Thursday, August 13, 2020

Just Peachy

During the Greetery's latest release, Betsy created a stunning card using the rails from
the Create-a-Crate die set.
And I did something I never do... I just had to case that card!

Betsy's started with a crisp white background, and she dry embossed it with one of the 
dies in the set. I used Kraft card stock, and stamped a wood grained image from a 
Concord & 9th set, with white ink. 

Then from there it's pretty much Betsy's card! The peach lineup, the droplets 
of white, even the triplet die cut sentiment. I thought, 'why mess with 
The peach stamp is a 3 step process, and half way through several
peaches, I thought of lifting some of the ink with a small dauber. It
becomes even more dimensional with that small step.

We care for and nurture a half a dozen peach trees on our property, 
that ripen throughout the summer. Peach jam, peach crisp, peach syrup, and
peach tea, are just some of the goodies to make with peaches.
The Greetery's Peachy Keen is a stamp set that's dear to my peach
loving heart! 

Are there summer fruits you wait all year for? Apricots, plums, nectarines
and peaches, and don't forget cherries and figs... seriously couldn't live without

Blessings friends!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Happy Birthday

The Last Card I'm posting today is actually the first one made of 3,
using the Greetery's newest stamps and dies.

Birthday cards are always needed, so I added the sweet banner and plan to send
this to my daughter-in-law at the end of the month.

The background was stamped with Fresh Floral Background stamp, a
favorite, using Altenew's Misty Morning Ink. The grey is slightly
grey, green and blue all rolled into one. Just a perfect color for a 
soft background.

Some of the designers, and some of you added splatters to your watering can, and I loved
the effect! Betsy's 3 part stamping makes me LOVE stamping all the more!

The banner from the birthday set is just the sweetest touch tucked into the

Just can't get enough of these new sets. Did you get them? 
The flowers, the watering can, and the map is next on the list!

Have a great week, friends, and may you enjoy every moment!

Just For You

Another Budding Beauties Summer from the Greetery, card. 

Stamped the watering can from The Greetery's Sprinkled With Kindness, 
twice for the overall background. (You have the option to use 3 stamps to create
the image)

The rose is a 3 step stamp. I love using Betsy's technique of sponging on a
little bit darker ink in areas for further shading.

The color combos for the watering can are endless, and I played around with inks and 
shading, embossing a few as well.

These are stamped with Altenew Inks, my personal favorite for giving all over
color in one stamping.

Did you order the Sprinkled With Kindness set from the Greetery?
I think, like the jar, it will be one of my 'go to' stamp and dies for year
'round cards!

Blessings for a peace filled week!

You Are a Blessing

Good Sunday to you all! 
Had some time to create a card for the Flower Challenge, where the theme this month
 is to Add Sparkle.

Lots of shine and sparkle with the Greetery's new watering can.

It's not always easy to photograph sparkle, but here's a better shot of the
glitter spray and glitter glue I used.

My 'copper' watering can got some sparkle too with green and copper embossing powder.

I only used 2 of the 3 stamping steps for my copper embossed can, and versamarked
onto a teal card stock die cut.

The tiny tag is from PTI, and the sentiment can be found among the 
scripture verses in the Stamp Simply Words of Encouragement stamp set.
I'm so grateful for scripture and faith sentiments from the stamp companies.
They make it easy to send God's blessings across the miles!

Hope your week is full of God's Grace!


The Greetery: Sprinkled With Kindness,  Budding Beauties, Fresh Floral 
Background Stamp
PTI: Nestitng Basics: Oval, Nesting Basics Pierced Oval
Stamp Simply: Words of Encouragement
Imagine: Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray, Sparkle
Memory Box: Fairy Sugar Lavender Ice
Altenew: Inks
Prima: Metalic Watercolors
Stampendous: PearlLustre Peridot Embossing Powder
Tonic Studios: Nuvo Copper Blush EP

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Card Concept: Dog Days of Summer

The Card Concept has a new challenge for you, Dog Days of Summer

Before Covid hit us, I adopted a puppy after years of not having a dog.

Ella Belle is a Poodle/Maltese mix (and I'm sure there's more thrown in there),
and she will be one year old next month. 
She's won our hearts, despite chewing baseboards, and marking her territory
throughout the house. I forgot how much work training a pup requires!
I decided she's smarter than my husband and me, as we are the ones who
have been trained! She knows when to get me up, when to go for a walk, 
when it's time for a treat, and when to alert me that the wind is blowing 
Oh how I love her!

When I saw this puppy die from Simon Says, Lil' Critters: Schnauzer
(Oh I'm sure there's some Schnauzer in her too... she loves to dig!) 
I knew I had to have it! For this card, I Copic colored my puppy, 
and added sentiment words from Don't Forget to Write,
Betsy Veldman set from PTI.

The fabulously colorful designer papers are from Poppystamps.
Garden Folly is a double sided 6x6 pad.

The Card Concept is trying something new this year. Instead of going on
summer break, some of us agreed to keep it going though the summer.
So far, you all think that's a good idea, and have played along.
Hope you got some inspiration today. Need more? Check out the 
Card Concept Blog.

Have a great week, and hope to see you in the lineup!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Peach Jam

Good Sunday Morning!
I'm sharing a post full of yummy goodness this morning. Hope you enjoy!

Summers are a time to pick and transform our abundant fruit into jam.

The freshest and ripest fruit make the best jam. So, early in the morning, basket in hand
I picked the most beautiful plump peaches from heavily laden branches.

It takes about 4 cups of pealed finely chopped peaches for one batch of jam.

Organization is key for jam making. All the squeaky clean jars look like lined up 
battle ready soldiers

Here's a batch of sealed jars about to come to a boil. This process seals the lids.

Labeled and ready to taste!

Several jars will get a bonnet and tag, and will be ready to give as gifts 
during the holidays.

Betsy's new set, Print Shop Peachy Keen is the perfect set to create tags for my jam.

I made a couple dozen of these. Together with homemade bread at Christmas time,
they're a big hit with busy friends and neighbors.

There's a supply list of stamps at the end of this post.

Hope you enjoyed a little 'taste' of how I keep busy while being sheltered.

Coffee, toast, and homemade jam... doesn't get much better than this!

Stay well, my friends!


The Greetery: Print Shop Peachy Keen, Just Peachy Sentiments, 
Just Mason Around, Window Pane Plaid Background Stamp.

PTI: Canned, Tag Sale #4, Jar Bonnet, Cardstock

Altenew Inks

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas: July

Christmas in July!
Welcome friends to 'Keeping Christmas', July's post. So happy you stopped by
for a visit... I have a pair of Christmas cards, hopefully to bring you some cheer.

1st in frosty blues,

2nd in Petal pinks.

All stamps and dies from the Greetery today. 

Look close, and you can see some Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue (Lavender Ice), from
Memory Box, just to add a bit of sparkle.

A single jewel for each card, on a snowflake.

And a matching envelope for each card, will make it easier during the 
busiest time of the year.

Hope a bit of Christmas cheer brightened your day. Need a bit more?
How about Angela Landsbury singing, We Need a Little Christmas,
from Aunty Mame...

Honestly love that woman!

Here's a list of the other Keeping Christmas designers:
Be sure to stop by and see what they have for you today.

Kelly Lunceford (Creator)

And a list of Supplies:

The Greetery: Frosty Corners Dies, Fir & Foliage, Nordic Frames,
Pine Blossom (Sentiment), Envelopes, EnvelopeFlap Stencils

Open Studio (Memory Box): Fairy Sugar Lavender Ice

Altenew: Inks

Ranger: Distress Oxide Inks (sponged)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July at the Card Concept! And we have this holiday themed photo
as inspiration:

Now, our challenge to you is to create a card with a style in mind.
The inspiration photo, with it's prominent tree was my starting point.

The clean white background, the tree is where I began for my graphic
and layered card.

Hope you find some time to play along. We love to see how you were 
Have a wonderful week!



O'Tannenbaum, Nesting Basics: Oval Die set, & Nesting
Basics: Pierced Oval Die set. Pure Poppy Pattern Pack.
Tremedous Tags: Star

The Greetery: A2 Envelopes, Striped Stencil