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: miguelghigliotty7@gmail.com 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 (miguelghigliotty7@gmail.com) 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:


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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.

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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 year...so, 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.

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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 :)

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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 ~  

















23 comments:

Loll said...

Congrats again on your 3 years of blogging. And congrats to Kara Lynne and Shona on their prizes!! You are so generous Barb!!

Looks like you've had lots of fun time playing this week. Awesome cards. Love them all (as always). The bird and wreath are so sweet ... too bad you missed the deadline on the challenge. Great job on making your own plaid. After several attempts, you were so brave to die-cut it!! :) The large Merry Christmas is a great stamp and looks amazing with emboss resist in pistachio --- such a soft and delicate colour. Your ghosts are fun!... I can relate to using the cameo when it's behaving! :). And finally, that sweet Santa is adorable with the ghosted brick background ... awesome. Wow! So much inspiration my friend. Thanks for sharing the Santa card with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Betty Keefe said...

WOW - you were busy - and all such wonderful cards! congrats on your 3rd blog anniversary again - and many more!

lostinpaper said...

ALL such gorgeous designs Barb! Love the tone on tone floral wreath with the pop of colour on the bird, it's pure elegance!

Kara Lynne said...

Thanks so much, Barb! What an exciting surprise - you are so generous! Happy anniversary once again. Your cards are each one fantastic! I love how you created your wreath with the long leaves, and the gray is a great backdrop for that sweet bird. I love the "joy" line with your plaid, and that cracked pistachio is beautiful! I just gave up on my last Silhouette project and put it in a "time out"! Your ghosts look great with the neon green, and that MFT Santa is one of my favorites!

Aileen Ryan said...

Brilliant collection of cards Barb especially love the white embossed Merry Christmas and blended colour, so beautiful. I did the same as you went to join Virginias Challenge and just missed it. Love the Santa on your last card too, hes so cute.

Karren said...

Congrats to Kara Lynne and Shona! And you have produced another wonderful selection of cards, Barb! The wreath is gorgeous as is your emboss resist and I totally love Santa in front of that brick wall!

Dawn Turley said...

fabulous cards Barb. You have been busy.

TK said...

What a load of wonderful cards! Love, love, love that first one!

Bonnie said...

Wow, Barb, you are on a roll! So many wonderful cards! The first is perfect for Virginia's challenge. Love the plaid and that gorgeous die! A wonderful resist Christmas card and fun ghosts for Halloween! And your CAS Mix Up card is adorable! I love that Santa and ghosted background is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and congratulations on your blog anniversary! I'm so glad you are blogging!

Bobby said...

Wonderful cards, Barb. I love the simple wreath with the little blue bird. I've been meaning to make my own plaid but my one attempt didn't work out well. Yours is beautiful. I got that Scripty stamp too and I love it in resist. Santa is darling with his brick wall.

Cindy C. said...

Belated blog anniversary wishes Barb!!

Wow beautiful cards as always, I love the first card!

nancy littrell said...

All the eye candy from all your adorable and inspiring cards are gifts to us all :-) TFS Barb and so pleased you joined us at CAS Mix Up with your Santa ghosting card. Hugs, nancy

I Card Everyone said...

Congrats to Kara Lynne, and Shona ... but we've ALL hit the jackpot to see all these darling cards today, Barb ... of course I am the biggest winner to be able to call you my friend, too! xx
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cm said...

Congratulations to Kara Lynne and Shona; both so deserving! How lucky WE are to receive the gifts of your fantastic cards that cover nearly every season/key occasion. Highlights: the cutie-patootie ghosts and the rockin' Santa! That set is still on my wish list...need to change that *grin*
Hugs~c

Cat Craig said...

WOW that first card is a stunner! And the eye candy continues through the rest of your post. Looks like you had a productive time and fun as well.

TaeEun said...

They are pretty eyecandies to brighten this cloudy saturday morning, Barb! Love your totally different christmas cards and the fun halloween card but the first one is my favorite today! Your wreath in neutral colors looks so beautiful and the pop of blue just perfect!

Rosemary said...

wow... what an amazing set of cards, barb!! the first one is just gorgeous!!

Anita in France said...

Oh my, what a treat, Barb ... so many gorgeous cards in one post! They're all just delicious ... my particular faves are the frosty fresh Merry Christmas and that beautiful blue bird among all the grey ... fantastic! Hugs, Anita :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Talk about a loaded post Barb--so many gorgeous creations and so many different challenges! I am with you and need to get moving with my Christmas cards too!

Kay Miller said...

Wow lady! You've been busy in the craft room! These are all amazing! That first one really blew me away though! I love the colors you used! Making a mental note of that :) Beautiful work my friend!

Joyce said...

So many fun and fabulous cards. Love them all. It is such a treat to come by for a visit and see so much crafty fun has gone on.

Laura Bassen said...

How did I miss this plaid beauty????? Congrats on three years, Barb!!! Sending you big hugs!

Greta said...

You're so talented--wonderful variety of cards, but have to say, I have trouble getting past the first one--breathtakingly beautiful! You made such a wonderful wreath, Barb! I adore the big Merry Christmas with the soft watercoloring & the plaid card is so perfectly festive!