Oct 1, 2014

{HAPPY OCTOBER!}

Yes! October is finally here!  I have an intense love for the Autumn season.  I wish to live in a wold full of Autumns, but since that's not possible, I try to make the most of it when it finally arrives.  October is my favorite month -- my birthday and Halloween in the same month!  Doesn't get better than that. ;)

I also feel a connection to those who share my October birthday month, like my Grandma.  Today is her birthday and I'm sharing the happy harvest card I made for her:


I used a retired stamp set from The Greeting Farm (2009) called "HOPE + GRACE".  I believe it was the first set showcasing the adorable Hope and Grace characters.  When I saw it in a quick sale in The Greeting Farm shop a while back, I snatched it up.  Too cute!

I stamped a scene with the two girls and the flower stamp that all come in the same set.  I used the masking technique to overlap the images.  When doing this, work from the front to the back -- stamp the image you want to be in the front FIRST, then mask it off and stamp the next image.  The images you want to appear to be further back, stamp them last, as I did with the flowers here.


I stamped everything onto watercolor paper and watercolored them with Distress Ink, a watercolor paintbrush, and water.  I added some highlights with a white ink gel pen.  I stuck on some flat-back enamel dots for some extra dimension and interest.

Ahh... sweet, crisp Autumn, how I love you so.

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Sep 17, 2014

{Sending Sweet Thoughts}

Hello everyone!  Long time no blog.  I haven't shared anything here in a while, but I have stayed very busy creating.  A family member hired me to put together her scrapbook for her, which is awesome and so much fun.  It's been a long time since I created 12x12 scrapbook pages and it's been a fun process getting back into it.  It does mean, however, that I don't have much crafty time to do anything else, and I won't be sharing the pages I create with you since they are not my photos.

I do need to take a few breaks from it every once in a while and when I do, I'll share my projects with you!  I'll also be getting back into making how-to videos when this project is complete, so stay tuned.

I have a quick Greeting Farm card share for you today:


I used the retired and much-loved "LOLLI ANYA" rubber stamp.  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and watercolored her with Distress Ink.  I added some highlights with a white ink gel pen.

All of the designer paper is from Papertrey Ink and the die cuts, card stock, and button are from My Favorite Things.  Don't you just love her matching red bows?  Gosh, she's adorbs.


I'm adding this card to the current "Anything Goes" challenge over on The Greeting Farm.
I'll pop back in to share another project soon!

Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose
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Aug 20, 2014

{When Life Hands You Lemons...}

...make lemonade!  I am a lover of all things lemon -- drink, pink, cake, cookie, candy, you name it.  I love it sweet and I love it sour and it's perfect for Summer.  So, when I found the {FRESH 'n FRUITY} stamp set by {REVERSE CONFETTI} I just had to have it!  I decided to get it inked up today so I could play along in the current Reverse Confetti color challenge.


The color challenge is RED, NAVY, and GOLD.  I die-cut the lemons and inked them up with three different colors of yellow/gold.  I inked around the edges to create a bit of shading.  I adhered them with some dimensional adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment (with the cutest fonts!) in red and tied it all together with some navy blue grosgrain ribbon.



Thanks for stopping by!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Aug 7, 2014

{WHAT'S UP?}

My card today features stamps and a die from {PAPER SMOOCHES} and I'm playing along in the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge for this week.


It's no secret that the {BIRTHDAY BUDDIES} stamps set is one of my favorites, but I didn't ink up the adorable crazy bird this time... shocking, I know.  I chose the little gopher/groundhog buddy who is popping up to see what's goin' on!  I stamped him onto watercolor paper and watercolored him with Distress Ink.

I used the {DUO DIE 1} twice, once to cut the center frame from the watercolor paper and a second time in the green cardstock for the outer frame.  I used the same cardstock to heat emboss the "What's Up?" sentiment from the {GOOD GAB} stamp set.  The stitched panel is from My Favorite Things and the dotty paper is from Papertrey Ink.


Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Aug 3, 2014

{Hello, Little Mouse}

Just a quick card share today...  I've been playing with more of the goodies I recently got from My Favorite Things and I made this card with the current MFT sketch challenge as inspiration.


This stamp is Mouse In The House - Blessed Mouse, from MFT, and she is just too cute!  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and watercolored her with Distress Inks.  I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen.  I paper-pieced her shirt with the same paper used for the large banner in the background.  That paper is from Papertrey Ink.  All of the other supplies are from My Favorite Things.




I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

{MY FAVORITE THINGS} - Sketch 187
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} - Buttons + Bows
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Jul 24, 2014

{THANK YOU}

I made this card for the current sketch challenge over on the {MY FAVORITE THINGS} blog.  I was recently lucky enough to win one of their $100 gift certificates (dude, I know...) and I promptly placed my order.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on some newly released and new-to-me MFT goodies!


This week's sketch is truly fantastic and one I'll be revisiting time and time again, no doubt.  It became an instant classic in my book.

I used a couple of products from Papertrey Ink (New Leaf cardstock and Pretty Pastels Patterned Paper) and the rest are from My Favorite Things: Kraft cardstock, Sweet Tooth cardstock, Sour Apple button, Pinking Edge Circle Stax, Die-Namics Sentiment Strips, Die-Namics File Folder Edges (recently sent to me by this lovely lady... thanks, Tammy!) and the little cutie Pure Innocence Being Cute Is What I Do clear stamp.

I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks.  I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen.



I had so much fun making this card!  It's amazing how quickly things come together with a great sketch as inspiration and some amazing products on hand.  :)

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Jul 9, 2014

{Go Hog Wild!}

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the recent sketch challenge over on the {MY FAVORITE THINGS} blog.  As per my usual way of doing things, I took the sketch and flipped it to make it work for me. I also swapped the circle for an oval... I'm such a rebel.  :)


I used the Pure Innocence Piggy Bank stamp set.  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and watercolored her with Distress Ink. I stamped the Typewriter Text background onto some Bubblegum Cardstock with a dark pink ink. I used one the sentiments that came with the Piggy Bank set and stamped it onto a Sentiment Strip Die-Namics.  I used some hemp twine and a Sweet Tooth button to finish it off.



Thanks for stopping by!

Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Jul 4, 2014

{Hello, Friend!}

Happy Independence Day to all my fellow US crafters!  I hope everyone has something fun planned for the day.  I plan on staying indoors with the air conditioning as Summer weather and I do not mix. At all.  So for me, it will be a day filled with crafting, napping, and hot-dog eating. heh. :)

I'm sharing a card I made with the current sketch challenge from My Favorite Things:


Aww, such sweet friends!  I used the masking/stamping technique and combined two adorable Pure Innocence stamps into one image.  I love how the gal on the right looks really shy and her friend is giving her some much needed support.  That's what friends are for, right? 


I stamped them onto watercolor paper and watercolored them with Distress Inks.  I paper-pieced their clothes with the matching background papers from Papertrey Ink.

The rest of the supplies are from My Favorite Things:



I'm entering these sweet friends into the following challenges:

{MY FAVORITE THINGS} - Get Sketchy #183
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose
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Jul 1, 2014

{LET'S PARTY!}

This crazy little bird from Paper Smooches Stamps' {BIRTHDAY BUDDIES} is one of my favorite go-to stamps for birthday cards.  He colors up so adorably and can be easily worked into a masculine or feminine theme.  I tend to use him most for simple, CAS cards for dudes. :)


I stamped him onto watercolor paper watercolored him with Distress Ink. I added some highlights with a white ink gel pen and coated the balloon in Stardust Stickles.  I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch two small, half-circle holes in the bottom of the die cut piece to create a great spot to hold the wrapped twine so it doesn't slide off the panel.


I'm linking him up to the following awesome challenges:

{PAPER SMOOCHES SPARKS} - Anything Goes
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} - Anything Goes
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Jun 3, 2014

{Magical Memories Are Made At Home}

I wanted to make something new to sit on my crafty desk so I looked through my list of favorite challenges and found a few to play along with this week. :)


I grabbed a chipboard house shape as a base, a white ornate frame, and a bunch of flowers from I Am Roses and got to work!  I stamped the Gorjuss Girl from the "New Heights" set onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks.  I paper-pieced her dress with matching papers from the Simply Gorjuss paper pack.

I dripped on some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist all over the background and onto some of the roses.  The word stickers are from Tim Holtz and the button is from My Favorite Things.  I actually peeled the backing off the frame and glued it into the back of the house to make the entire piece a table-top frame.  It looks really cute on my desk!  Can't go wrong with the Gorjuss Girls.  :)


I'm linking up this project to the following awesome challenges:

{I AM ROSES} - Add A Frame
{7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND} - #100 Anything Goes
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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May 31, 2014

{KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} Challenge

Today is my last post as guest designer for {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} and I've gotta say it was such a fun month!  Not only did I get to play around with some adorable new stamps, I also got to be in the presence of some amazingly talented and super nice krafty gals and I appreciate the chance to play along.  Thank you!  :)


This week our hostess is Krafty Girl, KAREN and her challenge is called NEW BEGINNINGS! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp that is for graduation, a new job, summer holidays, a new baby, wedding....whatever. Pull out those fabby stamps and play along. Have some krafty fun and join us this week!

