Friday, February 5, 2016

Celebrate With Us: Color Challenge

PTI is celebrating their 9th Anniversary, and we're all invited!
A 10 day party filled with inspiration and prizes.
Loving their products the way I do, I plan to stamp and play and 
enjoy every challenge!
1st up is color.
I selected Betsy's colors, but stretched them a bit.

OK, I really stretched them!

A few months ago, when Charmed was released, I crushed on a card 
by Kay Miller, featuring the emerald.
Similar to hers, I used the Charm stamps and dies,
and a Boutique Borders: Congrats die 
(she used Love),
and instead of Snowflake Flurries, I used Bold Blossoms
a set I can't seem to put away!
All in PTI purple inks to go with the amethyst birthday card, I painted the petals with ink on a block, the way Ashley did in her video here:

The Branching Out die is cut with
a gold paper, slightly on the chartreuse side.
The berries are from Twig Wreath, stamped with Raspberry Fizz and Canyon Clay.
the Gold sequins are close to Summer Sunrise.
Wonderful prizes and endless inspiration all on Nichole's blog,

For my Valentine

Hi and welcome to a new inspiration for Tag You're It!
This week's muse is Jen Mitchel, with this valentine tag

Completely inspired by the red textured heart,
so I went with Paper Sweeties With Love SC die.

'Love' also from Paper Sweeties (Wish SC) cut from red glitter paper.

Tag is Bookmark 2 Die tag from PTI.
There a bg stamp, so pale and hard to see, it's from an old wood block Inkadinkadoo stamp,
and I don't think it's available any more.

Can't wait to see what inspires you!
Play along at Tag You're It!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Melissa Phillips shows us some creativity with gelatos for this weeks MIM,
Valentine Ombre Stamping.
Her card blends die cuts with ombre, and, as only she can,
whips up a pink parfait perfection!

I had some gelatos called 'Macaroons', I hadn't tried yet, and 
way behind on my Valentines, thought I'd give Enclosed: Heart the
gelato treatment.
Aside from being way to pale to photograph well, I sort of like 
the card. 

And 'like' is as far as I'll go. 
I filled My Favorite Things Umbrella die with the sweet blooms from Enclosed: Heart,
and added tiny pearls and pink sequins.
Embroidered Borders stamped with Spring Rain.
I loved Melissa's slim card, so went with a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2" card size.
Think the pink sequins helped brighten things up a bit, but I definitely 
like her rich pinks better!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Paper Sweeties February 2016 Inspiration Challenge #40

It's February and time for a new challenge at Paper Sweeties!
Here's our inspiration

Pink and pretty, with lots of snow!
What inspired me?

Of course the colors, and the need for a lot of valentines in February!
Can't get enough of the new heart die!
Hope you can play along for a chance to be our guest designer, and
a 25. shopping spree!
Be sure to check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team,
and a big welcome to Carrie Sheridan, our Guest Designer!

12 Kits of Occasions January

Well, hello there, and welcome to my first post as a member of
the '12 Kits of Occasions' team!
Beyond excited to be asked and overjoyed to join!
Wonderful designers that are not only the very best, but friends too,
which, truthfully, is why I love this craft, making friends!
Lindsey from Occasional Crafting is our hostess for the month of January.
Our kit was full of celebration, and bright happy images.

I may have overdone for my first time as a team member, but honestly, could easily have done another 6 with all Lindsey included!
OK,  enough intro, and hope your comfortable, there's a lot to show you, so let's get to it!

Ellie triplets? Couldn't resist putting these cuties together on a card!

Yep! All those seed beads were in the kit!
Can't wait for an occasion to send this out to brighten someone's day!

This gorgeous gold embossed elements panel just begged for shimmer watercolors!

Sweet, springy pattern paper begged for kissing bunnies!

All gold with shiny bling!

Wonderful sentiment for someone extra-special!

This little guy holds a thank you to Lindsey!

Hope you enjoyed, and hope you visit each designer. And give 
some love along the way!

Monday, January 25, 2016

PTI January 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

Good Monday Morning, and welcome to PTI's January Blog Hop!

Nichole challenged us with this photo:

Bright, bold graphic, surfboards???

I went with a couple of masculine style cards, something I'm always needing.

Stenciled Cover Plate: Twist Die, embossing paste and ink refils.
SAF '16: 1960's graphic dies (love those fun shapes!)
Sentiment: Wet Paint die

Used the stencil again on a black bg.

I stamped a woodgrain pattern on the larger orange image 
(BB: Farm & Barn).
Can't wait to see how others interpreted the challenge photo.
Hop on over to Nichole's Blog!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Matchbox Valentines

MIM at PapertreyInk and Lexi Daly's Matchbox Valentines

This was so much fun. I think I'll do more for the granddaughters.

Lexi did several, one of which housed a tiny notepad.
I know the girls will love the mini papers just right for little notes.
I used mini post-it-notes.
Just right sized at 3 x 3".

 Nostalgic Notions papers, stamps, dies and button,
 Pure Poppy cardstock.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

SSS Wed. Challenge: Ombre

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge is 'Ombre'.
They're showcasing  Hero Arts, so I searched through my stamps to find
this sweet 'Iced Donut' I've had for awhile.
I cased Wanda Guess' fabulous layout here:

The donut is stamped, copic colored, and fussy cut.
Foam mounted onto a MFT die cut. 
The dp is PTI's Ombre Stripes.
Background is ombre inked with Ranger's Distress Spiced Ginger,
Abandoned Coral, & Picked Raspberries.
The little hearts are die cut, and glossy accented, before adding to
the medallion and mini clothespin.

More GA and some Prisma Glitter on the sprinkles.

Loved all Wanda's layers, and loved playing with the different patterns and colors.

Play along with SSS Wed. Challenge Here:

Friday, January 15, 2016

Paper Sweeties January 2016 Release Rewind

Welcome back for the Paper Sweeties' January's Release Rewind.
I'm back with a card I did using the new stamp set, 
With Love. 
1st stamped with white embossing powder, and then sponge inked,
the detailing really shines!
The center is a leftover piece from it's matching SC, also inked.
It just begged to be paired with PS Happy.

Only Zing EP can match Tim Holtz' brilliant inks!
I'm sending this card, and needed to finish off the inside, as well
as create a matching envelope.

I rock and rolled the stamp over my inks, and sponged a bit on the inside of the heart
where the address goes.

I have a stash of designer papers (lighter weight) from years ago,
I use for envelope liners. It gives the card such a finished look!

And the inside where you write your message, don't forget to personalize that!
What could you do with this lovely stamp?

Well that's it for now.
Thanks for the visit, and be sure to 
continue on with the teammies!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Paper Sweeties January 2016 Release Party!

Hi everyone! And welcome back for Paper Sweeties Release Party!
The new heart and die set has won everyone over!
My card today features it as a frame for Sophie.

Sophie's helping her sweet hearts to blossom and grow.
I just love to give my cards a love story!
And PS stamps and dies are perfect for staging a scene!
This card has a lot of foam lifts.
Here's a view from the side.

When you die cut the big heart, it gives 2 pieces, so you have a ton of design options.
As you can see, I die cut and stacked the trim piece 4 times to give it a
 'lifted' frame 
Paper pieced and GA'd the watering can, 
(Live Love Grow) and glittered a few of the hearts.
Love those PS sequins!