Monday, July 29, 2013

Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday - Christmas in July

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This should have posted last Friday and I sincerely apologize for the delay. I didn't get the chance to get online during my business trip. I have been trying to get all caught up on my commenting, so if I haven't been by your blog yet, I will soon :)


The Fun Friday Challenge at Little Scrap Pieces this week is Christmas in July. I love this because come December, I always need Christmas cards :)


All of the paper is from My Mind's Eye O Christmas Tree stack. The layers were cut with Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4 dies. The middle layer is a Spellbinders Labels 4 die. The gorgeous poinsettia was cut with a Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die. The bottom layer was inked with Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Inks. The other layers were inked with TH Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.


The sentiment layer was cut with a Spellbinders Fancy Frames Two die. "Christmas Wishes" is from JustRite Stamps Deck the Halls stamp set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Fun-Day Friday Challenge - Bling it Up
  2. DL.Art - Christmas in July
  3. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  4. Sunday Funday #11 - 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 Christmas in July project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Craftin Desert Diva's Linky Party #11 - Birthday Challenge

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a great weekend!! I am trying to catch up from being gone for several days. I just got home and have not had a chance to visit anyone so I will be doing that in the next few days :)


I am guest posting at Craftin' Desert Divas for the second week of the Birthday Challenge with an Animal :)  You have one more week to create a birthday project.

Every linky party will have a sponsor and a winner, plus a top 3. The winner will be announced on a semi-weekly basis. The more times you link up, the more chances you have to win. If you make the Top 3 you will also be invited to be a guest designer on an upcoming linky party!!


All of the papers for this are from my stash. The base is a Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Rectangle, followed by a Spellbinders Grand Rectangle. The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces.


The adorable hippo is from Create a Critter, cut in Core'dinations Core Couture cardstock. The hippo was popped up with foam tape for dimension. The sentiment tags are Spellbinders Nested Pennants dies. The sentiments are from K Andrew Designs stamp sets.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  2. Sunday Funday #11 - Linky Party
Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Craftin' Desert Diva to see the amazing projects the design team has created for today's challenge. Then link up your Birthday Project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Decorate to Celebrate #56 - Wedding/Engagement

Happy Wednesday!! This is a scheduled post, so crossing fingers it works :) It's time for a new challenge at Decorate to Celebrate!!


For Challenge #56, we are asking you to create any project to be used as a party decoration (or party supply) for a wedding or engagement or anniversary party or celebration. Let's celebrate everything wonderful about falling in love, tying the know and living happily ever after with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more :)


For my party I created wedding treat bags. The paper is from Fancy Pants Road Show Stack. The bag was cut with a Tim Holtz In the Bag die, with a TH Love cutout die. Gems from Recollections were added to the letters in Love. The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces.


The hearts were cut with Spellbinders Hearts dies and popped up with foam tape for dimension. Mr. & Mrs. is from My Craft Spots Tiny Tags 2 stamp set.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  2. Sunday Funday #11 - 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 Wedding/Engagement project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Happiness is Beautiful

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!! I am leaving tomorrow for a business trip so I may not be able to visit you for a few days. I hope to be able to check your projects while I'm gone, but I probably won't be able to comment until I get home next week :)


I wanted to share a quick tag with you today, using mostly Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 products, especially the not-in-stores-yet Translucent Embossing Paste I won from her!! I absolutely love it!! I was dancing a little jig when it arrived :) It adds such amazing shine to projects!! Thanks again, Wendy!!


The base of the tag is manilla cardstock, cut with a Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate Die. Wendy's Fresh Flowers stencil was placed on the tag. The petals were inked with TH Fired Brick and the center with Rusty hinge. The stem was inked with TH Forest Moss and the leaves with TH Crushed Olive. Once the inks dried, the stencil was placed back over the flower and covered with Wendy's new Translucent Embossing Paste. It was then outlined with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.

Once the Embossing Paste dried, the tag was stamped with the mesh stamp from Wendy's Art Rules stamp set in Ranger Sap Green Archival Ink. Next, Wendy's Dots and Stripes Border stencil was placed on the tag and inked with TH Bundled Sage Distress Ink. The dots were then colored with TH Weathered Wood Disterss Ink. Next, Wendy's Classic Words stencil was placed on the tag and inked with TH Tea Dye Distress Ink. The sentiment is from two different K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamps, and they were taped off to create the sentiment. I covered the "is an inside job" after "Happiness", and then covered the "Brave" before "Is beautiful" to create this custom sentiment. The edges were inked with TH Walnut Distress Ink. The crinkle ribbon is from Karen of Little Scrap Pieces.


