Helloooooo….Crafters!

Hi, guys! Sorry its been a while since I posted anything. We’ve been getting ready for the Passover season and had tons of things to do before it started. Today actually marks the last day for us, so I’m back to work tomorrow and hopefully back to blogging as well. I have finished some things during the spring break from work, so go over and check out my YouTube channel to see the unboxings I have posted. I have a few more to do, but I wanted to get them up and running as soon as possible.

I am finishing up editing the video for the Simon Says Stamp kit and I will upload it day by day. It’s a new project for me and I am hoping it will work better for me than sitting and working on one video for all 10 cards. This project is called “2…4…6…8…CREATE!” and I will do two cards a day for 5 days. It takes up less time video taping and you don’t have to sit through over an hour for one video. Hopefully, I can keep it below 30 minutes to start, but my goal is only 15 minutes each day – maybe even 10? I have some kinks to iron out, so the first are a little long, but still…progress! As soon as I can take pictures of the cards from the Simon Says kit, I will post a blog on their creation, even though I am uploading the videos for that kit as well. Hopefully, I can get back into the swing of things and get one kit out a week. Here’s hoping…..!

I wanted to post the links to my unboxings that I have uploaded so far so….

Simon Says Stamp – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InnjZ2Jdw9o

Love from Lizi – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci5ulHteh2k

Hero Arts – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YTwPw22BVE

Let me know how you think I did and please like, subscribe, etc. if you liked what you saw! I will be back on Wednesday evening to post here so I’ll see ya then!

Happy crafting! Laura from Ricaura Creations

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Simon Says Stamp! March 2017 – 10 Cards 1 Kit

Hi, fellow crafters! I had filmed an unboxing for the above mentioned kit, but the whole time I was recording the Simon Says Stamp kit,  one for Love from Lizi March 2017, and one for My Creative Scrapbook March 2017…the stupid thing said it was recording but actually wasn’t properly recording…or something. I could see the videos on the disk, could download them…but couldn’t open them. For some reason there was an error in the recording. I am getting so frustrated with this video cam, but I can’t get a new one at this time! So…back to plain old typing a blog! But ho, hum…it gets the job done, right!?

Well onto better things! Since I don’t observe Easter, it was quite a challenge for me to create 10 cards with a Spring theme from an Easter themed card kit! But once I got started, the juices just got flowing and I got creative! I cut all the cardstock that came in the kit to create 10 card bases. There is Slate, Ivory, Orange Peel, Green Apple and Bright Yellow cardstock in this kit.

For my first card, I wanted to do a shaker. I love the paper from Doodlebug…I think I love everything from Doodlebug!…and I wanted to use the adorable bunny stamp. I also had some tulips in my stash that were the right color! I cut a frame from the plaid paper and using double thickness foam tape, I surrounded the edges after tacking down the acetate. Using the Bright Yellow card base, I positioned the flowers to the right side of the area that would be the frame and I scattered some springtime colored sequins that I created (to be in the my future store! “Bug’s Bling and Bits” Springtime) and loaded quite a bit over the tulips. I had stamped and colored a few bunnies the day before and fussy cut them out, so I chose one for this card and using glue dots, positioned him in the lower left corner. I cut a banner out of pink cardstock from my stash and stamped “You’re some bunny special” from the kit. I used some clear drops from Pretty Pink Posh to top off the top of the banner to add a little bling then glued it down. I like it but there is room for improvement. I think in the future I will do something different with the banner but at this time, I don’t know what. Anyway…here’s the first card!

For the second card, I cut the piece of yellow patterned paper with the little white daisies on it. I rounded the corners and glued it down on the Green Apple card base. I had some embellishment flowers that were kind of “hippy” in my stash and I thought they would go perfect for this card. I glued down three flowers – using the card base horizontally…and then cut two banners – one out of white card stock and one out of the green dotted paper from the kit. I overlayed them, stamped my message, and using foam tape glue it down on the top left corner. I added some yellow sequins from last year’s SSS kit. There is a little bunny popup with some more hippy flowers inside. I die cut “hello” out of the daisy paper and this made the interior of my card. Here is card #2!

For card three I wanted to use the sheep patterned paper that came in the kit, so I die cut a piece of white cardstock using a dotted rectangle die. I created a sky and a pasture using Stormy Sky and Mowed Lawn distress inks. I die cut a few clouds from white cardstock and stamped “hello ewe” from one of my stamp stashes. From my stash (Mama Elephant’s Lunar Animals) I stamped and die cut two lambs. My daughter and I love black-faced sheep so I tried to imitate one and the other lamb is a typical black sheep. I die cut some grass from green cardstock and placed the lambs in the “pasture”. With the lamb paper, I die cut a larger rectangle using a larger dotted rectangle from the set, which I then glued to the Slate card base. I popped my scene up with some foam tape and glued this in the center of the lamb paper. A few swipes of my Wink of Stella over the clouds and a few clear drops from Pretty Pink Posh and that was my 3rd card.

My fourth card got a little of a rough start…I forgot to use watercolor paper when I created the background. I sponged Mowed Lawn and Stormy Sky distress ink over the whole piece of white cardstock. I then sprayed it with a mister filled with water and Perfect Pearls. Because I didn’t use the watercolor paper, when I returned to check on whether it was dry or not, it was warped…lesson learned…I hope! I die cut a planter pot from brown cardstock, and flowers from the patterned cardstock in the kit (the yellow with white daisies and the pink with flowers) and die cut stems and leaves from the green dotted paper. I popped up two of the flowers and glued down the other two directly on the paper. The center of the flowers are some dew drops from Honey Bee Stamps…the sunflower dew drops…as well as the three scattered on the background. A sticker from my stash completed card four!

Card 5 is on the Orange Peel card base. I used the pink  floral paper from the kit and die cut it using the dotted rectangle die I have. I had some more of those “hippy” flowers in my stash, so I created a “garden” from three of them. I die cut a cloud out of white cardstock, stamped “have a great day” in hot pink ink and popped it up with some foam tape. A few clear drops and another hippy flower completed the card. This one was very easy!

For card 6, I wanted to use the chick in the stamp set, but I didn’t want a regular “chick”, so I colored it blue (blue bird!) and fussy cut it out. I used a embossing folder from Darice that was full of flowers and embossed the Bright Yellow card base with this. I have a die set that creates bird houses and tiny birds, so I cut them all out of white cardstock and colored them to look like wooden bird houses. The tiny birds I colored blue to match my chickie. I finger-smeared the turquoise mousse to create a sky, and the silver mousse to create some background clouds on white cardstock. Then I die cut two white clouds, stamped them with my sentiment and popped them up over the silver clouds. I cut out a strip of flowers from one of the patterned papers and glued this to the bottom of my “scene”. I popped it all up with foam tape and glued it down onto my card base. A few blue crystals dotting the sides of the card base and that was my sixth card.

My seventh card is for someone very special…my five-month-old granddaughter, Frida, in Scotland! She’s my first granddaughter from my first daughter. I know she doesn’t understand it, but I just had to create one for her and send it to my daughter to save in her memory box. I die cut the carrot patterned paper using the dotted rectangle die and die cut a strip of grass from some green card stock. Another one of the bunnies I colored and cut out the day before was popped up on a circle wobble to make it bouncy. I used googly eyes for the bunny to give it some character! LOL I cut a strip of the green dotted pattern paper, stamped my sentiment “some bunny far away is missing you” and popped that up with some foam tape. A few sunflower dew drops from Honey Bee Stams for color and the whole was glued down on the Green Apple card base. I can’t wait to send it to Frida!

There is another “hippy” type of pattern paper in the kits – a turquoise with white daisies that I used for the eighth card. I die cut the paper using my dotted rectangle die, then glued it to the Slate card base. I cut a piece of white cardstock, rounded the corners and stamped two sentiments…”sending lots of love”…and “cool chick” and the chickie stamp in black VersaFine ink. I colored the chick the typical yellow of chicks, then I die cut “HUGS” from the orange pattern paper. I also stamped the sunglasses on a piece of scrap white cardstock, colored it in and fussy cut them out. I popped the sunglasses up with two circle foam dots and glued them over the chick’s eyes. Using my black calligraphy pen, I added “&” and “to a” to finish the sentiment – “sending lots of love & HUGS to a cool chick”. I popped the white cardstock up on the daisy paper then glued both down to the Slate card base. I had some orange Stickles and I dotted some of the daisy centers for added color and to tie in the orange “HUGS”. That was my 8th card!

My ninth card is using the Orange Peel card base. I die cut the beautiful plaid pattern paper using my dotted rectangle die and popped it up with foam tape on the card base. I created a envelope from the green dotted paper (which had the carrots pattern on the reverse side) and popped that up with some foam tape at a little angle. I cut a tiny rectangle from the die set and stamped my sentiment “just saying hello” and tacked this down inside the opening of the envelope. Some green pearls and lady bugs from my stashed finished this simple card.

