Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

It's time for PTI's August Blog Hop, and Nichole
has given us this photo for inspiration this month,

Ink Blending was one suggestion to use, and the colors... soft pastels,
with a touch of navy!

I love to layer, it's one of the joys I get from card making. And I took inspiration 
from the layers of color, and the metal on the paintbrushes.

Square frame from Don't Forget to Write.
Had a bunch of die cuts left, so did a second card.

Background was ink sponged with Melon Berry,
then embossing paste applied with the leaf stencil from Garden Gate.
Combination of translucent, metallic gold & metallic silver ep. (Wendy Vecchi)
Circle frame die from Don't Forget to Write
Stamps & Dies: Give Thanks, Paper Clippings: Thankful for You,
Mum's the Word,  Inspired: Blessings.
PTI Inks: Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Melon Berry, Americana, 
Stormy Sea, & Enchanted Evening.
A few clear sequins and rainstones to finish.
Did I mention, I love to layer?

Can't wait to see the gorgeous creations all lined up this month,
a sea of pinks and oranges, with a hint of navy! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Best Wishes

Make It Monday's challenge features Laurie this week,
and using our cover plates and tag dies.

I needed a wedding gift tag, so I chose to work with the
Cover Plate: Gem Stone die set.
Tag Sale #6
Cover plate cut from gold foil
Diamond dies cut 3 times
Sentiment: Gatsby Glamour

Love the effect of the cover plate over a tag.
Plan to do this technique often.
Thank you, Laurie!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Autumn Blessings

Had some time to play with the new Make It Market Garden Gate.

Besides the shimmer paper, I added Wink of Stella in certain spots.

Will be posting more, this one for fall, a season I'm longing for....

PTI: Make It Market Garden Gate
Autumn Acorns

Stay cool!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Note of Thanks

Hello everyone and welcome to
 a new challenge at Tag You're It!
And our muse is this lovely tag from Michelle Short

Beautiful and summery, right?
Here's some more inspiration for you

Love the orange against the blue!

PTI: Tag Sale #10 and Make It Market Don't Forget to Write (Note)
Die cut and watercolored Memory Box: Laura Bloom
Can't wait to see what you do with Michelle's tag!
Join in the fun for a chance to be our Guest Designer!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sea you Soon

Playing along with MFT's Color Challenge
where they feature these summery colors,

I immediately thought of an underwater scene.

MFT: Sea Life stamps and dies
Jumbo Peek-A-Boo Circle

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Time for PTI's Create Along With Us
What an amazing release it was! And the best of the best creating
Autumn beauties!

As usual, the hardest part is choosing which beauty to case...

Melissa's blessing card spoke to me. Actually several cards and 
projects won my heart, but as I looked at Melissa's card, I
began to see stamps and dies I could use to maybe recreate 
the feel of her card. Especially love that 'rag bow'.


All PTI, except the wood card stock.
Card base 4 x 5 1/2", something I love about Melissa cards, always such 
elongated elegance!
Pretty much kept her composition, with the use of some
 of PTI's older Autumn's favorites.

Autumn Acorns
First Fruits
Basket of Blessings
Make It Market Garden Gate
Basic Bookmark 2
Embellished Elegance
Text-Style Autumn Abundance

Always fun to see what all the PTI fans do with this challenge!
Have a blessed week!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Notecard Set

Hope it's a happy Monday for you. 
Spent the morning creating, definitely in my 'happy place'.
Lexi Daly challenges us this week, at PTI, 
to ground out sentiments with a strip.
Her video gives several examples, and helps to
visually create a base for our card's focal die cut.
Once started, I couldn't stop!
Stamping and card making have that effect!

1st of 3 cards for my set, uses Noted: Scallop Square die
for a card base. 
Sunflower Bouquet (the vault), stamped with Hero Arts Wet Cement
and watercolored with Zig pens.
Sentiment embossed onto the stitched banner from Tag Sale: Quilted.

Next card on the die card base from Make It Market Don't Forget to Write.
Watercolored the image again, and used the 'note' die from the set.

Last vase of sunflowers is first die cut from Smoky Shadow
stamp embossed in gold,
then the image is carefully brushed with bleach,
a MIM technique Heather Nicholes showed us a while back.
Then I watercolored the bleached part.

I love having sets like this handy during the holidays.
They make such sweet hostess gifts!

Do you all know about Paper Sweeties 4th Birthday Party?
Debbie is giving away 100.00 gift certificate to the winner 
of the August Challenge.
Play all month for a chance to win on the PS Blog!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Merry Christmas with a Cherry on top!

Papertrey Ink challenged us this week, to review the Masters Stamp-A-Faire,
and choose one of the designer's brilliant creations, and do a 'remix'.
If you played along, a few weeks ago, you enjoyed lesson 
after lesson, of style, creativity, and art masters.
So glad to be able to go just a bit deeper into what was the 
best SAF yet!

Betsy Veldman, and Masterpieces with the Team, re-introduced me
to Disney Artist, Ralph Hulett.
If you're a fan of Disney animation, vintage retro Christmas, and
joyous art, visit Betsy's post again. You're in for a treat if you do!

The photo above is a Christmas card by Ralph Hulett, and one
I used as inspiration for my remix card.

The first thing I noticed about my inspiration piece was it's long, verticals.
My card was cut to 3 1/2 x 5 1/2". 
And of course, those colors, and color blocking. Complete whimsy!
BB: Superstripes (Lavender Moon) onto Lavender Moon card stock.
A Second Helping of Sunshine, helped me recreate the warmth
of the stove and punchbowl.
Ornament hangers from Holiday Button Bits.
Ornaments from Take a Bough.
The script and size from O Holy Night was the perfect anchor for the
vintage scale.
The Master's Stamp-A-Faire is a wonderful reference.
Hope you get a chance to play all those amazing videos again!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge August 2016

Happy Birthday Paper Sweeties!
That's right, Paper Sweeties is 4 years old this month, and we're
 celebrating with a challenge, and a big prize for the winner.

What's the prize?
$100.00 gift certificate to shop at Paper Sweeties! 
Want some inspiration? 

Are you drooling? Oh, those macaroons! And roses!

I went with the colors, and added cupcake banners.
Celebrating with all the dolls, because they are Paper Sweeties.
I embossed and inked the bg, after cutting 4 windows for 
Abigail, Jake, Emma & Sophie.
Just a quick copic coloring for the dolls and cupcakes, in this month's theme's 
colors, and my card is ready to 'PARTY'!
All the links for this card is below, together with PS's signature sequins.
Let's give a big PS welcome to Lilian Forsyth, new to our team!
Please visit all the designers and show some love!  
Congrats and welcome, to our August guest designer, Elizabeth Hart!

12 Kits July '16: Christmas in July

12 Kits time everybody! And just look at our goodies from
our hostess, Marybeth Lopez from Marybeth's Time For Paper.
Thanks to Lindsey for another gorgeous graphic!
The perfect way to cool off during the hot summer
is to play in the cool craft room. Turn up the air, and get lost in creating!
Beautiful papers, gorgeous die cuts, and then there were these darling critters...
Here's what I did!

Red and White! My favorite for Christmas. 
Loved Marybeth's die cut sentiment, might need to get this one!

Marybeth gave us double sided papers, and this one with the gold dots
had the green diagonal stripe on the other side. After I watercolored the 
holly and berry, I lined the image with gold pen to match the gold dots.

Love this little whimsical guy! Had to do a snowy scene for him.
MFT's Wonky Stitched Circles, and PTI's In the Meadow (hill)
PTI: Confetti Toss made the embossed snow.

Put a bit of glitter snow on his nose, pocket & hill.

These 3 elegant buttons were also in the kit.

PTI's Twig wreath just went perfectly with this  happy holiday paper.
A few die cuts from Make It Market: All Through the House too.
I colored the reindeer red and added wink of stella to his antlers.

Marybeth sent these die cuts, colored and gold embossed. Went with the 
floral paper perfectly! (So glad I have this Make it Market set to case
this bouquet!)

Finally, I had to make a tag set with the critters included in the kit.

Thanks to Marybeth, I've got a great start on the holidays!
And thank you for visiting.
Can't wait to see what all the others did with this kit!