Saturday, July 4, 2015

Gelatos on a Background Stamp

Penny Black Saturday ChallengeHappy 4th of July to all my US friends! Wishing you a fun & safe celebration.  Being the first Saturday of the month means we have a new challenge at Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  I love sending cards just because--do you?  Why not grab your Penny Black stamps & join in our Friendship challenge? There's nothing like receiving a handmade card to lift someone's spirits.  
I began by coloring Penny Black's glory of modesty stamp with metallic Gelatos: mint & blueberry.  I spritzed liberally with water & pressed it onto watercolor paper. Then I added splatters of the same colors.  The shimmer is beautiful in person.  The panel was die cut with SSS A2 Curved Edge twice & the pieces were attached to a gray textured card.  The sentiment from Penny Black friendship set was black embossed on the card front & 3 MS butterflies punched from vellum & embellished with black enamel dots finish off my card.  Hope you'll check out the great work of my teammates & join the challenge.  You could even make it a twofer by also entering the new challenge starting July 10 at CAS-ual Chic!  
Taking this card over to Anything Goes at Addicted to Stamps. Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog.
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Another card for July 4th

My folks were married 72 years ago today on the circle in Indianapolis.  I know I was blessed to have wonderful parents & I miss them a lot. Think they would have liked the 4th of July card I made for the challenge at The Kraft Journal.
The flourish stamp is Hero Arts & the sentiment is DeNami.  I added sparkle to the raised squares & little stars.  I'm also entering Anything Goes at Addicted to Stamps & Summer at SSS Monday. Wishing everyone a great weekend & if you're in the states enjoy the holiday!
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Color on a Cover Plate

I now have 2 PTI Cover Plates & the new MIM challenge is to add color to one.  That gave me a good reason to open the Garden Gild Cover Plate & give it a try. Decided to go with the simple technique of watercoloring with Distress Inks.  I used my black Distress Marker to color the border.  Some of the inks were blended on the card front which does really change the look, as Laura showed in the video.  Once dry, I covered it all with Wink of Stella & used my favorite Perfect Paper Adhesive to attach it to the card.
The "Hello" Wet Paint Cuts die cut was sent to me by Martha, so I can see if I want to buy the die.  I black embossed it & the sentiment from Wonderful Words: Hello. Finished off with clear sequins & tiny pearls. I'm also entering Anything Goes at Addicted to Stamps & SSS Monday, Summer.
Distress Inks: barn door, victorian velvet, spun sugar, dusty concord, weathered wood, pine needles, bundled sage, squeezed lemonade
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Art Impressions for 4th of July

Quite a few years ago, AI had a retail store not that far from me. I loved shopping there & even taught a few classes.  Many of my purchases were AI unmounted stamps & I pulled out 3 of them for this simple card to send to my brother.  Turns out Art Impressions has a challenge & it's Red, White & Blue, so I'm joining in.  I'll also enter over at Retro Rubber Challenge.
Still very hot here, so we're hoping the air conditioning doesn't give out--sure zaps our energy! Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  
Edited to add: Also entering at Paper Sweeties where my friend, Maria, is on the DT.  Also entering at SSS Monday.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Brown & White with a Splash of Color

Our Badge!!!Time for another challenge at Words 2 Scrap By. This month we're celebrating Chocolate Day!  I white embossed the cupcake on brown cardstock to give it chocolate frosting & added plenty of Wink of Stella.  Tiny gems were colored with a yellow Copic for sprinkles.  
The circle dies are Spellbinders & the sentiment is stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate on a MFT Fishtail Flag.  Fun to use some of my huge ribbon stash!  Hope you'll check out the work of my talented teammates & join in the challenge. You have until the 28th & there's a $20 SSS gift certificate up for grabs, along with being a Guest Designer!  
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Monday, June 29, 2015


I fell in love with the Ellen Hutson Bold Blossom Stand-Alone dies, especially after my friend, Cat, sent me some die cuts to play with.   Decided it was OK to break my "no spending" rule--just once--LOL!  I'd love to get more of her products & the Pin-Sights Challenge has a wonderful inspiration board.  I love pastels & I love gold, so I used both for my card. Back in 2012 Nicole Heady showed how to make this kind of background with Copics. 
I thought it'd make a perfect background for these beautiful die cuts. Hadn't used my JudiKins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder in ages & it was just what I wanted--gorgeous sparkle & shine.  The Teresa Collins alphabet stickers are my all-time favorites, so used them again here.  I'm also entering at SSS Monday as these colors do make me think summer. Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog.
Edited: Finished the card late at night & forgot I meant to add gold embellishments, so did today & replaced the picture. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Inside Out

When I saw the PTI MIM video it reminded me of a design I saw long ago.  Took a couple days (work got in the way--LOL!) but finally did get my idea transferred into a card.  I used PTI Floral Foliage die cut on the inside with just a circle of flowers showing through the circle window with the card closed.
When opened, you see it's actually a cute tree which I inked with PTI Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Kraft & Distress Ink vintage photo & spritzed before stamping.  The tree top is covered with Wink of Stella & a glitter gel pen made the pink dots.  I used one of the Ombre Builder stamps from my last PTI purchase to ground the image.  The "hello" die cut is PTI Wonderful Words: Hello & the splatters are made with PTI Berry Sorbet. I'm also entering the challenge at SSS Wed.  We got a little break from the heat today & we're hoping the weather man is wrong about 100s coming this week!  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by my blog.