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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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Welcome Autumn!

Hello friends!  Although the weather has gotten colder over the last few weeks, I really enjoy Fall and I like to hold onto it for as long as I can because it doesn't seem to last long enough!
And should I be working on Christmas?  Yep...but here I am with Fall still!! LOL!
And also, I had just gotten some new stamps that I hadn't got to play with since I bought them, so I wanted to break them out before I really got carried away with my Christmas cards. :)
Those will be the next thing I start really cranking out on my blog!

Here's my Autumn design for today:
I don't know if it was because it was extra dark outside and rainy or all of the gold and yellow I had on my card, but my lighting that I use to photograph my cards was extra bright!
So I will say that the colors are not quite as bright as shown on this photo,

I got this cute stamp set called Autumn Groves from Paper Smooches and was happy to break it out to have a play with it.  I also got these really cool Stitched Frames "Wise Dies" from Paper Smooches as well.  I love how you can take the stitch dies just to embed some stitching onto your design without it cutting anything out!  (If you look at the bottom of the card behind the scarecrow, you can see the stitch lines as well as the stitch marks around the square.  (It didn't punch out the square, so I just used a square punch to punch it out.)  It did cut around the stitched heart die though which is what I wanted to place my heart in the center of the square.
The tag with the sentiment is a die cut from Mama Elephant called Tags a Lot - Creative Cuts.

I used some brown coordinations card stock and embossed it with a wood-grain embossing folder.  After I embossed it, I ran a sanding block over it to get the "worn" look on it.  I think it really brings out the kraft colors in the design.  I then popped it up over a kraft card base and added all of the elements to the front.  the tag, leaves and scarecrow are popped up with foam tape after I fussy cut them all out.  I also added some gold sequins and brushed the leaves with my Wink of Stella.

I thank you so much for stopping in today!

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CLICK HERE to check out my crafty stash for sell!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card in:
photo inspiration



Simply Create Too - Thanksgiving/Thank you

Cardz 4 Guyz - Thanksgiving/Thankful

Aud Sentiments - Put the sentiment on a tag


Monday, November 10, 2014

It's So Shocking!

Hello friends!  Happy Monday to ya!  Hope you all had a great weekend!

Not sure if you've noticed at the top of my blog or not, but I have recently posted several things (stamps more specifically) from my crafty stash that I'm placing up for sell.  So if you are interested in seeing what I have, you can CLICK HERE or check out the top of my blog bar or click on the link right above my signature on this post or future posts.  Details on how to purchase are noted on the page along with photos of the items for sell.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Ok..done with the commercial, so now for my post today...
Since it was my hubby's birthday Saturday, I thought I'd share the card I created for him:
LOL!  Some of you may already know that my hubby is an electrician, so of course I had to make him this type of card! :)
I saw somewhere on Pinterest someone create a card and made their own "cut file" to cut out an electric plug-in shape.  I didn't want to go through all of that, so I have used my punches and dies to create my own version of an electric outlet card.

I used my Lawn Fawn Stitched Journal die cut to make the base of the outlet.  I then used some punches to create the "plug holes" and then popped those up on the stitched die cut.  I used to have some of those screw looking brads, but I can't find them or I've used them up, so I just used a silver brad for the center of the outlet.

I then popped this up on a black card base where I have taken the Technique Tuesday stamp set called Bright Idea...love this set...and embossed the sentiment at the bottom with white EP.  I also stamped another image from the set on the inside of the card.  (see below).
I then decided I wanted to add little electric "zaps" to the card, so I was excited to see this image from a set I bought in September by Mama Elephant (sold through Simon Says Stamp) called "Strong Together" (not sure if it's available any more.) and I stamped that "lightening bolt" in white ink over the black card base background.  I decided to add a few wooden star accents too.
I then rounded the edges with my corner chomper.

Here's what I put on the inside of the card:
LOL!!  I like to tease him about this because he's older than me! :)
I computer generated the sentiment and then stamped the outlet image from the TT stamp set in the corner.  I also rounded the corners of this white panel on the inside.

I hope hubby had an enjoyable birthday and if he's looking...love ya to pieces!! :)
Thanks so much for stopping in today with me!

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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 in:
The Male Room - wood (I used wooden star accents...hope this works!)
Crafting by Designs - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
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