Sunday, August 27, 2023

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #46

Hello friends.  Feels like it's been forever since I posted, but only a week, so not too long!  I'm still draggin' a bit from this virus and also dealing with heart issues with my 91 year old mom, so I just haven't had the time to play and comment, but I am still around!  I did find time to play with the latest Peace On Earth Challenge where they have an absolutely BEAUTIFUL mood board depicting lovely country Christmas scenes with barns.  Take a look...

I used a slapstick/Cling rubber stamp from Penny Black called traverse and came up with these 2 cards...

This first card was done silhouette style where I just stamped the whole image in black, and then ink blended the background starting at the bottom with light gray, pink, purple, & blue.  I also added some white acrylic paint splatters for snow and then added a die cut sentiment from Memory Box called Special Merry Christmas.  Very simple but I love the look of it!

For my 2nd card, I used the same stamp, but colored directly onto the stamp with my SU! markers and then very lightly misted the stamp before pressing onto my cardstock to give a very simple water colored look.  I also added the white acrylic paint splatters for snow and the sentiment is an older PTI one from the Christmas Blessings stamp set.  I liked the way both turned out and couldn't decide which one to enter for the challenge, so why not both?!

You can check out all the FABULOUS cards from the talented DT right HERE and then play along...this challenge is open till Thursday, Aug. 31st @ 8:00PM.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Sunday, August 20, 2023

The Flower Challenge #83 and Double D Challenge - SUNFLOWERS

Hello friends.  Playing along with two challenges today...The Flower Challenge is looking for DOTS/STRIPES and the Double D Challenge is looking for SUNFLOWERS.  I was able to combine both into one card and came up with this...

A while back one of my favorite designers Kelly Lunceford made a type of shadow box card HERE that I just had to try my hand at!  A little hard to see in the photo, but the sunflowers (gifted to me by my sweet friend Lisa Elton - SSS's Little Sunflower Blooms) have dimensionals on the back to raise them up, and then you place a frame and acetate over the top of them.  The frame is PTI's Border Bling: Scalloped Frame and the acetate was stamped with Stazon ink using PTI's Garden Blessings stamp set.

Here's a close up so you can see the sentiment better, and can you also see my DOTS in the background??  I used an older Cuttlebug embossing folder for the large dots and built my little sunflower scene on top of it.  The leaves are from another PTI set called Into The Blooms: Dahlia.

I thought about making this a shaker card, as I added thin foam strips to the back of the frame, but decided it was busy enough and didn't want to take away from the beauty of the Sunflowers and that gorgeous sentiment!  

Lots of beautiful inspiration from both challenges, and you can find them HERE and HERE.  The Flower Challenge is open till the 25th of August and The Double D Challenge is open till September 3rd @ 8:00PM.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Color Hues Challenge #70 - RED & YELLOW

Hello friends.  It's time for another Color Hues Challenge, and our wonderful hostess Stef has chosen RED & YELLOW for us to play with.

This color combination definitely says SUMMER to me, and also SUNFLOWERS, and here's what I came up with using a couple oldies but goodies from The Greetery!!

Don't you just love the watering can in RED from The Greetery's Sprinkled With Kindness stamp and die set?!  It's a 3 step stamp and I used Real Red ink (SU!) for the first two layers and Cherry Cobbler (also SU!) ink for the third layer.  I actually stamped 2 of the watering cans because I'm thinking ahead to Christmas and how fun would this watering can in red be filled with Christmas greenery??!!  But let's stay in Summer right now as I'm definitely NOT ready for Winter and what comes with it!!  I die cut all my Sunflowers from white cardstock (BotaniCuts: Sunflower from The Greetery) and then inked them up with a blender brush and several different yellow inks from PFS.  

I also die cut a leaf from PTI's Into The Blooms: Dahlia and left it white for just a bit of greenery in my flower arrangement.  I adhered everything to a yellow and white piece of gingham dsp I had and adhered that to the largest of the Postal Frame Dies (The Greetery), and then everything to a red card base.  To finish I added a tiny heart tag (PTI's Tiny Tags) embossed with my sentiment, some glitter on the flower centers and the leaf, and a few Disco Ball Sequins from Gina K.  Love how bright and colorful this turned out...GREAT color choice Stef!!

There's is lots of inspiration from our DT and Special GD Annette to get you started, so check it all out right HERE and then play along with us...we'd love to see YOU in our gallery!!  This challenge is open till August 28th @ 9:00AM.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #45

Hello friends.  Sorry I've been MIA lately...the Covid bug finally got me!  But I'm feeling better and have a card to share for the Peace On Earth challenge, where they have a mood board that says TROPICAL to me!  Take a look...

And here's what I came up with:

I took a little bit of liberty with this sweet little Santa from MFT's Jingle All The Way set and didn't color in his jacket red, but instead left that part of him skin toned to look like he's in the tropics working on his tan (he has a way to go yet...).

I colored Santa with my Copics and then pop dotted him to a background made with Sizzix's Tropical Leaves embossing folder, and some die cut Palm branches from The Greetery's BotaniCuts: Palm.

I finished with a little bit of glitter on Santa's hat, a few gifts, and some bakers twine with a red star stamped with my sentiment (Ho Ho Ho).  

You can check out all the fabulous cards from the DT for more inspiration right HERE and then play along.  This challenge is open till Thursday, August 17th @ 8:00PM.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Wednesday, August 2, 2023


Hello friends.  So how many of you have fallen in love with the Betterpress Letterpress system from Spellbinders??!!  I have to admit I was pretty curious about it right from the get-go, but told myself I had to step back and really think about it before spending that kind of money on something I wasn't totally sure if I'd use enough.  I kept seeing everyone's videos and posts though, and became more and more intrigued...and then of course the bundle was out of stock. I told myself that wasn't a bad thing though as it gave me more time to really decide if I NEEDED it or just WANTED it.  And of course as soon as the email came saying it was back in stock, I caved, and added it to the cart!  I am SO weak!!  But I have to tell you I am having so much FUN with it and have my first attempts to share with you today.  I have to tell you upfront though that trying to photograph Letterpress is a lot like trying to photograph hot foiling and WOS...the camera just doesn't pick up the debossed look.  You almost have to have the card in your hand where you can actually run your fingertips over it to feel the indentations.  I have 6 cards to share, so let's get started!

This card was my very first try, and rather than the black ink that I used on the rest of the cards, I was trying for a more vintage look and used the Tawny Brown ink on the cream colored cotton cardstock that came with the system.  Just a very simple card that I used a hot foil plate for the sentiment (Spellbinder's Essential Glimmer Sentiments) and The Greetery's Postal Frame Die.  

This card uses the same Betterpress Plate as the first card, but I only used part of it in the top right hand corner and the bottom left hand corner, and the sentiment is the same as the first card too.  I used my Copics to color the flowers and leaves and then used one of my favorite Spellbinder's dies (Hemstitched Rectangles) over the top before attaching it to a card base.  Again, very simple but that etched look you get from the Betterpress really takes it up another level!

Once again, another very simple card where I used the same Betterpress plate and then ink blended with some pink ink that was left on my blending brush through just half of the card.  The Happy Birthday is also from the Essential Glimmer Sentiments and gives the most beautiful etched look when you run it through the Betterpress Letterpress!

OK, last card with this particular Betterpress plate, but hey, I really, REALLY like it!!  This one was done on a soft gray cardstock that comes with the system, and was once again colored with my Copics.  The Greetery's Nordic Frame Dies were used around the edge of this card and the same birthday sentiment as before.

This card uses the Butterfly Garden plate and I did a simple rainbow ink blending over it before attaching the separate sentiment panel with foam tape behind it for dimension.  I used a couple Copics on the butterfly and also some WOS, and it sparkles really beautifully in the light!  

For my last card I used a hot foil plate (Spellbinder's Holiday Florals Background) with the Betterpress system, and while it does give the etched look, I wasn't as impressed with the results as when you use an actual Betterpress plate.  I think it's the lack of detail that isn't a part of the hot foil plates, but after once again using my Copics to color in the leaves and Poinsettia's, it didn't look too bad.  And the hot foil sentiment came out beautifully!

So there you have my first attempts at using the Betterpress Letterpress system, and I can't wait to try other plates and designs...this could become very addicting!!  Thanks so much for sticking with me through this looooooong post, and hope that if you caved like I did, that you'll share your cards too!

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Color Hues Challenge - #69

Hello friends.  WOW...August 1st!!  Where is my Summer going?!  Hopefully this month goes a bit slower so I can savor it!!  We have a brand new challenge for you at Color Hues, and Sheri is our hostess and she would like to see you use TEAL & ORANGE on your cards.

I admit I was a little stumped at first with this color combo, but then I received a new (to me) die set from Spellbinders and it all "clicked" into place!  Here's what I came up with...

Day At The Beach includes all the dies to cut out this bathing beauty with her hat, bag, flip flops, & beach towel, and I used scraps from PTI's Orange Zest & Tropical Teal cardstock, and also dsp from their Bitty Big Paper Packs in the same colors!

For my background I used a striped piece of the Bitty Big DSP and used MB's Pinpoint Burst Plate Die to create the sun rays.  A couple sequins and it was finished...easy peasy!!

As usual, our DT and Special GD Deborah have LOTS of wonderful inspiration to get you started, so check it all out right HERE and then play along with us!  We would love to see YOU in our gallery!  This challenge is open till August 14th @ 9:00AM.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!