Friday, May 18, 2018

SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

I'm so excited to share lots of cards with you today for my stop on day 2 of Simon Says Stamp's, Sending Sunshine release blog hop!

Let's take care of the important stuff first though. Simon is giving away a $25 gift certificate at each stop along the hop - whoot! All you need to do is comment on as many blogs as you can, for a better chance at winning! Simon will announce the winners over on their blog on Wednesday, May 23rd.

AND . . . I have a coupon code for you too! If you use the code, SUNSHINE with your purchase, Simon will send you a free gift! How cool is that?! The code will expire on 5/20 at 11:59pm EST.

If you've been following along on the hop, you should've arrived from the very talented, Amy Rysavy's blog, Prairie Paper and Ink. If you'd like to start at the beginning of today's hop, head to the Simon Says Stamp blog. If you missed day 1 of the hop, head here.

I've created lots of cards with the goodies I received, so I won't go into to too much detail for each one, otherwise this already long post would be even longer! If you happen to have any questions, just email me and I'll respond. You can find my email here.

All the products I used are listed below this post in the affiliate links, at no extra cost to you.

First up is this really cool, graphic background cling stamp called, Deco Diamonds.There are so many different techniques you could use with this fun stamp! I used the resist technique and Distress inks with water on my first two cards but on the second one, I added more color around the squares with a Zig marker.

And because I love the, You Are My Sunshine sentiment die, I used it on another card, along with an older stamp called, Center Cut Flowers, from Simon's previous release. I colored the flowers with Copic markers.

This next stamp set is really pretty! It's called, Wreath Greetings and I loved doing a bit of messy water coloring on the wreath!

I used another image from the same set on the card below, with some very simple Copic coloring.

For this next one, I used the beautiful, Flower Cluster die. I left it white but just think of all the ways you could use this pretty die! My background was created with Distress Inks and water.

Okay, to say I love this next stamp set is an understatement! It's called, Hello There and it is so adorable! I used it on my next two cards. On the first one I just created a simple watercolor background with Distress Inks and colored the critters with Zig markers. Don't ya just love the tin cans with string! Makes me giggle!

I decided I wanted a different design for the next card by placing the critters further apart but I still wanted to use the tin cans, so I added real string this time! Ha! Can ya see it?

Here's a close-up.

And last but not least, the gorgeous, Spring Flower Burst! I adore this set and had so much fun water coloring this image!

That's it for me! Next up on the hop is Jean Manis at her blog, Right as Rain. I know you'll love what she has to share! 

I hope I've given you some inspiration today! Thank you so much for stopping by! ♥

Here's a list of all the new, Sending Sunshine products:

And here are the other products I used on my cards: 


Friday, April 20, 2018

Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Altenew "Celebrating Parents Card Drive" blog hop! 

I'm so glad you're here and I'm excited to share a few cards with you for this important cause! If you're following along the hop, you should've arrived from the amazing and oh, so talented, Erum's blog. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, Click here to go to Altenew's blog.

Altenew's goal is to send cards to the elderly who live in nursing homes or shelters to let them know they're not forgotten. Please check out the Celebrating Parents Card Drive and join this great cause by sending in some cards!

Special Offer:

Save 35% Off on the Best Dad Stamp & Die Bundle from 4/20/2018 until 4/23/2018 at 11:59 pm EDT. No coupon code needed to enjoy this deal. Proceeds will


**Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. Be sure to leave comments by May 6th at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs along the hop and will be announced on the Altenew blog on Mother's Day, May 13th, 2018.
**Altenew is also letting me give away another $20 gift certificate, randomly chosen from the comments here on my blog hop post - yay! I will announce that winner on my blog, May 10, 2018.

Whew! Now that all the important business of this hop is taken care of, let's get to the creations! (All products used will be listed at the end of this post.)

I used the Best Dad Stamp set for my first two cards. A simple, shaded background, stamped with lots of different images from the set and an added sentiment, make for a quick and easy card!

For the second one, I also used the coordinating die set. These images are so fun to color and cut out! Then you just add them to your card base to create an adorable, little scene!

My third and fourth cards had to have some flowers because we can't forget about the mom's out there! This next one uses Altenew's, Forever and Always stamp set and I loved doing a bit of water coloring with this beautiful stamp! I used my Zig Markers.

For my last card, I used the gorgeous, Happy Bloom stamp set but colored the images with Copic Markers this time. Red roses are the perfect way to celebrate mom!

That's it for me - I hope you enjoyed my cards! The next stop on the hop is the talented, Nina Marie!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

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