Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sweet November March 2014 Preview - Hoppy Easter and Two Farewells

Hi all!  Welcome to the Sweet November March 2014 Preview.  Amy has created an adorable set of four Easter rabbits entitled, Bunny Tails.  I've used two of the images on two cards.  You'll need to check out Amy's blog and the CC Designs blog to see the other two cute little bunnies!  I chose the rabbit sitting with an Easter Egg for my first card.  Isn't he sweet?  The dotted background paper is from the new Doodlebug pad, Springtime.


For my second card I used the bunny chasing a butterfly...yes, "a" butterfly, hehe.  The image has only one butterfly, but I couldn't resist adding a few more along with the sentiment, Follow Your Dreams.



Follow Your Dreams leads me into the first of the farewells.  Amy is stepping away from designing, and ending her Sweet November line of stamps.  How do I even express the sadness I feel knowing such a talent is no longer going to be shared with others?  Amy's was the first card blog I ever visited.  I fell in love with her amazing coloring and card layouts.  And when I discovered she was also a stamp designer...well, I became a devoted fan.  Her images are cute, joyful, and fun to color.  Imagine my delight when she asked me to be a Sweet November Gal and craft cards with her images!  My hope is Amy will become a book author and illustrator and continue to share her stories and drawings with us.  (If she does, I'll get to tell my grandchildren, "I knew her when...")  So dear Amy, I have relished my small part in your journey, and look forward to seeing where your path takes you in the future!

And the second farewell.  I'm stepping away from this blog.  I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and thank you to everyone who visited and left sweet comments!  I will miss you all, especially Amy and my former teammates from the Outlawz...Carla, Dawn, Linda, Penny, and Jen...you ladies are the best!  And I apologize to the ladies at From the Heart Stamps...I never really had the opportunity to get to know you.  A special shout out also goes to Mary J, Pam Sparks, Lau, Krista, and Mo for their encouragement and technical assistance.  My decision to step away was not an easy one, but I am at peace with my choice.  Thank you for all the inspiration and support you've given me over the past nearly two years.  What a fun ride it has been!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sweet November January 2014 Review

Happy Wednesday!  I'm here today with a card for the Sweet November January 2014 Review.  The stamp, The Birds, is the second of the SN January Release.  Don't you just adore the expressions on these birds' faces?  For this card, I layered a digital heart over the image before printing.  Twice altering its size, and adding a sentiment to the inside of one, I printed the same digital heart to use as embellishments.  All three hearts were fussy cut before adhering them to the patterned paper background.


Please stop by Amy's blog and the CC Designs blog to view other creations from the SN January release!  Thank you for stopping by, and have a fabulous rest of your week!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sweet November January 2014 Release

Happy 2014!!!  And welcome to the Sweet November release for January 2014!  Amy has two adorable stamps this month for you to use on your Valentine's Day cards.  I've used "The Bees" to craft this card.  Aren't they just the cutest bees ever!?!  I added a heart shape around the image and the sentiment "Bee" My Valentine before printing.  Then layered the heart on a patterned paper, added a ribbon, bow, and two double heart stickers.  Voila!  A sweet Valentine's Day card!



Amy has candy, so please do not forget to stop by her blog, and leave a lovely comment for her!  You'll also get to see the other image in this month's release entitled, The Birds.  Both of the images can be purchased at CC Designs tomorrow at 9 a.m.!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year - New Priorities

Hi all.  Sorry for the extended absence.  Sometimes life has a way of spinning you around and knocking you from the path you were traveling.  Such has happened to me.  Family has become a renewed priority, and blogging and visiting blogs must take a backseat.  With sad regrets, I've resigned from both the Outlawz and From the Heart Stamps design teams.  I'll miss my fabulous team leaders and members, and the followers of those groups.  However, I am staying on as a Sweet November gal!  Amy is going to an every other month release, so I can still devote the time I need to family and friends, and also have a bit of fun crafting cards.  Hope you all will check in here for the Sweet November releases...the first one being January 1, 2014.  Hugs to everyone and best wishes for a fantastic 2014! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Brief Leave of Absence

My husband's father passed away today.  During this time of mourning, my husband needs my attention and support.  I'll be taking a brief leave of absence from card making, blogging, and visiting blogs.  Thank you to all of you who have sent warm and sympathetic wishes, thoughts, and prayers.  Tentative plan is to be back online the week of December 8th.

Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!  And hug your family members and those dear to you very tightly!

Tress

Friday, November 15, 2013

Outlawz Fridays Alcohol Markers Challenge - Thankful

It's the time of year when we reflect and give thanks for the many blessings we are privileged to have in our lives.  So it is no surprise that the theme this week for the Outlawz Fridays Alcohol Markers Challenge is "Thanks".  If you read my earlier post today, you'll know I'm on a candle binge at the moment.  Love them!!  I've already amassed quite a collection ready to give as gifts for Christmas.  And I had to craft a few additional ones for occasions such as birthdays, and of course, Thanksgiving!  The image is a There She Goes Stamp from the set "Bountiful Blessings", and the sentiment is from TLC.


Please join Carla, Dawn, Jen, Linda, Penny and me over at the Outlawz to share your creations!  Looking forward to seeing your Thanksgiving or Giving Thanks projects!
 

FTHS November Stamp of the Month Challenge - Mid Month Reminder

Hi Everyone!  I'm here today with a reminder for the FTHS November Stamp of the Month Challenge and something a bit different from my usual cards.  I tried my hand at using an image on a candle.  And I am hooked!  So much fun!  Without further ado, here is Balloon Ride!


A few things I learned in this process: 

1.  Use MUCH darker colors than you normally would.  To give you an example...the darkest green you see on the candle is YG17 which now looks similar to YG25.  And my little mousies don't show up very dark even though I used W5 on them.

2.  Be careful with the amount of ink you use...It will bleed!  I had to let each color dry a bit before adding the next or the surface was entirely too wet.

3.  Speaking of wet...you'll need to place a scrap piece of cardstock under your tissue paper.  I taped my tissue paper down to keep it from moving about while I was coloring.

4.  Make sure you pull the wax paper tightly and SMOOTHLY around your candle.  Otherwise you'll end up with a crazy pattern melted into your candle.

You can click here for directions on how to create this project.  The directions are from Kim O'Connell for My Favorite Things.  Or you can do a Google search for videos.  There are several on the web.

My supply list for this project:
FTHS image, Balloon Ride
Tissue Paper
Copic Markers
Wax Paper
Heat Gun

If you played along in the challenge last month, you were emailed this image for FREE! :) If you missed out, you can still play along with the challenge by purchasing the image, Balloon Ride. Then you can enter the challenge and receive next month’s digi free. OR if you spend $10 in the From The Heart Stamps store this month, you can enter code CELEBRATE to receive this as a free gift. (Make sure your purchase doesn’t include this image or you will receive 2). 

Hope to see your creations using Balloon Ride in this month's Challenge!