Saturday, September 27, 2014

Something Special Just For You

Happy Saturday!! I hope you have fun plans for the weekend!! I've finally decided to embrace fall - I do love fall, I just wasn't ready for summer to end. And I'm so not ready for winter and snow. So, in the spirit of the season, I purchased some pumpkins to decorate around the house and I hope to add more festive touches this weekend :)


I came across a card I did a few years ago - it's called a Box Card - and I loved the look so I wanted to make another one :) My sweet friend Beate put this tutorial together. Unfortunately, she doesn't blog anymore, which is a shame because her projects were amazing. You can find the directions HERE. It looks complicated but it's incredibly easy to create. The double-sided papers are from K&Company. The scalloped die along the sides is a Die-Versions Lacey Dots die.


For the belly band, I used a Memory Box Orbit Circle die. My Craft Spot Tiny Doily Dies were used for the center of the circle. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Stamping All Around Spring stamp set. I stamped it on vellum and adhered it to the paper.


Once you remove the belly band, the card expands into a box. How cool is that??!! You can add a gift card inside to make a sweet gift for someone special :)


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
2. DL.Art - September Linky

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a wonderful weekend :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Giveaway WINNER!!

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!! I want to sincerely thank you all for voting for my card in the Spellbinders A Gilded Life Challenge!! I also want to thank all of my "Campaign Managers" who posted about the contest on their blogs, Facebook, sidebars and encouraged their friends in groups and teams to vote!! I appreciate you all so much!! I came in second place!! It was a much better outcome than I hoped for or expected!!


Since I can't send something to all of you, I created this card for all of my followers to express my appreciation :) I used the Memory Box Tiffany Frame and Cherise Label dies that I'm giving away today...well, not the actual dies - I bought two sets ;) But I wanted to show you how beautiful they are!!


The papers are from Pink Paislee. The edges were distressed with a Zutter DIA. The Tiffany Frame was cut first in cardboard and then patterned paper...I wanted it to have a little dimension from the Label and it's too thin for foam tape. Thank You is a Spellbinders In'spire die. It was cut once in black and once in patterned paper for a shadow effect. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The button on the bow is a Die-Versions Wee Petite Button die. By the way, I purchased all of these dies from Scrapy Land...they have such an amazing selection!!


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
2. DL.Art - September Linky
3. DoubleClick Skittles Challenge - Anything Goes

And now for the winner of my Giveaway!! I had 76 entries in the linky, plus one who couldn't get her name to show up in the list. I added her name to the end. So there were 77 entries total. I used Random.org to choose for me and it chose....................................................


And #39 is.......................................................................................

39.  katieO

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

Thank you all again for voting for me!! I have the best followers in blogland :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blast From the Past - Wishing You Happiness

Happy Tuesday and happy first day of fall!! It's a chilly 64 here today...definitely fall weather. It's supposed to warm up to the 70's the next few days, thank goodness :) My Craft Spot is having a "Blast From The Past" challenge this week where you post a favorite older project using MCS products.


I've chosen a project from last February. You can see the original post HERE.


I used My Craft Spot's Tiny Tags 1 set for this sentiment...


...and MCS's Stamping All Around Spring for this one.

I'm linking this up at the following challenges:

1. My Craft Spot - Blast From The Past
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Tag It
3. DL.Art - September Linky

Be sure to stop back tomorrow - I'll be announcing the winner of my Thank You Giveaway!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Die-Versions + Great Impressions: A Blog Hop


Welcome to the Die Versions + Great Impressions designers blog hop!! We've got both talented teams hopping today with a chance to win prizes from both of these craft suppliers!!

Our theme for this hop is "Tis the Season" so get ready to see some beautiful holiday creations!!

You should have arrived here from Leah Cornelius. If you haven't and would like to hop with us, please go back to the Die-Versions blog to see the entire hop list and to start at the beginning for the maximum chances to win!! There will be two lucky winners – Die-Versions & Great Impressions are each giving away one $25 Gift Card!! The more you comment, the more chances you have of winning!!

Here's what I created...


