Monday, December 11, 2017

PTI Create Along With Us: December 2017

Valentine's Day is out in full swing with the December 2017
PTI release and so much inspiration from the DT! I selected
one by Laurie Schmidlin to CAS. I think it was the colorful
felt hearts with coordinating buttons that caught my attention.
I do not have the cover plate hearts so I used an embossing
folder instead. Here's my version of Laurie's sweet card:

Supplies: PTI XOXO, Jumping for Joy, PTI Dye Ink (Lovely Lady, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian
Shores), PTI cardstock (Aqua Mist), Cuttlebug EF (hearts), PTI Vintage Buttons Collections.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

MFT WSC #362

Supplies: MFT Toasty Greetings, Merry Christmas Circle Frame, 
Linked Chain Circle Frames, Distress Ink (chipped sapphire),
Distress Oxide Ink (faded jeans, salty ocean, seedless preserves),
Copic Sketch, Wink of Stella (clear).

Monday, December 4, 2017

PTI MIM #306: Easy Fan Brush Trees

Betsy has a wonderful technique for us today using a 
fan brush to create trees! She makes it seem so easy but
I struggled a bit. For one thing, my two colors of green
re-inkers were too close. So the details of the trees did
not show up and became muted together. I'll have to try
this method again after I order a Pinefeather re-inker.
Any ways, I pretty much "CAS-ed" Betsy's card since I
have a bunch of stuff to finish up before Christmas and
before our daughter #2 has her baby girl (due 12/22).

Supplies: PTI Wonderland kit, ways to say: Merry Christmas,
Tag Sale: Quilted Die, MFT Stitched Rectangle STAX 2, MFT BG Snowfall Background, PTI Dye ink (Spring Rain, Aqua Mist, Winter Wisteria, Enchanted Evening), PTI re-Inker (Green Parakeet), Marvy Uchida re-inker (light green).

Thursday, November 30, 2017



Supplies: MFT Happy Pawlidays, Die-Namics Basic Edges/
Stitched Rectangle STAX 2, PTI In the Shadows, Distress
Oxide (worn lipstick), Distress Ink (spun sugar), Copic
Sketch, Wink of Stella (clear, red), DecoColor Liquid Silver,
Sparkly Fluff (white).

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

PTI MIM #305: Love of Layers

This weeks MIM at PTI is hosted by Laurie. She has a fun
challenge for us involving the use of layers. I love the way
her card turned out! Her layered elements really pop against
her faux chalkboard background.

I chose Snowfall Style stamp set since I love snowflakes and they look so pretty layered. My BG was created with art basics Light Paste on top of the Snowfall Style stencil. I forget how much fun it is to work with this paste and it gives so much texture to the card. I used Window Works die to create a base for my card sentiment and backed the cut out with velum. The snowflakes are from MFT's Layered Snowflake die set. I'm in the mood for
some cooler weather (we had high 80's over Thanksgiving). Hopefully, we will have lower
temperatures by Christmas.   :)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

MFT WSC#360, Color Challenge #82


Supplies: MFT Polar Pals, Die-namics Layered Snowflakes,
Copic Sketch, Wink of Stella (clear), Lawn Fawn Stitched
Hillsides Borders, Delicata (Silvery Shimmer).

Saturday, November 25, 2017

PTI November 2017 Blog Hop

11/25/17 * Handmade Plaid
Nichole has selected a traditional Thanksgiving table setting from Grandin Road as our inspiration for this month's Blog Hop. I chose
the plaid napkin to work with as a background and embellished it
with a couple of pumpkins, fall leaves and a sprig from Autumn
Berries. I created my own plaid using a couple of Elemental Stripes
by Reverse Confetti and hand coloring where the stripes intersected
to make the squares in the plaid. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy
the November Blog Hop.

Supplies: PTI Beautiful Berries Autumn, autumn scarecrow, Reverse
Confetti Elemental Stripes, Lawn Fawn small stitched leaves, PTI 
Dye Ink (Orange Zest, Cocoa Bean, Summer Sunrise, Autumn Rose,
New Leaf, Ripe Avocado), Copic Sketch, VersaMark, Ranger EP (copper).

Friday, November 24, 2017

PTI MIM #304: Photo Ornaments

Lexi has another MIM challenge using photos but this time
making ornaments! These ornaments are simple to make
and come out super cute. I made a couple using PTI Brilliant
Baubles. A couple of the dies work with a 1.5" circle for a photo.

Supplies: PTI Brilliant Baubles, Tinsel & Tags Sprigs Stamp
Set, PTI Dye Ink (Berry Sorbet, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado).

Monday, November 13, 2017

PTI Create Along With Us: November 2017


I've selected Melissa's stunning snowflake card to CAS!
I instantly fell in love with her delicate card and soft color palette when I saw it. What I realized is that I have many snowflake dies but very few stamp sets. Guess I'll need to
add PTI's newest snowflake set to my stash. :)

I needed to get this card done quickly since I have a full 
week coming up. I just noticed that Melissa's card is a
popular choice.

Supplies: PTI Quilted Winter die, Tinsel & Tags Sprigs die
set, Holiday Words die, To the Point Edgers 1, PTI Dye Ink
(Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, Green Parakeet,
Spring Rain), MFT Snowflake Flurry, MFT Stitched Rectangle
STAX 2, PTI Sweet Blush cardstock.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

MFTWSC#358, Color Challenge #81

Supplies: MFT New Best Friend, Tag Builder Blueprints,
MFT Watercolor Wash PP, Cuttlebug EF (Herringbone),
Copic Sketch.

So hard to make a card not look like Halloween with black,
and orange in it. Also had to add googlie eyes to the kitty 
since I colored him too dark and his normal eyes did not
stand out. And I course, I could not leave out the puppy.
Both are very cute as is...just have to remember to lighten
up on my colors. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017



Ashley presents ideas for her 2nd Holiday Photo Greeting 
card for this weeks PTI MIM. She uses Photoshop as a base
for the photos and embellishes the card with stamps after.

I have taken 2 Photoshop classes but have forgotten how 
the specifics work without usage. I fumbled around with a
photo of my 2 cats (almost impossible to get a photo with
the two of them...just like kids) and used some of the tools in Photoshop. I chose to print my photo card on regular cardstock because I like mat finish.  After adding some accents from the Wonderland kit, I finished up by adding Nuvo Gilding flakes in silver for borders. It is a good thing that we send the pre-printed photo greeting cards at Christmas. I'd have to start making my Christmas cards in January otherwise.

PTI We Love Dawn

We Love Dawn Blog Hop

After being locked out on the inLinkz and gone over the weekend,
I finally had time to create a card for Dawn. I am sorry to hear
she has some serious health issues and hope that her current
surgery helps her problems. It is so nice to create a card that is
not for a challenge and that will actually go to someone! I hope
my card will bring some sunshine to Dawn with her recovery. 

I do love her style and hope she can continue with PTI when
she is able. In the meantime, I wish her the best in a speedy
recovery! Keep your chin up Dawn! :)

Thursday, November 2, 2017


Supplies:  MFT Our Story, Square Frames die, Stitched
Rectangle 2-window Collage die, Echo Park I Love Winter
PP, Copic Sketch, VersaMark, JudiKins EP (Rustique
Weather Vane), Stampin' Up crystal effects.

I had to juggle this weeks sketch a bit to accommodate the
boy character from MFT Our Story since he is facing the 
opposite direction. The elements from the sketch are all there;
just in a little different arrangement. I created this card especially
for my son's upcoming birthday (26th) we will be celebrating this
weekend! :) 

PTI MIM#302: Twine & Ribbon Wraps

Stephanie shows us how to incorporate twine and ribbon
into our cards with a twist for this weeks MIM at PTI.

I played with Betsy's Wonderland kit in card form to take
this challenge; adding the church from Betsy's Cloche Quarters:
Winter Fillers to complete my winter scene. The ribbon is tied
in "flat form" with the twine wrapped around the base as I 
sometimes do with ribbon for gifts. I do love different ways to add basic embellishments to my cards.

                       Supplies: PTI Wonderland Kit, Cloche Quarters: Winter Fillers,
                       Mix & Mat: Snowflakes, Bitty Big: Spring Rain PP, PTI Dye Ink
                       (Pure Poppy, Stormy Sea, Soft Stone), Distress Oxide (salty
                       ocean), Distress Ink (stormy sky), VersaMark, white embossing

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

MFT Color Challenge #80

Supplies: MFT Beast Friends, Snowflake Flurry, Snow
Globe Kit, Drifts & Hills stencil, Its Betsy Polka Dots 
Pastels PP, Copic Sketch.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Reverse Confetti SFYTT #53


Supplies: RC Christmas Bear, Elemental Stripes, RC warm heart/
very merry PP, Nuvo Crystal Drops ( red berry, bottle green, bright
gold), Nuvo Gilding Flakes (gold), Zig Clean Color, Copic Sketch,
Cuttlebug embossing folder (small dots), MFT Stitched Rectangle