Thursday, January 31, 2013

Top Ten Krafters Movin’ On…

You may have seen a couple of my posts with entries for the Kraftin Kimmie Guest Designer Contest.  Well… I am SO excited to have been picked as a top ten finalist!!  I really can’t believe it.  You can see the other ten talented ladies winning entries  here.
Our theme for the finals is PRETTY IN PINK.  How absolutely perfect for me.  You know I LOVE pink!!
Here is what I did with Clarabelle, one of the very first Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps I ever bought… isn’t she ADORABLE?!?
I made this 5x7 sleeve with a cute tag inside to write a note on.  Perfect for just about any occasion.
Card outI also used Carta Bella, Echo Park and MME cardstock, Lifestyle Craft nesting dies, Distress Ink, Lush brad and Stickles that I purchased from Crop Chocolate.  May Arts ribbon, Copic markers and pink burlap twine from my stash.
Card half out Close
All top ten entries are due by February 3rd…but we can submit as many as we want so stop by again in the next couple of days.  I have a couple of other ideas that I might just submit.  Wish me luck!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Weekly Challenges…a two-fer!

This week I combined two challenges: Crop Chocolate and Kraftin’ Kimmie
Challenge 46 at Crop Chocolate is PINK!  Create a card, layout or altered project using the color pink, one or several flowers and bling. The challenge is inspired by Chris' beautiful jewelry display box.
Challenge 162 at Kraftin’ Kimmie is a trio of embellishments.  Create a card, scrapbook page or altered item either with three different embellishments or even three of the same embellishment!
I used Echo Park Springtime, Little Girl, and Country Dr, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, pink Copics, Basic Gray button, Jillibean twine, Scrappin’  Supplies rhinestone, Lifestyle Crafts circle nesting dies all  purchased at Crop Chocolate.
The Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp is Charlotte.
I also used Spellbinder bitty blossom, other Copics, beads, Momento ink.
IMG_6291 I am having so much fun doing these challenges and I was lucky enough to win last weeks over at Kraftin’ Kimmie.  THANK YOU!!
And thank you for stopping by!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kraftin' Kimmie is looking for Krafty guests

More fun with my Copics and Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps! and as you may know KKS is looking for some krafty guests.  Here is another cutie I did for my niece's 4th birthday.

For this contest there were only two requirements:  use a Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp, of course and a metal embellishment/paper/colour. I used gold Stickles for the stars and silver gems on Glinda the Good Witch.  You can barely see it but there are crystal Stickles on her dress and give it so much dimension!!

Thanks for stopping by and wish me luck!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!! Krafty Guest Contest

I have been having A LOT of fun with my Copics so I decided to throw my ‘artsy hat in the ring’…  Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps! is looking for some krafty guests.   I just love these super cute stamps and I used Alice for my card.
For this contest there were only two requirements:  use a Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp, of course and a metal embellishment/paper/colour.  How perfect is that little clock?!
Well, back to more stamping!!  Thanks for stopping by and wish me luck!!

Blog Hop {WINNER}

The New Year, New Design Team blog hop was so much FUN!!!  We had great participation and I just love reading all your comments.  Thanks for hopping through!!  I am really looking forward to this term...

My winner will receive one of these altered mousetrap magnets that I made this weekend.

Prize traps

I used

True Random Number Generator Min: Max:      Result: 34

And lucky number 34 was a new follower.  She is actually local and my very first Crop Chocolate referral:
Michele, you inspire me every day! I can't believe that I didn't know ANY of these facts! ; ) Cannot wait to see what you come up with next... and of course I am a follower even though I am lucky enough to actually see all of your projects in person! Congrats on DT again!

Thanks again everyone for you continued sweetness!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Seize the Birth{DAY}

I love making cards so how perfect is this challenge over at Seize the Birthday??   Check out the sketch, follow the guidelines and make a card.
Here is mine for Challenge 1 Feminine Birthday Sketch:
happy birthday
For this card I used Carta Bella Beautiful Moments, Life Style Crafts nesting dies, Fancy Pants clear stamp, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain all from Crop Chocolate.  I also used Hug Snug seam binding, burlap twine, Paper Smooches sentiment stamp, Momento ink and a button from my stash.
Check back next week for the masculine version of this same sketch.

Friday, January 11, 2013

New Year, New Team Blog Hop

 NY label HAPPY 2013!!  It is the start of a new term for the Crop Chocolate Chocolatiers and this year our team has grown!   We are hosting a blog hop to introduce all of this terms members.
You should have gotten here from Laura’s blog but if you just happened by and would like to get to know the rest of The Chocolatiers and see all their tryout projects, hop over to Amber’s blog to start from the beginning. 
Here is a list of all of the team (including their Crop Chocolate names):
Amber Our fearless leader
Jenni (Mom2Two (Jenni))
Kathy (Clayton528)
Jasmine (Wildflower-Jasmine) 
Mary (mkbugs)
Nina (NinaN)
Polly (pollyzas
DeeDee  (D2)
Miwa (Chocolatier Miwa)
Chris (Christina)
Corrie (Corrie)
Karen (Karey2005)
Julie (scrap happy)
Becky (bkrejci)
Laura (Laursey562)
Michele (by belle) You are here!
 meSo this is me…and here are a couple of fun facts you may not know about me:
1.  When I was a kid (before I graduated from high school) I wanted to be a dental hygienist.  Now I can’t even imagine putting my hands in peoples mouths…
2.  My first job when I moved to Los Angeles was with a travel agency and we sold vacation packages to central America.  I was lucky enough to get to travel to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
3.   In junior high and high school I was in the marching band, flute and saxophone mostly but I also tried piccolo, oboe, drums and flag.
4.  I get really nervous when speaking in front of groups of people even if I know them, my face turns beet red and I speak REALLY fast.
5.  I have been told bunches of times I laugh like Betty Rubble.  ;)

These are the projects I submitted for my tryout:
Blog hop1Blog hop2ALTERED FRAME
Folded Circle Frame
And now your chance for some handmade blog candy…leave me a comment and become a follower if you aren’t already and I will have a random drawing for a winner to be announced Tuesday January 15th.
Thanks for hopping by…but you’re not done yet.  Hop over the The Crop and check out what’s happening over there.
I am looking forward to another great term filled with FUN and INSPIRATION!  There are some talented ladies that will be sharing some great projects!!
Make sure you are getting inky often!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

January {WINNER}!!

THANK YOU all so much for all the lovely comments!!!  Hope 2013 is off to a good start for everyone!!

And now for the winner...I used

Random Integer Generator

Here is your random number:

Datestamp: 2013-01-07

And lucky number 6 is:

GREAT effects. The mousetrap magnet clips are ADORABLE!!!!!! Love it! :) Nice work!!
Your surPRIZE will be postal this weekend!!
Thanks for playing everyone!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Inspired by {ICE}

A new year and a new design team term…2013, it just flies by so fast!!

This month the Crop Chocolate design team theme was ICE.  When you think of ice a lot of things come to mind like; ice cubes, icicles, snowflakes, and so on.  I originally thought I would do something inspired by icicles but I hit a little speed bump when it came to translating my idea to paper…  so finally I was inspired by a frozen pond for my altered mouse trap magnetic board.
 Here is what I came up with...
This was a really fun project and if you would like to see how I made this, pop over to The Crop for step by step instructions.

AND...if you leave a comment over there and come back to my blog, become a follower if you aren't already and leave a comment here... I will surprise a randomly picked winner with some blog candy.  All comments must be posted by midnight Sunday January 6th.  Winner will be selected Monday January 7th.  GOOD LUCK and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

December Daily

Happy New Year!!!

To start off my 2013 crafting I completed my first December Daily.  It was a class I took online from Dee Dee over at Um Wow Studio.

I am still working on getting all my pictures together but I just had to share… you are going to LOVE it!  I know I DO!!


And here are the pages…

1-2 3 4-5
6-7 8-10 11
13-15 16 17-18
19-21 23 24-25
26-27 28-29 30-31

Stunning isn’t it?  Dee Dee has MAD skillz!  ;)  Her design is awesome and the instructions were so easy to follow.  I learned A LOT!


Can’t wait to fill this daily up and CAN’T wait for the next class!!
Check back soon to see what’s cookin’ for 2013!!