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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Muslin, with an Easter Twist -- for 3 Girl JAM

I'm posting today for 3 Girl JAM.  My usual style is a card or 3D item.  However, 3 Girl JAM has some wonderful muslin bags in the store, and I want to showcase one of those today. 
Here's one side of the bag:

This is the reverse side of the bag:


I got the idea for these bags from this video.  The Easter Fun printable stamps are from The Cutting Cafe. I added some Stickles glitter glue to their tales. 
This is the 2 inch by 3 inch muslin bag from 3 Girl JAM. I removed the cord that came in it and threaded in some Diagonal Striped Ribbon in it's place. 
There are so many uses for these bags -- I love them for little gifts (or Easter candy).  Pick some up today!  Use discount code JO10, and get 10% off your entire order!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lip Balm Owl Card -- for SDS

I'm very late jumping on the band wagon with EOS Lip Balms.  I've been stuck in a rut with my usual favorites, but Snapdragon Snippets recently released a couple cute files using these lip balms, so I decided to buy a couple and try them.  What have I been missing?  I've been snatching up various colors and have plans for all kinds of gifts.  Here's an owl card I made for a friend's birthday. She's a bit of an owl fanatic:
The file is found in the Snapdragon Snippets Store.  It's the Lip Balm Owl.  There are several cute owl lip balm holders, and other great lip balm holders to check out, too.  I sized this to fit on a 
5 x 6 1/2 inch card base.  Somehow, the owl just needed to have googly eyes.  
Papers for this card have been in my stash for a long time.  They are old My Mind's Eye papers, I think.  The tie dye crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM
These lip balm holders are so fun!  They make great gifts, and now that I've tried the EOS lip balms, I wonder why I've waited so long. Great stuff!

Winners, Winners, LOTS of Winners!(and a card)

The blogoversary celebration has ended, but the prizes need to be collected! There are LOTS of them!  First, though, I have a card I want to enter in this month's progressive challenge at The Outlawz. I'll show you that first. SUSPENSE!
This image is from Gerda Steiner Designs.  I tried Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils on it, but I'm not too happy with the results.  I have another one on my blog in a couple days that turned out better.  It is definitely a learning process.
These are some old Close To My Heart papers that I used.  I liked all the patterns on them against the circle patterns. I used dies from Lifestyle Crafts and Lawn Fawn to make this card. The sentiment is a stamp I won from Craftin' Desert Divas.
Now, for the weiners!  I mean whiners!  Oops! winners!!!!
To claim your prize, please contact me for instructions at: julieodil at charter dot net

The Cutting Cafe (Prize hidden on Regina's blog) -- Karal Schuknecht -- any 3 sets
DigiStamps4Joy (Prize hidden on Karen K's blog) 1st prize ($10 and GD spot)-- Lucy Evans
                                                                                  2nd prize (2 digis) -- Teresa (The Fat Cactus)
Fitztown (hidden on Ema's blog) -- Life of a Caffeinated Mom -- any 3 images 
Snapdragon Snippets (hidden on Beth's blog) Creative M -- $15 gift certificate
SVG Attic (hidden on Beth's blog) Cathie Borowski -- $15 gift certificate
3 Girl JAM (hidden on Corrie's blog) Sherri Marek -- $20 gift certificate
The East Wind (hidden on Lucy's blog) -- Polly Zastawnik
QKR Stampede (hidden on Maria's blog) Scrap Happens with Rhonda -- any 3 images
Eureka Stamps  (hidden on Ruth's blog) Granmargaret -- any 3 images
Timeless Twine (hidden on Kary's blog)  Diana Larson -- $20 gift certificate
Stamps by Aurora Wings (hidden on Paula's blog) Crazy Craft Shed (Dianne) -- $15USD in digis
Close To My Heart Stamp Set -- Barb Marshall
Close To My Heart Stamp Set --  Sharon Does Baskets
Close To My Heart Stamp Set -- Mom2Two (Jenni)
Unity Stamp Co (hidden on Gwen's blog) -- Beth F.
DeCosse's Dynamite Doodles (multiple winners)
     Grand prize (3 minis sets of paper) -- Jackie C
     3 individual sets to:  Amy Parks
                                       Carolyn Bounds
                                       Tina Goodwin
     Mini Heartland paper set -- Gaylynn  
Creative Bugs (hidden on Karen N's blog) Coldwaters2 -- 5 images

The winner of the blog candy from my blog is -   Cathy Clayton!
The winner of the grab bag or Unity stamps that I have to give away -- Terri Burson
The winner of 2 embossing folders -- Laura Turcotte

All prizes must be claimed by April 8, or they will be re-drawn.

There were also winners on other blogs from the hop.  Here are the ones I know of:

40% off purchase from Amy Doodle's Stamp Co -- chosen from Amy's blog -- Cathie Borowski
Winner from Polly's blog -- Life of a Caffeinated Mom
Winner from Brenda's blog -- Chris
Winner from Lucy's blog -- Karal Schuknecht
Winner from Karen N's blog -- Rebecca Yarling
Winner from Kary's blog -- Cathie Borowski
Winner from Ema's blog -- Karal Schuknecht
Winner from Corrie's blog -- Charlene
                        
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Outlawz Progressive Challenge -- March
Sister Act Card Challenge -- ATG
Diana Larson Thankful Thursday -- March Linky Party

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Shake it! for Inspiration Destination

It's Wednesday, and time for a new challenge at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog (IDCB).  The theme is always "anything goes".  
One of our sponsors this week is The Cutting Cafe.  Regina has the absolute cutest files!  I knew right away I wanted something for Easter, so I chose this shaker card from the Easter Overlays and Shaker Cards cutting files:

There are several options with this card, but I decided to make just his tail into a shaker.  I used micro beads inside.  Papers for this card are from Close To My Heart. The tie dye crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM
Join us this week at IDCB.  There are some wonderful prizes to win, including any 3 files of your choice from The Cutting Cafe.  Pick this one!  It's so. much. fun!

Rose Garden -- for The East Wind

Some images just challenge you more than others.  Such is the case with today's New Release from The East Wind. Today's release is called "Hair Heaven (Rose Garden)".  I chose to emphasize the rose theme:

I have to tell you, after working with all that hair, it reminded my why I keep mine short!  Long hair is TOO much WORK!  But my, she's a beauty, isn't she? If you want to practice curls and shading, cast shadows, etc., this is a great image!  There's lots of skin there for skin tone practice, too. Plus, the big eyes are a bonus.  Super fun!
Hair Heaven (Rose Garden) was colored with Copic markers, then mounted on papers by Close To My Heart. The ribbons are from my stash.  The sentiment is by My Pink Stamper.
Check out The East Wind's Etsy Shop often.  There are new releases every Tuesday and Friday. The East Wind Challenge blog can be found here.  There's always more inspiration and fun in The East Wind Facebook group.

Smile -- for Crafty Sentiments Inspirations

It's Tuesday, and I'm posting again today for Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirational Blog, where I'm guest designing for 6 months.  I am so happy with this assignment, as I love the images I get to work play with.  They are so adorable. Today's image is no exception!

This little darling is Crafty Sentiments Designs, "I Love Flowers" from the Lollipop Dreams collection (rubber stamp).  This image was an absolute joy to color with Copic markers.  I stamped a small sentiment right beside the image that fit inside the Spellbinder dies I used to cut out and frame the "I Love Flowers" stamped image.
Papers and Glimmer Trim are from Close To My Heart.  The bling is from my stash. I hope you enjoy my little flower girl and check out the other wonderful images in the Crafty Designs Sentiments Shop. If you'd like to try to win some Crafty Designs Sentiments images of your own, enter our Crafty Sentiments challenges.  A new one starts each Tuesday. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

I'm Praying for You -- for Eureka Stamps

It's Monday, and time for a new challenge at Eureka Stamps Challenge Blog. This week, the theme is "Think Spring".   It snowed yesterday, and it's in the twenties today, but I'm more than willing to think spring!
I used 2 Eureka Stamps digis on this card -- Flower Basket (digi3601) and Praying for you (digi13107).
I am trying to learn colored pencils.  I colored the Flower Basket image with Prismacolor pencils, having better success in some areas than others.  It's a work in progress!
I used Canson Mi-Tientes drawing paper to print the image on.  I like the texture and tooth to this paper better than others I have tried.
I used several Spellbinders dies on this card and my corner chomper.  Other papers are from Close To My Heart. 
Join us this week for our "Think Spring" challenge at Eureka Stamps!  Think warmth! Think flowers!  Think motorcycle season!