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SugarPea Designs Winter Release Day

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Today is the day!! Release day for the Winter Release by SugarPea Designs! Today (Friday) at 2p Eastern all the shopping go live! Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY by commenting on the team posts.

I wanted to come back to the Friendship Blooms stamp and die sets today but with the addition of some products I had not shown you yet. I created the background with the Gradient Stripes Stencil. I love the potential for this one. It is gorgeous with this Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Ink but would also be fabulous with embossing paste and other mediums. I added a layer from the new Stitched Scallops SugarCut which is just a fabulous basics set. I do love workhorse dies!!

Because I had started with Distress Oxide Ink, I thought that I should do some coloring with regular Distress Ink. I used Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry for the flower and then Bundled Sage with a touch of Rustic Wilderness on the leaves. I chose this pretty sentiment from the Floral Envie Stamp set to create a birthday card.

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.

I have enjoyed sharing with you all week and I cannot wait for you to be able to craft with these amazing products. The release goes live today at 2p Eastern and I’d love for you to shop with me if you are so inclined. Thanks for all the kind words all week. You really make sharing so wonderful! Now, time for a Sugar Rush!!

Freshly Made Sketches #467

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Welcome back to the new year of Freshly Made Sketches challenges! We are starting off right with a bit of “slimming down”. Yep, Jen Mitchell created a clever slimline sketch for the new year.

I pulled out the new Love You S’more stamp set from the Love Letters release by Honey Bee Stamps. I didn’t use it during the sneak peeks so it seemed like a good time to show it. I stamped the images in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and Copic colored. I found a fun pattern in the Birthday Bash patterned paper and cut it to a slimline profile. Not quite the full slimline classic but 6″x3″ to accommodate the paper.

In case you missed my Instagram post yesterday, I wanted to do a quick share on a card I made specifically for an IG Hop with Honey Bee Stamps. There is a chance to win so please go over and check it out.

Thanks for stopping in today. So happy you dropped by. Back to flying a bit more this week so I’ll have a few days off. See you soon!

Erin Lee Creative – Coffee Lovers Kit Blog Hop + Giveaway

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Happy Thursday! I’m super happy to be hopping along with Erin Lee Creative and her talented band of designers celebrating her new Coffee Lovers Kit. There is a great GIVEAWAY at the end of this post so make sure you take a look at that. Also, the kit is on sale this week for $39.99!! Wow!

I thought that I would use one of the stencils in the kit with the watercolor technique I have shown you before. You use the stencil as a guide to watercolor. Yep, it as easy as it sounds.

All I did was spray the stencil with a bit of Pixie Spray to make sure it stayed put. Then I put the stencil on watercolor paper as you can see here. I pulled out my Daniel Smith watercolors and a palette for blending the colors. I just added the paint through the stencil and the stencil keeps everything in place for you. I don’t let it get too wet but otherwise, not too much else to share. I left the stencil on as it dried back and then layered on a bit more color to shade and add dimension. Once it is all done just remove the stencil and….magic!

It looks like a hand drawn image but without actually being able to draw (in my case). The sentiment comes from the kit as well and seemed perfect to finish the card. I hope you enjoy this and are inspired to give the technique a try.

Now for a chance to win!

Prizes: 2 lucky commenters will win the Coffee Lovers Kit. Winners will be announced on the ELC blog Monday, December 14. Comment on everyone’s blog or IG for a greater chance to win!

On with the hop! Up next is the amazing Lynnea Hollendonner. You are sure to love her project. Here is the whole hop list in case you get lost:

I hope you enjoy all the inspiration on the hop today! Thanks so much for stopping in.

Freshly Made Sketches #465

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Another week has flown by and it is already Wednesday! I’m here to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and our wonderful new challenge designed by the lovely Jacquie Southas.

The tag element in the sketch is really brilliant and super fun to use. I opted to create a tag with my brand new (fresh from the mail) set from The Greetery called Hoop Wreath. As with all stamps from them, the layered stamping and beautiful images are so well considered. And a sentiment that can be cut out too?? YES!! I pulled out an old tag die (from Studio Katia, I think) and just applied the elements after stamping. I do find it easiest to cut first, then line up the images with all except the sentiment. I added some ribbon and pearls from my stash to finish.

That’s it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a hop with Erin Lee Creative. Hope you have a beautiful day!

Freshly Made Sketches #464

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A super quick post for today. I’m so happy to share this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge with you. Our lovely Judy Rozema is the sketch designer and you are going to love this classic design.

I thought the sketch was perfect for showing off this new Cup Heart Die from Erin Lee Creative. It is one of the add-ons to her new Coffee Lover Kit and it is fabulous. I cut it out of watercolor paper and then just colored it with Distress Inks. Super easy! I created a wash background to match the sketch and then added a sentiment from the kit. I think this will be super popular and we have a hop coming at the end of the week to show you even more!

I hope you have a few moments to join in. The team has created a wonderful variety and I’m sure you’ll be inspired by them. Thanks for stopping in today. See you tomorrow and Friday for new projects with SugarPea Designs and Erin Lee Creative.

Black Friday Sales

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Just a quick drop in to share some Black Friday (or all weekend) sales from some of my favorite companies. If you are shopping, I’d appreciate you shopping from my affiliates. There is no cost to you and it helps me continue to run my blog. Thank you!!

SugarPea Designs

Erin Lee Creative

Ellen Hutson

Simon Says Stamp

Honey Bee Stamps

Picket Fence Studios

Concord and 9th

25 Days of Christmas Tags – Erin Lee Creative

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I am happy to be joining in again on Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Today, the featured company is the wonderful Erin Lee Creative.

You know how much I love Erin and her unique artistic point of view. It is so important to have a voice like hers in our creative industry! Also, she is truly a gem!

When it comes to tags, I’m very much a clean and simple fan. They make such a difference as a final touch in packaging but, let’s face it, mostly do not make it past the opening process. I saw this leaf from the Boho Rainbow Stamp Set and knew it would be perfect for my tags. I stamped it on two tags using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with Copic Markers.

The sentiment is from another favorite set, Winter Florals. With a little bit of masking, I split up the sentiment to make it tag friendly. My MISTI made this easy to duplicate, always a key in making tags. I added a few red rhinestones from my stash and finished with red ribbon.

There are all kinds of ways to win this month so head over to Tracey’s main post for all the details. Thanks so much for stopping in today! See you soon!

O Christmas Trees for SugarPea Designs

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I’m over at the SugarPea Designs blog with a new project today. I created a Christmas card for you using products not specifically for the holidays.

I started the card by creating the base detail with the Falling Snow Stencil. First I embossed with the stencil running it through my Gemini Jr., then I sponged a little bit of white ink over the texture to add more detail. Next up, I used the triangle from the SugarCut – Piece of Cake set. Then I used one of the box dies to score another larger triangle which I just cut on the score line. Finally, I used the small flag die for the trunks. They were all cut from watercolor paper and I inked them with Distress Oxide Ink.

I chose the sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments set and cut it out using the SugarCut – Sentiment Strips. I decorated the trees with stars from the box set and cut them from glitter paper. Such a fun and easy way to create a holiday card!

I love that this used things that are not intended for holiday cards. Multi-tasking of products is a big thing for me because you get the best value from your craft dollar. Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you again soon.

CASE Me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton

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I have a fun project for today! My friend Michelle Lupton invited me to join her in her October Series, CASE Me a Christmas Card. Each of us chooses a card made by the other and then CASE (Copy and Share Everything) it. I always consider the rule of three when CASEing, trying to change at least three things. Michelle has a fun acronym that she uses, LIMES. Go over to see how she does it! Super smart.

I used a wonderful stamp set by SugarPea Designs for my card today. I love these snowflakes and I’m ready to make some holiday themed cards! I thought they were the perfect set to pull out when I chose my card by Michelle.

I love the pop of black against the pretty inked background so I kept that feature. I chose to make it a square instead and inked on Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink. Using the snowflakes instead of the flowers was an easy switch. For the sentiment, I kept to a white banner instead of black. On hers she added Wink of Stella for some sparkle. I chose to add a few sequins instead.

I love this idea and it is fun to be inspired by one of my favorite card makers! Now I cannot wait to see which of my cards she CASE’d! Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon!

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.

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