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Erin Lee Creative October Release Blog Hop

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Today is the day! Finally! The October release for Erin Lee Creative is now live.

I could not resist showcasing the Marble Stencil. So many ways to use this! But I thought it looked like abstract art and I just brushed on colors, turning it 90 degrees for each color. Once done, I used the Hello Word Die along with the Oh Em Gee Stamp Set. This release is full of so much goodness. It includes the Winter Florals Stamp Set I featured a couple of weeks ago. You are sure to love it.

Now for a chance to win!

Prizes: 2 lucky commenters will win a $50 gift code to use in the ELC shop. Winners will be announced on the Monday, October 26 blog post. Comment on everyone’s blog or IG for a greater chance to win!

On with the hop! Up next is Lynnea Hollendonner and I know you’ll love her project. Here is the whole hop in case you get lost:

I hope you love all the inspiration and will go support Erin. She is an amazing human and her wonderful company makes me happy! Thanks for stopping in today!

SPDMix72 – You’re So Kind

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A quick follow up from yesterday’s Mix It Up Challenge #72 post over at the SugarPea Designs blog. A reminder that if you play along, you get a chance to win shopping! Woohoo!

I love the colors and the sketch from the challenge and chose to use both. I stamped a bunch of the little flowers from Hey Fall and colored them quickly. Using the squared from the SugarCut – Card Front Elements III, it was easy to follow the trio from the sketch. I used my CutAlign tool to get things evenly spaced and straight.

Hop on over to the SugarPea Designs blog to see more inspiration posted by the team each week for this monthly challenge. Thanks for stopping in! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #457

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Happy Wednesday! I am happy to be back with this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Our ever so wonderful and witty Linda Callahan is the sketch designer this week and this one is great for all of you who love layers.

I decided to go all in on fall and pulled out this Leafy Layers die set by Concord and 9th. I love all the leaves, the banner, the options! Using some old patterned paper from my apparently never-ending stash, I opted for plaid and textures. The effect from cutting the outline and the solid die from the same print surprised me with its “just right” pop. I love how you can die cut a sentiment into the banner and thought that just a bit of the pattern peeking through would add a nice detail. Best of all, cards like this are easy to make and put together in bulk.

I hope you have as much fun with this one as I did. Lots of room to play with colors and textures, stamped images or none at all! Come on over and join us. Back tomorrow with a new card for SugarPea Designs. See you then!

Freshly Made Sketches #456

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Hi all! Sorry for the long quiet. I was out in Denver for some training. I’m sure you are not surprised that the airlines are having a lot of difficulties. A year ago I moved to a wide body (international) fleet and now I have been moved back to my old airplane. But I am grateful that, through the sacrifice of all the pilots at United, we have held off furloughing. And I do love my Airbus! With that, I’m back to stamping a bit and I’m the sketch hostess this week for Freshly Made Sketches.

I also get to share a sneak peek of a new Erin Lee Creative stamp set called Winter Florals that will be released on October 17th. The flower and the sentiment are both from the set. For the background, I used the Houndstooth Background. I love this background for a holiday card…so just expect to see more of it!

I hope you enjoy my sketch this week. I think it has a bit of a classic vibe and one that is easy for many kinds of cards. The team has created beautiful inspiration as always. It is nice to be back and I’m glad you stopped in today.

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.

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