Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Dickens Christmas-And a Freebie too!

Here is the winner of the Ornament Blog hop!  Please send me your physical address so I can send your prize out!

39.  Maryu said...
Both ornaments are beautiful--not sure which I love more! I'm follower 687. Thanks for sharing your talent.
December 18, 2011 9:02 AM

Wow, Christmas is almost here!  Only a few more days.  This little elf has been very busy in her craft room putting together lots of cards and tags.  As you know I am on the design team for Copic Markers Scrapbooking and the last set of stamps we had to work with were all based on the Charles Dickens story "A Christmas Carol".   These images are for sale at the store to help you keep Christmas in your heart all year.  If you go peek at the link they have a free image to share with you too!
Here is what I created:

"God Bless us, Everyone"

Monday, December 19, 2011

Snow Day!

All the little children here in Boise have been wishing for some Christmas Snow...but alas, it looks like an endless stream of cold days with sunshiney skies.  (Well, along with the inversion!)  But in the spirit of all things fun and hopefully adorable, I created this card that I think exemplifies the excitement for the first snow.

The image is another adorable Mo Manning digi stamp.  She reminds me of my grand daughter with that happy little face.  More details and items used are available below.  I am entering this card into 2 challenges.

Items Used

Friday, December 16, 2011

KinderstampO Christmas Ornament Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Heartstrings! I am happy to be a part of this wonderful blog hop showcasing all the fantastic handmade ornaments.  Thanks to Jess for all her hard work organizing this event.  If you have been hopping along from the beginning, you probably arrived here from My Quilling Nest.  If you came upon this post all on your own, you can hop on over to the very beginning at KinderstampO.

All of the blogs in this hop have a fun and unique ornament to share with you.  We also intend to give one away. In my case, I will be mailing out one of my handmade ornaments to a lucky person who visited this blog and leaves a comment.  By leaving that comment you also will be eligible for the grand prize giveaway.  Details about what that entails are at Jess' blog as well.

One more thing I would like to a 2nd bonus to the randomly chosen winner..I will also give away one of my very own stamps from Shelley Bean Stamps.  The only extra requirement will be that you please become a follower here and tell me that you did on your comment post.  ( a reminder...when I reach 700 followers I have a big box of prizes ready to ship.  If you want to participate in that...please read the info at this LINK.)
And now...on to the ornament!!
Here are the supplies I used to create my Vintage Christmas Ornament
I went to the dollar store and bought a tube of plastic, very plain Christmas balls. Choose ones that have a smooth surface.  There were 6 in the package for $1.  Really, how can you go wrong?  Using the Ranger Glue N' Seal I decoupaged little pieces of the Tim Holtz tissue tape all over the ornament.  Don't be afraid to be generous in the application.  It dries to a nice smooth matte finish.  After it was dry, I rubbed a little distress ink into the ball.  Next I used a generous application of Distress Crackle Paint.  After this was dry I rubbed in a little more distress ink and finished it off with some Rock Candy Stickles.
After some consideration, I liked the look of this ornament but thought it would be just as effective to use regular paper.  I bought an old used paperback of Shakespeare a year or so ago just for moments like this.  I tore a page into tiny little pieces and adhered them to the 2nd ball in the same fashion.  Much more economical and don't tell Tim Holtz, but it was easier to work with than the tissue tape too!  Following the same steps...Here is how it turned out!

Here is another look.  I love the crackle effect.  I hope you do too!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  If you are ready to continue on....please hop on over to Tanya's Blog.
Remember to become a follower and leave a comment if you would like to own one of my ornaments AND own one of my original design rubber stamps.
Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Day 3 Copic Marker Scrapbooking

Good Morning!  Here are a couple more fun new images to share with you that recently went for sale over at Copic Marker Scrapbooking!  Look back through my last 2 posts if you missed the rest of the release.  I hope you take a moment to come and visit the store and while you are there you can also browse through all those amazing Copic markers for sale.  Also, there is a free digi image at the Design team blog as well!

 We are working on getting some more images ready to share in the next few days before Christmas!  Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Copic Marker Scrapbooking Digi Release Day 2

Good Morning!  There are some fun new images to share with you that recently went for sale over at Copic Marker Scrapbooking!  Here is day 2 of what I created to share.  I hope you take a moment to come and visit the store and while you are there you can also browse through all those amazing Copic markers for sale.  Also, there is a free digi image at the Design team blog as well!

So much fun!  I have a couple more to share with you tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Release Stamps

Good Morning!  The design team has some fun new images to share with you that recently went for sale over at Copic Marker Scrapbooking!  Over the next few days I will share them with you.  I hope you take a moment to come and visit the store and while you are there you can also browse through all those amazing Copic markers for sale.  Also, there is a free digi image at the Design team blog as well!

Tune in tomorrow for another!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Non-Traditional...and yet...

Hello friends.  This evening I decided to put together a non-traditional card with a very traditional image.  I LOVE this image from Maurie Manning!  It makes me feel nice and happy inside when I look at it so it was especially fun to color with my copic markers.
I decided to use non-traditional paper because I liked the way the Bo-Bunny "Welcome Home" patterned paper gave the image a dreamy look that seemed to fade to what could be fog, mist or even snow.  It in fact reminded me of home on the Southern Oregon Coast.  We would climb the mountain behind our home on what was usually a misty-moisty day to find our perfect Christmas tree.

And the song?  Also non-traditional.  Joni Mitchell wrote the song in 1971 and it has been covered by many artists since then.  I have a couple very favorite versions, the 1st one is by the band, Heart; and the 2nd is here by the artist Sarah McLachlan.  Take a listen and I hope you enjoy!

I am entering this card into the challenge going on over at Mo's Challenge blog too:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Anniversary Card

On Tuesday of last week I had another special request from a co-worker to create a 40th anniversary card for our Director. Of course, being the crazy woman I am I put aside all Thanksgiving plans and Design Team projects I needed to be working on to make the card.  It had to be huge in order to hold 180 signatures, and so I halved a 12 x 12 piece of paper and also made a page insert for more surface.  The outside is just all the handmade flowers I have been making lately.  Kinda purty!  (I think it may be a little over-the-top)
Unfortunately I was running late this morning to work and didn't have time to take a better picture than I did...but hopefully gist of how it turned out is evident.  If you are interested in how to make the flowers on the card as well as products can follow the links below:

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving today and I decided to share with you an album I created using all the fabulous Teresa Collins supplies now available at Scrapalicious USA.  Wow, these items are gorgeous.  I created a video to show you page by page what I came up with too. This post will be heavy with links to take you directly to each item I highlighted on this project as well.

Supply List

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankful~ and a Freebie too!

On the eve of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share the new release on these adorable images available to purchase at Copic Markers Scrapbooking.  This is the newest design team that I have been added to and I had such a fun time coloring these with my Copic Markers.  I hope you enjoy them and agree along with me, that these are adorable digi stamps that anyone would love to work with!  If you pop over to the blog there is also a free digi image for you to enjoy!!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mo Manning & Scrapalicious

Hey friends.  I love those Mo Manning Stamps and I love the paper craft supplies at Scrapalicious.  What a combo!  I decided to create this card using both!

I am entering this card into the current Mo Manning Challenge.  Also, why not check out the really cool products available at Scrapalicious.  This paper is so beautiful and this image is so precious.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Banners, Pennants & Flags-Paper Patch Crafts Challenge

Hello!  I apologize for being gone for the last few days.  Where has the time gone?  I completed a very simple card to show on the Paper Patch Crafts Challenge blog this week.  The theme is Banners, Pennants & Flags.  I used some of the beautiful paper available at the store too.

I used my sew-easy to make the border around the sentiment.  Fun stuff.  What a simple card to put together, but really one you could use for about anything.  (I like those kind.)  We hope you will come and join us in the challenge this week.  Oh...and the prize we are giving away to one lucky winner is a rubber stamp from my very own collection at Shelley Bean Stamps!  :)  See you over there!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Scrapalicious Challenge-2x2x2

Hello and welcome to Wednesday.  This week the Scrapalicious Challenge is 2x2x2.  What you may ask is that?  It means, 2 papers, 2 embellishments and 2 of your choice.  Make anything you want following that formula!  Can't wait to see what you will create.  Follow the link above and join us!
Here is mine:
Just a fun little tag.  I used all kinds of fun products that can be found at the Scrapalicious USA store.  Check it out!

If you want to learn how to make the Sunflower, use the tutorial I did!  Here!

Please stay tuned for next Wednesday...I have a very special project I look forward to sharing with you...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Copic Cubbie Adventures

Hello friends.  Today I thought I would briefly share with you something I made.  It's not my best effort, to be sure, but it will come in handy!  About a year and a half ago when I starting playing with Copic markers and decided they were probably the best coloring marker ever created, I wanted a way to keep them handy and accessible...and above all else somewhat organized.  I searched around until I ran across this very cool shelf organizer.  LOVE it.  The shelves are slanted downwards so the pens stay put and it only takes up about 5.5" space on my desk.  The only problem is, all my pens were crowded together and mixed up because I never found money in the budget to buy a 2nd one.  (How would I afford more pens if I spent money on their shelf?  That's like spending your last dollar on a wallet and then having no money to put inside of it)  But, one day when I went looking for the Studio 3 website where I bought mine, the site no longer existed!  WHAT?  But, all was not lost...

I came across a very creative lady at a blog that took the idea of the shelf and ran with it.  You can read about her adventures HERE.  I tried using the dimensions she listed and they were a great starting point...but I really wanted mine to match up more to the shelf I already bought.  And you may wonder how I managed to build this handy dandy shelf without spending a fortune on wood, saws and sanders?  That's simple....FOAM BOARD.  I thought it sounded lame and cheap at first.  But, really all it was...was cheap!  It's much sturdier than you would imagine.  I don't think it's so lame.  Do you?

The one on the left is mine.  Yes, it's not as pretty as the one I bought, and the dimensions are not perfect because I am math challenged, (please don't look too close at that first shelf) but the Foam Board cost me a whole $1.97 and I already had a craft knife and hot glue gun.  Now...I have room to fill it up with more Copic Markers.  YAY!  And if I get too crazy...I can always build another shelf!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Scrapalicious Challenge-Thanksgiving

It's Scrapalicious Wednesday!  That means another challenge awaits.  This week is about Thanksgiving.  If you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, then how about anything you are thankful for?  Here is a card I create using all kinds of items I acquired from the wonderful Scrapalicious USA store.

This roses are something I am especially proud of and wanted to share one more time how I created them!

Items Used:

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Paper Patch Crafts Challenge-Gratitude!!

This week I was selected to host the challenge blog at Paper Patch Crafts.  I decided I would center the challenge around Gratitude.  November is the traditional month to remember what we are thankful for, and the 1st thing that comes to my mind is always my wonderful family.  Lately, it's been Grandchildren!  I don't have very many photos yet of my new grandson, but hope that I will very soon.  In the meantime, I decided to create another layout centered around my adorable granddaughter.  This was a photo that was taken while her grandpa was holding her at the park, and I loved the way the light touched her face.  Anyway, I also wanted to share with you how I made it.

The paper was acquired from the fantabulous store Paper Patch Crafts.  This particular line is Kaisercraft Chanteuse Collection.  I also used a touch of the beautiful Webster's Pages Lace also available to purchase at the store.  The roses are ones I created myself, and will share with you a video tutorial I created to show how I constructed them.   I would appreciate your feedback!
Please come and join us at the challenge going on now through Saturday, midnight.  Anne, the owner of the store has generously provided a prize for the challenge entry randomly chosen.  I would be so flattered and honored if you would come and participate in the challenge.  All you need to do is create any project that is centered around gratitude, or what you are thankful for.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My Memories Halloween Contest

As if there hasn't already been enough Halloween posts already this year...I have one more!  My Memories is holding a contest at their blog for Halloween layouts.  I threw this one together this evening.  I was going with the free elements I already had and still have not opted to buy anything yet.  (especially not Halloween ones) but am sure my days are numbered because there are so many fun options over there.  Anyway, here is mine to share.

Fairly basic.  I am still learning the program and what I can do with it.  It's all for fun though.  If you'd like your own copy of this very cool product you can get purchase it at the link to the left of my page.  Oh, and use my code'll get $10 Off!  Woohoo!!

Happy Autumn

It's time again for another Challenge over at Scrapalicious USA.  This week we are celebrating Autumn with our creations.  I know in some parts of the world, they are gearing up for summer.  Not here.  The leaves are falling off my tree outside my window here and that wonderful smell is in the air.

This week I made a tri-fold card using a Magnolia Stamp I bought from Scrapalicious USA.  She's a happy little girl rolling in the leaves that were freshly raked.  I remember those days!

