Thursday, January 31, 2013

Avery Elle New Release Blog Hop!

  Hello! I am thrilled, and frankly in awe to be here today joining the amazing Avery Elle Design Team for the February Release Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Chunyuan Wu's blog!

 Avery Elle is releasing four ADORABLE stamp sets, and today I am excited to show you a card I created using "Good Fortune".

  I stamped and colored the fortune cookie, and used an impression plate to give my cookie some texture. The take-out box was of my own design, and I am SUPER happy with the way it turned out! I added the handles using metal picture hanging wire.  I just love this stamp set!

To celebrate our February Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one winner on the Avery Elle blog and another $25 Gift Certificate to a winner on Facebook (just share them with your friends and make sure they say you sent them).

You have until midnight Sunday, February 3rd to enter. The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, February 4th. All products will be available for purchase tonight, January 31st, at midnight EST

Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Heather Campbell.

Here is a list of all the SUPER TALENTED Avery Elle Design Team Members joining along in the hop today.

Avery Elle / Jamie

Chunyuan Wu

Veronica Zalis - You are here!

Heather Campbel

JJ Bolton

Nina Yang

Kasia Curry

  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 167 - Amazing

Click HERE to see my post for Avery Elle


 Hi and welcome to The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 167. We have a beautiful color story for you today, but before we  get to all that today we are sad to be saying farewell to two FANTASTIC designer, Jocelyn Olsen, and Stacy. They will be greatly missed and I wish them both the best of luck!  Today we have a super sponsor: My Creative Classroom

Sponsor: My Creative Classroom

Here is what I created using this weeks color story!

To create my card I used The Craft's Meow set "Thanks Bee To Thee". It was a lot of stamping, but I love the end result! 

I hope you will play along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Love - 7 Days of Valentine's Day # 4

Hello and welcome to day #4 of the 7 Days of Valentine's Blog Hop!

Today I have another card for you that I created using stamps from Technique Tuesday. I kept this one pretty simple, and if you look closely you'll see a smudge on my heart, I did that on purpose! I'm happy you stopped by and I hope you have a great day!

Barb Murphy

Ceal Pritchett

Donna Bowman

Jen Cuthbertson

Lalo Ik

Libby Hickson

Rachel Izakowicz
Rachel Kleinman

Monday, January 28, 2013

Two Hearts, One Love - 7 Days of Valentine Projects Day #3

 Hi! Today I have a super easy card to show you that I created using a set from "I {Heart} Papers Mint Motif  "What A Card" set by Kimberly Crawford.  I embossed a piece of white card stock using an embossing folder from the Cuttlebug "Romance Collection". I stamped the sentiment 4 times and added two hearts that I stamped and cut out. Easy! I'm happy you stopped by and I hope you have a great day!


7 Days Of Valentine's Day #2 - Be Mine

  Welcome to day #2 of the 7 Days Of Valentine's Blog Hop! Today I am excited to show you a card I created using the Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards "Always Adore" stamp set that is PERFECT for Valentine card making, in fact I have a card published in the current issue of Paper Crafts magazine using this set! I stamped the main image using Cherry A Muse Studio pigment ink that I sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set. The chalkboard green background card stock is by Cor' Dinations. I hope you my card! Here is the full list of Designers participating in the 7 Days Of Valentine's Blog Hop:

Barb Murphy

Ceal Pritchett

Donna Bowman

Jen Cuthbertson

Lalo Ik

Libby Hickson

Rachel Izakowicz

Rachel Kleinman

                                         Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

7 Days of Valentine's - You Are The Sweetest!

We had so much fun with our 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop, we decided to have a Valentine's Day Project Blog Hop as well! So, for the next 7 days I will be featuring a Valentine/Love card on my blog. Here is what I have for you today:

I created this berry sweet card using the WPLUS9 stamp set "Fresh Picked". The strawberry blossom is a cutting file from A Little Hut. Patricia has some of the most amazing files.

