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December 2016

The Cats Whiskers For Brown Sugar...

Welcome to a new Brown Sugar Challenge! This week our sponsor is All Dressed Up and the theme is Anything Goes!

2015 all dressed up stamps

I used this sweet cat image to create a simple black and white card with just a pop of color!  I used my colored pencils to fill in the hearts and ribbon and added a bit of grey on the cat. Which, of course, did not translate well in my photo! bsc 231 1 (562x640)

I die cut the image with the stamped edge die and then popped it up over some black and white polka dots on a white base! bsc 231 2 (640x506)

It’s your turn! Be sure to play along and link up HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today! I plan to be back to my regular posting schedule starting January 1!

Supplies: CS: PTI white. MFT natural dots and stripes. Stamps: Digi – the cats whiskers – by All Dressed Up. Other: Colored pencils. SSS stamped edge dies. PTI linen impression plate.

Singing Trees For Brown Sugar...

It’s time for a new Brown Sugar Challenge! Our theme is to use red, white and green on your projects. Our sponsor for this challenge is Melonheadz. They have some great digi images so be sure to go check them out!


I used these cute trees. I liked the idea of singing trees so I made a small chorus and added a tree with a sentiment and one with some lights! bsc 12.16 1 (590x640)

It’s like they showed up at your doorstep to sing a few carols and decorate your house! bsc 12.16 2 (640x427)

Be sure to play along and link up your cards HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today! As I mentioned the other day, with the holidays upon us, my posting will be minimal for the next few weeks.

Supplies: CS: SU! white. Stamps: Melonheadz Christmas Trees.

Retro Rubber Challenge #53 part two...

It’s the second week of the Retro Rubber Challenge so I whipped up a clean and simple card using colors inspired by the challenge.


I die cut three hour glass dies in white, real red and garden green. All three colors had been run thru the linen impression plate first. rrcb 53 3 (571x640)

I attached the white die to a crumbcake base and then added three red flags and three green flags. A sentiment finishes off the card. rrcb 53 4 (640x406)

There’s still time to play so be sure to link up your card HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today! I will be back Friday!

Supplies: CS: PTI white. SU! real red, garden green, and crumbcake. Dies: PTI linen impression plate. SSS full card hourglass. Stamps: PTI snowflake flurries.

Merry Copper Trees...

Today’s card was made using the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

I started with a couple of trees die cut from copper foil. Before I cut the images, I ran the foil through a pine embossing folder to give the trees some texture. cts 1 (522x640)

I stamped a sentiment on the cream linen and then die cut it using a mini stitched scallop rectangle. Clean and simple! cts 2 (640x433)

Thanks for stopping by today! Due to the holidays and my busy schedule, I plan on posting a couple of times next week and then will be off for the holidays with minimal posting until the beginning of January. I had hoped to keep my usual posting schedule but I just have too much to do! I am sure you can relate!

Supplies: CS: PTI vintage cream linen. SU! copper foil. Dies: PB tall trees. MFT mini scallop stitched rectangles. Stamps: MFT hand lettered holiday.

Retro Rubber Challenge #53...

Welcome to a new Retro Rubber Challenge! This is our last one for 2016! I can’t believe the year is almost over! This challenge is a color inspiration based on the picture in the challenge image.


I used a palette of cream and white with just a smidge of red and green thrown in. I started with some white texture paste and a snowfall stencil. I added the paste to the cream cardstock that I had run thru the linen impression plate and cut down a bit to go on the white card base. rrcb 53 1 (575x640)

I stamped the sentiment (circa 2015) and then added a die cut set of holly leaves and berries on the edge. Finally, I popped the sentiment up over the card front. I love the simplicity of the card with all that neutral and small pop of color. rrcb 53 2 (640x463)

It’s your turn! Be sure to play along and link up your card HERE!

I am entering this card in the current Paper Players challenge – snowflakes.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to pop in tomorrow!

Supplies: CS: PTI white and vanilla. SU! real red and garden green. Stamps: PTI Christmas cheer. Dies: PTI linen impression plate. SSS falling snow stencil. RC north pole wishes.

A Leafy Tree...

Here we go – twenty days until Christmas! I am so unprepared! My card for today used the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I started by using the PTI Christmas tree die and some pattern paper. fms 1 (532x640)

I stamped the sentiment and then die cut it using a washi tape die. To follow the sketch, I added a second washi tape die cut underneath and then popped them up over the tree. fms 2 (640x349)

Easy peasy! Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to pop in tomorrow!

Supplies: CS: PTI vanilla and green tea leaves pattern paper. SU! old olive. Stamps: PTI keep it simple happy holidays. Dies: PTI Christmas tree and linen impression plate. MFT washi tape.

Christmas Blessings...

It’s time for a new challenge at Brown Sugar! This one is anything goes! Yay! bs ff 1 (501x640)

I started by stamping a small poinsettia and adding a sentiment. Then I die cut a scalloped square to showcase the sentiment and most of the flower. bs ff 2 (640x393)

I added some strips of cardstock and pattern paper behind the square and a few enamel dots. I used the sketch from the Sunday Stamps challenge to pull this all together.

Be sure to play along with us! Hook up your creation HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today! I am off for the weekend but will see you back here on Monday!

Supplies: CS: SU! white, smokey slate and merry moments dsp. Stamps: SU! Christ is born. PTI o holy night. Inks: SU! real red and crushed curry. Memento black. Dies: PTI linen impression plate. MFT mini scalloped stitched square. Other: SU! enamel dots.

House Of Cards December Blog Hop...

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Hello! Welcome to the House of Cards end of term blog hop! Be sure to hop to each of the other DT members and enjoy their beautiful creations!  This hop will run from December 1 at 6:00 AM CST through December 15 at Noon CST. Any card style is welcome and we have this gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment!

  December 2016 Blog Hop Inspiration

You may be just starting the blog hop or have come from Heather’s Blog.

I opted to stick with the wreaths and the colors!  Both stamps are from Great Impressions, one of our sponsors. Dec HOC 1 (565x640)

I stamped the wreath and heat embossed in brown.  Then using a variety of distress inks, I watercolored the wreath.  I added the sentiment and then did a bit of die cutting so that I could layer up the image! Dec HOC 2 (640x492)

Thanks for stopping in!  Your next stop is Judy's Blog


Do you like prizes? Me too! We have some fabulous sponsors to share with you who are giving away goodies!  Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog because the prizes are hidden and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where they are hiding! :)  After you're done, make a creation to share with us HERE, too, for another chance to win!

Here are all of our fabulous sponsors! Our team will be using a variety of products from these amazing companies!

Beccy's Place


Prize: 1 stamp set or 3 single images


Cute as a Button

Prize: 3 single images


Great Impressions

Great impressions

Prize: Prize Package



Mhk designs

Prize: Any three products of your choice!


If you get lost – please use this hop list to help!

House of Cards Challenge Blog

MynnCohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 

KarenKatarina | Katy | Leslie | Linda | Merethe

MichelePaula Rocky | Rosi | Ruza

ShawnaShirley | Sue N. | Susan | Tina | Toni

 For all the details – be sure to visit House of Cards! Prize winners will be announced on December 20th. Card winners will be announced December 15th.


Supplies:  CS:  SU! real red and always artichoke.  Watercolor paper.  Dies:  MFT blueprint 20.  Stamps from Great Impressions.  Distress Inks.  Brown embossing powder.