For my first card, I created a Santa owl in a tree branch using Die-Versions Build an Owl die :) The Branch with Bulbs is from Great Impressions. The bulbs were colored with Fired Brick Distress Markers and covered with Glossy Accents. The owl's eyes were also covered with Glossy Accents, and his beard and trim were cut with felt. Products used:

Die-Versions: Shapes Build an Owl; Wee Petites Button; Wee Petites Super Star; Sweet Wordlets Merry Christmas. Great Impressions: 9076 - Branch with Bulbs


For my second card, I used a Great Impressions Christmas Angel to deliver a message of peace in the form of a Die-Versions Holiday Word Ornament :) She was heat embossed with silver embossing powder and colored with Prismacolor Pencils. Her wings were covered with Sugar Coating. Products used:

Die-Versions: Whispers Holiday Word Ornament; Sweet Wordlets Merry Christmas. Great Impressions: 9354 - Christmas Angel.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Your next stop in the hop is Lori Kobular!! We hope you're inspired all along the way, and that you grab all the goodies used from the Great Impressions and Die-Versions stores!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Last Day to Enter Giveaway & Happy To Be Alive Tag

Happy Sunday!! I hope you are having a wonderful last weekend of summer (how is that even possible??!!) Today is the last day to enter my Thank You Giveaway!! If you haven't entered to win a set of Memory Box dies, click HERE for all the details!! If you have, thank you so, so much :)


I have a tag to share with you today. The papers are from The Paper Studio's Kirby Teesdale stack. The edges were distressed with a Zutter DIA and then inked with Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink. Memory Box Chloe Stems were adorned with gems and tucked behind the paper. The bottom circles are a Memory Box Loopy Rings dies.


The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. A Memory Box Magic Flourish was cut in vellum and tucked among the blooms. The leaves are from My Craft Spot's Flowers Daisy die set. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Music stamp set. It was heat embossed with white embossing powder and then I ran some chalk over it for a chalkboard effect.


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1. My Craft Spot - Chalk Art (MCS products used: Music Stamp Set, Flowers Daisy Dies)
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Tag It
3. DL.art - September Linky
4. Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the Die-Versions / Great Impressions Blog Hop!!


There will be lots of inspiration and you will have the chance to win some awesome prizes!!

I will announce the winner of my giveaway on Tuesday!! Thank you again for voting!!

http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/2014/09/thank-you-giveaway.html

Happy Sunday :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Craftin Desert Divas September Stamp Release Blog Hop

To enter my Thank You Giveaway, click HERE


Welcome to our seventh Craftin Desert Diva's stamp release blog hop!! We're super excited to share with you in full the CDD September release stamps.

Are you ready for some awesome Fall and Halloween projects? Well if you are, then you've come to the right hop!! There are six new stamps that are being released today in the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and are available now for purchase.

**All stamps with images have a FREE SVG (digital cut file)**

This makes it so easy, you just cut out the image and then stamp on it. The SVG cut file will be in the CDD Gallery for you to download or after purchase just send an email to craftindesertdivas@gmail.com to claim your SVG cut for the stamp set you purchased. I've also added images and sizes for the SVGs in the CDD Shop.

So without further ado here are the latest stamp sets:







Here are the SVG cut files for each stamp...








We have a few specials starting today!!
  • Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica SVG pattern made especially for this release.
  • With a minimum 2 stamp purchase you will receive a FREE mini stamp added to your order.
  • Use code: SEPTEMBER to save 20% off your ENTIRE purchase.
The mini stamp & sale will end Sept. 30, 2014.

Here is the free pattern with any purchase:


Here is the free mini stamp with any 2 stamp purchase:

Approx 3 x 2

Tara is giving away one stamp set each day & Too Cute by Jessica is giving away $25 gift card to her store (regular priced items).

And now for my project...


I created a Halloween Banner!! I had a very tough time getting a good picture of this. It is just a little too large to get a good shot.


The base of each panel is a Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy die. A bit of tulle was added for some texture. The patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye. The witch is a Tim Holtz Bewitching Hour die. She was cut several times to get the different colors. The sentiment is from the CDD Ghostly Greetings stamp set. I masked off the other lines so that I could break it up for each panel. Each line was heat embossed with Zing Vanilla Embossing Powder.


The black cat is a TH Scaredy Cat die and the fence is a TH On the Fence Die. The black cat was embossed with TH Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder.


The house is a TH Rickety House die. It was embossed with a TH Wood Planks die. The bat is a TH Bewitching Hour die and it was embossed with TH Black Soot Embossing Powder.


The moon and stars are a TH Crescent Moon and Stars die. The edges were inked with TH Walnut Distress Ink.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

1. DL.Art - September Linky
2. Decorate to Celebrate - Anything Goes

Next up on the Line Up is the amazing and talented Sukie!! Be sure to hop with us tomorrow!! Winners will be picked from a different blog each day,so the more you comment the more chances you have to win.

