Friday, May 25, 2018

Happy Birthday....May 2018 Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink

Hello Friends,
Long time no blog....seriously I have been taking a break from all things crafty for some reason...just haven't felt like, nor had the energy for creating AT ALL!  Not normal for me my crafty friends.  However as spring arrived my love of gardening got me out of doors and perked me up.  I love the spring months here in the Pacific Northwest! It is my favorite time to play in my garden.  This year I am adding additional blueberry bushes to my blueberry patch as well as a couple of new floribunda rose bushes.  All of my roses are opening this week and my yard smells like heaven!  Plus I love watching for humming birds drinking from my clematis and the last of my tulips.  Nature is so rejuvenating and rewarding - one of God's greatest daily blessings!

I have several birthdays to celebrate with family and friends over the weekend so I finally entered my craft room and made two cards tonight!  It has been too long since I made a card...LOL!  I might have forgotten how!

Just kidding....

For inspiration tonight I looked at the photo for the May 2018 Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink.

My card below was inspired by the wood trim on the camper and the pale pink lanterns:

Stamps:  You've been framed: oval - Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Fine Linen, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock:  Spring Rain, Sweet Blush, Kraft - Papertrey Ink
Dies:  You've been framed die set: Papertrey Ink;  Sew Sweet Valentine Die Set by Tammy Tutterow for Spellbinders for the felt leaves.
Other:  Embossing folder, Paper Studio Flowers - Hobby Lobby; Copic Marker, digital paper

The other card I made is for my friend Sally's 60th birthday tomorrow!  We are going to a lovely party for her!  I will share that card with you after I give it to her. 

Have a lovely Memorial Day Weekend!  We are so blessed by all of our service men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom!  God Bless them and their families and friends who miss them every day! 


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Sweet Birthday Wishes....PTI MIM

Hello Friends,
Had some time to play along with Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday #317 "Using Outline Images" this afternoon.  Stephanie Gold shows a fun stamping technique over on their blog. Thanks Stephanie! This was such a fun stamping technique!

Here is my card using "Strawberry Patch" and "Strawberry Patch Sentiments":

Sorry about the photo is soooo dark and rainy here in Seattle this afternoon but I wanted to get this posted instead of waiting until tomorrow morning to get good light.
Hope you play along!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary Challenges: Use Only Dies - No Stamps!

Hello Friends,
Here with another challenge card in celebration of Papertrey Ink's 11th Anniversary

I needed a birthday card for my sister and wanted to create one with an ocean theme.
I used the text blog horizontal birthday die designed by Lizzie Jones for my focal panel. (I love this die!)  I started with a white card base and inked some sand at the bottom using Kraft ink.  I then added some Hawaiian Shores ink to create the water.  I added some die cut fronds using a die I had in my stash on top of the inked area then covered with a layer of vellum.  To finish the card I stacked 3 die cut seahorses together for an embellishment.  A sweet turquoise gem for the eye adds a nice detail.

I like how the fronds show through the vellum.  I was inspired by several of the wonderful designs shown this week during the countdown including the color combo by Stephanie Gold.

Thanks for taking a look at my card!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary Color Combo Challenge:

Hello Friends,
Here with another card for the 11th Anniversary Challenges at Papertrey Ink. 

This card is for the Color Combo Challenge and I chose to use Heather's card and combo as inspiration:

Here is my card:

Products Used:
Paper:  PTI Kraft Cardstock, Bitty Big Prairie Grass
Stamps:  Reasons To Smile, Tag-Its #3
Inks:  Kraft, Prairie Grass, Scarlet Jewel, Autumn Rose, White  NOTE: I do not have honey nut or olive twist so I added white ink to the list.
Other:  Kraft Foam, twine, glue

Thanks for taking a look!

Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary Challenge: Stripes

Hello Friends,

Product List:
Paper:  Bitty Big Prairie Grass, Stampers Select White Cardstock and Vellum
Stamps:  Bitty Bouquets and Reasons to Smiles
Dies:  Limitless Layers Hearts Die Set, Bitty Bouquet Matching Die Set
Inks:  Prairie Grass, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Lemon Tart, Scarlet Jewel
Other:  Glue, Dimensionals

Thanks for taking a look!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Papertrey Ink's 11th Anniversary Sketch Challenge

Yay!  It's Anniversary time at Papertrey Ink!  They are celebrating 11 wonderful years of creativity!  Happy Anniversary Papertrey Ink Family!

In honor of the celebration I am playing along in their lovely sketch challenge.   It was super hard to choose what sketch to work with!  I really want to try them all so it is nice that they have a printable of all of the sketches to reference when I have more time.

I wanted to make a cheerful floral "thinking of you" card for a family member and was inspired by Dawn, Lizzie and Melissa's cards and sketches which all contain beautiful floral clusters!  My new Flea Market Florals set was ready and waiting for use in my "new stamps" stack!

  Here are the 3 sketches I drew inspiration from:

It is kind of hard to see in the photo below but I also loved how Melissa added stitching into the holes of the mix and mat die she used and I wanted to try that as I recently purchased this die.  I also loved how the background mat was partially inked:

I tried several color combinations of florals and background colors before I settled on inking my mix and mat die with aqua mist ink.  I wanted it to look like a sky in the background of the Flea Market Florals and provide contrast to my pink flowers and green leaves.  I used a pink pearl embroidery floss to add the stitching in the holes of the mix and mat die. My sentiment is from "Delightful Dahlia Additions".  I also liked the way Melissa reduced her card size so that the Mix and Mat die peeked off the edges of the card.  I reduced my card to:  3 3/4" x 5 1/4". 

Thanks for taking a look at my card!  I cannot wait to see what everyone is creating!
Crafty Hugs!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Paper Sweeties Challenge - June 2017

 Hello friends and happy June!  We are starting our 6th month of 2017 and summer is coming our way very soon!  And since it is the start of a new month it is also time for a brand new monthly challenge at Paper Sweeties!

  I love this sweet scene with the cherries and gingham and mason jar and it inspired this card:

I started by creating a fun watercolor background using the ink smooshing technique on some watercolor cardstock.  I used the lovely Mason Jar stamps and sweet cuts to create my mason jar.
I chose some sweet cherry themed paper to match the inspiration photo to paper piece the label and topper. The pink gingham tag was die cut using the "Beautiful Little Wishes" sweet cuts and the sentiment is from the "Handmade for you" stamp set. To finish the card I added a felt doily in pink and wrapped it from the front of the card to the back over a 1/2 circle of the same cherry themed paper.  The final touch is the sentiment "Thanks ever so much" from the "Love you to pieces" stamp set.

I hope you will join today's challenge blog hop to see all of the wonderful inspiration from the entire team:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties

A special welcome to Leanne Elliott who is this month's guest designer!  We are so glad to have you join us this month!

This is my last post as an official "Creative Designer" for Paper Sweeties. I have so enjoyed sharing my Paper Sweeties creations with all of you!  Thanks for all of the wonderful comments you have left for me over the past few years! And thanks to Debbie and the entire Sweeties Design Team! I have had so much creative fun with all of you!  And you have inspired me so much!  What a blessing it has been in my life!

I hope you all enjoy your summer vacations!  If you want to know what I am up to you can follow me on my Instagram feed:   greenwdgirl

Monday, May 15, 2017

Paper Sweeties May 2017 Release Rewind


 Hello again and welcome to Paper Sweeties Release Rewind Blog Hop!  

Did you have fun shopping for all of the new items yesterday?  If you missed it you can check them out using these links:

Today is the day we share cards using some of the new products mixed with some of the existing sets.  I created this sweet card to thank a Basketball Coach using the new "Score" stamp set along with the "Garden Time" stamp set which contains the sentiment "Thanks".  The new "Score" stamp set covers both basketball and soccer themes and is absolutely adorable for cheering on players and the team along with coaches!  

Here are links to all of the participating designers for today's Release Rewind Hop:

Enjoy hopping along!  And don't forget to participate in our monthly challenge that is going on through the end of the month:

Thanks for joining us for the May Release!