Saturday, March 17, 2018

Inspired by all the little things #82 {You've been on my mind}

I'm back today sharing my card I created for the new Inspired by all the little things challenge! I had so much fun working on  this bright and cheerful spring card! 
Isn't this photo so beautiful and full of amazing inspiration? It makes me want to jump right and in and sit a spell! I decided use a new to me stamp set from Papertrey Ink. It's been around a while, and I bought it a few months ago, but this is the first time I got it inky! I just love the different possibilities with this Friendly Flowers stamp set and I can't wait to experiment with it some more!
To begin, I die cut a piece of white cardstock using the Mix and Mat: Pretty Brackets die; my favorite white cardstock is Stamper's Select White cardstock. How about you? What is your favorite? I'm actually planning on doing a comparison of white cardstocks if anyone is interested. Leave a comment and I will work on putting something together. 
After it was die cut, I ran it through my Cuttlebug again using the Hexagon Coverplate die, but I used the tan embossing mat with it so it just embossed it rather than die cut it. I ran a second piece of scrap paper through my Cuttlebug, but this time I omitted the brown mat and let it cut it as it was intended for. I wanted to create a few of the actual hexagon images using the Happy Hexagons mini stamp set to add to the card.

I took all of my color cues from the photo and stamped an assortment of hexagons. I added them to the embossed pretty bracket piece using foam squares. I was trying to achieve the look of one of the gorgeous quilts that have scalloped binding. Once I got all of the pieces arranged, I adhered it to a 4 by 5 1/4 inch piece of white cardstock that I had scored at 1/4 inch intervals lengthwise. If you look closely at the tablecloth in the photo, it has stripes just like this. I really like the extra detail it gives the card.

Once that was done, I got to work creating a bunch of different flowers. I wasn't quite sure how everything worked together since this was the first time I used this set, but I liked the combinations that I came up with. I used A LOT of foam squares putting this card together~ LOL! I thought button centers would be super sweet for this design, so I added three little white ones to the center of each flower. The sentiment is heat embossed in white onto a strip of Smokey Shadow cardstock. I liked how the black and white placecard photo looked, so I wanted to add some dark and light contrast as well. I added a few sparkling clear sequins and then added the entire focal panel to an A2 Spring Moss cardbase. I hope you'll join us for this challenge! Thanks for fluttering by!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

SugarPea Designs {Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop}

***If you're here for my SFYTT post, please scroll down!*****
Welcome to the SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop! This is a time where we get to show you some new fabulous designs made with the newest release! I don't know about you, but I am LOVING all of these fabulous new stamps! Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own?  Please visit with each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment for your chance to win! The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 24th.


For my card today, I chose to use a classic spring look; Navy and Pink! I absolutely adore this combination! I've been using it a ton lately, but it just screams spring to me! I had so much fun during the release coming up with lots of different ways to use the Card Front Element Builder SugarCuts, and I couldn't wait to use them again! I chose to use them in a vertical way for today's card, rather than horizontal like I did during the release. You can see what I mean when looking at THIS and THIS card.I really liked the idea of turning this curvy one on it's side for a narrow panel.

After I had done all of my die cutting, I got to work stamping the two smallest blooms in the Pretty Peonies stamp set as well as a few leaves. I colored them with Copic markers. I also couldn't resist embossing the tips of the Hello SugarCut with gold powder like I did during the release! I love the effect it gives and it brought in more of the gold from the sentiment on the pink strip of cardstock.

The striped paper is from the Spots and Sripes paper pad. I added a few sequins for some shine. I also added some Wink of Stella to the blooms, leaves and "Hello" die cut. I was so thrilled to find a Wink of Stella brush pen at Hobby Lobby! Thanks for fluttering by!

SFYTT #58 {Make a Splash!}

Hello friends! I'm super excited to be participating in my first SFYTT as an official Reverse Confetti Design Team member! I love this month's sketch, partly because when I saw it, I  knew it would be a perfect fit for this adorable new Sealiously stamp set and coordinating Sealiously Confetti Cuts! Aren't they just the cutest? I knew that an alcoholic ink background executed with the right technique, would really "make a splash"! LOL! I shared how I created this background further in the post.

To begin, I stamped the adorable seal, splashes and puddle image and got to work coloring them using Copic markers. I used an assortment of cool greys for the seal and blues, of course, for the puddle and drops. Once they were colored, I die cut them and then added some Wink of Stella all over. I also added some Nuvo crystal glaze to each piece. I just love how it makes the seal look; so shiny and slippery wet!

The circle is die cut using a piece of the new Fun Times 6 by 6 paper pad. I love how versatile it is, but I think I may have mentioned that about a bajillion times during the release! Ha Ha! The "make a splash" sentiment strip is from the same pad. I also added a strip of Midnight cardstock above it as per the sketch.

To begin, I set my work space up so that I wouldn't make a mess. I used a piece of Yupo paper and an assortment of alcohol inks and silver metallic mixative. The photo shows gold, as well, but I ended up by only using silver. Also, I have my blender tool with a piece of felt attached, but I didn't end up by needing this for the effect I was trying to achieve.

I added drops of the assorted inks in a circle because I wanted to keep that look for the sketch. I added the silver mixative in here and there as well. After that was done, I dropped some Alcohol blending solution over the top and then used a straw to blow it away from the center of the page so that it would create a "splash" feeling. I kept adding and blowing it until I was satisfied with the result. 

I set it aside to dry and got to work assembling all of the pieces.

A few drops of Nuvo crystal glaze are added here and there around the splash images and a trio of black Nuvo drops completes this design. Once it was dry, I added it to an A2 Iced Aqua card base. I had too much fun creating this! I hope you'll play along! There is a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the store! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hello from the Otter side!

"Hello from the Otter side!" Can't you just hear Adele belting it out? LOL! I'm over on the SugarPea Designs Blog today sharing this card using the newly released Otterly Adorable stamp set and coordinating Otterly Adorable SugarCuts.

During the release last month, I made most of my cards pink because it was Valentines time. Of course I was ITCHING to make a more aquatic feeling card with these adorable little otters.

I knew that an alcoholic ink background would be the perfect technique to showcase this little guy. 

I also used the new Large Striped Coverplate as well as the new "Sweet Incentive" Hello SugarCut which is the perfect companion for this particular sentiment.

I couldn't resist adding another sentiment to the inside as well as this sweet duo of otters. If you'd like more information on how I made this card, please head over to the SugarPea Designs Blog. Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Merry Monday #281 {Holiday Cheer}

Happy Monday, friends!I'm glad you've stopped by today! I'm sharing my card for this week's Merry Monday Christmas Challenge. I'm so happy with my growing stash of Christmas cards! Are you playing along? I sure hope so!

This week, Kim has a fabulous inspiration photo to spark your creativity! Isn't this cup of candy cane cocoa absolutely wonderful? 

I really liked the moody grey background so that was my starting point. Most of my stamps, paper and ink are from Papertrey Ink, except for the Black Soot Distress oxide Ink and the glitter paper. To begin, I blended the Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink onto a 4 by 5 1/4 inch piece of smooth Bristol paper. I left the center a little lighter for some contrast. I stamped an old berry image from the beloved "Peaceful Wishes" stamp set from SU! using Fresh Snow ink for a subtle effect. Of course, the obvious stamp choice for the focal image is Candy Cane Christmas!I am getting a lot of use out of it, but I love how versatile it is. I used it on THIS card and THIS project so far this year.

I stamped the cup, peppermint disc, and candy cane using Pure Poppy Ink  and spritzed them with Frost Shimmer Spray as well as the grey background. I just love the effect it gives the pieces.
The striped  piece that is grounding the cup is heat embossed in silver powder on a strip of Pure Poppy cardstock to bring in more of the grey. I had it stamped in red onto a white strip, but this just looked better. Sometimes I just sit and stare trying to figure out what is not quite right with a design and that little change just really made the card "feel" better! LOL! The little Poinsettia is from the Cup of Cheer stamp set, which would also be a perfect stamp choice for this challenge!

die cut the "Holiday" piece out of silver glitter paper and then 3 more times using Stamper's Select White cardstock. I glued them all together using Tombow Mono Multi. I also need to do a little shout out for the Tombow Sand Eraser. I use this little guy ALL THE TIME. I haven't been linking it recently, but it has been my saving grace for many projects! Once the die cut was all glued, I adhered it to the card and then stamped a coordinating greeting from the Christmas Cheer stamp set . I love the vintage look of these products and they were just the perfect touch for my design today. I also added a few teensy tiny drops of Liquid Mercury Nuvo Drops for more grey detail. The steam is heat embossed in white powder with a few Sparkling Clear sequinsA bow of Red Baker's Twine finishes this design! Thanks for fluttering by and I hope to see your card in the gallery this week!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Good Things { PTI Traveler's Journal Inspiration}

****If you're here looking for my Reverse Confetti Blog Hop post, please scroll down****Hello and welcome as I share my FIRST project for the Papertrey Ink Traveler's Journal team! I am so excited to share with you what I have been working on! I have a few layouts to share with you as well as the front cover of my journal. This month, the team is showcasing a few new ways to use your journals; I'm using this one to house scriptures and verse. 

