Monday, February 19, 2018

Altenew February 2018 Inspiration Challenge

Playing this month’s Inspiration Challenge from Altenew today.  The photo is beautiful!

Just gorgeous colors! I wanted to focus on one large bloom. I used Watercolor Wonders, one of my favorites!

The main image was stamped on watercolor paper, then I used a watercolor brush to soften the lines. It was cut with the dies, and popped up with foam tape.  I chose to leave off a sentiment, I wanted the flower to have all the attention!

It was so fun to play with these stamps,  I make a set to send to my stepmom...!

Thanks for looking!


This will be a record post for me! I just got home from a visit with my dad, and I had an afternoon off. Since I was in “stamping withdrawal” from four days away, I needed to get crafting!

Very little stamping today, just the verse, which I’ve had for a while. This is my Dad’s favorite scripture, and since he will be in rehab for a few weeks, I thought he could have it on his side table. (He broke his hip last Sunday and he is 91 years young)!

He doesn’t like cards, (gasp!) but I think he’ll be okay with this one. Besides, as I told him, it’s what I do so he’ll be getting a few! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 12, 2018

PTI Anniversary Color Challenge

I’m always drawn to Melissa beautiful color selections, so I chose to work with her pretty palette.

I would never thought of putting Fine Linen with Lemon Tart, but it is just beautiful together!

Just so fun to follow in our awesome designer’s footsteps!  May need to try out some more!  

Sunday, February 11, 2018

PTI Die Cut Challenge

Out of my comfort zone on this one!  But I did put together a colorful birthday card using just dies.  I’m not sure I had even used the birthday one yet..!?!?

I did a water colored background, and one of the Pretty Frame dies from Erin Lincoln.  A departure for me and my stamp lovin heart, but fun to make.

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Color Throwdown #479

This will be for my husband this year.  I love the sentiments in this cute set called “Perfect Fit”.

It’s so dark and rainy here today...sorry for the crummy photo!

This is the inside...

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 9, 2018


Sneaking in today’s challenge this evening. I had today off work, since I have to work tomorrow. This was a great challenge, and I used two of the sets being retired. I used Beautiful Butterflies and Daydreamer for my card. Awesome sets, and I recommend you buy them both before they’re gone!

I needed some sympathy cards in my stash, and this will help. I may have to make a second one!

Thanks for stopping by!

PTI Anniversary Floral Challenge

We all love our flowers, right? I have so many favorites, it was hard to choose just one!  But jumping off inspiration from Betsy’s Card, I decided to fill up the small jar too. Please note, no way did I attempt her awesome watercoloring! Wow, have you been following her Instagram posts? She truly is a beautiful artist!

So I’ve got my jar filled with a few Stemmed Statements blooms I colored with Copics. My jar was stamped on vellum. I used one of Dawn’s edger died and popped in some Blueberry Sky gingham. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018


I had many redo cards to choose from, and decided I wanted to remake this one...

Although my husband loved his Anniversary card, I always felt I could so something better.  I started by making a new watercolor background, using Peerless watercolors.  This is actually a “re-do” of my first transformation card! Ha! We can always do better...

So there you have it. A newer version of my new card!

Monday, February 5, 2018


I’m hoping to make all the challenges this week! I just love PTI’s Anniversary, and day one had my crafty mojo going!  I’ve chosen this sketch from Michelle Leone for a Valentine.

I needed one more for the grandkids, and I wanted to used the fun heart from Winter Woolens.  I used only red ink, so it took on the feel of a valentine.  This is as clean and simple as I get, but it was so fun to bring to life!  

Thanks for looking! Heres to a great week of fun!!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Color Throwdown #478

I’ve got a friend I wanted to send some encouragement to, and this quote from Corrie ten Boom is one of my total favorites.  Wanting to keep the cherry, I thought the colors this week fit the bill. 

