Friday, April 30, 2010

April Release Blog Hop ~ Our Craft Lounge's the day for the OCL blog hop, are you ready?
You can see all of the new release sets today on the design team blogs listed below and have another chance to win the set the design team member is posting.

My set is Pretty Petals...

Isn't it great? I love it, I'm into flowers and this one has so many possibilities!
The new Say it with Flowers set is all sentiments to use with flower cards, like this one, check it out!
Here's the card I made with the set.
I cut out the daisy and popped it up with foam dots, then I covered it with Sugar & Lemon Drop Yellow Sparkly Fluff, now it's all soft & sparkly!
I can't get enough of the Cosmo Cricket paper, I'm always reaching for it, have you noticed? ;)
Supplies: Stamps - Our Craft Lounge Pretty Petals. Paper - GP white, green, Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Antique Linen, Copic markers. Acces. - Sugar & Lemon Drop Yellow Sparkly Fluff, green pom-pom trim, eyelets, mini staples, clear gem stickers. Tools - slit punch, Crop-a-Dile, Spellbinders Curved Rectangle die, 3/4" circle punch, Scor-Pal.

Be sure and comment on this post for your chance to win this new release stamp set. Check out the other designers blogs below, for a chance to win their set. The winners will be drawn on each blog Sunday, May 2nd. Check back here for my winner and The Lounge for a list of all the winners.
I finally found me a column cactus, now, hope I can make it live and maybe even grow! They had some cute castus gardens for sale at the airport in Phoenix when we were coming home from CHA, but, I couldn't talk Tex into carrying it home with us on the plane.
Smiley from
I got this hydrangea to plant by my swing. I hope I can keep this one alive. I used to have some that were huge and I quit watering them so much, bad mistake I guess, they do love water.
I love to dry the blooms, they make the prettiest bouquets!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you're looking to win the Crafty Secrets gift certificate, go to my post here.
I hope you have a great weekend!
Don't forget to comment, you could be a winner!!
Smiley from

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April Release Sneak Peek Day 2 ~ Our Craft Lounge

It's day #2 for the Our Craft Lounge April Release sneak peeks!
Aren't you having fun looking at all of the peeks from this new release, I know I am!
I think this is the best release yet! OK, I know I say that with every release, but, they're all so gooood!
Today I'm showing you a card I made with the new Say it with Flowers stamp set and the new Fabulous Florals set. The Say it with Flowers set is crammed full of the perfect sentiments to go with your flower cards, I love the one I used here!You can't see it very well here, but, I used my old SU! stipple brush to add color (antique linen) to the image background. I cut out and colored 2 of the flowers and popped them up with foam dots, I put black brads in the centers of them.
I cut out the sentiment and adhered it to the black tag I made with the Spellbinders Fancy Tags die.
Supplies: Stamps - OCL Say it with Flowers, Fabulous Florals. Paper - Jenni BowlinVintage Red Line, Prism, vanilla. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Antique Linen, Copic markers. Acces. - black organdy ribbon, black brads. Tools - Spellbinders Labels 6 die & Fancy Tags die, Martha Stewart lace border punch, Scor-Pal, blending tool, stipple brush.
Don't forget to comment here on this post for another chance to win a new release stamp set!
Here is the list of DT members peeking today...
Check out The Lounge for some peeks of some of the sets!
If you're looking to win the Crafty Secrets gift certificate go to my post here .

Have a wonderful day, see ya tomorrow!
Smiley from

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April Release Sneak Peek Day 1 ~ Giveaway ~ Our Craft Lounge

WOW! This is one busy week for me. I have some sneak peeks from Our Craft Lounge today and tomorrow and an OCL blog hop on Friday! There are 13 new sets coming out in this release!!
I'll give you some deets in a minute.
This card is made with the new OCL set Life's a Picnic. It's one of my faves in this release. There are so many scenes you can build with the stamps, the ants are so cute, love their tiny faces!
The images were fun to color too.

ETA: The new release sets will be available Friday, April 30th at eclecticPaperie.Look at the ant butt sticking up from the ant hill, so cute!

Supplies: Stamps - OCL Life's a Picnic. Paper - GP white, green, Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Copic markers. Acces. - ribbon, white string, buttons, clear gem stickers. Tools - Spellbinders Labels 8, word window punch, Scor-Pal, blending tool.
OK, now for the details of the peeks and hop.
Leave a comment here on this post to be eligible to win a stamp set from this new release.
The set I'm giving away will be announced on Friday April 30th. I'm doing a peek again tomorrow. Leave a comment tomorrow too and again on Friday. You can comment on each design team members peeks for a chance to win a new release stamp set. One comment per blog per day. The winner will be chosen on Sunday, May 2nd. Please leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you're the winner, if I can't find you I have to pick someone else.
Here is the list of design team girls that are showing sneak peeks today, these girls just oooooze with talent!
Amber Hillman Beth Silaika Cambria Turnbow Charmaine Ikach Chelle Fowler Cindy Lawrence Deb Felts Deborah Anton Denise Marzec Heather McNally Holly McMillen Kendra Wietstock Kisa Peters Terri Thill
If you want to comment on the Crafty Secrets giveaway that I posted yesterday, you can go to this post. Dang, so much fun this week!!
I wanted to show you some pictures from our Folk Festival weekend.
The AR Game & Fish Commission has a huge aquarium they pull around on a trailer for events. Look at that turtle, he was huge, I really think he could take a leg off!
This is an albino catfish, he looks funny swimming in front of the fence, it's on the other side of the tank. Look at the lady on the scooter on the other side of the tank, I didn't notice her being there, LOL!
Make a wish Jaz, Happy Birthday!
I made this bouquet with some bridals wreath and white azaleas from mom's yard.

I hope you have a great week, remember to check back tomorrow!
Keep up with me if you can!!
Smiley from

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Crafty Secrets {Scrapbook Day Fun} Day 2

Crafty Secrets is celebrating National Scrapbook Day in a BIG way! We will have over $500.00 in blog candy giveaways, free downloads, amazing samples and inspiring ideas for 5 straight days! Some of the DT ladies will be posting $50.00 blog candy giveaways throughout the week and the rest will post theirs on Sat., May 1 when we have our DT Challenge.
I can't wait to see what the other girls come up with, they are all so talented!! is my turn to share the $50 Crafty Secrets product giveaway!!
But, before I give you the details I want to show you the card I made with the new Car Classics stamp set. These images are spot on for classic cars and signage. If there is a car lover in your life this IS the set for you! The set will be available this week, just check out Crafty Secrets for the set, it's a large set.
I paper pieced the car and added the film strip with 3 of the cars in the set. I made the film strip with Tim Holtz's new Sizzix die, Film Strip Frames. I knew I had to have this die when I saw it at CHA. I think I'll get a lot of use outta this one! The 66 sign is cut out and popped up with a foam dot. I used some of Tim Holtz's idea-ology sprockets to build the car bling. The flags are cut out and I put a wave in them, so they're dimensional and waving in the wind.Supplies: Stamps - Crafty Secrets Car Classics (it will be up on the Shopatron site at Crafty Secrets this week). Paper - CS Radiant Paper Pad, GP white & black cardstock. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Antique Linen, Copic markers. Acces. ~ Tim Holtz idea-ology Sprocket Gears. Tools ~ Tim Holtz Film Strip Frames, Spellbinders Labels 4, Scor-Pal, blending tool. for my giveaway.
All you need to do is leave a comment here on this post.
I will pick a winner through on Saturday, May 1st.
Please leave your contact email on your comment so I can contact you. If I can't get in touch with you I will have to choose another winner.
Smiley from
This is going to be a fun week, you'll need to check out the Crafty Secrets blog to see what Sandy is up to, I know she's having free printables all week long and a contest, check it out!
Be sure to check out the DT blogs each day and comment for more chances to win the $50 gift certificate!
Smiley from

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mermaid ~ Crafty Secrets

Good morning! It's so close to the weekend Thursday, and this weekend is a good one!
The Folk Festival is going on in Mtn. View. We go every year and browse around looking at the booths full of crafts, antiques and just about anything you can think of. Ohhh, the venders that sell all the yummy deep fried twinkies and oreos and funnel cakes and the corn dogs and....dang, I'm hungry! It's all so bad, but, oh so good! There is folk music on every corner, musicians come from all over to set up and play. If you're into folk music this is the place to be!

I pulled out my Crafty Secrets Mermaids set and made this card with the cute little mermaid in the set. She has the sweetest face, a little girl mermaid. There are several mermaids in the set along with sentiments and seashells, alot to work with!

I cut the card and layers with Spellbinders Labels 8 dies and the scalloped circle with my Marvy circle scalloped punch. I shabbyed up the edges with Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink and a blending tool.
I painted Glossy Accents on the water and sprinkled on some glitter to give it more shine.
I hope you like her!

Supplies: Stamps - CS Mermaids. Paper - CS Pastel Paper Pad, SU! blue, GP white (Walmart). Ink - Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Copic markers. Acces. - vintage lace, lace flower, vintage button, linen thread, Gloosy Accents. Tools - Spellbinders Label 8 dies, Marvy scalloped punch, Scor-Pal, Big Shot, blending tool.

Crafty Secrets is going to be celebrating National Scrapbooking Day in a big way! The design team will have loads of eye candy and there will be HUGE prizes....WOW, just wait until you see!!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Fairy Dust is a Must ~ OCL

Good Morning stampers!

Smiley from
I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but, I've been so busy with much going on this time of year. Mainly yard work, trimming, planting, weeding, sneezing, wiping nose...not really, I don't have allergies, lucky me, huh? (knock on wood)
I realized I've never posted this card on here. So this is a good time to do that since I've been in the yard in my free time lately! The set is called Fairy Dust is a Must by Our Craft Lounge. This little fairy is SO STINKIN' CUTE, don't you think? I had some fun with her wings and the Ice Crystal Crafty Sparkles.
I stamped her twice and cut out just the wings, glittered them up and adhered them to her wings on the stamped image. The Cosmo Cricket paper Earth Love Mini Deck with the mushrooms go so good with this set.
Here's a closeup of her sparkly wings.
Supplies: Stamps - OCL Fairy Dust is a Must. Paper - GP white, brown, Cosmo Cricket Earth Love Mini Deck. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Copic markers. Acces. - Ice Crystal Crafty Sparkles, clear gem stickers, button, brown twine, ribbon. Tools - Scor-Pal, sewing machine, corner punch, blending tool.
I hope you have a fun weekend, I'm sure going to do my best to have a fun one!
Smiley from
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