Sunday, May 26, 2019

need to venti? | My Favorite Things



It's been a week since I've crafted so I decided to use the MFT Boutique Die-namics:



What a fun set to work with!  I used a brick embossing folder on the storefront and kept with a Starbucks green palette.


The sentiment is from the (retired) MFT Perk Up set.



I LOVE what my friend Lisa did with the Boutique Die-namics HERE.

I was inspired by the MFT Sketch Challenge:






Friday, May 24, 2019

Hero Arts Anniversary Blog Hop - Day 3



I am so excited to help Hero Arts celebrate being in the industry for 45 years!  WOW!  How awesome is that?!  You should have arrived here from the Hero Arts blog.  If not, you'll want to start there, that's where the party starts.

Check out some of their industry friends and partners that are participating in this 3 day event:


Hero Arts: 3 $145 Gift Certificates, 3 $45 Gift Certificates
Altenew: $50 Gift Certificate
Art Impressions: $25 Gift Certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $50 Gift Certificate
Gina K: $100 Gift Certificate
Jennifer McGuire Ink: $100 Hero Arts Gift Certificate, 5 Share Handmade Kindness goodie bags
Lawn Fawn: $50 Gift Certificate

Laurie Willison: 2 Card Hanger Dies
My Sweet Petunia: 1 Prize Bundle (Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align, and a bar magnet)
Online Card Classes: 5 spots in the Stamp Happy In Good Company: Hero Arts class
Pink Fresh Studio: $45 Gift Certificate
Scrapbook & Cards Today: 3 copies of Scrapbook & Cards Today Summer 2019 Issue
Scrapbook.com: $50 Gift Certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $50 Gift Certificate


Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days - comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST, and we will announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Here's how I was inspired for today's hop:


Today I'm featuring the CM339 Teacup Flowers set.  Of course, it's a caffeinated design.  The fun sentiment is from Irreverent Birthday Messages.


I used Gina K Designs' Wreath Builders, she is one of the many prize sponsors. 


Hero Hues Papers, oh wow, such a lovely rainbow of colors.  No surprises that I used the gorgeous PS308 Hero Hues Kiwi.

Check out the interior of my 4.25 x 4.25 card:


The sentiment is from CM299 Tea Time.  Who doesn't love a tea party?!

I went through my blog archives to find a project that featured the Hero Arts Big Owl and found THIS.  I found several others but whoa, my style has change a ton through the years.  Keeping this super real, check out this Hero Arts Haiku Bunny project from the very first month of blogging in 2007.

Yup, I still own those stamps:


Next up is the fabulous Art Impressions!  In case you get lost along the way, here's the complete hop listing:


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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

the best | Reverse Confetti






Check out the Reverse Confetti Mod Floral Stack.


I decided to do the latter half of the ROYGBIV colors.


The glitter panel?  A bit of glitz that gives the design a smidge of glam.


I was inspired by CAS(E) this sketch!



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Monday, May 20, 2019

To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop + Giveaways!






We're hopping to celebrate the 2nd World Bee Day, to support bees and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products.    You should have arrived here from my friend Alice Huang's blog, if not, the fun starts on Milka Gubo's blog.

Check out all of these awesome sponsors:


Bugaboo Stamps - $12 Bugaboo Gift Certificate 
Clearly Besotted Stamps£15 Clearly Besotted Gift Certificate 
Create a Smile50€ Create a Smile Gift Certificate 
Gerda Steiner Designs - $15 Gerda Steiner Designs Gift Certificate
Hannah Rosengren Studio - Bumble & Honey Bee Patch
Honey Bee Stamps - $30 Honey Bee Stamps Gift Certificate
Jane's Doodles - $50 Jane's Doodles Gift Certificate
Kitty Bee Designs - One Digital Image of the Winner's choice
Lawn Fawn - $25 Lawn Fawn Gift Certificate
Mo's Digital Pencil - $5 Mo's Digital Pencil Store Credit
Newton's Nook Designs - $25 Newton's Nook Designs Gift Certificate
Paper Smooches - Bee Mine stamp set + Bees Dies
Power Poppy - $20 Power Poppy Gift Certificate
Pretty Pink Posh - $25 Pretty Pink Posh Gift Certificate
STAMPlorations - $20 STAMPlorations Gift Certificate
Sue Hastead of Tanglemouse Cards - Pretty Pink Posh 'Bee Friends' stamp set
Uniko - Clear Stamp set (in stock) of winner's choice
Your Next Stamp - Honey Bee stamp set
Milka Gubo - Jane's Doodles - Daisies stamp set



For your chance to win, hop along blogs of the participating designers and sponsors listed in blog hop list and leave comment on each blog hop stop (22 stops). After commenting, return back to Milkas blog and add your name to InLinkz, but prior you do, please read Blog Hop details, terms, giveaway rules and privacy policy which are shared in Milka's blog post below InLinkz.



