Friday, February 17, 2017

Christmas & Birthday

Two big challenges going on right now for two of my favorite companies--PTI and W&W.  I finished a card for each of them last night & hope to make more.  Have to get everything together for the tax person first & then I'll reward myself with a marathon stamping session--haha!
One my most recent PTI purchases included A Wreath for all Seasons which is showcased for the Celebrating 2010 challenge. I pinned a lot of examples including the striking Christmas card made by Dawn.  I hadn't used that particular wreath image yet & I also have the Mat Stack 3 die, so I basically copied her design.
Dies have really spoiled me & Dawn's wreath looked perfectly cut, so I checked to see if I'd missed getting the die. Nope--she had fussy cut & I was pleasantly surprised to discover how easy it was to do.  Rather than stamp, I just added Christmas Red Stickles for the berries. I lightly sponged aqua mist onto the die cut & used my Mini MISTI to do the stamping.  Love how you can use lighter inks for sentiments with that wonderful invention. Now I've opened & used all 3 paper pads I got in the $1 sale--yah!  Buttons are so bulky I decided to stick with enamel dots & fortunately I had the right shade of green.  I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges, HLS Anything Goes with Dies, SSS Monday (tool is Mini MISTI) & Die Cut Divas.
2010  DSC_8991.1Die Cut Divas
The W&W Leaf Effect die cut has been sitting on my table for a long time, so decided to make it into a card for W&W Ink Smooshing BD Bash challenge.  
The smooshing was done on wc paper with Distress Inks bundled sage & fossilized amber.  I've found it works best for me to do 1 color at a time, drying in between with my heat gun.  I also vary the amount of water for different layers which gives added texture.  The leaf die cut is covered with Elizabeth Craft Champagne glitter, which for some reason did not go on evenly.  I decided to embrace that look--hoping it kind of goes with the smooshing.  The sentiment is an IO die cut which I stacked 6 high & clear embossed. I'm also entering Dies R Us, Seize the Birthday & Word Art Wednesday.  Still catching up on my blog reading--thanks for stopping by.
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21 comments:

  1. Wonderful cards! (I've got a Mini MISTI and I love it!!!)
    Thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Challenges!!
    Debbie (CCC DT)
    Debbie's Dash of This and That

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  2. Wow Greta two wonderful cards! I enjoyed going back and using my Wreath also..fun and you really scored some deals with those paper pads from PTI! I love your second card it is so clever..perfect for a masculine too!! Have a terrific weekend friend! Heart Hugs, Colleen

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  3. Fab cards again Greta. Love that leaf cut out...wouldn't mind a couple of those if you've a mind to send some. No rush though.

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  4. What a lovely pair of cards Greta!! Your fussy cut wreath looks amazing, just like a die cut and I like the candy cane stripes. The coloring on your leaves looks fantastic on your second card. These are both marvelous!

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  5. Lovely!!! I have that same wreath set without the die, need to try fuzzing cutting it too!

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  6. Just love what you did with that wreath, Greta, and really love your leaf mosaic!!

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  7. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges and good luck!
    Monica - CCC DT

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  8. A great pair of cards. I put off buying a Misti but now I can't imagine crafting with out it!
    Thanks for sharing at HLS. :)

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  9. Beautiful creations Greta! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Think Spring’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

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  10. Two really beautiful cards Greta. It really is a very pretty wreath and I love how you've mounted it. The leaf card is lovely and I love the effect of the gold. Barbxx

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  11. Lovely Great! That wreath is one of my all time favorites!

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  12. Lovely cards, Greta. Love your use of patterned paper and the mosaic leaf background is so cool! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

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  13. both cards are fantastic, greta! love the simple classic design of the first card and the modern look of the second card!

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  14. fabulous cards Greta. The cutting of your wreath is awesome

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  15. What a lovely card Greta! I love that background and the leafy motif is just gorgeous! The other card is just as lovely, love that wreath! Thank you so much for joining us in our "Think Spring" challenge at Dies R Us! Have a lovely day!
    Hugs,
    Jo-DT
    ♥ Dies R Us Challenges ♥
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

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  16. What a great design Greta! That wreath is so pretty. Thanks for joining us at The Christmas Card Challenges!

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  17. Back again!!!Thanks for sharing at Happy Little Stampers...so happy you joined us!

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  18. Wow two more beauties, the techniques on the bottom card are stunning. Take care, Shirleyxx

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  19. I do like the idea of creating Christmas cards right through the year. I think that would be much more enjoyable than a mad rush at the end of the year. Love the traditional colours. The colour and textures on the leaf card are yummy and would be great for anyone's birthday. Such a versatile card.

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  20. Two beautiful card! I love the combination of the glitter and the distress smooshing on your second card - and frankly, I don't notice that the glitter is not well applied - it looks great! :) Thank you so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday challenge!
    xx Ashwini, STB DT

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