Monday, September 18, 2017

STAMPtember With CZ Designs!

Hey guys!

I've got a fun post for you today! It's CZ Design's turn over at Simon Says Stamp, for STAMPtember! Yay!

If you don't know Cathy Zielske, she is a talented graphic designer who is well known for her scrapbooking and has just recently begun card making. She cracks me up daily, she has a fabulous blog, she shares funny videos on Instagram, has a wonderful YouTube channel and is now designing stamps - yay! Her designs often show off her hilarious sense of humor and I love them! 

I was sent her, "Coolest Yulest" stamp set - (don't ya love that name?!) and had fun creating a couple of cards.

This set is so cute - I mean, just look at that adorable, little sleigh! Eeeeep! I white embossed the images and sentiments over a distress inked background, added some flicks of both water and white paint, then white embossed the other sentiment onto a small, black strip and it was done. So fun!

For this card, I thought it would be a cool idea to use the two tree images in the set as branches and it actually turned out better than I thought it would. *insert thumbs-up emoji here* Branches aren't normally stick-straight but I think it looks sorta whimsical. After stamping them though, I thought they needed a bit more dimension, so I used a brown colored pencil and just followed the images. I then stamped each ornament, fussy cut them out and popped them up with foam adhesive.

This stamp set also comes with coordinating dies and Cathy designed another stamp and die set too! It's called, Hollaween! Yes, that's how it's spelled - ha! AND!!! She also designed a funny die set with a small "ho" and a larger "ho!" Hee, hee! It all makes me smile!

I hope you enjoyed my cards and I hope you'll check out Simon's post today with more inspiration using Cathy's adorable STAMPtember sets!

Happy stamping! ♥

Here are the affiliate links to the products I used:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Altenew 30% Off Sale!!!

Hey guys!

I'm just popping in to tell you about a fabulous sale from Altenew!

Lots of awesome products on sale here! Head on over and check it out before everything is gone! 
(Affiliate link used at no cost to you)

Have a great day! ♥

Thursday, August 31, 2017

STAMPtember Is Here!!! Lots of Cards to Share!

Hi guys!

I'm really excited today because STAMPtember is finally here! For stampers, card makers and crafters, it's the best month of the year!

In case you've not heard of it before, STAMPtember is a month-long celebration of stamping and crafting, hosted by Simon Says Stamp. Make sure you follow their blog every single day this month for fun new releases, a big 2-day blog hop, product collaborations with many of our favorite stamp companies, tons of inspiration, talented guests, giveaways, contests and so much more! 

Before I share my cards, Simon's first post for STAMPtember just went live - here's all the new products, with clickable links for your convenience: 

I was lucky enough to receive some of the new products and when I sat down to play, boy did I ever play! I've got lots of cards to share, nine to be exact, so I'm just going to post the photos with very little explanation. If you have any questions, just leave them in a comment below.

Other products used are listed in the affiliate links at the bottom of this post.

The first four cards were created with the same cling stamp called, Ornate Background. It's such a beautiful stamp and one that you can use with a bunch of different techniques. Love that! This first one was colored with Copic Markers. Took awhile but I love to color!

I then white embossed the image and used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on this next card. I love how bright it turned out!

For the third one, I used Memento Markers, coloring directly onto the stamp, then spritzing with water before stamping.

There was quite a bit of ink left after stamping, so I just grabbed another piece of watercolor paper and stamped again, resulting in a lighter image but still so pretty!

This next card was created using a pretty, little stencil called, Damask. I only used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink for the shading, applying a darker layer towards the center of each separate image.

Next up is this totally fun set called, Amazing Messages. Those small dots come in the set too!

Now for some elegance! The embossed card front was done using the gorgeous, Cora Textured Embossing Plate. So easy to create a quick and beautiful card!


And how about I throw in a bookmark - with an Adorable Panda?

I used an older SSS set for the letters and thought the, Picture Book Panda Die would be so cute along with them!

Last but not least, one of my favorite sets from this release! The, Under the Sea stamp set is a beauty and has so many cool images!
I white embossed just a few of the NINE images in the set and added color with Distress inks and water. Had to give the whole panel a bit of shimmer too, of course!

I'm sorry this post is so long - if you're still reading, I commend you and thank you! I always want to try and showcase the stamps I receive in a way that gives you guys an idea of how fun they are to play with. I hope I've done that!

You can take a look at the whole release here and don't forget to check-in each day, over at the SSS blog, for a ton of fun all month long!

Happy STAMPtember! ♥

Other products used:

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Hey guys!

I Just wanted to give you all a heads-up about an awesome sale from Altenew! They've got a 20% off Die Collection sale going on and it includes ALL of their dies! Wow!

Use the code DIELOVE at checkout to receive 20% off ALL Dies. The sale is valid from 8/20/2017 at 12:01am EDT through 8/22/2017 at 11:59pm EDT. Not valid on previous purchases. Offer cannot be combined with other promo codes. 

Check it out here.

Have a great day! ♥

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, ♥