Paper Crafts magazine Presents: 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

Hi all!

I am thrilled to join 11 other card makers today for a blog hop to celebrate Holiday Cards and More, Vol. 6, the latest special issue from Paper Crafts magazine.

I was lucky to get a sneak peek of this all new issue this week. There’s a little something holiday’ish in it for everyone: tags; cards; gift bags; adorable table top trees; holiday frames ; banners and, well, you get the picture.

I went through it the other night and put sticky notes on all the things I wanted to try. So many neat, clever and simple ideas to pull off. Top on my list is that cute little spool tree on the cover: A-stinkin-dorable!

You can find the issue at book stores and craft stores all over, as well as online in the Paper Crafts store.

I made a card to share with you today for the hop! So meet today’s card.

We were asked to try to keep our cards to five steps or less. Well, you know, the old T’ster…. always the rule bender. I “might” have broke the rules a little by throwing in an extra step along the way. Heavy emphasis on that “might” word. 😉

The red tree was originally part of a larger glittery plastic fern floral pick I picked up last Christmas.

I think I can get probably 7 or 8 more trees from this for more Christmas cards. Not bad for something that cost me less than $1 to start with.

To make the tree, I used my good old scissors to cut off one leaf and then used some seriously strong glue to get it to stick on my card. I finished te tree off by adding some gems to it.

Leave a comment on my blog by 2 a.m. (MDT) on Sunday, and I will pick one of you to receive a copy of the new Holiday Cards and More special issue.

Also, be sure to check out the blogs of everyone taking part in today’s hop. (That’s because these great girls are giving away copies of the issue, too!)

One more thing: Be sure to hit Paper Crafts Connection today, too. There’s a big, big prize over there.

I hear that big, big prize looks a little something like this. 🙂

(I have one word for the big, big winner of the big, big prize: LUCKY!!!)

Thanks for swinging by today. See you again soon.

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Today’s card (9-30)

Hi all!

I invite you to sit back and meet today’s card.

Ta-da!

This is one I worked up last week and had not gotten around to sharing it here.

Yep. Hexagons again. Yep. I am fan. 🙂

I made the card’s base with a journaling card from 7gypsies. I just folded it in half. The ticket is a digital element from a digital kit on 2peas. I printed it out and used it like my normal scrapbook stuff.

The hexagons are chipboard stickers from Pink Paislee.

And the words are a stamp from Technique Tuesday’s Fabulous by Ali Edwards stamp set.

Speaking of Technique Tuesday, I’ve got a small peek for you of something I worked up with the October Studio AE stamp set.

The new Studio AE stamp set is called Give Thanks by Ali Edwards. I’ll show you the whole project in October after the set is unveiled.

One more thing, I need to pick a winner my “Holiday Cards. Go-to Gal style” post.

The winner of the Smiling Snowman stamp set and a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 6  is:

Kristin, who commented at 9/29 at 9:04 a.m.

” Love the flexibility of the hexagons. love how you used the stamps. “

Congrats, Kristin! I will send you an email shortly so your prize gets sent out.

That’s all for now. Be back later, gators.

Holiday Cards. Go-to Gal Style.

Hi everyone!

Well, we meet again! 🙂

How is your day going?  Hope it is swell.

Today, I’m partnering up with the Go-to Gals today for our monthly Go-to challenge. This time, we are challenging each other to create something with the new and yumm-a-licous Nordic Holiday stamps from Hero Arts and Basicgrey.

I am pretty dang fond of both of Basicgrey and Hero Arts. Both make high quality, well-designed products. I’m always excited when they come out with a new release. And so seeing them come out together makes things so much more exciting.

Enough talk. Let’s get on with the project.

Meet today’s card!

I used the snowflakes from Smiling Snowman stamp set to do the stamping on the hexagons.

It’s hard to tell, but there is stamping on the solid green ones.

Here’s how I made them:

1. I scribbled all  over the large snowflake on the tag stamp in the Smiling Snowman set with a green Copic marker.

2. I spritzed the stamp with Copic Blending solution. (If you try this at home, hold the bottle far away from the stamp when you spray rather than close so you just mist the stamp with solution rather than drown it.)

3. I set my paper on top of it and let it suck up ink.

When finished, I flipped it over, let it dry and then attached it to my card.

I used the same technique with another snowflake from the set to make the green snowflakes on the white circles.

I cheated a little to make the sentiment. The joy stamp comes from the Happy Holidays stamp set (also from the Nordic Collection stamp collection from Hero Arts and Basicgrey). The wishing you is from Essential Messages, another Hero Arts set.

The stamp started big like this.

Then, I wrapped it around my block, allowing only the “wishing you” part to be inked and stamped.

Easy peasy. And fun.

Want to win a Smiling Snowman stamp set from Hero Arts and Basicgrey (as well was a copy of Holiday Cards and More, Vol. 6 from Paper Crafts magazine)?

I know people (really good people), you know. 😉

Leave a comment on this post by 5 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday, Sept. 29th.

Be sure to check the blogs Windy, Julie, Jennifer, Betsy and Kim to see what they’ve worked up with these fun stamps and for the opportunity to win Nordic Holiday stamps on their blogs, too!

See you again soon!

PS… Don’t forget to hit Paper Crafts Connection and Moxie Fab World this week. The wild boa-wearing editors of Paper Crafts magazine are celebrating Holiday Cards & More and World Card Making Day. World Card Making Day is Saturday and just happens to kick off the holiday card making season.

Zva Creative September DT Blog Hop!

Please note: This is my second blog hop of the day! If you are looking for my Technique Tuesday Stamp Party post, please look at the post right below this one or click here. 🙂

Hi all!

Well, I am excited to be joining up with the design team for Zva Creative today for their monthly blog hop.

While I am not a regular contributor to Zva’s Design Team anymore, I am lucky to stay involved with Zva as honorary DT member. Because of that I was able to make a few projects with Zva’s new products that were displayed during the Summer CHA show in July.

Zva’s newest products are hitting stores now!  So please keep an eye out for them at your local craft stores. There are some really beautiful new crystal and pearls flourishes and other shapes!
Before I share my projects, remember today’s Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes’ blog. She will have the complete list of all bloggers taking part in today’s hop just in case there  is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package…YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it’s important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.The Blog Hop starts today, September 26th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, September 27h and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 28th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well (linked above).All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post…you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer’s blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.
To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you “tweeted” about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that’s fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don’t carry.
Sooooooo, you have FOUR chances on each blog to win one of our FIVE prizes!  That’s technically OVER 50 chances! (Can I get a woohoo?)
Ok. So let’s get on with the projects! 🙂
I’ve got quite a few to share with you today. These are all ones I made with Zva’s Summer release!
So meet #1.Meet #2.
Meet #3.
Meet #4.
And, finally, meet #5.
Whew. that was a lot of projects! 🙂
Every single crystal shape is from Zva’s Summer release.The flowers are, too.
Alright. It’s time to send you on your way. Your next stop is the blog of the talented and awesome: Kim Hughes.Take it away, Kim!
Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by!

Technique Tuesday Stamp Party!

Hello, hello everyone!

Welcome to the Technique Tuesday Stamp Party!
This month, the Stamping Techs are coming together for a stamp party of sorts.

Each of us dug into our stashes of Technique Tuesday stamps this month and grabbed the newest Technique Tuesday stamp set we own. For today’s hop, we are using those stamps.

Technique Tuesday offers a whole bunch of clear stamps. All of TT’s stamps are made in the USA. They are high-quality clear stamps. You can check them out by going to the TT Web site.

I used one of Technique Tuesday’s newest stamps for my project today.

I used the Congratulations – Eye Chart stamp. It’s one of three eye chart stamps that were just released! There’s also I Love You -Eye Chart and Birthday – Eye Chart.

I was super excited when I first learned about the eye chart stamps.

That’s because I have stamped for a long time and have used a lot of different stamps. I’ve never seen stamps quite like these ones. They are so new and different to me. LOVE that!

Be sure to check out the blogs of everyone taking part in today’s blog hop.

Tanis

Ashley

Charlene

Daniela

Tobi

Laura

Sharyn

Laura

Kris

Jaclyn

Teri (<—— Yep. You are here.)

From the comments received on all the blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win one the Hearts by Ali Edwards stamp set, which just happens to be one of TT’s newest stamp sets.

This is our way of saying thanks for your comments! You don’t need to comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win. But the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!

Comments must be posted by midnight on Sept. 29th. The winner will be announced on Sept. 30th sometime on the Technique Tuesday blog.

Thanks for joining us today!

Twine for the Road

Hi everyone!

I love Twisted Sugar Twine’s spools of twine, but I can’t always pack them with me when I go to a scrapbook crop. There’s just not enough room in my crop bag.

So I’ve come up with a fun little holder for taking a few yards of twine with me when I leave the house to scrapbook with friends.

Cute, huh?

Here’s what you need to make one of your own:

* wooden craft spoons (I found mine in the wood crafts aisle of a local craft store)

* a Crop-a-Dile tool

* a binding ring

* twine (Twisted Sugar Twine, of course!)

Start by punching holes through the craft spoons. The Crop-a-Dile tool works great for this.

Place all the spoons on a binding ring just to make sure they all fit.

Remove the spoons and then wrap a few yards of your favorite twine colors around each of them. Either tuck the end of the twine into the wrapped twine or use a small piece of tape to anchor the end to the back of your spoon.

When finished, put all the spoons back on the binding ring.

And there you have it: Twine for the road!

Paper Smooches Blog Hop Winner!

It’s winner time!

Some lucky person who commented on this blog is going to get Paper Smooches’ new and coming soon My Peeps stamp set.

And that lucky, lucky person is:

kacee (9/22 @10:57 p.m.)

Congrats! I’ll be in touch via e-mail shortly!

A big thanks to all who stopped by during the blog hop!.Your comments (and kindness) is always appreciated.

See you all again soon.