Saturday, January 21, 2017

Peace - NBUS Challenge x2

Hello!  I'm squeaking in just before bed to share a card.  The sentiment on it is a bit ironic because it does not describe how I felt making it. I tried something new today.  Those who know me well will understand what that means.  It's incredibly hard for me to try something new, particularly something I'm not very good at. Always has been.  And, though I've noticed it before, today I was made painfully aware that I have passed that trait down to my son. So as I tried to help him work through his fear, I decided that now was as good a time as any to work through mine.  I think coloring is beautiful.  I love it.  I do not have a gift for it, though.  I can remember when I was younger never being satisfied with how I colored in coloring books. I shy away from it in my cards.  But I LOVE how it looks on others',  So I allowed myself to try today.  I started with no line coloring...that was a bit too much...and backed off to a watercolor something.  I've done countless research studying cards and watching videos, but I'm definitely going to have to study more. Good thing I love looking at cards. :)
So dear Darnell, who is every inspiring me to use my NBUS (never-been-used-ssctuff), and is now inspiring me to try something new...this is for you. :) I'm linking it up to your NBUS #8 Challenge, with my NBUS being some Zig Clear Color Markers. (PS, Darnell, in my big long comment on your blog I explained why I didn't do the coloring on kraft.)
And since this card took a lot out of me, I made another very similar card but much more in my comfort zone.
I used the same set (PTI's Peonies on Parade), but added a sentiment from Altenew's Beautiful Day (also NBUS on a card, I believe) and cut out a mat with MFT's Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies, which are new to me as well. I'm so excited to actually own these dies after having used some die cuts given to me by a few of my 12 Kits of Occasions buddies over the last year or so.
I think this sentiment is wonderfully encouraging, so I think I'll leave it with you tonight as we head into the Sabbath...sending hugs and happy thoughts! :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hugs - MFT Challenge Card

I ordered my very first My Favorite Things stamps and dies last month.  I'm pretty excited about it to say the least.  I had a teeny tiny bit of time this morning, so I decided to pull them out and make a card.  We've been at my parents house the last week watching their dog while they are out of town, and luckily I grabbed my MFT package when we were leaving.  I used MFT's Sketch 315 Challenge and MFT Color Challenge 61 for inspiration.
I didn't actually intend to combine the two, but I couldn't get the colors out of my head, so I went with it. :) It could be because these are pretty much my favorite colors.  If that blue was a little more aqua/mint it would be spot on.  These colors are in my daughter's room, my wardrobe, and are super similar to the ones I chose about 9 months ago to be the theme for my upcoming kit for The 12 Kits of Occasions.
I used MFT's Bold Blooms, Stitched Traditional Tags, and Big Hugs Die to create a very clean and simple card, but it still makes me happy.  And even though it has florals on it, I think I could get away with it being a masculine card...well, at least for my husband anyway...so that makes me happy, too.   And it wasn't until I pulled up the challenge blog to link up that I realized one of the DT members had created a similar card...oops!  I honestly don't even remember seeing it, and since I am literally minutes from the challenge close, I don't have time to redo it.  Hope you've had a wonderful start to your week!
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

I had so much fun making my little love note for the latest Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge that I decided to make a few more.  You can check them out on the Where Creativity Meets C9 blog today.  Just head HERE. :)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #5


Hw!  I'm sorry I'm popping in a bit late today.  I forgot to schedule my post to publish, and I didn't notice until just now because I've literally been cooking ALL day.  I've got a crowd to feed tomorrow.  BUT I'm so glad you are here today!  Welcome to a new challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9!  The theme for Challenge #5 is "Try Something New".
This little duo has a story.  I talked to my mom the day I received my package from Greg and Angie, the amazing team behind Concord & 9th.  (They were SUPER generous to send each of the Where Creativity Meets C9 design team members a bundle from their brand new release...as in released today!).  I was lucky enough to receive the Love Notes Bundle.  My package came just a couple days before my card deadline, so I needed an idea quick, and my mom immediately told me a color combo.  I'm not sure I've ever done this combo, but it is all colors my mom likes.  I do so much better when I create a card for a specific person, so when I sat down to craft, I decided I should use her suggestion and make the card for her.  The pineapple comes in because she and my dad are headed to Hawaii tomorrow. :) 
Concord and 9th is so good at thinking of the details.  The Love Notes Envelope Dies were designed so that you can create two envelopes from one 8.5x11 sheet of paper.  In addition, you can cut four "love notes" from a single piece of 8.5x11 sheet of paper, and they fit perfectly inside the Love Notes Envelope.  To make my card, I selectively inked the long "xoxoxo" stamp in Love Notes, so it would fit perfectly on my card.  Then I stamped and die cut the darling pineapple from the Pop Art Pineapple. I love it looks in shades of pink, and cannot wait to try out more pineapple colors. I popped the pineapple up and added a gold heart, cut with the little heart included in the Love Notes Envelope dies. Super simple.
Next up, the envelope.  Definitely don't be intimidated by the Love Notes Envelope Dies.  There are lots of things in place to help you be successful.  All you have to do is cut an 4x11 sheet of paper.  The tabs on the sides of the die line up with the edges of the paper to make sure you are cutting straight.  There are even little notches on the die to help you line up your cut.  I wanted to make a cash envelope closure, and it was super easy to do.  You can use the little circle or heart dies in the Love Notes Envelope Dies, but I simplified the process even more by using the a little heart die from the Bags & Tags Dies that already has a hole cut out of the center of the heart. The eyelets fit perfectly in the hole.
I did stamp on the front of this envelope.  I used the Sophisticated Script Bundle to stamp my mom's name, and then I stamped the diagonal stripes from Love Notes across the bottom.  Unfortunately there are no pictures of it because shortly after I took these photos, my super cute, super curious 2-year-old got a hold of the envelope and destroyed it.  Thankfully these little Love Notes Envelopes are easy to create and I can make another one with the other half of the sheet of paper I used.
I sure hope that you will join us for Where Creativity Meets C9's "Try Something New Challenge".  You can use a new product, new technique, new color combo, new sketch, etc. etc.  Just be creative and have fun!   Oh, and definitely make sure you check out the other designer's projects for Challenge #5.  They've got me itching to CASE. :)

Friday, December 30, 2016

12 Kits of Occasions - December '16

Hello!  I'm sorry I'm a bit late getting this posted.  We've been battling sicknesses all month, and my littlest one in particular hasn't been feeling well the last few days.  We've had a few particularly rough nights and mommy duty has certainly trumped card making.  That being said, I am happy to share with you the cards I was able to finish (several more in the works) with Jessica's fantastic kit.  It had cute, sparkly, elegant, and everything in between.  I was so excited when I opened this kit.  I started with these darling bears from MFT's Polar Bear Pals.
All the supplies for this card came with the kit.  (You can find the supply list on the 12 Kits Blog here.) I colored them to match our family, including favorite colors except for my husband, who shares the same favorite color as my son.  I'm pretty excited to give this as a Christmas thank you. 
I was enjoying using my SU! watercolor crayons, so for my next card I used them again to color a sentiment in the kit from Paper Smooches' Chit Chat stamp set. 
Okay, so after making this card I totally switched gears. The black, white, and gold papers and the die cuts in this kit were so great, that I knew they'd make for some quick and easy thank you cards.  These next few cards came together in a snap. The first one uses a sentiment Jessica had gold embossed from MFT's Kind Thanks. 
Okay, bear with me on this next one.  It is as simple as it comes, but so much prettier in real life.  The gold foil paper is beautiful, but boy is it hard to photograph! 
Don't you just love this script thank you that Jessica cut on her silhouette? 
Next up is probably my favorite card that I made, using one of my very favorite papers in the kit.  I think I'd like it as a pillow. :) Anyway, I didn't want to cover much of it up, so I simply placed a vellum rectangle behind "thanks", which I die cut with Concord & 9th's Thanks Card Die
I used another one of my favorite papers on my last card.  I just love the gold foil dots mixed into the pattern.  
I used vellum again to back my sentiment and layered a few leaves cut with PTI's Turning a New Leaf dies.  Turning a New Leaf is one of my very oldest stamp/die purchases, but it is something I still turn to again and again.  
PS I'm excited to be linking today's cards up to the Simon Says "Anything Goes" Wednesday Challenge
 I'll leave you with one final photo of them all together.
I'm sure hoping I can finish the rest of the cards I started with this awesome kit, but I'm thrilled to have finished all these thank you cards.  We have a lot of family we need to be thanking after Christmas.  Make sure you head to the 12 Kits of Occasions, so you can see my fabulous teammates cards.  One thing about being late to get this up is that I've already seen the amazing projects they have created, and you definitely don't want to miss out.  I appreciate you stopping by today.  I hope that you all have a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve, and that the New Year brings much happiness to you!