Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Card Concept: Freshly Brewed

Every other Wednesday means it's time for a new challenge at the Card Concept,
where you get to choose the style for your card.

So much inspired me from the photo. 
Freshly Brewed is the title.

So much to choose from the inspiration photo. What inspires you?
Can't wait to see!

Coffee cup: Reverse Confetti: Caffeinated Cups
BG: PTI Wood Stencil, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste colored with 
PTI Kraft Ink Refil. 
Daisies: PTI Friendship Jar Fillers Copic colored, pencil added.
Black German Glass Glitter centers. 
PTI: vellum leaves
Doily: Cheery Lynn

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Day 10 PTI's Anniversary Celebration: Use Stripes

Hi PTI fans! It's down to the wire to get your projects in,
as the celebration continues to release night.

Day 10 asks us to use stripes.

I used stripes behind my succulent  plant with the Super Succulent Patterned Paper
topped with striped vellum.
Super Succulents stamps & dies.
Square window cut with Noted: Scalloped Square die.

What a wonderful 2 weeks of fabulous inspiration and new releases.
Can't wait to see what you all did with 'stripes'.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

You're a Blessing

Day 8 at PTI's Anniversary celebration is a Color Challenge


I used the colors from Heather's gorgeous card, choosing to do a 1 layer card
and color with my Polychromos Pencils.

Stamps: Friends 'Til the End and Pen & Ink
Paper: Kraft & Stamper's Sellect.

Much of my day is spent with my mom, as she is in hospice. The coloring makes the 
time pass, and there's such joy in both doing what I love and loving being at 
her side.
I thought this card fully expressed how I feel about this wonderful
community of crafters. You're all such a blessing to me!

Hugs, Nancy

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Done in Love

Dies only on Day 7 of PTI's Anniversary celebration.
No stamps!

Well that's easy. Went right to my cover plates for Paper Clippings: Done in Love.

This came together quickly, so I did another, using the cover plate
to create a stencil.

Since it's the same die, used 2 ways, and since Darnell has a new 'Two-Fer' challenge,
I'm playing over there too!

Now while both cards could be used for Valentines, one is definitely a Valentine 'Love' card,
while the other is more of congratulations card (dark background) 
you give for a job well done. Or it could be an encouragement card.

Keep up the challenges, Darnell. We love them!

Hope your week is a 'crafty' one! The best kind!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Love You

Day 5 of Papertrey's Anniversary celebration asks us to pick from a list
of retiring sets and use them on our cards.
I chose one of favorite sets: Love & Marriage.
It's been my 'go to' set when I make a wedding card. Just love that 
lovely tree. And it has so many images and sentiments to create a card
full of well wishes, both for Valentines and for a happy couple.

This card isn't for any couple in particular. I'll save it and have it when needed. 
One of the things I love to do is stamp the open heart
from the set and add the initials of the two getting married .

I stamped the tree with platinum powder, and put it over a dotted vellum.
Over it is the Ivy & Bloom die cut with a few of the flowers in the corner.
The sweet little love you tag sentiment is also in the set.

Are you playing along with all the challenges? 
Many of the sets that are being retired, I have in my collection.
Looking forward to seeing what you all used on your cards.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

PTI Redo: Time Well Spent

I love makeovers!
And that's just what we're asked to do for PTI's new Transformation Tuesday Challenge.
It's rare that I'm completely satisfied with a card. There's always some
tweeking that can improve.

This particular card I 'transformed' was done several years ago, not even good
enough to send, and begging for a makeover.

Pale and uninteresting. And what's with the orange clock???

Have to say, I've learned a bit since this card. So here's it's do over.

Still used the same 2 stamp sets: Hands of Time and World Map
Much more fun to look at.
Map, white embossed and inked with Hawaiian Shores, Blueberry Sky, terra-cotta Tile,
Olive Twist and New Leaf.
Lots of layering and some copper embossing powder, gave my clock face
and sentiment more interest.

I cut the center out 4 times and embossed the top layer. Also
cut the clock hands out twice, once from Indigo and once from Copper Shimmer.

So that's the Re-do. Looking forward to seeing what you all did with this 
challenge. Also looking forward to makeovers becoming a regular on the PTI Blog!

Friday, February 9, 2018

You Have My Heart

It's a floral challenge today on PapertreyInk' blog, celebrating their
11th Anniversary. 
Mix and match florals on a card. The folks at PTI are definitely hitting
my favorite things buttons!

11 years... WOW! Congrats to team 2018!

A card with a mix of florals, I could do in my sleep.
1st of all, PTI has so many flower sets to choose from,
and 2nd, they most mix beautifully!

Mix & Mat: Hearts die on a Hibiscus Burst card base, has a Pure Poppy shadow behind
the hearts.
Farmer's Market Florals hasn't left my worktable since it hit my front door.
It's mixed with Gran's Garden, Garden Party and Ivy & Bloom on a vellum sentiment strip
from You have My Heart.

Are you playing along with their celebration?
Check it all out on the PTI blog.

CASual Fridays Guest spot

Hi everyone! 
I'm excited to be a guest of the fabulous Jeanne Jackna 
on CASual Friday's blog, today.

Jeanne allowed me to pick the coffee stamp, and I chose Cup of Coffee,
a wonderfully versatile set which Jeanne and I will use on our cards differently.
The stamp set has a coordinating die set, just my cup of tea (or java!)
Here's my card, and what I made with this fabulous set.

My cup is embossed with another of CASual Fridays' sets called WallFlower.
the die set comes with the 'coffee' script, which I turned vertically to use 
as steam coming from the cup.
Background is created with PTI's Horizontal Lines Coverplate, that I made into
a stencil with vellum.

Stop on by the CASual Fridays blog to see this set for yourselves!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Love You

It's such a beautiful day today. Not at all like our winters in the valley.
Plenty of cool, crisp sunshine has me dreaming of my roses' first blooms.

PapertreyInk has a sketch challenge on their blog celebrating their 
11th Anniversary!

Each of the team members has a sketch recipe for us to choose from,
and I chose Dawn McVey's.

I loved Dawn's arrangement of flowers and layers on a stenciled 
background, and had fun with combining Farmer's Market Florals with
Dawn's own Gran's Garden leaf fronds.

I created the stenciled bg with one of the Modern Background Stencils,
inked with Distress Oxides: Peacock Feathers & Frayed Burlap.
The 'love you' banner is from Stemmed Statements with a sentiment from
You Have My Heart.

Here's a peek at the inside, stamped with images from You Have My Heart.

Sending this card out today, so I did a coordinating envelope, and inked the edges.

Thank you for visiting today, and hope your day is a 'crafty' one!

My Heart Poppystamps Challenge

Good Morning! I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, with our
Challenge reminder, 'My Heart'

My card uses a few of new dies, among them the wonderful,
Rose Stem die, cut twice, once in white and once in red.

Stop by the blog to see how I made this card, and be sure to visit the challenge to enter!

Have a wonderful week, and Happy Crafting!

The Card Concept Challenge: Old Fashioned Love

You're in for a treat at the new Card Concept Challenge.

So much pink rosiness, and full of romantic femininity.
I just had to break out Poppystamps' newest Rose Stem Collage die.

I had this rose designer paper in my stash, and used it behind my rose window shaker.
Dies from You Have My Heart, (PTI) form the tag at the top.

Sentiment also from PapertreyInk's You Have My Heart.
The shaker's contents are my own mix from a very large sequin stash, that
seems to be growing!
Play along for 2 weeks on the Card Concept blog!
Remember, with our challenge, you choose the creative style you use.
So many styles to choose from on our blog,  and you can combine styles!
Happy Crafting!