Monday, January 21, 2013

Daydream Designs Blog Hop & FREE Digis

Today, I get to participate in my first ever Daydream Designs Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from Sandie's blog.   If you are a regular reader and started here, you'll want to go to Diane's blog to start at the beginning so that you don't miss a thing! 

In this hop, we are featuring the theme of HEARTS.  There are LOTS of new Valentine's digis in the Daydream Designs store and actually, there are plenty that could be used year-round.  After all, saying "I love you" is never out of season!

The blog hop will run from today (January 21st) until the 24th.  Be sure to visit and comment on each blog in the hop.  The prize for a randomly selected winner who leaves a comment on every participating blog is a $20 gift certificate to the Daydream Designs store.  Keep reading to the end to find out about the FREE digis being given away during the hop.

I have two heart-themed projects to share with you today.  The first is a Valentine's Day card featuring 3 sets from the Snowbaby Love collection.

I printed out the adorable puppy from the Snowbaby Love Color set and cut him out.  I paper-pieced the heart from the Snowbaby Love Outline set and also cut it out.  After cutting out the puppy & the heart, I ran a copic marker around the edge to darken it. I used one of the many sentiments in the Snowbaby Love Sentiments set and layered it in the negative space behind to oval cutouts.

The patterned papers I chose have hearts all over them and to keep with the theme, I also used a heart embossing folder on the image panel.  The image panel is popped up over the bling flourish and the puppy is popped up on the image panel.  Two more rhinestones set off the sentiment and this simple but sparkly Valentine's Day card is complete.

Cardstock:  Copic (for the puppy), Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  The Paper Studio (Love Stripe, Tiny Pink Hearts)
Stamps:  Daydream Designs (Snowbaby Love Color, Snowbaby Love Outline, Snowbaby Love Sentiments)
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders (Classic Circles Large & Small, Petite Ovals Large & Small), The Paper Studio Embossing Folder (Tiny Hearts), flourish & rhinestones (Recollections), Copic marker (N9)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #63 - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sunday #138 - Negative Space
Spark Your Creativity Now Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #252 - Diamond are Forever (bling)

Pile it On Challenge #3 - Have a Heart
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Easy as 1-2-3 (1 sentiment, 2 pattern papers, 3 bling - 1 flourish plus 2 individual rhinestones)
Aud Sentiments - Bingo (I did the diagonal row Die cut, embossing, "Love")

For the second project....  A Countdown Calendar

In this project I am also showcasing the Snowbaby Love Color and the Snowbaby Love Sentiment sets.

Our daughter has requested "countdown calendars" for major events in her life ever since she started college.  Most of them were countdowns to Christmas vacation and Summer Vacation.  After she got engaged, she requested a countdown calendar to the wedding. We decided to have each month on a separate page.  Here is her calendar for February:

I designed the calendar itself in Word.  I layered the "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment on the heart before printing.  Love that about digis!! I printed several of the images in the color set and cut them out. They were then popped up on the on the calendar.  I used a heart shaped punch to make a border along the bottom and doodled in the negative space.  A couple of the cut outs were used to highlight "February."  Stickles were added to all the cutout hearts along the bottom, the big heart on Valentine's Day, the two hearts highlighting "February", selected hearts on the sled and the puppies' heart.  I also used red stickles to mark the "3 months to go" day.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Stamps:  Daydream Designs (Snowbaby Love Color, Snowbaby Love Sentiments)
Tools/Embellishments:  Stickles (Star Dust, Christmas Red), EK Success Heart Punch, CM fine black pen

Now it's time to go back to hopping.  Your next stop is Traci's blog. I'm including the full hop list below, just in case you get lost or can't do the entire hop at one time.

As a thank you for visiting and hopping with us, here is a small gift for you - 2 FREE digis.  Click on each one, then right click to save to your computer.

FREE Digis Have Expired

Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you'll come back soon.  Happy Hopping!!


Beth said...

Stephanie that calendar is just to cute and what a great gift for your daughter looks like you will have a busy year this year, and your card is adorable.

Vicki said...

Love the calendar idea. Your page has so much detail. Isn't it great to be able to size the images to fit any project! The puppy card is darling too.

Debbie said...

This calendar for your daughter is such a great idea!!! Mine are all FAR from needing this, but I hope I remember it when they do!

I'm a cat person but I LOVE these puppy images! The heart embossing and bling are great!!

Diane said...

How perfectly sweet. Both projects are gorgeous. Love the little puppy one. He looks so cute in that frame withe heart behind him. Great layout and embellies. Your calendar project is so fun. What a great idea for a countdown calendar. You've decorated it with such sweet cuteness! Love it. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop, Stephanie. I'm so glad you are now a part of the Dream Team!

