Thursday, November 25, 2021

Inspired By 197 Color Challenge

 Happy Thanksgiving! For those in the US, the day consists of feasting with family and friends, football, gratefulness for all things good and just maybe - a bit of craft time? If so you're in the right place as we have a new game going at Inspired By

I was inspired by the pinks and reds in the photo and the touch of blue.  Adding just a hint of gold, I kept most of the card base white.

 Featuring supplies from The Greetery, this card uses the Pine Blossom Stamps and Dies, and the Window Plaid background stamp. I know it's a busy day, but we hope you'll take a peek at our samples and find some inspiration to join the challenge.

We are so happy to have part of our family joining us for a Friday celebration this year. 

Thanks so much for your visit! 

 Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful! 


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Inspired By 196 Christmas Splendor

 Hello, friends. How can it be mid November already? One week before Thanksgiving?!?  I find myself getting in holiday gear and just in time for our challenge at Inspired By

 I enjoyed using supplies from The Greetery today, they will be listed for you below. 

The photos our fabulous leader Danni picks for us are so good that I have trouble choosing just one for inspiration. I love kraft red and green and they seemed a good mix for the natural looking greenery. 


  I can't wait to see how you will be inspired to play along! Thanks so much for visiting today. 

 Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Supplies from The Greetery: Nordic Frames Dies, Merry Sprigs stamps and dies, Written in Ribbon Holiday stamps and dies.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Star of Wonder Christmas

 Good morning! 

I just had to try the technique for creating nighttime lights shared by Jennifer McGuire at Online Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop 2021.  This was fun to do and has amazing results. 

It involves ink blending  which you know I love, and Perfect Pearls that I knew I had somewhere in my stash, lol! If you don't count the amount of time it took me to FIND it (sheesh!) the card came together quickly. 

The die cuts are from Stampin' Up! ( Night in Bethlehem) and the sentiment is by Verve. I think it would have shown up better embossed in white, but my white powder has been patchy lately, so I opted for better coverage with silver.  The stars die cuts are from white glitter paper and the spatters are white gouache paint.

That's it from me for today! I will be back tomorrow. Thanks so much for your visit and kind comments. I appreciate every one. 

I will be entering this at these challenges: 

Peace on Earth

and Time Out Challenges - WORD - precious

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Color Hues Shines in Silver and Gold

 Hello friends! In the past couple weeks I've been busy working ahead on cards for the blog challenges I'm in through the end of the year. So this morning I had the fun of creating with Christmas sets in my stash, new and old. Did lots of inking and didn't even make a card, but enjoyed the explorative crafting. Now I'm moving on to getting some chores done this afternoon. 

Our Color Hues Challenge of Silver and Gold shines this month! The Waffle Flower Poinsettia Die was a delight to use for a white on white Christmas card.   

 I cut white flowers and layered them, tucking in a few leaves from gold foil. Using glue dots allowed for extra dimension between the flower layers. I put foam under the whole flower. 

The shine is hard to see on the silver foil flourish and silver embossed sentiment. Pearls seemed just right for an elegant embellishment to tie the card together. This is one of my favorites, I love how it turned out.

I can't wait to see what you will make! Hope you will play along!

 Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Stamps: Touched by Peace - Penny Black

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Inspired By 195 White Christmas

 Hello again, and welcome! We are loving seeing your amazing cards in the gallery! Ready for a White Christmas Challenge at Inspired By? Believe it or not, I took the longest time figuring out where to go with this theme as there are so many options and the photo is delightful. 

I ended up going with a snowy night sky, taking all my inspiration from a lovely card Kristina showed at the Holiday Workshop 2021 at Online Card Classes.  Culling a few snowflake stamps from various sets, I made a background and did some inking to add depth of color around the edges. Keeping this simple to make and easy to mail were important. 

The Stampin' Up! Snowflake Wishes stamps and dies came to live with me last year, but I am just getting around to using them! With a snowy embossed background, a white heat embossed sentiment, a few rhinestones were the only embellishments. 

Joining in the fun at NBUS - never been used schtuff. 
I know you will find great inspiration at the blog, have fun with this challenge! Thanks so much for your kind comments. 

 Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Inspired By 194 Welcome Friends

 Hello and welcome! I am happy to turn the calendar page and greet a new month which also kicks in my Christmas card making spree! As you will see, I was literally influenced by the photo at our Inspired By Challenge! 

Here's what caught my eye - kraft, buffalo plaid, a satin bow,
 woodgrain and layers of texture! Oh, and did I say berries? 

What speaks to you in our photos today? Hope you will craft along with us and link your project in our gallery!  For those looking for card details, I will include them below. 
I'm joining the fun with Ann's tic tac toe challenge at The Paper Players, choosing the diagonal row: ribbon, patterned paper, embellishments.

Thanks for your visit today!

 Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Details: I created the background on white card stock by stamping the Wood Grain Background (WPlus9) in pale gray ink. The frame (Anastasia Tag) and deer (Stag Trio Die) were also from WPlus9. 

I went for a rustic look and added a new to me embossing powder from WOW! called Perissa. It blends two metallic shades and gives a bumpy texture which I just love. You can see it on the kraft frame and a bit on the deer.The greenery was cut from Vicki Boutin Foundations card stock. This mixed media paper is heavy and I used Distress Oxide inks to blend the greens, then cut them with dies from The Greetery. Snow was created with Ranger Distress Spray and WOW Puff White embossing powder. I added Glossy accents to the berries. This card was completely inspired by things I learned from Dawn Woleslagle and her fabulous lives!

Monday, November 1, 2021

Color Hues #29 Orange and Brown

Good morning! It's a new day for a challenge from Color Hues and you won't believe the gorgeous inspiration our team has for you this month. We're using brown and orange, perfect hues whichever way this takes you - fall, leaves, critters, thanksgiving, florals - lots of options! 

Here is what I came up with. Remember, kraft can be used as a neutral. I began with bold pops of color using stitched frames (PTI). 

The leaf dies from Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons created the orange leaves and gold foil outline for the focal point. I wrapped the kraft panel with a bit of twine after stamping the sentiment and embossing it in white.  

 Can't wait to see your creations! Hope you will play along. 

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Inspired By 193 Friends Fall Together

 Hi! Today I am celebrating my favorite fall event, when friends and family gather for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our theme this month at Inspired By is Friends Fall Together. For my card, I did some ink blending on the stamps before stamping them using my MISTI so that I could achieve multiple tones. 

The larger leaf images are from WPlus9 Autumn Leaves stamp set. The smaller leaves and sentiment are from Gina K. It's my first time using the Wreath Builder template and I really enjoyed it! My card measures 4.50" square. A bit of gold thread and gold embossing are the dress ups. 

I was more inspired this time by the theme although these are super fun prompts. Hope you will play along! 

Have a great day! 

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Harvest Meadow Meets Succulents

 How are you doing today, friends? Well, I hope! We've been enjoying gorgeous sunshine the last few days and it's still warm and pleasant outside. I love this Indian summer weather!

I know you came for a card, and I have been playing in the craft room too. The lovely sketch at The Paper Players has been on my mind, so here's the card I made using it. 

I fell in love with the Harvest Meadow DSP from Stampin' Up! and was trying to come up with a way to use the gorgeous pattern in pale neutrals. Inspiration comes from the strangest places. I have a friend who decorates beautifully. Her whole guest bath is done with pale kraft, gray, and white and sketchy botanical artwork. The only color in there was a bold pop of deep green from a tall succulent. I was brave enough to try to pair these images and patterns versus keeping it safe with matchy colors. What do you think? 

Using sponges to ink the pot image, I combined colors to give an ombre look. The only embellishment is the clear gloss addition to the plant pot, and added dimension to the die cut sentiment, which brings a pop of white. I think I like it!

Our friend loves succulents too, so this will be a thank you for having us to dinner. Hope she likes it! 

Thank you Paper Players for a great sketch!

I appreciate you so much for joining me here for a little bit. Be back tomorrow!

Be yourself.

     Find delight in your craft.

          Make something beautiful! 

Supplies used: 

Stamps: The Greetery - Pot-Pourri, stamps and dies

Accessories - WPlus9 - Welcome Dies

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Pumpkin Season

 Hello! What gorgeous fall weather we've been having! It's a sunny Saturday, and before getting outside I have a quick post today, using the Pumpkin Season stamps and dies by Julie Ebersole. 

I love the simplicity of these images and just had to give a favorite color combo a whirl. The challenge at Fusion inspired orange and turquoise. After embossing the outline images in gold, I sponged inks to color the solid stamps allowing for gradation of the hues. I am adding Freshly Made Sketches to the playlist. The panel of kraft with stripes brings out the gold accents and sentiment. 
Also adding this to NBUS since the stamps are brand new. 
This was hard to photograph, it shines IRL. 

Hoping you're having a great day take care and thanks for visiting!

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Inspired By 192 Who's Your Boo?

It's Thursday and that means there is a new challenge at Inspired By! This week our theme is Halloween, and we hope you will play along with us.

I don't usually send cards at Halloween but I may need to start now that I have the brand-new-to-me adorable Good Fright stamp set from Hello Bluebird in my stash. I can't resist cute critters, especially if they are in super fun costumes!

 I used Copics to color, then fussy cut these cuties. For the background, I sponged Distress Oxide inks and to top off the scene, added the Full Moon Scene Die cut from black card stock. Spatters and white gel pen accents gave a bit of detail. Here are the photo choices for your inspiration, and you will find wonderful samples from the team HERE

Thanks for coming by, I can't wait to see what you will make!

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Monday, October 18, 2021

Birthday Blooms

 Hey there! It's a brand new week and cooler weather has set in which I'm enjoying immensely. It's good to be  entering a new season and I am beginning to fall into the daily rhythm (pun intended). I do better with routine and structure, so I'm keeping that in mind as I amp up the card making. It seems to help keep fragmented-mind-syndrome at bay. 

I almost wanted to title this post Squeaky Clean and Green. Just for a chuckle.

I'm adding this to the challenges at 

The Paper Players 

and Just Us Girls

It is good to begin on birthday cards for the coming year and a delight to take a break from leaves and use some flowers. The stamps are Birthday Blooms from The Greetery. 

I'm not the only one battling fragmented thinking during the pandemic, am I? I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for coming to visit. 

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Winter Sparrow Get Well

 Hello crafting friends! Today I am sharing a get well card made with the Winter Sparrow stamp set from WPlus9.  I love the pudgy birds and versatile images in this set. I inked them in fall shades using Distress Oxide and Altenew inks. 

Using my MISTI, I sponged ink with daubers onto the stamps, blending ink colors and layers. While arranging the die cut pieces, I was inspired with the sketch at Freshly Made. 

After getting ahead on some of my work for design teams, it was fun to create just for the joy of the process.  
I hope you are doing well and I thank you so much for your visit! 

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Color Hues #28 Red and Kraft

 It's a happy Saturday when we begin a new challenge at Color Hues! Red and kraft is a great combo especially if you want to add a Christmas card to your stash. 

My options were decided as soon as mice and candy entered the picture!

This is a new set to me, since I just love the whimsical look of  Anita Jeram's stamps at Colorado Crafts. I paired the So Sweet Slimline stamps with Stripes & Dots background (also new to me) and matching dies. 

I colored with Copic markers and added a few enamel dots. The white panel and the sentiment card stock were cut with dies from The Greetery.

You will be WOWed to see the fabulous DT creations! Please play along with us! Can't wait to see what you make. 

Hope you are having a wonderful day, thanks for visiting. I will add this to the challenge at NBUS!

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Thursday, October 14, 2021

I'd Fall for You! Inspired By 191


Hello! Welcome to today's new Inspired By Challenge! My card reflects the fall mode that I am still enjoying. 

When I saw the prompt I pulled out my favorite bear and created a scene of him and his friends gathering. Remember the cute squirrel?

You know I like keeping sentiments wide open until I am certain who I'm sending the card to. I thought this one fit well. The background was inked with Distress Oxides and I saved a piece of it for the sentiment strip. I colored the images with Copics and added dimension with a woodgrain embossing folder. 


I'm so glad you came by to visit today! I hope you will play along too! You can choose from 2 photos or a sketch this time. Anyone can submit a card or project they have made. We hope to inspire YOU to create. Enjoy!

Be yourself

          Have delight in your craft 

               Make something beautiful!  

Supplies used: 

Stamps: Sugarpea Design - Hey Fall, HoneyBee Stamps - BItty Buzzwords and dies

Accessories - Sugarpea Design - Birch Forest Die