Friday, August 18, 2017

Winner Altenew New Day Card Kit Blog Hop!

Hey guys!

I've randomly selected a winner from all the comments on my Altenew New Day card kit blog hop post!

I used to choose the winner for a $30 gift certificate to the Altenew store. Here it is:

The 23rd comment was from Kailash! Woo, hoo! Congrats, girl!
Kailash said...
Beautiful designs and that watercolored card is simply fabulous!!!

Please make sure to contact Altenew at by 9/31/2017, with the subject line "Altenew New Day Card Kit Blog Hop Winner from Barb's Blog."

Altenew will also be announcing three more winners of $50 gift certificates on their blog on Saturday, August 19th, so be sure to check that out too!

Thanks to everyone who left such sweet, supportive comments! I loved reading them all!

Have a great weekend! ♥

Friday, August 11, 2017

Altenew Card Kit Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hey Guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Altenew, New Day Card Kit, Blog Hop! 

I'm excited to share three cards I created using this gorgeous kit! Make sure you read about the giveaways and a fun promotion at the bottom of the post!

If you're following along the hop, you should've come from Joni Andaya's blog. Isn't she fabulous?!! If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Altenew blog here.

All the products I used are listed at the bottom of the post, in the affiliate links.

There is a gorgeous paper pad included in the kit that I just HAD TO USE on my first two cards!

The blue/green background on my card below is designer paper. So pretty! I just stamped and white embossed some floral images from the stamp set that is included in the kit, added the sentiment and some enamel dots and it was done. Very easy and quick!

Yes, that gorgeous watercolor flower in the background of my next card is also designer paper! Isn't it beautiful?! I took the little butterfly and a sentiment, both from the same stamp set used above and stamped them in black ink. Then I just added a strip of black cardstock along the edge and I was finished. Another pretty card, which only took about 5 minutes to create!

For my last card, I wanted to play more with the flowers in the stamp set and try a technique I haven't used in ages!

I carefully added Candied Apple and Peeled Paint Distress Inks to the flower and stem areas of the stamp and spritzed it with water before stamping. After all the stamping was done, I spritzed the whole panel again with a bit more water and just let it flow. I love this artsy, watercolor look! And you know I love to color but with solid floral stamps, you don't have that option. So this is a fun technique to try with all those solid image stamps you have!

Now for some important announcements, including giveaways!

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Thursday, August 17th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on Saturday, August 19th.

They're also letting me give away a $30 gift certificate to one lucky winner, here on my blog! Just leave a comment below and I'll randomly choose a winner! I'll announce who the lucky person is in another post on Friday, August 18th! Good luck everyone! 

There's a fun promotion too! 

Receive a free Meadow Flower stamp set when you order the New Day Card Kit, 8/11 through 8/17/2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. Not valid on previous orders. Is that awesome, or what?!!

The next stop on the hop is the amazingly talented, Yoonsun!

Thanks for the visit! Go check out this kit! I know you'll love it!

Hugs! ♥


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Day 2 OCC Rainbow Maker + Winner SSS Encouraging Words!

Hey guys!

Before I share my card from day 2 of the Rainbow Maker class, I wanted to let you know that Simon Says Stamp has announced the winners of their Encouraging Words blog hop! Check out their winners post here.

The winner from my blog is Bev P!! Woo, hoo! Congrats Bev! And thank you for your comment! Make sure you go read the instructions on the SSS post, linked above, to receive your prize!
bev p said...
I haven't tried a galaxy yet, I am still a little initmidated by that look! And the cat is my favorite, even though I tend to not gravitate to the critters too much. I might need that one! Thanks so much for so much inspiration.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the hop - my gosh, you are all so sweet, kind and generous with with your comments! I appreciate and read every single one!

Okay, now onto my card for today.

Lesson 2 was all about stamping to create rainbows on our cards! I loved all the techniques again today and was so inspired by Jennifer's fun technique! She used hearts across her card and did not outline them in black, like I did. For some reason, I didn't like how my circles looked, so decided to use the coordinating outline circle.

Their not lined up perfect, and some of the stamping isn't great but I still love it! The stamp set I used is called, Lot's of Dots and that sentiment is from the, Missing You die set, both from SSS. I used Distress Oxide Inks again - they stamp beautifully!

I'm afraid I might be missing the next couple of lessons from class. I've got lots to do in the next two days to get ready for an Altenew blog hop on Friday - Eeeeek! I want to make anoher card or two and I still have to write my post! Yikes! Wish me luck that I get it all done in time! Lol

Thanks for the visit!

Hugs, ♥

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Day One OCC Rainbow Maker!

Hi guys!

If you're looking for my Simon Says Stamp, Encouraging Words blog hop post, please click here.

I'm back today with a quick post. Are you taking the newest class from It's called Rainbow Maker and if day one is any indication of how fun the class will be - well, it should be AWESOME!

I took a technique from Kristina Werner and used it on my card below. There were so many fabulous techniques and videos for lesson #1! I just wish there was more time in each day to try them all!

The products I used are listed at the bottom of this post, in the affiliate links.

I used only three Distress Oxide Ink colors to create the rainbow colors on my card - it's really cool how they blend so smoothly and seamlessly to create even more colors!

If you're still on the fence about the Distress Oxide Inks, I highly recommend buying just these three colors to start out! That way, it won't cost much and you can see if you like them before buying more.

The white embossed sentiment and leaves are from the SSS stamp set called, Look for the Miracles. I added a little shimmer spritz and some white enamel accents and it was done. So easy and such a fun technique and with fabulous, eye-catching resuts! 

I'm heading over to see the lesson for day two and hope to be back soon with another card!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Hugs! ♥

Friday, August 4, 2017

SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop!

Hi guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp, Encouraging Words blog hop! I'm excited to share my projects with you today!

If you've been following along the hop, you should've come from my talented, good friend, Virginia's blog, Yes, Virginia. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the blog hop, head to the Simon Says Stamp blog.

And you should know, Simon is giving away a $25.00 gift card from each stop along the hop! Woop! They will choose the winners from the comment sections, so be sure to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can, for a better chance to win.
This release is so awesome! I mean, just look at what it's called. Encouragement is something everyone needs at different times in their lives and we should also GIVE more of it to each other, don't ya think? That's why this release is perfect for sending sweet, encouraging cards, notes and projects to friends, teachers, kids and anyone in your life who could use a kind word.

New release products (and other products used) are listed at the bottom of this post in the affiliate links.

As usual, When I'm sent some products to play with, I can't stop. Lol! So this post is filled with lots of fun stuff to inspire you.

For my first card, I wanted to used the adorable bear from the, Encouraging Animals set. He looks so cute holding that flower! The white embossed thank you is from the, Thank You Teacher set. Lots of fun with Distress Oxide Inks on this one!

There are so many other adorable critters in this set and I thought they'd be perfect to use on little notes to put into your kids' lunch box. How fun for them to sit down to eat lunch at school and find a sweet note from mom, dad or a sibling.

I colored two of them with Copics and the cat (my fave!) with Zig markers. Don't ya just love that cat's expression?! Makes me smile!

For this next one, I used an older stencil and Distress Oxide inks for a fun and happy background. That, Kindness Matters sentiment is a die and I love it! I used the inlaid die cutting technique, adhering the white letters back in place.

Yup, more Distress Oxides on the next card too. Can't help it - I love them! The, You're a Star die is fabulous! Makes it so easy to create a quick card. Just add some color underneath and you're good to go!

Okay, last one. If you're still here, thank you and I'm glad you made it to the end because this one is my favorite. I love the way it turned out! Have ya tried creating a galaxy background yet? This was my first one and I had a blast playing with the watercolors!

I was a bit nervous when I started painting the panel but it ended up looking so cool! And those planets and stars? They're from two different die sets called, Space Journey and Cosmic Trail. I cut all the pieces out of white cardstock and colored them with Copics. And the sentiment is from the, Thank You Teacher set.

That's it from me. The next and last stop on the hop is Anna-Karin's blog, Layers of Ink. She is an amazing artist so I know you'll enjoy her post.

There will be a second day of hopping too, so visit the Simon blog tomorrow for more inspiration and fun!  

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! ♥


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cathy Zielske's Release at SSS!!!

Hi guys!

In case you haven't heard, the fabulous, funny, wonderfully talented Cathy Zielske has designed some awesome products for Simon Says Stamp and they are now available!

I was sent her fun, Everette Alphas stamp set to play with and created this cute card.

Easy to do with the emboss resist technique using Distress Oxide Inks - I love the colors! I just added the cute panda from Simon's, Cool Panda set, along with a sentiment and called it done!

I've added a list below of all the new products from this fab release.

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back Friday with a blog hop post, using some new products from Simon's upcoming release called, Encouraging Words. See ya then! ♥


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Flower Cards!

Hey guys!

I'm back with three more cards using the, Bouquet of Thanks set from Simon Says Stamp. It is such a pretty set, I couldn't stop playing with it!

Products used are listed below in the affiliate inks.

On this first card, I used the stamp and matching die so I could pop up the image for some dimension. The flowers were stamped and white embossed onto Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock and colored with Zig markers.

For my second card, I also used Zig markers, after white embossing the image. Some added, black splatters were just what the background needed to finish it off.

On this last card, I first did some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks, which I love! They are amazing! So easy to blend, so smooth and creamy! Then I again, white embossed the image. I felt like it needed more depth, so I took out a few Copic Markers and added a bit of shading on the petals and leaves.I sprayed the whole panel with some shimmer spray too - love!

I hope you're all enjoying summer! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs ♥