Sunday, February 1, 2015

Alcohol Ink Flowers

February 1st--how did that happen?!  Time for another Words 2 Scrap By challenge. This month we're asking you to do something different--not what you usually create.  I decided to use my alcohol inks.  Most of the time they just decorate the shelf--LOL! I used Cranberry & Wild Plum on glossy photo paper & then brushed on some Distress Stain Brushed Pewter after die cutting & dry embossing the Sizzix flowers.  I bought the die in close-out long ago but had never used it.  I glued them together with some vellum layers & embellished with a large jewel brad I've had for over 10 years!  The border die is Our Daily Bread Design, the leaf flourish is MFT (a year end splurge!) & the sentiment is Savvy Stamps.  I added satin ribbon, clear sticker dots & a strip of Elizabeth Craft silver glitter. I'm entering the Anything Goes challenge at SSS Wednesday and SSS Work It Wednesday.
The big day has arrived--Seahawks playing in their second straight Super Bowl!  We're forgetting the calorie counting for a day so I can have bownies with coffee ice cream--yum!  Go Hawks!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Thinking of You

I love the Hero Arts Love From the Garden stamp I used here & wanted to try a totally different look with it.  This time I white embossed on kraft cardstock & added some color with a beautiful red glitter gel pen included in the Blog Candy I won from Alexandra.  I matted it with white cardstock & mounted it to the card front with foam tape.  The sentiment is also Hero Arts--a versatile set called Messages with Flourish. I'll probably use this for a Valentine, but it'd also work just to surprise a friend with unexpected happy mail.  If you click on the links you will find the stamps at a2z Scrapbooking where you can use GRETA15 to get 15% off a minimum $25 purchase.

I'm entering the Heartful challenge at Fusion as the red & white hearts in the photo inspired me. The challenge at The Kraft Journal is Made in Minutes so I'm entering there for the first time.  Also another entry for Anything Goes at SSS Wednesday.
Gorgeous sunny day & tomorrow I work so we finally got out for our drive.  
Thought you might enjoy a picture of Fritz scrunched in between a plant & the sliding glass door so he could lay in the sun stripe while we got ready to go. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Elegant Valentine

The current challenge for Impression Obsession is Sparkle & Shine--perfect for a Valentine!  I love this IO fancy heart & decided to use my old JudiKins Egyptian Gold embossing powder.  It gives the most beautiful sparkly results. This IO sentiment works for friends or family--so glad I got it.  I've had the gold Class A'Peel stickers forever, but thought gems & pearls looked better. However, I found these match the gold ep, look beautiful on vellum & are flat for mailing!  Think this will go to a couple in our family--no pink or flowers. Just realized I could change the sentiment & use this for a wedding or anniversary card.  I'm also entering Anything Goes at SSS Wednesday & since several scraps were used it's going to Pixies Snippets Playground.  Thanks so much for taking time to check my blog.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Good Times

Thought I'd take a break from posting Valentines to show you the birthday card I made for the last Hero Arts Flickr Scramble.  I'm a slow cardmaker, but for some reason I usually end up with something I like.  This card uses Hero Arts stamps I hadn't yet inked: little butterflies from Antique Engravings & the frame & sentiment from Lovely. The inks are Hero Arts Neon Red, Wet Cement & Tide Pool.  After adding a bit of the red with an applicator, the butterflies were covered in Wink of Stella.  The Lovely stamp set & Neon Red are both ON SALE at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.  You can also use my discount code, GRETA15, to get 15% off a minimum $25 purchase.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Shades of Pink Valentine

Inspiration photo SSS Flickr Challenge #11 by Simon.Says.StampNeed to get organized with creating cards for challenges I want to enter so I'm not at the last minute.  At least I made the deadline for Freshly Made Sketches which I've been thinking about all week as I love the sketch. Being in Valentine mode I immediately thought of my MB heart die.  I also wanted to join in the SSS Flickr Challenge #11--Love/Valentine theme. I die cut the heart from a gorgeous piece of cardstock I'm trying to make last forever--magenta, I think. The dry embossing is with Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Rosa.  SSS Curved Edge die was used to cut the pink cardstock.  I pulled out an old Hero Arts set, Thinking of You Messages & cut the sentiment so I could stamp just what I wanted across the opening using StazOn Stone Gray.  

Finished off with some twine & pale pink enamel heart stickers. Think I'll be using this layout again. Pretty flat, so keeping postage costs down--yah!  I'm also entering the hearts challenge at SSS Wednesday.  So glad you came by.  I'll be catching up on leaving comments in the next few days.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


I had an idea of a card for the Muse challenge all week & finally sat down to see what I could do.  I knew I wanted to use my Penny Black Love die, but needed something with it. Since I plan to give this to my hubby I decided to use PTI Lovely Leaves stamped with Distress Paint picket fence & I really like the softness of the images. Marion's card looks great, but I wasn't happy with the look of my plain card front. So I stamped a heart from PTI Quilled Elegance in Versamark. Fun making Valentines today while hubby worked on a project.  Also entering at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.
Maybe the sun will come out tomorrow & we can take that drive. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Floral Heart Valentine

Fog isn't lifting--should have taken our drive yesterday--LOL!  I'm entering STAMPlorations Jan challenge--stamps & inks.  Love that they allow other company's stamps while I'm saving up to get some of theirs.  
I'm on a roll making Valentines right now, but this is the first one using some vellum--one of my favorite products. My Memory Box heart die is getting a workout while I save up for a few more.  I love the floral hearts & pink/red/orange in some of the inspiration pictures for the PTI Blog Hop today.
I used Distress Inks picked raspberry, ripe persimmon & Memento Love Letter with StazOn Stone Gray for the sentiment. The PTI stamp sets are Floral Foliage, Harvest Berries & Tag-It's #3. I love the softness created with the vellum, but needed a bit of sparkle, so added Stickles to the flower centers. I used some scraps so will also enter at Pixies Snippets Playground. Thanks so much for stopping by.