Friday, October 24, 2014

Pumpkins



PrintI'm really enjoying my MFT Primitive Pumpkins stamp set & dies this year, so I've made more Halloween cards than usual. The fun grid sketch for MFT WSC challenge provided my layout. We have a lovely boutique in our little town--mostly I just admire the beautiful items & occasionally buy a gift there. Fortunately, they also carry lots of May Arts ribbon which they sell by the yard. Couldn't resist a yard of this pretty one which turned out to be perfect for this card.  
Simple to make, except for keeping the grid pieces in order before getting them glued down! I thought I did, but no--finally had to look at the Cuttlebug Embossing folder package after 15 minutes of struggling--LOL!  I'll also enter the PaperCrafts October Gallery challenge, SSS Monday & Fusion.


Thought you might like to see how color totally changes a card. The glue showed through my felt the day after I took the picture of THIS card & I wasn't really happy with it anyway. Here's the re-do which I like much better. Thanks for taking time to visit my blog.  



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Another Christmas Card


Lotto (English) _ScrapRDV
ScrapRDV Bingo
I do so love making Christmas cards & this one fits in 4 challenges: A2Z Scrapbooking (2 HA products), Hero Arts Holiday (White Out), SSS Monday (Anything Goes) & ScrapRDV (Alexandra's Bingo--Red, Christmas, Stamping).  I heat embossed the snowflake from HA Enjoy The Seasons using a very old powder called Winter Wonderland--white with glitter. The sentiment from HA 
Merriest Christmas Wishes was stamped in VersaMagic Red Magic & clear embossed on a strip mounted with foam tape. Finished off with red pearls.  This would be a great design for mailing--just use glitter or a flat gem instead of pearls. I love reading your comments--thank you. 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Birthday Card in Fall Colors





Often I make birthday cards in colors I know the person likes, but sometimes it's fun to use seasonal colors. That's what I did for this card.  I'm entering the challenges at ColourQ, SSS Mon & Cuttlebug Mania--I used my Big Shot & Penny Black leaves dies & stamps.
Don't think I've ever used black leaves on a card, but think it works since they're really an embellishment & they're covered with WOS for shimmer.  I fussy cut the flowers & used punched dots from the green cardstock with Stickles for the centers since my gems weren't the right color.  My layout inspiration came from this sketch done by my friend, Alexandra, in this post.
Sketch by Alexandra
Our weather has changed to normal, rainy Fall--pruned roses yesterday afternoon just in time & then made Biscotti.  Time to have some with my coffee & visit your blogs.  Enjoy your day, my friends.
Edited to add:  First time to enter the challenge at Shopping Our Stash.

Monday, October 20, 2014

An Emerson Quote

INSPIRATION PHOTO
Time for my 3rd post as a guest designer for City Crafter Challenge Blog.  This week we are to make a project including stars, moon, sun, rain, cloud or snow--lots of options!  I bought this Wordsworth stamp many years ago & used it for a card published in Stampers Sampler the July after the 9/11 terror attacks.  Not sure I've used it since then & thought it'd be perfect for the challenge.  I began by making the watercolor background with my new wc paints using a purple & 2 blues on 140 pound wc paper.  The beautiful quote was heat embossed & then I spritzed the panel with Shimmer Spritz giving a wonderful shimmer.  I used a Spellbinders square die to make the black frame which is mounted with foam tape.  
The little wooden star was painted with Lumiere Super Sparkle to tie in with the shimmery panel.  Hope you'll check out the talented DT:  Ros, Char, Stella & Kirsty.  Thank you so much for your visit.



Friday, October 17, 2014

Let Us Begin

The deadline is almost here for the current ODBD challenge: Anything Goes with ODBD stamps.  I used the "Let Us Begin" stamp set & one of the Beautiful Borders dies. I added Stickles, pearls & satin ribbon to embellish my card.  Brown, cream & aqua is a combination that works anytime of year, I think. 
I don't usually participate in Our Beautiful World, as photography is not one of my strengths. However, I couldn't resist showing what Autumn is like in my part of the world--Western Oregon.
Here's the neighbor's tree I've been showing every few weeks & now you can see the one next to it also has color.
Here's a shot from our last camping trip with temps still warm, but you know it's actually Fall when you see the leaves changing color.
And here's puppy Fritz on Critter Watch! I admit he looks like this no matter what season we're camping, but the leaves on the ground show it's Fall. 
Thanks for sticking with me for this long post & I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dipped Leaves for an Anniversary

I do love the PTI MIM challenges--always learn something new to try.  I've actually embossed the edges of die cuts before, but don't think I've ever die cut leaves from patterned paper or layered the vellum image on the bottom & I did both for this card. My sister & BIL are celebrating this week & I wanted to make something different for them this year.  The dipped leaves in the video were beautiful & appropriate for a Fall anniversary, so I pulled out PTI Rosie Posie.  My BIL likes green & I found this double sided paper in my stash with designs that would work. I love gold, but they go more for silver, which I didn't want to use. Decided instead to focus on the green, so sponged the edges with Encore Ultimate Metallic Honeydew & embossed with clear ep twice.  I stamped the small leaf from the same set in Distress Ink antique linen & the sentiment is an old one from Posh Impressions stamped in the Honeydew.  The stitched rectangles are by Lil' Inkers.  The button is one I bought at the stamp store in Berkeley when my sister & I met my blogging friend, Sue.  Wish I had a pack of them--perfect color for the cream cardstock from Michaels.  I really like how this came out, so guess I'm a simple girl at heart.  I used some scraps so will enter at Pixies Snippets Playground.  I'm also entering Cuttlebug Mania (I used my Big Shot). Thanks for taking time to visit my blog.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Peace

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Playing along in 2 challenges with my all white Christmas card:  Merry Monday Silent Night & MFT WSC (entered via Flickr).  I've kept to my rule of not buying new stamps, dies, etc unless I win a gift certificate--for the most part--LOL! However, when I saw the new Taylored Expressions release included a snowfall embossing folder the rule fell by the wayside as I've been looking for one like this for a year!  The MFT products are the snowflakes, flag & sentiment.  
I die cut the snowflakes from a beautiful shimmery paper I got on sale & from vellum.  I always layer vellum on top, but the current PTI MIM video shows vellum on the bottom & I love the look!  I softened the look of the card by using a panel of vellum on the card front & a row of lace along the sentiment flag.  Peace is stamped in one of my favorite Brilliance inks, Starlite Black, which has a lovely shimmer.  I used some of my overflowing white cardstock scraps, so I'm entering at Pixies Snippets Playground.  Thanks so much for stopping by.