Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Together & Love

Nichole Heady's card on the August Release Day 1 hooked me immediately. I love wreaths!

I made two anniversary cards, mine and a dear friends, using Nichole's card for
inspiration. The lines were scored around the wreath and sentiment but two different
 dies created the wreaths. The first card uses the smallest feather from Feather Finery 
and the second card a sprig die from Spruce & Sprigs. 

Card #1 for Roger & Karen

PTI stamps: Feather Finery, Quilted: Spring
PTI die: Feather Finery, Memory Box Classic Numbers

Card #2 for my honey, Jim who birdwatchers all over the globe

PTI Quilted: Spring stamp
PTI dies: Feather Finery, Spruce & Sprigs

Linking this to: August Create Along with Us

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sending Prayers

Make It Monday #294:
Monochrome Color Pop

This week's Papertrey Ink MIM challenge featured ideas from Stephanie Gold!
Her technique of monochrome design creates serene cards which helped me out
today as I needed cards for a lovely 100 year-old lady friend's memorial service.
This card will be given to her oldest daughter and family. I die cut the panel with
the oval from the Noted Scalloped die set as it reminded me of a vintage cameo.

PTI Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies & Fresh Bouquet
PTI Dies: Noted: Scalloped A2
Inks: PTI Classic Kraft, Soft Stone; Hero Arts Soft Sand; Momento Angel Pink

I made a card for another daughter using a previously stamped panel.

Stamps: Altenew Beautiful Day, PTI Spring Woods
Die: SSS Stitched Rectangles

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Happy for You

Make It Monday #292
Color Blocking Three Ways

A quick post to join the MIM Challenge this week.
All three methods Laurie used are fun. I especially like to color 
block using card stock but today I tried the water color example.

PTI Stamp Sentiment from Doodlie-Do
PTI Die - What the Doodle: Sunshine
SSS Stitched Rectangle die
Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry
Sequins from PTI Make It Market: Sunshine & Rainbows

I was inspired to use the three colors on the card 
from my recent trip visits to Masai villages in Kenya.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

wedding wishes

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Our inspiration photo at Nichole's blog Capture the Moment

Whoops! Almost forgot that it is July 25 and time for the PTI challenge of the month. 
I made this card quickly after a trip to Eugene today. Sometimes it helps to think over
the details of what you wish to create while shopping (ha ha) and so here is my late entry.
With a mini Misti stamped the blue and white panels and set the postal die cut on a foam
rectangle before it was attached to the card front.I was inspired by the post marks, blue
background and gold seal.

 PTI Stamps: Doodlie-Do & Songbirds
PTI Dies: Doodlie-Do, Mix & Mat: Postal
Ink: Hero Arts Navy
Misc.: gold embossing powder, foam adhesive tape

More photos from our recent trip to Kenya.
At a Masai village helping build housing from
sticks and mud for a widow.

 Jim helping with the mud placement.

Amazing colors

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Make It Monday # 291
Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiments

Papertrey's Ashley presented the latest Make It Monday challenge this week.
After stamping "Friend" with black ink, Versamark ink and moving it for the shadow
effect,  I blended Distress inks over the sentiment, added the floral frame, mounted 
the panel on a foam rectangle which was glued to a light yellow A2 card.

Card #1 

Stamp: Bitty Bouquets
Die: Floribunda Frame

Card #2
Earlier in the week I made a card using an older set, Note Niblets. 
I can't remember when I last took this out of its case. When I stamped 
the "Cheer" with brown Versafine ink I didn't clean the stamp off 
completely and it left a light tan shadow. It works for the MIM 
challenge but card #1 fits Ashley's criteria of a white shadow better. 

Stamps: Note Niblets
Die: Note Niblets, SSS Stitched Rectangles

We had an unexpected trip to Kenya the first part of July to help with a dental clinic and construction of a new elementary school campus. While there we were invited to visit three different Masai groups. It was an incredible experience and on one occasion our men each received a blanket and walking stick from the Masai men and the ladies a beaded necklace from the Masai women. I'll share a few photos of my third African adventure below and more in the future.

Hubby Jim behind me and my new friend.

a row of Masai women

Yes, she is carrying 17 adobe blocks. Jim captured 
a video of her briskly walking with this heavy load.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

You are my sunshine

MAKE IT MONDAY #288: Pantone Chip Inspired Cards

This week Lexi shared a clean, CAS color idea inspired by Pantone chip cards. 
I've used paint chips on cards before but had not thought of this as a design
element! It was so much fun! I found an already prepared "smile"die cut, and
matched it to card stock. Then chose a small sentiment from a PTI Framed Out 
set and a sun shape from another FO set to complete the card.

PTI Stamps: Framed Out #2 & 3
Dies: SSS smile, PTI Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die

Linking this to: capture the moment MIM


Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Shades of ombre - Wow! 

                                                      I'm nursing a summer cold and had some difficulty
                                                      thinking clearly as I pondered this serene photo for
                                                      the challenge. I took a literal interpretation, stamped 
                                                      a jar in Versamark and clear embossed on water color
                                                      paper. I used a water brush and distress inks to create 
                                                      the ombre bottom in the jar with a faint line of Tumbled
                                                      Glass outlining the entire jar. Gran's Garden flowers 
                                                      and leaves are supported by Meadow Greens stems. The 
                                                      panel was die cut with a SSS stitched rectangle die 
                                                      and adhered to a light gray card. While I like the result
                                                      I'm not inclined to think it's my best effort! Oh, well, off
                                                      to the Arts Festival and then two weeks in Kenya building
                                                      a school and working in a dental clinic with my husband.

Stamps: PTI Gran's Garden, Meadow Greens, Winter Woods (sentiment); Inkadinkado jar
Dies: PTI Gran's Garden, SSS stitched rectangles
Inks: Distress Inks Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough, Old Paper, Pine Needles, Tattered Rose, 
Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick; Momento London Fog
Misc: clear Wink of Stella, foam adhesive

Linked to: capture the moment  June Blog Hop