Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Make it Monday #347: Winter Watercolor

I have today off, and with three birthdays next week, I needed to get another card made.  This challenge was perfect to make a more masculine card for my son in law.  I paired it with Fence Line Winter.

I kept it on the simple side. I have a tendency to overwork cards and then not liking them.
Thanks for a great challenge Ashley!

Sunday, January 6, 2019


Today I’m sharing a Transformation of my Christmas Thank You card for the a-la-carte Make it Monday. I had such fun using Laurie’s Shadowed Backgrounds technique, I wanted to make a non-Christmas colored card!

From this...

To this....

I used some “new for me” dies for the Friends Til the End stamp set.  Such a fun flower to color for copic markers!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


This week’s challenge is a La Carte! So many wonderful tutorials to pick from! I went with one I couldn’t participate in from Laurie Schmidlin, #328, called Creating Shadowed Backgrounds.  I still needed a Christmas Thank You Card, so I made this one...

I loved stamping on Weathervane, and used Pure Poppy to make it pop. This was really a fun card to make, and may try something a little Springy to make another one!

Thank you to the whole Papertrey Ink gals for a wonderful year of challenges! You’re the best!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


It’s time for the monthly Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink!  
A beautiful inspiration photo this month, as we look forward to crafting valentines soon!

Lace and flowers with a sweet background too!
I started my card using that background as my springboard...

I used Rosy Posey and Twig Wreath for an all over background. Then I added the die cut and placed some Pale Peony card stock behind it. The sentiment was stamped with Prarie Grass, and a few flowers were added as well. Then I put it on a Kraft cardbase to reflect the embroidery hoop.  

Whipping out thanks you cards right now, for the lovely gifts and kindness we received this Christmas.  Hope your Christmas was filled with blessings too!


Saturday, December 22, 2018


Back with my second card today!  I chose to transform a card I made for a SAF a year or so ago, and make one for a Christmas Thank You card.  This was fun to do, as I liked the first card, but wanted a more Christmasy look.

My old card:

And the new one:

I really Like how this second one turned out! Fresh Bouquet was the perfect set to use with colors that complimented the plaid.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Today is my first day off for Christmas, and so I plan to get some major stamping time in!  I started this morning (in my jammies!), with this week’s Make it Monday.  In looking through my sentiments, I found a great one in Daydreamer to use. Once it was on my desk, I couldn’t help but use the pretty flowers too!

I stamped my sentiment in Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Tropical Teal. And one of my all time favorite color combination is Aqua and Purple, so my blooms were stamped with Winter Wisteria. 

Better go get dressed before I stamp some more! Hope you have a good weekend and aren’t too stressed with celebrating Christmas. 

Saturday, December 15, 2018


Today I’m sharing a card that was inspired by Michelle Leone’s cute bear hug card...

I loved the simplicity of just cutting the oval, and stamping smaller images on the outside.  What a darling card!!  Seeing that I will need thank you cards after Christmas, I went with a wintery theme, using Two Feet Deep.  I don’t think I will ever tire of this wonderful sled!

I impressed the oval, then  using a mask, I sponged the outside with Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky. I spattered that with a little water, and then heat embossed snowflakes using White and Stardust EP.    I love how it turned out.  The sentiment is from Holiday Thank You ( I think that’s the name?)

Here is a close up of the background...

Can’t wait to order tonight! What’s in your cart??

Sunday, December 9, 2018


Sharing a card today for this week’s Transformation Tuesday.  I looked my card for last months Blog Hop, so I decided to transform it into Springy colors!  (I’m kind of over Red and green at the moment...)

Here is my Blog Hop card...

And this is my Transformation card...

I changes the placement of the berries so I could use the cute birdies.  And I added a few spots of Wink of Stella pen for a little sparkle.

That’s all for today! Hope your week ahead is blessed!

Saturday, December 8, 2018


When I first started this card, I wasn’t too sure about it. But, thanks to a little stenciling and embossing, I like it! Melissa’s cards are always so lovely and her layering is amazing. Here is my take on this week’s challenge.

I started with the shape shifter circle, cut from some Christmas paper. Then I cut my wreath from Pinefeather card stock and used embossing enamel for the needles. The berries were stamped, and then I used a pearl pen to create small berries.  For the top of the card, I used Fresh Snow Ink with the stencil, and sprinkled Stardust embossing powder on top, while it was still wet. I love Stardust EP, and will be sad when I run out!  I used it on the bow as well. Final touch was some glass glitter around the edges of the circle, and a tag.

There you have it, done Decking some Diecuts!

Monday, December 3, 2018


When I started making my Christmas cards this year, I really thought this design was going to work. However, I decided they were on the boring side!  So I started making a different design. But I had a bunch of them started and didn’t want to pitch them. So a started with this one, and am giving them a “Makeover”!

My first card:

After the Transformation:

It’s amazing how a few design additions made this card better!  I added a Birch Background using FineLinen ink. Then I added some stamped Spruce and Sprigs diecuts, just tucking them under the shape Shifter diecut. And Lizzie’s Corner Adorner bow, stamped and sparkled up was added on top. I also put a few Nuvo Drops around. 

Now to beef up the rest of them! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


This week we are revisiting Laurie’s Love of Layers tutorial. Man I love to layer, especially for Christmas, with all the great snowflakes, stars and greenery we have.  I had today off, so I made my card right away.

This card has things from Corner Adorners, Spruce and Sprigs, Silver White Winters, and Happiest of Holidays.  I used my new Shape Shifter Circle dies, and my favorite paper from the Winter Wonderland Kit.

Thanks for looking, enjoy making your layered up project!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

November PTI Blog Hop

Just a quick post for today’s Hop! I made this before we left to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with my children in Indianapolis.  We got home a bit ago, and realized I hadn’t posted it yet!

I got home ready to do a little decorating, and decided to snap my picture in some of the greenery I just put up.  

And one las snap of my grandkids this their matching pajamas!  I am very thankful and blessed!

Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Transformation Tuesday #25

Today I have a card that I made for Transformation Tuesday. I liked my first card and the technique for the leaves from a Make it Monday challenge. I had made this card for one of my twin brother in laws. 

Turning A New Leaf is an oldie but goodie in my humble opinion! It was a great set for the gilding on the leaves. 

Here is my new version. 

I used different leaves, again from the TANL set. I flipped the card, and used the extra diecuts from my frames. I used another old favorite, Mat Stack 1 for my sentiment.  I love the Big Frame Border dies. They are a newer favorite that sits on my desk all the time!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


This is one of my favorite challenges from PTI. The designers are the best in the business, and I just soak it all up every month!  I am often drawn to Michelle Leone’s designs, and this mont was no exception!(I think her style might be closest to what I like to make) her use of pattered papers is the best!  Today I styled my card from this one...

I fell in love with the colors and how she stamped on Kraft!  Just luscious!

So this is my take on those....

Thanks for your wonderful inspiration Michelle! Can’t wait to see what you make next!

Sunday, November 11, 2018


I will say, I had to watch Lexi’s video more than once on this challenge. I definitely loved doing it, but the scoring lines were challenging for this lefty! 🤣

So I ended up with 3 different sizes, cause you know, practice makes perfect?  Still not there yet, just sayin....

However, I learned something new and how to cover up those wrong scoring lines! ☺️

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Love to take are card I’m not happy with and make it better!  Today I pulled out Text&Texture Roses, to remake the top right card is this photo...

I didn’t like how the sentiment was lost, and it was so plain, even with the wonderful roses!

There is so much I like better in this card, starting with the gold border. And instead stamping the sentiment on vellum, using two shades of purple on a white background. It gives it much more interest. I also added some gold leaves and small flowers for a little pizazz as well.

Ahh, new life for an old card!


Today I have two cards to share for this week’s challenge.  For my version of the painted brushstrokes background, I changed fro, acrylic paint to watercolor, using my PTI ink pads.  I used a very dry brush, so I could achieve the same look, and it worked really well.  I used a pretty palette of blues and lavenders.

Because I struggle with white space on cards, I added some stenciling with Spring Rain on both cards...

I used a shapeshifter circle for my die cut.  I made a bunch of flowers and leaves like Dawn did, and had plenty to use on both cards.

The sentiments are from Kindness Counts, and It’s the Thought.

Long post today, but such a fun challenge, I wanted to share it all! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 25, 2018


It is finally fall like weather here, and I’ve seen lots of friends heading to the local pumpkin patch in the last few days.  The photo for this months inspiration could be a patch one of your hometowns as well! I love crisp fall days with blue skies against the autumn leaves. Today was just like that! 

This was our inspiration...

So pretty! I can almost smell the apple cider!  

I chose to create a card for a nephew that is having a serious surgery next week. I’d love it if you’d pray with me, for a successful operation and a complete recovery.  He is a sweet young man with a wonderful wife, and they have a long road of recovery ahead.  Thanks so much!


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Transformation Tuesday #23

Today I am sharing a remake of a card I made, that didn’t have the right colors for a good card. I felt it had a little Christmas feel with the red and green, even with the blue border. 

So I started by making a Stitch in Time Border in Autumn Rose. Then I made new Stitching Garden flowers with Lovely Lady, Lavender Moon, and Autumn Rose. I used Dark Indigo for my leaves, stamping off for the first layer.  The sentimyis from Kindness Counts. 

I always enjoy changing something up that I wasn’t fully satisfied with. This is one I like a lot more!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Today I have a post for this month’s Create Along With Us for Papertrey Ink. I fell in love itch this card from Betsy. 

Now my card isn’t nearly as wonderful as hers, but I was inspired to make this. 

The mittens are from Warm Woolens and I added some printed vellum behind the plaid cuts to lighten it up. I also used some foam tape to raise it away from the card base and let more light in. 

There was so much inspiration this month, hope you’ll play along too. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2018


This month is “masculine Birthday” month at my house. Always so hard to come up with good ideas for the guys. So after I did Laurie’s gold leafing technique, I thought it would work for a man’s card. My twin brother in laws celebrate soon, so I decided to create another card, using the leaves in a new way. 

My first card -

And my new card -

I used some new PTI papers and an old favorite, Turning a New Leaf. I used the newer Penned Elegance sentiment.  My first card had a lined envelope, so I did that again. 

Hope the BIL’s like them!

Monday, October 8, 2018


Today was a day I had off, so I had to get a card (or four) made for this week’s Make it Monday.  This technique is what I planned to do for my Christmas cards this year, so it was a perfect time to get going on them. But fisrt, I have a general card I made, using Cover Up Quartefoil, and the flowers from Dawn’s set from SAF.

I may add some pearls to the centers, but I kind of liked leaving them open.

So once I got going, I made three cards for Christmas. I have lots of Christmas papers, 
and plan on using them up, instead of stamping a design on the frames.

Thanks for stopping by.  I sure love the bold frame dies!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Make it Monday #338: Incorporating Packaging Dies Into Your Cards

So, I guess we were good to use tags for this challenge, and I immediately thought of the last set of tags I purchased.  I love that this makes a great ornament, but it can be used for other things as well.  But today I wanted to make my first Christmas card of the season.

I used some fun Christmas PTI papers and some greenery from Spruce and Sprigs.  The sentiment is from Wonderland and is embossed in gold.  Now I need to think about making more, but I still making Halloween cards!  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Transformation Tuesday....Third Time’s a Charm??

Sometimes we pick an older card for Transformation Tuesday, and sometimes we know right away it’s not working...  Today is the latter of the two.  I just posted a remake yesterday, and I was still not crazy about it.  I think I was trying to do too much with the busy papers, even though they coordinated well.  So this morning I tried again....

Yesterday’s card...

And today’s ...

I went with just two colors, pink and green. And I added a smaller tag for my sentiment in the green to give it an extra pop.  The ice cream and cone are popped up with foam tape. And I added a few sparkles on the ice cream.

And there you have it! Transformed for a third try...

Monday, October 1, 2018


Today I am transforming this card I made a while back...

I still had some of the coordinating papers left, and wanted another kids birthday card. 
The fun rainbow colors make them a good option for a boy or girl.

I used some Mix and Mat dies over the rainbow stripe, and added a strip of sentiment papers at the borrow. 
 The “happy birthday” die cut is two layers off set cut from the print and Green Parakeet.

Thanks for looking!