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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Happy Thursday Everyone!!  Today is the last day of September and my birthday!!!  Happy Birthday to me!  Happy birthday to me!!  Woo hoo!  Well sort of...as you become an adult, birthdays become less special...if you know what I mean.  Don't get me wrong...I am so thankful to God for my life and my health and so many other things too numerous to mention ...

Anywho....enough blubbering!  I will be back later with my birthday blog candy.  Rather than receiving myself, I want to give to you my followers.  Still have to photo it, though.  LOL!

Before I go on to my creation today  I would like to announce the winner of the Perfect Presentation template of their choice.

The winner of the template of their choice from Perfect Presentation is chosen by random.org is...

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

9

Timestamp: 2010-09-30 18:21:06 UTC

And # 9 is Dolcreations!!!  Christine!!

dolcreations said...
This is such a beautiful parcel...the paper and the colour is just so special! Elegant!!!

Congrats Christine !  Please e-mail Leigh Ann at annie21211@yahoo.com with your template choice. 
See all the templates at www.thewildflowerpatch.com/shop


Today is the beginning of sneak peaks at Whimsy!! Whimsy has some gorgeous rubber stamps being release on Sunday, October 3!  I can't wait to share the darling image: Santa's Midnight Snack illustrated by Crissy Armstrong, the holiday ticket sentiments designed by Ann from Raindrop Echo designs, and the fun Holiday Wish list!!!

Here is my creation:

Isn't Santa so fun!! I so love the ticket sentiments too!  I can't seem to get enough of those tickets.  The dp is from the new Basic Grey Jovial Pack.  In the back you can see part of Holiday Wish List. I watercolored my image and added some sparkle to his hat.  I also distressed the edges.

challenges:

Crafty Catz- Real or Faux Stitching
Scrap, Stamp and Doodle- stitching
AI Factory - Anything Goes
Charisma
- Anything Goes
Incy Wincy- Anything goes
Stamp it Crazy- Free for all
If the shoe fits- flowers (my ribbon flower)
Sentimental Sunday- Sentiment and dimension
Sunday's with Crissy- Sparkle and shine- glittered hat and shiny pearls

Anything Goes- circles
Crazy 4 Challenges - Bling
Spoon full of Sugar- Spots and stripes 
Belli Challenge- numbers (on ticket)
Penny's Challenges- Circles
Raise the Bar- images that depict cooler weather
Wild Orchid- Ribbons and bows
Creative Card Crew- Bloomin Marvelous
Charisma Cardz- Christmas
Creative Inspirations- Christmas

For more sneak peaks, please visit my dt sisters: Annika, Deb E., Deb R., Marley, Denise, Donna, Lori and Bev.
If you love what you see at the dt blogs today, you have much more to see for more sneaks tomorrow as well as on Saturday!!  The hop will be Sunday!!  Hope to see you there.

Well...I will be back later today with my birthday blog candy...




Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  Have a great day!!


blessings,
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Happy Hump Day everyone!! I can't believe it is the middle of the week already again!  Wow! Time Flies!


Anywho...it is time for a new challenge at Your Next Stamp.  We had such a great time viewing all the Thank you or Thanksgiving Challenge cards.  This week's hostess is the fabulously talented and sweet Wendy.  Wendy's YNS challenge is to "Grow your own" or to make your own flowers on your card or project.  While it is not required to use a YNS challenge for the challenge, we would love to see them if you have them and you may only enter one NON YNS creation per challenge.  You can link your creations here. This challenge lasts two weeks.
For my creation I used the YNS Just Swimming By stamp set.  I colored her with copics and added some sparkle.  The dp is a combo from my scrap Stash and from retired SU paper.  I used two dies from the Fancy tags (spellbinders to create my sentiment panel).I made a ribbon flower.  It has been a while since I made one of these.

For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

challenges:
Your Next Stamp: "grow your own" ~Make your own flowers
Practical Scrappers- Stamps 
One Stitch at a time- Anything goes
Stamp Insanity-embossing 
Crafty Catz- Real or Faux Stitching
Scrap, Stamp and Doodle- stitching
Scrap and stamp - Embossing
AI Factory - Anything Goes
Charisma
- Anything Goes
Incy Wincy- Anything goes
Delightful Sketches- Make it sparkle 
Stamp it Crazy- Free for all
If the shoe fits- flowers (my ribbon flower)



Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  Have a great day!!


blessings,

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Today is also another Stamp and Create Product Spotlight.  This week's Product Spotlight is My Heart Stamps for you!!  All these images will be on sale for 25% off.  If you want these stamps, now is the time to get them at cheaper prices.  After the stock on these stamps are out, Lacey will no longer be carrying them at Stamp and Create store, so the sale is on for this week or until supplies last, whatever comes first.

Today I created a shaker card using the Puddle Duckie (My Heart Stamps for you) image from Stamp and Create.  This particular stamp is now out of stock, but there are several more images with ducks similar to this one.

I challenged myself to create an all white card with only color on the image.  I added stitching, tear drop embroidered white lace, and kaiser craft "snow" pearls.  The bottom is punched with a Martha Stewart border punch but it is hidden by the lace a bit.  The background is embossed with the perfect perennials die from Cuttlebug.

For more inspiration using the My Heart Stamps for you stamps available at Stamp and Create for 25% off, please visit my talented dt sisters:  Joy, Lacey, Heidi, Vicky and  Jeanette.

challenges I entered my creation in:
Scrap and stamp - Embossing
AI Factory - Anything Goes
Charisma
- Anything Goes
Incy Wincy- Anything goes
Paper Sundaes-things with wings
Stamp Insanity-embossing 
Flutterby Wednesday-anything with wings
One Stitch at a time- Anything goes
Crazy challenge- no ribbons or buttons
Crafty Catz- Real or Faux Stitching
Scrap, Stamp and Doodle- stitching
Crafty Emma's- Animal Antics
Papertake Weekly- Animals
Crazy 4 challenge- bling
Creative Belli- B themed embellishments (mine are beads)
Stamp it Crazy- Anything Goes
Let's Craft and create- Cute
Tellens Place - Bling
 Stamp Something- Fall colors
 Meljen's- autumn colors
Totally Gorgeous - "Wild thing" animal
Pollycraft- no designer paper
Practical Scrappers- Stamps
Stampin Bee's- Paper Piecing
Anything Goes- cute
Paper Cutz- Critter
Color Create- All white except the image


Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  Have a great day!!


blessings,
Monday, September 27, 2010


Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend!!  We just got back from spending family time at my sisters in Boston.  We had a great time!!

Anywho... Today is a new release at Perfect Presentations!!  Leigh Ann has really outdone herself with some fun designs and I can't wait to share my creation with you!  I used the Perfect Parcel template which can be purchased at the Wild Flower Patch store today!!  They are available as PDF or SVG files!

It has such a beautiful shape and is a perfect size.  Here is a side view:

Instead of putting decorative panels on the edges, I used Parisian Breeze paper which is nice and sturdy just like cardstock.  The image and sentiment is from SU Bloomin Beautiful, one of my fave sets.  The ribbon is blue silk from May arts.  The image is framed with the Lace Circle Spellbinders.

The rest of the Perfect Presentation Team will have projects to share with you today for the release!!  I hope you will take the opportunity to grab a cup of coffee and be inspired.  One commenter from each post will be randomly chosen to win a free Perfect presentation Template of their choice created by Leigh Ann!!  You have until Midnight on Wednesday, September 29 to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win.

  So don't forget to comment on each blog along the way.  Here are the links to my uber talented dt sisters:
challenges:
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
AI Factory - Anything Goes
Charisma - Anything Goes
Tuesday Taggers - It Takes All Sorts (open challenge)sponsored by Ribbon Oasis

If The Shoe Fits - Flowers
Wild Orchid - Ribbons and Bows
Creative Belli - 'B' Embellies (bow)
Pink Elephant- aqua, dp and embellishment of your choice
    Incy Wincy- Anything goes


    Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  Have a great day!!


    blessings,

    Sunday, September 26, 2010
    Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weekend!!  Today is a new Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge!

    Today's challenge is hosted by the sweet and talented Meisje!!  Meisje chose the verse:
    John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid."

    The peace is not the peace we think of when things are all rosy and good but a different kind of peace, that in every situation you have the peace of knowing God is with you in both the good and bad.  Peace is knowing that if tomorrow I cease to exist on earth..that I have eternal life with Him (God) in Heaven.  It is a peace you feel in both your joys and your sorrows..knowing God is in control.

    Meisje's challenge is to: create a card with a symbol or peace or shows a scene which is peaceful.
    For my creation, I used a symbol of Christmas which to means Peace.  Without Christ's birth there is no peace...


    My creation uses the Blessed Christmas image from Our Daily Bread Designs and the word peace from one of the Sentiments in the Peace and Joy set from ODBD.  I also had the opportunity to use one of the new poinsettia dies to be released on October 1.  It is made special to fit the poinsettia in the Blessed Christmas set.  The image is colored with copics and popped up on dimensionals.  The little bit of dp you see is SEI dp.  The image is framed with the Labels 6 die from Spellbinders.

    challenges:
    Crazy 4 Challenges (to use bling)
    A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
    AI Factory - Anything Goes
    Charisma - Anything Goes
    Tuesday Taggers - It Takes All Sorts (open challenge)sponsored by Ribbon Oasis

    Stamp Insanity: 28, Show'em who's boss- embossing.
    Stamp and Scrap Sat
    : Embossing Challenge.
    Little Red Wagon: Challenge 47, glitter (the poinsettia is glittered)
    If The Shoe Fits - Flowers
    Tellens Place - Bling

    Wild Orchid - Ribbons and Bows
    Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - stitching
    Creative Belli - 'B' Embellies
    Delightful Challenges - make it sparkle

    This week's sponsor is Designed to Delight who is offering $10 worth of digitals from her store.

    For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters: 

    Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, Patti  and Cindy

    For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.
    Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  Have a great day!!


    blessings,
    Saturday, September 25, 2010
    Happy Saturday Everyone!! Well the weekend is here!!  Today is suppose to be a warm and tomorrow it is suppose to drop by about 20 degrees or more.  By the time you read this post, we will be on our way to Boston to visit my sister for the weekend.

    Anywho...today it is time for another Shining the Light challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.



    This week's Challenge:
    This week the team is challenging you to"wing it". Include anything with wings on your creations...this can be birds, angels, butterflies, bugs, etc.  It need not be your image...it can be embellishments as well or on your paper.

    Since there is a blog hop with a new release next weekend, this challenge will last for two weeks until October 7!

    To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize , a $ 15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, October 7. One random winner will be chosen and announced on Saturday, October 9.

    Here is my take on the challenge:


     For my creation I used the Flourished Christian Symbols and Thinking of you sets from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I made this for a friend who just recently lost their husband.  I hope it brings her comfort.  The designer paper is from Stampin Up Bella Blue.  The lace was given to me by my dear friend Sabrina (Thanks Sabrina!!!)  The black ribbon is May Arts Silk.  The circle die cut is the new Spellbinders Eyelet dye.

    Card Recipe:
    stamps: Flourished Christian Symbols and Thinking of you sets from Our Daily Bread Designs.
    paper: kraft, black, SU Bella Blue
    accessories: Spellbinders Eyelet dye, May Arts Black Silk ribbon, lace

    For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
    Francie Gumprecht
    Patter Cross
    Sabrina Jackson

    To join the challenge, please link your creation here.

    Thanks for stopping by and for all your sweet comments. Enjoy your day and weekend!!
    hugs,
    Friday, September 24, 2010
    Happy Friday Everyone!! I can't believe it is Friday already!! Wow!!  Time really does go so fast.  Still can't believe summer is over and fall is here!!

    Today I have a Wags n Whiskers challenge to share with you.  This week's challenge is hosted by
    EmmaEmma's challenge is to use diamonds and pearls on your creation.

    A random winner will receive one free Wags 'n Whiskers stamp of your choice!!
    But remember, you must use a Wags 'n Whiskers image (digi or rubber) to be entered into the drawing for the prize.
    And if you would like to be a guest for our next challenge, add "DT" next to your name when you enter this week's challenge. 
    Here is my take on the challenge:


    I decided to challenge myself even further by making an all white creation except for my image.  This image is Wags n Whiskers- Say a prayer from the Spring time fun collection illustrated by Crissy Armstrong.  I paper pieced her with Parisian Breeze paper retired from Stampin Up.  The background is embossed and I added some lace and pearls.  The image is framed with the Spellbinders Beaded Oval die.  Rhinestones were added for the "diamonds". The layout uses the Midnight Madness sketch:
    "YOUR CHOICE"
    For more inspiration for the Wags n Whiskers challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

    Melanie, Sharon, Karen, Tina, Michele, Jeanette, Lacey, Nikki, Crystal, Angelique, Debs, Louise, Emma and Tracy.


    If you join the challenge, please link a direct link to Iklinkz here.
    card recipe:
    stamps:  Wags n Whiskers- Say a prayer from the Spring time fun collection illustrated by Crissy Armstrong.
    Paper: white cs
    Accessories: Martha stewart punch for border, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Zva Creative pearls, rhinestones, white loss given to me in a rack

    challenges:
    Wags n Whiskers: diamonds and pearls with Wags n Whiskers image
    Incy Wincy~all white but the image
    Practical Scrappers~ ribbon- my ribbon is laced through the lace 
    Flutterby Wednesday~ anything with wings
    Creative Belli- B themed embellishments- bling
    Spoonful of Sugar- Anything Goes
    Crafty Pad- Embossing
    Timbroscrapmania- borders
    Freshly Brewed- paper piecing
    Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments!! Have a great day!!

    hugs,




    Thursday, September 23, 2010
    Happy Thursday everyone!! I hope you are all well!! Today I have two creations to share with you!

    The first is a Christmas I created using Peace and Joy available at Our Daily Bread Designs.  It was so fun to create using the new snowflake dies from Our Daily Bread Designs which match this set!!! They will be available in the store on October 1!!  The rich razzleberry snowflake layered behind the stamped snowflakes is using the Create a flake 1 from Spellbinders.


     card recipe:
    stamps: Peace and Joy available at Our Daily Bread Designs
    Paper: SEI Christmas, Rich Razzleberry, white, black
    Accessories: black silk ribbon, Martha stewart double lace edge punch, Cuttlebug Snowflake folder, silver baubles.

    Challenges:
    Tuesday Taggers- It takes all sorts.  This week's sponsor is Ribbon Oasis



    Practical Scrappers- Ribbon
    Fairy Fun- Embossing
    Sew Many challenges-Embossing
    Crafty Pad- Embossing
     Stempeltraeume- bows
    Christmas inspiration- use a rubber stamp 
    Christmas Stampin All Year Long- use a borderpunch

    *****************************

    The second creation is one of Meljen's new digital images being released today available at Whimsy stamps called Squirrel's Little Acorn.  I colored the image with prima color pencils and gamsol.  The dp is from my leftover stash and I am unsure what paper it is but I do know it is one of the K&Co. collection (maybe Ancestry?)


    I added some hemp, velvet scalloped ribbon, string and lace.  The image is framed with my new Lace Circles Spellbinders.
    challenges:

    Spoonful of Sugar- Anything Goes
    Wee Memories: string and scallops
    Papertake weekly: animals
     Creative Card Crew - Autumn
    Creative Belli- B themed embellishments- button
    Corrosive Challenges- Clean up the dust- my dp
    The Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
    Paper Sundaes- Fall Colors  
    Alphabet Challenges - 'U' for unused stash-designer paper
     Everybody Art Challenge- Fall
    Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog #44 - stitching
    Going Grey: Fall
    Timbroscrapmania- borders
    Stamp Something- Digi day
    Flutterby Wednesday- anything with wings

    Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments!! Have a great day!!

    hugs,
    Chris
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010
    Happy Hump Day Everyone!! I hope everyone is well and enjoying the week!!  I haven't been commenting much since my computer has been on the fritz it seems!!  Grrr!!  Mozilla keeps closing on me or my computer freezes.  My virus scan says no viruses but I don't know.....

    Anywho...better share this YNS creation with you quick....before I shut down again.  Today I am sharing this sweet little Party Fhiona from Your Next Stamp.  I created a scene for her with fall leaves and an acorn from the Fall Frame in the Autumn Greetings set at YNS.  I drew in the grass and sponged the sky background. I colored her with copics.  The leaves are felt stickers. Since YNS is sponsoring Wee Memories this week, I joined the challenge which was scallops, orange and string (choose 2- I chose orange and scallopes).  I used the SFYTT sketch challenge hosted by Jen.


    Card Recipe:
    stamps: Party Fhiona from Your Next Stamp, Autumn Greetings
    paper: Heidi Grace (I have had this paper in my stash for years!!!), crushed curry dp, white dp
    accessories: velvet green ribbon from Making Memories, green grosgrain ribbon, button (from stash), leaf stickers

    challenges:
    Sketch for you to Try by Jen: sketch
    Spoonful of Sugar- Anything Goes
    Wee Memories: orange and scallops
     Creative Card Crew - Autumn
    Creative Belli- B themed embellishments- bow
    Theme Thursday- 3 things( 3 different types of embellishments-pearls, leaves and ribbon)
    Stempel Magie- Fall Colors
    Corrosive Challenges- Clean up the dust- my Urban Garden Paper and the pearls have not been used not because I don't know it is there but because I am afraid to use it all up!!
    The Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
    Paper Sundaes- Fall Colors  
    Alphabet Challenges - 'U' for unused stash-buttons
     Everybody Art Challenge- Fall
    Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog #44 - stitching
    Pile it On:  Red, yellow, green and brown
    Going Grey: Fall
    Tuesday Taggers- It takes all sorts.  This week's sponsor is Ribbon Oasis

    A Time to Craft- Kids at Play
    Practical Scrappers- Ribbon
    ABC challenge- Distressing 

    Your Next Stamp is having a major sale of retired stampsets until September 30.  They are marked down 60%!!!  You won't to miss it.  You may want to hurry because for these prices, they will be gone fast!!   Click here for the sale. 


    Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  Have a great day!!


    blessings,
    Monday, September 20, 2010
    Happy Monday everyone!!  I hope you all had a great weekend! I know I sure did!!  The weather was gorgeous!!

    Today I would like to share a project I created for this week's Product Spotlight at Stamp and Create this week.  Recently Lacey received a new line of S.W.A.L.K. images.  They are just darling!!  This week all S.W.A.L.K. images will be 25% off!!

    I created this Gift tag purse using SWA:LK Little Madam.  I also used Kaiser craft snow pearls, Spellbinders Edge Frame and May Arts mauve silk ribbon available at the Stamp and Create store.

    I colored her with copics.  I used several punches for my creation On the top to created the scalloped opening (SU Oval Scallop and regular oval from SU), the MS Butterfly border punch for the butterflies, and three punches from SU for the tag.  The dp is SU Bella rose which I embossed with Swiss Dots.  The shape is created with the Nestabilies Classic Scalloped frame.


    For more inspiration using the Stamp and Create Product Spotlight, please visit: Joy, Lacey, Heidi, Vicky and  Jeanette.


    challenges I entered my gift card holder purse into:
    Creative Belli- B themed embellishments- bow and button
    Stampin' Royalty - Stitching
    Theme Thursday- 3 things( 3 different types of embellishments-pearls, button and ribbon)
    Corrosive Challenges- Clean up the dust- my buttons and Bella Rose paper
    The Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
     Sew Many Challenges - Embossing (my dp is dry embossed...you can see it if you click on the photo)
    4 crafty chicks- embossing
    Crafty Pads- Embossing
    Alphabet Challenges - 'U' for unused stash-buttons
     Fairy Fun - Embossing
    Gingersnaps - Punches
    All sorts- At least 3 punches  (tag is made with 3 different punches plus the butterflies
    Flutter By Wednesday- buttons and butterflies
    Stampin 4 the weekend- tag it
    Sweet Stampin- stitching 
    Scrappekammeret- Anything goes
    Cute Card Thursday- Tweet or a flutter- bird or butterfly
    Stamping Vacation- No! No! (Sparkle) 
    Other Lovelie- Starts with a C  (coloring, cardstock)

    Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  Have a great day!!


    blessings,

    Sunday, September 19, 2010
    Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope your weekend it going well!! Before I go on with my post, I would like to  let everyone know that the Whimsy Stamps store is now up and running!!  Woo hoo!! After all the technological glitches, Denise has it fixed and is open for business!!


    Today is the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge this week and I am the host.  I chose one of my fave verses for this week which relates so well today the First day of fall here in the USA!!  Happy Fall!!

    The verse I chose is:
    Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

    If you are interested in seeing the whole devotional I wrote, please stop by the Stampin in Sisters challenge blog here. I will give you just a piece of my thoughts  here on this post.

    When many read of this verse they think the seasons of the earth...I truly believe it means the seasons of life...those times of joy, sickness, health, sorrow...and etc.  I sometimes don't understand why some people have to go through such pain and suffering, especially those who live their entire lives for Him.  There really is no explanation for it other than this verse.  God has planned a time for everything to further His kingdom.  He uses the situations in our lives not only to shape us but to shape the lives of others as well.  We will never know why my dear friend Ruby or Randi is suffering with cancer and what good God plans to make out of this horrific disease but we do know that God is there with them as we pray to Him. Being a Christian does not mean a life without suffering or pain but it does mean you are never alone with out God's guiding and comforting hand. God's plans are not always ours.  I would much rather travel the road of life with God than without, wouldn't you?

    The challenge this week at Stampin Sisters in Christ is:
    May a card or project using fall colors (mambo melon, red, orange, yellow, green, brown) and or leaves.

    Here is my take on the challenge:



     For my creation I used a sentiment (Scripture Collection 1) and border stamp (Brocade Borders) from Our Daily Bread Designs. This week's sponsor!  You can have a chance to win a gift certificate to stamps for $15 if you participate in this week's challenge!

    This creation uses the sketch from Midnight Madness this week.

    card recipe:
    Paper: SU Urban Garden
    Accessories: Felt stick on leaves, green silk ribbon, Lacey squares Spellbinders, flourished pearls
    For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters: 

    Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, Patti  and Cindy 

    challenges:
    Midnight Madness: sketch 
    Spoonful of Sugar- Autumn colors
    Incy Wincy
    - Fall Colors
    Pollycraft
    - Autumn colors
     Creative Card Crew - Autumn
    Creative Belli- B themed embellishments- bow
    Stampin' Royalty - Stitching
    Shabby Tea Room: Green or inspired by nature
    Theme Thursday- 3 things( 3 different types of embellishments-pearls, leaves and ribbon)
    Stempel Magie- Fall Colors
    Corrosive Challenges- Clean up the dust- my Urban Garden Paper and the pearls have not been used not because I don't know it is there but because I am afraid to use it all up!!
    The Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
    Paper Sundaes- Fall Colors 




      I hope you enjoyed my creation!! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They are greatly appreciated.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!


    blessings,


     
    Saturday, September 18, 2010
    Happy Saturday Everyone!! I hope you are enjoying the weekend.  It is suppose to be a beautiful day here!!


    Today I am popping in to share this week's Shining the Light challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.


    This week's Challenge:
    This week the team is challenging you to make a clean and white creation without any dp.  The only colors should be embellishments or the coloring of your images.



    To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize , a $ 15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, September 23. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday.

    While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them.As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by September 23 at 8 p.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC30. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

    Here is my take on the challenge:
    For my creation I used the Blessed Christmas and Sing to the Lord stamp sets from Our Daily Bread Designs (the sentiment is from Sing to the Lord).  I colored my image with copics and added silver baubles for my colors against the white.  The image is framed with Lacey Circle Spellbinders and the Fleur De Lis Spellbinders.  A little embossing and some lace and white ribbon and my creation is complete.


    For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
    Francie Gumprecht
    Patter Cross
    Sabrina Jackson

    challenges:
    Paper Play: Any shape or size not square or rectangle
    Paper sundaes - Three embellishments or more (Lace, ribbon, baubles)
    Tuesday Taggers- diamonds (shape of card)
    Sew Many Challenges - Embossing
    Alphabet Challenges - 'U' for unused stash
     Fairy Fun - Embossing
    Gingersnaps - Punches
    Creative Belli - 'B' Embellies - bows and baubles


    Thanks for stopping by and for all your sweet comments. Enjoy your day and weekend!!
    hugs,
    Friday, September 17, 2010
    Happy Friday Everyone!! It's Friday and  so it is time for a new challenge at Wags n Whiskes!!! Our challenge this week is hosted by my uber talented and sweet Dt sister, Sharon.
    Sharon would like you to create a:
    Birthday Card. 
    As always, you must use a WnW stamp or digi on your card to be entered into the drawing for ONE FREE Wags 'n Whiskers STAMP OF YOUR CHOICE!  
    This really is easy peasy since there are even many digis available at Wags n Whiskers perfect for this theme! 


    For my creation I decided to make a birthday card and tag for my niece.  Next week I go to Boston for her Birthday party.  Lyndsey loves pink and purple so I decided to use those colors for my creations.  I used the WNW image Angel Whispers.


    As you can see, I made another Spring Fold card.  This is my second of three this week.  I hope you are not bored of them.  Only one more to share tomorrow... Sorry. They are really quite easy to make and look so fun! They are especially beautiful with a white background....I think.

    Anywho...I colored my image with copics and added some stitchings... and some embossing on my spring card. The ribbon is pink silk.


    For more inspiration for the Wags n Whiskers challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

    Melanie, Sharon, Karen, Tina, Michele, Jeanette, Lacey, Nikki, Crystal, Angelique, Debs, Louise, Emma and Tracy.


    If you join the challenge, please link a direct link to Iklinkz here.

    challenges I submitted my creation to:
    Our Creative card corner: fave folds
    Totally Papercrafts: Birthday
    Flutter By Wed: FBW 122 buttons and butterflies, angels or fairies
    Creative Belli - 'B' Embellies - bows, buttons
    Stampin' Royalty - Stitching
    Fairy Fun - Embossing
    Stamp Insanity - Things in 3's (3 layers, 3 buttons, 3 types of embellishments)
    Gingersnaps - Punches
    Paper sundaes - Three embellishments or more
    Tuesday Taggers- diamonds (shape of card)
    Sew Many Challenges - Embossing
    Alphabet Challenges - 'U' for unused stash(buttons)
     Pixie Dust Studio - Fur or Feathers
    Stamping Vacation - No! No! (sparkle) Practical scrappers- Buttons
    Papertake Weekly- inspiration (colors)
    Creative Inspirations- Tag it
    Stampin for the weekend- tags
    Shirley's 2 girls- 4 legged critters and Happy Birthday

    Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments.  Have a great day and start to the weekend!!


    blessings,
    Thursday, September 16, 2010
    Hello Everyone!!  Can't believe it is Thursday already and it is only one more day before the weekend! Wow! Times flies!!

    Today I have two creations to share with you.  The first is for today's Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge.  Lori sent each of the dt this photo.

    I was inspired by the orange twigs and the white background.  For my image, I used Echoes of Kindness from Stampin Up.  I embossed my white background with a Cuttlebug die.  I love how the image has an autumn feel to it with the Pumpkin Pie color.  I stitched around the edges of the card and used a decorative stitch around the image as well.  The lace is from a RAK from my dear friend Sabrina.  Thanks Sabrina.  The ribbon is May Arts Silk ribbon.  The punch for the decorative is a Martha Stewart  Flower Vine Punch (some of the punching is hidden (it was too wide for this card).

    For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters:

    Anne
    Lori
    Donna
    Julie
    Kerri

    Hope you are inspired to come and play along with the Divine Diva Challenge. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC.

    challenges:

    Spoonful of Sugar- Autumn colors
    Incy Wincy
    - Fall Colors
    Speedy the cat's
    - Fall colors
    Pollycraf
    t- Autumn colors
    Paper Romance - Clean and Simple
    Stamp Insanity - Things in 3's (3 colors, 3 baubles, 3 types of embellishments)
    Gingersnaps - Punches
    Paper sundaes - Three embellishments or more
    Creative Belli- B themed embellishments- baubles and bow 
    Stamping vacation- no brads or eyelets "NO, NO!" challenge
    Creative Card Crew- Autumn or Fall 
    Daring cardmakers- Masking

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    My second creation was made for today's Our Daily Bread Design's Stamping In Time challenge.  This week's guest host is Cheryl Walker.   Cheryl is challenging us to use Ribbons and bows on your creation. Here are the rules of the challenge.

    • You must use ODBD Stamps! Other stamps allowed, but ODBD images need to be the focus!
    • Use keyword codes SNTODBD18 and ODBD when linking to SCS or public gallery.
    • Be sure to use the LINK to be eligible for the gift certificate drawing on the ODBD Blog!
    • If you use either your blog link or online gallery, please give a link back to this challenge page.


    The challenge runs from Thursday 9 am (September 16th) EST til Wednesday (Sept 29th) at 6 pm EST.

    Here is my creation using Scripture Series  1 from Our Daily Bread Designs and Brocade Borders

    I made this card for my dear friend, Ruby who is very ill with cancer.  I pray this gives her some comfort and the knowledge that others are praying for her.






    Card recipe:
    Stamps: Scripture Series 1, Brocade Borders
    Paper: Memory Box- Gossamer
    Accessories;: Hero Arts Pearl hearts pink, Zva Creative pearls, MS Classic Butterfly punch. pink silk ribbon. lace from my dear friend Sabrina (Thanks Sabrina!), gold embossing powder

    challenges:
    Fairy Fun- Embossing
    Totally Papercrafts - Go Dotty (1 dp panel)
    Tuesday Taggers- diamonds (diamonds and dots on one dp-you can see if you click on the photo for a close up)
    Simon Says Stamp- Move it!  Anything that moves...butterflies fly

    For more inspiration for the Stampin in Time challenge, please visit:

    Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments!! They are so appreciated!!
    blessings,






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    IMPORTANT STORE INFORMATION FROM WHIMSY!! The Whimsy store website is having a major server issues.... Please read the letter below for more information.

    Attached is a letter from Denise at Whimsy.  Please read...
    Good Morning,

    As many of you know, the Whimsy Stamps Online Store has been offline for the past few days, as we have been upgrading our hosting server to support all of our great customers, and the increased demand we have been experiencing over the past few months. Please accept our sincerest apology for any inconvenience this has caused you. We greatly appreciate your patience and support.

    Our tech support team has been feverishly working to make the transition, but an issue that occurred with our store during the transition has forced us to do a full restore of our database. The good news is they will be able to get us back online - the bad news is it may take as many as 7 to 10 days to do so. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and promise that while we may not be online, we are still working to serve our customers.

    All orders placed before the server switch have been shipped and/or are pending shipment. We are waiting on custom orders which should be here on Friday, September 17th. Those orders will be shipped immediately. If you have ordered digital stamp products and you did not have access to retrieve those files, please email us at whimsystamps@gmail.com and we will promptly send you the files via email.

    Lastly, if anyone would like to place an order while we are offline, you can email us at whimsystamps@gmail.com and we will send you an invoice through PayPal and process your order as soon as possible. Digital stamp orders can be filled via email and I can ship out rubber stamp products. If you are willing to email orders, we are more than willing to provide you with the best customer service possible to get you what you need.

    We do have many exciting events and promotions planned for the coming weeks at Whimsy and we are determined to not let those plans be affected by this…let's just call it… a mess! We will continue to bring our customers new digital and rubber stamps and we will be back better than ever! Please hang in there with us, check for updates on Facebook and our Whimsy Inspirations Blog. We will post any new updates as soon as they are available.

    Thank you sincerely for your continued support and patronage.
    Sincerely,
    Denise

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010
    Happy Hump Day everyone!! I hope you are all having a great week.  It has been gorgeous here lately and I am trying to take advantage and get things done and enjoy this cool weather.

    I just love Fall!!

    Anywho...it is time for a new challenge at Your Next Stamp.  We had such a great time viewing all the anything goes challenge.  This week's hostess is the fabulously talented and sweet Sylvia.  Sylvia's YNS challenge is to make a Thank you or Thanksgiving challenge!!  While it is not required to use a YNS challenge for the challenge, we would love to see them if you have them and you may only enter one NON YNS creation per challenge.  You can link your creations here.



    Here is my take on the challenge using the adorable Girlfriends image from Your Next Stamp. The sentiment is computer generated. The tree branches are created with a fern stamp from the Stampin up Touch of Nature set.  The image is colored with copics.  I decided it would be fun to create a Spring Card since I had never made one of these before.  I love challenging myself to something new.  It keeps things interesting.

    Here is my take on the Thank you or Thanksgiving challenge:





    Card Recipe:
    stamps: Girlfriends image from Your Next Stamp, 
                 Stampin up Touch of Nature
    Paper: Bitter Chocolate, Baja Breeze, Baja Breeze dp, SU Parisian Breeze dp
    Accessories: SU Oval punches, MS Butterfly punches, silk ribbon, lace, prima roses, Spellbinders Laced Squares


    For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

    challenges:
    Your Next Stamp: Thank you or Thanksgiving
    Gingerloft- Anything Goes
    Fab n Funky- What'Eva
    Southern Girls Challenge- Anything goes
    Stamping Vacation- special month challenge- sewing
    Totally Papercrafts - Go Dotty (the Parisian Breeze dp is dotted - you may see it better in the closeup
    Timbro Scrapmania - Anything Goes
    Stamping vacation- no brads or eyelets "NO, NO!" challenge
    Lexis Challenges- flower power
    Gingersnaps - Punches
    Crafty Calendar - Blue and Flowers
    Really Reasonable Ribbon - Ribbon and Flowers
    Charisma Cardz - New or not done before- I created a spring fold card for the first time
    Paper sundaes - Three embellishments or more (baubles, ribbon, lace, and flowers)
    Our Creative Corner- favorite folds ( I have never done these before but I enjoyed this so much that I created another one to share later this week.)
    Crazy challenge- Friends Forever
    Tuesday Taggers- diamonds (shape of card)
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    In addition to my Your Next stamp creation, I would like to share a card I created with Our Daily Bread Designs Peace and Brocade Borders  Stamp set.  I created it using last week's Sketch at Splitcoast Stampers and the Ways to use it- Twine challenge. I used Autumn colors.


    challenges:
    Spoonful of Sugar- Autumn colors
    Incy Wincy- Fall Colors
    Speedy the cat's- Fall colors
    Pollycraft- Autumn colors
    Practical Scrappers- Buttons


    Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comments!! They are so appreciated!!
    blessings,



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