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" and  masked the image with another CC Designs stamp, "Sugarplums Fence".  I have colored this little mummy up a bunch of times and he is so perfect for today- Happy Halloween!
I also used the 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 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)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Saturated Canary Beautiful Gorgeous Collection Blog Hop

Saturated Canary

Beautiful Gorgeous Collection

When one word just isn't enough to describe a Saturated Canary collection.... 
why not pick two?

Welcome to the Beautiful Gorgeous Collection
from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps!!!

This Beautiful Gorgeous rubber stamp collection includes 4 Saturated Canary girls, 1 Saturated Canary background, and 2 Vintage Affections sentiment sets!!!  AND.....
all rubber stamps are individually backed in cling foam and contour cut!!!

How about some more SPECTACULAR news???
For the first time ever, Little Darlings is able to offer these new 
Saturated Canary rubber stamps at the low, low price of 
only $10.99/each!!!

the 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 Beautiful Gorgeous Collection
2nd Prize- 2 Stamps of your choice from the Beautiful Gorgeous Collection
3rd Prize- 1  Stamp of your choice from the Beautiful Gorgeous Collection

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

1. Like our Facebook Store page (click "Like" at upper right hand corner
of the Inspiration Blog 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. Come back to the Inspiration Blog  and leave a comment!
That's it!
Let's Hop...

Friday, August 15, 2014

It's All About the Fantasy at A Creative Romance

     Happy Friday!  I am here to share my design team card for our next challenge at
 A Creative Romance.  The theme of this challenge is  FANTASY!!
      Well, I promise you I could not go with the first idea that popped into mind, but the next best one was to work with my favorite of all fantasy images, a mermaid. I cannot pass up the chance to color up any mermaid I see!  Before we get to my card, I have to tell you that I purchased a very inexpensive camera the other day as my expensive one broke. I thought this would hold me over until I could fix the other. Well, this little camera (for under $100) has been a blast to work with and it has the coolest features. From choosing to only expose one of four colors (blue in above pic) to the "blur" in the bottom pic, it takes amazing pics and I am having so much fun.  If you want more info on the camera I purchased, just email me!
     Now, on to my card. This image is an oldie but goodie. As some of you know, my son moved out to a new apartment and his room became my new craft room. I love it! Well, as I relocated my stamps, I found this mermaid by Stampendous. I never colored her until now. I wish I could give you her name but she does not have one!  It is just "Mermaid".  You can find her online and in stores. Here is my card in color...

      My mermaid is colored with copic markers on Make it Colour cardstock.  I used a combination of some old "By the Sea" dp with a new paper pad, "Seashore" by Prima. I added my favorite "underwater" die cuts, "Decorative Elegance" dies by Marianne Creatables (they are a set).
       I distressed the edges of my papers with a distress tool and then inked with Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain inks. The two shells on the bottom right are from Prima's Shabby Chic Treasures.  Last the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, lace from Live and Love Crafts and Pearls from Recollections.  Speaking of pearls, I dropped a blob on white paint pen when making the dots of "pearls" in her hair so I covered the smear with my own flat back pearls and some swarovsi crystals. Here is a close up:

      Thanks so much for your kind comments.  Please stop by A Creative Romance Challenge blog and see what beautiful cards my "Chic Crafters" teammates have created to inspire you. You will have two weeks to enter our "FANTASY" challenge.  You may be selected to win a prize from one of our fabulous sponsors on be one of our next Top 3! Have a great weekend!

        I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Art by Miran- Anything Goes

 Southern Girls Challenge- Texture
 Simon Says Stamp - Summer
A Random Fan- Paper Patterns
Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Summer Colors

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