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Friday, February 27, 2015

Flashback Friday Challenges - Cancelled

Hello friends!
Just wanted to make a quick post for you today to let you know that I have decided to "cancel" the Flashback Friday challenges.  :(

I guess I wasn't ready to hit the "big time" with keeping up with my own challenge! LOL!
Although I feel fine to continue my own line of "Flashback Friday" posts and post a card or project, I am finding it very difficult to do "research" every time I make a project for this along with a challenge idea and then research my own "old" projects to see if I can find something to fit with it....it really does become quite the chore!! 
I commend those who do run challenge blogs and guess I'm forgetting how cumbersome it can get!

- On a side note...this is just not my "forte" folks. When I was asked to make my "Flashback Friday" postings a challenge by a couple of readers, I was a bit hesitant and for this very reason.  I find that I mentally put too much pressure on myself for these type of things and it stops being fun for me. (I don't want to "run" out on my blog yet once again!) 
*There are also other challenge blogs with the same sort of idea behind it...I've just 'named' mine different is all.*

Here's a list of other challenges with this idea in mind that I really enjoy participating in:
1.  Retro Rubber Challenge (fairly new - asking to use old stamps)

2.  Clear It Out (although they don't ask you to use a particular older item, the name of the challenge blog is pretty clear about using your "stash" items!)

3.  Shopping Our Stash (same principle as the above challenge.)

I always try and play along with these challenges whenever I can for this reason.
If there are any others that you know of, please let me know!

For those of you that have just found me or for those that have become a "regular" participant with these challenges, PLEASE continue to pull out your own forgotten/neglected stash!  I would STILL love to come see what you did!!  Just leave me a comment and I would be MORE THAN HAPPY to come and check it out!! :) 

Of course I still plan on playing with my old stash and I will continue with that idea, but there will be no more challenges.  I'm so sorry if I have disappointed anyone.


I will leave you with this "flashback" and thank you for being special friends! :)
I truly appreciate each and every one of you that has supported me with this! 
SENDING YOU HUGS

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flashback Favorites - Geometrical

Good evening friends!

Thanks so much to those that have played along in the last challenge!
I really appreciate all of the support that I've received with this challenge and I always find it so much fun to see how you all interpret the challenges too!
It's so hard to pick just three people as I think you are ALL stars! :)
I wanted to feature everyone that has ever played along!  I will feature all who played along in the last challenge though...


These are ALL of the wonderful crafters who participated in our last "Geometrical" challenge:

Let's begin with this beautiful one from : CaroleAnn:
  Here's what she has to say about this:
This was a fun card to create and I was a little out of my element on this but I had fun experimenting with my Versa Mark ink pad and an old stamp set from Stampin Up dated 2000 (the same one Vicki used in her demo)! 
Yay for you CaroleAnn trying out this fun technique!! You've done a brilliant job with it!
I love the pinks!! :)



And here's a clever idea from :Stamping Smiles Designs:
Here's what she says about her entry:
Ever since I started investing in Wafer Thin Dies I have not been using my punches. I have so many shaped punches that I purchased when I first got into stamping, for example, my smaller circle and square punches. They haven't got much use. So, I am so glad Vicki did this Geometrical Challenge. It was good for me to take out my circle punches and put them to work. I began the card by punching a whole bunch of circles using my circle punches. Then I traced the circles randomly onto my white cardstock and fussy cut around it leaving a white border.
Wow!!  This is SUCH a clever idea to use the punches for this!  Never thought of doing this, but now I need to try this out sometime!  Thanks for the great idea Ka!



And check out this fun and clever one from :Cornelia (fun stamping) :
Here is her thoughts on this:
geometrical (those stamps are now a little over 1 year old, I ordered them before I started on the STAMPlorations DT - to have something to work with and in January I was with them for one year, yeahh!)
Now how stinkin' CUTE is this?!!  I love her idea using the hexagon shape to create little animals!  She has made SEVERAL more different variations on her blog...so be sure to stop by and check it out!



And here is another entry from:  Shelly Schmidt:
Here's what she says about her entry:
 The stamps are old, old SU and the color is very washed out- I colored with Copics and added Sakura Gelly Roll pen. The sentiment is Sweet Stamps.
This is a great set of cards and a fun way to use up those scraps to make a sunburst design!  Love the patterns in your papers and your wintry images too! :)



This very sweet entry is from Patricia Hays:
Here's what her comment was about it:
The designer papers and the white card base are my newest items used here; I’ve had them for about 13 months.
This is just so cute!!  If it's over 1 year old...it's time to use it, right?! :)  Great job!  Thanks so much for playing along with this sweet card!


