Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!


Happy New Year's Eve, everyone!! I can't believe this is the last day in 2013!! My gosh, where did this year go?? Do you have any resolutions for the new year?? One of my main goals is to work on my photography. It's a second hobby/obsession for me and I really want to learn all I can :) I also signed up for N*Studio's Creative Jumpstart for 2014. I can't wait to learn new techniques from some amazing artists (you can find all the info HERE if you want to participate)!!


I have a card to share with you that I actually made about two months ago but haven't had a chance to post. I'm not even sure I can remember how I put this together :/ The paper is from the Glitz Sunshine in My Soul paper stack. The base is a Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Square, followed by a Grand Square.


The next two layers are Spellbinders Captivating Squares. The reason I wanted to make this card was to use the Spellbinders D-Lites Blooms 3 die...I just love these flowers!! I added foam tape between the layers for dimension. The crinkle ribbon was inked with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Ink and water.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Little Scrap Pieces - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - December Linky
  3. Sunday Funday - December Linky
  4. Just B Creative Crazy - December Linky
Thanks so much for stopping by!! Please be sure to enter my Die-Versions die giveaway if you haven't already (click HERE)!! I hope you have fun plans for New Year's Eve!! Stay safe and I wish you all a very healthy, happy, wonderful 2014!!


Friday, December 27, 2013

Exciting News and GIVEAWAY!!

Happy Friday, everyone!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa brought you all you desired :) Didn't this year just fly by?? I can't believe it's almost 2014. I have some exciting news to share with you!! I am so proud to announce that I am a new member of the Die-Versions Dynamos Design Team!!


You all know how much I LOVE dies... and Die-Versions makes some amazing ones!! They have so many different designs and styles...over 700 to choose from...I am just in die-cutting Heaven!! And I want to share my happiness with you with a giveaway :)

I have three Die-Versions dies to give away, including one of my very favorites, Ring of Hearts!!


You will love these dies!! They are compatible with most every die cutting machine, and they cut perfectly!! All you have to do to be eligible to win is:
  1. Be a follower
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Die-Versions die...click HERE to see the entire line
  3. Like the Die-Versions Facebook page HERE and leave a comment, telling them Lisa from A Mermaid's Crafts sent you!!
That's it!! For additional entries, you can:

1) Post this on your sidebar (leave a comment for an extra entry)
2) Share this giveaway on Facebook (leave a comment for an extra entry)

So you have three chance total!! I will choose a winner on January 12th via Random.org.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you so much for following me!! I appreciate each and every one of you!! I hope you have a very Happy New Year and that 2014 brings you all your heart desires!! New Year HUGS :)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sleigh Bells Ring

Happy Christmas Eve, Eve!! Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes!! I appreciate it so much!! Are you all ready for Christmas?? It's coming, whether I'm ready or not :/ I'm sorry I've neglected my blog the last few weeks. I do have a few Christmas cards to share with you today :)


I couldn't let Christmas go by without using my favorite Sizzix 3D Flip Album die :) The base is heavyweight kraft cardstock from The Paper Studio. The rest of the papers are from My Mind's Eye.


There are the Tim Holtz Carolers again (I told you I there would be more projects to come :) All of the stamps used are from various TH stamp sets. The music is from Mini Holidays #2, the reindeer is from Mini Holidays #1 and the starburst is from Mini Holidays #4.


Joy is a TH die, cut inside a Spellbinders Labels 1 die. The tree is a TH Snow Tree die, and it was covered with Enamel Accents on the edges and Rock Candy Stickles inside.


Santa is from the Mini Holidays #1 set. The snowflakes are from TH's Holiday Joy Framelets. The banner is a Spellbiners Banner die. Believe and the sentiment are from My Craft Spot's Joy Filled Christmas set.


Here's a shot of it all folded out.


For this card, I used a Spellbinders M-Bossibilities 3D Floral Labels 4 embossing folder. Once it was embossed, the raised parts were sanded to bring out the texture. The sentiment is on a Spellbinders Labels 4 die, inked with TH Pine Needles Distress Ink. The sentiment is from TH's Mini Holidays #5 set. The crinkle ribbon was inked with Pine Needles Distress Ink. Merry Christmas and the holly leaves are from the TH Mini Holidays #4 set.


The base and layers of this card were created with Spellbinders Card Creator Basics A & B dies. The top layer was embossed with a snowflake embossing folder and sanded. The back line of trees is a TH Tree Line die. It's hard to tell, but the green paper was inked with Donna Salazar Mix'd Media ink in Jasmine to make it look like it's dusted with snow. The tall tree is a TH Snow tree die. It was inked with Jasmine and TH Walnut Distress ink on the base. The banner is a Spellbinders die, and the sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Joy Filled Christmas stamp set.


The deer is from TH's Holiday Joy Framelets. It was embossed with gold embossing powder.


Trees from TH's Reindeer Flight stamp set were stamped inside, along with the sentiment from My Craft Spot's Joy Filled Christmas.


I needed some gift card holders, so I used TH's Pocket Envelope die to create them. The paper is from My Mind's Eye. I hand cut the tree and sleigh from the paper and attached them with foam tape for dimension. The banner is a Spellbinders Ribbon Banner die, inked with Festive Berries and stamped with Merry Christmas from My Craft Spot's Joy Filled Christmas set.

I am entering the following challenges:
  1. Little Scrap Pieces - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - Christmas
  3. DL.Art - December Linky
  4. Sunday Funday - December Linky
  5. Just B Creative Crazy - December Linky
  6. 2 Creative Chicks - Christmas/Winter
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I will probably be away from my computer for the next few days to enjoy Christmas with my family, so I will be around to visit when I can. I have some very exciting news to share with you soon, along with a giveaway, so be sure to stop back by after the holidays!!

Merry Christmas!!
Merry Christmas!!
Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

Happy Tuesday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! How are your Christmas preparations coming along?? I'm still so far behind :( But I do have a card to share with you today :)


I have a few Christmas cards to post in the next week or so, starting with this one. Sorry the picture is a bit dark...I took it a few weeks ago and sent it already before realizing the settings weren't correct :/ The base and layers are Spellbinders Card Creator Dies A & B. The top layer was embossed with a Tim Holtz Sheet Music Texture Fade Embossing Folder. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Joy Filled Christmas set, stamped with TH Festive Berries Distress Ink on a Spellbinders Ribbon Banner die.


The wings are a TH Layered Angel Wings die, embossed with the matching TH Wings Embossing Folder. Each layer was popped up with foam tape for dimension.


The angel on the inside is from TH's Joyful Song stamp set. The sentiment is from the same My Craft Spot Joy Filled Christmas set.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp it Up 2013
  2. Craftin Desert Divas - Christmas
  3. DL.Art - Christmas
  4. DL.Art - December Linky
  5. Sunday Funday - December Linky
  6. Just B Creative Crazy - December Linky
  7. 2 Creative Chicks - Christmas/Winter

I was looking out my window the other day and saw this guy scrounging around in the snow...in daylight!!


I hurried outside with my camera and scared the poor little guy up a tree!!


But I was able to get some close-up shots of him!!


He stopped to pose for me :)


Look at those daggers!! His claws are deadly...I'm glad he scurried up a tree instead of at me!!

Please be sure to stop by Craftin Desert Divas tomorrow for the winners of the Holly Jolly Blog Hop!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Happy holiday season my friends :)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Holly Jolly Christmas Blog Hop!!

Welcome to Craftin Desert Diva's Holly Jolly Christmas Blog Hop!!


I'm so happy that you could join us today!! If this is the first time that you have hopped with us, you won't be disappointed. This is the Craftin Desert Divas design team's first hop and I have to say my design team are all amazingly talented.

This is Day 1 and the start of the Holly Jolly Christmas Blog Hop! You will not only get some inspiration, but you could win GREAT prizes, too!! You must FOLLOW and COMMENT on all of the stops both days to have chance to win.

Here's the wonderful sponsors for this hop...


For this two day hop each blog will be offering a prize from one of the sponsors listed above. You must visit each stop both days to be eligible to win. Winners will be announced on Dec 18. The entire winning list will be posted on Craftin Desert Diva's website.

My sponsor for today is..

http://blog.tombowusa.com/

You could win Permanent Adhesive as well as a Refill Value Pack that includes 3 refills!! And their adhesive is awesome!!

