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.
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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 www.createasmilestamps.com
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:

GIVEAWAY ALERT!! 
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:)

what I used: 

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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!

Happy Birthday Darnell!

Hello! Today I’m joining in the birthday fun as we wish the lovely, sweet and every so hilarious Darnell a wonderful birthday. If you haven’t ever stopped by Darnell’s blog, then you are missing out. I have to admit, I’m not a blog reader. Most of the time I just skim through to see the photos and move on, but Darnell has a unique writing style that pulls me in and cracks me up every time.PTI~Happy Birthday DarnellI created my card using some Papertrey Ink dies and stamps.
PTI~Happy Birthday DarnellI used my Smooth Alpha dies that haven’t been cut apart yet to create a background.
PTI~smooth alphabet diesThe sentiment is from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and I embossed it onto some Simon Says Stamp Smoke cardstock.
PTI~Happy Birthday DarnellWishing you a very happy birthday, Darnell, and thank you for bringing sunshine into our lives♥ You can see more of the birthday linky party over on the amazing Ardyth’s blog. A special thank you to Bev for bringing all the birthday goodies, too:) Thanks for stopping by!

SSS~July Card Kit projects & giveaway

Hi there! Today I have a few more Simon Says Stamp July Card kit projects to share with you. My first card uses a piece of gorgeous pattern paper that comes in the card kit. I love this pattern and wish I had an entire pad of paper just in this pattern. It’s neutral. It’s geometric. It’s awesome.SSS~July Card Kit & Big Hello dieI used the Big Hello die and popped it up above my card base,which I used my ink blender to blend some bright, happy colors to show through.
SSS~July Card Kit & Big Hello dieHere’s some more yummy pattern papers that come in the July Card kit. I used the Gift Card Envelope die to create my little envelope.
SSS~July Card Kit & Gift Card Envelope dieThe card kit also comes with these adorable puffy stickers. The typewriter and heart were so darn cute together.
SSS~July Card Kit & Gift Card Envelope dieAnd my final card features the Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set that comes in the kit.
SSS~Sending Happy Thoughts & Seasonal SimonI combined it with the Seasonal Simon stamp set, and paper pieced Simon to make him look like he was holding the envelope in his mouth. Did I ever tell you about the time that I got to pet the actual real life Simon from Simon Says Stamp? When I was in Columbus, Ohio for the Create event, Simon made an appearance, and he was too adorable for words…such a sweet dog.
SSS~Sending Happy Thoughts & Seasonal SimonThe July card kit had a few products in it that I already happen to own, and I hate to see them sit here being unused.
SSS~July Card Kit giveawayLeave me a comment if you’re interested, I’ll pick a lucky winner to send these happy little red goodies to. Thanks so much for stopping by today:)

Mama Elephant~Bountiful Blessings

Hi there! Today I’m up on the Mama Elephant blog highlighting the new Bountiful Blessings stamp set. This is such a pretty stamp set with gorgeous, scrolly sentiments and cute little flower images.
Mama Elephant~Bountiful BlessingsI framed one of the sentiments by masking it off with a post-it note and stamping several of the tiny little flower images to form a sort of wreath border. I used several of the Mama Elephant pigment inks.
Mama Elephant~Bountiful BlessingsHere’s a little video to show you how I made it:
Thanks so much stopping by!

Paper Smooches~June Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches July/August release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies are releasing soon.  Our new stamps and dies will release at midnight (eastern time) on June 30.  (12:01am on July 1st EST) You will find our new releases HERE.

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize! 

The prize – a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, June 29th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)
I used the new Halloween Icons dies for my project…I know, I know…we’re in the middle of summer. It was strange for me to make such a fall-ish card in 90 degree temps., but the show must go on, right?

Paper Smooches~Halloween IconsI layered up each of the die cuts to give them some thickness and for the background I spritzed an inked up acrylic block with some water and smooshed it onto watercolor cardstock. This gave me just the right amount of spookiness for my spider and my neon “Boo!”
Paper Smooches~Halloween IconsThanks so much for hopping by!