Wednesday, February 3, 2016

You're My Cupcake

Hello friends!
Hope you are all having a great week!
Just wanted to play around with some stamps I haven't gotten out in a while and I was happy to use up some more of my never ending stash of papers too! LOL!

I have used the super fun stamp set from Newton's Nook called Love a la Carte for my card today.  I pulled out some Basic Gray papers that I've had for quite a while now.

I've layered those papers with some silver foil card stock and some Crisp Cantaloupe card stock from Stampin' Up!  The scribble line from the stamp set was heat embossed over the strip with white embossing powder.

For the cupcake image, I have colored it in with Copic markers, cut it out and added a "nest" of silver thread to the back and attached it over my sentiment panel.  The hearts on the background were stamped with some Crisp Cantaloupe ink and very lightly colored with a Copic marker.  I then added some glitter over top of the heart on the cupcake.

I hope you've enjoyed my heart filled cupcake card today!
Thanks for stopping in and I'll see you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
Inky Paws Challenge - love theme


Mojo Monday -sketch 433


Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes

Creative Moments - Anything Goes with optional twist: Romance/Love

Friday, January 29, 2016

Just Us Girls with Tic Tac Toe Happiness

Happy Saturday friends!

Today is my last post as a January guest designer for
Just Us Girls
I sure have enjoyed playing along with these friendly ladies this month and I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared for the challenges as well.

There is a fun Tic Tac Toe board to play with this week:


Here's what I've decided to make for my creation using the above board:
This card just makes me feel happy because it's a reminder that Spring is on the way very soon!  I have used a couple of different rows from the Tic Tac Toe board for this which is the diagonal row with ribbon, stamps & sequins OR I could also use the middle row going down with die-cuts, stamps & flowers.

I have used several My Favorite Things products on this creation.  I have used the stunning Roses All Over Background stamp on the Lemon Chiffon card base as well as the Coral Crush  piece.  I have stamped the flowers out with the Modern Bloom and dies with the Lemon Chiffon for the leaves and the Coral Crush, Peach Bellini and Pure Plum for the flowers.  It's hard to tell in the photo, but I've covered them with Wink of Stella.

For the die cuts, I have used the Stitched Square Frames and the Happy Trio dies.  The "happy" sentiment was cut out with some Peach Bellini card stock.

For the background, I've also taken a paint brush dipped in water and splattered some Pure Plum ink over the yellow card base.  I've added s Pure Plum banner along the side, ribbon and some clear sequins to finish off my design.  I have based both the colors and design from the MFT challenges below.

I hope you've enjoyed my creation today!
Thanks for stopping by!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Blogger and Google with Friend Connect

Hello friends and happy Friday to you!!

I have a note that I wanted to pass along that I see many of my blog friends doing the same thing and so I thought it was probably a good idea just in case the information needs to be passed along for some reason.  CLICK HERE for information from blogger on the "Friend Connect" gadget.

You will notice that I have a "friend connect" or "blogger followers" gadget on the right sidebar of my blog here.  There are many people that like to let you know publicly that they are "following" your blog which is very nice and I use it myself.  HOWEVER, if this is the method at which you do get updates to my blog and you DO NOT have a Google profile, you have been automatically removed from my "followers" gadget.  What does that mean?  It means that if this is method in which you follow along with my blog, you won't see my updated posts any longer and you will not see your profile on my "friend connect" gadget.  I have lost a few of you as of now.

So if you would like to get a Google profile to follow me again, you will be able to receive the updates and your profile will show up in the "follower's gadget" again. (and on all of the blogs that you follow.)  To get a Google profile, CLICK HERE to see the information.  It's very simple and easy to do.

On another note, if you do not want a Google profile, there are several other ways to follow along with me on this blog as well as other social media that you may prefer on the right side of my blog here.  You can get updates for my blog through your e-mail box OR connect with me on FB, You Tube, Pinterest or Flickr profiles that I have.  What I use currently and that I highly recommend to anyone to keep all of the blogs you follow neatly organized and easy to read is through
FEEDLY
This is my favorite reader to quickly go through the hundreds of blogs and websites that I follow daily.  I have used it for a few years now and really love it.  If you use Google Chrome as your browser, Feedly has a "mini Feedly tool" that will show up in the bottom right corner of every blog that you are surfing and when you click on it, it will expand so that you can add the current blog you're visiting to your Feedly reader.  You can select from there in which category you'd like to save the blog for future reading.

I also know of another popular feed reader which is Blog Lovin'.  I have tried it, but do not like it and found the Feedly reader a much better option for me.  However, there are many people that really seem to enjoy using this method.  So the point is, there are plenty of options in which you can choose to follow along with me and your other favorite blogs to get updates.

I know that there are many people that follow along with me who do not leave comments, but I have received e-mail from a few of you that say you have been following along with me for years!  So there are some people there that are very quiet, but I want you to know that I TRULY appreciate your support no matter how you prefer to follow along with my blog.  It is ALL very much appreciated and I'm deeply grateful to have such a wonderful group of fellow craft lovers to share with!

Enjoy your Friday and I'll see you again tomorrow!! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Shaped Card with Die Cut Techniques for Whimsy Stamps + Video!!

Hello friends!
Here we are in the middle of another week and can you believe it is already the LAST week in January?!  The first month of the year is almost gone!  Time seems to fly!

Today I have a fun card with a video tutorial using some products from
Whimsy Stamps
Do you love your dies?  I sure do, but over time I move on and forget about some of the really cool ones I have in my collection and I always love to come up with different or new ways to use them!
I'm not sure if any of this is new to you, but it's a great reminder to go through your dies and come up with different ways to use them.

Here I have a fun masculine style card that I created into a shaped design using a border die:
I've used the Whimsy Shapeology die set called Basic Borders Trio die set and used the ornate looking bracket border die from the set to create this fun shaped design from an A2 sized card base.

I have also used some fun new stamp sets that came out this month from Whimsy Stamps:  Get in Line (to make the plaid background), Painted Sayings (for the sentiment & splatter accents) and the Everyday Mini Sentiments (for the "you rock" tab).

I have also used the inlay die technique for the Whimsy Shapeology Thanks Word die on my design to help keep my design nice and flat for mailing...plus I didn't have to worry about gluing together the intricate sentiment die cut!


So of course I have a fun video tutorial for you on this process!  So check it out by CLICKING HERE to see on You Tube or you can just watch it below:


I hope you enjoyed the video and got some good tips from it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today my friends!
I'll see you again soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
Cute Card Thursday - Just Boys
Use Your Stuff - Sequins or Glitter (hope glitter enamel dots count!)
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with no twist
Crafty Card Makers - Punches and/or Dies
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Making a Stink Over Watercolor

Good morning friends!
Since I had fun playing with my watercolors from yesterday, I thought that I would continue on playing with them to make another card!

I absolutely ADORE this sweet little skunk from Lawn Fawn!  He was actually a "speciality" stamp set and coordinating die that you received as a free gift when you made a purchase a while back.  Well of course I had to jump on the deal...who doesn't need more Lawn Fawn in their life?! LOL!
Anyway, the name of the stamp set is of course "Stinkin' Cute".

I have colored this guy with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and cut him out with the coordinating die which I've popped up over my watercolor heart.

For the heart, I have used some Strathmore Coldpress Watercolor paper and my distress inks that I pressed down on a craft mat, spritzed with water and smeared the paper onto the craft mat with the spritzed ink, which gave me the look.  I had an extra piece of the paper and smeared that onto the left over colors from the craft mat as well.  I used this extra piece to die cut the tiny hearts you see from the coordinating "Stinkin' Cute" set.

For the largest heart, I have die cut it from the watercolor paper with the LF Heart Stackables die set.  I have also used the LF Stitched Small Squares Stackables & the LF Stitched Large Square Stackables for layering the white card stock panels along with the Silver Foil card stock piece over a white 4-1/4" square card base.  I have also taken the coordinating tiny heart from the "Stinkin' Cute" set and cut out an additional heart with the Silver Foil card stock.

For both the sentiment and the tiny black hearts on the watercolor heart, I've used the images from the "Stinkin' Cute" stamp set and stamped those with the Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink so that it could be stamped over the watercolor without affecting it.  I have also used some dashed lined images from the set to make little "stinky scent lines" coming from the skunk! LOL!!  Don't know if that is what is intended for those images, but I thought it would be funny to have him making a stink!! LOL!!

Here's a closer look:

I thought this would be a fun little Valentine to give out! :)
Hope you've enjoyed my creation today!  See you again soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
Lawnscaping Challenges - watercolor


Simon Says Stamp - Create with Critters

Simply Create Too - Something New

Allsorts - Valentine's Day

Monday, January 25, 2016

Watercolor Flowers for Caring Hearts Card Drive

Good evening friends and happy Monday!
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! :)

I have been fighting a bad sinus infection, but hopefully I will be recovering soon with plenty of water and meds.  In the meantime, I have been playing around with some of my watercolor over the weekend and thought I would share what I did.

So I saw on the Simon Says Stamp blog about a special card drive and fundraiser for a wonderful charity especially for mothers who have lost a child due to a miscarriage.  Although I wasn't able to use the stamp set from the Hero Arts fundraiser, I did make a few cards to send along that hopefully will help the goal.  I couldn't imagine going through something so difficult, so I thought this was something that I could contribute to in some way.

Here are the cards that I will be sending along:
I have been wanting to play around with my watercolors and I had just received a Stampin' Up! order with a couple of Sale-a-bration sets and wanted to have a play session with them together!

So I have used the beautiful flower images from the "Flowering Fields" SAB stamp set and I have inked them up with some MFT Steel Gray Hybrid ink so that I could use them with my Zig Kuretake Gansi Tambi watercolors.  I went to work with some paint brushes and water.

For the "So Sorry" sentiment, I stamped it with the same MFT Steel Gray Hybrid ink.  The sentiment comes from the "So Sorry" stamp set by Stampin' Up! as well.  For the strip towards the bottom of the card, I have used some Stampin' Up! Basic Gray card stock and embossed the sentiment from the "So Sorry" stamp set with white embossing powder.

To finish off my design, I rounded each corner of the cards with my corner chomper.

I also had to put the cards under some heavy books over night to flatten them out from the watercolor I did.  This should teach me to use watercolor paper and not regular card stock for this!  I was trying to make it a one layer card and this is why I didn't "naturally" go for the heavy watercolor paper.

Here's another look at the other design:
This particular image was a bit taller on my card than the other floral images, so I didn't have enough space to add the "So Sorry" sentiment at the top.

I took another Stampin' Up! stamp set called "Teeny Tiny Wishes" to white emboss it over the Basic Gray strip on my design.  I actually had this particular design in mind when making my card in the first place which was inspired by a sketch challenge below.

Thought you might like to see a closer look at some of the watercolor on this card because it's hard to tell from a distance that the watercolor on the flowers is a metallic and very shimmery in person!

Hope you were inspired by my creations today!
Thanks so much for dropping by!  See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
CAS(E) This Sketch


Nacho Average Challenge - Sale-a-Bration & blog hop

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark


Friday, January 22, 2016

Inspired by Photo for Just Us Girls

Hello friends!
Happy weekend and hope you're all doing well!

I'm here today to share this week's challenge as guest designer for this month over at
JUST US GIRLS
For this week's challenge, they have a fabulous inspirational photo for you:
It's really cold over my way right now and this photo really evoked a nice and warm Summer feeling for me which I think would be great about right now! LOL!
So here's the card that I came up with for this challenge:

I loved the colors in this, so my point was to sort of mimic the the anchor on the wall with the yellow color.  I have used the Lawn Fawn Stitched circles die to cut out a yellow circle that fit the size of the anchor which was also die cut from the Lawn Fawn Float My Boat die cut set in silver glitter card stock.  I punched a hole in the center top of the anchor and glued it over the yellow circle.  The circle is popped up with some foam squares.

For the stitched lines behind the anchor and the navy chevron pattern that was stamped along the left side of the card front, I have used the Whimsy Stamps Clear set Basic Backgrounds and Borders.  The stitched lines were stamped on the die cut circle with the same yellow color as the card stock.  I stamped the chevron image with navy ink.

For the sentiment I used the Lawn Fawn Float My Boat stamp set and stamped it in the bottom corner with navy ink.  I've also taken the Lawn Fawn hearts die set and cut out a navy heart  to add above the sentiment along with some sequins which I've also added a dot of silver Sickles glitter glue to in the center of each.  I rounded the two right corners of the white card front with my corner chomper and attached this onto an A2 sized white card base.

So now you need to go over and check out the Just Us Girls Challenge blog to see what the rest of the talented ladies have come up with using this photo too!  Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!
Hope you are staying warm and enjoy your weekend! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


CHALLENGES:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + Sentiment
Craft Rocket Challenges - Clean & Simple
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