Sunday, January 14, 2018

Rows of Frosting


There is this really cool class going on over at StampNation called Birthday Card Stash-DONE. It's all about working ahead to plan and finish your birthday cards for the year.


I created this one layer card featuring one of the border stamps from The World Aways Stamp Set from the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection and various Catherine Pooler Inks in a rainbow of colors (affiliate links used). I finished the card with a fun, sassy sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays called Shenanigans, and tied the card off with some black embroidery floss.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sympathy Peony


Ellen Hutson is mixing it up with Concord & 9th for the Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge. Ooh, two of my favorite companies to work with!


I started by stamping the Concord & 9th Barnwood Background Stamp onto white cardstock, focusing more ink on the edges of the card. Then, I stamped and heat embossed the beautiful peony and leaves from Ellen Hutson's Mondo Peony. I colored them with distress ink and zigs, and adhered it to the cardstock base. I finished with a sentiment from Brushed Blossom. (affiliate links used)


 And to top the card off, I stamped some dots and added some Nuvo Drops.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sending Love


A little birdie told me that as of the time I am writing this post up, there are still a few
Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air Collections left!
Head on over to Catherine Pooler Designs to snatch yours up!


I have this card featured over on Catherine's Blog today, so please click here to see the full card and details on the products used (like the most amazing ultra smooth white cardstock!) and how I made it!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

LID:: January 2018 Release:: Day 3


Welcome to the last day of the Lil' Inker Designs January 2018 Release Showcase...hasn't this hop been fabulous?! It is going to be one fantastic year for LID! 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.)




I'm back again today with this Valentine's Day release featuring the products in an everyday way! I just adore this cute Galentine's Day Stamp Set and the fun images and sentiments it includes. I started this card with a white card base, and then chose some fun card stock panels for a background. This color block design was easily made using the previously released Color Block Die and Stitched Mats: Rectangles. I then stamped and paper pieced the fun purse/tote from Galentine's Day Stamp Set with the coordinating cardstock colors. I tucked this onto a die cut sentiment from the Thanks Word Die and finished with a stamped sentiment from Galentine's Day Stamp Set.


I always like to see how fabulous products can be used in more ways, other than its intended general use. Take, for instance, the Forever Heart Die Layer I. For this card, I turned it on its side and die cut out of green paper, layering over light yellow cardstock for a chicken scratch path. I stamped and colored the cute hens and chicks from the new Farm Love Stamp Set and die cut them out with the coordinating Farm Love Die Set. I then added a sentiment strip, stamped and heat embossed withe the perfect handwritten font included in Farm Love.

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




Guess what?! Now through January 31st. there is a fabulous offer! Receive a FREE
Quilted Stitched So Knotty Die with a $75 order!


It is with pleasure that I get to send you to the talented Kimberly Rendino, as the next stop along the hop. I hope you get a chance to visit the Lil' Inker Designs Store now as products are already up at the store!!
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!

Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air Release


Oh my goodness, I'm back with a card to help remind you that the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection from Catherine Pooler Designs was released to StampNation members last night, and the Wait List this morning. If there are any available collections left, they are available right now! Hurry up and order here!


I started the card by die cutting a white panel from Catherine Pooler Ultra Smooth White Cardstock with the Postage Stamp Dies. (I love the stitched rectangles in this die set!) I stamped a "grass" border and some flowers from The World Awaits Stamp Set in Midnight Ink. I drew stems with a marker, and then stamped the grass and flowers with backs of the stamps from The World Awaits in various, amazing Catherine Pooler Ink colors. I then die cut the Love Die in Midnight Cardstock three times and adhered them together, and then onto the card. I finished the card with some Nuvo Droops in the center of each flower.

I hope you had a chance to order the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection!

Where Creativity Meets C9:: January Challenge


There's a new Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge and it's all about featuring your first, amazing Concord & 9th product, as this challenge is dedicated to the innovative stamp company and their products!


I'm so excited to see how you use your first Concord & 9th product! What lured you into this fantastic company? Mine was the Tree Ring Stamp Set. So simple, so graphic, and so wonderful!


I started with a white card base and stamped in black the Tree Ring Stamp Set in the bottom, left corner. I then added a sentiment strip, stamped with a simple greeting from the Hello Lovely Stamp Set. I then added some flowers stamped and die cut from the Pineapple Perfection Bundle. I finished with some decorative dots from Hello Lovely(affiliate links used) 

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 January 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 Instragram here!

Monday, January 8, 2018

LID:: January 2018 Release:: Day 2


Welcome to the second day of the Lil' Inker Designs January 2018 Release Showcase... Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies... it is going to be one fantastic year for LID! 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.)




I've got a fun shaker for my first card today, as it seems that the Love is Love Word Die was made for shakers! To make this card, I started by die cutting two rectangles with Stitched Mats: Rectangles from white card stock. From on of the panels, I die cut the Love is Love Word Die. I die cut various shades of pink card stock with the accessories dies included in the Love is Love Word Die, added some sequins to this mix and assembled the shaker and adhered it onto a hot pink card base. I finished the card with a lovely sentiment from the new stamp set, Love is Love Stamp Set.


My next project features the innovative cover-up dies, Forever Heart Die Layer I and Forever Heart Die Layer II along with Quilted Stitched XOXO Die for a pretty in pink Valentine, Wedding or Anniversary Card. I started by embossing a pink cardstock panel with the Stitched XOXO cover plate, this was adhered to a white card base. I then took a white card panel and embossed the heart shaped stitching and boarder using the Forever Heart Die Layer II. I carefully traced the heart with a border and cut out a heart, to let the XOXOs sneak out from behind. I finished the card with a foam sentiment die cut from the word die included in Forever Heart Die Layer Ihttps://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/forever-heart-die-layer-i/#_a_kbaker


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




Guess what?! Now through January 31st. there is a fabulous offer! Receive a FREE
Quilted Stitched So Knotty Die with a $75 order!


It is with pleasure that I get to send you to the talented Kimberly Rendino, as the next stop along the hop. I hope you get a chance to visit the Lil' Inker Designs Store now as products are already up at the store!!
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!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

LID:: January 2018 Release:: Day 1


Today is the first of three days of the Lil' Inker Designs January 2018 Release Showcase... Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies... it is going to be one fantastic year for LID! 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 the super elegant Love and Honey Stamp Set and coordinating Love and Honey Hearts Dies. I wanted to showcase how this set can be used outside of Valentine's Day, so I created a wedding or anniversary card! Just think how it can be customized to the color of the recipient's wedding colors!


I started by stamping the large heart image onto a colored card base with coordinating ink, then the large heart/flower image onto white paper and heat embossed with silver. I colored with Zigs and splattered some light paint across the image. I then used the die cuts to cut the image out, adhering it with dimensional adhesive onto the card base. I finished the card with a previously released word die, Doodled Love Word Die.


For this next card, I wanted to showcase a tried and true Valentine's, but a masculine version! You'll see no pink or red on this one either, but the design can be easily changed up to use those colors and it would be so pretty! I die cut a circle out of kraft and back mat out of cardstock. Before adhering them to a white card base, I die cut the gorgeous Love You More Than Words Script Heart Die from the kraft. I covered the circle with a thin layer of Nuvo Pearlescent Mouse, and adhered the die cut back into the kraft circle.

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



Guess what?! Now through January 31st. there is a fabulous offer! Receive a FREE
Quilted Stitched So Knotty Die with a $75 order!


It is with pleasure that I get to send you to the talented Kimberly Rendino, as the next stop along the hop. I hope you get a chance to visit the Lil' Inker Designs Store now as products are already up at the store!!
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!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection Blog Hop


Have you heard of the limited edition collections offered by Catherine Pooler Designs called Stamp of Approval?! Past releases have been spectacular and this one is just as spectacular!


Let me help introduce the Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air Collection! The Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air is an exclusive collection. The products were designed exclusively for this box, are brand new and won't be available separately for a number of months. 

This happy box is jam packed full of items that are perfect for Valentine's Day, but as my products showcase today, perfect for any time of the year. I really love how all the items and add-on of the COLLECTION work so well together.

For my first project, I started with a smooth, white card base made from Catherine Pooler's Ultra Smooth White Cardstock. I then stamped the airmail stripe from Happiness Enclosed on the left hand side and used a marker to border it. I then die cut some clouds from the an add-on, Love is in the Air Die, out of a blue cardstock panel die cut from the Postage Stamp Die. I added a bit of baubles to the clouds from The World Awaits Stamp Set, and stamped a balloon from Love is in the Air Stamp Set using the rock n' roll technique with It's a Girl Ink (and a surprise color) and die cut this from Love is in the Air Dies. I finished the card by stamping the compass from the Bon Voyage Stamp Set in Sauna Ink and a sentiment from Bon Voyage in Black Jack Ink(affiliate links used)


I have another card featuring the new items from the new collection!


My next card is as clean and simple and sweet as can be. Once again, I started with the awesome Catherine Pooler Ultra Smooth White Cardstock as a base. I used Clarity Brushes to blend in a sky with It's a Boy Ink, and then lightly splattered some droplets over it. I added some white cardstock clouds with the add-on dies, Love is in the Air Dies, and then a partial sun die cut from the Sunburst Die. I also inked this up with Clarity Brushes and Tiara Ink. I die cut two hearts from the add-on Bon Voyage Accoutrements Dies. I finished with a custom sentiment found with words in the Happiness Enclosed Stamp Set, stamped with Black Jack Ink.



If you don't already know and are interested in this collection, you'll need to subscribe to the waitlist to get the first notice of the sales list, as the collections sell out quickly! Click HERE to subscribe to the waitlist!


There's also prizes up for grabs to celebrate the Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air Collection. One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on January 10th on Catherine's Blog. The winners will win their box and if you already have purchased it, you will be issued a Gift Certificate to the store worth $100 towards a future purchase!

Here's a list of hop participant's today:
Karen Baker (that's me!)

Be sure to visit Catherine's Blog tomorrow and Tuesday for more sneak peeks from this collection! And come back on Wednesday, January 9th, for one more project from me as we celebrate the Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air Collection!