[2.22.15] paper smooches sparks challenge

Paper Smooches SPARKS

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Check out the new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  I’m excited because it is a designer drafts week.  Kim has another amazing sketch for all of us to tackle.  Ready?

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dies: roses, birthday words, Flag Tags Dies

Lots of die cutting and a little watercoloring makes for pretty little card.  I just adore how this flower turned out.  The rose is die cut from watercolor paper.  Then I separated the inside cuts and watercolored them with markers.  Once they were dry, I inlaid them and added some Glossy Accents.

Hope you have fun playing this week.  Make sure you link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
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Jenny
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[2.19.2015] unity thursday

Happy Thursday

Time for some more THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.

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Nothin’ like a hot shoe to celebrate in!!!  I’m dressing up this card with the shoe image from the February 2015 Kit of the Month.  It absolutely needed to be a shaker card.  Right?  I colored the shoe with some Copics and a gold Wink of Stella.  Kinda Louboutin-ish.

To create the shaker, I cut out the top piece with my Cameo and filled it with sequins and chunky glitter.  Instant party in box.  The celebrate is die cut from white cardstock and then painted with my gold Wink of Stella pen again.  Last, I cut out the “in style” from the sentiment and cut it into a banner.  Super fun and flirty.

** COMMENT PRIZE **
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 2 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

Here are all the girls hopping today…  just click on the next pretty girl in line.

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[2.12.2015] unity thursday blog hop

Hoppin’ with Unity

Hello THURSDAY!!!  It is a great day for some hopping fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

This week Unity is kicking off a BRAND NEW {be inspired} challenge and it is amazing.

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I was inspired by both the colors and the card sketch.  My first card uses only the colors in the challenge, then I added some coral to the mix for the second two.

I started out with stamping the sentiments on watercolor paper and then die cut them out.  Next some simple watercoloring with Distress inks.  I just love how vibrant the colors turned out.  I also sprayed some sheer shimmer ink over the tops and let them dry completely.  Next, I stamped the wood-grain background in white and popped up the sentiments after they were dry.  Last, but not least, I added some white and clear sequins for a little more sparkle and dimension.

** COMMENT PRIZE **
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 2 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

Here are all the girls hopping today…  just click on the next pretty girl in line.

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[2.9.2015] sweet elle

Sweet Elle

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There is just something about a little elephant that makes my heart smile.  Young and old souls alike would appreciate receiving this little birthday cutie.  I think I have mentioned I have a hard time with cards for the little tikes.  But I think sweet elle will help me out tremendously.  And this simple design is perfect for bulking up my stock of cards.

This little elle is watercolored with paints.  I stamped first, then watercolored, dried completely (with the aid of my hairdryer) and then die cut the shape.  I finally found my crochet yarn, geez, that has been missing for ages!!!  It was the perfect little accent for this dainty card.

Unity Stamp of the Week

You can find more information and to sign up for the Stamp of the Week HERE.
Who wouldn’t love a little Unity delivered EVERY week.
Awesome.

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[2.1.2015] I have some SUPER fun news…

Super News

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Dude… I have some wonderful news to share.  Remember back in December when I was tickled pink to guest design for the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge?  Well, now I am BEYOND thrilled to be re-joining the team permanently!!!!  Wait, what?  Eeek.  I’m so excited.  I just adore all things Paper Smooches and I just LOVE challenges.  I couldn’t be happier.

Are you watching the Super Bowl (for those in the US) today?  I’m watching commercials and eating good.  Lol  I’m also not going anywhere.  The Super Bowl is in town and there are a crazy amount of people here.  Nuts-O.  I’m staying home.

So let’s get to the goods.  We are kicking off February with an ANYTHING GOES challenge.  Pull out your ALL your Paper Smooches stamps and dies and go crazy!!!

Anything Goes PSS

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I was feeling simple and dainty.  Blossoming Buds is one of my all time favorite stamp sets.  I could use this set over and over and over again.  This is about as one layer as it can get.  I HAD to add the sequins.  Just had too, you understand right?  I love the simple little bit of sparkle it adds.  Don’t you just adore that sweet little rose?  So lovely.

Anything goes this week, so let your imagination fly.  Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
Alice
Lisa
Erin
Jenny
Savannah
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[1.22.2105] unity thursday hop

Unity Thursday Blog Hop

Time for some more THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

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Beautiful Life, Blessed Memories

I’m inking up the new sentiment kit for this month’s {Be Inspired} challenge.  There are a variety of different sentiments to choose from.  Many can be used for the front or inside of cards depending on what you’d like to say.

I started out with embossing the heart and sentiment on vellum.  I tried out tons of different patterned paper to put underneath.  So many were too bold or busy and made it hard to see the sentiment.  So, I used some watercolor to create the blue-green background paper.  Much softer.  I was too impatient to let the watercolor paper dry completely so I sewed the vellum on.  It puckered in an interesting way and I kinda love it.  It is puffy and crinkly in a cool soft way.  I think I’m going to play around with this idea again and create a set in different colors with different sentiments in the set.