Don't forget that there are LOTS of fabulous stamp sets on SALE in the FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS this weekend 25-50% OFF! There's also got a huge SALE on our Kaisercraft paper pads right NOW... Happy shoppin'!


I've used an older KKS stamp called "TESSA TASSEL".  She's so lovely and fun to color!  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks. I wanted this card to have lots of lovely layers of paper, die cuts, lace trim, skeleton leaves and pretty roses.


I had such a great time being a Krafty Guest this month... how would YOU like to win a Krafty Girl Guest Spot??  Well, just go HERE to get all the details on how YOU could join the Krafty Girls for a month of Krafty FUN!

Now hop on over to the {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} blog to see all of the lovely creations and to play along.

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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May 24, 2014

{KRAFTIN' KIMMIE} Release Day Blog Hop

Yippee! It’s the MAY RELEASE DAY at {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} and we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP! So grab yourself a cuppa joe, sit back and be prepared for some krafty eye-kandy.

Over the last few days we have shared lots of AMAZING new stamps that will 'float your boat'! We’ve got an adorable new nautical kids set from Cheryl called AHOY, SAILOR! There's a FIN-tastic new set from Thais called UNDER THE SEA! and a new Summer stamp set from Annie called BEACHY KEEN!

I'm sharing another image from the "AHOY, SAILOR!" set:


I think this sailor girl might be my favorite from this release... she's just asking for a snuggle! :)  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks.  Isn't that sentiment cute? I love when stamp sets have perfectly coordinated sentiments.  All of the dies and the button are from My Favorite Things.


You will get to see ALL of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our May Krafty Hop. As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky stampers will win packages of these incredible stamps from the new release! When you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie shop, because ALL the new images are available NOW! And don't forget...if you NEED it all, we have a Gimme Kimmies Kit which features ALL the new May stamps at a discount.


Now let's celebrate the NEW RELEASE and get hoppin' and shoppin'!


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{KRAFTIN' KIMMIE} New Release Preview - Day 3 and Challenge!

Welcome to day THREE of our MAY {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE} Peeks! The awesome new stamps just keep on comin'. We are SO thrilled to share the newest set of FOUR images with matching sentiments from THAIS. This FIN-tastic set is perfect for summer and it is called... UNDER THE SEA!


How adorable is this?!  I love the interaction between these two girls. They can be stamped together or separately for different looks and themes.  I stamped them onto watercolor paper and water colored  them with Distress Inks.  Most of the elements have been paper-pieced, as well.  I die-cut some leaves to (hopefully) look like seaweed and added a few buttons and some layered cheesecloth to finish it off.


Also, the Saturday challenge theme for this week is ANYTHING GOES! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp with no restrictions. Use any sketch, any design, any embellishments because Anything Goes. Have some krafty fun and join us this week because we'd LOVE to see your KKS designs. We hope you can play along for your chance to WIN a $10 Gift Certificate to use on ANYTHING you want in the shop!

Happy Hoppin'!


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May 23, 2014

{KRAFTIN' KIMMIE} New Release Preview - Day 2

Welcome back to Day TWO of the {Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps} MAY previews! We are back with a fabulous new Moonlight Whispers stamp set by Annie Rodrigue. You'll love these two summer ladies along with the THREE fun sentiments!

Today we are thrilled to share with you.....BEACHY KEEN! There are lots of gorgeous creations on today's hop featuring both new images and sentiments from the set.


I stamped this relaxing, beachy gal onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks.  I inked a background with Distress Inks as well... layered waves and a sunny, sunset-filled sky.





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May 22, 2014

{KRAFTIN' KIMMIE} New Release Preview - Day 1

Welcome to day ONE of our MAY {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE} Previews! Today we are excited to share a cute new set featuring Lulu, Lexi and Lucas. It's by artist Cheryl Alger and we're SURE it will 'float your boat'. We are sharing samples today featuring... AHOY, SAILOR!


Garsh, he's such a cutie pie!  I instantly fell in love with his cute little face and rosy cheeks. :)  I stamped him onto watercolor paper and water colored him with Distress Inks.  I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen.  The papers are from Penny Black and the buttons are from My Favorite Things.



All of the new May Release stamps will be available in the {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} shop on Saturday!


