Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I continued playing with MOTIF building for the November Blog hop at PTI.
WEE FOLK and MIM mini kit: Holiday Folk seemed to work together nicely:)
The colored baubles are from Merry Kiss-mas and sentiment from Two Feet Deep
WOW Silver Pearl is my GO-TO "white" embossing powder theses days.
Here's my card:

Thanks for stopping by!

GIVING THANKS with the STAMPlorations gals

 You are invited:)

Here are the details:)
  • what: Giving Thanks Blog Hop at STAMPlorations
  • when:TODAY,November25 
  • how: hoppers must visit and comment on all participating blogs to be eligible for the prize
  • commenting ends on November 25 11:55pm pacific
  • prize: one 4x6 stamp set -- winner's choice
  • winner to be announced on Sunday November29th.

Here is my card


Weathered wood stencil
Distressed Floral Swirls
Folk Flowers
Eclectic Florals
Bloom Factory
Sentiment Builders: Thank You

Thank you for stopping by!
for those in the USA,

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

25 Days of Christmas with Waffle Flower Crafts

Here is my tag in non-traditional colors.

I SMOOSHED Distress inks to color the LEAFY Waffle Flower Stamp after stamping/die cutting the images.
I went back in with marker to create depth in teh shadow areas. 
Holiday Labels :MERRY worked perfectly for the sentiment in the middle of the FLOWER CIRCLES DIE.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Altenew Challenge: Navy and Coral

Playing along with Altenew's November challenge, From the Craft Room- Navy & Coral
LOVE how easy the layers came together!!
I simply could not wait to use some new Altenew stamp sets.
Oriental Orchid for the sentiment.
The Stitched Die cut edge is from SugarPea Designs

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Sunday, November 22, 2015


Simply had to find time to play along with Betsy at Papertrey Ink MAKE IT MONDAY #231: MOTIF BUILDING!
I used WEE FOLK to build the Motif. 
This card was so much fun to create I had to stop myself from taking it too far! 
I REALLY like how it turned out:)
A SWEET little friend is having birthday in about a week, and this will be perfect for her:)

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Inks used:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

More painted poppies

Today I have a set of cards using some purple painted poppies. Yes, I am addicted to painting them!

 I sent these cards out in packages last week and have received some questions about them from the recipients. In my hast to get them mailed, I missed photographing one of the five individually...whoops!


First, I follow the painting technique shown in THIS video by Ioana to create the blooms. It does appear that allowing for dry time between each petal works best. ARRGGGHH!
For these, I used Acrylic paint as well as Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.
After the blooms are dried I go back in and add stems and various green grass stokes, leaves and splatter....I'm still working on the composition of everything!  That's the fun of learning:))

I added the Sentiment at the base and tied some gold thread in various ways..I'm a bit schizophrenic in finishing things off.

Painting the blooms is very therapeutic and relaxing to me, I often make several card fronts at a time.
I encourage anyone interested, to have a look at Ioana's video and give it a try.
Please share your results, I'd LOVE to see what you create:)

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CAFFEINATED Mini-release at STAMPlorations

It's a MINI-HOP with STAMPlorations' CAFFEINATED CHRISTMAS set from Becca..i.e. BIG GRINS:)))
I decided to make some tags with CAFFEINATED Christmas set and Sketchy Coffee Cups.
they made up so quick and easy!

Being more of a TEA drinker myself, I went for the TEA related sentiments...
and YES, I often forget to make the coffee! Shame on me!

Until November 25 (one week), this set is available at 10% off ($10.80
instead of $12)

Looks like we have Becca, Vicki and Kim to hop with...
now grab a CUPPA and get hopping!

Linking up to the 25 Days of Christmas Tags  over at Trcaey McNeeley's.
I was inspired by the one layer simplicity of  Chrissie Tobas Tags from Day10.

Ziggys used for coloring:)

The Card Concept Challenge #44

Happy Wednesday to ya!
Here is my card for The Card Concept Challenge #44.
 I saw LOVELY texture in this inspirational photo.
I die cut a bird and heat embossed with WOW gold powder, then while the embossing was still HOT, I stamped an image onto the bird to achieve a cool texture.

The red leaves are real from the FIRE-BUSH at our home. I pressed them for a few days in a the pages of an old book. Then stamped in white a few images from Altenew Henna Elements. Allowed that to dry overnight. 
I then layered several dies of branches and leaves behind the bird. The JOY die cut sentiment brings the whole thing together, along with the stamped notes:)

This card SINGS with texture!
Hope you have time to play!
Be sure to check out the cards from the rest of the Team and our 
Guest Designer

Clean & Simple

Clean & Graphic
Shannon McComb

Clean & Layered
Shabby Chic
Freestyle Collage
Laura Jane....that's me!

Classy & Elegant
     Mackie Robertson 

Mixed Media

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

STAMPlorations Challenge #25 Mid-Month Reminder

Here is my card using:
I chose to go with the THEME and SKETCH.

Check out what Our Guest Designer: Suchi has created for your inspirational delight!

As well as the rest of the STAMPlorations gals:)

Thanks for stopping by


Today is the 17th!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembering to be Grateful

Thank you to all who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedom.
Thank you to those who gave all and those who continue to serve today.
For the families of our service men and women living each day, each deployment, without a loved one near, thank you for your sacrifice too.

THANK YOU doesn't seem enough.

But we do remember to be grateful.


PTI Rustic Cream cardstock
SSS Diagonal Stripe Stencil
Wplus9 ThankYou word die and Sunshine Layers die
Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors
Free-hand painted poppies based on this video.

Linking to SSS Wednesday challenge: THINKING of  YOU

Monday, November 9, 2015

Waffle Flower November Challenge

Time for the Waffle Flower Challenge for November:) 
Masking is the Technique for the month.
Here is my card using: 

  •  I used the flower dies from A BUNCH to create masks and placed them randomly on a white cardbase
  •  Inked a background with Distress in shades of yellow and orange 
  • Then Stamped a polka-dot pattern from Pattern Play
  • Removed the masks 
  • Stamped flowers and leaves on BG, added a bit more color on flower petals with Distress markers then set aside.
  • Die cut monkey "Faye" 
  • masked and stamped images
  • Colored with distress markers
  • Die cut Medium Flower from A Bunch, Stamped flower images
  • Die cut the Holiday Label 1
  • Stamped and embossed sentiment on Label 
  • Adhered Flower, Monkey and Label to the background panel
  • Mounted on white A2 sized card
  • SMILED because I LOVED how the card turned out:))

Hope you take time to play along at Waffle Flower!
Stop in and see what my other Teamies have made to inspire you!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 6, 2015

STAMPlorations November Challenge

Today I'm sharing a card for the STAMPlorations November Challenge
Using Trendy Leaves and Trendy Butterflies for the sentiment.
I went with the THEME: STAMPS and NEWSPRINT for my card.
The MISTI made inking each leaf over and over with multiple colors easy!
Helen Liu is our guest Designer today. 
Take time to pop over to STAMPlorations and see what the other gals have for your inspirational delight:)

Have a GREAT Weekend!


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Card Concept Challenge #43

Hello! Today begins a new challenge at The Card Concept:)
Here is my card, inspired by all the bits and pieces in the photo.
Using a set from Altenew, I simply stamped several images in black and added a few paper pieced accents. The Black borders from Waffle Flower Pattern Play help to balance it all.
My eye was drawn to the pop of yellow in the sunhat.

Hope you take time to play along!
Our Guest designer is 
in the Shabby/Chic catagory
Check out what the other DT gals have made!

Clean & Simple

Clean & Graphic
Shannon Jaramillo
Shannon McComb

Clean & Layered
Shabby Chic
Freestyle Collage
Laura Jane....that's me!
Michele K. Henderson

Classy & Elegant
Vicki Burdick
     Mackie Robertson 

Mixed Media
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