{Cupcake Inspirations} New DT!🧁

Hello friends!  I’m so excited to announce that I’ve been asked to join the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge design team!!

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What could be better than crafting AND cupcakes, right?!  So be sure to join me here every Monday for new challenge and reminder inspiration!  I do hope you’ll check out the challenges and join us over there to play along!  (And maybe enjoy yourself a cupcake treat while you’re at it!😁)…if you’ve followed along with me for a while, you may have remembered about 5 years back that I used to be on this team before!  So I’m excited to be joining with them once again!

So here we go with the brand new challenge and a really fun theme to play with:

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The theme for this challenge is “Flowers with Pearls/Sequins

**The challenges will last for 2 weeks, so you will have that long to play for each challenge!  There is a theme challenge and then a color challenge for every other one.  There will be a reminder week in between each one as well…so be sure to subscribe and follow the blog so you can see the inspiration and play along with us!**

**We are also partnering with the Double Trouble Paper Crafting Challenge Blog with their challenge of a tic-tac-toe board!  So be sure to check out all of the up-coming details and play along with them too!**thing-1-and-thing-2-logo-clipart-12 pair and share

Here’s my take on the challenge:

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I was really inspired with the flowers and pearl theme and I’ve been wanting to play around with a past card kit I had to color with pencils, which I hardly ever do!

The flower images come from the Simon Says Stamp Stronger Together stamp set and kit.  The kit had some colored pencils with it that I used to color the image and then I just used some dies from my stash to add the layers.  I took an additional floral image from the set and white ink to stamp the background and swiped the ink pad around the edges.

To fit with the challenge theme, I thought it would be fun to add several sizes of pearls along the edges of the oval panel.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on the flowers.  I’ve also taken a sentiment from the stamp set and inked it up with some eggplant ink using my MISTI tool.  I inked it up again with some embossing ink and then added some clear sparkle EP over top of it to heat set.  The sparkle shows up so much better in person, of course!  I cut it out with my scissors and popped it up over the image with foam tape.

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Really hope that you’ve been inspired with my creation today and that you’ll hop on over to the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge and play along with us!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with using this theme!

I will be back next week with more inspiration for this challenge!  Thanks so much for dropping by!

Other Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafty Creations – #411 Anything Goes
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – #119 Anything Goes
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #77 Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – #401 Anything Goes
  5. Love to Craft – LTCCB48 Anything Goes
  6. Love to Scrap – LTSCB135 Anything Goes
  7. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC278 Anything Goes FeminineWWC278 - Michelle's Challenge Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

Name That Bird!

Hey there friends!  Ever have one of those days where you were up late or you got up in the middle of the night and then realized you weren’t sure if you got any sleep at all?  Sometimes I have days and then forget to do something and then I’m thinking about it all night only to realize that I’ve spent my time thinking about it and not sleeping when I could’ve just got up and done it!😂

This post is sort of a representation of that issue!  Not only did I forget or run out of time to get my post ready, but it’s also THE last day of the month to get these projects finished for the challenges they were intended for!  Story of my life!

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Oh my gosh this is too funny!!🤣  A few months back I had spent some time at the Taylored Expressions store and had a laugh at some of the sentiments that I didn’t realize were in the store and decided that they would make some great cards to send out and they go well with those Grumplings stamps too!  I also wanted to participate in the #TEMAKER challenge before it ends, so I enjoyed putting this one together!

Believe it or not, I had a sample of dental floss in my purse and decided to pull some out and use it for this card!  LOL!  It meets the challenge which is to use something from your purse or junk drawer!  I just tied it around the card front!  I used some dies from my stash for the tree branch and the hexagon shape.  The papers comes from Taylored Expressions along with the Grouchy Grumplings II stamp set (owl) that I cut out with the coordinating die and popped him up with foam tape over the branch.  The hilarious sentiment comes from the Pitch Black stamp set and I know I’ll be using some of those others on more cards soon!  Tee hee!  I also found some fun yellow sequins laying on my desk and added them to finish it off!

