{SS} #188: Favorite Embellishments

Good morning!!
This weeks challenge over at SweetStamps. We are asked to use our Favorite Embellishment(s)
Where do I start!!???  I dabble with all sorts of embellishments, but my favorite has to be:
Distress Inks
You can do SO MANY amazing things with these stamps.
Aside from being able to stamp with them, you can use them on so many different surface and other mediums, to create your own color pallets.  I love to color with them.
For my card today, I am stamping with the distress inks, distressing and coloring with them. 
I am using Glossy Paper, which gives a lot more play with these inks.   They don't dry very quickly. but you can heat set with a quick run of a dryer or heat embossing tool. 
 The other embellishment which is HUGE favorite are these Candi Dots (Legless Brads)!!  They look like brads, but are so much cooler!! LOL!!  So I had to use them on my card and pull out more of the color combination on my scene.
Hope you like my project today and I can not wait to see your favorite embellishments. 

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You can use any stamp on your challenge entry, but if you use a SweetStamps image, you will get two entries into the giveaway! To enter the challenge, please add the URL to your actual blog post or online gallery to the InLink at the end of the post. Please do not link to your main blog, we want to be able to find your post to leave you comments. Also, please link back to the SweetStamps blog.
Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.

The monthly technique challenge is:
Chalkboard Technique
Details and Link-up can be found HERE
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I would like to share this card in the following challenge:
SFC #217
One Crazy Stamper: Halloween/Christmas 
Mema's Crafts: September Fall Color Challenge 

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{SS} #187: Anything Goes

Good morning!!
Today is my turn to share my project for this weeks challenge which is:
ANYTHING GOES
Now...I know there are times when I need a quick card.  Maybe one to say thank you...or maybe a "Just Because".  I never seen to have too many of those lying around these days.
So I set out to make a few over the weekend.
The designs are simple, but I love the results.  Sometimes simple makes a string statement all on its on.  The flower wreath was created using "You Brighten My Day" stamp set, then embossed using silver and gold embossing powder.
Here is the Purple and Silver card, to which I added purple pearls.

Here is the lime and gold, to which I added gems.
The center sentiment is from the "Simple Greetings" stamp set. 
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You can use any stamp on your challenge entry, but if you use a SweetStamps image, you will get two entries into the giveaway! To enter the challenge, please add the URL to your actual blog post or online gallery to the InLink at the end of the post. Please do not link to your main blog, we want to be able to find your post to leave you comments. Also, please link back to the SweetStamps blog.
Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.


The monthly technique challenge is:
Chalkboard Technique
Details and Link-up can be found HERE
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{SS} Monthly Technique Challenge: Chalkboard

Good morning!!
Are you ready for SweetStamps Monthly Technique Challenge?
This months challenge is: 
Chalkboard Technique
I just love this technique!!!  It's super easy, super fun and the results are always AMAZING.
For my card today, I am using You Brighten My Day stamp set.  I used a strip of printer paper to create the gap between the flower, so it was an instant place for the sentiment.  I used SweetStamps White Dye ink  to get the chalkboard effect for the challenge.
I then went around with a white gel pen and created the frame around the image.  Dabbed my finger on the ink pad and rubbed it randomly to added more of the chalkboard effect.  Once completed I added some really small pearls to the four corners and ribbon.
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Join our weekly and monthly challenge
You can use any stamp on your challenge entry, but if you use a SweetStamps image, you will get two entries into the giveaway! To enter the challenge, please add the URL to your actual blog post or online gallery to the InLink at the end of the post. Please do not link to your main blog, we want to be able to find your post to leave you comments. Also, please link back to the SweetStamps blog.
Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.
 Our next weekly challenge starts on Tuesday and the theme is:
ANYTHING GOES

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I would like to share this card in the following challenge:


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{SS/} #186: Wedding Card

Good morning!!
Thanks for stopping by today.
It's time for this weeks brand new challenge theme at SweetStamps.
This weeks theme is:
WEDDING CARD

I am using a few brand new items that were recently released.
First, I know you recognize the stencil which was released just this month.  This set is called Cross My Flowers.  I used white embossing paste for the texture, but added Antique Linen re-inkers to tone down the white and to give it a more neutral feel.
I am using Piccolo Classy Circle Frame
I thought of embossing it with some sort of color; however, I just could not decide.  So instead I left it bare and beautiful.  The flower  image inside the frame is from Live Laugh Love Roses Stamp set
I have chosen to watercolor the image using my distress ink markers. After it was all dried and stamped the Mr and Mrs sentiment. 
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You can use any stamp on your challenge entry, but if you use a SweetStamps image, you will get two entries into the giveaway! To enter the challenge, please add the URL to your actual blog post or online gallery to the InLink at the end of the post. Please do not link to your main blog, we want to be able to find your post to leave you comments. Also, please link back to the SweetStamps blog.
Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.

Next week's challenge #187 is:
Anything Goes
The monthly technique challenge is:
Double Side Step Card
Details and Link-up can be found HERE
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I would like to share this card in the following challenge:

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{FTH} Skecth #78: Stay Strong

Good morning and happy Monday!!
It's time for a sketch with a twist at From the Heart Stamps!!
For my card today I am using Birdbrain Ninja.  Doesn't he look fierce and determined!!
I worked on this card earlier this week, to send to my son at school.  We got to speak with him for 5 minutes last week and he sounded really down.  So I just had make him a card to cheer him up. 
 
Here is a look this weeks sketch.  We are back to our weekly schedule, so you til Sunday to play along with us.  Looking forward to seeing your creations. 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenge(s):

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Calypso


{S.S.} Happy Halloween Vintage

Morning every morning everyone-
How is your Sunday day treating you thus far?
We are planning on a relaxing day. Buddy got a new Lego set and is eager to get started on it this morning.  Tommy is ready to go outside and play in the dirt!!  Boy's....never a dull moment here!! :) 

Today at Sentimental Sundays, we have a new challenge for you. 
This weeks theme is: 
A Touch of Vintage 
We are being sponsored this week by Pickled Potpourri Designs and I am using Happy Halloween
I pulled out an older Authentique Paper pad that worked perfectly with this image. 
I left the image as it...no coloring....I know VERY surprising for me.  I was so tempted though!!  LOL!!  

Make sure you swing by Sentimental Sundays and check out the beautiful cards created the rest of the DT. Thanks for stopping by. 
I would like to share this card in the following challenge:
(I was inspired to use the Pumpkins and  the flower)


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{FTH} For the Birdbrain Blog Hop + Tutorial

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop. Our theme this month is “For the Bird{brains}”. Our designers are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects.

If you have arrived from Angela's blog, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.
Here is my project card: 

Supplies I used:
Medium: Copic Markers
Paper: American Crafts: Summer
Cardstock: PTI  and Copic Xpress
Other: MME Enamels
As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store. Some Design Team members are also giving away the actual project they create for the hop, too. So, you may win an image and a card or project from some of the blogs! And additionally, one commenter on the From the Heart Stamps blog will be selected to win a $15 gift voucher to the store!
We are offering another really cool prize on the FTHS blog! Have you ever had a great idea for a Birdbrain image? Well, this is your chance! One lucky winner randomly selected from all the comments will be selected to work with Faith to design a Birdbrain image!
And, we would like to invite all of you to be a part of our hop this month, with the DT! There is an inlinkz on the bottom of the post here at FTHS and on each individual blog. Use one of the designer’s tutorials and your favorite Birdbrain image to create a project to play along. We can’t wait to see what you create! If you are interested in guest designing for FTHS over the next few months, simply add GDT to your entry. We are looking for six people to guest design for two month rotations over the next 6 months. Hope you will print off your favorite Birdbrain and play along!

Now head over to see: 


Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Sunday September 14th at 6am, EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday September 17th.
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FTH Background Cloud and Paper Piecing Tutorial 

I would like to share this card in the following challenge:

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{SS} #185: Embossing

Good morning!!
Today is my turn to share my project for this weeks challenge which is:
EMBOSSING 
Now if you are like me...Then you have a HUGE collection is powders!!  Well I have added embossing paste my collection!!  It's the new craze and I have to tell you it is so much fun to play with!!  SweetStamps carries them and I will tell you that you will not be disappointed with the results.  Have you also seen the new collection of Art Stencils?
M y card today uses one of these new Art Stencils and clear embossing paste. 
I love the black and gold color combination of the this card.  It is very simple, but I love the texture that the paste and embossed butterflies add to this card.

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Join our weekly and monthly challenge
You can use any stamp on your challenge entry, but if you use a SweetStamps image, you will get two entries into the giveaway! To enter the challenge, please add the URL to your actual blog post or online gallery to the InLink at the end of the post. Please do not link to your main blog, we want to be able to find your post to leave you comments. Also, please link back to the SweetStamps blog.
Remember, you can only enter the challenge one time, use a SweeStamps image to get an extra entry in the challenge. Please limit the amount of challenges to 10 (including SweetStamps). You must link back to SweetStamps on your blog post.

Next week's challenge #186 is:
Wedding
The monthly technique challenge is:
Double Side Step Card
Details and Link-up can be found HERE
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I would like to share this card in the following challenge:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: STAMPtember
Stampin Royalty #244
Addicted to CAS #46

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