Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Owl Cherish Our Friendship: The Card Concept

Hi and welcome! The Card Concept has a new challenge for you:
 'Owl Cherish Our Friendship'.

How was I inspired? The square shape of the pillows, fabric patterns, and of course,
those darling owls! 
I needed a card for a friend who announced her pregnancy recently, 
and chose the whimsical owl from Papertrey's Polka Dot Parade #11.

I love the term 'glowing' for an expectant mother, and created the word with 
Concord & 9th's Perfectly Penned stamp set, which has the script letters
 to create the word.
Gave my mom to be owl a sprinkle of glitter to 'show the glow'.

Then I went over the word with silver Wink of Stella.

Stitched squares: Lawn Fawn's Scallop Box Card Pop-Ups.
Background PTI's Polka Dot stencil & Aqua Mist Ink.

The Challenge runs for 2 weeks, plenty of time to play!
We love seeing which of the styles you use to create your card.
My card style? Layers, lots of them. And a bit of Mixed Media too.
Our styles are explained here:
Oh yes, you can use one of our style suggestions, combine a couple, or use one of your own!

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Bloom: Create Along With Us June '18

Create Along With Us: PTI's invitation to case their designer's ideas during
release week.
There's no end to special treats, from color combos to little touches of brilliance!

Melissa Phillips' cards caught my eye on the first day out, particularly this pastel bauble:

From her use of pearls and glitter paper to layers and layers of lovliness, I was hooked!
(get it? Hooked? Under the sea? LOL!)
Enough of me 'fishing' for laughs, here's my take on Melissa's sweet card.

A list of what I used is at the end of my post.
I LOVED using Perfect Pearls on my background, for a subtle texture. 
(Wish you could see the sheen from the pearls) 
And Melissa's idea of the Embossing Enamel was genius! In the air, as well as
under the sea!
Not having the undersea elements (yet!), I used flowers and hummingbird for my
color pop.

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Hi! I'm up on Poppystamps' blog today, with this card made with Poppy's little die
called, 'Swirly Loop'.

Come by the Poppystamps blog to see how I created it!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


The challenge this week at Papertrey, is to use Lots o' Dots. Michelle Leone
hosts the video, showing how she adds color with Nuvo drops.

Since the 4th is right around the corner (where has this year gone!), I used the new 
Kaboom stamp and die set, embossing in white, and adding Nuvo drops for color. 

The fireworks are so much fun to play with. I cut down the main card front to 3 3/4
by 4 3/4", so I could add the stripe patterned paper and mat in red.
Not exactly Clean and Simple, as Michelle did, but explosive anyway!
Play MIM on the PapertreyInk blog through the week.

My links are direct access to the PTI shop, if something catches your eye,
I'd love if you'd order through me!
Thanks, and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions: May '18 You're a Good Egg

Hello everyone! Welcome to the last day of May, and 12 Kits of Occasions, where you
are treated to 12 designer friends and their creations! 
This month I'm hostess, and my kit is themed 'You're a Good Egg'.
My husband and I live on 2 1/2 acres and raise chickens for their eggs.
By day they roam the homestead, and at night are snugly tucked into their coop.
To say they've won our hearts is an understatement! We affectionately call them 'the girls',
and have to say, we smile each time we crack open an egg!
And with that in mind, may I present this month's kit... full of chickens and eggs and 
hopefully a few 'cluckles'!
You'll see lots of Lawn Fawn this month, especially their set, 'Hay There', and some of 
their wonderful papers.
I've invited 2 friends this month, Colleen Foelker, and Linda Snodgrass.
Be sure to drop by and give 'em some love!
So get comfy, put your feet up, grab a cuppa, and enjoy. There's a whole lot of 
crafty country to see!
Remember, all products are listed on the 12 Kits' products page.
And one more note: I'm an affiliate for PapertreyInk. All their products I used are
hi-lighted and are a direct link to their shop. If you like something I used, I'd love it
if you use my link up. Thanks!

It's all about farm life with my box card made with Lawn Fawn's sweet images!

The scene was made using Lawn Fawn's Scallop Pop Up Box Card die set.

Included in the kit was Lawn Fawn's Simple Grassy Hillsides...
can't wait to see how my teammates used it!

Adore these sweet Lawn Fawn ducklings!

These 'farm fresh' images from Carta Bella are mounted around

Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow paper. I had the stitched square and rectangles left over from 
the pop up box. Skillet & egg carton: Cottage Cutz.

I saw these chicks from Stampin' Up on Pinterest and had to add them to my stash. You can 
still get them on eBay, but be forewarned... they're pricey. See the one with the funky hair?
That's chick attitude. LOVE it! Oh, and btw, Those are real feathers off my girls, discarted
not plucked. The grandkids love to collect them from the coop.

Chicken Wire, hen & egg also Stampin' Up.

Last card is some ombre inking over a Cottage Cutz die set. 

Hope you enjoyed a bit of card making country style, and hope you
visit the 12 Kits designers for more fun on the farm!

Hugs, y'all!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Card Concept Challenge: Inspiration on Wheels

Hi there! It's time for a new challenge at the Card Concept, and today it's 
this photo: Inspiration on Wheels

I love to layer, and my card just screams layers! 
I cut a piece of Kraft Cardstock down to 3 3/4"x 5',
stamped it with PTI's Text & Texture Roses, and then Background Basics: Sheet Music.
My bicycle is PTI: Petal Pushers, and it's all mounted on PTI's Noted A2 Scalloped
Vertical die .

