Saturday, April 11, 2015

Gone Too Long...

     And so I returned to work a few months ago after a long hiatus and it feels so good to be back in a classroom with such great kids! It was a rough winter on many levels but I am back teaching 9th grade English this year and just love it!
     I have missed blogging but I have been playing a bit and delving into other creative endeavors here and there while gone!  Oh, to be able to learn all that I see in blogs all over the world!  Despite being away from my own blog, I have NOT stopped visiting your blogs and looking at all the inspirational creations in blogland and posted on facebook sites. In fact, that is how I start every morning, cup of coffee in hand!
  I will be returning next month to post my design team projects for Little Darlings!  If you haven't seen them already, you must check out the new Saturated Canary and "Dollhouse" collection of stamps and new dies at Little Darlings  They are simply adorable and so much fun to color! You can see them HERE.

  I thought I would share a 10 inch Sweet 16 Shadowbox I just completed for a patron in my ETSY store, which I also need to update. I made a similar shadowbox a few months ago  for a friend's granddaughter, and when I posted it on my store site, I was asked to create another. You can see the earlier one HERE.

This time, I used the blue teal colors that the birthday girl will be wearing and the"Cinderella" theme that was featured on her invitation!  While this does not have any colored image, it does use some fabulous die cuts that I wanted to share with the hope you might be inspired to use them in your creations.

     First, the dress is a Sizzix Bigz L Die Dress that is sold under the "quilting/applique" section of dies. These are just like the other bigz dies and they cut through anything like "buttah" and work on your regular die cut machine.  I have used this die to cut stiff interfacing, layers of fabric (here teal blue satin and tulle) and cardstock with no problem!
    Next, I used my newly arrived Marianne Creatables Princess Carriage die. I LOVE this die because it is an embossed die cut. While I used textured paper to create the texture of a carriage, it does imprint cool embossed effects.
     The "mirror" behind the dress is made with the Spellbinder Heirloom Legacy Card Creator Dies. The outside die makes a perfect backdrop and the oval die in the same set makes a perfect oval mirror! This die has so many uses....I die cut the oval mirror using the Tim Holtz Mirror Sheets.  I linked the Youtube video because if you have not worked with these sheets, you do not know what you are missing. They feel like heavyweight cardstock and have adhesive on the back side. You may have to run them through your die cut machine a few times as they are thick but if you are using the Vagabond, you will get it on the first pass.  When done cutting, peel off the backing and stick down wherever you want. The LAST thing to do when all done  is to remove the protective paper on front and you will see what looks like real glass mirror appear. I say do it last as you can get glitter or adhesive on it or scratch it if you remove the protective paper first and then attempt to work over it (ask me how I know)!
     The dp is also from a 12x12 Tim Holtz paper pad - "Vintage Shabby" .  The edges of the paper were distressed using the new "Mermaid Lagoon" distress inkpad.  The sentiment is computer generated and die cut with a set of shape dies that I never labeled so I do not know the maker of those dies.  The lace and trim are from my stash although the trim around the mirror was a gift from Angie Hunt! Last, my flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
     Here is a glitzy view, courtesy of my camera!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you get to play this weekend! I will be grading papers and trying to squeeze in some play time later tomorrow.  Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
 Anything Goes with a Marianne Designs die
A Vintage Journey - Through the Looking Glass (Tim Holtz)

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year Blog Candy Winner!

Good Morning!
Thank you all for entering to win my
New Year's Blog Candy 
and sending your kind comments!  Thank you also to
those who became followers and "liked" my facebook page!

To return the kindness, if I am not already,
I am going to click on all the entries
and become YOUR new follower!

I am hoping that for all of us, this year is filled with
even more creativity, inspiration and special friendships
that allow us to share our ups, downs and fabulous makes!

Now, it's time for
to select a winner..(drum roll)

And the winner is..... #19 Penny!

CONGRATULATIONS Penny!!  Please send your full name and address to me
at so I can get this candy out to you!

Thank you all for entering! xxx

Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Little Darlings Releases- CHA 2015 Dollhouse Collection, Dies and More

Today is the opening day of CHA 2015!!!

We are in Booth 2500

We have the most amazing collections to show off this year!  We are starting with a brand new rubber stamp line titled "Dollhouse".  

There are 4 stamps in this premiere collection and you're sure to want them all!  We will be sharing designer project pics throughout the show so stay tuned to our Facebook group!!!

We'll be showing you projects from our Saturated Canary and CandiBean lines too.  We have a sneak peek of our new collections below.  Keep watching for more project peeks on our Facebook group!

We have added to our Designer Die series with two gorgeous coordinating dies:  Dewdrop Circle and Dewdrop Border.  These have a beautiful vintage appeal that will add a bit of elegance to all of your craft projects.  Use them individually or as a coordinated set!

Retail Price:  $19.99/ea

Keep your eye on our Facebook group for designer project pics and news from CHA!!!


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Friendship- Little Darlings Inspiration

Happy Saturday! Hoping your New Year is off to a great start.  With CHA just around the corner (next week), I know exciting things are on the horizon for so many us who cannot wait to see all the new products coming out!  Some members of the Design Team at Little Darlings Rubber Stamps will be in California to share the latest rubber stamps and die releases so if you are going, please be sure to stop by and maybe participate in the fun "make and takes" that the team will be providing!

Today I am sharing a card I made using one of the Vintage Affections "Friends" sentiment stamp sets. These are just fabulous sentiment stamps and ALL of them are already cut and mounted on foam backing with the picture of the image right on top of the stamp! How easy is that.  I love that each set has many sentiments on a particular theme (this one is "friendship") and they all have little touches that give them a "vintage" flair. Each set includes 8 rubber stamps that vary in size & design, and I chose this largest one to be the focal point of my card! (Stamp set image below)

  I just love when a sentiment or a die cut/floral spray becomes the focal point of a card. So often there is an occasion where you either do not have the time to color an image or you want the sentiment rather than an image to take center stage.
Also for those who do not color stamped or digital images, using sentiments as a focal point allows one to create equally lovely cards with all the embellies and die cuts as cards/projects that feature colored images.  These stamps are also great for altered art, canvas and journals.   

    The papers are from Pion "Lilies" 6x6 paper, and the die cuts are both Spellbinders and Cheery Lynn Designs. The little butterflies were made from a Martha Steward three butterfly punch. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash. Hand dyed seam ribbon is from Live and Love Crafts.  All edges of the design paper and die cuts were distressed with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood.  The little flourishes all around the sentiment are from Stempelglede Vintage Garden.

Thanks for stopping by. Remember I am posting BLOG CANDY so please do enter your name in the INLINKZ HERE for a chance to win. Have a great day!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year & Blog Candy!

     Happy New Year! While I have been blessed with so much for which I am truly grateful, this year has also been a difficult one, and so I am a bit excited  to turn the page to a new year, Happy 2015!

     To mark the new year, I decided to call a "time out" for those things on my "to do" list - both personal and creative- that I could let go of for a while, and focus on finding balance which seemed to get away from me. Balance brings peace, and peace brings creativity and joy back in to my world. So, "balance" will be my mantra for 2015!

      As many of us are "ambi-craftitious", I recently added a new "passion" to my craft life- beadweaving jewelry! It is as close to meditative as meditation! LOL!  A few months ago, I stopped in to a local bead shop and I was just mesmerized! And, they offered classes- one of which I took as a birthday present to myself, and that was it!  I managed to carve out some time here and there to make some earrings and bracelet!  (pics coming soon)...So now I have added another passion to my list which includes crochet, quilting, and my beloved papercrafts.  Can you have too many?

    I also wanted to redesign my blog header to a simpler style; one that symbolizes the balance that so eludes me- the calming and ever present "lotus" has always been an image that speaks to me, always reminding me to breathe and, when life knocks me down one way or another, the lotus makes me aware that out of the darkest experiences, beauty and peace can emerge. Thank you Karen Valentine (Valentine Designs) for creating this for me.

    Know that my wish for all is that you, too, find the same balance in your life - a time apart from the "to do's" to play and learn and create whatever moves you! I also wish you all peace and good health and the love of family and friends.

    So, let's ring in the New Year with some fabulous "Blog Candy".  There are NO "have-to's" to win. Just enter in the Inklinkz below. If you want to follow me here or on my Facebook page, that is up to you-the links are below.

Here's to another year of inspiration! 

-If you would like, follow My Eclectic Spirit on Facebook HERE 
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-Enter your NAME in the Inlinkz below

I will announce the winner on January 16th... Good Luck!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Give Thanks"

Just posting a card to wish all my friends and family,
 near and afar, home and in blogland,
a Happy Thanksgiving!  How neat that this month begins my fourth year 
blogging (yes, blog anniversary candy coming soon)!
I have been blessed with such support and friendship and it is among those things 
for which I am so very grateful! So in the spirit of saying "thank you" 
for your kind comments, inspiration and friendship, 
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you are spending the day
 surrounded by those you love and who love you!  

For my card, I colored up one of my favorite oldies but goodies Fall stamp, 
CC Designs Swiss Pixies "Fall Hansel". He was colored with copic markers.

 The design papers are all from Simple Stories, "Harvest Lane" 6x6 inch pad. The last few pages have great tags and banners you can cut out that coordinate with the full page papers.  The brown mat cardstock is from PaperTrey Ink. Last, I added some twine,
fall paper leaves, burlap strip and stamped a "Give Thanks" sentiment
with a Stampin Up sentiment set stamp.
All edges of the paper were distressed with Rusty Hinge distress ink.
The "sky"  is always created with Pebbles Iridescent chalks (blue).

Thanks so much for stopping by and always for your kind comments.  
Happy Thanksgiving!  xxx

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Little Darlings Blog Hop & New Releases

Time for another LDRS
Release Day!!!

We are so thrilled to finally be showing you two BRAND NEW rubber stamp collections:

First, who doesn't love Pixies???  
We've got 5 enchanting little Pixies in this collection!!!  They are sweet, beautiful and, above all.....playful!  They are sure to fulfill your sense of wonderment and love of tiny creatures  
"From The Hollow"

Next, we also have a stunning Saturated Canary rubber stamp collection featuring 5 gorgeous girls! As always, they are sweet, whimsical and perfectly poised for all your crafting needs.

We've paired these collections with two elegant sentiment sets'Love' and 'Enchanted Wishes'from our
  Vintage Affections product line.These sentiments are 
the perfect choice to add to all of your cards, tags, scrapbook pages, or altered projects. And each offers it's own interpretation of Victorian elegance! 

All stamps in these two collections are individually backed with cling foam and contour cut and offered at the low price of only the
only $10.99/each!!!
our Vintage Affections 4x6 sentiment sets are
 only $12.49/each!!!
This collection is available at LDRS and many 
of your favorite craft stores!

Now, how about a fun Hop and a GIVEAWAY to celebrate???

We are giving away 4 rubber stamps from this entire collection to a randomly selected winner!  The winner will receive 3 character stamps and 1 sentiment set.

Here's what you need to do (if you haven't done so already):

1. Like our Facebook Store page (click "Like" at upper right hand corner of our facebook page HERE)
2. Become a Follower of our Facebook Fan page HERE.
3. Hop to each of our Design Team Blogs (below) and leave some love.
4.  Head back to the Inspiration Blog HERE and leave your name in the inLinkz collection.
For my card, I colored up "Jeans and a Tee" by Saturated Canary 
using copic markers. I have also used the sentiment, "Be Unique", from the LDRS "Enchanted Wishes" sentiment set. 
I used the  Little Darlings vintage & feminine  
"Lovely View" die behind my image.

Design Papers are from Whimsey's "Marshmallow Delight" and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Butterflies and doily border punch are from the Martha Stewart punches! All edges were distressed with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and blending tool!

That's it!


Team A Saturated Canary

Team B "From the Hollow"

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