Monday, March 25, 2019

Topflight Stamps Birthday Blog Hop

It is Topflight Stamps 2nd birthday!  To celebrate, they’ve teamed up with up some of your favorite crafters to bring you a blog hop showcasing some of the fabulous products available from Topflight Stamps.   Please hop along with us all and show all of the crafters some love!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes!  Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate, and each stop on the hop has an additional $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs.  To be in with a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 8th.

Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 9th.  Good Luck!

Check out their SALE:

You should have arrived here from the very awesome Dana Joy's blog.  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is the Topflight Stamps' blog!

Today I'm featuring the Darkroom Door - Coffee Time set:

Here's how it inspired me.  I wanted to do a mixed media'ish project.  If you've been following me for any length of time, you know my style is generally clean + simple.  This was a bit of a challenge for me but I had so much fun designing it:

The darkroom door Coffee Time set is really fun.  I love their images and bold sentiments.  Did you know that Topflight Stamps has a Coffee/Tea/Cocoa category in their shop??!!!

I challenged myself to incorporate everyday items that I had in my craft room.  Can you spot them in my design?

I love to buy books from flea markets that I can use in papercrafting.  The panel I used in my project today is from a japanese book that I picked up at a Seattle Japanese Language School rummage sale.  I wish I could tell you when it was printed but I couldn't find any dates typed in english...I can tell you that most of the aging on that panel is real.  I only aged it with distress oxides around the edge.

Green is one of my favorite colors so I added a smidge of green on that panel and then followed up with using the same ink for the coffee cup sleeve.  Something that I recently learned from my Coffee Loving Cardmaker's teamie, Helen Gullet, is to use the interior of a coffee sleeve to distress/add ink to a project.

I then layered the coffee cup rings onto my panel and heat embossed them in white.  I went ahead and cut up my inky coffee sleeve and incorporated it into my design too.  Don't you love how much 'texture' there is in the green coffee sleeve?

That's it for me!  I can't wait to hop around and soak up all of the amazing inspiration.  Next up is Lindsay Weirich!

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

Happiest Birthday | Reverse Confetti

Hello and Happy Monday!  Today I have a card that features some fun Reverse Confetti products.

I'm featuring this month's new release, Floral Gem and Sentimental Gems.  I was inspired by Jen del Muro's Floral Gem project HERE.  I doubled up the Pierced Round Top Layers confetti cuts so that it became a frame.

The pattern panel is from the Cheerful & Kind 6x6 paper pad.

The color palette is from the Color Throwdown:

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Happy Birthday | Pretty Pink Posh

Hello!  It's been over a week since I last posted.  I've been busy with everyday life + my momma recently broke her collarbone.  She's doing well, we discovered that she has a much higher pain tolerance than most of us.  It took her 4 days after her fall to actually go to the doctor.  What's with Mom's and not wanting to go to the doctor??!

I knew that I wanted to design a birthday card because today is my baby's birthday!  She's 24 years old, how can that be?

Today I'm featuring Pretty Pink Posh's Cupcake Critters set.  The yellow panel is Reverse Confetti's Buttercup cardstock.  It's a smidge paler than the Mustard Seed Distress Oxide.  You might not readily be able to tell that I inked the upper portion of the panel.  The happy birthday sentiment has been heat embossed in white.  I'm sure that one of my earliest die purchases from Pretty Pink Posh was their Scalloped Frames, such a classic.

I kept with my daughter's alma mater colors, University of Washington - Go Huskies, purple + 'gold'.  I had to add an interactive element.

(chuckling) That lil guy is so cute!  He reminds me of my youngest and I'm sure my girl will agree.  

The interactive pull tab is from a retired MFT card kit.  They do have another type in their shop that I've linked below.

I'm linking up to The Rainbow Card Challenge and their Yummy Yellow March Inspiration:

I did want to do a shout out to Jennifer Timko and THIS post of hers.  I picked up the Luminos and love it.  I'm just set it up the other day and I'm still playing with it but the photos in this post were taken at 4 am...LOL.  I do also use Picmonkey but the original photos were fabulous.  Um yeah, I'm not quite ready to take a shot of my set up in my room because I'm going through another purge.  I will though!  I'm on the hunt for a new background, same but white so stay tuned.  P.S.  Jen has a discount code that she shares in her post, not sure if it is still active but give it a go!  (edited to add:  I received confirmation from a fellow blogger that she used the discount code last night and it is still active!)

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Spring Fling Instagram Hop!

You don't want to miss out on all inspiration and there's a prize!  The fun starts on the awesome Terri Burson's IG!

My project includes the following products all available at, using affiliate links at no extra cost to you:

For a Special Friend | Tag You're It

I was so super excited to have won the Tag You're It Challenge #81!  I'm happily guest designer for this week's newest Tag You're it Challenge:

How are you inspired by it?  Here's how it hit me:

I used the Reverse Confetti Magical Day set.  I thought her dress would be perfect in yellow.  I've even added white polkas to it with my gel pen.

I started off with Grid Stitched Tag in Mist, I layered a grassy bank using a die from the Nuts About You set.  The sentiment is from the same set.

Everything has been stamped on Premier Polar White and colored with various copics.  I topped off my tag with some sunny seam binding ribbon.  

I can't wait to see how the Tag You're It Challenge Design Team was inspired, make sure you check them out HERE.

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Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg

Edited to add:  Winners are posted HERE

Hello and Welcome to the Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg Blog Hop!  We're so happy that you're joining in the fun!

Prizes:  Thanks to these generous sponsors:

(Two) Wonderful Women by Kelly Purkey
(Two) Dare to Dream sets by Hero Arts

We will pick the winners of the sets from the comments placed on all the blogs through March 19, 11:59 pm eastern and announce the winners on Joan Bardee's blog on March 21st.

A big thank you to Joan for coordinating this hop and for the invite!  Happy 86th Birthday Wishes to Justice Ginsburg.  A woman that has brought extraordinary influence on both civil and women's rights.  As a momma to two kids, I thank you for what you've done and continue to accomplish.

I'm the start of the festivities!  My project was inspired by a sticker I ordered when Joan first reached out to me:

The laurel wreath and pops of green sold me on it.  The job of incorporating it into a card design was much more difficult but here's how it inspired me:

The sticker has been mounted with a foam square in case she wants to pop it onto her laptop (wink).

The stripe panel is from the Echo Park Paper Coffee Collection.  The Stampin' Up So Saffron panel has been stamped with The Stamp Market's Criss Cross Background and heat embossed in white.  Although the exterior doesn't scream 'Birthday', I saved that for the interior:

The banner and sentiment is by Mama Elephant.  I matted the sentiment panel with a coordinating cardstock panel and also used the Lil Inker Designs (retired) Envelope Liner.

I can't wait to see how my other friends were inspired.  Here's the hop listing for today:

Amy Tsuruta    <-- You're here!
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Vitamin Sea | Picket Fence Studios

My friends at Picket Fence Studios sent me a bunch of goodies!  Today I'm featuring the A Dose of Vitamin Sea:

Nautical designs, I love them.  That whale makes me smile with her happy face.  I started off with a bristol panel that I used the smooshing technique with Distress Oxides - Peacock Feathers + Mermaid Lagoon.  I stamped the school of fishes with Versafine Onyx and heat embossed the jellyfish in white.  

Can you see the water fountain spray?  You can't quite tell by the photog but it has been heat embossed with Sparkle Powder.

Check out the fabulous A Dose of Vitamin Sea:

I'll be back with more projects using the wonderful sets by Picket Fence Studios!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

toad-ally awesome | Miss Ink Stamps

Have you heard of Miss Ink Stamps?  They're a brand new company that will be opening March 16th. Read about them HERE.  You'll be seeing quite a bit of their new  designs on social media, including projects by the awesome Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Design Team!  Today, I'm sharing a super sweet set named, Say Cheese.

Here's how I was inspired (LOL, had to add some kind of caffeinated item in my photo!): 

Okay, isn't that sweet mouse stinkin' adorable?!  I couldn't wait to color him up along with his friend.  What a super cute new set.  It's filled with fantastic images and sentiments!

Make sure you check out the Miss Ink Stamps Instagram Account for inspiration and giveaways!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

crabby before caffeine | The Rabbit Hole Designs

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  The other day I received the latest caffeinated release by The Rabbit Hole Designs.  I inked up Caffeinated Crab:

Love his expression!  

I have a ton of 12x12 paper.  I'm trying to use it...the blue panel with the fish is by Echo Park Paper but I'm not sure who make the coral design (edited to add, thanks to Michele, Authentique - Seaside)?

The crab was colored with various copics and the sentiment was heat embossed in white on black cardstock.

I was inspired by Sunday Stamps:

Monday, March 11, 2019

a happy hello | Reverse Confetti

Have you seen the Reverse Confetti challenge, Stock Your Stash?!

This is a chance to create a card to keep in your stash.  (Of course, you could send it off right away!).  Each month will bring a new theme.  

There will be a new Stock Your Stash challenge posted on the Reverse Confetti blog on the 1st of each month.

The link list will be open from the 1st until noon CST on the 29th of the month. 

Reverse Confetti stamps and/or Confetti Cuts are required to win.  This is a way we get to thank our customers for using our stamps.  Anyone is welcome to play, though!

You may enter as many times as you wish.

Use #SYSChallenge when playing along with this challenge.
There will be a random winner selected each month and that person will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store. The winner of challenge will be posted on the Reverse Confetti blog at the end of the month.

Here's how I was inspired for this month's challenge:

I just picked up a couple bunches of daffodils from Trader Joe's.  It's what inspired my colors in today's card.  Yellow + Purple are a great color combo for Spring, don't you agree?  

I used a panel out of From Cupid.  I layered Sunshine panel and then Premier Polar White panel that was die cut with the Diagonal Stitches Cover Panel, trimmed down.  I use the smaller frame in the Stitched Note & Frames set in Premier Polar White and layered images from Hatbox Florals.

I love all that stitching!  I cut a vellum panel with one of the tags from the Tall Tag Trio and heat embossed the sentiment from Tall Blooms in charcoal.

Originally I didn't have the Sunshine Panel or the Diagonal Stitches Panel.  The added white really makes those blooms pop.  I've been really lovin' the look of the peekaboo solid panel too.

I can't wait to see how some of my other teamies were inspired!

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bottomless Thanks | Miss Ink Stamps

Have you heard of Miss Ink Stamps?  They're a brand new company that will be opening March 16th. Read about them HERE.  You'll be seeing quite a bit of their new  designs on social media, including projects by the awesome Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Design Team! 

Today I'm sharing a card that features the new Brewtiful set:

You may remember my earlier design using the same set HERE.  I decided to go a bit mixed media on this one.  

I absolutely love the coffee plant images in this set.  I love the contrast between the colors.  I started off with a watercolored background using Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass.  I then used a Stampers Anonymous Mini Stencil with modeling paste.  I'm such an impatient crafter, it always seems like it take forever for that stuff to dry.  Once it was, I stamped the caffeine molecule.  

I added all the other images and sentiment to my design.  Yes, my favorite color is green.

Make sure you check out the Miss Ink Stamps Instagram Account for inspiration and giveaways!