InLinkz closes on May 31st 2019, 11:59 PM CEST. Winners’ names will be announced on Milka’s blog on June 3rd 2019 during the day.

Here's how I was inspired:




I combined the following Paper Smooches stamp sets:

Courteous Cuties  |  So Fairy Cute  |  Courteous Cuties 2



I designed a bee stripe panel, love how that turned out!  



I also used the Bannerific  + Flaunters Dies.



I was inspired by Fusion Card Challenge:


Next up is my friend Donna Mikasa!

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

Amy Tsuruta  --> You are here
Honey Bee Stamps - Sponsor
Lawn Fawn - Sponsor
Paper Smooches - Sponsor
Pretty Pink Posh - Sponsor
Uniko - Sponsor
Your Next Stamp - Sponsor

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Friend | Altenew + Simon Says Stamp + My Favorite Things



Hello and Happy Sunday.  I've been busy wrapping up Coffee Blog Hop stuff along with preparing for my pending vacation.  I started this project last week and finally put the pieces together this morning:


Surprisingly this card has no stamping.  I originally thought I was going to stamp a sentiment but then went with the Painted Friend die.  I've been incorporating gold glitter cardstock in all my projects lately.


Isn't that Altenew Peony Dream 3D Die amazing?  Thank goodness for the step-by-step photos.  


I was thoroughly smitten by the Inspired By...challenge:


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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Comfort and Peace | Le Petite Market + SugarPea Designs



My cousin owns several Alpacas (See Here, Here + Here).  She reached out to me last weekend to see if I might design an alpaca sympathy card.  A friend of hers had recently lost their rescue alpaca.  She picked THIS digital set by Le Petite Market.  A couple other cute digi's jumped into my cart too.

Here's how I was inspired:


I managed to design 2 different cards with two different size images (the beauty of digitals!).  First up is the portrait version.  I used Stampin' Up Pistachio Pudding cardstock and layered an Avery Elle striped panel.  The sentiment I used on both cards is SugarPea Designs - Heartfelt Sympathy.

My second version is landscape with a Stampin' Up Pool Party panel layered with a Basic Grey - Hey Boy (Gasp, I know) panel.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white.


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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Color Throwdown | Guest Designer





I'm super excited to have been the Color Throwdown Featured Stamper #541.  Today I get to be the Guest Star Stamper today for the newest Color Throwdown!  Such a fun color trio of Aqua, Green + Grey.  

Here's how it inspired me:


I recently picked up the Newton's Nook - Newton Dreams of Paris.  After visiting my boy in Paris a couple of years ago, I'm slowly collecting parisian themed sets.  

I stamped them out on Neenah Solar White 110.  They've been stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black and colored with various copics.


The MFT Double Stitched circle has been cut with Reverse Confetti Baby Blue + Avocado cardstock.  I trimmed the Avocado panel to a grassy hill.  I stamped the Eiffel Tower directly onto that panel in black.  The cloud is from the Reverse Confetti Cool Friends set.


This has been my go-to card sketch.  I've been enjoying making sweet images the star of the show.

I can't wait to see how you're inspired!

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Picket Fence Studio | Winner!






Thank you to everybody that visited my Picket Fence Studio Giveaway Post!  I wanted to post my winner of the super generous $100 Gift Certificate to the Picket Fence Studio store!


Yay Jingle!  I'm going to reach out to you!  


A super BIG Thank You to Picket Fence Studios for hosting this giveaway!!!!!!

birthday wishes | Reverse Confetti | Stock Your Stash




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:


Have you seen the May New Release?!  Oh so much cuteness!  I used the Party Animals set and teamed it up with the See Through Tag confetti cuts.  The sentiment is from the Birthday Wishes set.


I hope you're not too tired of this color palette!  I've been loving it so much!

Worn Lipstick
Spun Sugar
Scattered Straw


I can't wait to see how my teamies were inspired:




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