Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs April Release Blog Hop {Day 2}

Welcome to Day 2 of the Lil' Inker Designs April 2015 Release Blog Hop! (If you're just joining us, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start at the beginning!)

Remember yesterday, when I said that the Boxed-Up Birthday die was my favorite from the Lil' Inker release? Well, I just don't know because I have such serious love for these new Perky Posies flower dies, that. . . well. . . .I can't even decide which I like the most. These flowers are versatile, they cut exceptionally, layer beautifully, and they are so dang fun to play with - these will stay right in the front of my grab-this-every-day bin of supplies. I paired the flowers with a new sentiment from the (also fabulous) Awesome Blossoms stamp set. (I LOVE this font, don't you!?) 
As I created this card, I trimmed the base a little short, so that I could have some flowers and the circle hang over the edge, yet the card would still fit in a standard envelope. I added a little splatter of silver paint across the front, stamped my sentiment, and then went crazy layering these fun little flowers. I die-cut them from a few different colors and just played around until I was happy with it. Then I added some dimensional glaze to the centers for some extra shine! And since I had some leftover flowers, I decided to make a little tag that I popped into one of the new glassine envelopes, and added a flower to that too!

Remember, we'll be hopping for one more day, and there's a chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates to the Lil' Inker Shop, so comment on each blog along the way, and then stop back tomorrow for more NEW products and projects! 

Here's the blog hop order:

And after that, of course head to the Lil' Inker shop to . . .SHOP! :) Thanks so much for coming by today! Blog hop days are so much fun, and I'm glad you were here! xoxo

Lil' Inker Products Used on Today's Projects:

Perky Posies Dies
Glassine Mini Envelopes

Awesome Blossom stamps

Stitched Mats: Circles


Monday, April 20, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs April Release Blog Hop {Day 1}





Welcome to Day 1 of the Lil' Inker Designs April 2015 Release Blog Hop! (If you're just joining us, head to the Lil' Inker blog to start at the beginning!)

I am sharing my most FAVORITE product of this new release today. The Boxed Up Birthday Die is absolutely a game changer in birthday card creation! Seriously. It's easy to get tired of creating birthday cards, because I have a never-ending need for them. (And that's a good thing - lots of lovely people in the world to celebrate!) But this is a fresh, easy and super fun die to celebrate the people I create for! 

On this card I layered some patterned paper, cardstock, the die-cut sentiment, PLUS one of Lil' Inker Designs new glassine envelopes, that I filled with sequins and sparkles. Then, I clipped it all together with a fun paper clip. 

Next up, another fun and simple birthday card. First I die-cut the Stitched Long and Skinny Rectangle die, and die cut the Starry Sky die from it. Then I scattered a few of the stars around, and added a sentiment from Send Pretty Greetings, onto Speech Bubbles 2. (The speech bubbles are probably my second favorite item in this release. . .although there are so many good things, now that I'm thinking about it - can I REALLY even pick favorites!!???) 


I just love that you came by today - thanks so much for celebrating the new release with us! I hope you're loving what you've seen so far. Remember, we'll be hopping for 3 days, and there's a chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates to the Lil' Inker Shop, so comment on each blog along the way, and then stop back tomorrow for more NEW products and projects! Thanks so much for coming by! xoxo
Here's the blog hop order:
LID Blog http://www.shoplilinker.blogspot.com/
Laura Williams http://lauralooloo.blogspot.com/ {YOU ARE HERE!}
Lisa Henke http://mylittlecreativeescape.blogspot.com/
Heather Hoffman http://housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com
Karen Baker http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/
Lea Lawson http://www.lealawsoncreates.com/
Sarah Jay http://www.criminalgrace.com/
Maureen Merritt http://www.mamamostamps.com/
Chrissy Larson http://chrissycards.blogspot.com/
Amy Kolling http://stamp-n-paradise.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Carter http://jensinkspot.blogspot.com/

And after that, of course head to the Lil' Inker shop to . . .SHOP! :)

Lil' Inker products used on these projects:








Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Monthly Meet Up Challenge {Lil' Inker Designs}

It's time for the  Lil' Inker Designs Monthly Meet Up Challenge. I love this, because half the fun of creating, is SHARING what we create! So let's do it . . .anything goes - share a new or recent project featuring LID stamps and dies, on your blog or in your favorite gallery. Link it up on the Lil' Inker blog, and then we can all ooh and ahh together over our crafty creativeness! (Plus, you might just win a $50 gift certificate to the Lil' Inker Shop!)

For this month's Meet Up Challenge, I have some clean and simple (I repeat: clean and simple) cards to share with you. I made a whole set of them, because I like them so much! This project really shows off the beautiful detail of Lil' Inker Designs stitched dies. Would you like to see how I created it?
First up, I die cut a Rounded Rectangle. Then I positioned the Sketched Flower die onto the rectangle, and held it in place with a little washi tape. (below) 
The Sketched Flowers die has negative stitching, so after I diecut the flower, it leaves this beautiful stitched outline OUTSIDE of the shape. 

