Monday, January 31, 2011

TGF Release Day and a CHA Relay!!

**This is my 2nd post today! Please scroll down or click HERE to see my Sparkle Creations card and announcement! Arigato!**

Hey everyone!

WELCOME to The Greeting Farm's CHA RELAY!   Our Design Team is ready and waiting for you to hop onto their blogs and find out JUST who will complete today's "relay".  The Greeting Farm is in HIGH cotton as we are wrapping up CHA out in Sunny L.A. and we have made it to RELEASE DAY!!!   WOO HOO!

Here is how today will work:

This is NOT a race, LOL.  You will have through tomorrow (3 Feb) at NOON CST to complete your card, so our overseas friends have plenty of time to play, too!

***On EACH DT member's blog, they have highlighted a STAMPING ITEM that they used in their cards.   Once you have gotten through each DT member's post, you should have a list of TEN ITEMS to use on your card to enter into the "CHA RELAY" Release Day contest.   One RANDOM WINNER will be chosen out of the participants who decide to make a card today (up until tomorrow at noon!) to win the ENTIRE RELEASE for FEBRUARY!!! ****


Here's MY card for today's relay!

I used one of the new stamps from the UBER fab Miss Anya "Hat's Off"! These are just the SWEETEST lil Missy's! She's very punk, I love that, lol! The papers I used are from BG's Bittersweet, my favorite paper of at the moment;) I did lots of *STITCHING* on my card (I also thought about Faux stitching or Paper Piercing...cause those would work too *wink*)! I always do, and I love the extra texture it adds:) I also used some PTI ribbon and buttons and my favorite silver pearls!

Don't forget to leave your comments for the DT, too, because ONE lucky winner who leaves comments for them and then comes back HERE to the TGF BLOG to let us know they did will ALSO take home the ENTIRE RELEASE this month!  That's right!  There areTWO WAYS to WIN!

Well, let's get STARTED!   Here is the order of the Hop/Relay today:
back to TGF BLOG

Thanks for joining us today and GOOD LUCK, paper crafters!  We are SO excited to see who will play along with our fun new challenge and can't WAIT to announce the winners-both from those who played along and those who left their sweet comments-ALL tomorrow!


SCRSC #28 and a FUN announcement!

Hey there my friends! Hopefully no one is annoyed with me this week, I've been chatty and have a post up every day if not TWICE a day! Today is one such day I'll have TWO posts up, so thanks for being so understanding:)

My SUPER FUN announcement is that I'm the February Guest Designer for Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps!! w000000000000t! I really love Sparkles stamps, they're so fun to color and the illustrations themselves are just adorable:)

Every Tuesday there is a challenge loaded on the SCRS blog and today's challenge is "It's a Girl Thing"! Just make your card GIRLY! This should seriously be the easiest of all challenges for most of us, what's not to love about girling a card up? Ribbon, bling, buttons, flowers, etc...NO LIMITS when it comes to girlie:)
Here's my card using the super fun Celebrating Chloe!!

Totally girly! I stamped Chloe in Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah cardstock and colored her to match these LUSCIOUS papers by Prima called Annalee... 

I finished it off by sewing it on a piece of pink cardstock and adding some pink ribbon!

Want to play along? Create YOUR "It's a Girl Thing" card and upload it on the SCRS blog HERE!

Here are the design team blogs, you definitely want to see what they've come up with for this challenge!

and Sparkle Smith (Owner)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

TGF Sneak Peeks, Day 3--Cheeky Howdy!

Hiya, girlies! It's MONDAY! Time to get back into the weekly routine, right? I sort of like Monday's now that I'm not working, I can get up at 8:00, have my coffee, check the email and surf around for awhile, and do some reading! I'm reading a new (to me) series called Immortals after Dark and am on the 1st book (well the 2nd if you count the prequel book, I read that one already). It's good so far!!! 

So you didn't come here to hear me drone on about my day, did you? LOL! Today is another sneak peek at a new Cheeky! Meet Cheeky Howdy!

Isn't she sassy? I love her! She's very "Daisy" from Dukes of Hazzard, isn't she? LOL! In keeping with that theme, I colored her in Denim, I think she's fab:)

After I colored her, I embossed the image with my PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate. I love how it looks! The sentiment is from "Anya Says". I was wondering what I could use this card for and then thought it would make a fun "Congrats" card so when I find someone to send it to, I'll stamp a "Congratulations" sentiment inside:) The papers are from Wanted by Basic Grey!

**Okay, now for some DETAILS!
There are TWO chances to win some new rubber today! We have two simultaneous hops going on today. The TGF Farmers are hopping on the Splendid Stamping Blog and Team Anya is hopping on the CA&F blog! SO, if you want TWO chances to win, start at the CA&F blog and leave comments on all of Team Anya's cards, and then go to the TGF Blog and leave comments on all the Farmer's blogs! That's a WHOLELOTTA eye candy:)**

You have until 11:59 CST time TONIGHT to leave your comments! Good luck!

Don't forget to stop back by tomorrow, both teams are having an UBER fun CHA Relay game, you don't want to miss it! In true TGF fashion, it will be a BLAST!!! See you tomorrow...same bat channel, same bat time!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Saturday Sketch with a PREVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi there friends!! Today is Sketch Saturday on the Club Anya & Friends blog but today we have a surprise!!! We're previewing a NEW Cheeky!!! I must say, she is super fabulous and SO cute! Meet "Cheeky Chat"!!

Isn't she sute cute talking on the phone? I imaging she's talking with her BFF, probably about boys...that Anya is so cheeky;)

The papers are from October Afternoon, I forgot if it was Thrift Shop or Modern Homemaker? 
The sentiment is from MFT's "Call Me"...I thought the sentiment was perfect, a great card to send to someone you haven't chatted with in awhile:)

So today, Team Anya AND the Farmers played along in the sketch and everyone is previewing this FABULOUS stamp that will be released with 2 other sets on Tuesday, February 1st!

Thanks for stopping by today! See you tomorrow!

Farm Fresh Friday-Hat's Off to You!!!

Hello everyone!   It's time for another Farm Fresh Friday and we are gearing up for CHA (tomorrow!) AND a bunch of UBER-fabulous NEW RELEASES at The Greeting Farm....all coming to you on February 1st!

Today is also our FIRST day of Feb. previews and we have some announcements to make here on the Farm.  Sadly we say goodbye to Tammy Maxvill as her term as Farmer has come to a close.  We will miss you Tammy and THANK YOU for all of your wonderful contributions, tutorials, and awesome 3D proejcts!  We also have a new addition!  or TWO!? Please welcome (back!) BUTTERCUP as a FULL-TIME FARMER!  We are THRILLED that she will be joining us through the month of June along with our other 3 new Farmers and are VERY excited about what she has in store for us!   As if that weren't exciting enough, please SHAELA ODD as our February Guest Designer for TGF!  Some of you may recognize the sweet Shaela from her term with our Critter Crew and we are very happy to have her back as our February Guest :)

Today we have Team Anya joining us for FFF as well, so it's without further adieu that we also welcome PEGGY McCURRY as our FEBRUARY GUEST DESIGNER for Team Anya!   Peggy has been a long-time fan of the Farm and has wow'd us with her amazing layouts (which we've CASED a few times, I think!) and we are glad to have her!

Always exciting here on the Farm!  And now onto the Challenge!  This week, we invite our friends and customers to join us in our "Hat's Off to You!" challenge!...use a HAT theme on your card or project!  You can cut one out/alter a stamp, use Hat paper, hat racks, hat pins, baseball caps, anything to do with HATS on your challenge card.  You can also create a 3d/altered item in the shape of a hat?  Whatever you fancy, it's hat's off to you this week!

With that in mind, the DT has a sweet surprise for you today!

  1. INTRODUCING...Miss Anya "Hat's OFF"!

As SOON as I saw this image, like .25 seconds later, I thought "OMG she looks like Fleur Delacour from Harry Potter!!!" 

Am I right or what?? I think she's one of my favorite images ever because I love Fleur's character! So graceful and innocent, just like Miss Anya:) I got some new Prima paper pads this week and this one, called Annalee, is my favorite! This pariticular pattern too! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted Miss Anya to be sitting in this sweet little flower garden!

I called Fleur, I mean Miss Anya with Copics to match Fleur's colors, but it happened to work well with this paper too! I don't think she's supposed to have gray, but I didn't like the solid blue look so threw some gray on her to break it up:)
Well, that's it for me today, but make sure you check out the TGF BLOG to see what the others have been up to and find out how you can WIN a Miss Anya Hat's OFF! by leaving comments TODAY!   In addition, one lucky winner of this week's "Hat's Off" challenge will ALSO take home a Miss Anya "Hat's Off" set!  TWO chances to win!  Good luck ,everyone!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sparkle Creations Challenge #27-Love is in the Air

Hello! The weekend is getting nearer, can't you feel it?! Don't have any plans other than crafting the days away because it's supposed to be rainy and cold! That's okay with me, 90% of the time on this island its hot and muggy so I'll take the cool while I can get it:)

I played in the Sparkles Creations challenge again this week! The challenge is an easy one, whatever makes you think of love!

Valentine Oliver makes me think of Love! Isn't he precious??? Especially carrying these chocolates and flowers to his beloved:) I kept the layout and embellishing to a minimum so he could stand out in all his CUTENESS! 

I colored him in grays and reds and did some stippling with a W3 and W5 Copic. 

That's it from me today, I'm not super chatty! We're watching that SyFy show "Face Off" where the make up artists compete kinda like Top Chef only the create movie characters and stuff. Fun show! 

I'll be back here tomorrow with the first day of our TGF Sneak Peeks!!!!!!!! You do NOT want to miss this release, FUN STUFF in store for you, including a CHA relay on release day!! I sorta wish I could play, lol!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January Diva Dare--Smallest Things

Hey there, it's me again, lol! This is my 2nd post today, please scroll down or CLICK HERE if you want to see my MFT Sketch challenge card;) Thanks!


If you haven't heard yet, we're mixing things up over on the Verve blog! You may remember our previous theme called "Project Parade". We've renamed it the "Diva Dare" to make it less intimidating and more fun! Basically, we're issued a "Dare" and we answer it with whatever we're feeling at the time:) Doesn't have to be a large project or anything, it can be a card, a tag, a bookmark, an altered piece, whatever your heart desires! It's ALL good! 
So come play with us, lots of goodies in it for the winner;)

I'm up on the blog today, and here's my project!

 I wanted to do something a *little* different, so I cut about 1.25" off the card front for some visual interest and then hung the sentiment panel off the side!
I colored the animals from To the Moon and stuck 'em behind the Smallest Things PJ panel, I think they're so cute!

It's mostly covered up by the animals, but the sentiment panel is built on top of the Classy Label die. The sentiment was cut out with a label punch by EK Success.

Like I said, this challenge is open to everyone so CLICK HERE for details on how to play!

Thanks for stopping by today:)

Card Recipe:
Paper: White, Chocolate (PTI), Dreamy cardstock (MME)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Copics
Accessories: Classy Label die (Verve), circle Nesties (Spellbinders), Label punch, small scallop edge (EK Success), Baker's Twine/button (PTI), Gold Ice Stickles (Ranger)

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #4

Hello and Good morning! I have a fun new card to share today:) I got my new A la Mode stamps just in time for this weeks Wednesday sketch Challenge on the MFT Forums at SCS!

My favorite of the new A la Modes is this one, called Oh Baby!

I colored the image in with Copics to match these LUSCIOUS papers from KaiserCraft's "Lush" collection and finally got to use my fabby Decorative Doily Die-Namics! I love that big doily, it's gorgeous and so fun! It's big too, this card is 5"x5" so that shows you how big it its!

Well that's it from me for now, I'll be back in a couple hours with my Diva Dare project! 
Thanks for stopping by:)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mojo 175-True Love Story

Hello! How are you today, my friends? I had a WHOLE day of crafting today and it was FABBY! I worked on alot of preview cards and my Diva Dare for tomorrow (have you been visiting the Verve blog and checking out all the Diva Dares so far? Check 'em out HERE!), and then tackled this week's Mojo Monday sketch!

Here's my card using Love Story by Verve Stamps!

I didn't have very good lighting today, but did my best in Photoshop, lol! Instead of that horizontal piece going UNDER the circle, I wanted to use Vellum and stamp my sentiment on it, so I added it to the top of the circle! I also didn't know how I was going to attach it and decided on brads:) I think this may be the card I give Billy for Valentine's Day!

This was a super fun sketch! I may try another one and actually go 100% by the sketch, if I'm feelin' crazy;)

So I have a secret...which many of you may also share...

I got my box from Emma's Paperie today and had ordered a BUTT LOAD of new paper! I'm IN LOVE with all the new Kaiser paper pads! They are seriously amazing and also have four pages of punch out elements like borders, frames, tags, etc...! To me, they're kinda the new BG;)

I don't know where I'll put all this paper though, I'm running out of room!!

Thanks for stopping  by today! I'll be back tomorrow with more VERVE!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mystery Monday featuring Claudine!

Hello! It seems like every time I turnaround, I'm writing my MM post, lol!! The weeks are FLYING by! 

For this week's Mystery Monday, we're CASE'ing this beautiful card by Claudine!!

I love the fun layout and cute little ribbon embellishment on the side!

Here's my card using Cheeky Rockabilly!

The cardstock base is Berry Sorbet from PTI, my all time favorite color EVER I'm pretty sure:)
The designer papers are from Basic Gray's "Olivia" line! 

I colored her to match the papers, and since I really think she looks "Marilyn'ish" I colored her hair blonde;)
**Edited to add--I can't believe I forgot to mention who made the sentiment, I'm so sorry! It's an AWESOME new set from MFT, it's called More Essential Sentiments! I love this set because the sentiments are a nice big size:)

Check out my fabulous team mates to see what they've come up with!!

If you'd like a chance to win a FREE stamp, just for playing along with us, head on over to the CA&F blog for details!!! 
Also wanted to say a HUGE thank you and WE'LL MISS YOU to Barbara, our wonderful January Guest! She really inspired me and had an awesome tutorial (CHECK IT OUT HERE) and I know we'll all miss her!!! I got you in my reader though Barbara, I'll be seeing you;) *that sounded creepy, you know what I mean, lol!*
Thanks for stopping by:)