Thursday, August 17, 2017

Comparison Shopping & Grateful for You!

Hi Blog Friends!

Here today with a little comparison shopping  for you!
I have been collecting different peonies stamps here lately.
I'd see one & then another, & another! 
"Why not buy them all & see the difference?"
Is what I thought!
(Which isn't really normal for me. LOL I RARELY buy an image twice, if I can help it!)
One might be smaller & one might be larger.....
One could use them separately according to company, or mix & match what you want...
I LOVE to mix & match sets to get the outcome I want with stamps too.
How different were they really?
Can you ever have too many peonies stamps, anyway?
Lets see!

 WPlus 9 was the first set I bought.
As the first was coming in the mail, I won this set from Studio Katia!
And lastly, I saw this one from Paper Trey Ink after having the other two sets! 
I HAD TO have it too! LOL
So, here is a comparison for you.
I stamped them all on a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of card stock. 
I labeled each section for you. 
(Disregard the smudge at the bottom. 
That was my fault--- something was on my hand & I didn't know it.
 I covered it up with white-out.)

All stamped together on one sheet, side by side,
 you can see the different sizes,
 just how many blossoms you get with each set,
 & the difference in the graphics.

You can also see from the first photos of these stamp sets from the companies,
 the many leaves certain sets have,
 & sentiments that come with each set!
All of these sets have dies to match too----NICE!
You decide which one you like for your personal use. 
Just maybe, you'll be like me & want them ALL?
Today, I chose to use PTI's Set, as I needed a quick card & the blossom was already all put together for me & the sentiment worked for what I needed too!
I used PTI- Noted: Scalloped Square Die Collection for the base of my card.
(I NEED TO pull these out more. I seem to forget that I have them, 
but I LOVE the basic dies PTI has!)

I used the Especially You Stamp & Die Set for the Peonies!
(I can't tell you HOW EXCITED I was to see this image from PTI---
an open lined image to color!!!!!!!!!!! I felt it was JUST FOR ME! LOL
I have been asking for this! Maybe, just maybe others have too? 
AND just maybe, they'll have more of this type of image for those of use that like to color????) ;)
I stamped the peonies in Antique Linen for no line coloring.
Colored with Faber Castell Colored Pencils & a touch of Derwent Metallic Pencils.
I backed the flower with WRMK- Woven Embossing Folder. 
This comes with two different types of weave folders. 
(I LOVE baskets!) ;)
And a Wilton Paper Doily at the top of the flower.
The "grateful" die coordinates with this set & I layered it up & brushed Wink of Stella over it, for a bit of sparkle!
This is a Thank You card & the sentiments from this set, of which there are many, fit how I was feeling perfectly! ;)
 I topped off  my card with Pretty Pink Posh- 4mm Marshmallow Sequins, 
& I created an envelope with the WRMK- Envelope Board for a 4" x 4" card,
 & my Teflon Bone Folder.
Just to let you know, I wasn't asked to do the comparison shopping by anyone.
Just something I was curious about & thought you might be interested in seeing also.

What stamps/images are you buying multiple of?
P.S. You can be sure, I'll be using the other Peonies Stamp Sets in the future! ;)
Supplies not mentioned above:
 Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
Multi-Med. Matte
Jewel Picker

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Always Be Kinder!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today I have a card for you that I made our daughter.
I told you that she was working with the poor this summer,
 & this was her last card before she came home.
Just an encouragement for her.
Serving others is never easy, even if you are willing to do it!
Something always mixes things up & creates problems.
That is actually life sometimes. 
Just an example?
But, I will tell you, God was with her & through the outbreak, she NEVER got Lice! 
We were so proud of her doing this work for the Lord, & just loving people,
despite what she was faced with.

I had such a good time making this card for our daughter!
I chose another dishcloth for the color inspiration,  the spotted one,
Teal, light blue, yellow & green.

I used WPlus 9 Modern Anemones stamps & Dies.
Water coloring them with Kuretake Water Colors, on Water Color Paper.

The background piece with the little openings? 
That is from Poppy Stamps- Tulisa.
I just brushed Water Color Paper with water & dropped Kuretake Pearl Colors in spots,
 & let them go where they wanted. 
After it was dry, I used the Tulisa die, saving some of the pieces to replace them into the little windows that were created.
 I didn't want to loose the color!

That scalloped edge is by Poppy Stamps-Tailored Stitches Die.

The inside:
The faerie was done on Water Color Paper also, using the same method I used on the Tulisa piece, 
& later painting on the faerie dress.

LOL, I accidentally learned how to enlarged this one, but no matter.
If you look close enough you will see something special about the front of this  card,
Poppy Stamps- Magnificent Mini Faeries!
Now, if faeries were real, I would guess they would blend into things,
 for their own safety, being so small! 
At least that is what I thought when I made this card! ;)
They bring just a special touch to this card, dancing on the flowers!
So, what do you think?
Do you like?
Have you tried these little Faeries?
Supplies not mentioned above:
Paper- Recollections, Strathemore Water Color Paper-140 lb.
Nuvo Aqua Flow Brushes
Distress Ink- Antique Linen- for no line water coloring
Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
Pick Me Up Tool
Jewel Picker
Multi-Med. Matte
Uni-ball Signo White Pen
28 Lilac Lane Sequins & Cartwrights Moonshine 3mm Sequins
Zots Glue Dots
Sugar Pea SPD-00177

Monday, August 7, 2017

Knitted Dish Clothes for Inspiration!

Hi Blog Friends!

This summer my knitting needles have been calling my name....
I have made 50 dish clothes, so far!
Once I started, I just couldn't stop!
I  have enjoyed using hand knit dish clothes for years.
I also like to keep some on hand for gifts!
This is only some of the clothes I've made.
The pattern is simple, given to me years ago by a co-worker. 
It is only a knit stitch, & allows me to knit without having to pay much attention to what I'm doing... 
You can actually watch TV or carry on a conversation without being distracted from your  knitting!

So, with all my knitting I also needed to make a few cards to send, & was able to send a couple of these dish clothes to my dear friends with their cards!
One dish cloth inspired me with the colors of the yarn.

Don't you just love the colors & the stripes on this one?
"Ocean Stripes!"

So, I set myself to work....
This is the first card I came up with, using WPlus 9- Kind Soul,
& Kuretake Water Colors.
I don't think the colors are quite true in this picture.
(The card actually has more of a teal look to the background.)

I just LOVE how this came out!

Next, I did another card using the dish clothes for inspiration again:
This time I went lighter & added some other colors to mix it up some.

I used the same floral stamp as above, but also used Studio Katia- Brush Stroke Stripes & some masking.

Once again, using Kuretake Water Colors.

My friends enjoyed their cards & their new dish clothes when they received them! ;)

This is the inside of both cards, using WPlus 9- Kind Soul.

So, there you have it!
Knitting, Water Coloring, Heat Embossing, Sequins & DIY Emamel Dots, all make for  pretty gifts!!!

I'm entering both of my cards on the SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog.
The challenge?
Simon Says: Splatter It!
Check here for more information:
BOTH cards have been splattered with Kuretake Water Colors! ;)

Hope you like!

Would you like me to list all the products I use?
(I didn't on this post)
Would you like the Knitted Dish Cloth Pattern?
 Just let me know!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Make A Difference!

Hi Blog Friends!

 I have a card for you today that I made for our daughter this summer!
She is away working with a small church on an Internship.
She is feeding the poor, working in a day camp, helping in a Laundromat-- helping pay for people's laundry, & learning skills that will help her in the future!
She wants to 
Just what my card is titled.
I sent my card to her in encouragement.
Take a look!
 I made her a Shaker Card!
Something FUN!

First, I found some paper that I could die cut with the right words. 
The Designer Paper is by: Recollections- Everyday Moments.

I used Studio Katia Dies-Dotted Balloons.
By the way, Studio Katia Dies are so much fun to work with & are PERFECT for shaker cards!
(If I had it to do over I wouldn't have cut off the edge of the balloon, but let it continue to the edge of the card base. Ooops!)

I created the background using Distress Oxide Inks.
(Yes, they blend like a DREAM! I'm SO HAPPY I bought them!)

Here is a close-up of the saying on the balloons. 
(I used some colored glitter inside, & if I did this again, I would not use the colored glitter either.
 Can you tell I don't make too many of these shaker cards? LOL) 
But, just think about the words on this card.....
"Make a Difference; How do you want to be remembered; Define Yourself; Leave a Legacy."

I used crochet thread for the strings of the balloons.

This is the inside of the card.
The verse is from: Poppy Stamps-Fairy Greetings 
& I hand wrote the word "for," &
the stamp "Jesus" is from ODB- Words of Faith.

Our daughter was VERY SURPRISED & enjoyed receiving this card. 
I think the encouragement came right when it was needed!
HOPE you like!

Remember, in WHATEVER you do to 

****** This card was chosen as FAVORITES on SCS ending the week of July 30, 2017******

***I am entering my card in the 
SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog. 
The theme is ANYTHING GOES this week.***
You can find out more about this challenge here: 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Misti Protection!

Hi Blog Friends!

I haven't worked on any cards this week! GASP! LOL
Instead, I have been working on my 
Misti Protection!
I have a small area in which to craft, & we have kitties.....
I am always worried that the kitties will knock it over or scratch it....
My desk just isn't big enough with all I do to leave it out on my desk, 
although I do keep it close to my desk.
So, I decided to make my Misti some protection!
I've been thinking about this for sometime, & just plunged in this past week....

This protection is good too, if you take it out of the house, which I have done. 
I didn't create a strap for it though, as if it is over your shoulder & hanging, 
or hanging from your arm, it would have more chance of banging the corners....
I saw it more of a case to put my Misti in to pad & protect or store it in, not as a carrying case.
If I get a larger case (Scrapbook case/cart) to roll around, 
it would fit nicely in that for when I would go out with it.
Either way, whether I go out or stay in, it is padded & protected from harm.
(I know that Iliana came out with a case for the Mini Misti, but I haven't seen it on the market since I saw it on a CHA video, & right now I don't have the Mini Misti either, nor would my Original Misti fit in the Mini Case!)

I will be entering this project in the
June Challenge at
"Crafts Galore Encore" 
over at
 Sparkle & Sprinkle 

Here is my 
Misti Protection:
I started by cutting my material to the size I wanted, layering it up---- the print, two layers of batting, a cream muslin, & a final layer of white muslin for the lining.
I quilted all the pieces with my sewing machine, except the lining.
I created a bag for the inside with a zipper closure.
This is my Misti Protection finished. 
I had to add some buttons for decoration.
 Including buttons on the side. 
I used the buttons on the side to anchor the inside bag to, only stitching it in at the top,
 & letting the bag hang loose at the bottom.

I used Velcro for the closure.

This is a view of the inside, lots of space!

I used the quilted inside bag---only one layer of batting to it, 
to give added protection to the inside of the bag.
 On one side I have my Original Misti.

On the other side,
 I have extra grid paper for my Misti; 
I made the bag this way so I can add the Mini Misti eventually. ;)
There is still plenty of room to add pre-cut card stock, & or leave the grid paper in the bag too.
(I've been thinking of adding a small hard cardboard file to my Misti Protection for the Template inside of my Misti now & the acrylic grid--you can see the template in this photo, it's orange. That template is for the fairly new Triangles Turnabout Stamp from Concord & 9th.) ;) 

For the center bag, I have small bags made of muslin inside.
Can you guess what is inside?
 All of the Misti  Creative Corners!

For the double  Creative Corner pieces, I created a bag with two pockets....

This way, these two pieces are kept together.
Each bag has Velcro closures.

Each bag is made to fit each piece perfectly to cut down on bulk, &  to protect them from scratches
I didn't want the numbers/measurements to be scratched & unable to read them.....

They can be safely tucked into the center bag, 
along with other small items that Misti just might come out with next! 
You never know!!! ;)

So, what do you think?
Have you made your Misti a bag?
How did you do it?

I LOVE my Misti!

P.S. Taking care of our tools & keeping them clean, makes them last longer! ;)

Supplies used:
*About 1 yard of each Material- Print, Batting, Muslin's-Cream & White.
*2 pkg. Seam Binding- 2 colors-Black & White
*5 Buttons-1 1/2"
*2 Threads-Black & White
*Velcro-Black & White
*Sewing Machine
*Zipper-7"-9"/ 18-23cm.-Black
*Pins & Pin Cushion
*Scissors-Large & Small
*Cutting Board
*Seam Ripper
*Hand Sewing Needles