Friday, August 15, 2014

It's All About the Fantasy at A Creative Romance

     Happy Friday!  I am here to share my design team card for our next challenge at
 A Creative Romance.  The theme of this challenge is  FANTASY!!
      Well, I promise you I could not go with the first idea that popped into mind, but the next best one was to work with my favorite of all fantasy images, a mermaid. I cannot pass up the chance to color up any mermaid I see!  Before we get to my card, I have to tell you that I purchased a very inexpensive camera the other day as my expensive one broke. I thought this would hold me over until I could fix the other. Well, this little camera (for under $100) has been a blast to work with and it has the coolest features. From choosing to only expose one of four colors (blue in above pic) to the "blur" in the bottom pic, it takes amazing pics and I am having so much fun.  If you want more info on the camera I purchased, just email me!
     Now, on to my card. This image is an oldie but goodie. As some of you know, my son moved out to a new apartment and his room became my new craft room. I love it! Well, as I relocated my stamps, I found this mermaid by Stampendous. I never colored her until now. I wish I could give you her name but she does not have one!  It is just "Mermaid".  You can find her online and in stores. Here is my card in color...

      My mermaid is colored with copic markers on Make it Colour cardstock.  I used a combination of some old "By the Sea" dp with a new paper pad, "Seashore" by Prima. I added my favorite "underwater" die cuts, "Decorative Elegance" dies by Marianne Creatables (they are a set).
       I distressed the edges of my papers with a distress tool and then inked with Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain inks. The two shells on the bottom right are from Prima's Shabby Chic Treasures.  Last the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, lace from Live and Love Crafts and Pearls from Recollections.  Speaking of pearls, I dropped a blob on white paint pen when making the dots of "pearls" in her hair so I covered the smear with my own flat back pearls and some swarovsi crystals. Here is a close up:

      Thanks so much for your kind comments.  Please stop by A Creative Romance Challenge blog and see what beautiful cards my "Chic Crafters" teammates have created to inspire you. You will have two weeks to enter our "FANTASY" challenge.  You may be selected to win a prize from one of our fabulous sponsors on be one of our next Top 3! Have a great weekend!

        I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Art by Miran- Anything Goes

 Southern Girls Challenge- Texture
 Simon Says Stamp - Summer
A Random Fan- Paper Patterns
Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Summer Colors


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dog-Gone Mojo!

      Hello All!  It seems like forever since I posted a card! I seemed to have lost my "mojo" a few months back and then "life" had a way of taking over so there was little time to create... and when I did have time, nothing seemed to click!
     So what do you do when you lose your mojo??? Seemed everything I touched ended up in the garbage.  So, I took the pressure off and just "played" and waited for my muse to return- LOL! I switched gears and knit a ton of silk scarves, crocheted a baby sweater and little girl's dress (which I gave as gifts), and even learned Tunisian crochet!  I took several jewelry making classes, and even created my first ever real flower arrangement at a local library class. I then made lots and lots of ceramic art coasters. ...Hmm, maybe my mojo never left after all. Maybe it just wanted me to play with "other" toys!  
    Eventually I had to face them- my dreaded copics- and we mutually agreed to make friends! I revisited my manuals, books, video tutorials, pinterest inspiration and took some online classes. I turned to my design teammates and the amazing work on blogs and facebook sites for inspiration, and before I knew it, I was "feeling it" again! 
    Recently, I came across this adorable little rubber stamp, "Dr. Autry" from A Random Fan and I got back to coloring and making cards. She is available on ETSY  as a digi stamp, but I bought and used the rubber stamp HERE at Quick Creationz!  Using Alyce Keegan's Kit & Clowder Copic classes, I used this adorable image to practice coloring hair!
  Here she is just as I finished coloring her and was trying to match up papers! Isn't she adorable?

    And here is the finished card...
      The design paper is from LOTV's Nit Wit 8x8 paper pad, "Perfect Pair".  I just love this paper pad!  I layered the dp with Bazzill cardstock and a square doily.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the leaf die is from Cheery Lynn Designs. I believe the nesting dies are from Quickcutz.  Last, but not least, Create with TLC on Artfire never fails to provide a digi sentiment that fits any occasion and "Under the Weather" Vintage image and Sentiment set worked perfectly!! 
      Another close up, this time with her "glitter" and Glossy Accents on her glasses ..
    That's it for now. Thank you always for your kind comments. I would LOVE to hear what you do to find your "mojo" when it goes wandering!  For me, it means time to play in another playground, learn more and get playing outside that box!  Have a great weekend!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge- Get Well
Creative Knockouts- Doily Fun
Milk Coffee Challenge- 2 or more die cuts 
 7 Kids Challenge Fund- Anything Goes/Sentiment
Inkspirational - Use Markers or Pencils
Deep Ocean Challenges- Summer Colors 
 Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart- Anything Goes 
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge -Anything Goes

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Little Darlings July Guest Design Team Call

Be Our Guest! Be Our Guest!   

