Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Nobody Hugs like a Mother!

Hi there and hope everyone is having a beautiful day! Thank you for dropping in...I have been attempting to use some of my older stamps, especially if  I've only tried them once or twice! This one from Stampin' Up is SO cute and I liked that it had images for different themes. Today I decided to use my Zig Brush Watercolors and loosely color up the Mama Bear and hearts.
The water brush markers made it quick and easy to color in...and provided some texture using the smoother side of my paper. I wanted to feminize it by adding the scalloped border. After I had hand cut the two large hearts above...I thought the paws looked a little bare; so I used some little heart die negatives leftover from another project and colored each one in and just glued it to my panel. I am really enjoying the new glue, Gina K Connect because it doesn't leave a sticky residue and is so easy to get into fine places...and it opens and pours easily. Little things like that mean a lot to a stamper. 
This sentiment was part of the set so I added it, last minute to the bottom and then a row of hearts.
Of course, this will be going to one of our daughters. I don't think my husband would appreciate it as much. 
Wonderful to have you here...thanks so much for your visit!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Laurie's Fabulous Favorites Challenge~

Hi friends! Thanks so much for dropping in...Papertrey Ink is changing up it's challenges this month. One I've decided to enter is called:
Laurie's Wednesday Favorites.
We are to post a card using one of our favorite stamps from their company. I have many favorites...some oldies and some that came in the mail just in time for Valentine's Day! So in honor of this favorite holiday of mine  I chose to enter this card which I've been using for so many Valentine creations...all different color combos and a few styles to choose from...sharing later.
                                                               Love in Bloom

I love this set because all of those florals can be customized into so many pretty ink colors...this one uses a combination of corals, pinks, and reds...*I can recall a time when it used to be bad taste to combine these colors...but I have to say, they look pretty on a card!
I also used a square scalloped die set that I just ordered from PTI ...doubling up the background scallops to overlap so you have some white peeking through on the bottom border. The pink layer was embossed with a Linen embossing folder, ( PTI), and some rhinestones added to a few of the fun flower centers.
Thanks so much for stopping by...I have a few Valentines on my desk right now so will try to make it back to share.
Meanwhile...thank you as always for your visit and taking the time to leave a kind comment. Blessings on your day! 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Sharing a Memory~and where to go from here in 2019?

Hi friends! There are times I don't know whether to keep my blog updated as I know many have skipped blogging for the speedier Instagram feed. But this is my space to share memorable moments and milestones. And honestly, just a time of reflection for me as I look back and also ahead.
So before I go further into my story, I need to say how grateful I am for God’s provision and care. He has given me a very caring and capable and strong husband. Our Beulah is a constant source of joy and laughter and love. Our daughters are close by and it is a real comfort to know I can hop in a car on a weekend for a visit!
To be honest, though, I began 2019 a little discouraged.  The health issues that began in 2017 are still no closer to being resolved...and surprising to ones have developed. I know aging is inevitable but mine began with a tooth that broke in December 2017 right before Christmas. Following that was a root canal, crown, and after that so much pain ensued over about 6 months I was ready to have my tooth extracted. The plan at the time was to prepare my gums for a dental implant. I saw several oral surgeons and confirmed that this was the right course of action. Unfortunately, the pain was never resolved. I had electric like pain in my face which was diagnosed as Trigeminal Neuralgia. Over the course of a year or more I saw two neurologists and had MRI's to rule out a brain tumor and M.S. I began the treatment course of pharmaceutical regimen for T.N. During my research I realized that my T.N. was atypical. I began seeing Pain Specialists as well as Orthodontists to determine if it was related to my dental work and if so if there was any way to reverse the damage or minimize it.
 That is the short of it. The time has been long and lots of waiting, searching, and trying to trust and rest. What I have learned in this journey is that you will get a different answer to an illness depending on the type of doctor you see. None of my doctors agreed to the best course of treatment and none of them had much encouragement to share. Dental treatment is not insured and thus very expensive. And ultimately the decision as to what treatment to pursue and how to move forward feels a bit lonely and unsure.
So here I am again...a year later and looking at more surgeries. I am entering a new year with a birthday tomorrow and the need for foot surgery looming ahead. So, my husband asked me what I wanted to do...and I thought to myself...I really just want to be free of pain. Because of having Rheumatoid Arthritis I have been taking a drug that has slowed the progress of that immune disease for about 25 years. Having that drug treatment has been a lifesaver and enabled me to do all the normal activities and reduce pain and disease progression. I have been very grateful for it. But, in the past year  I have been told now by my oral surgeon and also the foot doctor...that the drug will slow my ability to heal. That information precipitated a talk with my rheumatologist who did not believe the medication had that large an effect on healing. But my plan is to go back and double check this information...because I definitely want to give my body the advantage of healing as much as possible if I elect to proceed with the foot surgery. And my oral surgeon had suggested to do exploratory surgery where my tooth was extracted to remove the bone graft, clean the area, and do bone biopsies. The hope there was to facilitate healing in the jaw and to allow me to have the implant. Because right now I don't have any way to proceed with an implant because no one will do it until the nerve pain is resolved. So I am stuck. And I feel it. I am afraid of having another surgery because the neurologist thinks that could worsen the nerve pain...and that is the last thing I want. So the question is...what started the nerve pain? Is it related to the extraction site being infected or never properly healing? Is it because of the bone graft? Is it due to nerve damage when I was given an injection of anesthetic? Was it caused by a faulty root canal? At this point...I want to know only to know if having surgery will help or make things worse.
I didn't start this post expecting to write this...and I doubt if anyone else sees and that is alright. Because this is my beginning of 2019 and as of tomorrow I am another year older. After the past year I am honestly not looking forward to aging. But I do believe that typical aging is not as difficult as having a major illness and surgeries that abruptly disrupt your life.
My plan is to "forge ahead." I need a big dose of courage and trust to round this next bend. If you read this I would be so appreciative of your prayer.
Which brings me to a photo I wanted to share. Last year my family took me on a trip for my 60th birthday. It was a surprise as to where we were going and I wasn't convinced I would be up for much travel so our daughter planned a short plane trip to the California coast. It was just a weekend...but so special!! I found a photo of the last night we were there and we had taken a small boat off the coast with a Captain in charge. The sun was just beginning to set when this was taken.

When I was looking back over the year and something memorable...I shared with my husband that this was it. Just as we were heading back to shore, a group of dolphins playfully swam along our little boat. It was magical.
Well...thank you for reading along. I will be back to stamping soon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Corgi Christmas Cuteness!

Hi there! Just doing a quick post today...we just returned from our mountain condo in the hopes of getting a little bit of Christmas decorating done. It is a 3 1/2 hour drive...more like 4 for me as I drive slower than I used to. Tom and I spent 3 days and decorated our tall and skinny mantle tree and the mantle also...and wrapped gifts. Now I am wondering if we should have not left the gifts there because there is always the possibility that we won't make it for Christmas. I had told our grown daughters that we could have the holiday there this year as for them it would be a 4 day break and everyone skis but me.

Well, either way...I had fun making this adorable Corgi stamp into a small Christmas card!! I envisioned a dark sky with the galaxy of stars behind it...well let's face it...all this is on the far side of pretend. But I couldn't resist a Corgi with antlers!! This is a Power Poppy set called, "Christmas Corgis." We had a Corgi dog named Copper for many years...and he was a handful to put it mildly. But they are cute as can be~
The gold against the black is a new product for me...Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. I used a Tim Holtz stencil and just added a bit of the mousse over it. The gold mirror card stock was cut from a Papertrey Ink die. The bow was fussy cut and is from a set from their corner rounder series: October.
The funnest part was coloring in the Corgi with Copics and I added a few eyelashes with a black micron pen. No sentiment on the front...but the inside reads "Merry and Bright" in the same hot pink as the outside gingham card stock.

And here is a picture of our Beulah and oldest daughter's dog, Daisy in front of the tree we decorated. This sweet scene only happened because Tom was dangling treats above their heads to encourage them both to look in the same direction while I scrambled to get a photo on my camera phone. And this is the only one that didn't have his leg in or one of their faces chopped out of the photo.
That is it for today! I am not sending a bunch of  hand stamped cards this year. I have had a painful condition on my right hand, "trigger finger" which seems to be more irritated than normal and so trying to give it a bit of rest. I am just grateful to be able to continue to do this hobby that I love.
Thanks for your visit. Wishing you lots of merry moments in your days!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Fawn and Flora

Hi and Happy Monday to my stamping friends! Usually over the weekend I attempt to stamp a card...sometimes I actually have one to share; other times I am stumped for ideas.
Isn't this the sweetest fawn's face? I am assuming this is a doe which is how I dressed the wreath on her head and the colors. This was a fast and fun card to make.
Our daughter was here with a friend to visit and her friend loved my stamp room and it was my pleasure to show her around and share some of my cards. They both chose a few to take home which made me very happy, too! Having "new" eyes to see my craft room and appreciate all my "stuff" gave me new enthusiasm for stamping. I sometimes feel like my family gives me the "eye roll" when it comes to my love for this little hobby. I mean...I've been doing it for so long and they just don't get excited as I do...but I don't blame them. I can't get that excited about my husband's hobbies, especially watching football or our daughter's obsession with hiking. :)
After they left I had the idea to make her friend a card with one of my new sets this year. I wanted to make it cute and fun but not spend a lot of time...the hardest part of this card was choosing the colors and aligning the 3 step stamps for the face. But even that wasn't too difficult using my MISTI. 
This is a set from Papertrey Ink, "Fawn and Flora" using PTI's colors, Mint Julep, Vintage Jadite, and Hibiscus Burst for the wreath and Stampin' Up's Brown Sugar for the body, Altenew's black (which I adore), and some gold glittered embossing powder.
I am so glad you stopped by and wish you a blessed day! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Creative Confetti~Sparkle in the Shade!

Hi there! I decided to submit a card for Julie's challenge on Power Poppy to "Sparkle in the Shade," using one color on a card and adding a bit of sparkle.
So...for this card I decided to do a little square card using this adorable border from the set, "Snow Kissed."

I stamped the border three times on the top and bottom portion of my card with Stampin' Up's Cherry CobblerThen I added a few tiny rhinestones in the center of each large star. The "Merry Christmas" is from Papertrey Ink as it was the best fit


The square was then mounted to a fun square die to add the scallops around the perimeter! I am having so much fun with these Creative Confetti Challenges!
I so appreciate your dropping in and appreciate your kind comments.

Friday, October 26, 2018

You Say It's Your Birthday!

Hi there! We have our Fall back for just a few more days...after the first snow at the beginning of the month and then everything froze in the garden and the leaves on the trees dropped from the trees...then the last few days we went back up into the 70's!
But while the snow was making it's appearance...I became in a dreamy sort of winter frame of mind and reached for this set from Power Poppy, "O Holy Night." I attempted to water color the image with light blues and lavenders and pinks and then die cut it from this Spellbinders die. I used some real German glass glitter and icy stickles for the roof tops and tree branches.
This is my entry into this month's  Power Poppy challenge by one of the amazing designers, Tosh, to enter a card that has something to do with your birthday. My birthday is in January so it's usually snowy and wintry so that's where my card went. I love this set and decided I needed to give it more attention.
Thanks for your visit today. Wishing you many blessings!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Creative Confetti with Power Poppy~Background Check

Happy Fall Y'all! Well, around here...Fall has fled and winter came in with a vengeance...outside my window is a bit of a sloppy mess with leaves all over the ground in a wet, snowy, puddle. Which is why I'm not featuring pumpkins today! :) I actually do love creating Christmas cards year round; and I'm determined to use up paper, stamps, and die cuts that I have collected before purchasing (too much) in the way of new supplies!

My card today uses two stamps from Power Poppy to bring you this little Cardinal and a Tree in a Teacup surrounded by a wintry branch scene:
I used some beautiful paper purchased at the end of the season last year: Wild Rose Studio: Birds and Berries. I stamped the Tree in the Teacup and the Cardinal holding branch from Power Poppy's "Cozy Cupfuls" and colored them up with copic markers.  This is the sweetest set and I've used it for several cards. I had planned on making two different cards but after cutting out the background die (Papertrey Ink,) I decided to perch one of the cardinals nesting in the "branches." The sentiment is from "O Holy Night." The die was centered over some pretty sky blue paper; and both the images were glued down to the paper afterwards. The sentiment is popped up on some dimensionals and a bit of glittery stickles added to the ornaments and berries. 
I made another Christmas card and if all goes according to plan...I hope to share soon! Wishing you a 
day of blessings! Thanks so much for dropping by for a visit!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Christmas Traditional Red and White!

Well, hey there! I decided to join in this month's October Christmas Challenge using two colors for our card...that was a pretty easy choice for me as I love red and green at Christmas!
I turned to one of my favorite sets from Papertrey Ink, A Cup of Cheer! 
I have begun the habit of die cutting multiples and using my Misti to stamp as I can get more saturated ink. I also used a new to me Holly embossing folder for the background!
I can't believe I was able to combine three stamp sets...but decided the sentiment in the oval works with the other two sets when stamped in the green and the red rhinestones added. What do you think?
I'm also entering my card on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!
Card Recipe:
Stamps: PTI: A Thrill of Hope, PTI A Cup of Cheer, PTI Spruce and Sprigs
Paper: PTI white, PTI Green dot
Ink, SU! Real Red, SU! Hunter Green
Other:  Holly Embossing Folder, Oval Dies, and German Glass Glitter for the Red Berries,
Red Rhinestones

Friday, September 21, 2018

Snow Kissed Snowman!

Hi friends! This is my second post today...I finally uploaded a card for the Dare to Get Dirty forum for monthly Christmas Card challenge and realized I should put it here also. I do love making Christmas cards...although I also send out some really cute boxed cards...for special friends and family I do hand deliver or mail out a hand stamped Christmas card!
This is the snowman featured in Power Poppy's set, "Snow Kissed." I adore this set and have made a few cards from it...but this is my first snowman. I actually water colored this up and then added a few prisma pencils for shading. I also used a bit of shimmery white for the highlights of the snowman in water colors. I am really enjoying water coloring right now.
I just ran out of this red is my very favorite from Stampin' Up and I've had it awhile in the Cherry Cobbler red. My snowman looks a little small here...I think it's the angle. I added some filigree die cut snowflakes sprinkled in glitter and a rhinestone that I colored up bright red with a copic marker!
Thanks so much for your visit...I always enjoy reading your kind comments. Blessings on your day!

Ode to Aspens

One of my favorite things about Fall in Colorado is the changing of the Aspens. And I realize I haven't any aspen stamps...but I decided not to let that stop me when I was watercoloring up this set from Papertrey Ink, "Mighty Oak." There needs to be a set called, "Awesome Aspen," or "Amazing Aspen," or "Artistic Aspen..." or something like that.
So, I decided to diecut the trunk in white, since Aspens do have a white trunk with those knotty
"eyes" on them.

I used Peerless Watercolors for these after I had die cut the leaves. I painted them one by one in various shades of golden Amber, green and golds, fiery red and orange hues. I stamped the sentiment from the set in a black ink to give contrast to the  card stock. I also added Nuvo gold drops (maybe I got a little carried away?) But I love the little bit of shimmer and that's one thing that is difficult to capture in water color.
This past weekend I was so excited to go to a place in the mountains with a friend I had never been to before. It was the perfect weekend to go Aspen viewing for the color change. I was able to get a pretty good photo to share here. 

Aspens near Boreas Pass, Colorado
Thanks so much for your visit today...I always appreciate your visit and hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Serendipitous Sympathy

So...this may seem like a strange title for stamping...but I have to tell a little story with my cards today. It all began when I decided to try my hand at water coloring a stamp that I had acquired through a personal sale on a stamping blog so I don't have the name of it other than Poppies. I do love Poppies and so I wanted to color this with a vibrant ink. I used some smooshed on acetate distress oxide inks and ended up with this as my final result:

I am still a novice in this water coloring venture...and I ended up adding layers of color over time. I also decided to add blues and browns and teals to my leaves so it had almost a tropical feel by the time I was done. The perfect paper for framing is a newer one to me from Stampin' Up that I just ordered, "Tranquil Tide." 
Anyways...I was pretty happy with the outcome and decided to make a copy of it to use on a future card due as : 1. I am a very slow stamper and water coloring isn't second nature to me. 2. I have had too many other health issues to spend hours on my craft. 3. I wanted to keep a copy as a color referencee. 4. Well, you get the drift...
Anyway, I made a copy. And the colors came out completely my colored inks were missing the green although the printer didn't show any colors as low.

Hopefully your monitor looks a little more  clearer than mine, and if not, if you click on the photo it will enlarge. When this came out of the printer I actually liked the bleached out leaves and decided it would be a good sympathy card for this time of year (Brownish yellows and oranges and golds.) Unfortunately, I had to cancel plans for hosting a weekend at our place due once again to health...and at the same time the friends I was hoping to host also had a death in the family and we realized it was not a good time to meet up and yet it saddened me that we couldn't due to so many difficult circumstances. For me...working on cards is cathartic while I am creating.
I used some gold Nuvo  drops randomly to add a bit  more color. Now I have two cards from one water coloring and one was a complete surprise in a good way!
Thanks so much for your visit today!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Creative Confetti~Birthstones

Hey there's blog post has to do with some fun challenges on Power Poppy! One of the challenges for the month of August was to create a card using your birthstone. I have always loved birth stone rings and the first ring I received was from my parents along the age of 11 or 12...and it was a simple gold band with a garnet. What is so amazing to me is I still have it though it is way too small for my fingers now. 
So I actually made a couple of cards but had a difficult time finding the right color for garnet. Then I looked up the stone's symbolism and read that garnets aren't just the deep crimson; but can range to a rosy red which is the color I used for my card today. And just for good measure...I also colored in my clear stone with a deeper rose for the garnet.

The set is from Power Poppy, "Orchid's Rock." I colored the image with a variety of copic markers and stamped the sentiment and the upper border in a light colored memento ink. I decided to go with one of my curved border dies to give interest. 
Thanks so much for stopping by and always enjoy reading your comments! Have a blessed day!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Cheerful Columbines~Creative Confetti!

Hi friends! I can't believe we are in the middle of August...I have been a little on the slow end to get things here on my blog lately! It must be those lazy days of summer kicking in!
This month Power Poppy's Challenge is a new "Creative Confetti" and my Cheerful Columbines card is an attempt to add a little glow to my flowers and the entire image...with yellow added in.  You can find Allison Cope's video tutorial here.
Although I am enamored by this Columbine image I will readily admit it's posed a coloring challenge for me! It is a bit more to color on and shade and highlight...and when I went to trim it for the life of me the image seemed tilted and still does. So here's my tilt a whirl card...I added a sentiment set a bit more straight on top to hopefully ground it.

