Tuesday, December 31, 2013

TAWS Birthday Blog Hop and Giveaway woo hoo!!!

Good morning - are you ready for your chance to win ALL 3 NEW SETS from The Alley Way Stamps?!? YEP!! So if you want to be that person.. all you have to do is comment on the hop! Here are ways you can win.. You can pick and choose which ones you want to do.. but the more you comment, the more chances you have to win.. 
2-Comment on the DT girls blogs (below) 
3-Post about it on facebook or your blog 
4-Like us on Facebook 
5-Follow us on YouTube 
6-Follow us on Pinterest (leave a separate comment for each that you do) 

You have until Tonight at 9:00PM TAWS time to leave them.
Now, onto my project...  Since it is almost time to celebrate TAWS 3rd Birthday (woo hoo!) the Design team has made a slew of Birthday themed projects!!!  Make sure you keep checking on the TAWS blog to join in all of the Birthday fun, giveaways and discount!!! 

I have used the Bitty Borders Set to create my backgrounds and sentiments.  I also had fun with that adorable, and funny, frog from the new Enchanted Set.  There are so many ways to mix and match the images and sentiments in these sets that you will have endless fun!

Make sure you have started at the beginning of the hop on the TAWS blog, and from here you should be going to the amazingly talented N@Ali, just click her picture below and be whisked away for more Birthday Inspiration! 

One more thing, there is a fun mini set, Once Upon a Time, that is FREE when you spend $40.00 or more during the month of Jan!! Nothing to do but shop.. this little guy will be added to your package!  Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to leave comments along the way for your chance to win ALL 3 New Sets!!! yay!!!

I am also entering this into the following challenges:
Hobby Cutz: Anything Goes Challenge
The Squirrel and the Fox: Anything Goes Challenge
Hiding in My Craft Room: Anything, but Holiday

Happy Crafting!

Happy New Year's Eve!!! Something New Challenge with SweetStamps.com!

Hello and Happy New Year's Eve!!!!!  Also, welcome to a new challenge with SweetStamps.com!  This week we are focusing on Something New... you can interrupt this any way you want and play along... remember all products are accepted in our challenges for a chance to win a $20 shopping spree at the SweetStamps.com Store!  I choose to use my new distress ink from the store and a new embossing folder I recently purchased...

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I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: Bling it On! Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by and I can't wait to see what new project you link up to share with us!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 30, 2013

A Happy New Year Card!

Hello, hello, hello!  Happy Monday to you!  I was able to squeeze in some crafty time during the kids' naps yesterday ( and in between the massive cleaning downstairs, even thought it looks like I haven't touched a thing, pffft!) to play along with the 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge: Anything Goes... so hoping that this isn't my last card ever for this challenge!  And I am also playing along with the CAS-ual Friday's Challenge: Happy New Year!

Time: 9 min. 58 secs. ( totally cutting it close! )

Patterned Paper: Studio Calico
Stamps: (cityscape) Fresh Squeezed Stamps, (sentiment) Simon Says Stamp
Ink: Memento
Distress Ink Dabber
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh

Tips: I covered up the "And a" part of the sentiment with washi tape each time I inked it up and removed the washi tape before stamping it.  My intention was to have more of the sentiment on the various color strips, but with being on a time crunch I was only able to get 3 in... I think it worked out will this way!

I will also be entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Bling it On!

Thanks for stopping by and check back maybe later today for a countdown of some of my favorites for 2013!
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A traditional Christmas layout with non traditional products

Hello!  Life has been super super busy at my house lately... between the Holidays, my entire family being sick with bronchitis and ear infections, traveling, and DT projects my poor little blog has not seen much love.  With that said I'm popping in to share a layout that I made based on the December Life. Paper. Scrapbook sketch challenge:

And here is my take:

I stayed pretty true to the sketch.  I did challenge myself a bit further, however, by using non-holiday themed products to make a very traditional holiday layout.  Most of the products on this layout come from the Fancy Pants Happy Go Lucky Collection.  Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful day!
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sneak Peek Flower Doodles at The Alley Way Stamps... *giveaway info too!*

Hello!  Welcome to my very first post as an Alley Way Stamps DT member! yipee!!!  I have the pleasure in sharing a sneak peek of the new Flower Doodles Stamp set.

Now make sure to stop by The Alley Way Stamps Blog to see more sneaks of this set made by my amazing DT sisters, and for your chance to win this set for yourself!  You're going to love it!
I am also entering this into the following challenges:
Scrapping4funChallenge: Anything Goes
 Crafty Creations #8 at The Memory Nest
Simon Says Stamp: Bling It On! Challenge

Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 27, 2013

A new challenge blog site and giveaways to come!!! Yay!

Hello!  I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas!  We are currently out of town, but I wanted to stop in a share some exciting things that are coming soon...

The Alley Way Stamps will be celebrating their Birthday soon, which means lots of giveaways to come (including one on my blog! yay!) so be on the look out for all of that starting January 5th!

Also, The Alley Way Stamps Hosts a BIC ( Be Inspired Challenge ) with a chance to win more stamps!  The Be Inspired Challenges will have a new host site... http://beinspiredchallenge.blogspot.com/

So make sure you become a follower so you will be able to play along and stay up to date... the inspiration photos are so amazing and can really get your mojo flowing... not to mention you can win FREE Stamps!!! woot woot!

There is still time to play in the current BIC for a chance to win ( 6 more days!)  http://www.thealleywaystamps.blogspot.com/2013/12/be-inspired-44.html

Hope to see you play along and have a fabulous rest of the holiday!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Eve!!! SweetStamps.com Challenge

Merry Christmas Eve to you and your family!  I hope you have a blessed Holiday!  We will be heading to my cousin's house for a night full of fun, and a "surprise" visit from Santa himself!  This week our challenge at SweetStamps.com is Anything Goes... that way you can link up any little crafting gem you create during the next week and have a chance to win a $20 shopping spree to the SweetStamps.com Store!  Here is my take on the challenge this week:

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Enjoy your time with family and I wish you a wonderful next few days!
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Love Always... Whimsical Twist Feature

Hello!  I'm so excited to stop and share my layout with you here as well as on the Whimsical Twist Blog ( would love you to make a comment over there too if you can!!! Thanks! ).  So I based my layout on three different challenges: 
My Scraps & More Sketch Challenge:

And the Scrapbooking from Scratch Challenge #1: use 1 photo, 2 word title, 3 embellishments, 4 papers

Paper Issues: My Happy Place Challenge

And I created this:

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Thanks for joining me and have a fabulous rest of your day!!!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Glitter Challenge at SweetStamps.com

Happy Tuesday!!!  This week our challenge will make you (and probably your whole craft room) shine!!!  Because it is all about GLITTER!!!!  I was super happy about this challenge, because I'm sure many of my friends and family can attest to my love of all things sparkly and shiny... hehehe!  So here is my take on the challenge:

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I am also entering this into the following challenges:
Through the Purple Haze: Here Come Christmas Day
CFC: Let it Snow Challenge
CAS on Sunday: Christmas

Hope to see you join us for a chance to win $20 to shop in the SweetStamps.com store!  Any products are accepted in our challenges!!!  So start crafting!
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Easel Card Monthly Technique Challenge at SweetStamps.com

Welcome to the monthly technique challenge at SweetStamps.com!  This month the challenge is to make an easel card!  I don't often step outside of making the basic card shapes and sizes, so it is fun to encounter challenges that help me step out of my box.  There is a fabulous tutorial on the Split Coast Stampers website if you aren't sure how to make one, and trust me when I say it is super simple!  Here was my take on the challenge:

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Remember you can use any products you may own for a chance to win! And if you own SweetStamps.com images you can earn a double entry, woot woot!
Can't wait to see what you create for this challenge!  Happy Crafting!