Friday, January 31, 2014

TAWS february blog hop


It's release blog hop time, which means you have the chance to win ALL of the new sets being released!!

First, here is my card.

I made this using the new set Speak Easy, which has some AMAZING sentiments. I also did a partial stamping with a stamp from a set from back in September, Calypso.

Now here are the details on how to win yourself the new release!

You can pick and choose which ones you want to do, but the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

1-Comment on The Alley Way Stamps Blog
2-Comment on the DT girls blogs (below)
3-Post about it on facebook or your blog
4-Like us on Facebook
5-Follow us on YouTube
6-Follow us on Pinterest

(leave a separate comment for each that you do - on The Alley Way Stamps blog)

You have until Tonight at 9:00PM TAWS time to leave them!

Here's the blog hop order, make sure you start at the beginning so you can have more chances to win.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Enjoy and good luck!!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

TAWS february sneak peek


Today I get to share a simple card I made using one of the upcoming release sets, Tooty Fruity.

It's got some really adorable images in it.

There are some great sentiments in it, but I decided to create my own using the Alphabet Soup and All About You sets.

Make sure you head on over to the TAWS blog because you can win yourself this fabulous set.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

a birthday thank you

Hey there!

So my little man's birthday party was this past weekend, 
he turned one today, and it was a blast.

I had so much fun, and I think he did too!!

My friends are so generous, and the little guy walked (crawled!!) away with some pretty fantastic gifts.

I wanted to find a nice way to say thank you, so I used a picture from our recent cake smash photo shoot and added my own sentiment.

The spacing was perfect and it looks like he's looking up at the "thank you"

I used my favourite alphabet dies (Avery's Alpha) by Avery Elle.

I really like the way it turned out!

Head on over to the Avery Elle blog for more fabulous inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

p.s. I also made these in photoshop, but I really like the personal touch of the dies. :)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

RetroSketch #99


This week has been crazy busy for me, 
preparing for my baby's first birthday party!!
(which is today!)

I'm so excited because I love this kind of stuff, 
but I am SUCH a disorganized person. 
I hate to admit it, and I really wish I wasn't, but sadly it's true.
I also don't seem to have a firm grasp on how long things take. :)

Anyway, it's Saturday and therefore time for a brand spanking new RetroSketch challenge.

This beauty is based on a card by our fabulous January headliner Michelle, that you can see here.

I made this using the TAWS set Enchanted, and their January free with a $0 purchase set, Once Upon a Time.

Head on over to the RetroSketches blog for more wonderful inspiration by Arielle, Laurie and Michelle.

Then get busy and link up your own masterpiece. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

graphic congrats

Hey there!

Happy hump day.

I have exactly 6 days left until my mat leave is officially OVER. 
Insert sad face.
Boy, am I going to miss that adorable little face when I'm back at work!!

Anyway, today I have a clean, graphic card to share with you that I made using one of the TAWS January release sets, Bitty Borders
I am really enjoying this set. 

(You can see other projects with this set here and here.)

Basically, I took a 2"x2" square of card stock, stamped the border to cover it, coloured it then cut it into four 1"x1" pieces.

I like this technique for a simple background.

The arrow is from Ka-Pow and the sentiment from Jibber Jabber.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. 
Have a fantastic rest of your week!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Live. Love. Laugh.

Good Morning!!

I hope your week is going well so far.

I wanted to share a card I made using some of my favourite Avery Elle products. 

Avery's Alpha, stamps and dies.

These are AWESOME!!!

Avery's Alphas clear stamps   Avery's Alphas Die coordinates with Avery's Alphas clear stamp set

There are so many possibilities.

Here is what I came up with.

The little heart is a die from the Simply tags: bow dies.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Hop over to the Avery Elle blog for more inspiration using the latest release.

One last thing I have to share. 
My little guy will be one next week,
 and we did a little cake smash photo shoot. 
He had a lot of fun, mostly playing in and eating the icing.

cake: courtesy Smash Cakes Calgary
photography: courtesy of Bree Johnson

Saturday, January 18, 2014

don't lose hope

Happy Saturday!

It's that wonderful time of week when I get to show you the new RetroSketch!!

This week's sketch is based on this STUNNER of Laurie's.

Super simple and super cute.
I really like this sketch, a LOT!

I used the TAWS set flower doodles for the background. It took me quite a while to colour, but I love colouring these types of images.
I used Life is Short for the sentiment.


Head on over to the RetroSketches blog for more inspiration from Arielle, Laurie and Michelle our headliner for the month of January.
There you will find all the details on how you too can play along. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
have a fantastic weekend!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

BIC #46


I have a fun new TAWS Be Inspired challenge pic for you today.

I ADORE the colours in this photo. :)

So pretty!!

For my card I was inspired by the colours, but also the stripes.
Here's my take.

Maybe a few too many stripes!!

Take a minute to hop on over to the new Be Inspired Challenge blog to have a look around, then get your craft on and link up.
You can find all the details over there.
I can't wait to see what you create. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

You're the best

Good morning!

I have a quick share today using some new dies by Avery Elle.
They have some FABULOUS dies, and these ones are no exception.

I used their Pinked and Embellish it: flower dies to make this simple card.

The best part is, with that larger die, you can use it to edge your paper which is what i did here.

Embellish It: Flower Elle-ments dieAvery Elle Pinked Elle-ments Custom Steel Dies

Be sure to head over to the Avery Elle blog to see more inspiration and to see the fabulous new sets, dies and much more that Jamie released at the CHA!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

TAWS giveaway winner!!

Hey there!!

I have picked (well actually has picked!!)
the winner from yesterday's post for this fabulous TAWS set

and the winner is................


Please contact me ASAP so we can get that set sent out to you, you have one week. :)

Please put TAWS giveaway in the subject line!!

Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments. 

Be sure to head over to the TAWS blog,
there are still prizes to be won!!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

RetroSketch and a TAWS giveaway!!


It's the weekend, thank goodness.

Being Saturday, it is of course time for me to share a new RetroSketch with you. And here it is.........

This week's sketch is based on an oldie of mine which you can see here.

Here's my new take on it:

I used two TAWS sets, Enchanted and the mini Once Upon a Time (which can be yours this month for free with a $40 purchase)


Well, now here's the good news..........I have a TAWS set to give away.
Because this month marks TAWS' 3rd birthday we are having a month long celebration with prizes galore.

Just leave a comment here and I will enter your name into a draw 
for this fabulous set.

You have until tonight at 11:59pm (CST) to leave a comment to be eligible.

I will announce the winner tomorrow, and the winner will have one week to contact me with their info.  

Good Luck!!

And be sure to checkout the TAWS blog for all of the details on the many ways you can win yourself some fabulous TAWS prizes.

Also head on over to the RetroSketches blog for more inspiration and to play along with us.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

hey there

Good morning!!!

I have a simple card to share with you today but first a quick reminder..........

TAWS birthday celebration is going on all month long, 
where you can recieve 25% off your entire order this month using the code
when you make your purchase.

Second, to make it more enticing, 
Alison is offering up 2 fantastic prizes. 
For EACH stamp set purchased this month, 
 your name gets put in for one of those two prizes.
Click here for all the details

Third, all week long, various DT members will be giving away a TAWS set on their personal blogs.
(I will be giving one away on Saturday, so make sure to check back here then!)

Make sure you check them all out.
Head to the TAWS blog to get the links to each DT member.

And last but not least, 
we want you to celebrate with us. 
So create a birthday themed project, using at least ONE TAWS set,
 (freebies can be found here)
 and link it up here.
It will put you in the running for not one but TWO stamp sets!!

Now for my card, 
I used the Bitty Borders set to create this simple card.

I also used Calypso for the sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 
I do hope you will play along with us!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Thinking of you

Hello there!

This is always an exciting time of year for crafters, 
CHA is coming up quickly!

Head on over to the Avery Elle blog to check out some sneaks at what products Jamie will be showcasing there.

Today I'm sharing a card I made using the Thanks a Bunch set and the Pinked die set.

To make the tag, I cut paper using the die with the one pinked edge. Then I snipped a bit off so the length was shorter than the die itself, and turned it around and placed the pinked edge on the straight end and ran it through again. Super easy!!

Thanks A Bunch Clear StampsAvery Elle Pinked Elle-ments Custom Steel Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by today, 
have a great week. :)
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