Monday, February 8, 2016

Camouflaging Hello

February is a special month for me: my mom's BD was the 23rd, my BD (milestone this year!), my niece's BD, my first full month of semi-retirement, my Blog's anniversary (4 years) & PTI's anniversary (9 years)! There are lots of PTI challenges this week & I started by making a card with Erin's color combo for the DT Favorites challenge.  I don't have Lemon Tart ink, so used Memento Dandelion.  My stamps are from these PTI sets: Twig Wreath, Harvest Berries & Wonderful Words Hello.  I actually stamped a larger panel, but dropped the inked sentiment stamp on it!  
Changed the card design & I think it's better than my original plan anyway. Wonderful Words Hello die is used for the camouflage technique, a little border of Berry Sorbet cardstock is added & the panel is attached to a Classic Kraft card.  I used a few of my precious PTI Rainstones (a gift from a blogging friend) for embellishment. Not a traditional Valentine, but hopefully my blogging friend won't mind.  I'm also entering ATSM, Penny Black & More, The Playground, Stamping Sensations, Die Cut Divas & SSS Wednesday.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cascading Hearts

I absolutely loved Melissa's card for this week's PTI MIM (ombre Valentine) & I even own those products, but I didn't want to copy her. Instead I pulled out PTI Tiny Tags & noticed the little dotted heart--perfect for a Valentine. Decided to change things up, so I used 3 shades of blue: PTI Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky & Spring Rain.  The hearts panel is matted with a piece of Blueberry Sky & the A Muse sentiment is stamped in Enchanted Evening. Stickles added to the heart in the sentiment provides a bit of sparkle--simple, CAS card. I'm also entering these challenges: AAA Cards, The Playground, Stamplorations Feb. theme (triplets) & Fusion (photo & sketch). Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog.
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Flights of Valentine Fancy

...or HedgieTime for a new challenge at Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  Our players can volunteer to guest design with us--hope you'll check it out.  It's almost Valentine's Day & our theme is to use red &/or hearts on your project. Don't forget you must include a Penny Black image--all the details are on the blog.
I began by heat embossing PB Valentine Dance on wc paper, spritzing & adding Ken Oliver Crimson Color Burst.  Splatters of Distress Paint spun sugar & Distress Stain brushed pewter were added.  I colored the little hearts with a Gelly Roll pen & added glitter to the 2 bigger hearts & added some Queen & Co pink droplets.  The doily rescued from under my cup of soup was spritzed with TA Snow Angel, cut into sections & attached to each side.  The red panel is embossed with WRMK 3D embossing folder & the raised areas were watercolored with the spun sugar paint to soften the color & tie in a bit more.  Hope to see you in the gallery.  I'm entering at SSS Wednesday & Time Out. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Friday, February 5, 2016


Designer Extraordinaire, Deepti, had her first baby & it's a boy!  I've been waiting for several years to make use of the Debbie Mumm Baby Boy ribbon pack I picked up on close-out.  I wanted to use the cute ABC one, but just liked the gingham better on my card. The soft blue panel is a scrap from a K&Co 12x12 paper pad also in that close-out.  I stamped my own background using VersaMagic Aegean Blue & the adorable tiny heart in the new PRS set called Sweet Pea which was designed by my friend, Lisa.  It's so tiny I wondered how it would stamp, but it was great!  Now if I can just keep from loosing it--haha! I seldom make baby or kid cards, so my little DeNami giraffe is neglected, which is a shame since it really is adorable.  After white embossing, I sponged on the Aegean Blue.  
Then I brushed the area outside the image with Perfect Pearls & used MFT Glitter Glaze on the image & the edges of the panel.  So glad I had these small, white, glitter alphabet stickers, as they were just what I needed. I'm joining the card hop for Deepti at Stamplorations & I'll enter at The Playground, CASology & Word Art Wednesday.  
I've been off work for a month since I semi-retired. Hopefully I'll remember what to do tomorrow--haha! Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Surprise, Surprise--Pink!

I love lots of colors, but pink is my favorite.  Have to admit I wasn't sure about this card as I was stamping--thought it might be too blah.
Fortunately, I love it & hopefully the recipient will, too. I've wanted the SSS Ring Frame die for a long time & it was available at the end of the year when my gift certificate was about to expire. I'll be using it a lot! The little hearts are also new & are part of the Penny Black all my hearts die set.  Everything else is really old (except the PPP Marshmallow sequins): Brilliance Pearlescent Coral (very pink ink!), Versafine Smokey Gray, Prisma glitter & Hero Arts Valentine Flourishes.  I'm entering these challenges:  SSS Flickr #37, A Blog Named Hero & Die Cut Divas.  Thanks so much for taking time to check my blog.
Edited to Add: entering AAA Cards, DRUDouble DSSS Wednesday & SSS Work it Wednesday.
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Floral Valentine

JanuarypinsightsI absolutely love the Ellen Hutson Pin Sights Challenge inspiration board but today I realized the challenge is closing & I still haven't made a card. That resulted in Monday's chores being moved to Tuesday--a shock, I know--haha! This card drew inspiration from the bouquets with deep red, pink & green plus the stunning garnet & diamond ring.  EH Bold Blossoms were cut from watercolor paper. The flowers are watercolored with Adirondack Cranberry & for the second time I used my new Zig markers to color the leaves.  My newest EH purchase, the Merry and Bright dies, are great since the "happy" is for year round.  I cut 3 from black cardstock & clear embossed the top one.  "Happy" was masked off so I could heat emboss the rest of the old A Muse sentiment.  3 PPP Sparkling Clear Sequins provide embellishment representing the diamonds & the panels are cut with Lil' Inker stitched rectangles.  
I'm also entering these challenges: Pixie's Snippets Playground, SSS Work it Wednesday (word die & Zigs are new), Time Out (inspired by the floral focal point with sequins & a sentiment), SSS Wednesday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

My Two Favorite Holidays

My favorite reason to make cards is Christmas & right behind is Valentine's Day.  For today's post I made one of each with very old stamps & they both turned out one layer!
The Christmas card is one of my favorite DeNami stamps which I embossed in gold. Then I wet the inside of the trees, lightly sprinkled on Ken Oliver Pthalo Green Color Burst & lightly misted with more water.  When dry, I added Stickles Frosted Lace to give a glistening, snowy look. Finished off with  splatters of Distress Stain Tarnished Brass.  I'm entering the new Tic-Tac-Toe challenge (top row), One Layer Christmas Card challenge, SSS WednesdayATSM Holiday & Merry Monday
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Next up is the Valentine made with this wonderful Hero Arts stamp.  I embossed it with JudiKins Black Diamond powder & watercolored the large heart with Distress Ink Festive Berries.  I colored the hearts with the same ink full strength.  The sentiment is by A Muse & is stamped in Versafine Onyx Black. 
The big heart & all the white hearts are covered in Wink of Stella.  Finished off with black gems around the big heart & a few tiny red ones. Kind of makes me think of the adult coloring books you see everywhere right now.  I'm entering these challenges: a2z Scrapbooking, Chouxchoux, SSS Monday & Word Art Wednesday.  Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog.
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