Sunday, October 15, 2017

Make it Monday

Hey there!  Told ya I had several cards to share.  This one was created for PTI's Make it Monday.  I have to admit, this didn't turn out like I had hoped.  Something I realized after making this is, that I do better with less restrictions on my creativity.  I like my cards best when I am creating for myself, or for an occasion, not a sketch or specific challenge.  When you are new to cardmaking you need these challenges to help you create.  It is the trial and error process that makes you learn your style and likes.  For me, I like the elements of this card separately and individually, but not how this ended up when put together.  

For the first time I tried the shadow effect for my sentiment.  I now see that it would have been better if I had not only moved it down, but over slightly as well.  The sweet butterfly background was stamped alternating each solid and open butterfly group pattern.  I stamped this background several months ago and it had been sitting in my basket, awaiting to be used.  I have to say that hands down, butterflies and flowers are my favorite and go to for stamps.

I am also not happy with the lighting for the photo of my card.  I did spend the money and buy a light tent, but it was absolutely not what I had hoped for.  Unfortunately I let it sit in my craft room closet too long to return it to Amazon.  I'm totally kicking myself in the butt!!  It looks much better IRL.  I may try and add a thin Melon Berry frame around the circle window.  I think that it needs it to ground the middle of the card.  Heck, I am way too hard on myself!  Story of my life.  Haha

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Happy Fall

I've been a busy little Bee this last week.  I've been creating but not having time to post, so I'll have several posts today.  This sweet little thing was put together with a hodge podge pieces I had laying around.  Remember me telling you in my previous post that I stamp out a bunch of backgrounds ahead of time?  The top pattern is from MFT called Jumbo Mod Borders, and I like how easy it is to stamp in my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, or even a MISTI.

I have had this Wreath For All Seasons set from PTI for many years.  I like the versatility and easy of creating various wreath for different seasons.

The wreath is stamped in Memento Rich Coca ink, while the berries are in PTI Honey Nut, and flowers in Pale Peony, and leaves in Spring Moss.

I am entering this in Inspired by All the Little Things challenge.  

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Humming Along Birthday

Hello and Happy Sunday!  This sweet little card will be added to my birthday stash that I'm working on  building up.  It never fails, when I need a birthday card at the last minute, I never have one on hand.  

The darling little Humming bird and flowers comes from the stamp set called  Humming Along from PTI.  PTI inks used: Kraft, Honey Nut, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, and Mint Julip were used.  Cardstock: PTI White, Honey Nut, Black

This was based off the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

So Sorry for your Loss

Hello again!  I have a card to share that I created for a coworker, who's grandmother passed away.  I needed it to be fairly simple and quick, as I wanted to be able to give it to her right away.  Die cuts and a pretty floral set from PTI did the trick.

When I don't have a specific project to work on, I stamp a variety of patterns and colors for backgrounds and keep them in a basket on my craft desk.  The blue polka dot was pretty easy to do, in my Tim Holtz stamp platform.  I have the small MISTI and it works great for smaller things like the flowers, but for background stamping, I like the Platform. 

Yes, I am totally addicted to the Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies, I use them on nearly every card.  Since I don't sew on my cards anymore, these work perfectly!  I stamped the flowers from PTI's Floral Sketches on Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock using PTI Melon Berry and Berry Sorbet, then added a little water to the tops for a softer look.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Autumn Blessings Take 2

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I've been enjoying creating without restrictions, lately.  The MFT Sunflower dies were on my desk, so I pulled out my TH Distress inks and TH watercolor paper and started to mix different colors to create the look that I ended up with.  I really liked the colored cardstock and pretty blue patterned papers, when they were all out on my desk.  After I assembled the card and started taking photos, it looked too 'country' to me.  Not what I was going for.  UGH!!

The dies are mostly MFT, with the exception of the center cutout panel.  

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Autumn Blessings

Hello!  I made these cards a couple weeks ago but needed to wait until the recipient received them before I could share them on my blog.  I love this oldie but goody from PTI called Autumn Abundance.  I pulled out my brush pens and started coloring this darling fall image.  Its been fun experimenting with this new to me medium for coloring  

Another sweet oldie but goody from PTI that is simple and quick to stamp out is Botanical Silhouettes.  The mix and match stems and various flower head options make for a quick card when in need.  

