Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SugarPea Designs: bonjour





Have you played along with the newest SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge?


Here's how I was inspired, I used the sketch and the color pink:


I combined the new Oh La La set with the Mugs & Kisses set.  Aren't they fun together?  


I LOVE that bonjour word bubble, so sweet!  The Spots & Stripes Pastels panel is a fun way to add color to my overall design.  I like the kraft and pink combo.


I could really go for a croissant and latte right now!  In case you haven't read about it, the 2018 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop starts on Friday.  SugarPea Designs is just one of the fantastic Super Sponsors.







Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pattern Happy: Go Nuts



I'm so excited to be sharing a couple of cards over on the Pattern Happy blog!  Two cards, same stamp, different looks!


Pop over to the Pattern Happy blog for the full reveal!


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Hero Arts: you're a dahl!




Hello and Happy Monday!  Did you have a good weekend?  I did, but it does always seem to fly by so quickly, doesn't it?  Today I'm sharing a card using the Hero Arts Hero Florals Dahlia Stamps & Cut:


The sentiment has been heat embossed in white on black paper.

I teamed up the bloom with one of my favorites the CG681 Candy Stripe Bold Prints.  A bit of paint splattering and I called it good.



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Sunday, May 20, 2018

To Bee or Not To Bee Blog Hop + Giveaway!




Hello and Welcome to the:  To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop!  I'm so excited to have been invited to take part again in this hop to support bees and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products.  May 20th is declared World Bee Day by the United Nations (UN).

You should have arrived here from my bloggie friend Alice Wertz's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is Milka Gubo's blog!

Prizes!  Here are all the fantastic companies and artists that are supporting this blog hop with their incredible generosity:



Dies to die for  ₤15 Gift Certificate to the Store
Gerda Steiner Designs  $15 Gift Certificate to the Store
Happy Little Stampers  $20 Gift Certificate to the Store
Honey Bee Stamps  $40 Gift Certificate to the Store
Jane’s Doodles  2 Stamp Sets (in stock) of winner’s choice
Kitty Bee Designs  1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
Lawn Fawn  $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Little Miss Muffet Stamps  $10 Gift Certificate to the Store + freebie
Neha of Periwinkle Creations  $20 Gift Certificate to the Simon Says Stamp Store
Power Poppy  $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Power Poppy  ‘Bee Kind Toile’ Clear Stamp Set
Pretty Pink Posh  $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Sasayaki Glitter  1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
Uniko  Clear Stamp Set (in stock) of winner’s choice


Milka is also giving away Jane’s Doodles ‘Garden Friends’ stamp set to two lucky winners.


Barbara from Little Miss Muffet Stamps is also offering a freebie for the next 36 hours, as long the giveaway will be open. It’s adorable ‘Polka Dot Pals Xara’ digital image.

18 prizes will be given away to 18 winners.

For your chance to win, hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop. After commenting, return back to Milka’s blog and add your name to Inlinkz, but prior you do, please read Blog Hop details, terms, giveaway rules and privacy policy which are shared in Milka's blog post below Inlinkz.


Inlinkz closes tomorrow, May 21st 2018, 11:00 PM CEST. Winners’ names will be announced on Milka’s blog next day.

Whew, okay here's how I was inspired:



This year I decided to ink up the Reverse Confetti Honey Bear set.  Oh he's so cute with his friend the bee.  I have them nestled onto a Tag Me.  The clouds have been cut from craft foam.


I've had that hex embossing folder in my stash for a while.  It's perfect in the Sunshine cardstock.  The sentiment is from The Buzz stamp set, love the mixed fonts.


I can't wait to see how the other's were inspired!  You can find the complete hop listing on Milka's blog!  A big shout out to Milka for the invite and the coordination of this awesome event!

Now hop over to Barbara Sproatmeyer's blog!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Heffy Doodle: Wheely Great Day


So during the last Ellen Hutson LLC Sale, I promised myself that I didn't 'need' any other new sets.  I have a basket full of things that haven't been inked up.  I ended up popping this cute Heffy Doodle, Hello Squeakheart set in my cart:


Okay, those 'lil guys are adorable, aren't they?!  They have the best pun sentiments too, those kill me!


Honestly, I wanted to use all of the cute images in the set but decided on the three and then made my own 'cheesy stencil' with Hero Arts Infinity Circle Dies.  I topped everything off with paint specks with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi black watercolor.

 My card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches:


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Friday, May 18, 2018

SugarPea Designs: May Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop!




Hello!  Hello!   It's the Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop!  Now that so many of you have the SugarPea Designs Spring Product Release, we're hopping to inspire you!

Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own?  Please visit with each of our design team members and leave a comment for your chance to win! The winner will be announced on the SugarPea Designs Blog on Saturday, May 26th.


I think the Spring Product Release is one of my FAVorites.  The kids + I had the opportunity to vacation in Paris • England •  Amsterdam last fall (def a trip of a lifetime).  My boy was doing a semester abroad in Paris.  I made this card especially for my boy:


This is a new to me color trio:  peach  •  celadon  •  gold  
I happened to spot this while looking through my feedly.  Evidently it made an impression and I do like the fresh look.

I started off with a cantaloupe colored cardstock.  I inked it up with two different shades of ink, on the top 1/3 and the bottom 1/3.  I followed it up with flecks of white paint (Kuretake Gansai Tambi).

I used the largest SugarCut - Postage Stamp frame in gold glitter cardstock.  I layered a smaller rectangle die and ran it through my die cutting machine.  


I combined 2 of the SugarCut - ParisScape's cut out of celadon cardstock.  I adhered them directly to the Postage Stamp frame.  This help me to center it onto the cardbase.


The SugarCut - Postage Stamp is awesome because it comes with words + more.  I used the 'Sending' in white craft foam.   I struggled to figure out where I wanted to put the sentiment, Happy Mail from the Sending Sentiments stamp set.  Then it hit me to adhere it behind the Eiffel Tower.  It's been stamped in the coordinating ink used on the upper 1/3 of the base panel.


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Reverse Confetti: How old?





Snarky birthday card?  Yes, Please.


I was chuckling as I designed this card.  More about the sentiment in a smidge.  I'll start with the Reverse Confetti Lime Green panel.  It's been stamped with Whole Lotta Dots in Parakeet.  The sweet scallop is Iced Aqua with the Double Edge Scallop Border Confetti Cuts.


The cake from Candles 'N Confetti has been stamped and colored with alcohol markers.  Truthfully it has several layers of different colors until I could get to the right shade.  Do you spy the heat embossed dots on the frosting?  The cake stand is the same situation, I couldn't get the color quite right so it has several different layers of color too.  I don't generally do that but was pretty persistent during this particular coloring session.


The sentiment is a combo of Fancy Word Coordinates and Celebrations.  I topped off my design with Solid Charcoal twine.  

I'm linking up to the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge.  This month the theme is Birthday.




I was also inspired by:




...and Fab Friday


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hero Arts: Life





I'm so excited to be on the Hero Arts blog today!  Here's a sneak peek of my project:



 For all the details, please visit me over on the Hero Arts blog!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hero Arts Summer Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!




Hello and Welcome to the Hero Arts 2018 Summer Catalog Blog Hop!  The new products have been shipping to retailers for a few weeks now but today is the day that everything is available in the Hero Arts Online Store!  You should have arrived here from the very awesome Hero Arts' blog, that's where all the fun starts!

Be sure to visit each blog on the list and leave a little love - Hero Arts will be giving away two $50 shopping sprees in the Hero Arts online store, randomly drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Sunday, May 20th at 11:59 PM PT.

First I thought I'd share one of my cards that was included in the Summer Catalog:


It features the gorgeous CM264 Color Layering Tiger Lily.  I've teamed it up with the CG709 Tropical Foliage Bold Prints.  I love lilies, how about you?  I went with a traditional color palette:


The sentiment has been heat embossed in white.

Next up, one of my favorite new sets, DC231 Alpaca Stamp & Cut.



Isn't he cute?  He's ready to party, armed with a present + cake!

That's it for me, now pop over to my teamie Clare's blog!  In case you get lost along the way, here's the complete hop listing:

The Hero Arts Blog
Amy Tsuruta 💛
Clare Prezzia
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jessica Frost-Ballas
May Sukyong Park
Michelle Short
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Kelly Latevola
Lydia Fiedler
Wanda Guess
Cynde Whitlow
Ericka Strange
Jeanne Jachna
Juhi Khanna
Karen Bull
Kim Hamilton
Lisa Stein
Meghan Peterson
Michelle Yuen
Libby Hickson
Jennifer McGuire

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