Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hello! {Technique Tuesday plus a little blog refreshing}

I've been doing a little work on the bloggity-blog, so I wanted to pop in and say HI. This is a card I did months ago. Maybe even a year ago. So I couldn't quite tell you what all I used. The Say It- Hello die is from Technique Tuesday. I do know that, (and I love it. As a side note - seriously, have you looked at Technique Tuesday lately? I swear their dies just keep getting cuter and cuter!)

I created this card for an unpublished issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. (Sniffle. I still miss our beloved magazine, don't you?) This card was to showcase the idea of focal point. So, indeed this card has a pretty strong, well, FOCAL POINT. Having a focal point means that your eyes know just where to rest on a project (often without us even realizing it.) And then the eye naturally keeps coming back to that point. Often, a project can become so busy that different elements of it compete for our attention. This idea holds true for cards, scrapbook layouts, paintings, photography - any type of visual art. 

So, there you go - your daily dose of art education. (I knew there was a reason I majored in Art Education!) 

And as for the blog - I may make a few more tweaks, but thank you for stopping by today! If you have thoughts or suggestions, I'd love to hear them! (Maybe it doesn't even look different to you - and if so, that's okay too!) 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August Monthly Meet-Up 5th Birthday Celebration! {Lil' Inker Designs}

I'm thrilled to celebrate with Lil' Inker Designs as they celebrate their 5th birthday this month! In honor of the special occasion, I've created a birthday card for this month's Monthly Meet Up. (You can find all the details on the Lil' Inker blog!) 
Even BETTER news, as part of the birthday celebration, LID is releasing Birthday Balloon Greetings Stamps and Birthday Balloon Greetings Dies! I used them to create today's card, and they'll be the perfect addition to your stash for birthday and celebration projects! 

And when you thought that was the last of the BIG news. . . there's a BIRTHDAY SALE going on too! Woohoo! 
So I've mentioned recently that I'm loving layers lately. I did some simple diecutting with the Dual-Stitched Squares dies, and layered up some twine and the sweet little gift from the new Birthday Balloon Greetings goodies. (And that chevron paper. . .swoon, yep, that's from Lil' Inker too!)

Be sure to head on over to the Lil' Inker Designs blog to check out all the info on the birthday sale, and this month's Meet Up Challenge - we'd love for you to join us! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! xoxo

Other Lil' Inker Products on today's card:

When you purchase Lil' Inker products from any of my links, I receive a small affiliate compensation, but you don't pay an extra penny! Sweet deal, huh!? Thanks for shopping from my links! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Fun Recap - Part 2 {Fun Stampers Journey}

Last week I shared a blog post featuring a handful of the projects I've been creating for Fun Stampers Journey the past few months. But there were still so many to share. . . would you care to see a few more? (Click here for the previous FSJ Recap post.) 

First up, perfect for summer time, these two cards were featured on the FSJ Facebook page. Have you LIKED FSJ on Facebook yet?

I love the pocket card dies from FSJ. They are really fun for creating a little card as well as adding a gift card  or photo into the front pocket. So sweet! This project was also featured on the FSJ Facebook page.

 This project was shared at Fourth of July time. . .a fun star-shaped card, created with the FSJ Star-Dom die set. 

And last but not least, one of my favorite photographed projects - they made this card look so fabulous! This card features some sadly retired stamps from FSJ. But the retiring made way for great new product in our NEW catalog! You can view the catalog, and find a Coach on the Fun Stampers Journey website. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my crafty friends, and thanks for letting me share what I've been up to for the past few months! xoxo

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs July Release Blog Hop {Day 3}

Hello! Welcome to Day 3 of the Lil' Inker Designs July release blog hop! It's always so much fun to share projects with you during release weeks, and I hope you've had a blast hopping around to check out the goodies! 

Today, I'd like you to meet our new little friendly snail from the Snailed It! stamp set (and coordinating dies!) How cute is he!? (I never thought I'd say that about a SNAIL.) I paired our new little buddy with stamps from the Sending You stamp set and the Mini Envelope die set. 

I added a generous dose of dimensional glaze onto the snail's shell, as well as the red hearts. I love the shine it added!

And did you notice the sweet heart hidden in the new Cover Up Die: Stitched Woodgrain? Love this die. I've used it about a thousand times since I received it! 

 And here's one more quick little card I created with the sweet snail. I just snapped a picture of this right before I popped it into an envelope for someone special.  It was going to travel all the way out of the country, so I wanted to be sure it was pretty flat and easy to send a long distance!

And now. . .without further ado, the rest of the blog hop! Remember to comment along the way, for a chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates to the LID store! Thanks a million for coming by today! xoxo

Laura Williams {YOU ARE HERE!!!!} 

LID Supplies used on today's projects:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs July Release Blog Hop {Day 2}

Hello friends! Welcome to Day 2 of the Lil' Inker  Designs July release blog hop! We have some beautiful, crafty goodness to share with you this week, so I hope you'll join us for all three days of inspiration! (If you didn't start at the Lil' Inker Designs blog, head back there first, so you don't miss a thing!) 

I'm excited to share Pineapple Panache with you today - pineapples are so trendy right now! (Who knew a pineapple could be classified as trendy!?) These stamps and coordinating dies are so fun to create with! On this first card, I was going for a watercolor effect. Rather than tapping my stamps onto an ink pad, I brushed some slightly diluted dye ink right onto my stamps before stamping them on cardstock. It created a really cool effect I think. I used a brush and brushed a little ink around the sides of the cardstock to finish off the edges.

In contrast, on the second card I used the same color palette, and the same exact inks - but I created a very different look. I stamped directly onto my ink pads to create this card.  I paired the Pineapple Panache stamps with the new Cover Up Die: Dotted Scallops. It's perfect with the pineapple motif. . .but it will be perfect for so very MANY projects too! 

And now, be sure to hop all the way through to see all of the designers' beautiful inspiration for the day! Comment each day for a chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates to the LID store! Woohoo! Thanks so much for stopping by - release week is so much FUN with you around! :)

Chrissy Larson
Amy Kolling
Lisa Henke
Jennifer Carter
Maureen Merritt
Heather Hoffman
Laura Williams {YOU ARE HERE!}
Sarah Jay 
Karen Baker
LID Store 

LID Supplies used on today's projects:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs July Release Blog Hop {Day 1}

Hello friends! Welcome to Day 1 of the Lil' Inker  Designs July release blog hop! We have some beautiful, crafty goodness to share with you this week, so I hope you'll join us for the next three days of inspiration! (If you didn't start at the Lil' Inker Designs blog, head back there first, so you don't miss a thing!) 

Today's cards feature the brand new stamp set called, Greetings and Salutations. This set has sentiments that will mix and match with so many other Lil' Inker sets, although on this first card you can see that this set can absolutely stand alone as well, creating a simple but striking card. (See that beautiful Lil' Inker 6x6  Ombre Stripes patterned paper too!? Swoon!)

Next up, another Greetings and Salutations card, but this one features the new Quilted Flowers Dies as well. 
The Quilted Flowers Dies set comes with three dies - and it is really fun to play with. There's an outline shape, (which isn't shown on this project) and then the swirly flower die (the black flowers you see) and then the stitched/quilted line die. The quilted line die can be used on it's own (as seen on the white panel of this card.) or it can be used right on the swirly flower (as seen on my little petal card below.) 

See the fun detail that the stitch lines add to the flower? I just love that! 

I'm always a sucker for fun floral stamps and dies, so this die will get a lot of use in my stash! 

Thanks so much for hopping with us today. Remember to come by and comment along the blog hop each day for a chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates to the Lil' Inker Designs shop! And now. . .without further ado, go check out all the new goodness in the Lil' Inker Shop, because I'm your last stop today! 

In case you've missed a stop along the way, here's the hop list:

LID Supplies used on today's projects:

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Fun Recap - Part 1 {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello friends! Today I thought I would catch you all up on the past few months of my less frequent blog posts. I haven't blogged much, because I've been busy crafting my face off. Just to prove it, I thought I'd share a bunch of my projects that I've been making.

So, in March I got this sweet job with Richard Garay, at Fun Stampers Journey. My job is to just MAKE STUFF. (Hello, how awesome is that!?) I spend crafty time creating at home, and then I mail my completed projects to the FSJ office in Phoenix. Then, they photograph the projects and use them wherever they need them, sometimes for blog features, and social media posts, and sometimes for conventions and events across the country. But because I just box them up and mail them, I don't always have photos to share - which is why I've been an absentee blogger for much of the time lately. Today I took some time and grabbed photos from around the web, to share with you. (Special thanks to FSJ for most of these photos!) So, would you like to see what I've been up to?!

First up, a wedding ensemble created for the FSJ blog. (You can find more photos of this on the blog post.) The second photo is the inside of the folder with the ribbon/flower closure. 

Next, another wedding project. I created this garland using the sweet jar from the Homemade stamp set. (More photos and information on the FSJ blog.)
These two cards were created with one of my new favorite stamp sets. I demoed the card on the left, at the Going Places Convention in June. Eek! Being up on stage crafting was so nerve-wracking!)

Next, a graduation card - although it could be used for many celebratory occasions! I love the way this came together, and it's a perfect way to use small scraps of cardstock! (You can find a coordinating project and more info on the FSJ blog post!) And the card below is another card that I demoed at the Going Places Convention. 

And last but not least, I thought I'd leave you with a little sneak peek of something I made just recently. This one hit the FSJ office a few days ago, featuring the Yummy & Delicious Collection.  

All of the product on these projects is available online, and from a Fun Stampers Journey Coach. On the website, you can use the Find a Coach feature (at the top of the page) and you may even find someone local to you! Many coaches offer classes, Make It! parties, and workshops. You can also peruse the catalog online. (Many of my projects are in there too! So fun!)

 Thanks so much for stopping by today. And thanks for letting me share a very small peek at what I've been up to! I still have a few more projects I'd love to share - so check back next week and we'll do this again! I think I've made more projects in the last three months, than I have in a year!  xoxo

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Together We Can Weather Any Storm {Lil' Inker Designs}

Hello friends! This really crazy thing has been happening in my cardmaking lately . . my crisp, clean and simple card-making style has been morphing into a really layered and collage feeling style. Not all the time - but sometimes. It's interesting. There's probably some deep meaning behind it, that I've yet to find. At any rate, today I thought I'd share a really collage-y card that I created with stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs. How FUN are those striped clouds from the Cut It Out Clouds & Accessories Die Set!? Oh, I just LOVE them. I die-cut them from gray cardstock as well as vellum.  

(And can I rant for a moment. . . every time I type CARDSTOCK on my computer, the auto-correct changes it to YARDSTICK. Seriously. Stopit. I only type the word 500 times a week, you'd think it would figure out what the heck I mean.) 

But, I digress. . . 

I did a few things to create this layered little lovely - but still maintain enough white space that I don't go crazy. First off,  I added most of my elements to the blue block, which gives a little breathing room around the white border. I like that. I'm loving adding a little swirly mess of twine as one of my layers. It adds a great pop of black in the background. When I was finished, I also added a splash of silver. It's taken my a LONG time, but I'm finally getting brave enough to add a splish or a splash or a splatter of something at the end. 

One more thing just to keep the whole card focused and not TOO busy - I very purposely have three distinct areas of black. The sentiment. The twine. The washi tape. I love that rule of thirds. . .three of anything keeps the eye moving around the image. (and if you want to get technical, I - accidentally - have twine showing on THREE sides of the cardstock block. A happy accident indeed!) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I challenge you - try a little layered loveliness, even if it's scary. You might just like it!! xoxo

PS. Join us on July 22-24th for the July release from Lil' Inker Designs! It's going to be tons of fun!

Supplies I used on today's card:

A few notes:
(All Fun Stampers Journey products can be purchased through a Journey Coach. Find a coach local to YOU on the website! Just to clarify, I am not a Coach - I am an employee of Richard Garay/Fun Stampers Journey but I do not personally sell these products.)

Lil' Inker Designs links are affiliate links. When you purchase through my links, I receive a small compensation, but you don't pay a penny more! Sweet, huh!? Thanks for using my links when you shop!