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Hello blog hoppers - I guess you probably know by now that we are on day 2 of the Simon Says Stamp Die-cember Blog Hop and you are about half way through. I decided to overwhelm you with photos today, so I hope you make it through my blog post! Die-cember is really about the Dies as the term says, but there are also some other products in this release including my new set of holiday watercolor cards called Tis The Season. You can find the entire Die-cember release HERE and here is an image of my watercolor cards: I've colored and decorated all 12 cards to show you today. You are about to be overwhelmed with photos as I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello friends! Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my Altenew cards using their new Artist Markers. I so appreciated all of your support. As promised, I am announcing the winner of a $30 gift certificate to the Altenew store today. I am going to use Random Number Generator from the comments that were left on that blog post. Off to see who the winner is! There were 101 comments: Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 10 Timestamp: 2017-11-29 04:23:24 UTC The winner is the 10th comment and that is from Becca Yahrling: These are all just absolutely stunning! My favorite is the 'Thank You' card just because it has all the different colors. POSTED... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello Simon Says Stamp friends! Today is the Simon Says Stamp Cyber Week Blog Hop showcasing my newest set of watercolor cards called Classical Christmas. When I drew these, I tried to do a more classic set instead of my usual style (what should we call it - cutesy?). Here is an image of the 12 card fronts which are all printed on Ranger Watercolor Paper: I've painted all 12 of these card fronts with watercolors and dressed them up with glitter pens, Tonic Nuvo Drops, sequins, twine, etc... so you can visualize how they will look once you have put your creative love into them! They really are FUN to decorate - every time I draw a set, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Living My Dream
I think this Reindeer Friends stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh might be my favorite Christmas stamp set out this year. It is seriously cute and I had some serious fun working with it as for my "one stamp, five ways" blog post! Here is an image of the stamp set: See, cute right?!?!?! I definitely gravitate towards cute images over classic images, so I'm all about the whimsical designs Paulina creates for Pretty Pink Posh! So as the blog post states, I have FIVE cards to show you today (every now and then I get creative crazy and make more, but not this time as I'm about to go on vacation for TG!). I am happy to report though... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello friends! I'm excited to be joining Altenew for their new marker release blog hop today. The blog hop starts on the Altenew Card Blog and the Altenew Scrapbook Blog. Today I have four cards to share with you (well actually five as I have two versions of one of the cards!) using the NEW Artist Markers Sets. I love that they have come out with two new sets to grow my collection. These markers are AWESOME! I love the color selection they have and how well they blend. The tips are nice as they have the perfect coloring tips that Copic has, but they also have a fine tip unlike a Copic marker (and who ever uses the other... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello friends - can you just believe the holidays are around the corner? I'm not ready! This year is going to be the best Christmas ever for me though as I have a grand baby boy coming in late December! Working with the Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit definitely got me in the mood for the holidays! Here is an image: Today I have a "one stamp, five ways" post to share with you using this darling kit and stamp set (which is sold alone if you prefer! I also just realized there is a matching die set for this darling stamp set!!! I actually made more than five things with it and I have most of the papers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Living My Dream
Today is the second day of the Pretty Pink Posh Product Release Blog Hop and I am the last person, so if you are reading this, you have made it through all the inspiration (and hopefully this will be your nightcap!). Today I have a "one stamp, five ways" post to share with you using the new Winter Woodland stamp and die set. I also have a card using the new Wild Rose stamp set which I will be doing a "one stamp, five ways" post with next! No matter how much I love/adore/cherish/love/adore/cherish these two sets, the Sparkle Dot Patterns stamp set is just brilliant. I am so excited to play with that one - the option of using... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Living My Dream
When I received the SSS November Card Kit, I was so amazed by it's contents that I thought it must be a special kit like the ones they do periodically. I read the letter with it and yep, it was just a regular card kit. The stamp set is HUGE and the papers - oh the papers. I'll quit rambling and just show you the kit - here is an image of it: I am doing a "one stamp, five ways" blog post today focusing on ways to use the stamp, but I am only using the kits contents for each of my five cards. So let's get started! And just remember one thing as you go through this blog... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello FRIENDS! Today is day two of the Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop announcing their new Making Spirits Bright release. It is full of holiday goodness from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, and all the way to Christmas! I have a new set of watercolor cards as part of this release called Gratitude. Here is an image: I want to give you a little background to why I drew this set at this time (besides the fact that it fits with a Thanksgiving theme!). As I was trying to decide what to make my newest set about, I was watching the devastation on the news from Harvey in Houston. I was so impressed with how everyone was helping those that were affected... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello again for the third "one stamp, five ways" posts in a week! That is a record for me - so proud of myself! My sea glass collection has not been growing this week though - boohoo. haha I tried some different looks for my card photos today - tell me what you think. I've always kept my photos super simple with just the card so it could be focused on, but I keep seeing these amazing shots by other designers and wanted to try something different. Hope you like them. As part of Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember event, they partner with different stamp companies to release sets together. This new stamp set is a little different than the normal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello friends! I'm excited to be almost wrapping up two days of exciting inspiration on a hop showing the brand new Pretty Pink Posh product release. As you have probably seen by now, this is one ADORABLE holiday release full of stamps, dies, and some new awesome sequins! Today I have a "one stamp, five ways" post to share with you using my favorite set from the release, the Angel Friends stamp and die set. I have four cards and three tags to share with you! Card 1: I started this card with a stitched rectangle from Neenah White Cardstock. I then die-cut an opening with the Window Frames die set to use as a shaker opening. I placed a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello friends - can you believe it is almost Fall already?!?!?! I live in sunny CA so we don't really have "seasons" - it is almost always warm. I do wish we had the beautiful fall leaves to make Fall really come to life though! Pretty Pink Posh just released a new product line that definitely got me in the mood for Fall and Halloween! Now I must be honest, Halloween is NOT my favorite holiday. In fact, I'm not a big fan as I don't like scary or dark in anyway - not even scary movies. BUT, I do really like candy corn and CUTE Halloween decorations and costumes! So when I saw this darling Trick or Treat Friends... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Living My Dream
Today is day two of the STAMPtember blog hop for Simon Says Stamp. This is not going to be just a two day event - it is a full month party! There are so many amazing products being released by Simon RIGHT HERE, but there will also be many collaboration products released throughout the month. I have a new watercolor card set that is part of this release called Forest Friends - here is an image: I've colored all 12 of the cards so you can see how they would look and at the bottom of the post, I will give you some coloring tips I use. They are printed on Ranger Watercolor Paper which is very thick and pure... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Living My Dream
I wanted to use my usual title - "one stamp, five ways" just to be consistent. But today's post is really a "one stencil, six ways". I had no idea how fun a $13 stencil could be until I played with this one! Here is an image of the Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Stencil that was designed by Kristina Werner and was part of their Encouraging Words product release. I haven't played with stencils much, so this was really an experiment for me. And this one was so gorgeous, I thought it was about time to give it a try. I also used a stamp set that was recently released by Simon for my salutations on each card called Thoughtful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Living My Dream
This one is GORGEOUS! I must start with an apology (although that breaks all the public speaking lessons I've ever learned, but this isn't speaking really is it?!?!?!). I have only made 2 cards today! I want to use this kit/stamp set for a "one stamp, five ways" post as it is just so full and cute and fun and ... so that will be coming soon. I also still have a post ready using an Encouraging Words stencil five ways - much blogging to do this week! Here is an image of the Simon Says Stamp September 2017 kit: And here is an image of my favorite part of the kit, the Best Ever stamp set (which is also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello all! As summer is coming to an end, I'm feeling all kinds of sad emotions because I love my kids being home. And this year I'll have a Senior and a Sophomore so one more year and off to college for one. I wish I could freeze time. Although I would have done it years ago when they were younger, not teenagers - haha. Hope you are all having a good end of summer! Today I want to share with you two cards I made using some of the newest Pretty Pink Posh stamp and die sets and my favorite random stamping technique. For this first card, I used the Sea Friends stamp set. There is a set of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Living My Dream
Today is the first of a two day blog hop to celebrate the new Simon Says Stamp Release called Encouraging Words. It is full of fun new stamps, dies, stencils, sequins, and a new set of watercolor cards! Here is my card set for this release - it is called Fruity Puns: There are nine cards in this set each printed on Ranger watercolor paper. They are 5.5" x 4.25" so they fit perfectly on a card front. All you have to do is watercolor them or color them with any coloring medium you prefer. They are great for taking on trips or letting your kids help you with! My kids are always involved in my sets as they critique... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Living My Dream
Dudettes - I'm back and it hasn't even been a week! I have a good excuse though for doing two "one stamp, five ways" posts in one week. I don't want you to think I don't have a life! Both my girls had their wisdom teeth out last week, so I have been a home nurse (full time cook, cleaner, medicine giver, gauze folder, dish washer, waiter, etc...). But the good news is all this time at home gave me more creating time! So today I am going to share with you five cards using a new Simon Says Stamp stamp and die set called Bouquet of Thanks. I'll also be using a Thanks stand alone die that was designed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello friends! It's been a while since I've done a "one stamp, five ways" post. Today I have one to share with you using the Simon Says Stamp So Deer stamp set that was released as part of their Mothers, Fathers, Florals release a couple months ago. Although some of the sentiments have to do with mother's, the set works for every day cards with most of it's sentiments. Here is an image of the stamp set: I have five cards to share with you using this set. I have to say - it's one of my favorite stamp sets SSS has ever come out with. I'm a succor for whimsical woodland creatures, flowers, nature, and spring type images. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Living My Dream
Today is day one of a two day blog hop to celebrate the new Pretty Pink Posh product release. The best part of this two day blog hop is that there will be four $25 gift certificates given away (picked randomly from comments along the blog hop). Comments must be left by July 18th and the winners will be announced on the PPP Blog. Before I show you my cards, here is a list of the blog hop participants for today: Pretty Pink Posh Blog Amy Rysavy Heather Hoffman Thi Lam Suzy Plantamura (you are HERE) May Sukyong Park Joy Taylor Joni Andaya Nichol Spohr Crystal Thompson Yoonsun Hur Simon Says Stamp Blog Amy Yang And now that all of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Living My Dream
I don't know if you have seen any of the sneak peeks yet for the Pretty Pink Posh July 10th product release, but it is SIZZLING'! I've never used that word before, but then again, I've never liked a release this much before haha. I've already made 9 cards with all of the new products - here is a little sneak of them all: You can't beat sea creatures, clouds, bears, little people, hot air balloons, etc..... (yep, I could go on and on). I love that all of their stamp sets work so well together. All of the products (including new sequin mixes, stamp and die sets, and stand a lone dies) will be available on July 10th for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hello Blog Hoppers! You must all be very inspired by now since you are at the end of a two day hop! Today I will be sharing my newest set of watercolor cards called Punder the Sea all painted up and perdy. Hopefully this will inspire you even more to get out your watercolors and have some fun painting. I have to say - of all my watercolor card sets, this one was the most fun to paint. I guess I have a thing for anything summer and beach! Here is an image of the set of 12 uncolored as they are sold. They are all printed on Ranger Watercolor Paper which holds up perfectly with any coloring medium. They... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Living My Dream
Simon Says Stamp has just released their newest card kit for July called Hello Summer. It is full of summer goodness with lots of bikini's to taunt you! I decided to do a "one stamp, five ways" post with the adorable stamp set that comes with the kit. Here is an image of the full kit: You can purchase the Bikini Die or the Sea You Soon stamp set by themselves as well. Here are my five cards: Card 1: The kit comes with foam tape and sequins, so making a shaker card seemed like an obvious! I die-cut a piece of the patterned paper (my favorite piece!) with a stitched rectangle using MFT Blueprints 13. I embossed two clouds... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Living My Dream
I'm excited to announce that I'm still on the Pretty Pink Posh design team for another term (now until end of December). They announced their new team today on Instagram and the PPP blog. If you visit the Instagram announcement, PPP is giving away a $100 gift certificate to their store - wow! I wanted to make a card to take part in the announcement. Today I have a card to share that uses several of their adorable stamp sets. I used several stamp sets for this card from their last release. The darling little porcupines, tree stump, bird, and tulip are from the Woodland Critters stamp and die set. The flowers and leaves are from both the Bold Blooms... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Living My Dream
Hey, remember that blog post series I had called "one stamp, five ways"?!?!?! Well, I have officially resurrected it. (((life's been in the way lately))). Today's post will be using a Simon Says Stamp set that came out a few months ago I've been dying to play with. It's called Hope Blooms and here is an image of it: It is full of beautiful floral images (my favorite!) with outside images AND inside detailed images. It also has a set of dies (white can be used by themselves as you will see in one of my cards) or you can buy them together as a set. I also love the salutations as HOPE is such an important part of life... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Living My Dream