Sunday, September 15, 2019

Perk Up Quad | Close to My Heart

Recently I received some happy mail from my Chris Franco who is also a CTMH Consultant.  Have you seen their new Perk Up set?!

This quad [Quad means four espresso shots] didn't take too long to design.  I used the same overall card design and concentrated on two different background panels.

First up is Happy Sweater Weather:

Let's chat about the Cats & Bats pattern paper and coordinating pocket cards that were on the CTMH clearance [sorry, they're sold out now] for only $5.  That star strip was the label part of the 12x12 paper.  I've managed to snag several awesome deals over the last couple of years.  Definitely worth it to watch that particular section on their site.  The coffee cup sleeve was stamped in a stone ink and I embellished it with a pumpkin brad that I had in my stash.  I've been enjoying adding teal to my fall color combo.

Here's a card for you cocoa fans:

That multi-colored strip is another 12x12 label strip.  I was happy to add the pop of green [my favorite color].  The sentiment worked well with the pre printed lines on the pocket card.

Next up is a Pumpkin Spice design:

I paper pieced the to go cup.  The web was a 4x6 pocket card.  This is the only card that has copic coloring and really it's just a smidge of coloring.

My final card is a latte design:

This is definitely my FAVORITE design but it is also the least postal friendly.  I adore all the texture on this one from the shaker style and the added cork sentiment strip.

I actually started off trying to design 4 postal friendly cards.  A horrible fail, I only ended up with one that is truly postal friendly.  That's okay, I don't mind slapping on more postage.

Get your PERK UP set today.  They are currently in their September - October 2019 catalog.

Friday, September 13, 2019

For You | Inspiration Station : Reverse Confetti

Do you subscribe to the Reverse Confetti Newsletter?  It is sent out on Friday's and is packed with inspiration along with some exclusive features like Inspiration Station and be the first to know about sales!  I'm part of today's newsletter and am hostess to this week's Inspiration Station.  Here's a sneak peek:

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Friday with Amy |

Friday, already?!  I'm up on the blog sharing a fall inspired card.  Here's a sneak peek:

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sending Grande-Sized Love | My Favorite Things

So since last weekend, I've had 15 projects that have posted.  I've been so busy BUT absolutely enjoying the process.  It's just been a bit crazy over here.  I didn't have a chance to post this project earlier but wanted to still share it.

I picked  up the MFT Stamps Pure Innocence Grade-Sized Love set from

Isn't she adorable holding her latte?  The gingham circle is from the MFT Tiny Check 6x6.  I used a peach, pistachio and gray color trio.

I was thoroughly inspired by MFT DT Joy Taylor.

I'm too late to link up but used last week's Sketch Challenge

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Poe me a cup | Miss Ink Stamps

I'm super excited to be a part of Miss Ink Stamps' September Sneak Peeks.  Today we're featuring the Just Be-Caws stamp set.  Look for the Miss Ink Stamps IG Giveaway!

Here's how I was inspired:

I combined Just Be-Caws with the Thankful Set:

Poe me a cup & Let's Get Cawed Up

Miss Ink Stamps' sets are always clever and fun!

Make sure you check out the Miss Ink Stamps blog for all the details!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Brewing Up Some Fun | Woodblock Wednesday | Guest Designer + Winner!

Hello and welcome to the 7th edition of Woodblock Wednesday.  I'm featuring:

Impress - Coffee Cup Stamp with words on side [5375]
Impress - Climbing Blooms [5119H]
A Muse Stamps - Brewing Fun [retired]

Here's how I was inspired:

So, my card primarily uses brown because of The Rainbow Card Challenge.  That was a challenge for me because I've been on such a color kick.  

I stamped that gorgeous Climbing Blooms on Neenah solar white and stamped that Coffee Cup to try to capture as much of a bloom as I could.  I actually stamped it out 3 times so I had a couple to pick from.  I loved the daily and colored with with Copics:

W0 | W3
G000 | G00

The Coffee Cup has been fussy cut.  The sentiment was stamped on Neenah Solar White and colored with the W0 | W3 Copics.  

The pattern paper is by Your Next Stamp - Crazy for Coffee.  The background panel actually has coffee written all over it.  I love it teamed up with the coordinating plaid [#madforplaid].

