Saturday, September 29, 2012

12 Kits of Christmas {September Kit}

Can I start to sing Christmas carols yet? Hello! I'm here to share with you the September Kit in our 12 Kits of Christmas group I'm so honored to be in. This month Kara sent out some sweet shabby items!  Check out Kara's blog at KandRDesigns!!  You won't be disappointed!
September Kit
{photo courtesy of Sharron!}
For my first card, I focused on the wonderful word dies (which I don't have but will soon!).  I have been going for a simpler look to my cards lately and this one is no exception!  I think this card is one of my favorites so far that I've made for the 12 Kits!  That background paper is just so subtle without making it too busy when adding in my few goodies from the kit!
Merry Christmas
My second card may be familiar to you......I used this layout on a previous 12 Kits card and it's become one of my favorites to use when working with pattern papers!  Again, going with a simple look, I think the banners add just the right touch!!  That awesome brad was included in the kit too! 

 What did you think?  Kara sure knew what she was doing when she came up with this kit as I LOVED it!  Thank you Kara!  Now, there is lots more inspiration to go see.....check out the list below for the rest of the group!  See you next month!

Kara {KandRDesigns}--September hostess

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lil' Inker Designs September Release Blog Hop {Day 5}

Hi everyone! Welcome to the last day of inspiration for the September Lil' Inker Designs release!  You should have arrived from the LID blog HERE to start the hop today. 


We've shown you balloons, party hats, invitation stamps, and adorable fall images for coloring. So today we have another new die to share.....the Stitched Sentiment Flag Die!  We couldn't have a sentiment flag die without the signature Lil' Inker Designs perforations, now could we?  I think this is my favorite of them yet!  And what's better is that this new die is on SALE for a limited time at a discounted price!

I needed a baby card this past week and thought I would create a simple pastel banner using the new stitched flags!  Also adorning the flags are the tiny bows from the Flip Flop set!  Adding in a small gem finishes it off.  The sentiment is stamped in charcoal ink that is complimentary to the twine used for hanging the banner!
Let's Celebrate!

Here is the closeup of the tiny bows......I just love them!  Perfect for a super CAS card! 
Let's Celebrate!



Well, that's all I have for today but I've got a couple more projects to share later on.  Keeping this short this time since there is a longer Blog Hop this month!  Your next stop is Isha Gupta's blog!
Be sure to comment on the blogs along the way! Two secret blogs will have winners drawn from the comments left, so the more you comment, the better your chances are of winning! Two commenters will have a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from the new illustrated sets and two more commenters will win a $10 store credit!

{Let's Celebrate}
Stamps:  You're Invited (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  Spring Rain, Lemon Tart, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, SS White (PTI)
Ink:  Charcoal Palette
Dies:  Stitched Sentiment Flag, Flip Flops (Lil' Inker Designs)
Misc:  Twine, Gems

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lil' Inker Designs September Blog Hop {Day 3}

Hello hello!  I'm back at it again with another sweet release post for Lil' Inker Designs!  This month we are combining our Design Teams for one BIG release! Not only will you be seeing new goodies from the Lil' Inker Designs team, you will be seeing new stamps from the 2 Cute Ink/Sugar Kissed Cottage team (aka..Color Team). If you are on the right track, you should have arrived here from the Lil' Inker Designs blog HERE.
So today not only are we still showing off those fabulous new Balloons, Party Hats, and You're Invited stamp set, we have another new product to the LID lineup!  Check out these new dies!  They are the new Stitched Mats:  Rectangles!  The largest die in this nested set of 6 was designed specifically to cut a stitched border around the edge of an A2 (4.25 x 5.5 in.) card base. It's the most amazing effect!

I guess I still have birthday on the brain when I made this.  The balloon dies with the signature stitching were used to go along with the Stitched Mats!  This is the smallest mat and it's perfect to fit lots of sentiments in!  Here I've used the Sun Sentiments stamps (also from Lil' Inker Designs).

Stitched Mats

That's it for me today but there are more blogs to visit!  Your next stop is Alyssa Scritchfield.  Let's go see what she's colored up today!  Also, be sure to comment on the blogs along the way! Two secret blogs will have winners drawn from the comments left, so the more you comment, the better your chances are of winning! Two commenters will have a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from the new illustrated sets and two more commenters will win a $10 store credit!


{Happy Birthday Sunshine}
Stamps:  Sun Sentiments (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  SS White, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Summer Sunrise, True Black (PTI)
Ink:  True Black
Dies:  Balloons, Stitched Mats: Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)
Misc:  Twine (The Twinery)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lil' Inker Designs September Blog Hop {Day 1}

Hi everyone!  It's new release time for Lil' Inker Designs!  This month we are combining our Design Teams for one BIG release!  Not only will you be seeing new goodies from the Lil' Inker Designs team, you will be seeing new stamps from the 2 Cute Ink/Sugar Kissed Cottage team (aka..Color Team).  If you are on the right track, you should have arrived from Lindsey Amschler's blog.  If not, please start at the Lil' Inker Designs blog HERE.
So we have some extra FUN goodies to celebrate today!  Balloons, Party Hats, and Invitation goodies!  Well, it's no secret that NEON is back "in", right?  If you walk by the teen clothing stores in the mall, that's all you see.....NEON.  My daughter, she's six, is totally infatuated with the store Justice even though we've only shopped there twice (purchasing a whopping 4 items).  This store is full of NEON.  So with her birthday coming up fast, I thought it would be fun to use the invitation set, party hats, and balloons for some of her party items. 
First up, is the invitation.  I've used some NEON colored library pockets that I picked up at the Dollar Tree to hold the invitation.  Since these were very inexpensive, I didn't feel bad cutting up the extras to die cut my party hats!

The front of the pocket is stamped with the star border and words from the You're Invited stamp set.  I embellished the front with the stars left over from die cutting and some Charcoal Twine from The Twinery.  Here's a close up of the party hat and the finished invitation.

Next up is a Thank You card I whipped up in the same NEON colors to coordinate using the new Balloon Dies!  Oh I love these!  So fun to pair them with the oodles of colors of twine I have!  LOL  Here I've gone with the ever popular trend........a polaroid.  The "thank you" sentiment is also from the You're Invited stamp set that will be released!


I'm going to send this card over to the Focal Point Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my NEON post today!  You have several more stops on the Blog Hop today with your next stop at the awesome Isha Gupta's blog.  Let's go see what she's colored up for this release!  Don't forget there are prizes up for grabs.....check out the Lil' Inker Designs blog for prize details!

As always, thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your time more than you know! 
{let's celebrate}
Stamps:  You're Invited (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  SS White (PTI), Neon Library Pockets (Dollar Tree)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Dies:  Party Hats (Lil' Inker Designs)
Misc:  Charcoal Twine (The Twinery), Prisma Glitter, Foam Adhesive, Corner Rounder (CM)
{Thank You}
Stamps:  You're Invited (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  SS White, True Black (PTI), Neon Library Pockets (Dollar Tree)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Dies:  Balloons (Lil' Inker Designs)
Misc:  Charcoal Twine (The Twinery), Prisma Glitter, Foam Adhesive

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Neat & Tangled Graveyard Shift

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to share with you all my first official post with the Neat & Tangled DT!  Today we are sharing inspiration using the newest set called Graveyard Shift over on the Neat & Tangled blog.  Make sure you go and check the post over on the Neat & Tangled blog.
Here's just a snippet of my card today. 
Happy Halloween

For a full photo of my project, please check out the Neat & Tangled blog for details. 
Have a great weekend!

I am entering this card into the Ribbon Carousel's fall challenge this week!  Check out my full card HERE.
{Happy Halloween}
Stamps:  Graveyard Shift, Halloween Scene (Neat & Tangled)
Paper:  True Black, SS White (PTI)
Ink:  True Black, Fresh Snow (PTI)
Misc:  Orange Grograin Ribbon (The Dollar Tree), Black Button (PTI), Halloween Twine, Foam Adhesive

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

WMS "Falling for you"--September Block Party

Well, I think this is a first for me........the Waltzingmouse Blog Hop!  I have been wanting to play along with this for a LONG time but since I only have 3 WMS sets, I had to wait for the perfect one.  This is it!  This challenge was all about "FALL" it was meant for me to use my Teeny Trees.  Hehe.  I remember when I got this set (thank you Laurie for ordering it with me)......I was so excited and delighted when I laid eyes on it for the first time.  It was cute.  It was BIG. 

Here is what I came up with after work yesterday........


You can check out the rest of the blog hop will see lots of "fall inspiration"!!
There are soo many options for this set.....pretty much any season you can think of!  Thank you for stopping by!

Entering this at:
{give thanks}
Stamps:  Teeny Trees (WMS)
Paper:  Dark Chocolate, Rustic Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Terra Cotta, Dark Chocolate (PTI), Orange, Grass (AMuse)
Dies:  Half and Half Dies, Cane IP (PTI)
Misc:  Button Twine (PTI), Simply Chartreuse Buttons (PTI), Foam tape

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Paper Smooches: OWH Sketch Challenge

It's Operation Write Home's birthday and Paper Smooches is helping to celebrate with a sketch challenge!  I made this card for this challenge.  It uses a little bit of my stash of 6 x 6 pattern paper pads.  It's an oldie but goodie....Cosmo Cricket!

OWH Sketch Challenge

I have to say that that whole square at an angle thing had me stumped for a while and I think now I could have just left that off and left my smiling veggies to be that part of the sketch.  Oh's done and will be an easily mailed thank you!  Here is the sketch my card is based on:
It's been fun to fit some time in to play with some of my "other" stamps and challenges.  I've missed doing this!  Thanks for stopping by!
{thanks bunches}
Stamps:  Vegtastic (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  SS White, Summer Sunrise, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Pattern Paper: Garden Variety (Cosmo Cricket) 
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Dies:  Medium Scallop Border (PTI)

Friday, September 14, 2012

MSS Block Party!

It's Market Street Stamps Block Party time! Can you believe school is in session already? For my kids, it's already been 4 weeks.  They are enjoying school and seeing their friends again after the busy summer!  So I know I will be needing several school themed cards this year, I decided to use the new sets Teacher Notes and ABC Background both of which were designed by the sweet Stephanie Washburn of Sweet Steph Designs!

 This month's Block Party has started and anything goes!  We just want to see those Market Street Stamps!

I had fun with this week's Retro Sketches for my card.  Thanks girls for a great sketch!

{A+ great job}
Stamps:  Teacher Notes, ABC Background (MSS)
Paper:  True Black, SS White, Pure Poppy (PTI), Cork Sheets (Quartet)
Ink:  True Black, Fresh Snow (PTI)
Misc:  Pure Poppy Button (PTI), Marachino Twine (The Twinery)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

BE Inspired with TAWS

 Hello everyone! I had some time to play around with some FREE digi images from The Alley Way Stamps! I chose this cute fish and sentiment.  With the re-release of Finding Nemo in 3D....I just can't get that saying out of my head!  I think I may just pay 3D cost to see my FAVORITE Disney movie in the theatre!  My kids will love it!  Especially the part where Dory tries to speak "whale"!  LOL 
Just keep swimming

This was made with the challenge in mind from the BE Inspired Challenge at The Alley Way Stamps blog.  Here is the inspiration picture!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
I'm also sending this over to the Movement Challenge in the Moxie Fab World!
{just keep SWIMMING}
Digi Stamps:  Fish and Sentiment (The Alley Way Stamps)
Paper:  SS White, Ocean Tides (PTI)
Dies:  Fishtail Stax (MFT), Rickrack Border (PTI)
Misc:  Foam Adhesive, Cantaloupe Twine (The Twinery), Copics

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Neat & Tangled Mini Release

Just a quick post to let you know about a new spooky set available NOW from Neat & Tangled!  It's called Graveyard Shift and is just perfect for Halloween!  Make sure you visit the blog to watch Danielle's video HERE.  Did I mention she's also having a giveaway??  Go check it out!

Cloud 9 Blog Hop {September}

Eeeeekkk!  I almost didn't make it!  It {was} time for the September Cloud 9 Blog Hop and I did get something made but almost forgot to get it linked up in time!  And then my post....well, I left it in draft and unscheduled.  Guess that's what I get for having a busy start to the week!  So here is an updated version of my post!  ha!
This month's Cloud 9 blog hop was an inspiration photo of this beautiful outdoor scene.  I was inspired by the tree and the hanging birdhouses.  I knew right away what set I wanted to use!  I've been trending toward the less=more kinda card.  I like how this turned out; however, my photo doesn't show the lighter clouds very well.  Those cloud stamps are SOO how Dawn illustrated them with little dots! 
Cloud 9 Blog Hop

Here is the inspiration photo for this month:

Thanks for stopping in today.....I hope to have some serious crafty time this afternoon.  But first, I'm having a lunch date at school with my son!

***I realized after posting that the CASology Cue Card for this week is sky!  I'm going to link this up over there for their challenge!  If you haven't played along, you need to!***


{Hang in there.....}
Stamps:  Heartfelt Mix (Wplus9)
Paper:  SS White (PTI)
Ink:  Pure Poppy, True Black (PTI), Ocean, Sky (AMuse)
Dies:  Heart (Wplus9)
Misc:  Rustic Jute Button Twine (PTI)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Nuts about You

Hi everyone!  It's Monday and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  We went to Worlds of Fun with my brother and nephews yesterday.  Love the great rides plus we had so much fun! 
Today I have a sweet little card using one of the newest releases from Market Street Stamps!  Illustrator, Julie Day, did an incredible job with this set!  It's called Nuts about Nature

Nuts about you

I know it's short and sweet but I've got lots to get done!   As always, thank you for stopping in to see my little blog!

{i'm NUTS about you!}
Stamps:  Nuts about Nature (Julie Day for Market Street Stamps)
Paper:  Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Rustic Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Dies:  Strawberry Patch Dies (PTI), Linen IP (PTI)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Mojo Monday

Hi friends! If you visit my blog, then you may know that I have a little love affair with floral stamps. They call my name LOUD....;). So when Verve had their last release, I couldn't resist the new florals! What originally caught my eye about Verve were the beautiful florals and the sentiments specifically the fonts. Certainly not the everyday boring fonts...but fun unique ones. So I thought it only fitting to ink up my new goodies for this weeks Mojo Monday sketch challenge!
I've used the new set, Brighter Days, for my focal piece and sentiment.  Not only did the florals attract me to this set but so did those sentiments!  Ok, I have to confess that I do not like to do angles or tilting of part of my layout but I made it work for this sketch!

Mojo Monday 257

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch for this week:

 We are off today with my brother and nephews to World's of Fun......the amusement park I grew up going to!  I can't wait to ride some roller-coasters!!!  Should be a memory making day!
BTW, did you all see the announcement HERE?  I am very excited and will be joining the Neat & Tangled Design Team that's full of talent!  Thanks so much Danielle for believing in my work and for the opportunity to design with your stamps!  There will be a new stamp set released on September 11.....that's just 2 days away!  Check out the Neat & Tangled Blog for details!!!

{Wishing you MUCH happiness}
Stamps:  Brighter Days (Verve)
Paper:  Rustic Cream (PTI)
Designer Paper:  Indie Chic: Ginger (MME)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Dies:  Pennant Trim, Scallop Flowers (Verve), Tag Sale #3 Die (PTI), Leaves (Wplus9)
Misc:  Janome Sew Mini, Ivory Crochet Thread, Buttons (PTI), Smokey Shadow Grograin Ribbon (PTI), R22 Copic

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mr.Bones Halloween Spook Out

Hi everyone!  Just a quick post for the challenge over on Nichole Heady's blog.  It's the Mr. Bones' Halloween Spook Out!  Very simple one layer card I whipped up tonight!!  I've used the AWESOME Texture Frame from Lil' Inker Designs for my CAS card.  You can get yours HERE.
Happy Halloween

{HAPPY halloween}
Stamps:  Spooky Sweets (PTI)
Paper:  SS White (PTI)
Ink:  Orange Zest, True Black, Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Dies:  Texture Plate Collection 1 (Lil' Inker Designs)

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