Sunday, December 20, 2015

Plant Kindness

I firmly believe in kindness.  Whenever you show a little kindness, it comes back to you is so many rewarding ways.  I recently purchased this stamp set from Power Poppy and was itching to ink it up and color it.  As I pack up my craft room, I wanted to use some of the test project that I had done and found this stencil grid of gold texture paste that I had used. The image from Sage Advice stamp set, was the one used over the panel.  I added a white frame and a sentiment from the same set.

After stamping the image with black ink, I used a clear embossing powder.  It makes it easier to color and sparkles too.  The bowl that the plants are in is colored with Gold Wink of Stella as well.   
I will enter this card in the  Power and Spark challenge.  We could pick form a list of challenges from this year. I chose Go For the Gold! 

Another view of the card.

Thanks so very much for stopping by to take a look at my card.  I know this time of year is busy and I do appreciate your comments. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mod Squad Challenge

The Mod Squad Challenge this week is, Anything But a Christmas card.  My BFF Judy Woodland is the host and you really need to check out her BLOG.  She is so very creative and now she is using these stamps from Kitchen Sink.  They are all Multi stamp images and they looks so real.  I have had this one and thought I would use it for some of my Christmas cards, but that didn't happen.  I really wanted to ink it up, and when this challenge came along, I realized it didn't have to be a Christmas Card. 
Here is my card.
The stamp set is Winter Cardinals, and I used three different reds and three greens and a brown to stamp this. All GKD inks. Then I used a rectangle Spellbinder die to emboss the frame and added the sentiment and the pearls and ribbon from my stash.    The cardinal is fussy cut and place on the branch, also from the set. 

Well, I am off to visit my Son and DIL for Christmas.  They live about 2 hours away.  I am bringing lots of joy to them and their dogs, Sailor and Hoss.  Of course, my grand dogs have their gifts from Grandma too, along with home baked doggie treats.  I don't think you can soil them too much. 
Thanks for stopping by during this busy season.  I do appreciate it when you leave a comment. 
As my BFF Donna Phelan says......Merry Merry!  I'm Just stealing from her. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Just us Girls Challenge Word Week

The card that I am posting today is one that i pulled from my Christmas cards as it fits the challenge this week at JUGS.  Ina, has used the word "MERRY".  Pretty easy for this time of year.  Thanks Ina!
Here is my card.
This was a simple card made with white card stock from Simon Says Christmas kit 2014.  It is textured with wood grain.  The deer is an digi image from Whimsie Doodle,  that I colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut.  I completed the card with the sentiment and snowflake die, cut from red glossy card stock.  The gift is a sticker also from the 2014 kit.  I colored several of the reindeer and put him a several cards this year.  So stinking cute!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my creations. I do appreciate the comments.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Mod Squad challenge Christmas Floral

This is the picture that inspired me to make this card today. It is the Star of Bethlehem.  

I went back to some older stamp sets from Flourishes and remembered the Star of Bethlehem that I had.  I wanted to stamp it and color it, but needed to look up the flower first.  That's when I found this picture and here is my take on it. 
 I ended up using my Distress markers and some water.  Since I didn't start out with water color paper, I was very careful to use just enough to blend the colors.  The base is PTI new color, Stormy Sea and then a layer of Christmas green from my stash.  Across the top is a banner die cut from Spellbinder, A2 Bracket border one.  The stamp set and sentiment are from Flourishes, no longer available.  
Thanks for stopping by these busy days.  I do appreciate that you do. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink November 2015 Blog Hop Challange

 Use this inspiration pieces as a jumping point for your next project, which could be holiday or non-holiday
 I love the non traditional colors on this inspiration picture and this is what inspired me.

                               Here is the card that I made yesterday for this hop.

On white card stock, I stamped the Brushed off stamp set with PTI Aqua Mist ink, and then sprinkled it with Recollections embossing powder, in Sparkle. It looks like icicles all frosty and shimmery. Then I used the Heart-2-Heart stamp set, which is balloons and turned them upside down to make ornaments.  They are stamped in Turquoise Sea and Pear Tart inks. The sentiment is from, Wreath for all Seasons.

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Holiday Card Here

This was fun to make and I have to give credit to Donna Phelan, who reminded me to enter this challenge.
Thank you to all you stop to take a look.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Make It Monday #232 Layered Stamping on Kraft

I made a quick card this afternoon, as I will be busy tomorrow.  Baking pies with my daughter for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.  No crafting then, so I am going all out today.
Dawn shows us how to stamp on craft paper using THIS technique.  I used a stamp that I have not used before too.
           Here is my card.

I was much happier with it when I added the sequins.  lol

Stamp set is PTI Flower Favorites
GDK ink:  White, Wlid Lilac, Edible Eggplant, Sweet Corn, Fresh Asparagus and Dark Sage.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I know that you must be busy too.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Just Us Girls challenge #320

today's card was made for the Challenge at Just us Girls where it is color week.  My good friend Sharyn is the hostess and I love her challenge as it fits right in with the season.  We are to use Red, Green and Gold.
                  I went with a rather classic design as all of the colors fit is so perfectly and easily too. 

The ingredients:
GKD heavy base and layering card stock in white.
Embossing paste with a snow stencil on the layer
Gold card stock layer
Stitched rectangle die Lil'Inker
Wplus 9 stamp Woodland Wreath and matching die.
Mememto Pear Tart ink
GKD inks, in dark Sage, Fresh Asparagus and Cherry Red
Gold EP
Wink of Stella in Red

This card has a really nice feel to it as the card stock is my favorite.  I will add this one to my stash of Christmas cards for this year.  I am getting quite a few, but I will  need them all.
 Thanks so much for stopping in.  Enjoy the holiday week.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mod Squad challenge - Patteren Your Paper

I could not pass this up as my very good friend, the first crafty one that I made online, Judy Woodland is hosting the Mod Squad Challenge this week.  She has challenged  us to make out own paper and I have used the  Trees form KSS called Pine Trees.  This is the first time that I have used this stamp and I think that I will be using it a lot more.  The trees look so real, stamped over the polka dot paper, it looks like snow.  In my card, I have used them as a background for the image.  Not sure if this is what Judy was thinking, but it is what I did.  lol

Love this little guy driving his Christmas tree through the woods, home.  At least, I'm pretty sure he is going home.

Ingredients:  KSS, Pine Trees
Penny Black stamp, Joy to the world.
GDK Cherry Red card stock
GDK inks in Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green, and Fresh Asparagus
Polka dot Design paper from my stash
Copic markers

That is it for me today.  Short and sweet!  Now I need to clean up my craft room for tomorrow's crafting.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Christmas Present and Santa

Today's card was a quickie after i saw the sketch at MFT today.  I have wanted to use some stamps and dies that I have recently purchased.  These images and sentiments are so easy to work with, just stamp and color and die cut out.
                                                  Here is the Sketch that I worked with 
I will enter this in MFT challenge HERE

Simon Says : Christmas HERE 
They are sponsoring MFT stamps on this challenge too.  What luck!
                                              Here is my take on the sketch. 
Paper is from PTI
Santa is from MFT, Jingle All The Way
I used matching die to cut him out.
Sentiment is Hand Lettered Holiday from MFT
Colpics, Platinum EP, Ribbon from my stash.
White gel pen for swirls on his beard.

Thanks for stopping by to see my creations.  I love the comments.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Inspired Embelishments

I completed this card with two challenges in mind.  There was a picture to inspire and the other challenged us to embellish the design. I chose a digital stamp from Power Poppy and sized it for fit on my card design.  Next it was colored with copic markers and layered on orange card stock after die cutting with Stitched Square die.  I used design paperd and three different ribbons in the back ground.

The digi is called Winter Pick Me Up by Power Poppy.
Papers are from PTI, Melon Berry and Autumn Abundance.  Ribbon and Judy dots, and button  from my stash.

I was inspired by the colors in this photo. 

I am entering this card in Sparkle and Shine challenge HERE
And the Power Poppy challenge to Embellish This HERE

Thank you for stopping in today.  I love seeing you here and also the comments make my day!

Make It Monday #231

This week the Make it Monday Challenge was so much fun.  I was certain that when I saw it, I was going to make something, but never thought it would be so creative and FUN.  If you would like to see all of the excitement, check it out and see what Betsy Veldman did.

I knew that I wanted to make a tag for this one and now that it is done, I am not sure if I will put it on a card, or just leave it alone.   I found some Christmas papers from last year's Tinsel and Tag's kit and that was it!  I made a card.  Here it is.

The ingredients:
Card stock from the Tinsel and Tag's kit, Papertrey Ink
Smokey Shadow and white card stock, Papertrey Ink
Paper trey Ink Stamp sets,  Pretty Petals ( a freebie last December) and Quilted Spring
Inks:  Archival Watering Can, Memento Paris Dusk, Papertrey Ink, Aqua Mist and Raspberry Fizz
Poppystamps die, Stitched main Street Tags
Ribbon and brad from my stash. 

