April 24, 2015

Day Five - Stamplorations Spotlight Week!

Hello!

Happy Friday! Thank you for whooshing through the week with me as we have celebrated Stamp Spotlight Week at STAMPlorations!! It's been my absolute pleasure to be guesting along with Shery and her uber-duber talented DesignTeam! 

Here is a last look at all the magnificent stamps in the new release:
Today, our spotlight is on The Bee's Knees SMALLBIRDS:
SmallBirds-preview
Aren't they sketchy and sensational?!

I had so much fun with them I made you not one card, not two cards, but THREE cards! 
Cuttlebug e/f; SU ribbon; sediment from Fond Expressions
Challenge: Uniko Studio Challenge: Things with Wings.*

Darice fence e/f; Kaleidescope ink; SU dots; sediment from Noteworthy
Challenge: Less Is More: Things with Wings.


Copper and star papers from stash; star e/f from Darice;
sediment from Noteworthy
Challenge: Mod Squad Challenge: Encouragement.

Between my cards and the terrific cards of the DT, you can see how great these stamps are to play with and how versa tile they are!

Remember, Shery is generously offering PRIZES for this Release Week! Commenting for prizes closes on April 27th and winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on April 29th. 

For a chance to win one of the prizes, make sure you leave a comment here and on the blog posts of the fabulous Design Team members listed below. Each has made you fantastic inspiration using The Bee's Knees SMALLBIRDS:

Prizes:
  • FIVE (5) commenters randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win a $10 gift certificate.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate
  • + surprise prizes (depending on the response we get)

ETA: Wait. What? I see there is some news over at Shery's blog:
According to a little birdie, 5 prizes have been added, so there are now 11 prizes instead of 6 up for grabs! You can read all about it here.
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Hammy and I would like to thank Shery and the DT for allowing us to play with them this week. We really enjoyed showcasing the sensational new release! We'd also like to thank all of you for your wonderful visits and encouragement!!

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April 23, 2015

Day Four - Stamplorations Spotlight Week!

Oh, you look so fine today! Thank you for stopping in for a visit!

I'm honored to be here on Day Four guesting for Stamp Spotlight Week at STAMPlorations along with Shery and her outstanding DesignTeam!

Here is a look at all the magnificent stamps in the new release:

Today, our spotlight is on HEAVEN SENT:
HeavenSent-preview
Once again, a very sweet set of baby stamps and sediments! 

After yesterday's wild foray into nonCASicity, the hamster and I went very CAS for our inspiration card today:
This card is pretty self-exploratory. I love the old-fashioned pram and so I used an old-fashioned ribbon treatment some of you might remember from the last century. Using the oval was intended to be provocative of old-fashioned portraits that hung in old-fashioned parlors. 

OTOH, I am hoping that keeping it minimal with lots of white space still gives it a fresh feeling. To that end, I will use one of the precious sediments on the inside.

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And that's it, Bob's your Aunt, and Shery is generously offering PRIZES for this Release Week! For a chance to win one of the prizes, make sure you leave a comment here and on the blog posts of the fabulous Design Team members listed below. Each has made you stunning inspiration using "HEAVEN SENT."

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New Friends Corner

I'm pickled tink to introduce you to these new friends:

Shirley Wilkie of Greeting Card Heaven. What a wonderful name! Shirley is from South Carolina and she has been making greeting cards for about four years. She had a former blog, but this new blog has only been open since February of this year. I know you will fall in love with Shirley's dynamic card art!

Mayoori Jain of Butterflies and Buttons, Mayoori has been blogging since April 2014. (Happy First Blog Birthaversary!) Mayoori is a designer, an award-winner, and active in challenges. You will find beautiful scrapbook layouts, altered art, 3D projects, and cards on Mayoori's vibrant blog!

Ilse of Greeting Cards and So. Ilse is from Wilrijk (near Antwerp). A wife and mother, Ilse has been blogging since 2011. Ilse makes such pretty cards. They are always fresh and CAS and very pleasing to the eye. You may have seen Ilse's lovely cards in challenges and I know you'll enjoy visiting her blog for a closer look!

