Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5

Happy Friday!

boy oh boy, do I ever have a happy project to share with you today!

Girl Friday Archana got inky with our 
to create this delight!

Don't you just love the negative die cut with the sentiment inside?

I love the water colory notes and how she has them going right off the edge of the card. 

Love Love Love this!!
And you'll Love Love Love that Heart Beats stamps is on sale for a few more days!
You can check out the special prices in our Sale Category HERE

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February 2

Happy Wednesday!
Whew! We had about a foot of snow here yesterday and a snow day to boot!
My boys were thrilled to stay home from school...until they realized they had to dig out the driveway! LOL!
They did a great job, but it didn't matter much since the snowplows didn't clear our culdesac until after dark. Ug! Snowbound!!
The good news is, your orders are all packaged up and will get mailed out today since I can actually get my car out of the garage :)

Girl Friday Angie has a wonderful card to share with you today.

She used sentiments from Shenanigans 
and the brand new Friend Fri-Dies. 
I just love how these stamps and dies stack up together. 
How about you?

Here are the directions from Angie:

1. Create a watercolor background. 
2. Stamp sentiments from Shenanigans stamp set with black ink. (Let the watercolor background dry better than I did!!! lol!)
3. Highlight sentiment with Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
4. Use the Friend Fri-Dies with pink polka dot vellum paper and glue on card front.
5. Add a strip of patterned paper across the top of the card front.
6. Add a few sparkles, and voila!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Feb 1

Happy Monday!

Girl Friday Kelly is here today with a really cute one-layer card!

Hi Folks! I just can't get enough of the "love ya" sentiment from the new Girlfriend stamp set, paired with stenciled hearts from the Heart Board Fri-Dies.

Aside from the sequins, which could easily be removed, this is a fun one-layer Valentine's Day card that is easy to send through the mail. I used theHeart Board Fri-Die to stencil a heart with distress inks, and then stamped the secondary sentiment from Cupid's Arrows through the stencil.

I like how you have to work a little bit to read the rest of the sentiment inside the heart. And with a very clean card like this, I prefer to use patterned paper on the inside to give it more weight. When it's time to send the card to someone, I'll just write my message on a scrap of paper (2x3 rectangle, diecut, journaling card, etc.) and adhere that on the inside. 

What a fun card, right?!
And if you wanted to layer it up a bit, you could easily swap out the stamped sentiment with a die cut version using our Love Ya Fri-Die. 

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

January 30

Happy Saturday!

Today Girl Friday Joanna has a gorgeous card to share
 and a video to show you how she did it. 

She used Mon Ami which is available at a special savings for a few more days, 

Oh gosh I really love the white embossing, and she has so much detail in this card!

That bit of sparkly sheen makes this flower look magical!

Click HERE to see her video

You can find this lovely stamp set and several of it's friends in our special SALE section 
while supplies last until 2/14.

A quick note about shipping:
I gasped out loud when the postal employee told me the new first class costs.
Most affected are my Canadian and International friends. 
I hate paying shipping myself and I do my best to keep pricing as low and fair as possible,
but the recent increase from the US Postal Service made it impossible not to change my shipping costs to you. 
New shipping costs have been updated on the website

Monday, January 25, 2016

January 25

Happy Monday!

Girl Friday Jingle has a wonderful card today 
that would be great for Valentines, Anniversary and more!

She used our 3 In A Row and Mwah stamp sets.

Here are the directions from Jingle:
1. Trim a white panel.
2. Stamp tic tac toe board, x, o, and heart in grey.
3. Stamp and emboss 'Mwah' in red embossing powder.
4. Blend mint ink in center of card to add a pop of color.
5. Use a white pen to accent the sentiment with dots.
6. Adhere red heart sequins.
7. Adhere panel to red card base.

Super fun and guess what?
If you don't have red heart sequins, no problem!
Make your own using a glitter paper or foil paper and either our 
Lovely Links Fri-Dies or Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

January 24

Happy Sunday!

Ok, I'm just gonna warn you now... your jaw will drop
your socks will be knocked off 
so prepare yourself for a purple chin and cold toes!

Girl Friday Archana
has created a fantastical card using paper, felt, jewels and a whole lot of creativity. 

Ohmygawsh I sooo love this! 
She used Loving Blooms Fri-Dies to create the large flower cut out ,
then cut felt flowers and leaves using Friendly Flowers Fri-Dies and Acorn Fri-Dies.
She stamped a sentiment inside the big flower cut out from Girlfriend
then finished it off with a Friend Fri-Dies cut.

Let's get a close up of this prettyness!

I'll just let you look at that for a bit. :)
Have a great day!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

January 23

Happy Saturday!!
Kelly is in the house and she has some serious eye candy for you!!

Hi Folks! I'm happy to share a few cards featuring the awesomely-sized "love ya" sentiment from the new Girlfriend stamp set, and some stenciled hearts from the Heart Board Fri-Dies.

This simple card is made by using the Heart Board Fri-Die to cut a heart from the center of a sheet of copy paper. You can now use the outer layer as a stencil. Place the heart opening on your card base and sponge different colors of distress inks onto your card. I like to overlap them slightly so you can see a different color where they intersect. 

Then white emboss the "love ya" sentiment from the new Girlfriend stamp set through the middle of the hearts, and adhere a glittery Heart Note Fri-Die. This design would be a good candidate for mass-producing, if you do that. 

This card uses the same heart stenciling technique, but I've also added a pattern to the stenciled hearts with the new Curtis Background stamp. While the stencil is still on your card base, after you've sponged the ink inside, pick one of your large background stamps and just stamp through the stencil opening. You don't always need to use ink on your stamps. Instead, I loosely applied watercolors to the background stamp. As you see it's not a perfect impression.

This last card uses stenciled hearts and a white embossed sentiment, like the cards above, with the addition of a secondary sentiment from Cupid's Arrows. I love that the "always & forever" sentiment is actually an arrow, which of course goes with all the hearts. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 20

Happy Wednesday!

Lookie at the fun card Girl Friday Angie made for your oohing and aahing delight!

Oh gosh  this is so much fun! She used the Love Ya and Tag Buddies Fri-Dies, Heart Board Fri-Dies and Curtis Background and...scraps!!!
And because she's awesome, she's got directions for you so you can make one too!!

1. Stamp Curtis with Bermuda Bay ink on a long, rectangular piece of matching cardstock, then die cut at the bottom with the middle die from Tag Buddies Fri-Dies. 
2. Next, die cut a piece of rectangular Summer Starfruit using the smallest tag from Tag Buddies Fri-Dies, making sure the die is positioned to the left side of the cardstock. 
3. Using a scrap of Melon Mambo cardstock, die cut “ya” from the Love Ya Fri-Dies.
4. Make a “sandwich” using these cardstock pieces and arrange in the best place on your card.
5. Die cut some little hearts using patterned paper scraps and the Heart Board Fri-Dies—it’s on sale right now—and adhere to card using foam dots.
6. Lastly, make a runny mixture of white glue and water, dip a small paint brush in it, and splatter it randomly on the card front. Pour glitter on top quickly!
7. Boom—a card made from scraps with no extra embellishments required! :)

Have you checked out our Sale??

Sunday, January 17, 2016

January 17 Calling All Sistahs

Calling All Sistahs! It's the 17th!!

I created 
Calling All Sistahs 
in an effort to support breast cancer awareness all year long because 
YOU matter to me, You are my Sistahs!
We have new sistahs joining us here all the time and I'm thrilled!
If you want to know the back story on how Calling All Sistahs came to be, click HERE

 ***This is your reminder to do your breast self-exam!***
and remind your sistahs too!

If you're not exactly sure how to do a self exam, you can click here to get the information you need, and then follow up with your doctor at your next appointment.

If you find something do your best not to freak out.
I'm not gonna lie, as your sistah I will tell you it is a scary experience to discover a lump in your breast.
But what is scarier is NOT finding that lump!
Most lumps turn out to be nothing to worry about BUT you need to get it checked out by your doctor to make that determination.

Not all breast tumors can be felt.
Some are very small or located in a dense area that provides a good hiding place.
So please don't skip your yearly mammogram.

I've heard that some women are saying they are scared to get their first mammogram because they've heard it hurts or they are embarrassed for someone to see their breasts.
Ok, as your sistah, I will say that yes it's a bit uncomfortable but I wouldn't say it hurts. You kind of have to be a human pretzel at times to get in the correct position and it's sort of pinchy. But it's over in a few minutes, and those few uncomfortable and maybe embarrassing moments  
can save your life.
And as your sistah I can promise you this...Cancer hurts worse and Cancer is scarier than a mammogram. 
That mammogram could absolutely prevent cancer from killing you.
Be brave.
Being brave doesn't mean you AREN'T nervous or even downright scared,
It means you ARE nervous or even downright scared but you do it anyway.
So tell your technician that you aren't exactly thrilled to be here today, they'll do their best to make you comfortable and explain the process.
Then close your eyes and pretend to be somewhere else and know that you are in good hands.

Girl Friday Julia
created a really cool and fun card using products from our Calling All Sistahs Collection
that would be perfect to send to a friend who matters to you to remind them to make that appointment.

I love how she created a collage look using a whole bunch of sentiments from Calling All Sistahs, 
and the Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die looks so cool popped up in the center. 
Awesome card, and just a reminder that 50% of the profits from this collection 
will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness programs.

Please do your self exams!
I'll be back again next month to remind you again :)

Friday, January 15, 2016

January 15

Happy Friday!!

I don't know about you 
but I am reeeeally ready for the weekend!

Girl Friday Joanna has a fantastic card 
with a video too!

Oh I do love that Linked Fri-Die background! 
Wow that white on white really looks awesome
and the white embossed sentiments from Shenanigans 
really pop against that gradient color panel.

I've got to remember to not always make my panels square or rectangle.
The offset cut on this really gives this card pizzazz!

You can view the video HERE to see how she put this cool card together

We've got a fun sale happening right now, 
it's made up of 10 things we love
and we think you'll love them too :)
You can check that out here as well as see the newly released Girlfriend Collection!