Monday, 30 June 2014

A Little Sketch Saturday Fun!




Happy Monday, my friends!

All Dressed Up is sponsoring this week's challenge over at Sketch Saturday!
They're a really friendly bunch of talented girls!
They also have a great sketch this week!

I was happy to find some time today to create a project and link up.
Here's my card using only one of "Three Little Party Girls
that you can find in the All Dressed Up Shop.



Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock, 
K & Company - Watercolor Bouquet;
Punch: Martha Steward - Wildflowers Punch Around the Page;
Stamp: Stampin Up - So Happy For You;
Ink: CTMH - Moonstruck;
Flower and Bling: My Stash.

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Linking Up To:


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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Scripture Lessons and Lyrics #6 - Until the Whole World Hears


Hello and Happy Sunday, my friends!

I'm happy to be back today with a new Scripture Challenge page...finally! 
I have fallen behind on this challenge but I really appreciate that there is no deadline or time limit. 
My intention is to work at it until I'm all caught up and back on track. 
So you should see more of them very soon!

For those of you that are new here...I welcome you!
I have been participating in this Scripture challenge for several years.
Each year I do a different format.
This year I am using a SNAP binder with pocket pages.
I also incorporate the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit each time.

Until The Whole World Hears
 is another fantastic contemporary song that I love to hear! 
It's by Casting Crowns, and if you don't have any of their music I suggest you get some.
My page was inspired by these words of the song:

"Ready yourselves, ready yourselves!
Let us shine the light of Jesus in the darkest night!
Ready yourselves, ready yourselves!
May the powers of darkness tremble as your praises rise!"

There is a lot of darkness in our world, isn't there?
Don't you just love the idea of the power of that darkness trembling? 
We can shine the light of Jesus and make that happen!

The Scripture verse I used is found in Matthew 5:14a and 16:

"You are the light of the world!...
Let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds
and praise your Father in heaven."

Let us each be a light in the world!
Let's praise God and set that darkness to trembling! :o)



Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Standard Circles (LG);
Punch: EK Success - Arches;
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Stampinology - Cintrine;
Marker: American Crafts Metallic Marker - Gold;
Stamps and Stars: Simon Says Stamp - April Card Kit.

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Linking Up To:


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Here's the song for your listening pleasure:


Have a wonderful day of JOY and LAUGHTER!
I'll see you again very soon! :o)

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Live Like a Butterfly


Hello again, my friends!

It seems all my posts are coming at once again.
If you've missed my last couple, please scroll down and take a look when you're finished here! :o)

My favorite, and almost local, scrap store was having a fun layout challenge. 
I had lots of fun putting this one together, using some photos taken in my garden last summer. 

This challenge included three prompts that you had to include on your page. 
They were:
have some purple somewhere on your page,
use the word "live",
and add some texture.

Here is my 12 X 12 layout:

In three places, I did some random stitching, 
and then added a vellum butterfly and some bling. 


I heat embossed the letters of "live" with glittered embossing powder. 
The rest of the words were done on my Dymo Buddy.
Then I added a bit more bling.


I made the purple flowers to mimic the chive blooms in the photos. 
Then I added some pretty little flowers that had been gifted to me.


Materials Used:
Papers: Bazzill Basics Paper, K & Company - Watercolor Bouquet;
Dies: Cricut Cartridge - Edge to Edge,
Sizzix - Flower, Build a Flower #2, Flower Layers #3,
Stampin' Up Embosslit - Beautiful Wings;
Punches: Stampin' Up - Elegant Butterfly, Fiskars Corner Punch - Lace;
Embossing Powder: Martha Stewart Embossing Glitter - Peridot;
From My Stash: Chipboard Letters, Dymo - Label Buddy, Bling, 
Small Flowers and Leaves.

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Linking Up To:


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I wish you all a weekend full of JOY!! :o)

Friday, 20 June 2014

All Dressed Up - New Release Inspiration



Hello, my friends!

It's launch time again at All Dressed Up. 
There are four fabulous new images...and here they are!

 3 Little Summer Girls   
                                                                 


Best Teacher Ever


Cheeky Monkey


Prom Princess



Aren't they fantastic? 
To purchase any of the images please head on over to the Shop.

For my design team card I have used **Prom Princess.**
I think this image is so pretty!




Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: All Dressed Up - Prom Princess,
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Punch: Martha Stewart - Double Arches Punch Around the Page;
Flowers: Gift From Joy.

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Don't forget our current challenge  theme is "Anything Goes."
These images would be perfect for the challenge since you must use an All Dressed Up image. 
Also, we still have a blog hop going on. 
You have until July 1st to hop around and maybe win some prizes!

Don't forget to stop by our Facebook Group 
to share your All Dressed Up creations and chat with fellow crafters.
Keep an eye out for more inspiration from the rest of The Dressy Girls throughout the month. 

Oh, We Do Like To Be Beside the Sea!!


Hello, my friends!

There's a fun new Challenge beginning at Jellypark Friends!
It's "Oh, we do like to be beside the sea!"

Oh, yes! I like to be by the sea...although it's been a LONG time since I have been! 
For my project I created a 12 X 12 layout.
Doesn't this look like the most peaceful place ever? 
I think I will visit it in my mind regularly! ;o)

You can find the fabulous digital image I used right HERE, in the Jellypark Store.


Here's a close-up of Claire's beautiful image.


Oh, look! There seems to be a message in that bottle.
I wonder what it says?


Materials Used:
Papers: Colorbok Textured Cardstock,
Grafix - Clear Craft Plastic;
Image: Jellypark - Woman in hat reading book;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Stamp: Stampin' Up - Shell;
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink,
Alcohol Ink: Adirondack - Sail Boat Blue, Blending Solution;
Die: Tim Holtz - Mini Apothecary Bottles;
Frantage: Stampendous - Aged Bronze.

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Please pop on over to Jellypark Friends Challenge 
and check out what my fellow DT members have created!
Then make your pretty projects and link them up!

You might be lucky enough to win some fabulous Jellypark Images! 



Saturday, 14 June 2014

All Dressed Up - Surprise Birthday Blog Hop for Wendy

Hello, my friends!

Today is not my usual All Dressed Up Challenge date 
but I've joined Team B for a very special event!

*Today is Wendy’s birthday!*

For those who don’t know, 
Wendy is the owner and artist behind All Dressed Up.
The entire team would like to wish Wendy a Very Happy Birthday!  
We want thank her for her amazing images, and for everything else she does.
The normal challenge date is the 15th but since today is Wendy’s birthday, 
we are doing a surprise birthday blog hop along with the challenge.

The challenge theme is "Anything Goes", 
as long as it features one of our images or digital papers.

Here is my project for the challenge:

I made Wendy a birthday bouquet!
I used her beautiful image called "Flowers For You" which was 
one of the exclusive images for Through the Craft Room Door online magazine.
I cut the little gift bag on my Cricut, and filled it with all these flowers that I made!
Here's a close-up of the image:


Materials Used:
Papers: K & Company - Watercolor Bouquet;
Image: All Dressed Up - Flowers For You,
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilties - Lacy Ovals, 
Tim Holtz Alterations Decorative Strip - Tattered Flower Garland,
Sizzix Bigz Die - Leaves;
Cricut Cartridge: Plantin Schoolbook;
Ribbon: Celebrate It;
Pearls: Crafts.

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This is such an easy theme and we cannot wait to see all your fantastic entries. 
The winner will receive 3 images of their choice from the Store!

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Now, onto the blog hop! 

Below is a list of the Dressy Girls for you to hop around. 
We have a very big team here, so you have until 1st July midnight GMT to hop through them all. At the end of the hop, two random Dressy Girls will each pick a winner who has visited and commented on their blog. 
Those winners will receive 2 images of their choice from the Store.



The winners of the hop and challenge will be announced on the blog on 3rd July.

**PLEASE NOTE ANY ENTRIES NOT USING AN ALL DRESSED UP IMAGE 
OR PAPER WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE CHALLENGE**

The challenge and hop run until Midnight GMT 1st July.
We cannot wait to see all your creations! 
Why not stop by our Facebook Group and share them there too.
Happy Crafting!
The All Dressed Up Team

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Love Is Chic #3


Happy Wednesday evening, my friends! 

I'm back to share my third and final project using the 
Love Is Chic Digital Journal Kit from Ephemera's Vintage Garden.

As some of you know, I just finished a mini album using this beautiful kit. 
If you haven't seen it, just scroll down and take a look at my last post. 
I had lots of tags left over that I chose not to use in my previous album. 
So what did I do? 
I made a mini mini album using all those pretty tags and leftover bits of paper! 
I also altered a sweet little tin to put it in.

I made this mini with another event in mind.
On Sunday is my 29th Wedding Anniversary 
and I just might give this to my Sweetie!
I have inked all the edges of everything with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. 
All the tags are backed with light grey cardstock. 
There are lots of placed to write all kinds of gushy sentiments! 

Here's the front of the tin:


Here's the bottom of the tin:


Here's a side view...showing the silver tin and the pretty trim:


The mini mini is a perfect fit!
It measures 3" X 4 1/2" if you include the binding wires.


I made the front page into a pocket that holds a couple of tags. On the back I added a stamp.


I adhered all the word digis together and added them randomly throughout the album. 
The back of the "laughter" says "you & me". 
The next page is one of the little paper bags from Michaels. 
It makes another great pocket to hold more tags. 
It's quite thin, so IRL you can see the image on the tag. 
Then on the front I added another stamp.


Here's the back of the bag with a little digi and a tag page.


The page on the right is another paper turned into a pocket.


The other side of the "forever" says "together" and the right page is one of the envelopes from the kit.


Here's the back of the envelope. I used a leftover flower to hold it shut.The right page is another tag.


Here's a closer look at the tag inside the envelope.
Isn't it adorable? I actually included two of these! ;o)


Another decorative addition on the left side, and a tag on the right.


The back of the "devotion" says "love" and then I added the lock. The key is on another bag.


On the back of the bag I added this beautiful heart. The right page is another pretty tag.


Here I adhered two of these matching hearts together and made a little insert. 


Here is the back page of the mini. I made it a pocket page too.


This one final photo shows all the tags that are in the pockets.


This sweet little mini was so fun to put together!
Other than the two little paper bags, and some grey cardstock,
everything is from the Love Is Chic Digital Kit.

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Debbie is having a month-long sale in her Etsy Shop, and you'll find the Love Is Chic Printable Journal Kit there...along with lots of other beautiful goodies. You'll just need to enter this code! :o)


Oh, and don't forget to go to Debbie's blog HERE to sign up for her newsletter. 
Debbie is very generous with her gorgeous freebies! :o)

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Love Is Chic #2

Hello, my friends! 

Well...you've had a couple of days off...so now I'm back with a new project for you! :o)

This is my second project using the incredibly beautiful "Love Is Chic" printable journal kit from Ephemera's Vintage Garden. This kit is so pretty and fun to work with.

*You'll have to make sure that you read right to the bottom because I have some happy news posted there.*

I made this mini album in my favorite pocket page design. The outside of the album measures 5 1/2" X 7 1/2", and the inside pages are 5" X 7".  Each pocket holds two cardstock insert tags; one that folds over the page, and one that extends beyond the pocket. The pocket inserts are just slightly smaller than that, so they easily hold a 4" X 6" photo. This album could easily hold a total of thirty-six 4" X 6" photos. I, myself, would have a hard time covering up some of these pretty papers. That's why I like this style of album so much; there's the pretty...and then there's the practical! :o)

Let's begin with the cover:


The front, back, and spine of the album are a chipboard base covered with pink cardstock. Everything has been inked with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I then added the cover paper from the journal kit. All of the kit papers have been distressed and inked. The cover has a lovely heart key hole, and I added the Tim Holtz one that fit perfectly over it. The album has a ruffled elastic closure.



