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Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Picket Fence Studios

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Today is Crafty Friends Blog Hop day! I’m thrilled to say that we celebrating Picket Fence Studios, a long time favorite of mine. I also have a bit of news. This is our last hop as a group. We have so loved sharing our favorite companies with you! I hope you will enjoy this last hop.

I am such a fan of the BFF Girls and this BFF Kate is one I reach for over and over. Something about her cool attitude makes me want to be her. I gave her a cute fall outfit and added a background that seemed to accent her.

I used the Fairy Wings stencil to add a little bit of detail. After inking the side of the front with Distress Ink, I then added black ink with the stencil. An easy and fun way to add texture and I love this design. Finally I picked a sentiment from the Simply Wonderful stamp set. Love a good sentiment set!

I’m happy to add a shopping code for this hop too! Use CRAFTYFRIENDS20 either today or tomorrow (Sept 20 – 21) for a 20% discount. I have linked my affiliate link and I appreciate you shopping with me (click the button or the code).

Now on to the rest of the hop. I’m sending you to the fabulous Tanya Boser. Here is the whole list in case you get lost.

Thanks so much for dropping by today! Again, I sad that this is the end of an era but crafty friends are the best of friends so you will see us all around!

Freshly Made Sketches #453

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Happy Wednesday! We are up with the new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and our lovely Judy is the sketch designer. This one is so clever and I love it.

When I saw the big circle, the first thing that came to mind was this Dahlia XL Stamp by the amazing Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy. Her art always puts me in awe. And her gardening…oh my. Yes, I’m a total fan girl. I was reading my Martha Stewart magazine and saw these and knew I wanted them as inspiration.

My colors fell somewhere in the middle but I’m happy with the peachy hues. Side note, Marcella worked at Martha Stewart for a while. Because she is awesome like that. I tried the sentiment on a circle and it just didn’t work for me so I went with a rectangle and will beg Judy’s forgiveness. To add a little more texture, I used my Torn Strips Stencil (SugarPea Designs) to emboss.

So glad you came to visit today. I hope you are inspired to come over and join our team with the challenge.

Happy Looks Good On You

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I’m over at the SugarPea Designs blog today with a fun card for inspiration. As I wrote there, I love when I find products that go together even though they were not designed together.

Not gonna lie, it was really all about the glasses for me. I had not played with this particular die in the Open Book SugarCut set and needed to fix that. When I cut them from the green glitter paper, my oldest called them Rita Skeeter glasses because they are acid green. Made me love them even more! It is the details on them. The fact that the die has the little arms and not just the frames! I could go on and on.

I chose a piece of striped paper from my stash since I thought the black and white showed highlighted the color more. As I was looking for ideas, I came upon the Happy Word SugarCut and its sister stamp set, Happy Thoughts. This play on words with the glasses made me chuckle and I knew I had a winner. So I kept it simple (yeah, I know, I usually do) and just kept the word die black with vellum and added the rest of the sentiment on a panel. It was almost done. But what was missing? A little more sparkle! I remembered the little stars from the Piece of Cake SugarCuts and thought they were just the right thing.

I hope you enjoy this one today. Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you soon!

Nineteen Years

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Nineteen years ago today, my flying world changed forever. For those new to my blog, I am a pilot for United Airlines. And this year, the anniversary of 9/11 feels somehow closer than in previous years. I have struggled to write this post because of strong emotions this week. Focusing is harder.

When those planes were used as weapons and all those innocents were killed, we knew the world would never be the same. I recognized pretty quickly that the impact to my career would be substantial. Two years later, seventeen years ago, I was given a furlough notice. For over 3 years, I had no job at United. The devastation of 9/11 went deep. We know the stories of first responders and their health issues. I can say with clarity that many airline families struggled for years. More loss. It is hard not to draw parallels to where we are now. I wrote last year (Eighteen Years) about one of the most notable parts in the days following 9/11 was how the world worked together. That there was a feeling of unity and kindness and love that shone through the darkness.

