Friday, September 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas: September


Hello and welcome to Keeping Christmas September, a blog hop of 
holiday cards and projects to inspire you to get going on your
greeting cards!
I have a trio of cards today, so let's take a look.

There's a list of designer friends at the end of this post, so you
can hop along.

It's been a while since I've used Betsy's Make It Market: 
Fairy Tale Christmas.
The year it was released, I must have made a dozen cards. She included 
designer papers with the kit, along with stamps, dies, cutouts, stencils, 
even elements to create fairy tale books and projects that light up! For my cards today, I used the enclosed 
stencils, stamps and die cut outs.

The corner dies are the sweetest! I set up an assembly line and turned up
 the Christmas music (Pandora) on the computer. 

3 cards with the same layout moves along quickly, and is a wonderfully
relaxing way to spend a day in the craft room!

Slight differences like color variation on the holly, and where the 
side sprigs were placed were really the only differences.

And... matching envelopes, something I'm trying to do with all the cards I 
make. Makes it so easy when they're ready to send.

I usually send out Christmas cards on or around the 10th of December. 
How are you doing with your holiday card making? No pressure, but, 
only 2 more months of keeping Christmas inspiration.

Speaking of inspiration, check out what the other designers have for you!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Autumn Blessings


Hi and welcome to fall! And it's fall at the Card Concept Challenge blog, 
where our inspiration is this photo:

Fanciful Fall! All the colorful patterned leaves were my inspiration. 

The leaves from the Greetery's Botanicuts Mighty Oak, are such 
a fun leaf set to color, and I cut the dies from watercolor card stock
 before inking with Distress Oxide Inks. When you spritz them with water, 
the random droplets appear. They rather reminded me of the
polka dot patterns in the inspiration photo.

Shiplap Die holds the Autumn sentiment from Bittersweet Bouquet
another set from the Greetery's Autumn release.

Style? Layered, Elegant and some Mixed Media with the Oxide Inks.
Will you join us for the challenge? I'd love to see what inspires you!

Saturday, September 19, 2020



Good Morning!
I'm showcasing a Christmas card on the Poppystamps blog today featuring
some new paper packs in the stores now.

All the details for this card are on the blog here:

Hope you'll drop by and have a peek.
 Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, September 18, 2020



Another card with the Greetery's new release, this time with the shiplap die. 
The background was covered with the die cuts, turned on a diagonal. 

I just love the 3 step stamping for the pitcher and leaves. Actually the leaves are 
a 4 step. 

Hard to see, but I used a clear Nuvo drop on each of the berries.

Celebrating today with the news we had rain in the Sierras. Much needed and prayed for,
and helping to put out the fires. 

Did you order any of the Greetery's latest release? What a beautiful way to
start the autumn season.

Enjoy your weekend!


 The Greetery

Shiplap die set, Bittersweet, Pitcher-esque

All inks Altenew

Thursday, September 17, 2020



It's a gloomy gray Thursday today where I live. The fires to the north of me
are 18%  contained, and we are living with the most toxic air I've ever seen.
What to do with a gloomy gray day...  craft!

Blessed to have my Greetery order, and blessed with a day to play!

The new Botanicuts are a mushroom lover's fantasy. I kept them rather white for
this card, but I'm not done playing with color. 

I'll list all the new stamps and dies at the end of this post. Let me just say, it's way too
hard NOT to push that 'bundle' button!

Hope your day is clear and full of Blessings!

The Greetery

Toadstool Garden, Botanicuts: Mighty Oak, Mimosa Musings, Blessed Blooms.
Altenew and Distress Oxide Inks 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

All Blessings Flow


Blessings, everyone! 
I had the chance to ink up the new 'All Blessings Flow'
from the latest Greetery release.

I'm in love with the font of the verse and how amazing it
looks surrounded by the flora included in the set.

The die cuts were fitted in my Misti and sponge stamped many times
for a watery multicolored look.

I just had to try the new Square Dance die, so I did a 
second card, this time die cutting the font before adding
it with foam tape.

This time I tucked the sprigs and berries around the verse

I don't have a recipient for either card in mind. It really 
is a blessing I needed, reminding myself to praise God in
all circumstances.

I live in California's Central Valley, very near the fires that 
have ravaged the sierras. As of today, nearly 200,000 acres
have been lost. We have a family cabin near one of the lakes
in the Sierra Nevada Range, and, thank God, our cabin still stands.
But I am aware that many lost homes, and even the road that
leads up to hills is impassable. 

The fires all over California have been horrendous, sending
choking smoke and ash for miles into our valley. At one
point, the valiant firefighters formed a rim around the town
of Shaver, and would not let the fire advance! They saved
all but a few cabins and stores. So profoundly grateful to

Our forests and redwoods are the jewels of our state, and to watch them 
burn breaks my heart!

Thank you for letting me share a bit of my heart today.
Card Creating has been a joy of mine for years. And 
through the stamps and making cards, I remember the blessings 
and rewards being creative brings, in good times and bad.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Lantern Christmas Card

Hi there! I'm up on Poppystamps Blog today, using some of their new Christmas

dies and designer papers. The papers in this new pad have gold threads

running through the plaid, just gorgeous!

Hope you'll pop by the blog today to have a closer look. Thanks for

the visit!

Christmas Lantern by Nancy Penir

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Card Concept: Summer Harvest

Hello! The Card Concept is back folks, although they had a summer edition. We
begin again with fall,
And we have this challenge photo to inspire.

My inspiration came from the sunflowers, and this is my card,

Marybeth Lopez included this embossed sunflower in her recent 12 Kits package, and I
saved it for this post. Magnificent Sunflower by Memory Box was embossed and ready
to paint! I chose to use my Metallic watercolors and call this card, Mixed Media.

The luminance is amazing! Sentiment by a new stampset called Beatitudes 1 by
Stamp Simply.
Background paper: Memory Box.

The Card Concept designer have some gorgeous inspiration for you. Be
sure to read our rules, and come have fun with our fall challenge!

See you in the lineup!

Friday, September 4, 2020

Christmas Tags

Hello friends!
Have you ever started a day making something, and hours later realized you spent
the whole day 'making'????
I was late ordering 'Speed Tag Christmas' from the Greetery, but always
 wanted it. When it came in the mail, I began to stamp, and die cut, and stamp some
more, and die cut more.... well you get the idea.
I think I stopped at 50!

Speed tagging is the genius of Betsy Veldman (the Greetery).

The large 6 x 6" stamp gives you 7 images at once. The die is made to fit perfectly over
the stamped image, producing 7 tags with one die cut! I told you, genius!
The only problem... hard to stop once you get started.

And then there's the sentiment and cute little Christmas images to adorn your
speedy tags. 

I added some of my favorites from other sets Betsy released, that fit perfectly on
the front of the tags

have you made any tags for Christmas? Hope I inspired you a bit
to check out the Speed Tagging Christmas set from the Greetery.
Be warned... you may not be able to stop!

Woodland Critters Card

I was recently gifted with a sweet stamp set from Lisa Elton, called Woodland Critters 
(Pretty Pink Posh). Lisa even included the dies to complete the set!

Lisa was a designer for PPP, and I lovingly stalked her blog @mypapertales to see
how she'd transform sets she showcased. 

The card I made went along with a get well gift for a 10 year old neighbor, injured in
a boating accident. Such a sad event needed a pretty, perky, pet filled card. She loved
it! Made my day. 

Thank you Lisa! (Don't you just love this community of crafters?)

Hugs my friends!

Monday, August 31, 2020

12 Kits of Occasions: August

Welcome to the 12 Kits of Occasions August post!
Today it's all about 'leaves', and our hostess, Marybeth Lopez,
(marybethstimeforpaper) gifted her teammates with leaves of hope
for a much needed fall!

As you probably know, we in California have been in a firestorm lately, and can't wait
for cooler wetter weather. I pray every day for those whose lives are on the line
fighting these awful fires. 

Marybeth included a wood grained pattern paper in pastels, and I think I
used everyone for my cards!

I loved the large Altenew letters spelling out 'HUGS' and used an Altenew stamp
to decorate them.

Bold leaves to frame a scripture verse 

And another scripture, with a bouquet and bow from the Greetery.

The other designers are sure to wow with inspiration, be sure to
visit them, and spread a little love while you're there!