SSS~Tall flower die & CREATE 2014

Hello there! Today I have a quick card and a really fun announcement to share. My card features a couple new products that were just released for the Mothers and Fathers release at Simon Says Stamp.SSS~Tall Flower dieI embossed the sentiment from the new Mother’s Day stamp set in clear and then blended in a few colors of ink to get a gradient effect. Then I used the new Tall Flowers die and popped it up with foam tape. I really love this thoughtful sentiment for Mother’s day.
SSS~Tall Flower dieHave you heard about the CREATE event that is coming in May at the Simon Says Stamp headquarters? This sounds so cool! You can read all about it HERE. Tickets will go on Sale Friday (April 11) at Noon EST.
SSS_CreateLogo_ARTx1-300x300Thanks so much for stopping by!

Virginia’s View Challenge #2

V.V. Challenge #2Hi there! Today I have the pleasure of joining my sweet friend, Virginia and her second challenge. This month’s theme will most likely be as popular as  last month’s watercolor theme. Stencils are all the rage right now and I had a couple of ideas that I wanted to try so here goes.
Virginia's View Challenge #2The first card uses the new Mom stencil by Simon Says Stamp and some masking and ink blending.
Virginia's View Challenge #2This second card features a fun technique that I’ve been wanting to try ever since I saw it on Donna’s amazing blog. Here’s a little video to show you how I made these cards.

Be sure and head over to Virginia’s challenge blog to see some of the fabulous entries so far. I hope you feel inspired to get out your stencils and play along! Thanks so much, Virginia, for having me and thanks for stopping by!

Iron Craft Interview

A few weeks ago, I did a really fun interview with the very lovely Chaitali for her Iron Craft segment.Simon Says StampWe both created a card using the Falling Hearts Stencil and Sketchy Banners stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. I used some translucent embossing powder and then went over it with a little Distress ink.
Simon Says StampHere’s the video interview were I make a complete fool of myself…big shocker, right?

Chaitali’s blog, and leave her a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp!
I also have a winner to announce from the Altenew giveaway on my blog….congratulations to Beatrice Lawson! I will be emailing you.

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

PRIZES
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:
Altenew
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

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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
5. PRIZE: A SPOT ON THE ME CHALLENGE TEAM!!!!
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!