Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PTI's Create Along With Us: November 2017

Hooray!  It's release week at PTI again, and that means Create Along With Us!  I really missed this last month.  I love seeing all the DT's use of products and techniques--it's when I feel the most inspired to create!  This month, Lizzie Jones' Snowfall Style card caught my eye:

I grabbed my What The Doodle: Snowflakes set and got to work!  I started with a Dark Indigo base, and cut a top panel from white card stock.  Using three different shades of blue and multiple sizes of snowflakes, I stamped down the side and across the bottom.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set, and finished it off with some drops of Diamond Ice Stickles in the center of each flake.  I'm with Lizzie--gotta have some winter sparkle!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lawn Fawnatics #16

I'm relatively new to the paper crafting world, but Lawn Fawn has quickly become a favorite and I am very excited to begin taking part in their challenges!  My oldest Lawn Fawn set is Trick or Treat--mmm, candy corn!!  For this card I started with a base of orange polka dot paper from my stash.  After die cutting, stamping, and coloring five pieces of candy corn, I stamped the sentiment on a white panel, layered it on a black panel, and arranged the candy corn down the edge of my card.  Trick or Treat!  Does anyone have Halloween candy left??

Sunday, November 5, 2017

We Love You Dawn! Blog Hop

Yesterday Papertrey Ink posted a blog hop in honor of one of their designers Dawn, who is currently in the hospital recovering from surgery.  Though relatively new to card making, I have followed Papertrey Ink from the beginning and Dawn is one of my favorite designers!  Her story is amazing; her faith and joy more so!  So today I wanted to jump in and make a card for her in the hopes that it will encourage and inspire her as her work has done for me!

I started by pulling out two of Dawn's sets: A Cheerful Heart and Enclosed: Heart.  I stamped the tiny floral image from Enclosed on a trimmed panel of white card stock.  Then I stamped the verse from A Cheerful Heart on a panel of Aqua Mist card stock.  I used Dawn's To The Point: Edgers Dies to finish the edges of the Aqua mist panel, as well as one of Raspberry Fizz.  I layered the three panels together atop a Raspberry Fizz base.  For embellishment, I die cut two of the floral images and popped them up with adhesive next to the verse, and heat embossed black centers to all the flowers.  Get well soon Dawn!

Friday, October 27, 2017

PTI's Make It Monday #301

Today I'm playing along with PTI's Make It Monday.  Lizzie has a fun tutorial on Matting with Glitter!  Here's her card:

I decided to go with a clean and simple design to make a Thanksgiving card, and I love how the glittered mat gave it a little oomph!  I started with a Pinefeather base and cut the edge a bit with the Medium Scallop.  I die cut two ovals from the Noted: A2 Collection and stamped the top with a sentiment from Give Thanks, in Pinefeather ink.  The bottom oval is my glittered mat :)  I added a glitter strip to the inside edge as well.  Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

30 Days of Thanks

Years ago I worked at a Christian bookstore.  One holiday season, a turkey tapestry showed up in our store and I fell in love with him.  I was so afraid that someone would buy him before I could!  But that turkey must have been meant for me because no one else showed any inclination.  Ever since, I have hung him in my home 30 days before Thanksgiving and made it a priority to think of something each day that I'm thankful for.  Like an advent calendar, he helps me focus my heart and mind during this season on the "little" things in life that are most important.  Will you join me this year?  Let's light up social media with the joy in our lives!  #30daysofthanks

Day 30: convenience of scripture and Christian music on my phone

Day 29: cooler fall weather

Day 28: Nathan making coffee for me

Day 27: wonderful years with Grandma

Day 26: hubby let me sleep in

Day 25: Heidi & Patrick's friendship and proximity

Day 24: God is always there to listen, no matter how early or late

Day 23: that I can be a stay at home mom

Day 22: solo grocery shopping trip

Day 21: God's strength and patience 

Day 20: the colors of fall

Day 19: Friends who cooked dinner for us!

Day 18: Glenn, who loves Mere so well and introduced me to my favorite coffee

DAY 17: My sisters-in-law!

Day 16: Hot Earl Grey tea on a cold, wet day

Day 15: My husband who encourages me to get to the gym!

Day 14: My son's preschool experience

Day 13: Medicine for when my little guy is sick

Day 12: That my son feels better, and for my niece's 3rd birthday!

Day 11: A day of rest

Day 10: My mom friends and their kids!

Day 9: Time to make some cards

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PTI's Make It Monday #300

300!  WOW!  Excited to play along this week with Melissa's Build-A-Wreath challenge!  She made three beautiful wreath cards:

Not sure how to get those images to line up in a row; I'll have to look into it!  For my card, I started with a background of patterned paper from PTI's text-style Chocolate Remix.  I added an ivory rectangle cut from PTI's Noted: Scalloped A2 Collection.  Using Lawn Fawn's mini wreath, I die cut a wreath each out of orange and yellow card stock, and offset them slightly before glueing together.  I added a little bow from the set using the same patterned paper as the background, and stacked two die cuts of the word Blessed from the Inspired series for the sentiment.   Happy Fall, ya'll!

Monday, October 9, 2017

PTI's Make It Monday #299

I just wasn't able to finish my card for last week's MIM, so I'm happy to be able to jump right in to this weeks'!  Dawn made a very pretty Christmas themed sentiment window card.  

I am so excited to start making Christmas cards...but first I need a Halloween card for my nieces.  For my front panel I used a sheet of paper from PTI's Halloween Prints.  I ink blended the background, and cut some pumpkins from textured orange yardstick using the Autumn Pumpkins dies.  I added little faces from the Pumpkin Expressions set, and stamped the sentiment from there as well. To finish it off I added some die cut bats from Lawn Fawn's Trick or Treat mini set, and some purple bling for eyes.