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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Welcome new friends

Sorry for the long absence.  I was very busy getting ready to go to my first craft fair here in Georgia.  It was wonderful to meet some new friends.  Hopefully we will be able to get together soon for classes and workshops.
Since Saturday is World Card Making Day I have invited those I met at the fair to come over to make a card.  Here is one of the cards they will be able to make.  It uses the new Spice Cake Fabric.  I love the color combination of the more mustard and pool party.  I also used the stamps sets Hand Penned Holidays and French Foliage.  Now that the craft fair is behind me I can start to be more active in blogging again.  We are gearing up for another Glitter Queen Blog Hop in mid October so keep checking back for more information on that.  Have a great day!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

And the Winner is.....

I had 58 entries in my blog candy give away.  I used the random number generator and the lucky number was #15 which belongs to Christina.  I looked at her profile and saw her really cute blog http://wernstrumfamily.blogspot.com/.  Christina please email me at mikende@cox.net with your snail mail information and you'll soon have a new piece of jewelry.  Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by this week we had so much fun and hope to hop again.  Keep checking back for new ideas.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Finale!

Wow...what a fantastic week.  We have had a Glitter Queen good time and I hope this is the first of many blog hops.  Your support has been amazing.  I've had more than 1800 visits and I even have followers...that's a first for me.  So today's project I worked on quite a while back.  It took several stages of cutting, pasting and drying but I decoupaged a flower pot with our beautiful DSP Berry Blossom.  I know you've seen me use it all week and I have to say..I still have a lot left.  I finished the pot with the lollipop candle from yesterday and made 2 new medallion flowers to go with it.  I think this is a great home dec idea.  Someone who was feeling well would love this more than real flowers.  Or it would be a great centerpiece at a shower.  Remember to leave a comment to be entered into my blog candy drawing and come back to see who the winner is.  Thanks so much and I hope we have inspired you to do some crafting this weekend.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hop into Thursday

Hello! I'm so happy you've joined me again.  Today is the 4th day of our Glitter Queens Fall Blog Hop.  I can't wait to show you the project I have for tomorrow.  But for today I wanted to make a virtual "thank you" to all of you who have been visiting me.  This is a lollipop candle.  I used the fun flowers BIGZ die and cut out lucky limeade and calypso coral card stock.  The trick to these is finding tea lights in clear cups.  You use a lollipop stick and some sticky sheet cut in circles to adhere everything together.  I think with the addition of the ribbon it really looks like a flower with leaves.  To accompany it a 3 by 3 card using berry blossom DSP and some added dimension from an in color brad.  The thank you comes from teeny tiny wishes and is punched using the word window and then re-punched to keep it...short and sweet (sorry couldn't resist).

Thanks so much for looking.  Remember to leave a comment to be entered in a drawing to win the button bracelet as blog candy.  Don't forget to keep visiting the rest of the ladies as they are posting new projects also.

Dawn Griffith      www.dawnsstampingthoughts.net
Tracy Bradley        www.stampingwithtracy.blogspot.com
Eileen Cassisi           www.whatstheinkabout.blogspot.com
 Anji Clements         www.alteredscraps.blogspot.com

Candice Crawford          www.craftingelegance.com

Tamara Gadberry       www.papercraftingstamper.blogspot.com

Cely Havens             www.hawaiipaperparty.blogspot.com

Jennifer Kay             http://txjennywren.blogspot.com

Stephanie Lorenz      www.stampedbystephanie.com

Bridgett Owens       www.stampingwithbridgett.blogspot.com                            
Joan Robertson         www.joansdailystampede.blogspot.com
Dee Slater                 www.createwithdee.typepad.com
Deidra Williamson     www.theplainsstamper.blogspot.com
Gina Wrona             www.ginawrona.blogspot.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

