Monday, September 2, 2019

STAMPtember Blog Party + Free Gift Code!

Hey guys!

It's the most wonderful time of year! STAMPtember is here and I'm so excited! 


I always love this month because over at Simon Says Stamp, they celebrate card makers and crafters all month long with new, awesome products, tons of inspiration, amazing projects, collaboration stamp sets with our favorite companies, giveaways, surprises and so much more! And it's the 10th anniversary of STAMPtember this year, so it's even more exciting!


It's a month filled with the love of stamping and it brings so many of us together, making this hobby even better! ♥♥♥

There are a lot of designers posting today and each one of us has a different coupon code for you to use to get free products - yay! Think of it as a scavenger hunt for some fun, free stuff! It all starts on Simon's blog where you'll find a list of everyone who is participating in the party.

I've got a special code for you today, for a free bottle of Tonic Studios Mini Nuvo drops in the beautiful, Bohemian Teal color! Just use the code in the graphic below with ANY purchase.

And did you see this?! Such an amazing giveaway! Take a look and read below! It is so generous of Simon Says Stamp!

Did you know Simon has galleries for each of their releases and card kits, and even a video gallery? It's true and you can add your very own cards and projects to these galleries! Here's a link to the Simon Brand Galleries. And here's a link to the STAMPtember Gallery.

Okay, so I was generously sent some new products to play with and I'm excited to share my cards with you.

Have you ever ordered Suzy's Watercolor Card sets? Oh, my gosh, I love them! I love to color most of all, so they're perfect for me. But they are also so awesome for practicing your coloring. They come in a pack of like 10-15 and are pre-printed on watercolor paper but you don't have to watercolor with them. You can use markers or pencils too! I loved this pack created for STAMPtember and I've created 3 cards so far.

This first one comes without a sentiment so I added one from an older set called, "Choose Happy." I used Copic markers to color the cute scene.

This one was just so fun to color! I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers this time for a watercolor look.

The reason this one is cut into a square is because one of my red Copic markers blobbed all over but it turned out so cute, I couldn't bear to throw it away! There is always a way to fix those mistakes. The sentiment was added from the "30 Days of Thankful" set, which was designed by Cathy Zielske for STAMPtember.

For my next card I used the beautiful Tumbling Leaves stencil. I love how this turned out too! So sparkly!
It was so easy to create the pretty sparkle on this card. All I did was use a couple of soft Distress Oxide Ink colors to blend through the stencil, then I spread some clear embossing paste right over the colors, again through the stencil. Simon has a gorgeous glitter that I used to sprinkle over the embossing paste before it dried and the ink colors still show through. I hope you'll give this fun technique a try! And the sentiment is again from the "30 Days of Thankful" set.

My next two cards were created using the gorgeous, "Poinsettia Background" cling stamp. I LOVE this stamp!

I have always loved pink poinsettias so I just had to color the flowers in a soft pink shade! I used my Zig markers again to do some water coloring. The sentiment is from an older set called, "Christmas Essentials."

Last but not least is this beauty. The traditional red poinsettias, colored with Copic markers.
I thought the sentiment from last year's, "Stained Glass Greetings" set was perfect but I didn't like how busy it looked against an already busy background, so I just colored in the open areas of the stamp with a black marker and liked it much better! 

That's it for me. I really hope I've inspired you to give some of these products a try! 

HAPPY STAMPtember!!!

NEW RELEASE PRODUCTS: (affiliate links used at no extra cost to you.)  

Friday, July 26, 2019

SSS Believe In You Release Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

Welcome to my stop on day 1 of the Simon Says Stamp, Believe In You release blog hop. I'm so happy you're here and I'm excited to share lots of cards with you today!

Did you know that Tim Holtz is Simon's Brand of the Month for July?

If you purchase any Tim Holtz product now through the 31st, Simon will add a Mini Distress Resist Spray to your order for free, while supplies last! So fun!

Simon is giving away a $25 gift card to every stop along the hop and will choose the winners from the comment sections! The winners will be announced on the Simon blog Wednesday, July 31st.

Did you know Simon has galleries for each of their releases and card kits, and even a video gallery? It's true and you can add your very own cards and projects to these galleries. Here's a link to the Simon Brand Galleries and here's the link to the new, Believe In You Gallery. There is so much inspiration there! I encourage you to check them out. 

I have lots of card to show you today, so lets get started. (The new release products and other products used are listed below.)

My first two cards are simple and pretty. I used the "Sunflower Stem" Die for both of them. One was created with Distress Oxide Inks and the other with Alcohol Inks. So easy!

For my next card, I used a really cool set called, "Thanks and Encouragement Word Mix 1" and I decided to use the sentiments, from one of the mixes, all together, to create a sort-of subway art look.

Next up is the pretty, "Daisy Square" Die. I love this little die and thought a shaker card would be fun. I used a couple of Copic Markers to add some simple shading to the dies, and a bit of Distress Oxides for the background.

The new, "Scallop Waves Cling" stamp is so fun! I white embossed the image and used Distress Oxides with the resist technique. I couldn't "resist" making some rainbows out of a few of the waves with a very steady, light hand using Copic Markers.

This next one is another really simple card. Just a fun stencil, one Distress Oxide Ink color and some shimmer spray. The stencil is called, "Faceted Stripes" and it's really cool! 

Okay, last card. I adore this stamp set! It's called, "Never Quit Swimming" and I had so much fun creating this one. The critters are adorable and fun to color, giving you endless possibilities for creating some really cute cards! And I love the fun sentiments included in this set too.

Whew! If you're still here, thanks for sticking it out to the end. I know that was a lot of cards but as always, I want to show you as much as I can to help inspire you with this awesome new release. I hope I've done just that!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of the hop and don't forget tomorrow is day 2, with lots more inspiration coming your way.

Blog Hop Order:

Simon Says Stamp Blog 
         Cathy Zielske
        Nina-Marie Trapani
        Jessica Frost-Ballas
        Amy Rysavy
        Suzy Plantamura
        Lisa Addesa
        Heather Ruwe
        Gayatri Murali
        Barb Engler  (you are here)
         Marge Yoon
        Lea Lawson

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