7.27.2014

Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop: Day 1

Hi guys! Long time no see! Had an awesome time in Mexico. Now I'm back - with some super fun projects for the Lil' Inker Designs July Release! WHOO HOO!
I broke out the watercolors for this first project, so fun!
For this fun and bright card, I am using these NEW Lil' Inker Products, along with my favorite Stitched Stars:


Seriously, isn't that word die amazing? HA!

Your next stop on the hop is my super sweet and talented friend Heather Campbell.

Have fun, and don't forget to leave your comments for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the Lil' Inker Designs store!

7.17.2014

10 years. Always have, always will.

Rarely do I get personal or mushy on my blog. Usually, I keep it strictly craft-related. Not today!

Today, I am celebrating 10 years of marriage with my amazing husband. He has been my rock, my motivator and my support. He has stuck by me literally through better or worse. We have shared so many laughs, tears, hard times, arguments and memories. I love him dearly, and look forward to the next 70 (or so) years of wedded bliss with him.

Here is the card I made for him. Our wedding colors were royal blue and white, so I thought it would be fun to use blue flowers.


7.15.2014

Blossoming Buds Get Well

Hi friends! I got this awesome new stamp set in the mail yesterday and couldn't wait to color up these gorgeous florals. Yay for flowers! I made this get well card using Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds and Get Well die with my Promarkers and some glossy accents.



I am entering this into the Paper Smooches August Guest Designer Search.

Have a lovely day! xo

Celebrate Gold.

Hi there, friends! I wanted to share I card I made a while back using some awesome Lil' Inker products. So easy and fun to whip up. You know me and gold....
I watercolored the frame and heat embossed the side of the card as well as the flower and sentiment. I sure do love this stitched quilted cover up die! 

Have a fab day. 

7.13.2014

Wish big unicorn.

Ohhhhh how I adore this stamp and die set from Paper Smooches. Squeeeee! I knew I had to have this as soon as it released a few months ago. My daughter loves My Little Pony and I have reached for this set so many times for her little friend's birthdays. This card is no exception, it is headed to a sweet girl in Kansas for her birthday!



I am entering this card into the Paper Smooches Challenge.  Yayness! 

Beach prep.

Hey guys! Happy Sunday. I am busy today doing laundry and dragging out the suitcase in preparation for my Mexico trip in a few days! I love the beach.

In honor of the beach, I created this super fun card using a new Kelly Purkey die I got in the mail a few days ago. I also tried Kristina Werner's technique using a stencil, distress inks and a white pen on kraft. Love the effect!


7.11.2014

Sending prayers and love.

Hi there, my friends! I am posting a card today I made to send to some dear friends of mine who needed this card at this moment in their lives.
I am linking this up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. This week the theme is Let's Be Clear. The wreath is clear because I die cut it with vellum. The hearts were embossed and then glued on individually. Super easy once I had them all ready to go! I hope you have a fabulous day!

7.08.2014

Hello, Beautiful.

Hi there! I have been getting back into crafting, slowly but surely. The best way I get inspired is through challenges, so I've been busting through some of my favorites!

This card I created for the Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge. Here is the inspiration photo:
And here is my take:

For my card, I used Simon Says Stamp's Summer Garden stamps and dies, Distress markers and Heidi Swapp Dreamy 6x6 paper pad.

I hope you have a beautiful day!

6.26.2014

Bloom.

Okay so I have to say I am VERY excited about this awesome new stamp that is releasing today. She is totally gorgeous and so fun to color. A must have to add to your Unity collection for sure.
This card was so therapeutic to make for me last night. I love her hair! I would love to do something crazy, but alas, I will have to stick with crazy hair on my cards. HA!

Don't forget to check out all the new releases today, along with the moving sale Unity is having!
And, don't forget to leave comments on the blogs for your chance to win some cool rubber stamps.

That's all for today! xo

6.24.2014

Hello my friend.

Hi there, blog friends! It's been a while it seems since I've blogged. After Gallery Idol, I took a small little weekend hiatus to refocus and step away from the craft room for a bit. BUT - I'm back at it!
I had fun creating this sweet little card. The stamps featured are Avery Elle's Goldie set. I LOVE this sweet little set designed by my talented friend JJ Bolton. I also used My Favorite Things Bokeh stamp set to achieve the background.

I am linking this up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The theme this week is friendship! I'm also linking this up to my girl Taheerah's Cure For the Monday Blues Challenge!

Have a fabby day. xo

6.19.2014

Getting a little messy sometimes.

So last week, I was able to attend the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington. What a super fun shopping day! I was also able to meet this guy.
You might recognize him? Ha ha! Yes, the one and only Tim Holtz. I got to watch him demo and asked him to take a selfie with me. Such a big inspiration. So happy I went! He totally inspired me to do something...

For about a month now, I have been heavily involved in a little competition called Gallery Idol. Each weekend I progressed, I had to make another card. Each card had to be perfect, flawless and meticulously executed. It was an awesome experience (we find out tomorrow who wins), but it was also exhausting. Restamping, recreating, crossing my fingers with each step along the way of my card creation hoping it would be perfect. (well, not literally. I kind of needed my fingers to work.)

ANYWAY. I wanted to go back to "messy" crafty. Tim is known for his messy, grunge look and I was totally inspired by him to just get messy with my paper crafting again. So I did!

I pulled out Unity's current Kit of the Month, In Love With Love (which is awesome by the way) and my Distress products - the markers and ink pads and also a Tim Holtz stencil. What fun I had!

Here is my tag I created. It's not perfect. It's not supposed to be. But it is art, and it is mine. And I had so much fun making it!
And since you are hopping with Unity, don't forget to leave those comments for a chance at an awesome Unity prize package! 


6.16.2014

Gallery Idol Round 5: Adhesives

Well, this is it! The final round of Gallery Idol 2014. What a thrilling ride it has been! Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for your support, kind words, love and votes. It has been such a blessing to have you all cheering for me. That is winning enough for me, but if I were to win the whole thing...well that would just be the cherry on TOP!
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For this challenge to use adhesives in a unique way, I used Hero Art's tiny triangle cover plate die with a ScorTape adhesive sheet mounted on white cardstock and die cut it. From there, I peeled each row of adhesive backing off, exposing the sticky part to adhere different colors of glitter one color at a time. I loved the look, but didn't want it to overpower the dream catcher, so I used black cardstock angled panels.
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The dream catcher is die cut from my Silhouette Cameo in a gold linen cardstock. The feathers are also glue tipped and dipped in embossing powder, then heated. The right feather uses the same technique as the background, just reversed colors. I felt the sentiment from Unity Stamp Company was a perfect fit to complete the card heat embossed to match!
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If you feel my card (and all my past cards) are worthy of the Gallery Idol crown, I would love your final vote so very much. Sending out lots of love to you all and feeling humble to be in it still. xoxo