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SugarPea Designs – Sweet Peek Week Day 1

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Welcome to day 1 of the SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Week! This is my first release as a designer with SugarPea Designs and I’m just over the moon about the new products I get to share. We are featuring the Piece of Cake 3D Box Dies today. There is also a GIVEAWAY featured at the bottom of the post.

First of all, this fun product really does create a piece of cake! I chose to make mine vanilla with chocolate and raspberry. Because I LOVE this flavor of cake! Beyond the general cuteness of the cake, the versatility of the dies in the set makes this a standout.

I love the ability to stand things up on the top of the cake. I chose the layering hearts but there are stars and candles and other fun details too.

I thought the option to have a see through section on the top scallop was brilliant too. I used it to show some chocolate “frosting” but you could easily make it a peekaboo window into the contents.

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, May 25th.

Thank you for stopping in today. Back tomorrow for our next feature and the entire release will be available on Friday, May 22nd.

SugarPea Designs – Guest Week 4

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I cannot believe that a whole month has gone by as a guest designer for SugarPea Designs. It has been such a joy to work with this company!

You know by now that I have long sung the praises of stencils.  I love them!  They are such an economical addition to your craft room and they can do so much to add texture and detail to your projects.  Today, I used the Leaf Canopy Stencil in the traditional way.  I put the stencil down on Bristol Smooth paper and brushed on Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.

Not sure how you feel about it, but one of the happiest moments in crafting for me is pulling away the stencil.  Kind of like a big reveal!  The detail of this stencil really makes for a pretty base so I decided to let it be the star.  I chose the SugarCut Grateful Die as my sentiment.  I inked up a scrap of the Bristol Smooth with the same colors in a gradient and then cut it out with the die.  To get a bit more dimension, I cut the word three more times from green card stock and the layered them all together to attach to the card.

SugarPea Designs has lots of pretty stencils! Again, please remember with the stock of so many of these companies that they are limited by their own supply chains and access to warehouses. Shop with them and be patient as they work to get their beautiful products to you. It is worth the wait to support such fantastic people! Thanks so much for stopping in today. So glad to see you!

SugarPea Designs – Guest Week 3

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Today I have my card for week three of my April guest designer month at SugarPea Designs. I suspect that many of you are starting to feel the weight of the global restrictions and I am no different. While I have been on reserve (on call) for United, I have not flown now for a month. I miss my office window! So you can see that in my project for today.

I reached for the Meadow Motifs stamp set again.  While I love happy spring colors, I was feeling the call of watercolor paints and focused on blues and a gray green.  I stamped lots of the beautiful images from the stamp set onto watercolor paper and got to watercoloring.  Something about the imperfection of paints seemed to fit the chaos of my house.

Once completed, I cut all of the images out with the coordinating SugarCut Meadow Motifs dies.  After laying them out in a grouping, I used Press’n Seal Wrap over them to hold them in place.  Then comes the fun!  Choose a shape die (I used an oval) and lay it over your wrap then cut.  On the inside of the shape you will have the pieces still held in place.  I added foam tape for extra dimension and then attached to a watercolor paper base.  Carefully peel away the wrap and magic!  You see the shape but didn’t have to do any piecing.  The sentiment is from Everyday Sentiments stamp set and I cut it out with coordinating SugarCut Sentiment Strips.

This gorgeous stamp set was truly perfect for the Press’n Seal technique (which has been on my “to try” list for a long time).  I hope you will be inspired to give it a go too.  Thanks for stopping in to visit today! Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. See you then!

SugarPea Designs – Guest Week 2

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I am happy to be back over at SugarPea Designs for week 2 of my April guest posts. First, I’m so grateful that many of you visited their site last week and did some shopping. I can’t wait for you to see the sweet box her products come in and the darling packaging. And if you didn’t have a moment to visit last week, I hope to inspire you to this week.

You know by now that I cannot resist a flower and these Meadow Motifs images are the best! Pretty flowers, extra images to pop up for texture. Beautifully designed! I blended pink into orange and then yellow to create the shading with Copic Markers.  I went right to my YG markers for the perfect spring green leaves that also happen to perfectly match the Key Lime Pie Envelopes.  I colored up one of the butterflies from the set in lavender as a contrast to the pink/orange.

Once I completed the coloring, I cut all of the images out with the coordinating SugarCut Meadow Motifs dies.  To create the background, I inked some white card stock in Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and then cut the cover plate from more white with the SugarCut Large Striped CoverPlate die.  The sentiment came from the multitasking workhorse Everyday Sentiments stamp set.  Finally, I found some purple/green iridescent sequins in my stash to finish.

So a reminder about shopping with any of the craft companies right now, there are limitations, just like on all the other aspects of our lives. If something is showing as “sold out”, it may be because they cannot get to their warehouse or their distributor cannot come in to make additional products. Some companies cannot even ship. For now, SugarPea Designs is able to ship what she has in stock but re-stock may take time. Please just make a wish list or notify when available. These companies want your business very much but sometimes there is only so much they can do. When they do ship to you, go over to their social media sites and share photos! They LOVE this and are super excited when they see you happy. I hope you enjoy this bit of spring today. I’ll be back Wednesday for the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Have a good Monday!

