Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The Card Concept: May Flowers


Hi and welcome to a new Card Concept Challenge! Take a look at our inspiration photo

So many ways to be inspired with this glass of May flowers filled with lemons.

I chose  the colors to create my Clean and Layered card. 

Hope you find time to play along.
Have a great week!

Spellbinders: Paint Your World
The Greetery: Postal Frames

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Card Concept: How Does Your Garden Grow


There's a new challenge on the Card Concept blog, and it's full of spring inspiration!

Hello everyone, and here's my take on this blissful photo!

The blue of the cottage, the pinks and whites against green, all inspired my Clean and 
Layered card.

The Greetery's Print Shop Spring Mix

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Alleluia! Happy Easter

Good Easter Greetings!
I'm sharing one of the cards I made with the Greetery's new Botanicuts: Crocus.

Loving that Alleluia script die! 

Have a blessed Easter!


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Card Concept: Vintage Style

The Card Concept has a new challenge starting today, Vintage Style. Check out the
inspiration photo:

What inspires you? Lots of ways to go with this one, style wise.

I zoned in on the colors, and the many vintage layers, to create a Clean and Layered card.
The pink blossom on the pillow was another piece of inspiration. My flower is from 
Altenew's Peony Dream Die 3D die, and the background is Stamped from Altenew's 
Wallpaper Art.
The beautiful Alleluia is from The Greetery's latest release.
I'm looking forward to seeing how you were inspired. Hope to see your lovely
creations in the Card Concept's lineup! 

The rest of the sentiment is stamped on the inside, from the Greetery's Amen & Alleluia.
The floral decoration is from Altenew's Wallpaper Art.

Our challenges run for 2 weeks, and we love seeing how you were inspired! 


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The Card Concept: Easter Blessings

It's spring, and Easter is right around the corner. The Card Concept Challenge has
a new inspiration for you, Easter Blessings.

I love artful arrangements assembled for the holidays, and I was drawn to how 
lovely the new photo for our challenge is. The sweet elements, all symbols of 
the Easter season inspired my Clean and Layered card.

I used The Greetery's Hippity Happily Stamp, Stencil and Die set to create my card.

The simple stylized bunny wreath is further decorated with the Greetery's new flower
and sequin shaker elements. 

Hope you'll have some time to play along. Don't you love that we've added color swatches
to help you with your card creation? Play along, and don't forget to include out photo 
inspiration on your blog post.

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

The Card Concept: Spring Garden

Hi Card Concept players! It's time for a new challenge. Our inspiration photo is full of 
I chose to use the colors for my mixed media card.


I used an embossing folder, and inked it lightly so the images would pop. I then gave

it a light spray with gold.Have you ventured into the world of foiling yet? 

Love this foil effect, and how the red and fuchsia pop off of it.

Hope you're inspired to pick a style and play along. Lots of inspiration by our


The Card Concept #171 {Spring Garden}

Monday, March 14, 2022

2 Challenges, one card

It's time to use our scraps on The Flower Challenge. The problem I had was choosing 
from the scrap pile! So many scraps!

This panel I did with an embossing folder, turned out badly, but I just couldn't toss it.
It was done with a brayer and Wilted Violet Distress Ink, and inked before running it
through the machine. Depending on which side you ink, you're left with a raised pattern.

The gold spray I added blobbed in too many areas, and the only way to save this piece was 
possibly to hide the blobs or cut them away.

I decided to do both, hide the blobs, and cut away a bit of edges.
I used a Poppystamps frame with an Altenew flower, and embossed a sentiment on some 
heat resistant acetate. 

The flower was both stamped and copic colored. 

The outline was stamped with Hero Arts Wet Cement, an ink I use often with copics.

I'm also entering in another favorite card challenge, Just Us Girls.

The Flower Challenge #66 Use Scraps

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Birthday Notecard Set


Hi Friends. Thought I'd share a project I've been working on.
My daughter asked for one of my 'extra' birthday cards for a friend, and
I decided to make her a few. That turned into a boxed set of 6! 

These are strange and stressful times right now. Feeling helpless I turn to prayer.
And crafting... it helps focus energy towards something besides anger and sadness.

This was not a quick set. Planning started with The Greetery's Notecard Dies, and
because they were smaller than the A2 Notecard box, I cut down the box by 
adjusting the sizes of the dies to fit the notecard. 

Positioning the dies in your machine will get you the desired size. And it takes a bit of
math and measurement. If you'd like my size notes I'd be glad to share them with you.
Pictured above is the notecard box plus the handmade envelope made for the card.

6 cards, 2 of each color, and 6 envelopes, completes the set. They fit nice and snug inside
the little box.

The paper is Peony from PTI, stripe and it's coordinating solid cardstock.
And the macaroons are The Greetery's new Sweet Tooth. Sweet die also from
The Greetery, and cut twice.

The sweet pastel colors just seemed right with the macaroons, and I added a bit 
of 'sugar' to the tops of each cookie, and one heart from Betsy's cookie confetti.

The green heart is copic colored, on a white heart.

Completed project, something I hope my daughter will like. As I said, not the 
quickest to do but satisfying to have completed! 

Blessings, my friends. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Card Concept: The Wearing O' The Green


Hello everyone, and welcome to the Card Concept's newest challenge... 'Wearing 'O the Green'.

And here we are, in March, and ready for all things green! Our inspiration is a nod to
St. Patrick's Day, complete with colors and shamrocks.

I switched my ride, and chose instead the sweet convertible from the Greetery's Top Down Day.

The shamrocks come from PTI, an old set, and the the rest of card is The Greetery.

We hope you'll be inspired by the theme/colors, and pick a style and play along! 
See you in the lineup!

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The Flower Challenge 2: Occasions, Part 2


Now if someone told me I could only create floral cards, I would laugh.. out loud! 
They're my favorite, to do and get. 

I fell in love with this Amaryllis 3-D die from Spellbinders at Christmas time, and 
needed a special card for a special lady, turning the big 5-0.

The petals assemble to form the 4 flowered Amaryllis, with stamens. My flower is
cut from Poppystamps' watercolor cardstock. I watercolored the petals and leaves, 
and glued the flower to a panel of Altenew stamped background (Dot Art).

The finished flower is long, so I chose a 5x7" base for the card.

The marvelous numbers are from The Greetery. I love their extra special detail!

The finished card is too dimensional for a regular envelope. My plan is to create my own 
box with my We R Memory Keepers tool.

The Flower Challenge 2 runs through the 25th, still plenty of time to join.

Have a good one!