Sunday, December 4, 2016

Visions of Sugar Plums Day 1

I am so very excited and honored to be playing along with a lot of my favorite crafty friends for the Visions of Sugarplums hosted by Lori Hairston at Choux Choux Paper Art!  Hang on because over the next few days we are going to take you on a wild ride!  Ok... it might not be wild... but it is gonna be pretty cool!  I'm just hoping I can keep up with my Partners In Creativity!

There are bunches of wonderful sponsors for this event and lots of prizes for commenting on the designers' blog posts:

And here's what you could win!

The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

Also, there is a challenge!  Link up your creation with a Christmas and/or Winter theme and you could win a $25 gift certificate to shop with Freckled Fawn!  You can link up here!  Link up by Saturday December 17th!

Pretty cool, right??? So with all of that said, here we go!

Today I'm joining some of my Paper Sweeties teammates and my project includes some great Paper Sweeties products:

So I was emptying out one of my little packages of flowers the other day and I looked at the packaging and thought.. I could make a dimensional shaker ornament out of this!  So.. I did! 

Here's what it looked like before I started:

So I started by measuring the size of the package and then I created my little scene... starting with some cardstock... I layered on the design paper with some birch trees on it... then I used a die to cut out the birch tree cutouts and popped those up.  Then I stamped and colored up my reindeer from PS Jingle All The Way stamp set and the Christmas Tree from the Trim the Tree Stamp set.  I also cut some sparkly snow mounds using the landscape die from the Tree of Life Sweet Cuts.  I used lots of layers of popup tape to give them all different dimensions.

Then I attached the scene to the inside of the packaging.  I swiped some glue on the bottom of the box and dumped in a bunch of glass beads (the glue was to be sure some of the beads stayed attached to the bottom so no one would see the ugly parts of the inside of the container)... and some beautiful Paper Sweeties clear irridescent Sugar Sprinkles Sequins.

I closed it all up and secured it with some washi tape and Modge Podge.  More Washi Tape on the top along with more Modge Podge.  I also Modge Podged some birch paper on the back of the ornament.  When it was dry (kind of) I used a stencil and some clear texture paste and added some snowflakes to the front of the ornament... glued on some more PS Sequins and then added sparkly texture paste to the edges.

I used some lacy ribbon for hanging and some felt flowers from my stash.  I cut off the leaves that were on them and cut some holly leaves from the Holly Days Sweet Cuts out of glitter paper and attached them instead.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and be sure to come back tomorrow because we're doing it all over again!  It seems my theme for this event is ornaments... I have a couple more for you tomorrow!

Now Be sure to hop on over and check out all of the awesome projects created for your viewing pleasure by all of these super talented designers and leave them some love... because it will make them happy and because you'll have more chances to win!  And be sure to comment over at the Choux Choux Paper Art Blog for sure because that's where it all begins and how Lori will know you are participating!

Lisa Bzibziak (You are Here!)

Don't forget to play along!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Craftin Desert Divas December Monthly Social Media Challenge!

Can you believe it's December already??  Christmas is right around the corner and it's time for a new challenge over at Craftin Desert Divas #CDDMONTHLY !  Look at that beautiful mood board... now there's some inspiration!  Here's how it inspired me:

I love to mix and match the CDD digital stamps with the clear stamps!  Between the two there are so many choices!  Here I used the Chilly Gift Digital Stamp (that cute little penguin), the Christmas Accessories Digital Stamps (the tree, the presents, and the fireplace) with the Santa's Helpers clear stamps (the little penguin, the light strand, and the sentiment) and the Christmas Cheer clear stamps (the snowglobe, the candy cane with the holly on it, the candy and that cute little santa doll).  Throw in a few of the fantastic CDD dies and you've got yourself Christmas Morning!

CDD Dies are also some of my very favorites!  I used the Picture Frame Dies for my window and I popped it up and made a shaker... a real one this time... and filled it with my most favorite CDD Shimmer Sequins... it's snowing outside you know!  I used lots of sparkly and gold stickles on my presents, penguin's hat, and the tree of course!

That adorable little penguin just loves his new Santa doll!  I used many different thicknesses of popup tape to add many layers of dimension... I even cut the inside of my fireplace out and popped up the fireplace and mantle.  Love those lights from the Santa's Helpers set too... I stamped three of them together and cut them out.  Then I added a little liquid glass to the bulbs.

Another one of my favorite die sets is the Scribbled Circle Dies... I used the small one as a wreath and added some of the holly leaves and berries from the candy cane stamp.  And that snow globe.. adorable right??  I'd put that on my mantle!

Thanks for stopping by and please do play along with us in the Facebook Gallery!  If you aren't a member, just request it... there is so much inspiration there... the challenge... new releases and lots and lots of artwork by Design Team and fans alike!

And here are links to the CDD Products I've used here:

Chilly Gift Digital Stamp
Christmas Accessories Digital Stamp Set
Santa's Helpers Clear Stamp Set
Christmas Cheer Stamp Set
Picture Frame Dies
Scribbles Circle Dies
Shimmer Sequins

Three Amigos Blog Hop December 2016!

Welcome to the final Three Amigos Blog Hop of 2016!  To finish out our year of threes, we are creating projects with three embellishments.   To me this meant three types of embellishments... so I used four! if you count the twine... do you count the twine?

I used the Happy Happy Christmas PML cards to make this card... it was very quick and easy.  The hardest part was limiting my embellishments... you know how I am!

I'm also linking up to Challenge #80 over at Dragonfly Journeys Christmas Critters!  You should check this one out... there are some cuuuute creations over there!

