One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

PTI July Blog Hop

Good morning friends!
I have a card here for the PTI July Blog Hop.
You can check out the details at Nichole's blog HERE.
Here is the inspiration piece:
Blog Hop Inspiration 
I made my own stencil using the dies from "Topics", I sponged on a little spring rain, then lightly stamped the second layer on the leaves using aqua mist ink...I did this for the background.
I die cut the new Mix & Mat:Postage die and rubbed on a little liquid leaf (classic gold) around the edge.  I white embossed my sentiment from Pen & Ink then sponged on a little bit of gray ink over the top.  My flower and buds are from Especially You cut from watercolor paper and colored with Zigs.
That is it...have a great day everyone!


Heart Hugs, friends!



Friday, July 21, 2017

Colored pencils and flowers

Hello friends!
I have been out of the craft room and have missed you all!
My husband and I were in Arizona for 6 days and from there we went to Coeur d'Alene Idaho, my family's favorite vacation spot for another 10 days!
I brought my prisma colored pencils with me along with a few stamped images thinking I really needed to practice my pencil coloring.  I still need to practice my pencil coloring...LOL!
But I decided to make up a few cards with some of the coloring.  I was kind of itching to get back into my studio!!

 Clearly Besotted:  Friends Forever
MFT: Textile Background (diagonal)
colored with prisma pencils, outlined with Copics C1, C2, C3
 PTI: Beautiful butterflies (sentiment)

 Clearly Besotted:   Friends Forever
Stampendous: Encouraging words
MFT: Zig Zag stitched rectangle
Avery Elle:  Floral Bouquet
MFT: Peek a Boo Square window
 Clearly Besotted:  Sunshine Smiles
 Penny Black: All great Things
MFT Single stitched line rectangle frame
Clearly Besotted Sunshine smiles;
MFT: Peek A Boo Square window
PTI botanical silhouettes (sentiment)

I have a few more colored pieces, but that is it for now...getting my stash built up!
Hope you all are having a fabulous day and will have a fabulous weekend!

Heart Hugs, friends!



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Seize the Birthday! Red, White and Your choice!

Welcome friends!  I couldn't resist a patriotic birthday card since the challenge is so close to the 4th.. Seize the Birthday Challenge has a topping this time...you are to use RED and White and YOUR CHOICE of another color!
This is a PTI stamp and die set called Gifts of the Season.  I decided to use it as a birthday card, who wouldn't love to get a stack of gifts like this for your birthday!
I can certainly think of a few grandkids that would LOVE that many presents!
Check out the inspiration from the design team and play along with us!
And please welcome Lindsey who is our Guest Designer for the next two months!

Heart Hugs, friends!



Monday, July 3, 2017

MIM # 290 Combining Stenciling and Masking

I just had to get in one last card before I am gone for 16 days...family time...
I loved this MIM from Betsy, so quickly did this card (a couple of times...mess ups)  And wouldn't you know my re-positional tape ran out!
I used Fresh Bouquet and the sentiment from Beautiful Berries.
Ok, DH is wondering where I am...it is 11 PM and we have an early flight out...so off I go.
Thanks for stopping by...I will be missing for a couple of weeks!
Oh, and I made the background stencil myself by tearing the paper...I cut the paper to the card size, then marked iwth a pencil at the 3/4 inch line, using my fiskars paper cutter, I made two diagonal lines in opposite corners, then I simply tore the paper.  I did love the look of Betsy's new stencil that comes in the latest Make It Market Kit but I had to improvise!

Heart Hugs, friends!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

CAS Mix Up July Challenge + Just Us Girls Challenge

 Oh WOW, have you been to the CAS Mix Up July Challenge yet?
You better get over there and see the technique and very cool cards made by Bonnie, Loll and the rest of the design team.  As soon as I saw Loll's video showing how she even used embossing powder after painting on the tissue paper (yes, you heard me right, TISSUE PAPER!!) I knew I wanted it to be a water background with "white caps"  *wink * wink!
The above card was actually the second card I make, kind of learned from the first!
But both are birthday cards, the one below is for my granddaughter who turned 16 TODAY!!
The above card is for my SIL!
Ellie's favorite color is teal, so I colored with my zigs the whole girl and floatie!
It is hard to see in the picture, but I coated her bathing suit with glossy accent...you know because she just jumped on the floatie from the water and is all wet...also there are numerous water drops on her body and the floatie from drops of the glossy accents. In real life it looks very cool (IMHO!)
This was very fun friends!
I stamped, I used tissue paper and I water colored and fussy cut the image out
 (somehow I didn't purchase the die cuts, but it was a pretty simple one to cut by hand)!
I hope you will go check out the videos and play along.
And while you are at it, how about playing along with Just us Girls which is a Word Challenge and the word is "CELEBRATE" !  We are definitely celebrating the Sweet 16 birthday of Ellie!
Have a beautiful Sunday!!
stamps:  MFT:  Pure Innocence: Fun in the Sun, PTI: Make a Wish
Hero Art Dies:  Infinity Nesting Rectangle Dies (for the frame)
Distress inks salty ocean, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers





Thursday, June 29, 2017

Color Throwdown # 449

Hi friends!
Well 8th grade graduation is done and high school graduation is done and so is the party I had for my grandson who finished the high school years!  Now I can kick back and relax and enjoy the garden and clean patio...watch the hummers and the butterflies and the beautiful dragonflies zip around the yard! I need to get busy on some card making because I am going to be gone a lot this summer!
I will be home the third week in July but gone again until August 14...I will keep you posted on my whereabouts through FB if you are interested!
So this card is for the Color Throwdown Challenge.
 
I used watercolor paper and my zigs to color the flowers and leaves.  The little berry balls were actually colored with the orange distress ink pens.  My sentiment is from the PTI Pen & Ink.
Yes, my gingham (An MFT stamp from Textile Background) is brown, stamped with PTI chocolate brown as is the sentiment.  It does look a little black in the picture, but it isn't. 

Heart Hugs, friends!



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

MIM #289 Building Wreaths with Lizzie

Here is my card for the Make it Monday over at Capture the Moment where Lizzie is using the smaller flower and leaf stamps from sets to make your own wreath.
I pulled out about four sets, but actually only used two of them for my card.
And of course I had to use the new "To the Point Edgers" dies for my card.
this is Lizzie's card:
MIM 289 Thinking Of You Card 
stamps:  Forget me Not, Garden Gild, (Birds & Blooms for the "Hello")
inks:  hibiscus pink, green parakeet, bright buttercup, amethyst allure, blueberry sky
nuvo drops, liquid pearls
Forgot about my butterflies!  They are form Butterfly Dreams 

Thanks so much for stopping by...hope you all have a fabulous day!! 
Heart Hugs, friends!



Monday, June 26, 2017

Merry Monday #254 with a Moose or Two!

Our host this week for the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge is Lori and she is looking for a MOOSE on our Christmas cards!  I am giving her two!
I used the MFT Merry Christmoose stamp set and colored with copics.
Because I wanted two moose on the card facing each other (maybe a girl and boy moose?) I used a So Suzy Stamp to stamp the moose facing the original.
I think this turned out so cute!
This is our LAST Monday of Christmas cards until September 4th.  We are all taking a break to enjoy the summer and family vacations.  I hope you will be able to play along with us and we will see you in the gallery and be ready to jump back into making our Christmas cards in September!
It is so nice to pull out the box of cards all done and just address the envelopes and sign seal and deliver them!!  So go check out what the design team has made and see you in a couple of months!
 Please note that the Design Team will be taking July and August for a summer break and we will resume challenges September 4th. We are going to be running our 2nd Annual "Summer Christmas Link Up" during the summer so watch for that post July 3rd! Cheers!
 
Heart Hugs, friends!