Wednesday, February 20, 2019

More Hearts for February

My sweet friend, Maria, enclosed a variety of hearts in a card she sent me.  I used the red felt heart to make a card for AAA Cards, JUGsStamplorations Theme.

I started by stamping the music image from Penny Black butterfly symphony in Brilliance Pearlescent Coral (actually a beautiful pink ink) & then the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings in Brilliance Graphite Black.  The felt heart was glued in place to finish my CAS card.  May decide to round the top corners--couldn't make up my mind.

My entry for the February Poppystamps Love Me Do challenge is also a CAS card.

I die cut PS Heart String 3 times & glued the top & bottom pieces to white cardstock with the die still in place to keep them correctly positioned.  So nice to use some of my white cardstock scraps!  I stamped the sentiment from PS Grateful Heart in Brilliance Graphite Black & colored one of the hearts die cuts with a red Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.  It's not a bright red, but is sparkly & pretty in person.  I didn't stack the hearts so that it is slightly recessed into the white pieces.  Since this one won't go through the mail (hubby's anniversary or next Valentines Day card) I used foam tape to mount the focal point to the black cardstock.  I really love the simplicity & contrasts of this card.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground.
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Monday, February 18, 2019

PTI and W&W

The latest PTI Laurie's Fabulous Favorites challenge is to use your favorite color of cardstock.  I love the PTI neutrals of Soft Stone, Classic Craft & Vintage Cream.  But for my card I wanted to use one of the color colors--haha!  I mostly have variety packs & use it very sparingly.  Autumn Rose is definitely near the top of my list--a gorgeous dusty rose color.  Unfortunately, I really couldn't get an accurate picture, so this will have to do.

I let the Autumn Rose shine by stamping the images from Gathered Garden in Versamark.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped in Weathervane.  The Pierced Feature Frame was die cut from Sweet Blush cardstock.  I added 3 smokey gems for embellishment.

Next is my entry for Winnie & Walter's 5th Birthday Bash Card Set Challenge.  Boy did I have fun making 3 Christmas wreaths with images from In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals & a bunch of different inks.

In A Word: Noel was die cut from adhesive backed fun foam 3 times & each foiled in a different color.  I used cardstock to mat the gray/silver & red versions.  For the green one I foiled the edges of the mat with the same foil using Score Tape.  I'm also entering ABC Christmas ChallengeWAW.
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I need a couple cards for men who are about to have surgery.  I like to use leaves for masculine cards, so decided to use 5 leaves from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Renee's Leaves which works for the W&W 5th Birthday Bash 5 Challenge

I stamped one panel on white cardstock & the other on Bristol, cutting both out with W&W Essentials: Tilda Cutaways. 

I could probably count on 1 hand the number of times I've used my Copics to color images, but for some reason I decided to give it a try--maybe because the card isn't for a cardmaking friend--haha!

The Bristol panel was done with my Zigs & a water brush.  The sentiment is from a very old Hero Arts set called Special Note of Thanks & both have black splatters.  I matted the Copics panel with black cardstock & the watercolored panel with green.  They look quite different, but each has it's own appeal, I think.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019


I'm trying to get organized this year & part of that is cleaning up my table which is always a disaster.  Clearly I don't have a good system, so decided I better use the hearts (colored & fun foam) left over from my last shaker card.  Luckily, the IO In the Pink challenge is still open.

After stamping the sentiment from IO Valentine Hearts in Versafine Clair ink, I used the Zig markers that colored the heart to make a watercolor background.  Love how my splatters turned out this time--never quite the same.  I rounded the corners & glued on the heart.  Glad to have one card ready for next Valentines Day.  I'm also entering Die Cut Divas (IO Heart Set dies) & WAW.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Impression Obsession

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Pink is my favorite color, so I couldn't miss the Impression Obsession challenge In the Pink!  I used a very old satin embossing powder for IO CAC Sketched Roses on Bristol paper.

Then I colored the panel with a water brush & 4 pink Zigs: Pink, Peach Pink, Light Carmine & Light Pink.  The largest die in the IO Heart Set was used to cut the window from the panel & fun foam which I glued together with a piece of acetate between them.  I filled the back of the heart with Stampendous Shaved Ice & glued the gray textured cardstock on top of it.

The sentiment from IO Greetings Top Edgers was cut from the same gray cardstock & double embossed with the satin powder--really pretty in person.  I'm also entering Stamping Sensations,  Stamplorations Theme, the 30 Day Coloring Challenge & WAW.
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Monday, February 11, 2019


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February is Winnie & Walter's 5th birthday.  This year the challenges are based on Leading Lady Rosali's projects.  Challenge 1 is Use Masking with Stencils.  

I masked a strip across the center of my panel & then brushed green ink through the W&W Pennsylvania Polka Creative Screenings.  The flowers & leaves from W&W Eva's Favorite Flowers were stamped in VersaMagic Malted Mauve, Perfect Plumeria & Memento Desert Sand.  I added details with a white gel pen.  The sentiment from W&W A Tree for all Seasons was stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist 3 times using my Mini MISTI.  The mat is a piece of gray cardstock that's a close match.  I'm also entering Uniko's 7th BD Party as I'd love to add some Uniko products to my stash.

Challenge 2 is Masking Backgrounds with Dies.

I made a stencil from W&W Do You See What I See?  Cutaway using repositionable label paper--worked great!  I brushed on DI pumice stone darker in the center.  The tree & sentiment from W&W A Tree for all Seasons was stamped in VersaMagic Night Sky--a beautiful dark blue.  I matted the piece with PTI Dark Indigo.  Unfortunately, this card is already in the mail to the only co-worker I've kept in touch with from my first job after college.  Her family was just an hour away from where we worked while my family was over 3 hours away.  Her folks accepted me as a 4th daughter.  I didn't see her older sister very often as she was already married, but just a year older than me.  Patty lost her battle with breast cancer this week & my heart goes out to my friend during this time of grief.
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Saturday, February 9, 2019

PTI Cards

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Lots of negative comments with all the changes at PTI, but nobody's complaining about the chance to win a $100 gc in the new challenge called Laurie's Fabulous Favorites--haha!  Like Laurie, I really can't pick a favorite--it changes day to day!  I'm not one who sits at the computer waiting for the shop to open on release nights, but that's exactly what I did when Dawn's Delicates dies were introduced.  I also seldom buy kits from any company, but when Don't Forget to Write was released I had to get it.  Truthfully, I haven't used much of the kit except for the pretty pink pen (yep--one reason I got the kit which is pretty silly!) & the wonderful scalloped note card die.  Today--these are my favorites--haha! For my entry I die cut one bloom from Spring Rain cardstock & the other from Blueberry Sky.  I saved the little pieces for another project & just used the outlines.  They were brushed heavily with a shimmer pen & layered together--LOVE the look!

The dot in the center is Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher.  It's the perfect size element for the scalloped note card I cut from white cardstock & splattered with blue ink.

Decided the sentiment will go inside or I'll use it as a note card, if I decide to part with it--haha!
PTI Transformation Tuesday is one of my favorite challenges, so I was really glad to see it's continuing.  This time I used a Fall card I really like as inspiration for a Christmas card.

It's amazing what a difference just changing colors makes--white die cut on red cardstock compared to green die cut on ivory cardstock.  I used another 2 other favorite stamp sets--Spruce & Sprigs foliage with Snowflake Flurries sentiment.  I love Mix & Mat: Flourishes die set so used the same 2 dies as the original card.  The inks are PTI Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Prairie Grass, Olive Twist & Weathervane.  The berries are covered in Christmas Red Stickles & I added sparkle to all the foliage with Stardust Gelly Roll pen.

The red mat is Pure Poppy cardstock & PPP Sparkling Clear Confetti provides embellishment.  I plan to make as many flat Christmas cards as possible this year as I'd like them to just need a single stamp.  This one looks dimensional, but it's really very flat.  I'm also entering SSS Monday & Allsorts.
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

More Cards

I've made & mailed several cards recently.  Here are a few I'm entering in challenges.
First is a card I entered in several challenges via Flickr, but thought you might like to see it.  The stamps from Impression Obsession Valentine Hearts were clear embossed.  Then I blended DO candied apple & worn lipstick.

Next I used the same stamp set & technique with Liquid Platinum embossing & DO broken china & cracked pistachio.

My sister loves blue & her hubby is fond of green, so this one's for them.  I'm entering JUGs.

I had fun making the next card for my brother & sister-in-law.  He loves red, maybe because that was my dad's favorite color. 

My friend, Betty, sent me the clustered hearts die cuts in red & gold.  I removed the outline from the red panel & replaced it with the gold one.  For a bit of dimension I backed the panel with a couple layers of cardstock & matted it with a black panel.  I'm entering SSS Monday.

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