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You all know (if you have visited before) I love to make what I call random stamping cards with stamp sets with small images. My recently acquired Mama Elephant stamps are perfect for this technique, so I made two cards to share with you today. I love puzzles, so making random stamped cards is really fun to me if I use my Misti. I just line up all of the stamps together like a puzzle and then stamp them at one time. This way it only takes about three or so times to get them all stamped. My first card uses the new Little Agenda Trains stamp and die set. I stamped all of the images with black intense ink... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Living My Dream
Today I'm part of the second day of the Pretty Pink Posh and Glue Dots Blog Hop collaboration. I made two cards using the new Glue Dots products that were sent to me for the hop. I LOVE THEM. It's always so fun when you discover new adhesives, right? I was the most in love with the little itty bitty glue dots that fit so perfectly under the PPP jewels - even the smallest one! No more glue dried everywhere on my card! I decided to work with two of my favorite floral sets by PPP because flowers are always my favorite to color! Card 1: Both of my cards used the PPP Stitched Notes die for the backgrounds. I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Living My Dream
Mama Elephant recently came out with a holiday line of stamps and dies that were used in their 6 year celebration blog hop. I was lucky enough to be part of that hop, so I received two sets to work with. That post is HERE if you want to check out my 5 cards. But then I had to go back and buy three more sets as I loved them that much! Well actually four if you count the greetings stamp set as well. They are all linked at the end of this post, but I've primarily focused on the Santa's Sleigh stamp set for this post. I'm saving my Penguin cards for another post as they deserve their own... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Living My Dream
Today the new Simon Says Stamp Card Kit was released - it is called Thanks and Leaves. Here is an image: As usual, I like to focus on the stamp set in the card kits which can be purchased alone if you prefer - Thanks and Leaves Stamp Set. But unfortunately I didn't get time to do a "one stamp, five ways" post this time. I do have three cards to share with you - they are all 3x4" as there are 3x4" Kraft envelopes in the kit. I have mentioned I'm in LOVE with colored pencils lately, so I went with that look (((again))). Hopefully this love affair will die down so I can get back to my regularly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today is day 1 of a 2 day blog hop celebrating the Simon Says Stamp new Fun and Festive product release. I'm excited to be sharing with you a new set of watercolor cards called Suzy's Snowmen. Here is an image: I'll be showing you all 12 of these cards colored and made into greeting cards below. I have a lot of images as I wanted to show you both a full image and a close up image of each card. This is because I went crazy with the Tonic Nuvo Drops on these and I wanted you to see all the dimension and sheen they add to the cards. At the end of all of these images, I'll list... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Living My Dream
DiIf you have been reading my blog for very long, you probably have heard me talk about how I make many of my card backgrounds ahead of time. I like to stock pile them! I can spend one afternoon making a bunch and then have them ready when I have to make some cards quickly. I also get "in the mood" and enjoy doing it this way. Maybe I should say "in the groove". haha These backgrounds can be used as is, or used to die-cut for a background, or use to die-cut out designs or words to use ON a card (not for the background). I often use them as patterned paper to die-cut greetings for cards. Ok, that's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Living My Dream
The Fun and Festive release by Simon Says Stamp is now live and I'm ready to show it off! I've been playing with some of the new products all day today and I have two cards to share with you using a few of them. I have a watercolor card set in this release called Suzy's Snowmen Watercolor Prints. Here is an image: I'll have all 12 of these cards painted to show you on the first day of the blog hop tomorrow (Thursday, October 11th) so come back and visit to see them made into actual cards. My two cards that I have to share with you today use some of my other favorite products in this release -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Living My Dream
Hi Friends! I have three FALL cards to share with you today using many of the Pretty Pink Posh new products. As you will soon see, I had a lot of fun playing with all of these products! Hopefully these will inspire you to create something yourself over the weekend which is National Card Making Day or something like that haha! Any excuse to create works for me.... Card 1: This card uses a few of the stand-alone dies from the last release and NO STAMPS (that's a first for me!). I loved the Thanks Leaf Shaker die, so I used it as the focal point for the card. I also used the Small Stitched Foliage and Fall Tags dies.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Living My Dream
Hi friends! Today the newest STAMPtember product is a collaboration with Pretty Pink Posh. My two favorite companies have created a beautiful floral stamp set called Pansies. I just want to start out by warning you, these exclusive stamp sets sell out fast and are never re-stocked, so if you want to buy it, do it soon. I keep missing out on some of the ones I want this month! I have a "one stamp, five ways" post to share with you today with six cards! Here is an image of the stamp set which also comes as a bundle with dies: And here are some of my colored pansy images: I ended up coloring quite a few more as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today Tim Holtz teamed up with Simon Says Stamp as part of the STAMPtember with an exclusive stamp set and four stencils bundled together. I was lucky enough to get to work with all of these products before the release and was requested to mail my cards to the TIM himself. I think he might have even fondled MY CARDS on his Facebook live today announcing the new set. I need to go watch it to see if he liked them. I think in all the years I've been creating (scrapbooking first, then card making) and working in the industry with Tim and even taken classes from him, I've never created anything for him or his company. So I was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at Living My Dream
Hello my crafty friends! Today is and Day 3 of Mama Elephant's #celebrating6years Anniversary Release Stampede! I was so excited to be invited to participate as I absolutely adore their cute stamps! Their new release is now live and available for purchase in the Mama Elephant Shop as well as at Simon Says Stamp (links to the products I used in this post to the SSS shop at the end of this post). To celebrate their 6 year anniversary, Mama Elephant has lots of sales and promotions and even give-a-ways which are all shown below: From 9/15 - 9/17 10% off entire store! No code required! From 9/15 - 9/30 Spend $100* - receive 1 free 'Color Me Letters' 4x6... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Living My Dream
Welcome to the LAST stop of the two day Pretty Pink Posh blog hop (((if you have made it this far haha))). On the day of the new product release, I posted THIS BLOG POST with lots of photos of colored images using each stamp set in the new release. Today I have two cards to share with you using the gorgeous Anemone Floral stamps and dies. Here is an image of all of my flowers after I had colored them and die cut them out. Coloring is definitely my favorite part, so I tend to spend way to long on that part of the process! Half of the above flowers were painted with watercolors and the other half were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today my "one stamp, five ways" post is using the brand new Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit called Sketched Flowers. I love floral stamps, so this one was right up my alley. I made six cards with the stamp set as the focus, but I also used the other items in the kit for these cards (as I'll discuss below). Here is an image of the kit with the stamp set: You can purchase the stamp set alone if you only want it and not the full kit - all of my card ideas would work with just the stamp set and it's a beauty! Here are my six cards: Card 1: Let me be really honest. I am... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Living My Dream
I'm finally back with my Simon Says Stamp It's Your Birthday watercolor cards all painted and made into cards to show you. They were part of the latest STAMPtember product release a week or so ago. I had two new sets of watercolor cards in this release including the Flower Sentiment set I showed all painted on this blog post HERE. Here is an image of the It's Your Birthday Set: Whenever I draw a set of watercolor cards, I try to include some drawings for all tastes. I know I have a whimsical/playful/cutesy style that may not fit some people's taste, but I do try to include lots of options. Drawing these sets each month does not come easily... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Living My Dream
Pretty Pink Posh released a new set of products last week and they are SO very cute! I haven't had a chance to blog about them as I was taking my daughter to college in Utah. But I did have lots of time to color, so I wanted to share my colored images with you. I will be showing you some cards made with these images during the PPP blog hop that is on September 13th and 14th. All of the products I used in this post are linked at the end of the post to both the Pretty Pink Posh store as well as the Simon Says Stamp store. If you are like me and you want the ENTIRE... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Living My Dream
STAMPtember is finally here - wootwoot - the entire release is HERE! I'm super excited about all these awesome new products and my two sets of watercolor card sets that have been released. One is a birthday watercolor card set and the other is a floral watercolor card set called Foral Sentiments with all different sentiments. Here are images of both: Today I'll be sharing the floral set all painted and made into cards. I'll share the birthday set in a few days as they are all ready to go as well! Here are all 12 with two versions of one of them so 13 in total. I have some tips and techniques I used to color these at the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today's "one stamp, five ways" post is using one of my all time favorite SSS stamp sets called Sketch Lotus Flowers. I prepared this post a week ago and now the stamp, die, and bundle are all out of stock! So this is a really bad time to try and promote the set, but if you already have it (and apparently quite a few have sold), this might be a helpful post for you! I have six cards to share with you! Here is an image of the stamp set - it looks simple, but I found lots of ways to use that one image! Card 1: I always like to start with my favorite card. This is my random... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Living My Dream
Hello stamping friends! Today's "one stamp, five ways" post uses an older floral set by Simon Says Stamp called Summer Flowers. You can purchase it alone, with the matching dies, or as a bundle. I've always wanted to use it and since they didn't have an August release, it was the perfect time to pull it out. (Note: but watch out for Stamptember coming to a theater near you soon!). If you visit regularly, I've talked a lot about my colored pencil obsession/preferences recently. I have always used Prismacolor, but I just bought a set of Faber Castelle. I'll do a review of both on an upcoming blog post for those interested - but the short message is I love... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today, Simon Says Stamps released their September Card Kit called Sea Treasure. And for someone like me that LOVES the sea, it is certainly a treasure! I was so excited when I got this box to create samples to make you want it too (hehehe). Mermaids are just so awesome and so fun to color. So today I have five cards to share with you focusing on the stamp set (as that is the whole point of my "one stamp, five ways" series), but also ONLY using the products in the kit. The stamp set is sold alone and is called Beautiful Mermaids. There is also a set of Beautiful Mermaid Dies to go with it (which I wish I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today is the much anticipated Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set Release Blog Hop plus a give-a-way (whew long title!). The hop starts on the Altenew Card Blog and there are a total of 33 blogs in this hop (another whew! haha). This is a pretty exciting product and you will be very inspired after following along with all these awesome designers! Here are some details about the new Watercolor Pan set as well as a graphic that shows the top of the product packaging: Product Description: This beautiful set of 36 vibrant watercolor half-pans coordinates perfectly with our line of ink. They are intensely pigmented, fade minimally when drying, and some colors have lovely granulating effects. They are stored in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today is the first day of the 2-day Friendly Frolic new product release blog hop for Simon Says Stamp. I have a new stamp set as part of this release called More Good Vibes. The images in this stamp set were taken from my Good Vibes watercolor cards from the Good Vibe release last month. They were so popular (already sold out, but will be restocked), that they wanted me to turn them into stamps. This is a 6x8 stamp set - so it is BIG. Here is an image: Today I have a "one stamp, five ways" post to share with you using this stamp set. But because it is one I designed, I went a little cray cray... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today is the Simon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic release. I love new releases, but especially when I have new products as part of the release. I have a new stamp set called More Good Vibes. If you liked my watercolor cards from the last release, you will love this set as it is images from those cards. Here is an image: I'll be doing a "one stamp, five ways" post tomorrow using this set for the blog hop. But today I have two cards to share with you using some of the other new products from this release. First, I have a card using the Sketch Lotus Flower stamp set. This card is a one layer card that is just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today is the last day of a Pretty Pink Posh sale on one of their cute stamp and dies sets called Camping Friends. Here is an image of the set and details about the 25% off sale (ends tonight Sunday): I was lucky enough to receive this set in the mail last week, so I made a card to share with you. Their is LOTS of inspiration on Instagram using it as well - so many cute cards - just tap on the hashtag #prettypinkposh to see them all. I wanted to create a soft sunset for this scene. I started with the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Notes die from white cardstock to create the frame around the background. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today I have a "one stamp, five ways" post for you using the new Simon Says Stamp August card kit called Mandy's Flowers. Whenever I do a card kit post, I like to focus on the stamp set since that is the point of my "one stamp, five ways" posts. I only used card kit products on each card though (except for some die-cuts which will be listed in the supplies below). Here is an image of the card kit in full and the stamp set: The stamp set is available for separate purchase as is the floral background stamp included in the kit! If you don't want to spend money on the entire kit, buying just the stamp is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Living My Dream
Hello friends! It's been a while since I have blogged. I have a good excuse though - I have been on vacation. We went to Hawaii for two weeks and spent half the time in Kauai and half the time in Maui. To say it was a good experience is an understatement. I am now looking for real estate on Kauai so I can move there permanently! Pretty Pink Posh announced their new design team yesterday. I am staying on for another term. I enjoy their products so much and working with them is a pleasure! So I will stay as long as they will have me. Here is the new team: Today I have four cards to share with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Living My Dream