Thursday, December 31, 2009

Home SWEET Home

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Hello my friends! I hope you are enjoying your Christmas season. We have had so much happening. A friend of our family is remodeling (with my husband's help) and the mom (My friend) has a lot of allergies, so they have been staying at our house this week. This has thrown my schedule off a bit. GOD is good though and has blessed us with space to have people into our home.

Tonight, we will be surrounded by friends with good food and an opportunity to pray together and play games. It will be lots of fun!

Todays project uses the Fancy Frame Window Frame card. I used the Gingerbread House Digi from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. What a FUN image to color!!! I decorated it up with Stickles and Flower Soft...coloring it with Copic Markers.

Here are a few more details:
Gingerbread House Digi from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
Cardstock: Carob Cream Bazzill, Decorated Paper SU, Real Red,
Accessories: Stickles, buttons, white flower soft, double stitched Chocolate Ribbon, Paper Snips, Pencil

Anyways, be safe and have fun! I am praying this year will be filled with good health, lots of laughter, personal and spiritual growth and the ability to fully trust in the LORD's perfect will.

Happy New Year!
Chrissy D

Monday, December 28, 2009

Silent Night - Brayered Impressions

Hello Everyone-
This week is my last week of being a Guest Designer - I have had so much fun playing with their FABULOUS images!

Today, I had my annual day of stamping and scrapbooking with friends. My husband made us home made pizza (I didn't eat it due to my diet!) I stamped all day and got 4 projects completed. Those projects will be shown in the near future!

Here are the details of my project:

Stamp Sets: Just Breathe, Little Things by FCD
Technique: Brayered Impressions by Technique Junkies
Cardstock: Hunter Green, Eggplant, Ballet Blue, White
Accessories: Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Big Shot, Snowflakes Cuddlebug folder, Brayer, Large Oval Punch, Stardust Stickles, White Flower Soft and glue, Blue organdy ribbon, buttons, silver thread

Thanks so much for looking! I hope you have a fabulous day!
Chrissy D

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Hello! Today is Belli Challenge Day! Did you know we are still doing a search for a few designers to join our team? Please check out the Belli Challenge Blog for more details!

What is the Belli Challenge you ask? Each week, we try to give you a challenge that will use things we have lying around your stamp rooms! With a constant flow of new things coming out, we tend to forget about the other things we have and they quickly become clutter!

Here is what you need to do...
1. Anyone Can Play! Spread the Word! :)
2. Make a completed project with any type of TAG... It can be a gift tag, an acrylic tag, a tag album - anything!
3. Share the link here in the comments linking to Mr. Linky - CBC81. When you post to Splitcoaststampers or to your Blog, be sure and put CBC81 as the KEYWORD and mention of the challenge - with a link!

I hope you have a wonderful, safe and Merry Christmas!

Chrissy D

Monday, December 21, 2009

Herringbone, Jenny's Coat and Firecracker Designs By Pamela

HAPPY MONDAY! I hope this finds you well rested from your weekend.
We had a great weekend. I will share the pictures tomorrow! THe city we live in brought in 21 Snow Sculptors and we went down town for that event. It was VERY cool. We also went to Discovery World in Milwaukee to see the Train exhibit they had there.

Today, I am sharing projects featuring the Firecracker Designs By Pamela stamps! I am their Guest Designer this month and have been having a BLAST playing with their FABULOUS images!

The first card uses the technique from the Technique Junkies December Newsletter - Jenny's Coat.

Here are a few more details:
Technique: Jenny's Coat - Technique Junkies Newsletter
Stamps: Seasons Greetings from Firecracker Designs By Pamela, SU Greetings
Cardstock: DP by SU, Green, Red, Black
Accessories: Gold Dew Drops, Gold cord, Brayer, Clear EP, Gold EP, Black EP, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Mini Glue Dots

This technique is one of my FAVORITES! It is fast and fun and I am THRILLED with how this technique turned out!

Stamp Set: O Holey Night from Firecracker Designs By Pamela, stitching set from Hot off the Press
Technique: Herringbone Technique Junkies December- January Newsletter
Cardstock: Boxer Basic Grey DP, Green, Navy,
Accessories: Nestibilities, Big Shot, Dew Drops, Copics, Mini Glue Dots, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Every year, we take a family picture at Christmas time and this year was NO exception. This year, we TRIED to be early because our oldest was home from college.

We ALWAYS take at least 60 pictures, because with 6 of us - someone ALWAYS has a dumb look on their face (normally my handsome husband- LOL) For some reason, when the camera comes out - his face freezes up and he gets more of a deer in the head lights look on his face...this photograph is no exception...

This was the BEST one out of the bunch we took on Thanksgiving... I did not go with this picture for our family Christmas card but it is a picture of our family...I am thankful for each goofy body in this picture.

I hope you are enjoying your Christmas Season! Merry Christmas!
Chrissy D

Friday, December 18, 2009


Hello Friends! I took some time to stamp last night to make this card. I love sketches and this one was no exception...the only thing, I see once again I didn't follow it exactly with the ribbon and the pearl gems...

I am going to finish some of my Christmas shopping today. Hoping to fulfill my children's Christmas wish. Surprisingly enough - they all put only ONE thing on their wish list and it was in the $30 range - very affordable. That is a blessing! I am almost done with that shopping except for a few practical things and I need to buy something for my parents. They are hard to shop for because they always say they do not want anything -

Sooo - enough chitter chatter... here is my card and some details about it...

Stamp Set: Pine Bough by Diamonds, Canvas by SU
Cardstock: SU, Red, Brown, Vanilla
Accessories: Copics, Pointsettia, Pearl Gems, Felt stitched ribbons, Glue Dots

I hope you have a great day! Thank you for stopping by!

Chrissy D

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Hello everyone -
I know it is a busy season for everyone. Are you enjoying it? In between running around, I have been trying to take extra time to just sit and snuggle with my children. Mornings are normally when I do this. We take it fairly easy in December - try to simplify, especially with school. We end up doing lots of crafts, normally baking, but I am not doing that this year - a tad more extra curricular activities... This year is no exception...this week we will make some Salt Dough Ornaments, decorate a Gingerbread House and go to Discovery World because they have 1200 square feet of train tracks. It sounds like FUN!

Today, I am sharing a card using the technique called Copic Designer Paper from the August-September Technique Junkies Newsletter. This was a REALLY fin technique...

Here are a few more details:
Stamp Set: In His Time
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence, Elegant Eggplant, Coordinations, White
Accessories: Nestibilities, gems, Copics, Paper Piercing Tool

My weigh in today was down 1 pound...for a total of 33 pounds! Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah for those of you who celebrate that holiday!
Chrissy D

Monday, December 14, 2009

Guest Designing... TAKE TIME TO BREATHE...

Merry Christmas! I am so excited to share another card from the Firecracker Designs By Pamela stamp set Just Breathe... This month I am the Guest Designer there and I am having so much fun playing with their stamp sets!

This morning in my quiet time, I was reading Nehemiah 1. In Nehemiah 1:4-6a it says, When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said: "O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants,

I reflected on how Nehemiah took the time to just rest in the LORD, fully trust, fast and PRAY - he took the time to breathe. My prayer for you today, is that during the hustle and bustle of this busy Christmas season, that you get to take the time to BREATHE and have a quiet time of reflection of what the Season is all about... our Lord and Savior.

Here are a few more details about my project...
Stamp Set: Just Breathe
Sketch: Our Creative Corner
Cardstock: Boxer Basic Grey DP, Navy, White, Confetti Cream
Accessories: Big Shot, Nestibilities, Dew Drops, Paper Piercing, Mat Pack, Copics, Mini Glue Dots

I dotted the greens on the trees with my Copics to get more of a realistic coloring affect on them.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a blessed day!
Merry Christmas!
Chrissy D

Friday, December 11, 2009


Happy Friday! This weekend will be a quiet one. I am looking forward to it. I am hoping to have LOTS of stamping time!

Today is Bloggers Challenge Day - I have missed the past two weeks challenges due to being busy with other things... but this week's challenge is to make a Birthday card...

I decided to use Technique Junkies technique Coloring Outside the Lines for this card using the adorable Sunbeams stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is having a Design Team call - click HERE to check out all of the details!)

Here are a few more details:
Stamps: The Sunbeams by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Cardstock: Red, Blue, Black, White
Accessories: Red Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool, Copics, Birthday Celebration Hardware, Nestiblities, Big Shot

Have a great weekend! Thank you for stopping by! Merry Christmas!!!
Chrissy D

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hanging Ornaments

OHhh the weather outside is frightful! I wish I had a fireplace inside to keep me warm!!! Here in Wisconsin, we have a temperature of 0 with wind chills between -25 to -15 below. Brrrrrrrr

I was thinking I would see which stores have free shipping and go Christmas shopping on line. I am not feeling like going to the stores. Are you all getting your Christmas shopping done? It is too cold to go shopping! LOL (anything to stay home to stamp!)

Today, I thought I would share a card that I made using the MOJO 116 - sketch.... This card was FUN to make!

Here are the details:
Stamps: Seasons Greetings by FCD and Merry Christmas by SU
Paper: Real Red, White with gold leafing, gold, white
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Red
Accessories: Gold Dew Drops, Circle cutter, Dimensionals, gold cord, gold ribbon, mini glue dots

As I mentioned earlier this week - Firecracker Designs By Pamela is having their sale...
IAnd it’s time to move to 50% off!50% items-CLICK HERE! Help me make room for next year’s rubber! Most sets are being discontinued, so don’t delay!

I am planning on spending the afternoon doing laundry. I know you really envy me on the laundry think of me if you decide to read a book, stamp or do something fun... :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
Chrissy D

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Hello! Happy Wednesday! Today is Belli Challenge day! This week's Belli Challenge is to make a project with FLOURISHES. You can use flourish-style stamps, chipboard, bling, or even draw your own flourishes on your card or project.

We are doing a BELLI CHALLENGE DESIGN TEAM CALL! You can check out the details HERE.

Here are the details for my project:
Stamp Set: Elegant Blessings
Challenges: Belli Challenge and SCS - Color Challenge 248, Sweet Stop Sketch SSS33
Cardstock: Artichoke, Black, White, Razzleberry, Pomegranite
Accessories: MM Paint, Chipboard, Pomegranite Satin Ribbon, Pearl Accents, Scalloped Edge Punch, Nestibilities, Big Shot

For those of you following my weight loss - This week I am down a half lb.. I made fudge last week and the spoon attacked my tongue, plus I didn't get as much exercise... so I think I need a kick in the pants to get moving again - but a half a pound DOWN is still not bad... I am down a total of 31 lbs. now.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a blessed day!
Merry Christmas!

Chrissy D

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Hello! Today, I have TWO cards to share. Now don't faint. LOL I know I have been slacking on my blogging lately - I really have NO excuse except every day busy-ness and just not making a priority. I will strive to be better.

My first card I decided to keep very SIMPLE - Aren't you shocked? No layers! I almost wanted to yell from the roof tops - look Mom! No layers!!! LOL

This cardstock is from Creative Cuts and More and I used the Bazzill Criss Cross - this uses the A7 Fancy Frame Window Card. I just love the fact that Creative Cuts and More has so many options and ideas for us with precut cardstock it helps me to think outside the box yet make quick cards!

Here are the details:
Stamp Set: Trees of the Field by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill Criss Cross from Creative Cuts and More (see above)
Accessories: Rub ons - SU, Chocolate Twill ribbon, buttons, linen thread, Gold Painty, Glue Dots

Now.... for another card...using another tree! I loves Trees they make for such a versatile card...

As you read in yesterdays post - I am a Guest Designer for Firecracker Designs By Pamela! This card uses the beautiful tree from the Just Breathe stamp set...

I used the Herringbone Technique from the December - January Technique Junkies Newsletter. I think that is one of my new favorites! Look for another card using this technique next week here.

Here are the details for you...

Stamp Set: Just Breathe from Firecracker Designs by Pamela, Stitching from Hot off the Press
Cardstock: Boxer Basic Grey, Confetti Cream, Navy, Dusty blue, Artichoke,
Accessories: SEI Brads, Twill, Artichoke stitched ribbon, Dimensionals, Copics

Tomorrow is the BELLI CHALLENGE day, so be sure to come back and check that out. Enjoy the Christmas Season! Thank you for stopping by! Merry Christmas!!!
Chrissy D

Monday, December 7, 2009

Just Breathe

Hello! Happy Monday! Some how I lost 5 days! I didn't realize until yesterday I hadn't posted in a few days. Every day was filled with activity here since last Wednesday - we had several Christmas parties and then company most of the weekend. It was very nice.

The month of December has given me the opportunity to be a Guest Designer for Firecracker Designs by Pamela! I am so excited to have this opportunity. What a blessing!

This month Firecracker Designs by Pamela has a FABULOUS end of the year BLOW OUT SALE!

End of Year Inventory Blow Out!

Help Pamela make room for next year’s rubber! Most sets are being discontinued, so don’t delay!

How it will work: Week 1 will be 40% off; discount will increase by 10% each week until inventory is gone or December is over! Discount changes every Thursday 40% - 50% - 60% -70% Off!

Get `em until they’re gone or until the year is Gone! Discount on IN STOCK ITEMS ONLY!

(Orders will be processed as they are received. If your item goes out of stock, your order total will be adjusted.)

Due to the steep discounts on these items, coupons are not applicable.

***PLEASE NOTE!! Pam will be shutting down over the holidays to take a nice long break. The last day to place orders for this year is Dec. 15th!! Orders placed after that will be processed in January!! thanks!

For my card today, I used the Our Creative Corner Sketch SASSC43 for my lay out.

Here are some more details:

Stamp Set: Just Breathe (again), Stitches stamp from Hot off the Press
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Navy, Moss, White
Accessories: Copics, Big Shot, Nestibilities, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Ribbon, Fiskars border punch, Dew Drops, Mini Glue Dots

Come back tomorrow for another project! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I love hearing from you! Have a blessed day!!!

Chrissy D

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Jenny's Coat - Weigh In Day!

Hello! Happy Wednesday! Todays card features the technique JENNY'S COAT from Technique Junkies December-January newsletter.

Here are the details:
Stamps by Innovative Stamp Creations, I believe the words are from Birthday Greetings by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Cardstock: Gypsy Harvest by Daisy D's, Ruby Red, Black, Coordinations
Accessories: Paper Snips, Circle cutter, Dimensionals, buttons and gold cord

For those following my weight loss - I am on week 9 and have had a couple of slip ups - but nothing major. I have decided holidays are HARD!!! Thanksgiving I had a tiny bit of stuffing and a very small sliver of pie. And last night, I made home made fudge and when I was done making it, the spoon ATTACKED my tongue!!! I was able to move past that and have kept motivated - I just exercised a bit more between those diet mis-steps.

I am persevering one moment at a time - I lost 3.5 pounds this week and I feel so good. I continue to fit into pants that I have tried on 2 weeks prior and were not able to fit into to - so that feels GREAT! I love having thinner clothes to wear but find myself running out of hangers. I think it is time to eliminate the clothes that are now too big. I have dropped from 2-3 pant sizes depending on the pants as they all fit differently. I love it! I have NEVER looked forward to stepping on that scale like I do now. Even with the few tiny slips I have had.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a FABULOUS day!
Chrissy D

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Hello - We have had a Monday that was back to the regular school work and schedule. You know exciting stuff like laundry and picking up the same things you pick up every other day? lol

I am excited because the stamp set "Trees of the Field" is being released on today, December 1. You can purchase yours at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and see MORE projects by the talented design team at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog...

The first card details:
Technique: Bargello instructions available at Technique Junkies December- January Newsletter
Stamp set: Trees of the Field
Cardstock: Cosmo Cricket, Mango, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Dew Drops, Mini Glue Dots

Details for the second card:
Stamp Set: Trees of the Field
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, So Saffron,
Accessories: Circle punches, Nestibilities, Chocolate Stitched Ribbon, Dew Drops, Stickles
Sketch: MOJO115 - Monday Mojo Sketches

One of Sweet 'n Sassy's former DT members, Sarah Anderson, lost her 3-year-old son recently very unexpectedly. Although the Anderson family is in our thoughts and prayers continually, we wanted to do something to help, so we are releasing this new set in Henry's honor.

The set features 6 different tree silhouettes as well as sentiments and scripture. It will sell for $18.75 with $5.00 going to the Anderson Family.

To read Henry's story visit the Anderson family blog: The Bee's Knees
Chrissy D