Monday, April 9, 2018

Catching Up: Where Creativity Meets C9 + 12 Kits of Occasions

Good morning!  I just wanted to let you know that Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #20 is officially live.  Make sure you head on over to check out my talented teammates' projects.
After three consecutive days of snow flurries here, I'm as anxious as anyone to be creating spring cards.  I'm just hoping the snow didn't kill all our budding blossoms.  I do so love to see the flowers bloom!  Speaking of flowers, Concord and 9th has an AMAZING new release today.  I just ordered! :) You can check out the new release HERE.  Now is a great time to buy, too, because April is Concord & 9th's Customer Appreciation month and they have freebies being offered and extra sales going on.  Happy day, right?

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You may have noticed some silence here the last month or so.  We've been dealing with quite a bit of family illness, me included.  I missed out playing along with my friends at The 12 Kits of Occasions in March, but make sure you visit the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog to check out all of their fabulous cards with Jessica's kit.  And guess what?  Some of the goodies used in the kit like Concord & 9th's Unicorn Dies are part of Concord & 9th's Customer Appreciation sale.  Nothing like seeing something you like being used and finding out it is on sale. :) Lots of smiles happening here.  Thanks for visiting today.   I hope you are all headed into a beautiful week.  I sure hope to be back to crafting soon.  Hugs!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Father's Day Fish

Yep, you read that right.  I skipped ahead to Father's Day.  I feel like the holidays are just flying by this year, and I'm barely keeping up, so as soon as I received the Spellbinder's Fishing Trip Etched Dies (S3-300), I knew I wanted to get a little ahead of the game and create a Father's Day card.  Really, it was my grandpas who were the big fishermen, but I know my dad fished with my Grandpa, so I figure it works.  I loved thinking of my grandpas while I made this card.  I used to get little fish hooks caught on my clothes (or skin!) all of the time when I rode in my grandpa's car.  And I chuckled when I added the string embellishment on the card.  I know that is something cardmaker's do, but I was thinking of tangled fishing line the whole time.  I can remember helping my grandpa untangle little knots in the line.  
This card was also a fun excuse to try out Distress Oxide Inks.  I got some on a crazy good sale around Christmas and had never tried them.  I blended most of the colors I had, splattered them with water, and then die cut lots of fish using the Spellbinder's Fishing Trip Etched Dies.  I liked them so much I didn't want to cover them up, so I used I tiny sentiment and called it good.  The Fishing Trip Dies actually come as a set of four, so they're definitely worth checking out for the fishermen in your life. :) Hope that you are headed into a wonderful weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!   

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek


Hi!  I'm over at the Where Creativity Meets C9 blog this morning with some extra inspiration for our current Sketch Challenge.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #19

Good morning!  Are you ready for a new Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge?  This month's challenge is something we've never done before.
It's a sketch!  I have to admit I tried a few different ideas before I stuck with this one and in the process forgot that the sketch had the sentiment centered...oops.  Oh, well.  You'll see that some of us were a little looser with our interpretation of the sketch, and that's totally okay!

I've used Concord & 9th's Magnolia Wreath stamp set a few times, but would you believe I've never inked up the actual wreath?  I thought it was high time to remedy that.  And the design with the two tabs is so brilliant and makes everything so easy to line up.  I stamped and die cut the wreath as well as several flowers and berries that can all be found in the Magnolia Wreath Bundle.  I just love that this set sort of magically morphs into any season depending on the colors you use.
I embossed a Happy Birthday sentiment from Concord & 9th's Many Mandalas set onto a tag from the Love Notes Envelope Dies.  It didn't stand out quite as much as I'd hoped, so I stamped the sentiment a second time just a tad bit offset to look like a shadow.  Oh, and I almost forgot my wood stripes.  They come from the Petals and Pallets set.
Pop over to the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog to read all the details on how to join us for Challenge #19.  You're bound to find lots of inspiration, and you might be the lucky winner of a Concord and 9th $25 Gift Certificate or have a chance to guest design with us for an upcoming challenge.  Happy crafting! PS Concord & 9th is releasing another fabulous set of products today.  You can check it out HERE.

Supplies (Affiliate links used)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, PTI Lemon Tart
Ink: Altenew Coral Berry, Limestone, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake; VersaMark
Other: Neat & Tangled Crystal Clear Sequins, Simon Says Stamp White Embossing Powder, twine

Monday, March 5, 2018

Hugs! (PTI Transformation Tuesday)

Hello, friends!  I have a quick card to share today.  Papertrey has a new feature called Transformation Tuesday.  I love the idea of transforming a card and was eager to join the fun.  I made this birthday card a long time ago and found it a couple weeks ago.  I still have it because I was never satisfied with it and couldn't bare to send it.  So, I took the parts I liked--stacked sentiments + sentiment on a flag--and simplified the whole thing.  
Better, right?  I can't tell you how nice it feels to finally be content with this card.  Hope you are having a wonderful week!

(All supplies PTI unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Wet Paint III
Dies: Big Hugs, Sketched Shapes
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal