Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December 2015 Blog Hop Challenge

Hi there!
  Hope you've had a blessed Christmas with family and friends. We are currently with my children and their families.  Before we headed their way, I made a special Christmas card for my Mother in Law, and used this month's inspiration from Papertrey to create it.

I loved the texture of the background, the white writing on the black plates, and of course, the lovely greenery! 

I love Spruce & Springs! I chose to make my berries with white embossing powder, to reflect the sprig in the photo. Hope you have a chance to play along too!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Make It Monday #234: Embellishing with Felt

I finally had a few minutes to watch Ashley's Make it Monday this afternoon! I don't use felt very often, so it was really inspiring!  Here is my take on it...

I thought this would be a cute card to send to expectant parents, what do you think?

Thanks for looking!


Friday, December 11, 2015

Snowflake in Blue

Couldn't wait to make another card with this set!

I used Blueberry Sky and Spring Rain for my Stamping. The snowflake was cut from the Luxe Silver cardstock. I'll probably have to make another one with the cutouts!  Love this set!

It's going to be 72 in Lexington this weekend. Maybe making snowflakes will help this Michigan girl remember this is the Christmas season!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Make It Monday #233: Splattering

Well, I have most of my Christmas cards ready, so this afternoon I decided to pull out some newer products I hadn't played with yet for Make it Monday. I'm loving the new Quilted Winter snowflake, and by using the Misti to stamp, I was able to stamp perfectly onto a background square, and then add the  die cut right on top.  My spattering is on the background, that I cut out with the stitched retangle. I love how the green of the card base peeks through (it my first use of Vintage Jadette!)

I used my Wink of Stella pen (a new favorite thing!) in the background of the snowflake die.  This was really fun to make, and I love the Spattering technique Danielle taught us.

A close up of sparkle...

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Make it Monday Thanks

After being gone for a week to visit parents in Florida, I took a few minutes to work at my craft table.  It was a wonderful visit with both my dad and his wife in Cape Canaveral, and my mother in law in Sarasota.  The time flew by, and I'm not really wanting to go back to work tomorrow!  Anyway, this afternoon's creative time produced a Make it Monday card, that I will send off to Flordia...

I used a SAF set from a few years ago, Filled with Joy.  And the sentiment is from Scripted.  I realize I need to re-ink my Fresh Snow pad, as it took several passes to get that white stamped!  (Gotta love a Misti for that!) I've added a silver thread nest behind the sentiment, and some sparkle to the tiny flowers.

Thanks for looking, hope you've had a great weekend.


Saturday, November 14, 2015


I want to make more of these! What a fun technique!  I went for blues and greens, and put it into a Christmas card...

So there is no sentiment yet, as PTI may be bringing me a new die to use on the front!!!

The colors are Enchanted Evening and New Leaf, with Blueberry Sky for the berries. I accented those with some glossy accent.

Try this out! Lots of fun!!



Had to share my updated version, as the die I wanted to use was not in stock yet.  I used an older sentiment, embossed with silver EP on vellum. I love that you can still see the watercolored BG. ;)


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fall Birthday cards

Two cards to share today, using the wonderful Quilted Fall stamps and dies. I was inspired by this card from Melis.

Loved how she used paper in her leaf, so I pulled out some favorite fall papers to create mine.

It was easy to mix and match, especially when the prints were double sided.

Thanks for looking - hope you're having an awesome fall. It's been gorgeous here!


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Make It Monday #229: Fabric Strip Christmas Trees

I have done some quilting in the past, so I had plenty of fabric in my stash to choose from to make this week's challenge! And, a large grouping of them were Christmas prints - even better!  I started my strips on a small wooden dowel, and decided it was too heavy for my card.  After thinking about it for a while, I came up with using a pipe cleaner. I was even able to slide them off the dowel and right on to the pipe cleaner.  Then I used a piece if sticky strip down the back to attach it to the card base.  The tree stand was made with one of the pots from Petite Pots, cut and stamped with Autumn Rose to pick up the color in one of the fabrics.

It turned out better than I thought it would...  Fun challenge this week!

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Petite Pots All Over the Place!

I spent some time this week before work, cutting and stamping a bunch of Pettite Pots and plants.  I have come to just love this set!  It was really easy to put them together this afternoon...

All a little different!  For the last one, I used one of Dawn's great color schemes.  

Have a great rest of the weekend!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Color Throwdown

This week I'm playing with the color Throwdown challenge again!

I love this great inspiration, and I actually made two cards.

For this first one, I created a plaid background as my staring point...

I wanted a couple of masculine birthday cards, so I pulled out my favorite masculine set right now called Guiding Light.

It was fun to try this out with the non traditional colors of Aqua Mist, Canyon Clay and Smokey Slate (from SU).

Thanks for looking, wishing you a great week ahead!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Make It Monday #228: Pearlized Blending

Taking the Making it Monday challenge to task today...  Lizzie had great instructions, and putting this together was really fun!

I used a phrase from Scripted Sentiments, and the mask was made with one of the Keep it Simple Frames.  The Spray of Flowers is from Quilted Spring, and my colors are Winter Wisteria, Hawaiian Shores and Tropical Teal. Here's a close up of the shimmer...

Don't usually make cards with a lot of white space, but the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls was all it needed to "shine"! I finished it off with a tiny pearl in the center of the flower.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

PTI October 2015 Blog Hop

Awesome inspiration photo this month!  

I couldn't wait to try out my new PTI products. Defiantly a way to start off my Christmas card making! 

I've used Spruce and Sprigs for the background, the new Quilted Tag, and Deck the Halls. Love all these new things!!  A final touch was to add some shiny red berries, using Stickles. 

Now I'm ready to start the Christmas season!

Thanks for stopping by today. 


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Make It Monday #227: Focal Clusters

My focal cluster got a little bigger than I thought, but what a fun technique!  I used Latte Love for my images, and they are stamped with Black, Pure Poppy and Raspberry Fizz.  I used Copics to color parts of the cups, and added a few touches of a white gel pen.  Thanks for a great challenge Lexi!


Saturday, October 17, 2015

PTI Create With Us - October

I was very inspired by this post from Melis...

I used the only Botanical Blocks I have, and ended up making two cards.

This first one is my favorite, but I haven't quite mastered the more washed look. But I like the finished card, and even added one of her "junk" bows!

I'd like to add some seed beads or brown glitter to the center of this next one.

The center is a little messy, and I think adding that touch might help.  But how gorgeous is Melissa's card?? So amazing to be able to see and give it a try!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Getting Stripey for Make it Monday!

I put together a card for this week's Make it Monday, incorporating stripes on your card.  I used my Plaid Builder set to make stripes as a base for my coffee cup.

Placement of the stripes were easier with my new Misti.  I also used Tea for Two and Stamped and Stitched.  Great challenge!

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 2015 Blog Hop Challenge

Today is the day for the September PTI Blog Hop!  We were all inspired by this beautiful Fall photo

Here is my take on it...

I love this new sentiment set from Melissa! It fit perfectly into the Luggage Tag, designed by Dawn. And, I used Betsy's chalkboard technique, and Heather's Rustic Wreath stamp and die.  

Sadly, I broke my Vagabond on this. :(   I had the wrong plates to emboss the Picnic Plaid onto the Smokey Shadow background.  Maybe Santa will come a little early this year!?!

Sunday, September 13, 2015


I took a break this afternoon to try my hand at this week's Make it Monday.  I had this bookmark die cut on hand for a while, and decided to use it!  I made my flowers like Betsy's when they revisited Flower Favorites, such a pretty look!  I then used strips of Limaide Ice and Raspberry Fizz down the side, and my pocket is Sweet Blush, stamped with the older Gingham Background Basics set.  The sentiment is from Scripted Sentiments.

And here is an inside peek...

This was fun to do!  Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Watercolor Wash

Stamping with my zig pens have taken on a new life!  Thank you to Dawn for showing us how she makes her backgrounds using this technique.  I could hardly wait to try it out with Guiding Lights!

Worked great!  After Stamp-a-Faire, my creative juices are rolling, how about you?


Monday, August 31, 2015


I've always loved stick pins in a card, but was never really sure how to do it.  I'm so glad Melis gave us some helpful ways to attach them.  I made one of her fun "junk" bows to add mine.

I won't tell you that my first attempt went through the card, okay?

Love how this one turned out!  Thanks for looking!


Who hoo! I got it done!  Doesn't quite look as nice as Erin's, but finished!!

I used the leaves from Friendly Lowers, and Blooms Flowers, with a button die.

Yay! On to the next challenge I missed....

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SAF 2015: Red Carpet Challenge

All good things must come to an end.  I had a great time creating with everyone, even though this was the first year a stamped alone!  It's been a blast!  Here are the projects I finished.  The necklace is still a work in progress, haha!

A special thank you to everyone at Papertrey Ink for this fabulous event.  It was a pleasure to participate, and I appreciate all the hard work you put into it.  

Until next year, dear stamping friends,
Keep on stamping!

SAF 2015: Make It Work Challenge

I am so happy I pulled this awful card for a makeover!  It's always bothered me, and I don't know why I didn't do it sooner.

Ugh. The flower was so big and overwhelming, and did I really like that New Leaf ribbon? Yikes!  When I pulled the monstrosity off, there was a lot of paper stuck down, so I opted to cover the majority of the Lemon Tart base with papers from Nostalgic Notions.  Already it was looking better!

Then I took the small limitless layer dies to make a focal point.  I added some posies from BITTY BOUQUETS, and a cute TINIER TAG with some red Bakers Twine.

Quite happy with the Making it Work on this one!

SAF 2015: Runway Inspired Challenge

This was so much fun! I loved all the inspiration!!  I finally settled on this one from Dawn...

Is that not gorgeous??  I can see why she chose it!  This morning before church, I made another watercolor panel, using yellow, a little red, and Fine Linen.  Then I used GARDEN GRACE for my cascading flowers. I just love this dress!

I know, another sympathy card, but it works!


Love the set from Heather called STAMPED & STITCHED.  I pulled it out for my challenge card. (I do hope to make one with the stick pins too!) I used one of Betsy's paper combinations for this.  These are colors I wouldn't normally use, but I loved them!  I embossed the blanket stitches using Autumn Rose and Versamark.  The box has yellow embossed stitches using Zing Butter EP.

This is a nice flat card for mailing.  Off to the next challenge!

SAF 2015 Mix and Match Challenge 2

I had to give Dawn's challenge a try!  I'm all about the Greens and Blues! So her challenge to add a color combo you wouldn't normally use?  Well, I gave it a try.  I dislike orange. Rarely use it on cards, except for Halloween! Melon Berry included.  So after looking at my options, I went for New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores and the not so favorite, Melon Berry.

I started with the favorites, by watercoloring a background with the green and turquoise. (Thanks for that tutorial Dawn, I have a new love for my Zigs!). I cut and stamped the blooms with the dreaded Melon Berry.  After adding the Hawaiian Shores stems from Turning a New Leaf, I place the flowers and leaves how I liked them. Then I added some Aqua Rhinestones to the centers of the flowers.

I guess it's all right. Still not a fan of orange! ;-)



When I first saw we needed hardware supplies, I thought, well I can just pull out something from my hubby's stash!  However, I had to just go "look" at Home Depot on lunch Friday, and found much more interesting items to play with!  I didn't use everything I purchased, so I was all in on this card for about $3.50.

Here's my creation.....!

I little rad for me, but I liked how it came together.  The main items are the Neon Key ID Bands.  They fit around the circles cover plate die perfectly.  The clear globs are the Vinyl Bumpers.

Fun for a young guy's birthday card!  I will use those sticky numbers too. I have lots of friends turning 60 this year!

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015


I love to mix patterned papers, however, if they don't come in a collection, I hesitate!  I love the way the papers in the kit were so different, yet mixed so well.  My eye was drawn to the dark blue print, so I started with that piece.

So, I really, really wanted to use Hibiscus Burst for my ribbon. Seeing that I have none, I took some pale pink seam binding, and ran my ink pad over it. Have you ever done that? It seems to have worked, so hopefully it won't get wet and smear all over the place!  

So I'm done posting for today. I have all my hardware out and ready to go for tomorrow.....;-)

SAF Threads Callenge 2

I had to make a card based on Danielle's great ideas for Bakers Tine.  I'm a big fan!

So taking a break from the felt necklace project, I made this...

 I was excited to try out the new QUILTED AUTUMN set.  Love the fall....

So the whole beading thing has left me a little behind.  I have put it aside to finish tomorrow, and am making some of the next few things now!

Are you worn out yet?  Off to make more!


I had never made a "nest" of thread, so this card used Laura's technique today.  I went right for SONGBIRDS, a set that I love, but haven't used enough!

I mad a background with the music staff in red.  The leaves are Kraft Bitty Dot, so the gold thread looked better for my nest.  I added a small Kaisercraft pearl for the birds eye.  The bottom edge was cut with the waves staff die, and I chose to balance it out with a strip of the bitty dot.

Off to have a little lunch now.  See you this afternoon!


So hard to choose which pattern today! I really loved them all.  I finally went with Danielle 's, thinking it would work well for a Sympathy card. (I have an order for 12 right now!). I used WORDS OF COMFORT and BITTY BOUQUETS to make my card, based on this sketch.

I didn't use scallops, but one of my favorite cover plates, STITCHED DIE.

Thanks for looking...onward to our next challenge!