Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Feel Better

It's Blog Hop time at Papertrey Ink, and Nichole's challenge
is this dreamy photo

Inspiration? Well, there's the color, robin's egg blue.
And a beautifully staged wedding invitation.
The setting is positively dreamy.

I stamped a floral from Stemmed Statements onto watercolor paper,
and loosely colored the blooms, letting the water pull the color outside the lines.
Then die cut with PTI's Mix & Mat: Postal.
At the top I added a die cut banner embossed in white, with a sentiment 
from Stemmed Statements. Love that cute little banner with the 2 holes!
Also did an envelope, stamped with Spring Rain, and colored with copics.

Because of the ring box in the photo, I added a few iridescent sequins to finish.

Think I'll do a set of cards with the other florals from this set. 
Will post them as they're done!

Come play along all day on Nichole's Blog.

Finished a few more cards for my set.

This is such a full and versatile set. With many words and sentiments it's easy to find
and add just the right greeting. And the florals, so many that lend to coloring
with any medium. 
Hope you're enjoying the hop. Always get such fabulous inspiration!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Psalm 91:4

Mondays are the best day of the week, for those of us who
can't do without PTI's Make It Monday.
Today Ashley showed us the coolest technique called
Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiments.
Such a great way to make the sentiment stand out!

A friend is in the hospital, and this card goes to her.
Betsy's Year of the Psalms: March furnished the sentiment I used on
a Mix & Mat: Scallops die.
First stamped with Dark Indigo, then versa mark and clear embossed,
the image is moved down slightly, and clear embossed again for the
shadow effect. 
When the sponge inking is applied, the shadow pops!
My sentiment block is on a die cut and sponge inked 
Cover Plate: Center Stage.
The feathers were fussy cut with a few popped up with foam.
Loved this technique, and can't wait to do it again!
Thanks, Ashley!


Hi! I'm so excited to be introducing some new sets from Poppystamps!

If you enjoy coloring your own images, and creating perfect die cuts every time,
then these sets are perfect for you.

All the details are on the Poppystamps blog.
Be sure to check out today's post.

There's also a reminder to play along with this month's challenge,
'Bling It', for a chance to win a gift certificate to the shop!

Hope your week is fabulous!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Psalm 23:2

Every month during release week at PTI, we get to case the design team
and their genius.

As usual, this month's stamps and dies were beautifully showcased,
and it was hard to pick just one.
Dawn McVey hi lighted the soon to be released 
Cover Plate: Mountain Majesty with a
 bright rainbow watercolor.
I loved the frame she featured, with it's die cut mountains.

Trying to come near her color blends, and that space for the sentiment
was a challenge.
Here's what I came up with.

Year of the Psalms: June stamped onto a Made With Love tag 
(Pinefeather ink)
The frame is Sentiment Splits: Curve Verticle
Tree on the left is from Scene It: Mountain View,
and the stars are from Make It Market Mini Holiday Folk.

I absolutely love the way Betsy has designed the Psalms sets, and will 
be sorry to see the year and the psalm releases end.
Proverbs? Just a thought...

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Birthday Card

This week's MIM, Betsy Veldman shows us how to combine 
Stenciling and Masking, for our one layer cards.

Betsy's video was a simple way to create a card that will 
easily go through the mail.
I have a recipient  in mind for this card. Her birthday is on Thursday.
It just might make it!

Stencil make with a die from Nostalgic Notions.
Ivy & Bloom
Sentiment: Swoosh
Inks: Ranger: Distress Oxide Broken China & Cracked Pistachio
PTI Inks: Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Pinefeather

Play along with Betsy & PTI here, on Nichole's blog:

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Prayer for You

Welcome everyone to Summer and July's HLS Watercolor Challenge!
Is it hot where you are?
We finally broke 100's for 2 weeks! 
So not complaining about the 90's!

This month's challenge is an 'Anything Goes' with a twist... Blue!

Watery blue? How about seashells on the beach?

Looks 'cool' to me!

Here's how I did this layered watercolor.

The outside card is 4 x 5 1/4". The top is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4". 
I wet the watercolor paper completely and just dabbed on the colors randomly.
On the top card, I left the edges a bit white to stand out against 
the bottom card.
Don't mind my dirty work table. It cleans up at the end!

Added a bit of Mr. Huey's Color Mist, Shine and 
Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel (Stampendous), to simulate sand.
Stamps and dies: PapertreyInk
Simple Seashells, Inspired: Prayer
I used my tube watercolors this time. Truthfully, the translucence is 
Play along for a gift certificate to the HLS shop.

12 Kits of Occasions June '17

Hi and welcome to 12 Kits of Occasions June '17!
We're celebrating the fabulous Michele Ferguson, from I Card Everyone,
this month. She's put together a manly kit for us, 
called: 'It's a Guy Thing'
Lots of fun images, masculine colors and sassy sayings!

Leading off with a WOW of a sentiment from Avery Elle.
PTI Watercolor Wonders stampset, PPP tag & Cricut EF.

GA'ed the avocado pit to pop it up, then embossed it with 
Ranger's gold Embossing Tinsel.

I was so glad to see these MFT Seaside Seagulls in the kit!
Love them to bits!
Paired with MFT's sun and Lil' Inkers frames.

With 6 grandsons, this card will surely come in handy!
Poppy Stamps Happy Birthday Background die.

All these sentiments were in the kit. Also the shaker and window card stock.

Love this 'Thanks' die, and think it's perfect for guy or gal.

A better look at the 'Hinged Thanks' from Essentials by Ellen.

Among the treasures Michele included in the kit, was 3 dragonflies perfectly 
embossed, and ready to be popped onto a card front. 
With a few tweaks to the image (Nuvo copper glitter & Stickles Mercury Glass)
I did my favorite card!
MFT: Wonky Stitched Rectangles, PPP sequins.
PTI Melon Berry Cardstock & Pattern cardstock.

Michele invited Bobby Hogan, (Bits & Pieces), to be our guest this month,
Be sure and visit her blog and give her some love.
Can't wait to see what the teamies did with this fabulous kit!

Hugs, Michele!
Lots left over to play with later!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Garden to Heart

Lizzie once again brings us fabulous ideas to decorate the front
of our cards!
MIM's video was all about building a wreath with our small stamps.

Lizzie used a circle and built her wreath around the shape.
I think I cheated a bit, using the leafy heart from To Have and to Hold.
It was just perfect for the Garden Variety sentiment.
Most of my tiny images are from Strawberry Patch Sentiments.
The twigs are from Make It Market Kit: Market Street.
PTI Inks: Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Prairie Grass, 
Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft, Spring Rain.
Spring Moss Pattern Paper, Olive Twist, Stampers Select White
Lots of white space throws me off a bit, so I sponge inked around my
heart wreath with Spring Rain.
Play along all week here, on Nichole's blog!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Birthday Peonies

PTI's June Blog Hop features this inspiration:

Ombre delight, right?

So many directions to go in, I went the ombre of course,
the transparency, (watercolors), and the sweet blooms with their 
 pink/coral hue.

Sponge inked and splattered background, (Aqua Mist & Spring Rain)
Peonies On Parade, 1st white embossed, then watercolored 
with Kuretake pan colors.
Love to 'ombre' each petal on the flowers!
Ways to Say Birthday die cut from glitter card stock.
Panel backed with foam dots and adhered to Ombre Stripes Pattern Paper.
So much inspiration on these hops, can't wait to see everyone's take today!

I'm off to church, and home soon to visit and comment!

Friday, June 23, 2017


Good Morning ! 
My sweet friend, Lindsey Larsen from Occasional Crafting is our guest designer at the Tag You're It Challenge blog this month.

Her sweet tag had me thinking, 'What do I have to honor her tag
with a proper case'?

Within my die binders is this one by Spellbinders.
It's an oldie, and I don't even know if it's available any more. (Ebay?)
It's a Spellbinders Nestabilities die set called Marvelous Squares.
The one word sentiment is a PTI die, Bloomin' Cute Sentiments
I kept it close to Lindsey's tag. Loved her diamond shape and lacy loveliness!
One week left in our challenge.
Come play along here:

Forever Together

Good morning Card Concept fans, and welcome to this gorgeous
romantic inspiration!

Gorgeous, right? I really zoned in on the solid red bouquet.

Perfect chance to play with my new Concord & 9th, Petals & Pallets stamps and dies.
the pallet die allows you to pop it up, or lay it flat. So many options! 
And all the blooms and leaves are included in this lovely set!
I first white embossed my sentiment before stamping with Hero Arts, Wet Cement.
The black dots in the flower centers are tiny pearls.
Just a bit of elegance to my Clean and Layered card.

Come play along on the Card Concept Challenge blog.
And be sure to tell us what inspired you!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Summer Birthday

Happy Monday Morning to all!
Lexi Daly shows us some different card making today,
at PapertreyInk.
Using Pantone Chips for inspiration and definitely color
matching too, it's all about using and hi lighting a simple object.

I didn't think I'd like this as much as I did.
But after visiting Lexi's blog and her pinterest board on 
Pantone inspiration,I'm hooked!


I needed a card for a brother in law, one who loves growing his own fruit,
so went right to 'Still Life Summer'. 
My card needed to be a wider width than an A2 to accommodate the 3 chips,
 and after some measurement calculations (which I'm horrible at!), 
came up with a 4" x 6 1/4".
My chips are 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" square, as Lexi suggests, with 3/4" x 1 3/4" band
at the bottom for sentiment.
Birthday Classics: June & Happiness in Bloom for the sentiments
I'll be doing a custom envelope for this one, which is OK, when it's
thankfully, hand delivered.

Each color chip was sponged to match the die cut image.
I used PTI inks for all.
Melon Berry & Pale Peony for the peach
Scarlett Jewel & Pure Poppy for the strawberries
Mint Julep & Green Parakeet for the lime.

Great Fun doing this card, and looking forward to 
seeing what all of you do!
Stay cool, supposed to get to 110 here today =(

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Let the Bliss Begin

Playing along with Inspired by All the Little Things,
and this photo:

It was the perfect opportunity to compose a wedding card
with SSS's June card kit.

The stamp set is called Floral Bliss.
The dp, from Echo Park: Wedding Bliss
I clear embossed the image on PTI's True Black card stock, 
and watercolored with Finetec Mica Pearls.
Honestly, LOVE how the colors come alive on dark card stock.
Added a strip of glitter paper, popped the panel up with foam,
stamped the sentiments and buds on a branch, then painted them.
Lastly covered my stamped image before splattering the mica paint.
A wedding card just begs for bling, so rhinestones it is!

I blew up this photo so you can see the mica shinning through the colors,
and the coverage is fantastic!

The colors also blend beautifully on either dark or light surfaces.
As you can see, I'm a fan!