Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop #2

More hopping today at the Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop.

This is Card #2

Hen image from Art Impressions: Spring Chicken Set,
watercolors with Zigs.
Sentiments also from that set.
Leaf stitching from PTI's Stamped + Stitched.
Homegrown Echo Park paper pad.

Sprinkled With Love

Make It Monday and Ashley showing us how to 
curve our sentiments.
Ashley's video can be seen here:

I made a birthday card, and added my curved 'Sprinkled With Love'
all around the oval frame.

Scallop frame: Shakers and Sprinkles (Make It Market kit)
Cake: Just Desserts
Cake Plates dies
Sentiment: Just Desserts Sentiments

Monday, March 27, 2017

Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop

It's Spring and time for Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop!

I love playing along with fellow coffee lovers.
They're so generous with sweet comments, and come on,
coffee? It's the best!

I made a card using The Ton's stamps and dies.
They're a sponsor for the hop.

Just in time, I received my order from SSS, of Ranger's Distress Oxide Inks.
They are fun believe me! After watching a couple of videos, 
and playing with a few colors, I was happy with this background.
White embossed Rose Garden Cling stamp,
then combined Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade,
and Fired Brick. The inks blend rather seamlessly, and when you
spritz with water, they become more intense.
I fussy cut the cup from Ton's Tea Party, stamped with PTI's Spring Moss,
white embossed the dots,and masked the cup 
so I could apply sponging with selective colors.
Then I added shading with copics W1, & W3.
Before popping up the cup, I stamped the heart steam image
with Fired Brick & Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
'Fabulous' sentiment also die cut, from the Ton.
Lil Inkers Stitched frames.
PTI cardstocks.
Come Play along for a few more days!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Easter Wishes

It's Blog Hop time at PTI, and this month we have inspiration by 
artist Victoria Johnson.

I researched her a bit, and was inspired by her bright contrasts
and bold floral prints. Completely enchanting!

My card began with an A2 sized Hawaiian Shores card stock,
and except for the embossed sentiment, all die cuts.

Forget-Me-Not, Spring Woods, Cover Plate: Pretty Frame
Inks: PTI
Sequins: Neat & Tangled

Matching envelope with Pale Peony Pattern Cardstock

Play along all day on Nichole's blog:

Easter Bunny

Greetings my friends!
I'm so excited to be guesting on the 
Inspired By All The Little Things blog this week!

This is our inspiration:

Isn't he grand? 
I turned this inspiration into an Easter card,
one with plenty of rustic texture.

The bunny and eggs are from PTI's Bunny Basket.
All the ferns are from PTI's Gathered Garden.
Sentiment also from Bunny Basket.
Paper is made to look like a weave, and I backed it
with a strip of burlap, frayed on all edges.
Did you notice the whiskers and tail?
3 pieces of string and a fuzzy pom.

Hope you get a chance to play along.
I can't wait to see how the photo inspires you!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 24, 2017

With Thanks

So excited to get my 1st order from Neat & Tangled,
with their new set, Medallion Flower Builder Stamps and Dies,
and this very cool Polygon Stencil.
Their Challenge #78 was the perfect excuse to ink it all up!

My card is a rainbow inspired medallion flower,
using the leaf shapes to create a blue & green rainbow,
while the flower center, cut from the 3 sizes of circles 
and a pinkish rainbow.
The stencil bg is sponge inked with Ranger's new Distress Oxide Inks:
Cracked Pistachio & Broken China, sprinkled with water, then inked splatters.

The generous folks at Neat & Tangled included a package of
irridescent sequins, Lovely Lilac, (I think it's called),
which take on the colors underneath. LOVE!
Play along here: On the Little Tangles Blog

Also including my card in Curtain Call's Challenge

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Fluff

and Stamping Royalty Blog
Stampin' Royalty Challenge SR#365

and SSS: Monday Challenge Layer It Up
Simon Says: Layer It Up

Farm Fresh

Tag You're It with artist Gayatri Murali, and this winsome tag!

Come play along!
Here's some more inspiration.

Tag created with Pretty Pink Posh's tag and Scallop Tag.
Rooster from Lockart Stamp Co.
Farm Fresh from: KaiserCraft's Old Mac

Would love to see how you're inspired.
Create a tag and enter here:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Easter Blessings

Playing along with The Card Concept, where the inspiration is 
rich texture and this photo:

Love peonies, at least I think they're peonies, might
be roses. Have tried to grow them, but we get hot
summers, and cold winters, not a peony's favorite seasons!

The peonies are from PTI: Peonies On Parade, stamps and dies,
watercolored with my Derwent Watercolor Pencils, and
Gansai Tambi watercolors.
The textured bg was created with a woodblock rubber stamp
by Hero Arts called Hydrangeas.
The flowers and leaves were stamped with PTI's Lavender Moon,
Winter Wisteria and Amethyst Allure.
Bottom of the stamp with Hero Arts Wet Cement.
I flicked some paint onto the stamped piece before adding my die cuts.
Sentiment from PTI's Keep It Simple: Easter.
More rich texture with the bottom panel of Echo Park designer paper,
and some washi tape.
Irridescent sequins from Neat & Tangled.
Going with clean and layered, with some mixed media (watercolors)

Play along on the Card Concept blog here:

Monday, March 20, 2017


MIM, is with Stephanie Gold, one of PTI's new designers.
She expertly shows us a striking technique of creating
window chipboard sentiments.

I did my 'Hello' with some pattern card stock I had, 
glued it to a black foam board, 
and die cut my window.
So nice to use Ruby Rose, hadn't inked that set in a while. 
Did a bit of masking to add leaves and bottom posie.

Inside the card

The card and matching envelope.

I've been doing envelopes from PTI's matching pattern card stock, 
and loving how they turn out! A bit sturdier than regular envelopes,
and that way hide the bumps and bling on the cards.

edited to add: the envelope was created by a punch board tool
by We R Memory Keepers. Here's the link on Amazon.
It's a real 'must have' if you like making your own!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


The celebration continues as PTI presents the last of their 
new release today. So many new and fabulous sets!
Some time ago, Nichole Heady designed a birdhouse template.
She has challenged us to use it to create a birdhouse of our own.

Before assembling, I stamped my birdhouse with 
Backgound Basics: Farm & Barn.
then arranged die cuts from Songbirds around the circle.

I used the Medium Scallop Die to create shingles for my roof.
The base is cut 3 times from Jar Bonnet Collection.
Such a cute idea. I can see doing several for a Spring
Tea Party.

Play along on Nichole's blog here:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dance in the Rain

More fun at PTI this week, with the challenge to create a 
card using multiples.
Rainy Day has multiple raindrops of different sizes,
I thought would be fun to play with.

Starting with Dark Indigo, and working outward with Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky and Spring Rain card stocks. Finally stamping the largest drop from Rainy Day Sentiments in Spring Rain Ink.

Because my card is square, I created an envelope for it using
Enchanted Evening Pattern Pack.

A coordinating envelope just makes the card so much more special!

Inside, more stamping, and a piece of washi,
and the card's ready to send!

Such fun to use our dies in new ways!
Play along for a few more days here:

Tulip Birthday

Do you have a favorite PTI floral set?
Papertrey's 10th Anniversary Celebration has a daily party
featuring their new releases.
This challenge we are asked to create a new card with our all time 
favorite floral set.

Tulip Time is right up there in 
my top favorites. Also had to include a background
of Gathered Garden greenery and flowers.
During the release of Garden Greenery, I saw a card made
by Betsy Veldman using the 2 sets together. 
Loved the effect of creating a bouquet, with the pop of bright tulips.

Trying to complete my cards by making a custom envelope 
to match, while the stamps are handy.

The card tulips are stamped with Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz,
and Pure Poppy.
The envelope tulips; Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, & Lovely Lady.
The triple stamping intensifies the color and depth. 
These tulips are certainly one of my favorites from PTI.
But don't hold me to ruling out any of the other florals!
There are so many to love!
Play along here: