Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy birthday


Lots of happy colors in Nichole Heady's inspiration photo this month.
I was inspired by the colors, washi tape, stripes, and stars.


The washi tape is bright pink and not as red as the photo appears above.

Card Menu:
Stamps: PTI Botanical Blocks, Hero Arts Background Stripes (ancient wood stamp)
Dies: PTI Feather Finery, Tiny Tags, Linen Impression Plate
Ink: HA Pool & Soft Pool
Misc.: Glitter paper (Michaels), washi tape, twine (colored with copic)

This card is among a host of other cards for the PTI December Blog Hop  Check them out!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Let It Snow

Couldn't resist the SSS Monday Challenge this week as it involves "snow"!
With lots of red & white cards on challenges this month, I made one for my snow card.

Looks like Christmas, doesn't it?

grammylovesherboys  Instagram

Stamps: PTI Snowflake Flurries & Treetops Glisten
Stencil: SSS Falling Snow
Inks: Ranger Distress Evergreen Bough, Hero Arts Chalkboard Black
Die: PTI Scalloped A2, cut my own snowy hill
Misc: Dream Weaver white texture paste, Crystal Stickles, Lawn Fawn "Snow Day" pattern paper

Saturday, December 10, 2016

O Christmas Tree

Time for another Christmas card using techniques from 
Betsy's video for this week's
Make It Monday #269: Embossed & Outlined Backgrounds

Betsy's sparkly snowflake card on the left
my silver Christmas trees card below

sunlit photo

"O Christmas Tree" with bright green & red glitter EP

shaded photo 

Linked at PTI's capture the moment

Card Menu:
Stamps: PTI Christmas Faith & Treetops Glisten
Die: PTI Keep It Simple Frames
Ink: Versamark, Silver
Misc: Christmas Spirit EP, Hero Arts silver EP, PTI striped vellum, silver & green card stock, vellum tape, Green Copics

Monday, November 28, 2016

Merry Christmas tags

Make It Monday #268:
Double-Layer Tags

On Monday Dawn McVey shared her tips for layering tags and
embellishments.  I love her set of PTI Cozy Christmas vintage
thermoses and dies that she used for decorating the tags.

Her exuberant use of pattern and color inspired me to
grab an old Christmas paper pad or two, several PTI
stamp & die sets and set up an assembly line as she did.

Lots of pictures to follow but only four tags!

I can't believe that I didn't procrastinate until the weekend to do these!!
BTW, these tags are a bit busy for me but they'll go on plainly wrapped
boxes or gift bags so I can live with them.

I've looked at Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge for a
few years but until now never entered. I was inspired by Lisa Buckeye's tag
on Day 18 to use a bookmark tag as base for my layered tags.

Linking this to: Make It Monday #268 challenge
                25 Days of Christmas Tags

Tag Menu:
Papertrey Stamps/Dies: Basic Bookmark #2, Holiday Greens Borders, Stylized Autumn, Tag Sale #4 & 8, Tinsel & Tags Basics, Tinsel & Tags Sprigs
Inks: Hero Arts- Cup O Joe, Red Royal, Stone Wash, Wet Cement; Momento- Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy; VersaMark
Misc.: Glossy Accents (on berries), white embossing powder, wink of stella, foam tape, Baker's twine

Friday, November 25, 2016

HAPPY birthday...

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

It's a busy time of the year and this hop occurs on Black Friday! 
Nothing black about our inspiration photo though!

Wow! Dawn McVey's colors for Christmas!

Birthday is my theme for this hop because we have several
family and friends with birthdays in December. I'm reaching 
for an old PTI stamp/die set, Confetti Garland for my card.

Hawaiian Shores card stock was stamped with gold dots
from the CG set and topped with two, layered tags using
more elements from the photo. I colored some old glossy
 paper with bright Copics and die cut the CG stars, balls and
snowflakes from them. Two PTI Tag Sale: Quilted tags were 
cut, one from SSS white woodgrain paper and the other from 
PTI starry vellum. The confetti die cuts were placed on the 
woodgrain tag and a greeting from PTI Stylish Sentiments:
Birthday was stamped in Delicata Gold ink on the vellum.
A twist of seam binding with a gold string bow finishes the
  card. There are several confetti shapes left for more birthdays!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Autumn blessings

This month I've had fun creating several autumn-themed
  thanksgiving card sets. My mom's siblings lost their only
 brother to cancer in May and I wanted several friends who 
bring much joy and support to our church family to know 
that they are appreciated. It was a lot of fun using several
new and old Papertrey Ink stamp and die sets to create my
notes of gratitude. 

Inks used: Hero Arts Soft & Mid-tone Shadow. 
The Mini Misti tool made all the stamping easy and precise.

Linking these to: Simon Says Monday Challenge: Trio-Tastic because all of these cards have groups of three - leaves or flowers, die cuts or stamped 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sending You Sunshine +

This month as the Papertrey Ink design team shared their projects during the release, Ashley's card on
Day 3 using the new Better Together set caught my eye. Her brightly colored florals outlined in white on kraft reminded me of folk art. I made three panels using a Doodlie Do floral bouquet stamped in VersaMark on kraft card stock and embossed in white. Each panel was cut with a different die and stamped with sentiments from several different PTI stamp sets.

Card #1 - the most influenced by Ashley

Card #2

Card #3 - left it plain without the prismacolor pencil coloring

All the surprising morning sunshine made these photos a bit bright. Sorry.

Linking these to: Create Along with Us

Card Menus all PTI unless noted:
Stamps: Doodle Do Cards 1-3,  #1 - Make It Market Sunshine & Rain, What the Doodle: Sun; #2 - Inspired: Blessed; #3 - Bitty Bouquets
Dies: #1 - Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles, #2 - Tipped Tops, #3 - Sentiment Splits: Curved Vertical
Inks: Hero Arts Neon Orange, Pool, Wet Cement; Momento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Misc.: white embossing powder, kraft and cream card stock, orange Copics, Prismacolor pencils, fun foam

Sunday, November 13, 2016

let heaven and nature sing


The challenge this week on PTI's Make It Monday blog grew my stash of both Christmas cards, tags and use of hoarded pattern paper books. I currently own five holiday 6 x 6 paper pads, two of which have never been touched and are not recent purchases. I took Laurie's tips on setting up an assembly process and began with a few sheets of last year's Treetops Glisten paper pack. They were die cut with a stitched rectangle and adhered to 4 green tone A2 cards, 3 horizontal and 1 vertical orientation. The birds and sentiment are from the recent PTI Christmas Faith stamp/die set and banner from the Tag Sale: Quilted. 


Card Menu:
Stamps: PTI Christmas Faith, Oopsie Daisy (dotted string for star buttons)
Dies: PTI Christmas Faith, Tag Sale: Quilted; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Paper: PTI Treetops Glisten, color card stock, My Mind's Eye (birds)
Misc: star buttons, wood star, WOW White embossing powder, Versamark Ink

I used the same system to make four tags using a PTI Christmas Tree and Basic Bookmark 2 dies, My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas (older than the hills) pattern paper pad, sentiments from Hero Arts and PTI's 'Tis the Season, black/red ink, sparkly Stickles and seam binding.

Linking this to: Make It Monday Challenge

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Autumn Blessings

PTI October Blog Hop Challenge

Lovely photo inspiration for this month!

It was grab two newer stamp sets for my card,
Autumn Pumpkins and Stylized Autumn.
This is one of my favorite cards this season!

Linking this to the PTI October Blog Hop
                                               SSS Monday Challenge: Autumn

Card Menu:
Stamps: PTI Autumn Pumpkins, Stylized Autumn
Dies: PTI Stylized Autumn, Tipped Tops
Inks: Hero Arts Apricot, Just Rust, Unicorn White, Wet Cement; Momento Cottage Ivy

Sunday, October 23, 2016


This week's Make It Monday Challenge featured a technique tutorial 
from Melissa Phillips using die-cuts as stencil shapes. Her cards are 
amazing and I hope you'll check out her page.

In general my style is more CAS. This is my attempt for an
easy-to-mail, one-layer Christmas card. My stencil was
made from a seldom used PTI die, Delicate Details. Now 
that I use spray adhesive, I'll be reaching for this pretty set.
I sponged a trio of green Distress Inks over the die cut on
the main card panel and lightly misted water for more depth.
Two mistletoe twigs die cut from DCWV shimmer paper
and PTI patterned vellum decorate the panel.

Card Menu: all PTI unless noted
Stamps: Botanical Blocks IV (sentiment), Mistletoe & Holly
Dies: Delicate Details, Mistletoe & Holly, SSS Stitched Rectangles
Inks: Distress Inks-Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce, Pine Needles
Misc.: an old Lawn Fawn Snow Day pattern paper, silver washi tape, Lawn Fawn twine, red glitter paper for berries