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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

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party- Merry & Bright

Hello, my sparkly friends! Welcome to Day 5 of the My Craft Spot stamp release party! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the celebratory BLOG HOP, where inspiration and prizes will be in abundance! You'll also see the new goodies in their entirety, which will be available for purchase! Yay! You won't want to miss it! :o)

Today we are showcasing the Merry & Bright stamp set! This collection has a wonderful variety of festive greetings, large and small. This entire release is a delight!

My card today features two stamps from this set! This is another creation made in advance to spread love to children (and their parents) spending Christmas in the hospital.
I love this set so much that I had to squeeze in multiple sentiments! :o) The cutie pie is Christmas Star from Lili of the Valley, which I colored with Copics. She seemed a perfect vessel to deliver holiday cheer! Polar White Flower Soft and Star Dust add magical touches.
How fun that Kimberly designed one in the shape of a tree! It was love at first sight with this sweet one. I used Memento ink in Cottage Ivy for the tree and Rich Cocoa for the trunk. A heavenly glow (Tim Holtz Scattered Straw) trims my tree, along with a sprinkling of pearls. (I just can't stop myself.) The middle panel is bordered with a die from the Fancy Edges 2 set, with Snow White crinkle ribbon lining the top. (My bow is centered with a Wild Orchid Crafts scalloped pearl.)
This delightful sentiment was stamped in Cottage Ivy and Ladybug Red inks for extra festivity.  I always appreciate Kimberly's varied sentiment sizes to fit so many different areas! There can never be too much joy tucked into a Christmas card. :o)

My image is layered upon Spellbinders Labels Four and Gold Labels Four dies and surrounded with my beloved Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. Flower Soft extends the snowy scene to my little bouquet, which I've accented with a WOC crown pearl stick pin and a pearly heart stick pin. The corner and top border detailing are coordinating Joy! Crafts dies: Frame and 3 Corners and Ornate Edge, respectively. The scattered snowflakes are from Cheery Lynn. My papers are from Kaisercraft's North Pole collection and I finished it off with machine stitching.

Flutter on over to the My Craft Spot blog to be inspired by my fabulous teamies! While there, leave a comment on Kimberly's post for a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the My Craft Spot store!
Thank you for visiting and have a blessed day! I'll see you tomorrow for the BLOG HOP! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Craft Your Passion~ Bingo! (Pins- Stamped Image- Flowers)
 *Divas By Design~ Festive Florals
 *Lili of the Valley~ Anything Goes
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Stars and Snowflakes
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting Sentiment

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party- Christmas Chalkboard

Hello, my sweet friends! Happy Thursday and welcome to Day 4 of the My Craft Spot stamp release party! :o)

Today we are featuring the NEW Christmas Chalkboard stamp set! I love this chalkboard style and the sentiments are spectacular! :o) (All of the new stamps and SVG files will be available for purchase on Saturday!)

This card was created for an upcoming Christmas collection, where we will be delivering Christmas cheer to children (and their parents) who are spending the holiday in the hospital.
I designed this to suit both the child and parent, with touches of elegance combined with the magic of Santa. The lovely sentiment inspired me to create a happy scene for them to look at, filled with the joys of the season.
Isn't the sentiment gorgeous? I heat-embossed it in white for a snowy impact. The fancy frame is one of Kimberly's NEW SVG files! She created a set to coordinate with these Chalkboard sentiments in varying styles... naturally I chose the Chalkboard Frame- Flourish option! I accented the pretty flourishes with pearls.
I used several Cheery Lynn Designs dies to create my sentiment-inspired scene: Winter Neighborhood, Poinsettia Strip, and the Horizon Square Boutique Stacker Frames (for my base). My papers are from Bo Bunny's Silver and Gold collection. The poinsettias are trimmed in gold Glamour Dust and the neighborhood is dusted in Polar White Flower Soft.
Jingle on over to the My Craft Spot blog to be inspired by my talented teamies! While there, leave a comment on Kimberly's post for a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the My Craft Spot store!
 Thank you for visiting and I wish you a sparkly day! :o)

Challenges entered: 
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Candy Treats)
 *Christmas Card Challenge~ Anything Goes (Optional: Photo inspiration)
 *SweetStamps~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting sentiment

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party- Tiny Tags Christmas

Hello, dear friends! I hope you're having a blessed day! Welcome to Day 3 of the My Craft Spot stamp release party! :o)

Today we are featuring the NEW Tiny Tags Christmas stamp set! You already know how much I adore Kimberly's Tiny Tag sets... when I saw she made a Christmas version, my elation was through the roof! :o) (All of the new stamps and SVG files will be available for purchase on Saturday!)

I made my first contributions for an upcoming charitable Christmas collection, where we are crafting for kids (and their parents) who will be spending Christmas in the hospital. I hope it brings a smile to their battling hearts.
This Elf Stocking is one of Kimberly's new SVG files, designed by her sweet daughter! Isn't it whimsically darling? Rather than use it on a card, I made them nicely sized and gave them a crinkle ribbon holder (Sky Blue and Vanilla Bean)... that way the severely ill kiddo and mom can still have stockings to hang. :o)
I love all of the sentiments in this new set and thought they would be adorable tied to the stockings. They are cut out with the coordinating Tiny Tags metal dies. I used precious Doodlebug Frosty Friends papers for the child stocking, adding fun little poms to the trim. The NEW Light Blue Twist twine holds my tiny tag. The mom's features glittery Best Creation papers, with festive jingly bells and Cherry Red twine. Both are overflowing with love.
Be sure to hop on over to the My Craft Spot blog to see inspiring creations from the entire team! While there, leave a comment on Kimberly's post for a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the My Craft Spot store!
Thank you for visiting! Have a happy day of love and sunshine! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Inspiration Destination~ Anything Goes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party- O Holy Night

Hello, my sweet friends! I hope you're having a sparkly day! Welcome to Day 2 of the My Craft Spot stamp release party! :o)

Today we are featuring the NEW O Holy Night stamp set! This collection has a variety of beautiful sentiments that work perfectly for any Christmastime project. They just warm the heart. (All of the new stamps and SVG files will be available for purchase on Saturday!)

To celebrate the true meaning of the season, I made an elegant cross that can be used as a large tree ornament or a sweet wall hanging.
A little closer in on the cross, which is a layered cut file from the Silhouette Online Store:
It is backed in burgundy for a rich representation of His love, with a snowy flourish of joy. And I could not resist adding a complete border of pearls. :o) (Yes, it took quite a while.)
This is one of the simpler sentiments on this set, which nestled in so perfectly. The script is gorgeous and stands so beautifully on its own! My wintry paper is from Pion Design's Silent Night collection. The Fancy Flourish is from My Favorite Things, which is covered in Glamour Dust. The snowflakes are from Cheery Lynn Designs.
The precious dangling snowflake was made with the Flowers- Daisy dies, which is covered in Glamour Dust and centered with a Wild Orchid Crafts rose. Love truly blossomed into life on that holy day. :o) The simple hanger on top is made with Chocolate twine.

Flutter on over to the My Craft Spot blog to see the lovely creations from my inspiring teamies! While there, leave a comment on Kimberly's post for a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the My Craft Spot store!
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a sparkly beautiful day!

Challenges entered:
 *Christmas at Sweet Stampin'~ Snowflakes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ October Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *The Ribbon Girl~ White
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Stars/Snowflakes

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