Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Poppystamps Challenge: From the Heart

We're thinking love on the Poppystamps blog, with our challenge: From the Heart.
I used the new Floral Lace Heart Split Border Craft die to create my heart card.

A big lacy heart heart has extra drama with the glitter paper. Wish you could see it irl!

Added punch with the 'Love Flourish' die cut from red glitter paper!

Come play along  all month on the Poppystamps blog here:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A Quartet of Pine Blossom

Hi and Happy New Year! 
Well, the New Year is off to a happy start. Saturday was one of those days
with no one around, quiet and chores free. Way too good a day to waste!
The holidays came and went so fast, I hadn't used the Greetery's Pine Blossom
at all, and there it was right on the top of my order.

I die cut and stamped the bouquet and flowers in several colors.
I hadn't used the Berry Branch Stencil either. 1st inked, then played with
stencil paste in a couple of colors.

My stash of birthday cards is low, so all 4 cards were done for winter birthdays.

My outdoor garden is sleeping right now. It's down to freezing where I live,
but on this card it's bright and happy.

I just love the new bow Betsy created. So open and animated!

And finally one with my favorite greeting, blessings.

Nothing better than a crafty weekend!

Here's a list of what I used: All Greetery
Pine Blossom stamp set and dies
Fit to be Tied die
Inside Out Berry Branch die
Berry Branch stencil
Terrarium die
Knit Wits stencil
Nordic Frames die

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Card Concept: Time to Celebrate

The Card Concept is back after a holiday vaca, and our photo challenge is a celebration
of gold!

Are you inspired? Think golds and pearls, candles and clocks.
The Card Concept has a style for you.

Min is gold and glam for a Classy and Elegant and Layered card.
All Altenew for my stamped background and script.

A little bit of depth with the doubling of die cuts.
Play along for a chance to win a guest designer spot,
with one our styles, combine a few or create with one of 
your own.

Mid Century Frame Die
Baroque Motifs Stamp Set (Background stamped in gold)
Mega Greetings Stamp & Die Bundle
Shimmer Cardstock (PTI)

Sunday, January 5, 2020

A Banner of Thanks

During the holidays, Altenew sent me a lovely thank you card along with a stamp set
called Best Sentiments. With the card and stamps came the challenge to create with
the stamps and post the creation on social media. Couldn't resist making this banner
card using images from several Altenew sets.

It's been a long time since I've made a long ways card (is there a better word?) and I
wanted to use all the sentiments in the set. 

Can't get enough of using the Greetery's amazing die cut bow. It seems to add 
a lovely touch to every card I make.

Stamps used: All Altenew
Garden Treasure
Bamboo Rose
Majestic Bloom
Coffee Love 
Beautiful Day 
Build a Flower Rose

Still putting Christmas away... seems to take longer each year!


Saturday, January 4, 2020

Poppystamps' Valentine Blog Blitz

Hello,  and welcome! 
You picked a great time for a visit. Poppystamps is having a Blog Blitz and
you have a chance to win the Meadowblossom Frame and Stencil set I'm 
showcasing today.

All the details and how I made this card is on the Poppystamps blog. If you comment
on the blog, you have a chance to win. Now, I love comments, but be sure to comment
on the Poppystamps blog for a chance to win!

Happy New Year!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Anniversary Card

Happy New Year! 
I have an anniversary card to share with you. My daughter and my SIL are 
celebrating a winter anniversary, and I just recently got the Greetery's
Inside & Out Berry Branch. They sold out, and I was so happy Betsy restocked
it so soon.

I really wanted to keep the feel of winter with the elements and color,
so kraft and grey was where I started. 

The gorgeous bow was another late purchase (also sold out until recently),
and I doubled it with pale pink underneath the red.

The sentiment is a combo of 2 sets, Just Mason Around and Bountiful Wreath.
I love the loose script on the blessings, not to mention I LOVE including the
word Blessings to any card!

Have you had a chance to use any of the Greetery's new sets? They glam up
a card front like no other! Love the new frame too!

Blessings to you in the new year! 
And welcome 2020!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

12 Kits of Occasions December: 12 Tags and a Gift Box

Hi everyone! It's the last day of December, and the last day of 2019,
and we at 12 Kits are celebrating with a super kit from our hostess,
Marcia Hill (@marciasstampinpad).

Marcia sent us all things tags, just right for presents and gifts of
all shapes and sizes, and for everyone on my list.
Before I share my tags, I just have to thank my dear friend Marcia,
your kit was my best Christmas present!

TAGS! 12 of them! And a gift box too! Come take a look, and fair
warning, bring a cuppa, it's a long post!

Stamped and ready to go... colored the inside of the 'O', and added the sentiment 
strip & some ribbon and bells. Oh, and a bit of copic cool grey.

Deer duo with wreath. Loved the sweet snowflakes!

I added the paper, Marcia supplied the deer, tree, tag, sentiment and shaker elements. My 
granddaughter added this ornament/tag to her tree!

Warm Wishes says it all! This jolly guy made a great boy tag.

These 2 are smaller, and are a perfect fit for small packages

Another duo and one's a shaker. Don't you just love the candies in the shaker?

Such a sweet image from Stamp City. Added some Stickles for bling.

Marcia stamped the tag, I added the bright pastels and puff paint.

The reason for the season silhouette.

Marcia included a sheet of holly berry tissue. I glued it to a PTI box, and added
this joy tag. That's a Greetery sprig on the top.

And that's 12 tags and a Gift Box. 
Thank You Marcia!

Happy New Year friends!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A Merry Christmas Greetery Card

Hi and Merry Christmas! 
I have a card I want to share, done with the Greetery's new Botanicuts Pine Bough.
I only recently received this beauty. They sold out quickly, and when it came in,
I ordered it and the bow die. Thankfully Betsy must have connections with UPS,
because it arrived amazingly fast! 
Betsy has a tutorial on her blog showing a how to coloring technique for the set, 
followed by adding glitter.

The card started out with the Nordic Frames die, cut from white textured card stock,
then, pink and pale blue shimmer.

As Betsy had done, I added some shading to the pinecone pieces before assembling them.

Honestly, aren't these pinecones just about the sweetest? Can't wait to do more.
I have 4 birthdays in December and an anniversary in Jan. And I know
just what die set to use...

Merry Christmas all!

Card Concept: My Christmas tree, and a whole lot more!

Do you have a favorite card you made this year? We all have that special card
that turned out just right! Won't you share it with us at the Card Concept?
Or would you like to share your Christmas Tree?
That's our challenge for the end of 2019. Share a favorite card or a 
photo of your tree. 

I'd like to welcome you to the Penir house, all dressed up for the holidays!
Welcome to my home!
Much of what you are going to see is handmade. A gathering of Christmas
ornaments and decorations over many years of crafting and collecting.

As you walk through the front door, you are greeted by Santa in his finery, with a frosty 
tree and reindeer on our front table. 

This jolly guy greets you as you enter the great room. I'm not sure why it's called the 
'great room', except it's supersized and holds the whole Penir clan when we get 

Directly ahead in the 'great room' is our main tree, a 9 1/2 footer. 

So many ornaments on this tree, with birds and cotton branches
and hollyberries and lots of ribbon!

This sweet red and white ceramic one is a favorite, bought from a Christmas store on 
one of our trips. 

The tree is never done the same. Sometimes I go heavy on the silks and
greenery, sometimes I go natural and rustic. This year it's a bit more formal
than usual with ribbon and lots of ornaments.

This Santa and tree sits on a Christmas quilt, also in the great room.

Our nativity sits on the fireplace mantle every year. It's opposite the big tree.

I love this felt shoe ornament, handmade too!

From there we head to the dining room, better known as the Nutcracker room.

The dining room has 2 trees, one in each corner, decorated with little nutcrackers and candy.

The grandkids help with these 2 trees. They love bringing out the tiny
nutcrackers and super sized candies!

Here's a closeup of a tiny Santa chef.

A bigger Santa chef sits atop the dining room plate rack.

Some of these are musical, but all are loved by the grands!

The family room is next, with a miniature village tucked into a cabinet.

More Santas and trees on a table behind the couch in the family room.

One of my favorite Santas was made from my mother in law's old 
mink stole. Did I mention I made all the Santas and miniature trees?

Santa's coat was a set of silk drapes in a former life.

Our cards are on display around a door leading into my craft room. This time of
year the room is off bounds to the family, as there is major wrapping going on.
That's Ella my new puppy in the doorway. My present came with 4 legs and a
waggly tail!

Above the family room fireplace.

This mantle is above my cooktop, and is one scene that never changes. 
Truthfully, I don't think there's an undecorated spot in the house!

I hope you enjoyed your tour, and my hope is that you feel the joy
that comes with the celebration of our Savior's birth! 
Merriest of Christmases
Blessings for a happy New Year too!