And the winner is…

Yep. Yep. Time has come to announce a winner of the Paper Smooches Blog Hop from this blog! πŸ™‚

The winner of the Market Fresh stamp set is:
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I shared on fb too! yay!

Congrats, Lisa! I’ve sent you an email about your prize!

Thanks again to all of you for stopping by this month. Sure appreciate your kind comments!

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Avocado Arts: Project share (3-30)

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Hi all!

Another day. Another card. πŸ™‚

Playing around today again with Avocado Arts’ Spring Medley set. Broke my bunny stamp using habit with this card and used one of the flowers from the set.

I also used Avocado Arts’ digital diecut files to cut the flower out!

I cut the flower out a couple times in pink, yellow and orange cardstocks, stamped on top and then used markers to add another layer of color to the middle of the flowers.

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Finished each flower off with a button! Really simple this time, but it’s fun to just do that once-in-awhile.

By the way, I’m not the only one playing with the Spring Medley set today. So are:

And be sure to drop by the Avocado Arts blog, too. It means a lot to them when you do!

Paper Smooches March DT Blog Hop (3-28)

Hi all!

It’s Pep Rally week in the Paper Smooches world, and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches April release with you!Β  Paper Smooches’ newest dies and stamps will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time…on April 1st.Β  You will find them HERE

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize!Β  Just leave a comment on any of the eight design team blogs listed below for your chance to win one of our new products!Β  (You do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify,)Β  You have until midnight MT on Friday, March 29thΒ  to leave a comment.Β  Please check all the design team blogs on Saturday, March 30th to see if you are one of the lucky winners.

Also, check out theΒ Paper Smooches blog to see a peek of some of the new products, too!

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • 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)

Alright, so enough hop talk. Let’s get to business.

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I used the new, fun and super cute Market Fresh stamp set to make this coupon of sorts for my card. Everything stamped on the set is from the stamp set. Yes, even that scan code is from the set. πŸ™‚

To give the scissors a little extra “umph”, I slapped a gem in the middle of the scissors.

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Kinda fun!

Alright, that’s all I have today. Thanks for stopping by. I sure appreciate all your kind words!

Today’s card and other stuff (3-26)

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Hi all!

This is today’s card.

I created the strips with a “white wash emboss resist” technique I devised while messing around.

So it sounds all fancy, schmanzy complicated, but it really wasn’t.

I embossed the herringbone pattern (from a Studio Calico & Hero Arts stamp set) with clear ink and clear embossing powder on a super bright strips of cardstock. Then I brushed a white pigment ink pad all over the strips. I didn’t quite get the strips fully covered so I used a waterbrush to dilute the color and further spread the white ink. Once I did that, I patted the ink dry with a paper towel and used the same paper towel to remove the ink from the embossed areas.

The end result: more muted, more pretty strips of cardstock. I love the look and can’t wait to try this technique again.

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Speaking of it being a new day, I have some news. πŸ˜‰

I am continuing on in the journey of being a Go-to Gal for Paper Crafts magazine. Susan’s talking about it today on Paper Crafts Connection. Check it out to find who else is continuing on. And check it out tomorrow to see who is joining us on the Go-to Gal journey. (Congrats, mystery girls! Welcome back and welcome!)

Let’s be real honest for a minute and share something deep from within my soul: I have had sat on this post for days, struggling with just what to say.Β  Super excited here to continue on, but I’m also really going to miss working in this way with Julie, Windy and Jennifer. Just like Maren, Jess and Kim H. (also retired Go-to Gals), each of them have a special place in my heart. Possibly one of the coolest things about being a Go-to Gal is the friendships you build along the way with the other G2Gs. You really get to know each other, and it makes it an extra-special experience. Thanks, girls, for being you. Remember, you are stuck with me… forever and ever… like totally. (And consider yourself warned, mystery girls. Yes, that was an evil laugh.)

I feel the need to say getting to do this is something I never dreamed I’d do…. or really aspired to do. Let alone continue to get to do.

Back before there were Go-to Gals, there were Paper Crafts Pros. I knew them all. (You guys know Nichole, right? Yeah, I thought so. πŸ™‚ She was one of them.). These girls were crazy awesome crafters. Really on top of things. They had this special spark about them.

I never ever thought for a minute I’d have the opportunity to do something like what they did. I mean, they were AWESOME! πŸ˜‰ And I definitely was not one of them.

So you can imagine my surprise when I was invited to try out to become a Go-to Gal. (In my head it was something like: “Really, guys? You must be thinking you sent this to some other Teri, not this one.”) And then you can imagine my surprise when I was actually asked to be one after a rather long, drawn-out,Β  try-out process. (In my head… again: “What???!!!! No… freaking… way. No one else was available, right? Yeah. That’s what I thought.”) And you can imagine my surprise now at being asked again. (Again. The head: “Shut up, people. You know someone is going to jump out and say I’m being punked. OK, Ashton Kutcher. Come out now. Say it. Lay it on me.”)

So, yeah, shockers seem to happen a lot around these parts.

I just want to say thank you to the editors from Paper Crafts for seeing something in me I never saw in myself and for continuing to see something in me. I appreciate you tremendously.

I really am just a girl who likes to make stuff. And I am glad to be a part of the crafting community and hang out with other crafters.

Thanks for being here today.

Out for the Day… (3-22)

Hi all!

I’m out of the day.

Well, sorta. Kinda.

Instead you can find me doing a guest blog post for my friends at Simon Says Stamp! Check out the post right here. Here’s a peek.

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And be sure to comment on that post over there. Thanks to Technique Tuesday, someone will win a Totally My Type stamp set, just like the one I used for my cards in the post.Technique-Tuesday-Totally-My-Type-Clear-Stamps-Medium

A big thanks to TT for providing the prize! And a big thanks to Simon, too, for having me!

Hope you will check it out!

Today’s project (3-16)

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Hi all! Dabbling on the “dark side” again, working on a scrapbook page. πŸ˜‰

Made this for a scrapbook challenge I take part in every month at a local craft store. They challenge scrappers to make a layout – with a theme they picked and a few supplies of their choice. (This month’s theme was nostalgia, and they picked the kraft cardstock half a sheet of My Mind’s Eye patterned paper and a bottle cap.)

We are to add whatever we want and put our twist on things. I always enjoy a good challenge, so yeah, this page is what I came up with this time.

I added a few things: some paper and dies from Crate Paper’s DIY Shop line (big. time. L.O.V.E.), pearls and some of Ali’s Technique Tuesday stamps (All My Love by Ali Edwards and Family Is by Ali Edwards, a no-longer made/hard to find Studio AE set.) and a few other trinkets.

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That’s all I have for now. so I will be back again later. Thanks for swinging by today.

Avocado Arts: Project Share (3-15)

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Hi all!

Another day, another $10. Ha. Kidding! πŸ˜‰

In all serious, just another card to share today. Played around again with Avocado Arts’ Spring Medley stamp set.

I can’t resist the set’s cute bunny stamps. They just plain make me smile!

This time, I also used their Spring Medley Digital Die-Cuts files to cut out the bunnies and the “day” word. Made this card that looks a “wee-bit on the side of complicated” come together super quick. Thought that was super nice!

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To make the bunnies look a little different, I added pearl noses to some and twine bows to other. Kinda fun!

I cut the grass from strips of green cardstock with my trusty Martha Stewart fringe scissors. By the way, did you know you can find similar scissors online by just looking for paper shredding or shredder scissors?
I’m not the only one playing with Avocado Arts stamps today. This sweet girls are, too!

And be sure to swing on the Avocado Arts blog. They love to hear from good folks. It really does make their day!