Saturday, April 27, 2013

7 or less - Challenge #2 Winner

I am here today to announce the winner of the second 7 or less challenge.

Challenge #2 Winner

The lucky and talented Stempelomi Beate is the winner of this challenge! This is the card she made:

Congratulations Stempelomi Beate! Here's a graphic you can put on your blog if you'd like:

Please send me an email so I can get your adress to ship the prize out to you =) Please put '7 or less winner' in the subject field of your email. My email adress is on the right hand sidebar. 

 Challenge #2 Honorable Mentions

Card made by Elise C.

Card made by Malini C.

Thanks again to everyone for entering =) I will be back again with the third 7 or less challenge on May 1st. Be sure to stop by and check it out, I have an amazing sponsor lined up for it! I hope to see you all back again then!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Wishlist 04.21.13

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I'm sharing another group of stamps and dies today, that are on my wishlist right now =)

I've been wanting those "Shapes: Hearts" dies from Clear and Simple Stamps for so long, but they are very expensive since they only come in the die+stamp combo. I would need to pay customs tax on an order with only the dies in it, because of their high prize. So I won't be purchasing them anytime soon, unless they have a sale or something I can take advantage of to get them for a more reasonable prize. But I loooove the shape of the heart dies! I'm very picky about what type of heart shapes I like, but these are just perfectly how I like them =)

The background die from Simon Says Stamp looks so fun! I love how the stars are scattered around, and are getting fewer and farther apart towards the bottom =) Next up is that background stamp from Hero Arts. It looks so versatile, and I have seen several people use it in fabulous ways, so I've now placed it on my wishlist. I'm also wanting to try out stamps from Kelly Purkey, and the set I've linked to above looks so fun - especially that little skull stamp =)

Next up is another Simon Says Stamp exclusive, a beautiful heart stamp set. It coordinates with a heart die set, that is currently in an order on its way to me. I didn't order the stamp set, only the dies, but I don't remember why I did that... So stupid of me, as I'd love to have both. Anyways, the stamp set looks super cool and versatile, especially along with the coordinating die set =) 
I have also put a stamp set from Technique Tuesday, designed by Teri Anderson, on my wishlist today. I love the solid stamps in the set, and there are lots of fun sentiments on there too!

The last three things on my wishlist today are all from Lawn Fawn. I really like the varied style of fonts and cute little icons on the sentiment set! I also think the bird houses on the last stamp set are so fun, and I can see lots of options to make them unique when stamping, coloring or paper piecing them =) And it's so wonderful that the set has a coordinating die set, so I put that on my wishlist as well.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lantern Card

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A quick post today, to share a card I made to enter into the following challenges:

Avery Elle blog - April AEI♥U Challenge (inspiration photo) 

CAS-ual Fridays - All that glitters

Here's my card:

I used the digital stamp provided by Avery Elle for my card. I changed the sentiment's position and size before printing the image. I colored it in with Copic markers, and traced the inner lines on all three lanterns with a glitter pen. I know you can't really see it well on the pink lantern in the photo, but trust me, it's there =)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Quick and Easy Gift Tags

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Today I have two quick and easy little gift tags to share. I'll be entering them into the current Simon Says Stamp challenge, which is the theme of birthday =)

I simply white embossed the cute images onto some Hero Arts layering paper, and cut it into a tag shape. This paper is perfect for making tags like this, since it's white on one side. That white side is great for writing on =)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Feminine Birthday Card

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In this post, I'm sharing a card I made to enter into the following challenges:

I did some super simple horizontal stitching to create the present image. I added a small bow with a rhinestone in the centre, and stamped the sentiment underneath. The corners of the panel was rounded, and it was then adhered to the cardbase using 3D glue dots =)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie

Friday, April 5, 2013

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

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I recently bought the Martha Stewart Mini Scoring board. I had the large one from before, but decided to get the small one because I think it's better for my needs. In this post, I'll share with you why I think the small one is better than the large one =)

I will list what I like and dislike about the two scoring boards below.
=) denotes a positive quality, =( denotes a negative quality


The large Martha Stewart Scoring Board
=) The large size of the base can accomodate 12" paper and cardstock, making it good for larger projects. The base measures about 12-3/8" square
=) It has a corner piece you can use to make envelopes and boxes, and comes with intructions to make different sizes of those
=( The bone folder included with the board is flimsy, and therefore I don't like using it to score with. Instead, I use a stylus to do the scoring with on this board
=( The bone folder included is stored in a compartment at the top, and it shakes around in there making a rattling noise when you move the board. Call me crazy if you'd like, but that sound is kind of annoying
=( The large size of the board makes it more difficult to store if you have a limited space
=( The large size of the board takes up more space if you're traveling with it
=) Both models have scoring grooves at every 1/8"  

The small Martha Stewart Scoring Board
=) The small size of the scoring board makes it easy to store. The base measures about 6-5/8" by 8"
=) The small size of the scoring board makes it easy to travel with
=) The board has marks showing where to score different card sizes (4 bar, A2, A6, A7)
=) The bone folder included is stronger/more sturdy than the thin one on the large scoring board, and works great for scoring
=) The bone folder included is attached to the board with a locking mechanism, fastening it securely in place without it moving around
=) The scoring board has a system with scoring grooves on the back for making envelopes
=( The scoring board has a tiny ledge in the bottom right hand corner, that might be slightly in the way if you're trying to score a larger piece of paper. You will have to lay the paper on top of the ledge in such a case
=( The scoring board does not have a system for making boxes


That is a quick rundown of the positive and negative sides I see to each of the two models. As a cardmaker primarily, I am using the small model now. It has all I need for my cardmaking, and should I ever need to score a 12" paper again, I can use my old Fiskars trimmer for that. I also love that it is so small I can keep it on my desk for easy access, instead of having to reach under my desk to get my scoring board out, as I had to do when I used the larger model =)

So, if you are looking for a scoring board, you might want to get one of these. I know when I bought my first one, the 1/8" scoring lines were the main reason I chose the Martha Stewart one instead of a Score Pal. Also, I think the Martha Stewart ones are more affordable than the Score Pal ones. Win-win situation, in other words!

I am linking to both Martha Stewart scoring boards below, from Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson, in case you want to purchase one now =)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie

*Please note: This post was not endorsed by Martha Stewart or any other company. These are my own honest opinions about these products =) Also, I am not affiliated with any of the two shops I've linked the products to below.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Giveaway Winner + Video for Lawn Fawn

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I have a winner to announce! The winner from the Design Principles class seat giveaway is commenter number...

That comment was made by Denise. Congratulations!

Denise, please send me an email with your name and email adress. I will forward your information to Britta so she can get you all set up =)


I am also so happy and honored to have a video I made up on the Lawn Fawn blog today! Here's a tiny peek of what I made:

Please go to the Lawn Fawn blog to see my video and the full card =)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie

Monday, April 1, 2013

Ugliest Card Ever Blog Hop

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I am joining in on an ehem... different blog hop today. Suzanne from The Card Yard is hosting The Ugliest Card Ever Blog Hop.

The point of the blog hop is to share a card you've previously made, that is, well, ugly. We all have at least one of those we can dig out, right? Well, today is the day when when we share those ugly cards!

Here's the card I decided to share. It was one of the ugliest ones I could find in my archives. The photograph of the card is also old, so please excuse the bad quality
Well, that green color, the badly stamped candle and the horrible holes around the edge, plus all the different embossed textures all combine into making this a really, really bad card. Thankfully I have evolved, and will (hopefully) never make something this ugly in the future!

Make sure to check out the rest of the bloghop, by clicking on the blog hop graphic above. I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun seeing everyone else's cards!

- Marie