Thursday, August 16, 2018


Hi! Glad you stopped by for a visit today. I recently ordered a new set by C9,
called, Grateful For Everything. Couldn't wait to play with it!

I'm playing along with Just Us Girls, where the challenge is Fast Watercolors.
I love all things watercolor, but this was a new one for me. We were directed on
the JUGs challenge to watch Jennifer McGuire's video on youtube. She made 
making your watercolor card quick and easy.

Lots of quick inking, spritzing, fussy cutting and some Lindy's Starburst: 
Marigold Yellow Orange spray.

Check out Jennifer's video here:  Jennifer McGuire's Fast Watercolors

Have a great day, hope it's full of crafting!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Happy Fall: Create Along With Us

This week at PTI we get to Create Along with their fabulous designers.
It's release week and the cards and projects are amazing! Full of rich new fall 
stamps and dies, and as usual, wonderful new ideas.

Michelle Leone's card caught my eye.

One of the newest dies to be released is this one Michelle featured called, 
Frame It Out Many Blessings.
Michelle did a few things on her card I cased. 

My card uses Shape Shifters Oval 1, and like Michelle, I fussy cut the design to create a 
window for my sentiment.
I absolutely love Stitched Florals, with the multi-stamping.
My flowers are from Mum's the Word, and so  is the fall sentiment.
For the added color of Harvest Gold, I water colored the die cut, let it dry, and
then stamp the mum in Honey Nut. That color combo is so Fall-esque!
I tried to keep the rest of Michelle's color scheme, with the exception of the leaves. 
Mine are Olive Twist.

Play along all week on the PTI blog. So much inspiration to see!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Merry and bright

Good Morning! 
So much to see on the Poppystamps blog. HolidayBlog Blitz just ended, 
and the design team outdid themselves with inspiration and
project ideas. Be sure to drop by for a visit!

More inspiration is up today with my card featuring 2085 Pinpoint Shaker ornament craft die 
and it's helper, 1276 Retro Ornaments craft die. I've also used the sentiment set:
The Poppystamp blog is full of holiday merriment. Go check it out! 
Crafty hugs everyone!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

MIM with Michelle: Petite Pattern Play

Michelle Leone shows us how to create pattern in our background on this
Monday's tutorial at PTI.

I loved this easy and quick way to make an impact on our cards.
Out came the new Orchid Expressions. I played with the flowers, changing
the colors of the petals. The options are endless!

I think I used every shade of PTI ink! Really easy to stamp with my Misti.

In case you don't know this little trick, here's a way to stamp a bunch of the same images 
quickly and perfectly. 
Die cut the image.
Place it back into the cut cardstock, held in place with your misti magnets.
Line up your stamp,
And... stamp! Replace with next die cut, and the image is stamped perfectly,
over and over and over.

This was my favorite orchid color combo. First stamped with Orchid Allure,
then Raspberry Fizz. The blend of the 2 inks made this gorgeous plum on the die cut.

A left over piece from Pierced Feature Frames provided the rectangle
and I drew the inside lines with a pencil.

The butterfly from Quilted: Summer reminded me of a mini block print,
and lined up well within my masked off rectangle.

So quick and easy, I did a 2nd card using kraft, and the 'thank you' setntiment.

Such a fun technique! Can't wait to 'plant' more orchids!

Friends, I'm sure you've heard of the horrific fires here in California.
They say 20% of our state is on fire. Our home is in a valley near Yosemite, where
one fire is close and hardly contained. 
Our air is so bad, and the heat doesn't help those poor firefighters.
Please pray for containment, relief from the spread of more destruction,
and especially for those heroes on the front lines.
Thank you! 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Transformation Tuesday: Get Well

Transformation Tuesday, a new challenge at PTI, features Laurie this week,
and her Christmas card she transforms into a bright summer card.

I love her cards, and her samples were over the top with their charming layers 
of lovlieness!

Laurie wasn't unhappy with her holiday card, just wanted to give it a less season
specific twist. Just what I did with one of my favorites from my Christmas stash.
This last Christmas, I did several of these, with Betsy's Wonderland kit.

The new version is also full of layers, but much lighter, and more summery. 
I have a friend who just had back surgery, and this flowery card will hopefully bring her cheer.

Lots of layers, like the first card, with some foam build up too.
Background stenciled with Make It Market: Lovely Lace

Below is a list of PTI product used. Just click on an item and it will
take you to the PTI shop. Thank you for ordering from my blog.
I'm an affiliate for PTI and get a little compensation when you order from here.

