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Monday, November 17, 2014

3D Christmas at My Craft Spot!

Happy Monday, sweet friends! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. :o) Today begins a new challenge at My Craft Spot! We're turning festive with a theme of 3D Christmas! I'm excited to see what you talented peeps link up!

For my project, I made my first ever Christmas Tussie Mussie. (They're also known as Christmas cone ornaments... but it's more fun saying tussie mussie.)
Whenever my mom sees these cones in Victorian or holiday magazines, she turns all dreamy. Since she doesn't own any, I made her one for her Christmas tree. :o) You can fill them with treats or whatever your heart desires. For heartfelt wintry wishes, I combined two Pion Design paper collections: My Precious Daughter (tiny pink hearts for the sentiments) and Silent Night (for the snowflake cone).
Since we're nature lovers, I filled it with nature's beauty. Peace & Joy is from My Craft Spot's O Holy Night stamp set, which I stamped upon the sweet heart paper and cut out with the Lacy Banners metal dies. This is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets from Kimberly! I love it to bits. I inserted a Wild Orchid Crafts crown pearl pin through the lacy banner and nestled it in the arrangement.

My cone is bursting with white and Pink Mist Wild Orchid Crafts roses, along with pine branches and tiny pine cones. For the berries I used pale pink mini poms. Polar White Flower Soft is sprinkled throughout as snow.
My second sentiment is also from O Holy Night, which I cut out with the Ribbon Banners- Wavy metal dies. I love the elegant fonts in this set! I set it atop a heart from Cheery Lynn Designs' Two of Hearts set. The crinkle ribbon for the hanger and bottom detailing is also from My Craft Spot, which I used in shades of Petal Pink and Snow White. The bow is centered with a WOC scalloped pearl.

I used a 3D cone cut file from the Silhouette Online Store for my base, but removed the hearts along the top so I'd have room for my ruffly sheer ribbon. :o) I trimmed it with more roses for a pretty border. Spiraling down the cone is tiny pom trim from JoAnn's, which I paired with a flat-back pearl strand from The Ribbon Girl. A few snowflakes from Cheery Lynn were added at the last minute for extra dimension.
I hope my mom gets as much joy from it as I had creating it. I made it with all of the sparkly Christmas love my heart holds. :o)

Be sure to visit My Craft Spot to see sweet creations from some of my teamies! I hope you can play along with us this week. :o) Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a day of love and blessings. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Christmas Creation with Ribbon
 *Dies R Us~ Christmas
 *Live & Love Crafts~ Favorite Christmas Color Combo
 *Love to Create~ Make it for Christmas
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Winter Holiday and Ribbon/Trim
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Use Lace, Ribbon, or Twine
 *Winter Wonderland~ Christmas Decoations

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Joy, Hope, and Peace

Hello, sweet friends! I'm sharing some Christmas cheer on the My Craft Spot blog today. :o)

One of the sweetest ways to deliver festive love is with the new Tiny Tags Christmas stamp set! Tiny Tags are innately adorable and I appreciate that Kimberly included both whimsical and divine sentiments for the season.
As many of you know, most of my projects are donated to a beautiful non-profit to bring sparkly love to those in need of extra love and sunshine. The I Feel the Love Project always dedicates our Christmas collections to children (and their parents) who will be spending the holiday in the hospital. This year our love will be sent to a children's hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and this is my newest card for them. Since they cannot be home, I made a decorated house scene to warm their hearts.
The banner is truly the most important part of the card. This is my Tiny Tag version of the prayer flag project! (I am eager to sew an actual one... hopefully soon'ish.) Are you familiar with it? Essentially you create a banner for a particular cause/prayer and hang it outside. As it flutters in the breeze, the prayers of our heart are sent upward to our faithful God. My goal is to create one per month next year for 12 people/organizations in need... it would be such a joy to mail it to them after they've fluttered for a while, as a reminder to them that they are never alone.

For my card, I chose two of my favorite sentiments from this set to encourage the recipients to grow ever closer to the One who can heal the precious child. They are cut out with the coordinating Tiny Tags metal dies and strung with Cherry Red traditional twine.
The exterior of my Impression Obsession Brick House is decorated with rhinestones as Christmas lights and the windows are backed with festive scenes. Naturally my sweet little house is overflowing with love, evidenced by the heart-shaped puffs of smoke from the chimney. ♥︎ The sweet pearls are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The fancy snow drift was made with Marianne Design's Fancy Edge with Lattice die. My card base is made with Cheery Lynn Designs' Horizon Square Boutique Stacker dies and my snowflake background paper is from Papermania's Bellissima Christmas collection. The frolicking deer are from the Memory Box Deer Trio set.

An angled view to better show the embossed house:
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a blessed day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: RAK!)
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes (Optional: Faith Based)
 *Creative Card Crew~ Christmas Joy
 *Jingle Belles~ The Great Outdoors
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Celebrate Kindness (This is made for a non-profit to deliver love to sick children and their families)
 *Party Time Tuesdays~ Anything Goes
 *SweetStamps~ Lovely Layers
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Use a Punch or Die
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting sentiment

Monday, November 10, 2014

Christmas Candy Fairy

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. :o)

Today I'm sharing my newest contribution for this month's I Feel the Love Project recipients. We are creating cards for kiddos (and their parents) who will be spending Christmas at a children's hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is a privilege to spread some heavenly love to their battling hearts!

(My apologies for the ultra-sparklified and fluffified image... only because I had trouble photographing it properly! Hehe.)
When I saw this darling Christmas Candy Fairy stamp from The Paper Shelter, I had to color it up for one of the precious children. She's irresistibly sweet! I added Glamour Dust to her wings, holly berries, and candy. The trim of her outfit and slippers are covered in Polar White Flower Soft. Fuzzy slippers were a must. :o) The joyous sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Merry & Bright set, one of my favorites. :o) It is stamped upon one of the gorgeous dies from Marianne Design's Petra's Heart collection in Lady Bug Red and Cottage Ivy Memento inks.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, beneath which I nestled sparklified Memory Box and Cheery Lynn Designs snowflakes. I wanted this card to bubble up with all the love I have for this brave child, so I topped it with La-La Land Craft's Heart Doily Border. For textural fun I added a layer of Scarlet Red crinkle ribbon and twine, upon which I added fuzzy jingly bells.

The snowflake paper is from BoBunny, while the rest are from Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet collection. For one final layer of love, I used my Martha Stewart Lace Heart Edge punch. Some things went a little willy nilly with this card, but thankfully what truly matters is that my and God's love will soon envelop the beautiful heart for which it was made. :o)

(Okay, so perhaps I could have used a touch less Glamour Dust...)
Thank you for fluttering on by! Have a sweet and sparkly day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Card Mania~ Dies
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes (Optional: Faith-based)
 *Creative Card Crew~ Christmas Joy!
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Sparkle and/or Shine
 *Pile It On~ Special Occasion 
 *Sparkles Christmas~ Christmas Candy

Monday, November 3, 2014

Use Metal at My Craft Spot!

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you had a wonderful first weekend of November! (Eeeep!) Today begins a new challenge at My Craft Spot and this week it's all about metal (Real or Faux)! I personally love metal accents on cards, so I'm excited to see what everyone links up. :o)

It was a tough week for me health-wise, so I'm thankful I was able to squeeze out this little card on time! I'm feeling much better now and am eager to return to normal crafting. :o) (I'm ready to burst, actually!)
For my simple card, I used a couple of my favorite goodies from Kimberly's newest release. :o) And since I love metal so much, I used three types: metal filigree corners from Wild Orchid Crafts, jingly bells, and a snowflake charm. The jolly sentiment is from the O Holy Night stamp set, which I've nestled inside one of the new Shaker Ornaments SVG files. I love these fun files and so many of Kimberly's festive sentiments fit inside. :o) 
The shaker is filled with colors from the Berry Red and Christmas Candy sequin sets, along with some crystalline microbeads. I accented my ornament (and the snowy flourishes) with crystal and garnet Recollections rhinestones. I put a ring of Star Dust around the sides of the shaker window (inside and out) for extra sparkle. Chocolate twine serves as my ornament hanger.

The snowflake paper was a freebie from a magazine, which my sweetheart surprised me with a few weeks ago. :o) I paired it with gorgeous patterns from the Teresa Collins Christmas Home collection, which I won from my sweet friend Diana. (Thank you!) The Fancy Flourish die cuts are from My Favorite Things and are topped with snowflakes from Cheery Lynn Designs.
Be sure to visit My Craft Spot to check out the beautiful creations from some of my teamies! Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a beautiful day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Holiday Thanks)
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes (Optional: No Embellishments)
 *Crafty Catz~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art~ November Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Winter is Coming
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Anything Goes

Friday, October 31, 2014

My Craft Spot Halloween Sale!

Hello, sweet friends! I'm fluttering in to tell you about a fabulous sale at My Craft Spot! (I'll be back next week with some crafty fun! I needed a tiny break while not feeling so sparkly.) Have a blessed weekend!

Click HERE to go shopping!

Monday, October 27, 2014

WINNER from the My Craft Spot Blog Hop!

Happy Monday, dear friends! Thank you for the incredibly sweet comments on my blog hop project celebrating the newest My Craft Spot release! You filled my heart with warm fuzzies. :o) And a huge welcome to my new followers! I always visit to leave some love and a follow back, so if you didn't see me it's because I had no way to find you. :(

Okay, no more frownie faces! ;) Kimberly generously supplied a $10 Gift Certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop as a prize on my blog and it's time to reveal the winner! :o)
The lucky winner (chosen by is...

SONYA of Sonya's Paper Trail!!!

Congratulations, Sonya! :o) Thank you for hopping along with us and sharing in our excitement! Please email me your email address so I can arrange to have your certificate sent to you! My addy is under the Contact Me tab. :o)

Have a beautifully blessed day, everyone!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Blog Hop!

Happy Saturday, sweet and sparkly friends! Welcome to the My Craft Spot Blog Hop, where we're celebrating Kimberly's Winter/Christmas release! All of the new stamps are now available for purchase HERE! All of the new SVG files are available at her SVG store HERE! Each stop on the hop is giving away a gift certificate to Kimberly's store to put toward the purchase of your choice! Yay! :o)

I'm your last stop on this celebratory blog hop! You should have arrived here from the amazingly talented Deb of Craftin' Chaos. If you just stumbled upon my blog, flutter on over to Kimberly at My Craft Spot to start from the beginning! You won't want to miss a single stop. :o)

As I've often stated, Christmas is my favorite everything. There's no season my sappy heart loves  more. :o) Kimberly's fabulous release whisked me away to all things warm and fuzzy, so I made a sliding recipe box filled with sweet recipes that my family and I enjoy throughout the Christmas season.
To create my sliding recipe box, I followed THIS tutorial from the fabulous Tara. There will be more of these in my future, that is for certain! (Recipes, encouragement notes, etc! So many options.) For the spine detailing, I used my crop-a-dile and Kimberly's lovely Snow White crinkle ribbon, along with a sparkly snowflake charm.
For my cover, I chose one of my favorite sentiments from this new release, which is from the O Holy Night stamp set. The peace and joy of the holiday season is unlike any other and this gorgeous greeting inspired my project. I opted for a wintry theme in terms of design because precious baking memories begin long before Christmas Day... Christmas in the heart lasts so much longer! My dangling snowflake was made with dies from the Flowers- Daisy set and centered with a tiny rose. I seem to have a thing for this lately! :o)
My recipe box opens up to a vintage winter wonderland, with deliciously sweet memories tucked between Christmas Chalkboard sentiments. The Maja Design-Vintage Frost papers were chosen to warm my mom's heart. :o) Surrounding the recipe list are flourishing snowflakes from the Ornate Labels- Christmas stamp set, along with pretty singular flakes from the Christmas Chalkboard set. (I always love Kimberly's little extras! They're beautiful.)

Note: Just an FYI that I did catch my typo after the fact... I know my pals would kindly tell me so I know to fix it! Thankfully it is easily fixable, but not in time for this hop. Don't you love spotting mistakes after the pictures?!
The recipes slide out like so with the corresponding numbers as guidance. (The numbers are more visible in person.) I altered the tutorial a bit to include a pocket border on the interior edge of the cards, since many of my recipes are more than one card. This way I can nestle them in the lacy pockets when necessary.
Kimberly's chalkboard sentiments are so beautiful, which I've heat-embossed in snowy white. One reason I chose this project was because it enabled me to easily use multiple sentiments. I adore this entire release and had such a hard time narrowing down what to use. :o) I chose the snowy greeting to pair with these darling little girls and puppy...
... and this heavenly one for these sweet kiddos. The frames for both are from the NEW Chalkboard Frames SVG files created to coordinate with this stamp set. The corners are from Joy! Crafts Frame and 3 Corners die set.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, of which I used a combination of Vintage roses, Pink Mist roses, white roses, Lilies, and sweetheart blossoms. Cheery Lynn Designs' Mini Fanciful Flourishes scroll within and I added a sprinkling of pearls. The resin pieces are from Prima (my first!).

You can't have a blog hop without BLOG CANDY, right?! Kimberly is generously supplying each of us with a $10 Gift Certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop to give away! To be eligible to win mine, simply leave me a comment on this post. :o) (I will select and announce the winner on Monday morning!)

Ready to see the entire release?! (Click for larger images)

Kimberly's new SVG files can be found HERE:

Here is the entire blog hop line-up in case you got lost along the way:

Lisa (Guest Designer) 
Beth (Guest Designer) 
Deb (Guest Designer) 
Karen  (You are HERE!)

Thank you for celebrating with us! Have a blessed and sparkly weekend! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *As You Like It~ Favorite Style: Cute or Elegant and Why (I truly love both styles, and each has a place in my crafty life, but my love has recently shifted to elegance... there's something magical about the style that makes my heart flutter. I think it's the sheer beauty of creating something elegant from only paper and ribbon/lace. Simple or complex, heightened elegance enlivens my crafty spirit!)
 *CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra~ Anything Goes
 *Crafting by Designs~ Get Ready for Christmas
 *Divas by Design~ Festive Florals
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting Sentiment

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