Technique Tuesday Printables Blog Hop

Hi all!

So today’s a good day.

That is because it’s a blog hop day with the Technique Tuesday Stamping Techs. 🙂

Today, we are all teaming up to share some projects we’ve worked up with Technique Tuesday’s new Printables.

Technique Tuesday recently launched the Printables at the scrapbook conventions they go to. These three printed sheets (Candy Cane Wishes, Harvest Time and Hocus Pocus) consist of designs you can cut up and use to decorate cards, scrapbook pages and other fun paper crafted projects. They will be available through soon.

I made a simple card to share for today’s hop with the Harvest Time Printable.

I simply cut the circles with a small circle punch and put them on the card. I also cut a few additional circles from graph patterned paper and stamped some images from the Autumn Afternoons with Ali stamp set on them. (FYI: The orange-y circles are patterned paper from American Crafts.) The word is also from that stamp set.

Be sure to check out the blogs of everyone taking part in today’s blog hop.











From the comments received on all the blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win Technique Tuesday’s Verbose stamp set.

This is our way of saying thanks for your comments! You don’t need to comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win. But the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!

Comments must be posted by midnight on Sept. 2, 2011. The winner will be announced on Sept. 3rd sometime on the Technique Tuesday blog.

Thanks for stopping by and joining us for today’s hop!

Winners, a card, a hop and a class (8-30)


Let’s just get right to business. Lots to cover today.

First up, how about some winners?

The winner of the Card Ideas for Paper Crafters special issue from Paper Crafts magazine is:

 Barbara T  (8/26 @4:08 p.m.)

And the winner on this blog for the Sunny Side Up stamp set from Paper Smooches (from the Aug. DT Blog Hop) is:

sandra m. (8/26 a.m. @7:54 a.m.)

Congrats, ladies!

I’ll be in touch shortly via email to make prize sending arraignments!

Second, how about a card?

Meet today’s card.

This is based on my last sketch this month for the good folks at Skipping Stones Design.

I used their Pumkin Seed Sentiments and Everyday Blessings stamp sets on it.

And here’s the sketch.

Yet again, artist I am not. 😉

A big thanks to the gang at Skipping Stones Design for having me as their guest this month. It was tons of fun.

Third, have you checked out the Paper Crafts blog today and the Go-to Gal Blog Hop? Jennifer, Windy, Julie, Kim and Betsy have whipped up some awesome techniques and are sharing them today. Sadly, I had to bow out of the hop at the last minute due to nervous jitters about making it home in a timely fashion due to Hurricane Irene. (FYI, I am home now!)

Finally, did you see there’s a new class on Big Picture that has to do with cards?  Pleased to be part of Cooking Up Cards with Kim, Betsy and Allison.

Whew. That was a lot of stuff. Be back later.

Paper Crafts magazine Presents: Bonus Sketch Blog Hop

Hello, hello all!

How is your Friday? I hoping it is going swell!

I am joining with 9 other crafters (and Paper Crafts magazine) for a blog hop today to celebrate the release of Card Ideas for Paper Crafters. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a sketch-based special issue. There are a whole bunch of sketches in it, and then there are a whole bunch of cards based on the sketches in it.

To me, these sketch-based special  issues are some of the practical and useful magazines Paper Crafts produces. That’s because it does not matter if you are a brand new card maker or an old school card making expert. Sketches are useful to everyone, no matter what their skill level!

The issue is available now in book stores and craft stores all over the world (seriously). You can also find it in the Paper Crafts online store by going here.

For today’s hop, all of us chose one sketch from the issue’s Bonus Sketches.

I created this one off of a bonus sketch from Emily Branch.

I tend to do a lot of clean cards so I used the sketch as a spring board for making a heavy patterned paper card. I will never be Betsy “Patterned Paper Genius” Veldman, but the sketch allowed me to try to capture a little bit of Betsy by using a lot of different patterned papers for my card. I always admire Betsy’s ability to work with patterns.

I changed the sketch a bit by adding a brad to the triangle and wrapping a little string around the brad. Just a fun little touch.

Be sure to check the blogs of everyone taking part in today’s hop.

Leave a comment on my blog, as well as all of their blogs, for a chance to win a copy of Card Ideas. We are all giving away one from the comments left on our blogs.

You will also want to zip right over to Paper Crafts Connection and leave a comment there for a chance to win a fun prize in honor of the special issue.

All comments (on all blogs) must be posted by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, August 28.

That’s all for now. Be back again really soon.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today.

August Paper Smooches DT blog hop! (8-25)

Hi friends!
It’s Pep Rally week in the Paper Smooches world, and the gang’s all banding together to share some projects created with the Paper Smooches September stamp release with you!
The three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase on September 1st.  You will find them HERE.  Follow the Paper Smooches blog for more sneak peeks.
To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize!  Just leave a comment on any of the five blogs listed below for your chance to win one of the three new September stamp sets!  (You do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify!)  You have until midnight MT on Friday, August 26th to leave a comment.
Check the blogs on Saturday (except this one, which you will want to check on Monday) to see if you are a winner!
We are joined this month by the very talented Karolyn Loncon.  Heather has her hands full this month, so Karolyn is stepping in for her.  Heather will be back for our next blog hop on Sept. 22.
To increase your chances of winning:
1. leave a comment on this blog post
2. tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
3. tell us that you Tweeted about our blog hop
4. tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to four chances to win on each blog)
Enough jibber jabber.
Here’s what I made for the hop!
Meet today’s card. 🙂
I used the all new and super cool Sunny Side Up set for it. Everything stamped on this card was stamped with stamps from the set.
The little happy face is a separate stamp in the set. It’s just fun to stamp it where you feel like it.
That’s all for now. Be back later.


