Monday, April 24, 2017

Congratulations

Recently we got a letter saying our doctor of 10 years is retiring.  We both really like her, but thankfully our previous doctor agreed to take us. She had left to spend more time with her young kids, but has been back for a few years now.  I have one last appointment with our current doctor & made a card for her.  
The beautiful Stamplorations butterflies were stamped using Hero Arts ombre red to pink ink pad.  I heavily spritzed the panel with Perfect Pearls--gorgeous shimmer in real life!  
This is my second card using the great sketch at Fusion.  Hero Arts ombre sequins sent by my blogging friend, Betty, provide embellishment.  Once again I used my favorite black ink, Brilliance Graphite Black, for the sentiment from Altenew which is mounted with foam tape.  I'm also entering 3 challenges at Stamplorations: Theme & Sketch (theme only), Things with Wings Blog Hop & Never-ending Anything Goes and Time Out. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Birthday & Hello

I really love my blogging friend, Stella's style & she has a wonderful card that we're to case for CCCB Birthday Case #3. I took inspiration from her use of polka dots, a balloon & the layout.  
The balloon dies are Penny Black, the square is Spellbinders & the card is PTI.  The darling sentiment is from my blogging friend, Lisa's PRS Stamp Set called Sweet Pea.  The green glitter is Heidi Swapp tape attached to cardstock & the dotted paper was a little scrap in my stash.  So fun to add some loops to the twine I used for strings.  Might end up giving this BD card to an adorable little girl in our neighborhood who's about to turn 3. I'm also entering Seize the Birthday.
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Next are 2 cards I made after thinking for days about W&W The Gossip Column No 7.  The challenge is to use the look of letterpress/typography. I knew I wanted to use the fun foam stamp I made a long time ago from the W&W Hello die. It's time to make a new one, but the look from the worn one is actually close to some of the examples.  
I used Brilliance Mediterranean Blue & Rocket Red for the word from C&9th.  I really wanted to add something, but didn't think that would be very Alan Kitching like.  

Instead, I made a second card with some blue splatters & my new PPP clear confetti which looks like sequins without holes.
After cutting down the panel I attached it to a card sponged with the same blue ink.  Gotta say, I would never have made these cards without the challenge & it was really fun creating way outside the box--haha!  I'm entering Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Flowers & Butterflies

For some reason I've had a hard time figuring out what to do for PTI MIM: Patterns Behind Die Cut Windows.  Haven't used my felt in a long time, so picked out 2 shades of purple & a green for Friendly Flowers.
It was so fun to repeatedly stamp an image from Autumn Adornments for my CAWU entry, that I used another one for this card.  I used my Mini MISTI to stamp twice each time with Soft Stone ink on white cardstock.  I die cut on oval from a Soft Stone panel & stamped the sentiment from Take Three: Summer.  
The flowers are embellished with white sparkly dots. Couldn't decide on what else to do, so it went into the mail like this.  The family gave me a surprise retirement party on Easter with cake, balloons, banner--the whole bit!  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & SSS Work it Wednesday.
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PTI Butterfly Hope cover plate has been sitting on my table unused, so I went looking for color ideas & came upon The Color Throwdown.  Think I've only entered there once before, but the combo of red, orange, purple & yellow inspired me. The wedding bouquet in the picture is stunning!  
I used Distress Inks festive berries, spiced marmalade & seedless preserves for a smooshed background on watercolor paper--drying between each color with my heat gun.  Then I splashed on plain water & blotted with a paper towel.  Next I sprayed heavily with Tsukineko Goose Bumps--maybe went a little overboard--haha! Certainly did add texture & shine to the background!  
I used textured yellow cardstock for the cover plate & backed it with another white layer for just a bit of dimension.  Clear Spectrum Noir was brushed on heavily & I colored the bodies with a dark yellow Zig, shading out a little. Needed something more, so I used yellow Stickles on the butterflies & added a few dots to the background. Decided against a sentiment on the front--may use this just for a note card.  I'm also entering Crop Stop, HLS Anything Goes with DiesSSS Monday (although my splashes are hard to see) & Stamplorations Things with Wings Blog Hop.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thanks, Christmas, Friendship

Couldn't let the left over pieces get messed up or lost from the first card I made with the SSS Bright Flowers die.  Fun to see such a different look using the watercolored outline with the silver glitter pieces inlaid.  
I got 2 panels of watercolor paper when I originally did the smooshing with Distress Inks salty ocean, mermaid lagoon, lucky clover & cracked pistachio.  Glad I had that second piece to use for the matching frame. Everything is layered on the SSS Fog card front after I added some splatters.  I'm entering SSS Flickr Challenge #69, SSS Monday (sprayed inks with water for smooshing) & The Playground.
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Next is my one layer card for the challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. My other cards are the result of one try, but I stamped this one layer card 3 times & went with version 2!  
Some day I have to figure out how to use the rest of the C&9 Flourish stamp set, but for now I'm sticking to the large 3 layer flower & the sentiment words.  I pulled out some of my very old & still loved Brilliance ink pads: Graphite Black, Pearlescent Coral (totally a pink ink), Pearlescent Purple & Pearlescent Crimson.  The flowers have a beautiful soft shimmer.  Thought about adding some scoring or embossing & sequins, but in the end I just used splatters.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday since pink & white are in the mood board.

Final card is one I've had in my mind since I saw Shay's card for W&W Rerun #18.  I loved the grouping of flowers & leaves under a die cut word.  The design is so versatile I'll use it for lots of occasions, but I wanted to start with a Christmas card.  
I usually make them frequently all year & it's been awhile.  You know I love the hello die (my introduction to W&W) & I feel the same about the noel die.  The images from In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals were stamped on watercolor paper using Distress Inks victorian velvet, milled lavender & bundled sage.  I blended with water, but the colors were too light, so I stamped them all again & blended some more.  I inked the card front & a scrap with bundled sage, so the noel would match.  It has a very small black shadow to help it pop just a bit.  I added Star Dust Stickles to the flower centers & the word along with a few dots in the background. I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.  Matthew 28:6

Wishing everyone a blessed Easter.  We're spending the day with hubby's daughter & her family, so I'm not doing any cooking.  Thought I'd share the last of my Easter cards.  
I had the Paper Smooches crosses on my wishlist for a long time.  They're quite inexpensive, so finally put them into my cart.  I actually didn't even realize each one is a solid & an outline until I die cut the first one. They're just the right size & so versatile.  I also "had" to have the Frantic Stamper Arched Labels dies because of a card I received from my blogging friend, Di, using similar ones no longer available. My first card using both new products was very simple with the sentiment inside.  I like the bronze & purple together.   
Next is a card inspired by the beautiful soft watercolor backgrounds my friend Rosemary makes.  
The sentiment from a company no longer in business is stamped in Versafine Smokey Gray.  I might not have used glitter cardstock for the cross, but that's something else I saw Rosemary do.  I'm entering HLS Watercolor  & Anything Goes with Dies.  
My stencils don't get used very much, but I had in mind a long time ago to use this one by TH for an Easter card.  
Here's my first attempt using Distress Ink with a wet brush. You really can't tell it's watercolored, so next time I'll probably just sponge it on. The outline cross is the purple one from the first card & a strip from the same cardstock scrap was added to the card front.  I know my sister & brother-in-law will enjoy this one. 
Thankfully, my friend Darnell made this sweet bunny card, as it reminded me of a very old Magenta stamp I love & never use.

I really didn't know what to do with it, but was happy with the result when I simply stamped it on cream cardstock using Versafine Vintage Sepia.  You can't beat pink & brown in my book.  The sentiment is an old one by Inkadinkadoo.  I'm entering Penny Black & More & SSS Monday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I'll catch up with you soon.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Three Different Cards

I admire people who have a signature style, but I'm OK with not being one of them.  Here are 3 of my latest cards--all different.
First is the card I made for SSS Flickr Challenge #68 using my new SSS die called Bright Blossoms.  The smooshed background was done on watercolor paper with Distress Inks salty ocean, mermaid lagoon, lucky clover & cracked pistachio.
I die cut the blossoms from the panel & silver glitter paper. The silver outline was put back into the panel & the watercolor flower pieces were inlaid into the outline.  I used a COPIC & more blue watercoloring to make them darker. TH stickers were used for the sentiment.  I'm also entering CropStop, HLS Anything Goes with Dies & Word Art Wednesday.
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My blogging friend, Ros (have we really never met in person?!) is up for CCCB Birthday Case #2.  Her darling kitty card at first stumped me, but then I decided her layout would work great for another card using my HA bunny die.  
I used a lighter pink felt this time & also die cut the little bow from white cardstock.  I used an old HA heart shaped pearl to hopefully make the bow girly.  Fun to do a soft watercolor wash with DI peacock feathers. The sentiment is from the same HA set & I finally used the Easter egg Washi tape I bought a few years ago. I learned from my friend Alexandra, splatters work on cute as well as artsy cards.  I'll surprise hubby with this card on Sunday.  I'm also entering ABNH & SSS Monday.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS Work It Wednesday.
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Last is my entry for PTI CAWU.  There are always so many wonderful cards to choose from, but I decided to go with one of the first that caught my eye--Nichole's rainbow card on Day 2. The new lace stamp reminded me of Autumn Adornments--a set I've hardly used.  
The inks are Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile, Ripe Avocado, Honey Nut & Summer Sunrise.  The sentiment from the same set is gold embossed & I added 3 gold sequins.  Two strips of Classic Kraft were mounted on each side with foam tape.  I'm also entering Fusion (sketch) & Stamping Sensations.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  Wishing everyone a lovely Easter weekend.
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