PTI~Festival of Lights & Keep It Simple: Hanukkah

Hi there! Today I’m joining Papertrey Ink as we countdown to the October Release. Today I’m sharing a few projects featuring the new Festival of Lights & Keep It Simple: Hanukkah stamp set.PTI~Festival of LightsThis first card uses the Festival of Lights stamp set. I created a sort of Jewish Menorah for Hanukkah. I popped up the panel over some Harvest Gold striped paper as well as a thin strip of Enchanted Evening.
PTI~Festival of LightsNext up is a tag using the Star of David image from the Festival of Lights set. The sentiment is from the Keep it Simple: Hanukkah set.
PTI~Festival of Lights & Keep It Simple: HanukkahI used the Tag Sale #2 for the tag. I added a tiny clear gemstone in the middle of the star.
PTI~Festival of Lights & Keep It Simple: HanukkahNext is another very simple Hanukkah card using the Keep it Simple: Hanukkah set.
PTI~Keep It Simple: HanukkahI used post it tape to mask off some strips and then used my ink blender to blend in the ink. Not sure if this is Hanukkah festive or Hanukkah sinking in the ocean?? I tried ya’ll.
PTI~Keep It Simple: HanukkahAnd for my last card, I used the star-burst image to create a sort of angled rainbow border. You can see my progression, can’t you. I started this post out all traditional Jewish like, and by the end it’s right back to rainbows, lol.
PTI~Festival of LightsI mean, If I were Jewish, I’d be all over a rainbow Hanukkah card, not that this card couldn’t be used for a non-Jewish occasion. I think it could, don’t you? Such a gorgeous font on the sentiment.
PTI~Festival of LightsCheck out the Papertrey Ink blog to see more of the October release.
In other news, I have a winner to announce from my Simon Says Stamp~Cold Hands Warm Heart blog hop post….congratulations Morissa!
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SSS~Good Tidings Village

Hi there! Today I’m just sharing a card using some fun Village dies from the latest Cold Hand Warm Hearts release by Simon Says Stamp.SSS~Village diesThese dies don’t have cut lines on the bottom so they are perfect for partial die cutting. You can easily make your own popped up village panel. For a soft winter sky, I blended in some Maliblue & Sea Glass ink, then added some white embossing paste using the Falling Snow stencil. The sentiment is from the Peace on Earth set. Love this sleepy little town.
SSS~Village diesIn other news…I have a winner to announce from the Clearly Besotted 2nd Anniversary blog hop….congratulations Janis in ID!!
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Clearly Besotted 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop

2nd Anniversary BannerHello there! Today I have the great honor of joining Clearly Besotted for their 2nd Anniversary blog hop. If you’re following the hop, then you should have arrived here from the amazing Lucy Abrams blog.
Clearly Besotted~Most WonderfulMy first card features the Joy to the World dies and a sentiment from the Most Wonderful set. I used my ink blenders to add color to the trees and a little bit of rock n’ roll inking for the banner sentiment to make it slightly darker on the edges. This particular sentiment coordinates perfectly with the Mini Basic Banners die. I didn’t realize that the sentiment actually said “& Happy New Year” until I was completely finished. Not sure how I missed that, and I’m not sure if it works by itself or not? What do you think? It looks good anyways, even if it doesn’t make total sense, right, lol!
Clearly Besotted~Most WonderfulMy next card uses the Ornamental Style stamp set.
Clearlly Besotted~Ornamental StyleI fell in love with this sentiment and trimmed my front panel to emphasize the angle. More rock n’ roll inking was used on the ornaments.
Clearlly Besotted~Ornamental StyleMy last card is quite non-traditional, but so right up my rainbow lovin’ alley using the Joy to the World stamp set and sentiment from Most Wonderful.
Clearlyl Besotted~Joy to the WorldI repeatedly stamped the tree image in fun, not really Christmas-sy, but more “put me in a good mood-ish” colors and popped the whole panel up on a Fog card base.
Clearlyl Besotted~Joy to the WorldClearly Besotted is giving away some fabulous prizes in honor of their 2nd anniversary. One winner from each stop on the hop will win a £20 (approx. $30 USD) Clearly Besotted gift card. There will also be one grand prize winner selected from the entire hop who will win a £100 Clearly Besotted e-giftcard. Leave a comment for your chance to win!
Gift CardYour next stop on the hop is the very lovely Caryn Davies.
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Cold Hands, Warm Heart Blog Hop

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Hello there! Today I am very excited to be joining Simon Says Stamp for their Cold Hands, Warm Heart blog hop. If you are following the hop then you should have arrived here from the one of my favorites, Jennifer McGuire’s blog. This is a super duper fun winter release. I love products that make you smile and allow you to make cards that make others smile. This new Ugly Sweater stamp set is absolutely hilarious. I’m not sure what’s better, the images or the sentiments. They both just make me laugh.
SSS~Ugly SweaterI had so much fun creating my custom ugly sweaters with all of the fun little images that come in the sets as well as the coordinating dies. I did some masking, Copic coloring as well as adding details with a white Signo gel pen and glossy accents. I know some people who would totally wear sweaters like these and wear them with pride. I say, “More power to ya, honey. Get your ugly on and work it.”
SSS~Ugly SweaterNext up is the Build a Snowman stamp set with coordinating dies. I also used the new Festive Chevron stencil for the background. with some Sea Glass ink.
SSS~Build A SnowmanHow adorable is this snowman holding the strand of lights? I added some googly eyes and drew the smile with my Multiliner pen. The snowy hill was also created using the new Stitched Slopes & Hills dies.
SSS~Build A SnowmanAnd my last card features the new Snow Gear stamp set as well as the coordinating dies.
SSS~Snow GearThis one here definitely got my Canadian hockey lovin’ husband’s approval. This card kinda reminds me of our basement. Just times the gear by ten. We have a whole corner full of hockey sticks, pucks, skates and gear for days down there and it all smells like…well, it smells awful to put it nicely. They have so much fun using all of it, so it’s worth the smell, I guess?
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Skating on the pond is what we do best during the holidays, and getting new gear for Christmas is always on the wish list.
SSS~Snow GearSimon will be giving away a grab bag Prize Pack to 1 commenter on each blog hop hostess’s blog. The giveaways for the prize pack will close at 1:00pm EST on Friday, October 10, 2014. A complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday October 10, 2014. Leave me a comment for your chance to win!!!
grabbagYour next stop on the hop is the incredibly talented and wonderful Sandy Allnock. Thanks so very much for stopping by!

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Paper Smooches~September projects

Hi there! Today I’m just sharing a few of my Paper Smooches projects from the September release using several of the new dies. My first card features the new Curly Clouds dies.
Paper Smooches~Curly Clouds diesI added some colorful raindrops using the Green Thumb set and white embossed a sentiment from the Cosmos set. If only raindrops could be these colors…
Paper Smooches~Curly Clouds diesNext up is a card featuring the new Ornaments dies.
Paper Smooches~Ornaments diesI used some metallic cardstock and a sentiment from the new Christmas Blessing set. The silver metallic pattern paper is from an older SSS card kit. I used my Multiliner pen and a ruler to draw the ornament strings.
Paper Smooches~Ornaments diesAnd lastly I used the Blessed Icons dies as well as the Christmas Blessings stamp set for this card.
Paper Smooches~Christmas Blessings diesThis pattern paper is from an old Studio Calico card kit. As you can see, I’ve been trying so hard to stop hoarding all my pattern papers. Easier said than done. Why does it hurt to let go of my pretty papers? Can someone please answer this for me?
Paper Smooches~Christmas Blessings diesSo, that’s all for me today. Hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks so much for stopping by!

STAMPtember® Paper Smooches EXCLUSIVE

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Hello there! Today I have a fun project & video over on the Simon Says Stamp blog. My card features the brand new collaboration set designed by the lovely Kim Hughes of Paper Smooches for STAMPtember®. This is such a fun & festive party stamp set. I can hardly stand the cuteness of the turtle with a party hat on.
SSS & Paper Smooches exclusiveYou can head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog to see the full project & video along with one of my favorites, Pamela Ho and her gorgeous card as well.
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SSS~Color Coordinates Challenge

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Hello there! Today I’ve got a card over on the Simon Says Stamp blog for their Color Coordinates challenge. I incorporated the specific challenge colors using the gorgeous Autumn Blessing stamp set and coordinating dies. For the pine cones, I used the rock n’ roll inking technique, inking the image in Khaki & then rolling it in Dark Chocolate. For the wreath and berries, I added some details with my Copic markers as well as some glossy accents. 
SSS~Autumn BlessingsCheck out the Color Challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp blog for more details…there’s prizes involved if you participate…just sayin':)
Also want to mention that winners from the October Card Kit Blog Hop were listed on the Simon Says Stamp blog as well. You can check that out HERE.
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