Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sampler & a Valentine

Anniversary-header
A 1 1/2 inch square is not very big, but one of the PTI challenges celebrating their 9th anniversary is to use 9 of these squares--each one different--on a 5 1/2 inch square card.  When I first read the instructions I thought each square was to have a different technique, so that's what I did. I decided on an ombre color scheme using PTI Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse & Limeade Ice using Simply Chartreuse cardstock for the card front. The stamp sets/dies are all PTI: Turning a New Leaf, Twig Wreath, Harvest Berries, Friendly Flowers, Tiny Tags, Trendy Tree Tops, Background Basics: Geometrics, The Sweet Life & Meadow Greens.
The techniques starting at the top, left are: stamping, negative die cut, faux tile, heat emboss using dye ink then Versamark, die cut, stamp kissing, emboss resist, layered (2 step) stamping & generation stamping.  I really had fun making my card for the Sampler Square Challenge.
I also want to share the Valentine I made for a recent Hero Arts 90 minute Scramble.  Betty gave us a beautiful photo inspiration.  I used the hearts but rather than pink I participated in my friend Alexandra's rendez-vous: A Touch of Red.  
Love this old Hero Arts stamp which I silver embossed & then added silver Stickles to a few of the hearts. The sentiment is made with Sizzix fun foam die cut letters (left over from a challenge long ago) colored with a red COPIC marker.  I'm also entering Just Us Girls, ABNH & Time Out Challenges.  Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog.
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35 comments:

  1. Greta fabulous cards. Love your 9 tile card so fabulously botanical and your HA scramble card is just the sweetest!

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  2. Two lovely cards Greta. You certainly did a lot of work doing different techniques on the first card. It's very impressive. I love that HA stamp on the second. Their old stamps are super. Barbxx

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  3. what a lovely valentine - don't think i ever saw that stamp you used and i've been using HA for like 15 years!! thanks for joining the ABNH challenge!!

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  4. Beautiful Valentine, Greta. Love the silver embossing with that bright red.

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  5. Oh, both of these are wonderful, Greta!

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  6. Nine different techniques on one card -- now that's impressive. I like how you varied the look by turning the center row on their points.

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  7. Your silver embossed heart is gorgeous! What a great Valentine! Thanks for taking the time to share your talents with us at Just Us Girls!

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  8. I love your cards, your 9 sampler is amazing!! Such great work.

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  9. Very elegant with the silver embossing - Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

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  10. Fantastic job on the 9 squares. Love that you kept the color consistent but changed other things. And your silver embossed heart is gorgeous.

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  11. your take on the PTI challenge is amazing, greta!! huge round of applause from me for taking on that challenge!! your valentine is so very pretty!!

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  12. The botanical look of your first card is so fresh and pretty! Great idea to turn the center row of squares into diamonds!! Your second card is elegant and beautiful!! Thanks for the sweet Valentine today. YES, I love those little polka dot tags!!

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  13. Wonderful green card images and design. So spring-like!

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  14. Two awesome cards!!!Love your designs!!Have a good evening!!!

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  15. Greta...you are a genius! I love your sampler card, incredible and your hugs card is as beautiful as can be.

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  16. OH, Greta, you took a very difficult PTI challenge and made it SHINE. I love how you used each technique. Well done!

    And, your second card is simply beautiful.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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  17. I love how you created the ombre effect on your first card, and that you chose a different image for each square! Your Scramble card is absolutely gorgeous! The embossed heart and flourishes are so striking, and the pop of red is fabulous! Awesome cards, Greta!

    I am so sorry that I haven't stopped by sooner to Congratulate you on your retirement! WTG!!! I'm sure you are going to enjoy it to the fullest! Wishing you and hubby the best of health as you begin this chapter in your lives :)

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  18. Your Valentines card looks great in silver but it's the first that really jumps at me both the design and fresh zingy colours.

    B x

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  19. Greta, love this card, wonderful way to show all the different techniques, just brilliant.

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  20. Went and missed the valentine card, so back again. What a beautiful card, that wonderful embossing, YUM

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  21. Beautiful "touch of red" for Alexandra's challenge !
    Mine is also done...

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  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    Stunning cards Greta ... Love the squares and the stamping and the embossed BG on your 2nd card is beautiful! Have a wonderful day!

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  23. Stunning silver embossing,mint really makes the res sentiment pop. Love to see you at at TO

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  24. Greta your squares ,each awesome with different techniques! Love the pretty design and the silver embosed card is gorgeous!

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  25. Wow, the sampler is great! I love all the different techniques in the same colors. Your Valentine is so pretty. The silver embossing really pops with the sweet red hugs.

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  26. The first card looks like so much fun! How cool to showcase all of those techniques on one card! Love the silver embossing on the second card. It is lovely.

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  27. Greta, you nailed the challenge using 9 techniques and love your results. Your silver embossed card with your pop of red is stunning. Fun foam die cut letters...hmmmm...why didn't I think of that. :)

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  28. Such gorgeous greens in your sampler card, Greta ... so very cool and calm ... and so lovely! That delicate, intricate, silver embossed heart is a stunner ... so striking! Delighted to have you playing along with us at Time Out! Hugs, Anita :)

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  29. Both cards are fabulous! Love the layout and all the green of the first and the stamp embossed in silver of the second! Have never seen that one!

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  30. Both beautiful cards, but the second one is just stunning! The silver embossing makes the red sentiment pop! Thanks so much for joining us at TO, Greta! ~Shery

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  31. Great job on the ombre sampler card--awesome colors. Love the frills of the VD card.

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  32. Your nine-squares card, featuring 9 different techniques, is brilliant! And the silver + red hugs card...talk about elegance! Love both of these!
    Hugs~c

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  33. Awesome work, the inchies one is the one I missed, can't find time to do that!

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  34. Love the silver embossed background! Thanks for playing along with the A Blog Named Hero challenge this month

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