Essentials by Ellen Holiday Release 2015 Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!

This is my favorite time of year as far as stamping goes,  I always look forward to holiday releases the most!  The Essentials by Ellen holiday release does not disappoint, there's something for everyone.

Let's start with the adorable Got Candy? stamp set!

This is such a fun little set!  I especially love that little spider, he's so cute.  I stamped my card base with many of the images included in the set (scroll down, I'm giving this one away!).  Then I added a 4 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches piece of white card stock with foam tape.  I heat embossed the sentiment on black card stock and added it to the card.

I also have the pleasure of sharing a card using the Mistletoe & Holly Stamp Set and die.  

I love the classic, traditional look of this stamp set and how it's mixed with such fun fonts!  Here I heat embossed the poinsettia in gold on red card stock, then heat embossed the holly leaves and sentiment.  I added some scorelines to ground my design.  This card is perfect for mailing (even more so if you leave off the sequins but I just can't resist using them!)

That's it from me.  One more thing before you go, I also get to giveaway this new stamp set called Got Candy to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment along with your email adress to enter my giveaway!

There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by August 11th, 2015; winners will be announced by the weekend!

Happy hoppin’! Your next stop is: Kay Miller!

The CLASSroom
Lisa Adametz 
Sandy Allnock
Laurel Beard -
Heather Campbell
Darlene DeVries
Julie Ebersole 
Sharon Harnist
Angel Johns
Stephanie Klauck
Amy Kolling 
Emily Leiphart
Nichol Magouirk
Jennifer McGuire
Maureen Merritt - You are here!
Kay Miller
Carolyn Peeler
Julia Stainton
Laura Sterckx
Amy Tsuruta
Kimberly Wiener
Carissa Wiley

Reverse Confetti SFYTT #27

Is it really August already?  Where is the time going?  Please slow down Summer!

Being that it's August 1st, it's time for a new Reverse Confetti SFYTT! 

I took this sketch down just one notch and left off the top layer, I hope that is legal ;)

I had so much fun with this card.  I love the colors in the Let's Celebrate Quick Card Panels and I really wanted that to be the focal point of my card.  I die cut the Fancy Word die "Thanks" three times and layered them together and adhered them to the panel.  Next I heat embossed the Fancy Word Coordinate.  Just a few stars and some twine finish this card off perfectly!

Head on over to the Reverse Confetti blog and play along with us!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Reverse Confetti Product Used:
Fancy Word Dies & Fancy Word Coordinates Stamp Set
You Are A Star Confetti Cuts
Let's Celebrate Quick Card Panels

Stamp of Approval - Coming Soon!

This project has been in the makings for almost a year.  The minute Catherine told me about it, I knew it would be a hit.  I've been behind the scenes encouraging her all the while and I can't wait for the release of the first Stamp of Approval box!

You may be wondering what this is all about?  Well, Catherine has been working with top companies in the stamp industry (CAS-ual Fridays, Winnie & Walter and Little Things by Lucy's Cards) to develop an exclusive collection of versatile stamps and supplies that will work together or separately to create many unique cards.  The boxes will have a general theme, the first based on friendship.

There is a very limited supply of the first box, so make sure you get on the waiting list.  By the looks of the initial response, these boxes are going to go QUICK! 

Patina Note Card

I'm super excited about this CAS note card.  It literally came together in a matter of minutes.  I placed the Patina stencil off the edge of a white card base and sponged over it with Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.  I blended the two colors in the middle so it looks like I used three inks.  Next I die cut my sentiment from the Hooray Creative die set and adhered it to the card base with liquid glue.  My final step was adding a stamped sentiment below the die.  Easy Peasy!

This design is perfect for mass producing for gift sets.  Change out the stencil and colors and make a simple note card for any occasion or season.

Penny Black Products Used:
#25-018 Patina Stencil
#51-038 Hooray
#30-283 Snippets

Faux Diamonds Technique with MISTI

The CA Vacation is in full swing over at StampNation!

I have a new video up on using the MISTI and the Faux Diamonds technique for our Sparkle & Shine challenge.

This is the first time I've used this technique like this and I'm completely in love with the results!

We'd love for you to play along, but you have to be a member!

Lil' Inker Designs July Release - Day Three

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 the Lil' Inker blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

Today I'm featuring Pineapple Panache and the coordinating die set, as well as the Stitched Woodgrain Cover Up die.

Pineapples have become quite trendy in the paper crafting world lately!  I love the different patterns and how you can mix up the design on each pineapple.  I've used a pretty classic CAS layout here and dressed up the card stock by die cutting the card base with the Stitched Woodgrain Cover Up die.

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Amy, 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 Designs July Release - Day Two

We are back with our second day of design team blog hops for the Lil' Inker Designs June 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 Jen's blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

Today I am featuring the completely adorable Snailed It! stamp set and dies.  Look at the sentiments...too cute!

I paired Ombre ink pads with the Ombre Stripes paper to make this monochromatic card.  I can never resist using the Stitched Rectangles, this time I chose the Side-Stitched design.  They finish every card off perfectly.

Next up is Heather, so head over to her blog and see what kind of awesomeness she's cooked up.  Make sure you leave comments along the way, Laura is giving away three $15 store credits.

See you tomorrow!