Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Card Concept: Warm Winter Wishes


Hi and welcome to a blog post celebrating one of my favorite card challenges, 
The Card Concept. You are given an inspiration photo and several styles
to choose from, and you create a card with that style, or one of your own. Yes,
you can combine styles too.




The neutrals and wood inspired my card. I used the Greetery's Halvsies die and ran it
through a wood embossing folder. 
Oopsie Daysies (the Greetery) provided the bouquet.


Our challenges are for 2 weeks, and the winner has a guest designer spot on the blog.

Hope your weekend is extra craft.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Valentines


It's almost Valentine's Day, and I've been playing with some beautiful foiled paper
by Rinea. If you're not familiar with the product, it's either starstruck pattern or
double sided foiled paper and comes in a pack.
It embosses in a folder beautifully, and cuts easily in a die. The solid colors are
double sided and react with a pad they call 'Ghost Ink'. I found some very
helpful instruction on YouTube.

This card was cut with Memory Box: Ferrand Heart, a favorite from a few year's
back. The background is watercolored with a new paper from Poppystamps.


The second card uses Rinea papers too, the silver heart die cut & embossed, and
the red first stamped with ghost ink, then die cut. Also a watercolored background.




I couldn't wait to use this new product (new to me), and love it! I've already got plans
to make some Easter cards with some of the gorgeous colors they have.

Thanks for the visit, hope you enjoyed!







Candy Valentine Vans


Hi and welcome to my happy hippie van valentines!

I made a bunch of these for the youngest of my grands. Just a way to say
Gma loves you!


The die for the van is the Greetery's Happy Hippie Van, and the heart border is an
old PTI set called Confetti Heart Border.


All the vans open on the back end to reveal a candy package.


The package folds easily to fit in the back.


They also each get a Target gift card tied to their candy vans.

The banners are created using the Greetery's Signed & Sealed with a Kiss (heart)
and Halvsies Diamond Die.

The older grands get cards and money. I try to please all!

Happy Valentines!





Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Valentines


Hello there. Getting close to Valentines, and had some time to play with Betsy's
February release, and all the great new stamps and dies that came with my order.


I followed Dawn McVey's lead with my double background stamping and
angling the plaid stamp. Couldn't resist also double stamping the envelope flaps.


One card with red interior and sweet heart seal,


And one with double envelopes and messages and a postage stamp. 
I LOVE these sets. I understand some of them sold out, but if I were
you, I'd add them to my collection when they're restocked. I already
have plans for Easter cards, using the florals and envelopes for my
holiday cards.

The first card I made with the Ribbon Words, a birthday card.



And this one made with Poppystamps Heart Plate, used as a stencil.
The frame was made by cutting the 2 Postal frames at the same time.






The Card Concept has a new challenge, Be My Valentine.
I have some inspiration for you, using the Greetery's newest release.
All products listed at the end of this post.


I used colors, theme, and elements from our inspiration photo. Pretty much
the whole photo inspired my Valentine card.


There aren't any flowers in the photo, but there is some greenery. I just couldn't
resist adding the sweet 2 step florals from Betsy's set.


I first stamped the background with Windowpane Plaid Background before stenciling
hearts from Poppystamps' Confetti Heart Plate. I made a stencil from the die plate,
before spraying it with Pixie Repositional Spray,  something I learned from
watching Betsy's video. 


The envelope is popped up with foam.

There are so many ways to be inspired from the photo, and our designers
have plenty of inspiration for you on the CC blog. 
Play along for a chance to win and be our guest designer!



Have a great and crafty week!

The Greetery

Sentiment Suite: Love
Signed & Sealed
Signed & Sealed With a Kiss
Pretty Postmarks

Poppystamps

Confetti Heart Plate 




Friday, January 31, 2020

12 Kits of Occasions: Rewind with Leftovers


This month at 12 Kits, we taking a look backwards at all our leftovers.
So many elements, papers, twine, embellies, that were waiting to be on a 
card!
Once I started, 7 came together before I knew it! 
In no particular order, and I may not get some of the kit givers right, but come
take a look...


This one was a leftover from Jeanne. She packs her full kits with extra love and 
special goodies. Goodies being candy! Opening her kit is triple wonderful!


I think this was in her kit too! I know I originally used a couple of her Chinese
lanterns, but how did I leave this one? So happy to use it on this card.


Being a sewer myself I couldn't resist using these adorable PTI thread cards and
embroidery hoop. Paired with die cuts from the Greetery.


Not sure, but I think these were fancy papers leftovers from a kit I sent.
Once again die cut (Nordic Frames) from the Greetery.


The Eifle Tower came black. I used some glitter paste to add glam. Kit courtesy
Michele Ferguson. 


I think this also was Jeanne's kit. The rocket paper, bling and sentiment were 
leftovers. 


And finally a Christmas tag from Marcia's kit. Just had to use that darling mouse!

I have a feeling you're going to love every card and project from this
month's rewind. Be sure and visit all the designers. We even have some
of our alumni with us!

Have a great weekend!

Finished one more,





Saturday, January 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas: January


Greetings Blog Friends, and welcome to my 1st Christmas Card Making
January post! A monthly post especially for creating Christmas Cards.

I'm so excited to be joining a group of fabulous designers honoring Christmas all
year long. Vicki Finger asked if I'd like to join. Of course
I said 'yes'! Once a month on the 25th we post a Christmas card or 2, or 3. The 
object is to be ahead of the Christmas Card Rush. Wonderful! I LOVE Christmas,
all it represents, and all the sharing of a season of joy and giving.
So, with thanks to Vicki and Kelly Lunceford for inviting me, let's get to my
cards.


Christmas is a time to honor and send love to special people in my life.
Among those very special to me are 3 aunts I adore! They just happen to
think my handmades are collectible treasures. That means doing extra special things
that let them know how much I treasure them.
Creating brings me more pleasure than I can express. Last year I added
some of Spellbinders Shapeabilities die sets to my stash: Grand Snow Globe and 
Grand Holiday Cabinet, and ran out of time before I could use them. Isn't that
always the case during the busiest time of the year?
These die sets allow you to create a 3-D vignette, which
folds flat for mailing. (note: you do need extra postage).


There are 6 panels to be cut, a front, a back and four more to decorate creating a
vignette or scene. Together with the slotted side panels, your project becomes
a 3-D greeting.


For one of the 6 die cuts, I created a window with vellum. To do this, I traced around the
circle die, cutting it just a bit bigger so it could be glued to the back. This allowed me to
float the bird with the star as though it were flying toward the tree. The tree is actually
on the panel behind.


The finished vignette with it's matching card. The scene on the front of the envelope is 
done by die cutting a mask, inking around it with metallic gold ink, stamping the tree
and poinsettia (the Greetery), and drawing lines for the address. Very special for 
my very special aunt.


Card 2 features the Shapeabilities Grand Holiday Cabinet die set, paired with their
Reindeer Prance Layering Set.



This set also folds down for mailing. 


And the 3rd is another snow globe in red and gold.


This one uses some of the same elements as the first, with the addition of Spellbinders'
Starry Forrest set.


3 cards for 3 special people, all ready to send. I'm absolutely sold on doing
a few each month, and am thrilled I was asked to join 'Keeping Christmas'.
Be sure to visit all the designers. I know there'll be oodles of inspiration.
Here's a list:

Kelly Lunceford (Creator)










Friday, January 24, 2020

Creating Tag/Cards with Poppystamps


Hi and welcome to another Poppystamps post. I'm up on the blog today 
bringing you some simple tag cards made with the new Valentine release.


All the how-to's are on the blog to create these fun, mailable valentines

All the products used are on the blog, but I've listed them below as well.
Their links will take you to the store.

Thanks for the visit! 
Have a super crafty weekend!


Supplies