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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Thankful Thanksgiving!

Hello friends!
Just wanted to pop in to wish all of my U.S. friends a blessed Thanksgiving and to all of my other crafty blog friends, I'd like to say that I'm thankful to share in this crafty fun with you!

Here's a fun card that I put together just for YOU!
I haven't pulled out any of my House Mouse stamps for a while and saw these cute hungry meeces peeking out at me and wanted to color them in!! :)
I thought it would be fun to use the chalkboard technique with the Mini Chalkboards stamp set from Whimsy Stamps along with the coordinating Mini Chalkboard Die.  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and rubbed some white ink over top.
And for the last order I placed with Whimsy Stamps, I was also sent some leaves dies that I've also used on my card here!  I cut them out with some glitter card stock that I had in my stash and arranged them around the chalkboard sentiment.  I topped that off with some natural twine.

For the main image panel, I die cut out these adorable meeces with my oval die cuts.  They were colored with my Copic markers and then I added some glitter to the tops of the pie crust as well as scattered along the ground.
And for a closer look at these guys, I've added some highlights to their cheeks with my white gel pen and I've also colored in their spoons with my silver metallic gel pen.
Everything was placed over a black cardstock base and then I rubbed some white ink over the edges and here and there to mimic the chalkboard look.

Whatever you do tomorrow at Thanksgiving, I wish you uncountable blessings for the entire year!
Thanks for being such fabulous crafty friends!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges that I'd like to enter this for:
House Mouse & Friends (HMFMC183) - add sparkle!
TIME OUT - Embossing with optional sparkle
Moving Along with the Times - Autumnal leaves
Open-minded Crafting Fun - Grateful
Addicted to Stamps & More - Holiday
Fab 'N' Funky - Anything with Die Cuts
Crafts 4 Eternity - Furry Friends
City Crafter - Techniques (I used the chalkboard technique)
Shopping Our Stash (SOS#179) - FREE is Good! (I used free leaves die cut that came with an order)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Not All Black and White Christmas

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!
I'm popping in today to share a Christmas card with you!  It's time for me to really buckle down and get my Christmas cards made and sent out!  So here's another one for "the pile"!

I don't ever remember using dominate black and white on hardly if any of my past Christmas cards, but added with the metallic colors, I really like how it all came together!

I was not only inspired by the colors from the ShowCASe Your Style challenge this time, but the photo as well!  (see photo below)
So I found these really pretty long ornaments on my Cricut Explore and cut out one white and one black ornament.  The stripes on the ornaments were cut out with silver and glitter gold card stock.  I took out some silver thread that I had from back in my "cross-stitch days" and used it for the strings to hold my ornaments with.  I popped up the white ornament over the black one.  I also took my silver gel pen and gold Stickles glitter glue to add some accents to them.

So for the rest of my card, I've used the "star sparkle" images from the Thanks a Million Clearly Whimsy Stamp set and stamped them with my Gray ink and added some clear glitter in the centers to make them sparkle behind the ornaments.  If you also notice the Christmas Large Word die cut with silver metallic card stock, I also took a small "star sparkle" like I used on the white panel and embossed the one with gold embossing powder over the "i" in the die cut and then used some gold Stickles glitter glue to fill in the center of it.  The "Merry" on the white panel comes from the Christmas Greetings stamp set by Whimsy Stamps as well.

For the layered stitched curve that you see on the front of my design, I've used the Stitched Border Die Trio also from Whimsy Stamps.
So when you lift up the stitched border flap on the front of the card, here's what the inside looks like:

I used the same  stitched border die to create a panel that would fit for the inside of my card and then I took the same Christmas Greetings stamp set and used a sentiment for the inside of my card stamped in black ink.  You will still be able to see the silver "Christmas" die cut from the front of the card when you open it.

So how are YOU coming along with your Christmas cards?
Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Hope you've enjoyed my design!  See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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

4 Crafty Chicks - Make it Sparkle
Creative Knockouts - Bling is the Thing
Creative Fingers - anything goes


Allsorts - No designer papers allowed
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkly/Blingy/Glittery

Friday, November 21, 2014

Flash Back Friday Fun!

Hello friends!  Welcome to the weekend! YAY!
I sure am ready to spend some time with my family this weekend, it's always fun to share time with the boys in their lives as they get older.  I know hubby had a cold work week and is ready to sleep in and be warm watching some football...so that is what is going to be happening for me over the weekend!  I do hope to sneak in some crafty time though! :)

So I thought it would be something really fun to start on my blog every Friday and do a "Flashback Friday" posting where I share creations I made using some older stamps/stash that I have and "bring them up-to-date" so to speak.  I always seem to have such a LARGE collection of stamps and then I love them and want to hoard them so it becomes a bit difficult to "get rid" of them.  As soon as I do this, I always wish I had them back!! LOL!  Anybody else ever feel that way?  It's a love/hate relationship with me and my stamp collection really!  I love them when I'm using them, but then struggle when I see something new and want to buy that too! LOL!

So...in order to control a bit of getting in the "buying habit" I'd like to break, I thought it would be fun to pull out my older stamps and have a play with them so I don't feel so bad about holding onto them!  And if you'd like to join me here on Fridays, I will share various things from my collection and share with you how I've brought it to "current" standards...or HOPEFULLY I will complete that task! :)

So are you ready to get started with me this week?  We'll call this "Flashback Friday #01"
Not sure if any of you remember this stamp set:
This is called "Sketch It" by Stampin' Up! and I was a Stampin' Up! demo when I got this set and I know that it was very popular during the 2001 time period because I sold TONS of them!  I think one of those reasons was because it's so versatile!  I know that it retired in 2007 and I really haven't seen much done with it in years!  I actually think that the "sketchy" look has come back into style and after I started playing with this again, I got excited about all the different ways I could use this!  It just screams out "EMBOSS ME"!  Although I didn't do that on my card today, I think it needs to be used again with that in mind! LOL!!  (Gosh, you can tell it's old...look at the plastic box!! LOL!)

So here's what I did decide to do with this set which was exciting for me to pull out again as I don't think that I've ever used this stamp set in this way....
So what I've done is take that smaller leaf shown in the bottom right of the photo and drew a circle with my pencil and began to repeatedly stamp it with the green colors to make a wreath.  Although there is already a wreath image in the set, I really liked how the leaves made this full green wreath design.  I also added some dots of water on it with my brush in certain areas to make the ink bleed a bit.  I also sprayed the cream panel with my gold spritz and it looks so shimmery IRL!  I then stamped the bow from the set in brown ink at the top of the wreath and also stamped the "Thanks!" with brown ink below that.  I die cut this cream panel out with my Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die and matted it on top of a green panel and then mounted that onto a brown card base.
Lastly, I added some gold sequins over top of the wreath to give it a little something extra.

So I hope you've enjoyed my card for today and I if you have any older stamps that you've pulled out to play with, I'd love to see what you've done!  Just leave your link in the comments and I'll come check it out! :)

I do hope you're excited about this "Flashback Friday" series as I am and I hope you'll come back and join me here again every Friday!!  I wish you all a joyous weekend!!


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Retro Rubber - color combo *This is a new challenge blog! Check it out!*



The Paper Players (PP222) - thank you



Shopping Our Stash (SOS178) - Thankful (I used old stamps)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shine Bright Like a Star!

Hello friends!
Back with you today to share a card that I sort of labored on a bit! LOL!
It really doesn't look like I did, but if you only knew what was going on in my craft room, honestly, you'd probably be looking on and snickering at me!  (Hubby did when he got home!)

You ever get an "ah-ha!" idea and then you want to go straight away to your craft table and make it?
Yeah....that always seems like it turns into an epic fail for me!! LOL!  Here's my thought:
Can you see the glittery stars?  I hope so because it took me forever to get the stamped glittered stars on there! LOL!  This is all on the white stitched circle.  I took the TAWS True Colors stamp set and stamped the three "brush marks" in different colors on the white circle.
For the "fun" part..ha!...I took the star from the TAWS Got it Covered set and used some heat n stick embossing powder so that it's sticky after you've heated it up.  After I heated it up to where it was sticky, I covered the star with the pinkish glitter.  (Although there is a "super star" sentiment on the solid star, you can't see it with all the thick glitter coating on it.)  I heat-set the glitter again to make sure it stays put and cleaned off the excess glitter with a swiffer wipe.  I repeated this process with the smaller stars on each side using the star from the TAWS TADA set.

So the "fun" part was me trying to figure out this heat n stick EP!! I first of all need some new lighting in my stamp room, so my hubby was laughing about my complaint because I was positive that this was most of the blame! :)  I think I was over heating the powder because I couldn't figure out why it wasn't sticky!  Now I have used this stuff before, but it has been years!  So I thought maybe THAT was it...it's old and I needed to throw it away!  Then I come to conclusion after throwing away about 4 practice sheets until I figured out that my eyes are bad and couldn't see that I was over heating it because it does get sticky rather quickly...you just have to watch it!  I was FINALLY able to get some sticky and glittery stars on there!  Yay!!! Clap clap

The rest of the card is quite simple as I stamped the background stars with the TAWS Now You See Me set as well as the sentiment from the set as well.  Of course I still wanted to fuss over it some more and add more things to it when my hubby finally said...leave it!  So I did! :)

I wanted to make a star creation because I'm sending this off to a charity looking for child/teen cards and the theme for the month was stars.  I don't know if anyone is familiar with the show "Under the Dome", but it's a series (based on the novel by Stephen King) I've been watching and this sort of reminds me of the "Pink stars are falling" that the kids were always saying.  Creepy! LOL!

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And here is a photo that hubby sent me from work...he's STILL making fun of me! LOL!
He says that maybe I should wear his headlight helmet for stamping....only a true electrician would offer a help like that instead of fixing the lighting problem!! LOL!!
THANKS HUBBY for trying to help out with my stamping!! LOL!

After rambling on now for some time, I do hope you've enjoyed my card for today!
Thanks so much for stopping in!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the following challenges I based this card on:

SCS Cards for a Cause (C4AC21) - theme: stars

BE Inspired TAWS challenge:
(I was inspired by the glittery leaves and colorful block panel)

Simon Says Stamp - We're Seeing Stars
Crafts 4 Eternity - Bright Colors
Creative Corner - Let it Sparkle
Get Creative - anything goes (Optional:  use glitter) *new challenge blog*
City Crafter - Just A Word - "Shine"
Everybody Art - Circle on the Card
Clear it Out - Theme & Stash:  anything goes

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Tags....You're It...at Tuesday Throwdown!

Hello friends and welcome to another fabulous challenge with my fellow friends at
Tuesday Throwdown

For this challenge, we would like to see your
Christmas tags!
You know you're going to need them, right?!  So pull out those neglected or meaning to use Christmas items and make some tags for the up-coming Holiday Season!  We can't wait to see all of those cute Christmas tags! :)

Here's the Christmas tags that I put together...yes...I did more than one!
Now I have to say that I had SO MUCH fun coloring these cute images and adding the special details to each of them!  These images were generously provided by our sponsor for this challenge.  All of these images are from the Christmas Santa Digital Stamps set by My Grafico.  They will be giving away a fun prize, so be sure to play along with us!

Oh for the love of the many Christmas papers I have in my stash! LOL!  I am always wanting to use up these papers and I was happy to get a package out which I used the Mama Elephant Tags a Lot die set to die cut tags for my images.  I also used the Stampin' Up! oval die set to place an oval along the edge of the tag so that my "characters" had something behind them instead of the busy patterned papers.  I took my white gel pen to add stitch details on the ovals.

I also took some metallic card stock to die cut a piece for the top of my tag to hold a ribbon.  I took some metallic ribbon to make a loop through the hole in the tag and then attached a bow with the same ribbon on the front.  You will notice a small white banner with "To:" stamped on it.  The punch and small stamp are both from Stampin' Up! as well as the papers I've used.

Here are individual close-up details of the tags:
So this cute little reindeer was colored with my Copic markers, fussy cut out and I've popped him up with foam tape over the green oval panel.  The bells on his collar were colored with my gold gel pen and I added some dots to his cheeks with my white gel pen and also little accents to his ears and tail with it as well.  I thought it would make him look like he had bits of white fur.

So for the middle tag with Santa on it, I've colored him with my Copic markers and fussy cut him out.  I added some silver metallic color to his sled blade with my silver gel pen as well as the dots along the edge of his sled, you can see some silver there as well.  For his fur trimmings, I took some liquid applique and heat-set that so it has a "puffy" look to it.

And finally I have this adorable girl elf that I've colored with my Copic markers and fussy cut her out as well.  She is also popped up over the oval with foam tape.  I have used my white gel pen to color in the dots on her dress and for cheek highlights.  I've also used my gold gel pen to color in the bells on her hat and her shoes.

