Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter 2016 Coffee Lover's Blog Hop


As I type this it is currently 14 degrees outside so coffee is a definite must in the mornings, or any warm beverage I would like any time of the day.


I'm so excited to be participating in the 2016 Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop for Lil' Inker Designs! They are one of the super sponsors for the hop and have released an awesome stamp set just in time for this hop! The Latte Love Stamp Set and Latte Love Dies are absolutely perfect!
I started my card by inking up a panel with various distress inks and then die cut it from the Cover Up Die: Snowflakes. I mounted the beautiful panel onto a white card base and then adhered a blue sentiment panel die cut from Stitched Mats: Long and Skinny Rectangles. I then cut a banner and stamped the sentiment from Latte Love Stamp Set


I stamped and die cut one of the mugs from Latte Love Stamp Set and added a white dimensional pen to the foam on the coffee. I also covered the plate and mug with shimmer. Finally, the whole card got a coat of sheer shimmer for some subtle sparkle!


And finally, Lil' Inker Designs is offering up a great deal during the hop. Check out the graphic above!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BRI:: Dreamer


It's been a week since Vanessa launched her two new stamp sets, and they are both amazing. I adore the powerful, empowering messages they have. 

I have a super sweet card (I think!) up on The Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog with some quick instructions on how I created this card whose insides help create the design of the outside. I would be tickled pink if you stopped by  The Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog to see the full card and list of supplies and leave a comment!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge


Bright & bold watercolored blooms replace the ornaments from the lively inspiration photograph for the November Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.




I stamped the flowers from my all time favorite Papertrey Ink set, In Bloom in pink and blue, and the leaves in a bright green and then used my Zig Markers with water to color them in. I added some splatters in each of the colors, along with gold. The sentiment is from an older PTI anniversary set and then I finished the card with a black and gold strip to ground the card.


Plaid Cats


I'm more of a dog person than a cat person, but I couldn't pass up getting these cute kitties inked up and colored...their attitudes surely shine.


I was inspired to also pull out some plaid patterned paper for the Poppy Stamps #26 Challenge: Plaid is Rad.


The cats from Cat Friends Stamp Set and removed them from their holiday setting. They were stamped and heat embossed, then watercolored. I fussy cut them and added them to a card base decorated with a few plaid patterns with a woodgrain thrown in. The sentiment is from MFT's Essential Sentiments Stamp Set.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, spending time with your loved ones and eating a lot of amazing food!


Butterfly Reflections Ink is having one amazing sale, stop by and check it out! 



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

BRI:: Tangled Trimmings


Almost a month until Christmas! I'm not ready, not by any means. We'll be putting up our tree this weekend, and I am sure that I will quite look like this little Yeti by the end of the trimming...
I challenged myself to use unconventional holiday colors for my card up on  The Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog, and it was rather fun to pull out all the pastels!  I would be tickled pink if you stopped by  The Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog to see the full card and list of supplies and leave a comment!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Color Burst Blooms


Trying out a new product, Color Bursts, and they are fun...and challenging at the same time! I was happy to get out of my comfort zone of the clean lines and controlled coloring to try these little powders out. 

I was inspired by the colors of the Altenew November Inspiration Challenge for my Color Burst Blooms.


I started by applying the powder to slightly wet cardstock and then after they dried, stamped the beautiful bloom from Majestic Blooms in a fuschia shade a number of times. I then die cut the blooms and onto a clean white cardbase, stamped the leaves in a teal shade and added the blooms.


I adhered the panel onto a white base that had a strip of teal and fushia affixed to the right side. I finished the card with a die cut sentiment.  


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Strongman Birthday


That banner has to be pretty heavy, eh? I just adore this cute circus set from Neat & Tangled, called Big Top Birthday...so many fun and cute images.

I'm participating in the Little Tangle's Challenge 74: Clean and Simple. I masked the platform, strongman and banner and inked some yellow onto a white card base. I then went back and stamped each of the elements and colored them in with Copics.


I also added some glossy accents for additional shine on some of the elements. I added some stripes of red to the left side of the cardbase to mimic a circus tent and then adhered the strong man panel.

Although it almost appears that the strongman is going to fall off the platform due to some not so great masking, I rather enjoy this masculine based CAS card.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kneaded You


Even though my best friend lives many, many hours away, I appreciate that she is always there for me, even through the most rough of time. I am lucky in the fact that she will always be in my life-she's my sister, she's my identical twin! She is a veterinarian, so I am pretty sure she will find the humor in this card twice over when it arrives.



I'm playing along with the MFT Color Challenge #57, and their Share the Love Campaign. I started by stamping and coloring one of the cute kittens from Cat-itude and some custom banners with Sketched Blooms. I splattered some gray ink onto a white cardbase, stamped the sentiment and adhered all the stamped elements. I finished the card with some Nuvo Drops.

BRI:: Toy Shelf


My boys are well into planning and preparing for the holidays with the toys they are wishing for under the tree. I was inspired by all the cute critter stamps available at The Butterfly Reflections Ink Store and created this Toy Shelf card for The Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog. I would be tickled pink if you stopped by there to see the full card and list of supplies and leave a comment!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

LID:: 25 Days of Christmas Tag



Bring on the holiday crafting! I'm tickled to be participating in Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags Series featuring Lil' Inker Designs. Tracey has gathered up some amazing designers and sponsors for a month long feature of Christmas Tags. If you haven't seen the previous days' tags, please stop by her blog and take a look!


I started out by stamping the gorgeous image from Oh Deer Christmas Stamp with black ink onto watercolor paper. I then lightly colored the image in with traditional colors for the sky and holly, and used a mix of gold and copper for the deer. This was die cut out from Anytime Tags Die Set 2. I also cut the same tag from kraft paper which was embossed with Quilted Swirl Stitched Pattern Cover Plate. I trimmed the outside of the colored image just inside the stitched lines and mounted this to the kraft tag base. I then stamped the deer and image and sentiment onto bright pink paper and trimmed it, which was then mounted over the two tags. I finished with some gold twinkle ribbon and natural twine.

With the holiday right around the corner, let's join together and make some tags and get ahead of the game!