Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day Cupid card and envelope {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hi friends! As February is upon us, tis the season for pink and red and ishy-squishy Valentine's projects! Today I'd love to share a project with you that's just a little sugary sweet, but a little flashy and sassy, thanks to lots of bling, and a pop of BLACK.

I don't really create the sweet, soft, pinky pie Valentines that some manage to create so beautifully. I'm more of a bright and bold kinda girl, so my Valentine cards generally reflect that style too. I love the combinations of pink on this project, along with the bold black contrast.

The Spring Mini catalog, Bloom this Way, from Fun Stampers Journey has these super fun Spring Treat Bags - they'll be fabulous for cookies and goodies - but they're also the perfect size to use as an envelope. So I created a fancy envelope for my card. (This will be a hand-delivered card and envelope!) 

One of my very favorite new items in the Bloom This Way catalog is the Love Buds - the beautiful rolled paper roses. They come in a package with pink and red ones. And I'm using them on EVERYTHING. They're absolutely gorgeous! 

Just a few other design notes....to create the black heart, I die cut it from black cardstock and then stamped the sentiment in white pigment ink. (I heat set it to dry, because I am impatient!) To add
gloss to my cupid, after stamping and die cutting it, I added some FSJ Journey Glaze to over the top. It adds such a beautiful shiny finishing touch!

All of the products on this project can be found at Fun Stampers Journey! 
Also, have you heard about the Be Amazing Tour? Fun Stampers Journey and Richard Garay might be coming to a city near YOU this year! Registration is open NOW!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you're working on Valentine projects, I'd love to see them! Link up your blog in the comments, and I'll stop by and visit! xoxo

Monday, February 1, 2016

January, where did you go!? {CHA 2016 recap}

Hello friends! How are you!? My January was an absolute whirlwind - anyone else? I had THE most amazing time at the Craft & Hobby Association Megashow. Seriously. So much fun. I was able to HUG friends who I hadn't ever met in PERSON before. People I've worked with for years, and people I consider REAL LIFE FRIENDS but I had never seen their faces in real life, and hugged their necks. So we did just that - we hugged, and laughed, and drank coffee together, and there may have been a few moments of squealing and jumping up and down. It's just the way I roll. The whole thing was kind of epic, and it made my heart SO happy!

Gotta have the obligatory photo op in front of the giant sign! 
I was practically jumping up and down at this point, I was so excited! 

After two days of WORK and SETUP to make the magic happen, we were ready to roll! 
(I'm sparing you from all the hot-mess setup shots!) The booth was STUNNING. Seriously. 

In the Celebrations section of the booth with Patricia Roebuck, Michelle Woerner, and Kim Kesti!

The Hilton lobby was THE place to be. We look SO tired in this photo....because we ARE.

Being together with my Paper Crafts magazine chickies was one of my favorite things.  (I tried not to let them see me getting teary-eyed just having them all in front of me! It made me SO happy!) And we may have inadvertantly started a rumor that the rest of the Go-to Gals are coming to work for Richard, in addition to Kim Kesti and I....but its just a rumor. (For now. I'll keep working on them!)

THIS GIRL. Keri Lee Sereika. . .friends, this girl was one of my biggest blessings! She was on my flights to and from Anaheim to Atlanta - which ended with an overnight in Atlanta because we both missed our connecting flights. I would have fallen apart without her calm and easygoing, travel-experienced self. She is a GEM. (And it was crazy fun to catch up after not seeing her in quite a few years!) 

So there you have it - a VERY brief (sort of brief) recap of my CHA adventures. Really, there is so much more - but I just can't even. :) I am thankful for my first trip to California, and my first CHA in Anaheim! Despite these fun photos, we really did work our tails off - but it was FUN work, and I loved it! It took me out of my comfort zone enough to be a growing experience, 
and it was SO worth it.  (Thank you, Richard!!!) 

Richard Garay's RG retail line releases March 1st. Visit richardgaray.com for the scoop, plus sneak peeks, project inspiration, and more! 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year! {Fun Stampers Journey}

(If you're looking for the Richard Garay CHA sneak peek blog hop, click here, or scroll down!)

YOU GUYS. Seriously, way to make a girl feel good. I had so many very sweet comments on the Seasons Giving blog hop. Thank you for the time you spent hopping along, and thank you to all of my new followers! So many people following my little old blog, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Hooray for new friends!!! 

So is any one else playing CATCH UP and CLEAN UP this week!? I love Christmas, but I was READY to pack it up and clean it up this week. I am off to the CHA Mega Conference and Trade Show on Thursday to help support Richard Garay and the four new collections being released in his RG line. I am super excited to catch up with crafty friends, and to share these four fantastic collections of crafty goodness! It's a pretty sweet way to start off the year! If you aren't familiar with CHA, the Craft & Hobby Association hosts a HUGE yearly trade show for the craft and hobby industry. Companies share their new collections for the year - maybe its like the Fashion Week of the craft industry. It's huge, and overwhelming, and I'm just tickled pink to be able to go this year!

Before I go, I want to share the winner of the Seasons Givings blog hop. And while I'm at it, another New Years card! 

The card I created for today features Fun Stampers Journey products (also by Richard Garay.) I embossed the sentiment and champagne glasses, and layered some vellum behind the glasses. The sequins (from Hazel and Ruby) remind me of little champagne bubbles! Yum!

And now, the winner of my giveaway. . . . .SUE ROLFE

Sue Rolfe said...
I am a new follower on pinterest and I subscribed by email. I do like your style and look forward to your inspiration in 2016.

CONGRATULATIONS SUE! I sent you an email, but if you don't get it, shoot me your address at TomatoL at aol dot com.
And thank you again to everyone who participated!  You guys are the BEST! And if you aren't already, follow me on Instagram, where I'll be posting photos from CHA this week! xoxo

Monday, January 4, 2016

RG Sneak Peek CHA Reveal {Lumberjack Days}

If you're looking for the Season's Givings Hop, click here or scroll down! 
(But don't miss THIS post either!) 

Welcome to the fourth and final week of the RG blog hop, showcasing the four new collections by Richard Garay, being released at CHA . . . in just a FEW SHORT DAYS!!! I'm excited to hop on a plane to Anaheim and help share all of these new products! 

This week we are happy to present Lumberjack Days. 
Did you notice that argyle sweater embossing folder? It. Is. GORGEOUS. I created a fun little corrugated gift box, embellished with the Lumberjack Days stamps and papers- this would be fun for a masculine Valentine's gift, wouldn't it!? I had a blast stamping and coloring this sweet lumberjack, and playing with the new papers. 

The best part about our weekly blog hops leading up to CHA. . . .you have the chance of winning brand new products each of the four weeks! And in the end, we will have 4 winners (one from each week) PLUS a Grand Prize Winner who will receive the exclusive RG messenger bag PLUS all four prize packages from the four new collections!

Enter to win NOW! :) 
1. Follow TeamRichardGaray on Instagram. 
2. Leave a comment on Richard's blog post
3. Leave a comment on each designer’s blog post. 
**Not all steps are required to win. Grand Prize winner will be chosen from ALL comments at the end of the four weeks. Prizes will be shipped following CHA.

Enjoy visiting the designers participating in this week's hop! Remember to comment for your chances to WIN! 

And if you're at CHA next week don't forget to stop by the RG booth! I'd love to see you!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! {Seasons Givings Blog Hop}

Welcome to the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! I am so happy to participate in this fun event again this year! I'm so glad you're hopping through our GIANT list of participants. Remember, there's a giveaway at each and every stop! 

Participating in this hop is one way I want to say THANK YOU . . .thank you to those who have visited my blog for many years, and thank you to my new friends and followers. I truly appreciate YOU. Your comments. Your kindness. Your creative energy! 

For today's hop, I created this festive Happy New Year card using products from  Fun Stamper's Journey. The Designer Vellum Prints is my favorite product on this card - it's so fun to layer the patterned vellum!

But I know, I know. . .what's the GIVEAWAY you ask? (It's okay - I know why you're really here!) 
The giveaway I'll be sending out to one lucky commenter is a whole priority mail padded envelope jam packed with goodies. It's filled with embellishments, stamps, dies, adhesives and all sorts of treasures to craft to your heart's content. Some are brand new, some are slightly loved or used, but all are ready to help you craft your face off in 2016! (Wheeeeee!) And even better news? After I took this photo, I realized I could fit a lot more stuff in there, so I crammed it full with more stamps and dies! 

 For your chance to win, please leave a comment (and be sure you let me know how to reach you if you win!) I'll draw a winner on Tuesday morning, January 5th. This giveaway is only open to addresses in the US. (I'm so sorry international friends!)

If you like what you've seen, feel free to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook

Next on your list, head over to the sweet and talented Debbie Seyer

And if you're just starting here, or you've gotten lost along the way, here's the whole entire GIGANTIC blog hop list. . . .remember, there's a giveaway at every stop!

Lawn Fawn

Scrapbook Cards & Today Magazine

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Reverse Confetti

Technique Tuesday

CAS-ual Friday Stamps

Verve Stamps

Donna Salazar

Richard Garay


Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Inchie Arts

Avocado Arts

OHscrap (Bossy Joscie)

Rubermoon Stamps

Latina Crafter

A Jillian Vance Design


Your Everyday Stamps

Latisha Yoast

AJ Otto

Kimberly Crawford

Julia Stainton

Laurie Willison

Teri Anderson

Jennifer Gallacher

Vera Yates

Wanda Guess

Nichol Magouirk

Kelly Klapstein

Anabelle O’Malley

Kim Watson

Chari Moss

Laura Bassen

Lydia Fiedler

Lisa Adametz

Alice Wertz

Daniela Dobson

Jenn Shurkus

Lori Craig

Amy Tsuruta

Lisa Henke

Margie Higuchi

Lee Murphy

Lori Tecler

Dina Kowal

Loretta Lock

Darsie Bruno

Marcie Sharp

Veronica Zalis

Barbara Anders

Maria Levine

Dana Joy

Melody Rupple

Keri Sereika

Asia King

Jennifer Ingle

Yvonne Van de Grijp

Beth Pingry

Erica Houghton

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Piali Biswas

Ashley Newell

Nicole Maki

Julee Tilman

Leigh Penner

Christina Griffiths

Lindsay Amrhein

Laura Williams <<<<>>>>>>>>

Debbie Seyer

Christine Emberson

Kerry Urbatch

Linda Lucas

Tosha Leyendekker

Giovana Smith

Bunny Vance

Stacey Schafer

Lee Ann Barrett

Ruby Naz

Julie Dinn

Jill Hawkins

Christiana Reulling

Jodi Collins

Gracie Chavez

Michelle Woerner

Tania Willis

Karisse Schilling

Lori McAree

Ashley Harris

Emily Leiphart

Heidi Blankenship

Coralynn Murray

Tenia Nelson

Pretty Philosophie

Jillian Vance

Misti Oblander

Monday, December 28, 2015

RG Sneak Peek CHA Reveal {Noteworthy Collection}

Hello friends! Welcome to week 3 of the RG Blog Hop, featuring new products being released at CHA in just  a few short weeks! This week we're sharing the Noteworthy Collection.  Noteworthy is the opportunity to reach out to a friend, a family member or a special someone in your life. With this collection, you bring creativity to life with a simple hello or let's meet for lunch. 

For this week's blog hop, I've created a fun card featuring some of the new Noteworthy stamps and paper. I REALLY love this collection, and I can't wait to get every single bit of it! 

Would you like a peek at just a few of the fun products in this collection????? Clear stamps, washi tape stickers, and patterned papers - OH MY! This is just a small sampling of this GORGEOUS collection!

You can enter to win the above pictured Noteworthy stamps/dies, Washi Tape Stickers and paper pack by completing the following steps. 
1. Follow TeamRichardGaray on Instagram. 
2. Stop by Richard's blog and leave a comment on his blog post.
3. Check out the full list of designers participating in the hop, also on Richard's blog post, and comment on each one you visit!

**Not all steps are required to win. Winner from this week will be announced on Saturday, Jan. 2nd on Richard's blog. Grand Prize winner will be chosen from ALL comments at the end of the four weeks. Prizes will be shipped following CHA. 

PLUS, there will be one grand prize winner who will receive this exclusive RG messenger bag with floral print inside to match one of my new collections AND that winner will also receive ALL the prize packages from the four week's of giveaways.

Thanks so much for hopping with us this week! I hope your holiday week has been festive, fun, and filled with love! Enjoy the blog hop! xoxo

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!! {Fun Stampers Journey}

Merry, merry Christmas my friends! 
I'm just here to share a few candy cane treats I created. . . I'd give one to each of YOU if I could! Have a beautiful day, my friends! 

Find supply lists and details on these projects on the Fun Stampers Journey blog. 
(And huge thanks to FSJ for the beautiful photographs!)

Monday, December 21, 2015

RG Sneak Peek CHA Reveal {Cele'brations}

Hello friends! Welcome to the second week of the RG Sneak Peek Blog Hop! There are four new collections being released at CHA in January, and this week we are sharing the Cele'brations collection. (Be back here each week for a peek at a new collection! If you missed week 1, head back HERE!) 

I created two cards to share with you today, using embossing folders, dies, and lots of fun details. I am SMITTEN - SMITTEN I tell you, with the pinwheel die. I've used a few other pinwheel dies in my life, and THIS is my favorite. It give embossed lines that show you just where to fold the flaps over, and it's SO easy. I want to stick pinwheels on EVERYTHING!
The Cele'brations collection is filled with bright cheery colors and festive details and textures. To create the faux enamel dots, I die cut circles from cardstock, and then coated them with dimensional glaze.

The best part about our weekly blog hops leading up to CHA. . . .you have the chance of winning brand new products each of the four weeks! And in the end, we will have 4 winners (one from each week) PLUS a Grand Prize Winner! The products below are just a peek at what’s to come! And you can enter for a chance to WIN them!

 GRAND PRIZE: Exclusive RG messenger bag with floral print inside to match one of the new RG collections. PLUS the winner will also receive ALL four prize packages from each of the four collections!

Enter to win NOW! :) 
1. Follow TeamRichardGaray on Instagram. 
2. Leave a comment on Richard's blog post. 
3. Leave a comment on each designer’s blog post. 
**Not all steps are required to win. Winner from this week will be announced on Saturday, 12/26 at noon MST on the RG blog. Grand Prize winner will be chosen from ALL comments at the end of the four weeks. Prizes will be shipped following CHA.
Laura Williams (YOU ARE HERE!!!!!) 

If you just can't WAIT to try out the Cele'brations Collection, GREAT news! Much of this collection is already available through Spellbinders. And even better news, more papers, and more YUMMY stamps and dies are being added to this collection! Everything presently available can be found on the Spellbinders website

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy hopping! xoxo

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Oh So Merry! {Fun Stamper's Journey}

We're in the home stretch now, friends! This is the last week of school for my kids - I have to keep reminding myself that any secret Christmas errands and chores need to be finished up THIS week or else I'll have little feet following me wherever I go! I also have quite a few winter movies to cross off my list too - the days just keep flying by! Elf and Christmas Vacation are next up on my must-watch list! 

I just adore the snowman from the So Jolly Stamp Set. He is adorable, and it's fun to jazz him (or her) up with some accessories! 

In case you've missed them, here are a few other holiday cards I've created, that have been featured recently on the Fun Stampers Journey blog. (Click on the link below each image for the blog post and supply list.)  I'd love it if you stopped by to check out all the beautiful inspiration, plus the latest on FSJ news!

Speaking of FSJ news. . .this week, Richard Garay is announcing all the stops on the 2016 Be Amazing Tour. Richard and the Journey Crew will be traveling across the country, and you're invited to join them for a day of paper crafting fun, demos, make-and-takes, delicious food, and TONS of fun. Click on over to the FSJ blog, because each day this week Richard will be announcing a new stop on the tour!

Thanks SO much for stopping by today! I wish you fabulous fun and happiness as you finish up last minute holiday preparations, and hopefully while you sit back and ENJOY the beautiful season! xoxo