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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thankful Thursday...and some Stamped Daisy Springtime Goodness!

OK - I mentioned last week that I had some news to share. Please bear with me because I have some catching up to do because a few things happened that I want to share what I am so GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL for!! 

First off - when logging in today, I have discovered that I now have 100 loyal followers. Hello all and I'm sending {{{ big crafty hugs }}} to each and every one of you!!! 

Secondly - a few weeks ago one of my crafty counterparts sent me an email stating that they have presented me with the "Liebster Blog" Award. My little crafty ramblings have been blogfully acknowleged by one of my crafty peers - totally OUTSTANDING! I will blog about this in further detail tomorrow. Thanks Cherylann!!!

Third - I received a package of crafty goodness containing a Gift Card prize from a game I played at Theresa Cifali's blog. I just wanted to say thanks again to her because I wasn't actually the winner, but she gave me and one other player a prize for also getting the correct answer in her super fun game. This was super generous of her. AND if you don't follow this Crafty Diva  - you should!!!

And finally - I've saved the best for Last!!! Today I have a special guest feature today over with my friends at Viva Las Vegastamps! - AND - beginning next month I will be returning to the VLVS Design Team. YES - I am doing a Happy Dance!!! CLICK HERE to see the post. 

Now on to the crafty goodness portion of today's program....

My stamps may have been on a short-lived vacation, but my heart is never far away from stamping. I'm playing along with the Viva Las Vegastamps! May Flowers Challenge today. I have used the following for this beauty that has sprung up from all our April showers: the Stylized Bee #3713 and Daisies #4994 stamps from VLVS. I stamped the images using a rainbow ink pad with orange to brown colors onto a piece of handpainted yellow paper. I painted the a bunch of paper awhile back using some of Traci Bautista's techniques {very fun and messy}. I stamped the Daisies on the right side first. I also made a couple of quick masks with stickie notes and then repeated the daisies across the bottom of the sheet - moving the masks to protect the flowers as I stamped. Then I stamped the bee. After heat setting {since this was stamped over acrylic paint}, I cut the paper apart in asymmetrical sections then chalk inked the edges of each. I adhered all the pieces in a mosaic pattern using my MIRACLE TAPE onto a plum cardstock base. I added some touches of color with Ranger Distress Markers and finished off with some blingy gem rhinestones. Voila!!!

Some Flowery Goodness for May!!!

I'm entering this in the VLVS Theme Challenge for May! May is all about Flowers. CLICK HERE for info on submissions. You inLinkz your "MAY FLOWERS" creations using Viva Las Vegastamps! for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate at the VLVS online store. Don't forget to check out the Viva Las Vegastamps! store and set up your WISH LIST. I'm crossing my fingers to see if I win!!!

I am so overjoyed to be returning to the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team next month. I will be participating in the VLVS Mary Vogel Lozinak Bloghop on May 26th and 27th, too - ARE YOU??? 

Thanks so much for dropping by for a visit! Have a great evening! Sb

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