Did you win?

I had 35 people report back with all 19 blogs on the tour. The winner of the Kiwi Kiss Purse and cards kit is Cynthia Ferenz. Her favorite project on the tour was #4 on my site with the cut out dogwood blooms.

My share for today is a card I recently created for a workshop. It was quick and easy, yet really hip. It would make a great card for a wedding or anniversary. I had a great time and the gals decided to start up a hostess club. I am so excited about sharing time with them once a month.

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Card Recipe:
Stamps: Short and Sweet
Cardstock: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Urban Oasis DP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Ribbon Originals

Happy Stamping,

Dacia Smith

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Blown Away

I want to just say… Wow! Ever have one of those ahah moments where the Lord just takes your breath away?Well yesterday was one of those days. I huge thank you goes out to each person who visited with us on the tour. Words can hardly do justice to the overwhelming emotion of love and tenderness our home experienced. As I sat at the computer last night and poured over each note and read your awesome words of encouragement I was blown away.

I am thankful for the opportunity to share my gifts and talents with each of you. My hope is the Lord will bless you with wonderful ideas and projects through my willingness to serve him in all I do. He sure has blessed me through each of you!

A dear friend needed a birthday card yesterday for her mother-in-law. She loves pink. This is the sweet card I created to share with her today. Hope you enjoy this little flower pot blooming with love.

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Card Recipe:
Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Bella Birds DP
Ink: Basic Gray, White Gel Pen
Accessories: Ribbon Originals, Flower Brads, Build a Brad, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, and Scallop punch, Big Shot, Hearts Set sizzlits, Flower Layers #3

Stay tuned, tomorrow I will announce the winners for the tour. Hope your day is blooming with love.

Dacia Smith

Welcome Aboard Blog Tourists

Occasions Mini Blog TOUR 2 STOP 1

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We are so glad you have decided to join us for this fun filled tour. Do we ever have a treat for you! There are 19 stops featuring beautiful projects created with items from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog.

Before we get started we need to go over a few details.

1.    There are 19 stops on the tour. All of the stops will be active today only. The tour ends at midnight.

2.    Post a comment with your favorite of the four projects and why. Leave your name and email address. Each comment will be numbered and a $20.00 gift certificate for Stampin’ Up! product will be given to the winner.

3.    Complete the entire tour and email me with a list of each site name and your favorite project of the day. Each correct entry will be numbered and the winner receives my first kit free.

I’m sure you will have a great time. Finishing the tour in one sitting is not required. You have the entire day to view the links. Hope you have fun playing along with us.

The first stop of the tour featuring the set Soft Summer.

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Without further delay, hope you enjoy the first project…

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Card Recipe:
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Rose Red, So Saffron, Always Artichoke DP, So Saffron DP, Rose Red DP, Watercolor paper
Ink: Black Stazon, Rose Red, More Mustard, So Saffron, Always Artichoke
Accessories: So Saffron Poly-Twill ribbon, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Aqua Painter, Sponge Dauber, Clear Embossing Powder, Small Oval and eyelet border punch, piercing tool, dimensionals

My featured technique this month was watercoloring with the Aqua Painter brush. It is easy to use and loads of fun. I have been learning right alongside my wonderful stamping friends. I don’t know who taught who this month. Can you tell I am still learning?

The second project features the cracked glass technique. This technique is one of my favorites. It requires a little extra time, but so worth the effort. I created several of these for Anniversary cards this month. The card follows the MOJO Monday Sketch # 83. Hope you enjoy!

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Card Recipe:
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Pale Plum DP, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Black Stazon, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand
Accessories: So Saffron Poly Twill Ribbon, Linen Thread, Aqua Painter, Sponge Dauber, Glassy Glaze Enamel, Small Oval and Eyelet Border Punch, piercing tool, dimensionals

The third project is my personal favorite. An upcoming wedding this month and roses from my husband on Easter inspired this creation. It was so much fun to create and I can hardly wait to share it. Hope you enjoy…

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Card Recipe:
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, Watercolor Paper, Bella Birds DP
Ink: Black Stazon, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, White Gel Pen
Accessories: Pink Pirouette Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretties Kit, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Small Oval

For the final project I did a little die cutting of my own…

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Card Recipe:
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Watercolor Paper, Bella Birds DP
Ink: Black Stazon, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, More Mustard
Accessories: Pink Pirouette Ribbon, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Coluzzle Cutting System, Crystal Effects, Aqua Painter, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

I had a wonderful time opening my stamp room to you today. All of these creations will go in the mail this week to share with my cherished friends and family. I am also answering the call of Sherrill with Late Nite Stampers challenging us to share more cards with others this week. We will post our totals at the close of the week.

Hope you enjoyed hanging out with me. Stay on the bus, a wonderful adventure awaits you as we share our talents and the Occasions Mini with you today! Jot down your must have wish list and when you complete the loop and finish back up here, connect to my website and place your order. A $40.00 online purchase before April 30th from the Occasions Mini entitles you to a free catalog and stamp set from page 208.

If you want to do a little more shopping, check out my first online kit. The kit features the Rockability Specialty Designer Paper and the stamp set Short and Sweet. This cute little purse would make a lovely gift to share. It would also make an easy class for any demonstrator to host. A complete supply list, step by step instructions, and color photos are included.

KIWI PURSE & CARDS

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Click here to order the above kit

 

Don’t forget your comment for a chance at a free $20.00 gift certificate.  Complete the loop and email me each site name and your favorite project of the day for a chance to win your very own free kit. I wonder what your favorites will be!

The next stop’s link to the blog tour has been removed. It’s okay now, more Blog Tours are coming. Stay tuned and watch for the details.

Happy Stampin,

Dacia Smith

My Creative Days Scrapbooking

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In today’s post I would like to share this scrapbook page and the template for the scrapbooking classes I teach in my home each month. The page was created with pictures of my granddaughter Ashley. We shared an Easter egg hunt in our backyard on Sunday, where I was able to capture these wonderful pictures.

 

When I share my creations with others, I hear time and time again, “I am not creative and could never do that.” The truth is we are all creative. God’s word shares we were created in his image. One of God’s attributes is to create. So why would he not equip us with the same ability? Now granted, some of us have more creativity than others, but we all possess creativity in our make up.

 

I find that creativity flows freely through me when I use a map as a guide. My spiritual map is the Bible, and my creative map is the template. Today’s page began with the template pictured here. All of creation began with a plan. God’s plan from the beginning was to have a relationship with me. From the beginning, I was chosen and loved by the great “I am”.

 

 

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I emailed this template to each of my class participants at the beginning of the month. They each know what direction our class will follow, how many pictures needed, their size, the overall theme, a list of supplies, and a technique that will be taught. The template offers an opportunity to prepare for the lesson. Reaching my desired destination in life is found in my willingness to prepare. Often the process begins with the simple belief that with God all things are possible. Belief is vital to accomplishing any task in this life or the one thereafter.

 

Stay tuned, tomorrow I will break down the page and teach you how to create one of your own. Trusting your day will be filled with a little creativity of your own.

 

Dacia Smith

 

 

 

MOJO82/LNS Challenge

Today’s post rises to the occasion and wipes two challenges off my list. I always enjoy marking the things off the list as much as I do adding them. It creates a sense of accomplishment. It brings me great joy to know my creative days inspire others. The challenge on Late Night Stampers was to create a card or project using 3-D flowers. This beautiful flower was made using the hearts set of sizzlits dies and the heart to heart punch. Hope you will try one yourself!

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Card Recipe:
Stamps: Love You Much
Paper: Chocolate Chip 4 1/4 x 11, 2 5/8 x 2 5/8, 2 3/8 x 2 3/8; Pink Pirouette 4 x 5.5, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2; Bella Birds 3 7/8 x 5 3/8
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Eyelet Border & Heart to Heart Punches, Corduroy Buttons, Paper Snips, Pastel brads, Sponge Daubers, Large Glue dots

To make the flower cut 4 tall hearts, 4 wide hearts and punch 4 tall hearts. Sponge the edges of each heart with Chocolate Chip on front and back. Crumple each heart several times. Punch a hole in the bottom of each heart with the piercing tool. Thread a brad through each hole beginning with the punched hearts, then the tall hearts, and finally the wide hearts. Spread the hearts in a circle to form the flower. Thread the coruroy button with a small strip of paper. Tie in knot and trim ends. Attach to the flower center with a large glue dot. The card layout followed the MOJO Monday sketch #82.

I enjoy creating projects using a map, the card comes together so easily. When I teach my scrapbook classes I always design using a scrap map. Watch for tomorrow’s post. I will put up this month’s map and the page I created. Hope you have fun stamping today!

Dacia Smith

LNS Color Challenge

This week has been full of creating. This one is for the challenge at Late Night Stampers. It is an awesome yahoo group I belong to. Each week there is a challenge offered to spark creativity. This week it was a color challenge using Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, and Sahara Sand. I used a card from Chat Wszelaki of a recent WOW swap as inspiration.

The supplies were from the new mini. I have been so ready to dive in and start using them more. There are so many great sets this year. I had a hard time choosing a favorite. Dreaming my sales would allow me to have one of each.

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Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Soft Summer, Oval All 
Paper: Sahara Sand 4 1/4 x 11; Vanilla 3 7/8 x 5 1/4, 2 1/2 x 4 1/8; Baja Breeze 3 5/8 x 4 5/8; Chocolate Chip 1 1/8 x 3 3/8, 2 5/8 x 4 1/4; Parisian Breeze DP 1 x 3 1/4
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, More Mustard
Accessories: Chocolate Chip ribbon, Eyelet, Scallop, & Large Oval Punches, Crystal Effects, Aqua Painter

Hope your day is grand!

Dacia Smith

MOJO81 Party

I have several orders for cards stacking up, so I have been busy creating. The guy ones are always the hardest. This one turned out grand! I used the MOJO81 sketch for inspiration. Hope it inspires you to create something today.

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Card Recipe:
Stamps: Party Hearty
Cardstock: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Kraft, Urban Oasis DP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Black grosgrain ribbon, 3/4: circle punch, Crystal effects, piercing tool, black brads, paper snips, dimensionals

Wishing you the greatest day ever!

Dacia Smith