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May 17, 2014

{KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} Challenge!

It's time for another fabulously fun {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} challenge!  Did you know you can win adorable stamps if you play along with us?  Who doesn't want to win more stamps?!  :)

Our challenge hostess today is Cheri and her challenge theme is "GIRLY GIRL".  So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp that is perfect for a girl! Use fun and pretty patterned papers, embellishments, glitter etc. Pull out those fabby stamps and play along!


I used one of my favorite KKS stamps by Rachelle Anne Miller called "BIRTHDAY GIRL" and she just happens to be in the KKS SHOP for 25% today! 

I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks.  After stamping her down, I masked off the image with sticky paper so I could ink on my clouds (also with Distress Ink). When I die-cut her panel out, I purposely cut off the top of her balloon.  I knew that I wanted to paper-piece it with matching paper and I wanted it to look like she was floating right off the page.


I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen and coated her dress in Stardust Stickles. It's still wet in the photos which is why it looks a little bit gloopy... heh :)   The "Make A Wish" sentiment stamp is by Lawn Fawn.  The lace border die is from My Favorite Things.  The butterfly punch is by Martha Stewart.

We'd love it if you stopped by the {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} blog to see all of the Krafty Girls' and guests creations and to play along with us this week!

Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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May 10, 2014

{KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} Challenge!

Welcome back for another fabulously FUN challenge on the {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} blog! We always enjoy your creations so be sure to submit them so you can WIN MORE stamps.

This week our hostess is Krafty Girl, Melanie and her challenge theme is {An Oldie, but a Goodie}... So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp that is one of your older faves or one that you bought a while ago but haven't used yet! Pull out those fabby stamps and have some krafty fun and join us this week!


I selected one of my Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps that I hadn't inked up yet... {ELYSIA ANGEL} and she's on sale right how for half off!  Awesome.  Go grab her, she's gorgeous and so much fun to color. :)


I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her Distress Inks.  I added some highlights with a white ink gel pen and covered her dainty wings with Stardust Stickles.  So sparkly!  The banner stamp is from Lawn Fawn and the alphabet letter stamp set is from the dollar section at WalMart... score!


Don't forget that there are LOTS of fabulous
stamp sets on SALE in the FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS this weekend at 
25-50% OFF! And some of them are even featured in today's challenge. Happy shoppin'!

Pop on over to the {KKS} blog to see all of the creations and to be inspired by the Krafty Girls and special Krafty Guests featuring this week’s challenge! Join us, play along and you could WIN!!

Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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May 3, 2014

{KRAFTIN' KIMMIE} Guest Designer!

I have some fun news... I've been asked to be one of the {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} guest designers for the month of May!  Yippee!  Today I'm playing along with the first challenge of the month.

This week our hostess is Krafty Girl Stephanie and her challenge is a fantastic SKETCH!  So create a card, scrapbook page, or altered item with a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp that features the sketch posted below.  Who doesn't love a sketch?!  Have some krafty fun and join us this week!


I've inked up the adorable {SUNNIE} stamp... and she just happens to be ON SALE in the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "FRUGAL FRIDAY" sale along with tons of other greats stamps listed at 25-50% off!  Be sure to check it out this weekend!

I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored her with Distress Inks.  I added a few highlights with a white ink gel pen.  I decorated the page with some die-cuts from My Favorite Things and finished it off with a few flat-back pearls.  Sunnie is ready for an amazing beachy day! :)


Here's the great sketch to work with this week:


Be sure to head on over to the {KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} blog to see all of the Krafty Girls' Kreations and to play along!

Thanks for visiting.
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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Mar 30, 2014

{WARM THOUGHTS}

It's a miracle... I sat down at my craft desk and finished a card in one setting! It usually takes a while to figure out what I want to do, then do it, then glue it all together.  Somehow I stayed focused this morning and got it done.  Ahh, sweet crafty relief!  :)


I used "LEILANI" from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. I stamped her onto watercolor paper and colored her with Distress Ink.  She has very light blue eyes that just don't want to show up, no matter what!  I trimmed her out and popped her up onto a bunch of layered die-cuts and papers.  I inked all of the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.


The sentiment stamp is from "Paper Smooches". I tied on a few green buttons from "My Favorite Things" and added some leaves and flowers from "I Am Roses".  I added some Stardust Stickles to a bunch of elements and it was complete.


I'm entering this card into the following awesome challenges:

{7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND} - Anything Goes
{KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS} - Spring Has Sprung
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - Anything Goes with Buttons

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

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