April’s End of Month Inspiration! – A Card Parade!

Happy Friday!

It’s the end of April and today’s post is full of new inspiration for you.

Speaking of inspiration, if you are an existing customer of mine, you’ve already received the new Annual Catalog.  It’s full of beautiful new products and lots of new project ideas. If you would like to receive a Catalog, email me and I’d be happy to get one out to you.

My Team and I had our regular monthly meet-up this week. Once again I’m showcasing the projects we all created.  Each and every one is beautiful and it was fun to be together.  Every time we meet, one of us always says, “I needed this”…  it’s so true.  Just a few hours of creative time is so important.  The card above is my favorite for April.  You can click here to view my original post.  I actually had more than one favorite, but I thought this was a nice way to say thank you to my fabulous Team of creative ladies, my wonderful and creative customers, those who read my posts, those who’ve recently signed up for more and those who’ve been checking in for a while now. So, thank you and I hope I continue to inspire you.

My new April Monthly Newsletter will be going out next week and my new Customer monthly inspiration will be going out within the next two weeks. The Customer monthly inspiration is private and will include fun projects and PDF’s for all who have placed orders with me.  I am grateful to all of you.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff… the inspiration…

Barbara was our host this month.  She came up with the cutest snail wishes card.  There’s a lot of dimension in Barbara’s design, but she made it so simple for us.  This design has lots of layers, beautiful coordinating colors and I can honestly say this was a “Quick & Easy” without a doubt. That snail looks so cozy in her little frame.

Georgia surprised us with an amazing 3-D card.  Amazing is about all I can say.   It was easier than you think to put together.  There was not a word spoken while we worked on this project.  That’s rare for our group!  Monica couldn’t wait to “play” with the animals!! The card base is Basic White Thick cardstock and the layers are all Purple Posy.  Georgia also designed a custom envelope for the card. The animals are from a local store, but the card design is Georgia’s.

Next up is Monica’s design.  She created a pretty little tag box and a set of tags.  What a cute gift this would be!  Clearly, our little snail was presented well. The tags fit perfectly in the box but the box is so cute, I’m sure you can find many uses for it.   I love the black and white polka dots and the colors Monica chose for the snail embellishment. This was another simple project.

Karen designed two cards which we inked at the same time.  We got to use Blender Brushes and had a great time moving ink around the beautiful die cut from the Potted Succulents Die. This Die is going to be around until the beginning of June as part of the Simply Succulents Bundle and is being carried over to the new Annual Catalog.  I didn’t get this set, but am having serious second thoughts!  We used the die cut as a stencil on the Mother’s Day card and used the inked die cut piece on the Thinking of You card.  The ink colors are Blushing Bride, Blackberry Bliss and Pear Pizzazz.  I honestly didn’t want to put down the Blender Brushes.  This was easy, fun and looks like fine art!

And last but certainly not least is Sally.  Sally is a customer of mine who sent her two latest creations to me.  When she emailed her cards, she said to me that she decided to sit down and have fun that day.  That’s what it’s all about.  Just have fun and share.  Sally asked me which one I liked better and it was a hard decision. They’re both adorable.  I love the bling on both “hot dogs”! I always loved polka dots and am partial to blue, but I love the party hat background. It’s so festive.  What do you think?  Thank you, Sally.  I very much enjoy seeing your cards. These are adorable.

I hope you enjoyed my April Inspiration!

So, as Sally said, sit down, have fun and create something adorable to share!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Warm & Toasty Tags!

Hello Stampers!  Today post is a sweet Sunday treat.  When I first saw the Warm & Toasty stamp set, I thought it would be a fun tag making opportunity.  I’ve done everything else with this set but make tags so here are my Warm & Toasty tags.  Slipped into a cellophane bag or a little box, they would be a perfect gift.

The images are just the right size for a 2″ X 4 1/2″ tag.  The 2″ card stock width slides perfectly into the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. You can punch a bunch in a few minutes then use the Stamparatus to set your image and sentiment stamp and stamp a bunch in less time than that.  The sentiment and images are all stamped with Soft Suede ink.  The little bear cub and the skating bear are colored with a Real Red Marker.

I was a little fancy with the reindeer and singing rabbits but you don’t have to be.  I stamped the reindeer bow and the sleigh onto scraps of Warm Hugs Designer Series Paper, fussy cut them and glued them onto their matching counterparts that were stamped on the tag.

To add a little more color, I used the little snowflake image from the stamp set.  I stamped them with Pear Pizzazz ink.  I’ve never seen green snowflakes, but they’re allowed here. I always like to add just a little sparkle to my projects so I decided on a few Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  If you don’t have these in your embellishment drawer, treat yourself.  They sparkle beautifully and I’ve used them over and over again.  While I’m on the subject, I would also highly recommend the Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  Both are an embellishment staple.

So, cut your card stock, punch the tops, set your Stamparatus, add a little sparkle and create something to say Thank You!

… the only limitation is your imagination!