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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #407

Happy Mother's Day!  Welcome to the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #407!  This week the challenge is to use a mom theme 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 Poppy Stamps.

Jen Carter Super Mom Front

For this card I started by making the background panels with different patterned papers.  I then put a piece of vellum on top of them to soften them up a bit.  I die cut the Simply Super Shield die from Frantic Stamper.  I also die cut the burst image from the Superhero Outlines Dies in gray patterned paper and then stamped Super Mom using the Super Sayings stamp set and the Superheroes Stamp set.

The theme this week is "For Mom".  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 #407!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Frantic Stamper's latest release has a "life moments" release which includes dies & stamps with happy birthday, celebrations, party & get well themes.

Jen Carter Grid Modern Cheers 1

My favorite die from this new release is this Modern Cheers die.  It is one that I asked for and Kathy was able to make it work.  I LOVE the font!  This card was so simple to put together.  I first stamped that grid on the background.  That is from a new series of red rubber background stamps from Frantic stamper called Small Grid.  I then used the Modern Cheers die and die cut out the cheers and then pieced in the different colors of letters.  I love how it looks!  Lastly, I added the strips of colored cardstock to match.

Thanks for joining me today!

Monday, May 8, 2017

To a Special Woman

Last week I shared sneak peeks of some cards I had over on the Lil' Inker Designs blog for Flashback Friday.  Today I wanted to share the full cards with you.

To celebrate, our flashback items featured will also be ON SALE for a limited time! 

These three cards feature Doodled Daisies StampsDoodled Daisies DiesVintage Label Sentiment StampsVintage Label Die & the Mom Word Die.  

First up is this card with a focus on mom since Mother's Day is right around the corner.  I created my background by using several of the stamps in the Doodled Daisies stamp set.  The style of the flowers are very on trend with all of the adult coloring books that you see everywhere!  I then die cut a white label with the Vintage Label Die and stamped the sentiment from the Vintage Label Sentiment stamp set.  I watercolored some paper with Zig Real Brush markers and then used the Mom Word Die to cut the large Mom focal point.  

Tip: Because "mom" was going to hang over the edge of the label, I die cut some thicker watercolor paper with the Mom Word Die and attached them together to provide support.

For this second card, I used the same Doodled Daisies Stamps as I did in the first card but with a totally different look.  I created a pattern using the daisies and as I finished each flower I embossed them in white.  This helped me to see where to stamp next.  After that was completely done, I used some cheap watercolor cake paints to color in the images.  Next, I die cut the label from vellum with the Vintage Label Die and embossed the images and sentiment onto it.  I added some flowers in the corners, die cut with the coordinating Doodled Daisies Dies.

For my last card I wanted to try something a little different with these sets.  I started by placing my Doodled Daisies Dies on my card front that I had die cut a border using the Dual Dotted Rectangles Dies.  I then ran them through the die cut machine.  Next, I took some watercolor paper and placed it under the die cut cardfront panel so that I could line up my stamps and stamp them through the windows I had created.  I used my Misti to be sure I got them exactly where I wanted them. When that was done, I pulled out my Zig Real Brush markers and colored my images.  When I was done, I popped the cardfront panel up with foam tape and added the sentiments that I had embossed in white from the Vintage Label Sentiment stamp set.

In this photo you can see the dimension a little better.

Here are the featured products used in this post today which are also ON SALE 15% off through May 12th, EST! No code is necessary. Just add these items to your cart and save!


I hope that you've enjoyed these cards and that they inspire you to create your own Spring & Mother's Day cards!  If you'd like to purchase these sets (on sale!) or any other Lil' Inker Designs' products, be sure to visit the Lil' Inker Designs shop!

Thank you again for joining me!  I hope you have a nice, Springy day!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Flashback Friday with Lil' Inker Designs

Hey everyone!  Today is Flashback Friday on the Lil' Inker Designs blog and I'm sharing 3 cards over there today.  My cards feature Doodled Daisies Stamps, Doodled Daisies Dies, Vintage Label Sentiment Stamps, Vintage Label Die, and the Mom Word Die.  And what is even better is that these products are all on sale for a limited time!  They are perfect for creating cards for moms and for Spring!  Here's a little peak at my cards. Complete cards and details can be found on the Lil' Inker Designs blog.

Jen Carter Doodle Daisies Mom Special Woman closeup

Jen Carter Vintage Doodled Daisies Mother Closeup

Jen Carter Doodle Daisies Vintage Friend Birthday 1 closeup

Shop here: Lil' Inker Designs Store.  See the entire post here.  Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you'll join me!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs Mini May Release + Video Tutorial

Welcome to a special mini release from Lil' Inker Designs!  We are releasing three new stamp sets and 2 new dies that I think you're going to love!  This is a special blog hop too because we have a special group of ladies joining us today!  These wonderful ladies I have had the pleasure of spending several crafty retreat weekends with at a wonderful crafty house (check that out here) and they each received a stamp set as a gift from Laura.  And guess what!?  We are all here to share our creations with you!  

If you are following along with the blog hop you should have come from my seating buddy Lisa Petrella's blog (she's such a kind person and I was so lucky to get to sit next to her at this last retreat!!).  If you are just beginning this hop here, visit Laura's blog for the entire hop order.

And of course there are prizes involved...three in fact!  All you have to do is leave a comment on the blogs in the hop to be eligible to win!

I have three projects and a short video tutorial to share with you today!

Jen Carter You Will Never Regret Being Kind  wm

First up is this great You Will Never Regret Being Kind Stamp.  There are quite a few different ways to use this stamp as you'll see as you visit the ladies' blogs.   The technique I used on this card was shown to me at our last crafty retreat by my sweet friend Cheryl.  You heat emboss the image in white embossing powder and then color over the top with copic markers.  Super simple and FUN and it packs a great punch!  I made the border with the Dual Dotted Rectangles Dies.

Here is a short video (less than 3 minutes) on how to do this easy technique.

And a closer look at the card I made in the video:

Jen Carter Be the Reason Pink

For this card I used the new Be the Reason that Someone Smiles Today stamp and the same Dual Dotted Rectangles Die as in the first card.

One last card...

Jen Carter Angel Pets Bird 1 wm

Sadly, it seems like my Facebook feed is often full of friends saying goodbye to their wonderful pets.  Lil' Inker Designs has come out with a set that is perfect for sending notes to friends & family dealing with a loss of a beloved pet.  For the above card I started by die cutting the new Cover Up Die: Stitched Clouds (I'm so excited about this die!!) to use for the background for my card.  I stamped the clouds and cute bird from the new Angel Pets stamp set and die cut them with the coordinating Angel Pets die set.  I colored them with copics.  I embossed the sentiment on vellum, also from the Angel Pets stamp set.  The large white stitched cloud and rainbow were die cut with the Rainbow & Clouds die set.

You can be eligible to win one of three prizes just by commenting on the blogs in the hop!  All of the Lil' Inker products that I've used (and more!) are available to purchase right now in the Lil' Inker Designs store!  Your next stop on the blog hop is over to another sweet gal who makes me smile, Linda Nomura's blog!

Thank you for joining me today!

**I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for Anything Goes.**

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #405

Welcome to the next Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #405!  This week the challenge is to use the provided color scheme (shown at the end of this post) on your card or project.  Our sponsor this week and the prize is from Frantic Stamper which you see a lot of on my blog.  All of the details, including prize information, can be found on the Cupcakes Inspiration blog.  I hope you'll play along!  

CIC405 Jen Carter 1

For my card today I used several Frantic Stamper dies and a sneak peek of a die releasing Monday, May 1st.  I started by assembling my roses, cut with the Frantic Stamper Scribble Roses die.  I used several colors of cardstock (I didn't have a color that matched the orchid color in this color scheme so I used a few "close-like" matches) to make the roses.  I also used several greens to assemble the leaves and I feel like it gives them more depth.  I adhered all of them on top of the gorgeous Lattice Flower Square Panel that I die cut in a light gray cardstock.  

CIC405 Jen Carter

I wanted to also replicate the little white flowers in the cupcake inspiration photo so I die cut the daisies from the Floral Confetti die and then put a pink sequin in the middle.  That gorgeous brushed thank you is a brand new die, being released on Monday, May 1st and it is called Brush Script Thank You.  (And, hint, hint, there are a few other word dies in this same font being released too!).

Here is the gorgeous challenge color scheme.  You can use the photo for inspiration but you don't have to, as long as you use the provided color scheme. I hope you'll join us this week for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #405!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Enjoy the View!

Hello!  So, last week I showed you a card using Frantic Stamper's new Big Car die facing the front. Today, I want to show you how you can use the same die but make the car look like you're seeing the back of it.

Jen Carter Big Car Back Sunrise Sunset 2

I have to say that I really like how this card turned out.  And I really like playing with this die!  :)

I started by assembling my car using the Big Car die.  This die is so fun!  

Jen Carter Big Car Back Sunrise Sunset Dimension 2

For the scene, I wanted to make it look like the car was looking out over the city.  I die cut the Cityscape die several times in vellum, light gray and a dark gray cardstock and then lined them up behind my window frame.  I then die cut the sunrays with the Sunburst Card Panel die and layered that behind the buildings.  I popped all of that up in front of the star patterned paper.  

Jen Carter Big Car Back Sunrise Sunset Dimension 1

Here you can see the dimension a little bit better.

So that you can compare the front view & back view of the cars, here is the card I shared last week using the same Big Car die.

Jen Carter Big Car Front Sunshine 2

Seriously.  Fun die! :)  

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you get to enjoy a great sunrise or sunset today!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs & CardMaker Blog Hop

Welcome to a blog hop featuring Lil' Inker Designs & CardMaker magazine!  If you are following along in the hop you should have come from Stephanie Gold's blog.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, you can visit CardMaker Magazine's blog.

Jen Carter Hootie Patootie bday 1 wm

For my card today I wanted to feature some of the newer Lil' Inker Designs products.  I started by die cutting the tag from the Silly Stitched Square die set.  I die cut the owl from the Hootie Patootie die set and then stamped it with the coordinating Hootie Patootie stamp set.  I colored the sweet owl in with copics.  The sentiment is also new and is from the Best Blooms stamp set. I love the mixture of fonts in that set!

Jen Carter Hootie Patootie bday 2 wm

The background was die cut with the fun Cover Up Die: Stitched Woodgrain die which is just perfect for using with the adorable owls!


Laura, over at the Lil' Inker Designs blog, is offering up a prize for this hop!  Leave a comment for your chance to win a $35 gift certificate to the Lil' Inker Designs store.

To continue on in this hop, visit Heather Hoffman's blog!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Carpe Diem

I am so excited to share with you today a card that features a new die by Frantic Stamper that I had so much fun with!  I made several cards using this die set and will share the others at a later time.  The genius thing about this die is that you can create a car that faces the front OR a car that faces the rear! 

So...let's get on to the card! 

Jen Carter Big Car Front Sunshine 1

I obviously went with a front facing car.  And I used a lot of color in it!  This is my favorite card from this latest release, although my rear facing card that I'll share at a later date comes in at a close second.  I die cut all of the pieces in the various cardstock colors using the Big Car die and pieced them all together.

Tip:  You can use the tires of the car as seats too!

Jen Carter Big Car Front Sunshine Closeup

I love racing stripes on cars and so I wanted to incorporate them into the design as well.  I cut strips of white cardstock, placed them where I wanted them on the die and then die cut.  Then, I pieced them onto the car.  I realize my one strip is slightly off, but it's close! :)

Jen Carter Big Car Front Sunshine 2

I used several other dies to finish this card.  The outside pink frame was die cut with the Elementals #1 die set and is the negative piece left over after die cutting the largest frame.  I made sure to center the die in the middle of my card front when I die cut so that the frame would be even.  I used the Village Roadway die for the road.  The sun is from the Sunburst Card Panel which I tend to use a lot.  I cut the frame off and just used the sun portion for my card.  The "carpe diem" sign that is flying out of the car is from a new clear stamp set called You Did it!
My inspiration for this card was this cute little number!

You Did it! Stamp Set

Thank you for driving by today! :)  Have a great one!