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Sunday, December 30, 2012

ANYTHING GOES for Week 2 of Anything But A Card Challenges #9

Good Morning! It's two days before a BRIGHT and SHINY NEW YEAR! How are your preparing??? I am color coding a brand new calendar with all of my creative challenges, assignments and classes - my 2012 calendar is falling apart, but full of crafty goodness. 

Today begins week 2 of Anything But a Card Challenge... Anything goes OR share your fave project from 2012. Now that Christmas is over, I have time to sneek off and CREATE... I invite you to join me and play along!

There's two weeks to play along and link up via inlinkz froggy. Anything But a Card Challenges is a bi-weekly challenge and today, the Design Team showcases NEW projects using a brand-new challenge of Anything Goes OR share your fave project from 2012 Please click here to head on over to ABAC and see all the fantastic projects shared by the fantastic design team AND submissions by all of you. 

REMEMBER this challenge blog is ANYTHING and EVERYTHING... except for Cards. ATC's aren't greeting please link up your ATC's!!!

Anything But a Card Challenge 9 is Anything goes OR share your fave project from 2012Please enjoy my project featured for week two of challenge #9... I apologize for the length... but I hope you can feel my excitement and joy.

I travelled home to Chicago to spend Christmas with my family and I was CREATIVELY prepared for my travels...I had a craft show on Dec. 22nd for the Saturday Crafts Fair live from my hotel room and I also had a project to create for Viva Las Vegastamps! on Christmas Day. My Christmas day VLVS! project is my "ANYTHING GOES" for this week's challenge {I was going to share a FAVORITE project, but I LOVE THIS ONE MORE}!!!

I planned in advance, and of course, I had my brand new stamps sent to meet me there. On Christmas Eve, my husband and I spent the day walking around downtown soaking in the sights and this journal page was the perfect end to a day filled enjoying the Christmas spirit. 

I created a page in my Christmas SMASH book Travelogue that I started on the Saturday Crafts Fair and I showed how I made my own VLVS! Tissue Tape using Miracle Tape and the Jingle Bells #10686 stamp.

LOOK AT ME!!! I hold in my hot little hands my Police Box illustration that has been turned into one of the new Viva Las Vegastamps!!!

Stamps used: Jingle Bells #10686 to create Tissue Tape on Miracle Tape and three stamps from Plate #909: Blue Police Box #19054, "Otto's Sweet Ride" #19049, and quote "Ink, Drink & Be Merry #19058".


My Smash book is crossed with an art journal and I am totally having fun with it. I painted my recycled 1998 calendar with a gesso mixure, then I collaged my tissue tape, paper scraps and parts of fussy cut sightseeing brochures - all nestled amongst my stamped images. I used my Ranger Distress Markers to color in the images and paint in a faux skyline. The finishing touch is a Jolee's Santa cap to adorn "Otto the Octopus", one of Brian Kesinger's illustrations on Plate #909.

Look WHO's Visiting the WINDY CITY!

I hope you are inspired to play along and I can't wait to see what you create! I can't wait to break out my new Gelli Plate on New Year's Day!

Have you heard about the "Saturday Crafts Fair" on Linqto??? It's two hours of demos, prizes, and chatting with friends. Get ideas for cards and gifts; paper crafting, mixed media, crafts for kids... creative projects for any budget and skill level. There are GIVEAWAYS, too - for lucky viewers present watching the live streams {you have to be present to win}. All streams are recorded so if you miss one, you can watch the playbacks at your leisure.

All are invited next weekend for the Saturday Crafts Fair ... the fun starts at 2pm EST!!! I have my own room, sbartist : daylight musings at the Saturday Crafts Fair! So I invite you to please drop by and join me for some creative time weekly. My demos begin at 4pm EST {1pm PST}.

Here's the link to my room:

Thanks for following my creative journey and cheering me on. I hope you all the best in 2013 and I wish all of you a very bright and shiny NEW YEAR!!

:) Sb


  1. Fabulous journal page - love the Tardis against the cityscape, and the general quirky vibe - such fun! That's a fantastic new stamp set - congratulations... and Happy New Year to you!
    Alison x

  2. Such a gorgeous page....and so thrilled for you too on your stamps! That is such an exciting achievement! Love them!

  3. Love it! I hope you get lots of time to INK and be merry too Susan. Happy New Year to you.

  4. This is so cool! It is so easy to see the Chicago inspiration in your page! I love the 'ink, drink, and be merry'!

  5. omg--my daughter would love this! Police Boxes (well, Dr. Who) and cephalapods are her faves!


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