Sunday, October 10, 2021

Fall Cards--Totally Different

I've seen lots of Fall cards using non-traditional colors.  That inspired me to use the GK Foil-Mates Bountiful Flourish which I foiled in Rose Gold a few weeks ago.  
A stacked Hero Arts Autumn Icons outline pumpkin die cut was left over from a previous project.  Love the aqua color, plus it's covered with beautiful sparkle from Inkon 3 Liquid Pixie Dust.  Couldn't let that go to waste!  I found a darker aqua cardstock & die cut the pumpkin again so I could inlay the pieces.  I used the same cardstock for the Spellbinders sentiment from the October 2020 Small Die Kit.  Needed something else & I've had felt on my mind with finally having cooler temperatures here.  Pulled out my old MFT dies--Small Rolled Rose & Prima Donna Petals.  
I remember my friend, Rosemary, used pink with rose gold & I just happen to have a shimmery pink cardstock, thanks to my friend, Vikki.  I entered the instagram ABNH texture challenge & I'm entering ModSquad & WAW.
PTI The Great Cover-Up challenge is to make a Halloween card. I don't have a lot of Halloween products, so had to get creative. I started by masking a rectangle--one of my favorite designs.
Then I black embossed the tree from Trendy Tree Tops.  The ink blending was done with Olive Twist, Saffron Spice, Canyon Clay & Amethyst Allure.  The sentiment from Taylored Expressions Boo to You was black embossed & I added 3 black Pico Embellisher dots.
I have a lot of talented on-line friends.  Mia does many things including painting, writing poetry & sewing.  Recently she sent me this beautiful zippered pouch she made!  
I'm using it to keep my current stitching project by my chair, so I can pick it up anytime.  Thanks so much, Mia!
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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

PFS, Uniko, PTI

I have 3 recent cards to share today.  First is my entry for PFS WCMD challenge.  I used my favorite Delicate Wreath stamp with Distress Oxides peeled paint & rustic wilderness.  Love how a MISTI lets you do this kind of repeated inking until you're happy. 
The same inks were used for the splatters.  My most recent PFS products are the Small Butterflies stamp, die & stencils.  I didn't purchase the bundle, but rather got each item from a different company.  Just waited for them to be included in a sale.  Gotta say--I do love them!  It's a single stamp which I gold embossed & then used the single die to cut out all the butterflies in one pass.  This one was inked through the stencils with PTI Enchanted Evening & Blueberry Sky.  
I attached only the body & gently lifted the wings.  The sentiment from the wreath set was stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn--one of my most used ink pads.  I'm also entering SSS WCMD
Edited to add: Also entering WAW.
One of my favorite Uniko stamp sets is Beautiful Blooms III.  I was kind of intimidated when I first tried to use it.  Layering stamps are not my forte!  However, I remember a discussion with a designer who said you can get a lovely artistic look without always perfectly aligning the layers.  I embraced that idea for this set which does have an artistic look, in my mind. 
I wanted Fall colors & pulled out some of my older ink pads that I still love: VersaMagic & Brilliance.  VersaMagic colors are Pumpkin Spice, Red Brick, Niagara Mist & Hint of Pesto.  Brilliance colors are Pearlescent Beige & Pearlescent Ivy.  The sentiment from Simply Said Blocks was stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn.  
The only embellishment is 3 dots of Champagne Stickles in the flower center--very CAS.  That works out great since I'm entering AAA Cards Game 200 where the challenge is to make a celebration card in honor of their 200th game--quite a milestone!  I'm also entering Uniko Challenge 67.
My 3rd card is for PTI The Great Cover Up Challenge to use a foiling accent.  I had these Into the Blooms II die cuts left over from another card.  They have texture lines which I thought would be perfect for foiling & boy do I love the look!  So easy to do with a Quickie Glue pen.  
The PTI cardstocks are Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise & Harvest Gold.  The leaves from the same die set were cut from vellum & I added 3 brown pearls to the flower center.  
I stamped Nifty Plaid on a Classic Kraft panel, stamped the sentiment from Essential Sentiments in brown & used a brown mat.
Fritz & I finally had to wear our raincoats.  It's been so dry here we're happy to have rain.  Well, maybe I should say I'm happy to have rain.  Fritz's favorite thing to do is take a sunbath on the deck!
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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Couple of Cards

