Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year - Seasons Giving Blog Hop!


I hope that you are hopping along and enjoying the 3rd year of the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! A big shout out to Latish who organizes this great hop each year, thank you! 

I want to thank EVERYONE who comes to visit my blog I am grateful for all the views and comments.  I LOVE being a part of a great community of stampers/crafters who encourage one another!

I am looking forward to a fabulous and crafty 2015! I will continue working with some Design Teams and hope maybe there will be others! I want to bring more fun features here to my blog as well!


Today I have a few things I'd love to share with you guys.  It's the first of the month which means a new challenge is up over at Mixed Media Mojo.  This is a blog I started this year with a few crafty friends, it's been a blast and I hope it continues to thrive and grow! If you love adding mixed media to your creations come visit us Blog Mixed Media Mojo and our FB page.  We are having fun sharing creations and tutorials.  This month's challenge is the theme: NEW and the twist is: the number 15. 

This card I made is also for this month's challenge at The Mixed Media Card Challenge site which I'm proud to be a part of of the Design Team.  The challenge there is similar using the Theme" NEW and Optional Element: Tissue Paper.

Here is what I came up with:

I used an owl from a Unity Stamp Co. KOTM, Tissue paper from a Christy Tominlinson pack and the sentiment and date I used computer fonts and printed them. 

Here are some of my steps:

For the Number 15 for Mixed Media Mojo I used the date 2015 but also used 15 pieces of ripped up tissue paper on the piece of yardstick to create a background. Used a gloss gel to adhere and seal.

Tissue glued

I stamped and colored the owl using watercolors.  Later I added a little Wink of Stella for sparkle.

I added some distress inks to the tissue paper once dried and mounted it and the owl on black paper.

I also want to share a little bit about my December.  Each year you may have heard of crafters participating in the December Daily.  I have for a few years.  One year I did a small chipboard style book for a handful of days in December. Then in 2012 I decided to do my Dec Daily scrapbooking style and picked 8 1/2 x 11 size and did create a page a day but did it VERY simple.  Which I loved!  In 2013 I was more interested in Mixed Media so I decided to create a mixed media "scrapbook style" page each day.  I used a journal book for this.  That year I got to around Mid December and fizzled out.  This year I got back on the wagon to go at it again.  But I have to tell you I wasn't too sure I was going to do it.  

For 2014 I couldn't decide if A. I was going to do one, B. If I did what size? and C. I need to make it easy and doable.  In the end I picked up an unfinished 8 1/4 x 9 sized binder.  Similar to the Simple Stories and Recollection ones they sell at Michael's.  This binder I found at Hobby Lobby.  I decorated it very simple on the outside and then I was ready.

I did a page for Thanksgiving to and a day or two after to start then it was all of December.  I'm sure I will add a page for New Year's Eve as well.  Again I went with a super simple theme throughout and used a lot of my Christmas papers I had in my stash and stickers.

Here is a video slideshow of my Dec Daily

As a thank you I am offering a little prize package to one lucky random winner.  Winner to be announced Monday Jan 5.


Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Lawn Fawn

Spellbinders Paper Arts

Reverse Confetti


Ice Resin

My Favorite Things

Technique Tuesday

Paper Smooches

Sweet & Sassy Stamps

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Avocado Arts

A Jillian Vance Design

Latina Crafter


Unity Stamp Company


Verve Stamps

Latisha Yoast

AJ Otto

Vera Yates

Julia Stainton

Judy Hayes

Kim Watson

Yana Smakula

Chari Moss

Taheerah Atchia

Shemaine Smith

Emily Spahn

Kimberly Crawford

Lee Murphy

Lovely Linda

Laura Williams

Lori Tecler

Chaitali Narla

Darsie Bruno

Lydia Fiedler

Giovana Smith

Teri Anderson

Beth Pingry

Dina Kowal

Daniela Dobson

Lisa Adametz

Piali Biswas

Kelli Green

Keri Lee Sereika

Jocelyn Olson

Julee Tilman

Michelle Woerner

Lori McAree

Theresa Momber

Anita Autore

Melody Rupple

Sean Fetterman

Bunny Vance

Tricia Traxler

Lisa Arana

Lorena Cantó

Amy Tsuruta

Jodi Collins

Tenia Nelson

Kelly Klapstein

Jill Cornell

Emily Leiphart

Becky Williams

Margie Higuchi

Lee Ann Barrett

Lisa Hoel

Heather Campbell

Lisa Henke

Sheri Holt

Michele Kovack

Ashley Harris

Sharon Harnist

Lori Craig

Nicole Nowosad

Laurel Beard

Michele Boyer

Christiana Reuling

Laurie Schmidlin

Jennifer Priest

Stacey Schafer

Heidi Blankenship

Heather Pulvirenti

Anita Madden

Gloria Stengel

Sarah Gough

Rachel Kleinman

Natalie Dever

Lorine Mason

Loretta Lock

Meihsia Liu

Sarah Martina Parker

Angeline Choo

Christine Emberson

Karen Hightower

Sabrina Alery

Debbie Seyer

Dana Joy

Cat Tidwell

Deborah Saaranen

Ceal Pritchett

Lisa Lara

Colleen Schaan

Anabelle O'Malley

Megan Hoeppner

Monika Davis

Marisa Ritzen

Wanda Guess

Jenny Peterson

Annette Allen

Gracie Chavez

Christina Griffiths

Niki G.

Kristi Schurr

Jennifer Ingle

Karolyn Loncon

Camille Robinson

Lindsey M-P

Kathy Clement

Maria Levine

Savitri Wilder

Savannah O'Gwynn

Teresa Horner

Laurel Seabrook

Libby Hickson

Yvonne Van de Grijp

Alice Wertz

Leigh Penner

Lisa Lee

Tina McDonald

Nina Yang

Angel Johns

Thanks so much for stopping by!!



Queenie Jeannie said...

I hope you have a happy and blessed new year! :D

Karrah Stark said...

Have a wonderful new year! :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

How fun for you to get to join in this great start to 2015! Thanks for the chance of winning blog candy too :)

Cynthia Daugherty said...

Happy 2015! and thanks for a chance to win.

Larisa said...

wow fabulous creations! Happy New Year!

Sanna Lippert said...

lovely owl card!!! wishing you a very happy new year!!

Beverly Sager said...

What a cute & colorful little owl! Also, thank you for sharing your December Daily.

Pawsitively Creative said...

This little owl is too cute! Happy New Years!

Ruby N said...

happy new year <3 hope more success comes your way :)

Melissa said...

Enjoyed checking out your blog and some of your cards. Happy new year!

Lucinde said...

Happy new year! Thanks for a chance to win :)

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Maria. LOVE your watercolour owl ... so amazing. And love how you've added tissue to your card. Happy New Year! Loll xx

cathy said...

I'm following the mixed media site now. Thanks for the link!

Shelly said...

So cute!!! Happy 2015!

Jenny Cottam said...

Happy New Year and thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway
Jenny C

Barb said...

great giveaways and art

Anonymous said...

Your blog is great. Thank you.

Scrapbook Blessings Club said...

Thanks for the chance to win! Best Wishes in the New Year!

Sharon said...

Beautiful projects - thanks for sharing! Best wishes for the new year!

Sandy said...

What fun blog hops are. Happy New Year

Joy S. said...

Loved the video. Good for you for getting that project done

Beth F. said...

Thanks for the wonderful chance to win! Happy New Year!
Beth's Beauties

Cathy Homan said...

Intriguing projects. Mixed media is my challenge for this year. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lisa said...

Gorgeous project!! Thanks so much for the chance to win an awesome giveaway!! Happy New Year :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Fabulous projects. Thanks for the chance to win a fabulous prize!!!

Carol said...

Thanks for a great blog hop and some fun inspiration!

Carol B

jan said...

Thank YOU for sharing your talents on the blog! I hope to start a blog this year and you are inspiration for me. Happy New Year!

Doris said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for a chance to win.

Pammejo said...

Have a wonderful and creative New Year!!!! TFS and being apart of a fabulous hop.

pam br said...

I'm having a great time getting to meet new people/blogs. Happy 2015 to all.

Memories by Manda said...

Wonderful creations. Thanks for the giveaway
Email: memoriesbymanda AT gmail DOT com

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love how you colored the owl. TFS

Happy New Year!!

resatwo at sbcglobal dot net

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the twist on 15. Clever idea to use that many pieces of paper to fulfill the goal. I love the owl. He is so colorful.
thanks for sharing.
happy new year

Karenladd said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful mixed media pieces with us and a happy new year!

JennyH said...

love your owl card, I need that stamp, such a sweet image. Thanks for showing your December Daily, maybe this year is the year for me to have a go, love all your mixed media work and thanks for the chance to win the bundle of goodies.
I am following you via email so I can come back after this huge blog hop and see what other lovely creations you have made : )

Nikki C said...

Sweet Card thanks for the chance and Happy New year
hugs Nikki

D- said...

Thanks for sharing your terrific projects.

Ying said...

Great way to create a background!

theCook said...

Love the cute owl!

Bernadette Roberto Shisler said...

What a unique and creative project! I love the paper tears!

Teresa Doyle said...

Wow! You did well doing all of those pages! Good job. And the owl card is sweet.

Maria Alder said...

:-) really like the owl. Your crafting is fab. so Happy crafting 2015!

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

You do beautiful work love the mixed media pieces of art . Thanks for a chance to win some blog candy . Happy New Year

D.Ann said...

Cool projects! Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy C. said...

The colorful owl is beautiful! Happy New Year!

Fairy Lora said...

Lovely card hun! Happy New Year!!! xxx

joybear said...

Glad you did it, turned out awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing prize package!

Charlene said...

Awesome Owl!!! Happy New Year!

Heather said...

Fabulous projects!! Thanks for the chance to win an awesome prize.

Dahlene Henrie Spencer said...

Great giveaway Thanks!

Anonymous said...

So many really pretty ideas! I can't wait to try them all out!

StampinLouie said...

Nice giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

SoKat said...

That owl is adorable. Thanks for the chance to win.

Iris said...

Gorgeous projets and great prize.

Dave and Pam said...

Thank you for your generosity! And Happy New Year!!

Pamela Burke

Irene said...

Very cute idea for the binder! Thanks for participating in the blog hop and Happy New Year!

ellyscard creatief said...

Thanks for the chance.
Gr Elly

Sue D said...

Wonderful background for this cute colorful owl. I like your December Daily too.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

lindaplus3 said...

Awesome... I am a big fan of owls... they are so cute,,,,Happy New Year,,.I am keeping my fingers crossed...:) tyvm !!!

terrie said...

Happy New Year
Your owl card turned out very nice...I like the collage background
Thanks for a great give away

Julia Aston said...

a great mixed media card Maria! love the tissue background and colorful owl!

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

Thank you! Such "lovelies" on this Blog Hop! God bless you and yours in 2015 and always! {{HUGS}} ILuvTheEucharist @

Beverly Perdue said...

Hi Maria! I love the watercolors on your Owl! Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win a fun prize. Happy New Year!

Sherry Butcher said...

Happy New Year and my this year be better than last! Love the projects. TFS.

Becca Cruger said...

Your owl is a hoot! (I'm sorry, I have a terrible thing for bad puns). Seriously though, thanks for sharing the step-by-step on this. I was wondering how the background was done! I feel privileged to have my work featured alongside yours at MMM this month. :) Thanks for sharing your crafty inspiration (and for the chance to win such a generous prize!)
bexcruger at gmail dot com

Kim Faucher said...

Love seeing all the artsy projects!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Hi, Maria! I'm happy to learn about your Mixed Media challenges and hope to play along some in 2015 Happy New Year!

artiql8 said...

Awesome stuff! Happy New Year!

jennifer mitten said...

Love those mixed media creations!

Jan said...

Great Projects. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn c said...

I Love all your projects! :)Thank you for the chance to win these awesome prizes! Happy New Year!

Olga Direktorenko said...

Love the patchwork owl! Have a fantastic crafty year 2015!

Georgiana said...

Thank you for the opportunity! Happy New Year.

Juddie Finison said...

What fun cards you have! Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Crafty Year!

cgargus said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance to win.

Heather Thompson said...

Happy New Year to you!! enjoy the year to come.
heifer21 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Susies Cue said...

Love the owl

Susies Cue said...

Love the owl!

vinita jain said...

Glad to be here! Subscribed via email. Thanks for the opportunity to win as a newbie!
Wishing You A very Happy, Healthy & prosperous new year!

Carol said...

Wow what a great giveaway to start the New year.

necgmc said...

Lovely creation! Thank you for the opportunity to win some very fun stuff!

Kari V. said...

Your Owl card is absolutely adorable! What a great giveaway! Happy new year!

Michelle Adams said...

Thank you for your creative inspiration.

emeraldmaz said...

Wow, really great work! I haven't tried mixed media work yet, but I'm hoping to try it this new year! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

Stephanie said...

Happy New Year!

Brandi R said...

Adorable project! Thank you for sharing and being a part of this hop! Wishing you a Happy and Blessed New Year ♥

Viktoriya said...

great idea! thanks for the chance to win!

Pat S Witney said...

I love your owl.thanks for the chance to win in the blog hop.

memaw Dell said...

Enjoying my first Blog Hop as a new crafter

Indy said...

What an amazing project!
Happy New Year!, Debbie!

Rhonda Scott said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog that I found through the hop. Thanks for the chance to win a crafty prize.

Наталочка Нана said...

Happy 2015! and thanks for a chance to win.

Lindsey said...

What a beautiful card! The tissue makes such a cool background to the cute owl.

Gretchen Wilson said...

It's been a trip hopping all over the internet and I have found so much inspiration from all the bloggers including you. TFS and Happy New Year.

mrlcidra54 said...

Happy New Year and thank you for the opportunity to win such wonderful prizes. I love these hops as they are a great opportunity to win sample products to try in new ways and they are also a way to get to know new crafters and their work. Thanks again!

Lisaerica said...

Hello, I was peeking around your blog, I came across the angel, she's beautiful. Love this blog hop, not just for the fab giveaways but all the new blogs I'm finding along the way. Lots of great inspiration. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Loster said...

Your creations are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Have a great 2015.

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Cute card. I didn't know your created a new blog. Will pop over to see what its all about. Happy 2015

era said...


Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Wonderful card. I love your idea on your background. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the chance to win too. Happy New year.

Bajalizzy said...

love the owl card

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Beautiful cards here on your blog, and I love, love, love the owl. Thanks so much for sharing.

ceashark at aol dot com

Rox-Ann said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance to win such generous prizes! Beautiful work

Monika/Buzsy said...

Happy New Year Maria. Fantastic project. Love the neat background and the water coloring. :)

Cyndee Scholet said...

Yeah! Who doesn't love prizes on a blog hop! Plus, it's good to check out some of the new sites and inspiration out there

Carol from La Crosse said...

I wish I had the talent to make a mixed media card like yours! Just lovely. I must share this card with my niece who has a new obsession with owls. :-)

Thank you for being part of this FANTASTIC blog hop! It has taken me 4 days to get through everyone, but there is a lot of talent near the end too!!!

Happy crafting fun in 2015!!!

mtscrapgal said...

I can see a Dec. Daily could be a bit of pressure. My scrapbooks are all in my head instead of in albums. So I turned to card making. It makes me happy and I think it brings cheer to friends and family. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

mamashops said...

Thanks for a chance to win!

Kathy S said...

Happy 2015. Best to you

Dominika Samek said...

Wonderful blog candy! Thank you for a chance to win :) Happy New Year!

Wyogem said...

Thanks for the tutorial. The little owl is adorable. Thanks for participating in this amazing blog hop, even though I'm a bit in the doghouse with my family for spending most of the new year so far glued to my computer! LOL

Kris B said...

Wonderful card! Thanks for the tutorial! Wishing you a blessed 2015!

Juliana T said...

Happy New Year! love your work

Laura West said...

Happy New Year, and thank you for the chance to win!

pattyk said...

Happy New Year and thanks for the great hop

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome mixed media piece! Here's to a happy and healthy 2015!

D Mullin said...

Love your artistic flare. Happy 2015

TangledBlueRose said...

Wonderful project Maria! Love the owl it is so pretty! Amazing layers and fun.

Emily said...

Great website.

Lucy said...

I really admire your work.
I hope to participate more in the mixed media challenges :-)

Jackie said...

Happy new year! Thank you for sharing!

Ema said...

Love ur artistic flare. I had no idea there were so many design teams till I heard about the blog hop. Great ideas and product information. Love your owl.

Fantasmo Crafts said...

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful cards with us and thanks for the giveaway. Happy New Year and can't wait to see what wonderful creations you have in store for 2015!

MB Isaac said...

Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway

Aristi Mourtzaki said...

Happy and creative new year

lucretia said...

I love owls and stamping so a great combination.

Tammy M said...

Thank you for sharing your talent and for the chance to win some goodies. Blessings for you in 2015!

loulou said...

Happy New Year. I like your sweet owl. Thank you for the chance to win. said...

Fabulous fun with the tissue paper and coloring! Am your newest follower and so happy to have found you! Happy 2015 and looking forward to all that is to bring!

SmokieBlueRose said...

I got so lost in your Mixed Media Mojo site I forgot to come back here. Anyway, Many Happy Blessings in the New Year! Thank you.

Kim K said...

I know the giveaway is already over, but since I made my way here I wanted to tell you that I think your owl is great! I love how each feather is a different color and pattern, and it all blends together so well. Happy New Year!

maria f. said...

Love your background with the tissue paper! Happy 2015, Maria.