One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Merry Monday #282 with Linda as our Hostess

Welcome to another Merry Monday Challenge!  Linda is our hostess this week with a lovely inspiration photo.  I saw the gold candle and played off that by embossing my candle with gold ep.
This stamp set is WPlus9 Merry & Bright.  I used the Mix & Mat Berry & Bough Dies.
I hope to see your card in the gallery and please go see what the design team has made to inspire you even more!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

CAS Christmas Card Challenge ~ Holly

I have my final card for the CAS Christmas Card March Challenge where the code word is HOLLY.
This is a Holly stamp from Serendipity.  I embossed it in gold ep and used my zigs to water color it.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts layered Christmas tree.
You have until the 24th to play along with this first CAS Christmas Card Challenge, there are many awesome cards for your inspiration both in the gallery and by the design team...go check them out!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Crafting with new Best Friends!

I have some cards I want to share with you that I made from supplies my friends brought for us to use at our Craft Retreat last week in Newton, Kansas.
First up is Marcia and these are just a few of the ones I have put together from products that Marcia from Marcia's Stamping Pad brought for us.
 You can't really see the background as well as you could IRL, but it has shine and sparkle to it, which is one of the nice properties of it compared to Brushos or even color Burst. but this was made using Lindy's Magical Powders and it is used just like Brushos as it too is a powder and you spritz water on it to watch the magic happen right before your eyes.  this will not be the only card I make with this, because I just kept using all 10 different powders that she brought and made backgrounds!
I didn't actually get the name of the die, but she brought it and also had some cut for us.  I am home and made a sympathy card out of it.
 Marcia again with Lawn Fawn die cuts with everything already for us to cut and assemble, I gave this to my 10 year old granddaughter when I got home, she loves it, especially the sentiment!
And last but NOT least is a background using Marcia's stencils...after sponging on DOI, we sprayed the back side of the stencil and laid it over the top of the sponged piece.  We put a paper towel on top of the stencil to help absorb any extra moisture.  We also put a little book over the top and let it sit for a few minutes.  Voila!  When you lift it up you see the stencil that was wet lift the colors from the card, this is a beautiful way to add dimension to your card without a lot of layers.  I used a die from Memory Box called Large Antilles Floral Right Corner and a sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly.

Now a couple of cards from Nancy at Artful Notions.  She too brought several products for us to try. 
One was a stamp from Concord and 9th that we all had fun with and decided we loved the Catherine Pooler Inks because it inked up so well the first time.
 The background ink is Shea Butter and I didn't use all the stamps for the individual flower pieces, I left some white. But I loved making several cards with this one stamp just switching out the colors.
the die cut and sentiment is from Hero Arts Happy Stamp Cut.
Isn't this beautiful?  I know you can see the shine on this card!  This is Finetic Pearlescent watercolors that Nancy brought and she had stamped and embossed this beautiful image on black paper and gave it to us to use with these watercolors.  I mounted it on a PTI mint card.  Once again I used an anniversary sentiment as I had some requests for those cards.
Thanks for stopping by and looking...I have more to do, but this will be it for today!
Have a great weekend!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Copic coloring with Kara

How adorable is this friends?  This is MFT Friends Furever and my sweet NEW friend, Kara from Kara Lynne's Card Design stamped this image and showed us how to color it with copics!
We sat in the kitchen of the Craft House in Newton Kansas because it had lots of windows for natural lighting and the tables were narrow so we could get lots of one on one attention and our super fine teacher could go around to each of us.
And if you look closely at the highlight area of this sweet little cuddly bear where his heart should be, it actually looks like a heart shape!  Unintentional on my part, but when I spotted it, I thought it was so perfect!
Kara showed us a technique for both the grass and the sky, I thought it was a wonderful technique and will use it again!  I also thought this image would make a perfect baby card!
One more awesome project from my craft retreat with new friends...more to come later!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Seize the Birthday with Teal and White!

We have a color challenge for our birthday cards this time over at Seize the Birthday.
We would like to see Teal and white on your birthday card!
I plastered my card with lots of fun balloons and added a big sentiment to top it off.  
If you think you see a little smudge in the top left balloon, it is NOT a smudge, I was adding some shimmer and shine and all of a sudden a big glob came out of my shimmer pen *GASP!!...I tried spreading it around, but it soaked through the paper I think!! 
So our topping is for Teal and White...I hope you will join us this challenge and play along!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kansas here we come!

I would say:  Kansas City here we come, but can you believe Kansas City is actually in Missouri, that is just NOT right!!  LOL
You probably heard that a small group of us met in Newton Kansas where the Craft House is located.
Go to that site and look at the pictures, they are much better than mine and are so fun.  The house is decorated in a crafter's many fun knick knacks all related to crafting...even quilting!
The house sleeps 16 and one room has 5 twin beds, some rooms had three beds and one room even had a single queen bed in it!  All the beds had beautiful quilts in many colors and different designs!
So I started out on the plane from Portland, OR to Seattle, Wa where I met my BFF Linda and we flew together to Wichita.
I am not so good at selfies, and of course we are each looking at our own picture and not liking it, so we have to take another and another!  LOL
When we rounded the corner from the security area there were four lovely ladies and it almost brought tears to my eyes, it was so amazing to see them in one said, her picture was taken when her daughter was in kindergarten and she is now a sophomore!!  But really she looked the same! We hugged and walked out to the car for our 30 minute drive to the house!  That is where our stories began....catching up on "life" with each other!
 Left to right, Nancy Penir, Lin, Kara Lynne, Birgit, and Marcia.
If you click on their names it will take you to their blog.
And of course we had to have another selfie with all of us sitting on the rainbow stairs!
And to see the full house with a HUGE kitchen and the craft room with HUGE tables, go to the site from above, because I think those were taken professionally and are really good in showcasing the rooms and the beautiful quilts.
These four days were amazing, and I now have four more friends for life, we shared so much more in common than just stamping and inking!  Life (and Birgit!!) brought us together and I think we will make a point of doing this again and again!  In fact an offer was made at someone's house that could sleep us all and we are thinking that is a fabulous idea!!  I know Linda posted some pictures and told her story, it is a fun read too, so you can go there and see more of what we the meantime, I am going to put together some cards with the stuff I stamped, colored or spritzed on paper!!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and having a look!

Heart Hugs, friends!

The card kit I shared at the Craft House retreat

I love hummingbirds and I especially like making sympathy cards with them.
so when I was planning the kit to give to each of the girls at our crafting retreat, I had to include flowers and hummers from is an older stamp set called Flora and Fauna.
Here are some of the cards I made with them before I went to the retreat and I also stamped on the packaging and wrapped it in twine.

I really shined up those hummers so the belly was almost translucent, but very shiny, you know how they are in real life!
Okay, more to come but I still need to put some finishing touches on the cards.  Thanks for stopping by...I will also post some pictures of us playing together!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Merry Monday # 281 with Kim!

Welcome friends!  Glad you are back to play along with our Merry Monday Challenge where we encourage and inspire you to make your Christmas cards RIGHT NOW for next December!!~
Kim is our Hostess this week with a photo and asking us to use it as inspiration for our card.
I pulled out the Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers series from PTI and die cut the smaller jar from vellum and colored on the backside of it with a brown copic to look like hot chocolate.
I added embossed marshmallows on top and colored a bit with a C1 copic.  I also added a peppermint stick to the hot drink! *wink

 Please stop by the blog and see how the other team members used this photo and I will look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!