11/30/2018

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 2


Hello crafty friends!  Today is a super fun day here on the blog.  I am joining in with the girls over at Altenew for a Crafty Friends Blog Hop. I am excited to check out all the stops and learn more about everyone and read all their crafty stories!

My craft story started 11 years ago in June of 2007 when I started this blog.  My friend, Jen Carter, invited me to a stamp party and the rest is history.  I have spent the past 11 years making cards for fun, guest designing for companies, I've been blessed to be on some amazing design teams and challenge teams and have even won a few paper crafting contests over the years.  I have even created my one and only card making helper die.  My Card Hanger Die!  

But one of my most favorite things about this hobby is the people.  I have been blessed to meet MANY friends in person at different retreats or even meet ups while on vacation.  I count so many as friends and that to me makes this hobby even better!  I also find so much inspiration from friends and their blogs or instagram.  There are so many people to learn from out there!

One of my biggest crafty crushes is the one and only Julie Ebersole.  Girlfriend can make cards now! Her clear and simple style makes my heart happy!  I am here today with a CASE'd card from Julie.....


I love the gray base of this card with those bold pink blooms.  I recreated it here...

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To create this card, I used the gorgeous Altenew set called Handpicked Bouquet to mimic the pink blooms in Julies card.  I grabbed a light gray card base and then cut the Watercolor Stripes Cover Die and attached it to the card base.  I used the Fine Alphabet Die to add the hello sentiment to the card front and then added some little rain drops around the blooms.

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Keep reading to learn about the special offer this week, the prizes....there are lots!  And check out the full blog hop list below.  Don't forget to comment here on my blog for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Altenew.  I will announce the winner here on 12/9.  :)

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SPECIAL OFFER


FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY18 or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS18 at checkout. Offer valid from 11/29/2018 at 12:01 am EST through 12/1/2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

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PRIZES


Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:




Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win! 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018.

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BLOG HOP


I hope you have enjoyed my stop on the hop. Enjoy the rest of this amazing day! Thank you for stopping in!



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11/29/2018

Thanks {Spellbinders}...

Did you know Spellbinders has clear stamps now?  They do!  And they are so pretty.  Here is a clean and simple card using the following supplies....
(all supplied linked at the bottom of this post)

Floral Love Stamp Set
White Cardstock
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versamark Ink
Gold Embossing Powder

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First, I stamped that gorgeous floral image in black ink, just off the edge of the card.  Next, I heat embossed the thanks sentiment using Gold Embossing Powder.  Last, I scored around the edge for a 1/2" frame around the card front.  Clean and simple and oh so easy!

Spellbinders

Thanks for stopping in today!  Head on over to Spellbinders to check out the stamp selection.  They are lots of awesome sentiment sets with great fonts!

Hope you have a great day!


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11/28/2018

Hello {Queen and Company}...

Hello!  It'm here with some Queen and Company cards to share.  I have one clean and simple card that uses paper strips from an adorable Queen paper pack and a shaker card.  Lets get started!

My first card her is a favorite of mine.  I love white space but I also love how white card stock can pop from a card when using color....

Queen and Company

To create this card, I 6 - 3/4" strips of paper from the Pretty Presents Paper Pack.  I just love those colors and patterns.  I attached the strips to the card front with ATG so they were nice and secure.  I took a 1/4" strip of white card stock and capped the top of the patterned paper so it would like nice and even.  Next, I die cut the gorgeous window die in white and popped it up on white cardstock that i cut out to match.  I decided to keep the shaker box on the card front but not add the shaker toppings.  I simply added a tiny heart inside the window.  Last, I stamped a simple sentiment on a banner die cut and tucked it under the edge of the window.

Queen and Company

Fall cards are always fun to make!  Love how a shaker card comes together with these colors.

Queen and Company

To create this card, I used a beautiful piece of polka dot paper from the new Fall Paper Pack to line my card base.  Next, I grabbed a tag from the Shaped Shaker Kit to create this shaker box.  I added some Jelly Jems inside the tag in the perfect fall colors.  I added a leaf die cut to the front of the shaker box and then topped it off with a happy birthday sentiment in white card stock.  

Queen and Company

That is it for me today.  I hope you have enjoyed my clean and simple creations. Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Have a great day!



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11/27/2018

Altenew November 2018 Stencil/Ink Spray Blog Hop



Hi friends!  Today I am joining in with the girls over at Altenew for a blog hop showcasing the newest stencils and ink sprays.  I was so excited to try these out, because if you follow my blog, you know I am typically a pretty clean and simple card maker and mess is hard for me.  BUT, I had so much fun making a mess with these stencils and spraying all the colors.  It was fabulous!  They are so easy to use and honestly, it wasn't messy at all.  I have 2 projects to share, which although they are stencil and inked and all colored up, still seem to be pretty clean and simple.  :)
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PROJECTS

This first project uses the new stencil called Sunburst Stencil along with 2 new ink sprays, Lagoon and Cosmic Berrry.....

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I kept this so basic because I wanted that stencil to shine on its own.  I cut down a card front to 4"x 5 1/4" and laid it onto a card board box I keep in my craft room.  Using a card board box is the best, least messy way to use ink sprays or adhesive sprays or even glitter sprays.  Keeps it all in the box.  I sprayed Lagoon and the Cosmic Berry for a fun mix of both color.  After it was dry, I added the card front to the card base with fun foam for some dimension.  I added in Altenew's hello die with fun foam and a top layer of silver card stock.  Love that shine.  I added in some sequins and called it good!

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This next card uses the new stencil called Wavy Grid.  I stated to spray this one and then realized I need a nice even rainbow look and then....hold on to something or at least sit down.....I colored in every square with a Prisma Colored Pencil.  WHAT?!  I know, right?  It was a tad bit of work for this faster crafter but I do love the outcome...

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I added just a little shading to the left side of each box and then went back in with OMS to blend it out.  It was so easy to do and rather quick because of the stencil walls.  I added this white card stock thank you. on top of a black fun foam thank you for some dimension and a shadow effect.  I finished off the card wit some dew drops.

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Check out the Bundles available today for all the new products...


There are lots more stencils and some new colors of ink sprays to see, so be sure to head on over to the Altenew Blog to see more.  

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GIVEAWAY

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/3/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 12/7/2018.

I am also giving away a $30 gift certificate to Altenew here on my blog so comment below for your chance to win! Winner will be announced on 12/3/2018.
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BLOG HOP

Laurie Willison (you are here!)

So glad you stopped in today.  I hope you are having a great day!


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MFT Hits and Highlights....


Hello there!  How was your thanksgiving?  I hope you had a fun and safe week!  We are headed back from spending the week in Colorado with my sister.  We had an amazing time with family.  Our kids are close in age and seeing them have so much fun with cousins is the best!  

I am stopping in today with another round of Hits and Highlights over at MFT.  Check out our challenge for November....

Christmas is really a full season for many of us, not a single day, so if you’re still thinking of whipping up some holiday cards, we’ve got you covered. Hits & Highlights this month is all about the bringing the feel of winter to your holiday with a cool palette featuring blues and purples…bring a little shiver of delight with wintry colors evocative of falling snow and twinkling lights.

I created a clean and simple card, just with some ink blending and some paint splatter to give that wintry feeling...

MFT Hits and Highlights

To create this card, I did some ink blending with Oxide inks to create the purply blue background.  Next, I used some white paint mixed with a little water and splattered that on the card base with a paint brush. Love that perfect effect of snow!  Next I used the slope die to create a snow hill along the bottom.  I grabbed the smallest of the little polar bears from the              stamp set and popped him up on foam tape.  I used the Speech Bubble Dies and added the sentiment to the card.  I finished it off with a tiny red heart....well...because I love tiny red hearts on all the cards!  :)

MFT Hits and Highlights

The rest of the Design Team will have more to see.  Stop over to the MFT Challenge Blog to see what they have created for today.  And don't forget to play along!

Thanks so much for stopping in.  Have a great day!



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