Wednesday, January 31, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions: January '17 'Snow Day'

I'm so glad you came by today for a visit. There's so much to see!
It's time for 12 Kits' January post, and our hostess this month is 
the fabulous Jeanne Jackna. (A Kept Life)
Jeanne's kit is all about winter, full of sweet happy papers, snowy 
images, and die cuts, and of course because it's 'Queen Jeanne', lots
of accessories! Honestly, she's the most generous crafter I know and a genius with dp!
So get cozy and let's take a look at Snow Day!

Oh those Memory Box skates! Love them to bits! Gave the blades a silvery tone with a pen,
and matched them with one of Jeannes' silver snowflake charms.

Poppystamps Wintertime Fairies fly over a PTI Mix & Mat: Snowflakes die.

Oh yes, Jeanne included the twine, a color I didn't have in my stash.

These sweet friends from Pretty Pink Posh just look better together.

See that little muffled bird on the banner? A piece of leftover dp Jeanne included, cut 
with a scrap from a Poppystamps die.

I guess you can imagine what fun it was getting this kit and putting everything together.
This sledding cub just seemed to go with the sentiment!

Memory Box snowflakes: Evangeline

No way did I use all the papers and elements and bling in Jeanne's kit.
Plenty leftovers for More!

Can't wait to see what my teammates made with their kit.
We have 2 guests this month, 
Cathy Weber from Empty Nests Crafter, an original member of the group that Jeanne
invited back.
Richard Breaks - That's Mister Cardmaker to You
and the winner of last month's comments: Marcia Hill - Marcia's Stampin' Pad.
Please go by for a visit and leave some love on their blogs! 

Thank You, Jeanne! Loved every single bit!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

PTI January '18 Blog Hop

Hello! And welcome to PTI's January Blog Hop!

This month we were given this photo for inspiration

Looks like a party to me!
With a celebration of pastels and loads of white.

My card was made from Paper Clippings: Birthday, and some inspiration from 
Amy Sheffer  (Amy Sheffer - June 2016).

I loved Amy's use of the Double Ups Rectangle die together with the Paper Clippings Birthday 
dies cut from white, as though they were connected. 
Background is a handmade stencil from Coverplate: Circles
sponge inked with Spring Rain and Lovely Lady.
The circles and diamonds just add to the celebration going on with the 
birthday die cut.

There's so much inspiration from the photo this month. 
Can't wait to see how all of you created your cards! 

Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Card Concept: Rustic Blooms

Welcome to the Card Concept's Challenge #85: Rustic Blooms

Your inspiration photo:

Rustic weathered wood, sweet florals, and shiny glass containers,
all inspired my vintage layered card.

PTI supplied the wood stencil I used for the bg. 
PTI: Cloche Quarters and Cloche Quarters: Spring Fillers 
PTI: Swoosh sentiment dies
Come by the Card Concept blog to see more inspiration from the designers!
Remember you can choose a style from our selection or combine styles to create your card.
Hope you play along. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Mixing Up a Batch of Thanks

Our challenge this week at PTI's MIM is to created a shadowed sentiment.
Lizzie expertly shows us how on her video here:

I was celebrating the arrival of my PTI order, with the Life is What You Bake It set,
and decided to create my card around it.
My bg is a stenciled plaid created with the Horizontal Stripe Coverplate die.
The die cut vellum was first stenciled with Spring Rain, then the vellum stencil was
turned and stenciled with Bright Buttercup.

One of the corners from Floral Flaps gave me an 'awning' over the
spoons and sentiment.

Love this technique, and can't wait to do it again!

Have a great week!

Be Mine!

A Valentine card made for a challenge called: Freshly Made Sketches,
and this sketch inspiration:

The sweet little locket opens to reveal part of the message.

Hurrying along with this post, as the challenge closes soon!

Floral Mask Stencil: Memory Box
Be My Valentine Postcard Script: Poppystamps
Lovely Locket: Poppystamps
Ferrand Heart: Memory Box
PTI Shimmer cardstock
Gold Cardstock: Michaels

Hope your week is full of happy craft time!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Valentine for CTS

CAS(E) this Sketch has this sketch challenge for us 

Such a simple statement of elements and sentiment.

I took some liberties with the horizontal stripe, and first put a swatch of
 Finetec Pearl watercolors on a Smokey Shadow card base, with plenty of
 'white space' (charcoal) showing.
Then some Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold Embossing paste over a handmade stencil
created with PTI's Stripes Diagonal Die.
Heart, Square Frame & Valentine sentiment die: Poppystamps
PTI: Fancy Foliage Details painted with Finetec Pearls.

Theres plenty of time to join in, with some great inspiration from their designers.!

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dearest Valentine

Create Along With Us, Papertrey's challenge to pick from all 
their designer's fabulous release creations, and choose one to case.

I challenged myself this month, to come as close to a Melissa Phillips creation
as I could, with the stamps I had.
I'm such a fan of her work. Layers of lovely images, that seem to be put together
effortlessly yet perfectly!

Melissa's card, using the new bird from Brushed Birds.

My case of Melissa's card:

My case doesn't fall far from the source. See the bottom script?

I adore that about Melissa cards. Little touches of whimsy tucked in and around
that create interest wherever the eye falls.

Heart: Limitless Layers & Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches
Stamp A Faire 2014: Regency Era (Image stamped on heart)
bird: Nesting
flowers & leaves: Garden Party
Valentine sentiment: Birthday Classics: February & Regency Era
You & Me: The Best is Yet to Be

That's it, my case of Melissa's beautiful card.
I have a PTI bird, and I have so many florals to choose from.
Did I feel I had to order the new Brushed Birds? You bet!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Poppy Stamps Blog Blitz

It's Blog Blitz time at Poppystamps, and your comment could win you this darling 
Love Stitch Circle Frame die.

I've made a shaker with the die, but there are so many uses for this beautiful image,
tags, showing designer paper behind the love.
Hop on over to poppy's blog and leave a comment for a chance to win.
Good Luck!

Friday, January 12, 2018

The First Ever 'Twofer Card Challenge #1

I'm excited to be playing along at the Very First Ever 'Twofer Card Challenge', 
which just happens to be the brainchild of Darnell Krauss of

Our challenge is to create 2 cards using one stamp, with a 'feather' theme.

Here's my 'twofer'

With the feathers and sentiment from Clearly Besotted: Fancy Feathers,
my 1st card could be for a special announcement.
My pink inks are the closest to happy brights as I could get, with
Tim Holtz' Distress Oxides: Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry,
Abandoned Coral & Candied Apple.
PTI Cardstock, Tag Sale #8 & Vellum.

Card 2
Same feathers from the Fancy Feathers set, this time a sympathy card.
White embossed and watercolored 
Banner: PTI's Stemmed Statements
Cardstock: PTI
Watercolor paper:Arches Coldpress

2 cards, same stampset. Brilliant challenge!
Check out this new card challenge, and all the inspiration from
the fabulous designers here:

and don't forget to play along. The winner gets to be a guest on a future 'twofer'.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

From the Heart

I'm so excited to be playing along with a new challenge to me, 
Cas(e) this sketch. Don't think I've played there before.
Their designers are the best, and just look at this sketch that we
have for inspiration.

Leigh Penner gave us this beauty, with so much richness, couldn't resist playing along.

PTI's: To Have And To Hold, Bloom & Grow, Beautiful Berries: Spring
banner: PTI's Cloche Quarters
Poppystamps: Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames
There are 3 ink colors I used for the wreath, a trio of corals from The Ton:
Peach Blossom, Coraline & Spiced Chai.

My card has a bit of a vintage twist with the colors and layers. No excuses, it's what I 
love. Sweet and floral. What could be better?
Play along here:

Thanks for the visit, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Card Concept: Sweet Inspiration

Welcome back to the Card Concept Challenge,
where you create a project using your choice of styles.

We had a nice long holiday, and are glad to be creating again!
This fabulously sweet photo is our inspiration.

Pink & Grey, Cupcakes & Roses, Pearls & Ribbon ~
Didn't stray far from my first impression to create my Classy Elegant card.

Cupcake, cake plate, frame and ribbon banner: PTI's Baker's Dozen
Floral cut and embossed cover plate: Spellbinders (It's an old one, not sure if it's still

Hope you're inspired to play along. Our challenges run for 2 weeks and we love to
honor our winners with Card Concept Badges.

Happy Creating!