Silver and Gold Christmas- 7 Kids College Fund Challenge

       Good Morning.. Seems like ages since I posted a card.  Today begins another great challenge at 7 Kids College Fund- "Anything Goes".  While the design team added a twist of "silver and gold" to the inspiration cards, it is ALWAYS an "anything goes" challenge and I am sure you will be inspired by their creations!

       Before I share my card, I would like to share a little story... the past month or so has been a rough one for me.  It began last month when we had to put down our dog, Amber, whom we have had for 14 years.  I could not seem to move beyond it. 
     One day soon after, my son returned from the mall telling us there was a new puppy store there. I asked hubby to take me there- just to play with a puppy - in the hopes that I would feel better in some way as I just ached to pet a dog again.  Well, amid all the adorable fur babies, I saw this little puppy.  I asked to hold her and through tears, I felt this instant connection with her but also the sadness of missing my Amber at the same time.  Crazy, right? No, I did not bring her home that day because I had read that all the experts warn you, after the loss of a pet, to wait at least six months to see if you really want to bring another pet into your life or to make sure you are not trying to replace the one you I left without her committed to following their advice.
     As the days went by, I could not seem to get her out of my head and heart.  It wasn't any dog that I wanted, it was this one.  The house seemed too empty, too big, and after sharing with so many friends in blogland, on design teams and here at home, I learned that perhaps the real "expert" advice is your own "inner wisdom" and sometimes you just have to follow your heart. Two weeks and a couple of visits later, I did do just that, and I finally brought her home, thanks to my son, Timothy, who bought her for me.
    I would like to introduce you to a new member of our family...Here is our new little girl, "Maggie" at just 5 lbs and 12 weeks old.  She is a Peagle (beagle and pekingese).  I never heard of this breed before and she could have been part Martian for all I care.. I just had to bring her home!  I know nothing will replace Amber's place in our lives and hearts, but I also know that my heart is big enough to want and love another fur baby! It is a tremendous amount of work - I had forgotten just how much :) - but she adds so much fun and happiness back into our home that it is all worth it.

     Now, on to my card for today!  As I mentioned above, the challenge at 7 Kids College Fund  is "Anything Goes" but the design team thought it would be fun to add a twist of "silver and gold" to the challenge!  
***Remember to be eligible for the $20 gift certificate or the Top 3, 
you have to use a stamp carried in 7 Kids College Fund store.  ***

    I decided to create a vintage Christmas card using touches of gold throughout. I just love to work with these images, especially when you want to create a card quickly- and who doesn't want to do that during the holiday rush!

     The image is from my Pinterest board HERE where I collect vintage photos and use them for my cards.  I imported the pic into Photoshop, and used the oval shape tool to crop it.  Then I printed it on ivory cardstock and cut out using an  oval Spellbinder die.  I mounted the image on the Spellbinder Floral Oval Nestabilities. For the mat and floral oval die, I used ivory glitter cardstock.
     I embellished the image with a metal corner in gold, gold and white flowers from Kaisercraft, Wild Orchid Crafts and Live and Love Crafts.  I also tied three gold bells under the flowers and on top of the gold and white ribbon, from my stash!  The sentiment is also from my stash and it is attached using a Tim Holtz Memo Pin. 
   Thanks for stopping by. Why not hop over to the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge blog to see the other lovely inspiration creations from our design team.  We would love to see what you create!  Have a great day!
The products used on this project
are available at 7 Kids College Fund store

Allison's Ring Bearer Pillow

    By the time this post goes live, I will have just attended my neice Allison's Bridal shower.  I wanted to share the ring bearer pillow I made for her with you. While it is not a card, nor did I usepaper, I did use a gorgeous vintage brooch from The Ribbon Girl - HERE- that helped tie it all together.
 The pillow case was sewn with satin and lace in white.  Over it, I added a band of eggplant ribbon (bridal party color) and over that, a band of bridal teardrop of pearl/lace trim. 

I sewed white satin flowers and then added store bought smaller satin flowers on top of them.  I also purchased the flimsy eggplant colored flowers which were "pins" and removed the pin back and sewed on.  On top of the flowers, I added rhinestone bling buttons an brooch.

Under the bottom white flower, you will see three bezels. The bride wanted to include pictures of her and the groom's grandparents on her pillow, so I purchased the bezels HERE and used photoshop to size the images to one inch square, affix with Amazing Glaze and when dry, add Glossy Accents over. The bezels come with a glass cover which attaches last when dry to protect the image. The bride can untie the bezels after the ceremony and use them elsewhere or put away as a keepsake.

And here is the lovely brooch from The Ribbon Girl to tie it all together...  I have purchased several of these gorgeous Vintage brooches and they are such high quality and brilliant pieces.  Since it is a pin, the bride can also detach from the pillow and wear it or also use again and again.
I also want to share a fabulous pic of the display at her shower. It featured the wedding gown of the bride's grandmother, who was my mother in law, who sadly passed away a few years ago. Alongside it is an antique vanity decorated with vintage items including the mother of the bride's headpiece and all items that were mementos of the bride... like walking into a time capsule! In the frame is the wedding shower invitation that Allison will also have as a keepsake of the day.   It was such a beautiful touch to a lovely wedding shower that was so much fun and so beautifully decorated with mementos and treasured items.

  Have a great day!

Wish Big!

    Good Morning!  For my card, I selected "Wendy's Bouquet ".  I colored her with copic markers (Bv00, 11, &17/W7,5,3, & 0) 
This image, like the other Candibean images,  is so versatile, whether for birthday or Valentine's Day, all you have to add is a coordinating sentiment and you are good to go! For those who have asked HOW I PACKAGE OR SEND these thickly embellished cards, please check out my FAQ page .  There you will find info on the specific size box envelopes I use, as well as other great tips and resources !

and a close up of this adorable image...

Thank you for stopping by and, as always, for your kind comments!

Christmas 7 Kids Style Blog Hop

     Happy Saturday!   I have some exciting news to share and a great blog hop to launch today, but before I share my card, I want to send out a huge "thank you" to the design team at 7 Kids College Fund for inviting me to join them!  Tab's store was one of the first online stores where I purchased my "goodies" when I began papercrafting years ago.  I continue shop there for so many of my cardmaking and scrapbooking supplies!
      The Design Team at 7 Kids College Fund is featuring a Christmas Blog Hop- 7 Kids Style!  In addition to my new dt members, there are some very special guest designers who have joined us for our Christmas Hop (see hop list below).  In addition to seeing some great Magnolia Christmas creations,

Here is how you can win:

1. Make your way through all the blogs on the hop (see list below) and leave a comment on only each DT member's blog.

2  Return to the store HERE and leave a comment on the store blog telling us how you liked the projects featured.

3. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 13th when we will announce the winner on the store blog!

     For my card, I chose two images and masked "Tilda Singing Christmas Carols" and "Frosty the Snowman Text".... they are among my "oldies but goodies" stamps that just never go out of style!
     The image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with copics. I used Jen Dove's Copic Color of the Day for "Blood Red" (R14,R46, R59 & RV99) for Tilda's coat and hat, and "Asparagus" (YG03, G94 & G99) for her tights.  I have all her Color of the Day cards on my Pinterest page HERE- What a great reference!!  I added Stampendous Frantage in Shabby White around the image, along with Deco Art Glamour Dust and Tim Holtz distress ink in Walnut Stain and Stormy SkyThe "fur" on Tilda's hat and coat was created with Liquid Applique in White. I coated Tilda's wings with Judikins Diamond Glaze after coloring them with copics.

  The design paper is from an old K& Company Christmas pad called "Vision of Christmas" by Elizabeth Brownd.  I fussy cut a page so the tree was in the area I needed and embellished around it.  I added some roses, lace and a metal corner along with a sentiment from Great Impression stamps.

  Thanks so much for stopping by. Follow along the blog hop below to see more fabulous Magnolia Christmas cards- 7 Kids Style! Don't forget to follow the rules above for a chance to win! Good Luck!

Let's HOP!!!

Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Tilda's Town- Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas- Traditional Colors
Crafty Bloggers Network - Christmas
Penny Black and More- Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations- Christmas
Jingle Belles- Holiday Traditions
Jo's Scrap Shack- Things with Wings
Just Add Ink- Masking
Color Me Creative- Frosty & Cold
Crafty Calendar- All Things Christmas
Sweet Stampin- Anything Christmas


A Merry Vintage Christmas

    Good Morning! Can't believe October has come and gone so quickly.. now we gear up for the holidays which seem right around the corner.  How excited am I to be posting a card as a guest designer for Live and Love Crafts! Gasp!  Last week, actually on my birthday, I was reading facebook messages from family and friends, and Sandra popped in with her invite to join LLC for its November monthly challenge!  What a coincidence and a very cool birthday present!
      I learned about Live and Love Crafts sometime last year from Alyce and I was immediately hooked.  From the Maja and Pion design papers to the bling and baubles and gorgeous, gorgeous lace- and so many unique, "you-won't-find-them-anywhere-else" embellishments...well, I became addicted! Everything is packaged like a beautiful gift, and my purchase arrives to my New York home all the way from the UK in no time...If you haven't visited, you must - but I warn you, you will find yourself going back again and again and again...
     This month's challenge is a "Photo Inspiration"...
   For my card, I decided to use a color combination of the ivory and red (and a touch of green) from the inspiration photo.  I also used a Vintage Photo as  my focal point.  I imported this lovely image into Adobe Photoshop Elements, and as the entire image was in black and white, I "tinted" just the little girl's flowers and headband  a deep red to match my Maja design papers. I also added a "vintage" filter to give the entire image a more grainy, vintage look. (If you click on the "vintage photo" link above, you will see the difference).

     The design papers are from Maja's "It's Christmas Time".  The frame around the image is a Sizzix Thinlit Fancy Rectangle Frame which I love to use with vintage images. All edges of the design paper, image and die are distressed with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo distress ink using the Inkssential Blending tool.  Beneath the image, I layered the gorgeous Lace Alencon and then Rhinestone Lace over it.    I am a big fan of the  Shabby Crinkled Seam Binding that is hand dyed at LLC, so I used the bright white (a great color to have to dye your own colors) and dyed it myself using a mix of Aged Mahogany distress ink and water.  Once I got the color I wanted, I twisted and scrunched it up until it dried. I added tiny rusty jingle bells and Stampin Up crystals on top of the ribbon knot.
    For some final touches, I added a vintage metal filigree corner in copper (LLC has five colors), Shabby White Frantage and some beautiful Kort & Godt Rolled Roses in ivory and bourdeaux on which I glued small pearls.  The holly leaves were actually large holly leaves and I used a MS holly punch to make smaller ones out of them.The sentiment is from a clear stamp set that I have had forever stamped with Rangers Archival Inkpad in Plum.
      Why not visit the Live and Love Crafts Inspiration and Challenge blog to see the unique ways the Design Team has interpreted this photo, then please join us by posting your creation! Thanks again to Sandra for letting me play with the design team this month!   Have a great day and thank you for leaving a kind comment.
I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Challenge- Ribbon
Incy Wincy Designs- Red and White
Christmas Card Challenges- Bows
The Corrosive Challenge - Bingo (Flowers, Sentiment and Layers)
My Heart Pieces- Anything Christmas
Simon Says Stamp- Anything Goes
 The Color Throwdown- CTD 266
Simply Create Too- Bingo (Ribbon, Embossing, Bow, Lace, Stripes)
Crafts -Too Challenge You - Vintage Monochromatic Christmas 
 Scrapping4Fun- Christmas

"Always & Forever" - A Creative Romance Challenge

     Woo Hoo.. it is Friday...hope you are able to play a bit this weekend.  Today begins another great challenge at A Creative Romance. The "Chic Crafters" have decided that "Metal" is our theme for the next two weeks, so we hope to see your creations there!
     I really want to begin by saying how grateful I am to the ladies I have met in blog land who willingly share ideas and take the time to teach me what they know whether through emails back and forth or via facebook... I also want to thank my sister who, during her visit today, decided we should try something "new".

       It all began yesterday when I saw a card on Pinterest that I just loved, both for its simplicity and its elegance. Thanks to watermarks,  I traced it to the Joy of Scrapping blog, left a comment and within minutes, got an email from the artist (Joyce) explaining how she attached this lovely ribbon to her bride silhouette.  Here is her beautiful card:

  Cut to today. My sister came over to visit and I showed her the picture of this card. I told her how I wanted to try to do a similar card, but I did not have the silhouette image.  I looked through my stash of stamps and recalled that I had a Stampendous Bride and Groom wood mounted stamp that might work. Here is a pic of the stamp I used...
     It wasn't a "side view"silhouette image, but with my sister's prompting, and with NO plan of what I would use, (which is sooo not me) we decided to give it a try. Out came boxes of lace and tulle, flowers and glue.. it looked like my craft room blew up!  So, here is my first attempt at using lace to embellish a stamped image. 

      I stamped the image on Make it Colour cardstock.  I colored the groom with copic markers and distressed the bodice of the bride with distress ink. I cut around the outside of the image. Then I used half inch lace from The Ribbon Girls and twisted and ruffled as I glued in place. I cut the lace in strips and did one layer at a time rather than work with one long piece.  I began at the bottom and worked my way up. On the final piece, I threaded the lace through the Diamante Buckle Slider, also from The Ribbon Girls, and tucked under the edges of the lace and glued in place. I embellished the lace with small pearls. Another idea would be to add a teeny tiny bow with my shabby seam binding, if I can learn to tie one!
       As the lace added dimension to the image, I stamped ONLY the top of the dress a second time, distressed it with Walnut Stain and Tea Dye and added Glamour Dust, then I attached with pop dots to the bottom image!
       All three design papers are from one 6x6 page of  Pion's "For Father"- a fab blend of brownish gray (from Live and Love Crafts) that can only be perfectly matched and matted by a one-of-a-kind cardstock color "Smokey Shadow" by Papertrey Ink.  I love the clock faces that are in the design paper as it went so well with the Just Rite stamped sentiment.Since I cut away the hangers from the stamped image, and because this is a "metal" challenge, I added Tim Holtz metal hangers that were "frantaged" behind the image and a metal corner. The final touches were crystals, pearl and tiny light and dark pink roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. 
      Thank you for hanging in there and reading all the way to the end of this long post! I look forward to trying this again, but next time with all my materials in place first- LOL!  Why not hop over the A Creative Romance challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team has created, and then put your pedal to the metal (had to say it) and join us!   Have a great weekend, and, as always, thank you for leaving a kind comment.  
   I will be entering the following challenges:

Dreams Do Come True

    Good Morning... Today I colored up a lovely image called "Masquerade".
   "Masquerade" is colored with copic markers and Polychromos pencils. I am just beginning to work with these pencils and have taken a few online classes but, as with any new technique or medium, it takes practice, practice, practice! The design paper is Kaisercraft's "Romance."  I inked the edges of the dp's and die cuts with Tim Holtz "Vintage Photo" distress ink.

Although the pics do not show it as well as I would like, the colors in the dp, the roses and on her dress DO match... I think the lighting creates a slight difference in the shading!  I have wanted to play with the "mask" die from the Spellbinder Venetian Accents set for some time, and when I saw this image, I knew it would be perfect for this card.
  The lovely ribbon and pearls are from Live and Love Crafts.  The flowers are a mix from Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.
  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. Have a great day!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
That Craft Place- Think Pink
Hiding in My Craft Room- Color It
The Hobby House- Roses
Alphabet Challenge- R is for Roses
Stampin for the Weekend- Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons -Ribbon
7 Kids College Fund- Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps- Make your Mark
Paper Pretties- Embellish it
Cards Galore- Flowers
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Ribbon
Crafty Cardmakers- Shabby Chic
Path to Positivity Challenge- Hope

The Faith of a Bird- Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge

   Good Morning and Happy Saturday...hope this post finds you well.  A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to be a guest designer for a challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  I love their challenges and the design team is always an inspiration with their gorgous creations. The challenges feature shabby chic and vintage cards on all sort of themes.. the one that I am participating in is "Birds or Bird Nests".

  I love birds. I have several feeders in my backyard and I position them so I can see them indoors or out from my patio door in our main living room... I just love to see all the different bird that come and visit.  For two years, we had robin's nests in our yard and we actually watched the eggs hatch and the robins eventually fly out along with Mama, and just like this sentiment, they do it knowing they can fly!   So neat...

   Since my "birds and bird's nest challenge" card also had to have a vintage or shabby chic style,  I decided not to color an image of a bird, but decided instead to use a sentiment and silhouette image as my focal point. I purchased this digital set from from Create with TLC/Artfire and it features two images and three sentiments!  It is called "Faith of a Bird Vintage Image and Word Art ". Now I decided to make the silhouette of the bird on a branch image "transparent" yet visible, and then have the sentiment appear stamped over it.  To achieve that look, I simply copied and pasted the bird on branch image into a Word document, and sized it.  Then under "format" I selected "recolor" and then "transparent".  It immediately faded the silhouette image which is just what I wanted. Then I copied and pasted the sentiment and placed it over the image and sized it to my liking. Since they are "png files", you can be creative with merging the images and sentiment. I printed it out on heavy weight ivory cardstock. I apologize if the photo does not capture the silhouette as much as it appears in person.
    The design papers are from Pion. I tore the edges, then distressed them with my Zutter tool and Vintage Photo distress ink.  I also sanded the edges of the green cardstock (thanks Fleur) for a more distressed look. That gorgeous lace and shabby seam binding are from Live and Love Crafts.  I added three pearls (birds eggs??) on top of the ribbon. I stamped a script image on my canvas bird and attached to the design paper along with a metal corner from LLC.  Last, the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.. I did do a bit of stitching here but I must say that my machine did not like the thick Kraft cardstock and the feed dogs were working overtime, so next time I won't be testing this sewing machine with thick cardstock!  I think I may invest in a less expensive machine for sewing on paper.

   Thanks so much for stopping by.  Why not visit Sugar Creek Hollow challenge blog and see what the design team has created.  I promise you will be ooh-ing and ahhh-ing at the lovely vintage creations..why not join this challenge as well?  I am sure the girls would love to see your creations! Have a great weekend and, as always, thank you for your kind comments!

Challenges I will be entering:
365 Cards- Vintage with Lace
Crafty Ribbons- Anything Goes with Ribbon #66
Sisterhood of Crafters- Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy's Challenge- Shabby Chic
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Ribbon or Lace
Craft your Passion- Embossing #184
Crafty Cardmakers- Shabby Chic
Ooh La La Creations- Things with Wings
Craft Room Challenge- Our Feathered Friends
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday- Burlap or Canvas
Inky Chics- Favorite Sentiment
Daring Cardmakers-Digital
The Hobby House- Roses

Fairytales or Winged Things- A Creative Romance Challenge

     Happy Friday!  Hope you have fun plans for the weekend.  I just love this time of the year. There is a bit of chill in the air and Autumn is certainly beginning to show itself.. such a pretty time of year here in New York!
   Today also begins a new challenge at A Creative Romance.  Our last challenge had over 350!!   The theme for our challenge which will run for two weeks is one of my favorites...

Fairytales or Winged Things

   For my card, I selected one of my favorite digital images, "Winter Fairy Halla" by one of my favorite artists, Mo Manning.  You can find him HERE at Mo's Digital Pencil along with some adorable new images, too.  I just bought a few more and I can't wait to color them up!
    "Winter Fairy Halla" is colored with copic markers (see colors below).  I mixed some deep blues and then blue greens over to get a rich deep color.  I also played with some color combinations from my Copic Pinterest Color Board HERE.  I just love Jen Dove's "Copic Color of the Day" and am grateful that so many designers post  those fabulous color combinations for the rest of us to play with!
     The design paper is Whimsy's "Winter Blues" a very pretty vintage paper pad. The edges were distressed with my distress tool and Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress inkpads.  I added some pearl lace and bronze metal corner from Live and Love Crafts, Tim Holtz border snowflake diecut (that I have had for over a year and never used)  which I ran through my xyron and then added glitter, and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. The crystals are from Stampin Up and of course, "Halla" got a little blast of "frantage" and Diamond Stickles.  Last, but certainly not least, is the sentiment from the "Simply Snow" digital image set at Create with TLCIf you haven't checked out the digital sentiments from Create with TLC, you are missing something special.. I don't think I have ever NOT been able to find a sentiment that worked with my images, whether funny or inspirational!
      Please pop over to A Creative Romance Challenge blog and take a peek at the incredible creations the Chic Crafters are hoping will inspire you. Then find your "wings" and "fairytale" images or designs, and join us!  Our sponsor for this challenge is

 Live and Love Crafts

     Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave some just makes my day!  Have a great weekend.
Dress: B99, 97, BG09, 04, 02
Wings: BG000, 10, E00
Skin: E000, 00, 21, 11 and 04, R20 
Hair: E50, 31, 25, 29

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

 Sparkles Forum Monthly Challenge- Fairies 
 Artistic Inspirations- Bright Colors
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Something Blue
Crafty Cardmakers- Winged Things
Love to Scrap-Run for the Border
Crafting When We Can- Seasons (Winter)
Color Me Creative- Anything Goes
My Creative Moments- Seasons
Oldie but Goodie- Dies & Punches (Snowflake Border Die)
Mo's Digital Pencil- For the boys
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Christmas Fairies and Sparkle
The Outlawz Alcohol Marker Challenge- Anything Goes w/ a Christmas Twist
Stampin for the Weekend- Fairies

Our Love is Forever - Crafts and Me "Lovely Lace" Challenge

     Good Morning. Just stopping by to share my very, very late design team card for Crafts and Me.  The theme for this challenge is "Lovely Lace."  - one of my favorite themes!  Can you ever have too much lace?

    Sadly, this is going to be my last challenge with Crafts and Me- it has been such a wonderful experience to create alongside such talented designers!  Teresa has made some new changes to the store over the summer, so why not have a peek HERE and see what is new! Also, Teresa has changed the Crafts and Me challenges in that they now are monthly, so you have plenty of time to enter your "Lovely Lace" creation!

     For my card, I used a Hannah Lynn digi image called "Amanda and Axel".... What a sexy vampiress...just love her "fangs" and I loved coloring her up for Halloween as my "lady vampire" card!  Halloween is not such a big deal in  some parts of the world, but in the USA it is celebrated in all its fun and macabre form! I just love all the fun recipes, decorations and the spooky atmosphere surrounding it!
       "Amanda and Axel" are colored with copic markers. The design paper is Echo Parks' "Chillingsworth Manor"  and I distressed all the edges with the Zutter distress toolIt is a really fun double sided paper pad to use for Halloween.  I added my go-to black netting behind my image and since it is a "lace" challenge, I added black lace beneath the image.  Bats were punched with a MS punch and the large bat is a sticker I had.  The orange roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Now I realized after I glued everything down that my image is lined up exactly with the orange dp... NOT what I had planned! The image should be rotated to the right but I was fussing with the netting and somehow attached the image that way.. I was not chancing taking this apart so wonky it is!
    I must say I had a lot of fun with my "picture frame!!  It was made with Delight Air Dry Clay. Both the clay and the Ornate Cameo Frame mould are now available at Crafts and Me.  The image was computer generated in Word and I changed the font using a font called "Face Your Fears" at DaFont.

    To create a shiny looking shabby, "metal" frame, I used Black Soot Distress Ink, Inka Gold Paste by Viva Decor, Dylusions Black Marble spray ink and Glossy Accents.  Visit my PINTEREST BOARD HERE on Clay, Resin and Molds for more ideas.
     Here is what I did:  After the air dry clay is removed from the mould and totally dry, about 24 hours, add some Black Soot distress ink to the blender tool or sponge and lightly color frame, especially the sides.  Afterward, lightly dab a tiny amount inka gold paste on the raised areas of the frame with your fingertip. Gently wipe off any excess with a tissue. Next, over your non-stick mat or paper towel, spray two spritzes of Dylusions Black Marble onto your mold.  You can turn over mold and dab up excess ink if you missed a spot but, again, be gentle. (Do not soak your clay with too much spray or it might "melt" the frame with too much liquid.  This is such a strong color, that two spritzes really does it and that is why I also suggested the distress ink first- it cuts down on the amount of spray you need to use.) Quickly pat excess spray gently with a paper towel.  When dry (which is in a few minutes) I added a couple more dabs of gold paste and then covered the frame in Glossy Accents. Let dry and you should have a shiny, creepy and old looking frame.  If the inside of your frame is difficult to color, just run a copic or sharpie marker inside to coordinate with the color of your frame!  With all the colors of inks and Viva Decor pastes, possibilities are endless.  This is similar to the Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay and you can use it in her molds as well.

 I added a sentiment and poured some red MS glitter at the bottom of the frame (inside) along with some "blood red" swarovski crystals..Next, I am going to add foil and make a creepy mirror instead of a sentiment! 

    Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a kind comment...I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

 7 Kids College Fund- Anything Goes
Creative Belli- Yellow, Orange (Dress) & Red (lips) Color
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
(Pin)spirational Challenge- Picture Inspiration
Craft your Passion - Fall Colors
 Haunted House Designs- Halloween 
 Marker Pop- Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenge-Halloween
The Ribbon Girls- Peach or Orange
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge- Anything Goes
Crafts- Too Challenge- Texture
Inspire Me Fridays- Anything Goes
Scrappin4Fun Challenges- Two embellies + a quote (seasonal)
 Simply Steampunk- Layers

"Geek is Chic"- Violet Vintage by Saturated Canary

  Just wanted to stop by to share a card I made for all those going back to school this week! Teachers and students alike are all getting their "school" on and shopping for new books and looks as they get back to all that "fun" stuff like getting out of bed early, studying for tests, and the dreaded of all things... having so much homework!!   This card shares my view that being smart is not only cool, it is sexy!  With that in mind, I colored up "Violet Vintage" by Saturated Canary.

  "Violet Vintage" is colored with copic markers (colors listed below) and embellished with Glamour Dust and some Stampin Up rhinestones for buttons on her dress. I just realized her name and the colors I chose match.. well, well, well.. talk about the power of suggestion!
Another view:
Card Recipe:
Rubber Stamps- "Violet Vintage" 
Stempelgede- Vintage Garden
Copics: RV99.95, 93 & 91
Lace/Velvet Ribbon- The Ribbon Girl
Flowers- Wild Orchid Crafts
Ek Success Paper Punch- Binding Border 
Sentiment- Create with TLC
Other: Vintage Photo Distress Ink/Stampin Up Rhinestones/Glossy Accents/Pearls/Gesso

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day and I wish everyone going back to school has a GREAT year!! xxx  I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafts4Eternity- Back to School
Wags n Whiskers- Back to School
MilkCoffee Challenge- Back to School
Divas by Design- Lace
Sisterhood of Crafters - School
Just us Girls- Distressing
Dynamic Duos- Color Challenge
7 Kids College Fund- Anything Goes with Alchohol Markers
Make it Monday- Anything Goes
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CAS (Clean & Simple) - A Creative Romance Challenge

   Good Morning and welcome to another challenge at A Creative Romance. The "Chic Crafters" have decided on "Clean and Simple" for this challenge, which will last for two weeks. Now, I am a huge fan of "CAS" cards because I admire how artists can create with so little "stuff"... ironically, they are the hardest for me to do.  You would think being relieved of having to sort design paper or select and place embellishments would make it easier... but sadly, it does not. So I turned to my Pinterest board for CAS Cards for inspiration and I found a card by Jennifer Macguire that inspired me HERE.

    I stamped a large floral stamp from the "Discover Your Wings" set by Taylored Expressions onto watercolor paper that I then distressed with my Zutter distress tool.  I embossed the image with clear detail embossing powder and my heat gun.  Then, as Jen did on her card, I sponged Wild Honey and Broken China distress ink over the embossing with the inksentials blending tool. I spritzed the paper lightly with Biscotti Perfect Pearls and that helped blend the colors and give the image a sparkle.  Last, I added pearls and  Prima  butterflies. I did stamp the sentiment on the card but as it was over the watercolor and embossing, the image looked quite faded.  I restamped on separate watercolor paper, distressed with the same inks and popped up on the card.
   It really was quite simple and also a lot of fun to play with embossing and distress inks once again. I can't wait to get back to that Pinterest board HERE and try so many more of the clean and simple techniques that inspired me.
  Please hop over to our challenge blog to see what the Chic Crafters Design Team has created. By the way, we welcome two new designers to our team, "Dee Dee" from Dee Dee's Card Art  and "Alby" from Loshakerato Alberto's Scrappy Moments who have posted their clean and simple creations with us.
   Have a great day.

Listen to the Song of the Sea- A Creative Romance Challenge

    Today begins another great challenge at A Creative Romance. The Chic Crafters have decided that since it has been hot, hot, hot most places, that our theme would be ...
  "Beach Babes" 
    I am also "double dipping" today as I am posting this card on the Crafts and Me blog to showcase one of the new digi images Teresa has in the store!  As Teresa is in the process of revamping the Crafts and Me store, she is having a HUGE CLEARANCE SALE at Crafts and Me...with 50% off selected stamps, pads and other products, you need to grab your bargains now - once gone, these items will not be back!  
    For my card, I colored up a new Hannah Lynn digi image from Crafts and Me called "Maui Princess."  I think she qualifies as a "beach babe"... don't you?  She is colored with copic markers, and I added some "pearls" with my Sharpie White Opaque marker in her hair and on her body.  
     The design papers are a paper pack from Close to My Heart that I bought some time ago and I do not have the name of it. The camera did not capture the different peach tones in the dp behind my image but the coordinating papers feature blues, turquoise and peachy/orange colors.  The papers were distressed with my Zutter distress machine and Vintage Photo distress ink.

     I embellished the image with some goodies from Live and Love Crafts- jute ribbon,  and grandpa's pocket watch mini . I especially like the new "ring fasteners" from Tim Holtz which are actually brads. I opened the jump ring on it, attached the pocket watch charm and closed it up again, then pierced a hole in my dp and inserted the brad. Another nice way to hang those great charms.  Last, I added some flowers, brass brads, frantage and brass metal corner.  The digital sentiment is from Art Fire- Create with TLC from their "Serenity of the Sea" collection.

     Thanks for stopping by.  Why not hop over to A Creative Romance challenge blog to see what the Chic Crafters have created to inspire you. We also have a "surprise guest" designer joining us... You have from now until August 15th to create a project and add it to the Inlinkz on our challenge blog!  We can't wait to see your beachy creations. One lucky winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Quixote Paperie!

Have a great day and, as always, thank you for your kind comments!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chics- Bling
Color Throwdown- CTD253
Divas by Design- Favorite Color Combo
LEJ Designs- Distressing or Paper Tearing
Marker Pop- Lovely Locks
613 Avenue- Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox- Nautical Sea Life
Sugar Creek Hollow- Water, Water
Alphabet Challenge Blog-Something Mini
(used mini grandfather clock embellie)
Digi Haven-Life's a Beach
Simply Steampunk- Metal

Saturated Canary - "You're My Cherry on Top"

   Good Morning!  For my project today, I chose to color up one of the new rubber stamps from Krista Smith's Saturated Canary line called "Cherry on Top".  It's somewhat "CAS" for me, but that image has to take center stage!  How cool, too, that the sentiment comes with this rubber stamp! I stamped it just as it was situated on the rubber, but you could trim it apart to be able to place the sentiment anywhere you want or use separately!

     Of course, she is colored with copic markers, and her dress and gloves got a nice dose of Glamour Dust and Diamond Stickles. The design paper is "My Mind's Eye Blush Lost and Found Two". I love that it had both red and pink to match the colors in my image and a vintage look. I added some Snow Tex to the "frosting" on her cupcake, too! 
    The dp is distresed with both Brushed Courduroy and Tattered Rose distress inks with the distress tool.  I love to add Brushed Courduroy over my color inks to tweak the colors. I shaded around the image with Pebbles Iridescent chalks and included some pinks in the "blue sky" around her. Rolled Roses, white metal corner and ribbon from LLC.  The little cupcake is a button from Michaels (with the shank removed) and the pearls are from my stash. Oval Dies are from Spellbinders.  Here is another look at this sweetie...

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day, and thanks always for leaving your kind comments! 

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Ribbon or Twine -A Creative Romance Challenge

     Happy Wednesday... yes, I am a few days late for my challenge post for A Creative Romance challenge blog.. I have had some "life" issues to deal with and thankfully, all has ended well, so I am back crafting and visiting your blogs! My"Chic Crafters" teammates have selected Ribbon or Twine as our challenge.  The challenge will run from now until July 14th, so hopefully we will see your creations entered! The sponsor for this challenge is THE RIBBON GIRL! 

    For my entry, I am using a digi stamp I stumbled upon in a new ETSY shop. This adorable image is called "Abi Ballerina" by Wendy Burns Designs.  I was just smitten by Wendy's images the first time I saw them and I just had to buy this little ballerina... and a few other stamps by Wendy as well!  It made me realize all the more, with all the controversy going on about illegally sharing stamped and digi images on the internet, Pinterest or social networks, how important it is to support our artists by buying directly from them or the stores that distribute their images. If our talented artists cannot afford to continue to create the images we love to color, we will not be able to create our cards and projects with their unique designs...Let's continue to support our artists and let others know to do the same!  'Nuf said!    
     Abi Ballerina is colored with copic markers and embellished with Diamond Stickles and lots of Shabby White/Gold Glitter Frantage.
     The design papers are taken from an old 6x6 inch paper pad from Imaginisce called "Enchanted".  I do not know if anyone has it available anymore but I am sorry I did not get more when I got it!  The die cut is a Marianne Doily die. I computer generated the sentiment (a Hopi Indian saying) that I found on the internet, but I used a font from DaFonts called "Pea Noodle's Girlfriends" which you can download free HERE. It fit the theme of the card well. I have a PINTEREST BOARD HERE that features lots of fonts if you are interesting in adding them to your computer. You find the font you want, click "download",  (I save it to my desktop), then right-click on the icon on your desktop and select "install". It installs right into your word processing program and becomes part of it so you can select it as you do any type of font!
     The flowers and heart pearls are from WOC, the white metal corner is from LLC but I added some "Bridal Tinsel" embossing powder to give it some sparkle.  The pink and white gingham ribbon bow (challenge theme) amid the flowers is from my stash.  Here is a close up of this pretty ballerina...
         I hope you are inspired to join our "Ribbon or Twine" challenge. Please visit the blog to see what the rest of the "Chic Crafters" design team has created to inspire you! Have a great day.  I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Just Inspirational Challenges - Inspired by Colors in Picture
Songbird Challenges- Ribbon
The Outlawz- Color Challenge
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Pink and White
Digi Makeover Challenge- Anything Goes
Marker Pop Challenge- Anything Goes
The Crafting Muskateers- Ribbons and Pearls
Oozak- Anything Goes with a Girly Theme
Paper Creator's Crafts- Think Pink
Totally Gorjuss- Anything Goes with Circles
The Ribbon Girls- Add a Bow
Penny's Paper Crafty- Pink
Crafting for all Seasons- Bingo, Pearls/Digi/Flowers

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