Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Celebrate Your Special Day

Above & Below, Lizzy's tutorial this week, at Papertrey's MIM,
shows us how to frame our sentiments with die cuts.
Oh happy day! My order arrived just in time to use some of the new 
stamps and dies for my card.

The sentiment is stamped on a strip created with a die from To The Point Edgers 2,
cut with the point down, then turned it around and cut again with the point up.
Love the little windows on that edger die!

I combined 2 sets, Forest Floor: Summer and Herb Garden.

Enjoying the warmup where I live.
Planted some spring color and watching the vegetables ripening.
Just hope the chickens don't eat it before we do!

Happy Crafting!

If you like and want to order any of the stamps, dies or inks you see on my card,
be sure to click on my links. They'll take you right to the PTI shop and product.
Thank You!

All PTI Inks

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Oh, the Places You'll go!

'Create Along With Us' time at PapertreyInk, and this beauty by
Dawn McVey inspired my card:

There is never an easy choice when choosing which designer's gorgeous creation
to case. But in Dawn's case, it was made easy with the choice of her colors, 
layout, globe and corner die.

The moment I saw her Glorious Globe I knew I wanted to use it on a graduation
card. Actually 6 graduation cards! 
This is the year for grads in our family. And with the exception of a niece, I
needed 5 for boys. So I switched up a few things, like color. 

My 'Corner Adorner' is a Memory Clip die cut with some treated paper I had 
on hand. 3 tickets and a congrats die complete the 'adorder'

I love that the globe and tickets convey that life is just beginning for the graduate,
 wishing them endless possibilities! 
1 down, 5 to go!

Happy Crafting!

If you see something on my card you'd like, my links are an affiliate of PapertreyInk, 
and I'd love it if you'd order off my blog! 
Thank You!
And thank you, Dawn. It's so nice to see you back designing your beautiful cards again!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Card Concept Challenge: Floral Centerpiece

Welcome to a new challenge at the Card Concept.
Every 2 weeks, on Wednesday, there's a new photo inspiration.
This week it's this lovely spring vase of flowers.

I celebrated a birthday a few weeks ago, and my friend, Jeanne Jackna sent
me a Memory Box die called: 'Florina Corner'.
Layering dies became the floral centerpiece of my Classy Elegant card.

With a watercolored background, I die cut the Florina Corner and copic colored the 
flowers and leaves and stems.
The banner is a PTI stamp and die set, with an ombred sentiment.

My links will take you to the PTI stamps and dies.
Thank you for using my affiliate links!


Play along using The Card Concept's styles listed on their blog, or combine 
them for a style of your own. Can't wait to see how you're inspired!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hang in There!

Hello everyone!

I'm participating in a couple of things today,
PTI's MIM with Ashley, and Masking Sentiments,
and a blog hop fundraiser for Lea Lawson's son, called, Layton's legacy,
The fundraiser is to supply the NICU in Minnesota, Starbucks cards
for parents who have children there.

Ashley shows us some masking tricks, and I used them to create a special card
for someone to receive at the card drive. 
I'm happy to let them know there are those who care.
My own granddaughter was born at 29 weeks.
We have an amazing children's hospital her in Central CA, and Reagan 
spent 5 weeks there. The care she received in the NICU was exceptional,
and saved her life. 
I thank God for her and those whose training and care gave us our beautiful Reagan!
You can read about the blog hop, and Lea's Card Drive and Fundraiser here:

Layton's Legacy

Make It Market: Nostalgic Notions

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thank You Teacher

Good Thursday morning!
I finally found a few moments to myself to make a card for this week's
MIM with Melissa: Ink Blending on Colored Cardstock.

I've been on grandma duty for the week. SIL has been promoted and family will soon be
moving to So Cal. It's been a busy week!
3 children, 3 lunches, to and from different schools, practice, gymnastics,
 and one with a cold.
Was it this busy raising my own? How quickly it's all behind. 
But... new memories to make, love to give, and receive... and for some reason
I seem to have endless patience, (thank God!). Anyway, 
Back to the card...

Melissa's video was to use colored cardstock, emboss our image and ink blend over
the versamarked image.

While going through my PTI stamps and dies, I came across Betsy's sweet apple 
from the What the Doodle series. Using pretty much Melissa's card layout, the rest was easy.
The card will go to one of the grandkids' teachers. School will be ending soon.
Not sure where the year has gone!
Hope I didn't bore you too much. It's so nice to be in the craft room, even for a 
short while!

I've listed the PapertreyInk supplies used. If you click the ones you like
it takes you to the item in the store. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sending You Hugs

Hello friends! The Card Concept's new challenge is this gorgeous
inspiration photo:

Are you as 'wowed' as I am? So many directions and styles you could choose.

Contrast of the red bloom against shimmering white satin drape was my starting point.
I selected Altenew's Build a Flower: Aster and Aster die, and stamped
the red Bold Bloom.

Lots of drama and and a sentiment banner to mimic the photo.
Here's the link to get you started, and to see the rest of the DT's inspiration:

PTI's Banner and sentiment
Background is a stencil from PTI's Make It Market: Garden Gate
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste (Gold and Silver)
A few sequins from my stash.

I'd say it falls under the category of Classy and Elegant.
Our challenge is for 2 weeks, and you can choose from the styles listed
on the Card Concepts's blog, or combine a few of them.

Happy Crafting! Hope to see your creation in the challenge lineup!

Catherine Pooler Inks

Monday, April 30, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions April '18

Hi friends! Welcome to 12 Kits' April post. This month's hostess is
Lisa Elton, from My Paper Tales, and what a sweety of a kit she gave us!
'My Little Chickadee' is the theme, with birds and feathers,  tweety sentiments,
and lots of gorgeous papers.

Are you settled in with a cuppa? Hope you enjoy my cards!

Lindsey included this stamped stem of flowers on kraft. Couldn't wait to pencil in the color.
PTI stencil dots on Aqua Mist cardstock.

Isn't he adorable? He's titled 'Choirboy', and he's from Past Time Stamps.

One of the most fun we friends have is combining elements in our kit. This Impression Obsession 
couple on the clothesline seemed perfectly matched to this sentiment!
PTI's Sunshine rays stencil.

All these elements were included in this month's kit, even those sweet little wood birds.
The twine is Lawn Fawn.

I cut a window in this pattern paper Lisa included, from PTI's Window Works die,
and fussy cut and copic colored the bird on the branch.

And finally this card, with a sentiment from Serendipity.

Hope you enjoyed the post today, I loved working with Lisa's kit,
and have plenty to do several more cards. Just the kind of kit I love!

Thank you Lisa!
Don't forget to visit the other kit designers. Always fun to see what they do with the same kit!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

PTI April '18 Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to PTI's April Blog Hop.

We were given this photo for inspiration.

I loved the linen look, and took the florals for my inspiration.

I used a stamp and spritz technique for my blooms and leaves, adding additional color
for a second stamping with my misti.

It's such fun to hop around and see what we all did with the photo!
Play along all day on the PTI Blog!
Except for the pearls, all products PTI.
I've listed them below. Just click on what you like and it will take you to the
PTI store
Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spot Color Word Diecuts with Betsy Veldman

Make It Monday this week features Betsy and 'Spot Word Diecuts'. 
This is a wonderful way to hi light a sentiment, and I plan to do it again.
First I found a line stamp or two, and then a word die with some weight, as 
Betsy showed us in her video.

So happy to use Butterfly Blooms for the first time, along with it's companion set: A Bit More
Butterfly Blooms. I just had to try Lexi's Flat Photography with this card.

Play along all week on PTI's Blog!

If you like any of the sets I've used, just click the stampset below.
It will take you directly to the PTI store to purchase.
Thanks for visiting today. Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Two-Fer #4: Pets

There's a Two-Fer Challenge going on now, with the prompt: Pets. 

Among my 'pets' are egg laying chickens I've raised from 2 day old chicks.
They lived in my laundry room for 2 months, warm and snug, until they were able to
live outdoors in a chicken coop my husband and son built.

My babies at 3 weeks.

I created 2 cards with a favorite Ai stamp called Spring Chicken

O Frap. A perfect sentiment when a birthday is forgotten, don't you think? 
Miss Henny Penny is copic colored in pinks to show her frustration at forgetting
an important event. Plaid paper: Lawn Fawn.
Circle frame die: Poppystamps
Roses and bowl of eggs: Carta Bella: Country Kitchen

My 2nd card is the same stamp from Ai's Spring Chicken, this time colored with E-copics,
very much the color of my chickens. And it becomes a Mother's Day card, by masking
the sentiment on the cup, and adding a heart.
Ai: Bird Brains chicken wire stamp
PTI: Stitch in Time Borders.

A Two-Fer!

Play along for a few more days on Darnell's blog:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Graffiti Word Art with Lexi Daly

Lexi Daly has a tutorial on the PapertreyInk blog this week, creating 
Graffiti Word Art

My PTI word dies didn't come close to being 'graffiti-esque', but I came closest with
the happy from Paper Clippings: Birthday. 
I started with a few other dies, and worked Lexi's steps on them, but was happiest with 
the Paper Clippings die.

I really liked Lexi's word, 'fly'. The shape and font was perfect for the challenge. 
I'm afraid the words I had are a bit frilly to call them graffiti. 
But the technique works well with die and stamped word.

Love the little bit of sheen the clear embossing gives the word.

I GA'ed the candle flames and balloon.

If you like any of the products I used, you can find them below.
Just click on them and you'll be directed to the PTI product in the store.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Blessing in my Life

Hello everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at the Card Concept.
Here's our inspiration, called 'Blossoms in Blue'.

Oh so feminine!
And some Layered inspiration from me:

I used PTI's Stitched Garden and Gathered Garden blooms and greens over a panel of 
Stenciled dots.

Come play along for 2 weeks, and pick one of our styles or combine the styles.

Happy Crafting!

PapertreyInk products: Just click on what you like, and it will take you to the product.