Monday, October 15, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  I know it's been quiet around here, but I have a post this morning on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge blog that I'm pretty excited about.  Simple cards, but I just love them.  Hope to see you over there!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #26

Good morning!  I'm excited to share with you the newest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9.
Challenge #26 is all about layers.  Now normally I would be a bit anxious about this particular challenge, but I recently had the need for lots of baby and birthday gifts (and flowers!), so I made lots of tags.  I realized Concord & 9th's Hooray Ribbon Dies are great...and more importantly easy...to layer.  Today I'm sharing a Halloween set of tags (although all you have to do is swap out the colors and you're good to go for any occasion).

The rectangular base for my tags is from Concord & 9th's Monogram Dies, and I die cut a little hole topper from their Sprinkles Tag Dies to thread the twine through.  The center sentiments come from a retired set called Lots of Blots; however, you can still find it in various online scrapbook stores.  I really love it for gift giving.  I also think that the the new Bold & Brushy Alphabets would be perfect to stamp your own sentiment here. Had mine arrived before I made these, you'd be seeing a big bold and brushy "boo" in the center of at least one of them. :)  
On my first tag, I created the background using splatters from Grateful For Everything.  Then, I stamped Concord & 9th's Plaid Background in orange before cutting the medallion layer in the Hooray Ribbon Dies to emphasize the layered look a bit more.  I finished the tag by layering several of the circle layer cuts in the Hooray Ribbon Dies.
I created the next tag in the same way, but just swapped out the colors.  When I stamped the white ink it wasn't quite as vibrant as I hoped, but using a white gel pen in the washed out areas was an easy fix to brighten it right up.  
On the last tag I wanted a different background, so I embossed Sketched Stripes instead.
Isn't color amazing?  You can create holiday projects using non-holiday supplies simply by using the right colors.
I must say that these tags were a blast to put together and made "layers" a totally do-able task for me, which is saying quite a lot.
I hope that you'll join us for our Layers Challenge this month!  Head over to the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog to check out all the details on how to play, and don't forget that every challenge entry is a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Concord & 9th.  They have a brand new release today...fabulous as always, so make sure to check it out HERE.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

12 Kits Of Occasions: Under and Over the Sea

Happy Sunday!  Another month comes to a close, which means I get to share my projects for The 12 Kits of Occasions.  This month our friend Kim put together a darling Under and Over the Sea themed kit.  I used almost all of it, and have just a couple unfinished cards left.  I spent a day coloring the images with colored pencils, and then the cards pretty much put themselves together.  First up is a card using Essentials by Ellen Otterly Awesome set.
This mama and papa otter are die cut to hold something, and it seemed like a little otter was just the perfect thing to be holding.  With all the card making and sending I do, sometimes I forget to make cards and send them to my own kiddos.  This week got me thinking that I need to be better about that, so this one's for my son.
The next two cards are for my daughter.  This first one uses MFT's Fun in the Sun and Splash by Avery Elle.  It might be a little crowded on the card, but I know she'll love every single thing in that pool.
This card is my favorite.  I love this little mermaid from MFT's Mermazing so much!  I love her tail the most.  My little one loved everything in this kit, and I had to hide it from her, so I could actually use it.  I'm pretty sure she'll be happy to be getting it back in the form of a card.
 She's very shimmery in real life. :)
I chose my favorite colors for the first mermaid and my daughter's favorite colors for the second....I should probably give her this card, too. :)
Oh, this pile of cards just makes me SO happy!  It also makes me want to shop since I don't have any of these stamps in my own stash.  Lol.  That really is the only downside of these kits...my wish list always seems to grow after using them.
My teammates past (yay for having Joyce join us this month!) and present have made the cutest cards with this kit.  You won't want to miss a single one of them, so make sure you go right away to The 12 Kits of Occasions Blog.  Have a blessed Sunday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Spellbinders Sweet Christmas

Hello!  Today I've got my first Christmas tags and cards of the season to share.  Too early...maybe.  But our fall is going to be increasingly busy, so I'm grateful for this headstart to the Christmas season.  All of my projects today use dies from Spellbinders' A Sweet Christmas collection.  I also pulled out an oldie but goodie for all of my projects - Spellbinders Nestabilities Label Four dies.  I have had these dies forever it seems, but I still reach for them.
The focal point of my first card is the Hanging Stockings die.  You don't need to add much to create a card with this large scene (read: it makes for really quick cards!). The sentiment comes from the new From Our Home to Yours dies and to help it stand out a bit more I placed it on top of vellum.  I used some partial die cutting with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Label Four dies to create a bit of a decorative edge on the vellum...partially because the card came together so quickly I thought I better put in a little effort and do a little something extra. :)
This next card showcases the big Santa from the From Our Home to Yours dies.  This set is pretty fantastic and comes with 10 different dies.  The shaker window was created with the largest of the  Nestabilities Label Four dies.  I pulled out another really old set of dies, the Nestabilities Circles dies, to create the tag and adorned it with a little holly from the From Our Home to Yours die collection.
I've been itching to make tags, and now seemed to be the perfect time.  I created frames by double cutting two sizes of the Label Four dies.  This tree is from Hanging Stockings die.  Don't be afraid to use just a portion of the die!  It was so easy to trim off just a section, and I feel like it gives the die a lot more life.
My last tag uses yet another die from the From Our Home to Yours die collection.  These tags were so quick and easy to make (great for mass production), but I still loved how they turned out. 
Ahh...seeing these all together brings the biggest smile.  Something about classic Christmas colors just makes me so happy, and these dies really made things come together quickly, which makes me even happier!  I hope you've had a great start to your week.  Thanks for spending a little of it with me. :)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Good morning!  I'm sharing a couple cards on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog this morning and I hope you'll pop over and take a peek!  Hope you are having a happy, safe weekend!