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Here’s a closer view of the “bird” and how I’ve colored him up with my copic markers.  I’ve used the TE papers to cut out the pieces in the branch as well as the background and hexagon shapes.  If you look at the “bird’s” eyes, you can see where I’ve added some glossy accents.  He does look a bit tired!!

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The reason for the strip at the bottom actually came from a mistake in calculating measurements for my card panel, so I just added a strip that I cut out from the hexagon die and used it as part of the design.  Sometimes there are ways to fix mistakes, so never think you’ve ruined something!

I hope you’ve gotten a chuckle from my card today as it has made me laugh!!😆  Thanks so much for dropping in today as I really appreciate your support and thoughts here!

P.S.  I have been busy “behind the scenes” doing various different things and haven’t shared them as of yet in my posts, but here’s a little look at what I’ve been doing lately:

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Digi Doodle Studios has had a “image coloring challenge” in their Facebook Fan Group as well and so I knew that I had already printed out several image that just needed some coloring and I thought why not get them colored up and play along?!  Well here I am on the last day of it! LOL!!  So now that they’re all colored up, stay tuned for some completed cards using them at some point!  It was really nice to just sit and color which is what I like to do on some days without making a card.

I also haven’t shared my latest masculine cards, so I’ll be sharing those soon as well as other things I’m working on too!  Just getting things sorted out and taking the time to do it is all!  (That’s where the “exhaughted pigeon” comes into play!😄)

Have a great day and I’ll be seeing you soon!

Challenges (for bird card):

  1.  Taylored Expressions – #TEMAKERCHALLENGE – hexagon, yellow & purse
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  3. Colour Crazy Craft – Any Handcolored Image
  4. Creative Fingers– #189 Anything Goes
  5. Crafting Happiness– #55 Anything Goes
  6. Use Your Stuff – Free Week
  7. Creatalicious – #190 Anything Goes

Turtley Adorable!🐢

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  Really hate it when technology doesn’t cooporate and I have to figure it out, but hopefully I can soon!  Sometimes it just needs to be done!🤔

Anyway, I was wanting to post some masculine cards I made for Father’s Day earlier this week, but I’ll have to post another time as this card was already done and is needed to enter a challenge that is ending soon:

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Isn’t this the cutest?!  I love that wee little baby turtle riding on the back with his tongue out!  This is the “Stamp of the Month” from Brutus Monroe that I’ve colored up with Copic markers, cut out with a circle die, along with another circle layer of Cabbage cardstock that I’ve also used for the A2 top folding card base, and another circle layer of vellum.

I was super excited to try out the brand new Ranger Distress line color “Speckled Egg”  products!  I’ve used the Distress Oxide ink to sponge over the Brutus Monroe “Stencil of the Month” onto a piece of Sidewalk cardstock that was cut out with a stitched rectangle die.  I also took the Brutus Monroe Circle Tone stenciland added some Opal Chroma Glaze over it.  You can see how pretty the shimmer is on those dots!

For the banner along the side, I took another piece of sidewalk cardstock and cut my own banner with scissors.  I took my embossing ink pad and covered the banner piece with it and then heat embossed the Speckled Egg Distress Glaze EP over it…turned out so pretty!  I heat embossed the sentiment from the same turtle stamp set over a piece of vellum and wrapped it around the banner before attaching it to the card.

Lastly, I’ve added some metallic shimmer ribbon from my stash and some pretty sparkling sequins that remind me of bubbles.  The card was designed based upon a sketch, see details below post.

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Here’s a better view of the cute image and coloring I’ve done.  I’ve added some dots with a white gel pen for their cheeks as well as their eyes and noses.  I’ve also used it for highlights on their shell.

You can also see a better view of that pretty shimmer from the Metallic Chroma Glaze that I used over a stencil.  Thought it was great for the circle theme going on.

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I hope you’v enjoyed my card today and have been inspired in some way or has brought you a smile!  Thanks so much for dropping in and I’ll be seeing you again soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Brutus Monroe FB Challenge – #7 Sketch
  2. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + colouring
  3. The Divas That Cut…Paper! – Summer Fun + dies
  4. Crafting Happiness – #154 Anything Goes optional: Under the Sea
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  6. Make My Monday – #125 Use Stencils
  7. The Sisterhood of Crafters – Stenciling

 

 

4 Cards Using One Sheet Wonder Template✂

Hello friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend! We’ve had such beautiful weather and it was nice to be out in it! Warm temps are soon to follow, so I know I’ll be crafting indoors then!

Today, I’m sharing something I did for a challenge a couple of months ago and really enjoyed the process of just creating using a single sheet of pretty floral papers in my stash. Have you ever heard of or tried the “One Sheet Wonder” method?

I only have this ‘overhead shot’ of all the cards I made because I wasn’t blogging at this time, but if you notice in each one of these cards, I have used the same floral pattern in each one. I’ve pulled out a single 6×6 piece of decorative paper from the Brutus Monroe Farmhouse Floral Paper Pad.

For the top and bottom left cards, you can see that I’ve used the diaganol pieces from the *”One Sheet Wonder” template. For the top one, I’ve just used an image and sentiment from the Farmhouse Friends stamp set. For the bottom card, I actually cut out a floral image from another piece of the same paper pad I’ve used for the template as the focal for my design. (It’s a great way to use up more of the scraps you may have!)

(*See the diagram below for how I cut out a template from the 6×6 sheet to use on my cards.)

For the top and bottom right cards, I’ve taken a couple of the strips cut from the *”One Sheet Wonder” template and then made it my own by cutting it up for a banner and then just separating in half to make a unique design on my card. The top one uses the Eggcellent Gnomes stamp set and the bottom one uses the Take Flight stamp set.

Basically, all I needed to do was sit with my pattern paper and match up the colors to create cards with. It was a great thing to have as a starting point with just a piece of pattern paper in my hand. So if you’re struggling a bit, this is great way to get going! Give it a try!

Here’s the template that I used of the cut out pieces from the one 6×6 sheet of pattern paper. Please feel free to use this as an idea for yourself to get started.

Another idea that I used for this one is that this floral pattern has several different colors in it to work from, so I was able to choose a different color for each of my cards. I believe I could’ve gotten even more than just the 4 cards too!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my post today sharing a little tip for you when you might be struggling! I’ve learned that just getting started can be half the battle sometimes!🤔 Thanks for dropping in and I’ll see you again soon!!

Boardwalk Slimline Cards🎡

Hello friends! I’m back again today to share some “experimenting” I’ve been doing with different products and style of card design! Won’t you share the ride with me?….

It seems that these “Slimline” cards have become very popular lately and there have been many products from companies that have come out with some really cool things to help with your designs! I remember several years back making some cards that were called “tall and skinny”, but they didn’t fit into a standard sized business envelope like this particular size does…so this is actually a “new to me” design to try out. These measure 8.5″ x 7″ folded in half on the 7″ side at 3.5″.

RIGHT CARD: I had purchased some Slimline dies from Trinity Stamps and wanted to try them out with my cards using some fun new monthly products by Brutus Monroe as well. I was looking at this Boardwalk Dreams stencil and thought it would be cool to divide up the sections like a film strip to place on my cards. I used some Kraft cardstock and blended some different Oxide Inks over it for the colors. I used the slimline dies for layering and took a thin strip of Raven cardstock to separate each square. I added some Spring Acrylic Bubbles along with a black sequin for the middle of the ferris wheel and dotted areas with some Silver glitter drops. I stamped the sentiment with Raven Ink over Kraft cardstock and cut it out with a banner die to attach at the bottom of the panel.

LEFT CARD: I tried the same style of design with the stencil, but realized that the ink didn’t show up very well over the Raven cardstock, so I then took some of the Velveteen Glazes and went over each section with a different color with a palette knife. The Bananna Split on the top square still had some of the ink left on it and it mixed with the glaze! I heat embossed some of the images from the Boardwalk stamp set with Raven EP over vellum and fussy cut them out and ran it through my Xyron machine to attach over top. I added a gold glitter brad in the center of the ferris wheel and then added some gold glitter drops in areas. The panel was layered over another die cut piece using some Gold Glitterstock.

I wasn’t sure about the black design, but then it got me thinking what a cool errie design it was and how fun it would be to add like a spooky/scary clown to it! I know some may not be into that, but I happen to really like those scary horror type movies. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday…just ask my kids! LOL!

Have you tried those Slimline cards? What do you think of them?

Thanks so much for dropping in today! I’ll be seeing you again soon!

Challenges:

  1. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes optional twist: blended background
  2. The Corrosive – Anything Goes
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2023 Anything Goes
  4. Make My Monday – Summer Activities
  5. Sweet Stampers – Something with ‘B’ (boardwalk, beach, blending, banner, bubbles)
  6. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + sentiment

Whimsy Retreat Crafty Fun Results

Hello friends! Hope you’re having a great week! I’m so glad you’ve joined me today as I have lots of fun creations to share with you!😀

This past weekend Whimsy Stamps held a “virtual craft retreat” in their Facebook Group, so I thought I’d tag along and join in on the fun! I’m glad I did because I made several cards:

The first challenge given was a tic-tac-toe challenge. I did 3 down: birthday, heat embossing and circles for mine. Almost had 2 bingos…but didn’t quite work out! Aren’t those penguin eyeballs the best?! LOL! I needed to send out a birthday card to someone so this was great timing!

The background papers, cover die, sentiment die and the penguin stamps are all from Whimsy Stamps. I even put little ice cube confetti for my shaker card!

This card was made for the second challenge given during the event which was to use a sketch and a color palette using at least 2 of the colors given. This was my take on the sketch along with using blue, green and brown from the palette.

Most all of the items used on this design came from an older card kit from Whimsy Stamps. The stamp set is still available in the store called Enjoy the Journey. For the sentiment panel, I heat embossed a sentiment from this stamp set and then used the Slimline Postage die to cut along the edges of it.

Tihs is the card that I created for the third challenge issued which was to follow a photo prompt with words: “When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.” The first thing that came to my mind was these cool Rainbow Papers from Whimsy Stamps and so I’ve cut a panel out with an older Whimsy Stamps die along with the image panel.

This image is called Rainy Day Smiles by Sassy Cheryl’s which is what I had actually won as a prize from the event over the weekend for one of the games..so that was cool! I wanted to be sure to use it for one of my cards! I added some raindrop crystals on a few areas of the image too.

This card was made for the fourth challenge given which was simply to create a project with one of the digital freebie images that was given during the event.

Facebook actually kicked me out of the event a few times for leaving too many comments! LOL! I was trying to participate in games and it told me that I was leaving too many comments! This was one of the cute freebie images that they gave at the event called Sloth. After all that happened…I felt that this little guy was laughing at me!🤣🤣🤣 So I wanted to laugh right along with him, and I printed him out, colored him with Copics and used the Whimsy Stamps Notched Square dies and layered him over some papers from my stash and attached to a 5″ square card base that I stenciled some clouds on along with the background of the image. I die cut some leaves from the Whimsy Stamps No-See All Seasons Tree die set to add to the top corners of the image panel.

Needless to say, I did “hang in there” right along with him!!😄

And last but not least, the fifth challenge was to make a project based on one of the video tutorials that was shown at the event. Of course, I’m always inspired by Crissy Armstrong and her coloring! This sweet little penguin called Penguin Momma was a freebie given during the event and I watched Crissy color this up and I tried my hand at her tips and tricks.

I was also inspired by Jeanette Comerford and her tutorial with combining the penguin with the other digital feather papers and sentiment. (The background papers along with a couple of sentiments were given as a digital freebie during the event as well.) Really loved that look and so I’ve emposed the penguin over the background papers along with the sentiment over it to create my card.

I printed out another piece of the feather background and cut it out with the Whimsy Stamps Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle dies and added my own white feather to the design. I sponged some grey ink around the edges of the printed papers and added some yellow crystals.

  • I had such fun creating these projects and pulling out my Whimsy Stamps stash for the challenges. And now I have a few cards for sending out to people that I already have in mind! Hope you’ve enjoyed my makes today and I’ll be seeing you again soon!! (The links in this post contain affiliate links if you want to purchase anything! Thank you!!)

Challenges:

  1. Creatialicious – Anything Goes optional birthdays
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  3. Love to Craft – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  5. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + colouring
  6. Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  7. Creative Craft Cottage – Anything Goes
  8. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  9. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

Don’t Be Crabby!🦀

Hello friends! Are you enjoying your month of June so far? Wow, did it get warm the last few days over my way! Thought it would be a good time to cool down and not “be crabby”! LOL!

How cute is this smiling little guy/gal?! This is the “Stamp of the Month (Crabby)” from Brutus Monroe and I’ve colored it up with Copics and fussy cut it out with my scissors.

I’ve decided to make a fun underwater scene with him using the Tangled Waves stencil and going over it with some sparkly Glitter Glaze. (I’ve used one called “sky”, but not available in store.) I stenciled this over some of the Sea cardstock. For the bottom portion of the ocean floor, I’ve die cut a wavy border strip and covered it with some “Sand Paste” which is very textured and thick. I think it took almost 2 days to dry completely, but I really put it on thick. I think it makes such an amazing texture and it’s flexible too!

I’ve attached it over the glitter glaze background, white heat embossed the sentiment from the crab set with the Alabaster EP over a piece of Midnight cardstock which is what I also used for the card base and cut a banner with it to glue over the sand.

I attached the crab over the sand and also some seashell sequins and tropical fish cut outs from a past card kit to help finish the underwater scene.

Here’s a closer look at the stenciled background with the glitter glaze over it as well as the sequins I added above the fish to give the appearance of “bubbles”. I used some Dazzling Blue Nuvo Glitter Drops in the center of each one and I’ve also covered the crab’s eyeballs with some Glossy Accents.

It was such a fun and simple design to create, it only required some patience for a little drying time is all. Plus, this cutie really makes me smile anyway!😉 Hopefully the recipient will think so too!

Thanks so much for dropping by today and I hope you’ve enjoyed my card or been inspired in some way! I’ll SEA you again soon!!

Challenges:

  1. A Perfect Time to Craft – June Anything Goes
  2. Crafting Happiness – #52 Anything Goes optional: beach
  3. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes + animal
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2023 – Anytihng Goes
  5. Crafty Animals – June Anything Goes + animal
  6. Crafts Galore Encore – #76 June Anything Goes
  7. As You Like It – Scenes or Not? Why? (I love making scenes because you can place different images together how you want to arrange them and create depth or personalize it to make it unique!)
  8. Craft Rocket – #71 embossing wet/dry (heat and paste)

Faux Emboss With a Stamp!😮

Hello there friends!  Hoping you had a wonderful weekend and a fabulous Mother’s Day as well!  I had a wonderful day with flowers delivered to me and wonderful phone messages as well as some safe social distancing with my own mom.  It was great to actually “see” her as I haven’t been able to since this “shelter in place” had started.

Today I wanted to share a couple of cards that I had made participating in the “Spring Card Camp” classes from Online Card Classes. (It started April 11 and ran through the end of April.)  Although we are now on a separate Part 2 Spring Card Camp, I have enjoyed the classes each day and I thought I’d just take my time and enjoy everything.  So there may be posts spread across time as I go.  I just like to take my time and actually enjoy the process rather than hurry up and run right through it.  I feel this helps me to fully understand what I’m doing and what products I’ve used, take notes, etc.

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The first class was taught from Jennifer McGuire as she showed us how to use a stamp and create our own embossing folder to make an impression with it!!  Something that I had not heard of before, so this was fun to try out:

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So the idea of each class is to pretty much get a “two for one” type of design and stretch your supplies and design concept so that it makes it easier to create multiple cards at a time, which is really great right now as I seem to be making more cards and donating extra cards that I normally wouldn’t be doing at this time of the year.  (I also actually thought this could be applied towards Christmas making time as well…which I will be keeping in mind!)

I started with this panel first as this was my piece that created the faux embossng folder:

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I decided to use this gorgeous large image from the Brutus Monroe Kind Floral stamp set to create my “faux embossing” piece with.  This image was heat set several times with Brutus Monroe Alabaster EP.   All of the cards I made including the sentiments were used with this same stamp set.

After using it for my “faux embossing” on my other cards shown below, I went back to it and finished it on a card by using some blending brushes and ink to color in the panel.  I took a strip of black cardstock and white heat embossed the sentiment over it and then layered it onto a white A2 side folding card base.  I finished it off with some colored bubble drops and Stickles glitter drops.

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Here’s a closer view of the white heat embossing I did on this panel with the image.  It’s very thick as I had to build up layers to create a faux embossing folder to get a good impression with it.  (See below)

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For my first card using the “Faux Embossing” piece, I took a sheet of pink cardstock and made the impression into it.  You can see it in the background.  For this panel I used the negitive side of it and then sponged some darker pink ink over top of it so that you can really see the impression from the image.  I used a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die to cut it out with and layered it over a piece of Brutus Monroe Lunchbag Cardstock.  This was attached to a top folded A2 sized white card base.

I took another sentiment from the same stamp set as above and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe Gilded EP.  I sponged some more pink ink around the edges of this panel and layered it over another piece of Lunchbag CS.  I popped it up with foam tape over some die cut flowers from vellum along with a strip of gold mirrow cardstock and finished it off with some gold sequins.

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Here’s a closer view at the texture in the background from the faux embossed piece.

I thought this gave a subtle but soft and pretty look to the design.  Also, that sentiment could not be at a more perfect time right now, don’t you think?

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And for my last card, I made the faux embossed background using some more Brutus Monroe Lunchbag CS.  This image I used the positive side and ran some distress ink over the raised areas to bring it out more.  I took a darker brown ink to go around the edges.

I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set with brown ink, layered with some Brutus Monroe Copper Glitterstock and then cut a piece of BM Macchiato CS from a scalloped stitched square die that was also used for the A2 Sized top folding card base, and popped up the sentiment panel with foam tape.

I layered the embossed background piece over a vanilla cardstock layer that was cut with a scalloped stitched rectangle die and then I wrapped some silk ribbon with a bow around it before placing the sentiment panel over it.  I attached the flower and the sequins to the design and finished it off with some Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops.

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Here’s a closer look at not only the texture from the embossed background piece, but I also took some Shimmer Spray and covered the background with it.  You can sort of see the beautiful shimmer over it…and it really looks incredible in person.

Hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve learned and created for class!  Thanks for dropping in with me today!  There will be more things I have to share with you coming up, so I’ll see you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Pearly Sparkles – Add a Ribbon or Bow (last card only)
  2. Moving Along With the Times – #118 Flowers
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #75 Anything Goes
  4. Simply Create Too – #160 Use Flowers
  5. The Corrosive – #15 Anything Goes
  6. Use Your Stuff– #397 Flowers and/or Butterflies
  7. Arty Divas – #21 Anything Goes
  8. Cute Card Thursday – #633 Anything Goes

Purple Day Blog Hop For Epilepsy Awareness

Hello my friends!  Today starts the annual “Purple Day” blog hop and I have joined with my friend Fiki to help bring awareness about epilepsy.  I hope you will join along with us for information, to help spread awareness, view inspiration and be in for a chance to win a prize from some fabulous sponsors!

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Please take a moment and read important information about this special day:

Purple Day is a global grassroots event formed with the intention to increase worldwide awareness of epilepsy, and to dispel common myths and fears of this neurological disorder. Further intentions of this movement are to reduce the social stigmas commonly endured by many individuals afflicted with the condition; to provide assurance and advocacy to those living with epilepsy that they are not alone in their ongoing endurance; and to initiate individuals living with the condition to take action in their communities to achieve these aims.

The day occurs annually on March 26.  To read more about epilepsy or how you can help in the U.S., check out the Epilepsy Foundation’s website.

Blog Hop information:

It would be nice if you follow each person along the blog hop, but it is not necessary to be included in the draw for winning.
You will have from Thrusday, March 26th – Tuesday March 31st to hop around!
Here’s the list of blogs to follow:  (Be sure to check out EACH blog as some will have their own blog candy to give away…including myself below!)
                                                                               Ike

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Vicki<<<<<<<<<<<<<< YOU ARE HERE!!!!

Our sponsors:

We have some really fantastic sponsors giving away images of choice to a winner:
DDS
KindaCute
These companies are also giving out images:
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You can pop over to join their their Facebook pages here:
Digi Doodle Studios (FB fan group)
Knitty Kitty Designs (FB fan group)
Ike’s Art (FB fan Group)

Thank you so much to these wonderful sponsors!

So what must you do to be in draw for the prize?  It’s simple.
You must comment on each blog stop. (list linked above)
Leave a comment telling us what you’ve learned about epilepsy.
(To be eligible for MY blog candy…please enter with InLinkz below!)

I hope that this was helpful information and a way for others to become aware of the seriousness of this condition.  I’ve learned even more about epilepsy this year and I hope you will be able to do the same by checking out the information above!

My card inspiration:

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Isn’t she just the sweetest little girl with her big heart?!  So delighted, of course, to have been provided this darling image from Digi Doodle Studios which is one of the sponsors for our blog hop today!  This image is called Sweet Carlina and I’ve got her colored up in purples and pinks.  She has a little white heart tucked in her jacket pocket to go with the white hearts on my design.   😁

I found some pretty purplish decorative papers from a recent card kit I had and then I just followed along with a sketch to complete my design. (See challenges below.)  After coloring her out, I’ve cut her out with a MFT Wonky Stitch rectangle die and then layered with a purple cardstock layer cut out with a MFT Scallop Stitch rectangle die.  I popped it up with craft foam over strips of lace, twine and accents I’ve created with the papers.  I’ve used a LF scallop border die to cut accents to go with my heart paper strips.  Extra hearts left over were used in the top corner.  I also added a purple flower button with twine to finish it off.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done on her with my Copic markers.  I’ve used  white gel pen to dot her checks and color the heart in her pocket.  You can barely see the shimmer that I’ve done over the heart she’s holding with a glitter brush pen.

You’ll also notice that I’ve printed out this image twice, fussy cut out just the portion of the heart she’s holding along with her hands and popped it out over the colored image to give it some depth.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my inspiration for the blog hop!  I sure enjoyed creating it and helping to give support to my friend along with creating awareness for epilepsy!

I also want to thank each and every one of you for helping to support this blog hop and leaving comments along the way!

Please be sure to visit each link above along with visiting the kind sponors that are providing prizes for the winners!

Challenges:

  1. Time OutPurple (helping to support epilepsy awareness with us!)Time Out Challenge 158 Badge
  2.  Sketch Saturday – sketch #602602
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2012 Anything Goes
  4. Arty Divas – #18 Anything Goes
  5. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  7. The House That Stamps Built – M2520

If you are interested in entering for another prize, this is the blog candy that I’m giving away personally from myself and would be happy to ship it anywhere in the world to a randomly chosen winner…

Purple Day Blog Candy - stampedsmiles.com

Here’s a  list of what’s included in this blog candy:

  1.  pkg. of rainbow shattered glass Decofoil transfer sheets (5 sheets 6″ x 6″)
  2. Darice embossing folder
  3. My Favorite Things “You Have the Biggest Heart” clear stamp
  4. Watercolor Pencils (set of 8 colors)
  5. Tombow Water Brushes (set of 3 different sizes)
  6. Package of sentiment cards
  7. Package of Puffy Stickers (40 stickers)
  8. Purple Glitter Sheets (2 pieces cut at 5.5″ x 4.25″)
  9. Purple Ribbon with pink saddle stitch
  10. Brutus Monroe Mixed Media Tags (2 approx 4″ x 8″)

If this sounds like something you’d like a chance to win, then be sure to leave me a comment below that you are interested in the prize to qualify.  (This way I know who’s interested in the blog candy or who’s just wanting to leave a comment.)

YOU WILL HAVE UNTIL WEDNESDAY APRIL 1st BY 12:00 AM CST TO ENTER!!!  I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF MY BLOG CANDY ON THIS BLOG BY THURSDAY APRIL 2nd.  IF THE WINNER DOESN’T CONTACT ME WITHIN 3 DAYS, ANOTHER WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN.  Good luck!🤞

Sorry about the problem with the InLinkz tool……..
I have the following people listed to enter the give away: (I will update it as people enter)

  1.  Kitty
  2. Janis
  3. Sandie
  4. Ike
  5. Meghan
  6. Olga
  7. Chandhini
  8. Subhashini S
  9. sharti
  10. Karen Ladd
  11. Sue D
  12. Valerjia

Please just leave me a comment below that you are interested in the give away!!
So terribly sorry about this as InLinkz really just didn’t like my blog at all!!🙄 

Raggedy Love

Happy Valentine’s Day my friends!!  Hope that you’re “feeling the love” and have a wonderful day today!

I wanted to share a card I made for Valentine’s Day that I sent to my parents.  My mom has a love for Raggedy Ann dolls and when I saw my blog friend, Connie, use this image, I knew it would be perfect for sending a Valentine.  Thank you so much to my friend for helping me spread more smiles! 🙂    I wanted to make sure it was received before placing it on my blog just in case….

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This really cute images is from Stamp On It called “Love You” digital stamp by QKR Stampede.  I wanted to try and keep to the “original” Raggedy Ann style of colors as I could, so I ended up Google searching for photos so that I could use that as a basis for my coloring.  I also thought that the rectangle die cut panels would go great for cutting her out with and I remember my mom commenting at one point that she liked the criss cross die which is another main reason for pulling that one out to use.

I sponged around the edges of the image panel with some blue distress ink, added some heart confetti pieces along with a white twine bow to the center of the heart.

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Taking a closer look at the image, you can see how dimensional those confetti hearts are.  There is actually a heart that prints out in the center of the “o” in the sentiment, but I decided to place one of those confetti hearts over it.

There is also some shimmer you can see in the heart with the bow that I’ve covered with a glitter brush pen.  And in coloring her in, I’ve added some extra “dots” on her blue dress and then I took a white gel pen to add a pattern on her red patch on the apron and then also to add some “stripes” to her socks and “dots” to her cheeks.

If you look at her eyes, I’ve taken a black gel pen which gives them a slight dimension and makes them stand out a bit more.

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I really hope you’ve enjoyed my “Raggedy Love” card today and that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day today!

Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you again very soon!

Challenges to enter this card for:

  1.  QKR Stampede – #385 Anything Goes
  2. Pearly Sparkles – Include some red
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #125 Anything Goes
  4. Make My Monday – #115 I Heart You
  5. Try It On Tuesday – Share the Love
  6. Double D – Hearts
  7. The House That Stamps Built – DCC F520 Hearts
  8. Aud Sentiments – Love/Valentine Sentiment