Items Used
skin- E11, E00, E000, R20
Jeans- B37, B34, B32
Shirt- R29, R27, R24, R22, R20, W1
Leaves- YR21, Y23, E99, E97, E31, YR16, YR24
Hair- E18, E15, YR21
Boot- W1, W3, W7

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Just a quick post to say Happy Halloween! Here is a super simple treat bag idea I made out of some Scraps, my Cricut and some clear envelopes.  So easy!!

Here is also a picture of my son and I at my Uncle's Halloween party Saturday night.  Have a spooky day!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Digital Software Winner Results!!

Thank you all for your participation in the MyMemories Software giveaway!  I used a random generator from the comments left at my post and the generator chose:
JKclark said...
I "liked" their facebook page and let them know you sent me!
OCTOBER 22, 2011 1:07 PM  

Congratulations!  Send me your email and I will send info to get your free copy of the software.  

I will be offering more freebies in upcoming weeks and months.  Also....if you'd like to purchase this software there is a link off to the left of my page along with a code you can use to get $10.00 off the purchase price!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

My Memories also creates movies!

I have been spending some time playing with the My Memories Digital Software program I received a week ago.  And wow!  There are a lot of things you can do with this.  There are so many FREE files to download along with the program that you really don't even need to purchase another thing to get the full benefits of this program.

I by no means have even scratched the surface of what I can create with this software...but did want to show off a Video I created with some pages I built of mine and my husbands combined families.

Don't forget...there are still a few days left to enter the drawing where I am GIVING AWAY a free copy of this very same digital scrapbook software from  Go and sign up HERE and follow the instructions.  It's really simple. 

If you are interested in purchasing the software instead, just click on the link off to the left column on my blog and use the code I have provided to save $10.00!!

I hope you enjoyed my video!  Please, tell me what you think!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Spooks Challenge!

It's time again for the Scrapalicious USA Challenge.  This week it is all about Halloween Spooks.  I decided to fall back on one of my very own images from Shelley Bean Stamps.  I did something similar to this last fall for a wall hanging I made with my husband.  You can read about that here.  

This time, I decided to make a spooky looking card.  I am gearing up for the next installment in the Twilight movies with "Breaking Dawn" and so decided I would think along that theme.  Sort of...

This is an awesome textured product for purchase at Scrapalicious USA

Ahh...the spooky red eyes!
You can purchase these stamps at my site OR you can also find them at Scrapalicious USA!  We hope you will come and join the challenge!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Paper Patch Crafts Challenge #2

Hi everyone!  Come visit us at the Paper Patch Crafts Challenge Blog!  We have a layout challenge going on right now through Saturday midnight.  It's a sketch challenge. I made this cute layout of my grand-daughter.  My son was practicing his French lessons while I was making the layout...hence the title!

Here was the sketch:
Add a little hand or machine stitching to your layout.  It takes a little effort, but it really made the page a little more special!
Come join in the fun.  As always there is a wonderful prize for the winner!

Fave Mo image and sentiment Challenge

I love the Mo Manning Digi Stamps.  They are oh, so cute! I have a few of her rubber stamps too, but the digi images are so accessible and inexpensive.  Most are just $3 each.  Check it out!

I am entering this card into the challenge going on now...A favorite image and sentiment.  Seriously...a favorite?  They are ALL favorites!  The one I am using for my card is one of the 1st images I bought. I just thought it was cute.  It really is more summertime looking I think, and I know we are well into Autumn now...but it's fun to see a little happy sunshine still too.  Besides, it's nearly summer somewhere!  Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fine and Dandy

Don't forget to enter the challenge for the FREE digital Scrapbook Software from My Memories.  Check it out HERE!

I thought I would share with you a mini album I created using the My Minds Eye Fine and Dandy True Blue line of Products from the Scrapalicious USA store. Oh how I love this album.  As some of you may little grandson was born October 19th and I actually finished this album the morning he came into this world.  I hope his mommy and daddy enjoy filling it full of photos and memories.  Lots of photos to share...and then links to the products I used and where they can be purchased.  I admit I totally lifted this idea from my friend Jenni...I fell in love with hers and had to purchase the items needed to make one too!
The chipboard album is perfect to dress up anyway you want.

Using the spellbinders die I made little tags throughout the album for journaling

The chipboard accessories are so adorable!

Items Used: