Friday, December 27, 2019

Saying Thanks with flowers

Hello, happy winter! I hope those of you who celebrate have had a wonderful Christmas. With the holiday a very busy time at our house, I took a break from blogging. I'm back with a floral thank you card in springy colors. 

With two new paper packs waiting to be used I was really happy to combine this pastel blue with a stamped panel I had sitting around.

I can't even remember details of how I stamped it, but I know that I used the Blooms Fill In stamps from Concord and 9th. I added details with colored pencils and some white Nuvo drops. 

I'm absolutely loving the new dies I got, made by Lawnfawn. HERE is the link. They have several sizes of rectangles with double lines of just stitching to accent a panel. 

I can't wait to get back into card making. It makes my days feel 'back to normal' whatever that means. Many thanks to my friends at Freshly Made Sketches for giving me a challenge to play along with! 

Warm hugs to you all who are the best encouragers out there. I appreciate you! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Warm Wishes

Hello everyone! I've been in the midst of holiday preparations and it's been a pleasant busyness. Fitting in some time in the craft room today was a great break. I had time to make this clean and simple card. 

It will be nice to have one in my stash that could be for any winter occasion. 
I pulled out the My Favorite Things Winter Warmth stamps and used DSP from Lawn Fawn. Both have been around for a long while. Even the sketch at CAS(E) This is a retro.  

Enjoy your day!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Sending Love at Christmas

Sharing quickly today in between errands. The day is speeding by! Hope you don't mind more Christmas cards as I'm still working on them through the end of this week. And maybe longer! Christmas is my very favorite time to stamp, and I'm trying to use many of the lovelies I've acquired for the season. 

A simple card that started with the Sketch at FMS this week. I had trouble visualizing this at first, but those gorgeous samples from the talented DT were a wonderful help. 

Featured is some great DSP (Stampin' Up! Wrapped in Plaid)  my older dies (retired from Impression Obsession,  and a sweet sentiment from The Greetery (embossed in white.)
That's it for me today! Sending hugs your way.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Happy Heart

In my kitchen hangs a sign that says, "Joyfulness is a happy heart."  And Scripture tells us that a happy heart is good medicine.  

Coloring this snowman yesterday was good medicine for me. I think he illustrates a happy heart with his cheery face and arms bursting with gifts, and that makes me smile! 

Here are just a few details. I colored using Copic markers, adding texture with the colorless blender and a white gel pen. Masking the snowman image, I blended Distress Oxide inks and added spatters of white paint. Lastly, the snowflakes were added with a stencil and glitter paste. 

What makes this card even more fun is the pop up interactive feature. The arms and gifts are a second layer assembled on a spring.

Playing along with the snowman fun at The Paper Players!

May your day be filled with Light and Love and a cheerful heart. All good gifts. Your visits are a gift to me, thank you! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Art Impressions Snowman Shaker stamp, The Greetery - Tree Trimmings
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black; Distress Oxide Inks - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Antique Linen
Accessories: Copic makers, The Greetery - Frosty Flakes Stencil

Monday, December 2, 2019

Greetings with Robins and Wren for Christmas

Welcome to a new week! And a new month, can you believe it's already December? I guess in states where you're having tremendous snowstorms, it's easier to believe, hope you're staying warm. 

I'm sharing a quick CASE with the Robin and Wren set from The Greetery today. It's no secret that I am a fan of Betsy Veldman's designs, so what better compliment than to case her card. (You will find hers HERE. Allow time to watch her three fabulous how to videos!) In case the term CASE is new to you as a verb - it means to copy a sample exactly. 

Instead of the gorgeous watercolor technique that Betsy used, I just lightly blended inks for the background and did some second generation stamping with the pine branches from With Love at Christmas. The sentiment is from the Tree Trimmings Stamp set. 

This card is sure to go to someone special. Thanks so much for your visit today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Holiday Greetings

We are still in the Thanksgiving holiday mode. We enjoyed the turkey leftovers and a more leisurely day today. 
Are you one who loves to hit the shops with all the mobs  bright and early on Black Friday? Or do you head out to get the tree or Christmas lights strung? 

I moseyed up to the craft room and made one more Christmas card. 

Super simple, but not quick! Even given the layout, there were just so many choices among the many new items from the Winter's Song Collection just waiting to be put together that it was hard to narrow it down. 

Here's the CAS(E) This Sketch

All the supplies used are from The Greetery:  Fit to be Tied Die, Inside and Out Berry Branch Die, Speed Tagging Christmas Prints Paper, and Sentiment Suite: Christmas Stamp set. 

That's all from me today, thanks so much for taking your time to visit.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tree Trimmings for Christmas

After my busy week of posting, I've missed a few days.
I've been busy with Thanksgiving preparations, but it feels so good to have time to wrap up the card I've been making and get it posted. The Tree Trimmings and Fir and Foliage 2 stamp sets from The Greetery worked so well together and I love the look! 

Stamping multiple layers for each tree was easy to line up using the Misti. I added the garlands after die cutting the trees, and embossed those in gold. The garland image has small stars, to which I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bright Gold. 
Isn't the die amazing? Another new item from The Greetery. I know this one is going to become a favorite. I backed the small panel with gold foil card stock that peeks through the delicate borders.

Happy to be playing along at The Paper Players sketch 

week, and the Just Add Ink Challenge. I chose stars and spots, but in the end there's some sparkle in there too.

Now it's time to get back to the tasks at hand. Wishing those in the USA a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Fir & Foliage 2, Basic Sentiments: Christmas, Tree Trimmings
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - Garden Green and DSP
INK: Altenew - Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Just Green; Versamark
Accessories: Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Gold embossing powder, The Greetery - Nordic Frames Die

Friday, November 22, 2019

Enchanted Forest Winter Landscape

   It's Friday and I thought I'd wrap up the week with my last card using the Enchanted Forest stamp set. I promise after posting so much with this set, that this card is the last one for awhile. You can tell I love it, can't you? 

It will be in my stash for a winter birthday or occasion card. 

After my cards using this set in clean colors and style, I wanted to try a sketchy artistic look for today's card. I love using ink to blend and splatter. Besides being fun you never know how it will end up looking! 

I began with a card base in Very Vanilla card stock. I used several shades of greens and brown to stamp the tree images. I love all the options there are for stamp layering the images and combining them.

The sentiment on the tag is from the With Love at Christmas set from The Greetery. All was sponged with Distress Oxide Ink and spattered with ink and white paint.
I may get too carried away with flicking ink. But I love how it looks! 

Do you have a fav of my cards with this set from this week's posts? I'd love to know!

Thanks so much for coming by today. I appreciate it and your kind comments mean so much. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Warmest Wishes with Enchanted Forest

Hello! I got out the Enchanted Forest stamp set, designed by Betsy Veldman for Papertrey Ink - and I have NOT been able to put it away.  I'm getting good use from it this year. I just love the versatility of this set. It has become one of my favorite stamp sets. 
Don't the trees look pretty done in a bright color palette? I think the non-traditional colors really highlight the whimsicality of the images.
Pink, purple and teal are my favorite non-traditional combo for the holidays. 

And of course I needed to add a pretty bow, a dainty frame and the shimmer of glitter to jazz it up just a little. 

Hope this makes you smile today and inspired your creativity! Thanks for visiting. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Holiday Cheer

Hello, it's Monday, here we go again! Ready for another week?  I can't believe our US Thanksgiving holiday is next week and on it's heels will come the fast slide into Christmas. 

I'm feeling more in the Christmas spirit now that I'm getting a few cards made. Today's card again features the Enchanted Forest stamp set (See it here on THIS post).

I really enjoyed inking up the whimsical trees in traditional colors. I used 5 different green inks, ha! The sentiments and dies are from The Greetery, called Basic Sentiment Suite: Christmas stamp set. I really love using the Sentiment Suite stamps that fit into the Sentiment Suite Basics Dies and each sentiment set covers a different theme or occasion.

I'm happy to be sharing today and wishing you a wonderful week! Thanks for spending your time here with me for a little while. I'll be sharing another card made with these stamps soon. I could not put this set away!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Enchanted Forest Christmas Wishes

It's rainy and cold here today. I'm cozy and Christmas card-making is now in full swing. Beginning with stamps I just loved last year but didn't get in time to use for Christmas, I used images from The Enchanted Forest set designed by Betsy Veldman.  

 I stamped the trees in shades of teal, apple green and purple and arranged them on a pinked edge die cut panel.
The snowflakes were stamped and I added glittered drops to the centers. I love this metallic paper but it doesn't show up well in the photo. Subtle beautiful shine and it is a lighter shade IRL.  

I'm using the gorgeous colors from the Color challenge at The Paper Players. Thanks so much for joining me today!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Enchanted Forest
Paper: Tim Holtz Metallic Papers
INK: Altenew - Sea Glass, Dusk, Ocean Waves, Wisteria; WPlus9 - Bloomberry, Limelights, Versamark
Accessories: PTI - Mix and Mat Pinked Edge die, Nuvo Glitter Drops - Blue Lagoon, White Embossing powder, silver cord, Wink of Stella shimmer pen

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Joy And Peace The Greetery

Good morning! 
I'm here with a Christmas card to share using the oh-so versatile and lovely With Love at Christmas set from The Greetery. 

Since yesterday I have found renewed energy to tackle my Christmas cards and a new plan.  I have a list of stamp sets to use, and quite a few sketches that I like. I'm not going to think about it too much, just go down the list. I've also decided to keep them more simple, like today's card. 

I've listed my supplies below. I am playing along at Freshly Made Sketches today. Kim has a wonderful sketch! Gold foil die cut leaves and glitter add bling without bulk. 

I've set aside the next couple of days and instead of waiting until afternoon when all my chores are done to craft, I am going to be stamping in my craft room first thing in the morning with my hot cup of tea. 

Thanks for your visit and encouragement!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - With Love at Christmas, Sentiment Suite: Christmas and the coordinating dies for these sets. 
Paper: Neenah Solar White, DSP is from PTI, SU - gold foil card stock 
INK: Altenew  - hunter Green, Just Green, Ruby Red, Grapevine, Caramel Toffee
Accessories: Ranger Rock Candy Distress Glitter

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tis the Season

It seems tis the season when I need more get well cards in my stash. Many ailments going round in my community of friends so I'd better be ready!

I created a simple card today using the Feel Better stamps and Die-namics from MFT and the sketch from CAS(E) This.

I loved the topsy turvy stripes so I chose striped paper and stamped images colored with Copics. 

Fortunately I am feeling very well. But my stamping mojo has been under the weather. I keep spending time in the craft room and coming out with nothing accomplished. Or having bits of images but none I feel inspired to make a card with. Lack of supplies is definitely NOT the problem, ha! I hoped a challenge and keeping it simple would help me beat the slump. 

It's the time of year when I usually have most of my Christmas cards done. So far I have made ONE. Hope I can kick in some constructive creativity soon! 

Thanks for listening. Anybody in the same boat with Christmas cards?  I sure enjoyed your visit today. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Sing Along for Christmas Mice

Good morning to my stamping friends! I hope you are having a glorious day so far. 
I'm jumping right in with a card made for the new Retro Rubber Challenge. The theme of Anything Goes leaves it wide open for you to play along and I hope you will! 

This adorable creature is part of the Merry Mice stamp set (SU!) that came out a few years ago. I got it two years ago and had not inked it up yet! I think critters are so cute but in my busy-ness creating the traditional and religious themes for Christmas cards that I send, the whimsical and cute images often get left out.

And this caroler is CU-Ute! Colored in Copics he's framed by a window, and surrounded by stenciled snow flurries on a blended background.

I love challenges that help me use or try something new.Thanks for taking a peek today. Hope you've been inspired! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Happy Mail With Love from The Greetery

Hi to my stamping friends! Hope your day is going well. I'm enjoying the sunshine and very cool temps we're having today by spending some time in the stamp studio. 

You know how every once in a while you begin with a small idea for a card and as you make it the process unfolds into a result you really like? That's what happened today. 

Betsy has done it again with her designs at The Greetery! With Love at Christmas stamps are designed for Christmas stationery. With a change of colors this set is perfect for any season. And who doesn't love happy mail? I adhered the little envie to the card front so that it can be removed and used again added to a gift bag or a lunchbox.  

I thank Color Throwdown for the great combo featured this week. Check out the fabulous DT samples as well!

I stamped with PTI inks and added details to the images with colored pencils and a white gel pen. Hope you have a great day, I am happy that you came by. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Vintage Birthday

Hi there! 
I wondered whether to title this Vintage Birthday? Masculine Birthday? or Old -Timer Birthday? Ha! It really is all three. 

I'm glad to have it ready and made in a jiffy using the vintage papers from Graphic 45. They are vintage style and they've been on my shelves for a LONG time too. 
I paired them with a sentiment and a sketch. 
The Freshly Made designers come up with the best sketches!

The stamps are Autumn Leaves from WPLus9 and Papertrey's Just A Number set. I embossed the numbers in gold, but that doesn't quite show up in the photo. I bought the set for just this kind of card, where the numbers are needed to highlight the special number of years of the occasion. 

Hope you've enjoyed coming by today. Thanks for stopping by.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!