Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Greeting Farm's June BLOG HOP!








It’s the 15th, and that means RELEASE DAY for the new June stamp sets! We have been previewing the new sets over the past few days and now they are available to purchase at the shop! 


 To celebrate, we are having a BLOG HOP, where one lucky fan will win these sets for their very own! Yay!

Be sure to leave a comment on each designer’s blog,  then head back to The Greeting Farm Blog to let us know that you completed the hop. You have until Wednesday, June 21st at 12pm CST to leave your comments. We will announce the random winner later in the week!

I chose to use "Call Me Ian" for my blog hop card. The background is a LOT of layered blue paper, which took forever to do but I love how it looks! Of course I colored up Ian but I decided that his big hat would look awesome paper pieced...so I did. You'll find that I did a lot of paper piecing in my projects this month. I attached the little cell phone to his hand and then sparkled it up, then put the sentiment on one of the left over pieces from the background and popped it up for dimension. I cut out the word 'hello' out of glitter paper and there you have it!







Our wonderful design team!!!! Happy hopping, everyone!





http://carolmaitoza.blogspot.com/    CAROL (Hey, that's me!)




http://jessiebanks.com/           JESSIE




http://thegreetingfarm.com/     THE GREETING FARM BLOG

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Text Me Anya!




Hi!!!

Who wants to add this cutie to your stamp/die collection? YOU DO! Just click here:

thegreetingfarm.com

on June 15, 2017 and you will be magically transported to the Greeting Farm website and you can purchase her for yourself, and one for a friend, too! Why not?

This new stamp set is called Text Me Anya. Do you love her hair!!!??? I do! Anya comes with a cell phone icon and sentiments, and of course she has a coordinating die set as well. Let me know in the comments if you intend to add her to your collection!

Have a great one!
Carol



Monday, June 12, 2017

It's GO TIME!



It's Go Time! Are you ready for another sneak peek? This adorable stamp set is called Go Time. I'm in love! First of all, the images are super cute....my favorite is stye girl with pig tails with flowers in her hair. Dying! Second, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the little scooter and car! They are dying to be paper pieced, if you ask me. There are cute sentiments AND little extras, like tiny hearts and there is one to show light coming from the headlights of the vehicles. I'm not sure what that would be called? Also a little swirl mark that you can put behind the vehicles to indicate motion. Just SO DARLING!

This set will be available on June 15, 2017 at:


Make sure you mark your calendars so you get your hands on this one fast!

This is a card that I just finished literally minutes ago, I'm working on another one right now.  Oh, and yes...it does come with a coordinating die! Add that to your cart too!

Here's my card, and have a great day!
Carol

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Call Me Ian preview! ~The Greeting Farm~


Can you feel the excitement? It's preview day!!!! 

Today we are previewing a new stamp called Call Me Ian. He'll be available on the 15th at TheGreetingFarm.com !!!! You're going to want him....I squealed when I opened my DT package this month. The cuteness was killing me! I played with this set first, it's my favorite from this month but wait until you see the previews from the other days! It's a really good release this month. Mark my words! Anyway, Call Me Ian comes with the boy image, a cell phone and some sentiments. Don't forget to pick up the coordinating die set!

 I made this pastel card using just scraps from my stash. I built a little scene inside a polaroid and had him just sort of hovering above the polaroid. I stamped the 'call me' sentiment on the bottom of the polaroid itself and glittered up his phone and attached it to his hand. I decided to paper piece his hat...you'll see a lot of paper piecing from me this month. 

Check my blog tomorrow,  there will be another preview and you're going to want to see it, trust me!

Have a great day!

Carol



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fun with digital images from The Greeting Farm!



Hello Greeting Farm Fans!

Carol here today with a cute little circle card featuring a digital image called Halle. Digital images are great. Let me tell you why. Ready? First, they don't take up any physical space in your craft room. Second, they are quite inexpensive. Third, you can make them any size you want!
Now that you know how great digis are,  here's the direct link to Halle in the Greeting Farm store:



Isn't she a cutie pie? She can be yours today, just click that link that I provided for you above. 

Any questions about my card? Feel free to ask in the comments section below.

Have a great day everyone!

~~Carol~

Friday, June 2, 2017

Card share!

Hello!

For a while there I was complaining that every time I needed a card, I took it from my stash and was down to  none again. I no longer have that problem. Seriously. I've been on such a roll with the cards, I barely know what to do with them all!

This flamingo stamp is one of my most new favorites. This little guy is SO fun to color up, and I think he's especially cute when I add glossy accents to his big eyes and beak. I'm in LOVE with this stamp and have used him a LOT. 



This is a card that I made quite a while ago and just never got around to putting it on my blog. The stamp is called Syren and I'm not even sure that she's available any longer. She is possibly retired but here's a link to The Greeting Farm if you want to check it out for yourself. I love it that she's so pretty and sassy looking!




For this card I combined a bunch of things that I like currently. Shakers...donuts....flamingos. 




That's it for today. See you soon!
Carol Maitoza

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Greeting Farm challenge for June...SUMMER FUN!







Hello!
 Are you ready for the monthly Greeting Farm challenge? This month's theme is SUMMER FUN! Show us your summer themed projects, cards & ideas and enter up to twice sometime in June. You can possibly win a gift card to use at The Greeting Farm! A GF image must be the main focus of your project but other than that, let's see those Summer Fun projects!

Enter on the blog at:


I made a step card using the GF Bloom collection and I have to say, I'm thrilled with how it came out!

Good luck!
~Carol




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Do you need coffee?



Hello!
Today I wanted to show you a mini pocket scrapbook layout that I made using the Need Coffee set that was released at The Greeting Farm this month.
When I scrapbook I like to switch up all of the pages. So one page will be a 12x12 layout, the next will be a 12x12 but with different sized pockets, the next page might be just a mini shaker or a short page. This is one of the short pages. I not only scrapbook photos, but also things that just make me happy....like coffee. I had a Simple Stories filler card that I especially liked, then found the Game of Thrones joke that I printed from Pinterest, and then decided to  make my own filler card that was coffee related. Not only does this mini layout symbolize several things I love, but also it documents my time on The Greeting Farm as a DT member. It makes me happy.  =)

I simply colored up the girl image from the set and glued the little cup onto her hand. The sentiment below her is also from that stamp set. 
Pick it up today:

See you on the farm! lol
xoxoxo
Carol




Friday, May 19, 2017

American Heroes!




Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I have a sneak peek for you...are you ready? It's a new stamp set called American Heroes by The Greeting Farm! I know there are TONS of military families out there that would love to get their hands on this set, but even if that doesn't apply to you, you can make cards for your friends or family that are in the military too! I sent one of the cards that I will show you below to my Grandfather for Memorial Day because he served in the Navy. I told my Grandmother that I sent it out, she seemed so touched and thought that he would be happy to receive some acknowledgement for his service.  The set will be available on May 20th and comes with characters with different uniforms plus sentiments. Oh! And yes...it has a coordinating die set! You can click the link above and go straight to TGF after you check out my cards!  =)

Have a great one!
Carol

This first card is a shaker card...this is the one that I sent to my Grandfather. It has the little sailor on the front (the set comes with a female sailor as well), a sentiment and then I added red, white and blue paper and sequins....I even found some anchor paper for inside the shaker pocket and on the inside of the card. It's amazing what you can find in your stash!


This next card is a more basic card, but I cut a stitched rectangle out of the front of the card. I placed one of the characters on the front, the other is on the inside of the card along with two of the sentiments. 


Sunday, May 14, 2017

MAY RELEASE DAY BLOG HOP~ The Greeting Farm!







It’s the 15th, and that means RELEASE DAY for the new May stamp sets! We have been previewing the new sets over the past few days and now they are available to purchase at the shop! 


 To celebrate, we are having a BLOG HOP, where one lucky fan will win these sets for their very own! Yay!

Be sure to leave a comment on each designer’s blog,  then head back to The Greeting Farm Blog to let us know that you completed the hop. You have until Thursday 5/18 at 12pm CST to leave your comments. We will announce the random winner later in the week!

I made two exploding box cards using two of the new release sets! This first set is Best Day Ever.  I am new to making these types of cards and I have to say, they are addictive! I loved how this one came out, with all of the characters in front like a busy carnival and then all of the different elements in back of them and a bit higher like they are floating in the background. So fun! 



The next exploding box card was made using Baby Laundry. It has a completely different feel to it, with softer colors, little paper pieced outfits in florals and hearts. You can change a card so much just by changing the colors and backgrounds. 



Our wonderful design team!!!! Happy hopping, everyone!






http://carolmaitoza.blogspot.com/    CAROL (Hey, that's me!)




https://jessiebanks.com/           JESSIE




http://thegreetingfarm.com/     THE GREETING FARM BLOG

Thursday, May 11, 2017

It's preview day and guess what the theme is? COFFEE!!!!


Hello!!!

If any one of you follows me on You Tube, you might know that I REALLY love coffee themed scrapbook items. So when this month The Greeting Farm released "Need Coffee", I was more than a little jazzed. This set has a sweet girl image, a coffee cup and a sentiment. You're going to want this one for your collection!

Here's a step card that that I made using this adorable set! The set will be released on May 15th at thegreetingfarm.com! Check out my blog and The Greeting Farm blog for more sneak peeks and of course the hop is coming in a couple days too!


Happy crafting!
Carol

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sneak peek of Best Day Ever!!!


Are you ready for a Greeting Farm sneak peek!?!?

Today I want to show you a card that I made using the new set called Best Day Ever!


This set is perfect for anyone who either has kids and/or loves carnivals or amusement parks....which just about covers most people, am I right? The set contains two girls, two boys and TONS of what I call accessories. It has a ferris wheel, cotton candy, tickets, balloons, sentiments and more! Wait until you see it, which, by the way, will be on May 15, 2017! And yes....there are coordinating dies...yay!

Check out TheGreetingFarm.com and click on their blog for more inspiration!

See you soon!
Carol  =)


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Baby Laundry at The Greeting Farm on the 15th of May!




Hello there!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! Were you looking for a sneak peek? Yep...I've got one for you! Today I want to show you a new stamp set that will be landing in the shop on May 15th called Baby Laundry. It's ADORABLE! It comes with both sentiments and little items you'd find in the laundry if you had a little one, plus stars and a cute little bunny and more. These little clothing items are SO fun to color but imagine them paper pieced too! I'll be doing that for a card that I'm working on, I'll show you that in the blog hop so please come back on the 15th!

You don't have babies any longer? I know, I thought that too. But THEN I remembered that even though my kids are 17 and 19, I still have some baby photos to document. THEN I remembered that my husband was just given a bunch of baby photos of his kids when they were little and THOSE need to be documented. Also, I'm redoing my husband's baby book because it's literally falling apart. Oh and I am expecting grand children! Well...not NOW but someday! lol lol So yes, even though you might not have a baby, you can find a lot of uses for this stamp. By the way, pick up the coordinating die, it's going to make your life so much easier because these onesies are little!
You're welcome. lol
Big hugs~
Carol


In case you wondered, this is my son Ryan who is now 17, in high school, driving, has a job and is a fire fighter explorer. Yet I still remember this photo shoot like it was yesterday. Time flies. It really does.

Friday, May 5, 2017

A new hobby....

Hello!

I can cook. I can bake.  Quite well, actually. You know what I'm not that great at, however? Decorating desserts. For a very long time now I've been wanting to teach myself how to decorate cakes and cupcakes and other desserts. My desserts always TASTE amazing but obviously I want them to look appealing as well.

I decided to begin. Finally! I thought that I'd document it here, even though my blog isn't really read by more than a few people. lol But it's ok, I have somewhere to show my progress. It's for me, really. And you, if you happen to be reading this.   =)

I make some delicious chocolate cupcakes and frosting. Heavenly. I thumbed through a cupcake idea book and decided to try something that I thought wouldn't be ~too~ complicated....butterflies made out of chocolate. A simple technique is a little more complex when the decorating doesn't come naturally but I tried. They were delicious. They were sort of cute from a distance. I gave some to the neighbors,  who didn't comment on what they looked like but were happy to get the treats so I'll take that for now. In the future, however, I'm hoping for a "wow" or "OMG that's so cute, did you really do that?!" That's how it goes in my head, anyway.

Here are a few photos. Be gentle...I'm a beginner, remember.
Until the next treat!

~Carol

My son said they were delicious....



Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Greeting Farm's BLOOM set is featured today!


Hello Greeting Farm fans! Today I have an altered cocoa can to share with you. I spray painted a used cocoa can with gold spray paint, then I Copic colored up some images from The Greeting Farm's BLOOM collection set, which I'm obsessing over lately. Next I chose some ephemera from Crate Paper's Oasis collection that I thought would coordinate well with the images that I chose. I used one coat of Mod Podge beneath the images, and two coats on top. The whole project came together very quickly once the images were colored.
I hope you enjoy this project!


Until next time!
Carol xo


Now for some photos!





Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Greeting Farm monthly challenge!



Hello everyone! Are you ready for a challenge? This month at The Greeting Farm, we'd like to see our images on your planner pages OR on a scrapbook layout! You'll have an entire month to participate and you can enter twice if you'd like! We can't wait to see how you use our products in your planners and in your albums. Bring on this inspiration! Be sure to link up your entries over on The Greeting Farm's blog!


By the way, on my planner pages I used both Fleur Anya which is the first GF image I EVER purchased, as well as Hi Anya, which was one that I received in a Design Team package. What a dream to go from a fan to a DT member!


Until tomorrow!
Do something creative today!
Carol

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Projects using the March and April stamp sets from The Greeting Farm!




Hello there!!!!!

Carol here, and I'm excited to show you some cards that I've made with last month and this month's release stamps! From the March release I used the stamp set called Oh Dragon. I colored up my dragons with Copic markers, gave them some scales, polka dots and sparkles and put them onto polaroids. I clipped the polaroids onto the front of the card with little gold shiny clothes pins and hung those onto some baker's twine and glued that to the front of the card. Don't overlook the little icons in this stamp set! See the little puff of smoke? It's especially cute when it's colored and stickled up!



I decided to use the April release called Main Street to add little details to this PL spread. This set has lots of little scene builders which makes it super versatile. You'll see on the left hand middle side I made a journaling card with little elements making it look like a neighborhood scene. There's a close up if you scroll down one more photo.



Then on the right hand side of the page I added a little wooden polaroid frame and stamped the 'have a nice day' sentiment directly onto the wood. Then I put one of the houses inside the frame and popped up a tree from the set next to the house. 


Next I want to show you another PL layout that I made using the April release called Kitty Stacks! If you follow me on any of my social media, you know I'm cat obsessed so this set is right up my alley. I document my cats probably way more than I should. Cat hair, don't care!

Anyway, I used different elements of that stamp set throughout the PL layout.


On the left you'll see the rug and two different cats from the Kitty Stacks set, plus the sentiment as well. On the right I used a Freckled Fawn wood veneer polaroid and colored up the cute fish bowl and another one of the cats jumping....as if it were jumping towards the fish bowl. I had a lot of fun coloring these cuties up!


 Then on this photo I simply used the 'love you' sentiment and stamped directly on this photo of my cat, Papi Chulo.

Hurry on over to thegreetingfarm.com to add ALL of these new sets to your collection today!

Until next time!
~~Carol