Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #103- Anything Goes + Bloghop; Using My Besties and Bugaboo Stamps

This week the challenge is ANYTHING GOES!

Crafty Gals Corner is also hosting it's 2 annual Year End Bash/Blogiversary Blog Hop! This marks TWO years that I (Samantha) got a challenges, sponsors and some WONDERFUL ladies together, to help show case so beautiful things! I can't believe it's been two years already!

So to celebrate we have SEVEN (yes you read that right, 7!) wonderful sponsors who have agreed to help us celebrate. In addition, some of these wonderful ladies are ALSO offering prizes on their personal blogs. So be sure to hop, hop, hop for MANY chances to receive a prize. We do hope you have had a wonderful holiday with your friends and loved ones, and best of luck to you all in the New Year! Thank you for linking up with Crafty Gals Corner and we hope to see you again soon!

Please follow the blog hop schedule below and if you get lost, just hop on back here :)

Prize: 3 Digital Images/ 1 Digital Set

Prize: 7 Digital Images

Eureka Stamps

Prize: 3 Digital Images

Miss Daisy Stamps

1 - Grand Prize of 3 digital images
1 - prize of 1 digital image
1- prize of 1 digital image

My Besties Shop / Etsy Bestie Store

Prize: 3 digital images below

The Paper Nest Dolls
Prize: $20 gift Certificate

The Stamping Boutique
Prize: $12 Gift Certificate

"Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor at CRAFTY GALS CORNER CHALLENGE. We at TSB are very proud to offer original digital images and artwork to you. Thank you for giving us a few minutes of your valuable time to look over the store  Good luck in the challenge and we hope to see you over at our store.  Good luck to all in the challenge and we can't wait to see your creations.

Hello Crafty People!!! Did you all have a great Christmas?? We have been insanely busy and so here it is Boxing Day and I'm finishing up Christmas Cards... Bahahaha!!! Sooo... in fact I have a great head start on next years cards with 3 done already!! LOL I'm going to share 2 of them with you today and I'm pretty happy with how these adorable images turned out!

Bugaboo Stamps- Rudolph Ornament

My Besties- Snow Girl

I want to thank you all for playing along with me! However, this sadly, is my last week with Crafty Gals Corner. It's been so much fun and the girls are just amazing but my attention is needed other places. I wish you all the very best in 2017 and can't wait to bump into you all out in the Crafty World!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #102- Anything Goes; Christmas Card using The East Wind: Aurora- Waiting for you

This week the challenge is ANYTHING GOES!

Prize: 3 Digital Images
The artist behind The East Wind digital images is known as Unky LaStrange. Unky makes her home in British Columbia, Canada with her wonderful daughter, Aurora, the love of her life and source of much inspiration. She has been creating art since she was a child always allowing it to reflect her interests, humour, and love of all that is quirky. Her unique images run the gamut from the darkly humourous and sometimes creepy through the world of fashion-forward Lucy Loo to the sweet Aurora and Baby Aurora where life and people are good and beautiful. There are images to suit every taste, occasion, or whim at The East Wind (

Prize: 3 Digital Images

Hey there crafty people!! Are you ready for Christmas? It's only a few days away!!!! Sadly, I have a very large stack of Christmas images waiting to be colored and turned into cards.... Whoops!!! LOL So I have a good start on next year already!! LOL
This week I got to work with the beautiful Aurora- Waiting for You from The East Wind. She is so lovely and those snow flakes have so many more details than I was able to color in on a 4" tall image... maybe I will reprint her bigger and give her another go for next year ;) For now feast your eyes on this lovely lady!!!

Isn't she just do pretty!!!!  I had so much fun coloring her up last night!

I can't wait to see where this "Anything Goes" Challenge will take you this week!! Have a very Merry Christmas my friends!!!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Faery Ink One Dae Fae Day!!!!! Christmas Double Gate Fold Card using faery Ink Arielle Candy Cane Christmas Elf

This is like my favorite day of the month!! I love One Dae Fae day!!! Its one day a month that Amanda from Faery Ink creates this super adorable freebie for us all that's only available for 24hrs in the shop!! It is always a super cute little image!! And this month is not exception!! Look at this sweetie!!!
I just giggled the entire time I colored her!! For real!!!

And when I was done I used this awesome tutorial to turn her into a Double Gate Fold Christmas card!!
I love her so much you are gonna get to see her a few times this post!! 

