Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Thank You So Much

It's my day on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog.  We're featuring a great stamp set this month called simply, Thanks.  The images are so versatile & fun.  For today I made a set of three cards--each with a different color scheme.  
I used a PTI die for the note cards--2 white & 1 kraft.  The little branch images are from a Christmas set called Oh Christmas.  You can see close ups of each card on the blog.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by. 

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Variety of Cards

Yesterday was a wonderful break from the heat, but summer isn't over yet.  I'm totally out of my routine these days--feels like I'll never catch up.  I have made some cards & finally I'm getting them posted.  
First is another one commissioned by my neighbor.  She wanted something special to send to her sister who is turning 80 & she wanted "80" to be included.  I was struggling until I remembered seeing balloons used that way, so pulled out my Penny Black balloon dies. 
For a color scheme I turned to one from Lexi Daly: Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet & Harvest Gold.  It's really beautiful in person, but I couldn't get a very accurate photo.  The cover plate is Lil' Inker (purchase enabled by the die cuts my friend, Cat, sent to me!) & the sentiment is SSS Painted Happy Birthday.  The sentiment & balloons were brushed with WOS. 
I added Nuvo Glaze to the sentiment & glued down the floss with Distress Collage Medium.  The numbers are white glittery stickers which I colored with a teal COPIC.  My neighbor was pleased & hopefully her sister will be, too.  I entered 2 Flickr challenges: SSS & Love Handmade Cards.  I'm also entering Seize the Birthday & HLS Anything Goes with Dies.
Next is my entry for PTI MIM: Petite Pattern Play.  I loved Michelle's example using the Take 3 die & I remembered the tiny stamps included in Autumn Adornments.  I didn't think about the 3 images not being exactly the same size, so took me 3 attempts to get something that worked. 
As you can see, in the end I cut each one out, so the squares are all the same size.  Next time I'll try using the same image in each opening of my mask & see if I can get a 1 layer card.  The stamping on Classic Kraft is done with Canyon Clay, Simply Chartreuse & Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate.  I gold embossed the sentiment from the same set.  The squares are matted with Dark Chocolate (as is the panel) & mounted with foam tape.  I added tiny brown splatters & decided against any embellishments.  I'm also entering WAW.

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Last is a fun CAS card using Stamplorations Coffee for all Seasons.  I was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches.  Hoping it's OK to flip the sketch. 
After heat embossing all 4 images, I masked around the summer square & blended with Distress Inks abandoned coral, carved pumpkin & fossilized amber.  Then I brushed on Wink of Stella--so pretty in person. 
The sentiment is from the same set & is also heat embossed.  Thinking this will go to a friend with a Starbuck's card inside.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday, Stamplorations CAS, Stamplorations Anything Goes & Time Out.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Christmas in July

Thanks for the well wishes for my guys.  Both are doing better today, so life is getting back to normal.  As normal as it can be until hubby gets back to doing the shopping & errands--haha!
I did finally finish a card just in time for Impression Obsession Christmas in July.  Being that Christmas cards are my favorite, I couldn't miss this challenge! 
The IO branch (DIE021-N) was cut from watercolor paper I smooshed with DI evergreen bough, pine needles & iced spruce.  For sparkle I used my Gelly Roll Clear Star pen & added some silver & clear sequins. 
I tied on silver thread before attaching it to the panel stamped with the sentiment from IO Vintage Ornaments in Delicata Silvery Shimmer.  Fun foam was used for dimension before mounting the panel to a white card.  I like this basic design & want to try something similar with some of my stamps.  I'm also entering HLS Christmas & WAW.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018


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We're not having a usual week, although no comparison to the people dealing with wildfires & floods.  I'm very grateful to be where I am.  Fritz had an IV to have his teeth cleaned & a couple days later wouldn't stop licking the shaved area on his leg.  That means I had to watch him every minute or put on the cone.  He actually doesn't fight the cone, but I feel terrible making him wear it.  Then hubby had a hernia repair that turned out to be 5 hernias!  It was done laparoscopically, but that's still a big surgery.  He was in surgery way longer than expected & took awhile to get his post op pain controlled.  Luckily, we're only 10 minutes from the hospital & nothing I could do for him, so I spent most of the day watching Fritz & waiting for the phone to ring.  Both are doing better, but we're all still catching up on sleep.  Since they're both napping I'm taking the chance to post my PTI cards.
The first one is for MIM: Mixed Background Texture.  I used one of The Sweet Life die cuts I stamped awhile back when I had the 2 layers lined up in my Mini MISTI. 
I used Lemon Tart & Berry Sorbet on Sweet Blush cardstock.  The berry spray from Spruce & Sprigs was also die cut from Sweet Blush & stamped with the matching ink.  The leaves were die cut from vellum & stamped in Lemon Tart.  A Lemon Tart panel was dry embossed on the top & stamped with Text Style in Summer Sunrise on the bottom.  The bouquet was mounted to a panel of Berry Sorbet with a sentiment from Gathered Garden stamped multiple times in the matching ink.  The little dots are done with a Versamark pen.  I'm also entering WAW.
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Next is my Transformation Tuesday card which is an anniversary version of a birthday card I really liked.  My neighbor asked me to make a card for her daughter's 21st anniversary & I'll see if she wants this one. 
I did a better job lining up the strips this time using 2 cuts of the Mix & Mat: Flourishes die.  The panel was supposed to be shades of peach sponging with SSS Apricot & HA Soft Cantaloupe.  It looks pretty orange to me, but maybe she'll like it since they went to Oregon State University.  The sponged panel has lots of shimmer & I used sparkle embossing powder for the Penny Black sentiment which I first inked ombre in the 2 colors & then used Versamark over the top. 
The little hearts were punched, stacked 3 high & covered with Stickles.  The first card had the white die cut layer glued flat, but this time I used foam tape.  The card front was also sponged with the same inks.  My neighbor will be hand delivering a card, so I added the grosgrain ribbon--not too girly & keeps it from being so plain, I think.  I'll probably make at least 1 more card to  give her options.  Still working on getting to all your blogs--don't think I've forgotten you.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


It's my day on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog.  This month we're featuring a wonderful stamp set called simply, Thanks.  The darling circle with hearts caught my attention, so I used it for the focal point. 
It was fun to use the thank you border stamp to make a frame & inside it I stamped another image from the same set as well as splatters from Fall Colors.  The inks are Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy & Starlite Black along with VersaMagic Oasis Green.
Decided to add a bit of sparkle by covering the white heart with Stickles & adding some random dots.  You can find more info at the PRS Blog.  Be sure to keep in touch with PRS on Social Media: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & YouTube.  

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Friendship Blossom & Christmas Trees

I couldn't resist the first C&9 Throwback Thursday sale so I now own the beautiful Brushed Blossom stamp set & die plus a few other C&9 goodies.  Decided to start by making a card with the die for the challenge at WCMC9
My mediums are watercolor & heat embossing.  I embossed the outline with SSS Antique Gold embossing powder.  The coloring of the little pieces was done with Liquid Pearls Pink & Garden using a wet brush.  I don't have much luck using them for embellishments, so I was glad to learn you can watercolor with them.  They have a wonderful shimmer--gorgeous in person.  I used thin foam adhesive for the large blossom & the other pieces are glued flat.  The sentiment from the stamp set is also embossed with the Antique Gold.  The background die cut is from a friend & that die may also end up at my house--love it!  Finished off with some white & pale pink sequins.  Classy & elegant is my favorite style, so this one makes me happy.  I'm also entering CropStop & SSS Wednesday
Next is a Christmas card for the MFT Sketch challenge using Trim the Tree--a set I got in one of the MFT sales a long time ago. 
The fun tree was stamped in Distress Oxide Lucky Clover & I used Clear Star gel pen to color the little dots.  MFT Stitched Oval Scallop Frames die cut was stacked 2 high & the sentiment from the same set was stamped in Distress Oxide Candied Apple.  Decided to leave it pretty CAS & just added clear sequins.  I'm also entering ModSquad, SSS Wednesday & Stamplorations.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering Rudolph Days.
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Friendship and Christmas

I wanted to enter Winnie & Walter Rerun No. 32, but I don't have Mini Scenery: Madison.  Fortunately you can also make a card inspired by one from the DT.  I love Kelly's rainbow of scallops colored with Zigs.  Decided to use Cover Model: Do You See What I See as a stencil.  
I scribbled Zigs onto a palette, picked up the color with a small damp brush & painted over the stencil.  Since I just wanted a watercolor look, I didn't try to be exact.  The panel was covered with a frame made from SSS Frames & a Spellbinders rectangle.  Had to improvise by cutting & attaching the scalloped edge to the inside of the rectangle to make it the right size.  I used foam tape to attach the panel to the card front.  Like Kelly's card, everything is white except for the Zig coloring. 
Love my new Mama Elephant sentiment die cut which I stacked 3 high & covered with Stickles.  I'm also entering AAA Cards, SSS Wednesday & SSS Work It Wednesday.
Next is a Christmas card I've had in mind since I entered Betsy's PTI MIM Ombre Watercolor Backgrounds with this Thanksgiving card.
Previous Card
Decided to use it for PTI Transformation Tuesday & MIM Repeating the Greeting
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The stamps are Spruce & Sprigs and the inks are Ocean Tides, Hawaiian Shores & Aqua Mist.  Love that I ended up with a one layer card.  The sentiment is from PTI Peaceful Poinsettia.  The lighter ones stamped twice in Aqua Mist are quite visible in person, even though it doesn't look like it in the photo. 

I wanted some sparkle, so spritzed heavily with Tsukineko Sparkle mist--just gorgeous!  I'm also entering ModSquad, SSS Wednesday & Rudolph Days.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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