Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Word art Wednesday

It's the end of January, isn't that crazy?  I'm still amazed at how quickly time goes by as an adult and how slowly it seems to go by to my kids.  It's time for another great Word Art Wednesday card and inspiration.  

The scripture is another great one this week.  Again, I had to look up the message version.  It says "But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him."

I really liked how they put God put his love on the line.  I think about the parable with Abraham and how he was willing to offer up his son as a sacrifice in obedience to God.  There is a lot of room in my life for improvement and obeying God the first time and right away is definitely something I am working on right now.    
For the card, I am still on a masking kick.  I made a mask using a papersmooches die that produced the nice curve for me.  I then sponged on a distress ink color and then kept working my way down.  Distress inks blend really nicely, so that was great to work with.  It is nice to go one layer and simple and still have a big bang for the buck.

It's a good life!
Terri E. 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Transformation Tuesday

So, Papertrey Ink has started a new challenge (well it was a first challenge not sure if it will be happening all of the time).  It was about transforming an old card into something new.  Here is my entry.  I have cards from a long time ago, it has me thinking that I need to send the beauties out!  That is my personal challenge this year.  

I found this one and immediately knew that I wanted to bust out the guidelines two stamp set.  I really enjoyed that one and it hasn't seen the light of day for ages.  
 Here is the new creation.  I used the color throwdown color challenge found here and the Global Design project sketch challenge found here.  I am also entering this cutie in the Simon Says Stamp make your own background challenge.  So, I used the same stamp set and the same mat stack die elements.  I made it a large card and rotated the and updated my embellishments from buttons to gold enamel and string.
This was a lot of fun to put together this morning.  I'm not 100% sure about the colors (it certainly stretched me).  I think the gold touches helped tie everything in and make it shine. 

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Missing you Altenew

Have you ever got "lost" in your craft room and just plain old neglected some stamps.  Well, that is exactly what happened to me.  I think I forgot how much I love creating with Altenew stamps.  The flowers are really amazing to stamp with.  You start off thinking this can't be right and then by the end you get goose bumps and think I can't believe that I actually created this.  I forgot that feeling, but let me tell you, it is back on!

Here is my card for the Altenew color challenge and this is also getting entered in the less is more dry embossing challenge.  Let's talk about Debby Hughes card for a second.  I have no idea how she colored that flower, but WOW!!!!  I used a pti wood embossing plate (have done that in a LONG time).  I then busted out my Altenew and went to town.  The flower just comes together like a champ.  I realized I didn't have any of the green inks, so it took me some time to find the right combo with what I had here.  
I really loved creating this card.  In fact, I realized I need all of the new Altenew inks and many more stamp sets (we aren't even going to talk about the huge order I have sitting in my card).

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hello Color Throwdown

I had such a fun weekend creating, cleaning and getting the house ready for the snow much fun party tomorrow.  Yes, I think I will have 10 8 year olds at the house tomorrow for a 3 hour snow much fun party.  We are going to rock this!  

This is the card I made for the Color Throw Down Challenge.  I'm sure you can guess, it was gray, green and lavender.  I was so disappointed in the PTI release ordering fiasco that I ended up not ordering anything from them and instead busting out what I have here already.  Let's not kid ourselves, I have  TON here already.  I think I am on a time out from PTI ordering for a while and instead focusing on other companies.  One of those is Altenew.  I ADORE their flowers and had the best time this weekend stamping away.  

Here is what I came up with.  The label is another Altenew stamp set that I used glossy accents to cover to add a little something to the sentiment.  
 Here is a closer look at the background and flowers.  I splattered gray watercolor and also some silver to really add some fun to the card.  The center of the flowers is liquid pearls silver.  It really added a touch and some texture as well.
It's a good life!
Terri E.

Global Design Project

I spent the week trying out this color comb form the global design blog.  It was a lot of fun, but at the same time a toughie.  I ended up with three colors and a few others that just mixed too much in the water coloring and read more rainbow then three distinct colors.  
Here is the first card.  This water coloring went really well.  I had a little mix of course, but you can see each distinct challenge color.  I love how the bold sentiment pops with the black background.

 Here is the second card.  It was water coloring again and paired well with the white and bright pop of pink. 

This last one has my heart.  I adore it's unique quirky quality.  I am going to send this to a teen that I know is having a hard time.  It is such a tough age.  
Well those are my creations this week.  Hope you have a great one.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


It is time for another twofer challenge, this really is one of my favorite challenges and really has me thinking about my stamps in a whole new way, which I LOVE.  This month it was to use hearts.  I did this after valentine's day, so I needed to get creative and bust out some non valentine's day cards.  The first with the alien, I actually did earlier and added the glassy accents and wink of stella pen to the balloon.  
Now for card number two, It really is made with the heart.  I used distress inks and watercolored it to create the base of the flower.  For the outline of the flower, I used the heart stamp as a guide to manipulate the stitched border stamp.  I think it turned out fun. 

Here is the finished card.

 Here is a close up of the glossy detail that I added to the first card.

Lot's of photos this post.  You can tell it is a weekend and snowing so it is a craftery kinds of day!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Together we are a "small gang"

I had a lot of fun thinking of and creating this beauty.  Here is my card for two challenges.  

The first is from CAS which has the challenge word together.  I combined this with Shop your stash challenge to use something unorthodox to stamp with.  I used the top of my water bottle because I have them all around all of the time.   
I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.  Hope you enjoy!  I thought the Mama Elephant set worked great with the challenge.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hello You

I have been following the Fab Friday blog for a while.  I'm glad to finally have a chance to play along.  The only thing I am going to add is glossy accents on the balloons.  All in all, this was a lot of fun.  
 Here is the close up of the fun monster.  I used black enamel on the eyes and mouth and it sure made it pop. 
This is also apart of my twofer challenge that I will be posting tomorrow.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Throwback Thursday

So I have been inspired by the PTI retiring stamp set list and I am challenging myself to go down the list and use each stamp set that I have throughout the year.  So, here is the first one A Few Pointers Stamp Set.  I used the arrow from it and now that I have pulled it out and looked at it again, I am really excited to use all of this fun little sentiments in the future as well.
I made this for the PTI Anniversary color challenge.  I used Betsy's color combo.  I do want to create with that color combo again and bust out the watercolors next time.  I paired it up with the pen and ink stamp set.  It really was fun busting out a card mixing the old and new.  Can't wait to continue this series throughout the year. 

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love you always....

Are all of you loving the PTI anniversary challenges?  It has been a lot of fun to be up creating.  Here is the card for today
This card is for the PTI Anniversary lines challenge and I am also entering this in the Paperplayers Challenge of red, white and kraft colors. 

I just started instagram ( and that is just WOW!  I'm not sure where I have been all this time, but I am sure loving the inspiration.  I love all of the artist that are on there creating away.  I saw this background technique on there and I just got some new white gel pens so Boom! 

Did anyone else see that there will be 11% off of all of the sales?  So excited and let the list keep growing :)

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Put on Charity

I am so excited about this weeks post for Word Art Wednesday.  I was the guest designer last month and enjoyed it so much I was able to come on board as a full time monthly designer!  I didn't realize how much I enjoyed this and how much fun having an assignment was until I tried it.  

This scripture was from Colossians 3:14.  I like the message version of this verse as well.  It says "And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.  It's your basic, all-purpose garment.  Never be without it."   This really speaks to me and middle school girl situations we are dealing with our oldest daughter.  

Now for the card, I printed out the verse and tried to place it so that I could do a one layer card.  I have had masking and sponging on the brain lately, so this is what I ended up with.  I used my distress inks and really liked the end result.

I can't wait to buzz around and check out all of your blog and creations.  Also, if you have any wisdom for middle school power struggles in sports, this no sporty crafty Mom would love to hear about it!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Die Only PTI challenge

I'm excited about this beauty that I whipped up for the PTI anniversary die only challenge.

I had some materials sitting on my desk from the recent MIM challenge that I never got done.  I had tissue paper from Christmas, so I went ahead and cut it with with one of the A2 scalloped die sets.  I also used the big basics thanks die.  I will be snagging up more of these, love how easy it is to make a statement.  Izzy edged the tissue paper with a stitching detail for me.  
It's a good life!
Terri E.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

PTI Transformation Tuesday!

It's Transformation Tuesday for PTI's anniversary challenge week.  The challenge was to take an old card and give it a remake.  I found this one a bit ago and thought it was cute, but I could see where it was dated as well.  
I ended up making two cards out of one fun background.  I used the embossing and then water color technique for the background.  It was a lot of fun to do.

I was debating about adding some sequins, but I just wasn't sure.  What do you think?

It's a good life!
Terri E.

PTI Anniversary Sketch Challenge

It's the best month of the crafting year, PTI"s anniversary month.  It is snowy here, so the perfect time to stay inside and craft away.  

This is for the PTI Sketch Challenge.  Here is my take on Betsy's card.  It was the most CAS card that I saw, so that is what I went with. I busted out a never before used set round repeats.  I'm really embarrassed that I have had it for so long sitting uninked. 

It's a good life!
Terri E.