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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Warm Winter Wishes...

Little Darlings Challenges DT

Hi Everyone!!!  This time, the Little Darlings Challenges theme is 'Ruffles/Pleats'.  Sounds easy huh?  Well, not for me!  I'm not a ruffles and pleats kinda gal.  In fact, if I were a Spice Girl, I would definitely be Sporty Spice.  I was a tomboy as child and still don't feel completely comfortable in a dress.  So, this theme was DEFINITELY a CHALLENGE for me!!!  OMGoodness!  I put ruffles here and ruffles there...and kept removing them and praying that I would NOT tear the paper!  Oy!  Fortunately, I'm really happy with the result :-) 

I can say this with absolute certainty...Thank the Lord for Scor-Tape!  I was able to tape ruffles into place and then remove them and the Scor-Tape without tearing any paper!  Whoo Hoo!!!  This is why I've added it to my Love To Stamp store, along with several other awesome products from Scor-Pal.  My plan was to fill my store with my most favorite things that I would strongly recommend to someone, and the Scor-Pal products are definitely some of my favorite things!

Back to the task at hand...You can catch the details of the LD challenge and the prize over at the Little Darlings Challenge Blog.  You can also see the full line up of DT cards there and link to their blogs for the details of their projects.  How how about you???  We would love to see your challenge entry!  You can use any stamp you like for the challenge, however, the prize is doubled if your winning entry has a Little Darlings stamp on it :-)  You don't have a Little Darlings stamp?  Well then head on over to Love To Stamp right now and check them out!  There are 4 new Christmas stamps that were just released this week!


Warm Winter Wishes
So, here it is!  I couldn't wait to work with this image titled 'Every Stocking Counts'!  The idea of her hanging up that little sock of hers is just adorable!  I colored the image with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with DI's.  Here are the details:

Copics:  E000, 00, 02, 11, 13, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, Y21, R20, 30, N1, N3

DI's:  antique linen, vintage photo, walnut stain, fired brick, shabby shutters, peeled paint, forest moss, black soot, worn lipstick, tumbled glass

I have no idea what the shape of this card is called, but I wanted to do something with a pocket for the sentiment.  I tried putting ribbon ruffles everywhere and failed miserably.  Then I settled on making pleats from cardstock.  THANK YOU SCOR-BUDDY!!!  I just love my Scor-Buddy!  It made making these pleats a breeze!  Besides that, it's so light and the perfect size to take with me wherever I go crafting.  PLUS, they're available now at Love To Stamp so go get yourself one!

The dp's are from the Three Bugs In A Rug 'Deck the Halls' collection.  I also used them to cut the snowflakes with my Marianne Design Creatables dies.  I also gave them a coat of Hero Arts - Prisma Glitter.  I put little clear snowflakes in the middle (from my stash) and topped it with a purple gem.  The corner pieces were cut with my SB Fleur De Lis Accents set.  I also used it for the top of the pocket card and gave it a coat of the same glitter.

Here you can see the pocket card a little better.  The sentiment is from a Whimsy set that I got last year titled 'Winter Letter Seals'.  I backed it with another piece cut from the same SB die set.  There are also more purple gems all over the place!  I went a little crazy with them!

Well, that's all I have for today.  Thanks so much for stopping in for a visit!  I hope you'll leave a little comment let me know that you were here :-)



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

You Bring Sunshine To My Life!

Magnolia-licious Birthday Blog Hop!!!

That's right!  We're having a birthday party for our very own Lady Diana!!!

Happy Birthday Diana!!!

As you can see...I brought the CANDY!!!  Wish I could say I made it all myself!

So, can catch all of the Hot details on the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.  You can also catch the beginning of the Hop there in case you missed it.  If you've arrived here from Sharon's blog, then you're on the right track and you can keep right on goin'.

You Bring Sunshine To My Life
This #298 Scarecrow Tilda is my absolute favorite stamp from the Sweet Rainbow collection.  She is available right now at Magnolia-licious so head on over there and get yours today.  As always, Magnolia-licious has the best selection of Magnolia products and superior customer service.  If you place an order today, you're likely to have it in your hands within the week!

Side Note:  I have no idea why, but I colored this image with really rich, warm colors, and that's what dictated the entire Autumn color scheme of this post.

The Whimsy sentiment, from the Vintage Seed Packets set, available at Love To Stamp, describes perfectly how Diana makes me feel.  She is one of the sweetest people that I know, a very good friend, and I'm so lucky that she has come into my life. 
Love You Diana!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

The gorgeous dp's are from the Webster's Pages 'Wonderfall' collection and they're absolutely perfect with this #298 Scarecrow Tilda.  All cs is Bazzill.  The flowers and lace are from WOC.  I layered some cheese cloth in the background, after staining it a bit with some of my DI's and a spritz of water to blend.  The image is colored with Copic markers, but I don't have the color details...sorry!  I colored it while waiting for my son at summer camp and never wrote down the color details before putting the markers away.  Anyway, the edges of the image were also stained a bit with the DI's.

Here's the inside of the card.  The dp from Webster's Pages is, again... perfect.  I added some more daisies from WOC and stamped a sentiment from SU.

Well, that's it for me today!  Thank you so much for stopping/hopping by!  Your next stop on the Hop is the fantabulous Ruby Montes!  I just know she has something spectacular to show you!!!



Sunday, August 21, 2011

Love To Stamp News!!!

Christmas Stamps Are Here!!!

are available at midnight EST tonight

Supply is limited
So get yours right away so you don't have to wait for restocking!!!

What Else Is Going On?

Scor-Pal products have been added to the store!

Check them out!

Testimonial by Angie Hunt aka ScrapGirl: I use my Scor-Buddy every time I make a card or altered project. It's small enough to take with me wherever I go crafting so I can always have it handy. I've used competitor products, but none provide as perfect a score line as the Scor-Buddy. Other products also have too many scoring ridges with weak edges, which can easily cause you to slip over to the neighboring ridge when scoring. While the Scor-Buddy has all the ridges you will need, with stronger edges to ensure that you do not slip out of the ridge when scoring. The Scor-Buddy truly is a superior scoring tool.

I know what you're thinking..."This looks just like the embossing mat that came with my die cutting machine!" Well, IT'S NOT!

Testimonial by Angie Hunt aka ScrapGirl: I thought the same thing. I was skeptical. Until I saw the demonstration in person at CHA this summer. With this mat, you will achieve a much deeper emboss than you have in the past. You can now emboss with things like your Glimmer Screen Stencils! You can even run bottle caps through your die cutting machine with this mat to flatten them a bit and roll the edges over. They look really cool afterwards! What else? Use it to make impressions, like that of a quarter on a thin sheet of metal. There are so many creative options and I can't wait to get started with mine!!!

Forget the liquid glues and tape dispensers. Scor-Tape is the only adhesive you will ever need again. It is a super strong, double-sided tape that can be used for all of your paper crafting needs.

Testimonial by Angie Hunt aka ScrapGirl: I use the 1/4 and 1/2 inch Scor-Tape most often. I use it to secure paper, ribbon, flowers, and many other embellishments. I used to use those tape dispensers and found that I was spending a lot of money on refills and not getting much tape in them. They also didn't work well half of the time and I often times ended up frustrated. With Scor-Tape, it's reasonably priced and you get a lot of tape on each roll. It's extremely easy to tear off the perfect amount of tape, secure it into place, and then peel back the protective backing. It's sticky enough to hold anything in place, yet easy enough to peel off your project without tearing your paper if you've put it in the wrong place. It is a perfect crafting tool.

One Last Thing!!!

Whimsy's new release has been restocked!!!

Get yours while supplies last!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Summer Games...

Hi Everybody!!!  Can you believe we've already made it past the middle of August?  Why is it time flies when the weather is warm, but the freezing cold months seem to hang on forever??

Boy, I'll tell ya, this summer has really thrown me for a loop!  I don't ever seem to have time to color in my studio, so I've had to make due elsewhere.  For eight weeks I took my son to camp.  It was a short camp that only lasted 1.5 hours, twice per week.  It was an hours drive in each direction, so I learned how to pack up minimal coloring materials and bought an inexpensive plastic lap desk at the craft store.  I worked with both Copic markers and PrismaColor Pencils.  I didn't always keep what I colored because I was so limited with colors, but sometimes things turned out ok.  You'll see in a moment :-)

