Friday, May 22, 2015

Sparkly Trees for Christmas

This week's Merry Monday challenge is to use a non-Evergreen tree.  I decided to use PTI stamps & combine it with the MIM challenge to use fussy cutting. The tree image from Through the Trees is embossed with Winter Wonderland embossing powder--one I seldom use.  VersaMagic Red Magic is used for the sentiment from Snowflake Flurries. I dry embossed the card front & added a double bow from white with silver twine.  The Freckled Fawn wooden star was painted white & covered with Stickles Frosted Lace. The red cardstock is from an old scrap I'm hoarding as it's one of my favorites & doesn't seem to be available now, so I'll take my card to The Playground. Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog.
Pixies Crafty Workshop

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nature

I love watching birds in all seasons, but it's especially fun in summer when I can sit on the deck with my cup of coffee only a few feet away from the feeders. Reminded me of this beautiful Impression Obsession stamp, Nest Collage, so made one more card for the IO challenge, Summer Fun.  I began with a piece of watercolor paper & the smooching technique using pink, green & gold Gelatos--love the soft effect.  I also added some splatters with the gold.  I stamped with Adirondack Meadow Green. The sentiment is also IO, C5171, & is stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia. Colored some pearls with a Copic, mounted my layers & finished just in time as the challenge is about to close.  
CCCB Inspiration
I'm also entering at City Crafter Challenge Blog where Smooching & Splattering are 2 of the choices. I used scraps for everything but the actual card, so will enter at Pixies Snippets Playground.  I won't be in the prize draw as it's the wonderful Spellbinder I just bought & used for THIS card. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Simple Pleasures

When I saw "Summer Fun" was the theme for Impression Obsessions's challenge I knew immediately that I wanted to use the IO Solid Tree stamp set.  The tree was stamped in Distress Ink walnut stain & the swing in Memento Peanut Brittle with the seat colored in with a Memento Desert Sand marker. Somewhere I remember seeing leaves done by making dots with a marker. I gave it a try with Faber-Castell big brush May Green & Memento Pear Tart.  Fun & very forgiving!  The sentiment was inked with the May Green.  I sponged on a little Distress Ink antique linen to ground the tree & wanted an impression of sunshine, so very lightly sponged Distress Ink squeezed lemonade with a dauber.  Might be better if I'd sponged an entire background--too late now--LOL!  Hard not to have some bling, so gave in & added the Stickles.  I'm also entering Loves Rubberstamps, Add a Sentiment. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Loves Rubberstamps Blog Challenges

Friday, May 15, 2015

Red, White & Blue and a Visitor

I had to do a return at Michael's which is about 12 miles away & boy did I find a bargain. The Spellbinders they had left were 80% off and I couldn't resist the beautiful A-2 Fancy Ribbon Threader.  It gave me a starting place for my card which I'm entering at Verve Inspiration Challenge: Let It Bloom & Dies R Us Anniversary. MFT Mini Rolled Roses were die cut in MFT felt, embellished with blue pearls & mounted over the MFT Leaf-Filled Flourish.  I glued 2 of my ribbons together & love how they look threaded through the die cut. The sentiment from Lil' Inker Designs Modern Mehndi was stamped in Brilliance Mediterranean Blue.  
Grab our Badge!
Got quite a surprise yesterday when I was walking down our dead end street with Fritz.  At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me! Grabbed my camera & caught the big guy in front of the neighbor's house.  If you look close, you can see one of their little dogs in the window & he was not happy that big thing was in his yard--LOL!
Thanks so much for stopping by.  My weekend to work, but I'll catch up with you soon.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May Flowers

Spring is such a beautiful time of year with trees & flowers in full bloom.  We've had such nice weather we decided to put out the deck furniture--something usually done in late June.  Easy to get in the mood to make a card with flowers!  I was inspired by City Crafter Challenge Blog Focus on Flowers, Verve Inspiration Challenge Let it Bloom & Lil' Inker Designs Monthly Meetup. I used some scraps so will also enter Pixies Snippets Playground & the embossing works for Just Us Girls.

I began by white embossing the bloom & leaf from Lil' Inker Modern Mehndi multiple times on white cardstock.  The sheet of blooms was spritzed with Tattered Angels Timeless Lilac, Rum Raisin & Lemongrass and the leaves with Meadow Green & drops of Kiwi which came out gold, but I like it.  I used the matching dies & also cut some vellum blooms.  Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles was used to make a frame & for the card front stitching.  The hardest thing about making this card was arranging the bouquet, but I love how it turned out.  Two of the flowers were mounted with foam tape & the sentiment from the same set was stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black & trimmed into a flag.  White dome glitter dots embellish the centers of the blooms.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
CCCB Inspiration Photo

Pixies Crafty Workshop

Monday, May 11, 2015

Another One Layer Christmas Card

I'm making an effort to decrease the cost of postage for Christmas cards now that I've made so many card-making friends.  I did keep to one layer, but couldn't resist adding a bow with this beautiful shimmery ribbon.  My inspiration came from the PTI MIM technique using Gelatos over stamped images and the first challenge at Muse: Christmas Visions.  
Muse Inspiration Card
I love poinsettia images & color combos with gold. The stamps are PTI Year of Flowers Collection & Peaceful Poinsettia.  I rubbed a gold Gelato over the flowers, but wasn't happy with the look. That led to rubbing the gold Gelato over much of the card--now I like it!  I added splotches of red & gold along with gold Stickles for sparkle & interest.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday (use a sentiment) & One Layer Christmas Card Challenge
Thanks for all the sweet comments on yesterday's post. I'm so blessed to have caring friends--most of whom I'll never get to meet in person.  Enjoy your week.
Edited to Add: Thanks to Ardyth, I'm also entering a new to me challenge called One-Layer Simplicity.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Remembering

Mother's Day is bittersweet with my mom & grandmas gone for so many years.  When we got back from camping the roses were going to town!  I brought in one of the gorgeous Chicago Peace blooms to put on the mantle next to this sweet picture of my mom taken by my Dad about 6 weeks before she died.  
My card would have been perfect to give her.  I was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch & the mood board at City Crafter Challenge Blog. I used 3 SSS dies: Bella Bloom, A2 Card Curved Edge & Clustered Leaves.  

From the Mood Board I used shades of blue & pink (I know it's really peach in the photos--hopefully close enough) & a doily inspired by the afghan & flowers on the blouse.  So fun to make use of a pad of paper I got long ago for just a couple dollars.  The bloom & leaves are MFT felt. 

Hard to tell, but the doily is spritzed with Tattered Angels Wheatfields & Snow Angel.  The dies let me also enter SSS Flickr Challenge #18 to make a card with flowers.  
Hope you have a lovely Mother's Day & thank you so much for stopping by my blog.