Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SSS Better Together Blog Hop...

I am so excited to be joining in for today's Simon Says Stamp, Better Together Blog Hop.    Simon Says released a grouping of products called "Better Together".  The release celebrates life.  Sharing hugs, sharing love, spending time together, giggling, laughing, expressing how much we care for each other are great ways to celebrate our lives.  Even though we are often physically far apart from our friends and family, we can connect through words and cards are such a delightful way for us to reach out to one another.  Get ready for lots of inspiration today!  To see the entire Better Together Release over at Simon Says, click HERE.

To see a whole list of of the hop participants, scroll to the end of this post.  

Today's card was made with a special friend in mind.  I can't wait to stick it in the mail and send it her way.  I used the set called Sending Happy Thoughts....


To start, I stamped 5 envelope images all in Simon Says colors.  Island Blue, Doll Pink, Green Apple, Lavender and Black.  I cut them out and layered them up on the front card panel.  I laid out the sentiments above and below and then pressed my acrylic block down so I knew the sentiments would be perfectly placed to stamp at the same time.   I added in a little heart on the top envelope.  The heart was so easy to cover in Glossy Accents and then I added a pinch of glitter to the wet Glossy Accents.

Next, I used the Diagonal Stripe Stencil and blending in some Green Apple ink to the card base.  I attached the card front to the base with some foam tape for dimension.  


A matching envelope was a must have.  I used my Envelope Punch Board to make a Green Apple envelope.  I stamped the back with the happy mail sentiment and the little envelope image.  So cute!


I always hate to come up with New Years Resolutions, so I like to just say one of my "goals" for now is to send more cards.  I have a huge...very full card rack in my craft room with lots of cards that could go out and spread some smiles.  I am going to make a list each month in my planner....starting with 5 names.  I want to start sending out 5 cards every month.  I decided that writing it down and seeing it in my planner would really help keep me on track with this new goal.  I love the feeling of getting a card in my mailbox from a crafty friend. I hope that I can spread the love and do the same! I hope you are inspired too!

Here is a full list of all the stops on the hop...

Laurie Willison -you are here!  :)

 Simon Says is giving away a fun prize pack for every stop on today's hop.  Don't forget to leave a comment and you could win!  That's 12 chances!  :)  A random winner will be chosen and announced on January 23rd.

Thanks so much for stopping in today!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Online Card Class Giveaway!

Ever try a technique that ended up feeling just too complicated to use on a card (or worse multiple cards)? We’ve all been there! Happily, Online Card Classes is ready to help us take on that challenge with a little technique know-how! 

Online Card Class instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, and Julie Ebersole are here Clean & Simple Card Making 4: Techniques Made Simple  In this all-video class, they’ll be sharing ideas for embossing, die cutting, and more… all with a Clean & Simple twist that will make the techniques more approachable and useable than ever. And guess what? I’m one of the guest artists in this class! How fun is that?

And now, one of you has the opportunity to attend Clean & Simple 4 for free! That’s right—I get to give away one spot in this fantastic class. Just leave a comment on this post by Friday, January 23rd at 11:59pm CST to be eligible! Class starts on Monday, January 26, 2015. Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Simply the best...

Good morning!  I got up this morning....came down to my craft room...and saw this roll of ribbon....and got inspired.  I used to put a bow on EVERY card.  I don't anymore and I have decided it's time to bring back the bows!  Here is a quick card I whipped up today!


I brought a little LB inspiration with the post it tape and blending on the my most favorite tag die in the history of ever.  This tag from Reverse Confetti is so darn cute!  I love the little embossed outline.  I stamped a sentiment from the new set called Here's the Story.  The 'You Are' is from So Very Special.  I added in the tiny heart from Donut You Know.

Next, I scored some lines in the background but used the reverse side for the card they look more like grooves.  Last, I added in that bow.  SO fun!  


So that is it for today!  I am off to the gym now.  I don't want to really but I feel like if I type it out, I will have no choice.  Because now you know I am going.  So i better go.  Bye!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

CC: Soft Scarf

We have a new sponsor, Hero Arts, for this challenge!  A randomly selected participant will receive SIX new clear stamp sets from the Hero Arts, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

I was most inspired by the colors.  Such a fun color combo and not one I use very often.  I cut stripes of the blue card stocks and layered them up.  I keep this one simple by using the die cut heart from the Hero Arts set The Fox Says and one of the sentiments.  I tucked a wood heart in behind to add the last color from the picture.  


Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Soft Scarf Designers

Guest Designer, Angie Tieman

PTI Release in Review...

So today is the day!  Do you have your wish list all ready to go?  So many fun new stamp sets and dies for this month's PTI Release.  Here are a few more projects to show you the rest of the new goodies.

Using the new Phrase Play, I made a fun little tag....


I cut one out in white and one in Hawaiian Shores.  I layered them up on a piece of Simply Chartreuse and then added in some Berry Sorbet dots.  I filled the stars with Stickles and then added the top tag reinforcer die from Tag Sale #3 die.  I finished this one off with some Berry Sorbet Saddle Stitch and white twine.   


Cable Gram is the another adorable set that you can personalize several different ways.  I chose to make a birthday card...


I stamped the car in Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse and Berry Sorbet.  I added in a tail light in Lemon Tart and a little piece of cable car tracks in kraft.  To ground the whole image, I added in a few strips of card stock to match.  


I also added some clear card stock to the windows...


Instead of making a card with the Happy Notes set, I made some...notes.  :)

I am a chronic list maker.  And bullet lists make me happy.  I used the Monthly Moments: Spiral Journal card to make these fun little notes for my planner.  I stamped the tops in different colors and then added in the bullet lines.  For the one above, I took a sentiment from Monthly Moments: January to make a "this year, I will" list.  I use Washi tape to attach them to the ruler inside my planner and then I see the list overtime I open it up.  

This next card features three sets....Hey Cupcake, Stitched Swirls and Keep it Simple:  Belated Birthday.


I stamped the swirls in Hibiscus Burst and then added in the sentiment.  I use the cupcake die from Lexi's new set and stamped the different parts of the cupcake.  I layered the top with Stickles to finish it off.


For this last card, I used the new Comic Strip Cover Plate to do a little color blocking.  I stamped a sentiment from the set called 2015 Birthday Tags....


I cut out the cover plate and attached it to the card front.  Then I cut out 2 more cover plates in Enchanted Evening and Berry Sorbet.  (Can you tell by now that Berry Sorbet is my favorite color?)  I pieced it all together and stamped the sentiment in Enchanted Evening.  To finish the card, I added in some enamel dots.


Here is a close up of the card to see the dimension of the popped up pieces.


So that is it for today!  I hope you have enjoyed my cards for the January PTI Release.  Stop by the rest of the DT to see what they have for today!

Have a great day!