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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Bright Hello!

Hello! Remember how I said how beautiful it's been here in Kansas this past week?  Well...not so much anymore!  It was 100 yesterday, a far cry from the 70's last week.  After last week yesterday felt suffocating!  I know Fall is coming faster than I'd like now because the countdown has me at less than a week before I start back to work at the school.  Summer has flown by!

For today's card I was still stuck on the Clean & Simple Challenge Sketch for this week.  I am so drawn by the flowing circles!

Jen C Hello Dots 1.2

I started with black cardstock and pulled out several bright embossing powders.  Starting with one color at a time, I stamped the circles with VersaMark from the Whimsy stamp set Happy Hello and then embossed to form my pattern.  I love how the colors pop on the black!

Jen C Hello Dots Closeup 1.4

I stamped a shadow for each circle after I embossed to create a little shadow.  It's very hard to see in the photo but you can make them out if you look hard.  I like the depth that doing that added.  I used the "Hello Word Die" from Whimsy for the sentiment.  I love this die!!  I cut the hello from four different pieces of paper.  One layer is the blue that is peaking out underneath.  Then, I cut two out of red cardstock that I attached to the red glitter paper for added dimension.  

Thank you for stopping by today!

Stamps: Whimsy Happy Hello
Dies: Whimsy Hello Word Die, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats Rectangles
Embossing Powder:  Zing Rouge, Aqua, Apricot, Mustard, Cricket
Paper: PTI True Black, DCWV Glitter

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Wedding Day!

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Today I get to go to a a barn!  I'm so excited!  Here it is July, usually scorching hot and the temps for the wedding tonight are going to be in the lower 80's to mid 70's!  Couldn't have asked for a better evening for a July wedding in Kansas!

Bubble Wedding

This is the card I made for the wedding.  Her main color is aqua/turquoise (according to my husband who is officiating, so we'll see how close he was)!  I couldn't wait to put the little "bubble" stamps to use from the new PTI Make it Market kit.  I found someone who was willing to part with just the little $5 set and dies from the kit!  Win, win!!

Bubble Wedding closeup

I used the Simon Says Stamp "happy" die and cut it out of gold cardstock.  The sentiment is from PTI's Embellished Elegance stamp set.

I am entering this over at the Curtain Call Anything Goes Challenge to celebrate their one year birthday!

And I'm also entering this at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Spots & Dots!

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies not listed above: 
Inks: Avery Elle: Raspberry, Mimosa, Aquamarine, Fresh Ink Harvest, Amuse Mermaid, PTI True Black
Patterned Paper:  Heidi Swapp Favorite Things

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teacher Thanks...A Little Early!

It is so hard to believe that my summer break is almost over!! In less than 2 weeks I go back to work! AHHHH!  I'm not ready yet!!  But I am thankful for my job and I really do enjoy it, so that helps!

With school on my mind, I made a card for my daughter's teacher in anticipation for needing one this coming school year.

Jen School Spirit 7.15.14

I was inspired by a sketch from the Clean & Simple challenge blog.  I used several Whimsy stamp sets that work so well together!  I started with my sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps School Spirit stamp set.  Then, I used various stamps from Whimsy's School Spirit, Smarty Pants & Happy Everything sets. 

    Jen School Spirit Closeup 7.15.14

    My daughter's teacher is a big K-State fan so I went with a purple theme for the card.  That was kind of hard for me being a Jayhawk fan!  The rest of the color scheme was built around the purple.  I find it very difficult for some reason to photograph this particular color of purple, so the colors are a little off in the photo.

    This is the sketch that inspired me from the Clean & Simple Stamping challenge blog.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Whimsy Happy Hello, School Spirit, Smarty Pants
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Rectangles
Ink: Amuse Grape, Lime & Bubblegum, Avery Elle Orchid, Mimosa & Aquamarine
Twine: Purple Shimmer Twinery
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm clear

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Butterfly Love

Hey everyone!  We are a little over halfway done with a busy week of Vacation Bible School!  We are having a great time but boy do I go home tired!  LOL!  I'm out of my routine and feeling it!  I am in charge of the KidVid Cinema for our Weird Animals VBS theme.  It's been a lot of fun seeing all of the kids this week and teaching them about Jesus!

I wanted to stop in and share a card I made way back for the Lil' Inker Designs March release!  I know...March, and can you believe that this isn't the only one I haven't shared with you yet? :)  I think that this was actually the first card I made for that release.

Jen Carter Butterflies Layered 1.1

I love, love the Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Butterflies dies!  For this card I used all FIVE dies included in this set.  The sentiment is from Spring Sentiments and I embossed it in white.

Jen Carter Butterflies Layered Closeup

I started the butterflies by cutting out the largest butterfly from my Echo Park Splendid Sunshine patterned paper pack.  Then, I die cut the three smaller butterflies from the same paper pack.  I used my sewing machine to stitch them together and make a butterfly body.  I left short tails for the butterfly antennas.  I also used the butterfly trail die that is included as well.  Don't you just love how these dies cut the stitching into both sides of the image!  Such a great detail!  

Well, time to get on to my next project for the day!  Hope you have a wonderful day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Exciting News!!

Hello everyone!! I have some fun news to share today!

After this last Whimsy release that I was a Guest Designer for, I was so excited to receive an email from Denise asking me to stay on! Yes! I am joining the Clearly Whimsy Stamps Design Team for the next term!  I'm so excited!  

In celebration, I created a card today using stamps from the latest Whimsy release.

Jen Carter - Smarty Pants

I LOVE the school/teacher sets that were released last week!  I am always looking for good images to use for my kids' teachers!  But I also love how these same sets are perfect for office cards too, for co-workers! I love all of the options included in these sets!  They are packed FULL!

Jen Carter - Smarty Pants closeup

The pencil, sentiment & paper clip are all from the Smarty Pants set and there are little arrows that are hard to see in the photo (next to the eraser) that are from the coordinating set School Spirit.  I used a Wink of Stella glitter pen on top of the paper clip to give it a little sparkle.

I am entering this in the Poppy Sketches #7 challenge which is to use the provided sketch and to use polka dots on your card.  

Thank you so much for stopping by today and letting me share my news with you!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Smarty Pants & School Spirit
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs Off to School
Ink: Avery Elle Mimosa, Sea Glass & Aquamarine, Fresh Ink Tomato Red & Provincial Gray, Palette Charcoal