Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What's Happening Today!

WOW! I've got so many great things happening on my blog today - each one with fabulous prizes!

To see my Heartfelt Creations entry along with details on how to win the entire new release valued at $159 - GO HERE.

To see my Belles 'n Whistles new release post and find out how to win the stamp of your choice , or even the entire release - GO HERE.

To see my Flower Soft Floral Blog hop card, and a chance to win a fabulous FS prize - GO HERE.

Heck, there are a bunch of prizes to be had, so you probably want to check out all three posts!

Flower Soft Floral Hop!

Ready for a hop? How about a challenge too?

This week’s challenge – Flowers And Flower Soft! (make a card in a floral theme)

We’ll be giving away TWO prize packages! One prize package will be given away on the blog hop and another will be chosen among people who make a card using Flower Soft and post it in the Splitcoast Gallery using the keyword FSC05. Both prize winners will be chosen and announced on the Flower Soft blog on October 6th. The winner of the Splitcoast Gallery challenge will have their card featured on the Flower Soft Blog on 8th!!!

If you didn’t start at the beginning of the hop please go to the beginning at the Flower Soft Blog.

As you make your way through the hop make sure you comment on each and every post. There will be a prize winner chosen randomly among the blogs. The prizes (one set for Splitcoast players and one set for the blog hop!) :

Moments in Time Stamp set Little Friend

Polar White

Ultra Fine Strawberry Flower Soft

Flower Soft Glue

I used the Backyard Birds stamp from JustRite Stampers. Don't the thistles look so real that you want to touch them? After coloring my image with copics, I added a little Lavendar Flower Soft - and they just came to life! This is such a nice, varigated color. I just love it!

Want even more inspiration? Do you like video tutorials? Make sure and visit Flower Soft TV!

****Next on the hop is Linda Beeson

Flower Soft Blog - http://flower-softinc.blogspot.com/


Jeanne - http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2010/09/29/fsc05-flowers-and-flower-soft-hop/

Vicki - http://summerthymestudio.blogspot.com/2010/09/hoppin-with-flower-soft.html

Gini - http://ginicagle.blogspot.com/2010/09/flower-soft-floral-hop.html

Linda - http://pkod.blogspot.com/2010/09/floral-flower-soft-blog-hop.html

Dina - http://mamadinis.blogspot.com/2010/09/flower-soft-dt-challenge-flowers.html

Cibele - http://flowerfoot.blogspot.com/2010/09/flowers-and-flower-soft-blog-hop.html

Deb – http://withastampandasong.blogspot.com/2010/09/flower-soft-blog-hop_29.html

Debbie - http://www.debbieseyer.com/my_weblog/2010/09/a-flower-soft-blog-hop-wednesday.html



Have fun!



Challenges:

JustRite: sketch

Copic Creations - shading

It's Release Day at Belles n Whistles!



Welcome to the Changeabelles Collection Blog Hop from Belles n Whistles!

We are so excited to be sharing with you this new and fun release! You should have arrived here from the very talented Aud's blog. If not, You will want to go back to the beginning of the hop at the Bells 'n Whistles Blog. We hope that you will be inspired by what our team has created. Pre-orders for this collection start today, and will begin shipping on October 4th.

For my card, I used Picnic Solace along with the Roses. I stamped Belle and cut her out, so she could sit on top of the picnic basket. I imagine she is admiring the roses that she just picked! I love that you can really change this release around to suit your needs! It's going to be so fun!

So what would a BnW Release Hop be without lots of prizes?!! You will want to leave a comment on each stop of the hop, because we will chose a winner from each blog - and you get your choice of a stamp from the new release! As if that wasn't enough, one randomly chosen winner from the BnW blog will receive a new set of Belles 'n Whistles stamps! So what are you waiting for? Be sure and leave a little love here, before you hop to Rosette's lovely blog!

Andrea (http://impressionsaremade.blogspot.com/)
Iris (http://cocoacards.blogspot.com/)
Elise (http://paperloveaffair.blogspot.com/)
Kathrin (http://kruemelsbastelblog.blogspot.com/)
Jodi (http://inkedinspirations.blogspot.com/)
Kathy (http://distressedstamper.blogspot.com/)
Anki (http://bargman.blogspot.com/)
Lilian (http://colortopaper.blogspot.com/)
Aud (http://audhilds-hobbyblogg.blogspot.com/)
Gini (http://ginicagle.blogspot.com/) You are here
Rosette (http://craftingmagic.blogspot.com/)

Just in case you get lost along the way - Blog hop order:


Additional Blogs to visit (Guest DT)

Liza (http://pinkcandystripes.blogspot.com/)

Mary Frances (http://franciecrafter.typepad.com/francie_crafter/)

Stephanne (http://stagnantlycreative.blogspot.com/)


Good luck and have fun!


Challenges:
Sketch Saturday: Sketch

Heartfelt Creations - New Release - Winter Wonderland



My actual DT term with Heartfelt Creations does not start until October, but with these great stamps/dies, I had to just jump right in! Today, I finally get to share with you one of the projects that I made as part of my design team submission. I worked with stamps and dies from the Winter Wonderland Collection - which is being released today.

