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Thursday, January 29, 2015


Hey everyone!  Don't you just love it when you find a photo that just inspires you?  That happened to me this week and I just couldn't get it out of my head.  Yesterday I sat down and used that photo inspiration to create a card.

Jen Carter LID Gold Smooches

First, I was very inspired by the colors.  I picked several hues that I found in the photo of the cake (shown below).  I loved that the pattern on the cake had a similar design to the Cover Up Die: Pieced Chevron by Lil' Inker Designs.  I used the cake as inspiration for the placement of the various colored chevron pieces.  (I have a tip on an easy way to place the chevrons below!)

Here's the inspiration photo I was using: 

Jen Carter LID Gold Smooches Closeup

I used the largest lips from a great set for Valentine's day or any love card called Smooches.  In the inspiration photo there are feathers (LID has a great feather set too: Fancy Feathers) but I wanted to make this a love card so I embossed white lips dipped in gold embossing powder instead.  I also embossed the "xoxo" sentiment (also from the Smooches set) in gold onto vellum. I wrapped the vellum behind the cover plate and then attached it to the card base.  I popped the lips up with dimensionals.

Now for that tip I promised you!

When using the Cover Up Die: Pieced Chevron I am often using several pieces of cardstock and piecing them together in different patterns.  I don't like when the pieces fall out and then I can't match them up like I'd like because I'm not sure exactly where they go.  I found that an easy way to keep the pieces in place so I can easily place them, is as soon as I take the cut piece off my die cutting machine, I take a piece of tape (a low tack tape works best, but any will do) and  run it down the middle of 2 rows of the cut pieces.  I do this 3 times and it covers a portion of each piece. 

This is what my pieces look like when I was done placing them.  I still have 4 of the cover up dies with pieces in place to easily store & use again!  I just tuck them into a plastic sleeve and store with my dies & stamps!  There's much less waste this way!

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes that is featuring Lil' Inker Designs products.  

I'm also entering it in the Pink Elephant Anything Goes challenge.

Thank you for visiting today!  I hope you all have a very wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Valentine's Treat Ideas

Hey everyone!  We are moving into the month of love soon!  Are your kids pestering you about what kind of treats to pass out at school this year?  I have a fun idea to share today!

Jen Carter Frantic Stamper Color World Valentine Front

I have had this world die in my stash for a few months now, itching to use it!  I decided now was the time and I wanted to use it in an out-of-the-box way so I'm using it on a tag for Valentine's Day treats.  

Jen Carter Frantic Stamper Color World Valentine Tag

I started by die cutting the Frantic Stamper Planet Earth die in both a watercolored patterned paper and a pink cardstock.  I wanted the earth to match the sentiment so my paper needed to be a fun colored patterned.  I cut out the double pointed banner that is included in the Diagonal Card Sketcher set of dies and stamped part of my sentiment on it.  I layered this on top of the die cut earth with dimensionals.  The little hearts are die cut from the Elementals #2 Lacy Heart Frames and are the perfect size for adding tiny embellishments to projects!  Here they frame the rest of my sentiment.

Jen Carter Frantic Stamper Color World Valentine Side

The tag is cut with the Elementals #7 Coved Labels die set.  These are intended for labels but as soon as I saw them I thought that they were the perfect shape & size to use as tags!  To make them into a tag, I punched a hole in the top of one side and then added an eyelet as reinforcement for the hole.   I love how well the earth and banner layered on top of the tag! 

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge.  I'm also entering this at the Time Out Challenges blog with a Valentine's theme & an optional use of hearts.

Here's a picture of the dies I used for this project:


Other Supplies Not Listed Above:
Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers Love Notes
Ink: Fresh Ink Slate
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Word Salad
Twine: Hemptique
Bottles: Hobby Lobby

Monday, January 26, 2015

Chevron Ombre Love

Welcome to my blog!  I'm so happy to have you here!  I hope that you had a wonderful weekend!  We had a very windy day yesterday, but I think it'll be worth it because today it is suppose to be 67 degrees!  67!! In Kansas!  In January!  WOW!!  It's so crazy but I will not complain about that! :)

Jen Carter LID Chevron Ombre Love

For my card today, I used the new Cover Up Die: Center Point Chevron for the background.   I was inspired by the photo for the newest The Card Concept Challenge #27.   When I first saw the inspiration photo for this challenge I knew right away I wanted to play along and use one of my all time favorite dies from Lil' Inker Designs!  

I chose 3 colors of pink that I thought closest matched the colors in the inspiration photo and started with the lightest at the top, working down to the darkest at the bottom.  The new LID Hearts Banner Die Set was PERFECT for this challenge and I cut one of each (trimmed to fit) to drape across the top of the card.  I added the cute Doodled Love Word die to the bottom.  I finished the card off with a few gold sequins.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges this week:

I think my card style for this challenge would be Clean & Graphic.

I'm also entering this card in the Simon Says Have a Heart Challenge!


Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by!!  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

ShowCASe Your Style Flying High

It's time for another ShowCASe Your Style Challenge!  This week the theme is based on an inspiration photo that I have shared at the end of the post.

Jen Carter Clearly Whimsy Up Up Away SYSC7

I took inspiration from the photo by using the hot air balloons & clouds and also through the colors in the photo.  I stamped the balloons from the new Clearly Whimsy Up, Up, & Away stamp set and cut them out (there is a coordinating die set available here too).  I stamped the fun little banner onto the largest balloon that is included in the stamp set.  The sentiment is from Up, Up and Away Sentiments.  I also die cut those wonderful clouds using the new Stitched Clouds die set.  I love those swirly clouds!  

I hope you'll play along with us!  We would love to see your creations using stamps from the Clearly Whimsy line, but all products are welcome to be used and no one is disqualified from winning!  The challenge is open for 2 weeks.  You can link up your cards and see the other DT samples by clicking here.  There are prizes up for grabs too, so be sure to check that out too!

Have a great day!  

Other products used:
Patterned Paper: Avery Elle The Everyday Collection, Heidi Swapp September Skies
Cardstock: PTI White, Soft Stone, Melon Berry
Ink:  Amuse Ocean & Papaya; Fresh Ink Coral; Avery Elle Raspberry & Truffle

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Little Robot Love

Hey everyone!  Did you check out the Lil' Inker Designs release last week?  I have another cute robot card that I want to share with you today using the new Robot Builders stamp set!

Jen Carter LID Robots Be My Valentine wm

This card is made using the adorable stamps from Lil' Inker Designs called Robot Builder.  These stamps are so much fun and have so many possibilities.  I first started by die cutting my mat from the Stitched Mats: Side Stitched Rectangles dies and stamped my robots on that piece.   I thought it would be fun if the girl & boy robot were holding hands so I spaced everything so that they could do that!    I attached the panel to my card with a little adhesive and the red clothespin.  Lastly, I stamped my sentiment, also from Robot Builder.

If you haven't checked out the latest release from Lil' Inker Designs, you should take a peek!  Lots of cute new stamps & dies available!

Thank you for visiting!  I hope you enjoyed today's card!