The Little Darlings Rubber Stamps Design Team could be inviting YOU
 to join us as our Guest Design Team member for the month of July! 

If you would like to be in the draw to be

our Guest Designer for the month of July,

here is what you need to do:

- Link only your name using our Inlinkz on the LDRS Inspiration Blog HERE.
 (You do not have to link a project, just your name and link to your blog or email address) 

-The Inlinkz will begin now and end on June 22nd at midnight.   

-One entrant will be randomly selected using
and announced on June 23rd  on the Inspiration blog and both our Facebook sites. 

-Once notified, the winner will be receive any 2 character stamps of his/her choice
from the current inventory of the LDRS store
  (that includes our new CanidBean Summer Luvin Collection!)
which will then be sent for the designer to use in two (2) creations 
for the month of July. (Dates will be provided to the winner)

Additionally, those two creations will be featured on the LDRS Inspiration blog and 
will be posted as banners on our Facebook site
for the entire month of July!

You also get to display our Guest Designer badge on your blog!

 Everyone has a chance to join us! Good Luck!

Friday, June 6, 2014

"Summer Luvin" - LDRS Blog Hop & Lots of Surprises!

 Happy Friday!  I have so much exciting news to share with you today!
 First, Little Darlings Rubber Stamps is celebrating a brand new 
Here are the 7 adorable images that are available in the store right now!
Next, all of our new collections of rubber stamps will now be 
and learn more HERE.

Last, but not least, 




Play along with our Puzzle Blog Hop!

1. Visit each of the dt blogs below (scroll to bottom of post)
2. On only four of the blogs, a puzzle piece will be planted.
3. Your job is to identify which four images match each of the four puzzle pieces !
4. When you can identify all four images by name,  leave a  
COMMENT ON THE INSPIRATION BLOG  listing the four names of the images
as your comment. Three lucky winners will be randomly selected and one winner will receive
the grand prize of the entire  "Summer Luvin" collection!
Hint: Here is one of the four puzzle pieces. Can you guess what image?
One down, three to go!

Before you begin to hop (blog hop list below), let me quickly share my Inspiration card...For my card, I have chosen "Blackberry Penny" for my image.

My image is colored with copic markers. The DP is Maja Vintage Summer Basics,  
Lovely View die by Little Darlings
 sentiment from "Garden Sentiments stamp set by Little Darlings,
Glossy Accents on berries and pearls/flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Now, Let's Hop!

Angie Hunt

Ann Marie Governale (you are here)

Ruby Montes

Sharon Caudle

Alyce Keegan

Sara Winter

Barbara Grbec Rebersek

Tammy Houghton Cunliffe


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

You and Me- Anniversary Shadowbox

     Spring has arrived and I have loved each and every day the past week!  Loving planting flowers and just being outdoors.  I am stopping by to share a 25th Wedding Anniversary Shadowbox that I was commissioned to make.  I am loving making these 8x8 shadow boxes.  As you know, the 25th anniversary is a "silver" one so I was asked to work with those gray, black and white colors.  For my image, I selected a truly versatile digital stamp called "You and Me" by Tiddly Inks. Because I had to get this gift to the recipient by this afternoon, I took these pics with my Iphone. I think you can still see all the details!.
  My image is colored with copic markers- C1 and C3 and Colorless Blender for her dress and W7, 5, 3 and 1 for his suit. The dress is embellished with lots of Decor Art Glamour Dust.  (Had a bit of a "gunking" issue with the E's used for the hair and skin but I cleaned off the nibs more frequently to prevent the blobs and shine that can come with using them a lot.)  I stamped some floral images from Stempeglede off the edges of the image with Pumice Stone distress ink and also distressed the edges of all the papers and images with it.
     I began with a white 8x8 Shadowbox that I purchased at Joanns.  Next, I had a hard time finding any design paper in paper pad format with the colors I needed, so once again, I turned to the fabulous Rasberry Road Designs and got an immediate digital paper pad download of their Happily Ever After Paper Set (while you may not see it in this picture, has delicate script and faded doilies throughout) and the Happy Anniversary Paper Set (Word Collage design paper).  I love the word art paper with all the phrases associated with love and marriage!  Each paper set has coordinating paper, label and embellishments to go with them so do check them out!
Digital Paper Tip:  If you are worried about what paper to use to print out these digi papers, let me share what I do and a tip someone in blogland shared. I will either use digital cardstock (sold at Craftworks) or HP Brochure paper. The cool tip I read was to use the WHITE BACK of a one-sided piece of design paper that you don't like or won't use. Cut it to the size your printer takes (usually 8.5 x 11 inches) and voila! You have a beautiful design paper and on the paper weight and feel you like with your printed papers. Also you can import these papers into Photoshop to change colors or contrast and size them to your needs.

