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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #387

Welcome to the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #387!  This week the challenge is to use a snow globe on your card.  All of the details, including prize information, can be found on the Cupcakes Inspiration blog.  I hope you'll be able to play along!  This week our sponsor is Louby Loo.

CIC387 Jen Carter Snow Globe

For my card I used the cute Snowglobe digital image.  I colored the inside with a light aqua copic and then used a Kirarina Wink pen to add the white snowflakes.  I added a car with tree image from Lil' Inker Designs Rustic Christmas stamp/die set and also embossed the sentiment from that set as well.  I made this into a square card using a stitched square die.

The theme this week is "Snow Globe".  You can choose to use the cupcake graphic for inspiration if you'd like but you don't have to, as long as your card or project fits the theme.

I hope you'll join us this week for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #387!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


My mom's word of the year (every year) is "believe".  It means something special to her (and to me). I'll share a little more about that later.  But every time I get something that says "believe" in my papercrafting supplies I get excited.  And the new Brush Script Word Dies from Lil' Inker Design really got their work out when I started playing with them because one of the words in that set is believe.

Jen Carter Believe Brush Script Shaker 3

For this card I first stamped my gray background with snowflakes from the Rustic Christmas Stamps (which I think I've mentioned a few times that I really, really like this set!) and then embossed them with white embossing powder.  I cut out a little window from the bottom of the panel and then used the Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangle dies to make a frame.

Jen Carter Believe Brush Script Shaker Closeup

I put lots of colorful glitter in the box for my shaker and I really like how some of it sticks to the acetate window!  And of course there is that beautiful Believe from the Brush Script Word Dies!  Ahhhhh!  Love that font!  I also added a darling little bow die cut from the paper that my card is matted on using the Mini Bow Die.

Now for the reason why the word believe is so special.  Some of you may have guessed that it is special because of the magic of Christmas.  Well, yes and no.  The magic is not from Santa and the fun times that he brings to Christmas but the "magic" is really from what started at the manger and what was finished on the cross.  What started at the manger?  The birth of our Savior, Jesus.  The reason that the word believe is so special to my mom, and to my family, is that it represents the work that was completed on the cross: the gift of salvation to everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ.   That's it.  Salvation = believing.  And that is why that word means so much to our family. 

I'll leave you with one of the most well known verses in the Bible.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life."  John 3:16

Happy Christmas season to you and your family!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Joy, Joy, Joy

I am fully in the Christmas mode, how about you? 🎄  It still doesn't feel like winter yet and that's just fine with me!  It does SOUND like winter though with the wind howling like crazy outside my window.  But I don't think that the temp in the 50's really calls for a winter "feel".    My card for today is focused on winter though.

Jen Carter Birch Tag Joy 3 wm

I just LOVE this Joy die from Frantic Stamper!  It's probably one of my all time favorite word dies!  For this card I started by building my tag.  I die cut the Tag Builder Set #1 Die out of striped pattern paper and then added some glittery hills in white & gold that I die cut with the Stitched Scene Builders Edgers dies.  I then added some more gold splattered foiled trees (you can see more about that process here) that were die cut with the beautiful Birch Tree Forest die. The top of the gold dotted tag was die cut using the Elementals #7 Coved Labels die.

Jen Carter Birch Tag Joy Closeup wm

Here's a closeup of some of the details on the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have an awesome day!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #386

Welcome to the next Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #386!  This week the challenge is to use the provided color scheme (shown below) on your card or project.  Our sponsor this week and the prize is from Kitty Bee Designs.  All of the details, including prize information, can be found on the Cupcakes Inspiration blog.  I hope you'll play along! 

CIC386 Jen Carter Owl

For my card I used the adorable Kawaii Good Night Owl Digital Stamp.  I love owls so I thought this image was so cute!  I colored the image with copics and cut the circle out of my mint & mousse patterned paper with a dual Stitched Circle Die to make a window for a shaker.  I die cut a banner and stamped the Sweet Baby Sentiment onto with a gray/steel ink.

CIC386 Jen Carter Owl Front

For the confetti I wanted to use stars but didn't have any precut so I used a couple of dies from Lil' Inker to create the confetti, Starry Sky Die & Cloudy Sky Die, that I die cut out of glitter paper.

I hope you'll join us this week for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #386!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Lil' Inker Black Friday Sale Ends Tonight!

Don't forget about this great sale happening now at Lil' Inker Designs

Everything in the Lil' Inker Designs store will be 25% off OR 50% off! 

No code is needed at checkout. Just add the items to your cart and discounts will automatically be applied. They'll even be a 50% off category so that you'll be able to shop those items exclusively!

Some fine print regarding the sale:

The Black Friday Sale is valid on orders placed 11/25/2016 - 11/26/2016, two days only AND in Eastern Standard Time. The sale is not valid on previously placed orders and is valid on in stock merchandise only, no rainchecks. This sale cannot be combined with any other offers or coupon/discount codes and is valid for retail orders only.

Happy shopping!!