Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Whimsical Wednesday "Sketch It" Challenge...

Hello my fellow crafters!
I know I've been MIA for a couple of weeks, but I'm back and ready to get crafty with another Whimsical Wednesday Challenge!
This week, our challenge is to make a card or layout using this sketch

which was provided by my fellow Design Team member, Nanne!

Now, for the card I made! ;)

It's a really simple card, and mostly because I have THE hardest time making cards! I used Kraft cardstock for the base and then pop-dotted on that a layer of cream cardstock with some blue patterned paper from My Mind's Eye "Moments" 6"x6" paper pad. I distressed all the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and even lightly ran a distressing tool to the edges of the blue patterned paper. I used a strip of stain navy ribbon to break up the paper a bit instead of using another piece of paper as seen on the sketch. 

I stamped and embossed one of the flourish images from one of Tim Holtz's stamps in the top right corner instead of the bottom left. For the sentiment, I used one of the stamps from Whimsical Design's   "Everyday Sentiments". And the really adorable bear? I paper pieced him (my VERY first time trying out this technique) from a digital stamp image provided to us by our generous sponsor this week, Shelley's Images!

So what do you have a chance to win this week? A $9.00 voucher! All you have to do is hop on over to the Whimsical Designs blog and submit your entry into the challenge! Easy peasy, right? So I hope to see your wonderful creations over on the blog!
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week! ;)
♥s & hugs,

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Whimsical Wednesday Challenge: Textiles...

Hey fellow Whimsical crafters! :D

How's your Wednesday going so far? Well, I hope it's going great! And it's going to get better with this week's awesome new challenge! It's Textiles! :D
All you have to do is add ribbon, lace, twine, fabric, or any other type of textile to your project! Easy peasy, right? ;)

Here's my project for this week...

I made a card! Crazy, right? Lols! I hardly EVER make cards... I find them kind of hard to do... :S But this card came about from last week's "Gina's Weekly Challenge" over at My Scrap Room.  It's an awesome "Flip & Gatefold" card.

Here's a quick video I did about it...

Our generous sponsor for this week's challenge is Freckled Fawn!
They are offering a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to their store!

So, head on over to the Whimsical Designs blog for more information and details on joining this challenge! Hope to see you all there!

♥s & hugs,

Paper: MME Madison Avenue
Cardstock: Ivory, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink), Pink Glitter (The Paper Studio)
Stamps: "With Love" (Whimsical Designs) and "Sending all my Love" (Craftsmart)
Ink: Versamark and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Embossing Powder: Chestnut (American Crafts Zing)
Flowers: I Am Roses
Sprays: Caramel Apple & Creme de Rouge (Glimmer Mist)
Others: pink satin ribbon, Venice lace, heart doily, acrylic wheat spray, and Recollection bling

Friday, February 1, 2013

Whimsical Design's "Love" Blog Hop...

Hello all my fellow crafters and Whimsical friends!
Welcome to the Whimsical Designs "Love" Blog Hop! :D
If you are participating with us, you should have arrived here from Margie's blog...
If you need to start from the beginning of the hop, head on over to the Whimsical Designs blog and hop along from there! ;)

Sooo... here's a look at what I created for this awesome blog hop! :D
This is the matching mini album that I created to match the altered mailbox I showed a couple of weeks ago for our "Love is in the Air" Whimsical Wednesday Challenge.
To better explain this cute, itty bitty mini (and to FINALLY get a good view of the mailbox!), I made a quick little video! ;)

Pretty quick and simple, huh? :D So! How about some prizes and blog candy???
Our generous sponsors for this hop have graciously given us some prizes to give you all a chance to win for participating! They are:

Stamp-N-Doodle: with a chance to win 2 digi stamps of your choice,
Beccy's Place: with a chance to win 3 digi stamps of your choice, and
Miss Kate Cuttables: with a chance to win a $20 gift certificate for the store! 

And, if that weren't enough for ya'll, Stephanie of Whimsical Designs, is giving away some blog candy that includes:
A 6"x6" paper pad of MME Stella and Rose collection
2 balsa boxes
2 packs of alterable chipboard pieces
2 packs of ribbon and trim
3 small bottles of buttons
1 pack of kraft tags and twine
2 packs of bling
and 4 packs of flowers

Is that awesome or what??? ;) All you guys have to do is follow along with the blog and leave a comment on each designers' post! Easy peasy! ;) So... on to your next stop - Nanne's blog to see what amazing project she's cooked up for you guys! :D

Thanks a bunch of hopping by, and I'll see ya'll on the blogs! ;)
s & hugs,

Paper: Prima's Romance Novel, Paper Studio's Black Glitter Paper
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!'s Basic Black
Flowers: I Am Roses
Glimmer Mist: Sugar Plum Fairy
Dies: Spellbinders' Labels 1, Labels 18, and Fleur De Lis Accents & TH Plaque and Postage On the Edge Die
Punches: Various Martha Stewart butterfly punches
Stamps: Whimsical Designs "With Love" stamp set
Others: Charms, Pearl beads, Metal Accents, Grosgrain Ribbon, Venice Laces, Rhinestones

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Whimsical Wednesday's "Winter Wonderland" Challenge...

Hello my fellow crafters!
I'm back for another Whimsical Wednesday Challenge!
This Wednesday, our theme is "Winter Wonderland"! You can create anything you want as long as there is at least one snowflake and some glittery goodness added! :D

Here's a looksy at what I created for some inspiration!

It's a pincushion! I made the bottom part out of chipboard using the Sizzix Candy Cups die.  It was painted using a Ranger acrylic dabber in Denim and then coated once with Denim Dimensional Pearls for a bit of shimmery goodness. The sides are all decorated with a layered snowflake I went absolutely CRAZY for this past holiday season. I made TONS... seriously. :D The very front is decorated with a sentiment from Whimsical Designs "Snow Much Fun" stamp set. I thought I wouldn't get an opportunity to use this set anytime soon, and so I'm just sooo happy I did get to use it! :D For the trims, I just used some twisted white cord and chain from my holiday ribbon stash and some thin white satin ribbon on the bottom. I used a necklace I had gotten in a RAK from my friend Donna as a chain swag and added a charm and pearl to the end where the clasp is.

Here's a video I did on this project...

Anyways, that about wraps up my quick little project! I hope you can come check out what the other designs came up with for some more inspiration over at the Whimsical Designs blog, and join us in this * cool *, fun challenge! ;)

Oh! And before I forget... I just wanted to remind you all to stop by the Whimsical Designs blog Friday evening for our "Love is in the Air" February blog hop! Hope to see you there as well! ;)

Have a great day! And thanks for stopping by!
s & hugs,

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Whimsical Wednesday's ♥ "All About Love" ♥ Challenge...

Good morning my fellow crafty friends!
Today is the beginning of a new Whimsical Wednesday Challenge! Yay!
And, with Valentine's Day fast approaching, our challenge this week is very appropriately
♥ "All About Love!" ♥
So break out those Valentine-y papers, heart punches, gorgeous ribbon, and lovey-dovey sentiments and let's get on with some inspiration! ;)

For this weeks challenge, I came up with this gorgeous altered mailbox! :D

This mailbox is completely made from scratch out of chipboard! Not bad for my first time, if I do say so myself! ;) It's about 4" tall, 3" wide, and 4" deep - so altogether not to big and not to small. There's a matching itty bitty mini that goes inside, but that's another project to show you another day... ;) hehehe!

To construct the mailbox, I used part of the Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card Die as I am absolutely HORRIBLE at creating curves and circles free-handed. Plus, I could cut the paper for matting the sides absolutely perfectly every time! Bonus! :D The rest of the mailbox was just putting the pieces together - easy peasy!

The paper collection I used was the gorgeously stunning "Romance Novel" by Prima. Can I just say I'm in LOVE??? :D This was my first time working with the papers and I don't think I can go back to anything else! No wonder what all the hubba-baloo was about when these papers first came out! Now I gotta order some more and hoard it like crazy! ;)

Anyways, here's a closer look at the sides...

This is one of the cut-outs from the A4 paper sized pad. Awesome vintage feel! It's popped up on a redish-pinkish circle I cut out from the paper line and then matted on a black doily I die-cutted from a Spellbinder's die and then spritzed with "Sugar-Fairy Plum" Glimmer Mist. I just LOVE the shimmery-ness! I added some I Am Roses flowers to a couple of the corners and a couple of glittery butterflies.

This side is pretty simple. All around the mailbox I used a black flowery swag Venice lace to add a more romantic feel.  I glittered up some black cardstock again and used another Spellbinder's die to cut out the awesome looking label. I cut out a circle from the paper line for the middle and added a sentiment from the Whimsical Design's "With Love" stamp set. I had to stamp it a couple of times to get the whole sentiment to fit in the circle, but it was worth the time since I absolutely ♥ butterflies! I added some more IAR flowers in the corner and glittery butterflies and voila! On the flag part of the mailbox, I used a heart punch and then pop dotted the small heart which is from the "With Love" stamp set too. Cute! :D

The front is basically following the same theme as the sides. I used another Spellbinder's labels die to frame another lovey-dovey sentiment from the "With Love" stamp set. I also made a little charm dangle to hang from the bow as a sort of handle to pull the front down. It's more decoration than anything though as the box is kept closed by some magnets hidden under the flowers...

Pretty neat, huh? :D I'll be putting up a video later when I get my voice back from my silly cold!

So... I hope you enjoyed and got some inspiration from this! Don't forget to go check out the other Design Team members' amazing projects over at the Whimiscal Designs blog and join us for this fun, fun challenge! More information about the details for this week's challenge and the prize you have a chance at winning if you enter will also be posted over there! :D Hope to see you there and I just can't wait to see what ya'll create!

Thanks for stopping by!
♥s & hugs,

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Whimsical Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes!"...

Hey Everyone!

Yay! Today is the start of Stephanie Hedderick's Whimsical Wednesday Challenges!
This week's challenge is "Anything Goes!" So you can create anything you want - whether it be Holiday themed, something to say thank you, baby themed - whatever! ;)

Here's what I did for your inspiration pleasure!

This card and gift combo was for both my Design Team project and a swap I'm hosting on a ning site... :D Almost all the stamps I used on this project were from Stephanie's awesome, awesome stamp set "With Love," which you can find and purchase here!

Here's a video I did explaining the project a little more in depth! :D

So, come check out all the other DT members' creations and join in on this fun challenge on the Whimsical Designs blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Whimsical Designs Design Team...

I have some awesomely, exciting news! About a week ago, I was asked to be on Stephanie Hedderick's Whimsical Designs Design Team! :D She has 4 sentiment stamps available for purchase that she designed herself! I just ♥ sentiment stamps! And I am soo excited to share with you all some ideas I have for using those stamps! She has also gathered together a really, REALLY awesome design team! The diversity in styles is pretty amazing, and between us all, I'm sure we can fit anyone's style! ;)

So meet the rest of the team! 
(To see their blogs, just click on their names... :D)

In addition to checking out this awesome team, don't forget to visit the Whimsical Designs blog! Stephanie will be starting up her Whimsical Wednesday Challenges again on January 16th with some cool ideas and a giveaway! Yay!!! So check it out! ;)

Thanks for stopping by!