Sunday, April 14, 2019

A Spring Songbird at the BRI Blog


I'm guesting over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog today, featuring these cute critters!
Please stop by there for the full cards and more details!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Stand Tall and Be Fabulous Shaker


I need a bit of warmth and good vibes in my life right now, so I thought to share this happy card I created using Catherine Pooler Designs Stamps and Dies. (affiliate links used)

This card started with an Ultra Smooth White Cardstock Base, and then I tucked in some Spring in Bloom Patterned Paper on the top and bottom of the card. Then, I chose a fun and flirty purple based paper, also from the Spring in Bloom Patterned Paper pack, and die cut a panel, using the Tags, Etc. Dies. From that panel, I die cut a flamingo from the Stand Tall Dies. Before adhering the panel to the card base, I stamped a sentiment from the Stand Tall Stamp Set, and added some dimensional adhesive to contain the Springfield Sequin Mix to create a shaker.  I also doodled the border and the flamingo by tracing the outlines created from the dies, to add a whimsical touch to the card.


I finished the card by die cutting the leaves from the Leave Me in Paradise Die Set, and hand drew details on the leaves. To finish the card, I grounded the flamingo with some Nuvo Drops. 

This shaker style card was super easy to create, and I think is so much fun!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

A Rainbow Hello


I had a delightful time crafting with a friend yesterday, and although I created just one finished card and started another, I'd call it a successful day!

I used some Lil' Inker Designs (affiliate links used) products on this card. I started with a white card base in which I inked blended various shades of blue. I then added some blue splatters. Then I created a rainbow using Zig Markers, and the fun die from Lil' Inkers Rainbow & Clouds Die Set. This was adhered on the card base, with the top cloud using dimensional adhesive. I finished the card with a bold sentiment, from the Snarky Shadow Hello Die and Stamp Bundle.


This fun, playful die is included in the Spring Bundle (three products at an amazing price!) that is offered by Lil' Inker Designs, and they are also having a sale through tomorrow!



Thursday, March 28, 2019

Darker Colors


Catherine Pooler Designs (affiliate links used) had a fabulous release this month, and I have a bold beauty to showcase today. 

I started by covering some Ultra Smooth White Cardstock with Samba, Tiki Torch, Grass Skirt Inks, then stamped the Grunge Background Stamp over it with the same color ink-for a fun two-tone texture. From these, I die cut the cool, fun flowers from Be Wild Dies and leaves from the Leave Me in Paradise Dies. I stamped the coordinating images with the Be Wild Stamp Set and Leave Me in Paradise Stamp Set.


I arranged these onto a black cardstock panel that was embossed with the Chevron Divide Cover Plate Die. I trimmed the panel a bit short so I could showcase the card base, that was made by stamping SambaTiki Torch, and Orange Twist Inks on to the Grunge Background Stamp and then stamping that over a blend of Tiki Torch. I finished the card with a sentiment created from the Isn't She Lovely Stamp Set and Lovely Word Die.

I usually don't create bold designs such as this, so it was fun to try something "newish" for me!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Catherine Pooler Designs:: Tropical Treasures Release



Are you ready for Catherine Pooler Designs newest release, Tropical Treasures!? There are so many awesome products released this go round, I have a feeling that you will love them all like I do! And guess what, the products from the Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval are now released as individual items as well!



I'm starting off with my favorite card made from some of the many products in this release. My card base is the made from the awesome Ultra Smooth White Cardstock, which is the perfect cardstock for bases as well as die cuts, coloring, well, pretty much anything! I then adhered a strip of the new Spring in Bloom Patterned Paper, and did some inlay die cutting with another pattern from the Spring in Bloom Patterned Paper and the One in a Million Mom Floral Die. I then stamped the beautiful image from  One in a Million Mom Floral Stamp Set in Royal Treatment and colored the image in with Copics. I finished the card with a sentiment and die cut sentiment from the Isn't She Lovely Stamp Set and Isn't She Lovely Die. I just love the simple elegance and flirty fun of this card.



My next card also features the Spring in Bloom Patterned Paper, along with the new Be Wild Stamp Set. I started with a base of Ultra Smooth White Cardstock. I then used some flower and leaf stamps from Be Wild Stamp Set in It's a GirlMelon Ice, Garden Party, Pixie Dust and Sweet Sixteen Inks.  All of these colors were chosen because they coordinate with the colors in the Spring in Bloom Patterned Paper. I then doodled right on top of the flowers with a Tombow Dark Grey Marker. To finish the card, I selectively inked a sentiment from the Be Wild Stamp Set in Sweet Sixteen Ink, and then paired it with a selectively inked sentiment from the previously released Cottage Corsage Stamp Set



I adore that you can customize this stamp set, layer the colors, doodle, make it your own!



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 April 1st.
The Catherine Pooler supplies I've used are linked (affiliate links used) 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 and guests that are hopping today:
Karen (me!)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Lil' Inker Designs:: February Release:: Day 3


It's the final day of the Lil' Inker Designs February 2019 Release! This February release from Lil' Inker Designs is full of sass and fun! If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from the ever so talented Jen Carter's Blog! (Visit the Lil' Inker Design's Blog for the full link up.)



Today I have a two cards showcasing the adorable, and much requested, Dog Hugs Stamps and Dog Hugs Die Set. I just love how you can customize this set, so that the dogs can hold items or wear glasses, etc.!



I stamped one time the dogs onto white cardstock and colored them in with light colored Copics. Nothing fancy, just gave them a bit of color. I then used the coordinating die, and added a few accessories. I mounted the panel onto a kraft card base and finished with a stamped sentiment from Dog Hugs.


For this next card, I used a single, stamped row of the dog from Dog Hugs- cut with the Dog Hugs Die Set, and mounted it onto a white panel inked with oxide inks. I then created a cardbase from gray cardstock, onto which I stamped a fun sentiment from Sassy Pants Stamp Set. I finished with a panel I cut from the Mod Circles Cover Up Die. So much fun to mix and match all the items from just this February Release!


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 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! You can win the ENTIRE release by leaving unique comments on each of the stops along the hop each day! (affiliate links used)

Monday, February 25, 2019

Lil' Inker Designs:: February Release:: Day 2


It's the second day of the Lil' Inker Designs February 2019 Release Showcase...weren't yesterday's projects from the team so inspiring? Such a creative team! This February release from Lil' Inker Designs is full of sass and fun! If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from the ever so talented Jen Carter's Blog! (Visit the Lil' Inker Design's Blog for the full link up.)




Today I have a few cards featuring the newest cover plate to the line-up: Mod Circles! My first card features a teal cardbase. I painted gold paint onto some cardstock and cut out the Mod Circles, applying it to the card not as a normal cover-plate, but as a decorative, angled element.



I finished the card with a three-layer die cut sentiment from the new Fabulous Word Die and a coordinating sentiment from the Sassy Girl Stamp Set.



For this next card, I used the Mod Circles Cover Up Die as an embossing plate with my bright pink card base. I then used the Sassy Girl Die Set and Sassy Girl Stamp Set to create a focal point. I finished the card with a sentiment made from the new Snarky Shadow Hello Stamp and Die Set.


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 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! You can win the ENTIRE release by leaving unique comments on each of the stops along the hop each day! (affiliate links used)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Lil' Inker Designs:: February 2019 Release:: Day 1


Today is the first of three days of the Lil' Inker Designs February 2019 Release Showcase... Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies. This release from Lil' Inker Designs is full of trendy, sassy items perfect for your friends and loved ones! If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from the ever so talented Jen Carter's Blog! (Visit the Lil' Inker Design's Blog for the full link up.)



My first project features the uber cool and trendy Sassy Girl Die Set, along with another new snarky sentiment set, Sassy Pants Stamp Set. To create the card, I die cut items from the Sassy Girl Die Set and colored them in with Copics and Nuvo Drop (for some sparkle and shine!). I didn't feel the need to add the face shape, and I think it turned out so cool! It is so much fun to mix and match the elements from this set. The card was finished with a sentiment panel from Sassy Pants Stamp Set.



My next project also features the Sassy Girl Die Set along with the coordinating Sassy Girl Stamp Set, as well as the striped pattern from last month's release, Cozy Plaid Stamp Set. It was so quick and easy to put together. I used Copics to color all the images, but you could use cardstock as well. 



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 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! You can win the ENTIRE release by leaving unique comments on each of the stops along the hop each day! (affiliate links used)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Cottage Corsage Gatefold Card


Woo-hoo! The Catherine Pooler Store has been restocked and the new release items from Welcome Home was among the items. I am in love with this stamp set, Cottage Corsage, and the coordinating Cottage Corsage Dies- also available in a bundle with the Cottage Garden Background Stamp. (affiliate links used)

I created a gatefold card, with a beautiful marble background peeking through-in my opinion, anyway!


I started with a piece of 4.25 x 11" premium white cardstock, folding at 4.25" at each end. Then I did the partial die cutting technique with the Cottage Corsage Dies, and then stamped and colored the beautiful flowers from Cottage Corsage with a watercolor brush and Mint to Be and Daydream Ink. On the interior base of the card, I stamped the Marble Swirl stamp in Mint to Be.


On the inside flap, I stamped a sentiment from the Cottage Corsage Stamp Set. The other flap is where I will sign my greeting. I folded the flaps in and tied it together with a sheer, mint ribbon.
I don't often experiment with different folds or card forms, so this was a step outside my comfort zone and I really enjoyed the results!


Sunday, February 17, 2019

For a New House


I am sure we all can agree when you can use a stamp set for multiple reasons, right? The Happy Place Stamp Set and the Happy Place Die Set, (also sold as a bundle with the Strolling Borders Stamp Set!) along with the Welcome Word Die, all from the Catherine Pooler Welcome Home Release, are just a few of those products (affiliate links used). You can use this set to welcome home a soldier, a college student, a friend that is moving back to her hometown, or someone that purchased their first house, or even a friend that finally moved into their own build dream home!


For this card, I started by creating an abstract landscape using Strolling Borders. I created the sky using It's a Boy Ink, and the grass with Melon Ice Ink. I then stamped the house and trees from Happy Place with Twilight Ink onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock and colored them with Zig Real Clean Color Brush Markers for a no-line coloring look. I then die cut them out with the Happy Place Die Set. Then I die cut part of the sentiment from Welcome Word Die and finished with a sentiment from Happy Place.

Sending this card to a friend who just moved into her dream home after a long process of building and lots of hard work and dedication!