Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Friend L♥ves at All Times

Hello, I'm back with a Going Grey with Scrap-Creations challenge which is easy peasy... anyone can enter as it's "ANYTHING GOES" this week!!  You don't even have to use Basic Grey papers (we really should think about re-naming our challenge, or just shortening it to Scrap-Creations?) 

Anywho... our sponsor this week is Digis with Cat-itude... I mean "ATTITUDE!"  Aren't these 2 cats cute?  I paired them with my Basic Grey paper called "Max n' Whiskers, which has cats and dogs and other pet-type papers.  I cut them out with Labels 13 and then layered them onto Blue Bayou cut with the Top Note Die.  Sentiment is by Squigglfly

For more inspiration please hop to my scrappy DT sisters...

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope your day is Purrrrr-fectly FUN!  *Ü*

Saturday, November 27, 2010

All Marci & Luka Stamps Available as DIGIs!!

You heard me right!!  You can now purchase all Marci & Luka stamps from LaLa Land Crafts in DIGI form!!  They are available right now on the blog and will soon be added to the website for keeps.  They each run $4.25 and you get both the line digi as well as a fully colored version!  I know many of you will be happy to hear this awesome news!  Run on over and stock up on these ridiculously CUTE digi stamps on the blog!  I even have a new card to share with you using the ever-so-cute Santa Marci...

My card measures 6x6" square

Is she not the sweetest?  I added some faux Flower Soft to all her white trim by rubbing 2 styrofoam balls together!  It's white with a sparkly element in it and works great!  It's also way cheaper as I bought a package of 4 balls at the $1 Store, and I've used not even half of 2 balls so far and have used it on at least half a dozen cards. 

So... ready to snatch up some of these cuties??  =)  Oh, I almost forgot!!  You might WIN some (in rubber) on Irina's blog right now.  She's giving away the newest release, Fancy Marci and Formal Luka.  So be sure to head on over there as well (Ends December 3rd)!!  *Ü*  Have a blessed & crafty weekend!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

New Digi Releases at McMahon 5 Designs

Happy "Black Friday"!!  (are you sick of hearing that yet? lol)  Today's one of the big Christmas shopping days in the U.S. (always the day after Thanksgiving)... huge sales, not to mention the traffic!  ;)   That's why I usually stay home --maybe do some online shopping. Speaking of which... McMahon Five Designs is releasing some fabby new DIGIS today, and there's even a FREEBIE for YOU!! 

For my card I used the newly released Studio 313 digi, "Jolly Elf" along with one of Carly's Sketches, #13.  It's a sketch from several weeks ago.  She recently posted #18...WOW!  She's really coming along with those sketches--thanks Carly!  =)   

New this week from

Also new this week from Solocosmo Digi Stamps...
And how about some vintage...

and last but certainly not least... this month's Awareness Digi that is FREE to you if you promise to check yourself this month!  =)  You can see my card I posted yesterday using this wreath freebie HERE.

New Breast Cancer Awareness Free Digital Stamp:

Be sure to check out the gorgeous samples by the rest of the Design Team!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving & a BCA Freebie

I just want to take a few minutes away from the cooking and baking to wish all my U.S. friends a blessed and happy Thanksgiving today!!  I'm very thankful for you, my readers and for the friendships that have been made that started with a simple gesture of leaving a comment.  *Ü* 

And now for a FREEBIE!  It's the 25th of the month which means there's a new Cancer Awareness FREEBIE for you to grab at McMahon Five Designs!  This was started in October to remind women of the importance of doing self-exams in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.  We know that early detection has saved many lives.  So Sue has decided to come out with a new free digi on the 25th of every month (that you can use for ANY cancer... just color the ribbon the respective color) if you've checked yourself that month. 

This digi was created as a FREEBIE GIFT to remind all women to check themselves each month for breast health.  Please accept this digi and grab the code for your own blog to help spread awareness this month!
"Merry Awareness"
Please feel free to grab this code and help us spread the word about the monthly freebie!  Thank you, and again, wishing everyone a blessed holiday!! 


Stamps:  November Awareness Freebie (McMahon Five Designs)
Paper:  Cherry & Walnut real wood; Jovial by Basic Grey (also M5D)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Doodle Pantry Challenge 2 {Foliage}

Hi again!  This is my 2nd post for today.  I recently came across Doodle Pantry and fell in love with Laurie's fun and beautiful digis!!  They just started having card challenges and so I wanted to get in on this one and use some of the new digis I purchased.  This set is called "Winter Song Birdies"... I just love her birdies... well pretty much all birds in general as I collect real birdhouses and hubby likes to get me a (stuffed animal) bird here or there.  Anyway, Doodle Pantry has a whole collection of them... even a super cute FREEBIE ... as well as some accessories like Santa hats for them! 

The challenge this week is to use Foliage:  either in your digi, paper, or use of punches!  My sister Kathy and I decided to do one of our 45-minute "sister challenges" for this last night.  Well... we only got half way done before we both had other obligations to tend to (family needed fed, etc.) LOL.  But we did finish and I was able to work foliage in 2 ways... my image and my punched branches.

I also used some REAL WOOD from McMahon Five Designs.  I just have to show you how gorgeous this wood is up close.  The top layer is actually called "BIRD'S EYE" ... perfect with my Christmas birdies!  The dark wood cut out with Label 13 is Walnut wood.  And the back layer is self adhesive Cherry wood.  She has lots of gorgeous species of wood in her store. 
 I also added some clear glitter to the muffs, hat and shawl on each bird.  Don't they make a happy trio?  LOVE IT!  You have until the 27th to enter this "foliage" challenge!  One player will win a $10 voucher to Doodle Pantry Store!! *Ü*

Well, now it's time to go grocery shopping for those last minute ingredients to start baking and cooking for tomorrow's big day!  We're going to my MIL's with other family... 14 of us so far, maybe a few more.  The girls' favorite Thanksgiving food is the Pumpkin Bars (for dessert)!  We're going to make our own rolls (knead, rise, knead, form into balls, rise again, LOL)  and the "Green Bean Casserole"... yep, I get the "priviledge" of bringing that every year.  What's YOUR favorite Thanksgiving dish??  I'll be back tomorrow (well... I will be pre-posting for tomorrow *wink*) with a new release from McMahon Five Designs, although most of you will prolly not be online.  So hope to see ya round soon!  Gobble Gobble!!  =)

Stamps:  Winter Song Birdies (Doodle Pantry)
Paper:  Bird's Eye, Cherry, & Walnut wood (McMahon Five Designs); Oh Jolly (Cosmo Cricket)
Punches/Die Cuts:  Oval & Scallop Ovals, Labels 13; Fancy Tags (Spellbinders @ M5D); Fancy Corners (Cuttlebug @ M5D); Scallop border (SU!)

Caroling Luka and a New Sketch

Happy Day before Thanksgiving!!  I have several things to show you today.  First of all, didja notice my new blog header?  *Ü*  I know it's a little early for Christmas, but I LOVE the holiday and I want to make it last longer LOL.  In fact, we started playing Christmas music at work about a week ago!  Too early?  Not for this Holiday-lover.    The li'l caroler in my header is Caroling Luka!   Isn't he cute?  The papers, ribbon and chipboard elements on my card were all a gift from the lovely Irina last year... thanks again Irina!!  =)

I also have a new sketch to share... Carly's whipped up this one and posted over at Sketches by Carly this week.  I used it for today's card.  No sponsor this week... but she continues to provide us with awesome sketches to play with!  *Ü*

There's lots more inspiration over at the La-La Land Crafts Blog... a new creation is posted each and every day!  Go check it out if you haven't yet this week *Ü*


Brrrr..... baby, it's COLD outside!!
Did you see my weather widget this a.m.?? A freezing -6 right now.!
(not complaining... just wish there was more snow so we can go play in it! *Ü*)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Going Grey w/ Scrap Creations

Challenge:  Blue and Silver

I've made another Tunnel Card using the newly released stamp, Caroling Luka from LaLa Land Crafts for this week's "Blue & Silver" challenge.  I stamped the music note bg stamp (SU!) onto metalic silver cardstock for the side pieces, and I attached Luka on a strip of acetate and glued one end behind the right blue panel and left the Left side loose so he can slide back and forth when opening and closing the card. 

Hope you'll come join us!  You may use any vendor... stamps or digis! 
Check out what the rest of the Design Team created this week...

I'll be back tomorrow with another card from La-La Land!  *Ü*

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Double Delight Challenge #21

Did you play along with Designed 2 Delight's progressive challenge last week??  Weren't those Kaela cards adorable??  If you did play along then you got this cute Skating Penguin FREE!  If not, you can buy him in the store for only $2.50 and then come play along in our Double Delight Challenge, which is to use Snowflakes along with this D2D image!  Easy peasy *Ü*
Skating Penguin
There are some super cute card samples with this penguin (and more new stamps added to the store) on the Delightful Inspiration Blog, so be sure to check those out and link up at both blogs to get next week's image free and be entered in our monthly drawing at DDC!  *Ü*

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Friday Before *Black Friday* SALE

EDITED:  "SALE EXTENDED!!! We had such a great response to our "Friday BEFORE Black Friday SALE" that we decided to extend it throughout the weekend, until 11 PM PST on SUNDAY!!! If you didn't get the opportunity to shop our sale on Friday, here is your second chance!!!!"
Nov. 19th only!!  20% off on all Marci, Luka and panda rubber stamps.  Digis are excluded.

Beginning tonight at midnight and ending Friday night at midnight, Sunday night at 11 p.m. you can get 20% OFF all of the Marci & Luka {and cute panda} rubber stamps at La-La Land Crafts!!  (Digis excluded.)  Sale price will not be shown on the website but will be reflected in your shopping cart.

Well That Stinks!!

Not too long ago I was really suffering with a tooth/gum infection and just having a hard few weeks and my Christian blogging friend, Lorie Ames sent me this card that is just "stinkin' cute"!!!  I'm guessing by the looks of the swirlies on this image that it's a Mel Jen's Design??  He's adorable!  Thank you so much Lorie for making me smile and for the kinds words and verse you put inside!  I will treasure it ... and your friendship ♥ 

Stay tuned for a cute wintery card and challenge tomorrow for Double Delight with D2D!! 

Merry Christ-Mouse...It's NR Day @ M5D

It's Thursday and that means it's New Digi Release Day at McMahon Five Designs!!  Every Thursday we've been releasing new digis from Studio 313 (my personal favorite) as well as Jessica Grundy Originals and McMahon Vintage Digitals.  My card today showcases a cute new Christmas image from Studio 313...

"Merry Christ-Mouse"

How cute is he??  Love him Shawne!!  ☺

Also released today at M5D...

Solocosmo Images are now available in 2 file formats
JPG and PNG!

You can see some gorgeous projects with these new releases at my DT girls' blogs...


Have a crafty kind of day!!  ☺

Friday Before *Black Friday* SALE

Now's a fabulous oppportunity to stock up on some of these super cute Marci and Luka stamps at La-La Land Crafts!!  It's the "Friday before Black Friday ONE-DAY SALE" at La-La Land Crafts tomorrow!  20 % OFF sale on ALL Marci and Luka Collection stamps, including panda and the new sets (*digis excluded). Sale price will not be visible on the website, but will be reflected in the customers' Shopping Cart

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Shabby Chic ~ I Think??

Hi there.  It's Wednesday and that means it's my day to post on the LaLa Land Crafts Design Team Blog *Ü* 

This card ended up totally different than it started out.  I had other papers -- with some pink and light red and my shading wasn't turning out so I kept making it darker.  Ever have one of those days?  Then I didn't want to chuck it in the trash so I kept adding color over color and so I changed my DP to darker colors.    Then there was no white in the dp and my image was so stark white so I started in with the sponging, LOL.  I think I didn't know when to stop!!  Oh well...  I think I like the outcome. 

These new stamps, Fancy Marci and Formal Luka are still available for a limited time only AS DIGIS on the LaLa Land Crafts BLOG!!  Go check out all the gorgeous samples on the DT blog while you're there.  These adorable stamps have totally captured my heart and I know they will yours as well.  =) 

Want to WIN some of these stamps?!!
Be sure to upload your LaLa cards throughout the month ... you just might win our next monthly Customer Appreciation Prize!! 

Card Deets:
Stamps:  Fancy Marci (digi, LaLa Land Crafts)
Paper:  Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions)
Accessories:  Blue Prima flowers; Cream mini Kaiser Craft Flowers; Labels 14 Spellbinders Nesties; Copic Markers (McMahon Five Designs); beaded Lace (JoAnne's); Martha Stewart Branch punch (Michael's)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

GGWSC - {3} Song Inspired Cards!!

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Are you ready for some CHRISTMAS MUSIC???   Well, in the spirit of this week's Scrap-Creations challenge, "Song Inpspired" I've decided to add a playlist with these Christmas songs at the end of this blog post today.  I set it to non-auto however for those of you who don't like to pop onto a blog and hear music blaring ;)  Nice of me eh?  LOL  (but I do like these renditions).

