The Cutting Edge Challenge #8

I found a new challenge blog (new to me anyway!), while 
visiting my friend Marybeth's blog,
called 'The Cutting Edge'.

It's all about creating with die cuts! 
Sound fun? 
You can check out the latest challenge here:

Kay Miller's die cut beauty is our inspiration,
and I tried to capture the bright free floral feeling of her card.

The dies I used are from Memory Box:
Kensington Branch (cut 4 times), & Piestra Tile.
The Embossing folder is a Cuttlebug I inked with a few Tim Holtz inks
Copic colored a few pearls for the flower centers,
& sentiment from Topiary Trio (PTI).
I love dies, and layers, so this looks to be a regular playground for me!

MIM #177 Using Cover Plate Negatives

What do you do when you're waiting for the big event at PTI to begin?
Make a card!

I finally got some Press 'n Seal, my gosh what took me so long!
It's possible to line up your small die cuts perfectly.
(Not to mention seal up leftovers!)

Laurie does her first Papertrey video here:

And she's a natural, easy breezy to follow.

Betsy's County Fair quilt dies, stamped with Summer Sunrise and Hero Arts Cement Inks.
The card is 4 1/4 x 4 1/2"
One problem... now what do I do until tomorrow morning?
Guess I'll make another card!

See you all tomorrow!

Fusion Card Challenge

Playing along with one of favorite weekly challenges, Fusion,
which gives us this photo/sketch:

I originally wanted to combine the two, 
but also wanted to use Betsy's Make It Market
full of new goodies!
Her color scheme for Country Fair has mostly 
reds, blues and yellow, so 
I went with the sketch.

A shaker card using PTI's Phrase Play #4, filled with sequins from Paper Sweeties 
and Make It Market's Watercolor set.
The patterned papers are from the County Fair collection,
as well as the die cut edging & stamps and die of the cherries. After adding the ink, I added some Glossy Accents.

Come play along with Fusion here:

Merry Monday #122

Use Black, Gold & Silver, says Sue on Merry Monday's Challenge.

Christmas will be here before we know, so getting
some cards done with the Merry Monday gals.

Started with the Addison Ornament die from Memory Box and 
it's background die.
Glittered it up with silver and gold.
Created the background from Waltzingmouse's Pinstripe, first with 
black emboss, then turning the stamp and embossing again
with Winter Wonderland from Stampendous.
Oval Window popped up with foam from Lil Inkers.
Sentiment from Waltzingmouse: Seasonal Flouish
All Shimmer cardstocks, except the vellum.

MIM #177 Using Cover Plate Negatives & Tag Your It #4

MIM this week with Laurie Willison, showing us how to 
create with the negatives from our die cuts.
At least I thought it was any die cut.
She actually says to use our cover plates.

First inked my white card stock, using some citrus colors so I could 
play along with the Tag Your It! Challenge.

Then cut the word Fabulous over and over from Block Talk
 (sort of a cover plate), to get the negatives.
They line up easily using the bottom edge as my guide.
Used one of the positive fabulous cuts on my tag, (Tag Sale #6)
'UR' black embossed with Wet Paint alphabet.
Flower medallion made with Bloom Builders and 
a Berry Sorbet flower die cut from Friendly Flowers.

Festive Friday #38

Playing along with Festive Friday,
lovin' their rustic inspiration photo!

Anyone else craving Christmas butter cookies?

Waltzingmouse's Sewing Box Christmas remind me of 
iced cookies.
Fussy cut the 'cookies' & popped some up with foam
Stamped the background with WM's Cabin Plaid in
Hero Arts Unicorn.
Sentiment is also from WM's Sewing Box Christmas
Love those Rusty Bells from Paper Sweeties!
PTI Cardstock
Lawn Fawn enamel dots

Merry Monday #121

The Challenge at Merry Monday is to use Pinecones & Greens
with Plaid Ribbon.

As hot as it is outside, making a frosty card was just what I needed!

Stamps and Dies are Waltzingmouse: Festive Foliage
Cardstock & Inks: PTI

I spritzed the inked stamps, and rolled them in 3 colors for the pine needles and cones.
Once dry, I applied Viva Dacor Glitter Liner in Holo Iridescent.
The bg is stamped with white on kraft
Stitching die from Lil Inkers,
frame from PTI's Fabulous Frames
Rusty Bells: Paper Sweeties

Feeling cooler already!

Paper Sweeties August Release Rewind!

Welcome back for Paper Sweeties August Rewind!
How have you liked the new sets so far?
'Amazing', right?

This is where the design team gets to mix the new with the 'previously released'.

I created a background with a new set called: You Are Fab, & Be Happy.
The tag is a mix of die cuts from Be Happy with Sweet Cuts from Hippity Hoppity.

This month is all about celebrating, with contests, giveaways, challenges & prizes.
Be sure to see it all at the Paper Sweeties blog!

New Products & Links:

You Are Fab
Hello Friend
Party Time
Be Happy

Sweet Cuts - Party Time
Sweet Cuts - Be Happy

Paper Sweeties August Release Party!

We're having a party at Paper Sweeties!
Today is the day we celebrate our 2nd Birthday!
And Paper Sweeties is celebrating in a BIG way with 
4 stamp sets and 2 die sets this month!

This shaker card uses stamps and dies from 3 of the new sets:
Be Happy, Party Time and Hello Friend.
Come back tomorrow to see the last set, You're Fab used with
one of the previously released sets.
(Pssst, Shhhhsh, Want to know a secret?
It's also Paper Sweeties' own Debbie Marcinkiewiez' Birthday!)
Told you it was a celebration! 
Happy Birthday, Debbie!
Happy Birthday, Paper Sweeties!
Check out the blog for the 
contests, giveaways, challenges, & prizes
Did you catch the rest of the design teams' brilliance?
Here's the list:

New Products & Links:

You Are Fab
Hello Friend
Party Time
Be Happy

Sweet Cuts - Party Time
Sweet Cuts - Be Happy

I'm also linking this card up to
Seize the Birthday challenge

Paper Sweeties August Release Countdown!

We're counting down at Paper Sweeties! 
Tomorrow is the big day these new stamps and dies will be released!

Today I'm showcasing 2 stamps and their coordinating dies from a set called Party Time.
The sentiment is from one of the other new sets called 
Hello Friend

The sweet rose image is perfect for inking and spritzing for a nifty watercolor look.
The leaves were first die cut, then brushed with water, before adding the ink.
The PS Cotton Candy bakers twine puts the finishing touch!
Lots to see today, tomorrow (release day!),
and then, the rewind! 
Don't forget to come back!

Are you playing along with Paper Sweeties monthly 
inspiration blog?
The theme is Let's Celebrate, 'cuz we're celebrating
our 2nd Birthday.
Check it out here:

Nancy Penir (me!)

Paper Sweeties August Release Sneak Peeks!

Welcome Paper Sweeties fans

to the August Release Sneak Peek!

This month you will be treated to 
4 stamp sets, and 2 sets of dies!

Here's a look at a card I did for the release

Love that banner!
The ruffle cake has plenty of room for decoration, sentiments, or pink ep, like I did!
The flowers leaves are fussy cut, but the cake has it's own die! So does the banner!
That's PS Cotton Candy Seam binding (available in many colors!)

And there's plenty more to see on the other DT's blogs.
And leave some love along the way!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties

Whatever you do, don't miss out on the next 3 days, as the release promises to be
the best ever!

MIM #176: Backgrounds with Embossing Paste

Make It Monday with Laura Bassen! Her video premier, and was she great!
Fun, informative, full of how to's!
Laura, you're a natural!

Coloring embossing paste, using PTI's Cover plates or any die to create our bg.
She made it look easy.
This was my 3rd attempt. The first 2 are further smeared in the recycler!

Modern Cross, Block Talk, & Friendly Flowers Extras Dies,
Friendly Flowers stamp set.
Artist's Loft Acrylic Gesso 
PTI re-inkers: Harvest Gold, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Plum Pudding, Blueberry Sky
Lawn Fawn enamel dots

I have a couple more backgrounds on the back burner. 
I WILL be trying this fun technique again!

Thank you Laura!

Festive Friday Challenge #37

It's been a while since I've played along with Festive Friday, 
but I chanced along there and found this inspiration:

And it spoke to my vintage loving heart!
That, and, Ardyth's beautiful gold edged card.

For those of you who like stories, read on,
for those who don't skip the next paragraph!

Back in the day of rubber stamps (real rubber you mount yourself)
I fell for a stamp included on a sheet of mountable stamps with 3 little tykes on a sleigh from Oxford Impressions.
I have 3 grandsons who are close in age and best friends since birth.
So are the granddaughters, but, that's another story...
Any how, I used this stamp for my Christmas cards that year.
I just had to play along, 
with the vintage truck and pine trees all snow-covered, 
and it's 100 outside,
who could resist!

Some special touches on the card include:
PTI's Scarlett Shimmer Cardstock, Linen Vellum, Stamper's Sellect White 
and that gorgeous gold tape.
Hero Arts Classic Evergreen embossed in Winter Wonderland
Sentiment is also from Oxford Impressions: Sleigh Bells
Embossing powder is Stampendous: Pirate Gold (never found another with that fine old gold result!)
Rusty Bells: Paper Sweeties
Rustic Jute Twine from Moda

Colour Q Challenge #253, Seize the Birthday

Colour Q's Challenge this week 
was this photo:

My watercolors were on the worktable from the last card I did, 
so I began with a watery background.

PTI's Bold Bouquet, Wet Paint Cuts
PTI Inks: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Kraft, Canyon Clay, 
Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold
The bow is Lil Inkers cut from PTI's Gold Shimmer card stock
PTI: Aqua Mist Cardstock
Pearls copic colored
Silver Wink of Stella

edited to play:

Seize the Birthday, Anything Goes Challenge is to use the color Yellow.

the Card Concept #16: Create a Wedding Card

The challenge at the Card Concept this week is to create a wedding card,
using this photo as inspiration:

Tweeking the colors a bit to use all 3 of Betsy Veldman's floral and leaf stamps 
in her Beautiful Brushstrokes set,
I went with a watercolor look.

Spritzed my stamp image, when inked, and added rainstones from the
Make It Market Kit: Shakers and Sprinkles
(Use those jewel-like drops sparingly 'cuz I never want to be without them!)

All PTI products (inks, card stocks, and Hemp Cord)

Classy & Elegant?
Inspired by colors in the photo and Colleen's dramatic hydrangea card!

MIM #175 Creative Card Borders Using Non-Border Dies

I just love Dani's tutorial on creating borders with non-border dies.

This morning I went visiting, and enjoyed a look see at Joyce M.'s blog,
She treats us to a post of 4 cards, and one that's in the MIM lineup
this week, using Topiary Trio as the border for her card.
What a wonderful network of talent we share, we who love
cards and treating them as art!
I don't say enough how much inspiration I glean from all of you!
Whenever the well runs dry, I go visiting...
and end up full of new ideas!
August is an anniversary of sorts. 
3 years ago I started a blog.
And a hobby/obsession/love for all things paper!
Thank you to all who fill my days with joy!
You know who are... if I've ever commented on your creation, YOU have brought me joy!
So, Happy Anniversary to me,
and here's another card for MIM, a card for my daughter-in-law, celebrating a bd this month.

Couldn't help using Topiary Trio, just like Joyce did!

Pretty much all Papertrey
Cardstocks, Inks, dies,
and Topiary Trio as a border.

Inside, a bit of room to add a note.
Like I said, love using my dies for borders.


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