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29 June, 2015

TGIF Throwdown Take 2

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today is a last minute entry into the Throwdown challenge over at TGIF...


Challenges...

#TGIFCTD01 at TGIF (I used Butterfly Thinlits, Work of Art, Blushing Bride and Blackberry Bliss ink)
AG at Art by Miran
AG at Simon Says Wednesday
#189 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
June Bug at Die Cut Divas

I'll be back on Wednesday with a very special creation and some exciting news, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

28 June, 2015

Rose and Pearl at 613 Avenue Create

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The cards I'm sharing with you today are my DT creations for the latest challenge at 613 Avenue Create, where the optional twist is to use either, pearls, the birthstone for June, or roses, the flower, or indeed both.

Both my sponsor images are from Bugaboo, and have been teamed with some of my favorite products from Stampin' Up!

Card: Whisper White and Basic Black
Ink: Soft Sky
Stamp set: Painted Petals (sentiment, retired)
Sponsor image: Polka Dot Heels from Bugaboo, printed onto Whisper White
Marker: Soft Sky Blendabilities (retired)
Tools and Embellishments: Boho Chic TIEF, Deco Labels Framelits and Basic Pearls
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Card: Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo
Stamp set: Painted Petals (retired)
Sponsor image: Beautiful Blocks Faith from Bugaboo, printed onto Whisper White
Embellishments: Basic Pearls

Challenges...
AG at Incy Wincy Designs
#189 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
AG at Simon Says Wednesday

I'll be back tomorrow with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

26 June, 2015

Watercolor Blooms

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I promised you on Wednesday that today's creation hasn't been created with either Watercolor Wings or the Bold Butterfly Framelits. What I couldn't promise you is that it wouldn't include those elements in some way!

Let me explain... as the title of today's post says, I've created a watercolor scene, using a favorite stamp set from the Occasions catalog that's been carried over into the new annual. Yep, the flowers are indeed from the Butterfly Basics stamp set from Stampin' Up!


Card: Watercolor Paper, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White
Inks: Jet Black StazOn, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive
Stamp set: Butterfly Basics
Tools: Aqua Painters
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
AAG at Through The Craft Room Door
#189 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
AG at Incy Wincy Designs
AG at Simon Says Wednesday

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one! I'll be back on Sunday with my latest DT creation for 613 Avenue Create, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

24 June, 2015

The Little Moments

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today was inspired by the latest challenge over at TGIF, where the theme is "Together Forever". It's another I've created with the Wonderful Wings and Bold Butterflies die bundle, but the main focus is the gorgeous flourish from Flowering Flourishes...


I've kept it CAS and embossed the flourish and sentiment in gold and added a few sequins to complete it.

Card: Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Stamp sets: Flowering Flourishes and Watercolor Wings (sentiment)
Tools and embellishments: Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and Heat Tool, Bold Butterflies and Deco Labels Framelits, and Gold Sequin Trim
Adhesives: Stampin Dimensionals and Tombow

Challenges...
#TGIFC08 Together Forever at TGIF
#204 LOVE is in the air at HIMCR
#189 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
AG at Incy Wincy Designs
F is for Flowers at Butterfly Challenge

I'll be back on Friday with another creation, which you might be pleased to know after a week of butterfly creations, hasn't been created with either of the new butterfly bundle! I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

22 June, 2015

Watercolor Wings Hallett Bag

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I know that this is the fourth Watercolor Wings creation I've shared with you in a week, but I LOVE the set and there are SO many things you can do with it.

The original Hallett bag designed by my Stampin' Sister Caroline uses a piece of 12" long DSP for the bag. No DSP that size? NO problem! You can sub in two pieces that are 6" x 3½" and you can even create your OWN DSP using a favorite stamp set. Yep, I've done BOTH for today's. The only difference between this version and Caroline's original is that I've got the seams on either end, rather than at the back...





Card: Whisper White and Coastal Cabana (retired)
Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon
Stamp set: Watercolor Wings
Tools: Bold Butterfly Framelits and Envelope Punch Board
Adhesive: Sticky Strip (retired) and Tombow

Caroline's original measurements... my substitutions
Bag base 2½" x 5¼, scored on all sides at ½"
Bag sides 3½" x 12"... 3½" x 6" (2)
Edging ½" x 12" (3)... ½" x 6" (6) for the top, bottom and inside of the bag
Handles 3/8" x 6" (2)

Challenges...
#188 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#181 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#151 Monochromatic at Brown Sugar Challenges
#267 AAG at Craft your passion challenge

I'll be back on Wednesday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs, Em

20 June, 2015

Boho Chic Butterflies ~ Pinkies Blog Hop


Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

It's GREAT to again be joining my Stampin' sisters for another hop and yep, I'm SUper excited to be surrounded by such talented and inspirational ladies! There's so many AMAZING new products in the new cattie and it was a bit difficult to decide what to share with you today, but regular readers may not be surprised at all to know that I've included butterflies!

While Stampin' Up! have so many amazing colors across their range, there is very little color at all in my creation. Just a soft hint of Blushing Bride in the sentiment...


I love how the intricate butterflies from the Bold Butterflies Framelits pop against the Boho Chic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which I've used on the debossed side. The sentiment is from the Watercolor Wings stamp set, which is available in a bundle with the Framelits and has itself featured in posts on my blog this week. The sentiment has been cut with the smallest Deco Label Framelit and the design completed with Basics Pearls.

Click the next button below to continue the hop with Lea



Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be back on Monday with another creation showcasing some of the products I've used today, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

19 June, 2015

More Watercolor Wings

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I've only had the new Watercolor Wings stamp set from Stampin' Up! for a week, but it's already one of my favorite stamp sets. The design of the set means that the color combinations and therefore the design possibilities are almost endless!

For today's card I've used the same base for the butterfly as I did for Wednesday's card, but this time stamped it in Blushing Bride ink. The highlights are Melon Mambo and the body Early Espress ink. I've then used the same colors to stamp the background and sentiment...


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Early Espresso
Stamp set: Watercolor Wings
Tools: Bold Butterflies Framelits
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals and Tombow

Challenges...

#74 Summer Fun at CYCI
June Bug at Die Cut Diva's
#188 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one! I'll be back tomorrow with a special creation for the latest Pinkies Blog Hop with my Stampin' sisters, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

17 June, 2015

Watercolor Wings

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today was, despite it's simplicity, quite a challenge for me to design. Why? Because it's to be entered into the latest challenge over at TGIF. Yep, after a slow start and missing the first few there, I'm on a roll. The issue for me was that it's a sketch challenge and I often really struggle with a sketch, for some reason.

That said, I'm REALLY happy with the look of the card, the first I've created with the stunning NEW Watercolor Wings stamp and Bold Butterflies die bundle from Stampin' Up!, which I've stamped in three of my favorite colors...


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky (butterfly wings), Pool Party (wing tips, sentiment and sponging) and Lost Lagoon (body and background)
Stamp set: Watercolor Wings
Tools: Bold Butterfly Framelits
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals and Tombow

Challenges...

#TGIFC07 at TGIF
#188 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

I'll be back on Friday with another creation using this stamp and die bundle, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

15 June, 2015

Gorgeously Grungy Butterfly

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today has been created using a new to me technique that is so easy and has me wondering why I've waited until now to try it? The technique of which I speak is inlaying a die cut.

I've used some of my favorite things to create the card... Gorgeous Grunge and Trust God stamp sets from Stampin' Up!, Butterfly Thinlits and a few favorite inks, Soft Sky, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon. Because I wanted to add some dimension to the card, I've backed the inlay with vellum, and to finish the design I've scattered some gold sequins...


Card: Whisper White and Vellum
Inks: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon
Stamp sets: Gorgeous Grunge and Trust God
Tools and embellishments: Butterfly Thinlits, Decorative Label punch, Gold Sequins (from trim)
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals and Tombow

Challenges...
#32 Butterflies and S is for Sequins at Butterfly Challenge
June Bug at Die Cut Divas
#150 In the garden at Brown Sugar
AG w/ twist of bling at Fan-Tastic Tuesdays
#181 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground

I'll be back on Wednesday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

14 June, 2015

Flag Day at 613 Avenue Create

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today is my latest DT offering for the new challenge over at 613 Avenue Create, where the OPTIONAL twist this week is to use the colors of your country's flag in your creation.

I've used some artistic license for this one, because instead of my own patriotic colors of red, white and blue, I've only used red and white, the colors of Canada. Some of my dearest friends are Canadian, so for this challenge, you've unknowingly adopted me ;)

The sponsor image I've colored is one from Rick St. Dennis and I've surrounded her with firework-like spatters from my favorite Stampin' Up! stamp set, Gorgeous Grunge...

Card: Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Markers: Skin tone, Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate Blendabilities (retired)
Stamp set: Gorgeous Grunge
Sponsor image: Rick St. Dennis
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#34 AG at Art by Miran
#63 AAG at Crafting From The Heart
#69 Cards only at Beyond Grey
#187 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

The products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back tomorrow with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

12 June, 2015

Work of Art Butterfly

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Regular readers will know that I LOVE a challenge, so when I saw the first Throwdown at TGIF, I had to give it a go! Here's what we could use...

From the list, I opted for Butterfly Thinlits, Work of Art stamp set and Blushing Bride and Blackberry Bliss inks. Here's what I came up with...

Card: Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride and Blackberry Bliss
Stamp set: Work of Art
Tools: Butterfly Thinlits
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...

#TGIFTD01 at TGIF
#65 Butterfly at AtCAS
#187 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
June Bug at Die Cut Divas

All the products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one! I'll be back on Sunday with my latest DT creation for 613 Avenue Create, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

10 June, 2015

Watercolor Blended Bloom 2

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Days after I posted this watercolor creation using the beautiful Blended Bloom stamp from Stampin' Up!, I saw the latest challenge over at TGIF is also a watercolor theme. There was only one thing to do, reach for the stamp and my Aqua Painters again! This time I've used another of my favorite colors, Rich Razzleberry and created a watercolor background...


I LOVE the variation that you can get by simply using a bit more water with the ink! The leaves and sentiment from Kinda Eclectic complete the design perfectly, even if I say so myself!

Card: Mossy Meadow, Whisper White and Watercolor Paper
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow
Stamp sets: Blended Bloom and Kinda Eclectic
Tools: Aqua Painters
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...

#TGIFC06 Watercolor at TGIF
#202 Summer Colors at HIMCR
#187 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#46 AAG at Scribble and Scrap

All the products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back on Friday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

08 June, 2015

Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I know that the Perfect Blend stamp set from Stampin' Up! is now retired, but regular readers will know that I LOVE it and when I saw the latest blog hop over at Coffee Loving Cardmakers, I reached for it once more. For today's card I've teamed it with the beautiful Kinda Eclectic set and zingy summery 2014-2016 In Colors Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist...


Card: Hello Honey and Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist
Stamp sets: Perfect Blend (retired) and Kinda Eclectic
Adhesives: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
Summer hop at Coffee Loving Cardmakers
#186 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#202 Summer Colors at HIMCR

The products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back on Wednesday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

05 June, 2015

Watercolor Blended Bloom

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

It's been a while since I've done any watercoloring, so when I saw the latest challenge and blog hop over at House of Cards, I thought it an ideal opportunity to put that right...


Card: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Watercolor paper and a snippet of Mossy Meadow
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Melon Mambo and Mossy Meadow
Stamp sets: Blended Bloom and Trust God
Tools and embellishments: Aqua Painters, Build a Bird punch (for leaves) and Basics Pearls
Adhesives: Mini Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals

The challenge and blog hop is also a DT call and I'm using this card as my application. Wish me luck?

Challenges...

End of Term Blog Hop at House of Cards
#107 AG at Dream Valley Challenges
#186 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

All the products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one! I'll be back on Monday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

03 June, 2015

Gorgeous Grungy Painted Petals Remix

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today is a remix of the one I shared with you this time last week, Gorgeous Grungy Painted Petals. What? I created that card for the challenge over at TGIF and their next challenge asks us to mashup two of their May challenges and remix them. I had only entered one, so I've chosen their sketch challenge, TGIFC02, as the base for my remixed card.


Here's the sketch that I used...

And a reminder of the inspiration from TGIFC04...

Card: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe (both now retired) and Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo and Old Olive
Stamp sets: Painted Petals (retired) and Gorgeous Grunge
Tools: Labels Collection Framelits (retired)
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...

#TGIFC05 Remix at TGIF
AG at Papertake Weekly
#62 AAG at Crafting From The Heart
#186 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

I'll be back on Friday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

01 June, 2015

Butterfly Basics Hallett Bag

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The project I'm sharing with you today is an adorable Hallett bag, that was designed and named after my friend Caroline, AKA Crafty Hallett. I've seen LOADS of them around and thought it was about time I got on trend!

I've used some Sale-A-Bration DSP and the Butterfly Basics stamp and die set from Stampin' Up! to create it. The bundle is available in the current catalog and *whispers* it's being carried over into the NEW annual that launches tomorrow...


The cards are 4" x 4" and I've used the Envelope Punch Board to create the envelopes which have been stamped to match the cards

Card: Whisper White
DSP: Best Year Ever (Sale-A-Bration)
Ink: Lost Lagoon
Stamp set: Butterfly Basics (bundle with dies and save 15%)
Die: Butterfly Thinlits (bundle with the stamp set and save 15%)
Adhesive: Sticky Strip

I LOVED creating the set and will definitely be making more. For full instructions, please take a look at Caroline's video.

Challenges...
#45 AG at Scribble and Scrap
AG at Simon Says Wednesday
AG with a twist of die cuts at Artistic Inspirations
#186 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

The products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I'll be back on Wednesday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em