Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Final Day - Tea

I can't believe that it is the final day of the Spring Hop!  Things have been crazy!  Have you heard the news?  We're well over 1,000 linked up projects!  So very awesome!  Hard to believe that the first hop in September 2014 closed out with 271 projects.  Here's a peek at my post from back then.  Super fitting that my final project for the Spring Hop is from the (Sold Out) Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit:

I have a dear friend going through some big life changes.  She quit her job, something that I know that she's wanted to do but now reality has kicked in. Your work environment should be a positive one.  People supporting each other.  I'm so lucky to be a part of that type of company.  I know that my friend is strong, that she will get through this patch.

Happy Friday!  There's sunshine in the Pacific Northwest and it always makes us happy. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SugarPea Designs Birthday Bash Blog Hop!

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  I'm so thrilled to be part of the SugarPea Designs Birthday Bash!

Welcome to SugarPea Designs 3rd Birthday Bash Celebration!  

We are so honored to have the opportunity to celebrate this incredible milestone that all of you helped make happen! Today’s festivities included some incredible inspiration from the SugarPea Design Team and some of our very Special Guests.  

Now you can’t have a Birthday Bash without prizes and there are lots of prizes to be won! A few of our blog hop participants will be giving away a SugarPea Designs stamp set, so please leave comments for each hop participant for your chance to win! In addition to this, ONE lucky winner will be randomly chosen from all comments left to receive a $100 Gift Certificate to SugarPea Designs. You have until April 15th to enter to win. Winners will be announced on April 17th.

But that’s not all…we also want YOU to be part of the party by sharing a card with us.
Once you have completed the hop, we’d love it if you’d keep the celebration going, by creating a Birthday card or project and linking it up at the SugarPea Designs Blog for a chance to WIN a Mini MISTI and Creative Corners Tool.

But that’s not all…we also want YOU to be part of the party by We are also having a store wide Birthday SALEabration!  Save 10% off everything in our store by using coupon code: BDAY03.  Sale ends at midnight EST, April 2nd.  Sale is extended only to products that are currently in stock.
You should have arrived here from the very talented Ardyth Percy-Robb's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is the SugarPea Designs blog!

I have a couple of projects I can't wait to share with you, first up is the adorable, Chunky Monkey:

My card was inspired by the current Mix it Up Challenge:

If you know me, you know that I need to squeak in a coffee themed project:

I had to ink up the Stay Strong set, oh my, that one makes me smile!  It's been teamed up with the It's a Carnival Pattern Paper Collection and of course, the Coffee To Go Cup SugarCuts.  In keeping with a birthday theme, I designed an appropriate envelope:

The envelope has been stamped with the HB2U set.  

This card was inspired by the Coffee Loving Cardmakers - Sip & Share sketch:

SugarPea Designs is a returning Super Sponsor for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is going on through March 31st, 11:55 pm pacific.

Now it's time for you to hippety hop over to my bloggie friend, Alice Wertz's blog!   In case you get lost along the way, here is the Blog Hop Line Up:

Amy Tsuruta 💚

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Day Five - Flora & Fauna

We're on Day Five of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  We have an amazing 67 Sponsors for this hop!  Our newest record!  One of our newest Super Sponsors is Flora & Fauna.  My card was inspired by their sponsorship graphic:

I inked up the You Me and Tea Set.  The blooms have been colored with various copics and formed into a Spring Wreath!

I'd love a wreath with a porcelain tea pot and tea cup, how about you?

Check out the fun set I used,  You Me and Tea Set:

I'm a guest designer over on the Flora & Fauna blog.  I have a different project over there for you to see!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Day Day Four - Unity Stamp Company

I'm easily enabled by coffee stamp sets, I'm pretty sure everybody knows that.  Unity Stamp Co, a returning Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Super Sponsor, recently came out with a couple new sets.  I especially love Angie Blom's "To Go" collection, so I happily bought Spring To Go and Kitty To Go.

Let's start with Spring To Go:

Isn't it such a pretty stamp?  I  was inspired by the photos floating around with the Starbucks Spring Cups.

The bloom has been colored with Zig Clean Color Markers and everything is nestled on a Ranger Watercolor panel.

Next up is my Kitty To Go project:

Chuckling, that Kitty!  Love his sweet face!  I'm going to save this for my Momma's Easter card💚

I have to share the Unity Stamp Company Super Sponsor prize:

Um WOW!  I'm always overwhelmed by the generosity of the Paper Crafting Community!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Day Three - Born this way

We're on Day Three of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  The gallery is filling up with so many fun + inspirational is a girl to get anything done because she just wants to soak up all the fantastic projects?!

Here's my project for today that I whipped up last night!  Yes, I was chuckling the entire time.

All the images are from the Sweet Stamp Shop, a returning Super Sponsor!  I managed to combine 3 of their fabulous sets.  Let's start with the mug, which is from the Muggin' set.  I stamped the fun Super Girl from Girl Power on the front of the mug and colored her up with various Zig Clean Color Markers.  You can't really tell from the photo but her crown has been covered with Wink of Stella.  The sentiment is from the FUN Snarky set.


Girl Power


Check out what is up for grabs from Sweet Stamp Shop!  It's the Coffee Delight Washi set!! 

Coffee Delight Washi

You have until 11:55 pm pacific on Friday, March 31st to link up a newly created Spring Themed project that includes coffee, tea and/or cocoa!  Check out the Spring Hop post for all the details!

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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Welcome Little Miss Croghan Blog Hop!

I'm thrilled to be a part of the Welcome Little Miss Croghan Blog Hop!  The fun starts at Lori Turner's blog - Big Round of Applause to Lori for coordinating this Sweet Event!!!!!!

I've had the pleasure to meet up with Lesley and her hubby, Corey, when they were in Seattle.  Such a treat for me since I've known her for a while and have been on a couple of her teams including Fusion, Seize the Birthday and Seize the Sketch.  Not only is Lesley a awesome designer but she has the talent to start great challenges!

I'm soooo happy for Lesley and Corey and can't wait to 'meet' Little Miss💚

Make sure you visit Lori's blog for all the wonderful projects/hop participant's!

Here's what I designed especially for Lesley + Corey:

(chuckling) It's a mug family, of course!  I had so much fun putting this together!  I used Paper Smooches - Cyber Cafe along with the Scallop Frames.  The frame has been watercolored with Cosmo Cricket's - Pixie Paint - Candy.

The wood veneer Congrats is by Stampin' Up.

I'm linking this up to the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop:

I'm headed over to Lori's to hop and be inspired by everyone!!!

A Blog Named Hero 5th Anniversary: Let's Celebrate

I'm so excited to be a part of the A Blog Named Hero 5th Anniversary Celebration!  I'm a former Guest Designer and also participating on behalf of Hero Arts, a Sponsor for this fun Hop!  You should have arrived here from the fabulous Melissa Chipperfield's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is A Blog Named Hero.

This is Day One of a Two Day Celebration:

A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $500!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today's prizes include the following: 

$50 gift card to Hero Arts
$40 gift card to Pretty Pink Posh
$35 gift card to Lil' Inker Designs
$25 gift card to Newton's Nook
$25 gift card to Paper Smooches
$25 gift card to Winnie and Walter
$25 gift card to The Ton  

$20 gift card to Right at Home
One Online Card Class of your choice

Here's my card that I made especially for today's hop:

I started with the Hero Arts Celebration Words Stencil inked up with Mint Julep Shadow ink.  Love the contrast of the Pool Mix Layering panel with black.  

The sentiment is from the Invitation Themes set.  It has been embossed in white on black cardstock.  The Coffee Cup Tag Frames has been inked up with the Antique Rose stamp in Mint Julep.  

That's it for hop over to the amazing Wanda Guess' blog!

I'm linking up this card to the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop:

In case you get lost along the way, check out A Blog Named Hero for today's full hop listing!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Day One- Coffee makes everything better

Today is the day...the start of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  We have tons of great Super Sponsors and prizes to give away!  All the details are over on the Hop post HERE.  Remember to link up your newly created Spring Themed project that includes Coffee, Tea and/or Cocoa!  Super Sponsor prizes are awarded based on participation rather than commenting, the more you link up, the more chances you have!

My first project for the hop features a Paper Sweeties set, Keep Calm and Drink Coffee stamp set and the coordinating Sweet Cuts.

The paper pad is Dear Lizzy's Happy Place, aren't the papers so much fun and perfect for the hop?!  My overall card design was inspired by Donna Mikasa's Designer Choice Award HERE.

I can't wait to hop around today.  I'm always so inspired by everyone...the generosity of the Super Sponsors and all the inspiration in the gallery.  It's wonderful how everyone supports each other.  I'm truly thankful for the Paper Crafting Community.

Remember to pop over to the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog to check out all the fun!