Artist Trading Blocks



If anyone wants to start trading them in January we could do a different theme a month swap. Send me your ideas and we will get started. I love one-on-one-swaps!!!

Just wanted to share a little sneek peek at the ATC cards I made for the 
"Completely From A Magazine" ATC Swap.


Danielle LaPorte’s World’s Biggest Book Club


So excited to share with you all that I’ll be leading a Desire Map book club event as part of Danielle LaPorte’s World’s Biggest Book Club! The event will be held on January 7, 2014 at 7PM CST.  I will disclose the address in Murfreesboro, TN once you sign-up and I’d love for you to join me!


We’ll be opening up some dialogue — from the sacredness to the practicalities of core desired feelings, goal setting, gratitude as a practice… wishes for the New Year – and it would be great to have you be a part of that. If you’d like to get a feel for what Danielle’s message is all about, you can check out her website here: http://www.daniellelaporte.com/.


Send me an e-mail to inkyaddict@gmail.com or private message me here on Facebook if you’re interested in joining the event. Please feel free to also share with anyone you think might be interested!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 29

I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!


Here is my next project --- a card, but not just a regular card. It is an interactive “magic card”. Have you seen those “wallets” that hold cards and when you flip them your debit/credit cards are on the other side? This card is made with the same concept. As you open and close it the tag and the card move from one side to the other. 


On the card I used:  Close To My Heart Stamp Set “ Frightenin’ Phrases; Smeared Ink Stamp Sets “Creepy Li'l Grumpies” and “Quoth the Raven”; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Stampin Up Cardstock in Black and green (unsure of the color name); The Paper Studio Happy Haunting Paper Stack; The Paper Studio “unknown” Paper Stack; Stampin Up Designer Paper (unsure the name); Creative Memories Tag Punch; Doodlebug Design Inc. Crushed Velvet Brad in Beetle Black; Stampin Up Label Punch; Miscellaneous-Black Tulle, orange buttons


Now keep hopping along...visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!



Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!





Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 28


I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!


Here is my next project --- a card.




On the card I used:  Stampin Up Stamp Set "Eat, Drink and Be Scary"; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Stampin Up CLassic Stamp Pad in Tangerine Tango; Stampin Up Cardstock in Black; Bazzill Cardstock in Black; The Paper Studio Happy Haunting Paper Pack; Scrapbooking Craft Lite Paper Cutter using Assorted Cutting Blades; Martha Stewart Punch







Now keep hopping along...visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!



Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 27


I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!


Here is my next project --- a card.




On the card I used:  Close To My Heart “Happy Haunting”; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Stampin Up Cardstock in Black; The Paper Studio Happy Haunting Paper Pack; Jolee’s Boutique #50-21564 Metallic Honeycombs; Scrapbooking Craft Lite Paper Cutter using Assorted Cutting Blades; CraftSmart “Happy Halloween” wood mount stamp




Now keep hopping along...visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!



Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 25


I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!


Here is my next project --- a card.

On the card I used:  Close To My Heart “Happy Haunting”; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Bazzill Smooth White Cardstock; Bazzill Smooth Black Cardstock; ek Punch; Silver & Green Glitter Pattern Paper (unknown which DCWV paper stack); Miscellaneous black tulle




Now keep hopping along...visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!



Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 24


I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!


Here is my next project --- a card.

On the card I used:  Lost-Coast-Designs stamp "King" from the "Chess Set; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Stampin Up Chalks; Bazzill Smooth White Cardstock; CraftSmart “Happy Halloween” wood mount stamp; Stickles in Gold; Black Embossing Powder


I really wish you could see how great this card is…the crown is full of glistening gold Stickles and the layers of chalk on the image makes it look almost 3D. 


Now keep hopping along...visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!



Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 23

I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!


Here is my next project --- a couple pair of whimsical earrings.

On the tag I used:  Smeared Ink Stamp Set “Holy City; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Pebbles, Inc. pearlescent chalks –jewel tones; Cricut Cartridge “Teresa Collins Chic & Scary”; Miscellaneous Black Tulle; Miscellaneous Shipping Tag


On the card I used: Smeared Ink Stamp Set "Holy City"; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Cuttlebug Spiderweb A2 Embossing Folder; Cricut Cartridge “Teresa Collins Chic & Scary”; Bazzill Black Cardstock; Miscellaneous cream cardstock and black tulle






Now keep hopping along...visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!



Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Back Up and Running

YAY!!! 
I think everything has been resolved. Looking forward to continuing on with the blog hop. 
I look forward to sharing once again tomorrow morning! 

GLITCH!!!!

I have just realized that the past few days my 31 Days of Halloween posts never automatically posted as they were set up to do. I knew I would be unavailable until today and ought I had everything good to go. Apparently ... not so much... I am so upset. Off to try and figure out the problem and post todays project.  

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 10


I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!


Here is my next project --- earrings.

I have no idea who to give credit for these digi images. I purchased them from Etsy and can not find the store on there any more.



Now keep hopping along visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!



Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 9

I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!


Here is my next project --- a tag.

On the tag I used:  Smeared Ink Stamp Set “Creepy Li'l Grumpies; Close To My Heart Stamp Set S558 “Halloween Friends”; CALISTA the Witch digi stamp by Rick St. Dennis; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Stampin Up Ink Pad in Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Dusty Durango, Sahara Sand, Creamy Caramel; Close To My Heart Alcohol Ink Markers: Gypsy, Topiary, Honey; Copic Marker in E15; Stampin UP Marker in Pumpkin Pie;  Stickles in Gold, Black Diamond; Martha Stewart Punch; Bazzil White Cardstock; The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil; Miscellaneous Black Tulle, Orange Ribbon



Visit Rick St. Dennis ETSY Store for this adorable image and many other great digis!!!


Now keep hopping along...SANDY is up next or visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!



Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 8


Here is my next project --- a book mark. Another idea using the tag idea that was shown by Lindsay on The Frugal Crafter blog. I kept the concept simple as I made these for one of my book club group. I needed something that could be made on a whim (I had a 2 day notice to make them), in bulk quantity and flat, very flat to be able to run through my laminator. The other twist to the challenge was you had to use what you have and they all have to look the same. No buying anything! Whew! To make 20 bookmarks under those rules was a challenge in the ribbon/fiber department. I have a LOT of fibers and ribbon, but not 18-20 feet of the same thing…I only had this ribbon. So here it is. Kinda plain looking to me, but as a flat bookmark you can only get so blingy!

On the bookmark I used:  Smeared Ink Stamp Set “Quoth the Raven”; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Stampin UP Pastels; Miscellaneous Cream Cardstock, Orange Ribbon



Now keep hopping along...SANDY is up next or visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!


Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 7

I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!

Here is my next project --- another tag. Told you, you would see LOTS during the month. Mainly because I LOVE making tags and second I send a LOT of packages to swappers and pen pals around the world. I try to always include at least a handmade tag or card.  


On the tag I used:  Smeared Ink Stamp Set “Quoth the Raven”; Close To My Heart Stamp Set S558 “Halloween Friends” (bat); Close To My Heart Black Archival Ink; Stampin UP Ink Pad in Whisper White; Martha Stewart punch; Stampin UP Pastels; Ranger Craft Tag #10 size (4 1/8” x 8 ½”); Stickles in Black Diamond; 3-D Pop Dots; Miscellaneous Black Tulle, Pattern Papers, Black Cardstock

Now keep hopping along...SANDY is up next or visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!

Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!


Don't forget! If you like the Smeared Ink rubber stamps take a look here to read all about their amazing Smeared Ink Monthly Stamp Club...if you sign up-where it says "Referred By" please enter my name!! :) If you use me as a referral, email me and I will send you a hand stamped tag or card as a THANK YOU!!!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 6

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 6

I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!

Here is my next project --- a standard size card and a smaller (shipping) tag. The tag idea came from a recent video that was shown by Lindsay on The Frugal Crafter blog. I really try and focus on using recycled and repurposed materials. A lot of what she does is the same way…making your own stencils, using different products to look like you have used something else, etc. Her website is great for the beginner or budget conscience crafter. She also has a tendency to make the “hoarding crafter” pull out supplies they may have forgotten about!! 

Yesterday was also World Card Making Day 2013 and I always particapte. I made 40 of these cards and tags to send out to friends and family for Halloween, so I tried to keep them light weight for mailing purposes and simple enough to make a bunch! 

On the tag I used:  Smeared Ink Stamp Set “Creepy Li'l Grumpies;  Close To My Heart Stamp Set  S558 “Halloween Friends”; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Stampin UP Ink Pad in Whisper White; Martha Stewart punch; Stampin UP Pastels; Miscellaneous Shipping Tag, Black Tulle

On the card I used: Close To My Heart Stamp Set D1180 “Happy Haunting”; Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink; Bazzill Cardstock in: Black, Purple and White; Stampin UP Pastels; 3-D Pop Dots; Paper Studio Notecard in White;  Miscellaneous ribbon




Now keep hopping along...SANDY is up next or visit the Wicked Blog Roll in my sidebar to start from the top. Terra's blog has all the juicy details of how to win fabulous prizes all month long!

Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 5


I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!

Here is my next project --- a fun 3x3 card. I love these Lil Grumpies! They are all so cute and each have their own personality. 
I used:  Smeared Ink Stamp Set “Creepy Li'l Grumpies” and “Urban Decay”; Close To My Heart Alcohol-Based Ink Markers: Gypsy, Topiary, Crème Brulee, Honey, Black; Staz On Ink Pad in Black; Tim Holtz Distress ink in Walnut Stain; Stampin UP Cardstock and Designer Paper: Green, Stripe (specific color names unknown); Creative Memories "splat" punch; Miscellaneous cream cardstock





Visit me tomorrow for another day of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!


Don't forget! If you like the Smeared Ink rubber stamps take a look here to read all about their amazing Smeared Ink Monthly Stamp Club...if you sign up-where it says "Referred By" please enter my name!! :) If you use me as a referral, email me and I will send you a hand stamped tag or card as a THANK YOU!!!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 4


I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!

For all the juicy details you can go to my 31 Days of Halloween tab above or read the details here.

Here is my fourth project --- Another tag --- surprise, surprise.

I used: Smeared Ink Stamp Set "VOODOO" --- Rick St Dennis collaborated with S&S on this stamp set. Visit his ETSY store HERE to see more of his fabulous images; Close To My Heart Ink Pads: Desert Sand, Outdoor Denim; Close To My Heart Alcohol-Based Ink Markers: Cranberry, Pacifica, Cotton Candy, Pear, Honey, Soft Suede, Twilight; Stampin Up Marker in Pumpkin Pie; Basic Grey Opaline Half Pearls, Miscellaneous black cardstock, white smooth cardstock and fibers; Homemade Diamond Stencil


Next on the Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN Blog Hop is Sandy. Head over there to see what exciting item she has created for you today!




Visit me tomorrow for Day 5 of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Don't forget! If you like the Smeared & Smudged/Smeared Ink rubber stamps take a look here to read all about their amazing Smeared Ink Monthly Stamp Club...if you sign up-where it says "Referred By" please enter my name!! :) If you use me as a referral, email me and I will send you a hand stamped tag or card as a THANK YOU!!!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 3


I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!

For all the juicy details you can go to my 31 Days of Halloween tab above or  read the details here.

Here is my third project a quick little card. 
I used:  Smeared Ink Stamp Set “Creepy Li'l Grumpies”;  Close To My Heart Stamp Set “S395 Frightenin’ Phrases; Close To My Heart Alcohol-Based Ink Markers: Sweetleaf, Honey; Stampin Up Markers: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip; Staz On Ink Pad in Black; Stampin UP Ink Pad in Whisper White; The Paper Studio A2 Spider Web Embossing Folder;  Bazzill White Cardstock; Stampin UP Cardstock and Designer Papers: Orange, Brown Stripe (specific color names unknown); Shimmer Spritz by shimmerpaints.com in Mudpie; Miscellaneous black cardstock




Visit me tomorrow for another day of  Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Don't forget! If you like the Smeared Ink rubber stamps take a look here to read all about their amazing Smeared Ink Monthly Stamp Club...if you sign up-where it says "Referred By" please enter my name!! :) If you use me as a referral, email me and I will send you a hand stamped tag or card as a THANK YOU!!!

Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 2

I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!

For all the juicy details you can go to my 31 Days of Halloween tab above or  read the details here.

Here is my second project --- A tag (I think I am addicted to making tags, so you will see plenty this month). 
I used the following: Ranger Craft Tag #10 size (4 1/8”  x 8 ½”), Smeared Ink Stamp Set “VOODOO”, CraftSmart “Happy Halloween” wood mount stamp, Stampin UP Ink Pads in: Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point, Queen and Co. ROX Self-Adhesive Stones, Close To My Heart Alcohol-Based Inks Markers in: Gypsy, Lagoon, Sunset, Honey, Smoothie, Bazzill White Linen Cardstock, Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink, The Crafter’s Workshop 6x6 Mini Chicken Wire Stencil, Homemade Diamond Stencil, Miscellaneous black cardstock, black glitter, and fibers





Visit me tomorrow for Day 3 of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!

Don't forget! If you like the Smeared Ink rubber stamps take a look here to read all about their amazing Smeared Ink Monthly Stamp Club...if you sign up-where it says "Referred By" please enter my name!! :) If you use me as a referral, email me and I will send you a hand stamped tag or card as a THANK YOU!!!
 




Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013 Blog Hop - Day 1

I am so excited to be participating this year in Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013!
Did you know that this is their 5th annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration? How exciting is that!!
For all the juicy details you can go to my 31 Days of Halloween tab or  read the details here.
Here is my first project --- A shape card using the following: Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge, Smeared and Smudged Stamp Set “Urban Decay”, Stampin UP Stamp Set “Eat, Drink and Be Scary”, October Afternoon Cardstock “Norm’s News” #PP022, Bazzill Black Cardstock, Stampin UP Cardstock “Wild Wasabi”, Close to My Heart Black Archival Ink, Tsukineko Ink “Galaxy Gold”, Celebrate It Tule in Black, Miscellaneous orange ribbon


Hope this starts you thinking about your Halloween creations and sparks your creative side to do something!

Visit me tomorrow for Day 2 of Smeared and Smudged 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2013! Now check out all of the other great Wicked Bloggers. The blog roll is in my sidebar to make it easy for you.

Don't forget! If you like the Smeared & Smudged/Smeared Ink rubber stamps take a look here to read all about their amazing Smeared Ink Monthly Stamp Club...if you sign up-where it says "Referred By" please enter my name!! :) If you use me as a referral, email me and I will send you a hand stamped tag or card as a THANK YOU!!!
  




Do you have an art journal?


The use of personal journals for of writing has had powerful and far-reaching effects. Apart from improving writing skills, journals also work to change your enduring attitudes, values and sense of personal identity. Ideas, feelings and insights, kept in journals offer us not only a clue to the richness of our imagination, but insight into our very being.

If you are unsure how to get started-- if you are local feel free to come into the studio and make one of your own or here is a great source with how to's, tutorials, and videos to get you started. Have FUN and most of all ENJOY!



Let's Party!

Scrap and chat live with Stacy, Wendy, Angie, and your favorite BPC instructors 
Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 6:00pm PT

It's 100% FREE!

Live project demos, tips & tricks, prizes, inspiring ideas, and more!

During our Pajama Party, Close to My Heart is providing an exclusive project taught by Stacy Julian
 along with amazing prizes and giveaways offered throughout the evening. 

Click here for more information and to register.


That Crazy Wrap Thing

I need your help!! I am still looking for 8 more people who will be willing to try one or more of our IT WORKS products AT WHOLESALE PRICING for 3 months and share their testimony/experience about the product on my Faceboook page/brag book. YOU get to pick the products!! Please email me if this is something you would be interested in!!!!



