Wednesday, November 30, 2011

VLVS! 12 tags of Christmas Day 1

welcome to our 12 day long blog hop!! Me and some of the other DT from Viva Las Vegastamps! are so excited to show you tags for TWELVE days!!! (I cannot believe it's Christmas already!) Hopefully you'll make our blogs a stop every day just like Tim Holtz's!!

Each day of the hop we are using stamps from Plate #1363 -- which is also a PRIZE! for people who hop all 12 days, leave comments and become followers! 

You should have started @ Terri's Blog. if not, click the link and be sure to go in order :)

My Creation:

I have also managed to base my tags off of Linda (The Funky Junkie)'s 12 tags! So I will be linking up there each day :) Today's is linking to tag 1 -- I loved the monotone sort of tea stained look, the giant rosette, Santa, and how the bow is not THROUGH the hole on the tag, but more as an embellishment. :)

Thanks for stopping by!! You're on your way to Susan's Blog next!!!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

do you ever just go "BLAH!" ?!

I feel like I've been running around with my head cut off and ten extra arms.

I have so many PLANS. and IDEAS. and just not enough t.i.m.e. I've entered contests, and made promises, and taken orders, and written down snippets of things I Need to do.. SHOULD do.. and then the things I /want/ to do but don't NEED to.

Then there's the things people SUGGEST I do, that I don't even really want to.. on top of all that I DO want to. 

And there are things I'd like to do for personal crafting.. things I'd like to change around the house.. and things I'd like to do for the etsy shop (I've been contemplating taking it in an almost completely different direction). Then there's the "real" job. and maybe finding a second "real" job.

and oh yeah. christmas is coming up.

Plus we just did our three day cook-off for thanksgiving.. and we've got to plan the xmas one and figure out presents.. hand made vs store bought. easy choice ;)

And I will always find the need (no matter what) to incorporate my schooling into my every day passions.. because for heaven's sake we can't "waste" that $100,000 piece of paper. No no no!!

At the end of it all I just thank goodness for the Husband I have who puts up with all my "crap" and the little bundle of joy we have that is now 10 months old.. the one who walks like a pro without stumbling... feeds himself.. and "ROOOOOARS" after the dogs with his arms in the air.

Expect more CRAFTY goodness blogging over the next four/five weeks!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Culture Shock!!

Have you seen the culture shock challenge blog yet?? I'm trying like hell to keep this thing going and sometimes it seems to slip away from me.. maybe I need an assistant ;)

the idea for this came from Jennifer Bliss's mind and she kindly asked me to coordinate!

Also be on the lookout because the Viva Las Vegastamps DT is doing our own 12 tags of christmas!! I'll be sharing twelve tags twelve days along with a hop for you to see the other DT members' works :)

P.S. Love seeing the followers on the blog climb --- I've had a bit of a hard time managing my open time well and sorry that the blog has unfortunately been on the back burner.. but that's changing now! :D

Friday, November 18, 2011

Imaginarium Design Team Call!!

I LOVE chipboard.. I love altering it, applying it in new ways, misting over it, using it as a mask, making embellishments with it... I could go on and on... and I especially love IMAGINARIUM DESIGNS chipboard --- I'm super impressed by the designs that this team has imagined up.. and I'm also impressed with their unique grungy sort of messy branding style. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND --- they're having a design team call!! So along with the application that I sent in, here are ten of my favorite projects featuring any chipboard for the powers that be to see :D

1) - a classy kind of vintage chic inspired card made for a gal
who knitted a beautiful blanket for our dear baby boy. The chipboard is inked with
a distress ink by foam application.

2) - TimHoltz inspired Christmas tag. The chipboard was embossed

with clear ink and red distress embossing powder.

3) - A set of LOVE tags that hang on a wire in our living room.
The chipboard was peeled in half to reveal the "softer" inside, wetted
with water, embossed with a folder and distressed with antique linen

distress stain.

4) - a very sultry sexy inspired tag. In this piece I designed the chipboard

which I sent to a local laser cutter. When I got the raw piece back, I embossed

it with smooth black embossing powder and ran it through a texture folder.

5) - A steampunky tag. The chipboard on this piece is stamped and

hand cut to match the stamp. it started as a square piece of board. The 2nd

piece of chipboard in the background was cut from the Stampin' Up die "Topnote"

6) - Our first summer together layout. The chipboard was distressed

with vintage photo distress ink.

7) - A layout of my bebe boy with his bright blue eyes. This chipboard

is one of my favorite uses EVER! It started out as a sort of blueish gray color

that didn't really match the blues in the layout.. so I splattered dark brown

paint behind it using it as a guide/mask.. and then white washed the actual

frame piece to blend in more. The chipboard birdcage is from a TH Die that

I painted white.. then crackled and finally painted brown.

8) - This page is a commission for a customer. The chipboard here is layered under

the mini bird and rosette. Handmade embellishment!

9) - This piece was done as a design team submission.. it's a giant altered globe. There are all

types of chipboard applications on here.. some are left raw, some are distressed, some are

crackled, some are painted, some are inked... :)

10) - And last but not least a wall hanging made for a friend using Be Mine by EP.
The chipboard center cameo was cut from the cricut cartridge "Heritage". It was then

painted black and diamond glazed over to give it a sort of glassy smooth look.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check these out!! I hope you find what you're looking for in the DT and good luck to any and all who are applying! -DeeDee

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tags of xmas blog hop!! Coming DEC 1st!!

Viva Las Vegastamps team is putting together a little (Or large!) blog hop to share this fabulous plate with you:

be ready to hop and be inspired!
Join us the 1st of Dec and for a few days after to see new tags by all!!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Absent + Update = GOODIES

I know I've been so slack on posting.. but a friend and I have signed up to do some CRAFT SHOWS (ahhh!) and I've been concentrating on doing things for that... plus design teams are forever looming!!

But here's a sneak peek at some things I've been doing with AMAZING MOLD PUTTY!!!