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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Polkadoodles' Gems Challenge - Week 20: Anything Goes

Good morning everyone. It's Saturday - time for a new Gem of a Challenge from Polkadoodles shop! You can find our challenge blog here: A Gem of a Challenge




The image I've used today is called Bella Bear Hot ChocolateI printed her onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored with Copic Markers - I buy all of mine at Scrapbookpal.com for their fast shipping and awesome service. I fussy cut her and set aside while I figured out the rest of my card plan.

Today's layout is based off of a Mojo Monday sketch from August - #521. I needed a way to incorporate all those yummy papers!



Our challenge is, as always, Anything Goes! I've paired sweet Bella up with papers from 
Octavia Frosted Winter and Winnie Winterland and Work and Play 10 bundles. My sentiment is from Work and Play 12

Our Gem of a Challenge challenges run for 2 weeks, so you've got lots of time to link up. Check out the challenge blog HERE


I'm entering this into the following challenges - 


Scrapper's Delights - October: AG (1/3)
Lemon Shortbread - #104: AG (1/3)
Brown Sugar - #294: AG (1/2)
Colour Crazy - #40: AG with coloring (1/2)
Creative Fingers - #172: AG (1/3)
QKR - #367: AG (1/3)

Be sure to join in to our Anything Goes challenge via the link up on thchallenge blog for your chance to win! 
Thanks so much for stopping by today :)


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Time For Tea Designs - Fall Flowers are Shakin'!

Good morning! Are you ready for your weekly dose of inspiration from Time For Tea Designs? I know I am! Don't forget that you can (and should) play along in our monthly challenge, for your chance to win free digis! Everyone loves free digis, am I right? The theme for our challenge is Anything Goes. My favorite! It's so easy to enter - just make something using your Time For Tea Designs images and post them! Share with the hashtag #timeforteadesigns so we can find them, and you're entered to win! Challenges run monthly, and we will have a spotlight and a prize winner at the end of each challenge. Oh, and I have a discount code for you to use - T4TJENNIFER10 will save you 10% on your order from the Time For Tea shop! Yayyyy :)

Today's project features more of the new release stamps, dies and stencils that dropped yesterday. These are available exclusively from Create and Craft TV. I've used stamps from the Thanks a Bunch collection, how gorgeous is this cascade of flowers??? So much to love! The dies are called inside scalloped stitched frames, and the "smile" word die comes with them as well. You can find them on C&CTV here or in the T4T shop (save 10%!).


I've stamped the floral image onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored them with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils.

This is an INTERACTIVE shaker card with sequins inside. I have a short video on my Instagram HERE if you 'd like to see it in action! 

To create this easy shaker card, I cut a sheet of acetate to 4.25 x 6 (since that's the size of this die). After I had colored my flowers I cut along the edge and glued it to the top of the acetate sheet. Then I die cut the word and frame from black cardstock and added them to the top. I used foam tape and sequins from my stash to create the shaker window. The card base is white.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread - #103 (3/3)
Crafts Galore Encore - September: AG (3/3)
Morgan's Art World - #9: AG (3/3)
Creations in Pink - #14: AG in mostly Pink (1/3)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #30: AG with animal (2/5)
Crafty Animals - #30: AG with animal (unlimited)
Digi Doodle Studio - #20: Use an Animal (2/3)
LeAnn's World - #18: AG (2/3)
Through The Craft Room Door - Week of 9/17: AG (2/2)
Get Creative - #84: AG (2/3)
Creative Moments - #176: AG (3/3)
SSS - Wednesday: Interactive (1/5)
Crafting by Designs - September: AG (2/3)
Crafty Creations - #398: AG (2/2)
Lemon Shortbread - #102: AG (2/3)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #114: AG (2/3)
QKR Stampede - #363: AG (2/3)
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1937: AG (2/3)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - September (unlimited)
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - #9/September: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #9/September: AG (unlimited)

I hope you enjoyed my project today. If you've got a moment, head over to join our FB communityfollow us on Instagram, and don't forget to play along with our monthly challenges by tagging #timeforteadesigns - so easy! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Imagine That Digistamp - October Challenge Link Up!

Good morning my dear stamping friends! I'm here today to share some inspiration for Imagine That Digistamp's "First Thursday" Challenge. That's right, the challenge is now monthly, on the ITD blog, complete with prizes!! The challenges start the first Thursday of each month and end on the last Tuesday before the new challenge begins. The theme is always Anything Goes. Click here for all the details. 

On the first and third Thursdays of each month, there will be a new inspiration post on the Creative Playground blog featuring the Design Team's projects. This is great to get your fix of ITDBK DT project postings! ALSO, I have a discount code for you! Jennifer15 will get you 15% off your entire order. You can use it as many times as you like!



