Saturday, November 22, 2014

a2z Christmas Card

Time for my second DT post at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies. The details on how I made this CAS card are on the a2z blog and I'd love for you to check it out. Lots of us are in high gear making Christmas cards, so thought I'd show you how any flower can be used for Christmas.
I fell in love with the Hero Arts Bold Pop Designs Stamp & Diecut when it first came out.  I think the smallest flower makes a great Poinsettia when stamped in Hero Arts Neon Red. Both of these products are on sale at the a2z store, so grab them quick! The sentiment from Hero Arts Message Wreath stencil is sponged in the same ink. I added WOS to the flowers, so that's why they look slightly different than the sentiment. You can use my discount code, GRETA15, to get 15% off a minimum $25 purchase at the a2z store.  Still lots of time to enter the November Anything Goes Challenge--would love to see you there!
By the way, there will be a special discount code November 27-December 1 & a contest on Friday.
Thank you so much for taking time to check my card.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Warmest Winter Wishes

I recently got the SSS Snowfall stencil & the Curved Edge die--both fun products!  The embossing paste is covered with Rock Candy Distress glitter.  I cut 3 MFT snowflakes from MFT Nightshift felt which is a dark blue.  They're backed with snowflakes cut from cardstock so they hold their shape.  I've had these jingle bells for years & finally used some by stitching them to the snowflake centers.  The sentiment is from PTI Snowflake Flurries & is stamped in Adirondack Denim.  
Very hard to get a decent picture, but hopefully you can tell what it looks like.  I'm entering the challenges at Merry Monday & SSS Flickr Challenge #6. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Birthday Card for a Teenage Boy

I have lots of leaves & plants that work for masculine cards.  They'd be OK for a teenager, but I wanted something fun for this kid who is very intelligent. Pulled out the Hero Arts Number Background stencil which is ON SALE in the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies store.  I made a white card with Spellbinders Labels 22 & inked the front using Versamark over the stencil. After heat embossing with clear embossing powder I sponged on Distress Inks dusty concord, mowed lawn & salty ocean.  An older Hero Arts sentiment was stamped & cut into a banner which I popped up.  I know he will really only be interested in the check inside, but I loved making this simple card.  
Now I can see using that stencil for a lot of different looks.  The a2z store has great Hero Arts products & you can use my discount code, GRETA15, to enjoy 15% off a minimum $25 purchase.  I did use scraps so will enter over at Pixies Snippets Playground. Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Come Ye Thankful People

Just in the nick of time I'm posting my entry for the challenge at Impression Obsession.  I debated sending my sister home with a Thanksgiving card so I didn't have to mail it. Thinking about the joy of getting a card in the mailbox along with all the junk & bills made me change my mind.  I used this gorgeous IO leaf & lovely IO verse stamps. Delicata Golden Glitz looks like gold leafing & is so beautiful stamped on ivory.  The verse was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.  I cut the stamped pieces with my trimmer & a mat for the verse which is inked with the gold. The ivory edges are sponged with Distress Ink old paper--it totally changes the look.  I cut apart a wedding invitation knowing someday I'd have a use for this thick, textured, dark brown paper.  
Time Out Challenges Inspiration
Trying to get the twine OK behind the verse took longer than everything else--LOL! Finished off with some brown gems. It's so fulfilling to have a card come together you really like & I think my family will, too. I'm also entering at Pixies Snippets PlaygroundWords 2 Scrap By & Time Out Challenges.
I'm so thankful for the kindness & support of you, my blogging friends.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I'm still finishing up cards for Thanksgiving & didn't want to miss the PTI MIM challenge.  This week's video moved the Ombre Builders stamp set up on my wishlist.  I don't really have anything like that, but then I realized my favorite Turning a New Leaf might work & I love how it turned out. The PTI inks are Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Simply Chartreuse & Ripe Avocado. I'm already glad I broke my no spending rule & got the Counting My Blessings dies & stamp set.  I clear embossed the brown cardstock used for "blessed" to give a bit of shine since I decided not to use any glitter.  The brown ink for the sentiment & splotches is Distress Ink gathered twigs. Hoping I can get more of this pretty green twine at the little boutique downtown--should have bought more than 1 yard--LOL!  
I'm entering at ColourQ--will let them decide if I'm close enough to the colors. This also fits the Gratitude & Kindness challenge at Words 2 Scrap By.  I used several scraps so get to enter at Pixies Snippets Playground--gorgeous prize this week!  I'm also going to enter at Inkspirational with my shiny diecut word. Now I better get my cards signed & addressed so they aren't late.  Wishing you all a wonderful week.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


My sister & her hubby left today, so I'll be catching up on your blogs soon.  We'd love to live closer to each other, but neither of us wants to be where the other one is.  We had a nice visit, but the bad weather kept us from any sightseeing or even shopping.  
Fritz did really well--not at all anxious about them & was glad to have more people to play with. Today was gorgeous, but freezing. Fritz is a sun lover & wanted to be on the deck like in the summer. Isn't he cute in the fleece jacket that kept Keesha warm for years?
I needed another Thanksgiving card, so made one that I'm entering in the challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.  I really love the wheat stamp from the retired set, Our Daily Bread.  I stamped it in Distress Ink wild honey using the generational technique.  The full strength images are highlighted with Distress Stickles scattered straw. I added some splotches of Distress Stain tarnished brass.  The PTI word is cut from textured brown cardstock & mounted to another one cut from heavy weight cardstock.  That makes it thick enough to provide dimension without foam tape. 

Distress Ink gathered twigs was used to stamp the sentiment from PTI Counting My Blessings. The burlap was a last minute idea & gives even more texture to a basically flat card I can mail without extra postage.  I'm also entering the challenge at Words 2 Scrap By. Thanks so much for your visit.
Edited to Add: Also entering the challenge at Simply Create Too.

Monday, November 10, 2014



PrintQuick post as today's the day my sister & BIL come to visit! Of course I'm still not ready--LOL! My card combines the MFT sketch & color challenges & I used my new poinsettia die.  I had my eye on it last year & finally included it in an order when MFT had a sale earlier this year.  I used scraps of red, green & blue that were as close as I could get to the color combo. Have to say I like them together. VersaMagic Red Magic matched the red so I used it to ink the stencil I made from the Dispersed Dots die for one panel.  The other one is stamped & embossed with 2 tiny snowflakes in one of their older Christmas sets.  The embossing powder has a lovely sparkle you can't see in the picture.  
The sentiment is from the same set & I added Stickles to it & the poinsettia center. There's some foam tape used, but it's still pretty flat to mail. The scraps let me also enter at Pixies Snippets Playground. Thanks so much for stopping by--I love reading your comments.
Edited to add: Joining in the shine challenge at Inkspirational since glitter shines, right?