Poppystamps Blog Blitz! Trio of Joy

Hi folks!  
How would you like to win this GORGEOUS Poppystamps holiday die?
You can! Simply head on over to the Poppystamps blog, 
and comment on my post. And while you're at it, not just my post but ALL the holiday
blitz' posts for a chance to win one of MANY dies free!

It's that easy! 
On the blog, I explain how I made this trio of holiday cards with the new die,
Mountain Hills Plate.
Winners announced on August 6th.
Good luck! And Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Happy Summer!

With summer in full bloom, and with some summery die cuts from Marybeth Lopez's
fun summer kit, (do you follow 12 Kits of Occasions? Here's a link:
do another summer card and play along with Stephanie. She's
our hostess for this week's MIM, 'Creating Mixed Background Texture'

Pretty much stayed with Stephanie's layout, stamped images on top, die cut texture on bottom,
and die cuts going up the side with sentiment tag tucked in. 

Hope your summer's going well, and you're surviving the heat. We are looking forward
to cooler days and autumn breezes. Ahhhh, can't wait! But for now 100+ every day...
Great excuse to stay inside and craft! 

Isn't pink just the cutest color for a surfboard?

Below is a list of product used for this card. Anything you like,
just click on, and you'll be linked to the PTI store. 
A big 'Thank You' for ordering off my blog. I am an affiliate,
and receive compensation when you buy this way.

Thanks for the visit and sweet comments!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions July Summer and More

Hi, and welcome to the July post for 12 Kits of Occasions!
Our hostess this month is Marybeth Lopez from Marybeth's Time for Paper.
She sent us a wonderful kit full of summer goodies! And a bit of 
vacation too!

Settle back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy a bit of summer fun!

First off, Best Wishes and Fuchsias. Do you grow them? The day we hit 100, it's only 
a matter of time until my fuchsias say good-bye! Folks we in the Central Valley 
 broke a record for 100+ 21 days in a row... no happy fushsias here!

I tore the paper card with flip flops and added the palm tree and surfboard to 
a PTI die cut I had on hand. (Do you save your extra die cuts? Think I need another 
room to hold all of mine!) Marybeth included the darling tiki paper.

Tucked this little guy into the embossed wreath Marybeth had in our kit.
Popped up outer paper and added the tag cut from one of the sentiments included.

These bunnies from Purple Onion just might be my favorites. Added them to the
Poppy die cut.

Once again, with a ready made PTI die cut, the lemon lime duo goes with
one of my favorite PTI sentiments.

All these summery cards came together so quickly.
Easy breezy and fun!

Be sure to stop by and give some commenting love to each of the 
designers. Can't wait to see what they all did with July's kit!

Thank you, Marybeth!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Little Sunshine Mends the Soul

I'm back from a week with my daughter, who recently moved
to a town near Disneyland. Yes, I went to Disneyland, yes we went
to the beach, yes, a day shopping in Costa Mesa, and YES, swam 
every day and ate too much!
Catching up with my cardmaking, and watched Lizzie's video on
the PTI blog. She calls it, 'Repeating the Greeting'.
Had to break out the new stamps!

Did a little digging to find a sentiment, and found just what I wanted
in Quilted: Summer.

Popped up a few of the die cuts and shadow stamped the embossed 'Sunshine'.
I'm seriously dreaming of beach days with the grandkids. It was heavenly...

Find product used for my card below. Just click and it will take you
to the PTI store.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

PTI July '18 Blog Hop

It's Blog Hop time at PapertreyInk, and our inspiration photo is a 
joyous splatter of salt sea pattern and a brilliant combo of unexpected color.

From the first sighting of Reef Builders I was hooked! The detailing is amazing and I LOVE each
and every die to bits!

Lots of layers and plenty of sea elements for a card going to a dear friend.

Hop along all day on the PTI blog. 
Looking forward to waves and waves of inspiration! (couldn't resist!)

Below is a list of PTI supplies used. Just click on what you like and 
it'll take you to the PTI store.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sending Sparkle

Hey everyone, I'm up today with some inspiration on the poppy stamps blog,

Hoping you'll pop by and see how my card was created with some of 
their fabulous dies!

So many ways to add sparkle to your cards! And what a fun impact.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Celebrate: MIM Creating Stencils from Die Cuts

Hi! I'm playing along with Melissa and Make It Monday, where the challenge
is to create a stencil from die cuts. 
Melissa's gorgeous sample card and her video are on PTI's blog,
and takes you step by step crafting the process.

Part of the fun in doing this card was searching through my PTI collection and 
combining stamps and dies I thought looked interesting together.

For a complete list of supplies, see the list below.
Click on what you like and it will link you to the PTI store.