National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop

11117691_10153296150619680_433301741_nHello there! Today I have the honor of joining several incredibly talented ladies for a blog hop celebrating National Scrapbooking Day. The lovely and extremely talented Wilna Furstenberg put together this hop, and she came up with some fun things to share. First up is a little questionnaire about ourselves.


1. Favorite youtube clip: ←cracks me up
2. Listening to: Budapest by George Ezra ←love. it.
3. Watching: hello, American Idol ←been addicted since day one and I’m not ashamed
4. Reading: never been a big reader, but I will mention this, because she’s my fave:
5. I can eat this everyday: absolutely no contest, french fries
6. Favorite drink at 4pm: not very exciting…water
7. On my Wishlist: a vacation
8. Enjoying: watching my kids play soccer, track, tennis, basketball, volleyball and on and on…
9. Favourite quote right now: “You can’t please everyone. You’re not pizza.”
10. Smiling about: that quote ↑

So, obviously I’m not a scrapbooker. I’ve always wanted to try scrapbooking. The layouts that these ladies create are truly inspiring to me and greatly influence my cardmaking in so many ways.
iHeartStudio-I Love Art freebie cut fileWilna created a gorgeous cut file for today as well, and that is what I’ve used on my card. I did some loose watercoloring behind it and a bit of splattering and let the gorgeous cut file take center stage.
iHeartStudio-I Love Art freebie cut fileWilna has so generously offered this cut file to everyone as a freebie in honor of National Scrapbook Day. You can download the free cut file/printable HERE.
NSD giveawayI have a little giveaway of my own as well. I have four fun stamp sets including: Incognito, We Adore YouA Magical Spring & the adorable new Baby Party Animals from Simon Says Stamps new Falling For You release.
Leave me a comment for your chance to win all four…woot!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Here’s the blog hop order:
Laura Craigie
Jen Gallacher
Jill Sprott
Wilna Furstenberg
Paige Evans
Shimelle Laine
Nancy Damiano
Danielle Flanders
Aly Dosdall
Laura Bassen←you are here:)
Amy Heller
Stephanie Bryan

Hex Chart Video Bloghop

HexChartHopSQHello! Today I’m excited to be joining several talented ladies to help promote our dear friend & Copic coloring extraordinaire, Sandy Allnock and her brand spankin’ new Hex Chart. Sandy has been working on this for a long time, and she has done a wonderful job of organizing the colors in a way that anyone can understand. It is a must-have reference for the Copic lover.SSS-Artful FlowersI’ve created a simple card using the Artful Flower stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. There was a lot of stamping, masking & Copic coloring involved and a little bit of Liquid Pearls in Opal to finish off the centers of the flowers.
SSS-Artful FlowersSandy’s Hex Chart is very helpful in finding the colors that go together and also to see what markers that I really want to purchase. Sometimes I get stuck in a rut using the same colors over and over, and I think this might help me to experiment with some new combinations, especially for hair and skin tones. I should also mention, if you are looking to learn some invaluable secrets from the master, Sandy shares her wealth of knowledge about Copic coloring in the Copic Markers for Cardmakers class.
SSS-Artful FlowersHere’s a little video to show you how I created my card.

Five people purchasing the Hex Chart Bundle on or before May 10th will be randomly selected to win a hand-colored chart! Make sure and check out Sandy Allnock’s blog for more information.

Here is the blog hop order:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

SSS-Lila’s Heart

Hi there! Just popping in to share a little sneak peek of a project that is up over on the Simon Says Stamp blog using the adorable new Lila’s Heart stamp set.SSS-Lila's HeartYou can see the full project & video over on the Simon Says Stamp blog.
I also wanted to mention that the winners from the Falling For You blog hop are now listed over on the Simon Says Stamp blog. The winner from my post is Dana W. Congratulations!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

SSS-Falling For You Blog Hop

fallingforyouhopHello everyone! Today I’m very excited to be joining Simon Says Stamp for a mega hop showcasing the awesome new Falling For You release.
SSS-Baby Party AnimalsI couldn’t resist making a card with this new Baby Party Animals stamp set. As soon as I saw it, I knew that these little cutie patooties had to be peeking out of a window of some sort. I used the Tri Square die to create my little windows and popped the white panel onto Neenah Classic Cream cardstock.
SSS-Baby Party AnimalsI love all the little accessory images that you can add to the baby animals. The coordinating Baby Animal dies make putting this card together so easy.
SSS-Baby Party AnimalsCan I just take a minute to tell you about this monkey? He stole my heart, and that colorful banner…fuhgeddaboudit!
Here’s a quick little video to show you how I made the card.

Each stop on the hop will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by Simon on April 28. Leave a comment for your chance to win!
Your next stop on the hop is the very lovely and talented Nichol Magouirk.
Enjoy the rest of your hop, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Paper Smooches April Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY release with you!  TWO new stamps and TEN new dies will be available to purchase on April 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, April 26th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, April 27th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

A couple of our designers are taking a small hiatus to care for different things in their life. Amy Rohl is filling in for Emily and Jennifer McGuire is filling in for Pamela.  We are so excited to have them join us in May!

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-Man Hat die & Incognito stamp setI used the new Man Hat die on my card. How fun are those cute feathers? I love them. I used my Copics to add the extra details. For the glasses, the mustache and the sentiments I used the Incognito stamp set.
Paper Smooches-Man Hat die & Incognito stamp set
Thanks so much for hopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow for another blog hop with Simon Says Stamp for their new Falling For You release. See you then!

SSS-May 2015 Card Kit

1_323194_ZMHello there! Today I’m sharing a few projects that I’ve made using the lates May Card kit by Simon Says Stamp. She’s a beauty of a card kit with plenty of luscious gold accents & a beautiful new stamp set not to mention a new ink pad called Pale Blush Pink.
SSS-May 2015 Card KitThis card features one of the pretty pattern papers from the Fancy That pad by My Mind’s Eye that comes in the kit. Double sided pattern papers tend to give me trouble because I can’t hardly bare to hide one side so for this one I used both sides. It’s a win-win! I used the floral on top, then I used the gold strip on bottom. I used the Card Curved Edge die to create my curved edges and manipulated the sentiment to curve as well and embossed it in white.
SSS-May 2015 Card KitFor this next card I embossed the falling confetti image from the stamp set in clear and blended in a few subtle inks including the new Pale Blush Pink color.
SSS-May 2015 Card KitI embossed the congratulations sentiment in Liquid Platinum and popped up both panels using fun foam instead of my usual foam tape. After seeing Jennifer McGuire do this on several of her videos, I wanted to see how I liked it, and I’m pleased to say that I love it! It is a great alternative to using foam tape to pop up large and even small areas.
SSS-May 2015 Card KitAnd for this last card I layered several die cuts using some of the pattern papers that come in the kit.
SSS-May 2015 Card KitLook at that gorgeous gold doily sticker from the sticker pack that comes in the card kit. Isn’t she pretty? After getting this post ready I realized how similar my card was to Lucy’s beautiful card. Great minds think alike, I suppose. Well, Lucy’s mind is great, at least. It’s just a beautiful card kit and it’s hard to not make something beautiful with it.
SSS-May 2015 Card KitHere’s a quick video to show you how I made the last two cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Release in Review

Hi there! I’m back with our final release in review group post for Papertrey Ink. Everything will be available tonight in the Papertrey ink store at 10pm EST.PTI-Enclosed TeacherMy first project is a shaker card using the new Enclosed: Apple stamps and coordinating die & Keep it Simple: Teacher stamp set. I used some of the Sparkle & Shine pattern paper and filled it with seed beads from my Shaker Shack bead pack.
PTI-Enclosed TeacherYou can see when the beads are out of the way, there’s a sentiment for the teacher from the Enclosed: Apple stamp set. Love a fun shaker!
PTI-Petite Places: SchoolNext up is a little gift for the teacher using the Petite Places: School. Oh mannnn…I love this so much! I have a thing for these little Petite Places that Betsy has designed. My hubby was totally amazed at this, too. He must have asked me at least three times, “You seriously made that whole thing? How long did that take you?” Ha Ha Ha….I didn’t answer the second question.
PTI-Petite Places: SchoolNext is a little 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ mini card using the Lunchbox Love stamp set. Really great sentiments that are perfect for making little notes of encouragement.
PTI-Lunchbox LoveNext up is the gorgeous Flower Favorites stamp set with such stunning floral images that I stamped with a bit of rock n’ rolling.
PTI-Flower FavoritesInside the card I used the new Tucked In: Thank you set. This little mini set has the most beautiful, heartfelt messages.
PTI-Tucked In: Thank YouAnd for my last project I used the new Graceful Greetings stamp set.
PTI-Graceful GreetingsI’m in love with this handwritten font…absolutely gorgeous. I stamped it on Vintage Cream Linen cardstock that was die cut using the new Scene It: Doily Tag Base die.
PTI-Graceful GreetingsAnd that’s a wrap!
Make sure and check out the rest of the release projects by the design team:
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Danielle • Ashley • Amy
Thanks so much for stopping by!

teacher shaker card:
cardstock: stamper’s select white, pure poppy, simply chartreuse, dark chocolate, true black
ink: true black, versamark
stamps: enclosed: apple, keep it simple: teacher
dies: enclosed: apple
pattern paper: sparkle & shine
seed beads
white embossing powder
school dome:
cardstock: stamper’s select white, new leaf
ink: true black, pure poppy, blueberry sky, versamark
stamps: petite places: school
dies: petite places: school, tinsel & tags scalloped circle
pure poppy baker’s twine
white embossing powder
terra textures
clear dome
 lunchbox notecard:
cardstock: stamper’s select white, raspberry fizz, orange zest, lemon tart
ink: true black, versamark
stamps: lunchbox love
white embossing powder
mini circle punch
flower favorites card:
cardstock: stamper’s select white
ink: true black, winter wisteria, plum pudding, harvest gold, summer sunrise, hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz,
orange zest, terracotta tile, dark chocolate, limeade ice, simply chartreuse
stamps: flower favorites, tucked in: thank you
graceful greetings card:
cardstock: stamper’s select white, vintage cream linen
ink: true black, harvest gold, raspberry fizz, aqua mist, limeade ice
stamps: graceful greetings
dies: scene it: doily tag base

aqua mist striped pattern paper