to use, clean and store! LOVE them!
Paper is Ski Slope dsp
Snowflakes are stamped in black crafts and embossed with stardust ep for sparkle.
Thanks for looking.

Additional Info
Stamps: Funky Christmas by Gina K
Paper: GP white, baja breeze, basic black, real red, ski slope dsp
Ink: stazon, craft black
Accessories: SU! markers, thread, eyelet

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I made this for Friday's Limited Supply Challenge. We were to use 'chocolate' in some sort of way, either paper, images, etc... I have chocolate chip cardstock on this and Rudolph is colored with chocolate chip as well.
And if you really want to know... it is those crazy elves who are always causing trouble at the reindeer games and getting those silly deer in trouble. Just take a look and you'll see what I mean. It's all fun and games until somebody gets stuck in the chimney!
Thanks for looking.
Stamps by Gina K.

Additional Info
Stamps: Funky Christmas by GinaK
Paper: GP white, chocolate chip, kiwi kiss, glossy, dsp
Ink: stazon, baja breeze, not quite navy, white craft
Accessories: liquid applique, dazzlin' diamonds, clear ep, markers

Friday, November 21, 2008


The Twelve Days of Funky Christmas - Day 3
My posts seem to have turned into the Twelve Days of Funky Christmas, using the GinaK set I won. I made this for the WT Challenge - Pearls and this weeks sketch challenge over on Paper Craft Planet! I used 3 different sizes of pearls and dazzlin'diamonds on the ornament.
Super simple!
Thanks for looking.

Additional Info
Keywords: WT193 GinaK Funky Christmas
Stamps: Funky Christmas - Gina K
Paper: GP white, real red, baja breeze, kiwi kiss, ski slope dsp
Ink: stazon, baja breeze, kiwi kiss, ruby red
Accessories: pearls, dazzlin' diamonds, sponges

Thursday, November 20, 2008


The Twelve Days/Posts of Funky Christmas - Day/Post 2
Yes.. it's true.. I love the Funky Christmas stamp set I won from GinaK. What is not to love. Check out these fabulous carolers. Aren't they just the grooviest! I used Wednesday's Sketch Challenge from SCS. I stamped the image in stazon onto glossy cs, stamped snowflakes in white craft, then embossed with clear ep, sponged the bg. I used a permanet pen to draw the line for the ground.
Check back tomorrow for a card created using another cool stamp from this set.
Thanks for looking!


It really is a cool technique, and a great way to show off your Designer paper.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Ever had one of those days????
I just love the sentiment.. my wonderful friend Tabitha aka saavykat, sent it to me. Thanks Tabby! I love it paired with this woman..

Additional Info
Stamps: art impressions
Paper: whisper white, urban garden dsp, kiwi kiss, baja breeze, going gray,
Ink: stazon, kiwi kiss, pacific point,
Accessories: ribbon, slot punch, brads, cb, friskars circle cutter, aquapainter, SU! markers

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


We spent this past weekend with family in Chatham, NJ. We had a wonderful visit with my SIL Karen and her dh, Bryant. We took a train into the city on Saturday to see Cirque du Soleil's Wintuk show at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. The show was terrific!! The kids were mesmerized by the entire production which ended with show falling from the ceiling over the entire audience! WOW! We are pumped and ready for the holidays. We stopped at the Crayola Factory on the way up and Cabellas on the return trip home. It was a nice way to break up the drive. In the city, we walked to the American Girl Store, bought the the pets that went with each of the girl's dolls. The sun came out as we arrived and I was able to take a snapshot of the Empire State Bldg. We also saw the tree in Rockafeller Center (in the process of being decorated). Several stores had already begun to decorate their windows for Christmas and we had fun looking at the fabulous decorations and colors that were simply amazing! It was so neat to see so many of the SU! in-colors on display *snort*! We also saw St. Patrick's Cathedral, took a cab ride that nearly gave me a heart attack and went to the Short Hills Mall back in NJ. Santa was there, so naturally (my kids who have no fear) and went right up to him and started rattling off the desires of their heart. Now that mall was perhaps the best mall I've ever been in. David and I were able to wander around in Williams-Sonoma without the kids. I would love to go back just to spend a day at that mall.
We shared some memories that we will not soon forget!


The Twelve Days/Posts of FUNKY CHRISTMAS - Day/Post 1
I made this card for GinaK.. using the stamp set, Funky Christmas, that I won from her over on PCP. Thanks Gina! I just love the set and look forward to using ALL of the stamps in the set. I thought the Funky Snowman went well with today's CC. This is also for a little group that I love to stamp with, the Double Dare Girls! This week Charlene, aka Liluvstampin, challenged us to emboss with sparkle and use some razzle, dazzle glitter on our cards. I stamped the snowflakes in craft white and embossed them with stardust transparent ep, I added some dazzlin' diamond to the top of the snowhill and the edges of the snowman for some razzle dazzle. Thank you for a fun challenge Charlene.
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Funky Christmas by GinaK
Paper: white, real red, kraft, basic black
Ink: stazon, white craft
Accessories: ribbon, button, fibers, scallop edge punch, dazzlin' diamonds, stardust ep, SU! markers, swiss dots embossing folder
Techniques: embossing

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I decorated a lunch sack using today's Sketch Challenge. Needed a quick birthday bag.
Thanks for looking.

Additional Info
Keywords: SC202 altered lunch bag birthday holiday treasures dsp
Stamps: bloomin' beautiful
Paper: old olive, chocolate chip, holiday treasures dsp
Ink: stazon, ruby red, old olive, basic brown, basic black
Accessories: aquapainter, ribbon, hph, small oval punch, window word punch (for handle)


I made these cards for Tuesday's Color Challenge: Pacific Point, Certainly Celery, and Basic Gray. I wasn't sure how these colors would look together, but I LOVE it! The first cards is made using two stamps from the Friendship Blooms set from GinaK. I stamped the imaged twice, then cut out the red roses and popped them up. This technique is called paper tole and adds really nice dimension to cards (you can see it better in the close-up). I also stamped the image on basic gray and cut out the vase, then glued it onto the main image, this technique is called paper piecing. I colored the image with my aquapainter and several of the new SU! in-colors. Dots were added with Stampin' Write markers.

This card was made with an Elzybell image sent to me by my friend Cindy. I just love this cute little girl. Not to mention....BRRR! It has been cold here in VA. I am secretly hoping that it is a sign of snow to come and that this winter we will have at least a few good snow storms.
I love this song and just can't wait for the radio stations to start playing Christmas music... after all, It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


The countdown has officially begun here at the Cole house. I am so excited about an upcoming family trip, that I can hardly think about anything else.. (Have you noticed all of the "happy" posts?) - LOL! Anyway, my dear sil, Karen and her hubby, Bryant, invited us (wild children included) up for a visit. They live in New Jersey, about 30 minutes outside of NYC via train. We are going to see Cirque du Soleil's Wintuck show at the WAMU theatre in Madison Sq. Garden. I can hardly breathe. I just love Cirque and any type of live performance show. DH took me to see Riverdance 3 times when their show started touring. There is nothing live a live orchestra. Our two oldest have been to Jersey to visit K&B, but we never made it into the city. They are so hyped! We will be stopping by the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA on our way up. Can't wait to make my own crayons - LOL! I hope to take MANY pics and post them when we return! I am sure I will see MANY things that will inspire me!


I had mentioned on an earlier post about the Crab Festival we went to while visiting my parents for my Dad's birthday. I thought I would share a few photos from that trip. It was a beautiful day, and we had a great time with my parents.

Thanks for looking, and wishing you a "Happy Crab" kinda day!

Monday, November 10, 2008


Love this image by American Art Stamps.

Additional Info

Stamps: american art stamps, mft
Paper: chocolate chip, kiwi kiss, pink pirouette, whisper white, dsp
Ink: stazon
Accessories: ribbon, bleach (for chocolate chips)
Techniques: bleaching

Sunday, November 9, 2008


I made this for the Featured Stamper today, Wendybell. She has a FANTASTIC gallery! I cased her card titled WMW Friend to Friend. I changed the colors and moved the sentiment and dragonfly around. I love this card.
This card is also for the DDC. This week Fran challenged us to use the beaching technique. The dragonfly was stamped/embossed on kiwi kiss, then bleached out. It is stamped with and popped up. I also used some HPH with the sentiment and colored it with a black sharpie.
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info

Stamps: stem silhouetts, nice & narrow (sentiment)
Paper: not quite navy, kiwi kiss, glossy white
Ink: stazon, black craft, not quite navy, basic black, baja breeze, kiwi kiss
Accessories: sponges, hph, ribbon, clear ep, cuttlebug (swiss dots)
Techniques: dry embossing, heat embossing, sponging, paper tole

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I made this card for my dd, Allison, who turns 8 today! I can't believe how quickly time passes, it seems like yesterday I was holding her in my arms at the hospital. We have a lot planned for today as well as this weekend. Then next weekend we are off to NYC to see Cirque du Soliel's Wintuck at the WAMU Theater at Madison Square Garden. We are really looking forward to a long weekend...
Thanks for stopping by!

Additional Info
Stamps: party hearty
Paper: whisper white, baja breeze, not quite navy, ski slope dsp
Ink: not quite navy, kiwi kiss, real red, baja breeze
Accessories: ribbon


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