Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! And, a few challenges ~

Hello again, blog friends! Last week, I celebrated my 3rd Blog Anniversary, and I'm back to announce the winner of the $25.00 SSS Gift Card! I had 26 comments and put everyone's name in a bowl, so my hubby could pick the winner! Drum roll, please.............

Woo-Hoo! Congratulations to you, Kara Lynne! Please send me a note at: and I will get your gift card off to you right away :)

I have been so blessed over the past several months winning lots of gift cards and blog candy, so I've decided to select a 2nd name to receive a few goodies from me ~ The winner of this prize is:

Congrats to you too, Shona! Please send me an email ( with your personal info, and I will get a package off to you asap :)

Thank you all for celebrating with me, and for leaving such sweet comments while you were here! It means a lot to me!

Heads Up ~ This is a photo heavy post ~

Over the weekend, I had time to play in my craft room, so I'll be joining a few challenges ~ First up is Virginia's View - 'Focal Point'
Ooops! It looks like I missed the deadline...again!

Here is my card ~

I was inspired by all of the photos but went with the gray background and single bird. I used the 2016 PTI Anniversary stamp set and created the wreath with the stems from one of the large flowers. Since this set is sold out, and I can't link to it, I've included a photo:


I really have to get moving on my Christmas cards, so my next card is for this week's Merry Monday Challenge and the theme is 'Plaid'

Here is my card:

I don't own any plaid papers or ribbon, but thanks to Laura Bassen's tutorials, I decided to create my own plaid design using post-it tape (Thanks, Laura!). After smudging 2 other panels, and a little trial and error, I finally got one that I was happy with. The 'Joy' die cut is inlaid, and to keep it CAS, I added a few PTI Rainstones and called it a day.

My next card is for the SSS Flickr Challenge, and the theme is 'Totally Resistible' ~

I just bought this stamp from SSS, and will be using it on a lot of my cards this, I stamped it with Versamark, used clear EP and blended with Cracked Pistachio. I added some splatters with Cracked Pistachio and Copic opaque white paint and finished the card with PTI clear Rainstones.


If you're still with me...Thank You! My next card is for this week's challenge at CAS on Sunday for the theme 'Halloween'!

For some reason, I only have a few Halloween stamp sets, so I decided to use my Silhouette (while it was behaving) to create the ghosts. I embossed the background with PTI Linen Impression Plate and added the Hero Arts sentiment. I thought neon green was fun, and since my Rainstones were on my desk, I threw on a handful of them :)


My last card is for the October Challenge at CAS Mix Up, and the current theme is 'Ghosting'!

Ghosting is a fun technique, and if you take a peek at the challenge blog (link above), the DT girls have included a few tutorials. I love this MFT Santa set and thought it worked well with the English Brick Wall stencil. Images were colored with Copics.

Thanks so much for hanging in there for this really long post ~