Thankful for Friends

I had a lot of fun creating this card. I using my mini inker tool to create the background using distress inks.The next step was putting the circle graph stencil in Versamark ink and embossing with black powder. I had no idea if it would work but it really created a cool effect.

I used my perfect pearls for the 1st time with the collage background. Oh my, I LOVE them! ~Rhonda

Thankful for Friends card
stamps: PTI Building Blocks; MFT Collage Backgrounds
ink: Tim Holtz distress inks - Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn; Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamark
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White
dies: PTI Wonderful Words: Friends, Building Blocks; MFT Blueprints #6
other: Studio Calico: Circle Graph mask; Ranger Perfect Pearls - Kiwi; Black embossing powder

Smile + Happy + Stencils

I had some fun with a stencil and distress inks!  On the first card I used the mini distress tool to push the ink into the "petals". I then generously spritzed it with water. I used a heat tool to dry it which helps the ink look bold.


On this second card I put the ink on the plastic of the stencil and pressed into the paper. Not the best of impressions but still fun.

I tied several colors of twine around the half and half die to match the great ink colors.

Have a wonderful day!~Rhonda

Smile card
stamps: Funky Florals
ink:Tim Holtz - Mustard Seeds, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry; Memento - Tuxedo Black
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White; Strathmore Watercolor
other: MFT - Abstract Petals stencil; PTI - Half & Half die; The Twinery - Caribbean, Pink Sorbet, Lemondrop, Lilac

A Good Life card
stamps: Happiness in Bloom
ink: Tim Holtz - Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed
paper: PTI - Topical Teal; Strathmore Watercolor paper
other: MFT - Abstract Petals stencil; Wonderful Words; The Twinery - Pink Sorbet

Birthday Happiness + dots

I selected my large polka dotted paper first and then in another MME paper pad I found the matching smaller polka dots. I continued the theme by using the Doodie-do stamps with its circle elements. I cut several of the Simply framed die so I could glue them together for some dimension.

I currently am loving flower stamps just done in black or smokey shadow and NOT colored in. I like the graphic feel. Are there too many dots for you?? ~Rhonda

Birthday Happiness card
stamps: PTI - Doodie-Do, Inside & Out Birthday II
ink: PTI - Smokey Shadow
paper: MME - Falir, Happy Day; PTI - Stamper's Select White
dies: Simply Framed, Doodie-do

What's Up? June Papertrey Blog Hop

I went CAS for my PTI Blog Hop card this month. I loved the frame sketch and the 1st color recipe. I originally considered taking the sketch literally and cut frames but started looking through my dies for something that had several sizes. 

I decided the arrows would be fun and then I had to hunt up a sentiment that made sense. I think the "What's Up" with the arrow from Boy Basics: Skater Dude is perfect plus I had never inked it up before.

I stacked all the colors together on 2 of the arrows to create some dimension and it looks fun from the side. You can see this in the 1st image at the top.

I really do appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog. Happy Hopping! ~Rhonda

What's Up card
Challenge: Sketch and Color Recipe for June PTI Blog Hop
stamps: PTI - Boy Basics: Skater Dude
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
paper: PTI - Aqua Mist, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst, Stamper's Select White
other: Get to the Point dies

Happy + A Beautiful Ride

I'm playing along with the MIM #169 this week. The challenge is to use vellum as an overlay or with a sentiment. It is always a challenge to adhere vellum so you don't see the adhesive. I chose to sew the main panel down. The sentiment is held in place by a brad in the "spokes" of the bicycle wheel.

I cut the phase play #5 die twice to shorten it and still get my rounded corners. It makes a great square accent.

Almost makes me want a bicycle. Do you have one you ride? ~Rhonda

A Beautiful Ride card
stamps: PTI - Petal Pushers, Flippin Out, Polka Dot Parade #1
ink: PTI - Blueberry Sky, Limeade Ice: Hero Arts Shadow - Soft Granite; Memento - Tuxedo Black
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White, Limeade Ice; Echo Park - For the Record; Studio Calico - Abroad; Hobby Lobby - Vellum
other: Phase Play #5, Rustic Wreath die, Petal Pushers die, Flippin Out, Polka Dot Parade #1, Wine Bottle Tag die; MFT - Blueprints #1; Sewing Machine; brad - stash; Ranger - White embossing powder

Congrats to the Grad

I needed some masculine graduation cards and think these fit the bill perfectly. I used the school colors for the background paper and ink.

The hat is inlaid so it creates interest and keeps it easy for mailing. I used the Peek A Boo Chevron inside to draw attention to the sentiment which I placed at the bottom. I need to do that more often. ~Rhonda 

Congrats to the Grad card
stamps: PTI - Congrats All ways, Fillable Frames #
ink: PTI- Pinefeather, Orange Zest
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White, Orange Zest, Pinefeather, Perfect Black
Other: PTI - For the Graduate die; MFT Blueprints #6, Peek A Boo Chevron

Happy Father's Day

Just popping in to share a Father's Day card. A Little Argyle created the perfect border and just a few diamonds inked added the perfect pop!


I got to see my Daddy yesterday. So thankful he is such an important part of my life. I hope you are getting to spend time with those you love. ~Rhonda
Happy Father's Day card
stamps: PTI - A Little Argyle, Handy Hardware
ink: PTI - Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White, Limeade Ice

Happy Birthday + Circle Scribbles

I water-colored this text block several weeks ago but never put it on a card til now. I used the back of the circle scribble stamps to create my colorful spots. I am really pleased with the results. I think it would be easy to change the colors for a more masculine card. 

I hope you are enjoying June and your summer plans! ~Rhonda

Happy Birthday card
stamps: PTI - Circle Scribbles
ink: PTI - Melon Berry, Lavender Moon, Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White,
dies: PTI - Text Block: Birthday
other: Michael's - watercolors


PTI's Journal Card paper could be habit forming. Short and sweet!

I would like a stamp that allows you to add all the polka dots to the butterflies. I hope you are dreaming big dreams! ~Rhonda

Dreams card
stamps: PTI - Building Blocks
ink: PTI - Tropical Teal
paper: PTI - Sweet Blush, MM: May Journal card paper collection, Aqua Mist pattern paper pack
other: PTI - Herringbone IP, Fabulous Frames die, Doily Details; Tim Holtz tiny attacher; The Twinery

Life is Sweet

My recent Papertrey Ink order contained one of the May Journal cards. I'm not scrap booking but it makes a quick card. Love the colors in the collection. 

The sunrise impression plate helps to draw the eye to the journal card I think. ~ Rhonda

Life is Beautiful card
stamps: none
ink: PTI - Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White, MM:May Journal Card paper collection
other: PTI - Sunrise impression plate, Life is Beautiful die; MFT - Blueprints #6; corner rounder

Sending Thanks - MFTWS #179

My inspiration for this card is the MFT Weekly Sketch #179. If you compare the sketch you will notice I loosely followed it. I tried another paper behind the typewriter but it felt too busy. So clean and simple is where I stayed. 

The sketch got me stamping so I consider that a BIG win! Have a great weekend. ~Rhonda

Thank You card
stamps: MFT - You're Just my Type, Sending Thanks
ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; PTI - Smokey Shadow, Ocean Tides; Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut
paper: MME - Cut & Paste Flair; PTI - Stamper's Select White
other: MFT - You're Just my Type die; 1/2" circle punch; Target - jute twine
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