Wednesday, November 26, 2014

neat & tangled: from our home to yours


I'm up on the Neat & Tangled blog today!  I'd love for you to pop by!

Here's a peek at my project:

Holiday cards in multiples, who would have guessed (wink!)?!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

papertrey ink blog hop: hello friend.

It's that time of the month for the

I was inspired to use some, new to me, goodies...

Shape Up Series:  Snowman

cardstock:  papertrey ink kraft/hawaiian shores  stamps: papertrey ink/shape up snowman acessories & wet paint  ink:  hero arts hues, zing/white, impress fresh ink grapefruit/chocolate  other:  papertrey ink/shape up series:  snowman die, paperchase wood veneer, studio calico wood veneer, divine twine solid teal

I made a total of 5 of these cute snowmen!  I'm smitten with the kraft/aqua combo these days.  The pom pom on the hat is fun foam.

If you've been following my blog or on Facebook, I'm in mass production mode for holiday cards.  Last Saturday I realized that I needed to make at least 70 more cards.  I've almost reached my goal!   Yesterday I made 23 cards...23 cards.  Here's the thing, I had fun making them!

Looking forward to being inspired by everyone in the hop!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Squirrelfest 2014: you are one of a kind


I tell you, cracks me up every time.

cardstock:  mft steel grey, recollections white, papertrey ink vellum  stamps:  sweet stamp shop/cheeky & easily distracted, paper smooches fresh snow  ink:  black zing, copics  other:  mama elephant basic set/creative cuts, gold thread, studio calico woodgrain sequin stars, gold thread

The squirrel and squirrel sentiment are (retired) Sweet Stamp Shop, I know...I wish they weren't retired!  The "You are one of a kind" is Paper Smooches.

I made a faux shaker.  Why faux?  I love vellum and I love heat embossing vellum but man, that stuff goes, well, squirrely.  I didn't want to stitch down all four sides so I opt'd for the top & bottom, with gold thread.

I'm playing along with Emily's Squirrelfest Challenge!

Here are today's Christmas Cards:

cardstock:  papertrey ink black paper:  prima/coffee break  stamps:  neat & tangled/warm wishes  ink:  zing/white  other:  neat & tangled a lot to say nice & neat die

I tell you, Neat & Tangled's Warm Wishes was MADE for that A Lot to Say die, dontcha think?  The patterned paper....Prima Coffee Break from Butterfly Reflections Ink!

I literally made all 3 cards this morning since I was up at 2:30!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

baby, it's cold outside

Adding 2 more cards to my Christmas card pile...

cardbase:  american crafts  cardstock:  stampin' up cherry cobbler/pretty in pink  stamps:  reverse confetti/seasonal sentiments  ink:  gold embossing powder, wplus9 white  other: japanese book, dcwv cork

I actually started with a completely different design, worked on it much too long and it ended up in the recycle bin.  Don't you hate it when that happens?

I've had that MFT Poinsettia die set since last year but never used it.  I'm definitely going to make more cards using that die, I really love the detail work on the leaves.  On the pink version, I inked up the leaves with white ink to soften the color.

Yup, still having fun with the japanese book pages.

I was inspired by

This week I'm only working on Tuesday...yahooo!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

you warm my ♡

So, I'm kind of shocked that Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  Where has the time gone?  In true form, I'm freaking out that I don't have very many holiday cards in my stash.  Every year I tell myself to join in more of the holiday card challenges, next year, for sure (wink).  I'm about 70 cards short of what I'd like to have so I'm going to be working in multiples.

Here's one of today's cards:

cardstock:  papertrey ink kraft, mft steel grey, recollections white, stampin' up cherry cobbler  stamps:  mft perk up  ink:  Wplus9 white, zing/white other:  stampin' up baked brown sugar twine, mft dienamics tag builder blueprints 2, teresa collins star sequin

So I'm feelin' that grey is the new black.

Lovin' the MFT Steel Grey cardstock as the base.

The red circle on the star sequin is from the tag die :)

I was inspired by

I get tired of repetition but can usually manage with about 3-5 of one design:

cardstock:  papertrey ink kraft, mft steel grey, recollections white, stampin' up cherry cobbler  stamps:  mft perk up  ink:  Wplus9 white, zing/white other:  stampin' up baked brown sugar twine, mft dienamics coffee cup 

I basically used the same color palette as my first card but needed to make some with the coffee cup dies.

I'm getting ready to go have coffee with 2 of my dear friends.

Before I go, don't forget about the

Let me know if you want to be invited to the FB events page!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Neat & Tangled + Add A Little Dazzle = Freaking Amazing

post 2 of 2 for HERE for the Curtain Call Pin Cushion post.

This week, Neat & Tangled is teaming up with the Add a Little Dazzle team. 

The fun starts at the Neat & Tangled blog!  Here's the blog hop listing if you get lost along the way:

Amy Tsuruta  << -- that's me

Add a Little Dazzle sells metal sheets.  It's amazing what you can do with their products!  Each day this week, members of the two teams are hopping. If you're hopping along, you should be coming from Add a Little Dazzle's blog.  

I decided to use the Neat & Tangled set

cardstock:  strathmore  stamps:  neat & tangled/on the corner  ink:  staz-on black, fireworks/bahama blue  other:  neat & tangled/tiny triangles/on the corner nice & neat die

I combined:

Be sure to comment all along the way to be entered to win a $25 prize pack from Add a Little Dazzle and a $25 prize pack from Neat & Tangled. 

Next up in the hop is Joni!! 

Curtain Call Pin Cushion: Happy Birthday

post 1 of HERE for the Neat & Tangled/Add a Little Dazzle Blog Hop!

There's still time to play along with us at

Our Super Sponsor is

I used the

A cute giftie image and a Happy Birthday Sentiment...perfect!

iSpy Basic Grey's Mint Julep.

I thought the small print design and colors were perfect for this Curtain Call!

paper:  basic grey mint julep  stamps:  stamplorations/sketched:simple gift  ink:  hero arts hues, zing/white  other:  mama elephant/basic cuts/creative cuts, spellbinders circle, acetate, neat & tangled powder blue/buttercream sequins

Birthday's + Shaker Card = FUN

I used Neat & Tangled's sequins

I hope that you play along!

Make sure you pop over to the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration.

Also inspired by

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fusion Challenge: 'tis the season

post 2 of here for my A Jillian Vance Design hoop project and for deets on a Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

The new Fusion Challenge has posted!

How are you inspired?

cardstock:  papertrey ink  stamps:  avery elle/winter wreath  ink:  zing/white, paper source/picante  other:  american crafts glitter cardstock, a jillian vance/holly & swirls die

I absolutely love the photo inspiration!

My card is 4.25 x 4.25...don't you LOVE that Avery Elle Wreath?!

Can't wait to see how you're inspired!

Make sure you check out my teamies!

So, last week I celebrated my belated 7 year Blogaversary!  I asked people to link up one of their first cards that they posted.  I had so much fun reading everyone's comments and seeing their posts.

I think one of the comments we all said was that our photography has changed.  I think it is one of those things that is every evolving.  If my boy had more time, I'd certainly pay him to photog all my projects!  It's one of those tasks that I don't enjoy.

Thank goodness for!  

The jubilee package goes to....

and the kraft & gold package goes to....

Yay ladies!!!!!!!!

I know that I have your snail mails but please send them again and I'll get your goodies out to you this weekend!!!!

A Big Shout out to everyone that played along!  Thank you so very much for making this blogging adventure so fun filled for me!

A Jillian Vance Design: Holiday Hoop'la

post 1 of 2 for HERE for the Fusion Card Challenge and I've announced the winners for my Blogaversary prizes!

Here's a sneak peek at my project for today:

Yup, I'm using another 3" hoop!

Pop on over to the A Jillian Vance Design blog for all the deets!

I also wanted to share that there's a new blog hop forming!

There's an event set up on Facebook so let me know if you'd like an invite to the page!  If you're not on Facebook, there will be an Inlinkz on my blog Wednesday, December 10th @ 6 am pacific/9 am eastern.  All you do is add the hyperlink of your newly created project!

First, a few quick reminders for you all:
  • Your creation can be any coffee-themed or perhaps your favorite hot holiday beverage♡ papercraft and so long as you can link it, it's good! Not necessary to have a blog.
  • Please link only new creations that you made for the hop. No back-linking.
  • You can link as many times as you wish but please add a new entry to the linky for each creation.
  • In the spirit of the hop we ask that you comment on at least 3 other posts.
I'm asking people to perhaps think of providing blog candy, whether it is a traditional blog candy or what about the recipe to your favorite holiday drink? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts: pretty packaging

post 2 of 2 for HERE for my Paper Smooches Guest Designer post!


I'm up on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog today sharing some Pretty Packaging!

Here's a peek at my supplies:

I'd love it if you would pop over to the Chickaniddy Crafts blog to check it out!

Paper Smooches Guest Designer: there's snow one like you shaker!

post 1 of 2 for HERE for my Chickaniddy Crafts project!

It's week 3 of my time as the Guest Designer for Paper Smooches!

I'm sharing one of my cards that I made for this week:

Gah, that little snowgirl is so cute!  She is from the Cool Dudes set and she makes me smile everytime I see her!

So, I love this whole mixed media stuff but I generally don't do much in that style.  This is as mixed media as I get.  I really am more of a clean & simple designer {you can still achieve clean & simple with layers, colors & patterns, right?!}.  

I'm a big fan of using Strathmore watercolor paper.   That's what my base is.  I loaded it up with water and used my Fireworks inks in Bahama Blue & Bamboo.  

Do you see the white 'snowballs'?!

I used the circular shapes in the Cute Fruit set!

They've been stamped and heat embossed in white on top of the inky goodness.

I stamped the snowgirl and the sentiment on a vellum panel and heat embossed in black.  The girl has been colored with copics on the opposite side of the vellum.  

I tossed in some super sweet heart sequins that magically coordinated with the snowgirl!

Can you tell that I used gold thread to stitch on the vellum panel and create a fun shaker card?

Whaddya think?!

I'd love for you to pop over to the Paper Smooches blog to see my other card that I's very much clean & crisp!

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stamplorations Guest Designer: Let's have coffee!

Welcome to Day 2 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop at STAMPlorations! For complete info on the hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

All the fun starts HERE.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on VIGNETTE: Eat Drink Be Merry. We'll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls' posts for a chance to win the set.

How thrilled am I to be hopping with the Stamploration girls!  Um, yeah, that set is perfect for me, eh?!!!!  Thanks for thinking of me Maria!

Here's how I was inspired by it:

cardstock:  papertrey ink  stamps:  stamplorations/vingnette:  eat, drink & be merry  ink:  zing white, fresh ink/teal, clear embossing  other:  3m washi, studio calico wood veneery

I've been super lovin' kraft/white & aqua together!

I penciled a grid on the kraft panel.  I'm not really such an exact stamper, I'm really quite lazy but I know when I need to get the 'ole ruler out and measure stuff.

Heat it, do you?  I've been doing a whole lot of heat embossing lately.  For those that know me, know that I'm an early riser and if I'm heat embossing when the household is sleeping, I time it when the heater comes on :)

The wood veneer piece is Studio Calico.  I stamped the sentiment in Fresh Ink Teal and then clear heat embossed it.  The aqua panels?  3M washi!

Don't forget to hit all of the stops for a tremendous amount of inspiration and a chance to win!

*** The stops in the hop*** 
Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki
Special Guest Designer: Amy Tsuruta