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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Anniversary and Blog Candy Winner!!

Hello friends!  Wow!  What a week it's been!
Hopefully you have entered for my blog candy because it has already ended!  So, I will get to the winner of the blog candy shortly, but first, I wanted to share a creation with you!

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a new computer coming...well, it's here!  So...I've been fiddling around with it now trying to get all of my things working on it and trying to get my photos, etc. all put together on this thing which is taking me way more time than I wanted it to!  But I do really LOVE my new computer and hopefully it will work out for me.  It's just tying all of the "old" in with the new and I don't think the "new" is liking the "old" very much! sigh...

Anyway, today also happens to be my dear hubby and my 14th Wedding Anniversary!  I have to be the luckiest woman in the world to have such a wonderful person in my life!  I made a card for him today....
The images are from an older Gina K. Designs stamp set called "Heartfelt Hits" which was actually given to me by a fellow blog buddy a few years back, I don't think she's been blogging for a while, but I thank you Jess for this lovely set!  (embarrassed to say that this is the first time it has been inked up....which is good because then I know hubby hasn't seen it before! LOL!)

I've embossed the background with my brocade embossing folder and the blue color (which is hubby's fave) is SU! Marina Mist.  I took the star burst image from the set and embossed it on the circle panel with iridescent ice embossing powder.  All that was left was just added a couple of rhinestones to the ends of the sentiment panel.  It's such an elegant set and so perfect for a wedding!

Now....I like to add a bit of humor for hubby because that's just what we do, so the inside has a personal message typed in it that goes something like this:  (NOTE:  Read front of card first!)
"He puts up with a lot of crap!  Especially if that man is married to me! :)  Happy Anniversary to the love of my life!"

I found some fun challenges to play with today too:
CAS on Sunday - sketch (see blog for details)
Created with Love (CWLC#64) - anything goes
The Crazy Challenge (CCH157) - "B" is for...blue & bling (bride if for wedding)
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OK....so I supposed you all want to know exactly WHO won the blog candy?! :)

Winner of the Simon Says Stamps $25 e gift certificate to their store is....

Chosen by Random.org......

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
25 
Timestamp: 2013-10-29 18:43:41 UTC

And that is the lucky.....
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Congratulations!!!  Please contact me with the e-mail address you'd like for me to send your $25 gift certificate to!  Have fun shopping!

And thanks again to all of you for entering my birthday blog candy!  And if you don't win, no worries as there will be another chance to win again soon!  (When I see that I have reached up to 100 followers, I will get something lined up for that too!)  So check to make sure you are following along with me here!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I have lots more really fun things coming up!  So be sure to stay tuned in to see what it is!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Friday, October 25, 2013

Very Merry Christmas 4 Kids!

Hello friends and welcome to Friday! Yay!  The weekend is here and I have lots to be happy about!  I hope that you do as well!

I was so exhausted last night as I wanted to do some blurfing, but I think hubby and I fell asleep really early in the living room last night!  Having a poorly doggie up in the middle of the night must have wore me out this week!  I feel rested now and I really look forward to getting my new computer which is supposed to arrive today and having some time with my family.  I should be able to be in my craft room this weekend and obviously spend some time on the computer too! :)

Anywho....for today's creation, I wanted to be sure to make up a Christmas card:
Isn't this such a CUTE set?  I can't believe this is the first time that I've used this Very Merry clear photopolymer stamp set from Avocado Arts!  I think I am sold on these clear photopolymer stamp sets!  Talk about easy to eyeball placement!  Everything is inked exactly where I want it and the images stick really well to the blocks!  This was a win several months back and I just hadn't got it out to use yet.  I am now a fan! :)

The stamp set came with a "squiggle" line for the tree and I stamped that in Versamark and embossed it with silver embossing powder.  I added a bow at the top and colored that in and used some silver Stickles for the dots on the tree, in the middle of the bow and the dot for the "i" in Christmas.  I've put a layer of silver card stock around the sentiment at the top and around the main card panel.  I stamped each present in different colors and stamped the bow and colored it in solid with a coordinating marker.

This card along with about 29 other Christmas cards are going to the Send a Smile 4 Kids organization as they have requested some early Christmas cards so they would be distributed to all of the children in time for when Christmas gets here.  So happy to get out a package by Monday.

Here are the challenges that I'd like to enter this for:
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Early Holiday wishes 4 kids
Less is More - Trees
Papertake Weekly - Oh Christmas Tree
Aud Sentiments - Christmas sentiment

So I hope that you all enjoy your weekend!  I thank you so much for taking the time to stop by to see what's going on!  I have a commissioned card that really needs to get done this weekend...don't know if that lady follows my blog or not, but I'm coloring in images and hopefully finish up this special card this weekend!
Then it's back to the HYCCT challenges which I've obviously fallen way behind on now. :)

Please don't forget about my blog candy!  Ends in a few days now!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Thursday, October 24, 2013

HUBBY - DO NOT PEEK!!!

