Sunday, December 31, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps January Release
Cup of Coffee & Coffee Cup Fri Die

Ahhhh.. nothing starts the day like your favorite cuppa! And.. a new release is pretty eye opening too wouldn't you say? Are you ready for the new CAS-ual Friday Stamps January Release? Today (December 31) through Friday (January 5) we'll be revealing one new set a day!
Today we're sharing the Cup of Coffee Stamp set and the Coffee Cup Fri Die set (you can see the graphics below).

The stamp set has lots of sentiments that fit perfectly on the coffee mug. Don't you love the heart shaped handle? The Fri Die set includes a large mug, a small mug and the "coffee" word die in a pretty font.

I added a Lovely Links Fri Die cut to my design to look like a bit of lace, and some swirled gems as steam.
Want to see more designs made with this new set? Head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps BLOG where you'll see a sample from each of the design team member as well as links to their blogs!

Want to go shopping? If you see something you like I hope you will use my special discount code. You'll save 15% off your ENTIRE order - sale items included! Any commission that would normally go to me for your purchase has been redirected to CAS-ual Fridays to use toward Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. I accept no commission for the use of products on my blog and only use and endorse products that I love and would recommend. Here's a link to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Store.

I hope you stop by tomorrow for more peeks at the January Release! If you're a coffee lover we've got something you won't want to miss!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Cup of Coffee
Dies | CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Coffee Cup, Lovely Links
Pattern Paper | Simple Stories Hello Lovely 12"

The 12 Kits of Occasions - Fashonista

It's the last day of the month! You know what that means right? This month that mean's it's NEW YEAR's EVE.. but today like the last day of every month it's time for The 12 Kits of Occasions! The 12 Kits of Occasions is a group of 12 friends who all like to paper craft! Each month we take turns providing the rest of the group with a "kit". The host chooses the theme and supplies. Our hostess this month is Tracey McNeely from In My Creative Opinion.

Tracey's style is totally clean and simple.  I'm always amazed by her clean designs - they remind me of letterpress cards - very elegant!    I think I might just scare the heck out of her with all the layers and embellishments I added on to my cards today! LOL! I can't wait to see her cards - it will be a wonderful contrast of styles!!

The theme this month is "Fashionista"!  I was delighted with the fun feminine images and pretty prints!  I made 4 cards to share today!

Want to see more designs created with this amazing kit? Hop on over to our group page.. The 12 Kits of Occasions where you'll find a list of all the ingredients for this kit and a sample from each of the team members. I'm the "hostess with the mostest" next month!  The theme of the kit is "Snow Day".   Want to play along with us?   Hop on over to the blog and leave a comment!  I'll be selecting a winner to receive a kit.  (Sorry but USA only - you need time to get the kit to make and post by the end of the month!) 


All cards Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

Friday, December 29, 2017

Tupelo Designs LLC - I Hope Your Day ROCKS!

I hope you're having a great day! It's FRIDAY!!! Another long weekend ahead for most of us to! I hope you all have lots of fun and most of all A HAPPY NEW YEAR! 
I thought this My Favorite Things Pure Innocence image called "Heartstrings" would be perfect for New Years! Maybe you're taking in some music this weekend? It can't be a party without some music! LOL!
The pretty background papers are Crate Paper Cute Girl 6". The star sequins are from the Queen and Company Sequins Toppings.
Stamping the sentiment on white card stock and cutting into word blocks adds a fun and fresh look to this design! 

Want a peek at my latest order? I love finding lots of my favorite brands at TUPELO DESIGNS LLC! I can buy a little of this, and a little of that... AND everything is delivered to my front door with FREE SHIPPING EVERY DAY (USA only - discounted shipping rates applied for international orders). 

Tupelo Designs LLC also offers Loyalty Points that add up and turn into dollars off your future orders!  

Neat and Tangled Nice and Neat Modern Triangles Cover Plate, Hello Winter Stamp Set and Winter Word Die, and Concord & 9th Heartstrings

Avery Elle Windmill, Pink Fresh Love Scale

Waffle Flower Stitched Morning Glories, Stitched Unicorn and Embroidery Hoops die. You can see all the Waffle Flower Stamp Sets in the store here.

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | MFT Pure Innocence Heartstrings

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Pretty Little Studio - Home For Christmas

Christmas Greetings! It's finally here! I'm sharing two cards today made with the Pretty Little Studio NEW! Home for Christmas Collection! You'll love the soft watercolor look of the papers and embellishments! 
This is one of my favorite layouts, and I've made a simliar card with several other collections. To recreate this card you'll need to start with a darker shade of card stock for your card base, topped with a lighter shade of card stock cut slightly smaller. You want a lighter card stock on top so you can add lots of elements and let them steal the show.

Add die cut or sticker labels spaced evenly over the lighter card stock panel, and embellish the labels with die cuts, flairs and other embellishments. I try to match the embellishment to the label color. For example: I placed a red poinsettia on a red label.

