Saturday, February 4, 2023

The Flower Challenge #77 Use Your Latest Stamps or Dies


Greetings and you picked a great time to visit. It's time for a new challenge at the
Flower Challenge. And we are asked to use our latest stamps or dies.

My order from Altenew included Ambridge Roses, stampset, dies and Stencils.
Such large images was perfect for a slimline, which I haven't done in a while,
and this challenge was the perfect excuse to play with this beautiful set.

The coloring comes together quickly with the stencils, and I mounted my die
cuts on a pale gray panel edged in platinum ep. 

Hope you're inspired to play with some of your latest flower stamps and dies. We'd
love to see your creations!

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Hung Up on You


Good morning. And another Valentine using The Greetery's new Have a Heart release.
The sweet Hearts at Home Sweater die is surrounded by a pieced heart wreath 
crafted with the Boxwood Heart base, and stamped with Love is stampset.

This card was on it's way to being tossed. It suffered a smudge on the bottom,
and no amount of scrub would remove a red smudge! 
So I did the next best thing, cut it off, and added a scallop edge. The edging is 
the sides of the Ribbon Maker die. Not my favorite, but it worked.
Tiny posies from Botanicuts Wildflower Mix.

A sweet little sweater hung on a heart wreath... Valentines are such fun to make!

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Poppystamps Challenge: Me and You

It's the first of the month, and Poppystamps has a new challenge to play! 
I'm one of the designers for this month, and the challenge is to create a card
using the theme, Me and You. Perfect for a Valentine!

I also get to choose a guest to inspire you, and my good friend Colleen Foelker agreed
to be my guest for the month of February. Colleen's card is the beautiful Valentine below.

You can find Colleen's lovely valentine on her blog: One Smile Lifts a Heart, and
and of course on the Poppystanps blog all month. 

My card is also on the Poppystamps blog:

Check out all the details on the Poppystamps blog.
You have all month to play along for a 25. gift certificate!
Thanks, and be sure to visit Colleen and give her some love!


The Card Concept: Floral Valentine


Floral Valentine is the new challenge at the Card Concept. Here is our photo 
inspiration and color swatches.

I love working with dies and die cuts, and chose A Pocket Full of Love, 
from Spellbinders to create my Clean and Elegant pocket card.

I used the colors, shades of pink, green and black and placed. my main die cut on
a black background. Then pieced the colors.

The pocket die reveals a card with a sentiment.

Such a great inspiration photo for this challenge, so many possibilities. Can't wait to see
what you do with it! 
Play along, and remember to choose a style, one of ours or make up your own.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Poppin' Up to Say...


It's the season of Love, and I have a couple of Valentines made with The
Greetery's newest release, Have a Heart.

The Toaster was an immediate favorite during the release. So classic, with all it's
pieces to personalize with color, a vintage sweetheart!

I cut the pieces for the toaster in red and silver mirror card stock. That gave me 2 
toasters. The toast was cut from ivory and Kraft, and then 'toasted' with Vintage 
Photo DOI.
Look carefully and you'll see I die cut another piece of the toaster from black
cardstock, to give it a sort of shadow.

The sentiments were embossed with Ranger's Distress Barn Door, the BEST red
embossing powder ever! And believe me I have several reds. It's so fine, and has
a slight sheen. Really love it!
Backgrounds are also Greetery: Window Pane Plaid stamped with Ranger's 
Barn door onto red cardstock. And Ribbon Maker Hearts die cut from Vellum, and
stenciled onto pale pink cardstock.

Happy Valentines everyone! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 23, 2023

Color Hues: the Color Challenge Pink and Red

Well, hello and I'm back again with a new card for The Color Hues Card Challenge, this
time the colors are Pink and Red. Perfect for a Valentine card!

The Greetery's order came so quickly, I dived right in and chose the Heart Arrow
Foiling and die cut. 

For the background I used the Ribbon Maker Heart Strip Die and glued. several strips
of shimmer pink cardstock onto a shade darker pink. Then I cut it again from red to 
retrieve the heart centers and glued them within each heart.  

I was so happy to be chosen as one of the runners up for the last challenge, and
I used one of the same dies (Loopy Bow) on this card as I did on the last one.
It's such a happy bow! Hot Stuff Sentiments die was first red embossed, and
then pink glittered.

Valentines are happy cards we give to those special ones in our lives. Love the
bright kitchy feel of combining red and pink. 

Have a great week!

Color Hues #56- Pink and Red

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The Card Concept: Winter Cocoa or Winter Snow


The Card Concept has a new challenge, starting today, and you get to choose
your inspiration again!

This inspiration photo and color swatches seemed to me a real challenge, so
I wanted to try to tackle the colors.

A while back I ordered the Stitch Petal Frame die from Spellbinders, and it 
seemed the perfect choice for incorporating the select colors of the challenge.

We've had a lot of rain here in my Central Valley, good excuse to stay in and
embroider this stitch card.

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see both challenge photos and
play along! 

Thanks for the visit!

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Winter Wishes


Hi there, and Happy New Year!
I'm posting a card for the Color Hues Challenge, which 2 colors are Light Pink and Gold.

My friend Marcia Hill just began a design gig with them, (congrats, Marcia!), 
so thought I'd give it try, andthe 2 colors were definitely a challenge for me. 
And who doesn't love a good challenge!

All Greetery on my card, a list of what I used follows the post.

I'm smitten for the. new Loopy Bow the Greetery released, so many ways to 
brighten a card!

Because I didn't want to trim the hangovers, I created my own envelope with the help 
of the We R Memory Keepers punchboard. So easy to use, and not to mention how fun
it is to use up my stash of printed papers!

Check out the Color Hues Challenge here:

The Greetery supplies used:
 Loopy Bow Builder Die
Tagged Elegance Stamp Set
Pine & Berry Stamp Set
Round About Winter Foliage die (center circle)

Ranger Ink: Distress Oxide Tattered Rose

Ranger Stickles Glitter Gel

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

The Card Concept: Holiday Gatherings


Welcome back to The Card Concept Challenge. 
I hope your holiday was everything wonderful!
The Card Concept is a challenge to create a card using a style. We have several suggestions
for you on our blog, or you can pick one of your own, or even combine 2 or more
styles. I'm excited to be back with this fabulous photo inspiration.

I was immediately drawn to the gold in the photo,  and used plenty of it
on my card. Also the color swatches, the stars, and the goblets. Pretty. much
everything in the photo!

Dies used from The Greetery, and MFT. Background sprays from Lindy's
Stamp Gang.

The Ribbon Maker die from the Greetery was backed with Gold Foil card stock, 
and the goblets were cut from gold as well. 
My card is Elegant Glam, a style I made up! Perfectly acceptable, as I said 
Our challenges are for 2 weeks, and we love seeing your creations!

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 18, 2022



Nope, this isn't wallpaper, it's 8 Christmas tags lined up like little soldiers for a
The last of the 25 for friends, boxed and given.

You could almost call this tag CAS, as it's rather clean, and definitely simple.
The circle for the embossed sentiment is the  center throwaway from another tag.
Mistletoe is cut from linen cardstock, and the berries are copper glitter.

Tag base from Tim Holtz' new release. Loving that embossed/debossed edge!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 16, 2022

Tags for Friends


I just loved Betsy's 'Wrap It Up' release! It made my friends' gift giving easy, fun,
and an absolute hit!

For the tag on the outside of the tag box, I used The Christmas Pudding Die. The tag itself
is one of the arches dies stamped with Pine & Berry.

Michaels had these cupcake boxes on sale with gingerbread cutouts on the top. 
The tag was attached, and done! A box of 25 Christmas tags for each of my 

May your Christmas be all you hoped for. It will be if you remember
the true 'reason for the season'. 

... oh how He loves you and me!

Thursday, December 15, 2022


All the Christmas cards are in the mail or in their recipient's hands by now,
but I thought I'd post some cards I've made.

Mistletoe Arches pairs Christmas floral greenery with the Arched sentiments. 
Hard to see, but I used the small arch stencil to whiten the arch with Tim Holtz
Picket Fence Oxide Ink. Then when dry added some Coral to the bottom corners.
The stamped the sentiment in black. The Mistletoe is stenciled onto it's die cut.

The tiny splatters are actually mica spray, and make the card shine.

The stencils allow for an easy mailer, no extra stamps.
Are your cards all mailed? Stencils are quick and easy, and so much fun!

Tags for Friends


Well, we had no internet yesterday, and I wasn't able to post the series of tags
made for our Favorite Things Dinner. So here goes some more of tags included
in the gift box.

Made with The Greetery's Round About Winter Foliage die, cut twice, each dear 
friend received these dies ready to dangle on package or bag.

Center sentiment from Tagged Elegance, and the genius Tear Strip set, that allows 
you to die cut 4 tags at once. Like I said, genius.

I must have cut this die 100 times, so I assembled 3 colors for another set included
in the gift box.

Red and pink?  Thanks Dawn. Love her bold color combos, and played with several
for my tags.

I attached a festive mini clothespin on each of these tags.

Candy Cane tags are backed by pink glitter card stock, and can be written on
the back of either strip.

A set of red and one of green. And did I mention it's pure genius to do 4 at one? 
The stamp is done just as simply, 4 at once.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you're enjoying some tag inspiration.
Come. back tomorrow for more!