Monday, December 16, 2013

I Love You Sew Much

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well & staying healthy.  I was optimistic that I would get lots of rest on the weekend and kick this yucky cold, but instead it kept me awake and stole my voice.  My hubby probably doesn't mind...

Speaking of hubbies and loved ones, I thought it would be fun to get a head start on Valentine's Day with some beautiful sewing themed papers.  I do love a pun!


For more details, please pop over to my post at Scrapbooker's Paradise.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I will be catching up with everyone as soon as I get caught up on sleep and get my energy back.  Playschool is almost out for the holidays, so I pray we will have a couple of bug-free weeks.

Hugs,

Dawn

Friday, December 13, 2013

Playing in Paradise Sketch Challenge #8

Hello everyone,

I hope you are well!  Hooray it is almost the weekend!! Maybe I'll be able to get some sleep :)

Today starts a new Playing in Paradise Sketch challenge and this month it is my turn to host.  I went completely out of my comfort zone when putting together this sketch - I wanted it to be different.  I think it is perfect for using up scraps or washi tape.  Here is my card:


I love this sweet image by Sylvia Zet for Whimsy!  It was also fun to do something with a modern twist on traditional colours.  

Supplies:

White cardstock
Echo Park 34th Street paper 
Tissue paper
Cheery Lynn French Pastry doily die
Berry stamp by Whimsy
Watercolour cardstock
Black Stazon ink pad
Distress inks (antique linenfrayed burlapbarn doortattered roseshabby shutterstumbled glassblack soot)
Tim Holtz Christmas Stacked Words die
Pearls
Holly leaves

Here is my sketch:



I hope you will pop by the Playing in Paradise Challenge to check out the beautiful creations the team and our guest have made.  Then pull out those scraps and join in the fun!  I would love to see what you create with my sketch :)  To sweeten the deal, there is always a fab prize up for grabs and a chance to guest design in a future challenge.

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Let it Snow

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all been well and keeping warm.  We have been afflicted by one cold after another since my son started playschool, but the last couple have been fairly brutal.  I used to wonder why colds are virtually non-existent in the summer months but now I am wiser.  School is out.  I think they should have large prominently displayed biohazard symbols on all school entrances.  Warn all unsuspecting parents of what is to come.... So, I have been very absent from blogland and I do apologize.  Hopefully I will be able to get some visiting in soon.

A new challenge started today at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and our theme this month is Let it Snow.  There are still a couple of weeks left before the jolly man dressed in red squeezes down the chimney, so if you still have cards to make, we would love for you to join in.  If you are all finished your cards, this challenge goes on into the new year, so you could always get a head start on your cards for 2014 :)  I thought shaker cards look especially snowy, so that is what I made.


I just love this teddy - he reminds me of my son.  He loves making snow angels.

Supplies:

Image - LOTV coloured with distress inks (brushed corduroy, walnut stain, black soot, weathered wood, tumbled glass)
Paper - Bo Bunny
Other - Stampin' Up snowflake die, pearls, picket fence crackle paint and rock candy glitter

I hope you will pop by Christmas at Sweet Stampin' to take in all the gorgeous snowy cards the design team made and then come and play with us!  We have a fab sponsor - Flat Friends is offering 4 of her beautiful digi's to one lucky winner!



I would also like to enter my card in these challenges:

Fab 'n' Funky - snowflakes
Papertake Weekly - Christmas Creatures
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Animals
The ABC Challenge - A for Almost Christmas

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope to catch up soon.

Hugs,

Dawn


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Card or Photo Clips

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is doing well!  I have a quick post to share one of the little clothes pins I altered for hanging the holiday cards and photos we receive this year.  These are super quick and easy, perfect for making in a batch.


If you are not familiar with how to turn a flat die into a rosette, I have included an easy to follow tutorial in my post at Scrapbooker's Paradise.  If you have time, I hope you will pop on by to have a look.

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Playing with Glitter

Hello everyone,

It's the season where everything should sparkle!  I have been playing with glitter again and put together a quick and easy tutorial for creating gorgeous projects using your favourite intricate wafer thin dies and microfine glitter.


