Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall Is Finally Here!


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 To celebrate the arrival of Fall I created a fall inspired card using the sweet set from Stampendous "Sunny Flowers". I colored these flowers using my Stampin Up chalks, and a blender pen. This is one of my favorite ways to color! I used my Spellbinders "So Trendy" embossing folder to create the flower centers.  I love my sunny little card, and I hope you do to! I hope you have a restful Sunday! And as always, thank you for visiting my blog today!

                


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Play Date Cafe # 151 - Sending Hugs



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Hello and Happy Fall! This week at The Play Date Cafe we have a BEAUTIFUL color story for you!  The colors this week are perfect for fall, and I hope you will find them as inspiring as I did! This week we have an awesome sponsor,  E.A.D. Designs.





They graciously supplied the DT with super cute product to play with! And the Cup of the week will win a fantastic prize from E.A.D Designs as well! And an extra bonus - Stickerz and Rub-ons ship for FREE!


Now let me show you what I created using this weeks color story!

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To create my card I used the  Stickerz set Fall Trees. The polka dot paper is from the Stampin Up "Brights Stack". I used my trusty "old" Stampin Up Canvas background stamp, and my Woodgrain embossing folder by The Paper Studio. I used the "faux letterpress" technique to give my woodgrain layer an extra touch of texture. I love the way it turned out! Thank you for visiting my blog today and I can't wait to see what you create using this weeks color story at The Play Date Cafe!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Wishes And A Winner!

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  Hello friends and Happy First Day of Fall! It is going to be 92F today so it isn't feeling much like fall but hopefully the cooler weather will arrive eventually.  Today I have a card to share that I created with a few challenges in mind first, CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #71 - Fall Fun 




and  Lawnscaping  Challenge #42 - Getting Texty



To create my card I used two Lawn Fawn sets, Flutter By, and Lunar Lights. I colored my butterflies using Promarker fall colors.  I used Ivory Naturals card stock by Stampin up, and the text background is "Dearest Jane" card stock by Papertrey Ink.

Lastly I am entering my card in the Moxie Fab World Card Design Handbook Movement Challenge. My fluttering butterflies and the text print behind them creates "movement" for your eyes to follow.   I hope you like my card!
       

Now onto the winner of my $25 gift certificate to the crafty store of your choice!


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The winner of my $25 gift certificate is:  Claire!!

Claire said...

Ronnie you inspire me! Not just with the cards u make, which are gifts in themselves, but with your patient teaching spirit. And also the fact that you make time,for a creative pursuit while parenting two young boys!

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    Thanks to everyone who left a comment.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting my blog today!




Friday, September 21, 2012

Fun Friday With Your Next Stamp - Autumn Greetings


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  Hello and welcome to Fun Friday with Your Next Stamp! This month of Fun Friday theme is Fall/Halloween, and organzing your craft supplies.  Before I get to the "getting organized" part of my post let me tell you about my card! I used the adorable YNS set "Fall Fun Sunflower", and a sentiment from "Autumn Greetings" . Now, let me show you how I store my pigment ink pads!

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  Ta-da!!  LOL...Seriously, it looks rather empty but I'm slowly filling the empty spots with my favorite inks , Fresh Ink by Impress Rubber Stamps, and inks from A Muse Studio. I still use my Stampin Up ink pads all the time though to fill in my color holes. I found this old wooden cassette tape rack at a yard sale for $2.00 this summer. Spray painted it black (looks like I need another coat of paint, lol) and mounted it on the wall using dry wall screws. I don't have anything from Ikea but I still love my yard sale finds, and they work just fine for me. *smile*

  Thank you for visiting my blog today and make you visit the YNS blog to see the rest of the designers playing along today!


                                                                
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Play Date Cafe #150 - Hey Cupcake!


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                    Hello and welcome to The Play Date Cafe Challenge #150!!  This week we have a wonderful sponsor:



  Not only will the Cup Of The Week win a fantastic prize from The Alley Way Stamps they also supplied the PDCC design team with stamps to play with! Here is the card I created using this weeks color combo.


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  The card I created for the challenge this week used the TAWS stamp set "Hey Cupcake". This was my first time using their stamps and I have to tell you  they are top notch quality clear stamps with deep etching. I know I will be adding more sets to my ever growing stamp collection.  I paper pieced my cupcake using paper from the Echo Park Dots and Stripes collection and the Brights Stack by Stampin Up. I added some tiny beads for sprinkles, and a few strips of Washi Tape.  I hope you like my card and I hope you will play along with us at the PDCC this week!  I can't wait to see your creations!


                                                                                       
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Put On Your Dancin' Shoes!


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  I had an extra card that I created for the YNS September stamp release and thought I would save it for later so today I am happy to finally show you a card showcasing the new YNS set "Ellie Loves To Dance".  I also used the new Whimsy Star Die set that was released this month! The patterned paper I used is from The Sweetest Thing Tangerine collection by My Minds Eye. I hope you like my card and I thank you for visiting my blog today!

                                                                                   
Friday, September 14, 2012

It's A Doozy!!

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   I was super thrilled to receive a package of Stamps, ribbon, and paper from Flourishes yesterday, and I wanted to play along with four challenges on the Flourishes Blog. So, today I have four cards to show you using the stamps I received yesterday!

   The first challenge is the "Any Which Way Challenge" using any one of these sketches:




  I used  the Flourishes set "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe". I LOVE the beautiful images and will be using these on some of my own Christmas cards this year!

   The second challenge I am playing along with is the "Dear Santa Challenge". The challenge was to create a card for a kid.




                                                                                           Here is my card!


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I used the Flourishes background stamp "Holly", and red Stickles for the glitter berries. The sentiment is from the Flourishes set "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe".

   The third challenge is the "Timeless Tuesday Challenge". Create a card using inspiration from Pinterest.





          Here is the picture that inspired me:





  And here is my card!

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  I took the CAS approach to this card. I stamped the mistletoe sprigs from "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe" as a subtle background, and used a sentiment from the same set.

   Whew, thank you for sticking around for the final card! This is a non Christmas card for the Fourth challenge:  "Wild and Wonderful".


Here is my card:

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  I created a Father's Day themed card for this challenge. I used the Flourishes set "A Guiding Light". Wow, this set is beautiful, in a manly man kinda way. I used patterned paper from a Boy Scout paper pad from K and Company. I distressed the edges with my sanding block, and added stitching and buttons. It was SO difficult not adding a bow! 

   Well thank you for visiting my blog, and for looking at all of my cards!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 149 -





Orchid...Sea Foam...Tangerine

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 149. Oh my goodness I LOVE the colors this week! We also have a fantastic sponsor:

Simon Says Stamp


     The Cup of the Week will win a $25 Shopping Spree with Simon Says Stamp!
Now, let me show you what I created using this weeks beautiful color combination!

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    To create my card I used "Natural Beauties" from Papertrey Ink. The tangerine damask  patterned paper is from the Everyday Eclectic collection by Echo Park, and the script patterned paper is from The Sweetest Thing Lavender collection by My Minds Eye. I cannot wait to see what you create  this week!  Thank you for visiting today!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Just Believe..


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  Hello hello! Today I have a card to show you that I created with a few challenges in mind, Moxie Fab World: Card Design Handbook Week - Focal Point Challenge  and the Paper Crafts Connection September Gallery Challenge - Natural Elements.  and CAS-ual Fridays Embossing Challenge.



To create the roses and leaves on my card I used the Stampin Up set "Stippled Blossoms". This set is a "2-step" set and the end results are STUNNING. To stamp my roses I used Ginger and Peach Fresh Ink pigment ink and for the leaves I used Limeade Fresh Ink, and Grass by A Muse Studio.  The sentiment is from the Wplus9 set "Sweet Nothings" and I stamped it using Espresso by Colorbox. The embossed woodgrain cardstock is by Core'dinations .  I added a piece of vanilla burlap that I cut into a circle using my Circles Nestabilities and my Cuttlebug.  I seriously love the way my card turned out! 

    I also want to let you know I have a BLOG GIVEAWAY with an awesome prize of a $25 gift certificate to the stamp company of YOUR choice! If your name is drawn all you have to do is let me know where you would like to spend your $ and I will send the gift code your way.  Here is the link:

http://lk2thestarz.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-celebration.html

                                                             Thank you for visiting my blog today and have a great week!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Celebration!!


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   Hello friends! Today I hit a milestone that I have been waiting for ALL Summer....200 followers!!  Yay!! Thank you so much for counting my blog as one you think worth watching.  I started this hobby out with a few sheets of paper and a borrowed stamp set, and today, well, I don't have to borrow any stamp sets have have enough paper to modge podge the earth a few times over. ;o)  To celebrate I am offering a $25 gift certificate to the stamp company of your choice!! 

  To enter all you have to do is leave a comment, and if you aren't already, please follow my blog!  If you post this on Facebook I'll put your name in twice. Just add a second comment letting me know you posted it on your wall. Now how about I tell you about the card I posted today!  

    I used two of my favorite new stamp sets from WPLUS9 - Pretty Patches Apple, and Country Charm. I created the banner using my "Tag It" Die set from Lifestyle Crafts. I stamped the apple, and border on my banners using Ridinghood Red by Stampin Up. I am happy to be playing along with the Cloud9 September Blog Hop! Check out the inspiration picture:




                                                                      Thank you again for visiting my blog!!

                                                                                   
Friday, September 7, 2012

YNS Fun Friday - A Spooky Hello!

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What a busy week! Today I am playing along with Fun Friday with Your Next Stamp! Our theme for the month of September is Fall/Halloween, and organization/storage. To store my YNS stamps and dies I used a wicker basket, here is a picture!

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                                                                           Pretty simple, but hey, it works for me!

  To create my fun Halloween card I used the YNS Jam Jar Globe stamp and die set.  The cute (yeah, I said cute.) spider is from the YNS set "Spooky Hello".  Thank you for visiting my blog today and be sure to check out the Your Next Stamp Blog to see all of the designers playing along today!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Your Next Stamp September Release Blog Hop

Click HERE to see my post for The Play Date Cafe!!





   Howdy welcome to the Your Next Stamp September New Release Blog Hop!!! You are going to LOVE all the new stamps and dies and they are available NOW in the YNS Store! The hop will run from today, until Monday, September 10th at midnight (EST).

What’s a hop without prizes?! We have 3 New Release Prize Packages hidden throughout the hop, so make sure you leave comments for your chance to win! Winners will be announced on the Your Next Stamp Blog on Tuesday, September 11th.

Now, let me show you what I created with two of the brand new stamp sets released today!!

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To create my card I used "Love to Read" Stamps and "Bookmark/Tag Dies" and "Heartfelt Sentiments". I stamped the watering can and flowers, colored them, and fussy cut them out. I attached them to my card using foam squares.


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I thought it would be fun to create a matching book mark pocket card to go along with the first card. I used the "Love To Read" Stamps and "Bookmark/Tag  Dies" on this as well.

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                                                                  Here is a close-up of the book marks. So cute!


               Karen is also offering some amazing Hop Specials! There are
several Bundle Deals, PLUS you get 15% off your order (Sept.
6-10) by using online code Sept15OFF! Make sure you take
advantage of these great deals!!!

Now it’s time to hop on over to  Peggy's blog, but
before you go, don’t forget to leave me a comment for your
chance to WIN! Happy Hopping!



 And in case you would like to start at the very beginning here is the full list if Your Next Stamp Designers playing along today!











Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 148 -


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   Hello! Welcome to The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 148.  Whew, I don't know about you but the colors from last weeks challenge were a challenge, but the colors this week are stunning!

This week we have a wonderful sponsor:



Tami has graciously  has donated one of her beautiful stamp sets "Lighthearted Wishes" to the winner of the PDCC Challenge.

   Here is what I created using this weeks colors!

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 To create my card I used the YNS stamp set "Happiness". The wood grain card stock is from A muse Studio. I paper pieced the outline flowers using paper from Carta Bella. I hope you like it and I can't wait to see what you create using these beautiful colors!!