Monday, October 20, 2014

Neat & Tangled October New Release Day One: Winter Wishes + Falling Flakes

click here for my Thanks a Latte card

Hello and Welcome to the Neat & Tangled New Release Week!

Everyday we will be Featuring new products with the release day being on Friday, October 24th!  You will absolutely LOVE this month's new release!!!!

Let's get started, shall we?

Today, we are featuring

Winter Wishes


Falling Flakes

I combined both sets and designed a gift tag:

journal card:  fancy pants design/oh deer  stamps:  neat & tangled winter wishes/falling flakes  ink:  fresh ink black tea/red current/birch, zing white, clear embossing powder  other:  cork, may arts twine, paper accents vellum, circle punch & crop-a-dile

The sentiment has been stamped with Fresh Ink Birch and heat embossed with clear EP.

Here's another project, this one uses

Winter Wishes

cardstock:  gmund, paper accents vellum  stamps:  neat & tangled winter wishes  ink:  fresh ink tomato/celery, zing white, gold embossing, water colors, clear embossing  other:  dcwv cork

It's a snow globe using circle dies, vellum and cork!

Remember to pop over to the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration, some special guests and a giveaway!

thanks a latte

click HERE for the Neat & Tangled October Release:  Day one

So, in case you didn't know...I love all things coffee.  I gravitate to all the fun coffee themed crafty stuff and love anything coffee oriented on Pinterest.  I WISH I had the luxury of spending oodles of time on Pinterest, but honestly, there just isn't enough hours in the day!

My Favorite Things just came out with a new coffee stamp set, Perk up and die set, Coffee Cup.   I had to add them to my ever growing coffee collection and threw in some other goodies because I was a lucky winner in one of their glorious blog hops and received a $100 gift card (WAHOO!}.  

Coffee + Persimmon = a happy crafter

paper:  basic grey persimmon  stamps:  mft/perk up  ink:  wplus9 white, zing white other:  mft coffee cup dies

Um yeah, Persimmon is my go-to fall collection I love to work with.  I teamed it up with my MFT goodies and had to throw in the chalkboard technique too.

I challenged by friend, Erin to the MFT sketch challenge...we're both challenge junkies.
(Erin, I totally forgot to incorporate something that I haven't used in 6 months!)

This is actually the first time I've linked up to their sketch challenge, but it certainly won't be the last!

Thanks so much for stoppin' by....I'll be back again at 5 am pacific with the start of Neat & Tangled's October Release week!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

crafty fun.

This is what yesterday morning looked like:

There are several of us that get together on a monthly basis and yesterday these girls came to play:

Katie's sweet girl joined in the fun too!

Last time the girls were over, they went left with homework.  Each girl took a Martha Stewart test tube to embellish and this is what they did:


How cute is that owl and the stitched tag?!


Sweet pumpkin tag and love the sentiment!


Yay for Seattle!!!!


This was up on the Neat & Tangled blog last week but I layered the Neat & Tangled sequins to look like candy corn!


You can't read it but she has it labeled Reindeer Poop...she even made pipe cleaner antlers!

Seriously, how fun did the girls do on their homework?!  I scored because they left them all with me!  

Next up are the AWESOME projects that Kimberly put together for us:

A coffee sleeve and a snow globe card...CUTE!!!!

I absolutely love her non-traditional use of colors!!!!

I know, right?  CUTE!!!!!

A big high five to Kimberly for all of her hard work.  We all had so much fun...we laughed, ate and doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Your Next Stamp October Release Day & Blog Hop: Drink and be Merry

Today is the start of the 

New Release & Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from Wendy's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is Tracy!

The official hop listing is at the bottom of my post in case you get lost along the way.
5 random winners will receive $20 to spend in the YNS Store – prizes are randomly placed amongst all the blogs – comment for more chances to WIN!

Today also marks the grand opening of the new Your Next Stamp website!
You will receive 10% off your entire purchase when you create an account in the new store plus the new releases will be 15% in the store!!!!!

Today I had fun using the new 

Leave it to me to combine the Holiday Martini set with the Thanks a Latte set:

In case you missed it yesterday, I had 2 projects using the new

Before you go, don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win and remember about the sale on the October Release in the brand new Your Next Stamp Store!!!

Your next stop is Tara!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Your Next Stamp October New Release Preview: hello coffee

Hello!  I'm back with a couple


I'm super excited to sneak peek a fun new Scribbled Alpha set!

In my first project, I've teamed it up with the Large Ink Splatter set:

cardstock:  stampin' up night of navy  stamps:  your next stamp/large ink splatter/scribble alpha  ink:  fresh ink navy, a muse studio toffee

I upcycled a fruit clamshell package!  I've been saving some here and there because we are such huge fruit-a-tarians in this household.

I stamped directly onto a Simple Stories, A Charmed Life, 4x6 journal card.

TIP:  I gravitate towards supplies that help me stamp straight'ish - LOL

Here's the inside:

This will be sent to a lucky coffee drinker!

Next up is a clean and simple, tall and skinny card:

cardstock:  pti/black, strathmore watercolor  stamps:  your next stamp scribbled alpha/awesome journal words  ink:  fresh ink black tea/mojito  other:  dcwv cork, circle punch, crop-a-dile, watercolors

I did a very light watercolor wash on the tag and hit it with the heat gun.  When I was absolutely sure that it was dry (patience grasshopper), I finished up with my stamping.

I even stamped the interior:

In an effort to design more postal friendly cards, I'm going to be making a ton of this particular size, 3.5x x 5.5.  It adds some fun interest to the design.

Make sure you pop over to the 

for more inspiration!

The New Release Blog Hop starts tomorrow!

Neat & Tangled: so corny!

I'm up on the Neat & Tangled blog with a fun Halloween giftie!

Swing on by to check it out!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Whisker Graphics: Keep Calm and Recharge


Today is my day up on the Whisker Graphics blog!

I love using the Whisker Graphics bags:

cardstock:  pti paper:  teresa collins  stamps:  pti/cat's meow, technique tuesday/eat chocolate  ink:  memento rich cocoa, fresh ink harvest  other:  whisker graphics brown kraft bag, yellow divine twine, acetate

Today, I'm featuring the Brown Kraft Bag:

I very gently take apart the bag by using my bone folder to help 'bring up' the adhesive.  Once the bag is taken apart, I run it through with an oval die to cut a window in the front.

I back the window with acetate and tape everything back up again.  

I finished off the bag with

A super fun treat holder!

I'd love for you to stop by the Whisker Graphics Blog and say Hi!

Thanks for stoppin' by!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eyelet Outlet Guest Designer: Happy Halloween


I'm thrilled to be a Guest Designer for Eyelet Outlet!

I played with the Spooky Eye Brads:

Now how fun are those?!  I just knew they belonged in a jar!  Perfect for a Halloween Greeting!

cardstock:  pti  stamps:  waltzing mouse/candy jar, neat & tangled/creepy cute shadows  ink:  memento tuxedo, wplus9 white, fresh ink red current  other:  project life card, black clothes pin

I had to make the black base panel chalkboard-y.

Next up, I decided to play along with the Eyelet Outlet October

Check out how I was inspired by the sketch over on the Eyelet Outlet blog!

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

such a perfect day

Fall inspired cards are definitely one of my favorites!

I was in a local scrapbooking shop that is closing up shop.  I picked up some of the Carta Bella Perfect Autumn collection:

paper:  carta bella/perfect autumn  stickers: carta bella/perfect autumn  other: mft die, melissa frances german glass glitter, stampin' up veneer

See that wooden element?  It's from Stampin' Up that I covered in German Glass yeah, love that stuff.  Anywho's their veneer comes in plastic containers {yes to great storage!} in sets of 36 pieces for $4.95, can't beat that!

Last week I played along with the Fusion inspiration photo, this week I'm taking the sketch on:

I absolutely ADORE the color trio over at

Thanks for poppin' by!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pink Power Blog Hop: Never underestimate the power of a woman.

Chaitali has rounded up some of her crafty friends to help spread BC awareness. This is a cause close to her heart after her mom was diagnosed with BC earlier this year. She designed the Pink Power set for her mom with a lot of love. She is sponsoring this hop with the set for the hop guests. We also have some of the Verve DT playing in the hop today!

You should arrived here from Jennifer's awesome blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is Chaitali's blog.

In case you get lost, here is the hop listing:

Check out how wonderful the Pink Power set is:

Sadly, Breast Cancer has touched my own family.  

Please remember your annual mammogram!

Here's my first card using the Pink Power set:

cardstock:  pti, paper accents/vellum  stamps:  verve/pink power  ink:  hero arts hues, fresh ink/pink lemonade other:  neat & tangled sequins/cotton candy & crystal clear, pink thread

I measured out a grid in pencil that helped me stamp with some sort of uniformity.  Honestly, I generally 'wing it' but with the silhouette image, it was safer for me to not be lazy :)  Do you see the pink ribbon image behind the sentiment?  I actually stamped it on the other side of the vellum.  

I stitched around the vellum in pink thread and filled it up with Neat & Tangled's Cotton Candy & Crystal Clear sequins.

I'm such a sentiment lovin' girl that I had to make an additional card using another one of the inspirational sentiments:

paper:  teresa collins/something wonderful, paper accents/vellum  stamps:  verve/pink power  ink:  zing black embossing powder, hero arts hues  other:  doily, pink thread

The Power of that!

That silhouette makes such a statement, doesn't it?  Even though the Teresa Collins' paper is pretty busy, the stamping is center stage!

I was inspired by

and the October Diva Dare Challenge

A big shout out to Chaitali for asking me join in this powerful blog hop!

Now hippety hop over to Julie's spectacular blog!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

bring on the merry!

...and I'm back with another holiday card.

cardstock:  pti white/black, bazzill neon  stamps:  reverse confetti/bring on the merry  ink:  zing white, wplus9 white  other:  paper smooches poinsettia die, mme washi, yns gold nugget gum drop 

So, I didn't craft at all yesterday {gasp!}.  I played with Katie, we went to a pretty fun crafty garage sale.  By the time I made it back home, I literally ate lunch and napped...whew, garage sales take a lot out of a gal {wink!}.  

So, today is dedicated to all things crafty and I'm bloggin' live.

I still adore the chalkboard technique!  That Paper Smooches Poinsettia die has been in my stash for a long time and this is the first time I used it.  Isn't it fun in the Bazzill neon pink?  The center of the poinsettia is a Your Next Stamp Gold Nugget Gum Drop that I colored with my black copic:)

I'm failing miserably in the postal friendly holiday cards...sigh.

I was inspired by

and yes,

remember that the JB gals are donating $4 to the Susan G Komen Foundation for each new Pink Christmas card that links up to their current challenge...come on designers, let's flood the Paper Crafting community with PINK!