One Layer Card with Hero Arts


I've been on a one layer card kick lately and when I saw the challenge at Hero Arts, I thought I'd play along.  I don't have a ton of Hero Arts products so that made it even more of a challenge :)  I got a little artsy and had a lot of fun making this card.  

I started by die cutting the Palm die which I then used as a mask.  I added Mojito, Old Olive and Old Gold inks all around it using a Blending Tool.  The sentiment, from Hello Flowers, was stamped in Old Gold ink.  Next I flicked a bit of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Adobe and scattered Gold Metallic sequins.  The final detail was a bow tied from Brown Twine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Hello Flowers (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Old Olive (SU) Mojito, Old Gold (WPlus9)
Paper:  Oatmeal Cardstock (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Palm Die (Hero Arts), Metallic Gold Sequins, Brown Twine (Pretty Pink Posh), Glimmer Glaze (Tattered Angels)

PIN-spired!



There are so many sources of inspiration...fashion, home decor, fabric, art, food and my favorite, Pinterest.   I visit Pinterest daily (multiple times, obsessively really!) and pin everything from photography, to recipes, to color combos, cards and organization.  Now, how often do I actually go back and use what I've found?  Well, not often enough.  My most used and referred to boards are my recipe boards.  I do use them to make my weekly meal schedule.  But, what about all of the other wonderful items I pin? Hardly ever.

Today I am changing that!  I'm starting a weekly blog feature called PIN-spired.  Each Sunday I will be posting a project inspired by one of the pins on my Pinterest boards.  I've seen others do this and I think it's a great way to get inspired.

Browsing through my boards, I found this for my very first PIN-spiration.


I simply love the colors and touch of gold!  I mimicked the gold chevrons and flowers from the cake right onto my card. 

Are you PIN-spired?  I'd love to see how this photo inspires you!  If you make a card using this as inspiration leave me a comment so I can check it out!!!

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Stamps:  Coming Up Roses, Hand Lettered Hello, Borders & Backgrounds 2 (WPlus9)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Versamark (SU) Hibiscus Burst (PTI) Mint Julep (HA Shadow Ink) Ocean Drive, Old Gold (WPlus9)
Paper:  Oatmeal (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Coming Up Roses Die (WPlus9), 4mm Fresh Mint Sequins, Metallic Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Tag You're It! Challenge Designer

I'm thrilled to announce that I am a part of the new Tag You're It! Challenge Design Team!



To kick off this fun new challenge, we are doing a "mini-challenge", mini because it will only last 5 days.  The rest of our challenges, beginning on July 4th, will be posted every other week. 

What's this new challenge all about?

Creating clean and simple tags & stretching your creativity.

Our inspiration for our Mini-Challenge...


I was inspired to make a scene like Karin has done here.


To make my tag, I die cut the Stitched Duo 1 Die by Pretty Pink Posh (FYI- it's back in stock!!!), then sponged a background using Mowed Lawn and Broken China Distress Inks.  Using True black ink, I stamped images from the "Appreciated" stamp set by Technique Tuesday.  I'm not one to buy a stamp set the minute I see it, but I did with this one!  I just love it.  My sentiment is from the Modern Mehndi set by Lil' Inkers and was die cut using the Stitched Circle Mats.

Want to see who else is on the new Tag You're It! Challenge Design Team?  Want to see how they were inspired?  Click here to join in the fun!!!!!




CAS(E) this Sketch #82

It's time for a new sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!


What a cute sketch, huh?  I decided to go with a cute set :)


This card will be perfect for Doug for our 14th wedding anniversary next week!

Make sure you check out the CAS(E) this sketch! blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired!!!  Then head to Fusion and see what their amazing team did with the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: It's Today, Right? (Lil' Inker Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Real Red (SU)
Accessories:Clear Cut Stackers - Hearts (WP9)  Enamel Heart (MME)

Masculine/Nautical Sketch

The newest challenge is up at StampNation!

This week is a sketch challenge.

Here's a peek at my card...



Members can click here to view the challenge.

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Pretty Pink Posh Guest Designer Call

Did you all see that Paulina is doing a Guest Designer call for Pretty Pink Posh?

Watch the video below to see her unique idea...


I can't wait to see who will be joining the Pretty Pink Posh team!

CAS(E) this Sketch! #81

We have a special challenge for you this week!
CAS(E) this Sketch! has joined forces with Fusion...


I decided to use both the sketch and the inspiration photo.


I'm a huge fan of neutrals paired with gold and the pop of green in the inspiration photo is just striking, so I knew I had to pull those things into my design.  What do you think of the Mojito flower embossed with gold?  Different, but I think I love it.  That's the great thing about stamping, you can be creative and try things that you wouldn't normally see in nature.  I dressed up my card with the fabulous Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Metallic Gold and a touch of Brown Twine.

