Friday, February 12, 2016

FFC #125 "Color Challenge"

For the LBBS Valentine Blog Hop, click here


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

 This week's Challenge:
"Color Challenge"
Create a card, layout or project using Reds, white, & Pinks! Think Love, Valentine's & Roses!

Our Sponsors this week are:
Bugaboo Stamps
  The winner will win 7 digital stamps of their choice!
and
Little Blue Button Stamps
The winner will win 4 digital stamps of their choice!
 So make sure to play along this week~


    Starts: Friday, Feb. 12th 12:00AM

Ends:  Friday, Feb. 19th  6:00PM
(Eastern time)

Here is my card for today's challenge :)

I used this adorable little image from Bugaboo Stamps called Bugaboo Angels Love You .  I colored this sweet angel with my copic markers onto some Georgia Pacific white cardstock. I wanted a very simple card this week and this fits perfectly! I adhered my image to some black cardstock and then adhered that to a piece of pretty pink glitter paper by American Crafts. My card base is a piece of red cardstock from Core'dinations.  I stamped the "Be Mine" in momento tuxedo black ink into the cute heart she's holding. That stamp is from an old Cardz Tv stamps set. To finish off the card I added some wink of stella to the wings, the heart and the hearts in the bonnett. :)  This card will be going to my daughter for Valentine's day and will be paired up with the song notebook I altered for her. You can see the altered notebook here .  I finished the inside of the card too. The sentiments on the inside are all from Cardz TV Stamps . The hearts on the inside were punched from an old CM heart punch that I have. Hope you like! 
  


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 Feb. 19th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Feb. 22nd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!

I would like to add this card into the following challenges:



Little Blue Button Stamps Valentine Blog Hop & LOTS of prizes!


Little Blue Button Stamps

Hello sweet friends! 
Today I am excited to welcome you to Little Blue Button Stamps Valentine's Day blog hop!  There are so many amazing projects, inspiration and prizes for you today! Truly excited to be apart of this awesome Valentine hop! You should have arrived from Frezja's Blog but in case you are just stopping by to visit me today, you can follow along with this hop from the beginning. I have a list of all the participants at the bottom of this post. :) 

First, we want you to meet our new design team! These lovely ladies are a very talented group and you will see by their beautiful creations today! I am so blessed to be one of the new gals on this amazing DT! 

Second, we would love to say thank you to all our old and new friends and we would love to share some gifts with you! Yep! Lots of prizes up for grabs today if you hop along with us! Third, we would love to celebrate Valentine's Day with you!

Our fabulous sponsors are:


They will give two clear stamps from LBBS for two winners!!!



They will Give two gift codes for $30 each!!!! 



They will give one gift certificate for $20 and an additional
 15% coupon code for all blog hop participants!!!



They are giving away this wonderful clear stamp set!!!

and last but not least,
 LBBS will give two gift vouchers for $15 to the digi store!!!!


Theme of our blog hop is...wait for it... LOVE!=)

I had the awesome pleasure of working with this Love Balloon Vicky digital stamp from Little Blue Button Stamps.  I decided to alter a notebook and give this to my daughter for Valentine's day. She loves to write songs and I thought this would be a perfect place for her to write all her amazing love songs in! So here is my altered notebook.
  

I colored this cute image in with my Inktense watercolor pencils. I have to say that I still need practice with these pencils. They really are so vibrant and when hit with the water, they really become alive. So I colored her skin with light skin tones and a light beige and her hair with shades of browns and tan. Then for her clothes, shoes and the hearts, I decided to color them up using shades of red and fuchsia. Once I was finished, I fussy cut her out and because the balloon strings would have been impossible to cut around, I just cut the hearts apart from her. I added some dot and stripe detail to her dress using my black glaze sakura pen and liked it a lot so I added some dot detail on the hearts too. I gave the smaller heart big dots and the larger heart, smaller dots for contrast. Once I finally did adhere them to the finished notebook, I just hand drew the balloon strings on. 

