Friday, March 10, 2017

Simon Says Stamp March Release Blog Hop!

If you're looking for the Altenew blog hop, click here or scroll down. 

Hi there!  

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp, March release blog hop! It's a fabulous release, filled with beautiful springtime products and it's appropriately called, New Beginnings. You can check out the full release here.

If you're following along the hop, you should've arrived from Kathy Racoosin's blog, The Daily Marker. Isn't she amazing? So crazy talented! If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog here, to see the full list of designers.

Simon is giving away a $25 gift certificate at EACH STOP on the blog hop! They'll randomly select the winners from our comment sections over the weekend and will announce them on their blog, Tuesday, March 14th. So be sure to leave a comment below for a chance! 

I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of the new stamp and die sets to play with and I'm excited to share my cards with you today! The products I used are all listed at the bottom of the post.

First up is a set of four cards created using the adorable, Spring Seeds stamp and die set.

These sweet little images are so fun to color! I cut them all out using the matching die set and popped them up onto dry embossed panels from We R Memory Keepers, before adhering to the card bases. Images were colored with Copic Markers

For my next card, I used the fun, Artsy Flower Parts stamp and die set. There are so many possibilities with this one!

I used lots of yummy, Simon Says Stamp inks. I stamped my images, die-cut them with the matching dies and arranged them onto a Fog cardstock panel with foam adhesive. I also stamped some of the images onto the white card base, using Fog Ink. The sentiment is from Simon's, Choose Happy stamp set. I think the colored sequins add to the whimsical look of the card, don't you?

I love this release and ordered lots more products as soon as it went live! Couldn't help myself - spring is my favorite time of the year! (for weather AND stamping!)

Your next stop on the hop is my sweet friend, Shari Carroll! She is an amazing artist with such an eye for color and card design - I just know she'll wow you!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're enjoying the hop! ♥


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Altenew March Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey there!

Welcome to my stop on the Altenew March release blog hop

If you're following along the hop, you should've arrived here from the lovely and talented, Eunyoung Lee's blog. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, just head over to the Altenew blog where you'll find a full list of designers.

It's an exciting day with some really fun products for you to check out! Altenew has released 7 stencils, 12 ink sprays, 13 colored cardstocks and 7 different colored envelopes! Isn't that awesome?! You can click here to see all their new products.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Alenew blog by Thursday, March 16th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win.

I'm excited that I also get to give away a $30.00 gift certificate to one lucky winner! Please leave a comment below this post by March 15th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. I'll be announcing the winner on March 16th. Good luck to all!

Altenew was kind enough to send me some of the new goodies to play with and boy, did I ever have fun! I have 4 cards to share with you so let's get to it!

***Some products used are linked down below***

The first three cards were created using some of the new ink sprays. The colors are soooo pretty!


The spray I used on this card is called, Coral Berry. I gave the card-front a few sprays and loved how I got some larger drops. I decided it would be fun to circle those drops with a white gel pen. I then colored a couple of flowers from Altenew's, Smile More stamp set, with Copic markers. The sentiment, which I love, is from their, Dahlia Blossoms set.

I used a really fun technique for the next two cards!

See those fun bubbles? That was created with one of the new stencils called, Tiny Bubbles. Instead of laying the stencil down on top of a card panel and spraying with the, Ocean Waves ink spray, I sprayed ONLY the stencil. Then, I pressed the card panel down on top of the stencil, carefully rubbed it before lifting it up. I love that you get the negative effect of the stencil! So cool! That sweet, little chick, tiny flowers and sentiment are all from the, Bunny Love stamp set. 

I used the same technique with this card, but the new stencil I used is called, Halftone. And that gorgeous purple color was achieved with the, Lavender Fields ink spray - so pretty! I die-cut a circle and added a sentiment from Altenew's, Bunny Love and some little flowers from their, Vintage Flowers set.

One last card using another new stencil. This one is called, Floral Drape and it's a beauty!

For this card, I shaded the floral images with some soft Distress Inks. I wanted to add some doodling but was a bit scared. I decided to just go for it and I love how whimsical they turned out! The sentiment is from the Smile More set.

That's it for me - I hope I've inspired you to try out these beautiful stencils and sprays!

Your next stop on the hop is the amazingly talented, Yoonsun Hur and her blog, Rejoicing Crafts!

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