For my project today I used images from the Coffee Boy digital stamp set. For the BEST deal, you can get the Coffee Boy, along with 3 other sets merged into 1 mega bundle here - Coffee Kids. There are some fantastic sentiments with this bundle as well, I ended up using a clear stamp for mine because I printed the sentiments too big for what I ended up creating today. I'll be using them on another project soon though, they are perfect!

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread - #101: AG (3/3)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #113: AG (3/3)
QKR Stampede - #361: AG (3/3)
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1935: AG (3/3)
Get Creative - #84: AG (3/3)
A Bit More Time to Craft - #99: AG (3/3)
a2z Scrapbooking - September AG (3/5)
Happy Craft Challenge - September AG (3/3)
DL.Art Linky Challenge - September 5 (once per day)
Creatalicious - #170: AG (3/3)
Crafts Galore Encore - #67: AG (3/3)
Love to Craft - September AG (3/5)
Morgan's Art World - #9: AG (3/3)
Scribbles Designs - #80: Sentiment (3/3)
Sheepski Designs - #30: Dies/Punches (3/3)
Sweet Stampers - #35: Dies/Punches (3/3)
The Creative Crafters - #19: AG (3/3)
World Wide Open DT Challenge - #8: AG (3/3)
Your Scrapbook Place - September AG (3/3)
Tinker - Dream - #80: Sentiment (unlimited?)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - September (unlimited)
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - #9/September: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #9/September: AG (unlimited)


That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the Creative Playground for more ITDBK inspiration.

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Time For Tea Designs - Elephantastic Spinner Card

Good morning! Are you ready for your weekly dose of inspiration from Time For Tea Designs? I know I am! Don't forget that you can (and should) play along in our monthly challenge, for your chance to win free digis! Everyone loves free digis, am I right? The theme for our challenge is Anything Goes. My favorite! It's so easy to enter - just make something using your Time For Tea Designs images and post them! Share with the hashtag #timeforteadesigns so we can find them, and you're entered to win! Challenges run monthly, and we will have a spotlight and a prize winner at the end of each challenge. Oh, and I have a discount code for you to use - T4TJENNIFER10 will save you 10% on your order from the Time For Tea shop! Yayyyy :)

Today's project features more of the new release stamps, dies and stencils that dropped yesterday. These are available exclusively from Create & Craft TV. I've used stamps and dies from the Elephantastic collection, how CUTE are these??? I'm in LOVE!


I've stamped the elephant images onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored them up with Copic Markers - I buy all of mine at Scrapbookpal.com for their fast shipping and awesome service. I cut him out with the coordinating dies. 

To create the background, I used the scalloped rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs on more Neenah Solar White cardstock. Once the panel was ready, I got my new Dollar Tree makeup brushes and used them to add Distress Oxide inks in Peacock FeathersLucky Clover, and Candied Apple through my Geo Diamonds Stencil from Gina Marie Designs. That's all you need to create the background!

This is an INTERACTIVE circle spinner card. The first time I've made one - they are SO FUN! I have a short video on my Instagram HERE if you 'd like to see it in action! The flip and spin of this cutie just makes me smile.

Once my background was ready, I used the medium sized die from the My Favorite Things Circle Spinner die set to create the channel. I used flat discs from an old kid's game with small foam circles in between to make the spinning element base. I slid it into the channel and then added the die cut elephant image to the time. For the sentiment in the banner die from Lawn Fawn - I've used my Mini MISTI to line up the individual words after I die cut the banner. There's no way I could stamp anything that straight without my Mini MISTI!! 

I'm entering this into the follo
wing challenges:

Lemon Shortbread - #103 (3/3)
Crafts Galore Encore - September: AG (3/3)
Morgan's Art World - #9: AG (3/3)
Creations in Pink - #14: AG in mostly Pink (1/3)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #30: AG with animal (2/5)
Crafty Animals - #30: AG with animal (unlimited)
Digi Doodle Studio - #20: Use an Animal (2/3)
LeAnn's World - #18: AG (2/3)
Through The Craft Room Door - Week of 9/17: AG (2/2)
Get Creative - #84: AG (2/3)
Creative Moments - #176: AG (3/3)
SSS - Wednesday: Interactive (1/5)
Crafting by Designs - September: AG (2/3)
Crafty Creations - #398: AG (2/2)
Lemon Shortbread - #102: AG (2/3)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #114: AG (2/3)
QKR Stampede - #363: AG (2/3)
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1937: AG (2/3)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - September (unlimited)
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - #9/September: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #9/September: AG (unlimited)

I hope you enjoyed my project today. If you've got a moment, head over to join our FB communityfollow us on Instagram, and don't forget to play along with our monthly challenges by tagging #timeforteadesigns - so easy! Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Beard with My by Penny Reid - Release Blitz Blog Tour!

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“This is Penny Reid at her finest.” -- L.B. Dunbar, author 
 

Beard With Me, an epic and breathtaking story from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!

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No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching. 
Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston.
No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying. 
Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire.
‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story. 
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Download your copy today! 
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/BeardWithMe
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2kwnscx
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2lzgOCt
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Enter the giveaway for a signed paperback set of The Winston Brothers Series! 

