Monday, December 28, 2015

Read a Book

Good morning everyone - I'm over on the So Suzy Stamps blog today with a card all about losing yourself in a book.

Yes, that is a real page from a real book. Please don't kill me; I purchased some old books from a garage sale a couple years ago for the express purpose of using them like this. Besides, doesn't it fit the scene nicely?

I coated the page with a layer of Mod Podge because 1) I needed something clear to prevent the paper from tearing (ask me how I know) and 2) I don't have any clear gesso. Note to self, get clear gesso. After it dried, I stamped the Vintage Books and World of Reality stamps repeatedly with the help of my Misti and some black Archival ink.

Once the ink was dry, I came in with my colored pencils to add color to my scene. A little slicing, dicing, and mounting to cardstock and this baby was done. How fun would it be to give with a bookstore gift card tucked inside?

There are some great post-holiday sales going on as well: I have my destash page updated and am running a sale on holiday goodies, magnets, and 2016 calendars in my Etsy shop. There's also a holiday blowout sale going on at So Suzy Stamps to make room for all the new January goodies.

Hope Santa brought you all your crafty heart desired!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mountain Plains Crafters Graphic 45 Giveaway

Good morning everyone! We're having some fun with Graphic 45 papers, die cuts, and metal over at the Mountain Plains Crafters blog. And since it's the holidays, we had to giveaway a little present, too! How about some paper and metal embellishments?

Just head on over to the MPC blog to see what the gals came up with and find out all the details! It's easy, promise. ;)

Me, I love G45 paper but never have any on-hand when I need it! So I went beachy with some scrapbook pages and the lovely By The Sea paper pad and embellishments.

Lots of die cuts, distressing, chipboard buttons, twine, and there's a sailboat charm around somewhere...I was really late. LOL

I don't think I'll be back before Christmas, so have a wonderful holiday season!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Boundless Imagination

Hey everyone - it's my day today over on the So Suzy Stamps blog and I whipped up a CAS card reminding you that it's ok to daydream:

I started with a piece of white cardstock and sponged the whole thing with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. Then I grabbed the Rays stencil from Tim Holtz and sponged on my sunrise with Marmalade and Mustard Seed.

I stamped the new World of Reality sentiment several times with Rusty Hinge ink from Hero Arts and my MISTI. Popped it onto my card base and I was done.

If you haven't browsed my Crafty Destash yet, be sure to check it out. Happy Crafting!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Crafty Destash

Well, Santa called - he said I've been a fabulous girl all year, but my craft room is full to the brim and he won't bring me any more presents until I weed some things out. Come to think of it, he sounded a lot like my husband...hmmm...regardless, it's time to clean and you get to benefit.

I've started up a separate Instagram account for your shopping convenience and so that no one unfollows my main feed of happiness and kitties. I also have a new page here on the blog devoted to the destash movement. Everything is either new or gently used. Yes, there is some ink staining but it doesn't affect the awesomeness of the stamp. Fun fact: ink staining means that the stamp is made from high quality materials and is simply reacting with certain inks. See, nothing to worry about!

What, you're still here reading this? Ok, don't forget that you have until December 4th to hop along with us on the So Suzy Stamps Friendship Blog Hop for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate.

Now go, shop! :D

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Here Comes Santa Claus

Good morning everyone! It's release day over at So Suzy Stamps and man oh man are there some new cutie patooties for you to scoop up. I couldn't resist pairing the new Igloo for the pengies with some Distress Inks, white gel pen, shimmer paper, and...

Santa! Can't you see all the little pengies snug in their beds as the Northern Lights dance and reindeer prance? Hehehehehehe

Just look at that shimmery igloo! I stamped it using dark gray ink so it wasn't so harsh. And on the inside, I used my sentiment:

No, really, it's my sentiment! I came up with it for my stamp as part of the Christmas in July retreat and Suzy loved it so much she made it into a stamp for all of you, too! Yeah, you're welcome.

As with every release day, there's free shipping all day in the shop. Stock up now on everything you need for the holidays! Be sure to stop by our Friendship Blog Hop as well for a chance to win a $15 gift card to the store.

Happy Crafting!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

So Suzy Stamps Friendship Hop

Good morning, everyone! Are you enjoying our So Suzy Friendship Hop?? Hard to believe we've only known each other for a year now...seems like it was just yesterday these ladies were hearing for the first time that I was going to mail them my Jasper cat. LOL

As a special 'thank you' to everyone who has been on the team, followed our blog and made new friends, we are doing a Friendship Blog Hop with some of our past and present Design Team members. Be sure to leave a comment on everyone's blogs for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to So Suzy Stamps! Woohoo!

You should be arriving from sweet Martha's beautiful blog - I just love that gal. One day I'll get to hug her in person!

For my card, I broke out the Distress Inks and water to do some water coloring. The first time I saw that lovely rose hanging in Suzy's shop, I knew what I wanted to do with it!

Distress Inks - Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citrus
I hear some of you know already what stamp I used for the sentiment, don't you? It was just so fitting for my teammate loves!

Stamps - Rose, Open Sketch Heart, Weird Stalker
Hehehehehe, I truly do love them all in a non-stalker way. Ok, off you go to my dear Monica's blog to continue on the hop! You have until December 4th to leave us some love for a chance at that gift certificate to the shop.

Happy Crafting!