July 19, 2015

My Retirement Card & Goodbye AAA Cards

It's time. My husband is retiring and we are off to see the world and thoroughly enjoy our grandchildren. 
I haven't been able to craft for weeks. We found a bayside vacation condo and we are trying to close. 
Also spending time preparing wills and important life papers. Crazy changes for me and Steve. 
But it's all good stuff!

This is my last card for AAA Cards CAS Challenges. I founded AAA last year and
it's been an incredible ride! It started as a cute and new card challenge to express
the Clean & Simple crafting theme and went become a well known
spot to share and create!

Thank you all for the fun and sharing, the creativity and laughs. I hope to return to art in a few months, but my path will be watercolor painting and I will be able to fulfill a lifetime dream.

Big smiles and hugs, thanks for everything.......bye bye.
Victoria Lavender

(I won't be able to accept emails any longer from AAA Cards under 
victorialavenderATyahooDotCom. Please check the challenge blog 
for the new changes and email address.)

July 5, 2015

AAA Cards Game #43 Star scene

Hi, I'm far from home (Tucson, AZ) celebrating the 4th of July in my home town, Havre de Grace Md. 
And being Summer- many of our design team members are also on vacation. We've started the new game,  
Stars with sky and maybe a touch of red, white & blue. 

Instead of closing shop for a little Summer off time, we're (AAA Cards DT's) running the game on schedule, 
but quietly without very many comments. We'll still get together and choose the shinning cards and post winners. 
With so many of us having family time in these longest Summer days, we hope our readers continue to enhance 
their craft and play the "quiet" game anyway. (this game and the next)

Our game number 43 was conjured up by veteran AAA Cards DT- Linda Beeson. Her card is so cool! 
All the designers did a wonderful set of cards. I hope you might drop by 
and visit them at their blogs.

Wishing you Warm Happy Fun!, Victoria

My card was made with:
Lawn Fawn Party Animals stamps
Lawn Fawn Hello Baby stamps
Marvy star punch
Distress stains- Salty Ocean, Festive Berries,
Stampendous white embossing powder
110lb cardstock
lil Inkers rectangle stitched die

June 21, 2015

Paste & Homemade Stencil See-through Shaker Card

Hi, we're playing Game #42 at AAA Cards. This round is a technique game calling for the use 
of paste and/or stencils too. I have discovered I do not like paste. Oh well, stencils are cool.
After blowing through 4 messed up and ugly attempts, I took washi tape
and taped down an abstract pattern. 
Smoothed on the paste and quickly coated with ice blue glitter. 
When I pulled off the tape I was finally happy. 

Then I got to play some more with making shakers with The FUSE. OH BOY! Love this tool!

(Inside view) Instead of shaking, this sachet is FULL of Martha Stewart chunky glitter. It's an Avery Elle pocket, fuse sealed rectangle with a smaller rectangle in the middle for us to see through. So simple with the right tool.

If you haven't seen the FUSE in action,
I've created another Quick Buzz Video to show how it works.
CLICK HERE for my demo video
or click on the sidebar video

Thanks so much for being here. I need to apologize for being absent in comments with the last AAA Cards game and my own post. I'm not feeling well, or maybe "right" is the word. But I've lagged on everything bloggy this past couple weeks. Things should pick up soon.

Take a little time to play along this week. Playing with paste and stencil can produce some truly interesting results. Then drop your new card into AAA Cards 
game #42 "Paste and/or Stencil. 
CYA there!

Hugs, Victoria
I'm sharing this card at these fun link-up's
Less is More, Stenciling (fri  6/26)

June 7, 2015


Hi! We're putting out the CUTE ALERT!
Our AAA Cards CAS Challenge, game # 41 is Woodland Animals

I've been playing intensely with my Lawn Fawn animals lately. I even got a shout out at the Lawn Fawn Blog last week. Whee! These stamps have been copic colored and die cut. I created the shaker window with that wonderful new system of heat perforating on plastic sheets. Super fun!

 I've purchased nearly the entire collection of the Lawn Fawn summer release 2015. My collection came yesterday! 2 days from order to in my hands! Oh I'm gonna have fun with all these new stamps and dies!


AAA Cards is having such a fun challenge, I hope you 
can drop a card in and contribute to all the cuteness! I'll add a special post to
highlight Fauna Lawn Fawn Summer 2015 stamp cards. 
So there are highlights to look forward to and a 1st place winner with
three top designers too! 
Could be you.

hugs & smiles, Victoria

Playing with: HIMCR #202 - Summer Colors! (card one)
Addicted to Stamps Mark Your Mark (card two)

My product recipe:
110 lb Cardstock
Copic Ciao
Hint of Stella clear
SSS Stitched DiesAmerican 
Crafts We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve Fuse
Avery Elle stamp & die storage pockets
SSS sequins and beads
heat gun, pop tape, 3m doubled sided tape
Lawn Fawn stamps:
Critters in the Forest / Gnome Sweet Gnome / Sunny Skies and Party Animals
Lawn Fawn 6x6 Beachside Paper

February 19, 2015

School Party Candy Gift Bags

A Photo Essay 
for an easy project

make your candy gift bags
with pretzel bags,
candies and your favorite stamps