Monday, December 29, 2008

My Gift from Heartwarming Vintage

I received this AWESOME Crafty Secrets stamp set from 
Heartwarming Vintage over the holidays!  I haven't had time to properly thank them.  THIS IS SUCH a GREAT SET.  Click on the image for a better view, the acrylic stamps make it have a double image.

Great vintage women images with sayings:
Smile  it's your day
Girlfriend
You make my heart smile
Thanks so much
Happy Birthday
and more. 

ALL I had to do to get this is post on their blog... Keep an eye on the blog... you never know when there will be a drawing posted!!! You could be the next winner!

PS. I forgot to mention they were here shortly after I sent in my request!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Vintage Veranda Challenge with a RAK


I have posted a challenge at Vintage Veranda this is what you need to do:

Here is the challenge!

1) A Christmas Tree must be part of you design.
2) Use red and green ink
3) Have at least 3 different stamps in the design
4) Last a little bling, it could be Stickles, glitter, rhinestones

You have until the end of the month

click here to find out more!

About my card - Distressed edges with Tim Holtz Walunt Distressing ink. Stamped Santa in crimson first and then embossed with Pearl embossing powder, I then used a VersaMark pen to fill in the spaces of the Santa stamp and embossed again with the Pearl embossing poswder... this gave Santa a frotsy window look. Stamped tree in green then embossed with Pearl embossing poswder. Using a cosmetic sponge applied crimson and green to the background. Added the Music, HO HO HO and "A Merry Christmas to You" stamps. A touch of glitter, Stickles on the birds, a little bling for the star and lace complete the card. My inspiration came from Nellie van Leeuwen... December guest artist at Vinatage Veranda!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Need some Ideas for Christmas Projects!!!

Go to Heartwarming Vintage BLOG and check out what is happening with Crafty Secrets & Clear Stamp products... they have an abundance of crafty ideas!

NEW RUSTY PICKLE CHALLENGE

If you love Rusty Pickle like I love Rusty Pickle you want to be sure to check out their new December Challenge just posted on their BLOG!!!! They have amazing papers!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Clearly Vintage

My friends at Vintage Veranda have found and shared an awesome blog that has vintage images for personal use... If you are in need please check this Clearly Vintage out.  If you are looking for other vinatge artists visit us at Vintage Veranda!

Friday, December 5, 2008

WOW!!! I am a Winner once more!!!!!

I posted a comment on the Crafty Secrets blog last night and to today I won one of the 4 drawings for BLOG CANDY and got a $26 Gift Certificate.... 

You must keep an eye on their sight... they have awesome vintage stamp sets... 

I have several: "Party Queen", "French Mail", "Fairies" and "Vintage Christmas"

I love their "Heartwarming Booklets" and own "Girls", "Wacky World", "Seasonal" and "Joys of Life".

Then there is their HOME SPUN COTTON SCRAPS and so much more..... if you like vintagethese are products you will really like....  So check the sight often for contests and drawings!!!!  

Click on the Crafty Secret label below and you will see some of my projects that I have used Crafty Secrets products!

(I have tiny a secret to share... I am participating in the "29 days of giving" and ever since I started amazing things have been happening!)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Strange thing on the Desk!

A SMILE ON A STICK!!!!  This is a half mask...  My Husband and I hide it from each other when we find it we just break up laughing! I think I will hide it tonight.  You may be asking, "Why am I posting this?" Just for fun... I having a great time entering all the giveaways over at CHRYSTI's.  She is posting something everyday to giveaway!!!! She is participating in the "29 days of giving"!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

THEY HAVE A WINNER!!!


Rusty Pickle just posted the winner to the sketch challenge they had in November... and my layout of Dad WON!!!!!  Thanks Dad for being a sport... He really got a kick out of the "dude" comment on the Rusty Pickle blog... I had to post the layout again! 

Be sure to check out their site each month.  They have great challenges and awesome prizes!!!! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Invitation to a CONE PARTY!!!!

