Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Grace to You


MIM's challenge this week is with Ashley,
showing us how to use our stencils with paste to create texture.
She also uses reinkers to add color.
This was so much fun, I had to make a couple of cards!


1st up in pinks and purples.


2nd in aquas and blues.


Stencil used was included in Betsy's Make It Market: Color Pop Butterflies.
You've Been Framed: Oval
Graceful Greetings 2
Inspired: Grace
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste

Play along on Nichole's blog here:

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Garden Fresh


Good Saturday Morning!
It's Blog Hop time at PTI, 
and Nichole has challenged us big time with this dreamy art piece


Inspiration? Yes! But it took me everywhere.
Finally narrowed it down to Garden Medley.
I know, vegetables?
Well just roll with me...


1st card, using the vegetables, and more PTI inks for each stamping 
than you care to know. Spritzed each stamp, before stamping. 
(Believe me, there's a pile on my work table, not fit to show!)
Bird and branch from Spring Woods.


I had so many vegetables
 left over, decided to do a 2nd card.
This time, letting the bg paper dictate colors.


This time, used the word stamp, 'artichoke' included in the set, curving it 
the way Melissa Phillips did when the set was released.
Cover Plate: Delightful

Thank you for visiting, and enjoy the hop!
Always so much to see and ideas to case!!!


Before you hop on, a quick look at the Penirs' tomatoes.
This year, I've got quite a crop! Must be the hot weather.
Must remember to be thankful for the heat!







Friday, June 24, 2016


It's time for a new challenge at Tag You're It, and Kelly Szafron
is our inspired designer with this tag:
Here's some more inspiration for you, 
a tag I created with Elizabeth Craft Designs dies.


Turned my strawberries white, otherwise stuck pretty close to Kelly's tag.
 PTI: Tag Sale #10 tag and banner.
PTI: Strawberry Patch sentiment.
Can't wait to see what you do!
Be sure to check out the other designers on the 
Tag You're It Challenge Blog. They're sure to inspire!
Hope you're summer's going swimmingly... literally!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hug in a Mug


One more for Summer Coffee Loving Blog Hop


Paper Sweeties: But First Coffee stamps and sweet cuts.
DP: Marianne designs Celebrations 
Pretty Pink Posh: Scallop Frame
Zing embossing powder: Powder
Fussy cut flowers from dp, GA to the blooms in pot and mug.

For You



Hi Coffee Lovers! 
Welcome back to another post for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

This card was inspired by the gorgeous cabbage roses on this 
Kaiser Craft paper.
PTI Fancy Teacup & Friendship Flowers stamps and dies.
PTI Inks: Melon Berry, Sweet Blush, Americana, New Leaf, 
Pinefeather, & Simply Chartreuse.
Sentiment embossed with Pirate Gold from Stampendous.
Sequins: Avery Elle
Better hurry, summer hop ends tomorrow!
Too many super sponsors and wonderful prizes to pass up!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Marvelous


Another card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop,
this time featuring The Ton Stamps.
The Ton is one of the sponsors for the summer hop,
and fortunately my new order included this cup and steamy heart 
from Tea Party.
Background stamp is a mega-cling word stamp called Marvelous,
embossed with Ranger's Liquid Platinum.
I saw a card done by Laura Jane with one of their stamps,
and after one visit, it was love!


Bokeh Burst Round is embossed and freehand cut behind the cup.
Absolutely adore this stamp, can't wait to use it again! 
PTI cardstock, Striped vellum & Melon Berry.
The Summer hop continues for a few more days, and
the prizes are worth fighting for a place in the 500+ entries!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cuppa Love


It's time for Coffee Lover's Summer Bloghop.
Tons of wonderful prizes and super sponsors. 


Also playing along with Betsy at PTI's MIM, where
she demonstrates Reverse Stenciling.


The brayed stencil gives a wonderful effect and depth to the surface.
Pulled out my Cuppa Love set, and tried for warm summer look to my vintage pyrex cup.
Just love that bold shaped coffee mug!
PTI's stencil: Modern Background Set
Vintage Jadeite, Mint Julep inks, then went over it in 
selected spots with Bright Buttercup.
Cup cut from designer paper, with tulip design stamped and fussy cut.
Center stamped with Americana ink,
leaves in Vintage Jadeite, and Pinefeather.
Sweet little tag also from Cuppa Love stamps and dies.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

God Bless America


Create Along With Us is our opportunity to be inspired by all
the talent at PapertreyInk during release week.
So much inspiration and creativity, it's always hard to pick
one to 'CASE'. 
This month, being close to the 4th of July, I thought Melissa's 
beautiful art piece could be adapted to a card for our 
Independence Day.


