Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lawn Fawn CHA 2012 Winter Challenge ...

When I saw the current challenge by Lawn Fawn I pulled out two (2) of my cards that I made earlier this year which I still had in-house, and I also created two (2) new cards for your enjoyment.

It would be soooo cool to be featured in Lawn Fawn's 2012 Catalog and have my project hanging in their booth at 2012 Winter CHA! Wish me luck, and Congrats and Good Luck to all those who submit a project!

I'm going to start with my newest cards first.

Hoedown PARTY!
Products featured:
 - Stamps: Critter's on the Farm, Hat's off to You, and Harold's ABC's
 - Paper: A Muse Studio Cherry & Cherry Woodgrain, Bazzill Hillary & Scraps, and Neenah Solar White
 - Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, and Tim Holtz Distress Inks
 - Extra: 1 cotton ball
 - Tools: Fiskars Scissors & Fingertip Blade, Quicki Glue Pen, TomBoy Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Dauber, Tweezers, ATG, and A Muse Studio 3D Foam Adhesives

Let's Celebrate
Products featured:
- Stamps: Plus One and Say Cheese
- Paper: A Muse Studio Buttercup Polka Dots, Bazzill Pineapple Bliss & Purple Scraps
- Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Marker
- Tools: Fiskars Scissors & Fingertip Blade, Quicki Glue Pen, ATG, and A Muse Studio 3D Foam Adhesives

Enjoy the Ride
Originally created & posted on May 23, 2011.
Products featured:
- Stamps: Admit One
- Paper: Bazzill Blind Date & Yellow, Neenah Solar White, DCWV The Dots, Stripes & Plaids Matstack, Cosmo Cricket Mitten Matstack, and Beach Babe from Fancy Pants
- Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, and Copic Markers
- Extra: Recollections Rhinestones
- Tools: Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Squares Large, Fiskars Scissors & Fingertip Blade, Creative Memories Corner Round Punch, ATG, and 3/16" Mini Glue Dots

No title
Originally created & posted on August 10, 2011.
Products featured:
- Stamps: Critter's in the Burbs and Lunar Lights
- Paper: DeNami, Neenah Solar White & Cream
- Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, and a large variety of Tim Holtz Distress Ink.
- Tools: Fiskars Scissors & Fingertip Blade, ATG, 3/16" Mini Glue Dots, and 3D Foam Squares

Hope you enjoy each of my creations!

Wishing each and everyone a very Happy New Year!
Ruza

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Altered Tray Christmas Gift ...

When I ask my son Nick what he wanted for Christmas this year, his response was the normal "I don't know".  So I decided to make gifts for Nick & his wife Lauren.  I created a Wedding Book for them with the pictures taken by Joshua Albanese Photography with my Creative Memories photobook software.

I also altered this Shadowbox Tray 12X16 Black which I picked up at Archive's to commemorate their wedding.
Here are some close ups ...
Exchanging Rings


This is one of their Engagement Photos

Their first dance as husband & wife.

Party favors from the Bridal Showers.

This is one handsome couple!


All of the sentiments that were added is from a Vellum page I picked up at Archive's when I bought the tray. Unfortunately, I don't have the title of the page anymore.

Nick & Lauren really loved their gifts. Nick told me he never would have done anything like this to commemorate their day! I really love that young man!

I'm going to submit this post for the Wee Memories Challenge #80 ~ Anything Goes. I'm taking the "Anything Goes" literally. LOL!

Enjoy!
Ruza

Cheers ...

Last week I joined Market Street Stamps ~ The Neighborhood and got this cute Cozy Cup Digital stamp to use for the current CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #33 and MSS December Block Party Challenge.  The combined challenge is to create a CAS card using Craft and some Twine.

I printed up a couple of the Cozy Cups, colored them with my Copic Markers, added a very thin layer of Glossy Accents to give my cups a little ceramic shine, and then fussy cut them out.  I incorporated the Cappuccino Twine from The Twinery for the steam on both cups, and over the faux stitching.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches "Word Up" stamp sets.

I'm not a drinker, so I used the Cozy Cups to make a card for celebrating the New Year. This will be going in the mail to my BFF. 

I'm also submitting this card for Wee Memories Challenge #80 ~ Anything Goes.

Wishing each and every one of you a Safe & Happy New Year!

Enjoy!
Ruza

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wee Memories Honorable Hoot ...



Thank you to the Design Team at Wee Memories for the Honorable Hoot for my Santa's Flight card, which you can see the post HERE.


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Ladies!

Ruza

CDAC Progressive FREEBIE Challenge #9 ~ Take II

Back again to share the last two (2) Holiday Cards I created for 2011.  I used the Digital Snow globes provided by Crafty Ann's Digi Shop for the CDAC Progressive FREEBIE Challenge #9.

The images located inside the snow globes, and the sentiment, are from "Little Paper Shop" Global set.  I found this company last year and they went out of business after I got this set.  The Global set came with a snow globe stamp, but I chose to use the FREEBIE for my cards instead.
Each of the images were colored with Copic Markers, some Tim Holtz Distress Ink, and Stickles were used for the snow.

December 15, 2011 - January 14, 2012
Theme:  Make it Your Own

NOTE: Due to the busy holiday season upon us, we have extended this challenge by a couple of weeks so that everyone will have a chance to create something and enter your project! We don't want anyone missing out on the next round of images.

The "Snow globes" are one of 5 Digital Stamps that you get for FREE if you participated in the last 2 challenges. If you haven't participated yet you can still get these awesome Digital Stamps for only $1.00. Head on over to CDAC for all the details! Once you create and upload your project you automatically qualify to get the next set of Digital Stamps for FREE.

I am also submitting these cards for the following challenge ... Paper Crafts December 2011 Gallery Challenge.

Wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Enjoy!
Ruza

Merry Christmas ...

For my next card I CASED one of my own cards that I recently made for the DeNami Theme Challenge #8 ~ Christmas which you can see here.  I am submitting this card to Paper Crafts December 2011 Gallery Challenge
I left out the window and used Avocado Art's Ho Ho's & Holiday Blessings to create the wreath with various Memento Inks, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, ribbon from A Muse Studio, and Baby Bling from Want2Scrap.

The sentiment on the inside is from Repeat Impressions, #2209I.
Have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Enjoy!
Ruza

A Holiday Hello ...

I have another holiday card for the current CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #32 ~ Signed, Sealed & Delivered, which I will also be submitting to Paper Crafts December 2011 Gallery Challenge.

I made six of these cards to send to my friends.  I used Whipper Snapper's Yin & Yang which I picked up at Archiver's last week.  The coloring was done with Copic Markers, and was a bit of a challenge for me. I like how they turned out so I'll probably make a set of note cards with this image.  These mice are sooo cute!

The sentiment and candy canes are from Avocado Arts Bring on the Holiday Cheer! stamp set.  The candy canes go with the PP from Memory Boxes Yuletide 6x6 pad.

Wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Enjoy!
Ruza

Monday, December 19, 2011

Season's Greetings ...

While working on the last of my Christmas Cards on Friday, I decided to incorporated the colors from The Play Date Cafe Color Challenge #111 which is Black & White with a splash of Teal.  I also created a coordinating envelope for my CAS card for the CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #32

Not sure that my card meets the requirements for the PDCC111, you can be the judge.

Here is my card with the matching envelope.
The card base is Bazzill Intense Teal. Unfortunately, the picture doesn't do it justice.  I can't wait to get my photo-light tent for Christmas.  That is if my son actually gets me one. It's the only thing I asked him for for Christmas this year.

I pulled out my Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes for this card.  Colored the snowman's scarf and hat with a couple Copic Markers to get the teal color, added some Kaiser Black Rhinestones for his buttons, and put some stickles on his hat.  Before layering my design on the card I tied on some Charcoal Twine from The Twinery.

I really love how this card turned out, and plan on making a couple more since I forgot 2-people on my Christmas Card list. Yikes! At least I know they will still make it there before Christmas.

I am also submitting this card to Paper Crafts December 2011 Gallery Challenge.

Now that you've seen my card, do you think I met the PDCC111 requirements? I hope so.

Enjoy!
Ruza

Thursday, December 15, 2011

CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge #9

Dec 15, 2011 - Jan 14, 2011
Theme: Make it Your Own

I chose to make a Tri-Fold Christmas Card featuring the adorable "Lab Puppy Surprise Present" Digital Stamp provided by Pattie's Creations for this round. Copic Markers were used to color the puppy, and Tim Holtz Distress Inks were used to add color to the floor and wall.

Here is another view with the card open partially.
Here is the inside which contains the sentiment from Stampabilities "In the Eye of Children" stamp from 2010.

The "Lab Puppy Surprise Present" is one of 5 Digital Stamps that you get for FREE if you participated in the last 2 challenges. If you haven't participated yet you can still get these awesome Digital Stamps for only $1.00. Head on over to CDAC for all the details! Once you create and upload your project you automatically qualify to get the next set of Digital Stamps for FREE.

NOTE: Due to the busy holiday season upon us, we have extended this challenge by a couple of weeks so that everyone will have a chance to create something and enter your project! We don't want anyone missing out on the next round of images.
I am also submitting this card for the following challenges ...





Wishing each and every one of you
a very Healthy & Happy Holiday Season!

Enjoy!
Ruza

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Santa's Flight ...

One more holiday card to share tonight.  I will be submitting this one for the following challenges ...


I pulled out my new Santa's Flight stamp set from A Muse Studio, along with the Woodgrain Latte, Cherry and Sugar cardstock for this card.

After coloring in Santa and his reindeer's, I used several different distress inks to get the night sky and applied some chalk for the moon.  To bring color to the inside of my card I added Washi Tape from the A Muse Winter Collection along the bottom.

Thank you for stopping by!
Ruza

There's SNOWONE like you! ...

Back with another holiday card.  This one will be going to one of my girlfriends who needs a good laugh.  When I created this card I had a couple of challenges in mind.  Here they are:

I decided to go with the Snowman Card,
no Mashup this week.




I combined my new Avocado Arts Ho Ho's & Holiday Blessings, and Brrr! and the Nerdy Snow Peeps stamps to create a Snowman Santa.

I created the background pattern on the inside with one of the snowflakes, which I also used around the snowman on the front of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!
Ruza

Other Products used ...
 - Paper: A Muse Studio Eucalyptus, Neenah Solar White, Memory Box Yuletide, and Archiver's Burgundy
 - Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Versa Color Orange, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky & Iced Spruce Distress Ink, Star Dust, Crystal & Waterfall Stickles
 - Extra: Kaiser Black Rhinestones
 - Tools: Nestabilities S4-112 Classic Ovals Small & S4-113 Scalloped Ovals Small, Fiskars Scissors & Fingertip Blade, ATG, and A Muse 3D Foam Adhesive

Winter Bear ...

I've been busy creating my 2011 Holiday Cards this week. Now I've never sent out just one type of holiday card because I like to mix it up.  There are 6 different family groups, and then we have the friends.  That gives me 7 different types of cards to create, and I'm getting there. 

Enough of that, now here is my first card which I'm submitting for the following challenges:


This Winter Bear Digital Stamp from Designed2Delight is absolutely adorable, and I had so much fun creating this card.  He sure looks like he's having a lot of fun sliding down the snowy hill!
I finished the inside off with a sentiment from Repeat Impressions (#404I).

Thank you for stopping by!
Ruza

Other products used ...
 - Paper:  DeNami Red Cardstock, Neenah Solar White, and Memory Box Yuletide
 - Ink:  Copic Markers, Star Dust & Waterfall Stickles, and Memento Tuxedo Black
 - Tools:  Printer, Trimmer, and ATG

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thanks so much ...

If you're here for the DeNami Gift Wrapping Blog Hop please scroll down.

I'm back with my second project for the CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge #8 ~ Animals Hold our Hearts Theme.  I created a thank you card to showcase this adorable Everyday Birdie provided by Doodle Pantry.
I colored this lovely with my Copic Markers, added the sentiment from Paper Smooches Chit Chat stamp set.  The "thanks" was colored in with Copic Markers to match the A Muse Studio Navy cardstock and twine.

There is still time to join the CDAC Challenge #8 so hop on over to get all the details!

Enjoy!
Ruza

Let's Party ...

Good evening! If you're here for the DeNami Gift Wrapping Blog Hop please scroll down.

I've finally had time to create a couple of projects for the CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge #8 ~ Animals Holds our Hearts Theme.  My first project is a decorate tag for a wine bottle that I created for a gift I recently purchased.  I used the adorable Bakster Helps provided by Just Some Lines.

Here is a close-up of the adorable puppy!

I purchased one of these wine bottles full of doggie treats from Mondogi.
This is my grand-dog Winston, and this picture will appear on the Wine Bottle.
I thought this would be a really different unique holiday gift to give to my son and his wife this year. 

You still have time to submit for the CDAC Progressive Challenge #8.  Head on over to CDAC to check out all the details!

Enjoy!
Ruza

Sunday, December 11, 2011

DeNami Gift Wrapping Blog Hop ...

Lawnscaping Challenges
 All About Red Blog Hop is located here

Welcome to the Gift Wrapping Blog Hop hosted by DeNami. This month we are showing you how versatile and easy it is to create Gift Wrapping with the lovely DeNami Design products!

You should have arrived at my blog from Tina's Blog ~ Timeless Treasure. If you just arrived, or get lost along the way, you can find a complete listing of the participants at DeNami's Blog.

My post is a little long, so I apologise upfront and hope you enjoy my project. I found this cute Card Pouch designed by Cindy Lawrence over at Splitcoast Stampers, and decided to use my DeNami stamps to decorate it, and also made note cards to go inside.
J133 Decorative Flourish was used on the outside of the pouch.
J96 Medium Solid Hibiscus & one of the sentiments from
TR16 All Occasions Sentiments were used for the notecards.
Here is one of the cards with one of the matching envelopes I made.
Here are the notecards in their pouch.
Side note:  The pouch is actually purple, but I couldn't get a picture to show it's true color. This is the perfect little gift, and I think I'm going to give it to Katie's teacher for Christmas.

The Blog Hop is sponsored by DeNami Design, and they are giving away THREE $20.00 Gift Certificates to their on-line store! Awesome right! All you have to do qualify for one of these prizes is leave a comment below before you head over to the very talented DeNami Design Team member Michelle's Blog ~ Studio MSG.

Quick Update ... Oooppss!!!
The Blog Hop runs from Sunday, December 11th thru Monday, December 12th at 11:59 PM PST.

Thank you for joining us on the Blog Hop! I hope each and every one of you a have a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season!
Ruza

Other products used ...
 - Paper: Bazzill Basics and scraps for the pouch, DeNami for the cards, and Recollections for the envelopes
 - Ink: A Muse Studio Latte, Blackberry & Bubblegum
 - Extra: DeNami Ribbon, A Muse Studio Finishing Spray, and Recollections Faux Pearls
 - Tools:  Martha Stewart Scoreboard & Scallop 3-Dot Punch, Scissors, ATG, and Scrapbook Tape

Thursday, December 8, 2011

All About Red Blog Hop ...

WELCOME to the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog Hop "All About RED".  This is the SECOND Blog Hop hosted by Lawnscaping Challenge Blog, and I'm so happy you could join us for this awesome event.  We are featuring the adorable Lawn Fawn Stamps and the color RED!

You should have arrived at my blog from Isha's New Ideas Blog. If you are just joining us, or get lost along the way, hop on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog for a complete list of the participants.

I created a Christmas Milk Carton Box for your enjoyment.  I can't take credit for the design of this cute box.  I found the instructions over at Splitcoast Stampers, and the tutorial was created by Beate Johns. My Milk Carton showcases the lovely Critters in the Snow stamp set.
Here is a side view so you can see the igloo I stamped on the cardstock prior to putting together the milk carton.
Here is a picture of the Milk Carton on it's side with the candy treats spilling out.

The hop runs from Friday, December 9th at 12:01 AM EST, and runs thru Sunday, December 11th at 11:59 PM EST.

The Blog Hop is being sponsored by these amazing companies ... Lawn Fawn, Mold Muse, and Whisker Graphics.  They are providing the PRIZES for the Blog Hop for one random participant and THREE, that right THREE, random commenter's! Prize details can be found on the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog.

Not only will you be inspired by all the lovely projects, you will have lots of chances to win!

After leaving your comment head on over to Pia Overgaard Design for some more inspiration.

Thank you for joining us today!
Ruza
 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Merry Christmas Gift Tag ...


With Christmas just around the corner I created a Christmas Tag for this lovely challenge.
I started out with a doily I created with MFT's Doily Die Cut, then added my Lawn Fawn Stamps from Critters in the Forest and Cozy Christmas.  Decorated the tree with stickles and a star from Darice. The final touch was to twist up Maraschino & Charcoal Twine from The Twinery and feed it through the doily.
I'm also submitting this tag to the Wee Memories Challenge #78 ~ Free For All.
Hope you enjoy my holiday tag!

Remember to come back this weekend for the Lawnscaping "All About Red" Blog Hop, and DeNami's "Gift Wrapping" Blog Hop for lots of inspiration!

Until next time ...
Ruza

Seasons Greetings ...

I haven't played along with many challenges lately and I really wanted to get back into the swing of things.  What better way than to create something for the new DeNami Theme Challenge #8, which is the first challenge I participated in 1-yr ago.  The current theme for the challenge is "Christmas".

I made a window card using DeNami's Leafy Vine Wreath, Classic Seasons Greetings, Candle Trio, and Mini Grass stamps. Cardstock is from DeNami, A Muse Studio, and Neenah. Copic Markers, Tim Holtz new Holiday Distress Inks, and Stickles were used throughout the design.
I'm also submitting my card to the current Wee Memories Challenge #78 ~ Free For All.

Don't forget to come back this weekend for the Lawnscaping "All About Red" Blog Hop and DeNami "Gift Wrapping" Blog Hop!

Until next time ...
Ruza