Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nuts About You + GIVEAWAY!

Good morning, friends!  I'm super excited to share this duo of cards today.  It’s an extra special post because not only was I honored to have the chance to use some of Technique Tuesday’s cute stamps and dies, but they are also giving you a chance to win a set of your choice, too.  How nice is that?!  I love, love giving things to people and it just seemed like the perfect week to do a giveaway.  My heartfelt thanks to Technique Tuesday for making this possible!
The super cute set I'm using today is Technique Tuesday's Sammy the Squirrel.  I love this sweet squirrel!  I colored him using a few Prismacolor colored pencils and then cut him out using the coordinating dies.  I planned on Sammy holding a little acorn, but in the end didn't want to cover up his cute tummy, so I opted to randomly stamp them on the card base instead.  
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Now, if you eknow me, you know that I'm not always in the mood...or maybe more accurately just don't always have the time to color images, so I wanted to show you how this set still works great even if you don't color. 
On this card I stamped Sammy and the little caterpillar, which is also included in the set.  Then I masked Sammy off and added the super cute owl from Fly By Owl.  And guess what?!  You can earn Fly By Owl for FREE when you sign up for any of Technique Tuesdays four clubs (Memory Keepers Society, Greenhouse Society, Animal House Club and Fresh Cut Studio). Free is always fun and I love that Technique Tuesday's clubs cater to so many different style preferences.
After stamping and fussy cutting the critters, I punched out a circle and turned it into a balloon with a little bit of cord.  To further emphasize the happiness of the occasion I repeatedly stamped "Happy Day" across the balloon. Oh, and I also used a craft knife to cut around the squirrel's hand, so he could hold the balloon a bit better.
I've had these cards out the last couple weeks, and seeing these cute critters has made me smile lots.  I mailed them just yesterday, so their on their way to bring some more smiles.  Okay, now for the part you've all been waiting for....the GIVEAWAY!  I'm grateful for Technique Tuesday's generosity to allow me to offer you the chance to win any Technique Tuesday stamp set of your choice.  All you need to do is visit Technique Tuesday's Animal House Collection and comment to let me know what your favorite animal from the collection is.  Easy, right? The giveaway will close on Sunday, November 26th at 11:59 pm EST.  I'll announce the winner here and on Instagram. Have a blessed Thanksgiving week my friends!  I'm SO grateful for you!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Good morning!  I have a handful of simple Christmas cards on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog that put your scraps to good use.  I hope you'll join me there. :)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags + Concord & 9th

Hello!  I'm excited to be joining my friend Tracey's amazing 25 Days of Christmas Tags Event today.  My Where Creativity Meets C9 team and I are showcasing Concord & 9th, one of the event's fabulous sponsors.  
I had lots and lots of ideas swirling in my head for this tag, but I didn't use any of them!  I was pulling out my Concord and 9th Christmas dies and happened to get a partial view of Concord & 9th's Hope Label Die.  In fact, all I saw was "HO" and curiosity got the best of me.  I had to see if I could turn this everyday die into a Christmas tag.  
It turns out that if you cut a 2" strip of paper, "HO" from the Hope Label Die fits perfectly.  The edge of the strip will be right up against the "P" on the die, so it makes lining up really easy.  I die cut "HO" three times, then trimmed the length of my tag to 5.5" and cut the bottom with one of straight edge Select-a-Size Edge Dies.  I needed something for the string to go through, so I pulled out the Sprinkles Tag Dies and used one of the little hole topper dies. 
Just for fun I stamped the back of the second tag with Concord & 9th's Barnwood Background Stamp.  Might as well be cute on the front and the back, right?  
The 25 Days of Christmas Tags is definitely something you do not want to miss out on.  There is so much inspiration and SO many prizes to be won, so make sure you visit Tracey's Blog right away to find out how and enjoy the fun.  Have a blessed week!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #15

Good morning!  It's the start of a new month and a new challenge over at Where Creativity Meets C9.  Yay!  
Our Christmas theme for Challenge #15 will hopefully be a fun and easy one to join!  
The idea for this card has been floating around in my head for months and months. As soon as I bought Concord & 9th's Best Banners I knew I wanted to make a card just like this.  And the oversized Joy Die fits just perfectly on top of the banners.  Since this card has a light, joyful feel I found that I liked the stacked die cut letters better a little wonky rather than straight like they cut right out of the die.  Isn't it fun how such a simple modification can change the whole feel of this die?  I'm all about stretching my supplies. 

I'm looking forward to seeing all the festive cheer you will create for our Where Creativity Meets C9 Christmas Challenge.  And don't forget when you join us you have a chance to win a guest spot for an upcoming challenge or a $25 gift certificate to Concord and 9th. (And who wouldn't want one of those in their Christmas stocking?!) Make sure you head on over to the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog to see my teammates' fabulous cards and be sure to check out the latest and consistently phenomenal release from Concord & 9th HERE

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - Boo To You!

Happy Halloween!  It's been pretty quiet around here lately, but that is because cardmaking had to take a major back seat to costume-making.  I can hardly sew, but for some reason I love to tackle Halloween costumes for my little ones.  I finally got everything finished up, and was able to sneak in a few quick minutes to play with this month's Boo To You kit for The 12 Kits of Occasions.  Nancy's fabulous kit was full of fun and as always I was wishing for more time to play. 
This Halloween Hill die from Impression Obsession was my favorite.  A little ink blending on some Bristol Smooth paper, a sentiment die from PTI, and the card was done.  I love that kind of card. :) 
I couldn't waste the negative and as soon as I saw these colors together I thought of Wicked...perfect for my oldest niece who loves musicals and had a Wicked themed cake for her 16th birthday.
Nancy included several Halloween cats from Poppy Stamps.  One of my nieces has revamped a cape three years in a row to be totally different, yet equally awesome costumes.  Naturally this caped kitty needed to go to her.   And while the kitties were out, I made a second card.
I loved all the glittery papers and dies Nancy included in the kit, so I put a bunch together to make this next CAS card. 
And here's the whole lot of them...minus a treat wrap I made that I totally forgot to photograph.  Oops. :) 
Make sure you visit The 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  You won't want to miss seeing all the fun projects my teammates made with this fabulous kit.  Have a wonderful week friends!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  It seems like a long time since I've shared a card, so I'm happy to let you know that I'm over at the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog this morning sharing a little additional inspiration for this month's challenge.  I'm revisiting an old favorite, but you absolutely should check out Concord & 9th's new release HERE if you haven't already.  Love it all!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #14

Good morning!  I'm happy to say that the newest Where Creativity Meets C9 is officially live. :) 
This month the theme for Challenge #14 is "Shades of Concord and 9th", which you know happens to be the same colors in our challenge logo.  I love this color combination because it works for any occasion. I decided to make a card for my most needed and favorite occasion - thank you.  
Concord & 9th's Many Mandalas set is just so beautiful, and I knew that it would be perfect for trying to mimic the color scheme with just a bit of dark blue and then lots of fading shades of teal.  I really wanted the focal point to stand out, so I stamped just that image in the graduated darkest shades and did all the rest of the mandalas in the lightest aqua color.  Then, I used the largest die in the Many Mandalas Die Set to cut out the image from vellum and placed it on top to frame the focal point.  The sentiment (also from Many Mandalas) was embossed in black. 

I'm looking forward to seeing how you use the Shades of Concord and 9th!  Head HERE for all the challenge details (including how to enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Concord and 9th!) as well as to see all the wonderfully creative ways my teammates have used this color scheme.  And then, make sure you go HERE to check out Concord and 9th's brand new release today!  Oh my you guys.  There is SO MUCH to LOVE!!  I want it all. :) Hope this week brings lots of hope and happy moments!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - Hello Fall

Good morning!  Today is going to be a great day, and one of the reasons why is because I get to share my cards for our Hello Fall edition of The 12 Kits of Occasions.  I just love this group of friends and each month it's like Christmas to open up my package to see what our lovely hostess sent. This month Marybeth (whom I love, love, love!) sent the most darling kit full of things I couldn't wait to try out.  Nearly everything I used on my cards is from the kit, so make sure you check out the full supply list here.
The first things I reached for were the darling images from Purple Onion Designs.  How cute is "Fox and Frog on Bicycle"?!  And the street scene couldn't be cuter either.  (I am in love with all of Stacey Yakula's work.)  I colored the images with Prismacolor Colored Pencils, and as soon as I finished this card I immediately added these stamps to my wish list.  I added a little sentiment banner with a sentiment from PTI's Fresh Floral Wrap-Ups...I've always loved the font combos in Maile's sets.
The little pup on this next card is technically called "Running Dog", but when I saw him my mind immediately saw a little pup standing up holding a balloon...odd, I know, but I went with it.
I cut out the balloon and string with Concord & 9th's Happy Balloons Dies and added a sentiment from Many Mandalas (also from Concord & 9th). Don't you just love the patterned papers Marybeth included in the kit?
Since my first two cards both involved coloring, I decided to go in a completely opposite direction with my third card.  I created a little scene with the stamps from PTI's Autumn Scarecrow, leaving them black and white and using a colorful card base.  
And here are my cards all together. :) 
Sadly I was a bit in a card making rut (lots on my mind and "plate" lately), which resulted in several supply casualties from Marybeth's kit, so you'll absolutely want to head over to The 12 Kits of Occasion Blog to see how my teammates used all the other cute items in the kit.  Wishing you the most blessed weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Oh, and I almost forgot.  I'm happy to be able to link these up to the current Simon Says Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge. :)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Concord & 9th Sneak Peek

Good morning, friends!  I'm over on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog today with a little card using one of my all time favorite stamp sets.  I hope you'll pop by.  Wishing you the most wonderful day and a happy weekend!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Stamptember Concord & 9th Collaboration

Good morning!  I have the greatest pleasure today to help introduce the newest Stamptember Exclusive Stamp Set in collaboration with Concord and 9th.  Meet "Oh, Hello".
This fun set has a lot of uses and is great for both masculine and feminine cards...a win in my book.  I especially love the larger scale of the sentiments and couldn't wait to ink them up right away.  (Not surprising because I'm always drawn to Concord & 9th's sentiments.) The first card I made with Oh, Hello was completely inspired by the Stamptember logo.  I used the awesome watercolored circle stamp to create a big bouquet of balloons.
I stamped my "balloons" in the logo colors, and I love that the design of the stamp naturally adds shading to certain areas of the images. The balloon tails I added are from Concord & 9th's Happy Balloons Stamp Set.  It's the long straight stamp, but I curved it on my stamp block before stamping.  

Often I think of balloons just for celebrating special occasions, but is there a happier way to say hello than with a brightly colored bouquet of balloons?  And if that isn't cheerful enough, how about saying hello with a shaker full of sparkly sequins and balloons?  I for one am all smiles.
 
Now you may be thinking, "Hey, this looks nothing like the sneak peek I saw of your card." And you're right.  These balloons had me smiling so much that I decided to make a second card, and this time I used the tiniest stamp in the whole set.   You may not know, but I have a thing for triangles.  So I used that itty bitty trio of triangles to create a simple background using a fun fall color scheme. 
Next I stamped a sentiment from Oh, Hello and die cut the panel using Concord & 9th's Select-A-Size Edge Dies to create a hexagonal shape.  I finished my card by tucking in a few leaves cut from Concord & 9th's Layering Leaves Dies.
Isn't this sentiment perfect for SO many different occasions?  It makes a great card to have in your stash.
Now, I only used 4 stamps in this set to create both of my cards, so just think of the possibilities this one set holds.  
Thanks so much for joining me today!  Make sure you head over to the Simon Says Stamp Shop to pick up this fun Stamptember Exclusive set and visit the Simon Says Stamp Blog to see lots of fabulous inspiration using this set. Have a happy day!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #13

Good morning, friends!  Can you believe that it has been an entire year since the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge started?  It has sure brought me a lot of happiness and smiles this past year and hopefully to you, too. :)  Challenge #13 goes live today and the theme is....
...ink only!  This challenge is right up my alley.  Although I enjoy and find beauty in a huge variety of cardmaking styles, there is just something so magical to me about simply taking ink and stamps to paper.   So many of my very favorite cardmakers do this so beautifully.  Today I went clean and bold.  It just seemed fitting with as happy a statement as best day ever. :)
I used the backs of several stamps to get my circles, but mostly the three circular flowers in Concord & 9th's Hope Stamp Set.  (The other sets I used were Hooray and Lots of Blots.) I love the unevenness of each one...more like watercolored circles.  After I added my sentiment from Concord & 9th's Best Banners (which has quickly become a favorite stamp set), the card just seemed like it was missing something.  I toyed with a few ideas, buy then I saw the little ink splatter stamps in the Flourish Stamp Set and knew they were just what this card needed.  And that was that.  :)

I look forward to seeing what you create for our Ink Only Challenge!  There is lots and lots of inspiration on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog from my fabulous teammates, so head there next.  You'll love what they've done.  And last, but definitely not least, you most definitely should check out Concord and 9th's September Release that goes live today (click HERE).  The Magnolia Wreath made my heart go pitter patter, but I'm pretty smitten by it all.  This release is fabulous and has me wishing my birthday was in September or that Christmas was just a tad bit closer!  

Friday, September 1, 2017

Concord & 9th Pineapple Perfection

Hello!  I am SO excited to share my projects with you today.  I'm joining my fellow Where Creativity Meets C9 teammates for one final (sniff!) Feature Friday over at Concord & 9th's Blog.   August literally flew by and though I'm sad to see it end, I think that "Save the Best for Last" is totally fitting for today's post.  Today we are showcasing Concord & 9th's Pineapple Perfection Bundle.  I'm a huge fan of pineapples and this has got to be one of the most unique pineapples out there.  Today I'm going to show you how you can use this pineapple for nearly all occasions any time of the year.  
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Since weddings start to pick up in spring, I decided to use that as the inspiration for my first pineapple tag.  I stamped the large pineapple image from Pineapple Perfection and then used the coordinating solid images to add color to the flowers and leaves.  You could definitely color this with whatever your preferred medium is, but I love how quick it is to stamp the images. The way the set is designed you are able to stamp multiple flowers/berries/leaves at the same time, so there are actually only six stamps needed to fill the entire pineapple.  How great is that? After everything was stamped I used the Pineapple Perfection Dies to cut out the pineapple and the banner, which was stamped with a sentiment from the Pineapple Perfection Stamp Set.  The final touch was a few Pretty Pink Posh Sequins from last year's Concord & 9th Anniversary Mix. 
The pineapple tag opens up like a card, which was easy to do.  Just fold your paper before die cutting and make sure to place the die just a tad over the edge of the folded side, so the top of the die doesn't cut all the way through.
Next up is my summer/birthday tag.  A quick switch out of colors and it changes the entire feel of the tag.  The sentiment for this one comes from Concord & 9th's new Here's the Scoop Stamp Set.  I wanted the embellishments to be slightly different for each tag, so on this tag I used glossy accents on all the yellow berries.  

This week we've been having gorgeous fall weather, so I'm especially loving this next tag.  I love these deep colors and decided to add to the richness by filling in all the gaps with gold sequins.  The sentiment for this one comes from Concord & 9th's Love Notes Stamp Set
My final tag may be the least expected...Christmas! Oh, this one just makes me smile!  This was the easiest to make because I decided I wanted white flowers which cuts out one stamping step.  I filled the centers with black rhinestones and added Wink of Stella to all the green leaves and the crown.  I used a Silver Delicata Ink Pad for the berries as well, so the whole tag has a great shine to it, which you can see a bit better in the picture below. 
My sentiment for this one is from Concord & 9th's Joy Stamp Set.  Isn't it the perfect fit on the Pineapple Perfection Die banner?  I can see myself making a whole lot of these Christmas pineapples to attach to neighbor gifts this year.  Isn't this such a versatile stamp set?  
I'll leave you with a pile of pineappley goodness.  Mmm...doesn't it just make you happy? 
If you are loving this Pineapple Perfection Bundle as much as I am or just want an explosion of inspiration today, make sure you click here to see all my teammates fabulous projects.  And don't forget that today is the last day for Concord & 9th's HUGE Birthday Sale.  Quick!  Head HERE to catch the sale before it is gone and to pick up some (or all! :) ) of the newest release.  Thank you so much for joining me today and a huge THANK YOU to Concord and 9th for inviting us to guest this month.  Working with their products is always a pleasure.  Love them!