Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stamptacular Sunday "DOILIES Galore!" Challenge

This week’s challenge is going to be so much fun!  We can’t wait to see what you create!
This week's challenge is a…
“DOILIES Galore!”

For this week's challenge you will create a card or project that includes at least one doily.  You are also free to use a die that creates doily looking shapes!  Oh…and don’t forget to STAMP!  After all…we don’t call this the STAMPtacular Sunday Challenge for nothing!      
You will have from now until midnight (EST) January 5th, 2013 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:
PRIZE:  WINNER’s Choice of 4 DIGIS!

Well, this one was really tough for me. It means that I had to use some dies. Whaaaat??? Heaven forbid. Me use dies? To cut doilies? Etc.? Nearly had a conniption fit over this. And you don't want to see me having a conniption fit--it isn't pretty, believe me.

Before I go there, to describe this, I want to mention Christmas. As in, had a wonderful one, if you don't count the cold I caught the week before, and the three, count them, three, cold sores I was gifted as well. l don't believe I have ever had three at once. So there's that. I do have a little tube left of Denavir, so am able to treat the three kings with it, and they are subsiding nicely. One is gone, one is mostly gone, and one I may carry around with me just for good luck.

Will you still be my friend, knowing that I get cold sores? I promise I am really good and don't touch my mouth unless I have to, and then I wash thoroughly afterwards so as to not spread the word, so to speak. I have dealt with this since I was a teenager, so basically for a half-century. I am not sure if you can pass the propensity for them to your children. All I know is that my mother had them, I get them, and so does my daughter. Lucky ladies, huh? Well, there are many worse things that could happen so I really can't complain. Except when I get three of them. At the same time. At Christmas. Sigh....

Actually, we had a lovely holiday. Gary and I opened our presents on Christmas Eve, which we haven't done since our first year of marriage--43 years ago. He talked me into it then, and it absolutely ruined my Christmas. I had nothing to look forward to on Christmas Day. Of course, that was when he was in the Army, and we lived in Georgia all by ourselves. No family to celebrate with. So it was a long, and lonely, first Christmas Day as a wife. Needless to say, (so why am I saying it?), we never did that again. We always opened our gifts on Christmas morning. Until this year. And I suggested it. Not sure why. But it certainly made Gary happy. So it was worth it.

We went to Angela's on Christmas afternoon, to share gifts with our daughter, SIL, and two grandgirls, which was great fun! And to have our annual spaghetti feed--ohhhhh, look out, don't get between me and my plate of spaghetti. It's that old family recipe, coming down from an Italian friend of my mother. Soooo gooood. Except I don't eat the meatballs when Angela makes it, because she adds veal. And I don't. eat. veal. 'Nuf said. But the spaghetti was fabulous this year, as was the salad and garlic bread. Yummmmm! And Gary made eggnog pie, which was quite tasty. (The recipe is in our old Betty Crocker cookbook from 1970. You know the one--with the broken down spine and burner imprint on the back cover. Yeah, that one.)

Anyway, we had a great time over there, except Angela forgot to take our annual Christmas kiss photo. Which was just as well, because I wouldn't have kissed Gary with the three cold sores I had anyway. See how things work out?

It was a great holiday, and I even made a card that day. It could have been this one, though I can't remember. I am making one a day right now, which is lightening speed for me. Don't look now, she's got another one done! What? Already? She's a speed demon, isn't she? (I love talking about myself in the third person.)

Oh, before I describe this card, I have to say that I received a fabulous gift from Gary: acoustic noise-cancelling headphones for air travel. Now I can look just like him, (except for the bald part--I am not shaving my head), and no longer have to feel ignored while flying. I can do the ignoring instead. What? Did you say something to me? I can't hear you.

So I had to try out another Saturated Canary image, Lift Like a Girl, along with one of the sentiments that comes with this image. I printed them, and two Create with TLC sentiments, on Make It Colour Blending Card. I die-cut both the image and the TLC sentiments. The other sentiment I just cut apart, because I could. I chose DP from the Authentique Uncommon collection and paired it with Bazzill CS.

I colored this cutie with my Copics: R00, R20, R21, R22, W00, W0, W2, W4, W6, B02, Y21, YR23, E000, E00, E11, E33, E35. (Someday I am going to list my colors for each part of the image. Just don't hold your breath until I do. You will turn an unpleasant shade of blue.) I accented the image with a white gel pen, used Copic Spica on her lips, and added Glossy Accents to the barbells and her eyes. (She didn't mind--honest!)

Now to the doilies and dies. I used the following: Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles and Labels 10; Cheery Lynn Nautical Wheeler Doily; Marianne Designs Pointy Circle Frame and Doily Round; and SCACD Alice's Clock Statement Corner.

To finish the card I added some Queen & Co. Rhinestones, which I colored with my Copics. And that's that.

So let's see what you come up with when you add your doilies--looking forward to that. And be sure to check out the other DT creations!

I hope you had a peaceful and beautiful Christmas. And I wish for you a safe and Happy New Year's Eve and wonderful 2013 ahead!


  1. Haha Penny, sounds like such an eventful life you lead! My mom gets massive amounts of cold sores during winter, so I empathize. They really do suck. The card looks fantastic, love how you colored her! I'm not a big fan of doilies per se, but I really like the one with the "Excuse me boys..." on it. :D Don't wear yourself out by making so many cards...although I run like that too. hehe

  2. Penny this is beautiful, love all the textures and of course the pink.
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  3. Hello Penny.
    I'm glad you had a good Christmas despite the cold sores!
    Your card is wonderful. I love that image, your colouring is fabulous and the detailing is beautiful.
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year
    Hugs Sue xx

  4. Never mind visiting your blog for the sheer artistic talent you possess Penny, heck I'll pop in whenever I need a good chuckle.
    I am right there with you Sis-tah when it comes to my spaghetti and meatballs recipe. My father is Italian and my recipe comes straight from the old kitchens of Italy. Lots of secret ingredients, but most importantly, our meatballs are a 50-50 split of ground beef and pork.

    Gorgeous card and I love the auburn hair, I would even like it on my own lid. Well done, and I look forward to watching you create in 2013.

  5. FAbulous card Penny!!
    Love all the dies you used.
    And, thanks for all the great posts this year :)
    Always looking forward to them!!
    Have a happy New Year!!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous. Penny you did an awesome job on the coloring especially the beautiful hair. I love this card and all the beautiful doilies. Great and beautiful easel card. Hope you have a Happy New Year!
    I love reading your blog and guess what, I get cold sores to, none so far this winter and crossing fingers to keep them away.

  7. Fab card, Penny! Love the colors, the image and the doilies! You rocked it! Sorry to hear about your cold (and cold sores), but glad you had a nice Christmas anyway! Can't wait to hear about your New Year's Eve! I live vicariously through you, you know! Happy New Year to you and your family! Looking forward to your stories (and creations) in 2013!

  8. One word, gorgeous, two words, drop dead gorgeous, beautifully colored and design. Happy New Year my dear friend. Hugs

  9. Penny your card is adorable. Love the color and the dies. Sorry to hear about your cold sores so I hope they are healing

  10. thank you for all your lovely comment Penny, Happy New Year, Suzanne xxx

  11. Penny, Great card just love the colors and your coloring is totally a knock out, really love her hair.... and I bet you spent some time cutting out all those die cuts but everything look awesome. Love how you add all the sentiments. It is funny you say you (not really funny) have a cold sores, I have some also. I have not had a cold score in about 12 years and last week I wake up with one I couldn't believe it. Minds almost gone now hope yours is also. No fun!!!!
    Hugs, Patricia

  12. I'm so sorry you had cold sores for Christmas. I am glad you got to spend the holiday with family.

    I love your card, especially the coloring of the cute image and the clock die cut (I enabled that one) and all the other die cuts.

  13. Nice use of doilies here, Mom! Good layering. And I like the contrast of the soft colors with the image of the strong girl.


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