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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bear Hugs

Hello! I thought I'd pop in and share a card I have over on the Hero Arts blog today! I am so in love with all of the new products that have come out of the partnership between Hero Arts and the awesome Lia Griffith! I am a big fan of her blog, I love her style, and I especially love her fondness for cute critters!! I played with Oscar Cut-Outs by Lia for this sweet card for my kids' daddy (otherwise known as my husband, LOL!).

The message was spelled out with Vaulted Letters by Lia, and the background has both the Polka Dot Bold Prints by Lia and well as the "father's day" message from the Happy Stamp & Cut set.

You can find full instructions for this card HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Coffee makes me so... HAPPY!

Well hello there! It's me, the person who used to blog here. Long, long ago. Wow it's been a long time!! But I couldn't resist making and sharing a card today, for several good reasons. First, I have a ton (yes literally*, A TON!!) of awesome new Hero Arts stamps I need to play with! Second, it's time for another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!! And third, one of my favorite people in all of Blog Land, someone I've been a fan of since wayyyy back when I very first started blogging - Julee Tilman - is celebrating her 400th Mojo Monday Challenge!!! Can you even believe that? 400!?! Wow. Julee is one amazing woman!

To play along with the coffee theme, I pulled out my new Discover by Lia set to use the cute little coffee mug. (I *adore* this set! It has coffee. It has the Eiffel Tower. It has a bike. HELLO!! This set was made for me!) The "happy" in the background is from the Happy Stamp & Cut set. And those little bitty hearts are from my favorite new die - the Sun Showers Frame Cuts. Love love loooooove how tiny they are!

The sketch, as I mentioned above, is from the 400th Mojo Monday Challenge. Which also happens to be the very first sketch Julee shared on her blog back in 2007 (which is also the same year I started blogging!).

And yes, I'm hopping with the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!
I am hoping to start making cards and blogging regularly once again. I have missed it so much!

Thanks for stopping by,

* ok ok, no, not really literally. :-)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Seasons Givings - WINNER!

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog during the Seasons Givings Blog Hop, and for leaving so many wonderful comments!! It was very exciting having so much traffic on my little ol' blog for a few days!!

I've selected my winner via, and I got lucky #159!

Shella TravarcaJanuary 4, 2015 at 12:32 PM "Holy cow! 11 stamp sets? Pinch me! Thank you for the chance to win! Happy New Year!"
Shella, please send me an email at with your mailing address, and I'll get these out to you! I hope you enjoy them!!

I'm off to California to work the Hero Arts booth at CHA this weekend, I hope I'll see some of you there! And once I'm back, I hope to get inky and start sharing lots of projects here. All of your lovely comments about last year's cards have inspired me to share more!

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Seasons Givings Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! You should have made your way here by way of Laurel Seabrook's blog. If not, head back to the very beginning at the Scrapbook Adhesives blog. This is my second year participating in this awesome hop, organized by the sweet & generous Latisha Yoast. Her intention is to get designers with way too much extra, unused product on their hands to give it away to someone who will give it some love. And, as a way to say a big THANK YOU to our awesome blog readers. I mean really, if you visit my neglected blog regularly, you are pretty darn awesome! I always start each new year hopeful that this will be the year, when I am actively stamping once again - and 2015 starts no differently. Will it happen? We shall see! In the mean time, as I've worked with Hero Arts for over five years now, my stamp room is overflowing with awesome Hero product (yes, LUCKY ME!). Today I want to give away ELEVEN fabulous stamp sets to one lucky commenter. These are sets that Hero made for teachers to use during classes - they are a sampling of the best stamps from a few different sets all on one sheet. And I have ELEVEN of them, so it covers quite a wide range of previous Hero Arts stamp sets!! You can't see it all in the photo, but trust me, there are A LOT of really fabulous stamps here, nearly all that have never been inked.

Just leave me a comment by midnight EST on January 6, and you'll be in the running. I'll post the winner on January 7.

One thing I have liked to do in the past on January 1st is post my favorite cards from the past year. 2014 wasn't exactly an active year on my blog, so there wasn't a whole lot to choose from. But these are some that I really did love - I loved making them and I love how they turned out. I hope you liked them, too!

I was having fun playing with watercolors when I created this one. Details HERE.

March was all about watercolors for me. I was playing with them again HERE too, with my Texana Designs sand dollar.

This sweet card made me happy - and I had discovered a not new, but new to me stamp shop, RubberMoon. Details HERE.

July is always a good month for me & stamping. I go a little crazy with the bike-themed cards. This pretty girl from Stamping Bella was one of my favorites. Details HERE.

Another bike card I loved - I was inspired by a man who was painting scenes from the Tour de France every day as he watched, which eventually he turned into a book, that I now have sitting on my coffee table (yay!). For my watercolored card, I cheated with a printed photo and a light box! Details HERE.

One more bike-inspired card. I had fun with this one because I got all mixed media-y, with the stencil and the embossing paste and the inking with bubble wrap. Found HERE.

This one was for Hero Arts' holiday release, and was inspired by a photograph of bottle brush trees. I loved the unusual color combo. Details HERE.

And finally, a card I made when I was featured on Paper Crafter's Library. An honor, and a very true sentiment on the card. :-) Found HERE.

So... remember to leave me a comment to enter my drawing. And to continue the hop, head to Yvonne Van de Grijp's blog! Here's the entire list of stampers and stamp shops participating today. EVERYONE on this list has something to give away! Be sure to make the rounds!!

Libby Hickson --- you are here!

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy New Year! And happy stamping in 2015!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop - winner!

Hi everyone! I'm just popping in quickly to post the follow-up to my Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop post. Congratulations to Terri Burson, my lucky winner of a Starbucks gift card. Terri, please email me your address and I'll get it right out to you.

And a big THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by. I enjoyed all of your wonderful comments!

Take care,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Hello and welcome to the Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!! I was so bummed when I was too late for the last event for coffee lovers, I absolutely had to join the hop today! But in my excitement to put together a coffee-themed card, I completely spaced on the holiday portion of the hop! Derrrr!! Maybe this is winter blue? I was inspired by Frozen? Yes... that's it... mmm hmmm...

I had a ton of fun playing with the Hero Arts Need Caffeine set - I love this cute little latte! You won't even guess how many THINGS I did to it, LOL! I stamped it with Peacock Feather Distress Ink. Then I used colored pencils to fill in the color a bit more. Then, my Faber-Castell PITT green gold pen to go over the letters. Then I outlined in black ink. Then I trimmed. Thhheeennnn.... the piece de resistance... I dug out my super old liquid applique to create the latte foam!! I used to LOVE this stuff. About 8 years ago. Ever wonder if it will still work after MANY MANY years sitting in a craft stash (and even moving from Texas to Georgia)? The answer is YES, IT DOES!! :-)

The background panel was super fun too. I mixed some of the same Peacock Feathers ink into my embossing paste, and spread it over the Hero Arts Zig Zag Pattern stencil. The blobs that look kind of brown in the photos are actually lovely, shimmery blobs of Gold Shimmer Spray. Nice.

Ok, so this blog hop is a different kind of blog hop! It's open to all of YOU to join!! There's a linkie thing on Amy Tsuruta's blog, she's the mastermind behind this entire thing.

And she's lined up a TON of awesome sponsors. You'll be in the running for THOSE prizes if you link up your own coffee creation! You can find the link up on Amy's blog -- RIGHT HERE! This is the list of amazing sponsors:

As for me - I'd love to giveaway a $5 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD!! Afterall, this hop is all about loving coffee, right? Just leave me a comment by the end of Sunday, December 14 and you'll be in the running.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Hero Arts (CL731 Need Caffeine)
Paper: Neenah (Solar White)
Ink: Distress Ink (Peacock Blue), Hero Arts (Gold shimmer spray), Faber-Castell (PITT artist pen - green gold), black pen
Other: Dreamweaver (Wendy Vecchi embossing paste), Hero Arts (SA021 Zig Zag Pattern stencil), palette knife, Liquid Applique, heat tool, Prismacolor (aquamarine pencil), washi tape, copper sequins


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