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!

Monday, July 16, 2018

MIM # 329 Creating stencils from Die cuts

A new Make It Monday is up on the blog, you can check out Melissa's video HERE.
this is what I used to make this card:
PTI Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets
PTI Pop Up Butterflies 
PTI Life is Beautiful
PTI Stemmed Sentiments (sentiment)
PPP  pink blush sequins 
We are going for another record 100 degree day friends...this is three in a row and several prior to these in the high 90's!  Too bad I have a  2 1/2 hour seminar on total joint replacement right in the middle of the day!  Otherwise I would just stay in my room with the fan blowing on me and play all day long!  Hope you all are keeping cool and safe!  Now I am off to bring a lunch and dinner to my 97 + year old dad, who by the way is still living at his home, alone!
Melissa's card:
Heart Hugs, friends!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

CAS Mix Up July Card Challenge

One more week to play along at the CAS Mix-Up July challenge!
It is a good thing I have a friend who gifted me some die cuts, (thank you Marcia!) this beautiful sunflower was just waiting for me to color it with copics!  I added a background of inka gold paper and stamped my sentiment.  There is still time to play...until the 24th, the design team has fabulous cards for your inspiration!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

CAS Watercolour July Challenge

It is too hot to be outside, so of course I am playing in my studio!!
I got a little messy with the CAS Watercolour July Challenge.
This is called a splash watercolour challenge...hence, messy for me!! LOL
I used a rubber stamp that has NO company name or logo...nada!!  So I can't tell you who made it, but I thought it was cute with the four friends running around in the summer, maybe even at a birthday party!  I followed the video that Loll made for my splash background, then when it was dry I stamped my image in black Gina K amalgam ink.  I used MFT Stitched rectangle scallop frame.
 Head over to the challenge blog and see all the amazing CAS designs from the team and play along!

Heart Hugs, friends!

CAS Christmas Card July Challenge

I am playing again with the CAS Christmas Card July Challenge since the Merry Monday challenge is no more!  I miss it!
I gold embossed the poinsettia bouquet and then used zig watercolor pens.
I added gold striped paper to tie in with the gold embossing.  I even embossed the sentiment with the same gold.  I fussy cut the bottom half of the bouquet.
The Ton: Cozy Poinsettia
PTI:  Keep it Simple:  Christmas 
Heart Hugs, friends!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

MIM # 328 Background Shadows

I have a card for the current MIM at the Papertrey Blog showing how to make background shadows on our Laurie Schmidlin.
This is what I used to make this card:
PTI:  In Bloom
PTI: Scripted

I like this technique a lot and think I will give it another go!
Have a great week my friends...have I told you that I have a special friend coming today to stay with me for a couple of days?  Nancy from Scrapper at Heart and her husband are flying in this morning and staying for a couple of days with me before they meet up with their son and daughter-in-law who live in Seattle.  I am so excited to see her again, we first met a couple of years ago in Seattle.  We met on the Seize the Birthday Challenge, she is our awesome manager who keeps our lives in order!
Anyway I am thrilled to have her with me for a couple of days, the Husbands are going to golf, so we can talk and maybe even get inky!
Hope you have a great day!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

CAS Christmas Card Challenge ~ July

Hi friends!  The wonderful CAS Christmas July Challenge this month is under way and the theme is POINSETTIA! There are some beautiful cards by the design team to inspire you, please go check them out and play along this month!
The Ton:  Holiday Love
The Ton:  Cozy Poinsettia (sentiment) 
Heart Hugs, friends!

Seize the Birthday ~ Sequins

Hello friends!  We have a new Seize the Birthday Challenge for you and we are looking for sequins
on your birthday card!  This is NOT a shaker card, although I could have made it so, but I just decided to pop up the panel and add the sequins inside the circle, I also thought it would be fun to add some pattern paper inside the circle.
I will look forward to seeing how you use sequins on your birthday card!
See you in the gallery!
Pretty Pink Posh:  Cherry Blossoms
PTI: Forest Floor:  summer
Li'l Inkers stitched circle die
PPP sequins and misc ones
We have a new Party Guest with us, please welcome Trina
 to the party! You can go here to see her wonderful card for Seize the Birthday!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Simple to Spectacular!

this morning I woke up at 5 and didn't get back to sleep, so I got up at 5:30 and decided to try my hand at this Simple to Spectacular that PTI features.  I did not use the Sweet Life set like they did, I needed some more sympathy cards, so I pulled out Forget me Not.
 this is my simple card
I kicked it up a notch with an added layer and more flowers.
And this is my Spectacular!
funny story, I wasn't paying attention to the "forget" stamp and accidentally stamped "Forgot".  oops,
I simply used a black pen to curve in to make the 'e' and then a white gel pen to cover up the rest of the 'o'!  I had great fun thinking of ways to step this up a notch and make it a spectacular card.  I think I might try this more often and get triple the cards out of it too!!

Heart Hugs, friends!