    The beautiful white and taupe roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The white lace and gray rhinestone crochet trim are from Live and Love Crafts.  I computer generated the sentiment as per the recipient's request.  Cheesecloth and pearl embellishments are from my stash.  Here is a close up...

  Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a great week!  Thanks also for your kind comments.  I will be entering this project in the following challenges: 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

7 Kids College Fund plays with Sugar Pea Stamps

   What a beautifully sunny Saturday morning here in New York.  After this winter, there is such a huge appreciation for days like this! Hope everyone has some fun and relaxing plans for the weekend. Today, I am posting my last card for 7 Kids Challenge Fund. It has been wonderful working with Tab and the 7 Kids Design Team, and I am grateful to have been a part of such fun challenges!  I have shopped at 7 Kids Challenge Fund store for years...Tab has the latest and greatest products at great prices and super fast shipping! Stop by and check out the latest CHA products!

     Today, the Design Team at 7 Kids College Fund has teamed up with Sugar Pea stamps to promote the newest clear stamps called "The Bean Stalk" collection,  now available in the store.  Before I share my card, let me tell you that Tab is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the store to one lucky winner. Just head back to the store blog HERE and link up! While you are there, you will see the rest of this new stamp collection featured on all the design team cards- and all in one place! No need to hop around.
     For my card, I selected "One Big Hoppy Family". This is such an incredibly versatile stamp set- it features images and sentiments that work for Easter, Spring, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Family!
      My image is colored with copic markers.  Parts of the image are coated with Glossy Accents, Shabby White Frantage and Deco Art Glamour Dust. The design paper is from Maja's 6x6 paper pad- love, love, love Maja papers!  The flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts.The beautiful lace is from Live and Love Crafts. I just love working with these Spring colors!
 Thanks so much for stopping by. Please visit the other Design Team members' blogs to get a look at all the other stamp sets from  Sugar Pea stamps. Each design team member has a fabulous creation for you that features one of the stamp sets. Don't forget to head  back to the store blog (link above) for a chance to win the gift certificate... leave some love for the design team while you are there!  Have a great weekend!  As always, thank you for your sweet comments!

I will be entering the following challenges:
Cut it Up- Mother's Day
QKR Stampede- Mother's Day
Savvy Handmade Cards- Butterfly  
Die Cut Divas- Use a die cut and one embellishment
Crafting at the Weekend- Anything Goes
Red Rubber Inspirationals #118- Mom
 Stampin Royalty- Mom

Friday, April 25, 2014

Use those Scraps- A Creative Romance Challenge

Good Morning!  Seems like forever since I posted my dt card for A Creative Romance. Life pulls you in different directions at times and there is only so much of me that can go around, so thankfully I am back!

For our challenge, the Chic Crafters chose "Use those Scraps" as its theme. For the next two weeks, you can enter your creations interpreting the theme any way you choose.  Scraps can come in the form of scrap paper, embellies or whatever material you have "a little bit left" of and want to incorporate in your project.  You will have from now until May 8th to enter for a chance to win a voucher from Live and Love Crafts or be selected as one of our Top 3!
For my  project, I am posting the companion to the earlier Easter shadow box that I was commissioned to make. This time, the colors I chose are yellow and turquoise- a great Easter or Springtime combination. I had one leftover piece of Pion paper, scraps of cardstock, one piece of yellow mottled design paper from an old 12x12  paper pad, and a small piece of gorgeous Live and Love lace to use on my project.  I also used up some square doilies that I had left over from other projects- love these doilies.

The image is from Crafts and Me, called "Dusk" by Sara Burrier.  She is colored with copic markers and embellished with Frantage and glitter.

 The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the sentiment is from Create with TLC.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Why not hop over to A Creative Romance blog and take a look at the inspirational projects created by the Chic Crafters. We hope to see your entry over the next two weeks!  Have a great day!
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