Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It's a Penguin. That is All.

Hello friends!
It's mid-Summer here and just plain HOT!  So I was supposed to run some errands today...but nah!
I felt like making this card instead! :)

This guy looks like he's missing his friend on the beach..or in my case, in the backyard with a kiddie pool!!  LOL!  I think he needs to watch it before he gets hit in the head!!
So, I just had to pull out this sweet and fun penguin set from My Favorite Things called Penguins in Paradise.  I've also used the Stitched circles dies and the grassy fields border die to complete it along with the yummy colors from the MFT color challenge going on!  (See challenge photo below post.)  I made it quite simple as this is what I "saw" when looking at the MFT sketch today.

And here is a closer view of the glossy accents I've added to the beach ball and inner tube the penguin has on:
I just love the expression on this guy's face!  Poor thing!  Someone get him a friend to play along in his kiddie pool!! :)

So what things are you enjoying while it's hot right now?
I need some ice and a cool drink right now!  Whew!  Thanks for taking the time to stop in!!
Be sure to come see me on Friday!  It'll be fun! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here's what I'd like to enter this guy for:
My Favorite Things - color challenge (yummy colors!)

My Favorite Things - sketch challenge

Tuesday Throwdown - Summer Fun

Monday, July 27, 2015

La-La Land Crafts is Going Monochromatic!

Hello friends!
Hope you had a great weekend!  I'm here to share some more inspiration with you from
La-La Land Crafts!

Today is another Inspirational Monday over at the La-La Land Crafts blog!
This week it's all about "Monochromatic"
Be sure to check out the blog for more inspiration from the rest of the team!

Here's what I've made for my monochromatic design:
This time I've used this adorable Bumble Bee Marci as I thought she would be a great image for a monochromatic yellow idea! :)  I've kept the card to an A2 standard size this time and everything here will be able to lay flat nicely in the envelope when I send it along! :)

I've used the sun from the Stitched Sun and Clouds die to tuck behind the image panel as if the yellow sun is trying to peek through.  I've also used the fun Stitched Zigzags dies to make a fun border behind the image panel too.  I think they look great stacked together in different colors.  I've also used this adorable Build-a-Bee die for my bee accent next to Marci!  I've die cut the wing portions from the die with vellum and then glued them on the bee and curled it up a bit to give it some dimension.  I've also went over the wings with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen for some shimmer.  (Of course it's so hard to photograph this!)

I found the perfect "bee" papers to use for my background and matched up the colors with it.  The papers and colors are from Stampin' Up! in the "Hello Honey" color.
Here's a closer look at some of the details that's hard to capture:
I've used some fine clear glitter on her wings.  As mentioned above, I've used the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen on the bumble-bee wings.  I've also used it on the bottom portion of her dress and at the ends of her antennas.  I've also taken a white gel pen and added some dots around it as well.  Still hard to see unless you are holding the card up close and personal as you turn it...the whole thing is so sparkly! :)  Of course the added clear sequins helps with that as well!

Hope you've gotten inspired with my creation today!  I'm so glad you've stopped by!
See you again soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter:
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Things with Wings
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sail Away With Me to Cupcake Inspirations!

Hello friends!
So excited to be sharing with you a special post today!
I have been asked by the lovely ladies over at {Cupcake Inspirations} if I would like to join with them this week as their....
How cool is this?!  I had actually just found their challenge blog as of last year and just fell in love with the concept of their challenges!  They have a wonderful mesh of inspirational cupcake photos and a fun challenge theme idea to go along with it!  The photos are phenomenal too!  And who doesn't love a good cupcake, right?!!  So I'm honored to have been asked! :)

For this challenge, here is the wonderful photo and theme to play along with:
I think this color combo is as delicious as the cupcakes in the photo!!

So for my project, I was really inspired by the Navy stripes and the sparkly gold hearts in the photo.  The first thought in my mind was pulling out my recent July Simon Says Stamp card kit!  I'm glad I got the chance to play with it too! Here's my design:
I took a white folding card base and trimmed a piece of the striped navy paper from the kit slightly smaller than the base and then cut it half diagonally across.  I attached a strip of gold glitter paper and attached it across the striped paper.  The sentiment was stamped with SU! Night of Navy ink and then I stamped the sail boat and wave border on a separate piece of card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.

I sponged a bit of SU! Whisper White ink with my sponge dauber behind the sail boat area before I attached it because I didn't want the boat to look "lost" within the striped paper. I thought it brought another element of "dreaminess" to the design. :)
I then fussy cut out the sail boat and the wave and attached the boat and then popped up the cut out wave border with foam tape and placed it over the bottom of the boat.

The hearts were die cut out of the same gold glitter paper from my Lawn Fawn Hearts dies and I attached them around the sail boat and one by the sentiment.

Here's a closer view at some of that gold sparkle:
You can get a better look at the sail boat's coloring where I've used my gold gel pen to color in the pole and flag.  I've also taken some gold Stickles glitter glue and covered it so that it matched the papers that I've used in the design.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)  I hope that I've inspired you to join along in the challenge with us!  Can't wait to see what you come up with using this photo and color combo!!
Be sure to check out the challenge blog for additional inspiration!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
CAS-ology - Line

Simon Says Stamp "Work-It Wednesday" - die cutting (hearts)
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle & Shine
Stampin' Royalty - Keep it Simple


Friday, July 24, 2015

Flashback Friday - The Snowflake Spot with Watercolor Bokeh!

Yay....it IS Friday!! :)
I am so ready for the weekend and look forward to spending some quiet time with hubby!
Hope that you have some wonderful plans lined up too!

So for today's "FLASHBACK FRIDAY"....I have pulled out one of my favorite Stampin' Up! sets that I have used oh so many times and you can tell by looking at the rubber on it!! LOL!  This set has a date of 2006 on it.  I do remember using it so many times!  Look familiar to anyone?:

This set is called "The Snowflake Spot".
So I thought it would be cool to pull it back out for a nice wintry color theme using an "updated" technique that seems to be really popular right now which is "Bokeh".  Check out what I did:
So I did some water-coloring on watercolor paper using a couple of blue Stampin' Up! reinkers.  The only ones that I own are Pacific Point and Night of Navy...so that's what I've used for my watercolor background for this.  I will say that when the colors mixed together, I just love the subtle hints of a purplish shade that got in there too!!  Unexpected happy moment with it! ;)

I made a video for a past "Flashback Friday" post using a different version of the Bokeh technique.  CLICK HERE to see my post and video.

And of course to make this a "boheh" technique, I made a stencil with the circle dies and sponged some white ink circles over the watercolor.  (They're very subtle, but they are there!)  I used my stitched rectangle dies and then I took the "splatter dots" from the stamp set and stamped them with some silver ink at the top.  I also stamped one of the snowflakes from the set with silver ink over a piece of Night of Navy card stock and punched it out with a circle punch and popped it up over the silver metallic ribbon and then added a silver enamel dot in the center.  Lastly, I stamped the "Joy" from this set in the bottom left corner of the design with Night of Navy ink.  The Night of Navy base card front was embossed the Decorative Dots embossing folder.

OK...back in the day when this set first came out, I had to made 50 cards for a swap with it.  I so much enjoyed it really!  But here's the card I made many moons ago with this same set:
This was a pocket card using the "Bashful Blue" and "Blue Ballot" (?maybe?) colors!
Expert stamper AND photographer back then too, right?! LOL!


Hope you've enjoyed my "Flashback" for you today and I thank you so much for stopping in with me!  I hope that you have a fabulous FUN weekend!! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter my "Watercolor Bokeh" card for:
Tuesday Throwdown - Christmas in July
Crafting for All Seasons - Christmas in July
Fab 'N' Funky - No patterned paper
Penny's Paper - Christmas in July
CCEE Stampers (CCEE1530) - Watercolor Bokeh
Creative Corner - Christmas in July

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Addicted to Stamps is Going CAS!

Hello friends!
Popping in to share with you a new challenge this week over at
Addicted to Stamps
The challenge this week is CAS (Clean & Simple)
- meaning more "white" space, limited layers and embellishments. -
I enjoy this style of card making and look forward to seeing what everyone creates!

There are also TWO sponsors for this challenge:
Deedee will offer $15 coupon to the store
AND

Rosey Hearts
Prize is 5 digis from the store


Here's what I've made for the challenge:
This guy just makes me smile!! ;)  The sponsors have kindly donated some images for our team to use and I've used this adorable set called Bugs & Blooms from DeeDee's Digis.

I've chosen to keep this card simple by making a note card.  I've printed out the image and the sentiment together and cut it out with my LF stitched square die and layered that onto a 4 1/4 " square pink note card to match the flower.  The coloring is the only thing that took the longest, but I really enjoy coloring with my Copics.  I've also added some glitter around where the snail might have been slithering underneath his body and I couldn't resist to attach some googly eyes! :)

Hope you've been inspired to create CAS this week and join in the challenge with us!
Thanks so much for popping in!!  I'll be back with more!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this for:
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + a sentiment
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - No decorative paper
Shopping Our Stash - "Don't Get Stressed Out, Get DE-Stressed!"
(For me, coloring an image is very relaxing...I love keeping it simple...so this is my favorite way to create a card!  I also love a quick trip outside my back yard when I feel a bit stressed.  The flowers are so pretty to look at and I love to watch the bees, wild-life crawling around outdoors...just makes me STOP and enjoy life a bit more.)  :o)

Monday, July 20, 2015

La-La Land Crafts with Christmas in July!

Hello friends!
Hope you are enjoying your Summer so far!  It seems to be one of those lazy days of Summer, so what better way to put some "CHILL" into the air by creating something with Christmas in mind?!!

Today is another Inspirational Monday over at the La-La Land Crafts blog!
Today it's all about "Christmas in July!"
So be sure to check out all of the beautiful Christmas style designs over there!  I know there are some really adorable inspiration projects to see too! :)

Here's what I've made for my Christmas in July:
Isn't Christmas Bell Marci adorable?! :)  I was going for a bit of the "Vintage" style in my design by keeping the colors in a red, kraft and cream.  (The edges of the background papers, the sentiment banner along with the heart banner layer were all sponged with some distress ink.  I've also used my distress tool and added some faux stitch lines with a marker.)

I've used some really cool dies from La-La Land Crafts too:
I've used the Pretty Poinsettia Die and cut it out with red card stock and sponged the edges with some white ink.  For the center, I've die cut them out in silver glitter paper and layered it on top of each other.  Before attaching it to my flower, I made the sentiment banner and glued it underneath.

I've also used the Scalloped Trim Banner die, which is the bottom layer of my banner and sponged the edges of that with some distress ink. (This die coordinates with a couple of other dies including the one that I've used on my card here!)

Over top of that, I cut out the Heart Banner die in the same kraft colored card stock as well as in red colored card stock.  I took the hearts out from the red piece and inlaid them into the kraft colored-heart banner.  I'm loving the layered look you get with these dies! :)

And here is a closer look at some of the details on my card:
As you can see, I've added some glossy accents over the hearts, I've got the both the silver glitter paper in the center of the poinsettia flower as well as the silver snowflake sequins touched with a dots of some silver glitter Stickles in the centers.  Hard to tell in the photos, but I've covered the bell she's holding with some Wink of Stella too.  (Check out the dimension on that poinsettia too...I've never seen a die like this one and I think it's super cool!)

Christmas Bell Marci was such a blast to color with my Copics too!  Here's what I've used:
coat/hat/boots/mittens/bell ribbon - R59, R39, R35, E15, E13, E11, E000

Coat, boots & hat "fur" trim - E15, E13, E11, E000 (plus white gel pen)

Hair, bell - N8, N6, N3, 0

skin/cheeks - R11, R00, R000, E11, E00, E000

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope that I have inspired you to create some Christmas projects as well with my design here!  Be sure to stop by the blog for more Christmas inspiration!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are a few challenges I'd like to enter this for:

1.  Everybody Art - papers and embellishments 3x (silver paper, red strip decorative paper and poinsettia kraft background papers - embellishments:  sequins, ribbon/lace, Stickles, glossy accents and/or Wink of Stella)

2.  Tuesday Throwdown - Tic-Tac-Toe (I've used die cuts, banner & sequins)


3.  Deep Ocean - Christmas in July

4.  Creative Inspirations - "Let's Color!"

5.  Penny's - anything goes

6.  Crafting by Designs - Get Ready for Christmas

7.  Allsorts - Add a banner or a flag

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sparkle and Shine - Anchors Aweigh!

Hello friends!
It's Wednesday already and time seems to be flying by this month!
I have a real quick post sharing this simple but sparkly Lawn Fawn card I made:
I have used the fun Float My Boat stamp set for the anchor and the sentiment.
For the waves at the top of the border, I've used the Ocean Waves Border dies and to cut out my anchor, I've used the coordinating Float My Boat anchor die.

For the anchor, I embossed the image with gold embossing powder, but I didn't think it was sparkly or shinny enough, so I ended up covering the entire image with gold stickles glitter.  I thought it went well with the gold glitter strip.  I've punched a hole in the anchor and threaded some white twine through it and attached it to some layers of Stitched Circle dies.
I've added the sentiment and a gold sparkle heart enamel sticker next to at the bottom of the card.
So do you think this will qualify for sparkly enough?

Thanks for stopping by today!  So glad to have you here!
Have a great day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter my card for:
Lawnscaping challenge - sparkle and shine

The Male Room - Song Title
My song is "Anchors Aweigh" which is the official U.S. Navy song
I have been trying to focus on military the last few months and was inspired with it

Sweet Sunday Sketch - SSSC277

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