Winter/Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!

Hey guys!

When I saw the announcement that Coffee Loving Cardmakers would be a Winter/Holiday themed coffee lovers blog hop (say that three times FAST) I just knew I had to participate!

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I won an Instagram contest sponsored by Elle’s Studio and the prize pack was chock full of goodies from Elle’s Studio Let’s Eat and Cienna collections.  Combine that goodness with a throwback holiday stamp set from Elle’s Studio and a card was born:

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I super love it (is that even a sentence?)! I have followed Elle’s Studio for quite some time now and I think their collections are super fab! Thank you very much Elle’s Studio!

Check out the entire blog hop HERE.

Sending you off with crafty wishes and washi tape dreams!

xo, Tyra

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Clique Kits Blog Share Today

I’m just popping in to share that today is Clique Kit’s Blog Share featuring the April Kit, Happy Everything!  This month Clique Kits is celebrating their one year anniversary! Happy Birthday!

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The challenge:  Show us a celebration of any kind for this month’s Pep Rally- it could be a birthday, anniversary, wedding, reunion, or just an everyday party…you can either show us in a layout, make a card for any celebration, or  show us how you use your supplies for party decor-the sky’s the limit! Even if you don’t have anything celebration themed to scrap this month- feel free to share in the body of your post something you are celebrating in the month of April.

I’m not part of the blog post line up this month (I’ll be back next month!) but I do have a few fun things to share featuring all sort of goodness from the store:

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Won’t you come hopping along with me? There are some talented ladies in this month’s lineup! I think you’ll enjoy it! CLICK HERE to start. Take care! xo, Tyra

Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m super excited to play along with the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop, graciously hosted by Amy Tsuruta.

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I LOVE Coffee. THE END. I just finished a cup now and I’m going to reload before this post is finished!  In any case, let’s get to the cards I created, shall we?

I created the first two cards, using an oldie, but goodie, set from Market Street Stamps.  I love those stamps and I was so excited to use them here.  I also used paper and embellies from Kaisercraft and my ink is all Stampin’ Up!

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Notice the “season’s greetings” sentiment? It’s from Chickaniddy! Love it!

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And in honor of those cute 3.5 by 5.5 cards that Amy creates, I just HAD to give it a try:

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I’m officially addicted to this size! Thanks for much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Once the blog hop closes I will draw a random number from the comments (please leave your contact info) and send the lucky crafter something special from my crafty space! Take care and thanks so much for stopping by! xo, Tyra

Update: Hey guys! The one and only Angelica Suarez just shared that the digital stamp version of Daily Grind (coffee cups and sentiments) are available on her site: http://www.angsuarez.com/shop. Yes!

Zutter Bow-It-All Review

Hey guys! great news! As a Blitsy creative team member, I often get asked to create product reviews that I will post here.  Since CraftSwag is all about discovering new tools and techniques, you will also find product reviews there as well!

To kick things off, Today I am part of the Blitsy Creative Team Zutter’s Bow-It-All Blog Hop (say that three times- ha!).Blitsy Black Friday Promo

 

At first glance this tool might look intimidating, but after a few tutorials, that the Bow-It-All is perfect for the holiday season! Just think  —  bows on cards, wreaths, presents and decor.  Here is my very first set of bows:

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I started to walk around my house to see I what I could add a bow to. Um, how about everything? however, as I start,  I added a pretty ribbon to this tote:

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I like Big Bows and I cannot Lie!

(sorry, I totally couldn’t resist)

To summarize, I have a list of Likes / Dislikes

Like

  • The ability to create bows sized between ½” wide up to 9”
  • Versatile for more than one craft: Perfect for card making memory keeping, home decor and food crafts/gifts.
  • A ton of tutorials on You Tube and Zutter’s own website

Dislikes

  • There is a learning curve.   The enclosed booklet did not help me, since I’m a very visual learner.  I spent maybe 30 minutes total on You Tube to perfect the bow-making technique. Here is a link to Blitsy’s You Tube Tutorial!
  • Space: This is not a space saving tool. I do have to clear off my craft desk, move my main project over in order to use this tool.

Given that the dislikes are not major, I would definitely recommend this tool for any crafter.  And guess what?  As part of the Blitsy Creative Team, I’m giving you the chance to win one To enter just leave a comment!    The comments you leave on each blog throughout the hop, the better your odds!

 

 

 

P.S. I did the same exact review over at CraftSwag.com, so please feel free to leave a comment there as well!

If you don’t win one of these handy tools in the blog hop,  The Bow-It-All 2.0 (Yes! The latest and greatest version) will be a part of Blitsy’s Black Friday Sale! That’s all I have for now, take care and thanks so much for stopping by!

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, Late to the Party

I’m playing along in the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop! (Better late than never — right?)  A special thanks to Chaitali, at Cuts, Crops and Creativity for hosting such a fabulous event!

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Do you see the stars around that cute cup from the Sweet Stamp Shop? That’s how I feel when I have a chance to pick up coffee in the morning! Coffee makes everything okay, doesn’t it? Last, but not least, here a little “coffee trivia” from me:

Q:  When did you start drinking coffee?

A: Maybe just over a 1 1/2 years ago! I have a 3-5 cup/week habit! (Including coffee brewed at home)

Q:  What is favorite brand (you can name up to three).

A:  Well, this is how my coffee habit formed.  My husband discovered this special little brand called “Highlander Grog” from a fine little coffee shop here in Indianapolis.  I believe there are hints of caramel and hazelnut in this blend.  We are always stocked with a bag (or two) of this deliciousness.  If I can’t get my hand on this, I will go for the Hazelnut flavored coffee at Panera Bread Co.

Q:  What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Remember where and when?

A: See the question above. Seriously! This love started when my husband brought home a freshly brewed cup of this goodness on a Saturday.

Q:  If I don’t drink my needed coffee, I will…

A: Shed one sad tear! (smile)

Thanks so much for dropping by! xo, Tyra