Celebrating with Tiddly Inks

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Well, my borthday is next week, so I thought I would celebrate a bit with Tiddly Inks!  It’s FabFF-closeup Friday, so the DT has some inspirational cards simply to get you inspired to craft!  No challenges, no pressure – just crafting fun!  And that is a perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

This little beauty is called Willow the Birthday Fairy, but what I love about her is that she would make an awesome Christmas fairy too!  Colour her up with some traditional Christmas colours and you can take her into different seasons – just like a good pair of shoes! I think my favourite part of her are the wings – just a bit of BG11 and C1 topped off with a bit of Stickles.  So easy, and lots of fun dimension.

Well, here’s to getting crafty this weekend  Don’t forget to pop by the Tiddly Inks blog to see all the great cards the DT cooked up for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Make Your Own Sunshine!

Recently, DCWV sent me a new stack called Blossom Couture available now at Hobby Lobby.  If you have ever had a chance to stop by my blog, you will know that I use a lot of bold and bright colours when I am crafting.  But this new soft, crisp, clean stack has me wanting to do away with the pinks and purples and embrace cream, teal, green, grey and white full time!  Let me tell you – this stack is a beauty!

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For this layout, featuring my youngest daughter with her toothy grin (and complete with one of those new walker head bruises),  I decided to showcase one of the pretty journaling tags available in the stack as a title for the layout.  I really love these tags for both the graphics and the well placed embossing that takes each of them from flat to fabulous!

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On top of all the embossing, you will also find all sorts of great patterns, blossoms, and a touch of foiling on elements like a great page filled with alphas. And this stack, with its neutral colours, is perfectly complimented with some of DCWV’s specialty material stacks like the Printed Corrugated cardstock.

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Finally, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite parts of this new stack – a page that includes a couple of beautiful cards that you can cut out, fold and use just as they are!

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It’s hard for me to give away anything but a homemade cards now, but I have to admit that sometimes I find myself pulling one together at the last minute.  This is a great combination of quick and homemade.  While the designs are pretty enough on their own, you can also embellish them a bit with products like DCWV adhesive pearls  or even a bit of ribbon and you are set to go.  Add one of the cute tags from the same page on the inside of the card, and no one will know that it took you less than 5 minutes to pull it together.

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Well, that’s it for me today!  I am off to finish another layout that I started with this stack.  Thanks for stopping by today!

When you wish upon a star…

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Star-fairy-closeupOne of the really fun parts of being on a design team for a stamp company is having access to the newest designs by the artist or artists. But sometimes it is great to look back to stamps designs from the past and play with those ones too!  After all, there is nothing better than that stamp standbys – the ones you love coming back to over and over again!  That’s why I always love Throwback Thursdays at Tiddly Inks! 

For today’s Throwback inspiration, I decided to use one of the darling fairies from the Buggs Mega Pack. All the bold stars on her dress and hat inspired me to use bright and bold colours (so I turned to Doodlebug paper of course). The stars also inspired the handwritten sentiment – and I think this little cutie makes the cutest fairy godmother ever!  She can grant my wishes any day!

Well, I hope this fun stamp and card brought a little smile to your day! Thanks for stopping by and have a great Thursday!

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Modern meadow pretties!

Today, I wanted to share a few cards I created using a really beautiful stack from DCWV called Modern Meadow!  This is a great stack that includes beautiful fall colours together with some light dusty blues to create a beautiful palate great for your more feminine and masculine projects.

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I thought I would play around a bit and see what I could do with this paper if I used the same base shape (a centre step card – here’s a tutorial if you need one) and simply changed up the patterned papers and embellishments to create different looks. I went for a more contemporary design…

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(I love this little quote – ant the DCWV heart-shaped rhinestones are a perfect compliment)

…one that was a more classic…

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I’m not really sure I can pick a favourite from the three..how about you?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Rejected – I need a hug!

So, about a month ago, Paper Crafts Magazine had a call for masculine cards.  Two of the companies that I design for encouraged us to submit, so I got on my crafty bandwagon and went to work.  Now, I need to let you know that I have never had luck with PaperCrafts magazine in the past, but it is important to me to promote the companies I design for so I gave it a go again.  Here are a few of the cards that I created!

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For this card, I used one of my favourite DCWV stacks called Sunday Afternoon.  This stack is filled with fun patterns in great, playful colours.  And the best part is that is has all sorts of shapes that can be cut out for embellishments.  This was a super fast CAS card, and the only materials I used besides the paper were some Liquid Pearls and a bit of Trendy Twine.

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For this card, I got out the My Sunshine stack and played with the alphabet sheet.  On this piece of patterned paper, there are all sorts of stamped letters – some in a bold, darb blue colour.  I decided to isolate those darker colours to spell the work “dad” simply by cutting them out and then matting them on white cardstock.  This is an effect you could also get if you have some alphabet stamps and different coloured inks.  I used some of the Cork adhesive sheets in the background for some extra texture, and then just a bit of Liquid Pearl in the corners.
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I love this one – this card was also made with the My Sunshine Stack from DCWV (and a bit of the adhesive cork too – this stuff is great)!  I simply cut the main sentiment from one of the sheets in the stack, added some Distress Ink and Trendy Twine, and then added the handwritten word “unconditionally” to the bottom, making sure to line up the patterns in the paper.  I just love the message in this one…I can’t wait to give it away!

Well, I didn’t have any more luck this time than I have had in the past.  Man, sometimes it is really hard to apply to magazine calls and design teams and get those “no thanks” messages.  But I hope that somewhere in here, you will find a bit of inspiration that will encourage you to try something different, or just scraplift a sketch or design idea.  Get carfting people – it will make me feel better! 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Winter thank-yous!

I think I have mentioned before that I tend to forget about the actual season when I make birthday cards, but I think it is so great when you can tie together the time of year with the event.  So this season, I have been trying to weave the two ideas together into designs.

Well, last week, I had a few thank-you cards to make and I thought – “Hey, why not try to make those seasonal as well”.  In all honesty, it was a great break from making Christmas cards – even though I was using the same kinds of paper.  Here’s the result:

I cannot tell you how easy these cards were – in fact, I think I had all three done in under an hour.  Mixing together the Arctic Wishes and Winter and Holiday Rhinestone stacks from DCWV, I was able to simply cut out the adorable tags from paper, matt some of the pretty patterned paper with cardstock, and glue!  To create a bit of definition, I did use foam adhesive and ribbon on the tags, but that was about it!  So easy.

So what do you think – do they look like quick cards or are they worthy of a sincere thank-you?

My Pink Stamper – Design Team Call

Have you heard the news? There are spots open for a 6 month term on Robyn’s My Pink Stamper Design Team.  I first came across Robyn on the Cricut message board back when I first started playing with my E!  Her tutorials and explanations were always clear and concise, and she always made really stunning projects out of fun colours that totally showcased the cartridge designs.   So, when I decided to try out for her team, that was exactly what I wanted to try to do too!

The challenge was this: create a card, layout or Cricut project with your favourite cartridge, using the following colours:

  • Orange
  • Turquoise
  • Green
  • Brown
  • other optional color of your choice – I chose PINK of course!

So, with that in mind, I grabbed my new favourite cartridge – “Walk in My Garden“, and some bright and beautiful Bazzill Basics Paper.  Here’s the result…

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All you will need is the following:

  • Bazzill Basics “Two Scoops” Paper in Prickly Pear, Pumpkin Pie, Very Berry, Sprinkles and Rocky Road (YUMMY!!!)
  • Walk in My Garden Cricut Cartridge
  • Celebrate It Basic Narrows ribbon in brown
  • Some adhesive and Glossy Accents for a little extra punch on the Punch! 😉
  • OPTIONAL – Ink to distress edges of cuts

Step 1

Step 1 - First cuts

Using your Prickly Pear paper, cut key 3-7 <grass> at 4″.  Switch to the Rocky Road paper, and cut key 3-7 <shift><grass>.  Glue the brown on top of the green paper.

So here’s the optional step – if you would like, apply a bit of ink to the edges (I love the Tim Holtz Distress ink in Walnut Stain”)

Step 2

Step 2 - Cut your flowers

Using Prickly Pear again, cut keys 2-4 <hycnth>, 2-5 <iris>, and 2-8 <tulip> at 3 1/2″.  These will create the stem, leaves and base for your flowers.  Switch paper to Very Berry and cut key <shift>2-4<hycnth>.  Grab the Sprinkles coloured paper and cut key <shift>2-5<iris>.  Finally, using the Pumpkin Pie paper, cut key <shift>2-8<tulip>.

Glue the blooms onto the green base.  And if you would like, ink up those edges for a little more dimension.

Step 3 & 4

Step 3 & 4 - Start assembly

Start assembling your card by gluing on your green/brown frames onto your background paper – in this case, Rocky Road.  Tie your brown ribbon around the paper and then glue onto your card base! For this base, I cut some of the Prickly Pear paper to match my white card base (5 X 6 1/2″).

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Step 5 - Glue on your flowers and embellish with GA

You’re almost done!  Simply glue on your beautiful flowers, embellish with a bit of Glossy accents on the blooms, and you are all set.  I actually went back and added a bit of faux stitching to the frames just to add a bit of finishing to the edges (just with a simple brown pen)!

I have to admit that I love to use patterned paper!  But the texture of the Bazzill paper together with the bright colours gives this simple card a really bright and fun punch! However, the true test came when my DH walked into the room when I was working on the card.  He stopped dead in his tracks when he saw the card, and said with true excitement in his voice, “Wow – that looks great!”  Now I have to say that he is always my number one fan, but I I don’t usually get that kind of reaction!

So here’s what I need from you – leave some love in the comments below to help me convince Robyn that I’d be just the gal she is looking for on her team!!  If nothing else, let me know what you think about this little card!  You know I always love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!