It's time for a new sketch challenge over at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!  This is the sketch:

You don't have to use Prickley Pear stamps to join in the fun!  You can use any of the stamps you have in your stash and you'll be in the running for a gift certificate to the store!  The deadline is December 31.

I used some rather non-traditional colors on my card for the challenge.  I really like orange and gray together, so put them to use on this sweet little card.  I've been wanting to use these cute lovebirds for a while now and finally found a home for them on these pine needles from the Holly and Berries Clear Stamps Set!  I added clear Stickles to the pine for some winter sparkle and fussy cut around them.  These little birds will be used for cards after the holidays have passed!  They're just so sweet!

Paper - SU Basic Gray, Very Vanilla & Tangerine Tango CS, My Mind's Eye DP
Ink - SU Basic Gray
Accessories - gemstones, Stickles, linen thread, foam adhesive (popped up birds and pines)
Coloring - colored pencils, blender pen
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More Cookies & Milk

It's time for a 2 Cute Ink creation today!  2 Cute Ink, formerly 2 Cute Rubberstamps, has been undergoing some exciting changes and more excitement is in store for the new year!  I'm sharing one of the new winter images called Cookies and Milk Cat.  It's one of the images from the Cookies and Milk Cat and Dog Digital Stamps set (see below).

Cookies and Milk Cat and Dog Digital Stamps
I made a scalloped circle card this week because it reminded me of a cookie!  I was thinking of Oreos, of course, as I created this!  It may just be time to go get a package of those Mint Oreos.  Or maybe not!

Stamps - 2 Cute Ink (Cookies and Milk Cat, digital), Sweet 'n Sassy (sentiment)
Paper - SU Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake cardstocks, My Mind's Eye DP (Signature Christmas)
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories - SU Crystal Effects (on milk glass), baker's twine, foam adhesive (popped up two of the circle panels and the image), Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle)
Coloring - Copic markers
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Prickley Pear Monday

It's time for another Prickley Pear creation!  I am loving their stamps and every time I browse their store, I find more stamps that I add to my wish list!  Thank goodness for wish lists!  :)

Today, I'm sharing another simple holiday card using a pretty wreath stamp from the Birdcage Winter 2 clear stamp set.  I chose my decorative paper first and then colored the wreath stamp with markers before stamping the image.  I then cut it out with my favorite little fine pointed scissors.  I used a circle punch to punch out the middle, making it easier to cut out the inside of the wreath (...rather than injure myself with my scissors while attempting to pierce through the middle to get!).

I used clear and red Stickles to add some sparkle and then popped the wreath up on foam adhesive pieces to give it dimension.

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Birdcage Winter 2 clear stamp set)
Paper - SU Certainly Celery & Garden Green CS, My Mind's Eye DP (Holly Jolly)
Ink - SU Garden Green (sentiment)
Accessories - SU Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Stickles, foam adhesive (popped up main image)

Have a Happy Monday!
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Blog Hop!

It's time for The Stamping Boutique's Thrifty Christmas - Making Handmade Gifts Blog Hop!  I hope you'll join in the fun!  It will run all weekend, ending on Sunday, December 11th (11:59 pm CST) to allow you plenty of time to hop.

**If you have come here from Sandy's blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, please head over to Christy's blog to start at the beginning (You can also see the complete blog hop order at end of this post).

You will want to be sure to visit each design team member's blog and leave a comment as each one will be giving away one TSB image!

If that isn't enough to entice you to hop with us, maybe this will:  1 random person (who comments on all the DT blogs and leaves a final comment on the Stamping Boutique blog) will be selected to win a $25.00 gift certificate for the store!  How fabulous is that?!

Since I can't resist giving the gift of coffee and chocolate, I decided to make a cute little gift package using a brown paper sack folded in half to create two pockets:  one for a home made chocolate brownie and one for a Starbuck's gift card!  The perfect combination!  I'm thinking this would be a great little gift for co-workers, friends or neighbors!

(Image used:  Cupcake - bakery)

Now head on over to Sue's blog for more Thrifty Christmas inspiration!


Here is the blog hop order in case you get lost along the way:

Melissa-  **You are here**
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Simple Joy

It's 2 Cute Rubber Stamps day!  I made a clean and simple card this week since I know the holidays are fast approaching and simple is good when time is running low!

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (Girly Tree - digital), Unity (sentiment)
Paper - SU Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade CS, Copic Blending Card, My Mind's Eye DP (Be Merry)
Ink - SU Lucky Limeade (sentiment)
Accessories - gemstone, SU Real Red polka dot ribbon, Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle)
Coloring - Copic markers (including red Spica pen on garlands)
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Be Jolly

It's time for a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique!  The theme this time is Non-traditional Christmas Colors!  Head on over and play along for some free images of your choice!  Also, don't forget to come back and follow along with The Stamping Boutique's Thrifty Christmas (Handmade Gifts) Blog Hop this weekend, starting Friday (Dec. 9-11)!

For this challenge, I created a cookie sheet shaped card using a normal 4.25-in. x 5.5-in. card.  I cut handles on the ends and then rounded the corners.

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Gingerbread Man with Buttons - digital), Unity (sentiment)
Paper - Bazzill textured white CS, SU Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray CS
Ink - SU Basic Black, Daffodil Delight (sponging)
Accessories - silver pearls, SU Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, SU gemstone brads, Stickles (Diamond), foam dots (popped up main image), hole punch (handles of cookie sheet), SU corner rounder punch
Coloring - Copic markers
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Dr. Seuss Christmas

I hope you had a good weekend!  I finally got to do laundry after going almost a whole week without a washing machine!  We're in the middle of an addition to the laundry room and have had to unhook the washer and dryer for a few days.  DH finally took pity on me Saturday afternoon and hooked them back up so I could get five people's worth of laundry processed for the week ahead!  Whew!  There's nothing like clean laundry all washed and put away!

Between loads of laundry, I was able to stamp a card and today is Prickley Pear Monday!  I just love this sentiment, a quote from Dr. Seuss!  He is one of my favorite children's authors and, as silly as his books are, he has a way of getting a point across!  I felt like using both traditional and not-so-traditional holiday colors for this card, but used bright hues just for fun!  The cat makes me smile in his hat and when I cut him out, his tail naturally spiraled outward in a cute curl, making him that much cuter!

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Holly & Berries Clear Set - cat, It Came Without Ribbons - sentiment)
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP, Bazzill textured white CS
Ink - SU Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade (sponging)
Accessories - Nestabilities (circle), red gemstones, SU Real Red taffeta ribbon, Stickles (Diamond, on hat), foam dots (popped up cat image)
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Rainbow of Sweetness

I needed some bright, cheerful colors to work with this week due to a lack of sleep on my part.  It seems like we have so much going on here at home lately and, for parents of little ones, the best/easiest time to get a good number of things done on projects is after all the kids are in bed!  Needless to say, I've had a few too many late nights and need to get some extra sleep somehow as we head into the weekend!

I used a fun lollipop digital stamp from The Stamping Boutique to create one of those rainbow lollipops that all kids drool over in the candy store!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Candy Land Winter Lollipop - digital), Pink By Design (sentiment, Say it Sweet)
Paper - SU Real Red, Daffodil Delight CS, misc. DP, Copic Blending Card
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - SU button, baker's twine, SU Crystal Effects (for shine on lollipop), foam dots (popped up lollipop)
Coloring - Copic markers
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Milk & Cookies

Today is 2 Cute Rubber Stamps day and I'm sharing another of the adorable new winter images that are now available!  This little dog looks so happy eating his cookies and milk!  Looks like he may have picked Oreos too (one of my favorites)!  Which reminds me, I had some Mint Oreos a couple weeks ago and was reminded again just how good they are!  Sigh.

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (Cookies & Milk Dog - digital), Taylored Expressions (Betty, sentiment)
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP (Blink of an Eye), Bazzill white textured CS, Copic Blending Card
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip (sentiment), So Saffron (sponging)
Accessories - gemstones, SU So Saffron grograin ribbon, Nestabilities (circle), foam dots (popped up main panel), SU Crystal Effects (on glass of milk)
Coloring - Copic markers

I am submitting this for this week's Splitcoast Stampers' Clean & Simple (sketch) Challenge.
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Tis the Season

Time marches on!  Thanksgiving has come and gone and now we're off and running toward the end of the year!  We'll probably be sledding toward it here shortly and that is something I am not looking forward to!  I think the older I get, the less I like snow.  Maybe I just need to go out and play in it more often!  :)  Driving in it is just something I'd rather not do, but this school year that's not going to be an option as I am the bus this year for our kids!

Today, I'm sharing my first winter card using some of the newest stamps from Prickley Pear!  I just love this image!  I added some glitter to the pine cones for some winter sparkle and then popped the whole main image panel up to give this clean and simple card a little dimension.

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Pinecones ATC & Tis the Season)
Paper - SU Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla cardstocks
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories - SU Chocolate Chip & Always Artichoke markers, SU Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, brown pearls, SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter, foam dots (popped up main image panel)
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