Monday, April 21, 2014

Stop. Drink. Relax. Repeat. {Sweet Stamp Shop}

I feel like I need an extra few cups of coffee today, after a fun Easter weekend! How about you? Mr. Octopus from Sweet Stamp Shop is quite the coffee-drinking multitasker. I stamped him in Avery Elle pigment ink, and then colored it all with colored pencils. I added some dimensional glaze to his glasses, and the coffee mugs too.

This week, I'm cleaning, organizing, crafting, packing, and getting ready to head to Utah in a few days. (Five to be exact. . . .but who's counting?) I'm thrilled to go spend a few days with the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking staff plus the Go-to Gals as we look back, plan ahead, and work on ideas for the upcoming year or so of the magazine. I have some posts scheduled and ready to go while I'm away, because crafty business will definitely go on as normal!  I might pop in one more time this week, but if not. . . I'll be excited to catch up with you all soon. (And I'm sure I'll need JUST as many cups of coffee as this octopus, after my trip!)

And in the meantime, if you'd like to keep up with the zany antics and adventures of the Go-to Gals next week, feel free to friend me on Facebook, or follow me on Instagram. I'm sure there will be ridiculous pictures, and lots of fun! {You can find my links right up there in the sidebar!}

Have a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by! xoxo

Friday, April 18, 2014

#Smart {Sweet Stamp Shop}

Hello friends! I thought I'd pop in today and share a card that was featured on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog a few days ago, as part of the 2nd April release. This card was created using the stamp set called, Mr. Octopus, (yes, I know - minus the octopus!) I also used some of Owl Be Genius and Just the Basics. I used a journaling card from Simple Stories - it's part of their new DIY collection. I am seriously digging this collection, as well as their coordinating DIY Boutique. The colors are BRIGHT and FUN and the embellishments and papers are just fabulous. I'm blowing through my stash quite quickly! (Oh, and that cute enamel arrow? That's from Close To My Heart!)

Have a beautiful and fun-filled Easter weekend! I'll be filling my kids with chocolate, (which i don't normally do, so they'll be THRILLED) and then finishing up a mountain of to-do's, because ONE WEEK from tomorrow, I'll be jetting off to Utah for our annual Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking editorial board meeting! I. Can. Not. WAIT! :) I'm sure we'll be blowing up Instagram and Facebook with photos and antics. Feel free to friend and/or follow along with my adventures! (Links are right over there on my sidebar!)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's a day of crafty goodness! {Sweet Stamp Shop}

Oh goodness, friends. Hold on to your crafty hats - are you ready for this? There are some seriously CRAFTY new stamps available at Sweet Stamp Shop today! The samples are amazing and the stamps are OH so SWEET, so PLEASE as soon as you leave here, head over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to check them all out. (There may just be some hedgehogs and an octopus too - WHAT!? Yes!)

Here's a tiny taste of the goodness . . .see, I told you - CRAFTY! I'm taunting you with two sets right now. . . Artsy Fartsy and Owl Be Genius. I've combined them on both of this first card - as you can see, they work BEAUTIFULLY together! 

I sort of love the way this first card turned out - I just stamped everything on white card stock, and stuck it onto colored backgrounds. The layout of this card is based on a sketch from about a million years ago, that Tami Mayberry designed, back in the days of the Card Positioning Systems blog. {Ahhh, back in the day!} It was always a favorite sketch of mine, and it worked perfectly for this card. Wouldn't this be fun for the first day of school?

This next card is a sneak peek. . .you may have seen it on Facebook, but if not, you can find the whole thing on the Sweet blog today! Okay? Ready? Set? GO! Head there now and be inspired!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hippos like to party {Sweet Stamp Shop}

Do hippos like to party?
You know they do.
And they're partying on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today.
I'm sharing some of my favorite sweet and simple cardmaking tips and tricks, along with some partying hippos.
Be there, or be square, my friends!

(And then join us again tomorrow, because it's a new release day! CUTE stuff coming, my friends! SUPER cute stuff!)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Storybook {Avery Elle}

The sweetest.
Seriously, how precious is this darling little deer? 
I created this card using brand new stamps from Avery Elle. They are extra special because this stamp set was designed by my pal and fellow Go-to Gal, Heather Campbell. 

The stamps (and coordinating dies) are part of the Storybook set. The set isn't overwhelmingly baby, or birthday. . . but it could be used for either. And it's just SWEET. Heather has a video on her blog, which really showcases the possibilities with these stamps! I highly recommend it. (But watch with caution . . .because you WILL need the stamps after you see it!)


Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today! 
Have a beautiful weekend! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Butterfly Drift {Simon Says Stamp}

It is so NICE to just sit down and CREATE, isn't it? After doing some crafting "work" (which don't get me wrong, can still be quite fun) I was happy to sit down and just put together this card for no reason/assignment/occasion in particular. 

I was really excited to try out this beautiful Butterfly Drift die from Simon Says Stamp. It looked really neat, but MY OH MY, I gasped when I took it off the die-cutting machine! It is SO beautiful and delicate! I don't generally go gaga over butterflies, but this is a REALLY neat die! It's part of the brand new Mothers & Fathers 2014 release at Simon Says Stamp, and I see SO many possibilities with this die. (There's a Stars Parade die that is really similar. . . I can't wait to try that one out too!)

The sentiment is from the new Flower Garden stamp set. What a gorgeous font, isn't it!? I stamped it in white pigment ink.

And I'm sorry but I need to point out the fact that I NEVER - EVER use purple. Seriously - it hardly ever happens. A purply pink maybe, but purple just doesn't happen. And what's this? Purple cardstock? Oh my, what's happening to me!? (I'm surprised I even HAVE any purple cardstock in my stash!) But that's me - living on the edge. And I think this card stock is *just* pinky enough that I can handle it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll stop by Simon Says Stamp to see their entire Mothers and Fathers 2014 release. I'm sure I'll have some more projects to share from these great products soon! Have a terrific week! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

scribbles2stamp {The Stamps of Life}

Hi friends! I hope your April is well on it's way to FABULOUS! I've got a funky new stamp set to share with you today! The set I'm featuring today is called scribbles2stamp, from The Stamps of Life.  I must tell you - this set is FUN to play with! 

On this first card I used two colors of ink to make a swirly background and adhered a simple sentiment to the center. (I think this one is my favorite of today's cards!) 

On this next card I kept it a little more simple, just creating a partial background with the scribbles. . .

And on this last card, I layered some trimmed scribbles to create a flower! (THIS was super fun. . .it's a close second for my favorite of today's cards!) For the leaves I just trimmed some cardstock, and twisted some twine, and adhered it behind the flower.

 You can find scribbles2stamp, plus TWO other new stamp sets in The Stamps of Life store, plus lots of great new samples created by the design team in the TSOL gallery! (Did you know you can upload your TSOL projects there too!?) And hey - have you stopped by The Stamps of Life Facebook page? You'll find videos, sneak peeks, and a place to ask questions and share inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!! xoxo

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I'm feeling EXCITED! {Sweet Stamp Shop}

Goodness, friends. . .it's been a flurry of new stamps to share around here lately! I. LOVE. IT. (I'm sorry for all the of enabling I do on a regular basis!) Today is a Sweet Stamp Shop release day, the first of TWO for the month. That Nicole just can't help herself, and she keeps cranking out the SWEET!

Today I'd love to share one of the FOUR new stamp sets being released today, and then you can head over to the Sweet blog to see the rest of them!

This stamp set is called Feelings. How PERFECT will this be for pocket scrapbooking?! And traditional scrapbooking!? And card making!? And little notes in lunch boxes and briefcases?!

Here's my favorite hippo pal to demonstrate how I paired the words "I'm feeling excited" with stamps from Speech Bubbles and Just The Basics to create a fun little card. (Patterned paper is from Echo Park.)

Now - please march right on over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to check out all FOUR stamp sets, plus sweet samples by the designers. And remember this is the first of TWO releases for the month - there's more Sweet heading your way on April 15!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!! xoxo

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

pb&j2enjoy {The Stamps of Life}

 HAPPY APRIL! I love April because it means my birthday, and my anniversary at the end of the month. This year April also means a trip to Utah to work and play with my Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking crew. (I CAN HARDLY WAIT!) April also means new stamps at The Stamps of Life, and I am so happy to share. . . . are you ready??! pb&j2enjoy A PB&J stamp set!? Oh yessss!

On this first card I went with a dark but bright color scheme, using Laughing Lola papers from Close To My Heart. The colors are just perfect for the peanut butter, and the grape jelly!

 Next up, I paper pieced the peanut butter container and peanuts.  I had to google the correct color order for my faux JIF label! I just stamped and trimmed it three times, and then sliced each one with my trimmer. How perfect is the polka-dotted patterned paper too!? Eeek!

A little more Laughing Lola paper on this last card, and I added a word bubble in to the mix. . . I'm pretty sure those grapes really DO love that crunchy, delicious peanut!

There are all kinds of SWEET and NUTTY samples in the TSOL gallery, so please go visit and check them out! You can find these stamps in The Stamps of Life shop.  Thanks so much for coming by! HAPPY April!! xoxo

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sweet Friends Mini Card Set {Sweet Stamp Shop}

Hello there sweet friends! Just stopping by here to let you know I am elsewhere today. Where, you might ask? I am over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today. I have a SWEET set of mini cards to share with you. Want a peek?

This is just one card in this set - so you'll have to go on over and check out the whole thing. It's the last part in my Think Once, Create Twice series, although in this case we are creating even MORE than twice! I hope you'll enjoy it!

Be back here TOMORROW because I have some sweet and nutty new projects to share with you. Hmmm. . .that ought to keep you guessing! ;) 
Thanks so much for coming by! xoxo

PS. . . the winners of the giveaway from last week's post are Linda M and Kim Ross! Congratulations ladies!!!