Sunday, December 23, 2012

Stamptacular Sunday "Emboss Me!" 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…

For this week's challenge you will create a card or project that uses some sort of embossing...your choice, can be heat embossing or dry embossing.  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) , December 29, 2012 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:  $10 Gift Certificate!

Embossing is something I sometimes forget about, and I don't know why. I think I get distracted easily. Do you? Or are you clear-headed and purposeful? If so, how? Inquiring minds need to know. Now where was I.....?

I have no idea where I was going with that. So, I'll just mention a couple of things before getting to my embossed card, which, oddly enough, is NOT a Christmas card. That brings me to the first thing: my apology. I did not get my Christmas cards done this year. I not only ran out of time, but I got sick to boot. (To boot what? Why do people use that expression?) I came down with a cold, when time was running down to the wire--oh good grief, there's another expression that means just what exactly? Anyway, I apologize to those of you who either didn't get a card from us at all, or didn't get one I personally made. I will try to do much better next year--like maybe start on them in January.

My second thought is that I am going to have to lessen my load of DT's somehow. I thought I could handle all of the ones I am in; come to find out I can't. I am so busy making DT cards (which take me a long time), and commenting on challenge entries, that I have no time to do anything else. Like work on my CMC classes. Or read a book. Or watch a TV show. Or clean my house. Or walk the dog. (No, that last one is just an excuse!) Or go on vacation. Which we are going to do next month. I am still trying to figure out how I am going to manage making my cards for January, since I got behind this month when I was going to get ahead. Does that make sense?

Anyway, for the foreseeable future, I am going to attempt some CAS cards, so that I can stay caught up until my DT commitments are finished. And then I am going to re-evaluate my DT situation. And that actually makes me feel sad. Because I love the teams I am on--there are such fabulous people on them, and we get to make some really fun cards. Sigh.....

OK, enough of the doldrums already. I do have a slightly funny story to tell you. Last night, when I started brushing my teeth with my Sonic toothbrush, I opened the front door to plug in the outdoor lights. As I was bending down I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, (my right eye, to be exact), darling Donovan shoot out the door. And here is the back-story to that:

Several years ago, at our last house, Donovan ran out the front door like he was shot out of a cannon. And down the driveway he went, me running after him like a madwoman. Then he took an immediate left and ran down the block, with me screaming behind him & losing the footrace. At the corner he made another left turn and raced down to the end of the block, where he ran out into the street after making another left turn. He was now running in the main street of our gated community with no automobile traffic coming, thank heavens! I was very far behind him by now, totally out of breath, and almost sobbing. A lovely lady on a bicycle was riding toward us. Having never seen a bicycle, Donovan headed straight for her. She stopped, he stopped, and I was able to catch up to him and nab his naughty little self. I was extremely careful after that when opening the front door.

OK, back to the future. I have been careful to make sure Don stays inside the door when I plug in the outside lights. Until last night. Why I thought I needed to multi-task and brush my teeth at that point in time, I have no idea--I guess it was a brain-fart. I sometimes have those. Oh, alright, I oftentimes have those. Anyway, I saw Donovan shoot out the door, and the run we had years ago flashed through my mind. Somehow, in trying to catch up to him, I scraped my knuckles and lost one shoe, but had the presence of mind to remove the toothbrush from my mouth. Though I didn't turn it off. So I am shuffling unevenly down the driveway to get my dratted dog with my Sonic buzzing madly away, shooting toothpaste everywhere, including on my face.

Now, the reason Doodlehopper Don ran out the door is because two young men were walking their enormous dog past our house. And Donovan is a Maltese--they believe that they are 5 feet tall and 150 pounds. Not 1 foot and 7-1/2 pounds soaking wet. They are not afraid of big dogs. So they chase after them. But the one young man was afraid his big dog might hurt Don. So he pulled back on the leash, while his friend bent over and picked Don up. All I had to do was reach out for my dog--no running, thank goodness. I am laughing about this still. Picture those young men: a tiny dog comes streaking down the driveway at them, with an old lady in mildly hot pursuit. Her hair is sticking out at all odd angles, she has toothpaste smeared on her face, her toothbrush is merrily buzzing along in one hand, she is missing a shoe, bleeding from two knuckles, and giggling like a madwoman. What 's wrong with this picture? How about everything.

When I told Gary about the episode, he said, "That dog is going to be the death of you yet." I sincerely hope not. I have to mention that I laughed so hard as I was typing this that I was crying. Which made my nose run. Perfect.

Back to the purpose of this post: this card is not only not Christmas, but it is definitely not CAS. It is a birthday card I made for our granddaughter, Brynn, and had to be a "fancy" card for her. She is a "fancy" kid. :^) And a blonde. And she loves to draw and color. So I bought this image for her birthday months ago. Her birthday was the 20th and she turned 9, can you tell? Duh. It is Saturated Canary Sketchie. And that perfect sentiment is from Create with TLC.

I printed Sketchie and the sentiment on Cryogen CS. I die-cut both of them with Spellbinders Labels 20 dies, and then sponged some VersaMagic chalk ink around the edges. I colored her with Copics: E000, E00, E11, E33, E35, R00, R02, R05, R08, R11, R14, R20, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, C0, C1, C2, C4, Y21, B02. I accented her with a white gel pen, added Stickles to her wings and ribbon poms, Copic Spica to her eyes & mouth, and Glossy Accents to the marker. BTW, I will not add Spica to eyes again. It gives them an eerie shine, quite unsettling. I will only use a gloss in the future--if I remember. (Note to self: use only Glossy Accents on eyes.)

My other die cuts were from Spellbinders Grand Labels 11 and Magnolia Doohickey Lovely Tag dies. My CS is from Stampin' Up and the DP is from the Basic Grey Konnichiwa collection. I added some lace, ribbon, cheesecloth, and charms from my stash. I also added a Maya Road Mini Hanger, some Queen & Co. pearls, and some MS pearl stickers. Ooops, I almost forgot: my embossing was done with the Sizzix Stampin' Up Chevron EF.

I am entering this card into the following:

Basic Grey Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Celebration Challenge
CMC Metallic Gleam Challenge
Digital Tuesday Layers Challenge
Divas by Design Anything Goes Challenge
Eclectic Ellapu Anything Goes Challenge
Inky Impressions Sparkle Challenge
Jellypark Friends Tag It Challenge
Oozak Anything Goes + Red Challenge
Papertake Weekly POTY "Anything Goes" Challenge
Saturated Canary Photo Inspiration Challenge
The Paper Shelter Anything Goes Challenge

I don't know how many of you will be creating this week, but if you get the chance, we would love to see what you have for us. And be sure to check out all the DT creations--we have such a great group of creators!

Before I close, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If you do not celebrate Christmas, I wish you a Happy Holiday season. Thank you for checking in with me this year, and thanks so very, very much for all your wonderful comments: they are so deeply appreciated! I am sending you big virtual hugs with much love.


  1. This card is FABULOUS and I love it. Yep, everything about it! The lil' coat hanger is so darling.
    Love visiting your blog you always make my smile.
    Christmas hugs
    Chris xxx

  2. WOW!! Such a fabulous card Penny. I love the image and your colouring is so beautiful. The papers and details you have added are gorgeous too.
    I bet Brynn was thrilled to receive such a special card on her birthday.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too.

    Hugs Sue

  3. Your card is Fantastic Penny! Your coloring is spot on and i love all of your embellishments. Fantastic! Merry Christmas!!

  4. Penny this is beautifully designed and that little hanger is a cute little finishing touch.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  5. Lovely card Penny!!
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2013!

  6. Wow, this is fabulous, Penny! I had to enlarge the photo for a close look at all of the details. Love the tag and wire hanger embellishment. Your granddaughter is going to love this!

  7. fab card Penny! love the gorgeous dies. fab coloring
    have a great christmas

  8. Love this card, Penny! The embossing you did is so fun and I have to agree about how cute that little hangar is!
    Happy Holidays,

  9. Love your card Penny...awesome colouring of that cute SC image :) Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & happy New Year :)
    Big hugs xx

  10. Super cute card! Fantastic coloring. I hope you can figure out something where you can have some free time. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year. Hugs, Kim B

  11. Penny, This is adorable. Love how you colored her and that tiny hanger is just the right touch.

  12. Beautiful card! Your coloring is stunning!


  13. Fabulous card- love everything about it- including the sentiment.....! OMG I can just see you running down the street chasing a little pooch...LOL Thankfully that young gent caught up with your dog and that you were not in your PJ's or barefoot..... I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and I am sure I will stop by before New Years!

  14. Merry Christmas and happy new year!
    See ya in 2013!

  15. Penny - I love your card and also that crazy dog story - so funny because I have a Bichon that thinks it is a big dog too. Hilarious.

  16. This is such a beautiful card Penny. I love all your cards but think you do an exceptional job on SC images. Everything about this is beautiful. Merry Christmas.

  17. such a pretty card Penny, sketchie is so cute!
    thank you so much for sharing it with us over on the SC challenge blog and Merry christmas!!
    Hugs Lou xx

  18. Ohhhhh penny what a darling card, love the image, colors, everything , thank you for your kind comment on my card, ohh and i can just see you running after that little dog LOL, have a blessed christmas and a happy new year
    Love Winnie

  19. Thanks for all the giggles. I'm so sorry that Donovan ran out the door with you in hot pursuit. I'm sorry you scraped your knuckles badly enough to draw blood. But I'm glad you didn't have to chase him around the whole neighborhood. That would have sucked.

    My Duchess (aka my Familiar, the Flying Slut, and Flight Risk) also is given to bolting out the front door. Usually when it snows, I am barefoot, at night, and there is a delivery person at the door. Then I get to knock down the delivery person, run through the snow barefoot trying to find a pale cat who likes to tunnel in the snow in the dark. I usually find her, bring her inside, then have to dry her since she's a long hair and gets the snow matted in her fur.

    So... onto the card. That's a great image and you colored it perfectly. I personally love the shimmer in her eyes so I think you should use Spica in them more often. I love the design and I love, Love, LOVE that lace.

  20. Beautiful card. The image is very sweet. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

  21. Oh I love all the details in this card - lace, embellishment, shapes. And your coloring is fantastic. Glad you were able to play along with the Oozak December challenge.

  22. A beautiful card Penny, a fabulous design and wonderful colour scheme. Your SC image is adorable and beautifully coloured - gorgeous detailing.

    I wish you a very Happy New Year,
    hugs Heather xx
    and thanks so much for joining us us Basic Grey challenge.

  23. Oh my Penny!!!! I do have to you have me laughing, I can just see you running after Donovan and the two guys trying to figure out what going on..... I do know what you mean about the DT's a lot of times it gets to be to much. I do not mind if their every other week but the ones that are every week are hard. All you can do is your best, if you miss one you hope they will understand... Hey girlfriend this has been an awesome year and I have enjoyed your wonderful creations and I'm looking forward to many more years of great inspiration and sharing our knowledge and learning from each other, so hears to many more years of friendship.
    Hugs, Patricia

  24. OMG Penny you copic colored a copic! How funny, cute, and creative!! Your coloring is so good. Come over and teach me!!
    xo, Kristina

  25. OMG, what an sweet card with adorable coloring to perfection. Happy New Year. Hugs

  26. I love the colours you have used! Thanks for sharing it with us over at Saturated Canary Challenges! x

  27. This is so cute and pretty!! Love the coloring and great design. Thanks for joining us at CMC and Happy New Year!!

  28. Brilliant card Penny and thanks so much for the funny story - although I am sure it was not so funny at the time. Thanks so much for playing at Inky Impressions this week:)

  29. Beautiful card, thanks for joining us at Saturated Canary

  30. Back with a different hat. This is so pretty. Fabulous and so cute, the image is simply magnificent. Thanks for joining in on the fun over at Eclectic. We look forward to seeing you again. Happy Holidays

  31. I was LOL reading about you chasing after Donovan with the still-buzzing toothbrush!

    The girls are so lucky to have all of the beautiful cards you make them, and this one is no exception. :) You definitely made the perfect fancy card for Brynn. I love the overall design, and those pearls are such a pretty embellishment. And I love the coloring on the girl, and the way you did the wings.


Thank you for visiting my blog! I appreciate the kind comments more than I can say! :^)
Hugs, Penny