Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spellbinders: Never Too Old

The wonderful folks at Spellbinders sent me the Die D-Lites Gears Etched Dies:

Here's how I was inspired:

If you've been following me for awhile, you know that I tend to be a clean + crisp kind of gal.  Those gears were calling to be on a project that is grungy....don't you agree?  The gears have been inked up with Black Soot Distress Oxide and Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie Mid-Tone Shadow Ink.

I'm a big fan of the ink smooshing technique.  The background is a combo of Distress Oxides in Black Soot, Peacock Feathers + Fossilized Amber.

The sentiment is by Verve Stamps, Words of Wisdom.

My card was inspired by CAS(E) this sketch!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk Blog Hop!  Each project will feature a stamping technique, I can't wait to hop around!  You should have arrived here from the awesome Elena Roussakis' blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is the Pinkfresh Blog.

There will be four Lucky Winners!  Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away four - $25 Gift Certifcates to the Pinkfresh Studio Store.  Comments will close at 11:59 pm CST on Monday, February 26, 2018.  Winners will be randomly selected and the requirement is that you leave a comment on each blog in the hop!  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 28th on the Pinkfresh Studio Blog.  

Today I'm featuring the following stamp sets:

Do you see those delish layers of cake?  They've been stamped with dye ink.  I have then heat embossed a floral bouquet from Fleur 1 in white.  

I then followed up with various copic markers, do you see the subtle shading?  A quick way to add a bit of detail to a solid image.

I finished off my card with rainbow confetti using the various copic markers I used on the cake layers.

At a quick glance it looks like it is a clean + simple design but I think the heat embossing really packs a punch, don't you?

That's it for me and I'm the end of the hop!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Here's the complete hop listing in case you get lost along the way:

Amy Tsuruta 💚

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Spellbinders: Oceans of Joy

The wonderful folks at Spellbinders sent me the Die D-Lites Fishing Trip Etched Dies:

Here's how I was inspired:

I combined them with the Nestabilities Standard Circles SM Etched Dies.  The fish have Distress Oxide inks that have been smooshed.  I backed them with black cardstock to define their shapes a bit.

The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse stamp set.

My card was loosely based on Freshly Made Sketches:

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Reverse Confetti: You're Fabulous

Hello and Happy Sunday!  I'm sharing a card that was inspired by my Reverse Confetti teamie Melissa:

I inked up the Something Wonderful blooms with Zig Clean Color Markers on watercolor paper.    I layered two Pierced Round Top Layers.  The bottom panel had the blooms inked up with Stone.  A happy accident was that the blooms weren't entirely cleaned off so it gave it multi-color look but not muddied.   I wanted to soften it up so I layered a vellum panel on top.  

The sentiment is from the Kindness Cards stamp set + coordinating confetti cuts.

Do you spy the strip of Avocado cardstock and Free Spirit strip of patterned paper?

My card color palette was inspired by Color Throwdown:

I was up on the Reverse Confetti blog the other day, here's a peek at my project with a customized stencil:

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Hero Arts: Enjoy the Day

Hello and Happy Saturday!  We hope that you've been enjoying the Hero Arts 2018 Catalog Blog Hop!  Remember to leave comments along the way for a chance to win!

Today I'm sharing a card that was designed with:

I quickly watercolored some coffee in each of the mugs.  The latte art is compliments of the Make a Fountain set.  I masked off the bottom of the cup and used the fountain spray image with Versamark and White Embossing Powder.

TIP:  Easy way to make a frame is to use two of the Nesting Rectangle Infinity Dies.

This was the Make 'n Take I did at Creativation last month.  

TIP:  Not a coffee drinker?  No problem!  Use the Nesting Heart Infinity Dies with craft foam to make a marshmallow for your hot cocoa!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Winnie & Walter's 4th Birthday Bash Blog Hop Celebrating Love and Friendship!

I'm thrilled to be a part of the 4th Birthday Celebration Hop for Winnie & Walter!  I've been a long time fan and Shay is the sweetest!  You should have arrived here from Vanessa Menhorn's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the Winnie & Walter blog so that you don't miss out on any of the fun!

Prizes: There will be 4 winners picked at random from the entire blog hop which will each receive $40 credit to the w&w shop.  The deadline for leaving comments for the giveaway is February 28th 11:59 p.m. CST.

