WINNER of the Purple Day Blog Hop Give Away!💜

Hello friends!

First, I want to thank you so much for your support and kind comments for the Purple Day Epilepsy Blog Hop!  It’s a fantastic cause to be apart of and I was happy to help my friend bring awareness for it!💜  Please be sure to check out Fiki’s blog for updates about the prize winners with the company sponsors from the event.

Here’s the prize that I’m giving away to a randomly chosen winner:

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I had a total of 12 entries left from the comments after it closed and drawing from those names….

The winner of my blog candy chosen by random.org  is……..

#10 Karen Ladd

Yay!!!🎉✨🎈  Congratulations on your win!!  Please be sure to contact me with your snail mail address so that I get these goodies sent out to you asap!! – vparz70@gmail.com

Thank you again for your support in raising awareness about epilepsy!💜

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:
KnittyKitty
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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!!🙄 

Full Bloom Rainbow

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  I’m wondering if this cold weather has me feeling this way lately, but I’m seriously lacking in creativity and just have misplaced my MOJO lately!  If you’ve found it, please let me know! LOL!

In the meantime, I seriously needed to create a rainbow in my life and found that a young lady certainly was in need of a smile sent her way as well so I thought I would do just that:

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I had received my Pink and Main Crafty Courtyard Card Kit and really loved the happy colors and pretty blooms in the stamp set and so I started out using the stencil with rainbow order inks for the background!

I’ve also used the same color of Distress Oxide inks to do the stamping on the tag and envelope as well.  I absolutely love the tag die set was inclued with the kit which I’ve used for the main focus of my card.  I always want to add just a bit of black to my rainbow colors, so I decided to white heat emboss the sentiment from the stamp set and then used one of the tag die elements to cut it out with and pop up over the bottom of the tag.

I’ve also used the ribbon and enamel dots included in the kit to finish it off.  (The floral sequins used for the photo prop were also included in the kit.  LOL!)

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Here’s a closer look at the details in the tag.  For the black border around the tag, I just cut a piece down to size and then cut off the edges with my scissors to match up with the tag.  The scallop tag behind it was cut with the paper and die from the kit.  I used some circle punches to create the black re-enforcer and then I tied the ribbon together with some black twine from my own stash and topped the center with an enamel dot from the kit.

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This card has now been sent along to a young lady that is currently in the hospital dealing with cancer treatments (teapotters from SCS) and really needs some cheerful happy colors, so I hope that this will help fill her day with some cheer.

Hoping that this card has also sent some feelings of cheer today your way as well!  Thanks so much for stopping in today friends and I’ll see you soon! 🙂

Challenges:

  1.  Allsorts – Dies and/or Punches
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes #110
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2007 Anything Goes
  4. Through the Craft Room Door– Anything Goes
  5. Fab ‘N’ Funky – For a Child (sent to a 15 yr. old in hospital)
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Add a Sentiment
  7. Creative Knockouts – Flower Power

Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop

*To see my 2 Crafter Critter Crazies Post, please scroll down or CLICK HERE!*


Hello friends!

(If you’ve come here from Darnell’s blog, you’re in the right place!  Please be sure to check out all of the links on the TSA blog if you’re lost.)

Welcome to the “It’s A Girl Thing” Turner Syndrome Awareness 2nd Annual Blog Hop!

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I’m excited to join my friend Lori and her daughter to help bring awareness to this special cause as we had done last year and I’m delighted to be apart of it with her again to help bring awareness! February is TSA month and If you’re not familar with this, please read about it below:

Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a female is born with only one X chromosome, instead of two, leaving her with life-long medical issues and learning disabilities. This condition occurs one in 2,500 female births worldwide, but is more common among pregnancies that do not survive to full term. That is why Turner Syndrome Females are considered MIRACLES!

 

CLICK HERE if you would like to make a donation to the Turner Syndrome Foundation.
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Thirty-six caring Sponsors and nine DT Members have partnered with us to bring Turner Syndrome Awareness to the Public. For details on how you might win any of these fabulous prizes, please see Lori’s TS home page. Thanks for learning About Turner Syndrome.

Nine talented and caring papercraft designers are offering prizes on their personal blogs as well:




WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FEBRUARY 15, 2020

My TS related project is inspired by the TSA official color board:

For my project, I have combined two different digital sets that were kindly made espcially for this blog hop and the TSA cause:

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I was really inspired by the wonderful colors along with the images from the inspirational board above, but it was fairly easy since the images were already pre-colored in the set to create with!

I’ve used the TSF Key digital set from Jan’s Digi Stamps for the images on my card.  Also what’s cool about this set is that all of the proceeds from this set go directly to the Turner Syndrome Foundation!  It’s a stunning set to have plus a great way to help with a terrific cause too!

I have printed out the images over a piece of white cardstock and cut them out.  I also added one of the images in a repeat pattern to print out over a piece of green cardstock for a decorative strip on the background of my card design.

For the sentiment, I’ve used a stunning digital set (especially made for this TSA blog hop as well)  from my friend Donna and printed it out along with another key image over a piece of vanilla colored cardstock.  LOVE that quote BTW!  (For this piece I didn’t have to worry about the cutting for the very detailed lines that were printed out on the white.)  I sponged some distress ink around the edges of this vanilla square piece for that Vintage feel.  I did the same for the edges of my vanilla 5″ square card base as well.

I took an embossing folder and embossed only the top portion of my card base, added the green printed strip with ribbon wrapped around it and sponged the edges.  I layered some pink cardstock and cut a scallop square piece of lavendar colored cardsock for behind my vanilla panel and popped it up over the card base with foam tape.

Lastly, I’ve attached the bow, button and twine to the side of the image panel and attached the cut out butterfly to the top corner of the image panel.  I glued only the center portion of the butterfly so that I could pop out the wings.

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Here’s a closer view of the images.  I’ve used a Copic marker on the vanilla colored panel to create a “shadow” around the key image and then I attached the cut out key over top of that.  I’ve used the same Copic marker for a few more shadows around the key.  For that butterfly, I’ve used a glitter gel pen to color portions of the butterfly and then a clear glitter brush pen to go over the wings.

You can see that TSA symbol on the key which is the same image used for the green background panel I created on the computer.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today as well as the inspiration on this blog hop!

I wanted to share something in particular that I’ve learned myself while reading information about TSA.  It surprised me to learn that women with TS have low estrogen.  Also that having this low estrogen contributes to low bone density and that estrogen replacement therapy gets started in girls at only 11-12 years of age.  I’ve always associated this with elderly women which is why is was surprising to me.

Please be sure to stop by and visit the Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog to find out how you can be eligible for prizes and learn more information about TSA!  You will also be able to find a full list of blog hop links.

Your next stop on the blog hop is the incredible Jan Mahew (of Jan’s Digi Stamps)!  Please be sure to visit!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and participating with us!

Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge – #6 Anything Goes
  2. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2004 Anything Goes
  3. Arty Divas – #14 Anything Goes
  4. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  5. Allsorts – A Touch Vintage

A Special Present from Santa for Digi Doodle Studios

Hello friends!  Happy weekend!  It has warmed up slightly for us this weekend and the sun is out…for now!  It’s supposed to get below freezing again soon though and I’ll have my warm slippers ready for it!

Today I have another fun card to share with you using a Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Surprise!  This cute little girl is popping out of the gift marked:  “From Santa” and she threw open the box lid and is tossing blue ribbon around everywhere!  She seems to be so happy about celebrating in the cold!  LOL!

All of the images I’ve used for this card came from the Christmas Elves Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios. (There are so many elements to play with in this set!)  I have actually enlarged a couple of the images from the set and sized them the way I needed them to fit with my scene and make it appear as if she was popping out of a large box.  I printed out the girl a couple of times so that I could place her behind the box with the lid and then another image to cut her out withOUT the lid of the box and make it more dimensional.

I’ve used several layers of cardstock and more decorative papers behind her with both stitched and scallop rectangle dies.  I used my Martha Stewart “goo” border punch to add the “snow” look at the top of the layers with white Glitterstock.

I’ve added some silver metallic ribbon behind the smaller layers and placed a snowflake rhinestone in the middle of the bow.  I die cut the sentiment with a stitched tag die and added some silver twine to tuck alongside the present.  I stamped some pink snowflakes over the tag and crinkled it up a bit for dimension and movement.

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Here’s a closer look of the coloring I did on her with Copic markers.  I’ve used a white gel pen for her cheeks as well as to help create the texture on her coat.

I’ve used some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops for the sparkle on her hat trimmings and she was popped out from the background paper with foam tape.

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I hope my card gave you a smile today and were inspired in some way!

Please be sure to join the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group to share your DDS creations, daily inspiration from the DT and challenges for a chance to win a prize!  CLICK HERE to see all of the different challenges you can paricipate in and further your chances of winning!

Thanks so much for popping in here today my friends!  So happy you’re here!  I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Addicted to Stamps – Anything Goes
  2. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1945 Anything Goes
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Add Some Sparkle
  5. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes
  6. Jingle Belles – Baby, It’s Cold Outside!
  7. Send a Smile 4 Kids – Happy Holidays or Anything Goes for kids

 

Paper Nest Dolls Autism Campaign

There are two post today.  Please CLICK HERE for my Whimsy Stamps & Cute Card Thursday post. —————————————————————————————————-

Hello friends!  I’m back to share some really incredible and adorable newly released stamps from the Paper Nest Dolls for August 1st!  These are special stamps made espcially for Autism Awareness and PND is donating a portion of the sales to the Autism Society of America!   Here’s how I’ve created a card for it:

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Isn’t she adorable?!  I love her holding that puzzle heart and her matching puzzle bow!  There are two stamps that you get with this set called Ava with Puzzle.  You get the Ava deeply etched red rubber stamp and the puzzle heart stamp as well.  If you prefer to have the boy, there is also the Evan with Puzzle stamp that also comes with the puzzle heart too.

I have cut her out with my MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and layered her over a piece of black cardstock that I mounted over a piece of white cardstock which was embossed with a heart embossing folder.  I had this pretty bright blue ribbon that I thought went perfect across the center of it.  So I placed these layers onto a black top folding 5×5 card base and also added the white heat embossed sentiment at the bottom that was cut out with a banner die and popped up with foam tape.

For the puzzle piece accents, I took an old puzzle that I had and painted in different colors to match my layout and then went over them with some glossy paint.  I’ve also added a tiny heart button to the blue puzzle piece at the bottom.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve got her colored in.  I’ve used my Copics to color her and then I took a Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen to go over her puzzle heart and hair bow.  Then I took some crystal accents and covered the heart with it.  You can see how shinny the heart looks.  You can also see the the bit of shine over the puzzle pieces too.  There is a slight shimmer to her hair bow which is hard to capture in a photo, but it’s there.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my card and have been inspired with these adorable Autism Campain products from the Paper Nest Dolls!  Please sure to stop by the store and check them out!  If you’re looking for inspiration with these products, please join us on the Paper Nest Dolls Inspiration Group!

Thanks so much for dropping in today and I will see you soon!!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Aud Sentiments – For a Child + a sentiment
  2. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes August
  3. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC232 Anything GoesChallenge WWC232 - Anything Goes Challenge
  4. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Bright & Cheerful
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  6. Allsorts – Buttons and Bows