Saturday, January 28, 2017

Winter Holidays

I did force myself to do some housework yesterday, but then it was back to making cards--haha!  
First up is another Valentine using Concord & 9th's Love you, Mean It and Flourish.  
I was inspired by Kelly's blending of Distress Inks picked raspberry, fired brick & aged mahogany. Actually not sure my aged mahogany has ever been used.  I stamped the solid heart in the same 3 inks, the little bud in white pigment ink & the tiny dots in silver--all stamps I'd never used.  
Black embossed the sentiment & spritzed heavily with Perfect Pearls which gives the most gorgeous shimmer! Simple card I think my brother & sister in law will enjoy.  I'm entering City Crafter Challenge BlogCropStop, SSS Wednesday, SSS Work It Wednesday & Where Creativity Meets C9.

Next is another Christmas card using a new PB snowflakes stamp set I won from Virginia.  Talk about gorgeous snowflakes!

I was inspired by Jennifer's video using Versafine ink to resist Distress ink.  It's been years since I did that technique & it was really fun using up some of my glossy photo paper scraps.  The inks are mermaid lagoon & pine needles. The hidden word is done with the beautiful Winnie & Walter Noel die.  I backed the thin glossy photo paper die cut with heavy weight cardstock, added Stickles Frosted Lace (inspired by the Christmas card from my friend, Martha) & added the same Stickles to the edges of the card front.  I'm entering HLS ChristmasHLS Anything Goes with Dies, Penny Black & More, SSS Wednesday & Darnell's NBUS #9.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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31 comments:

  1. I've been playing with distress inks today too! Love your sweet Valentine card - so bright and beautiful! Thanks for linking up to the CropStop blog!

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  2. both cards are so pretty, Greta - love love your snowflake card!!

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  3. I love the rich colors on both these cards, Great!

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  4. Wow, TWO gorgeous cards, Greta! Love the striking colors on the first card! Your Valentine's card turned out beautifully! And the snowflake card is absolutely stunning with that inked background. Love the hidden sentiment in the mix! It makes me happy that you enjoy that Snowflake Burst!

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  5. Ha, you made two cards for two very different holidays! Great blending on both! Love how the resist technique came out on the second one plus the hidden die cut and the sparkle!

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  6. Stunning cards Greta! I love the blending on your first card and I would never have thought to use those colours together but they work so well! LOVE the hidden word card! So very lovely!

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  7. Two gorgeous card Greta and I love the bright vibrant colours on your first card. The second is so pretty and the hidden message looks great. I love the mist of perfect pearls. Barbxx

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  8. Love your valentine. It is sweet and the colors are a beautiful blend. Never would have put aged mahogany on it but blends right in. The Hidden Word card is really pretty. Congratulations on your win at Poppy Stamps.

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  9. Both cards are beautiful, the colour blending is fantastic. And the resist embossing on the bottom is gorgeous and so are the snowflakes (nice that you won them :)) Take care xx

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  10. another fabulous set of cards, greta!!! the inking on both of them is just amazing!!

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  11. Both cards are terrific but I LOVE the inkblending on oyur first card. You nailed our theme and took my breath away:) Thank you so much for being with us at CCCB! It's a privilege and pleasure to have you with us!

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  12. Glorious blending on both cards and the most fabulous colours. Yes I haven't used the versa fine resist technique for ages either, so thank you for the inspiration x Loving both of your cards, thank you for sharing x

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  13. Two beauties, Greta - just love the Valentine in the blended reds and your snowflake Noel looks amazing!!

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  14. Gorgeous cards with awesome color!! Love all the pretty hearts and white buds on the Valentine card. And, very pretty snowflakes with hidden sentiment on your Christmas card!

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  15. Two simply stunning cards Greta...just love your wonderful and beautiful background, just amazing!

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  16. Your NOEL card is stunning! You've done a brilliant job with the hidden word technique too :)

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  17. House work - what's that again? Oh yes, that pesky stuff that intrudes into creative time! It's always fun to call in and get inspired by the techniques you use. Almost like a personal Pinterest! Especially love the hidden work card - so clever. Have a good week.

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  18. This hidden sentiment card is so lovely. This sure was a fun challenge over at Darnell's. I find it feels good to be challenged to make some cards that perhaps I would not have thought of. The hidden word is my fave so far.
    Yours looks great!

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  19. Oh wow Greta, that blended card looks so beautiful. And how neat to use those often ignored stamps. Love the pattern. Your hidden diecut noel is fabulous, what a wonderful stamp set to have had gifted, and your die cut works perfectly with it.

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  20. This is absolutely gorgeous. You did a wonderful job with the the versafine/distress ink technique. The stickles are a great addition to your hidden word. Just a fantastic creation. Thanks so much for joining us in playing our January Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

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  21. Brilliant colours and a brilliant idea for the first card and wow that 'Noel' really does disappear into the background on the second card. Both gorgeous makes. Hugs Mrs A.

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  22. Your inking on these is amazing! What a wonderful pair of cards Greta!!

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  23. What a scrumptious looking card that Valentine one is. Love the hidden word once, it has a nice warmth despite the subject matter.

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  24. Gorgeous cards Greta! Your ink work is wonderful.
    I had to laugh about you "forcing yourself to do housework".
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

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  25. Amazing cards! Such fabulous designs! Great work!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

    hugs...
    Melissa

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  26. Lovely job! What a pretty card... those colors! So rich! Thanks so much for joining us over at Where Creativity Meets C9!

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  27. Great work! You have used some great techniques here! Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with A Die Challenge.

    Emma - DT

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  28. Greta, love both cards! The NOEL on is fabulous and great shadow die cutting technique. Thanks for playing along with HLS Jan Anything Goes With Dies

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  29. What an awesome card, Greta! It's a lovely way to use the hidden word (which die I just have to order now!)!! Thanks for playing again in #9! Hugs, Darnell

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