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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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