PaperPlay Challenges Team A

This week at PaperPlay Challenges, Team A has been challenged to a recipe!!!  Yay!  I love recipes!  When it comes to food and cards :-)  The recipe is 3 different embellishments, 2 patterned papers, and 1 lace.  Hmmmmm, What to do?  What to do?  First, I want to know what you're going to do!  You can enter too and win a great prize from Just Some Lines.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Now for my project...I hope you like it :-)

Summer Games

So, as I was mentioning earlier, I had a few colored images waiting in the wings.  Thank Goodness!!!  I found myself with a very unexpected, sizable, and completely UN-FUN project on my hands late last week (I'm still working on it!!!) and I didn't have much time to spend in my studio.  Fortunately, this Little Darlings 'Croquet' image was perfect for this project.  I paired her with two dp's from the Authentique 'Uncommon' collection.  I just love these papers!  The entire pad is pink.  Yes, pink.  I realize that it's not a favorite color of mine, but it is gorgeous in this paper pad.  And it's paired with my favorite color - brown :-)

Now for the lace and three embellies...  The lace - I didn't want to do my usual strap of lace across the card, so I pulled it with thread into a handmade flower.  Embellie #1 - I added a heart shaped doily from my collection.  Embellie #2 - an assortment of flowers from both Magnolia and WOC.  Embellie #3 - die cut heart shaped leaves using the new Magnolia DooHickey Die "Heart Swirl".  This is my absolute favorite new cutting die and you can get yours at Magnolia-licious - the best place to get all of your Magnolia products!!!  Diana always has great prices, the best customer service, and tons of Magnolia products to choose from.

As for the coloring...not good news.  I colored this quite a while ago and have no idea which colors I used.  Sorry!!!

One last thing...all 6x6 paper pads at Love To Stamp have been discounted to $4.50 or less.  If you live outside of the USA and would like to take advantage of these special prices, please email me at ajhunt{at}LoveToStamp{dot}com with your list of paper pads and your mailing address.  I will calculate the actual shipping cost and will email a PayPal invoice to you.

Well, that's it for me today.  I hope you enjoyed your stay and will come back again.  Don't forget to leave a little comment to let me know that you were here!  I always love to see who is stopping in for a visit :-)



Thursday, August 11, 2011

CANDY Winner!!!

Hi Everyone!

Well, I'm a day late, but at least I'm here!

Thank you all for participating in my Scor-Pal CANDY!!!

I let random.org do the pickin' and it chose.......

I've already contacted Helen and hope to hear back from her soon.

Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

You've Got Style!

Little Darlings Challenge #5

Hello Everyone!  And welcome to another Little Darlings Challenge!!!  This week's theme is 'School Days'.  The Little Darlings Challenge Blog has all of the details of how you can enter and what you can win.  The Design Team has come up with some absolutely inspirational projects so make sure to stop by their blogs to see their details.  Don't forget, we've got two new fantastic DT ladies (Sara and Louise) and they've hit the ground running with some fabulous artistry!!! 

Here's my project....

You've Got Style!
I chose to work with the Little Darlings "First Bell" image for this challenge.  She's absolutely the sweetest thing and available right now at Love To Stamp, so head of over now and get yours!  She was a ton of fun to color with her long flowing hair and skirt.  I enjoyed it so much that I've actually started coloring her again for another project!  You'll see that another time :-)  As you know, I love rich, dark colors.  I picked up this paper at a local craft store and intended on using it for a boy card.  Then I thought "why can't it be used for a girl project?".  We're always using purples and pinks for girls, but girls can love Autumn colors too.  So, here it is.  It's for a girl and it's got blue, orange, gold, green.....and I LOVE IT!   
I found this notebook at Joann's and thought it would be great covered and decorated for school.  I added a pocket on the front for the bookmark.  The ribbon is actually some Halloween ribbon that I had in my ribbon drawer from last year.  The text is an old rub-on from my old scrapbooking days.  The scallop was cut using a SU punch. 
Here's a closeup of the bookmark.  I colored the image with Copics, but failed to keep track of the colors.  Sorry!  The ribbons are all from my stash and I think some are SU.  The flowers are from WOC and Magnolia.  There's a little doily in the background and I think it's from MS.  I picked up the sentiment at a local rubber stamp show over the weekend but I already peeled the sticker off of it!  Sorry again!  I'm not doin' really well on the materials list on this one!


Love To Stamp has the new Whimsy Stamps release ON SALE NOW!  Check it out!

Also, Love To Stamp is offering all 6x6 paper pads at $4.50 each (or less)!  Get yours while supplies last!

Well, that's it for today!  I've got some photos from Mindy's visit that I'll be showing later in the week.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed your visit!!!



Monday, August 8, 2011

Little Darlings Blog Hop CANDY winner!!!

Well, I'm a little late in posting the winner of my Little Darlings CANDY.  Mindy arrived on Friday and I almost never made my way to my computer during her visit.  We had a wonderful time and I'm already looking forward to seeing her again.  What a wonderful friend :-)

And now, without further delay, the random winner of my LD CANDY is......

Congratulations Sue!
Sue, please email me at ajhunt{at}comcast{dot}net to claim your prize.  You have until midnight EST on August 12th.  After that, I will draw another winner if I have not heard from you.



Thursday, August 4, 2011


PaperPlay Challenges DT

Merry Christmas in August!!!  Do I have your attention???  Yes, it is time for another PaperPlay Challenge and this week we're celebrating "Christmas in August".  Wow, it's been a looooooong time since I've made a Christmas card!  It took a while to actually get in the groove.  It's usually really cold in Michigan by the time Christmas comes around.  It's been around 90 degrees here so I really had to use my imagination.  Believe me, I'm not complaining about the gorgeous weather we've been having, I'm just saying that it makes it a stretch to come up with a good Christmas card!

The timing was perfect in one respect though...I've got a sneaky peek of the upcoming Little Darlings Christmas stamps to show you.  This is the very first glimse at these little cuties!  Once I got into the Christmas mood, I had so much fun working with this image!!!

So, if you'd like to join in on the challenge, you can get the details at the PaperPlay Challenge Blog.  There you can also see the entire display of projects by the DT.  They are absolutely fantastic so I hope you'll pop on over there to check them out.  As for your project...I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

This Little Darling is called "Decorating the Tree".  This stamp is a little taste of the gorgeous LD Christmas stamps that will be released soon.  She's just adorable trying to get that star on the top of that tree!  I love how she's pulling the tree over just enough to attach it.  I hope it doesn't fall in her!!!  Yikes!

I paired this image with dp's from Pink Paislee's 'Father Christmas' pad from last year.  I still love these papers and I'm thrilled that I have a second paper pad to dig into this year :-)  I often purchase my faves in pairs...hehehe.  I also threw in a sheet from the Memory Box 'Spiceberry' pad from last year.  The lace and pleated ribbon are from my stash.  The corner plates and snowflakes were a gift from my sweet friend, Mindy.  The corner plates were silver, but I coated them with a dark brown Copic marker to give them a bit of age.  I have no idea which color I grabbed though...sorry!  The bingo card sentiment is from Jenni Bowlin.  I added diamond Stickles to the edges of the image and all over the Christmas tree.  The whole card got a bit of aging by rubbing the edges with Ranger walnut stain.

I colored the image with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with DI's.  It was sooooooo much fun getting back to painting again.  I really missed it!  Here are the details of the colors that I used:

Copics:  E000, 00, 02, 11, 13, 41, 42, 43, 50, Y11, 21, YR23

DI's:  shabby shutters, peeled paint, forest moss, antique linen, walnut stain, vintage photo, black soot, fired brick

Well, that's it for me today!  I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Please feel free to leave a little comment to let me know that you were here :-)



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Get Well Soon...

Magnolia-licious DT Challenge!!!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!  Today I've got my Magnolia-licious DT Challenge card to show you.  The current challenge over at Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog is 'Nothin' But Paper!'.  That's right!  Diana challenged us girls to make something using absolutely nothin' but paper!  All I can say is "Thank goodness for my Doo Hickey dies!".

Before I get to my card, I have a little something sweet for you!

Scor-Pal CANDY!

These are some of my absolute favorite crafting tools:
No More Shims
Glitter 'Clean Up Cloth'

I use my Scor-Buddy with almost every single paper project that I make.  I honestly don't know how I got along without it!  I must admit, my first scoring tool was an inferior product.  Once I had my Scor-Buddy, the difference in the quality of the materials and the quality of the scores was very obvious.  I donated the 'old' one and never looked back. 

The No More Shims mat is TOTALLY COOL!  I got to see first hand at CHA just how deep the embossing is when using this mat.  It's my new MUST HAVE crafting tool.

Finally, the Glitter 'Clean Up Cloth' is a must have for anyone that uses glitter.  As you know, it gets on EVERYTHING!  This tacky cloth allows you to easily clean up your work surface so it's completely glitter free!  LOVE IT!

QUESTION:  How do I get in the running for this CANDY???

ANSWER:  1.  Add your name to the inLinkz list at the end of this post.

2.  Become a Follower, if you're not already.

3.  Post this CANDY of the sidebar of your blog, provided you have one.

I will draw the winning number randomly and will post it on my blog on August 10th.
I will check to make sure that the winner meets all three criteria stated above!!!

And now for my card!!!

Get Well Soon
Well, you've all seen this little 'Nurse Tilda' as a mini in the Magnolia kit, but have you seen her in the full size yet?  Neither had I until Diana gifted her to me at CHA.  You're tooooooo sweet Diana!  Thank you!!!  Isn't this image just the cutest?  I couldn't wait to ink her up and you have no idea how difficult it was to hold this post until now!  Anyway, she'll be available at Magnolia-licious really soon!

I wanted to see how many Magnola products I could use on this card and, I must say, I got quite a few!  The dp's are from the Mini Sweet Rainbow Paper Pack.  I used almost the entire pack on this card!  The large flowers and leaves were cut using the following Doo Hickey dies:  Bon Voyage Foliage, Doily Flowers, and Heart Swirl.  The red roses were cut using the Marianne Design Creatables - Flower Buds and Leaves Die.  The bottom edge of the card and background to the image were cut using a MS edge punch.  I added bits of a white doily for a little more interest behine the image.  You almost can't see it, but there's a paper ribbon behind the image that I cut with another MS punch.  I cut the image with a SB oval grand nestie.  All cs is by SU.
I colored the Tilda with Copic markers.  The details are below.  I chose to make her uniform pink because white simply wouldn't stand out from the background enough.

Copics:  E000, 00, 02, 11, 13, 41, 42, 43, 44, 50, R20, 30, 35, 37, RV0000, 00, 02, W00, 1, 3, 5, N0, 1

Well, that's it for today!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed your visit!!!

Don't forget to leave your name in the inLinkz list below :-)



Monday, August 1, 2011

You Are Truly Amazing!!!

The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge

Happy August 1st Everyone!  Man, I cannot believe how quickly this summer is flying by!!!  Only one more month until school starts up again and then I can get back to my routine.  Unfortunately, that also means that the weather will start turning cold again...boohoo!!!  But, until then we still have sunshine and summer fun.  Speaking of which, I have a card today showing off Edwin in one of his favorite summer sports - Soccer!

The TOMIC challenge this week is to make something 'Round'.  You can get all of the details on the TOMIC blog.  There you can also catch a sneak peek at the projects from the rest of Group 3.  They are sure to WOW you and provide much inspiration!!! 

I wanted to do something a little more interesting than the circular cards that I've made in the past.  I pulled out my last Magnolia stamp kit and saw, what I call, 'Soccer Edwin' just sitting there beggin' to be inked up.  Technically, he's called 'Football Edwin', but here in the States we refer to it as soccer :-)  Anyway, then I thought...'a soccer ball is round...why not make Edwin's background a giant soccer ball!'. 

Here it is...I hope you like it :-)

You Are Truly Amazing!

Isn't he just the cutest!  I just love these Magnolia images with their summer sports.  This little guy makes the most perfect card for a boy's birthday or any other special occasion.  This stamp was a part of the last kit and should be released very soon.

I colored this sweet lil' guy with PrismaColor Pencils on Kraft paper.  I'm really enjoying working with them.  However, as you can see, I have a lot to learn!  I cut the circle shape with my SB nestie.  I found a soccer ball template online and traced it onto the Bazzill cs using my son's lightbox.  Then I simply colored it in using a black Copic marker.

I cut the grass using a Magnolia Doo Hickey die.  Both the ribbon and buttons were from my stash. 

Here's a photo of the inside.  Since it's for a boy, I kept it simple with just a few buttons.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

That's it for me today!  Thank you much for stopping by.  And, don't forget to play along in the TOMIC challenge!  I can't wait to see what you make!!!



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