Sunday, January 29, 2012

Aspy Anniversary

Isn’t it neat how you can make up you own words? LOL.  I’m still on a roll with my puns.  I know there’s at least one more.  (Sorry. Secret telling smile

The couple who’s getting this one is well deserving.  (Well the husband is, because he uses puns all the time.)

I cut the base of the card with dies by Cheery Lynn.  I wanted the next layer to be smaller than the base, so after cutting the patterned paper again I had to trim it by hand (I don’t have a full set.) Sad smile  I also used the Doily heart, the border hearts and one of their great leaves.

The image is one of those adorable ones over at Digi Doodle.  After coloring them with my Prismacolor Pencils I used the Creative Inspirations paint on her, so she would sparkle.  It’s a shame it doesn’t really show up.

The ribbon, flowers, gems and paper comes from my stash.  I just had to use one of my Cuddle Bug embossing folders, so it looked a bit more like a snake.
Well, I think the rest is self explanatory.  I’m entering this card in the following challenges;

Cheery Lynn Designs – dry embossing
My Time to Craft – favorite embellishment – flowers
CC Monthly Challenge – love is in the air
The Stamping Boutique – die cuts
Alota Rubber Stamps – hearts
Paper Crafting Journey – flowers
Simon Says Challenge – anything
Do You Stack Up – ribbon
Sundays With Crissy – beat the mid-winter blues
Shelly’s Images – text on front
Craft Us Crazy – love/animals
Wags ‘n Whiskers – love
Sketches by Carly – sketch
Fairy Tale Challenge – movie – Jungle Book
The Poodles Parlour – love
Stamping With the Dragon – anything
Cutie Pie Challenge – favorite song – “Come to Me” from Jungle Book - (I like it with this card)
Allsorts Challenge Blog – hearts
Mark’s Finest Paper – 4 + layers
One Stop Craft – stitching
Secret Saturday – ribbons
Dream Valley Challenges – animals
Robyn’s Fetish – sparkle – Creative Inspirations paint
Creative Inspirations Paint – someone special
Digi Doodle Shop Challenges – anything
Stamp, Scrap + Doodle – anything
One Stitch At A Time – digi
Bunny Zoe’s Challenge – photo inspiration
Crafty Boots – inspired by a song – “Come to Me” from Jungle Book
Hotshot Craft – flowers
Stampin’ for the Weekend – embossing
Sparkles Monthly Challenge – new thing – image
Creatalicious Challenges – “love” theme, punched border, ribbon, flowers, bling
Pattie’s Creations Challenge – embossing
Whimsy Stamps – bling
Papertake Weekly – happy highlights – mrs. snake
Stamp-n-Doodle – animal

So that’s all. I hope you will leave a comment for me. I hope you all have a great week.  


dj1952 (Debra)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Anniversary to a Deer Couple…

Did you think I had disappeared; especially with all of my puns lately?  LOL.  No such thing.  I’ve got a couple more coming up next month, too.  (Just thought I’d fore-warn you.)
This is an image I’ve had pretty much from the beginning of my blog.  It’s so sweet, and is from a former site “”.  Melanie did such lovely animals.  This is the second time I’ve used him, and I can see him being one I could use again and again.

This little guy was just too irresistible.  Here is a close up.

And this is how I did the inside of the card. The top portion is where I wrote my message to the couple.


The ingredients I’ve used are:

I used four punches and die cuts. They are Cheery Lynn, Nestibilities, Martha Stewart and Fiskars. The image is my newest die cut by Nestibilities.  The card stock, buttons, gems word bubble, paper and ribbon are from my stash. I made the flower by using petals that came in a package that could be put together. I generated the sentiments on my computer.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge – pretty inside
Scrap Creations – die cuts
Papertake Weekly – buttons, bows, bling, blooms
Little Darlings – favorite color – pink
Simon Says Stamp – sketch
Do You Stack Up – pattern paper
Shelly’s Images – anything
The Squirrel + The Fox – critters
Paper Play Challenges – ribbonsomething
Crafty Catz – buttons + bows
Stampin' For the Weekend – something old
Totally Papercraft – make own flowers
Sunday's With Crissy - beat the winter blues 
Robyn’s Fetish – love
Craft Your Passion – color tic-tac-toe – pink, dk pink, brown
Daisy Doodles – anything
Dancing in Pajamas – pale pink, melon, brown
The Stamping Boutique – die cuts
Alota Rubber Stamps – hearts
Aud Sentiments – word “love”
Paper Crafting Journey – flowers
Craft Us Crazy – love, animals
Crafty Ann’s – Nestibles die
Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days Challenge – buttons + bows
Fairytale Challenge Blog – movie – Bambi
Poodles Parlour – love
Stamping with the Dragon – anything
Craft Your Days Away – distressing
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog – song – from Bambi, “Love is a Song”
Dream Valley Challenges – animals
Crafty Boots Challenges – song – from Bambi, “Love is a Song”
Bunny Zoes Crafts – photo inspiration
My Time to Craft – favorite embellishment – flowers
Hot Shot Craft – flowers
Sparkles Monthly Challenges – new items – Nestibilities die
Creatalicious Challenges – love + recipe
CC Monthly Challenge – love is in the air
Wags ‘n Whiskers – love
Whimsical Designs – anything
Card Makin' Mamas - something old - image

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my card and will leave me a comment.  I may be missing in action a little over the next few weeks, as I have a major project I’m working on, but I’ll still try to do a card here and there.


dj1952 (Debra)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Whooo Do You Love???

