Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Halloween Cards

Hiya! I'm up on the Eyelet Outlet blog today with a couple fun Halloween-themed cards.Want to know more about what brads I used to make them? Visit the blog here.

Did you know Eyelet Outlet has a monthly sketch challenge? Use the following sketch with Eyelet Outlet products and you could win some goodies. Click here to enter.

Here is a card I made following the sketch.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Release Rewind!

Now that we've showed you the new releases, we're going to show you how they work with existing sets. In the card below, I used the new Fun Shapes Sweet Cuts to create the big, sparkly stars. Then, I stamped the cluster of stars from the Be Happy set in a lighter ink so I could stamp the sentiment over it. Hip Hip Hooray is from the ConGRADulations set.

I think they complement each other very well!

Come see how the rest of the design team paired the new releases with existing sets.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Release Party!

Release day has finally arrived at Paper Sweeties. All the adorable images we've been using to tease you are now available for purchase!

Remember the adorable tutu Sophi was wearing a couple days ago? Here it is again, except I've used it as a banner in this card. Both the tutu image and the sentiment are in the brand new set You Are Tutu Sweet available here.

Want to see some more projects using the new releases? Please visit the rest of the design team's blogs.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I was honored to be nominated by my blog friend, Susie Moore, to be part of the Creative Blog Hop that's been going on in blogland. It's a fun way to get to know other bloggers around the world by answering four simple questions.

  1. What are you working on now?
    Currently I serve on two design teams. In fact, one of them, Paper Sweeties, is having a new release right now. I've been working on projects to showcase the new stamps and dies, which coincidentally, are available today. You can see my project here.

    I also serve on the Eyelet Outlet design team with Susie. A couple times a month, I create projects with their adorable brads, bling, enamel dots, ribbon and washi tape.

    Here is a project I made recently that uses both products.

  2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? This is a hard question for me. I guess before I can answer how my work is different, I have to figure out what my genre is! I make cards and occasionally other paper projects. I like bold colors. I like trends. I like bling. I like stamps. I like ink and I like patterned paper. I like clean and simple designs, but I'm not afraid to explore other styles. If I had to pick something that made me a little different, I guess that would be it. I don't commit to one style. Although I lean toward CAS, if I'm inspired to create a project with layers and embellishments, then I will. I think what's most important is to create original, clever designs and execute them as best as you can regardless of the style.
  3. Why do I create what I do? Twenty years ago, if someone said "You're going to be creating cards, taking pictures of them and posting them on your own blog," I would probably laugh in their face. Although I've always had an appreciation for art and creativity, I can't draw my way out of a paper bag! That's why I love stamps!!

    I first became interested in card making when my fiance (now husband) and I hit the craft stores looking for supplies for our wedding. I loved looking at all the fun pretty things! Then we got a handmade wedding card made with some of those pretty things. But I didn't really start making cards until after I became a full-time, stay-at-home mom. I needed something that gave me pleasure and a sense of accomplishment. (Not that motherhood doesn't do that, but I wanted something that could give me immediate satisfaction!) Cardmaking is something that I do just for me. I give everything else to my family, whom I love dearly, but I make cards for me and I think it makes me a better mom in the long run.
  4. How does my creative process work? I don't have a specific process. Sometimes I look at a stamp set and try to think of different ways to use it. Sometimes, I see something and think "Hey, that would be great on a card." Sometimes I participate in challenges in which the sketch, inspiration or color palette are predetermined.
I now have the privilege of introducing you to next week's featured blogger. Her name is Kathy Gillon, but she also goes by the Crafting Chemist. We "met" a few years ago when we were on a design team together. She has since become one of my best blog buddies. Here's her bio:

I'm a mom to 3 wonderful kids. I'm a chemist by profession, but a crafter at heart. Both my mom and grandma were  crafty and have passed in their love to me.  I love to create and share my passions, and hope to inspire others to be crafty as well.  Here's my blog:

Paper Sweeties September Release Countdown!

We're teasing you a little more with another round of sneak peeks! Tomorrow is the big day, so check out all the projects so when the big day comes, you're all prepared.

This card uses a sentiment from a set that is chock full of sweet sayings about love - perfect for wedding and Valentine's Day cards.

Here are links to the rest of the team's projects. Go check them out!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paper Sweeties September Release Sneak Peeks!

It's sneak peek day at Paper Sweeties. This is the day when we tease you with pictures of projects created with new stamps and dies that won't be released until Monday, Sept. 15!! Nanny nanny noo noo!! LOL!

Check out the adorable ballerina outfit on Sophie. She has her sparkly wand, too. She's kind of the like Cinderella's Fairy Godmother.

Isn't she so sweet? Why not taunt yourself a little more and check out my design team mates' projects with the new goodies that you can't have until Sept. 15? ;-)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Card Just for Fun

I've been making more cards lately now that the kids are in school and now that I finally have my own craft space. Yep, I finally have my own space. I'm putting the finishing touches on it and I will have a post complete with pics.

In the meantime, I'm sharing this card I made just for grins and giggles. No design team obligation. No challenge entry. Just for the pure enjoyment of creating something.


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