Special Moments

Monday, December 31, 2012

You're Very Special

Happy New Year!!!!

I especially wanted to participate in this week's retrosketches because it is Arielle's birthday!
Her team mates hijacked the site and asked everyone to send her a birthday card! I am a big admirer, so I wanted to make a card for the occasion. 


Happy Birthday, Arielle!!!!!



The sentiment is from a brand new stamp set that I just received in the mail this week from Simon Says Stamps January Card Kit. It is called Very Special (Simon Says), so I thought it was perfect for this occasion.


And the pretty papers are also from this card kit. They are from the Lily B 6x6 Persnickity paper pad.
I finished with some Licorice twine and a green button.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Mackie

Saturday, December 29, 2012

CR84FN #69

Welcome back to CR84FN Color Challenge! I am so glad to be back, especially with these fabulous colors! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends, and are looking forward to 2013! Yahoo!!!!

On to our current color challenge:
Raspberry ~ Lavendar ~ Neutral




Unfortunately, I needed to make a sympathy card for a very dear friend of mine.  I just loved the raspberry and lavender color selection, so I wanted to use them for this card.  I was hoping the browns and creams would really soften the raspberry and lavender, since it was going to be a sympathy card.  And they really turned out nice together!

I found some really cool papers at Michael's called Industrial Chic by Susan Lenart Kazmen. Are you familiar with her stuff? I just discovered her!!  Lots of cool papers, and charms, etc...! I didn't want to cover the this pretty scripted paper so I decided to heat emboss the sentiment (Verve) onto some vellum, so the pretty script and soft colors would show through. I used eggplant ink with clear embossing powder for the sentiment.
 I always like butterflies for a sympathy card, and I just LOVE this die by Memory Box so I just had to use them again!


I added some stitching to the back panel and across the top of the vellum panel.


I hope this card brings a little comfort to my friend. 


We are SO excited to have a guest designer joining us this month- Lisa Snowdy!!!! Please visit her blog and leave her some love!
I really do hope you check out all the DP's creations! Wonderful inspiration! Their blogs are listed in my sidebar to the right!  
Please join us and link up! We love to see what everybody does with our color choices!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Mackie

Stamps: Treasured Words(VERVE)
Paper:Habitat (Recollections); Industrial Chic(Susan Lenart Kazman); Rose Red, Lavender(SU)
Dies: Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax(MFT)
Butterflies (Memory Box)
Clear Embossing powder(SU)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Retrosketch #42

The inspiration for this card was this week's RetroSketch!


I wanted to use some of this pretty paper that I got a few weeks ago. I love stamping and heat embossing on vellum, so I decided to try that for the vertical panels shown on the sketch. A big flower was the perfect focal point, I tried to match it as closely as possible to the flowers on the paper. I cut several layers with the Spellbinder's Rose die. I added some Picket Fence stain and Rock Candy Stickles onto the petals. And finished it with a pretty brad for the center of the flower.
The sentiment is from MFT and it is stamped on my brand new Simon Says Stamps Banner die!
It cuts and scores!! And the pretty leaves are also MFT!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Mackie

Christmas Goodies!

Hello and Happy Holidays everyone! 
I know I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks.
But I have definitely been stamping, just not posting. I am sure all of you have been busy, too.
I wanted to share some tags and such that I have been making to go along with some goodies that I will be sharing with friends and neighbors for the holidays!
First:

Hershey Nugget Rockers!

Are these not the cutest and funniest little snowmen??? They rock!!!

I got this idea from a tutorial on SplitcoastStampers called Hershey Nugget Rockers. Beate used a santa stamp, but I decided to use my Cricut (DoodleCharms)! I cut these snowmen at 1/1/2 inches, but next time I think they should be a little bigger. And I got a great idea for the hershey nuggets wrappers from Cardz TV! Mary takes a page of address labels and stamps them all over with 2-3 ink colors. Then she peels the label off and wraps it around the Hershey nugget!!! Much easier than cutting, measuring and adhering dp!!


And these are the tags I made:



Are these not adorable???
I got this idea from Cardz TV, also. Mine are a little different from the ones that Mary made.
I used Liquid Applique on their arms and legs to look like icing! And I took a white pen and made hash marks around the edges. The fun banners (Wild Card) were cut with my Cricut, too! Their little faces are Peachy Keen stamps. I whitened their eyes with a gel pen and blushed their cheeks with some pink chalk.
Cute! Cute! I am going to tie these to some cookies! Yum!

Hope I've given you a little inspiration today!
Thanks for stopping by!
Mackie



Thursday, December 6, 2012

There's Snow one like you!


I played with a new challenge today (to me anyway)
The Paper Players! The theme is one of my favorites-Snowmen!!!


This is my card:


And this is the sketch that I used!


Thanks for stopping by!
mackie

Stamps: Snowman(Stampin Up); Sentiment-Winter Wishes (Scrappy Moms)
Paper: Stampin Up
Snowflakes: Winter Lace (Cricut)
Spellbinders:Squares, Scalloped Squares, Circles, Scallopped Circles


Saturday, December 1, 2012

CR48FN Week 2

We are back with week 2 of the current CR84FN Color Challenge!

I am just loving the rich regal colors for this current color challenge 
 Burgundy, Gray and Cream.
They are perfect for a masculine card which I needed to make for one of my favorite guys.
I wanted to make a pretty card to make it special, but I didn't want it to be too frou-frou(is this a word???)

And this is what I made:


I have been crazy about the Santa Claus MME 6x6 paper pad this year. I have almost used the entire pad and that is unusual for a finicky girl like me! But the papers are just so elegant and beautiful.
After I decided which papers that I was going to use, I took them to my sewing machine and did a little zigzag stitching around all the edges. (I am still learning how to sew, don't look to closely ;D)

The focal point of the card is a pretty Verve snowflake, which I stamped with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I then adhered the snowflake to the burgundy striped die cuts, which were cut my Mat Stack (PTI) dies.  


The greeting was also stamped with Versamark ink and  then heat embossed with silver embossing powder.




Now grab your favorite inks, stamps & papers, and create a card or LO with these beautiful colors!
 And please share it with us by linking to our site!
We love seeing everybody's creations!

We are going to take a short break after this challenge for the holidays. I can't believe  
Christmas is almost here and then it will be Happy New Year 2013!!!!


Please check out the wonderful creations from the rest of the design team at

Thanks for stopping by!
Mackie

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Merry Christmas

Hello and hope you are having a terrific Thursday! I can't believe it has been 1 week since Thanksgiving! Ooo... I could go for some pecan pie again!!
I'm just popping in to show a Christmas card that I created after receiving my new Lil Inker's package in the mail- the Instant Camera Die. I just love this die.




I decided to make a little scene in the middle of the frame. I used the Joys of the Season Cricut cartidge to cut the little trees. I wanted some snow, so I cut out the snow hills in white card stock and then ran it thru the Xyron machine to get it nice and sticky. I then dunked it into white glitter. So pretty!



I can't remember which cartridge I used for the numbers, I think it is Plantin Schoolbook.You can see the cool little perforations that the Lil Inker's die makes when you cut this frame. I just love it!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you got a little inspiration from this post!

Mackie

Sunday, November 25, 2012

CR84FN68

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
I hope you had lots of good food, family and good napping!
And of course...good stamping! And now Christmas will be here before we know it!   So I made a Christmas card for our new color challenge starting this week at CR84FN.



I loved making this card because I loved working with our colors this week at CR84FN!

Burgundy ~ Gray ~ Cream


I used a stamp set and matching dies (Heartfelt Creations) that I have had in my stash for a very long time. I heat embossed each petal with silver embossing powder (SU). 

Please ignore my messy desk


This card is just one big compilation of all kinds of dies and stamp sets.


Get out your inks, stamps, and papers and join us by linking your creations to CR84FN
so we can all be inspired by each other!
Please go visit my very talented CR84FN team mates, too! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Mackie

Paper: Santa Claus(MME)
Stamps: Poinsettia (Heartfelt Creations); Verve; Hero Arts
Dies: Leaves (Spellbinders/Heartfelt Creations); Floral Ovals (Spellbinders)
Elegant Leaves (MFT);Flowers & Vines #2(Sizzix)
Accessories:Silver Embossing Powder



Saturday, November 24, 2012

On Dasher, On Dancer...



 I wanted to create a card for this week's Scrappy Mom Terrific Tuesday Challenge-Critters. So as I was thinking what to do, I remembered this awesome sketch that I saw at the My Favorite Things blog


I decided to use these pretty papers from MME-Santa Claus 6x6 paper pad. The papers are such a rich color that I decided to go with this more elegant reindeer, rather than a cutesy critter. He was cut 3 1/2" from the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge with gold glitter paper from the DCWV Christmas & Winter Glitter Stack. 

I just love this sentiment from Scrappy Moms Winter Wishes stamp set! 
It is so appropriate (for me anyway)!!!! 
It is stamped onto a Ticket Tab die form My Favorite Things.


His collar was cut from DCWN glitter paper stack in red. I added some red and gold gems to his collar, too. I zigzag stitched all around the panels.


Thanks for stopping by!
Mackie

Sunday, November 18, 2012

CR84FN 67 Week 2

Winter's Greetings! 
Hope everyone is warm and snug...maybe a hot cup of coffee and a good book or surfing out your favorite blog site, hopefully CR84FN Color Challenge 67!!!!!!!
And we appreciate it very much!

This is week 2 for the CR84FN 67.



Below is my creation with these gorgeous colors:


Card closed







 Card Open

My card has been stamped with numerous stamps sets. The gold glittery snowflakes were cut with my Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge. I added white Liquid Pearl to the fur on the snowmen, Glossy Accents on their gloves, and gold Stickles on the buttons.

Now go check out the beautiful creations by the other designers!!!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Mackie





Saturday, November 17, 2012

Peace


Peace, y'all!!!! 
I couldn't resist! Just wanted to share a card that I was inspired to make by this week's
Cas-ual Fridays Challenge #79



And here it is! Just love blue for Christmas. Isn't this Peace die (PTI) just so cool.
I cut it with some white glitter paper from the DCWN Christmas & Winter glitter paper pad.  The snowflakes were also cut with ice blue paper from this pad using the Winter Lace Cricut cartridge.

 IRL the snowflakes and the Peace die cuts are very shiny. 
And since the theme here was snowflakes, I had to use my Snowflake (Cuttlebug) embossing folder for the card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday!
Mackie



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Exciting News!!!!!

Happy dance! Happy dance!
I am so excited!!!!! I have been invited to join the Design Team of CR84FN Color Challenge!
CR84FN has been one of my very favorite challenge blogs for a very long time...so when the fabulous
Mona asked me to join, I said YES! YES! YES! The other designers are fabulous, too! Always great inspiration and wonderful ideas! So please check them out! I have all their names listed in my sidebar.

Well... on to this week's color challenge!


And here is my card....

I know you don't see many snowmen in purple scarves, but isn't he a cutie???
He is from the Holiday Hugs (MFT) stamp set. I colored him with SU watercolor pencils. I just watched an awesome coloring video by Jen Shults! (I still need to practice, because I have been a little fearful of coloring stamps, but I am trying to get braver!)


The snowflakes -Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge-were cut with very shiny gold glitter paper, as well as the inverted scallop circle behind the snowman. INR it adds great sparkle to the card!

Please check out the wonderful creations from the other designers!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mackie



Monday, November 5, 2012

Holiday Joy

Hello! Just a quick post of another card that I made yesterday!
I used the Deconstructed Sketch for this week:


And the beautiful colors for the current CR84FN Color challenge:


And I came up with this card:




Those gorgeous ornaments are from the Ornament Keepsakes (SU) stamp and matching die sets!!!
I heat embossed the larger one with silver embossing powder. And stamped the smaller one with silver ink. I added silver Liquid Pearls around the frame. The papers are Kraft and MME-Santa Claus.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Mackie