Monday, January 22, 2018

Be Mine!

A Valentine card made for a challenge called: Freshly Made Sketches,
and this sketch inspiration:

The sweet little locket opens to reveal part of the message.

Hurrying along with this post, as the challenge closes soon!

Floral Mask Stencil: Memory Box
Be My Valentine Postcard Script: Poppystamps
Lovely Locket: Poppystamps
Ferrand Heart: Memory Box
PTI Shimmer cardstock
Gold Cardstock: Michaels

Hope your week is full of happy craft time!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Valentine for CTS

CAS(E) this Sketch has this sketch challenge for us 

Such a simple statement of elements and sentiment.

I took some liberties with the horizontal stripe, and first put a swatch of
 Finetec Pearl watercolors on a Smokey Shadow card base, with plenty of
 'white space' (charcoal) showing.
Then some Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold Embossing paste over a handmade stencil
created with PTI's Stripes Diagonal Die.
Heart, Square Frame & Valentine sentiment die: Poppystamps
PTI: Fancy Foliage Details painted with Finetec Pearls.

Theres plenty of time to join in, with some great inspiration from their designers.!

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dearest Valentine

Create Along With Us, Papertrey's challenge to pick from all 
their designer's fabulous release creations, and choose one to case.

I challenged myself this month, to come as close to a Melissa Phillips creation
as I could, with the stamps I had.
I'm such a fan of her work. Layers of lovely images, that seem to be put together
effortlessly yet perfectly!

Melissa's card, using the new bird from Brushed Birds.

My case of Melissa's card:

My case doesn't fall far from the source. See the bottom script?

I adore that about Melissa cards. Little touches of whimsy tucked in and around
that create interest wherever the eye falls.

Heart: Limitless Layers & Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches
Stamp A Faire 2014: Regency Era (Image stamped on heart)
bird: Nesting
flowers & leaves: Garden Party
Valentine sentiment: Birthday Classics: February & Regency Era
You & Me: The Best is Yet to Be

That's it, my case of Melissa's beautiful card.
I have a PTI bird, and I have so many florals to choose from.
Did I feel I had to order the new Brushed Birds? You bet!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Poppy Stamps Blog Blitz

It's Blog Blitz time at Poppystamps, and your comment could win you this darling 
Love Stitch Circle Frame die.

I've made a shaker with the die, but there are so many uses for this beautiful image,
tags, showing designer paper behind the love.
Hop on over to poppy's blog and leave a comment for a chance to win.
Good Luck!

Friday, January 12, 2018

The First Ever 'Twofer Card Challenge #1

I'm excited to be playing along at the Very First Ever 'Twofer Card Challenge', 
which just happens to be the brainchild of Darnell Krauss of

Our challenge is to create 2 cards using one stamp, with a 'feather' theme.

Here's my 'twofer'

With the feathers and sentiment from Clearly Besotted: Fancy Feathers,
my 1st card could be for a special announcement.
My pink inks are the closest to happy brights as I could get, with
Tim Holtz' Distress Oxides: Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry,
Abandoned Coral & Candied Apple.
PTI Cardstock, Tag Sale #8 & Vellum.

Card 2
Same feathers from the Fancy Feathers set, this time a sympathy card.
White embossed and watercolored 
Banner: PTI's Stemmed Statements
Cardstock: PTI
Watercolor paper:Arches Coldpress

2 cards, same stampset. Brilliant challenge!
Check out this new card challenge, and all the inspiration from
the fabulous designers here:

and don't forget to play along. The winner gets to be a guest on a future 'twofer'.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

From the Heart

I'm so excited to be playing along with a new challenge to me, 
Cas(e) this sketch. Don't think I've played there before.
Their designers are the best, and just look at this sketch that we
have for inspiration.

Leigh Penner gave us this beauty, with so much richness, couldn't resist playing along.

PTI's: To Have And To Hold, Bloom & Grow, Beautiful Berries: Spring
banner: PTI's Cloche Quarters
Poppystamps: Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames
There are 3 ink colors I used for the wreath, a trio of corals from The Ton:
Peach Blossom, Coraline & Spiced Chai.

My card has a bit of a vintage twist with the colors and layers. No excuses, it's what I 
love. Sweet and floral. What could be better?
Play along here:

Thanks for the visit, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Card Concept: Sweet Inspiration

Welcome back to the Card Concept Challenge,
where you create a project using your choice of styles.

We had a nice long holiday, and are glad to be creating again!
This fabulously sweet photo is our inspiration.

Pink & Grey, Cupcakes & Roses, Pearls & Ribbon ~
Didn't stray far from my first impression to create my Classy Elegant card.

Cupcake, cake plate, frame and ribbon banner: PTI's Baker's Dozen
Floral cut and embossed cover plate: Spellbinders (It's an old one, not sure if it's still

Hope you're inspired to play along. Our challenges run for 2 weeks and we love to
honor our winners with Card Concept Badges.

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

MIM #309 with Melissa

Hello! Enjoying some create time today. We've had 2 days of much needed rain here in 
the Central Valley, and it's a perfect excuse to stay home and make cards.

Melissa Phillips is up this week at PTI, and has a wonderful tutorial for us, 
Heat Embossed Stencil Backgrounds.
You can see her video and gorgeous creations using this technique on PTI's blog.

I made 2 cards, the first, have to admit, wasn't a favorite, so came up with one I 
liked better. Sometimes, if you have the time, it's better to keep going until it pleases.

So here's the first.

I created my own stencil using Coverplate: Gemstone Die & vellum, and embossed it with silver
on an Amethyst Allure cardstock.

Beautiful Butterflies & Beautiful Butterflies Additions, with a hint of Wink of Stella.
Sentiment: New Every Morning.
The antenna are wires I shaped and curled at the ends.

But, like I said, wanted to try this technique again, so brought out the Market Street kit,
and did my bg with one of PTI's stencils: Wood Block Prints

Heat embossed in Zing's Rose, with a little inking (Spring Rain & Blueberry Sky.)
Like this better, maybe because the message can be extended.

I love interactive cards right now. Sliders, and hidden messages and pop up boxes. All such fun
for the recipient! Not to mention fun for me who makes them!

Happy crafting everyone!

And want to thank all who sent prayers my way on behalf of my mom.
Quick note on her condition, my sister and I were advised to bring in hospice care at this time, and they've been wonderful! So thankful for their caring kindness!
She continues to hang in there, with so many issues. 
One of the reasons I love you all is our sharing and caring, and especially prayers!
Just wanted to say, 'thanks'.

Friday, January 5, 2018

A Sad Goodby

Hello everyone! 
I have some sad news to share.
We at Tag You're It are saying goodby to the challenge.
Tag You're It was the brainchild of Tracey McNeely, from In My Creative Opinion
and it was truly a joy for me to be on the team.
Our goodby post today features one of our own favorite tags.

My husband and I raise chickens for their eggs, and my home is full of farm images,
especially chickens, roosters, and even an egg sign!

 Just had to choose a favorite from Karen Lockhart, a rubber stamp mounted on a block. This stamp has seen a lot of ink over the years!

I will miss the regular posting and inspiration from some of the most talented
designers in blogland. It was a joy and privilege to have Tracey ask me to be
among them.
Thank you Tracey, and to all who also enjoyed Tag You're It
it's never goodby, but 'see you around'!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pink Mailbox

Happy New Year!

And just so happy to be back in my craft room.
Had a houseful over the holidays, and enjoyed a trip to Tahoe, 
only to come home to my mom very very ill. 
So the craft cave was eerily quiet for a while.
Just means I LOVE being back, well, doing what I love!

PTI has been going through some changes lately, but one thing that is the same
is their yearly 'A La Carte', where we can choose from the many wonderful MIM tutorials
and play again with a favorite.

I choose a few to combine, Melissa's Background Stamping, and Laurie's Love of Layers.
Now, truthfully, I'm all about layering, and combining my sets, which just seem to all
play well together.
Hope you enjoy a little crafting too. It just starts the year off great!

Make It Market: Post & Parcel,
Make It Market Mini Kit: Bloom & Grow
To Have and to Hold
Love You to Pieces: Additions
PTI inks & cardstocks. 

Off to visit the craft room.
Valentines will be here before we know!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions December: Fashionista

Good Morning and welcome to 12 Kits' December with Tracey McNeely from
In My Creative Opinion as our Hostess! 
So much fun with fashion as our muse!

Let's get right to the goodies created this month.

Starting off with my favorite, a tribute to all of us 'Warrior Princesses'!

All images and papers courtesy Tracey. These came together so easily!

Love this paper!

Ooh La La!

OK, who doesn't love a day at the spa?

And finally a big thank you to our hostess, Tracey
Loved every bit!
Be sure to visit all the blogs of the 12 Kits' ladies for more fashion beauty, and a
chance to win a kit for yourself.
And a special treat from Jeanne, our hostess for next month. 
Happy New Year all!