STAMPlorations Things With Wings - Reminder

Monday, May 21, 2018

 The colors of spring are all around (finally!) and STAMPlorations is celebrating with a super fun blog hop and lots of prizes to be won!  Check out the details by clicking here.

 Join the CUTplorations Winged-Theme challenge for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate or one of five random $5 gift certificates!  There's also a sale!

 For my card, I started with a piece of cardstock cut with Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting dies and created a colorful background using distress oxide inks and STAMPlorations Crisscrossed ARTplorations stencil.  The butterflies are two of my favorite butterfly dies:  Flutter Zen 1 and Flutter Zen 2 Layered dies.  The sentiment is Soar - Say It Big Series.

I'm excited to share my card in these challenges, too!


Cup of Columbines

Sunday, May 20, 2018

 The Coffee Loving Cardmakers are thrilled to be sharing some exciting news.  In addition to the absolutely gorgeous digital images that Poppy Power Owner/Designer Marcella Hawley carries, now her incredibly fabulous designs come in clear stamps!  I'll be purchasing some Poppy Power clear stamps, but I want them all and can't decide which ones - thankfully, there's a sale! 


One of the new stamp sets, Cheerful Columbines, is so beautiful and even more perfect with the blooms in a tea cup!  The first time I ever saw a Columbine was during my very first business trip - Vail, Colorado.  We were executing an incentive event and I was setting up a reception up on a mountain and noticed all these pretty, delicate purple flowers.  Asking one of the catering folks what the flowers were, I learned they were Columbines; they come in many colors, are part of the buttercup family and are mostly found in high/cooler elevations.

I'm really happy how my card turned out and wanted to share it in these challenges:



Puppy Paws Birthday

Saturday, May 19, 2018

 I forget birthdays all the time.  It's not something I'm proud of since I have a stash of birthday cards!  Thankfully, no one has put me in the dog house yet, but I probably deserve it :)

Reverse Confetti's Paw Prints stamp set and coordinating dies are perfect for me.  This little pup is so cute I think people will forgive me for being so forgetful.  And to make it even better,  proceeds from this stamp set will be donated to local area shelters and rescue groups!!


Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration for my card:


Dies R Us - Crate Full of Blooms

Friday, May 18, 2018

 It's so exciting to have Spring here!  Over the past several weeks, everything bloomed, the weather has been gorgeous and there's color in my world again - yay!!  To celebrate, I pulled several dies from the Elizabeth Craft and Karen Burniston lines.

To start, I cut kraft cardstock using the Wooden Fruit Crate from Elizabeth Crafts.  Love this die!  It's such a great country-looking crate and so unique.

 The next step, I used Karen Burniston's Flowers and Bee dies to cut all the pretty flower pieces, leaves and bee.  What an awesome set!  I know I'll be using this one alot -- there are so many color schemes to go with!

 Then came the really fun part (seriously, I enjoyed this!)...putting the crate of blooms together!!  I used a Zig 2-way Glue Pen, Thermoweb 3d Foam Squares to add dimension/pop up the die cuts and Thermoweb Small Clear Zots here and there as I arranged the flowers and leaves.

 To create the card, I layered on the base a pattern paper design  from this beautiful Echo Park 6x6 paper pad: Welcome Home.  I adhered my flower crate then added the tiny red flowers and bee from the Flowers and Bee set and the 'Thinking of You' sentiment from Karen Burniston's Greetings word set.





Come join in all of the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

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I Did It - Giveaway!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

 I am SO happy! After months of studying for an exam (not an easy feat for this old brain) for a very important certification for my job, I PASSED!  I honestly surprised myself :)  

To celebrate, I'm having a giveaway for this super fun Reverse Confetti Figure of Speech stamp set (new in package)!  Simply leave a comment by Friday, May 25th.  Winner will be announced on Saturday, May 26th.


I'm also celebrating by playing in a few challenges (giddiness made me want to create something fun!)

 For my card, I created a colorful background using several Reverse Confetti inks and the Lotsa Dots stencil. I spritzed some Tim Holtz resist spray over the background to create a shiny texture (see next photo). I then stamped several of the Figure of Speech phrases in Midnight ink, die cut and popped them up.  To finish, I added a few clear sequins.

 Thanks to these challenges for the inspiration for my card design and letting me celebrate with them:




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