Friday, July 31, 2015

5th Blogiversary Giveaway!


Hi, all!  I am SUPER DUPER excited today to say that I have been blogging for 5 years this month!  HOORAY!  To celebrate, I've got some amazing sponsors who are giving away some wonderful prizes!

Here are my wonderfully fabulous sponsors~

Each sponsor is a chance to win, so you've got FIVE chances to win!  I guess your next question is, "How do I win?".  Well, it's REALLY EASY.  There are just FIVE rules, since it's my FIFTH blogiversary! ;)
  1. Follow my blog.
  2. Add my giveaway button (later in this blog post) to your sidebar, linked back to THIS POST.
  3. Mention this giveaway in a blog post (or more than one) and link back to THIS POST.
  4. Link up the card you made for your blog post with the link back to THIS POST in the linky list below.  This mention could be in ANY POST for ANY CARD YOU MAKE from today until July 31st!
  5. Leave me a comment below!  Please include which of the 5 prizes you'd like most--you may only choose one! ;)
If you want to make a special card specifically for this giveaway, you can, but it is not required.  Just add the blurb into any old post, and you're golden!  YOU HAVE UNTIL 11:55PM CST ON JULY 31, 2015 TO LINK UP.

That's all for me right now!  I hope you join the fun--I love being able to give away freebies to my fabulous blogging friends!  Thanks for stopping by and for all your amazing support over the past five years.  I feel so blessed to know each of you, and to be a part of this fantastic online community!  HUGS and happy stamping, friends! :)

Friday, July 3, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas: Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Hi, friends!  Welcome to the CASE-ing Christmas "CHRISTMAS IN JULY" blog hop!  There will be prizes from fabulous sponsors, and the challenge will be a bit different from what we usually do, but we think you'll like it!  You should have arrived here from The CASE-ing Christmas blog.  Make sure to complete the whole hop for the most chances to win a prize from our sponsors!

Our sponsors are~

I've made a few cards using different sponsor products, and I'll be sharing them throughout the 2 weeks of the hop.  Up first, my card using a darling image by All Dressed Up!  I CASEd THIS CARD and used the square shape, glitter bling, and strip across the center as my inspiration. Take a peek...

The image I used is called Christmas Post.  I water colored it before adding it to my card.  A white enamel star was added for more shine, and I fussy cut out the sign from a second print out to pop up for more dimension.

I added some ribbon, glitter paper, and rhinestones to the base of the card to finish it off.  I think this is super darling--all thanks to the image from All Dressed Up!  What do you think?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

That's all for me today, friends!  Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by to take a peek at my card!  I'll be back every odd day with another card featuring sponsor images for the CASE-ing Christmas hop--please do come and join the fun!  Don't forget to check out the inspiration from the other gals, too!

Here's the hop list for you to follow~

Your next stop is Asha, so get to hopping!  Afterwards, come back and link up with us.  We cannot WAIT to see what you create for us this month!  HUGS and Merry stamping, friends! :)

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Superstar Birthday!

Hello, friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  Today I've got a fun side-step card using products from The Stamps of Life...with a birthday theme!  Come take a peek...

This fun card base and elements were cut with the Sizzix Happy Birthday Step-ups Card Die Set.  I used Gingersnap, Strawberry, Kiwi, and Sky cardstock. 

The patterned paper is from the Happy Collection Patterned Paper Pad.  I stamped images from the stars2stamp set using Licorice ink.

Some green seam binding ribbon, EXCLUSIVELY from a card kit from The Stamps of Life, finished off the card.  I think this is super fun!  I LOVE the colors--so bright and cheerful!  What do you think?  I'd love to hear in the comments below!

That's all for me today!  THANK YOU so much for stopping by!  I love when you do!  I hope you hop over to The Stamps of Life online store and check out these fun products!  Until next time, HUGS and happy stamping, friends! :)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

House of Cards: Food Image and/or Color Inspiration

Hi, all!  It's time for another monthly challenge at House of Cards, and I do hope you play along!  We've got a fun challenge for you this month--we're asking you to be inspired by either the colors in our inspiration, use a food image, or do both!  Take a peek at the inspiration...

I chose to go with the colors in the inspiration.  I wanted to make try shaping my own paper flower for a card.  I've done this before, but I wanted to make it really fancy. ;)  My inspiration was DT member Gracie's YouTube channel.  Take a peek at my card...

I created a video on how to make this flower, and you can find it HERE, or watch on the House of Cards blog in the current challenge post.  I added some cheesecloth and gold elastic cording behind the flower for more texture.  I am so pleased with this flower!

The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps, from the Safe Harbour Sentiments stamp set.  I did a little selective inking so that the nautical element from the sentiment was not included in the stamping. :)  I was stamped onto some silver shimmer cardstock.  I created the frame using the Deco Labels die set from Stampin' Up! and some gold glitter paper from CutCardStock.

I dry embossed some Fine Gold metallic cardstock for my card panel and then added some pearls from Want 2 Scrap.  This was all matted onto some Silver metallic cardstock and put onto a card base.  I am very pleased with this card!  What do you think?  Please let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I am SUPER excited about our challenge this month, and I hope you play along!  Join us HERE, and make sure to leave some love with the other gals on this amazing team!  We have some FABULOUS new gals this term, and I know you'll love what they've created--PLUS, we have a new look!  Until next time, HUGS and happy stamping, friends!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I think I like...

Hello, howdy, hey ya'll!  I'm here today to share something with you.  Something personal, in a way.  I have been having a ROUGH time the last month.  The first half of June found me in the hospital, then 2 weeks of serious health issues.  The second half has been one tragedy for close friends after another, a car dying on us, and SERIOUS BLOG BURNOUT.  

I was starting to think I should just quit.  And then, I realized what I needed.  I needed some craft therapy.  I needed to make something NON-design team related and JUST for me.  Or rather, for my amazing and long-suffering husband.  He's been my rock through all of this.  Because, you know what?!  I think I LIKE crafting and blogging.  And I think that I need to do more of it FOR ME/those I love, not just for teams!  Thus...this card was born...

This little stamp set has sat in my stash for quite some time.  It was sent to me by a craft friend months ago.  It needed to be used!  Just like my "just because I want to stamp" skills.  I think I like these kiddos...

I think I also kinda like the way my coloring turned out.  I used Spectrum Noir markers, and I made sure to be EXTRA CAREFUL.  It took me over an hour to color these kids.  I didn't care.  It was SO therapeutic to not be on a deadline.

Well, there you have it, friends.  It was really hard to write this post and get real, but it was also part of the therapeutic process.  I hope you enjoy this cute card and like it as much as I do--and as much as I hope my husband does!  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! :)

I'm entering this card into these fabulous challenges~

That's all for now, friends.  Be assured, my monthly onslaught of posts for design teams WILL happen in the VERY near future.  I AM excited for all the creations I have coming up, but I am so glad I got to share this "just because" card with you today!  THANK YOU so much for all your kind words and support--YOU are all amazing!  Until next time, HUGS and happy stamping to you all! :)

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