Thank you for joining me, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!


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April 22, 2015

Day Three - Stamplorations Spotlight Week!

Hey, there! How zit going? Happy Earth Day! 

We are halfway through an exciting new release at Stamplorations and I'm honored to be guesting for this fun Stamp Spotlight Week!

Here is a look at all the magnificent stamps in the new release:

Today, our spotlight is on NOTEWORTHY:
Noteworthy-preview
I love every.single.one. of these uplifting sediments! Here is my card to inspire you:
Squee! I stenciled again! You can find this pretty floral stencil here. It's called "Happy Flowers." Isn't that a perfect name?!

I taped my stencil to my watercolor paper and watercolored in the flower spaces on the stencil. I then took my refill bottle of gold Delicata ink and poured a little into a plastic lid. Using my water brush, I gave the whole background a wash of gold.

As you can see, the stamp I chose to feature today is the awesome "embrace life" sediment. I embossed it in gold (of course) onto vellum and then attached it to the card front with v.o. gold brads.

On a whimsky, I grabbed my skizzers and angled all the corner bits.

At that point my card was done. I took a photo. I called it a day.
And, you know, that's very pretty. But the next day dawned and the more we looked at it, the more we cocked our heads to one side. Even though it was WAY more everything than we were used to putting on a card, we were getting a meh feeling, so Hammy snatched it from the Done Pile and gave it back to me. 

Owell, what the heck, I thought. I already took a photo, so if I mess it up, who will know?

Whereupon I proceeded to trace around the flowers with my fine line Micron brown pen. I think it really made the flowers POP. In fact, I thought the difference was so astounding, I pulled out all my old photo albums and traced around all the pictures of me. 

Here's a zoom:
The camera caught the 18-carrot gold sheen very well because that's how goldilicious it is in real life!

I shocked your biscuit with this one, dinnit I? Well, I shocked my own biscuits. In fact, I went so far out of my comfort zone, I had to call the Mister to come and pick me up!

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Shery is generously offering PRIZES for this Release Week! For a chance to win one of the prizes, make sure you leave a comment here and on the blog posts of the fabulous Design Team members listed below. Each has made you stunning inspiration using "NOTEWORTHY."

Wei Wei

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Enjoy the hop and your day! No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS!* 

Please hug a tree and do something nice for the Earth today!

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April 21, 2015

Day Two - Stamplorations Spotlight Week!

Greetings!

Well, now, Monday wasn't so hard was it? I love to see you greeting Tuesday with a smile!

I am thrilled to be joining the talented Design Team at Stamplorations for Day Two of Stamp Spotlight Week!

Here is a look at all the magnificent stamps in the new release:

The new release contains several stamps celebrating pregnancy and parenthood. Today, our spotlight is on The Bee's Knees "BABY BUMP."
BabyBump-preview
I just love the sweet little onesie and cardigan/jacket so I used them and paired them with both the "Congratulations" and the "so happy for you" sediments from the new set.
A friend recently gave me the sweet e/f from Darice, which I thought was perfect to use with the adorable baby outfits. I had some OAD pp with little baby-related pictures, so I stamped the baby clothes over the pictures and then fussy-cut them.

The upper left-hand corner was bugging the hamster, so we sat there stumped for a bit, staring at it. I walked the card across the room like I like to do because sometimes having a long view will spark an idea. 

Sure enough, we thought, why not just cut off the offending bit in a swoop to mimic the line of the clothes line, which is a line I've never used in my whole adult life because we lived in apartments for many years so I got in the habit of using the dryer and then when we moved here, there really wasn't a place to put up a clothes line. But I hung a lot of clothes on the line in my childhood and a part of me misses that old-timey chore and the smell of those sun-dried clothes. Especially baby clothes.

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Shery is generously offering prizes for this Release Week! For a chance to win one of the prizes, make sure you leave a comment here and on the blog posts of the fabulous Design Team members listed below. Each has made you stunning inspiration using The Bee's Knees "BABY BUMP."

Wei Wei

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New Friends Corner

I'm going to introduce a few new friends here so they don't have to be kept waiting in the wings any longer. Please join me in welcoming:

Rupa S. of Together for Arts. Rupa is from Bangalore and she has been blogging since July of 2013. Rupa is a scrapper and a card artist. She is also an expert in altered art and mixed media and her 3D projects are mind-blowing and inspirational. Rupa loves challenges and has she has won many awards for her art. Prepare to be amazed!

Nessa of Nessa's Crafty Place. Nessa makes extraordinary card designs. She became familiar to a lot of us a couple of years ago with her blog and through playing in challenges. Unfortunately, she had to back away for a bit and close down her blog. Just a couple of months ago Nessa came back to blogging and sharing her works of art! If you've missed her, you'll be happy she is back and if you didn't know her, you will be happy to know her now. Either way, please visit and re-welcome her!

Sofia Andersson of The Eternal Phoenix. Sofia is a young woman from Finland who also just started blogging a couple of months ago. She has been making cards since Easter of 2013. Sofia is venturing into the world of challenges and sharing her cards and I know she would be over-the-moon happy if you stopped in to follow her and welcome her to our wonderful community in Blogland!

Thank you for joining me, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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Challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground: Use Those Snippets.

Pixies Crafty Workshop

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April 20, 2015

Day One - Stamplorations Spotlight Week!

Greetings on this fine Monday of a fine new week! I hope this finds you up and at 'em and rarin' to go!

I am bursting my buttons to be joining the Design Team at Stamplorations for Day One of Stamp Spotlight Week! (Well, in truth, it's partly from pride and partly from potatoes.) I have gotten to know the ladies on the DT and consider them all friends of mine, so it is an absolute honor to be playing with them this week!

Here is a look at all the magnificent stamps in the new release:
I think most of you know the lovely Shery who owns Stamplorations, along with her husband Dave. This is how Shery describes the new release:


First up are two baby-themed sets that Shirley and I each designed. [Ed. Cool!!]
The Bee's Knees BabyBump features Shirley's trademark fun doodled images 
with a touch of whimsy and sentiments in her handwriting. 
Heaven Sent features images in my sketchy/hand-drawn style 
and sentiments that combine my love of typography. 
When I found out I was pregnant in late December, [Ed. Cool!!]
no way we were going to let a release month pass 
without a baby-related set or two! 

Shirley had the BabyBump set done last year 
and she tweaked it a bit for this release. 
Inspired by Shirley's BabyBump set, 
I worked on finishing Heaven Sent in January 
while fighting the awful morning sickness. 
I already had the teddy bear and rocking horse drawn last year, 
back when I didn't even know (or plan) on being pregnant. 
So I went on to draw a few more baby-related images 
and picked the baby carriage to complete the set.

Congratulations to Shery and Dave!
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Today, our spotlight is on "Fond Expressions."
FondExpression-preview
I chose the sediment, "Your Awesome Overwhelms Me" and made my card in honor of DT member, Cornelia's birthday yesterday! 

Happy Birthday, Cornelia, and many, many more! Your awesomeness truly does overwhelm me and I wanted my card to be a reflection of your bright and happy style of card art!
If that doesn't wake you up on a Monday morning, I don't know what will!

And look at me, the person who said she wouldn't be getting into stencils! Okay, maybe it's just the paste I won't be getting into. Can you imagine the mess Hammy would make, not to mention how difficult it would be for him to run on his wheel with little cement boots on his feet! But, stencils, well, it turns out I kinda like stencils, she says, superrized. You can find this fun stencil here.

Shery is generously offering prizes for this Release Week! For a chance to win one of the prizes, make sure you leave a comment here and on the blog posts of the fabulous Design Team members listed below. Each has made you stunning inspiration using "Fond Expressions."

Wei Wei

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Enjoy the hop and your day! No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS!* 

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