Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Summer Birthday

Happy Monday Morning to all!
Lexi Daly shows us some different card making today,
at PapertreyInk.
Using Pantone Chips for inspiration and definitely color
matching too, it's all about using and hi lighting a simple object.

I didn't think I'd like this as much as I did.
But after visiting Lexi's blog and her pinterest board on 
Pantone inspiration,I'm hooked!


I needed a card for a brother in law, one who loves growing his own fruit,
so went right to 'Still Life Summer'. 
My card needed to be a wider width than an A2 to accommodate the 3 chips,
 and after some measurement calculations (which I'm horrible at!), 
came up with a 4" x 6 1/4".
My chips are 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" square, as Lexi suggests, with 3/4" x 1 3/4" band
at the bottom for sentiment.
Birthday Classics: June & Happiness in Bloom for the sentiments
I'll be doing a custom envelope for this one, which is OK, when it's
thankfully, hand delivered.

Each color chip was sponged to match the die cut image.
I used PTI inks for all.
Melon Berry & Pale Peony for the peach
Scarlett Jewel & Pure Poppy for the strawberries
Mint Julep & Green Parakeet for the lime.

Great Fun doing this card, and looking forward to 
seeing what all of you do!
Stay cool, supposed to get to 110 here today =(

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Let the Bliss Begin

Playing along with Inspired by All the Little Things,
and this photo:

It was the perfect opportunity to compose a wedding card
with SSS's June card kit.

The stamp set is called Floral Bliss.
The dp, from Echo Park: Wedding Bliss
I clear embossed the image on PTI's True Black card stock, 
and watercolored with Finetec Mica Pearls.
Honestly, LOVE how the colors come alive on dark card stock.
Added a strip of glitter paper, popped the panel up with foam,
stamped the sentiments and buds on a branch, then painted them.
Lastly covered my stamped image before splattering the mica paint.
A wedding card just begs for bling, so rhinestones it is!

I blew up this photo so you can see the mica shinning through the colors,
and the coverage is fantastic!

The colors also blend beautifully on either dark or light surfaces.
As you can see, I'm a fan!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thanks with Poppy Stamps

I'm up today on the Poppy Stamps blog.
Visit and see the card I created with the new 
Blooming Poppy die!

Come see how I made this card here:

Blooming Poppy Thanks by Nancy Penir

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

'berry' glad we're friends

Release week at PTI, and we are challenged to 'Create Along With Us',

a happy way to case the designers and their fabulous inspiration.

Nichole did this beautifully simple card, with a new, soon to be released 
herb garden set,
and I think showing us one of some new stencils.
I loved her distressed edges, something I haven't done in a while.

Didn't stray from her clean, cas design, with the stenciled circle, 
(I created mine with paper and a hole torn out of the middle),
 and the sentiment within the hi lighted circle.
And of course those distressed edges I love!

Strawberry Patch & Strawberry Patch Sentiments
PTI Inks
Play along here, on Nicholes blog:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sending Birthday Wishes

It's time for a new challenge at the Card Concept.

A wonderful contemporary room is our inspiration.
I used it to make my Clean and Graphic card.

The black and white chairs, with their strong graphic presence inspired 
this background.
PTI: Grand Finale (bg), and Painted Petals (flower and sentiment)
Play along for 2 weeks, and don't forget the 6 card styles.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Well you can file this one under the, 'Who Knew' dept.
Ashley demonstrates using baby wipes to create her designer paper bg,
in this week's MIM at PapertreyInk.
That's right, BABY WIPES!

Ashley shows a couple of ways to use the wipes. I did a card
for my grandson, using the folded or rolled technique.

The reinkers I used are True Black & Harvest gold.

I kept it simple, letting those free form circles show.
After all, it's going to a 17 year old, who's definitely
more interested in the money inside!
The sentiment is black embossed onto a strip of 1 1/4" vellum.
Enamel dots created with Nuvo. Have you tried Nuvo?
Forms the perfect dot, any size you like.

Initial Sentiments: Birthday
The tiny dots randomly stamps are 3 dots from
Paper Clippings: Done in Love.

Also joining SSS Monday Challenge: Masculine

Enjoy your week!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Floral Dancer

Good Saturday Morning! 
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
I'm up today on the PoppyStamps blog
with a new die called 'Floral Dancer'.
She's a window die perfect for embellishing!

Pop on by the Poppystamps blog to see how I created this card!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Always & forever

Playing with my new You Are Here Stampset,
from Concord & 9th.
Watched a no-line watercolor video by Illina, on their blog,
Very informative and she makes it so easy!

This goes to my son and daughter-in-law, celebrating their 11th Anniversary.

Did a matching envelope too. 

Concord & 9th
Kuretake Pan Watercolors

Adding this card to SSS Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Bible Journaling

Enjoying some Bible Journaling with a whole bunch
of PTI Stamp Sets.

Genesis and 'In the Beginning God...'

What the Doodle: Sun
Little Bitty Bird
Keep Swimming

Year of the Psalms: February

And one more, with Gran's Garden and Inspired: Mercy

Thank you Dawn McVey!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Happy Little Stampers June 2017 Watercolor Challenge

HLS' June Watercolor Challenge!
Adding watercolors to your cards is so hot right now.
Beautiful background washes, wet on wet, bright bold colors, or
soft muted pastels. All give our cards that little something extra.

The challenge is Anything Goes, with an optional twist, to mask.
I usually love to incorporate the twist, but I tried a new 
technique, (to me) and didn't do the twist.

My background is done with Marvy Brush Markers, but you can use 
any markers that are water base.

I started with a 4 x 5 1/4" watercolor card stock, and 4 pen colors.
The colors are applied to  an acrylic block, and spritzed with water.
The block is then pressed onto the card stock, to form a washed bg.

I found the technique here:

Tutorial Tuesday Watercolor Series Part I -Creating Designer Papers with Distress Inks and Distress Markers with Heidi Blankenship

Once my bg was dry, I splattered with the darker blue, purple and white paint.

My butterflies are from PTI's Life is Beautiful, 
and Bitty Butterflies Coverplate.

I painted and spritzed my butterflies with various colors and iridescent sprays.
The large butterfly is die cut with vellum, and edged in silver embossing powder.
Sentiment from HLS's 'Especially For You'.

Hope you get a chance to try this technique, so much 'whammy'
for very little effort. Can't wait to try it with other colors!

Don't forget, there's a 20. GC for the winner of this challenge!

12 Kits of Occasions May '17

Hello! And welcome to 12 Kits of Occasions, on the last day of May!

Birgit Norton is our hostess this month, and I have to say, she hit every 
homemaking button I have with her wonderful kit,
Happiness Is Homemade.
Birgit dedicated it to her mom, and it's easy to see
where she picked up all her talent!

Let's get right to the cards, there's so much to see!

The apron for this card came completely assembled. 
Copics and ink for the rest of the kitchen goodies. Nuvo drops for cupcake.

2 darling aprons came in this kit. I added the poms and PTI's frame.

Adore this sweet scene, and loved watercoloring it. 
Double tag:Poppystamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags

All these rich yummy coordinated papers and fruits just went together!

Just thought the sweet PTI strawberry cake went great with 
the chalkboard paper.
The trim and twine were included in the kit.

Cooking, baking, gardening and sewing all in one kit!

Birgit included these PTI tulips in cherry yellow and orange

My last card is a watercolor 'Thanks' to Birgit. 
You really hit this one out of the park with your attention to detail.
And, I have so much left over! Enough for another 8 cards!

Don't forget to visit the other 12 Kits designers, and leave love along
the way for a chance to win a future kit!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Birthday Wishes

Stephanie Gold shows us some tips on creating 2 cards at the 
same time, with one stamp set, this week at PTI's MIM.

Ivy & Bloom is becoming one of my favs. Full of lovely images, with lots
of choices for designs.

Kept everything simple, arranging around the oval die cut window
(included in the Ivy & Bloom die set).
Noted A2 stitched rectangle.
Pure Poppy, Scarlett Jewel, True Black & Ocean Tides Inks
Stampers Sellect & Mint Julep Cardstocks.