Monday, September 1, 2014

Friend to Friend

September 1st & already there are signs that Fall is just around the corner.  I snapped this picture of our neighbor's tree while walking Fritz today. I love early Fall in the Pacific Northwest with warm days & cool nights & usually not a lot of rain yet. I didn't want to miss another Impression Obsession challenge & realized this gorgeous leaf stamp had not yet been inked.  I masked off a section & pulled out my neglected Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves rainbow ink pad.  Then I over-stamped the leaves with Delicata Golden Glitz.  
I drew the borders & inked the sentiment (masking off the other words) with Memento Rich Cocoa. Finished off with splotches of Distress Stain Tarnished Brass--again--LOL!  One layer cards are not my strength--usually they get cut apart & layered. Fun to finish one that seems OK as is & can be mailed without extra postage. 
Both stamps are IO, but didn't come in packages with names or numbers.  I'm also entering the Lovely Leaves challenge at Curtain Call & Anything Goes at SSS Wed. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Birthday

Bobby's Inspiration Card 
It's been awhile since I played along at Muse.  I love Bobby's inspiration card which immediately made me think of Hero Arts Magical Background stamp. My first idea didn't work at all, so then I inked cardstock with Distress Inks scattered straw, dried marigold & spiced marmalade.  The stamp was clear embossed--way too subtle.  Over-stamping with Memento Rich Cocoa worked, but the panel wasn't what I had envisioned. Fortunately I remembered reading somewhere that panels you don't like can be good for die cutting, so that's what I did using MFT leaves.  I distressed & inked the edges & added a wooden button & twine bow.  I twisted some twine & attached it to the bottom of a distressed kraft panel with the Penny Black sentiment stamped in Rich Cocoa. The leaves were mounted & the panel was attached with foam tape. 
I originally had a male card in mind, but since I used a bow it will probably go to a girl friend.  The kraft panel was in the scrap bin, so I'll take this over to The Playground & SSS Wed Anything Goes. Thanks for taking time to see my card.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Christmas Wreath

I've always loved wreaths, so have quite a few in my stamp collection. All week I've been trying to decide which one to use for the Merry Monday challenge, so here it is down to the wire, again! Finally decided to go with this berry wreath by Penny Black. It was one of the last stamps I bought before my LSS closed a couple years ago. I stamped it in the beautiful Delicata Golden Glitz which really does look like gold leaf in person. The card is cut from Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles & is stamped with PB Music Background in antique linen Distress Ink. The word die is also PB die cut in gold & cream.  I expected to use the gold one on top, but actually liked it better this way.  
I won a roll of May Arts ribbon when PB did a collaboration with them & this gorgeous iridescent gold is what I picked. I'll add this to the Anything Goes challenge at SSS Wed & the stamps & dies challenge at STAMPlorations.   
I was honored to be asked by 3 people to participate in the Creative Blog Hop, but decided to opt out.  Instead I'm going to show you cards that grabbed my attention but don't have a lot of comments & maybe you'll want to take a minute to check them out & leave some love. Today I've chosen Cat of Cat Luvs Paper.  It's interesting how we connect with various people we've never met.  Cat is a special friend who leaves me sweet comments, sends me happy mail & gave me a WOS pen--probably got tired of me saying I wanted one in every comment I left--LOL!  Here are a couple of my favorites:
Thanks for taking time to visit my blog.  Enjoy the holiday weekend if you're in the US.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Anniversary Card

We're about to celebrate our 35th anniversary, so decided I better get a card made for hubby.  He's a car nut & loves the classic European green with tan interior, so I came as close to that as I could. The current MFT sketch inspired me--so versatile it made a good masculine card. I die cut & heat embossed with Zing green powder the MFT Open Zig Zag 3 times & then kind of wove them together.  The Love U stamp is from Lovey-Dovey Sentiments.  I used Zing Chocolate embossing powder on a white textured button & tied it with twine.  
Very simple card, but I think he'll like it.  I'm also entering SSS Monday Witch Kraft since it sounds like using kraft cardstock qualifies & Anything Goes at SSS Wednesday. Edited to add: my love card fits the Time Out Challenge where my friend, Rosemary, is the wonderful GD. 
Before I go, thought you might enjoy a picture of puppy Fritz.  We finally quit putting off giving him another bath. This time hubby gave him bites of boiled chicken breast while I did the scrubbing & he actually was very good. When we finished I took him outside for a walk & to dry off which I figured would take about 2 minutes with the heat we're having!  
Couldn't resist taking a picture of my fluffy guy after he shook off the water.  He's over-due for a haircut, but I think he's cute this way.  Thanks so much for stopping by--I love hearing from you.

Monday, August 25, 2014

PTI Blog Hop

August blog hop inspiration
Inspiration Photo
Love the inspiration for today's PTI Blog Hop. I used to spend hours in stationary stores admiring the beautiful designs. Pink & gold is one of my favorite color combos, but I decided to make 4 note cards for my sister using the basic layout in the inspiration picture & using her favorite combo of blue & silver. She always intends to make Christmas cards, but it usually doesn't happen.  She does give super yummy homemade goodies as gifts so she can use these note cards with them.  She doesn't like to write much, so I think the size will be perfect for her.
I used PTI Snowflake Flurries & Peaceful Poinsettia with silver StazOn & Adirondack Denim inks. Now I want to make some for me!  Thank you for leaving a comment--always appreciated.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

One more card for PTI SAF

Only time for one more PTI card & thought I'd try a mock mosaic technique shown by Lizzie Jones.  I had a PTI Hexagon die cut on my table ready to use as a mask for inking with Versamark over my stamped Vintage Cream panel.  The flowers from The Sweet Life were stamped in a light pink, Hibiscus Burst & Berry Sorbet with the leaves done in Limeade Ice & Ripe Avocado.  After clear embossing I sponged on Summer Sunrise.  Fun technique I plan to use again.  Love the sentiment, also from The Sweet Life.  
Since I used scraps, except for the card itself, I'm entering at Pixies Snippets Playground. I'll be catching up with all your blogs very soon. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Golden Wedding Anniversary

I haven't been able to play all the PTI SAF videos yet, but I did scroll through the posts yesterday. Immediately I fell in love with Heather's cards for the 1920s. We also found out our neighbors are celebrating their 50th anniversary this weekend, so I set out to make a card for the Sparkle & Shine challenge.  
Challenge-8I would love to have the die Heather designed, but fortunately Amira Flourish by Memory Box worked as a substitute. The Xyron didn't give me complete coverage, but I just covered it with spray adhesive & added more Art Institute Pot O' Gold glitter. I used 3 sizes of gems & mounted it to a panel of PTI Vintage Cream cardstock debossed with Anna Griffin Rosa folder.  The sentiment is from PTI Lovely Leaves & is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa. I looked through all my PTI sets & this little flourish from Sweet Life was the only thing that fit next to my sentiment except for dots.  I used the same ink stamped off once & added the tiny gems like Heather did.  
I have to say, this is one of my favorite cards.  I have a million bottles of glitter & I'd love to make this using all of them--LOL!  Still hoping to get more cards made for SAF before the deadline--chores can wait! I'm entering at Pixies Snippets Playground, SSS Monday Anything Goes & The Cutting Edge Blog Hop
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