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May Arts Ribbon Announcement!

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Good Morning All!!

I am so excited, thrilled, pleased, ecstatic, blessed, {about to pull out the ol thesaurus ;) } to announce that I have been selected as a 2013 - 2014 Prima Ribbonista with the May Arts Design Team!

If you missed my Project for Round 2 selections, here it is! 

I created a Contemporary Wedding Set that I absolutely adore! The Chevron May Arts Ribbons are just incredible, and I truly have to thank my sweet Friend Karen Ladd for sending me some of the black Chevron Ribbon, or this project may not have happened! 

The amazing part of this is how easy it was to create! All I needed was my beautiful Ribbon, a Printer, Score board, Xyron Adhesive and a Paper Trimmer! 

This set is from E.M. Papers, and is a FREE PRINTABLE!

I wrapped the base of the Flowers and tied off with ribbon and created a two-toned Bow Tie for the Ring Bearer.

Some Special Coordinating Gift

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A Little Monday FunDay - Oh and Have you been waiting for some WINNERS??

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Hmmmmmm - Sound Like you?!?! :) Stop over at to check out their Scrappy Funnies!!

Don't forget to stop by my Sweet Finds into Sweet Treasures Post today! With everyone getting ready for Christmas, here is one SWEET FIND you Won't WANT TO MISS!

So, in the midst of moving and chaos I have forgotten a few things! Well, some forgotten, some neglected, some just well, Let's Face it, Time Waits for no WOMAN!

So, the winner for the GIU 2 Ippity Stamps has been selected:

Natasha Brooke

Ribbon De-Stash

Well this Rafflecopter decided to play a few jokes on me! ;) I actually won 1 of them, however, since it is a de-stash, I decided to pass it on and select another wonderful entry! Then Rafflecopter chose someone TWICE so I let that one ride!

Created to be Unique - you have one TWICE :) 

Jean Bullock - You are Numero Tres and 

Miss Kathy Plunk you are the 4th Winner of the Ribbon De-Stash!

It Works Body Wrap

Stephanie Chin You are the Grandprize Winner! 

I am SO excited to be Reviewing these products for you all! I have decided to wait until after the move to continue on with Product reviews, as I don't think anything less would be fair to any of you, or the vendors! So once we are settled in, I will continue on with the product reviews!

And the Cross Promotion Giveaway with all of our Amazing Sponsors?

Claire Spielman - Lora Collins Bliss Chick Winner! $15.00 to shop!

GayLynn @ NeatThingsBoutique - You are the Winner of the 10.00 Gift Certificate to Le Box 

Laura Cox - You have won a 10.00 Gift Certificate to Shop Neat Things Boutique!

Susie Lohmann - You have won the 10.00 to Shop Paper Secrets!

Kelly Walkelmol - You have won the Teresa Collins 12x12 Paper Pad from Rochelle Spears

Diana Fernandez - You have won the Scor-Pal Buddy from ValByDesigns

Lori U'ren - You have won the 10.00 to Shop CTMH With Jenn Davis

Lisa Pontious - You have won the 10 free Bestie Images from

Winners: Please email me at homespunelegance {dot} jk {at} gmail {dot} com within 7 days of this announcement to claim your prize! Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery

I had intended to get another Cross Promotion going and begun today, however I have not had the time necessary to get this together, so please forgive me! Once we are settled rest assured the fun will begin again!!!

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Crafty Events - 7/27 - 8/3

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Curtain Call Crew Inspiration Challenge - Bi Weekly

3 Girl Jam Challenge - MONTHLY

CREATE with S.E.I Challenge

Use What you Have Challenge - Wednesdays

Pink By Design Summer Vacation Challenge


Unscripted Sketches - Saturdays

Unity - Use and Itty Bitty a Day 

Design Team Calls

CAS (e) This Sketch Design Team Call

Sweet Stamp Shop Design Team Call - Fall Term

Paper Crafts Magazine Submissions - Due August 5th

Xyron Design Team Call - Due 7/29 Announced 8/1

Little Yellow Bicycle Announces their New Design Team - 7/29

Clear Scraps Design Team Call - Submissions Due 7/28

Scrapbook and Cards Magazine Current Submissions Calls

Blog Hops

Paper Sweeties 1 Year Blogaversary Blog Hop 8/3

CTMH New Product Blog Hop

Link up Partys

Homespun Elegance Blog Roll Link Up - Through 3/3

Just be Creative link up Party - Starts 8/1

Pinterest Inspired Link up Party

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Blog Roll Link up Party - Through 8/3

Did you know that you can link up your blog to mine? Each Saturday a new Link up Party will be hosted and a new blog FEATURED HERE ;0) Stop by to link yours up! This Party isn't ending until next weekend to give everyone some time to adjust to all the new fun things happening here!

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Featured Designer - Riti Poddar

Hello there sweet friends! As part of the New Layout, I will also be featuring some designers that I have run across in the internet and bloggy land and have been in awe of their work and creations! I met Riti in the Unity - Show & Tell Group on Facebook and was amazed at her Mixed Media Talents! She is truly an exceptional designer! 

And here she is!!!! 


Name : Riti Banka Poddar, and I live in Kolkata,India. I am a Home Maker & live in a Huge Joint Family with my DH, his parents, Brother,Sil, and 2 nieces...I have been married for 8 years now.

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Q. When did you begin Paper Crafting ?

A. I have been crafting ever since I was  a little girl. My mum used to tell me that I was prolly born with a pair of scissors, glue & paint brush in my hand. ROFL !

As a kid and even now I have always gifted my friends & dear ones with handmade cards & Gifts, altered items for their Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries & other such Occasions. For all the festivals we celebrate I have always decorated my home. Since my Childhood I have enjoyed every bit of my passion for crafting and would wanna continue to do so in every form !

Q. Do You have a preferred technique ?

A. I like to experiment with almost anything that I can get hold of. I don't follow any specific method or technique. I just believe in going with the flow. And I enjoy learning each time I experiment with something new. Currently I'm thoroughly enjoying Mixed Media where the possibilities are endless.....

Q. Who is Your Favorite  Manufacturer ?

A. Now this is a Super Tough One. It's like choosing between your own kids.

ROFL... Well to name some I absolutely Love Ranger,Prima,Lindy's Stamp Gang, Design Memory Craft - Faber Castell, Fiskars,Kaiser Craft,Spellbinders,Unity Stamp Co. and Many Many More !

Q. Do You have a Crafty Crush ?

A. Well I don't know about crush... But yes I admire loads of Super Talented Crafters.. Just naming a few,

1. Tim Holtz - King Of Distress & Vintage

2.Limor Webber  3.Ingvild Bolme  4. Finnabair - Queens of Mixed Media 

Q. Who or What Inspires Your Creations ?

A.  I'm inspired by just about anything and everything around me..Nature, Fabrics, Household Products etc..

Q. Music- Off/On while Crafting ?

A. Oh ! yes... I have to have Music...

Q.  Anything else you would like us to know ?

A. Just that I am ever so thankful to God for having given me the ability to see, touch, hear, feel & taste everything that HE has created. It's so BEAUTIFUL !

Also for showering upon me so much of Love, Support, understanding & Cooperation from My Husband Sourav without whom I would not have been here today! 

I wanna thank all my Friends & Co Crafters for inspiring me in every little way & encouraging me to do better. 

To all the Manufacturers, Educators, Shop Owners, etc a Big Thank You & Hug - Cause it's because of you guys that Crafters like us are surviving. I sometimes wonder what would have I done if I didn't craft ?!? 

Psssst... I have this TERRIBLE HABIT of Standing while I'm crafting. I just cannot make myself to SIT & Craft. Even if I'm crafting for long hours I stand & work !! Does that happen to anyone else?? Am I NORMAL ?

Here are my Creations. I really wanted to create with Black! 

Supplies Used :
Cardstock : Fabriano (Elle Erre)
Spellbinder Dies : Decorative Labels Eight
                               Floral Ovals
                               Classic Ovals
Tim Holtz Alterations Die : Caged Bird
Pattern Paper : Zephyr Collection by Prima 
Baby Blue Rhinestones : Local Buy
Stamp : Unity Stamp Co.
Ink : Memento - Jet Black

Supplies Used:
Cardstock : Fabriano (Elle Erre)
Spellbinder Dies : Decorative Labels Eight
                               Floral Ovals
                               Classic Ovals
Embossing Folder : Cherry Blossom by Darice
Cheery Lynn Dies : Olive Branches
                                 Fanciful Flourish
Distress Markers : Spun Sugar
Stamp : Unity Stamp Co.
Ink : Memento - Jet Black
Large Mulberry Rose : from my stash

Hugs & Happy Crafting,


Riti! Thank you SO much for sharing your creations and a little bit about you here today!! I hope that everyone will take the time to stop by the lovely Riti's Blog to check out some of her amazing Mixed Media work and leave her a sweet comment! 

