2 Cute Ink New Release Blog Hop: Week 3

It's time for January's final Blog Hop over at 2 Cute Ink!  Three more Valentine's Day digital images are being released today, so join in the fun and hop along with us!  Leave a comment on the DT blogs for a chance to win all three of today's new releases!

Here is the order of today's Blog Hop:

*Melissa (You are here!)*

I chose to use the adorable new fish called Best Fins for my project!  With little ones in my house, I immediately thought of those popular kid snacks (I like 'em too...), Pepperidge Farm Goldfish!  The preferred flavor in our family is the Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar.  I'd bought some little buckets from the Dollar Spot at Target a little while ago, and thought I'd use one to make a little snack gift for a child!  I colored the image with Copic markers, creating the little dot pattern on the bigger fish with my colorless blender.  I used some strong sticky tape to adhere the pieces to the bucket.  The sentiment on the top says, "Big Hug."  After putting this together, I realized I could have put some Hershey's Hugs in the bucket instead.  Next time.

Stamps -  2 Cute Ink (Best Fins - digital), SU (sentiment)
Paper - Copic Blending Card, SU Melon Mambo CS
Ink - SU Melon Mambo
Accessories - SU oval punch, Nestabilities (oval), SU Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon
Coloring - Copic Marker

**Now head on over to the oh-so-creative Suzanne's blog for more fun and inspiration for the new digi stamp release!
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Sweet Love

It's Friday and time for some 2 Cute Ink cuteness!

Today, I used of the newest digital releases called Cherry Love.  With snow in the forecast again, I was more than happy to work with something other than the usual winter themed stamps!  Honestly, after the ice we had a few days ago, I am officially done with winter.  Too bad winter doesn't know it can leave now!

Stamps - 2 Cute Ink (Cherry Love - digital), SU (sentiment)
Paper - Paper Trey white CS, SU Real Red CS
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle), red gemstone, SU Real Red polka dotted ribbon
Coloring - Copic markers
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Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was the birthday of Tracey, the talented artist behind the adorable images over at The Stamping Boutique!  In celebration, the design team put together some birthday cards for her as a little surprise.

Here is mine:

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Happy Birthday Car - digital), SU (sentiment)
Paper - textured white CS, SU Basic Gray & Melon Mambo CS, Copic Blending Card
Ink - SU Bashful Blue, Basic Black
Accessories - SU Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, gemstone, foam dots (popped up the car)
Coloring - Copic markers
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The Journey

It's Monday...again!  A new week.  A fresh start.  Opportunity is knocking!  Hey, gotta make Mondays sound good, you know!  :)

I spent Saturday afternoon decluttering and organizing our office/playroom and, boy, let me tell you, that is a job!  That is where I store the kids' art supplies, library books and toddler toys, so you can about imagine what it looks like after a while.  Add to that the fact that I haven't really organized properly in that room since we moved into the house a little over a year ago, and you have quite the eyesore before you!  I'd finally had it and dug in while DS3 was napping, DH was working on the laundry room project and the other two DS's were happily playing.  I made a dent in things, but I still have more to do.  For now, I'm just enjoying walking into the room and feeling like I can breathe in there!

I then played with my Prickley Pear stamps a bit to create something for today, putting aside my valentine ideas and making something a little less bold than what I've been making the last few days.

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Journey Awakens, Gears Clock Face)
Paper - SU cardstocks (Kraft, Basic Black), Basic Grey DP (Out of Print)
Ink - SU (Basic Black)
Accessories - linen thread, circle punch, butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), SU vintage brad, paper piercer, distressing tool, foam dots (popped up the clock face)
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2 Cute Ink New Release Blog Hop

It's time for another 2 Cute Ink Blog Hop!  Today, three more Valentine's Day images are being released and they are cute as ever!  Go check out the digital shop!  While you're here, follow along the blog hop, leaving comments on each blog, and you'll be entered in the drawing to win all three of today's new releases!

The Blog Hop order is as follows:

*Melissa (You are here)*

Here's my card for the hop:

Stamps - 2 Cute Ink (Seacret Admirer - digital), SU (sentiment)
Paper - SU cardstocks (Real Red, Daffodil Delight), Basic Grey DP (Sweet Threads), Copic Blending Card
Ink - SU (Lucky Limeade, Basic Black)
Accessories - SU heart punch, Nestabilities (Labels 14), gemstones, Sizzix embossing folder, baker's twine
Coloring - Copic markers

**Now head on over to Jenn's blog for some wonderful inspiration!!**
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2 Cute Valentine

I'm going to be doing my 2 Cute Ink posts on Fridays now, so if you wondered about the absence of a post this week, it's just delayed!

Today, the weather is delivering more fluffy white stuff to our doorstep and I'm in a stamping mood.  I have a feeling that I'm going to be baking cookies and providing some hot chocolate with marshmallows to some little boys instead!

Here is a little 4.25 in. x 4.25 in. valentine I whipped up with one of 2 Cute Ink's latest digital releases:

Stamps - 2 Cute Ink (Owl You Need is Love - digital), The Stamps of Life (sentiment)
Paper - The Paper Studio DP, SU CS (Basic Black, Whisper White)
Ink - SU (Basic Black)
Accessories - heart gemstone (colored with a Copic marker), Nestabilities (circles), Stickles
Coloring - Copic markers
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Stamping Boutique Challenge: Die Cuts

It's time for a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique!  This time around, we're to use Die Cuts on our creations!  If you win, you'll get to choose 3 images from the store for FREE!

For my challenge card, I used one of the fun Princess Jennifer Latte stamps.  She is never without her coffee!  There is a whole line of Princess Jennifer Latte stamps in the shop and all are too cute!  I figured this was a good choice for an image this time of year since we're all working on our New Year's resolutions!  One of mine happens to be to exercise that any big surprise?!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Princess Jennifer Latte Work Out - digital), Amuse (sentiment)
Paper - SU Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crumb Cake CS, 7 Gypsies DP
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Quickutz die, baker's twine, brown marker, SU small oval punch, foam dots (popped up coffee cups)
Coloring - Copic markers
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Prickley Pear Monday

We've been busy at Prickley Pear lately!  Today is Prickley Pear Monday, so I'm sharing another Prickley Pear creation, a valentine using the new Love stamp!  I used one of my favorite color combos:  red and turquoise.  I just love bright colors on valentines!

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Love)
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP, SU Whisper White, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise CS
Ink - SU Tempting Turquoise
Accessories - SU Real Red polka dot ribbon, gemstone flower, Cuttlebug embossing folder, sponge
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Prickley Pear Sketch Challenge

It's time for a new sketch challenge at Prickley Pear!  Here are the details:

Make a card using the sketch provided using any products, not just Prickley Pear, by January 31. 

One winner will be drawn randomly and will receive a $15 gift certificate at the Prickley Pear Web Shop and will be announced on the Prickley Pear Blog February 1!

Below is the new sketch:

I used the Heart Key Crown Clear Stamps Set for my card.    I chose to create a clean & simple card again, stamping three of the same heart stamp in three different colors, cutting them out and popping them up on foam dots.  I placed three gemstones for visual interest.  At first, I wasn't sure I liked them being off center, but the more I looked at it, the more I decided it was okay.  That's the fun thing about art.  There are no rules!
Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Heart Key Crown Clear Stamps Set)
Paper:  SU Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Sahara Sand CS
Ink - SU Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Accessories - SU scallop border punch, paper piercer, gemstones, foam dots (popped up hearts)
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2 Cute Ink Blog Hop!

It's time for a 2 Cute Ink Blog Hop to celebrate the new Valentine's Day images that are being released today!  Hop along with us, leave a comment on each blog on the list and you'll be eligible to win a free digital image of your choice!

Here is the blog hop order:

Melissa (You are here!)

For my card, I used the oh-so-cute Bugs and Kisses digital stamp.  There are two other new Valentine digital stamps being released today, so be sure to follow along the hop to check them out!  Also, there will be 3 more Valentine digital stamps released a week from today (Saturday), so stay tuned!

Now head on over to your next stop on the Blog Hop and see what Suzanne has created!

Stamps - 2 Cute Ink (Bugs & Kisses - digital)
Paper - SU Basic Black, Real Red CS, Paper Trey white CS, Doodlebug DP (Love Letter)
Accessories - Stickles, (applied to pink hearts on main image) black marker (dots around edge & letters in sentiment), SU 1-in. circle punch, SU Heart Punch, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), foam dots (popped up sentiment circles & main image panel)
Coloring:  Copic markers
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Prickley Pear Blog Hop: January 12-14

It's time for Prickley Pear's new release of Valentine and Steampunk themed red rubber stamps!

To celebrate, we are having a three-day Blog Party with loads of inspiration by the Design Team and a give away! One happy participant will win a $15 gift certificate to the web shop!  All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the participating blogs (there will be a new list of blogs to visit each of the three days) and tell us what you think about the new release. Last day to enter is Sunday, January 15, at midnight EST. The winner will be drawn randomly at one of the participating blogs and will be announced on the Prickley Pear Blog on Monday.

Here is today's blog hop schedule:

Prickley Pear Blog

Melissa (you are here)

**Be sure to check back at Prickley Pear tomorrow and Saturday for more blog hop stops full of inspiration so you can go leave a comment on those blogs!

Here is my card for the Blog Hop:

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Branch with Hearts, My Funny Valentine - sentiment)
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP, SU CS (Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla)
Ink - SU (Riding Hood Red)
Accessories - pearls, circle punch, heart punch, SU vanilla ribbon, foam dot (popped up sentiment)
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