Thursday, February 4, 2016

February Blog Hop at Laura's Loft

Are you getting tired of hearts, love and Valentine's day? Well Laura's Loft has fun challenge to get you well ahead on some upcoming holidays. The theme this month is St.Patrick's Day or Easter. It is never to early to start preparing for both of these holidays.

 If you arrived here from Linda's blog I know her creations inspired you! I can only hope I can do the same!

We are also showcasing a guest designer: Noe.  Please be sure to check out her work!

I send cards out for all the holidays, I mean I a cardmaker aren't I. One of my favorite holidays to make cards for is St.Patrick's day. I mean it does feature the most beautiful color in the world- GREEN!! Also, I do know quite a few Irish folk- including my own DH, George. 

Over the years I have collected quite a few St. Patty's stamps. This year I was ready for some new stamps. I headed over to Laura's Loft and picked up some new stamps. Let me show you what I came up with.

I was really thinking outside the box here. I started with My Favorite Things- Abstract Art.
I stamped it using a the distress ink minis,  kits #15, #2, #13, and #14- lucky clover, mowed lawn, cracked pistachio and twisted citron.

 The sentiment and shamrocks were from Newton's Nook- Simply Seasonal and were black embossed.  I thought outside the box on this one huh?

My second card shows how you can use those tiny little stamps that often come in sentiment stamp sets. Again I used Newton's Nook- Simply Seasonal. I took the wee shamrock in the set and created a fun shamrock wreath.

I traced a circle lightly with a pencil to use as a guide and just stamped my shamrocks around the circle using the distress mins again- kits #15, #2 and #14. Lucky clover, mowed lawn and twisted citron.  I stamped the saying in black, added a ribbon and bling and voila there you have it.

What is better in blog hop than some blog love as in a give-away!! Here is an awesome prize that Laura is providing from the Loft!

Fuse tool, basic enamel dots, jewel box exclusive sequins and Wow embossing powder white opaque ultra high

Here are the requirements to be entered in the drawing for the giveaway.

1. Follow Laura's Loft on IG @InLaurasLoft, like the IG Hop/Giveaway post and tag as many  
    friends as you like but one tag per comment
2. Follow Laura's Loft store page on facebook
3. Leave a comment at each stop on the blog hop

Be sure to check out these collections for new additions Laura has this month:
Tim Holtz mini ink kits 
Stamping Bella
Hero Arts
New sequins mix for St. Patty's day

Don't forget there is a sale on Christmas stamps going on. All Christmas stamps and dies are 45% off!! No code needed. Please check out the sale page.  

Don't forget Laura always has $10.00 off at checkout for all orders over $75.00 or more. use coupon code $10off75 at checkout.

Next on the hop is Linda Be sure to check out her awesome creations.

I know it it is easy to lose your way and you do not want to miss out on any of the fun, so here is a list of all the hoppers:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fall into Spring at Laura's Loft

Hi everyone! I am feeling like spring into fall over at Laura's Loft! Who says this set of "fall florals" from My Favorite Things has to only be for fall. I am so feeling this set for spring! Especially since it is going to be 63 degrees tomorrow! Yay! And Phil did not see his shadow so spring is right around the corner! Even bigger yay!!

I had fun stamping this set using the distress mini kits # 2, #10, #14 and #15.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle  "laurals"

So head on over to Laura's Loft for all the ingredients for this fun card and check out all the other cool stuff she has while you are there!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Male Room Challenge # 28 Oriental

Wow!! That was quite a response to our last challenge at the Male Room!! I guess you all have a lot of wee boys and babies to create cards for. That was fun huh? 

Well this week we are going to have you think a bit. Don't be scared, it is gonna be fun! The theme is 

I have to admit, back when I first started stamping, Asian was a very popular theme, but I have since purged myself of many of those stamps. I was happy to discover this set from Lawn Fawn that fit the bill perfectly.

There is a story behind this cute cat. It is a called the maneki-neko- the Japenense lucky cat. the traditional color is white, black and orange.

A calico like my sweet Pinkie Pinkston. Many of maneki-nekos have their paw raised. What this means varys quite a bit, but the higher the paw is raise the more luck it will bring.

The Asian symbol stands for good luck that I hand wrote.  Black red, white and red seem Asian so I went with that color scheme.

So dig through your stamps, think outside the box and show us a male inspired oriental card at The Male Room.

My little maneki-neko:


Butterflies at Laura's Loft

Well it is a busy week for me in blogland this week! Lots of stuff happening. Today I am sharing with you a card that I made using Altenew's Painted Butterflies stamp set that I ordered from Laura's Loft.

What with Jonas going through my neighborhood a wee bit of spring in the form of butterflies is a welcome reminder that spring will be bursting out before you know it.

I stamped the butterflies with the Altenew mini cubes- "cool summer nights", "shades of purple" and "summer afternoon". These inks go on flawlessly and smoothly. The colors blend together perfectly. If you don't have any they are a MUST HAVE new ink!

To add a wee bit of interest, I shaded each butterfly with a some colored pencil. A bit of shine with a glitter pen and each butterfly pops!

So if you want a bit of spring like me, head over to Laura's Loft and find your springtime! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

House of Cards February Challenge: Shape Cards

Happy February everyone! I hope those of you who had to struggle through winter storm Jonas fared well. It was awesome that it was on a weekend and I did not have to worry about getting into work, loosing my parking space and missing school. It is surprising how quickly it is melting, another blessing.

Anyway the challenge this month at House of Cards is to create a shaped card. No squares- do something fun! Get creative! I know you all have it in you. Stretch your wings.

For me- all I can say is thank God for all those amazing dies out there. I used a die that I got Christmas of 2015 and never used at all!! It got mixed up with a bunch of other dies and it was outta sight outta mind.

When I was thinking about the challenge I remembered this set from Papertrey Ink. I used the die and the stamp set. Because it is February, I had to go with a Valentine theme. George- my guy is a serious tea drinker, so he will be getting this card and and some special tea to go with it for the big day.

This challenge can send you in a million directions, check out what the other designers have done this month at the House of Cards!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Happy Little Stampers CASE the Designer: February Challenge

Hey Everyone! it sure looked like you all really embrace the new CASE the designer challenge at Happy Little Stampers! It was fun huh? So let's see who is designing this month!!

Well if it isn't the fabulous Shona Chambers!! Shona has an adorable card to CASE this month. I know you all are up to the challenge because there is so much you can get out of this card!

It isn't often I know exactly what I am going to do, but today's card was a no brainer! I literally ran and grabbed the "mixmash" set from Happy Little Stampers

Isn't it fun!??! I can't wait to give it DH for Valentine's! Even though he is partial to cute critters i think he is going to like the bold graphic detail of this card.

So now it is your turn to show us how Shona's card inspired you. Please play along at Happy Little Stamper's CASE the Designer challenge for February!

PS- ombre just doesn't get old huh?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Male Room Challenge #27 Babies and Little Boys

Oh boy- I mean oh little boy! This card just makes me chuckle. The new challenge at The Male Room this week is "young ones- babies and little boys". All I want to know is does my husband count? He sure is a little boy at times. Ya know what I mean dontcha? I bet some of you ladies have a little boy masquerading as your husband, huh?

I went right to my new fav stamp company for inspiration- Reverse Confetti and pulled out some of their stamps. The set "leaping lions" just leaped into my hands!

I hand drew the spring- yeah it is a bit wonky. The rest of the card just came together with Mama Elephants "sentimental borders" and some stenciled stars.

Now I have to find a little boy to send it to or wait until next November to give it my DH. I the meantime check out what the rest of the DT came up with and play along with us at The Male Room!