Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lil' Princess

Howdy! I'm sure you're thinking, "Wow, TWO posts in ONE day?!" I know ... it must be some kind of record!

Clearly Whitney and I are on a roll today with baby cards. Once you get in the groove, it's hard to make it stop. (And now you know how couples end up with two kiddos close together. *snicker*) LOL! In all seriousness, we're working on the latest line due up for release called Special Delivery. This is the second card in that line - Lil' Princess.

This design came together pretty quickly, particularly when we used a sketch and color challenge as sources of inspiration. (Have you noticed that's been a pattern as of late? We've figured out why all of the big-name designers use challenges so often. Takes SOME of the brain work out of coming up with cute, new stuff!) Once again, we turned to Moxie Fab for our color palette, using the Metallic Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week, and the sketch is based on TCP Tuesday Sketch 19.

To draw in the metallic elements, we used a combination of shimmery paper (white background), iridescent gold Glimmer Mist (lightly misted over the pinkini strip), jewels, and ribbon. In person, this card is SUPER shimmery.

What we like most about this card is its versatility. While we originally designed it with our Special Delivery set in mind, it can easily be adapted for many other occasions with a simple change of the inside sentiment.

I hope you've enjoyed our second post for today. We're enjoying a super productive day in the craft room!

Special Delivery

Hello Ladies! Happy Sunday to you all.

Today I wanted to share an ADORABLE baby card we came up with while working in the craft room today. We used our cute Hello Kitty Sizzix diecut and some fun bright yellow felt to make this cute birdie!! We thought it would work wonders as a Welcome Baby card, and that's what it became! :) Once we had the bird, we realized that the Jewel Tones Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World would be perfect to accompany our cute lil' birdie! Also, in trying to choose a layout for this card, we realized a slightly varied version of Wee Memories Challenge #41 would also be a great fit. So, this is our adorable creation!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Anniversary Wishes

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you're enjoying a nice, quiet weekend full of nothing but fun.

We created today's card in response to several requests for anniversary cards. In particular, our client was looking for cards that could be universal enough to give both to males and to females. Using the Moxie Fab's Neutrals Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week as our chosen color palette and this week's Mojo Monday sketch for our layout, we were able to develop a card that fit the bill perfectly!

The color scheme is certainly neutral enough to be considered masculine, while the punch of sparkle in both the gems and the glimmer mist adds just a touch of feminine flair. We think our client will be pleased with the versatility of this design, which will soon be available in our I Love You, I Do line.

And with this bit of work out of the way, I'm off to enjoy some fun myself! Thanks for popping in today. Have a good one, ladies!

Friday, January 28, 2011

You're A Gem!

Hi Ladies!!

I can't believe it is already Friday...again! This week has FLOWN by! I am so ready for the weekend, how about y'all?

I wanted to share with you a line of cards that sold like HOT CAKES at our recent in-home show. It's called You're a Gem. I developed this line after I saw a similar card at the grocery store for $3.95!! What a rip! I knew I could make a whole line of these for so much cheaper, and boy did these ladies eat them up! I wanted to show you the first one in the line, which happens to be my favorite! We have 4 other sayings and pictures, and they come in a pack of 10 - 2 of each saying. So a total of 10 cards for $15.00 AND they are so much cuter than the one I saw at Tom Thumb. I thought the little sunshine would be perfect for today in honor of the beautiful weather we are having here in North Texas.

Thanks for stopping in ladies! I hope you have a nice start to your weekend!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Hello, ladies! I hope that you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a great start. Whitney & I have headed back in the craftroom after a successful in-home show this weekend. Many thanks to our dear friend Kathy for opening her home to us and to all of the lovely ladies who attended the show & gawked appropriately at all of our "pretty stuff."

In honor of Kathy's kind generosity, we wanted to share with you our most recent thank-you card coming to a pack near you very soon! This card had many points of inspiration: The Sweet Stop Blog Sketch Challenge and Moxie Fab's Monochromatics Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week

Talk about something that really came together with style! Whitney has declared this her favorite creation thus far. "It's just precious!" We think you'll agree, especially if you click on it to "biggerize" it and check out all the nifty details, like her bling. *wink*

Thanks again to the ladies who shopped with us this weekend. We hope all of you have enjoyed your zoooom by today!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hostess Gets the Most-est!

Hello, ladies!

I hope you're enjoying your Saturday. We're busy preparing for an in-home show tomorrow afternoon. And in honor of that, we're giving you a special peek at our exclusive, cannot-be-purchased hostess pack. That's right, ladies, if you host a party with us, you will receive product that is never offered for sale!

Because we're honoring our special hostesses, we wanted their gifts to pack a lot of punch. So they include lots of layers and special touches, like buttons, felt, and Glimmer Mist. Who doesn't love a little sparkle, right?

