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Hi everyone! I am a veterinary technician living in NY who loves to pen pal and make cards in my spare time. I have never been good at crafts since I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler but I was determined to give it a go.  I love learning all the different techniques and ways to craft. Follow me on my journey as I grow as a card maker!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Savy Handmade Cards - photo

Time for a new challenge at Savvy Handmade Cards.  This weeks challenge is a photo challenge!




My DT card:

I used this adorable image from Bugaboo stamps. Colored with promarkers. All the papers are form my stash.  I used some new ribbon and frosted pearls.  I just love the frosted pearls. A glitter shamrock was used in the corner. Circle and scalloped circle dies were used on the image.    Card layout inspired by the sketch at Papertake weekly.




We would love to have you link up your projects today.


Hugs,

Erin


Entering in the following challenges:
papertake weekly - sketch

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New release at Scrappiness Designs

Another new release at Scrappiness Designs today! What a cute set for boys.  I always have a hard time finding papers in my stash for a boy card.  Excited to have this kit now! And better yet, it is 40% off for a limited time! Woo hoo! Check it out!

Paper Crafting Journey - Men/boys

A new challenge is starting at Paper Crafting Journey today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is men/boys.  Our sponsor is the generous Kenny K.




My DT card:



I used this awesome colored image from Kenny K. I colored him with promarkers.  All the papers, mesh ribbon and 3d candy stickers are from my stash. The heart doily is new.  I used stickles on the hat for some sparkle.  The sentiment is from a clear set I got from Your Next Stamp.  I think this works pretty well for a boy card! Card layout inspired by the sketch at Fussy and Fancy.

We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
fussy and fancy - sketch
 love to create - atg
tuesday throwdown - atg
passion for promarkers - digi
cuttin and stampin challenges - boy
the sisterhood of crafters- boys
pattie's creations - spot/dots
sister act card challenge - atg
sweet stampin' challenge - humour
the squirrel and the fox - spooled
craftyhazelnut's christmas

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Blog Candy Winner

Ok, ok I couldn't wait for Thursday to post my blog candy winner.  The random winner is ........ No 6 Taylormade4u.  Please send me an email with the address I need to send to for your paypal account to collect your prize.  Also comment on this post so I know to look for your email.  Congrats! Thank you to all who played and became followers.  I really hope you all stay with me!

Side note, don't forget that Clear it out is having a blog hop this week. Many of the DT including myself are also offering prizes!

Clear it Out blog hop



It's Clear it out's 3rd blog anniversary and it's time to celebrate! Theme is birthday. Stash is bling!  We have 2 great sponsors for this challenge and if you comment on this post, you can win a special prize pack I have put together for you.  Some clear stamps, goggle eye pack, bling, flowers and a deco runner. Winners will be announced on my blog next Tuesday. Be sure to make time for our blog hop and comment on each blog.  Many of the DT are offering prizes of their own as well as the two winners from our sponsors.

My prize pack for one lucky commenter:


Scribbles Designs -winner gets 3 images





Second sponsor is MelJen's
Winner gets 4 non coloured images
Meljen's Designs
Winner gets 3 images

I have made a card with an image from each sponsor!
First up is my card featuring an image from Scribbles Designs.  Look at that smile! All the paper is from my stash.  I added frosted pearls and a cupcake brad for bling. Card layout inspired by the sketch at House that Stamps built.

Next up is my card featuring the Meljens image.  How adorable is this little guy? I colored him with promarkers.  Add the papers are from my stash.  I added some new glitter ribbon that I got for an after Christmas clearance sale.  Love sales! Some frosted pearls and gems were added.  The sentiment is a matching die and stamp set from My Creative Time.  The hearts on ribbon are a die set from Memory Box. Card layout inspired by the sketch at Christmas Challenges with Sketches.



Here is the blog hop order. Your next stop is Laura W.  I hope you are enjoying our hop!

Barbara   
 

Fan-Tastic Tuesdays ATG

A new challenge is starting at Fan-Tastic Tuesday today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is ATG.  Our sponsor is the generous Sparkle and Sprinkle.

My DT card:



I used this pansy ring image from Sparkle and Sprinkle.  Colored with promarkers.  I added some loose glitter to the ribbon on the image for some sparkle.  All the paper, gems and ribbon is from my stash.  I used my sizzix circle and scalloped circle dies.  The sentiment is from a clear set from Your Next Stamp.  Card layout inspired by the sketch at Sweet Sketch 2.


We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
crafty ribbon - atg
sparkle and sprinkle
eclectic ellapu - gems
a gem of a challenge - spots and stripes
pattie's creations - spots dots
the paper shelter - punches - dies
craftin desert divas - glitter
Sweet sketch 2


Monday, February 24, 2014

Erin's Birthday Blog Candy

Hi everyone! I have decided that I want to offer some blog candy and what better time than to celebrate my birthday! I thought hard about what candy I wanted to offer and decided to do $20 into the winners paypal account so you can get some craft supplies you are wanting.  How awesome is that? Don't we all want new supplies? Come celebrate my 30th birthday with me on February 24th.


All you have to do is: 
1. Become a follower if you're not already 
2. Spread the word on your sidebar or in a post. 
3. Share your link using Mr Linky below 
4. You can leave a comment, but not necessarily 

This candy will run until February 24th.
I will draw the winner randomly and make the announcement on Thursday February 28th.
Be sure to abide the above directions for participation. I noticed in the past that not everyone followed these. Although I will randomly pick a winner, I must be fair to everyone so I will check the actions above and randomly pick another winner if they were not correctly executed.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

From the heart stamps February Progressive Challenge

Hi all! I would like to share with you the card I made for the February Progressive challenge at From the heart stamps.  I just love their images and am happy to play along.


Image is From the heart stamps. Colored with promarkers.  I added some glitter to the flame and glossy accents to the melted wax.  It looks perfect in person.  My grandma has a birthday coming up in a few weeks.  I'm sure she will get a kick out of this.  Card layout inspired by the sketch at Moving along with the times.



Entering in the following challenges:
http://fromtheheartstamps.com/community/2014/02/01/february-stamp-of-the-month-challenge-and-guest-dt-call/
moving along with the times - sketch
craftyhazelnut's patterned paper
eureka stamps - animal
crafty sentiments - atg
crafty creations - simple
crafting with dragonflies - freebie from the heart stamps image. see link in post
crafty girls - atg
http://fairieschallenges.blogspot.ca/2014/02/winner-challenge-19-and-new-challenge-20.html

Hobby Cutz - Color challenge

A new challenge is starting at Hobby Cutz Challenge blog today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is a color challenge.  Our sponsor is the generous Sassy Studio Designs.







My DT card:




I used this awesome image from Sassy Studio Designs.  I colored her with my promarkers.  All the papers and gems are form my stash.  Isn't the bling I used on her ring perfect? Sentiment is from sentiments for you punched with oval and scalloped oval punches. I used mod podge on the flower laser cut from Hobby Cutz. Card layout is inspired by the sketch at I heart promarkers.

We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
i heart promarkers

GnS - Bright and Funky Colors

A new challenge is starting at Glitter and Sparkle today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is Bright and Funky Colors. You all know how much I love to use sketches.  Our sponsors are:



Crafty sentiments 3 images

Qkr stampede 5 images

Stamping Boutique 3 or 4 if a stamping boutique image was used.

Sentimental Susan 5 images

Aurora Wings $10 Gift cert





My DT card:



I used this awesome image from Sentimental Susan. Their faces crack me up! So funny! Image is colored with promarkers. The paper is all from my stash. I added some new bright ribbon and some pearls.  Card layout inspired by the sketch at From the heart stamps. I love using their sketches!

We would love to have you link up your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin


Entering in the following challenges:

From the heart stamps - sketch
paper pretties - ribbon
fab 'n' funky challenges - stripes and spots
papertake weekly - layers
penny paper crafty challenge - layers
crafty ribbons - atg
crafty sentiments - atg


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Suzy Bee's Whimsical/Fantasy

A new challenge is starting at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is a whimsical/fantasy. Our sponsor is the generous The Stamping Boutique.





My DT project:





I used this awesome image from The Stamping Boutique.  I decided to make an ATC with this image.  I inked the edges with distress ink.  I really need more practice at this.  It isn't the best I know.  Maybe it isn't my thing? I have watched many tutorials but doing it myself is completely different.  I used some liquid pearls in the corners.  


We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
tuesday throwdown - wings
crafty creations - simple

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Liebster Award Nominations

Liebster Blog Award

Hello, everyone.   I was honoured to be nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by KT Fit Kitty at KT Designs.  Have you ever seen her work? She is just amazing and super friendly! Thank you, Kitty!

LiebsterBlogAward

Here are the rules of the nomination:
  1. Be sure to thank the blog that nominated you and be sure to link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 of your favourite blogs with under 500 followers and ask your own 11 questions.
  4. Make sure to let each blogger know about your Liebster Blog nomination on their blog (leave a comment and link back to your Liebster Blog post).
Here are my answers to Kitty's questions:
1.  What prompted you to create a blog?
 I had just started out making cards when I met a pen pal who told me all about the blogging world of cards.  She mentioned how much fun it would be and that I would learn so much from other bloggers out there.  Guess what? She was right!
2.  What do you do with all the cards you make?
 I tend to give all my cards away to family and friends.  I did just donate a basket filled with 21 of my creations for a charity benefit for a sweet little girl who needs a transplant.
3.  What blog reader do you use?  (I'm asking this because I've had trouble with my Blogger Dashboard list loading lately.)
 ummm, I think I use blogger dashboard!
4.  Do you prefer traditional stamping with ink, or digital stamps, and why?
 I originally started out with traditional stamps since I had no idea that digital existed but have since become obsessed with the digitals.  They take up so much less space and you can resize them to whatever size you want.  How awesome is that?
5.  Do you work outside the home and, if so, what is/was your line of work? 
 I work full time as a veterinary technician! Which does make it hard to find crafting time since animals are always in need of some help during my off hours!

6.  What is your favourite craft item to purchase?
 Ok, you want me to pick just one? How is that even possible? I guess I would have to say the designer paper.  I have two or three totes filled with them.  My boyfriend doesn't understand why I always need to buy a new stack when I go shopping! Men!!!
7.  Do you enjoy walking or any other physical activity?
  I used to be really into workout programs such as Les Mills Combat, Turbo Fire and Chalean Extreme.  They helped me loose almost 100 pounds. Although I seem to have put some of that back on again.  I really need to get back to the healthier me. 
8.  Do you have your own craft room?
 Not exactly.  All my supplies are stored in the basement on shelves so I can do all my crafting down there and be out of the way.  My dream home with have the best craft room ever.
9.  Do you collect anything?
The only thing I really collect is craft supplies or cute owl related items.

10.  What is your favourite fruit or vegetable?
I love strawberries!
11.  Do your family members/friends follow your blog?
Haha, this one made me laugh.  None of my in person friends or family follow my blog but I know many of my pen pals do! And I appreciate them for that! 
Here are 11 of my favourite blogs that I have chosen to nominate for the Liebster Award:
Sammibug  - Sammibug's Scrapshack

And here are my questions (stealing some of Kitty's as I really like them) for the 11 chosen blogs:
1. What prompted you to start up your own blog?
2. Where is your favorite place to buy craft supplies?
3. Do you sell your handmade craft items? If so, where?
4. What is your favorite type of glitter to use?
5. What is your favorite coloring method? i.e. copics, distress inks, etc
6. What is the typical size of the cards you make?
7.  Do you have a favorite craft magazine?
8.  What is your favorite crafty storage item?
9.  What is your favorite color combination?
10. What is your favorite holiday?
11. Have you ever thought about or exchanged holiday cards with other bloggers?




Here is a link to some info on the award if you are new to blogging and aren't sure what it is all about! Have a great day!

Erin

CIO - Add red

A new challenge is starting at Clear it Out Challenge Blog today! Come play with us!

Sponsor: Digi Darla
Theme: Colour Challenge-reds
Stash: red things



My DT card:




I used this awesome image from Digi Darla. I colored her with promarkers. All the papers are from my stash.  Using my scraps again.  I have decided to make at least one card a week using scraps from my bin.  Great plan, right?I added a red brad that I have had forever but haven't found a chance to use.  What better time than with this card? I used a glitter gel pen on the wings and dress for some sparkle. Some washi tape was used behind the image as well. The sentiment is from Sentiments 4 you and is punched with oval and scalloped oval punches.  Card layout inspired by the sketch at house that stamps built.


We would love to have you link up your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
The house that stamps built - sketch

Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Bright and cheerful

A new challenge is starting at Fan-Tastic Tuesday today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is bright and cheerful.  Our sponsor is the generous The Stamping Boutique.


My DT card:







I used this sentiment from The Stamping Boutique. This is my first time using a sentiment as the focus point.  It was a lot of fun.  I colored bits of the sentiments with my promarkers.  I used bright paper from my stash.  Some 3D flowers were used.  Card layout inspired by the sketch at Sketch Saturday.


We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday - sketch

Monday, February 17, 2014

CFTH - flowers

A new challenge is starting at Crafting from the heart today! Come play with us! 

Anything Goes/ Use Flowers
Our Sponsors are
Aurora Wings
AuroraWings
prize - $15 Voucher
Meljens
Meljens
prize - 3 digis


My DT card:





I used this awesome image from Meljen's Designs.  Colored with promarkers.  All the papers and twine are from my stash. I added some some flowers and pearls. Loose glitter was used on the bees wings. The sentiment is from Sentiments 4 you and punched with oval and scalloped oval punches.  Card layout inspired by the sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.


We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
sweet sketch wednesday 2 - sketch
stampin for the weekend - flower power
brown sugar challenge - dies/punches
craftyhazelnut's patterned paper
feeling crafty challenge - dies/punches
sparkle n sprinkle creative challenge
great impressions - february floral challenge

Sunday, February 16, 2014

GnS - Sketch

A new challenge is starting at Glitter and Sparkle today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is a sketch. You all know how much I love to use sketches.  Our sponsors are:

Delicious Doodles 4 images

Fresh Brewed  3 images

Sassy Studio 4 images

Eureka  5 images

All Dressed Up 2 images

The sketch:






My DT card:



I used this awesome image from Delicious Doodles. Image is colored with promarkers. The paper is all from my stash.  I used my circle and scalloped circle dies from Sizzix for the image.  I used purple buttons from my stash. The sentiment is from Create with TLC and punched with stampin up oval and scalloped oval punches.

We would love to have you link up your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin


Scribble and Scrap GDT

Hey everyone.  I am so pleased to share with you a card I made for a GDT spot at Scribble and Scrap.  I was so excited to see that I had gotten this weeks spot. Their images and DT creations are always so lovely.  I worked really hard on this card trying to make it as special as I could.

I colored this adorable puglie image with my promarkers.  All the papers are from my vintage Christmas stack.  I used loose glitter to make the snow sparkly.  The flowers are from Kays. I can't wait to try some of her butterflies although I seem to have misplaced some I bought! I used a die to make the leafy branches. I used gesso for the first time on the floral arrangement.  Can you see the little pinecones peeking out? Those are real! A friend picked them up on her daily walk.  I couldn't find any small ones in the stores around here.  I think it looks awesome.  I used a fabric sticker as a sentiment.

I hope you have enjoyed my GDT card for Scribble and Scrap and you head over to play today.  Thank you for having me team!


Hugs,


Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
sparkle n sprinkle - glitter
craftyhazelnut patterned paper
let's craft and create - fabric sticker
i heart promarkers - challenge 206
the stamping chef - atg
http://robynsfetishchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/challenge-199-add-lots-of-snow-2162014.html

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Suzy Bee's February Sketch



A new challenge is starting at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is a sketch. I don't know about you, but I love using the sketches to create my cards.  Maybe it is my lack of imagination? Either way we would love to have you play with us this week.  Our sponsor is the generous Lacy Sunshine.


Here is the sketch:




My DT card:






I used this awesome image from Lacy Sunshine.  How adorable is she? Perfect for a Valentines card or any love project you want to make.  I tried really hard to blend the colors with this image.  I am quite pleased with how it turned out.  I still have a long way to go with developing my coloring skills though! I used paper and rhinestones from my stash.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC. I am thankful for their free daily sentiments.  








Image close up:



We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
oen crazy stamper - atg
memas crafts - hearts
natalie and amy - love
pin and tack - hearts
crafty hazelnuts paterned paper
craft your passion 200 challenge special chl 199 love is in the air
lexi's creations - vday
love to create - red or pink
eureka stamps - hearts and love
artistic inspirations - love
craftin desert divas - color red white pink
creative card crew - kiss
oldie but a goodie - valentines - paper stash
top tip tuesday - girls
lej designs - love
passion for promarkers - heart
scrappy moms - love
delightful challenges - love
paper pretties -red white pink
divas by design with love
the paper shelter - valentine
crafting for all seasons - romance
digistamps4joy - hearts
rhedd and rosie - love
milkcoffee - girls
stamping with the dragon - love
digi haven - valentines
totally paper crafts - love

Friday, February 14, 2014

Creatalicious - Pearls and Glitter



Hi all! I am happy to have some new followers on board with me! Time for a new challenge at Creatalicious Challenges.  Our challenges are monthly so you have plenty of time to join in! The theme this month is pearls and glitter. This challenged is sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs.



Here is my DT card:




I got to use this adorable image from Sassy Studio Designs. I colored her with my promarkers.  All the papers are from my stash. I added some green frosted pearls in the corner.  Some clear sparkly gems were added on her boots.  I used a gel glitter pen to make her wings sparkle.  My sizzix circle and scalloped circle punches were used on the image.  The sentiment is from a die and stamp matching set from My Creative Time.  Card layout was inspired by the sketch at Digi Sketch Challenge and also follows the color theme!


Head here for more DT inspiration and to link up your projects today.



Entering in the following challenges:
digi sketch challenge sketch and theme

Savvy Handmade Cards - Love

Time for a new challenge at Savvy Handmade Cards.  This weeks challenge is Love! What a perfect challenge for today.



My DT card:

I used this adorable image from Tiddly Inks. I recently found these images on a friends recommendation and I am in LOVE.   I colored her with my promarkers.  Chocolate and pink are two of my favorite colors together. Ribbon, heart button and a handmade bow were added. I used paper from my new Love Letter stack. The sentiment is from Sentiments for you punched with oval and scalloped oval punches from stampin up.  Card layout inspired by the sketch at From the heart stamps.






We would love to have you link up your projects today. Happy Valentines Day everyone!


Hugs,

Erin


Entering in the following challenges:
i heart sketches - sketch
 tiddly inks challenge - love
natalie and amy - love
memas crafts - hearts
pin and tack hearts
craftyhazelnuts patterned paper
love to create - red or pink
artistic inspiration -
creative card crew - kiss
top tip tuesday - girly
lej designs - love
passion for promarker - hearts
divas by design - with love
digistamps4joy - hearts
rhedd and rosie - love
the sisterhood of crafters - love
crafting by designs - love
little scrap pieces - linky party
totallypapercrafts - love

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Paper Crafting Journey - Love

A new challenge is starting at Paper Crafting Journey today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is Love.  Our sponsor is the generous The Paper Shelter.




My DT card:







I used this awesome colored image from The Paper Shelter.  This is my first time using a colored image.  Great when you are short on time and it looks pretty good! I used my circle and scalloped circle dies to mat the image. The papers are from my new Love Letter stack.  I added some heart ribbon and 3d stickers.   Card layout inspired by the sketch at Sketch N stash. .


We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
sketch and stash sketch
the paper shelter - be my valentine
jos scrap shack - atg 
crafty calender challenge - love
corrosive challenge love
http://robynsfetishchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/challenge-198-animals-or-birds-292014.html
craft mojo - love
the crazy challenge - love
craft your passion - challenge 200 special - love is in the air chal 199
card mania - love
inky chicks - cute animal
scrappy moms - love
crafting by design - love