SugarPea Designs – April Guest Designer

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Hi everyone! I hope this finds you healthy. I’m excited to share some happy news. Which is really nice to give and get these days. You know that I’m such a fan of our crafty industry and most especially, I’m a fan of the small business owners that drive it. SugarPea Designs is owned by Wendy Ramlakhan and she is the embodiment of all that is great with stamp companies. Not only are her stamps and products fantastic, she is a genuinely awesome human! And in this time of difficulty, I very much want to support companies like hers! She has supported challenges and celebrations with gift cards and chances to win. Now is a great time to pay that back. And good news, she is still able to ship from her inventory!!

For my card today, I used the SugarCut Interlocking Circles Die which is really unique and such fun to use.  I first cut it out using black card stock and then it got really fun.  Using multiple colors from the “spots” pattern in the Spots & Stripes Brights Patterned Paper, I used the die to capture the negative parts of the die.  I like puzzles and I had a blast fitting the colors into the different areas in the circles.  Best part, with the cut outs you can create multiples of this just putting different colors in different places.  

After adhering the circles to the white panel, I chose the SugarCut Friends Word Die as the focal sentiment.  I cut the shadow from vellum and the word from black card stock.  The Everyday Sentiments set was perfect to complete the sentiment.  I chose the Happy Birthday, stamped it in black and cut it out using the SugarCut Sentiment Strips Dies.  I put the whole panel on a black card base and the card is ready to brighten someone’s day.

I hope that you are finding some time to create. I try to eek out a bit of crafting every day. Usually I do it while watching one of my dear friends on their “Lives” or in a tutorial. This new normal is not at all normal so I just try to roll with each day as it comes. I hope you are able to do the same.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you again soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #428

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I can’t imagine that any of you are feeling different than I am. Every day seems to show new obstacles. I am overwhelmed at times. Clearly working for an airline right now is challenging. But so is working pretty much anywhere. I have come to the conclusion that the only way to maintain my sanity is to try to share kindness. Like many crafters, I have an insanely large stack of cards. And now is the moment! Time to mail them. Medical personnel, first responders, other airline people, all of these people need encouragement. So that is my inspiration for today’s card. Our latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches is designed by the lovely Amy O’Neill and I knew right what I wanted to use.

Mondo Hydrangea is a gorgeous set by Ellen Hutson. I love to watercolor it. And it jumped right out and I knew it would be perfect for the sketch. I stamped in VersaFine Ink and watercolored with Daniel Smith paints. The matching die was used to cut it out. I decided that the Nordic Frames layer would be a nice detail and I used it on Fog Gray card stock. Needless to say, I think this sentiment will be getting heavy rotation. It is from a new to me set called Everyday Sentiments from SugarPea Designs. It has awesome sentiments!! There is a coordinating die for it too (which I used).

If you are looking to mail some cards and don’t have any place to send them, message me and I’ll be happy to share the addresses. And speaking of grateful…I am incredibly grateful for all of you. These days are hard. Each of us has our own battle in this war against a wicked foe. We need to stay strong and we are stronger together! Make sure you go over to see my amazing teammates at FMS. They are some of the most remarkable people and I’m blessed to be a part of the team. Stay safe, stay home, let’s do this!

Rainbow of Happiness

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I mentioned on Wednesday that I had the pleasure of attending a crafty retreat called Stamping Away. It is an event coordinated by two of the kindest women, Laurie Willison and Amy Kolling. It is held at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, KS and it is a magical gathering of friends. The house itself it bright and happy and rainbow themed. So you just need to be ready for me to be rainbowing all the things for a while! I have a double inspiration for today’s card.

One of the funniest parts of the weekend event is a White Elephant gift exchange. Standard rules where you can steal from another and wow, are those women vicious, lol! No, not really. But the stealing is hilarious and the laugh until your sides hurt joy is the kind of happy we all need in our lives. I asked another amazingly talented crafted to help me with my gift for the exchange and she delivered more than I could have hoped! Her name is Melissa Bickford of Honey and Pine Signs. I told her that I wanted a rainbow sign for the exchange and she created a custom one for me!

This is what she created (this is also her store photo). WOW!! I fell in love with it immediately. Because she came up with multiple designs, I also fell in love with another one for my own stamp room.

Isn’t it wonderful?! Well, needless to day I had rainbow inspiration going into my weekend so I was super happy to find a wonderful die set from The Stamp Market called Rainbow Stripes Die. I cut it out from watercolor paper and then inked it with Distress Inks in rainbow colors. So pretty! So fun! I added some Tumbled Glass Oxide Ink behind the rainbow to help it pop. Then I found this sentiment from SugarPea Designs called Whatever the Weather and it was PERFECT! I stamped it in Catherine Pooler Twilight Ink.

This card makes me SOOOO happy! I love it. I love where I made it. I love all the things! I hope you do too!

Well, that is it for today. I’ll be sharing lots more cards over the next few weeks. Thanks for stopping by today. And if you go shop with Melissa, tell her I sent you! I’m just so grateful for her awesomeness! See you soon.

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