Friday, July 24, 2015

Altenew July Release Blog Hop

Hi everyone! It's Friday--woo hoo!

Today, Altenew is having a blog hop to celebrate its July Stamp Release! Yeah! The July release includes nine new sets, which are available now in the Altenew store. If you're hopping along, you should be coming from May's blog. Here's the complete list:

I made two projects with the new stamps:

Lily Thanks

First up, I used the new Layered Lily set. This gorgeous flower has a whopping five layers (I only used four). Taking inspiration from Aga's card, I inked up the layers in lighter Altenew inks. I fussy cut the flower and inked up the leaf in the set.

I stewed over what to do with the background, but it dawned on me to stamp one of the lily layers in Frosty Pink. It made a cool background! I finished the card off with the sentiment from the same Layered Lily set. Here's a close-up:

Lily Thanks

For my second card, I went cute:

Happy World

Seriously, folks, I think I would buy the set just for this sentiment. :) I used the new Halftone Happy set, which is full of fantastic and different sentiments (like the one I used in my card).

I stamped the "happy" in Coral Berry, fussy cut the word, and stitched it to the Studio Calico patterned paper. Next, I stamped the second sentiment (also from Halftone Happy) and layered it with foam tape. Here's a close-up:

Happy World

I used two of the nine new sets, so be sure to hop along and see the other sets. :)

Prizes: There are two ways to win!

To celebrate this release, Altenew will draw three winners who will each receive a $50 gift certificate to their online store. Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Friday, July 31st 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on Saturday, August 1st.

Altenew is also offering a $30 gift certificate for comments on this blog post. For a chance to win this extra gift certificate, please leave a comment on my post by Friday, July 31st at 11:59pm.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Next up on the hop is the fabulous Aga. I'm sure you're in for a treat!

Lily Thanks
Stamps: (sentiment, flower, leaf from Layered Lily) Altenew
Ink: (Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Buttercream, Jet Black) Altenew; (Coral Brilliance) Tsukineko; (white Mister Huey's) Studio Calico; (gold mist) Lindy's Stamp Gang
Embellishments: (chipboard frame) Crate Paper; (sequins) Studio Calico; (white cord) Hemptique

Happy World
Stamps: (sentiments from Halftone Happy) Altenew
Ink: (Coral Berry, Jet Black) Altenew
Patterned paper: (cloud from a Studio Calico kit); (polka dot from Summertime) October Afternoon
Embellishments: (yellow and white cord) Lawn Fawn

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Right at Home Stamp Launch Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great week. :)

I'm participating in a special hop today! The Right at Home store is releasing a stamp set called Happy Mail! This super cute 3"x4" set is only available at the Right at Home store. Nicole asked some folks to help her with the release, and I'm happy to be participating. :)

Here's what I made:

Happy Mail

Aren't those flowers sweet? The Happy Mail set is perfect for envelopes, but I wanted to show how the set worked for a card, too.

Happy Mail

I stamped the Happy Mail flowers and centers in different colors and fussy cut them. Next, I stamped the "happy mail" sentiment and embossed over the panel. After arranging the flowers, I added some gold splatter and cord (the punched hole with the cord was inspired by the amazing Claudia Shadler).

Here's a close-up:

Happy Mail

Right at Home sells Waste Not Paper Envelopes, and I used the Blossom for my project. I created a liner (see the first picture) and stamped the flowers and centers in a random pattern. As a tip, when adhering the liner, only use adhesive on the flap, not the entire liner (I've made that mistake before--ugh!).

On the envelope closure, I stamped the seal. Here's a close-up:

Happy Mail

Want to see some other samples using the Happy Mail set?

Here are the links for the hop:

Jocelyn <--You are here!

There's a giveaway, too!

Nicole will be giving away three sets of the stamp on her Instagram account (@rightathome). The giveaway ends on Friday, July 24th at 8:00 pm EST. Be sure to see her Instagram post for details!

Next up in the hop is Holly!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer (Non-Traditional) Mini Album

Hi everyone! We got back from our trip to the Black Hills. For years, I've wanted to see Devils Tower (I blame Close Encounters of the Third Kind), and I finally got to see it. My family and some of our friends met up to hike around it, and I *loved* it. If you have a chance to visit, it's worth the trip!

Anyhoo, I'm up on the Maya Road blog sharing a non-traditional mini album:

Summer Mini

I started with the Wood ATC Box and altered it to make a tag/card/bag drawer as the album.

Here are most of the tags and cards:

Summer Mini

For the tags and cards, I mixed lots of Maya Road products with October Afternoon Summertime patterned papers and stickers. The cute popsicle is from My Favorite Things' You're the Sweetest stamps and dies, and the star is a MFT Lucky Stars die.

Summer Mini

I have to say, it was one of the most fun projects I've ever made--all of the scrappy layering and altering was a blast. I love these products!! :)

Here is a picture of the whole box:

Summer Mini

I have several other pictures on the Maya Road blog. I hope you'll swing by and check it out! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

July Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great week! We went to the Badlands today and had perfect weather. If you ever have a chance to go, it's a great national park. :)

I'm very happy to be participating in the July Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge! The Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly challenge at Ellen Hutson based on a Pinterest-inspired photo. Laurel really hit it out of the park with this month's inspiration pin! You can see it over in The Classroom [Go check it out, but please come back! :)]

Here's how I was inspired:

You Rock!

