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Hello Everyone...I am back to share a little project that I did as well as to announce our first two winners of my blog giveaway.

I know you're anxious to see if you were a winner and I'll get to that but first I want to share my little accordion album that I am dedicating to my four legged friend, Gizzi (Yorkie-Poo). I've started trying my hand at altered projects and so far I have altered paper mache letters and boxes and the book boxes by Graphic 45. 

Today I am altering one of the media boxes that has a window and using a technique for creating the frame that I learned from watching Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace.  This technique shows you how to use your dies to cut out a frame that works perfectly around windows.  Getting the frame even on all sides is the hard  part.

I think once I add the photos (size 3x3 or 3x4) this will be the cutest darn thing and I just had to share.  There are about seven photos so be prepared.

I used both the 8x8 and 12x12 paper packs from the Raining Cats and Dogs collection.  I absolutely love this paper and have waited until now to actually use it.  Yes call me a mini hoarder, but it is time to stop buying and use what I have on hand.  I know I'm not the only ones with this know who you are so don't judge me (giggling)

I altered one of Graphic 45 Mixed Media Art Boxes for this project and was inspired by Arlene (love her work).

I painted the box with Black Acrylic paint and inked all my pages with Black Soot Distress Ink.  On the front I used one of my newest Marianne Creations leaf dies and a few Petaloo and Prima flowers a friend gave me. She knows how much I love these brands so she dropped off a few packs and of course I just had to use them.

When you open the box which is held closed with a magnet there is a little pocket so you can add whatever photo you want to show through the window.

Note: When adding paper and paint remember that there is a magnet so you don't interfere with its ability...I did and had to add another magnet...bummer drag.

Here you get a glimpse of the accordion album half-way out of the box and then totally removed from the box.

I tell you this was a real fun project and with this gorgeous paper I couldn't stop once I started with it. Everything just coordinated so well, but that's how Graphic 45 designs their paper collections.

Finally I can show you the mini album where I plan to showcase my little furry friend!

All the little squares are photo mats which are ready for me to add the photos (just have to print to the proper size).

Lastly is the back of the box...had to add my name somewhere right?  Very simple and clean.

I hope you've enjoyed my little project and will leave a comment...but now its time to announce our blog candy winners.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Clear it Out Challenge Blog - Anything Goes "Stash" (9/13)
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes "Make it Cute" (9/7)
Try it on Tuesday - Try Something New (9/11)
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes (9/7)

Without further ado (since I did keep you waiting) the winners of my blog candy giveaway are:

Group A: (from the "Its A Giveaway Month" post sign up list)

Congratulations to Marjetta, Entry #29

as selected by Random Generator and Mr inLinkz

Group B: (from the "Gift Set" post comments)

Congratulations to Wedgie our 8th commentator who wrote

A beautiful project!
Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin this week

Ladies please send your mailing address so that I can get your winnings in the mail. 

Email me at before Tuesday, September 8th.

Next week I'll be back with a chance to win Group C as well as Group D 

so be sure and check back in with me.

Wedding Bells

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WOW!!  I feel like I have been absent for a really long time and it really hasn't been that long. This past weekend was a blast with launching parties and beginner parties going on back to back and everywhere.  I think I have eaten more food in one weekend then I have in the last 90 days and it was fun!

I'm just going to share a few photos of a Mini Album with matching Card I created for a co-worker with a last moment's notice.  I think it turned out okay although I didn't have enough time to really coordinate the inside and add all the embellishments I would have liked. I had to use what I had on hand and not be real concerned about using different techniques and all.

Oh well let me go ahead and share already and give you a chance to leave your comments.

I think I'll share the card first because I actually do like the look and feel of it.

The embossing on the paper is very elegant and is more of an eggshell white or wicker white.  I'm not real sure what the manufacturer called it.

I simply added pearls, velvet ribbon with lace, and flowers from Wild Orchids to finish the front.

The inside has designer paper with no greeting so that there would be lots of room for other co-workers to write their congratulations message.

Oh did I mention this was for a young co-worker that is getting married within a week.

Next is the last minute mini album and since I didn't have actual wedding paper I used three words that I truly believe that if incorporated in every marriage there would be less divorces in the world.

Again I used the same embellishments to match the card and to keep it simple so that the beauty of the embossed paper would not get lost.  The paper actually has a smooth and soft feel to it which promotes the feel of a wedding.

Okay that's all I have for tonight.  Feel free to leave your comments below and I'll be back next week to announce the winners of Group A and Group B of my blog candy/giveaway.

Gift Set

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I decided for this post to start out with something a bit nothing new but something I hadn't did in a while and that is create a gift set which simply means I will create a card with a matching gift bag, or matching box, or maybe a matching tag. This time I am using a gift bag and matching envelope to go along with my card.

The designer paper is from the Graphic 45 "Gilded Lily" collection.  I wasn't able to get a complete set of this paper but I did manage to get a few pages that I thought were delightful.

So here is what I created and want to share with everyone, and you know what...I am going to give away Group B of my giveaway to one lucky person that leaves a comment on this post. So you don't need to enter a name or anything, just tell me what you think of my creation and you could win 3 Spellbinders dies.  WINNER will be announced on August 31st so don't forget to check back.

To find out what Group B dies are check out my giveaway post by clicking here or click the giveaway found in the right sidebar.  And if you haven't entered for Group A there's still time to do so.

Now on to my creations.  Beware there are about 6 photos in this one post.

Here you have all three pieces of the set.

Matching Envelope
Matching Gift Bag

The Gift Bag is up next.

This is the front where I used a string of flat back pearls and Wild Orchid Lace to decorate the top.

The paper is "Royal Gardens" from the Gilded Lily paper collection.

My flowers are Wild Orchid flowers that I ordered from "The Rubber Buggy" which is a stateside distributor of Wild Orchid products.

I used several Spellbinders dies to create a frame for the image I fussy cut from the paper.

I continued the theme on the back using "Her Majesty" from the Gilded Lily paper collection.

The cardstock was Bazzil "Wildberry Pie" and "Vanilla Stone."

Now on to the card that I created using leftover scraps once the gift bag was completed.

I simply used the reverse side of the designer paper, added the last bit of lace and pearls and then colored up my image.

The image is from Sarah Kay and she is colored with Copic markers of course.

Here is what I hope is a close-up view of my image.  I think I used the following markers (not real sure) because I tend to clean up immediately following a project.

B91, 93, 95, R83, 85, E00, 11, 13, E53, 55, 57, YG61, 65

Here is a peek at the inside of the card.

Again I used left over scraps to keep everything coordinated.  The card size was going to be 6x6 but it had to be a 5x5 instead because of the size of my leftovers.

Well my fellow crafters, this is all I have for tonight.  Don't forget to tell me what you think for a chance at some free dies and even if you don't need the dies share your thoughts with me. I appreciate the comments.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar Challenges - Bingo (horizontal twice and down the middle) (8/28)
Fantasy Stampers - #42 Lots of Layers (8/14)
Scrappers Delight - Anything Goes (08/31)
Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes But Birthday (8/14)

It's A Giveaway Month

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Hello my crafting family.  I feel like I have been disconnected for quite some time, when in reality it has only been a few weeks. I've been busy and having fun with my youngest grand-kids and believe me they keep this ole gal popping vitamins and energy tablets just to keep up with them.  When its time to "Power Down" (new phrase for nap time) I think I need it more than I want them to take it (smiles).

Anyway I found one heck of a deal at our local craft store and I want to share with you all.  Most of you will not have a need for what I am giving away, but there may be someone that was hoping to start or build their collection and it would be great if I could help you build your collection with this giveaway.

First here's a sample list of the Spellbinders dies that I have for giveaway.  My plan is to give 3 away at a time so that means more giveaways will be coming soon. But here are the groups to start this off.

Group A:
Classic Scalloped Circles; Standard Circles (LG);  Lacy Circles; Group B:
Beaded Circles;  Romantic Rectangles; Decorative Labels One;
Group C:
Fancy Tags;  Fancy Tags Two; Floral Ovals
Group D:
Classic Scalloped Ovals (LG);  Lacy Ovals; Classic Ovals (LG)

All you have to do for a chance to win is 
1. enter your name 
2. leave a comment 
3. be a follower 

That's all there is to it! Easy Peasy...right? You can comment on the giveaway or my latest creations or just leave a comment to say hello. Be a sweetheart and tell a friend or mention this giveaway on your blog! 

Supplies I used for this card are:
DP: My Minds Eye 
CS: Recollections Pink and 100lb cream card-stock from Staples
Offray Ribbon
Recollections pearls
Spellbinders Tranquil Moment Die
The greeting is from a Recollection clear stamp pack I had in my stash.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion - #272 Anything Goes (08/01)
Craft Dee Bowz - Anything Goes w/ Handmade Bow (07/31)
Artistic Inspirations - #136 Anything Goes (07/31)

Supplies Used to Make this Card:
DP: Graphic 45
CS: Recollections Pink and 100lb cream card-stock from Staples
Offray Ribbon
Recollections pearls
Floral: Wild Orchid Crafts
Spellbinders Divine Eloquence and Lattice Die 

I was inspired to create this card by one I found on pinterest. As usual I start out following the design exactly going in the same direction but somehow around the middle of the creation I end up going in a whole new direction, but in crafting its okay to do that and I'm glad because I do that a lot it seems.

I want to enter this card in a couple of challenges:
Crafting From the Heart - #70 Anything Goes (08/01)
Card Mania Challenges - #70 Anything Goes (07/31)

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enter your name for a chance at a few Spellbinders dies if you're interested.

The winner of Group A will be announced on August 31st.

Red White & Blue

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Hello everyone, hope each of you celebrated the 4th with family and friends, or maybe you opted to celebrate with that one special someone to share the beauty of the night with firecrackers bursting in the air spilling color all around and a gentle smooth taste of wine to relax and soothe the soul. Regardless to your choice I hope it was what you anticipated, needed and wanted to celebrate your day.

To continue the celebration I have a Red, White and Blue card to share. Its a 4th of July card but I think it could work as a birthday card as well especially if your birthday happens to be on the 4th (smiles). The USA could be replaced with the individual's initial to make it a more personalized card.  Wanna see what I mean??? well just keep going.

Again I decided to use very little embellishments and basic Recollections card-stock.

The stars were cut using a Sizzix star die and a star brad to keep the layers together. 

I also used some ribbon that I had in my stash to provide separation on the card and add another focal point.

The U.S.A. letters are standard letter stickers that I popped up on foam tape to create dimension.

On the inside I layered one side to follow the Red, White, and Blue theme and added a star in the corner for added focus.

This was a very simple and quick card to make and I would like to enter it in the following challenges:

My Sheri Crafts - #160 Happy 4th of July (7/10)
Less Is More - Red White Blue (7/10)
A Gem of A Challenge - Red White Blue (7/25)
Addicted to CAS - #67 Patriotic (7/25)
Crafty Friends Challenge - #9 Anything Goes (7/26)

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me. Don't forget your comments are always welcomed. 

Hope you'll come back again real soon.
Sending you hugs from Texas

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