Sunday, June 29, 2014

MIM #169


This is my last card for the MIM #169 Challenge.  You still have time to enter, so make sure you check out Danielle's video HERE You won't be disappointed, watching her genius at work...she is such a talented lady ~ be sure to check her Blog for an extra treat :-)

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Sorry that the colors of this card are so dark....they are much lighter and more pastel-y in real life, also it's a little difficult to see the "Thank You" sentiment under the vellum panel that is placed between the two strips of polka dot ribbon.

MIM #169-Vellum


Thank you Danielle for reminding me to use my much loved Vellum on my cards! 
I love the technique Danielle so beautifully demonstrates on this week's MIM. Of course, her card is oh-so-gorgeous and I can only aspire to be like Danielle when I grow up  :-)
 There are such creative ways to use vellum (one of my many hoarded craft supplies), so I decided to enter another card (or two) in this challenge.

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 The orange butterfly is stamped on the White card panel along with the two pink flutter-bys.  I die cut the orange shaped one out of vellum and adhered it on top lifting it's wings for dimension.

Friday, June 27, 2014

NBUS and MIM #169

Check out all the wonderful entries at 
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #1
 I am entering my card with Never Before Used "washi tape" and the sentiment "You Inspire Me" from PTI's Embellishments stamp set...which is probably not the best to try embossing with gold glitter powder on vellum :-o

And because I included a Vellum Overlay, I am also entering my card in
Make It Monday  #169 - Vellum Overlays Challenge

Check out Danielle's awesome video HERE
You will be amazed at her creative and beautiful cards and this technique will be one you use over and over again.  Plus, you still have time to play along!

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I am mailing this card to my friend Betty in MA,  who has finally finished her last round of chemo and hopefully getting her strength back. 

PS: Did you notice I was able to add the NBUS challenge button to my Blog side bar?  So proud of my non-techy self    ;-)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PTI Jun Blog Hop & MIM 169


Oh so much inspiration and so many fun elements in this colorful photo provided for the June Blog Hop ~ I wish I had more time to play tonight, but it is getting late and I am posting my last card...  Plus I need to get around to see all of the amazing cards everyone created! I may not get to comment on them all, but I sure am gonna try within the next couple of days to visit with everyone.  :-)

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I added a little vellum tag that I stamped with BIRTHDAY "wishes" so I am also entering my card in:
MIM #169~Vellum Overlays Challenge.

PTI-Jun Blog Hop and MIM #169



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Another card using a Color and Sketch Recipe for the PTI Blog Hop for June.

I am also entering this card in:
Vellum Overlay Challenge

PTI-Jun Blog Hop


I went with the color and sketch recipe on this card:

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PTI Jun Blog Hop


This month PTI provided us with an Inspirational Photo and Color & Sketch Recipe's ~ FUN!

My card picks up some of the wonderful color combinations in the Photo

Saturday, June 21, 2014

NBUS #1 and MIM #169

Here is another card for Darnell's NBUS challenge. You have another week to get in on the action over there. Well, there's the challenge .... and the fact that you really will love visiting this fun-loving lady. Her posts are sure to put a smile on your face and laughter in your heart!

I hope to figure out how to get this cute "challenge button" on my sidebar at some point

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* Giraffe and  Sweet sentiment  frorm PTI's "Sweet Baby" stamp set
* baby die  from PTI's Wonderful Words
* Hearts border punch from Fiscar ~ this is actually my 2nd Hearts punch that's never been used, my first one broke from overuse :(

This is the second Baby card I needed for a dear friend who is becoming a Grandma for the 3rd time and a Great Aunt for the 3rd time (DIL and Neice are due within 2 weeks of each other).
Also entering this card in  Make It Monday #169 challenge  ~
Combining Chalks and Stamps with Impression Plates

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NBUS - #1 and MIM #169

If you love card challenges half as much as I do, you need to head (no make that rush) on over to visit Darnell Knauss!
She has a Blog filled with wonderful humor and fabulous card creations, which is a treat by itself.  She has started a challenge site because her followers reached 500 (well 500+ now). 

Congratulations, Darnell, but I am not surprised at this number at all!  This LINK will take you to her NBUS Challenge #1. 
Oh, and while you are there, do take a tour of her amazing "Playhouse" which is sure to make your jaw drop.

I bet I could enter this contest 100 times with all the NBUS I own and can't seem to resist buying more every time I hit Michael's or Hobby Lobby or any store for that matter~can anyone relate?!?  However, her "rules" ask us to only enter 3 cards ~ but, Darnell  is constantly finding new challenges in Blogland that she's sharing with us, so maybe I can use up some schtuff that way.   ;-)

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PTI Lion Stamp from Sweet Baby stamp set
Fancy Pants Cork Arrow
Spellbinders 'Quilted Delight' Embossing Folder

I am also entering this card in:
         Make It Monday #169 
        Combining Chalk and Stamps with Impression Plates

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MIM- 169

Okay, I could not post my second card from the same Blog Post, so I am creating a second one for this card :-o
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MIM #169


This week Melissa is working her creative genius with a combo of chalk, stamps and impression plates ~ see her video HERE

Well, friends, this challenge is timed perfectly. In the very beginning of my crafty time, I used chalk as a medium for most of my cards and, while it is true, that I too have moved on to markers, colored pencils, paints and inks, I just happened to have my chalks out on my desk today!  I was making a special card for a friend who requested Hydrangea flowers and  I STILL love coloring my (very old) wood block flower stamps with ... yep, you guessed it ... chalks  :-)

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My Hydrangea stamp is not PTI and the small petals would not have shown through the chalked embossed chevron design, so I used Rosie Posie flowers on this card.
I am going to attempt posting another card to MIM #169. 
Wish me luck ~ if I have trouble with entering a second card, I'll add a separate post (like my so-not-techy-self always does :)  
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The chalk was applied heavier on this card and the butterfly really captures the embossed CS~which I think  is a cool effect.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

MIM 168


The butterflies are the most muddied up of the different stamps I tried with this technique.  But, I kinda like the water colored effect it created. Again, the inside photo colors are distorted :(
They are much more pastel IRL.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

MIM - 168


Note:  better card photo added below

First off, I need to apologize for the 'inside' photo, it is currently blowing up a storm outside! There are palm fronds flying out sideways from the tops of the trees around here. I hear thunder in the distant background, but if it lets up before dark, I'll take another pic ~The colors are much prettier IRL.

I stamped the Rosie Posies with Cape Cod blue ink and used the Baby Wipe ink pad on the leaves and Step 2 of the large Posie for this card

Edited to add a photo I just took ~ it is still overcast outside, but this photo is a tad better than the "inside" one above!
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The panel under the flowers is more of a sage green than the grey it looks like here, but all of the other colors are close to real life.

Monday, June 9, 2014

MIM #168


Ashley is up this week and her video demonstrates how to use baby wipes and re-inkers as a stamp pad. 

Okay, so I used a Rosie Posie stamp and die cut for this Baby Wipe Technique.  The flower is kinda tie die looking with the re-inkers, I inked the Step 2 part with solid color to define the image a bit more.  The Beautiful Butterfly image is a mistake :-o  
There was no way I was tossing the card as the butterfly was the last addition....and, think maybe I created a new (well, to me) technique :-)

I inadvertently inked the back of the butterfly into the baby wipe and ended up with a blob of colors
*  Turned the butterfly to the right side and inked it in solid blue 
*  Stamped over the blob 

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Sunday, June 8, 2014



Just one more little notebook before bed  ;-)
Of course it's an inside photo, so the colors are not as pretty as in real life.  I really like this flower in the PTI Rosie Posie set and use it quite a bit on my cards.  The inside papers are chartreuse, aqua, light grey and white ~ matching the cover.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

MIM - #167


Such pretty little gifts! You can see all of the amazing ideas posted this week on MIM.
Check out Erin's video here.  Of course, she makes everything look so easy.  

I used some smaller stamps from PTI's Beautiful Butterflies set 
and made a little tab out of washi tape for a closure on this one. 
I ran out of score tape a while back and didn't want to take the  time to run to my favorite craft store (45 minutes drive), so I used double sided tape to hold my colored (light-weight) computer papers in place and brought the back panel of cardstock paper up and around    :-)

Friday, June 6, 2014

MIM - 167


There are so many reasons to give a small gift to someone ~ 
don't you think?   What could be better than something homemade :-)
Check out Erin's video to see how easy these wonderful little notebooks are to make.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

MIM #167


Erin has a video up this week with a great little gifty project idea!
I love having these little note pads in my purse, so I thought I would try the DIY challenge HERE.

I think they came out good enough to add as "a little something extra" in the next gift bag I give   :-)

I masked off PTI's Rosie Posie bloom before inking the leaves on the cover of my notebook to create a little depth and dimension.