Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pretty Little Studio Awesome Inspiration

Hi and thanks for stopping by! We've gotten a break from the bitter cold and lately it's been very overcast and rainy here in the midwest. Days like this I'm not feeling so motivated to create. No worries! Pretty Little Studio to the rescue! Every Tuesday you'll find a photo inspiration that will get your mojo going! Here's the inspiration for this week! 
So what do you love about the photo? Is it the neutral color scheme? The little wood houses? The intricate snowflakes hanging from twine? Here's what I made inspired by the photo....
I bet you're wondering how this card was inspired by the inspiration photo. I'll be honest with you.. with all the monotone / dark cloudy skies outside my window I just wasn't willing to bring it inside! Instead I took some liberties. Instead I've loaded up lots of color and pulled different elements from the sketch into my design. 
I picked up on the strong window pane lines and started with a background of stripes. Look close and you'll see lots of lines from the Follow Your Path blue striped background paper, Colorful Memories die cut frame, and Dreamy Days journaling card (set inside the frame). The "Totally Awesome" Dreams & Tales Sticker Sentiment defines the window frame. 
No snowflakes for me today thanks! LOL! My snowflakes are a sprinkle of die cut blooms from the Blooming Stories die cut pack. Some are adhered directly to the background, others are adhered with adhesive foam tape for dimension. A few fronds from the Magic Moments pack frame the florals beautifully.
I think these flowers are just as pretty as the intricate snowflakes in the inspiration photo, and the burst of color are sunshine on a cold winter day. 
I hope you see that you can find inspiration in unexpected ways. The nuances of an inspiration photo can effect us each differently and help us create wonderful things.

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Pretty Pink Posh Products
Paper Tales & Dreams, Follow Your Path
Die Cuts | Colorful Memories, Blooming Stories, Magic Moments
Journaling | Dreamy Days
Sticker | Stories and Tales

Monday, January 22, 2018

Poppystamps Valentine Fairies

I'm posting on the Poppystamps Blog today with this cute Valentine card.
We're having a blog blitz.. that means there is a prize on just about every post between Jan 8-30. You have to leave a comment on EACH post that you want to enter.

How'd you like to win the new VALENTINE FAIRIES Stamp Set? Click here to jump to the Poppystamps blog. Leave a comment on the POPPYSTAMPS BLOG by February1 to enter to win!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Poppystamps Valentine Fairies
Dies | Poppystamps Valentine Fairies

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Heffy Doodle Geology Rocks!

Lucky me! I'm the guest designer on the Heffy Doodle Blog today! They've got lots of great stamps to play with and coordinating dies to make creating easy! I hope you'll stop by and say hi! 

Click here to jump to the Heffy Doodle Blog to read more!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps: Heffy Doodle Geology Rocks
Dies | Heffy Doodle Geology Rocks

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tupelo Designs LLC - Hello Winter!

I'm posting today for Tupelo Designs LLC! They're my favorite store AND it's their birthday! Thta means they've got some great deals going on. Until January 31, qualifying orders will receive :

  • One Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool (all orders)

  • One distress mini ink pad and one roll of washi tape (all orders over $10)

  • UP TO 25% off all items in your order (on orders over $20.18) Use Code 2018BDAY25 at checkout.

Also you have a chance to win a Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform. One name is chosen at random every 48 hours from all orders over $50

They even have new CHA items in the store on sale! Click here to jump to the store! 
Tupelo Designs LLC has lots of my favorite brands - Concord & 9th, Waffle Flower, My Favorite Things, Altnew and LOTS more! Today I'm playing with Neat and Tangled from the shop. This stamp is called Hello Winter.
I inked up the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. Next I inked up the panel with Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves. I splattered the panel with water, and some watered down Seedless Preserves.
I die cut the panel with the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die. It adds a pretty detailed stitch along the edges and cuts the panel to the perfect size for mounting on an A2 size card (4.25 x 5.5"). The Hello Winter die cut contains an outline as well as a detailed word die that says "winter". I cut the larger outline / background from the water color panel, and then adhered the more intricate word die over the die cut background. 
Want to go shopping? You won't want to miss the birthday sale! Click here to jump to the store!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Neat and Tangled Hello Winter
Dies | Neat and Tangled Hello Winter, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fusion Card Challenge - Coffee and a Book

Are you keeping warm? Just looking out the window gives me a shiver lately! Winter is my favorite time for crafting. 

Maybe you're looking for a challenge to play? Check out the newest challenge that starts today at Fusion Card Challenge

The inspiraiton photo is all warm and cozy isn't it? Getting comfortable in your favorite chair with a warm blanket, a good book and your favorite cuppa!

Not loving the photo? That's ok.. just work off the sketch.

I tried to FUSE them together this time - using inspiration from the photo and following the layout of the sketch.
I created a warm background of browns (I know unusual for me). The pattern of the Drop Cover Panel gives the look of a knit blanket.
I used the Reverse Confetti Caffeinated Cups as my focal point. The Thanks Tag makes a nice solid matt for the cup, sentiment and Wreath die cut. I added a Hang Ups and a little heart from XOXO Hearts to cover the hole.
Now it's your turn! Still not feeling inspired? Check out designs from the rest of the team here on the Fusion Card Challenge Blog! They're sure to get your creativity flowing!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Reverse Confetti For The Love of Latte, Caffeinated Cups
Dies | Caffeinated Cups, Wreath, Drop Cover Panel, Thanks Tag, Hang Ups, XOXO Hearts, Tag Me