Monday, February 19, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk blog hop

Hi there!

I'm excited to be joining Pinkfresh for an entire blog hop devoted to showing off stamping techniques.


I went a little old-school and used small floral images to stamp out a full background. Here is my DIY patterned paper:

Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk blog hop

I used 2 little flower stamps, both from the new Sweet Treats stamp set, to stamp an entire card-front. The 3-flowered-cluster image had little black dots around the flowers, so I used a black pen to add more dots at the end to fill up the space.

Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk blog hop

I then used copic markers to color in the florals. I used pinks for the larges flower and colored the trio in violet, yellow and a lighter pink. The entire background got colored as well, in a soft blue/grey.

Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk blog hop

My favorite patterned papers are the ones that look a little vintage. So, to bring a bit of that quality to this paper I shaded the edges with a soft brown ink.

Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk blog hop

As a final touch, I used the same brown ink and flecked it onto the entire area.

Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk blog hop

Yeesh! My brush is in bad shape, haha.

I hope you like my little tutorial. It's fun to see what you can do with the smaller stamps in a set! To end off, I added a sentiment from another new set, Bird With Flowers, and some bling by way of a few sequins.

Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk blog hop

Now, onto the fun part:


All you have to do to be eligible is to leave a comment on each one of the participating blogs! Comments will close at 11:59pm PST on February 26th and the winner will be announced on the 28th. Good luck!

Here is a list of blog hop participants:



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Gingham easter basket (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to more of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week. Today, we're showing off the new Stitched Basket die and I have a very simple and sweet project to share:

gingham easter basket (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I cut the basket out of new Gotta Have Gingham paper, and added a Hay There sheep to the front. My Maia goes bananas for everything sheep-related so this one made her giddy.

gingham easter basket (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


With just enough space inside for one yummy little chocolate truffle. The paper bow at the top is so cute!

gingham easter basket (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Some Bunny and bunny treat boxes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

I'm running a little behind so I'm giving you a 2-for-1 blog posting deal today. Our family took a little trip to Vermont this weekend in celebration of my 40th birthday (it doesn't even feel real to type that!) and I took a little blogging break yesterday.

Lawn Fawn inspiration week continues today with a look at Some Bunny (and then keep scrolling for a look at the bunny boxes I was supposed to post yesterday.)

Some bunny (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I used the little bunny-costumed kid from Easter Party, and gave him a carrot garden using images from Some Bunny. It all made for a very cute Easter-themed friendship card!

Some bunny (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I gave the scene a yellow gingham sky, and drew in the missing lines from the carrot garden images to make everything look more seamless. I white-heat embossed the sentiment and used a white gel pen to add accents to give the card more "pop."

I hope you like it! Now, onto the cutest, teeniest little bunny treat boxes:

tiny bunny gift box (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The tiny gift box is already one of my faves. I love a small treat box that cuts out in one piece and that holds just a small amount of chocolate. ha. My kids would love more but one piece looks special in a dressed up box. The bunny add-on dies are so cute!

tiny bunny gift box (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The bunny shape cuts out and then you could use an extra die to make arm cut-outs. I mean, c'mon. So stinking adorable! And then give him a carrot or an easter egg to hold. I die.

The rosy cheeks just push it all over the top.

tiny bunny gift box (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


As does the little cotton-tail bum. I love it too much!

There's more to see this morning on the LF blog - click!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Pivot Pop-Up (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there, and welcome back to the 2nd day of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week. We're showing off a very fun new interactive die, the Pivot Pop-Up. This die set includes everything you need to create a 4-panel scene that twists and pops-up as you open the card.

pivot pop-up (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I started out by decorating the outside of the card. I used images from the new Hay There stamp set, nestling them into rolling green hills.

When you open the card,

pivot pop-up (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


the panel twists,

pivot pop-up (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


and unfolds into such a fun surprise!

pivot pop-up (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I didn't anticipate loving this die as much as I do, but the kids and I took turns opening and closing the card for quite awhile. I kept it pretty clean-and-simple, letting the pop-up panel shine, but next time I'd love to go all out like some of the other girls on the design team did.

Check out all of their amazing creations on the Lawn Fawn blog this morning - click!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rub-a-dub-dub (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's February inspiration week. Today, we're showing off Rub-a-dub-dub, an adorable take on bath-time with little duckies (real and rubber, haha.)

rub-a-dub-dub (lawn fawn inspiration week)

This set is one of my favorites from the new release. I adore the little duck peeking up over the top of the bubbles to see his little toy boat! I doubled up on the bubbles and tucked that little ship in between.

I used some new Gotta Have Gingham patterned paper to make this card come together quickly, and left room at the bottom to stamp the greeting. It almost looks like a fun wallpaper!

rub-a-dub-dub (lawn fawn inspiration week)

I love the sentiments in this set, the whole concept is so fun and fresh.

There are more ducklings to see on the Lawn Fawn blog this morning - click!

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

a toucan of thanks (Avery Elle spring release blog hop)

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Hi there, and welcome to Avery Elle's Spring release blog hop!

I'm so excited to be able to show off the Toucan Party stamp set:

a toucan of thanks (Avery Elle new release blog hop)

Isn't it so fun? I love all of the birds as well as the floral/leafy elements. It's such a well-designed set! I colored the birds in quirky colors and set them up against a pink chevron background.

a toucan of thanks (Avery Elle new release blog hop)


I drew in some dots with a white gel pen and framed out the focal image strip by adding white cardstock to the top and bottom. The leaf/floral images added some drama, and I stamped the greeting in a dark grey ink at the bottom.

I hope you like it!

To celebrate our spring 2018 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, February 11th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, February 12th.  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:

  1. Comment on any of the design team's posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are www.facebook.com/AveryElle ) and share us with your friends - make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)
Here's a full list of the blog hop participants for today:

you make everything s'more fun (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

It's the 4th day of this month's Neat and Tangled release week. Everything will be available for purchase in the store tomorrow morning, 8am EST.

We're highlighting my second set of the month, S'more Fun:

you make everything s'more fun (neat and tangled release week)

They've been available for some time as a digi stamp in my Etsy shop (which is sorely in need of new images! ack) but now I'm thrilled to be able to have them in my collection as stamps.

This card is so simple, but so fun. I stamped out the images, die-cut them and stamped out the sentiment. Doesn't get much easier than that!

you make everything s'more fun (neat and tangled release week)

I added a little bit of shading under each s'mores component and placed the heart on the O of S'more.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the NT blog this morning - click!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

moving day (neat and tangled release week)

Hi there!

It's day 3 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week, and we're showing off more goodies designed by Miriam: the Geometric Circles cover plate and stencil.

I used the cover plate with Ride With Me (both available in 2 days!) to create this new home announcement card:

moving day (neat and tangled release week)

Like I did on Monday's card, I borrowed the little flag from Beach Day, and this time the sun as well.

I ink blended a piece of white cardstock in shades of blue, and then splattered soft brown ink over-top. The coverplate was trimmed down a bit so that it fit the upper portion of the card. I cut a strip of grey cardstock to simulate the road.

The coverplate gives it a bit of a retro vibe, no?

moving day (neat and tangled release week)



I filled up the wagon with the moving day image, and joined the wagon to the bike with some grey twine.

moving day (neat and tangled release week)

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the NT blog this morning - click!

Don't forget to leave a comment before you go - a winner will be chosen at random from the design team blogs. On Friday, you could be the winner of a 25$ gift card to the Neat and Tangled store. Good luck!

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

you have my heart

Hi there!

I'm on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today with this floral number:

you have my heart

I used Fleur 1 and Fleur 2 from the most recent release for all of the blooms. They work so well together!

you have my heart

The sentiment is from Bird With Flowers. I trimmed it out and adhered it with foam squares to give it a bit of a lift.

I hope you like it!

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Panda die (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

It's day 2 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week and we're highlighting the new Panda die and So Many Sentiments stamp set - both designed by Miriam Prantner.

With one pass in your die-cut machine, out comes this cute Panda face:

Panda die (Neat and Tangled release week)


This is the quickest card I have ever made, and the kids kept trying to steal it. They cut a few panda faces for themselves too.

I die-cut the panda out of white cardstock, and then used foam adhesives to glue it onto a black layer. Instant panda face. I added some googly eyes and rosy cheeks and white gel pen accents to dress him up a bit. The little cheeks are so cute.

Panda die (Neat and Tangled release week)

The sentiment, from So Many Sentiments, was white-heat-embossed to keep with the black and white panda theme.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the NT blog this morning - click!

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Ride with me (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

I'm excited to kick off this month's Neat and Tangled release week with a look at my newest set, Ride With Me.



The 2 main critters can be die-cut to fit directly onto the bike, and all of the accessories allow you to create for a few of life's big occasions. I love the teeny hedgehog and bunny the most - they can fit into the bike's basket or be pulled behind in the wagon.

Ride with me (Neat and Tangled release week)

I used the fox to create a little baby announcement card. Isn't it so sweet? I borrowed the flag from Beach Day and stamped the greeting inside (all of the supportive sentiments fit so well in there!) and gave the foxy mama a little bow in her hair to match the baby's purple pram.

I used a sheet of Lawn Fawn's Watercolor Wonder paper for the unexpected pink sky, and added little white gel pen dots to lighten it up. The clouds are from the Making Waves die set, and make the sweet scene even more so.

Ride with me (Neat and Tangled release week)


I hope you like it! Don't forget to comment on all of the design team blogs for a chance to win a 25$ gift card to the NT store at the end of the week. A winner will be chosen at random from all of the blog comments. Danielle is also giving away a Ride With Me stamp set on the blog this morning, so check it out - click!

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

New Essentials by Ellen Leading Ladies!

Hi there!

I'm thrilled to be joining the EH team to show off Brandi Kincaid's 2 new leading ladies:

essentials by ellen

Say hi to Dog Lady and Cat Lady!

I made a card using each set. I am more of a dog lover, so let's start there:

essentials by ellen

I stamped and colored the doggies from the set, and lined them all up at the bottom of my card. Behind them, I did some very subtle blue ink blending, and splattered it with some soft brown ink.

essentials by ellen

Isn't the sentiment perfect? They all look like they're expecting something to happen. ha. Sometimes it just takes a little patience!

Next up, the very pretty Cat Lady:

essentials by ellen

The 2 kitties on the left look like they did a naughty thing, don't they? They're handing their cat-mommy a little prize.

I love how the set was designed so that the die cuts around the lady's hand so she could cradle her cat.

essentials by ellen

I colored her sweater and then used a slightly darker grey marker to add some tiny hearts. I would totally wear that outfit around the house!

That's all for me! I hope you like what I've created with these 2 new sets! So, are you a cat-lady or a dog-lady? Check out the EH store to order your choice (it could be both, lol.)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio February stamp and die release blog hop

Hi there!

Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio February Stamp & Die Release blog hop! To celebrate there is a fun blog hop to inspire you and introduce you to some of the latest designs.

To make the hop even more fun Pinkfresh is hosting an amazing giveaway. One lucky winner will receive the entire February stamp & die release. To enter to win, please follow along with our blog hop and leave a comment on EACH post along the way! Comments will close at 11.59pm CST on February 8th, 2018.

The winner will be randomly selected and announced on the Pinkfresh blog on February 10th, 2018.

I have 2 cards to show off today. The first one uses the new Enjoy The Journey stamp set and dies:

Pinkfresh Studio January release blog hop

Isn't it so sweet? I colored and die-cut the main tea-cup image, the balloons, and a trio of clouds (the clouds are my fave!) To make them stand out, I used a circle die to create a cut-out and sponged a cloudy background for the images.

The kite tail provided the perfect place to hang the sentiment banner.

Pinkfresh Studio January release blog hop

Here's a closer look at the sweet girl and bunny!

My next card uses 2 new stamp sets: Word Series: Believe, and the Lined Floral Background.

Pinkfresh Studio January release blog hop

I stamped the background (isn't it a beauty?) and did some loose copic coloring using 5 copic markers: R20, R22, R24 and R29. I used R39 only for the darkest spots.

I didn't got out of my way to blend everything too much, I liked the look of some harder lines and shadows.

Pinkfresh Studio January release blog hop

With it's leafy, swirly accent, the sentiment was a perfect fit. For added drama, I white-heat-embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock, and did the same with the supporting greeting. I then fit them together onto the card-front.

I hope you like my cards!

It's time to hop on over to see what the rest of the design team has crafted for you. Here is a list of blog hop participants:


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