Dec 30, 2022

Year in Review 2022 - Favorite Creations of the Year *Blog Hop* and a Small Prize Giveaway


Hello and welcome! 

Today/this week a group of crafters and I are hosting the Year in Review blog hop where we share our favorite creations of 2022 and I hope you will join us too, either by leaving a comment or by linking up your own "year in review" post - or both! The linky tool will remain open for 1 week, so even if you didn't sign up to be a co-host, you can still share with us during this week.

I am giving away a prize to one lucky commenter too, and it's possible that there are more giveaways along the way so hopefully you will hop along and leave the other co-hosts some love. The prize winner will be selected from those leaving a comment.


I always have a hard time selecting favorites so to make it easier on myself  I select a favorite from each month. I did list the stamps used in case anyone is interested and you can click on the link above each card to see the original post for more info. 



January

Squirrel Hugs


Stamps Used: Brush Pines and Share a Hug (both by Penny Black)

February


... this was a tough choice but I settled on this card:
Stamps Used: Snow Fence, Nose to Nose and Dream.Love.Sentiments (all by Penny Black)

March


Stamps Used: Fluffy Passenger, Happy Wishes, Blooming Garden (all by Penny Black)


April



Stamps Used: Pan, Wild Hares Small, Fairy Fir Tree Small, Lavender (all by Lavinia), Nature's Gifts (Penny Black), Cowboy Adventures (Hero Arts)

May 


Stamps Used: Antique Bee and Flowers (Hero Arts)

June


Stamps Used: Horse and Carriage (Lavinia), Happy Wishes (Penny Black)

July


Nautical Birds
Stamps Used: PSX G2891 Bird Stamp (retired), Bullsrushes (Lavinia), Hero Arts Sentiment (from retired stamp kit)

August


Stamps Used: Mo Manning Pineapple Girl, Whimsy Stamps Sentiment (retired)

September


Stamps Used: Wonderful (Penny Black), Trailing Ivy (Lavinia), Retired Sentiment (SU)

October


Stamps Used: Santa's Sleigh (Colorado Craft Company)

November


Stamps Used: Birches (Penny Black),  Garden Gnomes (Inkadinkado),  Friendship (Penny Black)

December



It was fun scrolling through the blog posts to look back at what I created. I've really enjoyed playing with inks and stencils this past year and I am still working on getting better at scenic cards as I love them so much but I never quite know where to begin with them. 
But looking at these cards I can see that I failed (again) with my crafty New Year's resolution of 2022 of using up more patterned papers. I barely used any. Maybe I'll try again in the new year :)

If you are a paper crafter and would like to join in with your own year in review type post, please feel free to link up with us too! The linky tool will remain open until January 5th. 

This post may include some affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always, this is at no cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting this blog!

Prize Giveaway

Leave a comment to be entered!
              
The winner will receive  $10 digital gift code to Powerpoppy.



This is not a sponsored prize, it will be supplied by me. 

A random winner will be selected from the comments left on this post. Everyone leaving a comment will be entered into the drawing, including other co-hosts. Random.org will be used. Please only leave one comment. Duplicate comments will be deleted. If you happen to leave a comment but do not want to be included into the drawing, just mention it in your comment.

You have until noon Friday CST January 6th to leave a comment. A winner will be selected at that time and will be announced Saturday January 7th when I share my Allsorts challenge card. Please note, winner has to contact me by January 14th to claim the prize.


I'm so  happy these wonderful bloggers are joining in  this year! I'd love for you to check out their "year on review" posts too.

  1. Bonnie from Stamping in the Light
  2. Brenda from Floral Fantasies
  3. Debbie from Secrets to Stamping
  4. Diane from Nellies Nest
  5. Ellie from Ellibelle’s Corner
  6. Helene from Mummylade
  7. Hilary from Fiddling About
  8. Joanne from My Slices of Life
  9. Melissa from The Stamping Ninja
  10. Rachel from Slow Down, Enjoy and Create
  11. Sara from Sassy’s Cards and Gifts
  12. Sue from Just Peachy Stamping


I'm linking up with these blogs:


The linky tool below is for co-hosts and other Year in Review participants alike. 
Please only link Papercrafts Year in Review 2022 type posts below. All other blog posts will be deleted. Just want to keep the focus on papercrafts with this linkup!

Thank you all for your participation!
Happy Hopping! 

Dec 24, 2022

A Clean and Simple Thank You Card

It's hard to believe this is my last new card share of the year! Over the holidays we are running the challenge at Allsorts over 2 weeks so you have until January 6th to join us. It's Brenda's turn to host and she chose the theme of Clean and Simple. We have 3 prizes this time: from Highlight CraftsAALL and Create and Ruth Hamilton DesignHope you will join in with us!

