Friday, August 29, 2014

Colorful New Home Card

I have a quick card to share with you before the start of a long holiday weekend here in the States. I used a variety of distress inks to make the background and added some purple twine to match.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Newest Tiddly Inker!!

I have some really exciting news to share with you today! Eeeek!! I was selected as a finalist for the Tiddly Inks design team!! Some of you may already know this but I wanted to wait on making the announcement here until I received my bloggy button, etc.

I'm still in shock at being selected for such a wonderful opportunity. There was tremendous talent and competition -- I am honored to be one of seven finalists from (111) applicants. Christy has such an amazing team of talented designers! I have so much to learn - oh, man! - what a chance of a lifetime!!

You can see the card that helped me win here - the quirky little lighthouse is still one of my favorite images! If you haven't checked them out yet, Tiddly Inks has the cutest digital and clear stamps.

I'm excited to begin this new journey in the crafty card-making realm and I'm definitely looking forward to sharing more Tiddly Inks creations with you very soon. Stay tuned!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tiddly Inks Design Team Call

Hi, friends!! Today, I'm very excited to share a card with you that I am submitting for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be selected for the Tiddly Inks Design Team.

For my design team project, I couldn't resist using the Light My Life image. It was the very first digi that I ever purchased from Tiddly Inks and it's still one of my top favorites. I will also enter this card in the current Tiddly Inks Challenge #138: Let's Hear it for the Boys and MarkerPop Challenge #49: Anything Goes.

I kept the color palette more masculine for the challenge by using navy, olive greens, and a kraft base. I created my own cloud background with distress inks.  The top two layers and the lighthouse itself are popped up to give the card dimension.

Glossy accents give the lens and windows a glassy look and only a hint of Stickles adds a glittery shimmer to the sea. I can just picture this quirky little lighthouse in real life! Come on... how cool would it be to live in your very own lighthouse?

I hope my project inspires you to put your name in for the design team call... or at least encourages you to play along with this week's challenge.  I had a lot of fun designing this card for you!

If you're not familiar with Tiddly Inks, you gotta check out the shop! You can even download some freebies or find a sweet deal in the bargain bin.  The wide variety of digital images and clear stamp sets are absolutely adorable!

Also, you can see the pin that inspired my design here. If you have a few minutes, you can check out my other Tiddly Inks project as well as others colored with Copics.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Products Used:

B-32/34/37/39; C-00/1/3/5/7; E-23/25/27 (lighthouse, boat, dock)
YG-63/67 (grass)
E-50/53/55 (sand)
B-91/93 (water)

Cardstock: Night as Navy (Stampin' Up); Cryogen White (Curious Metallics); Kraft and Green Dots (from stash)
Ink: Night as Navy (Stampin' Up)
Stamps: Light My Life (Tiddly Inks - Digital); Small Phrases (Verve - Sentiment)
Dies: Circles (Spellbinders); Flag It Die Set (Verve)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thanks for Distress Inks & Polka Dots

Hi everyone! If you're looking for a quick and easy thank you, I have just the right card for you this week. The color combos are endless when you change out a couple of distress inks.

I secured the Whisper White card base to my craft mat with Post-It Tape before securing the Stampin' Up polka dot stencil to the card front with more Post-It Tape.  You can never have enough Post-It Tape.  This stuff works great!!!  With the stencil secure, I inked on a variety of distress inks (Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Tumbled Glass, and Dusty Concord, in that order).  The stencil peels right off when you remove the Post-It Tape.

For the sentiment, I ran a die from Taylored Expressions through my Big Kick three times on Strawberry Slush cardstock and stacked them together with my Zig 2-Way Glue Pen to add some dimension.  I felt like it needed something else to make the sentiment stand out so I added a vellum word bubble behind it and some stickles to the die cut.

Here's a close-up:

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Deepest Sympathy

Over the weekend, I was able to get a couple of cards done when my husband took both of the kids grocery shopping and to the library.  How lucky I am!!!  It's the first weekend in a long time that I had a few hours in the afternoon to dedicate to my crafty hobby.

It was an opportunity to try out some of my new stencils with distress inks.  It's CAS and rather easy to do too.  I used Tumbled Glass and Dusty Concord to create the chevron background.  The Deepest Sympathy Plain Jane sentiment from Verve is inked in SU Wisteria Wonder on Whisper White cardstock and layered on top of Perfect Plum.  The mini flower dies from The Stamps of Life are cut from SU cardstock in Soft Sky and Elegant Eggplant and popped up with SU Stampin' Dimensionals.  A DIY white enamel dot and some purple Stickles finish off the embellishments.

Here's a close-up:

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Up, Up & Away...

To all my friends and followers, I feel like I owe you an apology for not posting any projects lately.  We have certainly had a lot going on.  First off, we adopted a puppy three weeks ago today from a rescue organization.  Her name is Riley and she is a 17-week-old golden retriever / lab mix.  We surprised the kids with an impromptu 7-hour drive to Charlotte, NC for "operation doggie retrieval" as my sister called it.  Riley is doing really well adjusting to her new home and she's really great with the kids but having a very young puppy in our household has really made life crazy these last few weeks, especially when you add in a six-year-old on summer vacation and a two-year old who is potty training.


Unfortunately, I haven't had much time to dedicate to any crafty projects until just recently.  Over the last two weeks, I have been making wedding invitations for a friend who lives across the street and today, we celebrated her son's 2nd birthday.

Here's the card I made for the birthday boy, using the hot4balloons stamp and dies from The Stamps of Life Die Hard Club.  I just love how it turned out!!

Up, Up & Away... Here's to a Great Day!!

TSOL Stamps: hot4balloons, happy birthday mini
Ink: SU Night of Navy
CS: SU Marina Mist, Real Red, Sahara Sand; Carta Bella "Rough & Tumble"; Cryogen White
Embellishments: DIY Enamel Dots