Sunday, September 25, 2016




Happy Sunday!  I am popping in with two cards to share for this month's Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop!  



I used the same stamps (except for sentiments), dies, and inks for both cards.  I only changed a few things.  I started with the Make It Market: DFTW Kit scalloped note card die.  I liked using it on the card front because the score line provided the perfect place to add my string.  I used  Holiday Greens stamp and die,  Christmas Faith, Keep It Simple, and Tropics stamp sets. I used olive twist, ripe avocado, cocoa bean, and saffron spice inks.




Both cards are very similar.  I am creating some masculine cards using a fall floral set.  I changed the base color from smokey shadow to vintage cream.  





The leafy floral arrangements are slightly different. I also used twine on one and a fine natural cording on the other.  



I finished both cards with some tiny dots stamped in saffron spice using the Christmas Faith stamp set instead of sequins to keep with the masculine feel designs.  Also playing along with this week's PTI MIM Challenge to use florals for masculine cards. 





As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Betty
Saturday, September 17, 2016



Happy Saturday!  I finally had a chance to get crafty today.  I really needed some crafty therapy!  School has been back in session for three weeks.  I have been crazy busy and super tired.  Going back to work after a two month break is hard! First world problems....I know!  





Anyway,  I just purchased more PTI stuff the other night and realized that I had not inked up last month's goodies. I figured I needed to get those inked up before the new stuff arrives.  I decided to play along with this month's PTI Create Along With Us.  WOW!  It was really difficult to narrow it down to just one.   All of the design team projects were AMAZING!   After much clicking,I narrowed it down to this one by Lizzie Jones.  I just love the layout and detailing on this Christmas card.  I decided to use the same layout, but instead of Christmas, I was going to make a fall Birthday card.  





Two words.....Saffron Spice!  LOVE LOVE this new color!  I just had to play with this shade.  I also had to use my MIM Color Pop Autumn set along with Paper Clippings: Thankful for You, and Spruce and Sprig sets.  I die cut the saffron panel using on the largest of the angle vertical dies and just trimmed excess from the bottom.  I stamped and white embossed the sentiment.  I sponged on some saffron spice around the edges of the saffron spice card stock for added depth and dimension. 




  I stamped the vintage cream background with simply chartreuse and ripe avocado.  I added a cluster of leaves and sprigs that I stamped with hues of simply chartreuse, ripe avocado, saffron spice, and pure poppy.  I die cut the acorns and leaf from the preprinted paper from kit.  I wrapped some cording around my card and tied with a bow.  I added some white gel dots and finished with a few warm toned irridescent sequins.  


As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty
  
Tuesday, September 13, 2016



Welcome to the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

We are inviting you to join us for a very special blog hop!


Altenew invited the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge to be part of The Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop, along with many other fabulous challenge blogs!


Curtain Call has some extra inspiration to get your creative juices flowing!
One can't think of Altenew without thinking of their amazing floral designs, so we threw some fall floral inspiration into the mix!


The LEAD of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!




For my card I am using some MFT  Fall Floral, Bold Blooms, Flashy Florals, and Distressed Patterns stamp sets to create my background fall floral arrangement.  I used the warm, rich colors from the inspiration photo using MFT Premium dye inks in cranberry cocktail, tickled pink, persimmon, daffodil, orange zest, olive and factory green.  I die cut the panel using Blueprints 24.  The fishtail flag was die cut using Blueprints 20 
and grout gray card stock.  I die cut the "hello"  from Thanks & Hello die namics twice using smooth white and gold foil card stocks and layered for added thickness.  I finished my card using a few gold sequins.  I am using this week's MFT Sketch.  






Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs 
for more inspiration!





Saturday, September 10, 2016



It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!
There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve store up for grabs this month and two ways to win! First, comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) for an entry in the first giveaway. Then to be entered into our challenge prize drawing, go get inky and link up your take on the challenge. You have until October 5 to link up. Feel free to play along with the challenge as many times as you like. Verve stamps aren't required to play, but we do smile a little brighter when we see them!


The changing colors of autumn is always such a treat. Like a paintbrush came and colored the world. One of my favorite trees around the neighborhood turns a brilliant purple in the fall, and is so beautiful against the blue sky. So while some may find this a wintry inspiration, to me a bit of regal purple and a touch of sky and earth will always be fall. Follow the color pattern, or take your inspiration from the graphic, either way it's sure to be lovely! We can't wait to see what you create!
Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Wednesday, October 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!




For my card, I was inspired by the colors as well as the wallpaper in the inspiration photo.  I decided to stamp the floral sprays from the newly released Verve Potter's Clay stamp set around the perimeter of my card panel in varying heights using shades of moss, aqua, and purple.  I incorporated some generational stamping to give a softer tonal color variations. I added a sentiment from Verve's Kindness Matters stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black ink in the top center of the panel.   I die cut the "kindness" word using Verve's Great Kindness die set. 





I die cut the word three times.  Twice in purple and once in gold card stock and layered the three together for added depth and dimension.  I slightly offset the gold so the purple could add a soft drop shadow effect.  I finished my card with a few of Verve's Shine Bright Sequin Mix.



Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop.  Just leave a little love as you hop about for a chance to win!


1. Julee6. Marisa
2. Betty7. Maureen
3. Charmaine8. Stacey
4. Christyne9. Susan
5. Laurie10. Teresa

As always thanks so much for hopping by!
 
Betty
Thursday, September 1, 2016






The LEAD of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!



For my card I focused on the black and white polka dotted pattern and threw in some pops of green and red.  I used one of the scriptures in Verve's Scripture Medley 4 stamp set.  



Next, I stamped and die cut the apples using Verve's Teachers Count stamp set and coordinating Apples die set.  I used the stamps to color the apples, but colored the stems with copic markers.   To give the apples a more candy apple look, I stamped the solid image using versamark and clear embossed.  I finished my card with a few of Verve's Shine Bright Sequin Mix.  I am also playing along with this week's Mojo Monday Sketch.






Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs 
for more inspiration!

Kristie HartfeilMy Bliss (Guest Designer)



I just had to share this precious picture of one of my fur babies.  All summer I was cleaning, painting, purging, putting in storage, and throwing out stuff to get our home ready to put on the market for sale.  I passed by my much neglected craftroom and saw one of my kitties snoozing away. I felt a wee bit jealous that he was getting to spend more time in my space than I was.  Anyway, I just had to snap his photo.  At least someone is enjoying my craft space!


As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

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