Saturday, December 31, 2016

Paityn's Mini Album-Part 1

Hello everyone and Happy Last Day of 2016! This is the first post of several for this mini-album. Earlier this week, I got to spend the day with this cutie, my great-niece Hadley. She and I spent the day making a baby shower gift for her mother. Hadley is expecting her brand new baby sister in February, so we....

brought out all of Auntie Cindy's crafting supplies and haphazardly organized them on the kitchen table! Hadley spent time choosing beautiful papers to use with the albums while Auntie Cindy cut the cardboard for the mini-album. 

After the choices were narrowed down and organized, the pages were finalized. We were able to get a few of them decorated....

Front Cover--the back is from the same paper
Hadley added the names of her family for the first page....

Momma will always love this page...the handwriting of her 5 year-old
And together we chose accents and embellishments for two of the other pages. We didn't finish, but I have all of Hadley's papers and embellishments she chose in a project pouch so I can finish the project [alone...did I say that?]. I have until January 14th to finish everything, so I will have a few more posts. Of all of the creations I made this year...this one is my very favorite!

Fabulous darling....
What was your favorite project for 2016?
Mini-Album Recipe--and a quick word about my favorite companies:
Papertrey Ink's Mini Album and Tab Die set: I use scrap cardboard from cereal and pizza boxes to cut out the base for the pages. I use a corner punch to round two of the corners. Next, I cut out the papers, round the corners and adhere them to the cardboard base using my ATG tape gun. I used to paint regular glue or Mod Podge on the papers, but the wet glue would stretch the papers and I wound up cutting off the excess, then the edges were ragged, then I had to use Distress Inks to make them neat get the idea! Now, I'm really careful to get the glue tape close to the edges, and so far, this has worked very well.

I love, love Papertrey Ink. I have used this mini-album die and tab set so many times now I've lost count. Click on the mini-album in the word cloud on the right, and you'll see what I mean. I haven't posted half of the albums I've made with this set.

Cocoa Daisy: I like to subscribe to Cocoa Daisy for about 6 months at a time. They send such wonderful goodies each month. I have separate bins for all of the papers and a tub for all of the embellishments. As I work on projects, I reach for those goodies first. As they begin to dwindle down, I sign up for 6 more months! It saves a lot of time, and I am never disappointed in their kits!

In the next posts, I'll highlight a few more companies I shop with regularly and list their supplies as well.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge
Hello everyone! Happy day after Christmas! I hope the weather is good for you today. It seems Texas is having a heat-wave, but a little relief is headed our way. Regardless of the summer-time weather, I did enjoy a slower pace after all of the hustle-bustle of Christmas.

Blog hop inspiration
PTI's Inspiration Photo
Today's post is for Papertrey's December Blog Hop Challenge. Above is the inspiration photo. I decided to make a Birthday card using the customer appreciation "Celebrate Big" stamp set. I focused on the colors and the 'celebration' aspect of the inspiration photo. To add that 'wrapping paper' feel, I added a scrap piece of yellow polka-dot paper behind the sentiment. Then I popped up the sentiment to add a little interest.

I'm also entering Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, "It's Party Time!"  This challenge is running for two weeks, so there is still plenty of time to play!


What was your favorite thing to do today?? 
Card Recipe--All Papertrey Ink [unless noted]:
Inks: Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, and Raspberry Fizz [used for stamping & water coloring the panel].
Paper: Hawaiian Shores and watercolor paper
Stamps & Dies: Celebrate Big and clear embossing powder for the sentiment.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Last Christmas Card for 2016

Last card for 2016 with my own hand lettering
Hello everyone! Today's post is going to be quick because I woke up today and realized Christmas is less than a week away! I'm playing along with Color Throwdown #423. I needed to make a few last-minute Christmas cards, and I loved the color combo of red, hot pink and lime green. Perfect for Christmas!!
Color Throwdown #423--Barbara Anders
I borrowed my design from Barbara. I just love her design, and the black frame makes her flowers really stand out. Because I'm in a hurry today, I didn't add the embellishments she did, but I did try out my own brush lettering for my card. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you!!

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  PTI Painted Petals
Inks: Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy and Green Parakeet
Dies: Avery Elle Postage Stamp Die
Paper: PTI Hibiscus Burst
Pen: Tombow feud calligraphy pen

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Glitzy Birthday Card

Birthday card for a dear friend.

Hello everyone--happy one week before Christmas!! Today I'm making another winter birthday card. I think I've created more birthday cards this month than I have in a long while. I really didn't realize how many of my close friends and family members have December birthdays. For this card I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Create Along With Us and Little Tangles Challenge #75: Silver & Gold. My friend's birthday is close to the New Year so I thought the color combination of silver and gold was perfect!
My inspiration--Nichole Heady
I love the soft colors and layout Nichole used for her card. She simply scored around the card to create a focal panel. I also scored my white panel and layered it onto glitzy silver card stock. My card recipe and process is below. What color combinations do you like to use for winter birthday cards?

