Saturday, November 30, 2013

Goodbye November

Well, it has been great fun being a Guest Designer here at SweetStamps for the month of November! I want to thank everyone for visiting my blog and for leaving such sweet comments about my cards! Very encouraging! The DT is such a amazing group of talented ladies...its been an honor to "work" with them this month. I can't believe tomorrow is December already! My Christmas tree is only half "up" and I still have pumpkins out on the front porch. I guess I'd better jump into the right "Holidays" soon. Hey, that's the theme this week for the weekly challenge! You still have a little time to join in the fun!
Here is my final card sample this month...a brown snowflake card for a friend who has a Thanksgiving Day birthday...what a combination!


For this one I stamped the main image with glue and added brown fine glitter, some Liquid Pearls dots, a button, a tag and a bit of twine. The 'snowflake' is a SweetStamps stamp called "Open Hearts Medallion".
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season, friends! Blessings to you all!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are wishing all of you, our blogging, crafting, card-making friends, a very happy Thanksgiving Day! By now you are probably done eating the turkey dinner...maybe you already have the leftovers safely stashed in the frig for a midnight snack! Here at our house we finished dinner about 2:00 and I cleaned up for an hour, then I spent a few precious minutes in my craftroom finishing my Christmas card....until the crowd started asking for pie! Now they're all satisfied again so here I am! Sandie, Guest Designer for November, and this is my last  (well, maybe 2nd to last!) post. This month has flown by and its been great fun participating in the SweetStamps challenges! I'm so thankful to the DT and SS owners for the priviledge of joining them in showcasing the amazing products at their SweetStamps online store.
Today I'm showing you the card I made for the current weekly challenge. #145 "The Holidays".


The main image and sentiment are SweetStamps stamps called "Cardinal Pair & Warm Wishes", a set of two stamps. I colored the images with alcohol markers and colored pencils and then added sparkle with some Stickles. The delicate die cuts behind the image are a Memory Box die called "Catalina Wreath", also from the SS store! The card stock is a variety of scraps I've had in my stash for quite some time. Love to use up those scraps!
Please scroll down to see the current challenge and all the inspiring samples from the talented Design Team!
Then join in the challenge for a chance to win a generous prize from SweetStamps.
Thanks for stopping by today! Savor those last bites of pumpkin pie!
Hugs, Sandie!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Challenge #145 The Holidays

Happy Tuesday sweet friends! It's time for another weekly challenge at SweetStamps.com! This week's theme is...
THE HOLIDAYS
Since the holidays are upon us, we thought we'd say THANKS for being a sweet follower of our blog with a SALE! Get 10% Off everything online now through November 30th with coupon code TURKEY13. Click here to start shopping!

Need some inspiration? Well, our DT Sweeties have some fabulous cards to share with you this week! Check em out:

We'd love to see your Holiday creation (cards, scrapbook pages, mixed media, ATCS, etc.), so come and join the fun! You could win a $20 shopping spree for goodies at SweetStamps.com's online store by playing along in our challenge! Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.
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Our Monthly Technique Challenge Microbeaded goes through December 14th, join us with your creation and check out what our DT Sweeties made! View ALL the monthly challenges here.

***Don't forget to check back later this week for more inspiration from our monthly Guest Designers!***

Next week our theme is Red & Green. Happy Stamping! Have a super sweet week!
 


Anything Goes Challenge Winner

The winner of SweetStamps.com's Challenge #144 Anything Goes is...


Congratulations!

Please contact me for your winning prize of a $20 shopping spree at shop.SweetStamps.com.

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge, we hope you had fun and will join us again — we have a NEW technique challenge every month, along with a weekly challenge each Tuesday!


Happy stamping!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Icey Christmas Bells

Hello, and happy Thursday to you all!
Sandie here again as Guest Designer this month.
Today I'm showcasing the technique for the Monthly Challenge.  I'd never tried this before...using micro beads. What an interesting and pretty texture the tiny glass beads create! Makes it look so dimensional.

This monthly challenge at SweetStamps runs from Nov. 15 through Dec. 14. The beads are just called "Glass Beads" by Judi-Kins*.


 This Christmas card is made with non-traditional colors...rather out of my comfort zone! But I like the icey look the micro beads bring to the design. The beads can be attached using glue, two-sided adhesive, or anything really sticky! I used the wide adhesive tape and the beads are held on tight!


Looking at the image of the bells from different angles shows the demensional, icey look a bit better.
What doesn't show up well is the glossy surface I added to the background frame...the whole pale pink area surrounding the wreath. I gave it a coating of Glastique Dementional Finishing Glaze* after coloring it with alcohol markers, for a shiney, glossy effect.


And here are the other items I used:
Stamps - "Bells"* and "Scroll Shadow Box Frame"* from SweetStamps
Dies - "Catalina Wreath"* from Memory Box
"Standard Circles Lg" from Spellbinders
"Terrifically Tacky Tape" from Provo Craft
Flatback pearls - "Peach" from Pizzazz Aplenty

Check out the SweetStamps monthly challenge for more details and inspiration!

Then join in the challenge for a chance to win a very nice prize!
All of the items marked with the * are things I got at the SweetStamps.com online store.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hugs! Sandie

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Challenge #144 Anything Goes

Hello sweet friends! It's time for another weekly challenge at SweetStamps.com! This week's theme is...
ANYTHING GOES

We'd love to see your latest creation (cards, scrapbook pages, mixed media, ATCS, etc.), so come and join the fun! You could win a $20 shopping spree for goodies at SweetStamps.com's online store by playing along in our challenge! Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.
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Our Monthly Technique Challenge Microbeaded goes through November 14th, join us with your creation and check out what our DT Sweeties made! View ALL the monthly challenges here.

***Don't forget to check back later this week for more inspiration from our monthly Guest Designers!***

Next week our theme is The Holidays. Happy Stamping! Have a super sweet week!
 



Thank You Challenge Winner

The winner of SweetStamps.com's Challenge #143 Thank You is...
Congratulations!

Please contact me for your winning prize of a $20 shopping spree at shop.SweetStamps.com.

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge, we hope you had fun and will join us again — we have a NEW technique challenge every month, along with a weekly challenge each Tuesday!


Happy stamping!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Microbeaded {Monthly Technique Challenge}

Hello sweet friends. I can't believe it's the middle of November already - and we've already had a little bit of snow here in Michigan! Just a taste of what's to come I'm guessing. This month our technique challenge is... 
Microbeads
You can add a lot to a card (or other project) by adding microbeads! They come in many colors, but some of my favorites are the transparent ones like our Sugar Beads (smaller than microbeads) and Sugar Sand (even smaller than sugar beads!)
Take a look at these awesome microbeaded cards crafted by our very talented DT Sweeties:





We'd love to see your microbeaded creation {cards, ATCs, altered art, scrapbook pages, etc. are welcome}, so come and join the fun! You could win a $20 shopping spree for goodies at SweetStamps.com's online store by playing along in our challenge! Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.
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This is our Monthly Technique Challenge, so it will run through December 14th. Check out all the monthly challenges here. Happy Stamping! 
 

Center Step {Monthly Technique} Challenge Winner

The winner of SweetStamps.com's Monthly Technique Challenge Center Step Card is...
Congratulations!

Fabulous job on that technique! And now you can learn even more techniques, because you've won a specialty CD from Technique Junkies! Just email Pat with your selection and she'll get that out to you!

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge, we hope you had fun and will join us again — we have a NEW technique challenge every month, along with a NEW weekly challenge each Tuesday!