Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Card Concept: Spring has Sprung

The Card Concept begins a new challenge today, very timely,
called: Spring Has Sprung.

Crisp white, bright sunny yellow, with a few color accents, guided my choice to
center a card around Easter, in a favorite style: Clean & Layered.

I was recently introduced to Lindy's Magicals, during a craft weekend (thank you Marcia Hill),
and created a bg for my birds with them, and a scrap left over from a die cut.
Marcia demonstrated  her Magicals, and I was hooked! You never know what will 
turn out after the powder dries, and these little jars are filled with iridescent magic!

With the exception of the Magicals, and some sequins, my Clean and Layered card uses all PapertreyInk stamps & dies.
Inks are another new find from the Craft Weekend, Catherine Pooler Inks.
(Thank you, Colleen, Linda & Marcia!)

You will find links to each PTI product at the end of the post.
Hope you'll be inspired to play along.
A list of styles, and much more inspiration by the designers can be found on
The Card Concept Challenge Blog.
Happy Crafting!

Lindy's Stamp Gang: Magicals (Amazon)
Inks: Catherine Pooler, Tiki Torch, Tiara, Mint to Be, Aquatini, Skylight

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Our Savior Lives!

Make It Monday this week is with Melissa Phillips, and she uses an 
embossing enamel for texture on her card. 
I've never applied my Stampendous Shabby Green the way Melissa did, and
was happy to learn a new technique with an embossing powder I already loved.

Starting with the bg, I used a PTI stencil, and sponged inked my colors with Tim Holtz' 
Distress Oxides, and wet the stencil before laying it onto my inked panel.
Marcia Hill shared this technique with us all at our retreat in Kansas.
Just love the effect! 
Cut Fun Frames several times, and treated the center with Lindy's Magicals
before adding the Shabby Green Embossing Powder.

My egg and die cut sentiment are layered, both cut with shimmer cardstock.
I found the silk ombre seam binding ribbon in my stash, and think it's a bit
bright for the card. If I do a repeat, I think white ribbon would be better.

I love to send out Easter cards. And this along with others, will be sent out this week.

Here are links to the PTI products I used:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Create Along With Us: March

Hi there! It's time again for 'Create Along With Us' During PTI's release, we are challenged
to case the talented designers, showcasing all the
wonderful new product.
My card came from Betsy's Veldman's card featuring a new corner stamp, coming
out this month.

Betsy embossed her lovely card front with a die, giving her centered image just that extra 'pow'!
Loved it! Loved too, the florals circling the framed sentiment.

Here's my case:

If you click on the products they link directly to PapertreyInk's stamps dies and inks.

Embossed frame is the outer die from Papertrey Ink - Mix & Mat: Pretty Brackets Die
Now the corner frame took a bit of doing. It's part of Papertrey Ink - Grand Finale Die,
(couldn't find it in their shop. Could be discontinued, but the dies are available.)
I masked the bottom of the die, stamping just the top to resemble a corner.
The florals are a mix of Grand Finale and the new Anniversary set:
And a sentiment from a new favorite:
Penned Elegance Stamp Set, so many beautifully scripted sentiments in this set!

Here's a list of the inks I used:

My thank you card goes in the mail today to a special aunt who never forgets a
birthday or anniversary. She always tucks away some money for pizza, she says, in
her cards. Such a thoughtful thing after 48 years of marriage!

Play along at PTI's blog through Sunday!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Card Concept: Monochromatic Green

The Card Concept has a new challenge beginning today, called:
Monochromatic Green.

March means more green everywhere I look, including a holiday I love,
St. Patrick's Day. As an ex teacher, I used to love telling the story of St. Patrick,
and how he became the patron saint of Ireland.

I also love getting to play with a couple of new sets from PTI, one with plenty of 
Irish Blessings, Irish Blessings Stamp Set, and another that creates a frame,
My frame is embossed with Stampendous, Pearl Lustre: Emerald

I'd call my card Clean and Layered, but there are several styles for you to choose from.
Play along for 2 weeks on the Card Concept blog!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Poppy Stamps: For You

Hi sweet Poppy Peeps! I'm up on the Poppy blog featuring one of the new Easter
dies: Easter Bunny Egg.

If you visit the Poppystamps blog, I give a tutorial on how to make this card.
Actually, I made 3 cards. Once I got started, I just kept going! Love assembly line crafting!

Happy Crafting, all!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

12 Kits of Occasions: February

Lindsey Larsen is our hostess this month for the 12 Kits of Occasions, 
called 'Faith & Family'.
Let me tell you, our kit was over the top with beautiful florals, die cuts and
sentiments that blessed this kit member's heart!

6 cards were a drop in this kit's bucket. I have so many wonderful left overs to
create more special cards.
Heaven sent... that's what I'd call Lindsey's kit.

A thread of bright spring colors minus yellow, gave the blooms a shock of 'wow'. Leading
my 6 is Concord & 9th's pallet of flowers with the prominent electric blue bloom from
the Stamp Market (Watercolor Bouquet).
Did I mention how the sentiments completely blessed me? 

Clearly Besotted Succulents on an already created bg I found in my stash.

Concord & 9th's Lily colored with pencil, and lined with more of the electric blue.

C & 9th's Stuck on You cactus potted and primped on a sunny bg. Don't you love the 
sentiment sign?

Lindsey supplied the stamping for these blooms from W Plus 9's Modern Petunias.
The plaid bg is Concord & 9th.

I fell in love with Concord & 9th's Blooms Fill-In, and promptly ordered it!

Like I said, plenty left overs from this kit. Can't wait to play some more with the wonderful
die cuts and papers!

Lindsey, thank you! 
So much to see this month. Be sure to make the rounds to all the 
12 Kits Designers!
Hugs, and thanks for the visit!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Thanks a Bunch

I look forward to Mondays and PapertreyInk's MIM.
Lots of time to enjoy the video by designer, Betsy Veldman,
and to make a card with her instructions to Mask & Stack.

Searching through my PTI sets for something that could be masked, I came upon the flamingo
in Some Like it Hot Stamp Set Added a few fronds from Tropics Stamp Set, and done.
Sentiment: Concord & 9th's Petals and Pallets.
I looked for 'a bunch' from my stash of PTI sets, and couldn't find that particular sentiment.
Thought it would be the perfect saying for my stack of flamingos.
Plenty of PTI 'thanks' in my collection, but not sure of where 'a bunch' was
Do you know of a set that has, 'a bunch'? 
Inks are mostly PTI, Berry Sorbet  Pale Peony, Lovely Lady. 
Added a pink from Memento: Angel Pink, and The Ton's Coralline.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Life is What You Bake It

Getting some time in with things I love, and playing along with Laurie
at PTI and Framing Sentiments and Images.

First time using PTI's Life is What You Bake It. Love the image of that sweet sentiment
in the pile of flour! 
Frame is Double Ups: Rectangles

Thank you for all your prayers and comments for my mom.
The services are over and my time is suddenly empty and open.
I was blessed with an amazingly talented mom. One who showed me how to be a mom,
and how to show God's grace and love to everyone.
Her gift was the Gift of Helps. No one went without if she knew of a need.
After my dad died she managed their 110 acre ranch; horses, fruit trees and all!
As I always do, I searched the scriptures for comfort, and
God gave me this scripture, after she died,  and I'd like to pass it on to you.

"but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,
who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel. 2 Tim. 1:10. 
Thank you Lord. We will see our loved ones again!


Thursday, February 22, 2018


Posting a card I made for the Poppy Stamps blog. 

My card features the new Garden Bouquet die, 
and Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames.

See more of Poppy's new release on their blog:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Card Concept: Freshly Brewed

Every other Wednesday means it's time for a new challenge at the Card Concept,
where you get to choose the style for your card.

So much inspired me from the photo. 
Freshly Brewed is the title.

So much to choose from the inspiration photo. What inspires you?
Can't wait to see!

Coffee cup: Reverse Confetti: Caffeinated Cups
BG: PTI Wood Stencil, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste colored with 
PTI Kraft Ink Refil. 
Daisies: PTI Friendship Jar Fillers Copic colored, pencil added.
Black German Glass Glitter centers. 
PTI: vellum leaves
Doily: Cheery Lynn

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Day 10 PTI's Anniversary Celebration: Use Stripes

Hi PTI fans! It's down to the wire to get your projects in,
as the celebration continues to release night.

Day 10 asks us to use stripes.

I used stripes behind my succulent  plant with the Super Succulent Patterned Paper
topped with striped vellum.
Super Succulents stamps & dies.
Square window cut with Noted: Scalloped Square die.

What a wonderful 2 weeks of fabulous inspiration and new releases.
Can't wait to see what you all did with 'stripes'.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

You're a Blessing

Day 8 at PTI's Anniversary celebration is a Color Challenge


I used the colors from Heather's gorgeous card, choosing to do a 1 layer card
and color with my Polychromos Pencils.

Stamps: Friends 'Til the End and Pen & Ink
Paper: Kraft & Stamper's Sellect.

Much of my day is spent with my mom, as she is in hospice. The coloring makes the 
time pass, and there's such joy in both doing what I love and loving being at 
her side.
I thought this card fully expressed how I feel about this wonderful
community of crafters. You're all such a blessing to me!

Hugs, Nancy

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Done in Love

Dies only on Day 7 of PTI's Anniversary celebration.
No stamps!

Well that's easy. Went right to my cover plates for Paper Clippings: Done in Love.

This came together quickly, so I did another, using the cover plate
to create a stencil.

Since it's the same die, used 2 ways, and since Darnell has a new 'Two-Fer' challenge,
I'm playing over there too!

Now while both cards could be used for Valentines, one is definitely a Valentine 'Love' card,
while the other is more of congratulations card (dark background) 
you give for a job well done. Or it could be an encouragement card.

Keep up the challenges, Darnell. We love them!

Hope your week is a 'crafty' one! The best kind!