Sunday, July 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #11

Good morning, friends!  I am SO happy to have a card to share with you today!  It has been such a long time.  Between taking care of my mom and then going to Utah to visit (more about that in a second...really, you don't want to miss that part), I have had no spare time.  So I'm extra excited to share with you my card for the newest Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge
Challenge #11 is embossing.  I used heat embossing on my card.  Funny story about that. I found out about the challenge theme the night before we left on our trip.  I was short on luggage space, so I grabbed a few ink cubes, a couple card bases/envelopes, scissors, glue, a waterbrush, mini misti, stamping block, and two Concord & 9th stamp sets.  All my supplies fit in a little pencil box.  I really thought one of my sisters-in-law had a heat gun and planned to use it, but grabbed the only embossed image I had, a cake from Happy Day, just in case.  Well, turns out I was wrong, my SIL did not have a heat gun, and I only had that one embossed cake to work with.  I have never been more nervous in my life to watercolor an image because I knew there was absolutely no way for a do-over.  Thankfully it turned out okay!  
The colors for the wedding I attended were blush pink and navy.  I knew the bride had a pink cake, so actually my embossed cake from Happy Day worked out perfectly.  I just used the ink from the ink pads and my waterbrush to color the image. 
While the cake was drying I stamped several images from Many Mandalas in light grey onto my card base.  You can see them a tiny bit better in this photo.  It is subtle but really adds so much.
Many Mandalas is one of my new favorite Concord and 9th sets.  I love the variety of sizes and layering possibilities of the images (even though I didn't layer any on my card).  But I have to tell you, my most favorite thing about the this set is the sentiments.  LOVE them!  If you haven't picked up Many Mandalas, you really should.  You won't regret it.  And actually I loved the images and sentiments so much that in addition to using them on my card, I used theme to create a simple coordinating envelope.
Okay, I told you I would tell you more about my Utah trip, so here it goes.  If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I had the most amazing opportunity (blessing, really) to meet the Concord and 9th team last week.  Concord and 9th started just a month after I moved away from Utah (although I didn't know about them until several months later), and their headquarters happens to be about 15 minutes (or less) from my old home.  Meeting Angie, Greg, Robyn, and Amy was AMAZING!  
They are kind, generous, talented, and just SO FUN to be around.  Honestly, I wish I could hang out with them every day.  I smiled so much my cheeks hurt.  I laughed lots. I shook with excitement (okay, and maybe some nerves at first, too...I can be shy).  And I literally skipped and giggled while I was touring their office. (I have a hard time hiding my emotions and the excitement I felt just could not be contained!) I saw all of their stamps and dies, their card/project samples, the rooms they create in, work in, photograph in, etc.  I got to see and hold all of the new products being released today as well as all of Robyn's cards they have been sharing during this month's release sneak peeks.  Honestly, it was one of the happiest days of my whole life.  I feel like I've always made it pretty clear that I'm head over heels for Concord and 9th's products, but after meeting them I'm even more a fan.  Knowing the people behind the company makes me love them even more!  I didn't know that was possible, but really they are the best of the best...the kind of people who truly brighten the world around them.  My soul was filled with sunshine that has had me smiling for days.  It was truly a dream come true.  Now if you have made it this far, thank you for letting me gush!  And don't forget to get out your Concord & 9th goodies and join us for our Where Creativity Meets C9 Embossing Challenge, so you can have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Concord & 9th or a chance to guest design for an upcoming challenge.  I'm so grateful for you, friends!  Have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, June 30, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - It's a Guy Thing

Good morning!  You may have noticed it has been extra quiet around here lately.  My mom had a pretty bad fall and broke her knee a few weeks ago, so I've been helping take care of her. We also had a family trip planned, and unfortunately with my mom's unexpected injury, I wasn't able to use this month's kit before we had to leave town.  Michele (whom I just love) put together a fun and fabulous kit for the men and boys in our lives. Make sure you head over to The 12 Kits of Occasions Blog to see how my fabulous teammates have used this awesome kit.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  It's been a week...but one to make you grateful because things could be so much worse.  On a really happy note, I've just posted a card on the Where Creativity Meets C9 blog with a new-to-me set that I'm loving.  I'd love if you'd check it out. ;)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #10

Good morning!  It's time for another Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge.  Yay! I look forward to these challenges every month, but I have to admit that this particular one really highlighted the "challenge" part for me.  Our theme for Challenge #10 is Layered. 
If you've been around here for any length of time, you'll know my comfort zone is clean and simple...un-layered if you will, as one layer or nearly one layer cards are my favorite.  Luckily we try to keep things pretty open for these challenges, so I encourage you to think out of the box!  Some of my teammates layered stamping images, some did more mixed-media layering, and me...I layered flowers.  I explored many other layered ideas, but when it came down to it, I knew I had to choose something that still reflected "me". 
This card has lots more layers of dimension than mine typically have.  And guess what?  I kinda love it.  With the flowers popping out it feels like I am sending a bouquet and that makes me so happy. To make it, I stamped a bunch of floral images from Concord & 9th's Wildflower Stamp Set in lots of different colors, fussy cut them out, and then just played with colors and arrangement popping them up at varying heights with dimensional adhesive.  I love the colors I settled on: Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Blueprint (Distress Ink), Lucky (SSS), and Mint Melody (SU!).  In attempt to create more layers, I die cut frames and card bases in a few different colors and mixed and matched until I found a combination I liked. My sentiment is from the new Globe Greetings. (LOOOVE this set!)  I finished my card off with a few enamel dots and teeny tiny black pearls to help balance out the black sentiment and add a few more "layers".
I made a fun discovery, too, while stamping.  I wanted larger leaves for my flowers, so I turned one of the flowers in the Wildflower Stamp Set into leaves.  I've done this before, but this time, I figured out how to give it veins, which makes it even better! 
There is an image that I assumed was to make berry sprigs, but it happens to be the perfect size to fit inside the flower petals.  I wouldn't put it past the geniuses behind Concord and 9th (Greg and Angie) to have had this in mind already, but it was pretty exciting to me when I made this happy discovery. :) 
When I started this card I wasn't exactly sure who it was going to, and when I chose the sentiment I was filled with such gratitude thinking of the many, many people in my life who indeed tdo make the word (my world especially) a better place.  I love that cardmaking so often turns my thoughts to gratitude!
Thanks so much for joining me today!  Whether it is in your comfort zone or not, I sure hope you will join us for Where Creativity Meets C9's Challenge #10.  My teammates have done a fabulous job with their cards and are definitely worth checking out.  Have a happy day, my friends! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Friend...

Hello!  My friend (and super talented cardmaker) Michele is the guest designer for Time Out Challenge #84, so I just had to make time to play along. An added bonus was that the theme of the challenge is "flowers and friends make life a garden" and I just purchased The Stamp Market's Watercolor Bouquet Stamps and was eager to use them.  And let me just tell you, I am absolutely in LOVE with this set.  I only had a few minutes to make this card, and it came together so quickly with these beautiful stamps.  I used a sentiment from Papertrey's Choose Joy set, another favorite of mine.  I thought it was pretty perfect for the challenge, too.  
I'm happily linking this up to the Simon Says: Anything Goes Challenge as well.  
We had a beautifully rainy day, which means my garden is happy, and therefore I am happy, too.  I hope you week is off to a great start! :) 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Celebrate Card Set

Hello!  I hope you've been having a wonderful weekend.  It's been beautiful here, and although I've spent lots of time outside, I did carve out a little time over the last few days to create a coordinating card pair for Papertrey's Make It Monday #286 and the Simon Says: Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.
My sister is a teacher and she and her two daughters will be celebrating the last day of school in a couple weeks, so I used them as my inspiration, choosing colors and stamps I knew they'd love.  PTI's Irresistibly Ikat is a stamp set I have admired for years, but somehow always got passed up for something newer.  A few weeks ago I saw it for sale at a killer price and snatched it right up.  And I'm so glad I did!  I paired that with "celebrate" from PTI's Good Times die set and Wet Paint III for my card set. 
For my first card I stamped a background using just one stamp from PTI's Irresistibly Ikat Set.  I didn't want to cover it up much, so I die cut one of PTI's Stitched Circles Dies in vellum to ground my sentiment.
My second card is even simpler.  I used several stamps in the Irresistibly Ikat set and created a medallion of sorts using the same inks as before.  This sentiment comes from PTI's Wet Paint III as well.  This card came together really quickly, and I love that although they coordinate, each card is very different.  So here is my official entry for PTI's Coordinating Card Pair Challenge:
However, as I was cleaning up my stamped practice sheet and scraps, I realized I could probably make another card, so I did. This was the bonus card I made. .
And here they are together.  :)
I loved playing along with these challenges.  It's always fun to get lots of good use out of your supplies. Thanks for stopping by today!  

Friday, June 2, 2017

Tag You're It June Guest Designer

Good morning!  I'm thrilled to be able to share that I get to be the Featured Artist this month for the Tag You're It Challenge.  Sometimes (especially when I'm in a rut) a card canvas feels so huge, but a tag...a tag is doable and enjoyable. :) I was all geared up to do a fun masculine tag for Father's Day, but then the idea for this tag popped into my head, and I just couldn't shake it.  So I put away all the supplies I had out and completely switched gears.
And I was SO excited about how it turned out!  Here's a little about how I made it: I blended Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue ink on a square paper.  Then I die cut the frame from PTI's Don't Forget to Write kit three times to add some dimension.  I pieced together two cuts from PTI's Garden Gild Cover plate to create the white floral layer and sandwiched it between two of the frames. Finally, I cut two layers of Simon Says Stamp's Painted Enjoy die in brush gold cardstock for the sentiment.
I do hope my tag inspires you to play along this month.  I'm so excited to see what the Tag You're It Designers created with it and look forward to seeing what you make, too!  Make sure to head to the Tag You're It Challenge Blog to see their tags and to join the fun. :)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions May - Happiness is Homemade

Hello, and happy last day of May!  Normally I don't like months to come to an end so quickly, but we have lots we're looking forward to in June, so we're pretty excited about it being the last day of the month.  I'm also happy because I get to share my 12 Kits of Occasions cards.  I adore this month's theme - happiness is homemade.  It is something I truly believe, and Birgit put together the most wonderful, heartfelt kit.  Each item was inspired by her dear mother who passed away a couple years ago. I loved looking at each piece knowing it represented someone so special.  I'll get right to my cards, but don't forget that you can see all the supplies used in this kit HERE.
I love fruit.  It's been my favorite food as long as I can remember, so I started with PTI's Still Life: Summer fruit included in the kit and was wishing for more.  
I was enjoying the red and mint, so I grabbed some more supplies from the kit in those colors for my next card.  I was tempted to color this big sunflower from Clearly Besotted's Sunshine & Smiles set, but decided I liked it best just black and white. 
This next card is probably my favorite from the bunch, using all goodies from the kit (with just a couple PPP sequins added).  I've always loved PTI's Tulip Time and "joy" is a word of focus for me, so everything about this card just speaks to me. 
I actually made one last card with the baking goodies, but not a single picture of it turned out.  You can get the gist of it below, though.
Make sure to head to the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next to see how my fabulous teamies and our wonderful guest used this kit.  Thanks for joining me today!  Wishing you a day full of sunshine and smiles! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Babies are the Best

Hello!  It seems like it has been ages since I shared a card.  In truth, I've made some, but just haven't had the time to share.  My time is slipping by ever more quickly, especially now that school is out, but I couldn't be happier to have my son home all day.  I love that the older I get, the more I appreciate the beauty and absolute miracle of a child being born.  Perhaps it is because I'm also far more aware of the heartache of those who long to have children but cannot or those who have them but lose them.  What a precious gift these babies are from Heaven.  Definitely one of the best reasons to make a card.  I made this baby card about a month ago for a family welcoming twins...boy and girl twins to be exact.  I wanted the card to reflect both genders, and plaid seemed the perfect solution.  Thanks to Concord and 9th's Stripe Builder, Sophisticated Script, and Kindhearted stamps sets, this card came together quite quickly.  

