Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Trio of Critter Card Puns {Paper Smooches}

Hello friends, 

I love a good pun, so the Critter Card Puns stamp set from Paper Smooches is right up my alley.  I was able to combine this punny set with some of my favorite products from Paper Smooches March Release- the adorable Animal Card dies. Using this stamp set and dies, I created a trio of punny critter cards. 

There are three Animal die sets available: Bunny, Cat/Dog and Bear/Frog.  I mixed and matched the die sets to create the kitty, puppy and panda cards.

Using the same basic layout and pink card stock to accent the animals helps tie the cards together to work as a set.


That's all for me today- thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 20, 2017

CardMaker Magazine and Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop!

Hello friends!

I am so excited to be participating in a blog hop today with the CardMaker Magazine blog team using some fun and and super cute stamps, dies, and embellishments from Pretty Pink Post! 

You should have arrived here today from the CardMaker blog. You can also pick up the full blog hop list and links on the CardMaker blog.  

For my card, I used the sweet Birdie Notes stamp set and the Scallop Square tag dies. 

I die cut the square window in the top right corner of a white panel of card stock.  Behind the widow, I adhered the birdie image which I had stamped and colored using Zig Clean Color Markers.  

To dress up the background a bit without distracting from the window element, I stamped some of the small envelopes and adhered clear star sequins. 



Paulina is offering a beautiful and generous prize today for today's hop.  Be sure to visit the Pretty Pink Posh site and blog for more details. 

Your next stop on the hop is Rebecca Keppel. 

Good luck and happy hopping! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Missing You Pig Time {Paper Smooches}

Hello friends,

I am contributing a few cards to the Paper Smooches blog this month while one of their Design Team members is on vacation.

This card features some of the new Animal Card dies and the Critter Card Puns stamp set.  I've included a link to all the Paper Smooches products I've used below.

I stamped the clouds from the Spectrum stamp set onto a yellow note card.  I followed up by stamping the sentiment using Versafine black ink.  I created a pig using the new Cat Dog card die and by borrowing a few elements from the other animal card die sets, I transformed the dog into a pig.   We have some friends who own the cutest pet pig, so I know where this card will be heading soon! 


Well that's all for me today, but I'll be back soon with more fun cards featuring Paper Smooches March release! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 10, 2017

More Furry Friends {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Happy Friday! I'm celebrating the start of the weekend with Avery Elle's More Furry Friends and Picket Fences die! A list of links to all my Avery Elle supplies is included below.

First up, this is a retread of a card I shared a couple weeks ago for CardMaker Magazine featuring Baby Wipe ink blending.  What's that?  Check out this post on the CardMaker Magazine blog for more information!

The three playful puppies in the stamp set were stamped, colored with Copic Markers and adhered to the card.  The large sentiment is from the Big Greetings stamp set. 

Now it's the kitties turn to Paw-ty!  This background was created by blending Distress Oxide ink in Broken China on a watercolor panel.  I kept the top and middle of the panel light- trying to capture the feel of high whispy clouds. 

The kitties were stamped and colored with Copic Markers and I adhered a white pom pom to the top of their party harts for a fun touch.


Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pegasus and Pantry Puns {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I wanted to share with you a couple cards featuring stamps and dies from Avery Elle's newest release. All of my Avery Elle supplies are linked below.

First up, a card using the ADORABLE Pegasus Duo stamp set.  I can't even handle the cuteness of this set.  My younger daughter saw this set and proclaimed it hers- LOL!  I guess unicorns are even more spectacular with the addition of wings. 

I created a background by blending Distress Ink and spattered water onto the inked background to lift out some of the color.  Then I added some clouds using the New Picket Fence Elle-ments die. 

I colored the Pegasus images with Copic markers before die cutting them and adhering them to the background.  My final set was to add some sequins and a frame made with the Scalloped Pierced Rectangles Elle-ments die. 


My next card uses the Punny Pantry stamp set.  I combined several of the puns to create a longer sentiment.

I stamped the images onto a panel of white card stock which I had cut using the Pierced Banner Layers Elle-ments die. After stamping the images, I colored them in using Copic markers.


Be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team.  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 27, 2017

CardMaker Magazine and Grafix Arts Blog Hop

Hello friends,

Today, the CardMaker blog team is teaming up with Grafix Arts using some of Grafix Arts innovative products for paper crafters. You should have arrived here from Melissa Bickford's blog. The entire hop list is available on the CardMaker Magazine blog.

I have a couple projects and a video to share with you today.  I love the look of detailed die cuts, but adhering them to my project can be a real pain. Grafix Artist-tac changes all that.  The Artist-tac is a sheet of small adhesive dots that transfer to your die-cuts, no matter how small or large or detailed.

My first project uses the Artist-tact to adhere this super detailed die cut from Waffle Flower Crafts.  I was able to place the die cut onto the Artist-tac, burnish to ensure transfer of the glue, pick it up and adhere it to the square of vellum.  The clear vellum is also from Grafix Arts.

I used the Artist-tac to adhere the vellum square to the card. Because the tacky sheets provide an even layer of adhesive, you can avoid visible glue lines even on clear vellum.  

My second project features the Magical Flower Border die from Waffle Flower Crafts. I used the Artist-tac to adhere all the die cuts to this card.

I was so impressed with how easily I was able to adhere these die cut without dealing with messy glue or smelly spray adhesive.

I have a video available on the Waffle Flower channel where I demonstrate the Artist-tac in action.

For more information on the products I used on my card, please visit Grafix Arts and Waffle Flower Crafts

Your next stop is Kat Benjamin

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Paper Smooches Blog Hop!

Hello friends, 

I am honored to be helping showcase Paper Smooches March Release while the amazing Alice Wertz is away on vacation.  

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MARCH 2017 release with you!  THREE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on February 28th.  You will find our new products HERE once they go live.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 

The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, February 26th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, February 27th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  
Here is a handy list and links to the Paper Smooched Design Team participating in today's hop. 

Katie Gehring - that's me :)

To increase your chances of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

My project today features the new Bunny Card Die.  I squealed when I saw the design for these card dies that are releasing this month.  They are so clever and each set offers so many creative possibilities- you are in for a real treat! 

I decided to make a sweet bunny bag by combining the Bunny Card Die with a few other older Paper Smooches dies including: 

I measured my gift bag and trimmed a piece of card stock to be the same width as the bag, but much taller to accommodate the bunny ears.  I die cut the card stock using the Bunny Card die and then created the bunny's face using the elements included in the set.  I did swap out the nose with a heart from the Hearts Die set and the bunny's paws are actually from the Dog Pig Fox Card die also releasing in March. 

I further decorated the bunny by adding the egg and bow using the Easter Egg dies.  The flowers were made using the Pocket dies and I embellished the centers with yellow enamel dots.  The fringe die created grass along the bottom of the bag. 

As a finishing touch, I couldn't resist gluing a white puff ball to the back side of the gift bag as the bunny's tail. :) I am looking forward to whipping up a whole brigade of bunny bags to give to my girls and my niece and nephews this Easter.  They are truly as much fun to make as to receive! 

Well you've got some (bunny) hopping to do, so I won't keep you any longer!  Thanks for stopping by and good luck!