Saturday, September 24, 2016

Flourishes is Back & Rudolph Days Starts the 25th!

I was sad when Flourishes closed as they were one of my favorite companies.  My collection hasn't been used much since then, but now Flourishes is back!  The store is open with brand new sets & a lot of the old ones marked way down.  I was inspired to use one of my favorite sets (retired at the time I won it) for my Rudolph Days GD card.  
I began by embossing the gorgeous wreath in my new Stampendous powder called PEARLuster Moonstone on ivory cardstock.  It is absolutely stunning in person!  I have 3 Spectrum Noir colored Sparkle pens & finally opened the red & the green.  
My first card is made from my practice image where I colored more of the leaves--decided it was good enough to make into a card. The ribbon is colored with gold WOS & the pine cones are done with a brown Faber-Castell big brush pen.  I covered the ornaments in gold Stickles & sponged & splattered with Distress Ink gathered twigs before mounting the panel with rounded corners to a kraft card.  I'm entering ATSMCropStop & PB and More.
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My second card is one layer with fewer colored leaves, no splatters & very light sponging with Distress Ink antique linen.  
I had the One Layer Simplicity challenge in mind thinking this is a very classic image & sentiment--hopefully making my card qualify as old-fashioned or vintage. I'm also entering SSS Work it WednesdayWord Art Wednesday.  Hope I've inspired you to check out the new Flourishes & to enter Rudolph Days which runs from the 25th to the end of the month.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Masculine Florals

Wow--I never go this long without posting a card! Usually I have lots of time to do what I want, but my trip & work & company all came together. 
The weather is definitely changing, so we took advantage of a nice day to go for a very long drive. I snapped this picture when we stopped to stretch our legs. I finally did get a couple cards made after realizing I don't have time for most of the challenges I planned to enter.  Started at the top of my list with PTI MIM where Betsy's theme is Using Florals on a Masculine Project.  
I wanted to make a thank you for my cousin & his wife, so it was just what I needed.  My color combo is Canyon Clay, Harvest Gold & Ocean Tides.  I used Twig Wreath for all but the sentiment which is from Take 3 Summer.  I thought it might have a bit more masculine feel not stamping the die cuts. Gotta admit, it was hard not to add glitter or pearls--haha! I'm also entering Curtain CallHLS Anything Goes with Dies & SSS Work It Wednesday.
Next is my card for SSS Flickr Challenge #54. Finally tried using alcohol inks on vellum--something I've seen Virginia do several times.  I just used a scrap of vellum to see if it would work using Butterscotch, Lettuce & Cranberry.  I die cut SSS Clustered Leaves in 3 sections to get as much as I could from the piece. Usually I cut it apart anyway.  I do love the look of the leaves, so will try this again with my other ink colors. Haven't used my burlap in a long time, so attached a piece to kraft cardstock & die cut a couple images from SSS Spring Flowers.  I wasn't happy with the look, so colored the large one with the Butterscotch ink & the small one with Cranberry. The sentiment from Elizabeth Craft is stacked 3 high & clear embossed. Finished off with PPP gold sequins & a little brown button I've had for many years.  I'm also entering The Playground & CropStop. Thanks so much for stopping by as I continue to catch up on your blogs.
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Friday, September 16, 2016

PTI Christmas Card

I'm home & trying to get back into the swing of things. Had a great time in Indianapolis visiting my cousin & his family. Dave's wife gave me her ticket so I could go to the Colts game. Would have been better to win, but had fun anyway.  Weather wasn't bad, but too much humidity for my liking the first few days. They had lots of fun activities planned & I didn't let a cold slow me down. Another highlight of the trip was meeting my blogging friend, Brenda.  
It really felt like we'd known each other for years.  We enjoyed a LONG lunch just chatting away.  Good thing the place wasn't busy!  I wasn't able to meet up with my other Indy friends, so guess I'll just have to go back--haha!  
It will be awhile before I catch up with all of you as we have unexpected company coming & I'm working the weekend.  It's been way over a month, so I'm a bit nervous. Did manage to make a card last night for the PTI Create Along With Us challenge.  Dawn's card made me think of Snowflake Flurries, one of my favorite sets.  
I used her color combo of Raspberry Fizz & red--my ink is Memento Love Letter.  The sentiment is from PTI Peaceful Poinsettia & the die cuts are from Twig Wreath.  I brushed them with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens & the black dot is Pico Embellisher. Nuvo drops are used in the background & the sentiment panel is die cut with AJVD Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop. Thanks for your visits while I was gone & for your patience as I catch up.  I'm also entering ATSM, CropStop, Penny Black & More & Word Art Wednesday.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Another Thanksgiving Card

One last card before my trip.  Fall is almost here, so I was inspired to play along in the Impression Obsession challenge to use Fall Colors.  
I love the beautiful IO leaf image which includes flourishes & text.  I don't know the name or number as it came unlabeled, as did the sentiment.  The leaf was stamped 3 times in Versafine Vintage Sepia which allowed me to then add the watercolors.  I scribbled each color on a small acrylic block, added water & pressed onto the panel.  The leaves were also over-stamped with Delicata Golden Glitz.  I heat embossed the sentiment & then misted the panel with gold Shimmer Spritz.  Gold Nuvo dots finish it off.  I'm also entering Penny Black & MoreSSS MondayTime Out & Virginia's View (gold Shimmer Spritz).  Thanks so much for stopping by & I'll catch up with you when I get back.
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Monday, September 5, 2016

A Couple Cards

Selfies are kind of difficult when one of you is 5'6" & the other is 6'5"!!  This is the best I could do to capture our 37th anniversary.  He loved his card ("You should enter this one in a contest") & he gave me a gorgeous card with pink & roses--guess he knows me--haha!
I'm getting ready to visit family out of state. Hubby & Fritz will hold down the fort.  I'll probably get behind on reading blogs, but will catch up with you when I get back.  I've been admiring lots of Concord & 9th products.  
Luckily, my friend, Barb, sent me some of their die cuts recently so I made a card for Ellen Hutson Mix It Up.  I used Bristol paper so I could use a Zig. By blending with a waterbrush the red marker goes from light pink to red.  The flowers are covered with wink of Stella & embellished with one of the dots I won at The Playground, where I'm also entering my card. The same red marker colored the mat.  I clear embossed the stacked sentiment from Ellen Hutson. This turned out to be one of my favorite cards!  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.
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Next is my hydrangea card, even though I don't have a hydrangea stamp or die!  Thanks to Karen D's inspiration, I tried out the technique of putting some petals on watercolor paper & running it through my die cut machine.  
Decided against adding color to it--afraid it'd be ruined.  Just added a few purple splatters & some Nuvo dots.  I cut it out with my new MFT oval & added the SSS die cut sentiment which is cut from green cardstock with a purple shadow.  This time I used the Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen for shimmer.  Thought the old Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder made a nice background.  I'm entering SSS Flickr #53 & Die Cut Divas.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Ombre Cluster Leaves & Rose with Mists

Happy Labor Day Weekend to all my U.S. friends. Kind of a mixed bag as I started today by attending a memorial service for the mother of childhood friends & tomorrow we celebrate our 37th anniversary.  
Another great PTI MIM video by Dawn.  The technique is Ombre Cluster Stamping.  Easy technique that works with lots of different images.
Maybe our change in the weather & helping hubby with the first leaf raking of the season has something to do with my choice to use images from Turning a New Leaf with these inks: Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold & Versafine Vintage Sepia. Love the mixed font of this sentiment from Autumn Adornments & the faux stitching from Lil' Inker.  
I misted with gold Shimmer Spritz, added 3 PPP gold sequins & matted the panel to Canyon Clay cardstock. I love to send Thanksgiving cards & now I'm inspired to make some more!  I'm also entering SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday, Die Cut Divas, Time Out, Word Art Wednesday & Flickr Love Group.  
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Here's a redo of the sympathy card I made for my friends using Stamplorations rose, a sentiment from PTI Through the Trees & a very old script stamp.  I stamped the rose in Versafine Vintage Sepia & then spritzed with Tattered Angels Wheatfield, Cork & Gold.  Next I sprayed a bit of mist in the caps so I could add color to the image with a paintbrush.  I lightly stamped the script in Distress Ink vintage photo after attaching the torn panel to the kraft card.  All the edges are sponged with vintage photo.  I'm entering Stamplorations Theme & SketchStamplorations Anything Goes & CropStop.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.