Friday, March 24, 2017

With Thanks

So excited to get my 1st order from Neat & Tangled,
with their new set, Medallion Flower Builder Stamps and Dies,
and this very cool Polygon Stencil.
Their Challenge #78 was the perfect excuse to ink it all up!

My card is a rainbow inspired medallion flower,
using the leaf shapes to create a blue & green rainbow,
while the flower center, cut from the 3 sizes of circles 
and a pinkish rainbow.
The stencil bg is sponge inked with Ranger's new Distress Oxide Inks:
Cracked Pistachio & Broken China, sprinkled with water, then inked splatters.

The generous folks at Neat & Tangled included a package of
irridescent sequins, Lovely Lilac, (I think it's called),
which take on the colors underneath. LOVE!
Play along here: On the Little Tangles Blog

Also including my card in Curtain Call's Challenge

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Fluff

and Stamping Royalty Blog
Stampin' Royalty Challenge SR#365

and SSS: Monday Challenge Layer It Up
Simon Says: Layer It Up

Farm Fresh

Tag You're It with artist Gayatri Murali, and this winsome tag!

Come play along!
Here's some more inspiration.

Tag created with Pretty Pink Posh's tag and Scallop Tag.
Rooster from Lockart Stamp Co.
Farm Fresh from: KaiserCraft's Old Mac

Would love to see how you're inspired.
Create a tag and enter here:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Easter Blessings

Playing along with The Card Concept, where the inspiration is 
rich texture and this photo:

Love peonies, at least I think they're peonies, might
be roses. Have tried to grow them, but we get hot
summers, and cold winters, not a peony's favorite seasons!

The peonies are from PTI: Peonies On Parade, stamps and dies,
watercolored with my Derwent Watercolor Pencils, and
Gansai Tambi watercolors.
The textured bg was created with a woodblock rubber stamp
by Hero Arts called Hydrangeas.
The flowers and leaves were stamped with PTI's Lavender Moon,
Winter Wisteria and Amethyst Allure.
Bottom of the stamp with Hero Arts Wet Cement.
I flicked some paint onto the stamped piece before adding my die cuts.
Sentiment from PTI's Keep It Simple: Easter.
More rich texture with the bottom panel of Echo Park designer paper,
and some washi tape.
Irridescent sequins from Neat & Tangled.
Going with clean and layered, with some mixed media (watercolors)

Play along on the Card Concept blog here:

Monday, March 20, 2017


MIM, is with Stephanie Gold, one of PTI's new designers.
She expertly shows us a striking technique of creating
window chipboard sentiments.

I did my 'Hello' with some pattern card stock I had, 
glued it to a black foam board, 
and die cut my window.
So nice to use Ruby Rose, hadn't inked that set in a while. 
Did a bit of masking to add leaves and bottom posie.

Inside the card

The card and matching envelope.

I've been doing envelopes from PTI's matching pattern card stock, 
and loving how they turn out! A bit sturdier than regular envelopes,
and that way hide the bumps and bling on the cards.

edited to add: the envelope was created by a punch board tool
by We R Memory Keepers. Here's the link on Amazon.
It's a real 'must have' if you like making your own!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


The celebration continues as PTI presents the last of their 
new release today. So many new and fabulous sets!
Some time ago, Nichole Heady designed a birdhouse template.
She has challenged us to use it to create a birdhouse of our own.

Before assembling, I stamped my birdhouse with 
Backgound Basics: Farm & Barn.
then arranged die cuts from Songbirds around the circle.

I used the Medium Scallop Die to create shingles for my roof.
The base is cut 3 times from Jar Bonnet Collection.
Such a cute idea. I can see doing several for a Spring
Tea Party.

Play along on Nichole's blog here:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dance in the Rain

More fun at PTI this week, with the challenge to create a 
card using multiples.
Rainy Day has multiple raindrops of different sizes,
I thought would be fun to play with.

Starting with Dark Indigo, and working outward with Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky and Spring Rain card stocks. Finally stamping the largest drop from Rainy Day Sentiments in Spring Rain Ink.

Because my card is square, I created an envelope for it using
Enchanted Evening Pattern Pack.

A coordinating envelope just makes the card so much more special!

Inside, more stamping, and a piece of washi,
and the card's ready to send!

Such fun to use our dies in new ways!
Play along for a few more days here:

Tulip Birthday

Do you have a favorite PTI floral set?
Papertrey's 10th Anniversary Celebration has a daily party
featuring their new releases.
This challenge we are asked to create a new card with our all time 
favorite floral set.

Tulip Time is right up there in 
my top favorites. Also had to include a background
of Gathered Garden greenery and flowers.
During the release of Garden Greenery, I saw a card made
by Betsy Veldman using the 2 sets together. 
Loved the effect of creating a bouquet, with the pop of bright tulips.

Trying to complete my cards by making a custom envelope 
to match, while the stamps are handy.

The card tulips are stamped with Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz,
and Pure Poppy.
The envelope tulips; Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, & Lovely Lady.
The triple stamping intensifies the color and depth. 
These tulips are certainly one of my favorites from PTI.
But don't hold me to ruling out any of the other florals!
There are so many to love!
Play along here:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Verve Stamps and Happy St. Patrick's Day

The Challenge on the Verve Stamp Blog is to 'make something for a
lucky someone'. Made this card for a dear friend who celebrates
our mutual love of coffee. Meeting at a local coffee house is something
we make a happy monthly ritual.

Julee has given us this free digital printout to work with.

I fussy cut 2 of the shamrock cups, copic colored them, 
and then gave them a coat of Glossy Accents.
The sentiment was added to PTI's Notebook Page die.
The grid paper was cut to 4 x 5 1/4", and I added a piece of clear card stock with vines on one side. Green silky ribbon and a few sequins finished my card.
Play the month of March on the Verve Blog:

Envelope for a handmade card.

In my previous post, I showed you a card for my aunt's birthday,
with a gift card inside.
We are challenged to complete our cards with some creative 
packaging, such as an envelope, all ready to mail.

I made an envelope from PTI's Pale Peony Designer Cardstock,
a Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punchboard,
and stamps from Color Pop Florals, and a frame stamp
from Monthly Moments: Travel Plans.

Do you have people in your life that love your crafty card making?
My aunt, my dad's only sister, loves my cards. She keeps every one!
Whenever I visit, she takes me on a tour of my cards on display! 
And I can't think of a better reason to make her cards and yes, her 
envelopes extra special!

I stamped the back of the large dot Peony card stock, before using my envelope punch,
then folded and glued the flaps.
I love doing custom envelopes to match a card. A bit extra work,
but well worth the effort!


Some exciting news at PapertreyInk. It's their 10th Anniversary Celebration, and they're expanding to follow trends in packaging, and journaling, 
together with their stamping line.
Rebecca Luminarias will be heading up the packaging,
and we are challenged with several beautiful photos, to
inspire us to add special touches to our gifting.

This is a sample photo of Rebecca's elements.

I chose my aunt's birthday to hi light a gift card within
a card I'm sending to her.

Using the glorious elements in Rebecca's basket for inspiration, and the
Color Pop Florals set, I made this card.
The background card is a soft grey, which allows stenciling of any
color, I used Sweet Blush, Pale Peony and Summer Sunrise.
The leaves are inked sponged in gold.
The scallop window is from Noted: A1 Dies.

A peek on the inside,

reveals the gift, a decorated envelope with a gift card!
My sweet Aunt Martha still drives at 88, and gets her hair done
every week. On the corner is a Starbucks, and oh does she love
her caramel lattes! (No skinnys for Aunt Martha!)

I've got the envelope all ready for sending, but that's for the next post!

You can find Rebecca's invitation to join the fun
 on Nichole's blog, here:

Happy Easter

It's Thursday, and finally posting my MIM card!
Lizzie showed us how to use nail polish to create 
a marbling technique. The effects are never the same,
but can be drop dead gorgeous, after the initial learning mistakes.

Just look at what color combos can produce:

These are what I call 'successes'.
Honestly had to toss about 4 that I call practice.

I read from another blogger that the polish sometimes settled to the bottom, 
or formed a glaze on the top. I guess it just depends on the polish.
Sometimes, moving the bottle quickly back and forth, creates
lines that are marbled looking. Like I said, hard to stop seeing
what the next surprise will be!
I chose the softest 'Eastery Egg' result for the background of my card.

A couple of pinks, a coral and a platinum  made this happy accident.
Thanks to Lizzie, I found this technique addicting! Spent a happy 
afternoon trying all colors I had. Mostly colors I keep on hand
for mani pedi days with the granddaughters!

PTI: Etched Easter Egg Dies, Shaped Sayings: Easter Die. (I cut off
the frame from the words)
White and silver foil Cardstock
Sheer White Ribbon