Sunday, September 30, 2018


I do love the PTI challenges, as most of you know.  First is my entry for PTI MIM Packaging with Printed Paper.  Our gift giving these days is most often gift cards, so I pulled out PTI Monthly Moments: Journal Card Pocket #1 to make a gc holder. 
For the papers I used Candy Cane Prints & Bitty Dot Basics that I got in the $1 sale a couple years ago.  The sentiment is done with a die & stamps from Don't Forget to Write.  I die cut & stamped the little sprig from Spruce & Sprigs using New Leaf ink on the New Leaf printed paper.  Finished off with a little twine bow.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.

I love the now retired Take 3 stamp sets.  Decided to use a recent Christmas card as inspiration for a Thanksgiving card to enter Transformation Tuesday
This time I inked the stamps with 3 Brilliance Pearlescent colors: Crimson, Olive & Rust.  The sentiment from the same set (Take 3: Fall) was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa & Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate.  The new card is made with ivory cardstock & I added tiny splatters with a brown Zig.  Both cards are 1 layer, but the new one is smaller than A2.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Clearly Besotted

Back from our last camping trip of the year.  When it's t-shirt & shorts weather at the Oregon coast, you know you hit it right!  Kind of in shock today with clouds & a shower, but I'm not complaining.  We've had more than enough sun this year & could use a good soaking.
Always anxious to get back crafting after being away & today I have 2 cards to share.  I won a gift certificate for Clearly Besotted a few years ago.  Clearly I have too much stuff as these are my first cards using Tiny Trees--a wonderful stamp set!  
First is my Rudolf Days entry using one of the PTI Window Works dies that reminds me of a Christmas ornament. 
The Clearly Besotted tree was white embossed on a scrap of white cardstock & then I used the direct to paper technique with Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy.  The leaves were covered in Crystal Stickles & the panel was mounted with fun foam to a white card.
This is my kind of card--clean & elegant.  The Christmas greeting will be inside.  I'm also entering HLS Christmas, SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday. 

Next is an Autumn card using a different tree & a sentiment from the same set.  As I was debatting what inks to use, I remembered my favorite Kaleidacolor pad--Autumn Leaves. 
Just love the fun look it gave the trees!  I used the brown ink in the pad so the sentiment is a perfect match.  The gold splatters are made with Distress Stain Tarnished Brass.  I twisted 3 strands of twine & attached them to ground the trees before gluing the panel to a kraft card.  Seems I missed all the Fall Color challenges, but I'll enter SSS Wednesday.  
Edited to add: Words 2 Craft By is still open, so I will add my card to the gallery.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Create It Wednesday~Happy Halloween

It's my day on the PRS Blog--hope you'll check it out. 

I made a Halloween card using the fun Beware stamp set.  Hurrah--I even used a scrap of very old Doodlebug paper!  This great stamp set is currently on sale for just $7.99!

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Birthday Wishes

I've added lots more stamps & dies on my sale page.

I love victorian velvet Distress Ink, but for some reason I don't use it very often.  Discovered that spun sugar, which I often use, works great with victorian velvet for an ombre look.  The SSS Flickr 106 challenge is to use a resist technique. 
I white embossed images from SSS Spring Flowers & black embossed the sentiment from SSS Thoughtful Messages on a Bristol panel.  I love victorian velvet Distress Ink, but for some reason seldom use it.  I discovered that spun sugar, which I often use, works great with it for an ombre effect.  I added white dots with an extra fine point Sharpie & used Stickles over the dotted lines of the images.  Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles was used to make the frame & I stacked it 2 high.  Could add some bling, but I really like it as is.  I'm also entering Flickr Love Handmade Cards & SSS Work it Wednesday.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018


