Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pleasant Surprise (and a RAK!)

Well I was checking out all the blogs I love to follow today I saw the winner of the Altered Christmas Ornament at Art de Scrapz Blog. Wow! It was me! Well thank you very much ladies for the honor!

This, of course, put me in a very good mood (that and getting about 15 hours worth of financial work done - YAY!). So, I think I'll give away a RAK! Not sure what yet...but I promise it will be nice!

Want a chance to win? Just leave me a comment between now and Wednesday, February 3 and I'll draw a random winner and announce it on Thursday!

Happy creating!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Scrapping Your Boy

It sure appears to this scrapper that having girls and being able to scrap them is easier than having boys and trying to scrap them. There are endless choices available to those of us scrapping about our girls. But the choices are much more limited when it comes to boys.

That's why I'd like to suggest Harlee Quinnz Designs The Scents I Remember Collection. This is a wonderful masculine line.

Here are the papers in this collection:










Check out the kind of layouts you can create with these papers on the Harlee Quinnz Designs Blog or on the Scrapperie Freestyle Challenge Forum. Here's the one from Scrapperie:




Happy creating!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Voting is Open!

Seems all teh bugs have been worked out of the Purple Cows Consumer Contest Voting (hopefully!!). So, please take a walk over to the Purple Cows Blog to vote!

Again, you can borrow my shoes!



I've updated my Etsy shop too! Hope you go over and take a look!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Haiti By Hand

Many of you who know me, know I love Rebecca Sower. Her work is fabulous, she is a great person and she supports a wonderful cause: empowering the people of Haiti. I hope you will take the time to visit Rebecca's Blog to learn more about Haiti By Hand. Then go over to the Haiti By Hand Blog to learn more about some of the remarkable people she has met. Maybe you can help support this cause too. How?

Check out the Hait By Hand Etsy Shop . Maybe make a purchase. I have this item for sale there (100% of the proceeds from this sale go to Haiti By Hand).



Or perhaps you are a creative type and would like to donate something to the cause also. If you would, please visit Here to learn more.

Any way you do it, I urge you to join me in helping the people of Haiti. They truely need all our support. Thanks so much and God Bless.

Purple Cows Consumer Contest Update

For those of you who are Purple Cows followers (all of you I hope!), you know there were some glitches with the voting process on the top 25 semi-finalists. The contest is back on track and voting reopens tomorrow. Please take a walk over the the Purple Cows Blog for the full details. I strongly encourage everyone to get involved and VOTE.

You can borrow my shoes if you want......



PS....I am still in limbo about whether or not I got 200 followers to sign up and follow Sadie. When I know something, I will let all you bloggers know. THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY NO MATTER WHAT, it just may not be as generous if I didn't get the 200 followers I needed. See ya all soon!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Are You a Tim Holtz Fan?

If so, you may want to get in on this giveaway at BlueMoon Scrapbooking! What is it you ask? An autographed Sizzix Die! Cool!



Good Luck!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

UPDATE on the Giveaway!

As you all know this is CHA time (yay, to those who got to go! Whaaaa for those of us who didn't! Me included). I am waiting to hear the results of the Purple Cows Contest before I annpounce my winners. As you all know I HAD to reach 200 followers for Purple Cows for my giveaway to be valid. I hope I'm there...I really want to giveaway some stuff!

In the mean time I's like to share some projects with you I created using Harlee Quinnz Designs papers and stamps. If you haven't heard of Harlee Quinnz Designs, they are relatively new. Please visit their site here, they have simply lucious papers, acrylic stamps, laser pages and ephemera!

I used papers from the Scents I Remember Collection (Paper Indian, Cigar Box)and several acrylic stamps (Garden Journal Set, Garden Icons Set)and ephemera (Cowgirls) for the layout of my little Cowboy.



I used papers from the Scents I Remember Collection (Lucky Stripe, Tobacco), several acrylic stamps (Garden Mandala Set, Smokin Sentiments), Prima Flowers and copper wire to alter the bird house.



I used the Fairy Laser Pages and Garden Shadows paper, vellum, Prima Flowers and Ranger Glossy Accents with Circles cut on the Cricut for my beautiful fairy girl!



Have a wonderful scrappy day. Be back soon!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

**UPDATE!!!!** The "I Need Your Help" Blog Giveaway

Let me update everyone on the Purple Cows Consumer Contest and the Design Team Contest. Both have been extended to January 17th!! Great news!!! So, if you got a Purple Cows product for Christmas or you just haven't had time to complete a project and submit it you should!!

Okay, you are probably wondering why this is dated January 18, 2010. Well, this blog giveaway is open until January 17, 2010 at midnight PST. Here's what's up for grabs:

This is the FIRST PLACE PRIZE....there are four others. Here's how it works.

