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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fly Free with The Craft's Meow

I hope you are enjoying the previews. We sure are enjoying showing them :-). Today, we're featuring the Fly Free stamp set. It's a small set, but is so versatile.

It comes with a birdcage image, some butterflies and three sentiments. And wait till you see Sarah Martina's card kit that uses it. Wow, pure gorgeousness (but everything she makes is!)!

I decided to make a little note card using this set and Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden collection, which is what Sarah uses in her kit. Here's the front.

Fly Free Notepad
And the side view:
Fly Free Notepad side
And here's a card using the My Mind's Eye Stella Rose papers:
Fly Free card
Now, you're wondering what the prizes are for today's previews:
  1. Fly Free stamp set (being showcased today)!!!
  2. Lush 2 Orange Prize Package from My Mind's Eye!!! Includes one each of the patterned and flocked papers shown, plus all the accessories!!! Thanks again Nick!!!
  3. Sarah's Fly Free Card Kit!!!
Once again, the prizes will be awarded based on random drawing from the comments left on THREE of the Team blogs listed below! You won't know whose blog has the prize... neither do I, actually, until I draw from a hat...so you'll want to leave a comment on each blog for more chances to win. But please play fair... only ONE comment per blog!

You have until 11:00 pm Pacific tonight (April 30th) to make the rounds! The winners will be announced in tomorrow's post on The Craft's Meow Blog.

So off you go! Enjoy your first looks at Fly Free!!! Simply click on the links to be taken to the blogs to see the featured projects.

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And, of course, another way to win is to Like our Facebook Page by April 30th! A set of the four stamp sets being released May 1st are up for grabs for every 100 Likes!

See you tomorrow for the release and blog hop!!! And a look at the fourth and final stamp set... one that was inspired by my girls!
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Friday, April 29, 2011

Happiness Is...

Welcome to the second day of previews of The Craft's Meow's new stamps, available for purchase on May 1st. Today, the TCM team is showcasing the Happiness Is set. I had so much fun drawing these images. The set includes line art (perfect for Copic lovers) and solid images. It also has two bee images. They're little, but they took me more time to draw than the flowers. There are several phrases that will allow you to make 4 sentiments.

Here is my first card using the solid images. The papers are again Stella Rose by My Mind's Eye.
Happiness is
For my second card, I decided to use the line art and practice my coloring with Copics.
Just a Note
Just like yesterday, there are prizes up for grabs:
  1. Happiness is... stamp set
  2. Prize Package donated by My Mind's Eye from the Lush 2 Turquoise Collection!!! Includes one each of the patterned and flocked papers shown, plus all the accessories!!! Thank you Nick!!!
  3. Maya Road The Sweetest Days Shadowbox Kit!!!
Once again, the prizes will be awarded based on random drawing from the comments left on THREE of the Team blogs listed below! You won't know whose blog has the prize... neither do I, actually, until I draw from a hat...so you'll want to leave a comment on each blog for more chances to win. But please play fair... only ONE comment per blog!

You have until 11:00 pm Pacific tonight (April 29th) to make the rounds! The winners will be announced in tomorrow's post.

Here's the TCM DTs' links for more card samples and a chance to win!
For more chances to win, make sure you become a fan of The Craft's Meow's Facebook page. TCM will give away all 4 new sets per 100 fans!
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Craft's Meow's Simply Delightful

The day I've been waiting for is finally here! Today marks the very first day I get to preview my very first stamps with The Craft's Meow. The TCM team is previewing the Simply Delightful set, which will be available for purchase on May 1st.

Simply Delightful has a big lacy image, which is the focal point of my cards below. It also has flowers, leaves and 3 sentiments. These stamps also coordinate well with the new My Mind's Eye's Stella Rose papers, which are so lovely.

I wanted to show you two different style cards using the same stamps. The first one is my favorite, shabby chic.

Simply Delightful 1
And if you're a frequent visitor to my blog, you know how much I love to make and give away card sets. Here's a CAS (clean and simple) design to make them easy to mass produce. I just used strips of patterned paper and stitched them on the front. I picked the cardstock colors based on the colors of the patterned papers.
Simply Delightful Card set

A release this exciting needs LOTS of prizes to celebrate, and LOTS of prizes are what we have for you! Each day of previews there will be not one, not two, but THREE prizes up for grabs! Today's prize offerings are:
  1. Simply Delightful Stamp Set (being showcased today)
  2. A My Mind's Eye Hazel 6 x 6 paper pad from the Stella & Rose collection
  3. A My Mind's Eye Gertie 6 x 6 paper pad from the Stella & Rose collection
The prizes will be awarded based on random drawing from the comments left on THREE of the Team blogs listed below! You won't know whose blog has the prize... neither do I, actually, until I draw from a hat...so you'll want to leave a comment on each blog for more chances to win. But please play fair... only ONE comment per blog!

You have until 11:00 pm Pacific tonight (April 28th) to make the rounds! The winners will be announced in tomorrow's post.

Here is the rest of the TCM Crew's blogs where you can feast on some yummy eye candies:

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I've been so busy designing the last few weeks that, unfortunately, card making has to take a back seat. The good news is I'm creating lots of new stamp sets that I hope you will love. I don't think I've ever been this productive before with my illustrating, but I'm not complaining. :-) I have lots to share in the next few months! I can't wait!

I did make this for this week's Card Pattern's sketch. Our sponsor is Paper Makeup Stamps, which provided the image I used below. It was colored with Copics and framed with the Spellbinders Labels 10. The sentiment is SRM Sticker Sentiments Birthday. The papers are October Afternoon.

Nina Sketch 112
Finally, here's the final snippet of my new The Craft's Meow stamps. This is my favorite of all of the new release because it was inspired by my sweet girls. And tomorrow the preview cards begin!
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Monday, April 25, 2011

SRM Card Set and More Sneak Peeks

My card set project is being featured on the SRM blog today using some Pink Paislee's Soiree Collection and yummy SRM Stickers We've Got Your Sticker Plus and Sticker Sentiments Congratulations.

Here is one of the cards in the set. You can see the rest of the cards and the super simple packaging I made for in the SRM Blog. It would make a great hostess gift.
Soiree Card Detail
And here are a couple more sneak peeks of two of my new stamp designs being released on May 1st by The Craft's Meow. What do you think? :-) Do you want to win these and 2 other stamp sets I'm releasing? Then, go like The Craft's Meow FACEBOOK page to be entered to win.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Rejoice!

Resurrection Sunday or Easter is the biggest holiday among Christians. Jesus's resurrection from the dead is the basis of our faith. Because Christ conquered death and sin, we have hope for eternal life. Because He is risen just as He said, He has provided for us a way to know God and opened the door to enjoy Him forever! And that is a BIG reason to REJOICE!

May this holiday bring you to the foot of the cross and see Christ for who He is - Almighty God who took the sin of the world upon Himself to bring salvation to an undeserving world. Be all glory and honor be to Him today and forever!

Here are some cards for the Layers of Color's Faith Art Friday to celebrate this beloved holiday.
Rejoice
Easter Blessings
Stamps: Layers of Color's Gothic Crosses, Garden Borders and The Love Chapter. The sentiments are by Gina K Designs.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Craft's Meow Sneak Peeks Have Begun!

I know I promised pictures of our latest family excursion to a town with a 1st century arena that still stands. I've been so busy. My girls and I spent 5 hours today cleaning the old flower boxes and filling them with beautiful blossoms. It was a long day, but totally worth it. I can't wait to show you when our flowers are a bit bigger.

In the meantime, here is the snippet of one of the FOUR stamp sets that The Craft's Meow is releasing May 1st. The previews will start next week. I can't wait! I've seen some of the DT's cards and I know you will love them! I am so blessed to have these ladies design with my stamps.

This set coordinates with some of my favorite new paper collections. Go to the TCM blog to find out which ones. The Craft's Meow will be selling these coordinating papers as well.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

BIG Announcement from The Craft's Meow team!

I was gone all day today, sightseeing in a town 3.5 hours away where there is a well-preserved Roman-era arena still stands. It was a great day! I'll share photos tomorrow!

In the meantime, have you seen the latest news from The Craft's Meow! I am so thrilled to have these ladies create with my stamps! I can't wait till next week when the sneak peeks begin. Woohoo!
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Card making with my girls

When Simon Says Stamps issued a challenge for kids to enter their cards, my girls couldn't wait to get started. I gave them some October Afternoon papers, cardstocks and their favorite SRM Stickers. They had so much fun making these.

Here's my 9-year-old Gaby's card. She is the one who enjoys crafting with mommy the most.
And many more
Here's my 11-year-old Gracie's card. She's likes to craft too, but not as much as reading.
I love you, Mom
Last but not the least, my 5-year-old Katy's card. She likes to stamp with mommy and is my biggest fan.
Wish
Tomorrow's officially the first day of spring break and it's been so beautiful here. So, we'll be hanging outside a lot and working on our flower boxes and hopefully finish by this weekend :-). I love my flowers and can't wait to show you. Have a great spring day!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy brithday Flower

Something exciting happened last night...my girls tasted their very first Peeps! A friend is visiting from America and brought us some. I'm personally not a big fan, and I think my girls are like me. My policy is always, if I'm going to waste calories, I'd rather waste them on chocolate :-).

Today's card uses a technique that I learned from the Hero Arts blog called Stamp Layering. This card took me more than the usual 30 minutes or less, but I really enjoyed the process. The layering was inspired by LilyPad's Sunday Video. You need to check it out.

I used Hero Arts' Big Flower Pattern clear set and Envelope Pattern stamp, which I stamped on the polka dot patterned paper. The sentiment is SRM WGYS Happy. The green papers are by October Afternoon. The kraft patterned papers are Basic Grey Kraft.

The brown layers are patterned papers, while the green layer is stamped then colored with Copic markers. I used my new favorite white cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest, for Copic coloring that my friend Asela sent me. It blends so well. I'm entering this to Copic Creations challenge to use our favorite paper for coloring.

The colors are inspired by the Play Date Cafe's challenge. And I'm also entering this to Scrapbook & Cards Today's current challenge.
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Happy Birthday flowers
Here's a close up shot to show the different layers.
Happy Birthday flowers detail
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Smile

Today's card features Little Frieda's Daisy by The Craft's Meow. She is so much fun to color with my Copics and to paper piece. I made this for the Card Patterns sketch #111 and Simon Says Stamp Card for a Child Challenge. The papers are Echo Park's Springtime Collection.

The Craft's Meow is this week's sponsor atCard Patterns and I hope you can play with us. The prize is 3 Little Frieda stamps!

Frieda Daisy 3
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thinking of You Fleur Heart

Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words yesterday about my exciting news. I hope I will not disappoint you when my new stamp designs are released on May 1st :-). And just FYI, The Craft's Meow has a The Craft's Meow Facebook fan page. TCM will be giving away a set of my 4 stamp designs for every 100 fans they receive! Come and join us!

Today's card is for CR84FN challenge. I love this color combo. The sketch is by Get Sketchy, but I didn't get it here in time for both challenges :-(. I also just found a challenge blog by Wild Orchid Crafts, where I get my beautiful paper flowers, including the rose on my card. Their theme this week is winged things.

The stamps I used are Layers of Color's Fleur Heart (background and ornate heart), Sent with Love (sentiments) and Butterfly Collector (butterfly).

Butterfly Thinking of You

Here's a detailed shot:
Butterfly Thinking of You Detail
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Exciting News!

This is my new logo! And why do I need one? That's because I will be designing my own line of stamps for The Craft's Meow. Make sure you check out the wonderful changes to the store and blog.

Not only do I get to design my own stamps for TCM, but I get to work with the most amazing ladies: Lisa Hjulberg (owner), Sarah Martina Parker and Alice Wertz. I have been a fan of them and I can't wait to see what beautiful things they'll create!

TCM's new release is May 1st with stamps by me and kits by Sarah and Alice. I can't wait! In the meantime, I will be upgrading my blog to match my logo, so if something doesn't look right, it's probably because I haven't finished upgrading.

Thank you for letting me share my wonderful news!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that The Craft's Meow now has a The Craft's Meow Facebook fan page. TCM will be giving away a set of my 4 stamp designs for every 100 fans they receive! Come and join us!
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gift Bag for Baby

Today's project is something I had so much fun making. Even though this gift bag is a little shabby, I think it's still okay to give to a baby boy. It was made using GinaK's Lovely Labels stamp set, SRM Sticker's Baby Sentiments, Webster's Pages' Lullably Lane papers, and Spellbinders Labels Four dies.

Die Cut Bag

This gift bag is for the following challenges: Moxie Fab's Gift Wrap Challenge, Shabby Tea Room (inspiration photo using doilies/lace), Simon Says Stamp (something for a child), Simon Says and Show (use distressing: on my labels).

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dehoarding Project #1

A few months ago, I found out about a TV show about people who have hoarding problems. I didn't know what to think about the people they feature and the stuff they accumulate, but the show moved me to clean my bathroom at 12 midnight!

As a paper crafter, I can relate to the "hoarding" mentality. It is especially hard for me because I can't easily get supplies here if and when I run out. Thankfully, I have a very limited crafting space in our bedroom that FORCES me not to keep things. I still find myself acquiring things that are neglected after awhile. So, a few weeks ago, I decided to start what I call my "Dehoarding Project." I know it's a made up word, but I can't think of an antonym of hoarding. :-)

I gather my coordinating supplies and limit myself to a block of time. Then, I just start creating with them. This is a project I did for a friend's charity auction. The supplies I used:
Time limit: 1.5 hours
DeHoarding 1
Here are some tips I shared in a previous post about mass producing cards that I'll share here again:
  • Use a paper collection to mix and match since they are already color coordinated for you. To get started, I cut 4" x 5.25" sheets of patterned papers. I then mix them with the others in the collection. And as much as you'd like to, resist keeping every little piece of leftover patterned paper. I usually don't keep anything that is smaller than a 4" x 4."
  • Use the collection's colors as a guide and limit the colors you use for your card base.
  • Follow a simple sketch to keep the creative juices flowing.
  • Utilize available tools like punches, stamps and stickers to get the job done.
Here are two of the cards I made. You can see the other 4 in the SRM Blog post today. These papers make my cards look layered. And having the SRM Stickers make them super fast to create.
WYW card2
WYW card4
I packaged my cards in a box and sent them off for the charity auction. I love making card kits and to give them away. They make such a beautiful gift. How about you? Do you have any tips and tricks on how to use up the products you already have? Please do share :-).

On another note, I have something new and exciting coming up. Here's a little snippet:
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Any guesses on what it could be? Hmmmm. :-)
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Take a short tour of my yard

I don't have a card to share with you today, but some recent photos I took that celebrate spring and the beauty God brings us in His creation.

My tulips...don't they look like they're hugging each other?
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Cherry blossoms in our tree!
Cherry Tree Blossoms
Here's my Gaby
Gaby
There's beauty even in the dreaded dandelion :-).
Dandelion
Here's my squirt-blossom :-)
Katy flowers
Here's are some views from my terrace:
Cherry Tree Blossoms2

View
I am blessed to live in this beautiful country. Ihope you're having a fabulous day, filled with God's beauty!

Come back tomorrow as I start a new informal series on my blog. It's something that I've been doing for awhile now and I hope you will be inspired by it and find it helpful.
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