Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Quick Gifts - Notepads & Shopping Lists

Hi, I'm back with more cute-n-quick Christmas gift ideas! I don't know about you, but in my house I'm always in need of some notepads and shopping lists. I don't know how they all just seem to disappear (oh ya, two girls who like to take off with my stuff!) How easy it is to use some fun digi papers and colored digis to M.Y.O. (make your own)!! You can even print off muliple pages of the same (or different) design and bind them... or take them to get them bound for a small price. These would make great stocking stuffers too... or to wrap and give at office parties. *Ü*

Another great idea would be to enlarge a bunch of your favorite digis and make coloring books for your kids or grandkids and give with some crayons!!

For my projects today I've used images from the last couple new releases at Doodle Pantry:  Four Seasons Digi Paper; Cute Quail; Snow Birdie; Christmas Wreath; Quirky Donkey; 12 Days of Christmas Color (digi paper)

Happy Holiday Crafting!!
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Make Your Own Christmas Letterhead

Hello!  Just popping in to share a really quick and easy idea with you!  I don't send out Christmas newsletters every year... but I thought I'd do it this year using some of Doodle Pantry's Christmas digi paper from the 12 Days of Christmas Color set to create a background.  Then added a white text box on top and then in the corner I added a Cute Quail (geographically correct for the High Desert where we live).  To make it more Christmasy, I added a half wreath from the Christmas Wreath set around his neck and wha-la!!  Christmas Letterhead *Ü* 

Each of our family members typed up a paragraph and I finished it by adding some photos from the past year.  

Thanks for stopping by!    
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Warm Winter Wishes... and SBC44

I'm finally back with something crafty :)  I'll just give you a head's up... I'm taking a li'l break from my DT's during the holidays, although will try to do some when I can.  Between our busy schedules, not feeling very well lately and remodeling our garage into the girls' new bedroom, I haven't found time or the mojo to craft. 

But anyways, a couple months ago, I started helping out a friend with her online business (The Digi Garden) by coloring her drawn digis in Photoshop here and there, between all my DT stuff.  She's been adding them to her store as I send them.  Yesterday I started playing with combining parts of the characters to make new characters (she said that was okay *wink*)  so I took the head from Shawna with Bow and combined it with the body from Anna Angel to make a winter girl who kinda sorta resembles me, except way cuter!  LOL  (I'm the redhead) and then I used Immie as my daughter Carly, and yes, she's just as cute as Immie ;)   I printed this in black outlines and colored with my Copics.  The paper is by Echo Park's "Everybody Loves Christmas" line.  Yes, I do feel slightly guilty for creating something that's not for one of my DT's... but I gotta go with the flow when I've got the time and the mojo, hey that kinda rhymed!

I also used Carly's newest sketch 

You can see lots more cuties at


(I made this blinky a couple months ago for The Digi Garden as well... idn't it cute??)
 
Well, until next time.... hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week!! 
Gobble, Gobble *Ü* 
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Andy Grammer Video - Keep Your Head Up

If the video doesn't show up, you can also see it at the Youtube site HERE

Hi there ~ sorry guys I haven't posted anything crafty this past week. Things have gotten really busy here at the Breach household so I might post more sporatically here for the next month or so... at least til after the holidays. Anywhoo... remember I told you my girls went to several concerts last weekend? One of the guys opening for Root Down was Andy Grammer, so they got to see him perform this song.  Just thought I'd share.... I like it anyways *Ü*  Have a great day!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

New Sketch Today at Sketches by Carly

My girls are livin’ it up with their uncle and aunt out of town this 4-day weekend and going to several concerts— so I thought I’d share a pic of Carly & Maddy last night at the concert of one of their favorite Christian bands, Root Down.  This picture’s a bit pixelly as it was taken with a cell phone. :) 
 They also got to see Shawn McDonald in concert and got pics with him.  They were on cloud 9 when they came home!!  ;)

Anyways, today our new Design Team at Sketches by Carly has provided LOTS of great inspiration using this next sketch!! 

Our sponsor for this 2-week challenge is Bugaboo Stamps.   One lucky player will win 7 digis of your choice.
 



and here's the sketch:

Lots of great samples by the new Design Team, so head on over to Sketches by Carly to be inspired and enter *Ü*

Monday, November 07, 2011

Whimsy & Stars Studio {Girl w/ Snowman}

 
Hello, so how are you doin’ with your Christmas cards??  Raise your hand if you’ve met your goal for this year?  I’m afraid I’m not even half-way there, but I’m still pluggin’ along *Ü*  
For today’s card I’ve used one of Whimsy & Stars Studio’s Christmas digis called “Girl with Snowman” and printed onto Kraft cardstock.  I love the rich colors of Prismacolor pencils, used here, although I need a good pencil sharpener desperately!  My white is completely flat across the top now.  Hard to get in tight spots (like around snowman’s eyes).  Oh, I did it again!  Pointing out my mistakes, LOL!   I added some glitter to all the girl’s trim, and some green glitter on the poinsettia (it was outlined in green anyways). 
GREAT NEWS!!!  You can still get a cute digi of your choice FREE with Mabelle’s special… it goes until December 10th!! 
Fabulous Sale!!!
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Sunday, November 06, 2011

SSIC ~ Use Your Oldest Stamp/s You Have

*If you are looking for the Doodle Pantry’s 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop, please CLICK HERE or scroll down one post!  Thanks *Ü*
 
Good morning!  This week’s Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenge is to dig out your oldest stamps you have and use them.  The idea behind this is to make something old NEW again!

Our challenge hostess this week is Peggysue who shares this verse:   Genesis 3:6 “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.”  And we all know what happened after that!  She got Adam to eat of the fruit as well and then when “caught” by God, they blamed each other, the serpent, and even God Himself.  If we, as Christians, are to come to the saving knowledge of Christ and BE saved, we need to acknowledge that we are sinners and not blame everyone else ~ you know that old adage:  “The devil made me do it.”  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”   

I think the challenge fits this Scripture in that when we acknowledge we are sinners and repent, God forgives us and gives us NEW life!  Ephesians 4:22-24 says, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

So in a sense, He is making something old, NEW again! I encourage you to hop over to the DT BLOG and read Peggysue’s thoughts on this verse.

I actually found my very first stamp set I ever bought after attending a Stampin’ Up! home party… it’s this Christmas set called “Peace.”  I wasn’t blogging back then so I don’t have a picture of my first cards made with it, but I guarantee they didn’t look like this!  ;P  I think I’ve come a long way since then…. and since discovering designer paper for card making!  *Ü* 

Hope you’ll come join in the challenge!  One player will win a $15 Gift Card to our sponsor’s store, "Clear Dollar Stamps” for playing along!! 
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Saturday, November 05, 2011

DP’s 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop, Nov. 5-8

*Blog Hop officially begins at Noon, EST (9 a.m. PST)



Welcome to my stop on Doodle Pantry's "12 Days of Christmas" Blog Hop!!  If you haven't been hopping, please start at the Doodle Pantry Blog and read the details... there are lots of PRIZES to be given away!!  You'll find a complete hop list there and you should have come to mine from Sarah's Blog

On Nov. 1st, Doodle Pantry released a fun digi set called the 12 Days of Christmas and it comes in just OUTLINES or COLORED + OUTLINES!  Our DT is showing some fun projects using this set *Ü* 

I saw this Double Sided Tote box full of li'l notecards on the Clearly I Stamp blog and decided to try it.  I did however change the measurements to fit my 4.25” square notecards



I printed the colored versions and layered onto coordinating scallop circles.
Then I embossed some white cardstock with the Swiss Dots and added coordinating colored stickled dots inbetween the repeating sentiments.
Here’s an upclose shot of the stickles added to all my digis.
Now it’s time to hop to Karen’s Blog!
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

McMahon Five Designs Introduces Safmat

Hi there!  I have a fun and inexpensive gift idea using the new Safmat from McMahon Five Designs.  Safmat is a printable adhesive-backed film that can be run safely through all inkjet and some laser printers*.  I colored up a couple of digis from Studio 313 and then printed them onto the 8.5 x 11” sheet of Safmat.  Then I just peeled the backing off, and stuck it to this star tray I found at the Dollar Tree!
 
  Sue has an awesome video tutorial on how to use this stuff HERE.  Now, I did NOT do this on purpose… but as you can see from my picture below I guessed at which side was correct and was wrong!  LOL.  The one on the left was my first try and you can see it printed on the waxy backing—OOPSIE!  Sue has a great tip for finding the CORRECT side, so be sure to watch her video *Ü*  There’s also some other great projects using this on the M5D Blog!

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

♫ ♪ Happy Birthday Carly ♪ ♫

Today’s my daughter, Carly’s birthday and she ((♥))’s turtles!  This particular digi is actually drawn by Carly herself, so I printed it out and used it for her birthday card!  She also loves stickers, so I added some 3D ones for fun, and of course “AWESOME” is her favorite word right now.  *Ü*  Again, I used her newest sketch challenge at Sketches by Carly.  We are also announcing a brand new DT over there, so I hope you’ll hop on over and take a peek… and join the challenge!!  *Ü*  Looking forward to working with all the new members!! 
 
♫ Happy Birthday Carly ♪
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Doodle Pantry New Release - Cute Quail

Happy November 1st *Ü*  Today’s my oldest daughter’s birthday… and you’ll see a card in my next post for her.  This card here is my hubby’s birthday card (which isn’t til Dec.) but I thought of him when I saw this new release from Doodle Pantry!  It’s called Cute Quail and comes with this awesome digi paper too!  His favorite color is green, and we live in the high desert so we have tons of quail around, so I thought this was a fun one to use.  The sentiment if from one of DP’s birdie sets, but it was perfect for this quail card soo…

There’s LOTS more being released today at Doodle Pantry, and you’ll even find some great sales and bundles too!!  Come check them out and see some great samples by the Design Team!!  (Our monthly challenge will begin on Nov. 5th.)  

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