Maile Belles Returns!

Hello there! I’m back again with Papertrey Ink as we continue to celebrate their 8th anniversary. Today is a very special day because Maile Belles is announcing her new line of products and they are just as you would expect….perfection, just like her. I love her clean, modern and trend-setting style.
PTI-Swoosh dies & Beautiful Butterflies Layers diesMy card features several of the new products, the first being this gorgeous pattern paper from the Watercolor Wonder paper pad. Hello, love. On top of that I layered and stitched the butterflies using the the new Beautiful Butterflies Layers dies. And last but not least is this gorgeous die cut sentiment from the new Swoosh stamp set & dies. Are you in love or what?
PTI-Swoosh dies & Beautiful Butterflies Layers diesMake sure and check out Nichole’s blog to see more of Maile’s new products and what some of the designers have done with them. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Papertrey & 8 Project Favorites

LauraHi there! Today I’m joining Papertrey Ink as we begin kicking off their 8th anniversary celebration. It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years already, and it’s even harder to believe that I’ve been a part of their amazing team for almost a year and a half already. Time flies when you’re playing with PTI goodies, that’s for sure.

The above graphic is a collection of some of my most favorite PTI projects. You can obviously tell how much I love color and even more so techniques. All my favorite techniques are represented here from the “smooshing” technique to emboss resist, ink blending, adding color to embossing paste, generation stamping, layering die cuts and on and so forth.

When I look at these cards all I can feel is grateful. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to work with such amazing products & designers doing what I truly love to do, and even better is the fact that I can do it at home, in my sweatpants while Dora the Explorer is blaring in the background.

Make sure and check out the Papertrey Ink blog to see more favorites from the rest of the team. There are some incredible challenges & prizes happening over there, too!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for stopping by all the time and leaving such kind, thoughtful and encouraging comments. I appreciate them more than you’ll ever know.

100 Videos and 2500 Subscribers Video Hop

Video Hop Logo_04Feb15Hello there! Today I have the honor of joining in a special video hop celebrating 100 videos & 2500 subscribers for Emily Leiphart.
SSS-Monster HugsI used the Monster Hugs stamp set by Simon Says Stamp for my card.SSS-Monster HugsHere’s a video to show you how I created my card:

Below are some of the generous sponsors for the hop who are giving away some fabulous prizes. Leave me a comment for your chance to win.
Updated Sponsors2_04Feb15Make sure and check out Emily Leiphart’s blog to see the full blog hop list & wish her a big congrats on her special achievement. Thanks so much for stopping by! Congrats, Emily♥

Paper Smooches-January 2015 Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches February release with you!  FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on January 31st 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, February 1st to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, February 2nd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Ashley Marcu
Emily Leiphart
JJ Bolton
Jocelyn Olson
Kalyn Kepner
Kay Miller
Laura Bassen<–me
Laurie Schmidlin
Michele Boyer
Pamela Ho
Teri Anderson

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)

I used the new Easter Egg dies on my card as well as the Easter Blessing stamp set for the sentiment.Paper Smooches-Easter Egg diesAfter die cutting the egg shape into my front panel. I used the positive part of the die cut as a mask to add some striped ink blending to make it look like a pretty Easter egg.
Paper Smooches-Easter Egg diesNot that I could ever achieve this gorgeous of an Easter egg. Do you know how many eggs you need to buy to satisfy five kids who want to color eggs till the cows come home? Well, it’s never enough and it always ends up in splattered dye and huffy attitudes. Oh, the holidays. They bring out the best in us all, don’t they?Paper Smooches-Easter Egg diesHow about that gorgeous die cut bow? That’s also part of the Easter Egg die set. I just used my ink blender to blend some color onto the bow before adhering it together. And that gorgeous sentiment is so pretty from the Easter Blessing stamp set, too. So many fun new product coming out. Make sure and check them all out along the hop! Thanks so much for stopping by!

STAMPlorations-Sentiment Builders: Love

jan2015stampspotlightweek-pHi there! Just sharing my last couple of projects for STAMPlorations using the new Sentiment Builders: Love stamp set. This first card also uses the Hearts All Over stencil and Hello & Company stencil. Loving’ these stencils!STAMPlorations-Sentiment Builders: LoveFor this next card, I embossed the phrase background stamp from the Sentiment Builders: Love set in clear and blended in Distress ink.
STAMPlorations-Sentiment Builders: LoveThen I stamped the “love” and fussy cut it. I added the “you” from the Hashtag Authentic set as well as my beloved loose silver thread and Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.STAMPlorations-Sentiment Builders: LoveMake sure and check out the STAMPlorations blog to see more of the new release. Thanks so much for looking!

Winnie & Walter-1st Birthday Bash

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Hello there! Today I have the great pleasure of joining Winnie & Walter for their month long 1st birthday celebration.Winni & Walter-In a Word: HappyMy first card uses the In a Word Cutaway: Happy cutaway. I actually used digital cut files for my cards, but these are available in both regular dies and digital cut files. After die cutting the sentiment, I blended in some Distress ink on my card base and added a white embossed sentiment from The Big, The Bold and Party stamp set.
Winni & Walter-In a Word: HappyThis next card uses the In a Word: Love cutaway as well as the tag cutaway from the new Essentials: Katharine die set.
Winni & Walter-In a Word: LoveHow gorgeous are these big, bold word cutaways? I love them so much! The little “you” sentiment is also from The Big, The Bold and Party stamp set.
Winni & Walter-In a Word: LoveMake sure and check out the Winnie & Walter blog to see more amazing projects by their design team and guest designers. There are some pretty fabulous giveaways going on over there, too! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

STAMPlorations-Hashtag Authentic

jan2015stampspotlightweek-pHi there! I’m back again with another project using some of the new releases from STAMPlorations. My card features the Hashtag Authentic stamp set as well as the Leaf Print stencil.
STAMPlorations-Hashtag Authentic stamps & Leaf Prints stencilI love the design on the Leaf Print stencil. I had some fun mixing my white embossing paste with Distress inks.
STAMPlorations-Leaf Prints stencilSuch a gorgeous ombre effect you get when the colors blend together.STAMPlorations-Leaf Prints stencilI stamped part of the sentiment in black and embossed the top part in white on black cardstock. To finish it off I added some loose silver thread and glossy accent dots.
STAMPlorations-Hashtag Authentic stamps & Leaf Prints stencilMake sure and stop by the STAMPlorations blog to see more inspiration using these fun new products, and leave a comment for your chance to win some fun prizes!

In other news…I have a project & video up on the Simon Says Stamp blog today, too! I’m sharing some fun ways to use up those pattern papers and do some stitching on your cards.SSS-Combined Hearts dieHead over to the Simon Says Stamp blog to see the whole shebang:)