Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Card Concept Challenge: Bountiful Blessings

There's a new challenge at the Card Concept: Bountiful Blessings.
Hello, and welcome to my post celebrating all things beautiful about
this season; Thankfulness, our wonderful country's abundance and
family! And don't forget the best friends through this passion called 
Our inspiration photo is full of warm reminders of this season of 
blessings. My card tried to capture some of this feeling of warmth.
I'm calling it's style a mixture of layers and mixed media.

1st off, a layer of colored gel medium through a stencil of leaves by PTI. 
When dry, some sponged inking on the edges. 
Next a die cut of PTI's Mix & Mat: Flourishes, also edge inked, and stamped 
with Year of the Psalms: August.

The ink used for the sentiment is Altenew's Lava Rock. 

Final layers are the pumpkins and gourds from PTI's Simply Gourdeous, and leaves from
Poppystamps' Autumn Leaf set, and Maple Trio. The one red leaf on the bottom of the 
trio is also from Poppystamps and is a 'Whittle Leaf'.

Come join the fun, you have 2 weeks to play along, and we love to see
how you're inspired. 

Hope your season is full of crafty goodness!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Merry Christmas to You & Yours

I finally had some time to play with my Greetery order, and this set called,
With Love at Christmas.

Such a beautiful bouquet of Christmas florals, and Muti-stamped for super wow impact.

And a greeting from Sentiment Suite: Christmas Stamp Set.
Tucked in perfectly on the card.

I fit the bouquet die into my Misti and stamped several for quick and easy assembly.
Each card will have it's matching envelope with stenciled flap.

It'll be Christmas before you know it! Time to get moving on the cards!

Friday, October 11, 2019

A Christmas Card

Greetings Blogging Friends! 
Like most of the Greetery's fans, I was thrilled to learn Betsy had a holiday 
release in the works. Her style and detailed images, the way they were 
presented by Betsy and her team made every one irresistible.
One of the sets that I loved was the sweet church from Christmas Eve.

I created my card using some of the techniques Betsy used on her card for the release.

Betsy did a watercolor panel with a center of 'glow' for her church, with a
frame from Crimped Frame dies. Notice how the blue watercolor panel is 
around the edges of the frame? Loved the look, so wanted that on my card.

The church dies include the window cutout, another genius creation, which allows 
a further glow to shine through. Betsy has a You Tube video on stamping this set.

The banner at the top and greenery on the corners are more Christmas goodies from my
order. I love too, the snowdrift dies, something I thought so unique. 

What did you get from the release? Oh yes, the van was in the order too...
Plan to play with that set soon. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Card Concept Challenge:

Hi and welcome to a new challenge at the Card Concept.

Now the title to this challenge is Adventure Awaits. But I was inspired
by the tones and neutrals in the photo. Closer inspection gave me a 
sense of vintage warmth and lots of vintage texture. 
Here's my card:

Creating a card with a bit of vintage texture and warmth, I chose the Greetery's
Bountiful Wreath, and the sentiment from Bountiful Wreath.
I was late acquiring this gorgeous stamp set, and have drooled over every
card I've seen made with it. Finally it was back in stock and I 
couldn't wait to use it!

The frame is from PTI's Infinity Frames, versamarked and covered with copper 
One more loves to share... Altenew Inks. This is a set called Coffee Break. It
includes: Sand Dunes, Rocky Shore, Mocha & Expresso. Neutral but with
warm tones, just yummy! And the way the inks cover the surface of a stamp,
well, I'm a fan. 

Hope you have a chance to play along. I love seeing all the ways the
challenge inspires you.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

You Are a Masterpiece

Hello Crafty Friends!
Don't you love making a card for no other reason but that you want to?
Going through my ever growing Greetery collection of stamps and dies,
the Macra Made made me smile, so out came the dies. 

Pot-Pourri plants and pot, with a background I made a while back. 
Nuvo dots

Our church knows I make cards, and has asked if I'd supply cards when needed for 
births, get well, encouragement, etc. I had to laugh when they offered to pay me
for them. "No", I said, "I'd love to give you whatever the occasion calls for". With
that purpose on my agenda, I've begun to do a stash of cards that are ready and on hand.

Ah... a purpose to be creative... life is good!

Happy Crafting, my friends!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Hi Poppy Friends! 
A quick hello and head up. I'm on the Poppystamps blog today with this 
Halloween shaker. See how I made it

Monday, September 30, 2019

12 Kits of Occasions: September Friends and Food

Hi everyone! It's the end of September and time for the 12 Kits' post. 
This month our hostess is Kim Heggins,  (Cupcakes, Cards and Kim) and she's sent us
a kit full of Friends and Food! What could be more fun!

Leading off with some sprinkles, and a joy filled box of sweets!

Kim included this sentiment, I added die cuts and an ampersand heart. So much
fun to dress up in pink!

I haven't tried avocado toast, but hear it's all the rage. Lots of 'pop ups' with foam
and added to a Greetery frame.

Truth is, to own this coppery mixer, complete with all it's attachments,
 is a dream of mine. Baking is one of my passions, and I would love a mixer
that kneeds the dough for me.

Adding a closeup of the mixer, painted with metallics:

And a photo of my 'vintage' mixer:

50 years with this 'old gal'. Still works great.  A wedding present from my hubby's 
aunt when we got married 50 years ago in march! So many delicious memories 
within this bowl! Ah, but I can still dream each time I pass a Williams Sonoma
window with those shiny new mixers in every color under the rainbow!

Can't wait to see what my teammies did with their kits, especially the mixer!

Thanks for the visit, and thank you for your comments. Love reading each one.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Tag You're It: Flags!

Hi and welcome to a new Tag You're It Challenge: Flags!

Our hostess Kara Pogreba has given us this colorful inspiration photo

Can't you just feel the celebration?

Here's some more inspiration for you

All stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn. The critters, roller coaster and sentiment are
from Coaster Critters. The cloud and sun from Happy Village. First time playing
with this set and love all the images! Simply Grassy Hillsides I've used on
several projects. It's a favorite.
PTI Tasting Tag, which had a couple of holes where I didn't want them, so
I covered them with washi before die cutting.
Distress Oxide inks and Mr. Huey's Opaque White splatters on tag. A few Lindys'
starburst splatters too. 

A closeup shows where I popped up certain images.

The flags are from the Coaster Critter set. But they had a pole, which I simply snipped
off before adding glue and foam.

If you love making tags, and who doesn't? Come play along on the 
Tag You're It Challenge. I'd love to see what inspiration you come up with!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


I have a post today for the Altenew Card Challenge, this month inspired by this photo
and colors. 

All stamps and dies, Altenew, with the main bloom from Best Buds.
Best Buds is a line stamp, no color filler stamp at all. Perfect for me 
who loves to color. I started with copics and added some pencil for 

The Mid-Century Frame die is new to me and it's cut twice from shimmer card stock.
Kinda reminds me of an Autumn sunset.
The leaves and flowers are from Beautiful day, stamped with Altenew's Sand Dunes,
Rocky Shore and Mocha Inks.
Sentiment: Bamboo Rose

The Challenge ends soon. Check out all the deets on the Altenew Blog.

Have a great hopefully, crafty week!

The Card Concept: Cozy Cottage

Hi Card Concept fans! 
We have a new challenge on the blog today: Cozy Cottage

I love the warmth of the country nook in the photo and tried to reproduce 
that feel on my card. So many ways to go with design.

Lots of layers and textures with PTI's BG Basics: Super Gingham, picking up the 
blue check curtains.

And then there's the stamps and coordinating dies from the Greetery.
The images almost stamp themselves! 1st time using so many of the
stamps on my card. Oopsie Daisy, Bountiful Wreath, Robin & Wren.
Because I love layering, these 3, 4 & 5 step stamping are what makes 
depth and realistic form so successful. 
Sentiment: Greetery's Comforting Commands.
Greetery's Crimped Frame Die

Play along on the Card Concept Blog. Our challenges are 2 weeks long.
We'd love to see how you're inspired!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Poppystamps Christmas/Holiday Blog Blitz

Poppy's Blog Blitz continues with new Christmas/Holidays dies. I'm up today
with the Mistletoe Side Strips Die.

Check out the Poppystamps blog to see how I made this Christmas card

I used metallic watercolors for lots of shiny goodness.

Comment on the Poppystamps Blog for a chance to win this die. Also visit Instagram
for a second chance to win. Tag a friend and you could both win! 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Sympathy Cards

The Flower Challenge is being sponsored by My Favorite Things this month.
Hello! I love playing along with any challenge that has 'flower' in their theme!
And the monthly Flower Challenge has become a favorite.

This month it's Anything Goes. 

My card features MFT's Floral Focus stamp set, an all over stamp that was selectively 
stamped on the corners, and colored with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

The lines from the tone on tone stamping almost disappear with the coloring.

And the pencils on Kraft give the the image are almost an 'old world' feel.

First stamped with Altenew's Sand Dunes ink, then colored with pencils, and
finally masked before adding the droplets.

One last step. I added perfect pearls to some white acrylic paint and gave the leaves and 
petals some sheen. Much shinier irl. 

Enjoy your week! Hope it's a crafty one!