Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Create Along With Us - Happy Birthday

Create Along With Us, time, at PTI, as we enjoy the designers' creations,
and find inspiration from every beautiful card!
This card by Laurie Schmidlin, hi lighting a new set
this month, Ivy & Bloom, caught my eye. To be truthful, every card
has elements that are standouts, and I love to file away all the 
clever details each month. But take another look at Laurie's card.

Pale grey on a white bg, window with sentiment inside, colorful accents, 
wreath like frame with floral accents, and color combo,
That's what I cased.

My card was built on the Garden Garland die, cut from Soft Stone card stock.
All those pretty posies are also from the die set.
The window is cut from the smaller die from Fun Frames.
Sentiment: Lovely Lace.
Berry Sprigs: Beautiful Berries: Spring
Laurie backed her top window with foam, lifting it up, (which I wish I had done.)
Black dots complete the card. 

Laurie's colors were something I just had to duplicate.
Loved this combination, and intend to use it again.
Play along on Nichole's Blog here:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Big Halo Hello - Poppy Stamps Blog Blitz

I recently got an email from my friend Jeanne Jackna, asking, 
'would you like to join the 
Poppy Stamps Design Team?'
Couldn't say yes fast enough! I secretly crushed on Poppy for oh so long!
And, guess what, it's Blog Blitz time at Poppy, which means I get to 
showcase a die from the new release.
There are so many wonderful new dies to check out, but seriously,
is there one better than 'Hello' to greet Poppy fans with?

I LOVE this double die, that allows you so much creativity. 
Every piece you see, on my card, was die cut from white card stock,
then the larger, (fatter) die was rainbow inked in warm colors,
before adding the white, skinnier die.

The larger die was placed on an angle before running it through my 
die cutter.
Then I simply placed my rainbow 'hello' in the window, adhering 
it to the inside of the card.

Still plenty of room to add your rest of your message.

I glued several skinny 'hellos' all over the card, on a slant, 
like the window die cut,
then snipped off the edges.
Gives the card such a cool embossed effect, don't you think?

I loved doing this so much, I did 2, one in warm tones, and one with cooler.

How would you like to win this fun new double 'Big Halo Hello' die?
Just visit the Poppy Blog here:

and leave comments on my post and 
each of the designer's blogs, May 10th - May 21.
You have until the 22nd to comment.
Poppy stamps will announce the winners on May 24th.
Good Luck and hope you win!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

thank you

Melissa Phillips always brings us the most delightful tips
to transform our cards from ordinary to extraordinary.
This week at PTI, she shows us how to add background stamping
with our sentiment stamps.

I had to make a couple of thank you cards for friends, and incorporated
my Pen & Ink thank you stamp for the backgrounds. You really do see
the words, even though they're partially covered by the bouquet, just as 
Melissa said. 

Mix & Mat Flourish frame
Fresh Floral Wrap Ups, with their sweet tags, just to make sure the 
receiver knows I'm thankful!
Vintage Linens designer paper
Inks: True Black, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, & Green Parakeet.


Happy Birthday to You

It's a beautiful day in CA's Central Valley, 
Spring is in full bloom here, with warm (not hot!) days.
And the Card Concept has a new challenge for you,
with this photo:

Vintage Tiles, musical backgrounds, lace, birds, 
well, you get the idea.
What inspires you?

Take a look at a birthday card I did, using the photo for inspiration.

The lacy frame is a stencil from PTI's Lovely Lace,
inked with Ranger's Distress Oxide: Iced Spruce & Vintage Photo.
I LOVE the way those inks blend, and the colors they create,
when overlapped.
The birds, flowers, musical birthday score 
 and leafy branch are from Songbirds, one of my PTI favorites.

Enjoy your Spring day, (hopefully it's as beautiful as mine)
and visit the Card Concept Challenge Blog for more inspiration!

Sunday, May 7, 2017


There's a new challenge up at Tag You're It! 
And we welcome Lindsey M-P with this fabulous muse

Here's my tag for more inspiration:

All PTI with this one, and their fabulous new Made With Love tag.
Play along at Tag You're It, and now we are giving you a whole month
to play! A brand new format and a brand new muse!
Play along here:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Made a card for my mom, following the tutorial at Papertrey's MIM,
with Laurie Schmidlin, and her very first video.
Laurie did a fabulous job showing us
 2 ways to do a watercolor background for our cards.
Confession time, I've done watercolors for years, even
taught watercolors to elementary students, so this is not
new to me, but always learn something playing along with MIM.
Loved doing this card, as it's for a very special mom!

Starting with Ranger Watercolor Cardstock, I taped down my card,
then applied a wash of clear water. Using the Kuretake Pan colors, I
mixed blues, yellows and greens to get the color wash I wanted.
The trick to watercolors, as Laurie said, is to apply lights first,
then layer after or during drying.
I cut the die cover plate from Make It Market: Garden Gild,
and held it over the watercolor card to determine where color should be.
The word, 'Mother' is from an old PTI set, Mother, and sorry to say
it's now in the vault.
Flowers and leaves from Delightful Dahlia Additions.
PTI Inks:
Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Green Parakeet.
I colored the rhinestones with copic YG23.
I haven't used rhinestones in so long, lately using sequins, which mail better,
but this card will be hand delivered.
Play along on Nichole's blog, here:

Sunday, April 30, 2017

HLS Watercolor Challenge May '17

May 1st means a new challenge at HLS Watercolor Challenge!

