Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Card Concept: Travel Abroad or Stay At Home


Hi Folks! It's time for a new post at the Card Concept, and we have 2 choices to 
inspire you, Travel Abroad or Stay at Home.You can choose.


I zoned in on the globe and knew what stamp set I was going to use.
It's an oldie from Concord & 9th called Globe Greetings.

I have a recipient for this card. My DIL is a geography teacher, and she really is,
The World's Best Teacher. 


The stack of books is from PTI: Glorious Globes Basics, and the gorgeous leaf is
The Greetery's Jumbo Curiosity Buckeye Leaf. 

The tiny blossoms are also from the Greetery: Botanicuts: Apple.

Sorry I don't know what stencil I used for the background. If you know,
I'd love to know the name. I found the panel in my stash, and loved the design with the 
globe. Inked in gray,  it gave off vintage vibes.

Play along for 2 weeks, and be sure to mention what style you used, and don't
forget to add our inspiration photo to your post. 

I call this card, Vintage Layered. (a term I made up, perfectly acceptable, btw!)

Friday, September 16, 2022

Playing with The Greetery's Calico Collection


Well hi, crafty friends. Did you get any of the Greetery's latest release?
I had to play with some of my order immediately, and chose The Stencil Shapes
Autumn to play with first.

For this card, I followed Lori's tutorial on You Tube, and didn't stray far from her 
brilliant and careful instruction. I liked this, but wanted to do more. 
So I did.

I went bolder with my colors, and cut the panel with the Patchwork die. Love all the 
stencils, and the result is a gorgeous design with a panel for my sentiment.
Honestly, Betsy's brilliant!

Lastly is the Botanicuts Apple dies, with the Bushel Basket. Once again, followed 
the great instructions from Lori, and added a stenciled panel from Printshop Calico
stamp and stencils, cut with Cozy Cup Coaster die. 
The EF is an oldie from Cuttlebug. 

I left this card without a sentiment, so I could use it later. 

Hope to do more soon. Love this release!

Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Flower Challenge #72 Reminder: Add Sparkle

It's reminder time at the Flower Challenge, where the theme this month is
Add Sparkle. 

I used a few sparkles on my reminder card. Paper with glitter stripes, glitter
paper, and some sparkle spray on my bouquet.

You can see the sparkle on this photo. I've had this stripped paper for years
and was so happy to use it for this card.

The Glitter paper is from Poppystamps

My die cuts are from the Greetery, and the paper I used for the wrap is a wrapping
off a bar of soap I saved because it was just too special to toss!
Add some sparkle to your creation and play along!

Botanicuts: Bluebells, Lavender, & Wildflower,
It's a Wrap, Deco Frames
PTI: Brushed Off Rectangle


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

The Card Concept: Change of Seasons


Hi and welcome to a post for The Card Concept. We're back after a summer break
with a new challenge: Change of Seasons.

What inspires you? The butterfly? The colors? The flower?
I saw the butterfly, and decided to add a butterfly to my card. But I 
also saw the lovely grey background and remembered a card  Betsy
Veldman did, with her red rubber stamp, Fond of Foliage 
from the Greetery on her grey card.

Betsy used an oxide ink, I used my white Pigment ink, stamping several times
until I was happy with the impression. 

Hollyhock Stems is a multi-stamp process, and I used several inks from
 Concord & 9th and Altenew.
Jumbo Butterfly is also from the Greetery, and is stenciled, and color penciled.
Sentiment from Arched Sentiments and is white embossed.

Hoping you find time to play along with The Card Concept.
We love seeing your creations!

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 4, 2022

The Flower Challenge #72 Add Sparkle


Did someone say 'sparkle?'
Hi and welcome to a new month and a new challenge. Add Sparkle is our theme
at the Flower Challenge.

Sparkle plenty, with this card. The flower is from Altenew's Craft-A-Flower
collection, and is called Carolina Allspice.

I started with a stenciled background, and added Altenew's Polka Dot Leaves,
before layering on my flower. 

The last layer of the flower and leaves are die cut from glitter cardstock. 

In case you're curious, below is an actual Carolina Allspice, apparently 
from a flowering tree.

Gorgeous, isn't it!

Play along all month, and remember to make a flower/flowers the main element
on your card.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

One More Card Set for Alisa


Sent With Love is one more set of cards for Alisa, my daughter, who asked for 
some general cards to send out to ladies at her church.

This is a simple set of 4 cards, (so simple I might make it 8), using The Greetery's
new Wild Elegance release.

I began with Color Spots Stencil, stamped with Altenew Inks. I love their inks 
for sets that coordinate so beautifully. 

This set of inks for instance is Fall Harvest, a set of 4 that blend and 
coordinate together perfectly. All one color, no new color formed from
the blend, which is what I wanted for this card set.

The Lovely Silhouettes stamps and dies were backed with a darker shade of
matching cardstock for a little uplift.
The tips of the flowers were also embossed. And each card has a matching

I found some wallpaper pattern in my stash and added it to the inside of the box.
I forgot how much I love doing these boxes, so quick and easy, and such a great
way to present the cards!

The back of the box gets some stamping love too!

I don't usually do CAS cards, I'm more of a 'use it all' lover of card making.
But I think she'll like these simpler designs. All my color coordinated bling
is from Poppystamps.

Thanks for the visit!

Monday, August 15, 2022

The Flower Challenge #71 Circle/Circles Reminder


Hello! It's reminder time at the Flower Challenge.

This month it's Circle/Circles. Use a circle with your card.

The circle on this card is cut with 2 sizes of circles (Memory Box), which
forms a frame. It hi lights the clear embossed print of the stamped image
(The Greetery). I added a bit of white pencil to the framed part of the 
stamped image, and glued on some sparkly bits.

The beautiful rose is Altenew's, and the outside frame is The Greetery's. 

The card is a special one made for our granddaughter, Karly, just married.

2 More Cards for Alisa


In my previous post I mentioned my daughter who asked for some of my cards. 
These 2 will also go to her. Thank you cards and other basics she sends out to
her church friends.

Marcia Hill and I were sharing that we just can't seem to put the Greetery's 
Wild Elegance away. 

These 2 cards use Elegant Arches stamp, with. the center cut away. The butterfly and 
dragonfly were both added along with blooms from Honeysuckle Stems.

The butterfly and dragonfly are stenciled. The flower is inked and pencil detailed.

Is it time to put these sets away? We'll see... Just might have to do a few more!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Card Set for Alisa


Hi there! 
Do you have your own fan club? Have to say, (totally puffed up), I do.
My family thinks I'm so talented. Not even going to tell them it's the 
stamp companies, and all you brilliant inspirers that should get credit.

My daughter asked for some general cards, (she apparently ran out of the 32,000 I've
already given her!), and I was thrilled to have an excuse to play with my Greetery's 
new Wild Elegance. 

Now here comes the warning: this is a long post. Feel free to scroll quickly. Or, if 
you like details, take your time, look around, and please comment. Oh, I love those

Alisa is a worship pastor at her husband's church, and the women's pastor as well.
She keeps in touch with the flock with calls, cards and plans all their retreats.
(Did I mention cards?) I LOVE that my cards go to women who love God. 

The 4 cards I did for her are from the Greetery's newest release, Wild Elegance. 
If you pushed that button for the full release, you received stamps, stencils, dies, 
and a whole lot of inspiration from the Greetery's Look Book.

This bouquet, for instance comes with an outline stamp and stencils for coloring. 
One card uses the stencils, the other copics and pencils.

I paired Lovely Silhouettes with the rubber stamp Elegant Arches for these cards.

I did some fun stenciled envelopes for the cards as well. (Thanks Kelly Lunceford
for the reminder).

Hope you weren't too bored, and maybe got some ideas to do a card set of your own.
And I'll bet you've also got your own fan club... we all deserve it!
Have a great weekend.