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! 

STAMPtember

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!

STAMPtember

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.

FREE GIFT! 
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.



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




GALLERIES!
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.


CARDS
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!!!






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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!



FREE GIFT:
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!

GIVEAWAY:
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.

GALLERIES:
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. 

CARDS:  
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



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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Trinity Stamps 1 Year Anniversary Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

I am so excited and honored to be joining Trinity Stamps 
for their one year anniversary blog hop!  


They're not only celebrating with a hop but with a huge new release too! It was such a pleasure playing with some of their new products and I have a couple of cards to share with you today.

GIVEAWAY:
One blog hop reader will be randomly selected to receive a $20 Trinity gift card and a birthday surprise gift. Leave a comment on all the stops along the hop for a chance to win.

FREEBIES:
Trinity Stamps is giving away a free Mini Balloon Die and a free Cake Smash Sprinkles Embellishment Mix to everyone who makes a purchase during their birthday celebration!
 


Orders over $50 will also receive their exclusive, "Kind One" Senti-Mini Stamp Set, and orders over $99 will also get the matching die set, along with free shipping! These gifts are available through July 15th or until supplies last.



CARDS: 
My first card uses the, Catching Some Rays Stencil Set. It's a two-piece set and I wanted to try something different. Instead of placing the stencil across the whole card front, I only used it on half the card. Not sure I like all the white space but I do love the shimmer from the embossing paste and glitter I used.


Here's a closer look.


For my second card, I used two different stamp and die sets. One is called, Fairy Wonderful and the other is called, Succulent Sparkle.



I colored all the images with Copic Markers. Aren't those fairies the cutest?!

I hope I've given some ideas on using a few of the products from this fabulous release. Next up on the hop is Bobbi Lemanski.

BLOG HOP LIST:
Barb Engler ** You are here

Enjoy the rest of the hop and thanks so much for stopping by! ♥


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Friday, June 7, 2019

SSS Rest and Refresh Release Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp, Rest and Refresh release blog hop! 


You should've arrived here from the VERY talented, Ankita and her blog, Glitter Doodles. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head to Simon's blog here.

I'm excited to share my cards with you! It's such a fun release with lots of fun products that you'll love playing with!

This is day 1 of the hop, so be sure to check Simon's blog again tomorrow, so you don't miss all the inspiration from day 2.

FREE GIFT
As you can see in the banner above, Simon has a code for you to receive a FREE Simon Says Stamp Coral Reef ink pad! The code is CRL898 and you can use it at checkout, with any purchase, while supplies last. The code will expire on Sunday, 6/9 at 11:59 pm EDT.


GIVEAWAY 
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's blog Wednesday, June 12th.

GALLERIES
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.  


CARDS
All products used are listed below in the affiliate links. 

I had so much fun playing with some of the new products! I must admit, it was a bit challenging for me this time, coming up with designs that don't have much to do with coloring. It was good for me though, to be pushed out of my Copic and water coloring comfort zone. Yay, me! (Insert fist pump here.)

I decided to create a shaker card with the "Anchor Tag" Die because. . . . well, who doesn't love a shaker, am I right?


I also played with another die, simply called, "Anchor" Die. I cut out two of them, quickly colored each one with a couple of Copic Markers and created this CAS card.


The, "Summa Time" stamp set is a cute one! As you can see in the photo, (off to the left) I used the sweet, little orange slice image to create my own, colorful, citrus-y background. After stamping and white embossing, I just used some Distress Oxide Inks with the resist technique. So easy to do!


Simon has more of their amazing, filigree dies available with this release too. On this card, I used the "Filigree Flower" Die but just the center portion. I cut them all out, shaded them with one Distress Oxide Ink pad, adhered them all down and added a sentiment. Simple but fun!


The "Hexagon Element" Die is a fun one! I used my Copics again to color each piece after die cutting the images. I did a little inlay technique but popped a few of them up for more dimension and interest. The sentiment on this one is from the "Summa Time" set. Love the whimsical fonts!


Okay, last card. Another filigree die called, "Filigree Wreath." I actually made a stencil out of the die cut this time, used soft Distress Oxide Ink colors and a blender tool to "color" through the stencil. I then cut out another image and lined it up over the colored portion. I love how this turned out - could be because my fave color combo is pink and green. ;)

I hope I've given you some inspiration for using some of the new release products! Your next stop on the hop is my sweet and very talented friend, Marge at her blog, Marge Crafts.

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥





   

Friday, May 17, 2019

SSS Celebrate You Release Blog Hop - Day 2 + Prizes!

Hey Guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp, Celebrate You blog hop. You should've arrived here from the very talented Karin's blog, Peppermint Patty's Papercraft.


I'm so excited to share my cards with you today! This is such a fun release with so many products that are perfect for all those special people and events in your life.

This is day 2 of the hop so if you'd like to check out all the fabulous inspiration from day 1, click here. If you'd like to start at the beginning of today's hop, head to Simon's blog here.


FREE GIFT
As you can see, in the banner above, Simon has a code for you to use to receive
Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Butterfly Adornments! The code is BTF842 and you can use it at checkout, with any purchase, while supplies last. The code expires Sunday, 5/19 at 11:59 pm EDT.

GIVEAWAY
Simon is also giving away a $25 gift certificate for every stop along the hop! Just leave a comment below for a chance to win.

GALLERIES
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

CARDS
All products used are listed below in the affiliate links.
Okay, let's get to my cards. I was sent some of the new products to play with and, as usual, I had lots of fun creating with them. My first card uses the Filigree Butterfly Die. I's just so pretty and I immediately thought of something elegant, so after cutting out several of the butterflies on a panel, I backed it with some beautiful, silver, shimmery cardstock. The sentiment is from the, Daisy Bouquet stamp set and I think the clear sequins finished it off nicely.


My next card is a special one. This stamp and die set is called, Patriotic Service and it has some perfect images and sentiments for anyone who serves our country. I created a simple, layered card with a few of the images. It's difficult to see in the photo but I lightly stamped the flag image in the background.


For my next three cards, I used Suzy's Celebrate Dad Watercolor Prints. I absolutely LOVE these prints! And you don't have to use watercolors. You can use any color medium you have. They are so fun to color! The first one was done with Zig Markers and the other two were colored with Copics.




 
Aren't they fun? If you've never tried them, I highly recommend you give them a shot. They are perfect for practicing your coloring.

I really loved creating this next card. I used the Rounded Alphabet Die set. I first created a panel using Alcohol Pearl Inks in some of my fave colors. (Had so much fun getting all inky!) I also added bits of silver foil before cutting out the letters. The scored lines give a little more interest to the background.


Okay, here's my last card. I water colored this one with my Zig Markers. I ADORE this, Daisy Bouquet stamp set! I can't wait to stamp and color all the other images in this set.

      
That's it for me. Next up on the hop is the awesome and talented, Cheiron at her blog, My Crafty Life.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope I've given you some ideas and inspiration for using some of the new products.



 


PRODUCTS USED