Sunday, July 15, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  I'm up on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog this morning.  I'd love it if you'd come and take a peek.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Good morning!  I'm up on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog this morning with a card that will hopefully brighten your day.  I'd love to have you join me there!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #22

Good morning!  Are you ready for another Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge? This one will put a smile on your face.
The theme for Challenge #22 is Sparkle and Shine.  This is such a fun, happy challenge, and I smile every time I think about this card.  Possibly because it makes me think of the cute niece I made it for. ;) 
I was super excited to finally use the Rainbow Wishes Bundle from Concord and 9th.  These stamps and dies bring instant smiles.  I just love them!  Since the theme of the challenge is sparkle and shine, I started there.  I grabbed a few different glittery papers and cut them with the Rainbow Wishes Dies. If you look close, even "bright" was cut with glittery paper.  I completed the sentiment with some stamps from Rainbow Wishes and added a few glitter covered hearts to finish it off.
The best part of these challenges is seeing what everyone makes.  Make sure you head over to the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog to see what my talented teammies whipped up, to welcome our new teammate, and also to find out all the details on how to enter.  Don't forget that you have a chance to win a guest design spot for the challenge or a $25 gift certificate to Concord & 9th.  And have you seen their newest release? Lots and lots to love. You can check it out and shop HERE.  Thanks so much for visiting today!  Wishing you a happy weekend!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions - You're a Good Egg

Good morning!  Though I'm shocked we're already at the end of May, the last day of the month is always fun because it means I get to share my cards for The 12 Kits of Occasions.  It's always so fun to see what my friends put in their kits each month, and this month was especially fun because everything our lovely host Nancy put in it was new to me.  It pulled me out of my comfort zone, but I think these cards came together quicker than any other kit I've worked with. (Don't forget you can see the full supply list for the kit HERE.)  I made my cards in sets of two, so without further adieu, here are my cards.
This farm themed kit had lots of chickens in it, and the chickens from Stampin' Up's Hey Chick set were my absolute favorites.  Aren't they fun?  They just make me laugh.
I wanted those fabulous hens to take center stage, so I kept the layout simple.  I simply cut some of the patterned paper with one of Concord & 9th's Select-A-Size Edge Dies (love them!) and finished it off with a die from the kit: Hey Y'all by Frantic Stampers.
Nancy did all the hard work for this card.  She cut and pieced together the  chicken, so all I had to do is cut a few banners and layer them on this fun Chicken Wire background from Stampin' Up.
I was pretty lucky to get this next duo of cards made.  My daughter loved all the stamps from Lawn Fawn's Hay There and Rub-a-Dub-Dub sets and every couple minutes kept snatching another animal from my pile.  By the time I finished these cards there was only one animal left that she hadn't swiped. :)
My favorite discovery while making this card was that MFT's Zig Zag Stiched Circle Dies make a great sun.
This last card was my family's favorite.  They loved that the barn doors open.  I used a bunch of goodies from Nancy's kit, only adding a few clouds in the sky and "thanks" from Concord & 9th's Fabulous Phrases Dies.
 And here's the line up all together.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Make sure you head to the The 12 Kits of Occasions Blog, so you can see how all the wonderful ladies in the group and our guests used their kits.  You're headed for lots of fun inspiration. :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  I'm over on the Where Creativity Meets C9 blog this morning sharing a card that I just LOVE.  While I was making the card I just started crying.  I was completely overcome with how grateful I was to feel well enough to make a card again.  It was sweet moment and realization of answered prayers.  So this card means a lot.  I hope you'll go to the Where Creativity Meets C9 blog to check it out.  Wishing you a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mother's Day Cards

My own dear mother is as amazing as they come, but I have been blessed to have many "mothers" through different seasons of my life.  So when Mother's Day rolls around I find myself needing several cards.  These are just two that I made, and since I was on a time crunch I used the same basic layout for both cards.  First I stamped an outline image lightly all over the card base and then I popped up one colored focal image.  
My momma loves pink, so I made this one for her using Technique Tuesday's Enjoy Layered Flower.  Isn't it pretty?  And it is so easy to stamp.  Love that!  My second card uses Technique Tuesday's Lilac stamp set and dies that were just released this month.
I have to tell you a little story about lilacs.  I was so happy to get this stamp because I love lilacs.  My grandmother had lilacs in her yard.  I loved how they smelled and how they would cover the giant bushes in gorgeous blossoms, but most of all I loved that they reminded me of her.  When we moved into our house about three years ago we had an unruly bush growing through our fence.  My husband cut it down; however, it seemed determined to grow.   When it came back it wasn't growing through the fence anymore, so we just let it stay.  After all, it did have beautiful leaves.  About a month or so ago I was clearing the flower bed next to the bush, and I found the most wonderful surprise tucked against the fence...lilacs!  I instantly thought of my grandmother and shed a few joyful tears at such a delightful little blessing to find this sentimental flower in my very own yard. 
I hope that you have the most wonderful Mother's Day.  I know that this isn't an easy holiday for many, but I do hope that you feel oh so loved on this special day.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #21

Good morning!  I'm so glad to be back playing along with the newest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9.  The theme for Challenge #21 is floral!
The theme for Challenge #21 is floral.  Awesome, right?  I love love LOVE flowers and plants, so I was happy as could be to see the theme.  Concord &  9th has some fantastic new floral sets and several of my teammates have used them beautifully, so make sure you check out the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog. Today I'm showing some love to some older sets because I love how they stand the test of time.  To build my floral background I started with the rose and navy blue flowers and grey leaves, which come from Concord & 9th's Pineapple Perfection.  After stamping them on the card base, I stamped several extra rose colored flowers and popped them up for some added dimension.  Then I filled in the gaps with the large berry and sprig from Concord & 9th's Wildflower stamp set..  
I finished my card with a sentiment created with stamps from Sophisticated Script (hugs) and 
Best Banners (from me to you) and a sprinkling of sequins.  
I can't wait to see what you create for our floral challenge.  Whether you use old or new stamp sets, Concord and 9th has tons of florals to choose from.  And don't forget, you can check out their brand new release HERE.  Without fail there is always something to love...lots of somethings! :)
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Monday, April 30, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions - My Little Chickadee

Good morning, friends!  It is the most beautiful weather outside, and I am all smiles today.  One of the reasons for those smiles is that I finally, FINALLY was able to create a card again.  My teammate Lisa sent the most lovely kit in April to our friends in the 12 Kits of Occasions. Thank you, Lisa!  It was a joy to work with.  Lisa's kit was filled with lots of fabulous goodies and you can all the supplies listed HERE.
 I loved the patterned paper so much, so I had to use it on both of my cards, and I'm anxious to use the rest....such pretty colors!  And isn't the little chickadee below cute?  He was my favorite.

I loved each and every bit of Lisa's kit and had I not been sick so much last month I would have created lots and lots of cards.  So make sure you head over to The 12 Kits of Occasions Blog to see what my fabulous friends our talented guest designer did with this pretty kit.  Wishing you a beauty-filled week!

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.

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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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions - Faith & Family

Good morning!  I always love when it is time to share our 12 Kits of Occasions projects, but this month I'm especially excited because it was my turn to put the kit together.  My kit is named "Faith & Family" (thanks, Michele, for naming it!), and the colors and flowers were inspired by one of my daughter's dresses.  This kit is different from any of the other kits I've put together because this time I built it around the sentiments...they are all the things I want to say to  some of my family who are going through a difficult time right now.  It was definitely created with love.  This is going to be a really picture heavy post (I made a lot of cards!), so I'll try to keep my commentary brief.  I'll include the main supplies, but you can find all the details and my full supply list for everything in the kit on the 12 Kits Blog HERE.
 Supplies: PTI Faith stamps & dies; Concord & 9th Polka Dot Turnabout
By the way, I love this die and it is on Last Chance status at Concord & 9th.  It's definitely worth picking up before it's gone. 
 Supplies: Papertrey KIS: Encouragement; Concord & 9th Lily; Clearly Besotted Scallop dies
 Supplies: Concord & 9th Hooray Bundle & Just Because Dies; We R Memory Keeps embossing folder
 Supplies: Right at Home: His Love; Concord & 9th Polka Dot Turnabout, Tree Ring Background; Spellbinders: Poppies Etched dies

I shared a card I made using this poppy die a couple weeks ago that I colored with colored pencil.  That was definitely a labor intensive way to use this die.  This time, I just sponged ink on with an ink blender and it was so fast.  It gives a totally different result and the softness seemed fitting for this card, which is one of my favorites.
 Supplies: Right at Home: His Love; Spellbinders: Poppy Pocket Die; Lil' Inker: Pinking Edge Sentiment Flag Die

Speaking of poppy dies, here is a better view of the Spellbinders Poppy Pocket die that I promised to share with you.  This die is etched as well, and I used the embossing as guides for the rhinestone placement.  I've cut this out in lots of colors, and it really is such a beautiful die. 
 Supplies: Clearly Besotted: Simply Succulents & Simply Succulents Too stamps & dies; Concord & 9th: Stuck on You

Aren't these succulents adorable?  I love them and all the fun ways to mix and match and decorate the pots.
 Supplies: Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In; The Stamp Market: Fun Florals, Watercolor Bouquet ; MFT: Zig Zag Stitched Circles

This card reminds me so much of my daughter's dress that was the initial inspiration for the kit.  The dress is gray with flowers on it...just like this card.  
Supplies: Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In; The Ton: Summer Blooms

Concord & 9th's Blooms Fill-In  is one of my favorite stamps I used in this kit.  I love that I you created beautiful, colorful background patterns with lots of colors filled in, or simply stamped once like I did here.

  Supplies: Right at Home: His Love; Concord & 9th: Just Because Dies
Concord & 9th: Detailed Booms and Hope Label Dies; Lil' Inker: Stitched Mats: Rectangles; PTI: Center Stage Cover Plate Die
 Supplies: Concord & 9th: Above Average, Blooms Fill-in Dies; WPlus9: Petunia Builder
Supplies: Concord & 9th: Just Because DiesStuck on You; WPlus9: Rose Builder

The rest of the sentiment is on the inside and reads "You deserve the very best", but I forgot to take a picture of that part.
 Supplies:  Concord & 9th:  Above Average, Stuck on You DiesThe Stamp Market: Fun Florals; PTI: Noted: Scalloped A2 Dies

This little pot is dimensional, and I love how the bouquet just pops off the card.  And I'm super excited about this scalloped card die from PTI.  I've wanted it for a loooong time and just bought it.  It's so fun, especially because lately I've been a little bored with just standard card sizes.  It may not look like it in the photos, but the cards I made with this kit are a bunch of different sizes.    
Supplies: Concord & 9th: Petals & Pallets BundlePlaid Background; WPlus9: Modern Petunia, Petunia Builder

These last two cards are my mom and sister's favorites.  I think they're my favorites, too. :) I've never turned Concord & 9th's Pallet vertically, and I love how it makes it look like a fence this way.  Our fence out back is pretty greyed like this and my climbing plants are constantly growing and peeking through the slats, so I decided to recreate the look on my card.
Supplies: Concord & 9th: Just Because Dies; PTI: Friendship Jar: Summer Fillers; Pretty Pink Posh: Storybook 1 Die, Thoughtful Greetings; WPlus9: Modern Petunia, Petunia Builder, Rose Builder

This card was one of the very last I made.  I basically just filled the jar with a bunch of leftover pieces from the kit, but I love how it turned out.  And speaking of leftovers, I have hardly anything left from my kit.  I made 16 cards!  That's a record for me.  I've sent every card I've made this year, and hope to get these in the mail over the coming weeks.  My goal this year is to focus on being a card sender more than a card maker.  
I am SO excited to see what my teammates have made with my kit!  I'm sure you'll want to check them out to, so make sure you visit The 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  Thanks so much for sticking with me through this super long post.  Have a blessed week!