Hello, October!

October is both terrifying and wonderful.

On the one hand, I’ve got honeycrisp apples and cooling weather and all things pumpkin!

On the other… it means the holidays are sneaking up and nobody has a Halloween costume yet and there is so much to do this month and….

deep breath. remain calm.

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Crafty goodness #1: I’m the guest at one of my favorite people’s blog today! I’ve shared a full video tutorial for my favorite paste technique, and two finished tags over at Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s blog.

#2: Today my newest on-line class begins! You can still register for Supplies on Hand (or get more info about it) over at www.craftwithmay.com  –  and you can register at any time. We kicked things off with alphabet, number, and symbol stickers today and every day for the next ten days it’ll be a different subject. Today alone there are five projects, almost an hour of video, and 2 project PDF files! Let’s just say this is a VERY content heavy class!

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Since it is the first of the month time to make a pretty epic to-do list and break it down so I can get the most out of this fantastic month! I’m hoping for some rainy days (oh how I love them), crafty inspiration, and to make some progress in my couch to 5k (typed as I currently sit on a couch) as well as several other things. If you want to watch some behind the scenes randomness, remember I’m posting my weekly (sometimes more often) video series on YouTube.

When I want a smile and reminder to be playful always? I go watching the Jimmy Fallon + Roots + guest + classroom instrument videos. Love them so. Here’s my current fave.

Happy October!

This Monday’s challenge…

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What to do when you’ve got a card in need of the right finishing touch? Add a stamped sentiment, that’s what!

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Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here. What will you feature? We can’t wait to see!
This card that I am sharing is actually one I taught at a recent class – so much layering and inking fun.

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During the creative process I got to a point where I really just did not know -WHAT, or WHERE to put a sentiment… and I knew I simply needed something…

then I realized I could stamp a sentiment from the set, and that became the finishing touch my card needed.

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3 quick things:

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1. That’s a sneak peek of the upcoming supply class over at www.craftwithmay.com

2. I was a guest on PCRT this week – and you can get a discount code off that page if you’re wanting to sign up for a class. ;)

3. I found my mojo. It was hiding in a pinecone… more on that later!

Challenge: Stamps + Stencils

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Stamps + stencils = fun.

Take some distress ink and color with the stencil… but wait! Leave that stencil right where it is and add some paste…

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Not perfect – get funky..

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Oh and while it is there? mist it just a bit.

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Oh sweet color and texture combinations!!

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Then it was a matter of adding my (distress) colored bee, some tissue, and other finishing accents to my tag.

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LOVE how this one turned out!

Supplies Used:

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Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here. What will you feature? We can’t wait to see!

Blog Hop: October 2014 Simon Says kit!

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So it’s middle of September. HOW?WHAT?! HUH?

Oh wait, I mean STAMPtember! I’m excited to say that Simon Says Stamp has asked me to be apart of their blog hop today – and I’ve got two cards featuring their FABULOUS new card kit to share!

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First up  – oh that coffee die cut! Love it with the fox paper, and I sprinkled some sugar (I mean mist + sequins) as well as embossing a sentiment onto this card.

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That cup – I will be making holiday cocoa & coffee gift card holders with it for sure!!

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In fact… why not start with some floral inspired ones?

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This card has plenty of room for a gift card. Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone?

I just stitched around the edges to secure the pocket, and of course added some fun little embellishments and stamp from the kit.

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Love this beautiful bright kit, and had a blast making some cards to send and share some happy notes with.

The next stop on this blog hop is Vicky Papaioannou

Oh but wait – there’s more!

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a prize pack of a selection of items from the STAMPtember® giveaway stash at each stop on the hop!

This means you need to leave a comment on this blog post for your chance to win here! The giveaways for the prize pack will close at 6:00pm EST on Tuesday September 23, 2014 and a complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Wednesday September 24, 2014.

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Rock the techniques

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This week, our challenge focus is on techniques and I’ve used three on this tag.

#1: After I finished using the stencil on last week’s tag, I rubbed the stencil on this tag. That’s where the dots and white paint comes from!

#2: Coloring a stamp with distress ink, squirting with water, and then stamping for a watercolor effect.

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#3: I used watercolors, then added water to blend and soften on my stamped bird image.

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From there we’ve got some stitching, tape, and words of course. I’m really loving this tag…

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Supplies Used:

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I love the depth and details in this tag – such a fun piece to make!

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Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here. What stamping technique is your favorite? What will you feature? We can’t wait to see!