You should have arrived from Michelle of Michelle's Cricut Fun. If you are just stopping by, you will want to start at the beginning at Craftin Desert Divas. You don't want to miss the chance at some awesome prizes!!

Here is my project....


The letters are heavyweight chipboard from Hobby Lobby. I covered them in My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas paper. I used Tombow Permanent Adhesive to adhere all of the items to the letters.


As you can see, I love the Tim Holtz Victorian Carolers die (and adding bokeh to my pictures ;)!! I have to use them while I can during the season, so you will see them again on a project or two ;) For this one, I stamped the music stamp from Tim's Mini Holidays #2 set in Embossing Ink and then heat embossed it with copper embossing powder. I offset the black layer for a shadow effect.


For the O, I used one of the deer from Tim's Reindeer Flight die. He was covered in Glossy Accents and then a jingle bell collar was added.


Tim's Snow Tree die was used for the E. I coated the edges with White Enamel Accents and then filled in the rest with Rock Candy Distress Stickles. The stem was inked with TH Walnut Distress Ink.


For the L, I strung jingle bells on hemp twine and then wrapped them around the end. A Merry Christmas is from Tim's Mini Holiday's #5, and it was heat embossed with Fired Brick Distress Powder.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Craftin Desert Divas - Christmas
  2. Little Scrap Pieces - Anything Goes
  3. DL.Art - Christmas
  4. DL.Art - December Linky
  5. Sunday Funday - December Linky
  6. Just B Creative Crazy - December Linky
  7. 2 Creative Chicks - Christmas/Winter
  8. Cut It Up Challenge #34 - Christmas 
I am your last stop on the  hop. Below is the list of all the participants in case you get lost or want to revisit anyone. Thanks for stopping by...I hope you will join us tomorrow for more fabulous projects and prizes!!

Saturday Dec. 14

 1. Tara - http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/
 2. Kathy - http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/
 3. Karen - http://craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com/
 4. Tracy - http://tracyscricutcorner.blogspot.com
 5. Migdalia - http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com/
 6. Shelly - http://mypaperlove.blogspot.com/
 7. Emily - http://molliemugsblog.blogspot.com/
 8. Michelle B - http://michellescircutfun.blogspot.com
 9. Lisa - http://indymermaid.blogspot.com < YOU ARE HERE

Sunday Dec. 15

 1. Tara - http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/
 2. Lori - http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/
 3. Janis - http://pausedreamenjoy.blogspot.com/
 4. Michelle P - http://mumoftwoblog.blogspot.com
 5. Migdalia - http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com/
 6. Kathy Jo - http://daisysanddaffodils.blogspot.ca/
 7. Donna K - http://createdbydonnak.blogspot.com
 8. Robin C - http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/
 9. Mayra - http://mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com/
10. Jessica - http://craftinandstampin.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Victorian Carolers Luminary

Happy Thursday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! It is flipping freezing here...we're talking six below this morning. Brrr. It's warmed up to 6 above right now. My hands were cold even with leather gloves on :/ I need to move somewhere warm and tropical :)


I have a quick project to share with you today. It's a simple one for me, not much embellishing at all (gasp!!). I couldn't wait to put together the Tim Holtz 3D Luminary die. I used Ranger Metal Foil Tape over heavyweight cardstock. And I love the TH Victorian Carolers die. I cut them out in music note paper and black cardstock, offsetting the cardstock for a shadow effect.


I also tried a different scene on the back side. I cut the deer and trees from the TH Holiday Joy Framelets set. The trees were embossed with Snow Embossing Powder.


And here it is with a battery operated tea light inside. I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Craftin Desert Divas - Christmas
  2. DL.Art - December Linky
  3. Sunday Funday - December Linky
  4. Just B Creative Crazy - December Linky
  5. 2 Creative Chicks - Christmas/Winter
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you will come back on Saturday for the Holly Jolly Christmas Hop!!


There will be some awesome Christmas inspiration for you and tons of fabulous sponsors...you could win some amazing goodies!! I hope to see you Saturday :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Craft It Up & Link It Up #21 - Christmas

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! It's time for another Craft It Up & Link It Up challenge at Craftin Desert Divas. The theme this week is Christmas. Our sponsors are KaDoodle Bug Designs with a $15.00 gift card and Cardz TV with a set of CTV stamps.


For my Christmas card, I used paper from K & Company. The base was cut with a Sizzix Label Window Pop n Cuts die. The deer are Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight dies. I cut them once in black and then in music note cardstock, offsetting the black for a shadow. The matching Sizzix Butterfly and Label die was used for the pop out lables. The three wise men are from TH's Mini Holiday #4, as are the trees in the background. Merry Christmas is from TH's Old Fashioned Christmas and the 25 is from Mini Holidays #3.


I needed this to be flat (a rarity for me!!) enough to mail  so instead of ribbons or gems, I used the Sizzix Edge and Scroll die. The banner is a TH Tattered Banners die and Merry Christmas is from Mini Holidays #4.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Little Scrap Pieces - Anything Goes Linky
  2. DL.Art - December Linky
  3. Sunday Funday - December Linky
  4. Just B Creative Crazy - December Linky
  5. 2 Creative Chicks - Christmas/Winter
  6. An Inky Situation #20  - Cherry Cobbler
Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Craftin Desert Divas to see the amazing projects my talented design team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then link up your Christmas project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sending Love at Christmas

Happy Thursday!! I hope you are having a wonderful first week of December!! We are under a winter storm warning, with it expected to hit tonight with lots of snow and ice. We are in the area with a strong possibility of losing power, so I may not be able to visit you for a few days. I'm trying to get in a quick post before I head to the store for supplies, just in case :)


I have a Christmas bag to share with you today. I started with a Copper Foil Engraving Blank from Royal Langnickel...this stuff is so awesome!! It really makes the embossing pop. I also have silver, gold and rainbow blanks, so you will be seeing lots more projects with it from me :) A Spellbinders Roman Romance M-Bossibilities embossing folder was used and then sanded to bring out the copper and awesome texture.


The ornament is a Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2011. The stamp is from JustRite's Deck the Halls stamp set. A Spellbinders Classic Circle Small was used for the inside sentiment, which is also from JustRite's Deck the Halls set. The stamps were stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink and then heat embossed with copper embossing powder. The sparkly copper ribbon is from my stash.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. JustRite Friday Challenge #111 - It's in the Bag
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
  3. DL.Art - December Linky
  4. Sunday Funday - December Linky
  5. Just B Creative Crazy - December Linky
  6. Paper Playtime #24 - Anything Goes
  7. Funday Friday #28 - Get in the Spirit
Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be by to visit when I can :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

Happy Sunday!! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!! For my friends in the USA, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family :)


I have a card to share with you today, using some awesome background stamps I won from my sweet friend Jo of Jo's Scrap Shack and 3 Twenty Crafts!! Jo is having a huge sale right now, but hurry, not only are the stamps almost sold out, but the sale ends tomorrow at midnight. If you purchase two sets of stamps, you get free shipping (use code "FREESHIP). And if you like sequins, she sells them dirt cheap - $.99 a bag!! Buy three bags and get a fourth bag free (use code "BLACKFRIDAY"). I hope you will stop by her new shop, 3 Twenty Crafts, and check out all she has to offer!! You will love the stamps!!


The layers of the card were constructed with heavyweight cardstock from Canvas Corp. The base is a Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight, followed by a Labels Eight, embossed with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and popped up with foam tape. The next layer is a Spellbinders Opulent Ovals, also embossed with Swiss Dots and popped up with foam tape. The top layer is also an Opulent Opals die. The stamp is from Tim Holtz Mini Holidays #5. I wanted it to look like my silhouette guy was rushing through the snow, so using Iced Spruce Distress Ink, I inked the dots background stamp from 3 Twenty Crafts Background Builders set, taping off the edges so they didn't show. The flower is a Spellbinders Poinsettia die, inked with Iced Spruce. I also inked Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon with Iced Spruce. The tag is a Spellbinders Charmed I'm Sure die. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Joy Filled Christmas stamp set that I won from my sweet friend Susie of Susie Craft Happy!!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
  2. Little Scrap Pieces - Anything Goes
  3. Paper Playtime #24 - Anything Goes
  4. Funday Friday #28 - Get in the Spirit 
  5. 2 Creative Chicks #9 - Christmas/Winter
  6. Just B Creative Crazy - December Linky
Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a great day :)

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