The purpose of my tenth card was to use up my scraps left over so nothing went to waste. I cut out 1/2″ strips from the scraps and glued them at an angle to a piece of white cardstock. I then cut the glued cardstock in half. I really wanted to use the little bunnies border, so I glued that in the center of my Ivory card base. Two strips of the blue cross paper on the sides and then popped up my strip card pieces above and below the bunny border. I added some orange Stickles in the center of the white daisies, other flowers, and the dots on the zigzag paper. I added some pearl drops in the center of the flowers in the bunny border. Another simple card but with lots of color! I didn’t add a sentiment because I didn’t want to take away from all the color and patterns, so when I decide to send it, I figure out what sentiment I want and stamp it inside.

So, that is my 10 cards – 1 kit from Simon Says Stamp! March card kit! It was a challenge but I succeeded in making 10 cards with a Spring theme! LOL They turned out pretty good and I can’t wait to use them! Sorry the photographs aren’t the greatest. I am trying to create a better photography light box, but I just can’t seem to get the exposure right. I’ll keep practicing!

I hope all of you have a wonderful crafty day! Take care and see you on the flip side!

Laura

Just Wanted to Say Hi!

Just wanted to let you all know I am still alive and kicking! LOL I got sideswiped with the flu and bronchitis! Its taking longer than usual to get well enough to do the things I want to …much less those that I have to! I’ve been working on a little bit throughout this recovery period…I started my 10Cards-1Kit for the SSS March 2017 Kit; an unboxing of MyCreativeScrapbook for March; an unboxing of LFL March; and a haul from Michaels, MFT, and STAMPlorations…plus more that I just can’t remember! My workroom is a disaster because of all the work and no cleaning behind myself, so I am taking a few days to clean up and reorganize… unfortunately the pictures I took won’t upload…not sure why. We got a snow day – more of an ice day – from work and school, so I’m going to try to get as much done as I can. I’ll try to get it all uploaded today and this evening.

I am also in the process of licensing my “business” as Ricaura Creations. I want a shop online that I can sell things, plus access affiliated links. Keep your fingers crossed! It’s a lot more confusing than I expected!

Well, back to the worktable. Have a great day crafty friends!

Laura

Love From Lizi Spring Blog Hop & Prizes!

Hello, crafting friends! I am one of the stops on the Love from Lizi blog hop to showcase an awesome product – Love from Lizi monthly kits! Her kits are simply amazing, filled with beautiful supplies, and she just went “subscription” for her kits! Elizabeth is a new entrepreneur and has been around a bit in the card making world. She has asked a bunch of us to participate in a Spring Blog Hop and is offering a free kit or £20  for someone special! Please leave a comment on my blog and all the other bloggers in this hop! So without further ado…

This card was made using materials from the February card kit. Elizabeth is located in the U.K. so they will be celebrating Mother’s Day next month. Her kit reflects that season of Spring and the celebration of Moms around the world! The patterned papers in the kit are all 8″ x 8″ and jokingly, Elizabeth challenged us to make an 8″ x 8″ card…so I did! I still made a Mother’s Day card…I actually made 10 more from the kit, but I’ll post those later. This is the special card for this blog hop….it’s for my Mom, who is an awesome lady and I love her to death. I don’t tell her near as much as I should, but she’s the thread that ties this family together. I wanted to make a very special card for her, so using the cardstock that came in the kit, I printed “Happy Mother’s Day” from my inkjet printer. I then foiled it using my laminator. It’s a beautiful fuchsia pink.

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Then using the beautiful floral print paper in the kit, I fussy cut around some of the flowers in the center to form a window, which I glued a piece of acetate to the back of. You’ll notice that some of the leaves and flowers “hang” into the oval centerpiece….I thought it added a pretty touch!

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Since I am doing an 8″ x 8″ card, I used one  piece of cardstock for the back panel, and one piece for the card base – that the patterned paper is glued to. I cut both cardstocks 8″ x 10″, then folded over the extra 2″ to form a piece that can be glued together – forming a top folded card. I cut an oval out of the front card base so the window goes all the way through to the inside.

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Then I added sequins and ribbon from the kit and a few silk flowers from my stash! The sequins are “glued” down using the Nuvo Crystal Drops in Rhubarb Crumble, so the center of each sequin has a little drop of the crystal drops squeezing through! LOL I think it turned out quite nice and I really hope my Mom loves it! I plan to make my own envelope using a tutorial from one of the other bloggers that made envelopes for her 8″ x 8″ cards! I will be using wrapping paper for this. Here’s the finished card!

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I hope you like my card and you will hop right along to the next awesome card in the blog hop…that’s Crazy Paper Chick’s blog and she’s awesome! You’ll love her cards, too!

