Sunday, May 17, 2015

Paper Smooches Sparks | Anything Goes


Good morning! Today I have a card for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge.  I used two Paper Smooches stamp sets for my card: Seeing Stars and Uplifters.

See that cute little white chipboard star? That is from an old (like, 2007 old) American Crafts chipboard pack. Yup... I'm trying to use some of my older products combined with newer products, and the white star fits perfectly here! I used some older Hero Arts gems and pearls on my card, too.


I hope you can join us this week Make sure to check out the rest of the design team for more inspiration!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Gossamer Blue | Inspiration Blog Hop



Good morning! Today I have three cards to share for this month's Gossamer Blue Inspiration Blog Hop. The May kits are stunning and I had no problem whipping up several cards this month! It's always a treat to work with such awesome products. 

The giant gold paperclips were used a lot this month. I love the look of "clipping" things to the front of my cards. 


The gold circle puffy stickers are just as fun as enamel dots! And I love these wood veneer party hats. 


The combination of a big flower die cut, white and gold tag, and kraft background just makes me happy. I used another gold clip, a button on the center of the flower, and a sprinkling of enamel dots to finish off the card.


Make sure to check out the rest of the design team for more inspiration! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Paper Smooches Sparks | Picture Perfect Challenge


Good morning! Today I have a card for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Picture Perfect Challenge. I love how rustic the table is, the wood grain, flowers, and chevron pattern! I ended up using the wood grain and flowers as inspiration.


I had a lot of fun combining stamp sets (and ink colors) for this card. All the ink is either Avery Elle or Impress pigment ink, and I used four Paper Smooches stamp sets: Uplifters, Denim & Daisies, Bold Blooms, and Reflections. If you don't have the Uplifters stamp set... buy it! It has some of my favorite sentiments ever. 
 
I used some sequins from Studio Calico, and a ton of enamel dots... mostly from Simple Stories, and a few from My Mind's Eye.    


I hope you can play along with us this week! Check out the rest of the design team for more inspiration: 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Retro Sketches | Challenge #162

Hi there! I'm a couple of days late, but I have a card for this week's Retro Sketches challenge. I used one of my Studio Calico stamp sets, Pineapple Glasses, and a cute little tag from Pebbles Inc. Here's this week's sketch:


I ended up stamping the pineapple several times, trying to get the color just right. I used the rock and roll technique and two colors of Papertrey Ink ink (Harvest Gold and Summer Sunrise). 


You can check out the rest of the design team's projects on the Retro Sketches blog. Thanks for joining me this week and I hope you can play along with us!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Retro Sketches | Challenge #161

Happy Saturday, friends! Today I have a card for this week's Retro Sketches challenge


I pulled out my April Gossamer Blue kits for my card. The I Am collection from Simple Stories has so many great elements... chipboard, enamel dots, and interactive elements. I used the chipboard banner for my card, along with the 6x6 paper pad and a stamp from Elle's Studios. 


I hope you can play along with us this week! You can see this week's sketch, and a few more examples, on the Retro Sketches blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gossamer Blue | April Projects

Wow... I can't believe it's been a month since I've posted here. I've had a lot of changes in my life over the past seven weeks. My husband and I are divorcing and the kids and I have moved into a new house... this spring has been a blur! We are all trying to find a new routine, and for me that means getting back into my office and creating again. It's been a slow start, but I'm getting there.

The April Gossamer Blue kits are amazing (no surprise there!), and I loved working with them! I am especially drawn to the Simple Stories I Am collection... all those beautiful colors! 

The paper I used for the background of this card is my favorite pattern from the April kits. I love the unique flowers and light blue background.


Another strip of that beautiful paper, and a few chipboard/sequin/enamel dot embellishments. 


I used one of the Life Pages 3x4 cards for my next project. I used double sided tape to add glitter to the top left and bottom right corners, then die cut the "thanks" from light green paper and adhered it to my card.


The feathers! I love the chipboard feathers from the I Am collection, and I used a "thankful" sticker on top of a trio of feathers. One gold heart accent and a scalloped border is all this card needed. 


Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Gossamer Blue | March Inspiration Blog Hop


Good morning! We are halfway through March (I can't believe it!) and today is the Gossamer Blue Inspiration blog hop! The March kits are full of awesome products from Pinkfresh Studios, Pink Paislee, and My Mind's Eye. 

The 4x4 inch Bella Rouge Journaling Cards by Pink Paislee are great for Life Pages, but they also work for cards. I used a 4.25x4.25 inch card base, adhered the journaling card on top, then added embellishments. It's a little hard to see in the picture, but I used my Wink of Stella pen on the butterfly for a little shine.


I hope you are enjoying your March Gossamer Blue kits! Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration:

Paper Smooches Sparks | Anything Goes Challenge


Good morning! I have a card to share for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challege. I used a couple of my current favorite stamp sets for this card: Lovely Thoughts and Uplifters

I used pigment inks to stamp the various pieces of the flowers and leaves. I started with the outlines, in darker colors, then filled in with lighter shades. The sentiment, from Uplifters, was stamped in Archival Black Ink. I added a few enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.


I hope you can join us this week! Make sure to check out the rest of the design team to see their creations:


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Paper Smooches Sparks | Designer Drafts Challenge


Good morning! This week's Paper Smooches Sparks challenge is Designer Drafts... a super cute sketch challenge! Here's the sketch:


This sketch is very versatile and can be used horizontally or vertically. I created a horizontal card using the new Ahoy Me Hearty stamp set... and oh my goodness is it a cute set. I used a combination of Spectrum Noir and Copic markers to color in the parrot. 

My only issue with my card is I didn't get a great impression with my Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I use this ink with Copic markers, but maybe it's time to try a different ink. If you guys have suggestions I would love to hear them!


Make sure to check out the rest of the design team for more inspiration! 

Retro Sketches | Challenge #154

Hello there! This week's Retro Sketches challenge is fun because it features a square card. I don't usually create square cards so these cards are always a challenge for me. 




 

I pulled out one of my new Studio Calico stamp sets, Sending you Sunshine, and used several of the flowers and the sentiment for my card. The cute little orange paper clip was die cut from a We Are Memory Keepers die set that I purchased a couple of months ago, and I tied some orange and white twine from Papertrey Ink. 

The font used in this stamp set is unique and super cute. I usually prefer clean and graphic fonts, but this one I don't mind. It isn't too "scripty" or hand drawn looking... and I like how bold the font is compared to the delicate flowers.


I hope you can play along with us this week! Check back in a bit for next week's Paper Smooches Sparks challenge inspiration.
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