SSS-Happy New Year!

Hello there! Today I’m sharing one last project for 2016 featuring the adorable Penguin dies by Simon Says Stamp. I was inspired by this fabulous card by Yana.SSS-PenguinsI dressed up the cute penguins for a New Year’s party using the Cuddly Critter Accessories. Then I used Big Numbers and Happy Christmas for the sentiment.
SSS-PenguinsDon’t think you can go wrong with googly eyes, party hats & balloons, right?
SSS-PenguinsThank you so very much for all your love & support in 2016! I am looking forward to the new year and all that it holds…Happy New Year, friends

I also have a winner to announce from my Altenew giveaway post HERE.
Congratulations Tina Holman!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Altenew’s A Year In Review Blog Hop

altenew-a-year-in-review-blog-hop-graphic_12282016Hi there! Today I’m excited to join Altenew for their Year in Review blog hop. If you came from Hussena’s blog, then you are right on track! We are sharing some of our favorite Altenew projects from 2016. Here are four of mine:
laura-bassen_altenewbest2016This first favorite of mine features Sohcahtoa, Peony Bouquet & Magnolias for Her. You can see more about it on the original post HERE.
Altenew-Sohcahtoa & Peony BouquetMy second favorite card features the Tulip & Floral Shadow stamp set. I love these multi-step stamping tulip images. You can see more details from the original post HERE.Altenew-TulipThis next project uses the Sohcahtoa stamp set again…my all-time favorite set! I never tire of these gorgeous triangles. You can see the original post HERE.
Altenew-SohcahtoaThis last card features Floral Shadow from this post.
Altenew-Floral ShadowGiveaway!!!
Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners
– selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. You have until Wednesday, January 4th at 11:59 PM ET to enter, and the winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Friday, January 6th. I will also choose a winner from the comments to send one of my favorite Altenew cards to!

Altenew is running a special shipping promotion now through Friday. Make sure to enter the code at checkout to take advantage of this special deal!altenew-free-shipping_dec2016
The next person on the hop is the lovely Svitlana.
Here’s the full blog hop order:
Yana Smakula
Sveta Fotinia
Erum Tasneem
Jennifer McGuire
May Sukyong Park 
Virginia Lu
Hussena Cal
Laura Bassen⟵you are here!
Svitlana Shayevich
Laura Jane
Therese Calvird
Isha Gupta
Marika Rahtu
TaeEun Yoo
Anna Kossakovskaya
Kristina Pokazanieva
Natalia Zubkova
Debby Hughes
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Merry Christmas! Today I’m excited to be joining Taheerah for her Advent Calendar Extavaganza!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!
SSS-Christmas EssentialsI thought it would be a good idea to make a thank you/appreciation card. I will be needing several of these to give out after the holidays. I used the Christmas Essentials stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.
SSS-Christmas EssentialsAlso want to mention that today’s prize sponsor is My Sweet Petunia, which I used on this project and nearly every project that I make.
SSS-Christmas EssentialsI colored the images with Copics and added some glossy accents to the berries. I used one of the Nested Circle dies to create a window panel and added bright red bow using the Perfect Bow die with Lipstick Red cardstock.
SSS-Christmas EssentialsHere’s a video to show how I made this card.It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by My Sweet Petunia so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to and leave a comment there too!
You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Neat & Tangled-Scandinavian Prints Christmas

Hello there! Today I have a colorful & festive project featuring the Scandinavian Prints Christmas by Neat & Tangled.Neat & Tangled-Scandinavian Prints ChristmasThis set is fantastic! I am loving the geometric images that can be used in a million in one ways and not just for Christmas, but all year long to create awesome patterns and designs.
Neat & Tangled-Scandinavian Prints ChristmasI created a rainbow of trees…are you surprised, ha ha! I just can’t stop!!! I used the MISTI and multi-inked each triangle with two colors. A lighter color on top and a darker color on bottom for a gradient look.
Neat & Tangled-Scandinavian Prints ChristmasI love being able to combine my pigment and my dye inks together to get exactly what I want! I also added some sequins from the Frosted Pine sequin pack.
Neat & Tangled-Scandinavian Prints ChristmasHere’s a video to show you how I made this card.
Check out the Neat & Tangled blog for inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Waffle Flower-Fleece Navidad

Hello there! Today I have a fun project to share featuring some products by Waffle Flower Crafts.Waffle Flower Crafts-Cutaway AlphaI was inspired by this cheeky T-shirt turning “Feliz Navidad” into “Fleece Navidad”. My family did not get the humor at all. I guess you have to be goofy like be to appreciate things like this:)
Waffle Flower Crafts-Cutaway AlphaThe Cutaway Alpha stamp set was perfect to create my custom sentiment along with several gorgeous Waffle Flower inks.
Waffle Flower Crafts-Cutaway AlphaI added the little lamb from Welcome Spring and made him fit for the holidays by adding a little freehand cut santa hat topped off with a mini white pom pom.
Waffle Flower Crafts-Cutaway AlphaHere’s a video to show you how I made this card.
Check out the Waffle Flower Crafts blog for more amazing inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by!

SSS-Hey Love

Hey Love! Have you seen the gorgeous new Hey Love release at Simon Says Stamp? Everything is soooo pretty & perfect for sending love all year long!SSS-Hey Love & Heart FoldMy project features the beautiful Hey Love word die along with the Folded Heart die.
SSS-Hey Love & Heart FoldI used some delicious pattern papers from the C’est La Vie 6×6 pack. I’m in love with these fresh, modern patterns. I actually just made a birthday card for my daughter with these papers and she LOVED it! Here’s the card I made for her.Alex's 16thShe said and I quote, “Mom, I think you’ve gotten better over the years.” lolololol….Hey, I’ll take it, folks! I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the “16” & the “alex”…so easy, but the papers make it look so good.
SSS-Hey Love & Heart FoldBut I’m in love with all of the gorgeous handwritten word dies designed by Kristina Werner. She has such a amazing gift!
SSS-Hey Love & Heart FoldThat’s all for today! Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great day!

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Hello there! Today I have a colorful, geometric project to share with you featuring on of my all-time favorite stamps sets by Altenew: Sohcahtoa.Altenew-SohcahtoaI don’t think I’ll ever tire of creating patterns with triangles. Sohcahtoa has several sizes & patterns of triangles which I layered here using a ton of gorgeous Altenew inks.
Altenew-SohcahtoaI love how the Altenew inks come in sets of four with four shades in each color family. It made this card a breeze to stamp. Using the MISTI helped a lot to get my triangles straight and evenly stamped.
Altenew-SohcahtoaI added an embossed sentiment from the Celebrate stamp set. I thought the clean, modern font paired perfectly with this geometric design.
Altenew-SohcahtoaHere’s a video to show you how I created this card.
Leave me a comment for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew…woot!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Before I go I just want to mention that I am beginning the process of migrating my blog over HERE. I will continue to post both places until I make the final switch. I am SLOW:)

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SSS-Diecember® blog hop

diecember-release_blog-hop-01Hello there! Today I’m very excited to join Simon Says Stamp along with several talented designers in a hop to showcase the awesome new Diecember® release.
SSS-Bear Hugs & Circle LeavesMy first project features the adorable Bear Hugs die. I die cut several pieces of felt and created a bear felt banner. In rainbow order, of course:) I adhered the bears with glossy accents.
SSS-Bear Hugs & Handlettered GreetingsI added a sentiment using one of the Handlettered Greetings dies with Fog cardstock. I used spray adhesive to adhere it to the card.
SSS-Bear Hugs & Handlettered GreetingsI had a bunch of colorful little felt hearts left over from die cutting the Bear Hugs and used them on this next card.
SSS-Circle Leaves & Missing YouThis card features the gorgeous Circle Leaves die with Cream Off cardstock. I added a sentiment using one of the new Missing You dies with Sea Glass yardstick. Two cards made solely with dies!!! So fun! These new Diecember® dies are fantastic!
SSS-Circle Leaves & Missing YouGIVEAWAY!!
Leave me a comment for you chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp….woot!!!

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