Monday, March 31, 2014

Craft It Up & Link It Up Challenge - Anything Goes

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Happy Monday and last day of March!! Another month bites the dust!! It's time for a new Craft It Up & Link It Up Challenge at Craftin Desert Divas. The theme for this challenge is an easy one and everyone's favorite...Anything Goes :) Our sponsors this week are: Fresh Squeezed Stamps - Mother Knows Best stamp set; Lovebug Creations - $10 gift card; Fleurette Bloom - $10 gift card.


I've been anxious to use the new Julie Nutting Sea Sallie Mermaid stamp so I inked her up for this challenge :) The tag is a Prima Doll Tag and it was covered with paper from K&Company's Happy Trails stack. Sea Sallie was stamped on old book paper and then she was lightly colored with a Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Marker and a TH Waterbrush. Her hair was colored with Distress Inks in Salty Ocean and Mowed Grass and blended with a waterbrush. The waves on the bottom are a Taylored Expressions Ride The Waves Border die. Sea Sallie is on an Action Wobble that my sweet friend Dee of Dee B's sent me.


I just love the Memory Box Hibiscus die!! You can't tell in the picture but the flowers, Sallie's hair and outfit were all brushed with a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker. They really sparkle!! Sun Kissed is from Tara's new Summer Lovin' stamp set:


You can purchase it or the Punny orTeenage Dream stamps HERE.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - March Linky
  2. Every Day is an Occasion - March Linky
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 Craft It Up & Link It Up!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

My Sheri Crafts Guest Designer!!

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Happy Saturday, everyone!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!! I'm so excited to be a guest designer at My Sheri Crafts today!! Thanks so much for having me, Sheri!!


The theme for Challenge #130 is Anything Celebrating Easter Except for a Card, so for my project, I created an Easter basket :)


The base of the basket was constructed from a piece of 8 3/4 x 7 Kraft cardstock.


The papers are from the Tim Holtz Seasonal paper stack. I love the vintage images!! The edges were inked with TH Old Paper Distress Ink. The grass is a My Creative Time Stitched Grass die.


The egg shapes on the sides were created with Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large dies. The white paper is from Fancy Pants and it has little bits of sparkle that you can't see in the pics. The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces. The tag is a Spellbinders Charmed I'm Sure die. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Tiny Tags 2 stamp set and it was stamped in TH Peeled Paint Distress Ink.


For the inside, I decoupaged two plastic eggs with papers from the same paper stack using Mod Podge. I then cut the flower seed images from the paper and glued them onto packets created from a Tim Holtz Pocket Envelope die so that they look like little seed packages.


A Die-Versions Lacey Dots die (you can purchase it HERE) was used for the handle. Aren't the little bunnies on the paper adorable :)


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday
  2. DL.Art - March Linky
  3. DL.Art Thankful Thursday #129 - Bunny
  4. My Craft Spot #130 - Anything Goes
  5. Every Day is an Occasion - March Linky
  6. Simply Create Too #58 - Easter or Bunnies
  7. Crafty Girls Challenge #14 - Anything Goes
  8. Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
  9. Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
  10. Challenges 4 Everybody #39 - Anything Goes
Also, I am working on a tutorial for the gallery for those of you who requested it. I should have it posted in the next couple of weeks!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Die-Versions Eagle Badge Tag

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Happy Friday, everyone!! Can you believe it's the last weekend in March?? Seriously, where did this month go?? Its my turn to post on the Die-Versions blog and I have a Patriotic tag to share with you today :)


I the following Die-Versions dies for this tag:


I used the chalkboard technique for the sentiment. For all the details, please stop by the Die-Versions blog.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - March Linky
  2. Every Day is an Occasion - March Linky
  3. Just B Creative Crazy - March Linky
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you will come back tomorrow - I will be the guest designer for My Sheri Crafts!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Gallery and Giveaway Reminder!!

Happy Thursday!! I hope you are having a great week!! I am so excited that I found a new way to post a gallery on my blog :) You can see it HERE. I had been using Photobucket, but I didn't like the limited options, and it was a pain to update when new projects were added. This gallery has a thumbnail of the project and a link back to the original post. It will be easier to update directly on my blog rather than going through a third party.

I will admit, it took me a loooong time to set it up. I basically had to go back through every post I've ever done. Then I had to figure out how to tweak it so that the tall photos and wide photos were roughly the same size, but I'm really happy with the final result. I thought about posting a tutorial, but I didn't know if anyone would be interested because I will reiterate, it's not something you can do in a few hours, especially if you've been blogging for a long time or have lots of projects posted!!

http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/2014/03/3-year-blogaversary-giveaway.html

Also, I want to remind you to enter my 3 Year Blogaversary Giveaway!! Only 34 people have entered so far. Please make sure you post a picture in the linky...I will choose a winner from there. It doesn't have to be your baby picture...it can be your children, grandchildren, pet, favorite project, anything!! The giveaway ends on Friday, April 4th.

Thanks so much or stopping by!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hello!!

To enter my 3 Year Blogaversary Giveaway, click HERE!!

Happy Tuesday!! It would be happier here if not for the forecast of snow. Ugh. Will it never end??!! At least it isn't supposed to accumulate more than an inch or so. Still...I want flowers, sunshine...spring :)


There are a few challenges I wanted to enter so I have a card to share with you today :)


The black paper is heavyweight cardstock from The Paper Studio. The patterned paper is from Prima's Princess stack. I just love Prima papers - so pretty!!


The bottom two layers and the smaller rectangles were all cut with Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B. I ran a strip of paper through my Xyron and added glitter. The banner is a Lil' Inker Stitched Sentiment Flag die. Hello! is from Justrite Stamp's Musical Notes Labels 20 stamp set. The flowers are from Prima. The vines are a Memory Box Floral Vine die and they were cut in vellum.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Glitter It
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Transparent
  3. Justrite Friday Challenge #117 - Sketch (see below)
  4. Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday
  5. DL.Art - March Linky
  6. Cut It Up Challenges - Anything Goes w/Die Cut
  7. Every Day is an Occasion - March Linky
  8. Just B Creative Crazy - March Linky
  9. Word Art Wednesday #121 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

#TOOCUTE4U

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Happy Monday!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! Did you get the chance to hop along with the first ever Craftin Desert Divas Stamp Release Party??!! Aren't Tara's new stamps awesome??!! I am so excited for her and her new venture!! I have a project to share with you today using her new Teenage Dream stamp set :)


I have several new products I've been dying to use so I created this tag. My dear, sweet friend Dee of Dee B's sent me some absolutely amazing goodies to play with, including the awesome Tim Holtz Sketch stamp set (she knows how much I adore Tim!!) Thanks again for everything, Dee!! My sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces sent the gorgeous crinkle ribbon. Thanks again, Karen!! I started with a tag from Prima's Doll Tag Pad and inked the edges with TH Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


The shield from Tim's Sketch set was stamped on white cardstock and then inked with Walnut Distress Ink. It was then fussy cut and adhered to the tag. Becky is another new item I couldn't wait to ink up. She's a Julie Nutting Prima Doll stamp. She was stamped on old book paper and popped up with foam tape. The papers are from FarmHouse Paper Company's Fair Skies paper stack, and the edges were inked with Walnut Distress Ink. The two Silver pieces on each side of Becky are also a gift from Dee...they are from Recollections.


The silver borders and arrows are from TH's new Idea-ology Industrious Borders Stickers. They were attached with Tim's Tiny Attacher. I also used a couple of the borders for Becky's shirt.


The banner is from the same TH Sketch set. It was inked with Walnut Distress Ink and fussy cut. The awesome and adorable sentiment, #toocute4u is from Craftin Desert Diva's Teenage Dream stamp set. You can purchase it at the new Craftin Desert Diva's store HERE. It was heat embossed with TH Fired Brick Distress Embossing Powder.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - March Linky
  2. Every Day is an Occasion - March Linky
  3. Just B Creative Crazy - March Linky
  4. Word Art Wednesday #121 - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you will enter my BLOGAVERSARY GIVEAWAY!! If you don't have a baby picture to post, you can post your favorite project or your children, grandchildren, pets...whatever you want :)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Craftin Desert Divas Stamp Release Blog Hop!!

For my 3 year Blogaversary Giveaway, click HERE!!


Welcome to our 2 day Craftin Desert Diva's stamp release party and blog hop!! The big day is finally here!! This is the Grand Opening of the Craftin Desert Diva's Shop!!

Craftin Desert Divas Shop

We have a new Craftin Desert Divas Shop!!
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Without further ado...here are the new stamps:

Punny - Purchase HERE

Teenage Dream - Purchase HERE

Summer Lovin' - Purchase HERE

If you've arrived from the fabulous Jessica then you are in the right spot. It not, you will want to start at the beginning with our amazing leader Tara. A complete blog line-up is located for you below my post in case you get lost along the way.

And now for my project....


Summer/beachy projects are my absolute favorite to make :) I was so excited when I saw Tara's Summer Lovin' stamps. Then I came across this beach die from Taylored Expressions and I just had to have it to showcase Tara's stamps :)  The base of the card is watercolor paper. For the rays, I spread Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste through a Tim Holtz Rays stencil. The background color was made with Twinkling H2O's. It really shimmers but you can't see it in the pictures. I popped up the beach scene with foam tape for dimension.


I wanted the "Summer Lovin'" sentiment to stand out, so it was heat embossed with snow embossing powder.


I would so love to be laying in that hammock right now :) Your next stop on the hop is the awesome Karen!! Please be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 2!! Tara is giving away one stamp set each day of this hop, so the more you comment the more chances you have to win.

We also have a couple more wonderful sponsors:

KaDoodle Bug Designs - $25 in reg priced patterns.

Too Cute by Jessica - $25 in Reg priced patterns.

Thanks so much for hopping with us today!! Here's the entire list in case you get lost along the way:

Saturday
Tara - www.craftindesertdivas.com
Kathy - http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/
Shelly - http://mypaperlove.blogspot.com/
Sukie - http://scrappindhilly.blogspot.com/
Krystle - http://krystlescraftyniche.blogspot.com/
Mayra - http://mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com/
Michelle - http://mumoftwoblog.blogspot.com/
Jessica - http://craftinandstampin.blogspot.com/
Lisa - http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/ < YOU ARE HERE
Karen - http://craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com/

Sunday
Tara - www.craftindesertdivas.com
Melissa @ KaDoodle Bug Designs - http://kadoodlebugdesigns.blogspot.com/
Georgiana - http://carsonscricutcreations.blogspot.com/
Jessi - http://www.mylifeinartsncrafts.co/
Michelle B - http://michellescricutfun.blogspot.com/
Robin - http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/
Melissa - http://iliketocreate.blogspot.com/
Emily - http://molliemugsblog.blogspot.com/
Lori - http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/
Migdalia - http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com/

Friday, March 21, 2014

Craftin Desert Divas Sneak Peek Day 3 - Summer Lovin!!

For my 3 Year Blogaversary Giveaway, click HERE!!

Happy Friday, everyone!! It's finally here ~ welcome to the first ever Craftin Desert Divas Stamp Release Sneak Peek Party!!


This is day 3 of a 5 day party celebration - the final day of the Stamp Release Party!! Each day of this release party will have a prize, so make sure you visit Craftin Desert Divas for sneaks of Day 1 - Punny and Day 2 - Teenage Dream. You won't want to miss amazing projects by the design team. Saturday and Sunday will be a 2 day Blog Hop.

I'm so excited to be sharing with you today a project using Tara's newest stamp set, Summer Lovin'.


For the Summer Lovin' stamp release, I created a beach bag :) I used the tutorial HERE for most of it, but I altered it to add a round handle created with Spellbinders Grand Circles. The pink paper is from The Paper Studio and the beach paper is from Recollections Surf's Up paper stack.


The gorgeous pink crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces. The tag is a Spellbinders Nautical Frames and Accents die. "Soak Up The Sun" is one of the many awesome phrases on the Summer Lovin' stamp set :)


Thanks so much for joining us!! Don't forget to stop over at Craftin Desert Divas for more sneak peeks, amazing inspiration by the DT and for a chance to win today's giveaway!! The winner will be chosen from one of the blogs today, so the more you visit and comment the better chance you have to win!!

Stop back tomorrow for the first day of our Stamp Release Blog Hop!! You won't want to miss all the amazing projects with Tara's fabulous stamps!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Die-Versions Post - I Adore You!!

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Happy Thursday and happy first day of spring!! Yay - it finally arrived!! Now if Mother Nature will just cooperate ;) It's my turn to post on the Die-Versions blog and I have a card to share with you using the new I Adore You die from the March release, as well as a few other dies :)


Please head on over to the Die-Versions blog for all the details!! I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - March Linky
  2. Every Day is an Occasion - March Linky
  3. Just B Creative Crazy - March Linky
  4. Word Art Wednesday #121 - Anything Goes
  5. Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
DIES USED
Die-Versions Sweet Phrase I Adore You
Die-Versions Whispers Hexagon Background
Die-Versions Wee Petites Buttons
Die-Versions Wee Petites Heart Doodles

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Come back tomorrow for a sneak peek of Crafin Desert Divas new stamps :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Decorate to Celebrate #71 - Spring Decorations or Birthday

For my 3 Year Blogaversary Giveaway - Click HERE!!

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a great week!! Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of Spring??!! It's still chilly here and the flowers haven't started peeking through yet, but the birds are chirping away :) Speaking of Spring...it's time for another fun challenge at Decorate to Celebrate, and for Challenge #71, we are asking you to create Spring Decorations or Birthday Party Decorations :)


For my spring project, I created a wall hanging. I picked up the frame at Goodwill for a couple of bucks. After removing the glass (and darn it, breaking it!!), it was covered with white acrylic paint and then lightly sanded when it was dry.


All of the papers are from Fancy Pants' Park Bench stack. The tags are all Spellbinders Labels 17 and all of the edges were sanded. I picked up the small clothes pins from Hobby Lobby and then cut strips of the paper to cover them. Believe it or not, I used my Cricut!! Poor thing was so dusty and feeling neglected :( The letters are from Gypsy Font and I welded them together with my Gypsy.


I used Spellbinders D-Lites One and Three, as well as tags from Nested Lacey Pennants. The circles were punched from the paper. The smaller tag is a Spellbinders Tags and Flags die. The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz Life's Possibilities stamp set.


The larger circles were cut with Spellbinders Standard Circles Small dies. The smaller ones were punched from the paper. The rosettes are Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes dies. The butterflies are Spellbinders Fanciful Flight dies...cut in black cardstock for the base.


Spring was also cut from the Gypsy Font cartridge. The bird is a Spellbinders Bird Sanctuary die, and it was covered in glitter.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - March Linky
  2. Every Day is an Occasion - March Linky
  3. Just B Creative Crazy - March Linky
  4. My Sheri Crafts #129 - Celebrate Spring
  5. All Crafts Challenge - Anything But a Card
  6. Make My Monday - Butterflies
  7. Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (Altered Picture Frame)
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 Spring or Birthday project...I can't wait to see what you create :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Craft It Up & Link It Up - Buttons, Ribbons, Twine, Brads

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Happy Monday and Happy St. Patrick's Day!! It's time for another fun challenge at Craftin Desert Divas!! The challenge this week is Buttons, Ribbons, Twine or Brads...we want you to use two. Our sponsors for this challenge are : Too Cute By Jessica - $20; Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons - $10 gift certificate; and Tombow - Permanent Adhesive and Refills.


I've been on a shabby kick lately :) And I couldn't decide which two of the items to use, so I used all four :)


The papers are from Fancy Pants Etcetera paper stack. The edges were distressed with a Zutter Distress-It-All. Follow Your Heart in the bottom corner is a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub. The gem swirl is from Recollections.


The doily is an Xcut die from Docrafts. The flowers are from Prima. The leaves are a Spellbinders Corner Sprigs die, and it was cut in vellum. The buttons, brads and pearls are from my stash.


The tag is a Spellbinders Charmed I'm Sure die. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Tiny Tags 3 set. The ribbon is from May Arts.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Mother's Day or Special Girl
  2. Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday
  3. DL.Art - March Linky
  4. Every Day is an Occasion - March Linky
  5. Just B Creative Crazy - March Linky
  6. Word Art Wednesday #121 - Anything Goes
  7. 613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with Option 2 or 3D Flowers
  8. Scrapping4funChallenges - Flowers
  9. Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
  10. The Shabby Tea Room - Anything Goes
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 Craft It Up & Link It Up!! I can't wait to see what you create!! And don't forget, later this week...


Woohoo!! We are so excited to show Tara's stamps to you!! So make sure you stop by the Craftin Desert Divas blog on Wednesday, March 19th for the first reveal!! See you then!!

http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/2014/03/3-year-blogaversary-giveaway.html

And please be sure to enter my 3 Year Blogaversary Giveaway!! Thank you to those of you who have already entered!! I am so enjoying seeing all of your adorable baby pictures!!


And finally, three of these flew over my house yesterday. They were really loud and pretty low. I managed to grab my camera before the last one disappeared but the shot isn't the sharpest. I am pretty sure they are Navy Sea Dragon Helicopters :) 

 Erin go Bragh :)

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