Friday, November 17, 2017

Create Along With PTI - November 2017


Create Along With Us challenge at Papertrey Ink allows us to select a card one of the amazing Design Team Members has created during the November Release that inspired you.  We can then create our own version of their project...pretty awesome, eh!
It's a fabulous opportunity to CASE something made by one of these talented ladies and post it! 😊

There are so many lovely creations, it was hard to choose.   But this pretty card by  Laurie Schmidlin inspired me today as the one I would CASE. 
   
Laurie's card
Here is my take on this beauty is:


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Creative With Stamps




The Design Team for
 "Creative With Stamps"
has created another card to share with you 
Mid Month for our November Challenge~Thankful
You can check out the cards from my fabulous team mates and all of the entries from everyone so far  HERE.
You have until the end of November to enter our Challenge #19.
Hope you will join in the challenge, you can enter up to 3 cards and be eligible to win some great prizes from our Fabulous Sponsors.  


My Card ~

This thank you note is going out to a friend who hosted a 
girls-night-in for several peeps the other evening.  
The inside sentiment is  "For such a fun time"

The very sweet digital image "Cuddles in Red Wagon" is from our November Sponsor - Pattie's Creations  just click on the name to check out her fun digi's.

I used Distress Stains for the sky and the ground and colored Cuddles and the wagon with my Spectrum Noir markers.


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Be sure to read through the few "Rules/Guidelines" we have at CWS, post your cards and have FUN!   

Sunday, November 12, 2017

MIM #303

  MAKE IT MONDAY

Holiday Photo Card

 

Ashley is sharing about creating holiday photo cards and doing an update from the holiday card Make it Monday that she shared with us last year!  You can check out her beautiful family photos, sweet little Lauren and the video with three Holiday photo card ideas HERE.

The challenge (quoted from Nicole's Blog) is to:
~ Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and incorporating a photo.

Truth be told, I haven't sent photo Christmas cards in a number of years now, but I do like to add a photo of the recipient to cards for a birthday, anniversary or thinking of you note, so I hope this counts for the MIM Challenge this week ;-)


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The picture was taken here in FL close to Christmastime about 10 years ago.  YIKES, where did the time go!


My Card ~
I'm sending this note to my dear friend (on the right in photo) in Massachusetts who needs a little pick-me-up today.  
BTW, I need the new 'Little Lift Me Ups' stamp set.😊 

*The sentiment is from PTI's Spring Woods
*Butterflies are cut from the Butterfly Cover Plate
*The sweet flora PP is from DCWV "Pocket Blossom" 
*Square window die cut is from Nestabilities



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Dawn's Blog Hop

Many of you are familiar with the personal health struggles Dawn McVey has had over the past few years, and might have seen the recent news that she is now a proud small intestine transplant survivor. 
The community thought there would be no better way to honor Dawn and support her during her journey to recovery than to make a colorful, vibrant presentation of get well soon greetings. Dawn has always brought color and joy into our lives, and now we are able to do the same for her.
So here's to Dawn. May she find the strength on the hardest days. May she have peace through the recovery process. May she feel the love shining down on her from around the world.
If you would like to mail your creation to Dawn, you may use the address below.
Dawn McVey
Medstar Georgetown
3800 Reservoir Rd NW 
Washington, DC 20007
 
You can go to Nicole Heady's Blog and see all of the amazing creations the card-making-community all over the world is making in honor of this sweet girl who has graced so many lives with her positive attitude, creativity, artwork and uplifting blog posts over the years. 
Now it is our turn to show this awesome lady how much we love her beautiful spirit and gorgeous creations.  I am going to make a few more cards over the next few days using one of Dawn's own designer stamp sets from"Raspberry Suite"  which is one of the prettiest floral sets in my collection called Peonies on Parade.   
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Along with my card, I am sending healing thoughts and many prayers for Dawn's recovery and speedy release from the hospital!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

MIM #302

Make it Monday 

 Twine & Ribbon Wraps


Stephanie is up on MIM this week and shows us how to use twine and ribbon on our cards in a different way than just a regular knot and/or bow.  You can go HERE and see her video and beautiful card.

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My card ~
Stamps/Dies/Embossing Plate:  Nesting; Fall Elegance 

I love this sweet "Nesting" stamp/die set and using my Misti is a great tool for stamping the images on the small die cuts.    I don't have a wreath that would look good for this technique, but I wrapped some pink twine around the edge of my circle window and the edge of my card to add texture like Stephanie suggests.  πŸ˜€

Creative With Stamps







On the first of each month there's a new challenge at   
Creative With Stamps.  For the month of November we are looking for stamped THANKFUL images on your card creations to be entered on our Challenge Blog HERE.  Stop by and check out the creations from my very talented Team Mates and leave them some blog-love ;-)

 
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You have until the end of November to enter our Challenge #20.
You can enter up to 3 cards and be eligible to win some great prizes from our Fabulous Sponsors.  
Just be sure to read through the few "Rules" and have FUN!   






Sunday, October 29, 2017

MIM #301

MAKE IT MONDAY

Matting With Glitter

 

Lizzie is up on MIM this week and shows us how to easily add glitter mats to our projects.  You can watch her video HERE.   This is the perfect challenge to begin creating holiday cards and projects if you are like me and haven't really started yet! 

 Well, I made a card, but I cannot tell you how many things are wrong with this one! Several of which I will re-do/fix before sending this out...cause you know I can't just trash my cards :-{

To begin with, my Photo Editing program is not working~which is the reason for the terrible photo. Then there is the 'shadow' stamping on the sentiment; the watercoloring waving up the card stock; cutting the panel too much on one side... And, don't get me started on the glitter EVERYWHERE in my craft-room and on me!

 
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PTI Blog Hop-October 2017


It's time for the October Blog Hop over at PTI 
~ go HERE to check it out!  

How can you not be inspired to create when you take a  look at these beautiful artworks Nicole found for us.  You can choose the colors from some of the layouts, try a new technique for creating backgrounds.

"You are only limited by 
your own imagination"
~Benny Bellamacina 




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I actually went on line to see this Artist's work because I was not  familiar with him.  I was more inspired by Nicole's photo to create a watercolor background for my Beautiful Butterflies and Swoosh Hello after checking him out. 😊




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MIM #300

 MAKE IT MONDAY

Build-a-Wreath

 

Wow!  This will be the 300th Make It Monday video and challenge!   You can watch Melissa Phillips share her tips for how to create your own paper crafted wreaths in this video HERE.  
Her beautiful style is demonstrated with three lovely cards.



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My Card ended up with a few too many embellishments~I think I got carried away watching Melissa who is really a genius at this technique  (I clearly need more practice ;-)

The wreath (Kraft CS) was made with two different size circle dies, embossed with woodgrain and a few Sizzix Scribbles die cuts (Red CS). 
The Banner die cut (Black CS) also by Sizzix is adhered to orange linen CS..  
Sentiment, Leaves and Pumpkins stamps are from PTI Fall Elegance which I fussy cut out are popped up with thick double sided tapes.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

MIM #299

MAKE IT MONDAY
Sentiment Windows

This week, Dawn McVey is up on MIM with a challenge to use a sentiment stamped on the inside of your card as part of the design on the card front, by utilizing a die cut window! 
Love everything Dawn does~she is such a creative and talented lady!   
You can go HERE to check out her AMAZING art work and video then link up your card.

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I turned my Spring Woods stamp/die set into a "winter woods" scene for this Christmas card. πŸ˜‰
The panel on top is embossed with a folder of snowflakes from Sissix.  
Inside sentiment is Hero Arts
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Creative With Stamps




The Design Team for
 "Creative With Stamps"
has created another card to share with you 
Mid Month for our October Challenge~Shoes

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My card~
I stamped the shoes a few times, then colored them in all the colors I would buy :-) there is Wink of Stella brushed on the shoes to give them some razzle dazzle.  
The sentiment is framed with a Spellbinder Nestabilities Frame that I embossed onto the panel of cardstock instead of die cutting it and the pretty paper behind the white panel is embossed with a sparkle design also.   

You can check out the cards from my fabulous team mates and all of the entries from everyone so far  HERE.
You have until the end of October to enter our Challenge #19.
Hope you will join in, you can enter up to 3 cards and be eligible to win some great prizes from our Fabulous Sponsors.  
Just be sure to read through the few "Rules/Guidelines" and have FUN!  