For cardstock I used CTMH Kraft and colonial white. The papers are from My Minds Eye- Comfort and Joy collection. And then just for some added shine there is a red metallic paper used as an accent.

I used some new dies for the candy canes and present. I wrote and cut the sentiment with my Cricut Explore using the CMTH Artistry cartridge. Oh and a little Tim Holtz candy apple distress ink on all the edges.

And that's my adorable Arielle Candy Cane Christmas Elf for you!! Make sure you pop by the store to grab yours today!!!

I also want to take a minute to Thank all of you, Amanda, and the Faery Ink DT for having me the last 10 months!! Its been such a blast!!! Amanda is in the process of choosing a new DT right now!! I do hope to stay on the DT but who knows.. maybe One of you will get my spot!! I have had so much fun and loved creating along with you all and with Amandas incredible images!!!
Best of Luck to all those trying out for new DT and congrats to those who make it!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #101- Anything Goes; Using Faery Ink- Autumn Rose Coffee on the Go

This week the challenge is ANYTHING GOES!

Prize: 3 Digital Images

This week I got to play with the beautiful Autumn Rose Coffee on the Go from Faery Ink! She was such a dream to color up! I played with a few fun techniques using Rangers Perfect Pearls which I had forgotten all about!!

I wish I could have snagged a better picture for you because all the snowflakes glitter like those two and the sentiment shines a blue green too!!

I do hope you are all staying warm in this terrible cold snap!! We are in the -30C's with the windchill everyday for the last week and a half and its supposed to stay with way till Christmas!! OY!!!

Stay warm and keep crafting!!!

Diagonal Double Gate Fold Christmas Card using Faery Ink's Aja- Warm Drink, Cold Day

Hey Hey Hey!!! Are you all almost ready for Christmas?? It's only 10 days away!! Where has the time gone!!! I am so running out of time to get all the things done I want to!! But I just keep pluggin away and hopefully I will manage it all!
Today I have a brand new release digital stamp to show you for Faery Ink!! Aja is just plain awesome if I do say so myself!! I loved the challenge of a darker skin tone which I don't do very often.. and coloring her dreads was so much fun!! I adore the snowflakes in the background it just gave it such a wintery feel!!
Isn't she just lovely!!! I loved coloring her soooo much!!!

To create the Diagonal Double Gate Fold I used this tutorial and loved doing it!! It is such a fun card!! This simple twist give such an interesting detail to the card!!!

I used different dies for all the cuts you see like the coffee up and snowflakes, even the image and mat. The pattern paper is from the Echo Park Hello Winter paper pack and I must have more of it!! So much more!!! LOL I used CTMH Twilight, Crystal Blue, and Saphire cardstocks. The blue enamel dots are also from CTMH and I used Tim Holtz Faded Denim distress ink to edge all the peices.

The inside I stamped with CTMH Crystal Blue and Twilight inks using CTMH Wonderland and Very Merry Christmas stamps. And as you can see I should have followed the tutorial better and stamped that coffee cup prior to glueing down the white cardstock... but we live and learn right!!!

Thanks for popping in today! I always have so much fun showing off my new creations with you all!!! Make sure you pop by the Store today to pick up your very own Aja- Warm drink, cold day digi stamp!!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Aurora Wings Challenge #41 "Winter Wonderland"- Altered Canvas using "Icy Snow Queen"

Oh you guys I cannot tell  you how good it feels to have this project done!! If you follow me at all or check in when my Aurora Wings inspiration posts go up you will know I have been working on this set of canvas' since..... well you saw the first 2 in September which means I have been working on them since August... is that even seriously possible!!!??? My oh my where is the time going!! LOL
But its done now and I do hope you love it!!
Haha just teasing you don't get to see it yet!! LOL So the first canvas was based on Hans Christian Andersen's"The Snow Queen", the second canvas was based on C.S. Lewis': Chronicles of Narnia and now this one is based on Disney's Frozen. So little back story I learned while working on these.... The Chronicles of Narnia and Frozen have both pulled thier inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen! Just a cool little fact for you that 3 totally different stories were all sparked by the same mind! Makes me think of how Mitzi gives us all one little thing to go on for the month and ta-da we end up with 50+ totally different ideas and interpretations!! Pretty neat if you ask me!!

So...... anyway.... This is image is Icy Snow Queen and I love her!! I love all those different icicles to color! Her flowing hair is gorgeous and her beautiful facial features make her a dream to work with!!!
I had so much fun doing the water color technique on the background of all these canvas'. Its just a fun technique that I can't wait to try on a smaller scale like a card! LOL

The ice castle there was cut from the Disney Frozen cricut cartridge.... I had to force myself not to put an Olaf or something on here! LOL if I had my kids would have stolen it for sure!! As you can see I already had some help "prettying up Elsa!!" LOL not your usual gem placement ideas but my 5 year old was so excited to do it lol

Are you ready for the grand finale? The final look of all the art upon the wall!!?? It's so nice not have a blank canvas hanging there anymore!! LOL

The quotes from left to right:
"I'll rise like the break of dawn"- Elsa, Frozen
"You doubt your value- Don't run from who you are" - C.S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia
"I can give her no greater power than she already processes," said the woman, "Don't you see how strong that is?"- Hans Christian Andersen, Snow Queen

I love having such powerful, uplifting, strengthening quotes hanging here in the one room in the world where I can be me and free and let whatever I want out. These quotes help me walk out of my sanctuary ready to face whats outside that door with all that I have. Do you all have little things like this around your world too? Little things to build you up? I hope so!!!

Thanks for popping by again today!! I do hope you have enjoyed seeing this wall of my craft room come together as much as I have enjoyed doing it!! LOL Where's the snow going to take you the next 2 weeks??

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #291: Christmas; Christmas Card Using Aurora Wings Poinsettia Sprite

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge! This is our last challenge for 2016, so be sure to check back with us in January after the holidays.

Merry Christmas!

Challenge #291 - Christmas-create a card or project for Christmas.

This Weeks Sponsor

There will be 3 winners of $7 gift certificates!

Create a project inspired by Mother's Day

And we are giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate, courtesy of FCCB Design Team! 

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

Hey you guys!! Is everyone getting into the Christmas spirit?? I sure am at my place!! So many things to get made in such a short time!! About 50 more Christmas cards to go.... Eeeks!! Let's make this fast so I can get back to it!! LOL

Today I have an adorable retro feel Christmas card to show you!! I used this super sweet Poinsettia Sprite from Aurora Wings to be the focal on my card.

Then I used some My Minds Eye- Comfort and Joy papers along with CTMH Cranberry and New England Ivy cardstocks to create this super cute card!!!
And to finish it off I used my CTMH Artiste and Artistry cricut cartridges to create the bow and cute little sentiment tag!!

Thanks for popping in to see what I made today! I really really am looking forward to seeing all your Christmas creations the next few weeks!!!

I also want to Thank all of you and the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog DT for following along with me this last year!! This will sadly be my last DT post for Fantabulous and I just want you all to know how very much I have enjoyed my time with this team and playing with all of you!! Thank you so much for an amazing year of creative inspiration!! 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Faery Ink December Facebook Challenge "Gift" using Gabbie and Gibran O Holy Night Digital Stamp

Hey there everyone!! Are you ready for another fun monthly challenge in the Faery Ink Facebook Group? This month the theme is "Gift" interpret it how you wish!! Whether you choose to make a gift tag, use an image with a gift, create a gift bag, whatever your mind thinks up!! And it does not have to be a Christmas Gift either!! How fun is that!! So wide open with so many possibilities!!
For my project I chose to make a Christmas card.. 'Tis the Season after all!! But I did not do a gift in the traditional sense either... wanna see?
I started with Gabbie and Gibran O Holy Night. I love how this image projects the story of the First Christmas complete with Star of Bethlehem in a modern beautiful way! I am not a religious person but I have a lot of faith and for me this gift is still the most important Christmas Gift ever given.  

I found this beautiful papers a few weeks ago while in the city doing alittle shopping and knew that it was absolutely perfect for this image. Its Photo Play- Born this day and I totally love it!
The sentiment is CTMH Card Chatter- Christmas Holiday. And the little wise men down there are cut for the CTMH Artfully Sent cricut cartridge.
This card was not east for me to put together. Not being a religious person how to embellish it was tricky for me! Ask Amanda we chatted all morning as I did it!! LOL But I do think it turned out so lovely and I hope it gives you some inspiration for your "Gift" project and please do come share it with us in the Faery Ink Facebook Group!!

Thanks so much for popping in today!!