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Christmas Lodge (Inkspirations #89)

Today brings a new Inkspirations challenge and a perfect opportunity to play with some new goodies! Gonna be a short post tonight – I’ve been working a lot and have a ton of prep work to do for some upcoming card classes…

 

I used the new Christmas Lodge stamp set with the colours of Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue. I watercoloured and then cut into thirds. I then added a sentiment of which I cut out the “C” and added it with a different colour.

 

Of course I added a few little details under the sentiment too – can you see them?

 

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you check out the rest of the Inkspirations design team projects!

 

 

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

 

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:


Cardstock:
Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery.
Ink:
StazOn, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery.
Stamps:
Christmas Lodge.
Accessories:
Basic Jewels, Dotted Ribbon Border punch, Bitty punch pack.


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On a Spooky Night…(CCMC169)

It’s time for another AWESOME challenge from Create with Connie and Mary! I just love being a part of their design team, they keep me so creatively charged!

 

I knew that I wanted to make a Halloween card with these colours and I knew I wanted to do a landscape-type card too so what better than to play with this challenge?

 

I started with a Basic Black card base and then layered it with another piece of the same cardstock. Across the centre, I added a strip of Sahara Sand which is stamped with the candelabra from Wicked Cool and then it’s backed with a piece of Pool Party punched with the Pinking Herts border punch. At the right, I’ve added a Pool Party punched oval and a silver glimmer brad.

 

A big Basic Black satin ribbon is affixed to the side with a Basic Black button.

 

 

I used MANY post-it notes and sponged my landscape using the challenge colours. I stamped the bats from Wicked Cool to look like they are emerging from behind the hill and I tried to make little gravestones using my Word Window punch. I sponged them and stamped them with the spider web from, you guessed it, Wicked Cool.

 

Lastly, I added a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes. I’m really happy with how this turned out! Now, I usually don’t send Halloween cards but I just love to make them so I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this!

 

Let’s see what you can do with this colour combo – head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and play along with us!

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:

 


Cardstock:
Basic Black, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Pool Party.

Ink: Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Pool Party.

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Wicked Cool.

Accessories: Glimmer Brads, Pinking Hearts Border punch, Basic Black satin ribbon, Word Window punch.


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Shades of a Purple Christmas

Guess what time it is? Time for another KKC Kreative Challenge! This time it’s all about the sketch, baby!

 

Wanna play along? You can make your way over to the KKC Section of this blog by clicking HERE! Wanna see what I came up with?

 



I decided that I needed to use more purple in my designs. Why? Not sure! But I wanted to use various colours of purple on this design.

 

The base is Perfect Plum and is layered with Elegant Eggplant and then Whisper White. I stamped the Fine Flourish stamp in Perfect Plum and then layered it with various shapes and embellishments.

 

I started with an Elegant Eggplant Oval and if you look closely you can see two Decorative Labels of Perfect Plum on either side. I also slid a little bit of Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon in behind the oval.

 

I then added three large basic Rhinestones and a Shimmery White snowflake that was punched out using the Snowflake punch.

 

To finish off, I added a Wisteria Wonder small postage stamp stamped with the date from Tags Till Christmas and a little banner stamped with the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

 

Make sure you head on over and see the rest of the AWESOME KKOC Challenge cards and hopefully you’ll play along with us!

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:


Cardstock: 
Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White.


Ink:
Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant.


Stamps:
Fine Flourish, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tags Till Christmas.


Accessories:
Big Shot, Oval die, Snowflake punch, Postage Punch, Decorative Label punch, basic Rhinestones, Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon.


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A Layered Ornament (CCMC168)

I just loved this week’s sketch at Create with Connie and Mary – there are just so many options with it!

 

With lots of holiday classes coming up, I wanted to use this sketch to showcase the Holly Berry Designer paper and all the colours in it.

 

The base of this card is Real Red and you’ll notice various sized strips of the Holly Berry Designer paper at the top. On the bottom, I used my Early Espresso ink and a sentiment from Delightful Dozen.

 


But the ornament is the fun part! The ornament punch was punched with Early Espresso. I then punched out a Triple Layer Doily in Wild Wasabi and sponged it. I then punched out another one Doily in Very Vanilla and then took my Boho Blossoms punch and punched out the centre flower. And then in the centre of the ornament, I added a basic rhinestone which I coloured red with my red Sharpie. TIP: make sure if you are going to colour the pearls or rhinestones, you do so while they are attached to the backing sheet and once dry, add them to your project!

 

There are still a few more days to play along with the challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary – hope you’ll join us!

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:


Cardstock: 
Real Red, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi.


Ink:
Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi.


Stamps: 
Delightful Dozen.


Accessories:
Ornament punch, Triple Layer Doily Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, 1/4″ Real Red Grosgrain, Holly Berry Designer Paper, Basic Rhinestones.


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Lots of Tags Book (Inkspirations #88)

Time for another Inkspirations challenge! This time it’s all about the colour!

 

Pretty bold colour palette, huh? When I was trying to work ahead I got a phone call from my sister wanting me to come up with a design for her wedding shower gift for my brother and his fiancee. I know this is not a typical wedding combo but for what I had to wrap, this was the perfect combo.

 

I used the Best Friends Forever stamp set to make a cute belly band that keeps this little tag book closed.

 

For the book itself, I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Melon Mambo. I scored and folded it at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side and then every 2 1/4″. I then accordian folded it to make a little book.

 

What I did next was use the remainder of the challenge colours to decorate each “pocket”. I used my Simple Alphabet numbers and made little tags with My Digital Studio.

 

In the first pocket is the “instruction” sheet for a perfect “date day”. Then, each pocket housed various steps to make a special day extra special (each tag has a gift card attached to the back).

 

Of course I had to put this cute little book in a cute box too! So here is what I did:

 

I have a tutorial for this box coming soon!

 

Thanks for stopping by today – I hope you enjoyed what I made for this latest Inkspirations challenge. Check out what the rest of the design team came up with by checking out their blogs too!

 

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Whisper White.

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point.

Stamps: Best Friends Forever.

Accessories: Big Shot, Simple Numbers die, Bitty Punch Pack, Heart to Heart Punch, Dotted Ribbon Border punch.


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A Vintage Christmas (CCMC168)

This week at Create with Connie and Mary, there is an AMAZING sketch challenge to play along with!

I decided to use the new Christmas Lodge stamp set and the Pines and Poinsettas for accents. The base of my card is Blushing Bride and I’ve got it layered with Early Espresso and then Very Vanilla Designer Paper. On the Very Vanilla layer I stamped the swirl from Always Elegant, sponged all the edges with Early Espresso and added some Basic Pearls.

 

In keeping with the sketch, I added three horizontal panels:  one is Very Vanilla Designer paper layered with Chantilly lace trim, one is Quilted Early Espresso ribbon and the last is Early Espresso punched cardstock threaded with Blushing Bride cardstock.

 

 

I embossed the Christmas Lodge stamp with Clear Embossing powder and then sponged around it with Blushing Bride ink. I then stamped the sentiment from Pines and Poinsettias in Early Espresso ink over the tree. I cut out the Christmas from Pines and Poinsettias and affixed with dimensionals.

 

This is really a gorgeous card in person – sometimes photography just doesn’t do cards justice.

 

Thanks for stopping by today and head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and play along!

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:


Cardstock: 
Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride.

 

Ink: Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Versamark.

 

Stamps: Christmas Lodge, Pines and Poinsettias.

 

Accessories: Neutrals Designer Paper, Early Espresso Quilted ribbon, Chantilly Lace Trim, Antique Brads, Basic Pearls, Dotted Ribbon Border punch.

 


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KA-POW Kreative Challenge Super Squad!

I so appreciate you all taking the time to play along with this very first KA-POW Kreative Challenge! After much backroom discussion, our talented Super Squadron has picked the following Sidekicks:

 

Connie Babbert

Inkspired Treasures

 

Laura Haffe

It’s a La Dee Dah Day

 

Maree Streeter

Inky Moose

 

And lastly, our newly crowned Super Hero this week is:

Diane Stader

Planted in Joy

Here is what the KA-POW Kreative Challenge team had to say about Diane’s creation:

 

I absolutely love all of her texture details– the roughed up edges of her base, the use of the embossing folder, the pearls, and her rolled paper flowers–so much dimension! Love it!

 

Details, details, details. This card has so many my eyes hurt just looking at it (and this is a great thing). Diane rocked the challenge colours and with a skilled eye was able to use them to their fullest.

 

It’s so pretty.  I love the way she embossed only half of the Wisteria Wonder panel.  The attention to all the tiny details like the pearls, the distressing, and the rolled edges are amazing. The gorgeous rolled flowers are just the cherry on top!  Love it!

 

I love Diane’s card.  One of the reasons in particular is because she was able to do a “pretty” card with the colour challenge and I just kept seeing kid-card.  The layers and details on the card work great together, and I just adore those paper flowers.  I also love the distressed edges and the sentiment tag.

 

I totally agree for all fabulous reasons given 

 

Ladies, you can click here to pick up your badges for your blog sidebars. Thank you again for playing along with us and we hope you’ll join us again at KA-POW Kreative Challenge next week! Watch the blog for an awesome sketch challenge coming soon…..


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A Wonderful Wedding

So you’ve heard me talk about this wedding I’d had over the summer – my Brother’s wedding actually. I was honoured to be asked to look after table decor. Usually the grooms family is not asked to be all that helpful so, since this is my only brother, I jumped at the chance to help.

 

I thought I’d share a few photos of the wedding set up and table place settings with you. This is the head table. The wedding was very small (less than 40 people) and took place on Galiano Island, BC. It is an absolutely lovely spot. So, because this was a destination wedding, we had to plan and pack every little item (including all the tables, flowers, decor, etc). If you forgot one thing, you were hooped!

 

And here is a side view. Don’t you love those paper flowers that are holding up the swag on the front?

 

 

And a couple of close ups of the table settings. Everyone got their own “chair” with their name and relationship to the bride/groom. In addition, there is a different love-themed quote on each and every napkin. My mom did wonders with the flowers which are all in teapots and teacups. Lastly, we made little sweet treat mason jars with candy sticks on each table.

 

 

 

And a couple of close ups of the venue. The wedding ceremony took place in a different are of the resort, this is just the reception area.

 

 

Thank you so much for sticking around and checking out these photos! Still some great wedding projects to share in the days and weeks to come.

 


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A Shabby Holiday Greeting

I so enjoy challenges as you all know. A “new to me” challenge is the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. I know I’ve read about these challenges but have been playing the last two weeks and they are very inspiring!

 

I decided to play with the stamp Christmas Postcard that I have not played with in a while. When coming up with this design, I wanted to make something that could be easily duplicated in a holiday class setting.

 

Starting with an Early Espresso card base, I used a layer of Wild Wasabi which I rounded all the corners of and added three More Mustard Brads.

 

I then used a vertical strip of Holly Berry designer paper and made a little flag like piece. I sponged and roughed these edges as well.

 

The central panel is Naturals Ivory and I stamped the Christmas Postcard with Early Espresso.  I then stamped it again on some scraps and watercoloured and cut them out. They are then adhered with dimensionals and blinged up with some Dazzling Details.

 

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my project!

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:


Cardstock:
Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory, Wild Wasabi.


Ink:
Early Espresso, Black StazOn, More Mustard, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red.


Stamps:
Christmas Postcard.


Accessories:
Holly Berry Designer Series Paper, Regals Brads, Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin’ Sponges, Dazzling Details.


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Sweet Wedding Wishes (Inkspirations #87)

I’m super excited to share the first of many wedding related projects over the next little bit. A couple of weeks back my brother got married so I’ve got cards, boxes and of course table decor to share!

 

The latest Inkspirations Challenge sketch was the perfect starting point for this card which was made made for their shower. They did a Jack and Jill type shower where they both attended.

 

I started with a So Saffron card base and layered it with Soft Suede and then Spice Cake designer series paper (which is all sponged and lovely looking).

 

The central panel is again Soft Suede and it’s layered with some Pool Party cardstock which is embossed with the Elegant Lines embossing folder, sponged and tied with some Spice Cake Designer Fabric.

 

For the central panel, I glued some More Mustard cardstock on a piece of chipboard and cut it out using my Big Shot and the Scallop Circles Big Shot die.

 

Lastly, the centre circle (which is a 2 1/2″ circle) is stamped with an image and sentiment from Easy Events. I’ve watercoloured, sponged and spritzed this layer and even added some Dazzling Details to the little heart.

 

To finish it off, I tied a Spice Cake designer fabric bow, added some Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon and then an Antique Brad.

 

Thanks so much for stopping in today! As an added bonus, here is the box I made to hold the gift:

 

Now head on over to Inkspirations and see what the rest of the design team has done with this awesome sketch!

 

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

 

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!:


Cardstock:  So Saffron, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Pool Party.


Ink: Soft Suede, More Mustard, So Saffron, Jet Black StazOn, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi.


Stamps: Easy Events, Fabulous Phrases.


Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circles, Elegant Lines embossing folder, Spice Cake designer Fabric and Paper, Antique Brads, Soft Suede Taffeta ribbon.