Friday, December 21, 2018

You're the BEST!

Hello everyone! 
I pulled out some spring flowers, inspired to play along with the Create Along With Us Challenge at PTI.  Made my card and alas, missed the chance to share it there. So I'm hopping in to share it as part of the Transformation Tuesday challenge. I hope it's OK with the challenge hosts to make a second card with the leftover part of a first card. It does transform the card layout! 
Here's the first card made with the PTI Seasonal Borders Spring stamps and dies, and Penned Elegance.

For the second card, I incorporated the die cut circle from the first card, and added a sentiment from Bold Basics. 

I used a new to me technique called Floating Die Cut Frames that Jennifer shared on her blog last week, find her great tutorial HERE

You can get an idea of how the die cut pieces fit together to make a raised panel on the card with the help of Press N Seal to lay it out. 

Keeping this short today but I must say it feels good to see bright spring colors and flowers here on the page! It's also good to have two encouragement cards ready to go.

Thanks so much for stopping in. Have a great day! I don't tell you often enough how much you encourage me. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas holiday. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Inks used : PTI - Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides and Simply Chartreuse. WPlus9 - Queen Bee.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Celebrate In Style

Hello everyone! 
I've been so caught up in Christmas preparations and events. Have really missed my crafting and regular posts. It's a busy time of year but I'm delighted to be able to stamp today as the featured guest stamper at CAS(E) this Sketch! I'm so honored to stamp again with this talented team of designers. 

I need a card to be on hand for a January guy birthday and I wanted to create a classy style. Choosing bold neutrals with gold gave me a great head start on a card that could also double as a New Year's greeting.

I'm way out of my comfort zone with two grays and black but they do look really good with lots of white and gold accents. 
Here's the sketch. 

You can find the challenge HERE and it will be in play for two weeks. Hope you will check out the wonderful projects and make your own to join in the fun! 
Thanks for your visit. Hope you have many good things to celebrate today.   

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: none
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - Basic Gray and Basic Black, WPlus9 - Fog, Gold Foil paper

Accessories: Sissix - Celebrate die, SU - Starblast Edgelit Die (retired) 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A message to my readers

Hello friends, 
I am just here to share a few thoughts with you today. Hope you don't mind if a card is missing in this post. 

Truth is, there's something I've been having difficulty with, and I'm sharing it in hopes that you will understand and maybe even know how to help me figure it out. 

A couple years ago, I thought I would stop blogging. I've been at this since 2007, after all. And I did "end" my blog at typepad with a fond farewell. 

I found that I just missed being part of the sharing and caring community of stampers.  A couple of months later I reopened my blog again and I've really loved sharing with you all here. 

Here's my problem: for some reason, I find myself UNABLE to leave comments at most of your blogs.

I don't know why this has happened but I've tried fixes that recommend clearing the cookies, clearing the cache, checking filters, reading of similar problems on the google forums etc. None of these have helped. For so many of you that leave comments on my blog, when I write a comment on yours it either disappears when I submit it, or I try to click on the photos to verify that I am not a robot and they just keep going on and on and on. 

I would really like to know if anyone has a good suggestion for how to fix this?  You can email me at (use the @ sign) if you have an idea to share. 

Sharing is what I love the most about blogging, and for so many of you, especially fellow fans of PTI, I am not able to reciprocate by leaving a comment on your blogs. 

Hope you understand and know that I am working on it! I really hope I can get this resolved. 

I've always been much more crazy about stamping and much less fond of techie stuff, lol! Hanging in there and wishing you a good day~

Friday, December 7, 2018

Let It Snow Take Two

I've always loved using one design as a jumping off point for another card.  A few days ago I made a card using the Let It Snow die. Once the supplies are out, it's easy to create two cards for one. 
Want to make it even more fun?  Add some brand new supplies that you just got in the mail!

Using the die for today's card, I kept it wrapped in red foil paper and used the same colors and DSP. I changed the layout, making a square card. The scene I created with the Fence Line:Winter stamps and dies, is framed with a circle that has white glitter paper peeking from behind the lattice cut outs. 

I'm playing along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

Also adding this to the Transformation Tuesday challenge at Papertrey Ink.
PTI products used: Fence Line Winter: Stamps set and dies, 
Shape Shifters Circle 4 Die, Christmas Cheer Dies, Merry Mug Stamp set and dies.

I'm so glad you came by to visit today. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Decked Out Dies

Hello friends! 
Well, the theme of decked out dies is a good one for Make it Monday. 

I must have had the deck the halls idea in mind as I created today's card, combining a rustic country feel with snowflakes and traditional colors. 

I've been wanting to use the Let It Snow die from PTI for awhile. It was fun covering it with read foil paper so it can shine against the background of snowflakes.  I used a designer paper (Echo Park) with a wood background for the main panel, then added two panels with a pattern of flakes over the wood. A few large die cut snowflakes and holly for flat mailing. Please notice - NO sequins, lol!
That's all for me today. Happy creating! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Reindeer

It's been awhile since I've posted but I have been busy.  Crafting has been happening sporadically in between lots of holiday preparations and family gatherings. 

We did however make time to boat on a warmer day this week, before putting the boat into storage. I don't want to ever miss a chance to be on the lake, you know? Others say we're CRA-ZY!!

Would you like to see my project? 

I'm in love with the Reindeer dies from Elizabeth Creations and featured them on my Christmas card. 

My background uses Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet blended to 
create a night sky. Using a stencil from the Make It Market Fairytale Christmas from PTI, I slicked on embossing paste and glitter to make pretty falling snowflakes.

Silver accents include the embossed sentiment, a skinny strip of silver foil paper along the top of the panel, 3 rhinestone gems and a silver chord adorning the deer's neck. 

I am pleased to have another card added to the stash. Hopefully I will be getting them addressed to mail soon! 

Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit today! Hope you are enjoying some crafty moments too! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!