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Monday, August 3, 2015

Simple Teacher Gift

Hey everyone!  We just returned from a conference in Oklahoma (to find out our AC is out when we walked into a very hot house) and now today I am jumping back into work after a few (and what seem like SHORT) months off.  Hard to believe that school will be starting in a few weeks and now it's time to prepare for the students' return!  With that in mind I felt like this was a great time to share a simple teacher gift idea.

Jen Carter Simple Teacher Pencil Gift 2

This is a simple, inexpensive gift that you could give your child's teacher just to let them know that you care about them and appreciate them.  

Jen Carter Simple Teacher Pencil Gift Closeup

 I cut a tag with a die from Frantic Stamper called Teacher's Apple.  I used several different patterned papers to create the apple, using different pieces for the apple, stem & leaf.  The apple is a nice size for a tag that could be used with tons of different teacher gifts.  I also die cut the "teacher" from the same die set and attached it to the tag.  I added in a few red sequins and a green bow to embellish it.

Jen Carter Simple Teacher Pencil Gift 1

If you are looking for a quick & easy way to dress up a teacher's gift, this is an easy way to do it for sure!

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Paper Sweeties Challenge Guest Designer

Jen Carter Paper Sweetiesn Flower Wreath Closeup 1.2

Hello!  This month I am a Guest Designer for the Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge #34 for August!  I am honored to be playing along with them this month!  

Here is the inspiration photo and color combo that I worked with.  It was such a pretty one!

Jen Carter Paper Sweetiesn Flower Wreath 1.1

For my card, I used the Pretty Posies stamp set & the Pretty Posies die set for this card.  I really like the shapes of the flowers in this set.  They are so whimsical and fun!  To color them, I first stamped & embossed the outlines in white.  Then, I put each die cut directly down on my pigment ink pad and covered them fairly well with ink.  When I took them off, I used an aqua pen to move the wet ink around. The ink becomes a lot like watercolor paint.  I added other colors to my flowers by dipping the aqua brush directly onto the ink pad and then coloring on to my flowers.

Jen Carter Paper Sweetiesn Flower Wreath Closeup 1.1

After I finished coloring them, I assembled them into a wreath shape, popping some up with dimensionals and then adding in a few clear sequins and some pink twine.  The sentiment is a free one from the Paper Sweeties blog that you can download here

I hope you have a chance to play along this month with the Paper Sweeties #34 Challenge!  Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ombre Thanks

I am back today with a card I made using products from the last few Lil' Inker Designs releases. 

Jen Carter Ombre Quilted Flower Front 1.1 wm

Laura and I laughed about our cards because we both had similar ideas using the new Ombre Stripes Papers.  Neither one of us had seen the others card when we created these!  (By the way, do you have the Ombre Paper Pads yet? Oh my!! They are SO. FUN!!  I totally recommend them!)  Anyway, for this card I used several of the papers and cut them into strips.  Then I adhered them onto a white cardstock mat and attached it an an angle to my card base.

Jen Carter Ombre Quilted Flower Closeup 1.1

For my tag, I die cut one of the Anytime Tags 2 in vellum.  I love how you can see the stitching on the vellum and also how the vellum fits in so well with the softness of the ombre paper at the bottom.  I die cut the Quilted Flower Die out of black cardstock & also out of black foam for the dimension & stacked them on top of each other.  The "Thanks" sentiment is embossed with Zing! Aqua embossing powder and is from the Pineapple Panache stamp set.  I wrapped some gorgeous Garn & Mehr Emerald twine through the hole in the top of the tag & added some rainstones to the card to finish it off.

Jen Carter Ombre Quilted Flower 1.1 wm

Thank you for stopping by!

Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Quilted Flower DieAnytime Tags 2
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs: Pineapple Panache stamp set
Patterned Paper: Lil' Inker Designs Ombre Stripes Papers
Other: Garn & Mehr Emerald twine; Zing! Aqua embossing powder

Monday, July 27, 2015

Enjoy the Sweeter Things in Life

Well, it's hard for me to type this, but this is my last. week. of. summer. break.  WHAT? HOW did the summer disappear so fast?  I just can't believe it!  Next week it is back to work!  Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but I really wish summer could have been a few weeks longer! :)

With that in mind, I made up a card that feels pretty summery to me.

Jen Carter Fruit Sweeter Side Life

I love the new Citrus Slices Dies by Frantic Stamper.  I knew I wanted to use them to make a colorful card.  I die cut each slice using two different colors of paper.  First, I die cut the slice with white textured cardstock and then I die cut each slice with the inside patterned paper. I also wanted the rind to show for each fruit slice, so I used a circle die to create the solid colored cardstock for each slice that I layered all of the other die cuts on top of (I cut the green circle in 1/2). 

Jen Carter Fruit Sweeter Side Life Closeup

I attached all of the colorful slices on to a small card mat, stamped my sentiment, added a few bright sequins and then attached the entire piece to my card panel that I popped up with dimensionals.  

Thank you for visiting!

Supplies not listed above:
Patterned Paper: Pebbles Fun in the Sun, Echo Park Capture Life, American Craft
Stamps: PTI Still Life Summer
Sequins: Cartwrights Cobalt Blue 
Ink: Avery Elle Sapphire, VersaFine Black Onyx

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs July Wrap Up Post

Welcome back to day 3 of the Lil' Inker Designs release!  If you are following along in the blog hop you should have come from Laura William's blog There are three $15 gift certificates to the LID store up for grabs, so the more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning!   

Jen Carter Snailed It Hello 1.7 wm

This card & envelope uses another fun new grouping of products!  The card was super simple. I started with the brown wood paper and used the cool new Cover Up Die: Stitched Woodgrain on it.  It added such a neat texture and design to the wood printed paper!  I took a couple pieces of patterned paper and adhered them all together.

Jen Carter Snailed It Hello Closeup 1.3

I die cut the snail from the Snailed It Dies (even the NAME is cute!!) & then stamped the adorable snail from the coordinating Snailed It Stamp Set so that it looked like he was sliding down the hill.  In this photo you can also see the Cover Up Die: Stitched Woodgrain in closer detail.  Do you spy the heart in the center of the woodgrain? :)

Jen Carter Snailed It Envelope Inside 1.1

I'm not sure if you noticed the inside of my envelope on my first photo.  I thought this was a fun card to dress up the envelope and pull out the Stitched Envelope Liner Die!  It fits the Premium White Lil' Inker A2 envelopes perfectly! 

Jen Carter Snailed It Envelope Inside Closeup

I have to admit loving how this turned out!  What a fun surprise to open the envelope and find this on the inside!  And that stitching detail adds such a great touch!  I have people ask me who aren't stampers if I stitched those lines with my sewing machine! 

Jen Carter Snailed It Hello Envelope 1.1

And this is the other side of my envelope.  I thought it would be fun to dress it up a bit too! You can see quite a few of the stamps included in the Snailed It Stamp Set too!  Lots of fun possibilities!

That's all I have today.  Thank you so much for visiting this week!  Don't forget to leave a comment to win.  The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning!  All of the Lil' Inker products that I've used are linked below & available at the Lil' Inker Designs store now!  Your next stop on the hop is over to the Lisa Henke's blog.

Thanks for stopping in today!

Stamps: Snailed It
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Snailed It, Stitched Envelope Liner, Cover Up Die: Stitched Woodgrain
Inks: Avery Elle Fizz, Mimosa, Mermaid; Fresh Ink Tomato Red, Island; Amuse Sage; PTI Ocean Tides
Pattern Paper:  Simple Stories Summer Vibes
Other: Lil' Inker Premium A2 Envelopes