Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Variety of Cards

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I've participated in The Card Chain Challenge for quite a few years.  Last month I signed up to send my card to Gail who keeps the chain going.
I stamped the old HA Starry Night in Brilliance Pearlescent Ice Blue to make a wintery friendship card.  The sentiment is W&W who sadly is going out of business.  I'm entering ABNH.
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This week ITP has daily challenges.  Luckily you have 2 days to enter your project.  Not sure I'll have time to do all of them.  Here's my entry for The Joy of Card Making--Color Combo.
So glad I have PTI inks & cardstocks in the required colors: Scarlet Jewel, Olive Twist, Autumn Rose, Pure Poppy & Ripe Avocado.  The images are PTI The Sweet Life & Spruce & Sprigs with the sentiment from Framed Out #9.  My friend, Vikki, cut a bunch of Scallop Stackers: Large for me--perfect for this Christmas Rose card.  I added Stickles to the berries for a bit of sparkle & the flowers are mounted with foam tape.  I'm also entering SSS Monday.

Next is ITP The Joy of Card Making--Card Sets.  One of my last PTI purchases was Wildflower Garden--perfect for a card set. 
I really love having PTI inks & matching cardstock.  I decided on Spring Rain, Winter Wisteria, Limeade Ice & Pale Peony.
I used 3 different sentiments stamped in Smokey Shadow.  Hard to see, but each panel is splattered with the same ink used for the flower.
Thought something else was needed, so I added a narrow strip of black cardstock under the sentiment.  My friends make their own cards, so I'll probably use these myself.  I'm also entering WAW.
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Holiday Joy

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I'm really trying to make most of my cards mail friendly, but they still have to be pretty, of course!  I no longer think of foam tape as a necessary ingredient.  My entry for Impression Obsession Holiday Wishes shows you what I mean.
The card front was dry embossed with the Richard Garay Lumberjack Days folder.  The foliage dies are cut from dark red & green scraps, spritzed heavily with shimmer mist & tucked in behind the sentiment strip which is glued down flat.  The die cuts aren't stacked, but I did let the ends curl up.  What do you think?
The IO products are D5686, DIE215-E & DIE349-J.
I'm also entering JUGS & WAW.
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Prices lowered for many items in my sale pages.

Wishing all my US friends a lovely Thanksgiving holiday.  Hope everyone stays safe & has a fun day.  Time to start signing & addressing Christmas cards, but first I have some projects to show you.
I recently used a Trinity Stamps gift certificate for their Season Greetings Silhouettes stamp set.  Here's my first card using one of the trees & the lovely greeting.  I wanted to make something for AAA Cards.  This time the challenge is to make a card in minutes with an optional twist of ink blending.  I planned out the design & even did a practice run--hope that's OK.
My final one layer card took 15 minutes.  I began by stamping the sentiment & then gold embossed the tree 3 times.  A light pencil mark showed me where each trunk needed to be.  Then I taped off the area for blending with DO candied apple & abandoned coral.  Simply wiped the ink off the trees & the card was done.  Gotta say--I love how it turned out!  I'm also entering Rudolph DaysSSS Wednesday & Time Out.

Next is another entry for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  I had to make a tree tag like Tracey's on Day 17.  I bought that PPP die after getting a Christmas card made with it last year by one of my friends.  Naturally, the package hadn't been opened, so that's been fixed now!  Such a fun die that can be used for a variety of looks.
I began with a white cardstock panel & added a multitude of DO inks in blues & greens.  Then I splashed on some water droplets & blotted them with a paper towel.  Next I spritzed with GooseBumps Shimmer Texture Spray--really neat in person.  Finally I added white splatters using Windsor & Newton white gauche.  Have to say--it does make the best white splatters!  Then I die cut the 4 pieces & decided the edges needed to stand out more.  So, I painted on some white Pico Embellisher & added Stickles.  The ends naturally curl up & I attached the brown watercolored trunk, twine & bell.  Love this die!

One more tag for 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  My good friend, Rosemary, is on the DT for AJVD.  They sponsored Day 20 & Rosemary made a gorgeous red & gold tag which I had to case!  I used scraps of red & gold paper, so will also enter The Snippets Playground
My tag is die cut using MFT Scallop Cross-Stitch Tag & the snowflakes are from Stampendous Winter White--a set I won over a year ago.  Instead of foiling like Rosemary, I gold embossed all the snowflakes & the Hero Arts sentiment words.  Luckily, I happened to have a piece of ribbon exactly the right shade of red.
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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Green & Gold

I love green & gold for Christmas cards, so pulled out Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy & Delicata Golden Glitz to make a couple cards for the Twofer Holiday Greenery challenge.  My greenery images are from PTI Spruce & Sprigs.  Here are the 2 cards together.
My first card started by stamping the old DeNami sentiment in Versafine Clair Nocturne on a white card.  Then I stamped the holly & berry branch in opposite corners.
Finished with Altenew black ink spray splatters & rounded the corners.  I'm also entering Time Out.

My second card uses the same green & gold inks (even though they don't look the same) along with the same PTI stamp set.  But this card is vanilla, the sentiment is Altenew & I added a couple more of the Spruce & Sprig images to go with the holly & berry branch.
I die cut the thin SSS frame from my panel & inlaid the gold inked frame stacked 2 high.  This time I added green splatters & gold sequins.  I'm also entering CAS on Friday, Stamping Sensations & WAW.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Thankful for Friends

Sometimes I make Christmas cards with non-traditional colors, but this time I made Thanksgiving cards not in Fall colors.  Part of my Pinkfresh gc was used to get the Delicate Wreath stamp set & dies.  I love the unique wreath & sentiments I can actually use!
The PF November Challenge colors are close to DO inks worn lipstick, wilted violet, faded jeans & cracked pistachio.  I smooshed them one at a time on a wc panel.  Then I used SSS Antique Gold embossing powder for the beautiful wreath.
The sentiment from the set was stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne.  I'm also entering WAW.
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Next is an experiment using Pixie Spray stencil adhesive.  I bought it some time ago & finally used it with the SSS Bouquet of Roses stencil.  I saw someone use rubber cement to adhere a stencil for watercoloring & thought the Pixie Spray might work.
The watercolors are Prima Confections & I may not have used a heavy enough coat of the spray.  As you can see, a little did seep under the stencil.  I'll definitely try it again, but decided this piece was worth making into a card.  Think of it as artsy--haha!  I used the same watercolors & TH brushed pewter Distress Stain for the splatters.
PTI Counting My Blessings was used for the die cut word & sentiment strip.  The word has a silver metallic shadow layer & the strip is silver embossed.  Finished off with a few black sequins.  I'm entering SSS Flickr 136, The 30 Day Coloring Challenge & Virginia's Show & Share.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Impression Obsession Thanksgiving

I really love the stamps in my last IO order, so pulled out 2 of them for a Thanksgiving card.
First I stamped Leafy Branch (F6046) in Altenew Forest Glades.  Then I copper embossed Happy Thanksgiving (C19863) & brushed the edges with DI vintage photo. 
I thought about adding splatters or some twine, but decided to keep it very simple.  Sometimes the images really are all that's needed.  Hopefully the recipient agrees!  I'm entering IO So Thankful Challenge since that's what Thanksgiving is all about, SSS Wednesday & WAW
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