Sunday, December 4, 2016

Visions of Sugarplums--Day 2

I'm back with my project for Visions of Sugarplums, Day 2.  Lori has a fabulous group of sponsors this year.  You need to start each day with a comment at Chouxchoux Paper Art & then each additional comment along the way gives you another entry for the random drawings. All the details are on Lori's blog.
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Greta Hess--that's me!
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When I visited family in Indy, my cousin's wife cut 2 Tim Holtz stencils in half to share with me.  I sponged with Versamark & gold embossed the beautiful greenery images on a kraft panel.  
For more definition, I lightly sponged with Distress Ink vintage sepia & couldn't resist some gold Stickles on the berries. Hard to see the pretty sparkle in the photo.  
The Penny Black sentiment is one of my favorites & how do you like my $1 bargain plaid ribbon from Target?!  I mounted the panel with fun foam to a card front with a red strip down the left side. 

You can also join me in entering the Visions of Sugarplums Christmas/Winter challenge for a chance at the $25 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Visions of Sugarplums--Day 1

I am so honored & delighted that Lori invited me to join her team for Visions of Sugarplums 2016.  Check out the great sponsors this year!  You have a chance to win by leaving comments on all the blogs.  Each comment gives you another entry into the random drawings.  Be sure to start at Lori's blog where you'll find all the details.
I'm starting off with a Christmas tag--double tag, actually.  The bottom layer is PTI Mat Stack 3 & the top one is a Lifestyle Crafts circle die.  
I used an image from PTI Spruce & Sprigs to stamp a wreath in New Leaf & Green Parakeet.  The sentiment from PTI Friendship Jar Flowers is stamped in Memento Love Letter & I misted with Perfect Pearls.  Stickles Christmas Red was used for the berries & I tied on a bow made from the shiny red trim that was part of a prize from The Playground.  
The bottom layer is done with another stamp from Spruce & Sprigs. The circle is mounted with foam tape & I finished off with a piece of green twine I've had forever & never used.  Lots of inspiration--enjoy hopping!  
Greta Hess--that's me!
KT Fit Kitty

You can also join me in entering the Visions of Sugarplums Christmas/Winter challenge for a chance at the $25 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn. 
I'm also entering PTI MIM, SSS Wednesday, Die Cut Divas & The Playground.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Quick, Easy, Sparkly for PBSC!

Has panic set in--haha!  I'm not even working until next year & I still feel behind with the holidays upon us.  Most of my Christmas cards are made & what I have left need to be quick to do.  That led me back to a technique I learned in one of my first stamping classes nearly 20 years ago.  
This is my DT card for PBSC where you can make any Christmas or Winter card using Penny Black stamps/dies/Stickeroos.  I had never opened this set of 2 stamps called winter village. Turns out they fit like this in the Mini MISTI, so very easy to stamp a set of cards in multiple colors.  I have lots of old Brilliance ink pads that still work great & have never been re-inked. This card is done in Gamma Green which I also sponged on the edges of the card front.  One name for the technique is Crystallina.  
All you do is cover your stamped panel with glitter & see the magic! My favorite way to do this is to spray with silver Glitter Dust, but you can also use spray adhesive & dry glitter. Hope I've given you some ideas & that you'll play along in our challenge.  Wishing everyone a blessed, peaceful holiday season. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm entering Merry Monday (think this would work for a guy), SSS Wednesday, Time Out & Word Art Wednesday.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Angel Card

This 1998 DeNami angel is one I bought when I began stamping. I still love her & usually just heat emboss on colored paper to avoid having to color.  Now that I have Bristol paper & Zig wc markers I wanted to try coloring.  Actually came out OK & I'll keep practicing.  After it dried I brushed the gown & wings with Spectrum Noir clear sparkle.  The die cut is Spellbinders Decorative Labels One & the sentiment is from Hero Arts Happy Holly Days.  
Love Stampendous Moonstone embossing powder.  Memento Gray Flannel was a close match to the Zig I used for the trumpet so I used it for the sentiment. The mat looks black, but it's actually a dark gray.  Last minute entry for the challenge at Always Use Rubber & I'll also enter ATSM, Allsorts, Christmas Card Challenges, DRU, Paru's Card Making Challenges, SSS WednesdayDie Cut Divas & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sending Warm Greetings

It's cool & damp around here, so a card sending warm greetings seems appropriate.  The beautiful Fall mood board for the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge provided my inspiration.  I focused on the on the colors in the apple picture & smooshed a panel of watercolor paper with Distress Inks fired brick & spiced marmalade. Since I learned to do 1 color at a time & dry between each layer, I love how this technique turns out.  This time I also tried using less water for some layers which gives even more texture. I didn't want to add any other colors, so die cut EH Bold Blossoms leaves & blossoms from the panel.
Before adhering them to the ivory card with Perfect Paper Adhesive which dries invisible, I used my Mini MISTI to stamp the greeting in Versafine Vintage Sepia. I was a lucky winner recently & the beautiful Sending Peonies stamp set from The Ton was part of the prize Virginia sent to me. There is a lovely variety of sentiments you can stamp with the word Sending & using the MISTI makes it so easy. I lightly splattered with the Vintage Sepia & added a few PPP gold sequins. I'm also entering CCCB, CropStop, Fusion (sketch) & Word Art Wednesday. I know everyone is super busy, so your visit is especially appreciated.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winter BD Card

Fun to make a birthday card in the midst of holiday crafting.  I had a gift certificate to spend for Impression Obsession & as soon as I saw the new Three Trees Background die I knew it needed to come to my house--haha! Fortunately it wasn't out of stock too long & here's my first card using it.  I honestly didn't think about how many little pieces there would be, but using my metal adapter plate worked great using 65# cardstock.  I blended Distress Inks pine needles, faded jeans & dusty concord onto a scrap for a day time background. The IO sentiment, A6977, is stamped in Memento Nautical Blue.  
I covered the words with micropore tape before spraying with adhesive & covering with prisma glitter.  I was afraid the small font of the sentiment would get lost if it was glittered.  I'm entering the cool colors challenge at Impression Obsession as well as The Playground, SSS Monday, & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

Please scroll down for my Rudolph Days card.

Blog hop inspirationI always look forward to PTI Blog Hop day. This month the inspiration picture has a lot of variety.  The first thing I noticed was the beautiful white on white stocking.  I began by stamping several die cuts from PTI Spruce & Sprigs in Soft Stone. Beautiful look, I think, but couldn't resist using Raspberry Fizz for the berry branches & berries.  The frame & card front are done with Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle dies.  I hadn't yet opened PTI Botanical Blocks IV.
When I saw the little block sentiment I knew it was perfect for this card & love it embossed in silver.  Debated about some splatters, but decided to keep it white & just added Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to the berries. Great to have a card with interest & yet flat enough to only need 1 stamp.  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies, SSS Monday (3 big berries & 3 words), SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.  I am so thankful for all of my wonderful blogging friends--you bless my life.
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