Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Special: A Sweet Guest Designer + a Giveaway!

Welcome back, crafty readers!!!

Yes, it's another special guest designer on my blog today!!!!  Help me extend a warm welcome to the sweetest, most exceptional crafter I know, Vanessa Vergara!!!!!! :D  I call her Superwoman, because this über talented lady does it all--literally!!!  Vanessa is an artist and a designer.  She recently launched her own line of hand-drawn digital stamps--a must see!!!  She also bakes and decorates beautiful cakes for every occasion--yes, even weddings!   She's also a full-time accountant, mom, wife, card maker AND don't ask me how she finds the time, but she also runs her own business--both at home and online... Oh, and did I mention she's also the founder of V's Sweet Challenge blog????!!  If you keep up with my blog you know that I design for her challenge blog!!!!  This incredible woman chose ME, a beginner card maker, to be a part of what is now my first design team ever!!!!!  For this and much more, I am deeply grateful to her!!!  During these few months of designing for her challenge blog, I have grown tremendously, not only as a crafter, but as a business woman in the making as well.   Vanessa has been my mentor... The amount of help and support that she constantly offers me would make anyone think that she was my own family.   I greatly admire Vanessa for her unselfish attitude, not just towards me, but towards anyone who reaches out to her.   I could go on and on about Vanessa and never finish.  She is just an extraordinary woman!  It is an honor and a pleasure to have her guest design on my blog today!!!!!!! Xoxoxo  Please, be sure to stop by and visit her online store, her personal blog and the challenge blog that she runs!!!  Let her know what a remarkable crafter she is!!!

Giveaway Time!!!! This is the first one ever on my blog, too!!!! Yippee!!! :D  The incredibly generous, Vanessa has allowed me to give away a $5 gift certificate to her store!!!  Woohoo!!!! :D  All you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment at the end of this post.  You will have until Monday, October 15th (my dad's birthday!!!) at 12 PM (Eastern Daylight Time) to leave a comment.  The winner will be drawn at random using, and will be announced on Monday evening.  So be sure to return to the blog on Monday night to check if you've won!!!  Thank you again, Vanessa!!!! *hugs* 

And now, sit back and enjoy the special treat Vanessa has prepared for you today... You'll be inspired for sure!!! (;


Hi there! It's Vanessa from V's Sweet Ideas. I am super excited that Grisel has invited me to be a guest on her blog. Grisel and I met through Twitter and she has been an amazing friend. She has been such an outstanding supporter of V's Sweet Ideas and I am grateful for that. 

I recently got hooked on powder embossing and I now find myself embossing everything. I just love the look and texture of it. I also love sewing on my cards. So for this card I chose a Some Odd Girls digi stamp and colored her in with copic markers. I then picked a paper pad that matched the colors I used. For this card I chose the My Minds Eye BlueBell paper pad, which by the way is really beautiful. I then added a beautiful off-white lace to the card because the flower pattern paper I used went so well with the lace. I also added a doilie and a beautiful button to give it an elegant look. The sentiment I used was powder embossed. I then finished it off by adding pearls. I forgot to mention that I also sew around the card using a mini sewing machine I purchased for $10 bucks at the dollar deal store. 

Once again I want to thank Grisel for having me as a guest on her blog.


lenny said...

That girl is really adorable!
Another guest post, awesome! :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I LOVE this card ( and Vanessa too! hehehe )! From it's beautiful design, to the papers, to the amazing coloring of that image... and I even learned something new about Vanessa, I never knew she makes cakes how cool! What an amazing woman so happy to see her celebrated here on her blog! Thanks so much Grisel!!!

Nicole said...

Vanessa is pretty awesome and super duper talented. Reallllly super cute card. Your coloring is always on point and I love colors u used and the layout.
Great giveaway hun

Patricia Alama said...

Incredible, wonderful composition of the card. Very cute girl image.

And I sure would love to find out how Vanessa manages her time to do all those things. I love my card-making for sure, I've recently started blogging but, I just can't manage my time as well. Definitely checking out all your links.

Kailash said...

Such a beautiful card, love the coloring on the image, it's gorgeous!!! Thanks for celebrating and sharing the creativity on your guest!!

Renny said...

Such acute card.. have a wonderful Day!!