Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Paper Smooches Design Team Blog Hop

Hi everyone! It's almost Halloween--yippee!

It's also Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches November release with you! FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase tonight (October 30th at 9:00pm PT or midnight ET). Once our release goes live, you will find our new products HERE.

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
The prize - a $25 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online storeHere are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at random from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25 prize. 
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed above or the PS blog for your chance to win (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify, but it increases your chances). 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, November 2nd to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, November 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners. 
Here's the order of the hop:
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  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop (leave another comment) 
Here's my card using The Welcome Wagon:

A Warm Welcome

The Welcome Wagon is the November TAM set, so it's *free* if you spend $60 at Paper Smooches. Score! 
I couldn't believe how many different phrases I could make, and I like that they are different than other stamp sets I own.

I stamped three of the sentiments from The Welcome Wagon and added the new Welcome Word die-cut. Aren't those snowmen the cutest ever? They're from the new Cool Dudes set and matching die. I used digital patterned papers from Paislee Press for the layers. Yup, had to make it a hybrid card. ;)

Here's a close-up:

A Warm Welcome

Thanks for stopping by! Before I sign-off, I wanted to give a shout-out to our new team member Kay Miller. Welcome, Kay!

Next up is my sweet and very talented friend Kalyn!

Stamps: (sentiments from The Welcome Wagon; snowmen from Cool Dudes) Paper Smooches
Dies: (welcome from Welcome Word die; snowmen from Cool Dudes Icons) Paper Smooches
Cardstock: (white) PTI; (silver glitter cardstock) Hobby Lobby
Patterned papers: (From Where I Stand by Paislee Press) The Lilypad
Ink: (Graphite Black Brilliance; Tuxedo Black Memento) Tsukineko

Monday, October 27, 2014

Boo Treat Tags

Hi everyone! It's the week of Halloween--yeah! Do you dress up for Halloween (if so, please share your costume)? :) I don't dress up, but my kids are going as a cat and a skunk.

I wanted to give a shout-out to some sweet friends who participated in the Getting to Know Me Blog Hop. All three linked up to me recently, and I wanted to say thanks! If you have a chance, please swing by their posts--they are incredibly talented papercrafters and truly good people, too!

Alice Wertz Her coloring skills are unbelievable, and if you haven't seen one of her stamped backgrounds, you're in for a treat! Every card is like a little masterpiece.
Lea Lawson Lea was one of my very first papercrafting idols, even before I started my own blog. :) I'm always inspired by her. She can do anything--using patterned paper, stamping, digi--she is so talented!
Lucy Abrams When I first got into digi/hybrid, I turned to Lucy's blog for her expertise--thanks, Lucy! Her cards are always perfectly stamped and perfectly executed. She has such an eye for knowing how to make a card look "full" but still keeping it CAS. She's also always been so helpful to me. :)

I already did my Getting to Know Me post HERE, but I wanted to be sure to give a shout-out to Alice, Lucy, and Lea. :)

I've been getting my kids' treat bags ready for their class parties. I'm doing a mix of designs, but I wanted to share one of the designs:

Boo Tags

I used a lot of Paper Smooches here--Ghoulfriends stamps and Ghoulfriends Icons dies for the bat, Halloween Icons for the "Boo," and Stitched Tag for the tag die. These were super simple to make!

I switched up some other Ghoulfriends images for other tags, too:

Boo Tags

I also have an extra "Thanks" die from Paper Smooches that I would like to give away as a thank you for reading!

I'll pick from the comments on Saturday (11/1).

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Stamps: (bat, pumpkin, monster from Ghoulfriends) Paper Smooches
Cardstock: (Tangy Orange, Black) My Favorite Things
Patterned paper: (striped digital paper from One Little Bird) The Lilypad
Dies: (Ghoulfriends, Halloween Icons, Stitched Tag) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Graphite Black Brilliance) Tsukineko; (Grass, Ginger Fresh Inks) Impress
Twine: (Neon Orange hemp twine) Hemptique
Muslin bag: The Paper Source

Friday, October 24, 2014

Very Merry

Hi everyone!

It's the final day of Release Week at Neat & Tangled! All of the sets and dies are on sale today at the Neat & Tangled store. Today, we're sharing projects using the Very Merry stamp set and Tiny Triangles die. I also have a second card featuring the Winter Trees set. Danielle is sharing pictures of the release on the Neat & Tangled blog.

Here's how I used the Very Merry stamp and Tiny Triangles die:

Very Merry

I stamped and fussy cut the large "merry" from the Very Merry stamp set. I layered the sentiment over the die-cut Tiny Triangles and a piece of red bokeh vellum from Webster's Pages, a doily, and tissue.

I added an Emerald Green sequin, a Pink Paislee star, and a little tag from Inspire Lovely. Here's a close-up:

Very Merry

Here's my second card:


I was inspired by the watercoloring on Debby's card. I stamped the Winter Trees image and used spray mists for watercoloring. The trees have so much movement!

I finished the card with a Raspberry Red sequin and a gold puffy heart. Here's a close-up:


There's a giveaway! Comment on the Neat & Tangled blog to win the Very Merry stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Warm Wishes

Hi everyone!

It's day three of Release Week at Neat & Tangled! Today, we're sharing projects using the Warm Wishes stamp set. It's a gorgeous set featuring Danielle's lettering. Danielle is sharing pictures of the stamp on the Neat & Tangled blog.

Here's how I used the mini set:

Warm Wishes

I'm one of those people who doesn't hesitate to cut up stamps. So, I cut apart the Warm Wishes  sentiment and mug, and I only used the sentiment as a frame. I love this set, and I'm going to use it for more holiday cards. I used a cute Crate Paper Bundled Up die-cut in the center, but I love how the sentiment is a great frame for many elements.

I embossed and added a Crystal Clear sequin and some die-cuts. Here's a close-up:

Warm Wishes

There's a giveaway! Comment on the Neat & Tangled blog to win the Warm Wishes set.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Stamps: (sentiment from Warm Wishes) Neat & Tangled
Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: (chevron from Bundled Up 6x6; girl on sled from Bundled Up Ephemera) Crate Paper
Ink: (Ocean dye ink) Hero Arts; (Dewey, Opaque White Mister Huey's) Studio Calico
Dies: (Snowflakes) Paper Smooches; (star from Cozy Christmas) Ellen's Essentials; (Plaid Impression Plate) Papertrey Ink
Embellishments: (Crystal Clear sequin) Neat & Tangled; (coarse clear glitter) Martha Stewart

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Hi everyone!

It's day two of Release Week at Neat & Tangled! Today, we're sharing projects using the Little Santa Girl stamp set. She's so cute! Danielle is sharing pictures of the stamps on the Neat & Tangled blog, so be sure to check it out.

I used the mini set for a tag:

Happy Holidays Tag

Do you ever have those projects where you start creating but have no plan in mind? Yep, this tag was one of those projects. I started by coloring the Little Santa Girl with Copics, but I felt like she needed an oomph. So, I paper-pieced her hat and tights and used colored pencils to add shading to the patterned paper.

At first, she was going to be standing, and then I was going to have two girls coming from the edges. After playing around, I decided to have one girl peeking into the scene. I had to cut off her legs, which was kind of weird. But, it looked weirder to have the legs hanging off. ;)

I added some Webster's Pages All That Glitters vellum and stitching. Here's a close-up:

Happy Holidays Tag

There's a giveaway! Comment on the Neat & Tangled blog to win the Little Santa Girl set.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Stamps: (girl, sentiment banner from Little Santa Girl) Neat & Tangled
Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: (Loved vellum from All That Glitters) Webster's Pages
Ink: (Tuxedo Black Memento) Tsukineko
Embellishments: (blue twine) Hemptique

Monday, October 20, 2014

All Is Calm

Hi everyone! It's been a long time!

It's release week at Neat & Tangled! To kick things off, we're sharing projects using the Winter Wishes and Falling Flakes stamps sets. Danielle is sharing pictures of the stamps on the Neat & Tangled blog.

I used the Winter Wishes set for my card:

All is Calm

The houses, trees, and snowflakes are one stamp. I love the little scene! I added the smoke, star, and sentiment from the same Winter Wishes set. The large stamp would work great for mass-producing holiday cards. ;)

The panel is on cream cardstock....I wasn't sure at first with the grey and white stripe, but I like how cream and white look together. Wida suggested using Stickles to look like snow (which I oddly don't own, but she lent me hers). A little glitter is good. :)

Here's a close-up:

All is Calm

There's a giveaway! Comment on the Neat & Tangled blog to win the Winter Wishes and Falling Flakes sets.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: (houses, sentiments, smoke, star from Winter Wishes) Neat & Tangled
Cardstock: (Neenah Classic Cream) 
Patterned paper: (Jolly Good) Chickaniddy
Ink: (Graphite Black) Tsukineko; (Gold Delicata) Tsukineko
Embellishments: (Clear Stickles); (pink twine) Hemptique

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Essentials by Ellen Winner

Hi everyone! I'm traveling this week for work, so just a quick post.

The winner of the Ellen's Essentials Brushstroke Christmas set  from Ellen Hutson is...

Congrats, Carol! I'll drop you a note.

I wanted to tell everyone how much I appreciate your comments. Thank you!!! :)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop

Happy World Card Making Day!

Welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop! (Eek!) We’re so excited to unveil a brand new line of high quality Clear Stamp Sets and Designer Dies, designed by the fabulously talented Julie Ebersole exclusively for Ellen Hutson LLC. This collection reflects an eclectic mix of images, sentiments and art styles that are sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes! Just in time for holiday crafting, the entire release is available now at Ellen Hutson LLC. 

All Essentials by Ellen Stamp Sets and Dies arrive in their signature packaging with a durable clear envelope and a labeled card stock backer for convenient storage and organization. The die packaging also features an attached magnetic sheet, to ensure that even the smallest of your dies is stored securely! I've got to say--I've never seen packaging like the Essentials by Ellen line--it's luxurious. :)

Want to see some projects? All of the supplies are linked at the bottom of the post. 

Peace, Love, and Joy Tag

I watercolored the Laurel Wreath die and added one of the cool stars from the Home & Hearth die set. The sentiment is from Cozy Christmas--I love the funky vibe of those sentiments. 

I cut down a Project Life pocket, sewed up three sides, and added a mix of sequins to make a shaker tag: 

Peace, Love, and Joy Tag

Next, I used the Christmas Scribbles stamp set:

Merry Little Christmas

The sentiment is long, but I cut it down to fit on the card. See the cute little stars? This set has a ton of options.

Here's a close-up:

Merry Little Christmas

Next, I used the Brushstroke Christmas set and Prize Stag die:

Joy to the World

The stag die is very elegant. I almost used him as a mask--so many possibilities with this die. :)

I love that this set has several elements besides the sentiments. See the different stars and the black "splatter?" It looks real but I don't risk splattering over the middle of the sentiment (which I actually did in the next card--ha!).

Here's my last card:

Merry and Bright

I used the Merry and Bright stamps, the "merry" from the Merry and Bright Handwritten die, and stars from the Home & Hearth dies. The stamped star, sunbursts, holly, and sentiment are all from the stamp set. Those sunbursts are addictive. I think I'm going to be using them a lot. ;)

There are a lot of details on this card, so here's a close-up:

Merry & Bright

I have a fun giveaway for you! The new Brushstroke Christmas stamp set will go to one lucky winner! Please leave a comment here by October 8th; winners will be announced October 9th.

The fun all starts at the CLASSroom, where there is a GIANT prize package being given away—be sure to leave a comment there by October 8th; winners will be announced October 9th! 

Here are the hoppers:

Thanks for stopping by! Next up is the fabulous Catherine Pooler!

Peace Joy Love
Stamps: (Cozy Christmas) Essentials by Ellen
Dies: (Laurel Wreath, Home and Hearth) Essentials by Ellen
Cardstock: 110lb. Neenah
Patterned paper: (stripe from Merry and Bright 6x6 pad) Pink Paislee
Ink: (green mists from Fresh Lime, Dirty Martini, Lemon Zest Dylusions) Ranger; (Graphite Black Brilliance) Tsukineko
Cord: (Neon Green cord) Hemptique
Sequins: (4mm Sparkling Clear, 6mm Sparkling Clear, Marshmallow, Classic Christmas, Circle Confetti-Gold) Pretty Pink Posh
Pocket: (Page Protector) Project Life

Merry Little Christmas
Stamps: (sentiment, stars, branch from Christmas Scribbles) Essentials by Ellen
Cardstock: (110lb. Neenah); (Distress Watercolor Cardstock) Ranger
Patterned paper: (25th and Pine 6x6 pad) BasicGrey
Ink: (Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Scattered Straw Distress Inks) Ranger; (Grass Chalk Ink) Hero Arts; (Graphite Black Brilliance; Golden Glitz Delicata) Tsukineko; (Letter Jacket Mister Huey's) Studio Calico
Dies: (Circle STAX) My Favorite Things
Cord: (Bamboo White) Hemptique
Sequins: (4mm Sparkling Clear) Pretty Pink Posh

Joy to the World
Stamps: ("joy," sentiment, stars, splatter from Brushstroke Christmas) Essentials by Ellen
Dies: (Stag) Essentials by Ellen
Cardstock: (110lb. Neenah); (Rouge Glitter) American Crafts
Patterned paper: (hexagon, red and white stripe from Merry and Bright 6x6 pad) Pink Paislee; (black and white stripe from Plus One) American Crafts
Ink: (Grass Chalk Ink) Hero Arts; (Graphite Black Brilliance; Golden Glitz Delicata) Tsukineko
Sequins: (6mm Sparkling ClearClassic Christmas) Pretty Pink Posh

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Stamps: (sentiment, sunburst, star, holly from Merry and Bright) Essentials by Ellen
Dies: ("merry" from Merry and Bright Handwritten; stars from Home and Hearth) Essentials by Ellen; (Pinked dies) Paper Smooches; (Circle STAX) My Favorite Things
Cardstock: (110lb. Neenah); (Peppermint) Bazzill Card Shoppe
Patterned paper: (Jolly Good) Chickaniddy
Ink: (Grass Chalk Ink) Hero Arts; (Pixie) Avery Elle; (Golden Glitz Delicata) Tsukineko; (Apple) Mama Elephant
Sequins: (Circle Confetti-Gold) Pretty Pink Posh

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