I used some jingle bells, a flower and some red enamel gems... oh yeah.... and some twine.. tee hee!

Thanks for stopping by... I know... it's a quick post... but this was a quick card!  I LOVE using PML cards for a card as well as scrapbooking... they are great for a fast but cute card!

I've got another post coming today... be sure to check that out!  

Now hop on over to see what Susan and Donna have created for you today!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge - December 2016

Welcome to December's Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge!  Such a pretty Mood Board isn't it?  I found inspiration from the red and aqua colors and Christmas theme of course!  And here is what I've created for you!

I am also playing along one more time with the 25 Days of Christmas Tags at Tracey McNeely's Blog.  I got inspiration from Amy Sheffer's tag on Day 25.  Loved the chalkboard look with the white stamped houses on it... I thought presents would do the trick!  And the red sentiment tag with a white sentiment.  I didn't have any aqua sequins so I added the pretty Paper Sweeties polka dot and striped papers from the Merry & Bright paper pad.

I just love red and aqua together for Christmas and really any other time as well

I decided to add a little mini tag to my tag... I love making shakers out of the Tag Sweet Cuts sets!  I used the present from Stitched Tags #3 and cut two presents... one from the patterned paper and one for my backing.  I used glitter paper for the back piece for some extra sparkle.  Then I cut my shaker window using the small heart from Stitched Tags #1.

I used the sentiment from Holly Jolly Christmas and also that little bow ... 

So thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you are inspired by the inspiration photo... I'll definitely be using this all month for inspiration!  And be sure to check out all of the Design Team projects... they are pretty awesome!

And there is so much going on this month over at Paper Sweeties not to mention that the prize for the Inspiration Challenge is $100!!  Specials and prizes, daily posts from DT and special guests all month and we're participating in the Visions of Sugar Plums Hop!!  So be sure to check back often and if you're not already on the Facebook Group join us here!  You can still join the Inspiration Challenge by linking up to the blog or just add your photo and post in the Facebook Group!

Nancy Salkeld
December Guest Designer:  Karen Letchworth

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

JessicaLynnOriginal Digi Stamps!

So I almost forgot to show you this!  And when I saw that JessicaLynnOriginal was having a sale on digi stamps I thought of it!  Quick post but be sure to check out the sale here!

Just love this cute Brentwood digi that is available in the shop here!

I remember it like it was yesterday!

I don't often re-do layouts, but I never did like this one so I re-used the little bus die cut from 20 years ago and added some Lawn Fawn stitched dies and MFT Flourishes.

Welcome to my heart!

Thanks for stopping and hope to see you again soon!  There's a lot going on here this month!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #188

Welcome to this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  I used some PML cards from the CTMH Happy Happy Christmas Picture My Life set.  I also flipped the sketch... I wasn't going to, but when I embossed the wrong side of my "Joy" sentiment, luckily there was one on the other side going the opposite way so I decided to flip the sketch!

I used the Circle Embossing Diffuser to protect the Joy Circle from being embossed.   In this case, I used the plate with the circle cut out... put the card in the CTMH Snowflake Embossing Folder,  placed the Plate with the open circle over the sentiment area, and ran it through my Big Shot... where the open circle was, it relieved the pressure from the Big Shot so it didn't emboss that area.

That pretty pattern was a 4x6 PML card.  I thought it kind of looked like a sweater so I embossed it with my Richard Garay Sweater Embossing Folder (one of my new favorites).  Added some white and gold twine and pinecones from the Oh Deer Scrapbooking Workshop and a couple red bells and a white flower from my stash.

I'm playing along with the Between The Folds Challenge #35 A to use glitter and bling on your project.  I added a snowflake cut from glitter paper using the Snowflakes Thin Cuts and some pretty gold sequins.

And here is the sketch... cock your head to the right and you'll see my card!  Hope you can play along with us this week!  Thanks for stopping and be sure to come back on the 1st for some Paper Sweeties Inspiration!

And don't forget about the Cyber Monday special going on today!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Brentwood and Small Business Saturday!

Hey there!  So excited to share with you a digital stamp available from JessicaLynnOriginal for free right now as part of the Black Friday/Small Business Saturday weekend celebration!  Not to mention an awesome sale over at!

I've used the Merry Christmas Snowman Penguina and Brentwood Owl free digi on a couple projects today:

When I saw this image I thought it would look great in say a snow globe so I cut a glass bottle shape using my Cricut and added a window to it so I could make a shaker out of it.

Isn't Brentwood a cutie?  And don't you just love his little friends??

I tied some seam binding ribbon around the neck of the bottle and added some sprigs, a pinecone and a snowflake there...

And also to the bottom of the jar..

With my second project, I'm also playing along with Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags!  You should check it out!  I was inspired by Lisa Elton's tag here.  The sparkly star shaker... I made mine using my Cricut as well... the star didn't leave enough room on the edges for a real shaker so once again, I made a faux one...

I just glued some sequins and some beads underneath my top layer and then popped up the top layer .

I added the Brentwood and Friends image to my tag along with some sprigs behind him just like my inspiration tag.

And I topped it off similar to Lisa's as well.... red... striped fiber... a big bow and some bells at the top...I love this color scheme!

Anywho!  Be sure to get on over to the site at and do some shopping!  There is a big sale going on right now... just use the code: blackfriday!  You can get 25% off of ALL of the stamps in stock... that includes those that are already discounted so.... what are you waiting for??

Also, be sure to check out what the other DT members have made for you today:

  1. Angeline
  2. Jeanette
  3. Andrea
  4. Lisa…/label/JessicaLynnOriginal