This week I used an image from Ruth Hamilton Design, the beautiful Wild Roses, thought it was a perfect image to use for a Christmas themed "thank you" card by adding a pine branch.


I colored with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and fussy cut the image. The blossoms have been fussy cut a second time to add with foam tape. 

The square wreath die is by Penny Black - Wildwood. The pine branch is part of the Beautified Baubles die set also by Penny Black. It's hard to see but I added some glitter to the flower centers. The white background was embossed using an old Stampin Up embossing folder. The sentiment is part of Itty Bitty Basics sentiment set from MFT. 

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While this is my last new card post of the year, I do have another post scheduled for December 30th, my Year in Review blog hop post where myself and a group of crafters will share our favorites of 2022. Hope you will stop by then. I will have a small prize to give away then too. 

I am ready for things to slow down a bit now. Last week we got to enjoy the Nutcracker ballet where my daughter danced as the Sugarplum Fairy, one of Uncle Drosselmeyer's dolls and a snow fairy. It's been a busy several weeks of rehearsing leading up to it but it was such a joy to see her perform! 
Now she is on a winter holiday break from both dance and school so I got her help with my second batch of Christmas cookies. Always nice to get help in the kitchen!! 

Thank you all so much for visiting!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Hope you stay warm! We are in the midst of an arctic blast with temperatures of -25 degrees Celsius (maybe even lower) so it will be a chilly Christmas. At least the strong winds are supposed to calm down by tomorrow. 


I would like to share with these challenges:
Krafty Chicks - All Occasions

Dec 17, 2022

Miracles Happen When You Believe

Hello and welcome! 

It's time already for a new theme at Allsorts challenge and this week Pauline is hosting. Her optional theme is "O Christmas Tree" but you may share all your new crafty makes for our "Anything Goes" option if you are already done with Christmas cards. There are two wonderful prizes to win this week so hope you'll join in!

I decided to make a nature themed winter/Christmas card using Lavinia stamps. 


I just love how the sparkle makes it appear as if there are Christmas lights decorating the trees and the bunnies are looking up to admire the lights. There is closeup below where the sparkles show up better.

These are all Lavinia Stamps - Fairy Fir Tree Small, Fairy Fir Tree 2, Pipin and a hare from the Whimsical Hares set. 


I used torn paper to create hills/snow banks. The sky was done using Victorian Velvet, Wilted Violet and a mix of Blueprint Sketch/Speckled Egg Distress Oxide inks. I recently talked about my disappointment in using my posca pen to flick "snowflakes " onto the card and I already ran out of paint from it, so this time I decided to dilute some white gesso paint with water and I flicked some of it onto the card. I do love the ease of a Posca pen though so I will reorder it and keep practicing my flicking.

The die cut snowflakes are from Penny Black's Dancing Snowflake die set and the sentiment is one from Tim Holtz' Small Talk sticker pack. 



I used a  Sakura Quickie Glue Pen on the trees then sprinkled loose glitter onto the card for some sparkle. The rabbit isn't supposed to have a sparky eye, a glitter speck must have landed right there for the photo but it's gone now.


Thanks for visiting!


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I hope to share with these challenges:

We Love Stamping - I Love...cards with scenes

Stamping Sensations - Winter Wonderland

Alphabet Challenge - S for Snow

Beyond The Blue - Snowflakes

Daring Cardmakers - Believe

Winter Wonderland - AG Christmas

Critter Crazy Challenges - Critters

Bastel-Traum - Glitter

Word Art Wednesdays - AG 

Simon Says Stamp - Ice Cold

Double Trouble Challenges  - Kaleidoscope of Color (Any Theme Any Color)

Make My Monday - Winter Card

These are Always Anything Goes, I may not share with all but hope to link up when possible:

A Gem of a Challenge unlimited entries
A Perfect Time To Craft unlimited entries
Classic Design  Challenge unlimited entries
DL.Art Linky Challenge unlimited entries/ once per day
LeAnn’s World 101 unlimited entries
We Love 2 Create (creative/mixed media) unlimited entries
A Place To Start 8 entries max
613 Avenue Create 8 entries max
Path of Positivity 7 entries max
The Paper Funday 6 entries max
Word Art Wednesdays 5 entries max
The Corrosive Challenges 4 entries max 
Through The Craft Room Door 4 entries max
Crafty Catz 3 entries max
Creative Fingers 3 entries max
Ally's Angels 3 entries max  
Arty Divas 3 entries max
Crafts Galore Encore 3 entries max
Creatalicious Challenges 3 entries max
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday (my own challenge) 3 entries max  
Let's Craft & Create Challenge 3 entries max 
QKR Stampede 3 entries max
The Creative Crafters 3 entries max
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge 3 entries max
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 3 entries max
Taylor Made Cards 4 U 3 entries max

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Dec 10, 2022

Snowflake Blessings

It's Saturday again and we have another fun theme for you at Allsorts challenge. Lorraine (Lolo) is hosting this week and selected the optional theme of Let it Snow. Everyone is welcome to join us with your winter themed creation or anything crafty goes! We have two fabulous prizes this week by  Oakwood - a Stampendous stamp and 2 stencils.


