Thursday, December 30, 2021

MFT Color Challenge with Freshly Picked


I am playing along with the MFT Color Challenge using the Freshly Picked dies. I made a set of six cards and have not yet added sentiments.  These may be birthday, Valentine's Day, or 'just-a-note' cards depending on the sentiments added later on.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Freshly Picked Thanks

I am playing along with the MFT Sketch Challenge using their Freshly Picked dies and some of my favorite gingham papers.  The idea was to use the thanks die next to the bouquet, but it would not fit.  I like it better going over the flowers....happy discovery!

Thanks for visiting, and stay well!


Linking to:

MFT Sketch Challenge

Peony Noel

 The Papertrey Ink Blog includes some of my favorite challenges; this one is called "What do I do with This?".  The designers share supplies, techniques, and lots of creativity.  This challenge is to include a stencil on a holiday card.  The snowflake stencil includes huge, beautiful flakes which I toned down by using softly hued Spring Rain Ink and a blending brush for stenciling.  The peony layers are inked with Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky.  I think the coordinating inks helped the big blooms and the huge snowflakes work nicely together.

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2022,


Linking to PTI "What do I do with This?"

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Ecclesiastes 11:5 for Word Art Wednesday

 Here we are right on the brink of Christmas, and we have prizes to offer you through a fun blog hop! 
Below is a photo of the prize offered for commenting on my blog.  Hope you will find time to visit all the stops and to play along with the project link-up.

Here are the stops along the hop:

As always, the beautifully  lettered word art is available for download at WordArt Wednesday.  This scripture is a great reminder of the power and wisdom of God.  I am so thankful that He is far more powerful and wise than I could ever understand.  He loves us deeply.



Saturday, December 18, 2021

Butterfly Thanks

 Shauna's challenge on the Papertrey Ink blog is to create a simple and elegant card.  This one came together quickly.  The base was created by cutting the Large Scallop Stacker die just over the edge of a top-folding A-2 card.  The large butterfly from Butterfly Blooms was embossed with gold glitter on watercolor paper.  It is tinted with Blueberry Sky ink using a water brush.

Thanks for visiting,


Linking to Papertrey Ink

PIP Challenge

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Bling it On---gold glitter EP)

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Joy to the World

Couldn't resist playing along in the latest PTI challenge:  to create a floral Joy to the World card.  Couldn't resist inking the smaller blossoms from Into the Blooms Peonies.  Some of the foliage comes from Into the Blooms Dahlias and adds a nice holiday flair.  The leaves were given a light coating of GKD Glitter Gel.

Thanks for visiting, 


Linking to:

Papertrey Ink

PIP Challenge

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Bling it On---GKD Glitter Gel)

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Joyful Peonies

The message of the Christmas season is love, hope, joy, and peace! 

I am playing along with a couple of joy-themed challenges using my newest crafting treasure---Into the Blooms Peonies by Papertrey Ink.  Both my grandma and my great granny had gorgeous peony bushes in their yards and they never scolded little girls for picking them.  Granny's dishes even have peonies on them, and I was blessed to receive them several years ago.  We use them frequently, and they bring many happy memories.   Needless to say, making this card brought joy!

Linking to:

PTI --Shauna's video series:  Joy Cards

Double D Challenge:  Joy Cards

NBUS Challenge: New Peony dies

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Isaiah 7:14 Gift Bag for Wordart Wednesday

 Isaiah 7:14 is a wonderful promise from scripture...I love the wording that the Lord, Himself, will give the sign that Immanuel is coming.  It's a beautiful for Christmas cards and projects, and the digital word art is available for download at Word Art Wednesday.

My project is a double pocket gift bag.  It is a humble brown paper lunch sack with the bottom edge folded and secured with Scor Tape. The plaid layer was cut with a paper trimmer, but for the next one, I will check my  stash for a rectangular die cut that coordinates with the bottom pocket.  The layered holly dies are by Momenta and originally came in a cluster of three.  I snipped them apart to layer around the scripture.  The berries had a nice embossing line that allowed for white gel pen highlights.

I intend to fill the pockets with Christmas tags to share with a sweet group of ladies from church.

Thanks so much for visiting,


Saturday, December 4, 2021

Love you tons

 I've put lots of miles on this adorable Lawn Fawn set which is fabulous for Valentines.  I am making a few to tuck into a Christmas gift.  I really shouldn't have had this idea so close to Christmas...but it is good to have another reason to craft.

Linking to PIP Challenge

Mickey Valentine

 I am working on a collection of cards to give as a Christmas gift, and it seemed like a good idea to add a few Valentines....especially for the kiddos.  This one was made for a tiny Mickey fanatic using a cute set of EK Success stamps I picked up at Hobby Lobby yesterday for a very reasonable price.  I made 'background paper' using all the stamps and was able to cut two accent panels.  The heart dies are all from "You have my Heart" by Papertrey.  This one was really fun to create!

Linking to PIP Challenge (animals.....hope an animated mouse counts!

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Christmas Bloom Box

I try to play along with the Papertrey Ink challenges as often as possible.  I just received Into the Blooms:  Dahlias in the mail and decided to cut them from rich Christmas colors.  Since the directive was to make a box, I hesitated....boxes are challenging to me.  However,  my desire to use these wonderful new dies won out.  The panels of the box are PTI's Tag Sale:  Quilted die, and the base was made from a quarter sheet of card stock scored all the way around at one inch.  It fit engineering or hard math needed.  :)

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Linking to:

The Great Cover Up:  Gift Boxes

SSS Wednesday Challenge (Christmas)

Birthday Mug

 I am still working on a collection of cards to give Mom as a Christmas gift, and, of course, I am short on masculine ones.  This mug die came in my most recent PTI order, and I had dreams of stamping the die cut with tiny flowers to create the kind of coffee vessel I love......However, the current Great Cover Up challenge calls for sentiments to be heat embossed on black, and a much-needed masculine birthday card was born.  CAS cards can be really fulfilling!

BTW, I usually don't have too much Never-Before-Used-Schtuff at one time, but I was blessed with a couple of random challenge wins lately, and I sure am enjoying the new crafting treasures!

Happy December second!


Linking to:

What Do I Do with This?

December NBUS

Birthday Pug

Newton's Pug Hug set landed on my front porch this afternoon, and I couldn't wait to make a card.  Echo Park papers and the sketch made for a fun layout for this little pug.

Thanks for visiting, 


Linking to:

Inky Paws Challenge

PIP Challenge