Monday, November 18, 2019

Poppystamps Post: Wide Washi

Holiday Greetings, Poppy fans! How's the holiday card making coming along?
Want some inspiration? Check out my post on Poppystamps' blog today for
some tips on using your Washi tape to create die cuts.

Hope your week is extra crafty!

Friday, November 15, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 12

Hello everyone! Tag lovers especially!

Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags is well underway.

Exciting for me, because today I get to showcase tags made with Stamplorations
stamps and dies!
I love the sweet Christmas Reindeer set, and featured them with
Luggage Tags Nesting Dies.

Added a bit of sparkle to the antlers and eyes and nose.

Festive and fun for these tags!

Join the fun @inmycreativeopinion

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Card Concept: Thanksgiving Table

Happy Holiday Greeting to you!
With the holidays around the corner, I love to send autumn card to an inner
circle of aunts, and close friends.

My card today is an inspiration for the Card Concept Challenge which features this
photo and begins today.

Isn't this a gorgeous photo? And you can take your inspiration from
any of the elements for your card. I used the colors from the vase of 
flowers for my Layered and Elegant card.

Hope you're off to a good start with all your holiday projects. And hope you play 
along with this week's Card Concept Challenge.

PapertreyInk: Text & Texture:Leaves,  Penned Elegance Christmas,
Seasonal Borders: Autumn
Poppystamps: Brilliant Leaf Frame

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Poppystamps Holiday Blog Blitz

Friends, I have some exciting news... Poppystamps is having their holiday blog blitz! 
It's a time on the blog where you can not only find inspiration, but win a die on each post.

I'm featuring this gorgeous flourish called Merry Christmas Flourish, and I have
2 cards to show you. This one p aired with Poppystamps new 2 sided holiday paper.

And this one, on a striking dark paper with greens and berries. 
Come take a look on the blog to see how I made them, and don't 
forget to leave a comment. You might win the new Merry Christmas Flourish!
And there's one more way to win, Instagram. Tag a friend, like us and you both 
could win!
Happy Crafting everyone!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

12 Kits of Occasion October: Autumn Days

Happy Fall y'all! It's time for 12 Kits of Occasions, and this month it's courtesy
of Sharron Gregory of On Papillon Wings. Sharron sent a kit full of seasonal 
delights, wonderful die cuts and plenty of sweet images to color.

I made 4 cards with this month's kit, and starting off with a favorite of mine,
made with 3 lovely leaves Sharron stamped for us in  soft autumn colors.

Sharron sent us this acorn die cut with a lacy cutout. I paired it with the Greenery's Oval 
frame cut from one of the beautiful autumn papers included in the kit.

Hello Autumn is Penny Black's masterpiece stamp. One of those sweet images 
that tells the story all by itself. I just love her!

My last card is my wish for the season, a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

So sorry this post is late. My hubs and I celebrated a milestone anniversary a
few months early by taking a river cruise up the Hudson River. It has been a 
dream of mine for some time to see first hand the glorious exhibition of color
along the eastern seaboard. We live in the west, and while a few trees change 
nothing surpasses the concentration of wild glorious color the Hudson has!
Take a look.

Nothing matched natures' beauty does it? Hope you enjoyed a few reminders of 
fall's glorious transformation!

Thanks for the visit and thanks to Sharron for a kit full of fall's beauty!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Tag You're It Challenge: Autumn Fest

Hi and welcome to Tag You're It's new challenge, Autumn Fest. 

Don't you love this photo? So many things to inspire your autumn/Halloween tag.

PTI's Autumn Scarecrow stamp and die set had all the elements for my tag,
Bookmark die, also from PTI. 
Copic colored. 
Sunflower from the Greetery.

Hope you find time to play along. Love seeing what inspires you!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Card Concept Challenge: Bountiful Blessings

There's a new challenge at the Card Concept: Bountiful Blessings.
Hello, and welcome to my post celebrating all things beautiful about
this season; Thankfulness, our wonderful country's abundance and
family! And don't forget the best friends through this passion called 
Our inspiration photo is full of warm reminders of this season of 
blessings. My card tried to capture some of this feeling of warmth.
I'm calling it's style a mixture of layers and mixed media.

1st off, a layer of colored gel medium through a stencil of leaves by PTI. 
When dry, some sponged inking on the edges. 
Next a die cut of PTI's Mix & Mat: Flourishes, also edge inked, and stamped 
with Year of the Psalms: August.

The ink used for the sentiment is Altenew's Lava Rock. 

Final layers are the pumpkins and gourds from PTI's Simply Gourdeous, and leaves from
Poppystamps' Autumn Leaf set, and Maple Trio. The one red leaf on the bottom of the 
trio is also from Poppystamps and is a 'Whittle Leaf'.

Come join the fun, you have 2 weeks to play along, and we love to see
how you're inspired. 

Hope your season is full of crafty goodness!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Merry Christmas to You & Yours

I finally had some time to play with my Greetery order, and this set called,
With Love at Christmas.

Such a beautiful bouquet of Christmas florals, and Muti-stamped for super wow impact.

And a greeting from Sentiment Suite: Christmas Stamp Set.
Tucked in perfectly on the card.

I fit the bouquet die into my Misti and stamped several for quick and easy assembly.
Each card will have it's matching envelope with stenciled flap.

It'll be Christmas before you know it! Time to get moving on the cards!

Friday, October 11, 2019

A Christmas Card

Greetings Blogging Friends! 
Like most of the Greetery's fans, I was thrilled to learn Betsy had a holiday 
release in the works. Her style and detailed images, the way they were 
presented by Betsy and her team made every one irresistible.
One of the sets that I loved was the sweet church from Christmas Eve.

I created my card using some of the techniques Betsy used on her card for the release.

Betsy did a watercolor panel with a center of 'glow' for her church, with a
frame from Crimped Frame dies. Notice how the blue watercolor panel is 
around the edges of the frame? Loved the look, so wanted that on my card.

The church dies include the window cutout, another genius creation, which allows 
a further glow to shine through. Betsy has a You Tube video on stamping this set.

The banner at the top and greenery on the corners are more Christmas goodies from my
order. I love too, the snowdrift dies, something I thought so unique. 

What did you get from the release? Oh yes, the van was in the order too...
Plan to play with that set soon. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Card Concept Challenge:

Hi and welcome to a new challenge at the Card Concept.

Now the title to this challenge is Adventure Awaits. But I was inspired
by the tones and neutrals in the photo. Closer inspection gave me a 
sense of vintage warmth and lots of vintage texture. 
Here's my card:

Creating a card with a bit of vintage texture and warmth, I chose the Greetery's
Bountiful Wreath, and the sentiment from Bountiful Wreath.
I was late acquiring this gorgeous stamp set, and have drooled over every
card I've seen made with it. Finally it was back in stock and I 
couldn't wait to use it!

The frame is from PTI's Infinity Frames, versamarked and covered with copper 
One more loves to share... Altenew Inks. This is a set called Coffee Break. It
includes: Sand Dunes, Rocky Shore, Mocha & Expresso. Neutral but with
warm tones, just yummy! And the way the inks cover the surface of a stamp,
well, I'm a fan. 

Hope you have a chance to play along. I love seeing all the ways the
challenge inspires you.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

You Are a Masterpiece

Hello Crafty Friends!
Don't you love making a card for no other reason but that you want to?
Going through my ever growing Greetery collection of stamps and dies,
the Macra Made made me smile, so out came the dies. 

Pot-Pourri plants and pot, with a background I made a while back. 
Nuvo dots

Our church knows I make cards, and has asked if I'd supply cards when needed for 
births, get well, encouragement, etc. I had to laugh when they offered to pay me
for them. "No", I said, "I'd love to give you whatever the occasion calls for". With
that purpose on my agenda, I've begun to do a stash of cards that are ready and on hand.

Ah... a purpose to be creative... life is good!

Happy Crafting, my friends!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Hi Poppy Friends! 
A quick hello and head up. I'm on the Poppystamps blog today with this 
Halloween shaker. See how I made it

Monday, September 30, 2019

12 Kits of Occasions: September Friends and Food

Hi everyone! It's the end of September and time for the 12 Kits' post. 
This month our hostess is Kim Heggins,  (Cupcakes, Cards and Kim) and she's sent us
a kit full of Friends and Food! What could be more fun!

Leading off with some sprinkles, and a joy filled box of sweets!

Kim included this sentiment, I added die cuts and an ampersand heart. So much
fun to dress up in pink!

I haven't tried avocado toast, but hear it's all the rage. Lots of 'pop ups' with foam
and added to a Greetery frame.

Truth is, to own this coppery mixer, complete with all it's attachments,
 is a dream of mine. Baking is one of my passions, and I would love a mixer
that kneeds the dough for me.

Adding a closeup of the mixer, painted with metallics:

And a photo of my 'vintage' mixer:

50 years with this 'old gal'. Still works great.  A wedding present from my hubby's 
aunt when we got married 50 years ago in march! So many delicious memories 
within this bowl! Ah, but I can still dream each time I pass a Williams Sonoma
window with those shiny new mixers in every color under the rainbow!

Can't wait to see what my teammies did with their kits, especially the mixer!

Thanks for the visit, and thank you for your comments. Love reading each one.