Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A GOOD Morning spent with Friends

It was a simply splendid crafty morning. A few new friends came over to play in the garden today!  Cross-stitching and card drafting was going on as well as LOTS of stories told by the kiddos.

I worked on coloring and cutting out this guy :)
He is on the inside of the card.

And then I colored and cut out a few friends for him.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is ....Anything Goes this week. Easy-Peasy--- come and PLAY!!


Lawn Fawn- Paper, hello die

PPP- Stitched Duo 1 Dies, sequins

Spellbinders-Wonky Rectangles


Martha Stewart- Butterfly punch

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

There Is HOPE

I spoke with someone today that needed to here this message. 

Just a bit of masking created a seat for the bloom. PRETTY PEONIES from Jane's Doodles is the star of this card. I embossed the image in white and water-colored it using AQUA MIST from PTI.  Smooshing the ink pad on an acrylic block enabled me to get the ink with my brush. A bit of water helped even out the colors. Dot Flower from Hero arts was the perfect lacy background.

I'm entering this into
 The Card Concept  Challenge #15 - Colour Challenge

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ,,,,Emboss It

Thanks for looking,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Something New

I'm combining two challenges for PTI today.  The Make It Monday #173: No Outline Watercolor and
July 2014 Blog Hop
I really enjoyed creating this no outline posy  from  the FLOWER GARDEN set and coloring  it in with my INKTENSE watercolor pencils.  The inspiration photo for the hop had a sweet embroidered cluster of flowers which helped me with the arrangement.

I embossed the sentiment and flower centers with some new WOW Ultra High embossing powder. I'm thinking it Maybe it was a bit TOO high.  HA!

Thanks for looking!


July 2014 PTI Blog Hop Challenge

Can it be the 25th of the month already??? Where did the Summer go?! The end of July here means County Fair, which happens to be the theme of the inspiration photo for the  PTI July 2014 Blog Hop Challenge. I think the up-coming MAKE IT MARKET has something to do with the County Fair as well.
Here is my card

inspiration photo
I just LOVE the colors and images in this photo! Banners, Stitched masterpieces and Gingham all say County Fair to me!
Since typing is not me favorite thing, I thought I would take a picture of the PTI supplies I used to make this card. (I forgot to include Farm and Barn background basics used for the texture of the background panel.)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You Scatter Joy...

 I made a card tonight for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge ,,, Spots and Dots, as well as the
Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Anything Goes..(I'm definitely hooked on the colors from the inspiration photo)
The Mixed Media Card Challenge #1 {Touch of Nature} by the time I was finished, all the natural lighting for the photo was gone:(
insert Poor photo here:->
 un-natural light at night :(

However, JOY comes in the morning! And so does the Sunlight!
And I'll be back with a better picture then:)))

Morning sunlight:)

watercolor paper before spritzing with water
I started out by creating this piece using wplus9 FRESH CUTS and MORE FRESH CUTS.
Then I spritzed it with LOTS of water..softening the flowers and cut the tag with PPP Stitched Duo 1 Die. 

Then layered it on top of some BoBunny Bold & Bright Double Dot paper.  
I cut the word sentiments from paper in which I used a Shaving Cream TIE-Dye technique...FUN stuff! 
The TWEED Background is stamped with Hero Arts Design Block. PPP Sequins were the perfect embellishment along with some lace scraps I colored with Mr. Huey's Color Mist sprays.

Can you tell I had a GREAT time?!?! 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rainbow Medallion

Counting my Blessings today!

What are some of your happy moments this week?

Playing along with Dawn and Make It Monday #172: Rainbow Medallions.
As well as Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Anything Goes.
They are celebrating their 1st Anniversary!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

A Shaped card and matching Envelope for Virginia's View Challenge #5

Just popping in to share a card I made for  Virginia's View Challenge #5. There are over 300 entries this time...GO Ladies!
 I finally got the dies from PPP and simply HAD to play with them for a bit. I used the border die to create a shape of sorts for a fun twist. Jennifer McGuire shows how to achieve something similar here.

Here is a close-up of how nicely the layers matched up using the dies.
The stitching is the SWEETEST:) and the sequins from PPP are like CANDY!

Then I used the die to emboss an envelope to match...I was THRILLED with the results!

back of envelope
Front of envelope

Thanks for looking! Won't you come and play? The linky closes tonight. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pop-up Flourish Thanks

I really wanted to play along with the ladies at PTI Make It Monday #171: Pop Up Die Cuts . It was VERY difficult to come up with something to pop-up other than a butterfly which Betsy showed in here video. After MUCH thinking all week here is what I came up with.

And a closer look at the details of the partial cut Flourish.
I stamped the flourish twice in melon berry to add some depth. 
Thanks for looking!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Monochrome CLEAR Collage

The challenge this week over at SSS Wednesday Challenge is LET'S Be CLEAR. I got out my CLEAR acetate, Clear Sequins and Clear Glossy Accents..With all the Clear I wanted to go monochrome as well...
 so Victorian Velvet Distress ink and Autumn Rose from PTI were my inks of choice. Then added a splash of Silver embossing powder to the frame for some more bling.

As you can see, I'm still in the DIE-CUT mode from playing along with the 

This one goes out to a dear young lady, whom we hope to see more of  in the future:)

Thanks for looking!


  • Neenah solor white cardstock
  • PTI  Shakers + Sprinkles  dies
  • SSS Butterfly Trendrils Die
  • MFT - Die-namics - Mini Doily Circles
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punches
  • Distress Ink
  • PTI Ink
  • Various sequins
  •  Hero Arts Tapestry Script Background
  • IO stamps Cover-a-Card Gingham

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

f-l-o-w-e-r-s II

Now with all those die cut letters left-over from the previous card I stitched and stapled together this next one.

 Getting two cards from one cut (positive/negative) is a HUGE bonus when working with dies. Sometimes it takes a bit of pre-planning. But well worth it:)

I'm  entering this in Virginia's view Challenge #5 also .

Have YOU played along yet? There are SPECTACULAR entries for this challenge round. Go over and have a peek and get inspired!

Thanks for looking.



Using my dies from Lawn Fawn today to create a card for

Here's to ALL you LOVELY stampers/card makers out there.
( now I need to be thinking of something to catch the eye of  Dr. John:)

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Electric Bubble Shaker!

The SSS Wednesday Challenge is to make SHAKER cards this week. Here is mine for the challenge.  

Supplies used for this card.

  • NEENAH Solar White  cardstock
  • HERO ARTS ink Dauber NEON BLUE
  • HERO ARTS ink Dauber TIDE POOL
  • HERO ARTS ink Dauber Tide Pool
  • LAWN FAWN Critters of the SEA Stamp
  • LAWN FAWN a Birdie Told Me stamp and die
  • MEMORY BOX Loopy Rings die
  • MEMORY BOX Small Ringlets die
  • Various sequins from my stash
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
  • Clear Acetate Sheet
  • Craft mounting 3D tape      

      Thanks for looking!

Make It Monday #170: Masking with Die Cuts

I was so excited to play with the Make It Market Kit: Beautiful Brushstrokes by Betsy Veldman.
It was so FUN using the Masking technique shown by Erin at PTI.

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Masking with Dies

This weeks MIM #170 is all about two of my favorite things...MASKING and DIES! Erin shows a very detailed video of the simple technique of using your dies as a mask. Of course I joined in on the fun!

I used the OOPSIE DAISY stamps and dies as well as OMBRE BUILDERS.  My Tim Holtz CLEAR RULER made it easy to make the line of piercings.

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