11.12.2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

YES!  It’s that time of year and once again I am thrilled to be joining in with Taheerah and her Advent Extravaganza alongside Avery Elle who are sponsoring Day 11!
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Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!
And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!
Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!
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So today I HAD to play with the three Christmas sets I created for Avery Elle in the Fall release.  The whole release was so special but I couldn’t resist using these sets (narcissistic much Caryn, lol?).
The first card is probably my favourite – I love yintage deer images and ornaments, I have quite a few dotted around my home now!  The papers I’ve used on all three cards are from the Sugar Plum paper pad from My Mind’s Eye (you know when you wish you’d bought like three of them and now you can’t get it anywhere??!!).  The deer are coloured with Copics and the card is finished with a banner from the Merry and Bright set from Simon Says Stamp.
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The second card features Retro Ornaments.  Again, I am a total sucker for retro-style Christmas decor and was totally inspired to design these stamps by the ornaments  that used to hang on my Gran’s tree when I was little.  The images are coloured with Copics and fished off with some super sparkly glitter.
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 Lastly I have a card featuring Dear Santa.  I’ve used this cat so many times already – she’s one sassy little lady!

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It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Technique Tuesday so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.
Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!
07.12.2016

Simon Says … ICE INSPIRATION

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher

This week the challenge is

Ice Inspiration

and the lovely Jenn Shurkus has made us this gorgeous mood board to give us some inspiration!

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This week we are showcasing My Favorite Things Products.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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Isn’t Jen Shurkus just a star when it comes to putting together these inspiration boards – this is another cracker!  I thought I’d go for the frosty look from the photos and used one of MFT’s amazing sentiment sets embossed in silver sparkle with some fab Simon Says Stamp snowflakes coated in Rock Candy distress glitter.  Brr, definitely makes me feel chilly!!

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
05.12.2016

Avery Elle … Love Puffin

I’m up on the Avery Elle Blog today sharing this card using the cute Love Puffin stamp set.  The Rocky Shores dies are absolutely amazing and pair with this set beautifully.  Such a wee stroke of genius.  I coloured the puffins with Copics and added a little Kraft ink to the edges here and there to soften the colours.

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Thanks for stopping by.

05.12.2016

Simon Says Stamp … December 2016 Card Kit

Hi there.  I know this kit sold out in record time (and why wouldn’t it – it’s amazing) but you can still buy the elements at SSS including the cute as can be stamp set, Merry and Bright which is in stock (for now!!).  I love the colour combo in this set, there is a real retro feel to it which is right up my crafty alley!!  I love the Doodlebug papers and there’s even a Chibi-tronics mini kit in there too!  I’ve started playing with the kit and have three cards to share today JUST using the papers and card – I’ll have a few more featuring the stamp set soon!!

The only bits added to this card that aren’t in the kit are the snowflake and the bakers twine.!

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This card was whipped up in seconds!  I cut the paper down to fit an A2 card using the Avery Elle Custom Panels Elle-ments and added some twine – boom!

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I’ll be back with more from this kit soon – stay tuned :)

30.11.2016

Simon Says … Anything Goes

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Christmas To Die For Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher

This week the challenge is

Anything Goes

This week we are showcasing Concord & 9th Products.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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One of my favourite Concord and 9th products is the Take a Bough die set.  It is SO unique and gives SO many options to create ALL kinds of different things.  I’ve made a cute little pink, ombre tree which I sprayed with lots of shimmer – it’s adorable in real life!!

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
23.11.2016

Simon Says … Christmas To DIE For

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Christmas Critters Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher

This week the challenge is

Christmas To Die For

Use any die cut on your creation and if you don’t have one you can use a punch instead. The main thing is to make something for Christmas and have fun!

We would also like to wish all of our friends in the United States a Very Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you have a lovely time with your family and friends.

This week we are showcasing our very own  Simon’s Exclusive Products.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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As soon as I saw this stamp set from Simon Says Stamp I HAD to order it!  I absolutely LOVE stags so it had to come and live with me.  I created a card base from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and die cut a panel of plaid paper from the Sugar Plum paper pad from My Mind’s Eye.  I heat embossed the stag in Rose Gold and finished off with a bit of twine and some foliage from the set.  It reminds me of a Highland hunting lodge somewhere in Scotland :)

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
21.11.2016

Avery Elle … Simply Said: HUGS

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Hey!  I have a card over on the Avery Elle Blog today using the new Simply Said: HUGS stamp set and dies.  I’ve been waiting for Jamie to release a hugs version of the Simply Said collection for AGES so am over the moon that we now have it!  I die cut the mat of the hugs sentiment to match my base card and the layer to match my die cut oval (from Sweet Scallops).  I thought the cat image from Dear Santa (not JUST for Christmas 😉 would go well with the sentiment so stamped her in New Moon dye ink and coloured her with Copics.

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Pop by the Avery Elle Blog every day for great ideas and inspiration from the deign team.


16.11.2016

Simon Says … Christmas Critters

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher

This week the challenge is

Christmas Critters

This week we are showcasing Stampendous Products.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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Wow – how can the weeks be flying by so quickly?  5 weeks to Christmas, can’t believe it!  Luckily the Wednesday Challenges are providing me with lots of excuses to make Christmas cards so I’m slowly but surely getting through them.  This week I’ve used a House Mouse stamp for the very first time and must say, they’re so cute!  They’re not usually the style I’d pick to be honest but I had loads of fun with this card.  I coloured the image with Copics and added some sparkle with the Spectrum Noir sparkle pens and a wee touch of Stickles.  To finish off I die cut some Poinsettias from the Simon Says Stamp, some greenery from Retro Ornaments by Avery Elle  and a circle sentiment also from Simon Says Stamp.

 

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
10.11.2016

Avery Elle Winter 2016 Release BLOG HOP

 

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Yay – it’s here!  The brand new release from Avery Elle for Winter 2016.  There’s so much cuteness and love spread amongst there’s new sets I think there’ll be something to suit everyone’s style.  And if there was ever a time we needed to spread some love, now is it!

Here’s the link up to the full release:

I created a simple card using the Hedgehugs and Favorite Person sets – love that amazing font combination.   I love how theses cute little hedgehogs look like they need a wee cuddle themselves  – awww!

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Please see all the details below on how to play along for loads of chance to win along with the full DT line up – happy hopping everyone!

Avery Elle / Jamie
Karolyn Loncon
Caryn Davies (I’ve heard of her ;)!
Heather Campbell
Yainea
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu
Maska Vanacker 

To celebrate our Winter 2016 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, November 13th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, November 14th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:

  1. Comment on any of the design team’s posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are www.facebook.com/AveryElle ) and share us with your friends – make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)
09.11.2016

Simon Says … Thanks/Thanksgiving

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Thinking Of You Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher

This week the challenge is

Thanks/Thanksgiving

This week we are showcasing Tim Holtz Products.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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Hey there!  It’s a fabulous new challenge and this week we’re featuring Tim Holtz products.  As I’ve said before, I sometimes get a bit intimidated by TH stuff – I’m not an inky type really.  However, I LOVE his stencils and this Autumn Leaves one is gorgeous!  I used a few different Distress Inks to give a variety of shades on the leaves and the Thank You sentiment is cut using the Thank You die from Avery Elle.  I added a border strip to add a touch more detail to the design and finished off with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in