One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Copic coloring with Kara

How adorable is this friends?  This is MFT Friends Furever and my sweet NEW friend, Kara from Kara Lynne's Card Design stamped this image and showed us how to color it with copics!
We sat in the kitchen of the Craft House in Newton Kansas because it had lots of windows for natural lighting and the tables were narrow so we could get lots of one on one attention and our super fine teacher could go around to each of us.
And if you look closely at the highlight area of this sweet little cuddly bear where his heart should be, it actually looks like a heart shape!  Unintentional on my part, but when I spotted it, I thought it was so perfect!
Kara showed us a technique for both the grass and the sky, I thought it was a wonderful technique and will use it again!  I also thought this image would make a perfect baby card!
One more awesome project from my craft retreat with new friends...more to come later!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Seize the Birthday with Teal and White!

We have a color challenge for our birthday cards this time over at Seize the Birthday.
We would like to see Teal and white on your birthday card!
I plastered my card with lots of fun balloons and added a big sentiment to top it off.  
If you think you see a little smudge in the top left balloon, it is NOT a smudge, I was adding some shimmer and shine and all of a sudden a big glob came out of my shimmer pen *GASP!!...I tried spreading it around, but it soaked through the paper I think!! 
So our topping is for Teal and White...I hope you will join us this challenge and play along!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kansas here we come!

I would say:  Kansas City here we come, but can you believe Kansas City is actually in Missouri, that is just NOT right!!  LOL
You probably heard that a small group of us met in Newton Kansas where the Craft House is located.
Go to that site and look at the pictures, they are much better than mine and are so fun.  The house is decorated in a crafter's many fun knick knacks all related to crafting...even quilting!
The house sleeps 16 and one room has 5 twin beds, some rooms had three beds and one room even had a single queen bed in it!  All the beds had beautiful quilts in many colors and different designs!
So I started out on the plane from Portland, OR to Seattle, Wa where I met my BFF Linda and we flew together to Wichita.
I am not so good at selfies, and of course we are each looking at our own picture and not liking it, so we have to take another and another!  LOL
When we rounded the corner from the security area there were four lovely ladies and it almost brought tears to my eyes, it was so amazing to see them in one said, her picture was taken when her daughter was in kindergarten and she is now a sophomore!!  But really she looked the same! We hugged and walked out to the car for our 30 minute drive to the house!  That is where our stories began....catching up on "life" with each other!
 Left to right, Nancy Penir, Lin, Kara Lynne, Birgit, and Marcia.
If you click on their names it will take you to their blog.
And of course we had to have another selfie with all of us sitting on the rainbow stairs!
And to see the full house with a HUGE kitchen and the craft room with HUGE tables, go to the site from above, because I think those were taken professionally and are really good in showcasing the rooms and the beautiful quilts.
These four days were amazing, and I now have four more friends for life, we shared so much more in common than just stamping and inking!  Life (and Birgit!!) brought us together and I think we will make a point of doing this again and again!  In fact an offer was made at someone's house that could sleep us all and we are thinking that is a fabulous idea!!  I know Linda posted some pictures and told her story, it is a fun read too, so you can go there and see more of what we the meantime, I am going to put together some cards with the stuff I stamped, colored or spritzed on paper!!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and having a look!

Heart Hugs, friends!

The card kit I shared at the Craft House retreat

I love hummingbirds and I especially like making sympathy cards with them.
so when I was planning the kit to give to each of the girls at our crafting retreat, I had to include flowers and hummers from is an older stamp set called Flora and Fauna.
Here are some of the cards I made with them before I went to the retreat and I also stamped on the packaging and wrapped it in twine.

I really shined up those hummers so the belly was almost translucent, but very shiny, you know how they are in real life!
Okay, more to come but I still need to put some finishing touches on the cards.  Thanks for stopping by...I will also post some pictures of us playing together!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Merry Monday # 281 with Kim!

Welcome friends!  Glad you are back to play along with our Merry Monday Challenge where we encourage and inspire you to make your Christmas cards RIGHT NOW for next December!!~
Kim is our Hostess this week with a photo and asking us to use it as inspiration for our card.
I pulled out the Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers series from PTI and die cut the smaller jar from vellum and colored on the backside of it with a brown copic to look like hot chocolate.
I added embossed marshmallows on top and colored a bit with a C1 copic.  I also added a peppermint stick to the hot drink! *wink

 Please stop by the blog and see how the other team members used this photo and I will look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

MIM Color Wheel

This week Lexi over at the Papertrey Blog has a video showing how she makes a card using a color wheel for inspiration.
I thought this might work good for Easter eggs so I pulled out Egg Hunt and stamped my eggs with  pastel colors, my sentiment is from Spring Woods.
Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, March 5, 2018

CAS Christmas Card Challenge ~ March

One more card for this challenge friends...over at the CAS Christmas MARCH Challenge
I used a stamp from The Ton called Holiday Flourishes and the stitched imprint is a die from Stamps of Life. I am going to be set for Christmas cards this coming season!  Thanks Loll and Bonnie for starting a new CAS Challenge!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Merry Monday # 280 With Kelly as our Host

Hi friends!  Welcome to another Merry Monday Christmas card Challenge!
Today Kelly is our host and she has a wonderful photo inspiration for you!
I was drawn to the I used a new to me die that my BFF gave me for Christmas called Star Frame Die from Avery comes with three sizes of stars too.  I cut the stars out of some glitter paper and the frame out of glitter and the silver Lux PTI paper.
First I used some brushos for the background and framed it in white and put it on an indigo blue card stock.  I used a sentiment from Penny Black called Holy Night and embossed it with HA silver ep.
I hope you will be able to play along with us and check out the rest of the design teams cards for their interpretation of this wonderful photo.
I will see you in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!