Monday, February 29, 2016

Winners FFC #126 announced~


Hi there friends...
We have the Top 3's and winners from Fun~day Friday
challenge #126! Are you one of them lucky ones???

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #126
 "Anything Goes":


                              #09-----> DebiB
                             #24-----> Johanna
                             #80-----> My Creative Place


 And now our winner of the 3 cut files or digital stamp sets (winner's choice) from:
The Cutting Cafe


------> #53 Repolainen

 And now our winner of the $12 gift voucher from:
A Day for Daisies

------> #125 Marlene

 
All Winners & Top 3's Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!

  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
  


Friday, February 26, 2016

FFC #127 "Recycled Scraps"

For the Little Blue Button Stamp March Release post, Click here

Hello sweet friends!
Welcome to another Fun~day Friday Challenge!!


 This week's Challenge:
"Recycled Scraps"
Create a card, layout or project with
this week's theme!
This week we want you to use up your scraps from other projects!

Our Sponsors this week are:
Bugaboo Stamps
  The winner will win 7 digital stamps of their choice!

and

Robyn's Fetish
The winner will win 3 digital stamps of their choice!
 So make sure to play along this week~


    Starts: Friday, Feb. 26th 12:00AM

Ends:  Friday, Mar. 04th   6:00PM
(Eastern time)


I would like to ask for some prayers for two of my design team girls please? They are unable to participate this week for this challenge as Michelle's father had surgery and is in the hospital recovering and Amanda took a nasty fall and is also recovering. If you all could keep these girls in your prayers, that would be greatly appreciated. 

Okay so I had the pleasure of working with Bugaboo Stamps this challenge  and I decided to color up this adorable image,
  Bunny Love 1 .
Bunny Love 1
So I decided to create a cute little Easter basket that I will fill with candies and Easter eggs, to give to my daughter this Easter.


The Bunny
Okay so for this adorable bunny, I colored him in using my Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers. This was the first time that I had really used these markers and I really love how beautiful these colors blend. The colors are gorgeous and vibrant too. So I colored the bunny using Charcoal, Slate, black and Begonia. For the heart, I used the colors Begonia, Purple, Spice and Wildflower. When I was completely finished with the image, I took my black sakura glaze pen and completely outlined the entire image to make it really stand out. 

The Basket
For the basket, I took a piece of 140lb watercolor paper by Canson, cut it to size and scored it, and then chose the colors; Purple, Aquamarine, Spice, Begonia, Peacock Blue and Rose Pink to start coloring it up. I colored the entire piece of paper using the Spice first. To that, I added a tiny bit of Rose Pink. Then I set that aside to dry. While that was drying, I cut some half inch strips of purple cardstock from Recollections that I had leftover in my scraps and then started to fold them accordion style.  This is what I used for the "grass" for the basket. Once I was done with that, I went back to finish the basket base. I used the Peacock blue, aquamarine, Begonia and purple watercolors and started to add them around the sides of the basket piece. Once that all dried again, I took my Sakura black glaze gel pen and did some doodling. I really LOVE how this made the basket really pop! I used my ruler and added some lines at the change of each color. Then I decided to make diagonal stripes on every other color and little wonky scallops on the rest. The four corners of the basket have polka dots. I then added my adhesive and put the basket together, filled it with the handmade grass that I made and attached the handle using the tiny attacher from Tim Holtz. So to finish off my Easter basket, I added my cute bunny to the front and added a few plastic easter eggs inside for now. I really love this and I hope my daughter will too once it's filled with her favorite candies! 
Here are a few more photos. 
  

 
Hope you like! 
I would like to enter my project in the following challenges:
Little Miss Muffet #132
Simon Says Stamp
Crafty Girls Creations #15
Digital Delights by Louby Lou
DRS Designs


Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:



Tina 


What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until March 04th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of March 07th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!



Magnolia by Little Blue Button Stamps & March's New Release!



