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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fishing For Love...

Hello friends!  It's the middle of the week already!
I think I am "in the mood for love" this week! :)  I always have fun making up special Valentine's Day cards or treats for my special Valentines.

Today I'm sharing a card I made using a FREEBIE image!
Check it out:
If you know me, then you know I am a "sucker" for penguins! :)
I think my fellow crafty blog friends "know me" as this FREEBIE digital set as well as the challenge linking to it was pointed out to me by someone!  Thanks NC!!  I promised that I would play along in the Deedee's Digital monthly Challenge.  Of course I used this ADORABLE digital set called "Ice Fishing" (For non-EU residents - EU residents available as well) and comes with several images pre-colored, digital papers, sentiments and the outline version of the images!  I didn't realize how many things you get with this digital set!!  You should check it out before the month is over! (It's only available for FREE during the month of January! - check out photo below of what's included in the set!)

And how adorable is this penguin pulling out a heart from his ice fishing hole!?! :)
I printed out the colored version and die cut it out with my LF stitched rectangle die cut.  I also printed out the sentiment and attached it right underneath the penguin panel.  I thought it would be cute to add some silver thread to mimic his fishing string!

I've also printed out the adorable heart background paper that came with the set and I die cut out a banner with it using my My Favorite Things Banner Dies.  The penguin panel is just popped up over the card base and heart banner with foam tape.

And of course here is a different angle of the card so that you can see the details that I've added to the pre-colored digital image.  Glossy accents on his beak and feet as well as the heart. (The heart looks weird in the photo, but it looks more smooth IRL.)  I've added some glitter to the water in the ice fishing hole and a decorative silver sticker in the corner.

Although this may look complicated, it was so easy to put together and fun!
Now to decide which of my Valentines gets this one! :)

Thanks for stopping in today!  I hope you'll come back again on Friday to check out a new Flashback Friday challenge!!  Until then, enjoy your week!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter my "Fishing Penguin" card for:

Deedee's Digis "Digi of the Month" challenge - For January

TIME OUT - Valentine's Day with the optional TWIST of hearts

Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes + Sentiment

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday Throwdown - Facets

Hello friends!
I'm here to share with you a new challenge over at
Tuesday Throwdown

So the challenge for you THIS week is:
"Facets of Crafting" (Use Gems, Sequins, etc.) on your project

As I saw what this challenge was, I knew immediately what I wanted to do for it, but I was curious about the name "facet", so of course I looked it up and here's what I found:

facet

 (ˈfæsɪt)
n
1. (Jewellery) any of the surfaces of a cut gemstone
2. an aspect or phase, as of a subject or personality
3. (Architecture) architect the raised surface between the flutes of a column
4. (Zoology) any of the lenses that make up the compound eye of an insect or other arthropod
5. (Anatomy) anatomy any small smooth area on a hard surface, as on a bone
vb-ets-eting-eted-ets-etting or -etted
6. (Jewellery) (tr) to cut facets in (a gemstone)
[C17: from French facette a little face]

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
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My parents have their 50th wedding anniversary this week and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to  create a card for them as well as complete my DT requirement...win/win!
So here's the card I came up with using this theme:
So the Wedding Bells image that I've used on this card was generously donated by our sponsor for this week's challenge which is A Day For Daisies.  I thought it was the perfect image to use not only for the challenge, but for my parent's special Anniversary card as well.  Be sure to play along with us this week as our sponsor will be providing the winner with a fabulous prize! :)  The shop is full of really amazing digital stamps, you should seriously check it out!

I have colored in the image with my Copic markers and used my Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to go over top of the bells for a bit of shimmer.  Of course it's hard to see in the photo, but it looks so pretty IRL.  I've used some gold Stickles to fill in the centers of the flowers.

This card was a bit tricky to put together and I had a "re-do" of the entire thing!  I hate it when that happens, but it was something I wanted to be just right! :)  I used an old Cuttlebug die cut that I had which cut out several pieces with one pass.  The frame, the ornate cut pieces inside the frame were all pieced together and I used some sticky paper behind it so that I could cover that with fine clear glitter.  I popped that up over my embossed card base and added in the sequins and gold glittered die cut numbers.  I had some gold ribbon and then popped up the image over the bow in the corner.
I think it turned out pretty!  I hope they will like it!

Here's another view of the details:
You can some-what see the sparkle and glitter everywhere.  You can barely see the shimmer on the gold bells, but it's there!  I think the gold sequins added the perfect finishing touch to it.  I also placed some liquid pearls around the image too.

Who doesn't love gems or sequins, right?  I can't wait to see what you'll come up with for this challenge!!  Hope you'll join us!  And if you need more inspiration, then check out what the rest of the design team came up with for it!!  CLICK HERE to check out the Tuesday Throwdown challenge!

Thanks for dropping by today!
Also wanted to say a quick reminder about my "Flashback Friday" challenge to use
Flowers!  CLICK HERE for details...InLinkz closes on Thursday 3:00 PM (CST)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this card for:

Creative Inspirations - Pretty Pearls (I've used liquid pearls)

Crafty Creations - Something Old (die cut, embossing folder, ribbon) and Something New (new image, sequins)

Creative Knockouts - Lots of Embellies

Crafts 4 Eternity - Numbers

Alphabet Challenge - 'Y' for Years

613 Avenue - ATG  with Optional "Create Your Own Challenge" - see below
I used: Column 1 - Gold Stickles, Column 2 - die cut, Column 3 - embossing (dry), Column 4 - flowers (image), Column 5 - ribbon

The Pink Elephant (TPE283) - Anything Goes

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello Baby!

Hello friends and a happy Monday!
It is snowing pretty good out there today.  I wish all of my friends on the East Coast to stay safe and warm during what is being forecast a heavy snow storm for them this afternoon.

I have been pretty busy "behind the scenes" here working on several different things I have going on at the moment.  I will share with you in soon enough time, but for today I have a very simple, but really fun card to share:
I really LOVE playing with my TAWS stamps and I wanted to be sure to have a chance at playing around with some of the new sets that I bought!
So for my card, I've embossed the Line Upon Line stamp with clear embossing powder on the banner and then took my distress inks to blend the colors together.  The embossed image resists the ink.
I then took this adorable teddy bear image from the Got It Covered stamp set, colored him with my Copic markers and die cut him out with My Favorite Things stitched circle dies. I used some foam tape to pop it up over the banner and base of the card.
I added a sentiment from the TAWS More Than Words stamp set to finish it off for my baby card.

Hope you like my share today and I'll be back again with you tomorrow for a fun new challenge with a very special card that I made.
Thanks for stopping by!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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

Less is More - sketch time


The Friday Mash-Up - Create a card with "baby theme", or use the colors:  "Brown, Aqua & Tangerine" or "both" - (I did both!)


Top Tip Tuesday - Something 'New' (new baby & new stash)

Fan-tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Twist:  baby card

Crafty Catz - "Oh My Teddies!" - use a teddy bear

The Alley Way Stamps:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Flashback Friday - GOT FLOWERS?!

Hello friends and a happy Friday to ya!
It's time again for another challenge...Yay!

If you've missed the post for the "Flashback Favorites" from the last challenge - CLICK HERE

So here we are in the middle of January with cold, snow and yuk!
What better time to start thinking about the pretty colors, sights and smells of flowers!!
Oh I can't WAIT to get out there with my flowers this Spring! :)

So of course my challenge for you THIS WEEK is none other than...
GOT FLOWERS?!
Yes, pull out those gorgeous stamps, papers and/or embellishments that are at least one year or older from your stash and create with them using this theme!
I can't wait to see all the pretty floral from your own stash stack!!  You KNOW you have some!

