Friday, May 25, 2018

arrrrrr - you're a treasure!

today I have a card up on the Create a Smile Stamps blog, and it's pirate themed!

love it!
that cute cute, koala pirate is my FAVORITE and I love him here!
be sure to check out the card on the Create a Smile Stamps blog to find out more about it! :)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

here for you always

today I have a card up on the Newton's Nook Designs blog!

I created this card for my mom, who is dealing with the loss of her long-time, best friend. it's the least I can do, and I wish I could do so much more.
anyway, the card - I used Beautiful Wings for the butterflies!
I stamped them with Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick, and then heat embossed over them with clear!

once they were dry, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and stitched them to my card with my sewing machine!

I used the Darling Hearts Die to cut out the heart, and the did some Distress Ink blending in Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon to back it!
the sentiment is from Newton's Support and was heat embossed onto a black banner.

head on over to the Newton's Nook Designs blog to read more and keep up to date on all of the latest news and new releases!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

under the sea - I'm so jelly!

today I have another card up on the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge blog!
I created this card with the current challenge in mind - a summer mood board

LOVE how this came out!
I started with a piece of aqua cardstock, and did some Distress Ink blending on top in Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet!
then I sprinkled some water on top, and once it was all dry, I used a dry brush with watered down white acrylic paint, and painted some light rays shining down on the sea! so fun!

the sand was created by add Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Inks! I die cut them from the Stitched Hillside Borders
of course those cute cute images are from the So Jelly mini set! I colored in the images with Zig Clean color Real Brush Markers and then fussy cut them out!
I also added some glitter with stickles, because...well I wanted to! ha!

hope you play along with the newest challenge!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #29 - Summer Mood Board

happy Monday!
let's start this week off with a NEW challenge over at the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge blog!

this time...we want to see you make something inspired by this amazing summer themed mood board!!

this was so fun for me! summer is the BEST thing to create projects for! ha!

i couldn't help but make a layout for this challenge - I'm sorry to all of you who are card fans!So fun! I love it!
I was inspired by those stripes, the colors and the water!

I used the Ocean Wave Border dies to create masks. I placed them on the white cardstock, and then used Distress Paints in Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch to add the paint!
once it was dry, I used the packaging techinique to fill in the color in the same, coordinating Distress Ink colors!
then I die cut out some white waves using the same dies, and added my journaling on top of those - which I also stitched on with my sewing machine!

I stamped and fussy cut out a few of the mer-menn from the Mermaid for You stamp set and used them as embellishments on my layout! I love the two hugging, like my little Menn! I added to the title (and for the date!) with Harold's ABCs and did heat embossing to add them to the layout! 

I really can't WAIT for you to play along! you could win a $25 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn!!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

To Bee Or Not To Bee 2018 Blog Hop

i'm so excited to be part of the To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop! you should have arrived here from Kathy Curry's blog! if not, no worries, you can always start at the beginning, by clicking here!

bees are SO important to our life, and we wanted to celebrate them!! you can read all about World Bee Day and the reasons bees are amazing, here!
and check out these AMAZING sponsors!!!]

Fantastic companies and artists are supporting the blog hop with incredible generosity. These are the prizes they have sponsored:
Crafty Sentiment Designs, 3 Digital Images of winner’s choice
Create a Smile, 25€ Gift Certificate to the Store
Gerda Steiner Designs, $15 Gift Certificate to the Store
Happy Little Stampers, $20 Gift Certificate to the Store
Jane’s Doodles, 3 Stamp Sets (in stock) of winner’s choice
Kitty Bee Designs, 1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
Lawn Fawn, $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Little Miss Muffet Stamps, $10 Gift Certificate to the Store
Sasayaki Glitter, 1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
STAMPlorations, $20 Gift Certificate to the Store
Sue Hastead of Tanglemouse Cards, 6 x 6 paper pad

Uniko, Clear Stamp Set (in stock) of winner’s choice

Milka is also giving away a prize: Jane’s Doodles ‘Daisies’ stamp set.
14 prizes will be given away to 14 winners.
For your chance to win, all you have to do is hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop.
You can enter the giveaway until Saturday, May 27th (12 AM, CEST +2 UTC).

Milka will announce winners on her blog on Wednesday, May 31st. Winners have to confirm prizes in a week. Unconfirmed prizes will be redrawn. 

so now, on to my card!

love that dressed up kitty!
I used the adorable Newton's Costume Party stamp set from Newton's Nook Designs and colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers!
I added some glitter to the wings, and the foam tape to pop him up!

I used Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio to create the background! then I went over it all again with the Cloudy Sky Stencil and sprinkled water on top! 
the sentiment is from Winston's Honeybees stamp set, that I heat embossed onto a strip of black cardstock.

thank you SO much for hanging with me on World Bee Day!
next up on the hop is the INCREDIBLE Sonja Kerkhoffs

Friday, May 18, 2018

cutest little bottle of germs for a sickie!

this time I have a get well card up on the Create a Smile Stamps blog! (in honor of my husband being 'mann sick' this week! ha! poor guy...ha)

head on over to the Create a Smile Stamps blog to see it and read all about how it came together!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Newton's Nook Designs May Release - Newton Loves Boxes + coordinating Die and Newton’s Donut + coordinating Die

we made it!
today is the final reveal day for Newton's Nook Designs May release!

and oh my gosh you guys...this release is so completely amazing! I'm in LOVE with each new set, and I can't wait for you all to see it, too! it's so spring, and new beginnings and FUN!
today we're starting the week off with the new Newton Loves Boxes + coordinating Die and Newton’s Donut +coordinating Die
you can totally create a project life type spread, gift tags and, of course, cards! all of the new sets will be available for purchase on May 18th, right here!

I super LOVE newton, and these sets couldn't be any cuter!
my first card uses the Newton Loves Boxes set! (ha!!! hilarious!)

I colored in the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out! ha - LOVE that tilted little newton butt box, ha!

I did some Distress Ink blending in the background in Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers to complete the 'rainbow' of this card! then I stamped the building images from Newton Dreams of New York to create the illusion of a city behind them! the effect is lighter than I originally anticipated, since I used the same ink colors, but I still like the subtle effect! 

my second card uses the new Newton's Donut set...WHICH I LOVE! lol!! 

I used more Distress Ink Blending (this time in Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio) for the background, and then popped up that adorable image with foam tape!

as few squins finished off the card! and I heat embossed that FUN sentiment!

Would you like to win the “Newton Loves Boxes" or "Newton’s Donut" Stamp Set?
This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday May 17th at 9pm EST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, May 18th. 
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter: