Friday, December 15, 2017

Concord & 9th Polka Dot Turnabout

Good morning!  I'm so excited to share with you my latest (and maybe last) Christmas card of the season.  I always mourn the end of the Christmas cardmaking season, so I'm squeezing one more in and had some very special people in mind when I made it. :) I used the fabulous new Polka Dot Turnabout from Concord & 9th.  I think this one might be my very favorite!!!  I just used it stamped once here (the space between the dots is perfection), but I love all the options whether you stamp it one or four times.  
You may be wondering where I got the poinsettias on this card.  Well, back in June I made a exciting discovery that the small berry sprig in Concord & 9th's Wildflower Stamp Set fits perfectly inside the petals of one of the flowers (see THIS POST).  I used it then to create leaves, but as I stamped a bunch to cut out, it dawned on me that they would make perfect poinsettias if I layered them.  I created the picture below in June to help show you what I used.  The only difference is that I used the small flower this time as well.
And I love how the poinsettias turned out!  I stamped two in red, one in pink.  Then I dressed them up with a few gold pearls and topped them with a sentiment from the Magnolia Wreath Stamp Set.  Isn't the Polka Dot Turnabout the perfect background for it all?  This card just makes me happy. :D  
Concord & 9th has a whole bunch of designers featuring their fabulous Polka Dot Turnabout today, so make sure you head over to their BLOG to check them all out.  It will be inspiration overload in the best way!  Have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #16

Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge over at Where Creativity Meets C9, and I think this one is going to make you happy and possibly heave a sigh of relief.  The theme for Challenge #16 is...
Anything Goes!  It couldn't have come at a more perfect time for me. 
Today I'm sharing a card I made a bit ago with some of my favorite Concord & 9th stamps: Barnwood Background, Hello Lovely, and Sophisticated Script.  It doesn't matter how many new stamps I get, I turn back to these time and time again.
Lots of my teammates are sharing cards using Concord & 9th's brand new release products today, so make sure you go to the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog to check them out.  And if you're all ready to shop, you can head HERE to find Concord & 9th's the new release.  Hopefully I'll be able to share some of that soon.  Thanks so much for visiting today! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas with The 12 Kits of Occasions

Hello!  As crazy as it is that today is the last day of November, I'm so excited about Christmas that I don't even mind.  Our latest kit from The 12 Kits of Occasions had a whole lot to do with me being so excited.  Jessica (from The Paper Parade) put together a kit full of cuteness, and it happens to be the same colors as my Christmas tree decorations, so now I'm eager to get my tree all set up.  My post today is a bit of a tease.  Mom duty called after I had only photographed one card, so I'll be adding more of my projects soon.  In the meantime I hope you enjoy this card, which is a mashup of many, many different companies (MFT, Mama Elephant, Winnie & Walter, Neat & Tangled, etc!)
Make sure to visit The 12 Kits of Occasions Blog.  My teammates are so talented and there is cuteness galore to be seen!  I'll be back soon. :) 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Technique Tuesday Giveaway Winner

Just popping to share the winner for the Technique Tuesday Giveaway.  Random Integer chose Sharron.  Congrats!! I'll be in touch with you.  Get thinking of the Technique Tuesday stamp + die that you would like. :)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nuts About You + GIVEAWAY!

Good morning, friends!  I'm super excited to share this duo of cards today.  It’s an extra special post because not only was I honored to have the chance to use some of Technique Tuesday’s cute stamps and dies, but they are also giving you a chance to win a set of your choice, too.  How nice is that?!  I love, love giving things to people and it just seemed like the perfect week to do a giveaway.  My heartfelt thanks to Technique Tuesday for making this possible!
The super cute set I'm using today is Technique Tuesday's Sammy the Squirrel.  I love this sweet squirrel!  I colored him using a few Prismacolor colored pencils and then cut him out using the coordinating dies.  I planned on Sammy holding a little acorn, but in the end didn't want to cover up his cute tummy, so I opted to randomly stamp them on the card base instead.  
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Now, if you eknow me, you know that I'm not always in the mood...or maybe more accurately just don't always have the time to color images, so I wanted to show you how this set still works great even if you don't color. 
On this card I stamped Sammy and the little caterpillar, which is also included in the set.  Then I masked Sammy off and added the super cute owl from Fly By Owl.  And guess what?!  You can earn Fly By Owl for FREE when you sign up for any of Technique Tuesdays four clubs (Memory Keepers Society, Greenhouse Society, Animal House Club and Fresh Cut Studio). Free is always fun and I love that Technique Tuesday's clubs cater to so many different style preferences.
After stamping and fussy cutting the critters, I punched out a circle and turned it into a balloon with a little bit of cord.  To further emphasize the happiness of the occasion I repeatedly stamped "Happy Day" across the balloon. Oh, and I also used a craft knife to cut around the squirrel's hand, so he could hold the balloon a bit better.
I've had these cards out the last couple weeks, and seeing these cute critters has made me smile lots.  I mailed them just yesterday, so their on their way to bring some more smiles.  Okay, now for the part you've all been waiting for....the GIVEAWAY!  I'm grateful for Technique Tuesday's generosity to allow me to offer you the chance to win any Technique Tuesday stamp set of your choice.  All you need to do is visit Technique Tuesday's Animal House Collection and comment to let me know what your favorite animal from the collection is.  Easy, right? The giveaway will close on Sunday, November 26th at 11:59 pm EST.  I'll announce the winner here and on Instagram. Have a blessed Thanksgiving week my friends!  I'm SO grateful for you!!!