Friday, April 26, 2013

Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday - Buttons & Bows

Happy Friday!! I hope you have fun plans for the weekend!! I had a little time during my travels today to visit some of you...I will catch up with everyone else as soon as I can :) It's time for a Fun Friday challenge at Little Scrap Pieces. Our challenge this week is Buttons & Bows...we want you to use at least one button and one bow on your project.


For this challenge, I created a card for the my favorite person in the world, my best friend...my Mom :)


The paper is from the Paper Paislee London Market stack (love this one!!) The edges were all inked with Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink. The banner is made up of Spellbinders Nested Pennants dies. The flower buttons are from Hobby Lobby and the hemp twine is from Michaels.


Spellbinders Labels Twenty were used for the sentiment. "Happy Mother's Day" is from Scrappy Mom's All in the Family stamp set. The crystal gems are from my stash. The ribbon is from May Arts and the charm is from Hobby Lobby.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes (2)
  2. 2 Creative Chicks Challenge #1 - Mother's Day
  3. DL.Art Thankful Thursday #108 - Mother's Day
  4. DL.Art Thankful Thursday- April Linky Party
  5. Sunday Funday #8 - April Linky Party
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I'll be by to visit you when I can :)

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Getting Cricky DT Post - #1 Dad

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!! This is a scheduled post so crossing fingers it works ;) It's my turn to post at Getting Cricky and I have a birthday card to share with you today.


Both of my parents celebrate birthdays the first part of May, so this one is for my Dad, whose b-day comes first :)


The patterned paper for this tri-fold card is from 7 Gypsies Venice stack. The black cardstock is from The Paper Studio. The car on the bottom fold is a stamp from the Tim Holtz Road Trip set. It was stamped with Versafine ink in Black Onyx. The #1 Dad stamp is from K Andrew Designs Guy Talk stamp set.


The paper on the top fold was embossed with a Tim Holtz Blueprints and Gears Embossing Folder. It was inked with TH Vintage Photo Distress Ink, as were all the edges. The gears are Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockest dies. They were embossed with Ranger Rust Antiquities Embossing Powder. The silver studs are from my stash.


Both folds open to reveal the inside...this would be a great time to remind you to link up your More Than One Fold card at Paper Playtime :) "Happy" is from K Andrew Designs Winter Wishes stamp set and "Birthday" is from Coffee & Tea For You & Me. These two sets are sold out, but the Guy Talk and a few others are still available at 60% off. Click HERE to get your stamps today :)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art Thankful Thursday- April Linky Party
  3. Sunday Funday #8 - April Linky Party
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I'll be around to visit you when I get back :)

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Sweet Friend

Happy Monday!! I hope you all had a relaxing and crafty weekend!! Spring and summer are my busy months and I travel quite a bit. I will be gone most of this week. I have my DT projects scheduled to post but I probably won't be able to visit your blogs until I get back. I'm going to try to keep up while I'm gone but sometimes it's hard, so if I don't get the chance to visit you, I will catch up soon :)


I have a card to enter into a few challenges today.The paper is from DCWV's Mariposa stack. The bottom two layers were cut with Spellbinders Matting Basics A and B dies.


A Spellbinders Labels Eight was used for the window. It was stamped with a JustRite Grand Sentiments stamp and colored in with a Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Tumbled Glass and a white Sakura Gelly Roll Pen. It was popped up with foam tape. The cut-out is a Spellbinders Labels Four die. The butterfly is a Spellinders Wonderful Wings die, stamped with a stamp from the same JustRite stamp set. It was highlighted with a white Sakura Gelly Roll Pen and adorned with gems. The ribbon is from May Arts.


Isn't the paper beautiful??!! Sweet Friend is from the same JustRite Grand Sentiments stamp set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Craftin' Desert Divas Craft It Up & Link It Up - Color Challenge
  2. JustRite Challenge #95 - Window of Opportunity
  3. DL.Art Thankful Thursday- April Linky Party
  4. Sunday Funday #8 - April Linky Party
Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Have an awesome week :)

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday - Bundle of Joy

Happy Friday!! I've been glued to the TV today watching the coverage in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the tragedy and those in Texas as well.


It's time for a Fun Friday Challenge at Little Scrap Pieces!! This week our theme is Bundle of Joy. We want to see your cards, layouts or projects for a baby :)


The base of the card is heavyweight cardstock from Canvas Corp. The rest of the paper is from the First Edition Spring Feast stack. I used my sewing machine for the first time in a while and stitched the patterned paper to the base.


The rosettes are Tim Holtz Paper Rosettes and Mini Paper Rosettes dies. The letters are Tim Holtz Idea-ology Alpha Parts. The awesome skittles in the top right corner are from my sweet friend Carri!! You can purchase your own at her website Doubleclick - AKA ABusyBee.


The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from our amazing hostess Karen of Little Scrap Pieces!! The tag is a Spellbinders Back to Basics tag. "It's a Boy" is from K Andrew Designs Southern Sayings stamp set.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art Thankful Thursday- April Linky Party
  2. Sunday Funday #8 - April Linky Party
Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Little Scrap Pieces to see the amazing projects my talented design team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then link up your Bundle of Joy project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Decorate to Celebrate #49 - Baby Shower

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a great week!! It's time for another fun challenge at Decorate to Celebrate. For Challenge #49, we are asking you to create any project to be used as a party decoration (or party supply) for a Baby Shower. Let's celebrate everything wonderful about new life - chubby cheeks, little fingers and toes, sleepless nights and unending joy with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more :)


I saw these adorable bibs in the Spellbinders Nestabilities Basics and Beyond book and knew I wanted to make them for a baby shower challenge :) They are so cute and easy to make. The paper is from The Paper Studio's Uptown Flair stack. The bibs were cut with Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circles and Grand Circles. The scoop was cut with Spellbinders Classic Ovals large.  The congratulations stamp is from Fiskars. The ribbon is held in place with button brads from my stash. I thought the cut-outs were to adorable to throw away...they look like little flowers...so I made name tags for shower attendees :)

I am linking this up at the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art Thankful Thursday- April Linky Party
  2. Sunday Funday #8 - April Linky Party
Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Decorate to Celebrate to see the amazing projects my talented design team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then link up your Baby Shower project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Paper Playtime - More Than One Fold

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! It's time for Paper Playtime challenge!! For this challenge, we are asking you to create a card using more than one fold.


The base is a piece of 12x12 kraft cardstock, cut to 4" and scored every 3". The panels are Tim Holtz Specialty Stamping Paper, cut with Spellbinders Labels 17. They were inked with TH Squeezed Lemonade and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks. They were outlined with Derwent charcoal. The stamps are from TH's Mini Blueprints #4 stamp set, stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink. They were colored in with TH Distress markers in Spun Sugar, Fired Brick, Barn Door, Dusty Concord and Milled Lavendar. They were outlined and highlighted with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen. The sentiments are from TH's Simple Sayings stamp set. "Wishing you all you are wishing for" is from the TH's Words For Thought stamp set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art Thankful Thursday- April Linky Party
  2. Sunday Funday #8 - April Linky Party
Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Paper Playtime to see the amazing projects my talented design team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then link up your More Than One Fold project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday - May Flowers

Happy Friday!! I can't believe how fast this week went by. I hope you have fun plans for the weekend!! It's chilly and rainy here today...all part of the April showers that bring...May flowers. And that's the theme for this week's Fun Friday Challenge at Little Scrap Pieces. We want to see you use a flower on your project. Our sponsor this week is our super-talented and super-sweet design team sister Sherrie of Sherrie Scraps With Passion :)


Last week I created one side of a journal page for the April Showers page, so I thought I'd do the other side for May Flowers :)


The base is heavyweight watercolor paper from Strathmore. It was spritzed with Dylusions inks in Calypso Teal, Vibrant Turquoise, Fresh Lime and Cut Grass. A Crafter's Workshop Cosmic Swirls stencil was placed over the top and sprayed with London Blue Dylusions Inks. A CW Bricks stencil was placed on the bottom and spritzed with Postbox Red. The bricks were outlined with Derwent charcoal and then highlighted with white charcoal. The sun is a stamp from Beeswax, stamped with yellow acrylic paint.  The letters were cut with a Tim Holtz Wanted die from scrap watercolor paper. They were outlined with charcoal, as were the edges of the page. The flowers are a Dylusions Background Love stamp, colored in with Tim Holtz Waterbrushes filled with Dylusions inks, and then outlined with Sakura Gelly Roll pens in white and black. The girl is a Dylusions Annie stencil, colored in with black acrylic ink. She was stamped with the script stamp from the Tim Holtz Mini Ornates set in white acrylic ink. She was outlined with white and gray charcoal.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp - April Showers or Spring Flowers
  2. DL.Art Thankful Thursday- April Linky Party
  3. Sunday Funday #8 - April Linky Party
  4. Inspiration Emporium - Masks and Stencils
Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Little Scrap Pieces to see the amazing projects my talented design team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then link up your May Flowers project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Imagination Tag

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!! It's my turn to post at Getting Cricky and I have a tag to share with you today :)


This is another of the Julie Nutting Prima Doll stamps...love them!! She was stamped on paper from an old book and fussy cut.


The tag is a Prima tag and the papers are from My Mind's Eye Honey Cake paper stack. The banners are Dylusions Bag of Bunting stamps. The doll, papers and banner were outlined with Derwent Charcoal. The flowers are Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms dies. The ribbon is from 3 Girl Jam.


The ticket strip is a Spellbinders Labels and Tags Die. "Faith", "Love" and "Dream" are from K Andrew Designs Winged Things stamped set, stamped with Versafine ink in Black Onyx.


"Imagination" is also from the K Andrew Designs Winged Things set. Unfortunately, this set is sold out, but there are still a few sets remaining for 60% off. Click HERE to shop!!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art Thankful Thursday- April Linky Party
  2. Sunday Funday #8 - April Linky Party
Thanks so much for stopping by today :)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Thanks So Much

Happy Monday!! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!! I'm still trying to get caught up from being away from blogging last week, so if I haven't stopped by to visit, I will soon :)


I couldn't wait to use the Oh, Hello Clear-Mount Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! that I won from my super-sweet friend Norma of PinBlingCrafter!! Thanks again, Norma - I absolutely love them!!


The paper for the card is from My Mind's Eye's Bloom stack. The ribbon is from May Arts and the button is from my stash. A Spellbinders Floral Oval die was used, followed by a Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large. The layers were popped up with foam tape for dimension.


The top layer was cut with a Spellbinders Classic Ovals Small on heavyweight cardstock from Canvas Corp. The chevron stamp from the Oh, Hello set was stamped with Tim Holtz Scattered Straw Distress Ink. The rose was stamped with TH Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. The sentiment was stamped with Ranger Archival Ink in jet black.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art Thankful Thursday- April Linky Party
  2. Sunday Funday #8 - April Linky Party
  3. Craft It Up & Link It Up #3 - Cute as a Button
Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a wonderful day :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday - April Showers

Happy Friday!! I hope you are having a great week!! My nieces are still here so I haven't had a chance to visit your blogs, but I will be by on Sunday night when they leave. It's time for a Fun Friday Challenge at Little Scrap Pieces :) Our theme this week is "April Showers" - we want you to use an umbrella, cloud, rain boots...


For my project, I wanted to use an awesome new rain stencil from The Crafter's Workshop, so I created a journal page.


The watercolor paper was spritzed with water and then sprayed with Dylusions sprays in Cut Grass, Fresh Lime, Dirty Martini, Calypso Teal, Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue. A Darkroom Door script stamp was stamped with Ranger Aquamarine Archival Ink. Stamps from Paper Wings Productions' Art Textures stamp set were stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink. A toothbrush was dipped in white acrylic paint and flicked across the page. The raindrops are a Crafter's Workshop Rain stencil, sponged with white acrylic paint and outlined with a black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen. The grass along the bottom is a Dylusions On the Edge stamp, colored in with Dylusions Cut Grass in a Tim Holtz Waterbrush. The border along the sides and top are from a Dylusions Further Around the Block set, colored in with a TH Waterbrush filled with Funky Fushia and a white Sakura Gelly Roll Pen. The edges of the page were outlined with a charcoal pencil.


April Showers was cut from a scrap piece of watercolor paper sprayed with Dylusions sprays in Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest and Pure Sunshine. The letters are from TH's Wanted die and were scribbled with a white gelly roll pen.


The girl and umbrella are from Dylusions Ruby Rainbow stamp set. The umbrella was colored in with TH Distress Markers in Barn Door, Fired Brick, Dusty Concord and Walnut and a waterbrush. Ruby was colored with TH Distress Markers in Barn Door, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Dusty Concord, a waterbrush and a white gelly roll pen. Her hair was colored in with a waterbrush filled with Dylusions Lemon Zest. She was outlined with charcoal and then white charcoal. The bird is from a Dylusions How Does Your Garden Grow set, colored in with a waterbrush filled with Dirty Martini. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Good Thoughts stamp set, colored in with waterbrushes filled with Postbox Red and After Midnight, and a white gelly roll pen. It was outlined with white charcoal.


I'm entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
  2. Inspiration Emporium - Masks and Stencils
  3. DL.Art Thankful Thursday #106 - Spring
  4. Sunday Funday #8 - April Linky Party
Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Little Scrap Pieces to see the amazing projects my talented design team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then link up your April Showers project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Decorate to Celebrate #48 - Tea Time

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a fabulous start to April!! It's time for another super-fun challenge at Decorate to Celebrate. For Challenge #48, we are asking you to create any project to be used as a party decoration (or party supply) for a Tea Party!! Let's celebrate everything wonderful about little tea sets, sugar cubes and tea cups with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more  :)


Growing up, my sister and I were never girly girls. We played with Barbies and stuffed animals, but we would have rather been outside playing kickball or softball and getting dirty. We never had tea parties. So I was struggling a bit with this challenge, until I found THIS tutorial on how to make a paper tea cup.


The papers are from Basic Grey's Out of Print stack and heavyweight cardstock from Canvas Corp. The plate was made from a Spellbinders Beaded Circles Die and a Spellbinders Standard Circles Large die, adorned with crystals.


The invite was created with a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square and Spellbinders Classic Squares Small die, the edges inked with Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink. The teapot is from K Andrew Designs Coffee & Tea Time stamp set. It was colored in with TH Broken China Distress ink and a TH Waterbrush. "You're Invited" is from the K Andrew Designs Sweet July stamp set.

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

Monday, April 1, 2013

Spread Your Wings and WINNERS!!

Happy Monday and first day of April!! I hope you had a wonderful Easter!! It was a beautiful weekend here - sunny and in the 50's. The Daffodils are blooming...I finally feel like spring is here!! And speaking of spring, my niece and step-niece are coming to stay with me this week for their spring break, so I won't be around very much. I have some DT commitments set to auto-post. I will stop by your blogs when they leave :)


I have another journal page to share with you today. I have been experimenting with different techniques and having so much fun. The pictures don't really show all of the details of the background. Someday, I'm going to splurge and get a video camera...it would be easier than trying to explain the steps :)


I started by adding papers from DCWV's Music stack, adhered with Claudine Hellmuth's Matte Multi Medium. Then a wash of white acrylic paint and water was brushed over the papers. Next was a layer of peach acrylic paint, spread with a credit card. Once that was dry, sea glass acrylic paint was added. The peach paint was brushed over bubble wrap and stamped on the background. Several TH stamps from the Ultimate Grunge, Psychedelic Grunge and Slight Alterations sets were stamped with Antique Linen, Old Paper, Brushed Sage and Dried Marigold Distress Inks, as well as white acrylic paint. The letters are from TH's Word Play die, cut on Grungepaper and painted with peach, sea glass and white acrylic paint. They were then stamped with the French script stamp from Darkroom Door. I love this stamp - it's really large so you can cover a lot of area at once. The edges of the page, the letters and wings were outlined with charcoal and a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.


The wings are a TH Layered Wings die cut with Grungepaper. The bottom layer was covered with sea glass acrylic paint, the next layer peach and the top white. They were then stamped with the same Darkroom Door French script stamp with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink. The butterflies are from the TH Shabby French stamp set.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
  2. Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
And now for the WINNERS!! I should have announced my blog hop winners sooner, and I apologize. First, the Spring Blog Hop. Up for grabs was a 6x6 MME Blink of an Eye paper pad:


Random.org selected as the winner:


And #38 is....


Congratulations, Jill!! Now for the Hoo's Ready for Spring Blog Hop. The giveaway for this one was a TPC Studios Travel Collage stamp set:


Random.org selected as the winner:


And #46 is....


Congrats, Carri!! And now for the winner of my 2 year Blogaversary Giveaway!! Before I announce the winner, I want to thank you all again for following me. I appreciate you all so much!!


For this one, I wanted to make sure everyone had the correct number of entries, so I printed out all the comments, tossed them into a box, stirred them up and then pulled out one name. The winner is:


Congratulations, Denise!! Jill, Carri and Denise, please email your address to me at indymermaid(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get your prizes in the mail to you!!

Thanks again for following me!! And for stopping by today - I appreciate it :)

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