{IBS} Always Thinking Of You

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SweetStamps #178: Anything Goes post, click HERE
 4 Crafty Chicks #203: Great Outdoors post, HERE
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Good morning,
For me, simple isn't always an easy approach, especially when it comes to making cards.  I love pattern, texture and colors.  When I stamped this image, I had no idea of the direction I was going.  Stamping on colored card stock was not a "normal" practice of mine, but figured I would try it. 
Started the process by stamping Flower of the Month: Lily of the Valley onto the light pink card stock and heat embossed in white powder. Now for the fun part!!!  I selected a pink of pink that was slightly darker than the pink card stock.
I colored the card stock, like I typically would any image. 
I just love how well it came out.  If I didn't tell you that I colored on the colored card stock, would you be able to to tell?  :)  I used the new Fancy Labels 3 Die for the sentiment banner. 
Here is a close up of the coloring and image. 
I hope that you all are having a great Summer. 

Hugs, 


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4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #203: Great Outdoors

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 SweetStamps #178: Anything Goes post, click HERE
Inspired By Stamping: Always Thinking of You post, HERE
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Good morning... Today is one bust day on my blog!!  Please check the links above is you are looking for a specific post.  Today, is my 3rd week guesting with the wonderful ladies over at 4 Crafty Chicks.  I have had a blast thus far!!  It's Summer and lot of busy stuff going on here, so I thank Leanne for being so patient with me.

This weeks challenge is all about:
GREAT OUTDOORS

I had another creation in mind when putting together my projects, but my hubby said
he liked this image better!!  So I went with his choice, of course!!  hehehe
This image is from Kraftin Kimmie: Cherish the Little Moments
Colored with my loved Copic markers.  The paper is Imaginisce: Outdoor Adventure Collection, love how it works well with the image.  There is plenty of glitter on the flowers and even the dress, which was added with a Gelly pen.

I will be away til mid week, but when I return I hope to bounce around and leave some comments for you all.   Hope you have a wonderful week.

I would like to share this is in the following challenge:
Oddball Art Stamp Co.
7 College Kids Funds #104
Kraftin Kimmie Challenge #238


hugs,

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{SS} #178: Anything Goes

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Inspired By Stamping: Always Thinking of You post, HERE
4 Crafty Chicks #203: Great Outdoors post, HERE
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Good morning sweeties-
This week at SweetStamps, we have an ANYTHING GOES, challenge going. 
Did you have a chance to see the new ArtsyFartsy Stamps too!!  Oh they are hilariously a must see.  Check them out HERE
I made a bottle tag for my Anything Goes project this week. 
I used the I'm a Winer Clear Stamp set.  Are you a winer?!?!  I know I am, well not at the moment, but I do love my Moscato, Riesling, Sparkling and Cabernet wines. :) I'm still nursing, so I have not had any in a very long time.  yummmmmmm
The sentiment down at the bottom is from Simple Greetings Clear Stamps the last release we had in May. 
Here is a close up of the image.  You can see I added glossy accent to the bottle and glass.  
There is also small Rose pearls around the frame/  I just love adding small details like that and the pearl pens, make it easy to do. 

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Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.

Next week's challenge #179 is:
Christmas Tags
The monthly technique challenge is:
Parchment Craft
Details and Link-up can be found HERE
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I would like to share this tag in the following challenges:
Die Cut Divas
Sister of Crafts

Hugs,



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{SD} #19: Sea, Sand and Surf!

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Hello again-
How is your Monday going so far?!? Busy?  Are you working?
Well I hope that you are at least getting to enjoy the Summer weather. 
Speaking of which, this brings me to the weeks challenge over at Scribbles Designs
This fortnightly challenge theme is:
Sea, Sand and Surf!!
So glad to be designing again for Scribbles!!  I love Sandy and the rest of the girls on the team.  They are all so amazing and supportive and extremely talented!!  ;) 
For my card today, I decided to use #207 Brrr Hanging. This is one cool and hip penguin.
I did a little paper piecing on the surfboard and created a wave for him to ride. 
Here is a closer look. 
So I hope that you will join us.  You have to 2 weeks to play along and remember, that Sandy 
always offers a freebie on the site.  You just have to stop by the blog to pick it up!!

I would like to share this card in the following challenges: 

hugs. 





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{SS} Technique Challenge: Christmas Parchment Craft

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Good morning-
Today at SweetStamps, we have a few challenges going on this week. 
First, it's the 15th of the month, so that means it is time for our monthly technique challenge.  This months challenge is:
Christmas Parchment Craft
I LOVE this technique challenge and these images from Jacqueline Hill are so perfect for it. I embossed the image with white detail embossing powder and with the stylus, embossed the reverse side, to add the shading. 
Here is a closer look at the birds and embossing.  I also added glitter glue for color shine. 
Carefully, trying to hold my hand still added, pupils to the birds.

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Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.

Next week's challenge #179 is:
Christmas Tags
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I would like to share this card in the following:
Crafty Boots Challenge




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{FTH} Candy Cane Anneke

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Good morning- 
Well I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
From The Heart is on Summer break right now, but we still have a sketch challenge open during this time.  Since I was a bit tardy loading my card last week, I decided to use is as a reminder for you all this week!! :) 
I am using my favorite girl image, Candy Cane Anneke!!
I used the sentiment for the inside of my card, but forgot to take a picture of it!! :)
Here a side picture of all the tinsel glitter, I added to the hat, sleeves, brim of the dress and boots.   Love her bright green candy cane.  I did not intend for it to be that bright, but I like it anyhow!  :) The dress , candy cane and bow have all been paper pieced for a bit of added dimension.

So I hope you will join us while we are away. I know you will love this weeks sketch...i know I did!!  I have another card for next weeks post, that uses the 'twist"!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

I would like to share this card in the following challenges: 

Hugs, 


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4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #202: Inspired by a Song

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Good morning!! 
What a week of catch up this has been.  We went away for the 4th of July weekend and came back late Tuesday evening.  So it's been fun, but I really looked forward to my crafty down time. 
Today, I am sharing a card I made for this weeks challenge over at 4 Crafty Chicks. 
This weeks theme is: 
Inspired for a Song
I pulled out a goodie, but oldie stamp from The Greeting Farm: OA: Valentine
It is a Valentine's stamp set, but I found it to be very suitable for my song selection.
My son was hanging out with his girlfriend and I thought of make him a card that he could give to her.  I know, I am thinking way head of schedule, but at least I will be prepared!!  :)
My song selection for this card is: In Love on Christmas by NSYNC!!
I know please...please don't laugh at me!!  hehehe   It is an old song, but I am getting in the Christmas spirit and I need it, if I am going to get my Christmas cards done in time. 

So I hope that you will join us this week, looking forward to seeing your entry.
I would like to share this card in the following challenges:
TGF: Fresh Farm Friday
ABC Challenge: N for Numbers
Inky Chicks #33

Hugs,
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SweetStamps #177: Gold and/or Silver

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Good morning. 
It's a new challenge theme over at SweetStamps. 
This weeks challenge is: 
Gold and/or Silver
I had a card already created for this weeks challenge, but I didn't use the Christmas theme!1  Yikes!!
I've been creating quiet a few Christmas cards and really getting into the spirit of things. 
So for my card today, I used silver as my color and LOTS of it!! 
The edge of the papers were created by using the sticky tape all the way around the card, then I sprinkled and rubbed the glitter on.  The snowflake is my favorite part.  I recently found a new product by Tim Holtz called Sticky Embossing Powder.   All the same techniques for heat embossing apply, accept you have to quickly apply the glitter before it cools. 

There is still plenty of time to play along with us!
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Join our weekly and monthly challenge
You can use any stamp on your challenge entry, but if you use a SweetStamps image, you will get two entries into the giveaway! To enter the challenge, please add the URL to your actual blog post or online gallery to the InLink at the end of the post. Please do not link to your main blog, we want to be able to find your post to leave you comments. Also, please link back to the SweetStamps blog.
Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.

Next week's challenge #178is:
Anything Goes
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Hugs, 
Calypso 
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