Monday, November 26, 2012

Spirit of Giving

So, I meant to have this post up on Saturday, but then I got caught up in some family activities, mainly cleaning and then taking the kids Glow Bowling.

And then I was going to post it yesterday, but we ended up babysitting my nephew all day and did more cleaning, some tree trimming at Grandma and Grandpa's and then a soccer game, and back to more cleaning.

Now, I am getting it up quick before anything else gets in the way! 

Let me first start out by saying that I am beyond thankful for everything in my life. I have a beautiful family, awesome friends, a warm house and many other things that make by life a blessing. I take these things for granted on occasion and I often forget that not everyone has it this good.

This will be my third year of doing the Spirit of Giving, and I want to make it the best one yet. {There is a good chance that I will forget to make a post on time, or pick a winner on time, or do anything else on time. It's just the way I roll.}

To start off this week, I will be giving away:
A Market Street Stamps set, Ornaments {Yep, designed by me!!}
A six by six Carta Bella Winter Fun paper pad
A bottle of Picket Fence Distress Stickles
A bottle of Frosted Lace Stickles, and,
A Clear Starduct Gelly Roll pen.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post letting me know what you are most Thankful for this year.

I will post the winner on Monday, and be on the lookout for more giveaway posts, I haven't quite decided just how many I will do between now and Christmas. Just know that there will be at least one a week!!

Also, don't forget that there are a couple of pretty sweet sales going on right now, but that are ending tonight.

*** 22% OFF ***
at Market Street Stamps!
11/22/2012 – 11/26/2012

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ENTER COUPON CODE “TURKEY” to receive your discount.
Plus with a qualifying order over $30, receive a FREE mini stamp of your choice!
Simply type the mini stamp in the “comments” section of your order.


START TIME: Wednesday, 11-21-12 at 6AM CST END TIME: Monday, 11-26-12 at 6PM CST  

  • NO CODE NEEDED... the discounts and FREE stamp set are given automatically to those that qualify. 
  • FIVE FULL DAYS OF 22 % SAVINGS on your entire purchase!*exceptions apply- however no minimum purchase required. Thanksgiving Day in the USA falls on the 22nd this year - which is how we determined the 22% off.
  • FREE SHIPPING USA! *restricted items include clip it ups and large gingerbread kits
  • DAILY GIVEAWAYS! FIVE GIFT CERTIFICATES of $50.00 EACH! *One to be given out each day of the sale!!  Every order qualifies.
  • NEW STAMPS!!  Don't look now but we will have LUCY's ABC's and 123's available for purchase at an awesome price..and they work great with the FREE STAMP SET. 
  new for Thanksgiving
  • FREE STAMP SET  This is a set four pendant/banner stamps on a Mylar sheet made to go with Lucy's ABC's and 123's! There is a minimum purchase required of $30.00 after discounts to get the stamp set. Please note only ONE FREE STAMP SET per household per day of the sale.  Also, PLEASE NOTE...there is NO CODE needed for the free stamp and it will not show up in your cart... HOWEVER, the stamps will be included with your order. 
    PK-157 Pendants Banner Stamp Set 
    These were made to go with Lucy's ABC's and 123's! 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Be Naughty!

Hello out there!! Are you still there?

I know, it's been forever, and I even forgot to post my card last Saturday for 365 Cards! But I have lots of stuff to post about, and I may break it up throughout the day. {You never know, there might be something worth waiting for at the end of the day ;)}

Well, onto today's challenge for 365 Cards. The prompt is Imagine This: Sassy.

So, my mind immediately went to this month's release over at Peachy Keen Stamps. Kathy has a cute little sentiment stamp that I thought would work perfectly!

All of the elements on this card are from either the Peachy Keen Stamp of the Month Club or the Peachy Picks Kit Club {which is unfortunately sold out for this month}.

Also, Peachy Keen is having a HUGE "Gobble it Up" sale going on right now through the end of Monday evening. You can go here and find out all of the great details!! And let me tell you, you do not want to miss out. Hint, hint... free stamp set with a purchase of $30 or more, chances to win gift certificates and much more!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Very Merry Christmas {Distress Stain Tutorial}

Hello! It's my turn to share a tutorial over on the Market Street Stamps blog today.

I first started with gathering all of the supplies that I was going to need for this project:
Ornaments stamp set
Watercolor paper
Distress Stains {Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Black Soot}
Broad Nib Water Brush
Fine Detail Nib Water Brush
Archival Ink {Will not bleed when used with water}
Rock Candy Distress Stickles
Ink Palette
Spellbinders Labels 8
Authentique Festive 6x6 paper pad

The first color I used was Shabby Shutters. I used the wider flat water brush and dipped it into the palette where I hold small amounts of my Distress Stains. I filled the body of the long ornament in completely.

I then used the same brush in Crushed Olive and filled in slightly more than half of the ornament.

And then with Peeled Paint, I filled in about one third of the ornament.

Next I used the smaller tipped water brush with Black Soot to fill in the top of the ornament.

After the paper was dry {helped along with the Heat It tool}, I squeezed out a bit of Rock Candy Distress Stickles onto the darker part of the ornament.

And then spread it around with my finger a bit.

Once the Rock Candy was dry, I used a die to cut out the ornament and attached it to my card.

And viola!! A watercolored look to a Christmas card!

Here is a closer look at the Rock Candy.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Under the Christmas Tree

Hello! It's another Saturday Challenge over at 365 Cards. Today's prompt is Setting the Scene.
Create a indoor scene using at least one stamp.

I chose to do an under the tree scene. The bough and present are die cuts from the Silhouette store and the ornament is from my newly released stamp set, Ornaments, from Market Street Stamps.

On the back of the ornament I decided to attach a real ornament hanger. 

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far. I am frantically trying to catch up on everything after a trip I took to visit with friends this past week.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Season's Greetings

It's Block Party time again over at the Market Street Stamps' blog this weekend!!

What? You have never heard of their Block Party??

Well, here is an opportunity for you!

Hop on over there and try your hand at winning one of two awesome prizes!!
One person will win a prize package of stamps and goodies, and another will win a Guest Design Spot for next month!!

How cool is that? All you have to do is make a card, layout, or other project that uses Market Street Stamps, and then link it up on their blog post. Not too hard is it?

Well, here is my card for the Block Party. I used my newly released set, Ornaments
You only have until the end of Sunday to receive 15% off of all of the new releases, so hurry on up and get over there!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MSS New Release Blog Hop Day 2

Glad you were able to make it here from the Market Street Stamps blog!!

Welcome back to the second day of the Market Street Stamps November Release Blog Hop! Yesterday I had the pleasure of sharing projects made with my very first stamp set, Ornaments, and today I am sharing a card using Friendly Penguin.

Make sure you leave a comment on each stop for your chance to win the new stamps and remember that the stamps are already available over at the Market Street Stamps Marketplace!

Your next stop on the hopping train is Julie! Hope you enjoyed watch you saw and I look forward to seeing you back soon!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Market Street Stamps November Release Blog Hop Day One

Hello! I hope you were able to make you way safely here from the Market Street Stamps blog. If not, you can start your journey here to find out all the info you need in order to successfully make your way through today's November Release Blog Hop.

I am so beyond excited that I am finally able to feature projects made with a stamp set from Market Street Stamps that I, myself illustrated!!!

This has been on the horizon for a little while now, and it feels like I am finally able to exhale! I am so very thankful to Angelica and Jorge over at Market Street Stamps, for without them, I would have never been able to do this. They are so inspiring in what they continue to accomplish with there company and I feel blessed to know and be able to work with them.

With that said, I introduce to you a couple of cards from my set, Ornaments:

And another one:

I hope you enjoyed what I was able to share today, and I can't wait to see you back here tomorrow for day number to of the Blog Hop!

Your next stop on the list is the very sweet and talented Miss Julie!

Make sure to stop by each blog and leave a comment {the Market Street Stamps blog will have the full list of hop participants in case you might lose your way}, and try your hand at winning each of the brand new sets from the release!!

Also, don't forget that the stamps are on sale for 15% off through the end of this week!! They are available at the store RIGHT NOW!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Peachy Keen Sneak Peeks Day 1

I am running real behind today, so please except my apologies!!

Today is such an exciting day for us over at Peachy Keen! Day One of sneak peeks of the new November releases!!

Here is my card for today, featuring both the Stamp of the Month Kit and the Peachy Picks Kit. I am in love with that reindeer!

Did you know that the Peachy Picks Kit supplies you with enough product to make 18 size A2 cards, plus plenty of left over patterned paper and embellishments to keep making more? Even if you are not a card maker, but scrapbook, you can get 9 8.5" x 11" pages done with know problem! 

I myself have been making some 6" x 8" pages that fit perfectly in the new Sn@p albums from Simple Stories and the 6x6 paper pad is great for these smaller sized pages.

Well, I hope you enjoyed today's card, and I will be back again tomorrow with another new project for you to check out. Don't forget to peruse the other wonderful projects from our talented design team members!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

PKS Sketch Challenge

It's a brand new challenge day over at the Peachy Keen Challenge blog!!

Our project today is based on this sketch:

And here is my take on it. I pretty much followed it to a t! I have been making projects like crazy getting ready for all of the sneak peek days coming up for Peachy Keen Stamps and Market Street Stamps, that this was a real nice break just follow along!!

I will see you back here real soon with the first day of sneaks from Peachy Keen's newest release!