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!

Now hop along!

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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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July 31, 2016

Sand & Sunshine Release

Today is the day. My kit is finished, and it will be available for free on the Scraps N Pieces forum for the next two weeks! Check out all the finished pieces :) And then follow the link at the end of this post to get it for yourself. Hope you enjoy scrapping with it as much as I did building it!!

To download the kit pieces, visit my gallery post on the Scraps N Pieces forum HERE. Enjoy!

Flutterby again soon!

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July 20, 2016

Creative Inking Blog Hop: Be A Big Shot

Welcome to the July Creative Inking Blog Hop!

This month we are bringing you all things Big Shot. So be ready for some WOW!

The two cards I'm sharing with you today are the hardest I have ever made. Not in technique- that was fairly straightforward- but in subject matter. You see, on July 8th, one of my friends passed away in childbirth. She left behind her hubby and three little children (3 1/2, 2, and newborn)- which pull at my heartstrings as a mother. These are the cards I made for her family.

This first card was one I made for our coworkers to sign. Michelle (my friend) had worked in many different areas of our company, and was well loved by a lot of people. We had multiple cards spread out throughout the building for friends to leave messages and this was my favorite of them.

This next card I made specifically to be from our family. I had become friends with Michelle shortly after we both started working at our company. We had a shared love of Chai teas, and a common wish of starting a family- sooner than the typical female actuary. And in a company where your coworkers all live on opposite suburbs of the city, the two of us actually lived only 10 minutes apart. So along with our hubbies we many fun times together.

While stamping these cards I remember thinking about her family with every step I took. It was nice to be able to do something that I hoped would bring them some joy in this horrible situation. But also very, very hard. Thankfully, though, I managed to not add any tear drops to the cards.

Just a little about the cards- although I know they are fairly straight forward and easy to replicate. Both feature the Flourishing Phrases bundle and the new Dapper Denim In Color. The framelit was used to cutout the vine from vellum- I liked the delicate detail it added to both these cards.

If you are interested in hearing anymore about my friend, or helping out her family and children, please visit her YouCaring website. We are constantly astounded by the outpouring of love for her and her family.

Now, hop on over to Kristine's blog to see what she made with her big shot for us today!

Or if backwards is your grove, head on over and see BJ.

Flutterby again soon!

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July 11, 2016

Sand & Sunshine Digi Elements

I've got another Sand & Sunshine Digi Kit sneak peek for you today. It is the elements- and what cuties they are :)

Since it is for a class, I was trying out all sorts of different types of elements. But I did also try to make sure there were plenty of coordinating items of the same type as well... making the set of puffy stickers were my favorite!

Hope you enjoy!

Flutterby again soon.

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July 9, 2016

Hey Look! It's a Bird!!

So, of all the cards from my Swirly Bird set you haven't seen one bird yet. That is finally going to change today :)

So, at long last, here is the swirly bird :) I used the Chocolate marker to freehand the branch (it really is easy- just take a deep breath, make swipes for the basic shape, and then fatten them up). The next thing I added was the next stamp (a.k.a. the bottom of the boat). Then the birdy and egg, lastly I scattered the leaf stamps in all the space left. And a bright sun up in the corner- although you could just do the swirly framelit and skip that stamp and it would look awesome too!

Just a couple final finishing touches- I added a little gold thread into the sun to fancy it up. Then I cut up the linen thread into a bunch of short little chunks and glued them onto the nest stamp. So you can no longer see the stamp.... but it gave me an excellent idea of the shape to glue them in :)

Hope you've enjoyed this Swirly Bird series! Flutterby again soon :)

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July 6, 2016

Out on a Vine

So are you sick of the close-ups yet of the Swirly Bird class? I hope not- I've got two more to go :)

I almost only made 5 cards for the class... but I couldn't resist this design so I slipped it in at the last minute :) Such a simple design, but I just love the flowering vine. And there is plenty of space to add a sentiment on the right side- big or small it will look awesome.

Only one card left to go. Flutterby again soon!

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