Saturday, October 20, 2012

Liebster Award - Thank You Karon!!

Hello my dear sweet blogging friends -

At this moment I am sitting on my bed, Hercules is cuddled up next to me, there is a cool breeze blowing through my window and the house is silent. It feels amazing.  So much has been going on and I have some wonderful news I just have to share.

Wow, amazed, excited, happy, stunned, delighted and overjoyed are only a few of the words which describe how honored I am to be have been awarded the Liebster Award by Karon Hughes.  

Karon - I am overflowing with so many feelings with your kindness and thoughtfulness in giving me this award.  Thank you, thank you and thank you!!

I have always loved to create and write and with technology the way it is now I am able to meet so many amazing women from all over the world that I probably never would have crossed paths with otherwise.  There is so much creativity and talent and amazing women with tender hearts in cyber-world and I am so blessed you have chosen to be a part of my blog family.  I treasure your visits to my blog, your comments of encouragement and support.  I absolutely love going to all your blogs where I find so much inspiration and off the charts talent.  I am in AWE of all of you!!

Thanks Karon - I am truly honored.


Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved","Favourite," or "Dearest."  This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers.  The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger.  This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.


Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.  Post the award onto your blog.  Give the award five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers.  Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!


Now this is the challenging part - how do I choose just five?  

Well ladies I am currently working on my final five and will post the names later this evening.  I wish I could give the award to all of you and thanks so much for sharing in my joy and excitement.  Have a great weekend!!!

Hugs and smiles


This has been a challenging but also exciting process - it was so incredibly hard to choose just 5 of you.  With all the said - here are my five choices:

Kim at Tillys Crafts has an amazing blog. I find her work inspiring, her coloring is wonderful and love her motto - "So many crafts, so little time" and of course Tilly her four legged friend is a cutie.  

Alison at Words and Pictures has a wonderful blog - I admire her style, creativity and inspires me to step further out of my comfort zone.

Michaela at Michaela's Blog - her coloring is amazing, love her attention to detail and her style.

Elaine at Ellapu Blog - love her mix of styles and her coloring is wonderful.

Eileen at Love in Envelope Blog - has shown me the beauty and talent of paper quilling.  Her amazing creations have inspired me to jump in and learn this technique.

Ladies - you are all so amazing, talented and creative.  Thank you all for your inspiration and wonderful blogs.  Congratulations to all of you.

I hope everyone will check out their blogs and take a look for yourselves.  It was a really touch choice.  

Many hugs and smiles


Friday, October 19, 2012

A Peek into the Past

Hello again dear ladies 

I came across some photos of projects I made quite a while ago when The Angel Company asked me to make some projects using one their new stamp sets.  I must confess creating these samples was definitely out of my comfort zone. I love the "vintage" look - I just didn't have much experience under my belt when I made these.  Ironically - I fell in love with this stamp set and it's now one of my favorites. Once again I'm so glad I had the opportunity to stretch my creative muscle.  I thought it would be a fun way to share something from my past.

Hugs and smiles


Thursday, October 18, 2012

From This to That....

Hello again dear sweet ladies - hope your week is going great.  

For this project I used a wood box I have had for quite a while.  I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper and another coat as a sealant.

Originally I was going to use this box to hold greeting cards but when I was finished altering it the cardstock made the lid to thick to easily slide back and forth. So I had to move on to Plan B.  I forced the lid on knowing I would never be able to remove it again.  

I ended up chipping off a small piece of the wood from the lid but used the flower to cover it up.  I just wish I had used a different button in the center of the flower. 

Ironically a co-worker of my sister saw it when she was over and I ended up giving it to her because she liked it so much.  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Challenge 36 - Teal, Olive and Magenta

Hello dear sweet ladies - thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you are doing fantastic!!  This week challenge with Tuesday Alchemy is all about color.

  Three colors to be exact:  Olive, Teal and Magenta.  

You can use one, two or all three of these colors in your entries.  You can also use neutral colors such as white, beige, black and brown.

We have two wonderful sponsors this week:

Di's Digi Designs  - $10.00 gift certificate

Broken Box Designs - Holiday Digi Stamp Toodle Set

For this weeks challenge I decided to make a variety of small journals and play around with these three different color combinations.  Sure hope you will jump in and join us this week and we can't wait to see what you create.  
Have FUN!!!

Our design team has some great creations this week and you can check out their individual blogs listed on the left side of the Tuesday Alchemy Blog.

Hugs and smiles


Monday, October 15, 2012

Altered Canvas - "Want to Fly"

Hello dear sweet ladies

Happy Monday and hope you had a fabulous weekend!!  The weather was so gorgeous here with a little chill in the air.  It was a nice break from the heat wave. 

A friend of mind wanted an altered canvas for her desk at work. She loves butterflies almost as much as I do. One of her favorite cardstocks is from the Winchester Collection from the Angel Company and I used it to cover the front of both canvas pieces (before attaching them together). I inked the edges of each canvas to tone down the white edge with Versa Magic in "Eggplant."  I cut some cardstock into 3.75" x 3.75"and attached them to the insides of the canvas and then attached the canvas pieces together with the hinges. I cut two 3.5" x 3.5" squares and stamped the images in Versa Magic "Spanish Olive".

I created the bottom border on the canvas with the quote on it by using the edges only of the same set used on the opposite canvas. I used Wonder Tape to attach the ribbon and cardstock to the canvas. I stamped the butterfly from the "Want to Fly" stamp set in Spanish Olive, attached it to the canvas and added ribbon to continue the line across the entire canvas.

For the front I punched scallop circles using the Mega Scalloped Punch and Giga Scalloped Circle Punch . I stamped "Just Because"  in Versa Magic Eggplant), added a large eyelet, ribbon and attached to the front canvas. I added bling to the flower centers and I was done. All supplies are from The Angel Company and unfortunately they went out of business about a year ago.  

 It was so much fun making this altered canvas I think I may make a couple more in similar themes as gifts for a few more friends.  

Hugs and smiles


Now this is irony update:

  A little while ago I discovered Red Rubber Designs and I am so excited about this.  I was an independent consultant with The Angel Company for several years until they went out of business.  Red Rubber Designs is now carrying The Angel Company rubber stamps and there are so many wonderful images and beautiful cardstocks to create anything and everything your heart can imagine.  I hope you will check them out as well as their blog.