Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spooky Cat Tiddly Inks Challenge

Hi, everyone! We are back today with a new challenge over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog. This time, the design team and I want to inspire you to make a Halloween-inspired project that incorporates the color black or a cat image.  Here's my take on the challenge using Cat Love Fever.

Starting with a burgundy card base, I layered two orange word bubble die cuts at the top. The cats are colored with Copics... two are supposed to be a warmer shade of black. I stepped out of my comfort zone and "stretched" my markers on the larger cat.  What do you think of that color combo?

I added a strip of glitter washi tape to ground the larger image and popped up the cats on the card front with dimensionals. A white heat-embossed sentiment really pops on the dark cardstock.

Here's a close-up:

So what are you waiting for? We look forward to seeing how you're inspired by this challenge. Don't forget to link up your project and share it on the Tiddly Inks Facebook page.

Challenges Entered:

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fabby Friday: Tooth the Fairy

Hi, everyone!!! Today is a great day because it's Fabby Friday over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog and it also means that the weekend is finally here! I have a special card and story to share with you all today...

This is a card I've been wanting to do for a while now, ever since I learned I was selected for the design team.  However, I didn't expect to have to make it at a moment's notice.

It all started with my 7-year-old daughter loosing two teeth within the same week. We had just arrived home in the evening after a long day at gymnastics and Girl Scouts. My daughter was showing us one of her new gymnastic moves on the living room floor when all of a sudden our six-month-old puppy, Riley, knocked into her chin... and out popped her very first top front tooth. It was only a tad loose, so my daughter was extremely upset - claiming between sobs that it was a "special tooth" and that it "just wasn't ready" to come out yet. Let's just say, this went on for a very long time.

The only way I could get her to calm down enough to go to sleep was to suggest that we write a little note to the tooth fairy. She really wanted to keep this "special" tooth.

So here is our note...

Our tooth fairy enjoys raiding my craft room in the wee hours of the night so "Tooth" as we call her (from the movie, Rise of the Guardians) went straight to work, crafting a note back to my daughter.

Here is the inside of the card, with a little baggie holding her "very special tooth".

As you can imagine, the note was a big hit with my daughter who found it next to her bed in the morning. Tooth, on the other hand, was quite exhausted from staying up WAY TOO LATE... but it was all worth it in the end.

Thanks for stopping by:


Stamp: Willow the Tooth Fairy (Tiddly Inks)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride (SU)
Dies: Stitched Rectangle Mats (Lil' Inker Designs), Partial Cut Flowers (SSS)
Other: Small Ziplock Bag

Friday, October 17, 2014

Champion of Caring

Hi, everyone! Today, I have a fun card to share for a celebratory occasion at my husband's work. I was asked to make this card for a physician who was being honored with a special award.

My task was to create an ivory Congratulations card that incorporated the words, "Champion of Caring" with balloons, banners, and a personalized message on the inside that would look nice on display. I printed "Champion of Caring" several times on cardstock using my computer and then die cut them with the coordinating dies that came with my balloons2cut stamp and die set from The Stamps of Life. The royal stand-up card was perfect for the card base and super simple to pull together.

I stamped Congrats on the banner flags and popped it up with dimensionals. The balloons are cut and layered in coordinating cardstock from one of my collections and tied with purple twine. An extra balloon with twine that wraps around the back side of the card offsets the personalized message.

This was a fun card to make and I just love the way it turned out!! I hope you like it too! Thanks for stopping by!!

Challenges Entered:

UPDATE 24-OCT-2014: I made the Top 5 in the Shaped Card challenge!! Keeping fingers crossed on the others…still waiting for them to close.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Challenge to Use Non-Traditional Colors

Hi, everyone! Today marks a new challenge over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog! We want to see your halloween cards and projects using non-traditional colors so that means no black and orange!!

Here is my take on this week's theme using My Batty Hero along with the balloon digital stamp from Flying High Anna Belle. Let's just say this little guy is all decked out in his halloween costume and ready to go because trick-or-treating is the "best day ever"!

To create the background, I blended on distress inks and then stamped a bat image across the page using this easy tutorial by Jennifer McGuire. I colored the image with Copics and popped him up with dimensionals. A yellow twine bow and some glossy accents finish off the card.

I have to be honest with you -- I really struggled with this one! I just couldn't get myself into the mindset for creating a Halloween card and to not use black or orange, oh my!! I'm pretty sure this is due to my focus being on creating invitations and goody bags for a certain seven-year-old's Frozen-themed birthday party this past weekend.

But I am really happy with this card and I can totally see myself giving it to a little boy on his birthday. Isn't it nice when cards have a dual purpose???

So now it's your turn to link up your creations using non-traditional halloween colors. I hope you can join us in this challenge and also share your projects over on our Facebook page. And if you need more inspiration, don't forget to checkout the awesome work by the rest of the design team! We had fun with this one!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges Entered:

Kit and Clowder October Challenge: Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic Challenge #9: Suitable for a Child
MarkerPop Challenge #54: Halloween




Inks: Chocolate (ColorBox); Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Pine Needles (TH Distress Inks)
Stamps: My Batty Hero & Flying High Anna Belle (Tiddly Inks); Remember This (Verve)Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallics); Early Espresso (SU)
Other: Glossy Accents, Twine - Bumblebee, Foam Tape 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fabby Friday Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone!! It's Fabby Friday over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog. I hope the design team samples inspire you to get crafty this weekend.

Today, I am sharing a card that I made using the Tiddly Inks clear stamp set that was included in an early September edition of Quick Cards Magazine. This adorable little girl - Wren in the Fall - is such a versatile image. Instead of using traditional Christmas colors, I used bright pinks and blues to go with the fun butterfly background on this birthday card.

The card base was super simple to create using the Framelits Royal Stand-Ups Die from The Stamps of Life. This set includes 22 dies to create various coordinating layers and even several word dies.

I also tried out my new Wink of Stella glitter pen in clear - wowza - why didn't I get one of these pens before now? I love it!! Can you see the sparkles on her scarf in the above photo? You can also see the faux enamel dots on her jacket. I learned this little trick from Laura Fadora. For my card, I dabbed on little dots of Ranger enamel accents in white and then colored them with my Copics once they were dry.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!!

Challenges Entered:

MarkerPop Challenge #53 - Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts October Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge - Using 3 in a Row (Stamp, Bling, Die Cut) + Ribbon & Sparkle


Stamps: Wryn in the Fall (Tiddly Inks); Borderline (Verve)
Dies: Stitched Scallop Border (Lil' Inker Designs); Royal Standup Framelits (The Stamps of Life)
Other: Ribbon (RRR); Enamel Accents; Wink of Stella Pen in Clear; Rhinestones

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Frozen Birthday Wishes

Hi, everyone! If you've seen the Disney movie, Frozen, or have children that are in love with Elsa or Anna, I hope you will appreciate the invitations I have to share with you today. My daughter turned seven yesterday and this year, she just had to have a Frozen birthday party.

I found an awesome tutorial online for these invitations. I heat embossed various sized snowflakes in clear on Cryogen White cardstock before inking it up with distress inks. Then I filled in with a few more snowflakes that were stamped in second generation ink. I used 2-inch cupcake toppers that I downloaded for $1.60 from Etsy for the image itself, threaded it with satin ribbon and popped it up with dimensionals.

I also used my Wink of Stella pen in clear to add shimmer to Elsa's dress.

Since we had multiple cupcake toppers to choose from in the one PDF file, I decided to create a variety of invitations using the same technique with different distress inks.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Invitation 1:
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallics)
Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans
Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy (SU)
Other: Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear, SU Dimensionals, Satin Ribbon, Wink of Stella Pen in Clear, 2-inch Cupcake Toppers

Invitations 2 & 3:
Same as above, but substituted as follows:
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender, Salty Ocean
Ink: Versamark, Perfect Plum (SU)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Let the Birthday Festivities Begin!!

Hi, everyone!!  Today, let the birthday festivities begin!  Our oldest turned seven today and I am actively trying to get everything ready for her birthday party this weekend. Last night, I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning making her birthday card to go along with this week's Frozen theme.

I guess you can say I've started a tradition of sending handmade cards to school in her lunch box on occasion so the little tag you see above will be included in her bento lunch box with an assortment of mini marshmallows (snowman poop) and blue M&M's (elf poop - since our Birthday Elf on the Shelf remembered to fly in last night for today's celebration).

In less than an hour, her dad and I will be joining her for lunch at school -- and be the bearer of cupcakes to her classmates. Can't wait to be there, but long story short… I ordered the Frozen cupcakes late yesterday afternoon for pickup this morning and then had to call the store at 9:00 a.m. this morning to see if they could squeeze in one extra chocolate cupcake -- who knew there would be such a revolt against vanilla cupcakes at our house before going to bed last night!!  Fortunately, they had not baked the cupcakes yet and I was able to switch the entire order to chocolate! I owe the glorious baking angels at our local Farm Fresh Supermarket big time.  One day, I hope my daughter will truly appreciate what we parents do for our kids.

This is just the beginning of the week's birthday festivities. Please stay tuned because tomorrow, you'll get to see her party invitations!

Thanks for stopping by!


The Stamps of Life - snowman2build stamp set and dies, royal stand-up card dies, royal framelits, happy birthday word die, triplets tag dies

Stampin' Up - night of navy, coastal cabana, bermuda bay, and whisper white card stock; night of navy, coastal cabana, melon mambo and tangerine tango inks; epic alphabet photopolymer stamp set

Other - snowflakes embossing folder (Cuttlebug), polka dot ribbon from the dollar bin, wink of stella glitter pen in clear

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Coming Soon! Welcome Baby Brennan

Hi, everyone! Today, Christy and the Tiddly Inks design team have a wonderful surprise to share with you! We are having a not-so-secret [now] blog hop aka digital baby shower for our fellow Tiddly Inker, Melissa, because Baby Brennan is due any day now!

Melissa has been on the Tiddly Inks team since close to the beginning and although she has had to take some time off to deliver Brennan, we want her to know she is missed and that we are excited Brennan will be here soon. Please join us in celebrating this happy occasion by hopping along... or even better, by linking your own card to say hi to Melissa.

My card is show below but if you want to see more delightful cards, all the details for the blog hop can be found on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog and there is a LINKY tool for you to add your card there as well. We kept this blog hop simple... all the links will open in a new window from Christy's blog.

You definitely want to join in on the fun and festivities because there will be one prize drawn for a random commenter on the main page and another winner selected from all of the cards that are linked up. So, what are you waiting for??? Let's hop to it!!

Here is my card for Melissa and Baby Brennan using Little Bear. He's absolutely adorable, but I'm sure Baby Brennan will steal our hearts as soon as he makes his debut!!

I paper pieced his bear-y cute outfit with coordinating cardstock and colored his skin and the flowers with Copics. I inked everything with Vintage Photo distress ink and stamped the sentiment onto a tag. To finish it off, I added diamond Stickles to the center of each flower. Hopefully, you can see the sparkles in this close-up:

So... I hope you enjoy hopping along with us today... and don't forget to leave a comment on the main page for your chance to win an awesome prize!! We also encourage you to join us in this baby shower for Melissa -- so LINK UP your cards too for another chance to win!!!

And for Melissa... I hope these last few days fly by for you. We can't wait to hear the good news that Baby Brennan has arrived! Lots of design team love and good wishes are coming your way!!




Stamps: Little Bear (Tiddly Inks), To the Moon (Verve)
Dies: Label Stacklets 3 (Taylored Expressions), Phrases (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz Distress), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)
Cardstock: DCWV Baby Boy Stack, Cryogen White (Curious Metallics)
EF: Honeycomb (Stampin' Up)
Other: Dimensionals (Stampin' Up), Glue Dots, Diamond Stickles (Ranger)

Merry and Bright on New Release Day

Hi, everyone!!  Today, I have another great image to share with you from Tiddly Inks - it's new release day and the design team is getting very merry with these awesome new additions in the store.

I decided to do something a little different this time. I only colored part of Christmas Cutie - Emma and then turned her little sack into a shaker card with red and green sequins. I also used a white paint pen on the fur trim and then added a layer of diamond stickles. Very sparkly to go with the sequins against the kraft cardstock.

I'm proud of myself for making my first Christmas card of the season! Go on over to the store and checkout the new images for yourself -- you might decide to get cracking on your holiday cards too!

Have a merry good day!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Challenges Entered:

MarkerPop Challenge #53 - Anything Goes
Tis the Season Challenge #26 - Traditional Christmas
QKR Stampede Challenge #107 - Anything Goes
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
We Do Doobadoo Challenge #16 - Christmas
Natalie & Amy's Challenge #25 - Colouring on Kraft