Brighten My Day

The Avocado Arts design team is showcasing new projects today.  For those of you who may be newer customers to AA, I am revisiting an older set, it is actually the second stamp set that Avocado Arts came out with last year (Sending Smiles Across the Miles).
I like that this card can be for a man or a woman, or even a youth.
Visit the other designers to see what they have created today.  I believe all the rest are sneaking the July set.  You may notice a new name on the list below.  Ashley Harris has joined the design team.  So head on over to her blog and say hello.

materials used:
Avocado Arts stamps
MME pattern paper
AC buttons
May Arts twine
black ink
orange ink
white card stock

Spellbinders Summer Spectacular: Day 5

Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular Day 5

Are you as excited as I am for the Summer Spectacular blog Frenzy?  Well, today, I am going to show you a few projects using new die templates.  My two featured die sets are the 2012 Holiday Tree & Ribbon Banners Large sets.  To show how versatile these sets are, I have created a card, and a layout.

Supply List:
     *  S4-339 2012 Holiday Tree (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts) MSRP $24.99
     *  S5-122 Ribbon Banners Lg (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts) MSRP $24.99
     *  LF-168 Grand Large Labels (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts)
     *  EL-009 Flora M-bossabilities (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts)
     *  Grand Calibur® Die Cutting Machine (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts)
     *  Waltzingmouse Stamps
     *  Want2Scrap bling
     *  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
     *  Clear Snap licorice ink
     *  Ginak white card stock
     *  Pink ribbon

  1. Cut/emboss Grand Large Labels die #3 with white cardstock, usin Grand Calibur®.  You will need two diecuts to create the cardbase.
  2. Score one diecut, ½" from the top.
  3. Adhere MyStik adhesive above the score line.
  4. Adhere other diecut, to form card base.

     5.  Using a smaller Grand Labels die #2, cut white cardstock with die template.
     6.  Place diecut into Flora M-Bossabilities folder, run through the Spellbinders™ Grand    Calibur®machine.
     7.  Place die cut aside.

     8.  Place Scrapboook Adhesives by 3L white foam tape on the backside of the embossed die cut.
     9.  Adhere diecut to the card front.

     10.  Prepare Christmas tree die to create a die cut.  When using a die with a lot of detail for the first time, it can help by placing wax paper nearest to the die, then the card stock.  It will make getting the die cut out easier.
     11.  Cut/emboss cardstock.
     12.  Add foam squares on the backside of the die cut.  YOu will need to cut the squares with scissors, so they fit on the small space.
     13.  Adhere diecut to the card.

     14.  Cut/emboss cardstock.
     15.  Stamp sentiment in black ink, and adhere diecut to the tree using foam squares.

     16.  Tie a pretty bow with pink ribbon, and place a Dodz on the back of the bow.
     17.  Adhere bow to the top of the tree.

Adhere pink Want2Scrap rhinestones to finish off the card.  If you do not like pink, customize this card with ribbon and rhinestones in your favorite color.  White on white cards, with an additional color never go out of style, it will always be classy an elegant.

For something entirely different, I created a Christmas layout of my son.  These dies are perfect for scrapbooking as well as cards.  The sky is really the limit.

S4-339 2012 Holiday Tree
MSRP US$24.99
Approximate Die Templates Sizes:
Bubble Ornament: 1 ½ x 2 3/8”
Oval Ornament: 1 1/8 x 2 ½”
Tree: 4 x 4 7/8”

S5-122 Ribbon Banners LG

MSRP US$24.99
Approximate Die Templates Sizes:
1. 3 ¾ x 1”
2. 5 7/8 x 2 1/8”
3. 3 ¾ x 3/8”
4. 6 x 1 ¼”

The Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular! Begins on June 21st and will end on June 28th, 2012. It consists of 24 individual prizes and one grand prize drawing.  Enter the Sneak Peek: Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular! by visiting the participating blogs each day.
At the end of each blog post, click on the "Enter HERE" to open the entry form. You may only enter once from each blog each day.
Spellbinders™ will randomly draw one winner from each participating blog to receive that blog’s newly revealed dies. The Grand Prize Winner will be randomly drawn from the pool of entrants who sent entry forms from each and every participating blog during the 48 hours each blog was open. For the full list of official rules please click RULES.
This Contest is now closed.

Don’t forget to visit the other two designers who are showing sneaks today.  The dies they are revealing are so, so, so awesome!  Go check out what they made.

Questions?  No entries will be accepted at this email address. 

Fun News

So my good friend Becky Oehlers, is designing stamps again.  You be able to buy her stamps through Ginak.  When Becky releases a new stamp set, I will get to show you a project or two from my point of view.  Head on over to Becky's blog to congratulate her.  Also visit the GinaK blog for some fun sneaks!

Lawn Fawn: Quinn's 123's

Today, the Lawn Fawn designers are showing projects using the new stamp set called Quinn's 123's (which are a companion to the alpha set).
I wanted to make a clean, simple congratulations card.  So many people around this time are graduating.  My son had his 5th grade graduation just a few weeks ago (this mama is not ready for him to go to Jr. High lol) and I wish I had made this back then.
I stamped the brackets and numbers from Quinn's 123's, and then colored them in using Stickles (which is a great glitter glue).  I did the same with the hat from Hats off to You, paper pieced it, popped it up with some foam tape, and added stickles.  Then stamped the congrats sentiment from Sophie's Sentiments.
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog for a chance to win this set, and see more projects using this set.

materials used:
white card stock
Stickles: red, black, clear
Lawn Fawn stamps (Sophie's Sentiments, Quinn's 123's, & Hats off to You)
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L white foam squares
black ink
Hey there!  Today all of the Avocado Arts are sharing a project with you today, sneaking the July set.  My project isn't showing the July set, just in case you are looking for clues.  Why?  Well, its half my fault and half my kids fault.  I told them to throw away a pile of old mail, except they threw away the wrong pile.  What was in the wrong pile?  Avocado Arts stamps, a debit card (had a long talk with the bank today about that lol), and some other important things.  I should have known better, and in the big scheme of life it isn't a biggy, just kinda sucky lol.
So, I am sharing a card using the June set, Let's Catch up, paired with the August Zipnby to Say Hi set.
Make sure you visit the rest of the designers, to catch a sneak of the July set.

May Arts + Lawn Fawn week

Have you been keeping up with the May Arts + Lawn Fawn week?  Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, for more information.  Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win some yummy ribbon, then head over to the May Arts blog, for a chance to win some Lawn Fawn stamps and paper!!
Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Stamps
May Arts ribbon and trims
Copic markers
White card stock
Spellbinders circle die template

Quick and simple Father's Day gift

Okay, I know what you might be thinking.  What the heck it that?  Well, I will tell you what it is.  It is awesome to sum it up in one word.  This is the gift you give a Man on Father's Day, especially if you have no idea what to give him.  He will pretty much worship you, I promise.  
Beer.  Yep, good ole fashioned beer.
It is something all men love.
Say, it is Father's Day and you don't have a beer.  What you need to do is, go to the old man's house on the corner, who is always out in his yard (cuz his wife is crazy).  Yep, him.  You know he has like a 36 pack somewhere.  Or, go to the new young couple across the street who just had a baby, you know the guy who looks super defeated when he takes out the trash.  He has beer.  What about the couple with the teenagers, you know they have some strong stuff in the house.  My point being, 99.9% of your neighbors will have this.  You might have it too.
Now that you have your beer. Get some stamps, some ink, scraps of card stock, heck even your kids scrunched up construction paper will work, some twine, ribbon and buttons.  We all have extra buttons around, just use the extra ones that came with your flannel shirt, that you keep in the bowl on your dresser.  
Randomly stamp your images, add your buttons, and layer the card stock onto more card stock.  Punch a hole at the top, run some ribbon thru it, and attach it to the beer with twine.  If you don't have twine or ribbon, fishing line will work just as good.
Shopping for men, is just about impossible.  But, give a man a few of these, and a nice meal...and you got yourself a slave my dear.
Let him drink 3-4, ask him to go mow the lawn or clean out the garage, then you can go sneak in the bathtub.  It will be the best day ever :)

In all seriousness, my son helped me make this, so I think it is the best idea ever!  He is one smart kid.

Today, will be Kimberly and Julia's last posts for Avocado Arts.  They are tremendous stampers and are both very active in the paper crafting community, so they are not going far.  I will miss interacting with them on a regular basis.  Both of them are outstanding humans...i lovey dovey a lot.  Make sure to visit their blogs, and wish them farewell.  But, two new fabulous ladies are replacing them, and they are fantastic and a perfect fit!!

Materials Used:
Avocado Arts stamps
kraft cardstock
grey card stock
green, black and blue ink

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