Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop Challenge

Blog HopHurrah--it's time for the PTI Blog Hop! I have to work today & tomorrow, but fortunately I was able to get my card made yesterday.  The inspiration this month is beautiful & gave me a chance to use my new PTI Fancy Foliage. I began by debossing a panel of watercolor paper with a Darice leafy embossing folder to try out Nina-Marie's technique. I smooshed it with Distress Inks dried marigold, wild honey, peeled paint & forest moss.  Then I sprayed with water to blend the inks & gold mist for a gorgeous metallic shine.  
The sentiment is stamped in Ripe Avocado & cut with the coordinating die.  I covered the card front with Ripe Avocado, trimmed the panel, tied on a bow & added gold PPP sequins. There's always lots of inspiration--enjoy the hop! I'm also entering Allsorts, CropStop, Dies R Us & SSS Monday
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Blessed with Friends

I began making cards because I fell in love with stamping.  Little did I know it would add so many friends to my life. For that I'm truly grateful & here's a Thanksgiving card for one of them. Recently I bought the SSS Fall Mix sequins & I used them to come up with my color combo.  The printed paper is BoBunny & the dies are Memory Box.  I cut the frame from self-adhesive fun foam so I could cover it with Elizabeth Craft Ocean Spray glitter.  The solid part of the flower is covered with Wink of Stella--so hard to capture in a picture.
The sentiment is made from 2 different SSS stamp sets.  I'm entering these challenges:  Allsorts, ATSM, Dies R Us, HLS Anything Goes with Dies & Outside the Box. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Friday, October 21, 2016

W&W and Poppystamps

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Made by Gayaytri
I loved Gayatri's card set for Winnie & Walter Rerun No. 15. Thought it'd be fun to do a row of rainbow leaves using an image from In Bloom: Renee's Leaves.  
I white embossed the leaves on Bristol paper so I could color them with Zigs.  The sentiment is from Big, Bold, Seasons with the die cut word cut from glitter cardstock mounted with a black shadow.  The word is stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black & sequins with seed beads provide embellishment. I'm also entering ATSM & HLS Anything Goes with Dies.
When I met my friend, Brenda, in Indy, she gave me a bag of goodies including the Poppystamps Majestic Maple die.  It's really beautiful & now I can enter the Poppystamps challenge to make a black & white project.  
Decided to use my newest embossing folder (Woodgrain by The Paper Studio) for the background.  I stacked 3 die cut leaves & covered the top one with Stickles Frosted Lace--so pretty in real life. The tag & sentiment are from PTI Tiny Tags stamps & dies. I love how Brilliance Graphite Black seems to work well on every kind of stamp.  In fact, all my old Brilliance pads stamp beautifully.  I'm also entering CropStop.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PTI and W&W

I try not to miss PTI MIM & Melissa's cards are stunning as usual!  Most of my PTI dies are solid so I used my masks for the focal point instead of the background.  
I cut the tree from Floral Foliage out of copy paper & saved the positive & negative. I began by taping the negative over the panel & sponged Spring Moss & Classic Kraft for the tree. The image of 3 blossoms from the set was stamped in Autumn Rose. With the mask in place I inked the tree with Versamark so I could clear emboss it. Magenta Stickles was added to each flower & I managed to brush it with my hand a couple times--hate waiting for Stickles to dry--haha!  I used the positive mask over the tree to color the background by smooshing Spring Rain & Fine Linen & then both colors were sponged.  The smooshing just adds some texture for a different look.  The sentiment from Wonderful Words Hello was stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate & the panel was spritzed with gold Shimmer Spritz. I grounded the tree with thin brown ribbon & Hero Arts cream lace I've had forever.  The panel is mounted to an Autumn Rose mat with fun foam.
Made by Keren
Next is my card for Winnie & Walter Rerun #15.  I don't have It's a Wonderful Pennant, but fortunately you can also use inspiration from the DT with other sets.  I fell in love with Keren's flower & decided to make a Fall card.  My favorite trees are the ones that go from green to red, so I pulled out brown, green & red scraps.  

Each of them was stamped repeatedly with the little leaf image from Big, Bold, Seasons using a matching dye ink.  I used a ruler & pencil so I could cut each piece into pennants.  I assembled them in threes--one of each color with the red one in the center & shorter. The center is made with a punched kraft circle & the sun die from Big, Bold, Seasons cut from a scrap of soft gold paper.  The same paper was used for the autumn die cut & the word from the set was stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent chocolate. The card front was stamped in Versamark.  I added scattered straw Stickles to the flower center & the word.  Everything was already attached & I didn't want to start over, but the red & green looked too much like Christmas.  I sponged on Distress Ink vintage photo, which helped some, & then added vintage photo Stickles.  Now, of course, you can't see the leaf stamping, but at least it has a bit more Autumn feel.  Hopefully it will brighten someone's day.  I'm also entering Dies R Us, SSS Work it Wednesday & The Playground.  Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Merry & Bright

Can't resist being in the drawing for a $50 Ellen Hutson gc.  That's the prize for Mix It Up Challenge: Pink Fresh Studio.  
I've won 2 different PFS paper pads including Christmas Wishes--very fun, modern papers that don't need much added. The sentiment is made with Ellen Hutson Merry & Bright dies.  I colored the top layer with a gold Wink of Stella pen.  
The paper panel is sprayed with gold Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz which you can see in the close up.  My tendency would be to use black for the mat, but when I laid the panel on a kraft sheet that was it.  Can't take much credit for this card, but I do love it!  I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges, HLS Anything Goes with Dies & Paru's Card Making Challenge.  The big storm didn't come as close to land as expected, so we came through without any problems.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.


Friday, October 14, 2016

PTI Create Along with Us

The Pacific Northwest is getting hammered with storms from the Pacific, so good crafting weather. Of course, there's no bad crafting weather to me--haha!  The full time nurse called to see if I would work for her tomorrow & she's never done that before, so I agreed. Didn't want to run out of time or maybe have no electricity to do a post, so got my card made for PTI CAWU.
There's no lack of inspiration from the DT, but I narrowed it down to cards with wreaths & cased Lizzie. My wreath is made with 2 images from Turning a new Leaf & dots from Harvest Berries. I stamped a panel of Fine Linen cardstock with Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse & Summer Sunrise.  The sentiment is from Take Three Fall & is embossed with my very old JudiKins Metallic Bronze powder which is a great match for the beautiful paper & twine I got from Target thanks to my friend, Betty.  Finished off with Ripe Avocado splatters.  I'm also entering Inkspirational (used 5 individual stamps), Penny Black & More & Stamping Sensations.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

One Layer Leaves

I had an idea for the October One Layer Simplicity Challenge to use yellow, orange & red. Just couldn't get it to work so instead went back to one of my favorite designs--emboss resist onto a masked area.
The gorgeous Fred Mullett Japanese Maple was embossed with Stampendous Moonstone. Then I masked the area & blended Distress Inks squeezed lemonade, spiced marmalade & barn door.  Gotta say, I can't wait to use that combo again--just love it!  The sentiment from Winnie & Walter Big, Bold, Seasons was stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate.  I finished off with splatters of the same Distress Inks.  I'm also entering CAS on Sunday, CropStop, Penny Black & More, SSS Wednesday & Stamping Sensations
Edited to add: Also entering Stamplorations Theme & Sketch & SSS Work it Wednesday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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