** COMMENT PRIZE **
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 2 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

Here are all the girls hopping today…  just click on the next pretty girl in line.

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[1.8.2015] unity thursday – pitcher us together

Unity Thursday

Time for some more THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

I’m sharing a tag I’ve created using the current stamp of the week.

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Sooooo cute!  I can’t help be a little bias towards this week’s stamp, it is my little design.  Nothing better than a pitcher of beer with my hubs.  I thought it would make for a cute little stamp.  Now, this could be a pitcher of anything really… beer, sangria, lemonade, kool-aid.  Your pitcher can be filled with anything.

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I used Distress Markers to watercolor this tag and created a little snippet if you are interested in watching my process.

** COMMENT PRIZE **
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 2 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

Here are all the girls hopping today…  just click on the next pretty girl in line.

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[1.5.2015] season’s givings winner

Season’s Givings Winner

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Congrats Debbie!!!
Email Me with your address (and claim your prize within 5 days please).

Oh my goodness, thank you for all the visits and LOVE!!!  What an amazing way to start 2015.  I am so thankful for you all, I sure hope 2015 had EXTRA beautiful things in store of you.  A special thanks to the amazing Latisha for hosting.

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[1.1.2015] season’s givings + Unity blog hop *giveaway*

Season’s Givings Blog Hop

I’m so excited to be a part of the Season’s Givings hop again this year.  And to amp up the EXCITEMENT Unity Stamp Co has joined in on the fun too.  It is such a BIG, HUGE hop day.

I am hopping as both part of the Unity design team and as part of the Season’s Givings blog hop.  Depending on where you are arriving from, I’ll send you on your way at the bottom of the hop.  In either case, there is a ton to see and a ton of prizes to win.

A little about the Season’s Givings hop… a bunch of companies and bloggers all gather together to celebrate the season and by giving.  Every participant in this hop has a gift to give.  So make sure to leave comments and/or follow instructions on how to enter each giveaway.  FOR ME… just leave a lovely comment and I’ll pick a winner to receive the prize package below.  The prize package is for those in the USA, if you happen to win and are international, I’ll email you a $15 gift certificate to Unity Stamp Co instead.

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my personal giveaway | a little thank you from me

I must admit, the blog was a little quieter this year.  Lots of life events to steal away my crafty blog time.  I stayed busy with the Unity Stamp Company design team, designing stamps for Unity and the Tag You’re It Challenge design team. Not to mention keeping up with family and friend’s events requiring cards.  Ha.

I have a couple of thank you cards to celebrate my THANKS today.  I really can’t express how THANKFUL I am that you take the time to visit me.  My little heart is warmed greatly by your visits, your comments and love.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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My 3 furry babies spent the weekend with their grandparents after Christmas.  My husband and I were married in Vegas 11 years ago on the 28th.  We tend to celebrate in Vegas every chance we get.  My parents went above and beyond this time as my little Lulu ripped off her toenail.  Yikes.  Lulu took it in stride and my parents were troopers and took her to the vet for us.  Grandparents of the year, right!?!  My little rugrats sent their grandparents this thank you for taking such good care of them.

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I just adore this owl, he is my fave for sure.  I paper pieced his body, colored his legs with Copics and then added some glossy accents to his glasses.  Isn’t he darling?  I paired him with the perfect sentiment for today…  because I want to thank ALL of you with all my heart!!! ♥︎♥︎♥︎

I can’t thank my blog friends enough for sticking by me and if you are a new visitor, welcome.  I wish you a year full of happiness, joy and blessings.  Happy New Year.

Unity Design Team Hop

Leave a comment for a chance at this prize from Unity (winner announced on the Unity blog, Monday, 1-5-2015) and then click on the next lady in line.

Season’s Givings Hop
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Leave a comment for a chance at this prize from me (winner announced on my blog, Monday, 1-5-2015). You should have arrived from Tricia Traxler and you’ll visit Lorena Cantó next.  The full list of Season’s Givings hoppers can be found at the bottom of this post.

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[12.28.2014] paper smooches SPARKS

More SPARKS fun

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Boy, did this month fly by fast. This is my last week to guest design with the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!!! I’ve seriously had a blast playing along. A great big THANK YOU to Paper Smooches for letting me play along.

This week’s challenge…

{1.14.2012} SPARKS designer drafts

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I have this thing about switching up sketches, which they are good for. You take the bones of the sketch and then make it yours. I made a tall card instead of a landscape card and then tilted my patterned paper at an angle over top, like the sketch. Next, I did some masking with the deer from Happy Camper and the flowers from Blossoming Buds. I used two different sentiments from Happy Camper and Birthday Sampler to create my sentiment. After stamping, I used my Cameo Pixscan mat to cut out the talk bubble and flowers with deer. I colored everything with Copics and added some sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen. Last, I tied a little bow on my deer to mimic the bow from the sketch.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week too.

Now it is your turn to come and play!!! Just CLICK HERE to find out all the details and to link up your project.

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