Okay so for the notebook, I took two patterned Valentine papers that I had in my stash ( want to say that they are from Recollections) and cut them down to size. I adhered the papers to the front and back of the book. Then I took a half inch strip  of pretty pink glitter paper and adhered that in the middle over the two pattern papers to hide where they met. Then I cut some black cardstock for the spine. The spine is an inch on both sides. I added a half of a gold heart doily to the left side and then adhered Vicky and the balloons down and drew the strings. I cut out a few hearts from an old Creative Memories punch that I have in the pattern papers and the pretty pink glitter paper and adhered them around the front to complete the notebook. Then to finish it off, I stamped "My love, you warm my heart" up in the right corner and "Be mine" on the bottom right inside the heart. The heart on the very bottom right hand corner had another little heart stamp stamped in black and then I cut out a cute little white patterned heart from the patterned paper and adhered that to the top of the stamped heart. I like how this turned out and I know that my daughter is going to absolutely love this! Forgot to mention that all stamps used were from Cardz TV Stamps.  Here is the back of the finished altered notebook.  
If you read this far, thank you and I hope you enjoy hopping along with all of us today. Hopefully we can encourage you to get out all of your Valentine papers and accessories and create something for your special valentines this year. :)
Your next stop on the hop is KATE .  

 Ok so here are the Rules for the blog hop are:
1. You must be subscribed to the LBBS blog and all the participants blogs in the hop
2. To visit all the DT members blogs and comment on their posts (links down below)
3. To like our Facebook page (optional)
4. Leave your very last comment under this post, so I could see your name and include it in the drawing.

The Blog hop will be running for two days - so you have  plenty of time to visit our blogs and comment! Winners of the blog hop will be announced on LBBS blog and on their Facebook page on February 15th!

Links to our blogs:

Elina - scrapbookscraftscards.blogspot.com
Jo -      http://jwscrapshack.blogspot.com <--------You are here :)
Last Stop is LBBS blog - http://lbbstamps.blogspot.com

So have fun and much love!
Please stop by each designer's blog and leave some love and don't forget to comment and subscribe for your chance to win all these amazing prizes! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time, Enjoy life's blessings~

Tuesday, February 9, 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. May I just say how awesome this community is? In the past few days, I have received some beautiful comments and personal emails about my latest cards that I have made. So many of you have expressed how happy you are to see me creating again. And your kind words about my cards have been very sweet! So thank you! It has been awesome to be creating again and I hope that my health continues to stay where it is at, so that I may continue to create. :)  

Today is also a very sad day for me as my grandmother would have been 84 today if she were still living. My family and I lost her 31 years ago on March 11th to ovarian cancer, just one month after her 53rd birthday. We would always celebrate February 9th with cake, music and dancing during the early evening and then my grandfather would take my grandmother out to the casinos or to bingo. Oh how she loved her bingo and her slot machines! Do any of you have moms or grandmoms who love bingo and casinos too?

Ok so let's get to our TTT question. Today's question comes from Bunny who wants to know, "What type of paper do you like coloring on with Copics that is economical ?"

  Hello Bunny!

 Copic markers are so fun to work with, wouldn't you agree? You may have heard a lot of people say that when they work with Copic markers they like to use the Copic X-press It paper because this paper was specifially created with Copic markers in mind. I have worked with this paper and still have some. I really enjoy the way the Copic markers work on this paper, it gives crisp clean coloring. On average this paper comes in  packs of 10 sheets and costs between $4.99-$7.99 a pack. To me, that is a bit steep.

Others like to use Neenah Solar White cardstock. This usually comes in a ream of 250 sheets for a price range between $9.99-$37. Again way too steep for me. So now I will tell you my absolute favorite cardstock to use with Copic markers.

My favorite cardstock to use is the Georgia Pacific cardstock found at WalMart. It comes in a ream of 150 sheets of paper and retails for $5.48. Now I am going to give you 5 reasons why I love this cardstock.


  1. The cost! For just $5.48 per ream, this makes the cost of one sheet of cardstock $.36 cents! Very cost affordable in my book, ya get more bang for your buck.
  2. The weight. This cardstock is 110 pound weight. Perfect for card bases, mini albums and die cutting.
  3. The color. This cardstock is a nice white color. Some white cardstocks have an off white hue to them. This cardstock is a nice true white. Not super bright white until it blinds ya but it is a very good true white.
  4. Very easily accessible. It is at every WalMart store and who doesn't shop at Walmart? So it's easy to get your hands on it. 
  5. Lastly, this paper works well with most inks and printers. If you do a lot of digital printing for stamps or have laser printers, this paper will work like a charm! It is very versatile to inks and coloring mediums and you cannot beat that! Especially not for that price either!
So I hope this helps you out Bunny and I hope I have given you some options for your next cardstock purchase. If anyone else knows of any other type of cardstock that works well with copic markers, please leave a comment below in the comments section. We would appreciate it! And thank you Bunny for writing in! I hope you write in again very soon :)

And before I end this post, I just wanted to let everyone know that Sale-a-bration is still going at Stampin Up  and now is the best time to stock up on your favorite products because you can earn a lot of free product too! And while I am trying to reach my 500 followers on this blog, I am also trying to gain more followers on my Stampin Up Blog so if you can head on over there and subscribe that would be much appreciated! I will be giving away a $25 Stampin Up shopping spree once I hit my first 50 followers. Please go subscribe so that you can  receive updates about SU and to be able to get in the drawing for that $25 shopping spree! I am actually in the middle of working out a schedule that will give me more time to create and do videos on that blog and if you are a subscriber to the blog, you will be eligible for all giveaways that I will be doing with SU product. :)  


For those of you who will be placing orders, Please use hostess code S3NPRMUA when placing your order! :)




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~




Monday, February 8, 2016

Winners FFC #122 & FFC #123 Announced~

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Hi there friends...
We have the Top 3's and winners from Fun~day Friday
challenge #122 & #123! Are you one of them lucky ones???

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #123
 "Anything Goes":


                              #7-----> StarcyL
                             #22-----> Jackie Cornfield
                             #76-----> Lisa F.


 And now our winner of the $12 gift voucher from:

Sami Stamps

------> #26 Elizabeth H.

 And now our winner of 4 digi stamps (winner's choice) from:
Little Blue Button Stamps
------> #03  Paper Whims

Challenge FFC #122-Color Challenge
There was only 1 entrant unfortunately but she has won an awesome prize!

And now our winner of the 3 digital stamps (winner's choice) from:
Robyn's Fetish

------> #1 Sarah P.

 
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~
  


Meet Kimono Girl ;)



Little Blue Button Stamps




Hello sweet friends! 
Welcome to a new week and I sure hope that your week is starting off on the right foot. Weekends always go by so fast, don't ya think? I hope you had a wonderful weekend and hopefully you are ready to get a jump start on gathering fun ideas and inspiration for all your crafty projects! With that being said, welcome to Crafty Monday!!! 

Have you had a chance to stop by the store to see the new release for February yet?? If not, make sure you go and check it out! So many beautiful new digital stamps and sweet new papers! You won't be disappointed! Okay so for today, I had the wonderful privilege of working with this beautiful new digi, Kimono Girl . Boy was she ever so fun to color up with my copics! What do ya think?
So as I mentioned, she is colored up in copics onto some Recollections cardstock. I added some wink of stella to the fan and the flowers on her kimono and then I cut her out using Spellbinder's insert die from the Radiant Rectangles dies. I set her aside and then took another piece of that cardstock and created my card base. This time I went a little bit bigger and more like traditional store bought cards with a size of 5 by 7. I cut out two more layers from that same die set from some My Mind's Eye paper and then started to adhere each layer together. I had a red heart doily which I ended up cutting up to make it smaller and then went ahead and adhered that down on my top layer before grabbing my sweet Kimono girl and adhered her down on the top of the red doily and the rest of the layers. I knew that I was going to use a white card base so I decided to grab some black cardstock, enough to give the layers a small thin border to make it pop off the white card base.
 
This time around, I decided I wanted to finish off the inside of the card. I cut out two ovals from the same Spellbinder's die set (on white cardstock and on MME pattern paper) and adhered them together. Love the look! I stamped the cute sentiment, "You make me happy" in momento tuxedo black ink as I thought based off the digi image that the girl and the fox were very smitten! The sentiment just kind of fit perfectly! The sentiment is from Sunny Studio Stamp's , Rain or Shine stamp set. Such an adorable stamp set too!
So to finish off the card, I added a little yellow flower to this sweet girl's hair, topped with a gold sequin. I then took some more of these yellow flowers which are from Prima, and adhered each one to some cute red flowers (also from Prima) to create a two-toned flower. I wanted to match the colors in the image and papers and I think this matches pretty well. Each flower was also topped with a gold sequin. And as you can see from the photo above, I also adhered one of these cute flowers to the inside of the card to follow the theme. The sequins are all from my stash. And do you see those adorable small red hearts? They were cut out using another Spellbinder's die and I had a little of the red glitter paper left from a previous project so I just went with that. :)


Well my friends that is all I have for you today. I sure do hope you enjoyed my sweet card using one of February's newest digital stamps, Kimono Girl. Please make sure you head on over to the Little Blue Button Blog to see what my other Design team sisters have created using this sweet image and remember to stop by the LBBS Store to check out the new release and all the many digital stamps and papers that Olga carries!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, Enjoy life's blessings~
I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:




Saturday, February 6, 2016

500th Follower Giveaway!!!



Hey friends!

 I need your help! I would like to reach 500 followers and in order to do that, I need each of you. Please go and spread the word about my blog, the Funday Friday challenges and a little about me, to your bloggy friends. Word of mouth still seems to be the most effective way to advertise for events and such. 

Up for grabs is this.........

Please copy and paste this banner to your blogs and social media platforms. If I am able to double my number from 500 to 1000 followers, the above prize will climb to $250. So the more you spread the word and get people to come subscribe to my blog, the more followers I will gain. If I reach 1000 followers, there will be $250 to Amazon up for grabs for one lucky winner. That winner could be YOU!!! 

So to be eligible for this prize, you will need to leave me a comment below in the comments section of this post and your current email address. This will allow me to have a way to contact you should you be the lucky winner. 

So go ahead and grab this banner and go put it up on your blogs and social media starting now! Then go get your friends in on the prize! Ya never know, if your friend wins, they just might split the shopping with you, since you were the one to tell them about it!! I know that is what I would do if I won a giveaway that a friend told me about :)

And tell  your friends to pass this along to their friends too and have them put the banner up on their blogs and social media too! The more people we all get to follow my blog, the bigger that prize can go!

Please note:
  • You are NOT eligible to win the prize if you have not left a comment on this blog post.

  •  You MUST leave a way to contact you in your comment. 


  • You MUST be a follower

Good luck!!!!

Until next time, Enjoy life's blessings~




Friday, February 5, 2016

FFC #124 "It's sketch time"


Hello sweet friends!
Welcome to another Fun~day Friday Challenge!!
Today we welcome a brand new sponsor, Scrappers Delights ! We are pleased to have you as our sponsor and are excited to work with your stamps! Thank you for sponsoring Jo's Scrap Shack!  


 This week's Challenge:
"It's Sketch Time"
Create a card, layout or project with
this week's sketch!


Our Sponsor this week is:
Scrapper's Delights
  The winner will win 3 digital stamps of their choice!

 So make sure to play along this week~


    Starts: Friday, Feb. 05th 12:00AM

Ends:  Friday, Feb. 12th  6:00PM
(Eastern time)


Well...want the good news or the bad news first? I know, always good news! Okay so I created a card for today's challenge but the bad news is, I forgot it was a sketch challenge so it is not following the sketch for this week! AAAH! Can you tell that I'm just starting to get back into the swing of things with creating? LOL It just goes to show that I am not perfect! :) So in any case,
 I am hoping it will still make you smile! 

I used this sweet adorable Easter bunny digital stamp from Scrappers Delights .  I colored this bunny in with my Prisma colored pencils, I even colored on some extra grass to make it look more like the bunny was in a field of grass. Lately I have been using markers so I wanted to tone it down a bit with this digital stamp. I'm glad I did because I really like the cute storybook look that it has to it. The image was printed on white cardstock from Recollections and then I adhered that to a cute piece of fun circle paper that came from the "Style Board" 6x6 paper pad by Crate Paper. This card is 5x5 and the cardbase is a piece of cardstock from Stampin Up. The gray cardstock is from Coordinations and I embossed that using my damask pattern embossing folder from Craftwell. The cute sentiment came out of a little booklet that I have from Crafty Secrets and I thought it went perfect!
 
 To finish off the card I added some butterfly stickers flying around on this nice Spring day and added some lemon bar sequins from 3 Twenty Crafts. I also added some wink of stella to the pebble stones and the eggs that are in the basket. One last thing I did was add some gold cording, wrapped it around three times and then tied into a bow. I really like how this turned out and I plan on giving this to my daughter on Easter. I hope you like it!


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 Feb. 12th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Feb. 15th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!

I would like to add my card in the following challenges: