Sunday, September 21, 2014

Love you to the core - {SSSC237}

 Hey there!  I'm popping in today with a clean and simple card for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #237.
I used the Papertrey Ink stamp set Apple Prints along with the coordinating dies and some PTI pure poppy patterned paper.  It's difficult to see from this photo but the center of the apple was die cut twice and stamped using pink pirouette ink and both pieces were scored down the center and layered.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the Sweet Sunday Sketch Stampers have created:
 Hope you're enjoying your weekend!
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Happy Trails Hello

Hello everyone!  I'm sharing another card that I created using this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.
I used the Lawn Fawn stamp set Happy Trails along with some Lawn Fawn dies to create a little night time scene.  I die cut a square of night of navy and then stamped stars on to it using the LF stamp set Starry Backdrops, then used a silver metallic pen and added a few dots throughout the sky along with a moon.  I die cut all of the pieces for this scene and colored them using Copic markers before putting it all together.  This was a fun card to create.
Have a great day!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I am honored to have been nominated to participate in the Creative Blog Hop by Karen Giron!  Thank you so much for thinking of me, Karen.  
Karen has always been a huge inspiration to me and I've admired her work from the first moment I discovered her blog.
The Creative Blog Hop is an ongoing blog hop that works as a nominating system; I'll nominate two other designers who inspire me and I admire.  The idea behind it is to learn a bit about other creative bloggers by answering four questions.

Question 1: What am I working on right now?
Now that my three kids are back in school, I've been "trying" to stamp and create ahead for the design teams I'm currently on (and new one coming up :).  I say trying because I'm usually one to stamp a card the day before or the day I need to have it posted.

Question 2: How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I'm not so sure my work is that different from others in my genre.  The cards that I create are usually referred to as clean & layered.  I guess that's a cross between clean and simple with a layer or two but generally nothing overly fussy. The one thing that is really hard for me to create is a one layered card (that's NO layers, none!) and have it come out looking good.  The clean and simple look is what's hot right now with a focus on techniques like watercolor, stenciling, embossing pastes etc.  I find all of it interesting and would like to dabble in it and learn something new to incorporate into my style without completely changing it.
Question 3: Why do I create what I do?
The answer to this question is probably similar to a lot of mother's out there...I needed/wanted something that was all my own, a creative outlet, some quite time to create something fun with paper and stamps.  Originally I started scrapbooking to preserve my children's memories (that was almost 20 years ago and a lot has changed since then), and still do that as well from time to time but for the most part stamping and card making fits the bill.  With scrapbooking I always felt that I was behind (and still am) but with card making, I could complete a card usually within an hour and it fills and crafty need.
Question 4: How does my creative process work?
Usually my creative process starts out with either a sketch challenge or a color challenge.  If I can't find a challenge that works, I usually go to the little note book I keep at my desk where I've drawn out sketches I like. Then I get into the stamping inspiration board I've made on Pinterest and try to combine the two to get my mojo going.
Are you ready for my nominations?  Here they are:
 Wanda Guess
Wanda has a gorgeous style and is always inspiring me with her work.  Her cards and projects have a clean look with excellent design.  She's never afraid to try a new technique, a fun color combination or new product, but what she's also great at is openly sharing and teaching her blog readers as she creates (I love that!).  Wanda's photography is wonderful, I love that she shares her pictures from her life (especially her sweet cat Buddy) on her blog and also uses her photography skills to capture detail in her work.  Her recent Tim Holtz tags have blown me away with there incredible detail and style and her fall cards have me yearning for cool weather and trips to the cider mill.
Kay Miller
Kay's style is a breath of fresh air. It's clean lines and beautiful designs that inspire me. Her die cut cards with layered flowers are stunning and her stamped cards with fun scenes using critters are perfectly colored and sweet.  Kay's handcrafted ornaments that she creates are amazing, so much wonderful detail and absolutely adorable.
Both of these women are incredible designers who inspire me daily with their work.  Not only that, but both women are friendly, sweet and uplifting.  I hope you will stop by their blogs and pay them a visit.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tea for Two - {SSSC236}

Hello there friends!  It's time for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  Karen has another fantastic sketch for us to create with and we hope you'll play along.
For my card, I used the Papertrey Ink stamp sets Tea for Two & Tea for Two Additions (this is one of my favorite PTI stamp sets).  Along with my card, I created a batch of little favors with matching tags for a tea party my sister-in-law and I are throwing for a few friends.
 Supplies: Tea for Two, Tea for Two Additions + dies, My Minds Eye designer paper, scallop border punch, Copic markers, flowers, pearls, bakers twine, foam tape.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the Sweet Sunday Sketch Stampers have created:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You Shine - {FMS153}

Hello there!  Today I have a card to share that I created using the Lawn Fawn stamp set Lucky Stars.  I used the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #153 for my layout.
First, I have to say, 1) my picture is really bad (sorry), I had no sunlight today, it's been raining. 2) It's difficult for me to make a super clean and simple card. I keep wanting to add to my card and I keep thinking I could improve it by just doing a little more.  With that being said, this really was a challenge for me. 
Supplies: Lucky Stars, Puffy Star Stackables die, Bumblebee chevron glitter paper & striped paper (Doodlebug), Bakers twine, Foam tape.
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