Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hello - I'm back!

Good afternoon! Whew...moving is a lot of work! We have now been in our house for an entire week, and I can probably say we are a little over halfway unpacked - and slowly continuing to dig our way out of boxes! We have taken a little bit of time out to get a Christmas tree, make a gingerbread house, and spend time with family, as well as get started on homeschooling in between. I also seem to have been knocked down with a nasty cold that has stolen my voice, which is a bit inconvenient! 

But, in the middle of it all, I have been itching to get crafty and make a card! So, even though my craft room is FAR from unpacked and set up, I was able to scrounge a few limited supplies, and sat on the floor and put this together for a couple challenges that I have been watching roll by:

The first challenge was one I saw this morning - the brand new Runway Inspired Challenge:

Next up, I loved the new Altenew Challenge (and was super excited to be one of the winners of last month's challenge!) - and though it's hard to see in the photo, the sentiment is stamped in gray ink, since I couldn't find a black ink pad!

I also added some bling I happened to find, so I thought I would link this up to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Bling it On:

I used two new Altenew sets that I received in the mail but hadn't had a chance to ink up before moving - Lacy Scrolls and Sentiments and Quotes. I found my PTI inks, so I used those, adding two shades of colors for depth, and stamping off some of the leaves. Added some pattern paper from an American Crafts paper pad, and a bit of bling from Eyelet Outlet.

Thanks for stopping by today! I will be back soon with a winner from the World Card Making Day Winner hop - sorry I'm late, but even though we have been in our house for a week, we only JUST got internet today. I have a lot of catching up to do!
Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

MCS Challenge - World Shape Christmas Card

Good morning! Excited to share my card with you today for the new challenge at My Craft Spot: Christmas Shape Cards!

I used a file from the Silhouette Store and my Cameo machine to cut out this shape - making it 5 1/2 inches across - nice and big!

I glued the layers together, and added a soft layer of inking with white pigment ink around the edges to help it pop a little. 

Next, I die cut a banner using Straight Ribbon Banner Metal Dies, and heat embossing my sentiment on there from Christmas Banner sentiments, then attached it with foam adhesive for a little pop of dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Distress Peony Watercolor Resist

Good morning! Dropping by with another card I made for the recent publication call that never made it to acceptance emails - had lots of fun with distressing on this one:

This is a perfect fit for the current Virginia's View Challenge - All Things Distressed:

I am also linking this up with Unity Friends with Flair.

For the flower, I used Donna Peony and heat embossed in white, then watercolored over the top for an emboss resist effect. The sentiment is from Wordy Buck, and I stamped it off a couple times in a shadow effect. Used my Tim Holtz distress tool to distress the edges, added some pattern paper from MME and Glitz Designs, then inked the distressed edges and wet them a little so the distress ink would bleed away a little. Added some jute string to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!!!

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop

Good morning! Excited this morning to be playing with my Newton's Nook Designs goodies this morning and joining them for a fun holiday blog hop this morning!

I still can't get enough of the cuteness of Holiday Hounds, so I decided to use that set for my card!

I made a simple watercolor background for him - I like how it kind of looks like snow being tossed up! Heat embossed the sentiment on a black hand trimmed banner with white embossing powder and inked the edges with some white ink, then added a strip of glitter washi tape and a few enamel dots. Finished off with some fun Echo Park pattern paper for the background.

Thanks for stopping by today - and hopping along with us! Here is the giveaway and hop order info for you:


We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $10 store credit for Newton's Nook Designs online shop! To enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, December 7th at 9 pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 8th.

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2014 WCMD Winners Hop and Giveaway

Good morning! You may remember a few weeks ago the winners of the 2014 World Card Making Day were announced, and the winning cards were to be published in the April 2015 issue of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine. Sadly, now with the ending of this publication in February, the winning cards will no longer be published. Sooooo...we all decided to get together and have a blog hop to share our winning creations, and also giveaway some of the goodies we got in our prize boxes that maybe we already had or didn't need!

 You should have hopped here from Mandy LeCroix - the entire blog hop lineup is at the bottom if you just happened along and want to start at the beginning.

I won in the Christmas card category - here is my winning card:

For this, I made a background blending lots of different distress inks, then used a Tim Holtz stencil and some white pigment into to add the "splotchy" layer. My white deer die cut was actually leftover from another project and still laying on my desk - so I decided to add that, then stamped my sentiment from My Craft Spot, added some jute twine around the deer's neck, and then added a fun sprinkling of clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. 

We are in the process of moving, so I unfortunately don't have a picture of my giveaway goodies right now - but I will box them all up and send them to one lucky person who leaves a comment today! Next stop along the hop is Piali Biswas, so hop on over there next!

Here is the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Thanks for hopping along with us and celebrating! Have a wonderful day!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Blog Hop

Good morning! Welcome to a very special hop - to celebrate the amazing people that have are connected someway to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine. Even with the news settling in, the crafty world is still reeling a little with the news - but the best plan seemed to be to channel that sadness into something amazing to celebrate the amazing part that this community has played in all of our lives.

This is a HUGE hop, but if you started at the beginning, you should have arrived here from Wendy McGaffey.

I chose to use a card I made for the last publication call that never made it to acceptance emails. I felt like this captured what I loved about this community - it brought us all together, from so many corners of the world! I did travel the world with this publication, from the amazing projects of those from around the world that were published, or entered any of the many contests and challenges there were opportunities for. I was stretched, I grew, and I wanted to be better - spurred on in many ways by this amazing magazine, the editors, the Go-to-gals, and everyone else who submitted and cheered each other on.

For this card, I stamped this amazing image from Neat and Tangled on watercolor paper, and painted it in with Watercolors. I went for an ombre effect, making the top darker, and fading as I went down. The sentiment was heat embossed in white on black cardstock, trimmed, and adhered with foam adhesive. Added a little black mat, then mounted with foam adhesive on my pattern paper from Glitz Designs.

Thanks so much to everyone who has played a part in my life, and the life of so many others through this publication! Wishing each of you the very best, and looking forward to following you all through social media - so thankful that it makes the world a little smaller too!

Your next stop in the hop is the amazingly talented Cristina Kowalczyk. The entire blog hop list is below if you are following the entire thing! :-)

Monday, December 1, 2014

AEI{HEART}U Challenge - Inlaid Die Cutting

Good morning! It's time for a new AEIHeartU Challenge, and this month the theme is a fun technique called "Inlaid Die Cutting":

I love this technique, because it is a fun way to have lots of layers of paper, and still have a completely flat and mailable card! 

For my card I started with the Pinked ELLE-ments Dies and cut an angled panel out of gray and cream cardstock, then Simply Said Hello Word Die out of the cream, as well as red and blue cardstock, then fitted them together on my card front.

Finally, I stamped the word "gorgeous" using Simply Said Hello, then added bit of sparkle with some shine mist spritzed over the top. This last photo shows really well how perfectly flat my card is:

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you'll join us and play along!