You may or may not add the optional twist - red to your card.
Here's some inspiration for you,

I love a shaker card, and I have a feeling that the recipient does too!
The shaker element on my card is from My Favorite Things, and
it's called Replenishments. They're plastic cups that let you fill with
the sequins or shaker stuff, and pop right up, or in my case inside a 
die cut hole.
I embossed the butterfly from Especially For You, 4 times
before water coloring them with Kuratake pan watercolors.
Sentiment PTI's Swoosh die and happy from PTI's Happiness in Bloom.

Play along for a Gift Certificate to HLS' shop!

12 Kits of Occasions April '17

Hello! And welcome to 12 Kits of Occasions: April post.
Our hostess this month is Sharron Gregory from On Papillon Wings,
and her kit is titled: Hello Friends.
I couldn't wait to dig into this kit, filled with sweet critters, 
darling dressed for rain kids, and papers and sentiments to match! 
Loved the theme, and love you, Sharron.
You hit my sweet spot with your joyous kit!

On to the cards!

I lead with a favorite, 2 Mama Elephant rain slicker tots sharing an umbrella.

This closeup shows some glossy accents on the umbrella
and the rain wear.

What would you do with a kitty just begging for color? 
I might have gone a bit overboard with the eye makeup, but she didn't complain...

Sharron was very generous with the PTI: Super Succulant pattern paper,
paired perfectly with the Spellbinders pots and succulents.

Honey Bunny just seemed to go with this sentiment!
Background was a PTI Ocean Tides card stock that I put through my emboss
machine with a Spellbinders folder, rolled with ink.
Memory Box Scribble Flower Circle.

Sharron sent along this cloud filled card stock.
 I couldn't resist putting it with this 
sweet pair I colored with pencils. can you see their fuzzy tails?

And finally, another favorite, was this birdhouse duo included in our kit, 
I left white,
and added it to a PTI scallop circle sponge inked, with 3 popped up 
Succulant Garden flowers, I just happened to have.
Otherwise Sharron's kit supplied me with more than 
enough wonders I hadn't seen before or had!
Plenty of cards on hand to send to friends is just what I needed.

Don't forget to check out the other 12 Kits Designers for more
card ideas. And so happy to see Marcia Hill as our Guest Designer this month!
Please go by and give her some love at Marcia Hill's time for Paper.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Lovely Birthday

What do you do with a crazy busy week, getting ready for
a ladies tea party in your backyard? 
You find a way fit in a card for 
PTI's MIM with Betsy Veldman!

I think it's safe to say, 99% of what I've learned to do with 
a card, has come from enjoying the Make It Monday posts.

And so, with Betsy showing us how to use our stencils to 
create watercolor backgrounds, I made this card

Besides, my recent order arrived, with 
Betsy's Make It Market Mini Kit: Lovely Lace,
complete with a fabulous lattice stencil, and wonderfully lacy die,
perfect for framing Dawn's Gran's Garden Florals.
Well, dear friends, it's back to picking up every stray leaf and twig that's
found it's way to my patio, and wash tea cups and saucers
for about 30 ladies.
At least my MIM card is done!

I pretty much used Betsy's colors and stamps that she used.
Just loved her colors and couldn't wait to ink up Gran's Garden!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Hi Card Concept fans! Welcome to a new inspiration.

I'm all about the gorgeous intense blooms in this photo.
Added a bit of blue from the boots, and the green grass,
but my 'Classy Elegant' card is filled with bright Spring flowers.

I love the intensity of watercolors with Kuretake pan colors.
First step was to ink The Ton's Peony Crush Cling Background, with
Versamark onto watercolor card stock, and sprinkle the whole card with
Adirondack Lettuce Embossing Powder.
Watercoloring came next. I started with the lighter, paler pink, and when
dry, worked on adding darker, deeper shades, finally ending with the purple.
This technique works as long as you let each layer dry before
adding the next.

'Fabulous' die cut 3 times, with white and Pure Poppy in the middle,
also from the Ton.

A sprinkling of Pink Diamond sequins, also from the Ton,
to add a bit of sparkle.

Framed with PTI's Royal Velvet, and Sweet Blush card stocks.

So excited to see what you create!
And don't forget to check out more beautiful inspiration 
by the Card Concept Design Team!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PTI April '17 Blog Hop

PTI's April Blog Hop, and a big 'Welcome'!

Megan Carter's strongly graphic print is our inspiration this month,
and as Nichole advised, it became my springboard for a set
of thank you cards.

Happily my order arrived in time, and in it was PTI's 10 Year Anniversary,
 Thank You Set.
It's a beautiful double stamp set, full of florals, and fronds, surrounding either 
square or a banner, to include a sentiment of my choice.

I set up my misti, and stamped the square image first,
in Hero Arts Wet Cement.
From there its was easy to stamp the flowers on six cards,
in Pale Peony, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold & Summer Sunrise.
Then outlined the frame in copic R0000.

The envelopes were  stamped with Beautiful Berries: Spring.

I used the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punchboard (Amazon)
to make the envelopes.

Sprinkled on a few sequins (The Ton), otherwise it's a one layer card.

It's an all day Hop, join in the fun on Nichole's blog!