Saturday, February 29, 2020

12 Kits of Occasions: Crafty Friends Are The Best

Hello and welcome to the 12 Kits of Occasions, February post.
The fabulous Jeanne Jackna is our hostess this month. Her kit was full of projects
for friendship, especially our crafty friends! I loved every bit, thank you Jeanne!
Here's what I made:

Sweet Pure Innocence from MFT inspired this card. Jeanne supplied all the elements
with the exception of the easel (PTI: You're a Masterpiece). I had way too much fun
painting the mini landscape!

These paintbrushes from Waffle Flower are the cutest. Just had to combine 
them on a pallet (Poppystamps) and frame them.

In our kits were all these wonderfully colorful and artsy designer papers.
I couldn't resist using as many as I could. This sweet little frame from Hero Arts
was perfect to frame one of the flowers.

I used several of the papers in the kit for this collage. Not a stamped image on this card.

These Crafty Critters are enjoying the day with each other.

Jeanne included these die cut wood stamps (C9), along with the foil scissors and b/w
designer paper. I had the Concord & 9th stamped paper already done, and created my
card around it. It's one their Turnabout series (Crafty Turnabout). I just made my ink
pads to match. The sentiment is from the same set.

And finally, this Reverse Confetti tag, came with the window popped out. Just 
perfect for a flower stamp, also from Reverse Confetti, called Floral Gem.

I have several elements left over for more crafty goodness.
Can't wait to use them!

Thanks for the visit, and if you have some time, what'd you think? Did 
you like a particular card? Mine has to be the first one, with the PI doll
painting her masterpiece. That was just too fun to do. I forgot to mention
I used puff paint on the clouds and mountains. 

So hard to see, but irl the texture's there, and looks like wet paint.

Jeanne's invited 5 guests! Be sure to visit them and leave some love!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Thinking of You

My card's on the Poppystamps blog today!
Thinking of You, and definitely Thinking of Spring!

So many new spring products. Come take a look Thinking of You by Nancy Penir

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas: February

Hello! And welcome to February's blog hop for 'Keeping Christmas'.
It's a card hop for inspiration, and just plain joy for doing our 
Christmas cards any time of year. 

2 cards with the same layout and stamp set from Concord & 9th's Christmas Florals
and a stamp called Woven Stripes.

1st card is stamped with Momento Northern Pine, and colored with copics.
The Merry and Christmas letters are die cut with shimmer card stock.
The centers of the poinsettia, Nuvo Gold drops. I wanted a down home country
very traditional look to my card, so the stripe stamp was turned and stamped
again for a plaid look.

If you like a more contemporary look for a card, this card's chrome and black is 
on target. Same background stamp, this time, 1st white embossed, then stamped
with silver ink. Both times on the vertical.

Stamped with Jet Black Archival, and painted with Metallics, one of my
favorite mediums on rich dark cardstock.
If you look closely, the silver mirror letters are placed just above the stamped 
black letters for a bit of shadow.

2 more cards for the Christmas pile! Still a long way to go, folks! But
it feels so good to get a stash going. Do you like creating Christmas cards
throughout the year? It sure helps during the busiest time of year, to have
some if not all of my Christmas greets done!
Be sure to check out all the designers on the hop for more inspiration.
Here's a list:

Kelly Lunceford (Creator)

Monday, February 24, 2020

Happy Easter

I've had my Greetery order on my desk for days, and finally had time this past 
weekend to play with Betsy's Botanicuts: Lily. If you're not familiar with the

I've had my Greetery order on my desk for days, and finally had time this past 
weekend to play with Betsy's Botanicuts: Lily. If you're not familiar with the Botanicuts, it's a series of assembly dies that create a bloom. Welcome, Lily!

My husband blessed me with a Valentine bouquet that had lilies and roses, and the 
colors on the lilies were spectacular.

I wanted to try to capture the watercolor effect plus the amazing colors on each petal.

Mimicing God's creation is impossible, but we can come close with the right tools.
The pieces were 1st cut with Poppystamps' Open Studio new watercolor paper. 
It boasts a delicate finish, useful for mixed media, paper arts and card making, 
and comes in a package of 10 4.5 x 5.75" cards. Die cutting is a breeze 
with this thickness of paper.
I used my Windsor Newton tubes for this project, the colors are intense and 
transparent like no other I've found.

These are 2 of my favorite blooms for an afternoon of painting. (LOL, the first petals were 
heavy with paint, and didn't define. But I kept going until something pleased.)

I do send out Easter cards, mostly to family, and plan to more of this magical lily.
Betsy has a youtube video to help with coloring and assembly,

Since my palm fronds are considered leaves, I'm adding my card to 
the Flower Challenge

Did you get this die? I'm afraid to say I'm hooked on all things Greetery,
especially these Botanicuts! 

Have a blessed week!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Card Concept: Warm Winter Wishes

Hi and welcome to a blog post celebrating one of my favorite card challenges, 
The Card Concept. You are given an inspiration photo and several styles
to choose from, and you create a card with that style, or one of your own. Yes,
you can combine styles too.

The neutrals and wood inspired my card. I used the Greetery's Halvsies die and ran it
through a wood embossing folder. 
Oopsie Daysies (the Greetery) provided the bouquet.

Our challenges are for 2 weeks, and the winner has a guest designer spot on the blog.

Hope your weekend is extra craft.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


It's almost Valentine's Day, and I've been playing with some beautiful foiled paper
by Rinea. If you're not familiar with the product, it's either starstruck pattern or
double sided foiled paper and comes in a pack.
It embosses in a folder beautifully, and cuts easily in a die. The solid colors are
double sided and react with a pad they call 'Ghost Ink'. I found some very
helpful instruction on YouTube.

This card was cut with Memory Box: Ferrand Heart, a favorite from a few year's
back. The background is watercolored with a new paper from Poppystamps.

The second card uses Rinea papers too, the silver heart die cut & embossed, and
the red first stamped with ghost ink, then die cut. Also a watercolored background.

I couldn't wait to use this new product (new to me), and love it! I've already got plans
to make some Easter cards with some of the gorgeous colors they have.

Thanks for the visit, hope you enjoyed!

Candy Valentine Vans

Hi and welcome to my happy hippie van valentines!

I made a bunch of these for the youngest of my grands. Just a way to say
Gma loves you!

The die for the van is the Greetery's Happy Hippie Van, and the heart border is an
old PTI set called Confetti Heart Border.

All the vans open on the back end to reveal a candy package.

The package folds easily to fit in the back.

They also each get a Target gift card tied to their candy vans.

The banners are created using the Greetery's Signed & Sealed with a Kiss (heart)
and Halvsies Diamond Die.

The older grands get cards and money. I try to please all!

Happy Valentines!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Hello there. Getting close to Valentines, and had some time to play with Betsy's
February release, and all the great new stamps and dies that came with my order.

I followed Dawn McVey's lead with my double background stamping and
angling the plaid stamp. Couldn't resist also double stamping the envelope flaps.

One card with red interior and sweet heart seal,

And one with double envelopes and messages and a postage stamp. 
I LOVE these sets. I understand some of them sold out, but if I were
you, I'd add them to my collection when they're restocked. I already
have plans for Easter cards, using the florals and envelopes for my
holiday cards.

The first card I made with the Ribbon Words, a birthday card.

And this one made with Poppystamps Heart Plate, used as a stencil.
The frame was made by cutting the 2 Postal frames at the same time.

The Card Concept has a new challenge, Be My Valentine.
I have some inspiration for you, using the Greetery's newest release.
All products listed at the end of this post.

I used colors, theme, and elements from our inspiration photo. Pretty much
the whole photo inspired my Valentine card.

There aren't any flowers in the photo, but there is some greenery. I just couldn't
resist adding the sweet 2 step florals from Betsy's set.

I first stamped the background with Windowpane Plaid Background before stenciling
hearts from Poppystamps' Confetti Heart Plate. I made a stencil from the die plate,
before spraying it with Pixie Repositional Spray,  something I learned from
watching Betsy's video. 

The envelope is popped up with foam.

There are so many ways to be inspired from the photo, and our designers
have plenty of inspiration for you on the CC blog. 
Play along for a chance to win and be our guest designer!

Have a great and crafty week!

The Greetery

Sentiment Suite: Love
Signed & Sealed
Signed & Sealed With a Kiss
Pretty Postmarks


Confetti Heart Plate