Friday, August 30, 2013

Every Day is an Occasion Turns 1 Blog Hop


Happy Friday and welcome to the Every Day is an Occasion Turns 1 Happy Birthday Blog Hop!!


Jill from Every Day is an Occasion is celebrating her one year blogaversary!! Today you will be hopping from blog to blog gathering birthday inspiration. If you are just stopping in or joining me from your dashboard, you will want to start at the beginning with our awesome hostess Jill of Every Day is an Occasion. If you are following along with the hop, you should have arrived from the sweet and talented Shelly of My Paper Love.


I am just loving my new Sizzix Accordion die!! So many possibilities!! For this card, I was inspired by Karen Burniston's use of clear plastic for the die (HERE) and this amazing card (HERE).


For the clear plastic, I recycled Spellbinders die packages. The papers for this card are from Prima's Fairy Rhymes stack. I wanted my birthday card to be a bouquet of flowers, so I cut several from Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals and Tattered Florals Garland with Core'dinations paper. The swirls are TH Elegant Flourishes dies. The fairy in the corner and the bird in the top inside corner were fussy cut from the Prima paper. The butterflies are Spellbinders Fanciful Flight dies.


The banner along the top and the fairy in the corner were also cut from the Prima paper. The sentiment banner is a Spellbinders Nested Pennant die. "Make a" was stamped from a Hero Arts alphabet set. "Wish" was cut with a Spellbinders Opulent Opals die and a TH Wish Movers and Shapers insert.


The crystal gems in the center of the flowers and on the butterflies are from Recollections.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Dotty
  3. Craftin' Desert Diva's #13 - Anything Goes
  4. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - August Anything Goes
  5. Sunday Funday - August Linky Party 
  6. Inspire Me Fridays #118 - Anything Goes
  7. Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because Linky Party
Jill went to Summer CHA this year and gathered some goodies to giveaway to all of you. Please enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!!

Your next stop is my amazing and talented friend Jessica of Chick-n-Scrap. Here's the entire line-up in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone. Thanks for hopping with us today and don't forget to enter the giveaway below :)

Jill 
Lisa < YOU ARE HERE



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Prima Doll Blog Hop Winner!!

Happy Thursday!! Wow, another weekend is almost upon us. I hope you have fun plans for the last weekend in August :)


I have a winner to announce from the Prima Doll Blog Hop :) Thank you for stopping by each Tuesday this month. We had a great time putting projects together using Julie Nutting's awesome Prima Doll stamps.

I printed out all the comments, put them into a box and drew out a name. The winner of Mia, the tag pad, wings stamps and Prima flowers is:


Kathy Salido!!

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


Also, I hope you will stop by tomorrow for the Every Day is an Occasion Turns 1 Blog Hop!! There will be lots of inspiring projects and blog candy!!

Have a great evening :)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Doll Blog Hop - Week 4: Winter


Happy Tuesday and welcome back for the fourth and final week of the Prima Doll Blog Hop!!

We are in the final week of a four part HOP and the rules are very simple. Each Tuesday throughout the month of August we have shared creations made with a variety of these fabulous Julie Nutting Prima doll stamps to inspire you.

All you will need to do is hop to each of our blogs (links are below) each Tuesday in August and leave us a comment. Be sure to include your email address because on August 30th we will EACH BE GIVING AWAY A PRIZE. We will be sharing what our individual prize packages are on our blogs.

REMEMBER … you will need to comment EACH TUESDAY to qualify for the prize! AND … if you share our hop info on your blog, your name will go in twice towards the prize. WAIT THERE’S MORE! If you become a follower/subscriber you get a THIRD CHANCE!!

For my Spring Project, click HERE
For my Summer Project, click HERE
For my Fall Project, click HERE

In staying with my theme from the last three seasons, I created both a seasonal mixed media canvas and tag.


For this canvas, I started out with Spellbinders Snowflake Pendant 2013 dies cut in chipboard. I adhered them to the canvas with Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium. White tissue paper was then adhered over the top of the canvas to cover the snowflakes and to add texture. The paper was then covered with Liquitex Glass Beads Acrylic Texture Gel. The beads add awesome texture...it reminds me of snow. A mixture of one part Sea Mist Acrylic Paint and two parts water was brushed over parts of the canvas to give a little bit of color. More of the Spellbinders Snowflakes were cut out and covered with Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and then covered with Recollections Fine Glitter. Winter was stamped with TH Tall Text stamps in Distress Embossing Ink. It was then heat embossed with silver embossing powder and the letters wee outlined with a Sakura White Gelly Roll pen.


Lorenna was stamped on old book paper and her dress was stamped on Core-dinations Core Couture paper. The wings are Julie Nutting Wings. Clear sequins were added to the dress and wings. The lace for the ruffle and her shawl are from Hobby Lobby. She was popped up with foam tape for dimension.


Here are all four of my seasonal canvases.


For my tag, I used Lorenna again because she's my favorite and I love her dress :) The papers for this tag are from My Mind's Eye O Christmas Tree stack. The side swirls are Spellbinders Fanciful Holidays dies. The poinsettias were cut from the paper. Merry Christmas is from the Tim Holtz Mini Holidays #3 stamp set. It was stamped with TH Distress Embossing Ink and then heat set with red embossing powder. Every other fold of the dress was adhered with foam tape.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - August Anything Goes
  2. Sunday Funday - August Linky Party
  3. Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because Linky Party
BLOG CANDY

So far, I'm giving away, Mia, one of Julie Nutting's newest doll stamps, along with a Prima Mixed Media Doll Tag pad and Julie Nutting Doll Wings. Today I'm adding these gorgeous Prima flowers.


All you have to do to be eligible to win Mia, the tag pad, wings and flowers is leave a comment on each Tuesday post (4 total). If you share info on our blog hop on your blog or facebook, you get another entry. And if you are or become a follower/subscriber, that's another chance to win. You can count these every week for extra entries...but be sure to leave a comment for each additional entry. I will announce the winner on Thursday, August 29th.

The next stop on the hop is the amazing and talented Diane of Nellies Nest. Here's the entire line-up in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone:

Dar - Dar's Crafty Creations
Mary - Primitive Seasons
Lisa - A Mermaids Crafts <YOU ARE HERE
Diane - Nellies Nest
Mindy - Mulberry Mindy
Joyce - Scrap For Joy

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!! Have a great day :)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Craft It Up & Link It Up - Anything Goes

For my challenge and giveaway at Do More With Less, click HERE


I am excited to be posting today as a guest designer for the second week of the Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party hosted by Tara of Craftin Desert Divas!! Every other Monday will mark the beginning of a new semi-weekly linky party and you could win fabulous prizes!!

This linky party theme is Anything Goes. The sponsors for this challenge are:

KaDoodle Bug Designs - $15 giftcard
Robin's Nest - $10 giftcard
Cardz TV - Stamp set of choice

The more you link up, the better chance you have to win. Visit Craftin Desert Divas for all the rules and to play along.


My project today was inspired by Tim Holtz's August tags. I used his techniques to create a travel wall hanging. I started with a piece of heavyweight cardboard and painted it black. I then ripped a map from an old atlas, crumpled it up and soaked it in a mixture of TH Walnut Distress Stain, Old Paper Distress Stain and water. Once it dried, I used Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium to adhere it to another piece of heavyweight cardboard and attached it to the black. The corners are TH Idea-ology Metal Page Corners.


I followed Tim's instructions (HERE) for the tags, but used watercolor paper instead, and I used his new stencils on the background. The images were adhered to thin cardboard painted black.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Little Scrap Pieces - Linky Party
  2. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - August Anything Goes
  3. Sunday Funday - August Linky Party
  4. Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because Linky Party
You have one week left...I hope you will Craft It Up & Link It Up!!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

A Cheerful Heart is Good Medicine

For my challenge and giveaway at Do More With Less, click HERE
For the Prima Doll Blog Hop Week 3, click HERE

Happy Friday!! I can't believe the weekend here already. Summer is flying by so fast, I can't keep up. I hope you are having a great week :)


I have wanted the Sizzix Bigz Accordion 3D Album die for so long but I could never find it in stock. I finally did and was so excited to pick it up, along with the Sizzix Bigz Frame and Label Bracket die, which coordinates with the Accordion Album. You will be seeing lots of projects using these dies from me...I hope you don't get tired of them :)


My first attempt was put together quickly because I want to get it in the mail to a friend who is going through a rough time right now. I kept it at two panels and didn't over-embellish because I wanted to be able to mail it relatively flat. The papers are from Heidi Grace's Daydream stack. The butterflies are Spellbinders In Flight dies. The flowers are Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms dies. The small labels are Spellbinders Labels 1 dies. The front was inked with Tim Holtz Scattered Straw distress ink, the left panel with Shabby Shutters and the right with Spun Sugar. The flower images in the background are from Tim Holtz's Nature's Element stamp set, and they were stamped with the same color as the background for a subtle effect. The front sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set. Thinking of You and Sweet Friend are from JustRite Stampers Grand Sentiments stamp set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Craftin' Desert Diva's #13 - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - August Anything Goes
  3. Sunday Funday - August Linky Party
  4. Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because Linky Party
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you will enter my challenge at Do More With Less...you could win some Spellbinders goodies from me!! Have a great weekend :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Decorate to Celebrate #58 - Back to School

For my challenge and giveaway at Do More With Less, click HERE
For the Prima Doll Blog Hop Week 3, click HERE


Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week so far. It's time for a new challenge at Decorate to Celebrate. For Challenge #58, we are asking you to create any project to be used as a party decoration (or party supply) for a Back to School Party or Celebration. Let's celebrate everything wonderful about teachers, apples, education and more with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more :)


For my Back to School Party, I created backpack treat bags. I found the instructions for this adorable backpack at Splitcoaststampers, HERE.


This was so fun and easy to make. All of the papers are from my stash. I can't remember who makes the circle paper - My Mind's Eye maybe??


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Craftin' Desert Diva's #13 - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - August Anything Goes
  3. Sunday Funday - August Linky Party
  4. Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because Linky Party
  5. Fun-Day Friday #13 - Anything Goes
  6. 2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes for Kids
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 Back to School project. Also, I would love it if you would enter my challenge at Do More With Less...the challenge is to make a shaped card with a Spellbinders die or any die cut. I can't wait to see what you create :)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Prima Doll Blog Hop - Week 3: Fall


Happy Tuesday and welcome back for the third week of the Prima Doll Blog Hop!!

We are in the third week of a four part HOP and the rules are very simple. Each Tuesday throughout the month of August we will be sharing creations made with a variety of these fabulous Julie Nutting Prima doll stamps to inspire you.

All you will need to do is hop to each of our blogs (links are below) each Tuesday in August and leave us a comment. Be sure to include your email address because on August 30th we will EACH BE GIVING AWAY A PRIZE. We will be sharing what our individual prize packages are on our blogs.

REMEMBER … you will need to comment EACH TUESDAY to qualify for the prize! AND … if you share our hop info on your blog, your name will go in twice towards the prize. WAIT THERE’S MORE! If you become a follower/subscriber you get a THIRD CHANCE!!

For my Spring Project, click HERE
For my Summer Project, click HERE

In staying with my theme from the last two seasons, I created both a seasonal mixed media canvas and tag.


This is another 8x 10 canvas. The papers are from K&Company's Que Sera stack. They were applied to the canvas with Claudine Hellmuth Gel Medium. Acrylic paint in orange and red were applied next and spread with a credit card and the partially removed with a baby wipe. The tree branches are a Crafter's Workshop stencil. Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste was used through the stencil and then the branches were painted with Twinkling H2O's. A charcoal pencil was used to outline the branches for more dimension. The leaves are from Tim Holtz's Autumn Gatherings die. The wheelbarrow is handmade, with a Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets die.


The Julie Nutting doll was stamped on old book paper. Her outfit is from the Que Sera paper. She was popped up with foam tape and outlined in charcoal for definition.


And because I love Halloween, I had to make a Halloween-themed tag :) The tag is a Prima Mixed Media tag and it has been brushed with a black Gelato. The owl is from Tim Holtz's Mini Halloween #3 set, and the spider is from Mini Halloween #2. The moon was created with a yellow Gelato. Happy Halloween is from Mini Halloween #3, as are the trick or treating kids in the background. The flourish is from Mini Halloween #2.


My witch is definitely a good witch :) Her hat is hand made and the layers of her dress were applied with foam tape for dimension.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Craftin' Desert Diva's #13 - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - August Anything Goes
  3. Sunday Funday - August Linky Party
  4. Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because Linky Party
  5. Fun-Day Friday #13 - Anything Goes
Blog Candy!!

So far, I'm giving away one of Julie's newest doll stamps, Mia, as well as a Prima Mixed Media Tag Pad. This week, I'm adding a pair of Julie Nutting Doll Wings stamp set.


All you have to do to be eligible to win Mia, the tag pad and wings is leave a comment on each Tuesday post (4 total). If you share info on our blog hop on your blog or facebook, you get another entry. And if you are or become a follower/subscriber, that's another chance to win. You can count these every week for extra entries...but be sure to leave a comment for each additional entry. And be sure to stop back next week...I may add a little something more to the giveaway :)

The next stop on the hop is the amazing and talented Diane of Nellies Nest. Here's the entire line-up in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone:

Dar - Dar's Crafty Creations
Mary - Primitive Seasons
Lisa - A Mermaids Crafts <YOU ARE HERE
Diane - Nellies Nest 
Mindy - Mulberry Mindy
Joyce - Scrap For Joy

Thanks so much for joining us today!! See you next Tuesday for the final week of our Doll Hop and our winter doll projects :)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Inspired by Tim's August 2013 Tag

For my Challenge and Giveaway at Do More For Less, click HERE
For the Sparkly Sweet Craft Notations Grand Opening Blog Hop, click HERE
For the Second Week of the Prima Doll Blog Hop, click HERE

Happy Sunday!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!! It's warmed up a bit here - low 80's - but still beautiful summer weather. Although I love fall, I'm not ready to let summer go just yet :)


I have a tag to share with you today inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013 August tag. I am so excited that I had all the ingredients to make the tag...actually all four that he showcased this month. I will have another project soon using all of the stamp sets.


I won't write out the instructions since I pretty much followed Tim's tutorial exactly (HERE). I did however use some of his new stencils first. I used Stars, Stripes and Dot Fade in the background before I started stamping.


Here's Tim's Tag. 


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 - August
  2. Little Scrap Pieces - Linky Party
  3. DL.Art - Thankful Thursday - August Anything Goes
  4. Sunday Funday - August Linky Party
  5. Just B Creative Crazy - Just Because Linky Party
  6. Fun-Day Friday #13 - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stopping by today :)

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