Altenew premier blog hop

Altenew blog hop bannerWelcome to the Altenew premier blog hop!
Altenew is the latest stamp company to open it’s doors to the paper crafting community. The stamps that you will see here will be available for purchase on April 7th.Altenew~SohcahtoaI cannot even tell you how excited I am for my sweet friends Tasnim and Jen and their new stamp company! They are both so incredibly talented as well as wonderful people.
Altenew~SohcahtoaWhen I saw the new stamp designs, I about fell off my chair! They are really outstanding, really, really right up my alley! This first card uses the new Sohcahtoa stamp set. This set satisfies my triangle/geometric lovin’ heart! So many different sizes and styles along with some awesome sentiments.
Altenew~Sketchy Cities AmericaThis next card features the Sketchy Citites America stamp set. Is this skyline image gorgeous, or what? I love it so, so much!
Altenew~Sketchy Cities AmericaI just loosely painted some watercolor scribbles and then stamped the skyline over top. Then I stamped a sentiment from the Lace Up stamp set.
Altenew~Super ScriptThis last card features the Super Script and the Magnolias for Her stamp set. I masked off the sentiment so that the flower would appear behind it and then colored it with Copics.
Altenew~Super Script

To celebrate the grand opening of their store, Altenew is giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners! The winners will be chosen from comments left at the Altenew blog .

Wait! there is more. I will choose a winner from comments left on this blog, and the prize will be the Sohcahtoa and Sketchy Cities America stamp sets.
You may leave up to three comments on each blog
- Comment on the project/stamp/what you would like to see in future stamps
- Like Altenew on Facebook
- Follow Altenew on Pinterest

The winners will be announced on April 7th.
Here’s the blog hop list:
Cristina Kowalczyk 
Elena Roussakis
Iwona Palamountain
Jennifer Mcguire
Jocelyn Olson 
Laura Bassen-me:)
Thanks so much for stopping by♥

SSS~Mothers & Fathers 2014 Release Blog Hop

Hello there! Today I’m joining Simon Says Stamp in a hop as they showcase their new late spring release. If you are following the hop than you should have arrived from the lovely Kathy Racoosin’s blog.SSS~full card dadThe projects I created are featuring the new Full Card Dad die and Full Card Mom die.
SSS~full card dadI used some Tim Holz watercolor paper and watercolors to create the background for each card.
SSS~full card momThese were so quick to pull together. I love the font mixtures on these dies.
SSS~full card momHere’s a quick video to show you how easy it was to make these cards.

Giveaway Alert!! Leave me a comment by April 10th for your chance to win 2 brand new, not-yet released ink pads and coordinating packs of cardstock from the new collection! A complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday April 11, 2014.
The next stop on the hop is amazing Stephanie Klauck. You can check out the Simon Says Stamp blog for the complete blog hop list. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Here’s what I used on my projects:

Here’s the entire release:

Mama Elephant~April Challenge

08k7Today I’m joining Mama Elephant for their April challenge. This month we have a beautiful inspiration photo.
Mama ElephantI used several different stamp sets to create a cute little birthday shaker card. I had a million different sets all strung out everywhere to see what I could use for this and that. The owl is from the Just Hatched set. The party hat is from the Honey Bunny set. The balloon is from the Pandamonium set, and the sentiment is from Make a Wish…whew…oh, and I used the Love Quotes die to create the shaker window.
Mama ElephantI also added a few stitches below the owl with some aqua floss. Shakers are such a big hit around here. The kids just love ‘em!
Here’s the details for the challenge:
1. You must use a Mama Elephant stamp
2. Challenge duration 4/4/2014 – 4/30/2014
3. No limit to how many entries, in other words, go buck wild!
4. Link up using the Inlinkz tool on the Mama Elephant blog
Check out the Mama Elephant blog to see more inspiration. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Little Tangles Challenge 34: Masking

34 graphicHello! Today I’m joining the Little Tangles challenge blog for their 34th challenge…has there been that many already? The theme for this challenge is one of my favorite techniques…masking!
Neat & TangledI used the Just for You stamp set and lots and lots of masking to create my stripes.
Neat & TangledHere’s a quick little video to show you how I created my card.

Make sure and check out the Little Tangles blog and play along with some fun masking techniques! Thanks so much for stopping by!

