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

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"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Whimsy Stamps October 2014 Holiday Release - GRAND BLOG HOP! (Give-Away + video!)

Welcome to the ...
Whimsy Stamps October release BLOG HOP!

The Whimsy Stamps DT and GDT have been sharing some amazing creations made with the new stamps and dies over the last couple of days, and today we are celebrating their release with a GRAND BLOG HOP!

 The hop starts today (Wednesday October 8th at 12.00PM noon ET) and ends on Friday October 10th at 12.00pm noon ET. If you would like to hop along with us today, please CLICK HERE to start the beginning of the hop at Donna's blog

I'm so excited to be sharing my projects + a video with you today as a guest designer for
Whimsy Stamps!  I hope you enjoy what I have to share with you!
Here is a view of all of the projects I made using several new stamps from this release!
Yesterday's sneak peek card I shared is shown on the top right in the above photo.  (CLICK HERE or scroll down on my blog to the next post below if you'd like to see that card up close.)

Today, I'm sharing some creations I made using these stamps from this release:

and also...


Here is a close look at the box....
I couldn't resist coloring up this sweet *NEW* O'Holey Night stamp from the Crissy Armstrong Collection!  I thought it would be sweet to put on the front of my box for a Christmas present!  I used some liquid applique for the fur trimming on the hats.  I also used some "faux snowflakes" to the bottom of the mice for a touch of sparkly snow.

The kraft box was also stamped with white ink using the "star burst" image from the SC Designs Clear Stamps Collection "Thanks a Million".  (You'll also see me use this in the video below.)  I tied a bow over top of the box with some pretty gold metallic ribbon and then I tied on a tag from the *NEW* Notable Collections 2 stamp set by Raindrop Echo Designs Collection.

For the gift card/money holders:
Here I've used the *NEW* Notable Collections 2 stamp set by Raindrop Echo Designs Collection in various ways besides just using them as a gift tag like you saw on my gift box above.

Here is a closer view of the center gift card/money holder and the video showing you how to make one of these easy holders for yourself!
Here you can see that I've added a gift card inside the envelope and it's perfect for hanging up on your tree until it's time to open Christmas presents!  I colored the tag with the snowman using my Copic markers and fussy cut it out to pop on the front.

If you'd like to learn how I made this, check out the video below:
You can also watch it on You Tube if you want to see it in HD:  CLICK HERE
Hope you've enjoy my inspiration for you today using the new stamps in this release!
No need to wait...you can purchase these items in the store now!  

---------------------FOR THE GIVE-AWAY!!---------------------

One lucky hopper will win a $25 gift certificate! To enter the draw, simply leave a comment at EVERY stop along the hop by 12.00pm noon on Friday October 10th. Here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:

Thanks so much for visiting today. Happy hopping!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Whimsy Stamps October 2014 - Rubber Stamps Holiday Release (Part 2) - Sneak Peek Day 2!

Hello friends!  I'm so excited to be apart of this new release with Whimsy Stamps as a guest designer!
Please join me both today and tomorrow for LOTS of inspiration!
So without further ado....

Welcome to Day 2 of the Whimsy Stamps ...
2014 Holiday Release - Part 2
This week Whimsy is releasing 18 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 6 *BRAND NEW* coordinating die/die sets, and they will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers TOMORROW! ..
 Whimsy is thrilled to welcome Stephanne Maraver, Vicki Parson, Denise Griffith, Debbie Jennett, Donna Rudy and Crissy Armstrong as Guest Designers for this release. 

 Yesterday we sneak peeked the new Crissy Armstrong, Art by Mi Ran, and SC Design products. Today we are excited to show you the brand new Meljen’s Designs, Time for Tea Designs, Elisabeth Bell and Raindrop Echo Designs stamps and dies being released this month. For a full reveal of these products, hop on over to the Whimsy blog

Here's the stamps that I'm using on my creation for you today:
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I made a special card I'd like to share with you...
This is the darling *NEW* Christmas Angel available tomorrow for purchase from the Time for Tea Designs

For the angel, I've colored her with my Copic markers and cut her out except for the wing.  I stamped the image directly onto the patterned paper and colored the edges of the wings with a gold glitter pen.  I then popped up the colored cut out angel to place on top of the wings.  I even added some gold Stickles glitter glue to the top of her halo.

The outer edges of the poinsettia patterned paper were distressed with Tim Holtz distress inks and the round mini blending tool.  I took my colorless blender to add some faded "dots" to it and then added some more gold dots with my gold glitter pen as well.

For the banner, I used the sentiment on the green banner (*NEW* Notables Collection 2 - from the Raindrop Echo Designs Collection) and embossed it with white detail embossing powder.  (I will have more to show you with this set tomorrow...so be sure to come back!)  I also took some gold cord to thread a criss-cross design and then punched out a heart from the musical note paper and covered it with glossy accents.  Before the glossy accents was entirely dry, I added the wood star on top.

Hope you've enjoyed my creation and please be sure to catch all the inspiration today!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here's some challenges I'd like to enter this card in:

Sentimental Sundays - Bling it Up! + a sentiment
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PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw:
Be sure to visit the Whimsy blog again tomorrow for the release day grand hop! Thanks so much for visiting today. Happy hopping!

Button Up for Tuesday Throwdown!

Hello friends!  Here to introduce you to another fun challenge at:

For this week's challenge, we'd like to see your
"Buttoned Up" creations!  So just add a button or two on your card this week!
Be sure to check out the rest of the awesome creations from the other DT members too!
Here's what I've come up with for the challenge using an image from our sponsor:
I've chosen to use this very sweet "A Little Birdie Told Me" image from Robyn's Fetish to make my creation today.  I have added some buttons to the center of the flowers on the tree stump.  I thought that they really called for buttons.  This is a digital image, so I have printed this image out twice so that I could pop up the bird's wing and his tail feathers.  I also popped up the flowers too.  I did lots of fun coloring on him with my Copic markers, so I wanted to keep the design simple.  I don't remember from where I took the sentiment and musical note from, but I thought it went well with my design.  I just took a ruler to draw lines on two sides of my front card panel.

I know this looks a bit like Spring with the image, but I still see these red breast birds out this time of year getting ready to fly south for winter.  It doesn't hurt to think warm thoughts while it starts cooling down too! :)

Hope you like my card for today!  Now go check out the challenge blog because they are having a design team call for several new members to join us!  Be sure to check out the inspiration and enter our "button up" challenge too!!  Would love to see what you create!!

Thanks for stopping in and I'll be back shortly with another special post to share with you!


HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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

allsorts - Autumn


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