Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year Card

The count down is on! We are in the last hour of 2012 here in Oklahoma. My hubby and I went for an early dinner and movie. Now we're just waiting for the ball to drop. I couldn't let the day go by without posting one last card for 2012. So, here it is a Happy New Year Card. I used a digital stamp by Bugaboo Stamps and a sketch from the Catch The Bug Challenge blog. Wishing everyone a super happy 2013!!!
This Happy New Year Card is linked to the following challenges:

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Snowflake Thank You Card

This last week feels like it has flown by! I can't believe we only have a couple more days left in 2012. I'm trying to get all my Christmas thank you cards in the mail by Monday. I spent the morning creating this Snowflake Thank You card for my in-laws. The design is from this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch and I used an Island Indigo and Baja Breeze colour scheme with accents of silver and white. Enjoy your evening and thanks for stopping by!

Snowflake Thank You Card Supplies*:
  • Paper: Deep Ocean card stock (source unknown), silver pearlescent card stock by Wausau Paper, Festival of Prints dsp stack, Island Indigo card stock and Baja Breeze card stock all by Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps: Perfectly Penned stamp set (122890) and Snowflake Party stamp wheel (127870).
  • Inks: Classic stampin' pad in Island Indigo (126986).
  • Other Stuff: Big Shot, Snow Flurry Bigz die (127813), Cricut Machine (George and Basic shapes cartridge for circle and Straight From the Nest cartridge for filigree shadow), silver glimmer brad, small rhinestones, and stampin' dimensionals.

*All supplies by Stampin' Up! unless noted.

This Snowflake Thank You Card is entered into the following challenges:
  1. Broken Box Stock: Winter/Snowflakes
  2. Charisma Cardz: Anything Goes
  3. Moving Along With The Times: Thank You

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

After Christmas Thank You Card

After all the presents are opened and the excitement fades away, what is left to do? Make After Christmas Thank You Cards!!! One of the things my mother taught me was you should always send a thank you card when you are given a gift. Now that I make my own cards I enjoy sending them even more.  For this Christmas Thank You Card I've kept the design really simple but I used a gold swirl foil paper by The Paper Studio to add a touch of elegance. I've layered two butterfly punches to add detail and stamped the sentiment with a gold pigment ink. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
This Christmas Thank You Card is entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Handmade Merry Christmas Card

Hello and Merry Christmas! My family celebrated Christmas over the weekend, so it's been a quiet day for my husband and I. This gave me a wonderful opportunity to try this weeks challenge at CAS-ual Fridays, CFC83: Create a CAS holiday card in less than 10 minutes! I have said many times that I am the slowest card maker and that makes this challenge perfect for me. I kept the design really simple and used a K & Company dimensional snowflake sticker for the focal point. I'm happy to say I completed this Handmade Merry Christmas Card in under 10 minutes, but I didn't set any speed records. Thanks for stopping by my blog and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Handmade Merry Christmas Card in entered into the following challenges:


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Coconut Bon Bons

One of my favorite Christmas candies growing up was Coconut Bon Bons. The last several years nobody in my family made them.  So, I decided to make them.  The recipe is super simple but it does take some time to dip the bon bons in chocolate. They turned out really good and my dad and brother both were happy I made them. Here is my family recipe and I hope if you try them you'll love them as much as we do.

Coconut Bon Bons Recipe:
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1 Can Eagle Brand Milk
  • 2 Pounds Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 - 1 Cup Coconut
  • 3/4 - 1 1/2 Cups Chopped Pecans
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
Melt butter, mix in Eagle Brand milk, add vanilla, then add all remaining ingredients, mix well. Roll into bit size balls and chill at least one hour. Dip bon bons into your favorite dipping chocolate. I used Ghirardelli chips, mix 2 TBSP shortening with every 2 Cups of chocolate chips.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Good Afternoon! Right now it is all about the food and baking. I was up until 3:00 AM last night making Cranberry Bliss Bars and Coconut Bon Bons. Our family is starting our Christmas this weekend. It's nice to spread it out to eliminate the rushed feeling. I'm happy to say all my shopping is done and presents wrapped so now it's all about visiting and enjoying time with family. Here is a link for the Cranberry Bliss Bars recipe, the only adjustment I made was I added 1/8 tsp. of ground ginger to the bar batter. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Something Sweet

Hello Friends! This time of year it can be hard for me to find time to create a card. Yesterday my project was something sweet for my coworkers. I made these decorated pretzel rods. I used a Wilton mold for the trees which proved to be more challenging than expected, but they turned out okay for my first attempt. I wasn't sure how the Wilton vanilla flavored green chips would taste, but they are really good. They melted really smooth and have a nice flavor. When I placed the decorated pretzels in the bag, something just didn't look finished. So, I stamped Merry Christmas and used my EK Success Real Estate punch to make a tag. It was nice to see the smiles on my coworkers faces when I handed them their something sweet. Thanks for stopping my my blog and have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Candy Cane Christmas Card

Mmmmm.....Candy Canes! I love peppermint and this time of year I have a fondness for this sweet little treat. When I was gathering my supplies to make a card today the Candy Cane was my inspiration. This Candy Cane Christmas Card was made using this weeks Mojo Monday sketch. All the supplies for this card are by Stampin' Up!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Candy Cane Christmas Card Supplies:
*The Scentsational Season stamp set and Framelits are sold as a bundle (wood) or (clear).

My Candy Cane Christmas Card is entered into the following challenges:
  1. Mojo Monday: Sketch
  2. Come and Get It: Anything Christmas
  3. The Squirrel and The Fox: Christmas 

Christmas Cat Card and Blog Hop

Merry Christmas Blog Hop
Created with Love Challenges

Welcome to our second blog hop. 
Please take time to hop through our design team blogs...
you never know where you might find some blog candy.
Our sponsors for this hop are...
prize pack of 7 free images
5 Images of your choice
There will be 3 drawings! 1 winner per sponsor prize!
Thank you so much Sponsors for your generous prizes!
The Christmas Cat image on my card came from DigiDarla Designs. I have used a sketch from the Totally PaperCrafts blog for the design. I colored the image with my Copic markers and added a little puffy paint and stickles to the hat for some dimension and sparkle.  The patterned paper is from the Eskimo Kisses Collection by BasicGrey. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Andrea's Christmas Cat Card
Andrea's Blog Candy
Here is the list of blogs...
If you get lost along the way be sure to come back here.
You will find the design teams inspiration on their blogs.
CWLC (be sure to comment before you leave)
Andrea (you are here)
 Now remember you don't have to make a card. 
Any paper craft project can be entered. 
 Thanks for joining us at
Created With Love Challenges.  
Our design team will be on vacation from
December 24, 2012 through January 6, 2013.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

This Christmas Cat Card is entered into the following challenges: 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Eggbert Christmas Card

Another work week is over and Christmas is almost here. Just when I thought I was done making Christmas cards, I couldn't resist making this Eggbert Christmas Card using the sketch from Seems A Little Sketchy. I used traditional Christmas colours and coloured the Eggbert Christmas digital stamp by Bugaboo Stamps with my Copic markers. I stamped the inside of the card and added a little patterned paper to finish it off.  
Eggbert Christmas Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Green, red, lime, and white card stock by Recollections and all patterned paper by Doodlebug Design Inc.
  • Stamps: Eggbert Christmas digital image by Bugaboo Stamps and inside Merry Christmas sentiment stamp by Inkadinkado.
  • Inks & Colouring: Copic markers (C3, E00, E50, G05, R29, YG06), classic stampin' pad in Riding Hood Red, stampin' write markers in Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green, and ColorBox Scarlet Cat's Eye for inked edges.
  • Other Stuff: Essentials green ribbon, holly dimensional stickers by Recollections, rhinestones, and stampin' dimensionals.

This Eggbert Christmas Card is entered into the following challenges:
  1. Pixie Dust Studio: Christmas - Traditional Colors
  2. Anything Goes Challenge: Traditional Colours
  3. Oldie But A Goodie Challenge: Use Sponsor (Bugaboo) Image, holly dimensional sticker, rhinestones, and inside sentiment stamp bought after Christmas last year.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas to Ewe Card

When I found this Merry Christmas to Ewe digital stamp by Bugaboo stamps, I knew I had to have it! It's super cute and my parent's raise sheep, so you could say it was meant to be. The design for this Merry Christmas to Ewe Card came from the Stella Says Sketch challenge at the Catch The Bug blog. I coloured the image with my Copic markers and added Tulip Puffy Paint to make the sheep look fluffy. I really wished I had some flower soft and debated going to the store but I decided to make do with what I had.  I would be really broke if I went to the store every time I had a creative idea! I'm still trying to build my stash and flower soft is now on the shopping list. Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a wonderful night/day! 
This Merry Christmas to Ewe Card is entered into the following challenges:

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cupcake Fairy Birthday Card

Good Morning! I took a long weekend and the hubby and I went to Branson, MO to see a Christmas show and the lights at Silver Dollar City. We had a very nice time. Now, it's back to reality. The reality that I still haven't finished my Christmas shopping!!!

Are you ready for another Created With Love Challenge? This Cupcake Fairy Birthday Card was made for this weeks theme, Birthday/Things with Wings. Our sponsor this week is Delicious Doodles and my card features their Cupcake Fairy image. I coloured the image with my Copic markers and added a few die cut accents. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you play along with this weeks challenge.
This Cupcake Fairy Birthday Card is entered into the following challenges:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Over the Hill Birthday Card

Hello Friends! Here is an Over the Hill Birthday Card I made for my Mother's Birthday. She loves blue and burgundy so I used those colours on top of the herringbone patterned paper by Crate Paper and added a fun strip of blue zebra paper by The Paper Studio. The Over the Hill image is by Bugaboo Stamps and I coloured it with my Copic markers. It's fun to make handmade cards for family and friends. I didn't just go to the store and buy something generic. I created something  special for someone special. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by my blog!
This Over the Hill Birthday Card is linked to the following challenges:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Red Star Christmas Card

Here is quick afternoon post to share this Red Star Christmas Card I made using the Mojo Monday sketch designed by Carole Burrage. I combined the sketch with the color challenge at CR84FN and went with a Christmas theme. If you're wondering why I didn't make the star a glittery silver? There is a story behind that! The short story is I do want to stay married to my husband, who has threatened to throw away and ban glitter from the house. His position is it gets everywhere and then the cats walk through it and then lick their feet and they could ingest it. I know he is right, but it's really hard to refrain from using glitter. So, I went with a red star. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Red Star Christmas Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Dark red folded card by Recollections, basic grey, very vanilla, and cherry cobbler card stock by Stampin' Up!, Christmas Sheet Music and Red Harlequin patterned papers by The Paper Studio, Rejoice Collection patterned paper by Bo Bunny, and basic grey/neutrals dsp by Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps: Merry Christmas by Stampabilities.
  • Inks & Colouring: Tattered Angels glimmer mist in silver sugar and classic stampin' pad in cherry cobbler.
  • Other Stuff: Decorative edge punch, silver ribbon, Cricut machine, Christmas cartridge (star), grey rhinestones, and stampin' dimensionals.

Merry Christmas Kitty Card

Good morning! We are well on our way to Christmas. In three weeks it will be Christmas Eve. To help inspire you to create a Christmas card/project our challenge this week at Created With Love Challenges is Blue Christmas. Our sponsor this week is the Scrapbook Stamp Shop. My Merry Christmas Kitty Card was made using an image from the Pretty Kitty Christmas Blue coloured clipart set available at PJG Scrapbook Heaven. I hope you will join us this week and create a projected inspired by our Blue Christmas theme. Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great day!!!

Merry Christmas Kitty Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Light blue card stock, blue card stock, white card stock all by The Paper Studio, aqua glitter card stock by Recollections, and patterned paper by Doodlebug Design Inc.
  • Stamps: Digital Christmas Kitty image by Cheryl Seslar Designs and Teeny Tiny Wishes by Stampin' Up!
  • Inks: Royal blue die ink by Craft Smart.
  • Other Stuff: Snow Flurry Bigz Die by Stampin' Up!, white gemstones and white glitter brad both by The Paper Studio, and stampin' dimensionals.

This Merry Christmas Kitty Card is linked to the following challenges:
  1. Make It Monday: Anything Goes
  2. Sunshine Creations: Snowflakes
  3. Eclectic Ellapu: Santa Paws/Snowflakes
  4. Sentimental Sundays: Non-traditional Christmas Colors