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Monday, April 30, 2012

Paper Playtime Challenge #73 & Blog Hop!!

Hi, everyone and Happy Monday!! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!! It's Blog Hop time at Paper Playtime!! The theme is ANYTHING GOES!! This is a one week challenge!! Make any type of project with any theme as long as it's a new project. Then be sure and HOP along to our Design Team's blogs leaving comments on each blog to be eligible to win our prize!! Our fabulous sponsor is Sharon of MeeMees Creations, and you could win some awesome Prima Flowers!!

Aren't they gorgeous?? All you have to do to be eligible to win is:
  1. Be a FOLLOWER of Paper Playtime
  2. Submit a NEW Project within our theme (no back links)
  3. Leave a comment on each Design Team member's blog on their Paper Playtime Ch# 73 Blog Hop post
If you arrived here from Maria of Joyful Stamper, you are in the right place!! If you just stopped by for a visit and would like to hop along, you'll want to start at the beginning at Paper Playtime.

For my project today, I wanted to showcase the beautiful Pink Paislee Butterfly Collection paper. I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 8 for the base of the card, and inked all of the edges with Wild Honey Distress Ink to bring out the color in the flower. The gems are from Recollections, the organza ribbon from Michaels and the button and fiber from my stash.

I  used a Shapeabilities Fancy Tag and a Scalloped Rectangle for the sentiment. "When you wish upon a star" is from K Andrew Designs Of Mice and Lil' Men stamp set, inked with Wild Honey. Click HERE to purchase your own set!! The stars are Spellbinders Moroccan Accents dies and I added a crystal to the center.

Now it's your turn!! Create your Anything Goes project and link it up at Paper Playtime!! Don't forget to Hop along with the DT and leave a comment at each stop!! Your next stop is Heather of Princess' Paper Projects!!

Here's the entire line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Paper Playtime http://paperplaytime.blogspot.com/
Janis http://www.pausedreamenjoy.blogspot.com/
Lynn http://bootsandblingtime.blogspot.com/
Maria http://joyfulstamper.blogspot.com/
Lisa http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/ < YOU ARE HERE
Heather http://princesspaperprojects.blogspot.com/ < GO HERE NEXT
Sherri http://squeakyscrapper.blogspot.com
Amy http://www.lovetocrop.com
Sharon http://meemeescreations.blogspot.com
Nicolette http://beyondscrapin.blogspot.com
Susan http://itsmesusanp.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for hopping along with us today!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

You're Incredible!!

Happy Saturday, everyone!! I hope you are having a great weekend!! I am still at my conference, hoping this auto post works. It did on Friday, so keeping my fingers crossed :) I have a thank you card to share with you today :)

All of the paper is from Prima Madeline Collection. I used a Grand Nestabilities Scalloped Square for the base and a Grand Nestabilities for the bottom layer.

I am in love with the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis die!! I used it for the frame, and popped up with foam tape for dimension. The inside box is a Nestabilities Square die, embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, and I have no idea what the name of it is...it came in a set. I lightly sanded it to bring out the texture. The gems are from recollections...and I just love being able to coordinate the curve in the gems with the scalloped edges of the base.

"You're Incredible!" is from K Andrew Designs Of Mice and Lil Men stamp set.

The inside label is a Spellbinders Label 5, with "Thanks" from K Andrew Designs Winter Wishes stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! I'm heading home tomorrow and will be by to visit you soon :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Love Ya Mom!!

Happy Thursday, everyone!! I hope it's been a great week so far!! I am attending a conference this weekend, so I won't be around to visit until Sunday night. Has everyone been having trouble scheduling posts?? Mine hasn't worked since last Friday.  I have this post scheduled and another on Saturday...crossing my fingers that it works!! If not, I will try to jump on the computer at the hotel and manually publish. UPDATE: auto-post worked!! Yay :)

I have a Mother's Day card to enter into a few challenges. The paper is from Fancy Pants Road Show stack. It has lots of sparkle and shine to it, but you can't tell in the pics. I used a Spellbinders Label 23 for the base, and a Lace Doily Motif for the back, cut in half. All of the edges are inked with Walnut Distress Ink.

The labels are Spellbinders Nestabilities 10. The flowers are a combination of Flower Shoppe and  Spellbinders Rose Creations dies for the bottom. The gems are from Recollections.

I was so excited to use my new Letter Envy Font Cartridge, that I won from Linda at The Paper Boutique!! Love it!! Thanks again, Linda!! :) I used it for the letters in Mom. Each layer is popped up with foam tape for dimension. The tag is a Spellbinders Pennant die, with "Love Ya" from K Andrew Designs Coffee & Tea For You & Me stamps set:

Click HERE to purchase your own set!!

The beautiful organza ribbon is from Michaels, the flower button and natural fiber from my stash. The "Made With Love" charm is from Hobby Lobby.

I am entering the card in the following challenges:
  1. Cooking With Cricut #83 - Bling, Bling and More Bling
  2. Krafty Girls Challenge #6 - Mother's Day
  3. Tuesday Throwdown #95 - Use Some Sparkle
  4. The Stamp Man - Show Us Your Shabby Chic or Distressed Style
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will stop by to visit when I get home :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Getting Cricky Design Team Post!!

For the My-O's 32 Birthday Blog Hop, click HERE
For the Getting Cricky "Show Your Style" Blog Hop, click HERE
For the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge, click HERE

Happy Monday, everyone!! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!! Today, we are debuting an exciting new feature at Getting Cricky!! Each member of the Design Team will be taking turns posting daily projects to Kristal's blog, so you will get the chance to know us a little better, learn our styles, and hopefully pick up some inspiration along the way!!

I have beach-themed card for my post today :) Here's a preview:

Head on over to Getting Cricky to see the entire project, then be sure to stop back by here and leave a comment on this post for an extra chance to win a Positive Thoughts stamp set...my favorite!!

I will announce a winner on May 1st!! (If you missed it, you can visit my Show Your Style Blog Hop post HERE for another chance at winning!!)

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

My-O's 32 Birthday Blog Hop!!

For the Show Your Style Blog Hop, click HERE
For the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge, click HERE

Hello and welcome to My-O's 32 Birthday Blog Hop!! Shannon is turning 32 and what better thing to do then have a hop with crafty people to celebrate!!

If you stumbled upon this hop by chance, excellent!! Just make sure you start back at the beginning to give Shannon, the birthday girl, some warm wishes and for a chance to win some awesome yummy candy!! If you came here from my dear, amazing friend, Rhonda, then you are in the right place!!

For my project, I made Shannon a birthday card using her favorite color: green!! The base of the card is a Spellbinders Grand Label 23. I embossed it with the Plum Blossoms embossing folder. The green paper is from DCWV and I stitched the patterned paper from My Mind's Eye on top. I inked all of the edges with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.

The butterfly is a Spellbinders Nested Butterfly, and I embossed it with Swiss Dots, added a flower from Flower Shoppe and handmade stickpins for antennae.

"Happy" is from K Andrew Designs Winter Wishes stamp set, and "Birthday" is from Coffee & Tea for You & Me stamp set. Click HERE to purchase you own sets!! The tag is a Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, inked with Shabby Shutters. The gems are from Recollections and the lace flower ribbon from Hobby Lobby.

I used another Twisted Metal Tags and Accents die for the inside.

I have blog candy!! To celebrate Shannon's birthday, I am giving away a set of Fiskars "It's Your Day" stamps!!

All you have to do to be eligible to win this fun stamp set is:
  1. 1. Be a follower
  2. 2. Leave a comment with a way to contact you
That's it!! I will select a winner via Random.org on Sunday, 4/29!! I also have a giveaway going on right now for a set of K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamps!! Click HERE to enter!!

Thanks for hopping along today!! Your next stop in the festivities is my sweet friend, the fabulous and talented Oma Gloria!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge - Give a Hoot

For the Show Your Style Blog Hop, click HERE!!

Happy Sunday, everyone!! It's time for another super-fun Simply Sunday challenge at Getting Cricky!! Today our theme is in honor of Earth Day: Give a Hoot. We want you to use an owl on your project and something recycled. There are big changes coming to the Simply Sunday challenges starting the first Sunday in May, so be sure you check back for all the excitement!!

Most of my project today is used with recycled materials. The paper is from DCWV Green Stack, which is made of recycled paper. I used an old box for the corrugated cardboard and a branch from my yard.

The owl is from Everyday Pop-Up Cards. I used a Spellbinders Label 8 to cut the cardboard, and I inked the edges with Walnut Distress Ink.

"Owl always love you" is from Owly Hoo:

Click HERE to purchase your own set!!

I am entering this in the Krafty Girls Challenge #5 - Project Earth

Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Getting Cricky to see all of the amazing project my talented Design Team sisters have created for you!! Then link up your Give a Hoot project!! I can't wait to see what you create :) And don't forget to stop back here tomorrow for an exciting new feature of Getting Cricky, and for another chance to enter my Positive Thoughts stamp set giveaway!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Show Your Style Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the "Show Your Style"
Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this month's Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop!! We have an EXTRA SPECIAL hop for you this month -- For the past week we've been celebrating the BRAND NEW additions to our Getting Cricky team by showcasing some of our FAVORITE K Andrew Designs Stamp Art Sets... And NOW, we'd like for you to get to know more about us and our very special Guest Designer (and former Getting Cricky Design Team Sister), Larelyn from Handmade from My Heart!!

Throughout the hop you'll be introduced to each of the Design Team Members who will share a little about their styles and preferences for stamping!! We hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way, so let's get hopping... If you've hopped along from our special Guest Designer Larelyn, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)...

Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Adopt a Classroom, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help! K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America. You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:

Kristal's stamp sets are perfect for cards, layouts, and so much more...

For my project, I'm featuring Positive Thoughts and Scripture Sayings:

I can't really describe my crafting style...it's always changing. When I first started making cards, I used Card Maker on the computer (I cringe looking back at those cards!!) Then I moved on to do-it-yourself card kits in a box I purchased from I think Michaels. They were a step-up, but still cringe-worthy!! My current style is a mixture of shabby chic, grunge and vintage. And I still love my Gypsy :)

For my project, I made a Mother's Day card and gift box!! I had a request to do a tutorial on a box I made for an earlier project and I am going to work on putting that together, so instead of including the instructions now for this box, I will have them soon. I threw all of my favorites into this project: Spellbinders, Cricut/Gypsy, Flower Shoppe, Distress Inks, embossing, sewing, lace, tulle, ribbon, gems and Kristal's amazing stamps!!

The paper is from the DCWV Be Mine stack. I cut the flowers at 5" from Flower Shoppe and wrapped ivory tulle around them. The base of the design is a Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Label 4. It is embossed - actually, debossed...I flipped it in the folder without realizing it :/ - with the Plum Blossoms folder. I layered a Lacy Doily Motifs die, two Parisian Motifs dies, a Parisian Accents die and topped it off a Standard Circle small. I wrapped some vintage lace around the edge, and added gems from Recollections.

I inked the edges of everything (including the flowers) with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, and used it to color the circle. I wanted the center to be lighter so it would highlight the gorgeous sentiment from Scripture Sayings.

I wanted the card to match the box...but not exactly. I used a Grand Labels 4 and stitched the first layer to the base. The blue label is a Nestabilities Label 5, topped with a Parisian Accents die and a standard circle small.

I used the same vintage lace, some sheer ribbon, a flower button and natural fiber, and Recollections gems. The sentiment is from Positive Thoughts.

I am entering these in the following challenges:
  1. Little Scrap Pieces - Use Purple or Pink
  2. Craft Your Passion #106 - Die Cuts and Punches
I have BLOG CANDY!! I am giving away a set of my favorite K Andrew Designs stamps...Positive Thoughts!!

I know you will love these stamps as much as I do...they are perfect for so many different projects!!

All you have to do to be eligible to win is:
  1. 1. Be a follower
  2. 2. Leave a way to contact you
That's it!! You can earn an extra entry in the drawing by stopping by Getting Cricky on Monday, April 23...I will be kicking off an exciting new venture by our Design Team!! Once you've visited Getting Cricky, be sure to come back to my blog and leave a comment on my Monday teaser post for an extra chance to win :)

*** Remember -- As a special THANK YOU for joining us in welcoming the new team this week, you can use the promo code "letshavefun" at checkout for 20% OFF your ENTIRE stamp purchase!! Woot-woot!! Be sure to take advantage of this special before it's GONE!! :)

Now you can hop on over to your next stop: my incredible, fabulous, talented friend Amy of Love to Crop!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Getting Cricky Stamp Promo Week!!

Happy Thursday, everyone and welcome to Day 7 of Getting Cricky Promo Week, leading up to our monthly Blog Hop tomorrow night!! All week, we have introduced you to our amazing new Design Team. If you haven't had a chance to see their incredible projects, head on over to Getting Cricky and check them out!! This team is loaded with talent :) Today my dear friend Amy and I will be sharing some projects with you!! I love all of Kristal's stamps, but I will be showcasing my all-time favorite set: Positive Thoughts!!

For my card today, I used paper from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Madison Avenue stack. I loved the banners on this page, so I wanted to design a card around them. I distressed the edges and inked it with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

The black frame is a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis die. I used a Floral Oval frame and Classic Ovals on top.

The ribbon I picked up at Goodwill for $.59 (I love bargains!!) The gems are from Recollections.

For the sentiment, I used Fancy Tags, Lacy Doily Accents, Parisian Accents and Standard Circles Small. I inked the circle with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Each layer is separated with foam tape for dimension. And the sentiment is of course from Positive Thoughts!!

I am entering the card in the following challenges:
  1. Crafty Friends Challenge #2 - Use Two Die Cuts
  2. My Craft Spot Challenge #52 - Make it Pop 
  3. Inspire Me Friday - Anything Goes
Some of my other cards using Positive Thoughts:

Kristal is having a 20% discount at her store site wide!! What a perfect time to pick up your favorite K Andrew Designs stamps!! Just use the code "letshavefun" to take advantage of 20% off!! Isn't that awesome??!! If you like the set I featured today, click HERE to purchase your own set and don't forget to enter "letshavefun"!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Don't forget to mark your calendars for tomorrow night's Getting Cricky Blog Hop!! The fun starts at 9:00 pm EST!! :)


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