The Leibster Blog Award

I am so honored to say that I was bestowed with The LIEBSTER Blog Award. It is said that Liebster is German meaning dearest, and can be used for favorite or beloved as well.  In light of sharing this love I want to thank  (Linda’s Stampin’ Loft) for this wonderful gift of recognition.
The rules for this award are as follows:
  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  • Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you…check!  Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
  • Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs….who you feel deserve to be noticed.

The five blogs I have chosen are listed below.  Click on over and check out their awesome talent, take a minute to look around and don’t forget to become a Follower!  I know they will appreciate it!

Pals Paper Arts #131 Sketch Challenge

One of the reasons I participate in sketch challenges is to improve my skills.  I have never been an artist, sort of speak, when it comes to coloring and drawing… so I took the opportunity to practice with this cute bird from the Language of Friendship stamp set.  I discovered that I really need to practice my blending skills.  The perfect place to practice was with the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge #131.  Challenges are an excellant opportunity to practice.  When you participate let me know and I’ll be on the lookout.

Mata-’bout Tip:  Hold on to scraps of paper you have left over after a project.  They come in handy on other projects.  This card had a little too much open space for me, so I took some small scraps I had leftover from a previous project and used them to punch out cute tiny blossoms.  They added an extra dimension and color to the Chocolate Chip paper.

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Handmade Card Ingredients:
Stamp: Language of Friendship (clear 122752); Loving Thoughts (125845)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953); Whisper White (100730); Chocolate Chip (102128); Paisley Petals (122367)
Ink: Real Red (103133); Lucky Limeade (122935); Crumb Cake (121030)
Embossing Folder: Designer Frames (123130)
Punch: Two-step Bird (117191)

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Paisley Petals “Just for You”

Since joining Stampin’ Up! (SU) and the birth of my blog my card making skills have nearly quadrippled and yet have so much more to learn.  When I joined I became a part of a greater group of men and women who enjoy paper crafting as much as I do.  There are thousands of blogs and websites that teach you through pictures and video how to do a certain technique or special folds.  This fold I have seen many times again and again, but had only tried it once.  I gave it another shot… I must toot my own horn because although I feared this pattern, it came out so pretty!

Mata-’bout Paper Hint:  When folding a trifold card, the closure may not want to stay because of the thickness of the paper.  To prevent it from coming open use a very small strip of reusable tape.  It will stay down and not create a permanent hold.  It does not damage the paper and can be opened & closed over and over agin.

Time is running out… you have until March 31st to steal the starter kit at $125!  Join my team of hobby stampers and enjoy a permanent 20% off on ALL your supplies.  That is what appealed to me and I’m lovin’ it!  I have NO committment to ever buy anything again or even make sales or recruit, but I love paper so much and SU has the best products on the market. I wouldn’t share it if I didn’t believe it or experience it first hand.  The only reason I created this blog was to share the benefits and joy that come with a paper hobby.  My only regret is not having asked my friend Jennifer more about SU when she told me she was a demonstrator.  I had never heard of SU and the great people and products that are out here.  =)  Like my upline, Mary Fish, says, “take SU out for a test drive!”  You won’t regret it!

Handmade Card Ingredients:
Stamp: Teeny Tiny Wishes (Clear 115370); Kindness Matters (Clear 112902)
Paper: Paisley Petals (122367); Baja Breeze (111352)
Framelits: Labels Collection (125598)
Ink: Old Olive (102277)
Embossing Folder: Designer Frames (123130)

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