Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Walk among the Aspens in Colorado


                                             Beginning of Autumn Walk near Fish Creek

Friday, September 2, 2016

Grateful for You!

Hi and Happy almost Fall...stamping and blogging friends!
I just wanted to share one more Fall inspired gratitude card before I forget. I took an online class last Fall from a few Stampin' Up demonstrators. One of them was Connie Collins and I don't recall the other's name. They had to discontinue the class as it was too time consuming for them...but I received some beautiful kits and online instruction. I came across this one and had to share before I mail it out.
It used reinkers, gold encore ink, and gold embossing powder on the leaves. The set I used
 was Stampin' Up's "For All Things."  The card has a lot of depth and pretty shimmer. Gold mirror card stock framing against the black provided a dramatic feel. Gold encore ink was touched to the tops of the embossed background panel to highlight.  A pretty glass button with the twine added some feminine with rustic feel. I apologize for the photo being a bit dark...it didn't look that way initially when I checked my computer.
 Constantly Stamping is Connie Collin's blog...and you can find her on my sidebar.
Thanks for peeking in...hope you leave with a bit of stamping inspiration.

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."~Colossians 3:15
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater~


I'm back with another Copy, Steal Inspire challenge with Power Poppy's Power and Spark!
I received my newest PP stamp set, "Feeling Fall," this week and was so taken with these stamps and the Bloom Brigade's monthly inspiration that I had to pay one more tribute. The challenge was to go back into the archives for inspiration from anywhere in blog land, SCS, etc...but I didn't have to go far. If I had more time...I'd probably do more...as I love the thought of copying pretty cards!!
I hope it is okay that I pretty much copied Katie Sim's from Inky Peach Designs  here. I fell in love with the warmth of the color on the images and the sentiment with the striated color. Katie excels at warmth, both in her card making and just reading her blog, it's easy to feel a connection with her friendly conversation.
I added a different topper, striped big bow and a huge button that makes this card a bit top-heavy so I had to take it's picture lying flat for the best photo.
I did go back and add some pretty glitter to the pumpkins and berries, but forgot to take another photo. I hope I did Katie's card justice and am so thankful for the opportunity to Case one of my favorite artists! Honestly, if I had time, I would attempt to Case all of them...so much beauty and talent out there in Power Poppy land!
Thanks for stopping in...now let the cooler weather begin!!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Welly Welly Love my Wellies!!

It's almost Fall and I am pretty excited about that! And to initiate the season...I purchased two of Power Poppy's new release stamps!! This month the challenge is to Copy, Steal, and Inspire! Find a card using Power Poppy images and Copy...adding a change or two to make it your own.
Okay, so I have a confession. I fell in love with Christine's card here. And since I have no imagination but a keen eye for beauty...I pretty much copied it. That plaid confused me just a little...I couldn't figure out how to color it...so I pretty much followed Christine's colors. And first I played around with making my own plaid paper using copic markers. That was weely fun...but time consuming. Here is my version:


And here is a close up of the fun plaid I made using Christine's color suggestions. I did not have the same copic marker colors...but that just goes to show you can achieve the same look with different color markers.

Which looks pretty much like Christine's color wise, sketch wise...only of course, not as good. The main difference was I added a red glossy button and some red and white twine...my blue panel is smaller...little things. But it gave me a visual start. So then I decided to branch out a little more and try the stamp with more Fallish colors and this is the end result:
I found a really cool mottled brown button and some pretty orange polka dot paper for the leaf. And here is the inside:

Using that sentiment just makes me giggle. I was making the second card late into the night...and did mess up a bit on my plaid ...but I made my own and am pretty happy with the outcome. This was done in teal blues, browns, and a bright yellow/orange.
Thanks to Christine for showing us how it's done!!
And thanks to Power Poppy for the fun challenge and of course, Marcella for the wonderfully detailed stamps that makes anyone look like an artist!!
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're doing "welly welly well!! "

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Go Forward in Life~

Just popping in with a fun bit of inspiration for your heart today. This phrase is one of my favorites from Papertrey Ink. I combined it with a cute floral bloom from a Faith Illustrated Bible Journal Kit from Dayspring. I love the flower outline. I actually added some background ink flecks and I don't know if you can see it...but there is also a tiny row of hearts under the sentiment. Sorry...so subtle...and some flourishes and pink rhinestones. This has already been mailed out to one of our daughters. I'm working on mailing cards this week...and adding them here. A sweet pick me up card, I hope.
 
