Wednesday, May 2, 2018

hakuna matata

How could I pass up this challenge from CASology
and Time Out?

Last June I purchased Hero Arts' MMH kit. We have friends who have spent many years in Malawi and other African nations doing relief work in health and education. We were headed to Kenya in July 2017 with a church group to construct a school and now I could recreate those African safari scenes with this kit! 

I photographed the card on top of a South African 
copper telephone wire basket.

Below is a photo of the campus where we constructed two buildings (dark brown roofs). The older campus buildings are at the bottom. Two more groups followed ours and completed the campus  of five buildings and a large restroom. My husband and another dentist ran a dental clinic treating over 100 patients in five days.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Spring time in my yard


Driveway bouquets

Tulip glory

afternoon stroll in the back yard

fresh bark mulch freshens our space

blessed with my garden of eden

Sunday, April 29, 2018


Make it Monday #320
Spot Color Word Diecuts

This week's challenge from Betsy Veldman on the PTI blog
is a new technique for me. I noticed that it makes a difference seeing the diecut word when it is "fatter" and the ink stamping lighter. I used the rose image from Botanical Blocks and the die from Wonderful Words: Love. It's a fun effect!

Card Supplies:
  Stamp: PTI Botanical Blocks
  Dies: PTI Mix & Mat: Postal, Wonderful Words: Love
  PTI Green Parakeet card stock, Ranger Water color paper
  Copic markers and SSS rhinestones 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Love You

Papertrey April Blog Hop

It's April 25 and time for another PTI Blog Hop!
Our inspiration is below.

I was drawn to the floral bouquet on the bottom tea cup, the curvy gold edges of the china and the subtle pattern of the background. My paternal grandmother who was not the least bit domestic had a set of china like this. My mom was totally into homemaking but used very modern, graphic patterned dishes, not one floral in her cupboards. Me, I'm a happy-in-between gal with my favorite set of Portmerion Botanic Garden dish ware!

Card Parts - all PTI: 
  Butterfly Blooms (sentiment)
  Stitching Garden stamps & dies
  Mix & Mat: Flourishes die (outer frame only)
  Aqua Mist Bitty Big & vellum card stock

Monday, April 23, 2018

you're a delight

What fun to discover a cache of stamped die cuts that coordinate 
with pattern paper from Papertrey's Hooray kit! I added a sentiment 
from Concord & 9th's new Wreath Turnabout set.  

I can't decide if I like it with the bird or not. what do you think?

Card Parts:
Stamps & Dies: PTI Doodlie-Do, Hero Arts MMH February Spoken Bird kit; PTI Mix & Mat: Confetti die  
Sentiment: Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout

Linking to: SSS Flower Power - Monday challenge
Tic Tac Toe 044  I used the 3rd column down- dimension, ink, patterned paper



I'm on a roll for producing Christmas cards ahead of time now that I've found a couple year-round challenges focused on Christmas. This month's CAS Christmas: Ornament challenge prompted me to create an ornament not from a stamp but from a wreath die cut which was backed by another circle die cut and hung on a silver ribbon. The "merry" from PTI's Sprig Wreath was embossed with sparkly platinum EP on a PTI Shape Shifters: Round die cut.  VersaMark ink, clear EP and a SSS Snow Falling stencil with ink blended DI added texture around the merry. The wreath was foam mounted to the "merry" circle with a few aqua glitter PTI Confetti Garland border stars added. The ornament was grounded with light stenciling on the card, the green ink at the top hinting that a tree branch is near.  

Happy you...birthday...everything...

Make it Monday #319
Graffiti Word Art

Last minute card Sunday evening/early Monday morn to join the MIM challenge. I found a word die in PTI's Tipped Tops die set, cut it from water color paper, blended three Distress Inks across it, and glued it on a pattern paper from PTI's Hooray! kit. After stamping three more words around the "Happy" I added tiny diamond crystal Stickles dots to the banners, cut a scalloped border and adhered it to a white card front.