"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pet Sympathy for fellow Doxie Owner

Hello friends!
I think time is really "flying by" now that I'm on a roll in my stamp room!  I have been so busy crafting "behind the scenes" and I look forward to sharing it with you soon!

I had to stop and create something for someone that recently had to put down their 15 yr. old dauchshund family member.  I know these cards can be difficult to make, but I do like to try and stamp a "likeness" of their beloved pet if I possibly can, so here's what I've come up:
 The family had a long-haired black and white standard doxie and of course since she was older, she had some gray hair as well.  I only saw a couple of photos of her, but I remembered what she looked like.  So I took a Newton's Nook stamp set called Delightful Doxies and stamped and colored the image with my Copic markers.  I used a gold gel pen to color the collar tag and a white gel pen for a highlight on the cheek.  I stamped a few hearts which was also in the stamp set and colored those in red with my Copics.

For the background, I took a SU! hearts embossing folder for the background to match the other hearts on the layout.  I mounted it over a piece of A2 sized black card base.

The sentiment at the top comes from an older SU! stamp set which also has a great sentiment for pet sympathy type of cards.  I stamped that on the inside of the card.

The top photo really doesn't show all of the gold shine coming from the card stock or what's on it, so I tilted the card at an angle so you can see the details better:
Here you can better see the gold shine on the banner which I've cut that along with the black with white hearts banner with a die cut.  I took a paw print from a really old stamp set that I had in my stash and inked it up with black Staz On ink to stamp it on the slick surface of the gold foil banner.

You can also see the gold shine coming from the tag on the collar.
I actually made this card last week before I got sick and am just now able to post this.  I was following along with a sketch for a challenge, but I'm not sure if it's still open, so I will list it below if I've made the deadline! ~ nope...didn't make it! boo!

Thank you so much for dropping in today!
I hope you have a beautiful day and I'll be back soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

2.  Penny's Paper - Anything Goes

3.  Jo's Scrap Shack Fun Day Friday - Anything Goes

4.  Tuesday Throwdown - Black, White + One Other Color

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cold Flamingos - Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive

Hello friends!
Here we are towards the end of another Summer month already!  I had planned on making lots more Christmas creations than I have actually been able to make, but before my absence, I did have a start on making a few anyway!  Crafting Christmas themed creations can help cool you down...just so you know! LOL!  I plan on making several more because I would like to help out this wonderful cause started by Christina Hor:

(Please click on the badge above for full details about this card drive.)
I also have this badge on the sidebar of my blog that you can click on any time if you'd like to help spread the word or get more information about it.

Here is the start of my Christmas/Winter cards for this special cause:
Now how stinkin' funny are these guys?!  I have NEVER thought that I would ever own a single flamingo image, but this one just got me!! - So now I have flaimingos in my collection!
(Someone help me!! LOL!!)
I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear when I saw this image from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Winter Flamingos!  I have used the digital version on my cards here, but they also have a rubber stamp available in this same design too.

I've printed out the image and colored it in with my Copic markers.  I used a bright neon glitter pen to color their hats, scarves and strip on their boots.  I also took a clear glitter pen to color in the other parts of their hats.  I matted it onto a piece of black card stock and rounded two edges on the right side with my corner chomper.  I found the some pink card stock that matched up with the coloring and used my corner chomper in the same way I did the image panel.

I found an old snowflake image from my stash to stamp the background with some black ink to match the image and then mounted the image panel to the left side of the pink card base for a bit of interest on the design.

Here's a closer look at the details:
You can better see the green neon coloring as well as the shimmer from the glitter pen in my colored image.  At the bottom of the cards, I've used a piece of clear glitter tape just to add a bit more sparkle.

I think this image calls for lots of fun sparkle for sure, but I had to be very careful with adding glitter to my cards as these are going to a card drive for ill children.  What I have used on my cards will not come off, so they will be safe.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!
I hope you've enjoyed my creations today and maybe got inspired to join in this wonderful cause too!  I will be back again tomorrow with another special creation.

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook Challenge - Anything Goes


2.  Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

3.  Little Red Wagon - Christmas in July

4.  Crafty Gals Corner - Christmas in July

5.  Winter Wonderland - Use a digi image

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Flashback Friday on Saturday - This Land is My Land - The OLD Oak Tree!

Hello friends!
I hope that you are enjoying your weekend so far!
I thank you so much for your kind "get well" words about my abscence this past week.  With the severe heat warning in our area and with me trying to do too much along with other things, it really took me out!  If I'm not careful, I end up with severe migraines and enough to send me into the ER, but thankfully I didn't have to worry about that...I just needed a few days of rest and cool air.  :)  The severe heat warning is supposedly lifted after today, but I can still see some high temps into the next week...which is mostly typical in July and August where I live.  The humidity is what brings the temps into triple digits.

So anyway, hopefully you don't mind a late "Flashback Friday" post from me, but I thought I'd share another creation that was meant to be posted yesterday.

*As I mentioned last month starting my "Flashback Friday" posts, that although these are previously made creations, I have never posted them on my blog up until now.  The only way you may have seen them before is if you are apart of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club, as I made these last year during my time as a Dirty Dozen DT member and only SCS fan club members would've been able to see them.  I am posting them here for you as a "Flashback Friday" post so that those of you who are not fan club members are still able to see what I created for it.  I was not allowed to post them anywhere else at that time until 6 months had passed...so now I'm sharing them a year later with you as they were shown on SCS.  I hope you enjoy these creations clear up until the end of November!*
(To see all of my Flashback Friday posts - Click here!)
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Shall we continue with the July creations?  The theme for the month was:  "This Land is My Land"
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The plan for my uploads for this month was to take the fan club reader on a "journey" into "my world" and narrow it down to where I live.  So last week you saw two of my state creations with the Cardinal state bird and the Monarch butterfly which is our state insect....I have another "state" journey to take you to:
To see the original uplaod on SCS - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)
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Our state tree is the White Oak tree.
Here's what I said about this card on my SCS upload:
There are tons of these everywhere and they make for some great shade! You will notice that I have a small puddle in front reflecting the pretty tree with the setting sun background. When we have rain, sometimes we get enough rain that the tiny dips in the ground will trap some of that rain water to make small puddles. The corn fields can get really flooded at times.

In my local park, I didn't know it, but there was a very old tree that had recently fell over during the last severe storm we had. They dated the tree over 300 years old or more which is even older than our state is! I plan on hopping over there to have a better look at it. I'm glad to hear they are planning to save the tree and use it for educational purposes.

If you'd like to check out how to do some of this mirror image stamping yourself, check out the awesome tutorial from Lydia - CLICK HERE (You don't have to be a fan club member to see the full tutorial along with the video!)

For my card, I used some distress inks to make the scene background with the sunset.  We do have some gorgeous sunsets over where I live.  Sitting under the shade of the tree would be the best place to enjoy it as well! LOL!  I stamped and colored the tree and used the mirror technique for the reflection of the tree in the water.  I cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle, but instead of discarding the outter frame, I decided to keep it as part of my card and raise the frame up with some foam tape for a different look.  I white heat embossed the sentiment and added a banner with a wood veneer heart tied with twine at the bottom of the design.

I did end up going with my hubby to see this old tree in our local park.  As it turns out, we were experiencing another heat warning around this same time last year as I remember how hot it was when we went to go see the tree.  Here is photo of how large the tree was:  (My husband stands 6 foot tall if this gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.)  This was an Oak tree they (my city) believed to be dated over 300 years old...older than my state!

Here's another view of the entire tree as we came upon it:
(The city had it taped off until they were able to remove it.)

I hope you will tune in Friday as I narrow in even closer to where I live! :)

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And speaking of Splitcoaststampers....I thought this would be a perfect time to bring up a special event coming up especially for Fan Club Members!

Starting next Saturday, July 29th
Mark Your Calendar and print out this "permission slip" below:
clear your crafting table and get ready to have non-stop creative FUN with us over at the
DARE TO GET DIRTY 2017
(click link above for further information.)
These are fun challenges exclusively to thank our Fan Club members!  We want YOU to be apart of the fun with us by playing along with these "dirty and daring" challenges created from our present and past Dirty Dozen Design Team!  The challenges start next Saturday (ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!) and will continue daily with the last day being on Friday, August 4th!
I hope to see you there for lots of crafty fun!

Thanks so much for dropping by this evening!
I will have lots more posts to be sharing with you soon!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Just a short note..

Just stopping by with this short note in case you were wondering where I am.
I am not feeling well and I think I will be down for a few days, please excuse me.
Hopefully I will be back next week!

Thanks for your support!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, July 14, 2017

Flashback Friday - This Land is My Land - Zooming Closer In!

Hello friends!
I really cannot believe that we've ended another week in July already!  Time is flying by me quickly, so I hope to be able to just relax this weekend and enjoy it being Summer! :)  I do have many things I'm working on and I promise I will share it with you soon!

*As I mentioned last month starting my "Flashback Friday" posts, that although these are previously made creations, I have never posted them on my blog up until now.  The only way you may have seen them before is if you are apart of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club, as I made these last year during my time as a Dirty Dozen DT member and only SCS fan club members would've been able to see them.  I am posting them here for you as a "Flashback Friday" post so that those of you who are not fan club members are still able to see what I created for it.  I was not allowed to post them anywhere else at that time until 6 months had passed...so now I'm sharing them a year later with you as they were shown on SCS.  I hope you enjoy these creations clear up until the end of November!*
(To see all of my Flashback Friday posts - Click here!)
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Shall we continue with the July creations?  The theme for the month was:  "This Land is My Land"
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The plan for my uploads for this month was to take the fan club reader on a "journey" into "my world" and narrow it down to where I live.  So last week you saw the earth and the U.S.  Now I will narrow it down even further:
To see the original upload on SCS - Click here (fan club members only)

Here's what I said about this card on my upload post:
For the "This Land is My Land" theme, I have found out many things about my home state that I didn't know about! For instance, I didn't know that the Cardinal is our state bird. This makes sense to me as I see them all year long, not just in the winter time. But if you look outside my back yard window, you would probably see an image like this on my card because we have a wooden privacy fence with pine trees all around us. The cardinals are always flying around as they love to nest in the pine trees. If you look closely at the song music the bird is singing, you will be able to see what state I am from. (I found this sheet music by looking up information about my state. I printed it off on a piece of vellum and then sprinkled some clear EP over it since it was still wet after it printed out.) I love how this card turned out! There is so much texture and dimension on this. July is ALWAYS a good time to think about making some Christmas cards since it's so hot where I'm at right now! LOL!

I made my own fence by using a Wood-grain background stamp from Stampin' Up! and then made the "pickets" by notching the wood-grain strip with a square punch.  I used my ruler to mark where to make the cuts.  The bird was made my transforming a bird punch by SU! and then I've popped it up over the fence that was covered with some modeling paste.  I've also used some Lumiere paint to splatter some white drops on the background for snow.  I then used some liquid pearls in other various places for more dimension with the snow fall.

The sentiment is also from a SU! stamp set that I had which was embossed with clear EP using some pigment black ink.  This sentiment is one of my faves to pull out for Christmas!

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Something else that I thought was pretty cool learning about my home state was our state insect:
To see the original upload on SCS - click here! (fan club members only)

Here's what I said about this card on the original upload:
I have continued from my state bird (Cardinal Christmas card) to my state insect which is the Monarch butterfly. Our state is also nick-named "The Prairie State" because of the vast flat grass fields everywhere. There are not many hills around us and there is probably a ton of prairie grass growing in many places. I see these butterflies all the time every Spring. They're so pretty indeed! I wish you could actually SEE the shimmer that I've got on this butterfly. He is covered with embossing powder and the vibrant colors are covered with lots of shimmer.

I would also like to mention that this butterfly was fussy cut out and attached to the card only in the center so that the wings lift away from it.  I wanted this card to be just as bright and beautiful as if you were sitting with me in my back yard and came across this butterfly landing on a flower...they are stunning to see for sure.  The tall grass stamped in the background is from an older Stampin' Up! stamp set.  The ribbon and card stock colors are also SU!

The really cool thing about this card is that when you open it, it looks like this:
This was a hard photo to capture, but if you can see, this is one of those "Tunnel Cards".  The middle section folds towards you and the inside of it folds it closed so that when you open it up, you get the sentiment inside that oval "tunnel" design.

I have used the same SU! stamp set that I've used on the front of this card and continued with it on the inside as well.  I've also stamped the silhouette cone flowers from the set which is also another wild flower that grows in our state.  I have purple ones planted in my backyard and love them!

If you would like to learn more about how to make a "Tunnel Card", you can check out the tutorial on SCS and you do NOT have to be a fan club member to see it! - CLICK HERE!

I hope you've enjoyed the "Flashback" for today!
Be sure to tune in next Friday where I will show you more creations from where I live!
Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your weekend! :)

(I will not enter these in any challenges since they were previously made creations.)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cute Card Thursday is Ribbons & Bows - Oh My!

Happy Thursday my friends!
I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!  I have had a crazy week coming and going which is not really fun when it's so hot!  I hope to be able to sit in the air and just relax a bit for a few days!
I wanted to share a new challenge with you over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
This week we are looking for "Ribbons/Bows" on your creations!  I hope you'll join us!

Here's the card that I made using one of the images from this week's sponsor:
I couldn't resist to snatch up this cutie from the All Dressed Up Stamps freebie section on their challenge blog!  You can check it out here - CLICK HERE!

I've got her colored up with my Copics in some red and blue colors!  I think this is such a fun color combo and works for many ocassions too!  I didn't want the red to be a real bright red, so I found an older Stampin' Up! color that I still have stock in and used it for the base of the card as well as the image layer and sentiment panel.  I wanted to use the same color in ribbon and didn't have any, so I took some of my white ribbon and dyed it with an ink refill.  I think this is probably one of my favorite retired colors and was sad to see it go! (Ridinghood Red)

For the background, I had some pretty birthday themed papers to go with my blue colors, so I took a strip of some really old lace ribbon that has been in my stash for such a long time...I NEVER used it until now, I can't believe it, but glad I have stopped hoarding it.  I couldn't stop running my fingers over it...it's so pretty!  :)  I also took a strip of my dyed ribbon and attached that over top of the lace before I mounted the image panel over it with some foam tape.

I white heat embossed the sentiment over the red cardstock banner that came from My Favorite Things called Essential Sentiments.  The die that I used to cut the image from is by Lawn Fawn called Small Cross-Stitched Stackables dies.  For the corners, I have an old photo corner punch and I just punched some out with some of that red card stock.  I added some pearls to them as well.

Here's a closer look at the image:
For a few last minute touches, I decided to take a black gel pen to add to her eyes as well as a white gel pen for highlights on her checks and to make some dots on the balloon.  I've also taken a Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush to add some shimmer to her dress...not sure if you can pick that up in the photos or not.  The finished size of my card is 5" x 5".

Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see the other wonderful inspiration from our design team and hope to see your creation in the gallery too!

Thank you so much for checking in today!  I hope you've enjoyed my card!
Have a beautiful day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  All Dressed Up Challenge - Anything Goes (Must use their images)

2.  Sketch Saturday - #471

3.  Seize the Birthday - Red, White & YOU! (I picked blue)


4.  Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Red, White & Blue


5.  The Cutie Pie Challenge - Here Come the Girls

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Monthly Art Journal - Summer Sunshine

Hello friends!
I'm so excited to be back making my art journal pages again!  I didn't realize how much I had missed playing with my neglected stash and creating from a blank canvas and mixing media!  I am happy to be collaborating with my long time blog buddy once again too!! :)

**If you are new to my blog or missed my previous AJ posts:  I have joined together with my talented blog friend Asha from Sunny Summer Crafts to inspire each other through our Art Journal Pages and share them on our blogs on a monthly basis with you to maybe inspire our other crafty friends.  Perhaps you will be inspired to give AJ pages a try!  We just want to share our love of crafting through this wonderful mixed media art form.  If you would like to see my past AJ pages, you can CLICK HERE to have a look at them all.**

We are in the middle of Summer where I live and during our Summer months, it gets extremely hot hot hot!  Although it is hot, I have to say that I just love all of the sunshine...not so much for bringing the heat, which it does, but also for what it does for your spirit, the growing of our flowers and plants as well as making us get a nice tan color on our skin and getting to pull out our stylish shades!  I especially love the the sparkle it gives the water dancing across the ripples along with providing us a spectacular sun set with a stunning color show right before it says good night.

These good feelings are what helped inspire my AJ page for today:
I am starting with a 6x9 Canson #140 coldpress watercolor, prepped with gesso that was punched at the top for a ring binding book I'm making.

I wanted the sun to be in the background, but to also be so large that it takes up most of the page because it is actually the entire reason for this idea.  I did not have any die or template for a circle, so I just went in my kitchen and pulled out one of my plates to create the large orange circle.  My plate wasn't a perfect circle as it had "ripples" in it, but I thought it looked pretty cool, so I just went with it.  I had some old orange colored patterned paper from my stash that I used for this, but I decided it wasn't quite the right orange color, so I painted over it.  Once dry, I embossed the background image from Designs By Ryn with some gold embossing powder.  I went around the edges of it and over it in various places with some copper Nuvo mousse.

I then took the circle and placed it where I thought I wanted it on my page without attaching it and traced where it was with a pencil and then set it aside.  I took my outline to measure where I would be putting down my painter's tape to create the "sun rays".  Before placing the painter's tape down, I covered the background area with a mixture of yellow and neon yellow paints and let dry.  After it dried, I placed my painter's tape where I wanted for my first color and painted some marigold for one set of rays, removed the tape and then repeated the process for another set of sun rays that I painted in a canary yellow color and removed the tape to let dry.  I then decided to add some gold embossing with the triangle border stamp for more interest along some of the sun rays.  I've also taken more of that copper mousse and rubbed it over various places in the background.

Here's a closer look at the top of the page:
After I heat embossed the triangle borders, I went ahead and attached the orange sun cirle over my traced outline for it.  I then took some black gesso and made some splatters over the background.  I used this same black gesso to paint over the "summer" chipboard letters as they were not the color I wanted them to be.  After they were dry, I went over them with some more of that copper mousse and attached them above the orange sun circle.  I took my Pitt Brush marker to go along the edge of the orange circle for a bit of dimension.  I also took a white gel pen to add highlights on the letters.

Moving further on down the page:
I actually have used a few items from a couple of older card kits for the elements on this page.
For the "sunshine" lettering, I took a word die from an older card kit and die cut it out several times in black card stock.  I also cut one out with some gold glitter paper.  I stacked out 4 of the black together and then offset the glitter one on top so that the black slightly shows behind it giving it a dimensional look.  I did the same with the die cut heart above the "i" letter.  I replaced the dot in the die with a heart.  Below the "sunshine" word, I cut out a banner with a quote I made from my computer and then outlined it with my black Pitt Marker.

Moving to the bottom of the page:
Again, I have used some elements from an older card kit which is where the sailboat came from.  I stamped it and colored it with my Copic markers and attached it to the page.

To achieve the "water" at the bottom, I took some embossing paste and mixed it with a blue colored Peal Ex powder.  Unfortunately, it looses some of that pretty shimmer that Pearl Ex powder has, so while it was still wet, I added some blue glitter to the mix and I just love all of the sparkle it has on it!  I simply mixed it all together with a palette knife and spread it out over the bottom of my page and tried to swirl it around so it resembles some sparkling water.

While it was still somewhat wet, I took some puffy fish stickers from an older card kit and pushed them into the "water" paste and let it dry.  Lastly, I finished out the page with some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and added some gold Stickles in the center of each one.

I love all of the sparkle on this and I have it setting on my desk right now.

I hope you've enjoyed my AJ page and got inspired!  Be sure to hop on over to Asha's blog and take a look at what inspiration she has with her Art Journal Page too!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you are able to get out and enjoy the sunshine today!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Art Journal Journey - Summertime Love

2.  Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (Mixed Media/altered items)

3.  Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

4.  Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Embossing (heat/dry)

5.  Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media - Texture


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