Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Card Concept: Garden Pleasures


Garden Pleasures is the theme for our newest card challenge at the Card Concept.

I was inspired by the flowers and pewter color, and the patina of aging metal.

Play along for 2 weeks and be sure to include out challenge photo on your post!

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, May 7, 2021

Market Basket Birthday Card


A warm spring day with nothing pressing, and a delivery of the Greetery's newest.
Just couldn't wait to play with all the new goodies!

Oh, that basket! Fell in love during the release, and couldn't wait to play.

The die set gives you a choice of 3 sizes, this is the largest. I've done this treatment
several times before to simulate copper patina. Simply cut the basket from blue
green, or aqua cardstock (PTI's Hawaiian Shores), and randomly pat the die cut 
with an embossing pad. Sprinkle with copper embossing powder (Wow superfine),
and the result is aged copper patina. I gave my basket a paper lining of vellum, sort of 
mutes the stamped background.

The Tulips Botanicals allow you to color anyway you like, or simply die cut from 
colored cardstock. So many choices! Can't wait to try watercolors. Or maybe

Did you get the basket die? It sold out quickly, but the Greetery's great at
restocking. Wishing to spend the weekend with more stamps, but they'll have
to wait. Mother's Day and family and barbecue and swimming... all planned 
for this special weekend.

Happy Mother's Day!

Fond of Foliage Background Stamp, Market Basket Sentiment Stamps,
Botanicuts Tulips, Market Baskets Dies

Ranger Oxide Inks
Wow Embossing powder

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Delightful Digits

Greetings my card making friends!
Enjoying all the new goodies from the Greetery, and started with the Delightful
Digits Die. 

The release is a celebration of stamps and dies that play delightfully well each other
and I love how it works well with their previous sets too.

I had in mind a card for celebrating a 2nd year milestone. I'll bet you can guess who it's for!

The detailing on the hand is amazing! You get to add nail polish and jewelry!

Just had to add an a stamped envelope to match the card! Love that sheer sleeve!

Delightful Digits is, well, delightful! 
I'll post later with several other color combos I played with.

The Greetery

Delightful Digits die, Bold Numbers die, Holding Hands stamp and die sets,
Flower Market Bouquet,  Crimped Circles die.

Ranger Distress Oxide Inks, Altenew Inks, PTI inks

Monday, May 3, 2021

Good Monday Morning all! I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, with this easel

Pop Up Easel Barn set comes ready to decorate or just leave plain. The pieces 
are so cute all by themselves.

My card has several of the new Whittle Critters, all available in the shop.


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Concord and 9th Love Card


Hello friends! I recently got some of C9's newest, and among the stamps and dies was
this floral from the Painted Peony set.

I am always in need of Birthday cards, and LOVE the sweet little script of 'Sending love'
added to the corner. Inside, the birthday sentiment can be personalized.

I die cut several of the peony, and stamped it with 3 coordinating colors, using Altenew Inks.
Visualizing colors together always helps!

The top bloom is the only die cut flower, the 2 side blooms are stamped onto the card front.

The lacy edging is part of their new release as well.

 Hope you're having a good weekend, with lots of time to create wonderful

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Card Concept: Happy Mother's Day


Welcome friends! It's time for a new challenge at the Card Concept, and the photo 
inspiration below is a favorite!

Don't you just want to enjoy sitting at this table! I was inspired by the transferware
pot, the crisp blue and clear white, and the gorgeous blooms to create my 
Clean and Layered card.

My unforgettable, and awfully missed mom is in heaven, but I created a Thinking
of You card with C9's wonderful new dies. The background stamp is from the
Stamp Market.

I did a quick and loose watercolor on the floral part of the frame, and cut the frame die 3
times, gluing them together for dimension. 

Hope you play along. The stunning inspiration photo can be interpreted in so 
many ways. Remember to include the photo on your post to be eligible to win.

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Poppystamps Post


Oh Happy Day! I'm up on the Poppystamps Blog today with this set of notecards.

A set of 4 with matching envelopes, tied with a ribbon makes a spiffy gift! 
Check out the deets on 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Card Concept: Loads of Lavender


Hi and welcome to my post today. The Card Concept has a new challenge, called,
Loads of Lavender. Check our the the challenge photo.

Colors, subject, and the lavender stems inspired my card. The problem I had
was, I have no lavender plant stamps! 

I paired some of Betsy Veldmans' Greetery stamps (Simple Things) with another of her
sets from PTI, Herb Garden.

I call my card Clean and Layered, (maybe not so clean?), definitely layered. 
Our challenges are for 2 weeks. Hope you'll read the rules, one of which is to
post the challenge photo on your blog. Can't wait to see how you're  inspired.

Thanks for the visit! See you in the lineup!

The Greetery :

Simple Things, Opposites Attract, Shiplap die


Make It Market: Herb Garden

All Inks: Altenew

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Waffle Flower Guest Designer


It's a happy day dance I'm doing today! I get to be a guest designer for Waffle Flower!
My ├╝ber talented friend, Jeanne Jackna asked if I'd join her team to showcase 
WF's April weekly challenge. The theme for April is sewing, and I'm featuring one
of their stitching dies.

I love any sort of needlework, and crosshatch is a favorite.  

The die is called Stitchable Pinking Rectangle, just right for any pattern you'd like 
to create. They even include one with the die.

Originally I chose these 3 colors of embroidery thread, but changed my mind after 
starting the card. (OK, don't judge me, I'm fickle!)

I started with the green, full 6 strands, and carefully counted my holes between the
diagonals. Next the green, then teal, and finally grey and darker green in the opposite
direction. This is a pleasant evening's work while watching TV, and I loved the look of the
pale blue behind and through the unstitched holes. 
The added die cut is Waffle Flower's Potted Lily. The sentiment is included in
the stamp set. 

Lots of foam pop ups for extra dimension.

Hope you'll play along with this week's challenge, and try your hand at one or more of 
Waffle Flower's Pinking dies. There are many in the shop, all shapes and sizes! 

Hope you're enjoying a happy healthy spring!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Card Concept: Celebrate Easter


Hello, and welcome to a Celebration of Easter! It's a new challenge at the Card Concept,
and my card plays with several of the Greetery's newest release, which I was so happy 
the Card Concept's photo had displayed.

Bunnies and Carrots... definitely my inspiration!

 Bunny Hop stamps and dies, the new Nordic Frames Circle Die and Botanicuts Carrots.
Couldn't resist throwing the new bow on top for my Very Layered Card.

Hope you're inspired to play along. Remember to add our challenge photo, and pick 
a style (listed on the blog), or choose one of your own.

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 26, 2021

Bunny Hop


There was just something wild and free about Tim Holtz' bunnies that tickled, and
I quickly ordered them. Of course the freeform look of the 3 silhouettes meant I
had to also have the wildflower greens the bunnies could dance on...

The card is a slimline, 8 3/4 x 3 3/4", and the reason for the size is to look right with the
Greetery's Crimped Slimline Die. I started with a stenciled background (white embossing
paste), and built from there. The beautiful Easter script die is from the Greetery. I
think I've used it on all my Easter cards this year!

My envelope is from SSS, perfectly sized for the slimline, and they offer many colors
in a pack of 10. I created bunny stencils by die cutting the bunny and leaves with vellum.
This works great! And the the result is a decorated, personalized envelope.

The frame and bunny are 'foamed' up, and just had to add the pom for the tail!

The card is going to a favorite aunt. I think I've mentioned it before, but I have special 
aunts that I love sending holiday cards to, and look forward to their calls of thanks
when they receive them. 

Happy Spring, and Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Easter Cards


Easter cards are some of my favorite cards to make. Full of Spring and colorful florals,
and of course faith. 
This latest release of the Greetery's goodies were full of joy... spring, florals and 
Easter symbols and sentiments!

This past weekend I spent some time creating with the Greetery's Print Shop: Florals
Frames and the sentiment Empty Grave. 

The 3 cards are more or less experiments with the stamp set, playing with Betsy's enclosed
stencils and dies.

 A one layer card with blues and greens, and a little marigold for berries. You can't miss
with the stencil layering, so easy, and the center is perfect for your greeting.

2nd card was done with the die that cuts the floral frame, and I stamped some 
enclosed berries in strategic places around and under the leaves and flowers. I added some 
Nuvo drops, (wish I hadn't),  and lifted the die cut with foam.

3rd card is a mix of stenciling and stamping first on the card base, upside down, then
attaching the foam lifted top right side up onto the card. The idea wasn't mine, I 
found inspiration from the Greetery's 'Lookbook'. I masked off the center sentiment,
and added a few splatters.

The sentiment is gold embossed, and I'd love to share a shade of gold I found, new
to me, from Ranger, called Princess Gold. It's the best gold I've used yet! I found mine
at Hobby Lobby. 

Have a wonderful week, hope your Easter season is full of God's Grace!