Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Love you to the Core


As September passes before our eyes, I'm reminded of those happy days when
the weather changes, leaves put on a show of color and all of us  eat apples.

The Greetery's Caramel Apple Die was in my order from the release, and I've
 been playing with making tags for candy bags. I saved one for a card.

The apple on the card front opens to a message (love the apple script), and becomes
a sweet surprise for the recipient.

All the apple sentiments are included in the Greetery's Fall Foodie Phases.

Ribbon Maker down the center, and Frosted Frame around the edge. the caramel
is GA'd before adding all the nuts and swirly candy.

The apple blossoms are from  Botanicuts Apple.
Such a fun card to make!  
Have a lovely fall week! Well, almost fall...

Friday, September 15, 2023

The Flower Challenge 2 Reminder Use a die


Reminder time. The Flower Challenge is half way through with
'Use  a Die'. 

My all die card from Poppystamps celebrates a birthday with an easel card.

Lots of fun and flowers!
Play through the month 

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Apple Pie, Anyone?


Hello friends! Of all  the vehicles to show card craft making, posting on my 
blog is my favorite. I get to show you the how's and the what's, including lots
of details, my favorite part of creating a card!

The Greetery's latest,  Harvest Fest, came fast, and I've been playing with it
ever since! The pie die got my attention during the release, and I watched  
Angelica's video 3 times! So full of ideas!

My first 4 'pies', baked and ready for cards.

No. 5 pie begged for a card, so I went with apple, added some cinnamon
spice, and Granny Smith apples, and gave it a background from Fall Folk

A few sugar sprinkles,  and my pie is done!

More pies coming up! 
Have a delicious week, my friends!

Monday, September 4, 2023

The Flower Challenge #84 Use a Die


Happy September crafty friends! 
With so many luscious flower dies out there, we at the Flower Challenge 
invite you to 'Use a Die' and play along this month!

Well, my hardest challenge was choosing a die!
I setttled on this Tim  Holtz Thinlits, Brushstroke Flowers 2. 
I paired my sponged blooms against a 3-D embossing folder also by
Tim Holtz called 'Doily'.
I've done numerous panels with the doily EF, in lots of color combos,
loving each one!

The method I used to make the doily pop, was to ink the EF in white with a roller,
onto a blush piece of cardstock. Then heavily inking the bottom right corner, before
stamping the text.

I kept the tiny text subtle behind my Beautiful Day sentiment.

So that's it, my friends. Pick a die, use it on a card, and play along!
And, Have a Beautiful Day!

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Birthday Pumpkins


Greetings, crafty friends!
My Greetery order arrived in record time, and I 
couldn't wait to play! My friend, Lisa Elton picked the colors apricot and
teal for the latest  Just Us Girls challenge. Lisa is one of 
the designers on the Jugs team so I thought I'd play along!

The Greetery's latest release has a stencil set, Fall Folk, and thought it'd
be fun to use the challenge colors on grey for my background. 

You're allowed to use neutrals as well as the challenge colors. I thing grey's
a neutral, right?
It was almost a shame to cover the background but the Plump Pumpkins looked 
so good with the folksy stenciled background, my card became  a fall 
birthday  card.

Check out the Just Us Girls Challenge here:

Thanks for the visit, and hope you're having  a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Gift for a Friend

Hi Crafty friends! Hope you're enjoying the last of a very long summer.
I've been enjoying The Greetery's 'Handiwork', and just completed an
8 tag set for a dear friend.

My friend and I share a love for all things vintage, handmade and collectable. 
The 2 of us can loose hours in an antique shop, a fine fabric shop, and  don't
even get me started on vintage fairs!

This release hit every handiwork button in my heart. I've already made half a dozen
cards with the fabulous dies, stamps and all the  fun items, but I LOVE  making
tags, and just had to see how all the sweet smaller  embroidery hoops would work out.

My dear sweet friend is a quilter, an artist, and so much more. I don't think 
there's anything she can't do with her talented hands.

Betsy gave us 7 of these little hoops in different shapes, but I stretched it to 8 by using
the square twice.

Each little hoop is basically the same design,  with a different flower.

All  8 tags can be added to birthday,  or other special celebration gift.

All tags have a little bloom  tail, and  a  pearl.

My set of tags needed a box, and I had this one made, with slightly different colors. I 
added the color scheme of my tags, together with a large embroidery hoop,
and more notions. 

Betsy thought of every sweet detail, from the hoop, to the fabric and stitched florals.

Added some felt to the pincushion, and pink pearl handles to the scissors.

All 8 tags fit perfectly inside their box.

If you stayed with me, thank you!  You get the reward for hanging in there!

Have a great day, my crafty friends!

The Greetery:

Stationary Box
Deco Triangle Stencils
Macrame Diamonds Die
Hoopla Mini Die
Aida Cloth Texture Plate
Embroidered Background Stamp
Speed Tagging Did
Stitched Sentiments Stamps and Die

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Reminder #83: Add Spots or Stripes


Welcome back to a reminder at The Flower Challenge, where the challenge this month
is Add Spots or Stripes.

The stripes are text, and run down the bottom of the card, in a sweet script.

This time I used Sizzix Thinlits Brushstroke Flowers 2 & 1,  by Tim Holtz.

Oxide Ink colors by Ranger, and Hello There, an old die from PTI.

Hope to  see you in the lineup!

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Another of the fabulous sets from the Greetery's Handiwork release, is this 
vintage sewing machine. Love at first sight!

I 'borrowed' a few of the designers inspirations for my friendship card, like  Dawn's 
triple fabric pile,  and  Kelly's use of the frame embroidery hoop. 'Sew" much
inspiration to  love during release week!

This was made for a dear friend that loves to quilt.

Crazy for the stitched sentiments too!
Have a great day!


Thursday, August 10, 2023

One Stitch at a Time


The second Tapestry panel to be worked into a card used more
blooms from Embroidered Blooms, and  a smaller frame.

The flowers on the background tapestry were first stenciled in white,
before adding the blue oxide colors.

I added a little tassel to  the pearl handled scissors, and inserted my sewing 
needed in the  tread bobbin.
Just Take it One Stitch at a Time. Good  advice for all!

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Tapestry Roses


Hello, and hope you're enjoying the end of a very hot summer. 
I finally had some time to play with The Greetery's latest release, and decided
to start with the Roses Tapestry Stencil Set.

...and  couldn't stop! Once the stenciling was done, ran each card through the
Aida Cloth Texture Plate. 
Honestly would have played with this set for days,
but knew I had to make a card, so,

After adding some trims and bobbits, ended up with a thank you card.

I  sew wanted my tapestry to  be the star, but those haughty little red handled 
scissors just had to steal the show. 

Seriously can't believe the detail on these darlings.  In this case, die cut 2 pair, and 
red embossed one, before cutting the handles and gluing them to the silver pair.
Also red embossed the the brad.

I had almost as fun photographing the card with little sewing notions!

I did  one panel on brown cardstock, first laying down a heavy coat of white
(distress oxide Picket Fence), then adding layers of color.
Stay tuned for this one...