Gold embossing powder & silver marker detail

Card Recipe:
Stamps & Dies: PTI's Garden Grace
Flower Details:
  1. I stamped the leaves with Green Parakeet and Ripe Avocado. 
  2. I stamped the flower outlines with Versa Mark and embossed with Zing Gold Embossing powder. I used Pilot's Silver Marker to fill in the flower petals. I also used the Gold Marker to fill in gaps where the embossing powder wasn't strong. 
  3. I embossed the sentiment from the set with gold.
  4. I assembled the card using adhesive and only a little bit of foam tape behind the flowers as I plan to mail the card.
Create Along With Us challenge closes this evening, and there is still plenty of time to play along with Little Tangles. Thanks for stopping by!


#75 Silver & Gold

Saturday, December 17, 2016

What I've Been Up To

December 13th--Goodies for the Office Crew
Hello everyone and Merry almost Christmas!! This past week was my "Elf" week. It's usually the most hurried week of the year because all of the "I'll get this done today..." usually gets pushed off to "tomorrow...and tomorrow...and tomorrow." Then the week before school gets out....well, it's full speed ahead! Happily, I did get everything accomplished. Above are my goodie bags for the people I work with every day. I made ornaments using Papertrey Ink Shaker Shapes: Ornament die set.

Christmas Tradition: Banana Nut Bread for Pat's Crew

Banana Nut Breads...last of the paper pans! 
On the 14th, I began the process of making the annual Banana Nut Breads for Pat's employees. I used to make around 35 I'm down to 26! I have been searching and searching for a mini-loaf pan that will yield four to one batch of batter. I finally found it--Wilton has a four- compartment loaf pan that is the perfect size. I can say that although this seems last minute, I wait until two days prior to the party so the bread is fresh.Two days prior seems to work best so I can get them cooled, bagged, and tagged for the guys.

Link to the Tags for the Bags
Now, I'm off for a long-winter's nap. We are on our two-week break, but I do have a lot to catch up on, still. Just look at the lists! And they aren't even complete!!!

A woman's work is never finished.....
What are some things on your list this Holiday Season?  I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Embossed & Outlined Backgrounds

Make It Monday #269

Good evening everyone! We are bracing for a cold blast of winter here in Texas, but from the looks of my card, I must have sunny Florida on my mind or something like that! Today's card is an attempt at Betsy Veldman's beautiful card for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #269--Embossed & Outlined Backgrounds.
Make It Monday #269--Embossed & Outlined Backgrounds
As usual, I'm walking to the beat of a slightly different drummer today. Instead of embossing on a solid piece of card stock, I somehow had it in my mind that I would use white and blend the color of my background. In addition to that, I used watercolor paper and a Tombow watercolor marker #452 in contrast to the Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio. I believe I like the contrast...but I'm not entirely certain! Below you can see the embossing, the blended ink, and for the first outline, I used the watercolor marker as watercolor to outline the shapes. Then I went back and traced around all of the edges. Finally, I spritzed on some more water to soften the edges and dabbed the panel with papeer towels.

The Process
I added the sentiment and the panel to a card base using Hawaiian Shores card stock. I finished off the inside with more stamping, and I'm calling this card finished. I believe I may add one or two more touches to make it a little Christmassy and then will send this to my son and his girlfriend for Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by...and stay warm!!

Card Recipe [All are PTI products, unless noted]:
Stamps: Graceful Greetings, Painted Petals, Turning a New Leaf
Inks: Distress Cracked Pistachio, Tombow Marker #452, Hawaiian Shores
Paper: Aquarelle watercolor paper, Hawaiian Shores, White card stock 110#
Embossing Powder: Recollections Snow

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Happy New Year Birthday Card!

Happy Birthday Card: CTD 421
Happy Sunday evening everyone! Today's post is a quick one for Color Throwdown #421. I've been spending the weekend working on about 30 tags for my Christmas gifts, so this card was a happy break from all of the Holiday flurry! My sweet daughter-in-law-to-be will celebrate her Birthday on New Year's Eve. I was angst about what type of card I would make...would it be New Year's themed...Christmassy...or would it be a regular Birthday card??? Happily, Color Throwdown came to the rescue! This week's colors are purple, green, aqua, and black.
Color Throwdown #421 
I'll be honest, I'm not a purple person, but I do love green and aqua. In fact, I love this color combination! So I went to work right away using Distress inks, Aquarelle watercolor paper, and PTI split sentiment die. I've been feeling guilty lately spending so much money on card-making supplies and only using them once. So I broke that worry by incorporating some old and new dies for this challenge.  The 'happy' sentiment is a recent purchase from Simon Says Stamps: Avery Elle, Simply Said Happy. I cannot tell you how many times I've looked for a 'happy' die in my stash only to come up empty!
Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord, & Cracked Pistachio
Here is a photo of the inks I used. Also, for the water color, I moistened the watercolor paper with a 1" wide flat wash brush. Then I just swiped the colors onto the paper and dried it with my heat gun. When I thought I was finished, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins for a glitzy finish! The sentiment 'happy' is cut from glittery black cardstock for a New Year's Eve card that is sure to please!  By the way, this is post 100!  I appreciate you stopping by and leaving your sweet comments!!
Wide brush watercolor with 1" flat wash

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Gift Tags
Hello everyone, and happy almost Christmas! I am finally getting around to some much-needed crafting! Today, I'm playing along with two challenges: Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #268 and Tag You're It Challenge #61. Both challenges offer a lot of inspiration.

This week's Make It Monday, Dawn McVey challenges us to double up on tags for a layered effect. I love that her tags have a masculine feel because I need to make around 30 tags to go along with my annual banana nut bread loaves I bake for my husband's employees. All of his employees, except the secretary, are male. Because of that I like to design something that is festive, yet toned down a little.
MIM #268--Double Layer Tags by Dawn McVey

I was also inspired by Tag You're It Challenge #61. Loll Thompson created a lovely tag with a winter scene. The design team followed suit with lots of snow, trees and blue backgrounds. I do not have any winter scene dies or stamps, but I do have a ton of blue paper!
Tag You're It Inspiration by Loll Thompson
While I like my original tag, I realized that the mini-loaves that I bake will be hidden by the first tag I created! So I dialed it back a little and was able to create several styles of tags and use up a lot of my scraps and odds and ends. All in all a very productive day! See below for the process and samples of my final product. Thanks for stopping by!

Using those scraps!!

Tags for the Guys!
Tag Recipe [All products are PTI unless noted]

Stamps: Tag It's #9, 2011 Holiday Tags
Dies: Minute to Make it Holiday Tags, Limitless Layers-Round, Sketched Shapes die, ART-C Enjoy the Journey, MFT Stitched Rectangles Die
Inks: New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy
Papers: Text Style Argyle Socks, Text Style Christmas Prints, My Mind's Eye Traveler, scraps in my stash
Embellishments: Baker's Twine and washi tape

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Painted Petals Anniversary Stamp Set

Lasting Hearts Card Drive
Happy Sunday everyone! This is one day I wish I could rewind and start again. I don't want to do anything over...I would just like to have a little more time before heading back to work tomorrow! What a cool invention that would be!

Today's card is inspired by Melissa Phillips. Her card is amazing, and while I really needed to make Christmas cards and tags today, I wanted to play around with one of my latest purchases. I love how she arranged her flowers in a free-form style and used a lot of different colors. Her sentiment on vellum is so soft and beautiful. I wanted to do the same, but decided to keep my card one layer instead. She also has a strip of patterned paper, which adds a lovely contrast. For my card, I chose to emboss the edges using PTI's Stitched Rectangle Die.
Melissa Phillips: LilyBean Paperie
Painted Petals is Papertrey Ink's 2016 Anniversary set. I've always wanted to purchase an anniversary set, but I always forgot and spent my points instead. This year I stayed focused and was finally able to purchase this set in September. I had a blast using this stamp set as you can see from my initial trial below. The layers are so easy to use, and the flowers turn out gorgeous whether the stamps are perfectly aligned or not.

Practicing Color Combos
I will make a set of 3 cards to send off to Lasting Hearts Card Drive. Click on the "Card Drives" tab above to learn more about this organization. For now, it's time to turn in...even though my once clean craft room is an utter mess again.  Thanks for stopping by!!

A few of the inks I used for my card

Friday, November 25, 2016

Papertrey November Blog Hop

Papertrey November Blog Hop
Happy Black Friday everyone! I am thrilled for those who are braving the crowds for me, I'm resting after a wonderful day with my family celebrating Thanksgiving. Another great reason to stay in today is to participate in Papertrey's November Blog Hop! This month's inspiration is below.

Blog hop inspiration

I was drawn to the flocked tree because it reminds me of snow...snow we rarely ever have in Central Texas. So, there you have it...I created a winter Birthday Card for my Niece's 30th...and this is just about all of the snow she'll see this year!!

Card Recipe:
  1. I die-cut the snowflake from What the Doodle Snowflakes set and embossed it with Recollections Glitz embossing powder.
  2. Next I used Stitched rectangles border to create a frame which was embossed with Glitz embossing powder as well.
  3. For the background, I used PTI Spring Rain card stock and Spring Rain dye ink to stamp a repeated snowflake pattern. I used a trio of the smallest What the Doodle Snowflake stamp set and stamped in a diagonal pattern.
  4. The 'happy' was cut from Avery Elle Simply Said Happy Die. I used Spring Rain and one of the snowflake stamps to stamp over the die. It added just the right amount of texture.
  5. Finally I added some jute twine to adhere the die-cut snowflake...which adds a little movement to the card.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

My mother and all of my great nieces and great nephews
On this Thanksgiving Day, I want to take a moment to give thanks for the many blessings in my are a few of them
  1. I'm thankful for my family...their care, compassion, and willingness to let me lean on them
  2. I'm thankful for having the opportunity to have role models in my life. Many of them are no longer with me on Earth, but are kept deep within my heart
  3. My dear husband and all of his love and support
  4. Our Heavenly Father, and
  5. I'm thankful for each of you who take a moment out of your busy schedule to take a look at my craft and read my posts.
Thanks for stopping by, and let me know what you are thankful for!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CASology #225--Soft!

CASology--Week 225: Soft
Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone! I hope your Holiday plans are faring well. My house is clean and ready for tomorrow, and luckily for me, my guests are bringing the feast! I only have a few items to cook. I'll be cool, calm, and collected tomorrow. A first for me!

Enough of that...on to today's project. Today I'm participating in the CASology Week 225: Soft challenge. This is my first time for this particular challenge, and I do love their motto: "the creative study of all things clean & simple." I am the first to admit that I get caught up in making spectacular cards, that sometimes, using only a few products was all that was needed.

CASology sketch
For today's card, I used the "'Tis the Season" stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink. I love the simplicity of this stamp. It can be dressed to the nines or presented simply. I probably used more products than was necessary, but I can say that start to finish, I was able to produce four cards in less than an hour. If I were to go for a second round, I probably could double that!

Detail close up
Card Recipe:
  1. Using Soft Stone cardstock from PTI, I embossed the paper using the Diagonals coverplate, also from PTI, using my Big Shot.
  2. I added a thin line of silver ink along the left side and added shiny washi tape from Recollections.
  3. For the focal point, I heat-embossed the sentiment using silver embossing powder from Ranger.
  4. Then I smushed, Mowed Lawn, Fossilized Amber [Distress Ink], Green Parakeet, Raspberry Fizz and Berry Sorbet [PTI] onto a stamp block. 
  5. Using an aqua brush, I colored the leaves, berries, and candles. I added an accent of watercolor along the top and bottom of the sentiment for added emphasis.
  6. Finally I used Stormy Sea to stamp the sentiment. The focal point was mounted onto white card stock, and wallah...four more cards for Christmas accomplished!
This process went really fast, and the results are so nice! I love the inspiration from CASology this week. There is still plenty of time to play along!

Happy Thanksgiving...and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Christmas Card: MIM #267

Make It Monday #267

Happy Sunday everyone!! Here is a super quick post for my 'assembly line' Christmas Card for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #267. I haven't finished them all, just yet, but I do know that I will most likely send these out for my main Christmas Card this year.

I had a lot of fun making this card because used my neglected watercolors and worked very hard to make a 'mottled' background for the sentiment. I used coffee grounds to create a watercolor resist and used some of my gold and blue glimmer mist sprays to add more splatters. I used a similar technique for the holly leaves.

Watercolor resist w/coffee grounds.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Watercolor background
Spellbinders circle die
PTI: Shaped Sayings-Christmas & Coverplate-Diagonals
Luxe Gold self-adhesive paper
Christmas Red Stickles

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Caring Hearts Card Drive #2

Caring Hearts Card Drive
Happy Sunday everyone! Here is a quick post before heading off to church today. Above is my second Christmas Card for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. I wanted to design something that was more clean and simple for the male residents at the nursing home. I was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #261 design challenge.

Freshly Made Sketches #261

For my card, I am still challenging myself to use bits of scraps I have laying around. I had a few pre-made card bases that I wanted to use, plus I have a ton of white card stock scraps laying around. For the strip across the card I used a Recollections washi tape. I love that it has circles to mimic PTI's Bitty Dot Navy paper I used for the focal point. Instead of including a mat, I used fun foam to pop up the focal point.

The snowflakes and "on Earth" sentiment are embossed with white embossing powder. The "peace" sentiment is cut from white card stock and embossed with glitz embossing powder. Now that I have my design, I will make 11 more for a total of 24 cards for the drive.  Below is the list of supplies. Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: PTI's What the Doodle Snowflakes & Wonderful Words: Holiday
Embossing: Recollections Snow & Glitz
Paper: basic white card stock and Bitty Dot, Navy card stock from PTI
Embellishment: Silver washi tape by Recollections