Friday, March 27, 2009

InStyle Stamps Blog Hop

Hey Friends! Today is InStyle Stamps very first ever Blog Hop!! Before I begin with the details. . .I need your vote!! Stop by the InStyle Stamps Blog site to vote for my project! LOL! I will be your BFF if you vote for my project. . I get to win a prize if I win! Actually, be sure to visit the other designers project and vote for the one you like best!!

Here are the details to the blog hop:

Stop by InStyle Stamps Forum and chit-chat with the other designers and other participants. Further detail on the blog hop are on the forum.

Head to the InStyle Stamps Blog and vote for your favorite project. . .vote for mine! LOL! Actually. . .at my left sidebar under the InStyle Stamps banner, visit each designer's blog and vote which "altered project" you like best then return to the InStyle Stamp blog and vote for your favorite project. The winning designer will win a prize! The links to the DT blogs are also listed below.

In exchange for your vote , you will be automatically entered in a drawing for a prize so VOTE and visit the forum. Whoohoo!!

You can also enter to win the grand prize by playing "Meet the DT Trivia." You will need to collect the answers to a list of questions about the InStyle Stamps designer and email the answers to by 10pm EST to enter. Good luck!!

Here are my answers to the "Meet the DT Trivia":

  • What is your favorite color combination for crafting? Currently, brown/blue orblue/green

  • If you were stuck on a deserted island, and a box washed up on shore, what 5craft supplies would you most want to find inside? Stamps, designer papers, Scissors, Copic Markers, Stickles,

  • What is your favorite coloring medium? Currently, Copic Markers.

  • What embellishment can you not live without? RibbonsWhat are your hobbies (other than papercrafting)? Drawing and sketching(charcoal)

  • What's your favorite spring time activity? Not sure. . .gardening?

  • If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go? China.. .I love the culture and history

  • When you were little, who was your favorite super hero and why? Captain Caveman!LOL! Not sure why. . .I just thought he was cute.

  • What is one item that you really should throw away, but probably never will? My old sweat pants. . .I love them because they're comfortable and I don't mind that they get dirty from ink or glue.

  • If you were an animal, what would you be? A cat. . .cats just do their own thing, don't require much attention, and they lounge around a lot.

  • If you could have an endless supply of any food item, what would you get? Dim sum

  1. What is your favorite movie? Little Princess . . the remake.

  2. Who is your favorite actor/actress? Kate Winslet

  • Do you have a pet? If so, what do you have? I have two dogs and 2 cats

  • How did you first get introduced to stamping? I first saw cards at a gift shop and was told by the owner that they were created using rubber stamps. On Mother's Day 2004, as a gift my husband gave me my first stamp set as a present.

Just a little info on my project. I bought this photo flip stand at Goodwill for $2. Yup! Believe it or not but it's a used photo album stand. Not very pretty. LOL!

Why did I buy it? Well, I thought it would be a great item to alter. I always felt that if you're going to alter a project. . .why buy the item new if you're going to cover it up. I mean it doesn't make sense to buy an expensive new item if you're going to alter it.

You can't really tell in the photo but the front cover is made of glass. All I did was add the designer to the back of the front glass cover. I colored Yuki and Lilah and added them to the cover and the layout page.

Here is Yuki close up!! By the way Alexis is my daughter and the first page is a picture of my daughter; hence the title of the album cover. I only created one page so far but I'm planning to add more with time.

Anyway be sure to stop by the InStyle Stamps Blog and vote for your designer's project and the InStyle Stamps Forum to play in the blog hop!!

DT Blogs:

Virginia ISS Blog:


Risa said...

Wow....your project is stunning Maria! Your image is adorable and your coloring is awesome! I also love how vibrant your colors are...very inspiring and very awesome!

Vicky said...

Very cute, Maria! Love the colors you used.

Jennie said...

What a great altered too that you found it at the goodwill. I love finding gems there to alter. Fantastic job on the challenge. Your coloring is amazing,a s always!

Kim Dellow said...

Oh wow, fabulous worl, so beautiful. Kim

Christine said...

I love your project!!! What a cool idea. Love those stamps too!!!

Mariska said...

Love this gorgeous project sweetie!! I did the blog hop and I honoustly liked yours the best so you have my vote, you are a combined number 1 with Silke at the moment, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!!


inlovestamping said...

Love your project!! I have not been on your blog since Monday and you have been busy!!!

I love finding things to alter too! Love the bright colors and layout! Your work always inpires me!! Now to go blog hoppin and to vote for YOU!!! LOL


Stephenie said...

This is so pretty Maria! I love your project! So cute.

Danni said...

This is so wonderful! Love it!! you are so good at altering things!Great job!

Bastelzauberin said...

Maria I love this gorgeous project. Your image is adorable and your coloring is awesome!It's great to be on the same DT as you on ISS. I love your papercrafts work.

x Silke

Rita said...

Wow Maria, awesome project, I luv it!!! Good luck, I voted for you my friend!!!

Kim said...

Oh Maria that is breath taking! So pretty!!!! I love what you did with the Goodwill item! Oh I am so heading to Goodwill in the near future to see what bargins I can find! I am always on the hunt for alterable items! :) Awesome project!!!
Hugs~ Kim

Tonniece said...

What a different stand Maria, an unusal but GREAT find. Love how you altered it.

Off to vote

Have a great weekend

Jodi said...

Very cute and great job altering this item for only $2! That's a deal! I love how you did your coloring on this cute girl image!!
Jodi =)

Anonymous said...

Maria, you're messages are always so great to and on FB. I'll definitely stop by to vote for you! Good luck! the album! Would have never guessed you got it for $2! WOW! The colors you chose came out great.

Have an awesome weekend!!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh girl you always have the coolest projects. And the coolest colors, this rocks!!!!!!!!

Sandy said...

Awesome project, Maria!! I love the fun colors and that image is adorable. Don't you love altering projects?

Islander Girl said...

Ooh I like this project! For $2 you can't go wrong! I agree, why buy new if you're gonna redo! Will go and vote for you!!!

About my house, it's in Otay Ranch. We got a huge backyard (so not normal for a Cali house!) but we have a slope just like yours and the hubby has been wanting to put a waterfall in! My MIL says not to because of the mosquitoes you know how old school filipino's are! LOL! Anyhow, we move back (hopefully!) in two years and I can't wait. Altho I love it here in HI, I miss my other house and miss SD the most during the holidays. I would love to live here forever but I also want to go back...doesn't make sense I know! Sigh if only I can have both! LOL! We plan on keeping our house here in HI...hopefully I won't have to rent it so when I wanna come here for vacay I can just stay at my own house! KWIM? Anyhow, if you're still in the area when I move back we should meet up for coffee or craft shopping (^o*). My in-laws lives in Murreita...I know of a couple of craft stores there!

OK, sorry for writing a novel...hope you have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

Wow, your project is GORGEOUS!!! I really it and your coloring of the image is fantastic! I love the colors you used and how awesome is it that you were able to find the item at goodwill!! Very resourceful.

Very happy to be on the DT with you! :)

Diane said...

Hope you win Maria!!! This is just so beautiful,I voted!!!!!

Sandra said...

Love what you did with the flip frame.....great colors!! Been and voted....goodluck, hope you win!!

L.A. said...

Love the frame recycling! Great colors and know your daughter will love it when it is complete.


PS...I voted!

Cathy said...

Ilove your project!! So cute. I love eltering things. You did a great job!!

Rleen said...

WOW! Maria,your altering frame is stunning! Love the colors and the cute image. You did a fabulous job!

JackieLou said...

Dang Maria you outdone yourself with this one. So So pretty. I love the colors. Man I saw so many creations of yours that I wanted to comment like days ago but I kept getting kicked out of the blog when I was using my tiny laptop.... hehehehe

Emily said...

AWEsome!!!!!! What a great gift idea!!! I love it!!!!

doris said...

Wow... wow... wow...
hope you win Maria, this is just so beautiful!!!

Hugs xx

Sharon said...

Just gorgeous Maria. I'm not surprised with the result, well done you!!! Love it.

Tonniece said...

YOU WON......................

Becky G said...

Fabulous project, Maria! It's pure perfection with every detail!
Congratulations on winning!


CreativeMish said...

I love this project! How lucky were you to find this for only $2. The stamps are perfect for the project. Thanks for posting the list of getting to know you a little better!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Maria, your project is awesome!!! WOWZERS!!

Lisa Foster said...

Oh Gosh, Maria! This really takes the cake! I love it!!! I'm sorry I missed the hop..I'm really bummed. But your project is absolutley THE BEST! You Still get my VOTE! :) Hope you're having a good weekend!

Michelle Pearson said...

this is so fun Maria! Love your coloring as always....very creative project!

Kim said...

CONGRATS on winning the hop contest hun! Your project is so awesome!!!!
Hugs~ Kim

Nikki Fairbairn said...

Oh wow, it sure looks fabulous now Maria after the alterations, gorgeous work and I love the image, Big Hugs, Nikki x

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

NO wonder you won! This is amazing! I love that photo of your daughter. It's so very stunning with all your wicked sweet stampin'!

Heather Schlatter said...

Wow Wow Wow Maria you should have won this is great and I think you did a wonderful job on altering this item!!! So cool and I so wish I had your brain and talent to make the things that you do!!!


Janna said...

This is awesome Maria!!! I love this altered picture flipper thing! LOL! the colors are perfect and I adore the image of Yuki you colored1 The picture of Alexis though is so sweet! She is such a beautiful young lady! I have to say I loved finding out all the interesting comments about you! Too fun1


Elena said...

Wow! you are so creative, Maria! Your project is stunning! Little girl is adorable!
Again - I am so happy you won!

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