A touch of gold

The challenge at StampNation this week is over the top fantastic and
our design team has absolutely outdone themselves! 

Check it out...


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Penny Black Simplicity Post


Hi All!

I'm up today over at the Penny Black Simplicity blog.  Here's a peek at my project...


Click here to view my full card, product list and instructions.  I hope to see you there!

Christmas Cards for Kids

Every once in a while I come across a story that moves me, many involve children.  This week while browsing Facebook I came across a story about Addy.  Addy, a six year old with a brain atrophy is most likely celebrating her last Christmas this year.  She loves to get cards, especially homemade cards so her family has asked for a "lifetime of Christmas cards" for her.

I found this adorable card in my stash that I think is perfect for Addy. 


Fast forward a few days and I came across Lauren's story.  Lauren is a three years old that is fighting childhood Leukemia.  She is responding to treatment and is currently in remission.  There was a card drive earlier in the year for Lauren that I didn't hear about BUT she loved receiving cards so much that she's asking for Christmas cards :)  I found another penguin card in my stash that I'll be sending off to Lauren.  I hope it makes her smile!


If you'd like to send cards to Addy & Lauren I have posted their addresses are below.  And, if you happen to know of other children, families, causes in which I can send cards, please leave me a comment below.

*Edited to Add...A comment left below linked me to a FB group that gives names and addresses of children to send cards to.  If your looking to brighten a child's day, follow Kare Mail 4 Kids.

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great weekend!

*Addy and her sisters also just lost their dad unexpectedly :( 
Please include them in Addy's Christmas card.

Addie Lynn and Sisters
P.O. Box 162
Fountain Green, UT 84632

Lauren Newsome
PO Box 172
Thorneburg, VA  22565

StampNation meets Denami Design!

Denami Design is sponsoring our challenge at StampNation this week.  
Their super adorable, whimsy designs are blast to create with!!

Here's a sneak at my project...


I used the Happy Monster Party stamp, too cute :)

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Lil' Inker Designs December Release - Day 3

It's the last day of the Lil' Inker Design Team Blog Hops.  If you haven't checked out the new release make sure you do so, everything is available now in the Lil' Inker Store

You should have arrived here from Mary Dawn Quirindongo's Blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

I have one last card to share with you today.  A little old and a little new on this one.  Introducing Alphabet Gems.




These little Alphabet Gems are so darn cute.  I simply colored them in with Copics, straight coloring, no blending.  I also colored over the letters with Wink of Stella, so the letters are really sparkly in real life.  I had all intentions of using the new Awesome Word Die but I didn't leave myself enough room.  So instead I used Seriously Awesome set.  This fun and playful card can be used for just about anyone, for any occasion!  It's nice to have cards like that in your stash!

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Sarah Jay, so head over to her blog because you know she'll have something AMAZING to show you.  Make sure to leave comments along the way too, because Laura is giving away 3 - $15 Store Credits!

I hope you've enjoyed my release projects!  I'm excited to start seeing some of these products popping up around blog land!

Lil' Inker December Release Blog Hop - Day 2

We are back with our second day of design team blog hops for the Lil' Inker Designs October release.  Have you seen all of the fabulous new products in the  Lil' Inker Store?  You must check it out!  

You should have arrived here from Mary Dawn Quirindongo's Blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

My first card is uses All About Ampersands stamps & dies!




A watercolored background was the perfect technique to make the large ampersand frame shine!


I love making watercolored backgrounds like this.  To make this piece I brushed water over a piece of Distress Watercolor paper with a clean brush.  Then I dropped shades of blue, green and purple paint onto the paper.  I heat set it, then went back in with more water just to move the color a bit more, then heat it again.  The paper was pretty warped so I placed it under a few heavy books while I worked on the rest of my card.  Play with this technique and see how many different looks you can get!

My next card uses the Hello, Awesome stamp set, Awesome Word die and Anytime Tags 2.





I just love this Awesome die!!!  It HAD to be the focal point.


I combined all of these fun new products with the previously released Spring Flowers die set.

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Sarah Jay, so head over to her blog because you know she'll have something AMAZING to show you.  Make sure to leave comments along the way too, because Laura is giving away 3 - $15 Store Credits!

See you tomorrow!

Lil' Inker December Release Blog Hop - Day 1


The fun begins today with the first of three days of blog hops for the Lil' Inkers October release.  All of the new, amazing products are available NOW in the Lil' Inker StoreYou must check it out! Lots of on-trend goodies and classic Lil' Inker style.

You should have arrived here from Mary Dawn Quirindongo's Blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

Today's first card features the Faceted Cover Up Die and All About Ampersands.






Is this design not brilliant?  Sarah Jay designed this die and hid a heart in the design!  Holy Smokes, I love this!! 

This next card uses the Girl's Best Friend Stamp Set & Die and the Long & Skinny Rectangles.







What a fun set of products to play with!   Here I die cut three Long & Skinny Rectangles and adhered them to my card base.  I die cut the Girl's Best Friend die from Glimmer Paper then adhered that using liquid glue.  The stardust (not sure what that's called :) was heat embossed.   Lots of detail, yet still CAS!

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Sarah Jay, so head over to her blog because you know she'll have something AMAZING to show you.  Make sure to leave comments along the way too, because Laura is giving away 3 - $15 Store Credits!

Have fun hopping & shopping!  See you tomorrow!
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