Here is the full list of particpants in the Valentine's Blog Hop:

Veronica Zalis <--you are="" here="">

Well I am happy you stopped by and I hope you'll come back tomorrow for Day #2 of The Valentine's Day Hop! Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Contenders Blog Hop - The Sun Always Comes Out

Hello! Today I am playing along with The Contenders Blog  Hop hosted by the wonderful Annette Witherspoon.  Like everyone in this world of paper crafting that has submitted to magazines, sometimes you get cards picked up, and sometimes you don't.  Sadly this past call was a big fat goose egg "0" for me. Although I was fortunate to be one of 6 finalists picked by Paper Crafts Magazine for the Readers Choice so that did help with the sting a little bit. ;)  I am here to show you a card that I submitted that was not picked up. I loved this card, and that is what it is all about anyway...being happy, and creating. Here it is:

I used lots of Papertrey Ink goodness in the making of this card.  And the sentiment holds true, The Sun ALWAYS comes out again!
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful, and crafty weekend!


Friday, January 25, 2013

10 Minute Craft Dash - You And Me


 Back again!  I created this card before a stomach bug hit the Zalis House, so today, with everyone feeling better I finally have time to upload pictures and catch up on a few challenges!  I am excited to be playing along with this weeks 10 Minute Craft Dash!  Here is what I came up with, in record time I might add...  8:52

   Wplus9 is sponsoring this weeks challenge, and I have great love for Wplus9, so playing along was a pleasure! To create my card I used the Wplus9 stamp set "Sweet Nothings", and the Wplus9  "Love Notes" die set.  I knew trying to adhere the hearts from the envelopes would take more time then I had so I placed the love notes on a strip of washi tape. I am thrilled with the way it turned out! Thank you for stopping by...again..and I hope you have a great day!


Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop - Stitches


Hello! I am happy to be playing along with this months Papertrey Ink Blog Hop! I was intrigued by the inspiration picture as soon as I saw it, and I knew I wanted to play along! Check it out:


Here is my card!

  I know there is a lot going on, but the look I was going for was vintage embroidery, which I LOVE. I started out by using "Stitches And Swirls" embossed in white. Next I gathered up several of my Fresh, and A Muse Studio pigment ink pads, 3 of each shade actually. Using a blender pen, and ink pad I began to color my flowers and leaves. This process took several coats of ink. I found it best to wait for the layer to dry a bit before adding the next shade. But, finally I felt I added enough color, and I added a black thread stitched border around my card. I added a sentiment from "Purls of Wisdom" that I double stamped on a Photo Finishers label.  I hope you like it!  I am entering this in the Moxie Fab World 75 Creative Card Challenge- Stamp your Own Background Paper Challenge!  Thank you for stopping by!


Fun Friday With Your Next Stamp!

Hello and welcome to Fun Friday with YNS! our monthly Fun Friday theme is "Hugs and Kisses".  My card today features the super cute YNS stamp set "Ellie Loves To Ski" . I also used the BRAND NEW YNS metal die "Insta Love Poloroid Die Set". So cute! The snowflake background was created using one of our mini dies "YNS Whatnots Season 1" die set. My patterned paper is from BasicGrey. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the YNS Company Blog to see the other designers playing along today!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Your Next Stamp January Release Blog Hop!

 Hello! Welcome to the Your Next Stamp January New Release Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from the awesome SUSAN'S Blog. We are super excited to hop today because this release is HUGE! I have had a great time playing with the stamps and dies,  and I know you are going to love it! Today we are happy to introduce another new illustrator to the YNS family~Angie Blom! Welcome Angie and your fabulous designs!

What's a  hop without prizes?!We have 3 prizes hidden along the hop! Just make sure you leave a comment on ALL of the DT blogs for your chance to win an amazing new release prize pack!!! Winners will be announced On the Your Next Stamp Blog on January 28th.

I decided to create a card set using one of my favorite sets from this release:  Butterfly Love

Here is the brightly colored set of cards I created!

 Here is the full list of the YNS Design Team member joining along for the hop!

As always, we have a Blog Hop Special in the Your Next Stamp Store! All online orders will receive 20% OFF! Just use codeYNSJAN2013.

Now it’s time to hop on over to Stephanie's fabulous blog, but don’t forget to leave a comment before you leave! Happy hopping and shopping!  Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #166 - Color Splash!

Hello and welcome to one of my favorite The Play Date Cafe Challenge's, our monthly "Color Splash" challenge!! This week we have a stunning set of colors for your viewing, and creating pleasure..

Emerald Green...White....Black...

We also have a great sponsor :

  This week we are also welcoming a new Private Blend Designer to the team. I'm not gonna tell ya who it is but you can click on The Play Date Cafe Challenge Blog and find out who it is! I will give you a clue in case you want to try and guess:

*I'm a girl who thrives on the insanity of wearing a thousand different hats. Mom, wife, shop owner, blogger, sewer, Girl Scout Leader, baker, designer, decorator, and wanna be comedian. I love the pressure! I'm told it's the Aries in me.

Who could it be??

     Alright, how about I show you what I created using this weeks Color Splash!

  I created this card using two stamp sets by Avery Elle   ""Lots of Love", and "All Occasions Tags".  This is also my first ever attempt at the ever so popular "chalkboard technique".  I created my polka-dotty background using washi tape, and to add a bit of extra texture I added a line of stitching on each stripe.I know that emerald green isn't your usual Valentine color but I *heart* the way this turned out! Today I am also playing along with The Moxie Fab World 75 Creative Card Challenge - Make Your Own Background Challenge!  Fun!! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!!


Your Next Stamp January Release Sneak Peek!

Hello and welcome to YNS Sneak Peak of our January release. This set will be available to purchase on Jan. 24th and the design team has cooked up an amazing blog hop that you won't want to miss! The set I am featuring today is 
"Cute Foodie Characters". This set is so, so cute and has several sentiments that are just as cute as the images! I colored my Cupcake, and Ice-Cream cone using Copic and Promarkers. The patterned paper is by BasicGrey.

  Be sure to stop by the YNS Store Blog to see a complete list of all the designers giving sneak peaks of this months release. You are going to LOVE it!  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 21, 2013

The Craft's Meow January Release Blog Hop - Many Thanks!

  Hello and welcome to the BIG DAY! The official  The Craft's Meow January Stamp Release Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from the super talented Sharri  I am thrilled to be here today, and super happy to welcome a fantastic Guest Designer, and friend, Jennifer Ingle, also known as "Jingle". Her cards have been awesome, and I hope you have been enjoying them as much as I have. Please give her a warm welcome if you haven't already!

   Since this is a Blog Hop, we have a SUPER prize to give away to one lucky winner, ALL 6 Stamp sets being released today! All you have to do to win is leave a comment on the TCM Blog. If you would like to increase your odds of winning then leave comments on all of the design team blogs, Lisa will be randomly picking a winner from ANY of the blogs on the hop today. You have until Wed. Jan 23, 9PM Pacific time to comment and be eligible for the prize package!  How about I quit yappin' and show you what I created?

  I used my two favorite stamp sets from this release, "Many Thanks",

and "Lark Additions", which just so happens to be the stamp set FREE with a $50 purchase! Yay!

    Alas, I am the last stop on the hop, but if you are just now joining then you can click here to start at the beginning! Thank you so much for all of your wonderfully sweet comments this week, I appreciate it so much! Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Craft's Meow January New Release Preview Day #4 - Much Obliged

  Hello and welcome to day  #4 of The Craft's Meow January New Release Preview! Today we are featuring the stamp set "Many Thanks". This set features larger sized sentiments in several different fonts. So many possibilities! I decided to go with a "western" themed card using the "Much Obliged" sentiment from "Many Thanks". I also used a set that matches this sentiment perfectly, and includes a miniature version of the same sentiment "Giddy Up". I had fun with this card, and I hope you like it! Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to visit The Craft's Meow Blog to see what the rest of the design team created for you today!


Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Craft's Meow January New Release Preview Day #3 - Woodgrain

Hello friends! I am here for day #3 of The Craft's Meow January Release Preview! Today I am giving you a peek of my favorite stamp sets from this release "Happy As A Lark" and "Lark Additions". First let me say woodgrain.  I love woodgrain, and this set has beautiful woodgrain elements that works for so many different occasions. I created two cards using these sets.  Above, a CAS card with just a few extra touches, stitching, and a button. And the card below, fun papers, and pink woodgrain and washi tape!

I hope you have enjoyed all of the previews thus far, and I am so happy you stopped by today!