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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Monday, January 10, 2022

Blog Followers and a Card

I use Feedly to keep track of blogs I want to follow.  I don't know the significance of hitting the follow button on blogs.  Clearly, the majority of people who have signed up over the years do not really follow my blog.  I also just discovered a spam account that kept leaving me comments had actually signed up as a follower--so maddening!  There no longer seems to be a way to block a follower.  I tried deleting the widget & then adding it back.  They were back the same as before.  I decided to just eliminate the widget so I don't see that spam account when I look at my blog.  I apologize if this caused a problem for you.
EDITED TO ADD:  Thanks to Liz I was able to delete the spam account following my blog.  Thank you so much, Liz!
Onto my cards.  First is another card using Gina K A Happy Hello.  I used my 3 Lawn Fawn inks of ballet slippers, peach fuzz & manatee.  I love the colors together & they stamp beautifully. 
The sentiment from the set is stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black which I've had forever.  I love to use it for a slightly less bold sentiment.  
It's hard to see, but I added pink & peach splatters as well as Pinkfresh Glacier Jewels.  The panel was matted with silver metallic cardstock & a couple extra cardstock layers for dimension.  I'm entering the ModSquad Challenge to stamp a background & make it the focal point.
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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Friendship Cards

PTI The Great Cover-Up challenge theme is to create a tone-on-tone card.  I noticed this old sheet of teal cardstock in a pack I bought years ago & saw that I have old MFT felt almost the same color.  I remember reading that a variety of textures is good to use for monochromatic cards, so that's where I started.  
PTI Herringbone die was cut from the teal cardstock & matted to a matching panel.  I inked the edges with Distress Ink peacock feathers & added black splatters.  My favorite flower dies from PTI Into the Blooms II were cut from the felt & layered.  I added White Blizzard Nuvo Drops to the tips.  The leaves were die cut from PTI vellum which I also inked with the peacock feathers. 
I already had PTI Hello Thick & Thin shadow die cut from vellum & the letters from black cardstock.  So I inked it with peacock feathers & added another layer of the black letters.  Black enamel dots finish it off.
Edited to add:  Also entering The Flower Challenge: Monochrome.

I recently saw Traci Pond's card on IG & it reminded me of Flourishes Letters in Bloom set I'd never used. I got to pick out some of their stamp sets when I was a GD shortly before they closed. I was also thinking about the wonderful sketch for FMS 517.
I began with a white scrap laying on my table & used SSS Grid Play Stencil with PTI Pale Peony ink.  Then I lined up the letters in my MISTI & stamped  in Versafine Clair Nocturne a couple times.  I used a white gel pen on the tiny leaves & a glitter pen on the blooms.  The letters were still in place, so I stamped again.  Then I added the little sentiment from PTI Scripted--love that set.  I trimmed a black scrap to size & matted the panel with Pale Peony cardstock.  Finished off with white Pico Embellisher dots.  I'm also entering Snippets Playground which has a brand new home & Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge 30, Circles.

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Christmas, Valentine, Birthday

I have 3 very different cards to show you today.  They're all pretty simple, which is really my favorite style.
I love decorative cups/mugs and we have quite a few.  Often that's what we get for souvenirs when travelling.  The Pigment Craft Company cup was die cut from Echo Park snowflake paper & white cardstock.  
I added dots of Christmas Red Stickles to the snowflake centers.  I'd love to drink my tea or coffee from one like this!  I got the old MFT flourish die from my friend, Rosemary.  I've seen her use a flourish for steam coming from a cup, so I copied that idea.  Hard to tell, but the "steam" is covered in Frosted Lace Stickles.  
My friend, Brenda, recently made a card with dry embossed metallic cardstock & I finally remembered to do that.  I used inexpensive silver cardstock from Michaels with a Darice snowflake embossing folder that I love.  Thought this Winnie & Walter sentiment was perfect!  The panel was matted with another piece of patterned paper from the Echo Park pack that was in a giveaway I won.  I'm entering the new Caffeinated Christmas Card ChallengeJust Us Girls & DRU.
Here's my 2nd Valentine & I do love how it turned out!  I used a sponge applicator to add PTI Scarlet Jewel ink to the panel embossed with Crafter's Companion Regency Swirls 3D embossing folder that came with my Gemini Jr.  
I varied the intensity of the color to get the look I wanted.  SSS A2 Card Curved Edge die cut the panel.  For the sentiment I used my new SSS Love die & the little words from PTI Scripted.  
Love the little Gina K heart embellishments which I have in black & white.  I'm entering SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.
As most of you probably know, I love wreaths.  Hopefully a wreath counts for the ModSquad Challenge to stamp a background for your focal point.  I used Gina K's 4 inch wreath maker template & 2 images from Gina K Winter Hugs.  
I used a new to me color combo of Distress Oxides faded jeans & speckled egg--love it!  The sentiment from Gina K Sketched Wreath Builder stamp set was double silver embossed & matted with silver metallic cardstock.  I inked the card front edges to match.  Finished off with silver Pico Embellisher dots on the little berries.  
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Monday, January 3, 2022

Birthday and Valentine's Day

I didn't let myself do much shopping over the holidays as I'm really trying to use what I have.  My first card is a good example.  
I've had SSS Grid Play stencil & SSS/PPP Damask Greetings stamp set a long time, but neither had been used.  Recently Laura Bassen posted a card on IG that I totally loved.  My card looks very different, but shows how being inspired doesn't mean copying.  I have so many ink pads, I hardly ever pull out my Hero Arts ink cubes.  For this card I used Passion Flower, Ultra Pink & Cornflower.  
The damask images were stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer.  For the sentiment, I combined SSS Painted Happy Birthday word die cut & the little words from SSS Anna's Flowers.  I added black & silver splatters plus black Pico Embellisher dots.  I'm entering SSS Flickr challenge, Stay Crafty with Hero use circles & Time Out New challenge--my newly used products hopefully qualify.
Next is my first Valentine of 2022.  I used SSS Heart Banner die, an old MFT sentiment, Spellbinders Floral embossing folder, red Altenew watercolor marker, Liquid Pixie Dust & Hero Arts red ombre sequins. 
The hearts were stacked 4 high & are really sparkly from adding Pixie Dust to the ink from the marker.
Pretty simple card which took me a whole evening to complete--haha!  At least I'm happy with the result.  I'm entering SSS Flickr.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Two Holiday Cards

We're having a quiet holiday week.  With winter weather & Covid concerns, we just stayed home.  I'm always happy to make cards!  
First up is my entry for Inspired By Challenge 200.  I had no trouble picking a previous winning card for inspiration as I love the CAS candle card my friend Rosemary made for IB196.  I used the same colors of light gray, white, red & green. 
I finally opened the beautiful Elizabeth Craft Designs Festive Glow die set.  The sentiment from PTI Framed Out 9 includes the word "bright" as does Rosemary's sentiment.  The mat is Soft Stone & the sentiment is stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  Rosemary's panel was die cut, but I used a die from AJVD to emboss the edges of the white panel.  The bow is die cut from red felt & everything else from white scraps.  
The candle overlay is brushed with shimmer & the flame is covered with Nuvo Glaze.  I used Distress Oxides rustic wilderness, fossilized amber & spiced marmalade.  The sparkle on the branches is from Stardust Stickles. 
Next is a card for Uniko Challenge #68, Let's Squash It #15 (stencil & embossing folder) & SSS Flickr Challenge 191.  I've been wanting to use Uniko's Flower Power #1 stencil & finally came up with this card.  
I inked the stencil with Distress Oxide candied apple, repositioned it & inked with Distress Oxide rustic wilderness.  Wasn't sure I'd like the colors overlapping, but I do!  The panel was dry embossed with a Sizzix Poinsettia folder.  
The poinsettia, branches & sentiment are from SSS Peaceful Christmas. I love being able to use DO inks for stamping to match a background. I decided against bling & just added 3 dots of Christmas Red Stickles to the flower center. I lightly raised the petal edges which really changes the look.

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