Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Springtime in Paris

Just popping in on a lovely spring day! Yesterday heralded the first day of Spring; and unbelievably, our Colorado weather actually cooperated. We will probably have one or two more snow storms...but the past few days have been unseasonably warm...and our first springtime bulbs are popping up! We don't have tulips yet...but when we do I will be sure to add a picture here!
Meanwhile, I have been having fun with these pretty tulips from "Tulip Time," from Papertrey Ink. I wanted to try them out with some designer paper...because I have a bunch of it...and I love it...but find it a challenge sometimes to make a card with it. I decided to "ground" the tulips with some strips of varying paper and have them sprouting skyward.  This is a layered tulip set, so you can use different colored inks to achieve the color shading. No pretty quick and easy!
Thanks so much for stopping in and hoping you are having a blessed matter your weather!
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

First Ever ~ Mustard Seed Faith Challenge!!

Hi and welcome to the first Mustard Seed Faith Challenge! I am excited about this new team of talented ladies who love stamping as a creative art; but more importantly, they view their craft as a way to share their faith in Jesus!
I've had the opportunity to work with the founder of our blog, Peggysue, and know you will be encouraged and challenged as you read her words here today on our new blog, Mustard Seed Faith!
Please pay her a visit so you can learn more about our key verse, our mission, and our bi-weekly card/Bible journaling challenges!
Our first challenge is taken from the verse Matthew 17:20, which is our key verse for our blog.

"He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you." 

The challenge is easy...use the color gold or yellow (like the mustard seed) in the making of your card and project.
I wanted to make something cheerful, joyful, and also a bit like spring! I always love seeing these primroses blooming this time of year...their blooms remind me of cheerful Easter bonnets, and they exude joy! 

Stamps: Power Poppy Potted Primroses
Paper: PTI white, DSP (assorted)
Ink:  Memento Black for coloring; Versafine Black: sentiment
Accessories: Spellbinder dies, copic markers, pearl (colored to match with copic marker),burlap ribbon,  foam for popping up card

 ( close up view) 
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your weather is showing signs of new life...and I hope you visit our new blog and join us in card making!!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Coffee and Friends

One of my favorite things to do is join a friend or group of friends for coffee. It is probably my most favorite beverage and is an inexpensive way to meet and share over something warm or iced and in an easy to converse place.
This stamp was purchased as a kit from Simon Says last month. I have put it to good use and sent off a couple of friendship cards. These designs are not originals, although altered slightly from the designs included in the kit.
Some days I just like to give my brain a break and make it easy on myself.
It doesn't get much more simple than this. The sentiment was curved over the circle, stamped in versarmark then heat embossed with white. The adorable cups are 3-D stickers, and the little gold glitter heart an adhesive as well.
This cup and saucer were paper cute! I added a bit of copic on the brown paper for shading and the smiling sugar cubes are also stickers.
These cards have already been mailed out! Yay!!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Power and Spark Challenge~Take 2!

Since Spring is not in the air...yet...and we just had a pretty good size snowfall with more scheduled this week...I am thinking bright and Springy colors!
This is my second entry for Power Poppy's "Say Yes to No Lines!" February challenge. The first try was such a teen tiny was much harder than this larger one!

      Thanks so much for your visit! Happy Spring is just around the corner!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

PTI February 2017 Blog ~

Hi visiting friends! I don't have the opportunity often to participate; but this time I decided to play along with Papertrey Ink's February Blog Hop.
Here is the Inspiration Photo:

I decided to capture the inspiration with some of the colors; seen in my background papers and the individual floral from "Rosie Posies." The sentiment, "Thanks," and the frame are from "Gathered Garden." The vine and floral die are from Memory Box, "Seraphine Laurel."

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!I also used a vellum and gold stripe along the left border and two small rhinestones on the smaller posies.
Thanks so much for stopping by...I hope you get to play along today!!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

PTI~Looking Back at 2009!

Giga Guidelines came out in 2009...and I have always been too intimidated to actually stamp with it! After seeing Laurie Schmidlin's card...I studied it and several other samples...then actually inked them up! Yes, I made 2 is a CASE of Laurie's (except for that diamond embossing!,) and the other is my own creation using "New Every Morning" as the focal sentiment.
I stamped on itty bitty vellum dot paper and then colored the lettering in with copic markers.
Not the best card was hard to capture the softness of this.

                                          Stamps: Giga Guidelines, New Every Morning
                                          Ink: Memento Black, Autumn Rose, Linen, SU Soft Sky
                                          Paper: SU Soft Sky, PTI Vellum , PTI Linen Ribbon,'
                                          Websters Sparklets, copic markers
Laurie's card was so classic in Black, White, and Gold....I tried navy, white, and silver embossing. I actually liked how it turned out...but do wish I could figure out the scoring she used!

This should make a great masculine birthday card, don't you think? Thanks for stopping in! Blessings on your day!

PTI~ 2014~Embellished Elegance

This is one stamp I fell in love with immediately and have made a few monochromatic cards for weddings. Today I pulled out a pretty pick of posies in a variety of pastels...and then covered too many up with ribbon. Ah's a challenge and I took it! Thanks so much for peeking in!
                                   I used Embellished Elegance, A2 scalloped note card, DSP ,
                                   variety of pastel inks including encore gold, and a vellum diecut
                                   white sequins and lavender ribbon

And here's a close up for you! Thanks again, now I am off to finish up a few more challenge cards!

PTI ~Looking Back at the Year 2010

It's hard to believe that I have been part of Papertrey Ink since their first release! I am so thankful to be going "back in time" over the past few years and seeing all the amazing card samples using some of my many ideas floating in my head now! Stamps can become stale after it is great to revisit and try something new!
For 2010 I pulled out "Wreath for all Seasons." For this card, my pretty SU! designer paper was the color scheme...greens, peaches, and oranges. I cut a frame from the paper and stamped my wreath and berries on the card base; then simply layered the frame over. Just trying to keep it straight and center
ed is the challenge here. I actually made a few of these to use as easy notecards and didn't add any embellishments for ease of mailing.
Thanks for popping in!!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Papertrey Ink~Celebrating 2013!

I've been following along with the PTI's 10 year countdown, have you? So much fun...not only to see the stamp sets revisited for each year...but also to read the "headlines" of history...someone really did their homework!
2013 was a popular year for me to purchase stamps...I have several of those featured...but my favorite to work with is probably Pedal Pusher!
So many fun colors and basket fillers...I combined the "Pedal Pusher" with the "Choose Joy" sets and used the Tiny Tag dies.

I was able to snag some matching ribbon in Hawaiian Shores during the last the bicycle is a pretty matching blue. Too much cuteness!
Thanks for peeking in and blessings on your day!
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl =Time to Stamp! ~"Double D Challenge"

It is Super Bowl Sunday and you can find me in my stamp room...with the roar of the football wafting in the corners of my upstairs reverie while I whilst away the hours dreaming of Spring and the sweet scent of lavender!
This challenge by Double D caught my eye when I saw it on their blog...lavender and lace...oooh...aahhh...if I could I would have a curtain just like the ones shown in the soft and feminine!
I began this card without a plan in mind...and a couple of images hit my waste paper basket quite honestly...after trying unsuccessfully to add ink using an ink blender pen to these sweet roses from Stampin Up (Elements of Style)...I then brought out my copic markers and was much happier. The green die cut back ground is from Papertrey Ink and was meant to mimic a trellis. The stamped image was colored and fussy cut and then the vine die was layered and looped around the image...just playing around. I found a pretty piece of scrap paper in just the right shade and added the sentiment "for you." Two tiny rhinestones in shades of lavender and a little row of lace "blooms" on the side...and this is what you have!

Thanks for popping in on Super Bowl Sunday...or any day...hope your team wins and wishing you a wonderful and productive week ahead!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Power and Spark Challenge~"Say Yes to No Lines!"

Just stopping in with a sweet image from Power Poppy and joining in this month's challenge...Coloring with "no lines" by stamping a very light image.

 I probably should have used a slightly larger image but this little Primrose turned out pretty sweet with the additional papers.
After having a very difficult January following some dental problems, numerous visits and" yikes!!!" moments in the dreaded "chair"...I felt the need for some soothing, sweet, and fairly simple get well or cheery cards to have in my stash.

And here is a close up of the Primrose:

This was actually pretty soothing to color...though I will need lots more practice, I opted for a tiny image this time and will try slightly bigger scale next time.
The paper is from Lily of the Valley and the Notecard dies are from Papertrey Ink.
Thanks so much for popping by...wishing you blessings on your day!
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Make it Monday~Masked Heart Wreath

Hi dear visiting friends! It's past time to show some stamping don't you think?...I needed a nudge after too much time off and becoming a bit lazy here! Over at Nichole's blog, Capture the Moment, this week's "Make it Monday" challenge by Melissa Philipps was to create a card using a masked heart negative and stamping around the outer perimeter with a variety of stamps and colors to form a heart wreath.
To begin, I watched her excellent video on the blog. Then I did a practice run on grid paper, using a variety of floral and a few twirls and swirls added in and experimented with colored inks. There is nothing that makes me happier than inks all across my desk...this was also very helpful in the final outcome.
Once I got started...I could not stop because I loved the outcome of the colors and floral I have two cards to share today. One is a little more to it in design, I used a scalloped border and some striped PTI designer paper. I also used the sentiments in the "Choose Joy" sets as those are some of my favorites! And my heart shape was huge so I needed something to fill it.

And here is a little bit simpler version using some special variegated pink ribbon bow:

I added sequins to both cards...which gives them just a touch of sparkle!
Thanks so much for your visit...and thanks to Melissa for such a fun technique that will get a lot of mileage from with the approach of one of my favorite holidays, Valentine's Day!!
Card Recipe:
Paper: PTI White Linen, Sweet Blush Pattern Pack
Ink: Pale Peony, Autumn Rose, Lavender Moon, Stormy Sea, Amethyst Allure, Hibiscus Burst, and Encore Ultimate Metallic
Stamps:  Embellished Elegance, Graceful Greetings, Choose Joy
Thank you for your visit, and I cherish each comment! Blessings on your day!
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Winter Doe in Golds

                                                        Winter Doe (Serendipity Stamps-Retired)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Papertrey Ink Songbirds

Howdy there! I am spending a few days with our daughters and a friend relaxing at our mountain condo. Just before Christmas I took a Craftsy class with Laura Bassen on adding texture to your cards. I used Papertrey Ink's Songbirds stamp to create these. The first one I was just experimenting with the stamp and used the sentiment banner to create a thank you note.
The second one was created after taking the class which gave me some new to me ideas. I love doing online classes because it is go at your own pace, and you are given a glimpse into the instructor's creative process. It also helps me to use supplies like vellum paper, designer paper and diecuts. I was so tickled with second card as it wasn't an outcome I would have had on my own.
Thanks so much for your visit. Blessings on your day!
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Power Poppy Wreaths

Hi there friends! I have a couple more Christmas cards to share before the year is over. This one features Power Poppy's stamp, "Wreaths Plain and Fancy." I wanted to venture out to blues and golds for this long and skinny card. The gold is a glittery  cardstock and the blue is a natural fiber paper. I decided this year to use my pretties that I  store up year round, and to give away as many of my cards as I possibly could.
Speaking of, my kind husband did the annual post office trip for me. I had ordered some white padded envelopes in bulk online. They were just slightly larger than an A 2 card. He brought one envelope back with a variety of stamps totaling around 2.75 because it did not have the correct zip code. He told me they were all charged that much postage.
Which means I was very irritated...and I'll have to work harder at flat cards for mailing unless it's a birthday, I couldn't believe that was how much itcost...especially after spending so much time on a card and purchasing the envelopes and then the trip to the mailbox.
However, I Do like this card and hope the recipient did as well. Thanks for popping in.
I am see now why stampers resort to one layer cards.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Power and Spark~Sweet Treats Challenge!

Oh, I was really hoping I could find time to participate in this month's Power and Spark Challenge hosted by the talented Christine, "Sweet Treats!"
It's the morning after Christmas and I wanted to share a card "from the heart," when I was feeling quite nostalgic about Santa and the letters our girls would write, even though for the most part, they knew it was "pretend." I wanted to write my own letter...and I was short, obviously...written on some designer paper. I thought this would be a cute card to leave for Santa with his own treats on Christmas Eve. Thanks for popping in and hope you and your family had a very blessed Christmas!
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Holly Jolly Christmas

This card was a CASE from one of the Papertrey Ink's Design Team. I had to challenge myself a little bit to do the "Holly and Jolly" in different inks and could only accomplish this by splicing the stamp. I used a new to me ink, to mimic the vintage Jadeite so popular in glassware. These were all dies stamped in different colors to make this cute kitchen scene. Sometimes it is more challenging than it seems to stamp a simple card on white background. That's what I find, anyways. Sent this off to a very old friend whom I've lost contact with and hope to reconnect.
Thanks for stopping by, won't you have a cup of tea or cider?
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Little Miss Muff

I've always loved this retired Stampin' Up girl in her pretty fur muff. It reminds me of a white furry coat my Mother-in Law bought for our oldest daughter with the muff which she actually wore to preschool. She loves all things feminine.
So this is our oldest daughter's Christmas card this year. More snowflakes and pearls for corner embellishment. Pretty in pink and pearls!
The Joy! is Papertrey Ink stamp gold emossed on a white dot vellum. 
Gee, I wish I had a coat like that! It's so fun to create with these sweet images!
Thanks so much for your visit. We have fresh fallen snow outside, I need to find my muff and take a little stroll!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ho~Ho~Go!! Power Poppy Action Santa!

Hi friends...hope you're not feeling too frenzied or rushed right now. Every year I try to make a card for both of our daughters. Sometimes it is cute, or a fun shaker card, defininitely something a bit more special than the generic card.
When I saw the "Action Santa" Marcella Hawley designed for this year's Power Poppy Christmas release...I immediately thought of our youngest daughter who is always on the go and has wanted a Vespa scooter for awhile now. Not that we're getting her one...Ha! But she likes to get around...and boy does she! She has traveled  more countries than I ever will...and has spent 6 months in Singapore/China/Thailand and other areas with her career. And she has no fear. a Mom I say a lot of prayers on her behalf. I know God honors our prayers and I am so thankful I can lift up others to Christ when I am anxious or concerned and those I love are too far away to be of any help.
So isn't this the cutest?
This is Erin and her puppy, Walter taken last winter. He is too big to carry now...but the sweetest large animal I have ever known. Besides my dog.
So my card is for her:
She likes plaid (as seen in her vest above.) So I thought this festive Christmas red plaid was a good backdrop...then a blue with embossed snowflakes, topped with the Santa image. A Spellbinders dainty snowflake in Shimmer white and a red sparklette are the embellishments.
Here's a little close-up of Santa:
I will admit, this took me a long time to color. I am not fast by any means...but I am getting better over the years and Power Poppy images are my favorite to color because of the exquisite detail and vintage feel to so many of the images.
Thank you so much for indulging me another card and hope you have a wonderful day!
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Not your Spring Chick-a-Dee~

We have regular visitors at our bird feeder and bath all season long...the sweet and chirpy Chickadees! This year I've noticed the bird bath freezing over and less and less visitors at the feeder which prompted me to ask for a heated bird bath for Christmas! Wouldn't that be fun to see the birds up close on our deck?
I was able to snap a photo of a chickadee  at our mountain condo last winter. A bit shadowed, it is hard to get a picture up close. They are a little bit shy.
I almost forgot about my card. I used a design very similar to my friend,  Grace Nyweing's , (at Th-inking-of-You, that she shared quite awhile ago...I had the same stamp (I think) and was inspired to use it in a Christmas card.
The image is colored in copic markers and I use a multiliner to add a bit of black to the eyes. The evergreen and pine cone are Spellbinder die cuts and a branch punch with diamond stickles added. I used a retired Stampin Up paper pack. A pretty double loop bow and my, this Chickadee is looking pretty festive. The sentiment is Papertrey Ink.
Thanks so much for your visit. I love hearing from you and knowing you were here. Wishing you blessings as you prepare your heart for Advent and this wonderful Christmas season anticipating the birth of our Lord and  Savior, Jesus! 

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas Card for Dad~Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

I love making Christmas cards. I do...and I probably spend too much time on it...but I like making miniature works of art, or if art doesn't least it's from the heart. But every year, I still make my annual trip to Hallmark and get a big beautiful card for my Dad as I know how much it means to him...and making a card never seems like it's enough.
But this year I was inspired by Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.
I haven't participated in this particular challenge before, but I do love the Simon Says Stamp store and am always inspired by their designers. The first image reminded me of a deer stamp I've had for a few years (now retired)...and the card grew from there. Even though it is very is from me to my Dad and I hope he will enjoy it.
The image was stamped on shimmery cream paper in Gold Encore ink which gives it such an ethereal dreamy effect. I had some Stampin Up paper pack with the music and lyrics from "Silent Night" which was used on the background. I added a scalloped note card background, offsetting the scallops (die from PTI), then added the Prima Poinsettia and some cream crochet lace. 
Thank you for looking and hope you were a bit inspired today! 
I am sharing this card on a wonderful blog, WordArtWednesday too! Blessings.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Card~Faith

Hi, visiting friends! Thanks for stopping in today. I am working on some simple card designs, and this one features a sweet stamped wreath and dove diecut both from Papertrey Ink with pretty designer paper. (REtired Basic Grey). I used a bit of gold thread behind the dove and attached with a glue dot and four Brass sticky dots which look like brads...which is so helpful for mailing. My sentiment is inside the card. Like so many others; I am attempting to use some of my collection of Christmas design paper. This was a good match to the wreath design. Blessings on your day!
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