Friday, February 23, 2024

Couple More Cards

I've seen a lot of cards with pretty containers filled with flowers, but now I remember why I don't usually make them!  Days later and it's finally finished!😊 
Poppystamps Potpourri Flower Set and Memory Box Backyard Floral Stems were die cut from PTI Lilac Grace and white cardstock.  The PTI Vogue Vase was die cut from cardstock covered with vellum.  I used Copic BV00 to color the center of the vase and to add shading to the flowers.   Poppystamps Heart Pattern Plate, a gift from a friend, was die cut from PTI Mint Julep.  If you have that cardstock, you know it's definitely a soft mint color.  The only way I could get it close in the photos was to have the white a bit warmer than it actually is.  A sentiment from Birch Press Marzipan Greetings was double stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist and die cut with MFT Fishtail Flags.
Another friend gave me MB clear Fairy Drops and I thought the tiny ones made great drops of dew.  I'm entering Color Hues and Poppystamps February Challenge.  
I just discovered that Distress Oxides tattered rose and saltwater taffy go together beautifully!  That's what I blended on Memory Box Magnolia Blossom diecut for this card.
The little center was inked with PTI Bright Buttercup and Harvest Gold.  For MB Magnolia Leaf Branch, I blended DO antique linen, vintage photo, bundled sage and rustic wilderness.  A sweet friend gave me MB woodgrain cardstock and I blended DO speckled egg very lightly where I was going to attach my focal point. 
I'm currently on a white sentiment with vellum shadow kick and MB Hello Friend Posh Script is a favorite.  Wish I'd picked up more of these beautiful, tiny irridescent gems years ago when they were just $1.50!  I'm entering Memory Box February Challenge, SSS Wednesday and WAW.
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Monday, February 19, 2024

Friendship Cards

I continue to post pretty much all my cards in IG and some of them are also in my blog.  Please do not feel the need to leave comments in both places.  That only makes sense, as we all need to conserve our time for creating!😊
Here's the card I made for a friend going through a difficult time.  I used Rose Gold powder to emboss Pigment Craft Co's Delicate Floral Background stamp.  
Took me a few tries using the matching stencils with mostly Pigment Craft inks to get it right, but glad I persevered.  The panel edge was embossed with Rose Gold powder after I die cut it with MFT stitched rectangle.  The scalloped rectangle is Elizabeth Craft Design, the diecut sentiment is Memory Box Just a Note Posh Script and the sub-sentiment is from PTI Simple Stems.  
I'm entering The Snippets Playground as I used only scraps for the die cut and stamped sentiments.  Finished off with the beautiful, yet subtle, Lucy's Irridescent Jewels.  
Kelly took a wonderful photo for this month's Altenew Inspiration Challenge.  I love the colors and dark background.
I was fortunate to get Altenew's Floral Acanthus product bundle when I had a gift certificate and it was on sale.  For this card, I stamped, inked the matching stencils and used the dies.    
I used a variety of my inks from Altenew, PTI and Hero Arts to get as close as possible to the photo.  I'm thinking it would have been better to use the pink in the graphic, rather than the color of the flower in the photo.  For some reason, I literally took over 30 photos in every room of the house with all different lights to try and show the soft, dusty pink & purple flower I inked.  The pictures looked good on my phone and in IG.  For some reason, they were not good transferred to my laptop.  Anyway, I finally got one that is pretty close, so called it quits!  The little white flowers are from Layered Floral Elements.  I used a detail blending brush with yellow ink to color the centers.  Deck Planks embossing folder is a favorite and I thought it made the perfect dark, gray background.   I remembered to blend out the color from the bottom to the top of the word for a look I really like, but seldom do.  I used soft yellow and crystal loose glitter for the stamens and flower centers, which you can see by enlarging the photo.  I decided against splatters and just added a few black enamel dots.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Time Out Challenge 257

Time Out Challenges is celebrating their 10th birthday with a birthday theme challenge!  I think you'll want to play along as there are 10 generous sponsors providing 11 fabulous prizes.
The challenge winner chosen by the DT will receive a $25.00 Lawn Fawn store credit.  Ten additional winners will be chosen randomly to receive the other prizes in the order of their listing on the Time Out Challenge post.
My birthday card to inspire you was made with sponsor Uniko's Beautiful Blooms III and Floral Vines.  
I love the beautiful, modern design of the blooms and leaves.  There are 4 layers for the blooms, but I just stamped 2 of them using VersaMagic Eggplant and Purple Hydrangea.   The leaves and veins were stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist and Lawn Fawn Manatee.   I brushed the panel edges very lightly with the gray inks which makes a surprising difference.  Couldn't help myself and had to add Eggplant splatters.  Since this is a celebration card, I decided to give it a good spritz with shimmer mist.  It's so gorgeous in person and you can see it in my IG post video.  
I added a gem to each flower and attached the panel with a couple cardstock layers under it for dimension that doesn't need extra postage.  The sentiment was stamped in Morning Mist and matted with a scrap colored with Eggplant.  Hope you'll check out the inspiration from my teammates and join the gallery.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

More Valentines

I've had so much fun making Valentines this year.  A couple challenges want red and pink cards which I'm not sure I've made in the past.  Decided it'd be fun to use IO Lacy Hearts die.  
I decided to use Distress Oxides candied apple and kitsch flamingo, so I inked a white panel with each one.  Then I die cut the panels, saving all the little heart pieces and tossing out the rest.  I didn't look closely at the die and was thinking the little hearts were all the same.  That is definitely not the case--haha!  I started with putting the pink hearts into the red panel.  I'm not very good at puzzles, so it took me awhile.  But I wasn't about to give up and love the end result.  It was a bit quicker to put the red hearts into the pink panel, since I had the other one for reference.  
I wanted a subtle shimmery background, so painted white metallic watercolor onto 2 slightly smaller white panels--so pretty in person.  SSS Simple Happy Valentine's Day words were die cut from black and the shadow from vellum.
I'm entering the pink with red hearts at Just Us Girls and SSS Wednesday.  I'm entering the red with pink hearts at Color Hues.

I also made a non-traditional Valentine for a special friend who likes the color green.  I used my very old rubber brayer to ink the flat side of Memory Box Blooming 3D embossing folder with Pigment Craft Co Eucalyptus ink.  I love that shade of green, but hard for me to photograph.  Before adding the white panel to the folder, I die cut the shadow from the SSS sentiment set I used above.  The inking worked great and I'll definitely use this technique again.  
I inked a scrap with the Eucalyptus to put behind the shadow opening.  The words were die cut from white scraps, stacked and covered with a shimmer pen.  You can see the shimmer in my IG post.  I'm entering SSS Wednesday.
Edited to add:  Also entering Die Cut Divas.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Time Out Challenge #256

We're back with a fun photo inspiration for Time Out Challenge #256.  Sarah Gray is a former DT member and the owner of our sponsor, Funky Fossil Design.  All you have to do is make a card inspired by the one Sarah made in the photo below.  In addition to the 25 pound gift certificate to Funky Fossil, the winner gets an invitation to guest design for a future challenge. 
I used a splatters stencil in the background, but mine is coffee splatters instead of paint.  My card is a rectangle, but I basically followed Sarah's layout.  There are lots of ways you can be inspired and I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the gallery.  Remember, we only allow cards entered in a total of no more than 5 challenges including ours.
I used Lawn Fawn Manatee ink with Tim Holtz Splatters stencil.  The Stampendous sentiment was stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne.The stitched rectangle is MFT, the cups are Trinity Stamps (freebie), the snowflake embossing folder is Darice and the little hearts are AJVD.  
I used a detail brush to add white pigment ink to the snowflakes before covering them and the word Friend with Shimmer Pico Embellisher.  Black enamel dots were just the right finishing touch.  I'm sending this card as a Valentine to a blogging friend, wishing we could meet for coffee.
I'm entering SSS Monday and SSS Wednesday.
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Monday, January 29, 2024

Birthday Card and Valentine

A couple of my in person friends are on the DT for Seize the Birthday and one of them, Colleen, picked the current topping of Kraft and One Other Color.  I'm very fond of kraft with pink and I finally got the CN9 Poinsettia Quilt Top die set.  Decided this color combo was perfect for my first quilt. 
I've admired this die set for a long time.  It doesn't have to be for Christmas cards.  In fact, I'm not sure you'd even think of a poinsettia, if it wasn't part of the name.  There are advantages over other quilt dies including a separate outline die, a separate stitching lines die and 3 dies for the inside pieces.  Plus it includes the word Joy and a shadow for it.  I found the beautiful darker pink floral paper in an old pad and the pink textured cardstock in my scraps.  I used PTI Classic Kraft (my favorite kraft cardstock) for the card front and the corners.  The little pieces were covered with Versamark Shimmer ink to make them slightly darker than the card. 
The sentiment and layered banners are from PTI, as is the bloom.  I used a floral center from AJVD and little leafy branches from Alexandra Renke.  The flower center is covered in pink jewel Nuvo Drops.  I'm also entering Die Cut Divas.
Last January I had my hip replaced, so I didn't make Valentines.  This year I'm having so much fun being able to make them again.  
For this card I used AJVD hearts, Large Hepburn Couture Creations embossing folder and SSS Simple Valentine's Day sentiment.  I think black, white, silver and red makes for a classic, clean and fresh Valentine for a blog friend. 
This one went to a friend who didn't get the Christmas card I sent, thanks to me sending it to her old address!  Boy did I feel dumb when it came back to me.  I had her new address, but grabbed an envelope I'd addressed long ago.  Hopefully she'll be surprised and happy when she finds this card in her mailbox.  I'm entering SSS Monday and TTTC239 using Heart, Red, Die Cut. 
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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Couple of Cards

The Caffeinated Christmas Card Snowflake challenge is about to close and I did finally come up with a card.  I messed up stamping the Sweet 'n Sassy Knit Background using white pigment ink on gray cardstock.  Luckily, it was just one spot near the bottom of the panel, so I cut it into a smaller rectangle.  I love the look of wider margins on cards, especially when using smaller images. 
I've had Hero Arts metallic watercolors for a very long time and decided to play around with them.  No luck with trying an artist's technique I saw, so I just painted the red watercolor onto a white scrap.  I'd call it a burgundy red and it has a beautiful shimmer.  My scrap was big enough to die cut Trinity Stamps little cup (a freebie) twice, as well as the Impression Obsession snowflake.  
Luckily there was one edge of the scrap that worked to mat the PTI sentiment.  An old Darice snowflake embossing folder was used for the cups and I added a dot of Shimmer Pico Embellisher to the snowflake centers.  Yay for a nearly flat card ready to mail this Christmas.  I'm also entering Snippets Playground.
Next is a card inspired by a recent one made by my in real life friend, Lin.  She reminded me of the Gina K Video I saved to my favorites two years ago. 
I white embossed a very old wood mounted French script stamp.   It doesn't completely cover the panel, but I actually like the look.   I used Uniko's Flower Power #8 stencil with Distress Oxides Abandoned Coral and Saltwater Taffy.
The sentiment is from Uniko's Simply Said blocks.   Love that enamel dots are flat enough to not need extra postage.   I'm entering Inkspirational and Just Us Girls.
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