Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  I totally forgot to share that I have a blog post up on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Blog.  You can CLICK HERE to check it out.  I used some of my favorite colors and favorite sets... Concord & 9th's Brushed Blossom and Sophisticated Script Bundle....AND it was the only Easter card I made this year.  (Luckily I had a couple left over from last year to mail out as well.)  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, my friends!
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CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer. Stage 1.

Hello!  I have a few cards to share today inspired by Anna Kossakovskaya's CASometry Challenge.  Anna is one of my very favorite cardmakers, and I love how her challenges always aim to help you get more use out of the stamps you already own.  This year the overall theme is "Randomizer".  For Stage 1 all you have to do is randomly select a stamp set and use it as the main focus on your card as well as one geometry shape (mine is a rectangle).  Fun, right?  Because I know the order of my stamps fairly well, my husband randomly chose "the 11th one in the middle box".  :) The stamp set was Clearly Besotted's An Apple a Day.  It's been far too long since I've used it, and it actually was the perfect random set because Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up.  I'm ahead of schedule now.  Yay!
This is my official card for the challenge.  I loved all the apples so much I stamped all of them. :) I created the sentiment with Neat & Tangled's Journaling Alphas Dies. 
Since the large sentiment kind of took center stage on my first card I decided to make a second.  The design is even simpler, but you can see the apples a bit more.  I used Little Notes by The Stamp Market for the first time for the sentiment.  Ooo...I just LOVE the font.  And although the first smudge was accidental, I did purposely ink a bit of a second color on each apple.  I kind of liked the bit of shadow my oops created, so I did it on the rest.
My final card made use of all the scraps and pieces that didn't make it onto the previous cards.  The only thing I had to do was blend ink behind the alpha negative.  It was pretty awesome to not have any leftovers when it was time to clean up.  Here's a quick shot of the supplies I used. 
Thank you, Anna, for hosting such a fun challenge.  I had a bunch of fun making these cards and dusting off a set that hasn't seen ink in quite a while.  It made me remember why I bought this cute set in the first place.  
Hope your week has been full of lots of smiles.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #8

Good morning!  I'm so happy to share with you my card for the newest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9.  Our theme for Challenge #8 is "One Layer". :) I sure love a one layer card. 
This card is super special to me.  Almost always I make my cards with the recipient in mind.  I love that it allows me to think of that person the whole time I create, and that I can add little details specific to them or to the message I am trying to send.  I view cardmaking as so much more than a hobby.  It is a wonderful creative avenue for me to send a piece of my heart to those I love often at times when I don't quite have the words to express all I feel, whether it be joy, or encouragement, or gratitude, or sorrow.  Sometimes a card (or rather the message I am trying to convey) is so important that I pray before I even get started.  That was the case with this card.  I had a prayer in my heart for the ones who will be receiving this card and prayed that I would be able to create something that they would think was beautiful, that would bring a little warmth and peace and love and faith during a difficult time. 
Knowing who I was making this for made it easy to gather supplies.  I pulled out my Concord and 9th stamps, selected the ones that reminded me of her, and then gathered other supplies and colors that did the same.  I really, really wanted to put woodgrain on here, but I actually remade this card a couple times, and the woodgrain version didn't make the cut.  
I initially started coloring the flowers a few colors, but realized after finishing that card that the flowers all had to be white.  I want to send a big shout out and thank you to Sandy Allnock, whose "Winter Whites" copic video tutorial (you can view it HERE) was SO helpful after struggling to try to color white flowers.  And as luck would have it (or rather, little tender mercy), she even used the same Hello Lovely Stamp Set from Concord and 9th in her tutorial.  Since I'm just starting to learn how to color, this tutorial was invaluable to me even when I was using a different coloring medium. 
 
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I built my sentiment with Concord and 9th's Kindhearted and Sophisticated Script Stamp Sets. I adore the font in Kindhearted, and love that I've been able to selectively ink and combine sentiments from that set to create lots of different sentiments on cards I've made.  I also love that I can literally create any sentiment I want with Sophisticated Script.  And doesn't it just look beautiful when it is embossed?  (Fun sidenote: the person who is receiving this card is the one who convinced me I needed Sophisticated Script in my life after she sent me a card and special wall art for my daughter's room using it.)
Right before I cleaned up, I snapped a quick photo of the supplies I used to make the card.  I imagine I might want to make something similar in the future and didn't want to forget what I used. :)
This card was a bit labor intensive for me, but the awesome thing about one layer cards is that they don't have to be, so I really hope that you will join us for our One Layer Challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9,  Making one layer cards is truly so satisfying to me.  Make sure your next stop is the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge blog.  My super talented teammates are sharing some amazing cards today!

Friday, March 31, 2017

12 Kits Of Occasions - Out of This World

Good morning!  I'm so excited to share with you this month's "Out of This World" kit for the 12 Kits of Occasions.  The amazing Jeanne (of A Kept Life) sent us the most incredible kit packed full with everything a cosmic loving heart could desire.  Somehow my projects don't really showcase the awesome variety of goodies she sent.  I guess I got started with MFT's Space Explorer and Out of This World and couldn't stop using them, so you'll definitely want to visit the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  In addition to having the regular design team's projects, we have four fabulous guests, so you're headed for inspiration galore.  You can also find a really detailed supply list for all the products I used HERE.
I'm still learning to use my Prismacolor pencils, but I'm loving them.  I always knew that I'd be more comfortable with a pencil.  It's just more forgiving.  One MFT Space Explorer was not enough, so I colored a second one with a cute little blonde haired nephew in mind. :) I blended three different inks on the card base and placed this super fun die cut on top.  It's the All Star Collage from Poppy Stamps, and ironically enough, when I initially pulled it out of the kit I had no idea how I would use it, but I love it here.
Next up is this is one of the cute aliens in MFT's Out of This World set.  I love that Jeanne always includes googley eyes in her kits (at least since I've been on the team), and I think they make this little guy even cuter.  The earth is from Altenew's Big World.  I really loved this patterned paper, and I chose my color scheme from the colored dots. 
I had big plans for making some really cool "space" backgrounds on my cards, but didn't quite get them done.  However, I was pretty proud of myself for using a lot less white than I typically use.  This last card is my husband's favorite...maybe mine, too.
 Doesn't this view just make you smile?  So much cuteness in this kit!
Don't forget to head to the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog next.  Trust me, the projects are amazing and you won't want to miss them.  Plus, you'll get to see tons and tons more of what was included in this "Out of This World" kit.  Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a happy weekend!
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Friday, March 24, 2017

With Sympathy

Good morning!  I wish this card was for a happy occasion, but I guess though not happy, it is for an important occasion.  Sympathy cards are hard enough to make, but I feel like they are even harder when the card is going to a man...so I enlisted my husband's help.  It's a simple design, but husband-approved.  I started by stamping on scratch paper, and ironically, my practice version is still the one he and I both like best because imperfect stamping actually makes the card look better.  It took me four more attempts to recreate the look to get a card we could both be okay with (this one).  The key was imperfection (how many times do we happily get to say that?!), and stamping off once really helped with that.  I had the weeping willow in my parents' backyard in mind as I created this card, and used the wheat stalk in Concord and 9th's Give Thanks for the leaves.  The sentiment is from Concord and 9th's Brushed Blossom set.  I'm hoping this card will bring a measure of comfort.  And my husband was such a big help that I just might get him to help me more often. :)