My 5 Favorite Christmas Cards AND Candy!

 Good Morning!  I hope everyone was able to be with loved ones and family over the holiday. It always goes by so quickly.   I am also taking advantage of this time off to have a bit of fun in my craftroom playing with some new stamps and goodies that have been staring at me for the past couple of weeks!   I thought it would be fun to join in on the fun on Debby's blog " A Scrapjourney" for a chance to share my five favorite Christmas Cards and win some great candy!  Hope you will join in the fun, too!

    Debby is doing her post again for everyone to share their 5 favorite Christmas cards from 2012!  and for a chance to win some CHRISTMAS CANDY (HERE)!!  All you have to do is share your five cards and then link up on Debby's blog for the chance to win!
One of my favorite images, my first card features this cutie patootie, colored with copics, "Winter Fairy Talva" by Mo Manning. Details for this card can be found here.

My next card above uses a Lili of the Valley image called "Moonlight Wishes" colored with copics. You can find more info here.

This card above also features another Lili of the Valley Image, called "Winter Fairy" colored with copics- more info on this card can be found here.

This lovely "old world" digi image colored with copic markers is called "Christmas Carols" by The Paper Shelter. Details can be found here.

And last, but not least, is "Christmas Lantern Marci" by La La Land Stamps. She is colored with copics. Details for this card, (inspiration courtesy of Sara Winter ofDaisy Dreams blog) can be found here.

Why not join in the fun and share your 5 favorite Christmas cards of 2012!  Have a great day and good luck to all who enter- what a great way to share our holiday cards.

I Hold You in My Heart

     It has been awhile since I posted my last card, at least awhile for me... so much going on.  These past two weeks there has been much sadness and also much joy.. the "yin and yang" of life never ceases to amaze me.  

     First, I, too, have been deeply saddened by the horrific events  in Newtown, Connecticut.  Only days before, my students endured the tragic death of another teen at the school where I teach.  It was hard to get my mojo going for much of anything for a time. I read on so many blogs how some people just felt the need to take a breath and be still for a bit. I had the same experience.  But life also presents us with gifts, sometimes in the midst of such darkness, and on a brighter note, I was able to get away for a few days last week to attend the college graduation of my son, Timothy.  How wonderful to be together with his father watching him walking across the stage with pride having worked so hard to accomplish this goal.  My son will join both his father and me as he embarks on a career in education.  We know he will be a wonderful teacher!

     My card today is one I have worked on for the past week or so. It was truly my way of channeling my  prayers and hopes for healing for those who lost their loved ones so tragically last week. When Jak Heath blogged about a card drive for those in Connecticut (here), I immediately knew the image I would use and how I would interpret it.  For my card, I selected Hannah Lynn's "A Princess is Born" digi image.
     The image is colored with copic markers (colors listed below).  Actually she is my second rendition as I colored her and then dropped an inkpad right on top of the image as I attempted to stamp a sentiment!  I had to color her over again but honestly, I found it so comforting to do so!  The design paper is from Pion Design.  The "angel wings" are from Kaisercraft. I painted them with Tim Holtz paint dabber in Pearl and then added Deco Art Glamour Dust.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the Tulle Pleat Trim, that I tied into a bow is from Live and Love Crafts.  The antique lace and blue velvet ribbon are from The Ribbon Girl.
         The sentiment is from Just Rite Clear Stamp Set- In Sympathy.  At first, I began looking through my stamp binders for a sentiment about children and then stumbled on this set. Once I read it, I knew it was perfect for what was in my heart...I stamped it with a new Ranger Archival Inkpad in Plum- these inkpad colors are breathtaking.
    Have a good day and thank you, once again, for your kind comments.
Dress: B99, 97, 95, 93, 91
Hair: E50, 31, 25 & 29/Child E35, 31 Y11
Skin: E000. 00, 21, 11
Pillows: Y26, 11, 00 and YG97, 95, 93, 91, E81
Eyes: B21 and dot of dark blue Spica
Baby dress and flowers in hair  RV99, 95,93, 91
Foliage:YG25, 21, YG97. 95

Divas by Design- Anything Goes
Fab n Funky Challenge-Ribbon and Lace
Digital Tuesdays- Layers
Papertake Weekly- Pick of the Year
Through the Craftroom Door-Anything Goes
Love to Create-Anything Goes
Make it Monday- Anything Goes
Marker POP Challenge- Deep Dark Colors
Challenges4Everybody-Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu-Anything Goes
Dutch Dare Challenge- Photo Inspiration
Aud Sentiments Challenge- Anything with a Sentiment
Delightful Challenges- Anything Goes
It's All About the Vintage- Lace
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp Challenge
Paper Crafting Journey-Anything Goes
Simply Create- Anything Goes

The Paper Shelter Blog Hop Winner

      Sorry I have been away from my blog for a couple of weeks... will post more about that in a bit with a new card to show you, but for now I want to announce the winner selected randomly from the list of kind comments on my blog for The Paper Shelter Blog Hop!  The winner is....

DIANE L. (The Loy's)

   Congratulations Diane! Please contact The Paper Shelter HERE to claim your free digi!  Thanks to all who participated! For a complete list of winners from each of the design teams' blogs, visit The Paper Shelter blog HERE!  

"Two Heartbeats"....The Paper Shelter Blog Hop Celebrates Our 2nd Birthday!

   Good Morning and welcome to The Paper Shelter Blog Hop. Our hop is a very exciting one for all of us as it is in celebration of our 2nd Birthday!!!! If you have landed here from Lorraine's  blog then you're heading in the right direction - if not then you'll want to head on back to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog to start again, as you'll not want to miss out on this one!  Our Design Team has worked very hard and the team is showcasing the gorgeous images available from The Paper Shelter online store. Each blog on the hop is offering one lucky commenter a digi of their choice as well as the main prize, details of which are on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blogspot!

      Our theme for this blog Hop is "Two of Anything".  For my card, I selected a digi image called "Light of My Life", and the two of anything on my card are... two heartbeats!   This image, like so many others, comes pre-printed as well as in jpeg and png format. I used the pre-printed image for my card - they are so perfect for when you want a quick or perfectly colored image right away!

         The design paper is new- it is Lili of the Valley "Promises" paper pad and I just love it. It worked so well with the colors in the pre-printed image.  I added some Pebbles iridescent chalk around the image and a bit of Deco Art Glamour Dust to her hair and I was ready to embellish.  The die cut is from Spellbinder- Floral Ovals.  The flowers and metal corner are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Don't know where I got the floral rose ribbon, and the pearls are from my stash.   I just love, love, love this sentiment.  Thanks Carla for introducing me to Create with TLC where I purchased this beautiful digi sentiment!  I was waiting for the right time to use it and when this I found this, I knew it would be perfect for a mommy or daddy to be! (It is available in my ETSY shop, where I have added a few cards, today!)

   From here you will need to hop on over to Patti Sue's blog. Don't forget to leave your comment for a chance of winning your choice of one of the fabulous digis available in store.Hop! Hop! Hop! Good luck and hope you're enjoying it so far.
Blog Hop Order
Ann Marie (that's me, you are here)

Christmas Light

     Hi... Well, we are officially in the month of December, so let the holiday spirit begin!  This year, I am committing to making the holidays less frenetic and focusing on quality time spent with family.  It is a season of "light" both physical and spiritual. I hope you, too, can hold on to the moment amid all the "to do's" - With that in mind, I created a card using a La La Land Stamp called "Christmas Lantern Marci".
   First, the inspiration for this card came from Sara Winter (aka "Daisy Dreams" blog here).  Her work is an inspiration to me and if you click on the link above, you will see this Marci in different colors and so beautifully embellished on her cards. I asked for permission to use her card for a copic class I am teaching on "reds" and so in doing so, I created my own version of her beautiful card.. thank you Sara!
   Marci is colored with copics on Make it Colour Cardstock. I had to paper piece her hat as I tried once again to add glitter over the Sharpie Paint Pen polka dots and it just causes the paint pen to run and fade.  So, I colored another hat and paper pieced it over this one.  I used the softer E30's and 40's colors for her dress and R59, 39, 29, 24, 22 and 20 for her coat, shoes and hat.
   The design paper is from Teresa Collins' Christmas Cottage. The ribbon, lace and pearls are from my stash. The holly lace flourish die is from Cheery Lynn Designs.  Flowers and heart pearls from Wild Orchid Crafts. The flourish and parts of the image were coated with Snow-tex, Martha Stewart Snow glitter and Stickles Diamond glitter. The image was outlined in dark blue Pebbles iridescent chalks.
    Have a great day and thanks for your kind comments!  I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
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