Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

 Hello my crafty friends! I just want to wish you all a very blessed and Happy Easter and Passover. I hope that you all take a moment to remember what Easter is really about and that you teach your children why we celebrate this special day. God Bless and enjoy the memories!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

PSC72: Brides or Babies- Wedding

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Hello my crafty friends!
Today I am sharing a card that I made for the Perfect Sentiments Challenge #72 , "Brides or Babies". I decided to go with the Wedding theme and created a card with matching envelope.
I used the Artiste cartridge and cut out the envelope out at 6 1/2" out of some pretty elegant silver paper from Me and My Big Ideas "Specialty paper pad", then I cut out the envelope again at 5 3/4" so that I would have a nice matting to layer on top. This pretty white/silver paper is also from the same paper pad. I neeed to have a sentiment on the front of my project, so I decided to go with "Mr. & Mrs." since it's perfect for the occasion. I cut out the sentiment from page 61 of the Artiste cartridge. To finish off the envelope, I added some glossy accents to my sentiment and used some gorgeous black/white ribbon that I had gotten from WalMart to make a belly band with a bow as the envelope's closure. The belly band has a velcro closure in the back so that it can be easily opened or shut.

I cut out the card from page 62 out of that same silver paper at 4 3/4" and then cut it again using some Bazzill white cardstock at 3 3/4" to have a perfect matting. I inked up the edges of the white cardstock using tea dye distress ink by Tim Holtz. The sentiment,"Wishing you all the love and happiness two people can share" is from an old Stampin Up set and was inked using some archival ink by Ranger. To finish this card, I added some "white opal" Perfect Pearls to frame the corners both at the top and bottom. I then added some more of that pretty ribbon to the bottom and a flower that I had in my stash from Pebbles. The only thing extra I did to the flower was add the center brad which is from Bazzill. Here are a few more photos:

Well thats my project for today. I hope you stop by the Perfect Sentiments Challenge Blog and give this one a try! Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BBTB2 "Use the card feature" Challenge

Click HERE for the 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge

Hello Friends!
I cannot believe how fast this week is going by! Is it me or do you all feel the same way? My new friend Brenda, is hosting this week's challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2 and I thought I'd play along. The challenge was to use any card feature on any cricut cartridge so I pulled out my Art Philosophy cartridge and came up with this.......

I decided to cut this cute scalloped card from page 33, out of some plum cardstock by Recollections. I cut this out at 5 1/2".  I cut out the cute decorative frame out of vintage cream cardstock by Papertrey Ink and then embossed it using my damask embossing folder. I took some Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink to bring out the embossing. I also cut out a layer for the front of the card out of some pretty patterned paper from My Mind's Eye at 5 1/4".
 I then cut out the butterfly on page 55, also in vintage cream cardstock. I cut this twice, once at 2 1/2" and once at 1 1/2". I ran the butterflies through my ebosser using my swiss dots embossing folder and inked them up with the tea dye distress ink. I used some rock candy stickles on the butterflies to add some sparkle and used some Petal Pink Liquid Pearls for the butterflies' bodies and also on the decorative frame front. The sentiment, "Follow your dreams" is from Close to my Heart's stamp set called "Follow your Dreams". I stamped that out using my archival ink by Ranger. To finish off the card, I added some Royal Jewels in pink.
Here is a peek at the inside of my card that uses the sentiment/quote, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"-(Eleanor  Roosevelt) also from the same stamp set and I carried the theme from the front of the card to the inside.

Well that is my card for today! I hope you enjoyed it!
 I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
Pinspired Challenge #6

 I hope you get crafty and join the challenges too!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge 14

Hello my friends =)
I want to share an Easter card that I made for my 5 year old niece. I found a new blog the other day, Pretty Pink Posh and the owner Paulina created a very cool challenge called 10 minute craft dash. The challenges are themed(mainly by color)and you only have 10 minutes from start to finish to complete your card or project. I think this is awesome and to be honest, it is definitely a challenge!

 So I decided to participate in Challenge #14. The colors are pink/tan/green. This card took me 9 minutes and 34 seconds to complete, here is my card.

pretty pink posh, easter, bunnies, verve stamps

I used some kraft cardstock for my card base and my card is four in a quarter by five in a half. For my first layer, I used a piece of mint green and white speckles patterned paper from Creative Memories and then I took a lace doily and adhered only half on top of the PP and then cut off the rest. The bunny and the flower were stamped onto white cardstock in momento rich cocoa ink and then fussy cut out. The bunny and flower were colored in using copics  R81, R83, RV95, YG05, YG06 and YG67. They are from the stamp set Hoppy Easter by Verve.