I knew that Betsy's Phrases and Praises stamp set would be the PERFECT way to showcase these lovely scripture verses! For this particular layout, I also used the Traveler's Journal Envelope Die which, I can tell, is going to become a new favorite...not just for these journals, but for other projects as well. I love all of the little bits and bobs it comes with to add different elements to your projects. I tied my envelope shut using some Rustic Jute Button Twine. I just love the diagonal stripe image that I embossed in gold. It is from the Traveler's Journal: Adventure stamp set. I used it throughout the journal.

I kept my color scheme cohesive throughout the entire journal. I have found this to be a key element when creating mini-albums or anything like this. It really keeps it pleasing to the eye and helps with the flow. I chose a spring-y, yet timeless, color combination. My cardstock choices include: Spring MossSweet BlushEnchanted EveningAqua Mist and Stamper's Select White.  

I also paired the sentiments with the beautiful blooms from the ever-lovely Farmer's Market Florals. I stamped them in a variety of inks including: Winter WisteriaSimply ChartreuseSweet BlushPale PeonyRipe AvocadoLemon TartHarvest Gold. I also did some sponging and watercolor spatter using my Aqua Mist ink pad. I heat embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder. 

I did some computer generated scripture verses for me to read when I need some encouragement or some uplifting thoughts. I printed them out onto Kraft cardstock in navy blue ink. I also stamped the "He restores my soul" verse using Fresh Snow ink. The gold outline around the verses is from the Traveler's Journal: Bullets Stamp set. The tiny white scallops are also from this set. I just love the delicate detail it adds to the piece.

I really like how this layout came together. The flowers frame the gold verse perfectly. Something to consider when assembling your journal is to think about bulk. I added foam squares when I just couldn't resist, but tried hard to keep other pages flat. You'll notice the clip on the sides of the layouts, these sure come in handy when it is time to close it up!
This is a quick layout I made using the Tag Sale #5 Die as well as a few of the other elements I used before. I tied the tag up with some Cream Cotton Button Twine.

In keeping with the theme, my cover uses many of the same elements that have been repeated throughout the journal. I used the Mix and Mat: Scallops die as well as the MIx and Mat: Pretty Brackets Die

Some sequins and die cuts finish off the cover! I hat so much fun putting this together! I hope you got some inspiration for your journals and thanks for fluttering by!

Reverse Confetti New Release Blog Hop

Hello Friends and welcome to the Reverse Confetti New Release Blog  Hop! It's release day and all if these fabulous new products are available for purchase today!  I've listed all of the amazing designers below so make sure to stop at each of their blogs!

Amy Kolling

Melissa Phillips

Tricia Barber

Kelly Lunceford (you are here)

Lisa Henke

Amy Rohl

Christiana Reuling

Laurie Schmidlin

Heather Hoffman

Amy Tsuruta

Kathy Schweinfurth

Audrey Tokach

Deanne Kuntz

Emily Midgett

Jeanne Jachna

Susan Liles

As you can see, I couldn't resist sharing another card using the amazing "Tall Blooms" set! I love watercoloring a gold embossed image so that is what I did on this sympathy card. I also used the coordinating "Confetti Cuts" to die cut the flowers. 

I wanted a soft background to offset the bold blooms, so I sponged some Seafoam ink onto a panel of Bristol paper for a smooth blend. I also mixed up a little ink with water to splatter onto the panel using a paint brush.

I stamped the sympathy sentiment onto a strip of vellum using Black StazOn ink so that it wouldn't smear. I love how soft it looks against the sponged background.

I added the focal panel onto a 4 by 5 1/4 inch piece of Premier Polar White cardstock and then all of that onto an A2 Lead card base. I absolutely love the texture of this cardstock! A few sequins finish it off with some sparkle and shine. Up next, another card using "Sealiously" and "My Sunshine". These two sets are a match made in heaven!

All of these new products were very addictive to me...I just wanted to keep playing! The seals are so fun to color and the sun? Well...I think it speaks for itself! It's one of the cutest "sun" products I think I've ever seen! To begin, I sponged some Sunshine ink onto the new "Stitched Rays" coverplate Confetti Cut. I also mixed up some ink with water and flicked it with a paint brush. The sun is die cut from Sunshine and Buttercup cardstock using the My Sunshine Confetti Cuts. I also used the coordinating "My Sunshine" stamp set for the "shine bright" portion as well as the little lines on the sun rays.
The seal and clouds are from the "Sealiously" set and are colored with Copic markers and die cut using the "Sealiously" Confetti Cuts. The little puddle that the seal is splashing in is from the new "Fun Times" 6 by 6 pattern paper pad that has just been released. I just love how versatile this particular pad is! I've used it all week with lots of different looks!

The sentiment is stamped onto a strip of Stone cardstock and adhered to the front using foam squares. I also added a few gold nuvo drops to scatter a bit more sunshine! LOL! Thanks for fluttering by and don't forget to head over to the SHOP to get your new goodies!