Friday, January 31, 2014

January 12 TAGS of 2014 with Tim Holtz!! ;)

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Hello!!
Stopping in to share a FUN Tag I made for the Tim Holtz January 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge!!
This month we were inspired by this Tag created by Tim Holtz!!
I decided it would be FUN to Create a Heart and use the Valentine's Embossing Plate to Emboss the heart and then cover it using the foil sheets!! I LOVE the AWESOME technique and the FUN look you get!! I added some Distress Paint in Aged Mahogany and then some Black Archival Ink and then added some stamping using Festive Berries Distress Ink and some Aged Mahogany Distess Paint for shading then some Distress Rock Candy Glitter just to make the Hearts even more SPECIAL!! I also used some of my other Tim Holtz Stamps to add some stamping and texture to my Background!! Added some May Arts ribbon and my tag was finished!! I LOVE IT and I can't wait to display it with my Valentine's Day Decor!!



THANKS so much for Stopping by and I hope you have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!  ;)

COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA.  ;)

Paper Sweeties with CQC# 226 Challenge!! ;)

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(Edited to add that after posting this I was Featured Over on the Paper Sweeties Blog as their Featured Fan!! So EXCITED and Totally Unexpected!! THANKS SO MUCH for the Feature and the Sweet little Badge for my Blog!! =)

Hello!!
I'm here to share a card I made for the ColourQ Challenge #226!! I am NEW to these ADORABLE little stamps from Paper Sweeties and I have been having a BLAST using them!! I was the winner of their $100.00 December MEGA GIVEAWAY!! SO EXCITING!! Infact a couple weeks ago I shared the FUN with my nieces and boy did we have a FUN day FULL of creating Paper Dolls!! I didn't think to take any pictures as we were traveling and it was a last minute idea, but next time I'll take some to share!! ;) I wanted to use the SWEET Little Cupcake that is from a set that was released this month!! Cupcakes are an ADDICTION for me!! I even had them at our wedding!! Hello, who can resist such perfection in it's own little wrapper!!?? I went with the Inspiration Photos Colors and I added some interest by using a MFT Bacground Die-namics for a little bit of texture!! I used Tea Dye Distress Ink to accent the pattern edges!! I then die cut some layering circles from a coordinating red and Kraft card stock and inked the edges too!! The Kraft circle was a stitched circle from MFT and after inking it I sprayed it with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sea Shore and then splattered some water too to add some water drops because the Distress Ink reacts to water!! I wanted some subtle interest so it wasn't so bare behind that SWEET little cupcake!! I stamped my sentiment and added my paper pieced Cupcake with some foam tape!! I added some Distress Rock Candy Glitter to the top of the Cupcake and I gave the Flower some dimension with glitter paper leaves and a sequin with a pearl in the center all poped up with some rolled Glue Dots!! LOVE this Sweet Image!! It's almost cute enough to eat don't ya think!!?? ;)
 
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll come back to see my other projects for today!!??

COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA  ;)

LOVE Banner with Penny Black Challenge!! ;)

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Hello!!
Sharing another card for the Penny Black Challenge on their blog!!

 
 
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I wanted to use some of my NEW Hero Arts Ink Daubers and I thought it would be FUN to use the BRIGHT colors for a LOVE Card!! I used the Ultra Pink, Lemon Yellow, and Lime Green colors!!  I cut a strip for my card front and then used the LOVE subway inspired stamp and stamped down the front of the panel!! I used versa mark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Ultra Fine Gold Embossing Powder!! I LOVE the way it looks!! I then water colored with my Ink Daubers and let it dry!! To make it pop I backed the panel with a Black mat and attached it to my card base with foam tape!! I then took the heart string die and used some sticky backed tape on some vellum to create several heart strings!! I cut some from just plain vellum too!! Then I covered them with Distress Rock Candy Glitter and used the same Ink Daubers to tint the glitter!! I LOVE it!! If you've ever worked with vellum, you know it doesn't hold up well to getting wet!! So by adding the Sticky Double sided Glue sheet it makes a barrier so the vellum doesn't actually get wet just the glitter does. Once I had them on my card they got lost so I decided to ink the edges of the hearts in black and it was just what they needed to pop of that background!! I plan on trying this Glittered Vellum technique again with some other die cuts!! YUMMY!!  ;) I attached the heart strings going down the stamped front panel and my card was finished!  I LOVE the colors and the FUN design!!

THANKS so much for stopping by and have a Fabulous Weekend!!

COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA   =)

Sending LOVE with Penny Black!! ;)

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Hello!!
WoW!! What a week!! I have been batteling my computer for awhile now and wouldn't ya know it the week my husband is out of town on business it would die leaving my with no way to post on my BLOG all week!! So thankfully he's back today and I can get caught up!! YIPPEE!!
Okay first off a Card I made for the Penny Black Challenge on their blog, ending today!! I have a really SWEET Card I made using one of my FAVORITE Holiday Stamp sets from this year called Christmas Harmony and I thought it would be FUN to use it for a LOVE card and make it read less Holiday Inspired and more Late Winter/Early Spring Inspired!! Let's see what you think!!??

 

So don't you just LOVE that SWEET Bird Image!!?? I actually cut part away from the pretty swirls and greenery and stamped the music swirl in the background for a place for it to rest!! I was thinking it could represent a LOVE SONG that the bird is singing!!?? ;)
I used papers from the Crate Paper 6x6 pad and then picked my Faber-Castel Water Color Pencils to match!! I water colored the bird and then added some layered pieces to add some dimension!! I also used the Heart String Die and paper pieced it to match as well!! I added some Distress Rock Candy Glitter and it finished it off nicely!! I decided to use the Love word die from the set Love and Joy and I die cut it from black!! Over all I LOVE the way it turned out and if I didn't know I would never guess I used mostly Holiday Products to create it either!! ;) YIPPEE, I LOVE being able to get more out of my products!! ;)
THANKS so much for stopping by and I hope you'll come back to see more of my posts for today!!??
Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!
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COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA.  ;)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Exciting Publications from 2013!! =)

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Hello!!
I hope your having an AMAZING Hump Day!!??
I wanted to share some of my recently Published Cards with you today!!
I made my first Publication Submissions for the November CARDS Magazine and had a Card picked up!! I was so totally EXCITED and I haven't looked back!! =)

I then submitted again for the December CARDS Magazine and had two cards picked up!! Even more EXCITED!! =)



They also picked up this card for the CREATE: Christmas Cards Magazine and I couldn't be more EXCITED about making it into issue!!
 
I have more to come this year and I can't wait to share!! =) YIPPEE!!
So if you're still wondering if the On-Line Issues are worth a look please go and check them out!!
I too still wish I could have the Printed Magazine in my hands because I used to look at them more, but I'm getting used to the on-line versions and soon it will be the Normal I suppose!!
THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by and sharing in my EXCITEMENT!!
I'll be back to share some cards I've been working on for a few challenges soon!!
Have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA   =)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Monday Mood Board #25 with WPlus9!! =)

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Hello!!
Wow!! I have been BUSY today!! =) Gotta LOVE when the Creative Gods are on your side!! WINK~ WINK!!
Anyway, TOLTALLY in LOVE with the WPlus9 Monday Mood Board #25 Challenge Photo!! These are among some of my FAVORITE Colors!! =) So I just HAD to play along!!
I decided to use a MFT Background Die and I used Kraft, Mustard and some Art Glitter in Moondust!! LOVE the way it turned out!! I used the Memento LUXE ink in Gray Flannel to ink my pieces and to stamp and then Clear Emboss the feathers!! I then used my Faber-Castell Aquarelle Water Color Pencils in Yellow, Gold and Silver!! I added some watercolor splatters and in real life the subtle shimmer is really neat and adds alot to the over all look of the card!! I used the WPlus9 Fanciful Feathers Stamps and coordinating dies!! I stamped the black sentiment and then added foam tape to the feathers!! I added a Vintage Button and my card was finished!! 




THANKS so much for stopping by and have a Fabulous Week!!
COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA =)

Stenciled with Online Card Classes Card 3!! =)

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Hello!!
I wanted to stop in today to share a FUN cards I have made for the Stenciled Online Card Class as well as the Case Study Challenge #175!! I started with one of my FAVORITE Prima Stencils to create a REALLY BEAUTIFUL Layered Background using Distress Inks!! I wanted a FUN Valentine's Color Palette so I worked with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry for my Third Card and I really LOVE the way it came together!! This may actually be ONE of my FAVORITE Distress Inked Cards of ALL TIME!! I also decided to add some textured embossing paste with glitter mini hearts where the two colors meet on the design!! I covered an entired sheet of cardstock with embossimg paste and added the glitter ontop and I let it dry!! Then I came back in and die cut all of the little hearts out of the textured and glittered cardstock and added them to the design!! The paste flattened just alittle, but it came back up afterwords!! This took some additional time, but the finished result was SO WORTH the added work and time it took to create!! Don't you think!!??  =) I then decided to add a Couple of my New FAVORITE Simon Says Stamp Dies for a FUN addition to my card that didn't compete or cover up too much of my BEAUTIFUL Background onto a strip of cardstock that I inked using the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink!! I used the New Large Heart Doily Die and a couple of the hearts from the Tic Tac Toe Hearts Die and the mini hearts are from the Holiday Shapes Hearts and Stars Die along with some Ribbon and a couple Maya Road Pins!!

*Simon Says Stamp LARGE HEART DOILY Craft Die SSSD111325    *Simon Says Stamp TIC TAC TOE HEARTS Craft DIE s225  *Simon Says Stamp HOLIDAY SHAPES Hearts Stars Craft Die S131

Here is my first card for today!!



THANKS so much for stopping by and have a Fabulous Weekend!!

COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA =)

Stenciled with Online Card Classes Card 2!!

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Hello!!
I wanted to stop in today to share a Couple different cards I have made for the Stenciled Online Card Class!! I used one of my FAVORITE Prima Stencils to create a REALLY BEAUTIFUL Layered Background using Distress Inks!! I wanted a FUN Valentine's Color Palette so I worked with Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Victorian Velvet for my Second Card and I really LOVE the way it came together!! I used the Same Stencil only I rotated it slightly each time to accomplish a REALLY FUN 3-D looking Pattern!! I added one of the New MFT Double Layered Heart and Word Dies for a FUN addition to my card that didn't compete or cover up too much of my BEAUTIFUL Background!! Here is my first card for today!!



THANKS so much for stopping by and have a Fabulous Weekend!!

COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA =)

Stenciled with Online Card Classes Card 1!! =)

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Hello!!
I wanted to stop in today to share a Couple different cards I have made for the Stenciled Online Card Class!! I haven't  been able to play along yet with this AMAZING Class, but today I have had some time to play and man am I having a BLAST!! I have always LOVED stencils and have mostly used them on my Multi-Media Projects (i.e. Canvas and such)!! I used my FAVORITE Prima Stencils to create some REALLY BEAUTIFUL Layered Backgrounds using Distress Inks!! I wanted a FUN Valentine's Color Palette so I worked with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry for my First Card and I really LOVE the way it came together!! I added one of the New MFT Double Layered Heart and Word Dies for a FUN addition to my card that didn't compete or cover up too much of  my BEAUTIFUL Background!! Here is my first card for today!!

 
 
THANKS so much for stopping by and have a Fabulous Weekend!!

COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA   =)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Paper Trey Ink January Blog Hop!! =)

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Hello!!
Hope your Weekend is off to a GREAT Start!!??
I'm stopping in to share a SWEET Congrats on your New Baby Girl Card I made for a dear friend!! The Pedal Pusher Stamp Set is just too CUTE!! I just LOVE this Bicycle image and the coordinating dies along with all of the other AWESOME add-ons you can use to create a Perfect card for so many occasions!!
I went ALL Pink though and I LOVE the look of the bicycle embossed on kraft cardstock!! The BEAUTIFUL Trim is from A Gilded Life and WOW do they have some of the PRETTIEST ribbon and trims you'll ever see!! Go check it out if you've never been, you'll be HAPPY you did!!  =)
 

Anyway, THANKS so much for stopping by today and have a Fabulous Weekend!!

COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA  =)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Color My World, BEAUTIFUL for a couple Challenges!! =)

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Hello!!
Stopping in to share a card I made for the
Case Study Challenge!!
(We had a family friend die tragically this week so I missed the deadline for the Case Study Challenge, but I wanted to share this anyway!! =) and I'm entering it into a couple other challenges too!!)
I was so INSPIRED by this AMAZING card created by
Donna Mikasa!!
I LOVE the Simple yet Playful Design and I decided to give it a try!! =)
I thought it would be a FUN Challenge to stamp onto some Black Cardstock and create a Playful Spin on a Chalkboard card!!??  I found the FUNNEST NEON Embossing powder on SALE at Hobby Lobby a few weeks before Christmas and have been dieing to try them and I thought this was the PERFECT time to give them a try!! LOVING them SO MUCH!! 
I also wanted to use my New Paper Smooches " Headliner" Stamp Set!! HOLLA LOUD if you have been WAITING for some LARGER Sentiment stamps from them!! I know I have and I couldn't LOVE these any more than I thought I would!! I stamped the sentiments in VersaMark ink and then added my Neon Zing Embossing Powder in a FUN Random Rainbow using Yellow, Purple, Turquoise and Green!! I heat set them and then went back in with my White Ink and gave it a Shadow!! I then stamped some of the mini hearts and a dot from the "Sweet Hearts"
Stamp Set and heat embossed them too in the different colors!! I drew some more shadows and some border lines using my Faber-Castell White Pastel Pencil and then I took my Mini (3mm) and Regular (5&6mm) Neon Sequins and added a few around the card front to finish it off and I just LOVE the way it turned out!! Here is my finished card!!
 
 

THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by and I hope you have a FABULOUS WEEK!!


I'm also linking this up to the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge and the Paper Smooches Guest Designer Challenge!!
I'm also linking it up for the New Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

COUNTRY HUGS-N-KISSES
LARISSA  =)