Yes, this Saturday I have been invited to a cone making party... you know, the Victorian Cones that you can give gifts in, hang on a door or your Christmas Tree.  I have been collecting a pile of goodies to use for embellishing.  Can't wait 'til Saturday.  I will be sure to share my cones with you!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday Postcard Art - Snow

Sunday Postcard Art is hosted by my online friend Kris... I choose to use images from a print I had rolled up in the closet for a couple of years.  I cut each individual out and repositioned the images from the original... I apologize to the artist... I just loved these children.  background paper is from Memeory Box. Thanks for the challenge.

Gothic Arches - Snow

My snow arch for the challenge at Gothic Arches.  The image is from a print that I had rolled up in the closet I had received as a freebie several years ago and didn't have a place to hang.  I have used several of the images from the print for challenges this week... I apologize to the artist... I love these children!

Vintage Veranda Black Friday


Here is a card I did for one of the Black Friday challenges at Vintage Veranda!


Vintage Veranda Black Friday Challenge 2


At Vintage Veranda the second challenge is to make tags using scraps.  All the papers here are leftovers from project this year, last year or maybe the year before!!!! YIKES

Saturdays Workout - Mosaic Challenge

Saturdays Workout - here is my mosaic attempt for the challenge this week.

Mixed Media Monday - Eyes

The stamp is from Stampabilities, for this card I used mostly scraps and old stash. Mixed Media Monday

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tag Your IT!!! SNOW FALLING!

My tag for the challenge at Tag Your It.  Image is Crafty Secrets. I stamped snowflake images on the tag with VeraMark. 

Theme Thursday - Santa Anything

I used an old postcard for the challenge thi week at Theme Thursday. Emblished with stickles, ribbon and a holly ornament button! 

Wednesday Stamper - Exotic Places

Wednesday Stamper gave me a chance to get out some old fabric. The fabric is cut with pinking shears and adhered to the black card stock. I stamped the mask on paper, embossed with silver then adhered it to a piece of  wood from a place mat (from my friend Linda). Fibers add the finishing touch.   

Create By Hand - Tuesday Challenge


The challenge was to create something with music... from Create by Hand 

Sunday Postcard Art - Joker

THIS was a lot of FUN!!!  for Postcard ART

I loved using this BIG stamp from Stampland... I have had it forever! Other stamps are the Eifel Tower is Inadinkadoo and Paris is Eclectic. The mask is an old sticker I had and pink stickles on the heart. Pattern paper is from Rubber Soul.    

Gothic Arches - Celebrate!

A little late... but I had this picture and I wanted to use it.... Happy Birthday!  Gothic Arches has wonderful challenges each week.  

Friday, November 28, 2008

Snowman ATC's for a SWAP

              Before                            Finished
On pattern paper I stamped the Wordsworth from the Classic Christmas collection image of pine and ornaments and colored them with pen & pencil.  Then stamped the Rubber Soul - Snowman on white paper and directly on the pattern paper.  I cut the circle of the snowman from the white paper and lined the image with the stick arms on the pattern paper.  Once the base ATC was completed I stapled one corner of a snow spotted vellum over the ATC and attached a button in the other corner with a glue dot.

Vintage Veranda Black Friday Challenge 1

First Black Friday Challenge at Vintage Veranda was.  Create and "Inchie" then an "ATC" usimng the "Inchie" then a card using the ATC!  Here is my card for the challenge! The image is from Crafty Secrets.
My card for a challenge at Vintage Veranda "Men" the picture is from a cabinet card.  Pattern paper is Rusty Pickle, embelished with buttons and cigar band.  

Monday, November 24, 2008

Rusty Pickle Nov Challenge

Rusty Pickle had a challenge using a sketch and their products... Well this is my take on the sketch.  Click on the picture to get a better look.  I have used the Pirate & Mayflower papers and alphas and few pieces or Rusty Pickle Chipboard.  I am going to miss these papers, I am almost out of them... means I will have to start using some of my other Rusty Pickle papers... have you seen the Christmas paper they have out this year????  Better check them out!!! 

CutCardStock.com Glimmer & Shimmer Contest

Here is my entry for their Glitter and Shimmer Contest.  I used CutCardStock.com Stardream Metallic "Crystal" Gatefold card.  Punched snowflakes from the same cardstock.  Glitter is Scintillement Brillo "big flakes" of glitter on the punched flakes.  Stamped and heat embossed siliver snowman and sentiment.  Silver ribbon... Check out their web site for cardstock!!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

BUSY making Cards!!!

I may not be here as much for the next few weeks... I will be making cards for my sisters design business... About 200 of them.  We are still in the process of deciding what the final design will be.  I ordered all the cardstock this evening from cardstock.com.  The card above is one I made 2 years ago.  the image is a stamp I designed for her cards.  This year I designed a scale with holly.


THINGS to CHECK OUT!!! 
Be sure to check out the Shimmer Contest at  Cut Cardstock  you will have an opportunity to be a guest designer for them!!!

Also check out Tim HOLTZ before Friday. He is haveing an awesome drawing for a big picture scrapbooking class taught by Kollete & Jason Hall.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tag Your It... RED & GREEN

Here is my tag for TAG your It this week... the challenge was RED & GREEN, this is an image I received from Kris last year in a RAK!

Theme Thursday - Birds

I love this Graphics 45 paper.  The large bird is part of the background paper, the smaller bird image is from a sheet of tags and the butterfly is cut out of another piece of Graphics 45 pattern paper.  Stickles was perfect for the birds.  See others here at Theme Thursday!  See the rest of my blog here view blog.

DO YOU EVER??????

Do you ever sort of read directions and make or do whatever it is... then when you are finished realize that is not what you were supposed to do?  Well that is what I did for TGIF!!!  This was my original piece I created... guess what.  I was should have done winter head gear... NOT SUMMER!!!!  I think this was pretty cute and had to share! Go to TGIF and see other head gear.

TGIF... Head Gear

Here is my take on vintage head gear in the winter!  See others at TGIF!!!  

Yuletide Christmas - Gothic Arches

Here is my entry for the the Gothic Arches Yuletide Christmas, on this I used paper that I received in a RAK from Kris last year... It was a perfect collage of Santas for this arch!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mixed Media Monday~ Body Parts

I have wanted to use this stamp Spirit Doll from Limited Edition.  this is my card for the challenge at http://mixedmediamonday.wordpress.com/ The card has been created with scrap papers, 7Gypsies rub-ons and "Dream" rub-on is Scenic Route.  Butterfly stamp Memory Box, face is Stampa Rose.   The legs & arms move.

TMTA -Purple

This is for a challenge on TMTA this week... yes a couple of days late.  I didn't have any purple paper so I stamped a background.  The crown is cut from a sheet of Crafty Secrets pattern paper. Stamp is Catslife Press.  Check out other  ATCs at TMTA!  

Monday, November 10, 2008

Gothic Arch Buttons 11/09

The arch is cut from Daisy D paper, I would much rather have had black buttons, but none were to be found of that size!!! Check out other arches at http://gothicarches.ning.com/

Sunday Postcard Art ~ Paris

This stamp is "Rome Diva" form Hampton Arts.  I first stamped the full image then stamped the Diva on a page from an old book and cut her out then stamped the car on another piece of paper and cut it out.  The bling is from Prima. Click on the picture for a better look!!!  Other postcard art can be viewed at http://sundaypostcardart.wordpress.com/

TGIF... Doors Well I didn't get this finsished Friday!!!

The challenge was doors at http://thankgoditsfriday.wordpress.com/ for this one I altered an vintage Bingo Card.  The door an saying are from Etcetera everything else is from my stash of goodies.  Oh the wire hanger is the spiral out of an old spiral notebook!!!! Click on the picture for a better image...  Please check out other wonderful works of art at TGIF!

MORE GREAT E-Mail... My Pirate Treasures book WON!!!


Yes, those Chefs at Rusty Pickle gave me the honor of winning their prize package for My Pirate treasures book in the contest at Stampin'D Amour.  More pictures here:
http://dreamingofcastles.blogspot.com/2008/11/rusty-pickle-challenge-at-stampn-d.html
Thank you so much Ann and Kris... If you don't know, Rusty Pickle has a monthly challenge and usually a prize package to go with it.  Be sure to check out their blog!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I GOT GREAT E-MAIL TODAY from CutCardStock.com!!!!

I entered this card in a contest on the CutCardStock blog!  I WON a $25 Gift Certificate.... you don't have to tell my twice to go shopping!!!!  Yes I have spent it all before I even posted this! This month they are having another contest!  The winner will be a Guest DT Member for January!

Don't forget to CLICK HERE ON THIS LINK for a chance to celebrate my blogoversary!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Tag Your IT!!! Tic-Toc

I made this after being inspired by Sarah's page, see other tags submitted at  http://weekendtaggers.blogspot.com/ Base tag is Bazzill paper, background tag is 7Gypsies (a coment tag) The sentiment is a Mary Frances sticker. The photo is a copy of one of my cabinet cards, the clock face I picked up at a garage sale for pennies!  

I showed this to my husband and he grabed it for himself to use as a bookmark!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Theme Thursday - Happy


I Love HAPPY MAIL!!!!  The challenge as http://themethursday.wordpress.com/ this week was to make something that makes you happy or with the word "happy".  I choose to do Happy Mail.  Image is from Crafty Secrets.  Stamps used Just for Fun, Stampabilities and Memory Box.   I found the broach for $1 at a garage sale!

Stampin'D Amour Christmas Challenge


Kris has one of her awesome RAKs for this challenge... so come join the fun at Stampn'D Amour.  All you have to do is have a Christmas theme, with red and some bling!!! EASY here is the link!  http://stampindamour.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=1573  This card is made from a copy of one of the postcards in my personal collection... I distressed it a little.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I was having too much fun with Angels!!!

I was having so much fun with the angels last night, when I saw this image I cut it out and had to make a card with it!  

BIRTHDAY COUNT DOWN 21 DAYS 

Dont forget to leave your comment on the post celebrating my blogoversary!!!!  You can get there by clicking on the link above Birthday Count Down.... Thanks for looking!

ANGELS ~ Wednesday Stamper

I was inspired by my friends Louise, Kris and Sarah's "Angels" at Wednesday Stamper.  Come join the challenge!!!  http://wednesdaystamper.wordpress.com/ 

The stamp is Tin Can Mail by Inkadinkadoo I painted it using Twinkling H2O's

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Vintage Veranda ~ First November Challenge ~ Women & Children

Here is my card for the challenge at Vintage Veranda... there are two a month... come check out the challenge and join the fun!!  

Monday, November 3, 2008

Gothic Arch Children 11/02

I have really missed making Gothic Arches... here is my first in many months .http://gothicarches.ning.com/ Thanks For visiting my blog!

Be sure to stop by this posting on my blog and enter your name in my Birthday celebration!!! http://dreamingofcastles.blogspot.com/2008/11/celebrate-in-23-days-is-my-blogs-2-year.html

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Harvest @ Vintage Veranda.... And "COLOR OF FALL" Contest at Cardstock.com


Here is my entry for the challenge at Vintage Veranda 
http://www.thevintageveranda.com/forum/index.php?topic=253.0 

I have stamped on the cardstock and the silk flower & leaf.  The chip board letters were white I used ink to color them.  The image is from Crafty Secrets.  Stamps are Tim Holtz and Inkadinkadoo. TFL