Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Take 2!

Hey friends! I couldn't stand it--I had to make another card for the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop hosted by Chaitali. Check out the details at her blog HERE!
And look at all the amazing sponsors for today's very special blog hop! Wow! Thanks to each and every one of these wonderful and generous companies!!! Additionally, as co-sponsors of the hop, Amy and Chaitali are each going to pick an entry from the linked ones at the end of the hop. They are calling these Chaitali’s Choice and Amy’s Choice prizes! Each winner will get a $15 giftcard to Simon Says Stamp!
And once again, I inked up my trusty Gina K. set called My Cuppa Joe, illustrated by the fabulous Rupa Shevde. This time, I used the latte beverage and some new Echo Park paper, lace, dainty paper doily and super soft white laced with gold thread. I think it's so much fun! I'm also entering this card into the Inkspirational Challenge #66-Designer's Choice/Beverages & Drinks
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Coffee Lovers BlogHop!

Well hello there! I've decided to join in the Coffe Lovers Blog Hop for National Coffee Day! Yep, that's today y'all!! So fill up you cup and join us for all kinds of fun, inspiration, prizes and all-day flash giveaways to those who participate! Check out the details at our hostess Chailtali's blog HERE!
And look at all the amazing sponsors for today's very special blog hop! Wow! Thanks to each and every one of these wonderful and generous companies!!! Additionally, as co-sponsors of the hop, Amy and Chaitali are each going to pick an entry from the linked ones at the end of the hop. They are calling these Chaitali’s Choice and Amy’s Choice prizes! Each winner will get a $15 giftcard to Simon Says Stamp!
I inked up my tried and true Gina K. set called My Cuppa Joe, illustrated by one of my idols, Rupa Shevde. I adore that lady--she is most definitley "cool beans"! The fabby little sketch is courtesy of one very talented gal named Laurie S. I had fun going crazy with lots of dots! Notice dots on the bg paper, the brown square frame, 3 circles within the frame, the small circle with red dots tucked behind the main image, the 3 red glitter dots, and the tiny dots around the "You're Cool Beans" sentiment! Are you spinning in circles yet? hehe :)
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!!!

Pick Of The Patch

Hello and happy Monday my friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a productive week ahead! I'm getting a head start on my cards for Halloween--Now I don't do scary, but I definitely do cute and I think this sweet little image from Crafty Secrets fits the bill!
I enjoyed making this card, adding black stickles to the photo corners for some sparkle (even though you can see it on here) and a few bling and enamel dots just for fun! I also love how versatile paper doilies are--like how on my card, it adds a bit of delicate softness and makes the kitty and peeking child seem even sweeter! I adore this shimmery orange ribbon from the September Ribbon Club Assortment! It's so pretty and a great bargain, as is always the case at Really Reasonable Ribbon! Thanks so much for visiting me today! I will be catching up on your blogs today too!! TTYS! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

STAMPtember® Celebration with Simon Says Stamp!

Hello sweet friends! Today I'm extra excited to share with you because I was chosen one of the very lucky peeps to receive a brand new stamp set and showcase a project for Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® celebration!!! I was even more thrilled when I received this wonderful Christmas stamp set called Peace On Earth. It's such a delightful set with lots of beautiful sentiments that are sure to make your handmade holiday creations even more special! Here's a look at it!
And here's what I made. A festive goodie bag at each place setting on your holiday table will certainly delight your guests! I thought it was a cute idea to attach the bag to a wine glass with a mini clothespin for presentation. I hope you like it too! I'm also throwing my festive bitty bag into the current PaperIssues blog challenge-Anything Goes w/ Whisker Graphics sponsoring this one!
And this big, beautiful sentiment is my fave! It really says it all, don't you think? Simply adorable.
I hope you have been following the Simon Says Stamp blog and social media outlets because they have been overflowing with wonderful inspiration and great ideas all month long for  STAMPtember®! No? Hey, it's not too late! Just join in the fun at their BLOG and see what you've been missing--including daily giveaways like only Simon Says Stamp can do!  Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share my project with you! Have a creative and very blessed day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Hop WINNER!

Hello there and happy halfway through the week day! :D I have my winner from Madge's Happy Birthday Blog Hop from last week! Thank you all so very much for celebrating and hopping with us! I wish I could give everyone a prize--maybe one day (like get a stamp set! get a paper pack! get a...well, you get it--hehe). For today, let's say 3 cheers for the winner of:
1 Peachy Keen July 2014 Stamp of the Month set
I had 27 comments and #24 was randomly picked, so the lucky winner is:
Michele Smith said...
Your cousin is going to LOVE this! What a beautiful set to commemorate the beginning of their journey. I love all of the little details, especially the folder tabs on the side of the book. You did a wonderful job! Thanks for sharing :-)

Congrats Michele!! Please email me at to claim your stamp set and I'll ship it to you!

Thanks again to everyone for your continued support and friendship! I cherish you all! Have a creative and blessed day my friends!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Roots" Mixed Media Canvas

Hello sweet friends! I hope this week is finding you well--so far, so good for me! I want to share the project I designed to apply for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Guest Design Team Call. They wanted to see a project with step-by-step instructions so I used that as my inspiration and truly went out on a limb--it's a good thing I have strong roots! ;)  I hope you're in the mood for lots of pics today~and here goes!
I began by gathering the supplies I knew I wanted to work with and an 8x8 canvas, then laid down some old book paper and a couple patterned papers. I always let it dry completely in between each layer/step.
I covered the canvas with a layer of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium to adhere the papers down--I crumpled and tore them for added interest and texture and added another layer of Gel Medium over the top of the papers as well.
Next, I gave the entire canvas a coat of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gesso Sampler, then used a plastic card to scrap some off, letting the papers to show through.
Now I'm adding my brand new circles stencil from StencilGirl with shimmer silver paint for more texture.
Next, I colored with Gelatos® and spritzed with water to blend and move the color around. A plastic card assists here to scrap color from one area to another for a really cool effect!
Now my canvas needed some sparkly texture, so I used another fabulous StencilGirl stencil and Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel. I just love the effect of this dreamy!
Next I am thrilled to announce that after 6 years, I have found a use for this once 12x12 piece of clear acetate. I've always loved the quote from Maya Angelou and the whole idea of making a scrapbook page from it. I never thought I'd end up cutting it into pieces, but that's what happened--don't you just love that feeling of letting go and feeling a sense of artistic freedom?!?  I do!! :) So, I arranged the acetate phrase the way I liked it and adhered it with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Glaze, then secured the top with a layer of Glaze as well.
Finally, I added a bronzed metal circle charm with 4 butterflies signifying four family members and "b" representing the first initial of the family's last name. I added some white paint and after it dried, some black Gelatos® to frame it and give the piece a more finished look.

Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share this mixed media canvas with you! Wishing you a most creative and blessed day!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scrappin Madge's Happy Birthday Blog Hop!

Hello my sweet and wonderful blogging friends! And Happy Birthday, Scrappin Madge!!!
If you are already hopping with us and coming from seeing a wonderful project at An'Jenic Gibson's blog, then you are in the right place! If not, you'll want to begin at Madge's Scrappin Lounge because today we are celebrating Scrappin Madge's birthday with a very special "happy birthday" blog hop and I am just ticked pink to be a part of it! Madge is not only an awesome friend and ultra talented artist, she is also an outstanding small business owner and I happen to be a regular customer! I subscribe to Madge's monthly Embellishment Kits, which I love and adore. Everything on my project today is from one of the kits, which you will see, all seem to coordinate beautifully! Scrappin Madge is such a sweet and lovely lady and I hope she has her best and happiest birthday yet!!
In honor of Scrappin Madge's birthday, we thought it would be fun to give away some prizes, so be sure to leave a comment on each and every blog on the hop by next Wednesday, September 23th midnight for your chance to win something! I know there are at least 3 giveaways on the hop, maybe more...oh, and looky! I myself have a prize to give away--1 Peachy Keen Stamps July 2014 Stamp Set of the Month, shown below and valued at $24.99! Winner announced for this prize here on my blog on September 24th.
And finally, my project! An 8x8 memory album, card and cute frame for my cousin and her fiancĂ© to document their lives together beginning in 2015. I still have to complete the photo and journaling pockets for the inside the album. Like I said, most everything on here and inside (minus the frame and album) is an element from one of my embellishment kits~

 Here's a shot of the cover
Heidi Swapp epoxy word/number stickers, Jillibean Soup wood flags and silky twine, Crate Paper stickers by Maggie Holmes, and CTMH self-adhesive gems are just a few of the wildly popular products that you can expect to see inside Scrappin Madge's embellishment kits each month! I'm entering this album into the current PaperIssues challenge- Anything goes with Whiskers Graphics (I was inspired to use lots of stickers, twine and a wooden tag). Also, I was inspired by Jennie's Book Challenge over at the Tombow blog and used my Xtreme Adhesive tape runner on elements that I wanted to ensure would not move--ever. I also used my favorite liquid adhesive MONO Multi Liquid Glue on the inside.
Inside cover-this is a journaling tag from one of my kits and the other side of the colorful stripes on the front. I left the top open for a photo to easily slide inside.
Your next stop on the Happy Birthday Hop is the fabulous Jenny Johnson's blog! Thanks so much for visiting me! Enjoy the rest of the hop and have a great day!