Third Anniversary Release Blog Hop – 1/24

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Hello everyone and welcome back for the sixth Anniversary Release Mini Hop! I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the new products and inspiration this week by the team and our special guests from yesterday. For this release, we released 23 new stamps, coordinating and standalone word dies, 9 new Couture Mixes and additional gilding.  Everything is available in our shop now!

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We have two free gifts with qualifying purchases: Daisy Duet and Peony Notes Bundle. This promotion does not apply to prior purchases***. The threshold amount is calculated before taxes and shipping. This promotion will continue until January 28, 2018 at 11:59pm EST or until supplies last. Limit one incentive package per order. No coupon code needed. All incentive prducts will automatically be added to qualified orders (they will not show up in your cart but will be added to orders as we pack them).


  • Spend $125 or more: Receive a 4×6 Daisy Duet set;
  • Spend $250 or more: Receive our Peony Notes Bundle (and a Daisy Duet set).
  • **There must be a new release stamp in your order to qualify for a GWP.**
  • Coordinating dies for these sets are also available now.

If you’re joining us today for the first time during our Release Week, head on over to Days 1, 2and 3 for a more in depth look at our new products!

Today’s mini hop includes:

  1. The Ton —–> You are here
  2. Kymona Tracey
  3. Laura Jane
  4. Dana Gong

I made four cards for today’s mini hop!

For my first two cards, I used our layered cluster Painted Peonies set.

painted peonies simple

My first card is probably the simplest card that I’ve made for this release. I simply stamped the cluster layers in using our Ruby and Crystal Garden (Soft Garden + Bright) Collection layering inks and then stamped the sentiment in our Noir Dye Ink. Voila! Easy, CAS and effortlessly gorgeous card DONE!

woodgrain painted peonies

For my next card, I stamped my Painted Peony cluster in the same inks as my previous card.

After I stamped the cluster, I die cut the entire image using the coordinating die. Next I stamped my Buildable Woodgrain background using our Cocoa Collection layering inks. Then I die cut a stitched border from my woodgrain panel using the first and second largest dies from our Double Stitched Rectangles Die Set (large). I adhered the inner panel directly onto a side folding A2 base and popped up the border.

Next I took a panel that I created from our Glossy Fine Glitter Gold adhesive paper and third largest die from our Double Stitched Rectangles Die Set (small) and adhered this to the center of my woodgrain panel. Next I popped up my Painted Peonies cluster onto the glitter piece and then added my sentiment (from our Coming Up Daisies set) strip right on top of the cluster. Lastly, I embellished my card using our Clear Dew Dropshaute gala birds

For my next card, I used our Haute Gala Dress set again! I couldn’t stay away! This time I went in a totally different direction from yesterday’s projects. For today, I created an actual scene using our Autumn Wishes set (which has adorable bird images and gorgeous branch clusters). I went for a Cinderella-like theme for this card.  I probably should have colored her dress in blue but I had already heat embossed the image at this point. Also, by not coming in the dress, I kept this card fairly CAS.

I started off by stamping the dress image onto regular cardstock in our Noir Dye Ink. Then I immediately heat embossed the dress details using gold glitter embossing powder. Next, I colored in the image using zig markers (Flesh Color, Blush, Brown).  Then I die cut the image using the coordinating die.

Then I stamped the large leaf cluster and birds from our Autumn Wishes set on cardstock with our Noir Dye Ink. I also colored these images in with zig markers (May Green, Geranium Red, Green Shadow, Oatmeal, Haze Blue and Deep Green). Once colored, I die cut the cluster and birds. Then I stamped our City Buildings background stamp on cardstock using our Light Onyx Dye Ink.

Then I assembled my card by popping up my Haute Gala gal onto the City Buildings panel. Then I popped up the cluster and the birds around my gal. I made sure to adhere one of the birds on the gal giving this card a hint of whimsy. Lastly, I tamped the sentiment onto black cardstock using our Hampton White Pigment Ink and popped it up onto my card.

galaxy daisies

For my last card, I used our Fresh Cut Daisies Coordinating Outlines set.

I started off by heat embossing the entire sheet of stamps using our Rose Gold Embossing Powder.  I also stamped three stems in the vase. Then I watercolored the images using Color Burst watercolor powders. For the daisies, I used a combination of Marigold and Gamboge. For the leaves, I used Sap Green, Lime Green and Terre Vert. For the jar/vase, I used Ultramarine Blue.

Once I finished painting the images, I die cut everything using the coordinating dies. Next I I created my watercolored background on watercolor paper (Canson XL 140LB) using a combination of Prussian Blue and Indigo and black for the base.

Once my panel was dry (I expedited the drying process with my heat tool), I assembled the florals and jar. Next I stamped and popped up the sentiment (stamped in our Hampton White Pigment ink on black cardstock). Lastly, I added our Clear Dew Drops as embellishments.

I hope you all liked my cards! Be sure to join us back here tomorrow (and everyday until January 26) to continue celebrating our Third Anniversary!


For each day of our Third Anniversary blog hop festivities (1/19 to 1/26), we’re giving away a stamp set of choice to a lucky commenter. To qualify, you must leave a comment on each blog stop for the respective giveaway day for which you are entering. The comment period for all giveaways closes on January 28, 5pm EST.

Thanks for joining us today! You’re next stop is the wonderful Kymona!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our seventh mini hop with giveaways!


Remember our challenge for the month of January! Cue Word: CHEERS


71 thoughts on “Third Anniversary Release Blog Hop – 1/24

  1. Patt H. says:

    Wow! Your creations ate so beautiful, Effie! My favorite is the first one as I love the clean simplicity & wonderful colors! Thanks for sharing all these gorgeous cards!


  2. Susan O'Halloran says:

    All beautiful cards! You make it look so easy — a tribute to your awesome skills! Love, love, love those peonies; the haute gala card is amazing; and the daisies are gorgeous!


  3. ambecoming says:

    I am racing to get caught up, and blown away by this release. All of your design team examples are just amazing. I am finding myself drawn to images that usually don’t necessarily appeal to me. I am typically most drawn to florals, and these are winners. And, I love the fonts on all of the sentiments. Very well done. thank you


  4. Mary Holshouser says:

    So many pretty cards.
    Love the cardinal on the branch with the
    lady in her finery.
    The layering flowers are fantastic.
    Wish I had the jar of flowers at my house.
    thanks for sharing


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