Thursday, August 28, 2014

Paper Smooches August DT Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches September release with you! FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on September 1st. You will find our new releases HERE.

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! The prize - a $25 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store
Want a chance to win a prize? Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at random from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25 prize. 
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed above or the PS blog for your chance to win (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify, but it increases your chances)! 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, August 31st to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, September 1st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners. 
Here's the order of the hop:
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Here's my card using A Blessed Christmas:

Isn't that image so sweet? I love that it's a cute religious, Christmas image. This set has so many fabulous images!

For my card, I simply stamped and colored it with Copics. To add a soft layer, I die-cut a the window out of vellum and stamped the sentiment from A Blessed Christmas directly on the vellum (got to love the Brilliance inks). Finally, I used the matching Blessed Icons dies to die-cut the dove. When I think of Christmas, I don't typically think of rust and black colors. ;) But, as soon as I saw these BasicGrey papers with the image, I had to go with the non-traditional colors. 

Here's a close-up:

Thanks for stopping by! Next up is my sweet and very talented friend Kalyn!

Stamps: (sentiment, holy family, dove from A Blessed Christmas) Paper Smooches
Dies: (dove from Blessed Icons); (banner, circle) Silhouette America
Cardstock: (white) PTI; (vellum) Hobby Lobby
Patterned papers: (Spice Market) BasicGrey
Ink: (Graphite Black Brilliance; Tuxedo Black Memento) Tsukineko; (Gold and Opaque White Mister Huey's spray mist) Studio Calico

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Every Cloud...

**If you're looking for my Hero Arts/A2Z Scrapbooking post, please click HERE

Hi all! It's hump day....well, almost. LOL!

I'm on the Neat & Tangled blog today sharing this card:

Every Cloud

I used the Clouds set designed by my friend, Miriam Prantner. I have more pictures on the Neat & Tangled post HERE. I'd love it if you would check it out!

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: (white; Linen Vellum) PTI
Stamps: (Clouds) Neat & Tangled
Patterned paper: (zigzag by Sugar Rush Scrapbook Add-On) Studio Calico
Embellishments: (Crystal Clear, Pink Lemonade sequins) Neat & Tangled; (White Punchinella) Neat & Tangled; (green star from Daily Flash) October Afternoon; (yellow puffy heart, blue star, flair from Studio Calico kits) Studio Calico

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hero Arts & A2Z Scrapbooking Digital Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I'm super excited and honored to be participating in a special blog hop today:

A2Z Scrapbooking will be the new Hero Arts digital retailer, and to celebrate the collaboration, we're having a blog hop. If you're just joining the hop, you can start at the Hero Arts blog.

I made a couple of cards using a few digital techniques. Here's the first one:

Hello Sunshine

I used the Sunshine Flowers cutting files and digital stamps. Instead of cutting the jumbo flower, I clipped a Just Jaimee digital patterned paper to it in Photoshop. If you wanted a one-layer card for mailing, the clipping technique is the way to go. The sentiment was die-cut on my Cameo out of white cardstock. I used two spray mists to watercolor a gradient on the die-cut.  

I added some splatter over the flower to give the flower some shimmer. 

Hello Sunshine

And yes, the sentiment is different in this card. I made a set of four cards and die-cut two of the sentiments and using the digital clipping technique for the other two. I'm fickle. ;) 

My second card is a little more masculine:

Written in the Stars

For this card, I used the Firmament set and a few different digital techniques. I started with a digital patterned paper and stamped the falling stars with the digital brush. Next, I stamped some of the sketchy stars, rotating the brushes and resizing them. 

After adding the sentiment from the same set, I printed two copies. I trimmed the stars out of one of the copies and added them on top for some more depth:

Written in the Stars

I also printed one of the stars on vellum and added it to the bottom corner. I love the added translucency of printing on vellum.  

Written in the Stars

As part of the hop, there's also a giveaway! A2Z Scrapbooking is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky commenter. The winner will be selected from all comments on the blogs, so the more comments you leave, the better your chances. The giveaway ends on Sunday, August 31st at 11:59 ET.

Here's a list of the participants:

Thanks for stopping by! Next up on the hop is the fabulous Zoey Scarpelli!

Hello Sunshine
Stamps: (flower from Sunshine Flowers) Hero Arts digital
Cardstock: (white) PTI; (Premium Matte Photo Paper) OfficeMax
Patterned paper: (digital Ice Cream Painted Paper from Just Jaimee) The Lilypad; (yellow from Jen Hadfield) Pebbles; (stripe) PTI
Die-cut: (sentiment from Sunshine Flowers) Hero Arts digital
Inks: (Pink Ginger, hot pink) Maya Mists

Written in the Stars
Stamps: (sketchy stars, falling stars, sentiment from The Firmament) Hero Arts digital
Cardstock: (white, linen vellum) PTI; (Premium Matte Photo Paper) OfficeMax
Patterned paper: (digital Stargazer paper by Dawn by Design) Pixels & Co.; (orange stripe from Jubilee) My Mind's Eye
Embellishments: (puffy stars from Daily Flash) October Afternoon; (sequins) Avery Elle
Dies: (stars from Large Holiday Shapes) Simon Says Stamp

Friday, August 22, 2014

Woodland Animal Card Set

**If you're looking for the CASE Study Anniversary post, please click HERE.

Hi all! Ready for the weekend? We started school this week, and it's hard to get back into the routine.

I was over on the Glitz Design blog this week sharing a card set. Here's the group shot:

Be True to Who You Are

See the fawn? See the fox? Eek! I love these animals in the Carpe Diem collection. The set has four cards and matching envelopes. All of the cards have the same design, but I used a different animal for each card.

Here's the fox (my fave):

Be True to Who You Are

I explained a little more on the Glitz blog how I made him, but the animals don't look like this in the collection. I digitally clipped a zigzag paper from the Felicity digital collection to each of the animals in the Carpe Diem Element Pack 2. It's a super easy technique and a great way to stretch your digital supplies.

Here's a close-up:

Be True to Who You Are

After I altered the animals, I added the sentiment from the digital Carpe Diem Element Pack 2. I used the Felicity papers to layer some strips on each card. Since the cards are meant to be mailed, I tried to keep the embellishments and dimension to a minimum. If you would like to get these papers, they are 75% off over at Simon Says Stamp this week (use the code: GLITZ)!!

I had to stitch through the sequins (again). I can't stop doing that technique!

Be True to Who You Are

The picture with all four animals is on the Glitz blog. If you get a chance, I would love it if you would swing by their blog and leave a little love. :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Patterned paper: (Stripe from Black and White collection; pink and blue papers from the Felicity 6x6 pad) Glitz Design
Digital elements: (sentiment from Carpe Diem Element Pack 2; animals from Carpe Diem Element Pack 3; zigzag paper on animals from Felicity Paper Pack 2) Glitz Design
Ink: (Opaque White Mister Huey's) Studio Calico
Sequins: (Rosie Posie sequin) Neat & Tangled; (Platinum Color Theory star sequin) Studio Calico; (white iridescent) Webster's Pages

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CASE Study Anniversary Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Today I'm participating in the CASE Study Fourth Anniversary Blog Hop.

Chupa does such a fab job leading this challenge blog, and it shows. Four years is quite an accomplishment! (Congrats, Chupa!) To celebrate, there are special blog hops with past Muses and past and current CASE Study Design Team members.

We're all selecting an image of something or someone that inspires us. Lately, I've been pretty obsessed with Kim Stewart's work. I decided to make a card based on THIS awesome layout (at Wilna Furstenberg's blog):

Here's my take:


I originally was going to go more layered, but I was very inspired by the bold background and contrasting die-cut. Instead of using Gelatos like Kim did, I used five different spray mists to watercolor my background. I added a little white spray mist and the Leaves and Roses die-cut. Here's a close-up:


For the sentiment, I went digital. I hand cut the "happiness" out of a Pink Paislee digital journaling card. I added a few embellishments and called it good. :)


What's a hop without prizes, right? This week's sponsors are: 

To enter to win, leave a comment here and on the participants' posts. Once you're done, you can link your name at the CASE Study blog

There's also a challenge open until Tuesday. If you want to play along, you can CASE one of the cards on the hop.

Here's the list of blog hop participants this week:

Next up is the super-talented and funny Jennifer Rzasa.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: (Distress Watercolor) Ranger; (silver glitterstock) Best Creations
Die-cuts: (Roses and Leaves die-cutting file) Kim Stewart; (Stars) Paper Smooches
Ink: (London Blue, Fresh Lime mists) Dylusions; (Taxi, Opaque White) Mister Huey's; (Lemon Zest) Tattered Angels; (blue metallic) Maya Mist
Digital elements: (sentiment from Say Yes To Elements) Paislee Press
Embellishments: (Emerald sequin) Neat & Tangled; (yellow cabochon) Webster's Pages

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