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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Anything Goes with Addicted to Stamps & More!

Hello friends!
Here we are on the LAST week of May already! Wow!  Time has really flown by this month and hopefully I can start s-l-o-w-i-n-g down to enjoy the Summer months! :)
I'm here to share with you a brand new challenge up over at the
For this week's challenge...it's an EASY PEASY...ANYTHING GOES!
This is a special posting as well because there is also a DESIGN TEAM CALL up!  They are looking to fill a few positions for team members needed for the next 6 month term!  If this is something that you'd be interested in, then hop on over and check out the details on how to apply!

We also have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge too!
They are offering up a $10 gift certificate for the lucky winner!
So be sure that you enter the challenge for your chance to win!!

Here's the card that I have chosen to do for the "anything goes" challenge:
For my card, I have used a Lawn Fawn stamp set called "Color My World".  This was a limited time stamp set offered last year and not available for purchase anywhere.
I have also tried out a new technique that I had never heard of before until I saw the talented Laura Bassen's video on it.  I was very intrigued and wanted to save that idea to try out later.  This is my attempt at what she called "Ink Smooching".  (Click on her name to be taken to her video....P.S.  You can't help but giggle a bit when you watch/listen to her videos!!  She's so funny!)

I got a bit more "wild" with my smooching than she did.  I laid on the ink really heavy, but I wanted to cover up my background with lots of color because of the theme of my design of course. :)
I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out and layer the sections of my background and layered them with some black card stock to pop it out a bit and give it dimension.
I colored in my crayon characters with Copic markers and I even put some eyelashes onto the pink colored crayon so that one looks like a boy and the other a girl crayon. LOL!
I finished it out with some enamel hearts above the blue crayon.
I thought this was so fun and I hope to try out this new (to me) technique again!

So I hope you've enjoyed my card today and I do hope that you will come and check out the challenge and/or DT call to enter!!  Can't wait to see your creations! :)
Thanks so much for joining me here this evening!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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

Lawnscaping Challenges - New Technique (I used "Ink Smooching")


Little Red Wagon - To DIE For! (use die cuts)

Creative Knockouts - Sentimentally Yours

Creative Corner - Anything goes

The Pink Elephant (TPE300) - Anything goes


My Hero

Hello friends!
Wow, I can't believe it's been almost a week from my last posting! Ooops!
I meant to get this one posted yesterday for Memorial Day, but missed the chance to post it!  I did get into my studio to stamp which is a good thing though! :)
Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend.
 **Wanted to take this special moment to thank each and every one who has or is serving in the military and let them know how thankful we are for your service. **  

I was busy with things that I will share later this week, but for now, I wanted to share this card:
I really like the way this turned out.  I was going for a masculine rustic feel along with a 'non-traditional' colored patriotic look.  I thought that this card could be used for several occasions including a thank you for Military Service Persons.
I've pulled out a stamp set from My Favorite Things with lots of stars in it called Totally Happy and paired it with a Mama Elephant sentiment from one of her 'limited edition' stamp sets no longer available.  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder over the strip of Crumb Cake card stock.  The stars were stamped with Whisper White ink and the set of three stars on the sentiment strip was stamped with the Crumb Cake ink.

I've used my (retired) Stampin' Up! star punches to punch out the large and smaller stars with in the Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow card stock colors.  The smaller stars were popped up over the sentiment strip with dimensionals.

I've also taken the Crumb Cake ink and distress the edges of the main panel with it and also distressed the edges with my distress tool.  I thought this helped with the rustic look of the design.  I then layered the Crumb Cake main panel to a Lost Lagoon and finally layered onto a Mossy Meadow A2 sized card base.

Needed to get this card posted for a few challenges that are about to end! Yikes!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you've enjoyed my card and I will be back again shortly with another post for a new challenge!!   So stay tuned! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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

1.  The Male Room - color challenge:


2.  Pals Paper Arts (PPA252) - sketch  whoops! MISSED IT!


3.  AAA Cards - For the Guys

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

You're So Tweet!

Hello friends!!
It's the middle of the week already and I have plenty to keep me busy throughout the rest of this month!  Spring seemed to get here and everything got into a big hurry all the sudden! LOL!

So, before the end of the month gets here and I completely forget to do this, I wanted to use this sweet image from the progressive challenge over at From the Heart.
So check out my card:
And this darling little image is called Apple Blossom Birds.  I enjoyed coloring these sweet peeps to make them look like the robins that hop around my area.  I printed the image twice and colored in another image with the blossoms to pop them out over the design to give them dimension.

I cut out the image from a strip and then use a curved stitch die cut to made the curve along the right end of it as well as the brown layer behind it.  The sentiment was cut out and layered with the brown and popped up over a gold line sticker.  I also added THREE banners to the bottom of the sentiment by punching them out from design papers with my banner punch.

I used an embossing folder for the background and mounted it over a piece of gold metallic card stock and then layered that onto a brown A2 card base.
To finish it off, I decided to add some gold sequins to bring out the other gold on the design.

Here's a closer view of my coloring:
You can barely see in the photo, but for the apple blossoms, I've used my white gel pen to make some lines and I've also used a gold gel pen to make "dots" in the centers of the flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hope you've enjoyed my card.

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
From the Heart Progressive Challenge:


i {heart} sketches... with a twist: use three of something
 (I guess my twist is the three banners)


Sentimental Sundays - Funny and/or Cute sentiment


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Missing You at Tuesday Throwdown

Hello friends!
Here with you today to share a new challenge up over at
TUESDAY THROWDOWN
For this challenge, we'd like to see "Missing You" themed creations.

The sponsor for this challenge is Fred, She Said Designs and they are offering a prize for the winner, so be sure to come play along for your chance to win!
Here's what I've done for my card:
I've used this really stunning image kindly donated from our sponsor called Marigolds & Morpho digital stamp set.  I printed up this image twice and then on one of them, I colored in the background flowers with blue inks and then went over them with my Copic markers to add some shadowing and green leaves.  For the center of the flowers, I've used my gold and white gel pens to dot them.  I fussy cut around the outline shape of the image and placed it over my mosaic embossed white background panel.  I added some gold ribbon and the sentiment banner along with the pearls at the bottom and attached this to an A2 white card base.


I then colored in the butterfly on the other image and fussy cut it out and covered it with my Wink of Stella Glitter pen and colored in the eyes with a silver gel pen.  I also covered the middle of the butterfly with some glossy accents.  All I did was use some liquid glue only on the center of the butterfly and attached it to the blue colored floral image right over top of the other one.
Once the glue was dry, I was able to pull up on the wings and curve them to give them some dimension.  I wanted to make the flowers blue instead of yellow so that the butterfly would pop out against them.  Looking at this now, I wish I would've added in one more gold element to tie it in with the design better, but I thought the gold colored centers would tie in with the ribbon.

Hope you were inspired by my design today and I do hope that you will join us this week for the challenge!  Stop on over at the challenge blog to see all of the other stunning inspiration from my DT friend!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Come & Get It - Ribbon & Bling
Creative Corner - Spring is in the air!
Just Us Girls - Color Week (I chose: teal, yellow, green & neutral white/black)


Monday, May 18, 2015

Be Happy and SMILE!!

Happy Monday to you friends!!
Well, it happened....my youngest has graduated from High School yesterday!
As you can see, he has become quite taller than his mom!! :)
I'm so proud of him for making it through all of those years of sweat and tears!  We look forward to a promising future with him as he begins college this Fall.  I look forward to watching him learn as he continues into his young adult years.
Now to move onto a grad party for him this weekend and celebrate!
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I did manage to find some time to actually make a card too!!
I have decided to pull out some of my new MFT stamps and dies and play along with both their color and sketch challenges!  (See below for the challenges.)
I've used the Modern Blooms stamp set and inked them up with the Tickled Pink and Ripe Raspberry Hybrid inks.  I die cut all of the flowers out with the coordinating Die-namics Modern Blooms.  As you can see on the tall Whip Cream panel that I die cut with the Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips, I have taken the same stamp set and stamped some leaves and dot clusters with Fuse Green and Kraft Hybrid inks.  The flowers were layered over top and I've put gold enamel dots in the center of each one.

For the Ripe Raspberry Circle, I have used the Die-namics Stitched Circles Frame to incorporate into my layout.  I then used an image from the same Modern Blooms stamp set to stamp the Whisper White (SU!) 'dots' around it.  The background was made with Kraft card stock and Kraft ink which I used the Stampin' Up! version of the Hardwood that I stamped for my background.
The curve on that panel was made with the MFT Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges.  All of this was mounted onto a Fuse Green A2 sized card base.

As you can see, I've woven some SU! gold 1/8" ribbon through the circle and around the Hardwood panel on the card.  For the sentiment at the bottom, I used the MFT Totally Happy stamp set and curved it on my acrylic block before I stamped it with VersaMark ink and then embossed it with white embossing powder.  I thought it would be fun to fit around the curve and the fact that it looks like a smile works for me! :)

Hope you've enjoyed my card today and I will be back again tomorrow with a new challenge post!
Enjoy this beautiful weather and thanks for hanging out with me today!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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

MFT Sketch Challenge:

Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Twist of Flowers (Has to be a square or rectangle card)

Creative Card Crew - Embossing (wet or dry)

Crafting by Designs - Flowers

Crafts 4 Eternity - Wood


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Surprise... Birthday Linky Party!

Hello friends!!
Yes, I'm still around and I have a special post to share with you today!

*CLICK HERE for the party Link UP to join in the fun!*
We are celebrating a special friend's birthday who I happen to be on a DT with over at ATSM challenge blog!  Several of her friends and DT teammates have all teamed up together to surprise her with this fun birthday link party in her honor!

This special person is the awesome
Sandie Munro
If you have time, come join the linky party FUN and tell Sandie happy birthday!

I have made a special birthday card for her too!  Thanks to Sandie, I was able to get out some of my crafty goodies that I had bought and hadn't had a chance to play with yet!
I have always loved the chalkboard look and was happy to pull out my "Big Day" and "Chalk Lines" stamp sets from Stampin' Up! along with some specialty chalkboard paper to create this look.
To get the different colors over the black chalkboard paper, I have used Whisper White ink along with some special chalk inks for the colors.

I die cut a tag with my MFT stitched tag STAX and then I die cut a tag hole at the top of it so that I could add some white twine at the top.  I've also used a chalk marker to color in portions of the cake and then I stamped the sentiment again with white ink and fussy cut the "celebrate" border to pop it over the design.  I've also popped the tag up over the strip of "Chalk Lines" and over the "Best Year Ever" DSP from Stampin' Up! as well.  This is attached to my A2 white card base.

And this card is on it's way over to Sandie...hope you have enjoyed your special
blog hop birthday my friend!

Many happy wishes and hugs!!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to link this card for:
Fab 'N' Funky - Tag It
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS challenge

Hello friends!!
Sorry about my missing presence in blog land!  Just extra busy doing things at home right now, but I promise I will catch up as soon as I can with you all! :)

Hope you all had a great Mother's Day weekend!  I sure did!  I enjoyed spending time with my boys, they are always fun to visit with as they make me laugh.  I also enjoyed spending time with my mom and having a wonderful cook out!  She said that the card I picked out to give her was her favorite one! LOL!!  (I ended up giving her the wheelbarrow of flowers card.)

So now on with my post today, there is a brand new challenge up over at
(Click on badge above to see the challenge.)

The theme this time is a CAS (clean & Simple) challenge!
We also have an awesome sponsor joining us this week as well:
(click on badge to be taken to the store.)
They are giving away 4 digital stamps to the winner from this challenge!  So be sure to make your CAS style card and link up for your chance to win!

Here's what I've decided to make for the challenge:
I've got lots of white space on my card and I've used a couple of fun stamp sets from Whimsy Stamps to help me create it.  First, I stamped the "brush stroke" looking image (Distressed Backgrounds and Ink Splats) in different colors across the top portion of my card.  The white brush stroke was actually stamped and embossed so that it would stand out a bit over the white background.   I die cut the "happy" (Happy Large Word Die) out and popped it up over what I die out from the stamped images.  The sentiment (Happy Everything) was embossed with silver embossing powder and then I die cut the front card panel out with my Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die and attached it to the front of a white A2 card base.

Here's a closer look at the details:
 To pop out the sentiment die cut, I die cut it again with white fun foam and used that to pop up the sentiment over the card.  I just glued in the negative pieces to match the stamped background.

Hope to see YOUR CAS style creation this week!!  Be sure to hop on over to the blog and check out the rest of the inspiration from the talented design team!!
Thanks so much for stopping in today!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


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

1.  ShowCASe Your Style - color inspiration:

2.  CAS on Sunday - "Cheer Up, Buttercup" (make a "cheerful" card)

3.  Crafty Catz - CAS
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