Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  I have a quick and easy card over at the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog this morning.  It shares a message I think we all need to be reminded of and uses two sets that I find myself reaching for over and over again. And guess what?  One of them is even on sale right now.  (Happy sigh....You can find it here.)  Hope you'll stop by the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog to check it out. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Concord & 9th - Sprinkled With Love

Hello!  Today my Where Creativity Meets C9 teammates and I have the pleasure of showcasing Concord and 9th's awesome Sprinkles Turnabout Stamp Set.  This newest addition to the Turnabout line up is so easy to use, and I love that there are lots of extras in the set that are fantastic in their own right.  In fact, I love them so much that I made them the focus of my card.   

I used both of the cupcakes in the Sprinkles Turnabout Stamp Set to stamp my background.  I really wanted the sprinkles to stand out, so I stamped them in color and opted to leave everything else black and white.  I emphasized the love part just a tad more by using a tiny heart from the Globe Greetings Stamp Set to stamp just a few of the cupcake wrappers.  (Isn't it a perfect fit?) To ground my sentiment, I used a coordinating Sprinkles Tag Die (trimmed down about 1/2").
I went simple here (surprise, surprise) :) but the Sprinkle Bundle really has so much to offer!  It includes the fabulous sprinkles turnout stamp as well as lots of ways to fancy up those cupcakes, cupcake wrappers, and the Sprinkles Tag Die.  And as a random aside, anyone else a fan of frozen yogurt?  Because as I'm looking at this card I think this could totally pass for a bowl of frozen yogurt with sprinkles on top...just the way my daughter likes it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  To see lots more inspiration using this stamp set by suuuper talented teammates, visit Concord and 9th's Feature Friday on their blog.  I hope your day is sprinkled with love. :) 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Concord & 9th 2nd Birthday Celebration

Good morning!  I'm so excited to share first of several posts this month as the Where Creativity Meets C9 team helps celebrate Concord and 9th's 2nd birthday.  To make it easy for you to play along, Challenge #12 is going to be Anything Goes. :) There are lots of fabulous stamps and dies being released today as well as a HUGE sale going on.  Make sure to head HERE to check them out!  
My card today features an awesome new set called Seriously, Thank You that is FREE with a $60 purchase.  Woohoo! (You can see all the details about it on Concord & 9th's PROMO Page.)
I love this big, bold sentiment so much that I think it looks pretty fabulous all on its own.  I plan to stamp a bunch of cards just with the sentiment to help build my thank you stash, but I decided to step it up just a tad today.  On my first card I stamped Seriously, Thank You, and then added a few die cut flowers from the Enjoy It All Bundle.  And guess what?!  Enjoy It All happens to be one of the many items on sale right now at Concord and 9th.  (Quick!  Go pick one up. :) )
My second card is slightly more embellished.  I used another flower from Enjoy It All  and created a leaf sprig by stamping the stem image in the set and then adding a bunch of leaves to it.  I'm pretty sure it was designed to be the inner detail on a single leaf, but it worked great this way for what I needed.  I fussy cut the leaf sprigs and embellished the flower with a few black pearls.  Easy peasy.
My last card is a lot more embellished, but still easy to put together.  I cut some 1/8" strips of cardstock and used them to frame the Seriously, Thank You sentiment.  Then I created the floral clusters with several die cut and fussy cut images from Enjoy It All.  To add a bit more dimension some of the images are stamped directly on the card base and others are popped up. 
As you can see, embellished or not all, this stamp set is great.  Now quick, head right over to Concord and 9th and place your order, so you can earn this set free with a $60 purchase, then make sure you stop by the Concord and 9th Blog and Where Creativity Meets C9 for more inspiration as well as to join us for our Anything Goes Challenge  Now would be a great time to enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Concord and 9th, don't ya think? :) Have a fabulous day, my friends!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

CTS Birthday

Hello!  I'm just popping in to share a birthday card I made and mailed off a few days ago.  It's headed to one of my favorite people who epitomizes warmth and kindness and is an all around lovely lady.  I am playing around with some new Concord & 9th Stamps - Hope and Petals & Pallets.They're winners for sure, and I really love the looseness of the flowers in the Hope Stamp Set.  I ended up liking the softness of this color scheme so much that I made several cards with it, so you'll see more to come.  This particular card was inspired by CTS #232.
Have a wonderful day, friends!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

You Make Everything Shine!

Good morning!  I made this card last week just for fun and forgot to share it.  My inspiration came from this quote for TIME OUT Challenge #88:

'"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl

Isn't it a great quote?  Well, I am loving Concord & 9th's Sunshine Turnabout Set at the moment, so I immediately wanted to play along.  I thought the sentiment was perfect.  That fabulous striped square stamp is from Concord & 9th's Hooray Stamp Set.  It is what immediately drew me to the set and honestly I would have bought it just for that one stamp....but luckily I love everything else in it as well! Wishing you a day full of sunshine (figuratively even more than literally)!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - Christmas in July

One of the best things about the cardmaking world is celebrating Christmas in July, and we are doing just that today over at the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog.  Kim, who has a knack for putting together fabulous Christmas kits, sent us a super fun one this year full of a little bit of everything. It felt so good to sit down and make a bunch of cards! 
First up are the critter cards.  How cute is this Furry Christmas bunch from Simon Says Stamp? I was thinking of my sister's dogs when I colored them. My favorite part is the plaid scarf...I love plaid!
Next up, this fancy feline from Avery Elle's Dear Santa. She has a super sparkly bow (which I love), but capturing the shimmer of Wink of Stella still elludes me. 
This next one is super simple, but you know how I feel about simple things. I really love MFT's Hand Lettered Holiday, and was so excited that Kim included some sentiments in the kit.  Oh, and so far everything I've used came from the kit (you can see the full supply list HERE), but I did add some stamped holly leaves to this card.
I added just a bit of twine and some stamped images from Essentials by Ellen's Cozy Christmas and Neat & Tangled's Winter Wishes to this next card. 
Sometimes when we get these kits I end up with items that I absolutely must have after working with them.  Neat & Tangled's Merry & Bright Dies are one of those things for me.  This card could not be simpler, but the dies are so awesome that I just had to let them shine on their own.  Especially at a time like Christmas, I LOVE supplies that make for quick and awesome cards.
MFT's Dashing By is the star of the show for this next card.  I actually pulled out one of Kim's previous kits for the patterned paper on this card and one of my previous kits to get the white snowflakes.  How fun is that?
I'm not a coffee drinker (I don't care for hot drinks in general...I'm more of a smoothie kind of gal), but boy did I ever fall in love with Hero Arts's Coffee set that Kim sent.
 I also fell in love with colored embossing powder.  I really must get some more of that.
Are you still with me? I made a whopping 9 projects with this kit, and we're on the home stretch now.  This last project uses another few products I'm anxious to add to my stash - Taylored Expressions Sing of the King and Bethlehem Border. The tag is from Winnie & Walter's Essentials: Carly Cutaways, and it's extra large size was perfect. 
There you have it folks.  I think this is the first time I've had to go out on the deck to take a photo of my projects because there were just so many.  Anyone else feeling slightly less bad that summer is ending (school starts in about a week here), and that Christmas is closer than we think? 
Many thanks to Kim for the awesome kit!  Make sure that you head over to the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog to check out the other ladies' projects as well as to see a peek of our fabulous guest's project as well.  Your headed for lots of holiday fun!  Thanks so much for sharing some of your time with me today!  Hugs to you all!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello!  Wow, has it been a long time!  Well friends, I'm finally back, and I have a sunshine-filled post up on the Where Creativity Meets C9 blog today. I hope you join me.  I've sure missed you. :)

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! 
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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!