Little Blue Button Stamps



Hello sweet friends! 
Happy Weekend!!! And welcome to Fun Friday! :)
So I'm super excited to share with you, this beautiful  new digital stamp called Magnolia!  This digi is just one among  the New Release for the month of March.
Magnolia

So my first thoughts when I saw this gorgeous image were that these would look beautiful if they were watercolored in soft colors on a soft background. So that is the approach that I took for my card for you today.



So I have to say that I really LOVE how this card turned out. It actually turned out the exact way that I had envisioned it. So my card size is a 5 by 5 and the base is some white Bazzill cardstock. The black striped panel is from Lawn Fawn's Let's Polka in the Dark paper pad. Do you see the small thin strip of black paper with the tiny white hearts down the side and along the bottom of my image layer? That is also from the same paper pad. :)


Okay now for my image. I printed the image out onto some AMAZING new paper to me, called Yupo White.  This paper is very smooth and has a very smooth feel to the touch. Well I had never used this before but let me tell you, I LOVE it! This will now be my go to paper for all my mixed media and watercoloring. Ok so before I go on about the image, I must confess that I was able to get a few new things recently and it felt great to shop! :)   So the Yupo paper was one of the items that I purchased along with my new Silver black velvet brushes .  I used these brushes to watercolor my image in using my new Tim Holtz Distress Crayons . What fun they are!!!!!  I will probably write more about them in a later post but getting back to my card.... so my image was watercolored  using the new distress crayons. Holy cow they have to be the best product on the market! They blend like butter! So beautifully! So I used just a very little water and allowed the colors to blend using just that small amount of water. I used Mermaid Lagoon, Chipped Sapphire, and Seedless preserves for the flowers. For the inside of the flowers, I used Fossilized amber and Spiced marmalade and for the stems/leaves, I used Twisted citron and Peeled paint. It is extremely hard to see in the photos but the flowers are more of a purple on the bottoms and blending up into the blues.  For some reason the flowers look all blue but I can promise you, they are not. They are gorgeous in real life. I stamped the word "Love" in momento tuxedo black ink in the lower right hand corner. The sentiment is from a Kaisercraft stamp set.

I used the distress crayon in mustard seed and made a very light wash for the background of the flowers. I wanted a very soft yellow in the background and this worked perfectly. To finish off the card, I added some gold pearl beads that I have in my stash to the centers of the flowers. I also took a little bit of the chipped sapphire to create a few splatters onto the background and image and then I added 2 buttercup sequins in the corner to frame the letter "E" of the sentiment.

Well my friends, I hope you enjoyed my card today. Make sure to stop by on the Little Blue Button Stamps Blog today to see more projects created by my design team sisters, showing more from the New Release . If you would like to purchase any of the new digital stamps from March's new release or to take a look at many other gorgeous images from LBBS, you can stop by the LBBS Store . Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you all have a great weekend!

I am entering this into the following challenges:



Until next time, Enjoy life's blessings~


Monday, February 22, 2016

Winners FFC #125 announced~


Hi there friends...
We have the Top 3's and winners from Fun~day Friday
challenge #125! Are you one of them lucky ones???

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #125
 "Color Challenge":


                              #04-----> Lucy Patrick
                             #09-----> Margaret A.
                             #17-----> Darlene Pavlick


 And now our winner of the 7 digital stamps (winner's choice) from:

Bugaboo Stamps
------> #2 Connie's Bizarre Madness

 And now our winner of the 4 digital stamps (winner's choice) from:
Little Blue Button Stamps
------> #15  By Adrian 4 U

 
All Winners & Top 3's Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!

  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
  


Saturday, February 20, 2016

DT Call- There is still time left :)



Hello friends!

I am reposting the original post below for our 2016 Design Team Call. There is still plenty of time to apply! I would love it if you would create and apply! Please do not think that your work is not good enough or that you are not skilled enough, all are welcome and all are good enough!  So please read over this post for all the information  and I look forward to seeing your creations! The deadline to apply is March 14th by 11:59pm EST.

