Friday, January 28, 2022

Valentines and Friendship

I love Cecile's style which is CAS, modern & beautiful!  Her DT card for CAS Colours & Sketches challenge caught my eye, so decided to enter for the first time.  I finally got one of the SSS 3D embossing folders & it really is beautiful!  For once, I knew what colors I wanted before I even started: kraft, white & gold. 
Vine Canopy was embossed on PTI Classic Kraft.  I cut the panel down to the size I wanted so I could have plain cardstock at the top with a narrow gold metallic strip (cut from a scrap) & then the embossed panel.  SSS Etched Laurel Leaves were die cut from the same gold metallic cardstock (another scrap) & were arranged in the Ellen Hutson Hex Frames outline die cut stacked 2 high.  
They were actually die cut long ago & I never figured out what to do with them.  Luckily, I kept them in the package with the dies & it feels great to make use of them!  The sentiment from Altenew Floral Frame was stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn & I added Spellbinders gold dots given to me by my sweet friend, Rosemary.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday via IG & Snippets Playground



As soon as I saw AAA Cards Challenge is No Layers with optional Big Sentiment, I knew what I wanted to use.  
I started by stamping the IO sentiment in the corner using Versafine Clair Nocturne.  Then I figured out where to position the IO heart which I stamped in VersaMagic Red Magic.  

Finished off with a tiny red gem & rounded corners.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & ModSquad.
My second Valentine uses the old, but very cute Penny Black heart balloon die.  I had just enough of a scrap of cardstock covered in double sided Be Creative tape to die cut 3 balloons.  
I removed the release paper & covered them in Elizabeth Craft Regal Red glitter.  After you burnish it, the glitter is super soft, sparkly & no shed.  It's gorgeous in person!  I really should use those glitters more often.  
I already had embossed another panel with Taylored Expressions Swiss Hearts folder, so matted it with black cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from IO Valentine Hearts in Versafine Clair Nocturne & matted it with a black scrap.  I tied white crochet thread on the balloons & attached them with foam tape.  Finished off with 3 tiny clear gems.  Just right for a friend Valentine, I think.  I'm entering TTTC146 using the bottom row of White, Red, Glitter & SSS Wednesday via IG.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Altenew, PTI, AJVD

I totally fell in love with This Project on IG & decided to use the same basic idea to enter the January Altenew Challenge & FMS.  I used painter's tape to mask a rectangle on a white panel & blended Distress Oxides fossilized amber, peeled paint & abandoned coral.  
The images from Altenew Wildflower Doodles were stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne & I splattered with Gansai Tambi Yellow Gold watercolor which has a gorgeous shimmer in person.  
I removed the tape, stamped the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings & added a black mat.  

Next is my entry for the PTI challenge to make a love birds cardRosemary's white die cut bird is beautiful, but I decided my PTI Feathered Friends 8 needed more definition.  Brushing on Distress Ink pumice stone gave me the look I wanted.  
Into the Blooms II foliage & flower were also brushed with Distress Inks.  For the background, I scored a kraft panel & inked it with 2 different brown pads.  Love the font of the sentiment from PTI Framed in Florals which was stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn.  To make this a winter card, I added snow by splattering white gouache.
The Stamp Market constantly inspires me & recently This Card caught my eye.  To make my version, I  die cut a small heart in the center of a larger one using an AJVD die set gifted to me by my friend, Rosemary.  
After coloring with a rainbow of Copics, I covered them in Stickles.  Oh what beautiful sparkle in person!  
Love Taylored Expressions Swiss Hearts embossing folder & the PTI sentiment from Prominent Petals.  The light gray mat & sentiment strip are SSS Fog cardstock.  Now I'm using the little hearts from the centers to make another card.
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Friday, January 21, 2022

Valentine, Friendship, Christmas

Sad anniversary today.  Hard to believe my little brother has been gone a year.  I think about him every day & focus on the many happy memories.  
I'm so grateful I find joy in cardmaking.  There's nothing like seeing something come together you really like.  My first card meets that criteria.  I really like how The Stamp Market stacks a die cut word with layers of colored cardstock.  Finally I gave it a try with SSS Love die. 
I pulled out 2 shades of purple, 1 green & 2 blues from my scraps to cut the shadow.  For the detail top layer I used silver glitter tape attached to cardstock.  Really love the look!  
It's attached to the beautiful white Memory Box Bingham heart which is on a Soft Stone panel splattered with Distress Stain Brushed Pewter & attached to a white card.
Next is the card I made for Papertrey Ink's challenge to make a floral thoughts of you card.  I wanted to make a card with a purple background, so I looked up colors to use with purple.  I found an apartment decorated with a purple wall, navy furniture & big glossy green plants.  It worked for a card, too!  
PTI Border Bling: Tin Stitched & Skinny Diagonal Frames were die cut from Royal Velvet cardstock, attached together & matted with a panel of New Leaf.  I die cut Into the Blooms II flowers & leaves from white textured scraps which I brushed with Dark Indigo & New Leaf.  Really love how they look.  Unfortunately, the green is showing up very well in the picture.  I double black embossed the sentiment from Essential Sentiments & splattered everything with white gouache for a little brightness, along with clear gems in the flower centers.
I've loved Spellbinders Joy die set ever since it came out in 2019.  I couldn't resist a clearance sale at the end of last year & I'm so glad I finally got it.  There's the main image, plus the letters & some extra little flowers & branches.  For my first card I die cut the main image & letters from silver metallic & white cardstock.  
I attached the silver image to a gray, textured panel & then inlaid the white letters stacked 3 high.  The top layer is brushed with a glitter pen & is so gorgeous in person.  
The sentiment from Winnie & Walter was stamped in black on a strip from a PFS die & I glued it over the O.  I added a bunch of clear gems & matted the panel with black cardstock.  This is one of those cards I keep looking at as it's just what I love.  The great thing is, it was easy to do.  I purposely used silver & white with neutrals of black & gray so I can enter Color Hues.  Soon I'll show you the card I made with the white main piece & silver letters.  I'm also entering WAW.
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Monday, January 17, 2022

