Hanukkah begins this evening I'm on The Ink Pad Blog, wishing you a wonderful Festival of Lights!
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021
Snowy Banner Wishes
We're still making holiday cards inspired by the 2021 Jingle Belles Blog Banner (hop over or scroll down for a reminder!) and you're still invited to join the fun. Here's what I made this week:
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Happy Turkey Day!
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
'Twas the Day Before Thanksgiving
Here's a happy little card focusing on one of the most popular and iconic of our Thanksgiving Day pleasures: PIE!
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
This fortnight at Shopping Our Stash we challenge you to use three of... something... prominently on your card or project. I chose to use three of the adorable critters from Stampendous' "Peeking Pals" stamp set.
I paired the sweet flamingo, meerkat and ostrich with some super-cute, totally ancient Echo Park flower stickers; added a white polaroid-style frame from... uhhhhhh somewhere; and matted on a few different scraps of coordinating patterned paper. So this is a pretty good victory for miscellaneous stash usage, and a sweet birthday card for our eldest niece!
Visit SOS to see what the team have made to inspire you and then start planning your own Triple Threat!
Monday, November 22, 2021
Making Many Mandalas!
Friday, November 19, 2021
A Banner Day
This fortnight at Jingle Belles we're making holiday cards inspired by this year's blog banner, which looks a bit like this:
You can choose any elements that appeal to you: the color palette, the pine trees, the sparkly letters, the snowflakes... just be sure to tell us in your post what inspired you, if it isn't obvious.
Thursday, November 18, 2021
A Good Day
According to my favorite Stamplorations' coffee-related stamp set (designed by my lovely friend Becca Cruger for her Big Grins line) "A good day has both coffee and you"! Of course a truly GREAT day might have coffee, you, and the awesome Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Fall/Winter Blog Hop!
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Merci Bouquet Triple Play
It's probably impossible to have too many Birthday or Thank You greetings on hand, so whenever I think of a fun idea, I like to make multiple versions, if possible. Since there are plenty of different Eyelet Outlet Flower Brad styles, when I thought of "Merci Bouquet" I was spoiled for choice!
Sunday, November 14, 2021
New Product: Kitta Washi Strips
I'm test driving a completely new product to The Ink Pad: King Jim Kitta Washi Tape Strips. They are actual thin, sheer, 2 x 3/8” strips of washi tape, which have a backer like stickers have. You easily peel the backer off and apply the neat strips to you project. They come in dozens of styles and are great for adding photos & ephemera to journals, Using as page flags and borders, making patterns, spelling out words and... well, I'm excited to find other creative uses, but if you'll hop over to The Ink Pad Blog, I'll show you what I've done so far:
Friday, November 12, 2021
We're still celebrating holiday ornaments at Jingle Belles and you've still got time to join the fun! This week my baubles are chipboard, from an older My Mind's Eye collection, they're dangling from Eyelet Outlet Pearl Strips, on a Graphic 45 background, and I've scattered a few EO Enamel Stars around to add extra texture.
Whether you're ornaments are made of chipboard or paper; whether they're diecut, stamped or stenciled; if they're in a box, on a tree or just dangling on your card, I hope you'll hop over to Jingle Belles and link up your Ornamental Masterpiece with us!
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Preparations for Turkey Day are well underway at our house, with the merits of various types of dressing being hotly debated, and crucial decisions regarding veggie casseroles (green bean or broccoli??) still pending. So this seemed like a good time to get out some of my favorite autumnal EO Brads and make a card.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
We've got a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge this fortnight at Shopping Our Stash and there are lots of options that do not include brightly colored autumn leaves, but obviously I was not going to choose any of those lol.
I went with the diagonal that starts in the top lefthand corner, which gave me Thank You + Stamps More Than 3 Years Old + Leaves, and this is what I made:
I assume the leaves and thank you sticker are pretty obvious, but for the "older stamps" I went two ways: the large Stampendous Leaf stamps (and dies) are probably four years old, the script and music stamps that I've used randomly in the background are considerably older... plus... I've used some vintage POSTAGE stamps that are from the 1960's! Because yeah, I'm like that, lol!
Be sure to head on over to SOS to see the amazing creations the design team has made to inspire you, then choose a column, row or diagonal from the board and make your own masterpiece to link up with us!
Friday, November 5, 2021
Ornamental, My Dear Watson
We're celebrating one of my all-time favorite holiday items this fortnight at Jingle Belles: we'd like to see cards that feature holiday baubles and ornaments!
This Hero Arts Poinsettia and Ornament Die is one of my favorites because there are so many ways to use it. Often I cut it out of watercolor paper and paint the flowers, but this time I left the ornament plain and layered it over a watercolored background; then mounted the whole thing on an ancient scrap of Prima paper. White dimensional florals and tiny Eyelet Outlet pearls add extra texture and interest.
Be sure to go and see Stephanie's card at Jingle Belles and start planning what YOU will make!
Thursday, November 4, 2021
How Many NYC Taxis...
...can you fit into one blog post? If the taxis are The Ink Pad's adorable Michelle Ward Taxi Stamp, the answer is SIX! The cards in question also use elements from Michelle's Skyline, Manhole Hex and Manhattan Map cling stamp sets; against a dramatic background of Distress Oxide Ink Blends.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Whole Latte Love
Brand new Iced Coffee Brads in the Eyelet Outlet Shop are definitely cause for celebration, and obviously need their very own punny card:
Monday, November 1, 2021
Sunglasses Not Included
It's a super bright Mandala Monday, thanks to the bold and beautiful colors of VersaFine Clair Inks! Hop over to The Ink Pad Blog to read all about it!