Friday, January 13, 2017

Bundle up with the new Occasions Catalog

Hello!  Getting ready for a long weekend?  Nothing like bundling up and crafting when it is cold outside!  Well, have we got the bundles for you!  These are the new bundles in the Occasions catalog... don't forget:  since it is also Saleabration, you can bundle up AND get free stuff!  You get to pick a free item for every $50 you order right now!  If you are receiving this post in your email inbox, be sure to click on the title so you can see all of the great merchandise, but if you are online looking - be sure to click on the catalogs on the right and don't forget to find your free items in the Saleabration catalog!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thursday Focus - Sealed with Love

Good morning! Hope your neck of the world is a little warmer than it is here today!  Nothing warms the heart like love, however, so hopefully this little hop will warm you up!!

This is the last week of our Thursday Focus hop centered on the Sending Love bundle.  Today I have used both the stamps and the framelits for my card!  It is simple and sweet, and I hope you enjoy it...

and here is a close up of the fun details you can easily cut with the coordinating framelits:

Here is what I used:

 Now be sure to hop on over to Joni's website, and don't forget to stop back next Thursday, as we take on a whole new feature!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Coloring Down the lines challenge hop

Good morning!  Hope your mid week is going well... we are all trying to get back on track with kids back in school and classes resuming...  Busy again!

Today's challenge in our hop was a tough one... We had to use shades of blue with a  snow theme, AND an embossing folder other than Softly Falling...  Yikes! But I think I may have made up for it for making the little snowflake "broach" from the Botanical Builder dies!

Well, it sure is winter here, and all I can say is "hand me that sweater!"  Here is what I have for you:

I have used the sweater embossing folder, (which may have just retired...gulp), but I just couldn't resist.  I have some little Soft Sky snowflakes stamped behind my Night of Navy sweater.  Here are all the details on what I used:

Now be sure to hop over to Helen's blog and see what she did with this challenge!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thursday Focus - Sealed with Love

Good morning!  Today is Thursday again - I know, right??  So soon??  Seems like it was just Thursday, right?  But that was LAST YEAR!!  How fun - Straight from New Years eve stuff to Valentines!

If you are a crafter, then Valentines Day is just one of those days that you love...  Little notes tucked inside of my kids backpacks or lunch boxes is one of my favorite February things, and I do that every day in February so that they know how grateful I am for being their mom, and how amazing I think they are.

This year, in our brand new Occasions Catalog (and if you don't have one yet, click here and send me an email - I'll get it to you!), we have the perfect little love note suite...  although I know I will make tons of these little notes, I wanted to craft them into a full sized card for you today!  We will be showing this set next week too, so you should be able to stock up on ideas on what to make for YOUR Valentine!  Be sure to follow the link at the bottom of this post to see everyone's projects this week using the Sealed with Love stamps, framelits (yes, they DO come in a bundle), or both!!

Here is what I have for you this week:

and here is a close up of these precious little envelopes you can make with the framelits in this bundle:

And here is what I used (and it is all available right NOW!!)

Now be sure to hop over to Joni's website to see what she has to show you today!!  Be sure to stop back next week for more from this bundle!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday Focus - Cheerful tags

Good morning!  It is Thursday, so today a group of my friends and I are all going to feature the same product in our creations, to help inspire you to try new things with your items...  We will feature the same product for two weeks, so you will be able to get lots of ideas and see how we ourselves stretch to use the same items in different ways.

Last week I made a card (actually a Santa belt buckle) from the Cheerful Tags framelits set - this week, since New Year's Eve is right around the corner, I thought I would feature it in a timely tag.  You may be starting this hop with Robbie - but ultimately it won't matter where you started - we are a big happy circle!

Here is what I have for you:

This wine tag is heat embossed with silver embossing powder to give it both texture AND sparkle!  Now hop on over to Jenilee to see what she has made for you this week.  Be sure to stop back next week for a whole new product in the spotlight!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Coloring Down the lines - last Silver and Gold

Hello everyone!  Today is the last week of the Silver and Gold blog hop with my friend!  I know you are getting excited for the new theme, and the whole new year as a matter of fact, so I thought I would stick with that idea for you today.

Did you remember to send out your Christmas cards this year?  I know that sounds like a crazy question, but I have made cards and just not gotten around to sending them out before...  Well,, if that happened to you, then you are in luck.  If you made New Year cards, you would be able to just about get them there in time...  Here is what I have for you today:

You are getting a bit of a glare here because the whole card is heat embossed with Silver embossing powder!

See?  Here is a close up for you:

Even the sentiment is embossed!  I added a little glimmer sparkle down one side too, just for added interest!  Here is what I used to make today's card:

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the Thursday focus blog hop, where I will show you a coordinating project!  Now hop on over to Helen's website and see what she has for you today!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thursday Focus - Cheerful Tag Framelits

Hi there! And we're off... we have added a few wonderful additions to our little product focused blog hop, and we hope to grow a little in the future.  Our mission here is to highlight a specific product, whether it is a stamp set, framelits, Designer Series paper, or even an accessory - then we will all use the same item, and see how many different ways we an come up with to use the item...  We want you to find lots of ways to use the items you have!

For the next two Thursdays our gang is focused on Cheerful Tags framelits... I really wanted to NOT make a tag out of the set for at least one of the weeks, so this week I have a card for you...

Here you go:

There is a great filigree thinlit in this set, that produces this great fancy rectangle... I was thinking it could look like an ornate belt buckle... Hey... How about SANTA'S belt buckle?  and so I added that to the card.  Next, I really needed some great silver buttons like on Santa's suit... I punched out a few circles, and used the same die to emboss the buttons.  What? You didn't know you can emboss with your dies?  Well, you can and I did...  It comes out more subtle than an embossing folder does, and I wanted the same design as the buckle, so that is what I did.  Easy Peasy - goes together in about 5 minutes... 
Now, I am not a big "inside card stamper" to which many of my customers can attest... but I wanted to make sure to get my point across... so I added an inside stamp to this quick and easy...

And here is everything I used to make this card:

Be sure to stop back next week for more ideas from me, but in the meantime, hop around to the gang and see what they did with this fun set... Check out our sample from the North (Canada... not the Pole...) .  Take it away, Jenilee!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Silver and Gold hop - week 3

Good morning!  Wednesday again, so now we hop!!  Since it is still December, it is Silver and Gold themed month...  This is a card I made with my Christmas Club gang this season, and I love the subtle glimmer to it... In addition to the obvious silver "ornament", I have colored on the pine needles with Wink of Stella for just a little more sparkle!  Check this out!  The light washes it out a little since it is a white card, but in person it is very simple and elegant.

And a close up of the Wink of Stella I was telling you about...

And here is what I used to make it...

And now you should hop forward to Helen to see what she has for you today!  Be sure to stop back by tomorrow to check out the Thursday Product spotlight project!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Week 2 of Twinkle Trees and Tin of Tags

Good morning!  I am excited today, because I get to use the Tin of Tags set again tonight!  I am having my neighbors over for a "Christmas Tag Party"... I have a little tin for each of them (I will list this in the supplies below so you can see what I mean), and we are going to gather to make them.  This is the second year I have done this and our group is growing.  I also had a DIY weekend party for my 12 year old daughter, and they played with the Tin of Tags stamps and tags too!  They each made their own tin-  easy peasy, and they were so proud!

As you may remember, a few of us will be focusing on specific items each Thursday, so that maybe if you have these items, you will have more ideas... If you don't have these things, but you love them, you know where you can get them (*wink wink*).  This is the last week of these two stamp sets, Twinkle Trees and Tin of Tags... If you need more ideas, be sure to hop around to the others AND go back to last Thursday on our sites - there are more ideas there!

Here is what I have for you today:
and here is what I used (I didn't use the actual Tin of Tags kit, but I will list that here so you can see what I was talking about before...)

Now be sure to hop over to Robbie to see what she's done - This will give you a great idea of how versatile these sets are...  Be sure to stop back next Thursday for another Thursday Focus hop - there will be more people with different ideas to check out...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Silver and Gold

Good Morning!  It is Wednesday again, so time to hop through our gang of buddies to see what everyone is doing with the Silver and Gold theme for December!

Today I am showing you the card I made for my team Holiday card...  I have had them sitting here staring at me for awhile, and need to get them in the mail...  (I am a great card MAKER, but horrible card SENDER... - looks like I am in for a New Years Resolution exchage...)

Here is what I have for you today:

It is a simple card to reproduce, and fits the theme because of the little gold star on the top of the tree, and also, I am LOVING this ribbon with the gold threads running down the middle!  Perfect little amount of sparkle - without going overboard!  I used an older, retired mini star punch, but why bother???  It the framelit set I used to cut out the tree, there is a perfectly good framelit right there!!  Also, I didn't use the stamp set that coordinates with the framelits, but there is one, and you can get it in a bundle with the framelits and save 10%... It would have been cute to stamp the tree before cutting it out too...

Here's what I used:

Now be sure to hop over to Helen to see what she has done!!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Today's feature - Twinkle Trees and Tin of Tags

Good morning!  Today is the beginning of a new endeavor!  A few friends of mine and I are starting a new hop today... it will run every Thursday.  The idea of this hop is to feature something specific, maybe a certain stamp set or framelit set, and all use the same item so that you can get several different ideas on how to use something...

Since we are new to this, and because each person actually has to have the featured item to play along,there are only two of us today - so be sure to hop to both and see what we have for you.

Today's featured stamp sets are actually two sets...  we wanted to feature Twinkle Trees, but since it doesn't contain a greeting, we wanted to add an additional set so we could throw a greeting in there too!  Here is what I have for you:

This card is pretty simple - only two colors, some ribbon and a little embossing... but I have done something else here, can you spot it?  The mug in the Twinkle Trees set is only one, with the handle on the right side.  Since I wanted two facing mugs ("Cheers!"), I had to use the reflection technique!  Be sure to check back soon, and I will upload a video for you on how to do this... Here are the supplies I used today:

In the meantime, please visit Robbie's blog for her take on these sets!
Thanks for hopping by!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Silver and Gold (and a video too!)

Good morning!  It is Wednesday again, so we will be hopping today!  The theme for our hops in December is Silver and Gold... we can use other colors too, but we must use silver and/or gold in our project...  I bet there will be a lot of sparkle this month!  You may have started with Robbie...  good! Her crafts are always nice.  After checking out my project here, and maybe even watching the YouTube video on how to make this at home, be sure to follow the link below to continue on the hop!

Tis the season to make hostess gifts... and I thought this would be a great gift for your holiday parties... an adorable wall hanging!

The outside edge of this shadowbox frame is 10"x10"

The video link below tells you where I got my frame, and the little ornaments...  

So this week I was playing with my Paper Pumpkin kit.  If you are not yet a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin, you want to be sure to get in on this...  it would be a great gift for a crafter you know and love also!  You can buy prepaid kits as gifts, or you can subscribe to the monthly plan, which means they just bill you each month as it ships - both ways will get you crafting!

Here is the video so you can get out there and make one of these for yourself!

Here are the supplies I used this week:

Now hop along to Helen and see what kind of sparkle she's got this week!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A month of Thankful...

Good morning and welcome to the Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This month our ladies have been doing all "thanks" type cards...  Well I have been creating a ton, and even posting here, but have done something wrong to my blog - so nothing has been posting!  Let's see if we can get this one to work!

You may have hopped over from Robbie - perfect - and a great place to start...  you can keep hopping along after checking out this card and you will eventually end up right back where you began... a great way to not miss anything...

So I saw a card like this on Pinterest, and LOVED it... I thought it would be a great technique to teach my Wednesday morning ladies, so we made this not too long ago... then I mailed it to my parents, because, well, I am very thankful for them!  Here's what I have for you today:

This is a spotlight technique, and I think it is very clean and neat.  Love that in a card...

Hope you liked that - now hop along to Helen's blog and see what she is thankful for this month!

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