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!

Affiliate links used below for your shopping convenience. 

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! ♥

  

  
Affiliate links used at no cost to you.
 

 

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! ♥



 
Here are the affiliate links to the products I used:

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!

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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! ♥

Other products used:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

ALTENEW DIE SALE!!! 20% OFF!

Hey guys!

I Just wanted to give you all a heads-up about an awesome sale from Altenew! They've got a 20% off Die Collection sale going on and it includes ALL of their dies! Wow!

Use the code DIELOVE at checkout to receive 20% off ALL Dies. The sale is valid from 8/20/2017 at 12:01am EDT through 8/22/2017 at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid on previous purchases. Offer cannot be combined with other promo codes. 

Check it out here.

Have a great day! ♥
 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Winner Altenew New Day Card Kit Blog Hop!


Hey guys!

I've randomly selected a winner from all the comments on my Altenew New Day card kit blog hop post!

 
I used random.org to choose the winner for a $30 gift certificate to the Altenew store. Here it is:

 
The 23rd comment was from Kailash! Woo, hoo! Congrats, girl!
 
Kailash said...
Beautiful designs and that watercolored card is simply fabulous!!!

Please make sure to contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 9/31/2017, with the subject line "Altenew New Day Card Kit Blog Hop Winner from Barb's Blog."

Altenew will also be announcing three more winners of $50 gift certificates on their blog on Saturday, August 19th, so be sure to check that out too!

Thanks to everyone who left such sweet, supportive comments! I loved reading them all!

Have a great weekend! ♥

Friday, August 11, 2017

Altenew Card Kit Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hey Guys!



Welcome to my stop on the Altenew, New Day Card Kit, Blog Hop! 


I'm excited to share three cards I created using this gorgeous kit! Make sure you read about the giveaways and a fun promotion at the bottom of the post!

If you're following along the hop, you should've come from Joni Andaya's blog. Isn't she fabulous?!! If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Altenew blog here.

All the products I used are listed at the bottom of the post, in the affiliate links.

There is a gorgeous paper pad included in the kit that I just HAD TO USE on my first two cards!

The blue/green background on my card below is designer paper. So pretty! I just stamped and white embossed some floral images from the stamp set that is included in the kit, added the sentiment and some enamel dots and it was done. Very easy and quick!




Yes, that gorgeous watercolor flower in the background of my next card is also designer paper! Isn't it beautiful?! I took the little butterfly and a sentiment, both from the same stamp set used above and stamped them in black ink. Then I just added a strip of black cardstock along the edge and I was finished. Another pretty card, which only took about 5 minutes to create!
 

For my last card, I wanted to play more with the flowers in the stamp set and try a technique I haven't used in ages!



I carefully added Candied Apple and Peeled Paint Distress Inks to the flower and stem areas of the stamp and spritzed it with water before stamping. After all the stamping was done, I spritzed the whole panel again with a bit more water and just let it flow. I love this artsy, watercolor look! And you know I love to color but with solid floral stamps, you don't have that option. So this is a fun technique to try with all those solid image stamps you have!

Now for some important announcements, including giveaways!

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Thursday, August 17th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on Saturday, August 19th.


They're also letting me give away a $30 gift certificate to one lucky winner, here on my blog! Just leave a comment below and I'll randomly choose a winner! I'll announce who the lucky person is in another post on Friday, August 18th! Good luck everyone! 

There's a fun promotion too! 



Receive a free Meadow Flower stamp set when you order the New Day Card Kit, 8/11 through 8/17/2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. Not valid on previous orders. Is that awesome, or what?!!

The next stop on the hop is the amazingly talented, Yoonsun!

Thanks for the visit! Go check out this kit! I know you'll love it!

Hugs! ♥