Sunday, September 23, 2018

Transformation Tuesday with Melissa

It's good to be back in the craft cave, with all my what nots handy!
Saw Melissa's post on the PTI Blog. Are you playing along with 
Transformation Tuesday?

This week's 'transformation' is to use a card you love into another
card you love. 

I enjoyed the card I made for the July Blog Hop. The colors were eye catching,
and I love working with layers!

My do again card uses the same layout, with a few new elements.

It's fall after all and the colors are beginning to change around me and my valley.
I love this time of year, when the cool down begins.

This time I used Cover Plate Deco, popping up the outside layer.
Same Shape Shifters: Oval, but with some fun map dp.

The whole sea themed stamps and dies released in July was a favorite!

Getting in a bit late with my re-do!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 21, 2018


It's my turn today at the Poppystamps Blog, and I'm showing a 
step by step method for creating a type of 'gatefold card'.

Come by for a closer look and some how-to's!

Enjoy your weekend!
Here's hoping it's extra crafty!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Card Concept Challenge

Welcome back Card Concept fans for a new challenge.

I see a party going on! A pastel party!

Remember choose a card style or combine a couple of styles (listed on the blog), and
play along! 
See you in the lineup!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Gather With A Grateful Heart

Hello, and thank you for visiting! I have a post today for MIM's challenge
featuring Laurie Schmidlin and Faux Gilded Leaves.

My DH and I are visiting our daughter, and I brought some supplies to play with 
while away. Fortunately Leaf Prints was one of the sets I brought along.
Laurie mixed her embossing powders to create a gilded look on her leaves. So 
much fun, I can't wait to do this again!

Forest Floor: August had this cool shaped banner, and I loved the sentiment,
and the darling acorns, so they got some gilding too.

Text and Texture: Leaves and Pierced Rectangle Frames.
The powders I used are from a set I've had, of course with no names on them. 
The iridescent aqua looks so good with the copper, I love using them together.
Then there's the gold and a touch of silver, just pure richness!

Laurie, thank you! Your card and tutorial were fabulous!

Have fun, and play along on the PTI blog.

Sunday, September 16, 2018


Good Morning Poppy loves!

I'm up on the Poppystamps blog with a Christmas card made with their new
Mod Poinsettias.

Come by, take a look, and see how I made this card!

Thanks for the visit, have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Praying for you

Hi! I'm playing along at a new challenge, for me, Muse.
My friend Tracey is the muse for the card challenge blog this week, and
we're asked to use her lovely card to inspire one of our own.

Tracey created this masterpiece of simplicity with Altenew florals.

Absolutely captivated by her one layer beauty with bright colors and 
striking layout, and I followed it closely. 

My Altenew florals come from Garden Treasure, sentiment from Bamboo Rose.

Check out Tracey's muse here:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Create Along Wit Us: September Release

Hi PTI Peeps! It's Create Along With Us time, a chance to look carefully 
at technique, color and of course, the fabulous new stamps and dies being
released this month, by the designers.

I loved the colors Laurie used on this beauty.

Her leaves against an aqua bg was my starting point.

Now I love all the Bold Borders Lizzie's inventive mind has created, but until I have it,
Cover Plate: Winter Floral has some of the fronds I was looking to watercolor.
I LOVED the added chunky glitter on her card, so I glittered the flowers and little acorns. 
Not nearly the wow effect Laurie's card had, 
so I put a few sequins on the center.

Supply List Below
Click what you like and it'll take you to the PTI store.

Zig Clean Color Watercolor Pens
Ranger Distress Dry Glitter

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Two-fer Card Challenge: Leaves

It's time again for a Two-fer Challenge: Leaves!

Honestly, what's better than one card for a challenge? 2, of course!
Love playing along with Darnell and the talented crew at the Two-fer blog!

2 cards, 2 different occasions, 1 image used 2 ways.

