Hello....Welcome to this weeks BSU challenge post. This week our theme is Winter/Snow. Trickier for me because I somehow have no current snowman or penguin stamps. Everything I have is def Christmas and not so much Winter themed. So I had to stretch a bit and come up with this card. 

I used Swirly Bird bundle to create the snowman and the snowflakes falling. The arms and the snow drift were made using the swooshy lines die. I then used a sentiment from Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set. 

So hopefully this will inspire you to try some out of the box style cards with some sets that can pull extra duty. 

Christmas was ok and somewhat quiet for us here this year since it was just the two of us. Depressing enough there and then to take a turn even more depressing our sweet cat passed away. It's still a bit crazy the way I walk through the house thinking I'll find her at the slider waiting to come in or even someone to talk to when Terry's not here. (yes we carried on quite the interesting conversations her and I). LOL It's just sad. I'm really going to miss her being around. Ok...enough of that....

Now head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE and see what those wonderful ladies came up with this week. 

Thank You so much for stopping by.....Check back next week as we begin a new year of BSU Challenges. 


It's almost Christmas...and this is our second to the last BSU post for 2016. Can you believe it? Well this week is our color challenge week. The selected colors are

Chocolate Chip
Crumb Cake
Cherry Cobbler

I chose to go with the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle because this is probably the last chance I'll have to use it this year. I also added in the Suite Seasons set for my sentiment. I started with a base of Cherry Cobbler and layered a piece of Chocolate Chip as well as Very Vanilla card stock. I then Stamped the ginger bread man in Crumb Cake ink and punched him out with the coordinated punch. I added the bow tie of Cherry Cobbler stamped with the out line of Choc Chip ink and placed it as his neck tie. I used versamark ink and stamped my sentiment on Cherry Cobbler then sprinkled with the detail white embossing powder and applied heat with my heat gun. I centered it on the Very Vanilla and added in the ginger bread man. I finished off the card with some Jute Twine. That's it....a cute simple wish for the Holiday. Below is a snap of the Items I used.

Wishing all of you a Happy hop on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week.  Thank You so much for stopping by......until next week then.


Ok this will be quick because things are crazy at my house. This weeks BSU topic is Technique and we thought it would be fun to have us all do a sketch! I used to use sketches all the time but have gotten lazy about using them. I think it's a great way to remind you to make a well rounded layout instead of just slapping an image on the front adding some ribbon or stones and bam...done! (I'm totally guilty of this). It also helps you get out of the same ole same ole.'s what I did.....

I started with a base of Marina Mist. Then a layer of Whisper White, added some Pink Pirouette strips in the proper places. I used some framelits to cut my scalloped circle in Marina Mist and then my standard 2.5 circle in Whisper White. I stamped the horse image from Carousel Birthday out of the new and up coming Occassions Catalog...(available Jan 4th) and I colored it in a bit using an aqua painter and real light water....not too wet because I stamped my image in crumb cake and too much water will wipe away the image. So just carefully dab your color in. I finished the coloring with a bit of the clear wink of Stella to give it a bit of shimmering sparkle that the camera just can't pick up. Trust me it's pretty. I did stamp the scroll image on my two small strips to add interest and stuck it all down. I used dimensionals behind my scallop circle layer. I finished off with some rhinestone jewels because bling is ALWAYS better right???

Hope you have enjoyed this weeks card. Try the sketch out and play along with us. Post it to our Facebook page under this weeks date.

Now go see what Terri's been up to HERE and Stace's HERE. Have a great week everyone. MERRY CHRISTMAS, and THANK YOU for stopping by.


Welcome to this weeks BSU post. This weeks topic is Theme and with that theme we are of course going with Christmas.
I decided to visit the annual catalog and choose most of my products from there instead of the Holiday mini. So many times the annual catalog gets pushed aside this time of year and we tend to forget about the great products featured in there. I chose "This is Christmas" special designer series paper, Perfect Pines stamp set, as well as metallic enamel shapes. So with a base of of Cherry Cobbler I got started. I stamped the tree on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and layered it with Garden Green Card stock. I made a few banner pieces using the banner triple punch and layered them behind the stamped layer. I took a section of a sentiment from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set found in the Holiday Mini. I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler on a square of Very Vanilla then popped it up with a dimensional. I finished with the metallic enamel star on top and the dots for ornaments.

Really loving how this card came out. I guess I should practice using sketches more again. LOL

Hope you are all having a wonderful hop on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE and see what they have come up with this week.

Thank you for stopping by.....Merry Christmas