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

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Caring Hearts Card Drive #1

Caring Hearts Card Drive
Happy Saturday everyone!! Today is a quick post about a card drive I learned about at Jennifer McGuire Ink's blog: Caring Hearts Card Drive. They are requesting Holiday themed cards to give to nursing home residents over the Holidays. They have a lot of neat prizes. They do request that cards be received by November 25th for distribution. Cards will be distributed across the United States and around the world.

I love this card drive because I am challenging myself to use a lot of my Christmas scraps I have left over from previous years. I don't want to use them again for friends and family, but I don't want to get rid of them either. I found this pretty patterned paper in my stash and decided to combine it with some solid card stock, sparkly red and gold-embossed vellum for the sentiment.

My goal is to make at least two more designs before packing everything up and shipping them off. So far, I have a dozen cards made. Thanks for stopping by!!