Concord and 9th's Thankful Leaves dies provided the window for my shaker.
Lindy's Stamp Gang Autumn Mix powders
Thankful Leaves Turnabout: Sentiment (C9)
That's copper embossing powder embossed onto heat resistant acetate.

And my 2nd card is a birthday card.

The 2nd card also used the leaf die from C9, but this time with the veins in place.
Glittered by adding packing tape to the back of the die and pressing glitter onto the top of 
the die. 
The pattern paper was a leftover piece made with C9's Turnabout, with some added
copic coloring. I embossed the tips of the leaves, and the stamped panel with 
copper embossing powder. Also copper embossed the sentiment (PTI's Initial Thoughts)

You have until Sept. 24 to play along, and there's lots on inspiration
from the team.

Have a wonderful week of crafty goodness!

Monday, September 10, 2018

So Very Thankful

Greetings C9 fans! 
Playing along with their latest challenge:

A Color Challenge!

I had so much fun playing with C9's new set Thankful Leaves Turnabout.
Are you familiar with their turnabout stamps? Using a misti or other stamping device, you
stamp the aligned image and turning the stamped cardstock, stamp again, and 
again, achieving an all over pattern.
My first stamping was with versa mark and bronze embossing powder.
Next came Catherine Pooler's Sauna Ink, followed by the Ton's Peach Blossom.
Finally the 4th stamping was with PTI's Melon Berry.

The leaf, (Thankful Leaves dies) was cut with it's skeleton image in place, embossed 
several times with colors from Lindy's Stamp Gang,
Mermaid Seashells Set, and finally on the stem with bronze ep.
(Lindy's Midnight Copper)
I cut the leaf again, minus the veins, with vellum, and sponge inked the back, then,
clear embossed it.

The sentiment and several others come with the Turnabout set.
Play along on the challenge blog, Where Creativity Meets C9, here:

Thanks for the visit, and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Transformation Tuesday: Ever So Grateful

For this week's Transformation Tuesday, at PTI, Lizzie Jones shows us an older card
which disappointed her, and then her freshened up version with an updated

Looking through my stash of cards, I found a never sent card, probably because it
didn't please for several reasons.

The Super Succulents set I used for my old card came with matching dp, and I love all the patterns.
But my card looks dated, not to mention the sentiment is hard to read.

Let's re-do!

Super Succulents has some timeless stamps and dies, and succulents are so 'in vogue'
right now. They're right at home here in my valley, and do well with our hot

I snapped a picture recently of a cactus I have that is so happy, it bloomed!
Did you know all cacti are succulents? 
Honestly, I think the colors are endless, and they are super simple to propagate.

Anyway, back to the card.

Much easier to read the sentiment (Glorious Globes: August)
And the framing gives the elements more importance. 

Hope you enjoyed my card's transformation. 
Play along on PTI's blog post: Transformation Tuesday.

Hello You

Hi! Betsy Veldman shows us a fun technique for our PTI cards
she calls, Pop-Up Sliders.

My card uses the set given away at during SAF '18,  called Community Garden.
So many lovely images, among them the garden pail I used for my 'pull-up'.
Lots of fussy cutting, will be glad to get the matching dies.

Trouble was, then I had to find words skinny enough to go underneath.

Such a fun concept for interactive cards. Just a little extra effort, to pull on the 
garden gloves, and the pail pops up with a greeting underneath!

Watch Betsy's video on the PTI blog for MIM, for complete instructions. 

Have a great day!

Sorry to say, Community Garden was only available during SAF.
My sentiment: Hello You from Four Square, no longer available. (Maybe you have it?)
Ranger Oxide Inks 

Card Concept: Oh Happy Day

Hi Card Concept Fans! We're back from a summer break to bring you this

Now I don't know about you, but I see a rainbow of stripes, clean and graphic style, and
a few little details with a shot of clean white drapes with a red stripe in the mirror.

How about a birthday cake (C9) with a rainbow of layers? Graphic with clean layers.
Hope I see you in the lineup. I love seeing how you're inspired by our photo.

Happy Crafting!