Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9:: A Magnolia Wreath Birthday


If you ever have the chance to go to a stamping retreat, or any kind of crafty retreat, have no hesitations and just GO! It is so good for the soul, and offers a chance to refresh your interest in your craft, along with having the chance to meet so many new and talented friends. I was able to stamp out the Magnolia Wreath Stamp Set (affiliate link) from Concord & 9th while at a retreat this past weekend, I couldn't resist after seeing so many wonderful cards made by my new friends there. It is such a lovely stamp set, and was perfect for the Colors of Concord & 9th Challenge over at the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge Blog. I have more details on how I created this card over on the challenge blog!

There's still time to play, you have until October 29th and we'd really love to see your amazing projects featuring Concord & 9th products!

BRI:: Woodland Friends


Are you like me and always find yourself needing birthday cards that can be used for boys, girls, men or women? I've got a card that fits the bill! Please head on over to the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog to see the card and read about the details on how to make one that fits the above criteria!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

LID:: October 2017 Release:: Day 3


Today marks the final day of the Lil' Inker Designs October 2017 Release Showcase! Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies. 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 card reminds me of the cartoon and cartoon style I loved to watch as a kid. (Who am I kidding?? I still love to watch the oldie but goodie cartoons!) I started my card with a watercolor panel and stamped the fun, quirky frame from Season''s Greetings, and then the dog from the set. They were all colored with watercolors. I stamped again the banner with a sentiment from Season's Greetings and popped it up with dimensional adhesive. 


I created a tag for my next project, and Moody Santa finally has his trusty companion, Rowdy Reindeer! This small set is perfect for a snarky Christmas card or tag, the sentiments are a hoot! I colored Moody Santa and Rowdy Reindeer, die cut them with the coordinating Moody Santa Die Cuts and Rowdy Reindeer Die Cuts, adhered them to a tag cut from Anytime Tags Die Set with Tribal Chic Paper and finished with a sentiment from Rowdy Reindeer. A fun Christmas tag!


My final project for this release is a gift card holder. Everyone in my family likes receiving gift cards, and I like giving them, in cute packaging, of course! I die cut a holder with the previously released Stitched Gift and Note Card Holder Die, added some patterned paper to the flap, and die cut the cute Noel Word Die out of white paper and woodgrain patterned paper for the antlers. I finished with a Nuvo Drop nose and some burlap string.

Here's a look at the new release products showcased in my 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 OCTOBER 2017 RELEASE 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!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

LID:: October 2017 Release:: Day 2


Today is the second of three days of the Lil' Inker Designs October 2017 Release Showcase...and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Weren't the projects from all the team members simply joyous?! Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies. 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 a few of my favorite items from this release...well, all the products were amazing, but if I had to choose two, these would be it! I created a super fun background really easily by die cutting some light olive green paper with the Geometric Snow Cover Up Die. Then I added the stamped sentiment from the Peace Love Joy Stamp Set in some retro colors and finished with a side strip and a few Nuvo Drop Embellishments. I love how easy the letters and additional letter details are easy to line up and stamp. And, the letters look great stamped alone, it is your choice to add the details!


I went retro with my first card today, and vintage with this next card! The Vintage Christmas Wreath  Stamp Set and coordinating Vintage Wreath Die are stunning! I stamped the wreath image onto kraft cardstock and colored with Copic Markers. I added a few touches of glitter.


I cut a circle out of the center of the wreath and then stamped a sentiment from Vintage Christmas Wreath onto a kraft card panel. I mounted the wreath with dimensional adhesive and finished with a silk bow.


And one final card for today. I started with a watercolor background, and then stamped and gold heat embossed the lovely, large sentiment stamp Joy to the World in the center as well as some flourishes from that same set. I die cut the panel with Stitched Mats: Rectangles and then adhered it to a kraft card base. I finished the card with some Gold Nuvo Drop embellishments. This card design would be so easy to mass produce, and could be done with a variety of colors!

Here's a look at the new release products showcased in my 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 OCTOBER 2017 RELEASE 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!

Monday, October 16, 2017

LID:: October 2017 Release:: Day 1


Today is the first of three days of the Lil' Inker Designs October 2017 Release Showcase...Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies... It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for this release! 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 Festive Florals Stamp Set and coordinating Festive Florals Dies. This hand-drawn poinsettia set is all around gorgeous! I stamped the images in gold ink, then die cut them, and colored them in with Prisma Color pencils in a light pink shade. I just adore the light, airy color of pink poinsettias and had to replicate that for my card.


