Love You With All My Heart!

Hey everyone!! Hope you enjoyed your day.  Today is Pile It On #5 Punch It!  I decided to ink up a new MFT stamp, Love You With All My Heart (after my printer had some serious printing issues so no digi for me).  I used Sketch Saturday's #140 Sketch.

Here is my card:
And here are the challenges I am entering with this card: 

PIO - Punch It
Copic Creations -Copics + Something New 
PaperPretties - Sewing
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Valentine
Penny's PaperCrafty - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge - Dots and Stripes
SSDS - Get Punchy
Totally Gorjuss - As you like it
Prairie Fairy Friday - Sweethearts
Woodware - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Love theme
Delicious Doodles - Spots or Stripes
Simply Create #36 - Give your Heart Away
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Hearts and Ribbon
Mami Doodles - The Magic of Love
Some Odd Girl - Scallops
Delightful Challenges - Have a Heart
Card Recipe:
Stamps: MFT PI-Love You With All My Heart
Paper:  PTI CS; Basic Grey Hopscotch
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; CTMH Baby Pink, Smoothie; 
Copics: R01,00; YR20,21; E00,25,31,33,35,37,50,51; w1; C0,1
Embellishments: PTI Ribbon, Jenni Bowlin Antique Stick Pins; CTMH Mocha Opaques
Tools: SU Border Punch; Spellbinders Rectangle/Scallop Dies; Janome Sew Mini

Hope y'all have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow with TSG's weekly challenge. :D

Day or Night & Sentimental Thank You Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome back to the last day of TSG Sneak Peeks! Hopefully you arrived from Angela's Amazing Blog, but if not you can head on over to the TSG Blog to begin!
 Torico’s newly-illustrated set Day Or Night showcases adorable houses along with several accents and sentiments that enhance each image, and make this home-themed set a must have for any cardmaker!

Day or Night is a 4x8 stamp set that includes a total of 34 of stamps and will sell for $18.

                      I decided to do some Clean and Simple One Layer Cards because the illustrations are just so cute and petite!  I know one of the reasons I don't mail as many cards as I should is because when you layer them up, they just don't fit into an envelope.  I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI Stampers Select White, colored them in with my Copics and then used Spica Glitter Pens over the Copics to really bring a beautiful shine and glimmer.
 You can see the Spica detail better here.  I LOVE this set!! I thought of so many other cards I want to make, but I had to stop so I could make the next card.
 Are you dying for another fabulous set showcasing more beautiful handwriting from our very own Julie Lacey? The wait is over! This sentiment set is yet another versatile and stunning addition that you will be thankful to have!
I used the soon-to-be released Bliss paper from Close To My Heart to frame the gorgeous, heartfelt sentiment. I accented with Licorice Opaques down the side and on the butterflies. Bitty Sparkles for accents. The metal butterflies are from the Bliss line as well.  Ribbons from Stampin' Up and CTMH.
Sentimental Thank You is a 2x6 stamp set that includes a total of 6 of stamps and will sell for $7.
I am submitting this card for the Sewing Challenge at Paper Pretties (PWC138) and Wee Memories Anything Goes Challenge #40.

Remember to leave some love at each stop for your chance to win BOTH stamp sets. Now, it's time to hop over to the Trendiest Holly's blog to get some more peeks!

Love & Happy Mail Blog Hop Challenge

Hey everyone! Did you get here from Angela's Awesome Blog? If so you're on the TSG Blog Hop!  If not, go back to the TSG blog to start at the beginning. :D

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you will definitely want to invest in this stamp set illustrated by Jessica, owner extraordinaire of There She Goes Clear Stamps.  These bold-lined images can be used as either the focal point of your creation or used as accents with other love-themed sets.  Love is a 2x6 stamp set that includes a total of 11 of stamps and will sell for $7.

***Here's a pretty, sophisticated card using the Love stamp set.  :D***

And who doesn’t like to receive happy mail? The little girls in this set illustrated by our very own Iwona Palamountain sure do! Whether wishing someone a happy birthday or sending that special friend a pick-me-up, this adorable set will brighten anyone’s day!
Happy Mail is a 3x4 stamp set that includes a total of 7 of stamps and will sell for $7.
I used the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Sketch#92 for the layout of the card and my brand, new right out of the box "Hopscotch" paper by Basic Grey.I topped it all of with a little pink ribbon from PTI and bling from CTMH. :D

Would you like a chance to win the Love & Happy Mail mini stamp sets? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Love & Happy Mail Blog Hop Challenge post.

After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Love & Happy Mail stamp sets. The winner will be announced Saturday (Jan. 29) during the Release Party Chat.  Now on to Holly's Fab Pad to see some more peeks!

FTR4 and Back In 10 Blog Hop Challenge

Hey everyone! It's sneak peek week at There She Goes Clear Stamps.  Is the winter chill getting you down? Do you need to take a break from the hectic activities of everyday life? Just sit down and enjoy this beautifully illustrated set from Di Carubia!
These furry friends know how to relax and enjoy nature; and we’re certain that these whimsical images will not only bring a smile to your face, but they will also warm your heart!  If you came from Angela's blog, you're on the hop!
 Back In 10 is a 4x6 stamp set that includes a total of 17 of stamps and will sell for $15.
Isn't that just the cutest!! :D  Here's the inside~
This card is also for my first DT card for Catered Crop's Follow The Recipe #4 (FTR4)!!
All you have to do to participate is include on recipe item or technique from the one listed on the challenge!  My participating recipe items are marked with an asterisk (*).

  • Cardstock – Kraft*, Cream*, Aqua Mist*, and New Leaf PTI cardstock
  • Pattern Paper – Basic Grey Marjolaine
  • StampsThere She Goes Back In 10
  • Color Mediums – Copic Markers*, black ink*, chalk ink for sponging*
  • Tools – sewing machine*; art sponges*; circle*, scallop*, banner die cuts
  • Embellishments – PTI buttons
  • Techniques – Machine Stitching* and Sponging with Chalk Inks*
 I hope you're enjoying the hop so stop is Holly's fabulous blog for more peeking!

I'm a Top Chef!

No, no, not the show.... I have been asked by the fabulous Linda McClain of Catered Crop Challenge fame, to join her amazing Design Team!

Here is our line up....amazing artists.....go check 'em out!

Linda McClain at Catered Crop

Libby Hickson from Libby's Little Addiction

Rachel Hope from Hope Stamps Eternal

Peggy Marsh from The Wired Angel

Corinna McGregor <------- That's Me! :D

Jeanie Witmer from The Spotted Chick

I'll be sure to whip up something delish at the craft desk and stay out of the kitchen. :D  (I will confess that I have watched every episode of every season of Top Chef, the show, now on Bravo! Thank goodness for the DVR) My all-time favorite player, Marcel, went home last week. His language could use a little cleaning up, but he was the first chef that I ever saw cook with dry ice and "gastronomy", or something like that.  Oh my goodness, I digressed!  I'm hosting an all day crop today, so gotta boogie!  See y'all tomorrow! :D

Make Your Own Travel Mug!

Hey everyone! I've been the Trendsetter this week on There She Goes' Blog and guess what today is....Dollar Find Friday!  So I'm sharing my awesome find at the dollar store a couple weeks ago.  Make Your Own Travel Mug!!  
 First assemble the following supplies: 
  • Designer Paper for the Sky
  •  Designer Paper for the Grass (Die Optional)
  • TSG Puppy Love Stamp Set
  • Coloring Medium
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
1. First Trace the Insert onto the Sky and Grass DP's.
2. Assemble the Background
3. Stamp, Color, Fussy Cut and Attach the Puppy and Girl images from Puppy Love.  Then stamp the butterfly image, 2nd generation, in a curved pattern across the insert.
4. Assemble the Cup!
When you turn the cup, the butterfly looks like it is floating through the air. So cute and far better in person, but you get it, right?!

Color Matching SU, CTMH and Memento Inks with Copics

Hey everyone! Today I am going to share a few charts with you that help me choose my Copic colors.  This is a long post with lots of pictures so grab a drink and let's get started!

The perfectionist in me won't allow for a mismatched color so I have acquired all of the current inks sold by Stampin' Up, Close to My Heart and Memento.  After completing the Copic Certification Class, Riley surprised me with all of the Copic Sketch markers except in the greys, which was every other marker. (I will confess that I don't like that minor limitation, so I ordered the rest of the greys and pre-ordered the 12 Soon-to-be-released Copics that Marianne blogged about recently. :D )

These two charts show you how I match each Memento ink to it's corresponding Copic.

 You can see that I stamp each ink on the cardstock that I normally use to create with Copics. (Currently PTI Stampers Select White, but I have recently ordered MFT's Perfect Paper Panelsand the The Blending Card from X-Press It to try). I add a scribble of each Copic that I think might match.  Then I walk away to let the inks dry thoroughly. 

Both the inks and the Copics can "settle" and change color slightly, so I have found that if I put the project aside for a while, I have a more accurate match in the end.  Most of the time, there will be a perfect or near-perfect match.  Every once in a while though, there will be a color that you have to mix.  I notate the mix with a "plus" sign. 

Here are my swatch cards for Stampin' Up's newest color collection...

...and Close to My Heart's colors.  Sometimes, I will 2nd and 3rd generation stamp the ink so I can really see what the underlying colors are in an ink.  You can get a better feel for the color composition this way.

I am updating my spreadsheets and will add them to the "Copics" box at the top of my blog some time in the next week. Hope this helps!  Have a great day everyone!!

Flashback Friday (ummm Tuesday?)

Hey everyone! Today I'm trying to get caught up; Things have been a WHIRLWIND around here these past few days.....any-whooooo....... today's card is a "FLASHBACK" of the VERY FIRST card I ever posted using glitter, which happens to also be the very first card I every blogged  back in 2008 for the Flashback Friday 7.0 Challenge.
I made a birthday card for one of my besties, Katie!  I really enjoyed looking through my blog, and evidently I've been a blingy and glittery lover from the start. :D

TSG90 Wet Embossing Challenge!

Hey y'all!  Hope you had a good weekend! I for one have been super busy. I'm playing hostess at There She Goes this week, so I'll be doing LOTS of fun stuff between here and there! First up for today, the TSG Challenge.

There are several techniques that are essential for stampers to have in their arsenal, and this week I want to make sure that Wet Embossing is one of them for each of you! Pull out your heat gun along with some embossing powders and get busy! You can emboss a solid image on your creation, emboss an outlined image and watercolor it, or showcase another wet embossing technique…your choices are endless!

And here's my card....
I used the Puppy Love Stamp set to make a fun card. I embossed the paw prints in clear over the red cardstock.  See how the pads of the pawprint are hearts? And there is a nice texture pattern on the pawprint as well that shows up nicely.

I embossed the main image, a pawprint inside the heart and sentiment. I used my favorite coloring method, Copics, as per the Pixie Cottage challenge this week.  COPIC TIP: Don't use copics! (The alcohol in the Copic markers moves the color out of the embossing and into your project. Experience speaking here. :(  Best to watercolor....)
Then, instead of sewing, I embossed  the cross-stiches from the In Stitches stamp set.  It is a great way to get the raised look of a stitch without using a sewing machine.
I used the CPS201 Sketch and Mona's CR84FN11 color challenge.  I'll also be using this card as my DT sample for Pile It On's "Anything Goes" Challenge this week.

To be eligible for the TSG giveaway, you are to create a card that utilizes wet embossing techniques, and then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of this challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (Jan 24th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

By participating in this challenge, you may also find yourself in the Trendsetting Spotlight that shines on the TSG Blog every Thursday. We will be on the look out to find challenge cards that stand out and show Trendsetting qualities. TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :)

You do not need to have a blog to be able to participate in the TSG Challenges! You can simply add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery. If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword TSG90 so we can check out your beautiful work!

Let's Experiment!

I know, I know, y'all are gonna revolt if I make another mushy card for Riley! Hey, I've almost made it through a month of deployment.  I've moved off the couch and showered.  I mean, really, there is some serious progress being made! :D 
Today's card is another using the Chemistry stamp set from There She Goes paired with the soon to be released Sweetheart paper pack from Close to My Heart.  I just love this stamp set.  There are so many different ways to pair the sentiments and heart just swoons for a set like that! 
 I used some Liquid Glass to cover the test tubes for some texture and shine.  I used a toothpick to put lots of air bubbles in the LG before it dried.  Worked like a charm!
On the inside I used 5 different stamps to build a cute sentiment.
"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.  Let's experiment together!"  
Perfect for my man!

Well that's it for today.  Have a great one and if you've got time, go get inky!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: There She Goes Chemistry
Paper:  PTI CS; Close to My Heart Sweetheart (available Feb1)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; CTMH Cotton Candy, Baby Pink, Smoothie; 
Copics: R20,22,35,37,39,81,83,85; C0,1,3,5,7; BG10
Embellishments: CTMH Pink and Red Asst. Buttons, Spellbinders Circle Dies

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