LOL!  I have to put that in my title because sometimes my hubby will decide he wants to see what I'm up to and get on his phone to look at my blog!  So I want to make sure that this will get his attention enough to close it out and NOT see this card!  So hubby...if you are reading this...SHAME ON YOU!
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*I want to thank everyone who was sending out well wishes to my doggie Mocca.  She is actually doing pretty well now after taking the meds for a few days.  She doesn't seem to be in much pain now.  Hopefully it will stay that way after she gets weened off of the meds.  She does take an all natural joint supplement chew for her arthritis and we're going to be taking her to a chiropractor for her back when she gets off her meds.  So hopefully this will be good for her.  I'm just so happy and thankful that she's not in any pain like she was. :)*
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So...I have several males in my family, so I am usually making up male cards quite often and always seem to run out of them if I try to build up a stack of them at any point.  They are lucky if they get cycled through to make it to the craft fair rack for sure!  Well hubby's birthday is coming up shortly and I wanted to get this made up for him....
So as you can see, I've made this a sports style design because my husband just LOVES sports!  Actually pretty much any sport he is willing to go and see, watch on TV or talk about.  He never misses a beat when it comes to teams, rivalries and especially football!  He is a huge Chicago Bears fan as you can tell by the color scheme of my card.  The colors were easy to match up with the Midnight Muse and Pumpkin Pie.  The football was stamped up in Baked Brown Sugar for a nice football color.

I've used this Stampin' Up! Great Sport stamp set (not sure if it's retired or not) to make this card and although it may not look simple because of the image, it was very easy to put together for sure!  I think the hardest part of my card was adding some piercing along the edges.  The football was stamped and cut out and then popped up in the middle of the wing image.  I stamped the "happy birthday" banner and then used my die cut to cut it out and added an orange brad on each end of it.  I used glue dots to attach it to the card and made it rise a little in the middle.  Then I stamped some stars and a message on the inside and made a matching envelope to go with it.  There will be special coupons for the inside gift too! :0)

I wanted to add this to the following challenges:
The Paper Players - PP168 masculine birthday

Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes

So that's all I have for you today.  I will be back again tomorrow with a fun Christmas design and details on that as well!

**If you haven't entered for a chance to win my Birthday Blog Candy, then be sure to CLICK HERE to enter for your chance to win a fun shopping spree!  It ends October 29th!**

Thanks for stopping by today friends!  On my way to see what you are all up to!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Chevron Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

Hello friends!  Hope you are all doing well as of this post.
Feeling a bit sad for my pet doxie Mocca as we've just learned from an X-ray taken of her that not only does she have severe arthritis, she's suffering from some back problems as well.  She has been in pain and we're giving her some pet medication to help reduce the swelling.  She seems to be doing a bit better today, but I have to really watch her this week as to not strain her back much by climbing, jumping, etc.
It was so scary to hear her cry and yelp in pain as we didn't know what to do for her.  My time in my stamp room has been limited because she is not comfortable in my basement where my room is...so I am running up and down to constantly check up on her.  She's my best friend and I will do what I can to make her as comfy as possible. :)

So I'm switching things up a bit today as I am waiting to complete some of the HYCCT challenges on SCS and decided to make up a few thank you cards for the Cards for a Cause mission at the Restoring Hope Transplant House.  They are in need of some thank yous so I've cleared out my stash of them and I've made a few more to make it an even 10 cards going postal tomorrow.

Here's what I've made...
  I've used a chevron border and a graffiti thank you stamp.  I've used the same graffiti stamp and inked up a single "thank you" from it to make the banner going across the circle.  I think I made this more complicated than I wanted to.  I've used a die cut in the middle and punched a whole in the middle of a Wild Wasabi square to make the inside frame of the card.  I then took a piece of Soft Sky and stamped on that and attached it to the inside of the card so that it shows through the circle frame.  The banner is popped up with dimensionals.
The idea here was to be simple with it!

Here are some challenges for this:
SCS C4AC9 - thank you
CAS(E) This Sketch

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And here are a couple more thank you cards that I made with a chevron type pattern in them.  I tried to keep with about the same color palette too to make it easier on putting them together.
The thank you on the right uses the same stamp as the card above.  The card on the left uses the chevron embossing folder and the thank you from my "Four You" stamp set win! :)  Everything is Stampin' Up! for that one.  Even the card stock and ribbon!

That's all for me today!  I should be back soon with a another Christmas creation that I would like to send out to go to the Send a Smile 4 Kids mission as they would like some Christmas cards sent to have enough to send them during the Christmas season.

In addition to this, I have a commissioned card that I need to get done before the end of the month...so lots going on that I'm trying to fit in.  Now it's back to check on Mocca and fix supper! :)
Thanks so much for stopping in today!  See you soon!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sharing Some Pink Hope

Hello my friends and happy Sunday to you!
I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I'm watching some football with hubby while I'm on the computer this afternoon so I can see how our team does! :)

Today I have made a couple more creations for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on SCS.  I thought I would just do a couple today and then I can work on another set of three cards tomorrow hopefully.
I am happy about being able to use some papers and stamps in my stash that I haven't got to play with yet, so this makes it nice as well.

This first card I have to share with you today is a Criss-Cross type of pocket card.  They are so fun to make and I've made several of them in the past.  The tutorial can be found on SCS - CLICK HERE. (Keep in mind that you will need double-sided decorative papers to do this.)

This is for the HYCCT1316 "Pocket Full of Hope" challenge where we were to make some sort of pocket card or pocket on your design.  You get "bonus points" if you use the color orange or pink and put stars or hearts inside of the pocket.  I wanted to use pink of course because I'm donating my cards.

  I colored the heart border stamp in with my Copic markers and cut out just the top portion of the hearts for something to pull out the insert.  I also stamped another heart from the stamp, cut it out and placed it in the middle of my bow.  The "Hope" circle sentiment is from Squigglefly.  I thought it was perfect for this challenge.  I've just used some liquid pearls to go around the scallops on the pink circle.

I would like to enter this in:
SCS HYCCT1316 - Pocket Full of Hope
allsorts - ribbons & bows
The Squirrel & The Fox - Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
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For this creation, I made a tall and slender card for the SCS HYCCT1317 "Stand Tall" challenge where we were supposed to make a tall card.  This one measures approx. 3 1/2" wide by 6 1/4" tall.  I have special envelopes that fit these type of cards.  I like finding my really long images to use with this style of design.
The ribbon hope image is from The Cutting Cafe.  I printed it out on Whisper White card stock and colored it in.  I also printed out an additional one so that I could cut out some of the flowers and then I popped them up on my colored version.  I also took my green glitter pen to color in the vines because they printed out black and I wanted a bit of color on it.  The "thank you" sentiment comes from the Stampin' Up! Four You stamp set that I recently won from a blog hop.

I'm entering this creation in:
HYCCT1317 - "Stand Tall"

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my creations!
**Don't forget to enter my Birthday Blog Candy if you haven't yet!**
There's still time!
I'll be checking out what you are all doing now!  See you soon!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Feeling Like an Animal...

Hello friends, I'm here again today to share some more creations with ya as I'm trying to get caught up with the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on Splitcoast Stampers.

Thanks for being patient with me as I struggle to find time to stop around to visit your blogs.  I have to say that I am really having fun with these challenges though!  I look forward to finding out what the new one will be each day too!

So today, I don't really know why, but my creations were somewhat all animal related.  It seemed like every card I did, I went for an animal image...must be thinking about my own sweet pet doxie, Mocca. :)
So here are another set of three creations for you...enjoy!
This image, of course, is a Shy Bear from Squigglefly.  (Click the name to download this image for FREE if you'd like one.)  I adore these shy bears and I thought this one in particular would be perfect for the challenges.
This one was made for the HYCCT1314 "Blingtastic" challenge where we were to use some glitter and rhinestones on our design.  I glittered up the pink ribbon on her shirt and added a rhinestone to the flower on her head and some pink rhinestones around the sentiment and corners of the design.


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This card was such a fun one to put together!  I made this for the HYCCT1315A "Bursting with Hope" challenge which as to make a creation using the Starburst technique on your design.  The instructions came with the challenge (as an attachment) and this is the first time I have done this technique...so easy fun!  A great way to use up those extra papers we crafters always seem to have! :)

I was excited to use a new stamp from a "Four You" stamp set by Stampin' Up! that I had previously won on the World Card Making Day blog hop that I participated in! :)  Thanks Nicole!  I also pulled out this sweet Penny Black stamp to use as a center point for my starburst.  He is colored in with my inks and watercolor pen instead of my Copic markers this time.  I just wanted to do something different.


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And for my last creation today, I have pulled out my Peanuts stamp that has never been inked up!  I can't believe that I haven't used this, I absolutely adore Snoopy and think this is so precious.  The paw prints along the side of the image along with the sentiment come from a Whimsy Stamps set that I have.  The paw prints were embossed with white embossing powder.  I made the card black to sort of mimic a comic strip type of style to my design.

This was made for the HYCCT1315B "Warm & Furry Fuzzies" challenge where we were supposed to use some sort of furry animal on our design.  So at this point I was already on a roll with animals...so I continued with this theme in a different way.

I thank you so much for checking in with me today!  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave a comment.  I will be back again tomorrow with another set of creations to help get me caught up a bit!
Now to take some time to peek in at what you have all been up to! :)

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Friday, October 18, 2013

Another Set of Cards to Share!

Hello friends!  Told you that I would be back again shortly!
Here I am!

I hope to spend some time this weekend catching up with the rest of the SCS HYCCT challenges that I have missed and can get in a rhythm to get caught up with it.  I also have some other craft things going on that need my attention as well before time starts running out!

So anyway, here are my next set of three cards...
Sorry about the slightly blurry photo, but I have to say that although this one was very easy in design, I think it's been one of my faves so far!  I have always loved this "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set from Stampin' Up! and it's one of the first sets that I bought.  I've made this one for the SCS HYCCT1311 challenge called "Peace & Quiet".  We were supposed to create a card with no words on the front.  The first thing that comes to my mind is a winter scene just like this.  It's so very quite in the cold winter...I really do love going out in the snow among the sparkling trees and just hear NOTHING...so peaceful to me.  Some people like noise around them, but I am one of those people who NEED their "quiet time" to feel relaxed.  I hope it can bring some peace to someone where it's going.

Here are some challenges for this one:
SCS HYCCT1311 - "Peace & Quiet"
The Paper Players (PP167)
Crafty Creations - sparkle and shine
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I think this image is so cute!  This image is called Ribbon Bear-Leaning from Bugaboo Stamps.
I printed him out and colored him in with my Copic markers.  I added a small thinking of you sentiment from a Stampin' Up! set from my stash.  This card was made for the SCS HYCCT1312 challenge called "The Colors of October".  We were supposed to use the colors pink, green & yellow (like that of an opal stone) and also add some shimmer somewhere to mimic the opal stone.  It's hard to tell in the photo of course, but I've added some smooch to shimmer up the pink ribbon the bear is leaning on. (It's so very pretty and shimmery in real life!)

Here's some other challenges for this one:
SCS HYCCT1312 - "The Colors of October"
Retro Sketches (rs#85)
Catch the Bug - Think Pink
Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C207) - chevron with pink, grey, yellow & green
Daring Cardmakers - digital (digital image)
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And here is my last creation for you today...finally, huh?! LOL!
This one was made for the SCS HYCCT1313 challenge called "Sticking by Your Side".  We are supposed to make a washi tape background for this.  I was happy to give this one a go because I have several rolls of this washi tape and never use it!  I have three different washi tapes for my center background panel and then I used my flower die cut and punch to make the popped out flowers on my design.  I think it turned out really happy and fun and bright!  So glad to use some of that washi tape too!

Here are a few challenges for this one:
SCS HYCCT1313 - "Sticking by Your Side"
Sketch Saturday (SS280)

Whew!  Now that I've shared the cards that I have made early on in the week, it's time to get busy once again and start getting caught up with what I have missed!  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my creations, I'm happy you came by!  I will be back later on hopefully with some creations that will get me caught up so I can spoil you with only ONE creation per day instead of several at once! LOL!

I promise to stop by later this evening and tomorrow to see what you are all up to.  Please be sure to enter my birthday blog candy if you haven't yet!  It ends October 29th, which is quickly approaching us!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

I'm Still Here! With Several Cards too!

Hello friends!
Wow!  What a week it's been!  I think I'm ready for it to be over with! LOL!  You ever have one of those weeks where things just don't settle down long enough to even type up a post?!  That's what my week has been like.  Every time I thought I could sit and make a post, something got me!
I did make up some cards Sunday and Monday, but after that...it's a blur!! LOL!!
I was on such a roll too!!  I'm still making up the cards for the SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenges this month, but after this week, I'm a bit behind again.  I was almost all the way caught up to!  Darn it anyway!

So I'm sure that some of the challenges that I had made these cards for have expired by now, so I'll just leave those out and fit them into something else if I can.  I also don't want to bombard you with several cards at once especially since I hadn't posted this week, but here's a start and I'll have more soon as I go along.....enjoy!
This fun little card with the cute duck on it from Darcies was made using the fun tutorial by Beate on SCS called the Surprise Pop-up Card.  This was made for the SCS HYCCT1308 "It's a Cover Up" challenge where we were supposed to create a hidden element on the front of our cards.  The story behind the challenge was quite touching so hop on over there and join in!  Of course you'll want to see the hidden element on my card, so here's more photos of it....
Here's what the little ducky look like when you pull up on the tag at the top of the card.  I cleverly added a stamped word "pull" at the top so someone knows to pull on it to reveal the message below. :)  The sentiment comes from the same duck set.
And of course here's a side view of the entire card so that you can see how it works.
This card is A2 sized so that it will fit nicely into an envelope and it also opens up so that someone could write their own personal message inside if they wish.  I've also added some faux stitching to the middle border on the card as well as around the main image panel and the pull tag.

Here are a few challenges:
SCS HYCCT1308 - It's a Cover Up
2 sisters - anything goes
Created with Love (CWLBC62) - Sewing Faux or Real
Creative Craft - anything goes (blogaversary)
Everybody Art - ribbon
Fab 'N' Funky - Spots and Stripes
The Crafter's Cafe - CUTE
4 Crafty Chicks - multiple layers
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This is my next card for the SCS HYCCT1309 challenge. The challenge name is "Strength of Steel".  So obviously they want to see some metal used on your design.  As you can see, I've added a metal guitar charm to the ribbons.  To mimic the silver metal, I've used some metallic silver card stock for a border around the "heavy metal chick" by Kenny K that I've colored with my Copic markers.  I've also embossed the "you rock!" sentiment with silver embossing powder and then went over it with a spot of matching pink chalk for added color.  And I've also used touches of silver on the image with my silver glitter pen.  Such a fun card to put together here. :)

Here are a couple of challenges for this one:
SCS HYCCT1309 - "Strength of Steel"
Craft Your Passion - embossing
Shopping Our Stash (SOS#123) - oldest ribbon (pink ribbon has been around for YEARS!)
Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps & More - Make Your Mark
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And for my final card for you today, I made this one for the SCS HYCCT1310 challenge called "Words to Inspire You".  I have to say that this is my ultimate favorite saying/quote and it inspires me so much when I think about my life and words to live by.  I love it so much that I've posted it here on my blog under my "about me" page and I have used a photo with the saying on it for my Facebook Cover Page as well!
The sentiment comes from a Whimsy Stamps set that I have...one of my fave sets that I will never get rid of from my stash.  It's called Time Flies.  (If you click on that name, it will take you to the stamp set for purchase and there is STILL a photo of a creation I made below it when I was on the DT!!  How cool is that?!)  I also added an embossed border underneath it from the SU! Mosaic Madness set.  I've also used the matching Modern Mosaic embossing folder in the pink background.

Here are some challenges for this one:
SCS HYCCT1310 - "Words to Inspire You"
MOJO Monday (MOJO315) - sketch
Inky Chicks - Your Favorite Sentiment

That's too bad as I know there were a few other challenges for this one that have expired since I wasn't able to get this posted in time! sigh!!
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Wow!!  I don't post for a while and now I'm going to be posting again soon as I know that I had made the next batch of three cards for certain challenges that will probably be expiring tomorrow and I'd like to try and get them in if I can before they expire!  So I'm sure I'll be back again soon with another post!
Sorry for my MIA, but I'll be catching up with all of you very soon!

Thanks so much for checking in with me and I'll be bombarding you again shortly!!
**Don't forget to enter my Birthday Blog Candy!** 
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Post-It Note Cover Tutorial

Hello friends!  I have something that I wanted to share with you today which is a quick and easy tutorial on how I make these cute and fun Post-It Note holders with a place for a pen!

Here's a view of the inside when you open the cover...

Every time I share one, I get a request on how to make it.  It is really simple and once you've completed it, it will seem so easy for the next one you do.  I learned from a friend a few years ago how to do this particular type of Post-It Note holder and I know that there are probably several different tutorials out there, but this happens to be MY favorite way of making one.  So let's get started....
Step 1:
 You will need a piece of card stock that measures 8 1/2" x 3 1/2".  I've learned that you can create three Post-It Note holders from one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock...so keep that in mind!

Step 2:
Take your 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of card stock and score the LONG side at:
3 1/2" , 4" and 4 1/2"

Step 3:
Now you are going to cut slits in the middle of the card stock piece where you made the score marks.
So take your piece of scored card stock on the SHORT side and line it up at 1 1/4" and make a slit from the first score line to the last score line.  (You can sort of see where my first slit is made to the left of the card stock piece in the photo above to help you see where to cut.)

Then you will move your piece of card stock to the 2 1/4" mark and make the same slit as the first one.

Step 4:
Now that you've made your score marks and slits, you will need to pop out the middle where you made your slits and fold inwards the other two areas where you scored.  This is what makes for the pen loop in your Post-It Note Cover.  As you can see in the photo, I like to use a bone folder to help fold the score lines where I want them to go.  You can easily see now how the project is taking shape...

Step 5:
You will notice that one side of the holder measures longer than the other.  (You need to find this as it's important for placing the sticky tape before securing it together.)
Place the LONGER measured side to the right where you see my scissors in the photo.  This is where your Post-It Notes will be attached to.
Now you will need some STRONG adhesive in the two places you see in the photo.  (My scissors are pointing to the top area where the sticky tape is.)  The cover will be handled frequently, so you'll want something that is durable and won't come apart.)
You will need to attach the sticky strip down to the right side of the holder BEFORE you attach your pad of Post-It Notes so that you know where to place it.

**Important tip - It's usually best to decorate the front of your project while it is still laying flat and  not assembled.  It makes it easier to work with.**

Step 6:
After you have decorated your holder how you like and have attached the sticky tape down in the areas indicated in step 5, you are ready to attach your Post-It Notes.  As mentioned above, I highly recommend very STRONG adhesive as this holder will be handled frequently.
So just eye-ball your placement of the Post-Its and attach it to the inside flap.

Step 7:
Obviously, I didn't decorate this one for tutorial purposes, but the last touch is to put your pen in the loop holder on the front of the design.  I like to buy those short pens because they fit nicely with the holders.  You can get a package of them with different colors from any store you like shop, I'm sure.  I bought mine at Walmart.  I usually like to match up all of the colors of the pen, Post-It Notes and card stock for uniformity.
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I hope that you have enjoyed my tutorial and go make some up for yourself or to give away!
They are quick, fun and easy!
Thanks for dropping by today and I'll see you back again soon!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Christmas is Coming!

Oh yes my friends...Christmas time will be here before you know it!
So if you haven't started making any of your Christmas cards yet, NOW would be a great time to do so!

While you are making/posting your Christmas creations, be sure to enter them for the

That's right, the theme for this challenge is:
"Christmas is Coming!"
So please join in with us during the next two weeks and enter your Christmas creations with us!
Here's what I have made for the challenge to help inspire Christmas thoughts...
Nothing says Christmas like Old Saint Nick!  This is one of my fave Santa images called Noel Santa from Sarah Kay Stamps.  (I've bought all of my Sarah Kay stamps from here...love this store!)  I love how he's got his finger up telling us to be quiet while he unpacks the presents from his sack! :)  The sentiments around the image are the Grunge Christmas Postmarks stamp set from LOTV.  (Another of my fave places that I don't get to "indulge" myself with very often!)

I've used some fun Vintage glass glitter around the edges of the Santa image.  It's very cool as the more it dries, it tarnishes and turns to a goldish color.  I think it gives it a neat Vintage look about it.  I've distressed my papers and rubbed some Distress Ink over it as well.  Finished off with some poinsettia flowers and ribbon.  Such a fun card to put together!

I would like to ship this one off for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I thought this would be a fun card with a Santa on it! :)  The glitter is pretty well 'stuck' on there as it was a concern for me to begin with, but it's really ON there as I tested it with rubbing my finger along it and not a single piece fell off...so I think we're good!  I plan on sending along a few others with this one too.  I always loved looking forward to Christmas as a kid with thoughts of Santa coming...so what a happy thing for a child to see! :)

Here are a few other challenges I can enter:
Created with Love - any holiday
Divas by Design - 3 or more layers
Fab 'n Funky - It's All Rock-n-Roll to Me (inspired song:  "Santa Claus is Coming to Town")
The Crafter's Cafe - Favorite Craft Item (ribbon!!)
Card Crafter's Circle - Use 3 embellishments (ribbon, flowers & glass glitter)

So I hope you are inspired to put some Christmas music on and create something for our challenge!  Please hop on over to the Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog and get more inspiration from the rest of my fellow design friends to see what they came up with too!  We can't wait to see your Christmas projects!

I'll be back again tomorrow with a special tutorial for you...so be sure to stop back by for that!
Thanks for checking in and enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Friday, October 11, 2013

More Cards for a Cause...

Welcome to my new followers!  So happy to have you join along here! :)
Please don't forget to enter my birthday blog candy - CLICK HERE!
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Hello my friends and welcome to the start of the weekend! Yay!
I think this week sort of slipped by me without me paying much attention! LOL!  I think I was still operating on last week! Yikes!  Just so many different things going on right now.

I wish I had time to post this yesterday, but unfortunately the day was filled and I couldn't get to my computer much until later in the day, but I was able to work on another set of creations for the

As I had mentioned in my previous post, all of the creations that I'm making this month are going to be donated to somewhere.  They might not all be going to the same places, but they will be donated. :)
I'm so thrilled to be apart of this and plan on making a card for every challenge until I've completed a nice stack to ship off!

So let's get started with the next challenge in line.....
For the HYCCT1305 SCS challenge, it's called "Fighting in Pink Camo" - so we had to use some sort of pink camo somewhere on our creation:
He makes me smile!  I thought of the "fight" taking place with the patients and thought this would not only bring encouragement, but a smile too!  This "ready to fight breast cancer" character can be recognized as the Gruffy Little Gnome from Whimsy Stamps...which is where I got him, but I've changed out his outfit with a pink camo pattern that I made with my Copic markers and the end of his hat is adorned with a pink awareness ribbon for the tassel.  The sentiment came from a sport stamp set in my stash.
The inside of the card also has a pink awareness ribbon with a blank area to write a personal message and then I have a matching envelope with it.

Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this in:
Tuesday Throwdown - "Awareness"
The Sisterhood of Crafters - anything goes
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Next challenge on the list is the HYCCT1306 SCS challenge which is titled "The Many Colors of Cancer".  We were to check out this website - click here - to see the various colors.  Since I'm donating all of my creations to the HYCCT cause, I thought I would go with the Plum color for the honors caregiver ribbon.  There has to be some very special and caring individuals to help those who may be going through one of the most difficult times in their lives.  I'm sure sending a thank you note is something that is needed often!
So here I made a set of three 3x3 note cards with matching envelopes with the monochromatic color of Perfect Plum.  I punched out a Perfect Plum heart and then used my alphabet die to cut out a capital "T" for the front of the note card with my glimmer paper.  Really simple, but effective for sure!

Here are a few challenges for this one:
Addicted to Stamps & More - anything goes
Simon Says - Use rubber or clear stamps
Brown Sugar (BSCB-63) - anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Clean and Simple
Stampin' for the Weekend - anything goes (request for creating for "awareness")
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For the next SCS challenge, HYCCT1307 - the title is "Peaceful Leaves" - so they wanted you to make a creation with leaves or a leaf on it.  Love Fall, so this was easy for me...
 I rubbed some chalk over the sentiment and the leaves are all stamped with one single leaf stamp.  I then just added some faux stitching around the edges.  The sentiment has some chalked rubbed over the words and I've popped up the leaves.

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter for this one:

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Autumn - Not Halloween!
CRAFT - Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving
Creative Knockouts - Happy Fall
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So these are my set of creations to add to the pile to be shipped out soon!  I'm still needing to work on my homework for the Clean and Simple cards class, so I know I'll be in my room working on those today as well as trying to catch up with the challenges that I fell behind on...so be looking for another post coming from me later today!  Thanks for popping in!  See you soon!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Study of CAS...and Other Issues

Hello friends!  There's so much to share with you today that I'll just get to it!

Firstly, I haven't posted for a few days simply because my computer has finally "bit the dust" and fried itself! I knew it was coming soon, but what I'm not happy about is the fact that I wasn't able to back up the last few months of my computer before it decided to just not start any more.
So the computer has been taken apart and I'm going to TRY and get the things I need off it to save as I had several digital stamps on it that I've accumulated in the last couple of months!

I will have a new computer soon, but in the meantime I've been trying to set up my laptop to get my photos on, etc.  Not sure it was up for the job, but so far it seems to be doing OK.  I am ready for a new computer now and hope to get one here shortly.
And of course when I tried to make a post yesterday, blogger decided it didn't want to cooperate with me and it keeps flashing an error code when I make or edit a post! UGH!!  So I had to switch over to another browser to make this post!  When it rains...it doesn't want to quit!

So...now that my "RANT" is over with, (Tee..feel much better now, THANKS!), I have been working on something that I'd like to share with you!

This may seem a bit silly, and I thought it was at first too, until I started doing the lessons and following along with the tutorials.  But I am taking a class on Clean and Simple Card Making!

I have ALWAYS admired this style of card making design and seem to really struggle with it.  It is not as "easy" as what it may appear to be if you don't practice with it that much.  I have usually done the fussy design with the flowers, layers, tons of embellishments for the last few years and got stuck on that for so long, that I totally forgot how challenging it can be to just be SIMPLE!
I know many of my fellow craft friends have mixed feelings on this subject, but I have really enjoyed this process so far and hope to learn more in developing my CAS skills.
I do know that it actually takes me just as long to make one of these type of cards as it does the "fussy and fancy" cards sometimes!  It's more about being particular on the smallest of details for sure!

And so with that, I've decided to incorporate some of my CAS homework with some challenges for the Hope You Can Cling To on Splitcoast Stampers....
AW!! Riley is sooo cute with his pink smiley face!!  Obviously, I still LOVE to color and I don't want to give that up entirely when doing CAS designs...so as you can see, they can easily be incorporated into your simple style!

For the HYCCT1302 challenge on SCS, they wanted to see your "Funny - Make Me Smile" creations and I thought this would be perfect for that.  They want you to keep the inside of your cards mostly blank so that  messages can be written on the inside.  All of the cards that I'm making this month will be donated to the HYCCT Cause...or other special causes as in my last posting for OWH.  So basically everything you see this month will be donated to something or someone.

Here are some other challenges that I'd like to enter this for:
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Two by 2 (2 pearls)
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This was one of my fave cards from this set of CAS that I made because I love Fall and I was excited to FINALLY get to use some of my washi tape that I had stocked up on!
So for this card, I took a sketch from my class and used the techniques shown in the tutorial to make it similar to hers, but making it my own.  All products are Stampin' Up!

