Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Poppystamps Challenge Reminder: ABC Anything But a Card

Hi there! It's time for a challenge reminder! Poppystamps Challenge Reminder:
ABC or Anything But a card. 
I chose to make a trio of tags for some of the grands going back to school this week.

These darling Narwhals come complete with sentiments that say just the right thing
to a young gent starting kindergarten. 

I used Poppy's tag, Stitched Tunnel Tags. Sadly they are not in the store any more. 
But Poppystamps has many other great tags.

If you'd like to learn more about how this set was created, visit the 
Poppy blog. And don't forget there's a blog blitz going on with lots
of prizes!

Enjoy your  week!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


Hello! Hope you're enjoying summer's end, and are looking forward to cooler
weather. I know I am!

I'm playing along with a couple of challenges, Altenew's August Inspiration Challenge 

and, The Flower Challenge, Use your Favorite Flower.

My favorite flower at the moment is a new plant added to my yard, 
Midnight Rose Hibiscus.

I have seen hibiscus before, but never this size or color. When I brought home the plant
(I bought 3) it was about 2' high and had a couple of bud groupings. 

Honestly, would you ever believe these buds would open into such a 
magnificent bloom? 1st bloom measured 9".

So for today (only today, I very fickle with favorites!) my favorite flower is the Hibiscus. 

Altenew's  Hibiscus Garden 3D was all cut from white cardstock, and Copic colored. 
I tried to keep as close to my Midnight Rose as possible. The die set comes with the greens
you see pictured here, and the smaller bloom I colored in purples to mimic the 
Allysum planted in the pots with the Hibiscus.
The background started out with an A2 sized card, white, covered with 
Altenew's watercolor washi. I added sprays and white paint droplets, then
cut the card with MFT's Wonky Stitched Rectangle.

'You' from PTI's Bold Borders: Arabesque. I doubled the diecut with gold for a little

The Hibiscus flower has gorgeous textured veins. I tried to add that look by streaking 
my die cut with the Copic pens.

Altenew asks us, 'how were you inspired by the photo?' 
Just about everything from the photo inspired me! Colors, soft fadeout greens, water
droplets... and May gave us a beautiful watercolor tutorial too!

2 challenges, one card. Love it when that happens!

Have a blessed week! 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Happy 7th Anniversary Paper Sweeties!

Welcome to a happy celebration!

Paper Sweeties is marking their 7th year. Applause applause!
And congratulations! 
I'm so honored to join the festivities with a special card,
and a favorite of mine, featuring Abigail.

Abigail's been around since the beginning. She and all the dolls have outfits 
and settings fit for a queen, or in this case, a mermaid!
Mermaid Wishes is a new set I've fallen for. That fish tail! I just 
had to glam it up!
The shell border was stamped, Copic colored and fussy cut.

'Sea' background: Distress Oxide Ink blending, water splashed, and white paint 
Anniversary banner: PS Hello Friend
The bubbles 'HAPPY' and 'anniversary' sentiment from an older
set, Happy Everything.

That's right! A 100.00 gc is the big prize to a lucky follower!
All the deets on the Paper Sweeties Blog.
Good luck, and go join the fun!

Happy 7th Anniversary Paper Sweeties!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Fresh For You

Just finished another week of grands, before they start school. 3 under the age of 10 and
 3 in their teens. It's been nonstop, from morning 'till night. 
But today was goodby in the morning, and time to play in the craft cave! Yay!
It's my first time to play with Betsy's mason jar, and sunflower dies. I wasn't able to
get the jar on release night, and Betsy let me know when it was restocked, so I 
couldn't wait to order it! I've just drooled over each and every card 
all of you have done!

The sunflowers all began cut from white cardstock and Copic colored. I LOVE how full of
dimension they become when layered together!
Next came the much waited for jar... what color to make my mason jar?

The jar is a 3 step process of stamping, and I decided to try to give my new treasure an
 inking from 3 different companies, PTI, Catherine Pooler and Altenew.
 I also left off the firststep on a few to create a clearer jar in each color way.
 It's a great way to spend an afternoon,
 just a favorite stamp set, a misti, and colorful inks! (you can't see it, but each color is
 listed on the back of each stamped jar). I also drew in a few stems with colored pencils.
The jar is actually the brighter pink in the first picture.

The sunflowers closeup, and you can see all the layers, and color possibilities. 
Blue sunflowers? Why not!

Have to say, the new Crimped Frame die is a favorite. I made my background paper 
from Poppystamps: Picnic Plaid, an all over stamp. 
It helps to have a juicy ink pad for all over 
coverage. The pink is CP It's A Girl, and the greens are CP Melon Ice and 
Altenew Limeaid.

With the exception of laundry, I have no other plans for the rest of the day~ Bliss!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Tag You're It Challenge: Bookmarks

There's a new challenge up on the Tag You're It Blog today, and we are challenged to
create a tag that's a bookmark. 