My friend, Betty, designed TTTC 132 board.  I used copper foil for the ThermoWeb Toner Card Front.  I didn't get complete coverage which I find tends to happen with big, solid areas.  
Actually, I like the distressed look.  The Stamp Market Just Vine die was cut from copper & black cardstock.  I stacked the leaves 3 high.  
For the sentiment I stacked the word die from W&W Big, Bold, Seasons 5 high, covered it with Nuvo Glaze & added a black shadow.  The companion words from the same set were white embossed on black cardstock.  Finished off with black enamel dots.  I used the diagonal row of Die Cut, Free (foil), Fall.
Next is the card I made for the Pinkfresh Studio September Challenge.  I had forgotten about the beautiful Lush Vines stamp which I black embossed.  I wanted a look transitioning to Fall, so I loosely colored with Zigs in 2 shades of green & mustard.  
Finally opened my Small Butterflies & gold embossed them.  I picked one & colored it with the same Zigs.  The green butterfly body was covered in gold Stickles.  
The sentiment from Delicate Wreath was stamped on a vellum strip & a black strip was added to the left side of the panel.  I finished off with yellow gems that pick up the colors in the light. 
We finally are getting some much needed rain.  I'm happy to have cooler temperatures.  The roses will soon finish blooming, but this one was so beautiful I snapped a picture before it rained.
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Monday, September 20, 2021

Last Minute Entry

Just realized one of the challenges I made this card for is about to end, so here's a quick post.  I loved the current FMS challenge as soon as I saw it & there are lots of wonderful entries.  Mine is pretty simple using Distress Ink cubes candied apple, carved pumpkin & fossilized amber.  
I chose the colors from the JUGs challenge & used direct to paper with the ink cubes for the September GK Monthly Mix challenge.  I stamped the leafy branch from GK A Happy Hello in opposite directions, lining it up to appear as a single image.  
The embossing powder is SSS Antique Gold.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set in Versafine Clair pinecone & added HA ombre sequins my friend, Betty, gave me years ago.
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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Thank You, Anniversary, Friendship

I finally got a card made for AAA Cards challenge Up to One Third with the option of leaves
Winnie & Walter Scenery: Stripes image was inked with Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves.
Then I gold embossed an image from PTI Turning a New Leaf & stamped the W&W sentiment in Versafine Clair Pinecone.
Next is the card I made for my sister & BIL.  I die cut Memory Box Grand Heart from 3 white panels & stacked them together. 
It looked too plain, so I used Taylored Expressions Swiss Hearts embossing folder.  Copic Markers BG09 & YG67 were used to make the striped background.  The sentiment is from PTI Mat Stack 3 Collection & the tiny hearts are from Gina K.  Finished off with a white crochet thread bow.  I'm entering the Memory Box September challenge.
Edited to add:  Also entering DRU.

A few years ago, SSS added the Trees & Trunks die set to my order--fun surprise!  I used white scraps to die cut the tops & trunks.  
The trunks were sponged with Distress Ink gathered twigs & the tops with peeled paint, carved pumpkin & fossilized amber.  I covered the tops with Distress Stickles a shade lighter.  PFS Color Block Stripes was used for the strips which I inked with the same colors.  
PTI Classic Kraft panel was splattered with a brown Zig & the sentiment from SSS Anna's Flowers was stamped in Versafine Clair Pinecone.  I used SSS Mocha Java sequins for embellishment.  I'm entering The Snippets Playground.
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Thursday, September 9, 2021

SSS, PTI, Gina K

We can go weeks leaving home only for curbside grocery pick ups.  Kinda strange that all 3 of us ended up with appointments yesterday.  Hubby got a haircut--first client of the day, Fritz had an annual chest x-ray to follow his heart murmur & I had a steroid injection in my hip.  Whew--normal life--haha!  Also good news--the ruptured sebaceous cyst Fritz had healed up just fine, so no surgery!
On to my cards before the challenges end.
First is a floral card in Fall colors--not a leaf to be found!  
Love SSS Anna's Flowers in any colors, but here I used Distress Oxides fossilized amber, spiced marmalade, abandoned coral & peeled paint.  The SSS sentiment die was cut from gold cardstock (inexpensive from Michaels & I love it!) & white cardstock scraps to stack it for some dimension.
I used some soft gold gems from my stash for just a bit of sparkle.  I entered SSS Wednesday & SSS Flickr.
My card for the PTI challenge to use a vellum accent reverts back to a design from when I started stamping, but I still love the look.
I started by stamping a branch from Turning a New Leaf in Simply Chartreuse & Ripe Avocado on a vanilla card.  Using the darker ink on the ends of the leaves doesn't really show since most of the stamping is covered with the vellum which I attached with a scrap of matching ribbon.  
PTI Wonderful Words: Hello was die cut from champagne glitter Fun Foam.  The beautiful Champagne Lucy's Little Things were the perfect embellishment.  I'm also entering SSS MondaySSS Wednesday.

My 3rd card mini slimline card was made for Just Us Girls & ModSquad.  Gina K's Holiday Tapestry stamp set is a beauty & I realized the images don't have to be for the holidays.  
Here I embossed with a beautiful old powder called Pewter.  It has a bit of glitter in it which is beautiful in person.  Love how it looks on the PTI Soft Stone panel.  The sentiment is from the Gina K set called Winter Hugs.  I was lucky to find it for a fraction of the original cost from a stamper purging her stash.  It included the dies & had never been used!  
Love that it has sentiments for all year.  I added a black strip & 6 black sequins.  So honored that GKD actually noticed this card on IG & showed it in her stories.  I'm also entering SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.
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