Friday, February 21, 2014


Good evening!! Before I head to bed tonight, I wanted to make sure I posted the winner of my giveaway. First, let me say thank you for all of your kind words and advice concerning Cortney. I truly appreciate it! I respect the opinions that you have all shared and I think I am going to forgo the Facebook page. I have tried to contact several modeling agencies in the past and unfortunately, several of them have not gotten back to me, and one of them kindly rejected her and said, "We can not represent Cortney at this time." I will keep trying, but if it is meant to be, it will be. So without further is the number picked..... 

It's kind of small, but it was number 55!  That means this gal is the winner!  (I am not sure how to pronounce her name though!) ;)  Thank you everyone for participating! Have a wonderful weekend!

ezwiefelhofer said...
I love anything pink so I love your card! I think If Courtney is able to ask her if she wants to model.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Stamper's Sampler-Take Ten

Good morning!  This weather here is absolutely crazy!  We have mountains of snow and now it is raining cats and dogs!  I was woken up by the sound of thunder this morning! I am afraid to head down to the basement, since we have flood warnings running rampant. :( 

I was contacted by the publishers of Stampers' Sampler-Take Ten to write a review of their magazine. I gladly said yes.  It has been years since I've picked up a copy and enjoyed perusing through the pages. It was so fun to see all of the familiar names and see their gorgeous work.  And I am in awe of people who can acutually make a card in 10 minutes or under! Because as we all know....that would not be me! LOL!
I liked how the magazine was organized.  Two pages shared a common color theme or technique. I also liked the many ways to use the same stamp.  The style of stamping ranged from CAS to artsy vintage.  My favorite artist from this issue was Caroline Stuart.  She has such a great sense of style and I loved her work! And lastly, the back pages were filled with close ups of the techniques the stampers had used.  It was a cool way to draw attention to something I probably had missed in the beginning pages. 
Was there anything I didn't like about the magazine? Not really.  As with any magazine there might have been projects I wasn't over the moon about, but I still feel like I was able to pick up a technique or sketch I didn't have before. 

You can get a copy of this month's issue in my giveaway below! :)
The giveaway will end tomorrow night at 10PM CST! 

Have a great (hopefully not too wet) rainy Thursday!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pink and Grey and a Giveaway!

I totally rhymed up there in my title....channeling my inner Dr. Seuss! 
I do have lots to share with you....first a card and then what I think is a pretty grand giveaway down below!  
First things card was created with some leftover pieces and my new polka dot stencil from Heidi Swapp.  I used embossing paste and once it was dry I sprinkled it with pink Zing powder.  
Then I heat embossed it. 
I love the texture and visual interest it gives to the card. 
 And really is there anything better than pink polka dots?
I had some left over cuts from a publication project using Cricut's new cartridge, Box it Up!  I layered the pieces with dimensional foam circles and added some pink posies, string, and some fluffy silk flowers I purchased from A Pink Swan Etsy shop

I framed it with a pink circle....also a Cricut Leftover, and white frame from Spellbinders. 
As a final finishing touch I added a few sequins. 
I've been wanting to do a giveaway for awhile because it is so fun to make someone's day.
I wish I could give more,and to more people, but it just isn't in the budget! ;)
I have all of this to give to one lucky person! 
What do you have to do?
EDITED:  I don't want to scare people away with my if you would just like to leave a comment that is totally fine with me too! :)
Well as many of you know, I have been in a quandary about whether or not to start a Facebook page for Cortney.  Part of me thinks it would be great exposure and maybe a chance for her to be "discovered." The other part of me thinks maybe I'm opening up a can of worms that shouldn't be opened.  And sometimes I think I am completely nuts for thinking anyone would want to use Cort as a model in the first place.  I think she is beautiful, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world feels the same way. 
So I guess what I am looking for is opinions.  If you think I am nuts, please say so! Be honest...but be kind.
I've been on this fence for quite awhile and can't seem to reach a decision.
If you are a new follower, pin my giveaway to Pinterest, Facebook, or your personal blog, please leave an additional comment for an additional chance to win. :)
The giveaway will end on Friday, February 21st at 10 PM CST.
Good luck and thank you!!