A Blog Named Hero is 2!

white-frameToday I have the honor of joining A Blog Named Hero as they celebrate their 2nd birthday with a fabulous hop. If you’re following the hop, then you should have arrived here from the lovely Tanja Kewel-Neef’s blog.
Hero Arts cut fileSince we are celebrating a 2nd birthday, I thought I’d make two cards. These feature some of the fabulous Hero Arts cut files found in the Silhouette store. The card above is one single cut file called Happy Birthday Flat Card. I used it on some Hero Arts pool layering paper….could not have been simpler and more lovely. The background on the below card is a cut file called Uneven Stripe Background and the leaves were cut out with the Birds on Branch cut file. I blended in some Picked Raspberry on the card base, and the sentiment is from the Type stamp set.
Hero Arts cut fileGo check out A Blog Named Hero to see the entire blop hop list and while you’re there, wish them a wonderful 2nd birthday. Leave me a comment for your chance to win a prize package from either Hero Arts or Simon Says Stamp…Woot! Thank so much for hopping by! You’re next stop on the hop is the fabulous Cherion Brandon.

SSS~Full Card Hourglass die

Hi there! Today I’ve got a couple of cards made featuring the Full Card Hourglass die by Simon Says Stamp.
SSS~Full Card Hourglass dieI die cut several pieces of cardstock with the Hourglass die and pieced them together to create this geometric background. I loved these neutral colors that I found in an older DCWV matstck pack called Linen Closet and thought it was a perfect fit for a masculine card. The sentiment is from the Dad Grandpa Uncle dies by Simon Says Stamp as well.
SSS~Full Card Hourglass dieAnd here’s a more colorful take using the same Hourglass die.
SSS~Full Card Hourglass dieDoesn’t this look like an arial view of the beach, looking down on the colorful umbrellas? Take me there, oh please, oh please! The fun sentiment is from the Birthday Balloons stamp set.
SSS~Full Card Hourglass dieI feel like I’ve only touched the surface on the amount of ways that this Hourglass die can be used. The possibilities are endless for sure. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mama Elephant~Everyday Greetings

Hello there! Today I’m up on the Mama Elephant blog sharing a fun card featuring the new Everyday Greetings stamp set. I really love this new set with it’s fabulous combination of handwritten and vintage looking typewriter fonts.Mama Elephant~Everyday GreetingsI also used the critters from the Up and Away stamp set as well as the balloons from the Good Times set.
Mama Elephant~Everyday GreetingsI have a VERY special video for you today. You are gonna bust your pants right open when you listen…enjoy:)
Thanks so much for stopping by!

SSS March blog feature

Hi there! Today I’m up on the Simon Says Stamp blog sharing this fun Easter project using some of the new Spring release products.Simon Says StampI used the Balloon dies to create these cute Easter eggs, and the Medium Polka Dot stencil for the background.
Simon Says StampHere’s a video to show you how I did it.
Make sure and head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog and comment for a chance to win a special blog candy. Thanks so much for looking!

Happy Birthday Maria!

Today I have the great pleasure of wishing one of my blogging buddies, Maria, a very happy birthday. The lovely Shirley-Bee is hosting a little birthday linky-party in Maria’s honor. Maria is a sweetheart and has been so kind to send me some German treats on occasion. I’m so thankful that I’ve had the chance to get to know her a little bit. I think she has a fabulous, unique style and great sense of humor, too!
Paper SmoochesI thought it was the perfect time to share my Paper Smooches projects since they all happen to be birthday related. This first card uses the new Quotables dies as well as the Balloon dies and the Party Posse stamp set. Now if I lived closer to Maria, I’d bring her some of these little treats below, since party unicorns are Maria’s favorite. You love My Little Pony stuff, don’t ya Maria? That’s what I thought:) These are the new Spectrum stamps and coordinating dies.
Paper SmoochesThis final card uses the new Friend word die. I free-handed a little swoosh and heart under the word die and poked some holes to stitch the thread. The sentiment is from the Group Hug stamp set.
Paper SmoochesWish big, Maria!!! Make sure and head on over the Shirley-Bee’s blog to see all the birthday fun and feel free to jump on in and create a card for Maria’s birthday if you’d like! Thanks so much for stopping by! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Maria! We kinda like you a lot♥

SSS~Hello Line Stencil

Hello there! Today I’m just popping in to share a fun card that I made with the new Hello Line Stencil from Simon Says Stamp. This is one of the new Spring release products that I’ve been wanting to play with for a long time.SSS~Hello Line StencilI used post-it tape to mask off segments for blending ink over the stencil. I was so inspired by this gorgeous card by Julie Ebersole. I love everything she makes. Did you see her interview with Chaitali? Oh my gosh, best interview ever! Love her personality and especially getting a peek into her craft space.
SSS~Hello Line StencilI really love the colors you can get when you let the inks overlap. You can get seven colors for the price of four! We are currently on our third viewing of Frozen. I bought it yesterday for the kids as a spring break surprise. A few of them were happy at least. Emma nearly had a heart attack over it! It’s Friday and all that matters is that there will be pizza and there will be Coke and there will probably be another viewing of Frozen and I am happy about that. It’s the little things, isn’t it? Have a great weekend♥
I also have a winner to announce for my True Stamp event giveaway….congrats Julie Seagrave! I will be contacting you!