Saturday, August 3, 2019

The 12 Kits of Occasions: The Best Summer Ever

Hello!  This week got away with me, but thankfully I found a quick second to post my projects for July's 12 Kits of Occasions.  How grateful I am for this group of friends.  I love that these kits keep us connected.  Marybeth put together such a fun summer kit - popsicles, fruit, flowers, flamingoes - just lots and lots of things I love about summer.  You can catch all the details on the goodies she included on the supply list here.
As I created my projects I worked in sets.  First up is the set that screams summer.  I love popsicles.  LOVE love them.  In fact my grandmother used to call me "the popsicle kid" because I ate them all the time...or at least I wanted to eat them all the time.  So using the darling popsicles from Concord & 9th Cool Treats Dies was a must for me.  I paired them with other supplies Marybeth had included in the kit.
I really loved the paper on the next card.  We just got back from visiting my in-laws.  I'm blessed to have gained such a wonderful family and I thought this card was a fun way to say thank you for making our summer so wonderful.  
I used The Stamp Market's Thank You So Much Dies.  I gotta say that it took a little longer to layer each letter back on than I would have liked, but I love the bold result.  Just to add a bit of fun, I fussy cut out a few fruits from the leftover paper and popped them up in random places on the card.
Next up is the floral set.
The item I was the very most excited to see in the kit was the mason jar from The Greetery's Just Mason Around set.  Happily the flowers from Concord & 9th's Filled In Florals fit just perfectly in it.  A fun thing about so many companies having watercolor floral sets is that it creates lots of mixing and matching options.  I felt like the flowers needed some stems and leaves, so I got the stems from Concord & 9th's Petals & Pallets set and the leaves from WPlus9's Watercolored Anemones.
Now I loved the gingham paper too much to let even the littlest strip go to waste, so I combined it with this fabulous sentiment from Concord & 9th's Filled In Florals and some leftover florals.  
Last up is the mondo flower from Concord & 9th's Filled In Florals that Marybeth included in the kit as well as a frame she sent.
Well, that's it for me today.  Here's the whole lineup all together.  Don't you just love those happy colors?
Thank you so much for visiting today!  One of my favorite parts about these kits is seeing how everyone used the same supplies in their own creative way, so make sure you visit The 12 Kits of Occasions blog here to see my teammates wonderful projects.  Have a lovely weekend!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The 12 Kits of Occasions - Summer Fun!

Hello!  This is probably a bit shocking to see a new post from me.  As life would have it, shortly after my last post we've had one major health issue after another within our family and friends, including the passing of my grandmother.  Most of the cards I made I sent to my grandmother, and it's been a struggle to get back into making cards again.  But I am thrilled to be able to join my 12 Kits of Occasions friends today using a kit packed full of summer fun.  
I decided to really embrace the "summer" part of this kit.  There were lots of cute patterned papers, and this particular one seemed perfect to use with The Stamp Market's Skinny Upper Alpha Dies, which I was anxious to try out.  I framed the card out with one of MFT's Stitched Rectangle Stax, and added this cute pineapple and hibiscus (from Papertrey Ink's Some Like it Hot set) that were also included in the kit.  Simple, but it makes me smile.
When I was making my first card, I layered some plain black letters under "SUMMER" to give it more dimension.  I ended up really loving my scrap piece of negative die cuts, so I trimmed it down and used it on the next card.
As soon as I opened my kit from the wonderful Birgit, I saw this cute flamingo and knew I had to use him.  He's also from PTI's Some Like it Hot. (Why don't I own this cute set?!) I popped him up on top of a trio of Echo Park's Palm Leaves, and used that fabulous negative scrap piece in the background. 
Obviously I only scratched the surface of the kit here, but it felt good to dip my toes back in the cardmaking pool again.
You can see oodles more inspiration by my wonderful friends over on the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog.  Hoping you have a beautiful Sunday and a wonderful week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

I'm back! :) (+ 12 Kits of Occasions February)

Hello!  Anyone still there? ;) Boy has it ever been a long time!  And for good reason.  In case you missed it on my Instagram account, we welcomed a brand new addition to our family a few months ago.  There have been lots of adjustments for all of us (especially in the time department), but we couldn't be more grateful to have this little one in our home.  
It seems fitting that my first post back is with my 12 Kits of Occasions friends.  I love them so!   This month our theme is Party in the Park.  Nancy sent such a bright, fun kit that truly had me in all smiles every time I looked at it, and I can definitely say that it felt like a party when I actually got to sit down and create with it.  I started with some of the goodies in the kit that I adored most and are officially on my want it (*need* it) list now. 
How beautiful are these Rose Flurries 3D Dies by Altenew?  I love how they looked paired with this sentiment from Concord & 9th's Grateful for Everything stamp set and the Plaid Background. (PS This scalloped tag die from Winnie & Walter is a long time favorite of mine, and I want to use it on everything lately.) 
The next card features Pretty Pink Posh's Decorative Tag 2.  Also now on my wish list. :) I have so many ideas in my head on how I would love to use this little window.  And I feel like it is a match made in heaven paired with the shiplap in Concord & 9th's Shiplap Sentiments.  This card is so simple, and I wanted to mass produce it and send it to everyone I know.
Surprise!!!  Admittedly I'm easily amused, but seriously, how fun is it to have a hidden message?!  I mixed some dies to create the sentiment.  I trimmed just the "you" from Concord & 9th's Grateful Dies and used just "thank" from their Many Thanks Dies. (PS If you're wondering why my cards are thank yous it is because I had to send a few non-handmade thank yous for baby gifts and it about killed me to do it. So while these are shamefully late, at least they are homemade.)
Clearly I just scratched the surface, so make sure you head over to the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  I know you'll leave with brightened spirits and a mind full of inspiration.  If you are reading this, thank you so much for visiting!  It felt SO good to create again! Thanks for letting me share with you! :) 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hello!  I am beyond thrilled to be joining my friend Tracey in her fabulous 25 Days of Christmas Tags event.  She puts so much work and love into this, and it really is all for our benefit with oodles of inspiration to be seen and oodles of prizes to be won.  You can find all the details on how to join in on the fun on Tracey's blog HERE.  Today I have the pleasure of featuring some of my favorite products by Concord and 9th, one of the generous sponsors (read: prize givers) for this event.  
Normally I like bold, bright and fun for the holidays, but this year I decided I wanted something a little softer, a little simpler, and a little more elegant.  Soft pink and muted gold glitter seemed to fit the bill perfectly.  My first tag uses perhaps my all time favorite Concord & 9th holiday product, Ornamental Dies.  Their large size and brilliant design options have me giddy and in awe every time I use them.  
I loved my first tag but knew my son would be less than thrilled to have a soft pink tag on his Christmas package, so I decided to make a second design for him.  I pulled out a new Concord & 9th favorite of mine, the Snow Flurry Dies.  I swapped blue for pink but kept the simplicity in design of the first tag.  I love that both the Ornamental Dies and the Snow Flurry Dies allow for the center portion of the shape to be cut in a different color, so I could maintain a cohesive design by inserting the gold into both tags.
Thanks so much for visiting me today.  I love, love, love the 25 Days of Christmas Tags, and I just know you will, too, so make sure you head to Tracey's blog next see even more inspiration and get in on those fabulous prizes!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Adore Him with Spellbinders + Fun Stampers Journey

Today is such a fun day.  I have the pleasure of celebrating the exciting merge between Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey.  The two companies come together today!
I'm so happy that you'll now be able to purchase products from both companies all in one place because Spellbinders has wonderful dies and I quickly fell in love with several of the FSJ stamp sets (I'm thinkin' of you Gnome for the Holidays!).  FSJ carries stamps, dies, accessories, etc., and the rubber cling stamps stamp beautifully.
My cards today use the wonderful Adore Him stamp and die bundle.  I love this bundle!  It portrays exactly what my heart wants to share at Christmas.  The message speaks volumes, so I wanted to use colors and designs that would not compete with that.
I started my first card by stamping the city skyline.  To fill the width of the card, I stamped it twice.  Next I stamped the sentiment below.  I fussy cut around the top of the city outline and popped the entire panel up on a navy blue card base.  Finally, I stamped, fussy cut, and adhered the star image from the Adore Him stamp set.  
The card needed just a bit more, and when I was looking through Fun Stampers Journey's embellishments, the Gift Twine immediately caught my eye.  It is a true white and I love the little bit of gold woven throughout.  It adds a little something special in a simple way...just what I like. :)  I also added a little wood veneer to the star image for some added dimension.
My second card features a few more images and another sentiment from the Adore Him stamp set as well as the coordinating dies.  I did a little ink blending on the side of the card base, splattered the background with a little bit of black paint, and popped up the stamped images. 
I finished my card by again adding a few wood stars.  I sighed the happiest sigh when I put the two cards next to each other.  I can already tell that these stamps are going to get a lot of use.  
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope that you enjoyed your visit!