Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Peace Love and Joy (Right at Home)

Hello friends, 

I am so excited to be guest designing this month with Right at Home stamps to celebrate their latest holiday release!

I have two projects to share with you in the coming weeks and my first card is below. 


I created a wintery landscape by blending a watercolor panel with Distress Inks.  I sprayed water onto the panel to lift the link and give it the look of millions of stars in the sky.


I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the Peace Love and Joy stamp set with silver embossing powder.  The trees are actually the leaf veins from the Cozy Cardinal stamp set.

Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Right at Home blog for more inspiration using these and the rest of their newest release!

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Welcome Home Halloween House {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

It's Welcome Home Seasons Week on the Avery Elle blog!  I am sharing this Halloween House created with the Welcome Home Seasons stamp set.  I adore the original Welcome Home stamp set.  It's so fun to play architect and home designers with stamps and paper.  Now that October is here, I thought I ought to decorate the house for the upcoming Halloween holiday!


I used a combination of images from the Welcome Home and the Welcome Home Seasons stamp sets to create the house.  I love how the yellow door and windows pop against the gray house.   The ghost and cobwebs are adorably spooky- not scary- which is how I like my Halloween!


Adding some detail to the roof line with a white gel pen really brought out the decorative accents on the roof. I colored the potted plants with violet Copic markers and hung a wreath on the front door as a finishing touch.

Supplies:

Now I am definitely in the spirit to decorate my own house for Halloween.  Don't forget to check out the Avery Elle blog this week for even more inspiration featuring the Welcome Home Seasons stamp set!

Thanks for popping in!
Katie 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Waffle Flower New Release Blog Hop!


Hello friends,
I am so excited to be celebrating Waffle Flower's new release today!  You should have arrived here today from Kari Van Noy's blog.  If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to get the full list, head over to the Waffle Flower blog.  


I have two cards to share with you.  The first card features the Warm Hands and Layering Woodgrain stamp sets.  A list of my Waffle Flower supplies used on my cards can be found at the end of this post. 



I stamped the accent layer of the Layering Woodgrain stamp set onto white card stock with gray ink. Next I stamped the mittens from the Warm Hands stamp set.  I loved adding the details with each of the stamped layers and I did a little "rock and roll" effect on the main mitten image with a deeper color of blue to add even more depth.  I attached twine to the mittens and adhered it to the card.  The "Stay Warm" sentiment is included in the Warm Hands coordinating die set. 

Next, I couldn't resist playing with some of the new interactive dies.  I pulled out the A2 Arch Window die and die cut it from a piece of white card stock.  I added some gray and white polka dot paper as curtains to hide the action that's happening outside. 


I punched a hole in the window shutters and tied them closed with some silver cord.  When the recipient unties the cord, this little scene awaits. 


Oh my goodness, this Cold Hands stamp set is the absolute cutest! I just adore these little mice and created a little snow-mouse scene.  I created the background by blending distress ink onto a panel of watercolor card stock. I die cut the watercolor card stock with the largest Nested Dome die- it's the same size as the Arch Window!  


I also used the Nested Domes die to create the card base.  Shaped cards are just so fun to make and receive!  Inside my card, I finished the sentiment by stamping the mittens and the "Warm Heart" sentiment.


One last look at both my cards using the Warm Hands and Cold Hands stamp sets.  This release is a fun one! 


GIVEAWAY!!!

To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. Leave comments on my blog and along the hop by 11:59pm ET on 10/09/17 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts on this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 10/11/17.



To celebrate the new release, all orders over $25 placed by 11:59pm ET on 10/09/17 with code SUNSHINE will receive a free Little Sunshine Stamp Set. The stamp set needs to be in your cart for the promo code to work. Limit 1 per customer; while supplies last. 



Your next stop is Amanda Korotkova!

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Supplies:

Warm Hands Card

Cold Hands Window Card

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Super Cute Sledding Critters {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

It's Sledding Critters week on the Avery Elle blog! Today, I am sharing a card I created featuring the Sledding Critters stamp set and the Winter Borders Elle-ments die.  This collection of critters in a winter sleigh is so adorable!  If you loved the Birthday Bus stamp set, you will certainly want to add its wintery counterpart to your collection!!



