Monday, June 30, 2014

Easing Back In {Tag You're It}

I was away on vacation last week with my family. We had a great week at the beach, it was hard to come home. I did a great job of stamping like crazy before I left so I would have a few things to show on my blog while I was away (and to prepare for a few things coming up), but I forgot about the week after I got home. Hence, why I missed the Sweet Sunday Sketch yesterday. boo!  BUT....... I needed to show something  new today and jump back into stamping. It's good to take a break, but I love getting crafty again. 

The Reverse Confetti July release is almost here and I need to get busy with my samples. You're gonna LOOOOOVE what's coming! Today, I am easing back into my mojo with the new, cool Tag You're It challenge blog. It's a mini challenge this go round and it was perfect for kick starting my mojo. 

I pulled out the Tag Me die from RC and used it to make my main image panel. I love tags. I love this die, so this challenge is right up my alley.  I was inspired by the gradient of colors on the tag and the beach theme. I cut the tag twice to get a double layer of tag goodness. 

I used the super sweet and my first ever RC stamp set, Happy Harbor. I stamped the sentiment twice, first on the tag and then again on a die cut heart from Love Note. I carefully lined up the heart to match the sentiment on the tag. 

I added a sweet row of anchors in the same color ink (Brand New colors from Fresh Ink. LOVE! this is Teal). I carried out the beach theme further by adding lots of pretty mini 4mm Sand sequins. How great are those??!!! Sure make me happy!

here's the inspiration photo for the Tag You're It challenge:

There is also a new Catered Crop Recipe Swap up-Summer Lovin'! This card fits the bill for me. Pretty beachy colors, those sand colored sequins and a nautical theme. Totally summer lovin'! Make a card and join the fun. All the details are HERE on Linda's blog. 

Here are the Reverse Confetti Products I used. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I've got exciting news coming up.......Check back!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Watercolored Hello

I love having some watercolor panels ready to go in my stash. I've been saving this purple one for a few weeks now. I added some purple splatter and cut the finished piece with a Stitched Mat-rectangles die from Lil' Inker Designs. 

I further jazzed it up with a fun brushstrokes word die-Hello

I cut two of the "hellos" , one from  silver glimmer paper and another from Steel Gray cs. I offset the two, just a little to create a shadow effect. Doesn't it look great??!! This came together quickly and I love that.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Cat's Pajamas Summer Blog Hop

Come JOin the fun with The Cat's Pajamas team. We liked playing with our Summer Stamps, CutUps Dies and Cutables so much we thought we'd like to see what you did with them. 

So from now until July 24 we are having a Summer Blog Hop. Just use at least one stamp, or die, or Cutable from our Summer collection and add it to the Inlinkz on the right column of Alma's Blog.  You could win a $50 Gift Certificate! It's that easy.

C'mon, pull out your new TCP Stamps and dies and download those Cutable files and get inky with us


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TCPTues269-Hello Summer

Hello friends. Thanks for joining me today for the next TCP Tuesday Challenge. It's an inspiration challenge, check it out and see where it leads you. 

Here is my card. I love using a classic red, blue, and cream color combo. I did some sifting through my crafty goodies and found some canvas and the yummy Dotty Biscotti designer papers. 

I used two new products that were JUST released, Vintage Summer and the Butterflies Cutups. Isn't the sentiment stamped directly on the canvas so pretty?!!

I stitched on some buttons with with red twine. I also added texture by running the navy, large butterfly through my crimper. I love giving card stock corrugated look.  This new buttefly die is awesome. You can never have to many butterflies. 

I hope that you play along in our TCP Tuesday Challenge. We’d love to see what do.
Here are the Deets.
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted here on this blog as well as on our Splitcoaststampers forum and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design using the InLinkz button below*. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES269. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 12 midnight EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required to use of a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen at random from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  6. At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog.
  7. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on Splitcoaststampers, Facebook page and this Blog.

Stop by Alma's blog for all the challenge details. 


Monday, June 23, 2014

Reverse Confetti Shopping Code

The Reverse Confetti Shop 
is enjoying some
family fun this week! 
Jen wants you to have some 
fun, too!
Check out the Details


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sweet Sunday Sketch no.224 {more Birthday Wishes}

Another week has flown by. I hope by now all of you are enjoying the start of summer. We are in full summer mode and I'm loving it.  It also means it's time for another sketch from Karen and the Sweet Sunday Sketch team. 

I needed another birthday card this week, so I while I had out my Label Me stamp set from Reverse Confetti, I used the sweet birthday sentiment and a few of the RC Confetti Cut dies to make this pretty flowery card for my SIL. 

Papers are from My Minds Eye-Market Place. Sooo pretty! I used the Double Scallop border die from Reverse Confetti along the top. The little banner pieces are from the Tag Me die set (it's my fave), and that flower. It's custom made. I die cut two petals from  Petals 'n Posies Confetti Cuts and then added some giant polka dots from Lots of Dots

Here's the sketch:

Come Play along: simply make a card with this layout and use the InLinkz button down at the very end of Karen's post to enter your card. The links will close on Friday at 10 PM (Mountain Time). Be sure to link directly to the blog post or gallery image which features your card. You may post a picture of the sketch on your blog, but please save the image to your computer first. Use the keyword SSSC224 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

 Don't forget to see what the Sweet Sunday Sketch team has done this week.
Have a wonderful Sunday


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Curtain Call Challenge Reminder {still time to play with the Sweet Pea Challenge}

There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Sweet Pea! 

 You have until June 25th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!

Current challenge details and link-up are here
Our sponsor for this challenge is Sugar Pea Designs!  
The LEAD of this challenge will receive a gift certificate to the Sugar Pea Designs Store!

Here is another card I made using the awesome SPD stamps. This one is called My Hero!
 It's a pretty CAS card. I didn't even color in the adorable Super Hero boy. I stamped him onto Smoke Gray cs with black ink and then only colored him his lightening bolt with a Prisma Colored pencil.

Dies are from Lil' Inker Designs, Instant Camera Die and Stitched Stars. The gray stripes are from let's polka paper pad. 

A few of the Curtain Call Crew gals have even more fabulous takes on the Sweet Pea challenge for you! Stop by the Curtain Call Blog for all the details. 

I am also linking this up to the current SPD challenge: Anything goes! 
Love that and love these stamps. 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Stamping with Friends {diagonals}

Stamping is more fun with friends. Since most, if not all, of my stampy friends live far away from me getting together to stamp rarely happens. BUT thanks to the amazing thing called the internet and social media, I am always connected to them. I love that!

 Every once in a great while I get to do a Friendly Challenge with my friends Jackie and Becky. We like to keep it simple and it's just for fun. Becky challenged us to include some kind of diagonal element to a card. I used a bold color combo-Bermuda Bay, Soft Navy, and Lemon Drop card stocks. 

I am playing along with the new Challenge blog, called The Cutting Edge. ummmmm, it's a challenge blog dedicated to DIE CUTS!!! I think I use dies on almost all of my cards. I was inspired by Amy's card, the bottom left one.  I'd love to be a guest designer, so I'm throwing my hat into the ring. So fun!

I used the Reverse Confetti set, Winning and the Oh, My Stars Confetti cuts on my card today. I just love that star border. One of my star panels was created with a Star Stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I sponged on some distress ink in different shades of yellow. 

I needed a little WOW! factor, so I accented the sentiment with more star dies from Oh, My Stars in silver glitter paper.  Wondering where that sweet little outline star image came from? I used the cut and re-cut method. I first used the negative star from the border die (cut from silver glitter paper) and then lined up the small star die on top of it. I then ran it through my Vagabond again to cut it out. love it! A few enamel dots completed the look. 

Be sure to stop by Becky's Blog and then Jackie's Blog to see how they used the diagonal on their cards. 


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TCP June Relase Blog Hop

It's been a great week. Thanks for hanging with me and the whole TCP Cat pack as we teased you all week with our Sneaky Peeks. Wait NO MORE! The new stamps and Cutups are now available for purchase in the TCP shop. HERE!

We do have a final chance to show you more of the great products in action. I get to kick things off this month. Kind of excited about that. Be sure to start at the TCP Blog, so you don't miss any of the details. 

First up today, I 'm showing off the uber cool stamp set Aye, Eye, I. I used lots of stamps from the set and created this fun card. 

I used the Toppers Cutups along the left side to create a custom notebook edge. The sweet flower is from the Under My Hat Cutups. I added a great bakers twine bow and mini clothes pin to hold it all together. 

I also have a pretty card showing off the gorgeous new floral die called Petal Posies. I used all three petals, including two of the middle size. I tucked in some twine behind it for a touch of texture. 

It was the perfect embellie to showcase the sentiment from Strange and Wonderful. I stamped it onto some white card stock that was cut with the Framed Up Cutups. 

Finishing touches were some pretty sequins from pretty pink posh and the new mini Butterflies cutups. I loooove that you get two of those teeny butterflies from the inside wings of the medium sized one. Brilliant design to this die set. 

I'll send you on your way. Nancy is up next! 

Here is another look at the fabulous new TCP products Available NOW
for purchase.