Friday, July 31, 2020

Simply Sent with Love Slimline

Happy Fri-day to you! 
Another week gone by and this one moved a bit slowly for me. I've had a few outings this week and I've discovered that social interactions leave me pretty tired out because they are so rare during these quarantine days. 

Some quiet time in the craft room revived me! I went with clean and very simple for today's slim card, using the Pinkfresh Studio Slim-Braided Circles Die and the NBUS - Floral Circles Dies. 

The PTI Bitty Bg DSP showed them off real well. I added a sentiment from the Greetery (Sent with Love.) 

I love making these cards! Just so happens that a slim card is the sketch from Linda at

Hope this one brightens your day. Thanks so much for coming by! 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Sprinkled with Kindness

Hello crafty friends!
I'm a bit late in posting this week, but I am still finding time to pull out my new stamps. I've been having fun with the beautiful new florals and the Sprinkled with Kindness stamps from The Greetery. I love the combination of navy and pink and made two cards with that combo. 

I really love the flowers in the Budding Beauties Summer Stamp set, and they were so easy to create with the layering stamps. What's not to love about a peony, daisies and a hydrangea? 
I used navy for the watering can and used the Coastal Cup die as a backdrop on the first card, with fog card stock as the panel. Pink ribbon is the only embellishment needed. 

The second card features a pale gray watering can with pink peonies. I added a few Nuvo drops in white and a smattering of glimmer to the petals with Mini Cosmic Shimmer in Gilded Avocado. 

These florals are fresh and elegant. Sorry my photos aren't the best, we've had thunderstorms this evening. 
Hope you enjoyed the cards. Stay well! Thanks so much for your kind visit. 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Music Speaks

I have a quick card share for this Friday using the Music Speaks stamp set from Honey Bee stamps. Another NBUS! As is the paper from Honey Bee Back to Basics Pack. 
Dr B is my favorite guitar and music lover. He approved this message. I look forward to using the images of various musical instruments with others in our family. 

I also thought it would make great guy cards. I love that the dies cut out the sentiments too, as well as every tiny music note. I added three metallic jewels that's centers shine as blue IRL. 

I am playing along at NBUS (again) and 
Freshly Made Sketches. I made this very clean and simple. 

I've had a good break from my well loved florals this month because of playing with the new. Expect something flowery sweet and a bit delicate soon! Hope you have a wonderful day.

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

It's a HEAT wave

We are definitely in the throes of very hot days here, but I still am loving summer. Being out in the sun makes me want to celebrate! What better place to do that than the beach, right! 

I'm still on the beach theme and using fun brand-new-to-me stamps that illustrate summer fun. As soon as I saw the cute images of kids at the beach I loved the happy feeling and sense of movement in the Sandy Toes set (Waffleflower.) 

I stamped and Copic colored the images, then fussy cut them, enabling me to choose the ones I wanted to use and play with arranging them. The runner is popped up in order to stand out.

For the background I began with a page from the Modern Neutral paper pack (also from Waffleflower) that has patterns of suns rays subtly in gray. I gently ink blended with blues and yellow to create the scene, adding a few dotted images for sand. 

I love this paper pack and super cute kids. I was so tickled with how this card turned out that I just kept looking at it!

I will also share it at the challenges listed below. I hope you can find a way to put a little celebration of summer into your day! 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!


The Paper Players 

Time Out Challenges  Walking on the beach is one of my favorite peaceful pastimes. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

What I love: Techniques!

Welcome to my blog and a new week. We are in the midst of a heat spell, with a real feel temp today of 108. We got out very early on the lake this morning. It was beautiful and restorative to be on the water. 
Now I'm happy to stay inside and be COOL this afternoon!

I love a COOL technique and this one shared by Jennifer McGuire I just had to try! I made stripes using strips of colored card stock. By placing the stencil each new stripe is inked in a matching color until the stencil design is carried over the whole panel. 

It took some time to do this but I think the result is worth it! I didn't want to cover the stenciled background so I kept the images simple, using the SSS Beautiful Days stamp set. 

The papers and inks are from PTI. I punched some flowers and added Gloss Nuvo Drops in Apple Green.
The stencil is from MFT called "Funky Florals." 
Today is a new day, and I hope yours will be delightful! Thanks so much for your visit. 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Pretending to be Normal

Do you ever buy a stamp set just for one sentiment? Well, I hadn't until now. But this cute floppy-eared bunny pushed me over the edge. Of course, "Life's a Beach" is a fun thought especially if that is your last name, lol. Or even if it's not! It is the name of the stamp set from The Cat's Pajamas that found it's way to my home recently.

I assembled this card rather quickly after spending way too much time puttering around with a complicated but more "normal" design. I don't like that one well enough to share it, you know? 

But I love the way this cute and quirky card turned out. Hope you do too! I did a bit of paper piecing, a little loose Copic coloring and ink blended lightly with Distress Oxide ink in Speckled Egg, a new color for me. 
Shimmer pen helps the sand to sparkle and I added glossy accents to the bunny's nose.

I am playing along with three challenges!
NBUS (the stamp sets, Life's a Beach and Get Grounded (Ink Blot Shop.)

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today. I really have appreciated your kind comments! Hope you have a great day. 

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Skies are Blue

I just came down from the craft room to find Dr B coming in from the front yard - where it was raining, and proclaiming that in the back yard, it was sunny and dry! Now the skies are blue again. Just in time for my card! 

I am returning to my love of florals and the fun of the slim line shape for this card. Are you wondering what prompted me to pull this Look for the Rainbows (SSS) set from my stash? 

It was the theme at Time Out Challenges: Days Gone By. I wanted to use this quote that has been around a long time and I got to use the stamps that have been in my stash quite awhile too. It always feels good to find a reason to use what I have that's been neglected.

Coloring was done with Copics. I had the awful discovery that a couple of my Copic oranges were DRY. Just when I had decided to put myself on a spending freeze. Now the big decision, do I invest in a few reinkers or just buy a new marker? 

I am also playing at Just Us Girls who asked for a long and skinny card. To make mine, I used the Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Dies from Pinkfresh Studio. They have a great lineup over on the JUGS challenge.

I added sparkle with a shimmer pen, a few gold sequins and a bit of clear nuvo drops on the flower centers. 

Thanks for hanging out with me today!

Be yourself

     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!