I hope that you will try this one out, it was different for me, but so much fun and I love the results.
Thanks for stopping in and I do appreciate your comments.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Blue Sky Swirls

The card that I made today is based on the sketch challenge at MFT.  Here is the sketch.
The sketch has three triangles on the top and I decided to use my new stamp, and matching dies, along with a Die for Swirls.  It is a simple design and a pretty quick card.

The recipe:
GKD heavy and layering Ivory card stock
Light blue shimmering paper from my stash
Big Splash Border die from Memory Box
Stitched Rectangle Die from Lil Inker
Santa's Elves stamp and die from MFT  My New Stamp and Die set
The Splash was cut from a piece of paper that I had water colored and was in my scrap box.
Copic markers

I will be enter in this card in these challenges today.
MFT Sketch Challenge 254 HERE
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge   Thinking of You. HERE
Simon Says Monday challenge Create Something with the letter N HERE

Thank you for stopping by to see what I have been up to.  I love that you do and appreciate your comments.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Make It Monday #230: Cover Plate Watercoloring

The card that I made for this post is for the, Make It Monday Challenge #230, Water Coloring using a Cover Plate.  since I did not have a cover plate that worked for this challenge, I die cut my Dangles stars onto a piece of masking paper and used the negative as a cover plate.  I placed that on the top of an A2 side fold card and proceeded to used Distress inks and water colored it.  The inks are Peacock Feathers, Broken china and Black Soot.  I love the dreamy look that I got, but decided to used the other die in the set to cut some stars in Blue foil paper and adhere them as you see.  This was mounted on Ocean Mist card stock with an embossed strip of Turquoise Sea paper on the side.  There is a small strip of Silver paper to set it off.  Then I stamped the greeting from PTI's Tinsel and Tags set.  Lastly, I sprayed the entire card with a mixture of water and Perfect Pearls.  So it all shines.  It also ran, i forgot that I used water based ink and so I got the dreamy look that I am OK with, but it was not my intention.  Live and Learn. 
Here is here you can see the technique that Ashley DID.
Here is my card
Thanks for stopping by to see my entry today. I do appreciate your thoughts. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CASEing a Genius

Kelly Latevola is celebrating her one year anniversary with a challenge. You can find all of the instructions Here               
 I chose Lindsey Amrhein to CASE.  There were so many ones with beautiful cards to CASE, but the one that Lindsey did really caught my eye and I thought it was one that I could do. 

CASEing Genius: Lindsay Amrhein  You can find her  BLOG  here

 Here is the card that I did to CASE Lindsey.

 I used some designer paper from SU and stamped the  flowers and leaves from Summer Garden stamp from Simon Says,  then colored with Copic markers.  I  cut the HUGS die from PTI and layered it times three and placed it back in the negative.  Look hard to see it in the picture.

Here is another view. 

Part of this challenge is to nominate someone for a future genius.  I have been a admirer of  another card maker for some time and I would like to nominate her.  I don't think that she will be surprised as I usually say that I want to be just like her, when I grow up.  Her name is Sharyn Polesel and here is her blog.    Check it out! 

 Thanks to everyone who stops by to see my entry in this challenge.  I love the comments that you may care to leave. 


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Triple Play MFT plus Seize the Birthday

Today I am working with the colors and sketch at MFT challenge and if I make it a birthday card, I can enter it in Seize the Birthday challenge.  So that is what I did.  Not very clever, just lucky I guess.
  I will get right to it.
Here is the sketch from MFT. 

                                Here are the colors

                                    Here is my card! 

The recipe:  GKD, Navy and White card stock, and Navy and Grass Green inks.  SU ink in Ruby Red.
Stamp set Is MFT Pretty Poppies. Sequins from PPP.
That is all!
I am entering this card in MFT Sketch and Color Challenge  and
Seize the Birthday Challenge, anything goes.

Thanks so much for the lovely comments that you leave, I really do look forward to seeing them.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Make It Monday #229: Fabric Strip Christmas Trees

Today's tag is for the challenge at Make it Monday.  You can see Melissa and how she does it HERE
Originally, I wanted to used paper instead of fabric, as I don't have mush fabric around any more.  I did try to used paper strips, but it doesn't work. Believe me! So, I went to JoAnn's, and bought some small bundles of green fabric.  I try to make something different when I do challenges and tried to make an ornament, but that did not work.  So I gave up and did the tree, which everyone seems to be doing.  I put my tree on a tag, which works for me. The grand kids are coming for an over night stay.  I may get them to make a few for me, as it is pretty easy.  That is not child labor, is it?
                                                            Here is my tag!

 I am entering this tag in the Make it Monday #229 challenge, Fabric Strip Christmas Tree

I used the Stitched fishtail die from Die-namics, and kraft paper from GKD.  I had stamped a butterfly and flower in white from another project, that did not make the cut.  The edges are sponged in Distress ink, Frayed Burlap.  After making the tree, I used hot glue to adhere it to the tag.  A few embellishments from my stash and I was done. Fa la la la la !  

As always, thanks for stopping by and if you care to leave a comment, I love them.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Learn Something New Every Day

The card that I am posting for today, is one that I have wanted to make for a long time, it seems.  I saw it on Pinterest and ordered the stamp set, finally.  After getting the stamp, it laid on my desk for quite some time and then got filed in my drawer.  That is how it goes sometime. I am so glad that I pulled it out and made this card using watercolor.  I love to do watercolor and I also learned that I should use a good paper when doing it.  My cards are a bit warped even though I used strong glue and fun foam behind the entire panel.
We  learn something every day. 

I am entering this card in the Just Us Girls Challenge this week as my good friend Sharyn Polesel is the host.  She is an amazing crafter, I want to be just like her, when I grow up. 


Here is the card that I did.

I made two cards with this stamp set using different colors.  The one with the Hello is not a one layer card.

Here is the Pinterest card.

Visit the Penny Black blog for a full photo tutorial on creating this card by Micheline "Mimi" Jourdain:
 Thanks for stopping in to see what I am making.  I love to see your comments.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Make It Monday #228: Pearlized Blending

Today's card will be entered in the Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink challenge.  This was not an easy one for me.  I am ok with what I got, but not crazy about it.  Check out the the Challenge.  It is called Pearlized blending.  It can be quite gorgeous, so check out what the others have done to achieve the look.
                                                           Here is mine. 

I went with the light colors of blue, pink and gray along with Perfect Pearls in white.  I do like the "brushed" off background, and the look of the flowers "floating" in water.  Sorry, I thought my picture would catch the shimmer. 
GKD card stock Moonlight Fog, White and scraps of Pink
Ink, Mama Elephant Winter, Memento London fog, Berry Sorbet, and Raspberry Fizz
Stamps, Brushed Off, Vintage Linens and Big Hugs by PTI
Clear embossing powder and Perfect Pearls in white
Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh

Thanks for checking out my post.  I really do enjoy reading all of your comments if you care to leave one. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge

Papertrey Ink is challenging you to make a project inspired by the photo here.

Blog hop inspiration 
The colors of Red, White and Green are beautiful Christmas colors.  I was inspired by the tag and the shiny red ornaments as well.  I add some navy and here is the card that I came up with. 
GKD heavy and layering weight white card stock
Swiss Dot embossing folder
Pretty Pink Posh tag die cut twice, One from Red foil paper and the other was sponged with Distressed ink Red Barn
Papertrey Ink stamp set Tinsel and Tags, GKD navy ink, colored with copics
The leaves and red berries are dies from my stash.  

You have until 11:30 EST to make a project and enter it in the Challenge. Better get going!
Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment.  I love to see them. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Power and Spark, Power Poppy Challenge


The challenge this month is to used just a bit or piece of a digital or stamped image.  I had a large digital image of the Country Bouquet printed out for sometime, and decided to used just a bit of that.  I choose some soothing colors to used on this card in orange and green and put in on a base of Dusty Sage card stock by GKD.  The image is colored with copic markers and I also used some design paper from my stash.  Here is my card.  
Thanks so much for stopping by and I do love to see the comments and they are appreciated.  
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.  Mine is filled with activities and fun with friends. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 251

I must say that I purchase some new stamps and dies from that last MFT release, and I have not had time to play with them.  It was keeping me awake.Seriously.  When this week's sketch challenge came up, I was right there.  I really wanted to use the elf stamp set and die, as he is so cute, but decided to use the Dashing By image instead.

The circle is cut from vellum with the Cross-stitched die and then embossed with a snowflake folder.  I put frozen glitter on it and it really sparkles.  I did the same with the cut out snowflake die.  The rest is stamped and colored.  It was hard to glue down the vellum circle so that you would not see the glue.  I used score tape here.  Well, dinner is in the oven and I think that I will be doing some more crafting.  But no more posting today.  
Thanks so much for dropping in and I love your comments.  


Mod Squad Challenge

My BFF Judy Woodland is the host this week at the Mod Squad.  Her challenge is to Flip Flop a design.
The challenge  is to take a stamp you would normally use for one purpose, and use it for another.
I love Judy's design to use a Pansy for a Christmas card.  I went with the obvious way, to use a flower for a wreath design.  In this card, I used Kitchen Sink Stamp set called 3 step Daisy.  I only used 2 steps, as I wanted an "airy" feel. 

 This is a 6 X 6 card on white card stock with a layer of gold and then green.  I have stamped the finish layer with the two step daisy in GKD ink in Jelly Bean Green and Grass Green.  Then stamped the greeting from Simon Says in Gold Embossing powder on to the vellum.  I added the gold stickles for the bow and the ornaments.  
There is still lots of time to enter this fun and challenging idea that Judy had for this week.  I hope to see lots of you there.  
Thanks for stopping by I really enjoy hearing what you have to say. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Make It Monday #227: Focal Clusters

Today's card is just a cute little one that I made for a friend who is going through a tough time.  I hope that this card will bring her a little joy and sunshine.  She deserves it.
This technique is called Focal Clusters and you can see how Lexi does it HERE.
Once you find some stamps that fit together, it is quite easy and turns out very nice.  I love what I got on this card.

Stampin Up card stock in yellow
GKD card stock in white
Spellbinder die Romantic Rectangles
Papertrey Ink stamp Quilted Summer
GKD ink in Sweet Corn, Powder Blue, and Grass Green
Wink of Stella

I am entering this card in the Make it Monday #227 challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by, your encouraging comments as my greatest joy.
Have a great day!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Winter & A Die the Mod Squad challenge

I have been gone for the better part of last week and I am just now getting to complete a card for this challenge.  My BFF"s  Donna Phelan and Joyce Erb are the hosts, I could not skip this one.   They are both people and crafters the I look up to. 
the challenge is to make a winter card and use a die.  I used a lot of dies on this one.  I got my inspiration from Pinterest, a good place to go to see that is the newest and best in the card making world.  My card is a CASE of the one that I found on the site.

Here is the recipe:
GDK layering and heavy white card stock
Simon Says Falling snow stencil
Lil'inkers stitched rectangle dies
Dienamics light post die ( a freebie)
Simon Says Stitched slopes and Hills die
Memory Box Cascadia Wreath, for the leaves. Green card stock from my stash.
Simon Says Holiday Hellos for the greeting, stamped in red embossing powder
Red embroidery thread for the bow.

I think this maybe my Christmas card this year.  What do you think? 
Thanks for your comments when you stop in  

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Card

I needed a Halloween card, and I immediately looked for a challenge that would fulfill my needs, and one that I could participate in.  I found this sketch from MFT sketch challenge, and I used the colors from the Sparkle and Shine Challenge. 

Here is the sketch and HERE is where you can find it and how to enter the challenge. 
For this Challenge, you need to just be inspired by this picture.  You can find the challenge HERE
I was inspired by the colors and used the orange, yellow green on my card. 

I had fun coloring her and her outfit with my favorite copic markers.  The bat is just colored with black Wink of Stella. There is an orange panel in the back that is dry embossed and then a orange and yellow panel that  only partially cut with the MFT stitched fishtail die.  No fishtail.  I added some orange and yellow straw like stuff that I had in my stash.  I am going to have a hard time sending this one to someone.  There is some sweat on it.
Thanks again for stopping by and I love to read your comments. 

STV Challenge

The STV challenge this week is hosted by my friend and super card maker, Leslie Turner.   It is called, You  have me in stitches.  It is just that,put stitches on your project.
I went back to an old stamp set and just used the simple bird house image from it.  The set is Snow One Like You, by GKD.
 You may have noticed that my cards lately have some gold on them.  This one is no exception.  I put all of my gold supplies in one box and I just can't seem to climb out of that box.  It is my go to for this holiday season, except for maybe using some silver.   
I used GKD Cherry Red cards stock along with her design paper from the Cold Snap pack.  Oval stitched die from Lil' Inker and a spellbinder scalloped oval die.  The image is embossed with gold and colored with copic markers.  I added some gold bling on the corners and on the oval. 

Here is a close up of the bird house.
  I also used a gold pen and when over the stitches with it.
Thanks again for stopping by.  I love to read your comments and it truly makes my day.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Make it Monday

Make It Monday #226: Creating With Stripes

 I made a simple card for this challenge.  The technique seems to lend itself to the CAS style.  You can see how Laurie did it at PTI

Here is my card

I simply used the die called Leaf Silhouette and cut it from gold paper.  Placed them on a panel of white that was embossed with swiss dots folder.  I stamped the lines from a GKD stamp set using fall colors, of Charcoal Brown, Tomato soup, Faded Brick and Jelly Bean Green. The base is also Jelly Bean Green card stock.  That is all for today.  I am playing with my Cameo and having fun. 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really enjoy your comments.