Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ellen Hutson 11th anniversary blog hop

Hi there!

I'm thrilled to be joining other designers today, to celebrate Ellen Hutson's 11th anniversary:


If you're following the hop, you should have arrived from my friend Miriam's blog. If you're just popping in here, you can check out the full list on the EH blog - click!

For this hop, we are all featuring our favorite Essentials By Ellen stamp sets. I am using Tree Farm, with a little help from Light Parade.

Ellen Hutson 11th anniversary blog hop

I started out by stamping and coloring all of the images - truth be told, I colored more than I ended up needing, but that is my favorite part of card-making! I gave the extra images to my little girl, who made a card for her teacher.

I wanted the images to look seamless - without the distraction of the white border around the smaller die-cut elements like the hat and scarf - so I used a black copic-friendly pen to re-draw the missing lines and colored everything in. It didn't matter so much for images in the background, but for the hedgehog and mouse, it helped everything come together a little better.

Ellen Hutson 11th anniversary blog hop

I love that sentiment, it always makes me smile! I decided to stamp a few music notes into the hedgehog's sign, to reinforce the theme.

To make everything pop, I used a white gel pen to add highlights and painted snow onto the trees with white nuvo drops.

I hope you like it! Your next stop on the hop is Wanda's blog - click! Be sure to check out the hop all week long!

♥.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

We wish you (with Neat and Tangled)

Hi there!

I'm here and on the NT blog this morning with another Christmas Pageant card. These little kids are so fun to color!

we wish you (with Neat and Tangled)


The card is pretty straightforward, but I like that it came together so quickly. The fun part of card-making for me isn't in coming up with a fancy card design, it's the coloring. I colored my 3 favorites in a classic red-green holiday combo and created a frame for them to sit inside.

The sentiment fills in the space at the bottom so well. I love a larger-scale sentiment!

we wish you (with Neat and Tangled)

The little Christmas tree girl looks like she has an arm around the snowman. so cute!

I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!

♥.


Monday, November 13, 2017

25 days of Christmas tags - Neat and Tangled

Hi there!

I'm joining Tracy McNeely for her annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags event.

There are different sponsors for every day of the event - today, we're showing off our best Neat and Tangled tags.

I created 2 bunny tags for you today. First up, a little buffalo check for Christmas never hurt anybody:

25 days of Christmas Tags (with Neat and Tangled)


I used the bunny from Holiday Baking, and gave him a stocking (from Elfs and Their Shelf) to hold.

25 days of Christmas Tags (with Neat and Tangled)

I used the Journaling Alphas dies to cut out a huge "to." I love how skinny those letters are!

My next tag features the newer bunny from Bunny Slopes:

25 days of Christmas Tags (with Neat and Tangled)

I doodled in a little sweater for him, and I kind of love it.

I used the same tag shape, and added the Stitched Slopes to give him some bunny hills.

The sentiment is from Merry Kisses.

25 days of Christmas Tags (with Neat and Tangled)


The tag base was inked up with a Distress Oxide ink and then I splattered large droplets of water onto it. geez. Now I feel like I want more Distress Oxide inks. This color is Salty Ocean. What are other must-have colors?

I hope you liked my tags, and thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Fawny holiday week

Hi there!

This week is Fawny holiday week over on the Lawn Fawn blog! Get ready for tons of Christmas card inspiration.

I'm up today, with a flat-paneled card that would be easy to mail:

Fawny holiday week

So many smiling critters! I love how I could pull them from a bunch of different Lawn Fawn sets and still have them work so well together.

I used bears from Beary Happy Holidays, deer, penguin and seals from Here We Go A-Waddling, Toboggan Together, and Sealed With A Kiss.

Fawny holiday week

I framed the fun scene with a piece of Knit Picky Paper.

It was so fun to sit down and create this card. I haven't done this much masking in a long while!

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

25 days of Christmas tags with Lawn Fawn

Hi there!

I'm joining Tracy McNeely for her annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags event.

There are different sponsors for every day of the event - today, we're showing off our best Lawn Fawn tags.

25 days of christmas tags (with Lawn Fawn)

I created an interactive tag by using the biggest Lift The Flap die and an Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Stackables die.

I created a little winter scene on the flap that opens, using the seals from Sealed With A Kiss and the smallest, cutest polar bear from Beary Happy Holidays.

When you follow the "open me" greeting (from Push Here) there is plenty of room to write the recipient's name, or a heartfelt holiday message.

25 days of christmas tags (with Lawn Fawn)

I hope you like my tag, and thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Friday, November 10, 2017

A very Pinkfresh holiday!

Hi there!

I'm here and on the Pinkfresh blog today, with 2 holiday cards using stamps from their newest release.

A very PINKfresh holiday


I used the banner from December Days, the little critters from Forest Friends, and a sentiment from Simple Joy.

This took some creative masking, but I love how it turned out! I started out by stamping the bear and the deer first, masking them, and then stamping the banner.

A very PINKfresh holiday

I then stamped the sentiment and added some wooden stars (also from the Pinkfresh.)

This card was so much fun to make and I love how whimsical it is!

My second card also uses December Days, check it out on their blog today - click!

♥.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

All is bright (Avery Elle Winter Release Blog Hop)

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Hi there, and welcome to Avery Elle's Winter release blog hop!

I'm so excited to be able to show off the Modern Calligraphy stamp set:

all is bright (Avery Elle Winter Release Blog Hop)


It is a beautiful scripty alphabet set, and so forgiving to use if you aren't a precise stamper (pointing to myself.) Wherever I had a line that just missed connecting with the next letter, I used a black copic multiliner pen to draw it in and it looks perfect.

I went to my friend JJ's house in October and spent a few days coloring images and eating gummy bears (too many gummy bears.) This snowglobe was one of them - it is so gorgeous! There isn't any picture more serene in my mind than a lonely deer looking up at the stars, standing on a blanket of fresh snow.

Since I don't own the Snow Globe set, and I only had what I brought home, I had exactly one shot to stamp the first part of my custom sentiment. Thank goodness that I didn't botch it. I really love using Elle's Alphas. I used them on place cards for last year's Christmas dinner and they never disappoint.

all is bright (Avery Elle Winter Release Blog Hop)

I inked up the background with different blues and then dusted the edges with a soft brown ink, applying a heavier hand at the bottom.

The script letters were stamped to curve around the base of the snowglobe. I love how the trees in the snowglobe are also curved - it adds so much whimsy to the image!

To celebrate our Winter 2017 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, August 13th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, August 14th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:

  1. Comment on any of the design team's posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
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Bunny Slopes (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

Bunny slopes (Neat and Tangled release week)

On our last day of new product reveals over at Neat and Tangled, I'm showing off my second set for this month: a 3x4 set called Bunny Slopes.


I also designed a pair of stitched ski slopes for the bunny to play on:


This card was my favorite to work on this week:

Bunny slopes (Neat and Tangled release week)


This card shows off all of the images from the set. I created levels of snow with the dies, and then built a scene using the little gumdrop trees, the bunny, and the ski lift. I love the motion lines that are included in the set, that I stamped behind the bunny!

To hang the ski lift, I used the line stamp from Santa's Wonderland and bent it to fit the curve that I wanted. I know you could just draw in the line, but my hands aren't that steady!

To give the bunny's scarf, hat and mittens a little something extra, I used a black pen to draw a knitted texture. I love how that looks!

I hope you like my little skiing bunny. Don't forget to leave me a comment for a chance to win a 25$ gift card to the NT store and then hop over to the Neat and Tangled blog to see what the rest of the design team created using this set- CLICK!

♥.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Joyful Sentiments (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Neat and Tangled's November release week. All of the products that we feature throughout the week will hit the store on Friday morning!

So far:

Day 1: Wishing You Love

Day 2: Christmas Pageant

Today, we're showing off another hand-lettered set, this one designed by Miriam. Joyful sentiments will have you singing while you stamp!

joyful sentiments (Neat and Tangled release week)

I used the little boy from Christmas Pageant and did some ink blending in blues and yellow to highlight the star.

Using Distress Inks I started at the bottom, with Black Soot, working up to Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, and into Tumbled Glass. For the yellow I used Squeezed Lemonade.

joyful sentiments (Neat and Tangled release week)


I wanted the sentiment to sit on either side of the focal image, so I carefully snipped it apart and heat embossed both parts. I used a dark blue copic marker to give the boy a little shadow underfoot and popped him up using foam adhesive. To finish off, I dotted the background with a white gel pen and mounted the panel onto a folded white card.

I hope you like it!  There's more to see on the NT blog this morning - click!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Christmas pageant (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to Day 2 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week. In case you are just tuning in, be sure to check out:

Day 1: Wishing You Love

Today, we're all showing off my latest 4x6 stamp set, Christmas Pageant.



It features 4 cute kids in costume, snowflakes and stars that you can hang from the auditorium ceiling, and a few fun sentiments.

Christmas Pageant (Neat and Tangled release week)

Can I have a favorite? The red-headed snowman kills me.

Christmas Pageant (Neat and Tangled release week)

The card layout is basic, because I really wanted the kids to be the stars of the show (pun completely intended.)

I colored all of them, and set them onto a wood-grained background. I used the dotted line from the set to hang snowflakes and then created falling snow by way of a white gel pen. This is an upscale production, obviously. They had a budget for falling snow. ha.

Having been to my share of Christmas pageants, I would have to say that a few players are missing: the kids picking his nose, and the girl who keeps lifting up her skirt. The hotter the mess, the better the production, amirite?

I hope you like these little cuties! I love them all lined up, but wouldn't they be perfect on their own, on Christmas tags?

Let me know what you think before you hop over to the NT blog this morning - click!

♥.

Monday, November 6, 2017

joy of the season (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

I can't even believe it, but welcome to the LAST release week of the year over at Neat and Tangled! And it's a good one! We're kicking things off with a hand-lettered set from Danielle, Wishing You Love:


I paired it the bear from Holiday Baking and the snowglobe from Elfs and Their Shelf.

joy of the season (Neat and Tangled release week)

The biggest greeting was heat-embossed onto a sheet of Buffalo Check patterned paper. Honestly, can we just have one paper manufacturer make a whole pad of these? In black and white, and red and black? That would be awesome.

joy of the season (Neat and Tangled release week)

The bear comes holding a mixing bowl, but I made an adjustment so that he could hold the snowglobe. I stamped the bear again onto another scrap piece of white cardstock, and trimmed out the paw at the forefront. The snowglobe is a big enough image that could cover the mixing bowl, and you hardly notice the seam of the extra paw I stuck on. Not hard, and a great way to stretch my stamps!

joy of the season (Neat and Tangled release week)

I finished off by framing the piece with a dashed-line border using a white gel pen. I like the pop that it gives!


I hope you like it! There's more to check out on the NT blog this morning - click!

Before you go, don't forget to leave a comment to be eligible for a 25$ gift card, drawn at the end of the week from comments left  on all of the participating blogs.

♥.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Boooo party (with Lawn Fawn)

Hi there!

I'm here and on the Lawn Fawn blog this morning, sharing a little Halloween party set-up.

Boo party (with Lawn Fawn)

I have to admit that I prefer a cute Halloween, rather than a gory Halloween. With a few Lawn Fawn dies, I was able to pull together a very cute party table.

Boo party (with Lawn Fawn)

A simple white-frosting cake got dressed up with a bed of black sprinkles and a spooky(ish) haunted house. I cut a long rectangle of grey cardstock, treated it to a woodgrain pattern and then dressed it up using haunted house dies.

Boo party (with Lawn Fawn)

The only stamping I did was on the banner, and I added a few extra oooooos to the Happy Howloween "boo," to help it fit better into the banner shape.

Boo party (with Lawn Fawn)


I had to fit the cute cobweb in somewhere! I adhered it to an orange-and-white-striped straw and it went into a plate of meringue cookies. The decoration added height to the plate, and balance to the table.

Boo party (with Lawn Fawn)

The milk bottles mimic the cake topper - but simplified. A piece of grey cardstock was wrapped around the bottle, and the resident ghost peeks out.

Boo party (with Lawn Fawn)


I accented a few bottles with a little spider, adhered under the lip of the bottle.

Boo party (with Lawn Fawn)

My favorite part are the flying bats. They are adhered by way of acetate strips, but from far, they look like they're floating.

Boo party (with Lawn Fawn)

I hope you are inspired to create a little something of your own for Halloween! And I also hope no one walks up to your decorations and starts cracking up, cackling about being "here with my boobs." 

I wish I could say it was only my 7 year old, but my 37 year old sister did the same thing. ha.

Happy boo-tastic party planning!

♥.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wreath tags with Avery Elle

Hi there! I'm here and on the AE blog this morning, with a set of tags using the Festive Wreath stamp set.

wreath tags with Avery Elle

I started out by coloring and die-cutting the elements: the wreath, the birds and the bows. Then, I die-cut circle Shaker Tags - each tag needs both a full circle base layer, and one with the middle cut out, which serves as the base for the wreath.

To layer the wreath onto the circle tag, you have to widen it a little. I snipped it apart at the very top and adhered it to the circle frame layer. Then, I used foam dots to pop up the wreath layer. I love the dimension this gives the tag!

wreath tags with Avery Elle

The seam at the top was hidden by the big red bow. It really looks seamless!

I then grabbed the sentiment from Sledding Critters and stamped it into the banner image from Woodland Wonders.  I added some shading to the edges of the banner with a soft brown copic marker.

The little cardinal perches on top of the banner, and I finished off the tags with lengths of Cherry Hemp Twine.

I hope you like these fun, festive tags! Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

you got this (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

For the last day of Lawn Fawn's inspiration week, we were challenged to use Plan On It: Fitness set on a card.

you got this (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


The set is full of tiny little images for your planner, but I used them on an encouragement card. I've gained and lost my share of weight over the years, and I would have loved to get this card in the mail!

I liked how the images were laid out in a grid in the actual set, so I used my MISTI tool to recreate the layout and stamped them to fill the rectangle piece of cardstock.

you got this (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I added some very simple coloring with copic markers, and used a soft brown ink to add some heavy shading all around. I used LF's new white embossing powder for the sentiment.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Best fishes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to another day of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week. Today, we're showing off Sealed With a Kiss (it was last year's Black Friday freebie but is now released to all!) and the Outside In Stitched Scalloped Stackables.

best fishes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I tried my hand at an aqua and mustard holiday card combination. Does the little pop of red in the seal's santa hat make it more festive?

best fishes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The negative space from the scalloped circle die allowed me to create a scene with some depth. I love the Santa seal coming to dole out fish to his seal friend. The bucket of fish, sentiment and extra fish are all from Beary Happy Holidays. I love that they work equally well with the bears from that set as they do with the seals.

I hope you like it! Check out the LF blog this morning for even more inspiration - click!

♥.

Monday, October 16, 2017

plaid for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

We're back with more Lawn Fawn inspiration today, showing off the Perfectly Plaid Chill paper collection.

plaid for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

As a side note, for those interested in card photography: this picture was taken at the exact same time as yesterday's card. The softer colors were harder for the camera to appreciate, I guess. This one looks so washed out compared to the rich vibrancy of yesterday's picture. My PSA for today is: if you're really wanting the card photo to impress, it'll be easier if the card itself is full of rich color, and contrasting colors too. This one is too soft, but you know I love a pastel pallette!

Back to it: I used bands of the plaid patterned paper to frame out my little scene. The fox and hedgehog are from Jump For Joy and Forest Feast. I love that they are fall sets but could be used throughout the year!

plaid for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


The Christmas accessories are from Christmas Dreams.

I hope you like it! Check out the LF blog this morning for more plaid inspiration - click!

♥.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

purple for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Lawn Fawn inspiration week continues with a closer look at the Stitched Hillside Backdrops.

I tried to step outside of my red-aqua or red-brown holiday colors and do something a little more moody-in-eggplant:

purple for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I did some ink-blending for the base layer, flecked on some white paint, and layered the Stitched Hillside Backdrop over the top.

In one move, the entire layout for the card is taken care of - I love that!  All I had to do was to reach for some cute images and fit them into the hillsides.

purple for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I reached for the little snowmen from Ready Set Snow and paired them with the tree from Christmas Dreams as well as a few tiny accessories. The little gingerbread man is my fave, from Holiday Party Animal.

The sentiment, from Snow Cool, seemed to fit with all of the outdoors and snowmen.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.