Friday, October 6, 2017

MIM #298

 MAKE IT MONDAY

Faux Epoxy Embellishments

Betsy Veldman is up on MIM this week with a tutorial for creating your own faux epoxy embellishments using die-cuts and clear embossing powder.  You can view her video HERE.


Sorry, I'm having computer issues and could not photo edit my picture.  The song birds are my faux epoxy embellishments and they are perched on tree limbs from a Darice Embossing folder not just floating in mid air as they appear to be.πŸ˜•  The snow flakes are sparkly and really pretty IRL.
Oh, and another "problem" with this card, my Ranger embossing ink pad seems to have disintegrated, so those bumpy colored splotches were not intentional...
 I'm going with~they are "textured" epoxy embellishments!

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Creative With Stamps/NBUS #12


Oh my!  It is October 1st!   Hope you are ready for the cooler crisp temperatures of Fall.  Well, ready or not, it's here peeps!
  Also on the first of each month there's a new challenge at   
Creative With Stamps!  For the month of October we are looking for stamped Shoes on your card creations to be entered on our Challenge Blog  HERE.

 
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I am also entering this card in Darnell's NBUS challenge #12
HERE.
* I have never used these shoe stamps which came in a set of 360 Stamps from a company called "See D's" in 2005...YIKES!
This set covers just about every card-giving-occasion stamp imaginable. I'm not sure I have even used a fifth of these stamps yet(gasp)  Sooo, I am sure there is enough NBUS in just this set to join in Darnell's challenges for many more years to come 😏
They came with plastic CD-like cases and a holder to keep the cases with stamps in it, which I keep on my craft room desk~so you see, there really is no good excuse not to use these stamps. 
* The flowers embossed on the side is an old  Cuttlebug border EF, also NBUS (or at least I don't remember using it in the last 5-6 years).
Thank you, again Darnell for the fun and kick in the pants to use my NBUS!

 *If my card is a lucky winner, I would love a GC 
or the PTI Holiday Greens stamp/die set 
   But, truth be told, any of the giveaways would be FABULOUS to win!




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

NBUS Challenge #12


This is another card for Darnell's challenge.  You can find a whole lotta inspiration to use some of your new or neglected stamp/craft supplies HEREDarnell always gets a great number of folks to post their cards and she participates with a onefer, twofer or threefer herself each day for added fun and mojo!
The Playhouse is also a great place to visit so you don't feel totally alone atop your own personal Mt. NBUS! 😏

I've had this pretty Daisy stamp-set from Stampendous for a couple of years and was messing around trying to perfect my water-coloring skills. After watching a few artists on You Tube videos, I pulled out my  Prismacolor Premier Watercolor pencils (at least 3/4 of the box is NBUS) and this card is the result. 
Okay...no judging pleeeze!  

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NBUS: 
1.  140# Watercolor Paper (love the heavy weight)
2.  "Daisy Thanks" stamp
3.   Prismacolor pencils~can't remember when I used them,  if everπŸ˜•


 *If my card is a lucky winner, I would love a GC 
or 
   the PTI Holiday Greens stamp/die set 
But, truth be told, any of the giveaways would be FABULOUS to win!
 

Monday, September 25, 2017

NBUS Challenge #12

Holy Moly!  I can't believe Darnell has been hosting her NBUS challenges for four years now!  She is on Challenge #12 and I believe I had entries for just about all of them~and I must admit, have not even put a dent in Mt. NBUS here in my craft room.

Go HERE to read her guidlines, head to your NBUS pile of craft goodies, enter and Whallah--Bing Bang Done!  
She is also so generously giving out a bunch of amazing *gifties.

Darnell has such a fun Blog, you won't want to leave the Playhouse.
But, you should leave and get out of her way so she can create and inspire us again tomorrow!  :-)


My Card ~ 
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NBUS used:
1. The strippy green embossed paper (grass) from a 12X12 pad by Craft Smith
2. The matching color (blue + orange) bling on the bicycle spokes

3. That cute kite from a pack bought at Michael's years ago. Apparently I had to have these adorable patterned paper kites in different colors ... I have 2 packages. LOL
 4. Those Bicycle dies from Impression Obsession haven't been used in quite some time AND definitely not in blue or orange. :-) 

 *If my card is a lucky winner, I would love a GC
   or 
   the PTI Holiday Greens stamp/die set 
But, truth be told, any of the giveaways would be FABULOUS to win!

You are so sweet to host these challenges, Darnell~it's a lotta work, THANK YOUHOOO!

 

PTI Blog Hop-September 2017


It's time for the September 25th Blog Hop over at PTI ~ go HERE to check it out!  
How can you not be inspired to create when you take a  look at this beautiful photo Nicole found for us.

PTI Blog Hop Inspiration photo


My Card ~
I finally inked up the beautiful Spring Woods stamp set.  
Sadly, I need to use this for a Sympathy card.
 
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

MIM #297

 MAKE IT MONDAY

Mixing Florals

This week, Dawn is up on  Make It Monday  mixing things up with images from multiple floral stamp sets.  Check out her MIM video, to see her beautiful card and her tips on how to achieve a cohesive look when using images from different stamp sets.

 

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I just love Dawn's sense of color and design, so it's always fun to 'try' (the operative word here Peeps) to emulate  her gorgeous card designs πŸ’— 

The Florals I used are from PTI's Rosie Posie, Peonies on Parade, Tulip Time sets. Stampin' Up's vintage 1997 eucalyptus plant stamp that I picked up in a thrift store.

I really like how this came together but haven't put an occasion to it yet ~ it has several possibilities in my mind. 😊

 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card #15:
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Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 14:

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Sentiments from Sweet 'n Sassy and Sugar Pea Designs stampsets.
Stack o cups 3-D sticker from The Dollar Tree.
PP from Pebbles 6X6 pad Halloween "Thirty One". 
Glittery foam leaves from my stash.
 


Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card #13:

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This is an image I colored from my Vintage Charm Coloring Book. 
It looks like a lace lined shelf in my Grandma's kitchen.  
The leaves in the background are wallpaper ;-)

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card #12:

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Paper Smooches 'Chubby Chums' enjoying Pumpkin Lattes together :-)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card #11
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My Card ~
This wreath (Spellbinders) looks a little too heavy with the To-Go cups (Memory Box) so I may have to adjust it a bit before sending it out with a Starbucks gift card tucked inside (?)
Wink of Stella is brushed onto the Martha Steward punched Rose Leaves.
The 'Grid' embossing folder is Spellbinders.
Sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy's 'Cocoa's Latte' stampset

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card #10:

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My little monsters are Trick Or Treating for Pumpkin Lattes  πŸ˜‹

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 9:
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My card ~ 

This time I used my Grandpa's Glass: Cup of Love die by Jillian Vance Design as an embossed image instead of die cutting it. This technique is very cool, thank you, Amy for reminding me to use it ;-)  
The Orange paper is Embossed Brights from Craft Smith.
Sunflowers are 3-D stickers from The Dollar Tree.
Background patterned paper is from G.C.D. 12X12 papers: Loverly collection.

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 8:

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 Swipes of Tim Holtz Distress Stain on my white panel are the background for my outlined Maple leaf.  Sentiment is from Uniko's "I Love Tea" stampset and the colorful cups are from a sheet of coffee/tea stickers I picked up at The Dollar Tree a few CBLH's  back 😁



Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 7:

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Fall '17

Card 6:

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My card ~
I stamped my fave Maple Leaf stamp from Michael's several times and washed over each with Tim Holtz Distress Stains. The Circle window is from Spellbinders. Fussy cut the Tim Holtz 'Coffee Time' to go cup and added some orange cord and wood veneer leaf also from Michael's.

Coffee LoversBlog Hop-Fall '17

Card 5:
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Oh what fun coloring this free digi image is!  You can download yours from Craftin Desert Divas, one of the awesome Super Sponsors!  You will want to check out the DT's fabulous cards there.
This owlie is so sweet but I clearly need practice using my Alcohol markers, so maybe I will make a few more cards using this cutie ;-)
 
Note: The tea cup border stamp I used on my last card (#572)for the CLBH is from a 1996 Stampin Up  set "Best Borders"