Saturday, November 30, 2013

Put On Some Sequins! I {Heart} Papers

Happy Saturday everyone!

I hope you all survived the Black Friday mayhem and now have a day to relax.  (hopefully)

I am sad to say that today is my last post as the I {Heart} Papers guest designer.  I had a wonderful time creating with Kate's fabulous products and sure hope you all take advantage of her Black Friday sale going on now!  There are some great finds at great prices!

It was never a secret at how much I loved my Naughty or Nice set from CAS-ual Friday. (Currently out of stock)  I made one final card and some place cards for the holidays thinking it would be fun to have a table setting using this to decipher what guest was 'Naughty' or 'Nice.'  All in jest of course! ;)

I used some white Crafters Companion cardstock for the base measuring each card to be 3"x 4" and then scoring it in half.  I selectively inked up the Naughty or Nice sentiment for the top portion of the place card using my Memento inks and then used the checkmark and circle for the beginning of the name area.  I used a ruler and marker to draw in the line. Using other sentiments in the set, I placed that under the name. The place cards were finished with some dp from Echo Parks Tis the Season collection and some Kaisercraft rhinestones.

For the card, I again used Crafters Companion cardstock for the base and top layer.  I then used some SU! Black and Red cs for my layers.  I stamped the circle element stamp with my Memento Black ink and then glued some sequins in red, green, gold, and silver in each circle.

Using my Memento inks in  Black, Rhubarb and Cottage Ivy, I stamped the sentiments on top and bottom.  The card was finished using some beaded cord I had in my stash.  I really wanted the sequins to shine and be the center, so I kept this CAS.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I really do appreciate each and every one of you! Have a fantastic rest of the weekend!

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Your Next Stamp December Digi Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the YNS Holiday Preview Party Hop!
We are so excited to have you join us as we preview our
new holiday digital stamps along with some very special guests!
There are 8 new digital images by the talented
Penny & Laurence of Omnia Designs!
Would you like to earn an EXCLUSIVE FREE YNS digi stamp!?

The party begins on Nicole’s blog where you will pick up your first letter to build a phrase, which will enable you to get an EXCLUSIVE FREE digi from YNS.

There will also be 10 randomly selected winners from the comments that will each WIN ONE FREE DIGI of their choice. 
Please HOP to NICOLE'S Blog for more details!

For my card, I am using the new release of Little Winter Bear.  He is just too cute for words and I think a perfect image to give a little one who loves bears or  teddy bears.  Someone who may need a hug or just cheering up too.  The possibilities are endless. I colored him in with Copics and to give him that fur look, I added some colorless blender to an old face cloth and dabbed it around.

I used some patterned paper from Basic Greys 25th and Pine collection and sewed around the edges. The image was popped up and the card was finished with some snowflakes punched out with my MS punch, some ribbon, twine, and rhinestones. 
If you have been hopping along and building your phrase…
The next letter you will need is:

Winners will be posted at our online FACEBOOK release party, December 1st @ 7:00pm EST on the Your Next Stamp Facebook fan page.
Winners will also be posted on the YNS blog.
We would love to have you join us at our Facebook release party,
To RSVP, simply click this link:

Karen has a fabulous holiday promotion running and you can take advantage of this offer on digital stamps as well as YNS cling and clear stamps, dies, & embellishments.

This code is valid on all YNS products and is good from now until after the new digital stamp release goes live on Sunday, December 1st @ 8:00pm EST through December 4th, 2013.

 Thank you so much for joining our YNS Preview Party Hop!

Your next stop on the hop is
Sue #5

and you can click on the link below.


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Kiss Me - Your Next Stamp Friday Fun Project

Hi friends!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and were able to spend time with family and friends.  And perhaps got a little shopping in, if that is your thing.  I have yet to ever venture out for those Black Friday sales.  I am more of a Cyber Monday kind of gal.  No crowds except my kids needing something... :)

Today I want to share with you a card using Your Next Stamp's digi of Kiss Me.  This is one adorable image and one of my favorites from last months release.

