Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Magical Christmas + Winners!

Good morning, crafty friends! How are you all doing this week? Getting ready for tomorrow's trick or treating? I was up late last night painting some finishing touches on my kids indian costumes for school tomorrow, but I did manage to also squeeze out another Christmas card for the Caring Hearts Card Drive benefitting the elderly in nursing homes.

This time I used the new Magical Star stamp set from the Moonbeam Meadow line at Crafter's Companion. Isn't it cute? Polar bears are my favorite, so this adorable set is definitely going to get some use from me!

To bring this scene to life, I colored it with my Spectrum Noirs in shades BG1, BG2, DR3, DR6, DR7, DG3, DG4, LG2, LG3, LY1, LY3, GT1, and GT2. I added some May Arts ribbon and a sprinkle of Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins to finish it off. Hope you like it!

Moving on, I've got a couple winners to announce! The winner of my Crafter's Companion Birthday Celebration Giveaway was SAMANTHA MANN! I've already contacted Samantha to get her info to get that stamp set out to her.

The winner of my Create A Smile Video Hop Giveaway is THORDIS! Thordis, I will be contacting you shortly for your mailing info and pass that along to Christine at Create A Smile to get you your free stamp set.

Thanks to everyone who entered both giveaways! The comments you guys left were awesome and totally made my day.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Create A Smile Video Hop

Hey friends, happy Sunday! Today I am super excited and honored to be taking part in the Create A Smile Video Hop. With fabulous designers and fantastic projects, this hop is sure to knock your socks off! Since Create A Smile is such a new company to the industry, allow me to take a moment to introduce you to them.

Create A Smile  is a new stamp company based in Germany. They design fun and cute, high quality photopolymer stamps and stencils that are intended to make people smile. They bring inspiration to the crafty community through tutorials, videos and by thinking out of the box. You can find their store at 

This Video Hop is made to inspire and entertain you - and theres also a GIVEAWAY on the Create A Smile blog!
Enter the Rafflecopter to win yourself some new supplies!
You have until Tuesday, October 28th to enter. The winner will be announced on the Create A Smile blog on Friday (October 31th)

What's more, Christine has allowed us to each give away ONE FREE STAMP SET here on our own blogs! So leave me a comment below by Tuesday, October 28th at 11:59PM. Bonus points if you are a blog follower and YouTube subscriber. ;) I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, October 29th, so be sure to check back or leave a way for me to contact you. I also have another stamp set giveaway HERE, in case you're interested in entering that as well.

Scroll down below the video for the full list of hop participants. Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy the hop!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Greetings Of The Season

Hi friends! Today I was doing a little blog hopping and ended up on the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge blog. It's been a little while since I've inked up any of my Paper Smooches stamps, so I decided to play along and give them a little love.

Since I'm fully committed to creating as many holiday cards as I can for the Caring Hearts Card Drive, I decided that this little penguin and birdy from Chilly Chums would be the lucky contestants. I colored them with my Spectrum Noirs and used a sentiment from Joyful Greetings to complete my card.

I hope you enjoy it! The challenge this week is Anything Goes, so it couldn't be easier to play along. :)

Also, this is the perfect time of year to play along with the Festive Friday Challenge. Their beautiful inspiration photo is where I drew my color palette of red, white, and black. Don't you just love an artfully wrapped package? Or two? Or three? Or ten?

Have an awesome weekend, everybody! Get crafty if you can!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Merry & Bright - 2014 Holiday Card Series #2

Good morning! Welcome to the second installment of my 2014 Holiday Card Series! The minute I received my Mama Elephant new release order in the mail this week, I knew that my very next card would have to feature one of these adorable Arctic Penguins! They're just so darn cute! 

I decided to give him a Northern Lights background which I achieved by using Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord, and Seedless Preserves. But if you google the Aurora Borealis, there are so many color options to choose from! I'm definitely going to keep playing and making more of these backgrounds for my new little friends. :)

Enjoy the video! Click on the YouTube icon in the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD. And please don't forget to leave me a comment, thumbs up my video, and subscribe if you haven't already. All those things mean so much to a YouTuber! It really helps us out!

I'll also be linking this up to the current Mama Elephant and Me Challenge: Anything Goes. There's still a few days left to play along if you haven't already! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Crafter's Companion Birthday Celebration & GIVEAWAY

It's Birthday week at Crafter's Companion and I'm celebrating TWO ways! First, by using this adorable new FREE image from the Bebunni line at Crafter's Companion. You definitely want to check out the website and see how you can bring him home with you. :) I used my Spectrum Noirs to color him in with shades: BGR1, BGR2, BGR3, PP1, BT2, CG4, JG3, CT2, CT4, and GB3.

The second way I'm celebrating today is by giving away this awesome Bebunni Celebration stamp set to one lucky follower! 

All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me who you make a card for with this stamp set if you won.

This giveaway will run from October 20th-26th and I will pick a winner on the 27th, so be sure to check back for that! 

Have an awesome day!

You're Neat - Lawnscaping Challenge #92

Hey everyone, happy Monday, and welcome to Lawnscaping Challenge #92! We're getting in the mood to be spooked this challenge. ;) But don't worry. If Halloween cards aren't you're thing, you have the option of going with the color challenge. Or combine them both! It's up to you!

For my card I used Lawn Fawn's Monster Mash stamps and dies as well as the large tag from Tag You're It and threw in some Spooky Lawn Trimmings for good measure.

Please head over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog to check out the other amazing design team projects and don't forget to enter! 

Special thanks to the wonderful folks at Lawn Fawn for generously sponsoring us with a FREE stamp set to our winner! We love Lawn Fawn!

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 Holiday Card Series #1

Good evening, friends! I am super excited to announce that I began my 2014 Holiday Card Series on my YouTube channel today! To kick things off, I started out with my favorite new stamp set from Wplus9Winter Woodland, and inked up those cute critters using the rock and roll technique with some Memento Luxe inks.

I paired that with the gorgeous new Simple Stories Cozy Christmas 6x6 papers, as well as some polkadot vellum and American Crafts glitter paper. 

All my cards will be going to the Caring Hearts Card Drive benefitting the elderly in nursing homes. I hope you'll consider participating. It's such a great cause. Enjoy the video and have an fantastic weekend!

By the way, this time of year is an awesome time to link up to the Festive Friday Challenge! Be sure to check them out!

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