Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Card Concept Challenge:

Hi there! There's a new challenge at the Card Concept: Bright Florals

Such a gorgeous inspiration photo! So many textural elements, beautiful rich
colors, and big bold blooms!

Never have I wanted to duplicate an inspiration photo more!

Colors, textures, and Big Bold Blooms... 

What a powerful statement of a photo.

 Love the Altenew vases, flowers and sentiments! Says it all.

Lots of layer building for my Clean & Layered card.


Yellow base: the Greetery: Cozy Cup Coaster Die
Altenew: Garden Treasure (fussy cut),  Versatile Vases
Inks: Altenew
Poppystamps: PP1006 Springtime Bouquet, PP1003 Cottage Meadow
Cuddle bug Embossing folder

Monday, May 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas ~ May

4 Happy Reindeer tags, and a card too ~ It's time for Keeping Christmas,
group of friends that are helping to inspire all of us to Keep Christmas in our 
hearts. Making a few cards for our Christmas stash helps to make the season
brighter too!

My card has a family of deer by Stamplorations set against a forest of glittery trees.

Here's a closer look at the glitter paper I used that cuts so beautifully. The snowy background
is a super wide Washi from Poppystamps over a PTI Hawaiian Shores card stock.

4 coordinating tags began their life as Luggage tags from Stamplorations. Lindy's 
Magicals on the tag, and once dry, I copic colored
the reindeer (Christmas Reindeer) and added stickles to the antlers and red Nuvo 
drops to the nose. 

Once upon a Christmas, I purchased the white snowflake sequins from Target,
and gave them love with glitter. 

The sentiments are also from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set.

I made a promise to myself to make matching envelopes for each Christmas card
created. So far so good. This one with Magicals dusting powder.

The other designers have some wonderful creations for you. Be sure to
visit them all!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hugs Birthday Wish

Good Morning Poppy friends!
I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today with an Easel Card.

Check out how I made this card. You're going to love the ease of  making
an Easel Card with Poppystamps dies!

A peek at the inside reveals a birthday wish!

Have a lovely crafty day!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Thank You Altenew

A wonderful surprise came in the mail the other day... a stamp set, personalized for me,
from Altenew. A celebration of their 6th anniversary, and we get the gift!

I was really moved by the generous gesture, and set about creating a couple of cards.
It seemed to me a perfect stamp for watercolors.

The stamp has 2 blooms, which I masked on the bottom so I could add a few more
details. My watercolor is done with pencils, Derwent Watercolor pencils, that I darkened a 
bit with added color once the bloom dried.

And of course I had to use my new personalized stamp on the back too!

Background stamp is from Altenew's Dot Art Stamp Set
Sentiment: Majestic Bloom (stamped on vellum and fussy cut)

Thank You, Altenew! 

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

It's not time for July 4th celebrations, but it is time for The Card Concept's 
new inspiration and challenge.

All the symbols and colors of Independence Day. 
Red White and Blue, starts and stripes and our flag inspired
my layered shaker card.

I had the flag paper in my stash. All the rest is PapertreyInk. Even those
sweet little stars in the star shaker. 

Hope you can play along... our challenge lasts 2 weeks, plenty of time for
a card, or 2! 
Have fun! 

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Flower Challenge: Monochrome

Hi! How are you faring with being sheltered? Confession time... I actually made a trip
to my local nursery and almost went bizerk in their floral wonderland! I really needed 
that outing!

Surrounding myself with flowering plants is as essential as breathing.
My house's front and back, each patio, inside and outside are plants.
I love them all! 
I also love flower stamps and dies. And oh, how I love any challenge
that is flower related! The Flower Challenge is at the top of my list.
Their latest challenge is to use one color... a monochrome card.

The Greetery's Fresh Floral Background stamp was my starting point.
Together with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink, (Ranger), and a few more
of the Greetery's stamps and dies, I created my monochrome floral card.

I clear embossed my background panel, before inking it, lighter on top,
progressively darker on the bottom.

The light was just perfect outside... couldn't resist shooting the card in the fairy garden.

I used the background stamp again for 2 more cards, not monochrome.
For this one, the background is inked first, blending the Sunray to Snapdragon
(Altenew), with the panel in my Misti. Stamped again over the inking with
embossing ink, and clear powder. That seals the color while I Inked over the
stamped flowers.

the sentiment medallion is PTI's Tagsale 12. Alphabuds Slim and 
Sentiment Starters, with a fussy cut flower from Print Shop: Fresh Floral.
(The Greetery) I didn't have the matching die set at the time. But it came
the other day, in time to make my monochrome card.

My last card was my first made, a simple stamped background, with gradient inking.

Nordic Frames and Budding Beauties Spring (the Greetery).

I'm not ready to put the Fresh Floral Background stamp away just yet...
I have a few more ideas for colors...

Take care my friends, and keep creating! It's a great way to stay safe... and sane!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thinking of You...

Greetings! I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, with a stenciled card. 
Come check it out:


Thursday, April 30, 2020

12 Kits of Occasions: April - Happy Birthday

Happy last day of April everyone! And you know what that means? It's time for
the 12 Kits of Occasions. It's my turn to be hostess, and I've chosen birthdays as my
theme for the kit. As you know, a group of us formed a friendship card and project
blog that posts on the last day of each month. We can choose any theme we like
and send our friends a kit of goodies with that theme in mind. 
Birthdays are so special, and don't know about you, but can't have enough on hand. 
So let's get started, hope you enjoy my kit, Happy Birthday!

Leading off with a shaker that says it all.

I sent all the die cuts to create this C9 purse, but in white cardstock, and all
the trimmings in black shimmer. I covered the body of the purse with designer
paper, and painted the trims with bronze metallic watercolor. Simply love 
this die set. I hope the girls loved it too!

I backed the die cut panel with an alcohol inked piece I had in my stash.

C9's cake was stamped and ready to go for each gal. I added it to a card with
a Washi strip. 

Love these 'besties' from MFT

Included in the kit was this embossed birthday card and the sweet cupcake sticker.
I added it to MFT's cake plate and cake.

I stenciled this square panel from Altenew and included it in the kit, along with 
Spellbinders' Hip, hip, hooray in black. I embossed it with blue 
metallic powder twice. A 5 1/2" square, and handmade envelope.

Doubling embossing gives the die cut a metal look.

Can't wait to see what the others did with the kit. They're all so talented!
One sad note, I heard from Tracey McNeely, and she didn't get her kit. 
Might have been held up in customs, I just don't know. Anyway, hopefully
she'll use it and post at a later date. 

I know you've heard this often, but stay safe and well.
All product listed in Monthly Supplies on the blog.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Card Concept: Blessings

Hi my friends. It's time for a new challenge at the Card Concept.

I don't know about you, but who can resist a photo with a bouquet of
flowers? That and the silver in the photo inspired my Blessings card.

I've had Altenew's gorgeous Open Bloom 3D Die Set sitting on my desk since 
before Christmas. Finally had the chance to play with them!
The background panel is a stencil from Memory Box called Leafy Jumble.
I lightly inked the corners, then stenciled on silver paste. When dry, I added

I don't know why it took me so long to use this set. But I don't know if I can
put it away! The final flower is gorgeous, isn't it? Can't wait to try more colors.
 I cut all the pieces from white cardstock and inked them with 
Altenew pinks and greens. 

Play along at the Card Concept blog.
Our challenges are for 2 weeks.
My sentiment, 'Blessings' is for all of you...

Be blessed, and stay safe and well!