Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Give Thanks"

Just posting a card to wish all my friends and family,
 near and afar, home and in blogland,
a Happy Thanksgiving!  How neat that this month begins my fourth year 
blogging (yes, blog anniversary candy coming soon)!
I have been blessed with such support and friendship and it is among those things 
for which I am so very grateful! So in the spirit of saying "thank you" 
for your kind comments, inspiration and friendship, 
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you are spending the day
 surrounded by those you love and who love you!  

For my card, I colored up one of my favorite oldies but goodies Fall stamp, 
CC Designs Swiss Pixies "Fall Hansel". He was colored with copic markers.

 The design papers are all from Simple Stories, "Harvest Lane" 6x6 inch pad. The last few pages have great tags and banners you can cut out that coordinate with the full page papers.  The brown mat cardstock is from PaperTrey Ink. Last, I added some twine,
fall paper leaves, burlap strip and stamped a "Give Thanks" sentiment
with a Stampin Up sentiment set stamp.
All edges of the paper were distressed with Rusty Hinge distress ink.
The "sky"  is always created with Pebbles Iridescent chalks (blue).

Thanks so much for stopping by and always for your kind comments.  
Happy Thanksgiving!  xxx

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Little Darlings Blog Hop & New Releases

Time for another LDRS
Release Day!!!

We are so thrilled to finally be showing you two BRAND NEW rubber stamp collections:

First, who doesn't love Pixies???  
We've got 5 enchanting little Pixies in this collection!!!  They are sweet, beautiful and, above all.....playful!  They are sure to fulfill your sense of wonderment and love of tiny creatures  
"From The Hollow"

Next, we also have a stunning Saturated Canary rubber stamp collection featuring 5 gorgeous girls! As always, they are sweet, whimsical and perfectly poised for all your crafting needs.

We've paired these collections with two elegant sentiment sets'Love' and 'Enchanted Wishes'from our
  Vintage Affections product line.These sentiments are 
the perfect choice to add to all of your cards, tags, scrapbook pages, or altered projects. And each offers it's own interpretation of Victorian elegance! 

All stamps in these two collections are individually backed with cling foam and contour cut and offered at the low price of only the
only $10.99/each!!!
our Vintage Affections 4x6 sentiment sets are
 only $12.49/each!!!
This collection is available at LDRS and many 
of your favorite craft stores!

Now, how about a fun Hop and a GIVEAWAY to celebrate???

We are giving away 4 rubber stamps from this entire collection to a randomly selected winner!  The winner will receive 3 character stamps and 1 sentiment set.

Here's what you need to do (if you haven't done so already):

1. Like our Facebook Store page (click "Like" at upper right hand corner of our facebook page HERE)
2. Become a Follower of our Facebook Fan page HERE.
3. Hop to each of our Design Team Blogs (below) and leave some love.
4.  Head back to the Inspiration Blog HERE and leave your name in the inLinkz collection.
For my card, I colored up "Jeans and a Tee" by Saturated Canary 
using copic markers. I have also used the sentiment, "Be Unique", from the LDRS "Enchanted Wishes" sentiment set. 
I used the  Little Darlings vintage & feminine  
"Lovely View" die behind my image.

Design Papers are from Whimsey's "Marshmallow Delight" and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Butterflies and doily border punch are from the Martha Stewart punches! All edges were distressed with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and blending tool!

That's it!


Team A Saturated Canary

Team B "From the Hollow"

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween Mummy- DIEzyne Dies Debut!

Welcome to the premier of By DIEzyne Dies presented by C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps and Designer Rhea Weigand, Passionate Paper Creations, llc.

We have an exciting weekend planned starting right here, right now!

I used CC Designs "Sugarplum Mummy Trevor" digi stamp and  masked the image with another CC Designs digi stamp, "Sugarplums Fence".  So easy to merge digi stamps and print out to color! I have colored this little mummy up a bunch of times and he is so perfect for today- 
Happy Halloween!
I also used the DIEzyne Side Step Card Die to feature this little guy. The die not only creates the card, but also the borders, stitching and fold/embossed lines all around!
 By DIEzyne Side Step Card Dies
 By DIEzyne Dies were created for the Color Artist.  As Color Artist we love to color most of all.  Making them into cards can be challenging.  With By DIEzyne it makes this part of designing easier!
There are:
Card Making Dies
Dies that help complete layouts
Mixing and Matching is easy
All dies have pierce or stitch marks!
The focal point of the dies are large enough to accommodate our Colored Images!
You can easily create "Clean and Simple" Designs or "Fussy and Detailed" with lots of your favorite embellishments and ribbons.
What's a blog hop with out prizes right!  Well, we have them!!!  So make sure to leave comments along the way.  Your final stop will be at C.C. Designs Blog with Christine (last on the list)  and make sure to leave some love there too!  We will pick 2 lucky winners!!!!!
Grand Prize Winner:
1- Side Step Card Die Set
2 - C.C. Design Rubber Stamp
3 - Memento Ink Pads from Imagine Crafts
1 - Copic Large Journal
1 - Set of 6 Copic Sketch Markers
1 - Set of 4 Copic Multi Liners
1 - Spool of May Arts Ribbon
(Are you kidding me!  Have we lost our minds?  THAT IS HUGE!!!!!)
Runner Up Winner:
1 -By DIEzyne Die 
2 - C.C. Design Rubber Stamp
1 -  Memento Ink Pad
(Super Awesome Prize!)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Here Comes the Bride - A Creative Romance Challenge

  Happy Friday!  Today begins another fabulous challenge at A Creative Romance!  
     For this challenge, the "Chic Crafters" team chose to use the photo below 
as our inspiration. You may use some or all of the colors in this photo as your inspiration!
 These colors are so rich and beautiful!

     For my card, I selected a beautiful new digital image by Mo Manning available at Mo's Digital Pencil. She is called "The Other Bride".

       The design paper is an out of stock paper pad by Little Darlings called "Petals and Lace."  Love the muted greys and lavender colors. I matted each piece of dp with Tim Holtz's Ranger Distress Co'ordinations Cardstock in Dusty ConcordThe edges of all papers were distressed with Dusty Concord ink and blending tool also. I love that his cardstock matches the Distress inks so perfectly! I cannot recall where I got those gorgeous vintage rhinestone buttons but the rest of them are on the lace as I used the others that came in the package as a photo prop!  I usually throw out the packaging when I buy items online and I store my embellies in my own containers so sorry I cannot place these!
        The pearl lace trim and 3" lace is from Live and Love Crafts. Mulberry Paper roses are from Wild Ochid Crafts. The ribbon was layered to make three loops and stapled with Tim Holtz stapler. I made two sections and used the button on top where the two ribbon pieces met.

      She is colored with copic markers and a few Polychromos pencils (cheeks and some skin shadows), then I added lots of glamour dust on her dress, veil and bouquet. (Of course, I am having fun with my camera again providing those great "bursts" on anything that glimmers or shines, and there is lot of bling on this bride.) The sentiment, "Dreams do come true" is a digital sentiment from Create with TLC Artfire. I merged it with the digi stamp.

and a close up..

    Why not hop over and see how the Chic Crafters were inspired by this photo. We hope you will join us at A Creative Romance with your creation for a chance to win a fabulous prize from
or be selected as one of our Top 3!  Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments.

 I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

 Fab n Funky- Anything with Ribbon
Clear it Out- Weddings/Rings or Circles
 Crafting from the Heart- Anything Goes
 Marker Pop Challenge- Anything Goes
Glitter & Sparkle- Begins with a B
Sentimental Sundays- Bling it Up

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Little Darlings CandiBean "Home for the Holidays" Blog Hop

Little Darlings Rubber Stamps is so pleased to announce 
the newest CandiBean collection

"Home For The Holidays"

This beautiful collection consists of 5 rubber stamps that are perfect to use in making handmade holiday gifts, decorating gift bags, gift tags, holiday home decor items, tree ornaments, or as the actual gift themselves!  They are sweet and beautiful... each demonstrating the joy of the holiday season.
This holiday collection is paired with an elegant sentiment set: 'Postage Stamps', from the Vintage Affections product line.   These sentiments are the perfect choice to add to all of your holidays gifts and tags, whether you're sending gifts through the mail or giving the gift by hand.  Each sentiment is individually backed with cling foam and is contour cut.  And each offers it's own interpretation of Victorian elegance! 

These playful CandiBean stamps are offered at the low, low price of 
only $10.99/each!!!
our lovely Vintage Affections 4x6 sentiment sets are
 only $12.49/each!!!

Now, how about a fun Hop and a GIVEAWAY to celebrate???

We are giving away THREE prizes to THREE randomly selected winners!
1st Prize- 3 Stamps of your choice from the Home for the Holidays Collection
2nd Prize- 2 Stamps of your choice from the Home for the Holidays Collection
3rd Prize- 1  Stamp of your choice from the Home for the Holidays Collection

Here's what you need to do (if you haven't done already):

1. Like our Facebook Store page HERE
2. Become a Follower of our Facebook Fan page HERE.
3. Hop to each of our Design Team Blogs (below) and leave some love.
4. Go back to the LDRS Inspiration Blog and leave a comment!

We love getting comments on our individual blogs 
but to be eligible for the draw,
you must also leave a comment on the Inspiration blog!

That's it!
Before you hop, here is my card using CandiBean's "I Can't Reach"
 and the LDRS "Vintage Affections Sentiments"


Winners will be announced on Sunday, September 28th
on the LDRS Inspiration Blog and on our Facebook page!
(All winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Vintage Ceramic Tile Coasters- A Great Gift Idea Using Vintage Photos

  Happy Friday.. just a quick post to share some new ceramic coaster creations using fabulous digital vintage photos- another great idea for using beautiful vintage or any other art you can share.

These coasters are a great way to liven up any room. They are not just for drinks but can be used as paperweights, wall decor (yes many people have incorporated these ceramic tiles into backsplashes or tiled walls) and art decor by placing on little easels around the room. They make a great gift too and the images you can purchase or create yourself - including your own photos - is limitless.
 The coasters are created by printing the vintage photos in a 4x4 format on high quality cardstock using a professional color laser printer. Then each photo is adhered to a ceramic (4x4) tile coaster available at any home improvement store. I clean each tile with alcohol before adhering image.
 I do not use mod podge but rather another great decoupage medium - Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage and a good brush to apply it. (no foam brush as it creates bubbles).  Apply several coats and use a brayer to "iron out" any air bubbles...let dry in  between or paper will buckle.
Last, use a HIGH TEMP clear gloss sealer if you want to make sure that your coasters can be used for hot as well as cold beverages. The sealer must cure for about two days. Afterward, I apply precut, adhesive cork on back to protect furniture.  Then I tie together with beautiful ribbon and viola, a perfect gift.

 I have just added these lovely vintage and deco art coasters and more contemporary designs to my ETSY STORE HERE.  

Digital Art purchased at the following ETSY shops:
ArtCult, Bunnifoofoo & Behind the Door
All artwork is used with permission of all shops according to their TOU policy for the unlimited creation and selling of handmade items using the art they sell.

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sweet 16 Shadowbox- A Creative Romance "Anything Goes" Challenge

    Today I am sharing a Sweet 16 Shadowbox created for the granddaughter of a friend for her Sweet 16 Birthday this week! It is also my Design Team project for "Anything Goes" challenge at A Creative Romance! I love when all is said and done to look back and see how I challenged myself to try new ways to create.
    No image, no coloring this time around. Instead, I used a Sizzix Bigz Dress Die- actually a quilt die used for applique- and decided to make this dress form my focal point. Since Bigz dies cut anything, I knew that in addition to using it for cuting applique fabric for quilts, I could also use it for paper and chipboard.
     I began with cutting a shape out of white chipboard. Then I cut two pieces of pink satin and attached to front and back of chipboard with the best glue for fabric- globs, no hot glue mess.  I layered two pieces of sequin tulle and adhered them to the front onl by placing a thin line of Fabri-Tac around the edge of the satin, then carefully placing the tulle down.  I added three pieces of rhinestone trim to make a drop waste. Last, I distressed the edges with "Victorian Velvet" distress ink to cover and white chipboard still showing. I took this pic above with the piece outside the shadowbox as you will see that the glass creates such a glare.
    For the background, I layered and distressed two sheets of Maja's Sofiero 12x12 design paper with Victorian Velvet distress ink.  I layered lace, thin strip of the dp (ala Alyce) and some white sequin tool on top. The I added the largest die cut of the Spellbinder Heirloom Legacy set. The oval is another die in that same set and I used it to cut a mirror out of the Tim Holtz mirror paper.. OMG that is the best. Not only is it adhesive but you peel off a clear layer on top and when you do, you would swear you are looking at real mirror glass.

I added the pic above to show you as you can see my fingers taking the pic! Now take a lesson from me, wait until you are DONE to remove that clear paper as you can get glue and fibers on it just like real glass! I adhered the dress onto the "mirror" and the pop dotted it onto my background.

     Some added embellishments include a Tim Holtz filmstrip, Pearl Swirls,Wild Orchid Crafts Roses (white and two toned) and a Prima frame under which I stamped "Sweet 16".  Last, I heat embossed/frantaged a large silver metal corner with Bridal Embossing Powder mixed with Shabby Pink frantage.
     I hope the "Birthday Girl" loves her gift. I know I had a lot of fun making it. I already have another million ideas in mind for how I would embellish this dress again.  Want to give a big "thank you" to my dt mate, Rhea Weigand for helping me take better photos!

Why not have a peek at the Design Team Inspiration at A Creative Romance and join in our "Anything Goes" challenge.   Have a great day and thanks always for your kind comments.

Shadowbox Ingredients:
Other Supplies:
Pink Satin and Tulle (Joanns)10" 
 10" White frame Shadowbox (Joanns)
White frame Shadowbox (Joanns) 
 Lace 6 inch (Joanns)
Wedding Pearl/Rhinestone Trim (Etsy)
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