Thursday, May 25, 2017

Crafty Christmas Collab

I'm so excited and honored to be Jess's Crafty Christmas Collaboration Guest over at her blog, All The Sparkle. Such a fun thing to do, we exchanged some Christmas crafty goods with each other to get a head start on our Christmas Cards for this year.  Jess has a challenge and giveaway going on as well, you can check out all the details on her blog!

Here are the goodies I was sent, the package included adorable Santas and Reindeer, a sentiment panel and word bubbles, patterned paper and sequins! Below are the following cards I made with them.

For this first card, I created an interactive reindeer that flies through the starry sky. I loosely colored the reindeer with Copics, and added a Nuvo Drop for the nose. I cut apart the sentiment and added a die cut word to finish the card off.

For this next card, I grabbed a reindeer and Santa, colored them with zigs and gave them a nice coating of sparkle. I mounted them onto the dark cardstock panel, added a word bubble and some sequins and then mounted this onto a piece of the patterned paper, which was affixed to a card base.

Here's the goodies that I had sent Jess:

And here's the card I made with the same goodies:

I decided to keep the die cut in one piece, and covered the panel with some Pearl Nuvo Mouse. I also colored and fussy cut the polar bear, and he too, was covered with the mouse. I added a stamped sentiment strip. Simple, but effective I think?

This was such a fun collaboration, and I already have some Christmas cards for my stash in May! Have you ever collaborated and exchanged products with a fellow stamper? Too much fun. It can really get you out of your comfort zone as well, and work with products you normally wouldn't reach for. Thanks, Jess, for having me!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Sympathy Florals

I have a solo post up over on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge Blog today with this floral sympathy card for the latest challenge: Challenge #9: Florals. There's still time to play, you have until May 29th and we'd really love to see your amazing projects featuring Concord & 9th Floral images!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pink Clouds and A Dragon

Coming to you from a rainy, Saturday afternoon here in Wisconsin. I did get some perennials rearranged this morning though, and took some time just now to create this card. I started with the MFT Color Challenge #69 and MFT Sketch Challenge #333 in mind.

To create the diagonal lines reflected in the sketch, I used the new Cloud Stencil to create a series of pink, raspberry and orange clouds, then outlined each with a white gel pen. Next, I die cut and colored a sweet lil' dragon from MFT's Magical Dragons and then tucked him behind a white cloud. The sentiment comes from Top Dog. I finished the card with some White Blizzard Nuvo Drops.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bless the Bear Hugs

A bit of watercoloring with Distress Oxide Inks, some stamping with Hero Arts and Honey Bee Stamps, a bit of die-cutting with Neat & Tangled and some action-wobbling make up this card that I think is so soft and sweet. I'm playing along in A Blog Named Hero's May Challenge: Watercoloring featuring Honey Bee Stamps.

I started by inking with a sponge distress oxide inks in Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber onto the edges of a watercolor panel and then added various amounts of water to soften the edges. I then stamped the greeting from Honey Bee's Bless Your Heart Stamp Set with brown ink, as well as the cute bear from Hero Art's Baby Animals Stamp Set. The watercolor panel was adhered onto a kraft cardbase that had been die cut with Neat & Tangled Tiny Prints Die Cuts and then I adhered the fussy cut bear with some wire to make it wobble.

Here's the sweet little guy with some wobbly action!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Challenge 9:: Florals

There's a new Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge and it's all about creating a floral project showcasing the amazing products available at Concord & 9th as this challenge is dedicated to the innovative stamp company and their products!

There are so many beautiful floral stamps available at Concord & 9th, so it was difficult for me to narrow down which set to use. I decided upon Wildflower. I stamped and heat embossed a floral scene onto watercolor paper, (with only a bit of masking) and then loosely colored the petals with Zigs. After everything dried, I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Brushed Blossoms. The final touch to my card was to add a series of black Nuvo Drops to the flowers and empty areas.

The challenge is sponsored by the fabulous Concord & 9th and one luck 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 May 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, May 6, 2017

Gonna Be Okay

This bunny. This Blah Bunny from Honey Bee Stamps almost sums up my days... I knew I had to have it and the coordinating sentiments too. As soon as it arrived yesterday I had to ink it up. I chose to work with the colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge #441, and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #286.

I colored the rug, stuffed bunny and coffee mug with Copics. The mug was affixed to the card with foam dimensionals. To add a bit of interest to this CAS card, I scored some lines in the front of the card base to represent wainscoting, I can't wait to reproduce this card with different colors!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

LID:: Mini Release:: May 2017

Lil' Inker Designs has an awesome mini release! We are showcasing some of these products with a blog hop. You should have arrived from the talented Laurie Willison's Blog.
Visit the Lil' Inker Design's Blog for the full link up.)

My first project features three products that were meant to go together, the CoverUp Die: Stitched Clouds and Angel Pets Stamp Set and Angel Pets Die. I started with a white card base that was inked with distress oxide and distress ink and then sprinkled with water, and embossed with the CoverUp Die: Stitched Clouds. I then stamped, and die cut the cute pup and wings (separate, so you could use the dog alone!) from Angel Pets Stamp Set and Angel Pets Die.
I adhered the pup in front of a rainbow die cut from an older die set, Rainbow and Clouds Die Set, onto a white square die cut from the Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Squares. The sentiment from Angel Pets Stamp Set was stamped onto a panel die cut from Stitched Mats: Long and Skinny Rectangles.

This next card features one of the two sentiment stamp sets released, Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today. I stamped the large stamp onto a white cardstock base with rounded corners.

There are many reasons to customize this stamp set, but I chose to use Nuvo Drops for embellishments.

Here's a look at the new release products showcased in my two projects today, along with the other stamp set showcased by a few design team members:

It is with pleasure that I get to send you to the talented Nichol Spohr'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 mini 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 the one of everything is being given away! There are three winners: one to receive the CoverUp Die: Stitched Clouds and Angel Pets Stamp Set and Angel Pets Dies, and two more winners will each get one of the new You Will Never Regret Being Kind and Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today Stamp Sets. 

Here For You

So here's what was supposed to be a quick card, but I think I encountered Patterned Paper Fear and it took sooo long to finish!

I was inspired by both the MFT Sketch Challenge 330 and MFT Color Challenge 68.

I heat embossed and watercolored the fox from Forest Friends, then tucked him into a scene created with the Trail Mix Paper Pack. I added a sentiment from Essential Sentiments. I finished with some black Nuvo Drops for the fox's eyes and nose.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Soft Prayers

There was a lovely, soft, inspiration picture for the Ellen Hutson April Pin-Sights Challenge

I watercolored the dies from Wild Garden with distress ink and distress oxide inks and then adhered them to a vanilla card base. I then stamped a sentiment from the beautiful Honey Bee Prayers Stamp Set. I added soft splatters, I guess because I think I can't do watercoloring without them. I finished with some rounded edges and clear dew drops.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Anniversary Deer

Stopping by super quick with a late entry for the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Outstanding Occasions. I decided to break out a Christmas based set, Cheery Christmas, for this one, and use it in a non-traditional way by making the reindeer into deer for an anniversary card. The deer were stamped and copic colored and fussy cut. Before nestling them into layered, die-cut grass, I added some inking and splatters to a white cardbase. I finished by adding a bordered sentiment, from Sophie's Sentiments as well as popping up the small speech bubble with dimensional adhesive.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Watercolored Hugs

Stamps. Watercolors. A bit of ink. How fun are those?! I created a watercolored background for this little Neat & Tangled girl (from Better Together) that was stamped in a light colored ink and also watercolored.

I am playing along in Little Tangle's Challenge #79: Watercolor. After stamping and watercoloring the main focal panel, I added a heat embossed sentiment and some dry embossing with Tiny Cuts.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Speckled Blooms

There is an old nursery rhyme that begins as such: "Of speckled eggs the birdie sings and nests among the trees; The sailor sings of ropes and things in ships upon the seas..."

I am playing along with one of my favorite challenges, the Altenew Inspiration Challenge with their beautiful color scheme, and while creating this card I kept thinking of speckled bird eggs.

I'm  not really sure why I white heat embossed the blooms from Altenew's Beautiful Day and Remember This knowing that I wanted white flowers with yellow centers, but it was too late to turn back after watercoloring in a blue background and the green leaves. I finished the card with a sentiment from Painted Greetings, a black and white washi border and black Nuvo Drops.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Garden Time

I got some time to garden today and it was divine! So therapeutic to pull weeds and move plants for a better flower bed. And...I had some help from my youngest son to do a lot of the heavy lifting. 

I also got some time to play with some crafty goodies, as it was a bit too chilly in the morning to garden. I based my card off of the MFT Sketch Challenge 329, using the Birch Tree Die-Namics, You Gnome Me Stamp Set and Hello There Die-Namics from MFT, along with some patterned paper and distress oxide inks.

Friday, April 21, 2017

CardMaker Blog Hop with Lil' Inker Designs

Lil' Inker Designs has teamed up with CardMaker Magazine for a fun hop featuring Lil' Inker Designs products. You should have arrived from Melissa Bickford's Blog if you are following the hop. (Full hop list available at the CardMaker Blog and the Lil' Inker Designs Blog.) I am seriously enamored with the April Release so I had to create another card featuring some of those products, and well, April Showers bring May Flowers!

I started by stamping, die cutting and detailing one of the cute owl images from Hootie Patootie (the coordinating dies are here). Then I die cut some vellum clouds from the Rainbow and Clouds Die Set. These were adhered over a grey panel that had some rain drops added from the cool and innovative Cut it Out Clouds and Accessories Die Set. I finished with a sentiment from Hootie Patootie.

Lil' Inker Designs has offered up a prize for this hop! Wow! A chance to win a $35 gift certificate, I'm telling you, the newest release was all sorts of fantastic, but of course all their products are!
(Details can be found on their blog on how to win...)

Your next stop on the hop is the very talented and fun Rebecca Keppel!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

One Layer Lilies

I had a solo post over at the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge Blog for the eighth challenge: One Layer! I'd love for you to stop by to see my full card and get some details on how I made it featuring one awesome stamp set, Lily Stamp Set.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Get Whale Soon

Interactive cards are too much fun to make, but I don't make them all that often. I should, though, as both my boys really like seeing how they work!

The LawnFawnatics is having a challenge: Interactive Cards, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play along. I don't have many new Lawn Fawn sets, so it is fun to break them out and bring new life into them.

I started by creating a panel with a mix of the green and blue distress oxide inks, and then die cut our a spinner portion.

I then stamped, colored and fussy cut some images from an older Lawn Fawn set, Critters in the Sea. The whale was attached to a spinner and tucked into the spinner track. I then stamped a sentiment, a mix from Critters in the Sea and On the Mend onto a panel and adhered some corresponding sea creatures.

For a finishing touch, I stamped some bubbles and added some Crystal Clear Nuvo Drops. The whale spins and swims along the track.