PNW Birthday Buddies


PNW Birthday Buddies 1-1

Laura, I am sorry that the sun is not shining for you in the PNW (what else is new), I am sorry that Mercury is in retrograde (thus all my uploading woes), and thus I do apologize for being so unfashionably late. All that being said, I sure hope you have had a wonderful birthday weekend, and caught some sunny spring splendor Friday or late yesterday!  What a wonderful time of the year for a birthday when everything is bursting to life!

This card was inspired by the season and earth day!  I can’t wait to get digging in the dirt and my containers, as the front of the house is looking like a wasteland after the winter!

I’ve had this printed acetate from Studio Calico for awhile now and kept wanting to use it, but not really feeling inspired to.  Sometimes just spending time with your stash, organizing, reminding yourself of forgotten dies, and sifting through the bits and bobs leads to inspiration.  This is a a combo of new and old, and features a few different techniques.

For example, the hummingbird set from Hero Arts is brand new; I love these dies so much–you’ll be seeing more of this and the other bird soon.  I adhered some washi from a great Michael’s collection to some cardstock and then die cut.  I like this technique and it is a great way to create unique papers and use up washi, especially that which is getting older and losing its stick.

The sentiment from Papertrey Ink is adhered below the acetate.  Because anything will show under the acetate, adhering it itself is tricky, so glue dots were used under the die cuts.

The little Wellie is from an older My Creative Time die set.  The top layer of the boot is cut from hand-colored Ranger glossy paper using a combo of orange, pink and yellow alcohol inks.

I watercolored with brushos, available at The Heart Desires, and cut that paper with the new Waffle Flower leafy dies.   The new Waffle Flower collection looks so good with Savvy dies, and so I united the Savvy floral set here.

The inside is finished with the Michael’s washi set.

I’m the last stop on the hop, so make sure to head over to Laura’s blog and check out her recent work and wish her a happy birthday!

If you want to start at the beginning, head over to Tonya’s blog, our hostess for the event!

Many blessings to you Laura and your new year!

THD Challenge #6


Hey everybody, it’s that time again! 

I teased you with the challenge pic, and now for some updated photos! Sorry for delay! I had reached my 3 gigabyte limit, but only realized that tonight after researching the issue upon failing to upload my photos yesterday and again tonight. 

Won’t you play along with us this month?

Choose from the elements above to create your masterpiece and enter here by November 30th!

All patterned papers used here are from The Heart Desires Store: Carta Bella Autumn and Jen Hadfield Warm and Cozy collections.

I love how the Warm and Cozy papers can provide a great focal point, as in leaves background below. They also work so well with the thick, textured gorgeous designs of the Carta Bella papers.

The Concord and 9th tree ring looks great on plaid! 

We had a large candle & glass globe surrounded by leaves as a centerpiece around the holidays, which prompted this design, and the 70’s hues add a nostalgic touch!

All of the ephemera here is part of the Warm and Cozy Collection.

The plaid washi is part of the Carta Bella Autumn collection!

Check out the rest of my team’s inspiration over at The Challenge! See you there!

Dewey Decimal

This collection of graduation cards features Lawn Fawn’s Dewey Decimal papers!

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