A Busy Month to Come!

Hello and Happy Fall!  I had this card made for the first day of Fall, but life got crazy and I just had the chance to photograph and post it today.  While it's late in wishing you a Happy 1st Day of Fall, it's perfect to send all season long :)

I know my blog has been quiet lately, but hold tight!  It's about to get busy!  Very, very busy.   You are going to want to check in just about daily during the month of October.  Here's what will be going on:

  • WPlus9 October Release Oct 1st-5th
  • StampNation WCMD Celebration October 2nd-4th
  • Lil' Inker Designs October Release October 8th-10th
  • Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection Mid-October

If you are looking for more Fall card ideas, check out my FREE CAS Autumn App.

If you downloaded it last year, make sure you've gotten the latest update.

**My Apps are only available for the iPhone & iPad.  
My husband is a self-taught programmer and we are 100% Apple users.  Sorry!
Ink:  Hayride, Gala Apple, Pumpkin Spice, Last Leaf (WPlus9) Early Espresso (SU)
Paper:  Oatmeal, Kraft (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Linen Thread (SU)

World Card Making Day 2015 is almost here!

The biggest, most exciting event of the year is coming!  World Card Making Day!
We are CARD MAKERS.  We are a WORLD wide community...so we celebrate BIG.  Some of the goodness will be happening right here on my blog, but the party is really happening over at StampNation!

In celebration of our passion, we have planned entire weekend of prizes, challenges, inspiration and video tutorial!  The fun begins on Friday but...

You have to be a member to join us!

I hope to see you there :)

WPlus9 Throwback Thursday #7

*This is my second post today.  
Please scroll down to view my card for the Essentials by Ellen Pin-sights Challenge.

After taking a month off of the Throwback Thursday Challenge, I'm back this month with a new challenge.  This month I'm featuring the Pretty Patches stamps and dies and Country Charm.

Head on over to the WPlus9 Design Blog to see my 3 projects and to play along in the challenge!
I hope to see you there!

Essentials by Ellen September Pin-sights Challenge

I'm thrilled to be joining in on the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge.  If you've never heard of this challenge, today is your lucky day!   The Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog.  Here is this month's photo:

There were SO many ways I could have gone with this inspiration.  I decided to pull inspiration from the peach, mint and navy color scheme and the flowers in the bottom corner.

I started by stamping the Bold Blooms in Hero Arts Mint Julep and Fresh Peach Shadow inks.  Then I came in and filled in the spaces with WP9 Nautical Navy.  The sentiment from the Thankful stamp set was heat embossed in white on Nautical Navy card stock and adhered with foam tape. This is about as CAS as they come!

There's actually something else that just popped out at me as I'm looking at the inspiration right now.  I will be heading to my stamp room and creating another card for this challenge shortly, so come back in a few days if you'd like to see that!

Head on over to The CLASSroom to see what the rest of the designers created from this inspiration.  Then head to your own craft room and create a project.  One random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store.  (To be eligible to win, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration.)

How To Use Line Stamps If You Don't Color - Tip #2 - Part Two

If you are just stopping by for the first time, I am working on a series on how to use line stamps if you don't color.  Line stamps are taking the stamping community by storm and let's face it, not everyone can color.  So I've been working on tips to help others like myself.  You can see Tip #1 here and part one of Tip #2 here.

Once again I'm adding Distress Ink to a stamped line image, however this time I'm using two inks and blending them to make three colors.

I think every stampers needs to have Distress Inks in their collection.  They are great for techniques, especially blending.  If you are on a budget I recommend getting the primary colors and then blending them to make other colors.

This technique is as easy as the one I shared yesterday.  The only difference is that you'll switch colors half way through.  Here's what I did.

1.  Stamp the image in black ink, then add Mustard Seed Distress Ink just to the center of the flower.
2.  Next come in with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and cover the whole outside of the petals blending between the colors to make orange.
3.  Die cut the flower and add more Picked Raspberry ink around the edges.

I hope you'll try to add color to your line stamped images using Distress Inks, either one color or several.  I'll be back next week with more ideas on how to use your line stamps!


How To Use Line Stamps If You Don't Color - Tip #2

Thank you for all of the positive feedback on my first post on how to use line stamps if you don't color!  It seems like a lot of you are in the same boat as me.  If you missed my first tip, click here.

Today I'm sharing my second tip on how to use line stamps if you don't color:  Use a blending tool and Distress Inks.

Looking at this photo, the poinsettia and leaves almost look like regular cardstock, however I've added ink with a blending tool.  This is very easy to do, especially on a large image like the Mondo Poinsettia.  You can add shading and dimension just by adding more ink to certain parts of the image.

1.  Stamp the image, then cover the entire image with a well blended coat of color.
2.  Go back around the edges and add more ink.
3.  Die cut the image and add even more ink to the edges.

This is the most simple way to add ink and a good choice if your image is all one color.  Tomorrow I will be back with the same technique but with a bit of a twist.  I hope you'll join me!


STAMPtember - Marching Band

I'm thrilled to share with you a card I made with the STAMPtember set Marching Band, a Simon Says Stamp exclusive collaboration with WPlus9.

What a truly adorable stamp set!  Of course it's great for anyone in the marching band or plays an instrument but it's also a perfect choice when making a card to cheer someone on!!  If you follow my blog, you'll know I am currently exploring ways to use line stamps for non-colorers.  Here I used my "Don't do anything!" tip.  I stamped these sweet little band marchers in a rainbow of colors.   The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed, then placed below the images to grounded them.

Visit WPlus9 designers Kara and Kelly, I've seen adorable sneak peeks on Instagram!  Then head over to Simon Says Stamp too see all of the Marching Band cuteness!

Stamps:  Marching Band (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse (PTI) Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (SU) Tuxedo Black (Memento) Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Hawaiian Shores (PTI) Black (WPlus9)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Ranger)  Tuxedo Black Twine (Timeless Twine)