Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Away in a Manger ~

This stamp set caught my eye when it was released and I finally inked it up to make this card. The image has a nostalgic feel and the choice to keep it in brown tones made it an easy cardI played along with Taylor's Inspiration challenge here. Join in the fun!
The warm and cozy feel of the inpiration photo made me think of the set Away in a Manger with the barn siding and the light rays above the baby.

here's a closeup version
Stamps: Away in a Manger
Paper: cosmo cricket, SU early espresso
Inks: Versafine 
Accessories: pearls, SNSS dies, seam binding ribbon, Su punch 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gift from Cocoa ~

stamps: Cocoa's Gift
Inks: copics, memento ink, chalk inks
Papers: EP season's greetings, CS
accessories: Spellbinder die, rhinestones, punches, jellyroll pen
Cocoa's Gift is one of  my favourite images of Cocoa...Who couldn't resist colouring this cutie and presenting him at the next party or special occasion?

I paper pieced the gift using Echo Parks Seasons Greetings, used spellbinder dies to cut out my image and also added the fleur de lis accents. The bow on the package is sparkled using the stardust jellyroll pen but it didn't photograph very well. The sentiment is punched out using SU oval punches.

Take a few moments to peek into the store and view the Cocoa images available in clear stamps or digis. They are all 10% off until the end of this month!!!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

We are Crazy4Cocoa ~

Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Crazy 4 Cocoa blog hop!  We all adore Cocoa and thought it would be fun to showcase him all month long. Today, as part of the fun, the Sweet 'n Sassy Design Divas have joined together with a few of the talented Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge ladies to bring a great Cocoa Mouse blog hop to you!  Make sure you've got your warm drink and some chocolate...let's get ready to hop!

Stamps: Cocoa's Mittens
Inks: Copics, Memento
papers: MME, SU cs
Accessories: ribbon, SU Punches, Spellbinder

If you have come from Kim's paperie petals you are where you need to be. If you happened here, join us and be sure to begin at Sweetn'Sassy stamps...

For my first card, I chose Cocoa's Mittens and paper pieced the image using MME paper pad. I cut out the image using the Eyelet Squares die and layered dp onto the snowflake embossed base. I tied it all together using American Crafts ribbon. 

Stamps: Cup of Cocoa
Inks: Copics, Memento
Papers: MME, Kraft CS
Accessories: Baker's Twine, button, Spellbinder dies, SU punch
For my second card, I used the adorable Cup of Cocoa set. I coloured the whole cup and then added the white snowflakes using my Inkssentials opaque white pen. I cut Cocoa out using another spellbinder die. To bring the colours together, I pulled out my baker's twine, they are so much fun to use.

Hop on over to Stephanie Wright's blog and see what she has created for us!Here is the whole list of design team members hopping along today:

Mary Faus   ~ You are here ~


But wait...there's MORE!!!  We want YOU to hop along with us!  All you have to do is make a card or project featuring Cocoa Mouse and add your direct link to our linky tool on the SnSS Blog or the tool provided at the bottom of this post.  One participant (drawn at random) will win their choice of ONE free Cocoa Mouse clear stamp set or FOUR free Cocoa Mouse digis!  You have until Saturday, December 17 at 11:30 PM EST to add your direct link...go get stamping!

Don't forget, during the month of December we really are Crazy 4 Cocoa.  The entire line of Cocoa Mouse clear stamp sets and digi images are 10% off

Enjoy your hop! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kenya has my Heart ~

These people are rich in their love for Jesus ~ the children were precious and full of life and love. Their curiosity to learn, to touch, to see was heartfelt and moving. My heart was moved many times over.
my daughter with the little ones ~ she was in her element
We (seven person team) participated in a four day Churchwide conference in Nakuru. On Sunday morning, we were split into teams to attend the area churches. We were blessed by the receptivity and hospitality of the people. I believe we all came back different! 
The city of Nairobi...There was much to see. This Picture is just one out of the many I took. The streets were teeming with people, vehicles of various models, vendors selling all kinds of things from produce, furniture, clothing, flea market items...bartering system. I could tell you stories.
The Gamelands in Nakuru ~ breathtaking! I took this photo from a lookout point where our host took us, while on a safari. What a privilege it was to have the opportunity to do so...
A collage of some of the animals we of my prayers was to see a lion! We saw NOT one but Two!!! I was so happy.
Now if only my body would revert back to EST...I am not complaining though. It was an amazing opportunity and a blessing to participate in this Missions trip. Thanks for bearing with me ~ I will be back to my cards this week :-)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Golden Itty Bittie Christmas ~ VSN

SNSS1VSN3 ~ Add some Gold
Stamps: Christmas Itty Bitties
Inks: Memento, Copics
Papers: Basic Grey, Gold Foil, SU CS
Accessories: Spellbinder dies, buttons, SU embossing folder
Love these little pieces of Christmas Cheer! I am not usually into small images to colour but these are so darling, I enjoyed piecing them into a square to fit into the fleur de lis die. It created a festive look with the paper ribbon band.

I love Basic Grey - hands down! I love the festive little packages that fit the card so well. I added gold snowflake buttons to meet my third VSN challenge and layered these itty bitties on gold foil sticker paper.

Thanks for stopping by ~ have a great day!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Rhubarb's Kind of Christmas SNS VSN ~

The weekend after all that delicious cooking and Yes, eating....I took some time to create some cards along with some awesome ladies on the SNS Connection. Here is the second challenge....I featured Rhubarb's Christmas... ta-daa!! 
SNSS1VSN2 - Any Christmas Card
Stamps: Rhubarb's Christmas
Inks: memento black, copics
Paper: K&Co, kraft Cs
Accessories: SU Punch, Spellbinders, ribbon, rhinestone
Love the opportunities to stamp and get challenged to think beyond my scope of creating. Most importantly, meeting and interacting with other people.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your day :-)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Love from Cocoa ~

Stamp: Love from Cocoa
Paper: MME, Kraft CS
Inks: Memento, Copics, chalk inks
accessories: SU embossing folder, ribbon, spellbinder dies
sentiment: handwritten
Happy Friday everyone!! This whole month, we are featuring the adorable Cocoa! For my card, I pulled out Love from Cocoa set since I didn't have any Christmas images of Cocoa to fit the season. One of the things I love about papercrafting is we can always improvise...It is one of the highlights of creating! right?

I coloured Cocoa with my copics and cut him out using my coluzzle circle cutter (Yes, I am old school) Then I mounted that circle onto the spellbinder die. I love that Cocoa's letter is outside the circle.

I hand wrote Cocoa's message to Santa...we all know he's been good all year. I pulled out MME paper pad with Santa peeking from the side! I loved the twinkle in his eye and thought Cocoa's message would be perfect. 

Thank you for visiting me! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How about some Christmas light ~

stamps: Christmas light set
Inks: copics, memento ink
Dies: lacy eyelet border die, cheery lynn doily
accessories: ribbon, pearls, embossing folder
Hi everyone! Last weekend, I took some time to play along the SNSS VSN on the company forum. This was my first card I submitted. The challenge was to make a white on white card ~ the only colours were to be on the image you featured. etc.

I love this Christmas light set and the matching die! I don't use it enough. The dies are also very nice to work with to bring texture and dimension to any project you are working on. Love the new die set that SNSS carries called Lacey eyelet border dies.

I have other cards to show you but my blogger is loading them sideways!! ugh! I haven't figured out how to fix it. That would be me, being clueless. And yes, they are turned the right way on my computer.


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