Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wishing You...

It's time for a new challenge at the Card Concept, and we have this 'beachy'
 scene to inspire you!

I was instantly drawn to the shells and sand on an aqua background.

I used real sand on top of a Nichole Heady Sand Swatch stamp set, so I'm
going with a Mixed Media Card. The aqua bg is a piece of 12 x 12" wood print
designer paper that I had, but it was tan colored.
To change the color to aqua I brushed on Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst: Tiffany Lou Blue.
It has a lustrous gleam in real life.

A few of PTI's raindrops look a bit like water bubbles to me, so I added them.

All PTI product today, with the exception of the dp and sand.
My list will take you to the PTI store, where they still have all stamps and dies
at a discount. 

Recollections White Washed Woodgrain Scrapbook Paper
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst: Tiffany Loo Blue Spray
Beach sand

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hello Sweet Friend

Hello, sweet friends! I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, with a 
 watercolor card full of spring blooms! Pop on by to see how I used my
new Arteza pens to create my scene.

Can't wait for the real thing, (blooms that is) in my neck of the woods!

Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Tag You're It: Yellow Dress

Tag You're It has a new challenge with a sunny yellow theme!
Come play along @ the Tag You're It Blog

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Just Saying Hello

Hi there! Hope you like floral cards, because this post is all about dancing
petals, wild rich color, and full of my love of florals.

Altenew has a challenge for the month of March, featuring a field of wondrous reds, greens 
and soft grey blue.

Irresistible if you love lifelike flowers, multi stamping for realism, petals 
that wave in the breeze, and stems and leaves that beg for shading,
you're familiar with Altenew'ss. Build a Flower series. I'm a fan.
Particularly my newest, Build a Fower: Poppy.
Sentiment: Build a Flower: Japanese Mum, white embossed on a 
Stamplorations tag.

There are 3 stamps for each bloom; a linestamp and 2 stamps for
dimension. Once I stamped my 3 big blooms, I added copics for further depth.
Then did the same for my leaves. The smaller white flowers are included
in the set, and the trio of leaves I used to stamp the side panel, as well.

Also entering the Flower Challenge, Anything Goes, a blog challenge that
'celebrates cards using floral images'. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

the Card Concept: Shamrock Blessings

Shamrock Blessings is the theme for the Card Concepts' newest challenge.

I saw the big rustic, multi colored and patterned shamrock, and went with a rather
elegant and layered card.

I used the Quilted Heart die from Concord & 9th, cutting it 6 times and sewing 3 sets of 
2 hearts together. Then assembling them in the shape of a shamrock. PTI Celebrate.
Play along for 2 weeks for a chance to be our guest designer.

Can't wait to see your take on the inspiration.
Speaking of inspiration, check out the blog for more inspiration from our designers.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Poppystamps Blog Blitz!

Hi Poppy Peeps! I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today with a card
for the Spring Blog Blitz.

Stop on by, see how I made my card, and leave a comment for a 
chance to win this fabulous die and stencil set!

And you have 2 ways to win... visit the Poppystamps Instagram, and 
tag a friend, and you and your friend both could win this die.

Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to visit the blog!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

12 Kits of Occasions Party in the Park February '19

Welcome to February's 12 Kits' Post! I'm excited because this month I'm the hostess,
with a kit to celebrate the hope of spring... and a 'Party in the Park'. Outdoors,
friends and family and plenty of sunshine!
LOTS of cards, so let's get started...

1st off is a piƱata from Pretty Pink Posh. Love the fact that you can go crazy with color.
He's hanging on a frame from PTI: Shape Shifters Square. The paper wasn't quite
bright enough, so touched up a bit with matching copics.
All this month's kits' supplies are on the 12 Kits blog, by the way.

The paper dictated this card's elements. Fussy cut flowers and a big 'hooray' from Spellbinders.
Color on the PTI shapeshifters die courtesy of Magicals.

A look back when carousels were in the center of fine parks. Used my metallic 
watercolors for the seahorse, and colored the waves with copics.

Echo Park provided the balloon paper, PTI the frame and ballon shaker.

This carousel unicorn in pink is perfect for a girl's birthday!

The rose papers were included, and I combined them for this 'celebrate' card. One rose
paper for the background, and one fussy cut to surround the sentiment.

My favorite is this window tag I included in the kit, (PPP) with Altenew roses.
When you open the shutters, the words 'happy birthday to you' are inside from 
one of the double sided papers.

Lastly, I included this little present bearing otter from Lawn Fawn.
Not sure if he belongs in a 'park', but I just loved him, and
had to pass the die cut on to my 12 Kits friends. After all, isn't he celebrating?

That's it from me. I hope you enjoyed February's kit. I loved gathering a bit of 
Spring to share with my friends and all of you friends too. 
Be sure to visit all of the designers on the blog. I can't wait to see what they've done
with the kit! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

His Promises are Forever

Wednesdays are becoming my favorite day of the week. Papertrey's
new lineup of contests are so much fun and offer a bevy of prizes 
for playing along.

Laurie wants us to choose one of our favorite dies to create with,
and I love her comparison to trying to choose a favorite child. But, like 
I said before, it is possible to narrow it down to a few hundred. (Maybe!)

If you'll pardon a little life story, I'm in the northern part of my state (CA), caring for 
grandchildren (3) while daughter and Son-in-Law are on a cruise. With me are the 
bare minimum crafting supplies I knew I would need for the next 3 weeks. And among
them is one of my PTI 'Plates' binders'. (Notice I said, 'one of my plates binders').
Coverplate: Marquee was among those plates. It is a frame I can't use enough
to encircle sentiments, florals, and just about any special image.

The frame comes with die cuts that hi light the swirls and 
the center piece. I added foam to the frame itself, as well as the 
swirls and little piece, which really makes your image a standout.
Below is a list of the the products I used, the links take you to the PTI
store. And I think everything is still on sale.

The Card Concept: Pineapple Party

It's time for a new Card Concept Challenge, and we're having a 
party... a 'Pineapple Party'.

I was instantly drawn to the bright tropical colors, and the pineapple
that takes the cake! (Excuse the pun) Definitely inspired by color and theme.

Kinda Bold Classy, mostlyLotsa  Layers, is the style that I ended up with. 
All PTI stamps and dies. I made my own stencil (background stripes) with PTI's 
Coverplate Stripes Horizontal.

Play along on the Card Concept Challenge Blog. We love to see how the
challenge photo inspires you and what style/styes you use.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Win It Wednesday with Laurie

Win It Wednesday is Papertrey's new challenge... on Wednesdays.
Laurie asks us to choose a favorite PTI color and create with it. 
Once again, how do you pick from all the wonderful colors in
the PTI line up? 

Laurie narrowed it down to 2, so I chose 2 too.
Scarlett Jewel is one I thought no one would pick, and I decided to give it some love.
And Honey Nut is so rich and vibrant, I picked it as well.
But don't tell Laurie, I love all the PTI colors... equally. It really just 
depends on season and mood, and whether it's Christmas or Easter, or 
maybe if I'm using white or Kraft. See what I mean? 
I love winter, and the deep rich colors that go with it, so Scarlett Jewel it is!

Play along for the week of the 13th - 20th. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tag You're It: Color Challenge

We're back! 
Tag You're It Challenge is back with this color challenge:

Looking at these colors, I was inspired to create a tag using Concord & 9th's 
 Marbled Turnabout Stamp Set.

I picked all PTI inks, Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Fine Linen and Aqua Mist.
My tag is Poppy's Pinpoint Main Street Tags & Pinpoint Dome Tag Decorations.
The script, 'howdy' and the cactus are also Concord & 9th: To The Point.

Join in the fun, won't you? Using the inspiration photo,
create a tag. It's as easy as that! And the challenge runs
for 2 weeks.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Love One Another

Inspired By has a challenge I wanted to join, 'Inspired by Love'
with this bright and love-ly photo,

Just had to ink up the new Altenew Build a Flower: Japanese Mum.

The mum stamp is a 3 stamp process, which packs a wow, no matter what colors you 
use. I can't wait to try it with other inks.

I made a stencil with PTI's Cover Plate: Horizontal Stripes, and 
sponge inked in Sweet Blush & Pale Peony.
PTI's Inspired By: Love sentiment and die cut.
Altenew Garden Treasure stamped posies in Kraft.

The mums remind of the poms in the photo. 

The lighter pink mum is popped up with foam.

Thanks for the visit! If you'd like to play along,
you better hurry! 

Also joining the Altenew flower challenge for this month

and The Flower Challenge, 

And it is my latest flower acquisition (thank you Marcia!)

Hope your day is full of crafty goodness!