Friday, July 10, 2020

Swimming By to Say Hi

Hi everyone! I have a couple cards to share featuring this adorable mermaid from Honey Bee stamps Swimming By. I just love her!! She is currently on sale for real cheap and being retired. 


I stamped, embossed and Copic colored the images. The adorable fish is from The Rabbit Hole Designs Mermaid Hair stamps. For the background I used two different stencils. The one on the left is from Gina Marie Designs and the one on the right is from Hero Arts. I used Distress Inks and splattered the background with Glimmer Mist and water.


The Slim Line dies is from LDRS Creative. I stamped and embossed the sentiment and embellished using some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.



Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day :)




Saturday, June 20, 2020

In Love Art Shop Project Share


Hi crafty friends! Today I have some projects to share using some products I received from the In Love Art Shop.  I was asked to pick out some products and showcase my projects. I was also given a 15% discount code to share with you for the shop! I picked out some dies, stencils, a stamp, embossing folder and some washi stickers. Here is a video of the products I received:


Here is what I made:


Using the Heart Decor Frames Die I made these two cute cards featuring stamps from My Favorite Things. 


I stamped, embossed and colored up the images using Copics. The backgrounds were inked using the Stamp Anniething Diamond Ball Crosshatch stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide and Spun Sugar ink. 


The sentiments were embossed and and cut using the Taylored Expressions Simple Strips stamps and dies. 


For the frames I cut out the hearts in rainbow colors on this one and the other I left open. I embellished with iridescent sequins from Honey Bee Stamps. 


 Here is a video for a closer look at my cards.


For my second set of cards I used the Wave Hollow stencil for the backgrounds.


For this first background I used distress inks and Nuvo Glimmer Paste to add texture and sparkle.


The adorable mermaids and sea creatures are from the Love Cynthia Just Keep Swimming stamps. I stamped, embossed and colored up these cuties using Copics. 


For the second background I masked off the semi-circle and moved the stencil around and ink blended to get a cohesive effect. 


I framed the background using the largest die from the Stackable Spiral Pattern Circle Dies. I embellished with the same Honey Bee sequins and stamped and embossed the sentiment.


I hope you like my projects! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day :)

Here is a discount code you can use for 15% off and the links to the products I received from the In Love Art Shop. Discount code: S15844


Layering Creative Leaves Hollow Stencils :
Stripe Pattren Plastic Embossing Folder:
Cute Cats Words Stamps:
DIY Cute Pets Series Stickers  :
Stackable Spiral Pattern Circle Dies :
Heart Decor Frame Dies :
Wave Hollow Painting Template Layering Stencil :


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

U R GREAT Father's Day Card

Hey there crafty friends! Today I have a card I made super quick to send to my Father-in-law for Father's Day. Hubby asked if I had a "guy" card and of course I did not LOL! I've been wanting to use this truck die from Spellbinders for forever so I pulled it out and went to work.


I asked hubby for a theme and since his dad has a dark gray truck and lives in Arizona he said make it driving into the sunset in the desert LOL. Well, this is what I came up with. First I inked up the background using distress inks. I cut the truck out using cardstock and mirror cardstock from Sizzix. 


I added an extra touch by inking up the license plate. The cactus cuts are using a Stamp Anniething Die set. It's hard to see in the pics but I added some acetate behind the windshield.


I also added the cactus to the inside of the card and stamped a sentiment from Jaded Blossom.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I hope you have a great day :)

Supplies Used:
Distress Inks-  Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Fired Brick, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire
Cardstock- Sizzix, Bristol Smooth
 Dies: Spellbinders Dies- Truckin Through the Seasons, So Many Sentiments Etched Dies; Jaded Blossom Card Mat Dies; Stamp Anniething Desert Dies
Sentiment- Jaded Blossom Stamps- Worlds Greatest Parents




Monday, May 25, 2020

Thanks A Lot Chubby Cats


Hi everyone! Today I have a couple thank you cards to share featuring the adorable cat stamp from the Paper Smooches Chubby Chums set.



I stamped and embossed the cats and the banner from the Best Buds stamps. I colored them using Copics and cut them using my Scan and Cut. I colored a gray and orange kitty.


For the background I used a Tim Holtz stencil and Victorian Velvet distress ink. I cut the layer using a stitched rectangle die.


I added some Pinfresh Studio jewels for some extra sparkle.


Finally, I added some highlights using a white gel pen.


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great day :)

I am entering these into the following challenges:

Paper Smooches- Thank you


Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day and an Update

 Hi everyone!  Wow, it's been a while since I posted. So much has happened this year and I can barely recall what life was like in 2019.  I don't usually have long blog posts and I'm sure I'm not the only one having a difficult time with all that's happening around the world but I thought I'd share with you what's been going on. 

This year started out a little hectic. I accepted a new class that was a whirlwind Intersession class (16 weeks crammed into 4) for a musical production of American Idiot at the college I teach at. Knowing that I was going to be short on time I left my beloved Stamp Anniething design team. It was such a difficult decision and still makes me sad when I think about it. Once I started working with the cast I knew I made the right choice. There were plenty of beginners that needed much of my time. It was quite exciting and I had a blast working with these great kids. I was going to work almost everyday in January and in February I moved to 10 hour days, 3 days back to back. It was exhausting but I got to meet some incredibly wonderful and talented students as well as a fantastic production team. This rock musical was to be the first of it's kind on campus bringing together a collaboration of 4 departments Music, Commercial Music, Dance and Theater.  For some time Jaded Blossom was having issues with their manufacturers sending out the stamps and dies on time and I just couldn't keep up with my projects given my schedule and the short amount of time we had to complete them. It stressed me out to the point I needed to just take a break from design team obligations. Again, it was an extremely difficult choice but I was exhausted and could no longer craft through the night with the extra work hours. Then mid-March caught us all by surprise.... 

We completed 2 weeks of amazing rehearsals. I then got to go on a much needed trip/getaway to Yosemite with my hubby and the day after we came back our state went into lock down due to the quarantine for Covid-19.... just like that everything changed. I had to convert my voice and history classes to online and the musical was put on hold. It was chaotic. My son's High School performances were all cancelled and everything went online.  My daughter was having to do a chemistry and biology class with labs online with teachers that had no clue how to provide distance education. Luckily I had been using an online program for my classes to post notes, assignments etc but it was still plenty of work making the complete transition. 

As I continued to work so many of the crafty people I know seemed to adjust to the shut down easily and got extra creative putting out projects left and right. For me, it has been a stressful time of anxiety, depression and worry for my parents and in-laws. Luckily hubby and I are considered "essential" (whatever the hell that means...I mean we are ALL essential and our jobs are essential to each of us!!!) The month of April was especially difficult as the realization that my son's High School Senior year had literally ended before our eyes... Everything that makes a senior year special: his first and only prom, his band performances, the band banquet and awards ceremony, his band trip to San Diego, senior grad night to Universal Studios, and GRADUATION all CANCELLED. To top it off not getting to spend this time with his best friends who are all moving away to go to college in the Fall. Just a sidenote: my son attends Saugus High School which is the school that had the shooting in November. The school was closed for a month and they were unable to compete at the marching band competition and their Jazz Band performances were all cancelled. So yeah, on top of Covid-19 they had to deal with that too. Then moving on to my production of American Idiot; CANCELLED! ALL that time, love and energy that we put into the rehearsals, not even getting to say goodbye to one another. It all ended over night with no closure.

 I then learned that a family member was hospitalized, had emergency surgery and was diagnosed with cancer. This was so troubling and especially worrisome because it had been quite some time since we had seen this part of my family. With the social distancing, hospitalization and treatments are extra difficult for them because no one can physically be there due to the no visiting rules. Thankfully the surgery went well and I am continuing to pray each day remaining hopeful that with chemo he will reach a full recovery. To say that I have been depressed is an understatement. I consider myself quite resilient. I've had my share of challenges compared to many but I am normally one to count my blessings and stay positive. Well, Covid-19  nearly pushed me over the edge. Not being able to hug my mother and spend time with her is especially difficult but I will not risk her safety. 

Like I said, I know we all have our stories. This past week things have finally turned around for me. I heard my Aunt Lisa's voice in my head (clearly) telling me, "Tina, put your big girl panties on and stop this pity party!" And this time I decided to listen. 

For the first time in 2 months I made it into my craft room to make a card. I was inspired to create this card for my Mom. I hope you like it. 


I created a 5"x7" card. The stamp I used is from Stampendous and is called Hydrangea Garden. I stamped and embossed it onto watercolor cardstock. I painted the flowers and leaves using my Zig markers and water. I fussy cut the individual flowers and popped them up creating a dimensional lookI diecut the panels using the Waffle Flower A7 Lacy Layer Dies and A7 Layers Dies. 


I stamped and silver embossed the sentiment from the Jaded Blossom World's Greatest Parents stamp set. I added some bling from the Pinkfresh Studios Jewel Essentials. 

I do plan on continuing to craft and enjoy my love for coloring. I will also be making videos again. This Stay At Home order is ongoing in California and I hope that it ends soon. With the future so uncertain I hope to continue to learn how to balance everything while staying positive and focusing on what is important. 

I do hope that all the Moms had a fantastic Mother's Day. I thank you for stopping by. Take care, and stay safe! Big Hugs :)


Friday, February 21, 2020

Jaded Blossom February 2020 Release Blog Hop

Hey Everyone!  Welcome to Jaded Blossom's February Stamp Release Blog Hop.  
Now if you're here from Lee-Ann's blog  you're in the right place, if you're just passing through start at the beginning because you don't want to miss a thing.  I also have the complete line up at the bottom.
Here is what I made:


I made a couple gift card holders using the new Mailbox Die and the Postal sentiments.

Here is a video showing the entire release :


I stamped and embossed the sentiments onto the small label from the Label Shape Dies 2. I added a sparkly flower from the Flower Dies that I cut with glittered cardstock.


For the second one I embellished with a glittered pink heart from the Banner Dies. Quick, cute and simple projects that will fit in an A2 sized envelope!
And of course we have to have a deal for you right? This weekend only you can get the entire release package for $125.99

Regular Price for the Release Package is $135.99

 Free stamp set for customers that spend $40 or more before Taxes and Shipping! FREEBIE is only available until Sunday 2/23, 11:59pm pst.

Mail Faces

And here is a treat that will be included with every order this weekend. 

BLOG CANDY

1 Lucky Winner will get to pick a stamp set of their choice!
Just leave a comment on all the blogs along the hop!
The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have to win!

Now on to the HOP....

Next up is the super talented and crafty Michelle


Just in case you get lost here is the Entire Line Up:
Michelle

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day :)

Jaded Blossom February 2020 Release- Day 5

Hi everyone! Today is the last day of the Jaded Blossom release sneak peeks and we are featuring one new stamp set which is also the freebie with all qualifying orders! ($40 or more before tax and shipping)


Here is what I made:


I made a card using the images from the Kawaii Mail and Funny Mail 3. I stamped a variety of the adorable faces onto the postage stamps and colored them all using Copics. The stitched layer is cut using the Card Mat Dies.


The hearts are from the Doodlebug Designs Baby Heart Sprinkles which are available in the JB shop. I also stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Funny Mail 3 stamps. Finally I added some bling and lots of sparkle using my Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker. 
Thanks so much for stopping by! We have a blog hop today a 4pm PST and all the items in the release will be ready for purchase. I hope you can join us for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice. Have a great day :)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Jaded Blossom February 2020 Release - Day 4

Hi everyone! Today is Day 4 of the Jaded Blossom Release sneak peeks and we have one new stamps set to reveal:


Here is what I made:


I created a couple cards featuring the new image. They came together quickly. I stamped and embossed the backgrounds and used distress inks. The layers are cute using the Card Mat Dies.


I also stamped and embossed the sentiments and finished them off using some bling.


The second card uses the sentiment from the new Special Delivery stamps.

Thanks so much for stopping by! We have one more day of sneak peeks and a blog hop when the release will be available in the shop on Friday 2/21 4:00pm PST. I hope you can join us. Have a great day :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Jaded Blossom February 2020 Release- Day 3

Hi everyone! Today is Day 3 of the Jaded Blossom release sneak peeks and we have 2 new stamp sets to reveal:



Here is what I made:


I made a little happy mail envelope using the the Paper Bag Die. I cut out the layered hearts using both the Heart Dies 1 and Heart Dies 2 and some patterned cardstock. I stamped and embossed the sentiment.


I added the little glittered stitched heart from the Banner Dies and tucked some kitty post it goodies in the pocket. 

We have our Gotta Have it Now Package for $125.99


February 2020 Release will include:

6 - 4 x 6 Stamp Sets
- New Die
- New Stencils 
1 - 3x4 Freebie Stamp

  is for orders $40 or more (before tax and shipping),
Friday 4pm PST through Sunday 11:59 pm PST

NO PREORDERS! NO BACKORDERS!
No waiting WEEKS for your stamps. 
This Package is only available till Wednesday 11:59pm pst, then will be back up on the store on Friday at 4pm pst during our Stamp Release Blog Hop!

Regular price for the release package is $135.99

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Jaded Blossom February 2020 Release- Day 2

Hi everyone! Today is Day 2 of the Jaded Blossom release sneak peeks and we have 1 stencil and 2 stamps to reveal:




Here is what I made:


I made a coordinating card/envelope and tag set. Using some gray ink and the new stencil I created some backgrounds. I stamped, embossed and colored the mailboxes and envelopes from the new Kawaii Mail stamps set. 



For the card I cut out the layers using the Postage Dies and the Rectangle Dies 2. I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Funny Mail 3 and added a little red heart from the Doodlebug Designs Lots of Love Shaped Sprinkles


I used the Rounded Tag die for the tag and stamped the sentiment also from the new Funny Mail 3. I also added lots of sparkle to the little envelopes on the mailbox using my Sparkle marker.


I stamped, embossed and copic colored the tiny kitty from the Christmas Village Pet Store stamp set. 

We have our Gotta Have it Now Package for $125.99


February 2020 Release will include:

6 - 4 x 6 Stamp Sets
- New Die
- New Stencils 
1 - 3x4 Freebie Stamp

  is for orders $40 or more (before tax and shipping),
Friday 4pm PST through Sunday 11:59 pm PST

NO PREORDERS! NO BACKORDERS!
No waiting WEEKS for your stamps. 
This Package is only available till Wednesday 11:59pm pst, then will be back up on the store on Friday at 4pm pst during our Stamp Release Blog Hop!

Regular price for the release package is $135.99

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day :)


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