I added a sentiment from Festive Florals and some images stamped in gold onto white cardstock and then layered the colored flowers with dimensional adhesive.


I'm just head over heals for the stand alone die, Christmas Tree Word Die. For this tag, I colored some watercolor paper freely and loosely with greens and yellows, allowed the paper to dry and die cut it with the Christmas Tree Word Die. I finished with some gold glitter on the star, and some burlap string to tie to a present. I know my amazing teammates featured this die on cards, so it is extremely versatile for a tag or as a beautiful focal point on a card!

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 OCTOBER 2017 RELEASE 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!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Shades of Concord & 9th



There's a new Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge and it's all about creating a project showcasing the beautiful shades of Concord & 9th (in their logo) and the amazing products available at Concord & 9th as this challenge is dedicated to the innovative stamp company and their products! 


There are so many beautiful stamp sets available at Concord & 9th that are great for this challenge, I created two cards, featuring stamps from Brushed Blossoms, Butterfly Beauty and Wildflower.


My first card is more of a masculine thank you, quite clean and simple, but an homage to the Concord & 9th logo. I swiped a series of pigment ink onto a cardstock panel and white heat embossed a sentiment from Butterfly Beauty and then added this panel with dimensional adhesive to a square card base.


My second card is more feminine. I stamped a series of wildflowers from the Wildflower Stamp Set, and topped it with a beautiful stamped butterfly from Butterfly Beauty. I finished with a sentiment from Brushed Blossoms and some silver twine.

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 an one layer project. Plus, new Concord & 9th products were released TODAY and they are fantastic! Just in time for holiday crafting!

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


Friday, September 22, 2017

Acorn and Hugs


The recesses during grade school in the fall were spent collecting acorns from a big oak tree in the corner of the playground. My friends and I had oodles of them. We'd pop some open, we'd take the caps off some, we'd make designs. All sorts of fun, I guess!

I'm playing along with the Little Tangles Challenge 84: Inside of Card/Matching Envelope. For the front of my card, I stamped and colored with pencils last year's Neat & Tangled and Simon Says Stamp collaboration, Nuts About You.  I used the banner in Big Top Birthday to make a plaid design as an accent for the side of the card. I tied the cap of the acorn with some twine and then added some Nuvo Drops. The sentiment is from Better Together.


I chose to decorate the inside the card, adding small strips of the brown cardstock and custom plaid paper from the outside, as well as an envelope from Nuts About You and a sentiment from Better Together.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mondo Peonies



There is always a rush when you find out you have been invited to participate in a well known, well respected and absolutely fun challenge, and being asked to guest design for the Ellen Hutson's September PinSights Challenge was no exception. Isn't the inspiration collage just amazing?


Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson Store. (To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. There will be an inlinkz on the challenge post where they can submit.) 


My first card (above) utilizes the top and bottom spectrum of the colors showcases. It features the absolutely beautiful Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony by Julie Ebersole stamped and masked, and heat embossed with Wow Embossing Powder Bright White onto watercolor paper. I then used Ken Oliver Color Burst, Burnt Orange and Ranger Distress Ink Lucky Clover to watercolor the images. I added a sentiment strip, from My Favorite Things More Essential Sentiments.


My second card features the full color spectrum from the inspirational photo. I used many of the same supplies, with the background made from Distress Inks.

It was so much fun to be inspired by the PinSights Inspiration photo. I hope you have a chance to play along!

Brushstrokes and Ink


I think all of us had had the situation where we were asked to make a custom card, but have hardly any time to make one? That was the case with this card, please head on over to the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge Blog to find out how my son and I created this card, with the latest challenge: Challenge 13: Ink Only in mind.

There's still time to play, you have until September 29th and we'd really love to see your amazing projects featuring Concord & 9th products!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stacked Kitty Hugs

With clean and simple cards, there is not much room for error. Everything has to be spot-on. What pressure, right? But I love to create them. The challenge is there each and every time. 


I created this card for the My Favorite Things 2017 Card Design Superstar -Clean and Simple Genius Category. I started with a lovely, neutral card base of Sno-Cone Cardstock, something other than the standard white. I have this thing for stacked animals, I think they are rather cute, and the faces on these kitties from Cool Cat just seem to say "stack me." I stamped and masked, then colored with Copics and fussy cut the cat teepee out. They each got a glossy heart affixed to them Beast Friends and Top Dog (retired)). I finished the card with a "Hugs" from the layered Twice the Hugs Die-namics and a stamped sentiment from Lots of Hugs Stamp Set.