Monday, June 29, 2015

STAMPlorations 2nd Birthday Blog Hop:





Did you hear?!  STAMPlorations is celebrating their 2nd birthday all week?!!!  I'm thrilled to be their guestie for today!



I made 2 birthday cards for the party:


My first card was made especially for a Sweet Birthday Boy who turned 7. 

cardstock:  white/recollections/110, mystery gray, ranger watercolor paper  stamps: stamplorations party mates/party time  ink:  fresh ink charcoal, hero arts neon orange ink, hero arts neon orange ink dauber, ranger/archival black  other:  mme enamel dots, circle punch, hemp beading cord

I had fun stamping the birthday background with Party Mates.  The panel is a mystery gray and the ink is Fresh Ink Charcoal.  I did a couple random splats of Hero Arts Neon Orange (ink dauber).  See the tag?  I did some masking...some more splats.  The cupcakes were initially painted (I tried painting) with the Hero Arts neon dye ink but then switched to the ink dauber.  There's a kind of rind looking painting technique...I'm going with it {wink}.  The sentiment...it's from Party Time and yes, I'm late.

Next up is my girlie card:

cardstock:  strathmore watercolor, recollections gold glitter  stamps:  stamplorations/party girl & party time  ink:  ranger/archival/black,  kuretake gansai tambi no. 50

That party dress is from Party Girl.  I think it is beautiful...so classic 50's.  I wanted to let the dress shine so I did a wash of color via my new kuretake gansai tambi set {no. 50}.  I teamed it up with a sentiment from the Party Time set.  To add a bit of glitz, I adhered a strip of gold glitter cardstock.  

Leave a comment on this post and the STAMPlorations Blog!  Remember to link of your own celebrations or party-themed card using the inspiration mood board below to win one of several prizes.  Commenting and linking close on Monday, July 6th...winner announced on the STAMPlorations blog on Tuesday, July 7th!


Prizes for commenting:
  • 1 winner of $25 gift certificate
  • 5 winners of $10 gift certificate

Prizes for linking up a party/celebration/birthday project:
  • 3 winners of the party stamp sets (1 winner of Party Mates, 1 winner of Party Time, 1 winner of PartyGirl)
  • 1 winner of $25 gift certificate (if STAMPlorations stamps/stencils are used) or $15 gift certificate (if non-STAMPlorations stamps/stencils are used)
***winners are randomly drawn


Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all birthday blog hop projects HERE.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Katie!!!






Hello Hello!

There's a group of us that get together on a semi-regular basis...we craft a little, eat a little and laugh a lot.  Such an awesome group of gals that I all met through blogging!  Today we're celebrating Katie Brooks' Birthday!!!!!

The fun starts at my blog!  Here's my card that I made especially for the Birthday Girl:

cardstock:  stampin' up basic black, ranger watercolor paper  paper:  simple stories/i am  stamps:  avery elle/stay fresh  ink:  ranger/archival/black  other:  avery elle/stay fresh elle-ments, icraft deco foil/foam adhesive,  kuretake gansai tambi

Almost everything on this card is new...the Avery Elle Stay Fresh stamps/die <---first time using them!  Love anything and everything tropical.  At our last Julie Ebersole Class we used Kuretake Gansai Tambi and foil {check + check}.

That foil is a rascal to photog...believe me, it's glorious and doesn't look like mercury glass...it's a solid gold.

Katie, I hope you have a most fabulous day!  You are thee sweetest!!  I love your outlook on life and your crafty style!  I'm so glad that we're friends♡

Now hippety hop over to Kate's blog!  If you get lost along the way, here's the hop list!  Leave a comment on all the blogs and then come back here and let me know...I'll put your name in a drawing for a $10 gift card to a store of your choice!  Commenting will stay open through Friday, July 3rd at 11:59 pm pacific.

Katie ← Birthday Girl!

I'm squeezing in my winner for the Lawnscaping + Caffeine = Happiness Blog Candy. Random.org picked:





Yay Julia!!!!! I'm sending you an email♡



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lawnscaping + Caffeine = Happiness♡

This post will remain pinned to the top of my blog through Sunday...click HERE for my Super Special Birthday Blog Hop Post.



Yay!  Did you see that Lawnscaping Challenges is having a Caffeine Blog Hop?!  

I like love caffeine!


The fun starts at the Lawnscaping Challenges' blog!  I'm thrilled to be a guestie!  Some of you might know that I ♡ Coffee :)



YOU could be a lucky winner...just leave a unique comment on all the blogs participating in the hop!

So, I couldn't wait to put together the FUN Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag!!!!!

cardstock:  strathmore watercolor  paper:  carta bella  stamps:  lawn fawn/love you a latte  ink:  memento tuxedo, various copics  other:  lawn fawn/goodie bag lawn cut, wplus9 circle die

I stamped and colored a coffee cup from the Love You A Latte set....  After die cutting a circle on the front panel of the Goodie Bag, I backed it with the colored image.

Want to know what's inside the Goodie Bag?

A trio of mini coffee cards:


They measure a petite 2.75 x 4.0 inches and drop perfectly into the Goodie Bag!

Background stamping...I'm trying to incorporate it into my designs more because I just love the look.  The coffee mugs have been stamped with Fresh Ink Charcoal and I then layered a panel of vellum on top.  I finished off the card with a Scripty Thanks Veneer.

cardstock:  recollections/110/white, papertrey ink vellum  stamps:  lawn fawn/love you a latte  ink:  fresh ink/charcoal  other:  lawn fawn/scripty thanks veneer

This next one has multi-layers of goodness but I tried to keep the overall design clean & simple.  The sentiment is from the You Got Mail set.

cardstock:  recollections/110/white  paper:  simple stories/i am  stamps:  lawn fawn/love you a latte & you've got mail  ink:  memento/tuxedo, copic  other:  freckled fawn washi, studio calico heart veneer

I'm definitely been bitten by the coloring bug...this next card uses various distress markers for coloring that I followed up with a watercolor brush.  I love anything watercolored these days!

cardstock:  papertrey ink kraft,  strathmore watercolor  stamps:  lawn fawn/love you a  latte & gleeful gardens  ink:  ranger/archival/black, ranger distress markers  other:  freckled fawn washi, a jillian vance chalkboard backdrop die.

Whew!  You made it through my very long post!  What was going to be one card turned into a mini project!

So before you start hopping....lookie what I have for one lucky duck:


For those of you that have been following me for awhile know I have an appreciation for Starbucks.  How lucky that I live in Starbucksland and can easily walk to the oh-so-awesome Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room from work!!!!!!  This prize pack includes:

Starbucks Reserve Exclusive Field Notes Notebook
Starbucks Reserve Coffee Menu
Starbucks Reserve Letterpress postcard
Starbucks (loaded) gift card

I'll use random.org to draw a winner...leave me a comment with the name of your favorite lawn fawn stamp set!  Commenting to remain open for the blog prize until Saturday, June 27th @ 11:59 pm pacific.  Winner will be posted on Sunday, June 28th!

Have fun at the hop:

my ♡ is with you.





Did you see that SugarPea Designs & Catherine Pooler/StampNation have teamed up?  It's super exciting that SugarPea Designs is this week's sponsor over at StampNation's Challenges!  Make sure you check out the fun challenge, you have a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to SugarPea Designs!

I was able to create a just for fun card...that doesn't happen very often but I'm so excited to share this with you:

cardstock:  recollections/110/white, mft steel gray  paper;  simple stories/i am  stamps:  sugarpea designs/going places ink:  fresh ink strawberry other:  sugarpea designs/sugarcuts/america the beautiful

I combined SugarPea Designs:  Sugarcuts - America the Beautiful + a sentiment from the Going Places stamp set.  Why yes, I did inlay 48 pieces....it was a challenge for my 'old eyes' but oh-so-worth-the-work!


I'm squirreling this away for the boy...I'm doing the countdown in my head.  I'm stepping away from a handful of design teams for July & August to spend more time with the kids.  Honestly, I can't get over how full the house is now and in September we will be empty nesters.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

StampNation Guest Designer: Sponsor + Sale + Sneak Peek + Winner!



Hello!  Today's post wraps up my June Guest Designer spot over at StampNation.  To say everyone is fabulous over there is an understatement....super fun & friendly!


I hope you pop over to today's challenge post...it's a fun one and there's an awesome Sponsor!  Here's a sneak peek of my card:


Yes, the fabulous SugarPea Designs is the Sponsor of this week's StampNation challenge!


If you're a StampNation member you get a special discount for SugarPea Designs and look at this week's challenge prize:



A big shout out to Catherine Pooler, Maureen Merritt and all the FAB people over at StampNation!!!!  Before I go, I do have a winner for a class spot:  In The Mood


I used random.org to draw my winner and Yay for:

Yuki!!!!!!


I'll send you a message!!

Thanks to everyone that left me a comment...super appreciate it!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New York, New York...


make sure you check out my FOR SALE post.


So yesterday I posted THESE thank you cards that were going to originally be my boy's graduation thank you card design.  Then the girl said, don't you have a New York stamp?  Heck yeah:


I love all shades of gray...in clothing, decor and crafting!  The cardstock is mystery sheets but love how the New York skyline is the star of the show....thanks to Altenew's Sketchy Cities America.

Each card has a skinny strip of washi...personally I love the neon pink:)

My card design is loosely based on THIS retro sketch.

I can't believe that we're over half way through June...

Monday, June 22, 2015

thanks & merci

make sure you check out my FOR SALE post.


If you follow me on FB or IG, you would have probably seen this yesterday. 


So Saturday, I had the pleasure of taking 2 classes from thee awesome Julie Ebersole!  After purchasing a bunch of new goodies from Impress, I knew I wanted to experiment with color.  One of the new stamp sets I bought was the Hero Arts, Stamp Your Own Succulents.

These cards were absolutely inspired by the Hero Arts Spring 2015 catalog.  The sentiments are from Paper Smooches Good Gab and Denim & Daisies.


This card was painted using THESE watercolors...yes, $4.99.  It was the first of the two cards that I worked on yesterday.  


I use these watercolors a lot...not a bad price for 36 colors.

Both cards measure 3.5x3.5 inches.  I love the small size and it makes the succulents POP....also they were initially going to be my boy's graduation thank you's...less space for him to write but I went with a completely different design.

Here's my second card that I made...


The difference in color is amazing, don't you agree?  The second card has colors that are definitely more vibrant.

Well, in Julie's class yesterday, I got to try out the Zig's and GAH, fell in love -->> I spent a good chunk of Sunday morning surfing the web for a good deal on the  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker sets.   The searching {& cost of Zig's} made me remember that I had picked up a set of markers when I went to the Kinokuniya bookstore in the Seattle Uwajimaya.   It was with all the kids stationery so I totally wasn't necessarily thinking that I was going to love them.  I actually bought them for their calligraphy brush tip, to practice my calligraphy, not to color with!  Imagine my surprise when I tried out my $13.95 set and LOVED them.  Looks like you might be able to pick up a set from Amazon for as low as $8.  Does that mean I won't eventually end up with the Zig's...ah, you guys know me better than that!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

curtain call flip flops: let's chill.





There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!  

You have until June 25th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!

So much fun, eh?!  I was inspired by the water and the summer time theme!  BTW, Happy First Day of Summer!



So, I've had the We R Memory Keepers embossing folder for a while and thought it would be perfect for today's card!

cardstock:  papertrey ink kraft, strathmore watercolor, american crafts gold glitter  stamps:  reverse confetti/let's chill ink:  ranger/archival/black  other:  reverse confetti/let's chill confetti cuts, divine twine, studio calico wood veneer, misc washi, wood veneer from upcycled mama elephant calendar

It's super fun teamed up with the Reverse Confetti Let's Chill Stamps & coordinating Confetti Cuts!  Think Green Tea popsicle...YUM.  Do you see the popsicle stick?  I upcycled a vintage mama elephant calendar.

I love the colors of Peerless watercolors.  I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process and to create those swirls.

let's chill
let's chill

let's chill confetti
let's chill confetti cuts

I was also inspired by Tag You're it!



Make sure you check out the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration.

In honor of today being Father's Day, I wanted to post this.  It's circa 1996, my girl with my Dad. 



Hope everyone has a fantastic day!