I that you are all happy and well!  And if you live in the USA, I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day full of love and appreciation.  I am missing living near my grandparents' and ancestors' graves.  It was one of my very favorite traditions to visit the cemeteries and decorate the graves each year.  So grateful for my family who have gone before and dear grandfathers who served and sacrificed to protect freedom.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have a blessed week!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer - Final Stage

Hello!  I'm popping in to share my final card for the CASometry Challenge 3 Randomizer Challenge.  Each phase of this challenge has had a different twist, but this one was the hardest.  You had to choose one of your cards from a previous stage (I chose this one) and use the exact same stamps and dies, nothing added...nothing taken away.  It was perhaps a bit harder for me because I was away from home and had only brought the supplies I thought I would need for the idea I had in my head, but then that didn't work out.
To pull me out of my slump, I used additional inspiration from Jessica's Crafty Christmas Collaboration #3..specifically Sharna's cute critter card HERE. Loved her colorful background, so I stamped the stars in a bunch of colors and quickly ran over them with a waterbrush to blend out the colors. 
The first card I completed was this.
Altenew Wood Pallet Background Stamp (stars)...check.
MFT Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Window...check.
Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Winter...check.
Clearly Besotted Let's Prance Stamps and Dies....missing. :(

For the life of me I could not figure out how to put a reindeer on here.  I had lots of ideas, but the background was so intense, nothing worked.  So I set out to make a different card.  I was a little worried because I'd only brought 2 sheets of white paper, and I'd already used one. This time, I drew inspiration from Jessca's darling owl card HERE from her first Crafty Christmas Collaboration.  I loved the owl perched on the branch and the start contrast between the black and soft aqua background.  I reeeally wanted to blend inside the circle (I knew I could use the MFT die like a stencil), but my card was starting to look too much like my original card, so I did this instead.
I randomly stamped the sentiments, embossed the circle die, die cut my little reindeer (colored him with my inks and a grey Zig marker because that is what I had), stamped little trees to create a pine bough, and fussy cut the tiniest stars in Altenew's Wood Pallet Background set and used them like embellishments (which worked great because I hadn't brought any with me). Mission accomplished! Phew.   Here is the comparison of both cards using the same supplies. 
And finally I'll leave you with a quick view of all the cards I made for the challenge.  (I couldn't take a group shot because I've already mailed half of them.)
Thank you, Anna, for hosting such a fun challenge and for getting me to use so many of my supplies.  There are so many fabulous companies represented in this photo and I particularly love how I was able to combine multiple companies products on the same card.  It's been a great 5 weeks!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Good Morning!  I'm over at the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog today sharing some additional inspiration for our Floral Challenge.  I hope you'll take a peek.  Though made with my dear mother in mind, my heart and mind have been so full in preparation for Mother's Day with thoughts of the wonderful women in my life who have been mothers to me and who are such good examples of mothers.  Some of whom read this blog. :) Some of these women have children of their own.  Some never have.  What a marvelous thing it is to me that these women have blessed my life with the God given qualities of a mother that are not reserved just for women who have the opportunity to bear children.  So, I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day, and if you have a moment, I love for you to go HERE to check it out. ;)  Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer. Stage 4

Hello!  It's the fourth week of the CASometry Randomizer Challenge, and I was just barely able to squeeze some time in for this card, but I didn't want to miss it.  This week the random set that I picked was Little Notes by The Stamp Market.  It's a little set, but it has some great brushed sentiments and ink splats, which I used on my card.   The additional theme for Stage 4 of the CASometry Challenge was "friendship", so I also added the word "friend" from Concord & 9th's Kindhearted Stamp Set. A little washi tape on the side and the card is ready to mail. :)
Hope you are having a wonderful week!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #9

Good morning!  Are you ready for the newest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9?  It's a good one. :) Challenge #9 is Florals.  Yay!

