Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sent with Love

Boy am I sneaking into challenges at the last minute these days, including this card for Lil Inker Designs Monthly Meetup. Can't miss the chance to win their gift certificate!  This idea came to me when I saw the new ColourQ challenge, but a sick day & work kept me from getting it done until last night. Never a doubt of what I'd choose for my "spot" with pink being my favorite color & you can't beat combining it with black & gray. I used Lil Inker Stitched Rectangles & Modern Mehndi stamps & dies. The splatters are Brilliance Pearlescent Coral (has always looked totally pink to me!) & Graphite Black. The sentiment is heat embossed to match the images & works perfectly to go with a RAK package to a blogging friend.  With my focal point in the middle, I'm also playing at SSS Monday. Have a great weekend.  I'll be catching up on my blog reading & enjoying our incredibly beautiful weather.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sending Sunshine

Last night before bed I made another watercolor card for the SSS Flickr challenge & didn't have time to post it on my blog.  I really liked how it turned out, so thought I'd share it now & also enter SSS Monday's In the Middle challenge & SSS Wednesday Make Your Own Background.
I used the watercolor smooshing technique using Distress Inks picked raspberry & ripe persimmon on watercolor paper. The SSS flowers from Warm Wishes were stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black in each corner. 
I added splatters with Tsukineko gold Shimmer Spritz--beautiful shimmer IRL. The sentiment from the same set was heat embossed & splattered with the inks which I dabbed with my finger.  I popped up the matted sentiment & added 3 metal dots for embellishment.  I'm also entering the floral challenge at The Mixed Media Card Challenge since it qualifies with my use of watercoloring & metal dots.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Enjoy the Journey

TIME OUT ChallengesTook me until the last minute to decide how to case Kim's beautiful card for Time Out Challenges.  I love the contrast of colors with the black & used it as the basis of my card.  I used Stamplorations Confetti Circles stencil with embossing paste & a very old embossing powder called Fremont Street. The butterfly from Stamplorations Trendy Butteflies is embossed with the same powder, trimmed out & mounted with foam tape. 
I heat embossed the sentiment from the same set & finished off with some black pearls. I'm also entering the Anything Goes challenge at Stamplorations & Virginia's View Layers & Dimension.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Graduation Card

The challenge at Impression Obsession is "You Did It!" & it's about to close. I do need a card for hubby's grandson who is graduating from high school this year.  The school colors are purple & gold, so I began my using the Watercolor Smooshing technique with Distress Ink dusty concord on a strip of heavy weight white cardstock.  I purposely allowed for a bit of white to show.  After drying it with my heat gun I gold embossed the IO star (may be discontinued) & mounted the panel to my card front.  The sentiment from IO Follow Your Heart was stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black.  I used a VersaMark pen & the same gold embossing powder to color in the 2 words.  This quote seems so appropriate for someone embarking on the rest of their life where making choices is no longer up to parents.  I know teenagers make choices, but it's different after you finish high school.  I added one additional trimmed out star & the Happy Graduation will go inside.  
Our first Rhododendron has bloomed, so thought I'd share a picture. 
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Monday, April 13, 2015

MFT Spring Flowers

Hope you don't mind seeing more felt flowers because I made some big blooms for the MFT Sketch Challenge & MFT Color Challenge. The MFT dies are Layered Rose, Prima Donna Petals, Royal Leaves & Dizzy Doily. The sentiment from MFT On the Line is stamped in VersaMagic Night Sky.  I hand cut the sentiment banner & attached it with the center raised.  I'm also loving the clear sequins Rosemary gave me so had to use them once again. Luckily I had just enough of this cardstock which is a pretty close match to the MFT Whip Cream felt I have. I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & Virginia's View.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ombre Inking the Greta way

As most of you know, I love the PTI MIM challenges, so couldn't miss this week's ombre technique which I decided to combine with the One Layer Christmas Card Challenge to use blue. I bought PTI's Take Three die long ago, not knowing there were stamp sets designed to go with it.  Now those sets are about to be put in The Vault (doubles the cost), so I "had" to get the ones I wanted which included the winter set.  In the MIM video, Laurie uses a sponge to ink her stamp with 3 shades, but I think my stamps were too small.  

So "the Greta way" to ombre ink a stamp was created--at least I haven't seen anyone else describe this method--LOL! I used VersaMagic Ocean Depth & Sea Breeze dewdrop pads & inked opposite sides of the stamp, leaving a small un-inked area between the 2 colors. Then I dabbed with a sponge to blend the inks & stamped. The hardest part of making this card was masking the windows so I could stamp in the right place.  
Love the mixed font in the sentiment from the same set. The stamped squares were covered with clear Wink of Stella & I added clear sequins from my IRL friend, Rosemary.  I'm also entering the CAS challenge at Addicted to Stamps.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Ultra Thick & an Angel

I love angels & have several stamps, but they seldom make it onto my cards for some reason.
The current Merry Monday challenge helped me change that for one card.  I've been wanting to use one of my oldest stamps, a DeNami angel, & decided to try it with ultra thick embossing powder.  I began by inking white cardstock with Brilliance Pearlescent Crimson. After heating the UTEE in my electric skillet & adding some tiny beads & gold shreds, I pressed the stamp inked with Delicata Golden Glitz into the warm UTEE.  
I traced over the lines with my black Glaze pen to give a bit more definition before mounting it to gold paper die cut with a Spellbinder & attached to a dark blue panel.  I'm also entering SSS Monday, A is for ... Angel. 
Hope you get to enjoy the weekend. We're off to visit hubby's daughter who's making lasagna & I'm taking brownies--yum!