Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Cactus

 I love this striking image from Serendipity Stamps.  Because it has such stunning detail I like leaving it uncolored or only minimally colored so the fine details show through.   If you look closely you will see that I embossed the card face with a falling snow folder from Stampin Up. So even though you can't feel the prickles on this cactus hope your eyes feel the dimensions I created! : )

I stamped my sentiment on Vellum and secured it on the inside : )

Now that I see the card against my red backdrop I feel like I might need to add a touch of red because I kind of like how the pop of red looks with the white, black and gray in the card. : )

That's it for me today.  I can't believe tomorrow is December 1st! where did 2017 go?  : )

Thank you for stopping by I hope you have a great day.


Cactus Flower
Thinking of You

Monday, November 27, 2017

Masculine Birthday

Hello friends!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!  We sure did : )

November is a busy birthday month in our family.  This one is for our son-in-law.  Not all men enjoy had crafted cards but this one does : )  I like creating cards for him because he always appreciates them.

We are enjoying very good scarf sales this season and we are offering some super deals!! If you have some ladies on your gift giving list that enjoy scarves have a look at my Etsy shop to see my line of "neckStyles™ scarves" : )

neckStyles™ on Etsy

Thanks a bunch for stopping by - stay warm! and have a great week!!


Mill Cling stamp set by Serendipity Stamps
Happy Birthday by Serendipity Stamps 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Monochromatic Toppings at Seize The Birthday and a sad goodbye

Yippee Skippee a new challenge kicks off today at Seize The Birthday challenge blog where you will find a new challenge every two weeks.

The "Toppings" this time: 

I hope you will consider joining us for this fun challenge.  Please remember that if you are not a "toppings" kind of gal anything always goes! at STB just so long as it is a Birthday Card : )

This marks my last posting as a Design Team member for Seize The Birthday.  I have not only loved creating cards for this challenge but I have really really enjoyed the pleasure of visiting so many of you in the STB gallery.  Thank you for your - always warm - welcome!!

A special thanks to a gal who I now call friend, Nancy Leppek, owner of Scrapper@heART blog and administrator of STB.  Nancy, as many of you know, is kind and supportive and... well one of the sweetest gals in blogland!!  Thank you, Nancy for the opportunity to work with you and the rest of the TALENTED! gals on the team.  It was on my "Bucket List" to be on a team and it has definitely been one of the highlights of my love for this hobby!!

Stepping down doesn't mean I won't be creating cards or visiting with my friends in blogland or even joining the challenges at STB.  You will be seeing me around plenty! : )

Thank you again.


Bow and String by Poppy Stamps
Happy Birthday by Close To My Heart

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Simplicity Sister peek today : )

It is my turn as Penny Black's Simplicity Sister hostess.  Each month you will find some delightful CAS cards from my fellow DT members!  I am honored to be a part of this talented team.

Here is a peek at my card.  I hope you will be tempted to hop over to see the whole card on Penny Black's Simplicity Sisters blog.

Winter Cheer! to you my friends : )


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Textured Snow

Hello ladies : ) I have a card I created that reminds me of something you would see on a vintage post card.  I started with a red card base and then layered the "Swirl Cuts Background" cut from white cs on top because I thought it would be a good representation of the smoke and snow sure to be swirling when this train whizzes by!  I colored the train with my Prisma pencils and shaded with Gamsol.  Next I decided to add some texture with Snow-Tex and I really like how it turned out.   Have you ever used this product? It is water soluble and dries hard and gives a really nice texture to snow! 

I finished it off with a snippet of Holly from another stamped image and tied it in with some Baker's Twine.  So pretty and festive and yet masculine I think : )

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you are having a great weekend!


Swirl Cuts Background Die
Snow-Tex by DecoArt

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Serendipity Stamp's November Blog Hop #2

Where does the time go?! It is already time to hop for Serendipity Stamp's second Blog Hop of the month.  As a design team member I get to showcase some of the amazing product available at the Serendipity Stamps store.  

When you hop with us you increase your chances of winning the $20.00 gift certificate to the Serendipity Stamps Store that one randomly selected commenter will win!!   You may leave your comments through Sunday.  Mary will announce the name of the winner on the SS blog on Monday November 20th.

Please visit the Serendiptiy Stamps Store where you will find some great products including November's Stamp Of The Month "Sled".  As always the 
Stamp Of The Month is 50% off.  In addition Wed 11/15 – Sun 11/19 all items (stamps and dies!)  in the Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving categories will be 20% off.  

I hope you will hop with the rest of the Serendipity Stamps Design Team.  Here are easy links to the wonderful creations you will find on their blogs.  

Patti Kehl (that's me)
Julie Warner (off this Hop)

Thank you for stopping by friends.  I hope you are enjoying the warmth of the season.


Season's Dies

Thursday, November 9, 2017

What goes around comes around at STB!

Happy Thursday friends and thank you for stopping by today! It's time for a new challenge at the Seize The Birthday challenge blog where we bring you a new challenge every two weeks.

The "Toppings" this time: 

I was able to incorporate lots of circles in my shaker card!  I wanted to use a soft yellow that is one of my good friend's favorite colors but even with my new improved background the camera struggled to capture all that white and light yellow ink.  

The sentiment says:  "Everything's Better with Sprinkles" and what could be more true!! : )  

I hope you will consider joining us for this fun challenge.  We love seeing you in our gallery.

Please remember that anything always goes!  
as long as it is a birthday theme!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!

Stitched Square dies by MFT
Stitched Circle dies by MFT
Tag Sale: Quilted Die by PTI
Just Desserts Mini by PTI

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Love is Patient

Hello friends I hope you are having a wonderful day : ) I am happy to say I have had some time in my crafty space to work on replenishing my stash of wedding cards.

This sentiment by Serendipity Stamps holds it's own as a focal point so I simply added a little sponged ink for shading and some pearls to embellish.  This is a wedding card but it is a scripture applicable for EVERY! day : )

Have a day filled with LOVE my friends : )


Love is Patient