Paper Sweeties Challenge: February 2017

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Paper Sweeties February Challenge! This month, the theme is Anything Goes, but I know this gorgeous inspiration photo will have you thinking about hearts and a little love! You can link up your “made with love” project over at the Paper Sweeties blog right here: https://papersweeties.com/category/blog/

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I used a few favorite Paper Sweeties Sweet Cuts to make a cheerful February wreath! I love the clean and crisp country vibe of the gingham heart and thought these little hearts from the Sweet Cuts Add-On: Sweet Treats set would be perfect!

Take a look at what our design team has created for you this month!

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February Guest Designer:  Kristina Song

There is so much going on over at Paper Sweeties, you won’t want to miss a thing!

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Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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NBUS Challenge #9

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Hello Everyone!

Today I am playing along with the NBUS Challenge #9! Darnell has a big challenge this month, as she celebrates a ton of good stuff! Get all the details and link up your NBUS project right here: http://www.djkardkreations.com/2017/01/nbus-challenge-9.html

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Today, I have something special! I am using TWO NBUS items on this floral card. The first is a brand new stamp set from Altenew, Beautiful Day! The second are all the inks I used, also brand new from Altenew! I wanted to try my hand at layered stamping, so this is actually a NBUS technique too. Make that TWO NBUS techniques, as I am playing along with Darnell’s theme, which is Hidden Messages! TWO new NBUS products, TWO new NBUS techniques, so I better make TWO cards!

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I had never really tried a layered, stamped card before. I ordered this pretty floral set just so I could learn it. It was a little challenging at first, so I practiced on a notebook, making about a half dozen flowers and leaves until I felt ready for the big time – -card stock! I made both of these cards at the same time, using one as sort of a “practice” card, especially when trying the Hidden Message cut outs too.

Another wrinkle to the challenge was adding a CASE feature. I saw THIS gorgeous card on the Uniko blog last week by Deborah Frings, so I CASED it! I like the big flower image, the leaves, the CAS style, and that big pop up friend. I CASE because I LOVE!

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There’s still time to play along with the NBUS challenge right here: http://www.djkardkreations.com/2017/01/nbus-challenge-9.html

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Thank you so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Fusion Card Challenge: Happy Australia Day!

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Today I am playing along with Fusion! They have a stunning inspiration photo in honor of Australia Day! Of course, I had to play along! You can get all the details and link up your cheerful projects over at Fusion right here: http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com/2017/01/fusion-australia-day.html

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I found so much inspiration in this gorgeous photo, which features the floral emblem of Australia, wattle! I had never heard of wattle before, but it looks beautiful! Australia Day is January 26th, and that’s a great time to celebrate!

Australia is so much more than kangaroos and crocodiles! Over the years, I have met many, many people from Australia, especially when I lived in China and Hong Kong. I will always think of the Australian people as the most friendly folks n the world, with a real spirit for adventure! Akubras off to you, mates! Happy Australia Day!

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Live your life in color!

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The Heart Desires Challenge #8

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Today I am playing along with The Heart Desires Challenge #8, on this chilly morning! Now I’m thinking frosty thoughts again. For the past two weeks or so, the weather has been warm and sunny, and we’ve been in shorts and flip flops enjoying the fresh air. I was in a spring card making frame of mind.

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I love playing along with The Heart Desires because there is always so much going on in the inspiration photos that it’s easy to select a favorite element or two. I love the frosty blueberry photo and the cool winter tones. You can get all the details and play along with The Heart Desires right here: http://theheartdesiresblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-heart-desires-challenge-8.html

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Fly! Fly! Fly!

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Today I stand in solidarity with my sisters across the globe. This little bird is for you, for us, for all of us who stand united in protecting and defending our inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, for all human kind. Fly, fly, FLY to new heights, new vigilance, new compassion for the earth.

This little bird is from a terrific stamp set I’ve had for a while, but haven’t used before. It’s an NBUS! It’s perfect to enter in NBUS Challenge #8!

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The challenge was to create a card that featured colored pencils on kraft, so I thought it was the perfect time to bring out this sweet little bird! You can get all the details and enter your project right here: http://www.djkardkreations.com/2017/01/blog-birthaversary-surprise-nbus.html

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Thank you all so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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A Little Love with Poppystamps!

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Hello Everyone!

I’m over on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing this pretty spring card I created for this week’s blog blitz! Hop on over and leave a comment and you might win a brand new Poppystamps die! Find out more over at Poppystamps right here: http://www.poppystamps.com/

Thanks for joining me today!

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Fresh and Bold with The Card Concept

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The new year is here and it’s time for a fresh and bold new look at The Card Concept! You can get all the details and play along right here: http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/

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The swirly orange pillows were the very element that grabbed me into the inspiration photo. It was a bit of a challenge to create a card around an orange swirl, but that was my inspiration, along with the clean, crisp white of the pillows too. I created a freestyle collage card in a clean and graphic style, showcasing that fresh and bold orange swirl!

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Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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