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Manic Monday

Hey crafty kids, Happy Monday! Why am I happy this Monday, you ask? It’s a 4 day week! Kids are off on Friday & Memorial Day! So this 4 day week is followed by a 4 day weekend! That means 4 straight days of not having to fight with kids to do schoolwork! Woot Woot! I am hoping to spend lots of time playing with all my “Covid Christmas” purchases! I am so excited to play with new stamps from Kindred Stamps, The Rabbit Hole (which I bought from Kat Scrappiness), MFT and most of all my new Sparkle Blends from DPP! I haven’t gotten them yet (or I would have definitely posted pics!) but all the new deliciousness is on it’s way and I will be stalking the mailman!

So it was my dad’s 75th birthday. He is one of those guys that truly deserves the world. He is simple, kind and generous to say the least. As usual, I always seem to find something from Kindred Stamps, to fit just about anyone. This little guy was perfect to celebrate my dad. I wasn’t sure I was going to like him in black white, but aside from how much fun I had coloring him, I am really happy with how he turned out. I used papers and alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up, my favorite black ink from Picket Fence Studios, “Golden Age” stamp set from Kindred Stamps and added a pop of color with Intergalactic Sparkle Blends from DPP. This was a quick and easy make, but I had fun with it. Thanks for checking it out! Please come back and visit soon as I’ll be posting many new creations as the packages arrive!

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May 2020 Sparkle Blends Release Blog Hop

BlogHopHello Sparkle Blends Fans! Its time for our May Release Blog Hop! We’ve got a fantastic lineup of Blends this month & the design team & I have created some awesome inspiration projects featuring some of the 7 new Sparkle Blends in this release! As if that weren’t enough, we are offering you the chance to win 3 fantastic prize bundles!
See the Doodles Paper Playground Hop Post for giveaway prizes and entry details. Comments must be posted no later than 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 17th, 2020 to be eligible to win. Open to US residents only who are at least 18 years old. Winners will be drawn Monday, February 18th & posted on the Doodles Paper Playground blog, Facebook page and in the Sparkle Blends Fan Club on Facebook.
As an added bonus, we’re offering you a little bit of Blog Candy, in the form of a Discount Code worth 15% off your total order!
Use Coupon Code: MAY15OFF (excludes May Release Bundle)
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Hop along with us!
I had so much fun creating with the new blends. So many yummy ideas bubbled up! The first one uses “Orange Creamsicle, a fun, summery blend featuring a cool treat! Aside from the Sparkle Blends, all other materials on this card are from Stampin’ Up.
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Next up is “Spill the Bubble Tea.” This blend is full of bubbly fun! It lends itself to a variety of color palettes because of the iridescent sequins. And the little bubble teas are adorable! I had fun trying out different combos. The first one I did used a darker color combo. Paper, inks, stamps and dies are from Stampin’ Up except for bubble background die from Elizabeth Crafts.
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This next one uses a lot of the same elements as above except I went in a different direction with the colors. For starters, I created a “bubbly” background using Distress Oxide inks in Wild Honey, Broken China and Worn Lipstick. I love playing with these inks. It’s easy to create so many different looks with blending and water splatters.

It layered perfectly under the bubble die background and I am really happy with how well it went with the colors in the Sparkle Blends.

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Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek at my creations! Don’t forget to visit the other blogs and stop by the Doodles Paper Playground blog to comment and enter to win some awesome prizes!!
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I get by with a little help…

…from some amazing, sparkly friends! And get ready because I’m about to enable you! Before I talk about the card, I have so much amazing news! First up, the new Sparkle Blends are now available in the Doodles Paper Playground Etsy shop. What’s awesome this month…there is a new release bundle! This is awesome for so many reasons: 1. You get ALL the new blends. 2. You get them at a discount. 3. It comes with a free gift. What more could you ask for! Order soon because these bundles won’t last.

Ok, I know you thought that was the exciting part but it’s really not. Drumroll please…DPP has asked me to be part of their May release blog hop! I could not be more excited! So make sure to check in beginning 9am on May 15. There will be gorgeous projects using the new blends and prizes! Yay for free stuff! Stay tuned for more info coming soon.

Now for the card:

After I finished working on some other top secret projects, (don’t I sound mysterious?) I used my leftovers for this birthday card. I always like to have extra cards on hand just in case. The paper, silver thread, ribbon and square die are from Stampin’ Up. The lighter cardstock is one of my favorite retired colors called Sweet Sugar Plum. The circle die is from Elizabeth Crafts, and the “Let’s Celebrate” die was a freebie I received in one of my past Sparkle Blends order. It’s from Simon Says Stamps. The sequins were individually chosen from the Cozy Sparkle Blends. One of the things I really love about Sparkle Blends is their versatility. Although each pack is themed, by choosing just some of the elements they can easily be transformed into something else. And accenting with them is another great way to use them. And although it’s hard to tell from the picture, I used a Clear Glitter Wink of Stella on the words to add some more sparkle. Thanks for checking it out! I’ll be back soon with more fun projects!

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Look Who’s…blogging again!

Yes…it’s me! I’m back! It’s been longer than I care to admit. But I will admit this, social media has made me laaaaazzzzzyyyy. You know the drill. Post a pic. Run some filters. Witty hashtags. AND DONE! So needless to say the blog is left with chirping crickets. (The cute crickets. Not the nasty cave cricket that I found in my office tonight.)

So I have been creating and posting, just not here. Enter…awesome opportunity which requires me to blog (and awesome people who inspire me!) and now I have refreshed the blog and here I sit tapping away. So behold…craftiness!!! Oh, and as for the awesome opportunity with the awesome people…stay tuned!!!!

A special little boy is turning 2 next week and I had just got the Dino Days stamp set and papers in from Stampin’ Up. The paper is retiring so I got it on a sweet discount but the stamp set did carry over to the new catalog and is available for another year. There are dies for it but I did not splurge on those. And besides, I enjoy fussy cutting way too much. Although tonight I was a little tired and I told my husband I wished he could fussy cut. He said he could fuss AND cut, but nobody wants to hear that! The scalloped ovals are from Stampin’ Up and the “2” stamp was from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.

Cardstock is also Stampin’ Up. I have to say, their’s has always been my favorite. I’m always happy with the quality, choice of colors and how inks, papers, and everything else coordinate. Not to mention I have a stockpile of it.

And, since I had also just received another fun order in last night from Doodles Paper Playground, filled with a bunch of my favorite Sparkle Blends, it had to be a shaker card. Can you say “Covid Christmas!” (Well Amber from DPP said it and I stole it.) Although I ordered a bunch of new blends, I ended up using one of my favorites, “Grandma’s Knit Sweater.” Luckily, I had ordered a replacement pack because I was almost out. If you don’t own any Sparkle Blends, I suggest you leave my blog right now and head over to the store. You won’t be disappointed. Tell them the crazy, obsessed girl sent you! They’ll have no idea who you mean, because aren’t all us crafters obsessed with pretty thing?!?! I posted a second photo so you can see the blends spread out and appreciate their true beauty. I also hope you will appreciate my craftiness and come back and visit me again. There will be a lot more excitement coming up, I promise!

 

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It’s Christmas!!!

So I always say a crop day feels like Christmas! Well this weekend I am headed to a “Christmas in July” scrapbooking Weekend retreat. I’m so excited to spend the weekend crafting with some of my favorite ladies. This is my first time vending so I’ve been busy all week preparing. I’ll be teaching a “Memories & More” card workshop. This set was one of my favorites. Unfortunately it retired by the time my workshop was scheduled. But I kept a few extra sets on hand, just in case. All these cards were created with half a set of the M&M cards and some card stock. I added a few stamped images & sentiments, some embellishments and here ya have it…

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Something simple

Sometimes all it takes is a simple little touch to change everything. One of my favorite things is to make things for my son to bring into school for the different holidays. But this can be time consuming. I did cave in and buy a pre-wrapped candy treat, but I had to personalize it somehow. So I used one of my favorite techniques – white pen on dark paper. I was able to create something striking and cute but it was simple, quick and easy to do. I attached these to a little baggy with the treat in it and voila!IMG_0047.JPG

Supplies: SU “Hey, Valentine” stamp set, VersaFine black in, White Gelly Roll pen, Real Red CS.

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Scrappy New Year

I’m finally getting back into the crafty swing of things. Although a little delayed, I am back on the crafting wagon! This weekend I got ready for a local SU event by making cards for a swap. These use the new Party Animal paper, stamps and dies from the Occasions catalog. The enamel accents are from the annual catalog. And one of my favorite SU products used here is the fine tip glue pen. I used this as glossy accents. It’s also great for gluing on sequins and other tiny embellishments. And as most you know, this is the most exciting time of the SU year…Sale-A-Bration!!! For every $50 you spend, you get to pick one item from the SAB catalog. There are lots of awesome items this year besides the fantastic new stamp sets! img_0027img_0028

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Sweet as candy

I had the pleasure of teaching this workshop at a crop this weekend. It was a huge turnout. I had 11 people. 3 that came just to tale my class. This has definitely been my most favorite SU paper yet!!!

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Giving Thanks

I am thankful for all things beautiful from Stampin’ Up!!! This is a class I taught at the Scrapbooking Circle of Tuxedo. I had seen something similar done for Halloween and decided to create my own version of it. In attempt to keep cost down, I found a great solution for the base. I used cake disks from Wilton. I bought a pack of 10 at AC Moore for a few bucks (coupon!). I used a plate to trace a circle in the center and voila! Wreath form!
Paper strips are 6″ X 1″. All the materials are from the Petals & Paisleys Suite in the 2016-2017 Holiday Catalog of amazingness. I embossed some of the die cuts with the new copper embossing powder. As far as workshops go, this was a pretty smooth one. The only stamping to do was the “Thankful•Grateful•Blessed.” I pre-cut & pre-stamped/embossed all the paisley shapes (a LOT of work!). Staggering the strip so that the reverse side showed definitely added some depth. I kept the darker tones for the inside and the lighter tones on the reverse created another “row” or “layer” if you will. I do recomend using glue dots or fast fuse. Initially I used a typical tombow adhesive runner and the strips kept popping off.

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