Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Inspired by....Campfire S'mores!

I've been needing to make some thank you gifts for 8 ladies who graciously baked 24 cakes for Girls Camp that my daughter and I attended! The ovens weren't working properly so we needed to get them made quickly by these 8 awesome women. I was heading back to get my daughter to dance, so it worked out that I could pick them up on my way back up! I wanted to do something "campy" and this new Greatest Adventure stamp set was the perfect choice!

It also worked perfectly for the current Inspired By Challenge. I actually used these same containers to package up my S'mores gifts. They've been hanging around for years and this was the perfect time to use them all up!

I found these cute soaps at Bath and Body Works and decided to add those in with the gift as well. 

To begin, I stamped all of the images that I needed to create each tag. I colored them using Copic markers and then die cut them using the Greatest Adventure Confetti Cuts. Once that was done, I got to work die cutting the backdrop which is the Blocked Out Square Confetti Cut. I haven't used this yet, and it was perfect to use for this project. I layered it onto some Kraft cardstock.

 The sentiment is stamped onto Kraft cardstock using black ink. I also die cut 8 of the Dashed Line Tag to set the scene for these cute little campers. I just added them all using foam squares and a dab of liquid glue for the s'mores sticks.
I added some hemp twine to the hole on the tag and tied it in a bow. I punched an additional hole on the side of the tag so that I could attach it with ribbon to my bundle of S'mores. I had so much fun with this project! Thanks for fluttering by!

SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge #45

I have two cards to share with you today using this month's SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge!I've included the rules for the challenge below,  but you can read all about it HERE
 I had so much fun creating this card and the second one is a quick and easy design! I LOVE the inspiration photo for this month's challenge and it lends itself perfectly for a fun red, white, and blue card!
I love the Lantern SugarCut and thought it would be a fun starting point for this card. Usually I have some sort of an idea in mind before I begin a design, but for this card, I just decided to sit down and have fun seeing where it took me. I die cut the lantern four times from red paper and glued it together using liquid glue. I like how sturdy it makes the piece and gives it extra dimension. The grey pieces are only die cut once and just glued to the top layer. 

The "so happy for you" sentiment is stamped in the middle of the white rectangle using both black and grey ink. I love the Sweet Sentiments: You stamp set because of all of the versatile sentiments. The stars are also included and I stamped each of the three sizes in either red or blue.

I also added in a few sparkling clear sequins for some added sparkle and shine. I layered this entire piece onto a grey piece of cardstock that has been cut using the Postage Stamp SugarCut

I used this awesome striped paper from the Sugar and Spice paper pad. It actually had a row of men's neckties in the center, but the lantern piece covered that up nicely and left me with the perfect backdrop for my card. I also added some machine stitching around the edge of the card for some extra detail.
This second card is simple and fun using just a few supplies.
As usual, I like to use both sides of the challenge, but I think you could say I took a liberal approach this month. I actually didn't even try using the sketch for the first card...I just had fun seeing where it took me. I really love the colors in the inspiration photo, as well as many of the little details such as the bowl and the sprinkles. I thought that by using the Large Striped Coverplate I could mimic the look of the bowl. I die cut it using red cardstock and layered it onto a Rustic White cardstock base using liquid glue.

The sentiment, which is from the Parisian Holiday stamp set, is heat embossed in white onto a black sentiment strip.  I just adore this little croissant and have used him quite a bit. His trio of balloons were beckoning me because I knew that I could make them red, white, and blue, just like the french flag. This little guy is from the Ooh La La stamp set and is colored using Copic Markers. It is die cut using the coordinating Ooh La La sugarcuts. The balloons have a coating of crystal glaze and just a few sprinkles of iridescent chunky glitter, because I just can't  help myself!

As I mentioned earlier, this card is VERY simple, but adding in all of the rainbow sparkle gems really makes is sparkle and shine and adds in some of those fun sprinkle colors. Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday Ideas {Celebrate your day!}

I'm over on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog today sharing this bright, citrus inspired card! This color combination just screams summer to me!

I've got all of the details over on the other blog, but I'll take a little bit of time to let you know which stamp sets I used, etc. The polka dot stripes and LOL are from the Little Things stamp set.

The jar and the remainder of the sentiments are from the Oh So Fun stamp set and it is one of my favorites!

I also added some Nuvo drops to the little splatter images which are from the Fall Colors stamp set and half of a Mini Yellow Doilie for some added detail! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash {Little Baby-Big Love}

 Hello, friends! I'm sharing some sweet baby cards today for the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge! Have you had a chance to play along this month? If you are need of some baby cards, this would be a perfect time to join us! Also, the winner will receive a $20 Reverse Confetti Gift Certificate! Honestly, I don't think I have a single baby card in my stash, so this is timely for me as well! I couldn't resist making two card for this challenge; one boy, one girl! I enjoyed creating these two different cards, but using some of the same stamps and sentiment.
I absolutely love this particular sentiment from the Lots To Say sentiment set. I thought it would be super cute paired with the sweet little whale from the Seaside stamp set. This is one of my favorite stamp sets of all time and the whale has been so versatile! I think it look so cute stamped in both the Piggy Bank ink as well as the Mist. I did add a dot of black ink in the whites of the whale's eye using a fine tip black marker. You can see this detail a little bit better on the close ups of each individual card.

I used a few of the new release goodies on this particular design! I'm in LOVE with the new Geo Panel Confetti Cuts. I die cut it 3 times and glued them together with liquid glue. I love how it looks stacked up like this;it reminds me of intricate wall molding. I layered that onto a rectangle of white cardstock and then mounted that onto a cute, neutral piece of pattern paper from the Pattern Play 6 by 6 pad. I did some zig zag machine stitching down the right side for some added detail. I usually always give handmade sewn gifts, so it is fun to include that into my cards as well. The sentiment for this card is heat embossed in silver onto a strip of vellum and secured to the back of the pattern paper using scotch tape.

I layered that onto an A2 cardbase using Piggy Bank cardstock. I almost kept this entire card neutral, but I just love the hint of pink around the edges and of course, that sweet pink whale!

You can see the shine of the embossed sentiment in this photo. I also wanted to add just a hint of femininity, so I stamped one of the floral images from the new Elegant Florals stamp set. I didn't use this particular image during the release, so I was excited to use it on this card. I stamped it in Stone Ink to match the pattern paper. I love how soft and sweet it looks added to the card.

The boy card was equally fun to make. It is simpler in design and details, but I think it is just perfect for a sweet baby boy. To begin, I used the Stitched Rays coverplate on a piece of Mist Cardstock. It gives is just a hint of detail around the edges that I just love. I used it on THIS card, too! I added a piece of pattern paper from the Warm Hearts 6 by 6 paper pad. I just love this particular pattern and thought it would work nicely for a baby card.

I used the Dashed Line Tag as the backdrop for the whale. I also added a few Nuvo drops for added detail. The tag is tied up with some hemp cord. I like the extra nautical detail it gives this design. It actually looks like rope when you see it close up.

The sentiment for this card is heat embossed in silver as well, but this time I used a piece of white cardstock. I adhered it to a slightly larger piece as well and then added some machine stitching. I mentioned on the girl card that I like to make handmade sewn gifts, so that extra detail always ties in nicely. I'm so excited to have 2 new cards for my stash! I hope you'll join us! Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Papertrey Ink July Release Day 5

Hello and welcome to Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink July Release! I'm so excited to be here sharing some of the AMAZING new stamps and dies for this month's release! I'm giddy, if you must actually know, because these are ALL products that I know I will be using AGAIN and AGAIN and I know you will fall in love with them, too! Today I am showcasing one new stamp set and a new set of scallop dies. I have also worked in a few other new goodies that I will talk about in my post as well.

Let's dive right in so that I can tell you all about the amazing new  "Scallop Stackers"! Now, the name should have tipped me off that these dies could be cut apart, but if you'll notice in the new release teaser video, I hadn't cut them apart! Thank heavens Dawn clued me in {LOL!} so that I could properly showcase them for you today! These dies come in a set of two, but when cut apart, they make a set of 4....a larger set and a smaller, more intricate set. I love the look of both and I will show you the smaller set further down.

To begin, I die cut the two pieces of the larger scallop set using Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock. If you haven't used this cardstock yet, I beg of you to run and purchase some now! It is beautiful and amazing! It gives just a whisper of detail that really steps up a design like this! Of course it is hard to tell in these photos, but in real life it gives it that sophisticated elegance that we all hope to add to our designs! I also used the new Pierced Feature Frames in ALL of my samples today because they work SO WELL paired with the Scallop Stackers.

I stamped the flowers from the Orchid Expressions stamp set that was featured yesterday. I love that you can use the flowers alone, or with that amazing pot. For this card, I just chose to use the flowers.  This particular image is a 3 step image and I stamped it in Winter Wisteria InkPlum Pudding Ink, and Royal Velvet Ink. The stem is stamped in brown.

I also used the new Shape Shifters: Square 2 as the mat for the flowers and the sentiment, which is from one of today's featured stamps "Botanical Bounty Sentiments". I was thrilled when I saw that there would be a sentiment set to highlight the style of the flowers in the Botanical Bounty sets. I also LOVE that they have coordinating dies. I like adding sentiments OVER my focal images and I get sick of sentiment strips, so the die cuts are a big game changer for me and make the set WAY more desirable! I thought the font accented the orchids nicely as well. 

For this pair of cards, I used the Botanical Bounty II stamp set so that you could see just how nicely the sentiments complement the flowers! Of course, I'm also showing you BOTH sets of the new Scallop Stackers in this set of cards. I just love them!

Once again, I used the Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock, but you can see how nicely it looks with the yellow ink blended around the scallops. This really lets that subtle pattern shine! You can also see why I love having the coordinating die cuts for the sentiments. I couldn't achieve this type of a look without the die cuts. Each one is embossed in gold and then added using foam squares.

In this photo, you can see how well the  Pierced Feature Frames work with the Scallop Stackers. I also added a few sequins here and there!

Okay friends, I saved my favorite for the very end. Last month, MY favorite didn't seem to be everyone else's favorite, but that's just how things go, right? Well...this particular card was inspired by all of the MANY Navy and Burgundy wedding photos that keep popping up in my Pinterest feed. They are PURE EYE CANDY and I was so happy to incorporate that inspiration into this design. That BEAUTIFUL Mr & Mrs stamp, which is from the "Botanical Bounty Sentiments" set really made my heart go pitter patter. Who needs an entire wedding set when you have something as bold and gorgeous as this?....and heat embossed in Rose Gold embossing powder? forget about it! LOL! I just adore how it looks against the Dark Indigo Cardstock

My heart just about skipped a beat when I saw how AMAZING the new Corner Adorner for July looks embossed as well! I love, love, LOVE how it looks paired with the "Mr & Mrs". As I mentioned before, I used the Pierced Feature Frames....again! LOL!  You can really see how nicely the "Scallop Stackers" look tone on tone. I used Scarlet Jewel cardstock for the base as well as the scallops. 

I loved the colors that were in the bouquets for the Navy and Burgundy weddings, so I tried my best to recreate the look. The flowers are from the Stitching Garden stamp set and I stamped them and then used the coordinating Stitching Garden Dies.

I had so much fun arranging the flowers. I just love how nicely they look with the lacy Corner Adorner! I had so much fun on all of these projects! Everything will be available for purchase on the 15th!  Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, July 13, 2018

SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop

I always love the SugarPea Designs Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop because it means I get to use lots of the newly released products that I have fallen in love with! I felt like I haven't given this sweet Llama Just Say stamp set enough love, so I chose to use it on 2 cards today! Also, don't forget to see what fabulous inspiration the rest of the team is sharing!

Not gonna mojo is gone, gone, gone! I hope it returns soon because I have a lot of things I need to get done! LOL!  I often find that when I take a vacation it is REALLY hard for me to get back in the creative groove. I need constant creative time or my mind turns to mush! That being said, the "desert" card is an idea that I had when I made my card for last month's Mix it Up Challenge that you can see HERE. I loved how that card turned out, but my original idea was to have it be a scene with cacti and perhaps a llama as well.

I think I mentioned during the release that this Llama set reminds me of paper dolls because there are so many fun accessories for these cuties. I chose to use the stack of birthday gifts and the pot of cacti for this particular card.

To begin, I die cut all of the rainbow rectangles using the Zig Zag Stitched Rectangles, starting with blue and working my way towards the center with red. I thought this would be a fun backdrop to showcase the llama. The images are stamped in black and then colored using Copic markers and then die cut using the Llama just Say sugarcuts. They are added to the card using foam squares. The sentiment, which is included in the llama set, is heat embossed in white onto a black sentiment strip. I added some gold Nuvo drops to each of the "bells" around the llama's neck for some added detail. I also used a white gel pen to add some additional details to the cacti.

For this next card, I had originally only planned on having the cacti here and there, but it seemed empty. I cut and colored this little "lady" llama and got her all ready to perch in the sand. I quickly googled "can you find llamas in the desert?" to which I found a big fat NO....No...they are not found in the desert! Did that stop me? Nope! She can do what she darn well pleases! Am I right? LOL! she sits perched just as pleased as can be!

The sand dunes were created by using the Card Front Element Builder and then blended using Linen Distress Oxide ink. I also added some Vintage Photo Distress ink to the tops of the dunes for some variation. The cacti are from the Stuck on You set and are stamped in two green inks and then die cut using the coordinating Stuck on You SugarCuts. I also made a blazing hot sun using the Zig Zag Stitched Circles blended with Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink. The background was spritzed with water and shimmer spray before I added the stamped pieces. The sentiment that says "Ill never desert you" is also from the Stuck on You stamp set and was the inspiration for the entire design. It is heat embossed in gold onto an Aqua sentiment strip. I hope you get a chance to hop along to the rest of the stops and thanks for fluttering by!