Sunday, October 20, 2019

Thanks 3 Ways with Technique Tuesday

Hello!  It feels and looks like autumn outside, and that always makes me happy.  Today's cards make me happy, too, because thank you cards are my favorite.  They are my favorite to create and my favorite to give.  And I had an added measure of gratitude creating with the Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set and Turkey & Pie Crafting Dies Bundle that Technique Tuesday so generously sent to me.  As always, "quick and simple" is my motto, but I really loved the little images in the set and wanted to show the big impact repeated use of small images or small text can have on cards.  
I have always loved the Sammy the Squirrel stamp set, so I put him front and center on my card and used the in the cute little images in the Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set to create a wreath around him. 
I knew I wanted color on my card, but honestly my eyes were too tired to color the squirrel, so I grabbed a mask (I save them with my stamp sets until they no longer stick anymore), some ink, and a blending brush and voila...big happy color in a few quick seconds.  
Anyone else get a huge amount of satisfaction pulling off a mask to reveal the whiteness beneath?  It's just so satisfying.
Oh, I almost forgot. The cardstock I used already had some colored flecks in it, but I wanted them a bit more pronounced, so I flicked on some brown ink before pulling off the mask.  This card makes me smile big.
I used the Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set again on my next card, but I paired it with the flower from the Enjoy Layered Flower stamp set.
I wanted the flower to look a bit more like a sunflower, so I double stamped the circles in the center of the flower and added a stalk.  
This set does not come with a stalk, but that was no problem.  I simply took some post it paper and cut a slightly curvy slit down the piece of paper.  Then, I spaced the two pieces a little bit a part and blended ink in between to create the stalk.
After splattering on some brown ink, I finished the card off with a sentiment from the Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set.
For my last card, I pulled out Technique Tuesday's Turkey & Pie Crafting Dies.  I created a focal point by repeatedly stamping some of the little text from the Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set.  It's super easy to do, and I just eyeballed it with use a grid lined acrylic block.
I popped up one of the dies and the card was done.  So simple, so easy, so fun.  And a great way to get some use out of the itty bitty sentiments in a set.
Happy sigh.  It is always such a blessing to have time to create, and I'm looking forward to popping these in the mail.  Technique Tuesday has some great thank you and Thanksgiving themed stamps.  And guess what?  They are having a sale on them right now until Thursday, October 24.  just go HERE and use the code Thanks19 when you checkout. Happy shopping and happy rest of the week friends. :)

Monday, September 30, 2019

12 Kits of Occasions - Friends & Food

Hello! It's one of my very most favorite days of the month...the day I get to share my projects for The 12 Kits of Occasions.  Each month I love seeing the items my friend's have put together in their kits.  The donuts in Kim's cute kit immediately caught my eye. And the papers.  Doesn't Lawn Fawn make the cheeriest papers?  I was eager to use them on my projects.
Isn't this giant stack of donuts from Mama Elephant's Donut Treats fun?  We have a local donut shop that we love to eat at.  All of us get excited when we see that white box.  My daughter especially loves their pink frosted donuts with sprinkles, so I used them as my inspiration.
Not one to leave a donut behind, I used the other donuts in the kit to make a birthday tag.  October and November are packed with birthdays on both sides of our family, so I figured I better get started creating for them.
I cut a few more cute prints from Lawn Fawn's Spring Fling paper with The Stamp Market's Tag'd Dies to create my tag.
I have a couple more cards in the works, so stay tuned. :) In the meantime, you can see my teammates creations using this cute kit by visiting The 12 Kits of Occasions blog here.  I hope you have a happy start to your week!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

12 Kits of Occasions - End of Summer Soiree

Hello!  I'm popping in for a quick post to share a couple projects I made with our latest kit from The 12 Kits of OccasionsMichelle sent a wonderful kit with the theme "End of Summer Soiree".  I loved the variety of elements she included.  In truth, I made more cards than I am sharing here, and I don't have my typical group photo because I had already used some of the cards, but hopefully you enjoy these. :)
My first card uses some wonderful flowers Michelle included in the kit from The Stamp Market's Petal Patch.  I loved them and happened to have purchased them and some other goodies from The Stamp Market a few months ago, so I pulled them out and used them on the card as well.  The background is heat embossed with the Diamond Tile Background, and I fussy cut a sentiment from Scripty Sentiments. 
I needed a card for a child last week, so I pulled out a set I've always loved but never used enough, Mama Elephant's Up and Away.  I did a simple watercolor and popped this little monkey up on some patterned paper from the kit.  I kind of love how this banner Michelle included in the kit is floating through the air.  I may be the only one who appreciates that, but it makes me smile.
You can see all my wonderful friends' cards using this kit by visiting the 12 Kits of Occasions blog here.  It's definitely worth the trip. :) Have the most wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

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!