Thursday, April 23, 2015

So Very Thankful card {Paper Crafter's Library, Fancy Pants, The Stamps of Life}

Hello friends! Have you heard of Paper Crafter's Library? It's a website with an active crafty blog, featuring a weekly Trend Watch, Featured Companies, Featured Artist/Designer Spotlights, video tutorials, and lots of creative inspiration. I'm over at Paper Crafter's Library today, as their featured designer, and I'm sharing a card featuring Fancy Pants and The Stamps of Life. Would you like a sneak peek?????

Come on over and join me at Paper Crafter's Library to see the whole thing! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lil' Inker April Release Blog Hop {Day 3}

Welcome to Day 3 of the Lil' Inker Designs April 2015 Release Blog Hop! (If you're just joining us, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start at the beginning!)

Today, the third and final day of our blog hop, I'd like to share some petal cards with you! These cards are so super sweet, and quite fun to create! This is what the die looks like, and it shows you the folded finished card as well. This petal card can be an envelope, with a cute tiny card inside - OR the inside IS the card. Plus the petal card fits in the new glassine envelopes, available in the Lil' Inker store. 

Okay, so now that you get it - (wait - you get it, right?) here are a few petal cards I created to share with you today! This first is super sweet, and full of girly fabulous colors. I stamped the inside, and added some die-cut shapes, using the Awesome Blossom stamps and dies. Then on the outside I created a band to wrap around the card. I used the Long and Skinny Rectangles die - the longest die is JUST long enough to wrap around, and then I added the flower and twine bow on top. To open the card, the band just slides off. 

Seriously - how sweet is that!? I can't wait to try these out for Valentine's, gift tags, and maybe even some lunchbox notes. (My fourth grader would be horrified, but my preschooler still thinks notes from Mom are cool!)

Okay, next up - I paired the petal card die with the Speech Bubbles 2 dies, plus the Just Sayin' Stamps and I decorated the back side (which in this case, became the front!) I added some patterned paper and a stitched square die to the inside, with one more stamped sentiment. These little cards are so much fun!

What do you think!? Are you loving the petal card? Are you LOVING the new release this month, as much as I am!? Don't forget to leave a comment as you hop along, for a chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates up for grabs. 

Here's the blog hop order!
LID Blog
Lisa Henke
Laura Williams {YOU ARE HERE!}
Chrissy Larson
Maureen Merritt
Sarah Jay 
Lea Lawson
Jennifer Carter
Heather Hoffman
Karen Baker
Amy Kolling
And then of course, hit the Lil' Inker Store and shop, shop, shop! (You know you wanna!)

Thank you again for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop! And remember, if you want to catch up with me again, stop by my sidebar for links to find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!  Have a great day! 

Lil' Inker Products Used on Today's Projects:

*This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase products from Lil' Inker Designs, via my links, I receive a small commission - but you don't pay a penny extra! Thank you!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Very Veggie Mash-Up {Sweet Stamp Shop}

It's a two-post kind of a day! For my Lil' Inker Blog Hop Post, click HERE or scroll down! 

Just a quick shout-out, that I'm over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today, sharing some paper-pieced veggies. . . .whattt?? Yes. For real. Paper-pieced veggies. There's a bit of a tutorial too. It's the second of my Sweet Stamp Shop Mash-Up posts. Go there. Now. Okay? I hope you love it! xoxo

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

Welcome to Day 2 of the Lil' Inker Designs April 2015 Release Blog Hop! (If you're just joining us, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start at the beginning!)

Remember yesterday, when I said that the Boxed-Up Birthday die was my favorite from the Lil' Inker release? Well, I just don't know because I have such serious love for these new Perky Posies flower dies, that. . . well. . . .I can't even decide which I like the most. These flowers are versatile, they cut exceptionally, layer beautifully, and they are so dang fun to play with - these will stay right in the front of my grab-this-every-day bin of supplies. I paired the flowers with a new sentiment from the (also fabulous) Awesome Blossoms stamp set. (I LOVE this font, don't you!?) 
As I created this card, I trimmed the base a little short, so that I could have some flowers and the circle hang over the edge, yet the card would still fit in a standard envelope. I added a little splatter of silver paint across the front, stamped my sentiment, and then went crazy layering these fun little flowers. I die-cut them from a few different colors and just played around until I was happy with it. Then I added some dimensional glaze to the centers for some extra shine! And since I had some leftover flowers, I decided to make a little tag that I popped into one of the new glassine envelopes, and added a flower to that too!

Remember, we'll be hopping for one more day, and there's a chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates to the Lil' Inker Shop, so comment on each blog along the way, and then stop back tomorrow for more NEW products and projects! 

Here's the blog hop order:

And after that, of course head to the Lil' Inker shop to . . .SHOP! :) Thanks so much for coming by today! Blog hop days are so much fun, and I'm glad you were here! xoxo

Lil' Inker Products Used on Today's Projects:

*This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase products from Lil' Inker Designs, via my links, I receive a small commission - but you don't pay a penny extra! Thank you!

Monday, April 20, 2015

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

Welcome to Day 1 of the Lil' Inker Designs April 2015 Release Blog Hop! (If you're just joining us, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start at the beginning!)

I am sharing my most FAVORITE product of this new release today. The Boxed Up Birthday Die is absolutely a game changer in birthday card creation! Seriously. It's easy to get tired of creating birthday cards, because I have a never-ending need for them. (And that's a good thing - lots of lovely people in the world to celebrate!) But this is a fresh, easy and super fun die to celebrate the people I create for! 

On this card I layered some patterned paper, cardstock, the die-cut sentiment, PLUS one of Lil' Inker Designs new glassine envelopes, that I filled with sequins and sparkles. Then, I clipped it all together with a fun paper clip. 

Next up, another fun and simple birthday card. First I die-cut the Stitched Long and Skinny Rectangle die, and die cut the Starry Sky die from it. Then I scattered a few of the stars around, and added a sentiment from Send Pretty Greetings, onto Speech Bubbles 2. (The speech bubbles are probably my second favorite item in this release. . .although there are so many good things, now that I'm thinking about it - can I REALLY even pick favorites!!???) 

I just love that you came by today - thanks so much for celebrating the new release with us! I hope you're loving what you've seen so far. Remember, we'll be hopping for 3 days, and there's a chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates to the Lil' Inker Shop, so comment on each blog along the way, and then stop back tomorrow for more NEW products and projects! Thanks so much for coming by! xoxo
Here's the blog hop order:
LID Blog
Laura Williams {YOU ARE HERE!}
Lisa Henke
Heather Hoffman
Karen Baker
Lea Lawson
Sarah Jay
Maureen Merritt
Chrissy Larson
Amy Kolling
Jennifer Carter

And after that, of course head to the Lil' Inker shop to . . .SHOP! :)

Lil' Inker products used on these projects:

*This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase products from Lil' Inker Designs, via my links, I receive a small commission - but you don't pay a penny extra! Thank you!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Monthly Meet Up Challenge {Lil' Inker Designs}

It's time for the  Lil' Inker Designs Monthly Meet Up Challenge. I love this, because half the fun of creating, is SHARING what we create! So let's do it . . .anything goes - share a new or recent project featuring LID stamps and dies, on your blog or in your favorite gallery. Link it up on the Lil' Inker blog, and then we can all ooh and ahh together over our crafty creativeness! (Plus, you might just win a $50 gift certificate to the Lil' Inker Shop!)

For this month's Meet Up Challenge, I have some clean and simple (I repeat: clean and simple) cards to share with you. I made a whole set of them, because I like them so much! This project really shows off the beautiful detail of Lil' Inker Designs stitched dies. Would you like to see how I created it?
First up, I die cut a Rounded Rectangle. Then I positioned the Sketched Flower die onto the rectangle, and held it in place with a little washi tape. (below) 
The Sketched Flowers die has negative stitching, so after I diecut the flower, it leaves this beautiful stitched outline OUTSIDE of the shape. 

Next, I stamped a sentiment on the rectangle, adhered it to my card base, and then stamped the flower on the die-cut flower shape. Then, I adhered it with foam tape, right back in its spot - it creates such a lovely subtle dimension. 

This card is perfect for so many occasions - sympathy, or celebration! So I made a few different ones for all kinds of occasions. I think I'll try the flower in pink next time! And now. . . .be inspired and join in the Lil' Inker Monthly Meet Up Challenge! Here's all the info you need to know:
  • Make a new project or share something you've been working on featuring LID goodies!
  • Post this project to your blog or favorite gallery.
  • Link your project to the challenge by using the InLinkz tool on the Lil' Inker blog.
  • You have until 4/18/15 at 11:30 PM EST to link up your project to be eligible to win a prize. Projects should exclusively feature LID goodies to be eligible to win but do not need to exclusively feature LID goodies to join our Meetup. 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy crafting!!! xoxo

Lil' Inker Designs products I used:

Friday, April 10, 2015

Turnip Love {Sweet Stamp Shop}

Hi friends!!! I'm thrilled to be over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today, where I'll be hanging out for the next couple of weeks hosting a Sweet Stamp Shop Mash-Up. What's a Sweet Mash-Up you ask?  You'll have to head on over to find out, and to see the whole sweet card! (I'm such a tease, but you love it!)
Sweet Stamp Shop is in the midst of a brand new website relaunch. I'm in love with the clean, bright, feel of the new website, so I hope you'll check it out. Plus, to celebrate they're having a big SALE! All stamp sets are 10-40% off, no coupon code needed, now through the 12th, at 8pm PST. Pretty SWEET, right?  

So go on over to the Sweet blog to see my cutie potootie card, and to find out what the heck a Sweet Stamp Shop Mash-Up is! Thanks for coming by!!!! xoxo

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

birdies4birdcages {The Stamps of Life}

I've been waiting and WAITING to share this card with you, because I just love it so much! This card features new stamps from The Stamps of Life, birdies4birdcages, which coordinates with the previously released birdcage2stamp. This also marks my very last project, designing for The Stamps of Life. I'm sure I'll share a project here and there featuring these sweet stamps, but my time designing with TSOL has ended. It's been an awesome blessing to work with Stephanie for the past five years, and I'll be excited to see all the cute new stamps she releases in the future! 
So on this card, I used some vellum, (which we may have discussed a time or two, that I'm smitten with lately!) Layering vellum BEHIND cardstock is a fun technique, and it's easy-peasy, because your adhesive can hide behind the cardstock. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you head on over to the TSOL gallery, you'll see lots of birdie inspiration with these new stamps! Have a beautiful day, my friends! xoxo 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

birdcage2stamp {The Stamps of Life}

Hi friends! As promised, I'm back today with some cards! These both feature new stamps from The Stamps of Life, called birdcage2stamp. (The coordinating dies will be available on April 20th.) These birdies are so very cute! The outline and the solid image are separate stamps, perfect for mixing and matching. 

And the dies. . . . well, they are just beautiful! Isn't this birdcage stunning!? I die-cut the background layers from vellum to give it a subtle background, and I just love the way the colors came together. 

And here's the inside of the card, with a few more die-cut birds!
Thanks so much for coming by today! Please head over to the TSOL website to check out all the samples in the gallery, plus perhaps peruse the shop a little bit! :) Have a beautiful day! And Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Celebrate! {Neat & Tangled}

Hello friends! Happy Easter week! Yesterday, I have been baking mini Easter egg cakes for my littlest man's preschool class. Tomorrow, along with an egg hunt, and cute little frosted egg cakes, they're doing a play - Caps for Sale (one of my most favorite children's books, which yes - has nothing to do with Easter.) Ask me why I spent three hours making and decorating little egg cakes, for a group of five-year-olds who will smear it all over their faces and fingers, and consume them within 5 minutes. I have no idea. For the love of buttercream and five-year-olds, I suppose! 
I don't have an Easter project to share with you, but I do have a bright, cheery birthday card to share instead. This card went in the mail for a very special friend who's celebrating her birthday today. Too bad I put it in the mail TODAY. I don't think it will get there in time. . . better late than never?
I created this card using the Just for You stamps from Neat & Tangled  plus Fancy Pants patterned paper, from the Me-Ology collection. Love. These. Colors. 

So that's what I have for you today! I thank you greatly for coming by today! Tomorrow I'll be back with the April 1st release from The Stamps of Life. See you then, my friends!