Card Makin Mama's Challenge

This week at the Card Makin Mama's we are happily sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs and we were given some images and sentiments to play with.. your job this challenge is however to "use a sentiment"
We are looking forward to seeing your links over on the Card Makin Mama's challenge blog


If the Shoe fits "Fashionista Friday" brings you a new challenge this week and that is simply to be thankful, thats it... create a project and make the theme all about Thanks.
We don't celebrate thanksgiving over here in Australia so my project is more "thanks" than thankful.   I created the whole card on my die cutter machine and coloured the Teddybo image with copics.
Looking forward to seeing your projects over on the If the Shoe Fits challenge blog!

Piece of pie

This week we are sponsored by the lovely Meljen designs. And our recipe is punch, emboss and ink. What can you create for this challenge?
Be sure to link up with the Cooking it up with Katie challenge blog.

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Giving Thanks with Aud Sentiments

Its challenge time at Aud Sentiments.  
We were sponsored by the wonderful Wee Stamps.  

I used an image called Silver Fairy and isnt she beautiful.  

I had such fun creating this card, I had a friend playing with my copics, while I sat on the other side of the room playing with colours and combinations.  
  What is it about crafting with friends that just makes the day better?   

The rest of the design team would love you to visit their personal blogs to see their creations, and please be sure to link your projects to the 
so we can all stop by your blogs to see your creations.

I am also going to play in the If the shoe fits (try something new) and Card Making Mama's (give thanks) challenges this week.
The try something new is the feathering technique in the fairy wings, I quite like the effect and the card is a thank you card for the mama's.
And Ill also pop over to Simon Say Stamp and show off my thank you card

Remember the theme for this challenge is Thanksgiving/Thank You and don't forget.. have lots of fun creating!

Cooking it up with Katie

We are lucky enough to be sponsored by Digital Delights this week and we are cooking with the ingredients of Christmas, tags and die cuts.

I did all my cuts on my cougar, loving this machine more and more every time I use it.

Looking forward to seeing your versions of the recipe, be sure to link up on the challenge blog so we can comment on your work.

Where are your shoes???

Guess what... my shoes are on my feet.  Maybe being on the DT for "If the Shoe fits" is having some effect on me.  Not only are my shoes on my feet... im actually using them... ie exercising!...eeek....what will become of me!

Ok onto things more serious, how is everyone going with their creations for the card drive over on the If the Shoe fits challenge blog?  I have a little stash of creations to send off... Im happy that I can contribute.   Im even sending this DT card.

Now some of the cool things about being on a Design Team is being introduced to new people and new websites, companies and products.  This week I am thrilled to introduce you to Beary Scrap Paper Crafting Boutique.

I was sent a  supply kit filled with the most yummy Mulberry Papers, and three little template kids and tools.  How spoiled am I feeling right about now!

Now here are the three patterns I got sent, 

and here are my two favourites... (guess who is going to order them...hmmm)

The bear just above reminds me of tattered teddy's or forever friends... either way he is cute!  and those that know me will laugh at my love of the owl... what is it with owls that fascinate me?

anyway moving on.. I do hope that I did this little piggy justice..  I think the hardest part was the eyes.. Eyes add emotion and i didnt want her to be a cranky pig!  Also, do you realise how hard it is to create a sentiment that refers to a pig?  Maybe I should of used it as a Congrats card for friends that are dieting.. (my friends to have queer senses of it would be funny)

So... you have read all of my ramble .. your reward is to discover our challenge.. and no its not writing a novel.
If the Shoe Fits challenge would like you to
Try Something New
my something new is mulberry paper creations and I attempted to create a scene.  I have a little trouble with perspective at times but I think I nailed it this time..

so now its your turn... head on over to the challenge blog and get all the details... and link link link...

And please be sure to visit our sponsor, they will be very happy to see you pop in

Im also playing in the Crafting for all seasons challenge of "texture"


Card Makin Mama's are Giving Thanks

This week at the Card Makin Mama's we would like to see your Thank you, Thanksgiving, Give thanks cards.  I kept mine very simple this week... A few reasons... Im way behind on my crafting and I liked the idea of white space.   Often I forget how nice it is to have a simple card.   What do you think of this one?   I used my gelly roller metalic in the Cougar to create the vellum butterfly, it cut perfectly.  I tell you I love this machine more and more every time I use it.  It just appears to know the right thing to do!   

Oh what else... I have finally started using Picassa Albums.  If I had known it was that easy to store your photos online and then upload to blogs, I would of done it sooner.  Ive even just purchased an ipad app that will allow me to use the ipad camera and upload straight to picassa.   I did fail to check if the app allowed editing though... hmmm.  stay tuned for that one.

So this week we are sponsored by Some Odd Girl, have you checked out their blog!!

So.. how are you going to be inspired to give thanks with this challenge?  Be sure to head on over to the Card Makin Mama's challenge blog and link up your creations so we can all see.

I am going to contribute this card to the Card Drive being held over at the If the Shoe fits challenge blog.  Please go over and read, and participate if at all possible.   You have all month to participate in that drive.
Im also playing in the Aud Sentiments challenge of Give Thanks
Pile it on - Give thanks

Cooking it up with Fancy Folded Flowers

This week at Cooking it up with Katie we are sponsored by Robyns Fetish and our recipe is Flowers, Fancy, Folds.. I really enjoyed this challenge.  I tried to recreate  some flowers I saw on Katies blog a few weeks ago and failed miserably.. and then decided to use some doily's that I cut on my cougar and I love the finished product.  I realised after the glue dried that my button moved... oh well.
Now.. this little box is filled with Hershey kisses (i was so happy to find those for sale at Costco ( my new favourite place to shop in sydney... pity its so far away)  I hadnt realised kisses were so little and cute, but I saw a bulk bag for sale and thought they would be perfect for xmas gift giving.  This little box will be the beginning of my treat boxes that I am going to give to teachers, neighbours etc.

What do you think you will create for this challenge, we are looking forward to seeing your creations over on the cooking it up blog!

Please read back on my last post to read about the card drive at If the Shoe fits..

If the Shoe fits Challenge and CARD DRIVE

This week we have some important info for you, a short challenge and a card drive.  The challenge for one week is very simple... We want to see your Keep it Simple Cards... how easy is that.  Head on over to the If the Shoe fits challenge blog to link up your cards.  Now read on.. about the card drive.  Its running from Nov 7th till Dec 8th, so there is no excuse not to consider donating to the drive.  How many cards do you have in your stash that are without a recipient??
I have copied the card drive info straight from the If the Shoe Fits blog...  I know that I will be sending off a package, what a great cause!

We would like to kick off our own little "Season of Giving."  During the month of November, we are asking you to contribute cards to the Season of Giving Card Drive. We have chosen to collect cards to donate to the Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Virginia.  Our lovely Shoe, Cammi, first brought us this idea a few weeks ago, and we've been doing a little bit of work behind the scenes to see what all needed to happen in order to conduct this card drive properly.  So first...let me let Cammi explain a little bit about the thoughts behind this card drive:

Being in the hospital is difficult for the not only the patient, but also the patient’s family.  While spending time with your loved one in the hospital it quickly becomes apparent how precious time is.  I work at a children’s hospital and have watched families struggle with trying to be able to be in so many places at one time.  I have watched mothers struggle with the desire to go and pick up a get well card for their sick family member or a thank you card for the doctor or nurse who helped them through their toughest time; but not wanting to leave their loved ones bedside.

So here's how it will work...for all Fashionista Friday challenges between today (Nov. 7th) and Dec. 8th, we ask that when you enter a card in our challenges, that you consider sending in the cards for our SOG Card Drive.  Cards (with envelopes please) can be mailed to Cammi at the following address:

Cammi Boddie
4520 St John Ct
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

and to let you know a little bit more about what we'll be doing during the Season of Giving...I'll let Tanisha explain this part:

CHKD that stands for Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters.  Every year they hold a radiothon to raise money for the children's hospital.  Well yours truly, thats right Lesley, Cammi and Tanisha will be there volunteering the night of December 9th answering phones and taking pledges.  Here is a quick little blurb from the website:  Tune in to 94.9 The Point December 7th-10th as Chuck and Woo-Woo broadcast their 10th Annual Radiothon to benefit CHKD. Hear amazing stories of CHKD patients who overcame great odds to survive illnesses and traumatic events. The event will be broadcast live from the CHKD lobby. Call 668-9000 during the event to make your pledge and help the children!

I would really love for you all to read history on this fantastic hospital by clicking here.

So there you have it...the Shoe SOG!  Hopefully you will all play along with us during the month of November, and then mail your cards in for the CHKD!  If you have ANY questions about this card drive, email us at and we will answer them!

Can you cook ...Anything but a card?

So another week has passed, where did that time go?  This week at Cooking it up with Katie we were asked to make anything but a card.. I got all excited and wanted to make those fancy pants candles you see on blogs, you know the coloured images embedded on a candle, I think they are fantastic.  I got as far as finding instructions, realising i didnt have tissue paper and not being bothered to go and buy some.. and heading to plan B..
Plan B was to be a box... a box however  didnt turn out how i wanted it too.. I completed it and even took photos... and wasnt overly thrilled...

 so next plan C... which is below.

I covered a cereal box with design paper and let it dry and then cut out a chocolate box on my cutter, stuck it all together and decorated it and of course filled it with chocolates..  Very hard to get a good photo of this.  I distressed the edges, coloured the silver embellishment copper and added some ink to the cream flowers, I even used my martha punch on the bottom to add some paper lace..

Im sitting here looking at both photos with a giggle, talk about colour confusion between one project and the next.. its like walking from a circus to a fancy hotel in one blink.

Anyway, its now your turn to show us what you have got... remember anything but a card!

We are sponsored by Gingerloft this week at Cooking it Up, so head on over to the Challenge blog and link up your creations, we cant wait to stop by to be inspired!
I'm also playing with
Creatalicious - Distress your edges
Charizma Cardz - Anything Goes
Card Makin Mama's - Cut it out  (the whole box is die cut on a digital cutter)
Simon Says - Buttons they are in the box