Melissa used the new stamps, and new color being released tomorrow.
I loved her layout of 4 postage stamped images, with a center button.


Red, White and blue instead of the frosty pastels Melissa used, but they fit my theme.
Stamped stars from Simple Stars, on die cut 1 1/2" Limitless Layers Squares.
I stamped the circle in Pure Poppy from Red, White & Blue, and layered it with 
the pinked circle from Limitless Layers Circles.
Sentiment white embossed from: Keep It Simple: Bless the USA.
Star Button: A Flair for Buttons.
PTI Inks: Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, and Americana


Inside, some fireworks from Red, White & Blue.

Thank you for visiting, and happy crafting!





Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Enjoy Your Summer


Make It Monday this week at PTI has Danielle showing us
a shadowing technique.
Danielle's video and gorgeous card can be seen here:



1st time using the stamps and dies from Bloomin' Cute.
Love the freeform leaves and blooms.
'Enjoy' is also from Bloomin' Cute Sentiments.
I framed the sentiment with Embroidered Frames: Dots.
And the word 'summer' is from Birthday Classics: June.
Nichole posted May's Color Recipes, and I used one of them for this card.
In place of Soft Stone, I used the color Hawaiian Shores.
PTI Inks:
Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Amethyst Allure, 
Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores.
Amethyst Allure pattern paper pack stripe.
About the shadowing, didn't like the look of using my copic, might have chosen
another color. Or maybe it was that I inked the bg. Anyway, went with my watercolor pencils together with the copics.
Joining this card to SSS's Monday Challenge

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Birthday Succulents


Playing along with My Favorite Things Color Challenge,
and these soft pastels



MFT Sweet Succulents and Perfect Planters dies.
Copic colored a bit more intense than the inspiration colors,
Photographed outside, and love the slightly blue my white card turns.
Window shaker created with Jumbo Peek a boo Circle

Play along here:
MFT Color Challenge 46


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Majestic Blooms


The Card Concept's challenge is this dreamy photo:


I  focused on the peony in the teacup, along with the metallic accents.


Stamped the die cuts with fine silver embossing powder, then
stamped the blooms, first on PTI's Sweet Blush card stock, then onto
Berry Sorbet.
there are 3 steps to this bloom, 4 if you count the center, and I used
my misti.
Did the same with the leaves, but watercolored them with a mix of green.
Background is a watercolored blend with Firework's Summer Sky droplets.
(They're iridescent in RL)
PTI's Cover Plate: Delightful frame is a favorite!
Altenew: Sentiment & blooms from Majestic Bloom
I'm calling it a mix of Classy Elegant + Mixed Media (Watercolors & Emboss)

Play along for another couple of days, here,
and be sure to check out the inspiration from the uber talented designers!



Thank you for visiting!
We reached a 104 today, perfect excuse to stay indoors and craft!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge - June 2016


It's time for a new challenge at Paper Sweeties, 
and Debbie has given us this photo:


Did a literal cupcake card, with the colors, and a card for dad!


Used Sending Sweet Thoughts and Hello Friend banner, 
with the letters 'dad' spelled out in game pieces.
All  coloring done with my Zig Cleancolor watercolor pens.

Play along all month for a gift certificate and a chance to be our next
guest designer!

Thanks for looking, and be sure to check out the rest of the
design team.
A big welcome to Beth Luetschwager!


12 Kits of Occasions: 'Here Comes the Sun'


Hello, 12 Kits fans! 
Our theme this month is 'Here Comes the Sun'.
Our Kit was supplied by Sharron Gregory, from, On Papillon Wings.
Memorial Day signals the start of summer in the states,
and Sharron blessed us with warm and wonderful images and accessories!
Here's a peek at our supplies


So many wonderful images, die cuts, sequins and designer papers!

I made 7 cards, but honestly, could have made more! Just ran out of time!


This paper reminded me of a tiki hut, so I went with the Hawaiian theme, 
complete with the hula girl!
The cute waves are PTI's Frosted Borders, cut in sea colors.


Seriously craving a lime aid drink with a twist right now. 
(It's 5:00 somewhere, right?)


The wonderful iridescent sequins from Spellbinders Celebrations were wonderful to work with, and perfect for a shaker!


If you've ever been to Hawaii, geckos are everywhere. Including hotel rooms! Perfectly harmless, and quick as all get out, 
I think I set the hi-jump record the first time I met one!


Used a couple of paper extras for my Pina Colada card!


Sharron also included some gardening images and matching sentiments.
What's summer without a garden to enjoy?


2 separate sentiments, but I thought they went so well together!

Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to see what the other designers did
with all their wonderful goodies!

Big Hugs and kisses to Sharron for a summery, joy filled kit!