IT’S GIVE AWAY TIME!!

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Hello friends!  It has been quite some time that I have had a little give away on my blog and since I’ve started up this new place, I have thought about it many times.  Since my birthday is tomorrow, I thought it would be a great idea to give someone else a fun present instead!  I have many things going on during the month of October and it will be hard to accomplish everything, so this is another way of saying thanks for stopping in and sharing your support with me!

Here’s what I’m giving away and I hope it’s something many of you would love to get:

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I have added several of my favorite items that I enjoy using in this package.  Everything is brand new and unopened of course as I already have these items! 🙂  – I have also ordered two more Distress Oxide inks to include in this package (not shown above) that will also be included in this give away!  – Of course I will be throwing in a couple of other little fun surprises tucked inside of the parcel too!

Here’s a break down of what I have to give away:

  1.  My Favorite Things All Smiles stamp set (of course I’m all about that!)
  2. My Favorite Things Die-namics Joy die cut
  3. Lawn Fawn ( Simons Says Stamp STAMPtember exclusive SOLD OUT) -Nutty or Nice? stamp set – I bought an extra one for a lucky friend!
  4. Heidi Swapp Memorydex Oval Dividers Cutting Dies (2 dies in this pacakge for those of you that enjoy making those memorydex creations!
  5. Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays (1 bottle of Wagon and 1 bottle of Rouge – check out the store to see the unique properties on these!)
  6. FOUR Ranger Distress Oxide Inks! (you will receive an ink pad in EACH of the following colors:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mermaid Lagoon, Barn Door -not shown, Mowed Lawn – not shown)
  7. Lawn Fawn Mistletoe Single Cord 21 yards lawn trimmings package
  8. a package of approximately 30 count tags each measuring 3 1/4″L x 1 5/8″W

That’s a package well worth over $85.00!!!  Wow!  Yes, I know I’m crazy, but I’m crazy about all of you and being able to share the love of my crafting with you all is something enjoyable that I get to do every day!  I’m honored to have you join with me on this journey and that’s why I do it! 🙂

**EDITED TO ADD MORE GOODIES!!!***

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The Distress Oxide inks that I’ve described above came in! Yay!  PLUS, when another order came in, I realized that these other items are a few more “extras” that I don’t need, so I put those in there too!  Plus, there is another stamp set that I forgot to take a photo of even after this addition! LOL!  So I’m guessing this parcel will probably be well over $100.00 by the time I’m sending it out!! LOL!!

Best of luck my friends and thanks for joining me!!


*I will announce the winner right here on my blog on Tuesday, October 30th and I will also personally e-mail the winner using whatever e-mail address was provided to me in the InLinkz below.*

  1. So what do you need to do to win?!  You have choices to make!  The first choice is a really easy one to do.  All you have to do is enter your name along with your e-mail address (so I can contact the winner) through the InLinkz shown below.  No matter what, if you are at all interested in winning this prize, please enter that by October 29th! – This is open to anyone world wide
  2. IF you would like an EXTRA entry to win, then just share the photo above with a link to my blog post on how to enter!  If you do this, then please leave me a comment telling me that you’ve shared it….no need for a link….just tell me that you’ve shared it on your blog, on Facebook, on instagram, etc.  Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each time you share it!  You get another chance for each time! – I know there are some people that were wondering where I went from my last blog and were trying to find me…so I’m hoping that the people who were looking for me can find me here again to follow along if they choose to do so.
  3. Additional Optional EXTRA entry to win – I’m all about spreading smiles as far as I can with my handmade creations.  I would love it if in honor of my birthday you can find a special person or a special place/charity that takes your card donations and send a special smile to someone.  That would make my day! – If you do this, please leave me another comment about that!

Whatever way you choose to enter, I thank you for any and all of your support especially with the changes that have gone on through my blog and life!  I enjoy seeing your lovely creations, visiting your blogs and sharing my crafty life with you.  So glad that we are enjoying it together!

It’s Autumn at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Cute Card Thursday again and we are going all Autumn over there this week!  Sounds like a great challenge to me…hope you will stop over and check out the inspiration and add your creation in the gallery too!  Looking forward to seeing your makes!

Here’s my card:

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I thought this image was so darn cute!  I’ve used an image from our sponsor this week called Girl with Wheelbarrow from Kinda Cute Stamps.  She is busy gathering pumpkins in that wheelbarrow and looks to be on a mission with it too!  I adore that sweet little bunny along for the ride!