I must be in a “pun” mood.  This card also called to me for a pun.  Not as funny as the last card, but I thought it was cute. 

Did you get the one on the inside? (Over the moon? They’re in front of the moon. LOL)

This is a close up of just the owls.  It is by Elaine Cox of Sweet Pea Designs, and when I got it, I must have been in a “dark mood” because I colored it so dark.

I hope that the yellows and light blues have helped to cheer things up a bit.  I deliberately used the light blue paper because it looks like stars; and the background paper gradates from yellow to blue as it might at sunrise or sunset.  All of the papers are scraps that I’ve used.  I added some faux stitching also.

The items used on the card are as follows:

paper – Recollections and other scrap papers
gems – Recollections
dies/punches – Cheery Lynn Designs and MS
flower – Creative Memories - new
brads, glitter – from stash
sentiments – my own

I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Jellypark Challenges – old (paper) new (flower)
If the Shoe Fits – use stash (papers, brads)
Sparkles Forum Challenges – anything except Christmas
Gingerloft Challenge – anything
Mark’s Finest Papers – brads or eyelets
One Stitch at a Time – 3 of any embellishment – three brads
Top Tip Tuesday – anything
Party Time Tuesdays – birds
Papertake Weekly – die cuts
Scrap Creations – glitter
Aud Sentiments – sentiment + scraps
The Pixie Cottage – sketch and/or stitching
Sketches by Carly – sketch
Card Makin’ Mamas – new – flower
Fairy Tale Challenge – new – flower
Simply Create Too – more than one layer
Truly Madly Crafty – anything
Cupcake Craftroom – anything
Crafters Companion UK – love is in the air
Digi Designs Challenge - new - flower
Southern Girls Challenge - sparkle 

Well, this finally finishes up my December cards. Yeah!!  Thankfully I only have two for January.  I hope you enjoyed the different ideas I’ve given you; and you will leave me a comment.


dj1952 (Debra)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

No Gator Love…

This image just had to have a pun for it’s sentiment.  I can’t believe I came up with this one fairly easily. LOL

The image is by The Paper Shelter, and since I’m always on the lookout for couples for all of the anniversaries I do each year, I thought this would be perfect.  (Don’t tell them they’re supposed to be crocodiles, though. LOL)

I’m going to show a couple of different shots, and what I used on the card.

I thought I’d just leave my words to a minimum, as I don’t know if others totally appreciate the monolog.  (Oops, there I go again.) 

The base and the front of the easel card were cut with my Cricut some time ago.  I thought I’d see if I could actually find a sketch that work with this shape, and I think I did a pretty good job. 


Ingredients:  paper – scraps (stash)
               image – The Paper Shelter (new)
                roses and pearls – Recollections
                bottom die – Cheery Lynn Designs
                die around image – Nestibilities
                sentiments – by me
                stickles and distress ink – Ranger

I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Paper Makeup Stamps Blog – sketch
Critter Sketch Challenge – celebrate
Crafty Sentiments Designs – love + romance
The Pink Elephant – anything
Party Time Tuesdays – something new – image
Tuesday Throwdown – shiny (bow on ms. gator + hearts)
Papertake Weekly – anything
Stamp n Doodle – anything
The Pixie Cottage – monochromatic
My Mum’s Craft Shop Challenge – new – image
Scrapbook Sisters – anything
The Paper Shelter – anything
Shelly’s Images – new (image); old – papers
The Squirrel and The Fox – new – image
Jellypark Challenge – old (paper); new (image)
Sparkles Forum Challenges – anything but Christmas
Digi Designs Challenge – new – image
Top Tip Tuesday – anything
Aud Sentiments Challenge – any sentiment + scraps
Little Miss Muffet Challenges – new – image
Delicious Doodles Challenge – new – image
Card Makin’ Mamas – new – image
Fairy Tale Challenge Blog – new – image
Hotshot Craft – easel
Simply Create Too – more than one layer
Just Tracey's Crafts Challenge – love
Truly Madly Crafty – anything
Cupcake Craftroom – anything
Joanna Sheen Challenge – celebration
The Craft Garden – monochromatic
Gingerloft Challenge – anything
One Stitch at a Time – embellishments – 3, or 3 of something – (3 red roses)
Karen's Doodles Challenge - love 
Heart Song Inspirations - border punches + punch or tear card
CC Monthly Challenge - love is in the air 

I hope you all have a great week.  And I hope you’ll stop by again.  


dj1952 (Debra)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Snow Bunnies…

Didn’t expect to see me again so soon did you? LOL.  And I’m not posting an anniversary card either.  Not that I don’t have more to do, I just wanted to do something else. 