The image was colored with Copics and used this months Your Next Stamp sketch with some patterned paper from Lilly Bee.  I matted the layers with some red cs and fish tailed some ribbon for the bottom strip.  The card was finished with a button, paper twine from Karen Foster, and a bell.

You still have another day to link up your creation over on the YNS challenge blog! Check it out!
Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend, but be sure to stop by and check out the other wonderful creations from YNS Digi team!! Thanks for popping in!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I {Heart } Papers Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale!

IHP is celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a 20% off store-wide coupon (in stock items only and not valid on gift certificates) on all orders $50 or more, valid through 12/2, Cyber Monday. Use coupon code Black20DT13 at checkout. All orders will ship on Tuesday December 3. Enjoy and happy shopping!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blomma Part Deux And A Thanksgiving Sale - The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Hello bloggers!

Today I would like to share with you another set made with the beautiful Anna Griffin collection called Blomma.  AND to make things even sweeter, this collection is on sale over at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store during the Thanksgiving Sale happening this week. Now is the time to stock up on all the beautiful ribbon and stamping supplies you have been wanting.

As I normally do, I have created a set of three cards.  This time, I made two 5"x5" cards and one A2 average card size.  I also went beyond a bit of the 10 minute creations on the two 5"x5" cards.  Those can be made in about 30.  Here is the set:

Aren't these colors just gorgeous?  There are so many fun elements that come with this collection, such as the rosettes, that I really wanted to incorporate it all.

This card is an average A2 size and can be made in about 10 minutes. I wanted to feature the 3-D rosettes and a sentiment from the titles, tags, and quotes die cuts,  keeping it simple.  I started with the heavyweight cardstock from Recollections for the base and used a coordinating paper from the 6x6 pad for the bottom layer. I finished the card by added a few of the hot pink Kaisercraft rhinestones and some beautiful seam binding ribbon in Nu Rust.

For this card, I started with some white heavyweight card stock from Recollections as the base, cutting it for a 5"x5" sized card.  I layered it with some SU! Basic Grey cardstock and a sheet from the 6x6 Blomma pad of patterned paper.  I sewed around the edges and cut out a white panel using Spellbinders labels 1  to be popped up with some Thermo Web foam squares in the center.  Using the tags, titles, and quotes die cuts, I positioned a journal tag and the word 'love' over the label.  I completed this card by using a 3-D flower sticker and tied bows from Nu Rust and Summer Rose seam binding ribbon layered on top of each other. The card was completed by adding a corsage pin, twisted burlap string, and some Kaisercraft rhinestones.

This card is also a 5"x5" using two patterns from the Blomma 6x6 pad and using some cardstock scraps to punch out circles in 1" and 3/4" sizes to create a line between the two.  Once I positioned the circles using a small amount of adhesive on the bottom, I sewed through the circles a few times to give it a wonky look of thread.  Again, using the tags, titles, and quotes die cuts, I chose this sentiment to be popped up and finished with both the 3-D flowers and rosettes

I hope this collection gave you some inspiration to create some cheery and fun cards to give.  Now hurry over to The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store to get this while it is on SALE!!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

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Tea Is Better Shared With a Friend - Timeless Tuesday 248

Tea... That sounds wonderful with weather like we have been having.  For us here in TN, it has been cold and some days rainy, and today, sleeting and snowing.  So, grab your cup of tea or coffee or choice of beverage, and lets get right to this weeks Timeless Tuesday Challenge!

Our November Guest Designer, Connie MacFarlane is not only hosting this weeks challenge, but it is also the last day she will be joining us. Her creations have been a wonderful inspiration and it was nice to see all her beautiful creations this month!  Connie's challenge to you is: A little scoring, a little piercing (not piecing), and a colored image.

Putting my card together started in one direction, but then ended up in another.  In the end, it all worked out and I really like the CAS look it came out having.

I started with some Flourishes Classic Cardstock in white for the base and top panel and used some brown scrap cardstock for the middle.  I used the newest release of Grab a Cup (which I adore!) stamping the image onto the white cardstock with Black Memento ink and coloring it in with the following Copic colors:

I really wanted to showcase this image and make it the focus to the sentiment.  The outside top layer was scored along the sides while I pierced the top and bottom of the image. I completed the look with some fabulous crochet trim which I threaded some thin velvet ribbon through the top and finished it with some twin and a button.  The inside was kept as simple as the front by adding the sentiment and the image of the tea bags.

We sure hope you join us this week and link up to share your creation.  Thanks for stopping in and be sure to check out the other fabulous creations by the Timeless Tuesday Team. I wish those of you in America a happy, safe, and wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Allison Cope
  • Cheryl Lea
  • Deborah Anton
  • Jenny Gropp
  • Katie Sims
  • Connie MacFarlane, our November guest designer

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    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Hammer Time!

    Happy Thanksgiving week! Yes, I know it is Monday, but I do not want to give it recognition because, well, it's Monday-  Always making it's rounds..

    I hope you all had a great weekend! I have a great little interaction card made for the current challenge over at the Hambo Hoedown!

    The current challenge is to make your card or project an interactive one.  Super fun! I took this opportunity to use an Action Wobble.  And the image I chose would be a perfect one to use this Wobble on - Hammer Time!

    Here is the image "in action."

    You can see that he is springing back and forth to what seems like his jackhammering.  :)

    I colored the image with Copics before fussy cutting him out..  I added some Sakura glaze to his goggles for a little shine to them.  The papers are from Pink Paislee  while I finished this card with some ribbon, twine, and a button.  I kept it fairly simple since I wanted the wobbly image to take full credit on the card. 

    Be sure to check out the other fun and fabulous interaction projects made by the Bacon Bits.  There are some real inspirations there to get you started! Thanks for stopping by!
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    Saturday, November 23, 2013

    6x6 Scrap Storage - Tutorial

    Happy Saturday everyone!

    I thought I would start off the weekend with a little tutorial on how to store your scrap 6x6 papers.  I am sure I am not the only one who has come up with this idea, but at least I would like to share it with you!

    Keeping the scraps stored like this, keeps the same collection together.  I know I have a drawer of scrap patterned paper mostly cut from my 12x12's, but those darn 6x6's always were thrown into the pad it came from, falling out.  SO... here is an easy way to keep it all together!

    The items you will need are:
    •  some 5x7 (A9) envelopes (or any envelopes that work for you) 
    • Adhesive -  You can even use some removable adhesive to save on always replacing your envelopes when you either finish the pad or give it away. 

    Start with your open envelope.

    Now seal it.

    Place it on your paper trimmer to measure where you will cut it in half based on the size of your envelope.  You want to cut it in half starting at the top of the flap.  Cut...

    Add some adhesive to the back of the envelope. I add it to where the flap is to hide that so it is a smooth look. 

    Add it to the back of the pad of paper you are needing the storage.

    And add those scraps!!

    There you have it! A simple and easy way to store the scraps to be used later without digging for them in your scrap drawer. 

    Thanks for popping in to take a look at this and hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

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    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Princess Birthday Hop - Flourishes


    Today is a special day for the Flourishes Family to celebrate our Birthday Girl - Julie Koerber!  And Julie is definitely worth celebrating!  She's the right hand on so many levels of what's beautiful about Flourishes, and we're so grateful for her and blessed to also call this lovely lady friend.  

    This summer a number of the Flourishes Senior Design Team girls gathered for a weekend in Yellowstone National Park.  It was a fantastic time of fun!  One of the great things some of the girls did was go Whitewater Rafting.  Because there were family members along, Julie graciously said she'd sit in the middle of the raft so the kids could get the most out of the experience.  The raft guide however thought that would be a fun opportunity to tease Julie about her "Princess" status.  She gracefully took it and we love to tease her about it - and so the idea for this Princess Birthday Hop was born!  Julie we love you and your fun, spunky spirit, and also the warmth and grace you live your life with!  Happy Birthday from all of us at Flourishes!  

    We invite you to hop along today with many of our Flourishes Family to see our pretty Princess and Birthday inspiration, and join in on our wishes for Julie!

    Comment along the way and you could be entered to win any Birthday set of your choice from the Flourishes Store!  Winners will be chosen and announced on Saturday November 23rd on the Flourishes Blog.

    And don't forgot to drop by Julie's place to send her your Happy Birthday wishes too! While we are at giving some sweet birthday wishes, today happens to also be Tosh's birthday too!  Give her a sweet shout out while visiting her blog.

    For my card, I don't own the Make a Wish set from Flourishes and it is currently out of stock.  So, I found this digi image online and figured I could make this work to fit into our princess themed hop.  I colored the carriage in with Copics using this collection of colors in addition to RV69, E31, E35, and E37.

    The outline of the carriage is colored in with my pink Spica pen and the curtains with the silver Spica.  I then got my fine glitter out to get this carriage sparkling! With some glue and my fingers, I spread enough on the outside of the carriage to get the glitter to stay.  I do love the sparkle it gave!  The image is cut out with my nesties and sponged in along the edges with some Distress inks in Antique Linen.  It is then popped up with some mounting tape while I used some seam binding and mini paper rose for my bow treatment.  I stamped the sentiment along the bottom with Flourishes Everyday Tag Lines and finished it off with some rhinestones.

    Happy Birthday Julie!! I hope your special day is wonderful and full of surprises!

    Allison Cope
    Christine Okken
    Cindy Lawrence
    Heather Jensen
    Silke Ledlow
    Stacy Morgan
    Tosha Leyendekker
    Cheryl Lea
    Deborah Anton
    Jenny Gropp
    Judy Rozema
    Katie Sims
    Aleksandra Mihelič
    Kathy Jones
    Meredith MacRitchie
    Naomi Gong

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    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Blomma - The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

    Good evening bloggers!

    I know with the holidays upon us, you probably have seen more than a fair share of holiday creations throughout the crafty world.  Well, how about we switch gears a little and fast forward to something cheery and Spring like?

    I have a beautiful collection to share with you by Anna Griffin called Blomma, created by Jessica Swift, which you can find over at the fabulous Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  The colors in this line will speak to many of you as it did for me, and you will create some gorgeous creations WITHOUT stamping using just a few items from the collection.

    Once again, I have made a set of 3 cards:

    Aren't the colors just wonderful?! So happy and cheery.  Items in this line that I used are:

    Here are my cards individually.

    For this card, it seriously took me less than 10 minutes to do.   I started with some white Recollections heavyweight cardstock for the base and added some patterned paper in the grey polka dot.  Add the 3-D Blomma flower sticker and pop up a Blomma quote die cut using some Therm-o-Web pop ups, finished with a few Kaisercraft rhinestones in Hot Pink - You are complete! Easy Peasy!

    For this card, I again started with the heavyweight white cardstock for the base followed with some Blomma patterned paper for the back panel.  I fishtailed two other patterned papers layered with some cardstock I had in my scrap stash in a hot pink and mustard color.  I adhered that to the back panel finished with another Blomma Quote die cut popped up, and seam binding ribbon treatment in Baby Pink, topped with a button.  For the ribbon treatment, I wet my finger tips to lightly wet the seam binding before hitting it with my heat gun for a quick crinkle to it.

    For my final card, I once again used a Blomma Quote die cut for the main focal point popped up with some Therm-o-web pop ups over a center white piece of cardstock cut out using the Spellbinders Radiant  Rectangles.  The card was finished with some Smoke Grey seam binding ribbon, Kaisercraft Hot Pink rhinestones, and a smaller Blomma 3-D flower sticker. 

    These cards can make for simple, beautiful, quick and easy cards to be given as a set or to keep on hand for that special someone.  Thank you for stopping by to peek and I hope I was able to inspire your creativity to make something beautiful!
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