Monday, September 15, 2014

Autumn Greetings

I haven't used or thought about glossy paper in a long time.  Becca's gorgeous background inspired me resulting in my second entry for the SSS Flickr challenge. I used a piece of glossy photo paper still lying on my table after trimming out a picture. Distress Inks spiced marmalade, scattered straw, iced spruce & pine needles were pressed onto my craft mat & spritzed.  Then the photo paper was dabbed & pulled through the colors.  SSS Scattered Leaves was die cut & I sponged on more color where I wanted it darker. 
Color Challenge Inspiration by Simon.Says.StampThis time I think my greens are closer to the inspiration & I included the black.  

I don't have too many Autumn/Thanksgiving sentiment stamps, but remembered this unopened Inkadinkado set.  I cut the opening for the sentiment with a LifeStyle Crafts oval die.  Took me forever to decide whether or not to add embellishments.  As you can see, I finally went with a few black enamel dots I just bought in a close-out sale.  I'm also entering To Every Thing There Is A Season at Words 2 Scrap By & the technique challenge at SSS Monday: Distress Inks spritzed on craft mat used to color glossy paper & layered die cuts.  Thanks so much for checking my blog--love reading your comments.

Friday, September 12, 2014


When I saw the new Impression Obsession challenge was to stamp your background, I knew I wanted to use my 
C-A-C Spatter.  First time to try the technique of stamping & then turning the stamp before stamping again.  I used 2 Distress Inks: fired brick & spiced marmalade.  I die cut the tree (DIE006V) from brown cardstock & sprayed with Glimmer Mist.  The tree is inlaid in a white panel cut narrower than the tree.  I didn't think about the tiny pieces--took awhile! The IO stamp "Blessings" was masked so I could use just the one word.  
Finished off with a bit of red sparkly ribbon & 3 little brown pearls.  I'm also entering the challenge at SSS Wed & Freshly Made Sketches. I've had quite a few days off--probably will take all morning to go through e-mails & most will just get deleted--LOL! Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Emboss Resist

I love the PTI MIM videos & this week Laura shows one of my favorite techniques--emboss resist--using diecuts. I used my one & only coverplate which is the hexagons & sponged on Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse & Ripe Avocado.  The diecut leaves from Turning A New Leaf are stamped with Distress Ink walnut stain which is also used for the sentiment from Boutique Borders: Birthday.  The card front is dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder & the hexagon panel is mounted with foam tape. The MS butterfly is punched from cardstock & vellum--hard to tell.  I added tiny MME enamel dots & brushed on Wink of Stella.  
Another Fall birthday card ready to go & speaking of Fall--here's another picture of the same tree I showed on 9/1. The leaves are changing fast even though we've still had high 80s or low 90s during the day.  So glad you stopped by--thank you.
Edited to add: My one butterfly lets me add this to the City Crafter Challenge.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bountiful Blessings

I don't usually enter challenges at CTS, although I love the sketches. However, when I saw the one for this week it made me think of the SSS die I recently won called Clustered Leaves.  I inked the leaves with various Distress Inks & brushed on Goosebumps for shine & texture.  The flower die is also SSS called Bella Bloom & it was part of a prize I won long ago.  
I inked the back of the vellum blooms with the same inks, cut the center from orange felt & attached everything with a yellow brad. The sentiment is one of my favorites & is from Impression Obsession stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia.  Feels good to have a Thanksgiving card made--it always sneaks up on me!  
Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)I'm also entering Darnell's NBUS challenge (neither die had been used) & SSS Monday challenge
Becca's Card
Edited to add: SSS says colors are close enough, so I'm entering their Flickr challenge.
Color Challenge Inspiration by Simon.Says.Stamp

I try to leave a comment for people who take time to leave me one. Becca recently visited me & here's what I found when I went to her blog.
Isn't it beautiful?!  I hope you'll take a minute & check her post. 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Life Is Beauty

Today I'm honored to bring you my second ODBD September GD card.  I used the beautiful set called Iris. As you may know, coloring is not one of my talents.  I do love the look of water color & it doesn't have to be done precisely to achieve a nice effect.  I heat embossed the flower on water color paper & then dampened the flower going a bit outside the lines. Next I dabbed on a bit of Distress Ink, blended with more water & added more color for shading after it was dry. My colors are dusty concord & peeled paint.  The edges were sponged with antique linen after being lightly distressed. The sentiment is done the same way with a soft wash of the green.  I added splotches of Distress Stain tarnished brass with my water brush. My blogging friend, Joy, gave me the beautiful Graphic 45 paper pad called Secret Garden. The panel edges were sponged with antique linen & another of the papers was die cut with ODBD Beautiful Borders die.  I used a strip of cream satin ribbon between the 2 die cuts & then mounted the flower & sentiment with foam tape. Pearls are probably my favorite embellishment & couldn't resist adding some of these soft gold ones. Hope you've enjoyed seeing my card & that you'll check out the wonderful products at ODBD.  
I'm entering the printed paper challenge at Virginia's View. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Merry Merry

I am truly "Merry Merry" as I am honored to Guest Design with the wonderful Merry Monday team today.  Random drawings are fun to win, but it's such a thrill when your creation is chosen by fellow cardmakers. 
This was indeed a challenge for me as I found only one stamp in my huge Christmas collection that included a vehicle.  This cute image from Penny Black's marzipan greetings had never been inked.  Being so not good at coloring, I decided to stamp it on a watercolored background using Distress Inks salty ocean, dusty concord & brushed corduroy.  Usually you see this technique with something like a beautiful flower, but I think it works for a scene, too.  
It has more interest in real life as the panel is sprayed with Glimmer Mist giving a wonderful sparkle & I added Stickles Frosted Lace to the pompom.  The sentiment is from the same set & I added a bit of the blue watercoloring--not sure why it doesn't look like the same color in the picture. 
The stitching is from Lil' Inkers dies & the panel & sentiment flag are mounted with foam tape. Hope I've inspired you to play along this week. 
Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)I'm entering Darnell's NBUS challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Sunday, September 7, 2014


Thursday we celebrated our 35th anniversary by going to the opening Seattle Seahawks football game.  Don't feel sorry for me--it was my idea! My dad was a radio sports announcer & I grew up going to games practically from the time I could walk.  Here we are heading out in a rental car--one time coming back to our car broken into is enough! The weather was perfect--didn't even need my sweatshirt walking the 5 miles back to the car--OK, maybe it wasn't quite 5 miles--LOL!  The lady sitting behind me took a picture just before the game started & we were still smiling at the end as the Seahawks won! Thought it'd be fun to have a memento of our day sitting on the coffee table along with the cards we gave each other.  I backed the brown cardstock with recycled cardboard & glued on a simple cardboard support stand.  I began with the sketch at MFT & will enter the challenge, although I'm not sure if I stretched it too much or if you have to make a card.  Anyway, I made a stencil using MFT leaves dies & added Zing embossing powders to the paste.  The panel was spritzed with Heidi Swapp Bronzer & Tattered Angels Cork mist which provide a lovely shimmer in real life.  All the stamps are MFT & I used stickers for the numbers.  The kraft panel was also spritzed with the TA after stamping the hearts & the photo mat was spritzed with the bronzer.  
Darnell has another NBUS (new stuff) challenge & the mist & I Love You stamp hadn't been used until now. Scraps were used, so I'm also entering at Pixies Snippets Playground--not playing for the prize.  It's not a card, so I'll enter the new mixed media challenge at The Mirror Crack'd where my good friend, Sue, is on the DT. I'll also enter the Curtain Call Lovely Leaves challenge. Thanks for visiting my blog.
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