Sunday, August 12, 2018

Variety of Cards

Yesterday was a wonderful break from the heat, but summer isn't over yet.  I'm totally out of my routine these days--feels like I'll never catch up.  I have made some cards & finally I'm getting them posted.  
First is another one commissioned by my neighbor.  She wanted something special to send to her sister who is turning 80 & she wanted "80" to be included.  I was struggling until I remembered seeing balloons used that way, so pulled out my Penny Black balloon dies. 
For a color scheme I turned to one from Lexi Daly: Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet & Harvest Gold.  It's really beautiful in person, but I couldn't get a very accurate photo.  The cover plate is Lil' Inker (purchase enabled by the die cuts my friend, Cat, sent to me!) & the sentiment is SSS Painted Happy Birthday.  The sentiment & balloons were brushed with WOS. 
I added Nuvo Glaze to the sentiment & glued down the floss with Distress Collage Medium.  The numbers are white glittery stickers which I colored with a teal COPIC.  My neighbor was pleased & hopefully her sister will be, too.  I entered 2 Flickr challenges: SSS & Love Handmade Cards.  I'm also entering Seize the Birthday & HLS Anything Goes with Dies.
 
Next is my entry for PTI MIM: Petite Pattern Play.  I loved Michelle's example using the Take 3 die & I remembered the tiny stamps included in Autumn Adornments.  I didn't think about the 3 images not being exactly the same size, so took me 3 attempts to get something that worked. 
As you can see, in the end I cut each one out, so the squares are all the same size.  Next time I'll try using the same image in each opening of my mask & see if I can get a 1 layer card.  The stamping on Classic Kraft is done with Canyon Clay, Simply Chartreuse & Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate.  I gold embossed the sentiment from the same set.  The squares are matted with Dark Chocolate (as is the panel) & mounted with foam tape.  I added tiny brown splatters & decided against any embellishments.  I'm also entering WAW.

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Last is a fun CAS card using Stamplorations Coffee for all Seasons.  I was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches.  Hoping it's OK to flip the sketch. 
After heat embossing all 4 images, I masked around the summer square & blended with Distress Inks abandoned coral, carved pumpkin & fossilized amber.  Then I brushed on Wink of Stella--so pretty in person. 
The sentiment is from the same set & is also heat embossed.  Thinking this will go to a friend with a Starbuck's card inside.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday, Stamplorations CAS, Stamplorations Anything Goes & Time Out.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

25 comments:

  1. Like you we have had a couple of cooler days and most welcome rain, here in the UK we are not used to 35 plus degree heat and here in East Anglia we have been one of the warmest parts for the best part of six weeks.

    A real bumper post of lovely creations and impossible to pick a favourtie althouhf I do rather like the balloons.

    B x

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  2. A great clutch of cards here. My favourite is the Pettit pattern play card. We have had some rain which the flowers have all needed. Hugs Mrs A.

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  3. A wonderful set of cards and I do love your Time Out card-love how you have coloured just the one image making it really pop. Plus thank you for your lovely comment on our blog-we really appreciate you take the time to do this and pleased to see you at Time Out

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  4. three wonderful cards, Greta - love the coffee one, the way you used the small MIM idea worked out so well for Thanksgiving and the "80" card is perfect in those pretty colors and that great background. you've been busy - my friendly muse is still on vacation i think!!

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  5. LOVE them ALL Greta!!! That embossed die is awesome.... I too was nudge by a crafty friend, so I HAD to have it! LOL Your second card is so pretty and I adore Fall themed projects... and the 3rd card is just AWESOME cuz Coffee is involved! LOL Have a wonderful day!

    Theresa

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  6. What wonderful cards you have made. They are all so well designed and beautiful. I love the birthday card with the way you added the 80 to it. And, the fall decorated one is wonderful as well. The coffee one is super great with all those coffee images and having one square spotlighted and colored.

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  7. Three lovely cards, Greta, all the designs are beautiful. We had quite a bit of rain this morning in my part of the UK and it's much cooler. The cooler temperatures are very welcome after all the weeks of hotter than usual weather, so much easier to get some crafting done too. xx

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  8. I see you got your new die out to play. the birthday card is perfect with the numerals in the balloon. YOur mim card is swoon worthy. I love those three squares with their perfectly stamped innards. Your third card is another stunner Greta...you've had a productive time.

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  9. Three fab cards, Greta! Just love them all but especially the coffee card - great colors on the summer portion and I love how you left the other seasons in outline!!

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  10. Lovely cards here Greta. I especially like the soft and pretty teal on the cover plate; it looks like a great addition to any crafter's stash. The tiny motifs on the Thanksgiving card are perfect and the coffee card makes me want to rush out to my favourite coffee place right now! Lovely work all round.

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  11. My dad is turning 80 in a couple of weeks and your cute card reminds me that I need to get crackin' on his card! Your autumn card is as pretty as can be and I love the pop of orange on your coffee card. A terrific trio Greta!

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  12. A great mix of three totally different cards, Greta, and I like them all. The 80 on the balloons is perfect as us the pop of orange on your third card. Must admit my favorite is your petite patterns, which is perfect for Thanksgiving Blessings.

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  13. Pretty output of creativity, Greta! What a fun cover plate die to show off the birthday balloons! And very clever to color the summer square on the coffee card! We certainly have enjoyed the cooler weekend down here.

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  14. I think the card for the 80th is a good one. I do like that cover die. I'm glad you kept at it for the Thanksgiving card. I love those teeny images and the coffee card is a nice seasonal card. I love the images. Hope you're back on track soon.

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  15. fabulous set of cards, greta! i really love the third one... so clean and classy!!

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  16. Looks like you've been quite crafty. Love all your designs, and especially that adorable coffee card that you submitted at Time Out. Thanks so much for playing along with us.

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  17. Gorgeous card commissioned by your neighbour and loving the balloons and the bling. The PTI MIM card is adorable, fun technique, which has turned out fabulously. Great patience to stamp those tiny stamps and so worth it x. Great layout on your third card and love you've kept the three squares white and then the pop of vibrancy in the fourth one. Fabulous cards, unique and so creative x.

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  18. Lovely 80th birthday card! (And the others are fab too!)
    Thanks so much for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)

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  19. Your cards are so beautiful! Love them all! Perfect use of distress inks too! Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! /Karin

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  20. Beautiful cards, Greta! First card is very fun with the sparkly balloons and has lovely color. Very pretty classy and elegant Thanksgiving card. And, third card is very interesting and artsy! Love them all!!

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  21. So many beautiful cards; a joy to visit you here! Love how you used so less colours and yet made such an impact with your coffeee card; great design! Thank you for joining ys at TIME OUT!

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  22. Great collection of cards! Each is wonderful in it's own way!

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  23. Glad to hear the heat has left for a while, Greta! Here, too, but it will be back on the weekend. I love your threefer creations, each one is really well-executed and designed! I'm sure your neighbor was happy with the special personalized 80th birthday card in those pretty colors! Your Thanksgiving card is so sharp with the three panels, and I love the paneled look done a different way for your last great design! Hugs, Darnell

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  24. Hey lovely, glad to hear the heat has left it has cooled down here thankfully too.
    Totally hear you on being out of whack, I feel like the days are flying by and i'm just plodding along !
    Im sure your neighbours loved this, the colours are beautiful and that die is gorgeous !!
    I ADORE the thanksgiving card, all my favourite colours.
    I hope you are all doing ok now and everyone is on the mend ?
    Sending lots of love and hugs xxx

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