Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Amy Jones, you are the winner of my blog candy!  You have till November 5th to contact me with your mailing address at 
gabylowe at gmail dot com

Thank you everyone for entering my blog candy giveaway!  I always have something up my sleeve to giveaway, so please check back every now and again or follow me on my Facebook page , where I always post my giveaways.
Congrats Amy!

Inky and glittery fingers for all!

A Flair for the Holidays!

Happy Tuesday, bloggers! Just a gentle reminder that you only have till tonight at 10:00PM to enter my blog candy Giveaway!

For my card today I wanted to use my new holiday Bossy Joscie Flair.  I didn't do any coloring today other than ink the edges of all the paper with Vintage Photo Distress ink, which saved a lot of time!  I used Joscie's flair for the Merry Christmas part of the sentiment and then added a flag with the "from out home to yours!" sentiment from the Inspired Stamps' Poinsettia set.  I thought the olde English font added to my vintage feel I was going for.  The Christmas tree and gifts is from the October Afternoon Holiday Style die cut collection.  I wanted everything a little distressed and a little vintage for this card, so the distressed plaid paper from Authentique was my choice for patterned paper.  The ledger paper is from an old Close to My Heart set and the gems were added for a little more "flair".  ;)

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Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!
Inky and glittery fingers for all!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Christmas Card With Faux Paper Quilting

I saw a video on how to make this paper quilt, and it's actually quite easy! You just line a bunch of paper strips on a piece of scrap paper vertically and glue down with your tape runner. Then take you cardstock with the strips and turn it so the strips are going horizontally and cut with your paper trimmer. Then place the strips on your card base and trim accordingly. I got a wee but overzealous and one of my sides isn't trimmed too evenly, but I will definitely make sure I don't do that on my next card. This is a great way to get rid of scraps, especially with all the massive amounts of Christmas cards we're probably all making.  

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  I should have heaps more Christmas cards to post here in the coming weeks, I hope you'll stop by and have a looskie!

Inky and glittery fingers for all!

Entered into the following challenges:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Inspired Stamps 12 Weeks of Christmas Tutorials

OK, bloggers. I get a wee bit out of my comfort zone when I'm not making a card or scrapbook page, but here's my go at making a custom travel mug. Also, please excuse the blurriness of some of the photos, I have a three year old iPhone 3gs that desperately needs to be upgraded. lol My DSLR camera would have been too bulky in my tiny little craft nook. Also, photographing shiny cylindrical things is hard! ;)
I first ordered this travel mug from Amazon.com. It came with a black background for the customizable bit, but because I was using washi tape, I needed a white background. Also, they don't give you too much room for bulk, so I used thin printer paper. Card stock wouldn't be pliable enough and it also would have added too much bulk.

Here's a picture of me holding down the black paper that came with the mug because it was already bent into the shape of the mug from being inside it for so long. I held it down with one hand and with the other I used my trusty Hello Kitty pencil and traced its outline on the thin white printer paper. Once traced, I cut it out.
You're going to want to make sure your new paper fits after you've cut it, adjust as needed.
Then I lined the paper, starting in the center, with washi tape in a diagonal.
I stamped out Inspired Stamps' Christmas Poinsettia stamp and began coloring it with two different Copic colors. I use this line coloring (I have no idea if that's the official name) technique when coloring: it gives some dimension and depth.
Then I blend another lighter color (I used peach) to blend them all together. Later I go back and add some more dimension with a darker color, then blend again with the lightest color.
Here's the Poinsettia inside the mug acting as the seem holder.
The left side of the photo (my adorable husband and kitty), the Merry part of the sentiment at the bottom of the photo, and the Poinsettia.
The right side of the photo (me and our shiba inu), the Christmas part of the sentiment, and the other side of the Poinsettia. I hope you liked my tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Please come check out next week's tutorial on Friday on the Inspired Stamps Blog. Also, there are a lot of giveaways this week and the next with the sneak peek of the new releases happening, be sure to check it out! AND there's a 40% off your most expensive item in your order, with no minimum purchase required. 

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Inky and glittery fingers for all!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Wild For Scrapbooking Blog Hop!

 Welcome to the "Going WILD for Scrapbooking" Blog Hop with Connie Can Crop and friends.


Today we invite you to come check out the Wild side of this great group of crafters who will be showcasing cards and layouts with animal appeal. It's gonna be a ZOO and I'm not Lion!

 You should have come from Lluvia aka misses crafty. If you're just starting here, please go to Connie Can Crop http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com so you can start at the beginning! 

 This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment to encourage all my fabulous crafty friends to continue sharing their ideas and creations.

We have a fabulous sponsor, Creative Kuts (http://creativekuts.blogspot.com), who is generously giving away FIVE $5.00 gift certificates to their online store. So what do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of us a comment letting us know what you like best about our projects. You will have until 9:00 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments. When you are finished head on back to Connie Can Crop (htttp://conniecancrop.blogspot.com) and leave a comment there, stating you are ready to win!

Ready to join our Safari? Let's go!

Your next and final hop stop is Jen

 Here's our lineup in case you get lost:
1. Connie - http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
2. Janea - www.recollectionalley.blogspot.com
3. Jennifer - http://creativecricutdesigns.blogspot.com
4. Janet R- http://janetscreativeworld.blogspot.com
5. Esther - http://forthejoyofcreating.blogspot.com
6. Sam-  http://scrappingwithpirkie.blogspot.com/
7. Wandy - http://greenapplescrapper.blogspot.com
8. Holli - http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com/
9. Lluvia aka misses crafty http://sweetbirdmemories.blogspot.com
10. Gabrielle - http://www.gabyspapery.blogspot.com/
11. Jen- http://mybusycraftylife.blogspot.com/
12. Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com

  I'm giving away some blog candy: an adorable clear stamp set called Winter Ruth from Inspired Stamps.

To be eligible for my giveaway, complete any of these tasks and leave a comment here on this post letting me know which one you did. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you get!

1) Follow my Blog - then leave a comment here.

2) *Like* my Facebook page (like button is above my profile picture on the right side of this blog or in the Facebook tab on the top) - then leave a comment here.

3) Tweet this giveaway and put an @GabLow at the end of your tweet - then leave a comment here.

4) On my Facebook page share the post I made about this giveaway - then leave a comment here.

5) *Like* Inspired Stamps on Facebook and let them know I sent you - then leave another comment here.

6) Pin it on Pinterest using my Pinit button below my card's photo - then leave a comment.

7) For an extra entry have your friend do at least two of the things above and then come back here and let me know their name and leave another comment!

I'll announce the winner in two weeks on Tuesday, October 30 by 10:00PM EST using random.org. You have until then to enter. Please come back and check to see if you've won by November 5th. If it's not claimed by then, I will draw another winner.

Thank you so much for hopping by my blog today!

Inky and glittery fingers for all!

 Supply List:
 Entered into:
  • The Alley Way Stamps Inspired By Challenge: I went a different route and was inspired more by the colors than the images. The oranges, the creams, the browns, the greens, the yellows, and the black.
  • Simon Says Stamp and Show's favorite challenge. It's my favorite because I love kitties, especially the big kitties. Rawrr :) I had a lot of fun coloring him and making a scene for him.
  • Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog Joy's eerie inspiration board. Again, I used the color palette for my inspiration.  :)