Saturday, December 15, 2018

Honeybee Stamps Guest Designer: Winter Floral Card


I am so excited to be guest designing for Honey Bee Stamps today!  Head on over to their blog to check out all the details!


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved Release: Outline Clustered Leaves Die


Simon Says Stamp has just debuted a surprise release and it is absolutely lovely... and aptly named "You Are Loved."  This release is full of beautiful products focused on love, and I was so fortunate to be able to create a project with the gorgeous new Outline Clustered Leaves die.

I first want to note that this die is beautiful and really big!  The photo above depicts the die next to a standard A2-sized card.  It would be super impactful, yet wonderfully simple, to cut out a few die cuts, stack them up, and simply layer a stamped or die cut sentiment on top for a beautiful clean and simple card. I wanted to play with it a bit, so I decided to pair it with Simon's Modern Flowers dies to create a beautiful floral cluster.

I first die cut three flowers.  After coloring the inside pieces with yellow Copic markers, I inlayed them back into the clean white outlines.  I then cut out my gorgeous leaf outline and nestled sprigs of leaves in between the flowers.  I added some stitching on the inside of the leaves and around the border of the card for some texture and interest.



I die cut my "Hello" from Simon's Oh Hello There die, colored it with the same yellow markers to create an ombre effect, and adhered it onto the panel.  Some pretty yellow sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, some yellow gems from Lucy's Cards, and some tiny sparkly green leaves from my stash finished the card with a little sparkle.



This card was so simple to make, yet this gorgeous Outline Clustered Leaves die makes such beautiful visual impact.  Just my kind of die!

I hope you enjoyed this project... I hoard collect Simon's sentiment dies, so I am off to order that new "Thinking of You" die.  Other than my collection of "Hello" dies and sentiments, this is my most-often used sentiment.  And I just can't resist Simon's gorgeous script font!  ❤️


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Fantastic Freebie from Scrapbook.Com: You and Me Quotes and Sayings II


Guys!  There is an awesome freebie up for grabs today at Scrapbook.com and I'm so excited to be able to give you the heads-up about it.  Scrapbook.com is offering its You and Me Quotes and Sayings II stamp set as a freebie with ANY purchase!  I don't know about you, but I'm always looking to add great staple sentiment sets to my stash and this one is fantastic.  I love the way Scrapbook.com mixes up its sentiment fonts yet they always coordinate with each other and are always beautiful.  This set is no exception!



I created this tag with the You and Me Quotes and Sayings II set and Scrapbook.com's Fresh Florals and Berries set by cutting out a tag and stamping the florals on dark cardstock.  I used gouache to paint in the florals and heat embossed my sentiment in white.  



This is actually the start of a larger card project that I'll be back to share later, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to share the chance to get this awesome freebie with you now!

ADDED BONUS: There are 12 mega brands all on sale right now, and CARDMAKING IS 20% OFF!  Yes!  To claim this freebie, simply add the stamp set to your cart and the price will be 0.00.  There is one freebie per customer allowed per day, and shipping rates will apply.

Links to the products are below.  I participate in the Scrapbook.com affiliate program, which means that I receive a small commission at no cost to you when products are purchased through the links I share.  Thank you so much for your support, and happy shopping!  Go treat yourself!





Friday, December 7, 2018

Pretty Things Survivors Do Blog Hop: Sending Hugs this Holiday Season




I am so honored to be a part of the Pretty Things Survivors Do inaugural blog hop today. I'm so happy you're here. If you're hopping along with us, you have arrived from Ruby's blog.

PTSD is a “psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault” (American Psychiatric Association definition). Although mostly associated with war veterans, it affects 3.5% of the population, and 4% of US children ages 13-18 will experience PTSD in their lifetime. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. (Bran and Behavior Research Foundation) 

This issue hits close to home for me because a dear family member is a war veteran who served several tours in Iraq. I know very little about what he saw and endured while serving our country because he doesn't share the details with us, but what I do know is horrific. And I know he returned a different man than when he departed. I would give anything to take away the emotional pain that those suffering from PTSD endure, whether it be from serving in war or due to any other cause.  



I kept those suffering from PTSD in mind as I created this card.  I turn to creating as a way to escape the anxiety I endure as a result of taking care of a child with a chronic health condition (as well as the stresses of just everyday parenting), and I wish it was that simple for those suffering from more than these everyday pressures.  The holidays in particular are a difficult time for those living with PTSD. We are participating in the blog hop in the hopes that you may be reminded to reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and friends who could be living with PTSD daily. If one person is remembered this holiday season, then we have achieved our goal of spreading awareness. 




Thank you for joining us! Next up on the hop is Mamie Carson Wadsworth.  If you know someone who lives with PTSD and would like ways to support them, please visit the following sites and remember to reach out to a neighbor, friend or family member during this holiday season.  This could make a huge difference in their day!  

The National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

US Department of Veteran Affairs https://www.ptsd.va.gov/

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Thank you for joining us today!

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