Monday, June 26, 2017

Where Liberty Dwells

Hello there, crafty friends!  I’m back today to share another card using this cute Sunsational Stamps digi named Patriotic Patricia .  You can find her in the store, here.

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Once again, I found some great digital papers to use and printed them out on my printer along with the little cutie, Patriotic Patricia, and some stars.  I then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the banners and the digi stamp.  I colored the digi with my Copics and then added my banners, the stars, and the sentiment to finish off the card.

I hope you love my card as much as I do!

That’s it for me today.   Stop by the Sunsational Stamps Store and check out all the great stamps Lisa has available.  And don’t forget to visit the Facebook Fan page and the Sunsational Stamps blog for some fabulous inspiration from the other amazing Design Team members.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner…

It’s time to announce the name of our winner from the A Year Of Card Techniques “Basic Card Folds” technique hop!

And the winner is…


Congratulations, Michelle!  Please contact Candy Spiegel at with your mailing address so that she can send you your awesome prize!

But wait…there’s more!  I still have some Blog Candy to give away.  And the winner is...

Blog Candy Winner

Congratulations Im.HeartGem.  Please contact me at with your mailing address so I can send you your candy.

Thanks for playing along, everyone! Don’t forget to check back with us on July 15th when we take on the task of bleaching some cards!   You won’t want to miss your chance to win another fantastic prize!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hope You Perk Up–Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Hi there Crafty Friends,

I’m here today with a special card for a special blog hop.  Sunsational Stamps is taking part as a Super Sponsor in the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.   As a Super Sponsor, we are offering a $25 dollars Digital Image Gift Certificate as well as two flash prizes of a $15 and a $10 Digital Image Gift Certificates.  When you’re done hopping with us, head on over to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog for all the details and be sure to join in on the fun and link up your coffee loving projects to play along.


For this hop I have used a digi stamp from the “Hoppiness Is A Warm Cup Of Coffee” set by Lisa @ Sunsational Stamps.  I chose to use the coffee cup and the heart. 

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I printed the cup and heart on some white cardstock and then used my  EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors to fussy cut around them.  I used Prisma Color Markers to color both images and  I cut the band for the cup from a piece of digital designer paper that I printed.  I cut a printed all the digital papers for this card with the exception of the gold foil polka-dot flag that sits behind the dark peach flag.  It’s from a 6x6-inch double sided paper pad from Michaels.  The sentiment was printed on some white card stock.  Once printed, I cut it into a flag banner.  I added a larger heart to the bottom corner of the card to finish it off.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed my card.  Don’t forget to head on over to the Sunsational Stamps blog for our blog hop line-up where you can hop along with us and see more great Coffee Card Creations by our talented Design Team.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Great News To Share!


I’m excited to tell you that I’m one of the 5 new DT members for the brand new Koala T Crafts (KTC) Challenge Blog.  This means that at the beginning of each month, I’ll be sharing about some fun challenges and will showcase a card to inspire your creativity and make you eager to join our challenge!   Doesn’t that sound like fun?!

And because you chose to read this post today, Jen and her Besties are giving you a 50% discount off any digital product in the My Besties Shop. Cool beans, right?!  Just use this code, YOURSPECIAL50 when you checkout to get your discount.  This discount code is good until the end of June.

I’ll be back tomorrow morning with another fun and exciting announcement.  Hope you’ll stop on by.

Friday, June 16, 2017

A Year Of Card Techniques–Basic Card Folds

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

June‘s hop is devoted to basic card folds; featuring drapery/curtain fold, peek-a-boo fold or double-z gate-fold.  And we’re adding a twist of using double-sided paper.   We hope this gives you lots of ideas and will inspire you to try these card folds yourself...and pull out that double-sided paper as well!    If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

January-Shaving Cream Marbleizing

February-So Sketchy

March-no hop this month

April-Stamp Set Showdown

May-World of Watercolors

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Candy Spiegel.  Please take a moment to check out all the crafty goodness on her blog, Candy Scraps.

And the awesome prize this month is four stencils from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Thanks, Candy!

Blog Hop Prize 

We  really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by  Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  June 25, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog (that’s here), so be sure to check back here again on the 25th to see if you won!

And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is SUSAN ELIOT; picked by Random Name Picker.  Congratulations, Susan!  Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Jodie Park, to claim your prize.

Since I’m the first blog on this hop, let’s get started!

Draper Fold 1_cardfolds_ocmLet me just start by saying that this was my first attempt at the drapery fold and it’s definitely not my favorite one of the bunch.  I used a digital image that I had saved on my computer and colored it with Copics.  The paper is from a Recollections paper pad and it was the ONLY double sided paper pad that I owned.  I thought I had bunches of it but it turns out I don’t.  Enough said about this card.  Let’s move on, shall we.

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I decided to try and attempt another drapery fold with Card #2 and I’m much happier with the results.  Since I only had one double sided paper pad and I wasn’t very fond of the papers available in that pad, I decided that I needed to make a trip to Michaels where I picked up a pretty little 6x6-inch pad of double sided papers in various patterns of pink and gold.  I chosen a cute chevron pattern for this card but it does make it a little more difficult to see the folds.  I added a glitzy gold bow and a sentiment that I sponged the edges of to make it pop.

Next I tried the double drapery fold with some digital paper that I printed.  This was a little trickier but I think it turned out ok.  Next time I think I will try to make the folds wider so that you can see more of the other side of the paper.  I added a black ribbon and a “happy birthday” sentiment to finish the card off.

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My last card is a peek-a-boo card.  It’s pretty simple to make.  Once again, I printed my paper with a different pattern on each side.  To make this card you measure up halfway on the long side and then cut in about 1.5-inches.  Then you fold each corner back to make the peek-a-boo.  I stamped a “My Favorite Things” Adorable Elephant image onto some cardstock and used my circle punch to cut him out.  I colored him with Prisma Color markers in Cool Grey 10%, Cool Gray 20%, and Cool Grey 30%.  I sponged the edges of my circle with some light blue ink.  I added a “happy birthday” sentiment to finish off the card.

As an extra special bonus, I am giving away some Basic Grey products (see below) to one very special person so make sure when you comment to mention the words BLOG CANDY!

Blog Candy

Ok, that’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Now  you’re off to visit with Claudia.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to increase your chances of winning.  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Picnic Fun

Hello there, crafty friends!  I’m here today to share another card using this cute Sunsational Stamps digi named Daisy.  You can find her in the store, here.

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This card was made using digital papers from Pixel Scrapper.  I’ve really come to like using them as I can pick and choose what I want and there is no waste of pieces I will never use like sometimes happens with paper packs.  It doesn’t seem to take up a lot of ink like I thought it might either.  I think, in the long run, it’s probably cheaper.

I cut an 8.5x11-inch 110lb piece of cardstock at 5.5-inches on the long side.  This makes a top-folding A2 card.  I chose the yellow with white polka dots digital paper and cut that to 4.25x5.5-inches and adhered that to my card front.  It completely covered the front of the card.  Then I cut the “Life’s A Picnic” cardstock to 3.75x5-inches and adhered it on top of the previous piece.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the free clipart picnic scene and added a black mat behind it.  I also cut a free clipart umbrella to add to the scene and I popped it up with some dimensionals.

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Daisy was cut with my Cameo and I colored her with Copics see color chart).  Then I popped her up onto the beach blanket with dimensionals.

I hope you love my card as much as I do!

That’s it for me today.   Stop by the Sunsational Stamps Store and check out all the great stamps Lisa has available.  And don’t forget to visit the Facebook Fan page and the Sunsational Stamps blog for some fabulous inspiration from the other amazing Design Team members.

See you again in a couple of weeks when I will be back to share some more great stamps by Lisa!