Sunday, December 25, 2011

Have Yourself a Merry Little Puppy!

Merry Christmas to all of our Friends & Followers who celebrate Christmas,  Happy Hanukkah to everyone who celebrates Hanukkah and a joyous winter season to EVERYONE and every pup!  (Woof!)
~Crafty Math Chick

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Crazy for Cocoa

Welcome Friends & Followers!  Toady's card was created for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Crazy for Cocoa Blog Hop.  Cocoa is SNSS' signature little mouse and I think he is just adorable,you may recognize him from other cards I have made.  I decided to use this stocking image from SNSS' 'Cocoa's Christmas' set to make this card:
I just love the bright and non-traditional colors in Echo Park's Holly Jolly Collection - don't you?  And you know, it think this is the first time I have colored Cocoa in his namesake brown, I usually leave the little guy white!  (Holiday card count: 54)  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you like my card and enjoy the other terrific Cocoa Creations on the hop - visit the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog for a complete list of all the stops along the way.  Have a happy Sunday!
~Crafty Math Chick

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sparkling Snowman

Hello friends & followrs!  Today's card was made using December's First Skipping Stones Design Sketch by Jen del Muro:
I decided to combine this challenge with my friend Lee's VSN challenge on SCS to glitter your entire image panel.  I stamped the cute snowman from SSD's 'Sassy Snow' set, colored it in, ran it through the Xyron upside down, peeled the back off, sprinkled clear glitter all over (if you are the kind of person who needs pictures to envision this, Kim has a terrific tutorial on this technique in today's post on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog).  Here is my card:
It might not show up in the photo, but the image panel is wicked sparkly!  This card also fulfills the requirements of the following additional challenges:

     Thanks for taking the time to stop by!  Have a wonderful evening!
~Crafty Math Chick

Friday, December 9, 2011

Red-y to Hop?

Welcome friends & followers to the first ever Lawnscaping Blog Hop Lawnscaping Blog Hop!  So glad you’re here!  You should have come to me by way of Vera Yates' blog.  This theme is all about RED!!!  The hop runs from Friday, December 9th - Sunday, December 11th! Make sure to comment on all of the blogs because there are LOTS of prizes to be won! All the details can be found on the Lawnscaping home page ( The hop is being sponsored by some amazing companies. Lawn FawnMold Muse and Whisker Graphics!
     For my card I decided to go with a Valentine's theme and a little play on words using Lawn Fawn's 'My Silly Valentine' set:
I used Verve's 'I Heart U' die and replaced with dot of the 'i' with Lawn Fawn's happy little apple, added some red ribbon loops and some bling, and TA DA!  Quick and easy cute little card.  I hope you like it. 
     Next head on to Brenda Urbanik's blog. I am sure she will have something lovely for you to see.  If you've gotten off track, don't worry! Head on back to the Lawnscaping Blog  to see the complete list of designers and prize information!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Crafty Math Chick

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cup of Cocoa?

Hello Friends & Followers!  Hope everyone is doing well among the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  Today I have a card I designed for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Inspiration Challenge 17 over at Splitcoaststampers.  The photo Taylor Usry chose for the challenge was warm & delicious indeed:
I went with a cocoa theme using SNSS' one and only Cocoa mousetucked inside this mug of cocoa with a candy cane sticking out:
It doesn't show in the photo, but I went over the snowflakes in the cup with a Quickie Glue pen and sprinkled iridescent glitter over it and BOY does it ever SPARKLE!  I added some Glossy Accents over the candy cane too to give it some gloss & shine.  I layers a bunch of snowflake punched shapes and topped them with a red button and some red & white twine that reminds me of peppermint which matched the glittery horizontal striped peppermint stick ribbon I purchased at Michaels that I wrapped around a piece of white cardstock that I punched with a scalloped border on both sides.  I also embossed the red background using my Snowflakes CB EF (I don't know what it is about red snowflakes that intrigue me so much... probably just that I like red and I like snowflakes) and matted my Copic colored Cocoa image on some red foil cardstock by American crafts - Voila!  Another card for the holiday stash, up to 53 now I believe.  This card also fulfills the requirements of the following additional challenges:

     Thanks for stopping by to see my card!  I hope you have a wonderful evening.  Stay warm!
~Crafty Math Chick

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sweet 'n Sassiness

Hello Friends & Followers!  I have been having some fun with my Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps I was able to pick up during their 4th Birthday sale (Cocoa images are on sale now at SNSS too if you are interested).  The first was for this week's Sweet 'n Sassy Inspiration Challenge 16 over at Splitcoaststampers which incorporated this week's Sweet Stop Sketch 137 and SNSS' Woof You! stamp set as well:
You guys know how much I love da doggies!  I colored this little guy with my Copic markers and used some patterned papers from DCWV's Pet Stack (thanks Barbie!) and some self-adhesive ribbon and VOILA!  Since some of the paper has polka dots on it this card also meets the requirements of Challenge 47 by Charisma Cardz - 'Seeing Spots'.  Now I wish I had added some spots to the doggie as well...
     My second card was for a past SNSS Inspiration Challenge whose deadline I missed, but the colors in the inspiration photo were so bright and happy I just had to play along with SNSS' Cocoa Kinda of Birthday using this week's sketch by PaperTake Weekly:
You can never have enough birthday cards in your stash, right?  Since I could not find any striped DP in the colors I wanted I created some using strips of scraps that I adhered diagonally to Only Orange cardstock(every day is Earth day!).  This card also fulfills the requirements of the following challenges:

     For my last card I started making this for SNSS' VSN night, but didn't get to photograph and upload it in time, but I thought it was cute and wanted to post it here to give it a little love and for everyone to see.  It is a simply one layer Christmas card using Santa's Little Helper Cocoa:
(Holiday card count: 52, eek!)  I didn't have quite the right ribbon so I layers some thin red satin ribbon in the middle of this pretty white satin sheer ribbon I picked up from the Offray Ribbon outlet the last time I was there. This sweet little Cocoa mouse card fulfills the following challenges:

     Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to see my creations!  I will have more for you soon!  Have a great day!  :)
~Crafty Math Chick

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Finally Stamping Again!

Hello friends & followers!  Sorry for the brief hiatus there, I got caught up with the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and after-Thanksgiving sales a bit.  But I am back and was eager to stamp again.  I am embarrassed that I missed two weeks of sketch challenges by Skipping Stones Designs and wanted to make sure I rectified that today by participating in this week's SSD105 sketch challenge:  Here is the sketch we were given this week:
And here is the first of two cards I created for this challenge, it is similar to one I made with a different sketch several weeks ago (when I see ovals these days I think 'olives' - especially with Valentine's Day not that far off):
(you all get that the big thing in the center is an olive right?).  The sentiments are from SSD's Chic Martini set and the paper is from the 'Birthday Extravaganza' stack by the Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby).  Then I decided to make a second card using SSD's Heartsong set and some soft & feminine papers from Echo Park's Victoria Gardens stack:
I added some soft pink bling to the butterfly body and curled it's wings up just a bit for dimension.  I created a flight trail to mirror the stem of the flower in the sketch using a paper piercer and then went over the holes with a black fine tipped pen so make then stand out more.  
     Alrightie, that is all I have for you this evening.  I hope to be doing a lot more stamping later this week so I hope you will visit again soon.  Take care!
~Crafty Math Chick