Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Triple Challenge Christmas Card

Good afternoon!  I'm back sharing another card for Anna Kossakovskaya's CASometry - Randomizer Challenge. For Stage 2, in addition to randomly selecting a stamp set, you had to use one stamp at least three times.  I randomly selected Altenew's Wood Pallet Background Stamp (not exactly the easiest for repeated stamping), but there is a little trio of stars in the set, so I chose that stamp.  
I was a little at a loss for a theme, but I'd recently looked at Jessica Frost-Ballas' 3rd Crafty Christmas Collaboration, so I decided to combine these two challenges. My layout was completely inspired by Jessica's card HERE.  I'm also linking to the Simon Says: Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge
I wanted a multicolor background, and the stars are spaced far enough apart that you can ink each one in a different color and then stamp all three colors at the same time.  I stamped the trio of stars at least 10 times (I lost count), added some little black dots, and then filled the window with seed beads.  The banner is from the same Altenew set, but the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter's Sentimental: Winter.  I was really trying to keep the Altenew set the focus of my card, but the card needed a little something more, so I scooted the banner down and added a super cute reindeer from Clearly Besotted's Let's Prance stamp set.  My eye is still most drawn to the banner, so I'm hoping this still counts for the CASometry Challenge.
I'm enjoying taking these supply pictures.  Sometimes it surprises me at the end how many (or how few) supplies I've used.  Plus it helps me remember what I use on cards without having to write anything down. I guess that makes me sound a little lazy, but it's true. :P I hope you are having a wonderful week!  Thanks for stopping by today!
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  I totally forgot to share that I have a blog post up on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog.  You can CLICK HERE to check it out.  I used some of my favorite colors and favorite sets... Concord & 9th's Brushed Blossom and Sophisticated Script Bundle....AND it was the only Easter card I made this year.  (Luckily I had a couple left over from last year to mail out as well.)  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, my friends!
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CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer. Stage 1.

Hello!  I have a few cards to share today inspired by Anna Kossakovskaya's CASometry Challenge.  Anna is one of my very favorite cardmakers, and I love how her challenges always aim to help you get more use out of the stamps you already own.  This year the overall theme is "Randomizer".  For Stage 1 all you have to do is randomly select a stamp set and use it as the main focus on your card as well as one geometry shape (mine is a rectangle).  Fun, right?  Because I know the order of my stamps fairly well, my husband randomly chose "the 11th one in the middle box".  :) The stamp set was Clearly Besotted's An Apple a Day.  It's been far too long since I've used it, and it actually was the perfect random set because Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up.  I'm ahead of schedule now.  Yay!
This is my official card for the challenge.  I loved all the apples so much I stamped all of them. :) I created the sentiment with Neat & Tangled's Journaling Alphas Dies. 
Since the large sentiment kind of took center stage on my first card I decided to make a second.  The design is even simpler, but you can see the apples a bit more.  I used Little Notes by The Stamp Market for the first time for the sentiment.  Ooo...I just LOVE the font.  And although the first smudge was accidental, I did purposely ink a bit of a second color on each apple.  I kind of liked the bit of shadow my oops created, so I did it on the rest.
My final card made use of all the scraps and pieces that didn't make it onto the previous cards.  The only thing I had to do was blend ink behind the alpha negative.  It was pretty awesome to not have any leftovers when it was time to clean up.  Here's a quick shot of the supplies I used. 
Thank you, Anna, for hosting such a fun challenge.  I had a bunch of fun making these cards and dusting off a set that hasn't seen ink in quite a while.  It made me remember why I bought this cute set in the first place.  
Hope your week has been full of lots of smiles.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #8

Good morning!  I'm so happy to share with you my card for the newest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9.  Our theme for Challenge #8 is "One Layer". :) I sure love a one layer card. 
This card is super special to me.  Almost always I make my cards with the recipient in mind.  I love that it allows me to think of that person the whole time I create, and that I can add little details specific to them or to the message I am trying to send.  I view cardmaking as so much more than a hobby.  It is a wonderful creative avenue for me to send a piece of my heart to those I love often at times when I don't quite have the words to express all I feel, whether it be joy, or encouragement, or gratitude, or sorrow.  Sometimes a card (or rather the message I am trying to convey) is so important that I pray before I even get started.  That was the case with this card.  I had a prayer in my heart for the ones who will be receiving this card and prayed that I would be able to create something that they would think was beautiful, that would bring a little warmth and peace and love and faith during a difficult time. 
Knowing who I was making this for made it easy to gather supplies.  I pulled out my Concord and 9th stamps, selected the ones that reminded me of her, and then gathered other supplies and colors that did the same.  I really, really wanted to put woodgrain on here, but I actually remade this card a couple times, and the woodgrain version didn't make the cut.  
I initially started coloring the flowers a few colors, but realized after finishing that card that the flowers all had to be white.  I want to send a big shout out and thank you to Sandy Allnock, whose "Winter Whites" copic video tutorial (you can view it HERE) was SO helpful after struggling to try to color white flowers.  And as luck would have it (or rather, little tender mercy), she even used the same Hello Lovely Stamp Set from Concord and 9th in her tutorial.  Since I'm just starting to learn how to color, this tutorial was invaluable to me even when I was using a different coloring medium. 
 
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I built my sentiment with Concord and 9th's Kindhearted and Sophisticated Script Stamp Sets. I adore the font in Kindhearted, and love that I've been able to selectively ink and combine sentiments from that set to create lots of different sentiments on cards I've made.  I also love that I can literally create any sentiment I want with Sophisticated Script.  And doesn't it just look beautiful when it is embossed?  (Fun sidenote: the person who is receiving this card is the one who convinced me I needed Sophisticated Script in my life after she sent me a card and special wall art for my daughter's room using it.)
Right before I cleaned up, I snapped a quick photo of the supplies I used to make the card.  I imagine I might want to make something similar in the future and didn't want to forget what I used. :)
This card was a bit labor intensive for me, but the awesome thing about one layer cards is that they don't have to be, so I really hope that you will join us for our One Layer Challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9,  Making one layer cards is truly so satisfying to me.  Make sure your next stop is the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge blog.  My super talented teammates are sharing some amazing cards today!

Friday, March 31, 2017

12 Kits Of Occasions - Out of This World

Good morning!  I'm so excited to share with you this month's "Out of This World" kit for the 12 Kits of Occasions.  The amazing Jeanne (of A Kept Life) sent us the most incredible kit packed full with everything a cosmic loving heart could desire.  Somehow my projects don't really showcase the awesome variety of goodies she sent.  I guess I got started with MFT's Space Explorer and Out of This World and couldn't stop using them, so you'll definitely want to visit the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  In addition to having the regular design team's projects, we have four fabulous guests, so you're headed for inspiration galore.  You can also find a really detailed supply list for all the products I used HERE.
I'm still learning to use my Prismacolor pencils, but I'm loving them.  I always knew that I'd be more comfortable with a pencil.  It's just more forgiving.  One MFT Space Explorer was not enough, so I colored a second one with a cute little blonde haired nephew in mind. :) I blended three different inks on the card base and placed this super fun die cut on top.  It's the All Star Collage from Poppy Stamps, and ironically enough, when I initially pulled it out of the kit I had no idea how I would use it, but I love it here.
Next up is this is one of the cute aliens in MFT's Out of This World set.  I love that Jeanne always includes googley eyes in her kits (at least since I've been on the team), and I think they make this little guy even cuter.  The earth is from Altenew's Big World.  I really loved this patterned paper, and I chose my color scheme from the colored dots. 
I had big plans for making some really cool "space" backgrounds on my cards, but didn't quite get them done.  However, I was pretty proud of myself for using a lot less white than I typically use.  This last card is my husband's favorite...maybe mine, too.
 Doesn't this view just make you smile?  So much cuteness in this kit!
Don't forget to head to the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  Trust me, the projects are amazing and you won't want to miss them.  Plus, you'll get to see tons and tons more of what was included in this "Out of This World" kit.  Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a happy weekend!
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Friday, March 24, 2017

With Sympathy

Good morning!  I wish this card was for a happy occasion, but I guess though not happy, it is for an important occasion.  Sympathy cards are hard enough to make, but I feel like they are even harder when the card is going to a man...so I enlisted my husband's help.  It's a simple design, but husband-approved.  I started by stamping on scratch paper, and ironically, my practice version is still the one he and I both like best because imperfect stamping actually makes the card look better.  It took me four more attempts to recreate the look to get a card we could both be okay with (this one).  The key was imperfection (how many times do we happily get to say that?!), and stamping off once really helped with that.  I had the weeping willow in my parents' backyard in mind as I created this card, and used the wheat stalk in Concord and 9th's Give Thanks for the leaves.  The sentiment is from Concord and 9th's Brushed Blossom set.  I'm hoping this card will bring a measure of comfort.  And my husband was such a big help that I just might get him to help me more often. :)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

You are Amazing!

Hello!  Yesterday we got lots of sad news.  We learned that the wife of one of my husband's coworkers passed away, and then a good friend of mine from Utah sent me a message to let me know that a speech pathologist (and friend) we worked with had passed away.  My heart was heavy after making sympathy cards for their husbands, and I just couldn't go to bed on such a sad note, so I stayed up late late late and decided to make a card to celebrate my aunt.  She finished her last round of chemotherapy last week.  She's never complained, constantly expressing gratitude for the strength God has given her through this trial.  I think in my mind I hadn't really realized how terribly sick she was because on the phone she always sounded so upbeat, but my mom recently spent a month helping her and my grandmother, and when she sent pictures of my aunt all I could do was cry.  I am blessed to be her niece, and I am so grateful for her example.  I used the watercolor flower fillers from Concord and 9th's Hello Lovely set for the first time on this card, and I was a little surprised at how much I liked the way they look on their own.  I added the stamen and some extra ink splatters from Brushed Blossom to finish it off.  Oh, and the sentiment is from Verve's Simply Amazing Stamps and Amazing Adjectives Dies...appropriately named for the occasion I thought. :)
I was so glad the sun was out today.  The temperature outside wasn't very high, but with the sun it almost felt hot.  It was such a good reminder of how much God's love and light can warm us even on our "colder" days.  Hoping your week is full of many more joys than sorrows.  Thanks for stopping by, my friends!
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek


Hi!  I'm over on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog this morning sharing another card for our CASE a Designer Challenge.  I am loving this challenge!  If you haven't played along, I hope you will, and if you have a chance, pop over to the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog to see my second card. Hope you have a great day!

PTI Tulip Birthday Card

Hi!  I had about 30 minutes today to squeeze in a card while dinner baked in the oven, so I decided to play along with a couple of the Papertrey Release Challenges.  I chose Day 5's Challenge, which was to improve a card you weren't quite satisfied with, and since I used one of my favorite PTI floral sets, Tulip Time, I'm also linking this up to Day 3's Challenge.  Yes, I know you are supposed to use your all time favorite floral set, but any one who knows me knows I can't narrow things down to just one favorite. 
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To be honest, I think this might be the card that never ends because after taking a second look at it, there are already a couple things I can see that I'd do differently.  Oh, well.  It might be fun to see where this journey of the perfect berry sorbet tulip card takes me.  And actually a few of the things I would have done a little different were the result of a little two-year-old helper I had, so all in all I think this "mom and me" card turned out pretty well.
I'm also linking this up to the Simon Says: For a Special Lady Challenge.  The original card was made for a special teammate of mine, and this one is, too. :) Hope that your week has started off to a good one.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #7

Good morning!  I don't think I've ever been so excited to share a new Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge with you, so I'll get right to it.  This month the challenge is "CASE a Designer".  I think it is so fun!
Permission to CASE one of my talented Design Team members...yes, please! The hard part was choosing which card to CASE. Honestly, it was excruciating trying to narrow it down to just one.  Finally I let the recipient be the deciding factor.  My sister celebrates her birthday this month.  She loves purple and teal and flowers, so the obvious option was to CASE this incredibly beautiful card from my teammate Emily Midgett from our very first celebration challenge.  (It is absolutely worth your time to check out all the details on her gorgeous card HERE.)
I just know my sister is going to love this, and it makes me all giddy inside.  I didn't change hardly a thing from Emily's card.  Why mess with perfection?!  Now I will admit that in the process of making this card I asked my husband why in the world I chose to create something so difficult for me.  Watercoloring is not my forte, but I love it, so I decided to stick with it since I knew that studying Emily is exactly what I need to do more of if I want to improve. She is a miracle worker with Zig markers.    
I white embossed the beautiful cake from Concord and 9th's Happy Day stamp set, watercolored with my Zig's, and cut it out. (I forgot to run it through the Happy Day die before coloring and was too afraid to run it through after in case I accidentally cut it wrong.) I embossed the flags from Happy Day straight onto the cardstock, blended some white ink around the cake to highlight it a bit more, and added the sparkler stamps and a few sequins.  
Now you must go check out all the other Designers cards for Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #7.  My teammates are SO talented!  Oh, I hope you will play along with this challenge.  It was a blast for me, and I think you'll love it, too!  And you just might be the lucky winner of a Concord and 9th gift certificate.  Plus, you won't want to miss some new announcements on the blog.  We are saying a few teary goodbyes and a few happy hellos.  I hope today finds you happy and well.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Guest Designing at Inspired By All the Little Things

Happy Saturday!  It's an extra happy one for me because my friend, Leigh Penner, has invited me to be a Guest Designer this week for Inspired by All the Little Things.  Yay!! :)  Not only did I get to play along with the challenge, but there is a short interview on the blog as well if you're curious to know a little bit more about me. 
I am constantly drawing inspiration from photos and Inspired by All the Little Things always has the most beautiful photos.  I was so excited when I opened the file to reveal this week's challenge photo...