I added a bit of yellow copic marker on the columbines and also for highlighting. I also found a perfect green designer paper to mimic the speckling in the egg and some earthy twine to add a bit of rustic charm. I have a lot of practice to get it right...but if I don't stare with a critical eye this card is for certain cheerful and will go to someone that needs a bit of encouragement!
Thanks for stopping in...I would so appreciate your comments!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Power Poppy~Inspire Me! July Challenge

Hi friends! I had to make an appearance for this month's July Power Poppy Challenge-Inspire Me! There is always so much inspiration; but this time I found a retired Bloomie, Leslie Miller, to follow as my inspiration! She showed us how to make envelopes to match our cards...and I must say that even I, the measuring challenged person that I am...was able to do this one! Such easy and clear to follow instructions! The tutorial is here on the Power Poppy "Make it Monday" post.
I used a retired Flourishes stamp for the sweet teacup with some designer paper for the envelope. I have a pretty Prima daisy that I may add as an envelope closure if I decide to hand deliver this card.
Oh, I guess I should show a photo and stop jabbering...

I water colored the cup and saucer...and added just a bit of colored pencil shading. The sentiment is from Power Poppy's "Potted Primroses" stamp set. So cute together! I outlined the word "hello" in a pink copic marker.

The strip of paper is the same I used for the envelope, then I added a wee bit of pink designer paper along the border.
I am a bit rusty in stamping...but so very thankful for being able to revisit my pretty stamps and is such a relaxing and fun hobby!
And that is it for today! We just visited the Oregon coast last week so I hope to post some photos from our trip here in a couple of days!
Thanks so much for popping in and wishing you a blessed day!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Where do we go when we need help, shelter, refuge? Who do we trust in times of uncertainty or confusion?
We need only to watch outside our windows during a deluge of rain and hail to see the birds perched on a tree limb with their heads tucked under the leaves. I saw this scene the other day and was reminded of this verse from Psalm 91:4. The verse cannot be appreciated or understood unless viewed in the context of the verses before and after. Psalm 91 is one of my favorite Bible chapters as it speaks of danger, pestilence, arrows from all sides...and the one who can watch as if from a distance...who sees his enemies fall by his side as he takes refuge under the pinions, (feathers) of Almighty God. I have been in a long season of health issues...sometimes seeming insurmountable as I've had to wait and trust in God for understanding and the next step of action and then again wait on Him in trust and confidence.
I have a friend to thank for the idea and layout of this card. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Oxide in a couple of colors, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio for the bottom layer, a layer of mica flakes in gold stripe, and a couple of leaf dies from Papertrey Ink. The bird is from the "Brushed Birds" set also from PTI, as well as the scripture stamp.
Thank you for your visit today!!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

All About Bees

Hi friends! I have been a little remiss about posting my cards here on my will try to remedy that this week!
I received my Power Poppy stamps a couple of weeks ago and have had fun playing with this set, "Bee Kind Toile." I actually posted this on Instagram already. Oops!
I really am smitten with the Bee Skep on the pretty cake stand! 
I found some old Stampin' Up designer paper in this pretty blue I stamped the tiny sentiment on the top in that banner "Happy-Bee-Day" to match. The border around the bee skep is made by a repeat single bloom stamped in a circular border. I added some Wink of Stella to the honey dripping over the sides and used a fine black tip micron pen to add some detail to the bees antennae and stripes.
The oval border cut out is from Papertrey Ink. 
I think that's all the detail...I worked awhile on my card and was pretty happy how it turned out. 
I hope you enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Get Well in Chintz!

I kind of love chintz is so pretty and cozy and full of color! I don't decorate with it though; because it is so very feminine. But when I needed a little get well send off recently; I dug through my stamps and found this oldie from Art Impressions.
This was easy to watercolor up; although the pink did a bit of smearing outside the lines...It turned out pretty well. I kind of adore those bunny slippers and just now realize I should have probably drawn a shadow line. Oh's cheerful and in one of my favorite color combos; yellow, pink, and green!
Happy Stamping and wishing you a blessed day!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Round and Round with a Precious Baby Card!

Hi Stamping Friends! I actually spent some time over the weekend doing one of my favorite things... stamping and coloring with Copics! I had just received a fresh little, not a baby  but almost as sweet...a new parcel of Power Poppy stamps in the mail! My card today features Power Popppy's newest release, "Precious Baby. I love this set that Marcella illustrated...and it was so fun (and very easy) to color up.
The June Power and Spark Challenge is here from card designer extraordinaire, Stacy, "Round and Round," and she asks us to use round corners or make a round card. I used a lot of scallops in my card, so rounded off for sure!!

I used one of my favorite colors for neutral baby cards, a mint green swiss dotted paper, and added double scallops on the top and bottom to frame the image set in an oval (only because it did not fit into a round very well.)
I have a little pink satin bow to add in the corner...but I am not sure whether the recipient is having a boy or a girl just yet; so the bow will have to wait!
This vignette is so vintage and sweet; perfect for a baby card!
Thanks for popping in and wishing you a happy day doing whatever your little heart desires to do! 

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Secret of My Success~Fashioning Floral Sprays from Tiny Stamps!

Hi and hope if you're visiting you'll let me know in the comments below! I would really love to hear from you! 
I've always been drawn to the Folk-Art look of some of Papertrey Ink"s stamps...but once I held them in hand and saw all the numerous pieces I've been a little intimidated...befuddled...whatever you want to call it...Making it happen on my cards wasn't as easy as the design team made it look. 
One of my favorite sets is "Embellished Elegance." I liked it so much I also purchased the dies as there are many pieces in the set and some are intricate.
I came across an every day kitchen product on some one's blog not long ago that was used to keep a floral centerpiece or spray in place on your cards. Are you ready? It's the Glad Press n Seal that you find next to the Saran Wrap in the kitchen aisles! It is such a genius idea...I had to share a card I made.
Basically, you cut out your pieces, stamp where you wish...then you layout your design. You then take the sticky side of the "Press n Seal" and cover your project. You can carefully pick it up, (and all the pieces stay attached,) then flip it over, apply your glue to the backs of the pieces and then turn it over and lay it down on your card front. Holding it in place to allow the glue to are able to then gently peel back the Press n Seal and have a perfect bouquet or floral spray. It takes the guesswork out of the final product. I've used this method a couple of times and it sure has helped me a lot!
Here is my card:

There were probably at least a dozen different pieces...all stamped in happy colors and the sentiment is also stamped and diecut. So to keep the vines flowing from the script letters...this made it so much easier. I also added a border of striped paper in PTI's Raspberry Fizz to the lower half along with a very thin strip of blue shimmer paper. This turned out so pretty...happy and fun for a birthday card!
Thanks again for your visit. I hope you will give this method a try...oh and you can always use this Glad Press 'n Seal for storing food in your fridge...if you get tired on stamping with it. :)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Inspired by All the Little Things Blog Challenge!

We've got Spring outside! I am pretty happy about that, especially since two days ago it snowed! It made the grass green and the birds sing.... We went shopping last weekend for a bicycle for our daughter. Her birthday is in February...but we waited to get the bike until she could ride it as winter in Colorado doesn't lend itself very well to bicycle riding. I am awaiting a picture from her getting ready to ride! When I do, I am definitely going to be putting it here on my blog as it is one of those cute cruiser bikes and she got a leather seat and cute little basket for it.
I decided to play along at "Inspired by All the Little Things" challenge blog as these colors made me immediately think of the new bicycle and of course, I had to make a card for our daughter to go with her bike!!

And here is my card...inspired by the cake colors and the fact it looks like a birthday to me!!

My card uses Papertrey Ink's stamps, "Pedal Pusher" and the new "Stitch in Time Borders."  I love that I can customize all of the bicycle parts for the real thing...I was able to stamp the seat in brown just like the real brown leather seat! A pretty boquet of flowers in the basket and she's ready for Spring! I added a bit of embroidery floss to the top of the border frame.
Thanks so much to "Inspired by all the Little Things" for the fun challenge!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Power Poppy~Vitamin ME!~April Challenge

Hi there!! I so enjoy reading the Power Poppy blog, and collecting all kinds of beautiful stamps that inspire me to create! I loved April's Challenge by Marcella to just write about what you do for yourself for "Vitamin Me!" 
I actually had to think about this one for awhile...but three things come to mind. in mostly cards...but also in becoming better with techniques through tutorials and practicing.
Nature:   I do love to walk, and especially in areas where God's beauty abounds for along mountain trails, anywhere near a quiet stream, in the orchards behind our home and Botanical Gardens and doesn't have to be far away to fulfill me.
God~Reading His word, the Bible, listening to beautiful hymns, reading Christian non-fiction, and worship at our church...these are all things that inform and ignite my faith, fill my cup, and encourage me to love others well.

This Power Poppy stamp, "Short Stacks" is one of my very favorites. I had a lot of fun making a colorful vignette, then matched up the papers...not the normal way of doing things...but I think the papers actually do set off this image pretty well. I added a banner in the top portion, and a pretty floral gem on the bottom!! Also, a tiny cut out heart to adorn the side...notice the bottom of the stack, "Best Book Ever..."  I love it!! 
Your visit just tickles me...would love to know you stopped by! Wishing you many blessings on your day!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Stenciled Oxide Ink Backgrounds : Graduation Card

If you're stopping may have noticed it's been awhile since my last post. Unfortunately, I have had some health issues which have included using my hands, especially for typing...but want to share
some things I've been up to!

I tried out this technique featured on Jennifer McGuire's blog. She used TH Distress Oxide Inks , stencils, paper, and water spritzing. It was one of the simplest and really pretty background techniques I've tried in awhile. I blended two different blue inks on white paper. Then, I spritzed the backside of my stencil very lightly and just gently laid it down on top of the inked paper. I lifted it gently, and had a very subtle blue pattern. 
The stencil is Prima "Finnibar" which I found at my local Hobby Lobby. 
I used Papertrey Ink's "Scripted" stamps and dies. I die cut the "So Happy," lifted it out...then die cut the same on a darker blue paper and glued it back in. The added sentiment in print also comes in this set...and I actually just eyeballed it as sometimes that is quicker for me than getting the Misti aligned correctly. This time it just happened to work out!
Here is a close up so you can hopefully see the background pattern. I used a little bit of Perfect Pearls gold powder in with the water before spritzing which gives the ink a pretty shimmer.

I added a narrow gold mirror cardstock border, and mounted the entire blue panel with foam tape to give this more dimension. I also used some watered down white craft paint and did a lite flicking of paint to offset the darker blues. Then a sprinkling of rain stones for some shimmer.
This is for my niece's graduation...hope she'll be pleased. 
Thanks for your visit!! Wishing you a blessed day!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

You Brighten my Days ~Vellum Embossing

One of my favorite stamping techniques is embossing on vellum. I love the softness that results; although you do have to be careful not to warp your vellum with your heat tool.
Not too long ago, Laurie Schmidlin, from" Just Give me Stamps," shared a beautiful card using this technique on the Papertrey Ink blog. You can find her excellent Vellum tips and tricks tutorial here on her blog. She shares how to add inks, and also ways to attach vellum to card bases among other tips. Here is her photo from her blog of her gorgeous card:

I basically did my best to CASE  Laurie's card; using the supplies I had on hand, which was the gorgeous Altenew set, "Peony Bouquet." I also used a different die and tied the cording differently...and took a lot worse photo...but I really wanted to share these tips and tricks because they were so helpful for me! I hope you will take a look at her blog and see!
Layers of vellum, gold and white embossing and a gold "You" die cut make up my card. I also used some pretty pale pink polka dot as the under layer. The ink color underneath the peony is Tim Holtz's oxide in " Picked Raspberry" ink. I like this ink for blending behind vellum as it doesn't leave harsh smears or hard edges and requires minimal blending. (Tip to me as I tend to forget these things.)
I crisscrossed some thin gold cording and added a few sequins to finish my card. I couldn't decide whether or not to add that gold cording as it appeared a bit off to me no matter how I did it...but this is what I finally decided on.
Thanks for taking a meander here and wishing you happy stamping!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Stamping Just Because

Hi there, sweet stamping friends! I have been doing a bit of stamping here and there and can't seem to take the time to actually post on my blog here! I really do enjoy blogging and visiting other's is such a creative way to not only gain inspiration...but peek into the lives of people I feel I almost "know" because of their sharing stories, pictures, and kind words.
There are several friends I know who are going through health struggles, both personally and through these blogs. I've made a few cards that are encouragement and faith based that I hope to share in the next few days here.
This one is using a new-to-me set from Papertrey Ink, Brushed Birds. I really liked the sentiment, and I always fall for any type of bird on cards, and this set has several that you can change up the colors any way you want. I have never seen a pink bird...but I kind of like it!
"Serenity is quiet courage."
I recall reading a definition of meekness that stuck with me because it encapsulated the meaning well.  The author stated that sometimes meekness is misunderstood as being weak, or one who is easily walked upon, or subjection of wills. But the meaning that was given is "Meekness is restrained strength or strength under control," the greatest of all strengths. True meekness combines gentleness and strength. My Mom possessed this trait more than anyone I know as she dealt with the debilitating illness of M.S. for many years. I saw in her a gentleness, yet powerful strength...something to be admired!
So I am wondering if this serenity definition is similar.
The bird is perched on vines from another PTI stamp set, "Elegant Embellishments." I die cut several small floral and tucked them in here and there. Nuvo gold glitter drops were used in the corners for embellishments that are easy to mail.
Thanks for your visit today and may you be blessed!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Power and Spark Challenge~Fabric Inspired!

Hi friends! We're having such balmy pre-Spring weather today!! I know snow is still going to make an occasional appearance...but today the wind is blowing warm breezes.
I just purchased a new pillow for my stamp room! I had acquired a couple of gift cards to Pier 1 so I splurged and this little piece of embroidery brings so much cheer to my space.
So I made a card inspired by my pillow fabric to participate in March's Power and Spark Challenge~using fabric as your inspiration.  Allison Cope leads this challenge, and if you visit the Power Poppy blog, she shares a lot of Pinterest inspired boards!
Here is the fabric (just an up close of the pillow.)

I perused all of my Power Poppy stamps and wanted to make a bright I chose the "Folk Heart" stamps and made this card:

I had so much fun with this card, coloring with copics and using a mixture of corals, hot pinks, brilliant blues and sunny yellows! I added a colored button and twine to the top corner and used some fun gingham papers...and I actually think it's one of the cutest cards I've made in awhile. Every once in awhile, I am pretty happy with a card. I really wanted to ground the image, so I just cut out the dies twice with two different different gingham in yellow and coral...and layered the coral gingham to the bottom of the die cut.
That's it, thanks so much for stopping by! I so appreciate it when you do and delight in your comments! Blessings on your day!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Power and Spark Challenge~Add some sparkle!

I'm submitting this month's Power Poppy Challenge for February while it is still February. Barely. I used a retired Flourishes stamp for this coloring except for the oh so tiny hummingbird!
My sparkle is all the sequins and the hummingbird has a layer of wink of stella so a slight shimmer there! 
I rarely stamp in blue...but I sure do love this color...Stampin' Up Marina Mist with these flowers!! Kind of made my heart sing. As I often do...I began by making a little set of these and then decided to just make the one...but now I have the idea anyway and can use this as a template and change up the sentiments!
Thanks so much for stopping in to say "hello." Blessings on your day!!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Papertrey ink Blog Hop~February 2018

Good morning and welcome to my blog! I am participating in this month's Papertrey Ink's blog hop and so glad as this was our inspiration this month:

It was so fun to challenge myself to break out my Spring Cloche fillers stamps and dies to make my card! I used the vine and flowers in my card to mimic what appears to be a pretty pastel scrunched up table runner and the pretty foil eggs in the grasses...were my flowers. I basically just used the entire picture as inspiration.

That vine was so sweet I decided to drape it in the corners as they seemed a little bare to me. I used the negative die cut to stamp out several pots and flowers and made bunches of bouquets to have on hand!! The cake plate was fussy cut and I added Ranger glossy accents for some shine.
Blessings on your day!
Now off to hop like a bunny! (That's the one thing I did not bunnies in my stamp room! Must remedy that soon.)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Make it Monday Challenge~Framing Sentiments and Images

Hi friends!
I am joining in with this week's PaperTrey Ink Monday!
Laurie did a wonderful video tutorial on the Papertrey Ink blog on how to frame images or sentiments. Her cards are beautiful!
I made a birthday card and followed another tip seen recently on backing your frame with vellum to soften the the floral peeking through on the underside of the vellum frame is much softer. I also die cut my image from the Fun Frame Dies (PTI) from gold mirror card stock.
The floral frame was made from a mix of PTI stamps and quite a few colors. The card was matted with the PTI Ocean Tides and Gold Mirror as well as PTI white.

Thanks for looking!
My card measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2

I look forward to seeing what everyone else is submitting for this challenge
-always such great inspiration out there!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Steamboat Spring's 104th Winter Carnival

Erin and I (she's beautiful, isn't she?)
As I was driving to our mountain condo over this past weekend...I couldn't help notice there was hardly any snow and the Winter Carnival was set to take place the following morning. We were there for our daughter's birthday weekend and for my husband, an avid skier, to catch a few runs. The winding road leading up to the condo was bare in many spots, revealing lots of bleak gray foliage and mud where there should be sparkling snow. Such is winter at times.
But overnight, the snow came...and by morning and all through the entire day, it came down in downy wet crystals...sticking to everything.
It was magical...and I am glad for all the kiddos that participated in the festivities. The Main Street is closed off and the events of all ages being pulled by horses with real life cowboys who grew up riding horses on local ranches. So fun to watch!

Kids getting ready for the three legged race!

Locals and visitors line both sides of the street to watch the events which lasted until noon. In the background you can barely make out a dark strip halfway up...that is Howelson Hill ski jump where some past Olympian Gold medalists have practiced.
Cowboys and horses...oh my! What else can I say?
Walter -our daughter's dog
He's such a sweet natured and gentle creature. Everyone stopped, especially tiny reach out and stroke his fur. They must instinctively know what a sweet dog he is. And he loved all the attention!

Thanks for stopping in...I hope you're enjoying the winter weather wherever you are!