Thursday, January 31, 2019

PTI & Altenew

Still putting off the purging & organizing on my to do list--big surprise!  First is my entry for PTI MIM Negative Die Cut Backgrounds.  My first thought was to use the dotted rectangle die in Mix & Mat: Flourishes to make a pattern.  I ended up simply cutting it horizontally & then vertically.

Kinda cool, so I went with it for a simple card with the focus on the sentiment.  The stamps are all from Don't Forget to Write & the inks are Enchanted Evening & Delicata Silvery Shimmer.  Dug out an old corner punch & added dark blue pearls.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.
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Altenew recently had a free class--All About Layering 3.  I've barely used my layering floral sets.  Lining them up does not seem to come naturally to me--haha!  The class inspired me to try again & this time I decided perfection is really not required.

This is my homework for Day 1 using Majestic Bloom, Painted Greetings & the Leaf Frame Cover die.  I used Champagne Stickles for the centers & the dots.  I'm entering SSS Wednesday

Here's my homework for Day 4, also using Majestic Bloom & Painted Greetings.  The background is Altenew Washi my friend Betty gave me when I visited her. 

I discovered stamping on the Washi doesn't really work, but fortunately all I had to do was add a couple layers of embossing powder.  Lydia's class example showed placing large die cuts over the edge of the card & then trimming the excess.  I couldn't get leaves to look right, so instead I matted each bloom with an offset vellum die cut.  A dot of gold Liquid Pearls was added to the flower centers.  I'm entering SSS Wednesday.

Almost forgot to tell you, I used my new brushes with the lightest ink shade to color the white borders of the flowers.  The brushes look just like the $50 ones you may have seen people talking about, but they're about $8 on Amazon.  Must say, I love them!
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Monday, January 28, 2019

W&W and SSS

The current W&W Color Combo is gold & mint--so beautiful!  I decided to make a thank you card using Essentials: Tilda Cutaways, Mini Scenery: Into the Woods, Sentimental: Thanks & In a Word: Thanks Coordinating Cutaways.

I used Mint Julep cardstock & ink plus Delicata Golden Glitz.  Finished off with clear sequins.  This is also my thank you card for Di who has run The Snippets Playground for 7 years.  Darnell set up a secret blog hop for us to thank Di for all her work which includes buying & sending out prizes.  I'll probably never meet Di in person, but she's one of those people I connected with right away.  Now we have even more in common as Di recently became Mum to a totally adorable furball named Dudley.  This is for you, sweet Di!

Thought you might also like to see a card I posted on Flickr for SSS Challenge #115.  The theme is love, so I made a Valentine using SSS Mandala stencil with DI spun sugar & victorian velvet.

The sentiment from SSS Hello, Beautiful was silver embossed & I added silver splatters.  I'm also entering Inkspirational.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

MIM and Transformation Tuesday

There wasn't a PTI CAWU challenge for the January release, so I sure wasn't going to miss MIM & Transformation Tuesday.  First up is my entry for MIM: Lotsa Letters

I used one of my favorite PTI dies--Wonderful Words: Love--& die cut it 3 times from a white panel.  Then the panel was backed with silver glitter paper.  The hearts & centers of the "e" were glued back in place.  I used little alpha stickers on black scraps for the other words & added them with foam tape.  The panel was matted with black cardstock.  Glad to have hubby's Valentine ready early!  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.
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Next is my entry for Transformation Tuesday.  I like the older card I made using The Sweet Life dies & stamps with a lot of Autumn Rose.  The stamped background could have been better, so I decided to switch it out for some printed paper.

Both my friends Betty & Vikki have shared PTI papers with me.  I'm working on clearing my work area & organizing my craft stash--a very slow process--haha!  The remains of a torn apart card with an Autumn Rose panel has been on my table quite awhile, so I used that with the Autumn Rose dotted paper.  I still used The Sweet Life, but changed to the image of 3 blooms.  I wanted a more monochromatic look, so I stamped the layers on Sweet Blush cardstock in Sweet Blush & Autumn Rose.  I used vellum for the leaves & stamped the sentiment (Feel Better Soon) from Mat Stack 3 Collection in Weathervane.  Again I used clear sequins for embellishment.  The same basic layout, but very different looks.  It's already in the mail to cheer up a blogging friend who's recovering from surgery.
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Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Final Performance

I'm thrilled to be back with my Final Performance as the Winnie & Walter January Leading Lady.  It's been a huge honor & I can't thank Shay enough.

I love shimmer & shine including foil.  For my final 3 cards I thought it'd be fun to show you ways to add foil without using a laminator.  First up is a festive birthday card with a rainbow color scheme.

I stamped images from Scenery: Dotty on the card front using a variety of Distress Inks that match the rainbow foil.  The In a Word: Happy Cutaway was die cut from self-adhesive foam so that the adhesive was on the top.  Then the foil was pressed onto the word & carefully peeled back to reveal the gorgeous results!

The little word from The Big, the Bold & the Happy was white embossed on a black scrap & trimmed into a label.  I added a scattering of shimmer dots for embellishment.  This really is my favorite way to use foil--super easy & fun!
For the next card I first made a plaid panel using 2 images from Scenery: Stripes stamped in Memento Lilac Posies & Teal Zeal.  Then I added strips of 1/8 inch score tape going both directions & pressed silver foil onto the adhesive.

I love how it totally changes the look!  The bloom & leaves from In Bloom: Addie's Garden were die cut, stamped & brushed with the same inks.  I also used a shimmer pen on the bloom & attached it with foam tape.  For the sentiment I used In a Word: Thanks Coordinating Cutaways.  The shadow was cut from white cardstock & the word from a medium gray.  I like how it stands out, but doesn't compete with the silver foil.
To finish up I made my most common type of card & that is one to keep in touch with a friend.  I  began by randomly stamping flowers from In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers in 3 PTI inks:  Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay & Bright Buttercup.  I added the dot from the same set using Classic Kraft.

Then I used my Quickie Glue pen to make dots in the flower centers.  When they turned tacky, I pressed on gold foil.  Almost looks like designer paper with foil accents, don't you think?!  I stamped the words from The Big, the Bold & the Happy in Versfine Vintage Sepia.  Originally it was a one layer card, but I decided to add a gold foil frame.  I cut the panel down slightly & brushed the edges of the card front with Flitter Glu.  When it dried to a tacky finish I pressed on the same gold foil & attached the floral panel.  The frame could also have been done using 1/4 inch Score Tape.
I hope you've been inspired in some way by my projects this month.  Winnie & Walter has given me a $30 gift certificate as a prize for the random drawing I'm doing on February 2.  All comments left on this post and my Take 1 post will be entered in the drawing.  For additional entries answer my questions in your comments on my posts for Take 2 and Take 3.

Thanks again to Shay for having me & I look forward to seeing all your Winnie & Walter projects in blogland.  If your blog address is in your profile or comment, I will visit you.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop

It's time for the monthly PTI Blog Hop.  The inspiration photo is a cake for a baby shower--not like any I've ever seen.  Cakes mean birthdays in my world, so I used the colors for a birthday card.

My recent PTI order included Balloons & Banners and Tag Sale: Quilted Die--both of which I used.  Decided it was time to pull out some of my felt & luckily I have light blue & light pink.  I actually drew the balloon strings--a first for me!  The sentiment from Don't Forget to Write was white embossed on the black die cut banner included with the tag die & I mounted it with foam tape.  I added the black & white striped paper to the top & bottom and attached tiny gems to the banner.  Very simple, but a festive card, I think.  I'm also entering Time Out Challenges.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS Work it Wednesday.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Memory Box and Poppystamps

