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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sweet Shaker Card :)

Hello, my sparkly friends! I hope you're having a happy week! Today I'm sharing a sweet shaker card on the My Craft Spot blog. :o)

This is my final contribution for my box of love for Lily, this month's recipient of the I Feel the Love Project who is battling leukemia. As I was contemplating what to do next for her, several colors of Kimberly's sequins were staring me down! I had no choice but to make a shaker for her sweet little hands to play with. :o)
This card began with sequins in sprightly shades of Caribbean, Perfectly Purple, and Tickled Pink... 
...and I want Lily to find joy amidst her dark and cloudy days. So I tucked them within a puffy cloud. :o) The clouds are embossed with the D'vine Swirls folder for texture and lightly inked in Broken China distress ink.

Along with loving purple, she loves Disney. The darling Disney sweetheart is a cut file from Treasure Box Designs (We're All Ears). Her sweet expression is my favorite from the Peachy Keen In The Garden collection. I dressed her in Lily's favorite color and used Black Licorice Traditional twine for the shoelaces and Mickey balloon string.
Sometimes the simplest sentiments say it all, don't they? :o) Believe is from the Ornate Labels- Christmas stamp set. I used the Ribbon Banners- Wavy metal die set as its base for an extra touch of whimsy and height. The little flowers in the grass were made with the Flowers- Daisy metal die set.

The bright papers (and fussy-cut bunnies) are from Doodlebug's Springtime collection, while the polka dot and starry purples are from Kaisercraft's Magic Happens. Inside, happy little birdies await Lily:

What a joy it has been to create for this angel:
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful day!

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: I used DP-sentiment-embossing-sequins-twine)
 *DL.ART Thankful Thursday~ September Linky Party 
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Anything Goes with a Flower
 *Papertake Weekly~ Oh How Cute
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Anything Goes

Monday, September 22, 2014

Blast from the Past at My Craft Spot!

Happy Monday, sparkly friends! I hope your week is off to a lovely start! :o)

Today begins a new challenge at My Craft Spot! My teamie Kate had an amazing idea to have a challenge showcasing a favorite project we made in the past using My Craft Spot products! How fun is that?! I've seen so many of you make fabulous projects with Kimberly's goodies, so I hope you play along. I'm excited to see what you link up!

There was zero internal debate about my choice for this challenge. My Christmas Shadow Box Book Card from last year remains my favorite. What made this project extra special is that it was for my Guest Designer day at My Craft Spot and also was a gift to my sweetest friend. I'm happy to say she loved it as much as I do. :o)
Because this is picture heavy, I'll keep my non-MCS babble to a minimum and refer you to my original post for all of the details. The cover and spine feature stamps from the Ornate Labels- Christmas set. The white snowflake flourish on the spine was heat-embossed for texture.
My front sentiment is also from that gorgeous set, which was cut out with the coordinating Ornate Labels metal dies.
The frame was heat-embossed in gold and I paired the greeting with one of the other lovely flourishes. It's such a pretty set! I couldn't resist adding a few beautiful Wild Orchid Crafts roses.
Inside, a heavenly dance of joy for the blessed season. I used a delightful combination of goodies from My Craft Spot, Marianne Design, and Cheery Lynn Designs to create the interior.
The divine sentiment is from Kimberly's Joy to the World set. That stamp set is one of my favorites, as it so beautifully captures and celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.
My pretty ballerina, adorned in festive sparkles and a snowy tutu of hope.
The finished back, where I used one of my Marianne Design dies as book hinges:
Pirouette on over to My Craft Spot to see what some of my teamies chose as their favorites! We love seeing your creations, so choose your favorite MCS card/project and play along with us this week. :o) Have a blessed day!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bear Hugs :)

Happy Saturday, crafty friends! I hope you're having a beautiful weekend! I'm fluttering in to post on the My Craft Spot blog today. :o)

This is my latest contribution for sweet Lily, this month's recipient of the I Feel the Love Project. While she battles leukemia, I want her to know how deeply she is loved. Purple is her favorite color, so I used some of my favorite purple goodies throughout.
Most of my projects are for charitable purposes and I can always count on Kimberly to have the perfect sentiments, regardless of the recipient's age or difficult circumstance. I wanted to send Lily some teddy bear hugs, courtesy of this sweet Posy Trio stamp from Lili of the Valley (colored with Copics).
The precious sentiment is from Tiny Tags 3, which is cut out with the coordinating Tiny Tags metal dies. I love the bear(y) greetings on that set! :o) I tucked it beneath Buttercup crinkle ribbon, chosen to reflect ruffles of sunshiny love. The gorgeous roses throughout are from Wild Orchid Crafts, which I've trimmed with Star Dust.

The scalloped bases for the teddy bear stamps are from the Tiny Doilies 2 metal die set. I used the new Fancy Edges- Halloween metal die set to add the stitched design to the top of the middle panel. The beautiful borders were made with the floral die in the Fancy Edges 2 set. I love how it looks lacy. :o)
The butterfly is a Memory Box Isabella die, which is cut out with glittery purple cardstock and covered in Glamour Dust. She's sparkling with so much hope for Lily! My papers are from Wild Rose Studio's Bluebell collection.
Such a strong little girl... I hope these little bears bring a smile to her heart. :o)
Thank you for fluttering on by and have a blessed weekend! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Crafty Girls~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ September Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Lia Stampz~ Lavender and Lace
 *SweetStamps~ Anything Goes
 *Sweet Stampin'~ Ribbons and Bows
 *The Ribbon Girl~ LOTV stamp and Flowers (I colored Posy Trio)
 *Tuesday Throwdown~ Butterflies and Bows
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting Sentiment

Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Craft Spot Guest Designer Call!

Hello, sparkly friends! It's been quiet around here since the stamp release party, but I will be back soon! My achy arm needed some rest as it continues to heal. :o)

I wanted to let you know that Kimberly is holding a Guest Designer Call for My Craft Spot! She is looking for guest designers for upcoming stamp release parties as well as one day spots! Flutter on over to read this post for further information.

I was elated for my Guest Designer day last December... Kimberly is a sweetheart and her products are spectacular. It's the perfect combination and she is simply a joy to work with! :o)

Have a blessed weekend, everyone! :o)

Monday, September 8, 2014

WINNER from the My Craft Spot Blog Hop!

Happy Monday, sparkly friends! Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog hop project celebrating the newest My Craft Spot release! You filled me with warm fuzzies. :o)

Kimberly generously supplied a $10 Gift Certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop as a prize on my blog and I bet you'd like to know who won it! :o)
The lucky winner is...

SUSAN KENNEDY of Scrap a Thousand Words!!!

Congratulations, Susan! :o) Thank you for hopping along with us and for leaving us so much encouragement all week long! Please email me your email address so I can arrange to have your certificate sent to you! My addy is under the Contact Me tab. :o)

Have a blessed day, everyone!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Blog Hop!

Happy Saturday, sparkly friends! Welcome to the My Craft Spot Blog Hop, where we're celebrating the Fall release! All of the new goodies are now available for purchase HERE! Each stop on the hop is giving away a gift certificate to Kimberly's store to put toward the purchase of your choice! Yay! :o)

I'm your last stop on this celebratory blog hop! You should have arrived here from the sweet and talented Kate of Small Bits of Paper. If you've just stumbled upon my blog, flutter on over to Kimberly at My Craft Spot to start the beginning! You won't want to miss a single stop. :o)

I adore the harvest season and all it entails, from Autumn's foliage to the zip-zip of corduroy! :o) One of my favorite things is spending time with loved ones, sharing a sweet treat as we treasure precious moments together. Times of encouragement and building up of faith, being thankful for every blessing from above.

To accompany these beautiful moments, I made a sweet treat box that doubles as a pretty home decor accent. :o)
What a joy this was to create! I saw this tutorial at Stamp Artic for a tea box and instantly fell in love. I will be making more of these in various designs/sizes for tea, candles, hot cocoa, etc. Stamp Artic provides a wonderful base with which to begin. Naturally I began with chocolate. ;)
The fluttering leaves throughout the box are from the NEW Fall Border metal die set. The border itself is stunning and I am so happy Kimberly included layering dies for each part, enabling them to be used individually. I inked up my leaves to make them two-toned and painted them with Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  
The gorgeous sentiment is from the NEW Fall Leaves stamp set. This is one of my favorite sets, as it is filled with such beautiful greetings in varying sizes. It's perfect for any project expressing Autumn, harvest, or thankfulness.
For the front of my box, I created a sweet little scene with some of the new dies. The leaf and acorns are from the Fall Border set and the sweet pumpkins are from the Fall Wheelbarrow set.
Along with chocolates, the box contains a few tags to remind us to keep a thankful lifestyle and to enjoy this beautiful season. More will soon be added. :o) 
My papers are from Maja Design's Walking in the Forest. The decorative bottom of my box is a Spellbinders Romantic Rectangle. The top of my backing design is Marianne Design's Anja's Vintage Decoration. The frame I created for my sentiment is a Spellbinders Gold Labels Four, while my tags are Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles.

You can't have a blog hop without BLOG CANDY, right?! Kimberly is generously supplying each of us with a $10 Gift Certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop to give away! To be eligible to win mine, simply leave me a comment on this post. :o) (I will select and announce the winner on Monday morning!)
Ready to see the entire release?! :o) (Click for larger images)

Fancy Edges- Halloween metal die set

Fall Border metal die set

Fall Wheelbarrow metal die set

Halloween Shapes metal die set

Here is the entire blog hop line-up in case you got lost along the way:

Thank you for celebrating with us! Have a blessed and sparkly weekend! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *Decorate to Celebrate~ Fall or Birthday
 *Frosted Designs~ Stamping
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting sentiment

Friday, September 5, 2014

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party- Day 5!

Happy Friday, sparkly friends! Welcome to Day 5 of the My Craft Spot stamp release party! Hasn't this been a fun week?! We've been showcasing sneak peeks of Kimberly's FIVE new stamp sets and FOUR new metal die sets! :o) Come back tomorrow for the celebratory BLOG HOP, where inspiration and prizes will abound! All of the new goodies will also be available for purchase at that time! YAY! :o)

Today we are featuring the NEW Batty For You stamp set! This set is filled with an assortment of fabulous Halloween sentiments, sure to inspire your creativity!

For my project, I gave an Autumn twist to one of the sentiments: a sweet set of caramel/candy apple cards for Lily! She is this month's recipient of the I Feel the Love Project and it is an honor to send her an abundance of love as she battles leukemia.
This particular sentiment is ideal for so many fun food-themed projects. :o) I debated having a bite already taken out of these treats, but decided to leave them whole in all their prettiness. Love is blossoming even before the bite, right? ;) Eye candy! I love how Kimberly designed the sentiment. Little twine bows of Honeydew and Cherry Red were added for extra sweetness.
I used the drippy goo metal die from the NEW Fancy Edges- Halloween set for the extra chocolate and caramel sauces. This die is so versatile! I intend to use it for ice cream and melty ice, as well. The Cute Caramel Apple cut file is from Miss Kate Cuttables.
Oh the joy of sparkles serving as candies! I used cherry red and garnet rhinestones for a 'red hot' candy apple... amber and crystal for toffee bits and coarse sugar... and black and white pearls for dark and white chocolate chips. :o)

Tucked inside are seeds of love. :o)
I hope this brave little angel enjoys them. :o)
Twirl on over to My Craft Spot to be inspired by my talented teamies. :o) Leave a comment on Kimberly's post for a chance to win today's daily prize: Hocus Pocus crinkle ribbon!
Thank you for fluttering on by! I'll see you tomorrow for the amazing BLOG HOP! You won't want to miss it. :o) Have a beautiful day!

Challenges entered:
 *Crafting From the Heart~ Anything Goes
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Shape Up!
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party- Day 4!

Hello, sweet friends! Welcome to Day 4 of the My Craft Spot stamp release party! All week long we're showcasing sneak peeks of FIVE new stamp sets and FOUR new metal die sets! :o) All of the new goodies will be available for purchase on Saturday!

Today we are featuring the NEW Chalkboard Sentiments- Fall stamp set! I have such an affinity for larger sentiments that have an abundance of beautiful words. There are several of those throughout this release. :o)

I made a fun pumpkin card to let this gorgeous sentiment shine. It is for the upcoming Thanksgiving recipient of the beautiful I Feel the Love Project. :o)
The pumpkin is a Miss Kate Cuttables cut file, which I purchased at the Silhouette Online Store. Per usual, I used the Silhouette Software to turn the cut into a card base. How I adore shaped cards! This particular design has the perfect panel to let the greeting take center stage... and isn't it a beauty? 
I love the chalkboard design of it. :o) The pretty leaves by the stem are from the Flowers- Daisy metal die set, which are embossed with the Victoria Cuttlebug folder. A double-bow of sweet Candied Orange crinkle ribbon adds a fluttering harvest breeze, which I centered with a Wild Orchid Crafts rose.

My papers are from Maja Design's Walking in the Forest. I've said that a lot lately, haven't I? I'm blowing through this gorgeous collection! My layers are inked with Spiced Marmalade distress ink for a warm glow and popped up with foam tape for dimension.
Flutter on over to the My Craft Spot blog for lovely inspiration from my teamies! While there, leave a comment on Kimberly's post for a chance to win today's daily prize: A $10 Gift Certificate to the My Craft Spot store!
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautifully blessed day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Autumn)
 *Delightful Challenges~ Don't Be Square
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Autumn Colors with Ribbon or Trim
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Anything Goes

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