Sweet Cone Flower Card

These past few weeks, I have been in a bit of a creative rut so I decided to start searching the internet for some paper crafting challenges.  Challenges inspire me and give me a jumping off point when I have no ideas of my own.  I am not one to search Pinterest because I have found it to be the eternal time sucking rabbit hole with my attention deficit brain.  Instead, I chose three challenges which I combined into one simple card. 


The colors for this card are a little outside my comfort zone, but I like how the Color Throwdown challenged me with this combination.  The stamped flower image from A Million Little Things, was shaded using our TriBlend Markers

I used a combination of blue, purple, greens, and tan to create the cone flower, then stamped some splatter using Carolina Ink.  I love the simplicity of these flower images – they call to my gardening soul.

One of the challenges I joined also spoke to the gardener in me. I was inspired by the words in this quote at Time Out Challenges.  I felt like this card speaks to the all the gardeners out there “who make our souls bloom”.

After I was finished shading the image, I roughed up the edges, wrapped some twine around the base, and backed it in some Sapphire cardstock.

I chose to keep the background of the card white, but felt like it needed a little texture, so I pulled out my score board and created a grid pattern on the card base.  This is a very simple technique that creates a striking backdrop on any card. 

When I was finished, I realized that the design for the card matched the Atlantic Heart Sketch challenge perfectly.  I moved the sentiment to a different location, but the design was perfect for this stamped image and I really like how this card turned out.  I can honestly say that these challenges have started to help my creative brain start working again.  


If you have been in a bit of a creative rut lately, I challenge you to do what I did and join a few online challenges.  For me, they provide the inspiration I need and make my creative gears turn.  Maybe they will do the same for you. 

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A Warm Wishes Card

For the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Over the next few weeks, my workroom bustling with holiday projects for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have a long list of to-do’s including creating a multitude of Christmas cards to send to family, friends, and those involved in the Awana ministry. As I search for inspiration, I am always happy to find sketches, like this one from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, to get my creative wheels turning.

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When I first saw this sketch, I knew that I wanted to use the For The Tree ornament stamp, along with some of our new TriBlend Markers, but I never expected it to turn out like this.Once I started playing with those new markers, I couldn’t stop. MissCarriesCreations-WarmWishesOrnamentCard

After stamping my ornament onto White Daisy cardstock, I used an Embossing Pen to adorn the image with Gold & White Embossing Powder.  To use our embossing pens, simply “write” where you will want the embossing, sprinkle the powder over the image, then heat set.  (Click here to see a quick video tutorial on these pens) 

I placed the ornament onto a piece of French Vanilla cardstock that was textured with a embossing folder, then layered that atop some Kraft paper wrapped with White & Gold Twine. To add a little more interest to the card, I embossed the Kraft paper with the Snowflake embossing folder, then used a Gel Pen to add some faux stitching. MissCarriesCreations-WarmWishesOrnamentCardDetail

I hope that this card has inspired you to try our Embossing Pens and TriBlend Markers.  I will be posting a few more tutorials in the coming months in my VIP Group and some online classes showing how to Heat Emboss and use the new TriBlend Markers.  If you are able, stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to see all the amazing creations made using this sketch, and join me in the challenge.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Quick Christmas Card for a Sketch Challenge

Can you believe that there are only NINE weeks left until Christmas? Sketch 339As the holidays draw closer, I start to feel the days going by quickly and tend to not have enough hours to get everything ready for Christmas. Can you relate?  Each year, we sent out over 100 Christmas cards and, this time of year, I start to scour the internet for quick, simple card sketches like this one from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Any uncomplicated card design that can be replicated quickly is a winner in my book.

This week, I decided to join the sketch challenge and create a simple card using the Holly Jolly Border stickers and Build a Plaid stamp set.   As you can see, instead of adding a scallop, I chose to create a variety of layers at the base of the card. MissCarriesCreations-ChristmasBorderStickerCard

Even though the Build a Plaid stamp set is intended for creating plaid designs, I chose to use it as a fill-in for one of my layers. Once the base of card was complete, I stamped the “December 25th” image onto black cardstock with VersaMark™ Ink, heat embossed it in white, then layered it atop a Candy Apple stitched circle. I love the look of white embossing powder on black cardstock. 

I added a stamped Holly embellishment, a sentiment, and a few Holly Jolly Dots to complete the card. This card was so simple to create and could be made using a array of border stickers, paper scraps, or stamped images.

I hope that this card has inspired you to create something new this year for Christmas and to join the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I will be posting more cards I created using the Holly Jolly border stickers this week. In fact, I have created an entire workshop using them and I can’t wait to share them with you.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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