Monday, September 16, 2019

Sympathy Cards

The Flower Challenge is being sponsored by My Favorite Things this month.
Hello! I love playing along with any challenge that has 'flower' in their theme!
And the monthly Flower Challenge has become a favorite.

This month it's Anything Goes. 

My card features MFT's Floral Focus stamp set, an all over stamp that was selectively 
stamped on the corners, and colored with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

The lines from the tone on tone stamping almost disappear with the coloring.

And the pencils on Kraft give the the image are almost an 'old world' feel.

First stamped with Altenew's Sand Dunes ink, then colored with pencils, and
finally masked before adding the droplets.

One last step. I added perfect pearls to some white acrylic paint and gave the leaves and 
petals some sheen. Much shinier irl. 

Enjoy your week! Hope it's a crafty one!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Card Concept: Beautiful Butterflies

The Card Concept's back!
Hi friends, and welcome back to the Card Concept's Card Challenge
It's a challenge that gives you styles to create the perfect card. And if
those styles aren't just right, combine them, or create one of your own! 
Our styles are listed here: 

I have some inspiration for you 

I went with a Clean and Layered card, with a bit of Classy Elegance too. See how 
combining your styles is just fine? Rather monochromatic, rather dramatic (with the
black). Have fun with your choice of styles, but don't be confined! We'd love to see
what style you create with, and what butterflies are in your stash.

The Butterfly Love is the brainchild of Concord and 9th. I used their 'thingamajig' (yes
it's a real tool) and stamped 4 times to cover the background. All Inks Altenew.
Banner: C9's Everyday Bouquet.

Grab your favorite butterfly stamp (or 2 or 3) and join the fun!
Our challenges are 2 weeks and we'd love to see what inspired you. 
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Peony Bouquet

Hi everyone! 
Visit the Poppystamps blog today
to see this card and several others by my teammates celebrating summer's end.
You're sure to find something irresistible! 

From frames to clear stamps, gorgeous new designs.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Birthday Bottles

Hi there, and Happy September! 
I'm playing with the Greetery's newest, Bottled Up, Cotton Comfort and
Halfsies dies.

The 3 step bottle stamps look amazingly real when completed.
Cotton comfort is actually 5 steps with the cotton balls.
The Happy Birthday Sentiment is from Lemon Blossom.

When it came to step 4's stamping of the cotton balls, I sponge inked with 
Altenew's Iceburg.

It's been a busy summer, with family and some travel. Very nice to stay home
(nice and quiet now) and craft with a large pile of yet to be inked stamps!

Hope you're days are a bit cooler. I've already seen pumpkins in the market!

Happy crafting!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Vintage Artichoke

Happy Saturday to you!
I recently got my order from Concord & 9th, and among their new
release was the Vintage Artichoke stamp and dies.

The Vintage Artichoke is a lined stamp, perfect for coloring.
I did 2, one stamped with Hero Arts' Wet Cement, and Copic colored, the other
stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Kraft, and colored with pencils.

The sketchy quality of the stamp gives the image a wonderfully shaded form to
each 'petal' of the artichoke. But the fun comes when you use the die to cut
the choke's petals.

Isn't that genius? And who doesn't love artichokes? Dipped in aloli, or some other
creamy delicacy... yum!

I've paired my artichokes with C9's Woven Plaid Background stamp die 
cut with the Greetery's Crimped Frame die.

Tried to keep both cards simple so the artichoke would shine, but couldn't resist 
adding the acorns and leaf to the Kraft card. They'[re from another C9 recently released
set called, Autumn Harvest.

Hope you enjoyed my post today and felt a little taste of autumn. 
We've cooled down to high 90's today, after a week of 102-104. 
So ready for fall!

12 Kits of Occasions: August

Hi and welcome to August's 12 Kits of Occasions' post. This month our
hostess is the fabulous, Michelle Leone, and she's given us a kit full of fun!
She calls it, 'End of Summer Soiree, and there's birthday, and red, white
and blue, plenty of florals, yummy bright papers, well just have a look...

Leading off with a favorite for a boy... a birthday boy!

Michelle gave us big bold die cut blossoms, and this bright greeting that says it all.

This bear, his balloon, and the pink sun medallion were fussy cut. All was well
until I added Glossy Accents to the balloon. It sort of got away from me. But 
how cute is he looking straight at it??? Had to use it anyway.

Michelle included the cake, cake stand, and a floral paper I cut into circles. 
The sentiments she sent us fit perfectly in the PTI oven mitts and rolling pin dies. 

Another card with a darling plane, banner and clouds included in the kit.

Last a cascade of fussy cut blooms from one of the papers in the kit onto
a floral frame adhered to a soft pale blue textured paper, inked in blues.
Sentiment: Poppystamps.

6 cards and I still have more left over to play with!
Thank you Michelle!
It's always fun to see what creative ideas my talented teammates did with
their kits.
Next is September... where'd the year go? 
Hope  you have a crafty week, sweet friends!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Tag You're It Challenge

Welcome! Do you love making tags? 

There's a fun new challenge on the Tag You're It blog.

My hubby is coming on a birthday, and nobody is more royalty on our grill!
He just knows when the meat is perfection! 

PapertreyInk's King of the Grill came complete with a couple of dies that allowed
me to raise the bun, and with Misti's help, give it a toasty edge. The rest was stamped
onto a PTI Bookmark die. 
Bottom: C9's Woven Plaid Background

The designers have some great inspiration on the TGI blog. 
Come play along! 
'Can't wait to see your tags!'

Monday, August 26, 2019

Boy Card: Wonderful Whittles

Hello Poppy Peeps! 
I have a sweet little card for a guy this morning, (Could be a girl's card too) with an
animal theme. Poppy's new 'whittle' animals!

All the info on making this card is on the Poppystamps' blog this morning.
Stop by and see all the new dies and stamps, already in the Poppystamps
store. And while you're there, a reminder that there's a blog blitz going on!
Leave comments for a chance to win!!! 
Have a great day!!!

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'm 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!