Monday, April 21, 2014

Simon Says Stamp & Mama Elephant Summer Garden Blog Hop

Hello, hello, hello!  I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!  Today the Mama Elephant gang is hopping with the fun new stamp and die set designed by Mama Elephant called Summer Garden!  This set is the another collaboration between Simon Says Stamp and Mama Elephant (which is always a good thing in my book).  I have a couple projects I made using these wonderful stamps and matching dies!  

The first is a card that I made with an angled panel.  For something different.  I stamped and colored the same images on a card front and on the panel.  Then I diagonally cut the panel and backed it with a strip of vellum.  Both stamped layers are colored with Copics (these images are perfect for coloring with pens and pencils).  This treatment is a fun way to bring a little something extra to a card without it getting super busy.

My next project are a couple of simple double layer tags.  This technique is perfect for stamp sets with matching dies.  I started by cutting 2 sets of tags using the Embellished Tag die.  Then I stamped my flower image onto one of the tags.  Then I die cut my top layer with the matching die so that the negative cut is directly over my stamped image.

Here's an easy trick for die placement; use the negative of the tag as a placement tool.  Put your stamped tag into the negative die cut piece (top pic) and tape it in place (if you're wondering I use this tape for taping down dies).  Remember to place the tape on the negative template not the tag.  Then carefully removed the stamped tag and replace it with the unstamped tag.  Now tape down the die directly to the tag (bottom pic) and remove the other piece of tape.  Now you're ready to put it through your cutter and the die cut is perfectly placed!   

Here's a look at the entire set of stamps and dies...

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 gift voucher to one lucky winner from all of the comments left on the blog hop:)  Who couldn't use that?

That's it for me, folks!  Next stop on the hop is Nichol!  Here's the hop lineup if you want to start from the beginning:)  

Stephanie Klauck ~ Simon Says Stamp
JJ Bolton (you are here:)

Mahalo and Aloha,

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Watercolor Love & Kisses with Studio Calico ~ Giveaway Winner

I've got a ton to do today to get ready for company tomorrow, but I'm dropping in for just a bit to announce the winner of my Studio Calico giveaway!  It's lucky number...
The winner of the set of Studio Calico watercolors and a set of attacher dies is Pam who won with this comment...
Pam, please email me at ribbongirls at gmail dot com and I'll get your goodies to you right away!  To everyone who played along, thank you so much!  (I've got some more SC goodies to give away soon, so I hope you check back:)

Mahalo and aloha,

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Avery Elle: Weather It

Happy Thursday all!  Spring is here and everything is finally warming up here in northern Virginia:)  This one uses the new stamp set Weather It and the matching dies.  As soon as I saw the sentiment, I knew I would go gold (natch:). 

To make this shaker card, I first stamped the card base with the sun rays from Bright Days.  FYI, I use this 1/4" foam tape to make my shaker cards.  This tape is thin and you can cut slits about every 1/2" to make it easy to curve around circles.  It's a little pricey upfront, but the rolls last forever.  Plus, it makes shakers super easy!  Speaking of shakers, I filled it up with gold hexagon glitter, sequins, and stars:)  I finished it off with shiny gold clouds that I cut with the dies that are also in the Weather It die set.  I love the shape of these clouds!

Until next time!  Don't forget to stop by Heather's blog and check out her Avery Elle card too!  Have a wonderful rest of the week:)  

Mahalo and Aloha,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Watercolor Love & Kisses with Studio Calico ~ Giveaway

Morning everyone!  Over at Studio Calico we are gearing up for next's month release, but I'm still having fun with all the goodies from last month:)   Last month, I was lucky enough to have my first designs come out in the Card Main kit and as a standalone stamp/die set, Buttercup!  For the card kit, I designed oversized sequin dies and that kit is still available!  My Buttercup set is out of stock at the moment, but I'm told that they have reordered a new batch.  

For my card today, I used the stamps from Buttercup with the new Triangle Background metal die.  This card is a combination of all the things I've been craving lately: watercolor, gold, and hand written sentiments!  I started by painting my card base with my new SC watercolors.  When working with watercolors, I strongly suggest using watercolor paper.  And don't worry if your paper gets warped.  Just "paint" the backside with water and put it under a heavy book or acrylic block:)

As you can see, I fussy cut the sentiment.  Definitely not a new technique, but I love how it looks!  To add a little shine, I die cut several metallic gold triangles and glued them into the die cut background here and there.  

Just for fun, I'm offering a giveaway today!!!!  I have a set of Studio Calico watercolors and a set of attacher dies that are totally sold out!  There are 3 ways you can enter the giveaway:
  • Leave a comment on this post
  • Be/become a follower of this blog (leave a separate comment to let me know you are a Feedly, Bloglovin, or Google follower)
  • Be/become a Twitter follower - jj_bolton (leave a separate comment if you become or are a follower)
I'll choose a winner on Friday night at midnight EST and announce on the blog on Saturday, April 19th.  


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mahalo and aloha,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring is Sprung with Paper Smooches

Today I have a couple of Spring cards I made with my Paper Smooches goodies:)  Paper Smooches has just some of the cutest Spring animals that I couldn't resist doing up a couple of fresh cards!  My first card mixes a bunch of PS sets including Spring Fling stamps, Clouds dies, Eco Friendly stamps, and Frame 1 die.  

I cut the clouds so that they fit together kind of like a puzzle and then die cut them again with the frame die.  It's a fun way to get a different look with your dies:)  That little chick stamp is one of my all time favorite Paper Smooches stamps!  Seriously cute!  

My next card uses a "Springy" stamps from the Squeaky Clean set.  Um yeah, I used a dust bunny stamp to make a Spring card, heehee!  As you can see, I fussy cut a bunch of them and had them springing all over the countryside:)  I used one of the Border dies to cut the rolling hills and the sentiment is from Eco Friendly.

Here's a closeup on those happy little bunnies! 

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope you have a wonderful week!  
Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Avery Elle April/May Release Blog Hop

Hi guys!!!  Release day is finally here!  I'm so, so excited for the Avery Elle April/May Release Blog Hop!  The previews have been rolling out on Avery Elle blog all week and you may have seen some sneaks on my blog the other day;)   Well, they are available in the store right now!  For the hop, I'm featuring my new set Red & Goldie!  This set has lots of hand-drawn images with some fun script sentiments.  I have already spent way too much time with this set just stamping and coloring away:)  And I love that I have matching dies for this set.  Especially for a couple of the sentiments.  I really love the look of a fussy cut sentiment, but I hate that actual cutting, lol.  

For my card today, I stamped Little Red Riding Hood with her fox friend.  Yes, there's no true wolf in this set because really isn't a fox-dog-wolf cuter;)?   I used my Copics and did some paper piecing on her red hood.  So much fun!  Then I used the coordinating dies to cut both of them out.  The tree background is from the Let It Snow set and it just fits so well!

That's it for me today!  I have another design coming out today, a versatile die set called Custom Panels.  You'll see more of that soon:)  I hope that you go check out the new release and check out all the lovely project my teamies have in store for you today!  Here's the full list... 

Avery Elle / Jamie
Chunyuan Wu
Brenda Weaver
Caryn Davies
Heather Campbell
JJ Bolton (you are here)
Kasia Curry
Maska Vanacker

To celebrate our April/May Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, April 13th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, April 14th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:
  1. Comment on any of the design team's posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are ) and share us with your friends - make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)
Mahalo and Aloha,

Avery Elle ~ Giveaway Winners!

Just stopping in real quick to announce the winners of my new Avery Elle sets giveaway!  

The winners are Sue D (commented on 4/8 @ 10:48 PM) and Sabrina (commented on 4/9 @5:54 PM)!  Please email me at ribbongirls at gmail dot com to make arrangements for getting your prizes!  Thanks so much for everyone who stopped in and joined the fun!  Your comments are *so very appreciated*!!!!

Remember that the new release is already live in the  store.  And check back later today when the entire DT gang will be hopping with the entire May/June release:)   
    Mahalo and Aloha,