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Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #332




Hi everyone, in the final minutes of this sketch challenge I got my photo uploaded and entered, phew!  So I'd been meaning to enter a MFT challenge and I've just been unable to for a while.  But I'd seen a gorgeous card by Donna Mikasa and it inspired me to create. All dies, paper and stamps are by MFT, I'll list them below!





Monday, May 15, 2017

JustRite Brick Background


Hi everyone, today I'm sharing the last card I've made for the JustRite Papercraft April release.  Featuring this awesome Brick Background stamp.  I colored up the JR Peonies and ball jar to mount against the brick and I really love the effect!  Now I know that Peonies are not orange and yellow, but for some reason, those were the colors I went with.  So in my imagination they are, lol.

I stamped the brick background on kraft cardstock and distressed the edges with Tea Dye and a tiny bit of Ground Espresso at the very edges.  Then I popped my ball jar up with some foam tape and glued my flowers down.

I hope you like my project, make sure to visit the JustRite store here to see all their new products!  Click Here to Shop!






Inky Paws Challenge #47 - Color Challenge


What a fun color challenge, I love these bright colors!!  So grab some of your favorite Newton's Nook Designs stamps and dies and join me at the Inky Paws Challenge for your chance to win a a $10 store credit at the NND store!

For my card, I used this super cute set, "Party Pops" with coordinating dies and also the "Sky borders" die set for the scalloped bottom.  Popsicles can be messy and I had this little splatter stamp, (not sure who makes it, but they're easy to find, I thought it was cute to add behind the pops!)

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

I've also entered the following challenges with my project:



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs May Release


Wow this week has flown by!  Today is our final day of the May Release over at Newton's Nook Designs.  Tomorrow all of the new products you've seen this week will be available for sale at the Newton's Nook Designs Online Store.

Today we are featuring, "Newton Scoots By".  What an adorable coordinating stamp and die set.  I happen to love scooters, they are so much fun to color!  I even had some coordinating scooter paper by PhotoPlay from their Summer Daydreams collection that I thought looked cute behind Newton. The round scalloped stitched die is by Gina Marie Designs.


Thanks for stopping, make sure you hop along with us and comment for your chance to win, see below :)



Would you like to win the “Newton Scoots By” Stamp Set?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner

Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday May 11th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, May 12th
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs May Release


What fun we have today, on Day 2 of the Newton's Nook Designs May release!  Newton Dreams of Italy is today's coordinating stamp and die set!!  

I loved creating this background panel using the wine bottle and glass.  I sponged the Italian colors on the rectangle, gold heat embossed the word "Grazie" up top and placed my little Newton in his sweet Love Italia sweater right in the center!  

I hope you've enjoyed my project, scroll down to hop along and comment to win this great stamp set for yourself!




Would you like to win the “Newton Dreams of Italy” Stamp Set?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner

Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday May 11th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, May 12th
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Just Rite Succulent Background Stamp


Hi everyone, just popping in here with a quick card that I distress ink water colored using the soon to be released Succulent Background stamp over at JustRite Papercraft.  This stamp was part of their April release.  I made another card that I blogged just the other day with this same stamp, you can view here:

This was a really easy background to color and I wanted it to be the focal point, so I finished with a simple sentiment framed right in the center.  I added a few butterflies to liven it up as well.

The circle and butterfly dies are from Elegant Garden Label Dies

Newton's Nook Designs May Release


Hi everyone, it's Day 1 of the May release over at Newton's Nook Designs, I'm so excited!  We've got some great new products to show you and I know you're going to love all of them!

This new stamp/die set is called "Winston's Tee Time".  What do you think of my matching golfer and caddy?  I think Winston might be setting up to make the putt here!  My dad is an excellent golfer and I intend to send him this card for Father's Day, which is coming up soon!  What a perfect stamp set for your favorite golfer guy or gal!  To help create the scene, I also used Land Borders and Sky Borders die sets, both available in the NND store already!

Thanks for stopping, scroll down for your chance to WIN this stamp set!

Would you like to win the “Winston’s Tee Time” Stamp Set?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner

Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday May 11th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, May 12th
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


Monday, May 8, 2017

Unity Stamp Company - Holy Cow


This is just a super quick little card I put together for someone special for their birthday.  I love cows and so does the person who will be receiving.  My family owned a dairy farm in WI for 75 years, so an image like this is pretty cool for us!  Plus, not having to color it, makes for a really quick assembly.  I think the image really stands out with the fun patterned paper and polka dotted ribbon!  Oh and the cute little heart button!



Power Poppy Sunshine Of My Life


Hi everyone.  So I have some bad news, my sweet baby Dahlila, my 12 year old Australian Shepard passed away a few days ago.  It's been a rough go of things around our home, this was my son's very first dog when he was a young boy.  In fact, he picked her out of the litter all on his own at age 6.  So as you can imagine, we've all been pretty down in the dumps.  Now, I hope I haven't depressed you too much, because that's certainly not my intention.

What I really wanted to talk about was coloring therapy.  Often times I color to pass a little free time, or I scoop up some markers and a few images and sit and color in the family room while everyone watches tv. I travel with my coloring too.  Then you have those days where you just feel a little blue, coloring is a wonderful way to lift the spirits.  You become absorbed in your work and you have something beautiful at the end to show for it.   

This morning, to help get out of this funk, I made myself a cup of tea, my favorite peppermint.  I decided to take on this lovely challenge over at Power Poppy.  Just the images alone can add a little happiness to one's day.  Adding color provides life to this gorgeous bouquet of sunflowers.  When I was finished, I had the feeling of satisfaction and my spirits were lifted a bit.

What do you think of how I cut the image out and included just a bit on the frame?  I love the way this has turned out! Although a little tough to line up the frame with the rest of the image, it all worked out!

From the start, following the directions of this challenge to "Frame Up" my PP image, to coloring and now blogging, sharing my story with you has been cathartic.  Thanks for reading, I hope you'll join along in the challenge.  If you don't have any Power Poppy stamps, it's really easy to purchase and download one of their digital images such as this one I colored today.  I hope you all have a wonderful day!





I've also joined the following challenges:


Monday, May 1, 2017

JustRite Papercraft Dahlia Background


Hi everyone, popping in here quickly with another card using a brand new April release stamp by JustRite Papercraft, Dahlia Background Cling Stamp.  



I heat embossed this in white, then used Citron Twist, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks from top to bottom for color.  I cut out two layers of the Happy Birthday Sentiment die by JR, I layered black under white and colored the white layer with my copics for an ombre look. 

Last I added some May Arts ribbon and a few sequins!

Thanks for stopping by, make sure to visit JustRite Papercraft online store to see all their new background stamp releases for April!

Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge - #46 Sketch


Hi everyone!  Today I'm playing along with this GREAT sketch challenge over at Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws challenge!  We're into strawberry season down here in South Carolina, but it won't be long until the melons are ripened and ready for eating!  I seriously love a good sweet watermelon and this set, Sweet Summer has so many juicy images, it's a must have for summer papercrafting!

This cute background paper is by Photoplay, "Summer Daydreams" 6x6 pad. All the stitched dies are MFT.  I added some b/w twine and I used Glossy Accents on the seeds to make them look real!

Thanks for stopping, I hope you'll leave me a comment AND join in on our challenge over at NND Inky Paws!!




I've joined these additional challenges with this project: