Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop #11 - International Tea Day




Wow, I can't believe it is the final day of the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  We're going out with a bang as we celebrate International Tea Day!


Here's how I was inspired:



Today's card features the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps -combo/Stamp/Die Coffee or Tea set.  Isn't it beautiful?  I teamed it up with Authentique's Alpine Collection.  See that kraft tea bag?  It's been upcycled from a Starbucks sleeve.


We're so thrilled to have the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store as a returning Super Sponsor!

You'll want to pop over to the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog for more International Tea Day inspiration from the Design Team!


Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Pines







The Curtain Call Challenge is raising its final curtain! This is the last challenge and I've been invited back as an alumni DT member! It always makes me sad when a challenge closes its doors but I totally get it. I personally appreciate all the work that goes into them.

Okay, here's how I was inspired:


I was going to be literally with my interpretation but THIS card by Kay Miller had me so inspired.  I'm featuring the Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags + coordinating frame cuts.  The sentiment is from Holiday Greetings.  I teamed up the Infinity Circle dies and the Snowflake Confetti Fancy Die.

All my foliage is on the coffee cup💚


For all the details on the final challenge, please visit the Curtain Call Inspiration blog.  There will be tons of inspiration too!

 I'm, of course, linking up to the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  There are 80 Super Sponsors like Hero Arts!


Today is the final day to link up!  We're also celebrating International Tea Day!

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Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop #9 - Fa La La


Good Morning!  It's the final day of the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Have you linked up yet?!  There are 80 Super Sponsors + TONS of inspiration!

Today's card features Reverse Confetti, one of the Super Sponsors for the hop!


I really am a clean + simple designer.  Funny, I don't feel that way as I slowly write out my holiday cards and all the cards seem so ultra bumpy and so not postal friendly.  This card has a glorious amount of white space.  I used the Pierced Round top Layers confetti cuts as my focal point.  I cut the Fa La La Circle in Brick + Piggy Bank.  The coordinating Brick belly band gives the confetti almost a whole new look, doesn't it?  Love the striped panel from the True Love 6x6.

The Holly was cut from Lime Green and what do you think of my latte berries?!  Those petite to go cups are from the Coffee and You set.  

My card was inspired by Sketch Saturday:


I have 2 more scheduled posts for today but hope to make a couple more projects!



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hero Arts 2018 Valentine's Collection Blog Hop




Hello and Welcome to the Hero Arts 2018 Valentine's Collection Blog Hop!  Today is the reveal of the Valentine's Day products in the Hero Arts online store!  You should have arrived here from my teamie, Janette Kausen's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is the Hero Arts blog.

Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop!  Commenting will close on Thursday, December 21st at 11:59 pm pacific and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.



Here's my project for today:


I'm featuring the new We Go Together set.  I've teamed it up with the Rings Bold Prints.  I kept my design clean + crisp to let the images shine.

Next up is the wonderful Ilina Crouse!  In case you get lost along the way, here's the complete hop listing:

Amy Tsuruta 💕

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Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop #7 - From the same flock





Did you have an awesome National Cocoa Day?!  I sure did!  Loved seeing all the gorgeous projects linked up in the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop gallery!

Today I have a fun card that mixes a couple different sets from Technique Tuesday:


My newest addition is Nerdy Bird...so cute!

Technique Tuesday is a fabulous Super Sponsor for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop #6 - National Cocoa Day Part II




Happy National Cocoa Day!  I'm back with another cocoa card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!


Here's how I was inspired:


I'm featuring the Unity Stamp Co Mittens, Cocoa and Hearts stamp.  I did the chalkboard technique with a stitched circle.  I snuck in a sentiment from STAMPlorations - Caffeinated Christmas.

I was inspired by The Card Concept:



I incorporated the red/white + blue from the twine into my design ✔︎
kraft ✔︎

Super appreciative of the Super Sponsors for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Take a peek at Unity Stamp Company's prize pack:

value over $180

STAMPlorations is giving away THREE prizes:

$20 Gift Certificate + (flash prize) 2 winners: winner #1 – choice of one 4×6 in-stock coffee/tea stamp set; winner #2 – choice of one 3×5 OR 4×4 in-stock coffee stamp set

Their Coffee/Tea Lovers section in their shop is HUGE!

The Hop is still going strong, it is currently at 650+ link ups!  Can't wait to see you in the gallery!


Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop #5 - National Cocoa Day!





Hello!  We're on Day Six of the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Today we are celebrating National Cocoa Day!  You're going to want to check out the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog for all kinds of Cocoa Inspiration!


Here's a project from me for today:


I'm featuring Right at Home's Cup of Joy stamps + coordinating dies!  The sentiment is from MFT's LLD Hug in a Mug.  Do you spy the Stampin' Up Snowflake?  Teamie Laurel Seabrook has been inspiring me with her use of it so I dug it out of my punch basket...yes, it's a punch! 

Isn't that paper awesome?  Thanks to my friend Toni for Authentique Alpine paper pad (TIP:  for you llama lovers, this is a must-buy!).

Please make sure you pop over to the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog for some awesome inspiration from the Design Team for National Cocoa Day!

I was inspired by the Fusion Card Challenge:


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop #4 : Happy Birthday Jen!





I'm back with my 4th project for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I'm a bit behind on how many projects I would have liked to have linked up by now...life gets in the way of crafty goodness.  That's okay, yesterday I spent most of the day with a bunch of crafty friends and we always have fun.

Speaking/typing of crafty friends, this card is for one of my local crafty friends that is celebrating her birthday today!  Jen is such a Flora & Fauna fan that I wanted to feature their images!


I combined the Glass Dome + Birthday Set stamps.  That to go cup is from Impress - Small Coffee Cup.

Everything has been stamped with Versafine Onyx and watercolored.

We're so happy to have both Flora & Fauna along with Impress as Super Sponsors for the Winter Hop!

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Fa la la la - Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop #3




We're on Day Three of the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I'm popping in super quick to share my card with you!


I've been smitten with all the Llama goodness out there.  Check out the Neat and Tangled's super cute Fa La Llama I teamed it up with the adorable Beary Merry!  All of the images are nestled onto the Classic Tag 1 that has been cut with vellum.  I'm a fan of vellum so it doesn't take away from a design, this time the fun paper.  All the images have been colored with copics.

Hope you've been taking in all of the hop inspiration, because there is a ton of it!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays: Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Day 1 - post 2




Hello!  This is my second hop post for today!  I was so thrilled when Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps reached out to me about a super special release just for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!


Here's how I played with Peace, Love & Coffee:


I love it when designers stamp out multiple images in multiple inks....think ---> May Sukyong Park.  This is a true one layer card.  I gotta tell you, I don't do those much even though I do consider my style Clean + Simple.  You'll see me dabbling with this technique more.  So many of my holiday cards are super bumpy.  I need to make more postal friendly designs!

This set is a CAS-ual Fridays web exclusive that you can only find at CAS-ual Fridays and it will retail for $7.50 BUT for the duration of the hop it will be just $5 no code needed, while supplies last!


Please visit the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog for more info + inspiration.  So thrilled to have them as one of our Super Sponsors!




Newton's Nook Designs: Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop + Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!




Have you been following Newton's Nook Designs all week?!  They've been celebrating Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Week with a new Featured Guest Monday - Thursday!  They're finishing off the week with a Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from the Newton's Nook Designs blog!  If not, you'll want to start there so you don't miss out on any of the fun!

So happy to be Monday's featured guest and to be participating in today's hop!

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Special! 

Newton's Nook Designs is also releasing a NEW Exclusive Peppermint Die Set today! This fun new die set will only be available at Newton's Nook Designs shop and you can get it for FREE this week with a $50 purchase! Offer is valid until Friday, December 15th, or while supplies last. This new die set is also available for purchase for $8.99.



Enter to Win! Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Hop Prizes! 

We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $20 store credit for Newton's Nook Designs online shop! To enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Special Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, December 10th at 9 pm EST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 11th.

Newton's Nook Designs
Amy Tsuruta 💚
Kay Miller
Yoonsun Hur
Michelle Short
Nina-Marie Trapani
Amanda Bodine
Holly Endress
Ellen Haxelmans
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Juliana Michaels
Naki Rager
Maria Russell
Jennifer Timko
Tatiana Trafimovich

Here's my project for today's hop!


Oh my goodness...I knew I had to combine the ultra adorable Llama Delivery with Cup Of Cocoa!  The sweet llama has been stamped and copic colored.  The mug was stamped, copic colored and then die cut and adhered to the top of the stack 'o gifts.  I was going to mask but meh, I didn't have to.

Pink + Green = Yes, Please!

Oh yes, that strip of patterned paper has LLAMAS on it...eep.  How could I resist?  Thanks to my friend Jen Shears for picking up that paper pad for me!  I love it so much that I was thrilled when my friend Kerry McDaniel said she found it for me too!

In case you missed me on the Newton's Nook Designs blog on Monday, here's a peek at just some my projects:


Before you go, I wanted to let you know that I'm linking up today's hop project to the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!


So thrilled to have Newton's Nook Designs as a returning Super Sponsor!!!!!

Whew, that's it for me!  Now hippity hop to the amazing Kay Miller's blog!