Crafty News You Can Use, October 2014

Hey there! This is my  first attempt to gather up this bucketful of crafty news and share all of it with you!

First – you may have noticed that I added a new page to my site  – the “Featuring” page. I will try to post new releases and exclusive discounts available to me to share with you.

So let’s get to it!  I’m playing along with a lot of new releases this month, including:

The Sweet Stamp Shop has released a set lovely stamps that are absolutely PERFECT for this time of the year!




The November Release from Clique Kits is bananas (translate: insanely amazing). Just take a peek :

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Yes. All of it, please. The goodness is HERE. WAIT: You can use TYRA!) for 10% off – ALWAYS

Clique Kits October challenge is still OPEN! Give it a try!   The winner of the October challenge will receive the full Fancy Pants 12 x 12 ‘Oh! Deer’ collection, buttons and mini trees! And it make it really easy, here are the challenge rules:

  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects here by October 31st, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • You are not required to use Fancy Pants Designs Product to link up but doing so does give you an extra entry
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post


AND Die-Namities has upper cute Baby theme dies I am sharing on the blog this week:




Last but never LEAST.. The wonderful company Chickaniddy! I LOVE LOVE the Scrumptious Collection and Jolly Good will be featured on the Blog next Month!  Click here and here to see how I got crafty!

Tyra Babington Chickaniddy Crafts  Hello Friend Card


Whew! That was A LOT. Thanks for sticking with me! As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Creative Blog Hop

 My dear crafty friend Keren tagged me for a Creative Blog Hop. I am soo honored! Keren creates such fabulous cards! We chat here and there and always try to support each other.  In fact, Keren was the first to reach out to me with a note of encouragement!
Check out some of Keren’s fabulousness:
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 And by the way, I adore how Keren’s name is spelled with two e’s. Please please visit her blog when you have a chance!
Q: What creative projects are you currently working on?
A: Oh my goodness. As of now, I am on four Design Teams this season,  so I’m working on a lot of exciting project work. My biggest play days are Fridays and Saturdays, after work is done, and the kids are tucked in.   I just love it! I am also work on on converting my card class to a .pdf and redesigning my site
Q: What inspires your designs?
A: My designs are mostly inspired by emotions, feelings and music! One of favorite cards was this one inspired by the song “Overjoyed.”
Q: What method / process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
A: Good question! I do actually have a process and it’s explained in a little  card class I recently created.  In a nutshell, I use this method to “organize” my inspiration and focus my design. I would say I could create a card in 10-60 minutes using this method.
Q: If you had to describe your ‘signature’ style, what would it be?
I love clean and simple layouts and cards.   I’m simply drawn to this style and I can’t really explain why.
Q: What are 3 crafting products/tools you can’t live without?
A: I would say my bone folder for card making, my Memento Black Inks (Tuxedo Black regular and luxe, Versafine) for crisp stamping and I’m gonna give a shout out to Dab’N Stic glue! this adhesive is amazing! I had to buy a ton of it for my kids and I bought an extra bottle for myself!
Now time to choose a designer! I’m going to choose Wendy Morris – Her blog, Life. Paper & Soul. is absolutely fabulous. The End. I would love to hear her answers to some of these questions.  I will update this blog post (hopefully) if Wendy has time to share!

Sweet Stamp Shop October Release

I have ALOT of fun news to share today but first I wanted to announce that the Sweet Stamp Shop is Featuring a new release of simply amazing fall and holiday stamps:

Fall Leaves


Holiday Sentiments


Holiday Town


These sets are fun and fabulous and most of all easy to combine with previous sets.  See the sneak of what I created below as an example:

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Please visit the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog to see the full reveal and what my other DTeamies created!

P.S. remember Monster Mash?  Here is another fun card I created using that fab set:

Monster Mash Family Card Sweet Stamp Shop JustTyra


Thanks so much for stopping by! xo, Tyra




A “Cut” Above The Rest, featuring Sweet Stamp Shop

Hey Crafty friends, today I want to share a few ways I use my metal nested dies to make a statement.  I’m featuring Sweet Stamp Shop’s Enjoy Calligraphy set — it’s truly a go-to set when you need to create quick and easy cards: Enjoy_Calligraphy__07272.1405390711.386.513   The quotes are in so dreamy, I used one of my dies from a “nested” set to crop out a cloud scene: die cut cloud scene justtyra

To make this card:

If you can Dream Sweet Stamp Shop JustTyra

Super Fast and easy! Drawing off of the inspiration of this quote, I use a metal balloon die to create the same impact in a slightly different way:


Sweet Stamp Shop Enjoy Calligraphy Stamp JustTyraHave you noticed a theme here? I used the quote as a source of inspiration for using the cloud paper and the balloon die.

Stop by the Sweet Stamp Blog tomorrow for a two more fun techniques with metal dies that I’m sure will make you dust off your die sets. Take care and thanks for stopping by! xo, Tyra

Die-Namites October Sketch and DARE Challenge

Hi crafty friends, today I announce the Die-Namities Sketch and Dare Challenge! Here is the Sketch:



And here is a close-up of my take on this month’s challenge:

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Yes, lot’s of texture and color, somewhat of a departure away from my love of clean and simple, BUT I think I like it! Stop on over the Die-Namites blog and play! Take care! xo, Tyra


Happy World Card Marking Day! It’s a Monster Mash!

First — Happy World Card Making Day!

What an awesome day for card makers to hop to different blogs, make new friends and celebrate everything about card making! I’m marking the occasion by celebrating Sweet Stamp Shop’s Release TODAY of Monster Mash:


Use Monster Mash for family cards, new baby cards and of course Halloween – HELLO! Here is my take on this fun set. I used a little watercolor on these fun Monsters:

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My watercoloring did not give me the same results as my copics but I think that adds a little character to these peculiar little monsters.

See that adorable yellow monster? Today the Sweet Stamp Shop is offering it a a digital FREEBIE!!!

If you make ANY purchase in the Sweet Stamp Shop this weekend, and leave a comment “FREEBIE” this cute monster will be emailed to you!!  Also please let the Sweet Stamp know that “Tyra sent you.” I would so appreciate it!

Funny Side Note: this card barely made it to press this week! Between being responsible for kiddie pick up and drop off this week when my husband was out of town,  extra early starts for special work projects, the occasional child grabbing a monster or two when I wasn’t looking, and I think one time I actually fell asleep coloring a set and messed up the whole page! So this card was a miracle to make this week!  This  post is a celebration in and of itself! I know many of you can relate?

Take care and enjoy World Card Making Day!


xo, Tyra


Clique Kits Design Team Showcase!

I have amazing news to share! I’m excited to announce that I have joined the Clique Kits Design Team! I’ve been sitting on this news for some time now, but word is officially out! Here is a sneak peak at one of my first projects as part of the Clique Kits Design Team!



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And OH My Goodness! It’s a LAYOUT.  Attention fellow cardmakers: Clique Kits is a terrific kit club featuring fun stuff  sure to inspire both card makers and memory keepers alike.  Prior to joining the design team, I have  been a subscriber for almost 3 months now and I haven’t been disappointed.

BUT what really sets Clique Kits a part from other kit clubs is the feeling of community among fellow paper crafters. Clique Kits hosts a Facebook Group exclusively for subscribers and a monthly blog share (check out my previous posts here, here and here).

Of course Clique Kits is super social on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

Last but not least, please visit the DT Showcase and check out my other DTeamies! Take care and thanks for stopping by!