This is also for the HYCCT1302 PINKTEREST challenge on SCS.  There were several different photos from PINterest to be inspired to create something from.  I chose this one:
Fresh Pink Rain

Here are a few other challenges to include this one in:
Sweet Stampin' - Autumn
Eclectic Ellapu - Celebrate Autumn
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And for my last CAS design, there's actually quite a bit going on here.  I can't believe that I didn't have any plastic templates with patterns on them, so I created my own by using a die cut and cutting it out with transparency and laying it on my card front.  I sprayed with two different metallic Tattered Angels sprays for the look. I used two different punches to create an opening on the same card front.  I also used a die cut for the banner that I embossed the sentiment on.
Although a bit a messy, this was fun and more time consuming than it first appears.
This idea is based on one of the tutorials from my class and I've also made it for the
HYCCT1304 challenge on SCS to "Punch Out Breast Cancer".  (Obviously they want you to make a creation using punches/die cuts.)  I've used two punches and two die cuts.

Here's another challenge that I'd like to enter this card in:
Inky Chicks - two different die cuts
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Such a long post, I know!  But I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed creating these cards!  I figured that if I create three cards each day for the next three days, then I SHOULD be caught up with the HYCCT challenges and my homework!! LOL!!  Oh boy!

I have another request for a tutorial as well, so I am putting that together and posting it here shortly, so please be sure to stay tuned in for that.  I wanted to make a video tutorial, but with all of the computer problems I've been having lately, that will have to wait a bit!  Sorry for that as I know I had some requests to learn more about the frantage embossing.  (I will be doing that as well!  It's just not working out for me right now and I'll let you know when it's coming.)

I will be back soon with more fun soon!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
*Don't forget to enter my birthday blog candy if you haven't yet!!*

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's World Card Making Day! Let's Stamp Smiles!

Hello my friends!  I am so thrilled you have joined me today!
I am sure you probably already know, but just in case you didn't, it's World Card Making Day and I have joined a blog hop to help celebrate this special day and I have also made some creations for a WONDERFUL cause:


If you would like to join the inspiration on this blog hop, then please CLICK ON THE BADGE ABOVE to start at the beginning of this blog hop.  Of course there are inspiration and prizes from various companies, so I know you don't want to miss out on this wonderful blog hop!  I am so excited to be sharing in this wonderful cause at Operation Write Home (OWH)! 

I need to keep my post somewhat sort as there will be a long list of people to go through I'm sure!
So the theme was to either make thank you cards for our heroes to send out to their loved ones or AnyHero cards with notes inside written TO them.  We were to also pick out a sketch from the Stars and Stamps Blog (where the start of the blog hop is) to base our creations from.
 
So here's the latest sketch challenge that I used for this fun thank you card:
Click photo or HERE to be taken to the challenge post

 As you can see, I've turned the sketch up right to make my card.
This fun image is from Sweet N' Sassy Stamps.  I printed him out twice, colored him in and then colored in the front chocolate piece, cut it out and then popped it up on the other main image that I had already colored.  I always love to use glitter and using glitter on the cards for our heroes is a big NO...so no glitter anywhere on these.
It was so nice to dig into my stash of very neglected decorative papers too! :)

I'm also entering the card above in the following other challenges:
Crafty Card makers - Cute & Furry
CRAFT - Cats and dogs/Pets/Animals
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I also took this sketch and made a couple of variations with it:
Click photo or HERE to be taken to the challenge post

 I thought this sketch was a fun one to play with and I wanted to flip it both ways. 
This tree stamp is probably one of my all time favorite stamps from Stampin' Up! and I think it's a fabulous image to use for any season or any occasion.  I decided to use my Copic markers and put some Fall colors on it.  I just took a sponge in the corner to make a sun.  I used some Baja Breeze card stock for some of the design elements.  I think it really makes the image stand out.

I'm also entering this creation into the following challenges:
Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Fall/Autumn

And here's another version of the same sketch:
For this card, I kept more true to the sketch except for extending the length of the banner piece.
I didn't get too fancy with the details on this one and just based it on the colors of the design.  This is the first time that I've actually used the Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry card stock!  I really like it!  I've paired it up with Soft Suede which I hadn't used for quite a while.
I think this is a great sketch to use for when you need to use up your extra pieces of random papers that we all have laying around somewhere!  :)
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Thanks so much for joining with us in this blog hop!  I hope that you will take the time to make some cards today and be inspired by everything you've seen! 

Now to get to the NEXT person on the blog hop list, please go to
If you get lost along the way or need to find where you're at, please refer
to the linky list on the start of the blog hop at Operation Write Home Blog.
Thank you!

I have my own special birthday blog candy that I posted last week if you'd like to become a follower of my blog and join me here for a chance to win a $25.00 shopping spree!
You can check out the details and enter for a chance to win by clicking HERE!

Have a beautiful weekend!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*
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