Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fun in the Sun - Final Design Team Call

Hi hi ! ! !

A super quick post as I share with you this week's challenge

How about this amazing photo scoped out by
our color story gal, Jaclyn Miller.

I was super-excited to find this great paper from Bella Blvd
in my stash because it had pretty much all the colors I needed
(ok..and a teensy bit of one or two others too)

It was a fairly straight-forward CAS card with a rolled flower
made from scratch.  The sentiment is a cut out also from
the same Bella set.  I used Liquid Pearls, gems & a brad
for the tiny flower centers & a BIG knot of
baker's twine in Pink Sorbet from The Twinery.

I hope you will take the challenge this week.
Fun bold colors !

This is the FINAL WEEK we are accepting submissions

So if you're riding the fence, I hope you'll jump off
and take a chance.  It might be
we are waiting for !

Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: Sunshine Happiness by Bella Blvd
Embellishments: baker's twine in Pink Sorbet by The Twinery
gems from Little Yellow Bicycle & Martha Stewart 
brad from American Crafts, Liquid Pearls by Ranger

Monday, June 25, 2012

Seize the Day !

Happy Monday to one and all ! ! !

It is time for another T-rrific blog hop with my pals over at

If you are hopping already, you should have come from

If you're just stopping by, I'd love to invite you back to the

There's always a fun prize for a lucky visitor who leave
a little love on each of the participating blogs.
There are only eleven blogs
and you have all week long . . . EASY !

This week, I decided to mix a couple of sets from the
EAD Stickerz line with this fun set of stamps from Paper Smooches.
The chair & Objet d'art are from 'Vintage Furniture' & the sentiment
is from 'Random Words' by EAD.

The shelf & rug are from the 'Vogue Abode' set by Paper Smooches.

I took my inspiration from the current challenge over at

Here are the sets I used today . . .

and remember . . . 

I can't keep you here any longer.
It's time to send you on your way to my creative teammate

Don't forget to leave a little love & YOU just might win !

Project Recipe:
Embellishments: Vintage Furniture & Random Words by EAD Designs
gems by White Blossom
Stamps: Vogue Abode by Paper Smooches

Saturday, June 23, 2012

$750+ - Winners Announced !

Hello everyone and welcome to a very special post.

Last weekend, we had a fabulous party here at
The Open Window
and although the graphic above says $500+ in giveaways,
we had much more than that.

After nearly 900 comments
and simply . . .

the most wonderful support of dear friends & followers

I am happy to share the winners chosen randomly for
each of the following giveaways:

posted Thursday, June 14th

EAD Designs $25 Shopping Spree

Paper Smooches Stamp Set of Choice

 posted Thursday, June 14th

 Momenta $25 Prize Package

Paper Made Bakery $32 Prize Pkg

Pixie Dust Studio 3 Digi Image of Choice

The Twinery $32 Sampler Package

posted Friday,  June 15th

Rubbernecker Stamps Stamp Set of Choice

posted Saturday, June 16th

My Little Shoebox Scrapbook Collections

Market Street Stamps $15 Shopping Spree

The Alley Way Stamps $35 Shopping Spree

posted Sunday, June 17th

The Craft's Meow Stamp Set of Choice

Posted Sunday, June 17th

SRM Stickers Package

Tami Mayberry Design Package

Paper and Such Stamping Package

Cindy Coutts Design SU 12x12 Paper Collection

Design to Color 1 Year Digi Subscription

Design to Color June/July Issue

By LORi Designs $25 Shopping Spree

posted Sunday, June 17th

Lil' Inker Designs $10 Shopping Spree

Lil' Inker Designs 2 Cute Ink Stamp Sets

Avocado Arts Stamp Set of Choice

Creating is Fun $25 Shopping Spree

Skipping Stones Design Two Stamp Sets of Choice

Soft Pencil Studios 5 Digi Images

Latina Crafter $25 Shopping Spree

Mr. Cricut Crazy Three Stamp Sets of Choice

Lawn Fawn Stamp Set of Choice & 6x6 Paper Pad $20 Shopping Spree

Theresa Scrapbooking Queen Royal Package

Action Wobbles Spring 12 pk

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps God's Purpose Stamp Set

Sweet Stamp Shop Hello Beautiful Stamp Set

Sweet Stamp Shop Made By Stamp Set

Sweet Stamp Shop Across the Miles Stamp Set

Sweet Stamp Shop Against the Grain Stamp Set

All prizes will be provided directly by companies.

Please email me at
and provide a mailing address

I will forward all winners directly.

Sponsors ask that prizes be claimed within
21 days of this post.

