Monday, July 28, 2014

The Twinery / Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop



No...it is not your imagination!  LOL

I am back once again with another fabby blog hop with my team over at
The Twinery as we team up with the designer from Serendipity Stamps.


Our team were given the option to work with 
Serendipity's stamps and dies
and I chose to work with a beautiful Lighthouse Die & Stamp Set


I love using baker's twine to create landscape and that's exactly what I did for
both of today's projects.  For this one, I wanted to create the varied colors of the sea,

Denim
Ocean
Seaweed
Honeydew

It's so easy...just run your tape roller in a wavy line and simply layer the twine
row by row. 
To create the sun, I rolled Marigold & Buttercream in a circle of tape




For the next project, I wanted to create a sandy beach landscape
so I layered Cappuccino & Stone baker's twine.


I've always found lighthouses to be a source of hope as the beacon
shines for miles.  


During this three-day blog hop, there are some pretty fabby prizes
available to two lucky winners.
If you swing by all of the participating blogs & leave a little love, you just might win...


Solid Twine Sampler Pack (retail value $48)


Here’s how you can enter to win the Sampler Pack of Twines:
Leave a comment on each participating designer’s blog on the hop (and here on our blog, too!).
This is a 3-day hop, so be sure to comment each day.
Please be sure to leave your e-mail address along with your comments
so we can have a way to contact you if you win.
For additional chances to win:
- Follow our blog. You can enter your e-mail to subscribe under the “Follow By Email!”
heading in the blog sidebar.
- “Like” The Twinery on Facebook and leave a comment on our page letting us know
you came from the blog hop.
The deadline to leave comments for the giveaway is at 11:59pm EST on Friday, August 1st.
Check The Twinery blog on Sunday, August 3rd to see if you’ve won!

You still have plenty of time to join the fun!
Thanks for stopping by and I know I will see you again soon!

It's time to get you on your way to the next 
stop on the hop, my talented friend
Monika Wright

Have fun !


Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Twinery Creates with Poppystamps Blog Hop



HELLO !!!

Yes indeed!  After a year-long break, I am baaaaack!
I am so happy to be sharing a wonderful event with you
and can't think of a better time to be sharing!


I have enjoyed being the Design Team Coordinator for The Twinery
for nearly 4 years now and love when we get together with other
creative teams to share projects with you.
Today is Day #3 of our blog hop with Poppystamps.
They provided beautiful dies to inspire us & here is what I came up with.


This beautiful die is called the 'Viva Tree' and as soon as I saw it,
I knew what I wanted to do.
Last year, I used the same 'knotting' method to create popcorn
for another fun project (which can be seen HERE)

I cut a dark brown & kraft brown tree and glued them
to my card base.  I thought it would give some dimension to create
a 'shadow' effect by layering one over the other.
To create the colorful leaves, I simply tied three knots for each color,
and glued them randomly to the tree.
The Twinery has so many beautiful shades of baker's twine, so you
can really get creative with this idea.  
For my tree, I chose the following colors:

Pink Sorbet
Lilac
Marigold
Mandarin
Honeydew
Cappuccino


During this three-day blog hop, there are some pretty fabby prizes
available to two lucky winners.
If you swing by all of the participating blogs & leave a little love, you just might win...


Metallic Sampler Pack (retail $32)


Two-pack of Dies (retail $26.50)

Here’s how you can enter to win the Sampler Pack of Twines:
Leave a comment on each participating designer’s blog on the hop (and here on our blog, too!).
This is a 3-day hop, so be sure to comment each day.
Please be sure to leave your e-mail address along with your comments
so we can have a way to contact you if you win.
For additional chances to win:
- Follow our blog. You can enter your e-mail to subscribe under the “Follow By Email!”
heading in the blog sidebar.
- “Like” The Twinery on Facebook and leave a comment on our page letting us know
you came from the blog hop.
The deadline to leave comments for the giveaway is at 11:59pm EST on Friday, August 1st.
Check The Twinery blog on Sunday, August 3rd to see if you’ve won!

You still have plenty of time to join the fun!
Thanks for stopping by and I know I will see you again soon!

It's time to get you on your way to the next blog on the hop
Patty Tanuz



Thursday, July 18, 2013

Make a Wish



I'm so glad to have you back here at The Open Window.
It's time for another fabby color challenge over at


Today is a very special day . . .
It's my daughter's 29th birthday.


I can't believe so many years have passed.
She is so beautiful, both inside & out.

Choosing the sentiment for this card was a simple choice!


Because I've been personally busy for the past few weeks, I didn't
devote nearly the time to getting my card done this week as I
would have liked.  I tried photos both indoors & out, but still struggled
to find the right lighting.

Very clean & simple, I used the 'Dandelion Wishes' stamps
and dies from My Favorite Things.
It's very special to know that my long time blogging friend
Mona Pendleton is the illustrator of these beautiful images.

I love the intricate detail of these stamps.

Many thanks to Mona for providing not only the stamps/dies
for this week, but also the most generous prize for our challenge !


You'll find all the details over in The Cafe.

I hope you will play along with us this week!



Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: Ledger from DCWV
Stamps: Dandelion Wishes by My Favorite Things
Ink: Slate & Latte from A Muse Studio
Tools: Die-Namics Steps & Toppers for Dandelion Wishes
from My Favorite Things

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fun's a Poppin' with The Twinery & Ruby Rock-It


Oh yeah!  What a couple days as the designers of The Twinery
get together with the designers of Ruby Rock-It
for a fun blog hop !


I am just the third stop on today's journey, so hopefully
you came by way of the

If not, we would love for you to start at the beginning of the
hop because there are some pretty terrific prize packages
up for grabs when you leave a little love along the way !

Armed with The Twinery's amazing baker's twine
and the super fun 'Carnival King' collection provided
by Ruby Rock-It, I had a great time making this colorful card.


 I love ANYthing carnival, circus or county fair-related.
As soon as I saw the popcorn box embellishments, I knew I
wanted to 'pop' some popcorn.
I used The Twinery's original & new solid Marigold baker's twine
& began making little knots.
I 'tied' the banners together with a braided 'rope' using solid Maraschino
and original Caribbean & Charcoal twine
and added a little more shimmer using Stickles & tiny gems from K&Co.


Both The Twinery & Ruby Rock-It
are offering awesome prize packages for two lucky
winners who leave comments along the blog hop way.


All the details & the complete hop list can be
found over at The Twinery.

It is time to get you on your way to Ruby Rock-It's designer

Thanks for stopping by & don't forget to leave a comment
for your chance to win one of those terrific prize packages !



Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: black check from A Muse Studio
Tokens, Die Cuts & Project Card: Carnival King by Ruby Rock It
Embellishments: gems from K&Company
original & solid baker's twine in Marigold, Marschino, Charcoal & Caribbean
all from The Twinery

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Perfect Day!



I am so glad you came by today!

The designers of


are having a blog hop featuring the sweet stamp images
illustrated by Mabelle R-O

Hopefully you came by way of 

If not, I hope you'll start there & visit all the
designer's blogs.  There is a prize up for grabs!
 
Here is what I have to share with you !


The journal card I chose as a frame for this card was absolutely perfect.
All I did was stamp my image and color it in.
This set is called 'Sweet Taste of Summer'.

It's really great when a scene is nearly all set for you !
Those who know me, know I am not a colorer, but this was
simply fun to do.  I added Stickles to the flower centers
as well as on her dress & hat.
Notice her hair is brunette . . . I would love to be her on the blanket !


Of course for me, no outdoor scene is complete without
a few little clouds, which I created with my dies from Lil' Inker Designs.


I also love how dimensional the banner appears.
It was simply a part of the journal card I used.
It's from Recollections.


It's time to send you on your way to the next
blog on the hop which is

Before you go, please make sure you leave a note
so you have a chance to win a
STAMP SET OF YOUR CHOICE !
All the details on how you can win are over on
the TCM blog.

OH...and today is the final day to get
20% off your purchase from the TCM store.
Check out those details too !

Thanks for stopping !


Project Recipe:
Journal Card: Recollections
Stamps: Sweet Taste of Summer by The Craft's Meow
Embellishments: Stickles from Ranger
markers from Copic & Spectrum Noir
 Tools: cloud die from Lil' Inker Designs, Big Shot
 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Red, White & Blue Inspiration


Yep...the 4th of July is almost here!
It's always an interesting time in our home
as I am married to a 'very' British Englishman.
Yes, that is one redundant phrase, but it was
meant to emphasize just how 'British' he is!

He really enjoys the celebrations we have during
the holiday & after nearly 24 years here in the
U.S. he has come to love our patriotism.

Well today, I'm sharing this project over at The Twinery
& thought it would be fun to share here
how quick & easy it is to add an accent of
twine here & there to make your card 'pop'!
{no pun intended}


This is actually my second patriotic card in two days... I'll 're-share' the other
in a moment...

Once again, I used Authentique's 'Pride' Collection for my background
and this time, I stamped & die-cut my anchor using a Hero Arts set.
I created a border between paper designs using blue pearls from  
Zva CreativeThe waves & sentiment are from Avery Elle.
My favorite cloud die still comes from Lil' Inker Designs.
I used an EF from LifeStyle Crafts appropriately called 'Waves'
to create the texture in the clouds and added a touch of
baker's twine in Denim from The Twinery.


Yesterday, I shared a card featuring bling from Zva Creative.
Here's a peek . . .


Make sure you stop by THAT POST to see the rest & leave a 
comment for your chance to win a terrific prize package from Zva Creative.
FIVE of them will be given away from random comments on any one
designer's blog, so don't leave without a quick hello!

Hope you enjoyed a little 'Red, White & Blue' Inspiration!


Project Recipe: 
Patterned Paper: Pride by Authentique
Stamps: Knotty by Avery Elle 
Embellishments: baker's twine in Denim
blue pearls {PEW-03CB-118} from Zva Creative 
Tools: Tides EF from LifeStyle Crafts, Big Shot
Cloud die from Lil' Inker Designs

Monday, June 24, 2013

Zva Creative June Design Team Blog Hop


Zva Creative and my fellow Design Team members welcome you to our 
June blog hop! 
We are excited about it and look forward to be 
sharing our new work with you!


Today's Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way).

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.



I really had fun creating this card.
I was totally inspired by this week's assignment
over at The Twinery, which was to create
something using red, white & blue.

I bought the 6x6 pad 'Pride' by Authentique
on my last trip to Archivers & knew what I
wanted to start with.  I laid down my
'wallpaper' and went from there.

The focal point bling is the beautiful red
flourish from Zva Creative.  Even though
bling tends to be on the more 'sophisticated'
side, it totally works with this Americana
look, don't you think?

The burlap star is from Little Yellow Bicycle
and the sentiments are from Paper Smooches.




If you would like to play along with our design team, 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!

The Blog Hop starts today, June 24th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, June 25th.


***Prizes*** 
Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win. 

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 26th on Zva Creative's blog. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday to see if you are a winner! 

The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's blog.

Your next stop is

Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us! 

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again 
on July 29th for our next Zva blog hop! 

And don't forget to leave a comment for your chance
to win one of those great prize packages!


Project Recipe:

Patterned Paper: Pride by Authentique
Stamps: Sentiment Sampler from Paper Smooches
Embellishments: Red Flourish {CR-06CA-107} from Zva Creative
baker's twine Silver Metallic from The Twinery
Burlap Star sticker from Little Yellow Bicycle
Tools: Banner die by Sizzix, Big Shot
 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Flourishing Thanks - The Craft's Meow Blog Hop



The day has finally arrived !

It's The Craft's Meow 
June Release Blog Hop

I hope you stopped by from my friend & new TCM designer

If not, I would love for you to join us from the start at
because someone is going to win
all four stamp sets
and it could be you !
More on that in a moment !


Today, the entire collection goes on sale!

For today's project, I revisited the
'Fancy Flourishes' set
designed by NinaB Designs
which is this month's
FREE GIFT w/$50 purchase


I created the 'wallpaper' for my card using the beautiful papers
from Authentique.
I added a ribbon border in the middle and the
stunning gem flourish is from Zva Creative.


This set has so many possibilities...create fun graphic elements
or simple elegance.  Either way, it's a GREAT ADDITION
for your stamp collection !
 
Here is another quick peek at the card I created using
the same set during our Preview Week.
 
The colors were inspired by this week's challenge at
 
 
 
 
You can view
the details of this card by clicking HERE
 

Here is the complete set . . .


and remember, it's only available for a limited time
FREE w/$50 purchase


YOU COULD WIN
the entire collection of new releases
pay a visit to our designer's blogs,
leave a comment and cross your fingers
all by 8pm PST, Sunday June 23rd.

One random winner will be chosen 
from one of the blogs on the hop
so make sure you leave a comment
here before you leave.
 
Speaking of the hop, it's time to send you on to


Thanks so much for coming by . . . Fingers crossed you win
and enjoy the rest of the inspiration from the TCM team !


Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: Renew by Authentique
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes by The Craft's Meow
Ink: Lido & Slate from A Muse Studio
Embellishments:  Smoke Crystal Flourish {CRB-05CA-113}
from Zva Creative
Elle ribbon from American Crafts