Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MIM #207: Double Partial Die Cutting

Playing along with MIM at PTI, and Laura Bassen,
showing us her how-to genius of Double Partial Die Cutting.
It's the 'partial' part that I wrestled a bit with, but settled on 
this number card for a cousin turning the big '6-5'.

Mat Stack 7 (largest die) gave me the window to add a stenciled Cover Plate: Blue Skies.
Ombred with Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise & Orange Zest Inks.
Up, Up & Away die cuts of balloons, colored with copics.
Sentiment from: Birthday Classics: February (Terracotta Tile).
Laura's effect creates a stunning 'POW', to your cards! 
Learn her tricks here:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tag You're It Challenge #18

Hi Tag fans!
It's time for a new challenge, and mine is up for inspiration.
Here is the first tag,

Mounted on a card,
and here's my recent tag, using the one above as inspiration.

PTI: Hugs & Turning a New Leaf dies, Bookmark 1 tag,
Memory Box nest and eggs

Hope you can join us. Would love to see what you come up with!
Play along on the Tag You It Challenge blog!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

MIM #206 Stamping and Mixing Patterns

This week's MIM is sheer joy!
Loving patterns and layers, it tickles to have Danielle
show us how and what and some of her tricks to create magic on a card.

1st off, create a coordinating set of papers.
Danielle suggested starting with the larger imaged paper.

Danielle's signature style is using bright clear colors,
and I tried to keep that look when I chose yellows, aquas, and Berry Sorbet.
The large group of daisies is from Friendship Jar Fillers, and the smaller posies
from Brushed Blooms.
First stamped the daisies and colored them with Loew Cornell Watercolors.
Smaller triple blooms stamped in Hero Arts Wet Cement.

I ended up with 5 stamped papers, just because I was in my happy place doing them!
Didn't use all 5 in my card, but I have plenty do 3 more cards for sure!
Starting on left, Arrows from Heather's new Noted set,
so is the grey chevron pattern, splashed with Yellows.
Top patterns from Happy Trails,  and Melon Berry dots from Polka Dot Basics.

Used 3 of the 5 pattern papers, and a cutout of the daisies.
Also added a fussy cut of the top daisy.
Had some tags from Cuppa Love die left over from the Blog Hop, so stamped a heart
from Bubble Talk in Aqua Mist, and 'you're Super' in Smokey Shadow.
Glossy Accents on the daisy centers.
Can't wait to do this again with other stamps!
Like I said, pure joy!
You need to see Danielle's video, to catch her tips, here:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PTI March Blog Hop! & NBUS #4

A Big 'Hi' and welcome to PTI's March Blog Hop!
Nichole gave us this inspiration photo:

Light, bright and oozing Spring!

Colors: yellow & aqua. style: country, cottagey, some 40's retro.
Wallpaper, patterns & a polka dot table cloth!

Broke into the Cuppa Love set of stamps and dies. Hadn't used them, 
and seemed fitting for an inspiration of such a warm scene!
During the release of this set, loved Heather's card pictured here:

I embossed the images onto Hawaiian Shores card stock with colors from the photo,
and used the sentiment from the set stamped in Ocean Tides Ink.
Polka dots embossed in white from PTI's Polka Dot Basics.
Play along all day on Nichole's Blog, you'll find awesome ideas and fun!
Edge scallop cut from heart banner die.

Since I haven't used this set before, adding the card to Darnell's NBUS Challenge?
Do you have stamps you haven't used yet? 
This is a great challenge to use them!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy cupcake!

A quick post made for the Card Concept Challenge.
Had to travel upstate for my daughter's surgery, and didn't have time
to take pictures with my good camera, so these are from
my phone.

PTI Baker's Dozen and Cake Stand.
Ink stenciled a doily to make the shaker. 
Don't have the name of the die used to cut the happy, will
post it when I get home.
Glossy Accented the cupcake, but the IPhone doesn't pick it up.
God willing, all will be easy on her, & I'll be home in 2 days.
Thanks for looking, 

Going for Laura Jane & Cindy's Freestyle Collage.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fusion Card Challenge

Playing along with Fusion,
where the challenge is to use the photo or sketch or both,
which I did.

Oh those colors!
Came as close as I could with what I had, 
but not satisfied, even with embossing powder.
Looks like a good excuse to visit my favorite stamp stores! 

Cut a watercolor panel, and stamped spritzed flowers, 
and added watercolors for more intensity.

Waltzingmouse: Funky Flowers Stamps and dies
PTI: Cardstocks, vellum
Distrissed Inks: Seedless Preserves & Picked Raspberries
Zing Embossing Powder: Lavender,
Veneer Superior Embossing Powder: White
Recollections Embossing Powder: Aubergine
SSS: 'Mom' die
DP: Marion Smith: Junque Gypsy 'Nota Bene'

Play along with Fusion's Card Challenge here:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MIM # 205: Confetti Cluster Stamping

This week's MIM's video has Lizzie Jones showing us how to
'Cluster Stamp'.
Delightfully easy, it creates an image from a stencil to 
add interest to our cards.
11 grandchildren has me whipping up fun cards for every holiday.
I used the Figure of Speech Frame die to outline,
and stamped Easter wishes and colors within.

Hippity Hoppity bunny, chick and eggs, and some of that set's sentiments.
Cuppa Love: dots & flowers.
Etched Easter Eggs: words
Butterfly Kisses: dots & daisy
PTI Inks: Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, Lavender Moon,
Plum Pudding, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, & Limeaid Ice

Watch Lizzie's video here, on Nichole's blog:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Paper Sweeties March Release Rewind!

It's rewind time at Paper Sweeties!
Time to show you how great the new sets look with previously released stamps and dies!

I love the sizes of the 2 tag sets together! 
Sweet Cuts Hello Friend and Stitched Tags #1
The flowers are from Party Time
They have their own Sweet Cuts dies, I stamped the center of the rose in a 
shade darker, and fussy cut and glittered it.
Those Apple Sequins, shine a blue green/aqua. (Swoon!)
And I hung the tags on Cotton Candy twine.
If you haven't already visited the other blogs,
be sure to see what they combined with the newest sets!

Nancy Penir (you are here)

Are you playing along with the PS Challenge this month?

There's a PS shopping spree for the winner! 
Good Luck, and can't wait to see your entry!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Paper Sweeties March Release Party!

Are you ready? 
Today's the day you can buy the new stamps and dies at Paper Sweeties,
and let me tell you, you're going to love the Stitched Tags #1!
I've shown you in my previous posts the heart die, and scalloped die and oblong tag die.
I absolutely LOVE the shape of the scallop die, and used it again here!

I've used some new papers from Bo Bunny, and cut the scallop die from Navy and print papers.
Sentiment from the new set: I Pick You.
If you love dressing up your PS dolls you need this set!
Creamsicle twine from PS.
My butterflies are wood colored with glitter. 
My teammies have some fab inspiration for you, check them out here:

Nancy Penir (you're here)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Paper Sweeties March Release Countdown!

We're back for Paper Sweeties' March Release Countdown!
More fun inspiration with the new stamps and dies.

The adorable frog and flowers are stamped and copic colored on one of the new dies 
from Stitched Tags #1, and then on a double cut stitched tag (navy and white).
These new tags are must haves, and I added a stamped and die cut bow that is also 
in the set.
Frog, flowers and sentiment from I Pick You, released tomorrow.
See you tomorrow!
Yesterday I forgot to welcome another teamie, Kathy Schweinfurth. Mawah! (that's a big blown kiss!)
Be sure to go by her blog to see her wonderful inspiration.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Paper Sweeties March Release Sneak Peek!

It's the 13th of the month and time for Paper Sweeties' March Release Sneak Peek!
Sweet Sophie takes center stage with her new overall set,
and poses in front of a shamrock to celebrate
St. Patrick's Day.

New stamps and dies this month include a heart I used to create a shamrock.
It's called Sweet Cuts: Stitched Tags, and you're going to love the size and shapes!
Sophie's outfit stamp set is called: I Pick You, and comes with hat, flowers, 
butterfly and basket! Perfect for Spring!
Included in my happy mail this month was a package of Green Apple Sequins!
Thank you Debbie, perfect for these flower/shamrock centers.
A frame of licorice twine, and Sophie's St. Pat's Day card is done!
Don't forget to come by tomorrow for more!
We have a new teammie at PS!
Welcome Cheryl!
Won't you stop in to give her some love?!

MIM # 204: Watercolor Smooshing

It's not Monday, but it's a MIM post!
Betsy takes the helm at PTI for a fab bunch of how to's
for this technique.

I LOVE the new set, Easter Alleluias!
Beautiful scripted messages and beautifully shaped verses.
I used just the word 'Alleluia', inked with my new MISTI (thank you Marybeth!)
I chose the new linen paper for a bit of texture (love the look with watercolors!),
and inked the plastic with Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Limeaid Ice, and Hawaiian Shores.
The purple corner (Plum Pudding) was an afterthought, but I liked it with the colors
framing the egg.
First time using the gorgeous Etched Easter Eggs.
Definitely not putting them away!
Sequins from Betsy's Make It Market: Sparkle & Shine.
Play along on Nichole's Blog, here:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration: Confetti

We're on the 3rd Challenge at the Cupcake Inspirations' 300th Challenge Celebration!
This one celebrates with Confetti!

300 challenges... WOW!

I think they've got this celebration covered,
Sparkle, Color, and now Confetti!

Paper Sweeties cupcake stamp and dies:
 Sending Sweet Thoughts 
Some of my 'confetti' is stamped from Party Time.
Sentiment from: Cupcakes & Sprinkles
Added a sprinkling of beads to decorate my cupcakes.

Hope your inspired to play along!
Remember there are 20 businesses sponsoring this event, including Paper Sweeties!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MIM #203: Doodling With Stamps & V's Sweet Ideas

It is a super delicious morning here in California's Central Valley. 
Sky is blue, blossoms are everywhere, and hope fills the soul!
and... all I want to do is... craft!

Ashley has a super video on Nichole Heady's blog for MIM,
all about 'doodling'.
And so many good tips on making it the star of the show!

Had to try it, and try it, and, as they say, 3rd time's the charm!
(1st 2 look like my granddaughter did it!)

Finally got one I could post, but if it wasn't so darn nice outside, it too would
be a do-over!

The doodling isn't as easy as you think it should be. And one too many doodles is too many!
(Just sayin', be warned!)
Tried to give the wings a bit of 'flutter'.

Butterfly from: You're a Masterpiece
Turning a New Leaf
Sentiment from: Quilted: Spring
I used the new Linen card stock, hoping for a texture with the watercolors.
Popped up the bottom butterfly.
.03 copic pen 

Ready to try it? 
Find Ashley's video here:

also entering a new blog I just found:
V's Sweet Ideas. Find it here:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Color Inspiration

Welcome back to the Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge. 
This time we have a color inspiration.

Remember, there are 3 inspiration photos and you're welcome to
enter all 3!
Love this one!

Paper Sweeties is celebrating along with Cupcake Challenge,
and we on the Design Team are joining in on the fun!

Once again, using Paper Sweeties: Sending Sweet Thoughts, 
Fancy Monograms added to a die cut of flags from Bloom & Grow.
I got a bit creative with the cake plate,
bottom is from Jelly Bean Time, and the top is a cloud stamped twice from:
Showering you With Love.
Come play for a chance to win!
Remember there are 20 businesses + Paper Sweeties joining in the celebration!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Card Concept Challenge #29 Get Well Soon

I recently purchased a 'MISTI', a stamping tool 
recommended by my friend Marybeth Lopez, 
and with it's help, produced this card.
It's perfectly indispensable when you want that rich, all over color
(and who doesn't?).
Submitting this card in Card Concept's 'Get Well' Challenge.

Their guest designer is the wonderful Jeanne Jachna, one of those talents out there whose posts 
I try never to miss!
Here is her inspiration card:
So Yummy!

She calls it 'Freestyle Collage', one of the styles we 
can choose when designing our cards for The Card Challenge.

Here is my oh so late submission,

Inspired by the colorful crocheted star/flowers in the photo,
I'm going for Classy Elegant, not sure, but I'm sticking to it!

All PapertreyInk here folks,
Bitty Bouquets (masked several times),
sentiment: Think Big Favorites: #22
sequins from Lovely Laurels  & Avery Elle.
PTI Cardstock, Stamper's Select
PTI Inks: New Leaf, Berry Sorbet, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, 
Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst & Spring Rain.
The Embossing Folder is one by Craft Concepts called 'In Stitches'. Kinda reminded
me of the handwork in the inspiration photo.
Not much time left to play, but you can find the link here: 

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #300: Sparkle

We at Paper Sweeties are celebrating along with
Cupcake Inspirations' 300th Challenge!

There will be 3 Challenge photos, posted on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th
Here is the 1st photo & Challenge: 'Sparkle'.

Here is my take on the word 'Sparkle',

Lots of Stickles helped me shine!
Paper Sweeties: Sending Sweet Thoughts, 
sentiment from Cupcakes & Sprinkles

Over 20 businesses are participating, including Paper Sweeties.
Would you like to join the fun?