Took me awhile to figure out what leaves to use for PTI MIM Faux Gilded Leaves.  Most of my PTI leaf dies are smaller images, but then I saw the Meadow Greens dies which I don't think have ever been used.  They actually worked great!  
The square Window Works die was cut from Classic Kraft & backed with black cardstock.  Three leaf die cuts were embossed with gold, platinum & copper powders, arranged in a bouquet & mounted with foam tape. 
I gently bent the edges up with my fingers--gives such a different look.  The sentiment is from Take Three: Fall.  My black Zig is my favorite to use for splatters--adds just the right amount of texture.
I really do love the PTI Transformation Tuesday challenges.  This time I transformed a transformed card--haha!  In May I tore apart a card from 2016 & entered this one for TT.  
Old Card

It's pretty if the light is shining on it just right, but the images are difficult to see.  This time I went for a totally different look still using Friendship Jar Flowers stamps & Wonderful Words: Hello die cut.  I've been wanting to make something with one of Lexi's last color combos: Ocean Tides, Enchanted Evening, Melon Berry & Sweet Blush.  I really do love the results. 
New Card
The flower & foliage images are clear embossed & the dots are Ocean Tides second generation stamping & Sweet Blush.  I blended Melon Berry & Sweet Blush on the word, stacked it 2 high & covered it with Nuvo Glaze. 

A strip of Ocean Tides was used down the side & the flower centers are covered with Stickles.  This card is going in the mail soon & won't even need extra postage.
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

'Tis the Season

Actually, the season is Fall--at least it feels like it here.  However, the current PTI release is full of new holiday products.  If you know me you won't be surprised to see that I made a Christmas card for the PTI CAWU challenge.  There are several DT cards I want to case, but I started with this one by Heather 
Poinsettia&pine-card-2-hnicholsI love the branches & the kraft with white color combo.  The stitched frames made me think of the dotted die in Mix & Mat Flourishes.  I stamped images from Spruce & Sprigs on Classic Kraft cardstock using Heather's ink choices of Prairie Grass, Ripe Avocado, Olive Twist & Cocoa Bean. 
The sentiment from Splits: 'Tis the Season was white embossed & I used a fine point Sharpie for the white dots.  The stamped panel was attached with fun foam.  I'm also entering HLS Christmas challenge which I was thrilled to win last month & SSS Wednesday.

Next is a Christmas tag using some of the left over Alcohol Ink panel I used for my last card
The tag is a very old MFT die.  I used another old MFT border die for the wavy edge & Ellen Hutson word dies for the sentiment.  Looked a bit too plain, so dry embossed the tag with a very old Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Finished off with festive red metallic/white twine & a tiny clear gem to dot the i.  I'm entering the EH AI challenge & The Snippets Playground
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Merry Wishes

I've had Alcohol Inks for years, but have seldom felt successful using them.  This year there have been quite a few videos out there, including one from Jessica Frost-Ballas adding foil before the AI dries.  My friend, Betty, told me about the video & even sent me a card using the technique.  Finally, when I saw the Ellen Hutson challenge to use AIs, I determined to make a card.  I don't have EH stamps, but I do have the Leaping Deer die. 
Isn't he beautiful cut from Yupo paper (thank you, Colleen!) inked with Coral & Crimson AI plus a little silver mixative & silver foil?!  I added 2 cardstock layers to make him nice & thick before mounting him to the beautiful Gina Marie die cut rectangle sent by my friend, Brenda.  I added some dimension to the rectangle by adding 2 layers of cardstock under the solid area.  Surprising how much difference it makes & yet the card remains fairly flat for mailing.  Love this 2007 Stampendous sentiment & the Taylored Expressions Snowfall embossing folder which I used on a panel of PTI Spring Rain cardstock.  The final touches were to add 3 little red gems & a tiny red pearl.  I really love how this card turned out & hope you like it, too.  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies, SSS Wednesday & WAW
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What a relief to finally get some rain after a very dry 3 months.  Before it started, I cut a few Chicago Peace roses to bring in the house. 
My thoughts are with everyone dealing with the hurricane.  Stay safe.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Create It Wednesday~Thank You in Green

We finally got some rain & our temperatures are comfortable.  Fall is definitely around the corner.  It's my day on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog & I'm easing into Fall with a color combo of ivory, two shades of green & soft gold.  
I began by repeatedly stamping an image from PRS Thanks stamp set on an ivory panel in Spring Moss.  The focal point was made by stamping another image from the set in Olive Twist on a strip of Spring Moss cardstock.  I used a stamp positioner so I could then stamp with Versamark & emboss with clear powder.  The mat is a slightly larger strip of Olive Twist cardstock.  I colored the 3 hearts with Champagne Stickles for a bit of sparkle.
I wanted a fairly flat card to mail, but needed some dimension since the background panel & card are both ivory cardstock.  This was easily accomplished by adding a couple panels of cardstock.  I did use foam tape to attach the green strip.  Always good to have thank you cards on hand--hope I've given you some inspiration.  
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Heading to Fall

Love the cooler temperatures as we head to Fall, but I'm not looking forward to picking up the leaves hubby rakes--haha!  I've made a couple more cards with Fall colors.
First is my entry for ModSquad where the challenge is to "stamp" your background with an acrylic block.  It's been a long time since I used that technique & I wanted to give it a try with Distress Oxides. 
I used a long, narrow block with these colors: peeled paint, spiced marmalade, abandoned coral & fossilized amber.  I spritzed & stamped each color separately, drying in between, onto a panel of watercolor paper.  After it dried, I stamped my very old leaves from an out of business company using Brilliance Coffee Bean.  The same ink was used for the sentiment from Precious Remembrance Shop Fall Colors.  I added some brown splatters & mounted the panel with fun foam to a kraft card. I'm also entering Flickr Love Handmade Cards.
Modsquad Challenge
Next is a card heading to a blogging friend going through a sad time.  I started with a panel of Bristol cardstock I had colored with several shades of green inks--probably Zigs. 
I added red, orange & yellow with Zigs.  Then I die cut it with a stitched rectangle & dry embossed it with the gorgeous Tim Holtz 3D folder.  I rubbed Delicata Golden Glitz on the raised areas--so pretty in person. 
The sentiment from SSS Thoughtful Messages was stamped in Altenew Forest Glades on vellum & then over stamped in Golden Glitz.  Sequins were too sparkly, so I used gold Pico Embellisher.  I'm entering SSS Flickr 105.
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Yes--You've Come to Greta's Blog!

I don't blame you for being confused!  What a change & I LOVE it!  My blog had looked the same for over 5 years & I really wanted something different.  As many of you will guess, the new look of my Blog is thanks to the talented Loll of Stamping with Loll.  I can't thank her enough for making me beautiful--my blog, that is!
PTI Transformation Tuesday is one of my favorite challenges & Snowflake Flurries is one of my favorite PTI stamp sets.
I love emboss resist, but wasn't happy with the embossing on my previous card.  I decided to go for a lighter red using watercolor for the resist & changed to a satin embossing powder--a favorite from years ago.  The images embossed perfectly this time & I love the look of the watered down candied apple Distress Ink applied with a flat brush. 
I also added some splatters of the same ink.  A different sentiment from the set was black embossed on the panel before I did the watercolor wash.  Nuvo Glaze was added to the centers of the large snowflakes & Star Dust Stickles dots add a bit of sparkle.  I matted the panel with a satin cardstock that matches the embossing.  I'm really happy with the new card & it's flat for mailing.  I'm also entering FMS, SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.
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Unfortunately, I need a sympathy card for a blogging friend who recently lost her dad.  My requirements for these cards are that they be simple & beautiful.  Often I use leaves or trees, but decided to try something different.
Cards for any occasion are really saying you care, so thought the beautiful SSS Heart Mandala stencil would work.  The Distress Oxide Inks are abandoned coral, spiced marmalade & fossilized amber.  The sentiment from SSS Thoughtful Messages is stamped several times in Distress Ink vintage photo.  I used the same ink to make the lined strip using an image from W&W Scenery: Stripes 2.  A piece of white crochet thread was glued where the 2 pieces meet & I stamped the tiny heart included in the sentiment set.  I would call these Fall colors, so I'm entering SSS Flickr 105, SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.

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