Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PTI October 2016 Blog Hop: A Friend like You

Hello sweet blogging friends! It's time for October's
 Blog Hop at PapertreyInk, and just look at our inspiration!

Time to sing an 'ode to Autumn'!

After a very long hot summer, these are the days we long for in our valley.
Cool crisp, and full of bounty!

PTI: Biblioplile, Autumn Pumpins, Branching Out.
Sentiment: Autumn Acorns.
Background: Cuttlebug folder.
All PTI cardstocks & inks

Come play along all day!

October 2016 Blog Hop

Also adding this card to SSSM Challenge

 Simon Says: Autumn

Monday, October 24, 2016

Oh Holy Night

Make It Monday with Lizzie Jones, and Dry Brushing our background.
Love this technique!
Did a few, while the brush was wet, 
and can't wait to use them again.

You wouldn't believe that I used Pinefeather for my ink, 
it lightened up so much. It looks like aqua mist. 
Tried to keep the sides a bit darker than the center, so my snowflake would 
seem to be glowing. 
Christmas Faith, Snowflake Medley,
Glossy Accents

Also playing along at Merry Monday, 
where the theme this week is 'Birds'.

Merry Monday #219 {Birds}

Spent the morning baking,
with these delicious results!

Our persimmons are ripe, and they make the best chewy cookies!
These are filled with dates, raisins and pecans.
Wish I could send you all some!
Have a great week!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Jugs Challenge: Olive, Gold & Rust

Did a batch of copic colored Autumn Pumpkins, (PTI) and had this rust one
left over. Perfect accent for the Just Us Girls Challenge: Color Week,
Olive, Gold & Rust.

Background embossed with Cuddlebug folder, and lightly inked.
PTI: Autumn Hills, gold embossed.
Thanks sentiment: PTI: Swoosh die
BG: Lil Inkers

Autumn Hills colored with copics
Hope your week is filled with crafting!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

With Joy

Mid week, blogging friends, and playing along with
Merry Monday, a Christmas card challenge, with this inspiration:

I love plaid! Any plaid, so I have lots of plaid paper.
But couldn't find one that I wanted to use, 
so I made my own with PTI's Plaid Builder.
Let me just say, much easier with my misti!

Loop de Loop border die provided my 'trim'.
What the Doodle: Tea Time
Spruce & Sprigs
Tiny Tags

I  die cut the tea cup from shimmer card stock, but it's hard to photograph.
Also added red glitter stickles to the heart.

A few more days to play!
Thanks for the visit, and happy crafting!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Give Thanks

Melissa Phillips shares her talents for creating beautiful backgrounds
with die cut stencil shapes.
Her attention to detail wins me every time.
And it's always delightful to learn her secrets!

Melissa used an ordinary paper towel to apply her inks to the 
die cut stencils. I did some of my background like she showed us,
and part with sponges.
Make It Market: Garden Gate provided the die cut stencil, and 
fall leaves for my background.
Friendship Jar: Fillers (smaller pumpkins)
Autumn Pumpkins (larger pumpkins), & sentiment 
All the pumpkins were die cut, stamped with Hero Arts Wet Cement,
then copic colored.

Also playing along with:

All those gorgeous velvet pumpkins!
Thank you for stopping by.
Hope your week is full of happy crafting!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tag You're It

LeighPenner is our featured muse for Tag You're It!
Her striking fall tag inspired me to do one as bold!

I followed Leigh's lead and went with PapertreyInk dies.
Tag Sale #3, Inspired: Blessed, Autumn Pumpkins, Leaf Prints dies.
PTI Cardstocks, Smokey Shadow, Terracotta Tile, Soft Stone, Vintage Cream, 
Simply Chartreuse, Copper Shimmer

Hope you're inspired to play along! 
I'd love to see what you create!

Love from Our Home

Good Weekend Morning!
I have a card for a couple of challenges,

Merry Monday's Vintage/Retro Theme
and Happy Little Stampers' Anything Goes With Dies

So happy to see a vintage themed challenge!
Perfect excuse to use the new Post and Parcel kit!

The dies in this kit are amazing!
Mounted a sponge inked linen card stock with an oval window, over another 
piece of card stock that was also sponge inked.
And all over a pattern piece included in the kit.
All stamps and dies included in the kit.
Mailbox flag & ornaments embossed with Ranger's Liquid Platinum.
I used a silver gel pen to add a shimmer to the bough's fir, 
and note up top.

PTI's Make It Market: Post & Parcel
PTI Inks: Pale Peony, Aqua Mist, Fine Linen, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise,
Terracotta Tile, Pinefeather & Ocean Tides.
White EP on Mailbox.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Create Along With Us: October 2016

Create Along With Us, PTI's challenge this month, 
features a new Tiny Town house, with all the Christmas trimmings.
Thought I'd use Betsy's idea for her gumdrop roof.

I love the new candy cane portico and trees, and can't wait to case this and
several other holiday houses I've seen.

I stuck with an all kraft and white theme, similar to what Nichole 
posted as inspiration posted on her blog:

Can't you just smell the gingerbread?

A view from the top. 

Front details from Make It Market Kit: Holiday Folk,
In the Meadow and Believe.

