Saturday, December 25

Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas! 

Here's another teacher candy bucket for your 'viewing pleasure'! LOL!  I also made the teachers some necklaces, too, but failed to take a picture of those! GEEZ!  I attribute that to my pneumonia and lack of brain juice!

I used different My Mind's Eye papers for this one, but still has the same concept to it.  Fun ribbon by Prairie Bird Boutique, of course!  Patsy's ribbons just rock!!!!!!!!!!  (and so does her customer service, too!) You should try her ribbons, just lovely!  OH and of course, you can always iron it flat, too, but I like the shabby chic look!

I hope you enjoy your Christmas and spend it making many wonderful memories with family and friends!  I am lucky to be spending it with my hubbies extended family, even some from out of state, so that is surely a blessing!  But I will miss out on my side of the family, so that's not so happy, but we plan to make up for that in a month or so!

I want to say thank you so much to my wonderful paper-craft followers, friends and design-team sisters!  I really do sincerely appreciate each and every one of you!  Sharing your comments with me here on my blog is like a breath of fresh air each time and gives me that much needed motivation to keep it going!  Life gets very busy, you know, with four kids and it keeps getting harder and harder to find time to myself to craft.  So, knowing that you are all looking out for me, giving me support, really does help me stay motivated and keep the blog up!  I just hope that all of these illnesses will go by the way-side soon, so that I can post more often, like I used to!!!!!!!!  Anyhoo!!!! 

I hope you have a very blessed Christmas
and an even MORE wonderful 2011!

Thursday, December 23

Christmas gift for the teacher!

Papers: My Mind's Eye, I Believe line

WOW, just two days until the BIG DAY!!  Sorry my blog has been lacking, I have been down and out with pneumonia for almost a week!  I'm on the mend but now Josh is yucky and Isaac still hasn't gotten over his bronchial infection!  Does it ever end? I guess it is the norm right now with the cool, wet weather, but still!! 

WELL!!  Today at A Little Crafty Place they are sharing some design team creations using the My Mind's Eye I BELIEVE paper line!  This is such a beautiful set of wintery, Christmas papers!  I really enjoyed playing with them to make this teacher gift for KayLee's teacher, Mrs. Weidenbenner!  The buckets are by PRIMA marketing and I filled them with all different flavors of holiday Hershey Kisses! YUM!  I love the new chocolate mint!!  Just like eating a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie! YUM!!!!!!

Hop on over to ACLP and see PART 2 of the MME I Believe paper creations!  Part ONE is HERE from Tuesday! 

ENJOY your day!

Saturday, December 18

Freebie Coloring Page!

Here’s a fun coloring page for your little ones…
(by Melissa Jenkins, of course!!)
It’s a Letter For Santa that they can color
and leave for Santa on Christmas Eve!
Meljens Designs Letter For Santa Coloring Page ONLINE
(This is just a display, please visit Whimsy Stamps to download!)

AND.... did you see the latest release of
digis from Meljen's Designs??

See Below!!

Be sure to get in on this week's 'SWEET' challenge HERE
see these (and other!) awesome images at the store HERE!!

From Melissa and the gang!

Tuesday, December 14

Tag! You're it!

Happy Tuesday, y'all!  This week at A Little Crafty Place, Claudia is challenging you to put your tag-making skills to the test!  My mom reads my blog most of the time, so I hope she enjoys seeing this!  It's a cute little gift tag with HER name on it!  My kids call her 'Grammy' or 'Grammie' and for space-purposes I used the Cosmo Cricket stickers for the shorter of the two! HA!

The cute digi-stamp-grandma is a digi from Lori Boyd, available at the Die Cuts R Us Store!  She comes along with a Grandpa image, too!  I used my Copic markers to don my mom in a plaid skirt to match the Basic Grey Jovial paper in the tag!  I have to admit, the plaid skirt isn't that bad! LOL!  The vanilla ribbon is from Stampin' Up! and the red crinkled seam binding is from Patsy at Prairie Bird Boutique OF COURSE!!  A bit of a bling at bottom from Basic Grey and POOF a fun gift tag!

My tag's layout was inspired by the Sweet Stop sketch this week SSS86 (below)....

Korin always has the best sketches!!  I hope you enjoyed my tag!  Be sure to pop on over to the ACLP blog and check out all of the other designer's gifttags AND enter your own!!!!!!

Enjoy your day!!

Papers: Basic Grey's Jovial 6x6 pad
Image: Sugar Sticks Grandparents
Coloring: Copics
Base Tag: Manilla Tag

Monday, December 13

Whimsie Doodles IMPROMPTU Sale!

Melyssa from WHIMSIE DOODLES thought she'd be generous before Christmas and help you save a little moolah!  From now until Dec 19th at midnight, she's offering 20% off everything in her store!  AND with your purchase you also get an extra FREEBIE digi (similar to the one above)! 

CLICK HERE to read all of the details and then GO SHOP!  Use Promocode SAVE20 to get in on the sale! 

Have a nice evening!!

Saturday, December 11


I just LOVE my 'Sweet Stop' sketches!!!!! 

Well, they aren't MINE really, but I do LOVE Korin's sketches!!  I used this SSS85 sketch below for my latest Lollipop Ella/Claudia & Company Stamps creation using Basic Grey's PYRUS papers and ribbon by Prairie Bird Boutique!  A little Copic-love for coloring, of course, and a row of pearls by Stampin' Up make this card perfect for ANY occasion!

Thanks for popping in!  I hope you enjoyed my creation-of-the-day!  Be sure to check soon to see the latest and greatest from Claudia & Company!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, December 10


Melissa Jenkins (creator of Meljen's Designs) designed a Merry Christmas coloring page!
She is planning on designing more coloring pages like this and other fun freebies.
Merry Christmas Page ONLINE 
Visit Whimy Stamps to download the coloring page.
Please share what you make using this fun page with Melissa at our BLOG!

Wednesday, December 8

The Christmas Blues

No, I am NOT sad!  I am facing this week's challenge at the Whimsie Doodles BLOG AND at the Stamptacular Sundays Challenge blog AND at the iCopic Lover Challenge blog!  USE BLUE!!  So, I decided to make this card using some Baja Breeze cardstock (OF COURSE cuz it's my favorite!) with these beautifully soft papers by Basic Grey!  And this Bauble Leah by Whimsie Doodles is such a cutie, so I decided to pop her on top!  I love this wittle angel! AW! 

See below the details of my 'glass beads' ornament and sparkly angel wings!!

I used this week's Card Patterns Sketch 93 for my card, it gave me some place to start!  Easy peasy sketch and fun, too!  Pop on over to Whimsie Doodles to play in the challenge!  AND to the store HERE to see all of the new angels and wintery new images, too! 

 See you tomorrow!!

Tuesday, December 7

Sketch Challenge!

HAPPY TUESDAY!  Have you ever needed a little 'PUSH' to get you started doing something?  I know I have!  And with card-making, starting with a sketch (also known as a layout) really does get me moving in the right direction.  I can look at the sketch and decide whether or not I should use a round focal image, or a tall one, then I look at the design and imagine what papers would look good together with the focal image I picked out already... Eventually, I get to this.................

This week 'A Crafty Little Place' has provided the first step for you!  A very easy peasy sketch to get your juices flowing!!!  I used some beautiful paper by Cosmo Cricket called Mittle Weather, available now at Die Cuts R Us!!  Isn't is all pretty in purple and snowflake shapes??  I love this!  I used Maree Truelove's Wreath for my card, along with a sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up!  And no card is finished unless it has some crinkled seam binding ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique!  Tell Patsy I sent ya!  You get 15 yards (5 yards each of three different colors) for just $5.00!!!!!!  SUCH a deal and she's so fast, too! 

Pop on over to ACLP and play along this week using the sketch below!  You can tweak it just like I did, too, it doesn't have to be exact, it's just for inspiration!  Be sure to check out all of the creations by the ACLP designers using this sketch and these Mitten Weather papers over at "A Crafty Little Place" now!


Sunday, December 5

Whimsie Doodles Release Day

Happy 5th of the month!  And if you can think back, what does that mean?  Release day at Whimsie Doodles!  Being a past designer for them, I was asked to guest design for them this month!  To see the full release of all of her adorable images, including ANGELS and even a set of rubber stamps, go to the Whimsie Doodles Blog!

I am using PJ Leah for my adorable card!  I colored her with copics that coordinate with the Basic Grey's Jovial paper line (available at the Die Cuts R Us store Here). Buttons are by Stampin' Up and ribbon is by Prairie Bird Boutique!

Whimsie Doodles has a new challenge each Wednesday, so be sure to come back and see what I come up with for that!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, December 1


Melissa Jenkins has ventured into a new area of digital stamping!!
Pre-colored digital stamps! Meljens Designs Moose Lights COLORED ONLINE(‘Moose Lights’ pre-colored digital stamp
this is just one of her images, please visit the shop to see them all!)
Melissa colors these herself from some of her selected favorites from her digi line, and she is just thrilled to offer them to you all! There will be new ones each month. If you’re lacking coloring supplies, or if you’re needing to get a card done fast, these will be perfect to help you out. :-)

(You’ll see some of Crissy Armstrong’s lovely images there too!) 

Melissa's first release is all