Thursday, August 25, 2016

Papertrey August Blog Hop

Hello!  Last night I was able to squeeze in just a bit of time to create a card for Papertrey's August Blog Hop.  It's been too long since I've been able to join, and I just loved this month's inspiration photo.  I have no idea why my mind when to Christmas, but it did.  And truth be told, almost all of the elements on my card are leftover scraps from other projects.  I love when things don't end up going to waste. :)
Photo Credit
The inspiration photo inspired not only my color scheme, but some of the color placement/layout on my card. With the exception of some fabulous Pretty Pink Posh sequins, this card is all Papertrey goodness.  And probably my happiest moment was using the white on black embossed strip.  I LOVE when I see that used on cards, but for some reason black is really hard for me to use on cards.  And I probably wouldn't have even thought of it if I hadn't seen that big black smudge in the inspiration photo. 
Supplies (PTI unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Wet Paint Holiday
Dies: Center Stage, Rustic Wreath, Wet Paint Holiday 
Paper: Black, Soft Stone, White, Vellum; Grey (DCWV)
Ink: Mellon Berry; VersaMark
Other: Hero Arts embossing powder, Pretty Pink Posh sequins (marhsmallow, rose gold, sand)

I had a great time creating a card just for fun, no stress involved.  And I cannot wait to hop around and see how everyone else was inspired.  Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Concord & 9th Birthday Bash Blog Hop

Hello, friends!  I'm super excited to be joining Concord & 9th's Birthday Bash Blog Hop today.  I'm a fan of blog hops, I'm a fan of Concord & 9th, and I'm a fan of prizes, so today is a happy day. :)  Have you been joining in on all of the fun at Concord & 9th this month?  I hope so because there are $20 gift certificates being given away daily (go HERE to check it out), incredible new products including an exclusive sequin mix, big sales, free stamps with a $60 order, and more!  Christmas is coming a little early to my house because I just couldn't resist and had to place an order. :) And that brings me to today's card. 
I had a completely different card scheduled to post today, but when I received my new goodies in the mail, I just had to make something new.  Plus, I realized the theme of my original card wasn't exactly the best for a birthday celebration.  I've wanted Pop Art Pineapple for a long time, so using it was a must.  I pulled my color scheme from the Birthday Bash exclusive sequin mix which I used inside my shaker.  The sentiment and banner are from Happy Day (LOVE this set!).
And here is my original card, a super simple card using two of my absolute favorite products from Concord & 9th--the Blossom Die and coordinating Brushed Blossom Stamp Set.  One of the reasons I love these products so much is that they are so beautiful on their own.  As you can see, you really don't have to do much at all to create a card.   Win in my book!
Remember the part I said about prizes?  Well, I get to give one today!  Woohoo!  To be eligible to win a $20 gift certificate to Concord & 9th, simply leave a comment on this post by 6 pm EST on August 27th.  And make sure to visit Concord & 9th's Birthday Bash Blog Hop HERE every day in the month of August for more prizes.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

Monday, August 15, 2016

You Bring Me Joy

Last month when I was creating projects for Concord & 9th's July Release, I went a little crazy with the Blossom Die.  I think it is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous.   This is one of the projects I created but never shared. 
I had die cut several of the Blossom die out of shimmery white cardstock with the intention of layering them, but when I had them all played out getting ready to glue them together, they looked looked so pretty that I ended up just gluing them down onto the paper.  It reminds me of an embossing plate.  I backed the paper with a shimmery grey cardstock and finished it off with a sentiment created from the Joy stamps and dies.
I love color, but sometimes neutrals can be so soothing.  I know I've been MIA for a bit.  I'm sure I sound like a broken record, but having my son start kindergarten last week has been a super hard adjustment for us...well, truthfully, mostly me.  I have been so blessed to be a stay-at-home mom.  Even though I still have another little one at home, I'm feeling a little lost without my cute boy.  But I must say, every day when I see his cute face as I pick him up after school so much joy fills my heart.  It is my favorite part of the day!  I hope that you have a wonderful week filled with many moments of joy!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 12 Kits of Occasions

Hello!  I hope you are having a beautiful weekend.  Today I'm so happy to share my latest 12 Kits of Occasions projects.  My dear friend Marybeth sent the most wonderful Christmas in July themed kit.  (Thank you, Marybeth!)  The papers are gorgeous..don't let my lack of using them fool you!  Sometimes when I get things that I LOVE, I have a hard time using them because, well, then they will be gone.  But truly love every last little bit of this kit.  I guess I'll start out with the cute and work my way to more elegant.
This is the cutest reindeer ever!!!  I was wishing I had about 15 more of him.  And I think this flat red sequin makes the perfect Rudolph nose.
Marybeth sent lots of cute little critters, and I wasn't sure which one to use, so I used them all. :) I also found yet another way to not color...hee.
Marybeth didn't just sent cute reindeer, she sent some beautiful ones as well cut out of the most gorgeous gold glittery paper.  
I didn't own a single thing that Marybeth used in this kit, so there are lots of things that I now wish I the big scalloped rectangle on this card. :)
My last card is a non-Christmas card, because two of the most wonderful women I know share a birthday this coming Thursday, and I want to make sure that I was prepared.  I'm the worst about sending birthday cards!  I think about them, but I never plan enough ahead.  This card also uses one of my favorite items in the kit, the beautiful flowers from Papertrey's Don't Forget to Write Kit...another item I wish I owned!  Getting the chance to try out lots of new products is one of my very favorite things about this card group.  Now make sure to head over to the 12 Kits of Occasions blog to see what everyone else has made with this fabulous kit.  It is well worth your me! :)

Friday, July 29, 2016

O Christmas Tree - Concord & 9th Finale

Good morning!  Today I'm sharing my third and final July Guest Designer post for Concord & 9th.  (If you missed them, the first two can be found here and here.) I had a really fun 3D project I was going to make, but when I started reflecting on my previous posts, I felt like I had focused more on the dies than the stamps in this release.  So today I decided to do the opposite. :) I love stamps.  I am amazed at how the same images can take on new life depending on how you use them or even the colors you ink them up with.   I also know that when it comes to Christmas cards I ALWAYS run out of time.  Mass production really speeds that process up, but sometimes I get a little bored with making 50+ of the exact same card.  So today I'm sharing a hopeful solution to that.  I chose one fabulous stamp set (Concord & 9th's O Christmas Tree), a simple, mailer-friendly card design, and lots of colors and used them to create four cards that I think could appeal to a variety of card recipients. 

First up, The Traditional...
...appropriately named for its color scheme.  This card is the simplest of the bunch, too.  I lined all three trees up, so I only had to stamp once. 

 Next up, The Jewel...
I just love the jewel tones on this card!  If you follow my 12 Kits of Occasions posts, you'll recognize this coloring scheme from my kit last December.  The kit was a year in the making, so 18 months later, this color combo is still a winner for me. :) Besides the color scheme, the only thing that varies on this card is the two-toned sentiment....which made this the most time consuming card of the set.  Masking to make the two toned sentiment was a little tricky with this particular stamp because of how the "y" and "M" overlap, but I really love how it turned out in the end. 

Onto my third card, The Retro...
My very first thought when I saw the bottle rush trees in O Christmas Tree was of little pink, snow capped trees.  And then I thought of the mint colored ones that I know for sure my grandmother had, so I decided to make a card paying homage to those and stamp three different color pastel trees.  I did not snow cap them, but I did brush lots Wink of Stella over them, so they are fun and glittery.  (I know, you can't see it in the'll just have to trust me. ;) ) I added a shimmery silver card base to up the sparkle factor.  I was half-tempted to recreate tinsel cause that would have really made it sparkle.  Ha!  :)

And my final card, the Trendy
I hesitated a little to call this trendy because I'm the last person in the world to keep up on trends (just take a peek at my clothing), but ombre is trendy for me...and it sounded a whole lot better than The Paint Chip, which is also what this card reminds me of. :D  This card happens to be my personal favorite, too.  Just something about those trees makes me smile. 

And here is the whole lot of 'em...

Fun, right?  You guys, it has been so much fun Guest Designing for Concord & 9th this month!  I really liked their products before....and I will love them forever now!  They are fun.  They can fit into every style.  They are on-trend and yet unique.  There is something about each product that made me think...oh, that choice was brilliant.  And perhaps most important to me, the people behind this company are good.  Most of my communication has been with Angie, and she is kind and generous and talented and optimistic and has a fun sense of humor.  I'm thrilled to be able to support someone like that.  And what a great bonus that I genuinely love their products, too!  And I know you will.  Make sure to pop over to Concord & 9th to see all their fabulous products as well as the awesome cards they share with each product.  Oh, and check out their blog, too....lots and lots of inspiration there.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!