Saturday, July 16, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Masterpiece Box Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my stop on the exciting, Masterpiece Box blog hop with Simon Says Stamp!

If you've been following along, you should've come from Caryn Davies blog. Isn't she amazing?! If you just happened to stop by here, you can find a list of blogs participating in the hop, right here at the Simon Says Stamp blog.

You can also win a Simon Says Stamp gift card too! They will randomly choose one comment from each stop along the hop to win a $25 gift card! That's 22 different winners! Yay!

In case you're wondering what this Masterpiece Box is all about, it's an amazing, fun idea for all of you! The box is on sale at Simon and it's filled with 15, NOT YET RELEASED products, from 10 different, industry leading companies! Is that cool or what?!! Such a brilliant idea, don't ya think? Please note that the boxes are in limited supply, so once they run out, they will NOT be restocked.

I was sent some of the products that are included in the Masterpiece Box to showcase today and I'm excited to share my projects with you, so let's get to it!

First up is a card created using a beautiful stamp set from Hero Arts called, Color Layering Cardinal. I used some soft blue Distress Inks to shade the background but the rest of the card was done with just stamping.

Next, I have a planner page for you. I usually keep my planner pretty simple, with just a bit of stamping here and there. The adorable Penguin Planner and Panda Planner sets from Clearly Besotted are perfect and so fun and easy to use!

I couldn't share this post without using the gorgeous, Oh Happy Day stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! I did a bit of water coloring with Zig Markers on the flowers.

There is also a beautiful die set from Memory Box, included in the Masterpiece Box. It's perfect for using on gift tags for the holidays. And the sentiments on each one are from the Hero Arts Cardinal set I shared above. I plan on writing To: and From: on the back of each tag. 

I used some glitter and shimmery cardstock to cut out the dies. Then I did a little layering with the poinsettia portion and added Stickles along the edges for some extra sparkle.


I hope I've given you some inspiration for using some of the products in the awesome, Masterpiece Box! Your next (and last) stop on the hop is the fabulous, talented, Heather Hoffman!

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥


Monday, July 11, 2016

Kathy's 30-Day Coloring Challenge Blog Hop!

Hey there!

I'm so excited and very honored to be a part of Kathy Racoosin's 30-day coloring challenge blog hop! This is Kathy's fifth coloring challenge and she wanted to get together with as many past Hero Arts hostesses as possible, plus a few other amazing guest artists, to help her celebrate The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge! We all met years ago over in the Hero Arts Flickr group, which turned into an amazing place to share our love of card making and to get to know each other. I love that we've all kept in touch and stayed friends! ♥

If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, there is a list of participants on Kathy's blog here. If you're already hopping along, you should've come from Arlene's blog

And since we are all past Hero Arts hostesses, and/or worked with Hero Arts, they have decided to give away a $25.00 shopping spree to two randomly selected commenters along the hop! Woo, hoo! How fun is that?! Thank you, Hero Arts!

If you haven't heard about Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge, you can head to this post here, where she explains all the details. Anyone can join in, at anytime during the challenge. You do NOT have to participate in each of the 30 days. Kathy just encourages us all to take time to color, whenever we can, even if it's just for 5 minutes. If you miss some days of the challenge, you do not need to catch up. This challenge is meant to be fun with no stress!

So let's get to the reason for this fun hop - coloring! I love to color and I know many of you do too. I've recently learned so much about different coloring mediums, different techniques and different ways to color, by following the artists I love, taking online classes and practicing. So today, I want to share a card I created, using both Copic Markers and watercolors.

I used the Hero Arts' Lattice Cling Background Stamp (which unfortunately is no longer available but it's one of my faves) with Zig Markers for my water coloring. I then die-cut one of Simon Says Stamp's Stitched Circle dies and placed the negative portion over the water colored lattice piece. The flower and leaves were colored with Copic Markers and are also from a Simon set, called Handwritten Floral Greetings. I just chose very similar Copic colors to match my water coloring. And I adore that sentiment! It's from a set called, Uplifting Thoughts by Simon Says Stamp. There's a few pink and green watery paint splats here and there in the background too but they are a little difficult to see.

That's it for me! Your next stop on the hop is my good friend and fellow Minnesotan, Linda Wetterlin. She loves to use bold, bright colors, so I know you'll enjoy seeing her post!

I hope you all enjoy the hop and get inspired to color more often! Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥♥♥