Sunday, July 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Challenge 11:: Embossing


There's a new Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge and it's all about creating a project showcasing embossing the amazing products available at Concord & 9th as this challenge is dedicated to the innovative stamp company and their products! You can try any embossing technique: heat embossing, dry embossing, emboss resist, etc.!


There are so many beautiful stamp sets available at Concord & 9th. I chose to work with the delicate and beautiful Wildflowers Stamp Set.

I started with a white cardstock panel where I embossed a few flower images in red and blue, and some foliage in green. I've had these colored embossing powders for years, and barely pull them out to use! I love this Wildflowers Stamp Set for this technique due to its fine, detailed images that can hold their own without coloring. I finished the card by with a black/white panel and then a heat embossed sentiment from Butterfly Beauty.


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 July 29th, so there is plenty of time to pull out your favorite Concord & 9th stamps and die and create an one layer project. 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 Instragram here!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hello There...From All of Us


As the resident card maker in my office, I like to have a few cards on hand that can be given to an individual from a group of people. Here's one such card, created for the Little Tangles Challenge 82: Masking.
I stamped and masked, stamped and masked, stamp and masked all three of the sweet characters from Better Together onto a white cardstock panel and then did some simple coloring with Copic Markers. The panel was then attached to a light grey card base that had an added detail of a die cut from Tiny Cuts.


I finished with a sentiment tag (although I didn't wish to cover all the sweet faces, I had an oops when masking and ended up with a boot in the face! Then and there I decided to cover it with my sentiment panel.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sending You Strength


It was a nice little cardmaking break I took to spend some time with family celebrating the 4th of July. I'm back today with a card made for the MFT Sketch Challenge 340.


I stamped You Have My Heart on a main focal circle, colored with Copics and then adhered to a kraft card base that was inked using the Radiant Rays Stencil. I then added some grass using the Grassy Hills Die-namics and finished with a sentiment from More Essential Sentiments




Friday, June 30, 2017

BRI:: Hugs to You


I've got a sweet, CAS card up on the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog as a guest designer, and would love for you to stop by and see the full card! I'm featuring a bunch of products from My Favorite Things... aren't these two the sweetest?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

2017 Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop



I was excited to sneak a moment in to create a card for the 2017 Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop. Watching my boys' baseball games and taking care of the garden pulls me away from my crafty area more than I'd like during the summer.

For this card, I started with a pale yellow card base stamped with a coffee ring and a few flowers. I then added a focal panel that was stamped with some blooms and foliage from Super Sponsor's Lil' Inker Designs Best Blossoms Stamp Set and the coffee ring from Skipping Stones Designs Funny Coffee Vol. 1. I added a stamped and die cut coffee mug from Lil' Inker Designs Latte Love Stamps and Latte Love Die Cuts. I then added a die cut sentiment and finished with a coordinating stamped sentiment from Whoops.


I even stamped the inside! Thanks to the coordinators and design team of the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, I know it is a ton of work, and hard work, and I appreciate all the fun it provides. If you are new to my blog, welcome! You can check out my other work here on my blog or on my instagram, I also have a facebook page too!





Thursday, June 22, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Kindhearted Layers


Throwing it back, ya'll, patterns, inked edges, paper flowers and the amazing Concord & 9th Kindhearted Stamp Set and Kind Card Frame Add-on Die. I have a solo post up over on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge Blog today with this vintage, layered card for the latest challenge: Challenge #10: Layers. There's still time to play, you have until June 29th and we'd really love to see your amazing projects featuring Concord & 9th products!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

MFT Camp Create:: Day 5 and Bonfire


Day 5, Glitzy Glitter, of the MFT Camp Create was a challenge for me! I kind of don't care for glitter and how it gets everywhere, but it was still fun to come up with a CAS idea using it.



I started with a white card base with the bottom corners rounded. I die cut the large word from Twice the Hugs right on the front card, and stamped the sentiment from Lots of Hugs. I used a die cut from another company (Sugar Pea Designs) with glitter paper to finish off the card.


And this is my last card for the MFT Camp Create, for the Bonfire, to dry emboss.


