Saturday, June 30, 2018

Inchies with MIM

What fun this was, from start to finish.
Lexi shows us a technique called, 'inchies', and with her fabulous tips
I made this card.

She demonstrated how to create bg interest in the 1 inch strips before stamping the image. 
She used small images, and I did too, but not on all the squares. She used sides and corners,
not just the centers to do the stamping. Loved how she popped
up the cubes with foam. And I have enough extras to do another card!

Play along on PTI's blog through Sunday!

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Happy Shopping!

12 Kits of Occasions: June '18: Sum sum Summertime!

Hi everyone! The last day of the month means 12 Kits of Occasions!

We're 12 friends who receive the same kit each month and make wondrous
creations from all the goodies! Well, cute projects anyway...
 I made some fun cards with the kit sent from Michele Ferguson (I card everyone).
It's always a treat to see what bits of Michele humor she tucks into her kit!
Most of the images I hadn't seen before. If you know Michele, you know
she's creative, innovative and full of humor! Love her!

My first card uses the images from Waffle Flower Crafts (new to me) and I'm 
crazy about the free hand cas drawing that allows me to color.
note: At this posting, I'm visiting a daughter and her family in Newport Beach, CA,
and have to giggle at the joy in happily shedding clothes in summer...
Hooray for beach life!
Had to make a tri-fold card to get all 3 boys in the picture.

MFT's Strike up the Band bunnies are celebrating the 4th with CAS-ual Friday's sentiment.
PTI Tagsale 12. 

I have this card pegged for a graduate. Colored with my Pentels.

She's off to wherever the wind takes her in this colorful, floral sundress.
(Pattern first hand drawn then colored with copics)
Beach bag textured with PTI's BG Basics: Gingham. Flowers also from PTI:
Back Pocket Basics

These letters and the word 'beach' (I told you she's a hoot) on a stenciled bg from PTI's Sun & Surf 

Sideview of how the letters pop off the page.

Well that's June's post from me folks. Hope you enjoyed, and hope you'll visit 
the other friends. You're sure to find a touch of 'Michele' whimsy in every card!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Card Concept Challenge: Golden Table

Hello everyone! And welcome to some inspiration for the newest 
Card Concept Challenge: Golden Table.

What inspired my Classy Elegant and layered card?
Oh my, that gorgeous floral arrangement in pinks and corals,
and of course the touches of gold! 

Botanical Bounty 2 from PTI gave me the blooms to create my bouquet.
The 'for you' sentiment die was gold embossed several times to get
that thickness. And the dew drops are from Betsy Veldmans's
Make It Market Shakers & Sprinkles.
Play along for 2 weeks on the Card Concept blog!

Note: The Card Concept goes on Summer Break after this challenge.
Winner will be announced and we start up again in September.
Happy Crafting!

See below for a complete list of supplies.

Monday, June 25, 2018

PTI June Blog Hop '18

Hello everybody! It's the 25th and that means time for a blog hop.
PapertreyInk's Blog Hop, where our inspiration was this photo of
riotous color!

Now when I see an inspiration photo, sometimes I go for mood or 
certain items, sometimes a color scheme or style, but today I went literal... 
those colorful popsicles!

The only way to come close to those wow colors was Lindy's Magicals. My
friend Marcia Hill (Marcia's Stamping Pad) introduced them to me, 
and it's been love ever since!

In each little powder filled jar, there's a bit of mica flakes. I wish you could 
really see the shine! Magical!

Play along all day on the PTI blog. Besides the fun of creating, playing and
commenting, you're sure to be amazed at the scope of fabulous posts. So 
much fun to see how we were all inspired!
See you at the hop!

My supplies used are listed below. If you click on what you like
it'll take you to the PTI item in the store.

note: The stampset, Summer Sweetness is no longer available in the PTI store.
(Hopefully it's in your stash!)

Lindy's Magicals (Amazon) Mad Hatter collection

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Poppystamps Summer Blog Blitz!

Hi all! I'm so excited to be showcasing one of Poppystamps newest:
Delicate Branch Collage.
It's Blog Blitz time at Poppy, and you could win this die. In fact you could
win one of any of the new dies being released just by commenting on
today's or any of the other designers during Blog Blitz days. 

Head on over to the Poppystamps' blog to see how I made my shaker card,
and don't forget to leave a comment... you might win this die!
Then scroll through to see what's new!
Good Luck, and Have a Super Crafty day!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Two-fer Challenge #6 ~ Trees!

I'm so excited to be playing along at the latest Two-fer Challenge. It's Darnell's brain
child, where we're challenged to use the same stamp (or die) 2 different ways and 
create 2 different cards for 2 different occasions.

This month's key word is 'Trees'. 
I chose a die set from Frantic Stampers called, Lollipop Trees.

1st card:

I used my lollipop trees the traditional way, and set them in a window created with 
MFT's Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle die. Then framed the window with PTI's
Coverplate: Nesting. 

Have you ever worked with Lindy's Stamp Gang's Magicals? 
It comes in powder form, and when you apply water, the effect is well, magical!
The trees are die cut from a panel I made from 'hi Maintenance Magenta.'
Tree trunks cut from a wood look washi tape.

2nd Card:

On a PTI tag, I made the 'tree' into a triple ice cream cone, with lots of sprinkles. 
The cone is from PTI's Colorful Treats. 

Those cute little sprinkles are actually from a PTI die!

Below is a list of supplies I used. 
If you'd like to purchase something, my links take you to the Papertrey store and item.

Frantic Stamper, Lindy's Magicals, Catherine Pooler Inks, 
Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

You better hurry, only 3 more days to play! Ends the 24th.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Flowers in Reverse: MIM with Dawn

Hi! I'm playing along with Dawn McVey and Papertrey's MIM,
where we're challenged to feature our flowers in reverse. Instead of Dawn's usual 
bold colorful florals, she keeps them white, and adds color to the
accenting leaves.
I did 2 cards, with die cut elements Dawn suggested we do
before assembling our card. 

1st card is built on a trellis created with Coverplate Stripes Diagonal.
Heather first showed us this during one of PTI's releases. 
Going through my PTI sets, I didn't find enough pierced greenery, so I used a Neat & 
Tangled Flower Medallion Builder die.
With that exception, all else is Papertrey.

2nd card uses the background stamp, Text & Texture: Roses.

So many left over die cuts, I could do several more cards! 

All products listed below will take you to the PTI shop. 
Play along on PTI's blog, MIM.

Honestly, it took me almost as much time to list all my supplies as it did
to make the cards! (ha!)
The patterned paper is PTI's older dot paper. And the dots are Nuvo Crystal Dots.

Anything I forgot, just ask, I'd be glad to help! 
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Owl Cherish Our Friendship: The Card Concept

Hi and welcome! The Card Concept has a new challenge for you:
 'Owl Cherish Our Friendship'.

How was I inspired? The square shape of the pillows, fabric patterns, and of course,
those darling owls! 
I needed a card for a friend who announced her pregnancy recently, 
and chose the whimsical owl from Papertrey's Polka Dot Parade #11.

I love the term 'glowing' for an expectant mother, and created the word with 
Concord & 9th's Perfectly Penned stamp set, which has the script letters
 to create the word.
Gave my mom to be owl a sprinkle of glitter to 'show the glow'.

Then I went over the word with silver Wink of Stella.

Stitched squares: Lawn Fawn's Scallop Box Card Pop-Ups.
Background PTI's Polka Dot stencil & Aqua Mist Ink.

The Challenge runs for 2 weeks, plenty of time to play!
We love seeing which of the styles you use to create your card.
My card style? Layers, lots of them. And a bit of Mixed Media too.
Our styles are explained here:
Oh yes, you can use one of our style suggestions, combine a couple, or use one of your own!

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Bloom: Create Along With Us June '18

Create Along With Us: PTI's invitation to case their designer's ideas during
release week.
There's no end to special treats, from color combos to little touches of brilliance!

Melissa Phillips' cards caught my eye on the first day out, particularly this pastel bauble:

From her use of pearls and glitter paper to layers and layers of lovliness, I was hooked!
(get it? Hooked? Under the sea? LOL!)
Enough of me 'fishing' for laughs, here's my take on Melissa's sweet card.

A list of what I used is at the end of my post.
I LOVED using Perfect Pearls on my background, for a subtle texture. 
(Wish you could see the sheen from the pearls) 
And Melissa's idea of the Embossing Enamel was genius! In the air, as well as
under the sea!
Not having the undersea elements (yet!), I used flowers and hummingbird for my
color pop.

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Hi! I'm up on Poppystamps' blog today, with this card made with Poppy's little die
called, 'Swirly Loop'.

Come by the Poppystamps blog to see how I created it!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


The challenge this week at Papertrey, is to use Lots o' Dots. Michelle Leone
hosts the video, showing how she adds color with Nuvo drops.

Since the 4th is right around the corner (where has this year gone!), I used the new 
Kaboom stamp and die set, embossing in white, and adding Nuvo drops for color. 

The fireworks are so much fun to play with. I cut down the main card front to 3 3/4
by 4 3/4", so I could add the stripe patterned paper and mat in red.
Not exactly Clean and Simple, as Michelle did, but explosive anyway!
Play MIM on the PapertreyInk blog through the week.

My links are direct access to the PTI shop, if something catches your eye,
I'd love if you'd order through me!
Thanks, and Happy Crafting!