DieCember™ 2014 Blog Hop

diecemberhopWelcome to the DieCember™ blog hop with Simon Says Stamp. This is a fabulous new release with 15 brand new wafer thin dies. Today I have a couple of cards featuring the new Balloon Bouquet die.SSS~Balloon BouquetI love how these balloons look as if they are in motion. I wanted to try a really loose look behind the dies using watercolors.
SSS~Balloon BouquetMy next card uses various colors of Simon Says Stamp cardstock and a ton of glossy accents.
SSS~Balloon BouquetYou can see how cool the glossy accents look here. I added a sentiment from the More Sketchy Banners Greeting set.
SSS~Balloon BouquetHere’s a little video to show you how I created my cards.

Simon Says Stamp has also added a sale category for dies that are 50% off with the coupon code DIES. You can check that out HERE.

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a prize package to one randomly selected winner on each stop of the hop. Leave a comment by December 4th for your chance to win!

Your next stop on the hop is the very lovely & talented Lucy Abrams.
Thanks so much for hopping by!

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DieCember™ 2014 Release-Large Tag dies

1_313924_ZMHappy DieCember™!!! It’s an exciting day for a fabulous new release with Simon Says Stamp!tagsToday I’m focusing on my favorite new die of the release…the Large Tag dies. I think it’s no secret that I love making tags, and I am just so happy that Simon finally came out their own tag die. SSS~Large Tag DiesThese are staples that I will use over and over again. I love them because they allow you to use smaller images effortlessly, you can easily adapt them to fit onto a card if need be and it’s just a fun way to create on a smaller canvas. Here I’ve used them with some of my favorite Simon images….aren’t they so fun? I love tags:)
SSS~Large Tag DiesI added a little bit of ink blending to the bottom just to give a little bit more color. That Simon puppy has always been one of my favorite images, but it is smaller so using him on a tag is the perfect fit!
SSS~Large Tag DiesSince the tag dies are my most favorite thing…and I know you’re gonna love them as much as I do. I’m giving away a set. Leave me a comment for your chance to win a smokin’ hot off the presses new Large Tag die set.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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A Blog Named Hero

image1Hi there! Today I have the honor of joining the fine folks over at A Blog Named Hero. I have a couple of projects using some of my favorite Hero Arts products.
Hero Arts-Swirly Background cut fileThis first card features the incredibly beautiful Swirly Background cut file that I used with my Silhouette machine. I blended in some Audrey Blue & Mint ink by Simon Says Stamp on the card base. I know it’s not the most traditional of Christmas colors, but it’s so pretty under there and almost mesmerising. Kinda makes me wanna sit still and hum Silent Night, don’t you think?
Hero Arts-Swirly Background cut fileI went nutso with the Triangle Background die on this next card….absolutely nutso.
Hero Arts-Triangle Background dieI die cut four different shades of green cardstock and pieced them together to make this cool design. It took some time, but I just love doing this kinda crazy stuff. I just love this modern mosaic look. I was inspired by this gorgeous print I saw on etsy by Amy Wadeson.
Hero Arts-Triangle Background dieMake sure and check out A Blog Named Hero to see more & enter their fun giveaways. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Paper Smooches November Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches December release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on November 30th at 8:00pm pacific time. Once our release goes live, you will find our new products 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 PT on Sunday, November 30th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, December 1st 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)
Paper Smooches-Roses diesI used the pretty new Roses dies on my card as well as a sentiment from the Lovely Thoughts stamp set. I used my Peerless watercolors to add a loose wash of color behind the die cuts.
Paper Smooches-Roses diesThanks so much for hopping by!

Operation Write Home Red Friday Bloghop

OWH Red Friday Bloghop

Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home Red Friday Bloghop! If you’ve gotten here without starting at the beginning, you’ll want to click HERE and start from the top. We’re turning “Black Friday” into “Red Friday” by supporting our nation’s heroes!

Operation Write Home
 is a charity that sends blank handmade cards to service members deployed overseas. They’ve sent nearly 3 million cards! That’s a lot of letters and love heading home to those who are keeping the home fires burning.

November through February are the slowest months for OWH, and that’s something we as crafters can do something about! We all have a handful of cards in our stash — we don’t even need to take a break from our holiday preparations to just write Operation Write Home on the back and send them in, right? That’ll keep our heroes busy writing home during a long winter away from home.
Be sure to read the information on the Stars and Stamps post so you send in what’s needed (no Christmas cards, no glitter, A2, etc) – and make a hero’s day by giving them a beautiful creation to write home on!

SSS-Mosaic Heart stencilSince we’re spreadin’ the love today, I thought I’d make a card using the Mosaic Heart stencil with a sentiment from the Sending Happy Thoughts set both by Simon Says Stamp. I mean, nothing spreads the love, in my humble opinion, more than a rainbow ombre heart.
SSS-Mosaic Heart stencilWhat’s a bloghop without prizes? See the Stars and Stamps post for the full list of goodies by the bloghop sponsors – and go link up YOUR love card there, too! There are prizes for both those who comment on the blogs as well as folks who share their own creation!
Your next stop on the hop is one of my all time favorite card makers, ever….Julie Ebersole.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sweet Stamp Shop~guest post

Sweet Black Friday Badge

Hi there! Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! Today I have the pleasure of sharing a few projects using some products from the Sweet Stamp Shop.Sweet Stamp Shop-DragonThis first card uses the cute little Dragon set. I colored the Dragon with Copics and popped him up one the card base. I used my ink blenders to add some fiery hot colors to the bottom corner. I love that cute hash-tag sentiment.
Sweet Stamp Shop-DragonThis next card uses the adorable little Guac Love stamp.
Sweet Stamp Shop-Guac LoveI think this cute little guacamole couple & sentiment is so cute together. Even though all of these elements are actually on one single stamp, I was able to separate them using a bit of masking so that I could place them where I wanted on the card.
Sweet Stamp Shop-Guac LoveBe sure to stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to see more. Thanks so much for looking!

25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there! Today I have the pleasure of joining the very sweet & talented Tracey McNeely for her 25 Tags of Christmas series.Paper Smooches~Cool DudesI created a shaker tag using several Paper Smooches products. I stamped the adorable snowman couple from Cool Dudes, sentiment from Christmas Sampler and added some Lawn Fawn & Pretty Pink Posh sequins.
Paper Smooches~Cool DudesMake sure and check out Tracy’s blog to see many, many more amazing tags. Thanks so much for stopping by!