Tuesday, December 31, 2013

End of the Year 2013 Favorites part 2


I don't know why I decided to do this, lol.  I was looking at other Bloggers year end fav's and decided I would go back and check out my own, lol.  That was fun.  Which one is your fav?

Year End Favorites for 2013

Jan -
Feb -





New Years Resolution

Hi Friends and Stampers,

Happy New Year!  I hope 2014 is just as exciting as 2013 was for me craft wise.  I do have some Good News, I have been invited to stay on the Loves Rubberstamps Design Team and remain the DT Coordinator!  Whoo Hoo! 

I never take advantage of the fact that I am invited back each Design Team Term.  I absolutely love Designing for Laura and the Loves Rubberstamps Store.  And I could not be more thrilled with our Design Team Members.  Here is our January thru April line-up:

Loves Rubberstamps Design Team

Be sure to stop by their blogs and see what wonderful inspiration they have lined up for you.  They are all a collection of wonderful designers and I am inspired all the time by their amazing talents.
Laura tells me she is going to add New Items like crazy this next month, so keep an eye on the New Items link on the store website.
This week we are asking you to make a card, scrap page or a project that reflects your New Years Resolution!   And here is mine:

Yes, this year I am going to avoid things that make me fat..... like scales, mirrors, and photographs, lol.  I love these new Creative Vision Stamps and plan on using a lot of them this year...okay, all of them, lol. 
Paper piecing the bed and shirt was a bit tricky, lol.  First I had to stamp the image on the bedspread paper, cut that out, then stamp on the polka dot paper and then stamp on white twice.  And then color the jeans and feet, color the other white image and then fussy cut and stack them up.  I do like to color the underneath - at least around the edges in case things don't align up just right.  For ground texture, I put blender solution in a S.U. aqua-pen and went around the edges and stroked outward.  I colored on clear plastic and picked that up with the aqua-pen and went to the edge of the image (bed), the color picked up darker in some spots and then fanned out in the wet blender solution and I kept working with it a little til I thought I had good shag carpet, lol. I also colored the bedspread designer paper in C00 where the creases are drawn in, just to add some dimension.  All of these things and more I have learned from fellow bloggers over time, so I can't exactly remember all the details and where I found them, lol.  
I can't wait to see your projects uploaded to the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog!
I am using the Friday Sketch Challenge

Monday, December 30, 2013

Club 52

Hi Friends and Stampers,

I hope you are having a great Monday.  I am off today and so I had to get a few things organized for our Challenge tomorrow and then I wanted to squeeze in my my last weekly Challenge card this year for My Favorite Things Weekly Challenge!  Whoot!  I am still in club 52!   I haven't won one time this year, lol.   But I have won in the past couple years and I do love playing along. Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:
Candi - Icing Sugar - I colored with my Copic Marker BV08
I hope to see you back here tomorrow for our next Challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps!
I'm so happy to be off this week with the boys.  I have small things planned for us to do, but I am getting caught up on my DT Coordinator duties and then I will be by to check out all your blogs.  I have been so neglectful and for that I am sorry.  Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers and that I truly do appreciate your comments and coming by here.  These past six months have been a zinger with my Grandson moving in.  We have had a lot of changes and my time on the computer has been cut to about a third.  But I think I do have my priorities right, even if it means giving up some of the things I enjoy doing.  He is totally worth it, lol.  So bare with me while I play catch up and hopefully I will get better at juggling it all. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hang In There

Hi Friends and Stampers,

Welcome to our Loves Rubberstamps Sunday BlogHop:

Laura Love -
 Holly Flores -
Olivia Marmara
Ceal Pritchett
Shanna Shands
Marcy Dangcil
Dangina Martinez
Athina Emory
Joni Mastronardi
Nina AKA PaperDaisies

We want to remind you:
Just two more days to get into our special HOLIDAY BLITZ - ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE!! We have a huge list of Sponsors who are all set to give away some amazing prize packages to lots of our lucky players!!

and... Loves Rubberstamps is giving away a $50.00 Gift Voucher!

Today I am using Tiddly Inks - Hang in there.  She is reminding us all that the holly-days won't last forever and Spring is on it's way, lol.  I had to try out something different with my Copic Markers.  I used a S.U. aqua-painter and put blending solution in it, colored BG13 on some hard plastic and picked it up with the blending solution for my background.  I did this before I colored the image.  I was reading about this on Make it Crafty blog.  So I am going to keep doing this on my backgrounds until I feel like I have mastered it, lol.  It's been a while since I've used the Aqua Painter, so I forgot all my tricks to get the paintbrush just right, lol.  But it will come back to me. 
I love this adorable image and I know I will be using her again.  I love how happy she is and it reminds me that seeing the world through the eyes of a child is the best way to view it. 
How was every one's Christmas?  Did you have a great time?  Are you glad it's over?  Any plans for New Years?  I have to work this weekend but then I have the rest of the week off and I plan on cleaning this place up!  lol.  Christmas was wonderful for the boys.  They were excited and had a great time.  They loved everything they got.  The next day  was Jeep's real birthday.  So we had a friend come over and we took the boys down to Chuck-E-Cheese and let them play games and ordered pizza.  Unfortunately Jeep ate too much pizza and ended up with a stomach ache..... but he felt fine the next day.  His big party will be in the middle of January, where we will have 10 kids over for laser tag in the backyard.  There is a place in town where we can rent them and a commando for two hours, lol.  Should be lots of fun. 
So once again, I want to remind you about our special HOLIDAY BLITZ - ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE!! We have a huge list of Sponsors who are all set to give away some amazing prize packages to lots of our lucky players!!   Head on over to the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog and check out all the sponsors and prizes!    You will also want to check out the NEW ITEMS Laura has in her store!   You know, just so you can mentally spend the gift voucher, lol. 
Thanks for Hopping along with us!

I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch for this Card.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Missing You

Hi Friends and Stampers,

Whewwww, I almost didn't get this sketch in.  I am a club 52 member and I wasn't ready to give that status up, lol.   So instead of wrapping and more baking, I wanted to take an hour and a half to get this card made tonight.  lol.   I'll forfit sleep tomorrow night, lol.  I did work a 10 today and have to go back tomorrow for another 10 but I feel lucky to have Christmas Day off. 

Have you had a change to play in our current challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps?  For the next WEEK we will be running this special HOLIDAY BLITZ - ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE!! We have a huge list of Sponsors who are all set to give away some amazing prize packages to lots of our lucky players!!

Today I am using:
MFT PI - Warm Winter
MFT Die-namic Photo Corners
MFT Die-namic Wonky Scallop Border
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers
X-Press It Copic Paper
MME 6X6 Paper
Best Glue Ever!

Thanks for Looking and I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 16, 2013

For My Blogging Friends

Hi Friends and Stampers,

Today starts a special HOLIDAY BLITZ challenge at Loves Rubberstamps Challenges where we will be giving away TONS of prizes with multiple winners! The Holiday Blitz is your favorite.... ANYTHING GOES...theme AND it will last from now until December 30th so you have plenty of time to get your entries in! We will have prize packages to give away from the following companies:

and... Loves Rubberstamps is giving away a $50.00 Gift Voucher!

You will DEFINITELY want to play along with us :) Remember you have until December 30th to get your entries in :)

Do you ever feel like you may never catch up?  lol.  I owe so many of you visits to your blogs and comments that I had to make you all a card, lol. 

I can't wait to see your beautiful entrees and remember, you can enter more than once and since it's anything goes, it's anything you are working on!  Whoo Hoo! 
In case you want to Mentally Spend the $50.00 gift voucher, check out The Loves Rubberstamps Store to see what Laura has!  And you will want to keep tabs on the NEW ITEMS because she is adding all the time!!! 
I hope to get around to all of your wonderful creations soon!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Elf Girl Tag

Hello Everyone!

Happy Holly-Day Friday. It's my day to show you some inspiration on the Loves Rubberstamps Blog.  Whoo Hoo, I am so glad to see this weekend here! What a week. We went to a School Winter Concert on Wednesday and my son played the violin with the other newbies, OMGosh they were adorable. We had our company Christmas Party at the Country Club on Thursday, OMGosh my aching feet are not made for heels, lol. And tonight we are off to another Christmas party. I'm hoping we get our tree decorated this weekend, lol. We got it up on Sunday. In all this holly-day madness, I have another full week next week. The job just gets in the way of all the fun, lol. I decided I needed a tag for a teachers gift, so I whipped this one up in a hurry.

I love this Tag Die and Stamp set, so perfect for making really quick tags and the little PI is one of my fav's, next time I will fussy cut her before I apply the adhesive glitter, lol. This would work for our current Challenge - Anything Goes with a Christmas Theme.
Don't forget about our current design team call! We would love to see what you have been making and have you join us for the Jan-April term.
Keep your eye on the New Items list in the store! You never know when some super cute new images will show up expectantly.
Thanks for Looking and for your kind Comments!!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Anything Goes With a Christmas Theme.

Hello Friends and Stampers,

It's time for a new Challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps - Anything Goes with a Christmas Theme.

CC Design Henry Claus
I am going to come back tomorrow evening and finish this post, lol.  I am so far behind my life this month! lol.  Come on over and join us.
Well, I lied, lol.  Where does the time go?  I hope you have a chance to get inky and join us.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Chocolate for the Teacher

Hi Friends and Stampers,

I had a couple hours to sneak this weeks MFT sketch in!  Yippee!!!  I have been in a Christmas Frenzy since Saturday night when it dawned on Joe and I that yes, Christmas is right around the corner and we have procrastinated as long as we could. lol.   Thank God for Amazon! 

For my card I used MFT PI A Box of Love and the sentiment is from PI Little Elf Girl, I colored them up with my Copic Markers and Inked them up in Memento Black Ink.  I used MME paper 6X6 pack called Merry Little Christmas.  My Die-Namics are Pierced Circle Stax and BluePrints 8.
Thanks for Looking and I hope you are having a blessed season.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Ornaments of Life....

Hello Friends and Family,

I hope you are doing the Happy Holly-Day dance with me, it's Friday!!!  Whoo Hoo!!!  It's my turn to share some inspiration with you over at the Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Blog.  So here is my project:

I love this adorable Snowman and the cute ornaments hanging from his tree branch limbs.  He was fun to color up and easy to fussy cut out.  I am trying to channel some CAS cards, lol.  I simply layered on the two designer papers, stamped my image, glued the fussy cut image onto the image on the kraft and then cut out the ornaments.  I used some glaze glitter for the limbs and the ground and then got out my trusty white jelly roll pen.  I should mention that I colored the image first, lol, then cut it out. 
Do not forget we are having a Design Team Call going on right now.  I cannot think of anyone better to work for than Laura.  If I do a smidge over what's expected, she is so grateful.  She is a lot of fun to design for because she does truly love everyone's projects and she is very active in our design team process and lives.  So if you would like to be part of a big happy family and design team, please apply.  See this LINK for further information. 
Don't forget about current challenge, Anything Goes!  Whoo Hoo, everyone's favorite!!!  I"m off to check out the NEW ITEMS in the store, come along with me.....
Thanks for Looking and for your Kind Comments.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Gotta Tree?

Hi Friends and Stampers,

Wow, hard to believe it's time for a new Challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps.  Time is really flying by now!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  We had such a relaxing and lazy one, I almost hate to admit it, lol.  I made a card.  I watched a lot of football.  Joe cooked the Turkey and most of the dinner.  All I did was serve pie and make the gravy.  I'm spoiled right?  I know.  I just love him for making my holly-days so much better.  Now don't worry about Joe, I allow a lot of gaming time and when it was crunch time on Saturday, I was out there with him working away, lol.  But we had a great dinner and much to be thankful for this year. 

Okay, onto Christmas!  Who's done shopping and decorated?  I really have not started either.  So we will have a busy month ahead of us, lol.  First we need to get a tree.

Isn't she the cutest little thing? She is all ready for decorating that tree.  I did make a few Christmas cards and I hope to get making the bulk of them this next week, when I get off work, after dinner, after study time and before bedtime, lol.  We shall see.  But our current Challenge - Anything Goes, is sure to help you along with your card making this winter. 
I was on facebook a lot this last weekend.  Wow, I cannot believe the stamp companies closing!  Makes me so sad.  Our LSS has closed and the one over the hill on the way to L.A. has also closed.  Is this a sign of things to come?  Do you think people are losing interest in stamping?  I think we need to find some new addicts, lol.   I want to keep it alive and well so our store can stay open as well as my hobby replenished.  So invite new friends and show them what they can do!
Speaking of inviting new friends.  We have posted a DESIGN TEAM CALL for our next term which will be from January 1st - April 30th. You can see all the details in this blog post! We hope you will apply - you don't have to have any experience in design team work, so if you have never been on a team before don't let that stop you from trying :)
I hope to see your fabulous creations!
I am submitting to this weeks MFT sketch: