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Henry Van Dyke

Saturday, December 9, 2017

It's Christmas Card day

Over at SimonSaysBlog they are having a contest to win a gift certificate to their online store for uploading a picture of your Christmas cards that you have made this year.
I was going to quickly upload my photos using PhotoBucket to no avail.  That website drives me nutty.  So a quick blog post and off I go.
Here are 2 of my cards that I have made this year.  I used some really cute stamps.  The snowmen are available on SimonSays online store.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Mojo's October crop

I had these pictures of Lulu on my phone for quite some time.  I had picked out some things from my stash to use on a layout and those items were out on my counter for about 3 months.  They went together beautifully.

Did this not turn out adorable?!?


Authentique paper- Foundations
Basic Grey [un]dressed - Margie - letters
Bazzill chips - arrow
Prima - Little darling kitten
My Mind's Eye - transfer title - Princess
Pet Parade charm
Stampin' up ink Cameo Coral - colored chipboard

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

PTI Stamp-A-Faire 2017

I needed to make a birthday card for my niece but really didn't know exactly what I wanted to create. After checking out the various challenges for Stamp A Faire I choose the challenge for 8th Anniversary- Bronze. You can find that here. To see all of the challenges you can start on the main page here.

This is Kimberly's example

And here is what I decided to make with this in mind.  The photo doesn't show the shimmer very well my lighting was bad due to the overcast weather.

I would definitely use this technique again.


Ink- Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Fine Linen & Cocoa Bea
Stamp sets - Delightful Dahlia, Delightful Dahlia additions (so easy to line up and use), Stemmed Statements (niece), Cover Up Quatrefoil
Tropical Teal cardstock

Versamark ink
Perfect Pearls Super Bronze

I am hoping to try a few more challenges before the deadline of Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

PTI July Create with Us

This months release over at Papertrey Ink was right up my alley with the cover plate stamps by Dawn McVey. I of course love all of her projects and designs so cannot wait until I get my order :)
This week's Monday challenge, because it was release week, is a Create with Us. You can use any designer, or multiple, to create your own project.
Because I love all of Dawn's color combinations and designs I choose one of hers.
This is what I chose

I would never have used some of those color combinations. Here is my creation

I used the Art Deco background basics stamp along with Grans Garden for the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May PTI blog hop

This month's blog hop had some interesting colors and elements that gave me so many ideas.  I have tried to water color before without much success.  I had to make a special birthday card this past weekend and thought to incorporate the color scheme from the blog hop inspirational photo along with trying my hand once again at watercoloring.
Here is the photo:

I really liked the blue green leaves with all the pretty peach and pink flowers.

Here is what I have come up with.  I am just loving making matching envelopes lately.

The card design was lifted from DT member Michelle.  Thanks Michelle!


Papertrey Ink-
Peonies on Parade stamps
Mix & Mat Herringbone die
Happy birthday die

MFT watercolor wash paper for HB die
Simon Says Stamp - Sending flowers for envelope happy mail box
Zig Clean Color real brush markers - Cobalt Blue, Persian Blue, Light Pink & Pink

Thank you for stopping by!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Papertrey Ink Create with Us challenge

Happy sunny Sunday.

I needed a birthday card for an Aunt who is turning 97 in a week.  I just loved my new Ivy & Bloom stamp & die set.  The design team made some beautiful cards but I choose to use the one made by Laurie Schmidlin.  You can see her work here and you can join the Create with us challenge here.

Here is what Laurie made

And here is my version

Of course I had to make a matching envelope :)


Papertrey Ink -

Ivy & Bloom stamp & die set
Embroidered Borders (Greetings)
Ink - Classic Kraft, Lavender Moon, Plum pudding, Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise & Orange Zest.

Simon Says Sending Flowers for envelope address box

I hope you enjoyed my creation from today and thank you for stopping by.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rainy Sunday

Because it is so lovely outside today I thought I would take the time to make both my nephew and his son their birthday cards today.
Rory's card was effortless and I was so happy with the results.  I found the idea over at PTI from one of the DT members using my new Pen & Ink stamp set.
Here is the result and I hope he loves it as much as I do.

Aiden's cards was a little more challenging.  I really wanted to use Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamps and stagger them making it look like a crowd was wishing this little guy a happy birthday.  My first attempt ended up being my spring board for coloring and then it was tossed in the trash.  My second attempt I used different tools to color.  I still had to stamp and then stamp again on sticky notes to cut out masks.  Here is what that looked like.

This card took me all afternoon but I just love how it turned out.

I stamped 3 birthday hats on the dogs to represent Aiden's 3rd birthday.  I also stamped one of the dogs on the envelope for some added fun.

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S.  Janice next time I would love the company and the help when creating :)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Papertrey Ink - Create with us

Papertrey Ink had their April release this week.  They also had their Create with us challenge instead of their normal Make it Monday which gives more autonomy with so many design team members creations to choose from. 
Here is the link PTI
I just fell in love with this particular design because of the shadows.  It definitely helped me decide to purchase this new stamp set by Dawn McVey.  Isn't it lovely?

Here is my creation.

My leaves are a little bit darker and I am wondering if she stamped off with them first. 

PTI stamps - Bold Blossoms, Happiness in bloom and Meadow Greens
PTI ink - Smokey Shadow, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup and Soft Stone

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Papertrey Ink - 10 yr celebration

Hope you are enjoying a relaxing Sunday.  The clocks sprang forward today but our weather is going to go back to winter starting tonight all the way until sometime Tuesday afternoon.  You see we have not had any measurable snow here since December.  Lots of ice and rain but no snow.  I might have to stay home from work :)

Today I made a card for my nephew and his wife for their wedding anniversary this coming Friday.  The challenge was to make a matching envelope for your card design.  I absolutely love how this turned out and I hope they do too.

Here is a close up to show the tulle clearer.  You can see the shimmer a bit better too.

You can join in the fun here.


DCWV - the Mariposa stack - butterfly paper
PTI - Prairie Grass cardstock -butterfly die
PTI - Beautiful butterflies & Beautiful butterflies layers - dies/stamps
PTI - ink colors - Spring Moss, Prairie Grass & Dark Indigo
MFT - Die-namics- Rec Peek-a-boo window
Green tulle
Wink of Stella and Wink of Luna

Join in the fun, you have until Wednesday morning to upload a project or just make comments in order to be entered to win a $25 gc to the store.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

PTI Make it Monday

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend.  I just had a yummy sushi lunch with my son and that just made my day. 
I finished this card that I started when I was home sick with a cold on Monday.
I really like how it turned out except that the vellum slipped a little so my sewing at the top is not exactly straight.  I vowed to like my imperfection and move on.  Here is my card:

I hope you had time to create this weekend as well.
Thanks for stopping by.

PTI vellum & kraft cardstock
PTI Botanical blocks stamp and die
PTI Fine linen ink
MFT sketched chevron background stamp
MFT Watercolor wash brights
BoBunny stamp - with sympathy
versamark ink
white embossing powder