Saturday, January 19, 2019

Happy Birthday

Seize the Birthday #157 - Stamping Only

I'm participating in the current Seize the Birthday challenge where the main focus is stamping. My card does include two die cut panels. The white card stock was first cut with a PTI Mix & Mat: Confetti die including the inner stitched frame. I masked the edges and stamped a variety of flowers and leaves from PTI's Botanical Bounty II set in bright colors. A PTI Graceful Greetings sentiment was added to the center. Bitty Big: Simply Chartreuse paper was cut with a SSS stitched rectangle and adhered to a white card front.

While the stamp set out was on my desk, I cut another white panel with the PTI Scallop Stackers: Large die and repeated my design. The stamped panel was centered on the large dotted side of a BB: Simply Chartreuse panel glued directly to a white card front.

Thanks for your visit. I'm visiting San Diego's Mission Bay RV park for a month and hope to get a few more cards made with my little travel box of goodies. I love visiting your blogs and Instagram posts. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

You are so loved

Many card blogs are featuring Valentines cards with the Christmas-New Year's rush over. My card would work well for Valentines and is linked to Time Out Challenge #126: LovingBut this card celebrates a birthday next week for one of the first friends I made when we moved to Oregon in 1973. Karen moved to a sunny, warmer state a few years ago but we visit each other at least once a year. She's not aware of my blog or Instagram so it should still be a surprise.

Card Supplies:
Birch Press Stackable Grace Mandala dies
Concord & 9th Mosaic Turnabout stamp
Papertrey Penned Elegance II stamp
Papertrey Tag Sale #12 die

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Birthday Card

Each January the first PTI MIM usually looks back at the previous year's techniques and creative challenges. It provides another opportunity to try one that was missed and due to retirement travels and life I missed several. My entry uses tips Lizzie shared in the final MIM #345 - Creating Ombre Sentiments. 

Card Supplies:
PTI Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp
PTI Shape Shifters: Circle 1 die
Concord & 9th Mosaic Turnabout stamp
PTI paper & MISTI
Distress Oxides: abandoned coral, ripe persimmon, scattered straw, spiced marmalade

This card is linked to MIM #346 2018 A La Carte

Thanks for your visit to the blog today or at
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Winter Wishes

Happy 2019!!

Stopping by with my first card of the year, a winter scene.
I have enjoyed stamping, coloring, and die cutting the various 
parts of the October Hero Arts MMH kit recently. With January 
and February winter birthdays to celebrate, I used the kit again 
but without the Christmas tree trimming parts of it. 

I have fond memories of the nearby city park and its ice skating area where neighbors would bring their skates to enjoy time on the wind-cured bumpy surface. 

Card Supplies: Hero Arts MMH October stamps & dies, PTI Mighty Oak, PTI Trendy Treetops (birds), Poppy Stamps Whittle Fox die, SSS Stitched Rectangles, glitter washi tape, clear Wink of Stella shimmer pen, Rock Candy Stickles, Prismacolor pencils

Linking this to the current A Blog Named Hero: Winter Challenge

Thanks for the visit and see you here again or 
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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Holiday cards

It's the end of another year and many bloggers and Instagram posters are sharing their top projects. I've not shared the following cards this season because I wanted to make sure the recipient saw their card before it was shared here and my Instagram "grammylovesherboys" spot.

Distress Ink Oxide blended background grounded the Hero Arts October MMH kit figures and sentiment. I used Copics on the fawn and Altenew's watercolors on the tree which was embossed first in white. This happens to be in my top five favorite cards of the season mostly due to the background and tree.
Linked to A Blog Named Hero Challenge: Winter

PTI's Botanical Blocks IV poinsettia and sentiment were embossed in gold, flowers colored with Altenew watercolors and framed with a PTI Pierced Feature Frame cut from wood pattern paper which was added to a dark green card.

These two cards were cased from Karen's Random Reflections card shared earlier this month. I silver embossed an old 2011 Penny Black "Adorned Tree" twice on PTI weathervane paper. One panel was cut with PTI's Scallop Stacker: Large die and the other with PTI's Mix & Mat: Plaid die. A PTI Peace sentiment was silver embossed on vellum with the strip tucked around the panels before gluing to a silver shimmer paper covering white side-folding cards.

 An old wood Hero Arts Christmas stamp was inked with navy ink, spritzed with water and stamped on a panel shared by Greta recently and glued to a navy card front. PTI Christmas Faith sentiment was added. I made a variety of this card for our church friends with "Christ is Born" inside. Linked to A Blog Named Hero Challenge: Winter

The final card of this post uses funky Distress Ink oxide colors and a new Tim Holtz tree stencil. The PTI Treetops Glisten sentiment was white embossed on aqua paper and backed with a vellum PTI Tag Sale #12 die. "Stella" did a lot of winking on the sentiment stitched circle. The stenciled panel and tag were added to a mint green card. Linked to 

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Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Many Thanks

Papertrey Ink December Blog Hop Challenge

It may be December but PTI's inspiration photo looks
forward to card crafters next holiday focus - Valentines Day.
I think it's time to grab my embroidery thread and fabric again 
as this photo reminded me of my first love of handiwork.

 I decided to build a wreath thank you note. The long swag from PTI's older Make it Market: Holiday Folk kit was stamped in classic kraft and olive twist inks to form a heart wreath. Tiny pink dots, light green leavesand two different Friendship Jar Flowers dies finished the decor. Penned Elegance II provided the sentiment. The wreath was stamped on a Scallop Stackers: Small panel given to me by my friend Greta and glued to a soft stone pattern paper covering a white A2 card.

I'm barely making it into this month's PTI Blog Hop
With our son on the road back to his home, I plan to tour 
the other hop entries. Thank you for stopping by to visit.

Sunday, December 9, 2018


"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"

I love Christmas music! Any other time of the year canned music irritates me but not in December. When browsing in a store, I hum and sing along with the tunes playing over the speakers.  I can't help myself.  Not having any large Christmas sentiments, I chose my new-to-me Enclosed: Bell with the "Joy" sentiment for this week's MIM #344: Deck Your Dies inspired by the incomparable Melissa Phillips. A piece of white card stock was covered with several Heidi Swapp gold washi tapes and the solid bell cut from it. The top bell outline with "Joy" was cut from textured gold paper. The bell hangs from a Pierced Feature Frame which was cut three times, the top layer from cream shimmer paper. A Holiday Greens border was stamped with Delicata Golden Glitz ink on the card front within the confines of the frame before the frame and bell were attached. This was a quick and easy card!

PTI Card Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Greens Borders
Dies: Enclosed: Bell; Pierced Feature Frames 

Linked also to Time Out: #124
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