Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sweet Stamp Shop Designer Spotlight #7

Hello, sweet friends!  I just want to direct you to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to see my last post as a Design Team member and my last Designer Spotlight, featuring the amazingly talented and ultra sweet Barb Engler of Enjoying Life!

Barb agreed to answer some questions for our readers and she allowed me to CASE one of her gorgeous sure to check it out and leave Barb some love!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello, friends!  I wanted to stop by today to wish all my friends 
celebrating today in the U.S. a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

I am SO thankful for all of the multitude of blessings in my life...
including all of my crafty blogging friends and visitors!  
This card is for you!

Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy your day,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CASology #72: SHOP

Hello, friends!  It's Tuesday, which brings another cue for the week at CASology.  I think you're going to like this one!

This week we are sponsored by one of my favorite stamp companies, Sweet Stamp Shop!  You can check out their blog HERE and their shop HERE.  They have the cutest line of stamps as well as some very fun flair...check it out!

So, I saw this cue and first thought of all the Christmas shopping I need to do!  Here in the U.S. we are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, and the next day is referred to as "Black Friday." It used to be that the Christmas shopping season got underway the day after Thanksgiving, however I have been seeing Christmas commercials and decorations in stores since Halloween!  (Ugh.  You have no idea how much that disgusts me!  Too, too commercial...that's not what it's about, people!  But, I digress!)     

After the thought of Christmas shopping, I thought of the many family birthdays we celebrate in the month of December.  (I have lots of birthday present shopping to do!)  This card is going to my SIL who celebrates a birthday right before Christmas (note it is not Christmas combo card for her!).  I colored the gifts but paper-pieced the dress, and then added ultra fine glitter to some of the gifts for fun!  I ran a warm gray Copic marker down the right side of the entire image to give the effect of dimension (looks like a shadow) and adds just the right finishing touch.  Nothing is popped up on this card!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts "For You Gifts," sentiment by Endless Creations
Inks: black dye ink, Copic markers
Other: MME Lime Twist "Life of the Party" patterned paper, Cuttlebug "Tiffany" embossing folder, ultra fine glitter

So, what does the cue word mean to you this week?  I can't wait to see!  Be sure to link up your card by 4:00 p.m. Sunday.  Check out the inspiring cards by our amazingly talented Guest Designer and our super creative Design Team, too!  (You'll be amazed at the different directions in which we took this cue!)

Jen Wills
Guest Designer: Lisa

Have a great day...thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sweet Stamp Shop: Designer Spotlight #6

Hello, sweet friends!  I want to let you know that today I have the honor of spotlighting one of my long-time favorite stampers at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today!  Be sure to check it out...I am highlighting the amazingly talented Lisa Carroll!

Before you check it out, here is a little thank you card I made inspired by this card of Lisa's:

I used the Fall Gratitude set seen here:
Image 1

And here is my card inspired by Lisa's...

OK, now you MUST go directly to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog and Lisa's blog, INKlinations to see her amazing cards.  Big, heartfelt thanks to Lisa for playing along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CASology #71: BELL

Hello, friends!  What a great week we had at CASology last week...what amazing triangle creations you all came up with!  I am super excited to see where you go with this week's new cue word:

My mind raced when I saw this cue!  School bells...dinner bells...hand bells...Christmas bells...floral bells...SO many possibilities!  However, my stash did not include any of the above, with the exception of an old, small wedding bell stamp by Hero Arts.  I decided to convert it to Christmas bells and here is the result:

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts "Wedding Celebration," "Very Merry Christmas" 
Inks: black dye ink, cranberry dye ink, red and green Copic markers
Other: Glossy Accents, gold Stickles, Cuttlebug "Pinking Stitch" embossing folder

I know the bells are small, but the larger sentiment makes up for it.  I love adding Glossy Accents and Stickles to small images, too, because it helps "beef up" the image.  I fussy cut the bells and popped them up for some extra dimension.
While I was at it, I made another card.  I plan to send these Christmas cards in to the Caring Hearts Card Drive (see details HERE -- the deadline is fast approaching!).  

I am also entering both cards in the current Hero Arts Holiday Challenge in the category of "A Few of My Favorite Things" since I used my Hero Arts stamps and some favorite stamping techniques (including coloring, fussy cutting and dry embossing). 

