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!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Color Throwdown # 504 ~ Black - Copper - White

I am playing with Color Throwdown and was inspired by Marcia's card for this challenge using a beautiful Butterfly that was colored with the Lindy's Magical Powders.  No magical powders here, so I used some perfect "copper" from Perfect Pearls!
  I stamped a PTI Fourish and used the copper pearls, I also stamped a thin stripe on the side with an Impression Obsession rubber stamp and used the same copper perfect pearls.  My butterfly is a Hero Arts Delicate Butterfly Fancy
I added a couple of copper sequins to finish it off.
Heart Hugs, friends!

CAS Christmas Card August Challenge

Friends, I have some exciting news!
I was asked by Bonnie and Loll to be a designer on their CAS Christmas Card Challenge!
I am honored to be among these talented ladies to bring you Christmas cards each month!
This month challenge is hosted by Hideko.

This is what I used to make this card:
Memory Box: Pine Border Die, Pine Border Outline die
Penny Black:  Stitched Snowflake Frame die 
PTI: Holiday Home (sentiment)
Background made from alcohol inks 
Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

MIM ~ Creating Mixed Background Texture

Did you all see the video from Stephanie over at the PTI blog showing how she Creates Mixed Background with Texture?  Go check it is pretty awesome!
I have two cards to share using this technique:
I stamped my leaves off the paper once and then stamped it on the card to give a little lighter inking.
Then I stamped my Botanical Bounty flowers and added some colored pencils to highlight both the flowers and the leaves.  I used the hexagon cover plate for the added texture
I liked it so well, I tried one more card"
this Beautiful Berries: Spring set has a small little cluster of flowers and that is what I used for the top background, again, I stamped it off so it would be lighter than the original bouquet.  I again used the hexagon cover plate and added a sentiment on a banner from Fresh Bouquet.  My bling is PPP marshmallow confetti.

And do you remember the birthday pop up card I made with an elephant?  Well, I made another one...
 do you see the top of the hand?  Any ideas what that might belong to?  I had to draw it myself...
The little monkey from Tremendous Treats...I thought it was so cute, I just had to use him holding the balloons and floating away.  I probably should have checked my position before gluing him down, then his hand wouldn't have been showing!  ha ha
Well that is all for me folks, time to relax for the evening!
Yeah tomorrow is Friday!  
I only have four more days to get my crafting in...then friends I am having a total knee replacement bright and early Tuesday morning.  I think I will be out of commission for awhile, so bear with me, I will get around to visiting when I can!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Seize the Birthday ~ Water

Welcome to another Seize the Birthday Challenge where the topping is WATER!
I had fun making this little scene...I love the sentiment:  saltwater kisses!  so I colored up my background with distress oxide and used some elements from My Favorite Things.
I hope you will play along with us and use the topping choice of "water", you can always make any kind of birthday card if you aren't into "toppings"!
 MFT:  Polynesian Paradise
PTI: Painted Petals (birthday wishes)
PTI: Year of Psalms: June (the waves)

Heart Hugs, friends!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

POP Up Birthday card inspired by Jennifer McGuire

 Did you all see those fabulous Pop Up cards by Jennifer McGuire?  Oh my, I just had to try my hand at them...and I am going to make more than one too!
I started out with the balloons which was the last card she made on her video.  She had the cutest turtles from Clearly Besotted, which I obviously don't have, I think it is a new release coming up.
Anyway, if you have already glanced at the next photo, you can see that I added the adorable elephant from WPlus9 called Unforgettable.
I added some glossy accents to the balloons, because they needed to really shine!
And friends, I didn't make one mistake when making this...(unless you consider stamping the sentiment and extra dots around the balloons after it was already put together!)
I think this is going to be a fun card for the recipient!
And I am already thinking of a cute monkey and even a lion!
Keep cool and stamp on friends!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Anniversary Cards

 I had a request for some anniversary cards, so since it was in the high 90's today, I thought it was a perfect time to stay indoors and play!
For my inspiration I went to sweetkobylkin and did what she did to a Hero Arts stamp, but I used an Altenew Stamp called:  Best Mom
 I stamped it and cut it out with a Li'l Inkers Stitched rectangle, then I colored in the flowers.  I fussy cut the two little buds and adhered them off the page.  I gold embossed the sentiment (Gina K: Rose Peonies) and placed it on a PTI soft stone card with fun foam.
This one was done with partial die cutting and colored with copics.  I did use a PTI garden gate stencil for a little extra pattern for the card base.
Check out the other two cards made by Ksenija using the same stamp...I think tomorrow I may just make two more cards.  She is very talented and I thank her for the inspiration!
Now it is time for bed!
Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Heart Hugs, friends!