The darkness has crept back in. We all see it. We all comment on it. But, in truth, what are we personally doing to combat it? This card reflects how I’m feeling, I think. For any of my United brethren, you’ll understand this choice. It reminds me of our Training Center location in Denver. The place where we were so excited as new hires. Where we have gone for our upgrades. And now, again, where we go on the march backwards.

But the sentiment, a quote from Maya Angelou, seems right for the times too. We are fighting a different battle than nineteen years ago. But maybe we can use some of the lessons we learned then. We are the best versions of ourselves when we work to help others. Light can come in different ways. Small acts of kindness can make a big difference. Just like the night sky. One star may not add much light. But all of the stars together are brilliant.

To quote myself, kindness and love are the only solution to the tragedy brought by hate. I hope that today, and on other days, we give each other a little grace and work to find the light. And maybe even be the light.

In memory of:

United 93:  Jason Dahl, LeRoy Homer Jr., Lorraine Bay, Sandra Bradshaw, Wanda Green, CeeCee Lyles, Deborah Welsh

United 175:  Victor Saracini, Michael Horrocks, Robert Fangman, Amy Jarret, Amy King, Kathryn Laborie, Alfred Marchand, Michael Tarrou, Alicia Titus, Marianne McFarlane, Jesus Sanchez

American 11:  John Ogonowski, Thomas McGuinness, Barbara Arestegui, Jeffrey Collman, Sara Low, Karen Martin, Kathleen Nicosia, Betty Ong, Jean D. Roger, Dianne Snyder, Madeline Sweeney

American 77:  Charles Burlingame III, David Charlebois, Michele Heidenberger, Jennifer Lewis, Kenneth Lewis, Renee May

SPDMix71, FMS452 – Thanks

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Back for my second card of the day. If you missed the first one, it features the SugarPea Designs Stamptember set so scroll down to take a look. For this card, I’m combining the SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge and the newest Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

It has been at least a couple of weeks since I have used Meadow Motifs so I figured I was cleared to pull it out again. *smile* I mean, there is a flower in the inspiration!! Besides, these little sprays were perfect for Amy‘s sketch. And it is a great sketch!

After a bit of temptation to leave the panel plain, I decided to add some of the script text background from Handwritten Letter to make it a little less plain. I stamped off the ink a bit to give it a varied look. The sentiment is the new Thanks SugarCut and the die has the shadow with it. Love that in vellum.

I hope you will join me for both challenges! Thanks for stopping in today! Hope you have a good one.

Stamptember – Shiver Me Timbers – SugarPea Designs

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Happy Stamptember!!! If you are not aware of this monthlong celebration of crafty fun, head right on over to Simon Says Stamp to see!

We think STAMPtember is the most exciting part of the year and we’ve been counting down the days!! We know so many of you have come to love and collect our exclusive STAMPtember sets, and this year will not disappoint! Today we’re sharing with you the stamp set we created exclusively for this event called Shiver Me Timbers. There is also a coordinating die set and you can purchase them as a bundle or separately! This set is exclusive to Simon Says Stamp, so it’s the only place you will find it, and only while supplies last! Don’t wait too long to get yours, most of these sell out really fast! You can find it HERE.

I had such fun coloring the images from this set. And yes, I have that extra little monkey who just didn’t fit on the card but I had to show him anyway! So many ways to combine the images and sentiments. To create my window, I used the new Birch Forest SugarCut’s outline circle. The perfect size for the scene. And take a closer look to see that our little exploring monkey is bringing the rum for the party. Not sure why, but that rum just cracks me up! Of course there are coordinating SugarCuts for the set and you can buy it as a bundle. Did I mention that the sets sell out FAST?!! Once gone, they are gone.

I’ll be back in a few hours (posting this right at midnight when the set goes live!) with another project for SugarPea Designs and Freshly Made Sketches.

Freshly Made Sketches #451

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Happy middle of the week. I hope yours is going well. I’m happy to bring you the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Our lovely Narelle is the sketch designer and this one is fabulous.

I was in a bit of a watercolor mood and I really wanted to play with my new release products from Concord and 9th. I watercolored the green as a background and then layered color onto the varying die cuts. These leaves are from the retired Layering Leaves and the new Leafy Layers. The sentiment and banner are from the new set too. I just watercolored a panel, cut the letters and used the negative as a guide for setting the letters on the panel.

I hope you will have some time to join us this week. We love seeing all the beautiful creations in the gallery. Thanks for stopping in today. Look for me on Friday for a great Instagram hop with SugarPea Designs.

Erin Lee Creative – Look on the Bright Side Hop + Giveaway

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Happy September! Here’s to hoping that this month decides to play a little nicer than the others this year. What was that?! Yes! Look on the Bright Side! Like what I did there? I super excited to share this new kit from Erin Lee Creative today.

Don’t get me wrong. I love all the rainbows in this kit. Like, really love. But for me the stars of the show are the sentiments. This one practically demanded to be put on a card right away. I’ll be honest, I very much want us to start rising a bit more.

Using some beautiful colored glitter paper, I simply started cutting rainbows. And yes, I have the remnants that I can piece together into more cards like this with different color sequences. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. At first I looked to add more color to this but, as usual, I opted for clean with the focus on the sparkle.

GIVEAWAY: We are giving away ONE KIT chosen from comments left across all of the blogs participating in this hop. Please leave a comment on any participating blog by Tuesday, September 8. The winner will be announced that week on the Erin Lee Creative Blog. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Now on to the rest of the hop. I’m thrilled to send you off to my friend Cheryl Knutti. You will love her project! Here is the list if you get lost along the way.

SugarPea Designs – August Release Day

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Welcome to Release Day for SugarPea Design! I love Release Day. I have one final card to share. There is also a GIVEAWAY featured at the bottom of the post.

I chose to combine some sets that I think you already fell in love with, based on comments. Using one of the leaf images from the Beautiful Books stamp set, I created a wreath. Then I added some of the berry elements from the same set. So easy, so fun, and really stretches the set. Another of the amazing sentiments from Autumn Blessings is the center focal point. The fabulous Autumn Background creates the perfect subtle detail on the card base.

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to the SPD store? Leave a comment below for your chance to win. TWO lucky commenters will be randomly selected from the Sweet Peek Week comments to win a $50 Gift Voucher! Winners will be announced on our blog: Monday, August 31st.

Thank you for stopping in today. Back tomorrow for one additional card and the entire release will be available on Friday, August 28th at 2p Eastern.

SugarPea Designs – August Sweet Peek Week Day 4

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Welcome to day 4 of the SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Week! I am so excited about the products I get to show you this week! Today is the final day of reveals and we have the Let’s Stay Home set with coordinating SugarCut dies and the Torn Strips Stencil. There is also a GIVEAWAY featured at the bottom of the post.

When I saw this stamp set, the first thing I thought of was to make a card where you “entered” the room. So for the front, I created a way to do that. I started with a basic gate fold and the added a door made with elements from the set. The frame turned into the door windows, the book into a mail slot. I used the lamps as intended and the plant is my secret to keeping the door closed. It tucks behind the edge of the plant.

When you open the door, I have this inside. I colored many of the elements from the set and even used the frame as an actual frame here by adding the little flower and coloring it all up. I cannot even tell you how much fun this is. I’m not a natural scene builder as a stamper and this really has me obsessed. I thought the stencil was a good way to add dimension to the floor so I added a bit of distress ink on some darker card stock. Just the right touch! And let’s face it, this sentiment nails it! Just like at my house, that cat on the chair is the big winner in all this!

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to the SPD store? Leave a comment below for your chance to win. TWO lucky commenters will be randomly selected from the Sweet Peek Week comments to win a $50 Gift Voucher! Winners will be announced on our blog: Monday, August 31st.

Thank you for stopping in today. Back tomorrow for one additional card and the entire release will be available on Friday, August 28th at 2p Eastern.

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