The sentiment "Easter Wishes" was stamped in new leaf ink by Papertrey Ink and then cut out using my 1 1/2" circle punch. The sentiment is from Studio G. To finish off the card I added some pink and white polka dot ribbon that I had in my stash and I added a green gumdrop to the flower center. Here is a peek at the inside of the card that has the sentiment "some bunny loves you" by Cardz TV's "Easter Punnies" stamp set and is also stamped in the new leaf ink.

Well thats my card for today! I sure hope you stop by the Pretty Pink Posh Blog and have a look around and I challenge you to take the 10 minute craft dash! I am also linking this card up to Craftin Desert Diva's Linky Party. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop~


Hello again my crafty friends! This is my 3rd post today, can you believe it?
That's a first for me LOL!  To see my other posts today, just click on the links above.
I'm joining Papertrey Ink today for their March Blog Hop! The theme today is to use some sequins on your project. So I decided to make a masculine birthday card today as I have a few birthdays coming up in April and have no masculine cards.
I used Papertrey Ink's Vintage cream cardstock for my card base and main layers and I used papers from the My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad Stella Rose Collection. I love these papers because they bring out the browns and blues. I used my ebosser to cut out the ticket border by Papertrey Ink and then stamped it with it's coordinating stamp set, Just the ticket. I used the "ticket to celebrate" stamp for the tickets and stamped it with Momento rich cocoa ink. Then I inked up the frame and sentiment "Happy Happy Birthday"from Fillable Frames #1 and cut it out using its coordinating frame die. The layer behind the "Happy Happy Birthday" sentiment was stamped using a background stamp from Hero Arts. To finish the card off I added some tan and blue sequins. Below is a peek at the inside of the card which has another sentiment from the "Just the ticket" stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed my card today. If you want to join  Papertrey Ink's March blog hop, you have until 11:30pm EST. tonight to link up your creation. I am also entering this card in the Sweet Stop SSS203 sketch challenge.

Blog Hop Winner!!

This is my 2nd Post today... to see my first post, the Mixed Media Challenge click HERE

Hello Friends!
I hope you had a great time this past weekend hopping along with us at Cardz TV during our "Good Times" Stamp Release Blog Hop! I had so much fun reading all of your lovely comments! Now onto the winner of my MME's 6x6 paper pad giveaway....the lucky winner is Claire Spielman!
Congratulations Claire!

Please email me at Joann6274 at gmail dot com with your address
 so that I can get this out to you!
You've got to be smiling all day with such a beautiful card posted! Love the wild side of crafting and your choice of paper and embossing is terrific.
Now following with Bloglovin'
Creative Wishes
Claire S

SplitCoast Stampers Mixed Media Challenge~

Hello my Friends!
Today I am sharing a tag that I made for the Mix8 Mix-Ability Challenge over at SCS and is being hosted by my friend Trudy from
 True's Gifts from the Heart.

Mixed Media tag using ranger products

I started off with just a plain manilla craft tag by Ranger. I pulled out my Adirondack Alcohol Inks to create my base background on the tag. I used Latte, Butterscotch, Meadow, Slate and Gold Mixative with some blending solution. I then ripped up several pieces of a doily and some papers from the Enchanted Paisley line from DCWV. I used some Mod podge to coat and let it dry. Once it was dry, I stamped a flourish background stamp by Anna Giffin using my Ranger archivial black ink. I then added a few rub-ons from 7Gypsies from their "Victoriana" Steampunk line and a feather that I used the same alochol inks on, to make it match the tag background. I then coated it up again with more Mod podge and let it dry. To finish off the tag, I added some burlap ribbon and twine with a key charm by Graphic45 and a decorative button by Bo Bunny.
Well thats it for today. Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Personal Challenge Week 9

Cardz TV Good Times Blog Hop Stamp Release Day One
Cardz TV Good Times Blog Hop Day Two

This is my 2nd post today so if you are looking for the Cardz TV Blog Hop, please click the links at the top of this page.

Hello my friends!
I sure hope you're all having a great weekend. I am having a nice busy weekend so far and so much fun crafting away in my craft room. I was able to get a lot of things accomplished and I'm feeling good about it! I'm sure you can all relate to how good it feels when we tackle that forever long "to-do" list! LOL
Okay so Kellie and I are on week 9 of our personal challenge and this week I challenged us to create a Spring themed card using a die cut. So here is what I came up with:
My card is a standard A2 size and the cardstock I used is Bazzill. I layered a black mat onto my white card base and on top of that, I layered a piece of Recollections lavender patterned paper. I'll start with my cute adorable image, Mikayla Ann. She is a digi stamp from the Cutting Cafe. I printed her out and colored her in using copics E00, E02 and E51 for her skin. I used Y12, Y18 and Y19 for her hair and colored in one of the easter eggs in the grass using Y18. Her dress  and socks were colored in using BV08, BV11 and BV13 while her shoes were colored in using C5 and C8. I then decided to color the easter egg she was holding in R81 and R83. I used G07 and G09 to color in the grass and her eyes. Then I used R24 to color the bow around the egg she's holding and also on the small cracked open egg in the grass. To give the image some sparkle, I added some rock candy stickles to the eggs and bows.
The cute little bunnies came from the new stamp set Happy Easter by Lawn Fawn. I colored them in using copics BV23, C5, RV02(ears) and I added some B000 around the inside of the tails. Then that cute little bee... aaahh... well that bee is also from Lawn Fawn and comes from the stamp set, Gnome Sweet Gnome. I colored the bee in using Y18, B000(wings) and 100. I also stamped the bee trail from that same stamp set. After I colored and cut out the stamps, I put them on foam adhesive and then decided to build a Springy/Easter scene. I used my momento summer skies ink and a cloud template to create the look of the sky and clouds on a beautiful spring day. Once I got the look I was going for, I took the "sky" paper and cut it out using my Spellbinder's Labels Ten Dies. I also cut out some beautiful glittery purple fabric out of the same die to build my main layers. I used some faux stitching in black, around the inside of the "sky" layer to give some added texture. I then adhered all my stamped pieces up on foam tape to the main layer. To finish off the card front, I cut out a journal tag from the Papertrey Ink's Journal Tabs Dies and inked around it using tea dye distress ink and then stamped the sentiment "Do the bunny Hop, hop, hop hop!" in momento tuxedo black ink. The sentiment stamp is from Cardz TV's Easter Punnies stamp set. It still needed a little something so I added some purple Royal Jewels from the Royal Castle Shoppe. Below is a peek at the inside which uses the sentiment, "Have an Eggs-tra special Easter!" also from the Cardz TV Stamp set "Easter Punnies" and uses another egg that I had cut out, colored and popped up.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
LawnScaping Challenge 54
Paper Playtime's "Use a Bee" Ch 6
LMM Happy Easter Challenge
Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party

I hope you have enjoyed my card today and I sure hope you stop by Kellie's Blog to see what she created for our week 9's personal challenge!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!!


Day 2 of the Cardz TV "Good Times" Stamp Release Blog Hop!

Hello my friends and welcome to day 2 of the Cardz TV "Good Time's" Stamp Release Blog Hop!
If you missed the start of this hop, you can go HERE and follow along!! There is also a few chances up for grabs for some blog candy!!!!

Here is my project for today:

This is a simple card turned into something outside of the "ordinary card". All of my cardstock is from Recollections and my patterned paper is handmade paper that I received as a gift. It's more of a fiber paper but has an oriental look to it, lots of delicious oranges/peaches and red colors. I love this paper! I stamped the sentiment "Aged to Perfection" on my main layer using some Momento Rich Cocoa ink onto some Recollections white cardstock and I inked all around the edges using some Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink. I added a corner using some of the handmade paper onto the front of the layer to hold the tag that was cut out of my pazzles at 2". I used another sentiment from the "Good Times" stamp set, "Happy Birthday to YOU!" onto the tag, inked it up with the tea dye distress ink and added some natural hemp to finish it off. 
Here is a look at the inside of the card:
I created 2 more corner edges with the oriental handmade paper and used some of the hemp to tie a bow in the lower left corner. I used the sentiment"You're only as OLD as you feel!" as my inside greeting. This stamp is also from the "Good Times" stamp set. It was inked up using more of the momemto rich cocoa ink and again I inked the edges of the main layer with tea dye distress ink. I hope you enjoyed my card for today and it inspires you to create! Please remember to stop on over at the Cardz TV Blog to see all the wonderful creations that my design team sisters have created with this new stamp release!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Let the Good Times Roll with Cardz TV's "Good Times Stamp Release" Blog Hop!!

Hello my friends!!! T.G.I.F.!!!
And guess what that means???? Time to have lots of fun, see gorgeous projects and have a chance at winning some awesome blog candy!!! Are you ready??? Here we goooooo.....
Welcome to the Cardz TV Design Team “Good Times” Stamp Release Blog Hop! We’re so happy you’re hopping with us today!

  Grab a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and sit back and relax, as we show you what we've created for this blog hop using this brand new Cardz TV Stamps release called “Good Times”.
 You should have came here from Julie's Blog but if you want to start at the top of the hop, visit Cardz TV. Here is my project for today's hop:

 I used bazzill white cardstock and ran that through my ebosser using one of my cuttlebug embossing plates. I like how the embossed pattern resembles snake skin. Afterall, I'm going for the "animal" look as I used some patterned zebra print paper from the Paper Loft (Hobby Lobby's brand). I cut the patterned papers at 1", 1 1/2" and 1 3/4" and cut them into banners. I used the sentiment "Party Animal" from this new Good Times stamp set and inked that up using some Hawaiian shores ink by PaperTrey Ink and matted it onto some black cardstock and cut at an angle. The black button is from Favorite Findings. Here is a peek at the inside of my card where I used another sentiment from the Good Times stamp set "Let the Good Times Roll"

What's a blog hop without some blog candy! In order to be eligable to win, you must be a follower of my blog and of Cardz TV's blog... I am giving away a MME 6x6 paper pad from the "So Sophie" line. This one is called Graceful. It's a beautiful collection!
Now for a chance to win 2 sets of amazing Cardz TV Stamps from Mary, an EK success punch AND a Cosmo Cricket 6x6 paper pad, leave a comment on the Cardz TV's blog. All winners from the Cardz TV blog and my blog will be announced on Monday, March 25th via  
Your next stop on the hop is the amazing and talented Karen, but if you get lost, you can always stop on back and see the list below of all the Cardz TV Design Team members who are participating in the "Good Times" hop!
 I hope you have fun along this hop and good luck at some blog candy!!
Have a wonderful weekend my friends!!!

Mary(Start of the Hop)


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Follow Button

Hey Friends how's it going? I hope your Tuesday is finding you well. As many of you are probably already aware, Google will be removing our followers button very soon and because of this, I have added this button by BlogLovin to my sidebar. I would hate to loose any of you, so please take a moment to click the button and follow me. I learn so much from all of you. Your projects inspire me to get motivated, your kind words and comments lift me up and the friendships I've developed mean too much to me and I do not want to lose any of that. Without all of you, my blog would not be here. Please take a moment to click on the Bloglovin link above and grab your own followers button so I can remain one of your followers and so that your other followers can continue to follow you. We've all worked too hard to get our blogs up, running and active to let Google take us down!

I hope you all check out Bloglovin and alert your followers =)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Personal Challenge Week 8

Good Morning my friends!
     I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mondays seem to come around too fast for me! I must say though, that I had a great weekend and spent a good portion of it in my craft room. I want to thank many of you for your wonderful emails about my first haul video. You are all so kind to me and I appreciate having such wonderful friends. =)

Okay so on to week 8's personal challenge with Kellie. This was Kellie's week to come up with the challenge and she challenged us to use stencils with stamps. It just so happens that I had a stencil from the Mr. Huey's line from Studio Calico, that I had not opened yet. Well it's opened now! LOL
This stencil resembles a chain link or trelis chain and I just loved how it turned out.
Here is my card:
My card was made using cardstock and papers from Bazzill and Recollections.I taped down my stencil and sprayed it using my Tattered Angels glimmer mists dragonfly, sweet clover and forest green. I loved the color combination of the greens with the blue and the shine it gives.

My sentiment " Believe in Miracles" was stamped in momento tuxedo black ink and this is from a stamp set by Little Yellow Bicycle. I added a three dimensional butterfly sticker by Studio 112 as an added embellishment and finished off the card by adding black buttons in the corners. The buttons are by Favorite Findings.
Here is a peek at the inside of the card:

I carried the theme of the card to the inside by adding another butterfly and a button. The sentiment inside, "Faith makes all things possible" is also from the same stamp set by Little Yellow Bicycle.
Well thats my card for week 8's challenge. Please stop on over and visit Kellie to see her beautiful project for this challenge.
Thanks so very much for stopping by!

Friday, March 15, 2013

My First Haul Video~

Hey everyone! Welcome to the weekend!! Woohooo!!! So guess what? I have created my very first video and I'm hoping you all like it. It's a haul video of some cool new toys that I received and I cannot wait to play with all of them. Yummy goodies!!!
Ok so please be patient with me as I am new to the whole video making process and I have learned a few things to do differently after creating this first video! You can tell I was a bit nervous as I rambled on and on and said thank you to all of you a gazillion times haha but hey, at least you know how much I value each and every one of you!!!!
Hope you enjoy the video and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Personal Challenge Week 7

For the Just A Scrappin' St. Patrick's day challenge Click Here
Hello My friends!
 This is my card for week 7 of my personal challenge going on with Kellie and it was my turn to create our challenge. I decided that our challenge would be to create a window card using some embossing and ribbon. So here is my card.....
My card base is 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 and I used some vintage cream cardstock by Papertrey Ink for my card base. The bright and fun patterned paper is from a 6x6 paper pad by Fancy Pants called "To the Moon". I just loved this paper. I used a small inset metal die (CCD-007) by Art Gone Wild to make my window. I used my copic markers, B24, YG06 and Y09 to make the fun confetti around the window opening.
The stamp set that I used on the inside of my card is called "Birthday View" which coordinates with the window die. I stamped that in momento tuxedo black ink onto some yellow paper
(also from the 6x6 "To the Moon" paper pad) and then embossed it using my houndstooth embossing folder. I used more of that same yellow paper to make a banner ribbon which I added some Glittered gumdrops by 3 Birds that I purchased on HSN. The sentiment, "make a wish" is from Lawn Fawn's Critter Ever After stamp set which was also stamped using my momento tuxedo black ink. I pleated the banner ribbon and popped it up on foam tape for dimension. To finish off the card, I added some bright orange ribbon that I had in my stash to bring out the color orange in the patterned paper. Overall, I am pleased with how this turned out.
Here is another picture of the card

I am submitting this card in Tara's Craftin Desert Diva's Linky Party, come check it out! Also be sure to stop by Kellie's blog to see her wonderful take on our challenge. Stay tuned for this week's challenge, "Use stencils and stamps". This will be a fun one and I sure hope some of you take the challenge and join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Just A Scrappin' St. Pat's Day Challenge

Hello my friends!
Today's card was made for the new challenge starting today over at Just A Scrappin'! The challenge was to make a card, layout or project for Saint Patrick's Day and to add some brads. I used Lawn Fawn's new stamp set called Summertime Charm for the cute jar and the shamrocks. The shamrocks are actually little flowers but it makes cute shamrocks! I stamped them using some new leaf ink by Papertrey ink. I also used Lawn Fawn's new Summertime Lawn Cuts to cut out the mason jar. I added some stickles to the jar for some sparkle and added a bow with some ribbon that I got from A Cherry on top. I cut out the scalloped circle from my pazzles machine and used Mary's Cardz Tv stamp set called "Happy Days" for my sentiment. Both the jar and the sentiment are on foam tape for dimension. I used 2 white brads on my sentiment panel and added some more stickles to the sentiment. All the patterned papers are from Recollections and the cardstock is from Bazzill.
Here is a peek at the inside. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Hello Friend stamp set. I hope you decide to get in the spirit of St. Patty's day and link up your own creation.
Be sure to check out all the other wonderful projects that my design team sisters have made for this challenge at the Just A Scrappin blog!
Thank you so very much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Winner Announced~

RCC78 Challenge- This is my 2nd post today......................
Good Morning!
The winner from my "You're Beary Sweet" Giveaway Post is:
So pretty...great colours!! Lee-Ann :)
Congratulations Lee-Ann!!!
I still have your information so I will get this out to you right away!!!

RCC78-You are my Sunshine!

Hello friends!
I have a quick post for ya on a card I did over the weekend. I was inspired by the Ribbon Carousel's Spring Theme this month and created this adorable spring card using stamps by one of my favorite companies, Lawn Fawn.
I stamped all my images using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them in using my prisma color pencils and some gamsol. The cardstock I used is from Recollections and the patterned papers are by Webster's Pages. I embossed my cream cardstock, added some bling and hand created the front title to say "hello".
I added some cute purple/white trim and some crochet lace trim along the left side and tied a bow to put on front of the bird bath. All my images are inked using tea dye distress ink and they are all popped up for some added dimension. The inside also has the purple/white trim and some bling.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you give this challenge a try! Just stop on by at The Ribbon Carousel and link up! I am also adding this card to Paper Playtime's Anything Goes Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Stamp sets used for today's card:
Sunny Skies

Gnome Sweet Gnome
Happy Easter