Year: 2011


Welcome to the Crafty Creations Blog Hop and 2 week challenge!  You should be arriving here from  Claire‘s Blog.  If this is your first stop you can go back and start at Claire‘s Blog.  Just leave each DT a comment along your way and end at the Crafty Creations Blog. We are also  having a  two week challenge and it is : A Card or Gift of Gratitude or Thanks I am one of the proud sponsor’s of our  CHALLENGE and BLOG HOP! ( A Creative Need )  If you would like an extra chance to win some A Creative Need Images, USE AN A CREATIVE NEED IMAGE on your CHALLENGE PROJECT  and leave me a link to it and a comment HERE on this post, and I will choose one of your projects to be featured here on my blog on Jan. 4 and the winner will get a choice of any two images from the A Creative Need SHOP.  Here is my design piece for this week. I’ve used a lovely ‘fancy frame’ image from Digi Doodle Shop one of …

Crafty Creations Embossing and Glitter

The Holidays are really upon us and I hope you’re done your shopping because it’s time to decorate!  Crafty Creations Challenge  theme is to ‘Deck the Halls’ with embossing and glitter!   You can make any style card you like, it does not have to be Christmas, but be sure to use glitter, and heat or dry emboss something on it!    I am sponsoring this week’s challenge with 3 free digital images to the winner from my own shop… A Creative Need I hope you will join us for the challenge!  NEXT WEEK we are having a 2 week blog hop and lots of prizes and winners!  I embossed the background using WINTER HOUSE cuttlebug folder  and glittered the tree and snowflakes with dazzling diamond dust. The tree is cut using the Cricut Expression Joys of the Season Cartridge (discontinued). Have a creative day!  Deena


It’ time for another Squigglefly challenge!  Are you up for it? It’s a Clean and Simple Holiday Theme! I used Holly Ribbons cuttlebug folder to create the embossed background and snowflakes border spellbinder dies for the red panel.  The image is my own “Country Church” available at Squigglefly.   I added some fun flock which I find looks a little dirty in the photo, but is nice and white in real life! A nice easy CAS card for the challenge this week!  I hope you’ll join us at SQUIGGLEFLY!  Please remember to use a Squigglefly image (freebies count too!) to be eligible for the prize. My 6 month term is already finished as part of the Squigglefly DT!   Wow, did that ever fly by!  I had so much fun being on Marlene’s team (GO Marvels!)!!  But don’t be sad, I’ll still be showing you Squigglefly image projects and sharing with my Squigglefly pals!! Thanks to Holly and the Squigglefly team!  Have a creative day everyone and see you over there for the challenge! Deena …

Join me at The Crafter’s Café

I’ve started a group where we I will be posting about A Creative Need digital image new releases, and sharing cards and freebies and the occasional contest/challenge too!  I hope you will join me at the Crafter’s Café where there are lots of fun design groups and great ladies sharing their talents and their time together! The Crafter’s Café Join the group and share the cards you’ve made using A Creative Need images.    Have a peek at my CURRENT FREEBIE (TOP) if you don’t yet have any of your own! I’d love for you to join us! If you have ideas for images, or questions about using digital images, that’s the place to share! JOIN THE GROUP Related articles ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas… ( Giving Thanks ( Here Comes Santa Claus! ( New Images, A Mini Contest Giveaway and a Holiday Sale! (

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house  Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;  The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,  In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;  The children were nestled all snug in their beds,  While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; excerpt of poem by  Clement Clarke Moore, or possibly, as the claim has also been made, Henry Livingston, Jr. The Challenges that helped me make this  card: Simon Says Stamp Challenge: photo inspiration (stockings) For Your Inspiration: photo inspiration (colors) The Stamping Boutique– Christmas no traditional colors Paper Crafting Journey– Christmas Celebrate the Occasion– Christmas no green Cute Card Thursday– Anything goes Make it Mondays– always anything goes linky comment party! I have some NEW IMAGES available !  I am so excited about these as I was so in the Christmas spirit when I drew them!   I really hope you like them too. The first is my new image “All snug in their Beds”  that I’ve used in my card above.  I …

Christmas Puppy

I had fun making this Crafty Creations challenge card using an adorable image this week from LOTV!   Isn’t this Christmas puppy so cute? It’s not even my week for a DT sample, but I just had to play!  I love this sweet little pup and I need more Christmas cards anyway! A very practical challenge for us this week. This is a petite 4 1/4 square card.  I cut four 2″ squares from Kaiser Craft christmas carnival dp  for the background on a shimmery teal card stock. Join in and get another Christmas card done; LOTV is our sponsor this week! A few other inspiring challenges to play: Bearly Mine– UN traditional colors Creative Card Crew– tis the season The Stamping Boutique– Christmas no traditional colors I’d love it if you stopped by tomorrow; I have a couple of new images to show you and a FREEBIE too!  Have a creative day everyone! Deena

Season’s Greetings

I love this time of year.   My husband is finished work and is home.  He works by contract in the film industry and it ends up being  seasonal (warm weather) work most of the time.  No one likes to shoot movies in the snow!  Our boys  are at school.  So, we have time to prepare for the holidays and enjoy time alone together.   The boys get more and more excited about Christmas, and yesterday was special because it was the first day they could open a ‘window’ on their advent calendars! They give us their wish lists  and call us down to the playroom to show us the latest greatest commercial for the BEST EVER toy they just would love to have!!  O.k, sometimes this is annoying, but most of the time I find it kind of cute. As each day of December goes by, I will wish more and more that they could be finished school already so we could start the fun!  Their excitement is palpable. We will bake together. We will …

Crafty Creations Photo Inspiration Challenge

Crafty Creations Challenge this week is a photo inspiration challenge: And here is my card… Join us at Crafty Creations for the challenge! There is no right or wrong when it comes to a photo inspiration challenge; just be inspired and show us what you made! Our sponsor this week is In 2 Stamps! I used my Squigglefly image “Cottage Shelf“, colored it with copics and added a Cricut cut wreath using Joys of the Season cricut cartridge. I added a bit of holly and some red gems in the top left corner too.  I used the Cards and Things sketch #98  I am really pleased with how it turned out! Thanks for stopping by today!! I always enjoy your company! 😉  Deena

Old Fashioned Winter Wonderland for Squigglefly

The Squigglefly challenge this week is a Winter Wonderland.   We want to see winter weather, winter scenes, winter sports etc! I used a beautiful image by Inger Harding called Old Fashioned Winter Girl available at Squigglefly. I cased myself using a tutorial from a past Christmas for my card today! If you would like the full details with photos on how to assemble this card using the spellbinders nestabilities ( in the cuttlebug) follow this LINK. Wonderful fun challenges I’m entering with this card: Simply Create Too: Christmas Phindy’s Place: a sprinkling of snow Totally Papercrafts: Christmas Little Red Wagon: Christmas theme Stamp-n-Doodle: it’s snow time 4 Crafty Chicks: snowflakes Sweet Stamping: punches & dies Ellephantastic: weather related Crazy 4 Challenges: snow Stamptacular Sunday: anything Christmas Gingerloft: Christmas & winter Have a creative Monday!  Deena

Cricut Baby Christening Card

I have written a new cricut project tutorial for a Baby Christening card framed with soft ribbon.  Of course the framing technique could be used for many different card occasions, not just for baby’s christening.  Just change up the colors and the image!  You can see the full tutorial with step by step photos at CUSTOM CROPS.  They have fabulous projects there and always FREE for you!  I always appreciate your comments and questions if you have any!  Have a great day and I hope you enjoy the Custom Crops tutorial!  Deena Related articles Published! (