Monday, July 20, 2015

It's a Bright New Day!~Power Poppy "Hang Some Paper" Challenge

Thanks for stopping by today! I decided to make another card for Power Poppy's "Hang it Up Challenge" which you can see here using my latest set, "Lilac Time."


 I spent some much needed time stamping this weekend; determined to finally figure out these Spellbinder Borderabilities I had never used. I found a wonderful tutorial on YouTube and it helped so much to make this card. I used several of the Borderabilities and the sentiment from the set. Also, I stamped the individual flowers on white to make my own background paper~can you see it? It actually matched one of the design papers I used! Imagine that! The other three papers are from a pack of Basic Grey paper pack, "LilyKate." The pack contained the tag and I used that as my starting point for the sentiment.The tag is tied up with a pink taffeta ribbon, silver cording, and a petty floral button with rhinestone center.
One thing I find with stamping is no matter your mood...you can choose to pick up a wonderfully positive sentiment and let that be your focus and as you put your card together...it is a wonder how much your mood can lighten and countenance brighten. And then when you mail it...the blessing is two-fold.
Blessings on your day!~

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Hello There, dearest friend!

Hello There! Every once in a blue moon; I participate in Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenges on their blog. The tutorial two weeks ago was "Bringing the inside Out." The circle was cut out of the card front, leaving a window to add something of interest to the inside of the card. I decided to use the newly released "Scripted" and die cuts to match along with the Blooms II stamp set. I have been searching for a sentiment stamp and dies in a size (not too large, not too small,) and a font that I liked, and this is it!! I am very happy with these sentiments.  Although a bit tricky to execute, I was also pretty taken with the colors and design in this cheery number...thanks to Danielle at PTI for showing us how it is done. The colors I used are SU!s Daffodil Yellow for Blooms, Strawberry Slush for bloom centers, and Cool Cabana for the leaves. The popped up bloom is polka dotted and has a pool party button with a bow of twine topping it off. Each flower center has a twinkling rhinestone to set it off.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Power Poppy~Hang Some Paper


My favorite stamps, Power Poppy, are back with a July Challenge!!You can visit their blog here to read all about it.

My card is from the "Short Stacks Collection." Such sweet images...and this one is colored with copics in one of my favorite color combinations...pinks/roses/minty greens...I did use 3 designer papers for this card and am so thankful to DT member, Leslie, for the inspiration this month as I liked the combo and thought the chevron banner added a little more interest! I added a little glittery goodness to the tulips, hearts, and ribbon with a Wink of Stella pen. Thanks so much for stopping in!!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Songbirds

Hi there! Just another quick post today with a sweet songbird stamped out for a friend's birthday! This card was found on the Papertrey Ink's capture blog by one of their designers...I changed a few things but the overall design was inspired by them.
I was so happy to make this in one of my very favorite color combinations...red on white! A very dear friend from way back in 7th grade is having a birthday at the end of this month. She called me out of the blue about a week ago and when I asked her how she was...she told me that she was fine...now. Then  she went on to explain she had suffered a brain bleed back in February and had been in Intensive care for two weeks before she was able to go home. Her Mom stayed with her and took care of her for a couple of weeks after that. Her lightheartedness accompanied by the heavy news left me at a loss for words...it is always hard to know what to do or say after a crisis has occurred, and been recovered from. I just said I was so happy she was fine now and that she was here and I valued her friendship. I won't forget her birthday this year...she loves the color red, so this was made especially for her! The little Happy Birthday to you stanza is actually meant to be a banner...but after not having much success cutting them out evenly; I opted to use it as a background stamp and love the way it turned out. A little prima flower perched on some natural twine completes the songbird ensemble.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

No hail allowed!


I am a little late in my gardening this year...as in I have nothing at all planted in any planters. First we were gone on Mother's Day weekend which would be my typical day to plant...then it became unseasonably cool...and then the past two weekends we have had huge hail and rainstorms...so about now I am debating whether I should or not. Our daughter planted an entire garden in her very first home...and said the hailstorm this weekend ruined it. So sad...but she may replant some areas.
One of the things I love about stamping cards is you can have instant flowers...no hail damage allowed! I love this pretty bouquet of cascading floral in this sweet bicycle wicker basket. My card today was Pinterest inspired. I made this for a friend who is getting on in years and I think this is a fun birthday sentiment for that occasion. Wishing you hail-free and stress-free gardening! Thanks so much for your visit.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pedal Pusher

Hi blogging friends! Happy June! I can't believe we are already nearing summer,can you? Way back in February, my youngest daughter, Erin, took us to a breeder she was considering for her first puppy. This was a "sample" of a sweet little cuddly fellow (that was about to go home with another owner.) I took a few pictures because I wanted to celebrate the moment...even though the actual puppy is still a few months from coming home with her. The Bernese Mountain is the breed she has chosen...they are supposed to be very mellow, sweet dogs...but big! And she lives in a two bedroom town home right in the heart of downtown Denver. Oh my is all I can say to that!
She is in line for the next male dog of the litter due sometime in September, I believe. I just recently took out my Papertrey Ink stamp, "Pedal Pusher," and found this cute puppy face that is one of the many options to fill the bicycle basket.
As I am a little rusty, the design was taken from Pinterest...but I changed up the colors and layout a bit. I love the way this card took shape...
That face looks a lot like the puppy's face in the photo, don't you think? This card just makes me smile. I added a bit of crochet ribbon over the basket to look like the puppy is swaddled in a blankie along with all sorts of fun embellishments to give this a little dimension.
As always, thanks for stopping in...your comments make me smile! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Stamping in Cool Cabana!


Hi there! I am dropping in to share a card that I made in sets of four for a cute set...this is SU! Kindness set with Gorgeous Grunge in Cool Cabana (love that color!,) and Momento Gray inks. I added one tiny rhinestone to the corner...this was easy to do and made a nice statement collection. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink...hope your day is Fabulous!! Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Steamboat in the Spring

Our first visit since January to our little Steamboat "cabin," and taking a walk on my favorite path that borders Fish Creek...I turned around and told my husband, "this would be a pretty picture," but I didn't have my camera...so he took out his phone and snapped this...oh my...so beautiful!! Will get back to stamping soon.!
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Life Is...


Yesterday was our oldest daughter's birthday. Nothing makes me more sentimental than my own children's birthdays...I can remember so many details about the day I gave birth...the wonder of babyhood and the delight of toddler hood...the ups and downs of adolescence and then the amazing fulfillment seeing your adult child come into their own. I am in awe of seeing my daughters grow into young women with developing personalities, talents and abilities. Being a parent at this stage is very gratifying.



I made a couple of sets of cards for one of my birthday gifts. I decided to use this "Life" set from Papertrey Ink and stamp on top of a water colored background using various reinkers.
Here's another one in greens and blues..


The foliage stem and sentiment on this one was stamped in a deep purple. So pretty.
I think she liked them...I enjoyed seeing the way the watercolors blended using all the pretty colors.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a gander. I don't have any advice for doing watercolors...this was very free form and next time I want to try using the acrylic blocks and see what I get.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sympathy Card~Revamp

Hi there, visiting friends! I have a few things I've been working on in my stamp room the past few days. I don't know if anyone else does this, but I find myself oftentimes perusing through my cards to send out...and come across one that I am not crazy about. Rather than throw it out, I tend to study it, pry it apart, mount to new papers, layout, and often remove ribbon and add a new one.
You might be wondering how I am able to get ribbons off cards that are glued on and pry papers off without tearing the card...here is the secret for stampers/scrapbookers like me who have perfectionist tendencies and aren't perfect the first time (or the second, either!)
You can find this product on Amazon, but I usually pick it up locally at Hobby Lobby. You need to use it in a well ventilated room...but it is perfect for prying under paper layers. It also works well for removing stamps or anything with an adhesive background. 

This is one of those cards that I UN-did. I wish I had the original photo to show you...but this was done a number of years ago...and the original was on the large side, too cumbersome for a normal envelope, and so I took the main panel of the stamped wreath and scripture verse, remounted on new papers and added a different color bow. I have a friend who recently lost her mother, so need to send this one out to her soon...before it goes in a pile for some later fixing up.
The scripture verse is from Verve Stamps. The paper is PTI white, PTI soft stone, SU! Designer Series Blushing Bride. The wreath was stamped in individual stamps on pegs given to me by a friend. 
I love this scripture for sympathy cards...it is fitting reminder of the hope we have in Christ. 
Wishing you a weekend filled with joy!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Power Poppy April Challenge~Pop of Pastel!

Happy Spring! Yesterday I was driving around our neck of the woods and suddenly, Spring had sprung! Every tree was in bloom, the grass had lost it's brownish hue from the dormancy of winter, and green was sprouting up all over! That doesn't mean we won't still have some winter like weather possibly pushing through in the next few weeks...but boy, it felt so good to finally see some spring!
This month the challenge at Power Poppy is to add a "pop of pastel" to your card.
  
I used the stamp set, "Springtime Love" for my card. Anchoring the pretty focal image with two different Spellbinder's dies set it off and gave the image a little more presence. I also used a tulip embossed border, now retired from Stampin' Up. The ribbon matched perfectly! 
I love the bleeding hearts on this stamp...they are so pretty and fun to color. I added a bit of glitter with a Wink of Stella pen and used some dots with copics to highlight. This shade of lavender reminds me of spring!
Yesterday I had this song that I must have learned way back in kindergarten going through my head...it is such a sweet refrain and reminder of this time of year:
Sunshine bright,
Raindrops light,
Makes the spring time flowers grow.
Voices ring,
Children sing,
Happy Spring is here we know!

Thanks as always for stopping in...I wish you Spring in your heart even if your weather isn't cooperating just quite yet!
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Power and Spark Challenge~Go for the Gold!

So, hey, it's been almost a month since I've popped in to my own blog...I've been busily stamping per the usual, but not so much blogging! That has to change today...as it is the last day to submit a challenge to this month's Power Poppy's "Go for the Gold" challenge here.

Admittedly, this is a Christmas card, and I plan to enter it into SCS's Christmas card challenge. It will be in the pile for next year if I can bear to part with it! Chickadees have to be one of my favorite birds, and I was very challenged to color these images in an effort to resemble these sweet little creatures. Thanks to some help online, I think I did alright.
And just in case I forget and want to replicate my own rendering...here is a little close up:


This image is matted very simply in SU's glittery gold and a cherry cobbler linen bow and Webster's sparklet to finish it off! A bit of gold spica pen to add sparkle to the flower centers...and we're golden!
Thanks so much for dropping in...may your day be blessed!
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Pretty Pink Zinnia!

I have long been an admirer of many of the design team members of the now retired Flourishes stamps. This card was completely inspired by Christine of Christine Creations who now serves on the Power Poppy brigade team! She introduced me to pointillism via her blog a long time ago...and when I can remember; I love to use this for shading around a focal image.  The technical definition of "pointillism" is using points of ink in art to form a pattern. This doesn't actually form a pattern, but it adds a lot of color surrounding this pretty flower! I still have so many of the Flourishes stamps, many as of yet not inked
...so I will be continuing to use these and feature them on my blog along with the newer "Power Poppy" stamps!!
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed my little card!!
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hello My Dear~

Hello my Dears! So happy you're here and popped in for a minute! I wanted to share the other Valentine that didn't make it into my daughter's hands this year. Now that she is a newlywed, I seriously doubt that she is waiting for her Valentine from her Mom (for goodness sake!) but I still enjoy making them and hope in some small way they convey this huge love I can't contain!
This stamp is a retired Flourishes set, "Typeset." I have only previously used one of the sentiments...and when I was searching through my non-Valentine stamp sets, I thought this one would work well! Sounds like just something a Mom would say, right?
Thanks so much for looking, and I always love to know you were here...Blessings!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Sheltering Tree Valentine


I can tell I am going to love this set from SU!, Sheltering Tree! I created the two tones of flowering buds by stamping once in Strawberry Slush ink, then re inking my stamp and stamping off once on scrap paper before stamping the same buds again with a slight change in placement. I used a micron .01 pen and a ruler to add the short line from my branch to connect the punched heart shape. That idea came to me after completing the card, as I am meeting two wonderful friends for coffee today,  I wanted this card to be a friendship Valentine for these women who are faithful to meet with me for prayer for each other often. Their friendship is precious because we know that strength is derived when two or more are gathered to pray faithfully for each other. What a blessing to have friends like these...but I have to say that this friendship has taken much intentionality on my part...perseverance to contact, prepare in ways of hospitality with a home cooked soup or easy supper, hosting groups often and with prayer as the focus...but out of that has come deep roots and a desire to continue to meet, encourage, edify, and pray for one another. I do believe that these efforts are more than worth it and it is also pleasing to God when we meet together to pray! 
Thank you so much for your visit today. May you be blessed!
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Valentines in Vellum

Hi friends! Tomorrow is that wonderful day of the year when we celebrate Valentine's Day! I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon playing with different stamps that did not necessarily have a Valentine's day theme or sentiments...they seemed appropriate to the occasion. I'll be sharing one today, and several tomorrow.
This card uses a Flourishes stamp set that is now retired. I stamped in versamark, gold embossed, then filled in a few of the letters with a copic marker. The side vellum is Stampin Up's Gold Fancy Foil designer vellum. Those itty bitty tiny hearts are gold embossed...so soft and lovely. I used a tiny heart punch to punch two of the hearts out to add to the top and bottom flourishes.The Embossing Folder is Cuttlebug's "Cross my Heart." The top heart was cut from SU's gold glossy paper with Spellinder's Hearts dies.
This will be submitted for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge using the below sketch:
Isn't this the cutest,and so versatile? Thanks for dropping by and Happy Valentine's Day!!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

A Day for Daisies~freebie


Hi there! I discovered that "A day for Daisies" stamp store offers a free digital image now and again...I have always enjoyed the whimsy of these images and since it was free; decided to try a card! This little fairy image was fun to color up...a little stickles was added to her wings and a very simple layout with a new Cuttlebug hearts embossing folder for the background. The tag was stamped with a sentiment, and a little background flower was stamped in various colors to match the designer paper. a wisp of rose lace was cut to add to the gossamer effect. She is sweet, although this photo did not come out really well on this dark day.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I always look forward to any comments left here!! May you have a blessed day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lili of the Valley~Tea Party!


Hi friends, and welcome to my little corner of creativity! It's a new year, and I've been doing a little stamping! I was looking through some of my individual stamps the other day for this little cutie image after a friend and fellow stamper had been featuring a few of her cards from Lili of the Valley. I have had this image for awhile and been a little intimidated to color it. But once I started, it was so much fun, and where else will I find a Tiffany Blue teapot than in my own imagination? I liked that these girls have quite a lot of style going on with their pink polka dots and designer bags...I giggled a bit while coloring these.
The paper was the starting point, but by the time I was "finished" adding papers, ribbon, enamel dots, and that little blossomed punch stamp from "Flourishes," I almost wish I had chosen a bit smaller print for the background...but I still really like the end result.
Thank you for coming to my little tea party, I hope you leave with a smile!!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

J-O-Y Mason Jars!!

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house! If you're anything like me, you are either scrambling or sacked out on the couch! Well, this evening, I am sacked out...but my craft room shows evidence of my last few days of activity. I saw these on Pintrest and had some large widemouthed Mason jars so decided to make these candle/tea light holders for our daughter for her first Christmas with her husband.
 These Mason Jars were featured on Suzanne Dean's blog,"Bitz of Me,"  here. She has excellent instructions on her blog with lots of pictures showing the process. The only changes I made were using felt and snowflake dies rather than stickers, and adding the Tim Holtz tinsel and pom pom trim along the mouths.  The jars were painted with Martha Stewart's craft paint in "Cloud." I painted one coat using up and down strokes, let them dry for a couple of hours, then applied a second coat. The jars were left alone overnight.A quick sanding using a sanding block and an emery board on the letters and they were ready for embellishing! I used felt from Papertrey Ink and my snowflake dies from Spellbinders to make the snowflakes. The flakes were layered in cream and blues with a hot glue gun. The chipboard letters were purchased in white glitter which saved time. I found the fun "snowball" fringe at Joanne's fabrics. The pretty vintage silver tinsel is Tim Holtz. The tinsel and ribbon trim were added with a hot glue gun.
The center jar with the letter "O" looked a little sparse, so added the snowball trim and tinsel. Each  jar rim received a thin coat of mod podge then dipped in Sparklets glitter. The glitter is actually made from glass crystals, so I tried to go easy with it...but it does add some pretty vintage sparkle!
I am including the battery operated tealight candles.
Thank you for dropping in...my beverage of choice this month has been Celestial Seasonings peppermint tea! It tastes good, helps with congestion, relaxing, and festive without the calories! Wish you could join me!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ah-Choo! Tissue?

I've been a little crafty elf...making a tissue box cover! These are from a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. Beulah, my dog, "found" the one I made from last year and chewed the lid...so I made another one. The papers are from last year's paper pad and no stamping...just sponged over the top of the embossing and sides  in white craft. I added a little glitter using dimond stickles to the snowflakes and flower centers. I wish the colors were a little more true...the overall look is very soft and dreamy; just like a walk in a winter wonderland!

Here's a little view from the top 
Thanks for your visit...wishing you sneeze-free days ahead!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Holiday Planner


Hi and welcome! I have been in Christmas planning mode for awhile now...busily stamping but not always taking the time to share here on my blog! On the right is a fun holiday planner for all the paper list makers (including me!) For this project, I relied on my Papertrey Ink notebooks. I used two; one on each side of the kraft paper base which made the notebook deeper than the usual. More space for more notes for the scatterbrained like me.  I used the lists as a template and double stacked them and then scored to get the best dimensions.  The base is kraft card stock, the designer paper is three different patterns from a  SU! (retired) paper pack and some SU! cute felt holly embellishments. This is my favorite planner I've made yet; so I duplicated it until I ran out of the notebooks. Something about all those polka dots and stripes and package topper that made me happy!
 The left is a fun "pumpkin box" from SU! My Stampin' Up demo had this little project at this month's club. We used the Christmas tree punch and a punched star for the top, red cherry cobbler ribbon...it sure looked cuter with the red and green m&m's inside in a clear cellophane bag...what you don't see those? Could be a Christmas elf helped themselves before this posting, but trust me, it was cute. These would be pretty table favors, or just a fun little gift for someone special! Just wanted to share some of the Christmas preparations going on in my stamp room. Thanks so much for your visit and until next time, blessings on your day!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Shake it Up with Shaker Cards!

Hi there~ it's been awhile! I ordered two beautiful stamp sets this week from Power Poppy and am playing along in their Power Poppy Peep of the Week Challenge here.
This is one of those tried this and tried that and this is what I ended up with. I wanted to use these pretty SU! sequins and snowflakes in a Shaker Card. Unfortunately, I added glitter to the mix and it stuck to the acetate. I am still searching for that serene blue to use on Christmas cards...this is a little darker than I wanted it to be! But with the beautiful church image at moonlight...it is still lovely!
Thanks for dropping by...may you be blessed!
Stamp: Power Poppy "O Holy Night"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Leafing out into Something New!

I don't know where summer went...it is with a bit of nostalgia I am noticing brighter blue days with the crisp of Autumn approaching.The mornings have been a bit too chilly to sit on our back porched in area of the deck...but I am anyways, with my polar bear robe and my polar bear looking Beulah beside me...and this week we are watching our daughter's dog, Daisy, so I also have one at my feet...well actually on top of my feet where she rests her head. With the end of summer wedding, summer seemed to go by too quickly, so now I am hoping to set a more leisurely pace for Fall. I love Fall and everything about it. It is my favorite season, although all seasons have their special nuances that sing to me.
I have two Pinterest inspired cards today, both with a lot of white space, bright colors, and minimal layers.
I made this for a dear friend who came to our daughter's wedding, which was 3 1/2 hours from our town and a 2 night hotel stay. She was like my own "Maid of Honor" only she was the Mother of the Bride's Maid of Honor"...meaning she was by my side, offered to do anything, get anything, complimented me about my dress, assured me, made me laugh, brought me champagne for toasts, and danced like a fool with me on stage...which my husband has a video he's keeping somewhere, which I have not seen...if I did I am sure I would be quite embarrassed. But let's just say, we had fun! Which really was my goal for after the ceremony...just enjoy the festivities!
My friend is a big Starbucks coffee drinker...so I was really excited when I found this gift card there today:
It will make a cute tuck in to the inside of my card, don't you think? I think she'll be tickled!
Anyway, I made her this card that was featured on the Papertrey Ink blog using the Mighty Oaks stamp set and matching die. I also used a wood grain embossing folder to add texture, which you might see more clearly if you click on the picture for magnification. The swirls were free handed with a silver gel pen.
So here is another one just like it...except for one thing:
The sentiment is one of my favorites, so I made another card using the sentiment stamped in a new color from SU!, Blue Lagoon. I stamped that thing at least 12 times before getting it straight, and so I had to include a picture.
The next card is using PTI's older set, Turning a New Leaf. This leaf is the closest I could find that wasn't more of an outline stamp and had a filled in image which made the overall look much more graphic.  I masked the image and stamped on Watercolor Paper.
I then used a very old SU! sentiment with the SU! word window and oval scallop punches to basically hide a boo boo. The colors are old olive and navy blue card stock, and the addition of more mustard inks to the olive and navy. 
These are not original ideas...though I have added my own changes, the ideas were from the PTI blog. 
I am always blessed to have you visit. The coffee pot is on and if you come to sit on my deck, I'm sure we'll have a pooch around to keep you warmed up!

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