Thursday, December 7, 2017

COPIC MARKER SALE!!!

Hey guys!

There's an awesome sale going on over at Simon Says Stamp! All Copic products are 25% off!

https://ldli.co/e/3o61gx

Click on the photo to shop and hurry to get the colors you need before they sell out!

Have a great day and happy shopping! ♥




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Monday, December 4, 2017

Honey Bee Stamps 12 Designers of Christmas

Hey guys!

I was so honored and excited (not to mention, surprised) when I received an invitation from Lisa to be one of Honey Bee Stamps' 12 Designers of Christmas! Thank you, Lisa!

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You can see my post over at the Honey Bee Stamps blog is here.
And there are giveaways too!
December 1 – 11 Honey Bee Stamps will give away a $25 Gift Certificate to one person who comments on that day’s blog post. December 12th they will give away a $100 Gift Certificate to one lucky commenter, so be sure to comment daily!

It didn't take me very long to decide what stamp set I wanted to use. I giggle every time I look at the adorable, Snow Birds stamp and die set, so needless to say, I had lots of fun playing with the cute images!

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I mean seriously - look at that little, sledding bird! Isn't he the cutest?! I colored him, and his snowman pal, with Zig Markers. My background panel was created using Distress Oxide Ink in Salty Ocean. Splattering on some water and white Distress Paint is an easy way to create a snowy looking sky. I then just cut a hill out of white cardstock, added the die cut images and added them to the scene with dimensional adhesive.

For my second card, I wanted to pull out my Copic Markers and make a really bright and happy card.


Ha! Don't ya just love how bundled up they look in their hats and scarves?! After coloring them, I added white, gel pen dots for a fun and festive look. The background on this one is even easier - just used some pretty, blue glitter paper and another hill cut from white cardstock. At this time of year, with all the hustle, bustle and craziness, I am all for anything that makes creating cards easier and faster!

I hope my cards put a smile on your face today! Don't forget to stop by the Honey Bee Stamps blog again tomorrow for a new post showcasing another designer!

Thanks again to Lisa and everyone at Honey Bee Stamps, for including me in this fun, 12-day celebration! ♥





 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

SSS DieCember Release Blog Hop!

Hey everyone!

Welcome to my blog! I'm excited to be a part of the Simon Says Stamp's DieCember release blog hop!


If you've arrived here from the talented Heather Hoffman's blog, Houses Built of Cards, you're in the right place. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head to Simon's blog here. It's a two-day hop, so be sure to visit Simon's blog again tomorrow for more fabulous inspiration!

PRIZES!!!
Simon will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate for every stop on the hop from the blog comment sections! Yay! They'll randomly choose the winners over the weekend and will post them on their blog on Wednesday!

Products from the release, along with other supplies used on my cards, are listed below in the affiliate links, at no extra cost to you.

I was sent some really fun dies to play with and I actually used four of them on ONE card - **fist pump!** I'll share that one in a minute but first up is a card using the cute, Loop the Loop Border Die.



Every once in awhile, I like to change it up and create a square card - just for fun. I cut all the loops from white cardstock, then quickly colored them with different Copic markers. So easy to do! (You could definitely cut them from colored cardstock too.) Then I just adhered them, evenly spaced at an angle, to the card base, added the sentiment from an older Simon set and called it done. A simple, happy and bright birthday card.

My second card is very clean and simple too but I love it!



That is the wonderful, new, "Oh, Hello There" die! I used the inlaid die-cutting technique on Simon's Fog Cardstock and also cut around the panel with one of their, Stitched Rectangle dies. To finish it off, I added a few little hearts. 

Okay, here's the card I created using four of the new dies.



That, "Picture Book Secret Penguin" is soooo cute, isn't he? And you should recognize the Loop the Loop Border die from my first card above. Just another way to use it - it's so versatile! Another die I used on this card is the "Script Hello," which comes with both the word and outline. Love it! I also used one of the dies that comes in the, "Nested Talk Bubbles" die set. There are six different sizes of talk bubbles included in that set! Gonna be using those a lot!

Okay, that's it for me. Next up in the hop is my sweet, talented friend, Sarah at her blog, My Impressions.

Enjoy the rest of today's hop (and tomorrow's too!) Thanks for stopping by! ♥





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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

SSS Cyber Week Continues!

Hey guys!

I'm back today with a fun, new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! They're celebrating cyber week with awesome surprises and today is no exception!

The sweet, new, Joy to the World stamp set is adorable and now available over in the SSS store. I couldn't wait to color these darling images with my Copics but I have to be honest. I first tried it with Zig Markers and for some reason, it turned out atrocious looking! Seriously, it was so bad! So, I decided to toss that one and start over and I like this one much better. Whew!

  
Needless to say, I had lots of fun making this card! The background was created using Distress Inks and paint splatters.

I hope you're all having a fabulous week, getting caught up with shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking and everything else that comes with this crazy time of year!

If you're interested in this adorable stamp set, I've added it, along with other supplies used on this card, in the affiliate links below, at no extra cost to you.

Thanks for the visit! ♥





Tuesday, November 7, 2017

More Fun With Stained Glass Greetings!

Hey guys!

I wanted to pop in and share a few more cards I've created recently with the, Stained Glass Greetings set from Simon Says Stamp. It is such a gorgeous stamp and die set and a must have for your holiday card making!

This particular set is out of stock at the moment but if you click, "notify me when back in stock," you'll get an email when they receive more. 

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On this first card, I also used the Holiday Tree Medallion stencil, shading it with Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac. Love those colors for a pretty, soft effect!


I also used Distress Inks on my next card. After white embossing the sentiments, I gave the background a wash of color with Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio. A few flicks of water plus flicks of white, watered-down paint gives it a more festive feel. And of course, so do the sequins!




This last one is my fave because I love to color with my Copics! The flowers are from last year's set, appropriately called, Poinsettias.


Such a fun technique cutting the sentiment directly into the image, then popping it up and using inlaid die-cutting. Love the effect!

Have you started creating your Christmas cards yet? I'm about a third of the way through and am already starting to panic! I may have to narrow down the list this year. :(

Have a fab week and thanks for stopping by! ♥

Friday, October 13, 2017

SSS Making Spirits Bright Blog Hop Release, Day 2!

Hey guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp, Making Spirits Bright, blog hop! 


If you've been following along the hop you should have arrived from Jessica Frost-Ballas' blog. Isn't she amazing?! And did you know this is day 2 of the hop? That's right! Day 1 was yesterday, so if you missed it, you can go to Simon's blog post here to catch up. If you'd like to start at the beginning of today's hop, click here.

You're FOR SURE gonna want to stop and comment on as many blogs along the hop as you can because Simon will be choosing one winner from the comments on each and every stop, to give away $25 gift cards! Whoop! They will announce the winners on their blog Tuesday, October 17.

This holiday release is so much fun! There's something for everyone, including adorable ghosts for halloween, wonderful sets for giving thanks and lots of fabulous products for the upcoming Christmas season! 

You can check out all the new products here, or click the individual images below my post, using the affiliate links.

I was sent some products to play with and boy, did I have fun doing just that!

This first card uses the inlaid die-cutting technique and only a tiny bit of Copic coloring. The, Needle Wreath die is really cute!


The "berries" were created by just dotting the color with a red Copic Marker. So easy and quick!

On my next card, I used the, Give Thanks stamp and die set.



I did some more quick, Copic coloring on these adorable images. And that beautiful scroll stamp comes in the set. You could also stamp that image twice, making a circular "frame" to showcase the pumpkin or even a Christmas tree image, which also comes in this versatile set! The scroll actually comes in a more curved shape but I stretched it out on my acrylic block, before stamping, so it would fit my design. Here's a close-up with the card front lifted.


 For my next card, I used the awesome, Christmas Trees die set. The possibilities with this die set are limitless too!



Lots of fun, inky goodness on this one, using distress inks. And can you see the soft pattern in the background? That was created using a new stencil set called, Frozen Fractals, which includes FOUR different stencils that are all gorgeous! The sentiment is from the, Give Thanks set.

Only two more - hang in there! I wanted to play a bit more with the, Frozen Fractals stencil set. I used all four stencils with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. The sentiment is from an older SSS set.



Okay, last one. I love this gorgeous, new die, called, Holly Triptych. It's a small die, so I decided to cut it twice, flipping it around and lining it up. I like it but I wish I would've left the "frame" area white and the background blue. Oh, well, we live and learn, right? More quick Copic coloring and the sentiment is again from the Give Thanks set.



The next stop on the hop is the fabulous and talented, Heather Hoffman. You can find her blog hop post here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥





Here are the individual links to the new release.

 
And here are some other products I used on my cards.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Card Making Day With SSS!

Hey guys!

Happy World Cardmaking Day! I'm so exited to be joining Simon Says Stamp along with 18 other talented card makers from around the world, to celebrate this special day! I mean, it is "WORLD" Cardmaking Day, right?!


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The wonderful folks at Simon asked the 19 of us if we'd like to help make this day even more fun for all of you, by sharing some cards we've made, to kick off World Card Making Day. They chose me to represent the USA and I am very humbled and so grateful! Thanks, Simon! You're the BEST!

They are also giving YOU an opportunity to link up a card through the Inlinkz on their blog post today, so you'll have a chance to win one of 10, $50 gift cards to the Simon store! They'll randomly select TEN winners - whoop! If chosen, you will also receive a copy of Scrapbook And Cards Today magazine! How awesome id that?! Click here for their blog post and to find the Inlinkz doohickey ← (that's a word, right?😄) and add your cards for a chance to win! 

Here is a list of the other ladies, from all different countries, sharing their creativity with you today. Go check them out - they are all so talented - you are sure to be inspired!

1. Australia - Gayatri Murali - https://handmadebyg3.com/

So, I dug through my Simon stamp sets and because I've always loved creating with flowers, I chose Simon's Winter Flowers stamp set.

I used Distress Inks to color the flowers and also to create the background - LOVE that Iced Spruce color for Christmas!





I white embossed the images before water coloring.



I also added some white splatters with a mix of water and Picket Fence Distress Paint and a couple of white dots with Ranger's liquid White Enamel Dots.


The sentiment is Simon's, Season's Greetings die set, which I cut from several pieces of white cardstock and glued together for more dimension. I love the way this card turned out!

I created another card for today too - one that is a bit more basic and simple but just as effective. I am really loving playing with my Distress Inks lately! Do you go through phases like that?


I always have so much fun creating backgrounds like this! Each one turns out different and unique. After white embossing the sentiment, all you do is press your Distress Ink pads onto a craft mat, spritz with water, then dab your panel into the mixture. Continue to add more color by dabbing over and over until you like the results. Adding water droplets and white splatters makes it even more beautiful. And that Merry Christmas stamp, in Kristina Werner's handwriting?! Gah! It is so beautiful and it's really all you need to create a gorgeous, simple and fairly quick card for Christmas.

Thanks so much for visiting me today! I hope you are all enjoying World Cardmaking Day and you find some time to be creative!

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Hugs! 💕


Sunday, October 1, 2017

New, Adorable Halloween Dies From SSS!

Hi guys!

I'm popping in with a real quick post to let you know Simon Says Stamp just released the CUTEST dies for Halloween! You can find them here on this page, or click the individual links below.

Happy shopping! ♥

  

  
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Monday, September 18, 2017

STAMPtember With CZ Designs!

Hey guys!

I've got a fun post for you today! It's CZ Design's turn over at Simon Says Stamp, for STAMPtember! Yay!


If you don't know Cathy Zielske, she is a talented graphic designer who is well known for her scrapbooking and has just recently begun card making. She cracks me up daily, she has a fabulous blog, she shares funny videos on Instagram, has a wonderful YouTube channel and is now designing stamps - yay! Her designs often show off her hilarious sense of humor and I love them! 

I was sent her, "Coolest Yulest" stamp set - (don't ya love that name?!) and had fun creating a couple of cards.

This set is so cute - I mean, just look at that adorable, little sleigh! Eeeeep! I white embossed the images and sentiments over a distress inked background, added some flicks of both water and white paint, then white embossed the other sentiment onto a small, black strip and it was done. So fun!


For this card, I thought it would be a cool idea to use the two tree images in the set as branches and it actually turned out better than I thought it would. *insert thumbs-up emoji here* Branches aren't normally stick-straight but I think it looks sorta whimsical. After stamping them though, I thought they needed a bit more dimension, so I used a brown colored pencil and just followed the images. I then stamped each ornament, fussy cut them out and popped them up with foam adhesive.

This stamp set also comes with coordinating dies and Cathy designed another stamp and die set too! It's called, Hollaween! Yes, that's how it's spelled - ha! AND!!! She also designed a funny die set with a small "ho" and a larger "ho!" Hee, hee! It all makes me smile!

I hope you enjoyed my cards and I hope you'll check out Simon's post today with more inspiration using Cathy's adorable STAMPtember sets!

Happy stamping! ♥



 
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Altenew 30% Off Sale!!!

Hey guys!

I'm just popping in to tell you about a fabulous sale from Altenew!

https://ldli.co/e/exjml

Lots of awesome products on sale here! Head on over and check it out before everything is gone! 
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Have a great day! ♥

Thursday, August 31, 2017

STAMPtember Is Here!!! Lots of Cards to Share!

Hi guys!

I'm really excited today because STAMPtember is finally here! For stampers, card makers and crafters, it's the best month of the year!

https://ldli.co/e/6e029

In case you've not heard of it before, STAMPtember is a month-long celebration of stamping and crafting, hosted by Simon Says Stamp. Make sure you follow their blog every single day this month for fun new releases, a big 2-day blog hop, product collaborations with many of our favorite stamp companies, tons of inspiration, talented guests, giveaways, contests and so much more! 

Before I share my cards, Simon's first post for STAMPtember just went live - here's all the new products, with clickable links for your convenience: 

I was lucky enough to receive some of the new products and when I sat down to play, boy did I ever play! I've got lots of cards to share, nine to be exact, so I'm just going to post the photos with very little explanation. If you have any questions, just leave them in a comment below.

Other products used are listed in the affiliate links at the bottom of this post.

The first four cards were created with the same cling stamp called, Ornate Background. It's such a beautiful stamp and one that you can use with a bunch of different techniques. Love that! This first one was colored with Copic Markers. Took awhile but I love to color!






I then white embossed the image and used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on this next card. I love how bright it turned out!



For the third one, I used Memento Markers, coloring directly onto the stamp, then spritzing with water before stamping.



There was quite a bit of ink left after stamping, so I just grabbed another piece of watercolor paper and stamped again, resulting in a lighter image but still so pretty!



This next card was created using a pretty, little stencil called, Damask. I only used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink for the shading, applying a darker layer towards the center of each separate image.



Next up is this totally fun set called, Amazing Messages. Those small dots come in the set too!


 
Now for some elegance! The embossed card front was done using the gorgeous, Cora Textured Embossing Plate. So easy to create a quick and beautiful card!

 


And how about I throw in a bookmark - with an Adorable Panda?

I used an older SSS set for the letters and thought the, Picture Book Panda Die would be so cute along with them!


Last but not least, one of my favorite sets from this release! The, Under the Sea stamp set is a beauty and has so many cool images!
I white embossed just a few of the NINE images in the set and added color with Distress inks and water. Had to give the whole panel a bit of shimmer too, of course!

I'm sorry this post is so long - if you're still reading, I commend you and thank you! I always want to try and showcase the stamps I receive in a way that gives you guys an idea of how fun they are to play with. I hope I've done that!

You can take a look at the whole release here and don't forget to check-in each day, over at the SSS blog, for a ton of fun all month long!

Happy STAMPtember! ♥

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