Stretch Your Stamps 2 giveaway & Flash Sale

I’m so excited to be a part of this next Online Card Class, Stretch Your Stamps 2! Look at these gorgeous, colorful & inspiring sneak peeks!


Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!

Join instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Debby Hughes, and friends (including me!), to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.

For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content.

For the first time ever, you can take any (or all) past Online Card Classes at a discount! We’re offering $5 off each of our previous independent card classes — no coupon code needed, just register for the classes of your choice. Tell your friends! Now is the perfect time to stock up on inspiration! Visit Online Card Classes to join us.

OCC_flashsaleHow about this sale? Taking $5 off makes some of the classes only $7, which is a DEAL! Remember though, it’s only good until this Monday. If you’d like to win a free spot in the new Stretch Your Stamps 2 class, leave me a comment and I’ll pick one lucky winner! Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Elephant~Bootastic

Hi there! Today I have a project up on the Mama Elephant blog featuring the new Bootastic creative cut dies that coordinate with the previously released Bootastic stamp set.Mama Elephant~BootasticI created a partially die cut window with the witch still intact and popped up in front of a Halloween-y, neon purple-y background.
Mama Elephant~BootasticHere’s a little video to show you how easy it is to make these partially die cut window.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tag You’re It~Guest Designer

Hi there! Today I’m excited to be joining the Tag You’re It challenge blog for their second challenge. I love tags, and I think this challenge is such a great idea. I hope you will join in the fun!TYIC_2
For my tag I started with some Tim Holtz watercolor paper and embossed the Grid Background stamp in clear. Then I did the “smoosh” technique by inking up my acrylic block with Distress inks, spritzing with water and smooshing it onto the watercolor paper. If you haven’t seen the “smooshing” action before, here’s a post where I share a video of this fun technique.
SSS~Tag You're It ChallengeAfter the ink dried, I added some die cut vellum leaves, the sentiment and some glossy accent dots.
SSS~Tag You're It ChallengeHead over to the Tag You’re It challenge blog to check out what the fabulous design team has created for this challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by!

PTI~ July Release in Review

Hello again! I’m back again with Papertrey Ink for my MEGA release in review post.PTI~Big Ticket AdditionsFirst up is the Big Ticket Additions stamp set with coordinating dies. I paired it with a sentiment from the new Banner Sentiments set.
PTI~Big Ticket AdditionsThis next card features the new Botanical Blocks II stamp set.
PTI~Botancial Blocks 2I colored it with Copics and added a sentiment from the Keep it Simple: Thinking of You stamp set.
PTI~Botancial Blocks 2And next is the Note Niblets. First of all, I don’t what it is about the word Niblets that just makes me giggle, but these fun banners just make me happy as all get out. It kinda makes me feel like I’m in a Mexican restaurant stuffing my face with chips & salsa. It all comes down to food, doesn’t it?
PTI~Note NibletsFirst I die cut the banner using the coordinating dies and then stamped them and then stitched them on. The sentiment is from the new Banner Sentiments set, which I curved to flow with the banners.
PTI~Note NibletsAnd a wee little tag featuring the Birthday Classics: August set. I inked up the stamp with Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise & Orange Zest. The tag die is from the Tag Sale #4.
PTI~Birthday Classics: AugustNext up is Phrase Play #6. I trimmed some strips of Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise & Berry Sorbet cardstock to adhere on an angle under the coordinating die.
PTI~Phrase Play #6I combined it with it with one of the new Wet Paint Cuts II dies.
PTI~Phrase Play #6And for this last card, I embossed the Wet Paint Alphabet in clear and blending in some Distress ink in Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade & Squeezed Lemonade.
PTI~Wet Paint AlphabetThen I combined the Monthly Moments: Travel & Simply Framed die for the striped frame. Sentiment is from Phrase Play #1 & Keep it Simple: Thank You.
PTI~Wet Paint AlphabetWhew! We made it to the end! Thanks for hangin’ in there with me. You can see & buy all these awesome new product tonight in the Papertrey Ink store. Be sure and see what the rest of the amazing ladies have created, too:
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley
Have a great day!

Designer Phone Case Inspirations

Hi there! I’m back again today with Papertrey Ink for another group post. Today’s post is all about creating custom phone cases using the new Phone Case & Details dies.PTI~Phone Case diesFirst I die cut my phone case with Ocean Tides felt & then die cut about a million colorful little diamonds to stitch on the front. I went round and round about how to customize it. There’s just so many options to pick from such as monograms, flowers, stripes and chevrons, etc.
PTI~Phone Case diesI used the same diamond dies and colors of cardstock to coordinate with the case.
PTI~Phone Case diesI used the one of the Wet Paint dies for my sentiment as well as the Stylish Sentiments: Birthdays stamp set.
PTI~Phone Case diesI’m proud to announce that this passed the teenage daughter approval test. Whew! Not an easy test to pass. She let me borrow her iPod for the photo shoot, while she made grilled cheese for supper. Not a bad trade, right? One custom case for a night out of the kitchen. She did the dishes, too…woot!
PTI~Phone Case diesCheck out what the rest of the team came up with using these fun new products:
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley
Thanks so much for stopping by

cardstock & felt colors: raspberry fizz, orange zest, summer sunrise, harvest gold, limeade ice, simply chartreuse, blueberry sky, winter wisteria, royal velvet

Wish You Were Here

Hi there! I’m back again today with Papertrey Ink for another group post featuring three new travel theme sets.PTI~Pack Your BagsThis first card uses the new Pack Your Bags stamp set designed by Dawn McVey. Really cute two-step stamping suitcase images.
PTI~Pack Your BagsThese next two cards feature the new These United States stamp set & coordinating dies.
PTI~These United StatesI used the United States die to cut an opening in some striped Soft Stone pattern paper. The heart is supposed to be placed in the heart of Illinois, my home:)
PTI~These United StatesI made one more with some Soft Stone polka dot pattern paper and another sentiment from the stamp set.
PTI~These United StatesI used the Vertical Striped Cover Plate for the tone on tone background.
PTI~These United StatesAnd lastly, a couple of luggage tags using the new Tag Sale #11 die.
PTI~Get Lost, Tag Sale #11The sentiments are from the new Get Lost stamp set designed by Nichole. These sentiments have such beautiful font combinations.
PTI~Get Lost, Tag Sale #11The journal papers from the Monthly Moments collections work great for these luggage tags. The orange polka dotted one is from the June paper pack and the blue one is from the July pack.
PTI~Get Lost, Tag Sale #11Check out what the rest of the team came up with using these fun new products:
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monthly Moments: July

Hello! Today I’m joining Papertrey Ink as we highlight the new Monthly Moments: July collection.PTI~Monthly Moments: JulyAlthough this collection might be geared towards memory keeping, the graphic images & fun sentiments can make for quick & easy card making as well. I stamped the graphic row of arrows in fun bright colors all pointing towards the “celebrate” sentiment.
PTI~Monthly Moments: JulySpeaking of celebrating…look who just turned 4 yrs. old! I swear she was just born yesterday! She thoroughly enjoyed her cake and presents this year. She got princess everything, even a princess fishing pole, lol!   IMG_0050 So thankful for little Emma Belle.
Check out what the rest of the team has created using the new Monthly Moments: July collection:
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Create a Smile Stamps Launch-blog hop

This is my second post today. For the Simon Says Stamp release hop go HERE.Release-Banner-hop

Welcome to the Create A Smile First Release Blog Hop!
Create a Smile is a new stamp company in town, located in Germany!

When Christine Drogt started illustrating and sharing images with friends, it soon became crystal-clear that those images would make awesome clear stamps.  Because Christine has always loved to make people smile (it can be as easy as smiling at strangers!) the name was found quickly (thanks to her friend Alison!) and the vision became reality.

Create A Smile
 stamps are made of high quality photo-polymer and produced in Germany. They will for sure make you smile!
We’re thrilled you are joining us as we begin this great adventure! We truly love the fantastic paper-crafting community (YOU!) and are so excited to be bringing something new to you all!

These are the facts:
Create A Smile are releasing our first two stamp sets TODAY!! You can find our store at
We have TWO fun sets filled with super cute images, available for purchase.

You can win a $15 gift-certificate for the store– all you need to do is hop along and leave comments on all the fantastic and inspiring stops (one comment per person, per blog please!). We’ll pick random winner from all the comments – so the more blogs you visit (and leave a comment on) – the more chances you have to be a winner!
You have until Saturday (July 12th) 8am CET – that’s 2am EST. The winner will be announced on the Create A Smile Blog on Sunday (July 13th)

Here is a peek at two of the new stamp sets. This first one is called Friends in the Woods.
Friends in the woodThis next stamp set is called Comfy.Comfy
And here’s a card I created using the digital images from Friends in the Woods.
Create A Smile~Friends in the WoodsCute little critters all huddled up together. I colored them with Copics.
Create A Smile~Friends in the WoodsYour next stop on the hop is the lovely Linda Trace. To start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Create a Smile blog. Thanks so much for looking!

SSS~This Is The Life release hop

Hello there! Today I’m very excited to be joining Simon Says Stamp for their fabulous new This Is The Life release blog hop.This-Is-The-Life-Blog-Hop-Banner-600_finalThis new line of stamps, dies & stencils is gonna knock your socks right off…so much fun, cute, beautiful all in one release. If you are following the hop, then you should have arrived here from the incredibly amazing Jennifer McGuire’s blog<–hard act to follow right there:)
SSS~This is the Life releaseI’ve created a couple of cards using some of the new goodies in the release. My first card features the new Ledger Drop stencil, Life’s Journey & Geotag stamp. Ok, that font combination…awesome x 100.
SSS~This is the Life releaseMy next card uses the new Zig Zag stencil. Rainbow zig zag…I die.
SSS~This is the Life releaseI combined three new stamp sets on my little panel: You Are Pawesome, Birthday Farm Animals & More Sketchy Banner Greetings.
SSS~This is the Life releaseHere’s a little video to show you how I created my cards:

Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a SSS Cardstock and Ink prize pack at all stops in the hop…WOOT! The giveaway will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday July 17, 2014. A complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday July 18, 2014.

prize-pak-finalYour next stop on the hop is the incredibly talented Nichol Magouirk! Thanks so much for hopping by today:)

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a few Paper Smooches projects

Hi there! Today I’m just sharing a couple of new Paper Smooches projects. This first card uses the new Cat Icon dies.Paper SmoochesI blended in the ink under the cute paw prints. The sentiment is from the Feline Friends stamp set.
Paper SmoochesThis next card uses the gorgeous new Blossoming Buds stamp set.
Paper SmoochesI used the Stitched dies to create the curved bottom edge. I only embossed the stitched lines into my white card base, but I die cut the stitched lines onto the pattern paper and then trimmed off the edge to adhere to the card. Clear as mud? I should have taken pictures of this, but I’m an airhead.
Paper SmoochesI do have a winner to announce for my little “red goodies giveaway“. Congratulations Janet Trapp! I will be emailing you:) Thanks so much for stopping by!