Ho! Ho! Ho!

Life has been crazy this December and I'm thankful that all is finally calm!

Bob and I watched "Julie & Julia" tonight. It was great fun to see how blogging impacted Julie's life. It also highlights how much work it is to blog each day. I'm thankful to those who provide so much inspiration to many! every! day!

I hope that each of you have a wonderfully blessed Christmas with family and friends.

I'm already working on some personal goals for 2010. Wonder what the new year will hold?

Keep playing!  -- Rhonda

Papertrey Blop Hop Challenge

This month's Blog Hop Challenge is to create a quick & inexpensive wrap or tag that can be the perfect solution for "grab & go" gifts! 

There is nothing easier than a gift bag! I decided to use the sentiments from PTI's Mixed Messages, Holiday Tree, and 2009 Holiday Tag Collection as well as some of the snowflakes.  I put the senitments on a large block and then stamped the image "twice" to make a long rectangle. Centered on SU - Real Red cardstock and you are ready to go. I also made a matching card that was so simple.

The finishing touch is the ornaments I found at Walmart for a $1. There are 4 or 5 different colors.

If you purchased the vintage ornaments or stocking print stamp sets, I think you would love the stocking and old fashioned ornament shape (3rd bag from left).

I purchased a couple of key ornaments thinking ahead to Valentine's Day! The key is in the bottom left below.

You might like the post below as well. I made gift bags yesterday using Giga Guidelines. After I posted I remembered the blog hop! I hope you are having a wonderful time with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!!!
Thanks for visiting. Keep playing! --Rhonda

Just Because - Magnolia DT sketch

I'm using Khaki Tilda for my November Magnolia-licious DT sketch.

I used several different papers along with my new favorite of adhesive cork. I needed a card I could mail without robbing the bank for all the extra postage so I choose to not add alot of embellishments.

I was excited to see that PTI's mixed messages and giga guide lines set both have Just Because as a sentiment. I used the large sentiment as the background on my SU Real Red paper. This was just the finishing touch that the card needed for balance.

Thanks for looking. Keep playing! --Rhonda

Picking Lilacs Tilda

My blog candy arrived from Sharon at Gramma's House of Cards! Can you say jumping up and down excited!!! There were THREE Tilda's and some fabulous charms. I couldn't wait to start playing. My Copic Marker collection dictated my color selection. I think she would make a great birthday or thinking of you card.

I used my Polar White Flower Soft for the first time as well. Needless to say, a photo shows the places I missed so well! I can see why everyone likes this product so much. It was fun to use.

Big hugs to Sharon!!

Thanks for looking. Keep playing! --Rhonda

Bread and Butter

I'm trying to get our homemade goodies ready for gift baskets. We had an abundance of cucumbers so Bob and I made Bread and Butter pickles.

The PTI 2009 Christmas tags made the chore very easy. Stamp, punch, and you are ready to go!

Red stickles add the perfect amount of glitz as the holly berries.

Thanks for looking. Keep Playing! --Rhonda

Just a Note!

My original concept was a notepad cover, but I'm always amazed at how the original idea changes. My color selection is based on the SPCC color challenge.

I recently made a custom bulletin board which left me with some extra adhesive cork. PTI's Take Note inspired my mini bulletin board idea for the card front. I cut the cork with Spellbinders Label One. I thought it turned out fun! I'm now imaging mini bulletin boards for dollhouses, cabinet doors, etc.

I used SU texture background plates on the yoyo yellow and melon mambo. I stamped the flower twice on SU - Not Quite Navy with PTI -Enchanted Evening ink. Inserted a brad and fluffed the petals.

Thanks for looking. Keep Playing! --Rhonda

Merry Merry! - Card Patterns Sketch #40

Do you have Tueday Morning stores in your area? I found a great Making Memories paper pack (6x6 48 sheets) for $2. The new sketch from Card Patterns showcases this fun paper beautifully!

I liked the paper so much I made two cards! The stamp set is a little dollar stamp from Michael's.

I colored the ornaments with my Copic Markers and added highlights with my Clear Star Spica pen.
My card for Sketch #40 is 5 1/4 by 5 1/4 base. I don't usually make this size, so it was a nice change. I added a pop dot to one of the ornaments to give the visual lift that was needed. The white yarn is from Hobby Lobby. It has a beautiful silver sparkle.

The green ribbon on the second card is PTI's spring moss twill that I stamped with the Merry Merry image.
Thanks so much for looking. Keep playing! --Rhonda

Celebrate the Season! -

Does anyone else just love Spellbinder's Labels One? This set is a work horse. The largest die is the perfect size for a 4x4 card! I'm playing along with Pals Paper Arts color challenge this week.

The Christmas tree, snowflakes, and sentiment are all from PTI's Holiday Tree set. I embossed the snowflakes with white and over-stamped the tree with clear. The picture doesn't do justice to the shiny tree.

This card will be perfect for packages that need a lil hand-written note!

Thanks for looking. Keep playing! --Rhonda

Soar! - Mojo Monday

Here is my entry for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. There are alot of talented people playing this week for a chance to win a Verve stamp set.

I used PTI's Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, and Enchanted Evening cardstock paired with a floral from My Mind's Eye. My Copic Marker B99 worked great to color my prisma flower and brads for a coordinated look. The picture doesn't do justice to the Berry Sorbet! This is a gorgous color. I have had the verse stamp forever and don't know where it is from. I purchased it before the day of blogs!

Thanks for looking. Keep playing! --Rhonda 

Christmas Blessings to You and Yours

I had so much fun with my tag project. I am planning to give a set to each of my son's teachers with cookies and a gift card. Each box has 10 tags, 3 different styles. A gift that won't clutter their home and keeps on giving.

I used Spellbinders labels one for the large tag and the Spellbinders standard tag for the other two. The felt trees are from Hobby Lobby. They add such great dimension. The "to and from" are from PTI's 09 Holiday tag set. The little tree, snowman, and larger tree on the outside of the box are retired SU stamps. The sentiment outside the box I generated on the computer.

The box itself you might recognize if you order PTI stamps. I have re-used the plastic box for my packaging. I had a blast making the inside with the divided middle. I am so thankful for my Scor Pal. The red ornament paper is from Hobby Lobby. I used the frame from PTI's Take Note set to frame my outside label.

It feels really good to have these checked off my list!!

Thanks for looking. Keep playing! -- Rhonda

Stickle Organization

Are your stickles rolling around? Causing havoc in your drawers?
I just recently purchased my first ones. Yes, I'm late to the party but with my recent re-entry to stamping after a long hiatus you can only purchase so much. I created this handy storage idea. The 1" circle punch is the perfect size to use.

As I showed my sweet husband, his comment was "It seems like you have room for one more."  I'll take that as permission to purchase another. The storage box is from IKEA. It is only 3" deep so items like stickles and flower soft don't get lost!

Hope you are having a wonderful day. We are supposed to have at least a week of sunshine.

Keep playing!  --Rhonda

Thankful for You! -

I playing along with Unscripted Sketches and Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges. I am really enjoying using fall color/themes. I have personally challenged myself to use my stamp images several times so I can justify the cost! (wink) so if the Magnolia - Sitting Fall Tilda stamp looks familiar, she is! Plus I keep telling myself it I color her enough I just might figure out shading/blending with Copic Markers.
The sentiment and leaves are from PTI's Fall Elegance set stamped with SU Not Quite Navy. The paper is SU Really Rust, Not Quite Navy, and Naturals Ivory. The stripe is from My Mind's Eye.
Extras: Nestibilities - Rectangles, grommets, twine, and SU texture plate
Thanks for looking! Keep playing! --Rhonda

SPCC #20 Happy Fall

Hi Everyone!
I'm playing along with SPCC's color combo challenge. I didn't have any Always Artichoke so I chose SU's Mellow Moss.

I purchased my 1st Magnolia "Tilda" stamps. They are stretching my coloring skills! I am thankful there are lots of Copic Marker tutorials online. I used the SU backgrounds One texture plate with the Curry cardstock. I thought it matched the detail of Tilda's scarf. 

I used the Spellbinder's Label One on an angle to change it up a little.
It is a beautiful fall day here in Texas! Thanks for looking.

Keep Playing! --Rhonda 

Babies are Heaven Sent!

I love being able to combine challenges. This time it happened by chance. I loved Kazen's sketch #37 at 2 Sketches 4 You, so I thought I would play along then I found the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #8 that wanted a baby card. 
My focal point is made with the Classic Scallopped Circle Lg #2 and #3. The border was done with my Just Rite Preserves Set using the 2 3/8" wood stamper.  I used PTI Bitty Baby stamp set to paper piece the rabbit and added a cute stripe for his ear and tail.
The paper is PTI Kraft, Enchanted Evening, and Aqua Mist. The stripe is from an unknown paperpack.I think the Enchanted Evening ink color looks fabulous on the Aqua Mist.

Thanks for looking! Keep playing! --Rhonda

SFYTT Sketch/Country Living Color Inspiration

I received my November Country Living magazine yesterday. It certainly isn't following traditional holiday colors. This trend is being used in card making as well. I decided to use the cover as my color inspiration. Blues/Teals. Yellow. Brown.

I used  Jen del Muro's SFYTT sketch for the layout.

The stamp image is a retired SU - Winter Play as well as PTI Polka Dot Basics II and Fresh Alphabet to spell out snow. I used PTI Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart and SU Choc Chip cardstock. I used my Copic marker (BG11, BG13, BG18) to color my nestie scallop and the snowman's accessories. Buttons from my Grandmother's button tin, glitter pen on the scarf, and snowflake die from Spellbinders finished the look.

Thanks for looking! Keep playing --Rhonda

Groughy Lady

Today's card uses MTSC 43 sketch and Just Us Girls technique challenge of paper piecing and the color pink!

I'm using the stamp "Groughy Lady" as the focal point. I have had this stamp for awhile but wasn't sure how to use her so paper piecing was a lightbulb moment. I paper pieced her bathrobe and pocket. I used a pop dot under the elbow and robe bottom to give some extra dimension.

Sentiments and where to put them continue to be challenging. I finally chose Need a Couch Day? from PTI 's On My Couch set. Am I making this too hard?

The paper is from a paper pack I purchased at Michaels.

Thanks for looking! Keep playing --Rhonda

Snowflake Wonder

I had a little time to kill as I was waiting on my son's Algebra II class to end, so shopping at Hobby Lobby seemed the thing to do. I found the cute red snowflake paper from The Paper Studio on clearance as well as some other Christmas papers. I also picked up the Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder dies at 40% off. Mojo Monday Week #108 had the perfect sketch for trying my new goodies.

The snowman is from the retired SU Tags and More set stamped on a rectangle nestie. I colored the scarf and hat with my Copic markers. Outlining the snowman with C-1 Cool Gray helps him stand out. The sentiment is from PTI On My Couch set.

I used one of the five snowflake dies for my embellishment. Clear embossing powder as well as a PTI Enchanted Evening button finished the flake nicely.

I used the SU texture plate background 1 to put large dots on my PTI Enchanted Evening cardstock layer.

I see lots of snowflakes in my future! I can't wait to make gift tags!

Thanks for looking!

Keep playing! --Rhonda

MTSC42 Challenge

I'm so excited my Copic marker order arrived!! If the postman only knew that I was stalking my mailbox waiting for them to arrive! I now have some browns, blues, and greens. My order came in 2 days.  Now if my other package would show up I'd be set.

By following links, I came across Mercy's Sketch Challenge. I loved her blog and sketch so I thought I would play along. I chose a retired Stampin Up image Friendships Grow so I could "color" with my Copics. Alot of my stamp images are solid so I'm looking to add stamps that allow me to color.

I sewed around the edges and decided I like the uneven stitching of the bottom thread. My machine needs adjusting so I get this weird stitch. I used PTI Everyday Button Bits for the sentiment and PTI Scarlet Jewel buttons. 

The paper is SU Old Olive and Whisper White. I don't have the name for the great stripe. I would love to tell you which Copic Markers I used, but by the time I used one color and didn't like it, I would go over it with something else creating my own hue!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I feel like I'm living in the NW with all the cloudy, rainy days we are having. Tomorrow I'm hoping that regular Texas weather returns.
Keep playing! -- Rhonda

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