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!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PTI October Blog Hop

What a great inspiration photo for this PTI Blog Hop
Blog Hop 
I was drawn to the pumpkins and their unusual colors.
Well, now that I am posting this, I can see I should have used different background inks...this was starting out as a card for the MIM, and since I used the photo inspiration, it evolved into this card for the Blog Hop.  I used harvest gold and parakeet green for the dry brushing on the background and added my pumpkins from Autumn Pumpkins, they are colored with copics.
The Fancy Foliage Details were sponged with harvest gold, summer sunrise and canyon clay. The sentiment is from Give Thanks and I stamped it with dark chocolate about three times, then again with versamark and finally clear embossing powder ~ that is because the paper is textured Tim Holtz watercolor paper and it was hard to get a nice even stamping of the words, embossing it really helped.

Heart Hugs, friends!

PTI Make It Monday # 265

Lizzie is up with a video HERE demonstrating Layered Dry Brushing for the background.
I used Pale Peony and Soft Stone Reinkers with Adirondack Acrylic paint "pearl" because that was the only acrylic paint I had!  It does give it a very nice shine.
My flowers are from Floral Sketches.
This is a special birthday card for my Aunt who will be 93 on Saturday and it needs to go into the mail as she lives in Seattle!  I knew I wanted to make her a special card and was happy this came together using this new technique from Lizzie for the Make It Monday.
I did like Lizzie and sponged on my two colors and then die cut the word 'birthday'.
Thanks for stopping by friends!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Merry Monday #219 with a Bird!

This week's challenge is asking for a bird to be on the card.
Sue is our Merry maker this week.
I love the PTI Winter Woods Bird, but then I love cardinals!
My "sprig" is from Spruce & Sprigs, also PTI.
I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery!
thanks for joining us!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Seize the Birthday ~ Lots of Leaves!

Fall is in the air and so are the LEAVES!
Before we look at the card I want to welcome THREE new members to our design team...WOW are we ever excited to have these talented ladies join us with this challenge.
Please visit them and give them a big WELCOME!
Leaves are our topping for this challenge over at Seize the Birthday!
I started out with embossing a Darice folder with "Lots of Leaves"! 
I cut out the oval using a Lil' Inkers Stitched oval die, and blended in some color for the background. I die cut the word three times using orange zest paper.
My leaves are a cluster from MFT:  Fall Foliage and PTI Color Pop:  Autumn
The bow is from PTI Tinsel & Tags Sprig stamp set.

I have several friends who have a "fall" birthday and nothing could be better than the glorious fall Northwest leaves!
I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery, I hope you will play along with our topping, but if you prefer to make any kind of birthday card, that is always fine too!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Merry Monday with PLAID

Nina is our Merry Maker asking for plaid on our cards this week.
I had some Cloud 9 Designer Paper that was perfect for this challenge!
I die cut a PTI Peace die three times, once in gold and two times in black, then I added a wooden snowflake at the top.  Pretty simple and easy!
I hope you will join us, we look forward to seeing your card in the gallery!

Go check out all the inspiration at the Merry Monday Challenge!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Muse # 197 by Tracey

Tracey is our MUSE this week and I was inspired by her card...I loved how the flowers came out from the top and down and her colors were so pretty!
This is a NBUS stamp for me from Altenew called Doodle Blooms, I colored it with copics and added my sentiment from PTI called It's the Thought!
Thanks Tracey for a fun design!
Here is Tracey's card:
I finally have all day to play in here and I am skyping my BFF as we both play along with challenges!!  Have a great week friends! 

Heart Hugs, friends!

Merry Monday # 217 Vintage/Retro theme

this is Lori's week to select the theme and she wants to see Vintage/Retro for your card.
I really struggle with  those types of cards...I pulled out an 1980 SAF stamp and also the Believe stamp for the smaller images, I also went with the colors in Lori's photo.
I hope you will play along with us! I look forward to seeing your car in the gallery!!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

CAS Mix Up October challenge third try with Ghosting!

I think this is my favorite of the ghosting techniques.
I chose a darker pink card stock and placed the same snowflake stencil (echo park # 2 snowflake) on the paper.
Using a pouncing motion, I added white pigment ink to the paper...then I lifted off the stencil and dried it with a heating tool.
I laid the stencil back on the paper, but moved it slightly down and to the right, then I used the same color ink as the color of the paper and pounced the color onto the paper.
When I removed the stencil it gave the coolest effect.  
 Go HERE to check out this lasts for the whole you have until the 24th to enter...Loll has great videos to watch and they are listed on this site!

I stamped + Ghosting + embossing
Heart Hugs, friends!