I tried to get a picture of the incredible shine and dimension the new Translucent Embossing Paste adds to the tag :)


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Do More With Less - Masking Stamps with Savannah O'Gwynn
  2. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  3. Sunday Funday #11 - Linky Party
  4. An Inky Situation #1 - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday - Pool Party

Happy Friday!! I can't believe another weekend is upon us!! I will be gone most of next week, so I hope to get all of my projects done this weekend and the posts scheduled :)


Friday means another Fun Friday Challenge at Little Scrap Pieces. The theme this week is perfect for summer - Pool Party!! We want to see your cards, layouts or projects that have to do with a Pool Party :)


The base of the card is a Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Rectangle, followed by a Grand Rectangle. The bathing beauties are from Artistic Outpost's Boardwalk stamp set. They were stamped first on Strathmore Watercolor Paper and then masked. I can not remember where I purchased the beach scene stamp - it's been too many years ago. I wish I could...I absolutely love it. It was stamped next in Ranger Coffee Archival Ink. It was colored in with Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, and the water with a TH Broken China Distress Marker. Water was then flicked on for a distressed look. The bathing beauties were colored with TH Distress Markers in Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage and Tattered Rose.


The clouds were created with a cloud mask and TH Broken China Distress Ink. The sun is a Beeswax Blazing Sun stamp, in Chrome Archival Ink. The banner is a Spellbinders Nested Pennant die, inked with TH Gathered Twigs and then stamped with the Bathing Beauties sentiment from Boardwalk in Jet Archival Ink.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp - By The Sea
  2. Craft It Up & Link It Up #10 - Summer 
  3. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  4. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday #113 - Summer
  5. Sunday Funday #11 - Linky Party
  6. An Inky Situation #1 - Anything Goes 
  7. Fun-Day Friday - Summer Fun
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 Pool Party project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Christmas Wishes

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a great week so far!! I was getting a little nervous seeing all of the Christmas in July cards, not having started mine yet. I had to (gasp) buy cards last year since I didn't get them all done, so I thought I'd start early this year :)


It was a little hard to focus on a Christmas card when the temps are in the mid 90's with the heat index in the 100's. But all I had to do was walk into Hobby Lobby and see all of their Christmas displays and it put me in the mood :)


For this card, I used my new Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One dies. The red paper is from my stash, and the white is heavyweight cardstock from Canvas Corp. The top layer was embossed with a Cuttlebug Bit of Paisley embossing folder and popped up with foam tape for dimension.


The ornament cut-out and center ornament are Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament Dies. All three stamps - the bottom sentiment, ornament stamp and sentiment - are from JustRite Stamps Deck the Halls stamp set. They were stamped with Ranger Archival Ink in Vermillion on the ornament, and Jet Black on the bottom. The jingle bells are from my stash. The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from my dear friend (and new grandma) Karen of Little Scrap Pieces :)


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. JustRite Friday Challenge #103 - Christmas in July 
  2. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  3. Sunday Funday #11 - Linky Party
  4. An Inky Situation #1 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Somewhere Beyond the Sea

Happy Monday!! My niece left yesterday and I'm still trying to recover!! We had a great time, but oh my, did she wear me out :)


I have a tag to share with you today, created from the awesome Beyond the Sea stamp set I won from Artistic Outpost :)


I started with Strathmore Watercolor Paper cut with a Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplate die. The girl was stamped first on the tag with Ranger Sepia Archival Ink and on Inkadinkado Stamping Masking Paper. She was cut out of the Masking Paper and then it was applied over the girl on the tag. The lighthouse was stamped next, first on the tag and then on the Masking Paper. The image was cut from the Masking paper and applied to the image on the tag. A cloud stencil was cut from paper and then starting at the top of the tag, TH Broken China Distress Ink was inked along the edge with a Tsukineko Fingertip Sponge Dauber. The girl was colored in with TH Distress Markers in Aged Mahogany, Bundled Sage, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo and a TH Waterbrush. The lighthouse was colored in with Walnut, Antique Linen and a Waterbrush. The grass with Peeled Paint and a Waterbrush. The birds and the bottom sentiment were stamped with Black Archival Ink. TH Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon was inked with TH Walnut Distress Stain. A TH Philosophy tag is attached to a TH Trinket Pin. The edges of the tag were inked with Walnut Distress Ink.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Artistic Outpost - July Referral Program - Anything Goes w/ AO Stamps
  2. Simon Says Stamp - Pin It
  3. Simon Says Stamp and Show - Good to be Green 
  4. Craft It Up & Link It Up #10 - Summer 
  5. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  6. Sunday Funday #11 - Linky Party
  7. An Inky Situation #1 - Anything Goes 
Thanks for stopping by :)

Prima Doll Blog Hop Announcement

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! You know how much I love Julie Nutting's Prima Doll stamps...well, I wanted to let you know about an exciting Blog Hop coming this August!!


