Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Papercraft Star 77


Wow, are you as tired as I am ??

Now is the time to kick back, and have a cup of tea or coffee.  That is our theme at Papercraft Star this week !

Always, at Papercraft Star, you can use the picture if you chose.  

Personally, I am going to have some Chai Tea, wonder why ...
The teapot has been stamped and fussy cut from 177, Whimsical Turquoise, from our Sponsor, theHouseAcrosstheBay.

Teapot image paper - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye, Creative Imaginations
Stamp - Kaiser
Flowers & pearls - Recollections
Punch - ek success
Ribbon - Hug Snug seam binding
Doily - Stash

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Papercraft Star 76


Papercraft Star has a beautiful photo this week  ....

with a theme of a tag, or a gift card holder !

Cardstock - DCWV
Paper - Recollections
Brad - Bo Bunny
Cording & tulle - stash


Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas at home again


A little picture of my mantel
The lights are always on

and beneath, the snowman is reverse painted on a vintage window

Here are the invitations we used this year for our annual open house !

Very simple, but really quite nice I thought.

Submitted to:
Crimbo Crackers - Embossing

Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye
Pearls & Rhinestone brad - Recollections
Seam Binding - Hug Snug
Bead and cording - stash


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

First snow


Here in Oregon's Willamette Valley, we don't get a lot of snow.  Ok, hardly any at all, ever.  Maybe a dust every couple of years.  We have mountains on either side of us, with lots of snow there !  Mostly I love to look at it from a long (long long) distance away.  After living 9 years in Minnesota, and 3 years in Ohio I have found snow is always better seen than driven upon.

Isn't that a wonderful digi image, a beautiful outdoor tree decorated with stars and snow.  I have had this image for a very long time, but never pulled it out to use.

Here are the challenges I am entering !

Scrap Creations - First Snow
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Winter Wonderland
Use it Tuesday - Hoarded supplies (digi image)

Digi image - Sabrina (etsy shop)
Everything else - Recollections


Papercraft Star 75


At Papercraft Star we have decided to go with a theme challenge each week, with a photo.  The photo part isn't a particular REQUIREMENT, it is only use if you choose.  This week our photo is ....

The theme is, a bell or an ornament.
I got all excited over the sparkle and colors, and then here is what I came up with ....  Barely a sparkle anywhere ...  lol

This was a difficult card to make too - I am totally rusty on my card skills as I haven't made but one or two in the past, oh, month maybe.

Pop over to Papercraft Star this week - such a simple challenge !  The tag is from theHouseAcrosstheBay, and is called Grunge Tags (048), not even a Christmas tag, but it sure looks that way to me !!

Tag - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Cardstock - Close to My Heart
Design Paper - Recollections, Bo Bunny
Holly "tape" - Anna Griffin
Scroll & Sentiment - Flower Soft
Flower - Petaloo
Ribbon - Hug Snug seam binding
Punch - Martha Stewart
Bells & gold cording - stash


Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Altered Alice


I did an Alice tree this year, and just by coincidence, found an Alice challenge, at The Altered Alice to enter !  What are the chances, wow.

Here is my entry !

The tree is red and purple, topped with a Mad Hatter hat.  I have used some red hearts, some "card" ornaments, watches and clocks, images stickled from both Graphic 45, and theHouseAcrosstheBay (which are also Copic colored), and lots of crazy sticky-outy things to make it look a little more surreal.
It was totally fun to do !!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Papercraft Star 74


Papercraft Star Challenge 74 opens today with this gorgeous photo as our inspiration !  The theme is "a tree."

Here is my "tree" contribution !!

I used some different papers here, but I always seem to want to do a Christmas card with kraft.  I dunno why ??

The red is a digital image from theHouseAcrosstheBay, our sponsor at Papercraft Star.  (#148, Inked Grunge.)  The stamp was heat embossed in black to make the silhouette details brighter.  The background is covered in stickles.

You probably have a card sitting on your craft table right now, with a tree on it.  We would love to see it at Papercraft Star !!!

Digital image - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - Tim Holtz, Graphic 45
Stamp - TPC Studio
Bling - Recollections


Sunday, December 4, 2011


Sorry I have been absent for a few days.  Things have been just a little nuts here as we prepare for the holidays.  Both of us are in the throes of a bout of bronchitis, and we are awaiting news of Dom's impending surgery.  He has recently been diagnosed with Achalasia, a rare disorder that comes along as often as a lottery winner does - with those kind of odds he should have opted for the lottery instead !!  We will be traveling to Portland Oregon for his surgery in the next few weeks.

Meantime, here are some Christmas tree photos.
 Dining Room


Living Room
 Media Room
 Media Room
Media Room

Alice in Wonderland tree
Living Room 

I am not overly thrilled with the Alice tree pictures, and will take more on a brighter day.  The Alice images are from theHouseAcrosstheBay, I added color with Copics, some stickles, and they are attached to a weird little circle/bead ornament.  On this set it says "Eat", as in "eat me", the other one is "Drink", as in drink me, the both together conjure up -
Eat, Drink and be Merry

I will be back soon with some more cards !!