I love Birch Press products & can't resist a good sale with free shipping! I also broke my "no more poinsettias" rule, but I'm not sorry!😊The top layers were brushed with Distress Oxides aged mahogany & pumice stone and were brushed with a shimmer pen. my IG post. Kelly Lunceford inspires me with cards that have lots of elements without looking cluttered. That's what made me add the CN9 branches die cut from vellum. Amazing what a difference it made! The stamen was colored dark gray, covered with Nuvo Glaze & topped with a silver dot. Color Hues, SSS Wednesday, Snippets Playground (vellum scraps used) & Time Out.
Sunday, December 3, 2023
Again I have a friendship card & a Christmas card to share. First up is the card I sent for the monthly card exchange I participate in. Wasn't sure how TE Create in Quads: Ever Bloom would look using only shades of purple, which was one of the challenge options. SSS Wednesday.
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Last minute entry for the Altenew November challenge using Dreamy Daylillies embossing folder & stencils, plus the word die in the bundle.
Whoever came up with stencils to color embossing folders is a genius in my book--haha! I picked out inks that were as close as I could get to the challenge colors: PTI Autumn Rose, Altenew Fuschia & Hydrangea. I covered the ends of the stamens in Nuvo Glaze & added silver splatters.SSS Wednesday.
Christmas Kickstart, Rudolph Days, SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.
Monday, November 27, 2023
Challenges are ending, so a quick post with my entries.
First is my card for Pinkfresh Studio Thanks challenge. I've had the same great physical therapist for several courses of treatment over the past several years. Decided to make a card for him, as hopefully he won't see me again! my IG post showing the beautiful shimmer. The bottom wreath was die cut from a light green shimmer cardstock I've had for years. The sentiment is from PFS Perfect Sentiments & the wooden dots are MME.
my IG post. I'm entering Color Hues: Red & Metallic Gold.
November Alex Syberia challenge. I used the colors to make a birthday card with Spring Garden stamps, stencils & dies.
Thursday, November 9, 2023
My October CCC card went to the UK, so I used my first Alex Syberia (a UK company) stamp/die set called For You.
The background was made with Lindy's Magicals & the frame is Reverse Confetti. Since it's Fall, I used more peachy pinks for the 3 layers of the bloom: CN9 Nectar & Grapefruit plus PTI Pale Peony. The top layer of dots was silver embossed. Versafine Clair Morning Mist & Lawn Fawn Manatee were used for the stem, leaves & sentiment from the set.
The gallery for Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is about to close. There are hundreds of entries & now there's one more--haha! It's not my usual style, but I had fun making it & like the final result.
I began by stamping Stamplorations Coffee for All Seasons Autumn image 3 times in Versafine Clair Pinecone. I used the same ink, randomly applied to a Precious Remembrance Shop Fall Colors image--purposely not inking it entirely. I picked up watered down spiced marmalade & peeled paint Distress Oxides with a piece of acetate & added it to my panel, repeating until I was happy with the look. I used molding paste through Tim Holtz Splatters stencil, added Stampendous Moonstone ep & heated for a wonderful textured effect.
The sentiment from SSS Full of Thanks was stamped in the Pinecone ink. It just needed something more & finally I decided to add the Elizabeth Craft pumpkin diecut brushed with the same DOs. The edges were darkened with DO vintage photo before adding the panel to a PTI Classic Kraft card base.
JUGs Color Week: Red & Green. I like some non-traditional Christmas color combos, but not to the exclusion of red & green. I'm not one of the people who can never have enough floral images, but I am a sucker for poinsettias. I keep telling myself I don't need another one. However, last year I finally gave in & got CN9 Fresh Cut Florals Edition 4 before it was gone for good. The sprigs that come in the set are beautiful, too.
The Birch Press sentiment die is a new favorite I'll use over & over. I cut the words from the same cream cardstock & stacked them 2 high. The shadow was cut from vellum. The flower center was covered in Champagne Stickles & I added a TE matte gold enamel dot. Hopefully the recipient will love this card as much as I do.
Monday, October 30, 2023
After not posting for over a month, I have 2 in 2 days! I was fortunate to win a couple Alex Syberia gift certificates recently. You'll see the first card in a few days, but here's the one I made for the October challenge using the embossing powder option.
I used the beautiful Spring Garden stamp/stencil set. Gotta say, the image stamped perfectly the first time! I gold embossed with SSS Antique Gold powder & used CN9 Ballet Slipper, Sorbet, Buttercup, Sumflower, Sprout & Parsley to add color through the stencils. I also embossed the accent layers of the floral centers with HA Sparkle ep. You can never go wrong with gold splatters, in my book!
The sentiment from the set was stamped in Sorbet & I embossed the mat with the gold ep. I tried a black mat, but in the end decided on a gold embossed one. Gold sequins were too bright, but fortunately I also have Altenew matte gold ones. Can't wait to use this set with other colors. I'm also entering SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.
Sunday, October 29, 2023
Boy have I gotten lazy--haha! Didn't even realize it's been over a month since I posted here. I have been making cards & they're on IG. My shoulder no longer interferes with cardmaking or doing my hair--yay! My home exercises & therapy sessions do take up a fair amount of time. Hopefully it will be worth my efforts. Strength & range of motion have a long way to go, but pain is not an issue.
I had fun making a Halloween card with Poppystamps Whittle Flamingo. They're trick or treating in orange & purple costumes--haha!
Memory Box Parker Lowercase Alphabet letters were die cut from MB black glossy cardstock & stacked 2 high. Good to use some more of my old Echo Park Halloween paper pad. I'm entering Poppystamps Get Your Boo On challenge.
Pinkfresh October Ombre or Tone on Tone challenge. I stamped on kraft to make the card have more of a Fall feel to it & stamped in multiple green Distress Oxides.
It looks much prettier in person than in the pictures. One of my favorite uses of the MISTI is to use multiple colors one at a time on an image like the PFS Delicate Wreath.
I added brown splatters, stamped the sentiment from the same set in Versafine Clair Pinecone & added a mix of green sequins. I'll use this as a Thanksgiving card for a friend.
ABNH, Rudolph Days & Woodblock Wednesday.
My final card is for Die Cut Divas & Memory Box. I got MB Layered Narrow Pines too late to use for last years cards. I die cut the full tree in DCWV green foil cardstock & the top layer in light green glitter tape I've had forever.
I wasn't sure about using foil & glitter together like this, but oh boy do I love it! Hard to tell, but the trees are attached to a MB woodgrain panel.
I carefully used my MISTI & was able to stamp the old HA sentiment in Versafine Clair Pinecone, even with the cardstock texture.