Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy Birthday

Penny Black Saturday Challenge
We have a great theme with lots of options this month at Penny Black Saturday Challenge. We just want to see some kind of embossing along with a Penny Black stamp, die or sticker. I used one of my all-time favorite techniques: emboss resist. The gorgeous Penny Black winter ledge stamp was black embossed & sponged with PTI inks Ocean Tides, Spring Rain, Spring Moss &
Harvest Gold.
Then I brushed on silver Powdered Pearls & wiped with a soft cloth resulting in a lovely shimmer.  After it was mounted to a kraft panel I wrapped on burlap & twill ribbons & tied a bow. I love the font of this very old Penny Black sentiment which I black embossed.  Hope you'll check out the work of my talented teammates & add a card to our gallery. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Also entering Anything Goes at SSS Wednesday & World Cardmaking Day at SSS.
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Time to CASE...Me!

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Had to look twice to see that the e-mail really did say STAMPlorations wanted to use my card for CASEplorations! Here's the card I made as one of the Guest Designers for the June 5th post
Card to CASE
I'm excited to see how the DT is inspired by my black & white card using Stamplorations Sketched Rose & Trendy Butterflies with a Washi Tape border. I was invited to CASE my card as well & that was fun. At first I thought of using the rose with color, but ended up sticking with black & white.  I used a beautiful image from Trendy Butterflies which I stamped a couple times between the top & bottom border made with another great STAMPlorations set--Distressed Floral Swirls.  
Again I used Trendy Butterflies for the sentiment, but used different words with "Enjoy."  The butterfly was white embossed on vellum & attached over the stamped ones leaving the wings free. Finished off with black pearls. What do you think?  Want to play along?  I would be so honored to see your creations in the gallery. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
Edited to add: Entering Anything Goes at Stamplorations & SSS Wednesday.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Live with Passion

Our Badge!!!Welcome to another Words 2 Scrap By challenge--Fight Like a Girl. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month & pink is everywhere--even on the football field!  The perfect chance for me to make my favorite kind of card--girly & elegant.  I never seem to use my tattered rose Distress Ink pad but I will again--a gorgeous shade of pink! Emboss resist is definitely one of my favorite techniques & that's what I did using the Stamplorations Distressed Floral Swirls.
After dry embossing the panel with one of the new 3D We R Memory Keepers folders I sponged a bit more ink on the raised areas & spritzed with Tattered Angels pearl mist. Melissa Phillips "junk bows" are so easy & fun and gave just the right look. The sentiment is from Stamplorations Trendy Butterflies.  I just inked some scraps with the tattered rose, white embossed & mounted them with foam tape. A few years ago I hunted for months to find adhesive pearls to use on cards & finally found one choice--an expensive little pack all one size intended for scrapping wedding pictures.  Guess I was ahead of my time because a year later everybody had pearls in tons of colors & sizes. Well, sequins may be in, but I still love my pearls! Remember to take care of yourself & treasure each day. Thanks so much for coming by. 
I'm entering the Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge & Pixies Snippets Playground.  Edited to add:  Also entering Anything Goes at SSS Wednesday.
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pumpkin Foil!

I am soooo good at procrastinating--haha! Lots to do before my trip to visit with my sister, but couldn't let that keep me from making a card using my latest foil purchase--yes, the color is pumpkin! Pulled out my MFT pumpkin dies & self adhesive fun foam. Aren't they beautiful?! Glad I bought the DCWV The Harvest House paper pad as I used 3 of those lovely patterns. MFT layered leaves are cut from kraft & vellum. The sentiment is from the MFT Primitive Pumpkins set & is stamped in VersaMagic Jumbo Java.  I used the current MFT Sketch & I'll also enter at The Kraft Journal, Pixies Snippets Playground & SSS Monday. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Saturday, September 26, 2015


I don't have a PTI sentiment stamp really big enough for the MIM technique.  Striped coverplates are also missing from my collection. However, I was determined to enter the challenge, so had to make do with what I have.  Check out Danielle's video to see her great examples.  White cardstock is pretty cheap so I just stamped on the white panel & then lined up the strips (after white embossing) & trimmed it to size. Couldn't resist adding some white paint splatters. Love the flowers in the Twig Wreath set which I cut from this pretty rose felt & attached with old black square brads.  Fortunately I had rose colored cardstock that was a pretty good match to the felt.
Not sure about this sentiment, but I do believe good self esteem is important for all of us. Heading for a visit to my sister's this week, so won't have much computer time. Hubby & Fritz will keep the home fires burning & I'll catch up with you when I can.  

Friday, September 25, 2015

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge

I've been working on this card for the last 4-5 days as I kept getting interrupted.  At least I finished in time this month to enter the always inspiring PTI Blog Hop Challenge.
September Blog Hop InspirationI love wreaths & my last PTI order included the new Twig Wreath stamps & dies.  My inspiration came from the wreath being one that isn't solid leaves & the Fall colors. It was so much fun to stamp the wreath & various other images in the set. You don't have to be exact--sort of on the order of collage stamping (which I'm not good at) but this was very forgiving since you have the wreath as a starting point.  
The inks are Memento Rich Cocoa, Northern Pine, Morocco & Peanut Brittle.  The berries are second generation with Frost White--could have done them full strength I see now. The sentiment from the set is heat embossed after stamping in Encore Metallic Champagne. The slight shadow effect is done with the Rich Cocoa. The flowers are die cut from an off white felt & are attached together & to the panel with my very old copper brads.  I added some white & brown splatters & made the little striped strip with the same inks using the narrow image from Watercolor Wonder. Finished off with some twine.  I can't wait to make more cards with this set!  Lots to see, so I'm off to check out the hop. My stamping lets me enter at SSS Monday & with no designer paper I'll join in at SSS Wednesday. Haven't entered a Uniko challenge in awhile, so heading over there.  The first challenge at ChouxChoux Paper Arts includes Fall cards, so this will be my second entry. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015


I'm not really big on Halloween, but it's fun to see the little ones all dressed up.  Fritz is doing so well even when someone comes to the door.  He stops barking when I tell him it's OK & doesn't just go crazy like our other dogs did. Halloween may be a bit much, though.  Luckily, we seldom have many kids.  I do usually send a card to my sister & didn't want to miss the Impression Obsession challenge, Happy Haunting!  I don't have any IO Halloween stamps or dies, but thought the tree die (DIE006-V) would work.  Obvious why the Fancy Pants black glitter paper was on clearance--it sheds!  Oh well, does make a sparkly tree & my sis won't mind.  I cut a piece from my favorite shimmery Halloween designer paper by KI Memories which I've had for years.  The dies are Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles.  I picked up the purple & green in the paper (have to look close to see it) & used the little Teresa Collins stickers to spell BOO.  Finished off with some of my little black gems--$1 for a whole sheet!  I did have fun making this card, so maybe I'll have to make some others for Halloween this year.  Thanks to my friends, Maria & Char, I'm linking up to the first ever challenge at ChouxChoux Paper Art where the prize is a gift certificate for Lawn Fawn. Several snippets were used, so I'll head to The Playground. Always makes my day to read your comments--thank you!
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