3.05.2015

Wishful Thinking

Yup. I've resorted to wishful thinking. Yesterday was a fabulous 41 degrees, but, alas, today is around 29 again. And there were FLAKES. Fortunately, they are saying less than an inch so the snow is pretty much non-existant today, but STILL! I just want spring. It's time, folks. For reals, though.

Hello Spring


And these birds. In real life. I want them. On my windowsill. (I don't even HAVE windowsills. HAHAHAHA!) But, seriously, you guys, these birds are the CUTEST THINGS EVER! I colored him with Spectrum Noir colored pencils and gamsol. Kept him pretty simple.

Hello Spring (detail)


And with that, I leave you to your day.

Have a Happy, folks!

3.04.2015

A Little Girly


We are going GIRLY over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog this week! We want to see you create a card or project with a feminine flair! The design team is using Doodlebug Designs products this week. If you love enamel shapes, you should totally check them out! You don't have to use them to play along, but we would love to see what you do with them if you have some!

Thank You


I decided to create a clean and simple girly design. I cut and embossed the window using Spellbinders Pierced Squares. I used the piercing die on the inside to add some visual interest and texture to the window. A few enamel shapes from Doodlebug Design add a pop of color from inside the window.

Thank You (detail)


One lucky participant is going to win a $50 Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store! You can enter up to five NEW designs! I can't wait to see your girly creations!

Supplies:

Enamel Shapes: Doodlebug Designs
Embossing Powder: Ranger Liquid Platinum
Heat Gun: Milwaukee

Have a Happy!







3.03.2015

Firmoo Glasses Review and SALE!

Guys, I wear glasses. I know this is not news to most of you, however, what MAY be news is the fact that I LOVE wearing glasses. Yes, I need them to actually see anything, but I am totally okay with that because I love them. I have since my sophomore year in high school when the doctor laughed out loud to my responses upon reading the eye chart and confirmed that I do, indeed, need glasses. What I do NOT love, however, is paying ridiculous amounts of money to acquire cute glasses. I mean, for REALS, these are on my face EVERY SINGLE DAY, I want to mix it up a bit, have some fun with it.

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Enter FIRMOO.COM.

Firmoo offers a wide selection of SUPER CUTE frames available both in prescription and clear lenses. You can get traditional or sunglasses, as well! AND... your first pair is FREE! Yes, you heard that right. You can get your first pair of glasses from FIRMOO Free! You just pay for shipping!

I actually own several pair of Firmoo glasses and I truly love them! They recently sent me a new pair to try out and review for you. I chose these adorable tortoise and blue frames. And yes. I love them. Lots.

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These are GREAT quality glasses. I always order the anti-glare coating, but other than that, I generally keep my lenses pretty basic. You do have several options to upgrade them, if you so choose. One thing I have noticed about Firmoo glasses is that the fit. I don't know how, I don't know why, but when these come in the mail, they fit well and I love that!

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This is a red and clear pair I recently purchased and one of my absolute favorites! They feel so ME! Love that!

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This pair is a fun semi-dorky tortoise pair. They are large lenses and totally fun! These ones work really well with some outfits and I love that they are ready for me right when I need them!

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If you aren't into funky designs, they do have some awesome basics, too! This black pair is my go-to. They go with everything, they are comfy, and they suit me well.

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And this fun turquoise pair adds a pop of color in a simple design. These ones are particularly great when I wear neutrals and want just a little punch!

I honestly haven't shown you all of my Firmoo glasses. Yes. I love them. For reals, though.  If you haven't purchased from Firmoo before, I can't recommend them enough! It does take a bit of time for them to arrive, as they ship from China, however, they arrive with a free hard case, a free soft case, and lens cloth, and a keychain glasses repair kit. If you have ordered from Firmoo before, they are having a great sale (code: SPD6543), so treat yourself to a new pair for spring!

Have a happy!

All links in this post are affiliate links. I was sent a free pair of glasses to review. All photos, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

3.02.2015

Unforgettable...That's What You Are

Yup. Totally just dropped that ear worm. HA! Sorry. It had to happen. No, for reals, though, it did. It's Monday and I need entertainment, what can I say? BUT, at least I have a couple of bits of awesome to share with you today!

First, I have a WINNER for the $20 Simon Says Stamp Gift Voucher Giveaway! And the Winner is...

MARCIE SHARP!

Congratulations, Marcie!

And I also have a super fun card to share with you today!

Unforgettable


This one uses a couple of different background stamps along with the adorable new Unforgettable stamp set from WPlus9. Ummm, you guys, for reals, though...I love this stamp set. I actually created this one awhile ago right after I got it because I HAD to use it, I just haven't had the chance to post it yet, so, well, here it is, folks!

Unforgettable (detail)


To create the banner, I stamped and embossed the Hero Arts Tiny Flags background stamp on watercolor paper with Matte Dull embossing powder. I then watercolored over the embossing and cut and embossed the banner using Spellbinders® Baby Buntings dies.  I stamped the background stripes on my card based and then accented with brads (yes, you can still use those), some May Arts string, and a few sequins.

This card was created purely for fun and I LOVE that about it! It was so much fun to pull together and it makes me smile!

Supplies:

Stamps: Hero Arts Tiny Flags, Simon Says Stamp Wide Stripes, WPlus9 Unforgettable
Die: Spellbinders® Baby Buntings
Ink: My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid, Simon Says Stamp Fog, VersaMark
Watercolors: Zig Kuretake
Watercolor Paper: Tim Holtz
String: May Arts
Tools: Corner Chomper, Copic Markers, Milwaukee Heat Gun
Embossing Powder: Wow Clear Matte Dull, Ranger Liquid Platinum
Other: White Mini Brads, Blue Sequins

2.26.2015

Because it's a Kite. And a Shaker. It's a SHAKER Kite!

Yup. It's a shaker kite. And that, my friends, is reason enough. For reals, though, I totally am loving this new die set from Simon Says Stamp's Hop To It release!

Hello Kite


I pulled out the fun foam for this one. I find that for shaped shakers it is really easier to use a couple of layers of fun foam than trying to do tape all the way around the image. AND...the dies cut through the foam like buttah! Easy peasy, my friends!

Hello Kite (detail)


I filled this one with seed beads and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for a little bit of a different look. I kind of love the mix. And now I need more seed beads. Obviously.

If you haven't tried the fun shaker dies from Simon Says Stamp yet,you really must check them out! I think you will love them!

Have a Happy!!!

2.25.2015

Anything Goes!


It's Anything Goes week over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog this week! I know, I know, everyone's FAVORITE! YAY!!! The design team is using Lawn Fawn products this week. You don't have to use them to join in, but we love to see you use them with us if you have some! 

When I saw THIS adorable card by Tracey McNeely I was super inspired. I absolutely loved it and used it as the jumping off point for the two cards I created for today! One is HEAVILY inspired (read: copied) and the other came after that one because I was just plain old having fun with my Lawn Fawn stamps! YAY! I do so love it when that happens!

Happy Trails

For this one I stamped my trees and colored them on my panel and then stamped, colored, and die cut the little trailer. SO fun and a clean and simple design that makes me smile!

Happy Trails (detail)

(Confession: My Glossy Accents weren't quite dry when I took this shot. There's no minute like the last minute, right? HA!)

Get Well Soon

And then this one. Oh, white, glorious white. I do love white space. Tracey's card was definitely the driving force on this one, but it had to be made! I simply cut the white panel, rounded the corners, and stamped the sentiment. I then stamped and colored the Rx bottle and die cut it, adding it with foam tape. A bit of Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents adds sparkle and shine to the heart! LOVE IT!

Get Well Soon (detail)


Now it's YOUR turn! Anything Goes, so you have NO excuses! Make something new and link it up for your chance to win a $50 Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store! Woot! Woot!


Supplies:

Markers: Spectrum Noir



2.24.2015

All the Best with Lil' Inker Designs


Lil' inker Designs recently sent me some fabulous goodies to share with you! I absolutely LOVE these gorgeous flowers from the Sketched Floral stamp set. The coordinating dies make it super easy to create fantastic designs with them, too! I combined them with a bold color scheme and the wonderfully useful On the Diagonal die for this card.

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I created the background by stamping the flower numerous times in black ink. I began in the middle and worked my way out from there. I love how it turned out! So bold! The stitching on the On the Diagonal die allows it to stand out and carry the die cut purple flower really well! I love that!

All the Best (detail)


Be sure to check out the Lil'inker Designs blog for lots of inspiration using their adorable stamps and dies! I have to admit, I love that they are a Massachusetts based company! We don't get many craft companies based around here, so that makes me smile!

Have a Happy!

(I was given stamps and dies for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. All artwork is my own.)

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