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Not Quite Fall

Good morning and Happy Sunday!  The weather is finally cooling off, after some much needed rain last night.  We have had a long, dry summer this year.  The poor trees have been dropping leaves to conserve water and energy, and all the flowers are dried up within an inch of their short lives.  Fall is my second favorite season, next to Spring.  I hate to see the magnificent show of colors be limited by the heat and lack of rain.  Fall will be here in a few short days, whether the weather cooperates or not.

I created this card last week while wishing for cooler temperatures.  I used my Zig Clean Color brush markers for the wreath and some Tim Holtz Distress inks for the flowers.  I love the loose look of watercolor and have yet to master the technique, but I will keep trying.  

Thank you for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I will be back soon with a couple cards to share.  


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Coworker's Birthday

Hello, and Happy Thursday!  I have a couple coworker birthdays this week and quickly whipped up these two cards.  The recipients are both males, so I kept them CAS.  I ordered the balloon bash cover plate with my last PTI order, but had not used it yet.   I sponged some TH Distress inks on white CS and spritzed some water on it, for the background behind the die cut panel.  

This card was quick and easy to make, just a one stamped layer.  The stamps and dies used are from My Favorite Things.

Both cards we created for the Seize the Birthday challenge with the "toppings" to be balloons.  

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sending you Sunflowers and Sunshine

Good morning!  It's the beginning of September and the shorter days and cooler temps have me thinking of fall.  I adore this set Simple Sunflower stamp set from PTI.  I have used it countless times over the years, and it continues to be one of my favorites.  I was playing around with my Tim Holtz Distress markers with this set.  I colored the stamp and misted with water, which gave it this pretty washed out look.  I played around with different colors for the sunflowers trying to decide which one I was going to go with.  Well, I decided that I loved them all and made three different cards with varying color schemes.   

I am entering the top card in the Sisterhood of Crafters for the "anything goes" challenge.  

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I used several PTI dies for each card, and some pretty foiled vellum accents.  The flowers were inked using Tim Holtz Distress markers, misted with water,  and stamped on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.

This one turned out to be my favorite.  I am also entering this one into the Seize the Birthday challenge.  

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Birthday Balloons

Happy Saturday!  I am back with a card to share that I created using some of my new PTI stamps and dies.  I layered this darling little tag and topped it off with a couple balloons.  I was going for a more CAS card as the recipient is a no frills kind of gal.  Even the colors were outside of my comfort zone.   

I am entering this into the Seize the Birthday "anything goes" challenge.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Make A Wish

Hello, and happy Sunday!  I am back to share a cute little birthday card I made using some new PTI stamps that I ordered myself for my birthday.  I used the current, pretty color combo from Color Throwdown.  This Confetti Toss stamp set gave me a run for my money.  Figuring out how to stamp it so it looked random, was no easy chore.  I used PTI inks in Lilac Grace, Sweet Blush, and Aqua Mist.  

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Humming Along

Hello!  I ordered this sweet Hummingbird set a few weeks back and spent the entire evening stamping out a bunch of darling little Hummers and Petunias for them to drink from.  I was undecided on how best to place them on a card, so I searched out a challenge to have a jumping off point.  The Paper Players had the perfect challenge, Tic Tac Toe.  I used the bottom three across: blue, animal, and circle.

If I keep up with blogging, I'm going to have to get a light tent again.  Sigh.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Garden Party

Hello, and Happy Sunday!  It's few and far between that I blog.  I recently bought some PTI stamps and have been playing around, stamping various flower color combinations.  One of my new favorites is PTI's Garden Party by Dawn McVey.  You can always count on Dawn for beautiful stamp sets.  I used my new i Phone 7 Plus to take my photos, so we will see how well these look on my blog.  I didn't do any kind of touch ups or filters, these are just as they were taken.  Tell me what you think.

For my first card I played along with a sketch from Fusion Card Challenge.  I followed the sketch and somewhat used the color palette provided.

My last cad wasn't using any sketch, just something that I put together.

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