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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Victorine Originals ~ California Style Christmas Shaker Cards

Good Morning,

Today is my day to take over the Victorine Originals Blog. In keeping with the Mood Board "ALL TIED UP" I chose to use:
Cactus, Pine, and Palm Christmas


close up view


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Card Recipe:
Stamped the images on watercolor paper with Silver Pigment ink and again with versamark. Clear embossing powder was then applied and each panel heat set. Images were watercolored using Zig Clean Colors and the backgrounds on each panel were done using Gansai Tambi Pearl watercolors. Various Nuvo drops were used for the ornaments. To create the shaker My Favorite Things Peek A Boo window die was used on each panel to assure correct fit, then again on each blue patterned paper panel. MFT shaker pouches were used to create the shaker portion and I used various sequins and seed beads from my stash for the filling. Neenah 110lb card stock was cut to A2 size for all cards. All layers attached to front and the sentiment if from my stash embossed with ranger blue tinsel embossing powder

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Don't forget there is still time to enter your projects into our current challenge...
Head on over to the Victorine Originals blog and check out their challenge post. You have a few days left to enter your project/s that follow this theme. They do not have to use Victorine Originals stamps on them. We can't wait to see what you create!  
I look forward to visiting your blogs.

Thank you for visiting today and have a great day!
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Design Team Member MaryAnn


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thankful ~ CAGI 192

Good Morning Dreamerz,

This week we have a new challenge at Come and Get It, with our Sponsor being Pickled Potpourri. Our challenge is Thankful. I have used the image called


I hope you'll come join us in the challenge and share your creations with us.


Have a great Day Dreamerz!!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Victorine Originals ~ Challenge #15 ~ All Tied Up

Good Morning Dreamerz,

Today is the start of Challenge #14 on the Victorine Originals BlogThe Mood Board for this challenge is: "ALL TIED UP".  Here's my inspiration for you using:
Cactus, Pine, and Palm Christmas and Christmas Borders Set







Card Recipe:
Stamped the images on watercolor paper with Moss ink from Hero Arts and again with versamark, clear embossing powder was then applied and each panel heat set. Images were watercolored using Zig Clean Colors and the backgrounds on each panel were done using Gansai Tambi Pearl watercolors. Various Nuvo drops were used for the ornaments. Kraft cardstock was then cut to 3.5in x 2.75in. I used the Happy Holidays sentiment from Holiday Borders stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink. My Favorite Things Peek A Boo window die was used on each panel to assure correct fit, then again on each kraft panel. Neenah 110lb card stock was cut to 3.5 x 5.5 and scored at 2.75. All layers attached to front of tag and a hole punch was used in corner, lastly I attached gold stretchy cord for each tag

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So, now on to the details of how to play along with the challenge...
Head on over to the Victorine Originals blog and check out their challenge post. You have two weeks to enter your project/s that follow this Mood Board. They do not have to use Victorine Originals stamps on them to enter. We can't wait to see what you create! 



3 Ways to Play.
 1. You can use the photos for inspiration; use one photo or use all the photos
or 
2. Use just the color palette but be sure to use all the colors
or
 3. Follow the theme. Located on the lower corner of the inspiration picture.
And if you're feeling really creative, use all of it!

So what are you waiting for show us your projects with a "ALL TIED UP" theme for a chance to win. I look forward to visiting your blogs.
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Thank you for visiting today and have a great day!
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Design Team Member MaryAnn



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

But did you die?

Good Morning Dreamerz.

Todays post is not showcasing any cards or projects, but more of a tips for crafters and those who are the recipients of handmade items.

Last week I had my feelings hurt by a friend.  I sent out over 45 Halloween cards at the beginning of October, each with a handmade envelope, and each card different as no 2 cards were alike.  The friend sent me a Facebook message and it said "You spelled our name wrong on the envelope". WOW I was taken aback at this comment, no hello, hi how are you, no hey thank you for the lovely card, just you spelled our name wrong.  I did not even know what to say to this person and actually still have not said anything. 

BACKSTORY
As a little girl growing up I would take great delight in getting cards and letters in the mail.  I was raised in a time when writing letters and sending cards was something special and cheaper than a phone call. I was taught at a young age that even the simplest thank you note for a gift received in the mail or in person required a thank you note. I am thankful now as an adult to have received so many cards and letters from loved ones as I still have a big lovely box filled with them.  Now that many of these important people have passed away, I still have a tangible connection to them.
As a parent I have tried to raise my children with this same ideal. Now I understand modern times have changed the rules on saying thank you, as we now can send text messages, Facebook messages and even what was an expensive thing in the past is pretty much free a phone call. 
I am still a firm believer that if you receive a tangible gift, you send a real note thanking the person, but again that is just me and Miss Manners (showing my age again right?)

Fast Forward to the present and my hurt feelings. I spoke of the Mis-Spelled name to many of my friends in the crafting community, and those not in the community about this, and how it hurt my feelings. The following is some thoughts from them on the situation.
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For senders of gifts or cards:
1. Send from your heart. Do it because it makes you happy, not because you expect anything in return.

2. Remember not everyone is as invested as you in the card or gift you made.

3. It does not have to look like it came from Hallmark or Tiffany's if it was sent from the heart.

4. KEEP IT REAL a fellow crafter I truly admire is Amy Tsuruta, she once sent me a card that she had accidently stamped the inside sentiment upside down. She attached a tiny post it that said "just keeping it real here".  I love this, and have sent many an ooppss card to family and friends. I like to call them happy accidents.

5. REMEMBER #1 ALWAYS. Don't let 1 unthoughtful person keep you from this.

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For recipients of gifts or cards:
1. Acknowledge that you received the card or gift, the sooner the better. Even a simple text saying thank you.  Most of us want to know if the post office lost your item (they can be flaky), and when you say nothing we fear the worst. 

2. Rudeness: You’d think it goes without saying, but sometimes people can use thank yous as a way to be passive aggressive about not liking a gift. If you don’t like it, leave that thought to yourself- notes and messages are about thanking the gesture, not the specifics. (Unless it’s an offensive gift, etc.) If someone sent you a green sweater and you’d prefer pink, this is not the time to say “Thanks so much for the sweater. I haven’t worn green since I was little, but thanks anyway”. That’s not the best way to truly thank someone.

3. Think of getting a card in the mail as a reminder to keep in touch.

4. The sender of the card or gift could have chosen to send to anyone, but they chose you over others. Understand that, that makes you special in their hearts.

5. BUT DID YOU DIE? if a name is accidently mis-spelled it was most likely not intentional, now unless you repeatedly receive things with an incorrect spelled name, maybe check with the sender/giver as they may not know how to spell your name.

6. The bottom line is this: Saying thank you in any form is better than saying nothing at all. While the world won’t end if you DON’T say thank you, the best way to keep and maintain friendships and good work relationships is to acknowledge the kindness someone has shown you. 
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Final thoughts:
I think, at its core, giving thanks for something you’ve received, whether it’s an object, an experience or something intangible like forgiveness or support, is something that just needs to be done, period. The form, timing and details are rarely as important as the simple act of saying thank you. I’ve found I most often get tripped up on trying to make things perfect, when I should just stick to the simple “Thank You” and get the message out. So when in doubt, a simple thank you in any form is the best thing you can do to show your appreciation. I hope the above has helped you in finding creative, timely or most effective ways to say thanks, but the bottom line is this: 
Just say thank you. The person receiving the thanks will just be happy to hear it, the mode and message are rarely as important as the simple act of acknowledging someone’s kindness.
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Now for me I have to finish our Thanksgiving cards so that they can go out in today's mail.  The person who hurt my feelings will be getting a card, because that is just how we roll, forgiveness in all things.

Have a great day Dreamerz,
~MaryAnn~

Victorine Originals ~ Raisin Boat Challenge Card

Good Morning,

Today is my day to take over the Victorine Originals Blog. Today I am featuring a card made with a Raisin Boat Stamp from the stamp set Family Circle 

I say Challenge Card in the description because I along with all my Design Team sisters were given this set and challenged by the owners of of SumMore Fun (the umbrella company that owns Victorine Originals, Raisin Boat) to create a fast, easy card or project that could be used at stamp and scrapbook events for make and takes. What is a make and take you ask? make-and-take is a hands-on activity where your attendees put together something they can take home with them to use and enjoy.  So without making you wait further here is my card. 






Card Recipe:
Started with a piece of pale blue paper from my scrap stash which I stamped the image with blue ink, then I die cut around it using a Sun die. I took some more scrap paper from my stash and die cut 3 banners and glued them to the back of the stamped/diecut image. Lastly I affixed the whole thing to the front of a pre made card base with double sided foam adhesive to make it pop off the card a bit, rhinestones were added to give it a bit of sparkle.

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Don't forget there is still time to enter your projects into our current challenge...
Head on over to the Victorine Originals blog and check out their challenge post. You have a few days left to enter your project/s that follow this theme. They do not have to use Victorine Originals stamps on them. We can't wait to see what you create!  
I look forward to visiting your blogs.

Thank you for visiting today and have a great day!
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Design Team Member MaryAnn

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Sasayaki Glitter ~ November Challenge ~ Blue

Good Evening Dreamerz, Jumping on real quick to bring you the Sasayaki Glitter Challenge for November 2017 using the color Blue.  For my inspiration I have chosen to use Winter Bunnies



The rules are pretty straight forward and as long as you follow them, you will be eligible for the winner's prize of 3 digis of your choice from the Sasayaki Glitter Etsy Store.  There is also a Top 3 with each person winning one digi of their choice from the Sasayaki Glitter Etsy Store!!
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Rules  
The challenges start on the first Thursday of the month and close as the next month's challenge begins. 
  1. In order to claim your prize, please make sure you follow the Sasayaki Glitter blog and/or join in our Facebook fan group
  2. Please link up with a NEW creation - no backlinking allowed. Link to the specific post with the project you are entering into the challenge, not to your blog in general.
  3. You must follow the theme of each challenge.
  4. You may use any image you wish.  Although we would love to see an image from Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps, it is not required to come play along. Your creation, however, must include some type of image - digi stamp, clip art, rubber/clear stamp, etc.
  5. You can submit any type of papercraft or altered project, you are not limited to just cards.  In fact, we encourage all types of creative projects :)
  6. Please mention our challenge and link back to us in your challenge post.  
  7. Maximum of 3 entries per challenge, no combined challenges limit.
  8. Entries that do not follow the rules will be deleted.
  9.  Link up your current creations here, just click the top right corner badge that says "FIND OUR CURRENT CHALLENGE

                  We would love for you to also join our Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamp Facebook Group  and share your creations made using images from Sasayaki Glitter Stamp on Etsy .We will have contests, games and promotions over there from time to time.

                  Sunday, October 29, 2017

                  Halloween ~ CAGI 190

                  Good Morning Dreamerz,

                  This week we have a new challenge at Come and Get It, with our Sponsor being Nikki Burnette. Our challenge is Halloween. I have used the image called


                  I hope you'll come join us in the challenge and share your creations with us.


                  Have a great Day Dreamerz!!!
                   

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