Would you like to have these special cards? All you have to do is invite your friends over for an afternoon visit, and we'll provide the entertainment. Who knows, we might even sing a little! *wink, wink*

I hope you've enjoyed your stop in today. As much as I would love to enjoy the beautiful, crisp day we're having, party prep awaits!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Things I Love about YOU

Hi All,

TGIF, right? Oh my, what a week this has been. We are preparing for one of our in-home shows and the card production has been on turbo all week! Since it is only a couple weeks until holiday created by card and flower companies, I thought we would do another post of this CUTE card in our selection of Valentine's that is awesomely customizable!

Now, my boyfriend wants me to make him cards that I don't make for other people (since I sell cards, he thinks that they are not special if they are not one-of-a-kind. how silly!) and a card like this is perfect for people like him. You can personally write in your 5 favorite things about your loved one, and it is something that no one else has! How great is that? I know mine will love that!! Also, they are able to take out the cute tag on which you wrote your 5 favorite things about them, and they can put it on their desk at work or keep it in their drawer and see it everyday, as opposed to put it in the box where they keep all your other cards like my boyfriend does...hey, at least he keeps them, right?

I hope y'all enjoy the post for today. I am so sappy and I just LOVE Valentine's day. This card is great for making someone's Valentine's day special! I don't know how I will choose one to give my Honey...he might end up with a couple - all personalized of course ;).

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cozy Kitty

Hi-ho, everyone! How are you on this dreary Thursday?? Another northern has blown in overnight, and the cold wind is whipping out there, let me tell ya!

But on our card today, kitty looks all warm & cozy on that chair, dontcha think? *wink* This card is from a new line of cards called Simply Thank You.  We've had a number of requests for this pack, and we're pleased as punch with how they all turned out! Though I must admit that this one is my absolute favorite of the bunch. (I'm kind-of a cat person. LOL!)

The Simply Thank You collection is comprised solely of thank-you cards. You get two each of five different designs with coordinating envelopes (for a total of 10 cards & envelopes).

Hope you enjoyed your stop in today. I'm headed back under my fuzzy blanket!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Punny Valentine

Good Morning Ladies and Happy Wednesday to you all!

Today I thought I would bring you this adorable line of cards that we finished last night called My Punny Valentine (named after the Papertrey Ink stamps that we used on them, of course!). They truly are some of my favorites!! First I have to say that the sentiments are just adorable! So fun and creative and they make the perfect cards for giving as Valentine's to office friends or for your kids to hand out to their teachers on Valentine's Day. You really can't go wrong with these cards!! To see all the sentiments we offer in our 10card pack, just click on the image below to enlarge it! They really turned out SUPER cute!

Ever since I first started stamping and card making, I have developed a clean style. It is something that just pleases my eye and it has stuck with me, so this type of card really hits the spot! At first, I was not sure about such a small focal point on such a blank card, but there is something about it that screams YES! to me, especially after I saw Kelly's card below and I decided that we could run with the idea! I mean, if Kelly made it, then it MUST be good! :) And since our design for this line of cards was inspired by this week's Lawnscaping Challenge: CASE Mrs. Lawn Fawn Herself, Kelly Alvarez. We chose this card. Her simple yet beautiful style really inspires me and I hope I can come up with as many beautiful ideas as she has been able to! She really has to be one of my very favorite designers!
Well, thanks everyone for stopping by, and we hope that this card sends a little Valentine cheer a few weeks early. It never hurts to get some extra lovin' this time of year!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Have I Toad You Lately....

Look at this adorable card. I absolutely LOVE this set of stamps! It offers so many punny possibilities, and I think I've exhausted them all at least once, though you haven't seen them all. Yet. LOL!

This toad-ally awesome card is another selection in our Oh My Valentine line. We decided to keep the card front on this one simple so that you're not pigeon-holed into using it only on Valentine's Day. Mission accomplished, dontcha think?

And speaking of missions, it's time for me to get outta here and get to work! Have a good one, everybody!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Flower Power

Hello Everyone!!!
Happy Monday and MLK Day to you all!

Hopefully, if you are usually working at this time, you got today off like Susan and I did!! It is for that reason we decided to make today a productive day of creating and assembling tons and tons of cards for our up coming in-home show!  After a quick trip to the local craft store, we were able to whip this baby out!

This card is one of our Card of the Month cards. You can sign up to be in the Card of the Month Club to receive 1 usable card each month that relates to a holiday in the following month! The cost is $60 for a 1 year subscription, which includes it being delivered right to your door. Each card comes with a coordinating envelope and is ready to be used by you! Cards mail out on the 15th of each month, and this little baby is our February COTM. With our choices of March holidays being St. Patty's Day and First Day of Spring, we decided to go with the latter and start the season off right with these bright colors! The color palette for this card was inspired by the Bright & Bold Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World

used on this card:
paper - Recollections orange, white
ink - SU!
stamp - SU! flowers, Papertrey Ink sentiment
misc - Score Tape, Martha Stewart glitter, buttons, embroidery floss

Hope this brings a little color to your day ladies!! Thanks for stopping by and now back to the crafting table to dream up more ideas!! 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I Wanna Hold Your ... Arm??

I wanna hold your ha-a-a-a-and.... Don't you just love that song? It was the first one that sprang to mind while I was making this card. Sitting side by side with your sweetheart, each in your own comfy chair, holding hands. Can't you just picture it now? Awwwww. 

But enough of that mushy stuff. On with the details! 

We wanted to create a fun line of Valentine cards that could also be used other times throughout the year. And thus the Oh My Valentine line was born. Today, meet Love in an Easy Chair. Can you tell I had music on the brain while I was working on this design? No? What song does it remind you of? *insert Jeopardy theme while you think about it* Here's a hint: Aerosmith. Now go talk amongst yourselves....
Still stumped? Well, does "Love in an Elevator" ring any bells? Haha! Thought it might! *wink* We completed this card by carrying the chair through to the inside where we paired yet another chair with the second half of the sentiment. Cute ... and simple. Perfect!
Speaking of chairs, I suppose it's about time for me to get outta this one and get going today. Have a good one everybody!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Simple Yet Effective

Hi everyone!

Today's card is one of my favorite simple cards that we offer in our line of products. Simple Sentiments was created when we were looking for a way to get across a sweet message without all the hoopla that we put on some of our other cards. So here goes with today's design!

I am a huge fan of simple designs that focus on solid colors and layout, and that's how this card came to be.  I also love using Kraft cards because they really make a card unisex, and I know how hard it is to find some nice cards for the men in our lives, and this card works for just about anyone! 

We do have many different sentiments such as Happy Birthday, Get Well Soon, Thinking of you, Missing You, and tons more! They come in a pack of 5 cards, and are the perfect pack to keep in your car in case of a "card emergency"! And since the colors and card are so universal, they will be suitable for anyone!!

Hope you enjoy this card as much as I do! 
Now off to a late breakfast!
Hooray for sleeping in!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hey, Baby

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Have you thought about how you might surprise the Love of Your Life with a love note?? Well, do we have just the thing for you! A new line that we like to call Wallet Lovin'.

These little notes are the perfect size to secretly slip into a wallet (hence the name *wink-wink*) or brief case or lunch box. Just write a personal note on the back and *voila* instant lovin'! Wouldn't you just beam if you found one of these little surprises waiting for you?!

We offer two styles of Wallet Lovin': Hello, Kiddo and Hey, Baby (shown). These mini cards do not come with envelopes since we know you'll want your recipient to get right to the good stuff without all the fanfare of 'unwrapping' it.

Whitney's boyfriend is already a HUGE fan and even goes so far as to ask for them. LOL! Which gives me an idea .... Since my hubby has had such a hard week, maybe it's time for me to give him a little of this good Wallet Lovin', whaddaya think??

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Line: Simply Sympathy

Hi, everyone! Life in the church can come with many ups and downs - from weddings to funerals to baptisms. With these events come many card-worthy occasions. Our colleagues have recently expressed how difficult it is to find the right sympathy card. It needs to be gentle, soothing, meaningful, heartfelt, and encouraging without being overly sappy or a total Debbie Downer. We have not found very many of these cards on the mass market, and so we developed this line of cards - Simply Sympathy - to fulfill this need. Below is our first design in the Simply Sympathy line.

The color scheme for this card was inspired by the Pretty Pastels Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World. We thought the pastel pallet worked well for a more feminine sympathy card one might send to a friend or relative. We used a simple-one layer design using dimension only in the butterfly to draw attention to the comforting sentiment.

Simply Sympathy comes in a standard pack of five cards. Each card is an individual design with a coordinating envelope. The cards are designed to be universal, though some have a more feminine or masculine feel.

Check back soon for more of our new products.

And now off to bed to catch my beauty sleep so I can get up and do this again tomorrow!

Used on this card:
Stamp: Upsy Daisy (SU!)
Ink: Pale Plum, Rose Red, Lavender Lace (SU!)
Paper: Lavender Lace (SU!), Blossom

Monday, January 10, 2011

Let It Snow!

We've enjoyed the first snow of 2011 here in North Texas. In honor of our first snow event, we would like to share one of our 2011 Christmas card designs that speaks to the wonders of winter weather.

This card shows what a little embossing, die cuts, and Stickles can do ... and a sparkly gem doesn't hurt either!

Used on this card: Sizzix Texturz, Sizzix Bigz snowflake, Making Memories brad, crystal Stickles, DCWV glitter cardstock

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check the products page regularly for the latest designs.

And now, back to my cup of hot apple cider.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from High Notes Ink! We hope that all of you enjoyed a blessed holiday season filled with family, friends, and lots of love. And speaking of love, that all-important holiday honoring all things Love is fast approaching. Have you gotten something special for your valentine? We're here to help! Later this week, we will be revealing our exclusive 2011 Valentines line. Stop back in and see what Cupid has in store for you!

Until next time, happy stamping!