Friday, October 31, 2014

October Release Day 3 {Lil' Inker Designs}

Hello friends! It's Day 3 of the Lil' Inker Designs October Release! Hop with us and comment along the way, for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate each day! (If you're just starting here, head to the Lil' Inker Designs blog to start at the beginning!)

I'm so excited to be a part of the Lil' Inker Designs team, and I have enjoyed hopping around to see all of the designers projects. This is a huge release of goodness, both holiday and all-occasion. The past two days I've had some winter projects for you, but today I have a non-holiday card. Today is Halloween, and it's also my mom's birthday! (Happy birthday mommy!!!)  Double the reason for sweets and treats, so I thought I'd share a SWEET project today.

I used the new Eat More Donuts stamps, and coordinating dies on this card, as well as the Stitched Mats: Rounded Rectangles dies, plus the Flags & Tags banner die. I had this paper which was just screaming to be used on the card - Carta Bella's Cool Summer paper. Are those sprinkles perfect or WHAT!?
And since it's my mom's birthday, how about one more birthday card for today? This card features the Rounded Rectangle dies again. (Seriously - I'll be using these lovelies on EVERYTHING.) I also used the brand new I'm All You're All stamp set, and the Speech Bubble Die Set.  I inlaid everything pieces together on this card, and used the negative pieces on the inside. First, I die cut two rounded rectangles, in the star and aqua papers. Then I die cut the speech bubble from them (together, in the same pass through my machine.) Then I just paired the pieces up, two for the front, two for the inside. 
I hope you've enjoyed the Lil' Inkers October Release blog hop this week! I've had a ton of fun. Thanks for stopping by, for commenting, and for sharing your excitement on this new release. Feel free to be totally enabled, and go shop, shop, shop for your holiday crafting! 

Here are the Lil' Inker Designs supplies I used:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Release Day 2 {Lil' Inker Designs}

Hello friends! It's Day 2 of the Lil' Inker Designs October Release! Hop with us and comment along the way, for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate each day! (If you're just starting here, head to the Lil' Inker Designs blog to start at the beginning!)

On today's first card,  I used two new products. Cozy Winter Wishes is a beautiful stamp set with sentiments and simply lovely snowflakes. I am always a sucker for snowflakes. (Maybe because living in Florida, I don't see many snowflakes!) The Border Builders die set is going to be such a versatile set in my die collection. There are 5 border dies to create pieces that can be used together or individually, creating scenes, strips and borders. I used the wavy line border to create the panel my sentiment is on. Two quick passes through the machine and I had this fabulous customized piece.

After I stamped my large snowflake, I took a water brush and an ink pad and just grabbed a little ink and brushed it over my snowflake to add a little color. It doesn't show in the picture, but after it dried, I added some glittery goodness with a Wink of Stella - I'm just in love with the subtle sparkle these glitter brushes can add.  

(Patterned paper on this card is from Close To My Heart - called Snowhaven)
Next up, I created another card using the Cover Up Die: Snowflakes. I shared a red and white version on yesterday's post, but I really REALLY like to mix up the holiday colors a bit, and I thought pink and blue could be fun accent colors with the snowflakes. The sentiment is from Cozy Winter Wishes, and the banner die is from Flags & Tags. The Cover Up dies make it so easy to mass produce cards - Just fold a card base, die cut the background, and adhere it, then add a quick sentiment layer. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Remember to comment along your way for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to Lil' Inker Designs! 

Next up, keep on hopping along to miss Lea Lawson!  

Here are the fab new Lil' Inkers products I used: (They're available in the store NOW!)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October Release Day 1 and a fun announcement {Lil' Inker Designs}

It's a two-post kinda day! For today's Go-to Gal Designer Challenge, scroll down, or click HERE!

Hey friends! I have some news! I've joined the design team at Lil' Inker Designs, (woohooo!) and today I am thrilled to take part in the October new release blog hop! We'll have posts for the next three days, sharing BRAND NEW stamps and dies, and each day there will be one lucky winner of a $15 gift certificate! {If you're just joining us here, start back over on the Lil' Inker blog!}

For today's card I used the new Cover Up Snowflake Die. This die is SO cool. It creates a background that fills a card front. I stamped the sentiment from the new Big Christmas Stamps, onto vellum, which I die cut with the Flags & Tags banner die.  I finished off the card with some simple twine and a button.

Here are the new goodies I used! (They're available in the Lil' Inker store NOW!)

Next on the hop is the lovely Lea Lawson

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Come on back tomorrow - okay!? 

Lil' Inker Designs Supplies:
Cover Up Die: Snowflakes
Big Christmas Stamps
Flags & Tags Dies

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Go-to Gal Designer Challenge {Stampin' Up!}

Hello friends! It's a Go-to Gals Designer Challenge Day, and we're using some Stampin' Up! goodness today. When I saw this stamp set, The Newborn King, in the 2014 Holiday Catalog, I immediately saw so many fun possibilities for watercolors, paper-piecing, and chalking with this stamp set. On today's card, I embossed the images in white, and then watercolored over top, using an emboss resist technique. The premise of emboss resist, is that the embossed area will resist the color you place over top. I especially love using white embossing with a resist technique because the bright colors really make the lines pop.

And here's the actual stamp set image. . . isn't that just gorgeous? I'm excited to try out some other techniques with this set.

The other Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gals are sharing some fabulous Stampin' Up! projects today too. I can't wait to see what they've been working on! Be sure to bop around and check it out!

Thanks so much for coming by! xoxo

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Boo! {Gina K Designs}

Only one week to go till Halloween! I thought I'd share a little project with you today - I make an awful lot of Halloween cards, considering I probably don't send ANY. This is a clean and simple (but not necessarily quick and simple. . . .there's a difference, you know!) card that I created. I used embroidery floss and stitched a little spider web. Then I embossed the spider and sentiment with a fun glittered embossing powder. It gives it a great shimmer in real life! The stamps are from Gina K Designs, Wicked stamp set.  

In this house, we have two fall festivals this weekend. . . I'm just hoping the Halloween costumes will survive until Halloween night! Have a fabulous fall day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Winner, winner, and a book worm! {Echo Park}

Hey friends! Just wanted to pop in and let you all know that Ruth won the copy of Cool Tools Vol. 2! Woohooo! Congratulations Ruth! Get me your address, and I will pop it in the mail! Thanks to everyone who participated!

And I surely don't want to leave you without a card today. . . .
I created this with bits and pieces from Echo Park's Paper and Glue collection. I've used pretty much every little bit of this paper pack, and my kids helped me finish up the sticker sheet! So much goodness! 

Lots going on in the next two weeks, on the blog and in LIFE. Fall festivals galore, and some fun surprises around here are coming up! Eeek! Can't wait! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cool Tools Vol. 2 {Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine}

Hello friends! Have you stopped by the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog this week? We're sharing the scoop on our newest special issue, which is on newsstands NOW! It's Cool Tools Vol. 2! I have a few cards in this issue, so I thought I'd share one of them with you. . .
I used Sizzix Banner Framelits to create these triangles. I die cut banners, and then die cut the center out with the smallest die. Then I layered the triangles into a fun pattern. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, and the gold stripe of Stampin' Up gold paper was a fun finishing touch. 

Cool Tools Vol. 2 is all about inspiring you to use your tools. Those decorative scissors, and crimper at the bottom of your drawer? Yeah - it can totally do cool stuff. You'll find ideas for die-cutting machines, punches, scoring boards, stencils, and so much more. You can find it on newsstands where you buy crafty magazines, or you can pick it up in the Scrap & Paper Shop - in print form, or as an instant download! (Love that instant gratification, don't you!?) 

But before you go. . . . .I happen to have an extra copy of Cool Tools Vol. 2. I wonder what I should do with it??????? Maybe - just maybe, I should share it with one of my lovely crafty friends!? Leave a comment, and tell me about one of your most neglected crafty tools. I'll choose a winner on Monday, October 20th to win a copy of this issue, plus whatever other goodies I can fit in the envelope! :) GIVEAWAY IS OVER. THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!

Supplies: (affiliate links)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

weddings and babies, oh my! {The Stamps of Life}

Hello, my friends! Today I thought I'd share a few cards with you, if thats ok. (After all, it's kinda what I do around here.) :) Both of today's cards feature The Stamps of Life, by Stephanie Barnard. I've been working with Stephanie and The Stamps of Life since just after they opened. I had just had a baby, and adding a design team to my life sounded ridiculous. . . .but I couldn't resist. And I'm so glad I didn't! My love for TSOL just keeps growing, so today I have two cards to show you.

The first, features the wedding2celebrate stamp set. I used white pigment ink and stamped on chalkboard paper (I'm pretty sure it's from Echo Park's Capture This Black and White.) The circle pattern paper is Teresa Collins Something Wonderful.

This next card features The Stamps of Life set called morechalksayings2stamp. There are two of these chalk sayings stamp sets so far, and I just adore them both. Chalkboard art continues to be really trendy, and the coordinating banner dies are a lot of fun too! (You can find the original chalksayings2stamp  on the TSOL website as well.)

I just gave this card to a sweet friend of mine who is about to give birth to her second child. I thought it was perfect, because those final days are so exciting, nerve-racking, beautiful, and stressful - all rolled into one! This patterned paper is also from the Something Wonderful collection. . . .fun fact? Teresa Collins herself, handed me this paper pack, when I was in Utah for the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine editorial board meetings. We visited the building that My Mind's Eye, Teresa Collins, and Hazel & Ruby share. (I'll admit. . . I was a little star-struck!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you're able to enjoy every moment of this beautiful day!

If you love these chalk sayings stamps, check out my post featuring chalksayings2stamp.
For more wedding inspiration, check out my post featuring wedding2celebrate

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Frightful and Delightful {Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine}

Hey there friends! I'm sharing some frightful and delightful Halloween inspiration over on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine blog today! And as I promised over there, here are a few addition photos, plus all the supplies I used. If you haven't stopped over there yet, I'd love for you to come by and read about how I inspired myself and jazzed up my creativity - without even a trip to Pinterest! (I wasn't sure it was possible!)

SUPPLIES: (some affiliate links included)
-Gift bags - Target Dollar Spot (part of the Halloween goodies!)
-Close To My Heart Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment black chevron, gray hexagon print paper (I love this paper. Each color is paired with white and a pattern on one side, and solid colored with shiny texture on the other side. They're so versatile!)
-Close To My Heart Scaredy Cat paper pack 
-Winnie & Walter Moonlight stamp set (all stamps used are from this great set!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! xoxo

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Best Day Ever {Happy World Card Making Day}

Happy World Card Making Day!!! A day to make cards. . .wait - isn't that EVERY day? (Well, some of us wish it could be!) A day to celebrate making cards. . .well, sure! Why not!? 

I'll be honest - I'm not entirely sure how or when or where this whole World Card Making Day (WCMD) thing came about - but hey, we're crafty, and we love to celebrate. So let's do this thing!

Today I'm honored to have a card posted over at the Moxie Fab World. Teri has some fab projects from different designers, which will be posting THROUGHOUT the day! How fun is that!? So keep on checking back over there, for fun all day long! And while you're at it, keep checking in at the Paper Crafts magazine blog too, because there will be multiple posts, giveaways, and crazy inspiration all day long! 

Here's a peek of the card I'm sharing at Moxie Fab World. . . 
And now, a coordinating project. I used Close To My Heart's Picture My Life -Laughing Lola Collection on both of these projects. This collection kind of made me embrace purple. . .if you've been reading this blog for a while, you may remember we've discussed my general dislike of PURPLE. (Perhaps 12 years in schools with PURPLE as the school color could be the reason!) At any rate - the purples are really kind of nice in this collection, and I can sort of do purple without throwing up now. As long as it's paired with a fabulous aqua and gold! 

On this card, I started with a journaling card. To tuck the extra papers in, I used an exacto knife and trimmed around the first page, and then inserted the others behind. It added a fun little touch of dimension to it. Then I matted the journaling block, and adhered it to the larger size journaling card. (Then I stuck the whole thing on a card base.) Fun stuff!!! 

My cute mommy is a Close to My Heart consultant, and she supplies much of my CTMH stash. She's pretty spectacular, and if you're looking to do some shopping, my links will take you to her website! Find all the Picture My Life goodies from Close To My Heart here. 

Thanks so much for stopping by on this lovely World Card Making Day! I'd love to know what you're creating this weekend! Share your links/comments with me and I'll stop by and visit YOUR blog or gallery too! And remember to share on social media with hashtag #wcmd2014