Monday, December 31, 2018

The 12 Kits of Occasions: December 2018

Welcome to 12 Kits of Occasions, where 12 designers play with a new kit each
month, and wow the pants off each other (and hopefully you), with their takes
on all the kit's fun elements!
Speaking of welcome, help us welcome Marcia Hill from Marcia's Stamping Pad
to our group. I first met Marcia through blogging, and we met up in person at 
the Kraft House in Newton, Kansas. 6 of us became best buds from then on, and
I'm tickled to embrace her talent onto this team!
Ok, what's in store this month? Michelle Leone sent us stamps and dies I don't 
have, and folks let me tell you, they, along with joyous card stock colors made 
card making a delight. 
My stash ran very low, especially birthday cards, and I used almost ALL
the fabulous die cuts and designer paper she sent us! 
Are you comfy? Let's take a look.

Oh those colors! And this card assembled itself! (well practically)
Note those gems (included in the kit). Think I used
them on almost all my cards.

I didn't have one llama in my stash, and Michelle sent 3! Can you believe it?
 Grandma to 11kiddies had not ONE llama. 
Well, now I'm on a mission... a llama mission!

Michelle sent this little guy with an option to use a flower, a nut or an apple. 
The flower and scarf seemed perfect to give to someone on the road to healing.

Llama no. 2 needed some sparkling in front of a night sky filled with gems.

Michelle is well known for her daring combos of both color and pattern, 
and she sent us somany gorgeous patterns in corals and blues,
 I just had to case her style!

Love the PTI Mandala, and it's on my wish list! What fun in these bright colors!

My last card wishes you all a Happy New Year. Let's start with today, and a shaker full of 

Thanks, Michelle! What a kit. Can you tell I loved it?

Before I send you off to the other ladies, help me sadly wish Michele Ferguson
and Jessica Davisthe best as they leave our group. 
Honestly wish they could stay forever, but you 
know how life can get in the way of crafting... 
Love to you my friends!
And some huge XOXO to Michelle Leone for a wonder filled kit!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

PTI Blog Hop December '18

It's time for PTI's December Blog Hop, and we were inspired by this lovely photo.


Here's my card.

To Have and To Hold stamps together with Banner Style provided similar inspiration 
to the photo for my romantic wedding or anniversary card.

Play along all day on PTI's blog!


Direct links to stamps and dies in the PTI store are below.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Fawned of You

Hi there! I'm coming to you today with a birthday card made for  MIM's challenge.
Lizzie has a great video on PTI's blog, showing us how to Create Ombre 
Senitments. I love the look of ombre and ombred the card base as well.

Did you order Fawn & Flora during the last release? Simply in love with the image!
I made some tags with the fawn with a Christmas theme, casing Betsy's
tutorial and leaving the top of the ears out of the die cutting to form a tag.

The sweet little deer is just as cute on every day cards.

This goes out TODAY for a December birthday, so it has a matching envelope and 
inside sentiment.

I'm just in love with how the deer stamps, and that sweet face! And if that's not 
enough all those florals to dress her up.

Well, back to wrapping gifts. Did I mention there are 11 grandchildren? 
Believe me, I love every gift. I'd say I start the day after Christmas, but
this year did shopping mostly online. The sales are amazing, and I'm hoping
everyone gets what they're wishing for. 

Hope your holidays are filled with family, fun and mostly joy!
Maybe a little crafting too?

The products links below will take you directly to the PTI shop.

Friday, December 14, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions: November It's Christmas!

Welcome to 12 Kits' November post, coming to you in December! 
November is Tracey McNeeley's month and there was a problem 
with our kits getting to us, but all's well, and the kit was just what was
needed by this grandma with 11 grandchildren. Honestly full of festive
fun and jolly animals and the cutest holiday paper... well, take a look.

Leading off with a closeup of my first card. Wanted you to see fussy cuts from designer paper  
Tracey sent that helped create my 'Happy Pawlidays' card for Shepherd, 7 years old.

Each card that follows was made for the youngest ones in my family, ages 4 - 15.
Hopefully, you're in the mood for some Christmas critters, and even a Santa too.
Cutting into some of the images on the designer paper was a theme I used on almost
every card!

Joy Snowglobe goes to Ana. She's 14, and we share a love for collecting all things Christmas.

This guy is for Nate, 13. I love that Tracey included so many masculine papers, like this
green plaid.

Eli is 4. He'll love the play on words, 'Santa Paws'!

A tangled puppy goes to Noelle, 8. She has a dog that looks just like this cutie.

Garrett is 15, and a total animal lover. I think he'll love this duo.

This MFT Santa and his pup goes to Reagan, 13. She'll love his jolly ol' self!

And one more tag, cuz you can never have too tags at Christmas time,

I used every adorable critter Tracey sent, most all the festive papers, and twine and
bling. This was kit I loved, every single bit! Thank you Tracey. You made this
grandma's Christmas cards easy doings!

All items sent out with November's kit is available on the 12 Kits' blog.
Have to mention a special guest with us this month, an
ex member of our group, Joyce Mehrberg.
Be sure to drop by her blog and give her some love.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Card Concept: Elegant Holiday

Happy Holidays to you! Hope you're managing well, and are enjoying all the
beauty of season. 
The Card Concept has a new challenge,

this elegant silvery photo called: Elegant Holiday.
So many possibilities went through my mind, but I settled on  PTI's
gorgeous Paper Clippings die set, and silver glitter paper.

I really glammed up the die cuts, and added layers of subtle color on a piece of Yupo paper
with Ranger's Alcohol Inks in Moss and silver. 
Classy & Elegant, with layers is what I'd call it. 
Hope you can find some time to play along. It's a 2 week challenge and we
love to see how you are inspired.

Happy Crafting and Happy, Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Transformation Tuesday with Melissa Phillips

Transformation Tuesday is one of my favorite challenges lately.
For one thing we get to fine tune our own cards. For another, there's 
a prize for playing along. Win win!

I made the card on the left for a MIM, and loved the idea of creating a nearly one layer card.
Lots of bold bright Christmas color.
I basically used the same layout and Scallop Medium die, but softened the colors
to a pastel version, so popular this year.
When I cut the die I left all pieced in tact, for a textured look to the front.

And as with the first card, a matching envelope. Couldn't resist the added twine bow and
a few sequins. Hopefully no added postage!

See how Melissa transformed her card on the PTI blog, and play along through 
Monday night!

My links will take you to the PTI store. I do get a small reward for your
purchase through my blog, and I thank you for buying through me!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Peace & Joy

I had some time to play with Papertrey's MIM, and Melissa's 'Deck Your Dies', 
and did a couple of cards for my stash with the new Floral Fantasy set.
I really love the reindeer in red, so festive and bright. I had a few
stamped die cuts left over from the last MIM, and combining them with 
my 'decked out' die cuts showcased that darling deer.

First I cut a window with an oval die, and decked it with 2 more die cut ovals from
silver glitter paper, angling the 2 die cuts a bit.
Scalloped frame provided an addtional dotted die over my stamped BG Basics: Gingham
stamped in black on red card stock.
What to do with the oval cut out? Another card!

Same layout, with my reindeer embossed in white on red, a reverse of the first card.
A little hard to see on this card, but the die cut sentiment is backed with black glitter
card stock.

A close look at the greenery and berries, you can see some double inking and Copic coloring.

Love seeing what everyone does to their die cuts to enhance them, don't you? 
Play along on PTI's blog through the week.
Hope your crafting isn't too stressed this time of year. I know mine is... just hoping
yours isn't! <3