Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Playing Cards With Friends

Guess what? Today's a playdate with a friend. Yep. We're 'Playing Cards With
Friends' today. My sweet and talented friend, Michele Ferguson from I Card Everyone
asked if I'd like to join her and create a card. Delightful!

Michele gave these parameters: 
Make a card for a neighbor or friend, and hand deliver it.
Flowers are always welcome, in fact, let's make them die cut flowers.
Include a kind sentiment.

Check, check and check! And if you look closely, I added an embossed background,
something I always swoon over on Michele's beautifully crafted cards.

I have a neighbor I've known a long time. She's extraordinary, talented, beautiful and
caring. I can't wait to let her know how much I appreciate her friendship.

Well, Michele... If you lived near me, you'd get this card, but as it is, 
I'm happy to share it with a dear neighbor and friend.

Let's all run over to Michele's blog to see her creation.
Happy Day, everyone!

One last mention before you go, the 17th of this month is:
Pretty fitting that we made a kindness card, isn't it?

Thanks, Michele. I had a wonderful time. Hope we can play together again some time!


And... as promised a card, with patterned paper, same die set, new colors, and a 
sentiment for Random Acts of Kindness Day, which is today.  
Michele, lets do this again!

The Flower Challenge #77 Reminder: Use Your Latest Stamps or Dies


Hi there. I'm here with a card to remind you... the Flower Challenge asks us to use
our latest stamps or dies.

My latest from Altenew was the Craft-A-Flower Open Peony die set. 

Hope you're playing along. Who doesn't have a newer stamp or die, and 
needs an excuse to use it? Play along for another 2 weeks.
Enjoy your week!

The Card Concept: Cozy Comfort or Vintage Hearts


Good Wednesday Morning! It's the middle of the month, and time for a new
challenge at the Card Concept. 
We have 2 challenge inspiration photos to choose from, and I have a card
for you using the Vintage Hearts photo.

Vintage anything is my choice, and I used the shabby chic hearts, and colors
for my Cozy card.

Before die cutting the heart wreath, I 'distressed' my white cardstock with red paint. 
Using a paintbrush, I painted on stripes of red on a diagonal.

An all die cut card, (except embossed sentiment) I did sponge ink my cocoa cups,
 and the corners of my background paper. 
Style? Layered Mixed Media

Dies from The Greetery: Hearts at Home

Monday, February 13, 2023

You're the Tick to my Tock


One last Valentine with the Greetery's sweet clock.

I did 4 Valentines with the clock die. Each one a bit different in color and face
pattern. I think it was my favorite from the release!

The tag strips made this card quick and easy.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, February 10, 2023

Valentine Trio


It's a happy day when you get the whole day in front of you, with nothing to do but 
craft. And a few days ago, that was the day for me.
I finished up my valentines with The Greetery's Hearts At Home Clock die.
Beyond fun! so I made 3 cards, with 3 of the cute little vintage clocks.

The first, a farmhouse style, oh so traditional, and bordered by pussywillows.

I used some old dp,  and found this one with. a tiny bird. 

This one, a sweet pink and grey for a granddaughter.

And finally, a bold black/white and red.

All valentines are in the mail, and hopefully in the hands of those I love.
Happy Valentine's Day to you, and yours!

Playing along with the Double D Challenge where it's all about 'Hearts'.

                                                     Hearts Challenge


Just Us Girls Challenge #666 - Word Week: Sparkle


Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Heart a'glow


Sharing the latest and last of my Valentines today, this one with The Greetery's
Hearts at Home Lightbulbs die. 
Betsy is so clever with her whimical symbols. followed her 
lead with making a shaker from my lightbulbs. 

Used an old ef and some valentine paper for the bottom strip. The xoxo is from
Reverse Confetti.

Have a wonderful crafty week!

Saturday, February 4, 2023

The Flower Challenge #77 Use Your Latest Stamps or Dies


Greetings and you picked a great time to visit. It's time for a new challenge at the
Flower Challenge. And we are asked to use our latest stamps or dies.

My order from Altenew included Ambridge Roses, stampset, dies and Stencils.
Such large images was perfect for a slimline, which I haven't done in a while,
and this challenge was the perfect excuse to play with this beautiful set.

The coloring comes together quickly with the stencils, and I mounted my die
cuts on a pale gray panel edged in platinum ep. 

Hope you're inspired to play with some of your latest flower stamps and dies. We'd
love to see your creations!

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Hung Up on You


Good morning. And another Valentine using The Greetery's new Have a Heart release.
The sweet Hearts at Home Sweater die is surrounded by a pieced heart wreath 
crafted with the Boxwood Heart base, and stamped with Love is stampset.

This card was on it's way to being tossed. It suffered a smudge on the bottom,
and no amount of scrub would remove a red smudge! 
So I did the next best thing, cut it off, and added a scallop edge. The edging is 
the sides of the Ribbon Maker die. Not my favorite, but it worked.
Tiny posies from Botanicuts Wildflower Mix.

A sweet little sweater hung on a heart wreath... Valentines are such fun to make!

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Poppystamps Challenge: Me and You

It's the first of the month, and Poppystamps has a new challenge to play! 
I'm one of the designers for this month, and the challenge is to create a card
using the theme, Me and You. Perfect for a Valentine!

I also get to choose a guest to inspire you, and my good friend Colleen Foelker agreed
to be my guest for the month of February. Colleen's card is the beautiful Valentine below.

You can find Colleen's lovely valentine on her blog: One Smile Lifts a Heart, and
and of course on the Poppystanps blog all month. 

My card is also on the Poppystamps blog:

Check out all the details on the Poppystamps blog.
You have all month to play along for a 25. gift certificate!
Thanks, and be sure to visit Colleen and give her some love!


The Card Concept: Floral Valentine


Floral Valentine is the new challenge at the Card Concept. Here is our photo 
inspiration and color swatches.

I love working with dies and die cuts, and chose A Pocket Full of Love, 
from Spellbinders to create my Clean and Elegant pocket card.

I used the colors, shades of pink, green and black and placed. my main die cut on
a black background. Then pieced the colors.

The pocket die reveals a card with a sentiment.

Such a great inspiration photo for this challenge, so many possibilities. Can't wait to see
what you do with it! 
Play along, and remember to choose a style, one of ours or make up your own.
Have a great week!