Sunday, January 22, 2017

NBUS: Sending Thanks

Well, I managed to do another NBUS card, one with a stamp from The Ton,
Sending Peonies. The beautiful corner stamp I've used, but not 
this small single stamp.

With the worst lighting possible, I snapped this card with a flash.
Just had to try this technique one more time. and know, I'll be
doing it again.

Frame: PTI's Cover Plate: Scroll Frame
Thanks Darnell!

If you want to see more, visit Darnel's blog:

Oh, and don't forget to wish her a happy anniversary!


Squeezing under the wire to post a card for Darnell's 5th Blog Birthaversary!
Challenge #8 is to use pencils on Kraft.

NBUS or Never before Used Schtuff, means anything you've 
not yet used, which is the perfect reason to use it!
I haven't yet inked up Maile's new Splits set, With Love (PTI),
nor used my pencils, so anxious to use both.

Kept it very CAS. No time for frills. Like I said, just in time. 
The challenge closes in a few hours.

         Blog Birthaversary SURPRISE! NBUS Challenge #8!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

With Love

Make It Monday this week, with Melissa Phillips and
Masked Heart Wreaths.
Melissa's video can be seen on Nichole's blog, here:

Melissa suggests other shapes to use as a mask, but
love the heart shape for my birthday message, and masked with Limitless Layers: Heart.

Love this simple way to showcase a sentiment!
Plan to do several more using this mask technique.
I cut my mask from copy paper, and when I touched up a few flower 
centers, it bled a bit.
Afterwards I remembered Melissa used the heart center
she had left over, and it was card stock. Always follow the instructor! 

All the blooms and leaves from the following:
Mini Booms, Bloomin' Cute, & Make It Market: Garden Gild.
Inks: Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Berry Sorbet, Pale Peony, & Prairie Grass.
Noted: A1 Die
Pale Peony Cardstock.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hello There

Don't you love working with metallics?
Gold, copper, silver, it sure glams up anything and everything! 

The Card Concept's challenge, #65, 'Pretty Things', 
is this feminine office desk top, trimmed in shiny gold objects.

Zoned right in to the pink peonies (a favorite of mine, I just can't grow
in the Central Valley), and of course, the gold stripes on the cup.

Going with 'Classy and Elegant'
Main panel is white embossed with PTI's Peonies On Parade, a set made for watercolors!
When dry, I masked off the images and flicked on some gold paint,
which looks really rosy in the photo.
Twice cut my sentiment from white and gold card stock and PTI's Scripted.
Gold Foil dp, and pink Shimmer on right also from PTI.
All mounted on PTI's Lovely Lady Cardstock.
Far right panel is a gold washi floral, that when laid on the Lovely Lady,
allows the pink to come through the petals. Loved it!
Couldn't resist adding a few metallic sequins.
Play along for a few more days.

Also posting this card with AAA Cards, where the theme is 'Hello',
And Kylie Purtell from HLS is sponsoring a gift certificate!

I know, it says, 'CAS Game' and my card borderlines anything but CAS,
but it is rather flat, and will go through the mail...
I really tried to keep it Clean, but those sequins were calling me...

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Warmest Wishes

I wanted to make a card for a friend celebrating a birthday,
and having back surgery.

For inspiration I'm playing along with Fusion,
celebrating their 3rd Anniversary.

Really wanted to fuse the sketch with the photo,
but the photo won. Loved the warmth of the red coffee pot and cups.
Stamped with my Misti, so I could sponge Ink 2 colors. (Seem to 
be doing a lot of that technique lately :))

Wanted to show you how we're doing with all 
this rain. 
This is a picture of Ryan, my son and Eli, my grandson,
enjoying our extra full lake.

Today is a dry day, but we've had rain to make up for 
5 years of drought. Although I'm grateful, our ponding basin came to the top,
and over. We lost a few tree limbs during the week's storm, some of 
which you can see floating.

The ducks don't seem to mind the flood!
More rain on Wednesday!

PTI: Cup Of Cheer, You've Been Framed: Oval,
Background: Richard Gary Embossing Folder.
Tray: Tim Holtz Wood Grain rubber stamp
Inks: Ranger Archival Carnation Red, Shaded Lilac Distress,
PTI: Spring Rain, Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow, Scarlett Jewel.
Play along for a few more days here:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

PTI's MIM and A La Carte

PapertreyInk's Make It Monday challenges and tutorials
are always the best. 
Each week their talented designers bring us something
to learn, post their gorgeous samples, 
AND there's a prize at the end of the week.
Not only all of the above, but I've met the most 
wonderful friends over the years!
The busy holidays brought us some time off, 
and I missed the PTI posts and challenges,
until now!
This week we look back, and pick one of our favorites.
Dawn's Sponged Stamping is a perfect technique for
the new Swan'sational stamps.
Solid color, ombre blended really gives dimension to the swan.

I paired Swan'sational with Coverplate: In the Woods, cut twice, with
SS White, and Amethyst Allure.
All over an ink blended bg.
Hard to see, Wink of Stella on some of the swan. (top photo)
Honestly enjoyed this technique so much, 
did a bunch more swans for a few more cards.

Paired this pinked swan with To Have and to Hold and Inspired: Love.
Noted: A2 dies.
Heart wreath stamped twice, first in versamark with white
then again in Lilac Grace.
And finally, a set of cards with another scripture from
Inspired: Love

Loved how this turned out on the Kraft, so I did a pair.

Always nice to have a few cards on hand to lift someone's spirits.

And so nice to be back in the crafting groove!


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thinking of You

Happy 2017 everyone!
Looking forward to a year full of creating. 
And seeing what you create too!
Completely thrilled to be joining the team at Happy Little Stampers
as they launch a new Watercolor Challenge.

The month of January hosts this beauty from Barb Houser as our muse:

Because Barb used stenciling, just had to add the technique
to my card. But it's optional, you don't have to add it.

Butterfly stamp from HLS' new set, Especially For You.
Made a stencil from the butterfly (5 of them!) and dabbed on
my colors. Lastly, a spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang; 
Starburst: Furry Navel Peach.
(the coppery color with a shimmer)
Next stamped 3 butterflies with Ranger Archival Ink and
used my Zigs to color just one piece of their wings in aqua and navy.
Added my watercolor piece to a bg black & white plaid from PTI.
The sentiment was added, and finally a few sequins to finish.
There are several wonderful videos on HLS to help you create
the perfect watercolor.
Hope you play along with HLS' newest challenge.
Looking forward to seeing your entry.
OH! And there's a $15. gift certificate to our winner. (Yay!)

Join in the fun here:

Friday, December 30, 2016

12 Kits of Occasions December 2016 -

We're at the end of 2016, almost New Year's Eve,
and we're posting a day early at 12 Kits, 
with this striking array of papers and die cuts, and 
adorable accents from Jessica Davis (The Paper Parade)

Here's the first of 5, hope you enjoy!

Shaking it up with this one. Added some gold foil leaves from PTI.

Jessica included this sweet arrow and sequins.

Some of the papers were foiled. Love the elegant feel!

Had to add a heart to match this sentiment.

And last is this die cut I colored with copics. Her brim and pom got a touch of
Neon Amplify, and the goggles Glossy Accents.
The bg is watercolored then stenciled with 'snow'. (Embossing paste)

Well that's it, hope you enjoyed.

A big Thank You to Jessica!
I have so many beautiful designer papers left over,
not to mention a trio of Yeti characters.
Can't wait to see what my teammies did!
 Happy, healthy New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry & Bright

December 26th, the day after Christmas, and we're
blog hopping with PapertreyInk!

Nichole gave us this pastel confection, 
full of all kinds of inspiration.

See that sweet grove of trees in the back?
It inspired me to do this card.

Love the bottle brush trees from Joyful Christmas.
Cover Plate: Scroll Frame
Holiday Swoosh sentiment
The back tree is done with Perfect Pearls,
the 2 front, embossed.
A bit of Wink of Stella gave them some shimmer.
How was your Christmas?
Here's a peek at mine

8 of the 11 and their moms and pops are camping out with us.

Daughter was 1st one up, so she's starting breakfast.

And so it went all day... eating, opening presents, and jolly fun!

The hop is all day, hoping to see all the fabulous creations!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas to All!

Hoping the last gift is wrapped, the last card is sent, 
and your holiday is filled with all the love your heart can hold! 
Blessings and Love for the New Year!