Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #40 -- Joyful Greetings

There's a new anything goes challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges this week. Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  

I used this gorgeous sleigh image from MFT's Inspired by Christmas. Some fun paper and a die cut sentiment from Paper Smooches finish off the card.

Tip:  I cut my greeting from the center of the mat that my patterned paper is on. More bang for my card stock.

2nd tip:  To adhere my thin die cut sentiment, I squirted some Multi Medium Matte onto my craft mat and then rubbed it around. With a bit of adhesive on my finger, I rubbed it against the die cut. I found this to be way easier and less messier than trying to adhere the adhesive directly to the die cut.
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Guest Designing for 12 Kits of Occasions

I received the most wonderful email from Kara last month asking if I would like to be a guest for August's 12 Kits of Occasions post. I said yes in a heartbeat. I think their group is such a fabulous idea and was just thrilled to get the invitation. Thank you so much Kara for asking me to play along and for your most generous kit.

Kara sent the most wonderful kit that included many die cuts, papers, stamped images, and even a stamp set.  Click here to get a list of all the kit ingredients.  I made several cards because I was just having so much fun. You  will also want to check out the blog for a chance to win a fun surprise from Kara.
Here are my cards. Warning, this is a long post with several photos.







Thanks again Kara for inviting me to play along!
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Whimsy Stamps August Release Day #3

Welcome to the ... Clearly Whimsy Stamps August release BLOG HOP!
Our DT and GDT have been sharing some amazing creations made with these new stamps and dies over the last couple of days, and today we are celebrating their release with a GRAND BLOG HOP! The hop starts today (Saturday August 30th at 8.00AM EDT) and ends on Sunday August 31st at midnight EDT. If you would like to hop along with us today, please CLICK HERE to start the hop at Amy's blog. Here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:

Whimsy Stamps blog
Amy Kolling 
Alanna Moses 
Becky Carafa 
Debbie Eastman 
Heather Pulvirenti
Iris Wiechmann (GDT) 
Jen Carter 
Simonne Clay
PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts, so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment to be entered into the draw. Please visit the Whimsy blog for a full reveal of this month's new release.   The entire new release is available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store RIGHT NOW, and if you love our new clear line as much as we do, why not ask your LSS to stock it!

I've got two cards to share with you today. My first one features the super fun Background Basics and Borders set along with just the Speech Bubbles die collection. I embossed my background with clear embossing powder after stamping it with the fun chevron image. I then added several colors of Distress Inks and blended it out. The main panel is popped up on foam tape and has lots of dimension.


For my second card, I used the text image from the Background Basics and Borders set along with one of the dies from the Stitched Border Trio die set.. The Hello sentiment is from an older set, Happy Hello.  The stitching doesn't show up great in my photo but if you enlarge it, you can see it.



We hope you've enjoyed this release!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Whimsy Stamps August Release Day #2

Hi everyone and welcome to DAY 2 of the ...
This week we are releasing 3 new clear stamp sets and 4 coordinating die/die sets, and they will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and all good Whimsy Stamps retailers from TOMORROW. 

Yesterday we introduced THANKS A MILLION and BASIC BACKGROUNDS AND BORDERS 1, and today we are excited to introduce you to SAY WHAT? stamp sets and dies! Hop on over to the Whimsy blog to take a peek at the new products.

For my card, I used the super fun Say What stamp set. There are so many great speech bubble options and fun sentiments. And don't you just love the coordinating dies? I didn't use them on my card today but come back tomorrow for a card to see them.  The small filler stamps come from the Thanks a Million stamp set that was peeked yesterday.


PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment to be entered into the draw:

Becky Carafa
Debbie Eastman 
Heather Pulvirenti
Iris Wiechmann (GDT)
  Jen Carter 
Simonne Clay 
Amy Kolling 
Alanna Moses (you are here)
Denise Lynn

Hope to see you again tomorrow for our RELEASE DAY HOP and the final reveal of our last set of products!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Whimsy Stamps August Release Day #1

Hi everyone and welcome to the first sneak peek day of the ...
Over the next 3 days we will reveal the new August 2014 Clearly Whimsy Stamps products. We are releasing 3 new clear stamp sets and 4 dies/die sets this week, and they will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Saturday. This month we are thrilled to welcome Iris Wiechmann as our Guest Designer. Iris will be joining us for our 3 day release event and sharing her wonderful creations featuring our August release. Welcome Iris!

Today we are revealing the Thanks A Million 4x6” stamp set and Basic Backgrounds & Borders 1 4x6” stamp set, together with the Thanks large word die and the Stitched Borders die set. Hop on over to the Whimsy blog for more details.
   
   

For my card, I used the super fun Thanks a Million set and made a fun shaker card. The first part of my sentiment didn't photograph very well but it says Sending you buckets of.  

I stamped the bucket three times on my patterned paper, using pencil marks to help with placement. Then I stamped the fun heart cluster coming out of each of the buckets.

I then added some sequins, foam tape and acetate to my die cut to make the shaker portion of the card.  


PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment to be entered into the draw:

Simonne Clay 
Amy Kolling
Alanna Moses (you are here)
Becky Carafa 
Debbie Eastman 
Denise Lynn
Heather Pulvirenti
Iris Wiechmann (GDT)
 Jen Carter
Thanks so much for stopping by and we hope to see you again tomorrow for Day 2 of our release sneak peeks!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Best Wishes

Today's card is similar to one I posted a couple of weeks ago. This one has a bit less stamping but pretty much the same idea. I thought a single flower would look nice. I made several of these to give to my mother.

Crafty hugs!
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