I've made 3 cards to share today because we are being sponsored by Prairie Fairy Designs, and she was generous to send our DT several images to use and inspire you!!  They are so CUTE!!  I'm brand new to this company, but am loving her digis.  Also, one player will win some digis from the Prairie Fairy shop! 

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus...
Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night ♪ 

and last, but certainly not least...

Gramma Got Ran Over by a BUNDEER! ♪
(the actual song says "Reindeer", not Bundeer)

ROTFL!!   Don'tcha just love it?  I do know the real meaning of CHRISTmas, but it's also fun to play on the lighter side of things once and a while.  I enjoy listening to Christmas music all year round... not that I DO... but I COULD!  ;-P

Pop on over to the rest of the DT girls' blogs and feel free to leave em some love, and then come play along with us!!  Fa-la-la-la-la... Lalalala!! 

Have a terrific Tuesday!!

Get a playlist! Standalone player

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nov. Issue of Papers-n-Pixels Mag.

Today is the release of the biggest ever issue of Papers and Pixels downloadable Magazine!  If you haven't seen this magazine I encourage you to go take a peek.  No, I'm not getting paid to say this.  Just a subscriber that loves this professional crafty mag ☺  It's packed full of tutorials, freebies, gorgeous pictures and crafty goodness... get yours FREE today!!

Also, I just saw this on the news about reusable/recycleable grocery bags-- scary!  You can't trust everyone you see/read ... but when it's printed right there on the label, the proof is right in front of ya. Beware!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dad, You're Timeless!

Happy Sunday bloggy friends!!  My card today showcases the brand new "Formal Luka" from LaLa Land Crafts.  Also released with him is Fancy Marci... sooo CUTE!  These 2 images are available as DIGIS for a limited time on the LaLa Land Craft's Blog!

So... yesterday my sister Kathy and I challenged each other to use these new digis ... I was to use Luka and she is using Marci (and it's sooo cute so be sure to hop over to Kathy's blog) ... AND we both used Carly's newest sketch as well, which is sponsored this week and closes on Thursday, Nov. 18th, so go check it out if you'd like! ☺

I admit that I don't make masculine cards very often at all.  I had 2 daughters and no boys--even when I make my hubby a card it tends to be slightly feminine  ;)  But when I thought about what to do for this card, I thought of using my real wood paper from McMahon Five Designs.  (I used Teak Wood and Walnut).  It's so rustic and perfect for male cards.  And then as I was trying to figure out what to do for that strip in the middle (sketch) it just clicked!!  Make that strip a TIE to "tie in" the one that Luka is wearing!!  ☺ So I grabbed my Luxury Stack of DP from Die Cuts with a View.  I also paper pieced his tie and pocket plackets with the same DP!  =)  The "D-a-D" letters and the pocket watch I peeled off of a tag I bought real cheal that was too big for my card.  If you don't like something... RECYCLE it!  =)

My dad's birthday is the first week in December, so this will go to him.  He was a pastor for almost 40 years and is very used to dressing like this formal Luka--I think he'll like this! 

Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a Blessed Sunday ☺

Friday, November 12, 2010

Double Delight with D2D

Woohoo!  I got my D2D card done early so we're going live early.  Our new DOUBLE DELIGHT CHALLENGE  this week is "SPARKLE"... and of course the "double challenge" part is to use this week's Designed 2 Delight progressive freebie, KAELA.  Isn't she adorable??

If you didn't play last week and get her FREE, then you can still play along in our Double Delight Challenge... you can buy her for only $2.50 in the shop.  Make sure to link your card at both the DOUBLE DELIGHT BLOG and at the DELIGHTFUL INSPIRATION BLOG!!

Kathy also created a very cute card, so be sure to pop over to her blog and see what she made!  =) 

For my card I used Carly's newest sketch challenge!!  It might look like a doozy, but it's really pretty doable!  Go check out her sketch and her sample card HERE

Also, this week's Going Grey with Scrap-Creations challenge is "CHRISTMAS"... so head on over there to play along! 

Here's a better shot of the "sparkle" on Kaela...

Have a wonderful weekend!! 
Hugs, Kris

Paper:  The Luxury Stack by Die Cuts With a View
Punches:  EK Success, Branch by Martha Stewart
Accessories:  Prima Rose, Pearls, Stickles (McMahon Five Designs)