I added some stenciling around the edges for contrast. The flowers are from PTI’s Farmers Market set. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week ahead. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Make it Monday #311

Stephanie’s video this week shows how effortlessly she can create with different types of paper. Her creativity amazes me, and I wanted to see how I could do. I’m so mad at myself, I had some papers from French books I grabbed in Amboise a few years ago, and do you think I could find them? I’m afraid I may have tossed them after not using them for four years...!  Anyway, I had this little bit of wrapping paper with matching tissue that I had saved, just because it was so lucious, and I pulled them out of my wrapping drawer to make my card. 

I used pieces of tissue paper to make my balloons. Who knew you could stamp on tissue paper??  And my large background covers the entire card front. I added some new Green Parakeet papers and my base is cut from Green Parakeet cardstock. Ended up with a fun colorful birthday card. 

Thanks for the inspiration Stephanie!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Color Throwdown #477

Just a quick post today, using this week’s Color Throwdown.  I really wanted to ink up these new birdies from Papertrey Ink, and they stamp so cute in fun colors!  I’ve used Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores, two of my favorites! The background and banner are Soft Stone, and I got that orange in for their little feet!

Just a sweet little Birthday card to have in my stash.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

January 2018 Blog Hop

This month’s photo is full of white space and bits of fun color!  So those are the things that became my inspiration! Quite the party, right?

So for my card, I used the technique Laurie taught us a few weeks ago, using vellum and Copic markers.  It was a great way to add those bits of color on my white on white card base. (Love this new Mix and Mat die!).

And how could I not have fun with that pretty pink cake??  Now I need dessert!

Happy Hopping Friends!

Saturday, January 20, 2018


So I have two cards for this month, but I was afraid I might not get them finished. I’ve been down with the flu for four days now, and haven’t felt well enough to finish them up.  I keep thinking I’m getting better, and the meds wear off and I’m aching again...  anyway, I had a little reprieve this morning and got them done.  
(Note to’s okay to get a flu shot)

My card was inspired by Wanda’s pretty watercoloring.  I was trying to get that loose light look, and I’m afraid I just couldn’t get it quite right. However, my results are okay too, once I got some help from the forum and getting them flat. I used both suggestions of a spritz and heavy books and running through the Vagabond.  One card is on Watercolour paper and the other on PTI white.

Either way, I need to practice her technique a little more... I love this beautiful bloom!

Thanks for coming by. Gotta go rest again....

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Make it Monday #309

This week we were challenged to do some heat embossing with stencils. I chose stencils from the Make it Market Lovely Lace kit. We have so many great stencils now, and this is just one of them. 

My embossing powder is call Stardust, and I’ve had it a while. I love how it takes on the color of the cardstock. I’ve also used a mix and Mat die and flowers from the new Farmers Market set. The sentiment is from Friendly Flowers. 

I’ve got a second card to share, using the lace stencil with pink embossing powder. 

This was embossed on paper from the Black & White collection, and the roses are from Altenew. I think I will leave a sentiment off,  and just use it to send a note instead. 

Thanks for a great challenge!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Birthdays Galore!

I have three birthdays approaching quickly this month, so today I’m sharing them. I had lots of fun in my craft room on Monday, playing with several new stamp sets!

Can’t wait to mail these out!  

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Make it Monday #308 - A la Carte!

So excited to have a second chance to try out Laurie’s Make it Monday! I was busy with Christmas, like a lot of us, and between work and travel couldn’t fit it in. 

This was a fun and easy technique, and with many coverplates in my aresonal, I will try this out again.  

For those of you on the forum, you’ll see why I wanted your “rainbow” ideas. (Thanks ladies!) In order to let the light in, I skipped several areas and left the white. 

Because the areas in the diecut where so narrow, I cut one layer from fun foam and another from card stock to help stabilize it.   

I finished it with a sentiment from Movers and Shakers tied on with some twine. Love how it turned out!

Try this out, you’ll love the results!  Thanks Laurie!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thank You

Today I have a couple of thank you cards to share. I made eight of them yesterday, and these are two of my favorites!

The first one uses Warm Woolens. Oh how I love this cute set!  I think I made five of the eight with it! So fun to play with different colors and layouts!

And thin I pulled out Mix and Mat plaid, which I hadn’t used yet. I loved cutting it with a different color and putting that red cardinal as a focal point. I may need to make another one!

That’s it for now. Maybe I’ll get a chance to post some more before I mail them!

Monday, December 25, 2017

December Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hi! Hope you’ve had a blessed Christmas. I know I have! I was able to celebrate with my three children and their families over the weekend, which is one of the best gifts I could hope for.  Today has been quiet at home with my husband, and I had some stamping time. I have lots of new things to play with, (including the Travelers Journal Kit!) but I opted for a an older set that was closer to the inspiration photo.

So fresh and Springlike on this chilly day!  I started by making a sponged background with Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, and Lavender Moon. Using lots of layering, I stamped and popped up the wreath and flowers from Birds and Blooms.  I included some stamping right on the watercolor paper to extend the greenery.

I used some pink grosgrain ribbon and a little sparkle on a few of the flowers to finish it off.  
 Looking forward to seeing all the projects! Happy Hopping!!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Create-along-with-us December

I’m sure all of you are busy this time of year too, and there just isn’t time to craft! (Unless it’s a last minute card or tag!) Today, after I made one of those last minute cards...I decided to try the create along with us challenge too!  So many lovely projects this month! I decided to use Fresh Bouquet, as I patiently wait for my Farmers Market florals!

I always love Melissa’s pretty floral cards, and tried to capture some of her loveliness in this card. 

Off to another work gathering with my hubby this afternoon.  I will definitely be dieting again soon...

Saturday, December 2, 2017


This week Laurie challenged us to give layers some love. I usually try to keep my cards on the flat side for mailing, but this time I brought out the pop dots and dies. I also pulled out Spruce and Sprigs, what a great set!! It was fun to pair it up with Beautiful Berries Winter. I also pulled out my shabby green embossing powder! 

Love pink and green together for a fun option for Christmas. The Pinefeather Bitty Big paper is one of my favorites!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017


I made a photo ornament for my daughter that I will attach to her Christmas present this year. She lived in Austin for a couple of years and we were able to visit her. Look! It’s the same spot where Lexi’s daughters are! 😉  

Friday, November 24, 2017

November PTI Blog Hop

It’s it’s that time of the month where all PTI crafters create something inspiring from a photo. This month it was a beautiful Thanksgiving photo, so of course I wanted to make a Thanksgiving Card!  

I was inspired by the plaids, foliage, colors and texture from the photo, and this is what I created. 

The top was created using Autumn Adornments and the sentiment was embossed in gold. The bottom is made from Autumn Pattern Pieces, such a fun set to play with! 

 And this card made its way to my sister and brother in law in sunny Florida, hopefully in time for Thanksgiving! Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed as well!

Enjoy the Hop!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Create along with us November

I can’t say there was one specific card that inspired me this month, but more the products! I love all the stencils we’re seeing, and the new cut away dies from Dawn!  My card uses products I already have to try and create like them.  I stenciled and cut a Boutique Borders die, and stamped through the cut using my Misti. 

This card is going to work with my this morning, so all my coworkers can sign it. Our lovely boss is leaving us next week. I am so sad to see her go, but she has a sweet little girl that needs her Mommy a little more.  She loves pink, so Pale Peony was an easy choice to create a special card for her. 

So excited for the release tonight! Off to create my shopping list now!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More of Dawn

Good morning! I have another card to share today, using the beautiful stamps and dies of Dawn McVey.  If you haven’t had a chance to play along yet, the hop is going on until Saturday! So ink up some of her fabulous flowers or beautiful words and share them here...We Love Dawn!

My card today is a birthday card. I’ve loved the Boutique Borders series Dawn brought to us, and they are still a favorite!  I’ve also used Gran’s Garden, a set we all love. In the background you can see the awesome Coverup Quartefoil set as well.  

Enjoy all the wonderful creations, and don’t forget to make one to share too!