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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Something Special Just For You

Happy Saturday!! I hope you have fun plans for the weekend!! I've finally decided to embrace fall - I do love fall, I just wasn't ready for summer to end. And I'm so not ready for winter and snow. So, in the spirit of the season, I purchased some pumpkins to decorate around the house and I hope to add more festive touches this weekend :)


I came across a card I did a few years ago - it's called a Box Card - and I loved the look so I wanted to make another one :) My sweet friend Beate put this tutorial together. Unfortunately, she doesn't blog anymore, which is a shame because her projects were amazing. You can find the directions HERE. It looks complicated but it's incredibly easy to create. The double-sided papers are from K&Company. The scalloped die along the sides is a Die-Versions Lacey Dots die.


For the belly band, I used a Memory Box Orbit Circle die. My Craft Spot Tiny Doily Dies were used for the center of the circle. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Stamping All Around Spring stamp set. I stamped it on vellum and adhered it to the paper.


Once you remove the belly band, the card expands into a box. How cool is that??!! You can add a gift card inside to make a sweet gift for someone special :)


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
2. DL.Art - September Linky

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a wonderful weekend :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Giveaway WINNER!!

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!! I want to sincerely thank you all for voting for my card in the Spellbinders A Gilded Life Challenge!! I also want to thank all of my "Campaign Managers" who posted about the contest on their blogs, Facebook, sidebars and encouraged their friends in groups and teams to vote!! I appreciate you all so much!! I came in second place!! It was a much better outcome than I hoped for or expected!!


Since I can't send something to all of you, I created this card for all of my followers to express my appreciation :) I used the Memory Box Tiffany Frame and Cherise Label dies that I'm giving away today...well, not the actual dies - I bought two sets ;) But I wanted to show you how beautiful they are!!


The papers are from Pink Paislee. The edges were distressed with a Zutter DIA. The Tiffany Frame was cut first in cardboard and then patterned paper...I wanted it to have a little dimension from the Label and it's too thin for foam tape. Thank You is a Spellbinders In'spire die. It was cut once in black and once in patterned paper for a shadow effect. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The button on the bow is a Die-Versions Wee Petite Button die. By the way, I purchased all of these dies from Scrapy Land...they have such an amazing selection!!


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
2. DL.Art - September Linky
3. DoubleClick Skittles Challenge - Anything Goes

And now for the winner of my Giveaway!! I had 76 entries in the linky, plus one who couldn't get her name to show up in the list. I added her name to the end. So there were 77 entries total. I used Random.org to choose for me and it chose....................................................


And #39 is.......................................................................................

39.  katieO

Congratulations, Katie!! Please email your address to me at indymermaid(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll get the dies in the mail to you!!

Thank you all again for voting for me!! I have the best followers in blogland :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blast From the Past - Wishing You Happiness

Happy Tuesday and happy first day of fall!! It's a chilly 64 here today...definitely fall weather. It's supposed to warm up to the 70's the next few days, thank goodness :) My Craft Spot is having a "Blast From The Past" challenge this week where you post a favorite older project using MCS products.


I've chosen a project from last February. You can see the original post HERE.


I used My Craft Spot's Tiny Tags 1 set for this sentiment...


...and MCS's Stamping All Around Spring for this one.

I'm linking this up at the following challenges:

1. My Craft Spot - Blast From The Past
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Tag It
3. DL.Art - September Linky

Be sure to stop back tomorrow - I'll be announcing the winner of my Thank You Giveaway!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Die-Versions + Great Impressions: A Blog Hop


Welcome to the Die Versions + Great Impressions designers blog hop!! We've got both talented teams hopping today with a chance to win prizes from both of these craft suppliers!!

Our theme for this hop is "Tis the Season" so get ready to see some beautiful holiday creations!!

You should have arrived here from Leah Cornelius. If you haven't and would like to hop with us, please go back to the Die-Versions blog to see the entire hop list and to start at the beginning for the maximum chances to win!! There will be two lucky winners – Die-Versions & Great Impressions are each giving away one $25 Gift Card!! The more you comment, the more chances you have of winning!!

Here's what I created...


For my first card, I created a Santa owl in a tree branch using Die-Versions Build an Owl die :) The Branch with Bulbs is from Great Impressions. The bulbs were colored with Fired Brick Distress Markers and covered with Glossy Accents. The owl's eyes were also covered with Glossy Accents, and his beard and trim were cut with felt. Products used:

Die-Versions: Shapes Build an Owl; Wee Petites Button; Wee Petites Super Star; Sweet Wordlets Merry Christmas. Great Impressions: 9076 - Branch with Bulbs


For my second card, I used a Great Impressions Christmas Angel to deliver a message of peace in the form of a Die-Versions Holiday Word Ornament :) She was heat embossed with silver embossing powder and colored with Prismacolor Pencils. Her wings were covered with Sugar Coating. Products used:

Die-Versions: Whispers Holiday Word Ornament; Sweet Wordlets Merry Christmas. Great Impressions: 9354 - Christmas Angel.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Your next stop in the hop is Lori Kobular!! We hope you're inspired all along the way, and that you grab all the goodies used from the Great Impressions and Die-Versions stores!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Last Day to Enter Giveaway & Happy To Be Alive Tag

Happy Sunday!! I hope you are having a wonderful last weekend of summer (how is that even possible??!!) Today is the last day to enter my Thank You Giveaway!! If you haven't entered to win a set of Memory Box dies, click HERE for all the details!! If you have, thank you so, so much :)


I have a tag to share with you today. The papers are from The Paper Studio's Kirby Teesdale stack. The edges were distressed with a Zutter DIA and then inked with Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink. Memory Box Chloe Stems were adorned with gems and tucked behind the paper. The bottom circles are a Memory Box Loopy Rings dies.


The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. A Memory Box Magic Flourish was cut in vellum and tucked among the blooms. The leaves are from My Craft Spot's Flowers Daisy die set. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Music stamp set. It was heat embossed with white embossing powder and then I ran some chalk over it for a chalkboard effect.


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1. My Craft Spot - Chalk Art (MCS products used: Music Stamp Set, Flowers Daisy Dies)
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Tag It
3. DL.art - September Linky
4. Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the Die-Versions / Great Impressions Blog Hop!!


There will be lots of inspiration and you will have the chance to win some awesome prizes!!

I will announce the winner of my giveaway on Tuesday!! Thank you again for voting!!

http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/2014/09/thank-you-giveaway.html

Happy Sunday :)
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