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Spring Bliss Release Sneak Peek Day 3 – Honey Bee Stamps

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You may have seen that Honey Bee Stamps has started sneak peeks for their Spring Bliss Release. As a member of their social media team, I get to join in on the release fun too! I am sharing today’s Day 3 peeks along with the rest of the team.

The products featured today are going to be must-haves for many of your stamp rooms. First is the Old Rugged Cross stamp set and coordinating dies and I combined them with the Wood Frame Builder Honeycut Dies and the Basketweave Stencil that was revealed on Day 1. ** Please note that the links will not work properly until the release goes live on Feb. 16th at 11p **

As we approach Lent this week, I was particularly drawn to the Old Rugged Cross set. All of the images and dies combine for many, many variations. This is a multi-purpose set that is wonderful for Easter and Christian holidays but also for sympathy cards. As soon as I saw the set, I knew what I wanted to make. The crown of thorns image is perfectly sized to work with the crosses in the set and the die cuts the center to allow it to hang. The draped banner comes in two images that you can use together or separately to create the layered appearance on the cross.

Once I had the cross built, I wanted to use other products to highlight but not overshadow it. I started with the Frame Builder dies and just cut a white frame to add texture. But the card seemed a little too clean even for me. So I grabbed the new Basketweave Stencil and brushed on some Antique Linen Distress Ink to add more depth behind the cross. Finally, I had to choose a sentiment and this one seemed to be just exactly right. Again, the detail on the dies that cut the sentiment close allow so much more of the rest to show through.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another peek.

The release will go live tomorrow night (Feb. 16th) at 11p Eastern after a release party at 9p Eastern. You can find the party on Instagram with Honey Bee Stamps!

Sweet Sunflower for Honey Bee Stamps

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Hello my friends! I hope the week has been good. I’m here to share a card I created for Honey Bee Stamps on Instagram today. Even though I have lots to be doing creatively this week, I just needed to take a moment for some coloring. And what better than a wonderful flower.

While it isn’t quite sunflower season, it is ever really NOT the time to color one this pretty?! Yeah, I thought the same. I pulled out lots of yellows and browns and got to work (a picture of the colors below). I just played with shading until I was happy.

Next I worked on leaves and then the wheat. The wheat adds a nice texture element with the flower. The Farmhouse Check background stamp is one that I will use over and over. Today I purposely under inked it for a tattered effect. Kind of loving that! And then finally the sentiment from the set. Perfect!

I hope you enjoy this one and that it inspires you just to sit down and color a bit. I didn’t do this all in one sitting and I highly recommend projects that take a bit of time. Thanks for stopping in today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a new card for the latest release by Honey Bee Stamps.

Hello for SPD Mix 76 and FMS

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I have another “combo” card for you today using the new February SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge and this weeks Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. I used the inspiration and colors from SPD Mix along with the fab sketch by our awesome Narelle Farrugia.

It didn’t take me but a glance at the inspiration to know that I needed to pull out the Beautiful Books Stamp Set and Dies. After stamping and cutting, I started playing with the layout a bit. I realized that I needed a die cut sentiment so the Card Front Element Builder III dies have this great “hello” that seemed just right.

Then it hit me that the strips from the same die set would be perfect for the sketch. Not that I can’t cut a rectangle but something about the perfection of a die cut makes it simpler. All I had left to do was attach everything to a kraft base. I love it when it works out that way!

Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have fun playing along with these challenges too. Remember the SPD Mix has a chance to win! Back on Friday. Until then, have a great week.

Blooming Thanks for SugarPea Designs

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I’m sharing a card today that I created for the SugarPea Designs company blog today. I am still loving the Winter Release products and am having so much fun using them!

I started with the gorgeous Friendship Blooms Stamp Set. I stamped onto watercolor paper with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I colored the flowers and leaves with my Daniel Smith watercolor paints then cut them out with the coordinating SugarCut – Friendship Blooms Dies.

Next using the SugarCut – Block Alphabet Dies I chose to cut the word “THANKS” from gold card stock. As I played with the layout, I realized this was the perfect opportunity to make a slimline card. I cut a layering panel from Bristol Smooth paper and inked it with a Catherine Pooler Suede Shoes Ink. I splattered with some water and a bit of gold (Gold Lamé Smooch Ink) to match the letters and embossing. Once dry, I attached the flowers and then the letters. I used a straight edge to line up the letters which makes it tons easier. I love the versatility of the alphabet to expand sentiment choices or just make a bold statement. I hope you like this project! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sending You Love with Freshly Made Sketches and SugarPea Designs

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Happy Wednesday! I am excited to be back today to share a card made for two challenges. I combined this week’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch with the inspiration from the SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge #75. I love the sketch designed by the lovely Jen Brum and it opened up some fun opportunities to play with new products.

I started it all by inking up Bristol card stock with Picked Raspberry and Candied Apple Distress Ink. I used my new Block Alphabet SugarCut Dies to cut the word LOVE. I added a few hearts from different SugarCut sets (Piece of Cake and Vintage Telephone) on the same run through.

I created a perfect framing layer using two new SugarCut basics. The Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Scalloped Rectangles work together perfectly. I added to the sentiment using a sentiment from Flurry of Warm Wishes and then cut it with the Sentiment Strips SugarCut dies. To add a bit more texture, I used the new Cute Heart Stencil for embossing the base.

Thanks so much for stopping in today! I hope you will play along with both of these challenges this week. A reminder that the Mix It Up challenge has a chance to win. See you again Friday!

SugarPea Designs Winter Release Day 4

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Today is the last day of sneak peeks for the Winter Release from SugarPea Designs. The release goes live today (Friday) at 2p Eastern and I cannot wait. Make sure you take your chance at the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post.

So, let’s be real, if my calico kitty was in charge of the world, this would be every day. I love this Let’s Stay In Bed stamp set and the opportunity to scene build again. There are dies to match but I did a bit of masking for this.

It was fun to create the room and a place for the kitty to nap. And my calico was my muse (in fairness to my gray tuxedo she simply matched better). I did a bit of watercoloring and then cut the scene with the new Stitched Rectangles SugarCut Dies.

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to our 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, January 25th.

Thanks for joining me today. See you tomorrow for the whole release and one more project!

Erin Lee Creative January Release

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I’m totally the bearer of good tidings this week and today I have even more! Erin Lee Creative is launching her January Release TODAY! So many fun things plus a hop and a GIVEAWAY.

I’m thrilled to show you the new Wonder Woman stamp set. Great images and inspiring sentiments abound! I stamped this image that is reminiscent of Rosie the Riveter and got to coloring with my Copics. Isn’t she wonderful?! After coloring (on white card stock), I thought she needed a bolder background so I colored behind her with a dark blue Copic as well.

This technique does not get old! Finally, after some debate of which worked best, I thought this sentiment was best. For all your friends who are struggling right now, what better way to cheer them on?!

Now for a chance to win:

Prizes: Be sure to comment on blog entries along the hop so you can be entered to win a $50 voucher to use in the ELC shop! There will be two winners chosen at random from the comments.

On with the hop! Next up is the amazing Cheryl Knutti. I just adore her creative style and I know you will love what she created!

Thank you so much for joining us today! My affiliate links are posted below and I’d be so grateful if you shop Erin Lee Creative with me. Have an empowered day!

SugarPea Designs Winter Release Day 3

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Today is a busy day on the blog! First up, I get to share Day 3 of the SugarPea Designs Winter Release sneak peek! Given that it is Wednesday, I have combined it with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge with a fabulous sketch by the lovely Kim Singdahlsen. The SugarPea Designs release goes live on Friday, January 22nd at 2p and make sure you check out the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post.

One of today’s products is a beautiful stamp set called Friendship Blooms (with a coordinating SugarCut die set). The flowers in this set are spectacular. You will see them from me. A lot!! For today, though, I wanted to focus on the simplicity of one gorgeous image. I know that when we craft, we have a tendency to think more is more. Anyone who has been with me for a bit knows that I’m a bit of a minimalist. I do envy those who can put together layers of gorgeousness but for me, this is how I roll. And this stamp set allows me to do just that without feeling like I have missed something.

When I created this card, I needed a number of sympathy cards. The last year has taken such a toll on so many families and our friends are not exempt. I felt like this beautiful clean sketch combined with one pretty flower was perfect for what I needed. In truth, I colored a number of the flowers and created a few versions. But some of the cards needed to go out quickly so I only have this one photographed. The sentiment comes from a favorite of mine, Everyday Sentiments, but the sentiments from the set would be lovely on the same card. The rest of the products for today are equally awesome and I’ll be showing them to you in the upcoming weeks (and I’m sure the hop will inspire you too).

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to our 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, January 25th.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you find inspiration with all the projects from the team today. I’ll be back later with a second post.

SugarPea Designs Winter Release Day 2

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Welcome back for day 2 of the SugarPea Designs Winter Release sneak peeks. All the products shared this week will be available on Friday, January 22nd at 2p Eastern. And make sure you check out the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post.

Today’s project is a combination of all of the daily peek products! I cannot even get over how clever and creative this phone is. Every element of the Vintage Phone SugarCut is so well considered and super easy to use! To create it, I brushed on Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink onto white card stock and them just started cutting. The phone, the letters from the Hello Word SugarCut were all in one run through! I did the same with some of the gray pieces which is just Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. The little numbers in the phone are from the Call Me Stamp Set and work with both the its set and the Vintage Phone dies. So smart! I added the new Chevron Cover Plate in the background for some neutral texture. I cannot wait to hear what you think about this one!

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to our 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, January 25th.

So glad you joined us for today’s inspiration! I hope to see you tomorrow where I have two posts!

SugarPea Designs Winter Release Day 1

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Welcome to Release Week for SugarPea Designs’ Winter Release! I’m so happy to be sharing all the amazing products that will be available on Friday, January 22nd at 2p. And make sure to check out the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post.

I chose to play with the new Sweet Swans Stamp Set and SugarCut Dies. This set is just so, well, sweet! The images are perfect for creating scenes. I just love the potential on this. I stamped a group of the images and then cut some out using the coordinating SugarCut dies. I used a bit of watercoloring using Distress Inks. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and I thought this would be fun as a card for a family member who is going to be having her third child.

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to our 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, January 25th.

Thanks so much for stopping in for today’s peek. See you tomorrow for more fun!

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