Friday, May 18, 2018

Penny Black, SSS & PTI

I have 3 cards to share today.  Recently I watched another Jill Foster video for PB.  Even though my card looks nothing like her work, she did inspire me. 
I stamped the gorgeous PB First Blush image in Versafine Smokey Gray on watercolor paper.  Then I painted Distress Inks peacock feathers, evergreen bough & pumice stone using a water brush.  I also added some peacock feathers splatters.  After it dried I overstamped with PB Music Background, lightly sponged the edges & stamped the Flourishes sentiment.  This one was already mailed to a friend celebrating her 25th anniversary.  I'm entering ATSM, PB&MPBSC & Stamping Sensations.
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I had Distress Ink left over from painting the previous card, so grabbed a scrap of watercolor paper & covered it using the smooshing technique. 
The SSS Flickr challenge is to use a stencil, so I applied Delicata Silvery Shimmer over the beautiful SSS Heart Mandala stencil with a sponge dauber.  I remembered THIS card made by my friend, Ros.  Love the idea of a beautiful background with a sentiment, so I just added SSS Painted Hugs die cut. 
The top layer is sponged with the silver ink & I attached it so there's a white shadow.  The frame was made with Lil' Inker stitched rectangles & I added HA ombre sequins.  I'm also entering CropStop & HLS Anything Goes with Dies.
Last is my entry for PTI CAWU.  There's always lots of inspiration from the DT, but this time it was an easy choice for me.  When I saw Dawn's Cover Up: Hexagons card colored with Zigs, I knew I wanted to do something similar using my Cover Up: Diamonds. 
I used gold embossing & a combo of Zigs that's unusual for me: Orange, Pink Flamingo & Yellow.  The sentiment from Corner Adorner: February was attached with foam tape.  I used Summer Sunrise for the mat & finished off with clear gems.  Can't wait to use the diamonds stamp again!  I'm also entering Fusion just using the sketch.  At least I hope this is close enough.  

Thursday, May 17, 2018

PRS/Imagine Crafts Blog Hop Day 2

I'm back today with 3 more projects using the PRS stamp sets School Days & Totally along with Imagine Crafts products.  The Blog Hop begins at Precious Remembrance Shop where you'll find all the details.  There are prizes to be won, so check it out! 
My first card shows how the School Days set doesn't have to be used just for teachers & students.  My sister-in-law was recently promoted to Sr VP of the company where she has worked for 20 years--so proud of her!  I'm happy to say she loves her card. 
I began by spritzing a panel of white cardstock with Wedding Dress irRESISTible Texture Spray.  Using the direct to paper technique I covered it with Memento Lilac Posies & Angel Pink.  A clean cloth wiped the ink off the white texture spray.  I die cut a Spellbinders flower from the panel & matted it with a white doily from PRS.  For the center I stamped the circle sentiment in Lilac Posies, punched it out & mounted it with foam tape. 
I used a Mama Elephant die for the card front which gave me a panel & a border.  I stamped the tracks image in Memento London Fog on each side of the panel, overlapping them, as you can see.  The little sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on a vellum strip & attached before adding the scalloped frame which had been inked with Lilac Posies.  I'm entering The Snippets Playground.
Edited to add: also entering CropStop (Spellbinders flower die)
My second card uses an adorable image from the School Days stamp set along with gorgeous Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Tangelo, Rose Bud & Angel Pink. 
I stamped the image in Versafine Onyx Black on white cardstock & then spritzed with the 3 sprays.  Next I used a small paintbrush to color in the images with the sprays--giving it several coats to get the intensity I wanted.  The shimmery sheen is just gorgeous! 
I mounted the circle with foam tape to a panel with the 3 circle images stamped with the matching Memento inks.  I added tiny black splatters & attached it to the card front with black strips on each side.
My final card uses the Totally stamp set plus a little sentiment from Fall Colors
The big word was heat embossed 3 times with Imagine Crafts black embossing powder for a wonderfully shiny, raised effect.  I trimmed it out with scissors & worked on my card front.  First I stamped the wonderful border image in Delicata Rose Gold on black cardstock.  It is absolutely gorgeous & so fun to be able to stamp on dark papers with the Delicata inks. 
The little star was stamped randomly in Memento Tuxedo Black & I added some splatters.  Tied in the border by stamping the sentiment in Rose Gold on a black strip.  For fun, I attached the big word at a bit of an angle.  Flat card, but lots of interest due to the great images, texture & metallic ink.  That's it from me, but lots of inspiration at each stop of the hop.  Don't forget to check out the giveaway info at the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

One Stamp Three Ways

Today & tomorrow are exciting days as Precious Remembrance Shop & Imagine Crafts are doing a joint Blog Hop with giveaways!  
I have tons of wonderful Imagine Crafts products & you will see quite a few of them in my projects.  We're also featuring 2 of the great PRS stamp sets: School Days & Totally.  Today I'm showing you how the same stamp can be used for very different looks.  A stamp positioner makes it super easy, but acrylic blocks would work, too.  Here are my 3 cards using the big thanks word from the School Days set.
First is the red & black card using school colors to thank a male coach or teacher.  The inks are Memento Tuxedo Black & Rhubarb Stalk. 
I purposely left the black words a little light & stamped multiple times for a heavy inking of the red.  Then I used a small paintbrush dipped in GooseBumps Shimmer Texture spray to cover the red word.  The result is fun shine & texture when the light hits it.  
Next I went feminine using beautiful VersaMagic Spring Pansy & Purple Hydrangea matted with gray cardstock.  
The panel was spritzed with Frost Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray which is gorgeous!  I rounded the corners & added HA ombre sequins. 
My third card uses Brilliance inks which are some of my oldest & best loved.  This time I had a rainbow theme using these Pearlescent inks: Poppy, Rust, Yellow, Thyme & Sky Blue.
I trimmed down the panel, attached a strip of patterned paper & tied on twine.  There you have it--one stamp & 3 very different cards.
The hop begins at the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog & you'll find all the details there, including how to be in the running for one of the stamp sets or a $30 Imagine Crafts gift certificate.  Enjoy the hop and I'll see you tomorrow for day 2. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Fun with older sets

I can count on one hand the number of times I've made a card with masking.  Usually I don't have the patience which I think is because I'm such a slow crafter anyway.  However, can't miss a PTI MIM so sat down last night determined to come up with something for the Masking Sentiments challenge.  I ended up using 2 of my older PTI sets: Year of Flowers Collection (my first PTI order in 2011) & Framed Out #1 (purchased in 2012) for a one layer thank you.  The frame has a matching die which I cut from a full adhesive sticky note to use for my mask--worked great!  I bought the floral set to use for backgrounds after seeing that in a magazine years ago.  Sadly, I've hardly used it, but the daffodil turned out to be perfect for what I had in mind. 
The PTI inks are Honey Nut, Harvest Gold, Ripe Avacado & Simply Chartreuse.  No coloring at all--just added Star Dust Stickles to the flower centers.  It's such a neat look in person as the glitter picked up the green color of the stamping. 
Needed just a little something in the background & I was afraid to do actual splatters.  Instead I used a stamp in the Precious Remembrance Shop set called Fall Colors.  The stamping is second generation with Simply Chartreuse ink & I love the results.  I'm also entering Retro Rubber, Stamping Sensations & WAW.  

Happy Mother's Day and thanks for stopping by!
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Hello in Plaid

Having fun with a stamp set in my last W&W order--Scenery Stripes.  I've been wanting to make my own plaids & here's my first attempt. 
I used the W&W April Color Combo just in time as the challenge is about to end.  The W&W hello die is still one of my favorites--great size for many different techniques.  The little word is from SSS Thoughtful Messages.  I used HA Cornflower Blue & Soft Pool along with PTI Hawaiian Shores & Spring Rain.  I used a textured white cardstock for the card base & rounded the corners.  Decided to keep it very CAS, so no splatters or embellishments & I like it!  I'm also entering Time Out Challenges & WAW.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Happy Retirement

My last order from W&W included the wonderful Cover Model: Do You See What I See? Cutaway.  Gotta say, it cut beautifully without using a shim!  Decided to keep it simple for my first card & just cut it from white cardstock.  For the background I watercolored a panel with DI evergreen bough, peacock feathers, salty ocean, broken china & tumbled glass.  I misted with water for a bit of added texture, but hard to see in the photo.
My color combo is based on the W&W April Color Combo Challenge--so beautiful & peaceful.  One of my previous bosses who is also a friend just retired May 1, so this card is for her.  The sentiment is done with W&W In a Word: Hello Cutaway and Heidi Swapp alpha stickers.  All the white cardstock is brushed with Wink of Stella & the sticker word is attached with foam tape.
I think this is the first time I've added a sentiment strip on top of a die cut word--so fun!  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with DiesSSS Monday & WAW.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Monday, May 7, 2018

Another Transformation

I'm really loving the PTI Transformation Tuesday challenges.  Not sure why I keep cards I don't like.  This one is from March 2016 & I do like the color combo of black, gold & kraft. 
Apparently I didn't use very good adhesive as I was able to tear it apart & save the card base, black & gold strips & hello die cut.  Decided it would help to use more solid stamps & I chose Friendship Jar Flowers. 
All the images were stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz on a new kraft panel.  For the roses I added a layer of VersaMagic Jumbo Java on top. 
The gold ink is so beautiful in person, but hard to photograph.  So happy to have a card I can actually mail!  I'm also entering CAS-ual Fridays & Die Cut Divas.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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