Sunday, October 17, 2021

Christmas Shaker Trio


Christmas Card Greetings my friends! 
Don't you love lazy days when nothing's scheduled, and your order from the 
Greetery was just waiting to be played with? Honestly, Betsy outdid herself
with her Holiday Release. Among the goodies were all the Hourglass sets. I 
set up an assembly line and played all day!

The sweet little cabin in the woods, complete with smoke billowing up was first. 
A few tips I'll share with you: I doubled the frame. Found it held up better. And if you're
doing a shaker, 4 cuts of the hourglass allows for movement with die cuts.

A closeup of my sweet little cabin. Hard to see, but every piece is shaded, and there's a 
glow (yellow card stock in the windows!

Christmas in the city... oh my, the details! An amazing skyline, a long majestic
tree reaching the entire length of the hourglass, stars and snowflakes... a feast for
the eyes! I went pastel with this one.

The 'Christmas Time embossed vellum is heat resistant. I think I found it online.
This photo shows it's edges, but nearly transparent IRL.
Also used my Poppystamps' Fairy Dust on rooftops and tree limbs.

And finally the manger scene. I kept it simple. Just so special. The sweet little manger
and banner sentiment conveys the true meaning of the joy of the season!

A bit of sparkly added to the elements here too.

The gold embossed banner. And you can see, the gold rubbed frame details. 
Honestly, Betsy makes us all look good!

My trio of shakers, and a day of fun in the craft room... is there anything better?

Lots of frames left over! Think I'll spend the day making more...

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Flower Challenge: Birthday Celebration and Use a Shape

I'm so excited to be playing along with a favorite challenge blog, The Flower Challenge,
where they are celebrating their 5th birthday. Along with all the festivities and prizes,
they've asked us to use a shape on our cards.


The shape of my card is the gorgeous Hourglass from the Greetery. I've paired it 
with the Greetery's Winterberry Bouquet. 


The card is a shaker, filled with sweet snowflakes and chunky glitter. The berry set
is a series of stencils and stamps. There's even a mask for for berry bouquet, which
I used over my image before sponge inking the background.

I added some sprigs and a blossom with berries to the front of the hourglass, with
a banner greeting.

The final step was the addition of Nuvo Glimmer Paste.
Happy Birthday Flower Challenge gals!

Play along through the 25th. 
Have a great and crafty weekend!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

A Pumpkin Card


Hi! Are you feeling 'fall' yet? 
Here's a sweet scene to get you in the mood.

Meet Me at the Pumpkin Patch. Can't seem to put that sweet little leaf from
the Greetery awey just yet...

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Birthday Cabin


I have a fall card to share today, a birthday card for a friend.

Sitting Pretty is one of my top 10 Greetery sets, and here's why:

This is the view from our family cabin in Shaver Lake. So many of our friends have 
enjoyed this sweet scene with me, among them, the recipient of this card. I hope she 
enjoys the card as much as I did making it.

I love creating scenes like this, with details and layers. The mountains hold a special 
place in my heart. We in California have watched sadly as drought, and forest
mismanagement have led to more and more fires. Our cabin and the neighborhood 
were spared, while others were not. The fire crews assigned to Shaver 
surrounded our village, and diverted the fire around the town and neighboring
homes and cabins. Never have I been so thankful to so many valiant and
devoted men and women! They even texted many of us with pictures of
our property to let us know we were OK.

If you get a chance, there's a fabulous documented video done by Jeff Aielo from 
Facebook's Talk of the Hill, who works for PBS, called:

Jeff and his wife gave us daily reports of the fire's growth and devastation. 
They continue to be the voice for those of us who demand action and better
 management of the forests.

The Greetery

Sitting Pretty, Sitting Pretty Accessories Dies
Rustic Wreath Twigs Die
Botanicuts Wheat
Reflections Stamp Set
Curio Autumn Findings
Fall Foliage
Written in Ribbons Stamp Set


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Card Concept: Harvest Adventures


You've picked a wonderful day for a visit! The Card Concept has a new challenge, and it's 
full of Autumn inspiration!

Colors? Leaves? Truck? Fall Season? Like I said, lots of inspiration.

My style is full of layers, and it's not really clean, so I'm going with 'stamped and layered card'.
Perfectly alright to choose your own style (or make one up!).

I definitely stuck to the color swatches on the inspiration photo.

Here's a closeup of how I arranged some of the Greetery's Botanicuts under the stamped leaf.

Hope to see you in the lineup on the challenge blog, and hope you're enjoying
a wonderful autumn season!

All products used: The Greetery

Harvest Home, Botanicuts: Ginko, Curio Autumn Foliage, 
Rustic Wreath Twigs, Let's Have a Word: Autumn Die.

  The Card Concept #161 {Harvest Adventures}

Saturday, October 2, 2021

WCM Day! 2021


Did someone say, 'World Cardmaking Day?' Like I need an excuse to make a card!
Well, I actually HAD to make this one...

Grand Analise got passed her driver's test yesterday, and is official to drive!

It's a Top Down Day for Ana with the Greetery's sweet stamp and die set!

Hard to see it, but GA'd the balloons. 

Opposites Attract sentiment 

Love you Ana!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

I-Crafter October Release: Scottie Dog Die Set

Hello, and welcome!
I'm posting today as one of the new designers for I-Crafter, a company rather new on the
horizon and the brainchild of Lynda Kanase, designer, creator and extraordinary crafter! 

Products are released monthly, and lucky me gets to come in at holiday time!

This sweet Scottie dog die set is one of the newbies, and I'm featuring it with the
buffalo check stencil. 

Here's a shot of the new Scottie Die Set, and notice anything different?
I-Crafter's dies are Teal Blue! So unique and fun!

Taking you up close for a look at the foam inking on the dog, the double bow on the
present, and all the backing on the die cuts.

That fabulous scripted 'cheers' is included in the die set, and I've poised
sweet scottie on a box so he can point to the sentiment.

This cheery little sized A2 card packs a colorful and sparkly holiday greeting.
Hope you check out I-Crafter, and all the new holiday goodies!
Lots of inspiration there too!

                     222215 Scotty Holiday:

222189 Buffalo Plaid Stencil:

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Card Concept: Sunny Sunflowers


Welcome to a new challenge at the Card Concept, crafty friends!
Our theme is 'Sunny Sunflowers.'

Julie has picked this bright fall photo for us, complete with color swatches. 

The Greetery's Botanicuts Sunflowers are a set I fell in love with when they were released
a few years ago. There's just no missing with that set. I colored with my sponge daubers
and ranger oxide inks. 

The layering of the die cuts brings the flowers to life! 

Windowpane Plaid Background, A Side of Greens, Birthday Blooms,
 Let's Have a Word Happy, and Curio Cover dies also from the Greetery.

The Card Concept #160 {Sunny Sunflowers} 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Double D Challenge: Leaves


Hi there! I'm playing along with a new challenge (to me), called Double D. 
I found it while visiting my friend Birgit Norton's blog. She's on their design team. 
The theme is 'Leaves'.

Thankful for the Greetery's new release, and this awe inspired sentiment, 'Grace Upon Grace'.

I chose an oldie from the Greetery to accent my sentiment, Autumn Sketches. It's a 4 step
stamp. I wanted the actual leaves to have a watery effect, so I sponge daubed the stamp
while still in the Misti before stamping. That way I could blend my colors rather randomly.

The challenge run for 2 weeks, check it out here: