Virginia's View Challenge #14 Layers & Dimensions


Playing along with Virginia's View Challenge blog,
where the challenge is to use layers and dimensions.
Not too hard for this cardmaker, it's what I love most about the craft!

Virginia's challenge photo is inspiring, check it out:

But it's her guest designers and Virginia herself, that take it up 
many notches!


This is Virginia's sample of layering, and in my opine, exquisite!

My card is full of layers, and we'll stop at that!
I'm a farm girl, and it shows in the stamps and elements I'm always drawn to.


PTI stamps and dies, Garden Variety frame, Vegetable Garden Radishes,
sentiment from Petite Pots,
lots of pretty papers from my stash and some washi.
Where Virginia added a layer of gold string, I chose hemp twine.
See that white circle thingy going on in the upper left corner? 
That's is a piece of one of my new die fav's from Waltzingmouse, Pretty Circle Die.
A funny thing happened while tri-inking the radishes, they sort of split up the ink, just
like a real radish does with it's color. Love it when that happens!
Some dew drops finish, and that's my layered card.
Like I said, not much of a stretch for me, as layering is my first love... in card making, that is!
Play along with Virginia's View Challenge here:

Paper Sweeties April Release Rewind


It's rewind time at Paper Sweeties.
This month's release has been full of wonderful inspiration from the 
design team.
Our final post for this release is to show how great the new stamps work
with some of the older sets.


Sweet Cuts Stitched Tags #1 is a must have in my stash! Sized great for embellies,
like the branch from Tree of Life Add-Ons Spring.
The sentiment is from Smitten. 
Blueberry sequins are from PS too!
Chipboard 'love' has been sponge inked and sprayed.

You can purchase the new sets linked here:


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Don't forget to visit each designer for more rewind ideas!




Waltzingmouse April PJ Party: Old Pajamas


Challenge 3 at WM's PJ Party is to use 'Old Pajamas'. 
And a 'coordinating Spellbinders'.
I have the Opera tags, which coordinate with 
their Christmas stamps. Just a die cut alone is still beautiful.


Together with a die cut cradle from Little Darlings,
a tiny tag from the Opera set, and some ombre seam binding,
my 'Old Pajama' card is done!
Getting under the wire,


Paper Sweeties April Release Party!


Today's the day, folks! All the goodies you've seen are yours to order.
And sweet goodies they are!

My card for the release uses just about every stamp and die in
the new set, Tree of Life Add-On: Spring.


The banner is made from triangles from the Sweet Cuts set: Fun Shapes.
The rest; the paper pieced wheel barrel, the flowers, the birds, nest, owl and leaves (it's a branch in
the set, I just cut to use as leaves), are all from Tree of Life: Add-On Spring.
PS Sequins, PS twine (blueberry).
If you haven't already done so, be sure to visit the design team's blogs for
more inspiration!

And don't forget to enter the PS April Challenge for a chance to win
a gift certificate & be a guest designer!


Nancy Penir (you're here!)


Waltzingmouse April Pajama Party


Well, pajamas are on, and in the worst light possible to photograph, I'm 
posting my first entry in the Waltzingmouse April PJ Party!


Had grandma duty all day, and my little guy kept me hopping!
While he napped, I did a card.



So glad I ordered 'Good Egg' for Easter.
Turned it, and Folk Art Medallion into a shaker.
The sweet sentiment reminds me of a baby card.
Shaker window done with Pretty Circles die.

I've warned DH not to expect dinner, 
Jeanne Jackna & Cathy Weber have some fab inspiration for all the challenges.
I'm going back in the craft cave to try to do the tag, Old PJ's project & Bedtime Story
Sketch Challenges!




Paper Sweeties April Release Countdown!


It's Countdown time at Paper Sweeties!

2 new stamp sets, & 2 matching Sweetcuts sets!


This card features the new 'Tree of Life' & 'Tree of Life Add-On Spring'.
The sentiment is from the Add-On Spring set, embossed onto the hill shaped die
from Sweet Cuts Add-On Spring.
The Corners are a tire swing sweet cut, that I've sprayed with a copper and doubled over
black CS.
Do you like the texture on the tree?
Here's the how to:
White Neon Amplify, which is a puff paint, when heat is applied, puffs into that 
chenille texture. Purely a happy accident!


Those are PS sequins (love!)
Don't miss Release Day tomorrow! Great inspiration coming your way from
the whole design team!




Paper Sweeties April Release Sneak Peeks!


It's release time at Paper Sweeties, 
and I have a sneak peek for you!


This die cut tree is from April's release, and is called, 'Tree of Life'.
It has dies (Sweet Cuts) for each stamp,
and has a companion set (stamps and dies!), called Tree of Life Add-On: Spring

My card uses some of the fun tree details, the nest, birds, leaves, and swing.


The wonderful dies make it so easy to create a scene!

Just happened to have a clip with a yellow bird in my stash, (Anthropologie), 
which happily blings up my card!
Speaking of bling, those are PS Cookie Dough sequins blooming on the tree.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for another preview.
Official Release is the 15th.
Just in case you missed one, here's the rest of our talented design team.
What do you think? Is this going to be another great release?
I'd love to hear from you!

Nancy Penir (me!)


MIM #208 Ombre Stamping



This week's Make It Monday, Laurie shows us how to ombre stamp
with our inks and makeup sponges.
So glad to finally have some use for those tiny sponges I've had in the back of the drawer!


Apple Prints stamps and dies, Cover Plate: Stitched
Inks: Scarlett Jewel, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, New Leaf, Limeaid Ice, Harvest Gold,
 True Black.
Fireworks! Bamboo Leaves spray

It was hard to capture the subtle shimmer of the Fireworks! spray,
But the effect is so lovely on the stitched cover plate!

Come play along on Nichole's blog:

Paper Sweeties April Inspiration Challenge #30: 'Hoppy Easter'


Hi and welcome to Paper Sweeties April Challenge!
This month Debbie has give us this adorable inspiration:

Love Peeps!
And those spring colors!

Here's what I did to get you inspired a bit more,


From last year's set, Hippity Hoppity, and Sweet Cuts: Some Bunny Loves You.
My chickis is all dolled up with Paper Sweeties sequins, and so is her nest.
Even have the inside decorated:


Happy Everything sentiment
We have a special guest this month, 
Jinny Newlin! Be sure to stop by her blog and give her some 
Paper Sweeties love!

Can't wait to see what you do with the inspiration photo,
remember you have all month to play along for a 
chance to win a gift certificate for the stamps of you choice!


MIM #207: Double Partial Die Cutting


Playing along with MIM at PTI, and Laura Bassen,
showing us her how-to genius of Double Partial Die Cutting.
It's the 'partial' part that I wrestled a bit with, but settled on 
this number card for a cousin turning the big '6-5'.


Mat Stack 7 (largest die) gave me the window to add a stenciled Cover Plate: Blue Skies.
Ombred with Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise & Orange Zest Inks.
Up, Up & Away die cuts of balloons, colored with copics.
Sentiment from: Birthday Classics: February (Terracotta Tile).
Laura's effect creates a stunning 'POW', to your cards! 
Learn her tricks here:

MIM #206 Stamping and Mixing Patterns


This week's MIM is sheer joy!
Loving patterns and layers, it tickles to have Danielle
show us how and what and some of her tricks to create magic on a card.

1st off, create a coordinating set of papers.
Danielle suggested starting with the larger imaged paper.


Danielle's signature style is using bright clear colors,
and I tried to keep that look when I chose yellows, aquas, and Berry Sorbet.
The large group of daisies is from Friendship Jar Fillers, and the smaller posies
from Brushed Blooms.
First stamped the daisies and colored them with Loew Cornell Watercolors.
Smaller triple blooms stamped in Hero Arts Wet Cement.


I ended up with 5 stamped papers, just because I was in my happy place doing them!
Didn't use all 5 in my card, but I have plenty do 3 more cards for sure!
Starting on left, Arrows from Heather's new Noted set,
so is the grey chevron pattern, splashed with Yellows.
Top patterns from Happy Trails,  and Melon Berry dots from Polka Dot Basics.


Used 3 of the 5 pattern papers, and a cutout of the daisies.
Also added a fussy cut of the top daisy.
Had some tags from Cuppa Love die left over from the Blog Hop, so stamped a heart
from Bubble Talk in Aqua Mist, and 'you're Super' in Smokey Shadow.
Glossy Accents on the daisy centers.
Can't wait to do this again with other stamps!
Like I said, pure joy!
You need to see Danielle's video, to catch her tips, here:

PTI March Blog Hop! & NBUS #4


A Big 'Hi' and welcome to PTI's March Blog Hop!
Nichole gave us this inspiration photo:

Light, bright and oozing Spring!

Colors: yellow & aqua. style: country, cottagey, some 40's retro.
Wallpaper, patterns & a polka dot table cloth!


Broke into the Cuppa Love set of stamps and dies. Hadn't used them, 
and seemed fitting for an inspiration of such a warm scene!
During the release of this set, loved Heather's card pictured here:


I embossed the images onto Hawaiian Shores card stock with colors from the photo,
and used the sentiment from the set stamped in Ocean Tides Ink.
Polka dots embossed in white from PTI's Polka Dot Basics.
Play along all day on Nichole's Blog, you'll find awesome ideas and fun!
Edge scallop cut from heart banner die.


Since I haven't used this set before, adding the card to Darnell's NBUS Challenge?
Do you have stamps you haven't used yet? 
This is a great challenge to use them!

Happy cupcake!



A quick post made for the Card Concept Challenge.
Had to travel upstate for my daughter's surgery, and didn't have time
to take pictures with my good camera, so these are from
my phone.


PTI Baker's Dozen and Cake Stand.
Ink stenciled a doily to make the shaker. 
Don't have the name of the die used to cut the happy, will
post it when I get home.
Glossy Accented the cupcake, but the IPhone doesn't pick it up.
God willing, all will be easy on her, & I'll be home in 2 days.
Thanks for looking, 

Going for Laura Jane & Cindy's Freestyle Collage.

Fusion Card Challenge


Playing along with Fusion,
where the challenge is to use the photo or sketch or both,
which I did.

Oh those colors!
Came as close as I could with what I had, 
but not satisfied, even with embossing powder.
Looks like a good excuse to visit my favorite stamp stores! 


Cut a watercolor panel, and stamped spritzed flowers, 
and added watercolors for more intensity.

Waltzingmouse: Funky Flowers Stamps and dies
PTI: Cardstocks, vellum
Distrissed Inks: Seedless Preserves & Picked Raspberries
Zing Embossing Powder: Lavender,
Veneer Superior Embossing Powder: White
Recollections Embossing Powder: Aubergine
SSS: 'Mom' die
DP: Marion Smith: Junque Gypsy 'Nota Bene'

Play along with Fusion's Card Challenge here:


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