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Monday, February 8, 2016

A Day for Daisies sponsors Always Anything Goes Challenge at CRAFT YOUR PASSION

It's always a great time when we have A Day for Daisies sponsoring our Always Anything Goes challenge at Craft Your Passion!!! This time is no different as we start to turn away from Winter time (I'm ignoring the fact that they are calling for
S N O W Monday) and look to Springtime and warmer weather.
The image I'm using is called Gathering Flowers, a simple but elegant image, colored in Copics.  I really like the clean look of this!  I trimmed back the front about 1.5" so that I could add a paper lace strip and show the inside design paper.  I put a cluster of paper roses, spiral stamens, and glass leaf stick pins.  On the inside, using coordinating polka dot paper, I accented with 3 different style buttons and a die cut with a Birthday stamp.  This will be a real winner to give to a friend!
I'd like to enter this in:
  • Come and Get it Challenge-1 digi, 2 papers, 3 embellishments





Sunday, February 7, 2016

It's Mardi Gras time at Lacy Sunshine Stamps Blog Challenge!

With the beginning of Mardi Gras soon upon us, at Lacy Sunshine Stamps we decided to celebrate the occasion!  When I think of time down in New Orleans, I think of the colors Yellow-Green-and Purple, glitter, bling, feathers, and extravagance.
I put my thinking cap on and remembered when I visited that beautiful city many years ago--thinking stone walls with moss growing on them, large trees, a starry lit sky or fireworks, and of course, the great Lacy Sunshine stamp called Fantail Enchantress.  
She has wisps of feathers in her hair, diamond stickles on her wings, sitting on her wall in some courtyard.  If you look close you can see dewdrops (rhinestones) on the tree (cause it's always damp down there) with moss all around it's roots.  I used this amazing heavy cardstock that has glittered colored sections in it-could be the reflections of lights from the surrounding landmarks or maybe sparkles from the fireworks that they have!  The sentiment on the bottom says "Mon Cheri" and on the inside "Love Conquers All".  A great card for Valentines' Day
Be sure to check out all the beautiful creations at our Challenge Blog and get your entry entered-there's a great prizes!



Monday, January 25, 2016

Always Anything Goes at Craft Your Passion! Sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy this week~

As we wind up the month of January, Craft Your Passion has 1 more Always Anything Goes Challenge up it's sleeve!  We're being sponsored by a new group this time, Fabrika Fantasy, and they've got some adorable digitals available for you.  This one's called Dancing Squirrel and you get both the b&w and colored jpegs and pngs.
I've got a friend that this card will be perfect for her to give to her husband for Valentine's Day.  They have a running joke about finding squirrel cards for all occasions and exchanging them.  I tried to make it more "masculine" by using some barn wood paper, a touch of kraft mats, and the more creams/browns/blacks in the accent papers. The front sentiment is computer generated and on the inside of the card I placed a complete V Day sentiment, all the while using the color combo listed above.
 As mentioned before our challenges at CYP are always ATG--Fabrika Fantasy is awarding a prize of 3 digital images from their store to the chosen winner of the challenge!  A great way to get to know them for sure.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A new exciting Site for people who like to Color! Everyone is welcome!

I have something brand NEW and EXCITING for you! I am thrilled to announce a new group dedicated to the LOVE of COLORING! Introducing Heather Valentin's Coloring Without Boundaries. A Fun Filled Coloring Community for ALL! This new coloring community is for any type of coloring not just Lacy Sunshine images. You are cordially invited to this new group! Please Read all the rules and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1010042332367604/
Lots of great ideas and inspirations-everyone is invited to share their colorings!
Heather Valentin's photo.

Monday, January 18, 2016

I'm getting me some Froggin' LUV--From Lacy Sunshine!

 The Theme for this month at Lacy Sunshine Stamps is all about Luvvvvvv!  The image that I was given so generously for my individual post is called Froggin' Molly and it just gives me the giggles!  It's such an adorable image, full of cuteness, fresh colors (trying to follow in our pink/red/purple color scheme), and I think, a LOVE for frogs hehe.









I used a light green plaid for the background, a fun, Spring like flower print for the mat, and the delightful image created by our Founding artist and owner, Heather Valentin was colored in Copic markers-my favorite go-to.  From the grosgrain pink ribbon I dangled an enameled green flower charm.  On the inside of the card, I used a bright frog paper with a Happy Birthday Greeting.
I invite you all to visit the Lacy Sunshine Stamps site so that you can see the multitude of various images that are available for your selection!  You won't be disappointed!



Monday, January 11, 2016

Using Steampunk Image at Craft Your Passion's Always Anything Goes!

 We're starting off the New Year here at Craft Your Passion with images from Digital Delights and the name of the image I'm using is Steampunk Tasha.  This is such a popular "theme/style" in the crafting world now I thought I'd give her a go!  The Winner's prize at our Always Anything Goes challenge will be a gift certificate to the DD store!
I started with this wonderful "gear" paper from Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells Collection.  I took a black die cut and cut it diagonally and attached it to opposite corners.  I mounted 3 sets of gears with foam dots in the corner and balanced it with metal brads (minus the brad legs in the back).  As this is double sided paper, I used the reverse side for the inside of the card and attached a Birthday greeting that I colored in.  I found this in a LSS where there were 12 different "sentiments" on a 12 x 12 scrapbook page, to be cut apart and used & colored as needed.  Was a great idea for those personal touches when time is of the essence.  Thanks for visiting and hope you'll be back soon!



Sunday, January 10, 2016

Lacy Sunshine is allll about LUV this month!

This week is all about LUVVVVV at Lacy Sunshine and we all have it in spades I'm telling you!  Focusing on pinks, reds, and purples--the colors of Passion--we began to make our creations.  I'm using  Foxglove E Enchantress and by chance, it is one of my favorite flowers...BUT one I simply can't get to grow no matter how hard I try!!!  Every year..I keep on trying...now it's just a running joke between my daughter and I.  SO, at least this way, I CAN grow this beautiful flower into my card.
I like to focus on the image so she is definitely a larger size (the beauty of digitals from Heather Valentin, creator of Lacy Sunshine) on a 6x6 card blank by The Paper Cut.  Their product is so smooth and a good weight!  I matted her with a bright pink mini polkadot cardstock and used paper lace made by a friend, thanks Pam, to trim around the edges.  I got quite a variety from her a couple years ago-she makes it by cutting strips of cardstock, using straight punches down both sides-2 different patterns.  Then when you need it you just trim to fit your creation!  It lays flat and makes it so feminine.  A sentiment and buttons trim off the front. On the inside, I used a multi-hued shimmery paper, paper heart and a great sentiment for any loved one.
NOW, the true confession is that this wasn't my first card--you know the saying about making lemonade out of lemons?  Driving home from work, I'm planning on getting my card posted, ready for the launch...when my sub-conscious kicks in and alerts me that I've used the wrong color combination...just doing what felt good with the image.  I will show you that card also because it IS adorable AND it shows the versatility of the image and how it takes on a whole different personality with different colors.

The beauty is that now I have 2 cards to share with loved ones and that is a good thing.  When coloring it, I'd made an error that couldn't be removed so I added the white Frantage as a "ruffle". 
Guess the thought is that when you do make mistakes, don't let it get you down and bummed out!  Find a way to cover it up and "enhance" the end result--no one will ever know, unless you spill the beans!  Thanks for stopping by and here's to LUV!