Monday, December 31, 2012

Seasons of Giving Blog Hop

Contest closed-- thank you all for your response! The winner will be announced on Friday (1/4).

Welcome to the Seasons Givings Blog Hop!  I hope you all had a great New Year's Eve celebration! 
As I type this at 11:20 pm on New Year's Eve, I'm sitting in the dark with my family all laying on the floor and couches around me snoring the night away... hee, hee. Oh the life of a mother can be so glamorous! 

Anyway... back to the hop. This one is going to be a little bit different, in the fact that every single person on the list below, is giving something away.  All you need to do, is go to their blog, and leave a comment.  Really, really easy.  Now grab a cup of coffee, or tea, or maybe some hot chocolate, whatever your favorite is, and start hopping. 

Here's what I have to share with one random winner today...
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive "For the Record" Clear Stamp Set

Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Pinpoint Border Craft Die
All comments for my blog prize must be received by noon US EST on Thursday, January 3, 2013! 

Here's a little project I thought I'd share... its one of my favorited from 2012... I can't give you some deep seeded reason for it... it just simply makes me happy.
Here is to starting off the year 2013 in a fun way!
Now go hop... hop away (and I hope you win some really fun stuff)
Participating crafters/blogs:


Zva Creative December DT Blog Hop!


Happy New Year to you! Zva Creative and our talented NEW 2013 Design Team welcome you to our December blog hop where we officially welcome our new team members to our monthly hops! We are very excited about this year’s team and are sure that you will be inspired by and love their work. Are you ready to hop along and get to know them better?

Today’s Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative’s blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, December 31st and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 1st.
***Prizes***
Hidden on FIVE of the designer’s blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 2nd on Zva Creative’s blog. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva’s blog on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.
*Hop over to Zva’s facebook page and “like” our page or leave a comment there to tell us that you stopped by if you already like follow us there!

You have reached the end of the hop! Thank you for joining us & have a happy, happy new year!

( The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative’s blog, if you missed the start:)

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on January 28th for our next Zva blog hop!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Case Study Week #2

Ok, so are you ready to case another one of my cards. Here's the inspiration up this week over at Case Study...

... it was really funny when Chupa selected this card, because I think I made it over a year ago.  Anyway, since it was already a holiday card, I thought I'd reorient the sketch a bit and create a New Year's card...
I kept the double bow which I know can be thought of as totally obnoxious, right? But it can also be totally fun too... so I saw do what makes you happy. And these bows make me happy...so on the card they go!

Want to play? This week's challenge is actually a two weeker... so you have some extra time to whip something up and link her here.

Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Case Study Week #1

Hello everyone! How is your week is going? I'm sitting here at 11:17 pm wondering how it got to be Thursday afternoon evening almost Friday already?

I'm honored to be the Muse for December over at Case Study Challenge Blog. If you've never been over to Case Study, its defiantly worth the click over. Every week the Case Study Design Team cases a card from their guest designer (aka Muse) and they always invite their readers to join in and link up as well. The thing I love most about this challenge blog is the awesome talent that they have on their design team.  They create stunning and smart cards week after week! Its very cool and inspirational:)

So here is the card that Case Study choose for as inspiration for week #1. (You can see my original post HERE to see how I created it).

... and the fun part... I get to play along too! So being that it is now holiday time, I thought I'd use my card as inspiration to make a holiday card. Tis the season:)

The inspiration for my original card is based on the technique of embossing with craft dies. I've always been a fan of embossing & love that die templates are so versatile that you can use them to create embossed patterns, as well as cuts on cards. So I took the technique, grabbed my favorite holiday die template and here you have my new card to share with you all!


The best part about using die templates to emboss is that you have a beautifully textured card that is flat enough to mail. Perfect for all of those holiday cards!

So what do you think? Want to play along and show us how my Embossed Birthday card inspires you? Just click on over to Case Study to check it out!

Hugs & much love! Windy

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Happy Wednesday!

I'm blogging over at Paper Crafts Connection today, sharing some ideas and resources for crafting with adhesives! Come check it out! Here's a little sneak of what I created...


... I'd love it if you would hop on over to see the rest.

I also have one last bit of news to share that is super fun. Spellbinders is hosting the BIGGEST contest that they've had to date! You can check out the Spellbinders Explore Beyond Challenge: Craft to Win contest for a chance to win a $5,000 Grand Prize Package from Spellbinders and their cross promotional partners!

