Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's a Double Header!!!

*** Scroll down for Di's DigiDesigns Challenge ***

Due to the Stocking Stuffer Odds and Ends Hop yesterday... I'm posting TWO cards today!  The first is for Fairy Fun Fridays (first because it should have been posted yesterday...)

The challenge this week is 'Beat the Winter Blues' - a photo inspiration

Pretty huh???

Here's my take on the challenge...
This ADORABLE image is from Prairie Fairy Designs.  You can find it *Here*
I can't believe what I've been missing!!!  I finally picked up Photo Shop Elements on sale at Costco and I've been using it to print not only my digi images, but also some awesome digi paper!  The quality is MUCH better using PSE than what I was using...  You may not be able to tell from the polka dot paper, but the swirly paper underneath is perfect in color and design (no streaks or imperfections - yay!!!)  So... after all that, this digi paper is from Pink Petticoat : )

Copics used on Snow Friends: B06 B05 B04 B02 B01 B00 B000; R29 R27 R24 R22; YR09 YR07 YR04 YR02; E19 E18 E15; C9.  All sparkly areas I painted with two to three coats of Glamour Dust Paint.  Have you tried Glamour Dust Paint yet?  I LOVE that it doesn't smear digi's - at all!!!  I kept forgetting and would use Stickles - with drastic results : (

The snowflake between the white roses was die cut using my Spellbinders die then popped a button on top!  The white rose trim is drenched in Glamour Dust Paint lol!  It probably doesn't show up, but is very sparkly : )  As I was painting it on, it just looked white, so I kept adding more... Now that it's dry... yahooooo! hee hee...  I stuck a half pearl in the center of each one for added interest.  Yes, stuck actually is a technical term!  You can find some great pearls *Here*

So... come on and join the fun at Fairy Fun Fridays!!!

My second card is for Di's DigiDesign Challenge.  This week we'd like to see your ALL WHITE cards (except for the image).  These are always a real challenge for me.  I went with quick and easy this time : )

I chose to use Penguins Present.  Don't ya want to pick him up and give him a squeeze?  He's so cute - well, actually, I suppose it could be a girl, but really... how do you know???  Cute is cute!

Corner embellishments were punched out with Paper Shapers and embossed with Swiss Dots EF. I topped them off with pearls using my Opal Paper Pen.

He or she lol is colored with copics:  C9 C7 C5 C4 C0; YR09 YR07 YR04 YR02; B06 B05 B04 B02 B01 B00 B000; R29 R27 R24 R22 R21; G28 G24 G21 G20.  The fur on the hat is lined with Glitter Liner and Stardust Stickles for the snow (making sure it didn't contact the ink!).

Let's see what you come up with for Di's DigiDesign Challenge this week!!!

That's it from me!  Thanks for joining me in my Double Header : )  Have a wonderful weekend... and stay warm ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Friday, December 2, 2011

New Stamps Today!!!

Oh my!  The wind has been horrendous the last couple of days!  It is bone chilling - brrrrr....  Thank goodness for my little 'puppy' (he's actually 4) who loves to cuddle up on my lap while I craft or work on my computer.  He's the best heater!!!

I'm also working on another older computer after I deleted personal and unnecessary files... oops, I must have deleted something the computer needs to work properly cuz now it's not!!!  If it's not one thing, it's another!  Sigh...

On the bright side :D  :D  :D ...  Today is the fabulous Stocking Stuffer Release Odds and Ends Sampler by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD hop hop hop!  We have lots of inspiration and ADORABLE new stamps to show you today.  The wait is finally over - yay!!!  Each and every one of these cutie-pies are available TODAY - yippppeeeee!!!

You know the 'drill'...  If you've been hopping with us, you should have come from Donalda's blog.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, hop on over to see Danni.  So here's my contribution from the Ends Set, Designing Dreams by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD!

Do you love her as much as I do?  She's just so sweet with her adorable outfit and precious little kitten.  I wonder if her furry companion cuddles up in her lap to keep her warm???

I've colored Designing Dreams with the following copics:  Pants - E29 E27 E25 E13 E11 E00 E000; Pinks - R85 R83 R81 R000; Skin - E11 E00 E000 R20; Hair - E49 E59 E25 E53; Kitten - W3 W1 E00.  Stardust Stickles on her pocket, patches and pant cuffs.

All pearls are Viva Decor Opal Paper Pen.  Another ribbon snatched up at JoAnn's, as well as the beads.  Since I had the WO flowers out from my last card, I used them again here, but you can find flowers on SALE *Here* and *Here.*  FYI - Also on SALE are 6x6 paper pads *Here*

The metal corners were brads, but I cut those off and used glue instead.  Did you notice the 'brooch' in the upper left corner?  It's a little wonky... I cut it out from a Scrap Girls kit and put a coat of Viva Decor Transparent Gloss Gel on top so it would have an acrylic like coating.

Challenges Entered:
Anything Goes - #55 Decorative or Altered Corners
Bearly Mine - All My Favorite Things (roses, pink, cuteness galore!!)
Creative Craft - Free for All
Party Time Tuesdays - #44Anything Goes
Divas by Design - #16 Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed - #75 Fabric
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up - #48 Ribbon
Pile It On - #48 Sugar and Spice

Your next stop is Dianne - yay!!!  She's sure to knock your socks off with her talent :D

Thank you for stopping by!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Last Day for Candy and Sneak Peek!

There's been LOTS going on at my house lately...  First, I just wanna give a HUGE shout out to my hubby who vacuumed and cleaned the entire (tile) floors in our home.  We have tile in every room except the three bedrooms.  That is a VERY big deal!!!  Thanks Sweet-Pie ♥

Now I have a story to share with you.  If you've been following me for awhile, you may remember that at one point I shared that I lost 15 pounds.  Well... that 15 pounds turned into only 11 pounds for quite awhile.  I finally decided that if I was gonna get serious, I was going to have to stop eating all the sugary sweets I love!  I am happy to tell you that it's been 17 days without eating cookies, candy, pie, cake, etc...  I DO, however, allow myself a cup of hot chocolate.  Even through Thanksgiving and left overs, I did not eat one bite of pie or ice cream!

So...YIPPPEEE!  I'm back at losing 15 pounds : )  You know that nothing seems to come easy or free of cost... Well, today two young girls ring the doorbell with a 'gift' in hand.  I totally forgot that I had ordered something yummy weeks ago.  Can you believe that now I have to NOT eat the oh-so-mouth-watering Turtle Cheesecake that is sitting in my fridge?  I've decided that since I've gone 17 days 'treat free', I can continue.  Hey, if I can lose a few pounds during Thanksgiving, I surely can conquer the cheesecake until hubby and son polish it off!!!

The colors of my card today remind me of mint chip ice cream hee hee!  I think I'm getting delirious from lack of sugar!!!  The image I've used is from the NEW Odds & Ends release by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD entitled Happy Days : )  This cutie, as well as 7 other super sweet stamps will be available tomorrow - yay!!!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood - Polka Dots
The Pink Elephant - #127 Color Challenge
Pile It On - #48 Sugar and Spice

Isn't she a doll?  She really can be used for any occasion!  Dress up the card for Christmas and voila'!  Need a birthday card or invitation for a Girl's Night Out?  Look no further... lol!  She's so pretty.  Just wait until you see the rest of the New Release : )  There are some total 'must-haves'!!!

I've used the following copics for coloring:  BG18 BG15 BG13 BG11 BG10; E49 E59 E25 E53; E11 E00 E000; C9 C7 C0.  She needed some sparkles, of course, so I applied Stardust Stickles to her top, skirt and the cuff of her socks.  For shiny eyes, belt and shoes I used Viva Decor Transparent Gloss Gel.  I'm really enjoying using this instead of Diamond Glaze.  It has a thicker consistency and seems to be a little bit easier to get into smaller areas!

I'm not sure if it will show up for you, but I wanted to point out the color of the flower buttons.  They were originally a brownish color and I wanted something lighter.  What to do... what to do...  Well - I don't have an Ephiphany Crafts Button Studio Tool (flower) 15% off - yet -  so I turned to my beloved Precious Metals Paint.  I gave them a coat of Mother of Pearl.  I sooooo love how these paints give such good coverage!

Papers are from Nitwit; the rose ribbon I believe I picked up at JoAnn's; flowers are Wild Orchid and buttons came from my growing collection!  Are you a button hoarder too?

Don't forget to check out Danni's awesome creation today as she's showcasing another adorable NEW STAMP!!!

Also, hop on over to the store blog to see the entire sneak peek line up AND details on how to WIN some fabulous CANDY!!!

Thank you so much for visiting...  I hope to see you again soon!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Candy Time with NEW STAMPS!!!

It's been a little while since I've posted!  Boy, do I have some fun cards coming up to show you : )  You won't have to wait very long... TOMORROW I'll be showcasing a fabulous NEW RELEASE sneak peek!  Until then, I've snatched up Susana's post from Follow Your Heart.  Just feast your eyes on this:

It's time again for some SCACD Fun!!!

Stocking Stuffer Release Coming Soon!!!

Elisabeth Bell for SCACD

Odds & Ends Sampler

Release Day Friday, December 2, 2011!!!

Mark Your Calendars!!!

Blog Candy Info Below!!!

Hello SCACD Friends!!!

Here it is almost December already and time for lots of Holiday Cheer!!! What better way to spread some cheer than with a SCACD Release!!!

The final SCACD stamp release for the year ends with an Elisabeth Bell for SCACD stocking stuffer’s release!!! These are what I call classic Elisabeth Bell style and are stamps that I have had for awhile that didn’t quite fit into the Peekers releases. But don’t be fooled these aren’t holiday stamps. So I am calling the Collection the Odds and Ends Sampler. For you Peeker fans more are coming next year!!! The 1st Collection is the Odds Sampler and contains 4 stamps. The other Collection is the Ends Sampler and has 4 stamps. Both Sets are just the sweetest!!! You will be able to buy either Set of 4 or Both sets together and get a sweet discount!!!

Sneak Peek Info!!!

Starting today we will be sharing sneak peeks of these fabulous stamps on this post only, so be sure to visit every day!!!

There will be 2 stamps not shown during the sneaks so be sure to come hop along with us on Friday, December 2 so you don't miss any of these cute stamps!!!

Here are the sneak peeks for Wednesday~

We have Colleen sharing a sneak peek of the new stamp, "A Cuppa" from the  Odds Set~

We also have Anki sharing a sneak peek of the new stamp, "Fancy" from the Ends Set~

Here we have Donalda sharing a sneak peek of the new stamp, "Peace" from The Ends Set~

We also have Alex sharing a sneak of the new stamp, "Designing Dreams" from The Ends Set~

Now go check out Follow Your Heart for further details on entering to win CANDY!  

See you soon, my friends ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Friday, November 18, 2011

Candy Winner & Fabulous New Stamps Have Arrived!!!

Yahoooooo!!!  The day has finally arrived when I get to share my project with you using Lotus Blossom.  She's one of four in the new release Reflections Fantasy by Carmen Medlin for SCACD.  But remember, there are even MORE in Reflections Yesteryear AND there are bonus stamps AND 'Just Because' stamps too!  Wow... how will you ever decide?  If you're like me, you'll just have to have them all!

Have you been having a blast on the Hop today?  I'm sure that you've been WOWed as you've seen lots and lots of beautiful, inspirational pieces along the way :D  Now, if you've come from Elaine's blog, you're right on track!  If you'd like to start at the beginning, head on over to see Danni.  If you get lost, you can find the entire blog hop order at the Store Blog.

We are so very excited to showcase some amazing NEW images today.  Carmen Medlin for SCACD stamps are gorgeous just by themselves!  When you add your own style of coloring and embellishments, they become even more beautiful!!!

I decided that Lotus Blossom needed a Red, Black and White color scheme.  I found this purse at my local craft store which is black and white, so I altered it to fit this gorgeous image!

All embellishments from my stash!

...and of course a close up so you can see the beautiful detail :D
Here's the copics I used:  R39 R37 R35 R32; C9 C7 C5 C3 C2; E49 E59 E25 E53; E11 E00 E000 R20.  The mega sparkly gold is Gold Glitz Glamour Dust Paint - I believe I used three coats.  I've also highlighted some areas with my white gel pen.

Oh... just so you know, the 'mole' that you see on her face doesn't come on the stamp - I just decided to give her one!!!

Challenges Entered:
Allsorts - Black and White Plus One
Hooked on Craft - #12 Something Punched
Stamps & Fun - 1 dp, glitter, lace
Stamps R Us - Bling it On!
Shopping Our Stash - Never Been Inked
ABC - D is for Dazzle
Flutterby - Open
Crafty Ribbons - Anything but a Card
Charisma - Lace & Pearls

*** My Holiday Celebration Candy Winner ***

It's you, Loz ♥
Yay!!!  Please send me your address :D

I'm so sorry for the rest of you that entered... but don't worry, cuz there's another chance coming soon!!!

Now head on over to see the AWESOME creations of my very talented DT sister, Melanie!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I love you to pieces!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Last Day for Blog Candy!!!

Hi Sweeties!  I just wanted to send a quick reminder to let you know that TODAY is the last day for SCACD Blog Candy...  Winners will be announced tonight :D  Then get ready for another amazing New Release tomorrow by Carmen Medlin for SCACD...  It's gonna be a blast!!!

Here's another tasty morsel you may want to know...

  • All Embossing Folders are 20% OFF thru November 18th (Offer good while quantities last).
Lots and lots of love and big hugs to each and every one of you!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Blog Candy & Butterflies!!!

Today is Day Two of our Sneak Peeks for Susana's Custom Art & Card Design - yay... but what happened to Day One?  Ooooops!  I am hanging my head in embarrassment : (  If you missed it, you can see the FABULOUS work my SCACD sisters, Danni, Donalda and Alex created on their blogs or at Follow Your Heart *Here.*  While you're at the Store Blog, you'll also find details about entering some of the yummiest CANDY around!!!

Today, we have three SCACD designers showcasing some fabulous new stamps!  Here's my sneak peek...  It's my current fave stamp!!!  Butterfly Dreams by Carmen Medlin for SCACD.

She's a total stunner, don't you think?  I love her pretty face, her flowing hair, her beautiful butterfly dress, and the fact that she's surrounded by the beauty of nature...including butterflies, of course!

I've used copics to color her:  BG09 BG07 BG05 BG02 BG01 BG000; E35 E34 YR21 YR20; E11 E00 E000 R20; R35 R30; G28 G24 G21 G20.  For shine in her eyes, I normally use Diamond Glaze, but this time I used Transparent Gloss Gel.  I think it works better for eyes because it's thicker and easier to use in very small areas!

I must have some bling you know... so I gave the golden areas of the butterflies and her dress a couple coats of Gold Glitz Glamour Dust Paint.  It dries quickly and is easy to spot paint even in detailed areas.  Oh how I LOVE Glamour Dust Paint!!!

Papers are BoBunny Welcome Home Collection (15% off right now!).  There are lots of gorgeous gorgeous papers in this collection!  Did I say gorgeous?  hee hee...  The beautiful lace is from my sweet friend, Tammy ♥♥♥, MS butterfly punch with gold pearls added to the body (you can find Gold Rhinestones *Here*) and for the final touch, Gold Pearl Pen pearls in the corners.

