Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Card Concept: Rainbow Cupcakes

I have a fun card for you today. The super yummy challenge at the Card Concept is
'Rainbow Cupcakes', and that had me searching through my stash of stamps of 
cupcake images. 

The very 1st layer was created with Ranger Distress Oxide Inks.
On top of that is a Hero Arts Confetti die cut from black card stock.
I found the perfect cupcake images in Clearly Besotted: Tasty Treats
stamps and dies. (fussy cut the plate stand.
And the flag and sentiments are from Concord and 9th's

Hope you play along. So many ways to go with the photo inspiration!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Valentine Blog Blitz

Hi Poppy Peeps! Want to win this darling cupcake die?
Head on over to the poppystamps blog

and leave a comment. Then go to Instagram and leave another and tag 
a friend,  for 2 more chances to win. Leave comments on posts
throughout the blog blitz to win one of all the new fabulous dies.

This adorable cupcake die is part of the whittle series by Poppystamps and I 
paired it with the Whittle Frame die. Love the Whittles!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Winter Watercolor

Ashley shows us some wonderful tips to creating our Winter Watercolor
cards, this week for PTI's Make It Monday. 

My card is slightly larger than an A2, because I wanted my Amaryllis to take center stage.
Watercolor paper makes the technique a breeze, blending and dragging one color
into the next. 

A closeup of the Amaryllis blooms and a few drops of Nuvo to highlight the stamens.
Not exactly a one layer, as was Ashley's example, and I didn't add any gesso.
Loved that dimensional addition of gesso, but did stamp the leaves onto
my background for a bit of dimension of my own.

Stamps and dies link directly to the PTI item. Happy Shopping!

Fusion Guest Spot

Hey there Fusion Card Challenge fans. My friend Michelle Leone
asked me to be her guest for a spot on the Fusion challenge blog for their
5th Anniversary Challenge. I love 
playing along with Fusion, where you play with their sketch, a photo
or combine them both.
Here's this week's challenge inspiration:
The colors of those fluttering butterflies sent me to my Magicals.
Are you familiar with Magicals? They're those powders sprinkled
and when spritzed with water, magically explode with color.

Butterfly Blooms from PTI gave me the images, both stamped on and 
copic colored. The sentiment is PTI's Wet Paint Holiday die cuts.
The panel was cut with Noted: Stitched Vertical A2 die cuts.

A bit of the shimmer shows in this photo snapped outdoors. 

Thanks, Michelle for the invite, and hope you get a chance to play along!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Card Concept: Pink Party

Welcome back to the Card Concept Challenge!
Hope your holidays were full and jolly. If they were anything like mine,
they were busy. So glad to be back in the craft saddle, and happy to be
bringing you inspiration for 'Pink Party'.

Our photo this week could be inspiration for color, items on the table,
or the contrast of pinks and black and white.
What inspires you?
Here's what I came up with:

The pink peonies inspired my Clean and Elegant with a bit of layering card.

The Ton's Dearest Peony centrally stamped, and colored with copics, then cut 
with PTI's Pierced Frames: Oval, are the main elements to my card.
 Just a bit of gold Stickles and a few gold sequins complete. 
I really wanted to emphasize all that bright white in the photo.

All right, now it's your turn. Can't wait to see how you are inspired!
Don't forget to pick one of the styles, or come up with one of your own!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 31, 2018

The 12 Kits of Occasions: December 2018

Welcome to 12 Kits of Occasions, where 12 designers play with a new kit each
month, and wow the pants off each other (and hopefully you), with their takes
on all the kit's fun elements!
Speaking of welcome, help us welcome Marcia Hill from Marcia's Stamping Pad
to our group. I first met Marcia through blogging, and we met up in person at 
the Kraft House in Newton, Kansas. 6 of us became best buds from then on, and
I'm tickled to embrace her talent onto this team!
Ok, what's in store this month? Michelle Leone sent us stamps and dies I don't 
have, and folks let me tell you, they, along with joyous card stock colors made 
card making a delight. 
My stash ran very low, especially birthday cards, and I used almost ALL
the fabulous die cuts and designer paper she sent us! 
Are you comfy? Let's take a look.

Oh those colors! And this card assembled itself! (well practically)
Note those gems (included in the kit). Think I used
them on almost all my cards.

I didn't have one llama in my stash, and Michelle sent 3! Can you believe it?
 Grandma to 11kiddies had not ONE llama. 
Well, now I'm on a mission... a llama mission!

Michelle sent this little guy with an option to use a flower, a nut or an apple. 
The flower and scarf seemed perfect to give to someone on the road to healing.

Llama no. 2 needed some sparkling in front of a night sky filled with gems.

Michelle is well known for her daring combos of both color and pattern, 
and she sent us somany gorgeous patterns in corals and blues,
 I just had to case her style!

Love the PTI Mandala, and it's on my wish list! What fun in these bright colors!

My last card wishes you all a Happy New Year. Let's start with today, and a shaker full of 

Thanks, Michelle! What a kit. Can you tell I loved it?

Before I send you off to the other ladies, help me sadly wish Michele Ferguson
and Jessica Davisthe best as they leave our group. 
Honestly wish they could stay forever, but you 
know how life can get in the way of crafting... 
Love to you my friends!
And some huge XOXO to Michelle Leone for a wonder filled kit!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

PTI Blog Hop December '18

It's time for PTI's December Blog Hop, and we were inspired by this lovely photo.


Here's my card.

To Have and To Hold stamps together with Banner Style provided similar inspiration 
to the photo for my romantic wedding or anniversary card.

Play along all day on PTI's blog!


Direct links to stamps and dies in the PTI store are below.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Fawned of You

Hi there! I'm coming to you today with a birthday card made for  MIM's challenge.
Lizzie has a great video on PTI's blog, showing us how to Create Ombre 
Senitments. I love the look of ombre and ombred the card base as well.

Did you order Fawn & Flora during the last release? Simply in love with the image!
I made some tags with the fawn with a Christmas theme, casing Betsy's
tutorial and leaving the top of the ears out of the die cutting to form a tag.

The sweet little deer is just as cute on every day cards.

This goes out TODAY for a December birthday, so it has a matching envelope and 
inside sentiment.

I'm just in love with how the deer stamps, and that sweet face! And if that's not 
enough all those florals to dress her up.

Well, back to wrapping gifts. Did I mention there are 11 grandchildren? 
Believe me, I love every gift. I'd say I start the day after Christmas, but
this year did shopping mostly online. The sales are amazing, and I'm hoping
everyone gets what they're wishing for. 

Hope your holidays are filled with family, fun and mostly joy!
Maybe a little crafting too?

The products links below will take you directly to the PTI shop.

Friday, December 14, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions: November It's Christmas!

Welcome to 12 Kits' November post, coming to you in December! 
November is Tracey McNeeley's month and there was a problem 
with our kits getting to us, but all's well, and the kit was just what was
needed by this grandma with 11 grandchildren. Honestly full of festive
fun and jolly animals and the cutest holiday paper... well, take a look.

Leading off with a closeup of my first card. Wanted you to see fussy cuts from designer paper  
Tracey sent that helped create my 'Happy Pawlidays' card for Shepherd, 7 years old.

Each card that follows was made for the youngest ones in my family, ages 4 - 15.
Hopefully, you're in the mood for some Christmas critters, and even a Santa too.
Cutting into some of the images on the designer paper was a theme I used on almost
every card!

Joy Snowglobe goes to Ana. She's 14, and we share a love for collecting all things Christmas.

This guy is for Nate, 13. I love that Tracey included so many masculine papers, like this
green plaid.

Eli is 4. He'll love the play on words, 'Santa Paws'!

A tangled puppy goes to Noelle, 8. She has a dog that looks just like this cutie.

Garrett is 15, and a total animal lover. I think he'll love this duo.

This MFT Santa and his pup goes to Reagan, 13. She'll love his jolly ol' self!

And one more tag, cuz you can never have too tags at Christmas time,

I used every adorable critter Tracey sent, most all the festive papers, and twine and
bling. This was kit I loved, every single bit! Thank you Tracey. You made this
grandma's Christmas cards easy doings!

All items sent out with November's kit is available on the 12 Kits' blog.
Have to mention a special guest with us this month, an
ex member of our group, Joyce Mehrberg.
Be sure to drop by her blog and give her some love.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Card Concept: Elegant Holiday

Happy Holidays to you! Hope you're managing well, and are enjoying all the
beauty of season. 
The Card Concept has a new challenge,

this elegant silvery photo called: Elegant Holiday.
So many possibilities went through my mind, but I settled on  PTI's
gorgeous Paper Clippings die set, and silver glitter paper.

I really glammed up the die cuts, and added layers of subtle color on a piece of Yupo paper
with Ranger's Alcohol Inks in Moss and silver. 
Classy & Elegant, with layers is what I'd call it. 
Hope you can find some time to play along. It's a 2 week challenge and we
love to see how you are inspired.

Happy Crafting and Happy, Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Transformation Tuesday with Melissa Phillips

Transformation Tuesday is one of my favorite challenges lately.
For one thing we get to fine tune our own cards. For another, there's 
a prize for playing along. Win win!

I made the card on the left for a MIM, and loved the idea of creating a nearly one layer card.
Lots of bold bright Christmas color.
I basically used the same layout and Scallop Medium die, but softened the colors
to a pastel version, so popular this year.
When I cut the die I left all pieced in tact, for a textured look to the front.

And as with the first card, a matching envelope. Couldn't resist the added twine bow and
a few sequins. Hopefully no added postage!

See how Melissa transformed her card on the PTI blog, and play along through 
Monday night!

My links will take you to the PTI store. I do get a small reward for your
purchase through my blog, and I thank you for buying through me!