Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Mother's Day {Avery Elle}

Hello friends!

I am on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card that I made with the Mother's Day stamp set.  A list of links to my Avery Elle supplies is below.


I stamped the flowers repeatedly on a panel of watercolor card stock and I colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. 


To soften the look, I added a layer of vellum on top of the stamped and watercolored panel.  I hid the adhesive behind the rectangle that I die cut with the Wonky Stitches Elle-ments die.  A bit of Hemp twine in Midnight Black adds a finishing touch.

Supplies:

Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for more inspiration from the Design Team! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, April 21, 2017

Watercolor Birthday Balloons {Avery Elle}

Note: This is my second blog post today. If you are looking for the Lil' Inker blog hop, just scroll down!
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Hello friends,

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card featuring the Time to Party stamp set.  Since I have already made a few cards using the awesome birthday cake image (check out here and here), I decided to turn my attention to the fun birthday balloons stamp.


I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Next I did some watercoloring with Distress Ink cubes. 


I die cut the edge of the watercolor panel with the Scalloped die included in the Dotted Border Elle-ments stamp set.  I drew the balloon strings with a black fine tip pen and ruler, added a couple clear sequins and attached the panel to a coral note card with foam tape. 


Supplies

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!
Katie

CardMaker Magazine and Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop!



Hello friends, 

Today, the Card Maker Magazine Blog Gals are teaming up with the Lil' Inker Design Team for a fun blog hop featuring loads of inspiration using Lil' Inker Designs awesome stamps and ingenious dies.  You should have arrived here from Chrissy Larson's blog.  The full list will be available on the CardMaker blog in case you need to catch a link or start from the beginning. :) 

Teacher Appreciation day falls this year on May 2 and I am determined not to be scrambling the night before on cards and gifts.  My daughter's teachers deserve better!  So for my project, I chose to work with Teacher Talk stamp set, the Teacher word die, and the Stitched Mats Rectangle dies

I stamped the apple images onto a panel of white card stock in shades of red, pink, yellow and green and added in details like seeds, hearts and words with black ink.  Once the stamping was complete, I die cut the panel with the largest Stitched Mat rectangle die.  The stitched mat adds so much interest to the simple rectangle shape, and I love that Lil' Inker was the first to offer this innovative design.  


I die cut "teacher" from bright pink card stock and stamped the sentiment just below the die cut word onto a rectangle which was die cut with one of the smaller Stitched Rectangles Mats dies. 


I added just a few clear sequins to the card and I'm going to call this one complete!  I'll make a few more of these and I will be all set for Teacher Appreciation Day! 



Giveaway! 

Lil’ Inker Designs is hosting a giveaway of a $35 gift certificate to their online store. Just leave a comment to be entered to win.  More details are available on the Lil' Inker Designs blog

Your next stop is Jessica Frost-Ballas! 

Thanks for stopping by and good luck! 
Katie

Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Shaker Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card featuring the Scalloped Pierced Rectangles Die along with the Time to Party stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments dies.  Links to all my Avery Elle supplies are below. 

The Scalloped Pierced Rectangles dies make the most awesome frames with amazing detail.  I used the dies to create a shaker card that I will give to my youngest daughter for her birthday is a few months.  Double digits y'all! 



I die cut a panel of aqua card stock with the die and created a shaker window using acetate and foam tape.  I filled the window with sequins and carefully attached it to a white note card. 

On top of the acetate window, I added a frame cut with the Scalloped Pierced Rectangle dies from white card stock.  I stamped the cake image from Time to Party onto watercolor card stock.  I added a light wash of watercolors with my Zig Clean Color brush markers, die cut the image and adhered it to the card. 



Supplies:

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!
Katie

Monday, April 10, 2017

My Creative Space {CardMaker Magazine Blog}

Hello friends,

I am on the CardMaker Magazine blog today sharing some pictures of my craft room.  I've got loads of pictures over there, but in the meantime, here's a sneak peek.


A few months ago, I made a big move and brought my craft room downstairs from a spare bedroom to a room that is located just off the kitchen.  I love my new space, as I am around my family more, but it was tricky figuring out how to fit all my existing stuff into a room that features a wall-long fireplace hearth and lacks a closet. 

I am planning to do a video of my new space in the coming weeks just as soon as I can get over a rather persistent case of laryngitis. :)

I hope you will stop by the CardMaker Magazine blog to take a look.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, April 7, 2017

Love You a Bushel and a Peck {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card featuring the Fruit Stand stamp set.


I stamped the images onto Bristol paper and colored them with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. I also used the Picket Fence Elle-ment dies to help create a little scene.  The sky was created by blending Distress Oxide ink in Tumbled Glass. 


I just love that little puppy peeking out of the basket- it reminds me of our little Roxy pup!  I showed the card to my younger daughter and although she thought it was "very nice," she didn't know what the sentiment meant.  I tried to explain it to her, but I think I need to need to show her this video and maybe even the whole Guys and Dolls musical!

Supplies:

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!
Katie

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CardMaker Magazine Blog- Celebrate and Decorate

Hello friends, 

I am on the CardMaker blog sharing a trio of Spring Animal Gift bags featuring Paper Smooches dies. 


I hope you will pop by and check out my post for more details! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge with Waffle Flower Crafts!

Hello friends!

I am so excited to be working with Ellen Hutson this month for the Mix it Up Challenge featuring Waffle Flower Crafts! 


For my card, I combined Waffle Flower's Happy Day stamp set along with Ellen Hutson's Swing N Slide Designer Dies and Warm Fuzzies stamp set to create a fun slider card.  A list of supplies that I have used on my card is linked below. 


I created the background by inking up a panel of white card stock with Distress Oxide Ink in Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint.  I die cut the long straight slider track towards the bottom corner of the panel.  I stamped, colored and die cut the bear and floral images from the Happy Day stamp set and added them to the background along with some green card stock cut with the Chunky Grass die.


I created the slider element by adhering some foam tape to the wheels of the bike and attaching a penny to the other side of the track. To help camouflage the track, I added another piece of card stock cut with the chunky grass die in front of the track.

Well that's all for me today!  Head on over to the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom for more details on the challenge and to link up your entry! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Supplies*:


*affiliate links used where possible

Friday, March 31, 2017

Shine Bright and Carousel {Avery Elle}

Hello friends!

Happy Fri-yay!  I hope you had a great week and looking forward to a fun weekend ahead!  I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card featuring the Shine Bright stamp set.  No stamp collection is complete without a lighthouse stamp set- it's such a timeless icon and the perfect image for so many sentiments.

I placed my lighthouse atop a shoreline created with the Rocky Shores Elle-ments die. The lighthouse was colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I created the background by inking a panel of Distress Specialty Stamping Paper with Distress Oxide ink in Fossilized Amber and Broken China and Regular Distress Ink with Milled Lavender and Seedless Preserve. 


For the ocean, I stamped the waves in Avery Elle's white pigment ink over the Distress Oxide Broken China and blended out the edges a bit.  After all the inking was complete, I masked off the ocean and spritzed the panel with water to create the starry looking sky. 

Supplies: 

Last week,  Jamie shared this card I made using the cutie cute Carousel stamp set. With Easter approaching, I decided to use the Bunny image from the set.


I colored the bunny with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and placed him on another inky background.  This one was created by blending Distress Inks in Broken China and Shaded Lilac. 


I added a few finishing touches with the stars and banner included in the stamp set.  I die cut the inked panel with the Wonky Stitches Elle-ments die and added a cloudy background using the Picket Fences Elle-ments die.

Supplies:

Well that's it 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!

Katie

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.

Supplies: 


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

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. 

Supplies:


Giveaway!


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!

Katie

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! 

Supplies: 

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!
Katie

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.

Supplies:


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!
Katie

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. 

Supplies: 


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.

Supplies: 

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

Katie

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!
Katie


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!

Katie



CardMaker Blog feature- Quick and Easy Ink Blending

Hello friends,

I am over on the CardMaker Magazine blog sharing a trick for quick and easy ink blending.  That trick is Baby Wipes!  In my post, I spill my secrets for two different approaches to creating beautiful backgrounds using Distress Ink and Baby Wipes.



Intrigued?  I hope you'll pop by the CardMaker blog to see more!


Thanks for stopping by!
Katie



Friday, February 17, 2017

City Celebrations {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Hip Hip Hooray!  It's Friday, and there's some celebrating going on in the city!  Well at least on my card featuring the new City Celebrations die and stamp set by Avery Elle.

I am on the Avery Elle blog today sharing this card I made featuring this new die and stamp set. This die set is so innovative, I can't wait to see what everyone dreams up.  For me, I did a bit of paper piecing by simply snipping apart the connecting pieces of paper on the die cuts.


Once that was complete, it was easy to piece everything together like a puzzle.  You could change up the scheme and really paint or piece the town any color you like! 


Supplies:


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

Thanks for stopping by! 

Katie

Monday, February 13, 2017

CardMaker Blog Feature- U Inspire Me

Hello friends!

I am sharing a project today on the CardMaker Magazine Blog featuring the new Glamper Camper stamp set by Avery Elle.


In the blog post, I share my inspiration for the card which came from an amazing website full of patterns, colors and inspiration for card makers and creatives.  Make room in your bookmarks and pop over to the CardMaker blog to learn more!

Thanks for stoping by! 
Katie 

Friday, February 10, 2017

CardMaker Magazine + Lawn Fawn Valentine's Blog Hop

Good morning and Happy Fri-Yay friends,

The CardMaker Magazine Blog girls are teaming up today with Lawn Fawn to share some ideas and inspiration using Lawn Fawn's newest Valentine's themed products just in time for the big, lovey-dovey, flowers and hearts holiday next week.

You should have arrived here from Stephanie Gold's blog, but if you just stumbled upon my post and want to start at the very beginning, please visit the CardMaker blog or the Lawn Fawn blog.

For my card, I used the Love Letters stamp set and dies along with the Happy Mail die set to create this wintery Valentine's Day scene.


The Happy Mail dies are just so much fun to use.  The set creates a mailbox that you can actually tuck letters into.  Imagine writing a tiny note and tucking it into the mailbox! The mailbox flag could be attached using a brad so the flag could be raised and lowered.  This set really got my creative wheels turning!


I stamped, die cut and colored the sweet birdies with Copic Markers and arranged them in the scene.  A few clear sequins added a finishing touch.

All of the stamps and dies that I used today can be purchased from Lawn Fawn.

Well that's all for me today, but your next stop on today's hop is Rebecca Keppel

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie