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
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.

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


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

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

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fancy Flourishes with The Craft's Meow

Hello and welcome to the final day of
New Release Previews for

Today we have a great set called
'Fancy Flourishes'
illustrated by NinaB Designs
 This set is TCM's
FREE GIFT w/$50 purchase set

I am taking my inspiration from the new color combo
over at

Now... you may not see the Chartreuse or Jade in this photo,
but I assure you,the daisies on this card
are the perfect color in real life.

I've had this DCWV pad forever & found the design on the paper
was perfect color-wise.  So all I had to do is add the Orange Zest.
I stamped the 'Fancy Flourishes' as an over-lay on the paper...
The beautiful flower centers are from Zva Creative.

As always, YOU have a chance to win this set !
All you have to do is stop by the TCM blog and leave a note
to say you stopped by for a visit.
Each day of the previews will bring another set up for grabs.
You have until 8pm PST, tonight to comment to be eligible.

Tomorrow all sets go on sale & our fabulous design team
will bring you their creations during the
New Release Blog Hop...please make plans to join us.
So glad you could stop by today !

Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: Ledger by DCWV
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes by The Craft's Meow
Embellishments: Crystal gems {CRW-06CA-148}

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sweet Memories with The Craft's Meow

Hello !
I'm so glad you could stop by today because I have
another New Release Preview for you from

Today we have a great set called
'Sweet Memories'
illustrated by NinaB Designs


This is a great set for those who enjoy doing 'Project Life' !

I pulled out some more new 6x6 pads, this time from GCD Studios
and got to work with layering.
I stamped my journal card image and worked from there.
The lovely pearl flourishes & mini-roses are from Zva Creative.
I thought they added just the right touch of embellishment for this card.

The swiss-dot ribbon is one of my favorites & no longer sold.
I try to keep a little in my stash but it's dwindling.  I thought the
color worked really well for this card.
It's from Autumn Leaves.

As always, YOU have a chance to win this set !
All you have to do is stop by the TCM blog and leave a note
to say you stopped by for a visit.
Each day of the previews will bring another set up for grabs.
You have until 8pm PST, tonight to comment to be eligible.

I'll be back tomorrow with another TCM preview.
So glad you could stop by today !

Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: Journeys & Happiness from GCD Studios
Stamps: Sweet Memories by The Craft's Meow
Embellishments: Pearl Flourish {CRW-06CA-145}
and mini-roses in lavender & lime transition from Zva Creative
French Twist ribbon from Autumn Leaves
Stardust Stickles & Liquid Pearls from Ranger,
mini brads from Recollections

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kindred Spirits from The Craft's Meow

It is Day #2 of

Today we have a beautiful set called
'Kindred Spirits'
illustrated by Karen Baker

Paul and I love pansies.  We see 'faces' in each different design
and with this set from TCM, you will have an opportunity to put
beautiful 'faces' and color combos together.

For this card, I used a variety of inks from Memento to create
an overall background . . . very bold and bright !

How would you like a chance to win this set ?
All you have to do is stop by the TCM blog and leave a note
to say you stopped by for a visit.
Each day of the previews will bring another set up for grabs.
You have until 8pm PST, tonight to comment to be eligible.

I'll be back tomorrow with another TCM preview.

Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: gingham from A Muse
Stamps: Kindred Spirits by The Craft's Meow
Inks: Memento
Embellishments: Amy Tangerine ribbon from America Crafts,
Stardust Stickles & Liquid Pearls from Ranger,
mini brads from Recollections

Monday, June 17, 2013

So Blessed ~ 4 Years of Blogging

Happy Monday and the beginning of a great week here
at The Open Window.

I am celebrating FOUR YEARS of blogging
(my first post was June 14, 2009)
and the sentiment on today's card says it all.
In so many ways, it seems like just yesterday
I posted my first thoughts & photos.

I've also been blessed to work with some pretty
aMAZing companies along the way.

Today....I come to you representing one of
my very favorites !

It is

Let's get things started here with a gorgeous set called
'Beautiful Rose'
illustrated by Nina B Designs

 I recently picked up a batch of new 6x6 pads on an Archivers
shopping trip and couldn't wait to start using them.  Most of the paper
on this card feature 'Down by the Shore' from Fancy Pants Design.
The rose was cut from Authentique's 'Pride' collection.
Although there are a few elements on this card by way of punched
borders using Fiskars Apron Lace ( great go-to punch),
a hand-cut flag & baker's twine in Canteloupe & Denim from The Twinery,
it still goes back to that 'Beautiful Rose'

How would you like a chance to win this set ?
All you have to do is stop by the TCM blog and leave a note
to say you stopped by for a visit.
Each day of the previews will bring another set up for grabs.
You have until 8pm PST, tonight to comment to be eligible.

I've also had the pleasure of working for
aNOTHer aMAZing company
for the past
3 years and wanted to let you know that there is a
going on right now over there . . .

Whether you use a 'little' or a 'lot', 
as long as you use baker's twine on your project
Check out all the details HERE

I sure hope you'll leave a little note here as well.
I'd love to know you stopped by.
See you again tomorrow for another
terrific preview from TCM!

Project Recipe:
Patterned Paper: Down by the Shore by Fancy Pants Design
and Pride by Authentique
Stamps: Beautiful Rose by The Craft's Meow
Embellishments: baker's twine in solid Canteloupe & Denim by The Twinery
Tools: Apron Lace border punch by Fiskars