Friday, July 29, 2016

ahoy, landlubber!

ha!
isn't 'landlubber' an awesome word!! it just makes me smile to say it!
so it's no wonder I used it on my card on the Create a Smile Stamps blog today!!



be sure to check out the whole card, and see how you I made it over there!
enjoy!

Friday, July 22, 2016

keep your head up

**this is my 2nd post of the day! to see my Inky Paws Challenge card for Newton's Nook designs, scroll down or click here!**

hello again!

today i have card up on the Create a Smile Stamps blog! and i used one of the newly released stamp set that i combined with an older set! so fun!


be sure to head over to the Create a Smile Stamps blog to see the whole card and find out how to make it, too!
enjoy!

Inky Paws Challenge #134 - Summer!

i can't help it - i've been singing this song all day because of the new challenge!! ha ha!

that's right!
this month's Inky Paws Challenge on the Newton's Nook blog is all about summer!



and the July release was just PERFECT inspiration for this challenge, don't you think?
i may have taken this challenge a little too literal, because i just HAD to use the new Paradise Palms stamp set! 


yay!
i started by using my Distress Markers and coloring directly onto my image. then i stamped it onto the paper! sooooo pretty! once my images were all stamped, i stamped over the images with VersaMark embossing ink and then heat embossed clear powder on top of the images - that secured the 'colors' in place for my images! :)



lastly, i used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and did some watercoloring right on top of it all! so FUN!! the sentiment is from the Dog Days of Summer stamp set, and it was heat embossed in white onto a strip of black cardstock! :)

so that's my card! be sure to head over to the challenge and play along for a chance to win some Newton's Nook of your own!
enjoy!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

adventure awaits us all!

hello there!

today i have a card up on the Newton's Nook Designs blog! and it's a good one! :) 
i used the super FUN Message in a Bottle Stamp and Die set



first, i did lots of Distress Ink blending with Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo onto a card front. then i cute a bit of a wave shape out of white cardstock, and did some Vintage Photo blending on that, too. once the blending was complete, i spritzed it with water.



i die cut the bottle shape out of the panel, and then stamped and colored the ship onto the card base below. then i filled a teeny, tiny zip lock bag with a small amount of clear gel...and attached that to my card front!! lots of extra adhesive was used (although i think a Fuse tool would do that job well, too!).


video


i heat embossed the sentiment, and then attached the card fronts. and book! a shaker-gel card! ha!! it looks like it's underwater!! i can't get over that! so in love!!

be sure to hear over to the Newton's Nook Designs blog, too!
enjoy!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sweet Stamp Shop July 2016 Release!

hello again!!
how awesome has July been, am i right?!

today Sweet Stamp Shop is releasing some AWESOME new stamp sets!! eight in all! EIGHT people!! and they're all INCREDIBLE! he he he!


so yeah, you're in love, i can tell! i know i am!
for my first card, i used the adorable Shining Star stamp set!


i colored the images with Distress Markers, and then popped up the big stars! i added some sequins in a similar yellow and LOVE how that adds to the 'night' sky feel!


i couldn't help but add some detail with the white gel pen! the background was created with Distress Inks (Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass). then i splattered some water and white paint on top too!

my second card uses super fun Spa Day stamp set! LOVE IT!


again, i watercolored the images with Distress Markers! and guys...that CUTE cat mask!? SOOOO adorable!! ha! 


i popped it up on top of her face! i don't know why, but i thought it worked! :) i did some Cracked Pistachio blending on the background, and then (again) splattered some water and also, some of the ink itself, onto the background! the sentiment was stamped in grey and i LOVE the subtle, calming feel (as opposed to the harshness of black ink).

so those are my cards!
be sure to head over to Sweet Stamp Shop and get yours today! :)
enjoy!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Lawnscaping Challenge #134 - Rainbow!

so excited! it's a Lawnscaping Challenge! it's a new week! what's not to love about today?

i am so IN love with rainbows right now! LOVE LOVE LOVE rainbows in all shapes and sizes! ha! so it's safe to say i super puffy heart LOVE this layout! ha! i made this layout as part of a class I'm taking...and i HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!!! do take it!!


i created a fun layout! i used Distress Inks, and a simple mask that i created by cutting up triangles of different shapes into computer paper! i blended many Distress Inks that i own, and then stamped a billion (ok, maybe it just FELT like a billion! ha!) images in the corresponding colors! then i spritzed some water on top of it all!


i used images from the Starry Backdrops, Woodgrain Backdrops, Loads of Fun and Party Animals to add the character and stamped-ness! 


i did a little embellishing, though not much, because that's what the stamping was for! ha!
i created the title with thickers from the Dear Lizzy Snapshots collection, and letter stickers Fancy Pants Wish Season! 

i hope i always remember the little pitter patter of my little Menn running down the hall to wake me up on the weekends! who needs sleep when you have love?

this week we're sponsored by lawn fawn! so get your card making on, and you could win a stamp set of your choice! :)


Saturday, July 16, 2016

for the love of the game layout

hey there!
good news for you: IT'S THE WEEKEND! woooooo!!

and today i have a super FUN layout up on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog! it's all about my littlest Mann, and his looooooove for hockey! ha!


be sure to head over to the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog to see the whole layout, and to check out all the AMAZING products from the shop!
enjoy!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Newton's Nook Designs 3 Year Anniversary Blog Hop!

hello there!

Newton's Nook Designs is wrapping up their EPIC July release with a very special 3 year anniversary celebration blog hop!!! :) The release is live now and available in the shop! And the first 100 people to order get a FREE mini stamp set!!! Hurry over and get yours! 


i'm so excited!
the whole Design Team is participating PLUS some AMAZING guests!!! be sure to hop along the whole way for your chance to win!! 

my card for this AWESOME hop uses the new Pineapple Delight stamp and die set!! :)


i just LOVE pineapples right now! and hello - rainbows?! yes please!! ha ha!


i colored directly onto the stamp itself with my Distress Markers, then 'huffed' a little onto it, then pressed it onto the paper! :) FUN!
next, i used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to blend the background and added a few tiny drops of water! 
now stay with me folks, i even CUT my sentiment stamp apart...ACK! i know!!!!! but i just had a vision of it on a curve like this, and masking wasn't working for me! ha! 

so that's it!!
below is the INCREDIBLE list of participants in this hop!! eek!!

Celebrate with Newton's Nook Designs for a chance to win!
Would you like to win a $25 store credit to spend at Newton's Nook Designs online shop? How about a $25 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp?



EVERY Blog Stop in the hop today is giving away one of each! 

Here's how to win: We will pick two random winners from each blog listed below (one to receive a store credit to Newton's Nook Designs and one to receive a gift voucher to Simon Says stamp). Winners will be chosen at random from the comments posted on each of the blogs listed below. You have until Sunday, July 17th at 9pm CDT to comment. Winners will be announced on NND blog post on Monday, July 18th and will need to contact us to claim their prize.


Special Guests:

Newton's Nook Design Team:


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Newton's Nook Designs July Release Day 4 - Aloha Newton + Hibiscus Die Set

day 4, and the fun's not over yet!! we're still celebrating the Newton's Nook Designs July Release

today, the whole DT is showcasing the cuter than cute: Aloha Newton + Hibiscus Die Set!! 

you can totally use these 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 July 15th, right here!

that kitty in a hammock image...SO CUTE!! i couldn't resist coloring him up right away!!


i used Distress Markers and did some watercoloring! once it was all dry, i fussy cut it out! 


the background was created by smooshing Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Vintage Photo onto a rectangular acrylic block, spritzing (lightly!) with water, and then pressing onto my card base! looooooove how it turned out!  


my last card of the release (until tomorrow!! ha!) uses the super fun Hibiscus Dies!!! 


i die cut the shapes out of various patterned papers first! then i added some shading with copics onto all of the pieces! LOOOOVE the subtle bit of dimension it adds!


for the background, i blended some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and sprinkled some water drops on top! the sentiment was heat embossed and is from the Aloha Newton set, as well!

Would you like to win a $20 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?
ONE lucky comment will be chosen from each reveal day to win! 
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, July 14th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, July 15th. 

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Create a Smile Stamps July Release Countdown!

i'm so excited for this release from Create a Smile Stamps! i'm telling you, the cards i'm featuring have two of my favorite sets! eeek!!
not to mention there are brand new background CLING stamp sets being released and STENCILS!! wooo!! it's a big one!!

my first card uses the Glowing Seaside stamp set!! it's ABSOLUTELY perfect for making cards that light up...and that's just what i did!



i used lots of Distress Paints (Peacock Feathers, Black Soot, Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire) to create the deep, dark underwater-y background! loooove it!

i punched a few tiny holes and then set up the copper wire/battery/doohickey things (you've just been science-d!! ha ha!) underneath! 



love that cute little squid guy too! he looks so happy and i LOVE his giant eye!! 

my second card uses the MOST ADORABLE SET EVER!! it's called All Hands on Deck and they're pirate koalas!!!!!! aaaaaaaaack!!!!



i watercolored this little guy and then popped him up! i used some tissue paper in mint that i had in my drawer, and added some embossing paste to it with a cool new stencil! 



i stitched the tissue paper to the card and then splattered some Cracked Pistachio because it matched PERFECTLY!! 

so those are my cards!
be sure to visit the Create a Smile Stamps blog to see even more AMAZING examples! the release is LIVE so go get your stamp on!!!!! :)
enjoy!

Newton's Nook Designs July Release Day 3 - Paradise Palms

welcome to day 3 of Newton's Nook Designs July Release

today, the whole DT is showcasing the super awesome Paradise Palms stamp set! :) it's so gorgeous, and i LOVE the watercolor has!

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 July 15th, right here!


i went with a total tropical and island feel for this card!



i heat embossed the trees (and sentiment!) in gold, twice! actually! the first time was on the card base, and the 2nd time was on the heart shape (from the Darling Hearts Die!



i used Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo to create the blended look on the heart! i just LOVE this card! 


Would you like to win a $20 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?
ONE lucky comment will be chosen from each reveal day to win! 
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, July 14th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, July 15th. 

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sticky Sweet Superhero Cuffs!

**this is my 2nd post of the day! to see my Newton's Nook Designs July Release Day 2 card, scroll down or click here!** 

hey there! today i have a project up on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog
we're making super hero cuffs with the awesome Sweet Stamp Shop stickers



I used Distress Markers and did some light watercoloring and i just LOVE how they came out!



thanks again! and be sure to head over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to read about how easy it is to make these yourself!
enjoy!

Newton's Nook Designs July Release Day 2 - Party Pops, Pineapple Delight and Tiki Time + Coordinating Dies

and the fun continues!
today, the whole DT is showcasing THREE new stamp sets and coordinating dies!!!! say hello to Party Pops, Pineapple Delight and Tiki Time + the Coordinating Dies; they're all SO are ADORABLE!! 

you can totally use these 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 July 15th, right here!

guys, the Party Pops stamp set (and dies!) is THE BOMB! ha ha!




i used Distress Markers to color directly onto the stamp (something I did for ALL of the cards you see here today!) and then i used the dies to cut out the shapes! SO MUCH FUN.



i used some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to add the watercolor background, and then added some texture with a polka dotted stencil and some embossing paste! love that phrase too!!


The Pineapple Delights stamp set is MY FAVORITE!! i am totally crushing on pineapples right now!!
here's my card:



you likey? I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to add a watercolor look to the background! then I used my Distress Paint in Black Soot on top with a striped stencil! LOVE the bold and graphic look!



The phrase was heat embossed on top , and that card's a wrap!! ha!


lastly, for today, i get to share the AWESOME Tiki Time stamp set!! this set is FUN FUN FUN!



i LOOOVE the neon-y, tropical colors here! i used Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron Distress Inks to create the blended backgound! then the strips of paper were created with Dried Marigold, Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade watercoloring! 



this card makes me want to go on an island getaway!!

i watercolored the images with Distress Markers, and then fussy cut them out! I used Distress Ink in Twisted Citron to add some blending and little splatters! mmmm...sweet tea! ha!


Would you like to win a $20 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?
ONE lucky comment will be chosen from each reveal day to win! 
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, July 14th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, July 15th. 

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