Monday, 30 March 2015

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Loving Sweetness - Project #1

Hello and happy Monday, my sweet friends! 

I'm back today to share another beautiful kit from Ephemera's Vintage Garden
This one is called "Loving Sweetness" and you can find it HERE.
Today's project is made using pieces from the Journal Kit, 
as well as the Add On Bits, which is found on the same page.
Just like always, this kit is FULL of wonderful goodness! 

For my first project, I have decorated a wooden box.
I found this box at my local Dollarama store for $2.
It was just begging to be decorated! :o)
I stained the entire box a pretty pink.
I used a couple of the printable pages to cover the background.
Then I fussy cut several of the Add On bits. 
All the edges were inked using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
I popped the pretty lady up on dimensionals to bring her to the forefront.
The pink pearl strand was adhered around the center square.
I adhered a second trim lower down on the box.
I added a variety of flowers, including the large rose that I made myself. 
(You'll be seeing lots more of those!)
Finally, I added some pretty sparkle with Stickles.
You can see more of the sparkle if you enlarge the photo.

A closer look at the layering, and the pretty flowers.

Using my Dremel, I drilled a hole through the wooden knob,
and tied a bow through it with pink seam binding.
I also added a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp through the hole.
Then I removed the chain, and added this pretty bauble charm to use to open the box.

Here is the inside of the box. 
The other side of the lid is actually a mirror. 
I held a piece of white paper in front of it for the photo.

Here's a closer look at the fussy cut printable I added to the mirror. 
I also added a pink pearl swirl.

Materials Used:
Ephemera's Vintage Garden Journal Kit and Add On Bits - Loving Sweetness;
8" square Wooden Box;
Stickles: Cotton Candy, Stardust;
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain;
Distress Satin: Spun Sugar;
Bauble: Tim Holtz
Pearls: Prima;
Trims and Flowers: My Stash. 

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*** I'd like to just take a second to point out my super pretty new watermark.***
My sweet friend Kathryne (StampArt Design by Kathryne) created it for me. 
Most of you know that I REALLY like sunflowers. 
Thank you so much, my friend!
It's so beautiful that I'm thinking my whole blog needs a facelift! lol

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Head on over to Ephemera's Vintage Garden and look at all the fantastic printable kits available!
Consider picking up this wonderful Loving Sweetness for your own use!
Those of you who are not able to print them yourselves can find them in the Etsy Shop HERE.
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)

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Linking Up To:

In The Pink - Challenge #65 - Lots of Layers

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Thanks so much for stopping by!
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a wonderful week! :o)

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Where Ideas Bloom - Announcement and DT Call

Hello, my friends!

I'm so happy you've stopped by today!

This is something that has been in the works for a long time
...and I'm excited to share it with you!

My dear friend Joy is opening a new shop and starting her own Design Team.
I feel extremely honoured that she has invited me to join her in this exciting new venture!

The shop isn't open yet but you can go the the blog to get a little sneak peek!
Where Ideas Bloom Blog
Pop on over and follow the blog so you'll be up on all the latest news!
I will announce it as soon as the shop is open!

I created a project using a few of Joy's lovely goodies;
so here you can get a little bit of a sneak peek!
Items from the shop include: wreath, paper twine, sequins, gold glittler bows, and the sweet little flowers. 

Other materials used in this project came from my stash.
I made a mixed media background on an 8" X 10" canvas using:
mists, inks, stamps, stencil, texture paste, alpha stamp, and a Cricut cut.

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Here are all the details: 


- scrapbookers - card makers - project lifers - home decor enthusiasts

- mixed media artists - packaging junkies 

- people with good coloring techniques using alcohol based markers/pens is a must    

- have the ability to take good photography with good lighting and styling


1. Must have an active blog, and accounts on Youtube, Facebook and Pinterest. 

Instagram and Twitter accounts are also an asset

2. Ability to commit to a 6 month term

3. Must have the ability to take good quality photos of finished projects
4. Must create 4 projects a month 
5. Be willing to allow project photos, along with credit, to be used in shop listings even after the design team expires
6. Must post DT badge on own blog
7. Must be able to create a shop pinterest board to share projects
8. Must post all projects on personal blog and shop's blog in a timely manner
9. Must create one written or video tutorial a month


 - assorted goodies to work with  

 - a 20% discount on all shop purchases

 - a blog badge

 - a friendly and caring community

 - compensation for publication in print magazines (digital magazines don't count) 

 - Name

 - Email Address

 - Country

 - Blog/Website

 - Galleries
 - Any social media sites you have
 - Current and Past Design Team commitments
 - Tell us a little bit of yourself, what are your design strengths
 and why you want to be on the Team
 - Attach 5 photos of your favorite projects, ideally your best projects ever!

 Please apply to: 

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The DT Call will end on April 15th and be announced on April 20th.
Please let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Thank you! :o)

Hello, my sweet friends!

I would like to start by thanking you all for your wonderful birthday wishes, 
both here and on facebook. 
You are just the sweetest girls and I appreciate each one of you. 
I had a beautiful day and was thoroughly spoiled.
I'd like to share a photo of one of the wonderful gifts I received.
One of my daughters had this flower cake delivered.

Isn't it yummy?...and no calories! 
It even came with the right number of candles! ;o)

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Okay, now on to my project.
This digi is called "Right On Track" and you can find it in Deedee's Shop.
Since I've been so busy celebrating, I opted to use the pre-colored digi this time. 
It's really fun to have that option available.

Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Image and Sentiment: Deedee's March Digi - Right On Track;
Punch: Fiskars - Grass;
Die: Memory Box - Puffy Clouds;
Bird Stamp: Tim Holtz Stamp Set.

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Since I created a project using the March digi,
I will receive another free digi set for the April challenge.
I can't wait to see what it is.
You can pop over to Deedee's and join in the fun.

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I hope to see you all back here on Thursday.
I'll have an exciting bit of news to share! :o)

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Happy Birthday to Me! :o)

Good morning, my friends!

Well, it's that time of year again!

Those of you that have been stopping by my blog for a while know that, for special occasions, 
my husband asks me to make him a card to give to me.
He also pays VERY well! 
I'm happy he considers my birthday a special occasion.

So here's the card I made him to give to me today!

I had fun deciding what the inside of the card would say! lol
It doesn't hurt to remind him, right? ;o)

Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: Tiddly Ink - Wishful Pixie;
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Card Kit;
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black;
Beautiful Heart Die - Gift from Willy;
Pearls - My Stash!

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Have a great day, my friends!
I know I will! We've got lots of happy plans to celebrate! :o)

Thursday, 19 March 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #5 - Not Alone

Hello, my friends!

I have a new Scripture Challenge tag to share with you today!

The {Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #5 is "Not Alone", 
and you can read/see Patter's wonderful post HERE.

Do you ever feel like you're all alone in the world?
I think we all do at one time or another...or another and another! lol 
Sometimes it's even the easiest to feel the loneliest when we are in a big crowd, isn't it?
What an awful feeling.

Yet what a comfort it is to know that we really aren't alone at all!
God has promised to be with us ALWAYS.
In Deuteronomy 31:5 it says:

"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; 
He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

I looked up the word forsake in the dictionary.
It means: "to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert."

What a wonderful promise we have been given!
I think that sometimes, when we have trouble remembering this promise, 
God will give us wonderful reminders that He is there.
One way He does this is by gifting us with someone special...just when we need them.

Next time you are feeling alone, please remember that you are not alone;
God is with you ALWAYS! :o)

Materials Used:
Papers: My Mind's Eye - Alphabet Soup, Recollections - Cardstock;
Dies: Spellbinders - Big Scalloped Ovals (LG), Rose Creations;
Stamps: Stampin' Up - The Nicest Things, Unknown Alphabet;
Ink: Stampin' Up - Baja Breeze;
Marker: Tim Holtz Distress Marker - Peacock Feathers;
Bling: Robin's Nest;
Ribbon: My Stash.

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Linking Up To:

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Here is a beautiful song that fits perfectly with this challenge:

Here are the words:

I Am Not Alone
by Kari Jobe

"When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I'm standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
And I will not fear

You amaze me
Redeem me 
You call me as Your own 

You're my strength 
You're my defender 
You're my refuge in the storm 
Through these trials 
You've always been faithful 
You bring healing to my soul"

Sunday, 15 March 2015

All Dressed Up - Challenge #31

Hello, my friends!

Today is the start of a new challenge at All Dressed Up!
The challenges are always "Anything Goes" but you must use an All Dressed Up image.

For my card I used this sweet image called "Love My Pets" that you can find HERE.

Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock; 
Image: All Dressed Up - Love My Pets,
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Punch: Martha Stewart - Photo Corner;
Ribbon: Celebrate It;
Pearls: My Stash.

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All of Wendy's fabulous images are available in her etsy shop HERE.

Head on over to All Dressed up blog to check out the rest of the teams creations, 
and why not enter the challenge while you are there.

 **Please note** 

To enter our challenges you MUST use an All Dressed Up Image or paper.

Don't forget to stop by our Facebook Group to keep up to date with all the latest All Dressed Up news, 
and to chat with fellow crafters. 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #4 - Wisdom

Hello, my friends!

I hope your week is going well!
A big welcome to my newest friends!

I have my next Scripture Challenge tag to share with you today. 
I'm a few days late with this one but no longer behind.

The word we were given this time is "wisdom".
You can read Patter's great devotional on the subject HERE.

I think that the world's definition of wisdom is somewhat different than God's definition.
The world sees wisdom as something that comes from education; 
more of a learning or being book smart. 

I think that wisdom that comes from God is taking the knowledge that we have and using it appropriately.
I tried to depict this with my tag design and my chosen Scripture verse.

I used an adorable Sushi Doll called "I Love Nerds" that you can find HERE.
He's a sweet little geek, and I have surrounded him with books.
He actually reminds me of my little brother when he was young! lol 
The Scripture verse, in Proverbs 3:21, instructs him on what he should do with his knowledge:

"My son, preserve sound judgement and discernment,
do not let them out of your sight."

Such sound instruction for each one of us, don't you think?

Here's my tag:

Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: Sushi Dolls - I Love Nerds,
Spectrum Noir Markers;
Embossing Folder: Darice - School Books;
Stamp: Impression Obsession - Book Shelves;
Ink: Stampin' Up - Basic Brown;
Ribbon: Stampin' Up;
Alpha Stickers: Prima.

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Linking Up To:

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One more Scripture verse I'd like to share with you is found in James 1:5:

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
who gibes generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to you."

 I hope the rest of your week is full of joy! :o)

Saturday, 7 March 2015

All Dressed Up - New Release

Hello, my friends!

It's the 7th of the month, which means it's time for a new release at All Dressed Up! Woohoo!
You can find these images, as well as all the others, at the All Dressed Up Shop.
Wendy has created four fabulous new images:

Party Frock

Butterfly Dreams

Summer Days

A girl can't have too many shoes

Aren't they wonderful?
As soon as I saw the "Summer Days" image I knew what I had to do.
I made a layout to showcase the photos of my daughters learning to ride bikes.
So...I went ahead and made the layout
but now I'm having trouble finding the photos.
I was out of town for a while and ran out of time.
I'm sure they're around here somewhere! ;o)

I coloured the image and fussy cut it out.
Then I used my Bazzill stitching templates to decorate my page. 
Finally, I added a few fluffy clouds, and some brads for the center of the stitched flowers.
This page was so much fun to put together!

Here's a closeup of the sweet image:

Materials Used:
Papers: American Crafts - Cardstock;
Image: All Dressed Up - Summer Days;
Spectrum Noir Markers;
Templates: Bazzill In Stitch'z Templates;
DMC Embroidery Floss;
Die: Memory Box - Puffy Clouds;
Stamp: Simon Says Stamp - Life is a Journey;
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black;
Brads: My Stash.

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Don't forget our challenges are now always ANYTHING GOES,
but you MUST use an All Dressed Up image.
Why not treat yourself and play along with us for a chance of winning 3 images of your choice!

Also, don't forget to stop by our Facebook Group to share your All Dressed Up creations, 
chat with the DT girls, and keep up to date with everything All Dressed Up.

Happy Crafting!

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