Make sure you check out the CAS(E) this sketch! blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired!!!  Then head to Fusion and see what their amazing team did with the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Rosie Posie (Papertrey Ink) Happy Everything (Penny Black)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Versamark (SU) Mojito (WPlus9)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU) Cut & Paste (Amy Tang)
Accessories:  Metallic Gold Sequins - 4mm & 6mm (PPP) Chevron Coverplate, Tag Sale Die (PTI)

Amazing


The newest StampNation challenge went up this morning, a style challenge, graphic and geometric design.  Can you guess who our sponsor is by looking at the graphic above?  ALTENEWAltenew's first release was a smashing success and stampers everywhere are using and LOVING their sets.  Personally I can not wait until their next release :)

Once I made my challenge card, I couldn't put my stamps away and made another card.




Members can click here to view the challenge.  One randomly chosen challenge participant will win two Altenew stamp sets of their choice!

Not a member yet?
  • 400 video tutorial
  • 30+ Lessons in Clean & Simple Design (taught by me! New lessons are VIDEO tutorials!)
  • Spotlight on Trends
  • Copic Tutorials with the "Odd" girl
  • & SO MUCH MORE! 

Click Here to Join StampNation Now or to Learn More about Membership Benefits!

I hope to see you there!

Die Cut Thanks


There's a new challenge blog in town, The Cutting Edge Challenge!  I had fun playing along in their very first challenge.  


I was inspired by the card in the lower right.  I love lining a card front with a busy pattern, then placing a white panel on top of that and keeping the rest clean.  It's a great way for a CAS stamper to use patterned papers. 

Can you believe that I didn't use even one stamp on my card?  Shocking, right!  All of the dies I used here are by Lil' Inker Designs, I used the new Thanks Word Die (LOVE), the Spring Flowers Die set and Stitched Mats - Rectangles

Have you checked out The Cutting Edge Challenge yet?  You should!!  I think it's a great concept and different than the other challenges out there.  I'm looking forward to seeing the next challenge already :)

A Stenciled Fusion


It's happening, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!   One more week and I THINK we may be returning to a more normal schedule around here.  I actually had a bit of free time yesterday and took advantage of it by playing along in a few challenges :)

My inspiration today comes from the Fusion and the Simon Wednesday Challenge, Stencil it.  I used a Hampton Arts stencil with some Distress inks to mimic the beautiful colors and movement in the Fusion inspiration.  Though stenciling has been "hot" for a while, I'm just getting on board with them.  I always seem to be a few steps behind on the trends :)

Stamps:  Label Love (Altenew)
Ink:  Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed (Distress Inks) True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Accessories:  Butterfly Stencil (Hampton Arts) Marigold, Pumpkin, Raspberry Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Spray Misted & Stenciled



I just posted my 2nd video tutorial for the CAS Classroom at StampNation.  In this lesson I used spray mists and a stencil to make a one layer card.

Members can view the video here.

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Want to know more about the CAS Classroom?   Click here to view my video introduction.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy Friday and a fabulous weekend!

Introduction to the CAS Classroom

**This is my second post today.  Please scroll down for this week's  CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge.


Have you noticed that StampNation is popping up everywhere these days?   It's been such a pleasure to have a front row seat as the community has grown and evolved over the past 3 years.

My little corner of StampNation is growing too!  I've written over 30 lessons for my CAS Classroom.  Last month I announced a change to my classroom, monthly VIDEO tutorials!!  If you ever wondered WHAT the CAS Classroom is all about, watch my introduction piece above where I explain to members my plan for the CAS Classroom.

Want to see the rest of my video?


My next video goes up tomorrow!

I hope to see you there.

CAS(E) this Sketch! #80

It's time for a new sketch :)




I just love working with sketches, like this one for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  You can take the sketch literally or use a bit of creative freedom and transform butterflies into medallions like I have done here.  Sketches are my absolutely go-to when I'm in a creative slump, what's yours?

Make sure you check out the CAS(E) this sketch! blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Suzani, Love Notes (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Melon Mambo (SU) Berry Sorbet, True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Accessories:  Stitched Mats- Circles (Lil' Inkers) 1 inch Circle Punch (SU) Pumpkin Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Colorwashing


Hellooooo, long time no see!  Please excuse me while I wipe the cobwebs away from my computer screen :)  It seems that after the Lil Inker and WPlus9 releases, then the Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop all in 5 days, I needed a little blogging break.  I'm back though, for at least a couple of consecutive days!!

The newest StampNation challenge went up this morning, a technique this week, colorwashing.  Can you guess which card in the graphic above is mine?

Members can click here to view the challenge.

Not a member yet?
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  • 30+ Lessons in Clean & Simple Design (taught by me! New lessons are VIDEO tutorials!)
  • Spotlight on Trends
  • Copic Tutorials with the "Odd" girl
  • & SO MUCH MORE! 

Click Here to Join StampNation Now or to Learn More about Membership Benefits!

I hope to see you there!

CAS(E) this Sketch #79

**This is my 3rd post today!
Please scroll down for my WPlus9 Release Post and for the Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop.

It's time for a new sketch :)



I think I found myself a new favorite color combo...Mint Julep Shadow Ink by Hero Arts, Mojito by WPlus9 (available today!) and Hawaiian Shore by Papertrey.  I love it!  I stuck pretty close to the sketch this week, this was a fun one to work with!  SO many possibilities!

Make sure you check out the CAS(E) this sketch! blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

 *This is my 2nd post today.  Please scroll down for my WPlus9 Release project.

Did you see the new products available in the Pretty Pink Posh store?
Hellooooo fabby dies!!!!


The Pretty Pink Posh DT and friends are doing a blog hop in celebration of the new dies!
I used the Stitched Duo 1 Dies!


I love this large tag die and that you have the option of using the window die cut with it or not.  I decided to focus on just the tag and used it to built a beautiful focal point!  My tag is hung by a Mini Wooden Clothespin  and a scattering of Marshmallow and Clear Sparkling Sequin.

Time to hop along now!
There are TWO $25 gift certificates hidden along the way, so make you leave comments at each of the stops!


Have fun & thanks for stopping by!

WPlus9 Release Day!

The new South Beach Collection from WPlus9 is now available for purchase here,
at the WPlus9 Design Studio store.


I have one more card to share with you today.  I've been on a OLC kick lately!  Here I used the Spring Blooms stamp set and the masking technique to show off the new South Beach Collection...Flamingo, Miami Spice, Mojito and Coconut Husk.


I love the simplicity of this design.  I plan to make a few more of these, switching out the sentiments.  It's the perfect card for mass producing and it's nice and flat for mailing!

Wait, don't go yet!  There's more.  
The rest of the DT made cards today too...



I can't wait to see the South Beach Collection popping up all over blogland.

Celebrate!

**This is my second post today.  Please scroll down to view my Lil' Inker DT Blog Hop Post.

The newest challenge is up at StampNation!

This week is a theme challenge, "Celebrate".  
There are so many reasons to celebrate this time of year!
Dad's, Grad's & Summer!!! 

Here's a peek at the DT cards...

 (Mine is top center :)

Members can click here to view the challenge.

Not a member yet?
  • 400 video tutorial
  • 30 Lessons in Clean & Simple Design (taught by me! New lessons are VIDEO tutorials!)
  • Spotlight on Trends
  • Copic Tutorials with the "Odd" girl
  • & SO MUCH MORE! 

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Lil' Inker Designs - June Release Day 3




It's the last day of our three days of blog hops for the Lil' Inkers June release!  Have you seen all of the amazing new products?!  They are available in the store now, so make sure you check them out here!

You should have arrived here from Mary Dawn Quirindongo's Blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

I have three cards to share with you today.  First up, the Unscramble This stamp set and the Peek-a-Boo die!

Unscramble This


Peek-a-Boo


I kept my card ultra CAS so I could really show off these awesome, inventive, one-of-a-kind products!



How cool is this? 


Talk about a fun idea.  Plus, you can finish your card inside & out.  Really, these products offer so many possibilities.

My next two cards feature the Scattered Sequins Die.

Scattered Sequins Die


I love sequins and now I can have them perfectly coordinate with my paper crafting projects!  woohoo! Placing them isn't always easy, but I used the Scattered Sequin die as a guide and they look perfect :)

I have one more card for you today.  This uses the Scattered Sequins Die along with the Smile Word Die.
Smile Word Die


I am absolutely in love with this die!  Ever since it arrived in my mailbox I keep reaching for it!  I'm so glad it's available to the public now and I can't finally start using it on every project (seriously, get used to seeing these dies.  It's going to be a while before I can put them away :)

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Sarah Jay, so head over to her blog because you know she'll have something AMAZING to show you.  Make sure to leave comments along the way too, because Laura is giving away 3 - $15 Store Credits!

Have fun hopping & shopping! 

Keep Smiling Card
Stamps: Unscramble This (LID)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (SU) Accessories:  Peek-a-Boo die (Lil' Inker Designs)

Celebrate Card
Stamps:  Spot On (LID)
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White,Vellum (SU) Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Melon Berry (PTI) 
Accessories:  Scattered Sequins Die, Silver Embossing Powder

Smile Card
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores (PTI)  Basic Black (SU)
Accessories:  Stitched & Stripes, Scattered Sequins, Scattered Sequins Die

WPlus9 June Release Peek at Ocean Drive

 *This is my second post today, please scroll down to view my Lil' Inker Blog Hop post.

I'm up on the WPlus9 Design Blog today with two cards featuring Ocean Drive, 
one of my favorite colors from the PURECOLOR South Beach Collection.

Here's a peek at my projects...

Click here for the full post on the WPlus9 Blog.
See you there!

Lil' Inker Designs - June Release Day Two


It's Day Two of our three days of blog hops for the Lil' Inkers June release!  Have you seen all of the amazing new products yet?!  They are available in the store now, so make sure you check them out here!

You should have arrived here from Mary Dawn Quirindongo's Blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

My cards today feature the Piece of Me stamp set and the Puzzle Pieces Die set!

Piece of Me



Puzzle Pieces Die Set



First up, Piece of Me.

What a cute sentiment and image set this is!  It can be used for a variety of occasions and recipients. Versatility...I love that!  To make my card, I arranged all of the puzzle pieces on my acrylic block.  Then I inked and stamped them at the same time.  This is a quick and easy way to stamp your own background quickly.


Now, the Puzzle Pieces Die


First I stamped my background, now I've created die cut and inlaid pieces to make another custom background!

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Sarah Jay, so head over to her blog because you know she'll have something AMAZING to show you.  Make sure to leave comments along the way too, because Laura is giving away 3 - $15 Store Credits!

Have fun hopping & shopping!  See you tomorrow with one last project for this release.

We Just Fit
Stamps: Piece of Me (LID)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler (SU) Accessories:  Stitched Hearts (Lil' Inker Designs)

Love You to Pieces 
Stamps: Piece of Me (LID)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red (SU) Aqua Mist (PTI)Accessories:  Stitched Circles (Lil' Inker Designs)

Lil' Inker Designs - June Release Day One



The fun begins today with the first of three days of blog hops for the Lil' Inkers June release.  All of the new, amazing products are available NOW in the Lil' Inker StoreYou must check it out! 

Before we get on with the blog hop, today we say goodbye to Suzanne Dahlburg :(  Suzanne will certainly be missed.  Good luck to you my friend!!!  

With every goodbye there is also a hello, or three, please welcome Lea Lawson, Lisa Henke and Mary Dawn Quirindongo to the Lil' Inker DT!  These crafty ladies are going to knock your socks off, I promise!

You should have arrived here from Mary Dawn Quirindongo's Blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

My card today features the Two Thumbs Up stamp set!

Two Thumbs Up






This set is perfect for the men in your life.  I had servicemen in mind when I made my card. Can you tell ;)

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Sarah Jay, so head over to her blog because you know she'll have something AMAZING to show you.  Make sure to leave comments along the way too, because Laura is giving away 3 - $15 Store Credits!

Have fun hopping & shopping!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps: Two Thumbs Up (LID)
Ink:  Cranberry Crush, Nautical Navy ( WPlus9)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Cranberry Crush, Nautical Navy ( WPlus9)
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles, Stitches & Stripes, Stitched Stars (Lil' Inker Designs)

WPlus9 June Release

It's release time at WPlus9 Design Studio!
This is a mini-release consisting of a new collection of inks.

Introducing the South Beach Collection...


Stunning, right?!!!!  Over the next five days the design team will be sharing projects using the South Beach Collection on their blogs and the WPlus9 blog, so make sure you check them out daily.  The inks will be available at 12:00 AM on June 5th.

Today I have a card that features the Flamingo, Mojito, Miami Spice and Coconut Husk inks.


The South Beach Collection works so nicely together and with the Original 10 Collection.  Corals and oranges are so hot, not only in paper crafting but in fashion and home decor.  I'm thrilled to have Flamingo and Miami Spice as a part of the WPlus9 line up!  Mojito is a nice mix of mint and grass green, it falls somewhere in between.  It's a color unlike anything in my collection.  Coconut Husk is the perfect neutral shade.  These are most definitely colors I will be turning to time and time again.

Doesn't this Fresh Cut Wreath look stunning stamped in colors from the South Beach Collection?  As you'll see over the next few days, this collection has me wanting to stamp all things floral :)

Thanks for stopping by!  I will be back on Wednesday with a peek here of two more cards using the South Beach Collection and a full post on the WPlus9 Blog.  See you then!

Stamps:  Fresh Cut Wreaths, Valentine Wishes (WPlus9)
Ink:  Flamingo, Miami Spice, Mojito, Coconut Husk (WPlus9)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Kraft Cardstock (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Birds & Branches Die (Wplus9) 4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)
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