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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monthly Art Journal Collaboration - Love is Worth Noting

Hello friends!
I hope you had a good weekend!  We are almost done with the first month of 2017 already!  Before you know it, we will be looking forward to Spring!

Today I have another 2 pages that I've created to add to my Art Journal book!
**For those of you just following along:  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 too.  Perhaps you will be inspired to give AJ pages a try!  This is something new to both of us and 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.**

I had actually started my page in a totally different direction than from where I went with this and then one page wasn't large enough, so I turned it into a two page design:
The reasoning for my color choices was from my husband.  His favorite color is blue.  There are more photos of this, but the piece of paper with writing on it shown on the right side is an actual note that my husband left me a while back.  I loved it so much, I saved it and decided to use for inspiring this AJ layout.

I've added many layers on top of this and I'll try to explain everything the best I can with it.
To start out with, I have decided that since I was making my own book and the paper that I was using for these was 9 x 12 in size, I just decided to cut one sheet in half and have that be the size of pages so I don't have to waste or trim down any excess of it.  So one side of this layout (one page) measures 9"x 6".  (As I keep making these AJ pages, they don't seem to be large enough for me for some reason?!  LOL!)  I started both of these pages by giving them a good coat of white gesso and then layering on some blue and cream colored paints.  I also took some Lumiere paint and mixed it with some blue/teal colored pearl ex powders and stamped the large dotted and outlined hearts over the painted background. I took my paint brush and made some splatters with this same mixture as well. (You can see a closer look at the details of this in the photos below.)  After that was dry, I then took some torn strips as well as some die cut hearts from some print type papers that I had in my stash.  (I thought you could also use some old books or something for this.)  I used my multi-medium matte to attach them on the pages.  First I did the torn strips and then added the hearts over top in layers.
I put the hand-written note on last after the hearts.  I took my Faber-Castell Pitt markers to add some shadows and highlights to these torn papers and hearts.  Then I took a stencil and added some gold texture luxe in random places.  Lastly, I took the MFT "Well Connected" alphabet stamp and stamped some lettering on the same print paper and cut them out to attach to the layout and used the markers for shadow for that as well.  I die cut the "love" sentiment with gold foil paper and layered about three of them to get the dimension and added shadowing around that as well.
The edges of the pages were done with the Faber-Castell Pitt markers as well.

So here's a look at the first page on the left:
Here you can better see the shine from the gold foil card stock on the "love" as well as the shine from the texture luxe stencil.  I forgot to mention that I've also taken some Inka-Gold and rubbed over the stenciled areas for a little more gold coloring in those areas as well as around the words.

Here's an even closer view of the details:
This shows a bit more texture from the page and you can see how shimmery that dotted blue heart is in the background from the Lumiere Pearl Ex paint that I've used.  The whole layout is so shinny that it almost look like complete metal.

Here's the second page on the right:
The note that my husband wrote I took this particular section of it and ripped along the edges of it and attached it and covered it with Multi-Matte Medium.  I purposely wanted the wrinkles in it and I tried to highlight some of it with ink.  I used the Faber-Castell Pitt markers to make the shadows around it.

My husband leaves me notes every single day, so this is just one of many many notes that he gave me.  I thought with the "season of love" approaching, this would be something worth noting! :)
I hope you've enjoyed my AJ page today!

If you'd like to see more Art Journal inspiration, then I hope you'll stop by my friend's blog, Asha to see what she has created too!  I'm sure it will be amazing as always! :)   I can't wait to see what she has come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Art Journal Journey - Tell me a Story (love story)

2.  Mod Squad - Show Your Love

3.  Mixed Media Monthly (January) - Put a stencil on it

4.  Try It On Tuesday - Anything but Square

5.  Jo's Scrap Shack {Fun Day Friday} - Always Anything Goes!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

'Hidden' Happy Anniversary with Flowers

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day!
I'm so excited about this because I made a homemade chocolate cake today without knowing!  LOL!
Hope you're enjoying your weekend so far!
I'm swinging by with a very quick and short post as I have it scheduled because I didn't want to take a chance on the recipient seeing this before they get it in their hands tonight! :)

I've made an anniversary card for my parents.  They are coming to my house this evening for super and I will be giving this to them as this post comes up:
I have fallen in love this Altenew stamp set called Vintage Flowers.  I have had this set for a while, but this is the first time I've posted something with it on my blog!  I knew that this would be something that would make for a nice anniversary card especially for my parents.  (They're celebrating 52 years together.)  I've not used the "anniversary" sentiment until now either.  After stamping the flowers, I took some chalk and rubbed around the images to give a little shadow.