CLP Sketch Challenge!!!
Oh... the sketch!  I almost forgot!!!  This is CLP Sketch Challenge #42 by the oh-so-talented Chelsea.  I love love love her sketches!!!  I hope that you are able to play along.  You have until the end of November to join in the fun!

***Holiday Celebration Candy Winner Update***
I know that you are wondering who won my Holiday Celebration Candy... I am sorry for the delay - please check back on Friday.  I promise that I will have gone through all the comments (because Mr. Froggy was absent the first day!) and include those first, then number those who entered through inlinkz.  Oh... I'm so excited, I can't wait to see who wins!!!

Earlier I mentioned THREE designers... you've already seen mine - head on over to see what Melanie and Crystal have dreamed up for you.  You definitely want to see both of them!!!

Don't forget to enter to WIN the SCACD Blog Candy... and return here on Friday to see if you've won my Holiday Celebration Candy!!!

Whew!  Thanks for staying with me for all this :D  I love you to pieces!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Sunday, November 13, 2011

SCACD Now Open!!!

Happy Happy Sunday friends!!!  I can't believe that it's almost the 15th already!  In just 2 days, my Holiday Celebration Candy will end... and then the WINNER will be announced.  Oh, I am so excited!!!  I love to give away crafting goodies :D

Speaking of crafting goodies, did you know that Susana's Custom Art & Card Design is NOW open for your shopping pleasure?  After a short maintenance break, Susana is back working hard to bring the best, up-to-date products AND the best customer service!!!  If you haven't experienced the SCACD shopping experience, I'm tellin' ya, you're missing out...  You can find the shop *HERE*

On a personal note... I just want to tell you a little bit about Susana.  This is a complete surprise to her... SURPRISE!!!  One of the first things I noticed about Susana is that she has the biggest, most generous heart!  She truly loves people - I can feel it, I see it in action and she spreads it wherever she goes :D  Because she puts her heart out there, sometimes it can be broken...but because she loves the LORD, her faith and spirit are restored - time and time again!  I simply can't say enough about love - that's who she is!  She cares deeply, she loves deeply... and I love her back :D

Thank you, Susana, for ALL you've done for me personally as well as for your DT sistahs!!!  You're simply the BEST!!!  We (SCACD DT) have an amazingly close and loving relationship because of you... MWAH!!!  I am totally honored and very very happy to be a part of your design team :D xoxo

...and now... since I've been working very hard behind the scenes to bring you something very cool, I don't have a card today.  Instead, I've decided to show you a tiny sneak peak of what I'm working on.

Now, stay tuned... coming up this week is some FUN news including some blog CANDY (besides my current CANDY!).  I know that you're gonna want to participate, it's just SOOOOOO yummy!!!

See you soon, my friends.  I love you :D

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cookies for Santa

As I'm writing this (early for once) it's my youngest son's birthday.  He is 24 years old today!!!  I can hardly believe it.  I'm not even that old yet lol.  Well, my body begs to differ.  You know the 'old' folks who sit around talking about their health problems and surgeries?  I've been one of those 'old' folks : )  Growing old is not optional, but growing up IS :D  I'm sticking to the latter!!!  I'm having waaaaay too much fun to grow up now hee hee.

Just this evening, I must have burned 100 calories laughing.  Laughing really is such good medicine :D

10 Things I Have Learned
by Lori Aragon

  1. I no longer need to take myself so seriously
  2. It's OK to make a 'fool' of myself (as long as it's not against the law!)
  3. One glass of White Zinfandel in the evening is just right : D
  4. There's more than one way to do something/it doesn't have to be MY way!
  5. I simply can not do it all or control anyone except myself
  6. Building relationships are more important than having things
  7. Having one close friend is better than having many superficial ones
  8. If I don't have a relationship with Christ ♥ I am separated from God
  9. If I seek God first, everything else will fall into place
  10. The JOY of the LORD is my strength!!! :D  :D  :D
Just a few random thoughts lol!  I hope that my list gave you 'food for thought!'

...and now for today's challenge.  Hop on over to Fairy Fun Friday's 'No Black Lines' Challenge.  What???  This was a new one for me and quite a challenge!  After I decided on the image, Sweets for Santa, the real work began.  Here's the final product:

Since I couldn't print the digi in black, I decided that I would use white.  I also wanted to do a 'paper piecing' project, so I turned to one of my new fave digi paper stores, Pink Petticoat.  This is Doodle Dots - I LOVE how their paper prints out!  Are you wondering about the doily?  It's a die cut from Cheery Lynn Designs,  English Tea Party die.

I am in LOVE with this sweet image ♥  To get this look, I placed the transparent digi image over the red digi polka dot paper.  The lines were in black, so I recolored white.  After printing and cutting out, I gave the teacup more dimension by using W5 W3 for shading.  The cookies, of course, were colored with copics:  E59 E57 E55 E53 E51 E50.  Oh, almost forgot the candy cane!  R29 R27 R24 with Diamond Stickles : )

The sentiment is from Designs on Cloud Nine which I cut out with my Cricut.  I've used Diamond Stickles and White Liquid Applique for details.  'Santa' was puffed up with my heat gun, but the center of the heart on the teacup was left 'as is' - same product, different results :D

You know that I had to sneak in some beautiful pearls in the corners with my Opal Paper Pen!!!  Voila!  No Black Lines challenge complete... won't you join us?

Bunny Zoe's - Lace it Up (lace doily)
Craft Your Passion - Bingo (punch, sentiment, bling)
Die Cut Dreams - So Charming
Incy Wincy - Dots and Stripes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper - Food/Drink
Creative Inspirations - Lashings of Sparkle
Divas by Design - Use Metal (bell)
The Paper Shelter - Christmas Fun

Have you entered my candy yet?  You can find it *HERE*

Have an awesome weekend, Sweeties

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Little Bit of Sass

Hello sweet friends!  Just a quick post from me today...  I'd like you to see what I've created using Sass & Swagger by Victoria Case for SCACD.  She was a TON of fun to color :D
DP is Webster's Pages Triple Pack Collection which is 20% off right now!!!  I love the variety in this set!  The cool embellishment in the lower corner was die cut using an adhesive backed metal foil tape sheet.  Just cut, peel and stick!  How cool is that?

Sass & Swagger was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with copics used:  C9 C7 C5 C3 C2 C0; B97 B95 B93 B91 B00; R27 R24 R22; E11 E00 R20.  She's cut out and popped up with dimensional foam tape.

Except for that one ugly black spot lol... take a look at the deep black color of the Graphite Paper Pen 'pearls.'  I love the versatility of the Paper Pens cuz you can make them ANY size you want!

The BEAUTIFUL silver flower jewelry is from my sweet friend Kelly.  Thank you so much sweetie!  I really really LOVE them : D  I adhered a white pearl in the center and it's good to go!

Challenges Entered:
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (bling)
Creative Inspirations - Lashings of Sparkle
Divas by Design - Use Metal
Stampavie and More - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft - No Sentiments
Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes

Don't forget my candy is still open... Ends November 15!  *HERE*

Thanks so much for visiting me today.  Stop by and say 'Hi' again soon!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Retro Gift Card!

Welcome to my little corner of blogland!  I hope you enjoy your stay and will come back from time to time.  I try and visit as many of my friends as time allows, but if it's been awhile since I've come to see you, please leave me a comment so I can easily find you : )  I'd love to see what you've been up to!

Did you have a fun Halloween?  We had a fair number of kids (and dogs!) dressed up to see us.  Well... maybe they didn't actually come to see us, maybe they were more interested in the candy lol!

I don't know about you, but I ended up eating waaaaaaaay too much of the left overs *gulp*  You know that one simply can not take responsibility of consuming too many calories/sugar after the first....let's say 25 mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups LOL!  Nope.  Not my fault... hee hee

However, there IS good news!  I was able to finish not one, not two, but 3 - 3 - 3 cards.  Chocolate has that effect on me.  Want me to clean the house?  Give me chocolate.  Want me to do yard work?  Give me chocolate.  Want me to cook?  I say, 'Let's eat out!' lol!  But... if it's a day to relax in my jammies, there's nothing better than eating a meal that someone else has cooked in front of the TV :D

This is one of the BONUS stamps you receive FREE when you purchase the awesome Classic Retro Crew Collection.   There are 4 fabulous stamps in this new collection by Victoria Case for SCACD.  But that's not all...with the purchase of this set, you'll also receive a FREE sentiment, 'Home Sweet Home.'  It's a great value!!!

The TV is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with copics:  C9 C7 C5 C3 C2 C0; B95 B93 B91 B00 B000 B0000.  The sentiment (stamped with Onyx Black Versafine Ink) is from a clear set by Stampabilities.  I find that the Versafine Ink works excellent with my clear stamps!  After cutting out the sentiment, I distressed it with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Here you can see the Diamond Glaze which gives a slick, glass-like appearance.  Also, with this angle, you can see just how sparkly the Ice Crystal Glamour Dust Ultrafine Glitter Paint is!!!  I believe I used 2 coats - the more coats you apply, the sparkly-er your image will be : )

Since this is a 3 x 3 card, I decided to emboss the whole thing.  I've used Pinstripe by Couture Creations.  I can't wait to try pinstripe as 'wainscot' on the bottom, dp as 'wallpaper' on the top, with a 'chair rail' in between!

I'm going to give this li'l card to my hubby, so I left out any type of frills or lace.  He enjoys Native American designs, so I found my rick rack punch which is the closest I have lol!  The black dots (NOT pearls hee hee) were created with my Graphite Viva Decor Paper Pen.  I have to say it... I LOVE my Paper Pens!!!

Look in the next couple of days for my other two projects using Paper/Pearl Pens.  I'm tellin ya... they're addicting :D

In case you missed it, I have Holiday Celebration Candy 
up for grabs until November 15.  You can find it *HERE*

I'm so grateful for your friendship and encouragement ♥  I truly do not know what I'd do without you!!!

With heartfelt love and prayers of blessings to you...

May God bless you, keep you, and comfort your soul~

Friday, October 28, 2011

New Stamps are Here!!!

It's finally Friday and we're chugging along like the little train that could!  I think I can... I think I can...  However, there is one thing that I would change:  I KNOW I can... I KNOW I can!!!  Why?  Because Jesus says that ALL things are possible for those who believe - and that we can do ALL things through Him as He gives us strength whoooo hoooooo!!!

Now for those of you who are fans of Victoria Case for SCACD, you are in for a real treat!!!  Even if you've never heard of her or seen her fabulous artistry, you'll enjoy today's ride for sure!

So... if you've stumbled upon my blog and would like to start at the beginning of the hop, you'll want to head over to Elaine's Blog where you will be 'wow-ed!'  If you've already been traveling along with us, you should have come here from Melanie's blog where you've feasted your eyes on some of the best coloring around!!!

I'm so excited that I finally get to show you what I've been working on!  This first image is called Wishes Do Come True by Victoria Case for SCACD.  I instantly thought of her being in a bottle, so I searched high and low for both paper and a glass container.  This is what I came up with...

Here's a little gift idea : )  The peanut M&M's are yummy cuz I tasted 'em while I picked out just the green and blue ones LOL!

Wishes Do Come True is stamped with Memento Ink, colored with copics:  Hair - E35 E34 YR21 YR20; Skin - E11 E21 E00 R20; Blues - B26 B23 B21 B000; Greens - G99 G94 G82 G40.

To make the jar look like glass, I recycled a piece of clear acetate from the packaging that a set of stamps came in.  If the jar was smaller, I would have used Diamond Glaze!

I LOVE the look of beads, so I made some jar 'charms.'  I also LOVE pearls and all things sparkly, so I've added some to the bow, the knob on the lid and as a corner embellishment on the card : )  Check out similar products HERE.

Yes... I actually did the inside - I know... mark your calendars on this momentous occasion hee hee.  Since the image is called Wishes Do Come True, I thought having a gift card holder would be appropriate!

Challenges Entered:  Party Time Tuesdays, By the Cute and Girly, Top Tip Tuesday,  Die Cut Dreams, Sir Stampalot, Bearly-Mine, Inky Impressions, Simon Says,  The Paper Shelter, Crafty Ribbons - Bingo (Handmade embellishments, ribbon, gems) Paper Playtime

...For my second project, I wanted to do 'quick and easy' with a little bit of a punch!
Here's my version of Happy Town by Victoria Case for SCACD.

Although I haven't baked them yet... the inside of this box will hold 4 yummy cupcakes!!!  Can you taste the moist, delicious, melt in your mouth (chocolate, white or yellow) cake with (chocolate or vanilla) frosting piled high???  YUM!

The easy peasy card to match!  Again, I stamped with Black Memento Ink and colored with copics:  B95 B93 B91 B00 B000; R29 R27 R24 R22 R21; G28 G24 G21 G40; E18 E17 E15 E13 E11 E00; YR24 Y17 Y15 Y13 Y11.  For some glorious shimmer, I've painted on a few coats of Ice Crystal Glamour Dust Ultrafine Glitter Paint!  The sentiment is computer generated.

(Challenges entered will be announced shortly)
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
By the Cute and Girly - Anything Goes
Bling it On - No patterned paper (card only)
Bunny Zoe's - Lace It Up
Sir Stampalot - Food Glorious Food
Bearly-Mine - Anything But a Card
Creative Craft - Fancy Edges
Tuesday Throwdown - Primary Colors
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Less is More - Polka Dots
One Stop Craft - No Designer Paper

Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit and for any comments you may leave.  There's more FUN to come... your next stop is Colleen.  You will LOVE what she's come up with!
Classic Retro's and Street View's can be found * HERE * and for our International friends, you can find them at Quixotic Paperie * HERE *
Have you entered to win my HOLIDAY CELEBRATION CANDY?  Ends November 15!
May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Last Day for Candy & Sneak Peek Day Three

Today is the LAST DAY to enter SCACD Blog Candy!

...and the final Sneak Peek Designer is

* Kim *

She has a super fun sneak peek of the new Victoria Case for SCACD Street View ~ Happy Town : D.  Don't miss it!!!

See ya tomorrow with my NEW RELEASE projects.  They are FUN!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sneak Peek, New Products & Candy!!!

Only two more days until the big reveal : )  Are you getting excited?  I have not one but two projects to show you soooooon!  I've been having a ton of fun working behind the scenes getting ready for the New Release.  Remember to mark your calendars for Friday, October 28!!!

Today's Sneak Peek and oh-so-talented Spotlight Designer is... Melanie.  You don't want to miss her amazing work!

* * *Don't forget to enter to WIN some yummy SCACD candy * * * 
*HERE* and *HERE*

New Product Alert!!!

Dawn's Stamps - Adorable stamps & some are holiday so scoop em up!!!
Memory Box & PoppyStamps Dies - These are Fab!!!
New Paper Pads 6" x 6" - including NEW Authentique (36 sheets), Bo Bunny, The Paper Loft and Teresa Collins
Make It Crafty's - Holiday Elfs and Holiday Chipboard
Goosebumps Shimmering Texture Spray

Have a wonderful day!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

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