Wednesday, July 31, 2013

12 Kits of Holidays {July Kit}

Welcome to the July Edition of the 12 Kits of Holidays!  This group has OFFICIALLY been together now for a year and a half!!  Every single month we get goodies from the hostess for the month. So many new things arrive..... makes it so fun!!!  BUT WAIT.......we have added some new things to our group.......a new BLOG (The 12 Kits of Occasions) and Facebook page.  There are a few little details still to be worked out so be expecting next month to be a little more 'fine tuned' for things like a new badge (instead of the one below) and blog titles.  So please go join our following over on the blog and LIKE us on Facebook!
This month's kit was sent to us by Christina Maclaren from SeaGlass Papercrafts!  We've been rotating holidays every other month being Christmas but this month was all about Birthdays!  Christina sent so many new to me goodies that I had a blast creating with the kit she put together for us!

July Kit
{photo courtesy of Kara}
I had fun with some NEW to me goodies that may just have to find their way into my shopping cart somewhere......{wink}.
Card #1--this was the first one I made with Christina's kit.......and turned out to be my favorite!  I diecut my sentiment into a circle, added gold sequins, and foam tape for dimension!
Card #2--uses some adorable little tags that were included in the kit.  I paired them up with some gold shimmer twine, and yes.....more sequins!
Card #3--uses stamps from one of my favorite companies.....Wplus9.  This set is called Sweet Treats and's sweet because it has matching dies!  Woot!  I colored in a couple of the stamped diecut images with Copics and layered together.  I LOVE this glitter tape that was in the kit.....I used it as a glittery border for the sentiment panel!
That's it from me today but let's go check out what the rest of the group made with this kit!!! Make sure to stop by Christina's blog for a full supply list!!!
***If you'd like to see ANY of the 12 Kits of Christmas/Holidays cards/projects, Renee has started a 12 Kits Board over on Pinterest HERE. Go check it has current projects and oldies too!***

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Hi everyone!  We are currently enjoying a short trip to Chicago to take up the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, and the American Girl Store.  I will be sure to take some pics during this time and I may just share a few when we get back!
I have a card to share using the current sketch over at Retro Sketches.  I've used some gorgeous blooms from Surely Goodness and leaves from Dream Big (and paired them with their coordinating dies) by VERVE.  The sentiment was stamped in Slate ink from Amuse (the best gray ink out there IMHO).  I know it wasn't in the sketch but I had to throw a little Pennant Trim in there for good measure.  (I LOVE this die!)
If by chance you were wanting to pick up some VERVE for yourself, you still have time as there is a SALE going on until July 31st!  Check it out HERE.
Stamps:  Surely Goodness, Dream Big (Verve)
Paper:  White, Soft Stone, Spring Moss (PTI)
Pattern Paper (polka dots):  The Good Life (Fancy Pants)
Ink:  Slate (Amuse), Fuchsia (Fresh Ink), Spring Moss (PTI)
Dies:  Surely Goodness Dies, Dream Big Dies, Pennant Trim Die (Verve)
Misc:  Pearls, Foam Adhesive

Monday, July 29, 2013

Ink splash!

It's a Neat & Tangled day here ink splash style!!!!  Have you seen the latest stamp set from Neat & Tangled?  I'm loving these ink splash stamps! 
Today, I've paired them up with my new Gelatos that I picked up while at Michael's.  I have been watching the videos that Kimberly Crawford posted with them and had to give them a try with the Ink Splash stamps!  Check out all her videos HERE.  Thanks Kimberly!
For my card, I used her Day 2 ideas with stamping with Gelatos.  Basically, what I did here was color on a craft mat and spritzed the color with water and inked up my stamp!  Love the watercolor look!
This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Gallery Idol friend, Erin Schreiner while she was in Kansas.  We did a little crafty shopping and enjoyed Chipotle for dinner!  Erin, have you used your Gelatos yet?  :)
{Happy Birthday}
Stamps:  Ink Splash (Neat & Tangled)
Paper:  New Leaf, White, True Black (PTI)
Ink:  Mojito (Fresh Ink), Versafine black
Misc:  Gelatos (Faber-Castell), Foam Adhesive, Enamel Dots (MME)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Viva la Verve! July Week 5 Sketch/Inspiration

Hi everyone!  I have a VERVE card to share using the newest Viva la Verve Sketch that was posted today over on Splitcoast Stampers that you can find HERE.  This week's sketch was from none other than the fabulous leader herself, Julee Tilman.  As soon as this sketch was posted, I knew I wanted to play along.  Julee has also given an inspiration photo to go off as well so you can combine both!
My card uses a sentiment from Words of Wisdom paired with the Starry Die, Rounded Rectangle Die, and Pennant Trim Die.  My papers are from Echo Park: All About a Boy.  I had fun pairing the different papers together to match the inspiration photo!

Have you tried out the Viva la Verve sketches?  There is a chance to win a $100 Verve Gift Certificate in it!!!  All the details can be found HERE.
{You remind me}
Stamps:  Words of Wisdom (Verve)
Paper:  Summer Sunrise, White (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  All About a Boy (Echo Park)
Ink:  Versafine black
Dies:  Starry Die, Rounded Rectangle Die, Pennant Trim Die (A Cut Above Dies by Verve)
Misc:  Enamel Dot (MME),

Timeless Twine New Release Blog Hop!!! **Sorbet Collection**

Welcome to the Timeless Twine New Release Blog Hop featuring the newest Timeless Twines!!!  You should have arrived from the Timeless Twine blog, if not start back there to get started as there are new COLORS and PRIZES!!!!  (The hop will end on July. 28th at 11:59 EST.)
We are introducing the newest collection:  Sorbet Collection
There is nothing more refreshing than sorbet and what better than the real deal....Sorbet Timeless Twine. These color combos were inspired by summer!
{Made from 100% soft cotton}
{4-ply construction}
{Made in the USA}
I created a very CAS card using the new Watermelon Sorbet twine..........I've had this $5 stamp set since it was released and hadn't used it but this twine was begging for it to be used!!!  I simply wrapped the twine around my white panel, stamped my sentiment, and added my die cut. 
A melon thanks
Now to mention all the PRIZES up for grabs!!!  Here's the list:
Rob N Stacy Muller's photo.
Sweet Stamp Shop:  $10 GC
Rob N Stacy Muller's photo.
Rob N Stacy Muller's photo.
Rob N Stacy Muller's photo.
Timeless Twine:  GRAND PRIZE--1 set of Sorbet Collection
You're next stop on the blog hop is the fabulous Amy Tsuruta!!!  But first there is a......
 SALE!!!!!!  Each color will be on sale for $8.00, the set will be on sale for $21 and small party pack $4 .....just for today!
{A melon thanks}
Stamps:  Fruit Fusion: Melon (PTI)
Paper:  White, Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Ink:  Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Grass (Amuse), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Fruit Fusion: Melon (PTI)
Twine:  Watermelon Sorbet (Timeless Twine)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive

Thursday, July 25, 2013

i like you

So I've may have mentioned before that I like this stamp set.......and that I hope you all aren't tired of it yet or the nautical theme.  But I'm here to say that I LOVE this stamp set!  I've used the Happy Harbor stamp set from Reverse Confetti along with Whole Lotta Dots and I Like You.

Thanks so much for stopping by and we'll see you tomorrow for a "sweet" new product post!!!
{i like you}
Stamps:  Whole Lotta Dots, Happy Harbor, I Like You (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Soft Stone, Hibiscus Burst (PTI), Night of Navy (SU)
Ink:  Fuchsia (Fresh Ink), White (Wplus9)
Misc:  White Crochet Thread, Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Stamping Royalty Blog Hop Winner!

Hi everyone!!!  I'm here WITHOUT a card today as I am crazy busy getting ready to leave for a family vacation this weekend and Chicago on Monday!  whew!!!
I AM here with the winner of some awesome Lil' Inker Designs goodies from my Stamping Royalty Blog Hop post!  I wanted to take this time to thank everyone who stopped by and left such sweet comments about my card and support of my win!  It certainly was a moment and a milestone I won't forget! 
Here is the winner.........Janis!!!  Please contact me via my email with your address so I can send your goodies off before I leave for vacation! 

Blogger Janis said...
Love your card. The colors are so cool and relaxing and the vellum makes it so elegant.
Congrats on being chosen as Stamping Royalty....You deserve it!!! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you by offering blog candy. Yummy!! <3

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Birthday Wishes

***For my Stamping Royalty Blog Hop post click HERE or scroll down.......I'm giving away some Lil' Inker Designs stamps/dies!!***
A quick scrappy card for you today........I had some of these goodies on my scrap pile and decided to put them to use!  I've used a flower from the On Occasion set and a sentiment from Wordy Birds both from Verve to make a quick birthday card!  My flower has several layers I've put together which were colored with Copics.
**Don't forget that Verve is having a sale right now too!  Check it out HERE**
Seize the Birthday challenge blog is having a birthday celebration!!!  Link up any birthday creation! 
Off to work I go.....Have a wonderful weekend!!
{Birthday Wishes}
Stamps:  On Occasion, Wordy Birds (Verve)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  The Good Life (Fancy Pants)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Sitched Mats: Circles (Lil' Inker Designs)
Misc:  Corner Chomper, Enamel Dot (MME), Copics, Foam Adhesive

Friday, July 19, 2013

Stamping Royalty 2013 Blog Hop and prizes!

I'm so excited for this post to go live!  I still remember the day (April 19th), where I was (at work), and my reaction (no way!!) of when I got THE email.  Yes, THE email from Holly Anderson that I was a winner of Paper Crafts magazine’s 2013 Stamping Royalty Card Contest!  I won in the Birthday category and you will be able to see it in the Nov/Dec. issue of Paper Crafts magazine!!!
Let me say that since I was at work, I'm not to have my cell phone with me but that day, I had kept it in my pocket.  I was so glad that I had!  I was on cloud 9 the rest of the afternoon!!  Thank you so much Paper Crafts Magazine!!  I am so very honored to be "royalty"!!
That brings me to my post today.......I'm joining in the 2013 Stamping Royalty Blog Hop with all the other winners in all the categories!!!  You are in for a fabulous blog hop!  You should have arrived from the talented Pamela Ho's blog but if not here is the Stamping Royalty list:

Paper Crafts Connection 
We decided for our blog hop to make a card in one of the 5 Stamping Royalty categories (Birthday, Christmas/Season's Greetings, Hello/Thinking of you, Love, and Thank You). My card today is a recreation of a similar card I sent in for the "Thinking of You" category for Stamping Royalty except here I jazzed up my original and changed the sentiment to "Thank You".  Can you guess what set I used?  My personal favorite set right now:  Fresh Cut Florals from Wplus9.
Thank you  
Now for the prize I'm offering up!  Since I am very blessed to be on the Lil' Inker Designs DT, I thought I'd offer the Rainbows and Clouds Stamps and Dies!!!  Let me say that these clouds dies are my most used cloud dies EVER!!!  I love the stitching that sets them apart from so many others.
Thank you Laura for sponsoring Stamping Royalty this year!!!
Image of Rainbows & Clouds Die SetImage of Rainbows & Clouds Sentiment Stamp Set
With the switch over from Google Reader, I know others (like me) did an overhaul of the blogs they follow.  I'd love to see you begin to follow me via Bloglovin' but it is not a requirement at all.  So just leave me a comment on this post for your chance to win these Lil' Inker Designs goodies! 
- Comments will expire at 11:59 pm EST on Tues, July 23rd.
  - Winners will be announced on Wed, July 24th. 
(Those who do not claim their prizes by Wed, July 31st will forfeit their prizes.)
Your next stop on the Blog Hop is the sweet Ilina Crouse.  Thanks so much for sharing my crafty milestone with me!!!
{Thank you}Stamps:  Fresh Cut Florals, Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Paper:  White, Melon Berry (PTI), Vellum (Recollections by Michaels)
Pattern Paper:  (American Crafts)
Ink:  Smokey Shadow, Melon Berry (PTI), Spring Pansy, Purple H., Eggplant, Aloe Vera (Versamagic), Black Stazon
Dies:  Mega Vases (PTI), Fresh Cut Florals Dies (Wplus9)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive (3M), Silver Pearls (Recollections by Michaels), Wink of Stella Clear (ZIG), Corner Chomper

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Curtain Call Inspirational Challenge

***Come enjoy the 2013 Stamping Royalty Blog Hop starting July 19th......there are prizes!***
I'm back!!!  I had a wonderful 8 days off work and I NEEDED it!  It was a bit unexpected as I had taken the time off for baseball but my son's team didn't end up playing in the World Series.  This left me with a sweet vacation to enjoy my kids.......swimming, movies, visited friends/family, and just enjoyed the time together!  (shhh......I didn't make anything in over a week!)
There is a new challenge around called Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and their first challenge is "Feeling Nautical".  I used some Fancy Pants pattern paper and paired it with the fun images from Reverse Confetti's Happy Harbor set.  I decided to die cut a circle for my focal point using the Stitched Mats: Circles from Lil' Inker Designs.....these dies are AMAZING!!!
Short and sweet today as I need to get back in the swing of things here on the blog......but I wanted to mention that there are some new segments on the Reverse Confetti blog that start soon so make sure and check it out!  (and don't forget to scroll down and add your 'Fetti Find card for your chance at winning the whole next release!!!)
{Shore do love you}
Stamps:  Happy Harbor (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Pattern Paper:  Down by the Shore (Fancy Pants)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Pure Poppy (PTI)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive, Copics

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Neat & Tangled New Release: Ink Splash

Welcome back to Day 2 of the Neat & Tangled Stamps new release! 
Today we are sharing inspiration using a new set called:  Ink Splash.  This is going to be ever so popular!!!  This is a set of 2 ink splash large and one mini.
I decided to use the ink splash stamp and go for a more masculine card and pairing the colors from yesterday's card with GRAY.  I don't know about you but I'm finding myself using gray on lots of cards lately.  It's such a perfect neutral.  :)
Did you notice the polka dot strip on the left side?  That is a stamp from the On the Strip 2 stamp set!  I've stamped it in Versamark for a subtle look. 
Today's giveaway is Ink Spash and a Sequin make sure to visit the Neat & Tangled blog and leave a comment to win!!  All of the new release will be available for purchase tomorrow July 12 at 8am EST!!
Stamps:  Ink Splash, On the Strip 2, Everyday Circles (Neat & Tangled)
Paper:  Limeade Ice, White (PTI), Basic Gray (SU)
Ink:  Ocean, Orange, Slate (AMuse), Pear Tart (Memento), Versamark
Misc:  Circle Punch (Marvy), Foam Adhesive, Enamel Dots (MME)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Neat & Tanlged New Release: Everyday Circles

It's release time for Neat & Tangled Stamps!!! 
Are you ready to see what Danielle has designed for you this month?  Get ready for a few days of awesome inspiration from the DT and a special guest and friend:  Heather Campbell!
Today we are sharing the newest addition to the Neat & Tangled stamp lineup:  Everyday Circles.  This is a fun sentiment building set that will be available in the store July 12 at 8am EST!
I've made a card using lots of Neat & Tangled stamps pairing them with the new Everyday Circles.  I stamped a frame using a line stamp from On the Strip 2.  My chevron paper was stamped using the border set called Little Tangles.......LOVE this chevon stamp!!  I also used a few of Danielle's sequins in Pretty Pretty Pink.
I made this card using one of the sketches and the color combo for this week over at the Summer Card Camp 2!  I am really enjoying the videos and techniques the camp has to share.  Have you signed up yet?  It's going to be a fun time!!! 
Don't forget that the stamp set we are sharing today along with some of Danielle's fabulous sequins are up for grabs today!  So make sure to visit the Neat & Tangled blog and leave a comment!
{HAPPY birthday}
Stamps:  Everyday Circles, On the Strip 2, Little Tangles (Neat & Tangled)
Paper:  White, Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Ink:  Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Ocean, Orange (AMuse), Pear Tart (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Fishtail Banners Stax (MFT)
Misc:  Circle Punch (Marvy), Corner Chomper, Raspberry Pink Twine (Timeless Twine by Bella Creationz)
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