Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Have you seen HoneyPOP paper??

I recently got to try some of Inky Antics' HoneyPOP paper for a make and take sponsored by my LSS. Their stamp sets are cute, but truly you can cut any symmetrical shape (think die cuts or other stamps in your arsenal).  I got a little pack of red (thinking of Christmas ornaments, Valentine's hearts, and Teacher Appreciation Day apples) and some orange (for pumpkins...it was close to Halloween).  And then I thought how cute of a body it would make for the turkey in Verve's Bountiful Harvest!!!! and had to get some brown.
I stamped him once for placement, and then kind of paper pieced him by cutting a second head and feet to layer with foam tape, so that they were more centered among the depth of the HoneyPOP body.  He's so fat and fluffy!  Love him.

Both sentiments ("With gratitude" on the outside and "So grateful for you" on the inside) are from the same stamp set.  Papers are by Glitz.  And I finished off the otherwise basically-shaped card with some Viva Pearl Pen.

Liebster Award!

I am the proud and grateful recipient of the Liebster Award from my dear cyber friend, Terri Foltz, author of the blog Terri's Terrifical Terrace.


Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," "Favorite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

Now comes the hard part… choosing 5 bloggers to share this award with!  Wow not an easy task. I follow many great blogs and it was hard to choose just five. 

I have scrapbooked for about fifteen years, and have taken on other paper crafting, especially card making, over the last few years.  I've maintained galleries of my work on www.scrapbook.com and then www.splitcoaststampers.com, but started my blog some time ago to participate in other challenges, to elaborate and add more personal details that tie into my creations, and to hopefully grow and share my work with others.  Alas, there are so many great crafters, and just as many wonderful blogs out there, and I really don't have a following to speak of.  But Terri has followed for some time, and the occasional posts from her or others who pass by make me continue on.  My heart soars when I think someone may find joy or inspiration from one of my creations.  So this award is extra special.  Thank you, Terri!

The blogs I would like to recognize are not all of the same subject matter.  But they are blogs that in a very hectic and often stressful week, I feel happy to make the time to read, that uplift me, make me think, or give me a chuckle.  I hope you will check them out, and spread a little love.  I'm only listing four for now, but if I think of my fifth, I'll be back!

Kate & Khan - Still Fumbling thru Parenthood - mostly written by Kate, with occasional input from her husband, Khan; this site is just the random, insightful, humorous observations and commentary by a charming friend who has a great eye as an amateur photographer and a fabulous subject matter to photograph and muse about, her daughter, Lily.  I guarantee you will find yourself smiling and falling in love with this small, quirky family.

My Fascinating Life by Caroline Calcote - I have to get this award in quickly, as Caroline has really embraced the blogging world, and her followers are slowly yet steadily growing.  This lady is such an inspiration.  She lives life fully, and I find myself living vicariously through her fitness self-challenges, her outings, and her random musings.

Natty-G's---Random, Honest Musings on (My) Life - Probably the most adventurous, free-spirited friend I've ever had, Natalie ranges from prose to poetry through her introspective, blunt observations about life, which have currently taken her to Israel.  

Beadn & Stampn by Deborah Anton - Have to get my crafters in here somewhere!  I've followed Deb for a while.  If memory serves correctly, I think I first stumbled on her blog through a link from the very crafty and published, Carolyn King. Deb was offering some blog candy, which I won, and included in her prize was a beautiful and oh-so-sweet handmade card.  And I've found that that oh-s0-sweetness extends well beyond her cards.  We seem to enjoy many of the same papercrafting and stamping companies, so I thoroughly enjoy and am inspired by her creations.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Witch Hat Treat Boxes and Some More....(yes, you guessed it) Cards

I created three of these sweet little Witch Hat treat boxes from the Gimme Candy Boxes SVG Kit designed by SVGCuts.
The bottom photo shows where the hat opens to reveal a space for the hidden treat.  I plan to make some additional styles of boxes for my son's class (so there is a variety to choose from...he told me the boys don't appreciate the work I put into his class treats and throw them away, so hoping these go to some sweet little appreciative girls!  LOL).
The green and purple papers are from the Martha Stewart Halloween pad (I got mine at Michael's), and the orange is from We R Memory Keepers' Black Widow collection.
I especially love the glittered Jolee's Boutique spiders.  On the green hat, I strung some linen twine out the point and dangled a spider from the end.

Get Well Soon card for Sketch For You to Try (SFYTT)

For Jen del Muro's Sketch for You to Try for September:
I used a sentiment from Verve's Treasured Words set stamped on the frame in the same set and cut out with their Rounded Rectangle Die; and the smallest flower in Joyful Blooms, cut with the coordinating die.
I layered Spellbinder dies for the blue shapes, the yummy Verve Pennant Border Die in green, and creamy-white seam binding.
Papers are Echo Park This & That 2, and I tied a bit of Queen & Co multi-colored twine through a yellow button for the flower center.  Love the country-ish feel for this one.

Wishing You Happiness card for VLV

I used the Viva la Verve! September Week 4 sketch challenge:
The sentiment is from Verve's Brighter Days.  I also stamped the solid flower image from Verve's Dream Big, and then stamped over it with the largest line art flower in Brighter Days and topped the center with pearls for that big bright flower.
Papers are BoBunny, and a few additional dies and pink seam binding finish it off.
In case it's hard to see, I like the tiny sentiment in the bottom left corner of the patterned paper, too.  It says "Happy girls are the prettiest."  I thought it tied in to the main stamped sentiment well.