Coming Soon!!
Starting Tuesday August 6th
Six very talented ladies are doing a Prima Doll Blog Hop
Each Tuesday in August
After the end of the hop
On August 30th
There will be prizes given out to 6 lucky "hoppers"
One prize from each blog will be drawn
Mark you calendar
Don't miss out!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday - Oh Baby!!

Happy Friday!! I hope you had a great week!! It's absolutely gorgeous here today - blue skies, mid 70's, sun. My niece and I are spending most of the day outside :)


The Fun Friday Challenge this week at Little Scrap Pieces is Oh Baby! We want to see your baby cards, projects or layouts :)


The base of my card is a Spellbinders Grand scalloped Circle, followed by a Spellbinders Grand Circle. The papers are from Authentique's Delightful collection. The edges were inked with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. The cut-out was created with a Spellbinders Standard Circles Large die. The frame is a Spellbinders Exquisite Circles Die. Pearls were added to the edges.


The dress is from a Julie Nutting Prima Doll stamp. The lace is from my stash. The Hampton Arts sentiment was stamped on a Spellbinders Card Creator Matting Basics A die, the edges inked with Victorian Velvet.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  2. Sunday Funday #11 - Linky Party
  3. Krafty Girls - Die Cut Challenge
  4. An Inky Situation #1 - Anything Goes
  5. Oozak Challenge #17 - Anything Goes with Girly Theme
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 Oh Baby! project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Decorate to Celebrate #55 - Let's Get Wild

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a great week!! My niece is still here and we are having a great time!! We went to see Despicable Me 2 in 3D today and have fun activities planned for this evening. She's wearing me out :)


It's time for a super-fun challenge at Decorate to Celebrate!! For Challenge #55, we are asking you to create any project to be used as a party decoration (or party supply) for an animal themed party or event. Let's celebrate everything wonderful about dogs, cats, giraffes, elephants, monkeys and all other animals you love with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more :)


For my project, I created a zebra-themed gift box. The box was cut with a Sizzex Ellen Hull Scoreboard XL Candy Box Die. The paper is all from my scrap box. I'm not sure where the zebra-print paper is from - Glitz maybe...from their Diva stack? The drawer pull was created from beads in my stash.


A Tim Holtz Rosette die was used for the top. A Spellbinders Standard Circles Small die was punched with Canvas Corp heavyweight paper The tag is a Spellbinders Back to Basics die. The zebra and sentiment are from the Mark's Finest Papers Wild and Free stamp set which I won in a challenge, stamped in Versafine Onyx ink. The beautiful crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  2. Sunday Funday #11 - Linky Party
  3. Fun-Day Friday #7 - Anything Goes
  4. An Inky Situation #1 - Anything Goes
  5. 2 Crafty Chicks #4 - 3D
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 Let's Get Wild project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Paper Playtime #14 - Tags

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a great weekend!! My sweet niece is staying with me this week so I'm not sure how much I will be able to get online. We have lots of fun things planned and I have projects scheduled to post, so I will stop by to visit you when I can :)


It's time for a new challenge at Paper Playtime!! Our theme this week is Tags..we want to see your project using tags. Our sponsor is Cardz TV. You could win a set of stamps (must have USA address) so be sure to link up your tag project :)


The tag is a Prima Julie Nutting Mixed Media tag. The edges were inked with Gelatos. The paper is from Authentique's Essentials collection. The doily is a Spellbinders Vintage Lace Motif die, and the butterfly is a Spellbinders Fanciful Flight die. It was inked with Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink and popped up with foam tape for dimension. The Julie Nutting Doll stamp was stamped on book paper and then paper pieced. She was also popped up with foam tape. The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces. The tag is a Spellbinders Back to Basics tag and the sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Tiny Tags 2 stamp set, stamped with Salty Ocean.


