Saturday, December 26, 2015


Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge

it's that time of the month again.


This cheerful group of holiday plates was our inspiration point!
They reminded me of the Tinsel & Tags stamp & die set from December 2014.
I stamped my "Noel", added it to a PTI polka dot vellum circle and attached
the circles to a piece of an old MME Christmas designer paper. After seeing
Leigh Penner's tags I think die cuts would have made it more special! Next time.


Check out more cards at Capture the Moment Blog Hop

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Cards 2015

This is the first year that I didn't mass produce the same card for everyone and it was so much fun! A few designs were repeated but not many. I thought you might like to see a variety since I don't post daily. Some cards are cased from Papertrey Ink designers; almost all of the stamps & dies used are PTI products.

PTI Treetops Glisten, Basic Bookmark 3 die


PTI Treetops Glisten

PTI Peace, Love & Joy mini set

                                                               PTI Bells & Boughs

PTI Rustic Wreath, 'Tis the Season Sentiments

PTI Treetops Glisten

PTI Petite Places: Nativity Mini Stamp Set

PTI Bells & Boughs

                            Paper Smooches stamps/dies with the inside sentiment "is you!"

Merry Christmas glitter

Yay! only 4 more days until I see my three grandsons and their parents!!

Today's card is out of my comfort zone. I was trying to use some PTI Holiday
Folk patterned paper and combined it with Virginia's View Challenge #21: Glitter. Virginia is closing her popular challenge this month - boo hoo!  My entry resulted in a busy, festive, and glitzy-for-me Christmas card! The card size is 4.25 x 6" in order to place a photo inside. Some of my family and friends do not get on Facebook so needed to send a new picture with me and my gray hair!

Card Recipe:
Ink: Delicata Golden Glitz, Hero Arts Royal Red & Green Hills mid-tone shadow, Momento Black
Stamps: PTI Bells & Boughs, Oopsie Daisy (for the dotted line), 'Tis the Season Sentiments
Glitter tape, PTI Holiday Folk paper, Gold Wink-of-Stella, dimension tape

Thursday, December 10, 2015




Winding down 2015 with one of my last Christmas cards created after 
watching Ashley Newell's challenge to use felt as an embellishment.

You can view Ashley's video and cards at by clicking on

PTI Simply Chartreuse felt
PTI Enclosed: Wreath stamp & die set
PTI Tinsel & Tags Sprigs die
PTI Linen/Burlap Impression Plate
My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas paper, red glitter paper
Gold & red sequins
Delicata Golden Glitz ink

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happiest of Holidays

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

 Love, love, love these colors, the shine, everything about this photo~ yet white is not in my home at all! This photo is inspiration for our entry in this month's blog hop. I took her challenge quite literally! You can't see all the shine but the colored balls have a thin layer of silvery Stickles smeared on them and the sentiment is stamped in silver. Oh, how I need a Misti as stamping the sentiment twice would have helped the photo so much more! Alas too late to emboss it with silver powder since it was already glued to the card front and heat might warp the whole card. Happy Thanksgiving blog friends! I'm going to sneak in some blog hopping time throughout the day!

Materials used:
Stamps: PTI Confetti Garland Borders & Sketched Shapes (using the back side for the circles), Think Big Favorites #20 sentiment
Die: PTI Confetti Garland Borders
Inks: Distress Inks mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers, tumbled glass; Hero Arts Silver Shadow; Momento New Sprout, Pear Tart
Silver Recollections paper, misc. pattern paper, card size is 4.25 x 6"

Linking this to: capture the moment November Blog Hop

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Be Merry tag

Make-It-Monday: #227

Focal Clusters

PTI Stamps: Bells & Boughs, Spruce & Sprigs, 'Tis the Season Sentiments, Watercolor Wonder
PTI Dies: Bells & Boughs, Tag Sale: Quilted
Momento/ Hero Arts inks and a bit of clear Wink o' Stella on the bow, ribbon & twine

Tagging this to capture the moment blog

Merry Christmas to You

Papertrey Ink October 2015 Blog Hop Challenge

We were given this photo as an inspiration point.

