Monday, September 15, 2014

SPDSS011 - Thankful for You

Calling all sketch-o-holics!  There's a new SugarSketch up and ready for you to tackle!
I played along with the newly released SugarPea Designs Bountiful Blessings stamp set!

I chose some PP from the Bo Bunny Apple Cider Collection 6x6 paper pad and paired it with some MFT hot fudge, whip cream, paver red, and orange fizz CS,   I embossed the orange panel with the Darice basket weave embossing folder.  I matted my layers using the Perfect Paper Crafting Perfect Layers Mini and Perfect Mat.   Use code KIM5% when you purchase yours for 5% off your order!  

I stamped my image in MFT black licorice hybrid ink and colored her with copics.  I used a white gel pen to add the freckles to her cheeks and the polka dots on the heart and the handkerchief,   I added some ribbon that I got from last month's ribbon kit by Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

Here is the sketch:

The rules are very simple…
  • Create a new card or project using the SugarSketch provided.
  • SugarPea Design stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable 
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS011 so that we may check out your beautiful work
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz on the SugarPea Designs Blog.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe.  
  • However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $15!

If you would like to make the Bountiful Blessings stamp set your own, you can buy it HERE.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

In Memory of Amanda Reed

This week, the paper crafting community lost one very talented and gifted designer and I lost a friend.
Amanda Reed died suddenly this week from an undiagnosed  enlarged heart.   She was only in her 40's.   She leaves behind her husband Joe and her 2 beloved kitties.  

I had the pleasure of getting to know Amanda as we designed together for Kraftin' Kimme Stamps and Stamping Bella.  I also recruited her to be a guest designer with us at SugarPea Designs.   She crazy copic coloring skills and a eye for design.   We bonded over both working in healthcare (she as a nurse and me as asocial worker.)  She was warm, funny, and always supportive.  

Losing a friend who is my age has rattled me.  Seeing Amanda's post that she had pre-scheduled go live the day after she had passed away was unnerving.   Her words in her last blog post haunt me.   

"I love this time of year, just wished it lasted longer."

She had no idea that her time on this earth was going to be cut short imminently when she wrote hat post.  She had no idea that her beautiful "Thinking of You" card would be the last card she made. 

And so, let this be a lesson to us all.  Live each day like it is your last.  Squeeze your kids.  Give your husband a bear hug.  Tell your family how much you love them.  Appreciate the smell of the cool crisp air.   Stop.  Just stop.  Breathe.  Look around.   Take it all in.   Each day is a blessing.

I am sharing the card I made that I will sending to Amanda's husband Joe.  

I stamped the Hero Arts Large Flower cling stamp in VersaMark ink onto vellum and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I used some Tim Holtz distress inks to paint the flowers,  I mounted the vellum onto MFT sno cone CS and rounded the corners with a corner chomper.  

I added a strip of white CS and then stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts Say It All stamp set in MFT black licorice hybrid ink.    I added a few sequins to embellish.   

Alyce from  Kit and Clowder has started a fundraiser to raise money for Amanda's family for a remembrance headstone or memorial.  Please join me in making a donation.  No amount is to small.  
You can make your donation HERE.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

SugarPea Designs Sweet Sneak - Let's Fiesta

Welcome to the 5th and final day of the SugarPea Designs Sweet Sneaks of the September release!  
Release day is finally upon and so we thought we would kick it off with a little fiesta to celebrate!  

Introducing "Let's Fiesta!"

Seriously!  Do you love him or what?!?   He makes me happy!  I started by creating my beachy background with some distress inks.  Next I used the now retired MFT Die-namics Rounded banner STAX to die cut the archway from some natural CS.  I then colored my embossing paste with a few drops of MFT tangy orange ink and 1 rop of hot fudge ink.  I then created my brick wall using the MFT small brick wall stencil.  

I stamped my image in MFT black licorice hybrid ink and colored it with copics and pastel chalk pencils.  I sed a white gel pen to add some accents o his guitar and freckles to his cheeks.   

  Would you like to WIN the Let's Fiesta stamp set?! Hop along and visit with the SugarPeas and guests, leaving some comment love along the way! One lucky person will be randomly selected to win the Let's Fiesta stamp set!

Our fabulous September release is available in the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe right NOW! Please click here to shop – and if you are lucky enough to win a set you’ve already purchased, you can choose another of the same value!