Thursday, March 22, 2018


This week we were challenged to use enamel dots on our cards, created with embossing enamel. I just happened to have the same Shabby green embossing enamel that Melissa used. I purchased it a while back after I saw it on one of her cards!  Not sure how she keeps that powder from blowing all over with the heat gun, but I eventually got some on there by heating from underneath. 

You can see a few speckles in this photo.   I used some older stamps for my card, Lace Bouquet and one from  the Tag It Series. 

I heat embossed and then used Aqua Mist and Lavender Moon for the sponging. I kept it on the simple side, ready for mailing!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Transformation Tuesday #3

This is my favorite new challenge! Who doesn’t want to have a “do-over” sometimes??  I chose a card from a while back, I think it was right after I had purchased Brushed Blooms. 


I always thought those blooms just blended in to the background too much. And can you find the sentiment? Yes, I had to hunt for it too! Haha!


I punched those flowers up with deeper coolers and a pop of blue. And my sentiment is on the Shape Shifter Circle cut with Sweet Blush and a solid white circle from Limitless Layers. The sequins are on the white, instead of being lost in the patterned paper. much better!  Can’t wait to see your transformations!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

(Backup) Color Throwdown Countdown #484

Today I have a card to share for this week’s Color Throwdown. 

Even though it’s a shamrock, I thought the colors would be great for an Easter card. 

Thanks for great colors to work with this week!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


I have had so much inspiration this month from Papertrey Ink! Several cards are already made in my head, and today I had time to actually make one!

I love the new vases, so I decided to pull out Mega Vases and see if I could add some pattern to them. It was a partial fail, but I still liked the clear embossed vases I made. I put in blooms from Bitty Bouquet and Forest Floor to fill them up. 

Tried to achieve Betsy’s cool look, but I did put them shiny side up and love the glassy look it created. The sentiment is from Keep it Simple Thank you II. 
Looking forward to ordering this month and creating more inspired cards!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Make it Monday #314: Color Wheel Cards

Lexi has us revisiting the color wheel for this week’s Make it Monday. It was really inspiring for me to look at that wheel again. And I enjoyed putting this card together last night. 

I chose Quilted Summer to incorporate my colors. I just love this series, and it was fun to pull it out and ink it up again!  I used paper scraps for my triangles, and just Versamark ink to stamp the patterns. I used Vintage Jadette with a stencil for the background. I love the way it made the block pop a little. 

Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Make it Monday #313: Mask & Stack

So much fun, this Mask and Stack Challenge! I loved Betsy’s sweet penguins, and those kitties? So cute!  
I made my card into a baby card, using the cute teddy bear.  I have a coworker expecting a little girl next Friday, so I had her in mind while putting it together. One little bear got a popped up bow for interest. I used all my different pinks in the PTI collection. Fun and easy too!

I’m going to use Scrambled Eggs to make an Easter card too.  I think a bunch of eggs with a bunny popping out might be really cute. I’ll add it if I get it done soon... 😁

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Yes! I love this new challenge from PTI, and this week I knew exactly what card needed improvement!  This card was made during the Anniversary Celebration, and was to use only dies, no stamping. Well I really disliked the colors from my first card. It was so gaudy! (However, one of the girls at work liked it!). Anyway, I was happy to update it with colors I love. 

First card:

My transformed card:

I liked my watercolored panel better, it was just prettier.  And the Royal Velvet and Spring Rain cardstock too! They look good together. I also added some star sequins for sparkle. I just feel better about this one!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Color Throwdown Countdown #481

Playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown. I loved pulling out my purple hues to make this card. 

I can’t seem to get enough with these fun Brushed Birds from Papertrey Ink!  The Lavender and purples made great little birdies, so I added four of them!

Then while I had them out, I made a second card for one of my best friends, whose birthday is coming up...

Wonder if I’ll ever get tired of them???  

Have a great day!

February 2018 PTI Blog Hop

Today I’m joining in the monthly PTI Blog Hop. I can’t wait to see what everyone has made! I know there’ll be lots Easter card creativity coming our way. 

I used Simple Spring Borders to create lines of grass filled with colorful eggs. At the top I added one small bunny and filled it with a little Glossy Accents. The eggs were colored with Copics and the panel was adhered to a New Leaf Card. I added a liner of bitty dot paper to the envelope too.

Thanks for hopping by!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Transformation Tuesdays at PTI

I’m loving the fact that we’ve been encouraged to take an old card, and make it better!  I have so many I think could be improved, but you know what?  In the first card I chose, actually said “this might need a re-do”!  
Ha, I’ve gotten my chance!

This was my original card, made for a Make it Monday. I tried to use Kraft Cardstock, as I always love Heather’s cards.  Not my thing... I was not only disappointed in how dull it looked to me, I didn’t like the way the sentiment was too large.

New and improved!  I used Rustic Cream for my base, and embossed the sentiment first.  I penciled in my circle, and stamped!  When I added it to the Americana cardbase, I used a vertical so I could add the twine at the top, giving it a little more balance.

I’m much happier with the new one.  How about you? Got one you want to re-do.?.?

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!