Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Alex Syberia

I was incredibly lucky to win the latest release from Alex Syberia Designs.  Just Us Girls color combo challenge of pink and aqua inspired me to pull out the beautiful Heartfelt Blooms stamp/stencils/die.
I silver heat embossed the image and used the stencils to color with these inks: Memento Angel Pink, PTI Lovely Lady & Hibiscus Burst, Altenew Dew Drops, Aqualicious & Teal Cave, Delicata Silvery Shimmer and Brilliance Starlite Black.  I added Brushed Pewter Distress Stain splatters.  
The other release products I used are Charming Flora Cover Die and a sentiment from Beautiful Day.  The silver gems were in my stash.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Time Out Challenge #265

Hard to believe, but it's already June and school will soon be out in our neck of the woods.  I enjoy seeing all the flowers when I walk Fritz.  Speaking of flowers, Time Out Challenges wants you to be Inspired by Words using the quote by Henri Matisse.  You can use the entire quote or any of the words.  The winner chosen by the DT will get a $15 store credit from our sponsor, Altenew, as well as an invitation to guest design for a future challenge. 
I bought my first die cutting machine so that I could use embossing folders.  Before I began making cards, my favorite stationary was dry embossed.  I finally bought a die cutting machine months after they came out when I learned they were used with embossing folders which cost a lot less than dies.  Of course, my "no buying dies" resolve soon ended! 😀 
I'm hooked on 3D embossing folders and the black out technique that is so popular right now.  I've used black and dark blue for the background previously, but have been wanting to see how dark brown would look.  Here's the result.
I used Altenew's Flower Bed 3D folder and colored the debossed side of the panel with Distress Oxides Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio.  It's not precise coloring, so is fast and stress free.  I dried the ink and then swiped my Versafine Clair Acorn ink pad over the panel.  That's when the detail of the debossed design really shows.  Again, it's not precise, but I really like the look.  You do want to use a light hand with the dark color (especially is you have a juicy pad) and just repeat until you're happy.  Most of the examples I've seen add splatters and I do prefer my panels after they're splattered. 
For this card I used both white and gold.  I decided a bit more gold was needed, as my splatters are tiny.  An old Pentel Sparkle Pop gel pen in my stash still works perfectly.  That's what I used to color the flower centers and the stitching of my Frantic Stamper Arch diecut.  I got the Arched Labels in 2017 before they were so popular, as I loved a card using a "banner" die that a friend sent me.  We both searched for months to find a die similar to the retired one that she used.  Now everyone has caught up to us and lots of companies have Arch dies, which I still love.  This time I decided to make a frame with the 2 largest dies, as well as making a shaped card.  Poppystamps Scribble Hello was die cut from SSS Matte Gold cardstock, stacked and glued in place.  I stamped just the word friend from a PTI Scripted sentiment in Acorn ink and added Altenew Satin Gold sequins.  There's lots more inspiration at Time Out Challenges along with all the details.  Hope to see you in the gallery.
I'm entering Die Cut Divas and Inkspirational.

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Sunday, June 2, 2024

Card Chain Challenge

The Card Chain Challenge started many years ago.  There aren't a lot of players left from the early days, but I'm one of them.  I was the letter writer in the family beginning when I was in grade school.  So, exchanging cards every month with people all over the world really appealed to me.  There are actually more players outside the US now.  It's only once a month and the prompts always include friendship.  You can even send a card from your stash, which I have often done.  Why not consider joining us?  All the details can be found at The Card Chain Challenge.
Anyway, my card for May went to a blogging friend I've known for many years, Linda in Minnesota.  The color combo of Gold, Raspberry, Blueberry appealed to me.  I wanted to see how they would look using Altenew's Floral Radiance Layering stencil set which was one of the products I received as a guest designer in April.  Here's the first card I made posted on IG in April using blues and greens.
For Linda's card I used CN9 Dragonfruit and Blueberry with the detail layer gold embossed.  Talk about a totally different look!  
I splattered the inks and used gold embossing powder for the detail layer.  The panel was spritzed with a favorited old Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist called Irridescent Gold.  You might get a hint of it in the close up below.  
The scalloped rectangle is from Elizabeth Crafts and I used PTI Dark Indigo for the mat.  I didn't want to cover up much of the design and thought this sentiment from Alex Syberia Spring Garden was a great size.  I seldom use this type of sentiment which seems a bit "preachy" to me.  However, Linda certainly does enjoy life with her years of being in Sweet Adelines Chorus, making cards and spending time with family and friends.  I added gold thread and Altenew Satin Gold sequins.  I'm entering SSS MondaySSS Wednesday and WAW.
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Monday, May 27, 2024

Three Cards

Challenges are ending soon, so posting three of my recent cards.  First is a thank you made with Uniko's wonderful Gerbera stencil.  
I used blue and green inks and then spread a layer of Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer paste. The look  changes as you tilt it in the light, and oh boy is it beautiful from every angle!   I seem to put off taking the time to use my various pastes.  Gotta change that!
I found just the right sentiment in an old Winnie and Walter stamp set and used Versafine Clair Morning Mist for a slightly softer look than black.  I'm entering Just Us Girls and SSS Wednesday   

I was the lucky winner of Hero Arts May Premium kit and it came just in time for an anniversary card I needed to make.  
I black embossed the balloon background stamp on watercolor paper and then spritzed with the Ocean Blue Metallic Mist from the kit and Tattered Angels Meadow Green Glimmer Mist from my stash.  They blended together beautifully and have a wonderful shimmer in real life.  
I die cut the big sentiment from SSS Matte Gold cardstock and vellum.  The little sentiment from Altenew Floral Vine was stamped in Versafine Clair Green Oasis.  The same gold cardstock for the mat and HA ombre sequins for embellishment.  I'm entering Stay Crafty with Hero (2 spray mists and 2 sentiments) and Word Art Wednesday.

I am on a lucky streak!  My friend, Vikki, tagged me on IG when Poppystamps was giving away their Nordic Majestic Bloom die.  Her win gave me one of the dies, too!  I had such fun making this notecard.
It's very easy to assemble the pieces and I love the unique look.  I inked the bloom diecuts with Pigment Craft Co Blush, Himalayan and Tajine.  For the stem and leaves I used Altenew Firefly and Grass Fields.  Love the soft elegance of MFT Gold Sparkle cardstock.  
I used MFT Rectangle Stax Set 2 and inked the card front edges with Tajine.  Think this design would make a great set of notecards using several different color combos.  If only I had non-cardmaking family or friends who use snail mail--haha!  I'm entering Poppystamps May Challenge.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Time Out Challenge #264

We challenge you to be...Magical for Time Out Challenge #264.  Our wonderful sponsor, Picket Fence, is giving the winner a $25 gift card.  That person also gets a chance to guest design for a future challenge.  
My stash does not include fairies, mermaids or gnomes.  But it dawned on me that I do have a darling old Hero Arts deer stamp.  If you know me, you know I love to make Christmas cards, so here's Rudolph!  Actually, he might be Rudolph's sister with those beautiful antlers and long eyelashes--haha!
Anyway, I had such fun making this card.  I seldom color, but did my best using Copics E53 and E35.  I purposely tried to give some texture to indicate fur, which you can see if you use your imagination!  I added tiny clear gems and Christmas Red Stickles.  
Haven't used Spellbinders Big Scalloped Rectangles Large in years, but I'm moving them to the front of my old dies.  Really love the look.  I found the perfect sentiment in Winnie and Walter's Yetitide Greetings.  Be sure to check out the blog to see all the inspiration from my teammates and our guest designer.  I'm entering SSS Wednesday.
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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Friendship and Sympathy

I received a lot of beautiful, new products thanks to being a guest designer for Altenew's April release.  One of the 2 layering floral die sets is called Anemone Blue Poppy.  The first time I used it, I cut the flowers from colored cardstock.  For the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge, I wanted to try blending white diecuts with inks matching the challenge colors.  Boy does that give a very different look and really is my favorite.  
I used a variety of Altenew inks for the flowers and the leaves and splattered with white gouache.  Hopefully you can tell that the bottom flower is shades of majenta and the top one is shades of red.  Wasn't sure that would work with just 2 flowers, but I actually like them together.  The Deck Planks folder is one of my favorites.  This time I used a black panel and lightly swiped the debossed side with white pigment ink which really brings out the design.  
The sentiment is from one of the stamp sets in the April release: Morning Glory Outline.  I black embossed it on vellum and used the matching die.  I received 3 sets of Gem Sparkles--all beautiful!  Each set has 3 different colors that go together.  The ones I used here are the lightest in the Smoky Quartz set.  They actually have a pink cast to them, so were just right for this card. 
It's always sad when a sympathy card is needed.  But it's especially heartbreaking when a young wife and mother is lost to cancer.  
I embossed a beautiful Penny Black floral image on a panel blended with Distress Oxides bundled sage and speckled egg.  It was given to me without the packaging, so I don't know the name.  I wanted a soft look, so instead of gold powder, I used Stampendous Moonstone. 
The sentiment from another old PB set called Eloquence was also embossed.  I added a couple cardstock layers before attaching the panel to a white card.  I'm entering Penny Black Saturday Challenge and Word Art Wednesday
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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Memory Box and Pinkfresh

Here's my card for the Memory Box Pretty in Pink May challenge.  I blended Distress Oxides kitsch flamingo and worn lipstick on a pale pink panel which I then embossed with MB Blooming folder.  
I lightly brushed the raised edges with DO picked raspberry to give definition to the design.  I also used Nicki's technique of lightly adding Lunar Paste to the blossoms and panel edges.  The color is Slippery When Wet and I also used it to color Poppystmps Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frame.  
To get the size I wanted, I snipped off some of the MB Backyard Floral Stems which was die cut from vellum.   MB Hello Friend Posh Script shadow was cut from vellum and the words from the pink cardstock blended with DOs like the panel.  To make them stand out a bit more, the words were covered in Shimmer Pico Embellisher.  Beautiful pink gems finish it off.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday via IG and Die Cut Divas.
Next is my card for Pinkfresh Studios Flower Power challenge.  Once again I pulled out PFS Sweet Friend Floral stamp/die/stencils.  I love the whimsical style which makes lining up the stencils perfectly not required--at least to me!😉 
This time I used many CN9 ink cubes in pink, peach, blue and green shades for a pretty bouquet arranged in the center circle of a gray panel die cut with Slim Braided Circles Panel cut down to fit an A2 card.  I added black splatters to the card front and shimmer to the flowers.  You can see it in a short video in my IG post.  
The sentiment from Perfect Sentiments was stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist, clear embossed and popped up.  I'm also entering SSS Monday and SSS Wednesday.  
Did you see the Northern Lights?  We looked from our deck at 10pm and couldn't see anything.  But we heard that a cell phone camera can pick up color you don't see with the naked eye.  So I snapped a picture and was amazed to see purple!  I took another shot aimed to the south, just to be sure my camera didn't make the whole sky look purple.  The sky was just black in that picture.  Pretty amazing!  We went back out at 11pm and could actually see some purple and again, the camera captured a lot of color.  Not the fabulous view some people had, but still a pretty neat experience.  Hoping for even better tonight.
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