GCD Studios: Dressing up with GCD Studios

Hi everyone!

This is a project I worked up for the GCD Studios blog, and I thought I would share my post here today, too.

Looking for a fun gift to make for the little one in your life?

I’ve got a low-cost but super fun toy that you can make using GCD’s patterned papers and Funhouse rub-ons.

Meet Dress Up Dee.

This fun little tin consists of a doll to to dress up and a whole bunch of fun accessories.

To make one like it, you are going to need:

* a metal tin consisting of a lid and bottom (I used a repurposed tin that originally held a CD.)

* magnets

* GCD Studios rub-ons and papers from the Funhouse collection

* (optional) twine, wiggle eyes and buttons

Here’s what you do:

1. Cover tin on the inside and outside with patterned paper.

2. Decorate the first inner panel of the tin with a doll. Create a head with a circle. Create a body with a piece of patterned paper. For additional fun, decorate the area around the doll. I made a banner.

3. Create the accessories to put on your doll.  Apply mustache, eyeglass and mouth rub-ons to cardstock. Trim. Create ties, hair and bows from patterned paper. Set aside some other embellishments to use as accessories.

6. Cut up magnets to use on the back of your accessories.  I used old refrigerator magnets for my accessories. I simply cut them up and them glued to the accessories.

7. Arrange accessories in the tin.

8. Decorate the outside of the tin.

When you all are done, give the tin to your favorite little one. Encourage them to play and try to come up with all kinds of fun dress up combos for Dee!


Stitching with Twine

Hi everyone!

Meet today’s card.

I made this fun, cheerful card the other day that was shared it on the Twisted Sugar Twine blog. I thought I’d share it here, too.

Of course, no card would be complete without twine! Yes, I admit it. I am twine addict. 😉

So I sewed all around the center panel using three of my favorite Twisted Sugar Twine colors: Cola Red; Licorice Twist and Blue Sugar.

I think the hardest part of sewing with twine is getting it through the needle.

I have found a needle threading tool to be helpful! You can often find them in a craft store’s  embroidery department.

Start by poking the tool through the needle.

Place the twine through the end of the tool.

Pull the tool and twine through the needle’s hole. Remove the tool and adjust the twine so you can start sewing with the needle.

Also, if you are stitching the twine through paper, be sure to poke your holes before you sew. This will help keep you from warping the paper as you sew.

See you again soon!

Lawn Fawn: Turkey Day

Hello, hello!

We meet again for yet another day of Lawn Fawn fun. 🙂

Today, we are whopping it up with the new Turkey Day set.

On your mark. Get set. Meet today’s card.

The words and the turkey are from the Turkey Day set. The leaves are all from Harvest Season.

Be sure to hit the blogs of the rest of the Fawny bunch to see what they dreamed up with Turkey Day!

Lawn Fawn








And be sure to comment on the Lawn Fawn blog. Kelly’s giving away stamps this week! 🙂 You just might be the lucky winner!

That’s all for now.

Today’s card (8-23)

Hi all!

Meet today’s card.

I resisted posting it until late today since the Blogs 4 Boobies event was still happening.

This is one I worked up with a sketch this week for Skipping Stones Design. The sketch is one that I made up.

Again, artist I am not. 😉

I used stamps from a couple Skipping Stones stamp sets on my card: Dandelion Dreams and Everyday Blessings. The paper is from Echo Park Paper.

That’s all for now.

By the way, speaking of sketches, be sure to check out Paper Crafts Connection and Moxie Fab World this week. The editors from Paper Crafts are sharing some of the sketches from the new Card Ideas special issue.  It’s filled with a bunch of sketches and a whole bunch of different takes on them.

See you again soon!

Last Day of Blogs 4 Boobies!

Hi all!

It’s the last day to bid all the projects up for grabs as part of the Blogs 4 Boobies effort from Skipping Stones Design and friends.

There is still time to bid on my project in fact. Here is another look at it. 🙂

My project is a five card set.

The cards come with envelopes. They are blank inside.

Each card has a different sentiment on it.

I am also throwing in a Grunge stamp set from Skipping Stones Design (which I had an extra one of) as  a thank you to the winning bidder.

The auction will end at 8:00 p.m. Mountain time August 23rd.

The highest bid is currently $30.
To win this simply bid more than $30  in the comment section of THIS post.  YOU MUST INCLUDE your EMAIL ADDRESS with your $bid. ( This way Skipping Stones Design can get in contact with the winning bidder.)
Remember 100% of what you bid will go to the Komen foundation!!! If you are the top bidder you will receive a paypal invoice for the amount that you bid.

There is also still time to shop at Skipping Stones Design and benefit the Komen Foundation!!  Through midnight on the 23rd of August, Skipping Stones Design is still donating $2 (to the Komen Foundation) for every stamp set sold.

Together we can make a difference!!!

Lawn Fawn: Retro Day

Hi everyone!

Another day. Another Lawn Fawn adventure.

Today is Retro Day so the gang is playing with two of Lawn Fawn’s earlier stamp sets: Heebie Jeebies and Harvest Season.

I decided I was going to whip something up with Heebie Jeebies.

So meet today’s card. 🙂

I thought it’d be fun to make something not so Halloween’ish with the set.

I made the one spider’s line a little longer by first only inking the line and stamping it and then inking the whole stamp up and stamping it again. The tiny hearts are from My Silly Valentine.

The sentiment was made with a mixture of stamps from Heebie Jeebies and Smitty’s ABCs.

Be sure to hit the blogs of the rest of the Fawny bunch to see the new projects they dreamed up with Heebie Jeebies and Harvest Season.

Lawn Fawn








That’s all for now.

Be back later, gators.