Saturday, August 19, 2017

Poppystamps Jar Collection

Hi everyone! I'm up at the Poppystamps Blog today with a 
card using the new Jar Collection and Peony Stems and Blossom.
Come by and see how I made this card.

Thanks for visiting!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Hi PTI fans! 
I love Mondays that fall  on Papertrey's release week.
We are asked to case the wonderful designers who take the new product 
and create and design fabulous things!

Sounds easy? Fun yes, easy no. Just try picking one out of 76 glorious

I finally settled on a beauty by Michelle Leone, featuring Betsy Veldman's new
Beautiful Berries: Autumn. You can see Michelle's card, and a card set she did here:

I used the stencil from Herb Garden, as Michelle did, and
substituted my vine with one from Embellished Elegance.
Inked with Summer Sunrise and Harvest Gold
Vine inks: Simply Chartreuse, Orange Zest, Scarlett Jewel.
So glad to use that lovely set again! 
Double Ended Banners and Inspired: Blessed.
Stitched die from Noted: Scalloped A2.
The Inspired: Blessed stamp set has several sentiments that go along
with the word, Blessed, but couldn't decide which to use.
Decided I'd wait until the need arises to add, 'so very', or 'grateful, thankful', 
or one of the other lovely sayings.

Play along on Nichole's blog here:

Also playing along with SSS Wednesday's Challenge

And Word Art Wednesday

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Monochromatic Color Pop 'Hello'

MIM at PapertreyInk features Stephanie Gold with a fun technique of 
creating Monochromatic cards with a touch of Color Pop.

My card has a bit more than just, 'pop'. More 'pop, pop, pop'. Well you get the idea.
Once I started with the Aqua Mist, I just loved the contrast against the Stormy Sea,
and popped more color than the challenge calls for.
I do love the effect, and always love the idea of framing my sentiment, the 
way Stephanie did.

Garden Party stamps and dies
Graceful Greetings sentiment
Leaf & Sprigs Frame Die

Hope your week is a great one! 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Eat the Rainbow

It's 105 in the Central Valley today, and not much to do other 
than remain indoors and craft.

PapertreyInk always has the best tutorials and challenges,
and this week with Lizzie is at the top of the 'fun' column!

Color Slider cards are a way to give the recipient a happy and colorful surprise.
Lizzie shows us step by step just how to create this fun interactive card.

As the tab is pulled, the image is transformed to color!

Think I'll play some more with this technique. There are so many stamp sets that would work.
Check out more ideas on Nichole's blog, here:

PTI: Colorful Treats stamp set
Love You to Pieces: Additions (Pull here heart)
Dies: Half & Half, Double ended Banners
Noted: A2 rectangle die (cut 1/4" larger on each end to accommodate cone)
Stay cool my friends!

Monday, July 31, 2017

HLS August Watercolor Challenge

Happy August 1st, everybody!
It's time for a new watercolor challenge at Happy Little Stampers

It's an 'Anything Goes' challenge, and this time the twist is: Bloom!
Want some inspiration?

Going with the 'twist' this month, and die cut my blooms from 
Poppy Stamps just released die, Chinese Lanterns.
I let my colors blend on the die cut watercolor paper,
then adhered it to a die cut and loosely watercolored PTI: Mix & Mat Postal Die.
Popped it all up with foam, and watercolored bottom layer, for my birthday card
sentiment: HLS: Especially For You

Can't wait to see what you do with this challenge!

12 Kits of Occasions July '17

Hi, and welcome to July's post for 12 Kits of Occasions.
This month's hostess is Kim Heggings, from Cupcakes, Cards and Kim
and she's titled this month's kit:
Christmas in July.
Kim has chosen Ardyth as her guest this month. Ardyth's blog is MASKerade,
and you don't want to miss her creations.

Darling Images and die cuts, wonderful holiday paper, and even some twine and
bling for our cards!

Starting off with the reason for the season!

This Bethlehem Boarder was ready for it's desert night setting.
Hills & Banner: PTI

How cute is this kitty? And it's sentiment!
Gave my 'naughty' kitty glittered poms on her cap.
Sizzix Tim Holtz EF.

This trio screamed for the Ho3 sentiment!
I gave the capped pup some puff paint on his trim.

Candy Canes: PTI
Tags: Poppy Stamps

Neat & Tangled 'Merry & Bright

Thanks to Kim, I've put a dent in my Christmas card stash!
Don't miss the other designers' Christmas in July posts!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

For You

Make It Mondays are always a treat at PTI!
This week Laurie shows us 3 ways of color blocking our cards.
I'm working on a series of felt ornaments for the grandkid's Christmas trees,
and had this felt car ornament ready.
Just perfect for a color block card front!

A simple bg was what was needed for my felt car. Lifted it up a bit 
in front to follow the grade.

The car is attached to the card front with a velcro disc.
A while back I bought a roll of these discs so I could attach blending
sponges on the backs of my ink pads. (Thank you Jeanne Jackna!)
So handy when your ink sponging a background.
The car/ornament stays in place until little hands peel it off 
to put on a tree.

Stitched Car & Stitched Car Tree dies
Soft Stone, Aqua Mist, Stormy Sea, Classic Kraft Cardstocks
Sentiment: Wet Paint Holiday Tags
Christmas Faith (tiny snowflakes)
PTI: felt
White embossing powder, Stormy Sea Ink

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.