Sunday, October 21, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Layers

I created this card for the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #26: Layers. There has been a few issues with the blog over there, and the team and leader are working through them, so it will be up and running soon! Please be patient! I wanted to share this card though, as it features some stamp layering!

The current challenge ends on in a few days, on October 29th, I hope you have a chance to play along! Check out Where Creativity Meets C9 on Facebook and Instagram!

I hope you've had a chance to check out Concord & 9th's amazing October 2018 release!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Notable Numbers

Have you seen the awesome Notable Numbers Bundle, just released for the Concord & 9th October Release? It is perfect for EVERY SINGLE birthday or big occasion, and it beautiful to boot! Double the fun for me, I am so honored to showcase all the October Releases for Concord & 9th this month!

I really like the pattern that the number created onto the blue panel of this card, and the fact that I could create a general, non-birthday card with this stamp and die set too!

I wanted to create another card showcasing alternate uses for the Notable Numbers Bundle, I also used the Free with $60 purchase stamp set (while supplies last 10/09-11/08/18), You Matter, for the splash of color!

This is such a fun stamp and die set from Concord & 9th, with endless possibilities. I hope when you pick yours up, it will for you as well! (affiliate links used)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

All the Trimmings!

Oh my goodness, I'm back showcasing a couple of cards (and to let you know that the release is now live!) from the All the Trimmings Release from Catherine Pooler Designs!

I created this card using the lovely Peace, Love and Doves Background Stamp. I heat embossed it with white onto watercolor paper and used a wash of Samba, Suede Shoes, Mardi Gras and Sauna Inks. I then cut the panel and mounted it onto a card base made from Catherine Pooler Ultra Smooth White Cardstock (affiliate links used)I finished the card by stamping a sentiment from Seasonal Sentiments and Borders Stamp Set and bordered it with cute holly leaves from the Holiday Charms Stamps.

Next I created a tag featuring the Nested Labels Dies and the cute little elf from and Santa Approved Stamps and Santa Approved Dies. I used the new inks for this tag to color the portions of the Nested Labels Dies, and used these as a background for the main image. The elf was colored with mainly the new inks using a blender pen. I finished the tag with an string of black embroidery floss.

Did you know that Catherine also released a few sequins sets? The Aspen Sequin Mix, Glacier Bay Sequin Mix, and Vegas, Baby Sequin Mix are absolutely gorgeous and a must-have craft item for your stash!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs:: All The Trimmings Release

Are you ready for All the Trimmings- the newest, awesome release from Catherine Pooler Designs featuring many holiday items?! This collection features stamps, coordinating dies, three new ink colors. It is a delightful mix for the holidays.  Wow!

My first card features the gorgeous Snowglobe Dies, and I love how it turned out! I created a snowglobe wonder full of snowy hills and bucks. This truly is a scene I see many winter days here in Wisconsin. I started by die cutting elements of the snowglobe from Ultra Smooth White Cardstock and then assembled the globe with acetate. I freehanded some hills with Velum Cardstock and die cut with the Snowglobe Dies the bucks from Smoke Cardstock. I then assembled the globe, adding glitter and a few sequins to make some snow. To add authenticity to the snowglobe, I stamped the base with the new Woodgrain Background Stamp onto Sand Dunes Cardstock and shaded it with Copic Markers. To finish the card, I added the plaque, also from the and then a few flourishes Snowglobe Dies in the corner of the card with stamps from the Seasonal Sentiments and Borders Stamp Set and Sweet Sixteen Ink.

My next card features the show-stopping new ink colors and the Holly and Berries Cover Plate, along with a few other new items! Once again I started with a white card base from Ultra Smooth White Cardstock. I then used the same paper to ink up the new Flourishes Background Stamp in Mardi Gras Ink. Before die cutting the panel with the Holly and Berries Cover Plate, I sponged Mardi Gras Ink right over the flourishes. 

I then die cut a few of the Nested Labels Dies and colored one with Suede Shoes, and stamped the word Noel from the Seasonal Sentiments and Borders Stamp Set. To finish the card, I stamped and colored with Mardi Gras Ink and Samba Ink with a Dove Blender some poinsettias that were stamped with the Holiday Charms Stamps and die cut with the the Holiday Charms Die Set

Please be sure to hop and comment, as there are prizes! One winner will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to the Catherine Pooler Store! Winners will be announced on Catherine's blog on the evening of Monday, October 22.

The Catherine Pooler supplies I've used are linked (affiliate links used-products available October 17th) in the body of my post, I hope you have a chance to check them out!

Here is the complete list of the Creative Team that are hopping today:
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Friday, October 12, 2018


Quite possibly my newest favorite stamp set is Songbird, just released for the Concord & 9th October Release! And double the fun for me, I am so honored to showcase all the October Releases for Concord & 9th this month!

I started this card by stamping in Vintage Photo Distress ink the main stamp image of the bird onto Linen cardstock, accentuating with the leaves included in the set. I then stamped the same image onto white cardstock, coloring the bird with Zig Real Color Brush Markers, die cutting with a circle and arranging for a spotlight technique. I finished the card with a sentiment, also from  Songbird, and a few Nuvo Drops.

I created another card with the  Songbird set too. This time I started with a cream card base and stamped the main image with brown ink, accentuating with the flower additions in the set.

I colored this image with a mix of watercolors and Zig Real Clean Brush Markers, and then continue the image onto pink cardstock and added additional stamped flowers. I finished with some jute twine and a stamped sentiment.

It brought me such joy to stamp with this set from Concord & 9th, I hope when you pick yours up, it will for you as well! (affiliate links used)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge:: October 2018:: Layers

The October 2018 Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #26: Layers is here and we would like for you to be inspired by anything layers! You can paper layer, die layer, stamp layer, etc., that featuring amazing stamps and dies from Concord & 9th ! We can't wait to see how you were inspired, as this challenge is dedicated to the innovative stamp company and their products!

I don't often use layers of paper, so I stuck with the play on words, and created a layered/tiered cake!
I started my card by stamping the layers of cake from Top it Off (affiliate links used) in various colors of distress inks onto a pale yellow card panel. I distressed the ink with water and additional ink splatters. I then added the super cute topper and banner and finished the card with a stamped sentiment, also from Top it Off. This time, I even stamped on the inside of the card, the sentiment was too fun to pass up!

The challenge is sponsored by the fabulous Concord & 9th and one lucky random entry will receive a $25 gift certificate for a Concord & 9th shopping spree. The favorite entry will be asked to guest design for a future challenge! The challenge runs until October 29th, so there is plenty of time to pull out your favorite Concord & 9th stamps and die and create Plus, new Concord & 9th products were released TODAY and they are fantastic! 

You can find Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge on Facebook here, and their Instagram here!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

MFT World Card Making Day Challenges

MFT Stamps introduced a few challenges for World Card Making Day 2018 and I was lucky enough to get a few moments to stamp while my kiddos where chilling out too!

This first card is for the Clean & Simple Challenge. CAS cards are my favorite to make. This one I started with a white card base inked with some sunset colors. I then stamped and die cut a scene from the Llama Love Stamp Set, and finished with a few sentiments from the set.

This next one is for the ROYGBIV Challenge. I stamped a few leaves from the retired Forest Friends Stamp Set in black, then inked up the back of the stamp and "colored" the leaves in rainbow inks. I finished with a white heat embossed sentiment from More Essential Sentiments onto gray paper.

My last card is for the Flower Power Challenge. I stamped the Sketched Florals onto watercolor paper and colored them with a mixture of water and Color Bursts. I finished the card with a sentiment from Deepest Sympathy.

It was a nice and relaxing weekend for me, I hope you were able to have one as well!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Lil' Inker Designs:: World Card Making Day 2018

Happy World Card Making Day! One of my most favorite companies is celebrating in a big way with a sale on some of their most popular products! Lil' Inker Designs is releasing the new Cover Up Die: Diagonal Plaid. Also, all Cover Up Dies and Quilted Stitched Dies (including this new one!) is on sale today and tomorrow for 10% off! (No code needed, just add to your card and save).

I started my baby card with a white card base and die cut the Cover Up Die: Diagonal Plaid in mint and baby blue cardstock. These were layered over the white card base, and then I accentuated the plaid with a cute little onesie from the Baby Onesie Shaker Die and from and a sentiment made from the Welcome Word Die and Baby Word Tag Dies.

Lil' Inker Designs has many Cover Up Dies and Quilted Stitched Dies,
here's links to some of my favorites:

I hope you have a grand World Card Making Day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Cat Scratcher

My sister recently rescued two kittens, and I colored this cute MFT kitten from Smitten Kitten to match one of them. It is our birthday month (we are twins!) so this is heading her way shortly.

I followed along with both the MFT Sketch Challenge #405 (flipped upside down)
and the MFT Color Challenge #102. 

I started with a Limelight card base that had  pawprints stamped randomly in the background. I then added a white skewed panel that was embossed with Stitched Strips Die-Namics, to resemble cat scratches. I then added a sentiment made from Fishtail Flag Frames Die-Namics and stamped with a sentiment from Cool Cat.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs:: Amber's World

Life is about the journeys you take, some end up great, some not-so-great, but each has a valuable lesson! In a preview to the upcoming stamping holiday, World Card Making Day, Catherine Pooler Designs has a special stamp set, called Amber's World.

Amber Shaw was a new illustrator for CPD this past year, and shortly after designing this fabulous stamp set I've featured in my card, she perished in a house fire along with some family members. Catherine Pooler Designs will donate $2 from each sale of this stamp set during the month of October to the Go Fund Me Account that has been set up for Amber's surviving children.

This beautiful stamp set celebrates the world, stamping, StampNation and World Card Making Day.
Catherine Pooler Designs has so many fun things planned over at StampNation and social media for World Card Making Day this coming week! I cannot wait!