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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hello!  I found a fun sketch on the Sunday Stamps blog that I wanted to create a card with.

Jen Carter Sweet Birthday Wishes

Here I am with a summer fruits card again, LOL!  I stamped the cherries and sentiment on a panel that I die cut with Lil' Inker Designs Dual Dotted Squares die.  I have to admit that I am loving these dotted dies!  They are super fun!  And, for an easy way to remove all of those little dots, check out the video I made here.

This is the sketch I used for my card.

Thank you for visiting today!  I hope you are having a good one!

Stamps: Clearly Whimsy Sweet as Candy Sweet Sentiments, Feeling Fruity
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Dual Dotted Squares
Paper: Heartland Farm American Crafts, PTI Spring Rain, White
Ink: Fresh Ink Red Currant, Avery Elle Celery, Amuse Blueberry, VersaFine Black Onyx
Twine: Twinery Solid Red Maraschino 

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Refreshing Jar of Lemonade

Hey everyone!  The Shabby Tea Room has a cute inspiration photo for their challenge this week and I couldn't resist playing along!

Jen Carter Lemonade Love 2

I love mason jars and I also love cold pink lemonade on a hot sunny day!  For this challenge I pulled out a die from Frantic Stamper called the Milk Bottle & Mason Jar die.  I die cut it with patterned ombre paper that looked like pink lemonade to me.

Jen Carter Lemonade Love Banners 2

To create the banner, I used one the Medieval Banner dies and cut them from patterned paper.  I first stamped a curved line for them to hang from.  I wanted them to have a little dimension also so I used the trick below.

I applied adhesive to the top of the banners and then I put a small piece of dimensional foam at the bottom.  This allowed the banners to have a little lift and it won't be flattened when it is put in the envelope like it would if I had just curled them up a little.  

Jen Carter Lemonade Love Closeup 4

After I die cut the jar with the Dipped Dyed Ombre Paper, I attached a lemon that I had stamped with the Summertime Fruits stamp set from Frantic Stamper and then watercolored it with basic watercolors and an aqua pen.  I cut a tiny slit in the lemon so it could fit inside of the jar like the lemons in the inspiration photo. 

Here's the photo I used for inspiration for my card.

Thank you for stopping by!  I think it's time to go grab a refreshing lemonade!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

ShowCASe Your Style Color Challenge #18

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Welcome to another ShowCASe Your Style Challenge!  This week's challenge is to use the color inspiration photo that has been provided (scroll down to see the photo).  I thought it fit the ombre trend well!

Jen Carter SCYS Color Closeup

Jen Carter SCYS Color

For this card I pulled out the Smarty Pants stamp set to create the pencil, scribble & sentiment.  This is one of my favorite, go to sets from the Clearly Whimsy line!  I then used three stars from the Birthday Balloon stamp set and stamped them on my cardstock in a triangle pattern.  I thought that this photo fit well with the ombre theme so I added a strip of my favorite Striped Ombre Paper to the side.   

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 design team samples by clicking here.  There are prizes up for grabs too, so be sure to check that out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Clearly Whimsy Smarty Pants & Birthday Balloon
Patterned Paper: Lil' Inker Designs Striped Ombre Paper
Cardstock: PTI Spring Rain 
Ink: Fresh Ink Sky Blue & Slate

Friday, June 26, 2015

Masculine Happy Birthday

I saw the cutest inspiration photo for the Cupcakes Inspiration challenge this week and had to play along!  And, it was for a masculine card theme which is always a challenge for me!

Jen Carter Happy Birthday Mustache 2

The inspiration photo had lots of blue & red polka dots & stripes and so I tried to incorporate those elements in various ways in my background.  I used the Spot on Stamps by Lil' Inker Designs to create the polka dots, stamping them on a mat die cut with Stitched Mats: Side Stitched Rectangles dies.  I used the "Happy Birthday to You" circle, also from the Spot On stamp set as my sentiment for this card.  I liked how it was small and didn't interfere with the flow of the card.

Jen Carter Happy Birthday Mustache Closeup 2

The adorable hat & mustache dies are from Frantic Stamper's Fancy Sirs Hats & Mustaches die set.  There are several different styles of hats & mustaches in this series so it was hard to choose which one to go with.  I thought that these two fit the inspiration photo the closest.  I also included one of the frames from the Elementals #7: Coved Labels that I die cut with vellum.  It softened down the background just enough to really make the black hat & mustache pop.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this card!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

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Welcome to the June Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!  When I saw the photo for this month's inspiration, I knew right away I wanted to play along!

Jen Carter PTI June Peaches Thanks Closeup

There are flowers in the inspiration photo, but I thought immediately of the peaches in Betsy's new Make It Market Mini Kit.   I thought that their ripe, juicy color would be perfect for the colors in the photo.  

Aren't those shoes so cute?

Jen Carter PTI June Peaches Thanks

I used the Cover Plate: Stripes Horizontal die to cut the stripes.  It seemed like the perfect backdrop for the peaches.  I added in the "Thanks" die included in the kit and cut three of them to stack on top of each other.  I sprayed the top peach with a little glimmer mist and used a clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen on the peaches in a few key areas but it is hard to see in the photo.  To finish the card off, I added in a few dark gray enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: PTI Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Rustic Cream, Terra Cotta Tile
Ink: PTI Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse; Fresh Ink Coral Melon; Mama Elephant Fern; Avery Elle Papaya
Stamps & Dies: Papertrey Ink (Linked above)