Ahhh...isn't it beautiful?  After spending a few moments daydreaming that this was a room in my house, I set to work thinking of card ideas.  And I had so many!  So I couldn't stop at just one project.  I made five!  The wood on the table is what stood stood out to me the very most, so I kept that the common element on all of my projects.  The other things that stood out were lots of white, the blue-ish grey, and the plants, so I made sure to keep some form of all of those things as well. 
I tend to go through phases where I get a little bored with the standard card size.  I'm in one of those phases right now, so this is a super skinny card.  I loved the table in the photo so much, so I decided to recreate the look with MFT's Big Hugs die.  I started by stamping Concord and 9th's Barnwood Background Stamp (my favorite!) on kraft, then die cut the letters.  I mixed light blue, white, and a teeny bit of silver embossing powder together to create a greyish blue with little flecks and dipped my letters in.  Next, I stamped some leaves from MFT's Flashy Florals (a set I bought after seeing Leigh use it on so many amazing cards!).  I wanted the letters to stand out a bit more, and I also loved the opaque windows in the photo, so I grounded the sentiment with a strip of vellum.  
I used the same idea on this next card but cut the letters with Concord & 9th's Joy Die.  I embossed the floral image from Concord & 9th's Flourish set, blended light green ink around the image, then fussy cut it out and adhered it to this panel.  
Next up is the simplest of my projects.  This time I die cut the letters from my barnwood stamped sheet with Simon Say Stamp's Big You die.  I stamped a row of grass using a tiny stamp in PTI's Petite Pots.  The sentiment is also from that set, but I did a some masking to create the word "are".   The back tag is a light grey-ish color.
I started this next card by die cutting Clearly Besotted's Shaker Shapes: Circle Hooray die from my barnwood stamped paper and then a second time on a white stitched square (from MFT).  I trimmed and adhered the letters on top of the white cut and backed the window with vellum, again to mimic the windows in the inspiration photo.  I finished it off with some flower stamps and the scalloped square card base dies in PTI's Don't Forget to Write kit. 
My final project is my favorite and the one I shared on the Inspired by All the Little Things blog.  It's pretty obvious how I was inspired. :) I used a stitched frame from MFT, a window die from Clearly Besotted (with an added strip to create the window sill), and a plant stamped with PTI's Petite Pots.  My favorite part (and I think why I love the card so much) is this sentiment from PTI's Inspired: Faith stamp set and die.  It's such a important reminder for all of us. 
Phew.  And there you have it.  Lots and lots of projects inspired by one fabulous inspiration photo.  Thanks so much, Leigh, for inviting me to Guest Design this week! 
And thank you for joining me today!  Hopefully I've given you lots of inspiration for Inspired by All the Little Things #46.  Make sure you head over to the blog to see how all the other designers were inspired and to link up your own project.  Have a lovely weekend!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 12 Kits of Occasions - Garden Party

Good morning!  Can you believe that it is the last day of February? This month has been mostly sick-filled for us, and I feel like it has flown by.  Thankfully, Michelle Leone, the newest Papertrey Ink Designer (just had to throw that in there...we're so proud of her!) and wonderful host for this month's 12 Kits of Occasions sent us a fabulous "Garden Party" themed kit, which was just what I needed to end this month with a smile.  The cheerful colors and elements are so welcomed at this time of year when we are all anticipating the arrival of spring. The only things I added to the kit were a tiny bit of black twine and sequins, so make sure you head to the supply list here if you want to know more details. On to the cards!
Isn't this little bunny the cutest? Love him and his little bird buddy. (They come in a collection of bunnies and birds from Frantic Stamper). 
I am loving the little hints of green starting to pop up outside.  I have bulbs already coming up! (Crazy!  But it forgot how to snow here this here, so spring is making an early arrival at our house.) Anyway, after winter I'm always reminded just how beautiful green is, so I wanted to let these beautiful green stems shine. 
There is a reason the kit is named Garden Party as it also included some super cute cakes from Jane's Doodles and coordinating sentiments.  I had a lot of fun using cake on a mini Love Note sized card, which are my new favorite "tag" for birthday gifts. 
I loved the patterned paper in this kit, and after seeing Rebecca Luminarias' darling fringe ensemble (if you want to see total cuteness, check it out here) , I just had to fringe a little myself.  (This is another mini Love Note size card.) 
Another fun cake on a simple tag....doesn't this just scream spring?  Love that. 
My last card some of the stamped flowers and leaves in the set.  The little dot details are so cute.  And as luck would have it, it is the Simon Says: Anything Goes Challenge, so I'm linking all of these up for their challenge today.  
I sure love how the timing of that challenge works so perfectly with our 12 Kits post. ;) 
Thanks for joining me today!  Don't forget to go to the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next, so you can see peeks of what all the other designers and our guest have created with this fabulous spring-filled kit, and then hop along to their blogs.  Wishing you a cheerful day!