Friday, September 25, 2015

Special Blog Hop: and CardMaker Magazine!

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to be joining another fun Blog Hop for

Today we are hopping along with the team from CardMaker Magazine.  How awesome is that?  For those of you who aren't familiar with CardMaker Magazine, it's a publication with hundreds of amazing creative ideas.  You can subscribe for both a print and a digital subscription.  If you came from Gini's blog, you're in the right place!

In honor of this hop, is offering a FREE digital stamp for everyone!  Just visit and download the digital stamp.  It's super cute.

Jessica is also offering a $50 gift card good for ANYTHING on her site.  The only rule is you need to comment on everyone's post in the blog hop.  So... are you ready?  Let's go!



  • 1950's Space Ranger Stamp
  • White card base: 4.25"W x 11"H, scored at 5.5" mark
  • White card insert: 4.25"W x 5.5"H
  • Patterned paper
  • Orange Card Stock
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Dies and Sizzix Circle Dies
  • Darice Swirls Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Versamark Ink
  • Alphabet Stamps
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Adhesive Tape Runner
  • Foam Adhesive
  • Run the white card and embossing folder through your die-cut machine
  • Cut the stitched circles off to the side.  Use two separate dies to make the border.
  • Adhere the pieces of the circle in place
  • Stamp the 1950's Space Ranger Brentwood Owl using Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Color in with Copic Markers and fussy cut out.
  • Add the Brentwood Owl using foam adhesive to the center of the circle
  • Stamp the Trick or Treat Sentiment using Versamark Ink on orange card stock
  • Adhere the orange strip to the patterned paper strip
  • Adhere the strip to the top of the card
And, there you have it!  Here's a close-up of the stamp:

Now, keep hopping along.  Next up is Chitra's post!  If you get lost along the way, here's a list of all the links on the hop:

Have a wonderful weekend and good luck with the giveaway and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Blog Hop: Digital Stamps on Sale for $1

Hi everyone,

I am so excited to be a part of another Blog Hop!  Today all of the digital stamps at are on sale for just $1.00!  AND, best of all, Jessica is offering a FREE stamp to everyone today only.  Isn't that incredible.  Head over to the site and browse all the awesome designs.

Now, on with the blog hop.  If you came from Jennifer's blog, you're in the right place.

I made a card using the Designer Travel Handbag Couture digital stamp.  This seemed appropriate as I'm heading to London today for a week-long business trip.  I wish I had a designer travel bag like this one to carry everything in!  Alas, my standard black rolling suitcase will have to suffice.


  • Print the digital stamp onto some copic-friendly white card stock.  What I love about these digital stamps is you can resize the image to suit your needs.  I could have a made a tiny handbag, or instead, print it at a larger scale to make it seem like a "carry on" travel bag.  The stamps are quite large, so you can even place these on a scrapbook page and they would look awesome!
  • Color the image with Copic Markers
  • Die cut the image using the second largest stitched rectangle
  • Die cut the orange frame
  • Die cut all the letters
  • Assemble and you have a quick card!
Now, keep hopping.  Jeanette's blog is up next... and check out her FEROCIOUSLY creative card. If you get lost, here's the full hop order and listed below too:

Happy Shopping and Bon Voyage (to myself, haha!)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up: New Challenge #9 - Oh Christmas Tree

Hello friends,

I'm happy to share that I've joined The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up design team.  What does this mean?  It means I get to create Holiday cards all-year round to share with you.  These monthly challenges are super fun and you can read more about the challenge details here.  Best of all, you can participate too and earn a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Here are the challenge details for September 2015:

  • Blog link: The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up 
  • Challenge dates: September 1-30, 2015
  • Optional theme: "Oh Christmas Tree" - include some element of a decorated tree in your card.  This theme is optional.
  • Guest Sponsor: Fresh Brewed Designs (see info below)
  • Additional Sponsor: Décosse's Dynamite Doodles
  • Prize Info:
    • From Fresh Brewed Designs: 3 digital stamps for one random winner chosen from those who participate in the optional theme.
    • From Décosse's Dynamite Doodles: 
      • Prize 1: one free digital paper to EVERYONE who links up a minimum of two cards. The theme for these cards is option
      • Prize 2: a mini-set of six digital papers called Tremendous to a winner picked at random.
For some inspiration, here is the card I designed and details on how I made the card.

  • White card stock for card base: 4.25"W x 11"H, scored at 5.5" mark
  • Red card stock for the frames
  • Fresh Brewed Designs Sleeping Santa digital stamp
  • Digital patterned papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles
    • Christmas Plaid
    • Deck the Halls
    • Textured Red
    • Glitter Trees
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle dies
  • Red card stock
  • Copic Markers
  • Versamark Ink
  • Embossing Powder
  • Adhesive Tape Runner
  • Foam Adhesive
  • Print the Santa Claus image on the different patterned papers.  You can "erase" the white parts of the image using any photo editing software so only the lines show up on the patterned paper.
  • Fussy cut the individual pieces of the image: sofa, blanket, hat, mittens
  • Print the Santa Claus image on some white copic-friendly card stock. This will serve as your base for paper piecing. Color in the milk, cookies, face, beard and fur trim using copic markers
  • Die cut the card base using the largest stitched rectangle die.
  • Paper piece the elements on top of the white card base.
  • Stamp a sentiment on the glitter trees patterned paper using Versamark ink and heat emboss with your favorite embossing powder.
  • Using the smallest stitched rectangle, die cut the glitter trees patterned paper.
  • Assemble the layers of the card according to the picture. 
  • Here's a close-up of the paper piecing detail.


As I mentioned above, this month's challenge is brought to you by our Guest Sponsor, Fresh Brewed Designs. Here's some info about Fresh Brewed Designs:

  • If you are looking for some freshly brewed inspiration, then you have come to the right place.  Fresh Brewed Designs ( is a small on-line company that has been offering a wide variety of digital images and rubber stamps since November 2010, designed to meet the needs of paper crafting addicts everywhere.  With over 30 categories to choose from and several new additions to the store monthly, our range of products is expanding all the time. Whether you are looking for one of our uniquely designed coffee inspired images or something entirely different, you are sure to find something to please.  We'd also love for you to visit us over on our blog ( where inspiration is always percolating.  We have a digi release at least once a month as well as a monthly rubber stamp release and blog hop. Come see us on Facebook ( too.  You never know what other goodies you may find there.

    Owned and operated by Heather Dennis, loving wife and mother to two home-schooled children, you can always expect personalized service.

    At Fresh Brewed Designs we always have a fresh pot of creativity brewing. So stop by and join us for a cuppa whenever you want!
Our additional sponsor is Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.
So... what kind of holiday card will you create?  Be sure to add it to the 12 Month of Christmas Link Up Challenge blog!  Look forward to seeing your amazing designs!

Happy Holiday Card Making!