I will be looking at your creations too

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July Release - Sweet Stamp Shop

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Good morning all you sweet peeps! If you haven't heard yet, today is the July release of 3 brand new Sweet Stamp Shop sets! I had the pleasure of working with 2 of these releases; Starts Here and Dia de los Muertos! 

COUPON CODE ALERT: Through tomorrow only - save 30% off your TOTAL regular priced stamp order. Use coupon code NRJ30 --- and it's good on everything new and all the re-stocked items you've been waiting for!

Here is the "Starts Here" Set! You are going to fall in love!!

Starts Here

Life, Starts Here and the Totally Tab stamps are from the Starts Here Sweet Stamp Shop July Release. 
I love this set! There are so many ways it can be used! Jump back over to the Sweet Stamp Shop to see these sets in their entirety! 

Other Supplies: 
Paper and Corrugate: Fancy Pants Designs Swagger
Wood Embellishments: Studio Calico
Ink: Stayzon Royal Purple mixed with Color box Silver Pigment
High Gloss Liquid from CTMH
Xyron Adhesive Runner 
Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots 3/16 in

I am really excited to be sharing this card ;) I had totally blown of the neon trend going around and while checking out of a supply store, I saw some Neon Fabric Paints in the "Impulse area" ;) Well, Impulsively, I bought them! I just had to try this trend out for myself! 

The team hasn't even seen this one yet :) Last they heard it would at least take me 2 years to catch up to the current trends ;) Well Ladies, I LOVE IT!! Nicole, I am hooked! 

I also used another insanely popular trend, especially in our little group! Vellum! This Vellum is actually more like a plastic, and I purchased it in the school supply section of Walgreens for about 16 cents per sheet! Each sheet is about 3 feet x 2 feet!! You did read that right! My ten sheets are going to last me a crafters lifetime! 

I used the sweet little roses from the Dia de los Muertos Set released today, and the Love Story from the Starts Here set. 

I ended up making my own paper by simply dropping random spots of the Fabric paint all over an 8.5x11 sheet of white cardstock and pressing another sheet on top. It also gives it a little texture when you lift it up which added a nice little element to the paper!

So what do you think? Vellum? Love it or Hate it!?

This release is called Dia de los Muertos! "Day of the Dead"

I am not a scary Halloween person ;) I think because my little guy is still so young, Halloween for me is sweet and gentle, so it was a lot of fun to play with this set and try my hardest to give this project a little edge! All in all, I don't think I did too bad, but you do have to stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog to see the rest of the teams creations with this set! INSANE!!

So, I can't color and/or shade like no ones business! How do I work around that when using images like these? I use my Sakura Glaze pens! I put down a lot of ink from the first color and while it is still wet, I apply the second color, gently pulling the colors in together to give it a blended or shading effect. I think it works pretty well. What do you think? Have you tried Sakura Glaze pens for Shading before?

Other Supplies: 
Black & White Card Stock 
Sakura Glaze Pens in Yellow and Orange
Martha Stewatr White Pigment ink
Stayzon ink in Royal Purple
Xyron Adhesive Runner 
Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots 3/16 in

These Darling feathers are also from the Dia de los Muertos release. Aren't they adorable!? What I love about this set is that it can be used for so many other projects than simply Halloween! It is so versatile!

Other Supplies: 
Basic Grey True Love Paper
Corregated Card Stock Canvas Corp
Momento Ink in Blue, Magenta and Yellow
American Crafts Twine in Canary
Xyron Adhesive Runner 
Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots 3/16 in 

Ok - couple QUICK reminders.... 
1. Coupon code good through tomorrow 30% off - NRJ30 
2. Join our Use What You Have Challenge #10 - HERE 
3. SHARE our Use What You Have Challenge to win the 'Kiss Me' set - HERE 
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5. Be sure to join our newsletter - HERE - we send out newsletter only sales and deals. AND, we promise not to email you more than 2 or 3 times a month! (we hate junk mail too!) 
Thanks for stopping in today and be sure to head over to the website to see the new stamps in all their glory! 

So, what did you think? Oh and there is one more stamp set that you haven't seen on my blog so make sure you jump back by the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog and see what the rest of the amazing Design Team has made for you! These ladies are truly talented! I love that I have the chance to be inspired by them daily!

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