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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Shopping

The challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week is USE METAL SOMEWHERE, SOMEHOW.  Please note that you must MAKE IT CLEAR WHAT AND WHERE IT IS.  I used this image from The Paper Shelter named Holiday Shopping.



I used dies by Spellbinders and Cheery Lynn. The rhinestone swirls are from Michael's and the poinsettia, berries, and holly leaves are from an assortment of shops. I used Glossy accents to make the snow falling and snow on the ground and then sprinkled loose White Glitter Ritz while still wet, to get 3-D snow. I loved coloring this image because of the many color options for the packages and her coat and scarf. I used Copics to color her. I like lots of detail on my cards...and probably need to challenge myself with more CAS cards. But this style fits me and gives me a chance to be creative with my embellishments.


I used a metal snowflake in the middle of this truly outstanding and awesome bow (hehehe) and a metal clothes hanger with the metal charms and beads. There also metal beads in the middle of my silver poinsettia in the bottom corner of this card.  In the post of your card, you must make it clear where and what your metal items are. And here's a close-up of this adorable coat hanger and charms. I purchased the coat hangers from Live and Love Crafts. I had a lot of fun making the card for this challenge.


Now, remember where I live...in the desert of Arizona so that when I say the next sentence, you'll understand better...I love shopping at the holidays with the hustle, bustle, crowds and the malls decorated with garland and giant ornaments hanging from the ceilings...little kids waiting to sit on Santa's lap while he's sitting in the middle of a beautiful chair. I love Christmas, but it's hard to get into the holiday season until December here in the desert since it doesn't cool down until then!

Our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, is offering this great prize below to the winner of the drawing. Note: if you use an image from The Paper Shelter the prize is larger than if you make a card/project using an image from another company.

 
Please stop by the Challenge Blog and see the creations made by the Team this week to inspire you. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for the challenge this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog of USE METAL SOMEWHERE, SOMEHOW. 

                                                                                         Hugs,
                                                                                         Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
The EastWind, Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, Christmas Stampin' All Year Long, Treasured Times, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper, Crafts Galore Encore, Craft Your Passion, Dream Valley, Mema's Crafts, Creative Moments, As You Like It, Art by Miran, A Crafty Mess, Milk Coffee, My Craft Creations, The Paper Nest Dolls, Digi Choosday, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Aurora Wings, Scrappers Delights, My Creative Moments, Craftin' Desert Divas, Ooh La La Creations, Whoopsi Daisy, Hiding in My Craft Room, 613 Avenue Create, Come and Get It, Dies R Us, Robyn's Fetish, That Craft Place, Party Time Tuesdays

Monday, November 24, 2014

Skating Fun!

I love to ice skate...well, I did when I lived where it was cold enough to have ice! My favorite season has always been winter and I miss the cold weather living here in Phoenix, Arizona. The challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is USE DIE CUTS.  I used this adorable stamp by Crafty Sentiments Designs named New Winter Skates.


I used a Spellbinders die for my image and the sentiment die is by Whimsy. The double layer snowflake is a combination of Spellbinders and Whimsy. The ornament paper and the green striped paper (the layer under the lace) are from a 6"x6" Wild Rose paper pack. I think this is one of my favorite paper packs this winter since I love the color combination of pink and green.

 
She's colored with Copics and to get the look of dimensional white fur on her outfit, I applied Glossy Accents first and then sprinkled White Glitter Ritz on the wet Glossy Accents.  I used white dimensional paint for the snowflakes and ran Star Dust Stickles around the oval. The ice is colored with a light aqua Copic and then covered in Glossy Accents which I think gives it a great ice look. The aqua pearls, two kinds of lace and the pompom strip are from my stash of supplies. I think this is my favorite style card. I wouldn't call it 'modern' but it's not really 'old fashioned', either. If I could name my personal style, I guess I'd call it cute and pretty.
 
The prize this week is a gift voucher! 
 
http://craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/
 
The Design Team has taken out their dies and made some great cards to inspire you to join us for this awesome challenge of USE DIE CUTS. I hope you'll join us in this very easy challenge!
 
                                                                                        Hugs,
                                                                                        Gail
 
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Crafty Sentiments Blog Hop Day 3!

Welcome to Day 3 of the Crafty Sentiments Designs Valentine blog hop! We're happy that you've joined us today. There are four new Valentine stamps in our release this month!

At each stop of the hop, we hope you will be inspired by the creativity of the Design Team from Crafty Sentiments Designs. You're sure to find many wonderful Valentine projects that will be at the top of your crafting lists. If you happened across this post out of order, please head to the Crafty Sentiments Designs blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

Here's the card I made for today's hop. I used the new Valentine image named You Got My Heart.


My card is a 5.5" x 5.5" square. The heart die in the top right corner is by Cheery Lynn and the corner heart die on the image is by La-La Land and I used a metal heart brad in the largest heart. The sentiment (stamped in brown) and punch I used on it are both by Stampin' Up. The rhinestone swirl is by Michael's and I added the red rhinestones for a touch more color. The sugared heart in the bottom right corner is by Queen & Co. Here's a close-up of this adorable image. The flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts and the brown kraft bow is by Michael's. I used Star Dust Stickles wherever I could...I have a thing for shiny and sparkly.

 

Now how about some blog hop prizes? Three of the new rubber stamps release will go to three different hoppers. In order to win you will need to leave a comment each day on all of the blogs.

What do you need to be eligible for these amazing prizes?

1.  Become a Follower on each blog in the hop, if you aren't already for the four days "Blog Hop New Releases".

2.  Leave a comment at each stop for the four days "Blog Hop New Releases".

3.  If you do both of the above, check back at the Crafty Sentiments blog for the winners on November 28. I will not be posting the winners on my blog.

Today's blog hop line-up goes like this:

Gail (that's me!)
 
I hope you've enjoyed the hop so far. Be sure to head on over to the other stops for more inspiration, comment and become a Follower of each blog to be eligible for the prizes!  Good luck!!
 
                                                                             Hugs,
                                                                             Gail

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Snow People

There's a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and the topic is SNOW PEOPLE. I love this rubber stamp by Stampendous. Snowmen are my favorite winter image (penguins are closing in, though), and having three snowmen that all need a hat and scarf colored, well, I'm in my happy place! I've always loved 'cool' colors for winter and the purples and blues are a favorite combination for me.



I used dies by Spellbinders (around the image), Whimsy (the large snowflake), Magnolia (trees), Quickutz and Sizzix (small snowflakes) and Memory Box (pine branch border). Here's the image close-up colored with Copics. The snowflakes are Star Dust Stickles and I used some Martha Stewart glitter and Sakura glue pen for the snow on the ground. I've learned to not use Star Dust Stickles in large areas since it makes my paper wavy...don't know if any of you have experienced that. The Sakura glue pen is great for large areas and then using loose glitter.


The gals at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have made some adorable projects with SNOW PEOPLE to get you motivated to pull out your stamps, or print off a digi to color, and join the challenge this month. Our challenges begin on the second Wednesday of every month so there's plenty of time to get your creation made and entered into the challenge! This month we're sponsored by our own Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and the prize is a goody bag including stamps, ribbons and papers! Thanks for stopping by!

                                                                             Hugs,
                                                                             Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Moving Along With The Times, QKR Stampede, Winter Wonderland, Sister Act Card Challenge, Fairytale Stamper (new items: large Whimsy snowflake die and this Stampendous snowman stamp), Dream Valley, TimbroScrapMania, Creative Card Crew, Scrap-Creations, Milk Coffee, Craft Your Passion (b=blue, branches, buttons), My Craft Creations, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Crafting by Designs, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Art by Miran, The Artistic Stamper, One Crazy Stamper, Penny Black And More, Stamping Sensations, Jelly Park, Challenge Up Your Life, Party Time Tuesdays, Through The Class Room Door

Snowflakes

Here's a fabulous challenge right now and I can't imagine who doesn't have what it takes to enter it.  The challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is SNOWFLAKES. I've used what I think is one of the cutest images for winter that I've seen at The Paper Shelter. Her name is Snow Angel. Please tell me that her name doesn't surprise you. Hahaha!


I chose non-traditional colors because I had this awesome paper from Doodlebug. I adore their papers...the colors, the designs and the fact that you can get them in 6x6 or 12x12 sizes. The Christmas tree ribbon is from my stash of Christmas ribbons and it's on a roll and I added a little rhinestone as the star on the trees.

The pink ribbon in the corner is from Michael's. The snowflake in the center of the awesome pink bow (did you read my post from 11/11/14 about bows?) is a snowflake brad that I dabbed in my Versamark pad and then used Sparkle n Sprinkle's Madagascar Green Embossing Powder and then while it was still hot, I dabbed it in some Rubber Cafe white glitter. I did the same technique on the snowflake brads across the bottom, minus the glitter and adding a turquoise rhinestone in the center instead.The white snowflakes were dabbed with Versamark and then I used puffy white embossing powder on them and dabbed them in the white glitter, too...and then I added some Glossy Accents in the center of them.

The snow around my image is done with Glossy Accents and the Rubber Cafe white glitter, too. (Lots of loose glitter on this card, on the carpet, on the table, on my feet and through the house.) I did put a dab of that Glossy Accents on her coat buttons and heart pocket buttons for the fun of it. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

The lace is from my collection and I have neglected to mark any of my pieces of lace so all lace is from my stash. The jewels in the corner of the image are actually crystals...I had them in my stash for years now, holding back from using them because they're so clear and beautifully glittery and then scolded myself for not using them and broke open the packages. Why do we do that? Save stuff because it's so pretty but it's in a container so it's not like we're enjoying looking at them? Can you see how pretty and clear crystals are? They photographed well, too. This card is 6x6, in case anyone cares and is reading this. :)


Do you know who sponsors The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog?  Duh....it's The Paper Shelter! The prize is below and I encourage you to use an image from The Paper Shelter to reap the highest reward possible for winning this challenge. Have you ever looked at their site and see what you get for $3.00?  No postage, no handling, no tax, and you get the image within minutes. Buy one image, win $30 worth. Another brand of stamp gets you 3 stamps of your choice. But there are so many that you won't want just 3. So just buy a $3 stamp, use it, and then get to pick 10 or more images if you win.


You know we have a great Design Team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. Of course it's great...do you think they didn't pick great cardmakers in the last DT call?  So, take a look by clicking here and get inspired, get out the SNOWFLAKE stamps, dies, brads...whatever, and go get busy. Winner is announced next Wednesday so you don't have time to do the housework until the card is done and posted. I'm happy to tell your hubby/significant other that if you pass me his/her e-mail address.

Thanks for stopping by and it would be nice if you leave a comment so I can visit your blog.

                                                                                          Hugs,
                                                                                          Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Moving Along With The Times, Creative Corner Challenges, QKR Stampede, A Creative Romance, Whoopsi Daisy, My Besties UK, Incy Wincy Designs, Love to Scrap, Scrap-Creations, Milk Coffee, Jingle Belles, Craft Your Passion (B=bling, bow, boots), Art by Miran, Reasonable Ribbon, Ppinky Dolls, My Craft Creations, the Paper Nest Dolls, Melon Headz Friends, Crazy Challenge (fav technique: coloring with Copics), Completely Christmas, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Jelly Park, The Sisters of Craft, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Emerald Faeries, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Bearly Mine, Stamp and Create, Crafting by Designs, A Crafty Mess, Crafty Calendar, Mema's Crafts, Fan-Tastic Tuesday, Papertake Weekly, Party Time Tuesdays, Through The Class Room Door, Faery Ink Designs (all challenge badges and links are listed in tab above), Crafty Catz

Monday, November 10, 2014

Come On Teddy!

There's a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog and it's your favorite...ANYTHING GOES.  Feel free to do anything you want, but I encourage you to use a Crafty Sentiments image!  I chose this adorable image from Crafty Sentiments named Come On Teddy.


My image is colored with Copics and I used white Viva Pearl Pen and then sprinkled White Glitter Ritz for my snow, snowflakes and teddy's hat. I used a Sizzix square scallop die around my image, a Martha Stewart branch punch and my set of 3 sizes of Nellie Snellen poinsettia punches/embossers. The mittens die is by Memory Box and I applied clear glue and then white flocking on them and also a little snowflake that is a punch on the mittens. In the middle of my red bow is a brad that I glue in the middle. Awesome bow, heh?  I'm practicing...see the post prior to this to be in on the latest and greatest news.

Here's a close-up of my image.


The prize this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is a gift voucher from Crafty Sentiments Designs.

http://www.craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/
 
The gals at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog love this challenge of ANYTHING GOES and know that you do, too. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations this week!
 
                                                                                 Hugs,
                                                                                 Gail
 
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

What if...

What if someone came to you and asked you to make something that you love to make? Would you like doing it...sure thing, right! What if you were asked to use a particular item that you love to use? Another easy answer, right? 
 
Well, I've been asked to join the team at Craft-Dee BowZ and I responded with an emphatic MOST DEFINITELY YES! On January 1, 2015 my new "assignment" is to use ribbon and bows on my cards as a Design Team member of Craft-Dee BowZ! I keep thinking there's a 'catch' cause since when does anyone get asked to do something they love to do?! So, if you've ever looked at my cards, you know I love ribbon and bows! And then to HAVE to use ribbon?!  OMGosh, why not just tell me I HAVE to eat chocolate, or pizza?!  I am thrilled to be invited to join the team and can't wait to use my new Craft-Dee BowZ tool to make the most awesomeist bows you will ever see. And I thought I made good bows before?!  Well, they're nothing compared to what's to come!
 
Thank you to Barbara and Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ for this fabulous invitation and I'm looking forward to this new Design Team opportunity!
 
                                                                                   Walking on a cloud,
                                                                                            Gail

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Candy Cane Wishes

Get ready to go awwwwww at the card below. It's an adorable image, fun to color and one of the cutest Christmas digital stamps in my collection. This card is inspiration for the new challenge IS IT TOO EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS? at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog.  And, of course, she is a Paper Shelter image. Her name is Christmas Candy Fairy.


 
I've had a great time making this card and layered 3 different laces/ribbon to get the gold, red and white towards the bottom of the card. I used gold flat backed pearls on the white lace along with on the image. The tiny glittered candy canes are actually in the ornament section of Hobby Lobby. Since candy canes never go out of style, I'm sure they're still there although I've had these for years in my fishing tackle box of miscellaneous embellishments.  All I did was take off the gold string that was tied around each one as the 'hanger' and then glue the candy canes on my gold ribbon. I used a punch to cut out the sentiment and then ran glitter all the way around it. The peppermint candy in the middle of the bow is a brad that I cut off the back legs and glued it on the bow...another tackle box embellishment.
 
 
How do you like her wings?  I used my glue pen and then sprinkled White Glitter Ritz to completely cover her wings. I've had this White Glitter Ritz for 2 years now and never opened the bottle. Why? I don't know...but I think I've found a great glitter for wings! And I did add a dash of clear Glossy Accents on the berries in her hair. I took out my Spica pens and added some green to the holly in her hair for some shine. The gold bow on the image..well, I wasn't happy with how I colored the gold bow the first time, so I colored a second bow and adhered it with foam tape and you don't see the mistake in the middle of the bottom bow at all! I then added some yellow Spica pen to the darker gold edges of the bow for some sparkle. The sparkle of this card doesn't show up very well in the photos.  
 
The prize for this challenge is a $30 gift certificate if your name is chosen and you've used an image from The Paper Shelter. If you don't use an image from TPS, the prize is 3 digis.

http://www.thepapershelter.com/
 
The Design Team has made outstanding projects for this challenge as an inspiration for you. I'm not sure how much inspiration you really need, however, since most of us are looking at the calendar knowing we need to get our cards done. We'd love to see your creations, and would love to see more images from TPS used in the challenges!
 
                                                                                          Hugs,
                                                                                          Gail
 
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy Halloween!

The challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is TRICK OR TREAT OR SOMETHING SWEET FOR HALLOWEEN.  I used a stamp by Crafty Sentiments Designs named Harriet-Witchy RideI love this cute stamp. Most of the cards I make are to make someone smile, so cute images fit my style!


My paper is by the fabulous Doodlebug.  I don't know who made the diecut behind my image since there's no name on it and I didn't write it on the die--whichever brand it is, it has foam on the cutting side so the little pieces don't get jammed in the die. The star punch border is by Martha Stewart. The candy corn in the corners and the spider web in the center of the bow are buttons by Dress It Up. The spider is a metal charm and I glued a dark orange pearl in the center of it. The sentiment is part of a set by Cardz TV Stamps. Here's Harriet up close and colored with Copics. Oh, the stars around her are the stars that were punched out by the star punch border by MS...I just added a touch of glitter to each one (although it doesn't show up very well).
 
 
Our sponsor, Crafty Sentiments, has donated the cute rubber stamp below as the prize for this challenge. She is so cute holding her present and the bell.
 

The gals at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog have created cards to inspire you for this challenge. Please stop by the Blog, take a look, leave a comment on a card or two that you like, and we hope to see your card or project for the challenge TRICK OR TREAT OR SOMETHING SWEET FOR HALLOWEEN.
 

                                                                                              Hugs,
                                                                                              Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafters Cafe, One Crazy Stamper, Sister Act, Crafts 4 Eternity, Creative Corner, Brown Sugar, Cut It Up, Delicious Doodles, A Little Bit Crafty, Bearly Mine, Paradise of Stamps, Dies R Us, Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, Craft-Dee Bowz, Lia Stampz, Glitter n Sparkle, Dream Valley, Craft Your Passion, Creative Card Crew, As You Like It, Creative Fingers, Art by Miran, Jo's Scrap Shack, Di's Digi Designs, We Do Doobadoo, Left of Center, Pink Gem Challenges, Lacy Sunshine, kitty bee designs, Melon Headz Friends, My Craft Creations, Cutie Pie, Sweet 7 Digital Designs, Creative Shopping, Open-Minded Crafting Fun, Scrappers Delights (w/twist), Dream Factory, Ladybug Crafts

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fairy Fantasy

The challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week is MONSTERS OR MYTHICALS. Since I love fairies, I chose this beautiful digital image from The Paper Shelter named Exotic Enchantment.


I used my oval nesting dies around my image and my favorite corner die, which are both by Quik Kutz.

 
I colored my image with Copics and used Star Dust Stickles accenting her wings. I used a pearlescent pen to fill in her fairy dust and then added snow white Frantage embossing powder sprinkled around the image and on her dress. I am very pleased with how her dress came out and I hope it reminds you of silk since that's the look I was trying to achieve.
 


This ribbon is one of many pieces that were sent to me by my teammate, Eva Gro Røsok in Norway. Eva and I did a 'trade' a while back and I sent ribbons and lace from the USA to her and she sent me ribbons and lace from Norway. What an awesome way to get new and different products in my stash! My flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and also my local lace warehouse. The pearl swirls are by Zva and the pearl broach in the center of the bow is from Suhafuha.


The sentiment is one stamp of a set that I bought at the convention in Mesa, Arizona last year. I stamped it in burgundy color on white paper Then I covered it with a round flat back round glass dome and trimmed around the edge of the paper to fit the dome. I adhered the paper to inside the dome with Diamond Glaze adhesive and then ran pearls around the outside edge. Yes, it is definitely going to be a postage hog to send this card anywhere!

Our sponsor is The Paper Shelter who have donated this prize to the The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. So, please consider using an image from TPS to get the $30 gift certificate if your name is drawn!


The gals at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have made some lovely cards/projects for you to see and inspire you in this challenge of MONSTERS OR MYTHICALS. Take a look at their art work and please take a moment to leave each one of them a little note appreciating their efforts this week. Everyone likes to receive a bit of praise and since at least one of us on the team will leave you a comment, please reciprocate to the team, too! We're looking forward to seeing your creations!

                                                                                     Hugs,
                                                                                     Gail
This card is entered in the following challenges:
Anything Goes With a Twist, Art by Miran, Sister Act, The Stamping Boutique (my image is cut 'outside the box'), Treasured Times, 613 Avenue Create, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Crafting From the Heart, Loves Rubber Stamps, Pile It On!, Di's Digi Designs, Creative Fingers, Crafting at the Weekend, Aloha Friday, Melon Headz Friends, My Craft Creations, Eclectic Ellapu (pink team: flowers), Craft-dee BowZ, Sparkle n Sprinkle, The Sisters of Craft, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Papertake Weekly, Party Time Tuesdays

A Black and White Challenge

I won the Gold Award at the bastel-traum challenge with my card I love ice cream. The prize was a Guest Design Spot for the current challenge at bastel-traum of BLACK AND WHITE. Here's my card for the challenge which I hope inspires you.

 
My card is 6"x6". It is a basic white heavy cardstock base and then I placed black cardstock and then a nesting diecut by Cheery Lynn in white, then another piece of black cardstock which I put white pearls in the 3 corners, then another layer in white. I placed the Merry Christmas sentiment from a die by Frantic Stamper on top of the white layer.
 
 
Here's a close of my poinsettia. I made this flower by using the Creative Expressions die set and the matching stamp set named Elegant Poinsettias. I stamped it with my black Colorbox pad and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I took my clear Wink of Stella pen and colored over the leaves to give them a glittery shine. The brad in the middle was silver so I put some VersaMark ink on it, embossed it with white embossing powder and then applied clear Wink of Stella on it. The black and white ribbon is from Michael's and it made a great double loop bow.

I'd like to thank Ute and the bastel-traum team for the opportunity to be their Guest Designer for this challenge and hope you'll consider joining in the BLACK AND WHITE challenge this week.

                                                                               Hugs,
                                                                               Gail