And here is another cutie from Just Duckie:
Here's her comment about this card:
 I used paper that I have had for a few years and rectangles.
This one just makes me smile! :)  I just love it when I can use up those papers!! Great job Jerrie!



And here are not one, but TWO creations from Jessi Fogan:
Here's what she said about it:
I 'iced' the chocolate donuts with Liquid Pearls, and glossed the rest with Dimensional Magic. When they were dry I punched them out with my 1" circle punch that's been a trusty craft companion for....ever.... :) 
Oh my gosh...I couldn't resist wanting to reach out and grab one of them!!  (I smashed my hand on the computer screen though! LOL!)  Those punches pile up and get neglected so much!  Great job!

And check it out...here's another one from Jessi Fogan:
Here's her thoughts about this one:
My circle Nesties were the very first ones I bought - probably about eight years ago. I use them nearly every single day! 
I just love it when I find something I have purchased that keeps getting used over and over again...it's like a right hand man in your crafting! :)  Beautiful card Jessi!



Check this one out by Amy Johnson:
Here's what Amy said about her design:
To make my card, I used the retired Stampin Up! set 'Extreme Snowboard' for the main image.  I love this stamp!  So easy to use, and boys love the image!  My sentiment is from Inkadinkado 'Rock Star'.  To make the hexagons, I used the smallest die in my Spellbinder's Nestability set and cut the shapes out of the Me and My Big Ideas 'Urban Youth' stack.
So glad that you've decided to play along...this card really ROCKS!! :)
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I have really enjoyed seeing all of your wonderful creations each week! :)

I would be honored if all of my crafty friends who were ever featured for this challenge would take this badge for their blog:



Be sure to stop by here tomorrow for an important message!
Happy crafting!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Birthday Bunny

Hello friends!
I must be in the mood for birthday cards it seems I'm making many of them lately! :)
Just wanted to share a quick card with you today before some challenges ended:
I fell in love with these cute bunnies from this Lawn Fawn set called Snow Day and used him as my "birthday bunny" for my card.  I've added the birthday hat and balloons along with the sentiment from the So Much to Say stamp set.  They were nice enough to send along some papers which I've also used on my card.  Hard to see in photo, but I've added some glitter to the top of his hat and covered the balloon with some glossy accents.  Used my Copic markers to color with.
The entire panel is popped up with foam tape over the white card base.

Thanks for stopping in today!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this for:

Lawnscaping Challenges - 100th challenge! (congrats!)


The Friday Mash-Up - Up & Away! (balloons go up when you let go!)


{Cupcake Inspirations} - cute critters

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Party Pig

Hello friends!
Hope you are starting out to a great week so far!
I'm here to share a brand new challenge with you over at

TUESDAY THROWDOWN

Yay!  And this one couldn't be any more simple!
It's "Anything Goes!" this week!

We have a wonderful sponsor for our challenge as well!
Oak Pond is giving out a fabulous prize to the winner!
They have kindly provided the DT with some fun images to use and here's what I've done:
Now how stinkin' CUTE is this image?!!  This is a digital stamp called "Boris the Party Pig" from our sponsor this week - Oak Pond!
I've colored him in with my Copic markers and then the dotted background as well as the sentiment came from a SU! photo-polymer stamp set called "Endless Birthday Wishes" and then the balloon was die cut from a Whimsy Stamps die cut that I cut out with patterned paper and then I used some white twine to tie on the end and popped it up over the card.

Here's a closer look at more details:
As you can see with this closer look, I've also added some extra touches to the image as well.  I've used my silver Wink of Stella glitter pen to go over the silver pail with.  I've also put some glossy accents over the chocolate fudge on the ice cream and I've added some Stickles glitter glue to the candle flame and then lastly I've put some liquid applique over the "whip cream" on the ice cream and heated up with my heat gun to puff it up a bit.  I've also taken my white gel pen and added some dots to the pig's birthday hat.
I think this turned out really cute! :)  I also have someone in mind that I'd like to give for their birthday!  (I will put a special message inside too! LOL!)