Be Blessed!
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

End of Summer Card Trio

Welcome back to my little piece of bliss in Blog Land!! I am sorry I've been remiss in posting lately...a lot going on here! But I need to catch up with my card creations and share a few here with you.
I actually love how this trio turned out. The stamp is one I recently purchased from Hero Arts named "Flowers on a Stem." The subtle text background was created with Papertrey Ink's TextStyles, and the pattern from SU! Gorgeous Grunge.
Nothing makes me happier than simple stamping...this technique is an oldie but goodie...inking your stamp then misting it lightly before applying to the paper. Kind of mimics water coloring with less effort. The text and pattern were applied afterward. I used 3 ink combos which I didn't write down...do you have a favorite?
And finally...a butterfly in striped vellum to add to the airiness of each card.
Lavender and purple 



Coral and Blush with rhinestone centers

Aqua and Lavender with vellum butterfly
 These are all easy to mail and fairly flat except for the tiny rhinestones. The text and pattern give it the appearance of more layers...and create visual interest. I just stamped a simple "Happy Birthday" inside so now I have a few pretty cards ready for mail.
Thanks so much for popping in...wishing you many blessings on your day!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

PTI Stampafaire2016~Watercolor like a Master~


My last card for this year's Stampafaire with Papertrey Ink!!
Whew...I had a lot of fun and intense stamping...thank you to the team inspiration!
Kay Miller showed a wonderful watercolor technique using stamped images brushed with water.
I pretty much copied her card creation...because...hey it was beautiful and 10:00 pm and my brain was a little tired. I added a strip of the water colored paper to "underline" the sentiment and was pretty glad to change one thing~ha!
Such a lovely technique and one of the easiest water coloring I have ever attempted. I will definitely be trying this again!!
Thank you for looking and your kind comments always appreciated!

PTI Stampafaire2016~Masterpiece Inspiration ~

Hi there friends!
The PTI team each submitted a different artistic challenge using a popular artist's style or technique. I was drawn to Betsy Veldman's artist, Ralph Huett. You can read more about it on the PTI website.
Here is his Christmas card. I think I've been out of the loop because I'm not sure I've ever seen one of his cards...but I was really drawn to his pink sky and shadowing.



His card is on the left and Betsy Veldman's masterful inspired card on the right.  
Mine turned out looking a bit more Haloween-ish than Christmas-y...maybe too many shadows or just plain spooky...but I had fun with this technique! And I reached for some long ignored stamps...the PTI sleigh silhouette was used along with some cute houses from Stampin' Up. 
I actually hand lettered this...which didn't show up as well as I would have liked...but it's definitely "artsy" for me.
Thanks for taking a peek! 

PTI Stampafaire2016~Floral Impressionism

Just a quick post for my card submission to Melissa's Phillip's beautiful tutorial on creating a card using Floral Impressionism.
Thank you for your visit!

PTI Stampafaire 2016~Starry Night with Amy Sheffer

Hi dear stamping friends! I have four posts today...all from participating in this year's Papertrey Ink Stampafaire 2016!! This is my first year participating...and I must say...it is a creative marathon!! I was up very late last night still watching videos and trying out all the fun techniques and inspiration of the day!! Next year...I must be more prepared and start earlier in the day.
One of my favorites was Amy Sheffer's Starry Night Sky featuring different reinkers to create a multi hued night sky! What a challenge...I did not have any of the reinkers so after my hands got tired blending ink...I ended up going over the entire card with my vibrant watercolors. I loved the final look, though...and I have Amy's wonderful video tutorial to thank! I hope I can remember how to do this for future reference.
My water coloring was finished late last night...and today I had planned to finish the card with the "Savior" word die cut. We had church worship this morning...and there was a beautiful photo of the night sky with one of our worship songs...and that is what gave me the final inspiration to add this cross to the background night sky!! 
"The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the works of His hands." ~ Psalm 19:1
Wishing you a blessed day~thank you for your visit and kind comments~!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire 2016 Gilded in Gold!

I am participating in this year's Stamp-a-Faire on the Papertrey Ink Challenge to use gold gilding on a card. I am making this quick post to share my project. I used a Krylon gold leafing pen for my border and two stamps from PTI:
Wreath for All Seasons
Vintage Linens
The wreath was stamped in gold ink and the sentiment in Hibiscus Burst. Gold leafing pen around the dies also from PTI.
Thanks for taking a peek!
The background paper and rose spray are from an Anna Griffin paper package I've had a long time!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Power Poppy ~B Happy Challenge!

This month Power Poppy is hosting a very unique challenge...using as many items in your card that begin with the letter B.
I have a Birthday card with this cutie pie Bird ( Budgie bird?)
colored with blue, yellow and green copies
blue paper,
with blue chevron ribbon
and a button!
Thanks so much for your visit and wishing you a Blessed day!!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Howdy Friend!

Just stopping in with a quick "Howdy!" This month's Power Poppy challenge is to just send some "happy mail" which is exactly what I plan to do with this cute little birdie from the "Folk Heart" stamp collection. I framed this up, using a large polka dot embossing folder on the top panel and some lined red paper for the backing. Then I decided to make a scalloped border for the sides and found a scrap of black paper with polka dots...what fun!!
I hadn't planned on using that top banner...When I glued the panel on, I accidentally glued  the image upside down, so that the bird was on  the bottom third of the card rather than the top third. Because of that, the balance was now off. So, I fiddled for awhile, and finally decided to add a sentiment banner from the same set and I'm glad I did because the red prima flower really makes it pop with the bright poppy ink and cute font Marcella included in this set, "Folk Heart."  Even though it wasn't planned; I think the card was stepped up a notch and now included a fun sentiment for happy mail!
I just love this stamp set and hope to play a bit more in this fun challenge over this very hot week we're having here in Colorado!! Thanks so much for popping in!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Home Tweet Home~

Our daughter recently had a housewarming party and I wanted to give her a cheery card for the occasion. My husband and I have spent quite a bit of time at her "new" place...especially my husband with lots of repairs and getting things in order. I am so proud of her and how quickly she has made a house into a beautiful home.

This is a Penny Black stamp, "Home Tweet Home" colored with copics. After assembling the card, I was rummaging through my drawers and found these adhesive felt sunflowers and added them along the bottom edge for a garden border. The birdhouse base was looking a little bare...so the addition really helped!
I am adding my card to this week's The Cat's Pajamas challenge to use bright colors!
Thank you so very much for popping in, and wishing you a blessed day!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Playing with Dahlias and Gingham

Hi friends!  I've just returned from a trip over the mountains to see my elderly Dad who has been living alone . I've been concerned and a little anxious with how he is managing. He was in a very bad car accident in April and should not be driving anyway...and it seems up to me to be the sane one to talk honestly and openly with him on such a sensitive subject.   My Dad refuses to wear a hearing aid most of the time; even though he has a new one and it works...I am praying after my brief list of concerns and admonition that he could have hurt someone else...that he will come to the conclusion to stop driving. I have also been searching for alternative sources of rides for him including government based programs, church volunteer?( oh, that would be an answer to prayer!) or Visiting Angels.
When my Mom was living, there was an amazing Christian woman who would come into their home with a scurry of busyness, bustling around cleaning , and praise on her lips all day long...I thought what a difference she made for my Mom and Dad. I actually called her up the other day as I was searching for transportation and she exclaimed, "I am an old woman, now...older than your Dad!! But if it weren't for that, I would certainly consider helping to drive him. " I had to laugh...what a blessing her attitude, her smiles, her joy were to my spirit!
My card uses a retired Flourishes stamp illustrated by Marcella and the sentiment is from the "Choose Joy" set by Papertrey ink. The image was water colored, splattered using a toothbrush, and flourishes and sequins and a seam binding bow added. Not the best water coloring job for sure...but there you have it!!
The sentiment is stamped in Momento London Fog.
Here it is:
Let us meet each other with a smile,
for the smile is the beginning of love.
I am entering this month's Flourishes challenge,May Flowers!
Thank you for stopping by and hugs and smiles to you!
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

April Showers~May Flowers!

Hello sweet friends! I know it's been awhile...we have had a" Major Moment" at our house...lasting about a month thus far. I recall back in late March my husband estimating the time it would take to complete an upstairs guest bath renovation. "I can do that in about five days," he says!!  Ha ha...I love that he is such an optimist...but me, the realist, said kindly, I will be happy if it takes 3 weeks. Well, we are going on about a month now and through lots of glitches, fixes, and numerous trips to Home Depot and Lowe's...we are nearing the finish. Once the plumbing is in...it will be up to me to finish out the details...and of course, I can't do that until I'm able to step into the room with the colors and see how they look together. I am so thankful my husband is a "can-do fix-it type " a mechanical engineer which has come in very handy with the plumbing.
Anyway, because a lot of my stamp room has not been accessible for awhile...I have not been up to my usual creative outlet. However, I have found that the art of color wheels and color challenges has helped me in other decorating endeavors like the bathroom for example. We can find ways to use our creative minds in all kinds of ways, and it is so healthy for the brain to do so.
I do believe all creativity stems from God, who this spring has graced us with lots of rain, sleet, and even snow...but the result is beautiful snowy white and pink blooms on trees giving way to verdant green baby leaves...and His color and creativity are ever evident in nature and all around us if we just pause to see.
My card today is for this month's Power Poppy challenge from the wonderfully talented and sweet lady, Katie Sims! The challenge to make a card/project using flowers...whoa...I think I can manage that! I have a lot of floral from Power Poppy...but this set is retired from Marcella from Flourishes. (no longer in business.)
I wanted to get back to some of my favorite colors: raspberries, soft pinks, and sage greens for this one. The coloring was achieved with copic markers and features a big floppy bow from a favorite snippet of ribbon that alas, is almost gone now...and a strand of gold thread.
I am submitting this card to this week's Word Art Wednesday blog as well...a wonderful stamping blog that glorifies God and has a weekly devotional as well!
Thank you so much for your visit...I know I haven't been blogging much; so if anyone is here...hello, hello, hello??? I appreciate you!
Have a blessed day!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Feel Better with Tulips!


I so enjoyed creating this card with my new-to-me Tulips stamp from Papertrey Ink. There is something so refreshing about just simple stamping with colorful inks and a simple layout as well. This is a one layer card. I used a background stamp to do the side panel just to add a bit of interest and added the sentiment for a friend who has been feeling under the weather. The butterfly has a bit of clear sparkle from a Wink of Stella pin...and this is my tribute to spring!! It is finally starting to feel like it outside as well...and after a long winter; I am definitely ready!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bear Necessities

Hi friends!! In our family, the month of March marks the birthday of our newest family member, my son-in-law, Ross. I had purchased this stamp just for him, as I know he loves sighting bears near our condo property in the mountains. Me...not so much...I have seen them a few times; and usually don't stick around long to size them up for a second look!
Not sure what to title this Bear critter with his catch of the day...so I referred back to the old song, Bear Necessities from the Jungle Book! Always did love that song and I of course, had it in my head the entire time it took to stamp out this cutie!


The stamp is a SU! new release...couldn't resist! The bear is colored with copics as well as the rainbow trout. The background is embossed with a PTI woodgrain which is very subtle. Little bit of glitter added to the fish and that's about it! Thanks so much for dropping in and wishing you a wonderful day!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Shy Pansies ~Power Poppy Challenge

Hi friends,
We are enjoying more spring like temperatures for the month of February. Since this is leap day I decided to take the opportunity and "switch up my shades" for this month's Power Poppy Challenge!!
This is another retired set from Marcella "A Year of Flowers." This time I used Kraft paper with a white embossed image and literally scribbled in some of my prisma pencils to achieve this look. The hardest part was the layout...I struggle with a circle if there isn't something on top of it. It reminds me of a bald lady's head...does anyone else feel that way?! So I made a frilly "bonnet" out of a doily, scrunching and ruffling it up...found some paper in lavender and purplish hues and added a vellum bitty dot butterfly to make her even more feminine. I have so enjoyed this month's Power Poppy challenge...I am sure I would have waited longer to try these and I've got to say I am loving the fun looks of different coloring mediums.
So what do you have planned for Leap Day? 
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Saturday, February 27, 2016

February Farewell~Garden Primrose!

Hi friends! I couldn't resist entering Power Poppy's monthly challenge to Switch up Your Shades this month!





I used a retired Flourishes stamp that I had never inked...this beautiful Primrose that I think looks almost regal in its refined state!! Usually primroses look so carefree...not sure but maybe the purple tones made it seem a little more formal. Either way, I used watercolors once again in a variety of shades and then a few tiny specks of white highlights with my signo gel pen. The blooms have a slight wash of glimmer with the Wink of Stella Pen. I was cleaning a cupboard and as usual, found a few hidden "treasures" like this washi tape duo which I decided, why not just try it in the corner to offset the cute as a button button in the bottom right corner. I liked the way it looked!!
I can't believe it is February here in Colorado. My climate reading in the car was 56 degrees which is unusual...but I spotted a young lady with tank top, shorts, and sandals walking...she looked a little blue with chill. But I think everyone is ready for Spring. We're fortunate to have had some above normal temps and blue skies! I hope you have a wonderful weekend...and thanks so much for dropping in!
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I heart you! Valentine


Just sharing a quick Valentine I made this week for a girl friend! I used the sentiment from Power Poppy's "Springtime Love" set. I was searching for a good saying to go with this cute little heart stamp I've had for years, and this worked great, I thought! There is a vellum strip that I heart embossed and then added these Webster Sparklets "hide" the dimensionals. A pretty quick Valentine; and one that I hope brings a smile!

 A close up of the Vellum...thanks to Christine Okken of Christine Creations for giving a tutorial on  ways to use Vellum in card making  on the Power Poppy blog...this idea was fresh in my mind!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by...and your comments are always a bright spot to my day!

Power Poppy Challenge: Switch up Your Shades!



This month the Power Poppy challenge from Allison Cope is to use a different coloring medium than you normally do! I normally color images using copics...so this time I stretched myself a little bit and  used reinkers  diluted with water and fine tip paint brushes. The floral image is a SU! hostess set.   I followed a SCS tutorial on the" pleated skirt" fold for the cute paper fold. I made this for my daughter's birthday card and wanted something feminine and flirty. The designer paper is also from SU! The tiny paint splatter look is SU! Gorgeous Grunge which I used to add a bit of texture to my circle die and three sequins in sky blue from Doodlebug found at my local scrap booking store!
Thanks so much for peeking in~wishing you a blessed day!



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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Playing in the Snow~


Beulah loves the snow...sniffing it, rolling in it, running through it...she's our snow baby!!

You've Got Mail Valentine~3 Ways!

Just arrived home from a week long trip visiting my Father-in-Law in Florida...and needed a stamping break; if you know what I mean. There is nothing like coming home to my cheerful stamp space and creating!!
I recently ordered a stamp from Taylored Expressions, "You've got Mail." Knowing how much I love anything with little birds and noting the simplicity of this image and how easy it would be to color...I immediately fell in love! I tried three different styles from simple to simplest. Simple is as simple does...
Simplest
Not quite so simple...this was a new die cut set I recently purchased from Impression Obsession..and I love them. For someone like me who has trouble figuring out how to best frame an image; this set took the guesswork out of it for me...left me with several die cuts from one run through my Big Shot to choose from. And there is cute stitching and scallops to boot! The paper was from a paper pack from Lily of the Valley.


The same die cuts using the smaller frame and the same paper pack. The middle panel was embossed with a tiny heart folder and a very old SU! sentiment I found that seemed to fit the occasion. I love how the sprinkle of hearts on the designer paper mimics the hearts in the stamped image.
So that is it...which one do you like? I was happy to try all of them...but I think I like the first two best when laid out before me.
Wishing you a happy day...thanks for popping in!!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Miss Manners says, Send a Thank You note!!

Here is a trio of thank you cards I made to mail out after Christmas! I used SU's "Elements of Style" for the floral image and the sentiment is also SU! Apothecary art. They went so well together. The inks are Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, and Cherry Cobbler. I actually liked the crumb cake on the cream colored cardstock the best. The images are stamped and then mounted on the same color paper to give the card a little more presence. I almost added a pearl...but then that would have made them more difficult to mail. Instead, I brushed them with a Pearl Ex powder in pearl white...which adds a subtle shimmer. I didn't add that to the red, but the crumb cake and night of navy have a pearly look...which of course, always looks better in real life than on camera!  So, I basically have a one layer card and if I can just discipline myself to write out a note;  I can get these out soon.
This is my last entry for Power Poppy's Rewind  challenge, gifts! These would make a great gift set...I made 6 so I would have a few extra just for that purpose.
Thank you so much for popping in...wishing you a very Blessed New Year!!
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One last peek at Christmas!

I am not one to put away my Christmas decorations the day after, or even tomorrow, New Year's Day! I love the twinkling lights of my tree...and it helps me to keep it up for at least part of the cold dreary month of January to cheer me and warm my soul. So...on that note; I am sharing my last Christmas card using Power Poppy's adorable stamp set, "Cozy Cupfuls."
I get so much inspiration from the Power Poppy Brigade's Design Team...I saw this tree stamp done in a tall card size on Katie Sim's blog and thought it looked a little more grand with the length...so I went with the size and framed it out with a gold glitter paper. The sentiment was gold embossed on a polka dotted vellum...trimmed with lace. A textured bright pink card base added a little pop! The balls are glittered up in diamond stickles.
This card is for this month's Power Poppy challenge...add the gold, lots of gold and glittery goodness in this card!!
 Thank you so much for all your visit today! I hear birds singing outside my window...the sun is shining and hopefully we will warm up past our recent highs of way below freezing!!
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