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SugarPea Designs – August Sweet Peek Week Day 2

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Welcome to day 2 of the SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Week! I am so excited about the products I get to show you this week! Up for today is an adorable set called Hey Fall with coordinating SugarCut dies and two stand alone dies, Birch Forest and the Card Front Elements 3 SugarCuts. There is also a GIVEAWAY featured at the bottom of the post.

I wanted to focus on this fantastic die and wow, what fun to use! I simply cut it out of white card stock and then created an ink blended panel behind it. I looked for a bit of a fall sky feel. I chose a sentiment from Hey Fall and cut with a Sentiment Strip SugarCut, with an additional strip behind to help the sentiment stand out.

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, August 31st.

Thank you for stopping in today. Back tomorrow for our next feature and the entire release will be available on Friday, August 28th.

SugarPea Designs – August Sweet Peek Week Day 1

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Welcome to day 1 of the SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Week! I am so excited about the products I get to show you this week! Today is a fabulous start with the Beautiful Books Stamp Set and coordinating SugarCut Dies plus a stand alone Open Book SugarCut Die Set. There is also a GIVEAWAY featured at the bottom of the post.

I started with the idea of combining the products and they work together perfectly. I cut the book with the Open Book SugarCut and then stamped a sentiment from the Beautiful Books stamp set on the page. The book dies layer up easily and I just glued them together at the spine leaving a bit of play in the pages for depth. Then for the decoration.

It doesn’t take much to see where my glasses inspiration came from! And then a few flowers because who doesn’t love flowers?! But this set is loaded with all kind of multitasking images you are sure to find lots of uses for. To add a little detail behind the book, a natural “go-with” set is from the last release called Handwritten Letter.

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, August 31st.

Thank you for stopping in today. Back tomorrow for our next feature and the entire release will be available on Friday, August 28th.

Smile

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I am excited to share a card today that I created for the SugarPea Designs blog. You know that I love stencils. And you know what? I’m actually using one to stencil with. I know…crazy.

I started with Simon Says Stamps Fog Gray card stock. It is a pretty and subtle gray. I pulled out the Leaf Canopy Stencil and applied some embossing paste. It give a tone on tone effect that is really pretty. I thought vellum would be a nice complement to the embossing so I cut some with the SugarCut – Stacked Honeycombs.

I chose the sentiment from the SugarCut – Floral Envie set. Such a pretty die! I thought the blue would be a pretty pop off all the pale neutrals. For a little more sparkle, I added some sequins (which conveniently hide some of the adhesive on the vellum) and a bit of silver thread.

Hop over to the SugarPea Designs page for more inspiration! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!

Erin Lee Creative – Release and Blog Hop + Giveaway

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We have been leading up to this through sneak peeks and today is August release day from Erin Lee Creative!

I’m going to be honest. I LOVE the look of hand-drawn watercolor. I have taken classes on how to do it but my efforts are always a bit lacking. So enter this Floral Wreath Stencil. I put a bit of Pixie Spray on the back of the stencil and laid it down on watercolor paper. Using the outline, I started laying on Daniel Smith watercolor paints.

All it really takes is patience. Start with light colors and just build as you go. Leave the stencil in place and let the layers dry. I just worked around on different colors while waiting. The stencil contains each design element and helps keep them from becoming a “blob” as you add color…usually my biggest flaw. Once you get the colors like you want, just remove the stencil and all evidence that you didn’t just magically freehand this is gone. To finish, all I wanted was a simple sentiment. I chose one from another new release set called Fall Critters. I chose a gray ink and love how this has a handwritten look to match the coloring.

Prizes: We are giving away three $25 gift certificates to three lucky winners chosen from comments left across all of the blogs participating in this hop. Please leave a comment on any participating blog by Monday, August 24. Three winners will be announced that week on the Erin Lee Creative Blog. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Now on to the rest of the hop! I’m thrilled to send you off to visit the wonderful Michelle McDaniel. Here is the entire team if you get lost along the way.

I’m Glad We’re Friends

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And wow, am I glad! Thank you all for your continued support of my little stamping world. It makes such a difference in helping me stay positive. A quick share of a card I created for the Mix It Up Challenge #70 from SugarPea Designs. You can go join in and play for a chance to win!

I was inspired by both the sketch and the colors. I love these Cottontail Cuties and thought they’d make a fun scene. It is such a joy to color the little images!

I used the Outdoor Scene Builder Stencil to add a bit of a cloud background and then used my favorite little Sentiment Strips to cut a sentiment from the stamp set.

I hope this brightens your day a bit! Remember to come over and join the fun and earn a chance to win. Have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #448

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I’m super excited to share today’s card with you. Of course it all started with a great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. So many do! This week’s sketch designer is my dear friend Jen Brum and I love all the potential with this one.

I pulled out a beautiful background stamp from Erin Lee Creative called Sketched Floral Background. It is so wonderful! Even without coloring it is gorgeous. Emboss it, watercolor it and for me, Copic color it. I chose my R80s (R81, R83, R85, R89) for the flowers and G20s (G20, G21, G24, G28) for the greenery. It is a joy to color! Once the panel was colored, I debated a few ways to complete the sketch. I finally decided that vellum was the answer. The sentiment is a bit of a sneak peek of an upcoming release from Erin Lee Creative. Couldn’t resist using it!

I hope you will enjoy this sketch as much as I did. Make sure you go over and see the inspiration from the team. Beautiful cards! Thanks for stopping in today. See you tomorrow with a card for SugarPea Designs.

Freshly Made Sketches #447

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Happy middle of the week! Honestly I’m glad for the Wednesday challenge to help me keep track of the days right now. The oh so talented Kim Singdahlsen is our sketch designer at Freshly Made Sketches this week and this one is such a classic.

In fairness to Kim, I truly started on a path of following the sketch completely. But sometimes designing goes a different path. I think I stayed true enough to the intent at least. I thought a Halloween card was just what I needed to shake it up. And what could be more fun that this Trick or Treaters Stamp Set by Picket Fence Studios. I just love these sweet images! I colored the adorable witch and her, um, friend with Copic Markers. Then using the Outdoor Scene Builder Stencil from SweetPea Designs, I inked the grass. I added a bit of a purple sky and used the same stencil for the stars. I had a couple of great sentiment choices but this one made me smile when used with this little cutey.

I hope you’ll come over and play with us this week. The team has created such wonderful inspiration, as they do each week. Thank you for stopping in today. I’m always grateful for the chance to share with you. Have a great rest of your week.

Retro Tree

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The amazing Peace, Love and Happiness Kit from Erin Lee Creative has been so fun for creating 70s vibed cards. But along came my oldest child while I was creating one day and he took one look at the Retro Swirls stamp set and said, hey that would make a cool tree. Yes, yes it would.

So that is exactly what I did. I stamped it in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with white embossing power on watercolor paper. I pulled out some Distress Ink and just added layers of yellows, greens and a bit of brown util I was happy with it. And added some splatters too, of course.

Using more watercolor paper, I cut out the sentiment with the Big Hello Love Die and colored it with some of the same ink. I love how artsy I feel when creating a project like this and it really is a joy to do! I hope you’ll be inspired to give it a go. Thanks for stopping in today!

Honeycomb Hello

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I am sharing this project I created for the SugarPea Designs blog today. I love graphic geometrics and these cards are an easy way to create them.

I inked some Bristol paper using the graduating color palettes of Distress Ink.  Once I had it inked all I had to do was put in my nesting SugarCut – Stacked Honeycombs and cut a few all at once.  With the even spacing and the variety of sizes, this was so fast and created a bunch of honeycombs to play with.


I just chose random sizes and color combinations and formed patterns until I got them how I liked them.  Originally I planned a stamped sentiment (which would be totally great too) but thought the SugarCut – Hello was an even better choice.  A little more ink brushing and some quick cuts and those were done too.


For the black card, I used GinaK Black Foam Tape to pop up the elements. The black really blends and makes the adhesive less obvious. For the white card, I used the GinaK White Foam Tape. With all the honeycombs, I have enough to make one more card too. I hope you enjoy these cards and will give this technique a try. Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #446

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We have something really awesome for you today over at Freshly Made Sketches!!! It is a sketch…but not. The fun and fabulous Linda Callahan has challenged us to make slimline cards! I’m so glad she did!

I had not yet made one of these so nothing like a kick start to get me going. I opted to go with one of my favorite Christmas sets from last year, Classic Christmas by Neat & Tangled. I used its background pairing Holiday Wishes to stamp on some Desert Storm paper.

I then colored the poinsettias and foliage images using my Copic markers. Something about these flowers really make me happy every time I color them. Layering them up adds a little more balance on this wide card, I think.

I added a few Ladybug Spots Confetti Mix to finish the card and then starting thinking about the envelope. My finished card is 8-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ so it needed a unique envelope. I took a piece of coordinating green card stock and just created a quick one. A simple style with flaps was quick to make and is the perfect way to mail this special card. A standard business size would work just fine too!

I hope you will enjoy the beautiful creations by the team and that you will come over and join us! Thanks so much for stopping in today! I’ll be back tomorrow with a project for SugarPea Designs.

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