Pick a style from Card Concept's list or mix and match one of your own.
Remember you have 2 weeks to play, and winner is asked to be our Guest Designer!

All PTI products are linked to their shop.
Just click on the item you'd like to purchase.

Friday, May 25, 2018

PTI May '18 Blog Hop!

Welcome to PTI's May Blog Hop!

Here's our inspiration photo:

Looks like a celebration to me! 
Warm, and wonderful. Outdoor fun... wish I were there!

I wanted to showcase the flowers on the picnic tables. Free and easy little bouquets of rich
jewel tones on a background of emerald green. 
There are so many ways to play with the inspiration photo. Can't wait to see 
how you were inspired!

My product list below links directly to the PTI store. Happy Shopping!

PTI Stamping Simply Black & White All Over Paper
(I don't think it's still available)

See you at the Hop!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Celebrate Your Special Day

Above & Below, Lizzy's tutorial this week, at Papertrey's MIM,
shows us how to frame our sentiments with die cuts.
Oh happy day! My order arrived just in time to use some of the new 
stamps and dies for my card.

The sentiment is stamped on a strip created with a die from To The Point Edgers 2,
cut with the point down, then turned it around and cut again with the point up.
Love the little windows on that edger die!

I combined 2 sets, Forest Floor: Summer and Herb Garden.

Enjoying the warmup where I live.
Planted some spring color and watching the vegetables ripening.
Just hope the chickens don't eat it before we do!

Happy Crafting!

If you like and want to order any of the stamps, dies or inks you see on my card,
be sure to click on my links. They'll take you right to the PTI shop and product.
Thank You!

All PTI Inks

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Oh, the Places You'll go!

'Create Along With Us' time at PapertreyInk, and this beauty by
Dawn McVey inspired my card:

There is never an easy choice when choosing which designer's gorgeous creation
to case. But in Dawn's case, it was made easy with the choice of her colors, 
layout, globe and corner die.

The moment I saw her Glorious Globe I knew I wanted to use it on a graduation
card. Actually 6 graduation cards! 
This is the year for grads in our family. And with the exception of a niece, I
needed 5 for boys. So I switched up a few things, like color. 

My 'Corner Adorner' is a Memory Clip die cut with some treated paper I had 
on hand. 3 tickets and a congrats die complete the 'adorder'

I love that the globe and tickets convey that life is just beginning for the graduate,
 wishing them endless possibilities! 
1 down, 5 to go!

Happy Crafting!

If you see something on my card you'd like, my links are an affiliate of PapertreyInk, 
and I'd love it if you'd order off my blog! 
Thank You!
And thank you, Dawn. It's so nice to see you back designing your beautiful cards again!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Card Concept Challenge: Floral Centerpiece

Welcome to a new challenge at the Card Concept.
Every 2 weeks, on Wednesday, there's a new photo inspiration.
This week it's this lovely spring vase of flowers.

I celebrated a birthday a few weeks ago, and my friend, Jeanne Jackna sent
me a Memory Box die called: 'Florina Corner'.
Layering dies became the floral centerpiece of my Classy Elegant card.

With a watercolored background, I die cut the Florina Corner and copic colored the 
flowers and leaves and stems.
The banner is a PTI stamp and die set, with an ombred sentiment.

My links will take you to the PTI stamps and dies.
Thank you for using my affiliate links!


Play along using The Card Concept's styles listed on their blog, or combine 
them for a style of your own. Can't wait to see how you're inspired!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hang in There!

Hello everyone!

I'm participating in a couple of things today,
PTI's MIM with Ashley, and Masking Sentiments,
and a blog hop fundraiser for Lea Lawson's son, called, Layton's legacy,
The fundraiser is to supply the NICU in Minnesota, Starbucks cards
for parents who have children there.

Ashley shows us some masking tricks, and I used them to create a special card
for someone to receive at the card drive. 
I'm happy to let them know there are those who care.
My own granddaughter was born at 29 weeks.
We have an amazing children's hospital her in Central CA, and Reagan 
spent 5 weeks there. The care she received in the NICU was exceptional,
and saved her life. 
I thank God for her and those whose training and care gave us our beautiful Reagan!
You can read about the blog hop, and Lea's Card Drive and Fundraiser here:

Layton's Legacy

Make It Market: Nostalgic Notions

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thank You Teacher

Good Thursday morning!
I finally found a few moments to myself to make a card for this week's
MIM with Melissa: Ink Blending on Colored Cardstock.

I've been on grandma duty for the week. SIL has been promoted and family will soon be
moving to So Cal. It's been a busy week!
3 children, 3 lunches, to and from different schools, practice, gymnastics,
 and one with a cold.
Was it this busy raising my own? How quickly it's all behind. 
But... new memories to make, love to give, and receive... and for some reason
I seem to have endless patience, (thank God!). Anyway, 
Back to the card...

Melissa's video was to use colored cardstock, emboss our image and ink blend over
the versamarked image.

While going through my PTI stamps and dies, I came across Betsy's sweet apple 
from the What the Doodle series. Using pretty much Melissa's card layout, the rest was easy.
The card will go to one of the grandkids' teachers. School will be ending soon.
Not sure where the year has gone!
Hope I didn't bore you too much. It's so nice to be in the craft room, even for a 
short while!

I've listed the PapertreyInk supplies used. If you click the ones you like
it takes you to the item in the store. Happy shopping!