Sunday, September 22, 2019


I am certainly not a super star designer, but I did have a CAS design in mind for my MFT Layered Leaves die set.  Figured I may as well enter this year's MFT Card Design Super Star Clean & Simple Genius category.
I began by scribbling Deep, May & Light Green Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers on a small rectangle acrylic block.  I spritzed lightly & "stamped" onto a panel of Bristol cardstock.  I repeated the process a couple times to get the look I wanted.  I die cut the smallest detail leaf in the set from cork paper & laid them in place to see where I wanted the sentiment.  Then I removed the leaves & stamped the sentiment from MFT Thankful Leaves in Versafine Clair Acorn.  The leaves were glued in place & it was done.  It's going to my cousin & his wife, so I decided against any embellishments.  The leaf dies are still available, but the stamp set is retired.  I'm also entering Allsorts & SSS Monday.
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I really like the current challenge at FMS.  It made me want to open the IO Berry Branches die set I got in my last order.
I had fun picking out the PTI paper & some green ribbon to go with the branches die cut from a red scrap.  I splattered the card front with watered down Graphite Tattered Angels mist & added Christmas Red Stickles to the berries.  The sentiment from W&W Snowy Holiday was stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  I'm also entering ABC Christmas & WAW.
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Friday, September 20, 2019

Thank You & Christmas

Lots of items in my sale pages & some prices have been lowered!

My first card today is for the Memory Box September Challenge: Framed.  I've made a simple thank you card using the MB die called Jasmine Frame which I've had for several years & still love.
This time I stacked it 3 high using gold metallic cardstock for the top layer.  I stamped the sentiment from Poppystamps Grateful Heart in Versafine Clair Acorn on a cream panel.  I added splatters of Distress Stain tarnished brass, attached the frame & added a strip of brown textured cardstock.  I love gold, brown & cream for Fall cards.  I'm also entering WAW.
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Next is the card I made with the left overs from a Christmas Kickstart entry.  I used the same soft gray cardstock, MB branch & EH sentiment.
As you can see, this time I had the branch come from the right side & I used Stickles alone rather than adding them to white sequins.  I also stamped the teal ornament in Versamark with a splatter stamp to add some interest.  Actually, I like both versions.  I'm entering this one at The Snippets Playground.

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Last is my entry for ITP LFF September Case.  I love the new Peaceful Forest stamps which reminded me of PTI Enchanted Forest.
I used Laurie's color combo & basic design & totally love how it came out!  The inks for the trees are Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft & Aqua Mist.  I wish you could see it in person, as even the light colors show up great.  The snowflakes & dots are stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer & the sentiment from PTI Botanical Blocks IV is silver embossed on a vellum strip. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Friendly Challenge

My friend, Betty, got a bunch of beautiful skeleton leaves when she was overseas years ago.  She ran across them while destashing & had the idea to send some to Cat & me.  Today we're all revealing our cards & I can't wait to see what each of them came up with.
Most of the leaves seem to have shades of blue, so I began by arranging them on a panel of light blue textured cardstock.  I really like blue & kraft together, so cut one of my many scraps to fit.  I've barely used my SSS Rose Gold embossing powder & it is beautiful!  Think it was perfect to cover the top layer of my stacked PTI sentiment.  I finished by adding brown twine at the top & bottom of the kraft strip.  Didn't like any embellishments, so left it alone.  This could be a Thanksgiving card, but I'm using it with a friendship greeting inside & it's already been mailed.  Now I'm off to see what Betty & Cat made--hope you will, too.
I think this works for the SSS Monday Monochrome challenge, so entering there.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Impression Obsession

I recently used a gift certificate for some new IO goodies.  Here's my last minute entry for the IO Falling Leaves challenge using Leaf 3 (D13816) & Blessings (E20754) stamped in DI brushed corduroy on a blended background of peeled paint, wild honey & dusty concord. 
The sentiment is copper heat embossed & I pierced holes from the back using a TH ruler.  The edges were lightly blended with brushed corduroy.  I copper embossed the edges of the card front & added the panel with thin fun foam.
You won't be seeing these new stamps in my sale pages--love them!  I'm also entering Fusion (just the photo) & The Male Room.
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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Altenew & Poppystamps

I really love the beautiful Fall colors of the Altenew Inspiration Challenge.  Thought it'd be fun to use my new Wonderful Wreath Stencil instead of flowers. 
Hubby just gave me a stack of beige text weight paper left over from years ago when we were sending out his resume.  It has a slight linen texture & is really nice quality.  The inks are PTI Amethyst Allure & Canyon Clay & Memento Lulu Lavender.  Altenew Fancy Hello die is beautiful & I die cut it from the same paper & from white cardstock.  Shimmer Pico Embellisher was added to the berries & the die cut word.  I die cut the panel with AJVD dotted rectangle & used Amethyst Allure cardstock for the mat.  The purple twine has been in my stash a long time & never used, but luckily it was the right color.  I'm also entering WAW.   
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The current Time Out Challenge has a fun photo inspiration.  I really like the off-set stripes of the carpet, so decided to make my own off-set pattern. 
I used a little circle image in the Grateful Heart Poppystamps set.  Tried to use my Mini MISTI, but ended up just using an acrylic block.  I really love Brilliance Graphite Black--stamps beautifully!  The sentiment from the same set was stamped in Brilliance Gamma Green & I added a dot of green Stickles to the center of each circle.  Fun little card to make!  I'm also entering PoppystampsStamplorations Theme & Sketch & SSS Monday.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Check out my sale pages.  New items added.

I don't even know how many wreath products I have.  Interesting how different people are drawn to different images.  I made my own wreath for the first card using SSS Sketch Ranunculus.
The images were stamped on kraft cardstock using Delicata Emerald Green, Celestial Copper & Sapphire Blue.  The inks are metallic, so have a beautiful sheen in person.  I sponged the card front with the green ink & used the copper ink on the edges of the kraft square.  This was supposed to be a square card, but I turned it as I was lining up the sentiment & decided to go with the diamond shape.  I cut a straight edge on the back of the card so it will stand up.  This was on my table for several days & I almost threw it away.  Then I decided to color the images lightly with colored pencils & what a difference!  Now I can send it to my brother & his wife for Thanksgiving.  I'm entering SSS Flickr 131, SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.

Next is my entry for ITP LFF Fall Favorites.  I stamped a wreath from PTI Wreath for all Seasons on a Vintage Cream square in Saffron Spice.  The tiny flowers were stamped in Autumn Rose which I also used for the splatters.
The mat is Autumn Rose cardstock die cut with Spellbinders Lacey Square.  The card was made from Vintage Cream & I added a strip of Saffron Spice cardstock across the middle.  The sentiment words from the same set were stamped in the Saffron Spice & Autumn Rose after several practice runs using my Mini MISTI.  The wreath panel was mounted with foam tape.  I'm also entering SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday & WAW
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Lots of changes in the past 40 years, but still the same hubby!  Yep--today is our 40th anniversary.  Finally made use of the die cut heart left over from a PTI project in 2015.
The stamping was done with a PTI Watercolor Wonder stamp & 3 blue Distress Inks.  The die cut W&W word was cut 3 times from a scrap inked with the darkest blue.  It's covered with Nuvo Glaze which gives a great, clear sheen. 
There was enough inked cardstock left over to use for the small word which I white embossed & cut with a PTI flag die.  I wasn't happy with the stark white background, so used 2nd generation stamping with IO Cover A Card: Spatter--just what was needed!

Edited to add:  I'm entering SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday & WAW.
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