(If you need some review of the rules - CLICK HERE - or visit the "Flashback Friday Challenge" tab at the top of my blog.)
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So here's what I have pulled out from MY stash for today....
This was a set called Simple Stems that I had purchased last year from Stampin' Up! that I believe was in last year's Occasion's catalog (as they call it?)  I have NEVER used it until today!
I was looking through my stamps and found it so odd that I didn't have any flowers because I really do love them.  I wanted them to be a bold set so I didn't have to color them in...found this one, loved it, bought it and then here we are!  I have NOT used this set until now!!  WOW, yes...I know you can probably believe that!
(And THIS is the reason behind the challenge my friends!)

Well I'm glad I bought it!  I absolutely LOVE it now!!
For my first card, I wanted to play along with a challenge that I believe is over now, but there's always another challenge to enter...right?! LOL!
I loved not only how simple this flower set was to use, but look at the results of the simple!
It's just stamps and ink!  I have taken a couple of the flower images from that set and stamped it all over the three layers at once and then layered the Gray colored card stock behind each panel.  I got this idea from The Friday Mash-Up! challenge where they even had a video on how to assemble it with measurements and all.  (CLICK HERE for video on it!) It's very simple to do and I thought fun!  I am too late to enter this, but loved the challenge idea!

The greeting I used is from an older Stampendous set that I had.  The flowers looked so "comforting" to me and I thought this would be a great card to cheer someone up!
A Gray colored button with white twine added to the top of my white ribbon bow...that is all.

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this above card for:
The Paper Players - sentiment focal point

Loves Rubber Stamps - Letter "B" (Button, Bows, Blooms, Blue, Big hug)
Fab 'N' Funky - Button It
Moving Along with the Times - Button It!


So I wasn't finished playing around with this fun flower set just yet....
LOL!!  OK, this is just me having some fun!! :)
I took one of the flower images from the set because I thought it looked like one of those "fuzzies" and if you're as old as me, then you know what I'm talking about!!
The colors here were pretty much just random with me stamping them out in colors that I remember how they looked.  I added some wiggle eyes and I even had some old pom-pom trim that I glued along the outside border of this panel!  (A bonus for me using up another old item! Yay!)
I used this fun dotted embossing folder (from SU!) and die cut an orange banner and added THE PERFECT sentiment to this that I found in one of my The Alley Way stamp sets!
I just finished it off with an enamel orange heart next to it.

Now if these don't warm someone up...I don't know what will!!!

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter the "fuzzie" card for:
Cute Card Thursday - Colorful!
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Send a Smile 4 Kids - anything goes
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So I hope you've enjoyed my CURRENT take on flowers and got a bit of a chuckle!

So go pull out YOUR flower stash and have some fun play time with them!
I look forward to seeing your makes!
Thanks so much for checking things out today and have a fabulously floral weekend! ;)
(Make sure you use the InLinkz below to enter by the deadline!)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Flashback Favorites from ABCs & 123s

Hello friends!
Well I am happy to see that there are a few more players trickling in and joining along with the fun here!  Thank you so much for your support...this is a great "cause" for all of us, right?!!
Hopefully there will be more of you that continue to participate too and we can all get more crafters catching on and joining us in our plight! :)

I have really enjoyed visiting your blogs and seeing all of the wonderful and creative ways that you are all using your stash!! (Especially the different variations of the ABCs & 123s!...loved it and so many more ideas now that I have to go back and get that pile of stash back out that I photographed for the challenge!! LOL!)  Kudos to you on using your old crafty stash!!  This has got to feel good as I know it does me every time I make another post knowing I have pulled out another item that's  STILL not sitting on a shelf!

Friendly reminder:  Please be sure you link back to my challenge or blog in your post and please tell me WHAT old crafty stash you have used in your post as well.  (CLICK HERE for complete list of rules for the challenges.)

Since I've had a few more players this time, I am totally thrilled with that by the way...so now I'll have to TRY and narrow down by way of a TOP THREE "Flashback Favorites" - cool!

So here are THREE picks for the "Flashback Favorites" (In no particular order):

Let's start with Nana Connie's lovely make:
Isn't this precious?!  I loved her personalized design with this using a number!  What a great idea!!
Here's Connie's comment about this stash item:
   "The "7" is from an old page of pre-cut pop-outs which came with a stack of scrapbooking paper.  I never use those pop-out things so these have been kicking around as much as 5 or 6 years!"
Way to go on using up your old stash!!


Here's Ka's clever design:
Now how cool is this?!  I just love the fun background she created with the clever play on the lettering here!!  What a FUN and creative way to use your alphabets!!
And she made not one, but TWO designs for this challenge...way to go!  You can click on her name above her card to check out the post!
Here's what she has to say about this challenge idea:
"The concept behind Flashback Friday is to encourage us to use those long forgotten stamps and supplies that got buried behind the new products. I love this idea because I have a few stamps and supplies that I bought years ago just sitting in their original packages that they came in. They made it as far as to their designated storage baskets or bins, but never on a project. So this challenge gave me the opportunity to take them out and put them to use. Yay for that!"
And Yay for YOU Ka on putting these long forgotten items to use finally!  (I concur completely!)


And here's another brilliant creation made by Jessi:
Wow!  What a gorgeous design!  I love her use of different types of paper and texture here!
Here's what she said about the old alphabet from her stash:
"The Thickers have been in my stash long enough that they are falling off the carrier sheet - pretty sure that qualifies them as ancient."
Good for you on getting them out to use on this design!!  It makes for a great love theme!


I'm so thrilled that my fellow crafty friends are pulling out their long lost and forgotten stamps, papers and embellishments!!  I hope you will keep joining along with me to continue this journey in using it up as much as possible!!

I would be honored if each of you would like to place this badge below on your blog for being featured here from the last challenge:

So please be sure to come back here tomorrow and join me for another challenge that will be sure to bring out more of your left and forgotten stash!! :)
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Addicted to Stamps & More with a Holiday Theme!

Hello friends!
It's wonderful to get back into a routine for the New Year and I'm so excited for this particular posting today because it's my first post as a design team member for
  Addicted to Stamps! Yay!

So the theme for this challenge is "Addicted to Holiday".
You can create a project for ANY holiday for this challenge and we look forward to seeing what you'll be coming up with for this!  Here's what I've created:
This really adorable bunny comes from our sponsor Deedee's Digis called Sending My Love.  I love all of the different sentiments that come with this sweet bunny image!
*Be sure to play along as the winner of this challenge will receive a $15 gift certificate to their store. Cute images too!*

He was just too much fun to color in!  I used my silver metallic gel pen to color the mailbox and I used my white gel pen to make "dots" on his outfit and I also took a tiny heart stamp and stamped several pink hearts around the bunny.  I also added some sparkle to the snow and a bit of glossy accents to the bunny's nose.  I made this a fun Valentine's Day card to keep with the challenge theme and I wanted to leave this one flat so it would be nice for mailing.

Be sure to "HOP" on over to the ATSM challenge blog and check out the rest of the creations from the design team!  I know you'll be inspired to create too!
Thanks so much for joining along with me today and I look forward to seeing what you come up with for this challenge too! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this for:
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - NO circles
Inky Chicks - anything goes
Sweet Stamps - hearts

Monday, January 19, 2015

You Color My World

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!
Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!  I have a quick card to share with you today:
I had gotten this set and was just dying to pull out for a play!  I think it's so cute!
It was a free set from Lawn Fawn during a promotion they had a month ago.
I thought it would look so cute with the smile face stamped with the coordinating color of ink for each crayon.  I used my Copic markers to color in the crayons.

This was a quick and fun design to put together this morning!
Thanks for popping by!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
CAS(E) This Sketch:

Addicted to CAS:
Lawnscaping Challenges:
(Hope this stamping will count along edge...I will make another card I'm sure!)

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