Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all my U.S. friends a lovely Thanksgiving. We're heading to hubby's daughter's & she's doing all the cooking!  I did make Biscotti to take as a hostess gift along with this card.  
Loved being able to use a bow & pearls without worrying about mailing costs.  I was determined to use my CAS-ual Fridays Amber Waves set for a card this year. The sentiment is stamped inside.  

City Crafter Challenge Blog is asking for your favorite technique & emboss resist is my go-to. It's versatile & something a non-colorer can do. I used Distress Inks scattered straw, wild honey & peeled paint with Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue. Thought I was using the colourQ palette, but now I see I missed the orange. Frosted Lace Stickles was added to the wheat for a soft sparkle. The embossing folder is Cuttlebug & the border punch is Fiskars.
This may not meet the clean & fresh requirement at Freshly Made Sketches--I'll leave it up to them.  Time Out Challenges is asking for embossing with the option of sparkle, so will enter there. SSS Wed has the popular Anything Goes so putting this card in the gallery. 
Lost our internet connection for awhile, so I'm a bit behind with visiting blogs.  I do appreciate you stopping by & leaving a comment.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PTI Blog Hop Card #2

We finished raking leaves just before the rain started--yah!  After an appointment I sat down to make the card I've actually had in mind since I saw the PTI Blog Hop theme.  I love gold & my favorite color is pink.  Maile Belles showed quite awhile ago how wonderful they are together.  I masked a white cardstock panel & stamped the Snowflake Flurries images using PTI inks Berry Sorbet, Hibiscus Burst & Raspberry Fizz.  
The gold glitter tape cost a whole $1--easy way to add sparkle.  Finished off with some tiny dots of gold Stickles.  No red or green so I'm entering over at Inkspirational. One more idea in mind, so may get another card done tonight. Thanks for stopping by.

PTI Blog Hop Snow

Finished up this card I started last night so I'd have at least one card for today's PTI Blog Hop. I had impressed the hexagon coverplate to use for MIM 189 & immediately saw it was not going to work for me.  I cut off the ruined part & stamped the small image from Snowflake Flurries using Brilliance Gamma Green & Rocket Red.  I had just looked at the Merry Monday theme, so those colors were in my head.  Usually snowflake cards seem to be blue & white, but it was fun to change it up. I used my white gel pen & Stickles Frosted Lace in the center of each snowflake.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped on a panel & then embossed with Taylored Expressions Snowfall embossing folder. Just a bit of foam tape to mount the hexagon panel, so still flat for mailing.  
Leaf raking day, but hopefully I'll have time to do some more cards later.  Thanks so much for stopping by & enjoy the hop.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

90 Minute Christmas Card

I love playing in the Hero Arts Flickr Group Scrambles. Generally I end up with a card I really like, which is strange since I'm a slow card maker most of the time. Yesterday's Scramble theme was SNOW, giving me lots of product possibilities. I quickly decided on a color combo of aqua & red using a beautiful HA snowflake. Don't ask me why I decided to use intricate dies--I know better--LOL!  Fortunately, Theresa gave us an extra 5 minutes & I got my card posted just in time.
I used Hero Arts Tide Pool ink, Penny Black word die & MFT snowflake die & felt.  The felt snowflakes were already cut, glued to cardstock & laying on my table.  Thought they were just what I needed to go with the sentiment layered 3 times & clear embossed for a lovely shine in person.  I used a bit of Stickles & some fairly flat red dots making it pretty flat for mailing.  
I'm entering the City Crafter Challenge to use a one word sentiment & Pixies Snippets Playground.  So glad you took time to leave me a comment--I know everyone is busy with the holidays approaching.

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 Blue 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.
Edited to add: Entering the embossing challenge with the twist of sparkle at Time Out Challenges.

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.