Thursday, July 31, 2014

Blog Candy Winner Announced!

This morning my follower counter rolled over to 400!!! (with another 110 who follow me on Bloglovin!) I am still in total shock to think that so many of you like my cards enough to follow what I do! Thanks to each and every one of you. I welcome you with open arms and crafting hugs!

To celebrate this special occasion, I'm giving away all the crafting goodies you see in this photo which include...

 Lawn Fawn "Let's Polka" paper pad
SNSS star dies
Darice "reptile" embossing folder
Stampendous cling "Tree Poem" stamp
Stampendous silver stickers
Candi Dot minis
Distress ink - dried marigold
Cantalope liquid pearls
8 yards of May Arts ribbon in 3 colors & styles
at least ten yards of divine twine in 3 colors

Just leave me a comment on this post telling me the kind of cards you'd like to see here, and you're in the running to win! My husband enjoys pulling the winner's name, so they'll all go into a jar and he'll pick the winner and I'll post it at the bottom of this post on July 27th. You'll have 3 days to contact me with your mailing address, (my email address is on my sidebar) and if I don't hear from you within those 3 days, I'll pull another name. This post will stay at the top of my blog until a winner is chosen.

Thanks again to my faithful followers and blogging friends! You really make this world brighter when you stop by to visit!

Congratulations Cindy! My husband pulled your name earlier this morning and you've won my blog candy! Please contact me within 3 days with your address so I can get these goodies out to you!!! If I don't hear from you within 3 days, I'll be pulling another name!

hugs, Carol

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hey Girlfriend!

I made this card for the Unity Wish With Your Heart challenge. There are inspirational photos and sketches to inspire you, and I chose the colors of the photo to make my card...

I used Unity's "Hey Girlfriend" itty bitty stamp & sentiment, using Versafine black ink, then heat-embossed with clear detail ep. I used post-it notes to sponge the rows of color and braided 3 strands of twine for the border and corner accent. The dsp is Cosmo Cricket, and I liked the ombre look that just seemed to work well with the image.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Blended Bloom Birthday

Here's another birthday card I've made to add to my stash. I used SU!'s blended bloom, and added a big white brad to the center after coloring the flower with Copics. I added some IO holly hocks, a Cheery Lynn flourish, and another die cut stem (borrowed from a dear friend) and placed them all around and beneath this big flower. The text background paper is from SU! I used a piece of torn vanilla to add the SNSS sentiment in the corner, and dabbed the torn edge with a matching Copic marker. I wasn't crazy about this big flower when I first saw it, but I'm really liking it now :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Rooster and a Zentangle

While purging my craft room, I recently found this rooster image I'd stamped eons ago and decided it was time to color it and use it. I have no idea who makes the stamp or where I stamped it, so it's a mystery :) I followed the Tuesday Morning Sketch #259 and added some feathers of assorted colors done with a MB wild feathers die. I cut 2 SB labels 18, one in a scrap of bright yellow, and one in white, and placed everything on a piece of dark teal card stock. The little doodads at the top were negatives from a SSS Pinpoint border die. I added some WOS highlights to each feather, but wish now that I'd just left them alone! I think I'll put a sentiment inside that says "You're something to crow about."

Here's my entry for the OWH sketch challenge #235. This is the first zentangle I've ever made and I have to admit, it was fun doing this! When I saw the tutorial on SCS, I thought I'd jump in and try making one. I used a SU! blended bloom image for the zentangle, and as per my usual style, I had to layer it with 2 different punched flowers using SU! punches. I used 2 more SU! itty bitty punches for the smaller flowers. The vertical black strip was embossed with a TCW mini tiny dots stencil. The script paper is from Bazzill Basics, while the yellow dsp is from DCWV. I added a few brads and called this one done. I may add a small sentiment later on, but I'm happy with this one being plain.

With all the snippets of paper used on these cards, I'm heading over to the Snippets Playground #135 to share them with all of my playmates!

Wishing you all a great Sunday! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Christmas in July

 It's time for the Rudolph Day July challenge. All you need to do is make 2 Christmas cards to enter the challenge, but today I have 3. This was recently a sketch used for the OWH VCMP, and I liked it so much, I decided to make a few more Christmas cards and try to finish up some of those Christmas paper pads I've had. I'm sorry but I don't remember who makes these papers because the covers are long gone. I never thought black snowflakes would make a nice Christmas card, and yet today I've made one that I really like! The sentiment is from PTI (part of a prize package I won from Darnell's 1st NBUS challenge), and the snowflakes were done with a Martha Stewart punch and a smaller generic punch. Those turquoise frosted pearl gems from Pizzazz Aplenty in the centers gave this just the right amount of sparkle and color to make me happy.

For this version, I used a SU! itty bitty punch to make the trees, and added tiny gold Stampendous Geo Sparkler stickers to the tree tops.

For this card I used silver strip stickers to suspend the ornaments - which were done with a SU! itty bitty punch, and added a silver Geo Sparkler to the centers. Another thing I love about these cards is that they're nice and flat, and will not require extra postage! YAY!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Winter Joy

I was trying to use up some of my left over scraps yesterday and made another herringbone background with strips of paper from the Echo Park Winter Wishes pad. I love the plum and blue colors in this paper pad. I decided to pull out my Unity Winter Joy itty bitty set and make a snowman to put onto this wintry card. Unfortunately I don't have Copics that closely match this paper, but I used what I had in shades of purple and blue, adding some sparkly Stickles to the snow on the ground. (click to enlarge photo) I punched and layered some snowflakes and added mini brads to the centers and called this one done.

I'm entering this card into the Unity Friday Friends with Flair challenge,

as well as the Snippets Playground #134 challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today and make it a great Friday!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sweet Berries

The challenge this week over at Shopping Our Stash #161 is "Eat five a day" - use fruits or veggies on your cards. I used a pre-colored digi image of some yummy strawberries from Beccy's Place for my card. I got out my long-retired SU! notched corner punch and SU! gold cording to make the corners. The ribbon is also retired SU! The paper was a random piece found in my stash and I'm not sure who makes it, while the sentiment was computer generated.

Wishing you a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Embossing with a Stencil

I made this card using a Simon Says Stamp small "love you" die, and placed it on a die cut circle that I stamped using a Crafters Workshop/Balzer Designs Data Dots stencil. I sponged ink heavily in the center and a little lighter on the outside edges. Then I took the same stencil and embossed the horizontal panel with it, and I love the look of all those stamped and embossed data dots together! I used some of the new SU! "in" colors of cardstock and paper, adding some smoky slate to mat the circle and a SU! owl punch to make the hearts.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Celebrate CAS Style

Here's something you don't see too often from me - a CAS card! My friend Mary Anne stopped by recently and brought along her new MFT dies, so I cut a few of these in different colors. The "celebrate" was done with Pacific Point cardstock and I added an embossed panel to the bottom half. For the final touch, I added a silver sticker border and this card was done in minutes!

This card is going into the following challenges...

Addicted to CAS #43 - "celebrate"

Addicted to Stamps #104 - "CAS"

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find a reason to celebrate something today!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Beach Birthday

A friend asked me to make a birthday card with a beach theme and include flip-flops, so when I saw the "all about summer" HMFMC174 challenge, this card quickly came together. I used the "beach bums" image, coloring it with Copics. I stamped some flip-flops and a beach ball with some very old wooden stamps and fussy cut them, adhering them with Scor-tape to keep the card flat for mailing. I added 3 paper buttons with paper "thread" and a little piece of mesh on the corner with some gold stickles. There are some Wink of Stella accents on the seashells, but the photo didn't pick that up very well. The sentiment is from SNSS and was small enough to stamp right on the main panel, eliminating more layers with a sentiment panel. The dsp is from American Crafts SoHo Garden and I matted with a piece of kraft cs.

I'm also entering this over at Cards in Envy's birthday card challenge. This is an A2 card and will require no extra postage because I kept all the elements flat.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a great Monday!