Thursday, April 15, 2021

Poppystamps Post

 


Oh Happy Day! I'm up on the Poppystamps Blog today with this set of notecards.


A set of 4 with matching envelopes, tied with a ribbon makes a spiffy gift! 
Check out the deets on 



Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Card Concept: Loads of Lavender

 


Hi and welcome to my post today. The Card Concept has a new challenge, called,
Loads of Lavender. Check our the the challenge photo.


Colors, subject, and the lavender stems inspired my card. The problem I had
was, I have no lavender plant stamps! 


I paired some of Betsy Veldmans' Greetery stamps (Simple Things) with another of her
sets from PTI, Herb Garden.


I call my card Clean and Layered, (maybe not so clean?), definitely layered. 
Our challenges are for 2 weeks. Hope you'll read the rules, one of which is to
post the challenge photo on your blog. Can't wait to see how you're  inspired.

Thanks for the visit! See you in the lineup!

The Greetery :

Simple Things, Opposites Attract, Shiplap die

PTI:

Make It Market: Herb Garden

All Inks: Altenew




Sunday, April 11, 2021

Waffle Flower Guest Designer

 


It's a happy day dance I'm doing today! I get to be a guest designer for Waffle Flower!
My ├╝ber talented friend, Jeanne Jackna asked if I'd join her team to showcase 
WF's April weekly challenge. The theme for April is sewing, and I'm featuring one
of their stitching dies.



I love any sort of needlework, and crosshatch is a favorite.  


The die is called Stitchable Pinking Rectangle, just right for any pattern you'd like 
to create. They even include one with the die.


Originally I chose these 3 colors of embroidery thread, but changed my mind after 
starting the card. (OK, don't judge me, I'm fickle!)


I started with the green, full 6 strands, and carefully counted my holes between the
diagonals. Next the green, then teal, and finally grey and darker green in the opposite
direction. This is a pleasant evening's work while watching TV, and I loved the look of the
pale blue behind and through the unstitched holes. 
The added die cut is Waffle Flower's Potted Lily. The sentiment is included in
the stamp set. 


Lots of foam pop ups for extra dimension.

Hope you'll play along with this week's challenge, and try your hand at one or more of 
Waffle Flower's Pinking dies. There are many in the shop, all shapes and sizes! 

Hope you're enjoying a happy healthy spring!







Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Card Concept: Celebrate Easter

 


Hello, and welcome to a Celebration of Easter! It's a new challenge at the Card Concept,
and my card plays with several of the Greetery's newest release, which I was so happy 
the Card Concept's photo had displayed.


Bunnies and Carrots... definitely my inspiration!


 Bunny Hop stamps and dies, the new Nordic Frames Circle Die and Botanicuts Carrots.
Couldn't resist throwing the new bow on top for my Very Layered Card.


Hope you're inspired to play along. Remember to add our challenge photo, and pick 
a style (listed on the blog), or choose one of your own.

Happy Easter!


Friday, March 26, 2021

Bunny Hop

 


There was just something wild and free about Tim Holtz' bunnies that tickled, and
I quickly ordered them. Of course the freeform look of the 3 silhouettes meant I
had to also have the wildflower greens the bunnies could dance on...


The card is a slimline, 8 3/4 x 3 3/4", and the reason for the size is to look right with the
Greetery's Crimped Slimline Die. I started with a stenciled background (white embossing
paste), and built from there. The beautiful Easter script die is from the Greetery. I
think I've used it on all my Easter cards this year!

My envelope is from SSS, perfectly sized for the slimline, and they offer many colors
in a pack of 10. I created bunny stencils by die cutting the bunny and leaves with vellum.
This works great! And the the result is a decorated, personalized envelope.


The frame and bunny are 'foamed' up, and just had to add the pom for the tail!


The card is going to a favorite aunt. I think I've mentioned it before, but I have special 
aunts that I love sending holiday cards to, and look forward to their calls of thanks
when they receive them. 

Happy Spring, and Happy Easter!









Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Easter Cards

 


Easter cards are some of my favorite cards to make. Full of Spring and colorful florals,
and of course faith. 
This latest release of the Greetery's goodies were full of joy... spring, florals and 
Easter symbols and sentiments!

This past weekend I spent some time creating with the Greetery's Print Shop: Florals
Frames and the sentiment Empty Grave. 


The 3 cards are more or less experiments with the stamp set, playing with Betsy's enclosed
stencils and dies.


 A one layer card with blues and greens, and a little marigold for berries. You can't miss
with the stencil layering, so easy, and the center is perfect for your greeting.


2nd card was done with the die that cuts the floral frame, and I stamped some 
enclosed berries in strategic places around and under the leaves and flowers. I added some 
Nuvo drops, (wish I hadn't),  and lifted the die cut with foam.


3rd card is a mix of stenciling and stamping first on the card base, upside down, then
attaching the foam lifted top right side up onto the card. The idea wasn't mine, I 
found inspiration from the Greetery's 'Lookbook'. I masked off the center sentiment,
and added a few splatters.


The sentiment is gold embossed, and I'd love to share a shade of gold I found, new
to me, from Ranger, called Princess Gold. It's the best gold I've used yet! I found mine
at Hobby Lobby. 


Have a wonderful week, hope your Easter season is full of God's Grace!








Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Card Concept Challenge: Butterfly Brilliance

 


We have a new challenge for you at The Card Concept, and our inspiration photo is
sure to stir your creative juices!


That butterfly! All I could do was stare at it's beauty! My card didn't stray far from
the photo's colors and layout.


The background is Stamp Market's and then sponge inked with Distress Oxide Inks.


And oh, that butterfly... the closest I could come to that amazing detail was an oldie
rubber stamp from Penny Black, which came alive with bright copics.


The blooms and fine stitched frame are Poppystamps.  And the script stamp: the Greetery.

The Card Concept challenges run for 2 weeks, lots of time to create a card,
or 2, and we love your sweet comments and creations! Be sure and read our
challenge rules, just a few, and to add our challenge photo to your post. 

Looking forward to seeing your beautiful cards! Have a wonderful week!




Friday, March 12, 2021

A Thank You Card

 


Well hello stamping sisters! It feels like family when I'm blogging or visiting some of your
blogs! 
There's a new company on the horizon... Pigment is a Canadian Craft Co., and I'm 
thinking their fresh style and sweet simple images are going to catch on with all!


With my very first order was this irresistible apron die. I LOVE vintage aprons, have a few
from my mom and grandmother, and couldn't be more in love with the details to the shape.

One problem... I forgot to order the stamp set that went with the die! (Please tell me
you've done that while ordering too!)


I decided to give my apron a vintage wallpaper print, and used another of Pigment's new
stamp sets, called, Blooming Floral. Flowers are copic colored and hi lighted with white
pencil. Look closely at the top of the pocket, and you'll see a vellum 'ruffle' cut from
the hem shaped scallop. 


 The apron strings are from the top of the apron die, I snipped them off and added them to the
waist. The top straps were included in the die set, just folded them over and added gems
to be the buttons. 

FYI: The stamp set was in a new order, together with  a couple more 'irresistibles'. 

Hope your week (and weekend) is extra crafty... it's the best!

Pigment Craft Co. 

Apron Strings 
Dashing Sentiments
Blooming Floral
Bitty Dot Stencil







Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Card Concept: Luck of the Irish


Hi and welcome! There's a new challenge starting today at the Card Concept, and
it's fitting right in with the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday. 
'Luck of the Irish' is the theme, and here's your inspiration photo:


Plenty of green, right? Lots of gorgeous spring florals and that's where I took
my inspiration to create my very layered card.

 

2 frames border the Greetery's Mason Jar, and plenty of florals from Botanicuts Roses
and Forget Me Nots.


Just love the Greetery's jar, and was so happy to use it again for my card.

The Card Concept's Challenges are 2 weeks long, and we love to see your
creations! Remember to add what style you've used, and include our challenge
photo on your post.

Hope your week is extra crafty!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Have a Beautiful Birthday

 


Well, hello! I've been spending some time crafting with stamps and dies that are new
to me, and was happy to see The Flower Challenge chose the theme, 'Use Your Latest
Stamps or Dies'. 


The Greetery's Botanicuts dies are simply amazing. Finelyinely crafted and 
carefully thought up pieces that produce flowers, pinecones, leaves and other
items from nature that allow your creativity to... well... bloom.


I began stamping the largest stamp from Sketchbook Roses on my card base, arranging on
corners, and covering the top. The spray is done with a toothbrush, and Lindy's Stamp Gang
Starburst Moonstone.


The roses are inked with Oxide Distress inks, mainly reds and pinks, and the leaves
are inked with greens and blue. I'll list the colors below. Once done and assembled
I flicked on the Moonstone and then white.  I did pop up up the pedals, and used
foam on the smaller rose, and rose bud. Betsy has a couple of fabulous You Tube
videos on how to's for her Botanicuts I found very helpful.


The Rose die set is not new to The Greetery, but I was so happy it's finally added to 
my collection. Layering brings this set to life. And I'm imagining all the color ways
possible. 
Thanks for the visit, and hoping you're enjoying craft time too! Not much else
 to do until I get a Covid shot! (Or 2...)

The Greetery 
Sketchbook Roses Stamps
Botanicuts Rose Die Set

Distress Oxide Inks (Ranger)
Festive Berries, Candied Apple, Fired Brick,
Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Pine Needles, Rustic Wilderness, Salty Ocean.





Monday, February 22, 2021

Love Never Fails

 


Good Monday Morning Card Making Friends!

I finally had some time this weekend to play with the Greetery's New 'Love Is', and
decided it's a favorite. (I think I say that about all the Greetery's stamps and dies!).


I wanted to give my Boxwood Heart a background and did several color ways with the
Fresh Floral Background Stamp. 


Once the cardstock panel was in the Misti it was easy to stamp white ink over and over
until I got image I wanted. I just stamped around the edges.
I die cut some with Nordic Frame, and some with Postage die.


The finished cards all have simple arrangements of the Botanicuts Forget Me Nots, and
Love die.



When there's time I love doing multiples, playing with color and different techniques.
So many styles, so little time, right?


The first card uses all the 1Cor. 13  'Love' quotes.


And the other 2 finished cards, on Kraft Cardstock

Did you have a good weekend? So happy to hear Texas is OK, and the
weather warmed. Take care, my friends.