Friday, February 22, 2019

Couple Cards

I didn't want to miss Christmas Kickstart Challenge #4--Have a Heart.  Thought of making a wreath of hearts.  As I was looking for a variety of little heart stamps to use, I came across my PTI Trendy Tree Tops.  A lightbulb went on in my head & I decided to use the plaid circle with a heart in Christmas colors.


Kind of fun, I think.  The green ink is Delicata Emerald Green & the heart is covered in Christmas Red Stickles.  I love this very old Stampendous sentiment stamp & thought it worked for this unique card.


I printed a couple pictures & wanted to use the scraps of glossy photo paper.  I've not had a lot of success with my Alcohol Inks, but I'm not giving up--haha!  My first try was just blobs of color, as I forgot you need to do the blending before it dries.  Next try I used my felt applicator with Stream, Patina & Silver Mixative along with the blending solution.  I just dabbed on the blues & swiped a little with the silver.  Finally--a piece I really like!


The current PTI LFF challenge is to use your favorite stand alone die.  There are several I really love & one is definitely Window Works.  I chose the largest die to show as much of my beautiful background as possible.


The sentiment is another favorite die--SSS Painted Hugs.  I die cut it from 2 shades of blue cardstock & brushed it with a shimmer pen.  Ignore the lines on the right--shadows from the blinds as I held it in the sun to show the shimmer.  The mat is a dark gray which I really like with the blues.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & Die Cut Divas.
Edited to add: Also entering Virginia's February Show & Share.
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25 comments:

  1. Gorgeous cards, Greta! I love them both, but I'm fairly swooning over your entry for The Kickstart Challenge. Fabulously CAS and so pretty. I'm sure I've got the same Merry Christmas stamp somewhere. It works perfectly on your design. hanks for playing along again, Jo x

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  2. What a gorgeous pair of cards Greta and like Jo, I'm swooning over the first card - CAS perfection my friend! Of course the second card is gorgeous too and I love that beautiful background.
    Hugs
    Carol X

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  3. Pretty card for the Christmas Kickstart challenge. I do like that plaid and it works great with the sweet little heart. Your alcohol background came out so well. Glad you continued to try that and the card is beautiful.

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  4. the plaid in your christmas card is genius, Greta - and love your alcohol ink card - beautiful blues!

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  5. That sweet lil heart is a perfect holiday card, and your AI backgournd is amazing. Ilove that die, fabulous choice.

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  6. Both of your cards are FABULOUS Greta!! LOVE the simplicity of your Christmas card...the green plaid and red heart go together just beautifully!! And your 2nd card is just lovely! Your persistence with the Al inks paid off and you've showcased it perfectly with the window die (I love that whole set of dies too!!). Lovely, lovely cards!! :0)

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  7. I love the simplicity of your beautiful cards, Greta. You know you always inspire me. Hugs, my dear friend.

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  8. This is one pretty little CAS number Greta! The plaid and that single heart speak volumes. Your inked panel looks amazing inside the die cut. Two incredible cards!

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  9. you are really knocking it out of the park with these fabulous clean and simple designs, greta!

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  10. Creat Christmas cards designs. Lovely CAS layouts.

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  11. Love your cards, Greta! The red sparkly heart looks wonderful on the fresh, green plaid. And alcohol inks are indeed all the rage recently ... love your results that you used to make a beautiful blue ornament!

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  12. What beautiful cards Greta. The elegance of the little heart on the plaid background is awesome. Your alcohol background is stunning and looks amazing behind the window die.

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  13. Such cleverness and thinking outside the box, Greta! Trendy Tree Tops was in my first order from PTI! I think those circles can be used in many ways and your plaid is perfect. The alcohol ink background is dreamy with its tones and shimmer.

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  14. Two wonderful cards Greta... I love the CAS of the first one and just how effective it is and the painted BG on your second card is beautiful!

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  15. Hi Greta

    Loving your Christmas makes. The sentiment for your Kickstart challenge card is super sweet .. .. as is the little sparkly heart! This would be a great design to do some batch making with!

    Thank you for joining in the Christmas Kickstart Challenge.

    Love Jules xx (Jo's Elf for Challenge 4)

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  16. Elegant and classy CAS Christmas card and unique and beautiful Alchol inked background on the second card. Well done persevering with them and what a wonderful effect you achieved x.

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  17. Love the plaid CAS card with the little red heart, so cute! And, second card has a very lovely water colored background in pretty blue and beautiful die!

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  18. Love the sweet heart in the plaid circle and wow! your ornament is beautiful! Both cards are fabulous!

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  19. Wonderful Cards Greta! I like the simple CAS design of your first card and the pretty blues on your second card... I've never tried the alcohol inks with photo paper... I've only used my Yupo... I may have to play around with that idea though... thanks for the inspiration! Have a great day!

    Theresa

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  20. Sweet cards. Adding that heart made the card so sweet. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

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  21. LOVE your gorgeous ornament card, Greta! Yes, a wonderful way to show off this pretty background! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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  22. Hi sweet Greta!! Finally getting around to visiting your blog and seeing all the beauty you've been creating! I LOVE these two - fell in love with the alcohol ink card on instagram (the colors are gorgeous), and I'm smitten with how you used the tree topper stamp for a Christmas twist! Love these both so much :)

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  23. How awesome! Love both of your Christmas creations, Greta! You new (to me) blog look is lovely! So glad that you linked up your creations! Thanks so much for playing Virginia’s “Show & Share”! FABULOUS!

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  24. Hey, are we in the same month Greta? You're making me nervous with your Christmas cards! Just kidding, I love both your cards for different reasons. The traditional colours and simplicity of the first one and the blue and die cut work so well on the second one. Good for you for trying again with the alcohol inks; the result on the scrap photo card is sensational. x

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