I’ve colored the image with Copic markers including for the ground.  I’ve taken a tiny sponge with some blue ink and very lightly sponged in a sky.  The sentiment was stamped with brown ink from an older Lawn Fawn set.  I’ve also used the Stitched Leaves die from Lawn Fawn to cut out some leaves with kraft cardstock and then sponged some color over the edges to attach to the design.

I cut out both the image panel and the orange design paper with a Stitched Scallop rectangle die set from My Favorite Things.  I’ve also cut out a tiny brown banner at the top left corner from a die set from MFT as well.  Lastly, I’ve added some gold sparkling enamel dots around the leaves.

Hope you are out and about enjoying the Autumn season!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I’m so happy to have you here!  See you very soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Sweet Stampin’ – Dies/Punches (I stamped the sentiment-hopefully this qualifies)
  2. Always Fun – Anything Goes
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes #311Anything Goes badge
  4. Crafty Gals Corner – Anything Goes + Fall
  5. Mod Squad – Autumn Colors (Orange, red, purple, yellow, brown) I used all EXCEPT purple! – must use at least 3

Just A Girl and Her Pumpkin

Hello friends!  Wow, I think Fall has begun over my way as the air has changed with cooler temperatures and I absolutely LOVE it! 🙂  Although I’ve been busy crafting away in my room, I like to get outdoors for a few breaks to walk around and see signs of the leave starting to change over.

Today, I am over at the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration blog to share my card with you using one of the really adorable images from this month’s release called “A Girl and Her Pumpkin” digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong:

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Isn’t she adorable?!  I really enjoyed coloring her up with my Copic markers.  As I was coloring, it actually reminded me of going to a near-by apple orchid with my children as they were growing up.  I would take photos of them with all of the pumpkins surrounding them as they would pick out which one they wanted to carve for Halloween.  (my oldest was not a fan of “pumpkin guts” and so we always ended up doing that part for him! LOL!)  But it must have made an impression with them because they still enjoy going as adults now!   Besides, what’s better than apple cider donuts and freshly picked apples?!  YUM!

So after the reminencing of memories, I cut her out with the WS Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles along with the card front base and attached to a white A2 sized top folding card base.  For the sentiment, I took a piece of vellum and heat embossed a greeting from the WS Painted Sayings stamp set and I also took some of the splatter images from the same set and stamped them randomly in the background with white ink.

Before attching the image panels onto the card, I’ve added some gold ink around the edges, attached some leaves behind it and popped it up with foam tape.  The piece of vellum was hand cut into a banner and folded around card base and attached with glue behind the letters to hide it.  I then put some burlap ribbon around the card front base as well as the image panel, vellum banner and gold sequins filled with gold Stickles.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how she’s colored.  You can also better see the gold inked edges.  And of course the photo didn’t pick it up, but I took some Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen to go over the pumpkin with.

I’ve also used a cloud stencil to lightly sponge in a nice Fall sky behind her.

I think she would look so cute surrounded by a field of pumpkins…so there’s an idea!  Maybe I’ll work on that for next time!

If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to take a look over at the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration blog and subscribe so you can get all the updates for new posts!  There is always inspiration from the rest of the design team as well as special guests, new releases every month and fun give aways too!  So check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I appreciate you taking the time!  See you soon!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today.  (You can click the photo to go shopping in the store.  There is no additional cost for clicking on anything.)

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challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampeded – Anything Goes #314
  2. Just Us Girls – JUGS459 photo weekScreen Shot 2018-08-23 at 7.17.20 AM
  3. Crafty Friends – Autumn Colors
  4. Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Fall
  5. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes

 

It’s a Monochromatic Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Trying to work hard on projects and gettings things ready for next month.   So please excuse me if I seem a bit sporadic in my presence!

Stopping in to share a new challenge with you over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week the theme is “monochromatic” or some people say “monochrome” which simply means that your project mainly consists of one color or tone.   Stop by the challenge blog and be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team while you’re there!  Here’s my project for the challenge:

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I absolutely fell in love with this flower image from the My Favorite Things card kit that they came out with!  And I can’t say that I came up with this idea all on my own either, as it is very similar to one of the samples on the project sheet that comes with the kit.

It’s very simple to do, just white heat embossed the floral image and color areas in with a Copic marker and then I used a sentiment from Lawn Fawn to white heat emboss over vellum and the card stock again and then die cut the word out and attach over the vellum strip.  I had been requested to make up some wedding cards and so I’m trying to make up a few of them as this is something that I’ve completely missed in my card creating.  I need to remember that along with some others that I have been requested to make up that I just don’t think about doing when creating.  Taking mental notes for myself!

We look forward to seeing your creations this week!  Hope you can play along!

Thanks for stopping by friends!  See you soon!

challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampede –  #313 Anything Goes
  2. The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes + flower(s)TFChallenge#24
  3. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes

Traditional Mermaid Christmas

Hello friends!  Although it still feels a bit like Summer outside where I’m from with the temps in upper 80s and 90s all week long, I enjoy creating Christmas and snow-themed cards any time of the year!  Besides, I know that once Fall hits, it will soon be time for Christmas to come along right behind it!  I have used this adorable September release from Whimsy Stamps once again to inspire you with a more traditional Christmas themed colors and design this time:

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I have used this gorgeous Christmas Mermaid digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong for my card today.  She is an amazing image for the coloring enthusists for sure!

My last card with this image showed her in more soft pastel tones.  (You can see that post by CLICKING HERE if you don’t remember it.)  This time I went for a more traditional Christmas color theme.  I found some really cool green with white splatter pattern paper to use, so I worked around that by coloring the mermaid outfit in reds with gold trimmings.  I took inspiration from the gold ribbon, bells and buckle and added in more elements with some gold on my card as well.

I was almost too scared to try this, but after coloring the image, I took some white Shimmerz paint and a paint brush to add some white splattering effect over top of her to give the appearance of snow and to also coordinate with the pattern paper in the background.  I didn’t get too carried away, but just enough and then I cut her out with the Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die set and took my ink foam blending tool and went around the edges with some Pine Needles distress ink.  I then took some gold cord and wrapped it around the two corners and then added a double bow with some red jingle bells on one end.  I also glued some cheese cloth on each corner before I added some foam tape behind her to mount her on the card design.

For the card design, the base is a red top folding 5.5″ square design with the green splattered pattern paper over it.  I took some chunky glitter and glued it around the edges and then prehaps you remember this “oldie but a goodie” border die from Whimsy Stamps along the edge of the image panel?  I cut it out with mirror gold card stock and then wrapped some gold silk ribbon over it and attached to the card.  I placed the foam taped image panel over top and then added the finishing touches over the image:

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Here’s a closer look at the image where you can see all of the glitter and shimmer on her.  Before I splattered it, I covered her outfit with a clear glitter brush pen and went over her gold buckle and the jingle bells with a gold metallic gel pen.  I went over the tiny holly berries with a red metallic gel pen.  I then took some liquid glue and added some clear glitter to her hat and outfit trimmings along with the tiny creatures hats.

After she was splattered, I added some gold sequins and then some gold Stickles in the centers of each one.

Those tiny creature faces just make me giggle every time! 🙂

I know she has tons of shimmer and sparkle, but she is a mermaid after all and I do love adding a little bit of this and that as much as I can!  Do you like lots of bling?

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I truly appreciate your time!  I’ll see you again very soon!

Challenges:

  1.  The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes + Christmas
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. The Merry Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes + Christmas
  4. Winter Wonderland – Use Ribbon and/or Twine
  5. Little Red Wagon – Bling It On!
  6. CRAFT – Christmas
  7. Crafty Gals Corner – 3+ Layers

 

 

Fall is Here with Craft Show Projects

Hello friends!  I was really hoping to post this yesterday, but hubby was around and I was trying to get many different things done at once.  As you might guess, I am frantically running around trying to get a good start and handle on getting items made up for my up-coming craft table!  I will have more on that below, but first, I’d like to share a card I made for the Lawn Fawnatics challenge before it expires too! LOL

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As you may have seen in my past posting, I had gotten MANY Lawn Fawn items recently as I just adore Fall/Halloween and of course Christmas soon to follow!  It’s hard resist so many cool things that come out each year!  (If I worked myself ahead of time, then I would be less frantic and be able to actually slowly enjoy my new items!  LOL)

So for this card, I have used the fun Thanks a Latte stamp set as well as the Forest Feast stamp set for accents and sentiment.  I’ve stamped the tree stump in brown ink at the bottom of a vanilla panel that I’ve cut out using the LF Cross-Stitched rectangle die.  I also used a cloud stencil to sponge in some clouds in the background behind the stump.  I’ve stamped and colored with my Copic markers the other elements of the design and cut them out with the coordinating dies and arranged them on the stump panel.  I stamped the sentiment under the cup on a strip of vellum with chocolate ink and then heat embossed it with clear glitter EP and wrapped it around the card base with the plaid paper as well as the twine with the white heat embossed sentiment that was cut from brown cardstock with a banner die strip.  Lastly, I’ve added some shimmer over the liquid contents in cup as well as the leaves.  I’ve actually made this card based on a sketch that I’ve entered below.

challenges:

  1.  Lawn Fawnatics – Mood Board

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2.  City Crafter – Fall Colors

3.  Sketch Saturday – sketch 531

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4.  Words 2 Craft By (W2CB57) – “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

5.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – “Pop It Up” (Popped up cup, leaves and whipped topping)

6.  Aud Sentiments – Fall + a sentiment


Now I’d like to share something that I’ve been working on for my up-coming craft show next month.  It’s coming quickly and I have many things to get ready for it.  I’ve not made these before for purchase, but I find that I am always in need of them and use them every year, so I thought these would be a fun way for someone to present a gift:

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These are my “Shaker Gift Card Holders”.   I had made one in a previous post that I did earlier this year, but you may already be familiar with my “Shaker Money Holders” which I did a tutorial for on Splitcoaststampers.com a couple of years back.  CLICK HERE if you’d like to see that tutorial with a video I did.  (You can also catch the link for it on the sidebar of my blog here as well.)

As you can see, I’ve used the same Lawn Fawn stamp set that I’ve used on my card above as well as pulled in some other of those cute little images from other sets too!

I am going to be burning the midnight oil for a while, so I will probably have to wait to share more photos after my craft show finishes up, but I will take photos as I create so that I can also keep track of what I’ve made and how it all went over.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my post this evening and I’ll see you again soon!

Dies and Punches for Cute Card Thursday

*I wanted to take a moment to say to those (and those with loved ones) along the eastern coast threatened by Hurricane Florence that we’re thinking of you and wishing you safety and strength.*

Hello friends!  We are quickly rolling through another month here as we are getting into Fall and I know the “C” word will be here before we know it!! LOL!  I’m trying to sneak in little creations here and there so I’m not overwhelmed.  Sometimes challenges can help with that like our new challenge this week at Cute Card Thursday!  Our new challenge this week is “Dies and/or Punches” which is something that I use ALL the time on my projects, how about you?

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This week we are sponsored by “All Dressed Up Stamps” and I have used this adorable image called “Little Skater” on my card.  I’ve colored her up with my Copic markers and then I’ve cut her out with a stitched circle die.  I then used a very old Stampin’ Up! Snowflake stamp from my stash and stamped some snowflakes in the background with blue ink and then sponged around the edges of the circle with the same color.

I also heat embossed the sentiment (From My Favorite Things) with silver EP over a piece of pink cardstock and then cut it out with a banner strip die.  I then sponged around this banner with some white ink.  (This pink cardstock is the same color as my card base.

I had a piece of this pretty snowflake woodgrain paper in my stash a long time, pulled it out for the background.  I’ve also die cut the stitched scallop circle behind the circle image panel with some silver glitter paper and attached it to the background.  I’ve also die cut some additional snowflakes in white cardstock and placed those on my layout and covered the centers of them with some silver Stickles.  I used a strip of foam tape to pop up the heat ebmossed sentiment right underneath the image and then lastly, I’ve added some clear crystal accents to the sides of the sentiment banner as well as on each corner of the background paper.

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Here’s a closer view of the image.  I have colored her skate blades with a silver gel pen and then I took a clear gel pen and went over the bow in her hair and her scarf as well as the tiny snowflakes around her.  I’ve used a white gel pen for her cheeks and hightlights on her leggins.

I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery this week!

Thanks for stopping by today!   I’m working VERY heavily on my projects for my up-coming craft shows and I’m hoping that maybe I can take a minute or two to share what I’m working on! 🙂    My time is slowly running out….yikes!

Challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes #84 + All Dressed Up image
  2. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #312
  3. Sweet Stampin’ – sketch

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4.  Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with DiesHLS AG with Dies Badge

5.  Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes