Thursday, July 21, 2016


Hello Friends-

Wow! Where have the last couple of months gone? I can't believe it's the end of July and I have had little crafty time in the last couple of months. I had this week off work (much needed, I must say) and I definitely wanted to fit in some card making.

Melissa Philips, over at Papertrey Ink had a weekly challenge with a technique I had not tried before, so what a perfect option for making a card and indulging in some me time! Melissa has a great video (as always), showing how to spritz your stamps to get a unique flair to stamping. If you haven't seen it yet, click here.

Here is my card: 

Papertrey Stamp and Dies: Garden Variety
Papertrey Paper: Pale Peony, Stampers Select White
Papertrey Inks: Simply ChartreusePale Peony, Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise,                              Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow,  and Classic Kraft
Papertrey Ink Button: Hawaiian Shores
Papertrey Ink Die: Tag Sale #8
Miscellaneous: "Garden Party" by Pebbles-Patterned Paper, Seam Binding Ribbon, Twine, Doily

I used the spritzing technique on the flowers and grass in the watering can. It is a small stamp, so it doesn't show the technique well in the photo, but it was a fun and easy way to change up a stamps look!

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by. Now go get crafty yourself and stop by PTI blog to see what others are creating with this technique.

See you soon-

Monday, May 30, 2016


Hello good friends

I sure hope everyone has had a wonderful 3 day weekend in remembrance for all those who have served our country. We enjoyed a quiet weekend and today went to our son's for a B-B-Q with our 4 children, their families and our grandchildren. Two of our children were in the military and one of our son-in-laws. Thankfully they are all home now and safe. It is always nice to have outdoor events, as it is a busy place when we all get together now with so many grand kids (9 and one on the way)-love them all dearly!

When I returned home, I immediately went to the computer to see what this week's MIM challenge was on Papertrey's "Capture the Moment" Blog. Today, Dawn McVey is showing a great video on how to create a  "Gradient Watercolor" technique. You can check it out here.

I love this technique for two reasons-
       1. It is relaxing to create using this technique
       2. It's fast and easy!

Here is my card, using the "Butterfly" Cover Plate. This is easily one of my favorite cover plates from Papertrey.

I used PTI inks:

The sentiment is from "A Little Inspiration," also from PTI. I am giving this card to a co-worker. She and I have to constantly remind one another that our jobs are new to the organization, and at times a little disorganized and frustrating. We have a slogan to help us "Remember," it will get better! Our slogan has been "We are flying the plane as it is being built!" I keep adding "I think we might have put the wings on upside down and backwards!" HAHA......

PTI has a great little saying in this set that was perfect for our journey in this new job position and I thought it would make her chuckle! 

This was a great technique and a fun card to put together! 

See you soon-

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Papertrey Ink-MIM #250-- "Masked Backgrounds"

Hi There Friends

I put together a very quick card this afternoon to enter in Papertrey Ink's "Make-It-Monday" weekly challenge. This week Laurie Wilson has shown how to mask around the edges of your card making a quick technique to make a border around your card. It is a very simple idea, and yet one that provides a nice frame for the card background. If you are not familiar with this technique, check out her video here

 After masking off my card edges, I used Papertrey's Premium Ink colors of Mint Julep, Vintage Jadeite, and Green Parakeet. The flower is made with Berry Sorbet and Hibiscus Burst felt, and I used Simply Chartreuse for the leaves. The flower die I used is,  Beautiful Blooms 2 Die Set, and Lovely Layers. For the wording, "Be Fearless," I used the stamp and die from the Be set.

This was a relaxing and fun card to make. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!

Have a great Memorial Weekend


Hello Friends and Family

Ha-----It has been a busy last couple of months for me, both at home and at work, so, I have not had much time leftover for card making or scrapping. I took a much needed vacation and I finally had a chance this month to get a couple of cards made.

Reverse Confetti, is one of my favorite stamp companies, and I love finding time to create a card or two for their monthly challenge. This month, I made sure to use this challenge to my advantage and get ahead of the game personally to get a baby card made for my daughter-in-law (not due until late summer)-so a HUGE smile on my face, I actually made a card before it is needed. That doesn't happen often for me!

The design for the Reverse Confetti challenge

My take on the design:

I used the "Lift Me Up" stamp set. This set is absolutely adorable and I think the cutest baby or child stamp set I own! I colored the giraffe, bird and presents with Copic markers (sorry I didn't write down the colors used). I also used: "Top O' the Tag" Confetti Cuts Die to mount my little giraffe on and some fun papers from my stash!

A fun little sketch this month, and I am happy that I now feel so ahead of the game with getting this card done so far in advance!

See ya soon-

EDIT: I'm bummed-I posted this 1 hour too late to enter challenge! Oh-well, such is my life-(late)-HA!

Mt. Shasta

Hi Friends-

I recently returned from a trip to Mt. Shasta. I am fortunate it is only a short trip up the road, only 1 hour and I not only can enjoy the beautiful scenery, but much cooler weather. Here in Redding Ca., we are blessed with the beauty of the mountain on a daily basis, but as you get ever near the mountain, you realize what a true beauty it is! So Lucky to be able to see it from my backyard, but not as up close and personal as I saw this past week.

We had a couple of mornings of sun, but mostly rain off and on and some hail. After one of the rainstorms, we were treated with a beautiful rainbow. I think I should have driven just another block up the road, and I would have surely found that pot of gold-it was looming close! 

We enjoyed our visit with one another, as well as, spent the entire week making cards and I actually was able to finally finish my youngest grandson's baby album that I started 9 months ago! turned out so cute. I will post some pics soon!

Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful spring weather-(at least here in N. Ca.)

See you soon-

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Hi there friends-
It's raining again today here in Norther CA and my tennis match was canceled, so next best thing to do is create a card. I haven't had time yet to play along with Reverse Confetti's Monthly Sketch Challenge, so today is the perfect day for that!


I wanted to make a co-worker a card to give to her, as she has been working so hard to train some new mentors in our program, and it was a very tough week of training involved. She left work on Friday exhausted, so I wanted to cheer her up tomorrow, with a sweet card to lift her spirits. Even though it was a tough week, she pulled it off and our new mentors are now trained and ready to go out into the field because of her hard work! My turn next month to train some new folks, sure hope I'm able to pull it off as well as she did!

For my card, I stenciled and used a color mix of yellow, green and turquoise to fill in the stenciling. My patterned paper is from "My Mind's Eye-Collectable." I used Reverse Confetti's stamp set, "Garden Bunch," along with the "Leafy" Confetti Cuts. For the sentiment, I used Reverse Confetti, "Circle Sentiments." I added some fun little sequins to give it a little extra sparkle!

It was a simple, yet fun card design and I hope my co-worker enjoys it!

Have a great week-

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Hello All

This week over at PTI, Ashley Cannon Newell has a "Color Isolation" challenge for MIM. You can watch her video of this technique and get challenge information here.

For my take on this challenge, I used the stamp set, "What the Doodle: Feather" set. This is such a fun little set to color and/or stamp with ink. I chose to color my feather with my Copic markers, using the color family pinks. The exact pen colors I used were, RV23, RV25, RV29. I stamped the background feathers in "Soft Stone."

 I then used Lovely Lady cardstock to mount my card base, popped the feather up to give it some dimension, stamped the sentiment from the stamp set, "Hello," and tied a piece of twine to the end of the feather. I love how it turned out, and it was sooooo simple!

Have a great week-

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Hi Friends-

This week for "Make It Monday," Laurie Willison  is showing how to include score lines as part of the detail in her cards. What a fun idea-I have not done this before, but it definitely adds a fun detail and is very simple to do!

Here is my take on this weeks MIM challenge-

I scored diagonal lines on the top of my card and added Authentique "Delightful" patterned paper to the bottom of my card. The sentiment is from a newer stamp collection from Papertrey Ink called, "Be." The Butterfly's, "Be Happy" stamp set are also from PTI. I used "New Leaf" ink to stamp the frame around the sentiment. Laurie also shows how she pops small words to give dimension with fun foam-so easy to do and really helps add a "Wow" factor to the sentiment!

This was a very simple and quick card to make and with just a simple score line, adds so much detail-who knew? 

Have a great day-


Hi There Blog Friends-

Last week, Papertrey Ink's MIM was to use ink blending over heat emboss. I made a card, but then didn't ever take the time to load here to my blog and enter the challenge. UGH-LIFE and WEATHER! It poured the day I made the card and then I never had time to get my camera out and get a good picture.

Since I took the time to make the card, better late than never (at least to let you see my creation)-oh well! So here was my take on the challenge last week. 

I used the "Polka Dot Basics and Diagonal Additions" stamp sets from PTI and heat embossed the small dots with white. I then stamped bigger dots and the diagonals with "Hawaiian Shores and Mint Julep" inks. I blended "Lemon Tart" ink over the small white embossed dots. The butterfly's are from the "Bitty Butterflies and Signature Series-Butterfly" stamp sets. They are stamped with "Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, and Lemon Tart" inks. The sentiment is also from the "Bitty Butterflies" stamp set.

It was a fun card to make, and I will definitely do some more of this technique in the future!

Have a great day-

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Reverse Confetti- Sketch For You To Try (SFYTT) #34

Hi All-

I hope you are all having a great weekend? It is very blustery and wet here in Northern California this weekend, and I have spent some creative time in my craft room, getting inky fingers and challenging myself to try some new techniques!

I decided to use this months Reverse Confetti Blog sketch to create a Spring card, as Bunny Day will be upon us before we know it!

Here is the sketch-

Here is my take on the sketch:

I used Hoppin Dots Quick Card Panel to cut out the green tag, which is a part of the Gift Card Die. This little panel is perfect as the words "Hippity Hop" are written all over it!

I also used "Basket Confetti Cuts," and inside the basket I stamped and die cut a little spring chick and bunnies from the stamp set "Carton Cuties," and at the top of the green tag, I cut out a piece from "In the Bag Cuts and Totes." I also use the banner from "Tag Me" to stamp "Spring has Sprung" also from the Carton Cuties stamp set.

What a fun sketch and I can't wait to give it to someone special this spring!

Happy week-

PTI-Make It Monday #242

Hi There-

It is a very wet, windy day here in Northern California-A perfect day to create! 

This week over a Papertrey Ink's blog-"Capture the Moment," Dawn McVey is challenging everyone to use a sponge stamping technique. If you aren't sure what that entails, she has a great video showing the process. What a fun technique this was, and one I hadn't tried before, so it gave some challenge!

Here is a photo of her card using this technique: 


On here card you can see how she variegated the colors on the bird with shades of green and blue.

Here is my finished card:

I used the stamp and die set-"Fresh Floral Wrap Ups."

On my card I chose to do this technique on the wrap around the flowers, using Hibiscus Burst and Berry Sorbet and Classic Kraft. On the stems of the twigs in the floral arrangement, I used New Leaf and Classic Kraft. The flowers are Aqua Mist.

Here is a close-up--

It was a fun challenge, and a technique I will use in the future! Make sure you check it out and join in the fun!

Have a great week-

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Papertrey Ink-MIM #241

Hi all-

This week over at Papertrey Ink's blog "Capture the Moment," Betsy Veldman is showing a fabulous technique for the Make It Monday Challenge. She is challenging us to make an ombre stenciled background. If you are unfamiliar with how to make an ombre background effect, Betsy has a fabulous video showing how she created this beautiful card---check it out!

 I recently purchased some great background stencils from Papertrey, so I was excited to see this weeks challenge is asking us to use them! I also absolutely love the color combo Betsy chose in making the ombre background, so of course mine is very similar looking, color-wise! 

Betsy used the chevron stencil on her card, and I used the little flat looking oval stencil design from the set for my card. 

For my card details, I use a small doily to put over the background ombre stencil design, and then tied some natural jute twine across this area. I used PTI stamps and dies "Frilly Flowers" with the same color combos as the ombre design.

 I added Ripe Avocado leaves. 

My sentiment is from the stamp set "Handwritten Notes." In the center of the flowers, I die cut a Hibiscus Burst felt flower using the Bitty Button Stacks die. I then added a Harvest Gold button tying the two together with a piece of jute twine.

I love how my card turned out! I have done ombre techniques in other ways before, but using the stencil over the top for some fun tone-on-tone design sure made the colors pop! So much fun!!

Have a Fantastic Day-


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