SSSD Halloween Card Swap

SSSD Yahoo Group had a Halloween Card Swap going on this month.
Here are my cards. I wanted them to be a teeny bit different, so I used different frames on each card. This of course did not happen. I ran out of a good quality black cardstock and could not cut intricate frames.  

I embossed the black frames, again nope did not happen. I did emboss the heart eye patch to give it more of a textured look then added some bling and done!





Items used: Close To My Heart stamp set “Thriller” (was the September SOTM 2010), Close To My Heart Black Archival Ink, Close To My Heart White Daisy Cardstock, Bazzill Black Cardstock #10-1075, DCWV “Old World” paper stack, Queen & Co. ROX self-adhesive stones in Chocolate Delight, UTEE Ultra Thick Embossing Powder, Cricut Cartridge “Happy Hauntings”.

Rock N Rolla Challenge September

Smeared and Smudged has hosted a Rock N Rolla Challenge September
This is a challenge that will focus on finding visual inspiration from music videos! It is supposed to be fun and make you think out of the box.
THE RULES:
Each month they post a link to a video for you to view. Find something in the video that visually inspires you and make a project based on that.

SEPTEMBER'S CHALLENGE:
Bullet For My Valentine- Your Betrayal


...and here is my interpertation...
ATC card using  Smeared and Smudged Stamp Set "Femdom", random clipart chalked and inked then dipped in UTEE Powder and various black inks. Smiple and pretty I think.


Use Embellishments with Smudgy Antics - Week 1 of 2


Welcome back for another fortnight challenge with Smudgy Antics!
The theme for this challenge is to - Use Embellishments.


I kept it pretty simple. A standard sized card, stenciled the background, layered with a shiny metallic paper, another layer of stenciled background paper, stamped image colored in with metallic chalks, added some traditional fabric ribbon, made some paper fringe, used my Lifestyle Crafts Polka Dots embossing folder on some handmade paper and finished it off with a Stampin UP! Happy Birthday phrase. Too bad my photography skills are lame and the card looks so flat. :sigh:

FREAKY FREEBIE - September


Smeared and Smudged has their September Challenges posted.
Here is my entry for the FREAKY FREEBIE - September Challenge.

HOW IT WORKS: They will provide you with a digital stamp. Each entry must include this stamped image.
This month --- Make a project that uses SEX KITTEN from Smeared Ink's ZOMBIE PINUPS set!

Junk Funk Challenge - September 2013

SMEARED AND SMUDGED --- Junk Funk Challenge

The item was a toilet paper roll. I decided to make a place card/treat holder/home décor item. I currently do not have any yummy Halloween candies to show it as a treat holder, so I added some fun festive pumpkins to show it can be used as a place card or home décor item.


I used the Cricut cartridge Ribbons & Rosettes to make my rosette. The Smeared & Smudged stamp set “Quoth the Raven". Some Making Memories fuzzy ribbon, Stampin Up Whisper White pigment ink, Colorbox Chalk Ink in Black and dipped the bird into my Melting Pot for a fun 3-D image.

Mixed Media Mondays


My little creation from last night's Mixed Media Monday night online group
Each Monday night Tracy Weinzapfel hosts a live show on UStream. The goal is "to let it go" as she goes with whatever she is feeling at the moment. I like to personally challenge myself and paint alongside her in the time frame allotted. Sometimes this can be C-R-A-Z-Y!!! I love it! So much excitement! Check HER OUT HERE.  For the specific recap of the 09/09/13 Monday night gathering you can watch it here. 



August Package Pals

When I heard that http://starsandsunshine.com/ put together an August Package Pals I knew I wanted to join! My partner was a lady named Barbara all the way in New York. She specified she loves crafts, makes jewelry, but needed nothing specific. I thought “Hmmm…what does one give another that has everything?” That is when I came up with an “Autumn Themed” package. I started with a purple metal bucket that has the brightest and cutest lime green & orange polka dots all over it, tied some coordinating ribbon all along the handle, then stuffed it with—Autumn themed/colored: decorative paper clips & push pins, Post-Its with a “fall leaves” theme, Crystal Stickers in Pearl, SMOOCH Accent Ink in Pumpkin, a Painters Paint Pen in a Yummy Chocolate Brown, some Paper Accent Kraft Tags in assorted sizes, a set of k i memories bobbins in some fantastic autumn colors and finally stuffed the bottom of the little bucket with Werther’s Originals candies wrapped in their shiny gold wrappers, added an Autumn themed handmade card and WHOLIA! A little package for my pal that I hope she enjoys!  #packagepals #stars_sunshine

September 2013 Mystery Hostess Gathering




Don't forget that the September 2013 Mystery Hostess Gathering is going on right now! Each person who places an order of $20.00 or more will be entered into a random drawing to receive the hostess benefits. Each $20.00 spent you will receive (1) ticket. WINNER to be announced September 16th!!! Click here and scroll down to the bottom where the current Gathering's are posted, click on September Mystery Hostess and shop away! Yes, it really is that easy!

Make an ATC with Smudgy Antics Week 2


Welcome back for week 2 of the fortnight challenge with Smudgy Antics!
The theme for this challenge is to MAKE AN ATC.
My entry is using the S&S Stamp sets - December 2012 set called “Heart Wings” and June 2013 set called ” Morte”. I started by stamping the background with black ink and using an ultra thick embossing powder. I then stamped the heart images one on pattern paper and the other I colored in with a purple glitter chalk. I finished both by dipping them in my Melting Pot and molding into a 3-D shape. The sentiment was stamped and double dipped for a “domino effect”. 
Being part of the Smeared & Smudged Monthly Rubber Club has made it easy to mix & match sets by having them right at my finger tips!  Here is more info on their Rubber Club http://www.smearedink.com/smeared-ink-rubber-club/ . 
If you decide to join, please make sure to use my name on your application as “referred by” !!! 
Thanks so much!!!!


Happy Mail Time!

Happy Mail ready to be sent out tomorrow to the amazing girls in the TAJ Community.  

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Mixed Media Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel Studios

Soooo...playing catch up. I watched the 08/05/2013 recording and the challenge was to Let it Go for no more than 1 1/2 hours. I frantically worked along side Tracy and tried the whole flower thing again. Lots of practice to be done, but I went with it and LET IT GO! [I am certainly not a flower painter by any stretch of the imagination.]

http://tracywburgos.typepad.com/treasure_the_momentlove_l/

Hostess Rewards: Better than Ever!

Take advantage of the opportunities from Close To My Heart to earn Hostess Rewards stamp sets; must-have sets, just for you! Watch this video to see one of these adorable stamp sets in action and learn how to get your own.


Free Exclusive Tote Bag For You!


When you become a new Consultant in August, you will receive a free Damask Tote Bag (retail value $50), while supplies last. This handy, attractive tote with the Close To My Heart logo lets everyone know you are a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant — with class and style! Choose the $49 New Consultant Essentials Kit or the $99 Master Kit which includes more supplies and tools, and Close To My Heart will send you a tote bag free — only in August and only while supplies last. Contact me for more details or enroll today! 

Damask Tote Bage Features 
- 17" × 17" × 6"
- Large exterior pocket for 12" × 12" paper packets
- Huge interior can hold a 12" × 12" album and more
- Small, zippered interior pocket
- Fabric is coated-canvas for durability and easy cleaning
- 2 water bottle pockets
- Wear on the shoulder, across the chest, or as a backpack
- Large flap snaps closed

Free Exclusive Tote Bag for You!

NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING MONTH: DREAM POP

Get the exclusive paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35!



In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get the yummy Dream Pop paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May! This exclusive paper packet includes twelve cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only — you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else! Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing!

Or get it free when you join my CTMH team for only $49.  ($165 CTMH products FREE!)
Contact me today to sign up as a Consultant!

*Shipping/handling and tax apply. One Dream Pop paper packet per order. Not available for purchase at full retail. Offer valid May 1–31, 2013.