Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What inspires me Wednesdays--a look into what inspires me to get crafting.

I have decided to start a new series for Wednesdays on my blog. Each Wednesday I'm going to come on and share some samples or other things that inspire me that week. I am not sure what it'll be ---maybe card samples, pictures, people in life, things that are happening, whatever it is that's going to inspire me to get crafty.

This week I know that I want to start with some samples that I found using Sale-a-bration stamp sets that you can earn for free. My reason for this is twofold

  1. I thought it would be fun to share samples of some of the sets I do not have so that you guys can see other examples.
  2. I have an order going in where I'm going to be earning a couple sets and wanted to decide which one I really wanted since it won't be current for too much longer.
Hence my choice to share samples that I love using Sale-a-bration sets that you can earn for free.

Please take a moment to check out the blogs of the people who created the cards that I'm sharing today let them know that they did a great job they did.  I have the links to the original post with all  their details under the pictures.  

An as always--thank you to all of you who inspire us each week with your fabulousness!

As I was searching or samples and ideas it became pretty obvious which sets I am drawn to and which ones I should get.   The Epic set and the Pandas seem to be the ones I will get the most use from.  Check out these awesome ideas......

This first idea even pushed me over the edge on the Brusho inks--watch for that in my near future!  

Amazing job on this one Sandi!  I absolutely love it. although I could not for the life of me find a way to comment on it on your blog???  
Sandi's post can be found HERE

This next sample by Tanya is so pretty with the great colors and the embossing paste background--guess it is all about the backgrounds with this set! 

Tanya's post can be found HERE

And how about Michele's great card that uses my favorite little piggy!  Love this.  I always love to combine sets like this and this one fits perfectly!  Makes me smile!

Michele's post can be found HERE

Now I am sure you understand why I need this Epic Set--so fun.

The second set I want is the Panda bears--they are so cute too!

Look at this adorable little card set an box that Courtenay created!  Love this little cards.  So cute, right?

Courtenay's post can be found HERE

And finally how about Jo Anne's brilliant idea to make bamboo from paint chip sample cards!  Love it!

Really, this was brilliant!  You can see Jo Anne's post HERE

Here is the set in case you want to see it

So what do you think?  Did this post inspire you?  Do you like this new item and should I continue to bring it each week?  I think it is fun, so I hope you do too.  

Have a great day--I am off to prep for a class--then to get some of those paint samples in preparation for my pandas!

Happy Wednesday!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Take Two Tuesday Week 4

This week is a fail for me--in my opinion, I honestly like the original card much more.  Oh well--so be it.

We are  on week four of my series to re-make older cards.  Today I found a card that is not my normal style but one I do like to play around  from time to time.  I honestly feel it was because I was forcing a set to a design -- I usually pick a set and then design a card to match it--I think that is why I do not often make more than one of any card design.   What do you do?  Do you make five or six of a card or just one and move on???

Anyway, back to the cards for today.....

The old card is on the left and the new card is on the right.  I think the main thing that I am not happy with is I do not have very many embossing folders that are current right now and I feel the one used on the first card fits the style of the card better--and I always loved the punch used on the edge of the older one--I also have no border punches anymore that are current  🙁☹ .  I need to get rid of some of my retired stuff and get MORE current, lol.

Here is the new card which is using the SAB set Lots of Lavender.....

The direct to paper  technique is a bit light on the card because the color was dark and didn't want it to be too dark.  And since it was not a solid image like on the other card I chose to stamp off with the image before stamping the image so it would not be too dark.  Then I colored it in with the blends.

So there you have it--I am running late for a bunch of things today so I have to run.  Enjoy your day.  And don't forget to let me know your answer to the question of the week...

So here is the weekly question...

Here are the supplies used on the new card
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Monday, March 19, 2018

All the feels of REAL love! The piggies know how it feels!

Have you ever felt so loved that you can just lay around feeling amazing for hours after spending time with someone--you know that special person who just knows how to make you feel like a princess  👸  and you can think of nothing else?  This is the feeling I was imagining for these darling pigs today!

Close your eyes and try to imagine how it feels ......

Now check out the expression on this pig who is just laying around in the grass with leftover kisses on his side just dreaming of his love......

 Can you see the joy on his face?  So sweet--in case you do not recognize him this is the flying pig from the set with his wings cut off!

I wonder what his mate is feeling at this very moment??🤔

I bet she is feeling just as amazing as he is.  As a matter of fact, I bet she is dancing around her pen feeling like life is perfect!   Let's take a look......

Oh yes!  All the world is right and she is happy!  Love her little dance, don't you?  She is dancing with a little help from some fishing line!  So fun! 

I hope you like my little dancing pig -- don't forget to come on back tomorrow for a new Take Two on Tuesday series.  

Here are the supplies used for this card.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Springtime Foils Designer Paper--you still have time to earn it for FREE!

One of the amazing free items you can earn from Sale-a-bration with a $50 order is the beautiful Springtime Foils Designer Paper. This paper is amazing--it is thicker than regular card stock and has a shiny finish. And I can not tell you how fun it is to color with our fabulous Blends! It is like therapy for sure!

This particular piece of the card stock is so pretty--lots of big flowers and rose gold foil creating the designs. Our blends work so well on this paper. Add a glass of wine and you are ready for a full night of relaxation! I colored a few pieces and made three easy cards!

This is what the papers look like in the pack--you get three of each pattern--12 sheets total!

Here is a better view of each of the cards I made above....

I chose to use the beautiful Rose Wonder stamp set with these papers because of the beautiful sentiments I also used the matching Die set.

These are just stunning images and dies. I truly love the sentiments in the stamp set--especially the Isiah scripture I used on my first card--Fear Not--I have a ring that says that to remind me of this very scripture. So encouraging to me at many times in my life. I colored the paper with Calypso Coral and Old Olive blends (old ones--still waiting on the new ones). As you can see I cut out one of the flowers and added it to the top of the oval shape that has the scripture on it. I love it! So simple but it perfectly shows off the beautiful paper and of course that scripture deserves to be a focal image.

The second card I chose to color the background instead of the flowers....

I used one of my favorite color combos-- Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder.  This one has a soft feel and I felt like it fit the sentiment perfectly!  Again I cut out one of the flowers from the paper to pop up on the front of the card by the sentiment.  Crazy how different it looks, don't you think?

The third card I thought I would use two other patterns from the paper.   I only colored the leaves on the one.  I really wanted to emboss the rose image with silver or gold embossing powder but apparently that is not one of the items that I transferred from my old home to the new one yet!  It has been a VERY slow process, lol.  There was just too much stuff!  So I compromised and used the dies with the Wild Wasabi and Whisper White paper--I am happy with the result.

Again, I love the sentiment.  This Rose Wonder set is full of amazing sentiments.

So hopefully I have made you see some of the ideas of what can be done with this awesome paper--there is a never ending supply of ideas for it.  So be sure to get yours for FREE before it is all over--this is a while supplies last item!

Spend $50 on any product in any of the catalogs and you can chose these papers as your freebie!

By the way--if you use my hostess code when placing an order online from my site I will send you another FREE retired stamp set as an extra thank you!

The code for this month is......FAW23VUS

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Here are the supplies used on all the cards together....

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