Sunday, November 18, 2018

Christmas cards

Holiday Season Arrives

Well, the turkey is thawing and fresh cranberries are ready to sauce at my house this Sunday. I love the traditions of an American Thanksgiving holiday especially all the choices for the special meal. Our family is small so we limit our menu somewhat but always include one new veggie side dish. But we're not here to discuss food, are we? It's "make more Christmas cards" time and here are a few to add to the stash this week.

My fantasy folk style tree was inspired by Stephanie's card on PTI's first release day. I stamped small images from the Make it Market: Holiday Folk and Tinsel & Tags sets on a white tree die cut from a SSS stitched rectangle panel, added a sentiment from Love is Here: Holiday, and a gold bell die cut from Bells & Boughs, all older PTI products. The tree was wrapped with gold raffia and offset in the panel to show the kraft shadow. Black Soot DI was splattered on the background panel before assembling the scene.

Linked to: Create Along with Us

Using a SSS Falling Snow stencil and Ranger Texture Paste, a scene with snow was created on this top-folding card. A PTI Noted Scalloped: A2 stitched frame encloses the sentiment and a trio of aqua shimmer paper snowflakes were added for sparkles.

My friend Greta shared the SSS forest die cut panel which is backed with pattern paper and directly glued to a white card front. PTI's Winter Fox stands guard with a stamped Bells & Boughs sentiment.

I finally inked up the October Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit with all its vintage style images and dies. This card is a one-layer stamped panel with the skater masked to stamp the icy pond around her foot. Several snowflakes and light blue ink shadow her. This scene reminds me of childhood fun at a city park in Nebraska.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Season's Greetings gift bag

For the latest PTI Make it Monday challenge, Lexi Daly showed non-engineering me and other talented crafters how to make envelope bags with pattern paper. After two failed attempts with PTI pattern papers where I scored folding lines too heavily and cracked one corner or the other, I surrendered and used a pink Hallmark envelope from the drawer. Of course, in decorating the handmade bag, I didn't count on the tag's heaviness making it impossible to stand without a lining of rocks! LOL. Live and learn and that's what it's all about, right?

PTI Card Supplies:
Stamps: Tinsel & Tags, Winter Fox
Dies: Basic Bookmark 3, Tinsel & Tags, Winter Fox

Thursday, October 25, 2018

a Beautiful Life

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop Challenge

For the second month in a row an autumn scene is our inspiration. 
I'm glad because October's colors are rich and ever changing.

Each autumn I send my aunts and uncles a Thanksgiving card but this weekend a sympathy card was needed for a church family whose 92 year-old mother recently died in a nearby memory care home. Nell was known for her love of flowers, painting and a
beautiful spirit. I wanted her family to remember that before the dementia set in she was a vibrant, strong woman and thus the sentiment for this card.

Card Supplies:
Autumn Pumpkins, Botanical Bounty, Forest Floor: Autumn, 
Meadow Greens (sentiment), Mix & Mat: Plaid die, 
Pierced Feature Frames die, Spruce & Sprigs

The color of the side-folding A2 card is more greenish gray than 
blue. I'm not sure what PTI color it is as it came in a pack.

Thanks for stopping by today and take a look at the other entries in the PTI blog hop!
This will be on my instagram site also - grammylovesherboys

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Leaping Deer for Christmas

I'm adding another Christmas card to the pile with this week's
Create Along With Us challenge on the PTI blog.
While there are many cards to admire, my eyes were drawn
 to the October Release - Day 1 with the Fawn & Flora set,
 and especially a card Laurie Schmidlin created. 

 Laurie's darling card

I focused on her colors, water color stripes, a black sentiment and of course, the deer. Basically I copied her with my current supplies. 

Papertrey Ink supplies:
Stamps: Bells & Boughs, Tinsel & Tags Sprigs, Watercolor Wonder
Dies: Dash Away All, Tinsel & Tags Sprigs

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Christmas in the City

Simon Says: Cityscape

Today I made a Christmas card using City Scene, an older Papertrey Ink stamp & die set with Momento and Hero Arts inks. An old wood "Rectangle Background" stamp by Embossing Arts was inked in light blue providing a faint frame to ground the scene. Finished this top-folding A2 card with a line of Ranger Holly stickles on the taxi's tree.

MIM #339: Patterned Frames

It's not very often that Ashley hosts a MIM challenge but this
 past week she shared her ideas for adding patterns to frames
by stamping or using pattern paper.

I used Noted: Scalloped A2 dies to create the frame, stacking two for more definition and stamping Fancy Flourishes in VersaMark ink to create a tone on tone pattern. The frame was centered on a white Scallop Stackers Large die cut and then directly adhered to a PTI Weathervane side folding card. A scene was stamped and die cut from Winter Village along with the sentiment. This was my first time using this vintage stamp and die set. I found a snow detail die among the WV dies and cut it from shiny silver card stock to add a layer of snow on the house roof. What a cute detail they included with this set!

Thanks for stopping by my neighborhood~

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Merry Christmas

Finally had some time to work on this week's MIM #338 challenge with Lizzie Jones!
She demonstrated how to incorporate packaging dies on cards i.e. tags. Using her tips
and colors I crafted two similar cards using preprinted tags from last years Make It 
Market Mini Kit: Holiday Tag Along. No stamping done on either card surprisingly.

Card Supplies:
  PTI MIM Holiday Tag Along die &
  preprinted tags; bow die from Tinsel & Tags
  Sprigs die set; Bitty Big Aqua Mist & Pure
  Poppy paper; large Scallop Stacker die;
  sequins, Wink of Stella

Since I have more of these preprinted tags I may adapt this
design, use other colors, and add to the Christmas card stash. 
Thanks for your visit to my blog!