The two larger flowers and the swirls are Spellbinders Jewel Flower and Flourishes dies, inked with TH Salty Ocean. The buttons are Spellbinders Whimsy dies. The two smaller flowers are Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms dies. The scallop border is Spellbinders Fair Isle Border Petite die. Smile is from K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamp set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp and Show - A Little Stamping
  2. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  3. Sunday Funday #11 - Linky Party
  4. Fun-Day Friday #7 - Anything Goes
  5. An Inky Situation #1 - Anything Goes
  6. Craft It Up & Link It Up #10 - Summer
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 Tag project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday - Stars and Stripes

Happy Friday!! I hope all of my friends and followers in the USA had a safe and happy 4th of July celebration yesterday!! And I hope everyone has fun plans for the weekend :)


Friday means a Fun Friday challenge at Little Scrap Pieces. The challenge this week is Stars and Stripes.


This was a quick and easy card to make. The base was cut with a Spellbinders Card Creator Matting Basics A die in heavyweight cardstock from Canvas Corp. A Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder was inked with Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink and then the paper was run through the Cuttlebug for a letterpress effect.


The star was created the same way. The star is a Spellbinders Star die and the Cuttlebug Star embossing folder was inked with TH Faded Jeans. It was attached with foam tape for dimension. The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Sweet July stamp set, stamped in Versafine Onyx ink.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp - Patriotic
  2. Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
  3. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday #112 - Patriotic
  4. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - July Anything Goes
  5. Sunday Funday #11 - Linky Party
  6. Fun-Day Friday #7 - Anything Goes
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 Stars and Stripes project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Star Spangled Happiness!!

Happy Wednesday and happy 4th of July eve to all of my friends in the USA!! I hope you have fun plans for tomorrow...cookouts, maybe a party, fireworks :)


I have a Patriotic page to share from my journal. The page was spritzed with water and then Dylusions Sprays in Cherry Pie, Postbox Red, London Blue and Calypso Teal. Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress Paint was lightly flicked over the surface. A Dylusions Starry Starry Night stencil was placed on the page and sprayed with water for a ghosting effect. Some of the stars were colored in with Cherry Pie, London Blue and a white Sakura Gelly Roll Pen. They were outlined with a white the Gelly Roll Pen and then with charcoal. A Tim Holtz splatter stamp from the Spooky Stuff set was stamped in Picket Fence Distress Paint for the effect of fireworks. They were then covered with Ranger Rock Candy Distress Stickles for sparkle. The circles around the border were created with a Wendy Vecchi Dots & Stripes Border stencil, as were the stripes along the bottom. They were created with Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste.


Julie Nutting's Prima Doll Stamp - Mia - was stamped on book paper. Her top, headband and shoes were created with a Wendy Vecchi stripes stamp from the It's More Flower Art set and Dylusions spray in Calypso Teal. Her skirt was made with a Crafter's Workshop Punchinella stencil and Dylusions spray in Postbox Red. Mia was then outlined with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen and charcoal.


The sentiments are all from K Andrew Designs Sweet July stamp set. I couldn't decide which sentiment to use, so I used them all :) They were stamped on watercolor paper and spritzed with Dylusions sprays. They were then outlined with the white pen and charcoal.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp - Patriotic
  2. Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
  3. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday #112 - Patriotic
  4. Sunday Funday #11 - Linky Party
  5. Inspire Me Friday #109 - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a SAFE and HAPPY 4th of JULY!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Craft It Up & Link It Up #9 - On The Farm

Happy Monday and happy July!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! I am guest designing today at Craftin' Desert Divas for the second week of the Craft It Up & Link It Up On the Farm Linky Party :)


You have one more week to create a project with anything to do with a farm. Tractor, animals, barn, farmers and whatever else you may come up with.

Every linky party will have a sponsor and a winner, plus a top 3. The winner will be announced on a semi-weekly basis. The more times you link up, the more chances you have to win. If you make the Top 3 you will also be invited to be a guest designer on an upcoming linky party!!

The sponsors for this linky party are...


Candy Speaks Stamp Set

and


Covered Buttons Combo Set


For my project, I dusted off my Cricut and Gypsy to create this farm-themed card. I couldn't wait to use the adorable Teddy Bear Parade cartridge I won from Linda at Crafting With Nana!! Thanks again, Linda!! I love it...so many cute bears!! I chose the farmer bear for this card :)


The base of the card is from Country Life. I used my Gypsy to weld two shadows together for the base. All of the papers are from my stash. The barn and silo were cut with Core'dinations Black Magic paper. The barn was embossed with a Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder and the silo with a Tim Holtz Brick folder. They were then sanded to bring out the red core of the paper. The grass was embossed with a Cuttlebug Branches folder. The chickens, also from Country Life, were popped up with foam tape for dimension, as was the farmer bear.


The stamp is I think from Michael's $1.00 bin, stamped in Versafine Onyx ink.


Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Craftin' Desert Divas and link up your On the Farm project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

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