This collection is an absolute must have. You will easily achieve cards that will create warm and fuzzy feelings for young and old alike. The Winter Wonderland Collection features 9 new PreCut Stamp Sets. These sets coordinate with the exclusive new Heartfelt Creations Holly-Ornament Die made by Spellbinders and 1 existing Snowflake Wonder Spellbinder Shapeabilities. Click Here to view all the new products. To celebrate the new release; we will be giving away the complete release valued at $159.00 to two lucky winners. Leave a comment on the HC blog or the HC Facebook page to be entered to win by October 5. The winner will be announced on October 6, so make sure you check back and contact us if you are the winner! Orders for the Winter Wonderland Collection will start shipping immediately. All orders are processed and shipped in the order they are received. Turn around time during new releases will be delayed due to increased order volume.

I decided to think outside of the box - well, actually, I decided to think of the box... and made a gift set with an ice skate gift box and a matching card. The details are below.

Products used:
HCD 705 Holly-Ornament Die
HCPC 3335 Snowflake Medallions PreCut Set
HCPC 2291 Regal Poinsettia 2 PreCut Set
Beaded Oval Die Elements

Snowflakes: (on both the box and the card): Choose a stamp from Snowflake Medallions (HCPC 3335) and stamp it 6 or 8 times using Versamark ink. Emboss with silver embossing powder and cut out and emboss using the coordinating HCD 705 Die. While the cut is still in the die, spray with Glimmer Mist to color. Bend half of the pieces upwards for the bottom layer, and attach them using a glue dot. Bend the other half downwards, and attach them to the bottom layer, with another glue dot. For the center of the flake, use the smallest flower from Regal Poinsetta 2 - cut and colored in the same manor. Add crystals or bow for the center embellishment.

For the card, make a cutout silhouette of the snowflake, by making a template. Draw an evenly spaced, 8 armed asterisk on a scrap paper. Line the die up with the center of the asterisk and the line, and cut. Keep moving the die around the circle until the star is complete. Lay the template over your DP and cut as normal to create a cut-out shape.

Next adhere cut sheet over a coordinating paper. Add bling of choice, and add the snowflake to the center.

Ice Skate Gift Box:
Cut two ice skate shapes from cardstock (I used Cricut to do this). Make the shoe dimensional by cutting strips of cardboard 3 inches wide. Cut 1/2" deep notches along the lengths of board on both sides. Fold in, and glue to each side of the skate. This will form the basis of the box. Cover the skate in designer papers of choice and add trims over seams. To decorate the heal of the skate, stamp sentiment from Joyous Noel and cut with Spellbinders beaded oval. Color using copics/airbrush. Cut the bottom of the circle off and adhere to the back of the skate. To make the laces - cut a piece of DP the size of the tongue of the boot and punch holes using the Crop-o-dile. Thread ribbon through the holes and tie in a bow. Glue to skate. Add crystals, ribbons and finally groupings of snowflakes.

If you would like to see more inspiration, be sure to check the Heartfelt Creations Gallery - you can find tons of inspirational pictures as well as how-to's from the designers.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sketch week at the Beary Scrap




Hi! It's time for another sketch week at the Beary Scrap! Don't you just love this sketch that Susan came up with? It was really fun to work with.

Let me tell you, if you have not gotten any of the MME Lost and Found line - you are going to love it! It is so gorgeous, I almost couldn't cut into it (but then I thought, hey...Kimm's got more in the store!) I used papers from the Portobello Road collection - yummy! Did you notice that tinsel trim? Yep, it's from this line too! I used Glimmer Mist on the edge of my paper to help age and distress it. The stamp is a cutie from Magnolia. I colored her with Copics (which Kimm is running an incredible deal on right now!)

Thanks for looking!

Challenges;
Totally Tilda: Glitter and Sparkle

Monday, September 27, 2010

Two Turtle Doves

What a great sketch we have for you at the Belles n Whistles challenge! This is one that is wonderful way to pull out some of your favorite designer papers and go to town! Have you seen that last year's Holiday stamps are now back in the store at BnW? There are stamps not only for Christmas, but Halloween and Thanksgiving as well. I used Two Turtle Doves. I loved this stamp when I first saw it last year, and am thrilled to get to share a card with you today using it.




We hope that you will be inspired to give this sketch a try with one of your favorite BnW stamps! You could win your choice of a new stamp just by playing along.


Recipe:
Stamp: Two Turtle Doves/ Belles n Whistles
Papers: My Mind's Eye / Lost and Found/ Market Street
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon - Diamond Ombre Green; Sheer Ruffle Edge Pink
Medium: copics
Accessories: Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangles


Challenges:
Wild Orchid : Ribbons and Bows

Lucky Number 7!


Good morning! It's Monday, so that must mean that there is a new challenge at Karen's Doodles! Today, we would like to see 7 of something on your card. Since 7 is such a lucky number, perhaps if you play along with us, you will be the lucky winner of some of Karen's images!

I used Pumpkin Mailbox for my card. And, in case you didn't figure it out - I used 7 different papers (pretty sneaky, huh?) Hope you will play along with us!

Recipe:
Image: Pumpkin Mailbox / Karen's Doodles
Papers: Close to my Heart
Punch: Kreaxions 4-in-1 Cross punch
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon


Challenges:
Friday Sketchers - Sketch