It's been a difficult start to 2019.  Three family members are dealing with serious medical problems and my favorite co-worker at the end of my career was tragically killed in an auto accident.  Reminders once again not to take anything for granted.
I haven't done as much crafting as usual, but I did finally get a couple cards made.  First is my entry for the Memory Box Love is in the Air Challenge.  I've had the MB Grand Heart die for over 5 years & later got the Bingham Heart die that goes with it.
The solid heart was cut from a scrap of light blue textured cardstock & the outline was cut from a white scrap colored with a blue shimmer pen.  The sentiment from Poppystamps Grateful Heart was stamped in Delicata Sapphire Blue.  I really like blue & gray together, so dry embossed a gray panel for the background.  Shimmer Pico Embellisher dots finish it off.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground.
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Next is my entry for Poppystamps Starry Night Challenge.  I added several blue & gray inks plus a blue shimmer pen to a panel of watercolor paper using smooshing, sponging & direct to paper.  It was supposed to be the background for another card, but I didn't like it.  Then I remembered the PS challenge & thought I could make it work as a night sky.
I used 2 PS dies I'd never opened: Swaying Birch & Scribble Hello.  The tree is quite tall, but I just cut the top of it from silver glitter paper.  The hello die was cut from the silver glitter & dark blue cardstock.  I used the silver for a shadow & stacked the blue word 5 high so it is easy to read even being dark like the background.  Finished off with white gel pen stars.  I'm also entering SSS Work it Wednesday.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

W&W Leading Lady Take 3

Thank you again to Shay for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share my love of Winnie & Walter products.  I hope you've found some inspiration for your own cardmaking.  The month is speeding by and it's time for Take 3
We all have times when it's hard to come up with an idea for a card.  One of my solutions to that problem is to use a favorite design element.  My choice is to mask off an area for inking.  There are many variations, so cards can all look different.  I generally use more solid images, but you will see today it really works with any stamps.
First is a sympathy card using A Tree for All Seasons.  I began by heat embossing the tree with a couple coats of embossing powder to obtain a thick, shiny image.  Then I masked off the area where I wanted color.  Distress Inks faded jeans and peeled paint were applied with stencil brushes for a softer look.  I heat embossed the sentiment and added brown splatters.  The panel was matted with light blue textured cardstock for a simple, flat card which, unfortunately, I need to get in the mail.
Next up is a fun winter notecard.  This is the first time I've used kraft cardstock for the technique, but it won't be the last!  I white embossed the front 2 trees from Yetitide Greetings & masked them before adding the tree in the background.  The matching dies were used to make the masks--so quick & easy.  Then I masked off a horizontal strip & used an ink cube direct to the paper.  The trick when using kraft cardstock is to use an ink with pigment properties, like the Delicata Emerald Green I used.  The white embossing picked up a hint of the green which I actually think adds to the effect for this card.  I stamped the sentiment using words from The Big, the Bold & Seasons and added a few white sequins for embellishment.  I'm entering Inkspirational.
For my final project the masked area is a rectangle in the center of the card.  Distress Inks bundled sage, milled lavender & spun sugar were sponged on beginning at the bottom right & moving to the top left, rather than straight across.  Instead of embossing, I stamped the bloom, stem and leaves from In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers in Brilliance Starlite Black.  It's another ink with pigment properties giving me good coverage on top of the Distress Ink background.  I curved the straight stem onto my acrylic block and masked the card front to get the length I wanted.  The same ink was used for the beautiful word from Sentimental: Thanks and a single gray gem completes the card.  I'm entering CAS on Friday and SSS Wednesday.
Be sure to check my first Leading Lady post & my Take 2 post to leave comments and be entered in the random drawing for a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card.  You will get an additional entry by leaving a comment on today's post telling me which card is your favorite.  Yes, you have to pick one--haha!  I'll be back next Saturday for my final performance.
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Winter Scene

I absolutely love Ashley's card for this week's PTI MIM Challenge Winter Watercolor.  My version is very simple with just 3 trees.
Our winter's are more frosty than snowy, so I used gray with a touch of blue.  The background watercoloring was done with DI weathered wood, faded jeans & chipped sapphire.  I stamped the trees from Enchanted Forest in Weathervane several times using a stamp positioner.  The texture of the watercolor paper almost looks like canvas.  The sentiment from Meadow Greens was stamped in a dark blue & then overstamped in Weathervane.  I added splatters with the DI & dots with a white pen.  The mat is Weathervane cardstock.  I can't wait to try another card like this using more trees.  I'm also entering SSS Monday (new Enchanted Forest stamp set) & WAW.
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