Thursday, March 31, 2016


Happy last day of March!  I can't believe it's a day away from April already!  Time flies!  At our Stamping Away event in February we each brought a gift to exchange.  This was mine.

Jen Carter Fresh Cut Florals Gift Tag 5

I used gold polka dotted paper from Hobby Lobby & black and kraft chevron paper from Target. 

Jen Carter Fresh Cut Florals Gift Tag Closeup 1

I die cut both sizes of the Embossed Dots Tags dies and stamped the sentiment from the Bunny Hugger stamp set.  I love the Fresh Cut Flowers stamp set & Fresh Cut Flowers die set and so I die cut and stamped several of the images & added them to the tag.  Quick & easy way to decorate up a gift tag!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring Birthday

Hey everyone!  Even though it snowed here yesterday, we were outside later in the afternoon without coats and having an Easter egg hunt!  Crazy!  But it sure puts me in the Spring mood and Spring means flowers.  I don't have a green thumb but I really appreciate what everyone else is able to do with their green thumbs!

Jen Carter Potted Flower Birthday Front

This was a fun card to put together and I used quite a few Frantic Stamper dies in the end.  The main die is a recently released die called Wooden Potting Bench.  The pots & leaves are also from that set.

Jen Carter Potted Flower Birthday Closeup 2

I die cut the Watering Can out of silver paper and then distressed it with a sanding block to make it more realistic.  I used the small lilac flowers & leaves from the Mix N Match Lilac die set to put in the watering can.  The butterfly is from the Petite Butterflies die set.  I watercolored all of the images with Zig Real Brush Pens (except for the bench & watering can).  

Jen Carter Potted Flower Birthday Closeup 3

The sentiment panel was diecut from vellum using the Double Fishtail Labels die set.  I embossed the sentiment from the Celebration stamp set.  The background was embossed with the Double Diamond Card Panel die (and I will share a video on this soon!).

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  

Sunday, March 27, 2016

He is Risen!

How I loved waking up to snow this morning.  Not that I love snow, because I don't.  But it was such a wonderful illustration to how Jesus's death & then resurrection was the power to cleanse my sins and make them white as snow.  The unblemished lamb took my sins upon Himself.  What a true and wonderful blessing!

Jen Carter He is Risen Watercolor

Thank you Jesus for your gift to me and to all mankind!

Happy Easter everyone!

Dies: Frantic Stamper: Large Ornate He is Risen & Small Cross Trio
Other: Watercolor Paper & Zig Real Brush Pens

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Peeking Bunny

We are getting ready to head out to an Easter Egg hunt and I thought that this next card would be a fun one to share.

Jen Carter Bunny in Hole Front

I started by die cutting my kraft cardstock with the Woodgrain Card Panel being careful to leave all of the pieces in so that it would look like a tree trunk.  I then cut a circle from that and placed woodgrain cardstock behind it.  I used the adorable Bunny Butt die from Frantic Stamper to put the bunny together.

Jen Carter Bunny in Hole Closeup 3

I cut the tail out of white felt.  Don't ya think bunnies need a fuzzy tail! :)  The little flowers are from the die set that doesn't get enough attention because it is adorable called Singing in the Rain.

Jen Carter Bunny in Hole Closeup 1

The border at the bottom was created with a few of the Nested Egg dies & the Block Easter die.

Jen Carter Bunny in Hole Inside

When you open the card you see the other side of the bunny peeking through the hole.  I used the Bunny Butt die again and used the feet for the ears.  For the face I used one of the dies from the Large Marshmallow Bunny dies.  I added the flowers again from the Singing in the Rain set.  The sentiment is from Accessory Words #3 die set which has lots of cute die word options!

Jen Carter Bunny in Hole Collage

Here you can see the front & back side to side.

I'm entering this card in the If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge to use bunnies.  I'm also entering this into the Card Concept Challenge #51.  I'm going to go with Clean & Layered as the style I used.

Thank you for joining me today!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop 2016

Welcome to the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I don't know about you but I sure enjoy a cup of hot coffee flavored with Peppermint Mocha creamer!  If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop and see all the details, including giveaway info, please visit the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.
I wanted to make a fun, bright card for this hop!  And I kept thinking about how in the Spring it rains and then brings the colorful flowers to the earth as the result.  That was the theme I went with when I created this card.

Jen Carter Coffee Lovers Grey Skies Front

I wanted lots of color to pop against that black, cloudy background. The coffee cup was cut with the Coffee Cozy die set from Lil' Inker Designs.  I stamped the face using a stamp from the So Prickly stamp set. The sentiment is from Dance in the Rain and it is stamped on patterned paper die cut with one of the Pinking Edge Sentiment Flag dies.  The little hearts next to the sentiment are from the Greetings & Salutations stamp set.  And those adorable enamel hearts that are floating up, out of the cup in place of the steam, are from a new line from Illustrated Faith.

Thanks for joining me today!  Be sure to visit the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog to visit all of the other participants!

Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs So PricklyDance in the RainGreetings & Salutations
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Coffee CozyPinking Edge Sentiment Flag
Paper: Doodlebug Designs Hello Sunshine, Simple Stories DIY Boutique
Other: Enamel Hearts She Blooms Mix by Illustrated Faith

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring Hugs (+ Sale!)

Hey everyone!  I wanted to tell you about a sale that Lil' Inker Designs is having on some of their stamps & dies.  You can follow this link to see all of the products that are currently on sale.

I wanted to show you a card made using some of these sale products.  

Jen Carter Spot On Spring Hugs Front

This card features the stamp sets Spot On & Spot On Spring.  I love these stamp sets!  I used the flower images from the Spot on Spring set to create the flowers.  The Hugs sentiment comes from the Spot on stamp set.  Both of these stamp sets work together so well and I really like the large sentiments!

Jen Carter Spot On Spring Hugs Closeup

For the middle flower, I stamped it twice, once on the card panel and once on a scrap.  I die cut it with the smallest Dual Stitched Mats: Circles die and then offset it from where I had stamped the first flower image to give it a fun look. The panels were die cut with the Stitched Mats: Side Stitched Rectangle dies.  And that fun stitched sun die is the Sunshine Die: Small.

Items on sale in the Spot on Series are:

Also on Sale: 

To see additional sale items, click here!

Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs Spot OnSpot On Spring 
Ink: Avery Elle Aquamarine, Lemon Grass, Fresh Ink Fuchsia & Grapefruit
Paper: We are Memory Keepers Hello Darling
Twine: Timeless Twine Keylime Sorbet

Monday, March 14, 2016

Acetate Pop-Up Card + Video

Hello everyone!  Welcome to my Spring Break week, LOL!  I've been looking forward to this week for a while now.  The weather is beautiful and tomorrow we get to celebrate my daughter's birthday!

Frantic Stamper just had a couple of new releases and I wanted to share a new video I put together focusing on one of the new die sets called Pop-Ups #2, which is part of the Elementals series (#13). This new die set is a follow up to the original Pop-Up Card Bases die set.

I hope that that video helped show how to use this very versatile die set!  As you saw, I also shared some dies that will be released soon so you know what you have to look forward to!

Here's one of the cards that I shared in the video that used products already available to order, from the Garden release!

Jen Carter Spring Pop Up Front

Here's the front.  It's quite a bit different from my normal style.  I used the new Spring word die and then used the oldie, but goodie Petite Butterflies die set

The magic for this card happens when you open it up.

Jen Carter Spring Pop Up Inside

I tried something different with this pop-up card.  I used acetate for my base.  It is a nice thick acetate, sold as clear cardstock, and supports the elements very well.  I used patterned paper for the background and then the acetate fit right over the top of it.  The flower pot is a new die set called Gardening Pots and inside it are flowers that I die cut using the Mix 'n Match Daffodils set & the Mix 'n Match Crocus set.

Jen Carter Spring Pop Up Inside Sentiment

I stamped my sentiment on my white cardstock base and then the acetate went right on top of it.  The sentiment is from the new stamp set called Spring is Blooming.  

To adhere the acetate to my card base I placed patterned paper at the bottom of the card (below the sentiment) and adhered it there.  I adhered the top panel by strategically placing adhesive under the butterflies.  It was just enough to hold it in place (and I adhered my butterflies with foam tape).

Jen Carter Spring Pop Up Inside Side View

Here you can see how the pop-up works and how it looks with the acetate.  I really like the effect it gives.

Thank you for joining me today!  I hope your day is wonderful!

Stamps: Frantic Stamper Spring is Blooming
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye On Trend

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Celebrate with Hexagons

Today's card is a super simple one that is easy to put together without a lot of thought.  Sometimes you need to put together a card quickly and this one will fit the bill.

Jen Carter Hexagon Celebrate Front

I used the Hexagons In-Betweens dies that just released March 1st from Frantic Stamper. There is also a set of Stitched Hexagons that would work nicely for this card too (and they nest).

Jen Carter Hexagon Celebrate Closeup

The sentiment is stamped from a Frantic Stamper stamp set called Celebration.  I just love this font! To finish the card off, I added in a few enamel dots for a small pop of color.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Feel Better

Hello!  Today I have a card to share just for fun!  

Jen Carter Happy Bird Feel Better

I love the new WPlus9 Happy Birds set!! When I first saw it, it just kept calling my name.  The funny thing is that coloring images has never really been my thing but for some reason this set was different!  I played with a friend's Zig Pens and loved them and this card was born! 

Jen Carter Happy Bird Feel Better Closeup 1

I needed some get well soon cards, as my stash was low, and I thought an upside down bird upsetting a pile of leaves seemed like the perfect thing to cheer up someone who was feeling a little down.  The sentiment I used is from a Simon Says Stamp set called "Hand Lettered Encouragement".  The watercolor panel is die cut from a Lil' Inker Designs Dual Dotted Rectangles die.

I'm entering this card in this week's Cupcakes Inspirations Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: WPlus9 Happy Birds, SSS Hand Lettered Encouragement
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Dual Dotted Rectangles die
Coloring Medium: Zig Real Brush Markers

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bunny Hugging: Lil' Inker Designs Release Day 3

Welcome back to day 3 of the Lil' Inker Designs release!  If you are following along in the blog hop you should have come from Chrissy Larson's blog There are three $15 gift certificates to the LID store up for grabs, so the more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning!    

So, have you seen the cute Bunny Hug Stamps & Dies yet?  Aren't they the sweetest thing? My daughter is in love with them!

Jen Carter Bunny Hugger 1

Here's one of the Bunny Huggers I made using the new Bunny Hug Stamps & Dies

Jen Carter Bunny Hugger 2

 I found these cute little Dove chocolates that make the bunny look like she's hugging a chick!  It was perfect!  I colored her ears with a copic marker.  I really like using double sided paper with the dies so that when the arms wrap around the front there is a pattern too.  

Jen Carter Bunny Hugger 3

There are several options on what you can stamp on the bunny's tummy if you choose too but this one is my favorite.

Jen Carter Happy Easter Floral 1 wm

Next up today I have this card that features several new products.  Isn't that stamped egg & sentiment just beautiful?  That is from the new set called Egg & Flower Greetings Stamps.  It's a lovely stamp set and it coordinates with the Dual Stitched Egg & Easter Greeting Die Set.  I embossed both the flowers and sentiment onto an egg that I had water colored with distress inks.  The large egg was die cut from that same die set & cut out from the new Easter Greetings Paper Pack

Jen Carter Happy Easter Floral Closeup 2

That's all I have today.  Thank you so much for visiting this week!  Don't forget to leave a comment to win.  The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning!  All of the Lil' Inker products that I've used are linked above & are available at the Lil' Inker Designs store now!  Your next stop on the hop is over to my sweet friend Amy Kolling's blog!

Bunny Hugger
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs Bunny Hug Stamps & Dies
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Bunny Hug Stamps & Dies
Paper: OnTrend 2 by My Mindy's Eye
Ink: Avery Elle Aquamarine

Happy Easter Card
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs Egg & Flower Greetings
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Dual Stitched Egg & Easter Greeting Die SetCover Up Die: Dotted ScallopsQuilted Swirl Stitched Pattern DieStitched Mats: Dual Stitched Squares
Paper: Lil' Inker Designs Easter Greetings Paper Pack

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Easter Treats: Lil' Inker Designs Release Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of the Lil' Inker Designs Release Post!  All of the products being shown today are currently available in the Lil' Inker Designs store!  If you are following along in the blog hop you should have come from  Sarah Jay's blog! There are three $15 gift certificates to the LID store up for grabs, so the more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning!  

Today I have some gift giving ideas for you.  These are specifically decorated for Easter, but they would be great for the upcoming May Day holiday too!

Jen Carter Easter Mix Gift Box 1 wm

Often on Easter it can be a tradition to give small gifts to children, friends and/or neighbors.  I found a recipe online for a fun little Easter Bunny Mix and mixed all of the ingredients (listed below) together and then added them to the new Clear Gift Boxes that Lil' Inker Designs is now carrying!  These boxes are the perfect size to hold card sets to give to friends, but I wanted to use it in a different way.  The boxes come with two clear circle tabs so you have an easy way to close the box to secure your contents.

Jen Carter Easter Mix Gift Box 2

I wrapped a clear/printed piece of acetate around the box.  Then I attached a tag to it that I made by die cutting the new Stitched Easter Basket Die from patterned paper.  I die cut & stamped the tulip from the fabulous new Fresh Cut Flowers stamps & Fresh Cut Flowers dies.   Last but not least, I die cut the previously released Bunnies & Bows die cut bunny rabbit and pink bow and then stamped the new sentiment set that coordinates with the bunny dies called Easter Hodge Podge Stamps (which also coordinates with the new Egg & Flower Greetings Die Set).

Easter Mix Recipe
Chocolate Eggs
Honey Roasted Peanuts
Pretzel Sticks

Mix these together in whatever quantities you choose.  (That's it!)

Jen Carter Jelly Bean Cone Tag 1 wm

Another new gift-giving product in the store are Clear Cone Treat Bags.  You can fill these with so many things, but I went with red/pink jelly beans to stick with the Easter theme.  

For the tag that I attached to the cone, I die cut the new Embossed Dots Tag Die on a patterned paper from the new Easter Greetings Paper Pack I really like the embossed circles look! 

Jen Carter Jelly Bean Cone Tag Closeup 3

I die cut the Stitched Easter Basket die from white paper and also die cut the egg that comes in that die set, from a couple more of the new prints included in the Easter Greetings Paper Pack.  Using the same die set, I die cut the gold bow.  I die cut the bunny from the Bunnies & Bows die set & then stamped the sentiment from the new Easter Hodge Podge stamp set & embossed it in gold.  I LOVE how these sentiments are made to fit inside the bunny!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  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 Lisa Henke's blogDon't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a gift certificate!!

Easter Mix Box
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs Easter Hodge PodgeFresh Cut Flowers
Paper: Crate Paper Kiss Kiss
Other: Lil' Inker Designs Clear Gift Boxes

Cone Treat
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs Easter Hodge Podge
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Easter BasketBunnies & BowsEmbossed Dots Tags
Paper: Lil' Inker Designs Easter Greetings Paper Pack

Other: Lil' Inker Designs Clear Cone Treat Baggies
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