Before you go, check out some more
 inspiration for creating these sweet little structures
on these blogs:
Marcia, Birgit and Patti:

and Marybeth

I am sure there are many more, forgive me if I've missed 
you. And please, in the comments, mention your post where you
made a 'Tiny Town' treasure. I'd love to add you to 
my list, and I'll edit this post to include you!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


While I had Botanical Blocks (PTI), out on the work table, 
decided to do another watercolor card for the
DT call at Happy Little Stampers.
So excited to see the watercolor craze on so many challenge blogs!

PTI: Botanical Blocks, Color Pop Autumn, Bloomin' Cute Sentiments
Windsor Newton watercolors, Ranger Distress Inks
Stampendous White Embossing Powder
My Craft Spot Metallic Sequins

Happy Little Stampers feature several monthly challenges,
and will begin a watercolor challenge starting in 2017.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Watercolor Thanks

Hi, playing along (again!) with Cas Watercolour Challenge.

Bonnie and Loll have given us the theme, 'Autumn', 
for the month of October.
Sunflowers are in full bloom everywhere right now, 
gorgeous reminders of fall sunshine. I chose the lined drawn sunflower
 from PTI's Botanical Blocks.

Sharing a couple of techniques with you.
First, to color onto dark card stock: painted on bleach 
within the embossed image,
When dry, watercolored with Zig pens.
Background dry embossed with PTI's Bloom Builder's die.
Then spritzed with water, and colored randomly with watercolors.
Flicked Terracotta Tile and Ripe Avocado Inks, (PTI), after the 
background was dry.
Thanks from Swoosh dies.

Olive Twist cardstock: PTI
Watercolor cardstock: Canson
Card base: Rustic White: PTI
'Thanks': PTI's Cream shimmer

Do you love to watercolor?
Play along here:

adding also to:

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Silver Fox

Playing along with Cas Watercolour Challenge, 
a new card challenge for all of us who love to watercolor.

This is my 2nd card, this time using a technique 
Kay Miller showed us here:

I embossed the fox from Kay's set: Stylized Autumn
in silver embossing powder,
directly onto watercolor paper.
Then masked him as I stamped the leaves around him,
rolling the ink in first one color then another.
I then dragged my wet brush all around the leaves.
The colors bleed out onto the paper, giving it a cool watercolor effect!
Then I stamped and did the technique onto flower and leaf die cuts 
from the same set.

I also added a bit of shading to the fox's eyes and ears.

Did I mention that this is the 1st challenge for this 
sister blog to Cas Mix Up Challenge? 
Now you know!
Play along here:

PTI inks: Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest, Amethyst Allure, Plum Pudding,
Summer Sunrise
Canson watercolor cardstock
PTI Terracotta Tile Cardstock

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Autumn watercolor

Sharing some fun news I just learned about.
There's a brand new card challenge, 'CasWatercolor', by
Loll Thompson and Bonnie Klass, from Cas Mix Up Challenge.

 I love to watercolor, and so glad it's such a hot and trendy technique 
to use on cards.

Watercolored and stamped die cut leaves from PTI's Leaf Prints.
I used Windsor Newton watercolors, from a tube, to get
the intense fiery colors on the leaves.
I stamped and watercolored a few leaves onto 3 1/2 x 4 1/2" watercolor card stock, using PTI's Simply Chartreuse & Olive Twist inks.
Flicked some Mr. Hueys white spray 
and Olive Twist over the stamped images.
Sentiment from PTI's Color Pop Autumn.
'Bountiful' white embossed, then inked with Liquitex Iridescent Bright Gold.
'Blessings': Olive Twist. (PTI)

Background card stock is a left over from a challenge.
1st stamped with PTI's Background Basics: Super Chevron,
then watercolored randomly and splattered with Harvest Gold ink.

Play along all during the month of October,
and this is a design team call until the 15th!

CAS Watercolour October Challenge and DT Call

Also adding my card to:
SSS Work It Wednesday, Red Orange Yellow and/or Brown

 Work it Wednesday September 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Autumn Birthday

Cas Mix up has a fun challenge for the month of October,
Stamping + Ghosting + My Choice.

I've never done 'ghosting' before, so I had to try Lol's method.
If you haven't done this technique or need a refresher,
Cas Mix up has several you tube videos on their blog with different methods to
achieve the look.

With a white card stock and Distress Inks, I sponged my background.
Then with stencils from Color Pop Autumn (PTI), I spritzed the 4
stencils with water. The white is the ghosting that is left after it dries.
Then the various shapes are stamped (veins in the leaves, etc.)
Honestly, had so much fun, and way too excited each time the ghosting appeared!
So that's my ghosting + stamping. My choice, was the addition of 
the banner from PTI's Paper Clippings: Birthday Details,
with die cuts from Color Pop Autumn.

Definitely trying the other methods!

Christmas in Black & White

Hi! I'm playing along with Poppystamps Challenge today,
with the call: 'Back to Black'.

I did a b/w Christmas card with the Poppystamp dies: Winterflake Corner,
and Jasper Ornament Outline & Jasper Ornament Background.
Added the cutouts from the snowflake corner.
Sequins: 3mm Irridescent from Pretty Pink Posh.

The ornament, when cut, allows the lift of it's wings and
snowflake, for a very pretty detailing.
Play along along month on the Poppystamps blog, here: