Sunday, September 17, 2017

Merry & Bright

Dawn McVey's tag on release day 2 with the color 
combo of rich red and pink inspired me this month.

Dawn's tag

I pretty much cased her design with my current supplies.

PTI Stamps: Autumn Pumpkins & 'Tis the Season Sentiments
PTI Dies: Noted Scalloped: Square & Tag Sale #4
Candy Cane Stickles, Hero Arts Royal Red ink

Saturday, September 9, 2017


 Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: #255

It's always a "joy" to add to the Christmas cards finished pile!

The alphabet "joy" letters are from Altenew, the rest of the dies are Papertrey Ink.
No stamping on these cards.





These cards were inspired by the challenge at Merry Monday
I'm also linking to Happy Little Stampers - Glitter 
Cards 2 & 4 have a bit of glitter in the joy letters and Card 2 has a glitter tape line across the middle.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Repetitive Small Images - stamped and/or die cut

Several crafting gurus that I follow enjoy stamping backgrounds with the small images that are included in many clear stamp sets. This week Lexi shared her CAS method of using these smaller stamps in a repetitive format to create a quick, graphic card on the Capture the Moment blog.

Lexi's card

This was so much fun! 
Because I wanted to use several neglected stamp sets, I made three 
different cards. If I had been thinking like some crafters on PTI's Make
It Monday challenge, I would have made card sets for future gifts. 
Next week...

Card #1 -  4 bar size (3.5 x 5)
PTI stamps: Sketched Shapes, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
PTI Tipped Tops dies and Linen Impression plate

Card #2 
PTI stamps: Autumn Pumpkins, Mighty Oak
Dies: PTI Mix & Mat: Herringbone, SSS stitched rectangles

Card #3 
 PTI stamps: Choose Joy, Flower Favorites (bee), Simple Sunflower
PTI dies: Cover Plate-Stitched Die, Simple Sunflower

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Autumn Blessings Z-Fold Card

Card makers often get into a rut with the dimensions of the cards they make with 4.25 x 5.5" being the default size. It was exciting to see Ashley's card  and video for this week's Make It Monday challenge. Her directions for creating the basic shape and adding embellishments to personalize it were clear and precise. It was so much fun and would be a good format for birthdays. My card uses PTI's Quilted: Autumn and Stylized Autumn stamp & die sets. The middle outer fold has a panel of PTI gingham pattern paper and the last fold a Tim Holtz stencil adds texture and color. All the die cuts extend over the top edge and are backed with a matching kraft card stock die cut for neatness.

Linked to: Make It Monday #295
                    Time Out Challenge #90 (no speed- took me a couple, hours)

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Together & Love

Nichole Heady's card on the August Release Day 1 hooked me immediately. I love wreaths!

I made two anniversary cards, mine and a dear friends, using Nichole's card for
inspiration. The lines were scored around the wreath and sentiment but two different
 dies created the wreaths. The first card uses the smallest feather from Feather Finery 
and the second card a sprig die from Spruce & Sprigs. 

Card #1 for Roger & Karen

PTI stamps: Feather Finery, Quilted: Spring
PTI die: Feather Finery, Memory Box Classic Numbers

Card #2 for my honey, Jim who birds all over the globe

PTI stamp: Quilted: Spring 
PTI dies: Feather Finery, Spruce & Sprigs

Linking this to: August Create Along with Us

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sending Prayers

Make It Monday #294:
Monochrome Color Pop

This week's Papertrey Ink MIM challenge featured ideas from Stephanie Gold!
Her technique of monochrome design creates serene cards which helped me out
today as I needed cards for a lovely 100 year-old lady friend's memorial service.
This card will be given to her oldest daughter and family. I die cut the panel with
the oval from the Noted Scalloped die set as it reminded me of a vintage cameo.

PTI Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies & Fresh Bouquet
PTI Dies: Noted: Scalloped A2
Inks: PTI Classic Kraft, Soft Stone; Hero Arts Soft Sand; Momento Angel Pink

I made a card for another daughter using a previously stamped panel.

Stamps: Altenew Beautiful Day, PTI Spring Woods
Die: SSS Stitched Rectangles

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Happy for You

Make It Monday #292
Color Blocking Three Ways

A quick post to join the MIM Challenge this week.
All three methods Laurie used are fun. I especially like to color 
block using card stock but today I tried the water color example.

PTI Stamp Sentiment from Doodlie-Do
PTI Die - What the Doodle: Sunshine
SSS Stitched Rectangle die
Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry
Sequins from PTI Make It Market: Sunshine & Rainbows

I was inspired to use the three colors on the card 
from my recent trip visits to Masai villages in Kenya.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

wedding wishes

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

Our inspiration photo at Nichole's blog Capture the Moment

Whoops! Almost forgot that it is July 25 and time for the PTI challenge of the month. 
I made this card quickly after a trip to Eugene today. Sometimes it helps to think over
the details of what you wish to create while shopping (ha ha) and so here is my late entry.
With a mini Misti stamped the blue and white panels and set the postal die cut on a foam
rectangle before it was attached to the card front.I was inspired by the post marks, blue
background and gold seal.

 PTI Stamps: Doodlie-Do & Songbirds
PTI Dies: Doodlie-Do, Mix & Mat: Postal
Ink: Hero Arts Navy
Misc.: gold embossing powder, foam adhesive tape

More photos from our recent trip to Kenya.
At a Masai village helping build housing from
sticks and mud for a widow.

 Jim helping with the mud placement.

Amazing colors

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Make It Monday # 291
Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiments

Papertrey's Ashley presented the latest Make It Monday challenge this week.
After stamping "Friend" with black ink, Versamark ink and moving it for the shadow
effect,  I blended Distress inks over the sentiment, added the floral frame, mounted 
the panel on a foam rectangle which was glued to a light yellow A2 card.

Card #1 

Stamp: Bitty Bouquets
Die: Floribunda Frame

Card #2
Earlier in the week I made a card using an older set, Note Niblets. 
I can't remember when I last took this out of its case. When I stamped 
the "Cheer" with brown Versafine ink I didn't clean the stamp off 
completely and it left a light tan shadow. It works for the MIM 
challenge but card #1 fits Ashley's criteria of a white shadow better. 

Stamps: Note Niblets
Die: Note Niblets, SSS Stitched Rectangles

We had an unexpected trip to Kenya the first part of July to help with a dental clinic and construction of a new elementary school campus. While there we were invited to visit three different Masai groups. It was an incredible experience and on one occasion our men each received a blanket and walking stick from the Masai men and the ladies a beaded necklace from the Masai women. I'll share a few photos of my third African adventure below and more in the future.

Hubby Jim behind me and my new friend.

a row of Masai women

Yes, she is carrying 17 adobe blocks. Jim captured 
a video of her briskly walking with this heavy load.