Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Celebrate Card!!

Happy Tuesday!! I have several posts set to auto post while I'm away so I'm crossing my fingers it works!! I have a card to share with you today that I created for a dear friend whose daughter was just married.


I just love the new Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight!! It was used as the base for this card. The paper is from Fancy Pants Road Show stack. It has little dots of sparkle on it that you can't see in the picture.


The next layer is a Spellbinders Labels Eight. The ribbon is from May Arts and the stickpins are handmade. The button flower is from Hobby Lobby. The tag is a Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three die, with a Classic Ovals Large die attached with foam tape.


In this picture, you can see some of the sparkle. The edge of the oval was outlined in white glitter. "Celebrate" is from K Andrew Designs Sweet July stamp set. It was stamped in Versafine Black ink and then embossed with Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder.


Click HERE to purchase this set.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art 1,000 Post Linky Party
  2. Sunday Funday - Linky Party
  3. The Shabby Tea Room - White on White
Thanks so much for stopping by while I'm gone!! I'll be around to visit you when I get back :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Have An Owlsome Fall Y'All Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the 
Have An Owlsome Fall Y'All 
Blog Hop!!


If you arrived here from Paula's blog, then you are on track!! 

We are so happy to have you join us today!! The hop starts at Heather Lynn's blog so please start there. You won't want to miss out on any of these wonderful projects!! This is a 2 day hop and the line up will be different each day. Please start HERE today (9/22) and tomorrow (9/23), so we can send you in the right direction!!

Our first "Well Owl Be" Blog Hop went over so well, we decided to do an owl themed hop 4 times a year!! Our next hop will be right before Christmas and we hope you will come back and join us then, too!!

One grand prize winner will win a Cricut cartridge and a stamp set sponsored by Erica's Craft Room!! Thank you, Erica, you are so generous!! Please be a follower and leave a comment at all of the stops in the hop for the chance to win. There will also be other blog candy along the way!!


For my project, I created a canvas Halloween wall hanging. I didn't know where I was going with this, so I didn't take pictures or write down all the ingredients, but I'll try to remember. The background paper is from Me and My Big Ideas Spiders and Bats Mambi Stack. I used a small paper plate for the shape of the full moon and spritzed the canvas with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Peach Delight. Once it dried, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Inks were added. The moon was inked with Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw Distress Inks. Crackle Medium was randomly applied around the canvas and then inked with Spiced Marmalade once it dried and cracked. The edges were covered in stencil paste and painted black once it dried. I wanted it to look like spider webs, so once the paint dried, I used an Adirondack Paint Dabber in Snow Cap. "Halloween", "Boo", "Spooky" and the bats are from K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween stamp set. Click HERE to purchase this set.


The owl is a Spellbinder's Nested Owl die. It was cut twice and then the top of his head, wings and feet were cut out. The eyes are a combination of Spellbinders Beaded Circle dies, Circle dies and punches. The edge of the Beaded Circle die was used to give feather definition to the wings with a Distress Marker in Peeled Paint, and then they were attached with foam tape.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art Thankful Thursday Halloween or fall colors or an owl or all
  2. Sunday Funday - Linky Party
I have blog candy!!


All you have to do to win this set of Cloud 9 Designs Halloween Rubber Stamps is:
  1. Be a follower
  2. Leave a comment here
That's it!! I will be out of town for two weeks, so I will choose a winner when I get back on October 7th.

Now make sure to head over to sweet and talented Heather's blog next. Here's the entire line-up in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone:

Lisa - http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/  < YOU ARE HERE

Friday, September 21, 2012

Getting Cricky Favorite Things Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the Getting Cricky Favorite Things Blog Hop!!


Each of us on the Design Team, along with some very special guests and friends, are so pleased to have you here with us!! We have a special surprise for you at the end of the hop, so be sure to visit each blog along the way... You'll end up at Kristal's blog where you'll get to JOIN the FUN!! So let's get HOPPING to show you some of our "Favorite Things" about Kristal's stamps!!

I'm the first stop, so your are in the right place to begin hopping!!

For my project, I'm featuring the Splashtastic Summer stamp set. This was the first K Andrew Designs stamp set I purchased and it's still one of my favorites!!



The paper for this card is from Kaisercraft's Seaside Collection. The base is a Spellbinders Labels Eight, followed by a Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight, and then one more of each die for the next two layers. The edges were inked with Old Paper Distress Ink. The ribbon is from May Arts and the flower was cut from the DP and covered with Glossy Accents.


The label is the smallest of the Decorative Labels Eight dies, adorned with crystals. "Lazy Days" is from Splashtastic Summer.


Spellbinders, summer, Kristal's stamps...some of my favorite things :)

I am entering the card in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art 1,000 Post Linky Party
  2. Sunday Funday - Linky Party
Now you can hop on over to your next stop: the fabulous Heather of Heather's Crafty Blog Space!!


