"Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." - Mother Teresa

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spooky Skyline...

Hello friends!
Here with you today to tell you about the new Thursday Challenge over at

DRS Designs

We would love to see your ANY Autumn Holiday creations!
So perhaps you are feeling a bit spooked as Halloween is approaching quickly...or not a "spooky fan"?  Then perhaps Thanksgiving is more your appeal?  Whatever Holiday you think of in Autumn would be fabulous for you join in the fun with us!

Now you do not need to use DRS Designs stamps if you don't have any, but if you do...we would LOVE to see what you come up with using them of course!  Besides that...you could win stamps!

Here's the creation I came up with for it:
I have been seeing so many of these really fun spooky looking night skies this year, so I thought it would be fun to try one out for myself!

I embossed this Tree Line Border (981P) from DRS Designs with black detail embossing powder and then masked off above the tree line area to sponge the grass in.  I then sponged a punched circle and then embossed over it with clear embossing powder to create the moon.  Then I masked the grass portion of the card and finished sponging the colors for the sky.  Since I embossed the moon, I was able to go right over top of it because the embossed area resists inks.  I just added a few stars with my white signo gel pen.

I die cut some letters and sponged those with some green inks and then went over the letters with glitter and glossy accents.  I punched a couple of circles from black card stock to make eyes for the "o"s in the "boo!" and then attached some gold star sequins to the sky as well.  I covered the trees and top parts of the grass with glitter as if the moon was making them sparkle!

I hope this looks spooky enough for a Halloween night!!
Thanks so much for stopping in today!
Please go check out the rest of the really talented ladies creations at the challenge blog!
They are sure to inspire you!  We can't wait to see what you'll come up with!


Here's some other challenges I'd like to enter:
Open-Minded Crafting Fun - Halloween/Dressing Up
The Crazy Challenge - Spooky Nights
{PIN}spirational Challenges: 
(such a fun photo!  I was inspired by the trees, spooky sky on a Halloween night!)

 Crafts 4 Eternity - Halloween
Crafting by Designs - Halloween

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Birthday Blog Candy Winners...and Playing with My New Christmas Kit!

Hello friends!!  It's the middle of the week and it's also time for me to announce the winners of my birthday blog candy!  But first, I have a little card to share with you!
OK...you can scroll down to see who won in case you can't stand it! LOL!

It always feels like Christmas when I receive a new Simon Says Stamp card kit!
So when I saw this one was Christmas theme, I was happy because I knew it would get me motivated to start making up some Christmas cards!  I so need to kick it in!

Here's my card...
I think I have used every element from the kit on my card here!  I love everything in it...I usually do, but I was excited to see the Lawn Fawn papers, the fun snowflake sequins and the liquid glue from Ranger that I've been wanting to try and it really DOES hold those sequins on nicely!  I like that it doesn't goosh out and look terrible after it dries!
(I know, weird little things like this make me happy!  LOL!)

I stamped the trees, the snowflake dots above that and the greeting along the side from the stamp set in the kit.  I used the Lawn Fawn papers for my background card base and for the red and white strip along the side of the tree panel.  I also punched a circle of the same tree papers that I attached the gold bow sticker on from the kit.  The sequins are also from the kit as well as the white card base and red card stock on my tree panel.

I love how this turned out!  And there's still PLENTY left in the kit to make tons more cards...so I just created more work for myself, right?!  LOL!

Here are some challenges that I'd like to enter this for:
The Paper Players

Allsorts - Christmas
The Pink Elephant (TPE274) - anything goes


OK....so you want to know who the winners are of my birthday blog candy?!!

Here is the winner of the prize #1
arlsmom aka Lynda

CONGRATS!!!  Please be sure to e-mail me (vparz70@gmail.com) with your name and mailing address so I can get this sent out to you!

here is the winner of the prize #2

CONGRATS!!!!  Please be sure to e-mail me (vparz70@gmail.com) with your name and mailing address so I can get this sent out to you too!

I will be out for my Anniversary Day with hubby today, so I'll get back with you as soon as I can!

Thanks again to all of you that follow along with my crafty travels here on the blog!  It just wouldn't be any fun without ya!  I would probably still do it, but it just wouldn't be as fun with my fellow crafty buddies here!  I appreciate all of you no matter how you follow along with me!
See you again soon....now go get crafty!!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Omit Stamping + Video!

Hello friends!!  Welcome to the last week in October!
Are you getting prepared for the cool weather?  It's been unusually nice over my way, so we've been doing what we can outdoors until the cold weather starts coming.

So today I have a card and a video showing how to do some "Omit Stamping"!
If you are "old-school" in stamping like myself, you've probably heard this before.  If you haven't, then you are missing out on a great way to really stretch those stamps you already have in your stash!

So the challenge at DRS Designs this week is to make a
So Thankful card.
I didn't have the right DRS Designs sentiments to make a thank you, so I decided to take a couple of the DRS Designs stamps that I already have and create my own thank you type greeting to work with the challenge.  Perhaps you can do the same with yours?
Here's what I made:
I love how all the gold embossing turned out on this card.
I've used the following stamps from DRS Designs to create this card:
Peacock Feather (197H)
Sense of Wonder Birthday Greeting (661H)
Wordy Birthday Greeting (999H)

I used some distress inks and water to brush over the feathers and created a fun banner with those two sentiment stamps mentioned above to create my own specialized greeting that would work for a "thank you" type of sentiment.  It's a great way to stretch your stamps and make them work for you the way you want.  So check out the video below to see how I did this "omit stamping" technique:

If you'd like to watch in HD and enlarge on your screen, you can CLICK HERE to see it too!

And here's a closer look at the sentiment banner I made:
After making the banner, I embossed the edges of it with some gold embossing powder.
I hope you've enjoyed this video and learned how to stretch your stamps!
Now go check out the inspiration and fun over at the DRS Designs blog!

*Don't forget that you still have one more day to enter my BLOG CANDY!!*

Thanks so much for joining with me today!


Here are a few challenges I'd like to join with:
Stampin' Royalty - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - 2 or 3 word sentiment
TIME OUT Challenges - "Birds of a Feather Flock Together"
Creative Fingers - anything goes with "Layer it Up"

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!!


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:


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!!


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

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!


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!


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
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