Excerpt

  *Scarlet*   “Do you want me to leave?”   Yes. That would be best, a wise voice said between my ears.   So of course I inhaled deeply and said as calmly as I could manage, “I thought we were going to go get firewood.”   “Okay. Good.”    “But then,” I blurted, flustered and irritated with myself for not speaking wisdom, “You should go. You can’t tell me carting firewood back and forth between your house and here is how you want to spend the last of your Thanksgiving weekend.”   “I didn’t say it was.” He began making his way up the incline.   “But you just said—”   “How about we make a deal.” Billy dropped the kindling next to my little woodpile, dusting his hands off on his pants. “I’ll cart the firewood, and you sing.”   “You want me to serenade you while we carry firewood?”   He smiled, slow and easy as he walked to me and reached out his hand. On autopilot, I accepted it and allowed him to help me up.   As soon as I was standing, his gaze moved from my hairline down to my nose, lips, and then chin, saying quietly, “I’ll take a serenade from you anytime.”   Thunk ka-thunk. That was my heart. It had been doing the thunk ka-thunk quite a lot around him. I ignored it, because what else could I do?   “And you’re not carrying the wood.” He tugged on my hand, pulling me out of my daze and past my tent.   “I will too carry wood.” Struggling to find my bearings, I stumbled after him. “I can carry logs just fine.”   “You’ll carry a log.” Billy fit his fingers between mine, pressing our palms together and grinning at me like he was waiting for me to argue and he couldn’t wait.   Snapping my mouth shut, I glared at him.   “Nothing to say?”   Maintaining my glare, I walked next to him. I wasn’t being led anywhere I didn’t wish to go. Not anymore. He wasn’t talking me into anything else.   “That’s an awfully mean look, Scarlet.” His grin grew, his brutally attractive eyes glowing happily as he peered down at me.   “Well, you deserve it. Always trying to tell me what I can and can’t do. I’m not arguing with you about this. I’m carrying as much wood as I want and you can take your stupid, chauvinistic opinions and shove them up your pretty-boy ass.”   Goodness. Where had that come from?   Billy’s steps faltered and his mouth fell open, his eyebrows rising high on his forehead. He stared at me, looking shocked as hell. And then in the next moment, he threw his head back and laughed. But he did not let go of me, instead bringing my knuckles to his chest as his deep, rumbly laughter filled the empty spaces between the trees, surrounding us.   Crushing me.   Yes. I was well and truly crushed as I could only watch Billy Winston laugh, desperately basking in the image of him so delighted and relaxed. I had the odd sense that his laughter also filled the empty spaces inside of me, the neglected, vacant rooms, and even a few places that felt brand-new, like he’d created them.   All that noble honesty he carried around like a boulder abruptly lifted, revealing him. Just him. Carefree and young and happy. Someone he might’ve been if his burdens hadn’t been so heavy, his responsibilities so broad.   It lasted only a minute, maybe two, maybe less, but I had the sense of being caught afterward. Billy’s laughter had receded, but he’d spun a web while I’d been staring at him, holding his hand.   His grin became smaller and he bit his bottom lip, his gaze dropped to my mouth. “You think I’m pretty?”   “You know you’re pretty,” I said, bizarrely out of breath, rattled, needing to anchor my focus to a tree beyond him and waging war against the heat climbing up my neck to my cheeks. Oddly, my eyes stung. I blinked.   His attention was still on me. I felt it, but I didn’t dare look at him. I couldn’t handle one of Billy Winston’s intense stares right now. He’d probably use my scattered wits to his advantage, talk me into something I shouldn’t want to do, and then I’d be kicking myself later.   “What’s wrong?” he asked, his voice deep with concern, all trace of his earlier humor gone.   I huffed, trying half-heartedly to steal my hand back from him. He didn’t let it go, instead taking my tugging as a signal to step closer, filling my vision.   “Scarlet—”   “Are you ever going to teach me how to play the guitar?” I closed my eyes.   He didn’t answer right away, and I felt him hesitate, his mind work before he muttered, “It’s only been a week.”   A quality to his voice made me think he wasn’t answering the question I’d asked, but rather he was reminding himself that it had only been a week since we’d struck the deal.   Was that only last week? Why does it feel like so much has changed?   Then he said, “Don’t be angry.”   “I’m not angry.” I was muddled, my head and heart hurt, I was incredibly confused, but I wasn’t angry.   The air shifted and I felt him move closer. A second later, the fingers of his free hand were at my ear, tucking my hair behind it, his fingertips lingering at my neck, sending wave after wave of goose bumps every which way. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t swallow. I couldn’t think. Every nerve in my body strained toward him and I didn’t understand it. What is happening?   “Have you ever been kissed, Scarlet?”    
Meet Penny Reid
Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Connect with Penny: 
Twitter: @ReidRomance
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