Sunday, July 19, 2015

Paper Smooches Sparks | Anything Goes Challenge

Hello there! For this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge I had fun mixing and matching two stamp sets and three die sets, creating a fun "clipboard" card. 

I started with a piece of patterned paper that I've had in my stash for a few years. I layered a piece of green cardstock on top, then trimmed down a piece of lined notebook paper (also an "oldie" from my stash) and adhered it at an angle on my card.

I used Paper Smooches' Clipboards Two stamps and dies on top of the lined paper. The sentiment is a combination of dies, the Birthday Word Dies, and a stamped sentiment from Party Posse. Party Posse will always have a special place in my heart as it was the first Paper Smooches stamp set I purchased, many years ago. I fell in love with the cute images and had to have it! 

After I adhered the sentiment and stamped the "wishes", I still felt like my card needed something. I die cut flowers and leaves from Flowers 2 Dies, then added a handful of enamel dots and sequins.  

I hope you can play along with us this week! Make sure to check out the Paper Smooches Sparks blog, and the other design team members for more inspiration!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Retro Sketches | Challenge #173

Hello crafty friends! Today I have a card for this week's Retro Sketches challenge. Here's the sketch:

I combined a couple of different stamp sets for this card. The elephant and "YIPPEE!" sentiment are from Studio Calico's Ciao card kit add on, and the "Celebrate" and "It's your special day!" are from Papertrey Ink's Heart-2-Heart Mini Stamp set #5. The patterned paper is also from the Ciao kit, and the enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye.

I hope you can play along with us this week! Make sure to check out the Retro Sketches blog for more inspiration!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Gossamer Blue | July Inspiration Blog Hop

Good morning! It's the 15th, which means it's time for the Gossamer Blue Inspiration Blog Hop

The July kits were a lot of fun to work with. I used the 6x6 paper pad, from the Bits and Pieces kit a lot this month. For this card I used the striped pink paper and the "hello" gold foil sentiment from the July Main Kit. 

I added a few puffy stars, a wood button and some stamped flowers to finish off my card. 

 Make sure to check out the rest of the design team to see their favorite projects using the July kits!

Sunday, July 12, 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 the inspiration photo this week!

I started by doing some tone on tone stamping with Botanicals 3. I used Impress Fresh Ink in Slate stamped on Papertrey Ink's Soft Stone cardstock. I die cut Happy Birthday five times from True Black cardstock and layered them together. After I adhered them, I used my Black Spica Marker on top for added shine.

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

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Grandpa | Traditional Layout

After I created a handful of card using the July Gossamer Blue kits, I pulled out this photo of my Dad and Jack, taken a couple of years ago, and created a layout. The large black letters were the inspiration for my page. I wanted a bold title that took up a portion of the lower half of the page. 

I used a variety of kits from the July release on my layout, including the Life Pages Main Kit, the Main Add On Kit, and the Bits and Pieces Kit

The "always choose the adventure" stamp is one of my favorites from this month's Life Pages Main Kit. I added a wooden button, a "special day" stamp (from a previous Life Pages kit), and a couple of puffy stars as accents.

In the bottom corner I created a cluster of elements, starting with a Simple Stories tag (not from the GB kits), "happy memories" tag, flair, a few stars, and some sticker strips. 

I measured the inside of the slide frame and printed my journaling out to fit. After I adhered the journaling/slide to my layout, I added the arrows and "fun" cork stickers, orange and white label, "observations" wood veneer, and more puffy stars.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Gossamer Blue gallery for more inspiration! You can purchase the July Gossamer Blue kits and add-ons here. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Gossamer Blue | July Projects

Good morning! The July Gossamer Blue kits are available and I have several projects to share today.

First up is a card featuring the stamp set from the Bits & Pieces kit.  The Bits & Pieces kit is always my favorite add-on, and this month is no exception. The wood buttons and paper pad are perfect for cards! 

July Gossamer Blue Bits & Pieces Kit

I don't drink coffee, but this sentiment is too cute not to use. The red/pink wood button fits nicely inside the coffee cozy of the stamp.

I used letter stickers, from the Life Pages kit, for the "congrats" sentiment on this card. The house die cut, from the Bits & Pieces kit, works great for this card.

My last card features one of the tags with vellum from the Life Pages Main Add-on. I added the vellum sentiment to the tag, then used foam dots to adhere the tag to the card front. 

Check back tomorrow for a layout using the July kits, and the 15th for the Gossamer Blue Inspiration Blog Hop! I hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Paper Smooches Sparks | Designer Drafts Challenge

Good morning! Today I have a card for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Designer Drafts challenge. Here's the sketch:

I used some patterned paper from an old Studio Calico 6x6 pad as inspiration for my card. The colors felt very tropical to me, so I pulled out Botanicals 3 and stamped a few of the leaves/flowers from that set, then fussy cut them. I die cut Frame 4 from pink shimmer paper, and the sentiment is from Sentiment Sampler. I added dimensional adhesive behind the frame and the top two flowers. 

That's it for me today! Make sure to check out the rest of the design team for more inspiration!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

ColourQ | Challenge #295

I haven't played along with the ColourQ challenge in awhile, but this week's inspiration photo and coordinating color challenge is so pretty! Navy, pink, gold, and white. I love it. 

I used this beautiful butterfly stamp, Swallowtail, from Stampin' Up! in the middle of my card. I stamped it with Versamark, then used gold embossing powder (from PSX) to heat emboss the image. 

It's a little hard to see in the picture, but I die cut a banner from vellum, then stamped "you're the best" (from Papertrey Ink's Sunflower Bouquet) with VersaMark, then used Blush Zing embossing powder to heat emboss it. The gems and pearls are from Hero Arts.

That's it for me tonight! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Muse | Challenge #122

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I have a card for this week's Muse Challenge. Here is the inspiration photo:

Here is my take on the challenge. The Funky Town patterned paper was my starting off point. I love the color combination: Papertrey Ink's Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, and Ripe Avocado. I also added Sweet Blush and Aqua Mist.

I added the confetti and stars, from Party Poppers at the very end. I felt like the card needed a little something extra in the white space surrounding the balloons. I also added a few enamel dots, from My Mind's Eye, to two of the balloons and the middle of the bow.

I used Papertrey Ink's Birthday Style for the balloons, string, and bow. The banner and sentiment are Wplus9's Basic Banners stamp set. The stars and confetti are from Papertrey Ink's Party Poppers set. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Gossamer Blue | June Blog Hop


Good morning and welcome to the Gossamer Blue Inspiration Blog Hop! I had so much fun creating projects using this month's kits, especially with the Dear Lizzy products (washi tape, circle tags, cards & envelopes set). 

For this card, I used three strips of washi, from the Dear Lizzy washi booklet, and adhered them at an angle on a piece of A2 white cardstock. I adhered a gold glitter star on top of the washi, then used foam adhesive to add a sentiment. A few enamel dots finish it off. This card came together in no time at all, and it's probably my favorite project from this month. CAS perfection!

 Make sure to check out the rest of the design team to see their favorite June projects!

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