Saturday, December 19, 2015

Anything BUT Christmas!

Have you had your fill of Christmas crafting, and are moving on to other projects? If so, you are further along than me -- ha ha! I still have a few things to make at the last minute. But for those of you who are more organized than I, the ladies over at the Allsorts Challenge blog would love to see your "anything but Christmas" projects. Like you, many of our designers are very on top of things this Christmas seasons, and have moved on to other projects. Here are a few of their lovelies to inspire you. Enjoy! :-)

"Greatest Joy" digi set

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Favorite Christmas Colors

What are your favorite Christmas colors? Red and green are certainly traditional, but in the last few years especially I've seen lots of other beautiful color combinations in use. Over at the Sparkles Christmas Challenge, they would love to see what your favorites are. Our beloved teamie Sheena Mckee made not one but two lovely cards to share with you today to show you her favorites -- icy blue and silver! These are also great examples of how you can take one digi set -- "Ornamental Icy" in this case -- and make multiple totally different but equally gorgeous projects with it. So fun!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Nutcracker Magic

Are you ready?  It's right around the corner you know.  Christmas is coming whether we are ready or not.  I hope you're enjoying the season and that you are creating wonderful memories with those you love.

Our December Guest Designer,Kathleen, is back with us this week to share a wonderful Christmas creation.  She used Nutcrackers for this fun card!  Doesn't this make you want to go listen to The Nutcracker Suite?

I just love the touch of the sparkle tape and the buttons.  She really brought home the red and green Christmas colors too!

When I asked Kathleen about her technique and style (which I absolutely love!) she said:

I am not sure what technique I use. Maybe you can tell me! I'm kinda self taught.  I really just make my cards and don't think to much about it.  I need to spend more time learning different techniques. 

About 15 months ago I suffered a severe detached retina.  Since then I have had drops, injections and 2 more surgeries to correct complications from that.  That leaves me with one eye to use, and often my cards are a little off kilter, which as a perfectionist drives me crazy!

I love challenges as they give me a reason, and often a sketch to use, to make cards.  I found that before I stumbled on the challenges I didn't make many cards.  Now often I leave them blank so that I can adapt them to whatever occasion I have.

You can find more of Kathleen's creations by visiting her Splitcoast Stampers Gallery.   Stop by and visit her - she would love for you to visit and leave her some love too!

Be sure to come back next week and see what wonderful project Kathleen has in store for's very peaceful.  (Hint-hint!)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Two Fun Challenges for Today!

Oh my, do we have a lot to share to inspire you today! We've got TWO fun challenges for you to try your hand at, and our team have made samples for both. Be sure to give both challenges a peek and a try for a chance to win a selection of our digis!

First up, the ladies over at Tuesday Throwdown would love to see your "Anything Goes" projects. Due to the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays, that challenge will run through January 4th, so you have plenty of time to join in, whether you can do it this week or not. Here's what our team made to share:

"Winter Church" digi set

"Stocking Pals" digi set

"Nutcrackers" digi set

Next, the theme of the newest Crafter's Cafe challenge is "Tags." This is definitely something we can all use this time of year, right? This is a two-week-long challenge, so again, you've got a little wiggle room as to when you play. Check out these sweet tags by our teamies:

"Nutcrackers" digi set

"Santa Daniel" digi set

We'll have a new project by our December Guest Designer to share with you tomorrow, so be sure to stop back by! :-)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Craft Your Passion

Whatever your crafting passion happens to be at this time, you can share it over at the "Craft Your Passion" challenge blog. Their latest challenge, which we are sponsoring, has an "Anything Goes" theme, so be sure to link your project up over there and maybe win some digis! If you don't have a project in the works yet, maybe these projects by some of our designers will inspire you! :-)

"Stocking Pals" digi set