Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Poppystamps & Birch Press Design Blog Hop!

Thanks for stopping by! Today the Poppystamps design team is having a joint blog hop with Birch Press Design featuring products from both companies! . Dave Brethauer is the creator of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design. The Birch Press dies are innovative and unique. There are several different designs that feature three separate layers that make the dies STACKABLE. You can use any one of the layers by itself or adhere them together for a unique and elegant look.
If you're hopping along with us today you should have reached me from Irena Kowalczyk's blog. If you'd like to start from the beginning you can get all the details here at the Poppystamps Blog.
You can make a beautiful background by using only one of the layers, but when you start stacking you get a beautiful intricate panel that looks like lace.   This is the Sevilla set.  Imagine the possibilities, mixing and matching colors.  
For my focal point I watercolored a panel with Peerless Watercolors (you can find these at Birch Press too).  I made a simple frame by cutting the Memory Box Open Studio Stitched Oval Layers to top the watercolor panel. 
Then I added a the Poppystamps Straw Flower die cut and the Decor Celebrate word die to the framed watercolor panel.   I double cut the word die from gold and white to add some shine.  Some gold enamel dots compliment the gold die cut.

Want to see more beautiful designs featuring Poppystamps and the new Birch Press Designs background dies? Your next stop on this hop is Jinny Newlin! But before you go... LEAVE A COMMENT. One comment will be selected at random from all the blogs on this hop to receive a $25 gift certificate from Birch Press Design! 

We want you to know we think you're all winners - so we're offering FREE SHIPPING (USA only) on all die orders from Birch Press Design. What a great time to try out these new dies! You can see all the layered dies here.

Poppystamps.com is having a special sale for you too! You can also enter the code "FRESH" at Poppystamps for an additional 20% items already on sale (go to the SUMMER SALE page to see the great deals)! Click here to go shopping! As a bonus, free shipping on poppystamps orders from August 23 through Aug 28!

Jeanne Jachna  (That's Me!)

Good Luck and Happy Hopping!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Dies | Poppystamps Blooming Strawflower, Decor Celebrate | Birch Press Design Sevilla Layers A B and C, Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers 
Peerless Watercolors

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pretty Little Studio | Sunny Days

Hi Jeanne here today and I'm celebrating Sunny Days! That's what we love about summer isn't it? This card is full of bright yellow color that will be like sending sunshine through the mail! I think it would make a great "pick me up" for someone who's feeling down - sunny days ahead!
I started with a base of papers from the Sand Castle Collection! If you love Summer then Sand Castle is the collection for you! It captures sunny skies, butterfly wings, and lazy days at the beach.
The sweetheart holding the flower is called Daisy of course! She's holding a daisy and her dress is covered with them! I've got her layered on a Cambridge 4" doily. The lace adds to her feminine appeal!
I stamped a sentiment on a Sunset Beach Note Flag. These are die cut and ready to work with and perfectly match the colors in the Sand Castle Collection. A sunny yellow flair and a sprinkle of confetti from Baby Jack and Baby Claire mixes add some shine.
I hope you're having a great day and that the sun is shining wherever you are!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
Die Cut | Daisy
Paper | Sandcastle 6”
Cambridge 4” Doily
Flair | Sandcastle
Note Flag | Sunset Beach
Confetti | Baby Claire & Jack
Twinery Buttercream Twine
Stamp | Sugar Pea Designs | Feeling Sentimental

Cupcake Inspirations Surprise Sweetie

Surprise!  I can't tell you how delighted I was to be asked to be Cupcake Inspirations Surprise Sweetie this week!   I love playing challenges whenever I can and was the lucky winner recently!   After I agreed to be the guest I couldn't wait to see the inspiration photo.  As soon as I got it my enthusiasm disappeared.  If you know me I'm not big on color challenges - as soon as I hear the colors I start thinking about things that are that color.  Just as an example.. if you tell me RED - then I'm thinking apples, strawberries, firetrucks etc.  It's just hard to wrap my head around.    There is no inspiration photo this time.  This week it's a color challenge!  LOL!  Yep!  Of course it is!  Laughing more here.   

In the end it all worked out because it made me think a little different and I really am happy with the end result - a card I would have never made otherwise.  Maybe all that "you can do this.. you can do this" convinced me that I actually could?  And if I CAN then I promise YOU CAN!  The challenge this time is Amethyst, Honey and White. 

I painted a simple wash background using Peerless Yellow Ochre.  Trust me it looks much better once it's dry.  Be patient! LOL!  I added a little Amber Yellow.  When it was dry I added spots of the Yellow Ochre.   I use Canson XL water color paper.   The Hello die, stems and leaves were also cut from the same paper.

I cut the Poppystamps Small Iceland Poppy in Purple card Stock, and distressed the edges to give them more depth. 
I double cut the little butterflies from two shades of yellow card stock.  I layered them with the darker shade on bottom, and bent the top butterfly leaves to add some dimension.
The finishing touch was some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  They match anything and add lots of sparkle and shine! 

I hope you'll join me at Cupcake Inspirations this week!   Their sponsor this time is... 

 Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week and I hoep you find some time to play!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Dies | Poppystamps Hip Hello, Viola Leaves | Small Iceland Poppy | Emelia Butterfly Trio
Peerless Watercolor (Birch Press Design)
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Remind a Sistah - CASual Fridays Calling All Sistah's!

Thanks for stopping by! It's the 17th of the month - that means that it's time for our "montly" check up! This month's theme is "Remind A Sistah". we want you to remind and encourage one of your Sistah's to do her monthly self breast exam or schedule her yearly mammogram.  If you're following along on the hop you should have reached me from  Rahmat Gouse's blog.  If you want to start from the beginning and get all the details you can find them here at Casual Fridays Stamps!

1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection is so important for treatment! We want all the women in our lives to know how important they are to us and how much we want them to live strong healthy lives.

CAS-ual Fridays owner Michele is a survivor. She designed a line of stamps to provide support and to promote awareness. Profits from the sale of products in the "Calling All Sistahs" campaign are donated to breast cancer

If you're following along on the hop you should have reached me from the blog. If you'd like to start from the beginning and get all the details you can start here at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  

I created this card by taking a white card stock panel and cutting an oval in the center to create a frame.  I added Ranger Angel Pink Distress Ink around the oval edges to add color and give it a soft look.  I do like the color pink, and that is the color associated with Breast Cancer Awareness so that's the color I went with.
I stamped images from the Casual Comfort set in different shades of pink around the outside of the frame.  I used pigment inks for a softer look.
I inked up another panel of white card stock with more Ranger Angel Pink Distress Ink, and flicked it with some watered down ink to get some random spots here and there.   When it was dry I stamped the sentiment.

I adhered the frame to the base with adhesive foam tape to add some dimension -  I think it gives it more of the look of a "frame" than if I had left it flat. 

Looking for more ideas for ways to encourage a loved one to go get checked? The next stop on this hop is..Gwendolyn Estrada.   BUT WAIT!!! Before you go... please make sure you leave a comment! There will be 3 $15 gift certificates to CASual Fridays Stamps awarded to hoppers who leave comments! you have until August 18th at 12:00 am EST to leave a comment.
Here's a complete hop list for easy reference....

Jeanne Jachna (That's Me!)
Heather North Our wonderful Sistah's Blog Hop Coordinator! Make sure you stop by and say hi! Heather keeps us looking good!!

Want to go shopping?  If you see something you like I hope you will use my special discount code. Any commission that would normally go to me for your purchase has been redirected to CASual Fridays to use toward Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. I accept no commission for the use of products on my blog and only use and endorse products that I love and would recommend. Here's a link to the CASual Fridays Stamps Store.

Happy Hopping!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | CASual Fridays
Dies | Spellbinder Classic Oval
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon
Ranger Distress Ink Angel Pink | Impress Fresh Ink

Serendipity Stamps August Blog Hop - Oh Baby!

Welcome and thanks for stopping by! Serendipity Stamps is having a blog hop to show you some of the latest products and remind you to play along with our challenge! Our blog hop theme this month is all things BABY!!   What a great time to get ideas for cards to welcome the new little one! 

If you're hopping along with us you should have reached me from Vickie Zimmer's blog.  If you want to start from the beginning and get all the details of the hop, including the prize that's up for grabs you can do that here at Mary's Blog!!  
Serendipity Stamps has some great baby images - they look amazing colored up or simply stamped in colored ink like I did today on my card.  The image has enough detail that it can hold it's own and still has lots of color!  I stamped in navy blue ink to coordinate with my background papers.  I'm usually reaching for pastels for baby - but the darker colors have lots of punch to them! 
That fun "welcome" is from a larger stamp in the Uplifting Words stamp set.  I masked off the rest of the sentiment and inked up only the "welcome".  I used a bitty staple as an accent - it's not actually stapled through the entire card, just the tag.
I double cut the Baby word die in two shades of blue that match the background papers. The dark was too dramatic, and the lighter blue was getting lost.  Layering them gave me the perfect balance I was looking for. 
Are you a fan of Serendipity Stamps? For sure you'll want to check out our monthly challenge! It's a great way to get ideas - seeing projects made with stamps you might already own, and when you link up your design you just might win our prize! One random player is selected to receive a $20 gift certificate from Serendipity Stamps.   Our challenge this month is to add fabric. That can mean a bit of ribbon or lace, or even using an image that has fabric in it - like the baby carriage I used - it has a blanket tucked inside and a lacy top.  It's up to you - just make sure you include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (stamp or die) on your design.

To add even more fabric to my design I included a die cut rolled flower that was cut from felt, and a pretty hand crochet flower that my Mom made for me.  I don't use them very often.  They are a little treasure for me and I hate parting with them. 
 Want to go shopping? 

The 50 % off Stamp of the Month is the Lamb with Heart.  

Mary wants everyone to be a winner though so she's having a sale.  You'll receive 40% off the highest priced item in your cart when you use code “40fromhigh816” now through  August 21.  You'll always receive free shipping on US orders of $50 and more.

I'm the last stop on this hop.  So before you go.. LEAVE A COMMENT.  One commenter will be selected from among all the blogs on the hop to win a $20 gift certificate to the store.  You have until 12 am US EST on Sunday, August 21 to leave a comment. The winner will be posted on Mary's Blog on Monday, August 22.

Here's a complete hop list for reference! 

Good Luck and Happy Hopping! 

Stamps | Serendipity Stamps "Welcome" from "Uplifting Words", Baby Carriage
Dies | Serendipity Stamps Baby Word Die | Avery Elle Scalloped Frames
Pattern Paper | Authentique "Explore" 6"
Mini Staple | Tim Holtz
Felt Flower Die Sizzix Flowers 3D
Twinery Denim Twine
Crochet Flower - THANKS MOM!
Sequins | Pretty Pink Posh