Be sure to check out the Avery Elle design blog every day this week for even more ideas using the Sledding Critters stamp set!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Katie

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Merry Christmas Flowers {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

It's Merry Flowers week on the Avery Elle blog and I am up today sharing this high-contrast floral Christmas card featuring the beautiful Merry Flowers stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments die.


I colored the flowers with Copic Markers and for a little hint of holiday sophistication, I added gold glitter to the center of the flowers and matted the sentiment strip with gold card stock.

I hope you hop over the the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration using these beautiful Christmas florals.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Brring on the Joy {Avery Elle}



Hello friends,

It's  Brrring On The Joy week on the Avery Elle blog and today, it's my turn to offer up some inspiration using this cutie, cute stamp set!  Below you can find a list of all the Avery Elle supplies that I used on my card. 


I stamped the penguins, wreath, lights, gift and ice drift onto white card stock with Avery Elle's New Moon dye ink and colored in the images with Copic markers.  I die cut all the images using the coordinating Brrring on the Joy Elle-ments dies. 


I adhered the images to a panel cut with the Wonky Stitches Elle-ments die and stamped the snowflakes from the stamp set with a light aqua ink.  Below the images, I stamped the sentiment in black ink.  I love a good pun and this one just makes me laugh!


As a finishing touch, I added a drop of Glossy Accents to each of the bulbs in the holiday light strand. The bulbs look so shiny and bright! 

Supplies: 

Be sure to check out the Avery Elle blog this week for even more inspiration and ideas featuring Brring on the Joy! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Design Team Reunion {Neat and Tangled}

Hello friends! 

I hope you are having a lovely weekend!  I am popping in today because I am participating in Neat and Tangled's Design Team Reunion to celebrate their 5th Birthday!  
I absolutely loved working with Danielle and the other gals on the Neat and Tangled team, so I am delighted to be invited back!  Neat and Tangled was one of my first teams, so I am forever grateful to Danielle for giving me a shot!  To celebrate this occasion, I have a couple cards to share featuring the new Wild Ones stamp set and balloon stencil.  



For more details about these cards, please visit me on the Neat and Tangled blog

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Introducing Frosty Friends- Avery Elle Fall 2017 Blog Hop!

Hello friends,

I am so excited to be participating today in a blog hop celebrating the release of Avery Elle's Fall 2017 collection of stamps and dies.  Today, I am sharing a card featuring the Frosty Friends stamp set and coordinating Frosty Friends Elle-ments dies.

Ok, so how cute are these snow people?  I adore their vintage look, and they were a delight to color in and shade with Copic markers.  I stamped, colored and die cut the snow people and adhered them to a panel of watercolor cardstock.


I used Distress Oxide ink in Cracked Pistachio to create the soft green background.   I stamped a few of the snow flakes included in the stamp set onto the inked background and added the sentiment with black ink.


Before adhering the stamped panel to a pink notecard, I die cut the bottom edge of the watercolor panel with the Dotted Borders Elle-ments die, and I adhered some clear sequins as a finishing touch.


To celebrate the Summer 2017 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You have until midnight Sunday, August 13th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, August 14.  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.  
Here's a list of Avery Elle design team members participating in today's hop: 


You've got some more inspiration to check out, so I will send you on your way.  Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!

Katie

Friday, August 4, 2017

Hop on the Birthday Bus {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I am on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card or two that I made with the Birthday Bus stamp set.


I started my card by brushing some ink onto a panel of white card stock.  Next, I created a scene using the elements from the Picket Fences Elle-ments die.  I stamped a die cut the bus and gifts from the Birthday Bus stamp set and colored the images with Copic Markers.


I love how this little scene turned out, and I have a bonus interactive version of this card to share over on the Avery Elle blog if you'd like to check that out too! 

Supplies: 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, July 28, 2017

Oceans of Fun with the Bubble stamp set {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card featuring the Bubbles stamp set along with the Waves Elle-ments die.  A list of Avery Elle supplies used on my card is below.

This Bubbles stamp set is just so cute, I wanted to fit as many sea critters as possible on my card! I managed to get most of them in, except the crab. (Sorry crab!  Now he has true cause to be petulant and crabby!)

First, I stamped the images with Avery Elle's New Moon black dye ink and colored them with Copic Markers.


For the background, I inked a panel of watercolor card stock with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  I spritzed the panel with water and blotted it with a paper towel.  Next, I adhered a panel cut with the Waves Elle-ments die on top of the inked card stock.


Adhering dies with intricate cut lines can be pretty tricky, so I adhered the die cut by running strips of score tape along the outer border.  The adhesive used to stick the sea critters to the card help to adhere the center of the Waves die to the card. I stamped the sentiment onto a banner from the Pierced Banner Layers Elle-ments and added it to the card with foam tape.  A few clear droplets add a finishing touch.

Supplies*:

*Affiliate links used at no cost to you!

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

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Introducing G'Day Mate {Avery Elle + Ellen Hutson}

Hello friends, 

I am so excited to be participating today in the introduction of a stamp set which is a collaboration between Avery Elle and Ellen Hutson.  Meet the newest United We Flourish stamp and die set- G'Day Mate available now from Ellen Hutson! For your convenience, a list of my supplies with links can be found below. 


This set is just adorable and features lots of cutie critters from down under. For my card, I brushed some Distress Ink onto a panel of white card stock using a blending brush.  I love the subtle ink dust that the blending brush creates.  Next I die cut the panel using Avery Elle's Finished Frame die set.  I stamped and die cut the Kangaroo, Platypus, and Koala critters and colored them in with Copic Markers.  I arranged the die cuts onto the panel, adhered them and stamped the sentiment with black ink.

This set will only be available from Ellen Hutson for a limited time, so be sure to snatch yours up today. For more inspiration featuring the G'Day Mate stamp set, visit the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog.

Supplies*:


*Affiliate links used at no cost to you.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Katie


Friday, July 21, 2017

Aloha from the Tropics {Avery Elle}

Hello friends!

Happy Friday!  I am up on the Avery Elle blog today with a tropical card to share with you featuring lots of leafy goodness from the Tropics stamp set.  The Tropics stamp set is one of my very favorites from this summer release.  Two step stamping is such a quick and fun way to get striking images with very little effort. A supply list of all the Avery Elle products I used on my card is linked below. 


I started with a white A2 note card and used an ink brush to blend a soft yellow inky background. Next I stamped and die cut all the images.  The pineapple and hibiscus flowers are from the Aloha stamp set and I colored those images in with Copic Markers.

I arranged all the elements and adhered them to the card.  I stamped the sentiment with black ink and affixed a few clear droplets as a finishing touch.  

*Affiliate links used at no cost to you!

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 team!

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Introducing The Season {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends,

Today I have a fun card to share featuring a new stamp set from Waffle Flower Crafts called The Seasons.

The Seasons isn't your typical holiday scene.  With it, you can build an enchanting under the seas adventure featuring Santa as a King Triton-esque Merman.



There are treasures chests full of gifts and kelp/coral that you can decorate with pearls or other baubles and jewels.  Even the fishies are decked out in festive holiday attire!  The set also includes some awesome sentiments including one from your "Sea-cret Santa!"

The Seasons Stamp set, along with the rest of Waffle Flower's new release, will be available to purchase on Thursday, July 20th at the Waffle Flower store.

That's all for me today, but I will be back tomorrow with a few more cards to share.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Monday, July 17, 2017

Introducing Hooray and Cutaway Alpha Dies {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends, 

I am so excited for Waffle Flower Craft's new release and I have a couple projects to share with you today featuring the Cutaway Alpha dies and the Hooray stamp set. 

First up, a card with the Cutaway Alpha dies.  I am such a fan of the Cutaway Alpha stamp set, so these dies are every bit as awesome as the stamps and so versatile.  


I used the dies to spell out my sentiment, holding them in place with washi tape as I ran them through my die cut machine.  I removed the letters and then mounted the panel on top of a piece of card stock that I had inked up with Distress Oxide Inks. I adhered the panel with foam tape and added a few star shaped sequins as a finishing touch.

Next up, I have a card featuring the Hooray stamp set illustrated by Helen Dardik.  This stamp set is fabulous for getting in some coloring practice.


For this card, I stamped nearly all the images from the stamp set onto a panel of white card stock with a Copic friendly ink. I colored everything in with Copic markers. I cut the edge of the panel with the Lacy Layers 5x7 dies.  The sentiment is also stamped and heat embossed on the smallest rectangle from the 5x7 stamp set.

I hope you are as excited as I am about these new products.  Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Waffle Flower Crafts store on Thursday, July 20th!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, July 14, 2017

Aloha and Mahalo {Avery Elle}

Hello crafty peeps!  

Happy Friday to you!  I'm sharing a fun card today with you today featuring Avery Elle's Aloha stamp set with a few leaves from the Tropics stamp set thrown in for good measure.  A list of all my Avery Elle supplies can be found below. 

First I stamped and die cut the coconut and flower from the Aloha stamp set onto card stock using New Moon dye ink. I colored the images with Copic markers. 


Next, I stamped and die cut the leaf images from the Tropics stamp set using Avery Elle's pigment ink. I arranged the images and adhered them to a panel of white woodgrain card stock.


After adhering all the elements, I stamped the sentiment onto a white banner cut with the Pierced Banner Layers die and tucked it behind my image cluster.  A few clear sequins finish off the card. 

Supplies:

(Affiliate links used at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support!!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  For more creative ideas and inspiration, be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for more projects from the Avery Elle team. 

Take care!
Katie


Friday, July 7, 2017

Modern Alpha Hi {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I hope you had a great holiday!  I took some extra time off around the forth which meant this week flew by, and it's Friday already!  I also had a long overdue Crafty Saturday outing with my best crafty girlfriends, and I made a ton of cards that I am so excited to share with you over the next several weeks!!!

First up is a card featuring Avery Elle's Modern Alpha stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments die, which is also being featured on the Avery Elle blog today.


I made this card by blending several shades of Distress Oxide ink onto a white notecard.  I spritzed the card with water to lift the ink.  Next I die cut a panel of white card stock with the Modern Alpha dies- they come arranged just like this right out of the package.  


I adhered the die cut panel to the card and stamped the H and I outline images through the die cut layer onto the note card using black ink.  As a final touch, I adhered a strip of black card stock to the bottom of the note card. 

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 team.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, June 30, 2017

You Make the World A Better Place {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card featuring the new Sentimental Too stamp set.  Links to my Avery Elle supplies are included at the bottom of this post. 

 I was inspired by one of the sentiments included in the Sentimental Too set... the notion of making the world a better place so I pulled out an older Avery Elle stamp set called Joy to the World and used the globe stand to create a decorative globe.


I decorated the globe with flowers and leaves from the Fabulous Florals stamp set before stamping you on a diagonal across the globe.  I adhered the globe to the stand with some foam tape.

The background was created by die cutting coral card stock with the Horizontal Stripes Elle-ments die and adhering it to a lighter coral note card. A few clear droplets add a finishing touch.

Supplies

That's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more ideas and inspiration from the Avery Elle team.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, June 23, 2017

Best Dad {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card I made using the new Mom and Dad stamp set and the Diagonal Stripes Elle-ments die.  Product links are below. 


I love this stamp set because while it's perfect for Mother's Day and Father's Day, the sentiments aren't limited to those holidays.  You can pull out this stamp set any time you want to show some parental appreciation.  The girls gave Jason this card for Father's Day (because timing), but it would also make a great card just because. 


To make the card, I die cut the Diagonal Stripes Elle-ments die from navy card stock and backed it with a lighter shade of blue.  I added a white rectangle of card stock as the background for my sentiment.  The Mom and Dad stamp set also features a coordinating die and I used that die set to cut out "dad" and the banner shape.  Looking back, I could have added some yellow stars or other embellishments to jazz it up and bit.  Luckily, my recipient prefers simple, so I'm off the hook! 

Supplies:

That's all for me today, but please 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, June 16, 2017

Beside the Sea {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

This is my second post of the day.  If you came here in search of the CardMaker Magazine and Prickley Pear blog hop, just scroll down. :)

I am popping in today to share a sweet summertime card featuring Avery Elle's Beside the Sea stamp set and dies.  A list of the Avery Elle stamps and dies used on my project is included below.


I built a little beach scene using the darling beach huts as the focal point.  I colored them in with sorbet tones of Copic markers.  The yellow sky and coral note card really compliment the summer vibe of 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

CardMaker Magazine + Prickley Pear Blog Hop!




Hello friends, 

I am so excited to be participating today in a blog hop with the Cardmaker Magazine blog team featuring Prickley Pear stamps.  You should have arrived here today from the Cardmaker Magazine blog.

For my card, I stamped and cut out the lovely Petunia stamp three times and arranged them in a cluster.  I stamped the sentiment, Let Your Faith Be Bigger, onto a panel of white card stock that I trimmed at an angle before adhering it to a black note card. 



I adhered the floral cluster to the note card with foam tape and affixed a few clear droplets onto the card as a finishing touch.



Giveaway!

You can't have a hop without prizes, and Prickley Pear is hosting a giveaway on their blog of a $20 gift certificate to their online store. Visit their blog for all the details on how to enter. 

Your next stop is the amazing Heather Bolli!  

Happy hopping and good luck!
Katie

Friday, June 9, 2017

Shut the Front Door {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Just popping in today to share a card that I have up on the Avery Elle design blog.  Between last week and this week, my cards have been like a mini parade of homes, and I love it!  Perhaps I missed my calling?

This week's card was inspired in part by John Mellencamp and Young House Love.  John Mellencamp because of the song- Pink Houses and Young House Love because John and Sherry are renovating a beach house and the color they selected for the exterior is Millennial Pink.  Millennial Pink was also the color of my grandparents home in Columbus, Ohio.  Grandma was a woman before her time.

Ok, I know, enough chatting, here's my Millennial Pink House card:



I paired one of my favorite saying's from Avery Elle's No Way stamp set with the Happy Home Elle-ments die to create a literal visual representation of the sentiment. To create the siding on the house, I trimmed a panel of card stock into 1/2" strips, inked the bottom edge and adhered the strips to the front of the house starting from the bottom up.  The strips did make stamping the sentiment a little trick, but I used a Misti to get the best impression I could, and then I filled in the gaps with a black pen.


The door is an interactive element too.  I placed the door die onto my house panel and ran it through my big shot machine.  Because of the layers of card stock, the die didn't cut through completely, but I was able to use my scissors to cut the one side and the top of the door leaving the other side of the door intact to act as a hinge.  Behind the door I stamped "It's Your Birthday" from the No Way stamp set and the little balloon is from the Birthday Bus stamp set.  All of my Avery Elle supplies are linked below. 

Avery Elle Supplies:


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

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, June 2, 2017

Welcome Home Hello {Avery Elle}

Hello, hello friends, 

Happy Fri-YAY!  Well, it's the start of summer around here and the kids are finally finished with school.  We've been spending lots of time outdoors, and while they are jumping on the trampoline or riding their bikes up and down the driveway, I've been scheming about the color of our house. (Sounds expensive, right?  Don't tell my hubby!)

I do love our house- it's a white two story colonial with black shutters and four pillars across the front, but my heart belongs to pale yellow houses with aqua accents.



So pretty, right?  And then there's this one:



As I dream and scheme about someday refacing our home with shades of sunny yellow and pale aqua, I can play with Avery Elle's new Welcome Home stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments die. I put together a little card with these dreamy colors that I am sharing on the Avery Elle design blog today. 


I stamped and die cut the pieces of the house onto card stock.  I used plain gray card stock for the roof and the steps and white card stock for the other elements so that I could color them in with Copic markers. 


I added some detail to the roof with a white gel pen and adhered all the large pieces to the yellow note card.  I stamped the sentiment and then adhered the happy mail envelope and little letter as 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 Avery Elle design team! 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Katie