I hope you will play along with us this week!
Be sure to check out the rest of the wonderful creations from design team!
Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I really appreciate it!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this for:
Creative Knockouts - Spots and Dots
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Punches &/or die cuts
613 Avenue - Anything Goes with optional twist:  birthday
The Pink Elephant (TPE287) - anything goes

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sweet Stamps - Guest Design Post - Basket + Video!

Hello friends and happy Monday!
This will be my last post of February for my guest design spot with
  Sweet Stamps
They have kindly invited me to join them this month for their fun weekly challenges!
I want to thank every one over there for having me along this month.  I sure have enjoyed it!

YOU can play along with the challenges too!  You are not required to use their brand of products, but if you DO use them, be sure to put *SS* after your entry name because you will get a second chance at winning a REALLY fabulous prize from them!
Click the badge below to go straight to their blog where they have plenty of inspiration & challenges:

So for today's new challenge this week, the theme is:
"Anything But a Card"

I mainly spend most of my time making cards, so this was great to do something a bit different for a change!  I have decided to make baskets!  Yes!  I made more than one! :)
I have used this GORGEOUS set of floral stamps from Sweet Stamps called:
Sweet Posey Bouquet & Corner Duo
I love how that larger floral stamp has a 'toile' look to the baskets.
I've stamped the corner bouquet image and colored that in with my Copic markers and then fussy cut around them to pop them up on each side of my baskets.  I matched the flower color with the color of the baskets.

These were so fun and easy to make too!
I've used the envelope punch board to make them and here's a quick video to show you how I've done it with the measurements.
CLICK HERE to view it on You Tube and/or watch in HD.


I know my Envelope Punch Board says "Stampin' Up!", but We R Memory Keepers are the company that makes them and I know there are several craft places you can get one.  I believe even Walmart carries them!  And I had originally bought mine to actually make envelopes in different sizes!  But of course clever people come up with new ways to use the same tool and I just love getting extra uses from the tools in my craft room!

Here is a closer view of the purple basket with the pretty corner bouquet stamped and colored on each side of it.  I've added some pretty lace ribbon around the basket handle.  You can see that it's really easy to dress up how you want.  I thought with the up-coming Spring, Easter and Mother's Day upon us that these would make for fun little treat baskets or to add some flowers for someone special!

Here is a closer view of the blue basket I created with the same stamps.  For this one I tied a bow at the top and added a tag that I die cut with the same card stock and then stamped the corner bouquet image with the blue ink that I've used on the basket base.  I used some twine to tie onto the bow at the top of the handle.

Now they are ready to be filled with some goodies for Spring! ;)
What would you put in there?

I hope you've enjoyed my video and basket share today!
Would love for you to join us over at the Sweet Stamps blog to play along in the "anything but a card" challenge over there this week!  We would love to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping in today!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter my baskets for:
Crafty Catz - For a Special Lady
Cute Card Thursday - Floral Delight
Fab 'n' Funky - Ribbon & Lace

Friday, February 20, 2015

Flashback Friday - Geometrical + Video!

Hello friends and happy Friday!
We are getting closer to Spring little by little with each week!  Yay!  I sure am ready! :)
Right now we are ready for another FUN challenge....

Before we get to the challenge, please be sure to CLICK HERE to see who last week's "Flashback Favorites" were or you can scroll down to the post below.

So for this week the theme is:
"Geometrical"
 * Use a shape(s) on your creation OR make a shaped card * 
(remember the 1 year or older can refer to ANY stash! {including stamps} - and don't forget to tell me what it is somewhere in you post please!)
 TIME TO HAVE FUN FUN FUN!!!
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I just LOVE shapes and playing with them in my crafting!
If you think about it, there are SO MANY different types of shapes too!
(circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, mosaics, stars, hearts, etc etc etc....)
I have so many stamps (other than greetings) that I find shapes of some sort in there and of course I also love to make those shaped cards too!  And then I came across something that I thought would be so fun to try out with my old stamps...so I made a video on what I did:

(It's a little over 4 minutes long.  CLICK HERE to view it on You Tube or to watch in HD!)


Now how simple is that?!!  And I just love the results you get with it too!


I've used the Stampin' Up! inks:  Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder & Elegant Eggplant to sponge in some colors in the background on a smooth 80# white card stock.  (I highly recommend using some really dark colors when doing this technique as it makes the white ink pop a bit better.)
I then took my OLD 2000 Stampin' Up! set called "Little Shapes" and did some generation stamping (see video for explanation) to achieve this "Bokeh" look on my card.  I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin' Up! "Four You" stamp set with white ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

I finished off my card with three OLD gold eyelets.  I was looking for some triangle ones that I used to have, but I think I threw them out a while back!  See?  This shows you that you never know when you'll need that old stash again!! :)  I used some foam tape to pop up this layer over a gold metallic piece of card stock and then layered that onto a Elegant Eggplant card base.
Simple, but so effective and fun!

Here are a few challenges I'd like to enter this above card in:
Retro Rubber - eyelets

The Pink Elephant (TPE286) - birthday
City Crafter - Love Metal (eyelets)
Creative Card Crew - Birthday with Sentiment
Top Tip Tuesday - Rubber Stamps Only
The Male Room - Create Background Paper
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And of course I will share some of my Flashback "geometrical" creations to give you some more ideas if you haven't thought of something already:
Here is a very simple CAS shaped easel card that I had made.
Those die cuts are great for making these! (2013)

Here's a card I made with a cool mosaic stamp set I had.  I punched some square and popped up the mosaic images on them. (2013)

I also love to punch out or die cut shapes on my cards too!
This is a CAS baby card I made punching out different sized circles and placing different colored card stock with stamping and embossing behind them.  (2013)

And here's another fun shaped card I made using an ice cream cone template I had.
I remember I had fun making this one!  (2012)


So now it's YOUR turn to have some fun using shapes!
I can't wait to see what you come up with for this!!  GO HAVE SOME GEOMETRICAL FUN!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

*Don't forget to enter your creation with the InLinkz below before the deadline and don't forget to tell me in your post what stash item you've used that is 1 year or older!*

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Flashback Favorites - "OH BABY!"

Good evening friends!

Thanks so much to those that have played along in the last challenge!  I see some more new people hopping on the "Flashback train" and I welcome you to keep playing along!  I love seeing what you all come up with! I'm so happy to have you here! Welcome!

Just a friendly reminder to please let me know somewhere in your post (or next to your "Flashback Friday" link) what item you have used in your stash that is 1 year or older please. (It's not always obvious to me...there's just too many crafty items to keep track of! LOL!)

 So let's see what happened in our last challenge...


Here are THREE adorable "Flashback Favorites" from our last "OH BABY!" challenge:

Let's begin with this adorable one from : dragonllew
  Here's what she has to say about this:
"( my embossing folder and the digi paper is over a year old)"
So very sweet!  Love that darling bear and sparkle here!


And here's a sweet one from : CaroleAnn:
Here's what she says about her entry:
"More old stash finds are - pink gingham ribbon,  sentiment is a rubber stamp from Darcie's and another rubber stamp I used on this card is from Stampin Up from 1995 - little cherries stamped randomly on the background pink paper and that paper is from Simon Says Stamp kit.   Fun going thru all your old stuff!!"
Yay for you Carole Ann on using all of these old stash items!  This is truly adorable in pink!


And check out this fun and clever one from : Desire Fourie:
Here is her thoughts on this:
"The flat pearls has been in my stash for nearly 2 years"
Desire has up- cycled a baby formula container!!  How fun and cute is this!!
And if you want to see some adorable 'real' baby photos, she has a precious post to share!!
I just love this idea Desire and so happy you were able to use your stash too!
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I enjoy seeing your take on the challenges every week!  Thanks again for playing along with me and having fun using your old stash! :)

I would be honored if the crafty friends featured here would take this badge for their blog:



Be sure to stop by here tomorrow for a new challenge!
Happy crafting!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Make Your Mark, Get Set...Go!

Hello friends!
It's time for another FUN challenge with
Addicted to Stamps!
Yay!!  So this week, it's no surprise that the challenge is...
"Make Your Mark"
This means that you can enter ANY creation with this criteria:
Make your Mark - your entry MUST contain the use of anything that can make a mark - Stampin' Write, Copics, Promarkers, Painting, Chalks, Watercolours, Sponges, Stencils, Masks etc etc

So get out those crafty tools that "make a mark" , get set and....GO!
Here's what I have chosen to do for this one:
Oh my gosh...is this not hilarious?!  I love this bird with the "fancy hair" and bugged out eyes!
Something else that I think I have fallen in love with is water-coloring!
I couldn't help it, I HAD to go and grab those Kuretake Gansai watercolors!  (It took a while for it to come in because I saved myself a bit of money by ordering straight from Japan.  The link I take you to is a couple dollars higher than what I had actually spent, but it's still several dollars cheaper than buying from some other places I found!)  I just couldn't believe how rich and vibrant the colors are!  I have to say that I am so happy I bought them!  And yes...you have to get the color selection that has the beautiful golds and pearly white in it!!  (It's a must for these...and you will see why in the photo below!)

So I have used this Oh so cute bird from the "Birds of a Feather" stamp set by The Alley Way Stamps and stamped it with Staz On black ink over watercolor paper that has been die cut with my fave Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle die.  I stamped the bird and the foot print that comes in the set several times behind the bird if as it left tracks.  I used a couple of different orange colors to color in the bird as well as the tracks behind him.  I also took the gold and water colored in other parts of the bird and then I really loaded up my brush with water and flicked some gold spots in random places over the scene.  I popped this up with foam tape and placed it over an orange colored A-2 sized card base.  I wanted to be a bit different and have this one opening up from the side instead of the bottom.

Here is a closer view of the bird so that you can better see the look of the water-colors in it.
I have take some of that white pearl water-color and went over the body of the bird with it.  It sort of looks like it's wet in the photo, but it's not...that's the pearl sheen of the color!  You can also see the gold color in the bird's head as well as the spots.  LOVE how this turned out!

I've also added some dots of liquid pearls to parts of the bird's head and then went over the beak with some glossy accents.

So I hope I've inspired you with my card today to join with us over at the "Addicted to Stamps" challenge this week!!  I look forward to seeing what you create!  Be sure to stop by the blog and view the other fabulous creations from the rest of the design team!  There is a wonderful prize to the winner of this challenge from our sponsor QKR Stampede!  So check it out!

I thank you so much for checking in with me today!
I appreciate all of your thoughts!
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are a few challenges I'd like to enter this card for:

AAA Cards - use orange on your CAS card + DT Call



The Paper Players (PP232) - CAS bird card


The Alley Way Stamps - Link Up


Monday, February 16, 2015

Sweet Stamps - Guest Design Post with Birthday

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!
I am continuing with my February guest design spot for
  Sweet Stamps
They have kindly invited me to join them this month for their fun weekly challenges!

YOU can play along with the challenges too!  You are not required to use their brand of products, but if you DO use them, be sure to put *SS* after your entry name because you will get a second chance at winning a REALLY fabulous prize from them!
Click the badge below to go straight to their blog where they have plenty of inspiration & challenges:

So for today's new challenge this week, the theme is:
"Happy Birthday"

I never have enough birthday cards and it'a always great to make extra to have on hand when you need one to send out!  I wanted to do something a bit different for this, so I've decided to make a fun birthday shaker card today:
I have used the really fun Sweet Stamps Candle Wish Duo 917 stamp set for my creation.
I took my markers to color the candle stamp in different colors along the bottom border of the panel shaker card panel.  I added a touch of glitter to the flames to give it a bit of a sparkle!

I then matched up the Pumpkin Pie color of the candle and used some coordinating papers to add a strip above the candles and then tied some gold twine around the front.  I made the shaker portion using some stitched circle dies and scallop circle punch for the frames.  I put some fun sequins with different colors and star shapes inside of it along with some fun type confetti called Rox.  The top shaker card base was die cut with a stitched rectangle die and popped up over an embossed star panel that I distressed the edges of.  The sentiment was stamped on the inside of the shaker while assembling it.  Such a fun card to make!

Here's a closer look at the shaker:
You can perhaps get a better view of the clear confetti Rox inside there as well.
I've used a pre-made foam circle frame for my shaker which made this come together very easily.

I hope you are able to play along this week!  Such an easy challenge too!
Be sure to check out the challenge as well as the rest of the design team inspiration!
Thanks so much for popping in today to have a look at my creation!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter:
Simply Create Too - anything goes

Friday, February 13, 2015

Flashback Friday - OH BABY!

Hello friends and a happy Friday to ya!
Friday the 13th that is!!! :)  I hope that you are all lucky in love though and have a nice Valentine's Day weekend planned!  Hubby plans on taking me out somewhere, so we are looking forward to that!
Another brand new challenge starts up today!  Are you ready?


Before we get to the challenge, please be sure to CLICK HERE to see who last week's "Flashback Favorites" were or you can scroll down to the post below.

So for this week the theme is:
"Oh Baby!"
 * make a creation using the colors pink and/or blue and/or a baby theme * 
(remember the 1 year or older can refer to ANY stash!)
 TIME TO HAVE FUN FUN FUN!!!
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I don't have a need to make very many creations with a baby theme which is why I thought I'd add in using pink or blue colors in case you don't either! :)
But for a charity that I donate to every month, they are actually asking for some 'congrats baby' cards for new mothers, so I was happy that I had a few made up in my stash and I've also made some more to send off with my donation.

Although I don't share this on my blog, I do like to scrapbook and I have several scrap books going on including some baby books from my children's photos!  (Yeah...I'm like several years behind on that!)  So I've basically saved back some older baby stamps that I thought would work for my scrapbook pages and I never got rid of them! -  LOL!

I've used this old set from Stampin' Up! called "I'm Here!" to make a few baby cards:
I guess it's because I have boys, but whenever I make baby cards, my first thought is to make blue ones!  So I took the footprint stamps from the set and embossed them with clear embossing powder on white card stock.  I then rubbed some blue ink over that which resists the embossing on it.  I think it makes for a nice soft halo effect.  The background was also stamped using another image from the same set.  I added a greeting and a ribbon to finish it.

So of course I felt guilty about only making baby boy, so I had to do the pinks for the baby girl!  I used this alphabet image to stamp the background once again with pink ink and I used my Top Note die and then just stamped the footprint images with pink ink and went over top of them with the "congrats" sentiment in black.  That pink frilly ribbon has been in my stash for a couple of years and I've never used it until now!  (I think doing these challenges makes me more "mindful" about pulling other items out that haven't been or don't get used very often...so this is a GREAT "exercise" for that!)  It's funny that I'm walking around my studio thinking of old stuff that I don't use when making a creation now!!  LOL!
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A Flashback Friday wouldn't be a "flashback" without sharing some flashbacks with you:
Here's an older card I made using a House Mouse...Love that sentiment from Whimsy Stamps! :)


Here's another card I had made for a design team friend a few years back when she had a new baby girl.  I used a sweet baby image by Elisabeth Bell.
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Hope you've enjoyed the inspiration and flashbacks for today's challenge!
If you don't have a need for a baby card, you can always just use some blue or pink or both to make your creation for this!!  Just remember to use something from your stash 1 year or older. :)
Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
I do hope you can play along this week!  Don't forget to enter your creation below with the InLinkz tool before the deadline!!

Happy Valentine's Day friends!!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Flashback Favorites - "It's ONLY Words!"

Good evening friends!

I want to thank you to those of you who joined in the last challenge!  I have learned some new ways to show off those sentiments on my cards too so thanks for that and as long as you keep playing along, I will keep challenging you! :)  So let's see what happened in our last challenge...


Here are THREE gorgeous "Flashback Favorites" from our last "It's ONLY Words" challenge:

Let's begin with this one from Jessi:
  Here's what she has to say about this:
"Everything on this card has been in my stash for at least a year - the rose button is probably closer to 6 or 7 years, as is the embossing folder. The Studio G sentiment has got to be 3 or 4 years old, and this is the only time I've used it this year, even though I absolutely love the font."

Way to go on getting out your older stash to make this gorgeous Valentine!


And here's a fun one from Jerrie:
Here's what she says about her entry:
" I used STAMPlorations Bold Sentiments and created this card. I had an old piece of pink paper I made with Worn Lipstick DI."

I love Jerri'es unique spin on the sentiments here!!  So cool!

And check out this adorable one from Ka:
Here is her thoughts on this:
"I started off by rubbing my sentiment from a retired rub-on sheet from Stampin' Up! called Greatest Moments (2007). That was fussy cut out. I distressed a tag using Peel Paint distress ink and also distressed the card panel edges using Picked Raspberry. The tag and rub-on sentiment was adhered to the card front. I couldn't decide what else to add, so I just cut some velvet flowers from a loose ribbon and attached them to my card using glue dots. I added some clear gemstones to the flower centers and called it done."

I love that she used a rub-on for her sentiment!!  I never think to do this!!  Thanks for sharing this idea!

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I enjoy seeing your take on the challenges every week!  Thanks again for playing along with me and having fun using your old stash! :)

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Happy crafting!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

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