Purple Cows is having a awesome competition to see which Design Team member can drum up the most followers on Sadie's Blog or on the new Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/purplecows) I am giving away a HUGE PRIZE to one random blog reader who becomes a Sadie follower and mentions that I sent them!!! I am also giving away four smaller prizes. REMEMBER! MENTION THAT VICKI SENT YOU!!

Here's what you need to do:
Go to the Purple Cows Blog, scroll down the right hand side of the blog to Followers, click on Follow, to become a follower. Then leave a comment on any post saying you are a follower and Vicki sent you. Or go to Purple Cows Facebook Page and click on the link to become a fan. Then post a comment on the wall to let Sadie know you are a fan and Vicki sent you.

Then come back here and post a comment to THIS POST. Telling me to are a follower/fan now. For extra spots in the drawing for the prizes: post about this on your facebook page, twitter about it and put it with a link on your blog. Each of these actions gets you another entry into the drawing.

I HAVE to get 200 people signed up for this giveaway to occur. So , help me out and WIN BIG!!!



PLUS: THERE'S MORE! THERE'S A CONSUMER CONTEST TOO!

Design Contest

Step 1: Sign up to follow our blog or sign up to be a Fan on The Purple Cows Facebook Fan Page. LEAVE A COMMENT SAYING VICKI SENT YOU)
Step 2: Create a crafting project of ANY kind, as long as you use at least one of our MOO-riffic Purple Cows Tools.
Step 3: Send us photos of you using our product(s) in the creative process on your project, as well as the finished work. Type up a little paragraph about your Purple Cows Tool(s), and what you like about them. Then submit your entry to us via email/messaging on our Blogspot/FB Fan Page.

That’s all you have to do!

The contest runs from 12:01am, October 20, 2009, through 11:59pm, December 31, 2009. The contest is open to any crafter who follows the above rules. (Except our current employees or DT Members…sorry guys!)
The Winners: The winners of this contest will be announced live on the Diva Craft Lounge Radio Show at the CHA Winter Show 2010! There will be five winners for this contest, four runners up, and one grand prize winner.
Runners Up – Each of the four will receive $1000.00 each in Purple Cows Products!
Grand Prize – Will receive $5000.00 in Purple Cows Products!!!

So.....enter the consumer contest & PLEASE become a follower!!! And leave a comment telling them VICKI SENT YOU!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bad Girls Project 52 Challenge #8: Frame and Fill

It's time for a new Bad Girls Project 52 Challenge!!!

What is Bad Girls Project 52, you ask? Well in their own words...

"BAD GIRLS PROJECT 52 is an artistic community of 10 artists who share their view of a very poignant challenge that is put forth to them every 2nd and 4th Monday. We welcome everyone to join us on this journey and share their artistry also...it is our hope that by playing with us you will find peace and calm in all areas of art and gain more insight into the wonderful world of mixed media....

If you are NEW to us, join in and we answer your questions here.
Ask anyone who has finished one of our challenges (challenge gallery) and they will agree, our challenges will inspire YOU to be more

ARTISTIC!

(the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression),

IMAGINATIVE!

(marked by independence and creativity in thought or action),

STIMULATED!

(exhilarating: making lively and cheerful),

INVENTIVE!

(The meaning of invention is the creation of a new configuration, composition of matter, device, or process),

and

SATISFIED!!!

(That satisfies, gratifies, pleases or comforts)!"

I am so thrilled to offer you MY interpretation of challenge #8: Frame and Fill, as one of the THREE (yes, three!!) Guest Designers for January!

mment below, and to visit our blogs as well (links are in the sidebar.) The challenge is kept brief to allow room for you to interpret it creatively.

Here it is Challenge #8:
Challenge 8 – Frame & Fill (frame - good size, found, repurposed, purchased, wood, or metal, etc… fill – image, artwork, copy-right free image, or collage, etc...)

•Theme – Birds (real, fantasy, feathers, eggs, nests, or trees, etc…)
•Required material – Glass (marbles, sea glass, microscope slides, altered frame glass, broken mirror or glass tesserae, etc…)

In my interpretaion I created a wintry canvas with acrylics, Prima paintables, Harlee Quinnz Designs patterned papers, mirror pieces and beeswax. I created my antiqued frame by glazing a used frame with a handmade glaze of acrylic extender and Ranger Vintage Photo Reinker. I added branches, leaves, flowers, snow and ice (in the form of Ranger Glossy Accents, White Glitter and White Pearl Fabric Paint) and a bird with handcrafted feathered wings and tail holding a vintage chandalier crystal. My theme: Awakwening (as in Come On Spring!).





Be sure and check out the Bad Girls Project 52 Blog for more artisitic interpretations of this challenge! Hope you'll join us in creating!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Great News (again!)

I have been invited to join Jean's Art Dolls as a Professional Artist! I am sooooo thrilled to join the site and create art as I feel inspired to create and to (hopefully) inspire others!!!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bad Girls Project 52 Challenge #7

I really love Bad Girls and their Project 52 Blog. The newest challenge is up here!.

It is:
Challenge # 7 – Shadow Box (good size, found, cigar, repurposed, or purchased, etc…)
Theme – Insects
(butterflies, bees, spiders, moths, mantis, or caterpillars, etc…)
Required material – Fabric
(velvet, cotton, felt, lace, old/new, or antiqued, etc…)

Here is what I created for it. I started with an unfinished box. Replaced the lid with clear acrylic, covered it in antique dictionary pages and distress painted it. Stenciled butterflies on it and filled the interior with flowers and paper and acrylic butterflies. I had fun!!



Hope you join in the challenges too!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Purple Cows and HSN

Well, Purple Cows has made it's debut on HSN. Hope you got a chance to see it! I've been trying all day to load my project that was featured on air to the HSN website but keep running into "technical difficulties". So....I'll share it here!!



This Spring Time banner uses the angle cutting feature of the 1060 trimmer, the free style mouse, and numerous decorative edged blades!!

You can still get the special price on the Trimmer and 16 piece Decorative Edge Blade Set at HSN . Hurry! It's a great deal!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Purple Cows: HSN, iCubes, Contest Extension

A lot going on at the ranch these days!

First, Purple Cows will be appearing on HSN this month!! Whoo hoo....How exciting is that? I created a project for display on the show....but of course you'll have to tune in to see it...it'll be on display at CHA, too! Tune in to HSN on January 12th at midnight EST and 7pm EST to see Purple Cow's own, Vennita Wilson do her thang!! I can't wait!!

The DT members were asked to alter an iCube for display at CHA. Here's mine!

I created a fairy (I'll call her the Creative Fairy!) flying happily in a magical world made of acrylic, vintage paper, German Glass glitter...and more! All of the altered panels will be on display at CHA. So stop by the booth to check them out! I used the following to create my masterpiece:
iCube panel, 2-in-1 trimmer- Purple Cows; acylic shape, patterned paper, vintage dictionary pages and sheet music, Glimmer Mist, Alcohol Inks, Stickles, the Bind It All, vintage buttons and so on) Purple Cows Partner Products used: Doves of the East, Clear Snap, Color Box, Clear Scraps, Bind It All, Petaloo).

And here are the iCubes in action!

If you are looking for afforable, portable, easy to assemble storage solutionsthese babies are for you! Learn more about them here (check on iCubes!).

And, wait!.... more.....the deadline for Purple Cows design contest has been extended until January 17 2010! Hope to see you among the winners; there's $9000 in prizes up for grabs! There's more about this and my blog giveaway on the first post!!!

Happy Scrapping!!!!!!

Bad Girls Project 52 January Guest Designer!

So much to do........so little time! Now that the holidays are behind us, it's time for me to get my posterior in gear and create!

One of my goals for 2010 is to do more "me" projects. Don't get me wrong, everything I do has "me" in it. 150%! But a lot of what I create is dictated by manufacturers and their needs. Lately, I have gotten away from the mixed media and altered arts that are my true passion.

There's a perfect place for me out there is cyberland, that inspires and motivates me: Bad Girls Project 52 . What is this you ask? Well in their own words, "BAD GIRLS PROJECT 52 is an artistic community of 10 artists who share their view of a very poignant challenge that is put forth to them every 2nd and 4th Monday. We welcome everyone to join us on this journey and share their artistry also...it is our hope that by playing with us you will find peace and calm in all areas of art and gain more insight into the wonderful world of mixed media....

If you are NEW to us, join in and we answer your questions here
Ask anyone who has finished one of our challenges (challenge gallery) and they will agree, our challenges will inspire YOU to be more

ARTISTIC!"

I created this for their #6 Challenge, Arches.


And...Yay!! I have been asked to be a Guest Designer for January and I'll be sharing a challenge with you soon (challenge #8!). In the meantime, please check out Bad Girls Project 52 Challenge #7 here!! I hope you will join in the challenges and join us on the board!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Scrapperie Design Team

Wow! I have just been asked to join the Scrapperie Design Team. Come and join me Here!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy 2010!

Well, hard to believe it's 2010. I still the whole Y2K scare like it was yesterday....the time goes quickly, doesn't it?

With the holidays behind us now, I've begun taking down our tree. I have a few ornaments to share. I make an ornament every year theat features each of the kids. A way to "see" them growing up for Christmas. Here's what I did:



As I was putting things away, I accidentally cracked an ornament. This really upset my DS as it was one he gave me. So I couldn't just trash it. Instead, I repaired it with mod podged vintage book pages. Then I changed the color with alcohol ink, added German glass glitter, shredded vintage paper, a Prima flower, a broken vintage pendant and an embossed metal bird. I like the results!


Maybe you have the urge to alter an ornament too before packing eveything away! If you do there's a cool challenge over at Art de Scrap blog . Come join in! And......Happy New Year!!!