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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Some Exciting News!

Hello friends!  Welcome to the middle of the week AND the first day of October!
The Summer flew by so fast, right?!
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I have something that I'm really excited about to share with you today!
If you have been following my blog for a LONG time, then you may remember back when I used design for this fabulous stamp company:

This was the VERY FIRST time that I had become a design team member for ANYONE!
I sent in some samples of some cards I made and was contacted to start making cards for them!

I worked alongside with the talented and super awesome creator and owner of this company and was so honored to be considered a Design Consultant with Sue!  I even got a stamp design named after me!  It's called "Vicki's Versatile Background" and it's still available in the store for purchase!
CLICK HERE to see it...it's also linked on the side of my blog.
I've never been able to say that I had a stamp named after me!  I am still honored about that!

So being as how I enjoyed contact with this lovely lady from time to time, we have decided to join forces once again!!  I'm so ecstatic to be creating cards using their awesome stamps once again!  It'll be even BETTER than the "old days"!!  :)   I hope to be able to inspire you with some designs using their stamps in various ways.
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Today starts the journey and I'd like to share a Christmas card with you using some of their stamps:
I've used one of their latest stamp images called Christmas Village Pond with Bridge.
I do love a beautiful snow covered landscape image for Christmas!
I have cut the top portion out to fit inside the circle frame and colored it with my Copic markers and then gave it some sparkle and the ice some shimmer with my Wink of Stella.

For the green card front base and the layer behind the vellum, I've used this pretty Interlocking Snow Background and stamped it with white pigment ink all over the green.  I also sponged some of the white ink around the circle frame and edges of card front base.

The sentiment I used is called Family & Friends Christmas sentiment and I didn't use the entire sentiment but just the first and third lines of the sentiment because I knew the entire image wouldn't fit inside my circle frame...so I had to do some clever masking and I embossed it in gold over the vellum where you can see the snowflake peeking behind it.

There is also a circle frame layer of metallic gold card stock as well.  The image is popped up and then I popped up the green card base snowflake frame and rounded the edges of it.  The tiny bows and gold twine is attached over top of the card.  I thought it added a nice touch to the finished design.
Here's a close-up view of the image:


So head on over to the store and check out the latest new images as well as the soon-to-be retired images to make sure you get something you might want before it's gone!
Also be sure to check out the weekly challenges over on the DRS Designs blog because there is a chance to win some stamps if you play!!

Thanks for celebrating with me today and especially for all the nice birthday wishes!  I sure appreciate it!!  Hope you've enjoyed my card today!
*Don't forget to enter my birthday blog candy if you haven't done it yet!  CLICK HERE!*

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy National Coffee Day!!

Well who would've known that my birthday day was also National Coffee Day as well!!
How cool is that?!... and I do love my coffee which I'm sipping on whilst I made this card today!

I wasn't going to post today, BUT I happened to come across this fun blog hop and my dear blog friend Monika pointed it out to me as well.  Thank you!  Time is of the essence here...so I needed this to get posted today.  :)

I felt like I received a birthday present in the mail when the October 2014 Simon Says card kit came in the mail for me over the weekend!!  I love all the different things you get in the kits!
This is the close-up details of the card I made below.
I wanted to try to use everything I could try and fit with the kit items!  I didn't use them all, but I did use several items from the kit.
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So for this blog hop, the information can be found by clicking on this badge below:
Chaitali is having a special "coffee lovers bloghop challenge" and there is only so much time to enter your coffee creations!  There are also flash give aways every 3 hours along with a choice award!
There are already over 100 entries...so hurry and make something! :)
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Here is the card that I made this morning while sipping on my own coffee!! LOL!
I paper pieced the mug with the gorgeous papers from the kit, added some color to make it look like some coffee was in the cup and stamped some "steam" coming out of it with the SSS Khaki ink pad included in the kit as well.  I embossed the heart circle with clear embossing powder and popped it up over the cup.  Then I added the sequins that came in the kit, distressed the edges and added my greeting and even stamped a little cup from the stamp set on my envelope!

Since I felt I needed to hurry a bit, it felt good to make up this card in about 20 minutes!! LOL!

And if you'd like to enter for a chance to win one of TWO different stamps, then be sure to leave me a comment on THIS BLOG POST telling me which one you'd like to win!!
You have until the end of October 2014 to enter!!

Thanks so much for stopping in to celebrate my birthday with me today!!


HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
The Pink Elephant (TPE270) - anything goes
Inkspirational - Beverages/Drinks
613 Avenue - Anything Goes (Optional use a heart)

It's My Birthday - Time for Blog Candy!

Hello friends!
Since today is my birthday, I have no card to share with you, BUT I would like to give YOU a gift!

I have some blog candy that I'd like to share with a couple of my blog readers!  These are two adorable stamps - brand new in package - from Whimsy Stamps.

I will give away one stamp to a winner and the other stamp to another lucky winner!
So there will be TWO lucky winners here!!  A drawing for each one!

Blog Candy #1:
This adorable image is sold by Whimsy Stamps from the "Wee Stamps" collection designed by Sylvia Zet called Let It Snow.  (Such a cute fellow, isn't he?!  Perfect for the up-coming Christmas Season!)   It is a red rubber stamp already mounted brand new in package.

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Blog Candy #2:
And this adorable image is also sold by Whimsy Stamps from the "Little Cottage Cuties" collection designed by Elisabeth Bell called Chloe's Little Light.  (I have always been a huge fan of Elisabeth Bell's designs, but I decided to let this one go to a lucky recipient!  This one is also perfect for the up-coming Christmas time!)  This is a red rubber stamp already mounted and brand new in package as well.

So my dear friends....if YOU would like to have a chance at winning EITHER of these stamps, or want a particular stamp...or don't care which one, here's what you need to do:

1.  Please leave me a comment in THIS post telling me which stamp you prefer to win if you have a preference.  I will close the comments to this post on October 28th and will announce the winners for each stamp right here on my blog by October 29th...one month later!

THAT'S IT!!!  No need to do ANYTHING ELSE!!
I'm very lucky to have special friends join me here to see what I'm crafting...I truly appreciate each and every one of you!  Thanks so much for all of your kindness and following!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, September 26, 2014

More Copic Coloring Cards!

Hello friends!  Wow, I sure am glad that it's Friday!! Yay!
I plan on doing some things with my family especially since it's going to be really nice out this weekend, I want to get out and enjoy it now before it starts getting too cold!  How about you?

So I've been busy doing lots of crafting "behind the scenes" and I can't wait to share with all of you what I've been working on!  But for today, I wanted to share a couple of card creations for the practicing of the Copic Coloring class that I've been taking:
Isn't this little cup just as CUTE as can be?!!  Although we received the cup image from the Copic Coloring Class, the image comes from this adorable stamp set from Paper Smooches called Hot Concoctions.  I just got the stamp set, so I wanted to add some little extra details to make a card with of course! :)  The sentiment is also a Paper Smooches image as well.

The cup is popped up on top of the brown die cut piece and I stamped the saucer shape to place underneath the cup.  I used the stitched border dies to add some layers.  I couldn't let this go without adding the CUTE smile face, steam and heart to it either!

In the photo below, you can see that I've added some sparkle with my Wink of Stella to the heart and I took my Stickles glitter glue and added some dots to the cheeks on the cup....

So for the Copic Coloring Class, we are practicing our shading.  I'm learning some really cool knowledge to add to my Copic coloring!  I'm glad I ended up taking the class!
The cup actually looks better in person with the shading details.  I think I'm going to try out some different color combinations using what I've learned!


Now for my SECOND card today:
This butterfly was really awesome to color!!  I'm not sure where the image came from, but it's one that we received in class.  I made this card very simple because I wanted the butterfly to really pop out on the card.  So I just spritzed it with some gold shimmer spray, added some dotted lines behind the butterfly with my Copic liner pen and stamped a sentiment by Simon Says Stamp to finish up my CAS style design.

Here are closer details of the butterfly coloring:
So for the butterfly, I was practicing my "feathering/flicking" as they call it.  I like how the feathering with the darker into the lighter colors look because you don't blend them together.  I will be doing more of this on another image sometime I'm sure!

For the yellow parts of the butterfly, you can see the feathering as much because I covered it with some black dots using my Copic liner pen.
I fussy cut the butterfly and popped it up with some foam tape on my card.

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So I hope you've enjoyed my creations today!
Please be sure to come back here on Monday because I have something really special to share with you all!!  Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for joining me today!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter:

For the TOP CARD (coffee cup)
Paper Smooches SPARKS- anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Oh how cute!

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For the BOTTOM CARD (butterfly)
Addicted to Stamps & More - Clean and Simple
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - anything goes

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Copic Coloring Outside the Lines...

Hello my friends!  It's the middle of the week already...are you ready for the weekend or still lagging behind from the Monday blah! I think I'm lagging because I stayed up late watching football with hubby the other night! LOL!

Anywho, I don't know for sure if I've mentioned that I'm taking that Copic Coloring Class Online offered by none other than the talented bunch of gals themselves Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner and Sandy Allnock.  Of course I have already colored with Copics because I do have a small collection of them, but I have never really taken any classes nor do I claim to be any sort of "expert" in any way.  I just love to learn from others and I have seen Sandy color in action and she's awesome!  so I wanted to learn about her style along with Kristina which I've seen as well.  First day and I'm already learning to "color outside the lines" so-to-speak!  We have gotten some images to practice on for class and instead of sharing just the sheet of practice images...boring....I wanted to create a card which of course some other fellow classmates have already done along with Sandy's blog...so I wanted to mimic what they did and here's what I've done in class so far:
The balloon and present images came from class.  I practiced coloring using some of the mentioned techniques/ideas they gave and completely did the opposite of what I normally do in coloring...so this is cool to learn something new.

The sentiment came from a photo-polymer Stampin' Up! set that I have, but I'm not particularly sure that I'm liking the way that I colored it in because I'm thinking in the photo is doesn't look as blended as well as what I thought it did in person.  I was actually trying to combine two days of some techniques and perhaps I just wasn't quite ready for it?  I'll go back and check the videos again to make sure that I'm doing it correctly...need to work on my "flicking/feathering" some more!

So basically I just cut out the images from the practice sheet and attached to my card and stamped directly on the card base with my sentiment and colored that in.  I drew some lines for the balloons and added some dots with my signo white gel pen.  I thought the present needed a base so I used my Copics for that as well.  The card base is a solar neenah white cardstock.

Just something fun and simple to share what I've been working on in class!
Hope you like and I'll be back with more shares from class soon!
Thanks for stopping in today!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are a couple of challenges to link this card for:
The Squirrel & The Fox - Happy Birthday (last challenge for them!)
Crafts 4 Eternity - My style : CAS and coloring!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A New Tuesday Throwdown Challenge!

Hello friends!  Hope your week has started out great so far!
I'm back today to share with you a brand new challenge for

TUESDAY THROWDOWN

This week we would like to see your "NEW HOME" themed creations!
Know someone who has recently moved into a new house?  Or how about a welcome to the neighborhood or a "from our house to yours" theme?
Can't wait to see what you come up with, here's what I've done for the challenge:
I've kept my card quite simple in design using our sponsor's image from My Grafico within the Kitchen Garden digital set.  The "New Home" sentiment banner was something that I had printed off on my computer along with the flower image.

I colored the flower image with my Copics (I've started my Copic coloring class and I'm practicing my coloring skills and learning tons so far!)  I've actually printed it out twice because I've cut out the flowers and popped them up on the image that's on the card front.  I also added some glossy accents to the center of the flowers.

The die cut border across the top is a stunning die cut from Whimsy Stamps.  I strung some ribbon through it and attached to the top of the card.

So I hope you will pop on over to the Tuesday Throwdown challenge blog to see all of the inspirational "new home" designs that the rest of the design team has come up with and I hope you will play along with us this week as well!  Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and I'll be back again soon!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some other challenges I'd like to link this card to:
AAA Cards (CAS style) - I fussy cut the flowers & banner


613 Avenue - anything goes with optional chart using 1 item from each column:
(I used the top item listed from each column.)


Alphabet Challenge - "P" for "Pretty Petals"

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pumpkin EVERYTHING! Yum!

Hello friends and a happy Monday to you!
Well it is certainly starting to feel like Fall over my way, how about you?
I love Fall with all of the beautiful colors, falling leaves, smells, sweaters and sweats wearing and yummy things like "pumpkin" flavored lattes, muffins...I love it!

So this last week, I saw this really fun digital image for FREE...so I had to grab it:
I just LOVE the hand-writing on this and how the little string from the "s" is attached onto the pumpkin...too cute!
So this FREE digital image came from the Neat and Tangled blog!  (They are just starting a brand new release as well...so check it out while you are there to enter to win some cool sequins!)

I printed the image out on some Kraft card stock and then printed it again on some "Pumpkin Pie" decorative paper.  I paper pieced the pumpkin portion of it and popped it up over the Kraft.  Before I paper pieced the pumpkin, I took some distress inks and sponged some in the center of the image to darken it up a bit and make it pop.  I also used my BRAND NEW Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die to die cut out the Kraft and place it on my A2 sized "Pumpkin Pie" card stock base.

I thought that tracing around the "pumpkin" wording with my black Wink of Stella would add a bit of shimmer.  I took a strip of the same decorative paper to add at the bottom along with a strip of gold accent strip and some black dots for interest.  I thought about adding some gold dots or splatters to it, but I thought I better leave it alone! LOL!!  (Besides, I was under a 15 minute time restraint!)
Yep...actually made this card in about 12 minutes total....it helps if you don't have to color much!

So here are the challenges I'd like to link this card for:
Little Tangles - 15 minute challenge (now you know why I was pressed for time!)
Crafting for All Seasons - Colors of Fall
Cute Card Thursday - Awesome Autumn
4 Crafty Chicks (4CC212) - Fall
Simply Create Too - Fall/Autumn

Hey thanks so much for checking in with me and I'll be right back here again tomorrow with a brand new challenge for you to try out!!  See you then!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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