GQ Hop day # 3

Welcome back everyone.  Sorry for the late post...lots going on today plus computer issues...ughh.  Anyway today's project was one made out of necessity.  Today when I picked my son up from preschool I noticed his teacher was a bit hoarse.  So I decided to make her a small get well gift that included some of my favorite tea.
Today I changed the colors up a bit-using pumpkin pie for the base and some retired DSP on the inside.  I used the bird again from the stamp set Best of Everything and the "made for you" comes from the same set.  I inked it in lucky limeade and then used a tip from Mary Fish of using the blender pen to take OFF color from a stamp and then colored in the words with the pumpkin pie marker.  The medallion on the front is from the Berry Blossom DSP and with an added button it is a nice touch for a 3D item.  I closed it up with some taffeta ribbon and a sentiment from teeny tiny wishes.



Our hop is continuing all week so keep visiting all of us and leave comments along the way for your chance to win some CANDY...including the candy at my stop the button bracelet.
In case you've missed anyone along the way here is a complete list of our Glitter Queens Hop.

Dawn Griffith      www.dawnsstampingthoughts.net
Tracy Bradley        www.stampingwithtracy.blogspot.com
Eileen Cassisi           www.whatstheinkabout.blogspot.com
 Anji Clements         www.alteredscraps.blogspot.com

Candice Crawford          www.craftingelegance.com

Tamara Gadberry       www.papercraftingstamper.blogspot.com

Cely Havens             www.hawaiipaperparty.blogspot.com

Jennifer Kay             http://txjennywren.blogspot.com

Stephanie Lorenz      www.stampedbystephanie.com

Bridgett Owens       www.stampingwithbridgett.blogspot.com                            
Joan Robertson         www.joansdailystampede.blogspot.com
Dee Slater                 www.createwithdee.typepad.com
Deidra Williamson     www.theplainsstamper.blogspot.com
Gina Wrona             www.ginawrona.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Glitter Queen Hop Day #2

Wow...what an amazing response to our hop.  We are all so humbled by your generous compliments.  As a thank you I've decided to keep adding projects.  We're all still in order on the hop which means you probably have arrived here from Create with Dee.  I'll keep with the stamp set best of Everything and highlight the new in colors and Berry Blossom DSP.  Today's card was inspired by a great Mojo Monday layout several weeks ago.  It is so easy and uses scraps (a personal goal of mine).  The sentiment comes from teeny tiny wishes.  I've recently started to send cards to our church's shut ins and this one will hopefully brighten their day!  The base card is lucky limeade.  I pulled out my paper piercer to add a little extra and of course some dazzling diamonds.
Please come back tomorrow for another project and remember to leave a comment for a chance to win some blog candy.  Thanks for stopping by.  To keep hopping you'll leave me and head to Gina's.  Please see the post below for a complete list of our hopping spectacular glitter queens.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Welcome to our Hop!

I'm so glad you made it.  Hopefully you've arrived here from Dee Slater's blog.  That stocking die is going on my wish list!  If you've missed a stop along the way don't worry...I'll have a full list of our Glitter Queen's blogs at the end of this post.
My projects for the hop feature my new favorite set Best of Everything.  I have really enjoyed using it along with the new In Colors and the Berry Blossom Designer Series Paper.
This first card is so cute.  I love the little bird image.  The base is river rock and embossed with the dots embossing folder.  The branch image is actually on the inside of the card cut with the 1 3/4" punch.  The two strips of DSP at the bottom were just scraps but really add a nice touch.  It is finished off with the in color ribbon in pool party and the in color brads (pool party and calypso coral).
This card uses 4 stamps from the set.  Both flowers, the branch and the sentiment "friendship is a great place...i'm glad we're here".  For all the lovely detail just click on the picture to make it larger.  The bird house is from a punch...can you guess which one?  It's the tag punch.  The calypso coral flower is popped up on a dimensional and of course...for Dawn...it has dazzling diamonds on it.

This card came as inspiration from a card I saw on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator website. Thanks Linda Heller. What a great resource and just one of the reasons I am so happy I became a demo.
This cute little strawberry is another image in this set of 10 stamps.  Of course it is sparkly too!
My last project is one of my favorite things to do-3D projects.  This cute birdhouse was featured in the magazine every demonstrator gets...another great resource and perk!  I made it my own by using the scallop border punch and sponging the shingles.  I think this would be a very cute favor and you could make it to have one side of the roof open up.  It would be so cute with chocolate covered sunflower seeds in a little bag.
Now onto the super fun part.....BLOG CANDY!
Please be sure to leave a comment now through the end of our hop on Friday September 9th, 2011.  I'll randomly select a winner on Saturday the 10th.  The winner will get...this button bracelet.
It is made from Stampin' Up! buttons.  Please be sure to visit all the blogs in our hop as most are giving candy away...and it's not even Halloween yet.  
I hope you'll hop on over to Gina's blog and see her beautiful creations. 
Again if you've missed anyone along the way..don't worry...here's a list of everyone:
Dawn Griffith      www.dawnsstampingthoughts.net
Tracy Bradley        www.stampingwithtracy.blogspot.com
Eileen Cassisi           www.whatstheinkabout.blogspot.com
 Anji Clements         www.alteredscraps.blogspot.com

Candice Crawford          www.craftingelegance.com

Tamara Gadberry       www.papercraftingstamper.blogspot.com

Cely Havens             www.hawaiipaperparty.blogspot.com

Jennifer Kay             http://txjennywren.blogspot.com

Stephanie Lorenz      www.stampedbystephanie.com

Bridgett Owens       www.stampingwithbridgett.blogspot.com                            
Joan Robertson         www.joansdailystampede.blogspot.com
Dee Slater                 www.createwithdee.typepad.com
Deidra Williamson     www.theplainsstamper.blogspot.com
Gina Wrona             www.ginawrona.blogspot.com

Thanks for hopping in...hope to see you again soon.
If anything today catches your eye and you "have to have it" please click my shop 24/7 button.  Items ordered are sent directly to you from Stampin' Up!



Saturday, September 3, 2011

Who wants candy?

Are you ready to hop? Well the Glitter Queens are.  Who are the Glitter Queens you ask.  Well it is a group of great and talented gals whose upline is the lovely and talented.Dawn Griffith
This is our first blog hop so I hope all goes smoothly when we start Monday September 5th.  There are 13 of us participating and most are giving blog candy.  I thought I would give you a preview of what I'll be giving away.
It is a bracelet made from Stampin' Up! beads from the brights collection.  Oh I can see myself making these as hostess gifts, teacher gift and a few lucky friends will be wearing them too.
So please come back and join us Monday through Friday to see all the great projects our Queens have created.

Sympathy card

This is a case of a card from a new SU friend I've recently met...thanks Margaret.  She used Pocket Silhouettes and I don't have that set but there is a similar simple flower in Best of Everything.  I have now come to the point where I can see a card and then make what I have work...most of the time.  The base is river rock.  The layer is Baja Breeze.  I stamped the flower once in versamark and heat embossed with white powder.  The others are stamped in Not Quite Navy and clear heat embossed.  I sponged the edges first with baja breeze, then marina mist and finally not quite navy.  The ribbon is on the SU clearance rack (bargain!) and the sentiment is from a retired set whimsical words.  This card is going to my cousin's husband who just lost his mom.  Thanks for looking.
Please be sure to come back this Monday September 5th.  We will be having our first ever Glitter Queens blog hop.  I've got candy...who wants it!

The Holiday Mini

The new Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog is here!  I am a fall person and I love all things holiday so this is my favorite mini of the year.  I am placing an order with my friends soon and can't wait to play with the Spice Cake DSP and fabric.  I hope you will enjoy looking at it online.  If you'd like to have your own copy please email me at mikende@cox.net and I'll mail you one.  The items in the mini catalog can also be ordered on my demonstrator website..click on the shop 24/7 button.