I added a few gems and sequins for some sparkle and shine.
My second card was really easy to put together because I used the big floral die cut from the Grandma's House pack.
I started with a background of pattern paper topped with a doily, and then the large floral die cut.
I added a few accents, like a sticker label at the top so I can personalize with a name or a sentiment, and a scatter of sequins.
I love the bit of lace peeking out from behind the florals - it's like lace next to the watercolor floral design.
Wishing you lots of blessings and love!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Pretty Little Studio Products
Paper | Home For The Holidays Collection
Stickers | Home Labels
Flair | Mistletoe, Winter Joy
Die Cuts | Snowflake Vellum, Happy Memories, Grandma's House
Sequins | Raindrop Blue, Gift Wrap, Tree Topper
Doily | 4" Cambridge

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown - Reindeer Games

Looking for a fun challenge to play today? The Tuesday Throwdown Blog has "ANYTHING GOES" this time! SO NO EXCUSES! There's plenty of time to play too!
I'm playing with the Pretty Pink Posh Reindeer Friends stamp set! The set includes lots of reindeer in several different poses so you can create lots of fun scenes.
I've got one reindeer adding to the stack of packages that will be heaped on to Santa's sleigh. Another reindeer is practicing take off. Don't you love the pretty gold Stitched Stars?
The last reindeer is a little doe - she's got a red bow in her hair. The set also includes a Santa cap that I added to the sentiment just for fun!
I hope you're having a great day and you're holiday is shaping up nicely!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Pretty Pink Posh Reindeer Friends
Dies | Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Stars, Reindeer Friends, Scallop Hexagons
Pattern Paper | Pink Paislee Cedar Lane 6"
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh Gold 6mm, 4mm

Friday, December 22, 2017

Tupelo Designs LLC - Christmas Joy!

Happy Friday! This is my day to post for my favorite store - Tupelo Designs LLC! Can you believe it? Christmas is almost here! I thought I'd sneak in one more Christmas card before it's too late. There are so many wonderful Christmas stamps to select from the store that I just couldn't limit myself to one or two! 
This was made with the Waffle Flower Poinsettia stamp and matching die set. The poinsettia is a multi stamped image that was a little tricky for me. I started by stamping on plain white paper - which would be ok if you're going to do a single layer design. I wanted to die cut mine, and when I went to cut them they weren't lined up correctly.
A better way to do it would be to cut some of the dies from plain white card stock. Save the negative of the cut to use as a template inside a stamping tool. This makes it so much easier to align the images, and you can repeat the process easily by replacing the white die cut with every stamping of the design.
I stamped several in different shades of pinks and red. I used Altenew inks that are "self healing" - meaning they never leave any blotchy impressions. The ink spreads evenly over your paper as it soaks in and dries. I adhered the die cuts to a sheet of colored card stock, and added the little joy tag sentiment from the set with twine.
Tupelo Designs LLC is my favorite store because I can always find several of my favorite brands all in the same place. They carry Altenew, Concord & 9th, My Favorite Things, Lawn Fawn, Reverse Confetti, Avery Elle, and so many more! They run sales several times a year and the very best part? Shipping is ALWAYS FREE - no coupon required (USA ONLY - discounted rates overseas).

So even if I don't get everything that's on my wish list.. I know I'll be getting exactly what I want delivered straight to my door! To check out the store CLICK HERE.

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Waffle Flower Poinsettia
Dies | Waffle Flower Poinsettia

Simple Stories 2018 Collection

This has to be one of the busiest times of the year! We’re reuniting with friends and family. The kids are off school, or coming home from college, and we’re running in all different directions. There’s dinners to plan, and gifts to buy!

As the days start counting down to 2018 I’m filled with thoughts of how I can make this year better than the last. It’s time to reflect on accomplishments and failures of 2017. Most of all, in 2018, I want to appreciate each moment and to live in the “now”. I want to show appreciation for the ones I love EVERY day, and try to make a small difference to those I can help WHENEVER I can.

If you’If you feel the same way I think you’ll love the new Simple Stories 2018 Collection. The 12” Collection Kit contains everything you need to make memorable cards and layouts to celebrate the coming year. The messages are inspirational and encouraging!
The collection is a classy mix of black and white with a touch of gold. It’s got images of clocks, balloons, fireworks and champagne flutes. It’s a party in a package! 
I think the 12" Collection Kit is a great value too! I cut the papers down to 6" squares. Some of the sheets are printed with journaling cards. I like to use the smaller ones for the focal point on my cards.
The sticker sheet is loaded with images as well as little sentiment strips that are perfect for embellishing your projects.
Some of the stickers I adhere with adhesive foam tape. I attach a piece of foam tape to the back of the sticker (leave the protective cover on the foam tape) and then dust it with baby powder to remove the adhesiveness of the sticker. Lastly peel off the protective cover off the adhesive foam tape and adhere the image to your project.
There are lots of wonderful images in the kit that are easy to embellish with.
The gold print on the images in this collection are NOT metallic foil - they are printed with a gold color ink.
It’s a new year – a new beginning – and what you do with it is completely up to you! Wishing you peace and love and a 2018 filled with memories to last forever!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
Simple Stories 2018 #9444 Collection Kit