Friday, July 11, 2014

Come Along and... with us at Crafty Secrets! The July Linky Party is going on now! You have until midnight July 13 PT to join in. And it's so easy! You only need to create a NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets products. (You don't have to use the summer theme, but if you choose to do so, that would be really fun!)

If you don't have any Crafty Secrets goodies, there is a list of FREE PRINTABLES in the sidebar the Crafty Secrets Blog. Just click, download, print, and create! Just scroll down to where is says: Links To FREE Crafty Secrets Vintage Printables!

EVERYONE who plays along will receive a $6.00 credit to the online store and ONE LUCKY PARTICIPANT will be randomly drawn to receive a $50 shopping spree!  

I mean, come on! $6 just to play! $50 for the winner! Jeepers, gang, go and play!

Here is my card, as I am the special guest DT this month! Is that bathing beauty image fantastic, or what?! She is from the Crafty Secrets  Summertime Vintage Image and Journal Notes Booklet. This booklet is FILLED with vintage, summer images!

Read all the details about my card HERE

Visit me on I have some super exciting news.....

PS - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is having a Christmas in July Release! (I don't have a stamp set in this release, but it's a WONDERFUL release, so run over and check it out!) Click HERE to see!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Artsy Hands!

First a disclaimer....this blog is my craft blog, and as such, I am always "selling" you product, right? Well, this time I am hosting an online I am still trying to "sell" you stuff! {grin}

If you are a paper crafter and you are on Facebook, you cannot escape Jamberry Nails! They are everywhere. They are popular with all age groups and all fashion styles! I am so surprised at how popular these are with the crafty ladies!  

Jamberry is a home party company that sells nail wraps. Now, I was super skeptical. I love pretty nails but I NEVER do my nails because I am so hard on them. I mean, I am the person who wrecks a few between the salon and the car, and a few more before I get home! And painting my own nails....takes me hours and I usually have to start over a few times and they look horrid! So...I tried the wraps! Look how pretty! This is Kiss Me Ombre (pink) and Carmen Ombre (flowers). These lasted for 11 days! And even then, only a few needed to be replaced, but I decided to change them all. 

My daughter picked this set (these are my hands), Fruit Punch and Sunset Beach (palm tree). However, she decided she did not wish to do the nails again. So...I decided to try her selections. This set lasted about 9 days, and they would have lasted longer, but....I picked at them where they were starting to grow out and show the nail bed! {shame!}

This set is Candy Chevron and Fruit Punch. I will tell you...I am super hard on my hands and nails. You all know that I make messy craft stuff every day! Well....nothing messed these up! I had blue fingers one day from inks and mists, but NOTHING stuck to the nail wraps! Nothing! A baby wipe took it off lickety split! This set lasted me 7 days and I took them off only because I wanted a NEW LOOK.

Ok, I purchased more wraps! This is Neptune (stripes) with a Deep Sea accent nail. So summery! It takes me about 45 minutes to prep my nails and apply the wraps. I confess, I am pretty good with my off hand (I am left handed), but once you get the hang of putting these on, it is so much easier than polish! And NO DRY TIME! NO TOP COAT! About 3 seconds after I finished this set, I was loading laundry! 

 If you would like to try these, I have a Facebook Party going on HERE. Message me and I will invite you. Or, if you just want to order under my party, click HERE

Jamberrry has a BUY THREE GET ONE FREE deal, which makes each set of wraps $11.25 (regular price is $15). You get 2 manicures and 2 pedicures, plus lots of left-over wraps for accents from each set of wraps! ONE mani is at least $15, and for me, lasts about 20 minutes! The wraps last 2 weeks on hands and 4 weeks on toes. I just took my toe wraps off, and they were on 3 1/2 weeks.

Comment on this post and I will pick a winner to receive a few accent nails to try! All you need is a hair dryer (or the Jamberry Heater, which I love), a nail file, and nail scissors. An orange stick/cuticle pusher is helpful, and maybe a pair of tweezers. 

I am NOT a Jamberry Consultant! And don't plan to become one. My consultant is Bonnie Garby, who is the owner of Really Reasonable Ribbon, and my amazing friend! {I just want to earn some free wraps!} 

Ok, back to your day! {grin}

Monday, July 07, 2014

Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog - Challenge #11

(To see my Crafty Secrets Guest Design Post, please click HERE.)

Somehow it is July! My summer is flying by! We start homeschooling again August 11th, so my "free time" is draining away! 

July also means that the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog is now 6 months old! We posted our first challenge February 3rd! I could not be happier with the response we are getting from our participants and sponsors! If  you have not played in a challenge yet, now is the time!

Challenge #11 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes July 20th at midnight PT.

Challenge #11 Tag, You're It!
Use a tag on your project. Create a handmade gift tag. Create a tag mini album. Add tags to your scrapbook layout or your card. You may use some hoarded tag-shaped packaging or you may cut tags from scrap paper using a die cut template. Maybe you hoard shipping tags of all sizes. As long as your project contains some sort of tag, you will meet the requirements to play along!

The sponsors this month are Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir! My pal Taylor  hooked us up with some great product to play with!  Here is my project.

I used the super cute Crafter's Companion s.w.a.l.k. stamp as my focal image. (The stamp is from my stash, and I think this is an older stamp as I don't see it on their US website, but is is on the UK site HERE.) I decide to go bright and fun on this card! 

I colored the image with alcohol markers. I also colored the larger blue flowers with alcohol markers. The little sentiment that came with this stamps set says: You Really are One in  a Million. So, I colored the naughty little puppy blue. {wink}

I added four paper tags behind the image, and then stacked up some colorful flowers. I know, this is so cute that it makes your teeth hurt, just a bit, right?! {giggle} I tied each tag with coordinating baker's twine.

I grunged up the edges of the paper, and made sure to allow some contrasting paper peek out. 

This card is 6 x 6 inches. I don't often make cards this size, but the image is quite large, approximately 3 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches - I trimmed the white cardstock to 4 1/4 x 3 3/8 inches. Plus, I wanted to load the card with lots of, I went BIG!

I had to decorate the inside also! I covered the inside with more of the decorative paper, and for the top I added a pre-made tag and a bit of blue seam binding. The tag is a Martha Stewart item that I found at Staples a while back. 

I also made a gift card holder and stamped with one of the sentiments from my new stamp set, found HERE. I added a white panel for journaling.

Thanks for visiting!

Challenge Rules are HERE. Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. PLEASE DO NOT LINK YOUR PROJECT HERE TO MY SCRAPS OF LIFE BLOG!

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Glenda Brooks
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE
Jan Marie Ennenga
Karen Zueger
Pam Bray
Tammi Bennett

One talented participant will receive this prize, donated by Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir! Yes! You get two alcohol marker sets, one large embossing folder, one coordinating stamp set, and a packet of cardstock for stamping and coloring!

Crafter’s Companion US
 brings you the products to make crafting a little bit easier, including the Spectrum Noir coloring system, the Ultimate Pro, and more! Crafter’s Companion produces a full range of tools to create cards and other paper craft projects. Their mission is to make their innovative, award-winning tools accessible to crafters around the world at fantastic prices.


Spectrum Noir is the revolutionary coloring system brought to you by Crafter's Companion. The range combines affordability with versatility across a vast color spectrum, deigned specifically for the crafting market. Spectrum Noir wishes to make both alcohol marker and pencil coloring achievable for colorists at all levels of confidence and ability. 


Cardstock: Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth Premium WhiteWorldWin Papers Smooth and Silky Black
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar; Authentique (pale pink)
Stamps: Crafter's Companion s.w.a.l.k One In A Million; Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps/Gloria Stengel Designs Birthday Word Art
Seam Binding and Baker's Twine: Really Reasonable RIbbon
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass; Copic markers
Flowers: Prima; Wild Orchid Crafts
Doily: Wilton
Chalkboard tag: Martha Stewart
Die cut templates: Spellbinders Grand Rectangles, Grand Scallop Rectangles; My Favorite Things gift card pocket
Tools: Prima Distressing Tool
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Glue Dots

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party - Guest DT

(If you are looking for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #11, please click HERE.)

