Friday, August 18, 2017

Happy Balloons


It's such a magnificent day to have a birthday!
The one man I admire most in my life has a birthday today. Happy Birthday Dad!
All month long, Concord & 9th is celebrating their second birthday, and lucky me,
I get to help them celebrate!


Today I have used the their new, super fun Happy Balloons Bundle. I first started by stamping the large balloon from the Happy Balloons Stamp Set twice in bold colors onto stark white cardstock, and added a bit of detail with a coordinating stamp to the top of the balloons in a darker shade. I then added more smaller balloons in more bold colors. I simply adore the how the colors overlapped! I added a string with the string stamp and finished the card with a three-dimensional die cut banner from the Happy Balloons Dies and a sentiment from the Happy Balloons Stamp Set.

I think this card is so much fun, and it was super easy to put together with the genius stamp and dies from Concord & 9th!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sprinkles


Nothing says "birthday" like sprinkles on a cake or cupcake! 


Concord & 9th is continuing their celebration of two years in business and I get to join along in the showcase of their new stamps! Today I have used the their new, innovative Sprinkles Turnabout Stamp. (Seriously, these types of stamps are so cool, there is a whole line of them!) I started with a white cardstock panel and stamped the sprinkles four times...three with orange, pink and peach ink colors, turning the stamp each time, and the last with clear embossing ink and I heat embossed them. 


I then added the panel to a cardstock base, trimmed with some washi tape and I finished the card with some utterly adorable cupcakes stamped with the Sprinkles Turnabout Stamp Set and die cut with the new Sprinkles Tags Die Set.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Concord & 9th's 2nd Birthday Celebration!


This is so exciting! Concord & 9th is celebrating two years in business and they have a fabulous release! I'm so excited to be participating with my Where Creativity Meets C9 teammates and Concord & 9th by showcasing their new August products.




To help celebrate, the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge has an Anything Goes Challenge this month, where you can join in and help celebrate the goodness of what Concord & 9th is all about.


I went all glam with this awesome new stamp set called Seriously, Thank You (which is a fantastic 3x4 stamp set with 7 powerful images. You can earn this set for free in the month of August with a $60 or more purchase over at Concord & 9th). I heat embossed the main sentiment and add some black details. This panel was framed with black and then all adhered to a kraft card base that was embossed stamped with one of the smaller images in the set to frame the panel.

I hope you can join in on the Anything Goes Challenge!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

LID:: August 2017 Release:: Day 3


Welcome to the last day of the Lil' Inker Designs August 2017 Release Showcase...full of innovative, fun and beautiful items! Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies that'll make you swoon! 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.)



These little dinos are too cute! I started my scene by inking some clouds onto a cardstock panel, and then creating some ground with the really cool Deco Edge Border Dies. (This die mimics the look of torn paper edges, but it takes all the guess work and mess-ups out for you!) I inked the edges and adhered them to my cloud base. Both had some Nuvo Mousse rubbed over them to age them a bit too.


I then got to stamp the cute dino, cloud and palm tree from the Hello Dino Stamp Set and die cut them from the Hello Dino Dies. I finished the card with a cute and punny sentiment from the Hello Dino Stamp Set. Very simple two step stamping makes from such cute scenes!


My final card is a shaker card featuring the super fun Cover Up Die: Hello Beautiful. I die cut it from a white cardstock panel, bordered each of the die cut squares with foam tape and filled them with a rainbow of sequins. I finished with a die cut sentiment from the previously released Thanks Word Die.




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 AUGUST 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! (Details are in the image).

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

LID:: August 2017 Release:: Day 2


Welcome to the second day of the Lil' Inker Designs August 2017 Release Showcase...full of innovative, fun and beautiful items! Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies that'll make you swoon! 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 some of my favorite products from this release, the beautiful Encouraging Words Stamp Set, coordinating Encouraging Words Die Set (designed by the talented Angelica Suarez) and Fringe Scalloped Tag Dies. I began this card by embossing a white card base with a previously released item, Quilted Stitched So Sunny Die, then die cutting two tags, one in black and one in hot pink, from the Fringe Scalloped Tag Dies. I stamped a sentiment from the Encouraging Words Stamp Set onto the pink tag, and adhered them to the card base with some washi tape.


I then added details by stamping some florals and laurels from the Encouraging Words Stamp Set onto textured black paper with black ink, and die cutting them with the  Encouraging Words Die Set, then colored with PrismaColor pencils.


This next card is bold and fun too, as it features the fantastically fun Eat Cake Stamp Set and coordinating Eat Cake Dies! This card was really simple to make, but I think it packs a big punch and would be so easily customizable with the recipient's favorite color, or makes for a great masculine card too! I stared with a colored card base, and die cut four cakes out from the Eat Cake Dies in a lighter hue. These were adhered to the card base and a scalloped detail was added from the previously released Fanfare Scalloped Border Die. I finished the card with another die cut from Eat Cake Dies and an embossed sentiment from the Eat Cake Stamp Set.

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 AUGUST 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! (Details are in the image).

Monday, July 31, 2017

LID:: August 2017 Release:: Day 1


Today is the first of three days of the Lil' Inker Designs August 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 project features the the super elegant and versatile Modern Mandala Stamp Set and Modern Mandala Dies. There are three beautiful mandalas and nine sentiments to work with! I started with a stark white, clean, which card base and stamped two of the same mandalas with dark grey ink on the bottom third of the card front.


I then stamped onto blue cardstock the same mandala, and die cut it out. I added white gel pen accents and some mercury Nuvo Drops to embellish the mandala. This mandala was added with dimensional adhesive, and then with more dimensional adhesive, I added a white heat embossed sentiment that was die cut with the banner die included in the Modern Mandala Dies. These two products have everything you need for all sorts of cards!


The Ever Stamp Set and Ever Word Die is another elegant stamp and die set from this release. For this card, I started by prepping my sentiment by die cutting the word Ever and coating it with some antique colored embossing powder. I then stamped an older release set, Corner Adorner, in the corner, gold heat embossed it and outlined the image with copics. I then finished the sentiment with the coordinating sentiments from the Ever Stamp Set.


I love the look of heat embossing, but wow, is it a bugger to photograph. Does anyone have any tips for me, please?

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 AUGUST 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! (Details are in the image).

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Floral Thank You


Sneaking in under the wire for the latest A Blog Named Hero Challenge: Florals with Winnie & Walter.


I tried a technique that I've never tried before, I can't quite recall what it is called? I started with a watercolor panel painted with some blues and purples, and then stamped the large hydrangea from Winnie & Walter's In Bloom- Annie's Garden Stamp Set, then die cut Hero Art's Fancy Thank You Die from the panel. I also die cut it from some fun foam. I then adhered the panel to a white card base, then fun foam to that, and then the die cut over the fun foam. Happy Fri-yay everyone!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge:: Congrats

Heat embossing with emboss resit...what an easy, and quick technique! I have a solo post up over on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge Blog today with this card for the latest challenge: Challenge #11: Embossing. There's still time to play, you have until July 29th and we'd really love to see your amazing projects featuring Concord & 9th products!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Challenge 11:: Embossing


There's a new Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge and it's all about creating a project showcasing embossing the amazing products available at Concord & 9th as this challenge is dedicated to the innovative stamp company and their products! You can try any embossing technique: heat embossing, dry embossing, emboss resist, etc.!


There are so many beautiful stamp sets available at Concord & 9th. I chose to work with the delicate and beautiful Wildflowers Stamp Set.

I started with a white cardstock panel where I embossed a few flower images in red and blue, and some foliage in green. I've had these colored embossing powders for years, and barely pull them out to use! I love this Wildflowers Stamp Set for this technique due to its fine, detailed images that can hold their own without coloring. I finished the card by with a black/white panel and then a heat embossed sentiment from Butterfly Beauty.


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 July 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!

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hello There...From All of Us


As the resident card maker in my office, I like to have a few cards on hand that can be given to an individual from a group of people. Here's one such card, created for the Little Tangles Challenge 82: Masking.
I stamped and masked, stamped and masked, stamp and masked all three of the sweet characters from Better Together onto a white cardstock panel and then did some simple coloring with Copic Markers. The panel was then attached to a light grey card base that had an added detail of a die cut from Tiny Cuts.


I finished with a sentiment tag (although I didn't wish to cover all the sweet faces, I had an oops when masking and ended up with a boot in the face! Then and there I decided to cover it with my sentiment panel.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sending You Strength


It was a nice little cardmaking break I took to spend some time with family celebrating the 4th of July. I'm back today with a card made for the MFT Sketch Challenge 340.


I stamped You Have My Heart on a main focal circle, colored with Copics and then adhered to a kraft card base that was inked using the Radiant Rays Stencil. I then added some grass using the Grassy Hills Die-namics and finished with a sentiment from More Essential Sentiments