Christmas Spirit Birdbrain

OK...waiting till the last minute to get this in the fun From the Heart December Challenge....the weekly challenge and the monthly challenge.  Christmas Spirit Birdbrain is the adorable monthly image set I received for participating in the November challenge and I'm to use it in the December Challenge.  I'm also entering this card in their weekly challenge No. 91 with a twist.

I may be very late getting it entered into the challenge, but I have one less Christmas card to make for 2015...haha

A2, that is red foil on the top, but it looks black, colored with copics, faux stitching, homemade beads

A2, another angle
sketch to follow


Crazy Little Charlie Horse

Charlie Horse is at it again! He loves to play in the snow as much as any child.  We always hope for, at least, one little snow each year here in South Carolina.  The Snow Globe Gala, Charlie Snowhorse and Winter Wishes scene are all from Doodle Pantry.  I was inspired by several gals from the Doodle Pantry team...not quite casing them but pretty darn close.  Theirs were wonderful! Still a little time to join in on our Doodle Pantry #53 challenge.

Meantime, it's in the wee hours of the morning and I have 2 Boston Butts on my smoker grill while the men are still fast asleep in the house.  Okay...the doggies are up with me!  We will pick and eat one as soon as it comes off the smoker. The other will be packaged and divvy up for friends.  I'll try to post a pic later as the butts starts turning a rich, dark brown.

A2 size, glitter on the puffy snow, merged Charlie Horse into the winter scene and cut out an extra of him and the top to give it lots of dimension.  Cut globe and Charlie Horse using my Silhouette.

side view, cut out plain white paper to fit inside to write my letter and sentiment.  I can't decide it I will add sentiment on the outside.


Tags for pies and goodies

2nd post today!

I finally bought a new freezer.  When I moved, I really thought I could live without one.  I was in denial....for I love baking, freezing and giving gifts of food to my college son and friends.  With the smoked turkey leftover from Thanksgiving, I made many smoked turkey pot pies.  My freezer is full of Shepard's Pie, Chicken Pot Pies, Coconut Pies, Pumpkin Rolls, spaghetti, lots of different soups and the list goes on and on.

Anyhooo, my family and friends don't swap Christmas presents, but what is allowed anywhere from Dec. 1 - Jan.31, homemade goodies for the giving.  Yum Yum  And, that's where Charliene Baking from Doodle Pantry comes in to play.  Laurie does a wonderful job with her images and coloring so this image was perfect for quick little tags for some of the food.  I chose NOT to use traditional Christmas colors since some of the goodies might not be given till after Christmas.

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3x4 tags, copics for some shadow coloring stitched dies from Lil Inker



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Congratulations Bryan

Bryan, our oldest son, graduated from the Citadel some years past.  Since then, he has married a wonderful young lady, has a 14 month old little girl, and is now graduating  tomorrow from Clemson Univsersity with another degree...this time in nursing, a BSN.  He will work in Critical Care (some type of ICU) for one year and then enter Anesthesiology School. (Well, he's hoping to be accepted.) He wants to become a Nurse Anesthetist.  Shannon, his wife, is a nurse anesthetist.  I hope that means I get good care in my old age....haha

So...here is my card.  I think he will like this fun card over a more serious one I first had in mine. I left the images "just as they are"....no coloring.  The rest of the card is pretty much self explanatory.  All the images are AKV Male Nurses from Bugaboo Stamps...precious!

A2, stitching, Clemson colors


Happy Birthday Chicks

I'm in desperate need of birthday cards, so I have a goal of making 10 birthday cards by Sunday.  It's cold outside so what better time to make cards and sip on a cup of hot butterscotch cider!

The image is from From the Heart Stamps called Birthday Chicks.  I wish my legs were that skinny!  I'm entering the card in their Challenge #90  with a twist: follow the sketch and/or use scraps...I did both...love using scraps!

A2, all scraps except for base, added beads I melted and some stitching, copics coloring

sketch and twist to follow


Charlie Horse and Friends

I LOVE Charlie Horse!

I've been away this past week.  A friend rode back with me from the beach and I had a "senior moment" during the ride....I didn't check the gauge on the gas !  YUP...we ran out of gas.  I was lucky enough to coast over 4 lanes of traffic to the side of the very busy highway.  In all fairness to me, I was driving my friend's car so I'll only take 1/2 the blame...haha  Anyhooo .... after all was said and done and we got home safely but late, we still remain friends and had a laugh.  I'm sending this card to her.  It reminded me of our adventure.

My sweet image is from Doodle Pantry called Charlie Sledding.  Join our challenge #53 for a chance to win a great GC and find loads of inspiration.

A2, dies from Lawn Fawn, cut images with border using Cameo. pop-ups for dimension

straight view of card

just another angle


Bethlehem - December Release Day at Doodle Pantry

I always enjoy making Christmas cards but each year I always choose one to make 8 of the same for family members.  This year I chose one of Doodle Pantry's December Releases called Bethlehem Cut File.  Even though I used two layers of pop-ups for dimension, I can still mail each card with just one stamp.

I'm horrible about getting cards mailed so these cards were mailed the day after Thanksgiving !!!

Doodle Pantry's December Challenge will begin today at noon.  Join in and have the chance to win a GC to the store.

A2, made background paper by sponging, distressing and using white pen

did a few with purple background

side angle

more extreme side angle