TGIF-#tgifc04

Thursday, May 21

FRIDAY! FRIDAY! FRIDAY!
Time to get your challenge on!


-Over at TGIF it's all about INSPIRATION this week-
 
http://www.tgifchallenges.blogspot.com/2015/05/tgifc04-inspiration.html
 
I love this type of challenge & if you read the post over there I hope you had a good chuckle at Hubby's descriptions. He's such a riot!
BUT anyway I loved the beautiful watercolor look & as I was thinking about what to do I saw that fabulous pack of....uh...yeah-that paper. Amazingly water colored & ready so I fussy cut some of those beauties & pasted them on & VIOLA!
 
 
It seems like I have a few friends that are going through a rough patch & I wanted to make some cards for them so I just LOVE this new sentiment so much!
 
Anyway I hope you have a chance to get  KER- AF- TE' with us this week~Cant wait to see what you are inspired to create!

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Stampin Up Artisan Blog Hop- You've Got This

Wednesday, May 20

Welcome to this week's Artisan Design Team blog hop! I'm so excited to hop along & see what fabulous projects the Team has created for the Stampin Up Facebook page!

Well I went a little out of comfort zone with my card, using some vibrant bold colors & pairing them with the You've Got This set which screams beautiful & delicate too me.
So let's take a look...


Cucumber Crush is a super intense green & I would be more inclined to use it more sparingly but I thought what the heck "Go Big or Go Home" right? I paired it up with Watermelon Wonder (#love) & some fun pops of Gold. Used a Blender Pen to color the flower & the vellum was the perfect way to balance the softness of the flower by toning down the Watermelon a touch. 
I hope you are inspired to stretch yourself a little & try something new. 
Now let's go visit the Ultra Fab Sarah Sagert!
 
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/sarahsagert/blog?directBlogUrl=%2Fblog%2F2027389%2Fentry%2Fstampin_up_artisan_blog_hop38
 
 
There's a New Challenge Site In Town!
 
 
 

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TGIF- #tgifc03

Friday, May 15

 Who's ready for the weekend? I know I am! 
Well how about we kick it off with the first theme challenge over at TGIFC!


Grad season is in full swing so it's time to bust out your toys & make a few cards for your stash! 
I wanted to make a gender neutral card & you can't go wrong with black & white, right?


I haven't played with punch art in a while so I thought I'd make some tiny graduation caps using the Hexagon & Butterfly punches. Easy Peasy but I will put up a tutorial in a couple days just in case. The sentiments came from Guy Greetings- Such a great multi purpose set! Alrighty well make sure you go check out what the Awesome TGIFC Design Team has created for your graduation inspiration & don't forget to play along with us! 


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Stampin Up Artisan Blog Hop- Time for Sequins

Wednesday, May 13

Welcome to this weeks Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!
 
This week you will get to see more sneak peek items that are coming your way on June 2nd!
It feels like I have been on a Stamp a Thon since this Craftastic box arrived- Today I have a set of 3 simple but pretty fun note cards to share...
 

It all started when I realized that all the adorable little In Color sequins that I had been hoarding were about to retire & I couldn't let them go with out a proper showcase of their fabulousness!
So I sat down with a bit of Crystal Effects & started going crazy attaching sequins! Luckily I had the Friendly Wishes & You're So Sweet stamp sets to be the perfect accompaniment to my glitz.
 
 
 


This last one came about when I was playing with the fun sketch featured as this weeks

http://tgifchallenges.blogspot.com/2015/05/tgifc02-sketch-challenge.html
 
Alrighty well its time to see what amazingness Sarah has to share with us!
Race ya there...
 
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/sarahsagert/blog?directBlogUrl=%2Fblog%2F2027389%2Fentry%2Fstampin_up_artisan_blog_hop37
 

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$5 Friday!

Friday, May 8



Have you been thinking of trying or rejoining My Paper Pumpkin? Well today YOU can get May's kit shipped to your door for just $5!!!! Yep 10 pre cut projects, stamps, & ink for just $5!!! 

BUT here is the catch you have to go to this link ( https://mypaperpumpkin.com/en/?demoid=2002591 ) to sign up before 5pm tomorrow using the discount code 24HOURS. 

There is no obligation so if you get that cute little orange box & decide it's not for you no worries just cancel your subscription & keep the $5 Kit! But I bet you will love it as much as I do, it's like getting a little present in the mail every month! Ok well head on over & check it out & when you sign up let me know so I can send you a little something so it will be like getting 2 surprises in the mail!

Hugs,
Mercedes

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TGIF-#tgifc02 Sketch

Yay! It's Sketch Challenge Day!

http://tgifchallenges.blogspot.com/2015/05/tgifc02-sketch-challenge.html

I have a confession- Coming up with all the challenges over at TGIFC can be quite intimidating. Totally FUN too but c' mon thats a lot of pressure, hoping that our Superstar Team will like what I've put together PLUS making sure that what we put out there inspires you all to play along...with that said I want to give a great big cyber Hug & Thank You to all of you that entered last week's challenge & also everyone that left us sweet encouraging comments! As I said last week since we all put so much in to this, hearing from you & seeing all your lovely cards is our only reward!

Ok how about we take a look at what I was inspired to make this week-


I might be a little smitten with the A Whole Lot of Lovely stamp set at the moment! Don't worry if you're itchin' to get your hands on this set it will be available very soon!
 I was super happy with how this one turned out- I'm going to miss that Gold SoirĂ©e DSP & Cantaloupe plays so well with the new In Color Watermelon Wonder so stock up on both while you still can!
Alrighty that's all I have for you today but I can't wait to see what you will create with this fun sketch over at TGIFC!

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Stampin Up Artisan Blog Hop- A Whole Lot Of Lovely

Wednesday, May 6

Welcome to our first Blog Hop of the May!
I am super excited to be able to introduce you to one of my favorite Hostess stamp sets from the upcoming Stampin Up catalog- A Whole Lot Of Lovely!
 
Time to get your calendar out & schedule a stampin' party so you can get this set Free-
 
 
Anyway kept this one CAS.
I paired this new stamp with the Gold Soiree DSP (love!) & it just went together so well with the new Mint Macaron Lace Trim! And see that circle? That's Watermelon Wonder!
FYI- Cantaloupe & Watermelon make for an awesome color combo & fruit salad...Yum!
 
Ok it must be close to dinner time, I need to finish up this post & get some grub so I better show you my other card-
 

 
On this one I used my new In Color Stampin Write Markers (Watermelon, Cucumber, & Dijon). Now you know how sometimes when you use markers directly on the stamp the result can be a little splotchy? Well I decided to fix that little problem by using my blender pen dipped in those colors to create a pretty watercolor look. I even used the markers to add a little more depth to the letters. Finshed it off with one of the new In Color flower embellies! I have to also point that that awesome striped DSP well its actually called Envelope Paper but I can already tell I love it so much on cards it may never actually be turned in to any envelopes LOL!
Well before you go visit Sarah I want to give you a little heads up that you might be able to sneak a peek at more brand new Stampin Up goodies if you check out this Friday's TGIF Challenge!
 
Ok lets go see Sarah!
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/sarahsagert/blog?directBlogUrl=%2Fblog%2F2027389%2Fentry%2Fstampin_up_artisan_blog_hop36
 
http://tgifchallenges.blogspot.com/
 
 
 

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Its Finally Time! #tgifc01

Friday, May 1



http://tgifchallenges.blogspot.com/

We have been working tirelessly to get this site ready for its big opening day & I am thrilled  that it is finally here! We are excited to bring you a slew of fun challenges plus inspiration from some of the most creative & talented Stampin Up demonstrators I know! I can go on & on about how ecstatic I am but first let me brag on my amazing husband- Stampin Stud!
If it wasn't for him none of this would be possible. He is our amazing Team Lead & Blog Writer. He runs the logistics of TGIFC while I get to work on the fun stuff. He has spent many nights up til 2 a.m. getting things up & running & this is after working a 12+ hour day & needing to get up for work the next day. So lets give him a big round of applause!

I would also like to encourage you to leave comments for our fabulous design team as each of us donate a huge amount of time creating projects that will hopefully inspire you & your comments really encourage us to keep on doing that week in & week out- AND of course by all means PLEASE play along with us over at TGIF!

So with that said here is the first challenge-


http://tgifchallenges.blogspot.com/2015/05/tgifc01-welcome-to-tgif-challenges.html

And here is my card...






 Thanks for stopping by today & don't forget to go check out what the rest of our amazing team has made for your viewing pleasure! I will be looking for your card over on the TGIF site too!

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