Craftin Desert Diva's Shop
CDD Gallery - We'd love you to share your projects using the CDD stamps

Saturday Day 1 -
1. CDD - http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/
2. Kathy - http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/
3. Kimberly - http://hellocutiecrafts.blogspot.com/
4. Janis - http://pausedreamenjoy.blogspot.com/
5. Deb - http://debspaperpalooza.blogspot.com/
6. Lisa - http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/ < YOU ARE HERE
7. Sukie - http://scrappindhilly.blogspot.com/
8. Karen - http://craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com/
9. Emily - http://molliemugsblog.blogspot.com/
10. TCBJ - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Too-Cute-by-Jessica/196421370434846?ref=bookmarks

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Craftin Desert Divas September Stamp Release Day 2

To enter my Thank You Giveaway, click HERE


Welcome to the September stamp release at Craftin Desert Divas!! We have six new stamp sets in this release. We will be sharing with you sneak peeks from 2 different stamp sets a day. This release is Fall and Halloween inspired!!

These images and sentiments will also come with a matching SVG cut file that is FREE to you.

There are a few specials during this release we want to share with you.
  • Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica SVG pattern made especially for this release.
  • Any minimum 2 Stamp purchase will receive a FREE mini stamp. Both stamp & pattern will be revealed during the hop.
  • Also there will be a sale 20% off your ENTIRE purchase using code: September starting on Saturday. The free mini stamp sale will end Sept. 30, 2014.
Welcome to Day 2 of Craftin Desert Divas September stamp release!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at two of the six new stamp sets. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. There are some awesome creations being shared today during this stamp release. We also have some special guest designers who will be joining us.

Today we are showcasing the Ghostly Greetings and Wonderfully Wicked stamp sets.

6 - 4x6 stamps.
Made in the USA.
Stamps will be available to order on Saturday.

We hope you will stop by the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. We would love for you to join us and share your creations with us using Craftin Desert Diva's stamps. In this group we first show previews, have giveaways and much more!!

Here is my sneak peek project ...


My first project uses the Ghostly Greetings stamp set. The pumpkin was created with Spellbinders Standard Circles dies. The face was cut with a Memory Box Glowing Pumpkin Face die. The leaves are a Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die. The stem was hand-cut and wrapped with twine.


Carve Out Some Halloween Fun is from the Ghostly Greetings stamp set, as are...


The adorable images on the kisses!!


My next project uses stamps from Wonderfully Wicked. The papers are from K&Company. The base is a Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles die. The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces. The button is a Die-Versions Button die.


This little cutie is from Wonderfully Wicked. She was stamped on a Spellbinders Labels 10. She was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and inked with Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink.


The sentiment is also from Wonderfully Wicked. It was stamped on a Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags 1 die. It was also inked with Dusty Concord.

Sneak Peek Giveaway!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs!! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning!!

Tara will announce today's winner tomorrow. The winner will be picked from a different blog every day, so be sure to visit and leave comments.

Thank you all so much for joining us today and I hope you will come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Craftin Desert Divas September Stamp Release Day 1

For the Scrapy Land Blog Challenge Post, click HERE
To enter my Thank You Giveaway, click HERE


Today starts the September stamp release at Craftin Desert Divas!! We have six new stamp sets in this release. We will be sharing with you sneak peeks from 2 different stamp sets a day. This release is Fall and Halloween inspired!!

These images and sentiments will also come with a matching SVG cut file that is FREE to you.

There are a few specials during this release we want to share with you.
  • Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica SVG pattern made especially for this release.
  • Any minimum 2 Stamp purchase will receive a FREE mini stamp. Both stamp & pattern will be revealed during the hop.
  • Also there will be a sale 20% off your ENTIRE purchase using code: September starting on Saturday. The free mini stamp sale will end Sept. 30, 2014.
Welcome to Day 1 of Craftin Desert Divas September stamp release!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at two of the six new stamp sets. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. There are some awesome creations being shared today during this stamp release. We also have some special guest designers who will be joining us.

Today we are showcasing the Frightfully Cute and Beary Thankful stamp sets.

6 - 4x6 stamps.
Made in the USA.
Stamps will be available to order on Saturday.

We hope you will stop by the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. We would love for you to join us and share your creations with us using Craftin Desert Diva's stamps. In this group we first show previews, have giveaways and much more!

Here is my sneak peek project ....


For my project, I am using the Beary Thankful stamp set. The base of the card is a Spellbinders Captivating Squares die. The papers are from Crate Papers Farmhouse stack.


The adorable bear, Autumn and Beary Cute are all from the Beary Thankful stamp set. The bear was stamped on a Spellbinders Labels 15 die, colored with Prismacolor pencils and inked with Dried Marigold Distress Ink. The Autumn stamp was stamped twice and then I cut around every other letter and popped it up with foam tape. The button is a Die-Versions button die.


Sneak Peek Giveaway!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs!! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning!!

Tara will announce today's winner tomorrow. The winner will be picked from a different blog every day, so be sure to visit and leave comments.

Thank you all so much for joining us today and I hope you will come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks.

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