Monday, September 30, 2019

12 Kits of Occasions: September Friends and Food

Hi everyone! It's the end of September and time for the 12 Kits' post. 
This month our hostess is Kim Heggins,  (Cupcakes, Cards and Kim) and she's sent us
a kit full of Friends and Food! What could be more fun!

Leading off with some sprinkles, and a joy filled box of sweets!

Kim included this sentiment, I added die cuts and an ampersand heart. So much
fun to dress up in pink!

I haven't tried avocado toast, but hear it's all the rage. Lots of 'pop ups' with foam
and added to a Greetery frame.

Truth is, to own this coppery mixer, complete with all it's attachments,
 is a dream of mine. Baking is one of my passions, and I would love a mixer
that kneeds the dough for me.

Adding a closeup of the mixer, painted with metallics:

And a photo of my 'vintage' mixer:

50 years with this 'old gal'. Still works great.  A wedding present from my hubby's 
aunt when we got married 50 years ago in march! So many delicious memories 
within this bowl! Ah, but I can still dream each time I pass a Williams Sonoma
window with those shiny new mixers in every color under the rainbow!

Can't wait to see what my teammies did with their kits, especially the mixer!

Thanks for the visit, and thank you for your comments. Love reading each one.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Tag You're It: Flags!

Hi and welcome to a new Tag You're It Challenge: Flags!

Our hostess Kara Pogreba has given us this colorful inspiration photo

Can't you just feel the celebration?

Here's some more inspiration for you

All stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn. The critters, roller coaster and sentiment are
from Coaster Critters. The cloud and sun from Happy Village. First time playing
with this set and love all the images! Simply Grassy Hillsides I've used on
several projects. It's a favorite.
PTI Tasting Tag, which had a couple of holes where I didn't want them, so
I covered them with washi before die cutting.
Distress Oxide inks and Mr. Huey's Opaque White splatters on tag. A few Lindys'
starburst splatters too. 

A closeup shows where I popped up certain images.

The flags are from the Coaster Critter set. But they had a pole, which I simply snipped
off before adding glue and foam.

If you love making tags, and who doesn't? Come play along on the 
Tag You're It Challenge. I'd love to see what inspiration you come up with!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


I have a post today for the Altenew Card Challenge, this month inspired by this photo
and colors. 

All stamps and dies, Altenew, with the main bloom from Best Buds.
Best Buds is a line stamp, no color filler stamp at all. Perfect for me 
who loves to color. I started with copics and added some pencil for 

The Mid-Century Frame die is new to me and it's cut twice from shimmer card stock.
Kinda reminds me of an Autumn sunset.
The leaves and flowers are from Beautiful day, stamped with Altenew's Sand Dunes,
Rocky Shore and Mocha Inks.
Sentiment: Bamboo Rose

The Challenge ends soon. Check out all the deets on the Altenew Blog.

Have a great hopefully, crafty week!

The Card Concept: Cozy Cottage

Hi Card Concept fans! 
We have a new challenge on the blog today: Cozy Cottage

I love the warmth of the country nook in the photo and tried to reproduce 
that feel on my card. So many ways to go with design.

Lots of layers and textures with PTI's BG Basics: Super Gingham, picking up the 
blue check curtains.

And then there's the stamps and coordinating dies from the Greetery.
The images almost stamp themselves! 1st time using so many of the
stamps on my card. Oopsie Daisy, Bountiful Wreath, Robin & Wren.
Because I love layering, these 3, 4 & 5 step stamping are what makes 
depth and realistic form so successful. 
Sentiment: Greetery's Comforting Commands.
Greetery's Crimped Frame Die

Play along on the Card Concept Blog. Our challenges are 2 weeks long.
We'd love to see how you're inspired!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Poppystamps Christmas/Holiday Blog Blitz

Poppy's Blog Blitz continues with new Christmas/Holidays dies. I'm up today
with the Mistletoe Side Strips Die.

Check out the Poppystamps blog to see how I made this Christmas card

I used metallic watercolors for lots of shiny goodness.

Comment on the Poppystamps Blog for a chance to win this die. Also visit Instagram
for a second chance to win. Tag a friend and you could both win! 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Sympathy Cards

The Flower Challenge is being sponsored by My Favorite Things this month.
Hello! I love playing along with any challenge that has 'flower' in their theme!
And the monthly Flower Challenge has become a favorite.

This month it's Anything Goes. 

My card features MFT's Floral Focus stamp set, an all over stamp that was selectively 
stamped on the corners, and colored with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

The lines from the tone on tone stamping almost disappear with the coloring.

And the pencils on Kraft give the the image are almost an 'old world' feel.

First stamped with Altenew's Sand Dunes ink, then colored with pencils, and
finally masked before adding the droplets.

One last step. I added perfect pearls to some white acrylic paint and gave the leaves and 
petals some sheen. Much shinier irl. 

Enjoy your week! Hope it's a crafty one!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Card Concept: Beautiful Butterflies

The Card Concept's back!
Hi friends, and welcome back to the Card Concept's Card Challenge
It's a challenge that gives you styles to create the perfect card. And if
those styles aren't just right, combine them, or create one of your own! 
Our styles are listed here: 

I have some inspiration for you 

I went with a Clean and Layered card, with a bit of Classy Elegance too. See how 
combining your styles is just fine? Rather monochromatic, rather dramatic (with the
black). Have fun with your choice of styles, but don't be confined! We'd love to see
what style you create with, and what butterflies are in your stash.

The Butterfly Love is the brainchild of Concord and 9th. I used their 'thingamajig' (yes
it's a real tool) and stamped 4 times to cover the background. All Inks Altenew.
Banner: C9's Everyday Bouquet.

Grab your favorite butterfly stamp (or 2 or 3) and join the fun!
Our challenges are 2 weeks and we'd love to see what inspired you. 
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Peony Bouquet

Hi everyone! 
Visit the Poppystamps blog today
to see this card and several others by my teammates celebrating summer's end.
You're sure to find something irresistible! 

From frames to clear stamps, gorgeous new designs.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Birthday Bottles

Hi there, and Happy September! 
I'm playing with the Greetery's newest, Bottled Up, Cotton Comfort and
Halfsies dies.

The 3 step bottle stamps look amazingly real when completed.
Cotton comfort is actually 5 steps with the cotton balls.
The Happy Birthday Sentiment is from Lemon Blossom.

When it came to step 4's stamping of the cotton balls, I sponge inked with 
Altenew's Iceburg.

It's been a busy summer, with family and some travel. Very nice to stay home
(nice and quiet now) and craft with a large pile of yet to be inked stamps!

Hope you're days are a bit cooler. I've already seen pumpkins in the market!

Happy crafting!