Monday, June 29, 2015

Lemon Lime Birthday Smile

Hello friends and happy Monday to ya!
Popping in to share this really simple card that I made from last month's Simon Says Stamp card kit.  Yeah, I'm a bit behind, but I wanted to change that...so here's something citrus for ya:
There's no mistaken that these colors are a wonderful reminder of Summer!  I do love me an ice glass full of lemonade, don't you?!
I believe everything that's on my card today has come from the June 2015 Simon Says Stamp card kit.  (Love that fun smile die in there!)  Of course the new July kit just came in the mail over the weekend and it's a REALLY good one...so I hope to make something with that sometime soon too! :)

I found some really cool citrus type paper in the kit that went so well with my lemonade that is also from the kit.  It's one of those epoxy stickers.  (The two tiny flowers are as well.)
I stamped one of the angled strips from the stamp set in the kit with green ink and then I heat embossed the birthday sentiment with white embossing powder.  I've also stamped the "smile" sentiment over the yellow papers and basically just layered it all together keeping it fun and simple.  I thought this would make a nice Summer birthday wish for someone!

Thanks for popping in today!  Come back tomorrow for another challenge posting!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

I'd like to enter this card for the following:


Fantastic Tuesday - Touch of Summer or ATG
Cardz for Guyz - die or punch
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
SSS Work It Wednesday - Summer Refreshment 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Lawnscaping June Coffee Blog Hop!

Hello friends!!  Happy Friday and welcome!!
So excited to be apart of this awesome blog hop with The Lawnscaping Challenge Blog! Yay!!
What could be better than Lawn Fawn goodies AND coffee?! :)  LOTS of happiness indeed!

So you can't just have a fun blog hop without prizes...right?!  There are LOTS of sponsors for this wonderful blog hop and LOTS of prizes to be won!!  
CHECK OUT ALL OF THE AWESOME SPONSORS:
Lawn FawnEllen HutsonThe Ink Road, Crafters CompanionSpectrum NoirThe Alley Way StampsNewtons NookFaber Castell, and Right at Home!

  So what do you need to do to win something fabulous?
COMMENT!!!  Yes, make sure that you leave a nice comment on ALL of the blogs along the hop!  The blog hop order is listed below in this post.  If you have arrived here from Melissa Bowden's blog, then you are at the right place!  If you haven't started yet...what are you waiting for?  Click the blog hop badge at the top of this post to be taken to the very beginning of the blog hop! (Which is located at The Lawnscaping Challenge Blog)
You will be inspired with creative designs while you are entering to win at the same time! :)

*Please note:  You will have until 11:59 PM (EST) on June 28th to get your comments in!  The winners will be announced on The Lawnscaping Challenge Blog sometime that week after the blog hop is closed.*
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So now let's get to what I've decided to make for this blog hop:
I took some inspiration from the blog hop badge above and decided to make a fun "coffee chalkboard" theme with my design!  Hubby and I always love our coffee, so this is a good card for him!
I've used the adorable Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte stamp set and coordinating dies for my card today!

I took some actual chalkboard paper and embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and then I took the small coffee bean from the stamp set along with the hearts and "steam" from the set and the hearts and stamped those with some white ink.  I "blotted" them to make them look a bit more faded and I also added a "chalk line" around the border of the chalkboard panel.  I then took a sponge dauber to rub over it with white ink in areas to give it more of the "chalkboard" look.

The chalkboard panel was then cut out with the Lawn Cuts Stitched rectangle die and attached to a Kraft card stock layer.  If you notice in the corners of the bottom layer Kraft panel, I took a brown marker and added a diagonal line to make it look like a framed chalkboard.  I also took a a thin strip of Kraft card stock and some foam tape to pop up the bottom portion of the chalkboard to make it look like the coffee cups are sitting on the ledge.

The papers are also from Lawn Fawn, but from an older stack they no longer carry in stock.
This panel was layered onto a black card base which was attached to the front of an A2 sized Kraft card base.  I took some sparkle turquoise ribbon from my stash and wrapped it around the top layer before attaching it to the card base.

For the cute coffee cup couple, I've stamped the coffee cup image twice from the stamp set and then took one of the adorable smiley face images to add to each cup.  They were stamped on white card stock and colored with my Copic markers.  I die cut them out and attached them on the "ledge" of the chalkboard.  For a finishing touch, I took a small heart wooden accent from the Lawn Fawn Hearts Wood Veneer package and glued it in the center of my bow.

This was super FUN to make and I love how it all came together to go with the blog hop theme!  I hope you've enjoyed it too and I thank you for stopping in!!
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*The NEXT stop on the blog hop is CHITRA!*


So in case you might get lost along your way...
Below is the blog hop list order: 

*Begin here*Lawnscaping Challenges *Begin here*
YOU ARE HERE>>>>>>Vicki <<<<<<YOU ARE HERE

If you encounter any errors along the hop, please email Laurel directly at laurelbeard at me dot com. Please do not leave them in the comments.
Thank you so much for hopping along with us!  Have fun and good luck! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Here are some challenges I'd like to enter my card for:
allsorts - Use a stamp (no digis)

{Cupcake Inspirations} - Mustaches & Men

Use Your Stuff - Wood (wood veneer heart & "chalkboard")

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Addicted to Stamps & More is Photo Inspired

Good evening friends!
Hope you are having a great week so far!

I'm here to share with you a new challenge up over at

This week there is a really COOL photo to help inspire you:

I really fell in love with that background!  So I couldn't wait to have a play!
This week, the challenge is sponsored by:
(Click badge to go to the store.)
The lucky winner from this challenge will receive 4 digital images from their store...so be sure to play along with us this week for your chance to win!

The sponsor has also provided our design team with some images for the challenge, so here's what I've done with mine:
I thought this image was so sweet!  It's a digital image called "Tender Loving Care" by Lynne Stansbery. (unfortunately, I don't see it in the store anymore.)  I just love how detailed the artist work on this!

What I did was print out the image which came with the sentiment and colored in the image(with Copics) and then fussy cut it out separate from the sentiment.  I cut out the sentiment and made a banner with it and sponged around the edges of it for some color.

The background was done with my Zig Kuretake water-colors and I had fun just moving the colors around using similar colors that are shown in inspirational challenge photo above.  I added some splatters with the gold color too.  I let it dry and smashed it between some heavy books before assembling my card together.

I thought that the image with the banner underneath would represent the table from the inspiration challenge photo, so I've attached them towards the bottom of my water-colored panel and then attached that to a white A2 sized card base.

So whatta think?!  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge!
Be sure to stop by the blog to see all of the inspiration from the rest of the team!
Thanks for stopping by today!!  *Be sure to stop back again on Friday for a special blog post!*
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Simon Says Stamp - favorite technique (water-coloring backgrounds! - with Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi water-colors )

Cute Card Thursday - Add a Quote

Monday, June 22, 2015

Oh My Stars and Stripes!

Hello friends!
Happy Monday and happy Summer too!
Nothing says "Summer" like July 4th, right?!  Well, since I don't really have a need to make 4th of July cards, I decided to do another patriotic "Any Hero" card to send to OWH.  I really need to get some cards made for that and this helps with the mission! :)

I pulled out some of my fave stuff to play with which is Lawn Fawn of course!
So I thought it would be fun to take the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die set and try to come up with a flag type design.  So I die cut the stitched journal with blue card stock and then took the line of stars die and cut out three rows of stars in the middle of it.
Behind it, I took some silver glimmer paper and then layered it onto a piece of red card stock.  I die cut the banner from the die set and then stamped the sentiment in red from the So Much to Say stamp set from Lawn Fawn.

I also tied some Lawn Fawn Trimmings Silver Sparkle Single Cord around the star panel before I popped it up over the red striped paper.  I thought it needed an extra touch, so I took three of the blue stars from the negative of the die and attached them to the bottom corner of the card.
Simple, patriotic and effective is what I like here! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate you being here!!
Be sure to come back again Tuesday evening for a new challenge post!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Lawnsscaping Challenges - Stars and Stripes


Sunday, June 21, 2015

TAWS Guest Design Post - Sharing the Weather

Hello friends!
Happy Father's Day to all of those wonderful males out there! :)
I have another fun post to share with you for the second part of my guest design spot over at
If you remember the video on my last TAWS post (CLICK HERE),  I showed you a different stamp set they gave me to play with..so now I'm sharing the second set which is called: 
So of course this looks like a fun stamp set to make some Christmas trees with and fun little doo-dads in there to decorate trees with along with some snowflakes and such.  But if you notice, there are also some other sentiments in there to make something completely different which makes this another really versatile set and more "bang for you buck"!  So I took Christmas off the table with it and came up with a couple of other variations with it:
So for my first card, I thought it would be fun to take that tear drop shaped image and make some colorful "rain drops" falling from a set of gray and white colored clouds.  I took the sentiment from the same stamp set and made a get well  card!

I die cut a cloud from the front white panel and popped it up so that the gray colored card base would show through.  I die cut another cloud and popped it up over top of that.  I added some dotted gray papers along the side and embossed the greeting with white embossing powder over a darker gray banner.

So I stamped the rain drops in various rainbow colors and then I went over them with my Wink of Stella Glitter pen for a bit of shimmer and then I thought the clear sequins would finish it off nice.

So for my second card, I played around with one of the triangular shapes from the set and came up with this:
I really had fun with this one and like how it turned out!
I finally had a chance to pull out the beloved MISTI tool that I had bought a while back, but I kept forgetting to pull it out and actually use it!  Well, now that I have, I can really SEE why people love it!  It was SO easy to line everything up and re-stamp it if I needed to...it lined up everything perfectly!

Perhaps when I play with it just a bit more, I will feel better about getting it! 
All I did for this card was put the "circle" image where I wanted to make my "sun" and lightly drew a circle with my pencil.  From there is where I lined up the triangle image with my MIST tool and stamped it in two different colors to go all the way around the circle.  I stamped the circle image onto a piece of yellow card stock and punched it out with a circle punch and popped it up over the pencil lined circle.  I also die cut a couple of clouds and added those around the circle.

I die cut the "hello" sentiment with black card stock and then I took the "sunshine" sentiment from the stamp set and embossed it with black embossing powder to go underneath the die cut sentiment.

In this photo you can better see all of the yellow stamped images where I covered them with my Wink of Stella glitter pen for some shimmer.

I really love playing around with The Alley Way Stamps and sure had fun being their guest designer this month and sharing how versatile and fun the stamp sets really are!
I hope you've enjoyed my creations with them too!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  Hope you're having a great weekend! :)
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Here are some challenges I'd like to enter my FIRST card for:
Try Stampin' On Tuesday - Inspired by Rain
Use Your Stuff - Color Me Happy (favorite colors:  rainbow type colors together!)
Sister Act - anything goes
Creative Corner - Bling it Out (sequins, Wink of Stella)

Challenges for my SECOND (sunshine) card:
Little Red Wagon - Stitching (used stitched die cuts)
Aud Sentiments - Summertime sentiment
Moving Along with the Times - Inspired by Song - "I can see clearly now the rain is gone.."


Friday, June 19, 2015

Hello from Prickles!

Happy Friday! Yay!
So after the week that I've had, I felt like just sitting down and doing some coloring!
Sometimes you just need to do that to "chillax" a bit!! LOL!
I think I was starting to feel as "prickly" as this cute fellow you will be meeting today! :)

This ADORABLE fellow is another monthly progressive set over at From the Heart and this digital set is called Prickles Says Hello.  I used my favorite method of coloring with my Copics.
I also followed along with the sketch that had on their blog as well. (see below)
I think I am on a mission to use up those papers that have been lurking around in my stash in what seems like FOREVER! (It felt good to use some!) I took a flower stamp and stamped it with white pigment ink all over my dotted brown papers which I thought helped match the white panel.
The banner sentiment was printed out and I cut the "fish tails" on it.
I've also pulled out a REALLY old metal flower charm and glued it on the brown circle which I cut off on the edge of the card.  I put a rhinestone in the center of it for a bit of sparkle too.

So you will see up close my coloring details and that I've added some glossy accents to his eye glasses as well as his nose.  I've used some glitter gel pens to color in the butterfly and the flowers on the ground.  A couple of dots were added to his cheeks with a white gel pen.

Wishing you all a wonderful Father's Day weekend!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Come back on Sunday to see what's next!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to add this card to:
From the Heart - Monthly Progressive Challenge
i {heart} sketches - Twist:  use a charm (I used flower charm and sketch)


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Star Filled Thanks

Hello friends!
Today seems like it's a bit cooler than what it has been, so we were actually able to shut the air off and open the windows today..yay for fresh air!  I would much rather open windows than have the air or heat on...but sometimes it gets unbearable with the changing weather. :)

Since Operation Write Home (OWH) will no longer be taking in cards after August 1st, I really want to make it my mission in the next month to get a few "Any Hero" cards made as well as send in a few other cards (as many as I can anyway!) and hopefully get a box together before the deadline.
(Click the badge to learn more about the "Finish Strong" mission.)

So the card I have to share today is one of my "Any Hero" cards to send:
When I saw a color challenge (see below), I knew that this would be a great time to make one of these type of cards.  It's very patriotic looking when all you need is to add the stars! :)

I've used the Clearly Whimsy Stamp set called Happy Everything.  I've picked out the striped large star in the set as well as the row of stars for my card.  I've also used the Whimsy Shapeology Die Thanks Large Word Die which I die cut out several times in the Real Red and stacked them on top of each other for dimension.

For the background, I've used my Stampin' Up! stars stencil and sponged some stars in the background with my Pool Party ink.  I stamped the larger striped stars over that with some Island Indigo ink.  I stamped the row of stars at the bottom with Whisper White ink.

I rounded one corner of the star panel with my corner chomper and added some Real Red ribbon as well as some gold sequins over the bow and on the corner of my design.  The Pool Party banners I made by cutting my own "fish tails".  I think that the sequins are OK to put on an "Any Hero" card, but I made sure NOT to use any glitter as I know this is not allowed.

So I hope you've enjoyed my patriotic "any hero" card and if you send in cards to OWH, please remember the deadline as they will not accept them after this date and they will be returned!

I want to thank you for stopping by today and I'd like to wish you a lovely day! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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

1.  ShowCASe Your Style - sketch


2.  The Paper Players (PP249) - color combo


3.  Just Us Girls - trend week


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