All 3 tags MFT and covered with Altenew Washi.
This one stamped with PTI's Bibliophile. 
Floral Image: Altenew's Daisy Sunflower.
PTI's Berry Summer

A sweet little reminder of the joy of reading!

I covered this bookmark with Altenew's Washi then added a vellum die cut 
with the word 'Books' from PTI's Bibliophile. The floral swag is a fussy cut
from the flower Washi added to card stock. 

Again a Washi covered tag with the Greetery's Fleur Impressions and PTI's Summer 
Hope you play along with this theme of bookmarks. You don't have to do 3. Or you
can do 6. Have fun and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

12 Kits of Occasions July '19 Summer Fun

The end of July and time for 12 Kits of Occasions. This month our hostess is Marybeth
Lopez, from Marybeth's Time for Paper. And she sent us a kit full of summer's best!

Let's get right to it!

Lots of fun colorful papers from Echo Park. I fussy cut the word 'COOL' and used
my new frame dies from the Greetery. You'll see a lot more of them throughout my

Nothing says summer like big bright blooms. These are Concord & 9th.

Marybeth sent a pale ink stamped image from Altenew, just perfect for 
the soft look of watercolor pencils.

We got 2 'hello' die cuts from Poppystamps. I popped up this green one onto a weave of the
 pretty EchoPark papers. The black dotty paper is actually Altenew's Washi tape on a piece
 of PTI's Berry Sorbet cardstock.

This one started out with the best intentions. I thought it would be fun to dress up the 
top popsicle to look like it was melting. Glossy Accents would do the trick... 
didn't exactly work the way I'd hoped. Oh well...

This final card is a thank you to Marybeth for a kit full of summer fun!

Enjoy all the posts from the 12 Kits' friends, and enjoy your summer!
Hope it's full of crafty goodness!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Sweet Birthday Wishes

It seems like it's been awhile since I've posted a card. My summer's been full of family,
trips, chickens and children... with 3 BIG summer parties at our house. 
Phew! I need a vacation. No better place than the craft room!

This card's for Ink to Paper, Laurie's Fabulous Favorites, 
this week's it's Background Stamps.

The background stamp is white embossed within the oval die, Cover Up: Grid,
on water color paper. I then loosely watercolored the grid and fit it inside the 
Pierced Feature Frames: Oval (cut 3 times). 
That's Garden Garland on the outside of the oval.
Laurie's card was full of black and white drama.White on white is my absolute favorite 
technique for drama.  

Ink to Paper Tag Creations: Blooming Indulgence Dies

The many dies in this set are fun to play with. I used colored card stock and the banner 
included in the set, and used a sentiment from Just Sentiments Tagged.

Feels so good be be back in the craft room. I have family coming on Monday.
And we're planning another trip to Yosemite. All's good, and very busy. 
Hope you enjoy your summer, and all the warmth that goes with it.
And especially hope you have some time to create. It just seems to refresh and


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Birthday Wishes

Hey there, are you enjoying your summer? Any craft time in the works?
I have some inspiration using Poppy's Spring Pots Shelves die today on
the Poppystamps blog.
Come visit and see how I made this card.
Stay cool!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Tag You're It Challenge #91: Summer Fruit

If you love making tags, the Tag You're It Challenge is for you!
Every two weeks you're challenge with a photo to get you started
with samples from great designers, and a chance to earn a guest
spot on the blog.
The fabulous Marybeth Lopez has selected Summer Fruit as our muse:

Strawberries are a favorite, and so is this set from C9.

I created a tag using PTI's Tasting Tag, and added Concord & 9th's Berry die and stamp
set. Background C9's 
Play along for a Guest Designer spot. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
thanks for the visit, and have a crafty week!!!

Check out our newest member at Tag You're It, Kim Heggins from Cupcakes Cards
and Kim. Welcome Kim!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

12 Kits of Occasions: June 'Summer Fun'

Is it really June 30th? Half the year gone! Well, it's time to celebrate summer.
And our sweet friend Birgit Norton has a summer kit to kick off all things Fun
 in the Sun!
Just a quick note: if you fall in love with anything you see, we have a 
supplies list on the 12 Kits Blog.
OK, let's celebrate summer!

This sweet cutie is enjoying her day at the beach.

The papers Birgit included inspired every card!

Loved coloring this bird with copies.

Also colored this duo with copics.

Talk about tropical flair... love this set from PTI.

Seriously live in flip flops ALL summer!

Had to turn one of the sentiment cards into a shaker, topped with these slices
of watermelon, included in the kit.

6 cards and still more to play with later.

A big thank you to Birgit for an over the top summer kit, And to
our favorite composer of arranging our kit photo, Lindsey, as always
thank you!

Hope you enjoyed our summer kit, and hope you visit all the 
designers and give them some love.

Thanks for the visit!