Next, I stamped a sentiment on the rectangle, adhered it to my card base, and then stamped the flower on the die-cut flower shape. Then, I adhered it with foam tape, right back in its spot - it creates such a lovely subtle dimension. 

This card is perfect for so many occasions - sympathy, or celebration! So I made a few different ones for all kinds of occasions. I think I'll try the flower in pink next time! And now. . . .be inspired and join in the Lil' Inker Monthly Meet Up Challenge! Here's all the info you need to know:
  • Make a new project or share something you've been working on featuring LID goodies!
  • Post this project to your blog or favorite gallery.
  • Link your project to the challenge by using the InLinkz tool on the Lil' Inker blog.
  • You have until 4/18/15 at 11:30 PM EST to link up your project to be eligible to win a prize. Projects should exclusively feature LID goodies to be eligible to win but do not need to exclusively feature LID goodies to join our Meetup. 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy crafting!!! xoxo


Lil' Inker Designs products I used:







Friday, April 10, 2015

Turnip Love {Sweet Stamp Shop}

Hi friends!!! I'm thrilled to be over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today, where I'll be hanging out for the next couple of weeks hosting a Sweet Stamp Shop Mash-Up. What's a Sweet Mash-Up you ask?  You'll have to head on over to find out, and to see the whole sweet card! (I'm such a tease, but you love it!)
Sweet Stamp Shop is in the midst of a brand new website relaunch. I'm in love with the clean, bright, feel of the new website, so I hope you'll check it out. Plus, to celebrate they're having a big SALE! All stamp sets are 10-40% off, no coupon code needed, now through the 12th, at 8pm PST. Pretty SWEET, right?  

So go on over to the Sweet blog to see my cutie potootie card, and to find out what the heck a Sweet Stamp Shop Mash-Up is! Thanks for coming by!!!! xoxo

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

birdies4birdcages {The Stamps of Life}

I've been waiting and WAITING to share this card with you, because I just love it so much! This card features new stamps from The Stamps of Life, birdies4birdcages, which coordinates with the previously released birdcage2stamp. This also marks my very last project, designing for The Stamps of Life. I'm sure I'll share a project here and there featuring these sweet stamps, but my time designing with TSOL has ended. It's been an awesome blessing to work with Stephanie for the past five years, and I'll be excited to see all the cute new stamps she releases in the future! 
So on this card, I used some vellum, (which we may have discussed a time or two, that I'm smitten with lately!) Layering vellum BEHIND cardstock is a fun technique, and it's easy-peasy, because your adhesive can hide behind the cardstock. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you head on over to the TSOL gallery, you'll see lots of birdie inspiration with these new stamps! Have a beautiful day, my friends! xoxo 


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

birdcage2stamp {The Stamps of Life}

Hi friends! As promised, I'm back today with some cards! These both feature new stamps from The Stamps of Life, called birdcage2stamp. (The coordinating dies will be available on April 20th.) These birdies are so very cute! The outline and the solid image are separate stamps, perfect for mixing and matching. 

And the dies. . . . well, they are just beautiful! Isn't this birdcage stunning!? I die-cut the background layers from vellum to give it a subtle background, and I just love the way the colors came together. 

And here's the inside of the card, with a few more die-cut birds!
Thanks so much for coming by today! Please head over to the TSOL website to check out all the samples in the gallery, plus perhaps peruse the shop a little bit! :) Have a beautiful day! And Happy Easter!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Celebrate! {Neat & Tangled}

Hello friends! Happy Easter week! Yesterday, I have been baking mini Easter egg cakes for my littlest man's preschool class. Tomorrow, along with an egg hunt, and cute little frosted egg cakes, they're doing a play - Caps for Sale (one of my most favorite children's books, which yes - has nothing to do with Easter.) Ask me why I spent three hours making and decorating little egg cakes, for a group of five-year-olds who will smear it all over their faces and fingers, and consume them within 5 minutes. I have no idea. For the love of buttercream and five-year-olds, I suppose! 
I don't have an Easter project to share with you, but I do have a bright, cheery birthday card to share instead. This card went in the mail for a very special friend who's celebrating her birthday today. Too bad I put it in the mail TODAY. I don't think it will get there in time. . . better late than never?
I created this card using the Just for You stamps from Neat & Tangled  plus Fancy Pants patterned paper, from the Me-Ology collection. Love. These. Colors. 


So that's what I have for you today! I thank you greatly for coming by today! Tomorrow I'll be back with the April 1st release from The Stamps of Life. See you then, my friends!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Making Simple Cards with Word Dies {The Stamps of Life}

My goodness, hello friends - I've kinda been missing you! (Not kinda. . .I've definitely been missing you!) After almost a week in Phoenix, I left again two days later for our family vacation. I am not used to traveling so much, so it was a mixture of good but exhausting fun! I am absolutely a homebody. It takes a LOT of days in my house, before I start going stir-crazy. 

Despite traveling, and catching up this week, I've  been working like a crafting maniac who's fingers are on fire. The only problem. . . I can't show you anything that I've created these past two weeks. That will sort of be the nature of my new job with Richard Garay/Fun Stampers Journey - a lot of what I create will be for catalogs, and features on the RG/FSJ websites -so you won't get to see them right away. 

But today, I have two cards that I CAN share with you. They both feature word dies from The Stamps of Life. I am obsessed - seriously OBSESSED with word dies lately. They are easy and fun, and can add such a pop of color to a card. On this first card, I used the hello die, from the Bicycle Club Die Set, (which coordinates with the bicycle2stamp set.) It has the word, and the background to layer together - such a fun way to play with colors! The scalloped border is a Sizzix die from the Word Labels set.


I guess today is as good a day as any, to tell you that after the April releases at TSOL, I will no longer be on the team there. I have been at The Stamps of Life for over five years, and it's been such fun - seriously, one of the best companies I have designed for. It's been a great team, and a great place for me to grow and create. I've met a lot of sweet, crafty people - many of you who follow my blog, found me there . . . and I hope you'll still come and visit me! But enough of that business - onward to the next card. . . this Thinking of You die was also just released, and again - it has the sentiment, plus the background layer. You can use them together, or use the sentiment on it's own. I also used the Fancy Labels Framelits dies - these have been some of my favorites of all the Framelits dies. I just love the shape!


Okay my friends. . . .have a beautiful rest of your week! Thanks so much for coming by, especially when I disappear for a week or two at a time! I have to totally readjust my life to working part time, even though it's from home - I have to learn to limit my distractions (i.e.: laundry, Facebook, napping,  stepping on Legos, etc etc) and find my groove. But I'll get there, and hopefully I'll get back on a blogging schedule too! Hugs, my friends! xoxo


TSOL and Sizzix products used on these projects:
On Hello card-

On Thinking of You-

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Make Amazing Happen {Richard Garay}


So, you may or may not have heard, I have a new job! I've been wandering aimlessly since the close of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, and I had been praying and pondering about what to do and where to go from here. . . .and it seems I've found it (actually maybe it found me!) I'm thrilled to officially announce that I have joined Richard Garay and his Make Amazing Design Team. I am working as a part time designer, from home, and traveling to Phoenix quarterly to catch up with the team. So - a job, in the craft industry!? ACK - seriously, this is an awesome opportunity! 
Me and four of the five other Make Amazing Designers
(Mindy couldn't join us this week, but we missed her!!!)
I just spent the past four days meeting the team, and getting to know the rest of the Journey Crew (the staff in house, in Phoenix) and learning ALL about the company. There's a LOT going on, and it can be a bit confusing, so here's the scoop. Richard Garay and his company Journey Blooms, have a few different collections of products:

You'll find Richard's retail collection, Cele'brations, at Spellbinders, soon to be at JoAnn, and also at scrapbook.com. You may just see some more Richard Garay retail collections coming in the future as well! 

In addition, there's a whole other branch of Journey Blooms, called Fun Stampers Journey.  You can check out the entire FSJ catalog on the website, and products can be purchased through a Journey Coach (which is like a consultant or demonstrator.) We'll be having a giant convention in June, for Journey Coaches, where we'll release a new catalog, and NEW products. It's going to be a BLAST! Richard is also traveling around the country - ALL the time, for Scrapbook Expos, and his Yummy & Delicious Tour, so there are LOTS of ways to catch up with Richard and his extreme enthusiasm, creativity, and love for the crafty community. 

And now, some pictures from our week in Phoenix. We drank a lot of coffee, ate delicious food, and really - we did a lot of work and learning along the way! We also took a field trip to Sedona - which was seriously, SO beautiful! 



Richard kindly stopped the car on the side of the road, because it was extremely necessary for us to have a photo op with the gigantic cactus!




Richard spoiled us with presents and flowers and treasures each morning when we walked into the office. He is so attentive  to details, special touches, and making people feel fabulous!

My littlest son said, "So your new boss is the cool guy with the crazy hair?" Yes, yes he is!  And I am THRILLED about it! (And he and his hair is SUPER cool.)  
Some links for you:
Fun Stampers Journey website (look at the catalog, find out about becoming a coach, and read the FSJ blog!)

And now that I'm home, this week I am off on a family vacation - so much travel! So exciting! If you made it through this entire blog post - congratulations, and thank you!!!!! Have a terrific weekend! Thanks for coming by! xoxo

Monday, March 9, 2015

Rosemaling? Rosemaling! {Lil' Inker Designs}

The word rosemaling is fairly new to me. Rosemaling itself isn't new to me, but I never knew what it was called. Rosemaling is Norwegian for "decorative painting" and it's a beautiful folk art that originated in Norway. (Check out the beautiful rosemaling inspiration on Pinterest.) The new Really Rosemaling stamp set from Lil' Inker gave me the opportunity to stamp some decorative floral images, that are soo much easier than painting! I kept these two cards very clean and simple, but with this set you can create some really intricate and detailed images too. 

On both of these cards, I used the Stitched Mats:Side Stitched Rectangles die to create a background. Then, I added sentiments and stamped floral images. 

Thanks so much for coming by today! I'm traveling most of the next two weeks, but I'll try to get a few blog posts up along the way. I promise I'll catch you all up soon! Hugs! xoxo