Saturday, December 31, 2011

Gone But Never Forgotten

Hello and welcome to the last Saturday challenge of the year for 365 Cards.

It has been a flashback week all week long over there and my challenge was to choose any challenge from August that is not a sketch.I chose to to redo Day 183 Imagine this: Wrinkled.

Here is the card. If you notice, the flower that I made was wrinkled in each layer as I put it together.
I hope you all enjoy the end of this year and look forward to seeing you next year!!!

Also, don't forget to check out this post here for your chance to win a great prize for my Holiday Spirit Giveaway!!


Card Recipe
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {Mesh background, Pawprints on Our Hearts}
Flower: Silhouette Online Store {3D Ruffle Flower}
Twine: The Twinery {Buttercream, Denim}
Patterned Paper: Echo Park {Victoria Gardens}
Bling: Stash

Friday, December 30, 2011

Year In Review

I thought I would share some of my favorite projects from the past year. I hope you have enjoyed looking at them as much as I have making them!!

January
February


Hope you have an amazing start to the New Year!!!

***Don't forget to check out the post here for your chance to win the last Holiday Spirit Giveaway prize!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Another Winner and the Third Holiday Spirit Giveaway!!

I know, I know! I am running behind on the giveaway again, but sometimes, life just gets in the way. Since I am late posting the winner this week, I will let the contest run through next Thursday instead of Tuesday.

But, on to the winner of the second Holiday Spirit Giveaway!
Cindy Lou
Congratulations! Please email me at albertsdob {at} gmail {dot} com and I will get your package out to you as soon as possible!!

And now, for the third and final Holiday Spirit Giveaway, I have a 6x6 pad of paper from My Mind's Eye, two packages of bling and a roll of ribbon from American Crafts.


Since I make so many cards, I often find myself buying the smaller paper pads rather than the full 12x12 sheets of paper. And, My Mind's Eye happens to be one of my most favorite companies to get these from. I also often add a little hint of bling to the cards, and this brand, I get from Archivers. Ribbon is also a huge staple in most of my cards, and my favorite is usually American Crafts, not only because they have such a wide variety, but also because they come on great spools holding a smaller amount, which I like because I hate to use the same ribbon over and over again {except for on those rare occasions when you find ribbon that you love oh so much and just can't get enough of it.}

So, please leave a comment below sharing your top New Year's Resolution {or if you don't make them, just let me know that ;)} and on Thursday, January 5th I will pick the final Holiday Spirit Winner!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Notes from Paris

Today's 365 Cards' challenge is Famous World Landmarks.
Select a well-known landmark from anywhere in the world and either feature it on your card or let it inspire your card.

So, for my card I based mine off of the Eiffel Tower. I have not been out of the country much {only twice, and those places are not really that far away}. My dream is to one day tour Europe, and one of those spots happens to be France. I have seen many movies and pictures portraying the Eiffel Tower and always thought it so beautiful, especially at night. Do you ever dream of going anywhere foreign? If you do, where?
Make sure to check out all of the other great challenges going on over at the blog, you will find an endless supply of inspiration!

All product on this card is from Pink Paislee's Vintage Vogue collection except for the ribbon, which is Martha Stewart, and the bling which comes from Bazzill.

I wish you all good tidings and greet cheer in this wonderful holiday season!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Market Street Stamps and CAS-ual Fridays Co-Challenge!

How fun is it when you can combine two great things together to one amazing thing? Well, super fun!!!

Market Street Stamps is teaming up with CAS-ual Fridays for a super charged challenge! Not only do you get to join in for the Block Party Challenge for a chance to win, but you get a second challenge,too!

So, for those of you that have not hear of CAS-ual Friday, it is a great challenge blog that caters to everything Clean And Simple!! {And, their challenges are posted on Fridays.}

The challenge that starts today is Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String.

And this is the project that I have come up with
I used this sweet box from Lori Whitlock for my package cut out of kraft paper, Twine from The Twinery for my string, and of course that gorgeous butterfly is from Market Street Stamps' newly released Believing Butterfly.
The pink and purple butterflies are fairly hard to notice above, but I am hoping that that will be taken care of with better lighting shortly after Sunday, wink wink.

In order for you to make the most out of possible winning prize from each of these places, be sure to link up your projects on both blogs!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Winner, Another Giveaway and a Neato Project!!

Sorry that I didn't post this last night, but I had another post to do for the fabulous Market Street Stamps December Release Week. You can check out that post here, and don't forget to leave comments on all the lovely design team ladies' blogs for a chance to win some of the new stamps!!

First off we have a winner form the first Holiday Spirit Giveaway. And the winner is
Housebuiltofcards
Congratulations!! Please email me at albertsdob {at} gmail {dot} com and I will get your package out to you asap. 

And now, we have the second Holiday Spirit Giveaway! These are some of my absolute favorite distressing products out there. I find myself using them constantly on projects, and hope that you too, will love them just as much as I! So, please leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite holiday treat or indulgence is and I will draw the next winner on Tuesday!! 

So, now for my project! I am completely obsessed with making my own ornaments and ornaments for others. {I think a tree is so much prettier with handmade items, especially from my kids.}
For these first two ornaments I just took a trip to my local Hobby Lobby to find some things that I could jam into some ornaments.The one on the left has two packages of red jingle bells inside and I found some super pretty silver snowflake rub-ons to put on the outside. The ornament on the right it filled with silver beaded trim.
The second set of ornaments contain cinnamon sticks that I had snipped in half and inserted into the bulbs. I then used twine from the Twinery to wrap around the center and glued on a pretty button. How easy is that? {Pretty easy except for getting the twine to stay still while the glue was drying ;)}
Now for the last two ornaments. This is my absolute favorite way to make ornaments! I took some pretty, pretty double sided Christmas paper from Echo Park, cut 3 strips at 1/4" x 12", 3 strips at 1/2" and 3 strips at 3/4" and used a quilling tool to wind them up tight to fit through the top of the ornament, and dropped them in. When they hit the bottom, they slightly unfurl and you get gorgeous results!

Well, I hope you enjoyed the project today and I look forward to seeing your comments!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Market Street December Sneak Peek!!

Yay! It's that time of the month again! Market Street Stamps is releasing more sets.
For tonight's sneak I am using It Takes Love, with I have completely fallen in love with!! Just look at it's awesomeness.


Make sure you hop on over to the Market Street Stamps blog and check out all of the other great projects featuring this stamp, and don't forget that you have the chance to win this stamp set and all of the other ones being released this week too! You can find out all of the information on their blog!

Card recipe
Stamps: Market Street Stamps {It Takes Love}
Patterned Paper: Echo Park
Glitter Glue: Tim Holtz Distress Stickles
Ink: Momento
Ribbon: Stash

Saturday, December 17, 2011

You are My Sunshine

***Don't forget to leave a comment here for your chance to win the first of this year's Holiday Spirit prize.


Today's Saturday Challenge for 365 Cards is:
So Soothing
                   Use soothing colors and images on your card.


So I made a scene of a beautiful warm Spring day with big puffy clouds and soft green grass, my ideal day.

The clouds are from a sheet of American Crafts. The sun and sentiment were cut with my Cameo using a sheet of paper from Echo Park.

The grass is made using Pink Paislee tissue paper. I cut some strips from it and glued it down with a lot of creases and wrinkles.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Spirit Giveaway

As I said yesterday, today I am starting my Holiday Spirit giveaway. For the next three Tuesdays I will be doing a giveaway of some of my favorite products. These products are not on my list because I feel obligated or anything similar to that, but because with them, I enjoy crafting so much more.

I know that giving is a huge part of the holidays, and I am striving to do much better this year. I am so very thankful for everything I have in my life and hope to share in my gratefulness.
My husband and daughters are my everything and they guide all the choices I make. I wouldn't change a thing in the world for the last 16 years, for if I had, I wouldn't have them.

So, for my first giveaway, I am going to send out to a lucky someone a Hearts a Plenty background stamp and Compass stamp set from Market Street Stamps and a Purple Hydrangea VersaMagic Ink.


So please leave a comment below sharing what you are so very thankful this holiday season and on Tuesday I will draw a winner and announce the next Holiday Spirit prize! {Don't forget to leave an email address so I can get a hold of you if you happen to be the winner.}

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Masking Tutorial!

Hello! I am here to share a tutorial today!! Woot, woot!!
First off, I have got to tell you how much fun I have working with Market Street Stamps! I love the quality, it is simple unbeatable. The fact that you can see through them to know exactly where you are stamping, and then the crispness that the images have, it's just amazing.
Ok, enough of my praising {but I do hope you all know first hand of what I am talking about}.

The technique that I will be sharing with you is another type of masking.
The first thing I did was take the card base and inked the edges with a blending tool and Antique Linen Distress Ink to give it a vintage feel.
I then, took a peice of kraft cardstock and stamped it with the Grace background using Angel Pink Momento Ink.
In the picture above you can clearly see the background as it is still wet. But when the ink dries, the images will only show very faintly, adding just the slightest, prettiest addition.
Next, I cut out a label shape using my Silhouette Cameo {I absolutely love this thing!} and again distressed the edges using Antique Linen Distress Ink.
I then stamped the cake from Celebrate Cake on the label using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. {Looking back, I should have used a different ink, such as Momento, that would not bleed when wet.}
On an scrap piece of paper, {I used a label that I had originally cut but was too large} I stamped the cake again and then cut it out to use as the mask.
On top of my craft mat, I taped my masking label on top of the label for the card. I then sprayed it with Tattered Angels' Vanilla Breeze.
As you can see, the spray is confined to the cake. When dry, I applied the pearls in the circles on the image.
And here is the finished product! I also sprayed the Prima flowers with the Vanilla Breeze and added a couple different ribbons to the kraft cardstock and then stamped the Happy Anniversary! in the Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
Above is a close up of the flowers and cake. I hope you find this tutorial helpful!!

Make sure you stop back tomorrow when I will be beginning my Spirit of Giving giveaways! You could have the chance to win some sweet prizes!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Oh, By Golly...

Welcome to another 365 Cards Saturday Challenge! 
Today's challenge is: Touchy Feely.
Add three distinct textures to your card - there are lots of options for this - felt, fleece, flocking, glitter, wet/dry embossing, dimensional adhesive - anything you can think of as long as they each come from a different source.


The textures I added are: debossing, crackle paint and glitter. In the picture below you can see the debossing and crackle paint a little better.
In order to achieve the debossing, all you have to do is use the opposite side of the paper after dry embossing. I used a Sizzex embossing folder for this.

For the crackling, I applied the Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Crackle to the whole card and then before it could dry, I used a piece of chipboard to scrape it off everywhere except where is was recessed in the snowflakes.

As for the snowflakes, I used my Palette glue pad to cover the Maya Road snowflakes and then covered them in the glitter and let them dry.

The labels that the Peachy Keen Stamps sentiment is on comes from Lettering Delights. The patterned paper is Echo Park and the border punch is from EK Success.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Mother's Love!

Welcome back! Today is the start of a new Paint the Town challenge of at the Market Street Stamps' blog.

 Here is the color palette:

And here is my card based on the colors.
The base was cute using a cut file from Silhouette.

The bottom two strips is actually two different sizes of canvas tape from Prima. I sprayed the top one with Graphite Glimmer Mist and the bottom one with Haunted Shadows, both by Tattered Angels. After they were thoroughly dried I used the Vintage Wallpaper background stamp from Market Street Stamps with Archival Ink from Ranger. As I was putting the tape on, I made slight creases to ad some texture.

The sentiment is from Cool Cats which was part of November's release.

Don't forget to check out what the other talented Design Team girls have made for inspiration, and then make sure to link your own project in order to have a chance at winning some sweet Market Street product!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

ihp + MSS = amazing!

Welcome to the i {heart} papers and Market Street Stamps combined teams blog hop!  We're so excited to have you join us, and we know you're in for a real treat!

You should have arrived here from Deb's blog.  If not, visit Kate's i {heart} papers blog to start from the beginning.  You'll go from there to the blogs of our designers and finish up at the Market Street Stamps blog.  If you get lost, both company blogs have the complete list of links.

about i {heart} papers:
i {heart} papers is proud that we recently celebrated our 3rd anniversary in October. We’ve grown by leaps and bounds and have not strayed from our core principle of stellar customer service with FAST and FREE shipping. You ALWAYS receive free shipping with your $50 US order/$150 CAN order with no gimmicks or restrictions like so many other companies, and orders are almost always shipped within 24 business hours. We’re thrilled to be hopping along with the MSS team today and to be carrying the MSS line of stamps. If you’ve never ordered from us before, please mention that you learned about us on this hop for a free gift with your first order! Please visit us at www.iheartpapers.com, “like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/iheartpapers, where you'll find over 1900 other IHP fans!) and follow us on Twitter (@iheartpapers). Enjoy the hop! If you order by Wednesday midnight EST, all MSS sets are 15% off!  Leave comments along the hop to be entered in a drawing to win one free MSS set. The more you comment, the more chances to win!  You have until Wednesday at midnight...winners will be announced on the ihp blog on Friday!

about Market Street Stamps:
Market Street Stamps, LLC, was founded in January 2010 by Angelica and Jorge Suarez, a husband and wife team who create unique stamps made from peach-tinted photopolymer, the best available on the market today! Market Street Stamps' goal is to produce durable, high quality designs that you'll turn to again and again! We are thrilled to be hopping with i {heart} papers and their incredibly talented design team today! Be sure to "like" us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MarketStreetStamps) for the latest releases and project ideas from our Design Team!


The stamps that I used include Flurries background and Essential Holiday Elegance.
First, I started out with a blank chipboard tag and covered it with Picket Fence Distress Stain. After that dried, on my craft mat I squeezed out some Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Stains and dragged my tag through that.
After the tag dried from that I inked up the Flurries background stamp with VersaMark and stamped it onto the tag, then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
Next, I swiped an Antique Linen Distress Stain over the embossed image for a little antiquing look.
I then attached the two ribbons to the bottom of the tag with a stapler. 
The sentiment was stamped onto a 2x2 block of cardstock using the Comfort & Joy stamp from Essential Holiday Elegance multiple times. {The block it mounted on foam dots.} The snowflake stamped in the middle came from using an ink marker on a single flake from the Flurries background.
The snowflakes are from Maya Road and were colored white using the Picket Fence Distress Stain, then I coated them with Picket Fence Distress Stickles.
Once the snowflakes were dry, I snipped the backs off of the Bo Bunny brads and attached them with glue dots in various places.
Lastly, I attached the ribbon to the top tag hole.

I hope you enjoyed my tag!!

From here, you're headed to Gretchen's blog.  Enjoy the hop!  Thanks for your comments!  Remember to order your MSS from ihp before Wednesday to get the 15% discount!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Scarecrow Girl

Hello! Just a real quick post today! Here is a card I made back in early November while at Scrapbook Extravaganza in Arkansas. I try to make it there every year, and have only missed one since I found out about it in 2008. It's a great time to get lots of projects done {or just socializing, shopping and eating}.  This year I spent it with two great friends!!

So, the scarecrow on the card is made using a newer Peachy Keen Stamp Scarecrow Girl. I made this before I had the coordinating die that goes with it, so it was fussy cut.
The image is colored in using Copics. The patterned paper is from LilyBee and Crate and the ribbons are from My Mind's Eye.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Market Street Showcase!!

Here is the card I made for the Market Street Stamps' Designer Showcase which is displaying the newest release. The stamp set I am using is Pawprints on Our Hearts.

You can check out all of the other projects that the other design team members have made on the Market Street blog. There are some great ideas to get there.

Also, coming up on Tuesday, there will be a co-blog hop between Market Street Stamps and I {heart} Papers. You can start out at the I {heart} Papers blog, or if you come here, there will be a link to the start of the hop.

Hope you all are enjoying the start to your December!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Live in the Moment!!

Happy Saturday all!
Today I am back with another challenge from 365 Cards. The prompt given is:
Seeing Red... and Green!
I want to see red and green all over your card, but NOT a Christmas theme.  Any other theme will do :)


The green patterned paper is from Cosmo Cricket's collection Clementine and the red is from My Mind's Eye's collection Lost and Found Two: Rosy.
The Simply Stitched Borders stamps are from Market Street Stamps and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz.
The flower was cut using Silhouette's Nesting Flower 4. To distress the the edges of the flower I used the Imaginisce D-Stress Cordless Distress Tool.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Market Street Stamps Block Party!

Here's what you have to do:
  • Create a new project with MSS stamps! It can be anything (cards, layouts, altered items, etc.)- be creative and have FUN!
  • Link your project on the Market Street Stamps Blog by Sunday, December 4th at 11:59 PM Central Time
  • Note: Your creations for this contest will not be considered for the Cream of the Crop contest. Each MSS contest or challenge requires a separate, unique entry to be eligible to win!

Here's what you could win!
  • One randomly selected participant will win an awesome prize package full of yummy stamps & accessories!
  • ONE show stoppin' paper crafter will be asked to join us for a Guest Design spot for the following month! (This months winner will be the Guest Designer for the month of January!)

Here is my card that I made for the Block Party.
I used the Prancer stamp set that was released earlier this week along with some older patterned paper that I had in my stash and twine from The Twinery.
 
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