It's been so much fun ordering new Christmas stamping stuff this fall and I'm glad that the blog hop catered to all our desires to showcase the holiday season early. When PTI's Brushed Off stamp set appeared Amy Sheffer designed a card using the circle images and stamping twice, rotating the stamp and using a second color on the second stamping. I used Distress Inks festive berries and picked raspberry making an instant ornament! Drawing a string with a gold Sharpie pen, I hung my ornaments and decorated with snowflake dies from Paper Smooches. The sentiment is from PTI's Treetops Glisten. The panel was mounted on fun foam and adhered to PTI red card stock. I'm enjoying all the variety of inspiration at October PTI Blog Hop so click on over to enjoy it yourself!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful


with Papertrey Ink and many of its loyal fans!

Oh, how I wished that I had ordered Heather's twig wreath last month! But when you look at your stash of paper crafting tools things pop up! I first inked the Hero Arts Chalkboard background stamp with HA Unicorn ink and smudged it with a paper towel. Used Papertrey Ink's Rustic Wreath die and cut it from wood veneer card stock. The leaves & acorns were die cut using Quilted: Autumn dies & paper scraps and finished with gold inked berry sprigs from the same set. The PTI sentiment is from Life is Beautiful. Before adhering the chalkboard panel to the card, score lines were added to imitate the framing on the awesome inspiration photo.

Be sure to survey the many other entries at this site : PTI September 2015 Blog Hop

Thursday, September 17, 2015


It's officially fall weather today in Oregon - rain, clouds, falling leaves!
After our hot, hot summer this is so welcome.
Today I made two cards using the Enclosed: Leaf die from Papertrey Ink. 
This NBUS/D (never before used stamp/die) arrived last month and it's been 
fun playing with it. I'm supposed to use stamps but hoping the dies 
will count too!

Papertrey Ink Dies: Enclosed: Leaf; Sentiment Splits: Curve Vertical 
Paper: kraft card stock, Basic Grey pattern paper, paint chip strip

Papertrey Ink Die: Enclosed: Leaf
Paper: kraft, yellow & shimmer card stock, paint chip strip

I'm linking these cards to Sweet Darnell's NBUS Challenge #5

Monday, August 31, 2015

thankyou nest of thread

    SAF 2015 Threads Challenge

I loved watching Laura's video on how she creates her 
thread nests and ombre color panels. She is so funny, isn't she? 
Recently I made an anniversary card here and the die cut stencil
looked so pretty with its golden spray spots that I kept it. I'm
sure glad because it looks amazing on the dark gray 
card stock it's mounted on. This card has no stamping -
just die cuts. Orange yarn from the stash forms a thread nest.
Entering this is PTI's Stamp-a-Faire Threads Challenge - here

Papertrey Ink dies: Wonderful Words: thank you and Modern Cross Cover Plate.
Ink: Hero Arts Butterbar-Orange Ombre Pad and Heidi Swapp Gold spray

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Autumn Thanks

   A last minute entry to this week's Make It Monday #222 challenge: 
  Die Cut Kissing where Betsy Veldman showed us a set of gorgeous 
  cards made with her "kissing" technique. Her video gives all the details 
  on Nichole Heady's blog  capture the moment   My card is much too 
  busy for my taste. The die cut rays should have been left off and I 
  would like it better.

                     Papertrey Ink Stamps: Layered Banner Banter, Leaf Prints,
                                                         Quilted: Autumn
                     PTI Dies: Keep It Simple, Quilted: Autumn, Scene It: Skyscapes
                     Hero Arts Inks: Unicorn White, Buttercup, Cup 'O Joe
                     Kraft cardstock, PTI vellum, misc. pattern paper

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy Anniversary

PTI Make It Monday #221

Together is a Beautiful Place to Be 

This week Ashley Newell demonstrated a masking technique for sentiments. You can see several of her ideas and talent here - Make It Monday challenge

I made a stencil with the Papertrey Ink Modern Cross cover plate and directly applied a Hero Arts Butter to Orange Ombre inkpad over the stencil with a white 4.25 x 5.5" panel underneath. Before the stencil was removed I sprayed Heidi Swapp Gold Shine over the orange ink (not easily seen here but trust me it shines). Removing my sentiment mask I stamped a sentiment from PTI Quilted: Spring in Distress Ink Hickory Smoke. The panel was adhered directly to a white A2 card with some gold colored polka dot strips on each side to frame the panel. But it needed something more...aha! Since it was going to be an anniversary card (#42) using two birds would be perfect for my bird-watching hubby. I die cut the smallest bird dies from PTI Songbirds from a gold metallic paper. Perfecto (at least in MHO)  Such fun - hope he likes it too!

Maybe you can see the golden gleam better on this shot!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Merry & Bright

Trying out a sketch at
CAS(E) this Sketch #135

I'm adding to my Christmas card pile hoping to be ready this December and not be under so much pressure. Dreamed up this poinsettia from the Lovely Layers set and it turned out pretty good! I made several dots of yellow Stickles on the center but didn't like them so squished them flat to add some glittery shine to the card. To keep my cards flat for mailing did not pop up the die cuts.  To mass produce this design, I will modify by die cutting out of green & red papers and eliminate one step of stamping.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Lovely Layers & Rustic Wreath (sentiment)
Die: PTI Lovely Layers
Inks: Hero Arts - Meadow Greens, Pale Tomato, Royal Red mid-tone shadow
Washi tape and yellow Stickles 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

You Are My Sunshine

CAS(E) this Sketch #134

I seem to be needing more encouragement cards lately and thought to try a NBUS die from Papertrey Ink Scene It: Skyscapes Die Collection. I cut one each from two different yellow card stocks and adhered them to a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die cut from my pattern paper stash. Stamped an old Hero Arts sentiment on clear vellum and using vellum adhesive anchored it to the panel. Glued panel on another striped paper piece which was placed on a basic white A2 card. I'm linking this to Cas(e) this Sketch! and their current challenge.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Love Is the Tie that Binds

      MAKE IT MONDAY #217
      Creating Your Own Custom Borders

Laurie showed us today on the Capture the Moment blog how to use our stamps and dies to make a custom border. I had already assembled the quilt block so tricked it out with a sunburst stamped die border. Added a bit of sparkle to the sunburst with a clear Wink of Stella pen. I have not used a border in a long time. Her second card on the video reminded me to quit hoarding my wood paper. Like Laurie I mounted my wood panel on fun foam to give it a solid base and lift it off the A2 card.  

Hope you'll drop by the blog to check out Laurie's video and the other cards.  Click on the link to  capture the moment  

Papertrey Ink Stamps/Dies: Quilted: Spring and Snowflake Flurries
Inks: Hero Arts Pool, Ranger Tumbled Glass, Fossilized Amber
Pebbles "Garden Party" pattern paper, cherrrywood veneer paper, fun foam

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy Birthday

Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop Challenge

My attempt to capture the image inspiration!

PTI Stamps: Boutique Borders: Sympathy, Polka Dots, Ruby Rose, Trendy Tree Tops
PTI Dies: Boutique Borders: Sympathy, Ruby Rose,  Basic Bookmark 3
Ink: Versafine Black Ink & Hero Arts Soft Grey Shadow

This was a 15 minute card cuz I forgot about the blog hop until 7:30 PDT tonight.
It must be my old age as I just got my first Social Security check this month! LOL

Check out all of the fabulous cards at Nichole's blog.    PTI June 2015 Blog Hop

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Friends Forever

Make It Monday #214

Stamping with Neutrals

In this week's Make It Monday challenge, Dawn spotlighted the use of neutral colors in stamping a background. Check out her video here:   Dawn's tips on Stamping with Neutrals

I inked Distress Inks on an acrylic block, misted with water and smooshed the water color paper on the block. After it was dry I stamped various Irresistibly Ikat stamps with a soft grey ink finishing the card with the sentiments in darker colors. The water color panel was adhered to a raspberry color A2 card and some shiny pearls added.

Stamps: PTI Irresistibly Ikat, Wet Paint III
Inks: Distress Inks - picked raspberry, shaded lilac, squeezed lemondade; Hero Arts Soft Grey Shadow; Momento Black; Versamark  
PTI cardstock, water color paper, silver pearls, white embossing powder

Monday, May 25, 2015

To infinity and beyond

Papertrey May Blog Hop

Julian's #8 Card

Nichole challenged us to use rainbow colors, various shapes, 
splatters of color to create our card this month. Take a look
at the wonderful cards entered into this month's challenge at

We were given this photo for inspiration!

The inspiration photo is so fun - what to do with though? It reminded me of May flowers, movement, and a hint of the number 8. Aha! My oldest grandson turns 8 this week! So abandoning my dozen or more sets of Papertrey Ink floral sets I grabbed the PTI Triangle cover plate, the Tiny Triangles and Boy Basics: Out of this World stamp sets and set to work. It took a bit to figure out how many triangles with the rainbow color scheme could create an "8" and still let me stamp the rocket & sentiment inside the loops of the eight. I stamped the rocket a second time with Momento Black Ink, colored it with Copics and fussy cut parts to make the rocket stand out more, adding sparkly platinum Stickles for accent. The inside of the card uses Zappy Birthday stamp set to wish Julian a super day!

Stamps: PTI Tiny Triangles; Boy Basics: Out of this World
Die: PTI Triangle cover plate
Inks: Hero Arts Butter Bar, Orange, Pool, Navy, Red Royal, Soft Grape 
         & Distress Ink Mowed Lawn
Washi Tape

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Make It Monday #212Fussy Cutting

Graduation Card

Oh, oh, it's close to the end of May and I need some graduation cards. I pulled out a Tim Holtz stencil,  inked up an acrylic block with Distress Inks, mixed into each color some texturizing paste and applied it to a piece of watercolor paper. After drying I die cut two PTI Circle Scribble dies from textbook paper. I stamped on aqua card stock a PTI Wet Paint III sentiment with VersaMark ink, embossing with WOW white and fussy cut the "Congrats".  The panel was adhered to a kraft A2 card.

This is linked to:  Make It Monday #212 Fussy Cutting

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Somehow I have more friends with May birthdays than any other month! So I have been building my stash up for the past few days. I often use a Papertrey Ink stamp set called Stylish Sentiments: Birthday containing a great assortment of birthday greetings. Looking at the collection I stamped a background composed of sentiments plus a few extra symbols. After mounting it on an orange note card, it needed a focal point which an orange vellum banner with "celebrate" provided.

The second card used a Papertrey Ink Feather Finery feather stamped with Versamark ink and embossed in white. Tim Holtz Distress Inks were sponged on the background and a PTI "Hugs" was die cut from silver card stock for the sentiment.  This piece was adhered to a woodgrain card stock panel and mounted on a purple A2 card.

I'm hooking this up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Let's Get Sentimental

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Smile: It's Your Birthday



Many times I've stamped a background pattern and ended up cutting it up to lessen it's dramatic effect but thanks to Lizzie's video I can now "hide" the drama behind vellum. Try it - you'll like it!

My inspiration for this card comes from 
Lizzie Jones'  video on capture the moment blog.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Lovely Layers and Wet Paint III
Inks: Hero Arts Grape Juice, Momento Pear Tart
PTI vellum, clear embossing powder, vellum tape, chartreuse A2 card base

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HAPPY birthday



 I'm always looking for a new tulip card design for my Dutch friend, Anne and this week's Make It Monday challenge blog inspired this year's card. I couldn't resist using orange colors too!

I doubled the white die cuts and added a triple layer to my colored tulips.
Papertrey Ink Bitty Bouquets stamp & die set, Swoosh sentiment
Inks: Hero Arts Pale Tomato & Soft Cantaloupe, Distress Ink Mowed lawn 

Be sure to visit Make It Monday with Lexi Daly and view her video instructions
and see all the marvelous card ideas created this week!