CAS(E) this Sketch! #87 meets Tag You're It! #3

We are mixing things up a bit at CAS(E) this Sketch this week and joining forces with Tag You're It!
Isn't that exciting!  Two of my favorite challenges :)


I stuck pretty close to the sketch but carried the stripes across the entire card and added a tag to this nautical design...

I hope you'll play along with us!
This challenge is open for TWO weeks at both CAS(E) this Sketch and Tag You're It!

Head over to both challenge blogs to see what all of the designers created.  
You will surely find tons of eye candy!

Stamps:  Guiding Light (WPlus9)
Ink:  Versamark, White Pigment Ink (Wplus9)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Cranberry Crush, Nautical Navy (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Timeless Tags 2, Guiding Light Dies (Wplus9)

Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop - Day 3


It's the last day of the Lil' Inker Design Team Blog Hops.  If you haven't checked out the new release make sure you do so, everything is available now in the Lil' Inker Store

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 still have so much to show you, so buckle in! 

My first card features the Dance in the Rain Stamp Set and Cut It Out Clouds & Accessories Die Set.





How fun is this set?  I love the playful font of the sentiment!  I die cut the clouds twice and layered the white over silver glimmer to make them pop a bit more off of the white background.  Of course, I had to add some "rain" too ;)

My next card features the Seriously Awesome Stamp set & the Pink Edge Sentiment Flag die set.





I love the variety of sizes available in this die set, some small for little sentiment and some supersized to use in addition to word dies!  I'll definitely get tons of use out of these.

Lil' Inker's is now carrying their own Angel Policy Stamps too!


Which I used on the back of my card.  I replicated the front design quickly and easily.


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!

Lil' Inker Designs Supplies
Stamps:  Seriously Awesome, Dance in the Rain, Angel Policy
Accessories: Clouds & Accessories, Stitched Mats:  RectanglesStitched Hearts, Stitched Mats: Stars, Pinking Edge Sentiment Flag Die

Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop - Day Two


Are you loving the new Lil' Inker release Fun stuff!  If you haven't checked out the full release make sure you do so, everything is available now in the Lil' Inker Store

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 Seriously Awesome stamp set and the Seriously Word Die!



These products are SERIOUSLY AWESOME ;)


I made a fun background using the Spot on Stamp Set and lots of sequins.  This card would be perfect for the girly teen-scene, change out the colors and it's perfect for guys too!

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!

Lil' Inker Designs Supplies
Stamps:  Seriously Awesome, Spot On
AccessoriesSeriously Word Die

Lil' Inker Designs July Release - Day One!


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

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 Sketched Floral stamp set and a sentiment from Fancy Feathers!





I'm so excited about this set.  I love that there is a line stamp and solid stamp included. 
This is definitely a stamp set I will use again and again!


To make my background, I stamped the Sketched Florals in Versamark ink, then I went over them with Blue Raspberry and Grape Fizz Perfect Pearls.  I wish you could see the shimmer on those gorgeous flowers! 

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!

Lil' Inker Designs Supplies
Stamps:  Sketched Florals, Fancy Feathers
Accessories:   Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Circles, Stitched Butterflies

Sandy Beach

Today is the last day of the Beach Vacation at StampNation.

Our challenge is inspired by a sandy beach.

Here's a peek at my card...


Members have another full week to play along in our challenges.  
Each challenge you play along in gives you another entry to win...


Not a member yet? 


Did you hop along in our blog hop yet?

You have until 11:59PM EST tonight to comment and be entered to win one of THREE one-month memberships to SN plus the prizes listed above.  Click here for the full blog hop list!

Have a great day!

CAS(E) this Sketch #86

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


Here's my take...



Another OLC, are you getting tired of them yet?  I stuck pretty close to the sketch here.  You can't see it in the photo but I added score lines to represent the stripe on the sketch.

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:  Valentine Wishes (WPlus9)
Ink:  Wild Mango, Mojito , Bloomsbury (WPlus9) Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (SU)
Paper:  Oatmeal (Wplus9) Early Espresso (SU)
Accessories:  Birds & Branches Die (WPlus9) 4mm Metallic Gold & Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) 

Under the Sea

The beach vacation at StampNation is still going on!
Have you dropped in to join the party yet?

Today we've gone Under the Sea.
Here's a peek at my card...


Don't miss out on the fun...

Now is the perfect time to join!

StampNation members that participate in the challenges get entered to win more prizes from our sponsors Ellen Hutson, Pretty Pink Posh & Lawn Fawn!!

PLUS...
  • 425+ video tutorial
  • 30+ Lessons in Clean & Simple Design (taught by me. New lessons are VIDEO tutorials.
  • Spotlight on Trends
  • & SO MUCH MORE!

Tropical Sunset

The fun continues today at the StampNation Beach Vacation!
I hope you joined in our blog hop yesterday.  If not, there is still time.  Click here to view my blog hop post.  You have until Sunday to leave comments to be entered to win one of the prizes!

This is a peek at the card I made for our challenge today...


Not a member yet?
Now is the perfect time to join!

StampNation members that participate in the challenges get entered to win more prizes from our sponsors Ellen Hutson, Pretty Pink Posh & Lawn Fawn!!

PLUS...
  • 425+ video tutorial
  • 30+ Lessons in Clean & Simple Design (taught by me. New lessons are VIDEO tutorials.
  • Spotlight on Trends
  • & SO MUCH MORE!

StampNation Beach Vacation Blog Hop



It's finally here!!  Today we are kicking off the StampNation Summer Beach Vacation event with a Blog Hop.  Each of the StampNation Dream Team members, along with some of our crafty friends, are hopping along sharing cards inspired by our first challenge, "Beach Style".


Packing for the beach is different from any other trip you might take. For today's challenge we want to see projects that show off your beach style. So, pack up your sunglasses, swimsuits, beach towels and don't forget your sunscreen. We have to be ready to soak up that summer sun.

I knew exactly what stamp I'd be using for this challenge...FLIP FLOPS.  I wear them everywhere I go ALL Summer long :)




I used the Life is Good & Hello Sunshine stamp sets by Lawn Fawn to make a cute little beachy focal point in colors that you are likely to see on the beach.  The sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins remind me of bubbles in the ocean waves.

It's time to hop along now. Make sure you leave comments at each of the blogs listed below to be eligible to win..

One of THREE one month StampNation memberships.

 PLUS...

A $25 Gift Certificate to Pretty Pink Posh

 A $25 Store Credit to Ellen Hutson

Choice of Lawn Fawn Stamp Set & Let's Polka 6 x 6 Pad

For each of these prizes, one winner will be randomly drawn from all the blog hop comments. A second winner will be chosen from all the challenge entries at StampNation!

Not a member yet?
Now is is the perfect time!


You will have have until 11:59 pm EST on July 27th to leave a comment. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be announced on Monday, July 28th on Catherine's blog.


Maureen Merritt - YOU ARE HERE!!!









Tracey McNeely

Amy Sheffer


This event is going to be SO MUCH FUN! 
 Here's a peek at another project I have coming later this week... 


Stamps:  Life is Good & Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores & Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake (SU) Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  4mm Sparkling Clear, Winter Snow Mix Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Stitched Mats - Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs) Bakers Twine (SU)

Tag You're It! #2

**This is my second post today :)

It's time for a new challenge over at Tag You're It!

Our Guest Designer this week is ...

Laura Bassen!!  


Here's my take on the challenge...



Laura inspired me to take out a stencil and distress inks and get inky.  I had a blast making this fun tag!  The black and white make for a  nice contrast against all that color!

Head over to Tag You're It! to see how the rest of the DT was inspired.  I hope to see you playing along!

Merry Christmas in July


The Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge is keeping me in the Christmas card making spirit this month!  When I saw the theme this week I knew I'd be playing along...


Sequins?  Yes, please :)  
I hardly ever make a card without using sequins lately!

(Thank you Pretty Pink Posh!)

My card also fits the Festive Friday challenge, how's that for luck!



If you stopped by here yesterday I mentioned my recent obsession with neutrals.  I'm loving all things white, cream, tan, kraft and gold (throw in some burlap too and I'm a happy girl!)  The combo is so crisp and clean for home decor, clothing and paper crafting.  I simply love it for holiday cards too!

What's your favorite Christmas combo?  Are you more traditional or fun and bright.  I'd love to hear about it, maybe I'll branch out from my comfort zone this year!

*I'm also linking up to the Curtain Call Anything Goes Challenge.

Stamps:  Pretty Poinsettia (Clearly Besotted Stamps) Cheerful Christmas Greetings (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark 
Paper:  Woodgrain Card Stock (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories:  4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins, Metallic Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

CAS(E) this Sketch! # 85

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


Here's my take...



This photo really does not do my card justice, the sun seems to have taken a vacation as of late :(  I'm so into gold and neutrals right now, I love the clean look.  Expect to see a lot of that over the coming weeks.  I told you I'd move past my blue & green phase, haha!

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: Written in the Stars (Avery Elle)
Ink: Versamark
Paper:  Oatmeal, Kraft (WPlus9)
Accessories:  4mm & 6mm Marshmallow Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger) Heat Tool (SU)

A Beach Vacation!

Several times each year we hold big events at StampNation.  
This Summer the StampNation Sistahs are going on a Beach Vacation!!


This is a week long event is filled with Challenges, Videos and Prizes!

Our sponsors...




You are not going to want to miss this one!

Not a member yet?  Now is the perfect time to join.  
Not only are we throwing a Beach Vacation, you'll also get access to...
  • 425+ video tutorial
  • 30+ Lessons in Clean & Simple Design (taught by me. New lessons are VIDEO tutorials.
  • Spotlight on Trends
  • & SO MUCH MORE! 

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

I hope to see you there!

PINspired #3

If you missed it, I started a new feature on my blog a few weeks ago.  Each Sunday I will be posting a card inspired by a pin on my Pinterest boards.

Here's this week's card...


Inspired by this pin from my Color Inspiration board.


I just love this color combo, especially the unexpected pop of yellow!  I'm just thrilled to be actually using my pins.  

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!!!

Want to see more of my pins?


Thanks for stopping by.  Have a happy Sunday!

Stamps:  Spring Blooms (WPlus9)  So Very Special (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Wild Mango (WPlus9) Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink) Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede (SU)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Ocean Tides (PTI)
Accessories:  4mm Metallic Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) Pearls (Martha Stewart) Natural Hemp Cord

Third Times a Charm!


I'm a big fan of Christmas in July.  I usually make a few Christmas cards during July, then start full on Christmas card making by the end of August or the beginning of September.  It takes me a bit to get into the holiday card making groove and that was certainly the case with this card!  See, I wanted to play along in the Merry Monday Challenge, which is to use green and white.  My first card was an epic fail.  I was happy with my second card but it didn't really fit the green and white theme.  Finally, I came up with the card above which I don't love but I like enough to post here :)  Maybe the green and white combo just isn't for me.

When do you start making Christmas cards?


Stamps:  Cheerful Christmas Greetings (MFT)
Ink:  Coconut Husk (WPlus9)
Paper:  Whisper White, Champagne Glimmer (SU) Simply Chartreuse (PTI)
Accessories:  Stitched Borders 1 Die (Pretty Pink Posh) Snowflake Die (Impression Obsession)

Stepped Up One Layer Card & a Beach Vacation

Do you struggle with one layer cards?
If so, you are in luck!  I've been on a roll with one layer cards lately.  In fact, my latest video at StampNation is just that, but a bit stepped up with dimension and bling.

Here's a peek...


StampNation members can view my video here.

Not a member yet?  Well, what are you waiting for? 


This is a great time to join StampNation too because our next big event begins next weekend.
A week long beach vacation with videos, challenges, sponsors & more!


I hope to see you there :)

CAS(E) this Sketch #8

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



Endless possibilities for those circles!



I love this sketch, it's definitely one I'll turn to time and time again....what about snowflakes in shades of blue for Christmas?  This card is perfect for mass producing and mailing!  
What do you envision for this sketch?

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: Spring Blooms, Fanciful Feathers (WPlus9)
Ink: True Black (Papertrey Ink) Sweet Nectar, Flamingo, Mojito (WPlus9) Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Accessories:4mm Sparkling Clear, 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
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