Inspired by Maile Belles for PTI

Hey guys. I’m a little late with this post, but I thought I’d share it anyway! This is my last card for the Papertrey Ink anniversary celebration and for today’s challenge I chose to take inspiration for Maile Belles, which is not hard! She is one of my all time favorite card makers. I adore her clean & simple style and stamp designs.

I needed a Valentine’s Day card for my husband and chose this card from Maile Belles as my inspiration –

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Stunning, right?

I kept mine super simple (my husband never notices embellishments anyway!) and kept the same design using Watercolor Wonder.

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The card is actually a dark grey, but always appears black in my photos for some reason! The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled – Jump Start My Heart. I think it is a nice, simple card, perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is extra special in our house as it is our son’s birthday. This guy turned 3 yesterday. Time goes so fast. He is such a curious, head strong little boy and full of life. He is growing up so fast, which is amazing and sad all at once!

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Hope you have had a wonderful weekend and Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenge #2

Happy Friday, friends! I am so excited it is nearly the weekend. My little guy turns 3 tomorrow. We aren’t doing anything big, but excited to celebrate. And hoping he likes his play kitchen – daddy will be very annoyed if not as the assembly was no small feat!

I have another card today for the Papertrey Ink anniversary celebrations. The challenge I chose was to use a stamp set that has never been inked. Unfortunately, I have quite a few of these in my collection, but opted for Bigger Blooms. In truth, I have  used the sentiments in this set a lot, but never the floral images, so that is what I focused on for this card.

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To create the inked background, I blended Pale Tomato and Dark Quartz inks over this Hero Arts stencil. Next, I stamped and die cut a cluster of flowers using Pale Tomato, Dark Quartz, Soft Cantaloupe and Berry Sorbet ink, with Simply Chartreuse leaves – I love this combination of pinks and peaches. Lastly, I die cut ‘Thanks’ from the WPlus9 set, Hand Lettered Thanks, and carefully adhered it to the card.

A nice Springy card to remember that sunnier & warmer times are in our future!

Thanks so much for stopping by today – have a great Friday!

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Papertrey Ink Anniversary sketch challenge

Woohoo! I finally got around to making some cards! I really wanted to play along in some of the Papertrey Ink challenges this week. I used to be a pretty die-hard PTI addict. I still love their stuff, but I use a wider variety of products now. It was nice to revisit some of my PTI stash that has been collecting a little dust.

For today’s challenge, I went with the sketch & color combination.

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To create the background I hand-cut an oval out of a sheet of masking paper and kept the right portion of the card covered. I covered the circular area with a hexagon cover plate and inked from yellow to green to blue. I stamped and die cut the flower and leaves from Doodlie-Do in black ink and popped them up on foam. The sentiment is from Building Blocks.

Ok, I’m one tired mamma. That is all for me tonight – I’ll be back tomorrow with more!

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Elle’s Studio February Reveal

Today is the big Elle’s Studio February reveal – the best day of the month! I love the 10th – it is so much fun to share all the amazing products in this month’s kit. I adore this kit. The colors are really unique and the products are great for so many creative endeavors! I stuck with cards for this month’s reveal – I just loved these products for card making & I kept things super simple to let the gorgeous elements from the kit shine.

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My first card uses the adorable tag from the February kit and some subtle stamping. This heart cluster from this month’s Always and Forever stamp set is amazing. I love the unique shaped hearts and the pattern of solid & outlined hearts. I stamped this in a soft grey, coming off the edge of the tag. I had a baby card in mind for this one, but it could easily be a kid’s Valentine’s card as well. I love the versatility. The patterned paper is from the Love You More collection.

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This card actually uses a digital journaling card from this month’s digitals as the card base. I loved the design of this journaling card, and while it isn’t my usual shape for a card, I thought it would make the perfect background for lots of fun accents. Once I printed & cut the card, I layered a bunch of small embellishments from the kit on top. I stamped the circle label (from my stash) with ‘True Story’ from this month’s stamp set. I really like this font and the sentiment is a great size for scrapbooking & card making.  I finished off the card with some stitching and a wood veneer from the Love You More wood veneer collection.

Here is this month’s kit and all the amazing add-ons, including the Key to My Heart wood veneer set & Always & Forever stamp set, plus the digitals & the XOXO printables. Enjoy!!

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So, as usual, make sure to head over to Elle’s Studio and be sure to snag up these goodies ASAP – they won’t be around for long. And, as an extra something special today, Elle is having a sale! The sale starts today (February 10th) and includes 20% off all stamps, plus 14 items that are on sale now! The sale ends on February 15th at midnight EST. Hurry up and get those stamps – what a deal!!!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy the rest of the Design Team’s projects - they are all stunning, as usual, and full of so much inspiration! Enjoy your Elle’s Studio February Kit & happy shopping!!

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Enjoy…

Your weekend – the snow, the sunshine, family time, crafting time – enjoy whatever you’ve got coming your way this weekend & make the most of these 2 precious days!

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Thanks for dropping by!

Happy Friday!

Hey friends. I’m so behind on things around here, so I’m keeping it short again today! I had about 1/2 hour in the craft room this week and I was excited to use the January Studio Calico kit – Far, Far Away. I love their monthly kits and this one was no different. Usually I do my 1 hour challenge, but I didn’t have an hour to spare this time around, so I just did what I could with the kit contents & the time I had.

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I adored the whimsical fruit stamps in the kit this month. I used various berry-colored inks for the background and kept it simple with a strip of patterned paper, navy twine and a silver label. I didn’t want to cover too much of the berry background!

Thanks all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another quick card from this kit. I hope everyone had a great week and wishing you a wonderful weekend!

5 Minute Friday

This 5 Minute Friday is also going to be a 5 minute post! Its 10:30pm here – my little one just went to bed and I have finally put my feet up for some Downton Abbey.

Today’s card is such a simple one. I adore these feathers from the Avery Elle Look Up set – they are perfect for quick watercoloring. I went with an ombre color scheme and some glitter in the center to make things a bit sparkly.

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That’s all for me tonight – thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!

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Stampable Succulents

Hello! I’m so sorry for the quiet blog this last week. I am actually in the process of opening a little shop – I will be 1 tenant in an atelier-style store here in Zurich and I have tons to do for our opening in 1 month’s time. I’ll be sharing more information soon as we approach our opening for any of my local blog followers. It is very exciting!

I did have a few minutes to make some quick cards and I was so excited to ink up the Waffle Flower Potted stamp set. I adore this stamp! The succulent image is just stunning – perfect for so many techniques. I was pressed for time and did some quick & messy watercoloring. It is a simple, 1 layer card – perfect for mailing.

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That is all for me today. Short & sweet :-) I’ll be back tomorrow with a 5 minute Friday. Have a great night!

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