Thursday, January 16, 2020

Everything About You

Hello, wishing you well today! 
I'm winding up my week with a card inspired by many prompts. The cute winter scene fits right in with a change in our weather and gets me in the mood to think about Valentine's day. 

I love pulling out my older sets to use and Merry Kisses became mine two years ago. I just love coloring this furry couple snuggling in a shared scarf. 

Here are the Copics I used: C00, C1, RV 09, 14, and 52; V 01, 06, and 15; Y 17, 35, and 38; YR 16, 18, and 68; and E7. I did some masking and sponged the background with Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Inks. 

I added highlights and shimmer with a gel pen and WOS. Curving the sentiment and adding die cut hearts complete the embellishments. 
These challenges suggested using a winter scene: Fusion and Retro Rubber. I'm also playing with Freshly Made who gave this wonderful sketch. 
Thanks so much for taking a look today. Have a great weekend! I'll be back mid-week next week. See you then!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft
          Make something beautiful!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Roses are Red

Hello, friends! 
Roses are red, Razzleberry is a rich purple. Add olive green and you've got the colors of today's thank you card! 

I only knew that I wanted to use layered dies for the sentiment, and the quilted stencil (FranticStampers). Putting it all together with the Rennie Rose stamps and dies from Altenew was really fun! Coloring was done with Copic markers and the Paper Players provided the combo. 

 I am so happy that you came by to visit. 
         Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft
          Make something beautiful!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Pine Branches Winter Birthday

Hello, friends! 
I have a hard time with masculine cards, but when it came time to make this one I knew I had supplies to make something special. For someone very special, our son. 

I'm sure by now you've realized that there are new stamping goodies in the house! I've been using the BotaniCuts Pine Bough Die (The Greetery) but I'm excited today to have added the Cozy Flannel Cover Die (Altenew). I love being able to create the look of a buffalo plaid so easily.

I began with card stock for the boughs and pine cone cuts and added sponged inks and colored pencil shading. The sentiment is from Uplifting Thoughts (SSS) and continues inside to say, " You are every bit of wonderful." 

I'm happy to have the layout from Cas(e) This Sketch to kick off my stamping.  My entry from last week was a CTS Honorable Mention!

Hope it's the beginning of a wonderful day for you and a great week. 
I appreciate your visit very much. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 

          Make something beautiful!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Elegant Winter Birthday

Happy Friday! I'm posting quickly as evening approaches. 
Do you ever have a card that just doesn't turn out the way you thought? And you're not sure if you like it? Or maybe it's the photo that doesn't turn out right? 

I answer yes to all three of those with today's card. I almost didn't post it. I thought I'd let you decide! 

One thing I'm sure of is that I need to use these gorgeous stamps again without the glitzy add-on. The Winter Sketches stamps (The Greetery) are beautiful when layered with inks. I wanted to use my new to me Rose Gold Powder (from Altenew) so I tried ending with the optional fifth layer for highlighting the branch and outlining the buds and embossing it.

I backed the black panel with Rose Gold foil paper. I rarely use black for my main panel but I love the affect when others do it, so I am giving it a try as well. 

The card layout is from the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge, and the inspiration photo from The Card Concept had lovely black and gold elements with shine that inspired my card. I'm classifying this as a Classy/Elegant card. 

That's it for me today! I hope you have a weekend that is wonderful in every way. Thanks so much for your kind words!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!
All dies and the stamps are from The Greetery. which has quickly become my favorite stamp company!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Snowy Day Joy

Hi there, glad you're here! 
I have an intention of making my cards for Christmas 2020 throughout the year. In addition to making them ahead of the time crunch, I want to finish the inside of every card as I make it. A big goal? Yes, one of many I've been making lately! 

This card all started with the Snowy Day Remix papers. I got a few sheets in a card kit years ago, and loved them so much I jumped at the chance to purchase a pack when they were released again recently. 

Using the sheet music paper required a sentiment having to do with a song. I got carried away from there and used the sketch provided by Christmas Card Throwdown.

and the lovely inspiration photo from Time Out Challenges

I love the tiny hearts on these papers! The Joy die cut has shine from red foil paper. The message on the inside reads, "May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with joy."
Also joining The Paper Players challenge. My something new: both stamp sets and die, and my first NEW card for my Christmas 2020 stash. 

The supplies are listed below. Enjoy your day!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:

Stamps: Hero Arts - Joy Stamp and Cut, Honey Bee - Miracle of Christmas (inside)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - red foil, Chocolate Chip, Lawn Fawn - Snowy Day Remix 6x6 pack
INK: Versamark
Accessories: White Embossing Powder; The Greetery - Fit to Be Tied  and Basic Sentiments Dies

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Pine Blossoms Just for You

Hello, I'm happy to greet you today.
I know that many card makers are ready to pull out the stops with spring colors and images. Just happens that I got so many new items for Christmas and winter that I still want to play with a bit longer. 

The Pine Blossoms set is just one of those beautiful bouquets that I think will be versatile for any season. I've been dreaming of stamping it out in many color combinations! 

For my first card with this set, I've featured the wintry hues of lavender and smoky blues. I decided the panel I had preciously watercolored with blue around the top and bottom edges would make a nice backdrop. The Nordic Frames Die adorns the edges of the panel, and the lilac card stock peeks out.

I love the "Just for You" sentiment that doesn't limit me to one occasion, giving me the option to decide before mailing.  

I thank you so much for coming by my blog today! I appreciate every one of your comments.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Pine Blossoms stamps and dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Watercolor Paper - The Master's Touch
INK: Distress Oxides - Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed; Altenew - Eastern Sky, Just Green, Rouge, Velvet, Wisteria, Hydrangea, and Ultraviolet
Accessories: The Greetery - Nordic Frames Die, Frosty Frames Stencil

Saturday, January 4, 2020


There are so many January birthdays in our family! I have most of those ready to go, so thought I'd get a head start on the cards for February. 

I've been wanting to give digital stamps a try, and I've bought a few so here is my first attempt. I printed out the pretty image, fussy cut it and colored it with Copics. I had a bit of trouble getting the size right, but it was easy enough that I think I'll try it again, although I really prefer ink and stamps. 

Here's a question for you. Is that coffee or tea in my cup, HA!

Inspired by the Color Throwdown and CAS(E) This sketch.

 I really rely on the challenges to get my creative mind back in gear! 

Its been a laid back Saturday and I'm loving it! Hope you are having a wonderful time where you are and thanks for spending some of it with me! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Birthday stamp set and dies; Digi image is from Graciellie Design Shop
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Chocolate Chip - SU, Lawn Fawn Snowy Day Remix Paper Pack
INK: Versamark
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangle Dies