Monday, August 21, 2017

The Eclipse was Awesome!

We had clear blue skies--perfect for viewing the total solar eclipse!  It was truly an amazing experience!  
It's great that MFT gives everyone lots of time to enter Camp Create.  I have 4 more cards done, but I'll just show you 2 of them today.  First is one I made for Day 3: Background Bonanza & I happened to use an ombre color scheme, so I'll also add it to Bonfire Bonus: Awesome Ombre.
I used DI candied apple, abandoned coral & fossilized amber with MFT Concentric Circle stencil.  Then I cut out the sentiment using MFT High Rise Lower Case Alphabet.  The bird die cut is from MFT Contempo Cage. I'm also entering CropStop.
Next is my card for Day 5: Delightful Diecutting.  I don't have candle dies, but I loved how Stephanie used them.  I did basically the same idea with MFT Primitive Pumpkins dies & stamps.
I used DI carved pumpkin & added WOS to the pumpkins. The sentiment strip is popped up with foam tape.
I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fishy Fun with a new technique

My brother-in-law loves to fish.  Recently a sweet friend gave me the Penny Black fish dies, so had to use one for his BD card.
Luckily, one of the Pinterest emails had a Ranger video showing how to paint with Liquid Pearls.  I have 6 bottles because I love the beautiful, shimmery colors.  However, I've never been successful using them to make pearls.  Now they'll be more than decorations for my craft table!  
I was playing around with Distress Ink techniques using several shades of blue.  Didn't really turn out, but decided it'd work for the sea by cutting it apart with Spellbinder edge dies I won at The Playground.  The sentiment is a very old PB stamp I always reach for--just love that font which I think works for guys or gals.  I didn't like how stark the clear dots looked, so used soft green sequins for the bubbles.  Really had fun making this card--a bit different.  I'm entering The Playground, SSS Monday, Country View Challenges, DRU, SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.
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Hubby's washing off the deck where we'll be sitting tomorrow morning watching the total eclipse.  How lucky to be in the path of totality & not even have to leave home!  Hoping the clouds & smoke stay away!  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Friday, August 18, 2017

MFT Camp Create

I always love MFT Camp Create--lots of inspiration & prizes! Here is my entry for Day 2: Magnificent MaskingThe video showed how to make the perfect horizon--check it out.  For my card, though, I masked an oval area & blended DI lucky clover & cracked pistachio for the grass and blueprint sketch & mermaid lagoon for the sky on linen cardstock. 

Then I stamped Peaceful Wildflower images in Vintage Sepia with the mask in place using my stamp positioner to get darker images. I splattered some white paint & added the oval frame which is stacked 3 high.  I used the same blue inks to stamp the sentiment from the same set & added 3 white sequins.  Gotta get applesauce made today--keep putting it off.  Thankfully we didn't have quite as big a crop of apples as usual.  My Day 3 card is already made & I'll be working on the other challenges. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by. I'm also entering Country View Challenges, CropStop, DRU, SSS Wednesday, Stamping Sensations & Word Art Wednesday.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Finally have my laptop back--not that they fixed it!  They gave me 3 different stories--so frustrating.  I can still use it & hopefully the battery will continue to charge.  Decided to try an original power cord instead of the universal & see if that solves my problem.  At least the part I bought wasn't expensive & who knows--may eventually need it.  Fritz is almost transitioned fully onto the new dog food & he's doing good.  Still not really wanting to play, but certainly more interested in his world.  The backyard squirrel is driving him crazy! 
Onto cards beginning with PTI CAWU.  This month I was inspired to case Lizzie's gorgeous autumn leaves card.  She gave me the perfect layout to use with the image from Autumn Adornments.  
I stamped in Versamark & embossed with 4 Zing! powders. Luckily, one of my rectangle dies was the right size for my window inside the dots done with PTI Mix & Mat Flourishes. Love the font of the sentiment from PTI Take Three: Fall.  It's stamped in VersaMagic Gingerbread, clear embossed & trimmed into a flag only attached on the left edge. They don't show much, but I did add 3 yellow Nuvo drops.  I'm also entering CCCB, Paru's Card Making Challenges, SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.
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Next is my card for MFT Camp Create Day 1: Inlaid Made Easy.  Barbara's multi-inlaid scene is fabulous, but I went very simple & just inlaid the beautiful Leaf-Filled Flourish after inking it in PTI Aqua Mist & SSS Mint Candy.  
The panel was inked in HA Cornflower & spritzed heavily with Perfect Pearls. The sentiment from On the Line was stamped several times in the same ink.  Love being able to use the flower center from Prima Donna Petals for small blooms.  
I inked them with SSS Apricot, covered them in Stickles & added tiny blue gems.  These inks were the closest I could get to MFT Color Challenge 75. I'm also entering Country View Challenges, CropStop, DRU, SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks for your patience as I catch up with all of you.  I truly appreciate your friendship.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

'Tis the Season

We've had an eventful week.  Fritz was diagnosed with pancreatitis--fortunately not severe.  He seems to be more like his old self & no vomiting, so that's a relief. May be on prescription food the rest of his life, so I'm looking for a job--just kidding!  Small price to pay to have a healthy puppy dog. Hubby located a man in his 90s who was on his dad's ship in WWII.  They didn't know each other, but hubby is going to meet him soon. Turns out he lives near a cousin, so hubby will see her as well. Fritz & I will hold down the fort & hopefully I'll get a lot done.  Still no laptop, but I plan to get it today one way or the other! Yesterday we actually had a few hours of rain--such a relief. 
It'd be crazy not to get a card done for EH Mix it Up with Avery Elle--$50 gc is the prize!  
I stamped AE Winter Wreath & the sentiment in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy & covered the berries in Stickles Christmas Red.  
EH Leaping Deer is die cut from textured, shimmery dark beige cardstock & layered 3 high. Couldn't resist a few green splatters.  I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges, Merry Monday Summer Link Up (#244 Use a Wreath), Penny Black & More & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I will catch up with you as soon as possible.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Monochrome Color Pop

Missed last week's PTI MIM, but was determined to play along this week.  I don't have my laptop in spite of the repair shop saying "Wednesday at the latest"--not a happy camper!  The pc is set up for hubby & gives me eye & neck strain if I'm on for more than a few minutes.  All day to write one post!  
Anyway--the Garden Guild cover plate does take some work to cut, so I haven't used it much.  It really is beautiful & I love how it looks die cut from Cocoa Bean.  The individual leaves are die cut from Fine Linen & everything is attached to a Classic Kraft panel. The word from Don't Forget to Write is die cut 3 times from Melon Berry & is covered with Wink of Stella.  
The stamped words are from that kit, too.  I started to add some bling, but decided to leave it as is.  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies, Die Cut Divas & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks for your patience as I slowly get to your blogs.  Next week should be much better.

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