I dry embossed the Starry Circle Die-namic onto a white square card base, and adhered the panel to a dark purple panel and purple cardbase. I then added some Wink of Stella to the stars and silver Nuvo Drops to the dots. I finished the card with a stamped image and sentiment from Snuggle Bunnies.






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MFT Camp Create:: Days 3 and 4


It was a lot of fun to spend time creating this past weekend, and earning more badges for MFT's Camp Create. I've earned my Spectacular Shaker Badge with this card.



I started by creating my shaker with the outside perimeter of the Starry Circle Die and added some cute, cuddly critters from Snuggle Bunnies and a sentiment from More Essential Sentiments. I love the end result, such a fun birthday card, or even a congratulations card.


Day 4's card brings a fun puppy that walks across the grass for the Sensational Sliders!



For this card, I die cut some grass with the Grassy Hills Die-Namics, a fence from Frightful Fence, and clouds from Seaside Seagulls. The dog was fussy cut from Top Dog and adhered to a piece that slides out from the grass, stamped with a sentiment. It makes the dog prance across the card when you pull the piece.

I have a few more cards to showcase tomorrow, to complete all my badges, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 19, 2017

MFT Camp Create:: Days 1 and 2


I had some free time on Sunday where there were no baseball games and no pressing gardening chores, so I spent the morning working on some cards for the MFT Camp Create. This first card earns me the Wonderful Watercolor Badge.



I created the rainbow galaxy background following the advice from Stephanie from MFT and teamed it up with the cute Space Explorer stamp set.


This next masculine card is for the second day of camp, Remarkable Resist.



I started by white heat embossing the cacti images from Llama Love onto watercolor paper and then did a watercolor was of greens and browns. I then splattered the background with some dark green, added a colored, die cut llama and funny/punny sentiment.






Thursday, June 15, 2017

LID:: June 2017 Release:: Day 3


Welcome to the second day of the Lil' Inker Designs June 2017 Release Showcase...full of innovative, fun and beautiful items! Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies that'll make you swoon! If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from the ever so talented Jessica's Blog! (Visit the Lil' Inker Design's Blog for the full link up.)



My final project for the June Release features the amazing, beautiful Jar of Flowers Stamp Set and Jar of Flowers Dies, along with the new cover up plate, Quilted Stitched Basket Weave Cover Up Die. These were a match made in heaven! I was really on a kraft kick for this release, so this card also started out with a kraft card base that was embossed with the Quilted Stitched Basket Weave Cover Up Die. I then stamped the jar from Jar of Flowers onto white paper, die cut it with the Jar of Flowers and added a coat of glossy accents, allowing it to dry thoroughly. I then stamped and die cut various flowers and greenery from the set, adding glossy accents to the centers. After everything dried, I made a sweet lil' arrangement in the center of the card and finished with a stamped banner (sentiment from Jar of Flowers and the wreath was die cut from previously released

It is with pleasure that I get to send you to the talented Lisa Henke's Blog as the next stop along the hop. I hope you get a chance to visit the Lil' Inker Design Store now as all the NEW JUNE 2017 RELEASE products are already up at the store!


Here's the details on the awesome deal available NOW through 6/18/17! Everything except the May Mini and new June Release items are on sale PLUS if you spend $100 or more, you will receive a free Diamond Chevron Cover-Up Die! This item has to be added to your cart before you checkout. Enter code SUMMER17  at checkout for discount to apply!


Don't forget to leave a unique comment along the each of the stops on the hop! Laura, the amazing owner, has decided to up the ante and graciously giveaway the ENTIRE release to one lucky commenter! (Details are in the image).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LID:: June 2017 Release:: Day 2


Welcome to the second day of the Lil' Inker Designs June 2017 Release Showcase...full of innovative, fun and beautiful items! Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies that'll make you swoon! If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from the ever so talented Jessica's Blog! (Visit the Lil' Inker Design's Blog for the full link up.)



My first project features some of my favorite products from this release, the beautiful Blossoms and Banners Stamp Set, the coordinating Blossoms and Banners Dies. I paired these two with some older products,...the classic Quilted Stitched Pattern Cover Up Die and Stitched Mats: Long & Skinny Rectangles.


I started by embossing the front of a kraft card base with the Quilted Stitched Pattern Cover Up Die and ran a piece of pink cardstock through as well using a piece from Stitched Mats: Long & Skinny Rectangles. Then came the beautiful focal point! I stamped one of the banners from Blossoms and Banners Stamp Set, and die cut it with the coordinating Blossoms and Banners Dies. Then I stamped the sentiment, also from Blossoms and Banners Stamp Set, and then stamped some of the flowers on various shades of pink cardstock and fussy cut them to attach as highlights to the banner image. What an easy to create card that is so beautiful (in my humble opinion.)


I was really loving the way pink looked on kraft, so I used the same palette for this card. First, I die cut a kraft panel with the Dual Dotted Rectangle Dies and adhered it to a white card panel. Then, with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink I stamped a custom sentiment from the new Lovely And Sweet Stamps. What a quick and easy way to create a focal point! I added a few hints of black, and white as well to finish the card off.

Here's a look at the new release products showcased in my two projects today:




It is with pleasure that I get to send you to the talented Lisa Henke's Blog as the next stop along the hop. I hope you get a chance to visit the Lil' Inker Design Store now as all the NEW JUNE 2017 RELEASE products are already up at the store!


Here's the details on the awesome deal available NOW through 6/18/17! Everything except the May Mini and new June Release items are on sale PLUS if you spend $100 or more, you will receive a free Diamond Chevron Cover-Up Die! This item has to be added to your cart before you checkout. Enter code SUMMER17  at checkout for discount to apply!


Don't forget to leave a unique comment along the each of the stops on the hop! Laura, the amazing owner, has decided to up the ante and graciously giveaway the ENTIRE release to one lucky commenter! (Details are in the image).

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

LID:: June 2017 Release:: Day 1


Today is the first of three days of the Lil' Inker Designs June 2017 Release Showcase...and I'm starting out with some "funnies"! Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies perfect for spring and really, every day! If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from the ever so talented Jessica's Blog! (Visit the Lil' Inker Design's Blog for the full link up.)





My first project features the super cute, super fun I'll Be Brief Stamps and I'll Be Brief Dies. I just adore the three critters in this stamp set, as well as the stand alone undergarments. Perfect for the person that appreciates humor. I started the above card with a pale green card base. I had die cut the new, awesome, FREE with qualifying purchase (see below for specific details) Diamond Chevron Cover-Up Die from white cardstock to layer on top. For something a bit different, I cut it smaller than the card front, but this cover plate is designed to well, cover a whole card front! I then die cut out of black cardstock an oldie, but good, LID item called Instant Camera Die. For the sentiment, I die cut the word "hi" with light green paper using the bold Hi Word Die. The corresponding sentiments were stamped with the I'll Be Brief Stamps. To finish the card, I stamped and die cut the adorable crocodile from I'll Be Brief Stamps wearing some briefs with dark green paper, and paper pieced his briefs with white paper. 


Whoops Stamp Set and its coordinating Whoops Word Die is another super fun and witty stamp and die set from this release. For this card, I started by painting some reactive paint onto hot pink cardstock and foiling it in silver. I die cut and stacked the Whoops from black cardstock and added glossy accents on top for a nice shine. 


I finished the card with one of the many fun sentiments from the Whoops Stamp Set,
some black enamal dots, and a strip of silver washi on top!

Here's a look at the new release products showcased in my two projects today:





It is with pleasure that I get to send you to the talented Lisa Henke's Blog as the next stop along the hop. I hope you get a chance to visit the Lil' Inker Design Store now as all the NEW JUNE 2017 RELEASE products are already up at the store!


Here's the details on the awesome deal available NOW through 6/18/17! Everything except the May Mini and new June Release items are on sale PLUS if you spend $100 or more, you will receive a free Diamond Chevron Cover-Up Die! This item has to be added to your cart before you checkout. Enter code SUMMER17  at checkout for discount to apply!


Don't forget to leave a unique comment along the each of the stops on the hop! Laura, the amazing owner, has decided to up the ante and graciously giveaway the ENTIRE release to one lucky commenter! (Details are in the image).