Wednesday, January 31, 2018

12 Kits of Occasion ~ January

Welcome to my month~end post for 12 Kits of Occasion for January!  Jeanne Jachna (A Kept Life) is our creative hostess for this month and her kit just oozes with winter fun & sweetness!  

Everything she included in the kit was new to me and the colors and papers..... pure delight!  I had so much fun creating with this kit.  Thank you so much Jeanne!!!
 Look at the cute little sign the snowman is holding.  This was cut from one of the printed papers in the kit.

 I love the woodgrain paper and these little wooden snowflakes.  They go perfectly together!  And just look at that darling patterned paper!!!

 Jeanne sent all the makings for this fun little shaker card.  So cute!

 More yummy patterned paper!  The sentiment is one of my own stamps, which I heat embossed in white.  It just had to go on this card!

 I was playing around with these little tiles that were cut from one of the design papers that was in the kit.  Do you like this card with the tiles... 
or without?

Be sure to visit the 12 Kits of Occasion blog to see how my team mates were inspired to use this kit.

My dear, sweet friend Marcia Hill of Marcia's Stamp Pad is guesting this month too, so you won't want to miss a single post!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

PTI January Blog Hop & Make-It Monday

Popping in with a card to play along with PTI's January Blog Hop.  Such a fun inspiration photo:
I was immediately drawn to the confetti cake and knew right away that I wanted to use Just Desserts to make my card.

My "twofer" for you today is a card I made for the PTI Make-It Monday challenge with Lizzie Jones, "Shadowed Sentiments"

I used Sunflower Harvest to make this card.  I enjoyed the technique Lizzie used for the background too.  So inspired to use it again!  You have to look hard to see the shadow on the sentiment though.  I need lots of practice on that technique.  I used the same Sweet Blush for the shadow and didn't move the sentiment enough to allow for a good shadow.  Not to mention my lack of photography skills pretty much washed it away.
I'll be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
Inspired By All the Little Things

A peek at my Valentine Village

Have fun hopping along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snowy Days

Snowy days are good days to stay safe inside playing with paper! 
I've got three cards for you today for different challenges.  

Card #1 
 My first card is for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.  My dear friend Marcia is hosting this week and she chose this wonderfully colored inspiration photo:
Those colors!  Yes, please!!  I used one of those darling snowmen images from Art Impressions Sparkle & Cheer.  

Card #2 
This card is working double time for two challenges.
I was inspired by one of Melissa Phillips cards to create this card for PTI's Create Along With Us challenge.  It also fits in perfectly with Double D's Challenge this week drawing from the different colored aprons and the vintage mixing bowl as inspiration.  A Bowl of Sunshine is just what the doctor prescribed for snowy days!

Card #3
The last card was made for the Poppystamps Snow Day Challenge.  I used Poppystamps Stitched Majestic Mountains, Cute Fawn, Curious Fawn and Stitched Cloud Trio from Memory Box.  The little gift and sentiments are from Poppystamps Christmas Friends.  

I also wanted to give a shout out for the Cut Cardstock Design Team Call.  If you'd like to receive quality cardstock products for FREE, check out the design team call here.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge

What's a "twofer" you ask?  If you've ever visited Darnell's blog DJ Kard Kreations, then you've most certainly heard her use the term "twofer".  It's like two for the price of one or in her case, two cards in one visit.  Darnell has just recently started a new challenge blog called Twofer Card Challenge where you use one image to make two different cards for different occasions using an inspiration word.  So fun!

I just recently purchased some new sentiments and images from Rubbernecker and one of the images just happened to be these darling birds called "Be Yourself" ~ perfect for the challenge:
 This first card uses a sentiment from Rubberneckers called "Being You".  This sincere sentiment took on a witty meaning when paired with these fun little guys.

The second card uses a sentiment from My Creative Time "Tweet Me" set.  Again, a very fitting sentiment for this darling image.
I wanted these cards to be the same but different.  I cut the main image using Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Rectangles and used bold colored patterned papers to bring out the colors of the birds.

I'll be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
Work It Wednesday ~ Something New
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Patterned Paper

I hope you'll take the time to join in on the fun at Darnell's new Twofer Card Challenge blog.  It's a great way to add cards to your stash and have fun at the same time.  She's got an amazing line-up of talented designers to inspire you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Get Your Cake On!

Hello friends.  Today's card is all about the cake, so let's get our cake on and celebrate!
Personally speaking, my favorite cake flavor is chocolate with peanut butter frosting but this one is pretty in pink, don't you think?

Here's what I did:
I started by cutting this Sue Wilson Designs Scalloped Lattice Frame out of white cardstock and mounted it to a pink A2 sized card base.

Next, I cut the Sue Wilson Make A Cake out of white cardstock.  I added color to the cake pieces using Spun Sugar Distress Oxide Inks.  I added the detail to the cake stand by rubbing ink into the grooves of the die while the cardstock was still inside the die.  This gave a subtle detail which I really loved.

I assembled the cake using Best Glue Ever.  This really is a great glue and it's new at DRU!  It dries clear and quickly and gave a very strong bond.  I also cut an Elizabeth Craft Designs Dotted Scallop Oval out of white card stock and a  blue one using Elizabeth Craft Designs Fitted Ovals.  

This is the assembled card.  

I mounted the cake using foam dots to give it some dimension.

I enjoyed this cake die so much, I just had to make another birthday card to add to my stash.

I'll be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
The Card Concept ~ Clean & Layered
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Seize The Birthday ~ Anything Goes
Work It Wednesday ~ Something New (Sue Wilson Make A Cake)

I hope you enjoyed today's project.  Be sure to visit  Dies R Us and check out all their new additions to the store.  They've been busy stocking the shelves with lots of new products.

Come join in all of the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sweet In Every Way

I'm popping in with two cards that I made for current challenges ~

 This one goes along with PTI's Make-It Monday where Melissa challenged us to create heat embossed stenciled backgrounds.  I used the circle cover plate and heat embossed using copper embossing powder.  I used Fun Frames and Farmer's Market Florals.  You can see I was clearly inspired by Melissa's beautiful cards!

This card was made for The Card Concept ~ Sweet Inspiration.  I used a Clean and Layered style and was inspired by the soft pinks and grey colors.
I used Altenew's Layered Cupcake set and a sentiment from PTI Sweet Holiday Wishes

I'll also be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Double D Challenge ~ Birthday
Dies R Us ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Flower Box and Warm Fuzzies

Good morning friends~  It's cold outside but it's spring time in my craft room!  I've been busy in my craft room making some dimentional flowers using lots of great cardstock from Cut Cardstock.

Here's a snapshot of the products I used today:

I started with the beautiful Elizabeth Craft Designs Susan's Garden Rose first by cutting the rose petals from Astrobrights 65# Plasma Pink Cardstock.  I added a bit of red color to the centers  and white to the edge of each petal using Pan Pastels.  

 I then molded the petals on a soft molding mat using a ball stylus.  The 65# weight of this cardstock makes it the perfect choice for shaped flowers and the colors are so vivid and bright.  Just look at the wonderful detail on the molded petals.  Beautiful!

Next is the Garden Notes Carnations from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The petals of the carnations were cut using Neenah 80# Solar White Cardstock.  I rubbed a bit of distress ink in the centers and edges of each of the flowers and molded them as well.

I assembled all of the flowers using Glossy Accents because it is a super strength glue.  Look how beautiful they turned out!

These little flowers are made using ECD Bunch of Flowers 4.  They were cut from 80# Neenah Solar White Cardstock.  I added distress ink to the centers of the petals and used a copic marker to color the indentation on the petals.  I finished them off by adding pink Prills from ECD to the centers of each of the flowers.

The Pair of Leaves 1 were cut from 65# Pop Tones Gumdrop Green.   I added a bit of Crushed Olive Distress Ink to the edges.

 I've had this heart shaped box sitting in my closet of shame for a very long time and finally pulled it out for this project.  I cut a heart slightly smaller than the box out of Astrobright Re-Entry Red and glued it to the top of the box using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Adhesive.  I then cut a doily out of Neenah Solar White Cardstock and adhered that to the top of the box as well.

Next, I added the leaves and then played around with the design.  This is the finished project.  You can see that I added some ECD Garden Notes Ivy Vine which was cut out of  Astrobrights 65# Gamma Green.

I also added yellow Prills to the centers of the carnations for a more finished look.

I hope you enjoyed today's project and are inspired to try making some dimentional flowers of your own.  They're easier to make than you might think and very rewarding in the end!  You can find many beautiful flower dies at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Cut Cardstock has all the cardstock you need to make beautiful floral arrangements and this month you'll find all the Astrobright Cardstock on sale.

And I'm giving you a "two-fer" today:
I just had to make a card using the inspiration from Inspired By All the Little Things.  Linda chose the most darling inspiration photo ever!  How could I let it pass by? I used Pretty Pink Posh Woodland Critters because this stamp set had almost every animal in the inspiration photo.  

I'll be adding one of these projects to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Something New
Dies R Us Challenge Blog ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!