Thursday, April 18, 2019

Friendship & Christmas

I have 2 very different projects to share today.  First up is my entry for Heather's W&W April Color Combo.  This time the challenge is to use all neutrals.

I began by die cutting the Do You See What I See? cover plate from white cardstock.  I trimmed it to the shape & size I wanted with my scissors & glued it to a Soft Stone panel.  The flower is made with 3 of the dies from In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers using dark gray & white cardstock--cutting 2 of each size bloom plus a center.   My favorite W&W die, In a Word: Hello, was die cut twice from white cardstock & once from dark gray.  I loved Nuvo Drops when I first got them, but now I can't seem to make drops with them.  However, they work great spread with a wet paintbrush on die cuts.

I used White Blizzard Glitter Drops on the white blooms & word--so pretty in person.  The little word from The Big, The Bold & The Happy was double white embossed on black cardstock.  A black panel was used for the mat, a pearl was added to the flower center & clear sequins finish it off.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground, SSS Monday & Time Out.
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Next is my entry for Christmas Kickstart where the theme is Snowmen.  I've been having fun combining cross stitch with papercrafting, so pulled out the MFT snowman pattern to make a tag card.

I used MFT Cross Stitch Tag & Scallop Cross Stitch Tag.  The sentiment is from a very old MFT stamp set.  I'm also entering CHNCWAW.
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Simple Birthday Card

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The current Impression Obsession challenge is to make a birthday card.  I thought it'd be fun to make kind of a frame using IO Three Little Twigs.

I stamped all 4 corners of a white panel using Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  The IO It's Your Birthday sentiment was stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate & trimmed with my paper cutter.  I cut a mat slightly bigger & sponged it with the green ink.

The panel was splattered with a brown Zig & matted with brown textured cardstock.  I added the sentiment with foam tape.  This will work for one of our male relatives, so no embellishments.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.
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Saturday, April 13, 2019


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I'm a little behind blogging my cards, but thankfully our puppydog, Fritz, has had 4 good days in a row.  Hopefully, we're on the right track.  Here are 3 of my recent floral cards.
First up is my entry for PTI LFF: Favorite Style.  I don't have a signature style, but I do love what I call Fresh & Simple.  It's not exactly CAS, as there can be layers & there's not necessarily a lot of white space.

I made a one layer notecard that's a bit smaller than A2 size.  The images from PTI Friendship Jar Flowers were stamped in New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Spring Moss, Lemon Tart, Spring Rain, Lavender Moon & Amethyst Allure.  I added green splatters, yellow Stickles, white crochet thread & dots of Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher.  I'm also entering JUGsSSS Wednesday & Time Out.

Quite awhile ago, I won some stamps from Virginia, including a beautiful one from The Ton.  I finally inked it up & stamped on kraft in brown & white metallic inks.

The sentiment from TPC Studio was stamped in dark brown & the panel was mounted with fun foam.  Finished off with 3 brown sequins.  I'm entering AAA, CAS on FridayInkspirational & SSS Wednesday.
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My last card uses SSS Spring Flowers & a Hero Arts jar.  I've never used the jar or tried to show water, but Michelle's card inspired me to give it a try.

The blooms & leaves were silver embossed & watercolored with Zigs.  The jar was stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist & fussy cut.  Again I used Zigs to watercolor, using a blue for the water & a bit of light gray where the jar is empty.  I masked the jar ring & stamped the stems in silver using a Winnie & Walter simple stem.  I stamped each one several times to get the width I needed to match the die cuts which I also colored with the silver ink.  I used scissors to cut the opening for the stems.  The background is done with a PTI frame die & a Gina Marie die cut mat.  Gotta say,  I really had fun challenging myself to do something new & I love how it turned out.  I'm entering DCD, Allsorts, SSS WednesdaySSS WIW & Virginia's Show & Share.
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Monday, April 8, 2019

More Easter Cards

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Thanks for the concern & well wishes for Fritz.  Still not himself, but doing much better.  I'm still working on Easter cards that need to be mailed soon.  Here are a couple more, starting with the other Poppystamps Powell Butterfly made when I created THIS CARD.  Really can't say I like one better than the other.  The textured gray pieces inlaid into the pink metallic outline do give a striking, elegant look which I love.  This time I used some very old wire in my stash to wrap around the body & form into the antenna. 

I die cut the 2 Frantic Stamper banners & temporarily adhered the small one in place.  Then I did the dry embossing with the sweet floral folder (thank you, Lisa!).  I took them apart & embossed them separately to get a deeper impression.  A gray ink was lightly sponged on the edges & both pieces were sprayed with Shimmer Spritz.  I never tire of that look!

The small banner was backed with fun foam & attached in place.  I lightly bent up the butterfly wings & attached it with foam tape in the center.  The card is made from Soft Stone cardstock & the sentiment is Inkadinkado.  I'm entering Poppystamps,  DRU, Country View Challenges & Time Out.
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Next is my entry for PTI LFF.  This time the challenge is to create a project from a favorite inspiration source.  Often the challenges I enter provide the inspiration & I don't spend time going through magazines or Pinterest very often.  However, I have made cards based on items in my home including a dress, flannel sheets & a pot holder.  A few days ago I opened a new paper towel package & was immediately inspired to make a card!

I wanted a background of pink & orange with butterflies on top of it, so I started with a smooshed background of DI picked raspberry & ripe persimmon.  I did multiple layers of each color--drying in between.  Then I die cut PTI Butterfly Hope cover plate from white cardstock.  It was not the look I had in mind, so I finally opened my jar of Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse & spread it over the die cut with a cloth.  The sheen is beautiful & the soft goldish look works for Easter, I think.

The sentiment is made with words from W&W Big, Bold Seasons stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne.  The waterproof ink allowed me to then smoosh the sentiment strips in the same inks to match the background.  The words are matted with black & popped up with foam tape.  I added tiny black pearls to the antenna to tie in with the sentiment.  Not the usual Easter card, but I like it & hopefully the recipient will, too.  I'm also entering WAW.
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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Easter Cards

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It's been kinda challenging at our place lately.  Fritz is having GI problems, so we've been to the vet twice & had a restless night with little sleep.  Needless to say, I haven't gotten much done.  Things are calm this afternoon, so I'm hoping to finally post a couple cards that have been waiting to be entered in some challenges.
First up is a card I started, but didn't finish for the March challenge.  Fortunately, I could make it work for the Poppystamps April challenge.

I die cut Poppystamps Powell Butterfly from a scrap I painted with leftover Rose metallic acrylic paint (making this card) & from charcoal textured cardstock.  I inlaid the pink pieces into the charcoal outline & vice versa.  Stick pins for antenna were sandwiched between the inlaid butterfly & a solid white piece I trimmed as a backer.  Soon I'll post the card I made with the other butterfly.  The background was made by die cutting Poppystamps Massa Leaf Frame from a white panel & a gray panel.  The gray die cut was inlaid into the white panel & matted with a slightly larger gray panel.  I die cut the smallest Stitched Bloom Trio from vellum 3 times & added them to the frame with a dot of Champagne Stickles.

The butterfly was mounted with foam tape & I added some clear Pico Embellisher as dew drops.  The Easter greeting will be inside.  I'm also entering DRUDCD & Time Out.
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Gray & pink is one of my favorite color combos, so I used it again for this card.

The Abstract Petals MFT stencil was used with Heidi Swapp white Art Screen Ink which has a beautiful sheen.  The banner was die cut with MFT Fishtail Flags & the next size up was used for the mat.  Both the mat & the Impression Obsession die cut sentiment were foiled with Gina K Twinkling Pink.

The flag was added to a gray panel & I arranged MFT Wild Greenery white die cuts behind the sentiment.  Lots of pretty sparkle & shine in person for this one.  I'm entering Country View ChallengesMFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge, ModSquad Challenge & SSS Monday.
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