Well the time has come once again! I am looking to add at least  4-6 new designers to add to the awesome team of ladies that I am proud to work with every week. Most of the ladies on my team have been with me for 2 years and we have formed a little family. There is nothing as precious as the sisterhood we form in this industry.

 Have you been wanting to be on a design team but never try out because you think that your work is not "good" enough? I know that many of you are sitting there answering this question with a "yes, thats me"! I am looking for designers who are not afraid to take a leap and will just dive right on in, feet first! No need to be worried or judgmental on your work. Let me be the judge of that! If you want to be on my design team, take the leap and let me see what you have! Now keep in mind, I am simple and very laid back. I welcome ALL levels of crafters to try out and I want you to know that ALL levels of crafters have the same advantage of being chosen. I am not going to single out "friends" or people that are "popular" for my design team. I play fair and I will tell you what I am looking for, but before I do, here is what You need to have within yourself before I even look at your work. 

  1. You must have a huge passion for crafting! :)
  2. You have to be outgoing, down to earth, sociable, creative, enthusiastic and human! :)
  3.  You have to eat, sleep, and breathe crafting! :)
  4. You Must be Happy and laugh a lot! :)

If you have all four of those things... then here is what I want you to do. TRY OUT!!
Your Responsibilities as a DT member if you are chosen to be on the team:

1. You will need to have an active blog 


2. You will need to create 1-3 projects per month. During special occasions and blog hops, you may be required to do an extra project or two for that month. 



3. You will need to advertise on social media for all upcoming challenges, blog hops and guest design spotlights.
 ( Social Media platform preferred is Facebook)


4. You will be required to join our private DT Yahoo Group. If you do not have a Yahoo ID, you will be required to create one.
5. The term will be for 6 months and will run from March 25, 2016 to September 23, 2016. At the end of the 6 month term, you will have the opportunity to stay on should you choose to. If you do plan to leave after your six months, I need a heads up at least one month prior to your term's end. Those designers who stay on the team will have the opportunity to design for my company when I relaunch it back up. Hoping to relaunch the company sometime this year. 

What you will receive in return:
1. You will receive an array of digital stamps and cut files from over ten different companies in the industry.

2. You will receive more exposure on your blog, preferably leading into more followers and friends 

3. You will receive an organized Yahoo Group to find all challenge information, links, sponsor information & friendly chat with your DT sisters.

4. You will receive the opportunity to be entered into all giveaways

5. You will build up an amazing assortment of digital stamps from some of your favorite companies, that you can use over and over again in your own projects

6. You will have opportunities to be in the designer spotlight

7. Lastly, you will build beautiful friendships with a great group of designers that will be working alongside you each week

How to apply:
 DT Call submissions deadline: March 14, 2016 (11:59pm EST)

1. Please create 1 new project specifically for this DT Call and make sure to post about it on your blog, and link back to this blog. 
2. Your project should be a reflection of who you are and what your style is. That is what I am looking for, personality and style. If you are great at creating shabby chic, then don't submit some funky mixed media project. Show me what makes YOU stand out. What is your passion????
Your project can be:
   A. a card (shaker, step, gatefold, gift card)     
B. a scrapbook layout or project life spread
         C. a mixed media project (canvas, art journal, 3D)
      D. an altered piece of art or home decor item   
3. Along with your submission, please include:
A. Your full name 
B. your email address
C. Your blog address
D. Your favorite type of craft to make
E. A photo of yourself 
F. A short bio about yourself and why you want to be on this team

4. Email your submissions to:
Josscrapshack@gmail.com  
(put DT Call in subject line)
5. Only 1 submission entry per person
Once I choose the DT members, I will notify you by email so please make sure that you give me a current email address in your submission. I will announce the 2016 Design Team on March 22nd.
The new DT girls will start their term on April 1, 2016.

I cannot wait to see your awesome projects!!!
 You have plenty of time to get crafty and ALL levels of experience are encouraged to apply.
GOOD LUCK!!!

Friday, February 19, 2016

FFC #126 "Anything Goes"


Hello sweet friends!
Welcome to another Fun~day Friday Challenge!!


 This week's Challenge:
"Anything Goes"
Create a card, layout or project with
this week's theme!

Our Sponsors this week are:
The Cutting Cafe
  The winner will win 3 digital stamps or cut files of their choice!

and
A Day for Daisies
  The winner will win a $12 gift voucher to the ADFD Store!
 So make sure to play along this week~


    Starts: Friday, Feb. 19th 12:00AM


Ends:  Friday, Feb. 26th  6:00PM
(Eastern time)


Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:











What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until Feb. 26th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Feb. 29th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!




Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It's Talk Time Tuesday with Ask Jo~



Hello my sweet friends!
Welcome back to another Talk time Tuesday! I hope you all had  a wonderful weekend. How was your Valentine's day? I spent my day with family playing board games and enjoying great conversation. I was given some gorgeous tulips and chocolates. Tulips are my absolute favorite flower and gosh they are beautiful. Have a look :)
   




So moving on, today's question comes from Aleisha S. who wants to know, " Hi there jo. If you could only choose 2 what are your favorite blogs to follow and why?"

  Hello Aleisha!

Wow... this is a good one! I can only choose just 2?? Yikes.. LOL .....I am one of those people that follow a lot of blogs. I have so many people that I follow for various reasons and not all of the blogs I follow are craft related. But you did ask my top 2 and you didn't specify that they needed to be craft related so I will give you my top two favorite blogs that I enjoy. 

The first blog that I follow is craft related. I enjoy reading Jennifer McGuire's blog  , "Jennifer McGuire Ink". Wow... Jennifer really manages to cover it all. I love reading her blog on a daily basis because she is just so inspiring and full of life. She has an amazing and beautiful heart and her personality shines brighter than the sun rays. Her blog is no different. Upon arriving, one might feel overwhelmed at first but she has made it so easy to navigate and her blog is done up in happy colors. It is kind of like walking in someone's home where it makes you feel very comfortable... warm, cozy... inviting. Her blog gives me that same type of feeling and then each blog post is jam packed with all kinds of information. Jennifer has hours of videos spotlighting new releases and products and she breaks everything down for you. The pros, the cons, the how tos, the price... this girl is awesome! She is a great teacher and has such an array of projects in her arsenal that she shares with you for free!!  And another reason I love visiting Jennifer   is because of her beautiful heart. Whenever she can, she is always supporting and blogging about a cause and has been the jumpstart behind "an act of kindness". She goes above and beyond to make sure she puts a smile on someone's face. She is always sending sweet cards and messages to people who just like you and me, may be going through a little something and just need a little pick me up. I highly suggest visiting her blog. Be prepared to be there for a couple of hours. :)

My second favorite blog is The Lady Loves Couture . This blog is a wonderful blog that is owned and operated by an amazing woman, Marjorie Harvey. She is the wife of TV personality & host, Steve Harvey. This blog keeps you in the up and up of fashion and everything that is trending. Marjorie teaches you the ins and outs of fashion and teaches you how to get the look of the celebrities, without the top dollar price tag. She is great for giving tips and tricks on makeup, accessories, fashion, hair, shoes and all the while, doing it on a budget. And I love this blog because there are always giveaways and glimpses into her private life with Husband Steve and family. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a very huge fan of Steve Harvey. He has gotten me through some very tough times in my life and I watch his talk show religiously every single day during the week. :)

Well Aleisha I hope this helps give you a little look into what I read while reading blogs. I enjoyed that question very much actually. It is nice to sometimes talk about other things that are not always geared toward crafts. :) Thanks for writing in hon! 




Well friends, that is it for today. Please write in with questions you want answered or topics you would like to see talked about during our Tuesdays together :) 

 Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~