Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Guest Designing at CropStop

Today I'm thrilled to be Guest Designing for CropStop.  I have been playing along in their challenges for a while now, and I was so excited when Karen asked me to Guest Design for them this month.  I absolutely LOVE their wonderful products, and I had so much fun making my card using some of the awesome products.
My bright, fun card was created using some patterned papers that I glued together using Tombow Permanent Mono Adhesive.  Then, I cut some flowers using my Die-Namics Heirloom Rose Die-cut and attached them with some brads and some lovely Ivory Burlap String.  For the sentiment, I attached a Mixed Media Wire Word (smile) from Jillibean Soup by stitching it down with embroidery floss and dotting my i with a white sequin and a Doodlebug Pearl Accent Sticker.  I also inked the edges of my card using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade.  There's always a perfect shade of Tim Holtz ink for any project.  There are SO MANY great products at CropStop that there's simply no end to the creative possibilities awaiting you.  I always find something new every time I shop there.  They have so many great new die-cuts and stamps, and so much more.
I hope that you will all stop by to play along in their fun challenge on the CropStop Blog.  You could win yourself some of their products, and you will always find inspiration on the blog, and find great products in their store too.

Have a great week, and thanks so much for stopping by.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Seeing Stars

I found these cute gold paper clips at the Dollar Tree.  They also had some other shapes, and I thought they were cute so I got a couple of different packs.  I stamped a Verse Bible verse onto a piece of vellum in Tim Holtz Black Soot ink using a stamp from Verve, added some ribbons and twines, a paper flower, and did some maching stitching on my card.
It was nice being able to squeeze in some crafting mid-week.  That's a rare occurrence for me.  I am looking forward to sharing my card in a few challenges this week, and I will be crossing my fingers that perhaps I will win something at some point down the road. There are so many wonderful companies out their who generously donate prizes, and I would feel so honored to win something.  I'm sure if you've ever won a challenge, you know what I mean.  That random generator can be some people's best friend, and other crafters' worst nightmare.  I was playing along at one challenge, and the just dropped off the face of the earth and never announced a winner.  I get so confused by things like that.  I just keep playing along when are where I can and scratch my head a bit when I "don't get it".  LOL

Here are the challenges where I'm linking up:

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #230-231 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Linky Party #16 - Anything Goes

Have a happy day!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sent With Hugs

It's always fun to make little tags that people can use as a bookmark; especially those who love to read.  I created this little tag with patterned paper that I inked on the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spun Sugar, I added a bunting which is a string of bows on jute, and then I stamped a Paper Sweeties sentiment at the bottom.
This bunting is a long string of jute with cute silk bows tied on it.  I also added seam binding bow at the top and a stamped sentiment at the bottom which is from Paper Sweeties.

I'm linking my tag here in these challenges:

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog - Challenge #359 - Buntings

CropStop Linky Party #16 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink and Black Soot for the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday Bunting

This is a birthday card I made for a friend using a stamped bunting.  The stamp is from Paper Sweeties, and I covered each flag with patterned paper.  I also stamped the happy birthday sentiment and added some baker's twine.  It's a very simple card.
I don't get a lot of time during the week to craft, but I really wanted to play along in these challenges:

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog - Challenge #359 - Buntings 

CropStop Linky Party #16 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Ink

Thanks for visiting.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Trying To Play Along

When I saw this week's challenge theme at Simon Says Stamp, I thought right away that I was OUT and that there was no way I could play along.  I don't own any stencils, nor have I ever worked with stencils.  Then, I saw on one of my friend's blog, she had the same issue - NO STENCILS!  But, that didn't stop by creative freind, so I didn't let it stop me either.  I followed her creative lead on this, and I created my own stencil (sort of, I guess) by cutting different sized circles (using the circle dies from my Die-Namics/My Favorite Things Steel Dies called Out On A Limb.  I placed the circles strategically, die cut them, and then laid the "stencil" I made onto the texturized ivory cardstock and painted the circles/holes in the stencil using my gellatos, and rubbing them onto the background.  This is how I creatively made my stencilled background.  It's always nice learning a trick from someone and being able to create something I never thought I could.
Once I had rubbed the stencilled circles onto my card, I ran some canteloupe seam binding across my card and tied it into a bow.  Then, I stamped a cute birthday sentiment at the bottom in Black Soot Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.  I liked this funny sentiment when I saw it at Hobby Lobby, and I knew just the perfect friend who would appreciate that particular sense of humor.  It's going to her this week, and I know she will enjoy it.
I've found a few challenges where I am able to share this particular card - in addition to Simon Says Stamp.  I'm excited to play along:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Stencil It" - See above for how I created my make-shift stencil.

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #229 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Linky Party #15 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink to stamp the sentiment on my card.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

I appreciate your visit to my blog, and I thank you in advance if you leave a comment.  It's always so nice to hear your thoughts on my cards.

Have a great weekend,