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

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's Friday - Let's Party!

Hello friends and happy Friday!!
I have been a little busy here at home and have not had much time to sit at my computer lately, so I'm going to make this a quick post and hope that I will have some time to visit with you all soon, but for now, I will leave you with something fun! :)

I wanted to post this yesterday, but didn't have time to finish my project.  Paper Smooches had a blog hop yesterday and I wanted to celebrate with them!  CLICK HERE to see the blog hop!  You have until April 26th to leave a comment!!
LOL!  Isn't this spotted pup too cute!?!  The Paper Smooches stamp set that I have used was actually an exclusive stamp set designed for the Simon Says Stamp "Stamptember" event last year.  The owner of Paper Smooches designed a stamp set for this event.  Obviously, it was only available during this time and is no longer for purchase anywhere.  It's such a fun stamp set and I'm glad that I finally pulled it out to have some fun with it!

It may be hard to see in the photo, but I've also used the Paper Smooches Stitched Frame Dies to make the "stitch lines" on the bottom red panel of the card.  I've colored in the pup with Copic markers and added some white "dots" to his back with an image from the set.  I used some more dots in black ink for the ground the pup is standing on.  The balloons were stamped in different colors and popped up and layered over each other.  I drew some strings from the balloons and made it look as if they are tied to the pup's tail.  There is a tiny bow in the set which I've stamped on the pup's tail.  I added some glitter to the pup's hat and took a strip of silver glitter card stock as part of the layout to match the pup's hat.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set at the top and layered onto a black card stock piece.  This was popped up over the card front.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate your support! :)
I am off again today for running errands and spending time with my son, so I probably won't be around much.  I wish you a fabulous weekend friends!!!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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

1.  Paper Smooches Sparks - anything goes!


2.  Freshly Made Sketches - FMS183

3.  Send a Smile 4 Kids - Birthday Fun

4.  Sentimental Sundays - Animal Love

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thanks a Latte

Hello friends! Wow!  We are in the middle of the week already?!
I was mistaken yesterday when I posted "Happy Earth Day!"...it's actually today!  I was a bit early!
I was thinking that coffee beans come from the earth, so I went in that direction today! LOL!

As you may know, I do love my coffee every morning and especially enjoy coffee mornings with hubby! :)  I pulled out this fun Clearly Whimsy Stamps Coffee Break Bundle and made this card!  I really love that coordinating coffee cup die cut!  I thought the middle wrapper would be a good place to add my "thanks" sentiment.  I popped the cup up with foam tape and placed it over my Early Espresso stitched square panel where I sponged the edges with white ink and stamped some hearts in white ink around it.

I decided to also use the Whimsy Stamps Basic Border Trio Die and die cut some borders on each end of my kraft card stock panel.  I put a layer of Early Espresso card stock behind that and then popped it up over a white card base.  Before I attached it to the white card base, I wrapped some brown baker's twine around it and tied a bow and attached a button to the middle of it.

The kraft card stock was also sponged along the edges and I stamped a few images from the stamp set in kraft ink as well as some more hearts with white ink.
I really like the way this turned out with the neutral colors!  Hope you do too! :)

Thanks so much for joining with me today!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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

ShowCASe Your Style - theme:

Sister Act - Anything Goes

Alphabet Challenge - 'E' for Eye-Catching Edges

Just Us Girls - Color Combo (I chose kraft as my color choice)

Sweet Sunday - sketch

Papertake Weekly - Cute as a Button

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CASology Guest Designer with Ombre

(This is my second post today, please CLICK HERE or scroll down to see my Tuesday Throwdown challenge DT post.  Thank you!)
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Hello friends!  Happy Earth Day!

Yay!!!
I'm so very excited to have been asked by Melissa from the CASology blog challenge to be a guest designer for the challenge this week as I had a creation from a previous challenge that had won!
(You can CLICK HERE to see my baby onsie shaped card that won the challenge.)

So I'd happily like to introduce to you the Cue Card for this week's challenge:
Oh my gosh!  How fun is this?!!
Here's the definition of this word:

ombré

   [ämbrā′, äm brā]



adjective
shaded or graduated in tone: said of a color
Origin of ombré
French past participle of ombrer, to shade ; from Classical Latin umbrare ; from umbra, shade

I'm not really sure if it's considered a "technique" in the crafting world, but I think it's just another fun way to use color on your design! :)  I couldn't decide exactly which way I wanted to go with this because I had done a couple of rough designs, but settled on finally just one idea! LOL!
So here's what I decided to do for this challenge:

Design Defined - When using lots of color, you can keep it CAS by leaving the rest white space.
I love different shades of bright colors and thought pink tones would be a good one to use for my project!  I took a floral image and embossed it with white embossing powder on the front of my card.  Since this was a wood mounted stamp, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up for centering on my card front panel.  I then used a masked frame and took some distress inks in the colors of "Festive Berries", "Picked Raspberry" and "Spun Sugar" and blended them with my foam blending tool over the embossed images.  When I got to the lightest color, I decided to gradually let it fade out into the white color.  I stamped the sentiment with the "Festive Berries" ink color above that.  I thought it drew your eye back to the colors.

I also blended a couple of the lightest colors of pinks on a piece of white left over pieces and die cut a couple of butterflies to  put over my design.  This panel was also die cut with a stitched rectangle die and then I popped it up over a white A2 card base with foam tape.

The stamps I used are from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration 2015 called "Nature's Perfection" and "Simply Wonderful".  The butterfly die cut is also from Stampin' Up! and the Stitched Rectangle die is from Lawn Fawn.

I hope you will be sure to play along with the challenge this week!!  I would love to see what your take is on the ombre CAS style!!  Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and check out the fabulous creations from the design team as well!  Thanks so much to Melissa and the DT for having me play along with you all this week!! :)

Thank you for stopping in with me today!!  I sure appreciate it!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this for:
allsorts - quick & simple
Less is More - Up, Up & Away (butterflies)
Fantasty Stampers - CAS
Uniko Studio - Things with Wings

Tuesday Throwdown is "Up in the Air"!

Hello friends!
Hope that you had a great weekend!  I'm still fighting a sick bug and hope to kick it soon!
So I'm here today to share a new challenge up over at
TUESDAY THROWDOWN
For this week's challenge, we'd like to see your creations with the theme
"Up in the Air" (things that can fly)
This is the perfect time of year to use those butterflies, balloons or whatever you can come up with!
We have a fabulous sponsor this week as well!  Lacy Sunshine is sponsoring the challenge this week and there will be a fun prize to win!  So come along and play with us!
Here's what I've made for the challenge:
I've used this REALLY sweet image generously provided by our sponsor this week called Lil Fidget Hearts a Flutter. (You'll have to scroll quite a way down to find the image in the store.)
I fell in love with her long hair and big eyeball along with her wings and tiny antennas coming from the top of her head!  I thought this would be a great image to use for the challenge theme!

And because this was such a detailed image and took some time to color with my Copics, I didn't want to take too much away from all the work I did with the image, so I left the rest of the card quite simple.  After coloring her in with my Copic markers, I added some finishing details with a white gel pen and I've also colored the butterflies around her along with the flowers in her hair with metallic gel pens.  I then took some liquid pearls to add some dots everywhere.

I embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder over a strip of vellum and attached to the front of the card.  I've also die cut a couple of additional butterflies with yellow card stock to add some extra dimension and then I popped up the image panel with foam tape over the base of the card front.  I punched out to squares to add a section to two opposite corners of the image panel to bring out some of the black from the image and tie it all together.

Be sure to hop on over to the challenge blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of design team!  We can't wait to see what you come up with for it!!
Thanks so much for checking in!
I'll be back shortly with a special post!!  Stay tuned!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Crafty Creations - Seeing Spots (dots)
Penny's Paper - One for the Girls
4 Crafty Chicks - Fairy
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Use a Die Cut (butterflies)
Crafty Catz - It's a Girl Thing
Come & Get It - Things that Start with "B" - (butterflies, bloom, black, blue)

Friday, April 17, 2015

You're Unfrogettable with Sami Stamps GDT!

Hello friends!
I'm excited to share a special post with you today because I have been asked to join Sami Stamps as a guest designer today!  Yay!
You can click on the badge to be taken to the Sami Stamps blog!
Thank you so much to Sami & the DT for having me along during your newest release! :)

"Spring Umbrellas"
CLICK HERE to be taken to the store to purchase the "Spring Umbrella" new release images!


Let me tell you, these images are just adorable!!  I'm not surprised that I had a hard time deciding which image to play with!!   Here's what I've chosen to create with:
LOL!!  Isn't this just the CUTEST image?!!  Sami Stamps is releasing a brand new line of "umbrella" type images and I chose this sweet "Slippery Umbrella" image to work with!
Be sure to click on the link to see all the images from this release!  You will love them all! :)

To fit with the Sami Stamps monthly challenge (click link/see below),  I have also decided to paper piece my umbrella.  So I printed out this digital stamp on three separate types of paper.  The first time, I've just printed the image out on some Cryogen White card stock and colored it in with my Copic markers.  (With the exception of the umbrella.)  I then took two different types of patterned papers and printed the image out again on each one of those.  Then I fussy cut out each umbrella panel and glued it over top of the corresponding umbrella pieces where they go.

The entire image including the colored frog was fussy cut out and popped up over my die cut stitched squared paper panel.  I have him hanging a bit lower than the square panel to make it seem like he's catching a ride on a run-away umbrella!! LOL!!  The sentiment and papers come from my old SU! stash of stuff.

To finish off my card, I've added additional strips of paper at the bottom for some interest and then I thought it would be fun to add some sparkly sequins and a coordinating pink enamel heart to the design.

Here's a more close look at the details on the image:
Now you can better see the extra details that I've added to this darling image!
As mentioned above, I've colored my frog here with Copic markers and used a glitter gel pen to color the umbrella handle.  I've also used my Wink of Stella glitter pen to go over the umbrella paper pieced areas.  Lastly, I decided that my frog would look even more fun if I covered him with some glossy accents!  So I covered the darker green area of him with it and left his belly alone.
It looks quite simple, but I think it works beautifully on this card design and I had so much fun!

I hope you will stop by the blog to see what the rest of the design team has to inspire you with and to catch what the rest of this release looks like! :)

Thanks so much for joining me here today and I wish you all a wonderful weekend!
See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Sami Stamps monthly challenge - paper piecing


Addicted to CAS - code word: showers


The Crafter's Cafe - "Animal Antics"

Just Add Ink - Sequins

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Addicted to Stamps - Photo Inspiration

Hello friends!
Here to share a new challenge up over at
Addicted to Stamps
and we have this awesome photo for inspiration to help make your creation:
I was looking at this and thought there were so many different ways to interpret this photo!
I decided to go in a masculine type of direction with it.  (The clocks really caught my attention.)
So here's what I came up with:
I have used this really cool looking image from Bugaboo called Frame It - One Day at a Time.
(They also happen to be our sponsor for this challenge and were generous to provide the DT with some images to play with!...so be sure to join the challenge for your chance to win!)

I have printed the image from my computer and die cut it from a stitched rectangle die cut.  I have colored it just a bit, but I didn't want to color it too much because I wanted more "white" with it.  I distressed the edges a bit with ink and then I took a diamond border stamp and embossed the bottom portion with clear embossing powder.  I was trying to mimic the table pattern.  I also took some dark pink ink and water loaded on a paint brush and flicked some watercolor dots over top of the card.  I did this to mimic the small spot of pink color in the photo.  Lastly, I took some clear sequins to add randomly over the design as I thought this would mimic the chandelier in the photo.  I've also added some stickles glitter to the center of each one.

I definitely like this card much better IRL! :)  The details show up much better.
So I hope you will come join us and be sure to catch all of the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team on the challenge blog!!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Thanks so much for dropping in!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this for:
Brown Sugar - distress
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes

Monday, April 13, 2015

You Are My Hero Mother's Day!

Happy Monday friends!
I'm here again today to share a couple more creations I've made for some challenges that I'd like to enter before they end.  So here we go....
I had so much fun playing with my die cuts on this card!
I had also just received a new box of MFT colors of ink and paper and wanted to play with them right away..as the box they came in so indicated I do this! LOL!

Unfortunately, I don't have that adorable super boy stamp set they sell, but I do have this really sweet Mama Elephant/Simon Says Stamp (exclusive no longer available.) version of a super hero dude and used it on my card.  I think he's so much fun to color in!  I've got him popped out with foam tape on the front.

This entire card with the exception of the super hero boy and the sentiment banner is a one layer card design!  I've inlayed all of the die cut pieces into the front of this card panel.  The Stitched Circle Stax die and the Stitched Rectangle Stax die along with all of the colors I've used are from MFT.
The colors I've used are from the current color challenge which are:
Whip Cream, Sour Apple, Summer Splash & Nightshift Blue.  I have also used the Black Licorice Hybird Ink Pad as you can use this ink with Copic Markers.

The stars in the background came from an older retired MFT stamp set called "Own Your Own Story".  I had donated to OWH and received several MFT stamp sets.
I actually really love how the colors turned out.  The green looks really bright in the photo as compared IRL...so imagine it toned down a notch there! :)

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

2.  MFT Things Color Challenge:

3.  Loves Rubber Stamps (LRSBC146) - Anything Goes

4.  Cardz 4 Guys - Super Hero

5.  4 Crafty Chicks - Die Cuts

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Going in a totally different direction, I have made a pretty purple floral card for mom:
I couldn't resist this gorgeous Lotus Blossom  stamp set from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration and knew this was something that I wanted to get!  I love the look of this flower and with the purple colors, I love it even more! ;)  I thought this would make a good card for my mom this Mother's Day!  Sorry for the spoiler if you are reading this mom! :(  (Maybe if I'm lucky she'll forget about it by the time it gets here! LOL!)

I have also used the Crazy About You stamp set along with the Hello You Thinlits dies for my sentiment portion of the card.  I took about half the portion of the white background layer and embossed it with the wood-grain embossing folder and then took the Hardwood background stamp and stamped the strip of Perfect Plum with Whisper White ink before adding my die cut sentiment on it.  Because of the color challenge I'm playing in, I didn't want to add any green color for the stem, so I took a neutral color of  Slate Gray and Basic Gray for my flower stem.

The stitched journal panel (LF) and the clear sequins (Michael's) are the only things that are non-Stampin' Up! items.  I thought it needed a little something extra on it and the sequins won me over! :)
Of course the colors look a bit off in my photo and it looks so much better IRL!  So tone this card color down a notch just like the top card!  (I'll have to check my camera.)

Here are some challenges that I'd like to enter my purple Mother's Day card for:

1.  Little Red Wagon - Spring is in the Air

2.  Freshly Made Sketches:
3.  Simon Says Stamp - April Showers/Spring Flowers

4.  Pals Paper Arts - color combo:


So that's all for now.  Hope you've enjoyed my creations and I'll be back with you again tomorrow evening for a fun new challenge!!  Hope you will stop back by and check it out!
Have a wonderful day!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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