Sunday, August 28, 2016

SUPER excited Create a Smile Stamp News and September Release!

hi hi hi!!

this post is chocked full of awesome NEW September release information, and even more exciting...(if possible) a BRAND NEW ANNOUNCEMENT:

that's right!! Create a Smile stamps is coming out with a NEW papercrafting magazine, and YOU could be in it!! It's paper and everything!!!! eeeeeeeek!!

All you have to do is submit your (NEW and UNshared) projects with Create a Smile stamps!! All of the information can be found here! It's SOOOOOO exciting!!  i can't stop smiling from this awesome new venture!!

ok, with that in mind, be sure to click here to see the WHOLE new September release!! below are some of the cards I made with the new stencils and cling stamps!

my first card uses the new Diagonal Grid Stencil:

i love it!!
i used Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks to create the background! i love that grid!!!

the succulents are from the Aloha Spirit stamp set! I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to watercolor them in! I even used a touch of purple! shhhh, don't tell anyone! ha! i used the Thanks Twice die for the sentiment! and (it's hard to tell, grrr) but lots of Spectrum Noir glitter on the 'thanks' word itself!

my second card used the Balloons in the Sky cling stamp set! 

LOOOOOOVE that stamp!!! I decided to keep the background netural with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink around the edges so the sentiment from Make a Wish would stand out! 

I colored directly onto the stamp with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and then stamped it on the paper! so fun and colorful!

my last card uses the Under the Sea and Woodgrain cling stamps! 

I used the woodgrain in Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron Distress Ink for the tag from Lovely Tags die set! LOOOOOOVE that shape of the tag and the faux stitching around the edges! 

those adorable sea creatures are from the Glowing Seaside stamp set! LOVE them! the background was created with Distress Inks and some watercoloring! I clear heat embossed the adorable little fish for a subtle bit of texture! and the Aqua Alphabet Stickers were stitching on with my sewing machine!

what a post, right?!
please, please, please submit your creations for the first Create a Smile Stamps Paper Crafting Magazine Call

Friday, August 26, 2016

Inky Paws Challenge #35 - Burlap and Lace

hello and good morning!
today starts a new Inky Paws Challenge on the Newton's Nook Designs blog!
and it's a great one - burlap and lace!!

so unique! and it really pushed me! but i came up with a card i just LOVE!

i used the AMAZING butterfly set: Beautiful Wings, along with the coordinating dies - the dies really make it SO easy!!!
it just so happens that I had some burlap 'paper' lying around, so i cut it into a banner shape (and ran some glue along the edges to prevent any further fraying)!

the butterflies were heat embossed in white onto some vellum, which i really think just adds to the delicate feel of the card! then i used my sewing machine to stitch the butterflies onto the burlap!
i even added a white doily under the banner! LOVE this card! It's not my usual style, but I'm super in love!

so be sure to play along with the Inky Paws Challenge so you can have a chance to win some Newton's Nook stamps and dies!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

poor little birdie!

ha ha!
hello there!

today i have a cute little card up on the Newton's Nook Designs blog and it just makes me laugh! :)

isn't it great?! ha!
i colored all of the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and then fussy cut them out! that cute little kitty image and phrase is from the Newton's Birthday Flutter mini set! i LOVE it!! 

i finished the sentiment off on the inside of the card, and even added a few balloons to tie in with the front of the card! :) ha ha ha!! "so i ate him" ha ha!! I can't stop laughing! :)

I used Cracked Pisatchio and Twisted Citron Distress Inks for the grass! the sunset-y sky was created with Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade Distress inks! once the blending was complete, i spritzed some water on top! 
the sentiment was heat embossed on the black cardstock banner which was die cut with the Garden Whimsy dies
a few sequins finished off the card!

be sure to head over to the Newton's Nook Designs blog to get the full scoop on everything going on!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sweet Stamp Shop August 2016 Release

hello there!

today is the official August Sweet Stamp Shop release!
and WHAT a release it is! oh boy!

see what i mean? yeah!
ok, so i made a bunch of cards with these sets! let's check some out!

my first card uses the ADORABLE and super cute Eye See You stamp set!

eeek! aren't those monsters adorable? and the phrases in the stamp set crack me up! i just LOVE them!
i colored all of the images on all of my cards with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers! i fussy cut these guys out and then placed them under my rectangle focus point! 
i had also stamped in a light, light, very light grey in a diagonal pattern on that rectangle. the final phrase was stamped in black on top of it all! love it!

my second card is interactive and uses the new Pug Life stamp set!


see? so fun right?
i LOVE that you can create you own custom pug with the different body positions and faces!! so cute!!

the background is just a little Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, which i blended and then splattered with some water!

my third card uses the super FUN Hello, Florida mini set!

it's AWESOME! i grew up in FL, and my parents still live there! we visit all the time, and i LOVE that state! so this stamp set was right up my alley!

i stamped the image in black onto my white card front and then fussy cut and glued the colored image on top! LOVE the bold colors against that graphic-y background! so fun!

my final card uses the swoon-worthy Whimsy Weekend stamp set! 

seriously LOVE this set, guys!!! the 'weekend' phrase in immersed in the flowers has stolen my heart!! swoon!

i used the single flower and leaf images to create a heart shaped note card! i did some light, messy watercoloring, and then stitched on top of the card.i LOVE the clean and bold design of this card! after it was all colored, i splattered some white acrylic paint on top and just LOVE how it came out!

be sure follow Sweet Stamp Shop on Instagram and Facebook to get ALL of the insider deals/coupons and giveaways! and of course, check out the release, here

Saturday, August 20, 2016

sunshine and smile layout

hello and happy saturday!
today i have a layout up on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog!

be sure to head over to the blog to find out all about this layout, and to see who's kid this is! ha! 
i used lots of fun products that can all be found in the shop!

Friday, August 19, 2016

but first, some coffee

hi hi hi!!

yesterday was Christine's birthday, and in honor of that, I made her a card up that's up on the Create a Smile Stamps blog! it seemed only fitting since she's the EVERYTHING behind the scenes of Create a Smile! ha!

to see the whole card (and to wish Christine a happy belated birthday!!) head on over to the Create a Smile Stamps blog!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Newton's Nook Designs August Release - Hedgehog Hollow

wow!! can't believe it's the last day of the Newton's Nook Designs August Release already!

today, the whole DT is showcasing the fun and totally awesome Hedgehog Hollow stamp set!
you can totally use this to scrapbook, create a project life type spread, gift tags and, of course, cards! all of the new sets will be available for purchase on August 19th, right here!

oh my goodness - this set is so sweet and so cute!! 
i watercolored my images (again!!) with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers (hey, practice makes perfect, right?! I'm practicing! lol!)

for my first card, i fussy cut out the images and popped them up onto a white cardstock base. 

i added a black woodgrain washi tape strip, and a little bit of watercolored 'grass' underneath the image! ha! i LOVE that phrase from the stamp set - it's going to be getting a LOT of use! ha!

i also added some stitching to the top of my card front - it's hard to tell, because it's white on white, but i really like the detail it adds! 

my second card is aso clean and simple, but it's so cute because of that hedgehog!! seriously - adorable, people!! ha!

i added some white on white texture to the card front with some embossing paste and a woodgrain stencil! love it! and that phrase people - I DIE!! ha!! so so so fun!!!!! it totally reminds me of this song, and it was in my head for DAYS! ha!! love! 

the grass was created with an old punch and then I added color to the vellum grass with Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio! i added a strip of yellow star washi, because I had colored the hearts in the cup yellow, but it was hard to see! and i really thought the pop of yellow worked here!

Would you like to win the “Hedgehog Hollow" Stamp Set?
This 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 blog release 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, August 18th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, August 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter: