Tuesday, July 31, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions July Summer and More

Hi, and welcome to the July post for 12 Kits of Occasions!
Our hostess this month is Marybeth Lopez from Marybeth's Time for Paper.
She sent us a wonderful kit full of summer goodies! And a bit of 
vacation too!

Settle back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy a bit of summer fun!

First off, Best Wishes and Fuchsias. Do you grow them? The day we hit 100, it's only 
a matter of time until my fuchsias say good-bye! Folks we in the Central Valley 
 broke a record for 100+ 21 days in a row... no happy fushsias here!

I tore the paper card with flip flops and added the palm tree and surfboard to 
a PTI die cut I had on hand. (Do you save your extra die cuts? Think I need another 
room to hold all of mine!) Marybeth included the darling tiki paper.

Tucked this little guy into the embossed wreath Marybeth had in our kit.
Popped up outer paper and added the tag cut from one of the sentiments included.

These bunnies from Purple Onion just might be my favorites. Added them to the
Poppy die cut.

Once again, with a ready made PTI die cut, the lemon lime duo goes with
one of my favorite PTI sentiments.

All these summery cards came together so quickly.
Easy breezy and fun!

Be sure to stop by and give some commenting love to each of the 
designers. Can't wait to see what they all did with July's kit!

Thank you, Marybeth!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Little Sunshine Mends the Soul

I'm back from a week with my daughter, who recently moved
to a town near Disneyland. Yes, I went to Disneyland, yes we went
to the beach, yes, a day shopping in Costa Mesa, and YES, swam 
every day and ate too much!
Catching up with my cardmaking, and watched Lizzie's video on
the PTI blog. She calls it, 'Repeating the Greeting'.
Had to break out the new stamps!

Did a little digging to find a sentiment, and found just what I wanted
in Quilted: Summer.

Popped up a few of the die cuts and shadow stamped the embossed 'Sunshine'.
I'm seriously dreaming of beach days with the grandkids. It was heavenly...

Find product used for my card below. Just click and it will take you
to the PTI store.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

PTI July '18 Blog Hop

It's Blog Hop time at PapertreyInk, and our inspiration photo is a 
joyous splatter of salt sea pattern and a brilliant combo of unexpected color.

From the first sighting of Reef Builders I was hooked! The detailing is amazing and I LOVE each
and every die to bits!

Lots of layers and plenty of sea elements for a card going to a dear friend.

Hop along all day on the PTI blog. 
Looking forward to waves and waves of inspiration! (couldn't resist!)

Below is a list of PTI supplies used. Just click on what you like and 
it'll take you to the PTI store.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sending Sparkle

Hey everyone, I'm up today with some inspiration on the poppy stamps blog,

Hoping you'll pop by and see how my card was created with some of 
their fabulous dies!

So many ways to add sparkle to your cards! And what a fun impact.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Celebrate: MIM Creating Stencils from Die Cuts

Hi! I'm playing along with Melissa and Make It Monday, where the challenge
is to create a stencil from die cuts. 
Melissa's gorgeous sample card and her video are on PTI's blog,
and takes you step by step crafting the process.

Part of the fun in doing this card was searching through my PTI collection and 
combining stamps and dies I thought looked interesting together.

For a complete list of supplies, see the list below.
Click on what you like and it will link you to the PTI store.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Poppy July Challenge Reminder

Hi Poppy Peeps!
There's a new challenge on the Poppystamps blog, Birthday Party!
I'm up today with some inspiration using Poppy dies Leafy Vine Collage
and Best Wishes Folksy Script.

Visit the Poppy blog to see how I created this card.
All that gorgeous gleaming color is created using Lindy's Magicals.
Hope you are inspired to create a birthday themed card. There's a gift certificate for the 
winner, and a chance to pick from Poppy's fabulous store!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sending You Birthday Hugs

It's Laurie's turn at Papertrey's Make It Monday, and she shows us a technique 
called, 'Creating Shadow Backgrounds'.

Going through my stampsets, I ran across one that hadn't seen ink in a while,
Better Together. Just the line drawn images I thought would look good for Laurie's
tutorial. Once the bg was stamped, I used watercolor cardstock for the popped up
die cuts, and watercolored them with Zig Clean Colors.

See Laurie's video on the PTI's blog.

All PTI products are linked to the PTI store.

Hope your week is filled with crafty goodness!

Inspired By... Vintage Linens

Hi, I'm glad you're here. I was visiting a friend's blog and was introduced to  a new challenge blog
I hadn't seen before. The inspiration photo instantly won my vintage loving heart.

My card uses some PTI stamps that came closest to the front linens in the photo.

All the stamps and dies are listed below, and if you click on the ones you like it will 
take you to the PTI store.

Play along with Inspired By, here:

Hope your day is full of crafting!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Transformation Tuesday with Michelle Leone

Hi! Thought I'd play along with PTI's Transformation Tuesday and Michelle Leone,
where we were challenged to take a previous card we liked but wanted to 
re-do better.

I was so excited to add PTI's Stitching Garden to my floral stamp sets, and wanted to
see how all the stamps looked inked and assembled. The colors I used were OK,
and the one layer card reminded me of a spring pattern. 

Michelle used her original card to springboard a second that used more modern colors
and an eye-catching flower in the center. 

Like Michelle, my 2nd remake card uses bolder colors, and a more focalized design. 
It's always fun to improve and redo. There's always ways to tweek certain elements,
such as colors or design.

Have a card you'd like to transform? 
Play along with Michelle and Transformation Tuesday on the PTI Blog.

Hope you had a great weekend and look forward to lots of crafting!

My links for the products I used take you to the PTI store.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sending Prayers

Hi everyone. I've made a card for a very sad purpose today.
A cousin of mine has died after a long fight with breast cancer.
Sending her parents this card, made following Betsy's technique,
'Ombre Watercolor Backgrounds.'

I love the soft look of the background, and tried it Betsy's way with 3 shades
of green. Second time around added honeynut and stuck with that little bit of 
color change.

My cousin was full of faith, and during the worst of it, always managed
to encourage everyone around her. I will miss her, but I know I'll see her again!

Take care, my friends. This gift called life is all too fleeting!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Merry Monday's last Challenge

I heard recently that Merry Monday, a Christmas card challenge,
was saying farewell. Around about July, it was fun to see how many
cards I could make to get a head's up on my Christmas cards.

Getting this card in under the wire, it ends in a few hours.

Rustic deer in a snowy meadow. The deer are cut from cork cardstock.

Blessings and Happy Crafting!

If you see something you like, my links take you to the item in the Papertrey store.