Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Christmas in July: Day 2 {Technique Tuesday}

Hello friends! It's day 2 of Christmas in July! Here on my blog, we're spending my summer vacation with a bucketful of holiday spirit. (It makes sense. . . trust me.) Scroll on down if you missed day 1! 

I have two Christmas cards for you today, featuring stamps from Technique Tuesday. This set is called Tis the Season. I LOVE the paper-piece this Christmas tree. It's so much fun to combine patterns and colors! If you were with me for the last Christmas in July post, I shared my love of non-holiday papers and non-traditional color combinations. Here's some more proof, in case you didn't believe me! Ha! 

On this first card, I used Carta Bella's Sew Lovely 6x6 pad. Certainly not Christmas paper, but there's no reason it can't be! 

And next up - what? What's that you say? Non-traditional colors and non-holiday papers? Why yes. You are correct. Carta Bella's Summer Lovin'. After all, it IS summer in real life! I did some more paper-piecing on this Christmas tree. It's really addicting. I just can't help myself. And I used my go-to favorite May Arts burlap ribbon that goes on just about everything I create! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy Holidays! Check back on Friday, for Day 3 of Christmas in July. I'll have another Technique Tuesday card to share!

Tis the Season clear stamps - Technique Tuesday
Carta Bella Sew Lovely 6x6 pad
Carta Bella Summer Lovin' 6x6 pad

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July: Day 1 {Paper Smooches}

In the magazine world, we work 6-7 months ahead of time. So it's not unusual to be working on Christmas and Valentine's Day during the summer months. It can make a girl kinda crazy. Stamp companies also work a few months out. So in order for you to have shiny new Christmas stamps during the fall months, to begin your cards, designers are often crafting up Christmas samples during not-so-festive months.

In Florida, when the weather is a "cozy" 95 degrees, it can be challenging to feel that Christmas magic. At any rate, I thought it would be fun to spend this week (while I'm on vacation) sharing some Christmas cards I've had laying around. So check back over the next few days, and maybe you'll just get inspired to get a head-start on your winter crafting!

I have two cards to share with you today, and they both feature Paper Smooches Stamps. The stamps from Paper Smooches pretty much just make cute cards the second they hit paper. I've been a Kim Hughes fan for as long as my crafty brain can remember.

So on this first card, I think I was aiming to use non-holiday product, to create a holiday card (with the sentiment being the exception.) I really love doing that. It's creativity-building to look at your supplies in a new way, and my affinity for aqua usually causes aqua to fall into a lot of my holiday cards! I'm feeling like this striped paper is from Echo Park, but I'm sorry to say I cannot remember what it is. I love the way the Streamers die looks behind the circles. I run to those banners pretty regularly for sentiments, and accents. I finished this card off with Paper Smooches Heart dies, layered as an accent. 

Next, I have to admit, I'm not even sure how long ago I made this card! It's been sitting in the "archives" for quite a while. I really super love it though! Just as I like to take non-holiday products and turn them into holiday projects, you may have noticed I also like to take some liberties when it comes to holiday color schemes. Pink and citrus. . . .yes, it IS a holiday color scheme! I used a snowman from Swanky Snowdudes, and I created a little background with a the diamonds square, from the Potpourri stamp set.

Check back on Wednesday, for some more Christmas in July inspiration . . .I've got some Technique Tuesday projects to share with you! Thanks so much for stopping by! Season's greetings!!! (Giggle!)

Peace & Joy card supplies:

Season's Greetings card supplies:
Swanky Snowdudes -Paper Smooches
Potpourri - Paper Smooches

Sunday, July 20, 2014

mini strawberry garland {The Stamps of Life}

Hey there friends! I've shown you projects featuring strawberries2stamp and morestrawberries2stamp, from The Stamps of Life this month, and now I have a project featuring just the coordinating dies. (If you are a Die Hard Club member, you already have these, but if not. . .they go on sale today!) 

I diecut a bunch of strawberries and stems and adhered them together. Then I punched two small holes in the top of each one, and threaded twine through. Then I added some little twine bows between each berry. These dies are SO much fun to use, because they are quick and easy and a fun embellishment for so many summer projects! 

And here are some cute little fingers holding up my garland. (Do you know how incredibly difficult it is to photograph garland!!!??) I really love this picture though, because I love those little fingers even more than these sweet strawberries!

As you read this, I'm spending the day at the Atlanta Zoo with my family, and then we are off to the mountains in North Carolina. I'll be gone till the end of the month, but in the meantime, it's going to be looking like CHRISTMAS around my blog. (What the whaaat????! Seriously!) Come on back tomorrow, and I'll prove it! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs!!! xoxo

Thursday, July 17, 2014

chalksayings2stamp {The Stamps of Life}

Would you like to meet one of my new best friends? It's this stamp set, called chalksayings2stamp, from The Stamps of Life. This is definitely one of my new go-to stamp sets. Chalkboards continue to be so very trendy right now, and this stamp set echoes the lovely writing that one might find on a chalkboard. Combine that with some sweet banners, and perfect sentiments, and this is a set that I'll be turning to a LOT. 

I combined chalksayings2stamp with new papers from Fancy Pants. In fact, I shared this first card a few days ago. (You can find it here.) I was really loving the soft sweet colors combined with bold black on these projects. 

Next up is a tag, from the Burlap & Bouquets collection. I stamped the sentiment, die cut and stamped the banner, and added a little bit of burlap and twine. 
Next up - I die cut a mini card, using the Fancy Labels Framelits from Sizzix. We had some cupcakes on hand, so it was the perfect time to create a little card to show off this fun stamp! 

And last, but not least, another Fancy Pants tag. This one is from the Everyday Circus collection

Thanks so much for stopping by today! It's been a busy couple of weeks here on my blog! I love it! I have a few more fun posts for you this coming week, and then I'm LEAVING for two weeks. . . vacation in the mountains, and I cannot WAIT! But in the meantime, there's more crafty fun coming up! Have a great weekend! xoxo

Spellbinders winner! {and a quick card!}

Just popping in to announce the winner of the Spellbinders goodie giveaway!!!!
Janis is the winner!!!!! Hooray! Stop by and visit Janis at and see the sweet cards she creates! Janis, please email me at TomatoL at aol dot com and I will get your goodies in the mail!

And I don't want to leave you without a project to look at, so. . . .HERE YOU GO!

I am checking out of social media, and I'm done blogging. . .  as much as I can muster until August. Good news for you though, you won't even know I'm away because I have a full two weeks of blog posts READY to go for you! Have fun without me crafty friends!!!! xoxo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

a SWEET blog hop {On Cherry Street/Sweet Stamp Shop}

Hello sweet friends! Today is a SWEET little blog hop! We are celebrating the release of Sweet Stamp Shop's new kits, called On Cherry Street. (If you're just starting here, visit the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to begin the hop, and to check out the full scoop!)

This month is all about the magic of fairy tales. The stamps coordinate with the On Cherry Street kit, and the kit coordinates with the stamps! Each OCS kit contains over 35 pieces . . . .wooden embellishments, journaling cards, buttons, and even an exclusive stamp set. (Yes, that stamp set is in addition to the Sweet releases for the month, and you can only get it in the kit!) I know you're excited, but stay with me here. . . .the best part - the kit is only $15.95, and it isn't going to disappear at the end of the month!! No club to join,  no commitment. Just more creative and inspiring products to love! 

These kits are perfect for photo-pocket scrapbooking. . . .but they are equally perfect for card making and home decor projects. Today's card is pretty over-the-top teeny-bopper, but I am sure I can find a little girl in my life who will love it! (I would have totally loved it when I was 11 years old!) 

I'd love to know what you think of the new Magical kit from On Cherry Street! Leave me a comment and share your thoughts! Thanks so much for stopping by! xoxo

You should have come from Jennie's blog.
And if you made it this far, CONGRATS! This is the last stop! Thank you SO much for participating today! We hope you're as excited about On Cherry Street as we are!

Here's the whole blog hop list, just in case you've gotten lost along the way! :)

Laura:  <<<<   you are here!   <<<<<<

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection {with goodies to share!}

Hello friends! I have something fun to share with you today. And it involves an ice cream cone! It's made of paper, so it's not quite as tasty as the real thing, but it has the cute factor going for it!

Spellbinders sent me a kit full of samples from their new Celebra'tions Collection, and I created this little treat cone, tag, and card.  The Celebra'tions Collection includes dies, paper, ink, and clear stamps in a cheery, bright color scheme. It's perfect for festive cards and crafts. You can find the whole Celebra'tions Collection on the Spellbinders website. (Many of the dies and embossing plates are also available at Simon Says Stamp!)

The Create a Cone die is definitely on my wish list. Wouldn't it be cute for party favors or as a snack cup?! It was really easy to roll and adhere together, and then I tied twine through it to attach the tag. My kids would LOVE to eat snacks out of this, and it's the perfect size for little hands! (You can also use it as a mini party hat! Gasp! The cuteness!) 

Spellbinders and I have a little goodie bag to share with one of you! (pictured above) It contains a sentiment stamp set from the new Celebra'tions collection, plus an assortment of die-cut goodies, sequins and twine from my stash. I have a little basket that I put "treasures" into as I work, and I dug in to find you some great little goodies! Also, I'll include the card I made with my Celebra'tions products! Leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, July 16 and I'll draw a winner to receive these crafty goodies! GIVEAWAY IS NOW COMPLETE! THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! And thanks to Spellbinders for letting me sample these new products!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Enjoy the Journey {Avocado Arts}

I was so happy to be invited to play with Avocado Arts this month! Avocado Arts sells clear photopolymer stamps, made in the USA. I got to play with the new stamp set, Enjoy The Journey.

You can head over to the Avocado Arts blog to view more photos of these projects, but here are some details about them.

On my One Step at a Time card, I used dies cut the hills, and cloud (supplies are linked below.) When I created this, I was actually intending to put the car on the scene (that you'll see on a card below) but then I saw how perfectly the sentiment fit here, and I decided to do something quirky and just put the shoes walking across. I punched holes in each one to thread twine through for the laces.

Next up, I paper-pieced some lighthouses to create this card, and tag. The Nautical collection from Fancy Pants was just perfect with this! And the wave die was the perfect finishing touch on this card. 

And finally, my tie-died car. I really wanted to create a super colorful car, and I debated how to achieve that. I ended up stamping it, and then adding Hero Arts Ink Daubers over the top.  Big thanks to Avocado Arts for inviting me to play this month! 

Lawn Fawn Spring Showers dies (cloud, sunshine) 
Avery Elle Custom Panels dies (hills) 
Wave die (The Stamps of Life) 
Fancy Pants Nautical collection
Hero Arts Daubers

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Crafting with journaling cards {On Cherry Street}

Hello friends! I am blogging over at the Sweet Stamp Shop, and I'm sharing a few projects that I've made with the new On Cherry Street kit. If you haven't stopped by lately, I hope you'll head over there and check out my projects, plus the new stamps and goodies that have been released this month!

Here's a sneak peek of one of the projects I have over on the Sweet blog. I'm talking about die-cutting journaling cards. (And I made a big confession. . . you'll have to go read the blog to see what it is!)

But I promised in my blog post, that I'd have another new project here for you - so here it is, my friends. This is so quick and easy. I used a journaling card from the kit, matted it, and punched a hole in the top corner. Then I threaded some twine through it and tied a quick bow. Adhered to a coordinating gift bag, and it's good to go! I love 5 minute projects, because let's face it - sometimes that's all we have! 

You can find all the SWEET details about the July stamps, as well as the On Cherry Street kit over on the Sweet Stamp Shop website. These kits are pretty special, and I'm so excited to see what's to come! And now, don't forget. . .stop by and see me at the Sweet blog!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Fancy Go-to Gal Designer Challenge {Fancy Pants Designs}

It's not exactly the last Wednesday of the month, but we're having a fun little off-schedule Go-to Gals Designer Challenge today! The Paper Crafts &Scrapbooking magazine Go-to Gals have ourselves a friendly little monthly challenge, and today we get to share what we created!

This month we're using goodies from Fancy Pants Designs. I've raved about Fancy Pants a time or two lately. We even got to visit the warehouse, during our editorial board meetings in Utah. (You can read about it and see another card, HERE.)

I promised I'd share the card we made during our visit, and today seems like the perfect day to do just that! I used the lovely new Burlap and Bouquets collection on this card. The colors are so sweet and soft, but the pops of bright shades, and black give this collection a lot of personality! I have been using it like CRAZY.

Fancy Pants Designs creates so many fun embellishments and unique elements to add to cards, layouts, and decor projects. The library cards, assorted sizes of tags, envelopes, flair, and die cuts are such fun to pull together and create with. 

Next up is a card that I combined more Burlap & Bouquets paper, along with stamps from The Stamps of Life. The chalkboard sentiments from chalksayings2stamp flowed so well with these papers, and I love the soft colors against the bold black. This card would be easy to mass-produce using a variety of papers too! 

I can't wait to see what the other Go-to Gals have created with Fancy Pants this month! Please head around and visit them, and leave them some love, okay!? Thanks a bunch for stopping by today! xoxo

Card supplies: