MY BIRTHDAY BLOG CANDY!!

Two winners will be chosen to receive one of the two stamps I am offering up on THIS BLOG POST! You have until October 28, 2014 to enter when I will close comments. I will announce the winner on October 29, 2014 right here on my blog!
"Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." - Mother Teresa

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Thankful Fall Fox

Hello friends and happy Friday to ya!
I'm here today to share a card using some adorable Lawn Fawn stamps!
Check it out...
I saw that the Lawnscaping Challenges was having either a Halloween challenge or to use the color combo provided which was basically Halloween in nature.
Now I really do love Halloween and love creating with Halloween type of things.  I don't send out Halloween cards, so it would be something that I would donate for children.
And on top of that...looking through my stash of Lawn Fawn stuff, I don't own any Halloween type of stamps...so I decided to see what I could come up with using the colors of:
orange, purple and black.

I was happy to see that I had the So Thankful stamp set which I thought I could use for the orange. I also had some old Fall papers that I could use to pull the color from as well.
Do you remember this fox from my Copic coloring class?  I told you that I would be using him on something soon...and here he is! (Check out this post if you don't remember!)
I took the Let it Snow stamp set and used it to clear emboss the stitched die circle and then I took some distress ink "seedless preserves" to go over the embossed image and make the stars and dots pop out from the purple. Of course I had to add a bit a sparkle to the stars!
Since black is so dramatic, I only used it for accents.  I also topped it off with some purple metallic ribbon to pull out some of that purple in the sky.  I think it looks like this fox is sitting in a pumpkin patch in the middle of the night! LOL!!

Here are some close-up details:
As you can see, I fussy cut the pumpkin and leaves and then layered them around the pumpkin and placed the pumpkin over top of the fox's feet so it looks like he's standing behind the pumpkin.  I also covered the pumpkin with glossy accents.

So I hope you like what I've done with my fox and the color combo!
Thanks so much for joining me today and I wish you all a wonderful weekend!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Lawnscaping Challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Get Crafty and use Kraft
Shopping Our Stash - Halloween OR Halloween Colors
(I pulled out some old papers and ribbon and used an image I had for a while!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Wonder-FALL Color Combo!!

Hello friends!!  It's Wednesday already!  The nights are getting cooler, but I sure enjoy taking walks in the afternoon watching the leaves turn colors and looking brilliant and pretty!
I was so inspired by this and I thought it was a perfect time to remind you of the
GORGEOUS Color Combo challenge at the DRS Designs Blog!

Here's the lovely color combo to play with:
click on the photo above to be taken directly to the challenge!
(Be sure to check out the beautiful creations from the DRS Designs team while you are there!)

So of course I wanted to pull out my DRS Designs stamps to see what I could come up
and here's what I did:
I used the Medium Silhouette Leaf (701D) from DRS Designs and did a little "emboss resist" for the background and blended some distress inks over it.  I then stamped the Vicki's Versatile Background (369H) in Vanilla Pigment ink to make a fun tree bark look.  I repeated the same steps minus the emboss resist for my sentiment panel.  I also took the distress inks to ink up my leaf and then I fussy cut it out and popped it over the green banner and added some twine.
I took the Wordy Birthday Greeting (999H) and shortened it up to condense it for my card.
I love how versatile these stamps are...so many techniques and so little time to do them all! :)

Here's a closer look at my leaf:
It's so hard to capture the shimmer/sparkle in a photo...so I hope you can see the shimmer on the leaf where I used my Wink of Stella glitter pen.  You can also better see the Vicki's Versatile Background stamping that I've done.


And here are some challenges I'd like to enter the above card for:
Simply Create Too - Halloween or Use Lots of Orange
Cards & More - Leaves
Craft Room Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Just Inspirational Challenges - Fall (A Fall birthday!)
Sketch Saturday:


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OK...so now...on a more HUMOROUS view of this challenge, here's another card I came up with:
TEE HEE!!  I couldn't help but add the eye glasses and googly eyes to the silhouette leaf especially using the fun Sense of Wonder Birthday Greeting (661H) with it!

I've changed the colors slightly on this one for a lighter feel.  The leaf was stamped in the background and I also did the "rock 'n roll" technique on the leaf I cut out and put the glasses on.
I have layered my sentiment panel with vellum and gold embossed the sentiment on it.  Underneath is where I stamped another layer of the leaves.
I covered the wood veneer eye glasses with gold embossing powder and glued them on my leaf.  I added some googly eyes in the center of the glasses.  The leaf is popped up over a stitched circle die cut with gold card stock.  I also went around the panel with my paper pierce for a stitched look.

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter my eye glass leaf card for:
Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes

(I used gold card stock, gold embossing powder for sentiment and eye glasses)

MOJO Monday:

I hope you've enjoyed my creations today and be sure to hop on over to the DRS Designs blog challenge to play along because it will be ending very soon!
Thanks for stopping by today!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's a Colorful Tuesday Throwdown!

Hello friends!  It's getting cooler and the weather is changing over my way with beautiful Fall colors!
I love going for a walk with hubby and my "fur baby" to enjoy it in our neighborhood!
How about you?  What weather are you experiencing where you live?

I have a fun challenge to share with you today over at
TUESDAY THROWDOWN

There is a very fitting color combo for you try out:
These are perfect Halloween type of colors, but of course you don't have to make a Halloween creation for this, you can just take inspiration from the colors!
This is exactly what I did:
I have used the really cute Everyday Jargon digital stamp set from our kind sponsor this week, Doodle Panty.  (Click on the link to see all of the different items in this set!)  So many fun things to mix and match and work with including digital papers!  Another great thing about these sets is that you can choose to print out the colored version or not...so it makes creating with them very easy!

I have used everything from the set with the exception of the card stock which I pulled some black and purple colors from my stash that I thought matched up nicely.  I also took some distressed mowed lawn ink to distress the edges of the image panel and sentiment panel too.

I used my corner chomper to round the edges, the scalloped black border going across the middle is from a die cut.  I punched out the sentiment with an oval punch and some purple card stock with my oval scallop punch.  I popped it up over the border with foam tape and that's it for my card!
I went over the candy corns in the jar with my Wink of Stella glitter pen. (Hard to see in the photo.)

So please now...hop on over to the Tuesday Throwdown challenge blog to see all of the gorgeous inspiration with this color combo from my fellow teamies!
We can't wait to see what you all come up with using this color combo!!

Thanks for joining me today and don't forget about my Birthday Blog Candy if you haven't left me a comment yet over there!  You have about one week left to enter!
See you again tomorrow!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this for:
Doodle Pantry - anything goes
613 Avenue - anything goes with optional candy treats
House of Cards - A Punch or a Die or Both (I used both)

Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm Doing a Penguin Party!

Hello friends!  Hope you had a great weekend!
Today I'd like to share some creations with you using a brand new stamp set that I was lucky enough to get for my birthday from a dear blog friend Monika!  Thank you so much my friend!  I have really enjoyed playing around and creating with it!
I've made a fun birthday card and a couple of Christmas tags with this DARLING set from Create a Smile called Penguin Party. (You can click on the link to see all the images in the set.)
This is a fairly new company that has started up this Summer and the owner is from Germany.  I can tell that this is going to be a fabulous place to shop!  I hope I can purchase some items sometime soon!  They have much more than just clear stamps!  So go check it out!

They are also having a December Guest Design Call that I'm trying out for.

I had tried out for their guest designer call last time with one of their freebie images because I didn't own any of their stamps yet.  CLICK HERE to see that post on my blog.

Here are the close-up details of my projects:
I took that cute peeping penguin from the set and paper pieced the gift box with some Christmas looking papers.  I colored him and popped him on this die cut tag.  I've also heat embossed the "For You" sentiment on each tag.  I topped the tags off with some twine.

Looking at these now, I see that the colors make them perfect for Christmas or ANY time really.  They would be great on a general present for any occasion I thought.

For my card, I thought it would be fun to take the inspiration from the colors of the Create a Smile logo!  I matched up the colors for my design and used the sentiments in the set to create a fun background banner and die cut a stitched circle for my cake topper penguin.  Then I just cut the edge off of the circle to match up with the banner and added the sentiment at the bottom, some sequins and ribbon to finish it off.

And here's a close-up view of the penguin:
I've colored him with my Copic markers and added some sparkle to the lighted candles with some Stickles glitter glue and I used my silver glitter pen to color his party horn.  I fussy cut him out and popped him up with foam tape on the circle.

I just adore penguins and I do have quite a collection of them in my stash that I just can't bare to part with!  I know that this penguin set will be fitting very nicely into that collection and I look forward to pulling it out again for play time! :)

Hope you've enjoyed my projects today and I'm so glad you've stopped by!
I'll be back again with another creation tomorrow!  See you then!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter:
CAS on Sunday - Emboss It -embossed sentiment on tags (Create a Smile is sponsoring!)
allsorts - embossing (heat embossed sentiments on tags)
Papertake Weekly - Super Fly
Addicted to Stamps & More - Make Your Mark
Fab 'N' Funky - Christmas with optional tags, bags or boxes
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Happy Birthday

Friday, October 17, 2014

Are You Playing Along?

Hello friends!  Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend!  I'm soooo glad it's Friday and I can put this weird and crazy week behind me!
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I am SO excited to be apart of the BE Inspired (TAWS) Challenge this month!
This is the second week of awesome inspiration for this challenge!  So be sure to check out what the TAWS design team has to inspire you with THIS week and I look forward to seeing what you come up with for it!
(You have a couple more weeks left to play, but don't let your time run out!)
*Just remember you need to use a TAWS stamp or get one from their FREEBIES!*

For this month's challenge, here's the really FUN and festive looking inspirational photo:
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This time, I took inspiration from the bottom right photo with the deer.
Here's the card that I made:
So I thought this darling little bunny from the Now You See Me stamp set would work to mimic the deer and for the garland across his antlers, I used some sequins of the same colors.  I also took the arrows in the bottom corner for inspiration to use the feather from the same stamp set coming from the hat.  The hat image and the sentiment come from the TA-DA stamp set. (These two sets work perfectly together so I highly recommend getting both!)   Although it has Halloween looking colors, I think this card could be used for a fun birthday card as well!

Here's a closer look at this darling bunny with his bugged-out eyeballs:
For the orange sequins, I did not have any that color, so I took some white sequins and colored them with an orange Copic marker.  The bunny was also colored with my Copic markers.  For the bunny's eyes, hat trim and feathers, I covered them with my Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I also have added some rhinestones to the centers of the orange colored sequins.  I popped the hat and the bunny out by fussy cutting them and adding some foam tape to pop them up on the card.

It's a very simple and clean looking card, but I love how it turned out!
Hope I've inspired you to look at the inspirational photo in a different way!  I would love to see what you come up with for this challenge!
Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your weekend!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this for:
Crazy for CAS - One Layer CAS
613 Avenue - anything goes (optional CAS)
Cute Card Thursday - One Layer Card

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Floral and Food Birthdays!

Hello friends!  It's been a crazy week so far and I'm ready for Friday already!! LOL!
I am hoping to get into my stamp room today for some quiet time to stamp!

I have a couple of cards to share with you as I received a nice batch of new rubbah from
DRS Designs!  Call me crazy, but I love the smell of new red rubber!

So here is my first card using some of my fave colors...
I needed to take the photo of this card directly straight and turned outward at an angle so that you could see the pretty silver embossed sentiment.

Purple is my fave color and I thought this beautiful Daisy Basket (671L) would look stunning with the purple colors.  I colored it in with my Copic and I also stamped it a second time and cut out about three of the daisies and popped them up over the image.  I die cut it out with my stitched circle die and added a bow on it.  The Kraft panel was stamped in Versamark with none other than my fave stamp Vicki's Versatile Background (369H) and the Birthday Bouquet Greeting (593H) was heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  For the purple plum panel, I took some white pigment ink and sponged around the edges of it to soften up the look.

Here is a closer look at the flowers...
You can see where a couple of the flowers are popped up on foam tape and I also added some wink of stella over top of them and then took my white gel pen to add a few dots.

Here are some challenges that I want to enter this card for:
Sketch Saturday 

Inkspirational - Purple with Grey/Silver
(I only used the inspirational photo and not the sketch)

Top Tip Tuesday - Your Favorite Color Combo (purple and anything!)
SCS Hope You Can Cling To (HYCCT1401A) - "You Raise Me Up" (popped up elements on card)

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And yes, I have a second card to share with you as well!
I also wanted to be sure to tell you about a couple of challenges going on right now where you could win some DRS Designs rubber of your own!!  So check it out...
I thought that this Wordy Birthday Greeting (999H) was so fun!  I stamped it with black Memento ink and then took my Copic markers and scribbled over the wording to give it a bit of color.

I thought the colors I used would be perfect for either a guy or gal for a birthday card.

The YUMMY looking Cherry Top Cupcake (463E) was the perfect pairing for this sentiment I thought!  I stamped it twice, colored it with my Copic markers and cut out the frosting and cherry part to pop it up on the image and then I add some more fun details that you can see more closely below...
So as you can now see more closely, I've popped up the frosting and I covered it with my Wink of Stella pen for some shimmer.  I also covered the cherry with glossy accents.  This cupcake was then popped up over the card to sit alongside the fun birthday sentiment.

So...would YOU like a chance to win some DRS Designs rubber?!!
Right now, the DRS Designs blog has a challenge up every Thursday of the week.  For the current challenge, they are looking for FOOD!!  (And you don't have to use any DRS Designs images to play along...just play along!)  You better hurry though because I think this challenge is ending very soon!

If you'd like another chance to win some more DRS Designs rubber, you can also join in the fun challenge over at the Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge blog!
The winner will receive some stamps from DRS Designs!

So here's the fun sketch which is what I've used on my card above:

So head on over and check out the challenges and go have fun creating!!  If you have some DRS Designs stamps, I would love to see what you do with them!

So here are the challenges that I'd like to enter my cupcake card for:
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - 'R' for Round or Rectangle (I used rectangles!)
Shopping Our Stash (SOS#173) - Hello, Sweetie... Something sweet (cupcake)
(using up older papers, foam tape and embossing folder)
SCS Hope You Can Cling To (HYCCT1407) - "Spoonful of Sugar" - use a treat on your card

So I hope to see you play along in some of these challenges with me and I'd love to see what you come up with!  Thanks so much for stopping in today!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, October 10, 2014

BE Inspired by The Alley Way Stamps - Guest Design Post

Hello friends!  Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend!
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I am SO excited to be apart of the BE Inspired (TAWS) Challenge this month!
I had won a previous challenge and was honored when I had won a guest design spot.

For this month's challenge, here's the really FUN and festive looking inspirational photo:
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So, if you look at the top right photo with the spider, this is the one that I focused on for the inspiration with the card I'm sharing today:
I tell you, this little guy really makes me smile!  He's actually really not a Halloween type of guy at all, but I didn't have any Halloween stamps...so I used this fun TAWS stamp set called Meltdown.  The sentiment at the bottom comes from the Now You See Me stamp set.

I was inspired by the top right inspirational photo and used the black twine and button to mimic the spider in the corner.  The mirror inspired my white panel with a vellum overlay and I embossed the eyeballs to mimic the webbing over mirror.  The little “one-eyed” guy is meant to mimic the lamp on the table.

Here's a closer view of the "orange pill guy"...
I've got him popped up over the vellum and I colored him in with my Copics and added some glossy accents to his eyeball.  I took a white gel pen and added some dots to his cheeks and then added a bow with some black twine that I colored with my Copic marker and then I added some black enamel dots to the ends of his antennas.

So what do think?  Want to play along?  Go check out the challenge blog...CLICK HERE!
Don't have any TAWS stamps?
CLICK HERE to check out the available FREEBIES to print out and play along!
I can't wait to see what you'll be coming up with using the photo!!
Thanks for stopping in today!  Have a great weekend!


HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

I'd like to enter this card for:

Simple Create Too - Halloween or use lots of orange!
Daring Card Makers - "Out of this World"
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