Good morning! I am one lucky bug because I get to be part of Crafty Secrets July Linky Party! I am joining the Crafty Secrets design team this month, and we are sharing some wonderful tutorials featuring papers, stamps, and ephemera from Crafty Secrets

I have been a long time fan of Crafty Secrets stamps and vintage ephemera, so when Kathy (the DT Leader) asked me to be a guest for July, I jumped at the chance. Ok, so maybe I asked begged HER to allow me to guest design...that sounds a bit more like the truth...

Here is my vintage, summer-themed card!

As soon as I saw this image in the Summertime Vintage Image and Journal Notes Booklet, I knew she was going to be my focal image! She's adorable! I collect vintage "ladies" and she is a wonderful specimen for my collection. The little booklet is FILLED with other fun images, too!

I created an odd card size this time. For some reason, I made a 4 1/2 x 6 inch card. I love to make top-fold cards, and you cannot make a top-fold 5x7-inch card in the landscape format unless you have 14-inch paper! So...I compromised. 

I trimmed some decorative plaid paper to slightly smaller than the card front and wrapped it the bottom with lace and twill before attaching the paper to the card.

I trimmed out a cream mat, approximately 1/4 inches larger than the image, and tucked it behind the lace. I then added some "wave" designer paper, cut slightly larger then the image. 

I trimmed out the sea-bathing lady, and rubbed the edges with ink. To give the image more dimension, I attached it to a scrap of chipboard, and then added foam adhesive to the back before attaching the image to the card. I attached the image over the top of the lace and twill.

Using a small label punch, I punched out the sentiment from the Crafty Secrets Summertime Printable Sheet. I rubbed the labels with ink and attached them to the right side of the image. I added a blue sequin and a tiny, twine bow.

I cut a strip of stamp images from decorative paper. I folded them and wrinkled them, then attached the strip to the bottom of the image. 

From the  Summertime Printable Sheet, I used a circle punch to punch out the "photo" of bathing ladies. I also punched a few circles from lightweight chipboard. I stacked all the circles to make a dimensional embellishment. I added the circle to the lower right of the image.

I love a bit of whimsy on my vintage cards, so I created this pipe and spigot to look like it was going to "rain" on the lady's umbrella. 

I finished off the card front by adding a few vintage-looking flowers here and there. 

But, you know that I also have to decorate the inside...

When you open this beauty, you see a pocket for holding notes and a gift card, plus a journal spot!

I covered the card panel with decorative paper and then I made a gift card pocket out of more paper. I trimmed images from the Crafty Secrets Seasonal Image and Journal Notes Booklet and the Vintage Girlfriends Image and Journal Notes Booklet and tucked these journal blocks into the pocket. I also added a "stamp" trimmed from the Mini Vintage Creative Scraps.

I stamped a sentiment onto cream cardstock and trimmed it out with a circle punch. I added the sentiment to the pocked, and topped it with a sequin and a tiny twine bow. This is perfect for adding a gift card or some gift coupons!

I covered the other inside panel with decorative paper and a large journal spot trimmed from the Crafty Secrets Seasonal Image and Journal Notes Booklet. I stamped the sentiment onto the "banner" of the journal spot. 

I hope you enjoyed my guest spot project for Crafty Secrets!

Now, hop on by and visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets team!

Crafty Secrets Blog, Sandy Redburn Owner
Gloria Stengel, Guest Designer - YOU ARE HERE
Kathy Clement, DT Leader
Michele Kovack
Darlene Pavlick
Shelia Rumney
Elizabeth Lincoln

Now for the fun part...Each month you are invited to share your creations during the Linky Party. Simply create a new project featuring a Crafty Secrets products and link it to the BLOG and you’ll automatically receive a $6 store credit. One lucky participant will randomly be chosen to win a $50 shopping spree in the store! If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, you can download FREE images from the Crafty Secrets blog; just look in the sidebar! 

Crafty Secrets product:

Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Smooth Natural
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Mother Goose, On the Boardwalk (8x8 pads)
Stamps: Gina K Designs
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Lace, twill: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Twine: May Arts
Sequins: Craft Medley
Flowers: Petaloo
Metal pipes: Prima Junkyard Findings
Punches: Stampin' Up
Pocket die: Taylored Expressions
Adhesive: Scor-tape; Scotch  3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Tacky Glue

Friday, July 04, 2014

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY...and an announcement!

Happy Independence Day! America is 238 years old today! I pray for my country today, that we never forget what it took to win our freedom. And that we remember what it takes to STAY a free nation.

I have a wonderful announcement today, too! You all know that I am going to be designing stamps for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, but I am also......

...going to be part of the SnSS Design Team! They have a sweet write-up on the BLOG today!

I am "dipping my big toe" back into the design world, bit by bit. My health is pretty stable now, as long as I am careful to obey THE RULES. My back is better and I am taking some new herbal medications for my migraines. I hope that I can continue to craft and create and share my work via my wonderful design teams! I am very excited to be working with Korin and the rest of the SnSS team!

Here is a card I made with the Words of Jesus stamp set.

This scripture is my daily prayer! I lay all my burdens at the foot of the cross!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Birthday Word Art Stamp Set

I have been getting lots of questions about international shipping for my new stamp set, Birthday Word Art, from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

Here is the shipping policy from SnSS. I hope this helps!

Shipping Rates

WITHIN THE US: Our stamps ship for a flat $2.95 no matter how many sets you order, but if your order contains paper or blocks the shipping will depend on the weight of your order.  

US orders ship via USPS using either First Class or Priority Mail.

We offer FREE shipping for US orders of $65 or more.

OUTSIDE US: Our international shipping prices are based on weight. All international orders are shipped First Class International via USPS.

You may estimate your shipping cost with our shipping calculator found in your shopping cart. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Gettin' Trendy with WorldWin Cardstock!

Hello, Blogger Buddies! One of the big trends in card making right now is Clean and Simple cards. That is soooo not my style.! But, I decided to channel my very dear friend Jacquie from the What Did I Do Today? Blog. She is one of my local peeps and she has a huge talent for Clean and Simple cards, with the  added gift of using the most AMAZING techniques! I stink at CAS cards, but for my birthday, Jacquie gave me a set of "Happy dies" and I finally pulled them out and decided to use them (my birthday was in February) to give CAS a try. 

I created this card for the WorldWin Papers Blog and it is my version of CAS (it still has several layers). I made a top-fold card from WorldWin ColorMates Smooth and Silky Gold cardstock. I embossed a piece of Smooth and Silky Fresh Cream cardstock with a splatter embossing folder. I then rubbed some ink over the raised areas. (I guess that's three layers so far...or four...)

I used black dye ink to stamp "birthday" at the bottom edge of the embossed panel. Then, I cut "happy" from Smooth and Silky Black cardstock and attached the die cut shape to the card. I had to trim the left edge of the shape as it is 7 inches long and the card is only 4 1/4 inches. I added some sequins for that extra trendy look.

I stayed true to myself and added some "splash" to the inside of the card as well. I hope that I did a passable job at CAS. {wink}

Don't forget to skip on over to The Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog to enter the June Linky Party!
WorldWin Papers:
ColorMates Smooth and Silky Fresh Cream, Gold, Black

Embossing Folder: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Ink Spots
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Dried Marigold
Die: Papertrey Ink One Liners Happy
Stamps: My Favorite Things Birthday Sentiments, Clearly Sentimental About Birthdays
Sequins: Craft Medley Black and White Classic; Studio Calico Atlantic
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Friday, June 27, 2014


have been waiting for this moment for a while! This is my first stamp release with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps! My new stamp set is part of their June 2014 Release! I am so indebted to Korin at SnSS for her willingness to work with me to get my clear stamp designs into your hands!

Now, here it is.....

Birthday Word Art! This is a 6 x 8-inch set with 13 large sentiments! This stamp set is my baby! I really love word art and typography, and I hope you all love it, too! 

Plus, it is so EASY to find the stamps! Simply visit the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps online store, click on the Clear Stamps tab, click on "By Designer" from the drop-down list, and then click on "Gloria Stengel." Any stamps or dies that I have designed will pop up! (This feature is not yet operational.)

Looky! I get giddy every time I see this! Yay me! I know, it is the little things for me. {grin} 

SnSS sent me my "designer's sample" set of stamps and I got busy playing with them. Let me tell you, these guys stamp up BEAUTIFULLY!

I love combining feminine and masculine elements, so I paired this curly font with some typewriter text to create this sentiment. It is perfect for a "romantic" birthday card. I stamped with black dye ink onto off-white cardstock. Yum!

I created a layered 5 x 5-inch card with some flowers and lacy die cut shapes. I did not have any blue flowers to match the paper, so I sprayed a few cream flowers with mists. They are not the correct shade, but let's roll with it!

This card is quite lumpy and will need to be mailed in a box or padded envelope. I love it when the card is part of the gift!

Here is the inside. Super lumpy! I created a few extra sentiments in the curly font so that you could mix and match. I added a gift card holder to the inside of the card, and more flowers. The inside could be a card front! 

I wanted to create a stamp set that was very versatile. Here is a more masculine card that I made. This card is also a nod to my very dear friend Sandy...who is rarely on time for anything. {wink}

What a great way to send a belated birthday card! There is no hiding the fact that your card is late...but how amazing to get this card in the mail!

I found some twill ribbon and a wood button in my stash to make the perfect manly accents. Now bows or flowers here!

This card is not too lumpy. It still has a lot of dimension to it, but honestly, people are worth a bit of expense and fuss on their birthdays, right?!

And for the inside! I love this silly phrase. I had to include it in my stamp set! 

I think this stamp set is also good for making cards for teens and younger children. (Wait until you see what some of the SnSS design team created!)

I added the number strip stamp thinking that you could get a lot of use out of it for birthdays, and for other mixed media projects. I will share some fun uses of that particular stamp another time. Bottom line...I love the number strip!

I stamped directly onto printed paper with brown dye ink. Look at how great the image stamped! Woot!

 And a peeky at the inside. I created a few of these general sayings in a larger size than you normally see them. I wanted you to be able to use them for the front or the inside of your cards. A few if the stamps also fit into a circle punch or die, so you can use them for gift tags!

I hope you have time to see what the SnSS design team has done with the stamps. Also, make sure to see what other stamps and dies are in the NEW release! 

Hang on, before you go...

~One random commenter from one of the SnSS DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, July 3rd at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, July 4th!

~ The Release Challenge this week is: "Anything Goes!"  You have until Thursday, July 3rd at midnight EST to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected to receive a $20 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  If we have 50 participants (not including the DT), 2 winners will be selected to each receive a $20 Gift Code, so invite your friends to play along!  The winner (or winners) will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, July 4th. 

Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps/Gloria Stengel Designs Birthday Word Art
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa; Ranger Distress Faded Jeans
Ink Spray: Tattered Angels Moonlight; Ranger Color Wash Denim
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Natural, Saphire Blue, Blueberry, Cocoa
Designer paper: Authentique Suave, Genuine, Original; Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport, Come Away With Me
Dies: Spellbinders Labels Four, Gold Labels Four, Labels Ten, Antique Frames and Accents; My Favorite Things Gift Card Pocket Horizontal, Fishtail Flag Stax; Stampin' Up Framelits Chalk Talk; Papertrey Ink Notched Star Banner Die
Ribbon and twine: Karen Foster Scrapper's Spools Tawny; Really Reasonable Ribbon Divine Twine Brown, Natural, Chevron Striped Twill Champagne 
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Leaves: Prima
Button: Maya Road
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Glue Dots; Scor-tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares