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Thursday, October 23, 2014


Hey everyone!! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!  They always fly by don't they?

Jen Carter Thanks a Million Basic Backgrounds Side 1.2

For today's card I used Whimsy Stamps Clearly Simple Basic Backgrounds & Borders to create the background stripes that I embossed in silver.  I die cut the Thanks Large Word die from gold cardstock.  The diamond was die cut from the newly released Thanks a Million die set that coordinates with the Thanks a Million stamp set that I used to stamp the sentiment.  

Jen Carter Thanks a Million Basic Backgrounds Closeup 1.3

After I die cut the diamond I embossed the image in silver and then sprinkled glitter on top of the entire image to make it shine.

Today's card is based on two challenges.  The first was a fun sketch challenge called Wanna Sketch.

The second challenge was from The Paper Players #218 and the challenge was to make a clean & simple card and to use silver or gold somewhere on your card.  I ended up using both. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies not listed above:
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats Rounded Rectangles
Cardstock: PTI Aqua Mist, MFT Nightshift Blue
Sequins:  4mm Silver Cartwrights Sequins
Embossing Pwd: Tsukineko Silver
Glitter: Stampendous Crystal Glitter

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Hidden Message Bag Clip & Gift

Hey!! I have a project to share today that I made eons ago and have never shared.  It really isn't the time of year for butterflies, but with Christmas coming up, I thought that this would make a fun gift idea for a little girl in your life.  Clear back when Lil' Inker released the Stitched Butterflies dies this was the first project I made with them.  I had always planned on taking a picture of my daughter wearing them, but never got to it, so therefore, no post.  :)  I still don't have a picture with her wearing them, but that's OK!

Jen Carter Butterfly Clip Message

I first decorated my bag by stamping on it with the Spot on Spring Stamps and I also used the flower from the Spring Sentiments stamps.  The images stamped so well on the bag!  My butterfly clip also doubles as a tag/card. 

Jen Carter LID Butterfly Clip

I cut two of the largest butterflies from felt and the butterfly the next size down in fabric & stiffening fabric.  I took one of the felt pieces and used an exacto knife to cut two small slits that a small piece of cardstock could slide in and out of.  I then took the fabric butterfly (that I had fused some stiffening fabric to) and stitched it to the top piece of felt in the middle (be sure to do this before you sew the two largest felt butterflies together or you won't be able to slide your message in and out).  Next, I took the other piece of felt and lined them up and stitched them together using my sewing machine.  This allowed the small piece of paper to easily slide in and out to reveal the hidden message!  I also sewed a small clip to the back of the butterfly so it could clip onto the bag and then could also be used to clip on to something else after the gift was given.  The sentiment was stamped from the Sentiment Flags Additions stamp set. 

Jen Carter Butterfly Barrettes

I did the same process for the butterfly barrettes (minus cutting the slits since I didn't need them for a message).  I also stitched a small button to the middles.  I cut a piece of corrugated cardboard with the Stitched Mats: Rectangles and cut little slots in it to put the barrettes through.  

This really didn't take much time and was pretty easy to put together!

I hope you enjoyed this project!  Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Making the Most of the Negative

Happy Monday!  I have another fall card to share today.  This one uses what would be considered the "negative" pieces from the die cut and a fun fall color theme.

Chevron Congrats red

I started with a kraft card base and layered a polka dotted patterned paper with dimensionals on top of it.  Then, I layered a piece of vellum on top of that.  I used the Frantic Stamper Ombre Card Panel Die to cut the chevrons out of 4 different pieces of patterned paper (I only used a small section of each paper and didn't cut out the full dies worth to save paper).  I also cut one full piece of cardstock with the die and used it as my guide for where I would place the chevron pieces.  When picking patterns to use together, I often find that if you use papers from the same paper pad, they will most likely work well together.  The guess work has already been done for you!

I laid my full cardstock card panel die cut on top of the vellum but didn't adhere it because I would be removing it after all of the chevron pieces were adhered.  This is the piece acting as a guide or stencil.  I put adhesive on the back of the chevron piece and then placed each piece where I wanted it.  When each chevron had been placed, I removed my guide and set it aside for a later project.  

Chevron Congrats red Closeup

Next, I layered another piece of vellum over the bottom portion of the chevron card.  I folded the vellum around to the backside of my card panel so that I wouldn't have to worry about the adhesive showing through.  I die cut the "Congrats" from the Accolades die set in a coordinating piece of paper (I used the same pattern as the top 2 rows of chevron to tie it all together).  I also die cut the congrats in 2 pieces of a coordinating cardstock and adhered them all together to add dimension and contrast.  I love how you can see the coral peeking out from underneath the sentiment.  

Chevron Congrats red Side

I die cut two butterflies from the Petite Butterflies die set, adhered them together and added a sequin in the middle and adhered it to my card.

I'm entering this card in the Color Throwdown Challenge #314.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Supplies not listed above;
Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm
Sequin: Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Berry Sorbet

Friday, October 17, 2014

So Grateful for You

Hey everyone! I was in a Fall mood when I created the card I am going to share today.  It certainly feels like Fall as I'm writing this post.  It's breezy, a little chilly and has been rainy today.  Perfect Fall weather!

So Grateful Acorn Bauble Side 1.1

The first thing I created was the acorn.  I used a Teardrop Christmas Bauble die from Frantic Stamper to create it.  When I was playing with it I all of a sudden saw an acorn!  I first impressed the Woodgrain Card Panel die into the dark brown cardstock to make the texture for the acorn.  Then, I used the Bauble die to cut the "acorn" out.  Next, I cut the Bauble again with the patterned paper and then trimmed off the top part with scissors to create the cap.  I also trimmed off the top hanger part of the die with scissors as well.  When I was finished I was so happy with the acorn shape!  I tied a little linen thread around the top to make a bow and added a sequin.

So Grateful Acorn Bauble Closeup 1.1

The background was cut using the Woodgrain Panel die again.  Doesn't it look so different both cut and impressed (into the acorn)?  Love that you can get both looks from one die!  The sentiment was computer generated.

I was inspired by several challenges when I made this card!

First was the Cutting Edge Challenge #12 using Amy's card for inspiration.  

Next, was the Simon Says Challenge Monday Challenge Letter "O" challenge.  I used "O" for Orange & October!

And last, I used the colors from the Paper Players #217 Challenge with some neutrals thrown in.

The dies I used on this card are:

Thanks for visiting! Have a happy Fall day!

Other Supplies not listed above:
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs True Friend
Sentiment: Computer Generated (cursif font)
Thread: Londonderry Linen Beige
Sequins: 4mm Coffee Metallic Cartwrights

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Festive Wednesday

When I saw the inspiration photo for the Festive Friday challenge #42, I knew I wanted to play along. It is so beautiful!  I loved how the photo had just small touches of red & green in it on the mostly white chairs (I chose to work with cream) with a red background.

Jen Triangle Card Merry Christmas WM

I started with the background which I created using a new die from Frantic Stamper called Triangle Card Panel.  After I cut out the panel I adhered scotch tape to the back side to keep all of the little triangles in place since I wanted to selectively choose which triangles to replace.  I then popped out the triangles I wanted to replace and since the scotch tape was already in place all I had to do was pop the new green, red & gold pieces back in.  

Jen Triangle Card Merry Christmas Closeup WM

I cut out the beautiful Script Merry Christmas  in gold glitter paper and also in chipboard and glued them together to create more dimension.  I then adhered it on top of the panel.  

Jen Triangle Card Merry Christmas Side WM

I tied a little gold silk ribbon to the card to finish it off and to tie all of the golds together.

Here's the inspiration photo that we were to use.