Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It's Been Awhile

Feels like forever since I made a card or wrote a post!  We're back from our first camping trip of the year, but I don't seem to be back in the swing of things yet.  
That elusive Blog Writing Genie would sure be helpful--haha! The weather was really good, especially for the Oregon coast. We took a drive & snapped this at a place with offshore rocks. 
I do have a couple cards to show you that I posted on Flickr recently--both just use die cuts. First is another sympathy card using SSS Birch Tree Window, Avery Elle sentiment & Zigs.  
My friend Rosemary inspired this one.   I used a gray blue textured cardstock to back the window & dark gray for the sentiment.  Got it mailed before we left since I couldn't go to the service.  I'm entering CropStopDie Cut Divas & SSS Flickr #71.
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Next is my card for the previous SSS Flickr challenge & Flickr Love Handmade Cards.  
The smooshed panel (DI mermaid lagoon, salty ocean, lucky clover, cracked pistachio) was left over from a previous project & is die cut with AJVD Polka Dot Backdrop Rectangle. I used the same inks to color SSS Floral Shapes dies using a lighter hand for the top flower. Tried out my new extra fine tip white Sharpie & brushed the blooms heavily with Spectrum Noir clear sparkle.  The sentiment is SSS Painted Thanks cut from black textured cardstock.  Gotta get this one in the mail to one of my sweet blogging friends.  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by. I'll catch up with you as soon as I can.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Casing Heather

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There's always so much inspiration from the DT for the PTI monthly releases. However, this time I knew immediately what I wanted to case for Create Along with Us. I don't even know how many times I went back to admire Heather's card for Day 3 The next day, before CAWU was even posted, I made a sympathy card for a family I grew up with who just lost their mom to a long battle with Alzheimers.
I clear embossed the Altenew sentiment on Bristol paper & used my Zigs for watercolor resist.  I colored with the same 2 green Zigs directly on the Hero Arts image from the 2010 set called Earth Flowers & spritzed with water before stamping. Using the Mini MISTI let me repeat the process until I was satisfied.  I added splatters, a PPP die cut edge & a strip of watercolored paper.  I'm entering ABNH & Word Art Wednesday.
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Yesterday CAWU was posted & this time I used ink blending, like Heather did.  
The inks are Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky & Mint Julep which I blended over the clear embossed sentiment from Friendly Flowers.  Bristol paper does work great for ink blending as well as for using Zigs.  Rosie Posie was in my 3rd PTI purchase back in 2012.  I still love it & need to use it more often.  The details are done with the newer Step 2 set which I stamped multiple times with the Spring Rain & Mint Julep so it would be darker, but subtle.  Again I added little splatters & since this is for a birthday I spritzed heavily with Perfect Pearls for a gorgeous sheen.
A strip of Enchanted Evening cardstock was attached to the card front for just the right contrast.  Not perfectly stamped, but still one of my favorite cards.  I'll be using this design over & over.  I'm also entering Allsorts, CAS Mix Up & Retro Rubber.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day Weekend

Wishing all my US friends a Happy Mother's Day.  Hubby surprised me with this beautiful hanging basket.
I made a birthday card for the PTI MIM challenge: background stamping with sentiment stamps.  
The word "happiness" from Make it Market Garden Gild was stamped in Soft Stone on a square of white cardstock. Decided to make a wreath so more of the background would show.  I looked through some PTI color combos & decided to use the Twig Wreath dies with PTI cardstock.  Must be getting old because this morning I realized 2 of the colors were not what I intended to use!  Fortunately, I like the combo: soft stone, fine linen, aqua mist, scarlet jewel & sweet blush. The flowers were mounted with foam tape.   I stamped the Tiny Tag in Soft Stone & inked the edges of the tag & the panel. Rosewater Nuvo Jewell drops embellish the flowers & I tied on white crochet thread.  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies, The Playground, Die Cut Divas & W2CB.  
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Cut my first 2 roses of the year & here they are with a picture of my mom, always in my heart.  
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Just a Note

I send a lot of cards just to keep in touch with blogging friends, so that's what I made for the Impression Obsession challenge. Cards must have less than 3 layers not counting the card base.
I attached a strip of Heidi Swapp gold glitter tape to the side of an ivory card base.  The watercolor panel was done by repeatedly inking, spritzing & stamping IO Brush Tree (E7690) with Distress Inks using my Mini MISTI.  I added soft colors to the background using DIs & a water brush.  The sentiment is from IO Anytime Sentiments (CL43)--first time to use that great set. Finished off with splatters, 3 gold PPP sequins & some twine. I'm also entering CropStop & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

On Your Birthday

Watercolor is very popular these days & I love the various looks that can be achieved.  Decided to combine the watercolor challenge at ABNH with the sentiment focus challenge at a2z.  
I black embossed the Hero Arts sentiment from Friends are Treasures on a panel of watercolor paper.  I white embossed the solid images from HA Color Layering For You Flowers.  The Distress Inks I used are abandoned coral, candied apple, pine needles & fossilized amber.  I purposely didn't wipe the ink off the images as I liked them not being totally white.  The panel was die cut with AJVD Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop & I added black splatters & Nuvo Rosewater Jewell Drops.  The panel was matted with black textured cardstock & attached to the card front.  I'm also entering CAS-ual Fridays (6 leaves), Dies R Us, HLS WatercolorSSS Monday & the Flickr Love Handmade Cards Group. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

May Bride

We originally thought about an outdoor May wedding in Oregon, but quickly came to our senses--haha!  You certainly can't count on nice weather here & instead we went to Lake Tahoe in September--blue skies & sunshine!  
Hopefully this bride has a sunny day--isn't she beautiful?  As you may have guessed, our theme at Penny Black Saturday Challenge is Wedding/Anniversary/All Things Love.  This 2013 PB bridal march stamp makes a lovely card with little effort.  I heat embossed with Liquid Platinum on watercolor paper & added a bit of color to the bouquet with Zig Clean Color markers.  There's a bit of Stickles added to the flowers along with some pink & green splatters.  I heat embossed a strip of cardstock with the Liquid Platinum & attached it to the left side of the card front which I covered with textured pink cardstock. A stitched die was used to give the panel additional interest.  Hope you'll check out the projects from my talented teammates & join our challenge.  I'm entering SSS Wednesday. Thanks for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS Work it Wednesday.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wonderful Friend

Wanted to make one more card for the W&W Color Challenge which is about to close.  
The black embossed bloom from In Bloom: Addie's Garden was fussy cut, as I don't have the dies.  I colored with Distress Markers by mixing dried marigold & worn lipstick to make the peach and dusty concord & festive berries to make the reddish purple. Then I painted with a small wet paintbrush.  I used a golden Stickles & black gem in the flower center & heavily brushed with Wink of Stella.  
The leaves were stamped in DI lucky clover, sponged with cracked pistachio & fussy cut.  The WP9 lattice die cut was sponged with the same 2 green inks.  The sentiment is from PTI Take Three Summer & I added 2 tiny black gems.  I'm also entering Dies R Us, Die Cut Divas & SSS Work it Wednesday.
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Next is my card for PTI MIM where the theme is Watercolor Wash Backgrounds.  I love emboss resist & knew that's what I wanted to do. Decided to give it a try with my Zig markers, so I used Bristol paper.  
Quilled Elegance is a beautiful set & worked great for the technique.  I used my new Mix & Mat  Flourishes die to cut the rectangle of little holes--such a neat look!  Wonderful Words Love was die cut from self-adhesive fun foam & covered with Elizabeth Craft Cool Highlight glitter.  
The sentiment is from Counting My Blessings & clear Nuvo Drops finish it off.  I'm also entering Allsorts & CCCB.  Love how so many people are staging their cards, so thought I'd try using one of my grandmother's Haviland plates as a backdrop. Need to practice getting the angle right, but kind of fun to do something a little different. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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