Now how fun is that?!  Hope I have inspired you to create some Christmas tags too!
Please be sure to stop on over at the Tuesday Throwdown challenge to see all of the wonderful inspiration from my fellow teamies!  I know you'll love them all!
Hope to see your Christmas tag creations in challenge this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter my tags for:
C.R.A.F.T. challenge - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Red & Green
Crafty Catz - Christmas is coming
Allsorts - anything but a card
Love to Create - Make it For Christmas
The Pink Elephant (TPE277) - anything but a card

Monday, November 17, 2014

Feeling a Little "Squirrel-ly"!

Hello and happy Monday friends!
I hope you all had a great weekend and ready for a new week in November!

I was surfing some of my fave blogs and found this really cute idea and wanted to play along for fun!
On the Virtual Smooches blog, there is a "Squirrelfest" challenge.  And with all of the squirrels I see around my house this time of year, I really had squirrels on the brain! LOL!  I thought it sounded like such a cute idea, so I gave it a try.
OK, so I really think these Paper Smooches stamps are just adorable and sadly I don't have a large collection of them.  I checked to see if I even had a squirrel stamp in any of the sets I do own and I didn't find any.  However, I DID see that Paper Smooches has this REALLY adorable squirrel on their FREE DIGI STAMPS page and printed him out!  He's too cute hanging onto the "hi" string!
I also used my PS Autumn Groves stamp set to accompany my furry tail companion.
I thought it would be fun to have the acorns falling as if from a tree.  I stamped, colored and cut out an extra one to pop up next to the sentiment from the PS Chit Chat stamp set.
And of course those eyeballs just called out for googly eyes!  LOL!

He was colored with my Copics along with the acorns and the background is chalked up with blue.  I used my Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die and my Whimsy Stamps stitched trio borders die for the grass and frame.  Then I added some gold sequins and Wink of Stella to the acorns to finish it off.

And here's what I put on the inside of the card:
I computer generated the sentiment and then I added some more acorns along the edges and then used the LF stitched rectangle die again to cut it out and place on the inside of the card.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed putting it together! :)
Thanks so much for joining me today!  I'll see you back again tomorrow for a brand new challenge to share with you!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
PS Squirrel Fest Challenge - use a squirrel on your project
Paper Smooches - anything goes
      


Papertake Weekly - 2 or 4 legs 
Crafter's Cafe - Friendship
613 Avenue - anything goes (optional: hello)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lovely As a Tree

Hello friends!  Happy Friday to ya!
I have discovered a fun new challenge blog and really love the concept of it and wanted to be sure to play along in their very first challenge.  It is called Retro Rubber Challenge and this challenge is meant for you to bring out those older stamps that need dusting off and use them again. They've made their very first challenge to be "use your oldest stamp".

Since I've been stamping for several years, I have accumulated many stamps.  Sadly, I do not still have the very first stamp I owned.  It has been gone for many years now, but looking through my stash of stamps, I have come up with one stamp set that I have owned since 2001 and I actually really love the set and was so happy to pull it out to have a play with it again.

The stamp set that I'm referring to is from Stampin' Up! and is called "Lovely As a Tree".  It has been available for purchase for as long as I can remember being familiar with them.  I believe it is still available in their catalog too!  The sentiment that I have used is also from Stampin' Up! and is from 2006.  I don't think it's available any more but I absolutely love it.

I just masked off a rectangle for the front of my card and used my distress inks to make a snowy blue background for my tree.  The tree was embossed with black EP and then embossed again slightly off-set with white EP to give it the look of having snow on it.

I stamped the sentiment with black ink and took my white gel pen to make the snow drop in the background.  I also added some snowflake sequins and popped the panel up on a white card base.  I placed a rhinestone in the center of the snowflakes.
I really like how this one turned out and how the images are a bit off-set against the blue distressed rectangle.

Now it's time to get back to the cleaning and the noise of tree cutters outside my house today! LOL!
I wish you all a fabulous weekend!  Thanks for dropping by!

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CLICK HERE to check out my crafty stash for sell!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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


Love to Create - anything goes
The Crazy Challenge - Your Favorite Technique (distress blending/masking)
The Pink Elephant (TPE276) - CAS
Clear it Out - 3 of same embellishment (3 snowflake sequins)
Addicted to Stamps & More - anything goes

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