Have a great day, crafting friends, and enjoy every stop on the Spring Blog Hop for Love from Lizi! Don’t forget to post a comment on each stop so you’ll have a chance to win the soldout March kit or £20 from Love from Lizi! You can find the shop at Love from Lizi. Head over there after you visit all of us in the hop!

Love, Laura

Next on the Love from Lizi Spring Blog Hop…

Crazy Paper Chick

Platinum Peacock

Love from Lizi

Crafty not Shifty

Caren with A C

Handmade By Renuka

The Little Craft Cave

Coming down the wire!

Well, guys…we are just finishing up the final stuff for the Spring Blog Hop for Love from Lizi. Remember to check out my blog on March 1st, 2017 at 10:00 am when I go live, as well as all of the blogs on the hop – then leave a comment so that you can enter to win a sold-out March kit or £20 to use in her shop! I love the stuff in her shop…just keep buying and buying…LOL

But onto other things still going on. I am finished with my 10 Cards – 1 Kit (plus 1 special card for the Blog Hop) and without any more fanfare…

Card one – this card is a side-fold white cardstock but on the narrow end…one of those “oops, the card’s turned wrong! Oh, well..” moments. But it still turned out beautiful. The beautiful rose damask paper from the February Love from Lizi kit is the background. I fussy cut the birds and floral arrangement out from one of the other papers in the kit. I was going to stamp “Happy Mother’s Day” on the strip of silver mirror paper at the bottom, but it didn’t seem to work the way I wanted it to, so I just left it blank. I edged the patterned paper along the seam with the mirror paper using the branch pinstripes from the kit, and also at the top of the card. I cut three banners – one from the silver mirror cardstock, one from the rose damask paper, and one from the back of the bright floral paper in the kit…a pretty pearlescence pattern… then topped them off with graduated sparkly enamel drops in the light purple. Of course, that wasn’t enough, so I had to paint the whole bird and flower cut-out with clear Wink of Stella! It’s hard to see in the photo but it’s pretty!

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Card two is a mixture of a lot of stuff from the kit. One a top-fold white card base, I glued another piece of the rose damask paper, paired it with the sparkly striped pattern paper and added a strip of the branch pinstripe at their seam. I fussy cut a peacock from one of the other patterned papers and glued that over the rose damask paper. Then I cut a square from the purple glitter paper included and a square from a piece of kraft paper (just a shade smaller), which I then stamped “Happy Mother’s Day” in the purple pigment included in the kit. A few sequins here and there and some sequin pieces glued to the peacock’s tail…and its done!

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The third card was a very simple card. I used one of the beautiful patterned papers in the kit – the one with roses – and glued this to a top-folding kraft card base. I coated the center flower grouping with clear Wink of Stella (about 4 coats!) and then topped it off with Glossy Accents. I edged both sides – left and right – with the branch pinstripe. The kit came with wooden embellishments, so I used one of the roses…water-colored it from my pencils then topped it off with…guess what…clear Wink of Stella! LOL A strip of the purple patterned ribbon in the kit went along the bottom half where I glued the rose on the right side. I cut a banner from the kraft cardstock and stamped it with “Happy Mother’s Day” from the purple pigment ink in the kit. I tied off a strip of the purple ribbon in the top and glued it down on the bottom left side. Two light purple and two dark purple enamel dots finished it off!

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My fourth card is very bright! I used a piece of bright yellow cardstock from my stash…I can’t remember from which store and glued it down to a top-folded white card base. I fussy cut another one of the patterned papers to create a carved strip on one side. I cut a piece of the silver mirror paper with a scalloped tag die, then one a shade smaller out of the yellow cardstock. I stamped the yellow cardstock with “Happy Mother’s Day” in the purple pigment ink, then glued on top of the silver mirror cardstock. Gluing this down in the lower right corner, I added a yellow silk flower with pearls right beside it. I used another one of the wooden embellishments – butterflies – and watercolored this trying to match the orange in the patterned paper. A few of the light purple enamel dots to finish it off.

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My fifth card turned out really nice, if I do say so myself! LOL I used the pearlescent floral paper from the kit for the background on a top-folding white card base. I die cut a scalloped frame from the silver mirror paper, then stamped a piece of watercolor paper with the beautiful bird and flower stamp included in the kit. I then attempted to use my new Zig Watercolor Brushes to paint the stamp. It isn’t great, but it was the first time I used them. This I die cut it to fit behind the silver frame. Another scalloped tag die cut from the purple glitter paper, and one from white cardstock a shade smaller, which was then stamped with the purple pigment ink for the same sentiment…after all, these cards are all for my friends for Mother’s Day! A few of the dark purple enamel dots finished it off. I LOVE this pearlescent floral paper! I really need to order some more! LOL

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The sixth card is a top-folding card base in kraft. I glued the pale green damask pattern paper to this and edged it with the branch pinstripes on the left and right. I made a tiny envelope from kraft cardstock and glued that down. I then spent hours…and hours…and hours…no, not really…fussy cutting out some butterflies from another pattern paper in the kit. I glued them down just in their center and folded back the wings a bit to look more realistic and 3D. They are “flying” out of the envelope…or supposed to be. I didn’t like how the envelope turned out, so I kinda covered it with a square of another paper from the kit with the same stamped sentiment. Another ribbon from the kit tied in a bow, and a few more enamel dots to finish the card. It’s really pretty…

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My seventh card had me a little flummoxed…I tried to do it one way, and it wouldn’t work the way I wanted it to…so I had to try to figure out another pattern. I went on the Love from Lizi Facebook page, where others are creating beautiful cards from their kits, to get a few ideas to jump start a new pattern. The results were corners cut from the rose damask paper, popped up with some foam tape and edged with the branch pinstripes on a side-folded kraft card base. Then alternated the yellow washi tape in the kit, with the purple polka dot ribbon to create stripes. I used one of the cardstock embellishments in the kit – the round one with the tiny butterflies, die cut another circle stamped with my sentiment, and popped it up in the center of the butterfly tag. Using some silver ribbon from my stash, I tied off a piece at the top of the tag. A few of the enamel dots in dark purple and light purple finished it off.

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My eighth card I used a long top-folding white card base. I glued a strip of the silver mirror cardstock to the lower portion, then another fussy cut piece from the green floral paper topped this off. The three wooden bird embellishments from the kit were painted with the Zigs…a little better…then glued along the top white portion. A silver ribbon bow finished it off. I’m still contemplating painting the birds with a coat of clear Wink of Stella…hmmm. (I noticed later that my phone is showing in the mirror card at the bottom…sorry about that. I’m still learning to photograph the cards!)

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The ninth card was relatively easy…I just had to use the rest of that beautiful pearlescent floral paper! The piece I had left wasn’t quite wide enough, so I cut thin strips from the sparkly striped paper and edged both sides with that. I had an oval of the silver mirri paper left from one of the other cards, so I centered that and glued it down. At first, I stamped my sentiment in the center with the purple pigment ink and then heat embossed it with the Nuvo Purple Haze embossing powder (that I bought from Lizi’s shop!), but I didn’t like how it turned out…so I cut a circle a little smaller than the last die cut tag from the kit – the one with the smaller pattern of the floral paper – stamped my sentiment in the center then centered it in the scalloped tag. I popped it up with a few foam dots and tied a little pink bow to cover up the small hole from the tag. I then added a few medium sized light purple and dark purple enamel dots and it was done!
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The tenth card took a little working on…I wanted to use the rest of the sparkly striped paper, but I also HAD to make a shaker card! I didn’t want to cut an oval out of the paper, but I had an oval in white cardstock that I used instead. I stamped the sentiment in the purple pigment ink, then placed the oval inside a plastic pocket. I sprinkled the sequins from the kit inside then fuzed the oval inside the pocket (I put a little glue tape on the back to hold it straight in the pocket). Then using a bead spoon, I spooned in the sequins and centered in the oval. With my fuze tool, I then circled the oval on the outside- twice. I cut it as close as I dared, but still had to go over a tiny spot that didn’t seal the first time. After trimming the oval, I stretched the branch pinstripe one way around. Then I did it again the opposite direction…this gave it a kind of branch frame that turned out nice. I glued the oval down well, but still felt it needed a little more securing…so I added some more dark purple and light purple enamel dots to anchor it a bit. Plain and simple, but pretty!

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Well, that’s it for my 10 Cards – 1 Kit from the Love from Lizi February Monthly Kit. The blog hop is only a few days away so make sure you stop back in on the 1st of March to check out what I made special from this kit, then hop on over to everyone else on the blog hop to see what beautiful creations they came up with. Don’t forget to post a comment on each blog – mine included – so that you are entered to win either one of the sold-out March kits or £20 (around $24.00 for those of us in the states…as of 9:30p EST on February 25th) to use in Lizi’s store!

Ta-ta for now, fellow crafters! See you on the flip side!

Love, Laura

Supplies, Sales and Updates

I was going through my list of websites that I like to check out periodically and decided that I’ll post what each website is offering for new releases, sales, and upcoming releases. I thought that might get you out there checking out the competition, finding new inspiration, and of course, finding new things to buy! We can never have too much stamps, inks, dies,  paper, embellishments,…well, whatever! So…without further ado..

  • Altenew Has their February Inspiration Challenge and its a beautiful picture that can give wonderful ideas and inspiration. The challenge ends 2/28. They also have a new class “In the Mood for Color” by Stephanie Klauck from 2/12 to 2/26.
  • Amy Tangerine She has her new book posted and offers a free handbook for the five practices Amy uses to generate creative breakthroughs!
  • Butterfly Reflections Ink offers a daily “deal of the day” that changes every day. Today they also have a 10% off Hashtag Stamps.
  • Concord and 9th had their new releases on 2/8, but there are a lot of items from before on there as well to check out. I really want to get that “Hugs Bundle” next payday. I saw Jennifer McGuire use it in one of her videos and it was adorable!
  • Ellen Hutson has a pin-sights challenge going on, a sale  2/13-2/19 for 20% off all in-stock stamps and a new release coming out the 21st of February! I’m not big on buttons (unless it was when I was making my daughters’ clothes and I just HAD to have those cutsie ones!) but the 28 Lilac Lane – Coral Reef buttons are sooo summery and beachy! Hmm…..
  • Gina K Designs has some new stuff that are simply beautiful…I want the “Fabulous Flowers” stamp set! If you order over $75.00, you get a beautiful Vintage Rose stamp set and free shipping on orders over $50.00 (in U.S.A.).
  • Hallmark Scrapbook has a section for 30-60% off dies, stamps, ink, and other supplies…there is a lot of stuff here! They also have a page for new releases that they carry from other companies.
  • Hero Arts This is one of the first companies I bought stamps from…they carried them in Michael’s. They have some beautiful new stamps and dies out in their recent release that are to “die” for! I already have a wish list started and plan to place a small…order this weekend! They also just started offering subscriptions on their My Monthly Hero kits! I’m a kit addict so of course I signed up! LOL
  • Honey Bee Stamps It’s release week over there and they have some really cool stuff! I HAVE to get the Curious Kitties stamps and dies! I just HAVE to! LOL I love their dew drops and droplets…another thing I have to have! I have some of their stamp sets and they are really good!
  • Ink Blot Shop, LLC I haven’t bought anything from them…yet…but I love their little bits of this and that…tiny things that you can scatter over a card background or add little bits to a  card to make it cute. Let me know if you get anything and tell me what! I’m keeping an eye on these guys! LOL
  • Lawn Fawn I have a lot of things from Lawn Fawn and I love their stamps. They are so cute! They have a few things on their sale page, but check back regularly to see if it gets updated…I’m “eyeing” the Clear to See stamps and cuts! Their new releases come out on 2/23 and they have lots of yummy stuff.
  • Lil’inker designs They have a sale page and….their new release is on 2/20! I’m already making my wish list!
  • Lindy’s Gang I haven’t bought anything from these guys yet, but not for lack of looking…I can’t make up my mind what I want first! I want to try pretty much everything! LOL They also have a February Color Challenge…scrumptious colors!
  • Little Things from Lucy’s Cards The embellishments here are so sweet! I have bought a few and want to buy so much more! (Ok, visiting the website and ended up buysing about 7 packages!) They are just what you need for that shaker card or to spread over the face of the card!
  • Love from Lizi This is one of my MOST favorite websites and the owner is awesome! She’s a new entrepreneur and has just started subscriptions on her beautiful monthly kits! If you order a subscription, she’ll add anything you want to buy into the box so you don’t have to pay extra shipping. Check out her website and Facebook page. There are a lot of great people there! I love ’em!
  • Mama Elephant Their stuff is just so darn adorable! I love so much of their stamps and dies…always getting something of theirs! They had a release recently so there are new stuff to check out.
  • My Favorite Things I am ALWAYS ordering something from these guys! I love their stuff and they have awesome releases! Their inspiration and creative team is pretty awesome themselves! I just got a few stamps and dies from them recently and I can’t wait to use them!
  • My Creative Scrapbook Pam is awesome to work with and I love her Limited Edition Scrapbooking kits. I saw her stuff on Maremi Smallart on YouTube and loved the cards that Marta created! I tracked down the website for the kits…and that was it…I was a goner! Pam packs a lot of cool stuff in her kits so check her out!
  • Neat & Tangled I have only a little of their stuff, but what I have I love! They also have a sale page so you can always pick up something inexpensive from them. Their stuff is so cute!
  • Penny Black I have a few of their stuff and I love it…I plan to get more of their hedgehog stamps, especially! There is a lot of stuff on this site so head over and check them out! They also had a new release recently so I need to head over there myself!
  • Pretty Pink Posh I love Paulina’s stuff! I have a list of stuff on my worktable that I want to order from her, but keep changing it because she has so many beautiful sequin colors and I have a limited amount to spend! LOL
  • Reverse Confetti I love their stuff over here…I love everyone’s I know, but their stuff is really good. I love the “Cured” stamps and die set! Those adorable little piggies! LOL
  • Simon Says Stamp! I am always on this website…creating an order…a wish list…checking out the new releases they are carrying…Since they carry a lot of different brands, I tend to get some of the smaller companies’ stock from them but I do like to hit those other websites too!
  • STAMPlorations I just recently signed up for their bi-monthly stamp and die kit. I should be receiving it soon. I’ll let you know all about it! You get a lot in this kit and you actually get to choose what you want! Cool, huh?! They also have a mess of challenges always going on!
  • Sugar Pea Designs I just found this website recently. I’m going to have to spend a while checking them out! They seem to have a lot of adorable stamps, dies and patterned paper…hmm… They have bi-monthly releases starting on the 3rd Monday of every other month, so I think the next release will be April (They are just finishing up their Winter Release). They have monthly challenges as well.
  • Sunny Studio This is another one I just found recently. What I can see of their stuff is adorable! I’m eyeing their Daffodil Dreams Die and Stamps…I love daffodils! They also have a turtle shaker card on their blog that I have GOT to try! It’s adorable!
  • Winnie & Walter I want their Big Hugs Stamp and Die combo! It is SOOO adorable! I am also considering some of their Cutaways and that Happiest of Holidays stamp & die combo!…check them out!
  • Wplus9 I have my eye on their Curious Forest Friends stamp set… I have their Whimsy Alpha set and I’m am just gonna have to get the die to go with it! They also have a clearance link, as well!
  • Your Next Stamp This is another site I have bought from…yet…but it’s only been because of lack of money! I love their monster stamps! They would make adorable cards for little “monsters”! They also have a link for specials..retired stamps, deal of the week, retired dies, even gumdrops! They also hold sketch challenges and color challenges!

After all of this, my bank account is going to take a major hit! But it’s worth it! LOL But I have a lot of ideas and goals coming up! So new stamps and dies will work just perfect into those goals!

Well, I’m gonna run now ya’ll. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy time with family and friends! Happy crafting!

Love, Laura

 

Simon Says Stamp! Coffee, Tea, & Cocoa – 10 Cards 1 Kit

Hi, everyone! I was hoping to make a video of this but my video cam takes photos at a slower speed than I need – even when I speed it up. I can’t get anything over 4x speed or it starts jumping and starting/stopping. It isn’t worth it right now…too much to do and not enough time! LOL

Anyway, I love this month’s kit from Simon Says Stamp! I love coffee, I love tea…and who doesn’t love hot cocoa this time of year? (I’m in Maryland and its cold right now!) Anyway… I got off to a slow start with this kit at first…the creative juices just weren’t flowing, but once I got going..! LOL!

For my first card, I used a top folding card in #120 white from the kit. The background paper is the little tiny XOXO print with colorful hearts scattered around from the Doodlebug paper pad. I printed a tea-cup and three tea bags using Memento Tuxedo Black on white card scraps, then fussy cut them out. The tea cup was colored with Copic Markers RV02  and RV04, while the tea bags were Copic Markers E11 and E37. I stamped a small tag with the sentiment with MementoLuxe in Rich Cocoa (felt it suited this kit perfectly!). A little fuchsia cord and a few of the darker pink enameled dots and its done!

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The second card I used the Neenah Desert Storm cardstock top fold vertical. A simple white background in Sweet Tooth (MFT) was stamps repeatedly in the Rich Cocoa using the coffee cup and tea-cup stamps. I left them uncolored to keep it a little less busy. A rectangle strip from the same MFT cardstock is stamped with another sentiment from the kit, and backed with a strip of the adorable plaid paper in the kit. A few scattered coffee beans and that’s done!

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The third card was a little take-off of a card Vicky Papaioannou did on her video…but I don’t drink regular tea so I used an herbal tea bag (which smells divine!). The card was the Surf Blue Cardstock and I used a scalloped border to die cut the plaid paper. A small tag die to cut the tag for the sentiment – this tag die comes with inserts that emboss your tag – I used one to give me a tiny flower that I colored in with pencils to match the plaid paper. A piece of the fuchsia cord for the tag, then a staple to the tea bag, and that was it. I used a few of the enamel dots in light pink and dark pink and one of the glitter hearts to finish this card off.

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My fourth card had a purpose in mind before I even started it. My youngest daughter, Dani, will be 26 the 1st of March. She’s a coffee addict so I wanted her card to be very, very coffee! LOL Using the Desert Storm Card-stock with a top fold, I stamped coffee beans all around the edges from another stamp set that I had in Rich Cocoa. Using the paper that was covered in coffee beans, I die cut a circle out of the top center and covered it with a piece of acetate. Using a piece of brown cardstock from my stash, I die cut a frame and stamped Happy Birthday in Tuxedo Black at the top and at the bottom. This was then glued over the circle with the acetate…I’m trying to make a shaker card…LOL  I die cut a piece of white cardstock in a circle, stamped it with my sentiment, then glued it to the back of the paper covered with tiny coffee beans, then popped it up with foam tape, added some sequins from my stash in various coffee tones and glued the whole thing down on the card base. The two puffy coffee stickers – one for frappechino and one for carry-out coffee, two sugar bag stickers (from the kit), and more sequins finished off this card. I just had to cover the brown frame with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen because it just needed something else! Inside I made a gift card pocket from brown card stock, glued some birthday balloons and streamers around it, added a metallic “happy birthday” and its all ready for the Starbucks gift card I got her! She’ll probably roll her eyes at me, but she’ll love it secretly!

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My fifth card was in the Doll Pink cardstock. I chose the paper that was covered with stacked tea cups (which I thought were jelly beans at first!). I cut it a slight smaller than my card base, die cut a circle in the top center, then popped it up with some foam tape. Two of the puffy tea-cup stickers and two puffy tea bag stickers went in the center that I cut out. I used one of the sentiments from the paper pad pack and backed it with a strip of white cardstock. This was popped up with some more foam tape…a pretty simple card.

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The sixth card is another copy from Vicky…she had some really great ideas! ….Using the piece of paper from the kit that had the “Life is Sweet” pattern and pictures, I cut out the covers to the two dessert dishes. I fussy cut the donuts and macaroons. I backed the cutout portions with acetate and popped this paper up with foam tape. After determining where the “windows” would fall, I glued the donuts and macaroons behind the “glass” ..added some sequins, and glued the whole thing to a white card base. A few more sequins scattered on the card and it was done…as my little boy says “easy, peasy”!

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My seventh card used everything from the kit…a white card base top fold, the heart paper from the kit, and the little list tag cut from one of the papers, and another with the tea cups. Two sentiment strips were cut from the paper pad as well. I glued and foam taped them to pop them up and another simple card!

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The eighth card is using the Doll Pink cardstock. I cut a panel from the donut paper and popped the frame up with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment in the long window (“I only need two things…coffee & coffee & coffee… I just had to add that extra one!). The creamer and sugar stickers for the top window, the coffee pot for the center window, and two steaming coffee mugs for the third window. This kit made things SOOO easy!

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The ninth card went a little sideways from the start so I had some nitpicking to do. I used a piece of the Sweet Tooth cardstock, edged it with Dark Espresso ink and glued it to a white card base. I die cut a frame from the greenish paper in the pad, and glued that down in the center. From the stamp set I got the coffee bean strip from, I stamped and fussy cut a lot of coffee beans (stamped in the Rich Cocoa on brown card stock from my stash) and then glued them onto the frame like “flowers”. I die cut three coffee cups in patterned paper, three in white, and three using kraft card stock from my stash. I fussy cut the lids from the white, and the heat bands from the kraft, then glued them all together. I popped them up with foam tape in the center of the frame. Using a small scrap of the plaid paper, I die cut a square, which I topped with a smaller square in white. Stamped from the stamp kit that had the coffee beans, I used the Rich Cocoa ink again. Glued these two together, popped up with some foam tape, and then scattered some coffee-colored sequins around. Of course, I just had to add a little Wink of Stella clear pen to the heat bands on the coffee cups!

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This last card started off as one thing, but ended up as another. I had a lot of scraps left that I wanted to use up, so I cut 1″ squares from as many of them as I could. I then created a patchwork quilt from them. They were glued onto a piece of white cardstock, popped up with foam tape, then glued to the Surf Blue card base. I created a longer tag so I could fit two stamped coffee cups, the sentiment and a few hearts. I topped this off with a piece of the fuchsia cord and glued it all down. I added two light pink, two dark pink, and two glitter hearts to the card base and I was done!

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I have to say…again… that this card kit was fun. I love the paper pad from Doodlebug and I have to order more of those adorable puffy stickers, also from Doodlebug! I tried to order them after I got the kit, but they were already sold out! I guess I’m not the only one that loved them!

Well, that’s all for now, crafty friends. I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy crafting. Until next post…

Love, Laura

p.s for those of you interested…  Simon Says Stamp! Monthly Card Kits