You can find my tutorial over on the Scrapbooker's Paradise inspiration blog here, as well as a detailed list of supplies used to make this card.

Thanks so much for popping by!  Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn

Monday, November 18, 2013

Easy Lacy Snowflakes

Hello everyone,

Well, it was inevitable, but I could have waited a few more weeks for the blanket of snow that now covers everything except the freshly shovelled city sidewalks.  Our unseasonably warm spell couldn't last forever.  It does, however, always put me in the mood for Christmas crafting.  I made some gorgeous snowflakes using a template by Hot Off the Press.  Here is a peak:


For more details, a complete list of supplies, and more snowflake projects, please pop on over to my Showcase Monday post at Scrapbooker's Paradise.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hug & happy crafting,

Dawn

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

White Christmas

Hello everyone,

Only 42 days until Christmas!!  And it goes so quickly!  Have you started preparing?  A new challenge started today at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' to help you with those holiday cards, tags or any other Christmas paper crafts you might be making this year.  Our theme this month is white on white (WoW).  For this challenge, you can use a coloured image so long as everything else on your project is white.  I had a beautiful new poinsettia stamp that I was anxious to use, so I opted to go for an all white card:


I stamped the image twice on vellum and embossed it in white.  I layered the petals, curling them to give dimension.  I added lots of different textures and glitter to make it interesting.


The team has created some absolutely stunning cards to inspire you, so pop on over to the CASS blog to feast your eyes!  This month we are sponsored by Christmas at Sweet Stampin'!  Details on the prize can be found on the CASS blog.  I hope you will come and play with us!  I am looking forward to seeing all your gorgeous white creations :)

Supplies:

Paper - white textured card, white pearlized card, white vellum
Stamps - Stampin' Up 
Dies - Stampin' Up (Merry), Tim Holtz (banner), Spellbinders (frame) and Memory box (flourish)
Other - white and silver embossing powder, pearls, glitter, white stickles, and the little white rose in the center of the poinsettia was made with a Stampin' Up mold and dusted with dazzling diamonds to make it look snowy - I love it!


Challenges I would like to enter:

Allsorts - White Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges - Let's Frame it
Crimbo Crackers - Christmas words
Papertake Weekly - Snow & ice 
Totally Papercrafts - Add glitter


Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate each one :)

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn


Friday, November 8, 2013

Playing in Paradise November Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone,

I hope you have had a great week!  How time flies!!  It is already time for a new Playing in Paradise Sketch challenge.  The talented Selena has designed this month's sketch for us and it is fantastic - perfect for cards, layouts and even a lantern :)  Well, that is what I saw anyway, and this one was a lot of fun to make.


And here it is lit up with a battery operated candle - during the day:


and after dark:


Here is the fantastic sketch that inspired this little creation:


The team has made beautiful projects to inspire you, so please do pop over to the Playing in Paradise challenge to have a peek.  Then get your craft on and come join in the fun.  I'd love to see where this sketch takes you and there is always a fabulous prize up for grabs!

Supplies:

Amy R sentiment stamp
mini resin rose

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate each one.  Have a great weekend!  

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Christmas Ornaments

Hello everyone,

Happy hump day!  I hope your week has been off to a good start.  A quick post from me to share something a little different - some felt Christmas ornaments.  These were really easy and fun to make and came together really quickly.  I love their home made charm :)


These were made using felt and paper crafting supplies.  For a description of my process & materials, please pop on over to my post on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.

In other news, twice while preparing my posts, my screen has frozen and an 'error' message appeared saying that I have logged out from another location, would I like to log back in?  Seriously??  Last time I checked, I couldn't be in two places at once, though that would be really handy!  Anyone else experience this?

Anyhow,  I am so glad you stopped in and really appreciate the time you take to leave a comment.

Big hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Countdown Calendar Tutorial

Hello everyone,

Only 58 days 'til Christmas!!  I have created a countdown calendar for my son.  I think he will really enjoy it.


For a complete tutorial showing how to cut, score and assemble this project, please pop over to my Technique Tuesday post here.  I hope you enjoy!

Big hugs & happy crafting!

Dawn

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Altered Gift Bag

Hello everyone,

I hope your week is off to a great start!  A quick post from me today to share a vintage gift bag I created for Scrapbooker's Paradise:


For more details and a complete list of products used, please pop on over to my post on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!!

Dawn

Friday, October 11, 2013

Time to get Sketchy

Hello everyone,

It is almost the weekend!  Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating :)  With it being a long weekend, hopefully you will all have some extra time to get crafty.  To help inspire you, we have a brand new Playing in Paradise sketch challenge starting today.  This time, our talented team leader Pam has designed a wonderful sketch for you.  This sketch would make a gorgeous layout, and, of course, with a little finagling it can also be made into a gorgeous card or other items.  We would love to see your take on the sketch; everyone is welcome to play along.  Here is my take:


These jumbo peruvian lilies by Stampendous are so gorgeous.  They were coloured with distress inks mixed with coordinating Smooch ink colours to make them shimmery and pearlescent.  I stamped them twice to layer them and give them dimension.  A little paper curling and some pop dots... they look so beautiful in real life.  This photo attempts to show some of the dimension:

Here is Pam's beautiful sketch, which I have rotated and flipped:


The team has made some gorgeous projects to inspire you, so please do pop on over to take a peak on the Playing in Paradise sketch challenge.  I hope you will join in; I'd love to see what you create!

Supplies:

C.C. Designs sentiment
Lace from my stash

Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment!  I have a major visiting/commenting catch up session planned for the weekend, so see you then!

Hugs & happy crafting!

Dawn

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

All I Want for Christmas...

Hello everyone,

Happy hump day!  I hope your week is going well.  Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  It is hard to believe that it is already October.  Thanks to Christmas at Sweet Stampin' I already have a stack of Christmas cards prepared :)  A new challenge starts today, and it is a good one - a card for a male.  Eeeek!  We all have men in our lives who (even though they may not admit it) enjoy getting a hand made card, and if you're anything like me, you put off making them until the last possible minute.  They can be so tough!  So this month, we hope to help you to get those male cards done early.  The team has made some gorgeous cards to inspire you, so please do pop over and check them out.  Then come and play!

After much procrastinating, I finally opted to make a sappy card for my hubby.  He says he likes funny cards, but I think he will like this one too.


My card features the adorable Warm Winter Wishes by Sugar Nellie which I have framed with a gorgeous crocheted mat that my talented blog friend Jessi (One Crafty Mama) sent to me.  Thank you Jessi!!  Because it is black, it was really hard to photograph it in detail, but I attempted anyway:


It looks so gorgeous IRL.  If you pop over to Jessi's blog, you can find all the details for getting your very own mats.

Supplies:

Stamps - Warm Winter Wishes by Sugar Nellie, stamped on 300g hot pressed watercolour paper and coloured with Distress inks (black soot, tattered rose, faded jeans, broken china, wild honey) and embellished with polar white flower soft.  Sentiment is from the Christmas Messages set by Stampin' Up!
Paper - black and white card, DP is from Authentique, Journey collection
Other - Jessi's crocheted doily mat, Stampin' Up! Northern frost snowflake die inked with frosty ink for a little shimmer, ribbon from my stash, white lace stickles, Stampin' Up! marker and Copic glitter pen for colouring the sentiment, Magnolia vintage tag die

We have a fantastic sponsor again this month - My Mum's Craft Shop will be giving a £10 voucher to one lucky winner!!  


I would like to enter my card in these fun challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - photo inspiration (I went with the colour)
Papertake Weekly - two by two
Simon Says Stamp - no digis/use rubber
ABC Challenge - W for words (add a sentiment)
The Sugar Bowl - anything Sugar Nellie goes

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I appreciate each one and will do my best to catch up with you as soon as possible.

Hugs and happy crafting,

Dawn




Monday, October 7, 2013

Paper Planes

Hi everyone,

I hope you have been well & staying away from the little flu critters.  It seems that ever since my son started Play School a few weeks ago, he has had maybe two days without a cold :(  We are all a little sleep deprived...



Onto happier thoughts, I have a LO to share of my little guy (before he got sick).  The complete project, as well as product info can be seen on my post (here) on the Scrapbooker's Paradise inspiration blog.  I hope you will pop on over and have a peek!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Colouring with Distress Ink

Hello everyone,

I hope you have been well!  Cold season officially started, and so far in my family I am the only one who hasn't caught it... but give me a few more days - I wouldn't want to be left out...  Things have continued to be insanely busy, but I think that should be over as soon as I dig myself out of the pile of dishes that has accumulated over the weekend.  So, I am looking forward to catching up with all of your blogs and seeing what you have been creating over the past couple of weeks.

As for me, I have put together a tutorial for Scrapbooker's Paradise (here) in which I attempt to explain how I use Distress inks to colour images.  I have included lots of tips from the many mistakes I have made, so if you are wanting to give this technique a try you won't have to repeat all of my errors...  I hope you will head over to check it out.  Grab a cup before you go...  A complete supply list is also available in that post for those interested.



Thanks so much for popping by!  I am so sorry I have been neglecting everyone, but I will be catching up very soon.

Hugs & Happy Crafting,

Dawn

Friday, September 13, 2013

PPSC5 - Seeing double

Hello again!

What is going on?  Third day in a row posting??  No wonder I have been pressed for time lol.  I am back to invite everyone to play along in the Playing in Paradise Sketch Challenge.  All you have to do is make something using the sketch.  This month, the super talented Linda designed a beautiful double page layout sketch.  But, as you may know, I feel obliged to represent the card makers out there, so I turned her sketch into a lovely card layout.  I created an easel card using the first page for the cover and the second for the inside.  This was a really fun and easy sketch to use!

The card propped open:

And open laying flat, revealing the second 'photo' spot which was left blank for writing a personal message:



Here is the wonderful sketch:


If you haven't been by the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog, you'll want to make sure you pop on over.  The team has made some beautiful projects to inspire you!  Then come join in the fun :)  We'd love to see what you make with the sketch and there is always a fun prize up for grabs.

Supplies:

Stamps - Crafter's Companion 'Relax' from the Mulberry Wood range.  Image stamped with black Stazon for watercolouring; sentiments stamped with Memento black.
Paper - 300g hot pressed watercolour paper, Bazzill cardstock, Echo Park Here & Now DP
Colouring - Distress inks (black soot, frayed burlap, peacock feathers, peeled paint, spun sugar, tattered rose, walnut stain)
Other - Kaiser Craft lace, pearls, Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2, flowers from my stash

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate each one :)

Have a great weekend!  Hugs,

Dawn

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Here Comes Santa!

Hello everyone,

Happy hump day :)  I hope your week is going well.  A new challenge started today (or yesterday depending where you live) at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and I am a little late telling you about it (sorry!).  But not to worry, you have an entire month to join in :).  Our theme this month is Here Comes Santa!


I got this Santa ages ago and promptly stamped him on this shaped piece of watercolour paper, and then just as promptly forgot about him :(  I think he has been waiting to be coloured for a couple years - how time flies.  The Merry and tree dies on the other hand are new to my collection.  I love these dies :)  New stuff always seems to be so much 'funner' to play with!

We have a fabulous sponsor this month:  Funky kits will be providing one lucky winner with a super prize!


If you haven't already been, you'll want to stop by the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' blog to check out the beautiful cards the team made to inspire you.  Then come and play!  We'd love to see your Santa creations! 
It'll be Christmas before you know it!!

Supplies:

Image - Close to My Heart (it was from a monthly promotional set) stamped with black Stazon and coloured with Distress inks (black soot, vintage photo, tattered rose, fired brick, broken china) and skin tone watercolour pencil.  Liquid applique was applied to the beard and the white trim was made fluffier with sugar Sparkly Stuff.
Paper - 300g hot pressed watercolour paper, Bazzill card and the DP is Imaginisce Cottage Christmas
Other - hand stitching, Dazzling Diamonds on the Christmas Tree die by La-La Land Crafts and moonlight Smooch pearlized accent ink on the Merry die by Stampin' Up.

I would also like to enter this card in these fun challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - o is for one word sentiments
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - anything goes
Holly Jolly Christmas - Au Natural (include something from nature)

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate each one :)

Hugs,

Dawn

Dreamy Dragon

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well.  I was so excited when I saw that Scrapbooker's Paradise brought in a selection of gorgeous Whimsy Stamps, including one of my all time favourites - Dreamy Dragon.  Of course I could not pass up the opportunity to ink it up!  It is such a pleasure to colour.



I hope you will pop by my post on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog to see the full project.  A complete supply list is also available there.

Thanks so much for popping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I appreciate each one :)  I am trying my best to return visits, but this week is exceptionally busy so it might take me a few days.  However, I will get there.

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn

Monday, September 2, 2013

Nature Brings Solace

Hello everyone,

I hope you are well and enjoying your long weekend if Labour Day exists where you are.  Well, the leaves on my neighbour's tree have started to turn yellow and now that the kids are returning to school, it is hard to deny that fall is on its way.  I was inspired by the changing season to create this card:



I think this is the first landscape I have ever coloured, so please be gentle :o)  For all the details and supplies used on this card, please visit my Showcase Monday post (here) on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.

Thanks so much for popping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate each one.

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Colouring on Black

Hello everyone,

I hope you are well!  Just popping in quick to share a couple of card toppers I created.




I love the look of colouring on black - I think the contrast is so stunning.  For a step by step tutorial showing how these were created and a supply list, grab a cup and head over to my Technique Tuesday post at Scrapbooker's Paradise.  I hope you enjoy it :)

Hugs & Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

For the Boys

Hello everyone,

A new challenge starts today at Creatalicious and I am sad to say that this will be my last challenge on the design team.  I have had such a great time on the team and this was a very difficult decision.  However, life has gotten busier as of late and only promises to become even busier in the fall, so I had to make room for other commitments.

This time our theme is 'for the boys.'  Those masculine projects can be sooooo difficult, but we all need them from time to time, so hopefully you are inspired to join in.  We have a fantastic sponsor this month - Stamp Fairy will be providing a $10 gift certificate to one lucky winner.


My hubby is a big football fan, so I wanted to make him a card related to football and his favourite team (the 49ers).  I found this free cut file/pattern at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons that was just perfect.  I made my own logo to match the team's as closely as I could and on the flip side, put his number.  He loved it so much, I don't think I will ever have to make him another card - just change the number every year lol.  The best part is that my son was able to help me make it - he loves pressing the buttons on my cricut.

Here is the front:


And the back:


If you haven't already, pop over to Creatalicious to see the beautiful projects the team has made - they are sure to impress - and then come play with us :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I appreciate each one.

Hugs, Dawn

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Winter Animals

Hello everyone,

The night air has already turned crisp and the leaves are starting to change colour on some trees in my neighbourhood... sigh.  It feels like summer just started and it hasn't even been a very warm one.  Hopefully it makes a late come back.

A new challenge starts today at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and our fun theme for you this time around is 'Winter Animals.'  I was rustling through my stash trying to decide what papers to use, when I came across some cute DP with a little winter scene on it.  After that, this card practically made itself.  I usually put in so much more effort with my cards, and it kind of felt like I was cheating, so I compensated by adding tonnes of glitter to all the snowy bits on the image.  The glue I used gave a dimensional effect - I think it turned out cute.


Supplies:

Paper - Bazzil, CTMH (retired) and Creative Imaginations (probably retired)
Other - loads of glitter, my favourite ribbon ever from Stampin' Up (got it in every colour!), Martha Stewart punch, green gems by Kaiser, and Amy R Snowman Sayings sentiment

I hope you will pop on over to Christmas at Sweet Stampin' to see the beautiful cards the talented team has made and then come play with us!  It is absolutely wonderful to already have a stack of Christmas cards prepared :)  Of course, there is a fab prize up for grabs too - Quixotic Paperie will be providing one lucky winner with a £10 voucher to their online store!


I would like to enter my card in the following fun challenges too:

ABC Christmas Challenge - P is for...  Polar bear, penguin, punch
Christmas Card Challenges - optional theme of evergreen trees
Holly Jolly Christmas - Glitter Galore
Jingle Belles - Home for the Holidays

Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate each one!

Hugs,

Dawn


Friday, August 9, 2013

Put on your shades...

Hello everyone,

And happy Friday!  A new Playing in Paradise sketch challenge starts today at Scrapbooker's Paradise.  This month's sketch was designed by the talented Selena and the team has come up with some gorgeous creations to inspire you.  I hope you will pop over to take a peak and join in the fun!  This month's sketch is really a layout sketch, but I always like to represent the card makers so I turned it into a card anyway :)  Of course, you can make anything you can dream of as long as it uses the sketch.  

Did you get your shades on yet?  Consider yourselves warned :)


In a post a while back, our super talented and creative Pam demonstrated a technique using glitter that produced a really neat effect.  After reading it, the gears started turning and I wondered if it could be recreated using thin dies.  This was only my second attempt and I am very pleased with the result.  I started with a very thick (important) cardstock and Sookwang adhesive sheet trimmed to the same size.  Remove one side of the protective covering from the adhesive sheet and stick the adhesive to your super thick card stock.  Then place your thin dies cutting side down on the protective covering of your cardstock- adhesive sheet - protective covering sandwhich and tape them where you would like them to be with a low tack (eg. painters) tape.  If you don't stick them down, there is a good chance they will move on you as the protective film is quite slick.  Run it through your die cutting machine without (important) using a shim.  If your card stock was thick enough, it will only cut through the protective film and not all the way through the card stock.  You can then remove the protective film, one piece at a time and cover/burnish with glitter.  Repeat until all your colours and pieces are complete.  I would recommend starting with the darkest colour and work your way to the lightest.  Also, keep a vacuum handy as this can get pretty messy.  I also used the vacuum to clean my project in between colours - worked like a charm, but use a really soft brush.  I hope that all made sense :)  Clear as mud??

Supplies:

Paper - White shimmery card, off-white shimmery card, super thick white card
Sentiment - Winged Greetings by C.C. Designs stamped on shimmery white card with black Stazon
Other - silver twine, shimmery brads, mini scalloped edge scissors, scoring board (for folding rosettes)
Sketch - 


Thanks for stopping by :)  Come and play!!  I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.

Hugs, 

Dawn

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Drozy's Darlings Altered Journal

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well!  It is my turn for the 'Wild Wednesday' post over on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog and today I altered a journal and decorated it with a super cute Drozy's Darling by C.C. Designs.  Admittedly, the only thing wild about it is how late I stayed up to finish it...  I hope you will pop over to my post here to see the complete project and full list of supplies.



Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Winner of My Favourite Stamp!


Hello everyone,

Just popping in to announce the winner of my current My Favourite Stamp giveaway.  Thank you to everyone who entered!  Again, I asked hubby to pull out a name and this time he drew:


Congratulations Ira!  If you can e-mail me with your complete mailing address, including country, I will get your new stamp in the mail for you as soon as possible.


A big thank you to everyone who supports my blog through your visits and comments and by becoming a follower.  I haven't been a great blogger lately; this summer has been very busy but I hope to do some catching up on the weekend.  With all the great new releases for summer CHA, there is bound to be a new favourite soon and a new chance to win.

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn

Monday, July 29, 2013

My Favourite Stamp Giveaway

Hello everyone,



This is a sticky to remind you that you have until July 29th to enter My Favourite Stamp Giveaway.  You can find the post here.

Wish You Were Here



Hello everyone,

I hope you have been well and that summer is keeping you busy with lots of fun stuff.  Hopefully you are able to find time to be creative too!

I had a little play with the bold and beautiful Bohemian Bazaar line by Graphic 45.  While I love bright, summery colours, I am often at a loss when it comes to creating with them and putting cards and layouts together.  So, this week I challenged myself to create a layout and a card using this line for my Showcase Monday post on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.  I loved this range so much, I even created a little bonus project with it that would make a beautiful gift for a little girl.

Here is a peak at the card:


I hope you will pop on over to the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog to take a peak at the other projects.  I have also included details on how I created each project, as well as a full supply list in my SP post here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week.

Hugs & happy crafting!

Dawn

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ribbon Flower Tutorial

Hello everyone,

I'm back again to share a quick and simple thank you card featuring some pretty flowers I made with ribbon.



These flowers are really fun to make and can be adapted to different styles so easily by changing the ribbon and centres.  I have put together a step by step photo tutorial for creating these flowers over on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog.  For more details on my card and to check out the tutorial, go here.  I hope you like them and give them a try!

Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I love reading them and having the chance to visit you too.  I have been away, so I have fallen behind again, but will start catching up with everyone again tomorrow (after I get some much needed zzzzzzz's!).

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn

Monday, July 15, 2013

I {heart} my Pet at Creatalicious

Hello everyone,

I hope you had an awesome weekend!  We went camping with family; it was nice to get away and spend some time outdoors.  When my cat was a few years younger, we used to take her along on camping trips.  Yes, I know I am a little crazy, but she travelled really well and loved being amongst the trees and squirrels.  It was also good for her to get a little exercise and sometimes it even tired her out a little.

A new challenge starts today at Creatalicious and the theme is I {heart} my pet.  For this challenge, I have created a quick, fun layout of my poor Sophia (aka Poofer) on the way home from a camping trip.  She was absolutely pooped out and we couldn't believe all the wonky positions she ended up falling asleep in.  We got a good chuckle from it anyway and of course had to take photos.  Sometimes the camera woke her up, but I swear she had been sleeping in all of these poses.  If you click on the photo it should make it bigger if you want a better look.


This month, we are sponsored by Cedar Chest Designs and the winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to their online store!  I hope you will pop by Creatalicious Challenges to check out the beautiful projects the team has made and then join in the fun!



Thanks so much for popping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate them and love having the chance to visit you too.  It might take me a little while to get there - summer is so busy - but I will get there.

Hugs,

Dawn

Friday, July 12, 2013

Playing in Paradise Sketch Challenge #3



Hello crafters,

I hope you are all swell and enjoying summer!  It is already the second Friday of July, so a new Playing in Paradise Sketch challenge starts today.  I get to play the role of lovely hostess and it is my first time actually preparing a sketch.  So, I hope you like it and will be inspired to come play with us!  I'd love to see what you make.  Here is my sketch:


For my inspiration piece, I created a card using the beautiful Trail Mix line by Bo Bunny.  All of the papers are from this line, and I used them for all the die cuts as well.


The rolled roses where made using Tim Holtz's Tattered Pinecone die.  I love how they turned out :)

Supplies:

Bo Bunny Trail Mix 'Bird Watching' 12x12 paper for the image
Bo Bunny Trail Mix paper pack
Hot Off the Press Lacy Frames and Borders Dazzles
Gesso
Sizzix Tree Line die by Tim Holtz
Bo Bunny Small Doily
Sizzix Mini Ticket die by Tim Holtz
Tim Holtz Odds and Ends Stamp set
Sizzix Tattered Pinecone die by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Rose Flower die by Susan Tierney-Cockburn (for the leaves)
Tim Holtz film strip ribbon
Tim Holtz Paper String
Distress ink in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen
Paper distresser

If you haven't already, I hope you will pop by the Playing in Paradise Sketch challenge and check out the beautiful projects made by my talented team mates and guest designer.  Then get out your crafty stuff and come and play for a chance to win some nifty crafty stuff and a guest designer spot in our next challenge.

Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I appreciate each one and am doing my best to visit everyone.  It may take a while, but I will get there :)

Hugs & happy crafting,

Dawn