This beautiful girl and her companions are done by Wee Stamps.  I won a challenge over at Whimsy Stamps, and this was one of the options I had to choose.  I was able to select two stamps. Woo Hoo!  So at some time in the future you’ll see the little girl I chose.

I’ve used the new Wee Stamp, Cheery Lynn Designs dies and MS punches (on the inside). The distressed papers are by DCWV and open stock paper.  The flowers, ribbon, buttons, two shiny snowflakes and embroidery threads are all from my stash.  I did one of my favorite little techniques; using real thread over the drawn lines connecting the sled and hanging off the back with the mouse.  The bow was tied with Bow Easy.  Then I used Stickles over her fur and the snow. I also used the Cuttlebug polka dots folder on the blue circle.

The only problem with this image is that apparently everyone loves it, and it’s everywhere. LOL.  I guess it really shows that I have really good taste.
snowbunnies inside copy with wm

The inside wasn’t too difficult as all I needed was to use MS punches and a phrase from one of the sets I have. I didn’t have the snowflakes punches, but I thought this was a close substitute.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Meljen’s Designs – blue
Frosted Designs – something new – image
Crafty Calendar Challenge – cold + frosty
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge – anything
Gingerloft Challenge – winter
One Stop Craft Challenge – winter wishes
Hiding In My Craft Room – freestyle
Mark’s Finest Paper – snowflake
Totally Gorjuss – happy
The Cutie Pie Challenge – card with sentiment (inside)
Robyn’s Fetish Challenge – anything
Pile It On – anything
Incy Wincy Designs – anything
Cheery Lynn Designs – winter blues
Stamps + Fun = Creativity – snow
Craft Your Passion – anything + distressing
Heart Song Inspirations – anything
My Craft Spot – winter wonderland + glitter
Pollycraft Challenge – punch
The Pink Elephant Challenge – anything
Tuesday Throwdown – shiny – snow and fur
Craft Room Challenge – anything
Inspirational Card Sketches – any sketch -
Crafty Ribbons Sketch #9
Party Time Tuesday – something new – image
Papertake Weekly – anything
Stamp n Doodle – anything
Little Darlings Challenges – cold
The Pixie Cottage – monochromatic
The Squirrel and The Fox – something new – image
Really Reasonable Ribbon – ribbon + sparkle
Sparkles Forum – anything but Christmas
Digi Designs Challenge – something new – image
Creative Card Crew – snow
Ladybug Crafts – new stash – image
Top Tip Tuesdays – anything
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges – anything
Cupcake Craftroom – anything
The Craft Garden – monochromatic
Through the Craftroom Door – monochromatic
Scrapbook Sisters - anything 
The Paper Shelter - anything
That Craft Place Blog - buttons + bows

Well I hope you enjoyed visiting and seeing my latest work.  Please leave a comment so I can visit you.


dj1952 (Debra)

Favorite Cards of 2011

I had decided not to do a favorites list this year, since it was so difficult last year.  LOL.  But I was motivated into doing so after I visited Debby of A Scrapjourney’s blog.  She has a challenge to show top five (or more) cards and she will be drawing for candy on the 6th.

favourite 2 

I already know it will be more than five, but let’s see what I come up with.  And it’s in no particular order. If you would like more information on any of these cards, double click on the picture, and it will take you to the original post, with who did the image, and things I used.

These pictures are of my first (and so far, my last) flower petal card. 


This is for anyone that loves shoes.

I tried a number of other styles of cards.  This is my first half circle card.

heart anniversary 3.28.11 - bunkers

This was the first of three easel box cards that I made.

This is one of my favorites because of all the die cuts that I used.  It looks so delicate.

Just as I was about to pick my sailing ships for June, this one pops up.  I just loved the characters and it was so fun.

Another new technique I did is this stationery set.

Then I had to go back to one of my favorites in the style (easel) and one of my favorite designers, Mo Manning.

How cute is he? I adore him and the papers were all so cute. This really was a hard month to choose from though.

This was for my husband for our 39th anniversary, and I have to show it again.

I loved these little birds. And I tend to like pinks.

For my last card, I end with one of my favorite designers again, Mo Manning.

Well, as you can see I couldn't do just five; I had to be fair to each month didn't I ? LOL (Sorry Debby.) I hope you’ve enjoyed a look back with me at my work.   It was very difficult to choose what I did, and on another day, I might very well have chosen different cards.  We’ll see what this year brings.


dj1952 (Debra)