Monday, October 20, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hello there! I'm here today with a fun little questionnaire for the Creative Blog Hop! My friend Meredith, aka Crafty Math Chick nominated me to play along and I am so honored to do so! I have known Meredith for a few years now, she is a fellow dog lover/dog momma and also a military spouse, so we have lots in common aside from crafting! See her blog HERE and be amazed at her CRAFTINESS!

Here are my answers to the hop questions!

Q: What am I working on right now?
A: I am deep in preparation mode for the Reverse Confetti November Release sneak peeks!! I can't wait to start sharing these projects because this is seriously the best release ever. Reverse Confetti Christmas release!!!!!!!!! AHHH!! I am so excited about it I just can't stand it, haha!

Q: How does my work differ from others in my genre?
A: I don't know, I think we all bring something different and unique to our stamping style. While I have a style that matches many other stampers, I always try to come up with something unique and mine. Lately, it's been watercolor and mixed media. If I can pull out my watercolors and create a fun background or focal point, I am a happy girl!!

Q: Why do I create what I do?
A: Cause I want to. And cause it's fun. LOL...that really is about it!

Q: How does my creative process work?
A: Usually, as I'm looking around on pinterest or crafty blogs, inspriration will hit me out nowhere. I'll get an idea or layout stuck in my head and have to get it out asap! I always start with a stamp set I want to use, and then decide on papers and embellies as I go. Nothing is pre-planned. This is one reason it's so hard for me to craft with friends, outside of my own home. I never know what I want to use, and if I pack a bunch of stuff to take to a crop, I'll always forget something important, or not have what I need. I just need to be surrounded by my stuff and be able to grab it without even thinking about it. 

I even have a card to share today! I recently got the new stamps and dies from Ellen Hutson's new line, Essentials by Ellen! I fell in love with these stamps and dies as soon as I saw them. For my card today, I used Brushstroke Christmas...


I started this card knowing that I wanted to create a starry sky for the background, and this stamp set has the most amazing star stamps! I love the sketchy line stars, how fun are they??? I embossed the stars in white on a piece of Tim Holtz's watercolor paper and then scribbled on some color with a few  Tombow watercolor markers in different shades of blue. Next, I grabbed a paintbrush and moved the color around. These markers...*sigh* they make me so happy...just look at that amazing color! I matted this piece with another piece of white cardstock. I cut some scallop edges with some MFT dies out of silver foil cardstock, did some sewing, and then popped all of it up on dimensionals on the starry sky background. I wrapped some gray twine around the card front and then popped the whole thing up on dimensionals on the black card base. I went around the stars and sentiment with my clear Wink of Stella pen for some shimmer.


 I used this week's Deconstructed Sketch for the card layout.

Deconstructed Sketch No. 173

Now...I get to nominate two of my friends to join in this blog hop and post answers to these questions next Monday!

1. I nominate my good ole buddy Christy Stanford! She is a very sweet friend of mine, a fellow doggy-momma, and fellow Air Force spouse. We met online at Splitcoast Stampers in 2007'ish when we were both heading to Okinawa Japan. We got to know each other quite well in Oki and I miss her dearly! We have the same taste in music and cheesy 80's movies. I never met another person who loved the movie "Supergirl" but she does...and that makes her pretty special in my book:) Christy's Blog is full of gorgeous Stampin' Up projects so I do hope you'll check out her blog!

2. My fellow Verve diva Teresa Kline! We've been on the Verve DT together forEVER and I just love all of her projects! Teresa has the most amazing shabby chic style, I always wish I could pull it off but I just never get there, lol! She's such a sweetie and I hope you'll go visit her at her blog Paperie Blooms!

Thanks again to Crafty Math Chic for nominating me! I am honored and had so much fun sharing a little insight to my crafty style:) Can't wait to see Christy and Teresa's posts NEXT Monday! 

Have a fabulous week, everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Verve October Release Retrospective Hop



Welcome to Verve's October Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the October release stamps & dies! Besides a look-see at some really nifty cards, there's also a comment prize up for grabs!


I've been having so much fun with the new Pink Power and Inspire Hope stamp sets so I created a card using them, plus this week's Viva la Verve sketch and inspiration picture!




I love the little bloom stamps in the Inspire Hope set, so I cut out some circles with my 1" circle punch and stamped some in pink, some in gray, and then I embossed a couple with silver embossing powder.  The little hearts on the white panel and the ribbon on the sentiment panel are from Pink Power. 


I stamped and embossed the frame from Inspire Hope in white on a piece of vellum and cut it out so I only had the bottom "bracket". I layered the sentiment circle on top and then added some Shine Bright sequins and pink twine to wrap it up...



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about. Your next stop is Jen's Blog! See the list below in case there are any hiccups in the hop:) Thanks for stopping by!

1. Julee8. Laurie
2. Stacey9. Christyne
3. Marisa10. Teresa
4. Chaitali11. Andrea
5. Amber12. Betty
6. Jen13. Sarah
7. Charmaine14. Maureen

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pink Power Blog Hop: Fight like a Girl!


Hello there! I'm here today participating in a fun blog hop hosted by Chaitali! Chaitali has rounded up some of her crafty friends to help spread BC awareness. This is a cause close to her heart after her mom was diagnosed with BC earlier this year. She designed the Pink Power set for her mom with a lot of love. She is sponsoring this hop with the set for the hop guests. We also have some of the Verve DT playing in the hop today! You should have come to me from Virginia's blog, but if you haven't, you may want to start at Chaitali's Blog and hop through so you don't miss a single one!


This is such a gorgeous set that Chaitali designed. I love this bald silhouette, isn't she gorgeous? I thought she deserved to sparkle so I added some Stardust Stickles to her, now she looks proper:) The sentiment is also from Pink Power. 

If you are a member of Splitcoast Stampers, you probably already know that this month is the annual Hope You Can Cling Too event, challenges all week long! We encourage you to play along in the challenges here!

Next up on the hope is my sweet friend, Maureen!  Have a wonderful day, hope you can get inky today!! Thanks for stopping by:)


Saturday, October 11, 2014

October SFYTT



Hello there!! I'm here today with a card for this month's SFYTT over at Reverse Confetti! I'm sure you've seen the sketch by now, pretty fun one! 


Here's my card using the Fabulous Flamingo set!


I had to adjust the sketch to fit my card, but really like how it turned out. The base watercolor paper was spritzed and watercolored in pink. I mounted that on a black card base. Using the Fabulous Flamingo dies I cut out a flamingo and stamped her in a couple shades of pink. Next, I cut out 3 paisleys with the Perfectly Paisley Confetti Cuts from vellum and ran it through my Xyron sticker maker. Then I sprinkled glitter on the paisleys and adhered them behind the flamingo.


Such a fun set, love these flamingos! Hope you get some time to create this weekend, why not try the sketch! Please go to the Reverse Confetti Blog for the sketch details and links to the other girls playing along. Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Verve Stamps: Inspire Hope Hop

Hello! This is my 2nd post today, if you're looking for my Reverse Confetti Post, please scroll down, thank you!

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Today, the Verve team is sharing projects using the newly released Inspire Hope stamp set!


This is a truly beautiful set with some really meaningful sentiments. I kept the layout and composition quite clean on this card and opted to focus on the sentient. The sentiment on my card is actually three different stamps. The frame stamp is separate, and then the flower is also a separate stamp. So much fun in this set! I added some Stardust Stickles to the yellow flowers and some silver pearls. The white ribbon is from the Signature Ribbon Collection. 

Want to win some shiny new Verve? One random winner of a $30 gift voucher to the Verve store will be drawn from the comments on the blogs linked below. So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment box at each stop along the way to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the scoop on prizes and today's featured products!

1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Marisa9. Christyne
4. Chaitali10. Teresa
5. Amber11. Andrea
6. Jen


Reverse Confetti: October Release Blog Hop



Hello there! Welcome to RELEASE day at Reverse Confetti! Don't you ADORE the new stamps we're releasing this month? Jen's releases have been better and better every month, these are such amazing stamps. I had so much fun creating with them, and know you will too! You should have come here from the Reverse Confetti Blog...if you haven't, please do go back and start there so you don't miss any of the hop details!


Today, I have a project to share using the new Hanging Out die! This die will help you create the most adorable door hangers you ever imagined:)



My door hanger is 3.5 x 8.5 inches. I cut the base out of a piece of chipboard to make it a bit sturdier than regular cardstock. The patterned paper is by Simple Stories (I think?), from a couple years back. It's old and I'm trying to use my stash, haha!  I cut the label with my Give Thanks Label die and stamped the sentiment from Give Thanks. The scallops are the largest side of the Double Edge Scalloped Border die.


The leaves are from Michaels from last year, and I used some Walmart sequins and Teresa Collins wood flatbacks. 

Now it's time to hop on over to Jessica's Blog! I can't wait to see what the rest of the team has to share! If you get lost along the way, you can always pop on over to the Reverse Confetti Blog for the entire hop list! Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you are able to purchase these amazing stamps and dies this month!!




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Verve Stamps October Release Celebration, Day 2


It's quite a busy week on my blog, so I hope you find what you're looking for! If you're looking for my Reverse Confetti sneak peek post, please scroll down to the post right below this one, thank you!!

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Welcome back to Verve's October 2014 Release Celebration! Three new sets, three new dies and a sequin mix just released on Saturday and today we're back sharing our inspirations with a new set illustrated by Chaitali Narla called Masquerade and the new Gown Die and Mask Die Set!

You may recognize these stamps as I used them on my card on Saturday! Well I was pretty excited to pull them out again today, so lets get to it!


I was searching Pinterest for some masquerade ideas, and let me tell you...I really really really want to go to a masquerade party now! Talk about AMAZING masks...how fun would that be! Have you ever been to one? I think they seem so mysterious and romantic...fun stuff:)

I used both the new Gown Die and the Mask Die set for this card. I know the proportions are a little wonky, but I still thought it would be fun to pair these together. I embossed the dress, feathers, and ribbon in gold embossing powder. The mask I just stamped in black ink. I embossed the black background with a Cuttlebug folder and my big shot, and then sprinked some gold sequins. 



Want to win some shiny new Verve? One random winner of a $30 gift voucher to the Verve store will be drawn from the comments on the blogs linked below. So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment box at each stop along the way to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the scoop on prizes and today's featured products!

1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Marisa9. Christyne
4. Chaitali10. Teresa
5. Amber11. Andrea
6. Jen





Countdown to Confetti: October Mini Release Day 1



Oh boy...are you in for it today! I am so excited about the mini release Jen has come up with for October! These are some of my favorite stamps ever, I love the huge circles and countless possibilities for these sets and new dies! Today, half the team is showing you Round About, Round About Additions,  and the Envelope Wrap die, and the other half is sharing the new door hanger die! Are you ready to get started?


I've got a little duo to share today using the new Round About, Round About Additions, and the new Envelope Wrap die!


I didn't do it on purpose, but looking at the RC header, it sort of resembles that, doesn't it? LOL! 


For the card, I stamped various images in different colored inks. I cut them all out with circle nestabilities. I adhered them with dimensionals on the card base and then added some sequins and more bokah-style stamping on the white base. I mounted the whole white panel on a black card base. I added some white liquid dimensionals to the hearts and they are puffy and cute in real life!


How fabulous is this new Envelope Wrap? Jen is just a genious, I love the customization possibilities now for envelopes!! Maybe I'll actually send a card if the envelopes can be cute too? LOL!! The wrap is one large die. Here I'm showing the front only because I totally made a mess of the back of this envelope by laying it right in some wet paint. Ugh. But trust me, the back of the envelope *can* look as cute as the front, haha...I'm sure the other girls will have a back view to show you:)

Well that's it for today, make sure to check out what the rest of the team has come up with! Hop on over to the Reverse Confetti Blog for a list of girls playing along. I'll be back tomorrow with more, thanks for stopping by!




Monday, October 6, 2014

Verve Stamps Pink Power Spotlight Hop

Hello there! Are you surprised to find me back at my blogger blog? Not surprised, and knew I'd be back? Don't really care either way? LOLOL!! Well I'm back! I was quite unhappy with the other platform, it just didn't work for me on many levels, plus I had to pay for it...so it was a no-brainer to just come on back to my Blogger blog. It always feels right to come home;)

Today, I'm here with a card using the amazing new Pink Power stamp set from Verve. As you probably already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Chiatali designed this set in honor of her Mother who is right now battling this disease. I don't personally know anyone fighting Breast Cancer, but I know that so many out there do. I think this stamp set is amazing and would be perfect for creating cards for your friend or family member fighting breast cancer.


I decided to use the beautiful butterflies in the stamp set for my card today. I embossed them in white on a piece of watercolor paper. Next, I ran a couple pink Tombow markers over the butterflies and then, with a wet, round paintbrush, moved the ink around. I just ADORE these markers and the fabulous watercolor effect I get with them. They are one of the best crafty investments I've made!



I stamped the little trail of stars in white and black ink around the butterflies and then applied some glue and chunky glitter. I found that glitter at Walmart for like 3 bucks and loved it when I saw it. It reminds me of bokah, and it's so shiny and gorgeous!


I spritzed a bit of pink Heidi Swapp Colorshine on a piece of cardsock and then cut the ribbon out with the Ribbon die from that pink misted cardstock. 


Want to win some shiny new Verve? One random winner of a $30 gift voucher to the Verve store will be drawn from the comments on the blogs linked below. So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment box at each stop along the way to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the scoop on prizes and today's featured products!

1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Marisa9. Christyne
4. Chaitali10. Teresa
5. Amber11. Andrea
6. Jen