Stamplorations, PTI, PFS

I'm really good at putting off housework, so I can make cards!  Here are 3 more that I recently completed.
First is another card for the new Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge using the colors for Just Us Girls.  I love the sweet images in Stamplorations Coffee for All Seasons, but don't think I've made a Christmas card until now.  
I silver embossed on a light blue scrap, die cut it into a square & matted it with the gorgeous Spellbinders Fleur de Lis die cut from silver metallic cardstock.  Decided to "color" the cup with a shimmer pen which helps it stand out a bit & is so pretty in person. 
Love this sentiment from Winnie & Walter which I stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  Hard to see in the pictures, but love the look in person of the snowflake from PTI What the Doodle: Snowflake stamped on the card front in Hero Arts Soft Pool.  The splatters are Distress Stain Tarnished Silver & the focal point is stacked 3 high.  I'm also entering Stamplorations Theme & Photo PromptStamplorations Never-Ending Anything Goes & DRU.

I'm enjoying using my old products & for this card I pulled out PTI Friendship Jar Flowers.  I stamped the stems image in Prairie Grass, a darker green I thought would be good for a winter floral card. 
I changed my mind & didn't use the flowers in the set.  Instead, I used one of the small dies from Into the Blooms II with some rose colored felt.  It's meant to be part of a larger flower, but I like the look of it alone with a white felt center.  
The sentiment is from one of my newest PTI sets, Just Sentiments: Hugs.  I stamped it in Versafine Clair Acorn.  The splatters are Prairie Grass & I finished off with Rainstones & brown hemp.  I'm entering the PTI challenge to make a flower bouquet card.
I've had 5 gold embossed PFS Small Butterflies on my table for weeks.  You stamp & die cut 9 butterflies at once.  I had used 4 of them & wanted to make a wreath with these last 5.  Decided to finally sit down & do it for the PFS January challenge.  
You can pick any of the 2021 challenges & I picked the April gold challenge.  However, my card also fits May, June, July & November!  I also had a card made from PTI Rustic Cream on my table & liked the butterflies on it.  For the background I stamped Nested Diamond in Delicata Golden Glitz.  It's so beautiful in person, but doesn't show up in the photos very well.  I wanted a mostly neutral color palette, but decided to add just a bit of color using a rainbow of Memento markers on the butterfly bodies.  Gold Pico Embellisher covers the colored areas giving gloss & texture.  I played around with making the butterfly wreath & decided it would be better to attach the butterflies to the Layered Wreath, one of my favorite PFS products!  I die cut it from white cardstock to go with the butterflies, but painted the tips of the foliage with Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Yellow Gold watercolor--love the look!  
Just for fun I wrapped gold thread around the wreath between the butterflies.  The sentiment from one of my newest sets called Sweet Friend Floral was stamped in Versafine Clair Pinecone & I finished off with yellow jewels.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Memory Box and Poppystamps

Often I seem to put off getting entries made for monthly challenges.  Glad to have 2 done for January, so no rushing at the last minute.  Of course, there are others I now need to start working on!
First is a Valentine for a 97 year old lady in an Assisted Living facility.  Darnell requested cards for her at the beginning of the pandemic.  Her mind is clear & she enjoys getting cards.  I send one about monthly.  Such a little thing to brighten her day.  Hope she'll enjoy this one with her first initial.  
It's from the same Flourishes Letters in Bloom set I used for a card in this post.  The heart die cuts are Memory Box Grand Heart & Bingham Heart.  I did some partial embossing using a Echo Park Random Dots folder.  Years ago my friend, Rosemary, used the technique of embossing by tapping the folder with a mallet instead of using a die cut machine.  It let's you put the embossing just where you want it & you can vary the dimension by tapping lighter or harder.  I really like how it filled in the empty space.  
The V is colored with a Spellbinders silver shimmer pen--so gorgeous in person.  I also used a glitter pen on the outline heart.  I'm entering Memory Box Alphabets challenge & Dies R Us.

I have a huge collection of spray mists--mostly Tattered Angels.  The shimmer is so gorgeous in person.  When I saw JUGs challenge theme, I pulled out Caribbean Blue & Meadow Green to use for my entry.  Before spraying the panel, I black heat embossed the images from Poppystamps Little Kindness.  
When the sprays dried, I used Gelly Roll Stardust pen to color the flower centers & added black splatters.  
Really love my new Poppystamps Happy Birthday Poe Script die cuts which are stacked 2 high.  I'm also entering Poppystamps Birthday challenge & ModSquad.
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