Way cool! Who wouldn't want to win all of those great prizes?

Just a quick post today. I'll be back tomorrow with a card that I created for CASE Study. Much love for you! Windy

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Getting Ready to Wrap...

... and dying up some tea dyed tags to make into gift tags. But of course I had to make the whole batch, so I have a few sets that are up for grabs in my Etsy shop.

Small 1 3/8" x 2 3/4" Tea Dyed Tags
Medium 4 3/4" x 2 3/8" Tea Dyed Tags
Think about how fun it would be to alter these guys! I'll be back in a couple of days to share what I did 
with my dyed tags. What are you all doing to prepare for the upcoming holidays?

Happy weekend &  much love for you! Windy

Friday, November 30, 2012

Anna Griffin Scrapbook Super Sale


Hi all! I'm here to alert you of one of my favorite sales of the year because there are always some really G O O D  D E A L S. If you are an Anna Griffin fan, please check it out here: http://www.qbaroo.com/annagriffin.


Couture craft supplies, high-end papers, intricate stamps and embellishments and so much more are available for up to 80% off!  Exclusively at Anna Griffin and for only a short time, you have one more chance to buy previously sold-out products. The Scrapbook Super Sale starts on Friday (11/30) at Noon EST through Noon on Monday (12/3). Plus, you get a free gift with orders over $50 qualify and free shipping on all orders (within the U.S., excluding Hawaii and Alaska).
Now hurry on over, because there are limited quantities of what is available!

Heres the link again: http://www.qbaroo.com/annagriffin 

Happy Friday & much love! Windy

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hello all! Happy Wednesday. Quickly dropping in today to share a scrapbook page that I created for Spellbinders Idea Gallery



It will always be one of my favorites because it captures a moment between my two daughters on a recent trip to Washington DC.  The journaling: Love makes life beautiful. I love you. I believe in you. Do something nice for someone else. You & me. Embrace. Pieces of life. Joy. sums it all up... the relationship between two sisters in that moment.

My page features a cluster of Bauble Blossoms One and Two die cuts.  The flowers are accented with bling and surrounded by a combination of Nested Leaves and Foliage that are stenciled with ink. The photo is cut/embossed and edged with ink and matted on a Picot Edge Circles die cut to create the vintage look. Washi tape and sentiment stickers finishes off the page.

You can check out a full supply list HERE.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Much love for you! Windy

P.S. Don't forget to pop over to Zva Creative's blog  to see if you were one of our lucky prize winners from our November Blog Hop.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Zva Creative November DT Blog Hop!


Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our holiday themed November blog hop!
The Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative’s blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! Leave a comment there for a chance to win an extra prize package just for visiting the blog and telling us that you stopped by! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 
As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.
Since we are sharing holiday projects today, I thought I'd share with you the holiday cards that I'm making to send out to my friends and family. Here's a little shot of their creation in progress (shhhh... no comments about my messy, inky desk please:)
I'm all about making easy, clean and simple cards when I'm making 50 of them. So I decided to hand stamp my cards with Holly Branch Combo (image) and Wonderful Delights (sentiment) wood mounted rubber stamps from Impress Rubber Stamps. Here's what my finished stamping looks like, all in all I think it took about and hour and a half to complete my stamping.
Now, all it needs is the addition of a little Zva bling to make a pretty ordinary card look pretty fabulous.
What do you think?  I like them both, but I'll be sure to add a few Zva blings to my extra special cards, like the ones for my mom and dad. Here's another where I added a few of Zva's iridescent blings. My philosophy is that you can really add bling to anything... it only enhances it:) 

Anyway, no doubt that we all love bling (you wouldn't be here if you didn't, right?)  so if you would like to play along with our design team today, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, November 26th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 27th.
***Prizes***
Hidden on FIVE of the designer’s blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 28th on Zva Creative’s blog. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva’s blog on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.
*Hop over to Zva’s blog and leave a comment there to tell us that you made it there!

 The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative’s blog. Your next stop is the wonderful Christin Gr√łnnslett. Every time I see her layouts, I think... I wish I could scrap like her! Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us! Much love to you all:) Windy

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on December 31st for our next Zva blog hop!