Thank you again for the outpouring of support
and I look forward to having another celebration
with you VERY soon ! ! !


Friday, June 22, 2012

Hi Ya!

Gosh it's been a busy week here at The Open Window,
hasn't it ? !  A very INSPIRING busy week, I hope : )

Today we are wrapping up a 5-day event with
the designer of

and the designers of

It's has been one terrific blog hop indeed !

If you've made your way here from
my friend & teammate
then you are in the perfect place to proceed.

If not, I would encourage you to start back at the
beginning over on the
because do we have prizes ! ! !

As soon as I opened my collection of papers & embellishments
from My Little Shoebox, I was immediately drawn to this fun paper.
It's from the 'Lovely Day' collection.  Of course, birdcages are
so in and I just love 'em.
Last week, I created my first rolled flower using their die cuts
and the tiny one on this card is my second : )
They are super easy to create.
I love hanging birdcages in creative ways, so I used a variety
of gems & pearls and of course, baker's twine.
I twisted together Flax & Stone from The Twinery and tied
a neat little bow.

The mini-alphas from MLS were the perfect color for this card too.

I really do hope you will take your time to visit each blog on
the hop.  You have until this Saturday night to complete it,
so grab a cuppa & enjoy because here's what you could win:

Four spools of baker's twine in
YOUR choice of colors


One of these terrific collections from My Little Shoebox.

It is time to send you on your way.

The next stop on the hop is the uber-talented

I'll be back later with my guest post with
Rubbernecker Stamps.

Then later tonight, the prize posts begin from the
3rd Anniversary Celebration
here at The Open Window.
With $750+ in prizes to giveaway, it will take most
of the weekend to post . . .

Thanks for 'peeking' in ! ! !

Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: Lovely Day by My Little Shoebox
Embellishments: baker's twine in Flax & Stone
gems from A Muse Studio, Recollections

A Feast of Flowers

I am so honored to be the June Guest Designer over at
Rubbernecker Stamps as part of the 
Stampin' Sisterhood.

The designers there have made me feel so very welcome
and I can't say enough about the stamps that are now a
part of my collection.  They are luscious, deeply cut,
red rubber with foam cushion and the designs
are simply spectacular to play with.

I can only give you a peek at what I created, so make sure
you pop over to the 
and take a peek at what I created for you.

Don't forget, starting later tonight, I will begin
posting the winners of the prizes from the

Thursday, June 21, 2012

How Would YOU Like to Win Six New Stamp Sets?!

For the new challenge at
The Play Date Cafe
please scroll down

It's a very exciting day today !

All week long I've been sharing projects from

and today is RELEASE DAY and our team blog hop.

If you've come by way of our newest illustrator
then you are on the path of the hop.

If not, you will definitely want to start over at
because someone is going to 
win the
That's the SIX brand new stamp sets
we previewed this week.

I fell in love with this set designed by NinaB Designs for TCM
called 'Stitched Flowers' with the matching 'Stitched Sentiments'.
I stamped the flowers & did a faux-watercolor using Memento inks.
I used paper from Lily Bee Design as my wallpaper.
For a little interest, I punched a border on one edge and added
baker's twine, in Flax & Orchid by The Twinery, on the other.

I think it's always fun to place the sentiment on it's side
because it's 'unexpected'.

The tiny pearls are from Want2Scrap.

I know you will see all the sets on the TCM Website, so I am going
to show you a very special one here...

This terrific set is 'Summer Fun'and for a limited time is available
as a gift with a purchase of $50 or more.

I used this set in my post from yesterday as well...
you can check it out here

So here is how you can win....

Visit each designer's blog on the hop, leave a comment
{ there's only 16 total over 4 days...very do-able }
and you have until 9:00pm PDT, Sunday June 24th to do so.

They are all on sale today!!!
Don't wait!

Look forward to your comment and I will keep my fingers
crossed that YOU are a winner!

The next stop on the hop IS the talented

Karen Baker's blog

Just in case there are any glitches in the blog hop,
here is a complete list of blogs participating for TCM:

 Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: Picket Fence by Lily Bee Design
Stamps:  Stitched Flowers & Stitched Sentiments
both from The Craft's Meow
Inks: Grape Jelly & Bamboo Leaves Memento
Embellishments:  pearls & flourish from Want2Scrap
baker's twine in Flax & Orchid from The Twinery
Tools:  Apron Lace border punch from Fiskars

Let's Chat & 'Splash' !

Welcome back . . . I'm so happy you had a moment to
stop by because I have a great challenge to share !

What a beautiful image, huh ? !
Our Jaclyn Miller knows how to create the
perfect color story for us.

This week, it's 'splash' week and we are using

It's definitely all about the 'splash' on this card.
I used one of my favorite stamp sets from Paper Smooches
called 'Vogue Abode'.
There's nothing like 'blinged-out' accessories !
The gems are a lovely shade of blue and were provided by
this week's sponsor . . .

Hey !  Don't forget that we are looking for additions to our design team

and we would love it if you would consider submitting.
We are adding 
new designers to our team ! ! !
It's an exciting time to be a part of the PDCC family !

Check out the details on the DT Call and of course,
this week's challenge all over in The Cafe

I'll see you soon . . .

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Vogue Abode by Paper Smooches
Embellishments: gemstone from Want2Scrap

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Oh Deer . . . It's Summer Fun !

Welcome back to The Open Window.
So glad you could swing in today because it's
Day Four of the New Release Previews over at

and today there are TWO fabulous previews to share.

Tomorrow will be the BIG TEAM blog hop and 
all SIX of the fabulous new stamp sets
previewed this past several days will be available for sale.

The first set was designed by our own team member
Amy Wanford
and is so adorable!  It's called 'Oh Deer'

How fun is this set? !
It was a pretty simple card to make because I paper-pieced
the sweet deer using an argyle pattern from Authentique.
I colored the little stumps with one Copic and die cut
my favorite clouds from Lil' Inker Designs.
OH!  The sweet little butterfly pattern is Echo Park
and is adorned with tiny pearls.

Now for something completely different . . .

 Next up is this month's limited time gift with $50 purchase
designed by Kaitlyn Ord called 'Summer Fun'

I loved the chevron pattern from the Sweet Day collection
from Echo Park and decided to cut out just a section as my background.
I then stamped the beach ball on the reverse side of the same sheet.
Another fabby pattern !
I stamped the sentiment and done.
A fun summer-time card.

Don't forget . . . this set can be yours when you order $50 or more
from The Craft's Meow and it all becomes available on Thursday !

Make sure you pop by
and check out the creative work
from all of the designers.
TCM is giving away a new release set
each day, so make sure you leave a comment
on the blog for a chance to win!

I am so glad you stopped by today.
Tomorrow is the New Release Blog Hop,
so make plans to stop back.

My Deer Friend Project Recipe:
Stamps: Oh Deer by The Craft's Meow
Tools: Big Shot, Cloud die from Lil' Inker Designs 
Embellishments: mini pearls by A Muse Studio

Fun and Sun Project Recipe:
Stamps: Summer Fun by The Craft's Meow
Ink: Burano by A Muse Studio 
Patterned Paper: Sweet Day by Echo Park Paper

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Just for You . . . Welcome to The Craft's Meow

It's Day Number Three of the New Release Previews at

Everyone loves the labels set and here is another one
created by our newest illustrator
Elizabeta Kushner
called 'Lovely Labels 14'

I chose the beautiful papers from 'Sweet Day' from Echo Park for this card.
I layed the 'wallpaper' then proceeded to layer
hand-dyed seam binding with a beatiful pale
orange rose.
The label was stamped on yellow gingham and embellished
with pearls.  I paper-pieced the small butterflies at the
bottom of the frame.
 The pearl flourishes are just the finishing touch.

Lots of textures and layers on one card.

Make sure you pop by
and check out the fabulous-ness
from all of the designers.
TCM is giving away a new release set
each day, so make sure you leave a comment
on the blog for a chance to win!

Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: Sweet Day by Echo Park
Stamps: Lovely Labels 14 by The Craft's Meow 
Embellishments: seam binding from The Ribbon Carousel
gem flourishes by Want2Scrap, pearls by A Muse Studio
rose by Recollections

Monday, June 18, 2012

STOP ! I've Got Big News . . .

Well folks . . .it is shaping up to be quite a busy week
here at The Open Window and I am here to share
an exciting announcement with you.

I have been asked to come on as the Design Team
and Social Media Coordinator for

If you've not had a chance to visit this fantastic website,
I hope you will do that now.  Yep . . . RIGHT NOW ! ! !

They carry such a fabulous line up of some of the best
products in the industry for scrapbooking, stamping
and paper-crafting.

I am super-excited to be working with a terrific
design team too!  You will be so inspired by their
creativity as they share a variety of ideas using
all the latest products at

Here's who you'll be seeing:

Visit the blog HERE
and find all their great merchandise HERE
Come *like* us on Facebook HERE

I'd love for you to grab our badge and get it
on your blogs . . . just copy and paste !

When you do, come back and leave me a note to
to let me know...I'll pay you a visit and will
follow your blog
when I do !
You never know when a giveaway might be happening!

 Thanks for popping by . . . I'll see you REAL soon !