Summer Bike with Fusion

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Today I am playing along with this week’s Fusion Challenge! I’m riding just under the wire with this cute bicycle card! You can get all the details and play along with Fusion right here:

I love the inspiration photo! The bike is so cute, and the color combination feels so summery and fresh. It’s perfect for a summer day!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

Little Luxe Love with Poppystamps

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I’m over on the Poppystamps blog today with a little salute to summer! You can see my card over at the Poppystamps blog right here:

While you’re there, check out our June challenge, Rainbow Wishes!  Leave a little love too!

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Inspired By All the Little Things #59


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After a whole lot of steamy, muggy heat and rain, this morning turned out to be cool and beautiful! A gorgeous summer day calls for a pretty summery card, and the challenge photo from Inspired By Al the Little Things gave me just the right inspiration! If you hurry, you still might have a little time to play along yourself with Inspired By All the Little Things right here:


I love all that gorgeous color!

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Live your life in color!

Poppystamps June Challenge: Rainbow Wishes

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Welcome to the Poppystamps June Challenge, Rainbow Wishes! June is all about beautiful rainbow color, and you are going to see some amazing ideas from our design team over at the Poppystamps blog right here:

What’s a better time for good wishes than on your birthday?! I created a bright and colorful birthday card using a few of my new favorite inks, Distress Oxide Inks. I just picked up this set while traveling recently, and this is the first chance I’ve had to give them a go. Take a look!

Have you seen this new trend, and have you tried Distress Oxide Inks yet? Distress Oxide Inks blend color, layers, and water to create beautiful unique patterns and add a fun new dimension to your cardmaking. There are so many ways to use them, you’ll be amazed. I started with a simple technique and achieved great results.

I started by stamping the ink pad directly onto a flat craft mat a few times, then giving it a little spritz of water. Then I smooshed a small square of watercolor paper right into the inky puddle, added a few drops of water to my paper and dried it with a heat gun. From there, you can add as many layers of ink and water as you like. I only used one color on each square, and made one square for each set of balloons I would cut.

The ink dries in these colorful, swirly patterns, thanks to the swirling and moving water droplets. They work perfectly for blending into a rainbow too, creating bright, pure color without muddling. Once my squares were dry, I cut out the Pinpoint Balloons and the Happy Birthday Bold.

Trying to figure out how to arrange the balloons was the hardest part! Omar Kitty came up to give me a hand!

Eventually I decided on a single row of different sized balloons, creating a rainbow. I’ll be using the rest of balloons in another project!

Now it’s your turn! We’d love to see your Rainbow Wishes! Create a Rainbow Wishes themed card using at least one Poppystamps stamp or die and link it up over at the Poppystamps blog for your chance to win an amazing prize!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Happy Birthday Monica!

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Today I’m here to wish the lovely Monica, from Taylor Made cards, a wonderful birthday! Monica is celebrating a big birthday, and SHE is giving away the prizes! How awesome is that? You can get all the details from Monica’s blog right here:


Monica gave us a thoughtful inspiration board, along with a theme, Journey. I had to do some thinking on that one. Even though the color palette is more like sepia tones, I tweaked it just a little to create a card that looked like old black and white photos. I used elements from the inspiration board, like the old farm truck, and the mountain view. There is something about a stack of old black and white photos that always makes me think of a journey, a journey to a particular place and time, or a journey back through time, or a journey through a long life to the people we have become. I wish Monica a happy journey ahead!

If your are a fan of my blog and my work (thank you so much!) then you know I just love creating with lots of color, so making a black and white card took some planning! I took out a mess of gray card stock scraps and just started layering and arranging until I was happy with the layered tones.

How would this card look in sepia? A few clicks with a photo editing program gave me my answer!

That’s pretty cool, but I think I prefer the look of the gray. What do you think? Be sure to head over to Monica’s blog and wish her a happy birthday!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

The Heart Desires Challenge #12

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I’m back in the craft room again after a little time away, and I couldn’t be happier to play along with this month’s challenge from The Heart Desires. There is so much color and cheeriness in the inspiration photo that I couldn’t decide what to create! I just kept adding element after element until I remembered a brand new die I hadn’t even used yet, this cute pail from Impression Obsession. So I went with a simple, striking design and it turned out great! You can get all the details and play along with The Heart Desires right here:

If you look closely at the top right photo, you will find a tiny blue glass with gold trim. That was the main inspiration for my card, which features a blue pail with a gold handle. I had to fill it with tiny roses too.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

Inspired By All the Little Things #56

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I am so honored to share this wonderful news with you today! I have been invited to share my work as a guest designer with one of my favorite inspiration blogs, Inspired By All the Little Things! Every week, the creative team delivers beautiful inspiration and ideas and invites us all to play along. You can get all the details and link up your creation over at the Inspired By All the Little Things Blog right here:

Take a look at the beautiful inspiration photo for this week’s challenge!

Here’s how I was inspired!

I just fell in love with the bright explosion of color in the basket against the clean and crisp white background. I love working with paper, cutting and shaping colorful pieces to create lush images against CAS backgrounds. It’s sort of an unusual CAS fusion thing, but I love the look.

Thanks are gratitude are definitely in order for Karren Johnson and the Inspired By All the Little Things design team for inviting me to share my design this week!

Thanks for joining us today!

Live your life in color!