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Hi friends! Today I have an exciting announcement to make for both ME and for YOU! I was asked to join the Hello Bluebird design team. I'm super excited as I was going broke buying ALL of their stamps from each release. And now I get them for free to design with to inspire YOU to buy them - heeeehehehehe. Now what is the good news for YOU you ask? I have a give-a-way of one of my favorite HB stamp sets at the end of this post. To be eligible, leave a comment on this post and/or on my Instagram post. I'll draw a winner and announce next Wednesday, February 20th. BUT first (I'm really in the mood to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Living My Dream
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Today I have a "one stamp, five ways" post using the Simon Says Stamp March card kit called Lucky Rainbow. It is a bit St. Patrick's Day themed, but it also works well for other subjects as you will see in my cards below. There is one smaller 3x4" stamp set called Wooley Lucky that has a llama with four leaf clovers and St. Patrick's Day greetings, but the larger 6x8" stamp set called Amazing is not about the holiday. Here is an image of the kit in it's entirety: I focused three of my cards on St. Patrick's Day using the smaller stamp set and two of my cards focus on the larger stamp set with those awesome circles!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at Living My Dream
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Hello friends! I'm sitting here watching the Bachelor while trying to type up a blog post in time for this product release in the am. And tomorrow is my BIRTHDAY!!! I want to apologize for my photos (again) as they were taken on a rainy day at sunset and I did NOT have good light. I've done my best to fix them up with lots of editing, but they still look a little off. Forgive me. The cards are cuter in real life haha. Ok, let's get started! My post today uses the brand new Stacey Yacula stamp set for MFT called "It's A mice Time To Celebrate" that is being released today (((February 5th, my birthday - please wish... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Living My Dream
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Each month, MFT releases a new stamp set by Stacey Yacula. I'll be doing a "one stamp, five ways" blog post each time on release day. Today's release goes live at 7:00 pst on January 22nd. I've done posts on the the last two sets HERE and HERE if you want to see them. This month her set is called Joyful Heart Bears and comes with a set of dies as well. I've made 5 cards (yep, 5 this time) for my one stamp, five ways post to share with you. Here is an image of the stamp set: I do need to confess that I just got home from Creativation today. I had colored these images before I left,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at Living My Dream
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Hi friends! It's been a busy week of creating over here. I've created 3 "one stamp, five ways" posts this week and still have one more to go! Today I'm sharing one using the BRAND NEW JUST RELEASED SSS Special Edition Valentine's Day Kit . These exclusive kits run out fast, so letting you know right now that if you want to buy this thing, do it quick. I always see comments from people that are frustrated they ran out so quickly. I have five cards and three mini cards to share with you today because frankly, I never obey the rules of my own blog series! haha Here is an image of the kit in full: My favorite part... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Living My Dream
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Today I have a "one stamp, five ways" post to share with you that includes 6 cards instead of 5! I am using the brand new SSS February Card Kit called Love Always. Here is an image of the kit: As usual, I try to focus on the stamp set in the kit, so although I use all of the "ingredients", I try to make a card of two with just the stamp set. This one is 6x8 and is full of pretty flowers, hearts, and greetings, so it was easy to do (resulting in 6 cards!). You can purchase just the stamp set HERE if you prefer. There is also a background stamp in this kit which is so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at Living My Dream
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Today is the first day of the two day blog hop for the Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved release. Most of the products were released in December, but it was such a busy month that the blog hop was moved to this month. There was ONE product that wasn't released yet and this one is kind of special to me! Here is an image of my latest watercolor cards called Sending Love: This set of cards is perfect for all of your Valentine's Day card needs! They are all printed on Ranger Watercolor Paper which is pure white and perfect for all coloring mediums, but thick enough for watercolors. Your job is just to pretty them up and attach... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at Living My Dream
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Today I have six cards to share with you. I made four cards with the new Cupcake Critters stamp set and two cards with the new Fiesta Party stamp set. Two of the Cupcake Critters cards were already shared on the PPP Blog last week during the new product announcements, so I'll just show you the images and not go into the directions since they are there. The entire PPP new product release is HERE. You can purchase all of it together with a 10% discount HERE. So now let's get this party started!!! Card 1: Cupcake Critters I used the Storybook 5 die for this card with a watercolored background behind it. For some extra pizazz, I added some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at Living My Dream
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I'm so excited about this blog post. I love creating, but I sure do hate typing out posts!!! But this one I'm so excited to share because a) I adore, love, more love, more adore this stamp set and all of Stacy Yacula's stamp sets and b) I think my cards today are amaze balls (note - I don't usually compliment my own work, but who could go wrong with these stamps?!?!?! So today I have a "one stamp, five ways" post to share with you using the newest MFT Stacy Yacula stamp set called Tweet Friends. Here is an image of the stamp: And here are my five cards with directions and supplies for each. Card 1: I started... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at Living My Dream
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Hello friends! Today I have a "one stamp, five ways" post using the SSS brand new January 2019 Card Kit called "Snow Much". It is darling and will definitely make you feel like you want to stick your toes in some snow (I say this as I stuck my toes in the sand at the beach today and it was HOT, so yep, I'm craving some snow so I can feel like it is winter). Here is an image of the kit: As usual, you can buy the stamp set alone which is called Snow Much also and is 6x8". You can also buy that cute little die alone which is called the Twirling Ice Skater. As stated, I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at Living My Dream
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Today Simon Says Stamp released a big group of Valentine's products called "You Are Loved". We might be in the holiday mood right now and not thinking of Valentine's yet, but many of these products have to do with love and what better topic than love for the holidays, right? Also, think of Christmas gift ideas for yourself! And for others - thus my newest set of watercolor cards is called the Gift Card Set. I drew these images to be the perfect set for giving as a gift to someone. They cover all of the card sentiments needed including birthday, thank you, etc... They are bundled with a set of Prima Watercolor Pencils so the gift is complete for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Living My Dream
Yep, I'm on a Christmas card roll. This needs to turn into a Christmas decorations roll as I haven't even started and it's the 7th! I usually have my tree up on the first weekend of December. So tomorrow it is. But for today, I'm going to share more of my cards that I have been posting on IG in case anyone wants the directions and supplies. I have one using MFT stamps and 3 using Hello Bluebird stamps today. MFT - Cool Christmas: My first card uses the MFT Cool Christmas stamp set. I fell in love with this one and had to have it! I used one of my favorite dies for winter cards called Horizontal Snow Drifts.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at Living My Dream
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Hello blog hoppers! Today is the first day of the Simon Says Stamp Die-Cember blog hop. You can see the entire Die-Cember product release HERE. I have four cards to share with you using some of the new dies. All of the details of the blog hop are at the end of this post as well as a list of all of the products I used on my cards. A day before the Die-Cember release, SSS released my latest (and last) holiday set of watercolor cards called Happy Holidays. I painted/colored all of them and they are on the SSS Blog HERE if you want to check them out. Here is an image of all of them together: And now... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Living My Dream
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I have a new watercolor card set that was released at Simon Says Stamp tonight. It is called Happy Holidays. Here is an image: Simon Says Stamp is showing all 12 of these watercolor cards colored on the Simon Says Stamp Blog with directions and tips. Here is a sneak peek of all of them together: Which one is your favorite? I like the penguins the best and the ornaments with JOY second best. I had so much fun drawing and coloring all of these. They are printed on Ranger Watercolor Paper so they can be colored with ANY coloring medium you prefer. I use them all! I've listed links to the coloring mediums I use below. I hope you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Living My Dream
I've been a regular on my blog lately - I hope someone is reading it and appreciating it haha. Today I have two Christmas cards to share with you using MAMA ELEPHANT goodies. Let's start by talking about my introduction to card making... I was a scrapbooker for years. I won all the contests and was in all the magazines and on design teams. For the last four years of Creating Keepsakes magazine's existence, I was on their Dream Team. During the end of my scrapbooking "career", I was contacted by MFT. I knew nothing of the card and stamping side of things. I didn't know they were a big company so I wasn't excited by their offer. They wanted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Living My Dream
Hi friends! First off, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I personally am glad it is over as I spent all day cooking for 15 people and I'm exhausted. Not to mention I was up 5 lbs this am and that was before I've even started on all the leftovers. But I AM thankful for the rest of my days all year haha! Let's get down to business... I've been creating Christmas Cards like a crazy person. I can't stop - coloring goes everywhere with me. I have made about 10 to share with you in the past week. Today I have two to share with you using cute Hello Bluebird stamp sets. The first one uses the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at Living My Dream
Hi friends! Today I am sharing something I made just for fun. Meaning this is NOT an assignment, is NOT a paid advertisement (haha) and is NOT trying to sell you something - whoopee! I wanted to make a slimline card as I keep seeing them on Instagram and think they are so cute. I love that they allow you to use more of your stamps and create a longer scene than a standard card does. I researched a bit and found THIS BLOG post by Nicky that discussed slimline card sizes and how she came to the conclusion that if she makes them 8.5 x 3.5" they will fit perfectly into a standard slimline size envelope. So instead of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Living My Dream
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Today is the brand spankin' new Simon Says Stamp holiday card kit release called Comfort and Joy. This is one of there very loaded limited edition kits that sell out in hours. I guarantee it will bring you JOY if you get one - not sure about comfort!!! Here is a photo of the full kit: I made five full size cards plus a smaller 3x4 card with this kit, so this is technically a "one stamp, five ways" post today. I tried to primarily focus on the stamp set in the kit so it qualifies! haha I also used the background stamp a couple times as that one is just gorgeous! I replaced my usual love affair with Tonic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Living My Dream
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Today is day two of the Pretty Pink Posh new holiday products Blog Hop. I hope you are getting really inspired to make holiday cards from all these amazing bloggers using the cute new products by PPP. I have two cards to share with you today using many of these new products. Card 1: This card uses two of the new stamp sets called Elegant Holly and Poinsettias. First, let's talk about that crazy background - I made it some time ago on THIS BLOG POST about making backgrounds ahead of time. It is just painted red watercolor circles. I was saving it for just the right card and then I used it on this one where most of it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Living My Dream
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Hello again two days in a row! I'm actually here with my second "one stamp, five ways" post in a week - don't get used to this hahaha. For today's post I'm using the SSS December Card Kit called Holiday Cheer. I usually focus on the stamp when doing kit posts so that my title actually applies (one stamp, five ways). But this kit has two of my watercolor cards in it, so they are part of my five cards and only 3 focus on using the stamp. Forgive me please! I've always been a rule breaker... You can purchase the little candy cane die I use on one of my cards separately as well as the stamp set separately.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Living My Dream
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Today I finally have a new "one stamp, five ways" post to share with you - these take a bit more time than my usual posts, so when I'm busy I don't get them done very often! The reason I did one today is I got really lucky and MFT sent me some of their new release which goes live and is ready for purchase on September 13th at 8:00 am pst. I was so excited to see Stacey Yacula was illustrating a stamp line for MFT as she is one of my favorite designers. I've always wanted to buy her stamps, but I never bought any from Purple Onions Design, so having them available at MFT makes me really... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Living My Dream
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Hello friends! Today is the 12th day of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags and we are showing off Pretty Pink Posh tags today. If you haven't followed along with this blog before, try it out as it is so fun and there is so much inspiration! The blog is called In My Creative Opinion You can go to the Pretty Pink Posh blog to see all of the participants in today's hop. Let's get started as I have a lot to share (as usual haha). Here are all my tags together: Tag 1: This tag is made with the Scallop Square Tag die. I used watercolor paper and then painted it with a light green watercolor. I die-cut some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Living My Dream
...This means today you can purchase all of the new Pretty Pink Posh products we have been teasing you with! As usual, Paulina has made it very easy to buy them all together in a bundle and you save 10% doing it. I've used all of the new products and I can't imagine living without any of them as they all work so well together. Today I am sharing two cards using the new Penguin Pals stamp set and die set as well as some of the other new stand alone dies. Card 1: This background was made as part of my blog post about making winter sky backgrounds HERE if you want to see it. I used an MFT... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Living My Dream
Today I have four FALL cards to share with you. I had recently purchased some Fall stamp sets and I hadn't used any of them as I moved right into Christmas cards. They are always my favorite cards to make! But I don't like it when I buy a stamp set and don't use it, so I decided to make a card with each of my new Fall sets before I was allowed to go back to Christmas ones. I mean Fall deserves it's chance to shine, don't you think??? I have a card using Pretty Pink Posh, two cards using Hello Bluebird, and one card using MFT. Let's get started! Hello Bluebird Fall Friends: I can't say enough about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Living My Dream
I recently did a blog post about making card backgrounds ahead of time as that is something I usually do. I primarily focused on watercolor backgrounds on this post since it is my most commonly used medium. You can see the post HERE. I've recently been seeing a lot of Distress Ink backgrounds that have snow spots on them or dark night skies. I had no idea how to do these nor have I ever tried. So I got out all my Distress Inks and decided to play and learn and then share it all with you! I'm calling this Card Backgrounds 2 and I hope you enjoy it as I certainly had fun making all of these. And the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at Living My Dream