Sunday, March 24, 2013

Up in the clouds Blog Hop

Happy afternoon craft peeps!
Welcome to Paper Issues Up in the Clouds Blog hop!
You should have arrived here from Diana's Blog.
If this is your first stop, be sure to head over to Paper Issues to start at the beginning!

For this theme I created a canvas using Some Odd Girl stamps sets:
Happy Day and Umbrella Gwen
as well as yummy papers from Glitz Uncharted Waters.
 I've always loved Bob Ross. I remember watching him on tv when I was just a tyke.
The wood stars are so cool, and check out that happy cloud all sparkly on the horizon. :)

3 winners will receive stamp set of choice
so make sure you follow the directions below!!

1. Like Some Odd Girl on Facebook {tell them Paper Issues sent you}
2. Like Paper Issues on Facebook
3. Leave a comment 

Next up on the hop is Melissa Gener 
Thanks for hopping with us today!!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Strettttch. Yawn.
I don't know if you know this about me, but most nights I find it hard to drift off to sleep. Over the years I have learned that reading 15 minutes in bed makes me drowsy and helps me fall off faster. Recently, I started a new book series that has the opposite effect on me. Have you ever ran across a book that is so hard to put down, you end up staying up until the wee hours of the morning?

That is me right now.

Fablehaven written by Brandon Mull is actually a fantasy series geared toward children's literature, but the story has me enthralled! I have always been a sucker for fantasy novels, and this one has pulled me right in. I've been staying up til 2-3am reading and I am zonked the next day. I foresee a nap in my future today, which works out nicely because I have little-man home with me sick today with a fever.

Now, some fun crafty news.. today is the last reveal day for Some Odd Girl's newest clear release stamp sets! I created two cards for this release because I fell head over heels for this one.. Clever Kittys!

I ended up trying to color both my creations with no lines using my Copic Markers.. I think they turned out pretty cute! I called this little guys, Fangs. :)

and this one is reminded of Sheldon's song from The Big Bang Theory.
Know what I'm talking about?

Soft kitty,
warm kitty,
little ball of fur

Happy kitty,
sleepy kitty,
purr, purr, purr.

Kristy has also come up with cut files for these stamps.. you can use them with your Cameo Silhouette, or pretty much any cutter program that can load SVG and PNG's.

There you have it.. go check out the Some Odd Girl blog to see more examples with this new 4x6 set.. and don't forget to come sign up at Some Odd World.. the new challenge this week is Trash Your Stash: Ribbon.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

You brighten my day

Good morning again friends, I have two post up on the blog today, so scroll below to see the other one.. you don't want to miss it. :)

Oh, Happy Day for sure. It just seems like my body needed some extra sleep
in order to keep the full sickies at bay. I'm down for that. So happy to be feeling better today.  The sun is shining, the clouds are happy in the bright blue sky.. so much nicer that the sleet/snow/rain mixes we were getting yesterday.

Some Odd Girl has another new Clear Release stamp today... if you are a member of Some Odd World, you may have already seen a sneak peek of this card I am about to share... major benefits to becoming a member over there!!

I had originally liked where I was going with this.. and then I think I added one too many happy color spritzes.. ever do that? Go too far? lol  One of the hardest things for me is to learn when to STOP. I must remember this when dealing with my teenage daughter, she too has that trait. ;)

The snail is from the sweet Hey Kaylee set... I know we wouldn't normally see snails on clouds.. but it just seemed to fit when I was looking for a little something extra. :)

Stamps are stamped on Bo Bunny Double Dot pattern paper and cut out.
Go check out the other amazing DT samples and see how you can win this awesome new Clear Stamp release!! If you don't want to wait, you can always BIN!!


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Tiddly Inks #106

Good early early morning my friends!!
I am feeling so much better as I wake to get the kids off to school.
Right now we are probably making a mad dash to pack lunches and get the kids to eat breakfast and throw their clothes on. :)

Tiddly Inks new challenge is up, and it is SO much fun!!

Think project life, scrapbook pages, journals, candles, the list goes on..
You have got to check out what the DT gals came up with.. so many original ideas.. love those Talented Tinkers!

I used the Cameo to cut out a box, I then colored up the very newest Wryn, Hopping By, and added her to the front panel.

I think I need to make two more of these up for the kids for their Easter baskets.. that way I don't feel guilty for only giving to one of the children. ;)

I am also up on the Clear Scraps Blog today if you would like to check it out... :)
Something totally fun to welcome in Easter!
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Umbrella Gwen

Good afternoon friends!
I've been lazing the day away in bed because I've been feeling under the weather.. no pun intended, honestly. Some kind of stomach bug trying to take me down! I ended up taking a 6 hour nap in bed yesterday, stayed awake til 3:30, woke back up at 6, went to bed at 8:30 am and woke back up around 1.. I am so ready to sleep again.

Enough whining.. check out the cool new clear stamp release from Some Odd Girl!
The stamp set comes loaded with lovely little clouds, Gwen with umbrella, and two sentiments!

I colored her little leggies to look like tights... not sure if that came out so well, and I'm not sure what my goal was with the umbrella, but I still kinda like it. ;)

I used my Cameo Silhouette to create this 3d Umbrella that attached right to the card.. so cute don'tcha think?

Now, head on over to the blog to check out the other examples using her and have a chance to win Umbrella Gwen for your very own. :)
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Pennant Card tutorial

Good morning friends!
I have two blog hops going on, you can see the links above this post.

I am also up again on the Creating Made Easy kit club blog sharing how to create your own acrylic pennant card.

Everything needed to create this is included in the kit.
The papers are from Echo Park's Documented line.. really loving them!
The acrylic bird, pennant, and stamp are Clear Scraps.

In other HAPPY news, I was asked to stay on for another year to design with Clear Scraps. I of course said yes!! I absolutely feel blessed to be working with such a great company, and I love their products!!

My DT box came last night stuffed to the gills with new product to create with, and I got some of my sampled back from Winter CHA and from Summer 2012 show.. it was neat to go through what I had designed.. I had to fix a couple of items, as the projects get man handled for lack of a better phrase.. ;)
I was looking through, and noticed that my gift to Katelyn was on the packaging of the 4x6 recipe stand kit!! Giddy & thankful.. that's my mood. :)

Happy Friday to you!!
Tonight I'll be playing some D&D. ;)

PS.. Check out Paper Issues.. A new link party is live and we're linking up all our Flair. Panda Eight is sponsoring a fabulous gift AND has an amazing coupon right now too!

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Unlock the secrets Blog Hop!!

Good afternoon my crafty friends!
Today on the blog we have a hop!
Make it Crafty and Tiddly Inks teamed up for a fantastical JOINT blog hop and special digital stamp release! Think Pharoah, Cleopatra, Pyramids.
cool right?
It makes me think of this song from The Bangles - Walk like an Egyptian
 I may be slightly cheesy but it's such a good song!! ;)

If you're just joining me on my blog, I highly recommend you pop over to the original blog post and hop from there.

All links will be on that blog, so to make this work, we suggest you open a new window for each link [click CNTRL (command on MAC) and the link you wish to visit], which will open the next blog and keep the main post up too. This way, you can easily navigate between each blog in the hop and return to the main page when you are ready to go to the next blog.

I created two cards for this hop and had a blast combining images from Make it Crafty & Tiddly Inks! On the card below I am using:

Tiddly Inks - Jackie & Jackal
Make it Crafty - Desert Oasis & Egyptian Pottery

I created the sentiment in Photoshop, which you can have a copy of the sentiment in .PNG format here. Just right click and save file your computer. (it's important you right click to save so the image remains on a transparent background and makes using it much easier later on.)

Here's a close up of the image, which I colored with Copic Markers.

Jackal - N2, N4, E55, E57, E59, E40, E41, E42
Jackie - E00, E11, E13, YR82, B66 (skin) B66, B69, B79 (dress) Y23, Y26, Y28 (gold colors)
Pottery - W2, W4, RV00, BG02, BG05
Oasis - BG02, BG05, E50, E53, E55, E30 (i ran out of e50) E17, YG67, YG63, YG09, YG05, W2, W4
Pattern Paper - Recollections "The Sweetest Thing"
Embellies - Prima, Twinery Twine, Gauche Alchemy, Ranger Ink, Copic Opaque White
Font - Pegypta

I also created this card using Make It Crafty - Tangles

Skin - E00, E11, E13
Hair - R32, R35
Eyes - YG09, YG05
Cloth - W00, W3
Background - BV20, BV23, Ranger Archival ink "saffron"

I used the same font Pegypta on this card for the sentiment.
I have used Heidi Swapp paper & hearts and a Prima flower on here.

How do you like the new images you've seen so far?
I am totally inspired, I think both teams have outdone themselves with this fabulous new themed release!! Don't forget both shop owners from Make it Crafty & Tiddly Inks are having sales right now as well. So many happy things going on right now!! :)

You know what's funny?
My 2nd grader is learning all about Egyptian Civilization in school right now.. as I wrote this post up I was also helping her study for an upcoming test. ;)

That's all from me my lovelies! Don't forget to hop along all the blogs.. look for the hieroglyphs... there are fantastic prize packages up for grabs and sales in the stores!! If you're new to my blog, I would love it if you took a moment to follow me on my blogging adventures.


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CME Projects 2 and 3

Hello my friends!

I am up today on the Creating Made Easy kit club blog sharing my mini album, and another layout. I will give you a quick peek at them here.

I share all the pages over on the Creating Made easy blog

and Doug and I will be sharing our anniversary at the end of the month.. 11 years married and together 17 total. Time flies baby!
I created the butterflies using the acrylic from the kit... love love love them.. but
not as much as I love my hubs. Happy early Anniversary babe!

To see more, hit up the CME blog! ;)
I have another blog post coming up later this afternoon, it's a super fun hop, so see me back here around 3pm EST.
XOXO my lovelies!

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Happy birthday Samantha And.. paperhaus blog hop winner!

This beautiful young lady turned 8 today!!
You can see some of her birthday swag in the background.. pretty much ANYthing One Direction is a hit with her.

We made our own pizza's.. but sadly mom was too busy in the kitchen with toppings and helping make pizzas that no photos were taken.. it will just be a yummy memory.

We could not find anyone in town who could make a 1D cake for her special day, so using the Cameo I created some cake toppers for her. Thanks to Kristy for the idea. :) :) :)

Sassy girl :)

Yes, she wanted the huge flower in the center for her piece.. she couldn't even eat half of it.

and now on to my PaperHaus Blog hop winner.
I wanted to thank you all for stopping by... It's lovely to meet you all and I sure do appreciate all the comments and new followers.

by selection of the birthday girl
you are our winner!!
Please email me your mailing info within seven days so I can mail your prize pack out to you!!  If you don't come forward, I will select a new winner

Now, all together..
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to YOU
Happy Birthday dear Samanthaaaaaaa
Happy birthday tooooo youuuu!!!

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Timelessly Odd Hop!

Woohoo, it's Friday my crafty friends and I have something special to share with you!!
The Twine-istas and the Odd Girls are happy to
welcome you to their first  BLOG HOP!
hop graphic
Some Odd Girl and Timeless Twine decided to get together for a little playdate, and we are SO pleased you’ve joined us!  We hope you’ll find plenty of inspiration as you make your way around to all of the designers’ personal blogs, and be sure to leave a little love at each stop along the way, because there are THREE gorgeous spools of Timeless Twine and one $25 gift certificate to Some Odd Girl up for grabs!
Our hop, now being lovingly referred to as “The Timelessly Odd Hop”, runs now through Sunday, March 17th at midnight EST, so you have plenty of time to make your way around the circuit. 

It’s a big hop, ‘cuz we have TONS of amazing designers who were absolutely excited to combine their love for all things cute, quirky, clever, and crafty, so take your time and ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY!

When I received my gorgeous Twine in the mail, I did a HAPPY DANCE.. which totally made me think of the super happy, uber cute, Dancing Mae! I was inspired immediately with my Aqua Delight Timeless Twine, and knew a music note needed to be on my card.

I decided to pull out my crochet hooks and go in search of a pattern for a music note, and found the perfect pattern here.

Aren't the colors just dreamy?
I love this twine, it held up beautifully being crocheted!
Sweet dancin' Mae was stamped using Angel Pink Memento Ink onto Crafter's Delight cardstock and colored with my copic markers.

Copic colors used:
Skin - E000, E00, E11, E13, R21, R35
Hair - Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
Clothes/Shoes - BG53, BG57 (shirt); B24, B26, B29 (pants/shoes)
Ipod/Belt - Y19, Y38, BG53, E40, E41 (ipod); Y19, Y38, R35, R37 (belt)
Background shadow - BV000, BV00

If you’ve just dropped by randomly and haven’t been hopping from the beginning, here’s our hop line up!

(you are here) Leah Crowe:
So there’s your hop list!  You don’t have to visit everyone in order, but you do have to visit EVERYONE if you want to win the goodies!  And that’s your cue, friends! 
Our winners will be announced on Monday, March 18th
Happy hopping, and GOOD LUCK!
Next on the hop list is the super talented Amy T!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New CME March kit!!

Creating Made Easy's March kit is live and it is jam packed with product!
Here's a photo I took of it before I dug in.

You'll remember this layout from the blog hop..
(you still have time to enter to win my RAK!!)
I used the above kit to create it. The whitish gray color you see behind the papers is actually crystal clear acrylic.. I LOVE working with Clear Scraps Acrylic... it's the best around!

I have a tutorial up on the Creating Made Easy blog today available for download.. would love if you stopped in and checked it out!

Got some fun headed your way FRIDAY people...
*eeps so excited*

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Clean and Simple!

Creating a clean and simple card is harder than it sounds...
but I am quite happy to share that I made one!

Tiddly Inks new challenge over the next two weeks is in fact CAS!
I colored up Monstrous Party with my copic markers and had a lot of fun trying to add texture to these cute monsters. :)

Head on over to the blog to check out the gorgeous DT examples and enter yourself into the challenge too by using a Tiddly inks image on your card.

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lucky you're mine

I'm up on the Clear Scraps blog today sharing
this lucky card I created using the Fancy Send it Clear card from Clear Scraps.

You know.. if you want to, you can check out more of it over there. ;)
Have a great day my friends!!
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