I am absolutely LOVING all the flowers popping up around me and at the stores.  I can't get enough. I still have to wait another week or so until I can plant, but I haven't been able to resist buying some flowers, so for the last couple weeks my husband has had to park outside because all my flowers are sitting in his garage spot. :) This year I've been drawn to several orange and yellow flowers, and I had them on my mind when I created this card.
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Don't you just love that the images in Concord and 9th's Wildflower Stamp Set look beautiful even if you don't color them?  I know I do.  After I stamped my flowers, I decided I wanted bigger leaves, so I turned the 5-petal flowers from this set into leaves.  I inked some of the petals from the large flower and some from the small 5-petal flower.  My leaf centers were stamped with a little stamp from Concord & 9th's Flourish set. I built my sentiment with "for you" from the Love Notes Stamp Set and "friend" from the Flourish Stamp Set.  This is a little love note sized card, so I cut out a coordinating envelope using Concord & 9th's Love Notes Envelope Dies. I love that I can do that.  

Thanks for popping in today!  Make sure you head over to the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog to get some gorgeous inspiration from my teammates and to get all the details on how to join our Florals Challenge.  Don't forget: each challenge Concord and 9th gives away a gift certificate to their shop, and if you've seen their newest release today, you'll definitely be wanting a chance to win that gift certificate. ;) 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer. Stage 3

Hi!  Popping in super quickly to share a birthday card I made for CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer. Stage 3.  I let my son be the random chooser this time and the number he chose was Concord and 9th's Lots of Blots set.  I needed a birthday card for my husband, so I turned the blots into big balloons.  The extra element to the 3rd Challenge was to emboss, so I embossed the balloons and sentiment.  I really, really love the feel of embossing on cards.  I don't know why I don't do it more often.  And I think clear embossing powder is the greatest thing ever, especially paired with a MISTI.  I don't have many embossing powders, but clear embossing allows me to emboss any ink color and I love that.  I added the black splatters with Concord & 9th's Brushed Blossom and the sentiment from Concord and 9th's Happy Day (**Affiliate links used...thanks! :) )
Here's a quick snapshot of my supplies for this super quick and easy birthday card.  I did make a fun discovery on this card.  I used Bristol paper because I was going to watercolor, but later changed my mind.  Some inks don't stamp on this paper as well, but Distress Inks stamp beautifully! (The "enjoy" balloon was stamped in Distress Ink).  I found that pretty interesting because Distress Inks haven't always stamped the best on some of my other papers, so I usually only blend ink with them. It amazes me how the different ink formulas perform differently depending on what paper you use. 
It's about time to pick my son up from school, so I better go.  Hope you have a happy day!  


Sunday, April 30, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - May 2017

Good morning!  April wooshed by for me, but was full of many wonderful things, including making these cards with Sharron's fabulous kit.  Lately I have fallen in love with green plants.  I keep adding more and more in our home, and working with PTI's Super Succulent Papers in this kit made me so happy!  I love them.  That's why they are on every single card.  Speaking of cards, I'll get right to them.  First up is a card inspired by MFT Sketch Challenge #330.
I used the gold embossed cats from MFT's Purr-fect Friends that Sharron included in the kit. 
My second card is about as simple as it gets, but the plants just make me happy.
These last two cards are my favorite.  Two of my nieces live in Seattle.  I immediately thought of them when I saw the cuties decked out in rain gear from Mama Elephant's Chance of Rain.
I added eyelashes to this one and colored her to reflect my oldest niece.
My final card is for my little red-headed niece.  I put her on a die cut Sharron included in the kit and added an umbrella from Mama Elephant's Up, Up, and Away since there was only one umbrella in the kit.
I had so much fun with this.  The polka dot rain boots are my favorite.  She wore a pair of red polka dot rain boots when she was little...which have been passed down to my little one who fits into them just perfectly right now.  
I'm linking all of my cards up to the Simon Says: Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.
Many thanks to Sharron for the wonderful kit!  I loved it and look forward to continuing to use my leftovers.
Make sure to visit the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  You can find a detailed supply list for the kit as well as see oodles of fabulous projects by my talented teammates. I barely touched the tip of the iceberg here, so you definitely won't want to miss out. Hope you have a lovely Sabbath!