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Didja know?

Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help! K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.  You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Decorate to Celebrate #34 - Birthday Party For a Grown-Up!!

Happy Wednesday!! It's challenge time at Decorate to Celebrate!! For Challenge #34, we are asking you to create any project to be used as a party decoration (or party supply) for a Birthday Party (for a grown up). Let's celebrate everything wonderful about climbing that hill or going over it with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more :)

I'd also like to welcome our newest design team member, Nana of My Crafting Channel!!


I have a quick and easy project for today. The inspiration for my hanging decoration came from a set of party lights. I would have loved to make a set of these with lights, but I was short on time. So I recreated the design without the light. The butterflies are Spellbinders Fancy Flight dies. For the hanging elements, I cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside and attached the butterflies and pearl ribbons, then glued the cardboard inside. "Happy" is from K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween stamp set, and "Birthday" is from K Andrew Designs "Sweet July" stamp sets. Click HERE to purchase these sets.

If I had made these with the lights, I would have put clear plastic behind the butterflies. I didn't have time to write down the instruction for the box element. This will be my last post before I leave for two weeks, but I can post them when I get back.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art 1,000 Post Linky Party
  2. Sunday Funday - Linky Party
Head on over to Decorate to Celebrate to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then link up your Birthday Party Decorations (for a grown up)!! I can't wait to see what you create!!

After tomorrow, I won't be able to stop by your blogs, but I will definitely catch up when I get back!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Paper Playtime Challenge #84 - Punches

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!! It's time for another super-fun Say It With Sentiments Challenge at Paper Playtime!! For Challenge #84, we want you to use punches, plus a sentiment. Our sponsor for this challenge is The Robin's Nest. One winner chosen by random.org will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to their store!!


I did not use any Spellbinders or Cricut cuts for this card...I know, hard to believe, right??!! The paper is from We R Memory Keepers Anthologie stack. All of the edges are inked with Tea Dye Distress Ink.


The corner punches are a Fiskars Peacock Corner Lever Punch. The flowers are a Daisy Chain Flower Trim Punch by EK Success, topped with crystal gems. The burlap and hemp fiber are from JoAnn. The tags are Marvy Uchida punches. The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Beautiful Thoughts stamp set. Click HERE to purchase this set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art 1,000 Post Linky Party
  2. Sunday Funday - Linky Party
Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Paper Playtime to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then link up your project using punches plus a sentiment...I can't wait to see what you create!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I will be traveling for two weeks starting on Friday, so I won't be around to visit you, but I will catch up when I get home :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Encouragement Cards and Chriss's Birthday Blog Hop WINNER!!

Happy Saturday!! I hope you are having a great weekend!! The weather is perfect here...sunny and 72 :) I have a winner to announce for the Fiskars stamp set from Chriss's Birthday Blog Hop, but first, I have some cards to share with you. A very dear friend asked if I could make some cards to give to cancer patients in her area and I'm so happy that I could do this for her.


Because I was making quite a few cards in a short period of time, they aren't super-embellished. Instead, I tried to chose papers that wouldn't need much embellishment. The paper on the left is from Prima Marketing's Printery Collection. The frame is a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square, followed by a Classic Square Large. The quote is from K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set. The branch is a Spellbinders Mix'd Media Elements die inked with Tea Dye distress ink, and the bird is a Bird Sanctuary die. On the right, the paper is Pink Paislee London Market. The frame is a Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight, followed by a Labels Eight. The sentiment is also from K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set. The flower is a Spellbinders Rose Creation die and the gem swirl is from Recollections.


The paper for both of these cards is from Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee. I can't remember where the embellishments on the left are from. The sentiment is also from K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set. "Faith" is a Spellbinders Girlie Grunge Label. The pennant on the right is a Spellbinders Nested Pennant die, inked with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamp set. The butterfly is a Spellbinders Fanciful Flight die, inked with Victorian Velvet, adorned with crystal gems and popped up with foam tape for dimension.


For these two cards, I used embossing to add detail. The folder on the left is a Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers embossing folder, and on the right a Cuttlebug African Batik folder, sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink to bring out the pattern. The frame on the left is a Spellbinders Floral Oval die, followed by a Classic Ovals Large, embossed with Swiss Dots. The flower is a Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die. The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamp set. The label on the left is a Spellbinders Labels Five, followed by a Labels Eighteen in Prima Printery paper. The top label is a Spellbinders Grommet Tags Die, attached with black brads. The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set.

Scripture Sayings

Positive Thoughts

CHRISS'S BIRTHDAY BLOG HOP CANDY WINNER!!

And now for the winner of the Fiskars Perfect Blend stamp set from Chriss's Birthday Blog Hop!! Random.org chose....................................


and #66 is.........................................................................


Congratulations, Missy!! I will email you or you can email me at indymermaid(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get the stamps in the mail to you!!

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great weekend :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Spooky Halloween and Happy Hop WINNER!!

Happy Thursday, everyone!! I hope you are having a great week!! I have a winner to announce from the Happy Hop, but first, I have a card to enter into a few challenges :)


I used the Crafty Friends sketch (see below) for this Halloween card. All of the papers are from Me and My Big Ideas Spiders and Bats Mambi Stack.


my Zutter Distress-It-All!! It was used on all the edges, then they were inked with Black Soot Distress Ink...I thought it made the edges look like they had been burned. The orange paper is a Spellbinders Grand Rectangle. The tag is a Spellbinders Tags and Flags die, the edges inked with Black Soot. The skeleton is from Happy Hauntings, lightly inked with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap for an aged look. The stitching is by hand because I wanted it thicker than my sewing machine could stitch. The adorable crystal spider and web are from my sweet friend Sharon of Mee Mee's Creations. I won her awesome blog candy giveaway...thanks again, Sharon!! The spider reflected the light but I thought it looked cool :) The banners are Spellbinders Nested Pennant dies. "Spooky" and the bats are from K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween stamp set:


Click HERE to purchase this set or to see her entire line of stamps.


I am entering the card in the following challenges:
  1. Crafty Friends #6 - Use Sketch  (see below)
  2. Little Scrap Pieces - Halloween
  3. DL.Art 1,000 Post Linky Party
  4. Sunday Funday - Linky Party

BLOG CANDY WINNER


And now for the WINNER of Beckie's 1 Year Anniversary Happy Hop of a 6x6 Bo Bunny Garden Girl paper stack!! Random.org chose...


And #27 is....................................................................................


Congrats Jessica!! I will email you or you can email me at indymermaid(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get the paper in the mail to you!! I will announce the winner of the stamp set from Chriss's Birthday Blog Hop either tomorrow or Saturday.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a great day :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Chriss's Birthday Blog Hop!!

Welcome to Chriss's Birthday Blog Hop!!


♫ ♫ ♫ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♫ ♫ ♫
♫ ♫ ♫ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♫ ♫ ♫
♫ ♫ ♫ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHRISS ♫ ♫ ♫
♫ ♫ ♫ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♫ ♫ ♫ 

Today we are celebrating our sweet and talented friend, Chriss America Real's, birthday with a fabulous Hop! You should be arriving from Jovan's Blog. If not, please start from the beginning with Chriss - http://chrissandlou.blogspot.com/.

Hop along to see what each of her friends have created to wish her a Fabulous Birthday!!!

There are some wonderful prizes to be won from the Birthday Girl herself and there is sure to more fun prizes offered along the Hop!

Here are the fantastic Prizes The Birthday Girl is Offering for Hopping along:
  1. 1st Prize: Photo Box (2 lights, tripod, 4 backgrounds, and it folds up into its own carrying case)
  2. 2nd Prize: Stamp Set with fun shapes and animals
  3. 3rd Prize: Paper set with brads, stickers and embellishments
To be eligible to win:
  1. You MUST be a follower of Scrappin' With Chriss and Lou
  2. Add the Birthday Badge to your Blog Sidebar
  3. Hop along on September 10th

This is the card and gift box I will be sending to Chriss :)


The base of the card is a Spellbinders Romantic Rectangle die. The paper is from the DCWV Summer Stack that I won from Craftin Desert Divas...thanks again Tara and April!! The next layer is also a Romantic Rectangle, embossed with a Sizzix Hibiscus folder and inked with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. The next two layers are Spellbinders Ornate Artisan Tags and Accents dies, inked with Victorian Velvet. The stamp is from K Andrew Designs Sweet July stamp set (I love this sentiment for birthday cards!!) Click HERE to purchase it. The flip flops are Spellbinders Surf's Up dies, inked with Victorian Velvet. Another pair was cut in white and popped underneath with foam tape for dimension. The gems are from Recollections and the ribbon is from May Arts.


The inside features another Romantic Rectangle and "Happy" from K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween stamp set and "Birthday" also from Sweet July.


For the box, the Spellbinders Surf's Up flip flops were cut into the top and pink crystals were added for the straps. The base of the box is embossed with a Cuttlebug Plum Blossoms folder. "Dream" is a Spellbinders Girlie Grunge Label, inked with Victorian Velvet.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art Thankful Thursday - Watch the Video
  2. Sunday Funday - Linky Party
I have blog candy!! In honor of my sweet friend Chriss's birthday, I am giving away a set of Fiskars Perfect Blend stamps:


All you have to do to be eligible to win is:
  1. Be a follower
  2. Leave a comment here
That's it!! I will announce a winner on Friday, September 14th.

Now you will be heading over to Heather's blog!! Here is the Hop Lineup in case you get lost along the way.

Chriss -http://chrissandlou.blogspot.com/
Jessica S - http://jessicascraftshaque.blogspot.com
Heather D - http://joemamainks.blogspot.com/
Jovan - http://www.cardsbyjovan.com/
Lisa - http://indymermaid.blogspot.com < YOU ARE HERE
Heather L.- http://heathernovinger.blogspot.com/ < NEXT
Gloria - http://www.omascrafts.com/
Sheryl - http://butterflykisscards.blogspot.com/
Lisa B. Mensing - http://paradeyourcrafts.blogspot.com/
Colleen - http://copicmarkerscrapbooking.wordpress.com
Shirl - http://creationbyshirl.blogspot.com
Melissa - http://createdbysunshinehoneybee.blogspot.com

Thank you for joining us in celebrating and we hope you enjoy hopping along!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Just B Creative Crazy Happy Hop!!

Welcome to the Just B Creative Crazy Happy Hop!!


Thank you for joining us for today's hop to celebrate my sweet friend Beckie of Just B Creative Crazy's 1 year blogaversary!! Happy Blogaversary, Beckie...I'm so glad we met in blogland :)

You have arrived at the last stop of the hop!! If you've hopped along from Ellen, then you are in the right place. If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Beckie's blog...you'll want to catch up on all the FUN and you don't want to miss the opportunity for blog candy :)

3 Girl Jam is sponsoring the Grand Prize for 1 random person who comments on EVERY stop along the hop.

The lucky winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the 3 Girl JAM Store. The winner will be announced on Beckie's blog on Monday, September 10th.


I love to travel, so for my Happy card, I decided to make a Happy Travel card :)


The papers are from Prima Marketing's En Francais stack. The base is a Spellbinders Grand Square, followed by a Grand Square with the edges distressed and inked with Walnut Distress Ink. The nest layer is a Spellbinders Postage Stamp die, also with inked edges. The postcard stamp is from TPC Studio, stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and then sponged with Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Inks for an aged look. The edges were inked with Walnut Distress Ink. The top of the Eiffel Tower was cut with another Postage Stamp die and popped up with foam tape for dimension. The film strip is from Tim Holtz. Happy is a Spellbinders Girly Grunge Die, inked with Memento Rich Cocoa and popped up with foam tape. Travel is from the same TPC Studio stamp set, inked with Memento Rich Cocoa and also adhered with foam tape.


The tag is a Spellbinders Nested Pennant die, inked with Burlap Distress Ink. The sentiment, from K Andrew Designs Beautiful Thoughts stamp set, was also inked with Burlap.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art 1,000 Post Linky Party
  2. Sunday Funday - Linky Party
I have BLOG CANDY!! I am giving away a 6x6 Bo Bunny Garden Girl Paper stack!!


All you have to do to be eligible to win is:
  1. Be a Follower
  2. Leave a comment on this post
That's it!! I will select a winner on Wednesday, September 12.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I am the last stop in the hop, but here's the entire lineup in case you want to revisit anyone:

Beckie ~ http://justbcreativecrazy.blogspot.com
Jessica ~ http://chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
Jessica ~ http://jessicascraftshaque.blogspot.com
Dr. Sonia ~ http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com
Julie ~ http://jk-littlebitofbling.blogspot.com
Ellen ~ http://cardmonkeyspaperjungle.com
Lisa ~ http://indymermaid.blogspot.com < YOU ARE HERE

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Decorate to Celebrate #33 - Autumn Party!!

Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another super-fun challenge at Decorate to Celebrate!! For Challenge #33, we are asking you to create any project to be used as a party decoration (or party supply) for an Autumn Party!! Let's celebrate everything wonderful about falling leaves, crisp evenings and Autumn harvest with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more :)


For my Autumn Party decorations, I created a 3D pumpkin centerpiece. I got the idea for these pumpkins on Holly Simoni's blog HERE. I didn't have the same die she used, so I used Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals Large.


I cut eighteen of two different sizes of the dies on orange cardstock. The edges were inked with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Each cut was folded in half and creased with a bone folder for a crisp fold, then the bottom was snipped off so they would sit easily. The sides of two dies were glued together, and you continue this until you've used all the dies and then secure the last two sides together. The leaves are from Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms, and the swirls are Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes dies.


Happy Harvest and the corner flourishes are from K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween stamp set. Click HERE to purchase this set.

I am entering this in the DL.Art 1,000 Post Linky Party.

Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Decorate to Celebrate to see the amazing projects my Design Team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then link up your Autumn Party projects!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

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