Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn "Gift" Cards...cards with a surprise!! AND SWEET STUFF!!!

A very Happy Tuesday to each of you!! I hope that you are enjoying your week as much as I am. I am away on a little getaway with my Auntie and that's always great fun!!

Today is my first time to post on the CutCardStock Blog so I hope you will come over and give me an evaluation of my first tutorial...eeeek!! The product focus is on Brown, Orange, and Gold CS and the theme is Fall. My project is certainly not my idea, but it is one I have enjoyed making for a long time. The first time I saw this type of card with a little gift inside was when I received a lovely example from the very talented Iris Wiechmann while I was going through chemotherapy. I have made 3 examples....from the very clean and simple on the left to the most decorative on the right...

From the CutCardstock shop I have used Brown, Dark Orange, and Gold papers from the Basis-Colored Cardstock Collection and Cryogen White for the image. I also used Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to put most of the projects together. I also used a Darice Fall Leaf Background folder to emboss all of the gold layers and a brown satin ribbon for the closure on all cards.

For the clean and simple example I used a thank you sentiment that was computer generated and sized the inside pocket to hold 2 Ritter chocolate bars.

For the middle card, which is for an under-the-weather friend, I sized the pocket to hold several tea bags and honey packets and made a belly band for the package of tissues. I made a couple of paper rosettes, added computer generated sentiments, and some punched oak leaves.

For this most decorative card, I used a darling image, Loving Autumn Annie, designed by Mi Ran Jung and colored with Copics and Promarkers. To the front I also added punched oak leaves and mulberry flowers. On the inside I used a lovely sentiment from the Autumn Letter Seals by Whimsy Stamps and a satin bow. The pocket was sized for two small canisters of Godiva chocolate pearls.


I didn't have time to take a picture of the SWEET STUFF but all of you know what my typical Flowers/Ribbons/Embellies/Stamps surprises look like. So here is the big favor I am asking you to do this time. Please go over to the CutCardstock Blog and leave me a brief comment about my tutorial before Friday morning and you will be in for the SWEET STUFF prize!!! The winner will be selected from the comments on my tutorial at the CutCardstock blog posting. Big hugs and many thanks!! Good Luck!!

Also, thank you so much for coming by today and I hope to see you again real soon. Until then, Big Hugs!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Santa's Helper from Art By Mi Ran at Treasured Times Stamps

Happy Monday to all of my friends!! I hope that your weekend was spectacular and full of crafty fun and that your week will be special as well! 

Today I would like to share with you quite a simple card that I made with the darling Santa's Helper designed by the quintessentially talented Mi Ran Jung for Treasured Times Stamps. She is the cutest little helper in her Santa dress and cap and standing next to a sleigh full of Christmas packages.

The base and double matting is from CutCardstock, I can't remember what DP I used, and the image was stamped on Cryogen White. I decided to use traditional Christmas colors on this one. The image was colored with Copics and Promarkers, adding Liquid Applique for the fur on her costume and both Prisma Glitter and Diamond Dust for the snow. For the horizontal I used green organza ribbon tied into a double flat bow to dangle 3 holiday bells. The green pearls soften all of the corners and finally I added a sleigh and a couple of reindeer buttons across the sky!! I hope you like her!!!


I have TWO of these deeply etched red rubber stamps with cling cushion attached and they would love a new home. Is that home yours?? Just leave a comment on this posting before Wednesday at midnight ET and you will be in for the draw. You will certainly have them in time for your own holiday cards! Good luck!!

Thank you all so much for coming by to see what's happening in my world and I hope to see you again real soon!! Until the next time, I send Big Hugs!!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Love at SRTC!

Hello, everyone....I hope that you are all well and enjoying each of your moments!! Fall is definitely in the air in these mountains and the leaves are already beginning to turn and soon will be on the ground...argh!!! But at least it isn't as bad as some of our northern neighbors who have already had snow...EEEEEKKKKK!!!

I wanted to share my Southern Ridge Trading Company blog easel card which I made a week or so ago and couldn't post on my blog because of computer craziness!

This one was so much fun to make and I really like the way it turned out. I used a couple of pieces from the SRTC shop which I think really made a statement on the card. I used FRA-130 and Love from the WDG-310.

The darling image I used inside the frame is the cute Heart Sign designed by the very talented Mi Ran. She was colored with Copics and Promarkers adding lots of Glossy accents to the hearts and hair ties. I added lots of red pearls around the frame and to soften the corners. I also used a double flat bow of organza ribbon in the upper left corner and all of the flowers used in the right corner are from WOC: Roses and Hip Rosebuds and heart pins.

For the base of the card I used the script Love and another bow to serve as the stop for the card.

Thank you so much for coming by today and, as always, I appreciate your comments so much. Have a wonderful weekend and until the next time, big hugs!!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Challenge #15 at Art By Mi Ran Challenge Blog...and WINNERS...and SWEET STUFF!!

Happy Friday, everyone!!! I hope that you have all had a wonderful week and are prepared for an even better weekend! I am ready for a little getaway so I am taking my Auntie on a road trip from Sunday until Tuesday!! Keep your fingers crossed that I come back home a very wealthy woman...wink and giggles!!

Today is the first day for Challenge #15 at the Art By Mi Ran Challenge Blog where ANYTHING GOES!!! So I hope you will come over and join in with us so that you will be in line for some very sweet images. We would love to see your beautiful creations!!

For my card I have used the darling little Travelling Torrie and she is just the cutest thing!!

She was colored with Copics and Promarkers adding some Star Dust Stickles to her collar and socks. I have used CutCardStock for the base and all double matting and the image is stamped on Cryogen White. The DP is Parisian Dreams by Jenny Ellory. The little sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps and is from the Vintage Travel Postage Stamps set cut out with the Mini Postage Stamp Die. The flowers are all from WOC (Cottage Roses, Hip Rosebuds, Carnations, Sweetheart Blossoms) and are resting on diecut leaf swirls from Cheery Lynn. I used organza ribbon for the horizontal, tied into a triple, two layer bow to anchor a suitcase charm. The pearls are from my stash.


Mr Random.org has selected the following winners on my blog during the Whimsy Stamps blog hop....

Penelope Little Ironing

Pat K

Holiday Party


Congratulations!! Please leave a comment on this posting so that others know you have claimed your prize and send me an email with your mailing address before Saturday at midnight ET so that I can get your prizes out to you right away!


Mr Random.org will select TWO from today's comments to receive your very own digi image of Travelling Torrie...so leave a comment before Sunday at 8 AM and you will be in for the draw. I will be out of town until Tuesday so will report in at that time.

Thank you all so much for coming by and I hope to see you again real soon!! Until the next time I send best wishes and big hugs!!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 2 - Whimsy Stamps 2014 Holiday Release - Part 1 and SWEET STUFF!!!!

Hi Whimsy fans and welcome to Day 2 of our ... 2014 Holiday Release - Part 1
This week we are releasing 22 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 7 *BRAND NEW* coordinating die/die sets, and they will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers ... TOMORROW!

 We are thrilled to welcome Linda, Lis and Stephanne as our Guest Designers for this release. We are also excited to welcome some of our artists as guest designers this month. Welcome ladies! Yesterday we sneak peeked the new Crissy Armstrong, Meljen Designs, Elisabeth Bell and Raindrop Echo Designs products. Today we are excited to show you the brand new Art by Mi Ran, Time for Tea Designs, Wee Stamps and SC Design stamps and dies being released this month. For a full reveal of these products, hop on over to the Whimsy blog!

 For today's project, I inked up the beautiful HOLIDAY PARTY from the Art By Mi Ran Collection for Whimsy Stamps.

She was colored with Copics and Promarkers, adding lots of Prisma Glitter for the bubbles and Silver Wink of Stella for the earrings, dress straps, and purse handle and closure. The DP is from the old BG Jovial paper pad. The rhinestones, ribbons, and poinsettia are from my stash. For the absolutely darling sentiment I have used the NEW Christmas Mini Tag Sentiment Set cut out with the NEW Stitched Tags Die Set. I hope you like her

PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.

Bev Rochester 
Shannah Bartle 
Mi Ran (Artist and GDT) 
Ellie Stover 
Debbie Eastman 
Iris Wiechmann 
Lis Murphy (GDT) 
Danni Bindel 
Jacque Beddingfield 


Before you go, I want to let you know that I have two extra Holiday Party stamps who need a new home! Just leave a comment below and you will be in for the draw right here on Thursday!

Be sure to visit the Whimsy blog again tomorrow for the release day grand hop! Thanks so much for visiting today. Happy hopping!