Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stamping For Families Blog Hop


When I was an active card blogger, it usually took me much longer to make the card than to write the post. That's because I'm a writer by trade. Writing comes easy to me most days. Today is NOT one of them.

Today, I am writing about a topic that is sensitive. It's a topic that we've all been hearing about in the news over the last couple of weeks. Some consider this topic political. Some consider it religious. And some consider it moral. I consider it just being a decent human being. 

I can't even begin to tell you how upset I've been to live in a country that tears young, innocent children from their parents and puts them in "camps" where they have no family, no friends and no love. 

Please don't engage in a debate about the "zero tolerance" policy because that is not the purpose of this post. My blog is not a forum for political, religious or moral deliberations. My blog is a place where I share cards I make to uplift people. To show compassion and kindness. Simply put, it's a place to show love.
 

So today, I'm sharing a card I made for the Stamping for Families blog hop. I want these children to know they are loved. Yes, I am fully aware that they will probably never read this post, but someone out there will read it and hopefully be inspired by it, and maybe - just maybe - they will express their love. And maybe - just maybe - enough of us will be inspired to share our compassion, kindness and love for others. And then maybe - just maybe - someone who really needs to feel loved will actually feel loved. 

Today's card features hearts stamped in a circle. The hearts are all of the colors in the rainbow to represent every person of every color, race, religion, etc. because EVERYONE deserves to be loved.

Please join the hop and visit my friends' blogs. If you feel like it, give them a little love. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

 I am honored to participate in the Stamping for Autism blog hop. I believe this is the third year of the hop and I've been in it since year one.


Neither of my two kids have autism, but they do have other special needs. Because of this, I know how challenging life can be. I have nothing but admiration for Veronica, Tenia and all the other parents who have to go the extra mile to meet the needs of these children.



 My card celebrates these awesome children and their parents. I used microfine glitter from Elizabeth Crafts to create the sparkly circles in the ring wreath, which is a die from Simon Says Stamp. It took a while to create the wreath, but boy was it fun!  I'm happy with the results so it was well worth my time. One of these days I'd like to do a tutorial on how I created this card.




 I want to apologize for being a day late with my post. I am now working and my job entails traveling to different cities around Ohio. Last week I was in Cincinnati promoting Monster Jam!

There are several talented cardmakers participating in this hop. Click on the link below to  see more beautiful creations.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Week Four


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It's my very last post for the February Designer Spotlight. :-( I really enjoyed being a part of the Wednesday Challenge team this month. Challenges are a great way to grow your crafting skills. They push you to try techniques and designs you may not have done otherwise. They also push you to do your best and continually strive to improve. You probably already know this if you're on this page because you came to it from the Simon Says Stamp blog!


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This week's challenge is Anything Goes featuring Simon Says Stamp products. I know Valentine's Day has passed, but a love-themed card never goes out of style. My card features the new Simon Says Stamp Love and Quotes set.








To create this card, I first stamped two rows of the smallest heart in the set on the top of the card with the lightest ink color. I then stamped two rows of the second smallest heart in a little darker shade and so on until I got to the bottom of the card. Each time, I used a bigger heart with a darker shade of ink. Then I took the same ink and covered the hearts using my ink blending tool.

Next, I stamped the sentiment onto cardstock and cut it out with the large banner in the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Bundle of Shapes. Here is a trick: The banner was not long enough for the sentiment. To get the banner the right size, I left the top edge of the banner hanging outside of my cutting plates, allowing only the bottom part of the banner to be cut. Then, I re positioned the banner to align with the top half of my sentiment, turned the paper around and left the bottom part of the banner hanging outside of the cutting plate and cutting the top half.

I adhered the banner with dimensional stickers and finished it off with some silver sequins! Bam! Done!!


As I mentioned earlier, challenges are a great way to grow your crafting abilities because they encourage you to try new techniques or designs that you may not have tried otherwise. Sometimes it's good to step outside your comfort zone and grow as a crafter. I encourage you to give it a try. Who knows? You may actually win a prize like a $50 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp!!!


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Week 3


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Hi everyone! It's time for another Wednesday Challenge! I'm in my third week as the guest designer for the Wednesday Challenge!!


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This week's theme is Fantastic Florals and we are featuring Altenew. Can I just say how excited I was when found out I got to play with Altenew products!?! They are my absolute favorite stamp company. I love their floral images. I really like their inks, too. They're crisp and they dry relatively fast, which prevents smudging. My card features a whimsical floral set called Hello Sunshine. Check it out!


If you're thinking "Her watercoloring is terrible. It's not even inside the lines!" let me stop you right there because it was intentional.


 I very, very loosely watercolored the flowers after stamping them onto watercolor paper. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush to fill in the images. Let me add that letting go of control and allowing myself to be more free with the coloring was not easy. I am usually very meticulous.


However, I'm glad I stepped out of my comfort zone because I like the end result. I would be remiss if I didn't give credit to Margaret Berg, who designed this gorgeous illustration called Pastel Florals.

Inspiration: Pastel Florals by Margaret Berg

I'd like to challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Then enter it into the challenge for the chance to win a $50 gift card to Simon Says Stamp.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Week 2

I'm back again with another card for the Wednesday challenge this month. Before I get started, I'd like to share the story of how this guest design spot came to be. Back in November, I attended a palette-making party Heidi hosted at the Simon Says Stamp office. (I am fortunate enough to live a couple miles away from SSS!) The very lovely Lorraine Aquilina (Lols) was there also. We started chatting and really hit it off!  Here is a picture of us with our handmade palettes!

And now ...

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The theme is "cute" and we are featuring Wild Rose Studio. Here is my card:


I stamped the Bear Hugs stamp with Memento Ink onto some Copic Blending X Press It paper that I had die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and then blended some Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage Distress Inks onto the top and bottom of the panel. I adhered it onto my card base, which I had covered in colorful patterned by from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook 6 collection. Here are links to the products I used:






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Now it's your turn to create a "cute" card and enter it into this week's challenge for a chance to win a

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hello out there! I'm Baaaack!!

 I'm back and I'm excited to say that I am the February guest designer for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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The theme for this week's challenge is The Color of Love and we're featuring Reverse Confetti products.

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I used paper and Confetti Cuts from the new releases. The card was pretty easy to create. I simply cut out a banner and die cut the row of heart outlines and adhered them to my card base. Then I cut out a 2.25"x2.25" square, rounded the corners on the right and adhered it using three-dimensional foam stickers. I adhered the XOXO and some left over hearts from the inside of the heart outline die, added some enamel dots and voila! You can get these products at Simon Says Stamp. Here are links:







Now it's your turn to create something using the Color of Love theme. You don't have to use Reverse Confetti products to play, but if you have them, go for it!



Remember, if you win, you will receive a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!

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