Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Merry Monday ~ Holly

Linda and I watched a video at Jennifer McGuire's Blog
and we looked at each other and thought of doing the same thing, obviously with a different background stamp (it had to be holly and I just happened to have an older wooden Hero Arts stamp called Holly Flourish.  Being the Bestie, I let my friend use it first and WOW do I love what she did with it!  (Of course, I was slaving away in the kitchen browning up some beef for a taco salad, and then making a Texas Chocolate Sheet cake, and grilling some chicken for our lunch!!   All while my friend is just playing away in the studio!!)  Ha Ha!!   My thought was to maybe use gradient greens, tried it and did NOT like it.  So then Linda gave me this idea:  stamp the holly flourish with white pigment ink, then with the BACK of a rectangle stamp (just happens to be a PTI: Crackle stamp) I inked up the back with the green and stamped it ...had to do it four times to get a good layering of ink!  Doesn't it look cool?  and the picture below I took at an angle hoping you could see the white on is very soft and velveteen looking!
My sentiment is a SSS die cut with a little PPP gold heart for an accent!

Go here to Merry Monday to play along.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Addicted to CAS ~ BLUES

Addicted to CAS Challenge is about the color blue!  do you think I have enough blue on this card?  I did some "smooshing" with a couple of blue distress inks.  And I couldn't resist that cute little gecko..
thanks for stopping by!

Spectacular Embossing

I embossed my card  with the new We R Memory Makers EF...those are fabulous!
First I taped off my square,(I meant for it to be more askew than it turned out), then I sponged on my distress inks and blended and blended, then I stamped my:  just a note.
I pulled off the masking tape and ran it through the Big Shot. 
I then die cut a PTI "swoosh" word and adhered it with multi medium.

I am entering this card in AAA cards

Monday, August 31, 2015

Red Carpet Finale !!

We have come to another Finale of the SAF 2015!
This is something we look forward to every year. 
After Saturday at Linda's house and losing power for a couple of hours, we drove down to my house in West Linn, Oregon to finish up our projects.

Here we are together displaying our cards!

Thanks for always checking in with us through these days.
So glad PTI gives us a couple extra days to complete everything!

We look forward to SAF 2016!! 

So until next year!

Runway Challenge #2 ~ Laurie Willison

I used the inspiration photo from Laurie Willison, lots of pretty flowers, colors and even some black!  I used Ruby Rose and the leaves from Vintage Linen.
Well, I think the SAF 2015 is winding down for Linda and me...we do have other projects we want to work on.
Laurie inspiration 
Thanks once again for stopping by!

Runway Challenge with Betsy!

I used Betsy's color palette and I was intrigued by the picture too:
Betsy inspiration 
this was my third attempt, you name it, it went wrong.
I started with the lightest color sponging on the background and also tried to use the bigger leaves so more white would be on the bottom.
Well, thanks for stopping by!!


SAF ~ Stamped & Stitched with Heather

Autumn Adornments has an almost stitched flourish in the set, so I chose that and then added the other little embellishments and stamped a second time with the fine linen ink.
I don't think I am even half way through the SAF day, so since this is Monday, I better get rolling!!
Thank you for stopping by and taking a look!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SAF ~ Matching color with Dawn McVey

Not too sure about this...I chose purple because I very seldom use it, then I tried to pair it up with coordinating colors...must say I used the color wheel because once again I am not good with color.  The yellow was more of a summer sunrise color, new leaf, pure poppy and then the royal velvet.
I used the zig brush pens to watercolor my background.
I think Lin and I still have a lot to do tomorrow to finish up more cards for this SAF!

thanks for stopping by!

SAF Mixing Patterns with Betsy Veldman

I am so NOT good with mixing patterns!!  Do you know how long it took me to pick out my paper?
I must have worked over an hour, cutting, scrapping, recutting...OMG.  I finally decided on this !  Pretty much a copy of Betsy, but Hey, why not copy from the BEST!
Pattern paper from Shakers and Sprinkles and Vintage Linens.
Okay, off to try Dawns Mixing colors!! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

SAF ~ Threads with Danielle Flanders

I loved Danielle's buttons, but ha ha, I think I laid it down wrong on this card... oh well, too late now!
I did some "smoothing" of yellow, oranges and a touch of red, then I die cut the flowers and branch from Embellished Elegance and the sentiment from Autumn Abundance.
We had trouble finding a four holed button, but I decided to go with this green one.
Still trying to catch up a bit.  I think we will be scrambling tomorrow at my home in West Linn, Oregon!!
Thanks for stopping by and visiting, I am sorry I have not been visiting many blogs today, I will try to remedy that Monday or Tuesday!!

SAF ~ Threads with Laura Bassen

Laura Bassen is going to be missed as a PTI designer.
I love her creativity and her innovative ideas!
I used my friends' stamp set:  Sketched Shapes and did an hombre stamping with
Sweet blush, hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz, and pure poppy.
I loved the way she layered her threads on the paper... so much better than what I have been doing with it!!  The  sentiment is from Wonderful Words:  Hello.
OMG we lost power for at least two hours and we started three hours late to begin with, so that really put a major kink in our creating today!
Today was Linda's Father's 95th birthday and even though we celebrated last night with the family, we stopped over and brought him dinner, then we went to church.
We plan to drive down to my house tomorrow, so we have a three hour drive ahead of us.
We are trying to do a few more videos and cards before we call it a night!
Thanks for stopping by!

SAF ~ Patterns Challenge

I used the sketch that Amy used and decided to use the Guiding Lights stamp set.
I used aqua mist, Hawaiian shores and tropical teal for my sponge background.
I made my cared a one-layer card instead of having a mat.
Lin and I did NOT get up at 4 AM to play along, so now we are feeling like we need to hurry, and on top of that we just had the lights "blink"... heavy winds are expected here today in Maple Valley Washington. Of course I checked the weather at home in Oregon and they too are expecting an unusual August storm with heavy winds!!
Okay off to do another challenge!!


Design a card almost all in white... can use gray, black brown..
Just finishing the first challenge of the day from HERE.
I used a CB folder, die cut three butterflies, one from Butterfly Dreams with PTI dotty vellum and layered with another smaller butterfly.
The sentiment is from PTI The Best is Yet to Be.
It is hard to see in the photo, but I added 6 small flowers that were white embossed.
I think this is a very elegant and pretty card.
The Mr. & Mrs. was embossed with liquid platinum.
The designers had WONDERFUL card inspiration for this challenge!

Friday, August 28, 2015

PTI Stamp A-Faire 2015

Yeah, Linda and I are always so excited to participate in the annual Stamp -A - Faire! 
For a change this year, I am up in Seattle at Linda's house.
We went to Cincinnati for the very first one and have been hooked ever since!
Linda and I ran into some Iron on Glitter paper, looked at each other and said, "this is it!. This is what we need for our T-shirts!"
I used an assortment of Butterfly dies and two colors of blue and one silver glitter paper. 
I also added the word "Joy" from the PTI One Liners, just cut off the line!
I love this shirt and will for sure be wearing it a LOT!!
You can go HERE to check out the other RUNWAY MODELS!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Seize the Birthday ~ Weather Elements ~

The toppings for this Seize the Birthday Challenge is to use Weather Elements, such as clouds, rain, sun...
 I pulled out WPlus9 stamp:  Unforgettable and then used mama Elephants Landscape trio die to sponge on some clouds.
Copics was used to color in the elephant and the balloon...I used a versamark pen over the balloon and then I used clear embossing powder to give it a shine!

Thanks for taking  look and I hope you will be inspired by the design team to make a card and use the topping!
If not, you know we like any BIRTHDAY card you make!