Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chalkboard Easel Teacher Appreciation Card {Paper Smooches SPARKS}

Hello friends, 

It's time for another Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!  This week it's ANYTHING GOES and here's my take: 



I have Teacher Appreciation on the mind because that's where my Anything went.  From a kraft card base, I used the Quote tags dies to make an easel.  I embossed the sentiment from the Uplifters stamp set onto black card stock and made a ledge from a brown card stock rectangle.  I added an apple using the School Icons dies and rolled up a scrap piece of white card stock to serve as chalk.



Ready to play?  You know the routine!   You have until 11:59 PT on Saturday, April 25 to link up your take on this week's challenge to the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for a chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store.  

Be sure to check out the amazing inspiration from the other members of the SPARKS design team playing along with this week's challenge: 

I can't wait to see what you create!  

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie


Friday, April 17, 2015

Stacks of Thanks for Teacher Appreciation {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card I made featuring the This Book stamp set.  With spring break firmly established in the rear-view mirror, my thoughts have turned to end of the year activities, including Teacher Appreciation week in May.  

With some simple masking I stamped stacks of books adding the owl to the center stack.  I intended to make this a colorful card, but I got a little carried away with my red Copic markers and ended up making a card that was black and white and red all over.  


In keeping with my simple color theme, I colored the owl with gray markers and attached the stamped and colored panel onto a Fog note card base. The sentiment is from the Many Thanks stamp set.  

Be sure to check out the Avery Elle blog today for even more awesome inspiration from my talented teamies!  Thanks for stopping by! 

Katie 

A Girl's Best Friend + Winner! {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends, 
I am on the Waffle Flower Crafts blog today exploring a girl's best friend, Diamonds!  It's true that gems are no longer just for jewelry and these sparklers can add a little glam to all areas of your life.  

My card was inspired by a watercolor artwork featuring gems and using the Gemstone stamp set, I wanted to share with you a quick tip as to how I achieved the look. 

I gathered my supplies including Distress Ink and the stamped panel.  I stamped the gems and sentiment onto watercolor paper using hybrid black ink.   I used a water dropper to add a few drops of water to the gem and I used my finger to rub the water into the paper.  Next, I inked up the back side of the stamp and stamped it onto the paper.  The water and ink combine to make a really cool effect.  I continued with the other gems in different ink colors. You can let the ink pool and puddle at will or for a more artsy look, use a paint brush to push the ink and water further outside the lines.  


Such a fun effect! Be sure to stop by the Waffle Flower blog for even more inspiration that sparkles. Before I go, I wanted to announce the winner of the Bowtiful stamp set from last week's Waffle Flower Birthday Blog Hop.  My winner was #37- Daria G!!

I do love this stamp set - so many possibilities to use it! thanks for the inspiration.

Daria, please send me a note at scrappy_diva (at) yahoo (dot) com and I will work with Waffle Flower to get your set sent out to you!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!
Katie

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Watercolor Rose Birthday Card {Paper Smooches SPARKS}

Hello friends, 

It's time for another Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!  This week we are inspired by a beautiful photo featuring floral pom-poms and soft gray stripes and here's my take: 


 I die cut the Roses Die and a pair of leaves from white card stock and roughly sketched where I was planning to place them on a panel of watercolor paper.  I removed the die cuts and added color to the panel with Distress Inks.


Once dry, I adhered the rose and leaves to the watercolor panel.  The sentiment is from Lovely Thoughts and I added a few sequins.  I attached the finished panel to a card base with foam tape, trimming it down slightly before adhering so a fun strip of washi tape would peek through.  

Here's this week's inspiration photo: 




Ready to play?  You know the routine!   You have until 11:59 PT on Saturday, April 18 to link up your take on this week's challenge to the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for a chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store.  

Be sure to check out the amazing inspiration from the other members of the SPARKS design team playing along with this week's challenge: 

I can't wait to see what you create!  

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie


Friday, April 10, 2015

Get Well {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card that I made with the Get Well stamp set and coordinating Get Well Elle-ments die




I stamped the bouquet and sentiment in Versamark and embossed the imaged with gold powder.  I used the coordinating dies to partially die cut the bouquet, and I watercolored the image with Distress Inks. 


I adhered a strip of patterned paper from the Sorbet Paper Collection to a Sea Glass card base from the Caribbean note card collection and attached the stamped panel to the card base with foam tape. 

Be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle Design Team!  

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie


Waffle Flower Year 1 Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi friends, 

Today, we are having a blog hop in celebration of Waffle Flower Crafts first birthday! 


For this celebration, we are looking back on some of our favorite stamp sets and projects.  It was really tough to just choose one set to spotlight.  Being the sentimental type, I decided to focus on a set that been with me the longest and looked deep in the archives for what I am sharing today.  So let's get this party started!

Bowtiful Stamp Set


So this is the set that started it all.  In fact, when Nina asked me to join her team a year ago, she included a sneak peek of this set.  I knew in that moment that I was privileged to be a part of something really special. From the perfectly random stars to the fabulous font and trendy bow, this stamp set is just amazing!

I have made quite a few projects with the Bowtiful stamp set and Bowtiful Die Set. Some of my favorites include: 

A "Mini" Birthday Party



A Very Fancy Card






With the first year in the books, I know Waffle Flower Crafts has even more great things in store.  Stay in the loop by following Waffle Flower on: 
Giveaway!  
So you can't have birthday party without presents and my gift is a Bowtiful Stamp Set along with a copy of the Waffle Flower Year 1 Catalog.  To enter, just leave me a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 15.  I will announce the winner on my blog later next week!

Hop Order
The party's not over yet!  Be sure to check of the rest of the Waffle Flower team for more favorites, memories and giveaways!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Katie

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Introducing Gemstone and 3D Diamond Die {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends, 

Today on the Waffle Flower Blog, Nina is introducing a few more stamp and die sets.  I wanted to share a couple cards I made with the Gemstone Stamp Set and the 3D Diamond Template Die. 

First up is an engagement card I made with the Gemstone stamp set, 3D Diamond Die, Congrats stamp set, and Flower Circle Die set.  


I inked a portion of the gem rays with black in and stamped it onto an aqua card stock base.  I die cut the 3D Diamond die onto glitter card stock and with the help of the Flower Circle die set, I fashioned an engagement ring. The sentiment is from the Congrats stamp set. 

My next card features the Gemstone stamp set.  


I stamped the gems with the Waffle Flower Chalk inks (2,  9, 10, 12, 13, and 14) and added the gem outlines and sentiment with black ink.  I adhered the stamped panel to a black card stock base. 

All of the products previewed today will be available tomorrow morning in the Waffle Flower store.  Be sure to stop by the Waffle Flower blog for even more inspiration and ideas from Nina and the team. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie