Thursday, June 26, 2014

Paper Smooches July/August Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches July/August release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies are releasing soon.  Our new stamps and dies will release at midnight (eastern time) on June 30.  (12:01am on July 1st EST) You will find our new releases HERE.

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, June 29th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  

To increase your chances of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mama Elephant and Operation Write Home

I'm super excited to be joining Mama Elephant and OWH today for an awesome cause and to show off a super cute new stamp set! You should be joining me from Laura Bassen's blog but you can find a complete hop list at the bottom in case you are lost. :)

Mama Elephant is so excited to be partnering this summer with Operation Write Home - they are a nonprofit that sends beautiful handmade cards to our service members so that they can write home to their families. Isn’t that just the best? There’s no Hallmark store in the desert, so this is a pretty important gift we can give them as crafters!

Mama Elephant's “In My heart” set was inspired by the mission of OWH; Mama Elephant knows that many of those serving overseas have little kiddos at home that they write to. So Mama Elephant designed cute little kids and sentiments to express just how much those little folks are missed! The drawings are done in such a way that they can be adapted to different ethnicities too, making this a really flexible set. Mama Elephant will  be donating 20% of the proceeds of the stamp sets sold on our retail site from now until July 31st! How cool is that?

You can join in on the mission to serve the troops - be sure you visit the OWH website and read all the guidelines carefully….you’ll learn about why glitter is dangerous to send, so leave the stickles behind when making cards for heroes! Lots more information is available on their Welcome page - tons of questions are answered there! And they have a fun YouTube show each weekday with project info, tutorials, and more - check it out HERE.

So now that you know all the cool is my card using this AMAZING set!

I paper pieced this sweet little girl and added my favorite sentiment from this set. Her hair needed a little bling so I added a gold sparkly enamel dot. :)

There is more inspiration so keep hopping! Next up is Heather Campbell!

Here is a complete blog hop list :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Little Tangles: Challenge 39 Watercolor

Little Tangles is kicking off a new challenge and it's a trendy one! Watercolor!

Get all of the challenge details and join in the fun HERE

I decided to create a super simple card. Everyday Labels is one of my all time favorite Neat & Tangled sets. It's perfect for just about everything! To create this card, I had water colored a few very simple flowers then added up my stamped sentiment with dimensional adhesive. I mounted the watercolor paper on a colored card base and added a few enamel dots. 

Thanks for stopping by! I'm looking forward to seeing what you create!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Danielle's Special Delivery!

I'm so excited to be a part of this fun event to welcome Danielle's beautiful baby girl! Danielle is so sweet and I'm SURE her baby is the cutest! Congratulations Danielle!

I combined several of my favorite stamps (from Neat & Tangled, Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant) to create my card. Congrats again to Danielle and her family! What a perfect addition to your family! 
Next up is Yana Smakula!

In case you are just joining us here is a complete hop list... :)
Ashley Marcu (me!)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Paper Smooches May/June Part 1

I had so much fun creating with Paper Smooches last release. Yes, it's been out for a few weeks but I wanted to revisit it before the next round comes. ;) These sets are all so fun and creative!

There are no cactuses where I live (or cacti?) but I LOVE stamping them because they remind me of warm weather and fun. These plants are having so much fun and this sentiment is my favorite from the set.

How do I pick a favorite stamp set from this release when they are all so awesome. The Kitchy Kitchen set is another great one. I paired it here with the coordinating dies and the Apron die. Eek. Cuteness.

This full sized Retro Arrow die is such a blast. I cut it out of grey cardstock and then took several color and patterned papers behind it. I actually made the card base before I settled on a sentiment. This one just fit. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Crate Paper: Beach Inspired

Summer is just around the corner and I’m excited to bring the outside in, to three beach inspired cards! 

 There are so many ways to celebrate the waves and easy feeling of the beach through crafting so let’s get started!

I always enjoy seeing the endless blue water at the beach. I used that inspiration and cut stripes of blue paper from the Open Road collection. By layering them it creates a textured beachy backdrop. Stickers and die cut pieces were layered over the backdrop to complete the look.

The beach is a beautiful place but it also makes me think of parties with friends, family gatherings and fun! This next card captures that side of the beach. I started with the Big Sky pattern paper angled in the background. This provided a trendy backdrop for a fun frame, stickers and chipboard stickers from the Open Road collection. I kept the bright sentiment on an angle too which keeps this card playful and fun, just like the beach!

I can’t create beach inspired cards without water color! They just seem to go together, right? I made a simple water colored panel to start my card. Then I layered a few Open Road patterned papers together with a few embellishments. This card is purposely very casual and simple. How fun would it be to take your Open Road embellishments on a summer vacation with a few pre-created card bases!

I hope you were inspired to bring the beauty and simplicity of the beach inside to your craft room or to even create on the road!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Little Tangles: Challenge 38

It's Neat & Tangled challenge time over at Little Tangles!

This challenge is so full of inspiraiton. The colors, flip flops, theme and overall layout can be used any way you'd like to create a fun project! (be sure to go to Little Tangles to get all of the official rules) :)

I was inspired by the summer colors, the fun theme (summer is almost here!). I layered a journaling card behind a chipboard die cut. The I die cut a banner, stamped it and layered it on top. Super easy. :)

I hope you'll join us this week! Go HERE to play!