Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Best Wishes


I'm posting on the Poppystamps blog today. Come by and see how I created 
this watercolor card.

So easy with the Sylvan Frame die!

Hope your week is full of crafty goodness!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Card Concept: Summer Swirls

Summer's here (if you haven't noticed!), and The Card Concept is challenging
us to choose a style and do a card for our latest inspiration photo:

The first thing that hit me (should say, SLAMMED me), were those
bright primary colors! 
And from there I did what I love to do most... Quilt!
A SAHM, I had a cottage company sewing baby quilts for cribs. The 
combining of patterns and colors was something I loved. And you know what
they say... 'do something you love, and you'll never work a day in your life.'
At least I think that's how it goes...

Haven't visited PTI's Quilted: Summer in ages, and just knew that's where I wanted
to start. From there, and with 3 ink colors, CP: Rockin' Red, Altenew: Ultramarine,
and CP: Tiara, I assembled my quilt.
PTI's Tag Sale: Quilted, popped up on a Country Fair double cut die cut.
(Betsy Veldman's Make It Market: Country Fair).

You know how some cards just bring you so much joy to construct? 
This is one that was darn fun! Was it the colors? The summery feel?
The pinwheel pattern play? 
~Don't think I'll put this set away just yet~

Hope your summer's off to a great start.
Don't forget to get your fingers inky, and
while you're at it, play along with us at The Card Concept!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

You Spin Me 'Round

Just Us Girls is featuring Word Week, and the Word is 'Retro'.
Love playing with my MFT Retro Record Player!

My Favorite Things: Stitch, Blooms & Turntable.

The card closes flat and fits inside an A2 envelope with ease. The window gives you a 
peek inside.

closeup of the shimmer cardstock (record) & metallic cardstock (turntable arm).

I used Laura Bassen's measurements and video to create the basic pop-up 

Monday, June 3, 2019


Laurie's Fabulous Favorites this week focuses on framing our sentiments.
My card took on a life of it's own when I found this monogram stamped 
panel I made a while back. 
I added the panel to a piece of card stock included in the Don't Forget
to Write set, and defined it further with Nesting Basics: Rectangle and
Nesting Basics: Pierced Rectangle.

It's been a while since I've sent a monogram card. It's a nice way to personalize a
message to someone. And it's nice to enhance the letters with framing.

I also added a few elements from Community Garden. A bit over what I 
started to create, which was cleaner and simpler. Alas, just not cards I enjoy
doing or sending ~ The more the Merrier is definitely my style ~

Laurie's challenge can be found on Ink to Paper's blog with a 100. gc for 
the winner!

Friday, May 31, 2019

12 Kits of Occasions: May~ June Celebrations

It's 12 Kits time, and this month we feature all the celebrations of June
courtesy Tracey McNeely. Tracey sent us a whole host of images for
dads, grads, teachers, and those we want to thank.
I'm starting off with this Father's Day card for my hubs,

The reveal wheel says it all. As you turn the wheel, a new sentiment is revealed.

Next up, a card for a teacher.

My grandson will give this to his teacher. I love the sentiment!

Tracey included this Gerbera Daisy, I colored with copics. 

Another Thank you card built around the letters that spell 'thanks'. The Concord & 9th
feathers border a panel that is a C9 turnabout I had in my stash.

And one more card celebrating a child's graduation.

Hope you're ready for summer, and summer's special celebrations. And
hope you found some inspiration today.
Lots more on the other 12 Kits blogs!

Thank you, Tracey! Loved every bit, especially all the fabulous plaid papers!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Rock Out

We have a new challenge at the Card Concept, Pink Retro!
Drum Roll please.... Inspiration Photo!

Oh happy day when you just happen to have the right set for a challenge!
MFT has a die set called 'Turntable' that I had! Following along with a 
few very talented designers' samples, Laura Bassen, aka LauraFadora, being
my favorite among other favorites.

Went feminine glam 3-D with this card. Floral two sided dp from my stash. Sorry, don't
know the manufacturer.
Sentiment: MFT's For the Record.
I fussy cut a few blooms from the paper, and added the fern from MFT's Stitch Blooms.

Front of the turntable I added PTI's bow die and another hi-lighted bloom from
the paper.

The 3-D turntable folds flat to easily fit inside an A2 envelope for mailing.
Here's a link to Laura's You Tube video for directions:

Card Concept has several styles for you choose, but as I've done,
you can choose your own. 
Hope you play along! How are you inspired by the photo? 
Can't wait to see!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Gift Terrariums

We have a group of special ladies that meet to celebrate birthdays, and each
of us brings the others a little treat. (Not to mention gifts if your birthday falls
in that month!)
I'm bringing my special peeps a terrarium filled with chocolate rocks, and a 
small paper succulent.
Betsy's Greetery Terrarium die cut from copper shimmer paper
and Greetery's Botanical Succulent dies.

During Betsy's release, she made these sweet terrariums, and even has a you tube 
video how to I watched. I ordered the chocolate rocks from Amazon, as
Betsy did, and honestly, they taste great and look real! 

Some of the succulents I cut from Vintage Jadeite, some from Aqua Mist, and a few
from Green Parakeet.

I'm so happy with how they turned out. I'm sure the gals will love them.

Have a great weekend. Hope it's crafty!

Tag You're It: Reminder

Hi friends! I just love making tags, don't you?

I have a reminder tag for the current Tag You're It Challenge.

I started with the PPP Decorative Tag 2, and backed it with the Stamp Market's
Floral Background. No sentiment yet. Definitely going on a feminine gift for
someone special. 

When the doors are open you see more of the floral bg. The tag is decorated with PTI's
Humming Along.

Are you playing along? 
Hope to see your creations in the lineup! 
And hope you have an extra crafty week!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Flower Challenge: Embossing & Altenew's Card Challenge

Hi my crafty friends!
I'm playing along with the Flower Challenge, a blog I've fallen in love with, where
the call is to use embossing: heat or dry.
Let's hear it for florals!

I used a stamp and die set from Altenew called Book Club.
Before I embossed my Aqua Mist yardstick, I stamped the leaves from
 Wallpaper Art (Altenew)and inked the leaves loosely.
sentiment PTI Birthday Classics: June.

The flowers were colored on Olive Twist cardstock with Faber-Castel Polychromos pencils 
after embossing in white.

My birthday stash is growing steadily. Don't you just love having birthday cards
ready to give?

The flower Challenge has a prize from Altenew this week, and runs through
the 25th. Plenty of time to play along...

Altenew's photo challenge is pictured here:

Cool photo with so many possibilities!

Have a blessed week!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Card Concept: Mosaic Madness

Hey cardmakers, it's time for a new challenge at the Card Concept.
Here's your inspiration photo:

So many ways to go with this one. I chose to focus on color, and
the mandala style.

Here's my inspiration for you

One focal image, using the inspiration photo colors, and PTI's Flower Mandala.

Here's how I created my own background:

I used the dies from the Flower Mandala and cut several images from vellum.
Using 3 inks, and the vellum as a stencil, I inked, and changed the position of
the vellum overlapping colors and images. When done, I used a Cuttlebug embossing
folder to give some texture.

I would say this is an elegant and layered card. 

I'd love to see how you interpret the inspiration photo. Color? Shape? 
Layout? Or just a style you love. 

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Tag You're It: Spring Colors

Hello and welcome to a new Tag You're It Challenge!
I'm up today with this photo and 'Spring Colors'.
Check it out here: Tag You're It #87

And here's a little inspiration for you using the colors in the photo. 
I watercolored the tag from Stamplorations, and the bird & branch from
PTI's Songbirds. The stamped black leaves are from PTI's Doodle-Do.
 Hope you play along!
Thanks for the visit!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Laurie's Fabulous Favorites: Tags

Well it seems each week a Laurie chooses a favorite, I find myself saying,
'that's my favorite too!'
This week it's tags. I LOVE making tags. Special ones for special gifts
that are going to special people.

These fun birthday tags are going on gifts to a special guy in my life.

Easy and bright, and hopefully on the boy-ish side, they came together in a snap with
PTI's dies.

Made With Love 3 Tags
PTI Shimmer Cardstock
PTI Pattern Paper

Hope you're enjoying a wonderful week, with plenty of crafting time!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A Tunnel Card

Have you ever made a tunnel card? Laurie asks us to choose our favorite layout in
this week's 'Laurie's Fabulous Favorites' with PTI.

My favorite layout is one that hi lights a sentiment. But I also love to use 
elements to showcase a theme. Such as I've done here, with my sea theme.

 I used the Salt Air: Flora & Fauna sets on a tunnel card I learned from Jennifer McGuire
and her YouTube post here: jennifer mcguire tunnel card.

 Here's the inside:

This is so much fun to make. All the elements dance in perspective as you open the
card. But when closed it becomes flat enough to slip into an envelope.

Here's what it looks like when it's opened.

It's so easy to follow Jennifer as she explains the steps involved to assemble a tunnel card.

It's become a favorite layout for a card. 
Hope you give it a try. think you'll love it as much as I do. 

Happy crafting!