Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Card Concept: Autumn Blessings


Autumn Blessings my friends! Hope you are enjoying cooler weather, and all
the blessings that come with the season. 
Speaking of Autumn Blessing, we're starting a new challenge at the Card Concept
that just happens to be titled, Autumn Blessings. Here's the photo

Rich colors, textured contrasts, and full of inspiration!
Julie Gearinger picks our photos, and she's been hitting it out of the park!
I zoned in on that silver aluminum pail, and all the layers of flora in the

Style? Mixed media; watercolor, embossing and stencil paste, and lots of layers too!

I used a couple of sets from the Greetery, (supplies at end of post), and used the pitcher 
from Pitcher-esque.

You barely see it, but on the left of the card is a pewter pitcher, that was a gift to my
mom from her great aunt in Boston. We used that pitcher every Thanksgiving, and
it graced our table during the holidays. I loved it so much, my mom gave it to me, 
and it continues bringing beauty to my table on special occasions. 

The pitcher is filled with watercolored autumn leaves, and I brushed on embossing
ink along the edges before adding gold embossing powder. Just couldn't be 
happier with this inspiration photo. There's so much to be inspired by, and I 
can't wait to see what you all create! 

Have a wonderful creative, crafty week! 


The Greetery: Pitcher-esque stamps and die, Bittersweet Bouquet, Botanicuts
Mighty Oak Die, Berry Branch Stencil
Winsor Newton Watercolors, Nuvo Dream Drops: Indigo Eclipse,
Strathmore Watercolor Cardstock
Stampendous: Detail Silver Embossing Powder, Ranger: Gold ep. 

Dreamweaver Embossing Paste

Thursday, October 15, 2020



Hi there Poppy Peeps! Come join me on the Poppystamps blog today to see how I 
created this slightly spooky Halloween card.

Any thing with spiders spooks me... how about you?

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Card Concept: Around the World


Hello Card Concept fans! It's time for a new challenge, and we have this photo
as inspiration:

Around the World is our theme, and I focused right in on that
Glorious Globe! Decided to tuck in some of the blooms too.

I love this set from C9, and don't use it enough. The sentiments are
designed to stamp within the globe. Really packs a wow of a thanks!

Lots of 'popping' up with foam for dimension, and silver embossing powder
for a bit of bling.

Hope you play along, I love seeing what you all imagine from the 
inspiration photo. 
See you in the Card Concept line up!


Concord & 9th: Globe Greetings; So Happy For You
The Greetery: Postal Frames dies
Atenew: Inks

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

12 Kits of Occasions: September Lighthouses

Hi and welcome to 12 Kits of Occasions, September post. Between us, I 
couldn't be happier to see September pass on. Living with fires and smoke
has been the worst. Hoping for a cooler wet October!

Our hostess this month is Kim Higgings, from Cupcakes, Cards and Kim. She
has titled her kit, 'Lighthouses', and with a sea theme, many of the cutest cut
outs I've ever seen. Plenty of designer papers too! Want to see?
Above is a cute sentiment I couldn't pass up adding to my gull card.

The darling pirate in a barrel came in the kit. I set him a-sailing on SSS's Scallop Borders,
which I used on 3 of my 5 cards.

These 2 little critters are sailing on PTI's Coverplate: Waves.

Yoho! pirate is in front of MFT's porthole and next to Poppystamps' Whittle Palm.
I turned the porthole into a shaker. The waves inside are more of SSS Scallops.

And last is one of the lighthouses included in the kit. Copic colored, with some
Stickles on the rocks. 

Hope you enjoyed the post today, and don't forget to check out all
the designers for their version of the kit.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas: September


Hello and welcome to Keeping Christmas September, a blog hop of 
holiday cards and projects to inspire you to get going on your
greeting cards!
I have a trio of cards today, so let's take a look.

There's a list of designer friends at the end of this post, so you
can hop along.

It's been a while since I've used Betsy's Make It Market: 
Fairy Tale Christmas.
The year it was released, I must have made a dozen cards. She included 
designer papers with the kit, along with stamps, dies, cutouts, stencils, 
even elements to create fairy tale books and projects that light up! For my cards today, I used the enclosed 
stencils, stamps and die cut outs.

The corner dies are the sweetest! I set up an assembly line and turned up
 the Christmas music (Pandora) on the computer. 

3 cards with the same layout moves along quickly, and is a wonderfully
relaxing way to spend a day in the craft room!

Slight differences like color variation on the holly, and where the 
side sprigs were placed were really the only differences.

And... matching envelopes, something I'm trying to do with all the cards I 
make. Makes it so easy when they're ready to send.

I usually send out Christmas cards on or around the 10th of December. 
How are you doing with your holiday card making? No pressure, but, 
only 2 more months of keeping Christmas inspiration.

Speaking of inspiration, check out what the other designers have for you!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Autumn Blessings


Hi and welcome to fall! And it's fall at the Card Concept Challenge blog, 
where our inspiration is this photo:

Fanciful Fall! All the colorful patterned leaves were my inspiration. 

The leaves from the Greetery's Botanicuts Mighty Oak, are such 
a fun leaf set to color, and I cut the dies from watercolor card stock
 before inking with Distress Oxide Inks. When you spritz them with water, 
the random droplets appear. They rather reminded me of the
polka dot patterns in the inspiration photo.

Shiplap Die holds the Autumn sentiment from Bittersweet Bouquet
another set from the Greetery's Autumn release.

Style? Layered, Elegant and some Mixed Media with the Oxide Inks.
Will you join us for the challenge? I'd love to see what inspires you!

Saturday, September 19, 2020



Good Morning!
I'm showcasing a Christmas card on the Poppystamps blog today featuring
some new paper packs in the stores now.

All the details for this card are on the blog here:

Hope you'll drop by and have a peek.
 Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, September 18, 2020



Another card with the Greetery's new release, this time with the shiplap die. 
The background was covered with the die cuts, turned on a diagonal. 

I just love the 3 step stamping for the pitcher and leaves. Actually the leaves are 
a 4 step. 

Hard to see, but I used a clear Nuvo drop on each of the berries.

Celebrating today with the news we had rain in the Sierras. Much needed and prayed for,
and helping to put out the fires. 

Did you order any of the Greetery's latest release? What a beautiful way to
start the autumn season.

Enjoy your weekend!


 The Greetery

Shiplap die set, Bittersweet, Pitcher-esque

All inks Altenew

Thursday, September 17, 2020



It's a gloomy gray Thursday today where I live. The fires to the north of me
are 18%  contained, and we are living with the most toxic air I've ever seen.
What to do with a gloomy gray day...  craft!

Blessed to have my Greetery order, and blessed with a day to play!

The new Botanicuts are a mushroom lover's fantasy. I kept them rather white for
this card, but I'm not done playing with color. 

I'll list all the new stamps and dies at the end of this post. Let me just say, it's way too
hard NOT to push that 'bundle' button!

Hope your day is clear and full of Blessings!

The Greetery

Toadstool Garden, Botanicuts: Mighty Oak, Mimosa Musings, Blessed Blooms.
Altenew and Distress Oxide Inks 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

All Blessings Flow


Blessings, everyone! 
I had the chance to ink up the new 'All Blessings Flow'
from the latest Greetery release.

I'm in love with the font of the verse and how amazing it
looks surrounded by the flora included in the set.

The die cuts were fitted in my Misti and sponge stamped many times
for a watery multicolored look.

I just had to try the new Square Dance die, so I did a 
second card, this time die cutting the font before adding
it with foam tape.

This time I tucked the sprigs and berries around the verse

I don't have a recipient for either card in mind. It really 
is a blessing I needed, reminding myself to praise God in
all circumstances.

I live in California's Central Valley, very near the fires that 
have ravaged the sierras. As of today, nearly 200,000 acres
have been lost. We have a family cabin near one of the lakes
in the Sierra Nevada Range, and, thank God, our cabin still stands.
But I am aware that many lost homes, and even the road that
leads up to hills is impassable. 

The fires all over California have been horrendous, sending
choking smoke and ash for miles into our valley. At one
point, the valiant firefighters formed a rim around the town
of Shaver, and would not let the fire advance! They saved
all but a few cabins and stores. So profoundly grateful to

Our forests and redwoods are the jewels of our state, and to watch them 
burn breaks my heart!

Thank you for letting me share a bit of my heart today.
Card Creating has been a joy of mine for years. And 
through the stamps and making cards, I remember the blessings 
and rewards being creative brings, in good times and bad.