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts "Wedding Celebration," "Very Merry Christmas"
Inks: black dye ink, green and red Copic markers
Other: Sizzix/Hero Arts "Flourishes 3" embossing folder, Glossy Accents, gold Stickles, Spellbinders Nestabilities circle, corner rounder, floss
So here we go...bring on the bells!  Be sure to link up your project at the CASology blog by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Check out our amazing Guest Designer and the Design Team creations, are sure to be inspired!

Jen Wills -- taking a break
Guest Designer:  Anita

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sweet Stamp Shop November Release - Day Two!

Hello, friends!  I'm back again to share a few more cards I made with my Sweet Stamp Shop November release stamps.  Don't forget about the 20% off coupon code (NRN20) good through noon today only at the Sweet Stamp Shop store found HERE!

I have a few more cards to share with you today that were part of the new release.  These three cards all used the new Monogram It set:



I plan to send these cards in for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  I hope they bring cheer to some nursing home residents this holiday season!
 It's On Again!
Here is a card I made using some new flair and Panda Face:

Here is another card I made using some flair and the Monogram Alpha early Valentine, perhaps?

I hope you stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop to check out the new release!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a sweet day!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sweet Stamp Shop November Release and Coupon

Hello, friends!  I'm so excited to be here today to share some cards I made for the November release going on at the Sweet Stamp Shop today!  Be sure to check out all the details HERE and get your hands on the new stamps (see coupon code below).

Here are the new sets I am going to showcase for this release:

Be sure to check out the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to see the amazing November release creations by the Sweet Design Team!

I was thrilled to be able to get a heard start on some of my Christmas gift tags for co-worker gifts using both Monogram stamp sets:

I had a blast playing with some new holiday flair...

And who could resist this sweet panda?  I love that you can choose the expression!  (This little fella is super happy!)

I will share more cards tomorrow showcasing the new Sweet Stamp Shop sets...I had a blast playing with these stamps and I know YOU will, too!

Guess what?  There is a coupon code offering 20% off the new release stamps...just use coupon code NRN20 between now and Friday, November 15th.  Go HERE to order your new release stamps in the shop!

Thanks for stopping by, sweet friends!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CASology #70: TRIANGLE

Hello, friends!  Today is Tuesday and we have a new cue for you at CASology!

This week we are sponsored by Precious Remembrance sure to check out their blog HERE and the shop HERE to see what a cute line of stamps and supplies they offer!

Well, I know triangles have been popular for some time now, but I have to admit I never really got that "into" them.  While I have always admired the fun, graphic cards I see using triangles, graphic is not in my comfort zone so I never really went there.

Until today, my friends!

Materials Used:
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp "Lots of Thanks," Sweet Stamp Shop "Fall Gratitude"
Inks: chocolate dye ink, Spiced Marmalade and Shabby Shutters distress inks
Other:  gems, MS scoring board

I was obviously inspired by THIS card entered in THIS Moxie Fab challenge (also a great source of inspiration for the cue this week).  I paired up some cream card stock with fall color inks for a Thanksgiving thank you card.  A few little gems and score lines (at top and bottom, very hard to see) add the finishing touch.

I can't wait to see what you come up with for this week's cue; be sure to link up your cards by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  I do hope you'll check out the creative cards shared by the Design Team and Guest Designer this week, too!

Jen Wills
Guest Designer: Geri

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Moxie Fab Thanks Blog Hop

Hello, friends!  I'm here to wish a very special lady a very heartfelt thank you and farewell!

Hosted by
I am thrilled to be part of the blog hop in Cath's honor today.  If you have been going in order, you should have arrived from Barb Murphy's Blog.  If you get lost along this very long hop, be sure to check out the main list at The Moxie Fab World Blog HERE or see the entire list at the end of this post.

I have stalked the Moxie Fab World for several years, and while I didn't always comment, I did enjoy every post.  Cath is an amazing eloquent and vivid in her descriptions!  I read her posts like a morning newspaper, and the day wasn't complete until I checked in to see what was up at the Moxie Fab World.

Cath, thank you for sharing many years of inspiration, wit, and overwhelming talents with us in the crafty world.  You have brightened my day more times than than you will ever know, and I thank you for that!  You are not only special to me, but to all of your hundreds of loyal followers.  We will miss you!

Materials Used:
Sentiment by Simon Says Stamp, background lattice by Hero Arts
Flowers by Prima and Hero Arts

Here's to Cath, the Ultimate Moxie Fabber!

Now off to your next stop on the blog hop...Katie Brooks!

If you are interested, here is the entire blog hop schedule...get comfy, this will take a while!

Our Moxie Fab Thanks to You, Cath!
1. Moxie Fab World  96. Anieszka Malyszek  191. Jimmi Mayo  
2. Keren Baker  97. Kate from i {heart} papers  192. Julie Overby  
3. Jennifer Ingle  98. Cindy Lawrence  193. Eva Dobilas  
4. Debby Hughes  99. Lori Tecler  194. Ren-Yi Lo  
5. Virginia Lu  100. Penny Ward  195. Jessica Shelton-Buffa  
6. Nina Yang  101. Leigh Penner  196. DoBea Alberts  
7. Karolyn Loncon  102. Christina MacLaren  197. Nicole Rixon   
8. Lori Barnett  103. Heidi Van Laar  198. Debbie Corbari  
9. Kim Hughes / Paper Smooches  104. Giovana Smith  199. Lawn Fawn / Kelly Marie Alvarez  
10. Becky Oehlers  105. Katrina Hunt  200. Leigh Ann Baird  
11. Donna Mikasa  106. Kathi Rerek  201. Betsy Veldman  
12. JJ Bolton  107. Glenda J. Wyatt  202. Natasha Kara  
13. Jocelyn Olson  108. Heather Campbell  203. Wanda Cullen   
14. Daniela Dobson  109. Ardyth Percy-Robb  204. Shemaine Smith  
15. Amy Wanford  110. Erica Hettwer  205. Lydia Fiedler  
16. Sylvia Blum  111. Danielle Walls  206. Jenn Shurkus  
17. AJ Otto  112. Fresh Squeezed Stamps  207. Leslie Hanna  
18. Taheerah Atchia  113. Lynn Mangan  208. Lenny Sacr�as  
19. Laura Williams  114. Kim Kesti  209. Chunyuan Wu  
20. Kimberly Crawford  115. Kelly Booth  210. Berenice Rendon  
21. Vera Yates  116. Stephanie Severin  211. Brenda Weaver  
22. Jaclyn Miller  117. Michelle Lupton  212. Sabrina Alery  
23. Amber Kroening  118. Angelica Suarez  213. Debbie Marcinkiewicz  
24. Lindsay Amrhein  119. Sarah Martina Parker  214. Lyndal Higgins  
25. Miriam Prantner  120. Ashley Nguyen Newell  215. Pattie Goldman  
26. Irit Shalom  121. Jessica Witty  216. Jenny Martin  
27. Anabelle O'Malley  122. Jennifer Rzasa  217. Michelle Bala  
28. Michele Gross  123. Jennifer Priest  218. Julie Smith  
29. Teri Anderson  124. Angie Tieman  219. Linda Auclair  
30. Alice Wertz  125. Bev Gerard  220. Tyra Babington  
31. Pamela Ho  126. Asty Purbasari  221. Darnell J Knauss  
32. Elena Roussakis  127. Megan Hoeppner  222. Jennifer Jackson  
33. Lorena Canto  128. Pia Overgaard  223. Amy Sheffer  
34. Tara Cardwell  129. Nina Brackett  224. Piali Biswas  
35. Joscelyne Cutchens  130. Linda Lucas  225. Lori Hairston  
36. Ashley Harris  131. Judy Rozema  226. Charlene Bopp  
37. Annette Allen  132. Lynn Mercurio  227. Deanna Woodland  
38. Jessi Fogan  133. Erin Thiem  228. Ceal Pritchett  
39. Lindsey M-P  134. Carolyn Gimpel King  229. Vanessa Menhorn  
40. Christine Dring  135. Smitha Katti  230. P. Kelly Smith  
41. Tasnim Ahmed  136. Susan Liles  231. Therese Calvird  
42. Alicia Thelin  137. Lisa Arana  232. Rachel Izakowicz  
43. Ashley Marcu  138. Kalyn Kepner  233. Frances Byrne  
44. Kryssi Ng / Mama Elephant  139. Rachel Kleinman  234. Holly Shepard  
45. Katie Gehring  140. Wendy Price  235. Geri Greening  
46. Angi Barrs  141. Kim Dellow  236. Gretchen Belknap  
47. Tracey McNeely  142. Melissa Elsner  237. Shirley Bampton  
48. Jen del Muro  143. Laura Pryor  238. Julia Stainton  
49. Sarah J. Moerman  144. Ivanka Lentle  239. Diana Slaughter  
50. Laurie Willison  145. Ashlee Townsend  240. Beth Matson  
51. Cristina Kowalczyk  146. Michelle Liimatainen  241. Chrissy Larson  
52. Iwona Palamountain  147. Juliana Michaels  242. Windy Robinson  
53. Shanna Vineyard  148. Ilina Crouse  243. Erum Tasneem  
54. Tiffany Johnson  149. Suzanne Bier  244. SRM Stickers  
55. Laura O'Donnell  150. Sherry Wright  245. Noelle McAdams  
56. Lisa Adametz  151. Barb Housner  246. Unity Stamp Company  
57. Laura Bassen  152. Kim Makortoff  247. Cheryl Valadez  
58. Ryann Salamon  153. Stephanie Washburn  248. Jennie Harper  
59. Clare Buswell  154. Alyssa Scritchfield  249. Latisha Yoast  
60. Gayatri Murali  155. Niki G  250. Ang Mansfield  
61. Laurel Seabrook  156. Colleen Dietrich  251. Danielle Flanders  
62. Christine Traversa  157. Sharyn Tormanen   252. Niki Meiners  
63. Melania Deasy  158. Karin �kesdotter  253. Shelly Kurth  
64. Michelle Williams  159. Erin Taylor  254. Els Brigé  
65. Jamie Gracz / Avery Elle  160. Jen Carter  255. Jane Beljo  
66. Lin Brandyberry  161. Cristina N��ez (Yainea)  256. Stacy Croninger  
67. Michelle Woerner  162. Susie Wittwer  257. Susie Moore  
68. Kim Howard  163. Becky Olsen  258. Gaby Creates  
69. Amanda Coleman  164. Lori Craig  259. Sylvia Nelson  
70. Dana Warren  165. Tessa Wise  260. Lucy Abrams  
71. Kelly Griglione  166. Courtney Kelley  261. Lee Murphy  
72. Taylor Usry  167. Maureen Merritt  262. Britta Swiderski  
73. Emily Branch  168. Alice Golden  263. Michele Kovack  
74. Amy Tsuruta  169. Chrissie Tobas  264. Valerie Stangle  
75. Rae Barthel  170. Stasia Sloma  265. Nancy Krueger  
76. Erin Schreiner  171. Heather Hoffman  266. Heather Doran  
77. Stacey Schafer  172. Annette Witherspoon  267. Isha Gupta  
78. Sarah Gough  173. Tarynne Wise  268. N@ Ali  
79. Joni Andaya  174. Amy Kolling  269. Dawn Schuster  
80. Lalo  175. Chari Moss  270. Ginny Henriquez  
81. Maria Fischer  176. Carol Wilson  271. Joyce Mehrberg  
82. Laurie Schmidlin  177. Shelly Greybeck  272. Cathy Andronicou  
83. Yvonne Yam  178. Maureen Plut  273. Rebecca Fellows  
84. Tifany DeGough  179. Bree Tetz  274. Cornelia (fun stamping) Wenokor  
85. Deirdre Horgan  180. Meredith MacRitchie  275. Anita Recksiedler  
86. Cheiron Brandon  181. Dawn Turley  276. Kim Heggins  
87. Beverley Brown  182. Marisa Gunn  277. Kanan Pandya  
88. Tenia Nelson  183. Simone Naoum  278. Kristi Schurr  
89. Jamie Greene  184. Stephanie Muzzulin  279. Tammy Hobbs  
90. Veronica Zalis  185. Richard Breaks  280. Wida Miller  
91. Jennifer Scull  186. Gretchen Belknap  281. Barb Murphy  
92. Lizzie Sanchez  187. Libby Hickson  282. Judy Marino -you are here!
93. Glitz Design  188. Hannelie Bester  283. Katie Brooks  
94. Lea Lawson  189. Julie Campbell  284. Melissa Phillips  
95. Heather Nichols  190. Lisa Henke  285. Jennifer McGuire  

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