Thursday, October 19, 2017

Peace card

Make It Monday at PTI features the artistry of Melissa Phillips, 
who wowed us with 3 gorgeous samples of wreath building, found here:

I must be slipping because I only have a couple of wreaths to work with,
one being the die Melissa used. Found this one (Enclosed Wreath), 
and had some fun with building my card around it.

Had to go with pinks, in honor of Melissa, and her incredible talent with pastels!

Embossed my die cut 4 times with Stampendous Shabby Green EP,
and sponge inked and stamped the Doily Tag Base with Beautiful Berries: Winter.
2 colors for the fern: Mint Julep & Green Parakeet.
2 colors for the berries: Berry Sorbet & Pure Poppy.

Background is stenciled with PTI's Polka Dots, Sweet Blush on Sweet Blush cardstock.

A peek on the inside

It's so much easier to finish the inside while the stamps are on my table,
one less step when addressing my cards.

Loved this technique, and plan to do several cards using these stamp sets...
while they're still handy on the table!

Thank you Melissa, and thank you for visiting,
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Card Concept, Autumn Love

Time for a new challenge at the Card Concept.

You could go in so many directions with this inspiration.
Take a Look at my Clean and Layered card.

I first picked the owls and used PTI's Polka Dot Parade #11, and Leaf Prints.
Up in the corner I stamped Autumn Adornments, using the rich fall colors of the photo.
I stamped the sentiment, then stamped it again on the Made With Love tag from PTI.
Gave my owl some vellum wings, and sprinkled some orange sequins around.
Hope you get a chance to play. We'd love to see what inspires you!
Our winner gets to be a guest in the future.

Thanks for visiting, and see you in the lineup!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Wonderland Post

Playing with Betsy's new kit, Wonderland, from PTI and it's everything I'd hoped!
This post is some of the projects I made.
The first is this box card, made with a Lawn Fawn die.
I saw a box card Marybeth Lopez made with this die, and quickly ordered it! 

Completely opened, the box becomes a 3 dimensional scene. 

Closed it fits perfectly into an A2 envelope.

The card box is decorated all around, inside and out with images and paper from the kit.
I stamped the elements you see, saving the cutouts for other projects. 

The next is a card made with one of the preprinted tags in the kit

Started with  one of Betsy's new stencils, and added a strip of birch ribbon to the bottom.
I stamped my own swags (not sure why I'm saving the ones in the kit, but I love
to stamp, and wanted to try the 3-4 step stamping.)
Silver White Winters snowflakes embossed with Ranger's Snowflake Tinsel.

I just had to make one of the cloches. Can't wait to do more. They're going on my 
Christmas table, one for each person. The sweet little project comes together quickly.

Can you just picture a dozen dressing up a table? 

And finally, a glittered card. this time I die cut and stamped the roses and added them to the strip 
included in the kit.

Can't wait to do more. The tags are so perfectly gorgeous, and really don't need
a thing. But I usually want to add a bit of something of my own, a die cut, or added sentiment.
We'll see. 
Hope you check back soon to see more!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Give Thanks

The theme is Sentiment Windows at PTI's MIM with Dawn McVey. 
She shows us how to cut and embellish a view into our cards.

I cut my window with Brushed Off: Oval (the smaller die), after adding Simply Chartruese
Pattern Pack's plaid and vellum to the front of my card.
2 images were stamped in the window, one with a sentiment, the other full of corn.
Kind of Corny.
Here's a look on the inside

First stamped the sentiment corn, with Orange Zest & Terra-cotta Tile, masked it, 
and did the stamping with the corn kernel image. 
Happy Thanksgiving was stamped with Americana, which was also the base color 
for the kernel corn.

I think depending on the season, if you asked me 'what's your favorite autumn set,' 
Leaf Prints has to be at the top. Gorgeous shaped leaves and veins, perfect for ombre stamping, 
and included is this sweet stamp to add to the back of my card, ready for my signature.

PTI twine, and button (Vintage Button Mix)

I love seeing what everyone creates each Monday, using these video tutorials.
I've learned so much over the years, from the talented designers and from
all of you too. 
Thank you Dawn! And thanks to all of you!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Playing with Holiday Tag Along

Hi there!
Had some time this weekend and played around with Betsy's new Holiday Tag Along set.
All but one are preprinted, with die cuts from other PTI sets.
I loved Melissa's release post featuring what could be done with this sweet set,
and followed her example of decorating the pre printed tags with some images
from the umpteen other PTI Christmas sets I have.

Want to see more?

Honestly? So simple! Most of these were die cuts I saved from other  projects. I usually 
cut several at a time, just in case I flub, I don't have to stop what I'm doing to cut another image.
Spruce & Sprigs, Tinsel & Tags.

Ah, red and white, how I love you!
Quilted Winter & Fancy Snowflakes

Christmas Critters, and that holly bling in the corner, and that's it!

More fun with Christmas Crtitters, and a few greens from Spruce & Sprigs 

Christmas Faith doves and berries

Fancy Flakes and Fab Flakes.
And I think there's a few snowflakes from Quilted Winter too.

The beautiful snowflake sprig is from Quilted Winter, and I just cut an end off and 
added it to the top corner. 

The last tag is cut with the set's included dies, and a few Tinsel & Tags gold embossed die cuts.
If you look closely you can see the gold edging I added with my Deco Color gold pen.

All of these came together so easily, I can't wait to do more!
If I forgot anything please ask, I'll be happy to tell you where or how!

Thanks for visiting, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Another Birthday?

Getting in on the NBUS fun with Darnell

and her 12th NBUS Challenge.
I couldn't let this one get by, always have played along,
and couldn't miss posting a funny made for my husband's birthday.

Bonnie Krebs and her fun loving images just get me.
This 'old goat' from the Old Goat stamp set from Art Impressions (AI)
PTI: Brushed Off Rectangles and circle die from Bite Sized Tags.
Darnell, thank you for the bonus day! 
PS, you have a few more hours to play along!
Hurry! There's prizes!

White Pumpkin

Hi and welcome to a new challenge at the Card Concept!
Rustic Nuetrals

Just look at this inspiration photo

Need some more inspiration? How about this card using Poppy Stamps' Pumpkin Collage.

 The die cut sentiment is also from Poppy Stamps and is called Happy Halloween Signs.
the sprig is Papertrey's and is a die cut from Ivy & Bloom. 
I sponged it a bit with PTI's Ocean Tides.
As you know, the Card Concept has several styles to choose from when designing a card.
I'd call this one, Clean and Layered.

Can't wait to see your creation!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tree Snow Globe

A Christmas card created for a couple of challenges:
Papertrey's  Make It Monday

and Merry Monday's new challenge.

Betsy's tutorial, this week, shows us all how to give our die cuts 
the look of Epoxy Embellishments.
I applied her technique to the trees in the snow globe, as well as the pinecone and leaves.
The sentiment banner started it's life as a Pinefeather die cut, and is also coated with clear 
embossing powder 3 times.

Holiday Greens and Holiday Greens Borders
Snow Globe Sentiments
Winter Snow Globe
Holiday Plaid Pattern Paper Collection
Superior Clear Veneer Embossing Powder
Stampendous: Aged Green & Shabby Green Embossing Powder.

Dear Friends, 

I know we all share the sadness of the tragic event that took place in Las Vegas.
Our prayers continue to look to our Lord for comfort for those families affected.
May all who have need find their comfort in Him.

'Blessed are those who mourn, 
for they will be comforted.'
       Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

HLS October Watercolor Challenge: Optional Gold!

Hi everyone! It's October 1st and time for another HLS Watercolor Challenge!
This time, with an optional twist... Gold.

Watercolor + Gold = yes please!

My die cut grand leaf is from PapertreyInk, and is called Enclosed: Leaf.
From watercolor paper I cut the leaf, and wet painted with my pan watercolors. Then gold embossed the 2nd or top rim and sentiment with gold embossing powder.
The panel is Wonky Stitched from My Favorite Things.
The leaf veins were first stamped and then spritzed with water.
Sequins from Buttons Galore and More.

Play along all month for a $20. gc at Happy Little Stampers!

See you in the lineup!

12 Kits of Occasions 'Hello Fall'

Hello Fall! 
And hello to all of you!
It's time for 12 Kits of Occasions, a group of friends who loves to craft.
Our hostess this month is the fabulously talented Marybeth Lopez,
from Marybeth's Time for paper.
She sent us a kit full of autumn joy! So let's get right to it.

I'm leading off with the card I posted on the 12 Kits blog, and the adorable Purple Onion pup and wagon. Pumpkins are PTI: Autumn Scarecrow.
Marybeth included the kiwi twine in our kit.

Adore this scarecrow! From PTI's release last month. 
copic colored with sheaves of wheat, also from PTI: Give Thanks

Here's one that was easy breezy. This sweet pumpkin card was ready to add to designer paper.
I fussy cut the thank you banner, and the Autumn Berries branch (PTI) was already on my work table.

When one of these kits comes in the mail, the first thing I do is pair up dp with die cuts.
This wonderful cart from PTI's Make It Market, just seemed made for the autumn tree paper!
(Frame: PTI Cover Plate: Pretty Frame)

I slipped this sentiment inside the Memory Box Pinpoint frame, and watercolored and added the leaves to my sponge inked card. (Poppystamps)

Finally a shaker with the lovely embossed Serendipity Maple Leaf and Quote. 

Be sure to visit all the team to see what they did with their kits. 
I love going over to their blogs and thinking, 'this is so clever!'
Happens every month, folks. I love this talented team!

A great big mwah! to Marybeth for her fall kit! 
Loved playing with every bit, and still have more left over!

Hugs, all!