Saturday, February 18, 2017

3 Cards

Don't have all my chores done, but did work on a couple cards--surprise, surprise!  
First up is my card for the Winnie & Walter Ink Blending challenge.  
I sponged a square card with Distress Inks festive berries & seedless preserves.  The poinsettia from In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals was clear embossed & the sentiments were silver embossed.  I splattered with Distress Stain brushed pewter & decided not to add any bling.  I'm working on one layer cards for Christmas, so happy to have one more done.  I'm also entering Allsorts, CropStopChristmas Card Challenges.
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Next is my entry for PTI Celebrating 2011.  I'm so happy one of the showcased sets is Year of Flowers Collection.  
It was one of my earliest PTI purchases, but I haven't used it very much. Laurie's card done with Zigs totally inspired me, so I white embossed 4 of the florals on Bristol paper.  I chose fairly soft Zig colors since I need a sympathy card.  The panel is spritzed heavily with Perfect Pearls.
I love the floral panel, but then it took me several hours to actually make it into a card.  Thankfully, I do like the soft yellow frame & white embossed edges on the sentiment strip which was my very last idea!  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.
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Last is a card I posted on Flickr & thought you might enjoy seeing.  
The color scheme was inspired by CAS-ual Fridays, so I'm entering there. I used festive berries & worn lipstick Distress Ink pens to color the hearts which are from SSS Heart Banner die.  I covered them with WOS & Diamond Glaze before putting them back into the outline die cut from SSS Fog cardstock.  
The sentiment is from SSS Hello, Beautiful & I finished off with splatters & clear sequins.  I'm also entering Die Cut Divas. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Christmas & Birthday

Two big challenges going on right now for two of my favorite companies--PTI and W&W.  I finished a card for each of them last night & hope to make more.  Have to get everything together for the tax person first & then I'll reward myself with a marathon stamping session--haha!
One my most recent PTI purchases included A Wreath for all Seasons which is showcased for the Celebrating 2010 challenge. I pinned a lot of examples including the striking Christmas card made by Dawn.  I hadn't used that particular wreath image yet & I also have the Mat Stack 3 die, so I basically copied her design.
Dies have really spoiled me & Dawn's wreath looked perfectly cut, so I checked to see if I'd missed getting the die. Nope--she had fussy cut & I was pleasantly surprised to discover how easy it was to do.  Rather than stamp, I just added Christmas Red Stickles for the berries. I lightly sponged aqua mist onto the die cut & used my Mini MISTI to do the stamping.  Love how you can use lighter inks for sentiments with that wonderful invention. Now I've opened & used all 3 paper pads I got in the $1 sale--yah!  Buttons are so bulky I decided to stick with enamel dots & fortunately I had the right shade of green.  I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges, HLS Anything Goes with Dies, SSS Monday (tool is Mini MISTI) & Die Cut Divas.
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The W&W Leaf Effect die cut has been sitting on my table for a long time, so decided to make it into a card for W&W Ink Smooshing BD Bash challenge.  
The smooshing was done on wc paper with Distress Inks bundled sage & fossilized amber.  I've found it works best for me to do 1 color at a time, drying in between with my heat gun.  I also vary the amount of water for different layers which gives added texture.  The leaf die cut is covered with Elizabeth Craft Champagne glitter, which for some reason did not go on evenly.  I decided to embrace that look--hoping it kind of goes with the smooshing.  The sentiment is an IO die cut which I stacked 6 high & clear embossed. I'm also entering Dies R Us, Seize the Birthday & Word Art Wednesday.  Still catching up on my blog reading--thanks for stopping by.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Last minute once again for the Impression Obsession challenge. With pink being my favorite color I just had to enter!  
I began by white embossing an assortment of the little flowers from IO Petite Flowers 1.  Then I sponged with worn lipstick Distress Ink getting slightly darker down the center.  Had to add a bit of Stickles to each flower--so pretty in real life.  A strip of silver glitter paper was attached to the card front & I stamped IO Simple Pleasures in Brilliance Graphite Black, using my mini MISTI.  The panel was mounted with fun foam & PPP Sparkling Clear sequins finish it off.  I'm also entering CropStop & SSS Monday (tool is mini MISTI).
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Had a nice quiet birthday on Sunday & it was a lovely sunshiny day.  I really appreciate the cards, gifts & well-wishes.  Have to share the card from hubby--couldn't stop laughing!  The inside is 3D & hard to photograph, but hopefully you can read most of it.  Today hubby came home with a balloon & beautiful bouquet of pink tulips--pretty nice week for this old gal! Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Staying CAS

Fun to make a one layer card for the Love challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9.  The Love You, Mean It set has such sweet little images, including the 2 sizes of hearts I used here, as well as the sentiment.  
The inks are Brilliance Pearlescent Coral (totally pink even though the name is coral), Rocket Red & Graphite Black.  I added tiny splatters & 3 pink sequins. It did take me 2 tries to get the hearts stamped how I wanted--simple isn't necessarily easy--haha!  I'm also entering AllsortsCAS-ual Fridays & Inkspirational.
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Next is my card for the PTI 2007 Challenge.  I don't own any of the featured sets, but I was drawn to Maile's card that also used Watercolor Wonder--a set I do have.  
I used her basic layout stamping my background in Spring Moss & Limeade Ice. The Harvest Berries die cuts were stamped in Berry Sorbet & brushed with Wink of Stella.  
I really love the sentiments in Lovely Leaves & this one is just what I need for a thank you card.  I stamped it in Honey Nut on a scrap of Classic Kraft--same cardstock I used for the card front.  The panel is die cut with AJVD Polka Dot Backdrop Rectangle & I finished off with PPP clear dots. I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hello, Hello

Glad the winter storms have ended the drought, but it's really nice to sunshine for a few days.  Fritz thinks the best thing in the world is laying on the deck in the sun & I love being able to walk him without wearing a raincoat!  There are crocus in bloom & daffodil shoots in lots of flower beds we pass, so Spring is on the way.
I send lots of cards for no special reason, so love my hello stamps & dies. My first card is for W&W 3rd BD Bash--Pattern-Making with Mayuri.  
I used pink & green Altenew inks with W&W In Bloom: Addie's Garden. This is my first time to use this set & my first time to finally stamp using the back's of the stamps.  
I added some black splatters & used my beloved W&W hello die which I heat embossed with JudiKins Iridescent Sparkle powder.  The panels are die cut with AJVD Polka Dot Backdrop Rectangles.  I'm also entering Die Cut Divas, SSS Work it WednesdayWord Art Wednesday.

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Next is my card for PTI MIM--Stamped Dangles.  I had never used the hello stamp from Wonderful Words: Hello--just the die.  
I liked Amy's sample with it, so that's what I used along with the coordinating sentiment & little stamps from Autumn Adornments, Harvest Berries & Heart 2 Heart #2.  Gotta admit, I thought this one was going to end up in the trash, but just kept going using Amethyst Allure, Spring Rain, Lovely Lady, Sweet Blush & Vintage Jadeite.  Really should have done a practice run, but I like the idea & it'll go in the mail.  I did add a bit of Stickles--always good to have sparkle!  I'm also entering SSS Monday.  I'm catching up on blog reading--don't think I've forgotten you!