Saturday, April 16, 2011

Coupon Codes for the Beary Scrap!

Have you seen all of the wonderful goodies Kimm has been getting in at the Beary Scrap? If you've got a shopping list going, then now is the time to go for it! I just copied this from the Beary Scrap blog - and these codes are good through the end of the month.

Maybe one more thing before I go... how about some COUPON CODES? Would you like some? Really??? Well, okay then. Here it goes, and here is why. It is SPRING! That means summer is just around the corner. Our first daffodil bloomed today, and that brought a HUGE smile to my face. I wish summer would last as long as this past winter did. Granted, we are dealing with a lot of rain right now; however, April Showers Bring May Flowers and I can't wait to see leaves on the trees and flowers blooming in my flower beds! Enough gibber-jabber... here are your COUPON CODES for our shop...

  • Save 5% off your order of $25.00 or more use APRIL
  • Save 10% off your order of $50.00 or more use SHOWERS
  • Save 15% off your order of $75.00 or more use BRING
  • Save 20% off your order of $100.00 or more use MAY
  • Save 25% off your order of $150.00 or more us FLOWERS

Friday, April 15, 2011

Chapel Road Stamps Inspiration

Yay! It's Friday and the weekend is here. Time to get crafting, and oh yeah, finish up my taxes - eeek! This month at Class Act/Chapel Road Artstamps, we are highlighting spring images. I used DaVinci Botanicals and colored it with Faber-Castell water color pencils. I edged the stamped image with gold Smooch ink. The papers are from Butterfly Garden from Pink Paislee. The tissue tape is from Tim Holtz . And I made the flowers with punches.

Did you know that you can now use any stamp for the challenges at Class Act/ Chapel Road? The current challenge is Anything But a Card. Head over to the Class Act Blog to enter. If you use Class Act or Chapel Road stamps you are entered twice. The random winner will get a stamp of their choice. For this challenge, you have until Thursday April 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. We are just getting these challenges going, and would love to have lots of players.

CPS: sketch
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Distressing
Truly Scrumptious - Vintage

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Core’dinations Creative Frenzy

I won some Core'dinations Cardstock several years ago - and since then, I've been hooked. I love all of the cool techniques you can do, and it's even more fun trying to come up with new ideas. So, I'd love to share with you some projects that I made using this versatile paper.

1. Love Wall Hanging: This is a large wall piece - Each wood frame is 10" square - without any embellishments.

I drew the patterns for my flowers and hand cut them , and shaped them. The Core'dinations is perfect to manipulate and really make the flowers life-like. I sprayed Helmar's Vellum adhesive on the pond lily and sprinkled it with glitter to give it shimmer like drops of water.

For my lily pad, I made my own embossing folder to match the pattern of the leaf, and embossed and sanded it.

The letters were a really heavy chipboard that I covered with the crumpled cardstock that was then sanded. I also used the Cosmo Cricket/Core 'dinations embossed paper to line the back of the shadow box frame.

I used the Melody Ross Chip Art tools to deboss my flower name onto chipboard tiles.

Then, I used a dymo label maker with the Core'dinations to stamp out the Latin name of each flower.

For the Easter Lily, I painted the paper white. It's such a nice, heavy paper, it held up great for this technique.

2. Imagine is a layout I created and got to use many of my favorite distressing techniques. I tore some of my edges, sanded, inked the embossed areas. I used Helmar's PVA glue to stamp butterflies from Layers of Color Art Stamps. I let this dry, and then misted the paper with Glimmer Mist.The flowers are made from Ralph Lauren fabric that was stiffened with Helmar's Fabric Stiffener.The leaves were stamped using a Heartfelt Creations stamp, and then torn. My title was cut from Cricut (this paper cuts like a dream ).

3. School Days Mini Book - I really love the vintage feel of this chalkboard effect paper from the Cosmo Cricket/Core'dinations line. The letters were also from a page in this collection, I just cut them out and glued them to the chalkboard. The image is a stamp from Pink Persimmon - I just colored her skintones with Copics, and the rest of her was paper pieced and layered.

Thanks so much for looking!

Simon Says Stamp and Show: Distressing

Flower Soft Blog Hop for April

We are so glad to have you joining the fabulous Flower Soft® team on an inspirational blog hop featuring projects using Die Cut Dimensions - Wild Flowers and The Wine Buffs - Papercraft Kit! You should have come from my fabulously talented friend Debbie Seyer's blog. If not, be sure to head over to the Flower Soft Blog to get started, so you don't miss anything. Make sure to finish hopping by April 19th at midnight CT, because the winner will be announced on the Flower Soft® Blog on April 20th. If you get lost along the way the complete hop list will be posted on the LinkFlower Soft® Blog.
Be sure to comment on every blog in the hop. One lucky person that comments on one of the blogs will be chosen to receive a $50 Flower Soft® shopping spree!!!
I chose to use the Winebuffs Papercrafting kit for my card. It has so many fun ideas for stacker cards, stairstep cards, shaped cards - lots of cool things. The designer paper is also from this pack. I framed my stacker with a Spellbinders die and punched a wine bubble border at the bottom.
From here, it's time to head over to another of my very talented friend's blog - Dina. I know she will have something wonderful to share with you!

Card Patterns: sketch
Papertake Weekly: Truly Dimensional
Alota: April Fools (Something Funny on your card)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Beary Scrap - Sketch with pastels

It's the second week of our sketch challenge at the Beary Scrap - and the Design Team decided to challenge ourselves to use pastels. I don't really work well with pastels - so this is as close as I got! You may have to hunt for my sketch a little - but it's right there on the center panel!

I was delighted to jump into using Butterfly Garden by Pink Paislee. I used the papers, baubles, Ephemera and the Clear Pops. Many of the embellishments are already sold out, but Kimm will be getting more in. I used a Prima mask, and added some Glimmer Mist to help frame my center panel. I thought this layout would be the perfect spot to highlight the May Arts Sheer Woven Rosette trim. I added Kaisercraft pearls to the center of each flower.

You have until April 14th to play along with our sketch. We would love to see what you come up with!

Stamp and Show: Distressing
Simon Says: Spring Colors

Monday, April 11, 2011

To the Best Husband!

Two years ago, I was blessed to marry my best friend! I really can say, that I have never regretted it for even one second. Besides being one of the sweetest men that has ever walked on this earth - I have to say how amazing it is that I can completely be myself around him. We can laugh together, cry together , dream together and we will grow old together. Every day my life is better because of you! Richard, I love you will all of my heart!

Now that everyone has shared my sentimental day, I'll tell you a little bit about my card. I wanted to enter this in the JustRite challenge - which was a color challenge. And, in all of my tons of designer paper, I just didn't have anything that fit the bill. So, I used my Parisian Anthology papers from Pink Paislee, and Glimmer Misted them to match the challenge. Then, I used some of Faber-Castell's gelatos to stamp the small flowers onto my background paper. The stamp is from JustRite's Fancy Labels set. I also used the gelatos to add more intense or contrasting colors around the resist designs. My sentiment is from Baroque Nested Frames and Sentiments. Finally, I got to use one of JustRite's exclusive Spellbinders die, Nested Sentiments to cut my frame and photo corners.

Thanks for looking!

JustRite: Photo Inspiration
Stamp and Show: Distressing
Simon Says: Spring colors
Sketch Saturday: sketch

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Belles n Whistles Blog Hop Winner

I chose my winner for the Belles n Whistles Blog Hop on Friday. The lucky winner is Denise. Denise, I sent you an email on Friday. I will need to hear from you by 11:59 on 4/11/11. If I don't hear back, I will draw a new winner.

Edited: I never heard from my first winner, so I redrew Beate Johns - I've already heard back from her so the Fairy Fond Thoughts will be heading her way. Congratulations Beate!