Here's a full view of the cover.
The spine is decorated with a piece of pretty mini rosette trim, a seam binding bow, and a dangly charm.


I wasn't sure how I was going to attach the charm because of the rosette trim. I finally opted to pop an eyelet through the center of the top flower. I put a loop of the seam binding through the eyelet and tied another piece of seam binding on the other side, in the middle of the book, to secure it. I slipped a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp on it, tied a knot, and then tied it into a bow. To the Swivel Clasp I added some pearls, some tiny Fleur de lis', and the key that fits the keyhole on the front cover.


Here, on the back cover, you can see how the ruffled elastic trim was attached. 
I placed two floral eyelets through the finished cover, threaded the trim through, and tied it in a pretty bow. 
You'll see that in a later photo.


Now we'll take a look at the pages. Here's what they look like all together.


This is the inside front cover and the first page. As I said, each pocket page holds two tag inserts; one in grey and one in pink. The grey one folds down over the page, and the pink one extends out of the pocket. For the next series of photos I have removed all of the tags. I want you to see the gorgeous work Debbie has done on this wonderful kit.


On the inside front cover I fussy cut these pretty flowers out of one of the pages and added it as a corner pocket. It holds this beautiful printed envelope. I then added the pretty stamps.
I didn't add anything to the next page...it's too pretty just as it is.


Aren't these beautiful? 
I apologize for the lighting in some of these photos...the sun was playing hide and seek!


On the left page I popped up the "together" and the "forever" on the top and bottom of the page. 
The bottom serves as a holder for another lovely printed envelope. 


Again, not a single embellishment was added.
This is the center of the album where the seam binding was added through the spine to fasten the spine embellishments on the outside. I cut it long enough to extend out the bottom of the book. 
It makes a great bookmark.


Aren't these pages pretty? 


This printable page on the left was one of my favorites, so I actually used it twice. 


Here is the last page, and the inside back cover. 
On the right you can see the pretty bow created with the elastic trim. 
I added the heart as a corner pocket and slipped in this matted card from the kit. 


Here is a closer look at the grey pocket tag inserts. 
The folded edge has been decoratively punched, and then stamped in pink with this pretty image. A flower was stamped and die cut and adhered to the center. Under each flap I stamped a journaling spot, and then added a pretty rose to the corner. I used Liquid Pearls for the flower centers. Each of the grey tags are finished in the same way.


Here's a look at the pink pocket insert tags. Again, the edge has been punched, and each one was stamped in grey ink. Three have the little label square which would be perfect for a date or location of the photo, and three have a little row of flowers. 


Here is a closer look at the mini envelopes and the matted tags that are in them.


Here's one extra picture...just because I liked the way it looked! :o)

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Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock,
Ephemera's Vintage Garden Printable Journal Kit - Love Is Chic;
Punches: Martha Stewart - Cornice, Doily Lace;
Stamps: Fancy Pants - Journal a la Mode, MME - Howdy Doody "Baby";
Ink: Distress Ink - Iced Spruce, Martha Stewart - Pink Geranium;
Flower: Stamp and Die from Sweet 'n Sassy;
Flower Centers: Ranger Liquid Pearls - Silver Pearl;
Tim Holtz: Lavish Trims, Swivel Clasp, Lock and Key, Pearls;
Fleur de lis: Fashion Accessories.

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So there you have my mini album using this fantastic kit!
I'll be back soon to share one more project using the same kit.

Now for the happy news:
Debbie is having a month-long sale in her Etsy Shop, and you'll find the Love Is Chic Printable Journal Kit there...along with lots of other beautiful goodies. You'll just need to enter this code! :o)


Oh, and don't forget to go to Debbie's blog HERE to sign up for her newsletter. 
Debbie is very generous with her gorgeous freebies! :o)