Here is what I made:

I started out by stamping the snowflakes (Penny Black Holiday Snippets) with Versamark ink and heat embossing using super fine white embossing powder. Then I inked  the background with Distress Oxide inks Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch and  Tumbled Glass. I also added a few sprinkles of blue Brushos  (spritzed with water). Posca Pen ink onto the background too. Speaking of Posca pens, if you are using this for spatter effects, do you have any tips on how not to get spatter all over your desk and everything around? I don't mind the mess so much, but it seems like I am wasting the pen by spattering all around instead of the card!!! 


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I wanted to add some sort of creature to the card so of course a little snowman is perfect for a snowflake themed card. This little one is part of Penny Black's clear set  Holly Jolly. I used my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils for coloring and then I fussy cut the image. The beautiful snowflake quote is part of the same snowflake stamp set Holiday Snippets. I also used a winter word stamp from Lavinia Stamps (Winter Magic) which I really love too. I first used it with Tumbled Glass ink but you can barely see the words, so I used it again randomly this time with Broken China ink. A little bit of Frosted Lace stickles glitter on the snowman's hat and a few tiny rhinestones finish off the card.

Thanks for visiting!

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This post may include some affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always, this is at no cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting this blog!

PS: Today (Saturday December 10th) is the last day to sign up to be part of a group of crafters hosting a year in review hop at the end of the year. 

Blog Hop sign up is now closed. 

As a participant/co-host all you have to do is:

  1. Write a blog post showcasing your own favorite creation(s) of 2022.
  2. Schedule to be posted on December 30th.
  3. Visit the rest of the participants' posts and leave them some love.
  4. Optional: You may offer a small prize for a winner drawn from those leaving a comment on your post. Absolutely not expected and not necessary to be part of this. Just mentioning it as it was a question last year. 
If you'd like to take part in this hop as a co-host, please leave your blog link below and please be sure there is an email address on your blog so I can contact you.




I plan on linking up with these challenges:
Stamping Sensations - Winter Wonderland // Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle // Bastel-Traum - Snowflakes // Lost Coast Designs - Something Seasonal // Make My Monday - Winter // International Art & Soul - Winter // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - PB stamps

These are Always Anything Goes, I may not share with all but hope to link up when possible:
A Gem of a Challenge unlimited entries
A Perfect Time To Craft unlimited entries
Classic Design  Challenge unlimited entries
DL.Art Linky Challenge unlimited entries/ once per day
LeAnn’s World 101 unlimited entries
We Love 2 Create (creative/mixed media) unlimited entries
A Place To Start 8 entries max
613 Avenue Create 8 entries max
Path of Positivity 7 entries max
The Paper Funday 6 entries max
Word Art Wednesdays 5 entries max
The Corrosive Challenges 4 entries max 
Through The Craft Room Door 4 entries max
Crafty Catz 3 entries max
Creative Fingers 3 entries max
Ally's Angels 3 entries max  
Arty Divas 3 entries max
Crafts Galore Encore 3 entries max
Creatalicious Challenges 3 entries max
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday (my own challenge) 3 entries max  
Let's Craft & Create Challenge 3 entries max 
QKR Stampede 3 entries max
The Creative Crafters 3 entries max
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge 3 entries max
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 3 entries max
Taylor Made Cards 4 U 3 entries max

Dec 7, 2022

Holiday Time at Paper Funday with a Touch of Vintage

This is my second post for today, if you are here for Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge, please visit this link.

A few weeks ago I was invited to join the Paper Funday Challenge as a guest designer for December and today I am sharing my card made for the challenge. Paper Funday is a monthly papercraft challenge offering a new optional theme the first Wednesday of each month and for the month of December it's "Holiday Time". 

And here is what I made with the optional theme in mind. 


I love this beautiful old- fashioned stamp and try to get it out each holiday season! 

This is PSX stamp K-2431, you might be able to find it on eBay or Etsy. 

The image was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink and colored with Distress inks. I fussy cut around the oval.


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The sentiment is part of a stamp set by Whimsy Stamps but long retired. 

The background was done by simply inking with Vintage Photo Distress ink and some white Posca pen spatter. Some natural jute twine finishes off the card.



It's hard to see but I added some glitter onto the snow and berries for a little sparkle.


Thanks so much for visiting!


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This post may include some affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always, this is at no cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting this blog!

I'm linking up with these challenges: