Monday, May 25, 2020

Crafty Elves' Countdown to the Holiday - May 2020!




I'm so excited to be joining the Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas this month.  It's a handful of creative designers that join each month on the 25th and share some of their holiday cards.  This was perfect timing as I was cleaning a couple weeks ago and hit the jackpot of holiday stamps that I had bought last year and they were never inked up!

These are the designers:

So here are the four cards I made especially for today:


 I was able to work in some cocoa cards so I'm linking up to the Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop.  We recently went to themeless hops so anything goes, it just needs to have coffee, tea, cocoa, or hot apple cider!



Let's chat about the Hello Bluebird duo first.  So I struck the motherlode when I was cleaning a couple weeks ago.  I came across a bunch of Hello Bluebird winter sets.  Today I'm featuring their Cocoa Party set that you can pick up at Butterfly Reflections Ink who is a Super Sponsor for the hop.

I've teamed those cute critters up with their Gallery Frame #4 and Christmas Words #1 dies.  


For my second card I used the same stamp set but also added their Glacier Peaks Dies + Warm Wishes Words Die.  For both of the cards, I used the Basic Grey Juniper Berry 6x6.  This is also when I should note that my original design did not include the Glacier Peaks until my lovely daughter said it needed 'more'.


I used the same copics for both of my Hello Bluebird cards:
R20 | R22
R14 | R24
G03 | G05
BG10
BG13 | BG15
E30 | YR01
E31
E40 | E42
N2 | N3
C00 | C1

My next two cards feature Clearly Besotted!  I managed to mix 'n match a handful of their stamps.  By the way, they are a new Super Sponsor to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!


This first card uses a panel from the Basic Grey 6x6.  I used the Seasonal Line up with the Home Sweet Home set.


For my final card I combined the Seasonal Line Up with Scene It Seasons.  The die cut semi circle is by Super Sponsor Studio Katia!


I used the same copics for both of my Clearly Besotted cards with the exception of the V + BV ones, those are only for my Season's Greeting Card.

R20 | R22
YR0000 | YR00
Y00 | Y11
YG01 | YG03
G000
BG000 | BG10
BV00000
V01 | V91
E41 | E43
C00 | C1
N3 | N5

Remember to check out the other Crafty Elves'.  Thanks for letting me join in the fun!!!

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

2020 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Day Three



We're on Day Three of the 2020 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Have you linked up yet?!  There are sooo many Super Sponsors, 73 of them!  Today I'm featuring Art Impression:


Their new Coffee Gift Card Holder is pretty slick!  It comes with a bunch of dies and stamps too!


Check out how it reveals the gift card, the lid slides up:


Art Impressions is one of our Super Sponsors and check out their prize pack:


They're also celebrating their 33rd Anniversary with a huge SALE:




Saturday, May 23, 2020

2020 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Day Two




Hello!  Have you checked out the 2020 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop?  It just started yesterday and runs through next Friday!  TONS of inspiration and Prizes!

Today I'm featuring Trinity Stamps!


Isn't that a fun set?  It's called Happy Hour!  I teamed it up with one of their Coffee Bean Heart Sprinkle Mix.  The 'espresso' is from their Caffeinated Sentiments [on sale now!]. 

I used their 4-Bar Card Die set, so fun, so much stitching!


My apologies, there is no label on the coffee bean embossing folder.  I have no idea who makes it.  The coffee beans are brads from Impress, it's their Coffee Brads.  [Edited to add, thanks to my friend Carla, it is a retired embossing folder by Super Sponsor Elizabeth Craft Designs.]

Both Trinity Stamps + Impress Cards and Crafts are Super Sponsors for this hop!  Link up a project for a chance to win.  I hope that you join in the fun!

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Reverse Confetti


Hello Hello!  I'm so excited to be up on the Reverse Confetti blog today!




Here's a bit of a sneak peek of my project:


I had so much fun putting it together!   Can't wait to hear what you think!

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2020 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Day One




Today is the day!  The Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  We have an amazing 73 Super Sponsors....YAY!  Honestly, I wasn't sure how this hop was going to turn out with all that is going on in the world.  Everyone is so excited and we can all use a bit of a crafty distraction, don't you agree?  I'm hoping to have at least one card a day but work has been busy for me so we'll see how everything pans out.

Today I'm featuring a fun slimline card:


I combined the Essentials by Ellen - Clever Sausage and A Breve Note.  LOL, cracks me up.


The Brick Wall stencil is from Funky Fossil Designs and is one of my favorites!


Both Ellen Hutson LLC and Funky Fossil Designs are Super Sponsor for this hop!  Link up a project for a chance to win.  I hope that you join in the fun!

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Favorite Cute-Tea | Inspired by Challenge - Sitting Pretty



Today starts a new Inspired by Challenge!  There is also an optional sketch challenge:


I was inspired by BOTH:


When I saw the sketch I knew that I wanted to use the Mama Elephant Six Window Cover | Creative Cuts.  I couldn't think of any stamp sets that I have with chairs.  So it took me a while to go with the woodgrain and the color palette.


Once I figured out my design I instantly gravitated towards the Mama Elephant Boba Tea set.  The size is perfect for those windows, don't you agree?  I managed to incorporate the colors with a combo of Stampin' Up + Close to My Heart cardstock.

The copics I used:

R20 | R22
Y04 | Y35
YG61 | G82
BG10 | BG11
BG32 | BG34
BG70
V01 | V12
E41 | E43
N5 | N6
C6


I can't wait to see how my other teamies were inspired, please check out the Inspired by Challenge Blog!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop







We're celebrating the 3rd World Bee Day, to support bees and raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products.  For more information, please check out the World Bee Day Organization.  A big thank you to Milka Gubo for organizing this event.  You should have arrived here from my friend Alice's blog.  If not, the fun starts on Milka's blog!  If you get lost along the way, I have the complete hop listing at the bottom of this post.

Check out all the giveaways!

Clearly Besotted Stamps, £20 e-Gift Card to the Store
Gerda Steiner Designs, $15 Gift Code to the Store
Jane’s Doodles, stamp set of winner’s choice
Lawn Fawn, $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Newton’s Nook Designs, $25 Store Credit
Pretty Pink Posh, $30 Gift Certificate to the Store
STAMPlorations, $20 Gift Code to the store
STAMPlorations, “Bee” package: stencil, clear sticker pack and embellishments (this prize is available for commentator located in US or has US mailing address)
Uniko, ₤15 e-Gift Certificate to the Store
Your Next Stamp, $20 Gift Card to the Store




Milka is also giving away one Jane’s Doodles stamp set of winner’s choice to one lucky winner.

12 prizes will be given away to 12 winners.

Giveaway is opened Worldwide (+18), except for minors.
For your chance to win, hop along blogs of the participating designers listed in blog hop list and leave comment on each blog hop stop (19 stops). After commenting, return back to Milka’s 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 opens on May 20th, 2020, 6 PM CEST.
InLinkz closes on May 27th, 2020, 11:59 PM CEST.

Winners’ names will be announced on Milka’s blog on May 31st 2020 during the day.

Here's how I was inspired:


I used the Reverse Confetti Happy Bee Day stamps and coordinating confetti cuts.  The background is the the Hello Square teamed up with the Hex Cover Panel.


The cardstock colors are Bumblebee and Midnight.  The images have been colored with copics:

Y15 | Y19
YG01 | YG03
BG10
V01 | V12
E41 | E43

I made an interior panel:


That will be adhered to the inside.  I can't wait to hop around and see how the others were inspired.  Now it is time to hop over to Anushree Vaish's blog!

Here's the complete hop listing in case you get lost along the way:

Blog hop list:
1.     Milka Gubo
2.     Alice Huang
3.     Amy Tsuruta  *you are here*
4.     Anushree Vaish
5.     Beverley Brown
6.     Ishani
7.     Julie Elak
8.     Kaja Vezenšek
9.     Kathleen Curry
14.  Neha Bhatt
Milka Gubo (InLinkz – return after commenting and add your name to InLinkz)

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Hello from Amy | Doodlebugswa.com





I'm so excited to be up on the Doodlebugswa.com blog today!  Not my usual posting date but I'm making way for a special post on Friday!  Here's a bit of a sneak peek:


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Monday, May 18, 2020

coffee + you | Evelin T Designs




I'm super excited to be up on the Evelin T Designs blog today!  Here's a bit of a sneak peek:


Meet me over on the Evelin T Designs blog for the full reveal and all the details!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday with Amy | Doodlebugswa.com




Happy Friday!  I'm up on the Doodlebugswa.com blog today.  I'm sharing a card that features Mama Elephant.  Here's a bit of a sneak peek:


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Thursday, May 14, 2020

What's the Scoop | Inspired by Challenge - Sweet on You


Today starts a new Inspired by Challenge and it's SWEET!.  There's also an optional sketch challenge:


Here's how I was inspired:


I'm a fruitarian and couldn't believe that I didn't have more sets with cherries!  I did find this [retired] MFT Stamps, Sweet on You set.  


I teamed it up with their Crosshatch Polka.  It's my first time inking it up, I used Reverse Confetti Stone ink.  The red is their Brick, it's a gorgeous red, isn't it?  The cone has also been inked up in Stone.


I was going to use a dark brown cardstock for the candy shell but decided to go glittery, why not? The mint base is by CTMH.


I can't wait to see how my other teamies were inspired, please check out the Inspired by Challenge Blog!

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