Monday, March 21, 2011

The16 Winners! See Sophie's Watercolor Cards, Lynden Photos & CK Portland Show this Weekend!

Hi Everyone,

A big thanks to everyone for all the wonderful feedback and over 3000 comments during the blog hop with the Eclectic Paperie DT and our DT Gals!
Here are the 16 lucky winners!

Shannon Sawyer (Broni Holcombe's Blog)
Bevie Pearl (Sherry Cheavers's Blog)
Mrs. Ham (Latrice Murphy's Blog)
Dotty A (Linda Duke's Blog)
Melissa Bove (Linda Ledbetter's Blog)
Gretchen Wilson (Starla Nelson's Blog)
TX JennyWren (Micki Harper's Blog)
Eclectic Paperie Blog!

Sharon celticrafter (Vicki Chrisman’s Blog)
Sharla (Pam Hooten’s Blog)
Nancy Shultz (Linda Duke’s Blog)
Judy’s Cards (Michele Kovacks Blog)
2amscrapper (Melissa Phillips Blog)
Nicole #30 (Flo Teixeira’s Blog)
Cindy Adkins (Julie Cambell’s Blog)
Southern Cricut (Mary Hamer’s Blog)
Danielle Therese Greenwood (Our Blog – For Heidi B)

Okay, now I have someone fun to tell you about!  Sophie La Fontaine is our Guest Designer next month for April and I'm saving a bunch of her fantastic new cards - but I wanted to show you some others she's already posted. She colors her stamp with watercolors or Copics and loves to combine stamp sets to create fun cards for her grandchildren and she often draws her own extra details.

This is a new card Sophie recently posted in her gallery at that I thought was perfect for the 2 day of Spring! Sophie used a mouse from our Mouse Party set, watering can is from Garden Girls and sentiment from Thinking of You set. She painted the flower stems, sky and grass and added cute layered flowers.  PS - If you click on the stamp set blue links you can see other samples by our Design Team as well!

With Easter around the corner, I wanted to show you this card Sophie created last Easter with the Peter Rabbit bunnies from our Easter Joys Stamp Set. Okay, she's a talented watercolor painter but her simple whimsical scenes makes me want to try!

I like how she used a bunch of stamps from our Down of the Farm Stamp Set to create a race scene (to the car races). She used YIPPEE and the 'grass stamp' but drew the sign.

Look at how Sophie combined our Bugs Life Stamp Set with our Car Classics Set! , the compass and  'Postcard' from our Journey Set and Lily of the Valley is from our Fairyland Stamp Set on this fun card and added dots to the bug's car!
Here's another card Sophie made for her grandson also using Bug's Life and Car Classics and she stamped the flourish from our Cherubs set. She drew the branch and sign. You can see Sophie's Gallery HERE with other amazing samples.

I wanted to show more photos from our trip to the Craft & Antique Show in Lynden, WA but most turned out too dark.  A few people were selling plants and I bought some of the bright green ones. I do love aged pots and wanted to share an  recipe HERE for how to age clay pots with yogurt or buttermilk.

I loved these wonderful aprons by Tracy but decided to stick with my floral vintage one. Her website isn't finished yet.

I wished there were more antiques so later we went to a couple of the antique malls and shops in this cute Dutch theme town started in the 1870's. 

One of my favorite stores in town was Once Upon a Fairyland, owned by Jaqueline who coincidentally called us last month for wholesale info and is going to place an order. She has a great mix of new and shabby used items with some fun quirky stuff. Link to her website

Cute little bunny dolls she had!

I adore these cute little girls dresses and they were only $20.00. Hey ladies, remember you can stamp on fabric with stamps! Use Ranger Archival ink and heat set it. I don't like Stazon for clear stamps. It has solvents in the ink and it really does 'stay on' and can fill in detail if you don't clean your stamps well. I would stay clear of Stazon Cleaner as it has even higher amounts of solvent. If you want to use Stazon ink to stamp on a slick surface like glass, be sure to stamp off on paper towels right and clean your stamp with a soft toothbrush. Past DT member Anna Wight uses Stazon regularly and says she never has a problem.

I fell in LOVE with the original old tin ceiling in the store and wanted to bring it home! Look how it's curved and goes down the wall. This is a photo of owner Jaqueline and a vendor she buys Chatty Cathy doll clothes from.

Lastly, I will leave you with a sweet card by March DT Guest Tammy Roberts that she created with an image from our Little Dolls Booklet. I have some other wonderful samples posted this month by Tammy and will have at least one more post after we get back from the Creating Keepsakes Show this weekend!  Come see us at the show, as we are bringing EVERYTHING and will have a Flea Market Sale Table, Tons of inspiring samples and fun!

Wishing you joy & creativity

Sandy Redburn
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Marcy said...

I just LOVE Sophie's work, and I'm so glad to see it highlighted on the blog. Lots of wonderful eye candy today!

Marlene (cards4u) said...

I've been a fan of Sophie's work and I'm so glad to see her as your next guest designer! Congrats to all the winners : )

Jan Hennings said...

Congrats to the winners and gorgeous cards, too :)

Anonymous said...

Wow love how you create lovely little worlds with all the differnt stamps. You have a great sense of houmor and eye for color. Well done!

Sharon said...

How excited I was today to read that I had won a prize in the blog hop.Thank you Vicki for picking my name! I love Crafty Secrets stamps!
Sharon G.
aka Celticrafter