I'm super excited to introduce my guest for this week, Stephanie Severin.  Make sure you check out her BLOG + IG.  I've known Stephanie for years.  We've been blogging for about the same number of years.  I had the fabulous opportunity to meet her in person at Creativation 2018.  One day we'll meet up in New York.  So we're both doing a caffeinated theme and using the same sentiment.  Super fun, right?  I went ahead and did the Rainbow Card Challenge just like Stephanie too.

A big thank you to Stephanie for playing along with me!!!

Last week I was giving away a brand new Hero Arts Succulent Terrarium stamp:

Using the winner is Jill Lokan!  

Thanks to everyone for their comments and overall support for this new feature!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Thankful | Miss Ink Stamps

I'm super excited to be a part of Miss Ink Stamps' September Sneak Peeks.  Today we're featuring the Thankful stamp set.  I LOVE this set so much!

It's been stamped and colored with Copic Markers.  The background is the Miss Ink Stamps Stripes Stencil with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink.

I'm loving the contrast between the orange and blue.

Make sure you check out the Miss Ink Stamps blog for all the details!

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Latte Happy Vibes | Guest Designer - Your Next Stamp

I'm so excited to be a guest designer today for Your Next Stamp.  They're celebrating 10 years and I'm honored to be a part of the festivities.

Each day Your Next Stamp giving away something from the new release. Leave a comment on the YNS blog or YNS’ IG post to be entered in the draw. All comments must be left by September 15, 2019 and the winners will be announced on September 17, 2019.

I'm a lucky crafter that got to play with the new Latte Happy Vibes set:

Yeah, I had so much fun with the stamps.  I used The Perfect Blend 6x6.  I adore the color palette in that paper pad so I coordinated my copics to match.

This card trio actually came together quickly since I worked with one color palette, one stamp set and one paper pad.

Who can resist coffee + donuts?  It's such a cute stamp set!

Their facial expressions are fabulous, aren't they?!  

The new release will be available in the Your Next Stamp store on September 12th at 11 est.

Now onto the inspiration!
Stop by and visit each of the following for some of the cutest projects!
Amy Tsuruta, September New Release Guest - You're here!
Koren Wiskman, September New Release Guest
Kendra Sand, YNS Design Team
Laura Nehring, YNS Design Team
Cassie Tezak, YNS Design Team
Ashley Abelson, YNS Design Team with a video too!

Thanks so much for stopping by and a big Thank You to Your Next Stamp!

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New Release Blog Hop | Evelin T Designs

Hello!  Welcome to the Evelin T Designs September Release Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from the Evelin T Designs blog.  If not, you'll want to start there because that is where the fun begins.  Please note the new release will be available in the store at 9 am eastern today!

"One lucky person will stand a chance to win a $25 gift certificate, all you have to do is hop along each stop & leave a comment along the way to be entered to win! You have until Sunday, Sept 22nd at 11:59pm PST to leave a comment. For extra chances to win, please leave a separate comment on this post letting us know that you just followed us on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Winners will be posted on the GIVEAWAY PAGE on Tuesday, Sept 24th. You must check this page & claim your prize within 2 weeks."

We've been sneak peeking our projects last week and now we get to share them! First up is a card that features It's Boo-Tastic!

I totally was inspired by Michael Jackson's song, Thriller.  I colored up these adorable images with various copics.

copics for BOO card
YR02 | YR04 | YR07
YG03 | YG05
V01 | V15
E0000 | E00
N0 | N3

Next is my card that features All Hallow's Cuteness:

I did a bit of Distress Oxide blending.  All the images have been colored with copic markers and are adhered with foam squares.  

copics for Trick or Treat
YR02 | YR04 | YR07 | YR09
YG03 | YG05
E0000 | E00
E31 | E34
N0 | N3

Distress Oxides:
Fired Brick | Ripe Persimmon | Dried Marigold

My final card features Warm Winter Wishes:

Aren't those coffee drinking critters adorable?

I super adore this sweet set!

copics for Magical card:
Y06 | Y19
BG13 | BG15
E31 | E34
W00 | W3

Next up is my teamie Heather Hoffman!