My focus was the Twelve Days stamps set, but I used a total of five Essentials by Ellen stamp sets. :) All of the background squares are stamped or masked:

You Rock!

The top left was blended over the All Lined Up stencil. For the top right, I stamped the stars from the Cozy Christmas set, and the bottom right was stamped using the Bokeh Dots. I clear embossed the flowers from the Bold Blooms set and then blended the ink over the embossing. To get whiter blooms, I ironed off the embossing powder. It was the first time doing this technique, and it worked like a charm! My iron will finally get used for something. ;)

I hand-cut the squares and wonky-stitched around them. To emphasize the drums, I added a piece of vellum:

You Rock!

The cool drums are from the 12 Days set. I masked the number, Copic-colored the drums, and die-cut a star from the Home and Hearth dies for the the bass drum. The sentiment is from the 12 Days Companion Greetings. Here's one more close-up:

You Rock!

Want to play along? You can link up your projects over at The Classroom. Want to see what one random participant will win?

Yep, super awesome! I hope you have a chance to play along!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

To the Moon for You

Hi everyone!

Moon for You

I'm up on the Altenew blog with a card and a tutorial on making the nighttime sky. I hope you check it out! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Right at Home Blog Swap + A Giveaway

Hi everyone! It's Jocelyn, and today, Nicole from Right at Home and I are swapping blogs. Please be sure to check out my guest post on the Right at Home blog. :) Nicole's post is below!

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Hi there!

My name is Nicole and I am the owner of Right at Home Shop, an online paper crafting store specializing in bringing the best crafting products into the homes (& hands!) of my customers! I also am a blogger over at and that’s where I share most of the projects I make with all of the fun new crafty products on the market!

To introduce myself a little I wanted to share some random facts about myself. I love Pinterest, chip & salsa, Gilmore Girls, and flea markets. My favorite T.V. shows are anything and everything on Bravo, especially the Real Housewives of New York and Flipping Out. I’ve recently started exploring different restaurants and coffee shops near my home and it has become quite an obsession. I love all things crafty with cardmaking being at the top of my list!

I have been a follower and huge fan of Jocelyn’s for a while and am so excited she agreed to let me guest post on her blog! She will also be guest posting on my blog so make sure to click over to my blog to see her project once you finish reading this post…

For our posts we decided to show you two different interpretations of the My Favorite Things Count the Stars stamp and die sets. For my card, I used a variety of other products and techniques that are new to me, but I think created an overall unique card!

Let’s get started:

While browsing Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration I noticed that ink blending is becoming more and more popular. Since I’m not one who normally likes to get “inking” I thought it might be fun to step outside of my crafty comfort zone and try my hand at ink blending!

For my cards, I used a few of the My Favorite Things Hybrid Inks and one Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals ink pad and both worked perfectly for this technique.

For the pink version of my card, I started out with the MFT Razzleberry Hybrid Ink and used my Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool to blend some of the color onto the top of some Neenah Solar White cardstock. I continued to add ink until I was happy with the vibrancy and then moved on to my next color. From the bottom of my cardstock piece, I blended on some MFT Daffodil Hybrid Ink and continued to blend upwards until I achieved that awesome orange mix in the center.

When I started arranging some of my embellishments and sentiment strips I realized I needed something else...a pop. I decided to cut out my own stencil from acetate using the MFT Sun Ray Die (you could also use the MFT Sun Ray Stencil if you have that). I placed it over my inked piece and sponged on some of the white ink. I made sure to have the “rays” pointing around the area where I planned to have my focal point.

I did the same process for the blue version of my card except I used the Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals Ink in Peacock at the top and I used the same MFT Daffodil color for the bottom. These two combined to create a beautiful, rich green in the center.

For both cards I used the MFT Flutter of Butterflies in the Solid and Lace versions to create my embellishments. I cut them out of coordinating cardstocks that I thought matched the ink colors well. I also used the Stars & Wishes die to cut out my sentiments from brown and navy cardstock. I cut an additional die cut out of white foam and adhered them underneath the paper one to add dimension. I finished off the sentiment by white heat-embossing “big” onto a piece of coordinating cardstock with the Count the Stars stamp set. I added a few enamel dots around my focal point to embellish and bring in even more color!

I love how all of these pieces, the Count the Stars stamp and coordinating die and the Stars & Wishes die set, can be combined to create different looks and various sentiments. Definitely a very versatile stamp set for all of your crafty projects!

In addition to sharing two fun projects with you, Jocelyn and I are holding a joint giveaway on both of our blogs! Make sure to read all of the rules and instructions below to make sure you are eligible to enter.

$15 Right at Home Shop Gift Card Giveaway Details // Open Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 am EST - Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00 am EST

Make sure to click over to my blog to see Jocelyn’s take on these adorable stamp and die sets!

Hope you all enjoyed my post today. Thanks Jocelyn!!


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