Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Alley Way Stamps May Blog Hop!!!

***Sorry I was a bit excited and posted this a day early, so sorry!  But today is the for real release day...

Hello!!!!  It is Blog Hopping Time with The Alley Way Stamps, yay!!!!  This new release is so awesome, and full of the cutest sea critters!  Today I'm sharing a card I've made using the new Something's Fishy Stamp Set...

Isn't he cute in polka dots?!  To create this card I started by stamping my whale image and sentiment on various patterned papers.  I then went to work fussy cutting and layering.  It then needed a touch of pizazz so that's where the sequins, pearls and googly eye come in hehehe!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps Something's Fishy
Patterned Paper: DCWV Seaside Yacht Stack

I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: Clean and Simple Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes

Now let's get on to some giveaway details, shall we?

Today's winner will get all three new sets!

If you want to be that winner, all you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter instructions on the TAWS Blog!

You can pick and choose which ones you want to do, but the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

For our friends that are on not Social Media, you can comment below to win - we will randomly pick from either the Rafflecopter participants or commenters!

This runs today only (April 30, 2015), so don't miss out on your chance to win!

This super adorable Mini Set, Gill-Friend, is FREE when you spend $40.00 
or more during the month of May 2015.

So, are you ready to hop???!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Science Fun Layout...

Hello!  I'm popping in quickly tonight to share one more layout with you... this layout uses lots of older stash product, yay!  I'm finally starting to make some headway ( a girl can dream right? hehehe! )

Since I used a lot of older supplies I don't know exactly who the makers are for everything, but I do know that I used some October Afternoon and some Echo Park.  I was really inspired by the Picture This Challenge: Use 3 Photos + Travel.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!
Happy Crafting!

Nephews of Mine Layout

Hello!  Happy Tuesday!!!  I'm popping in to share another layout I had time to squeeze in this month of my two nephews...

These two little men are a part of my every day life as I have watched them since they were each just babies.  I love them so much and love that my two have built in best friends! :)

I created this layout with lots of various Amy Tan Collections.  I had recently gotten a few sheets of her new collection and just had a blast mixing and matching with things I already had in my stash from the past! There was no real plan in mind when I started this layout, I just kind of trimmed layered and had fun!

I am adding this to the Clique Kits April Anything Goes Challenge
Paper Issues: Chalk One Up Your Own Style Challenge : since I used no sketches or anything for this layout it is all me!  It is bright and happy and fun... all my style!

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sneaky Peeky... one fishy scene hehehe!

Hello!  It is sneak peek week at The Alley Way Stamps, yayness!!!  This month's sets are going to make you say awww, giggle, and send you to cuteness overload!  For reals!  You can't see everything yet, but we do get to tease you a little with a few sneak peek days and today we are sharing some peeks of the All Washed Up Stamp Set.  Check out this super cute and fishy scene that I've created to share with you...

hehehe!  So fun!  This card was created some good ol fashioned stamping and coloring.  Not to mention a few creative liberties by me... aka fish candle, fish balloons, hehehe!  Hope you like it, and make sure you stop by The Alley Way Stamps Blog for more peeks at this stamp set and a chance to win it!

I'm linking this little guy up to the following challenges:
613 Ave.  Create: Anything goes with optional twist of funny sentiment
ABC Challenge: H is for Happy Birthday
Seize the Birthday: Make Your Own Background

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PTI - April Blog Hop... The Garden of Life

Hello!  Welcome to my post for April's PTI Blog Hop, yay!!!  I always love seeing how so many people are inspired in various ways from one inspiration/challenge... here is what we were given to inspire us this month...

And here is what I created based on this photo:

Supplies Used: ( All PTI )
Mason Jar Die
Garden of Life
Embellished Elegance
Various Colored Inks

I am also linking this up to the Curtain Call: Bouquet Challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing weekend!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pearls... the perfect touch

Hi!  Today you will find this CAS card up on The Blog.  This card has lots of beautiful white space and some fun stamping/die-cutting that shine with a touch of pearl accents...

ATC Backgrounds #3 Clear Stamp Set AF4809
 Swirly Doodle Butterflies Clear Stamp Set AF4602
Self-Adhesive Pearls PEARL
 Flutterby #2 SweetCuts Die set of 2 sc012b

I am entering this in the Less Is More Challenge: Up Up and Away
and in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Clean and Simple

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DCWV Premium Paper Boxes

Hello!  Today you will find me up on the DCWV Blog sharing a photo tutorial on how to create paper boxes with the amazing Premium Paper Packs that DCWV has available at JoAnn stores all across the country.  I hope you will have a second to stop by and check it out!

View blog post for supplies

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Projects - Kids Crafts

Hi!  Today you will find me and my children posting here and on The Alley Way Stamps Blog, yay!  For this years Teacher Appreciation gifts I wanted the kids to help make the cards to go with them, while I created a tag...

Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps ( Jibber Jabber, Learning Curve )
Ink: Memento
Various Markers

Both of the kids love getting to play with my stamping stuff, and tonight I introduced them to MISTI... they loved it!  It made everything so much easier, my son really loved the ability to re-stamp an image when one didn't turn out "right".

I am also entering this into the following challenge:
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sand Girl Layout

Hello!  I'm here today with a layout that I created for fun, yay!  I haven't had much time to scrapbook lately, so it felt good to get this done, plus I had some new goodies that were just itching to be used...

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Various Amy Tan Collections
Embellishments: American Crafts, Amy Tan
Enamel Dots: V's Sweet Ideas
Gesso: Martha Stewart
Pens: Faber Castell
Doily: Doodlebug

I was inspired by the following challenges when creating this layout:
Sketches In Thyme: Sketch #145
Picture This Challenge: 3 photos and traveling
Clique Kits: Anything Goes Challenge

I had a lot of fun mixing and matching papers in this collection.  I also used some Gesso Whitewashing on the heart paper behind my photo in the middle, as I was inspired by the Big Picture Class: 5 Ways to Use Gesso.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Monday, April 20, 2015

I wanna hold your hand...

I wanna hold your hand, and when you touch me I feel happy inside... I get this feeling that my love, I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide!!!!!  hehehe!  Nothing like a little Beatles to put a swing in your Monday morning step, right?  Today I am sharing this totally groovy card with all of you here and on The Alley Way Stamps Blog...

 and here is what you will find on the inside...

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Feeling Groovy and Far Out (The Alley Way Stamps)
Ink: Papertrey Ink
Colored Pencils: Spectrum Noir
Patterned Paper: Amy Tan (heart paper) and DCWV (A2 Embossed Kraft Cards)
Wink of Stella

This card is very basic stamping, and coloring, but it sure was fun to create!  I love how perfectly these images go together and all of the fun accessories you can add on the two of them.  I am adding this groovy couple into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp: Make Your Own Background

Thanks for stopping by! Peace, Love, and Happy Crafting!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Back to the Basics...

TGIF, TGIF, TGIF!!!! Today you will find this card here and on the Blog, and I am taking us all back to the basics of cardmaking.  Now when I say basics I wants to remind you that the basics are beautiful not boring.  Sometimes I get so wrapped up in trying new techniques and adding so many embellishments that I lose site of why I really love cardmaking... for the stamping.  So I have created this little beauty with nothing but some good ol stamps, ink, markers and foam adhesive...

Supplies Used:

I was inspired by the following challenges while creating this beauty..
MarkerPop: Anything Goes Challenge
AAA Cards: It's Spring Time

Hope to see you join in the Challenge: Pink going on now!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hey Friend! Layout

Hi!  Today I'm popping in to share this fun and bright layout I've created with one of the newer DCWV Stacks called Chic Chat... this stack can be found now at Michaels...

I love how bright and fun this collection is, not to mention the canvas paper, hello yummy!  I love my DCWV stacks because they do all the work for you when it comes to mixing and matching, and with the canvas paper I also don't have try and think about texture either!  With some fussy cutting and creative die cutting I was able to create my own embellishments out of paper.

Supplies Used:

View blog post for supplies

This layout was inspired by the Sketches in Thyme Sketch #143
and the SWAT Mood Board: Spring!

And finally in the Paper Issues: Prints Charming's Beautiful Paper

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Groovy baby...

Oh I just LOVE the new Alley Way Stamp Feeling Groovy Stamp Set... it is soooo fun to play with!  And as soon as I saw this van image I had to play...

So fun, right?!  Best part about this card? It's one layer baby!!! (well if you don't count the paper piecing that is!) I started this card by stamping the van in the center of my cardbase.  I then masked it off and went covered the front of the card with a stencil and distress inks.  Next I removed the mask, colored various areas with Copics, paper peiced a floral design.  Stamped the sentiment in the corner from the Freebie Stamp Set of the Month, Far Out, with every $40 spent, and added an enamel dot in the center! :)

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesdays: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: In the Middle ( my little van is right in the middle of one groovy background hehehe!)
Virginia's View: Cards with Dimension/Layers - I actually have 3 layers on this one layer of sorts card (confusing, right?!) I have a stencil background, a stamped image and some paper piecing on top!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Your Kindness...

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Today I'm popping in to share a card I've created for several challenges...

The biggest inspiration for this card was this month's Altenew Challenge Photo:

I drew my inspiration from the shapes and colors in the photo and just let things come together!  I started by mixing various distress inks on watercolored paper, blended with water and a paint brush and then splattered with gold spray mist.  Finally I stamped my floral and leaf images randomly on the paper and fussy cut.  The gold vellum circles were left over from a previous project and matched perfectly with the gold circles in the photo.  I love the look of the bright red in the photo and at the top it has a chevron look so that is why I placed the red die cut border at the top.  I finished my card with a sentiment and some clear sequins.

I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: April Showers/ Spring Flowers

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

All About That Washi...

Hello!  Today I am sharing a card on the Nani Ke Ola Blog that shows off the yumminess of Pinkfresh Studio's washi tape ( washi tape can totally be yummy, right?! )...

I really love the way the washi lines up so perfectly when laid side by side, don't you?  I then added some embellishments layered together and added the wood strip as my sentiment.  Finally the black enamels were added to "ground" my embellishment cluster and tie in with the black on the sentiment.
All supplies can be found here at Nani Ke Ola Scrapbooking

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by!

I am entering this into the Virginia's View Challenge: Cards with Dimension
and in Clique Kits: April Anything Goes Challenge

Happy Crafting!

You Brighten My Day...

Hi, and Happy Monday!  I am popping in here to share a card that you can also find on The Alley Way Stamps Blog, that is just bound to make someone happy...

This little guy is from the new Phone Home Stamp Set... the little creatures in this set are so fun to play with!  I had fun stamping and fussy cutting him, coating him with glossy accents and them sticking some googly eyes on top hehehe!  Oh and I colored in his mouth a little too.  The sentiment comes from the More than Words Set.  These colors are not something I normally work with, but I LOVE it!  I usually go to pintrest for color mixing inspiration, but this time I was inspired by the colors in the paper pack itself! (Studio Calico)

I am entering this into the following challenge:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge: Anything Goes use a die ( I used two :) )
Party Time Tuesdays: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Super Mom Blog Hop *Giveaway Too!*

Hello amazing readers and welcome to our Super Mom Blog Hop based on the new Super Mom Stamp Set now available at V's Sweet Ideas!!!

I'm showing you a super fun shaker card that's going to have any Mom smiling...

I just love the sentiment in this set and the fun graphic images too!  This set would be great for the little crafters you might have in your life as well, since Mother's day is coming up hint hint.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: DCWV  My Sunshine Stack and Birthday Wishes Stack

Now onto some Giveaway Details... woot woot!!!

Two winners will be chosen from comments all along the hop. Winners will receive the stamp set "Super Mom" and a few other goodies.

1. Two winners will be chosen from comments all along the hop. Winners will receive the new Super Mom stamp set.
2. Deadline: You have until midnight EST on Friday, April 17th to leave a comment.
3. Please check V’s Sweet Ideas Blog on Saturday, April 18th to see if you are a lucky winner.

Your next stop is the incredibly sweet and amazing Nicole!!!

Here is the full hop order:

Vanessa (V's Sweet Ideas)
Thanks for hopping and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Floral Birthday

Hello!  Today I'm popping in to share a card I had created for my Mom's Birthday... I really wanted to make something pretty for her...

I had so much fun watercoloring the rose images from Winnie & Walter with distress markers and a brush!  I then die cut it with a circle and created a circle frame with MME patterned paper, accetate and sequins.  I then used more MME paper for the background and stamped my birthday sentiment.  Pssst - I also have a secret to share... this card actually has a boo boo on it... when I first stamped my sentiment it was in the lower left hand corner, and it was crooked... grrrr!  I couldn't fathom getting rid of the beautiful paper so I covered it up, by changing my card design, adding the gold leaves and a few sequins to the outside.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: April Showers Brings May Flowers
Gossip Column Challenge: Winnie & Walter Color Crushes... I used the fifth dress in the article with all of those luscious gold stripes as inspiration and the pinks and greens were also shown in the colors of the challenge. 
Virgina View Challenge: Cards with Dimension

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2015

CardMaker Blog Post

* Scroll down for my first post of the day for! You'll love it!
Hi!  Today you will find me sharing an inside look at some of my storage on the CardMaker Magazine Blog... hint hint IKEA for the win!  Hope you will get a change to stop by and check it out!

Happy Crafting!

3 Tags Made With Stencils

Hi!  Today I am sharing three simple and pretty floral tags that I have made using the new Stencils on the Blog...

Supplies Used:
Art Stencil SPRING FLORALS 6x6 as66000
Shades™ Ink Spots EARTHY
 Shades™ Ink Spots PRIMARIES
 Wink of Stella Brush Marker CLEAR
 Framed Handwritten Words Clear Stamp Set SS4406

Aren't they so pretty?!  And super easy to make too! Double Score!  As soon as I saw the Floral Stencil at I couldn't wait to get inky with it!  For these tags all I did was go over the flowers one at a time with Distress inks and a sponge.  I then went over them with some Copics for more shading and then I colored with my Spica Pen to add some sparkle!  Next I stamped the sentiments and finally paced them through my die cutter to create tags!

I am adding these to the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesdays: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: April Showers/Spring Flowers

And these would also work in the Challenge: Flowers that is going on through Sunday!  All supplies are welcome!

Happy Crafting!