Friday, June 29, 2012

Fresh and Fun New Stamps Have Arrived!!!

Welcome my friends... old and new : )  I must apologize in advance if there are mistakes in my post today...  I broke my glasses and am positively blind without them.  Actually, I can see in the distance, but for reading I can not make the font BIG enough to see clearly lol!!!

A quick update on hubby:  His shoulder surgery went well, but he thinks he may have re-injured it : (  We'll see if there's been damage at his next doctor appointment.  You'd think that he would listen to his wife and call the doctor to let him know what's up, but nooooooo.  You got a hubby like that too?  hee hee.

On to the order of the day... Hop Time!!!

You are on the right track if you've come from the fabulous, Melanie!  So you don't miss out on the great inspiration, you may wish to start at the beginning.  Head on over to see Danni's awesome work!!!  If you get lost along the way, the entire line-up can be found on the store blog.

Today SCACD releases fun and fresh stamps from the Susana Loves Stamps Collections!!! We start off with the Oddly Sweet Curiosities Set which harbors the cutest little Curiosities with matching sentiments. These are Fab and definitely year around fun!!! The second Set are four wonderful little ladies that make up The Little Sassy Crew. Check 'em out - they are the gals that have a sweetness and attitude factor that are off the charts!!! We are also introducing a fun little set of Mixed Media houses called M’s Place that makes them a must have for those that love cute in their Mixed Media.

So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the ride!!!

From The Oddly Sweet Curiosities Set by Susana Loves Stamps, I'd like to introduce you to:  Monster Mash!

Just gotta SMILE seeing this oddly sweet curiosity 
dancing with freedom and joy!!!

The gorgeous papers are from Teresa Collins Sweet Afternoon (on Sale!).  LOVE these!!!  I also LOVE how these awesome Garden Corners Dies mimic the lacy feel of the doily.  Oh how I adore lace!!!

To get the white rim around the circle die cut (using Classic Large Circle nestie) - after running through die cut machine, I left the die in place and sponged Spun Sugar Distress Ink around the inside edges and close to the image.  Since I forgot to emboss, I did so after sponging...

The sentiment, 'Dance Like No One's Watching' is included with the purchase of Monster Mash.  I really appreciate a 'free' sentiment, don't you?  If you know me, you know that I am terrible with sentiments.  It's just not a gift I possess... oh well, I can't have everything lol!  That's why we have YOU ♥

You can see a bit of floss peeking out from under the flower... it's Princess from the pink Sew Easy Floss trio.  I just discovered that the store is out of this color, but you can find other yummy colors *Here.*

Ha Ha Ha...  I know this is a rather LARGE photo of the Garden Corners die, but I wanted to make sure that you saw the Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze I painted on.  I also wanted to make sure that you saw how clean and crisp they cut.  I did not sand or trim a thing!  These Dies by SCACD work really well - which I soooo appreciate.

***Here's a tip for intricate dies:  There are a bunch of tiny pieces that will need to be removed from the die cut/die.  This is what works for me... I gently tap the end of the die on my work surface and some of the pieces just fall out.  Then I gently tap the other end.  Doing this (emphasis on gently cuz I don't want you to bang up or break anything!) removes every single piece quickly and easily!  However, I know there are holes in the back which you can use to poke out the pieces, but when I'm in a hurry, this works for me!!!

For my second card, I have More Celebrate Cake from The Little Sassy Crew by Susana Loves Stamps.  Don't get me started on what kind of cake this is... you know how much I LOVE ♥ LOVE ♥ LOVE ♥ C H O C O L A T E !!!

I chose this shot because it makes the stars shine!!!  Sorry if it's a little 'glare-y' for ya.  I covered 'em in Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze (as well as the roses).  B L I N G ! ! !

These fun papers are from Authentique Lively Collection (on Sale!).  I made the cool black pearls with my Graphite Paper Pen.  I had some tags already cut out from my old Cricut (yay new Silhouette!!!) so I stamped a small sentiment on it, but you can find Memory Box Dies Classic Tags at the store *Here.*  The button is tied with Sew Easy Floss (on SALE) in Bubble Gum (out of stock, but there's lots of others!), and topped with a self adhesive pearl.

... and here's the Garden Corners die in my fave PINK!  It's also covered with Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze.  What I love about Ice Silks is that you can cover any paper, the color shows through, and you have a wonderful shimmer and shine!

Everything (except for the panel I sewed the image to) was adhered with Best Glue Ever!  It came in very handy applying small dots to portions of the corner die cut...

Oooooops!  I made a boo boo...  I was supposed to include a stamp or two from M's Place!  Since I didn't, I'm including them all here (sorry M!!!)

M's Place

Aren't these fun???  They are available to come home with you now : D
You can get them *Here*

For our international friends, you can find all of these collections at Quixotic Paperie.  Say hello to Elaine!

Your next stop is Jeanne!

I love that you've chosen to drop by... thanks so much!!!  Happy Hopping!!!

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

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Have You Heard What's New?

Happy Father's Day to everyone celebrating today!!!  My hubby is safely tucked on the couch watching racing on TV... so I thought I'd sneak in here before I head off to get his all time fave food which is fried chicken!!!  Watch out KFC, here I come lol.

In case you've been wondering if I fell off the face of the earth, I haven't...  I'll make a loooooong story short:  hubby has had two surgeries in the last few weeks.  Nothing serious, but things needed to get done, so it's been a bit more hectic around here lately.

I am just dying to create something!  My hands haven't gotten inky or messy, but I have cut a lot of rubbah - woo hoo!!!  I can't wait for you to see what I've got up my sleeves : D

Obviously, I don't have a project to share with ya today : (  but I did want to give you a highlight of a couple of products I LOVE and wondered if you knew that SCACD carries them!  I just went shopping, and I already have the shipping notice!  Tomorrow will be Christmas for meeeeeee hee hee!!!

Tim Holtz!
Movers & Shapers Die:  Mini Sewing Room

Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders
Book Covers

Honeycomb & Bubble

Dies by SCACD!!!
Garden Corners

Petaloo Feathers:  I purchased Cream and Pink of course... : )

Fun, huh?  I can't wait until tomorrow!  There are other products, but I haven't used them yet, so I can't officially LOVE them... yet.  Don't worry, I'll give you honest feedback!

Enjoy the rest of your day/evening...  I've missed you!!!

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Candy Winner Announced!!!

Hello sweet friends!  I've had a wonderful weekend spending time with my hubby. On Friday, we went on a date and watched two good movies from Redbox.  The first was War Horse (excellent movie!); the other was The Vow (more girlie, but I thought it also was excellent!).

On Saturday morning we went to breakfast and later that evening, watched Part 1 and 2 of The Hatfields and McCoys.  In the afternoon, we visited a good friend in the hospital.  Unfortunately, he had a stroke... but it was good to speak to him about Jesus before he was released to recover at home.

Really makes one think about how short our time on earth can be.  Tomorrow is not promised, but eternity in heaven is... if you've given your life to Jesus : )

As some of you know, I just celebrated 5 years of being healed of cancer.  Maybe you've gone through something similar, or maybe not similar, but still a very painful situation.  The only way I got through the horror was by holding on to the hand of Jesus.  So can you!  Do you need some encouragement?  Please feel free to email me (on sidebar).

Now, as I realize how far He's brought me, it's truly a miracle!  This is the JOY that I wish to share with you... and part of the reason why I love to give.  So, finally, here's the winner of my 5 Years of Healing Candy:

That's you, Rufus!!!  Congratulations!  
Please reach out to me in the next 48 hours so I can send your new 
Tonic 12" Paper Cutter out to you.

How did I get this winner?  If you had a correct answer to a previous riddle post, you received 5 extra entries.  One person entered before Rufus with the correct answer, so I added 5 + 15, resulting in #20 - Rufus!!!

Thank you, everyone, for playing along with me.  You are the best : )  And you know this isn't the last you'll hear from me lol!  I have lots of fun up my sleeves!!!

See you soon...  I love you to pieces

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

Friday, June 1, 2012

New Dies, New Techniques and New Stamps!!!

Welcome back friends!  A lot has happened in my world since my last post.  Some good, some not so good... but that's how the cookie crumbles!  Now what kind of expression is that?  Does that happen to you too?  It just kinda pops in your head and right through your tapping fingers to the keyboard... hmmmm...  Exactly how does the cookie crumble?  Oh well.

Without further pondering on that subject, I need to tell you that my CANDY post didn't have an ending date (yikes!).  I intended to end on May 31 (I'm assuming that Mr. Linky will expire at midnight).  If that is the case, and you didn't get a chance to enter, I will leave it open for a few more days.  The NEW ending date will be June 4 at 11:59 pm.  I will include the link to enter at the bottom of this post...

It's Hop Time!

If you've come from Melanie's blog, you've seen some amazing work, and are on the right track.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, head on over to see what Danni has cooked up for you.  She's sure to bring a big smile to your face :D  If you get lost along the way, you can find the entire line up on the Store Blog.

Here at SCACD we've been "die"ing to mix things up!  So, this month we have the launch of two awesome new Collections.
First is a fantastic new line of dies.  Susana has collaborated on a collection of dies with a timeless, classic feel.  Delicate and beautiful, the diecuts from these high quality wafer thin metal dies will be featuring on your projects for years to come!
Second is a wonderful new direction for SCACD.  Susana is following her heart with a new line of Mixed Media stamps.  For those of you who are new to the concept, Mixed Media is a style that embraces creativity and experimentation. Let SCACD take you on a new creative adventure with the Blank Canvas Collection.  From the beginner to the mixed media enthusiast, these stamps will have the creative juices well and truly flowing! 
Each set in the collection comprises looks, perfect for mixing it up with different techniques.  Use the elements set to enhance the blank canvas silhouettes, or use them on their own for gorgeous effects.
In addition there is a fabulous set of word outlines, ready to be customized however you like!  Color them in, doodle, zentangle, paper piece - go wherever your creativity takes you.
Mix it up and most importantly - HAVE FUN!

Brand New Dies by SCACD!!!

I am so happy and excited to finally get to show you the awesome new dies that are in the SCACD house!  I'm only showing you two, but there are 6 others (as I'm sure you've seen if you are hopping along with us today!)

On my card, I've used Nature's Tapestry Fan and one of the two corners in the Classic Corners set.  You can find the entire collection *Here*

 I've kept the card simple so that the dies can SHINE!!!

Isn't this fan just gorgeous?  The detail is amazing and oh-so-delicate!  I've used VersaMark and *LuminArte' micas to make this one colorful and shimmery fan :D  *Tutorial with specific colors below...

The dies cut perfectly!  As you can see in this closeup, the cut is crisp, without fraying or tears.  Isn't the color fun?  With the mica powders, there are SO MANY colors to choose from, you will surely find something to fit your project easily.  I am well on my way to collecting ALL of them lol!  You know that I have to have all the colors in everything...  I might NEED one I don't have yet!!!

So, here's how I made the magic happen:

I 'stamped' VersaMark on Kraft die cuts - here, obviously the corners... 

Here are the colors of mica powder I used.  In case you can't see in the photo, they are:  Blue Flame, Stargazer and Snap Dragon.

After coating the fan die cut with the VersaMark ink pad, I used a soft brush  to dab on the mica powder - this is Stargazer.  Since the VersaMark is tacky, the powder sticks really well.

I randomly covered the inside detail with more Stargazer, Blue Flame and Snap Dragon mica powders.  Ta Da!!!  Sooooo easy I tell ya!

Although you don't have to, since I didn't use Gum Arabic mixed in with the micas (which is a binding agent) I sprayed on a workable fixative by Krylon to keep the mica from smearing.  It really does make a difference.

Mixed Media Fun!!!

Boy oh boy did I have fun!  The new Mixed Media Blank Canvas Collection by Susana Loves Stamps has so many possibilities.  It was a bit hard at first deciding what I wanted to do, but after a few contemplative moments, I felt a FREEDOM that I hadn't experienced before :D   I'm tellin' ya that this collection will bring you to a new creative place you didn't know you had!  The only thing is... are you brave enough to enter in??? lol

Here I've used Blank Canvas Profile and Solid Canvas Profile.  What do you mean you can't see the solid?  Just wait... you'll see : D

The lined image is Blank Canvas Profile.  I began by stamping her with VersaMark and embossing with pink embossing powder (try THIS one from SCACD!)  Next, I wrote the word "freedom" with black permanent ink pen.  When I was sure that was dry, I stamped Solid Canvas Profile (using VersaMark) on top and sprinkled clear embossing powder over the entire image.

When the image was embossed and cooled, I used a foam brush to paint Pixie Pink Silks over the entire piece of cs, not worrying about whether or not it was a consistent thickness or color (some areas are darker, some are lighter).  I used a damp cloth to wipe away the color on the embossed image.

Again, using a black permanent ink pen, I wrote "Whatever is pure, think on these things" around the image.  It may be a little hard to tell the shape, but I used one of the new Tim Holtz embossing diffusers to create a circle around the image.  I'm not entirely sure I used it correctly, but you can see that the image  doesn't have any embossing in it.  The rest of the card has the embossed lines from the Scrollworks embossing folder.  I distressed the raised embossing a bit with Black Soot distress ink.

A few Graphite Paper Pen pearls and hearts, some zebra ribbon and bling, and a tiny tag (Susana carries THESE by Memory Box) tied with Scrapper's Floss are all that's needed to finish this one of kind, heartfelt card!

There you go... from me to you

♥ DID YOU KNOW... that SCACD carries VersaMark refill ink???  Just thought you'd like to know cuz I just found it :D

Now remember, our International friends can find these amazing new stamps *Here* and dies *Here* at Quixotic Paperie!!!

*CANDY LINK* - ends June 4

Your next stop is Mary J

Thanks so much for hanging in there with me : D

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

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