Yesterday, I had the pleasure of taking a rare “day off” and spending the morning with a couple of girlfriends.  After meeting up to enjoying some breakfast and coffee together – we went back to my house to do a little coloring!  I’ve been promising to teach them the basics  so they can join me in my Copic coloring obsession.  WOW!  Are they ever talented – I was blown away with how quickly they picked up on the techniques I shared with them and were able to easily duplicate what I showed them.  And what fun is it to color an image if you don’t have a card to put it on?  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to create a QUICK yet fabulous CAS (Clean & Simple) card design.

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The minute I saw this Washi tape, I knew had to have it to use with our AMAZING new stamp set, My Hero from our Bean Stalk Collection.  I colored my little hero with Copics (see below for a list of markers used), popped him up with foam tape for dimension and added a few enamel dots.  Hands down this is the fastest (a whopping two whole minutes) and most favorite card I have ever designed.

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If you’d like to bring, My Hero home – you better be quick he’s been flying off the shelf faster than a speeding bullet and is almost sold out!

Here’s a close up at the coloring.  I paper pieced his neck tie, used a scrap piece of denim to add texture to his jeans with Colorless Blender solution and added a touch of shimmer to his glasses with a clear Spica pen.

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Skin: E11, E21, E00, E50

Hair: E50, E31, E35, E29

Jeans: B99, B97, B95, B93, B91

Undershirt: YR27, Y15, Y11, R59, R46, R29, R27, R24

Dress Shirt: C3, C1, BG0000

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So….are YOU ready to play along with a brand new SugarPea Designs challenge?

Create a CAS (Clean & Simple) card and link up your project down below.

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 We only have a few rules…

  •  Play along with ANY stamp you’d like – Winner is chosen at random to keep things fair, but if the winners project features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the voucher to $15
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with any other challenge(s)
  • Upload to your blog or other online gallery using keyword: SPD04 so we can easily find your work.
  • Add your name and link to your card or project in the InLinkz shown below

 

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Click through to each of our designer’s blogs for more CAS inspiration.

Shannon White

Tracy Valure

Kim O’Connell

Mary Johnson

Anita Madden

Jenny Peterson

Sarah Gough

Jessie Rone – April Guest

  

Welcome to Sweet Talk for April – this is a time when we get to know one of our SugarPeas just a little better, as well as learning some tricks and tips straight from their craft room! Today we get to visit with the fabulous Jenny Peterson!

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You know Jenny for her AMAZING coloring and enviable designs, but did you know she’s hilarious!? Don’t take my word for it…here she is in her own words!

I’m Feeling…

FULL!!!! After a weekend of Easter Dinner’s with our families, I am STUFFED!! I need to seriously cleanse this body and live on some greens and shakes for the next week! LOL!

I’m Wishing…

My pants weren’t so tight!

I’m Loving…

Having my boys home from school for a few days during our little Easter break and not being a slave to the alarm clock.

I’m Creating…

Actually, we are doing some renovations and adding a larger walk-in pantry to our kitchen and a larger laundry room, so we are creating a HUGE mess from drywall dust!

I’m Reading…

Just bought Divergent, so I am going to join the masses and see what all this hype is about 😉

I’m Watching…

Just going to settle in for the Game of Thrones episode from last night that I have PVR’d…I am in love with Tyrian Lanaster!

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Today I am going to show you a few tips for adding machine stitching to your cards.

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The first thing I usually do is get my image ready, settle on a card layout, and get my paper cut out. Then I can decide on which parts of the card I want to add sewing to. I made this Easter card using Bushel & A Peck.

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 Now that I’ve figured out where I want the stitching to go, I can add the adhesive and adhere the layers together. It’s really important not to apply adhesive to where you are going to be sewing. This can gum up your machine and you’ll need to take it in for a tune-up. Don’t ask me how I know this 😉 lol. I use a regular sewing machine, equipped with a denim needle and thicker thread (button and upholstery thread). I go back and forth between fabric and paper, as I dabble in quilting as well, and have never found paper sewing to be hard on my machine.

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I always just kind of ‘eyeball’ where to stitch. You’ll get a feel for this as you use your machine more and get comfortable with sewing on paper.

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When you are finished sewing, you may want to get a nice finished look on your cardfront and not have any loose threads. This depends on your cardmaking style and maybe the theme of your card. Sometimes I like to leave loose threads if I am creating a shabby kind of card. But I am going to show you how to achieve that clean and polished look with no threads.

You’ll have a total of 4 threads showing (if you ended at your initial starting point, coming full circle), two off the card front and two off the card back.

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Turn your card over and gently pull on the bottom threads (bobbin threads). You should see loops from the front threads being pulled through the needle hole towards the back of the card. Using your paper-piercer, gently pull those loops right on through to the back.

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Now you should have all four threads at the back of your card and you can go ahead and adhere the threads down and trim if needed.

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And here is the finished card! Machine stitching can really take your cards to the next level!

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Jenny used A Bushel & A Peck from our Sweet P collection on her AMAZING card! You can find it in the online shoppe HERE.

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Hello SugarPeeps! We hope you’re having a wonderful Easter! Before I get to our Sweet Find this week, did you know we’re celebrating Easter with a little gift for you?

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Click HERE to shop now!

We have a repeat Sweet Find this week – and I know you’re going to be wowed with her gorgeous card!

Congrats Tara Godfrey!

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Doesn’t our penguin pal look fab in green? You can find Rice Rice Baby right HERE, but be quick – a little birdie tells me he is almost sold out!

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Tara’s card was entered into our Embellish It Challenge – you still have a couple of days to play along!

Hi there, SugarPeeps!

Just a quick post to wish you all a wonderful Easter weekend.  My kiddos will discover their Easter baskets Sunday morning before we all head out to my parents home for our traditional scavenger Easter Egg Hunt.  I LOVE our family time at Easter…My parents spoil us rotten and we all (even the adults) get fabulous Easter baskets full of gifts and candy.

Although it’s been a hectic week thus far in preparation for Easter Sunday,  this morning I managed to make these sweet little tags to put on Nathan & Brooke’s Easter baskets using sentiments and images from our One Big Hoppy Family stamp set.

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You can bring this One Big Hoppy Family stamp set home RIGHT NOW by taking advantage of our Easter Celebration SALE going on all weekend long.  Just use Coupon Code: HOPE at the checkout screen.  Take a look at just how versatile this stamp set is!!

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Hello SugarPeeps! How’s your weather been lately? I know a lot of you are STILL getting snow! Dying for a dose of Spring? Shannon has just the thing for you – a spring beauty featuring Tweet Friend. How pretty is this?!

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*happy sigh* The tree from Tweet Friend is so stunning, it looks amazing featured like this!

Here’s a look at the full Tweet Friend stamp set, you can find it in the store HERE

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Shannon used our SugarSketch02 for her card, we can’t wait to see your creations with this gorgeous sketch!

We’re pretty proud of our amazing SugarPeas, and for good reason. I think you’ll agree, we have some of the most inspiring designers out there! Jenny rocked our world with this amazing card featuring the brand new Hats Off to You!

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Perfect coloring, perfect layering, perfect embellishments – yup, this one’s a winner! We can’t get enough of this happy fellow jumping for joy!

If you’d like to give Hats Off to You pride of place in your stamp collection, you can find it HERE.

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Our SugarSketch 02 has JUST started, and did you hear? We’ve increased the prize to $15! You can find all the details and link-up HERE.

We realize that some of our fans are not on FaceBook or other social media sites, so we will begin announce the names of our winners here each Friday after our monthly Release.   We are so very grateful for our fans…they are the heart and soul of SugarPea Designs!

A HUGE Congrats to all of our winners!!  xoxo

 

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And our GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the ENTIRE April Release!!

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We had so many beautiful entries using our very first sketch…a BIG thank you to all who played along.

The winner of the $5 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe is…

Kristie Wilson

Congrats, Kristie.  Email us at info@sugarpeadesigns.com to receive your coupon code.

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Are you ready for a new sketch?!?!

Before we give you a peek …we are excited to announce that we have increased our prize and will draw to give away a $15 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe to one lucky sketch participant – So grab your favorite stamp supplies and join us!!

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The rules are very simple…

  • Create a new card or project using the SugarSketch provided.
  • SugarPea Design stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated 🙂
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable 
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS02 so that we may check out your beautiful work
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz shown below.

 

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For my card with this month’s sketch I used our adorably sweet, Tweet Friend.  Last weekend I had the pleasure of conducting a few Copic coloring classes to a fabulous group of women using this incredibly versatile stamp set.  Teaching multiple classes in one afternoon can be exhausting but honestly, I could spend all day coloring this fun twisty and whimsical tree over and over again.

Be sure to click through each of our designer’s blogs for even more crafty inspiration.

Sarah Gough

Shannon White

Tracy MacDonald

Tracy Valure

Kim O’Connell

 

Hello Sugarpeeps! We hope you enjoyed our fabulous April sweet sneaks week – we had so much fun chatting with some of you at our release party and we’re delighted that so many of you have stamps on the way! We can’t wait to see your creations with the new stamps! If you haven’t already stopped by to see the new release, you’ll find all four stamp sets in the online shoppe.

Each week we love to feature one of your beautiful cards – it’s always a challenge choosing just one! This week, our Sweet Find is….

Lesley Croghan!

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Lesley really rocked this clean and simple design using our current Sugar Sketch, and that little peg is just the perfect embellishment on her sweet card!

Lesley, we’d be honored if you’d display this badge on your blog! Congrats!

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You still have one day to get your entries in for our very first SugarSketch challenge, if you’re getting crafty this weekend we would love to see your take on the sketch!

If Take a Load Off is calling your name, you can find this sweetie in the store HERE.

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Did you know we have dedicated inspiration boards for every SugarPea Designs stamp set on Pinterest? You can follow us HERE! We’ll see you next week with a brand new SugarSketch – and don’t forget you can still play along in our Embellish It challenge!

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Hey Kid, it’s our final day of SugarPea Designs Sweet Sneaks and we are Totes Ma Goats!

Need a translation?!?!

From Urban Dictionary: in a state of being overly excited and trying to act cool

Yep, that’s us!  So… are you looking for a unique stamp set with a sense of humor and lots of heart? Well, you’ve found it!  Totes Ma Goats is the newest stamp set from our Bean Stalk Collection and you are sure to fall horns over heels for these adorable and not so gruff goats!

Totes Ma Goats, will be available for purchase in the SugarPea Designs Shoppe TODAY, April 10th at 9:00 PM EST!  Please join us on the SugarPea Designs FaceBook page for a FUN Release Chat party on TONIGHT, April 10th from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST.  We will be announcing our blog hop winners and giving away the ENTIRE APRIL RELEASE to one lucky participant.

Now get ready to enjoy our HOP and please be sure to leave our fabulous SugarPea Designers some love on their blogs along the way, because we will chose one lucky person will WIN the Totes Ma Goats stamp set before you can buy it from the comments left here and on the DT Blogs!  The winner will be announced TONIGHT, April 10th between 8-9 PM EST during our FaceBook Release Chat Party.