Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Card Concept: Elegant Holiday

Happy Holidays to you! Hope you're managing well, and are enjoying all the
beauty of season. 
The Card Concept has a new challenge,

this elegant silvery photo called: Elegant Holiday.
So many possibilities went through my mind, but I settled on  PTI's
gorgeous Paper Clippings die set, and silver glitter paper.

I really glammed up the die cuts, and added layers of subtle color on a piece of Yupo paper
with Ranger's Alcohol Inks in Moss and silver. 
Classy & Elegant, with layers is what I'd call it. 
Hope you can find some time to play along. It's a 2 week challenge and we
love to see how you are inspired.

Happy Crafting and Happy, Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Transformation Tuesday with Melissa Phillips

Transformation Tuesday is one of my favorite challenges lately.
For one thing we get to fine tune our own cards. For another, there's 
a prize for playing along. Win win!

I made the card on the left for a MIM, and loved the idea of creating a nearly one layer card.
Lots of bold bright Christmas color.
I basically used the same layout and Scallop Medium die, but softened the colors
to a pastel version, so popular this year.
When I cut the die I left all pieced in tact, for a textured look to the front.

And as with the first card, a matching envelope. Couldn't resist the added twine bow and
a few sequins. Hopefully no added postage!

See how Melissa transformed her card on the PTI blog, and play along through 
Monday night!

My links will take you to the PTI store. I do get a small reward for your
purchase through my blog, and I thank you for buying through me!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Peace & Joy

I had some time to play with Papertrey's MIM, and Melissa's 'Deck Your Dies', 
and did a couple of cards for my stash with the new Floral Fantasy set.
I really love the reindeer in red, so festive and bright. I had a few
stamped die cuts left over from the last MIM, and combining them with 
my 'decked out' die cuts showcased that darling deer.

First I cut a window with an oval die, and decked it with 2 more die cut ovals from
silver glitter paper, angling the 2 die cuts a bit.
Scalloped frame provided an addtional dotted die over my stamped BG Basics: Gingham
stamped in black on red card stock.
What to do with the oval cut out? Another card!

Same layout, with my reindeer embossed in white on red, a reverse of the first card.
A little hard to see on this card, but the die cut sentiment is backed with black glitter
card stock.

A close look at the greenery and berries, you can see some double inking and Copic coloring.

Love seeing what everyone does to their die cuts to enhance them, don't you? 
Play along on PTI's blog through the week.
Hope your crafting isn't too stressed this time of year. I know mine is... just hoping
yours isn't! <3 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sweet Holiday Greetings

There's a new challenge at the Card Concept!

Holiday Treats!

I was drawn to the lineup of holiday cupcakes. Who wouldn't be?
And kept my layered card simple and colorful.

Cupcakes: Clearly Besotted Tasty Treats
Poppystamps: frames Art Deco Frames and Phrases set
Sentiment: PTI Sweet Holiday Wishes

Play along for 2 weeks, and don't forget to tell us your the style you used.
For a list of styles, see our definitions and styes here:

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Make It Monday this week is revisiting one of my favorites, Laurie Schmidlin's
'Love of Layers'. 
Laurie shares several ways to add to a cards rich layering.
I played with Betsy's new 'Fairy Tale Christmas', and the stencils that match
the set.

Betsy thought of so many details. From the stencils to popping up the die cuts, layering
is easy. The layer of snowy stencil was done with Nuvo Glimmer Paste. 
Just may mass produce this one, it's so much fun to play with all the layers!
Hope you're doing well with your Christmas card stash. Enjoy your week!

Monday, November 26, 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 21

It's the last day of Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas tags, and I have one more set of tags
to post.

I used Carol Mayne's set of four colorful tags for my muse.

PapertreyInk's Holiday Tag Along with Tremendous Treats: Christmas provided all the 
goodies for my tags.

Last day for posts by Tracey and her team, and all the marvelous holiday
inspiration by the companies, but you still have time to add your tags!
Check out all the details here:

Sunday, November 25, 2018

PTI's November '18 Blog Hop

PTI November Blog Hop, and what a happy holiday photo!

Lots of extras for more cards!

Play along all day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Day 20: 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there! Quickly posting another tag for 25 Days of Christmas Tags, this
time for Day 20. Cas-ual Fridays is the sponsor.
I'm using Tracey's tag as inspiration today. Here's a look at her tag.

How clever to color the back of the vellum and hilight the image.

Unto Us A Child Is Born

Hi there! How's your Thanksgiving holiday going? 
Mine is full of family and way too much eating. I treasure times like this, with
soaking in as much love and laughter as my house can hold!

I have a Christmas card for you today, made with Poppy's Nativity Scene Sidekick
Die and Stencil set.

Pop on over to the Poppystamps blog for the how to's.
This glorious die complete with stencil, makes card making super simple, and packs
a wow factor!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Day 16: 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Welcome  to my post for Day 16 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

My tag today is inspired by Emily Midgett's beautiful Nuvo Glimmered tag.

This was so much fun applying the Nuvo Glimmer paste to the tag, and I love the 
overall glittered effect. 

Pretty Pink Posh tag
SSS Snowflakes
Nuvo Glimmer Paste
Ranger Distress Ink: Cracked Pistachio & Victorian Velvet

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Merry Little Christmas

Create Along With Us and Melissa Phillips' beautiful creation:


Kept the layout of her card with those sweet elements peeking out 
from the oval die. Just loved how she stamped images on the oval.

PTI products:

Corner Adorner
Cloche Quarters
Cloche Quarters Winter Fillers
Sending Joy
Happiest of Holidays

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Day 13 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Day 13 at the 25 Days of Christmas Tags, features Technique Tuesday.
Woe is me! I lack their product. But fell in love with this sweet cup of
peppermint cheer from Teri Anderson,

Cheery greetings picked up with some PTI products,

complete with frothy peppermint!

On to Day 14!

The Card Concept: Homestyle Holiday

Hi! It's Holiday time on the Card Concept challenge blog!

We have a rustic, homestyle holiday photo this time
to inspire us, and I was drawn to the folksy warmth and sparkle of the 
Christmas tree.

I love creating layers for a scene, and stenciling Nuvo's glitter paste on PTI's dark navy 
cardstock was the perfect start for my layered and mixed media card.
In the Meadow die (snowy hills) embossed with Stampendous: Shabby Blue Embossing powder.


Play along for 2 weeks on the Card Concept blog, and don't forget to tell us
what style you used to create your card. Remember, you can combine them
or use one your own!

Monday, November 12, 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 12

It's Day 12 for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags, and the host today
is Pretty Pink Posh.
I used Jeanne Jackna's darling tag shown here, as my muse,

and used the tag's shape, and double cuties with a shaker.

PTI: Christmas Cuts & Basic Cut Tag
Make It Market: Fairy Tale Christmas

Monday, November 5, 2018

Day 4 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Back with Day 4 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags.
Today Tracey's featuring Reverse Confetti, and I was
inspired by Jeanne Jackna's bright and colorful tag,

Jeanne's project are always standouts, lots of clear bright color, and 
unmatched layered design. 

Here's my tag, using Reverse Confetti's layered tag.

Stayed with Jeanne's pink and lilac inked bg, and added Essentials by Ellen's 
Laurel Wreath dies. PTI: Corner Adorner October bow.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Christmas Tags

During PTI's last month's release, I purchased Betsy's Poinsettia & Pine tag making kit
and decided to make a bunch for a dear friend celebrating a birthday. 
What started out as half a dozen, seemed to grow as I played with colored cardstock 
and stash of Christmas sets.
I hadn't seen for awhile.

When done, I piled them inside the sweet little sleigh, complete with mini
wreath on it's front, boxed, wrapped and my gift was ready to give.

Hope my post gives you lots of inspiration. The sweet mini kit
 comes with decorator paper and dies for easy creating. I just enjoy
stamping, so these are all stamped with PTI holiday stamps.

Here's a look at the tags

I can't wait to do more. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon... crafting!