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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Look What I've Been Making.....

We had a very exciting Christmas holiday.

Not only did we enjoy watching our 16 month old granddaughter open her presents, we also were thrilled to announce that our dd2 got engaged to be married.

She asked me to make some cards for her.  Here is a generic one for posting purposes.  The other labels have specific names on them.  The one for dd1 even says the specific role:  will you be my maid of honor. Creating your own computer generated sentiments comes in so handy.



I apologize for the poor lighting.  I used an ott lite because it was dark out.  I was on a tight timeline to get these cards over to her.

If you follow my blog, you will recall that dd2 is the baker and decided that was her creative outlet rather than scrapping.  End result is she gave me all her paper products.  This is DCWV papers, coordinating card stock and glittery paper in purple and lilac (label).  I had some shiny silver card stock not identifiable. The embossing folder which looks like tiny crosses and the label punch are from Stampin' Up.  Fancy gown pattern from My Grafico Lindsay's Stuff which I fancy cut.  Ribbon can be found at Really Reasonable Ribbon and flowers from my Flying Unicorn stash.  The close-up photo shows the lilac label and embossing folder better.  I used dark grey for the lettering which looked great on the lilac.

 
I thought making cards with her own preference in papers was a good move on my part. Right now she's debating on wedding colors but liked the idea of purple and silver as one of the combos.

I'm entering this card in these challenges:
Case Study Challenge 122:  I cased the silver card stock, the purple flowers and the ribbon bow
Crafty Bloggers Network:  Challenge 6: Anything Goes

Monday, December 24, 2012

Gecko Galz Giveaway Winner Announced

It's time to announce the winner of my Gecko Galz Giveaway! 


As promised I put numbers in a hat (well actually in a bowl) and had my dd1 (who's home for the holidays) draw out a number.  And it was NUMBER 2 !!!!

Congratulations to Wendy of Paper Whims!  I'm sending you a private email with your winner's code for your $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree!!!!

Thanks to all four of you who entered.  I'm so happy it was a random draw as each entry using this Gecko Galz image was magnificent!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

My Latest Gift Tag

It's my turn to post my latest work using Rogue Redhead Designs stamps.  I chose to make this tag to put on top of one of my hubby's Christmas gifts.    hmmmmmm--do ya think he's getting a book?


All the stamps used are from Rogue Redhead Designs' Relish Reading stamp plate.

The current Rebel challenge at Rogue Redhead Designs is to make a one layer card.  I used the technique to create my tag. 

For more details about my tag and/or the Rebel challenge, please go HERE.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Fragile

This is what I posted on my Facebook Page today:

I made this a year ago. It represents how I feel right now when I turn on the tv and witness the sadness.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Celebrating the Season

Monday evening our Prairie Stampers Club met for a potluck and gift exchange.  Many of the members work at Prairie Art Stamps and almost all of us shop and craft there. I brought a gift card to spend at the store placed in a card card holder that I made at the store's holiday open house.


Products used to make this festive card can be purchased at the store--kind of a "try before you buy".  This involves an embossing folder, die cuts, flower soft, white sharpie, velcro closures, corner rounder and Tim's tiny attacher.  I added the Stampin' Up stamp/label.



At the Christmas in July open house at the store, I made this version which involved more layers and gluing rather than stapling the pocket.  Excuse the bow made with oval punch outs.  I didn't take such good care of it over the past six months! LOL


And here is one I made January, 2011 when I was on the Gingersnap Creations design team ( smaller valley fold in the center):

After eating lots of yummy food brought in for the pot luck, we gifted. This year instead of drawing numbers for the order in which we randomly chose our gift from under the tree, we each were given a gift and then played a game.  A story was read and each time we heard the words "left" or "right" we had to pass our gift in that direction.  It was a rather long story and when it was over we simultaneously opened our gifts.  The gift that ended up in front of me was a lovely set of Martha Stewart stamps. 

Here's a photo of Annette, the newly elected club president, Terri, the store owner, and me.


P.S.  Don't forget my Gecko Galz Giveaway going on right now.  Info is across the top of this blog.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Vintage Holiday Tag

This is the holiday tag I made for the 24 Tags at Christmas featured on the Gecko Galz website.  Each day a tag made by one of the design team members is posted along with directions, supply list, and the daily deal.  Previously featured tags are in a special section on the Gecko Galz site along with directions and supply lists.  See them HERE .   Be sure to click each day on the 24 Tags of Christmas badge on my sidebar to see the daily tag and special. Also up on the Gecko Galz site is my cone project HERE And don't forget my own Gecko Galz Giveaway posted HERE on my blog.


Santa, Even the Naughty deserve something NICE!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Blog Candy Alert




My cyber friend and blogging buddy, Lynne, reminded me that there is some amazing blog candy up for grabs at Crafty Individuals.  Just take a look at this stampers' paradise:

I would love to win some of this crafty goodness!

My Rogue Candy Card

Today it's my turn at Rogue Redhead Designs.  I created this candy card.  I love combining stamps and using them in different ways.  The stamp element reminded me of ribbon candy. I used two stamp sets from Rogue Redhead Designs:  Just Sayin' and Candy Kisses.

Ink is Ranger distress Festive Berries.  Card stock is Colorbok. Sakura glitter pen and Stampin' Up label punch.


I'm entering this in:

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #192 photo inspiration (red and white dining room with some sweet treats on the table and decorations hanging from the ceiling.)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Gecko Galz Giveaway

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT CENTRAL TIME DECEMBER 23, 2012 !!!!!!!

This month marks my one year anniversary as a design team member of Gecko Galz.  Indeed, time flies when you're having fun!
And I'm happy to say I get to do this for another year! 

To celebrate, Leanne, our most generous Gecko Galz owner, is providing for my giveaway one $25 shopping spree at Gecko Galz !  
  
One lucky winner will have fun shopping at Gecko Galz for collage sheets, digital papers, and digital stamp sets.

How do you win this shopping spree?
Let's start with everyone having the opportunity to download this  gorgeous image, part of the December release, Beauty Unveiled It is ATC sized, 2-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches.  I printed mine on matte photo paper using best quality in my software. To download, click on image, then right click to download.


And here's a real treat....  Heather Hudson, who now has her own line of collage images for sale at Gecko Galz (yay, Heather!), made this special collage sheet for me which means really for you..... 
 

Now that you have your freebie, make something with it!  Link it up here for all to admire.  On December 18  24, I will choose a winner by random draw.  I will draw by putting the names in a hat, so that those of you who are first in or last in have an equal chance! Winner will be notified by email with the special code for redeeming $25 worth of product at Gecko Galz so please leave a way to contact you! 

What qualifies as an entry?  Anything your inner artist wants to create with this imageDigital or paper/cloth etc. craft is accepted.  Image may be reproduced to any size.

Those pesky rules:

This image must be used.

One entry per person.

It is important to note that what you create may only be used for my Gecko Galz giveaway and not combined with other Gecko Galz giveaways offered by other design team members this month.  However, feel free to spread the word about Gecko Galz by entering your creation at other challenges at non-Gecko Galz sites!

Such as I'm entering my example at these challenge sites:
Crafty Bloggers Network:  Challenge 6 Anything Goes (month of December) 
Crafts4Eternity:  R100 Christmas Chaos (mine is the opposite--calm) til Thursday
Sugar Creek Hollow #40 Distressing 

Please link directly to your blog post, not your overall blog site. (First time I'm using inlinkz so I hope I did it correctly.) If you do not have a blog, please leave a comment with a link to your specific post at Flicker or other on-line photo collection.  If you have no posting site and want to enter, leave a comment here requesting my email. 

I reserve the right to not include an entry that did not follow the pesky rules.  

Too many rules--------- let's have some fun! 

I can't wait to see what you create with this Gecko Galz image.  Here is what I made:


Additional materials:
upholstery swatch from book I found at thrift store-- I folded the swatch over doubled cardstock and glued down, then placed hanger on top. Sentiment from Paper Whimsy; distressed green music collage paper from the Paper Studio--torn and inked with Ranger vintage photo distress ink; dresden scrap; Stampin' Up die and their glitter paper for snowflake; the flower is either Prima or from big box store; miscellaneous trims.  Green ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon; red tulle from Stampin' Up. Sakura Gelly Roll clear star pen on Gecko Galz image's veil.

Want more chances to win $25 from Gecko Galz?  Visit my teamies:  Debi    Heather 
Leanne 


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holly Jolly Tree

Happy December 1st!  It's a new month which means new themes for the holiday season.

At Unruly Paper Arts, this month's theme is Passion for Paper

As a design team member, I made this card as a sample for:
Unruly Paper Arts December Reader Art Quest 1:  four or more patterned papers.  There also is a RAQ 2 which is an easel card.

Be sure to enter your RAQs by December 25 and then come back at the end of the month to vote.  Details at the Unruly Paper Arts blogozine.


I am a paperholic, and my favorite line is Graphic 45.  So creating a sample for this RAQ was a perfect fit!

Materials:
beige card stock base
3 Graphic 45 Christmas papers (one double sided paper cut 6 times with scallop punch, then folded and layered to form tree)
Stampin' Up embossing folder used to create 4th paper
Ribbon and brad from stash



Saturday, December 1, 2012

Gecko Galz December to Remember

GECKO GALZ
DECEMBER TO REMEMBER
24 Days of Fun!


We are having our HUGE end of the year blow out! This month you will get amazing deals each week as our gift to you, including a $1collage sets section that will change weekly! 


Plus each day for the next 24 days we will have a new tag design for you to create designed by our amazing design team members so check back each day for a new tag! 

Plus check out our facebook page, pinterest page and blog page for amazing giveaways each week!  Gecko Galz site is HERE


Here is one of my design team projects:


Gecko Galz products used for this cone:
Collage (ephemera) sheets
12 Days of Christmas (sheet music);
Angels (angel)
Old Fashioned Christmas (sentiment)
Digital Paper
Tis the Season from Grandma's House digital paper pack
Directions:
Select and print Gecko Galz digital paper onto 8-1/2 x 11 paper (note heavier card stock is a little more difficult to roll and keep together, especially at the point)
Flip paper, return to printer and print cone shape on reverse side.
There are many on-line templates, this one uses:
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf2/gift_cones.pdf
Cut, place double sided tape along edge of long side; roll into cone
Trim cone with lace and flowers, including point at bottom. 
Cut small piece of ribbon and attach inside to top of cone for a handle.  This cone has the hanger in the back portion rather than equidistant from side to side. (I used Stampin' Up ribbon for this as well as over the crochet trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon)

If desired, inside of cone can be layered with tissue paper or other trim.  This cone uses pre-gathered tulle.

Fill cone with treats or décor.  This cone uses glittered boughs and berries from craft stores as well as fussy cut images from Gecko Galz collage sheets: music, angel and sentiment.   
Edge images with Ranger Vintage Photo distress marker for a finished look.
Adhesive used for this cone was a liquid that dries clear.

I'm linking up my holiday cone to Beverly's How Sweet It Is blog for Pink Saturday.

BE SURE TO COME BACK MONDAY DECEMBER 3RD.  I WILL HAVE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL RELATED TO GECKO GALZ TO SHARE ON MY BLOG ....

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