Thursday, February 11, 2016

Winnie & Walter: 2nd Birthday Bash

Oh my goodness, have you been following all of the fun festivities over on the Winnie & Walter blog?  They are celebrating their belated 2nd Birthday Bash with a bunch of fun challenges.  I am a Guest Designer for the Birthday Bash!  

I'm up on the Winnie & Walter blog today showing how Taheerah's inspiration photo, well, inspired me!  

I actually made 2 cards but I'm sharing one here....check it out:

I was so happy to make the In a Word:  Home Cutaway, the star of the show.  Isn't it glorious in gold glitter cardstock?!  Be still my gold lovin' heart♡  I used the awesome Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs stamp set on a non-holiday card.  Evelin is a dear friend of mine and she's the sweetest person and chock full of talent!  Yes, love the Essentials:  Noelle Cutaways.  Just say yes to scallops!

I was inspired by the overall colors.  I had to sneak in some pink!  I wanted to focus on the home theme.  Love Taheerah's choice, it really made me think outside the box!  She's pretty spectacular

Check out all the fun products I used on this card: (click on photo to go directly to the shop)




I'd love for you to pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog to check out my other card and to say Hello!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Coffee Loving Cardmakers: Sponsor Solo - Concord & 9th

Have you been keeping up with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog?!  There are some really fun new features, one of which is called, Sponsor Solo!  Your hostess is the wonderful Melissa Chipperfield!  This week, the sponsor is Concord & 9th!

Here's my tribute to Concord & 9th:

I used my MISTI and stamped images from the Let's Chat set onto a watercolor panel.  The pink is from my Zig Clean Color, the coffee is Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The card base is from Impress.

I love the delicate lines and the vast space to watercolor!  This is a definite Fav of mine!  

Be sure to check out the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog!

let's chat
cardstock:  ranger watercolor
cardbase:  impress
stamps:  concord & 9th/let's chat
ink:  ranger archival black, zig clean color marker, tea dye distress stain
other: memory box stitched circle

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Essentials by Ellen: Winter 2016 Release Hop!

click HERE for my Neat & Tangled post

Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Julia Stainton's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is The Classroom!

I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 19th!

There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 12th!

If you get lost, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

My first card features the new Brushstroke Wonderful Die:

Isn't it, well, wonderful?!  This is going to be a definite go-to word die for me!  Ah, yes, I gave you a sneak of the new Oh Frappe set!  Before I go into the Oh Frappe Set, I wanted to let you know that I die cut the wonderful with black cardstock and made it the star of my card.  Oh yes, there is a coffee to go cup but I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a panel from the Hero Arts Midnight Layering pack.  


Next up is the Oh Frappe set!  Yes, those that have been following me know how much I adore all things coffee:

I wanted to use as many of the coffee images as possible on my card, I did pretty good (wink).  I colored each coffee with a different shade of green using my Zig Clean Color Markers.   Yup, lovin' that sentiment, how about you?!


frappe dies

Here's a close up of the panel...if you squint and tilt your head, you can see that I heat embossed the Mondo Hydrangea on the strip below the coffee cups.  I followed it up with a light grey wash of watercoloring ala my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors (diluted black).

Each of the coffees are on foam adhesive, love all the different panels and heights of the elements.


Next up is the oh-so-awesome Kara Vrabel!

Neat & Tangled: Non-Traditional Valentine's Day

Hey!  Happy Tuesday!  I'm up on the Neat & Tangled blog with a fun non-traditional Valentine's Day Card!  

Here's a peek at my supplies:

Perfect Blend Stamp Set

Perfect Blend Nice & Neat Dies

Box Nice & Neat Die

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hero Arts 2016 Catalog Blog Hop!

HERE for the Reverse Confetti February Blog Hop!

Click HERE for my SugarPea Designs post.

Click HERE for the Mint Owl Studio Share the Love Event!

Thank you so much for joining us for the Hero Arts 2016 Catalog Blog Hop!  All the goodies are available in the Hero Arts shop NOW.

Hero Arts is giving away four $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop!  Comment by 11:59 pm pacific on Sunday, February 14th and they'll announce the winner on the Hero Arts blog the following week!  Hop along and comment for more chances to win!

You should have arrived here from the FABulous Julie Ebersole's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the Hero Arts blog!

Hero Arts   
Lia Griffith 
Kelly Purkey 
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula 
Lucy Abrams 
Kristina Werner 
Kathy Racoosin 
Mariana Grigsby 
Debby Hughes 
Nichol Magouirk 
Joan Bardee 
Lydia Fiedler 
Sandy Allnock 
Julie Ebersole 
Amy Tsuruta ♡
Kelly Rasmussen 
Suzanne Dahlberg 
Wanda Guess 
Clare Prezzia 
Tami Hartley 
Libby Hickson

Here's my card that I made especially for today's fun hop:

I happily combined Origami Animals and Dare to Dream!  My inks...Hero Arts Intense Black + Ombre Neon Chartreuse to Blue!  Can you see the dots on the Origami plane + boat?  That's with the Ombre on the Dot Moire Bold Prints.

The swishes of watercolor are from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi set.  

I've been having fun designing coordinating envelopes!

I love how the watercoloring and the Ombre ink match!

This card is made especially for my college girl...she's getting a bunch of happy mail this week.  She's scheduled to graduate from the University of Washington after Summer Quarter...that's one year earlier, she managed to accomplish it in 3 years...a degree in Microbiology.  My Girl♡...I'm so proud of her!!!

Now hippety hop over to the A-mazing Kelly Rasmussen's blog!

Mint Owl Studio: Share the Love Event

HERE for the Reverse Confetti February Blog Hop!

Click HERE for my SugarPea Designs post.

Hello and welcome to the Share the Love Blog Hop!   You should have hopped here from Lisa's awesome blog!  If not, the fun starts at the Mint Owl Studio Blog!

The idea of this event is to make a card and send it to someone you love. We are part of an amazing hobby and we can use our talent to put a smile on someone’s face. You can send it to a friend or family member who has a birthday, needs some encouragement, or just to say hi. Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs on this hop to be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the Mint Owl Studio store. There will be one winner chosen, so the more blogs you comment on, the better your chance is to win!

How can you participate and share the love?
-Make a card for someone in your life (it can be a friend, family member, co-worker, etc.)
-Post a photo of it on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #sharethelovemos
-If you don’t use social media, post it on your blog and then leave a link to it on the Mint Owl Studio blog post.
-Send the card in the mail so you can share the love!
-For each card you make and share, you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the Mint Owl Studio store. 

-This event starts on February 8th and ends on February 14th at 11:59 PM CST. 

How awesome, don't you think?!  I couldn't wait to get busy with my card!

I used the Fun Happy Mail set!  I combined it with the awesome 6 mm  Blossom Sequin Mix.   Who can resist a shaker card?!  I stamped the blooms in distress ink and followed them up with a wet paintbrush and more distress ink on my clear acrylic block.  

pink + green = ♡

This is going postal to my college girl --> ♡

I'm the end of this fun hop!  I can't wait to see how this hop inspires you to:

Share the Love

happy mail


SugarPea Designs: Guest Designer - Latte Junkie

Click HERE for the Reverse Confetti February Blog Hop!

Click HERE for the Mint Owl Studio Share the Love Event!

I'm thrilled to be a Guest Designer for SugarPea Designs this month!  I've been having so much fun designing with their awesome stamps and dies!

Check out this week's card and coordinating envelope:

I used the SugarCuts - Coffee To Go Cup on the front of my card.  I strategically placed it on top of a great mini journal card.  Did you see my envelope?  I used my MISTI and loaded it up with words from Caffeine Addict and the Espresso Yourself stamp sets.

Check out the interior of the card:

latte junkie...(chuckling)  Love the SugarCuts - Coffee Words.  Makes it fun to team up with other words and sentiments...I used the Caffeine Addict stamp set's Junkie.

I was inspired by the current SugarSketch:

I'd love for you to pop over to the SugarPea Designs blog and say Hello!



cardstock:  recollections gold glitter, stampin' up gumball green
paper:  MME On Trend 2
stamps:  SugarPea Designs Caffeine Addict/Espresso Yourself
ink:  Fresh Ink Mojito
other:  SugarPeas SugarCuts Coffee To Go Cup/Coffee Words

Reverse Confetti: February New Release Blog Hop!

Click HERE for the Mint Owl Studio Share the Love Event!

Click HERE for my SugarPea Designs post.

Today is the day!  It is the Reverse Confetti February Release Blog Hop!  That means all the new release products that we've been sneak peekin' are now available in the shop!

Oh my, this release has been so much fun!  I managed to combine a total of seven new products in  my project today!

Yup, I'm smitten with the Hippity Hoppity bunnies!  I stamped them on my watercolor panel (using my MISTI!) and colored their bodies with my Zig Clean Color Markers.  I decided to not color their dresses because I wanted their sweet faces to be the focus.  I linked the cuties with the floral garland.  I die cut the Limited Edition Quick Card Panel with one of the fun new Edgers and topped it off with a fimo button that has Marigold Twine threaded through it.    I managed to mask off the sentiment from the A Friend Like You.  I used the Lucky me on the front and I left the rest of the sentiment for the interior:

I decorated my envelope with the Garden Bunch stamps and used a sentiment from the A Friend Like You set.

Make sure you hop around to see what my other teamies designed!

Fetti Friend--Yana Smakula  
Amy Tsuruta♡

hippety hoppity

hippity confetti

a friend


garden bunch

garden confetti






bold line