Kathy W. said...

Super projects!! Love the calendar idea too, thanks for sharing!

MariLynn said...

Your card is so elegant I love how you tied all the elements and embellishments together. The bling and the embossed hearts look so cute with the little puppy. I loved seeing the count down calendar too.

Amy Johnson said...

Such a cute card and calendar page!

Helen said...

Oh, Stephanie, your card is too cute! I love the heart embossed background circle and all your bling! It's wonderful! And your countdown calendar is such a fun idea! Wonderful projects! Have a blessed week! ~H

Rea said...

Cute card and fun calendar. Fun details on each.

Jerusha Borden said...

Fabulous cards Steph! Love them both bit I love all the pink on the first one. Wowzers!

The Crafting Secretary said...

Hi Stephanie! Your puppy card is so adorable, esp. with all those embossed hearts and such. And a countdown to Christmas calendar?!! LOOOOVE THAT!! Oh I would've wanted one in college too! lol. Awesome projects today! *Ü*

Karen Letchworth said...

Wonderful card and calendar, Stephanie. You are so blessed of God with talent, and I'm grateful to be part of this amazing DT with so many Godly women. Thanks for sharing and inspring, and have a wonderful week in the Lord.

Gail said...

Thanks for the hop and for showing us your lovely creations as well - your calendar is amazing work! Thanks for the hop and have a blessed week!

Ladybugs Mom said...

Love the papers used in the card and the countdown calendar is such an Awesome idea.
Thank you for sharing.

Jennipher said...

Oh Stephanie, these are both super sweet! I really love your countdown calendar.

Patti P. said...

Love your projects, the heart placement behind the cute puppy is lovely but your countdown calendar...stunning idea. Love all of the special details in it.
Thanks for sharing....

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi again! I jut love white pressure embossed area under the puppy image. It's what first caught my eye when I first stopped by, and again this time. Lucky me to get to come by again today! Thanks for sharing this darling card in the challenge - I really appreciate it!
Word Art Wednesday

Traci M said...

Such a sweet card, that embossed area behind the looks quilted! And the calendar is amazing in detail, what a fun idea!! Wishing you a blessed day!

Glimpses of My Heart said...

Stephanie - Wow! Your projects are amazing! Love the embossed white paper behind the dog! Great touch! And the calendar? WOWZERS! You cut out those tiny images?? Love it! So cute!

PashaCou said...

What delightful projects! I really love your daughters idea, it's something she can keep forever.
Thank you so much for sharing your projects with us.

Kristi S said...

Wow! Where to start? Your puppy card is just adorable! I really like the papers and layout as well. The count down calendar is such a good idea and you have done a wonderful job! Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays!


Jo Ann said...

Admiring all the cute layers of your card and the beautiful DP's you used. Simply fantastic! Thanks for blessing us with your project today at Word Art Wednesday. Hugs, always!


Cynthia said...

Both projects are precious, Stephanie!

Carole Robb Bisson said...

That card must have the most beautiful puppy I have ever seen. Hearts Rule!
Everything about your card is pleasure for the onlooker.
Thank you for joining us at Word Art Wednesday.
Carole Robb Bisson
The Blessing of the LORD be Upon You!

CraftyGirl said...

So cute he almost looks like he has wings. Thank you for playing along this week at “Pin and Tack”. I sure hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge.


Pin and Tack / Spark Your Creativity Now DT

Deb said...

so gorgeous, love that cute pup!
Many thanks for joining in the
♥Cute Card Thursday Challenge♥
this week! Debxx

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Such a cute card. That puppy is adorable. Thanks for sharing your portion of the blog hop.

Lisa D.

Charlene Mitchell said...

I love all the hearts detail on your card! And that puppy is adorable with that big heart beside him! Great calendar project too!

Miesje said...

Awesome - love the calendar too! I always like countdown calendars too. Love how you made that.

Made by Mandy said...

OMG, your card is adorable, absolutely love it. Your calendar page is a great way of using the designs and a lovely gift idea.

Thankyou for the opportunity to win a prize on your blog hop and thankyou for the freebie.

Love Mandy xxx

ScrappySandie said...

Wow! Love how you carried the heart theme through the whole card! Great papers and love the heart embossing, and the layering is amazing!

Olivia said...

Such a sweet card. Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays.

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Awww what a cute puppy! Adorable creation Stephanie!! Hope you are doing well!
Thanks so much for joining our "EASY AS 1-2-3" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
Shelly's Images DT
P.S. I have blog candy on my blog if you’re interested!

Jill Norwood said...

Oh my goodness! Sweet puppy love! Too cute!!!!!


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