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.



 


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Saturday, April 13, 2019

SSS Blossoms And Butterflies Release Blog Hop + Giveaways!

Hey guys!

Welcome to my blog! It's day 2 of the Blossoms and Butterflies release blog hop from Simon Says Stamp and I'm so excited!



You should've arrived here from the talented, Bibi Cameron's blog. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to Simon's blog. If you missed day 1 of the blog hop, click here.

FREE GIFT!
As you can see in the banner above, Simon has a code for you to use to receive FREE Unicorn Dust Glitter! The code is BLSM999 and you can use it at checkout, with any purchase, while supplies last.

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

I received some awesome products to play with for the release and I had so much fun! On my first card, I used the, Sketchy Lines Background stamp with a couple of Distress Oxide Inks. The "gah" die-cut was created from the, Archie Jr Solid Alpha die set and the rest of the sentiment is from the fabulous, Tiny Words Encouragement stamp set. 


I used the same Tiny Words Encouragement set on my next card, along with an Alcohol Pearl Inked background.


There are so many perfect sentiments in this set to uplift, inspire and encourage. It's a must have!

Up next is this gorgeous, Floral Mix Background stamp! Gosh, I loved coloring this one! I used Copic Markers.


I though it would be fun to cut (gasp) the colored panel in half, pop them up with foam adhesive and stamp a sentiment in the center. It's another one from the Tiny Words Encouragement set.

With this release, there are also several beautiful Floral Frame dies. I was lucky enough to be able to play with the Poppy Frame Die and created this clean and simple card. The background was shaded with Distress Oxide Inks and I just quickly colored the die pieces with Copics.



And yes, you guessed it. Another sentiment from the Tiny Words Encouragement set. Told ya it's a fabulous set!

Okay, have you guys ever ordered Suzy's Watercolor Cards? I absolutely LOVE these paintable prints! They come in packs of 9-16 cards that are already printed with beautiful images that you can color with markers, pencils or watercolors. I was sent her newest pack and they are so beautiful and fun to color! I'm sharing three of them today. This first one was water colored with Zig Markers.



And the next two were colored with Copics.






I mean, aren't they perfect for springtime?! Some of them come with a printed sentiment, like the Mother's Day card above but others do not, so you can add your own, which I've done on the other two. 

So that's it for me. I hope I've inspired you and given you some ideas on using a few of the products from this awesome release!

The next stop on the hop is the very talented Ankita Gupta

Enjoy the rest of the hop and happy spring! ♥


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway!

Hey Guys!

I'm so honored to be a part of Altenew's 5th Anniversary celebration and blog hop! 


Altenew's fabulous products have been a favorite of mine for a long time and I'm so excited to share my card with you today!

You should've arrived here from the very talented, Joni Andaya'a blog. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to Altenew's blog.

Prizes
Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners. There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us!

They are offering the following prizes:
Altenew: 5 $50 Altenew Gift Certificates 
Altenew Academy: 10 Class Spots 
Jennifer McGuire Ink: 2 $100 Altenew Gift Certificates 
My Sweet Petunia: 1 Prize Bundle(Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align and a bar magnet) 
Pretty Pink Posh: 2 $50 Gift Certificates
Simon Says Stamp: $50 Gift Certificate
Scrapbook.com: $50 Gift Certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 Gift Certificate
Blitsy: $30 Gift Certificate
Online Card Classes: 3 Class Spots
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 Gift Certificate
Seven Hills Crafts: $25 Gift Certificate
Chameleon Art Products: 1 Pack of 5 Chameleon Pens
Scrapbook & Cards Today: 1 Copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2019 Issue
WOW! Embossing Powder: $20 Gift Certificate
Simply Cards & Papercraft: 1 Copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft Spring 2019 Issue
  
Be sure to leave comments by 4/12/2019 for a chance to win! 33 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs along the hop and will be announced on the Altenew Blog on 4/20/2019.
Special Offer: 
Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY9M or $5 OFF international shipping with code SHOPPING9M at checkout. Offer valid from 4/2/2019 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/5/2019 at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. 



When I was deciding what Altenew product to use on my card, I couldn't resist grabbing their, Beautiful Day stamp set! I absolutely love this set and it's probably my most used floral set. That's saying a lot because I ADORE coloring floral stamps!



I used Zig Markers to color the flowers and added a sentiment from Altenew's, Happy Bloom set. A few sequins finish off the card.

I want to wish Altenew a very Happy Birthday/Anniversary! I hope you have many more years of inspiration and creating beautiful products for all of us to enjoy!

Next up on the hop is my talented friend, Isha Gupta.  

Don't forget tomorrow is day 2 of the hop, so you'll be able to enjoy a ton more celebrating and inspiration! Yay!

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

SSS Fresh Bloom Release Blog Hop + Prizes!

Hey guys!

I am so excited about Simon Says Stamp's new, Fresh Bloom release because when you live in snowy, cold Minnesota - anything having to do with springtime makes ya happy! 

https://bit.ly/2TvlA3i

FREE GIFT
As you can see in the banner below, there's a code you can use to receive a free, Lucky To Know You die, with any purchase, while supplies last. The code is FRBLM89. The code will expire on Sunday, March 10 at 11:59pm EDT.


GIVEAWAY
Simon is also giving away a $25 gift certificate at every stop along the hop! They'll choose the winners from the comment sections on each blog, so be sure to leave a comment below. They'll be announcing the winners on Wednesday, March 13, on their blog.

GALLERIES
Did you know Simon has card galleries on their blog, where you can link up your very own cards and/or projects, for everyone to see? You can find the galleries right here.

I'm so glad you've stopped by today! You should've arrived here from Anna's blog, Love, Live, Create. If you want to start at the beginning of today's hop, you can start here at Simon's blog. This is day 2 of the hop, so if you'd like to check out day 1, you can click here.

Okay, let's get to my cards - I went a little crazy with the products I was sent and had so much fun playing with it all. I'm sharing A LOT of cards, so I won't go into too many details about how each one was created, but if you have any questions, just ask and I'll reply as soon as I can.

All the products I used are listed below in the affiliate links, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support!

My first two cards use a beautiful stamp set called, Blossoming. I kept both cards very simple, using Zig markers on the first, and Copics on the second.



My next two cards have flowers too. Shouldn't surprise anyone lol! The first one uses the Buttercup stamp set. It's such a delightful set!
 Aren't those the sweetest flowers?!

And this next card uses the gorgeous, Dahlia Stem die. I Love this die! All I did was color each individual petal and leaf with some pink and green Copic Markers, then pieced it all back together for a clean and simple card.

Okay, as you probably know, Alcohol Inks are all the rage again right now, so I used them for my next two cards, along with a wonderful, sentiment stamp and die set called, You Got This. It has some beautiful, encouraging sentiments and look closely at how cool the dies cut out around them. Love that!



Yes, there's more - 4 more to be exact. But wait! I used the same stamp set for each of them because it's that good. Seriously, it's a must have! It's called, Geometric Pattern Builder and I couldn't stop playing with it! And on the first three, I used sentiments from the, You Got This set. So fun! This first one was created with Distress Oxide Inks.

For this one, I used Copic Markers.

 And watercolors were used on the last two.


Love how this one turned out!


If you're still with me, thank you! I know that was a long post but I hope I've inspired you to check out these products, plus many more that are available with this fabulous, new release!

Next up on the hop is Kristina, at her blog, Lachristanel Design.

Enjoy the last couple stops on the hop and thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,






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