My first Christmas Wreath

So I thought I would try a wreath since Michaels had them on sale for $1.99. At first I wasn't to sure what I was going to do with it but I knew since I love snowmen then I would have to incorporate at least one.

I found the snowman head ornament at OSH (Orchard Supply Hardware) and the rest I bought at Michaels.  I arranged them on the wreath the way I wanted them and then I used some hot glue to keep them in place.

I have to say I love it. I am so excited. My hubby said "Good job it looks great."

Reindeer Gift Tag

I just wanted to share a quick tag/card that I made using Recollection Jolly & Bright paper stack from Michaels. I cut out the reindeer and the background paper using this stack. I added a cute little ribbon and voila this is what I have.


Crafter's Companion Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to the Crafter's Companion USA Christmas blog hop!

We are so excited to be giving away so many of Crafter's Companion's fabulous products, as well as sharing many Christmas project ideas. If you are coming from Lynda's blog, you are in the right place. If not, make sure you head over to Crafter’s Companion USA over here, where the blog hop starts. We are giving away a prize on every blog, including the entire set of our new Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to one lucky winner who posts a comment on every blog. These markers are so new, that you will be receiving our first prototype of them. That's 72 markers!

Spectrum Noir pens are alcohol ink based which have been designed specifically for crafters, but these affordable markers are also great for beginners, students and hobby artists alike. Each pen is double-ended, with a broad chisel nib for large area fills and a fine bullet tip for detailed work. Spectrum Noir marker pens will soon be available in 168 colour shades including a colourless blender. The colours blend seamlessly and can be mixed or layered over each other. These fast drying, alcohol based markers are acid-free and non-toxic, and the coloured ends of the pen allow for easy colour identification. (Please note: The design of the pen, color names and numbers may be different than the pens that will be released in January.) The image colour has been reproduced as accurately as possible.

For today's blog hop project I have made a SWALK card. This is an A2 sized card.  I used the Spectrum Noir pens to color in this cute little girl. I stamped the sentiments and then cut around them and used pop dots to adhere them to the card. The paper is DCWV dots, stripes, & plaids matstack on craft cardstock from papertrey ink.

I hope you were inspired by my project today and create your own card or other project. I am giving away the Humphrey the Elephant stamp set of your choice. Just comment before Sunday, December 11th at midnight for your chance to win. All the winners' names will be posted at Crafter's Companion USA News blog on Tuesday December 13th. (Must be a U.S. resident to win).

Your next stop is the talented Denise.

Thank you for joining us today!


Here is the order of the blog hop.

Crafter’s Companion News Blog -

Lisette -

Holley -

Lynda -

Amy -

Denise -

Khristen -

Stacy -

Ann -

Jinky -

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Happy 12th Birthday to my sweet baby girl!

Happy 12th Birthday to my baby girl Megan! I hope you have a wonderful day! Love you lots sweet girl!

This was my first attempt at a card with a window in it. I think this could be my new favorite kind of card. I cut this at 4.25 x 4.25.  I cut the Hello Kitty out at 3 inches I think. I used some lime green stickles on the bow. I used some pink embossed paper I had in my stash. My daughter's favorite color is green so I used some Distress Ink in Peeled Paint on the outside of the white cardstock just to give it a little color.

I used my iRock and green colored glam rocks on the top right and lower left corner of the outside of the card.  I used Wow! So Many Candles stamp set from My Creative Time.  I also used my homemade twine that I found on Pinterest. It was super easy and super cheap. I love the way it looks on this card and I really am not a huge fan of twine. I hope you enjoy this card.

DCWV December Stack-a-holic Template Challenge

This is the layout I made for the December Stack-a-holic Template Challenge for DCWV and as a present for my Mom's birthday.  I used The Bella Armoire Stack from DCWV for this template and some Colorbok chipboard letters.

This is the template for this challenge. I love templates because they are already laid out for you with all the elements.

I put this layout in a scrapbook frame that I purchased at Michaels.  I wrapped it and gave it to my Mom for her birthday. I didn't want to give it to her. I think I might have to make another one for me.


Snowy Days Snowman card

I am so happy that its that it is Christmas time again. I love love love decorating my house with all my snowmen. I just love me some snowmen. I made this card just because I love snowmen. I used the Recollections Snowy Days paper stack from Michaels and cut out the snow man, hat, scarf, arms, and mittens from the image page in this stack. I inked all the edges with Distress Ink in Old Paper just to cover up the fact that I am not the best hand cutter. I also used some pop dots just to give the layers some dimension.

This is a super simple card. I am thinking I might send this out as one of my Christmas cards this year.

  • Recollections - Snowy Days stack
  • Stickles - Icicle
  • Distress Ink - Old Paper

Please come vote for my card...

I would love if you could all go to Xyron's Facebook page and leave a comment under my card. I have a chance to win some awesome prizes from Xyron which has some awesome tools. Thanks so much!


Cards for Men Challenge 24 - Fancy Folds

I am entering this card in the Cards for Men Challenge 24 - Fancy Folds.  For this card I used DCWV The Guy Stack (because it is for a man) and I cut 5, 1.5 inch by 12 inch strips of paper.  I then used my Scallop Dot Martha Stewart punch for the edges and scored the strips every 1/4 inch. I then folded the scored lines. I seen this in a magazine but I am sorry I don't know the name of the magazine. I had a hard time keeping the folds together while I used my hot glue gun to make then stay on the card. I think it looks kinda like a tree.  I cut out the star at 1 3/4 inches using my Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge. I made it sparkle using crystal stickles and used some pop dots to adhere the star to the top of the tree.

  • Martha Stewart punch - Scallop Dot
  • DCWV - The Guy Stack
  • Cricut Cartridge - Doodlecharms (for the star)
  • Stickles - Crystal

Christmas card with non-traditional Christmas colors

For this A2 card I used one of my favorite Cricut cartridges called Doodlecharms. It has so many images and they are so versatile.  I cut out the Santa at 3 inches, then put all the layers together, and used some stickles to give him a little pop. I am entering this in this weeks challenge at Northridge Publishing. For this challenge you had to make a Christmas card using non-traditional Christmas colors.

  • Cricut cartridge - Doodlecharms
  • DCWV - Nana's Nursery Baby Boy
  • Distress Ink - Faded Jeans
  • My Creative Time - Small Talk stamp set
  • Stickles - Xmas Red, Icicle, & Gunmetal

Humphrey Christmas Tree Album

I just love the Humphrey stamps. The stamp set I used for this album was the Humphrey Christmas Tree stamp set.  Every year my kids decorate the tree and I take a picture of them in front of the tree when they are done. I thought this would be a perfect album for the picture.

I stamped the image on some marker paper I purchased at Michaels. I used some awesome markers that you can now pre-order at Crafter's Companion. They are called Spectrum Noir and they are fabulous. I was kinda intimidated because I have only used watercolor markers and a little chalk but these are really fun to use and blend so easily.

I used my Cricut to cut out the images and frames for the album pages. I then used a lot of Stickles to decorate the tree and some of the stamped images. I used Memento ink to stamp the images.

  • Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
  • Crafter's Companion - Spectrum Noir markers, Humphrey Christmas Tree Stamp Set
  • My Creative Time - All Around Christmas and scalloped & stitched circle die set
  • 8 inch round chip board
  • Cricut Cartridge - Winter Frolic

Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge 65

For this card I used a 4.5 x 5.5 inch kraft cardstock for the base of my card. I cute out Santa using my Gypsy and he is 3.20 inches. I cute out the Merry Christmas out from one of the tag pages in the Jolly & Bright paper pack. I cut the background paper out in strips (sorry I don't know the measurements). I used my Xyron adhesive machine to put the layers on the Santa and the strips of paper to the card. 

 I made this card to be entered into the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 65 and Xyron Holiday Card Contest. 

  • Stickles - icicle, cotton candy
  • Distress Ink - frayed burlap
  • Recollections paper stack - Jolly & Bright
  • Cricut cartridge - Simply Charmed
  • Inkssentials - black enamel accents
  • Xyron adhesive

Happy 17th Birthday Christopher!

I want to say Happy 17th Birthday to my oldest son. I can't believe how fast the years have gone by.

I made this money card holder. I don't really do gift cards or gifts. I usually do cash and this is what my kids get for their birthday that way they can go and buy whatever they want for their birthday.

I used DCWV The Celebrate Stack paper and cut it at just slightly smaller then the 2.5x4 inch paper sack from Celebrate It at Michaels. I inked the edges with Distress Ink in blue jeans.  I cut out the candles from the same stack and then used the curly label die and Wow! So Many Candles stamp set from My Creative Time. Super easy and cute.


  • DCWV - The Celebration Stack
  • Distress Ink - Blue Jean
  • My Creative Time - Wow! So Many Candles & Curly Label die
  • Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
  • Celebrate It - 2.5 x 4 inch paper sack

4x6 inch Picture Frame

I made this frame after watching a video on from Northridge Publishing. She did this a little different but I wanted to make a frame and put a picture of my husbands grandparents in it.

This frame was just a dollar at michaels. I went to an antique store and found a book that was fairly cheap and had more words then pictures to use on the frame. I took a 1 inch punch and started punching away at some pages that I tore out of the book. I then took a pencil and twisted it and then hot glued them to the frame. I started in one corner and started filling in until the frame was completely covered. Then I sprayed Modge Podge on it and sprinkled on the some Martha Stewart glitter before the modge podge dried. Let it dry and shook off the extra glitter. I then tied a bow and hot glued that to the top.

  • 4x6 dollar frame from Michaels
  • Modge Podge - aresol spray
  • Martha Stewart glitter
  • Children's Book from antique store
  • 1 inch circle punch
  • Black ribbon

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge

This was a very simple card. I cut the mummy out using my Gypsy and Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. I am not sure of the exact measurements but I think it was cut at 3 inches. I traced the coffin card on the back side of the orange cardstock then cut it out and adhered it to the card. I then used vintage photo and inked up the mummy to make him look old & dirty. I used some pop dots and attached him to the card. I then inked the edges of the card and added the DCWV chilling embellishment.

I cut this from another page in the DCWV matstack to add something to the inside of the card. I am entering this card in the the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge.

  • Distress Ink - Vintage Photo & Black Soot
  • Cricut - Paper Doll Dress Up
  • DCWV - Midnight Spell matstack
  • DCWV - Ghosts & Goblins embellishment

My Creative Time Design Team Call...

This was created as my entry for the design team call over at My Creative Time. I originally seen this on Pinterest and thought I really need one of these in my house. I drew a triangle on the canvas then made a paper template and started measuring and rolling the paper. I then painted the canvas red and let it dry. I got out my hot glue gun and started gluing the rolled up paper on the paper template.  After the canvas was all dry I glued the paper tree to the canvas. I stamped the images and colored them. I then hot glued them to the tree and used some glossy accents to make them pop. It was really fun and simple to make. You should try it     :) 

  • 9x12 Canvas
  • My Mind's Eye - I Believe
  • My Creative Time - All Around Christmas & Stitched Circle
  • Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
  • Distress Ink - Fired Red
  • Glossy Accents
  • Stickles - Frosted Lace, Xmas Red, & Green
  • iRock & rhinestuds

Pooh witch...

This is the first time I have ever used a tag before. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. This is what I came up with.

I covered the tag with DCWV Ghosts & Goblins Stack, used my drippy goo punch, & Cricut cartridge Pooh & Friends.

  • DCWV - The Ghosts & Goblins Stack
  • Stickles - black
  • Stampin Up - Brushstroke stamps
  • black ribbon
  • black brads
  • Drippy Goo punch

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