Friday, October 17, 2014

May Arts:: Christmas Card Hop



May Arts is getting into the Christmas Spirit with a Handmade Christmas Card Hop! I've got two cards to show you today, and both of them are clean and simple and easy for mailing.
I went a bit rustic with my first card, above. It features a length of 2.5" Cotton Blend with Vintage Inspired Print (468-25-15 Pinecones). I simply glued this to a stamped card base and tied it off with May Arts Burlap String in Natural and Dark Brown (SM10 and SM33).




My last card is a bright and fun greeting featuring a length of 1.5" Holiday Satin Cut-Out (459-31 Snowflakes). So shiny and pretty! Here I simply glued them onto a stamped card base as well and wrapped the card with 1/8" Black Silk Ribbon (SK10) tied in a bow.

As usual with May Arts Hops, not only is there amazing inspiration, but there is also a prize up for grabs! 2 prizes of 2 spools each (one each day) from the May Arts Christmas Section!

The line up from yesterday is as follows, with today's as well! Your next stop is Jennifer!

Thursday
Virginia Fynes
Tracy McLennon
Rhea Weigand
Mary Brockway
Mallika Kejriwal
Lalo IK
Karen Hanson

Friday
Karen Baker
Jennifer Davey
Jenifer Cowles
Jen Shears
Gini Williams Cagle
Emily Lanham
Charlene Driggs

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

May Arts:: Authentique/Imagine Crafts






Woohoo! I love these hops with May Arts and other leading crafty companies. Today we are teaming up with Authentique and Imagine Crafts!

I've got two cards. The first one (above) plays off the gorgeous paper from Authentique's Radient Collection. I accentuated the rays with some May Arts Burlap String in the gorgeous Grape color (SM-36).  I stamped a cute sentiment in the very luscious Memento Luxe Lilac Posies stamp pad from Imagine Crafts.


This next card has the Authentique patterned paper covering the whole card front, and a stamped sentiment (again using Imagine Crafts ink). I think the highlight of the card though, is the big bow made from 1.25" May Arts Silk Ribbon in Burgundy (SK25).





I highlighted the gorgeous ribbon further by first spraying it with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold and let it dry before adding it to the card. Love the subtle beauty it adds!


I've got to let you know that there is an amazing giveaway up for grabs. There is three sets of prize packs! Each prize pack has goodies from each company. Please be sure to check out the May Arts Blog for further details.

And here's a complete line-up: 
Monday
Charlene Driggs
Emily Lanham
Gini Williams Cagle

Tuesday
Jen Shears
Jenifer Cowles

Wednesday
Jennifer Davey
Karen Baker
Karen Hanson

Thursday
Mallika Kejriwal
Mary Brockway

Friday
Rhea Weigand
Shellye McDaniel
Tracy McLennon

Thursday, August 28, 2014

LID:: August Release:: Day 3




It's the final day of the Lil' Inker Designs August Release. As usual, I hope you've enjoyed the days of hopping. You should have arrived from Jen's Blog!


My first project today features the ultimate Halloween product, Spooky Word Die! I used the die as a focal point, and added the die cut bat from Broomsticks and Bats (last year's release) as well as a sentiment from the new Boo & Faces stamp set.


My next project features the cool and innovative Ghost Border Die Set! I die cut the ghost from a white card base. I adhered a dark purple piece to the inside of the top of the card, and then attached the ghost with dimensional adhesive. But first, I added two pink sequins behind the die cut for some spooky eyes and stamped a sentiment from Boo & Faces!


I really hope you enjoyed the hop and will enjoy all the fabulous new products being released this month from Lil' Inker Designs! Your next stop is Kristen! Don't forget to comment along the hops, as there are three $15 gift certificates up for grabs to the Lil' Inker Designs Store!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LID:: August Release:: Day 2



Welcome to the second day of the Lil' Inker Designs August Release. As usual, we have a fabulously spooky hop for you. You should have arrived from Jen's Blog!



Seriously, how cool are these products that I featured on my card today!? Today's card features the Stitched Ghosts Die, with a neat interactive element! I cut a circle (using LID's Exclusive Double Stitching Circle Dies) from cardstock, then sandwiched a length of string between two ghosts that were glued together. I did add a bit of character to the ghost using the Boo & Faces stamp set! I attached the string to the card using washi tape on the inside panel, and the ghosts twists and turns! The sentiment is a combination from Sending You and Classic Halloween stamp sets!


Your next stop is Kristen! Don't forget to comment along the hops, as there are three $15 gift certificates up for grabs to the Lil' Inker Designs Store!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LID:: August Release:: Day 1




Woohoo! It's Day One of the Lil' Inker Designs August Release. As usual, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring innovative stamps and dies, with a big of spook to some of them! You should have arrived from Jen's Blog!



My project today features FOUR awesome new projects! The card started with a white cardstock base and I used a combination of stamps from Sending You plus dies from Mini Envies and Accessories to complete it! What a perfect pairing. LID has also released some Premium White A2 Envelopes and you can customize them with the Stitched Envelope Liner Die. It is so simple to jazz up an envelope with this die! Love it!


My second card features another coordinating stamp set with the above products, this one is called Send Pretty Mail. I stamped the cutie pie snail in a rainbow of hues, then added black accents, a black  May Arts Silk Bow and a sentiment. The sentiment was completed using the You Word Die from Mini Envies and Accessories Die set!


Your next stop is Kristen! Don't forget to comment along the hops, as there are three $15 gift certificates up for grabs to the Lil' Inker Designs Store!





Oh yeah!!! We have THIS for you too to celebrate Lil' Inker Design's 4th Birthday! Please check out the blog for more details!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

May Arts:: New Release Week



May Arts just released more fabulous ribbon in 2014! New textures, new colors & best of all – new inspiration!   You can check out the new releases here, and the Ribbonistas are featuring projects using these beauties all week long, with each Ribbonista has been assigned one new series to play with. Of course, there is a prize up for grabs by commenting on the May Arts Blog and visiting participating designer blogs: 3 prizes of 1 spool each from our new releases.  That’s 3 chances to win!
I had the pleasure to work with the new colors of the Paper Raffia Line (Series JPP).

I love making card and featuring ribbon on them. My first card (above) features three new colors as flowers. A card without a lot of bulk! I took some double side adhesive and wound the raffia on it, and simply adhered the blooms to a previously stamped card base.


This next card features paper raffia as a lovely textured background. I simply layered the raffia onto a die cut double sided adhesive pattern and attached it to a card.


My last card featured a fun and playful way to use the paper raffia on a card! I attached a strip of double sided adhesive to a card base and just layered a bunch of strips of the raffia on top! I finished the card with the fun mini poms in black.

I really enjoyed working with the paper raffia outside of tying bows on packages, which is also a perfect use of the paper raffia! I hope you enjoy seeing all the projects and make sure you check out the new releases on the May Arts Blog and leave a comment!




Monday
Charlene Driggs
Valerie Gee
DeeDee Catron

Tuesday
Emily Lanham
Gini Williams Cagle
Jen Shears

Wednesday
Jenifer Cowles
Jennifer Davey
Karen Baker

Thursday
Lalo IK
Latrice Murphy
Rhea Weigand

Friday
Courtney Lee
Shellye McDaniel
Virginia Fynes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LID:: July Release Day 3



It's the final day of the Lil' Inker Designs July Release. As usual, I hope you've enjoyed the days of hopping. You should have arrived from Jen's Blog!


Aren't these products just so elegant! For my project, I started out altering the card base with some inked edges and mist. Then I stamped one outlined feather and two solid feathers with gold ink from the Fancy Feathers Stamp Set and die cut them with the coordinating Fancy Feathers Dies. I then adhered them to the card base, added a simple bow made out of 1/4" May Arts Silk Ribbon in Pink, and then finished the card with one of the many sentiments from the Fancy Feathers Stamp Set.

I really hope you enjoyed the hop and will enjoy all the fabulous new products being released this month from Lil' Inker Designs! Your next stop is Kristen! Don't forget to comment along the hops, as there are three $15 gift certificates up for grabs to the Lil' Inker Designs Store!

Monday, July 28, 2014

LID:: July Release Day 2



Welcome to the second day of the Lil' Inker Designs July Release. As usual, we have a fabulous hop for you. You should have arrived from Jen's Blog!


Seriously, how cool are these products that I featured on my card today!? Some of my favorites from this release. I used two new dies and one new stamp set. I started my die cutting one of the Pinking Edge Sentiment Flag Die Set and then die cut the Seriously Word Die from it and another colored piece of cardstock. After assembling that onto my card, I added a May Arts Chevron Twill Ribbon tab and finished the card with a coordinating sentiment from the Seriously Awesome Stamp Set.






Now for a surprise, and something much needed in my own stash, I added the Angel Policy Stamp Set that was stamped onto some Pinking Edge Sentiment Flags to the back of the card for that extra personal touch!


Your next stop is Kristen! Don't forget to comment along the hops, as there are three $15 gift certificates up for grabs to the Lil' Inker Designs Store!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

LID:: July Release Day 1



Woohoo! It's Day One of the Lil' Inker Designs July Release. As usual, we have a fabulous hop for you. You should have arrived from Jen's Blog!


My first project features two of the new releases! I first used the raindrops impression from the Cut it Out Clouds Die Set to make some rain drops running the length of my card then added some layered die cut clouds and lightening bolts! I finished the card with an inspirational stamped saying from the cool new set, Dance in the Rain.

Your next stop is Kristen! Don't forget to comment along the hops, as there are three $15 gift certificates up for grabs to the Lil' Inker Designs Store!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

May Arts:: Xyron and Simple Stories


May Arts has the best collaborations and this week we are teaming up with Simple Stories and Xyron for a ton of inspiration! My two favorite past-times during the summer are baseball and reading and was happy to be able to combine these two into one project featuring amazing products from all three companies!


I started the bookmarks by adhering journaling cards from the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine Kit to a cardstock base with Xyron's Adhesive Runner. I then added the photos of my boys' in their baseball uniforms and embellished with stickers from the kit. I was able to laminate the bookmarks with Xyron's Glossy Laminate Sheets for durability and finished them by adding a tassle of May Arts Ribbon consisting of 1/4" Silk Ribbon in Yellow (SK27) and one of the new colors, Mint Green (SK98), as well as Burlap String in Parrot Green (SM46).

As usual, there are prizes up for grabs by hopping along and commenting on the designer's pages as well as the May Arts Blog. THREE prize packs consist of: Simple Stories' Good Day Sunshine Kit, a spool of May Arts ribbon (winners choice), and a 2.5" create a sticker from Xyron.

And the order of the hop is as follows:
Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday