February 20, 2017

Creative Inking Blog Hop: Color My World

Welcome to the February Creative Inking Blog Hop

This month's theme is creative ways to introduce color to your projects. I've got two great samples to share with you today- both stamped by my amazing Mom! (I'm in the process of moving... so I wasn't able to do my own cards, but still wanted to share something awesome with you today).

The first color adding technique I want to talk about is paper piecing. Now, depending on your stamped image this can require a bit of patience and fussy cutting, but the end result is pretty cool!

Isn't that fun? Her dress & hat are actually made from DSP. So how do you achieve this cool result you ask? Well, it is pretty simple. You are gonna stamp the image twice- once on the white and once on the DSP. Then you cut out the DSP image and adhere it to the white. Pretty neat!

One nice thing about this technique is that you don't have to be super precise as you cut. Since the image will be in black on both sheets of paper you can cut anywhere on the black and the edges will 'hide' themselves. Also, if you don't want to do the tiny details (like the ruffles on her skirt) you can just use a marker to make them match the DSP.

This card also has a fun fold to it. It opens up twice. So fun right?

Now for the second card. This one has lots of color added to it in the background using grunge type stamps. And then my favorite part is actually the cloudy sky. That isn't DSP- that is actually sponged onto the paper.

Here is a bit of a closeup. To achieve this look you need to make a cloud 'template'- which in this case was one of the cloud die cuts from the Lift Me Up thinlits. Then, after dabbing the sponge on the ink pad, you start on the diecut and slowly rub around in circles moving off and away from the die. That way the darkest color will be right next to the cloud and it will lighten as the distance grows. Do this a couple of times in different locations to get the pretty cloudy collage all over the sky!

Well, I hope you enjoyed these creative ways to add color. Now hop along and see the other amazing creations!

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February 15, 2017

February Scraps-N-Pieces Blog Train

I home you are ready for some cute little monsters this month. The bright colors of the blog trains palette just seemed perfect to make these cute little guys :) Just click on the image below to grab my portion.

Now jump on the train and pick up the rest of this month's designer pieces.

Pixie Glitter Designs
Swift Thinkin
Dreamn4ever Designs
FranB Designs
Heather Z. Scraps
Honeybees Creative Hive
JMC Designs
Shuckclod's Stuff
Triple J Designs
Janet's Digital Joys

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January 20, 2017

Creative Inking Blog Hop: Let's Sale-a-Brate!

Welcome to the January Creative Inking Blog Hop!

As you already know, Sale-a-Bration is now in full swing! That means lots and lots of FREE STUFF! What could be better :)

So, this month we are giving you all sorts of ideas to help you make use of your goodies. I picked out the Designer Tee set as my feature. Now, I know you may be thinking- "But I'm not really into the t-shirt idea, and besides, I don't have the framelits." Well, neither do I. But if you look closely at the sayings, none of them really need to go on a t-shirt. And there are some real gems in there!

I grabbed the 'Don't quit your daydream' stamp, and thought it would coordinate perfectly with the Dragonfly Dreams bundle. I'm just tickled pink with how it turned out!!

The slanted cut is actually the top layer- so the 'spotted' background you see at the bottom is actually the inside. Fun idea to switch up the card just a little :)

And then, what dreamy card would be complete without a 'little' Wink of Stella?! Or... maybe a LOT of Wink of Stella :)

The whole thing is just so sparkly in person. If you look close you can see I even 'winked' a bunch of the embossed petals in the background. I just love sparkles!

Hope you will consider the Designer Tee stamp set while picking out your free products. Now, hop on over to the fabulous Kristine to see what Free Stuff she will showcase.

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January 14, 2017

January SNP Blog Train

Welcome! It has been awhile since I've touched my digital scrapbooking supplies. But... I had some downtime over Christmas Break and wanted to make a little something something!

So I hope you enjoy these papers. I particularly had a fun time 'painting' colors on the watercolor paper overlay. (Click the image below to open the link)

Now follow the train to the rest of the stops!

A Beautiful Mess!
Swift Thinkin' 
Adriana's Cafe
JMC Designs
Dreamn4ever Designs
Honeybees Creative Hive
Just For Fun Designs
BeezDesignz Heather Z. Scraps
Josie Scraps
Triple J Designs
Shuckclod's Stuff
Janet's Digital Joys
Day Dreams 'n Designs
Pixie Glitter Designs

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December 20, 2016

Creative Inking Blog Hop: Winter Frolics

Welcome to the Creative Inking Blog Hop!

It's time for some Wintery Fun :)

First a little confession time. I bought these little pinecones right away cause I thought they were super cute! But I have such a hard time putting them on cards. I worry that they will get thrown away (gasp!!) and it makes it harder to mail them. So they sat untouched in my drawer, waiting for some love.

Over Thanksgiving, at my up-line meeting, we made a set of earrings with the pinecones. They were SO CUTE!! I couldn't wait to try playing with jewelry making using them some more :)

So my mom and I decided to split some supplies to make a necklace to match. I've never made jewelry before this, so if I can do it so can you! You will need a chain (we chose a bronze to match the pinecones), some jump rings, and a clasp for the back. Then a needlenose pliers (or even better some jewelry pliers) and you are set.

Didn't it turn out cute! One hint (I got this from a friend on our team that has made jewelry)- when you open the rings you bend them each sideways away from one another. Do Not make the link bigger- that kind of bending stresses the metal and fatigues it. If that didn't make sense... I would check out YouTube videos that explain how to do it. Like I said, super simple.

After finishing the necklace I had just enough chain left to make a bracelet too. Isn't it just a cute set!

So now I have some wintery SU! jewelry I can wear for the next few months when I want to feel festive :) And I don't have to worry that they will get thrown away ;) Bonus!

I hope you enjoyed this idea! The pinecones are being discontinued at the end of the month, and are only available while supplies last until then- so make sure to pick some up now if you want to make your own set.

Now, hop along and see what my fellow stampers have created for you this cold wintery day.

Flutterby again soon!

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November 20, 2016

Creative Inking Blog Hop: Handmade Holiday

Welcome to the Handmade Holiday's edition of the Creative Inking Blog Hop!

Today I'm gonna show you the cards we have been working on in class the last few months. Each month we made 10 cards- 2 designs, 5 each- and they were quick and easy designs. So, if you still need to make your cards for the upcoming holiday season get ready to be inspired! You can easy finish a bunch of these in one sitting and be ready to roll.

All the cards start with a set of notecards & envelopes for the base (they come in white and crumb cake). That makes them even quicker- no prep for the card bases! Also, they are a little smaller than a standard card, which I personally think gives them a bit of 'cuteness' factor (isn't everything small cute :) ).

The first month we used the Santa's Sleigh bundle along with super cute Warmth & Cheer DSP and Washi. A little stamping, a little assembly and it is all done!

For month two we dove into the Christmas Pines bundle. I LOVE this set! We started with a template for masking on the one card, and then were able to use it again and again.

This month we will be using the Star of Light bundle. This was top of my wish list when the holiday catalog came out. Isn't it just divine?! I paired it with my new favorite in color (Dapper Denim- such a fun name) and some Copper paper & string. I think these turned out oh so elegant!

Finally, next month we will be using the stampin rewards set Cozy Critters and one of the Swirly Scribbles dies for a wreath. Isn't that a fun alternative use!

If you haven't made Christmas Cards yet, I hope you are inspired to pick your favorite holiday line and start going. There are a lot of things you can make really fast, that are super pretty and will make your card stand out this year.

Happy Stamping and Flutterby again soon!

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September 20, 2016

Creative Inking Blog Hop: Spooky Fun

Are you ready for some Spooky Fun on today's blog hop?

Welcome! We hope you enjoy all the Halloween themed projects this month- with plenty of time to create your favorites for friends and family.

Today, I created a scenic card for you, which looks like it is straight out of a halloween flick...

This card features the Spooky Fun Bundle. And although I'm not a huge halloween fan (aside from just having fun with my kiddos) I really love this set. The adorable little tree cutout is perfect for some spooky fun... but also will be great for fall and winter themed scenes. And multi-use sets are a big win in my book.

I also just really love that this is a scene building set. Sure, you could use the pieces as traditional stand alone elements, but when put together like this you can create a full landscape- which I think is so cool. The set also comes with an adorable little fence, which although I decided not to use here, will be really fun to use with other scenes I create :)

The other part I should mention about this card is how to create the fun background. I got the variegation in the sky by sponging it with a dauber. Just tap tap tap it on the ink, and then rub it around on the paper in swirling patterns. So much fun :)

Now hop on over to see what Kristine created for us this month

Or if you've already been there, head back over to Sue (BJ is out this month)

And don't forget- Flutterby again soon!

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