I knew that I wanted to also try out Darnell's NBUS challenge as well.  Her challenge for this week was called "Hidden Word" technique.  I've seen this done many times and thought it was so cool looking, so I wanted to give it a try!  As you can see, I've stamped my panel of flowers and then I took a MFT happy die and cut through the design where I wanted it to show up.  I then cut a couple more of them and attached them all onto my card with the stamped one glued on top.

I've also taken the "anniversary" sentiment from the Lawn Fawn set called Sophie's Sentiments and heat embossed it with gold EP over a piece of vellum, cut it out and glued it underneath the sentiment.  (At a second look at it, I was thinking it would be better if I left off the "anniversary" and put on the inside with just the hidden word on the front...oh well...I'll remember for next time around!)  I rounded the corners with my corner chomper and then I took some gold sequins and attached them on my design and used some gold Stickles in the centers of each one.

Here's a closer view of my design:
 I also decided to cover the roses with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.

I hope you've enjoyed my creation this evening!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be back Monday with something different for you!
See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Darnell's NBUS - hidden word technique challenge #9

2.  Addicted to Stamps & More - Anything Goes

3.  As You Like It - Favorite Flower and Why?
(I think roses are just stunning with all of their layers and pretty smells!!)

4.  Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

Thursday, January 26, 2017

It's 'Something Fun' for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
How is your year going so far?  I hope you are doing well and ready to have some FUN! :)
Today I wanted to share a new challenge with you over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
This week the challenge is "Something Fun" on your creation!
(as always please interpret this challenge how you see it.)  We can't wait to see your makes!

For my card, I have used a cute image provided by our sponsor for this challenge:
This cute little ice skater is called Ice Skating Princess by Aliciabel.
I have colored her in with my Copic markers and added a few other fun details you can see below.

For the card, I have made a 5" square top folding card.  I wanted the colors to be girly looking, but also have a wintry feel.  I found a color challenge that I thought would be a good one for this card.

  The snowflakes stamped in the background as well as the white embossed sentiment on the banner came from Penguins Winter Adventure clear stamp set by Whimsy Stamps. The plaid background papers came from the February 2017 SSS card kit.  It seemed to match up with all of the colors on my card, so I went with it!  I have also used my 3D embossing folder with the mint green card stock panel in the background.

I cut out the image with MFT scallop stitched rectangle die and then mounted it over a piece of pink card stock and popped that up with foam tape over my 3D embossed background.  I've also used the MFT Stylish Snowflakes dies to cut some snowflakes from some silver sparkle card stock and attached them to my image panel.  I then added some aqua rhinestones to the centers of all of the snowflakes including the one I've attached to the white bow along the side.

Here's a closer look at my coloring:
You can see in the photo here how shinny her eyes are as my lighting has captured the glossy accents that I've covered her eyes with.  You can also see the shimmer coming from her skirt that I've covered with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen as well as the shimmer on her ice skate blades and her ear muffs and shirt cuffs.  I've used a silver gel pen to color the blades and dotted the ear muffs and shirt cuff with.  I've used a white gel pen for her cheeks and for a highlight in her stockings.

I do hope that you will join us for our challenge this week and please be sure to stop by the challenge blog to see the other beautiful creations from the rest of the design team!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Color Throwdown (CTD427) - Mint Green, Pink, Aqua


2.  Deep Ocean - Winter Wonderland

3.  Sweet Stampers - Winter/Snow

4.  Creative Moments - Anything Goes with optional twist:  Feminine

5.  Crafting by Designs - Pretty, Pink, Girly (If it needs more pink, just delete my entry please)

6.  The Merry Christmas Challenge - Add Sparkle

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Do What You Love in CAS

Hello friends!
I can't believe that we are already coming close to the end of January!
It's already been going by so fast and I know that this week has already started out as a very busy week for me so far and I don't think it will let up any time soon! :)

I'm just swinging by to share a quick and simple card that I've made using some new goodies that I've just recently gotten:
I used this beautiful set from Newton's Nook called Happy Little Thoughts with the coordinating dies.  I had won a challenge at the end of last year and so I decided to use up my winnings to purchase these items recently.  I just love the options you can get with this set!

I stamped the vine looking wreath on my white panel with some brown ink and then I took the solid heart image from the set and stamped pink and red hearts all around the wreath and then I thought it would be fun to add some fluttering heart confetti going up in the air from the wreath.  I also added some more detail to the wreath by stamping that dotted image with some gray ink.  I then stamped the sentiment in the center of the wreath and die cut it out with my Stitched rectangle die.
(I thought that I was actually cutting more off the wreath than what I did.  I wanted to very slightly cut off a portion of the wreath, but I see it barely cut it off at all, but I thought it was fine and went with how it looks.)  It was cut so that I would have a small border along the side of my card.

I added a strip of red pattern paper that I've had in my stash for so long and then I took a very thin strip of black card stock to attach against the paper.  I then popped up the white main image panel with craft foam and glued it to the front of a white A2 sized top folding card base.

I stamped the bow image from the set and colored it with some pink Copic markers and then used the coordinating dies from the set to cut it out.  It was popped up over the bottom of the wreath with some foam tape.

Here's a closer look at the details:
Here you can see the popped out bow with some Wink of Stella added over it for some shimmer.  Lastly, I took some sparkling clear sequins and added it to various places on my card front.  I covered the centers of the sequins with some Clear Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Hope you've enjoyed my card for today!
Thanks for dropping by!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES;
1.  NN Inky Paws - add a heart (New separate challenge blog!)


2.  Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

Friday, January 20, 2017

NBUS Love Bunny in Pencils and Copics

Hello friends!
I hope that you are having a wonderful week so far!

So I had been playing around doing some coloring and wanted to also enter in some challenges, so I thought I'd share the results with you of what I've been doing!

I came across this ADORABLE image at From the Heart called Love Bunny.  If you haven't checked out their blog, the owner had some serious issues going on and had just recently gotten back to her work. She has also treated everyone to this darling image for FREE!  I adore all of Faith's images and I look forward to joining in the monthly challenge over there when it starts back up.

So I got busy and printed this NBUS image on both white and kraft card stock so that I could not only work on coloring with my Copics (which is my fave way to color), but I thought I'd give another shot at trying to color with my Prisma Colored pencils!  I SOOO need practice with the pencils, I've only done this like one or twice...it is a little different than Copics for sure.

Here's my take with this image using Copics:
Isn't this just the cutest!?  I have used my E40's Copics to color in the bunny.  I made his heart pink in color along with his ear and cheeks and nose.  I love the sentiments that come with this set as well!  LOL!

I had some pink hearts laying on my table already and so I grabbed those to add around the bunny.  I rounded the panel with my corner chomper, added a clip and twine at the top left corner of both the pink and white image panel and then added an additional tiny pink heart in the center of the twine bow.  I used some foam tape to attach the image panel onto a heart embossed white A2 sized top folding card base.  I also rounded the bottom corners on my card base.

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can see where I have covered the pink heart he's holding with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and then covered it with some glossy accents.

This card will be sent off to a special charity.
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Now here's my version of the same image printed on Kraft card stock and colored with pencils:
I am not as comfortable using pencils as I am with Copics, but I do really love how the pencils look over the kraft...espcecially with the white!  So of course this is why I've decided to make my Love Bunny in white this time instead of brown.

The pencils that I own are by Prisma.  They seem to be really nice pencils, but I'm guessing that it's the operator of the pencils that needs more practice with the coloring and blending of the colors.  I also was looking for a gray color, but I didn't have one in my particular set...so this may be something to look for if you buy some.  I just purchased a set of them from my local craft store and just "assumed" that 48 colors would be everything I needed!

I have used my Lawn Fawn Cross-Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out the image panel and then I've mounted it with some craft foam over an A2 sized top folding kraft card base.  (Neenah Dessert Storm).

Here's a closer view of my inexperienced pencil coloring:
I still think he is just adorable anyway! :)
You can see here that I've used my Wink of Stella glitter pen to cover the red heart with.
On both of these creations, I've also used a black gel pen to pop out the eyes a bit.
I've kept this design really simple and love that this stamp (digital) set had other sentiments with it that could be used for something other than Valentine's Day.

This card will also be going to a special charity...I hope to creating many more heart themed creations so that I can have a nice sized pile to donate.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your weekend is fabulous!
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  NBUS Challenge - This week is all about pencils on kraft

2.  Crafting by Designs - Anything that Shines

3.  Stampin' Royalty - Valentines

4.  Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

Thursday, January 19, 2017

STAMPlorations January CAS Card Challenge (Reminder)!

Hello friends!
I'm swinging by to remind you about the
STAMPlorations January CAS Card Challenge
It's still going on and you have until January 31st to play along!

Here's the theme for this month:
Show us your CAS creations with or without the twist!  Please see the blog challenge post for complete details on entering.  I've been really enjoying the entries so far!

I've got more inspiration for you using this challenge theme:
For my card today, I thought I'd use more gray with a touch of silver on my design.

This was such a fun and easy card to put together!  I like how it turned out!
I've used the STAMPlorations Sentiment Builders:  Love to stamp the wording in the background with some Slate Gray ink over a white card front panel.  After stamping the words, I took the same color of ink and used my ink blending tool to create a gray "shadow" effect for my heart from the Funny Kinda Love stamp set that I heat embossed with silver EP and then colored it in with my Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I did this to all three hearts and then fussy cut them out to attach over the word background.  I took some silver thread to make a "nest" behind the larger heart and popped it up with some foam tape behind it.  The smaller hearts were glued down.

I took one of the edge dies from the CUTplorations ATC Tag Builder to create the border at the top of the white card panel.  I then used my ink blending tool again to take the negative of the border die to create a shadow effect with it on the gray card base.  (I had to cut the border twice across my card as it wasn't long enough to pass through just one time.)

Before attaching the white card front to the gray card base, I took another strip of gray card stock and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Funny Kinda Love set and made my own banner with it.  I then took my stapler to attach it along the edge of the white card front panel.  Lastly, I attached it so that the bottom of the white card front was even with the bottom of the gray card base.

Here's a closer look at the details:
Here you can better see the silver embossed hearts and silver thread.  You can also see where I've added some Wink of Stella clear glitter over the hearts for a bit of shimmer.

Hope you've enjoyed my card today and got inspired to join along with us for this challenge!
Be sure to check out the blog for more inspiration from the rest of the team!

Thanks so much for dropping by today!
See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Just Us Girls - Stamping All Over


2.  A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes

3.  Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

4.  Crafty Gals Corner - Add a Heart

Cool Colors for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!
With the winter weather always seems to come the illness time too!
My son came home sick and I was able to get by without getting anything.  Then hubby came home sick with something and then that was it!  I've been sick for most of the week trying to fight if off.  I think I'm feeling better now so that I can get back to important things like stamping! :)

Today I have a new challenge to share with you over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
This week we would like to see some "Cool Colors/Tones" on your creations!

I was thinking since it's still winter and cold out, this would be a good theme to use for this cool color challenge as well, so I got out some of my new goodies to have a play with:
These seals from Lawn Fawn are too cute!  The set is called "Sealed with a Kiss" of course! :)  I picked them up along with the coordinating dies during a special promotion they had. These are not for sale in the store as they were only available during this time.

I saw a card on the blog during the promotion (CLICK HERE to see the card.  It's the top card in the post by cristina "yainea" nunez) and I wanted to make my seals the same way as I thought it was just such a darling card!

I took some of the papers from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter Mini Pad papers and matched up some card stock with it.  I took some light blue from my stash for the middle section and then I've used some Slate Grey card stock for the base.

For the main image panel, I took the blue card stock and stamped the snowflakes for the background with the image from the Snow Cool stamp set and embossed it with white EP.  I then took a strip of vellum and used the Ocean Wave Borders die to cut it with and then I used some ink to sponge the edge of it and glued the bottom portion down over the blue snowfall panel.  I then stamped, colored and die cut out the seals and the little word bubble from the promotional set.  I did not have an ice platform for my seal, so I took one of my Copic liner pens and drew my own and colored it in.  Then I popped the seal on top with foam tape and stuck it down over the vellum wave.  I took the other seal and placed him BEHIND the vellum wave to make it look like he's trying to swim over to the ice platform and then was greeted with a kiss.  :)

Lastly, I added some silver sparkle strips on each end of the image panel and then I heat embossed the sentiment from the promotional set with white EP.  I also took the LF Valentine borders arrow die and added it to the top and bottom portions of the card base.  I also took the heart strip die from this set and just used the negative hearts with the same silver sparkle paper to glue above their heads.

Here's a closer look at the details:
Here you can better see the coloring on the seals and the details of the shimmer on the ice platform as well as the embossed details.  I don't even draw stick figures, but I thought the ice platform would be an easy enough image to draw and so that's my result with it.

I hope you've enjoyed my creation today and got inspired!
Be sure to stop by the CCT challenge blog to check out the creations from the rest of the DT and link up your cool color creation too!

Thanks so much for dropping by!  I've got another post coming shortly...stay tuned in!


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + sentiment

2.  Brown Sugar - anything goes

3.  Curtain Call - Icicle


4.  Tuesday Throwdown - Favorite Medium (Copics!)

5.  Cards and More - Still Winter

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Button, Button, Show Us Your Buttons at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
Swinging by today to share a new challenge with you over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
For this week's challenge, we'd like to see some BUTTONS!
We can't wait to see your creations with this theme!

The card I made for this challenge, I've decided to raid my crafty stash and use up some of those buttons that have been around for a while.
This was a very easy concept, but it was actually a little time consuming more than anything and I was happy to have used up some more of my old stash to put this together.  The colors are a bit more soft in person than what it shows in this photo as well as looking a bit more muted for a Vintage look.  I think my lamp was shining over the heart and it brightened it up in this photo a bit.

To start, I have taken a heart die cut and ran it through my die cutting machine, but without cutting out the heart.  I just used the impression of the heart to give me an idea as to where to shape my heart design with the buttons.  I then took out several buttons, pearls, rhinestones and clear pebble gems and glued them all over the inside of the heart shape outline.  I started with the largest buttons and even added some thread through the biggest ones and glued them in place.  I then went from the next size and so on until there were only tiny spots left and that's where I either glued in the tiny pearls or added some liquid pearls or rhinestones to each space.  I tried to make them all coordinate in color and I wanted it to be a soft Victorian "shabby chic" type design,

I stamped the sentiment underneath the heart with the Whimsy Stamps Handmade From Me stamp set.  There was a tiny heart in the set that I used to stamp over the hearts in the sentiment with pink ink.  It just happened to be the right size.  I also took some ink and sponged around the edges of the button heart panel and distressed it with a distressing tool.  I then wrapped the pink seam binding ribbon around the bottom portion and mounted it onto a text background paper and then mounted that onto a pink A2 top folding card base.

Here's a closer view of the heart:
I wanted to be sure that all of the "items" within the heart stayed in place, so I decided to use some multi-matte medium and brush over top of that.  I thought I had made a huge mistake because you can faintly see the brush strokes over some of the buttons.  Then after looking at it (better in person than in this photo), I thought it gave it a more realistic Vintage look with a soft romantic feel and decided that it would work out just fine anyway.

I think this would make a great card for someone special to deliver in person! :)
Please be sure to drop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge and see what the design team has over there to inspire you with and play along!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!
 Have a great day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Inky Chicks - Anything Goes

2.  Everybody Art - Anything Goes

3.  Little Red Wagon - 2017 Resolutions
(I hope to be giving out more handmade cards and using up more of my crafty stash that's neglected!)
I don't do well with resolutions per say, but this is something I always strive for.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snow Much Thanks

Hello there friends!
Hope you are all doing well and finding some crafty time for yourself.
I have decided to change my blog design as I wanted to go back to the simple design I had before. I had spent quite a bit of time making my own banner and wanted to use it again and I'm glad I changed it.  I keep thinking I need to "change up" my blog, but I always seem to go back to this...maybe it's a sign telling me to leave things alone! LOL!

I would also like to note a couple of observations that I've found recently about this particular month.
The month of January includes "National Hobby Month" and the second week in January is also National "Letter Writing Week", so I thought it would be a great idea to make a thank you card with a personal note inside.  I have been playing again with another card kit:
I've pulled out the Simon Says Stamp January 2017 card kit to make a fun shaker card design!
I used this pretty pink card stock from the kit to make a card base as well as cut out a frame with the MFT Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames to cut out a frame with the same card stock.  I've also used the blue tinted vellum (also from the kit) for the front panel of my shaker design.  Although a bit hard to tell in the photo, I've also used some of the decorative papers from the kit and used that as my background for the shaker.  You can see all of the shaker contents inside as well as on the outside of the card.

I stamped the snowflakes with the "Frozen Fractals" stamp set from the kit with the Delicata White Shimmer ink cube and then went over that with some white EP. before attaching it to the inside scallop frame that I cut out.

For the banner, I've stamped the sentiment from the stamp set over a piece of white card stock and cut out my own banner shape to attach to the inside of the scallop frame.  I then added the sequins on the outside and dotted the centers with some silver Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Here's a closer look at the design:
Here you can get a better look at the sparkle from the sequins as well as the shimmer that comes from the snowflakes.

Although a bit simple in design, I love the sparkly and shimmery snowflakes!
I thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you've enjoyed my shaker card and got inspired in some way! :)  See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Creative Knockouts - Anything Goes
2.  Moving Along with the Times - Something in the Air
3.  Make My Monday - A Winter's Walk
4.  Creative Corner - Anything Goes
5.  Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
6.  TIME OUT - Winter (optional twist is white on white)
7.  Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Something New with NEW product

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year- New GDT- New STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge

Hello again friends!
(scroll down or CLICK HERE to see my post for Cute Card Thursday)

I'm VERY excited to be kicking off this year with my first official posting as a guest designer for the awesome STAMPlorations CAS card challenges!  I'm thrilled to be joining with them for the next 3 months!  I do hope you'll enjoy following along with me here too!

To start this year's challenge, here's a great one to get you going:
CAS Card Challenge #13 - Silver or Gray 
(Be sure to check out the blog for details on how to enter your creations.)

Since this is such a happy occasion and a great time to "celebrate" with the New Year and all things "new", I thought that this particular card would be a good one to start with:
I certainly feel like celebrating and I wanted to reflect that on my first CAS challenge card!  (I think this would also make for a great birthday style card too for a male or female!)
The STAMPlorations stencils are so much fun to work with, so I took the "bubbly" Retro Circles stencil and covered it with white embossing paste over some watercolor paper.

I waited for the paste to dry and then took my Gansi Tambi watercolors and brushed some blue and teal colors over top of the paste.  I even splattered a few drops over top.  After the watercolor was dried, I added some spray shimmer mist over top for some shimmer.  (It's hard to see in the photo above, but check out the photo below.)  I then mounted the watercolor panel onto a piece of silver foil card stock and mounted that onto an A2 sized side folding card base.

I then cut out the fun  Celebrate CUTplorations die from silver foil card stock and then used some liquid glue to attach it to the front of my card.  I decided to add some sparkly silver, clear and star sequins to finish it off with.  I then added some silver Nuvo glitter drops to the centers of each one.

Here's a closer look at the card:
Here you can better see the silver foil and how it shines.  You can also see a better look at the sparkly sequins with the glittery centers as well as some of the shimmer over the embossed and watercolor background on my design.

**I also have another bit of exciting news to share with all of my readers**:
Shery of STAMPlorations is very generous and kind to not only myself, but to all of my blog readers as well!  She is offering a special discount code to all of you!  Since I am a guest for the next 3 months with her, she is offering a 20% discount for anything in her store including sale items!  So when you go shopping, be sure to use this code at checkout:
STAMPGIRLVICKIP
(this is not case sensitive & remember it cannot be combined with other discount codes.)
I will leave this discount code underneath the STAMPlorations DT badge at the sidebar of my blog in case you forget and need to grab it real quick while you are shopping.  ENJOY!! :)

Hope you will be sure to stop by the CAS challenge to check it out and come play along!
I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Hope you've enjoyed my creation today as well as celebrating with me too!
Thanks so much for stopping by!


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  AAA Cards - Silver


2.  Less is More - Dimension


3.  Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes
with optional twist: stencil:


4.  Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge - stencil


5.  Crafting by Designs -  January Anything Goes

6.  Crafty Creations - Anything goes

7.  The Male Room - anything goes

So What's New? Cute Card Thursday Wants to Know!

Hello there friends!!
Welcome to 2017!!
I sure hope that you've had a wonderful Holiday Season and are ready and raring to go for the New Year by now! :)  I have been enjoying some extra time with my hubby while he had a couple of days off which actually felt pretty short to me, but I enjoyed it!  I also enjoyed spending time with family for food, fun and games.  It's always nice to make more memories with everyone.  I'm expecting that this year will have some great new ones to add as well! :)

I would also like to take a minute to thank ALL of my friends that took some time to make and send me a Christmas card.  I think I have thanked each one personally, but I wanted to add it here to make sure that I have.  I treasure them all so much and I'm so blessed to have such talented and giving friends.

So now I'd like to get on with the New Year by sharing with you a new challenge over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
This week we'd like to see "What's New?" on your creations!
(as always please interpret this challenge in your own way.)

Here's what I've made for this challenge:
Yay for NEW card kits!! :)  If you have seen my Christmas creations that I made with a card kit and what my experience was with one, then you know that I've gotten really hooked on card kits now! LOL!  I love the idea of the challenge of trying to use up as many pieces from the kit as possible to create several cards from one kit all with different looks too!  Although I've only started out with one card from this particular kit, I know I'll be going back again and finishing it out because I think this one is very versatile and fits many different occasions and seasons.

I have pulled out my *new* MFT Fancy Flowers card kit.  (I'm surprised that it's not sold out yet...it's usually sold out very quickly once available!)  I really fell in love with the design of the flowers and all of the options for using them on cards.  I also really liked that the dies came with it and the colors of the card stock in the kit were pretty cool too!

So I took a piece of white card stock from the kit and then pulled out my *new* MFT Die-namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges to cut the bottom portion of an A2 sized top folding card base. I also took the "smile" die from the kit and lined that up above the edge die and cut that out as well.  I then took a piece of the purple card stock from the kit and stamped one of the flowers from the kit with the same color of ink and then attached it to the top portion of the die cut card base.  I've also taken the same flower and stamped the envelope shown underneath the card. (Envelopes come in the kit too!)

I stamped, colored with Copics and cut out the flowers with the coordinating dies from the kit, but when arranging them on my card, I decided to mask off the bottom portion of the card and took an ink blending tool and sponged on some MFT Summer Splash ink over the top white portion of the card base to add a bit of color.  I then arranged my flowers and attached them with liquid glue as well as foam tape for dimension on some.

I die cut the "smile" die one more time from some gold foil card stock and glued them to inlay inside the die cut letters from the white card base.  Lastly, I added some gold sequins to the design.

Here's a closer look at the details:
Here you can better see the shine of the gold foil card stock on the letters as well as the other small details that I've added.  I covered the flowers with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and used a gold gel pen for a few dots and then I've added some glossy accents to the centers of each flower.  I've also taken some gold Nuvo Crystal drops and added it to the center of the sequins.

Hope you've enjoyed my creation and got inspired to get creative for the New Year! :)
Be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see what else is new with the other DT creations and link up your project to share with us too!  We love seeing what you make!

I will be back shortly with another special post to share with you...you won't want to miss it!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

2.  Allsorts - something new (new products)

3.  My Time to Craft - Something new (new stash!)

4.  A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes

5.  Get Creative - Anything Goes

6.  Little Red Wagon - Something New (stash!)

7.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - New Something
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