I have two cards to share with you today so let's get started!  Here's my first one that features Winter Wishes with Evelin T Designs and Wish Big with Evelin T Designs.

Those ice skating buddies are just too cute, aren't they?!  I've teamed them up with signs from the Wish Big with Evelin T Designs.  The scallop panel from Essentials:  Noelle Cutaways, is a must-have!

For my other card, I was inspired by the Comeback Challenge with Taheerah.

I CASE'd THIS card of Heather Pulvirenti's.  

Let's be honest, Heather's designs are always ahead the curve but my spin are the rainbow of colors I used.  I'm featuring the Happy Birthday to You stamp set + Scenery:  Spotty Creative Screenings.

Huge Birthday wishes to Shay and Winnie & Walter!  Now it is time to hop over to Laura Sterckx's blog!

In case you get lost along the way, here's the complete hop listing:

Amy Tsuruta 

SugarPea Designs Winter Product Release - Day Five + Release Day!

Welcome to Release Day!  This week we have been celebrating the new SugarPea Designs Winter Product Release!  The goodies will be available TONIGHT at  6 pm eastern!!!

Place an order* of $60 or more (excluding discounts and shipping) and you will receive SugarCut – Hello FREE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!

*This Sweet Incentive promotion begins Friday, February 16th at 6PM EST. This promotion will not be applied to any orders placed prior to and only while supplies last. It is not necessary to add the Sweet Incentive promotional item to your cart or enter a coupon code, it will be automatically included on all qualifying orders! Click HERE for more details.

Today the team is featuring:

So super cute, eh?!  Love the Better Together set!

When the kids were growing up, peanut butter and jelly were a staple in the household.  Funny thing, when I was growing up it wasn't something that I had until I was in 7th grade.  I was visiting a friend and her Mom made it for us for lunch.  I thought it was such a delicacy (LOL).

There's a giveaway on the SugarPea Designs blog!  You have all week to comment!  Winners will be announced on Monday, February 19th.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hero Arts 2018 Catalog Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Post 2 of 2 for HERE for the SugarPea Designs Winter Product Release Day Four

Hello and Welcome to the Hero Arts 2018 Catalog Blog Hop!  The new products have been shipping to retailers for a few weeks now but today is the day that everything is available in the Hero Arts Online Store!  You should have arrived here from the very awesome Wanda Guess' blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the Hero Arts Blog!

Be sure to visit each blog on the list and leave a little love - Hero Arts will be giving away three $50 shopping sprees in the Hero Arts online store, randomly drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Thursday, February 22nd at 11:59 PM PT.

First I thought I'd share some of my FAVorites from the new catalog.  There are so many new products!

If you've been following for any bit of time, you'll know that I'm a huge fan of the Infinity Dies, check out the newest:

These are super exciting and I expect that they will literally fly off the shelves, Liquid Watercolors:

I have two projects to share today so let's get started!  My first project features CM217 Safari Huge Thanks.

Do you remember when it was the 2 year anniversary of the My Monthly Hero Kits? The 2 favorites were made into stamp sets!   There are two safari sets that came from the one 6 x 8 stamp set in the kit:

My card also features CG729  Floral Mandala Bold Prints +  DI451 Safari Sunset Fancy Die.

My other card features CM235 Mouse Tea Party.

Eep!  This is my favorite set out of the new catalog, it's ADORABLE.  I teamed it up with the previously released DI339 Party Confetti Fancy Die + DI334 Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies.  This was a big hit at my last Hero Arts Class at Impress in Tukwila, WA.

That's it for me, next up is the awesome Lydia Fiedler!  Here's the hop list in case you get lost along the way:

The Hero Arts Blog 
Jennifer McGuire 
Kristina Werner 
Jessica Frost-Ballas 
Yana Smakula 
Cathy Zielske 
May Sukyong Park 
Nichol Spohr 
Michelle Short 
Wanda Guess 
Amy Tsuruta 💚
Lydia Fiedler 
Heather Ruwe 
Laurie Willison 
Clare Prezzia 
Iliana Myska 
Emily Midgett 
Janette Kausen 
Jenn Shurkus 
Sean Fetterman 
Simon Hurley 
Joan Bardee 
Megan Hoeppner 
Lisa Stein 
Ilina Crouse 
Amy Kolling 
Rubeena Ianigro 
Kelly Latevola 
Libby Hickson 
Lucy Abrams

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