Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Shaped Christmas Card

     Lots of new items listed in my sale pages, in case you're looking for a bargain.

My nose has stopped constantly running, so I was finally able to make my card for PTI LFF Shaped Cards.  Surprise, surprise--I made a Christmas card!

The card base is made with Pure Poppy cardstock die cut with Shape Shifters: Circle 3.  I stamped on a PTI stitched circle die cut sent to me by a friend.  The holly & branches are from PTI Splits: 'Tis the Season.  I stamped with Ripe Avocado & Simply Chartreuse.  The berries were colored with red gel pens & the holly leaves with a clear star gel pen.  There's a lot of pretty sparkle in real life.

The sentiment from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals was stamped in Cocoa Bean & I popped up the little strip.  I really didn't want to cover up much of the stamping & I'm happy with how this sentiment treatment turned out.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & WAW.
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Unfortunately, in spite of my efforts, I seem to have passed the virus to hubby.  Sure glad neither of us have to worry about work--another advantage of being retired--haha!  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  If your blog address is in your profile or comment, I will visit you.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Christmas Bunnies

Lots of new items listed in my sale pages, in case you're looking for a bargain.

The die set (DIE43-G) with 3 little bunnies is one of the first I got from Impression Obsession--so cute!  It's a good thing I have them since the current IO Challenge is Bunny Love.  They probably have in mind an Easter/Spring card, but I was inspired to use them for a Christmas card to also enter in Christmas Kickstart & Rudolph Days.

I decided to go with a classic red, white & green color scheme.  IO Three Trees Background was die cut from white cardstock & attached to a green textured scrap.  The bunnies were die cut from red foil paper (another scrap) & I used tiny black gems for the eyes.

The sentiment from IO Vintage Ornaments is stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne.  I mounted the front bunny with foam tape, but think this will still just need 1 stamp.  By the way, the trees die cut beautifully even with the delicate branches.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground & SSS Wednesday.
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Well, the virus got me.  Good thing I finished this card while I just had a sore throat.  Now my head aches & my nose is running.  Lots of washing hands & using hand sanitizer trying not to pass it on.  At least my throat isn't sore now & you can't see me, so I'll be on the couch visiting your blogs.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Die Cut Florals

Woke up feeling like a cold is trying to get me, so decided I better post the cards I recently made.
SSS Flower Cluster was die cut from purple & light green scraps so I could inlay them into the black outline left over from the card in my previous post.

The sentiment is from SSS Thoughtful Messages--a set I reach for frequently.  I die cut the thin frame from SSS Frames from a white A2 size panel & a black scrap.  The black frame replaced the white one & the whole piece was glued to a card front.  Then the focal piece was mounted to the center with fun foam.  The flower centers were embellished with little gems.  This card is a good example of what I call the Clean & Fresh style.  I'm entering SSS Flickr Challenge 122, SSS Wednesday & WAW.
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Next is my entry for the Altenew April Inspiration Challenge.  I recently picked up the Layered Floral Elements die set in a sale.  Lately I've seen people use the same color for all the layers & I really wanted to try that.  I picked out 3 Distress Inks close to the inspiration colors: picked raspberry, salty ocean & scattered straw.  I smooshed 3 watercolor paper scraps, purposely having some areas a bit darker so there would be subtle contrast in the die cuts layered together.

A white pen was used for some accents & Altenew Jet Black spray ink made the splatters.  Another favorite sentiment stamp set is Altenew's Painted Greetings which I've had since 2016.  I previously cut the 2 words apart, so they were ready to use for this card.  The focal panel was backed with a couple layers of cardstock for slight dimension before being attached to a textured white panel.  It may not look like a kid's card, but our little neighbor girl who loves pink & flowers is about to have a birthday.  I'm handing down a miniature pink ceramic tea set to her along with this card.  I'm also entering RRCB & SSS Wednesday.
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Monday, April 22, 2019

A Couple Cards

This week the theme for PTI LFF is to use your favorite coloring technique.  I'm most confident using my Zigs on Bristol paper, so that's what I did.  I pulled out Fancy Foliage--a beautiful set I've hardly used.

I stamped in opposite corners on the panel from the center of one of the Pierced Feature Frames.  Then I stamped the sympathy sentiment on a matching die cut in Versafine Clair Acorn & colored the leaves with green Zigs using a water brush.  I wasn't happy with the white, so gave it a very light green wash.  After splattering with a brown Zig, I stacked the die cut 3 high & glued it to the center.  Bold Borders: Foliage was die cut & colored with the same green Zigs.  I used textured brown cardstock as a mat & attached the sentiment rectangle with fun foam to the center.
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Next is an inlaid die cut card using SSS Flower Cluster die & a sentiment from SSS Hello Beautiful.

Can't see in the photo, but the little dots in the flower centers are covered in clear Pico Embellisher.  Decided to keep it simple & just tied on black & white twine.  I saved most of the leftovers for another card.  I'm entering SSS Flickr 121 & Double D.
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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Happy Easter

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.  Matthew 28:6

Wishing everyone a happy Easter.  Here are a few more cards I sent this year.
As you know, I've been having fun doing some cross stitch.  Still need to finish the Oregon sampler I was working on before I started making cards.  It's in the closet somewhere--haha!  I found a free DMC pattern & thought I could use it with my Altenew Pegboard Canvas die.

I knew it was a little too big, but turned out it was WAY too big.  This is the first time I've altered a pattern--other than changing colors.  I was too far along to scrap it, so went with 1 flower & did the best I could to make the grass look OK.  The pattern called for 1/2 stitches to get the angles on the cross--first time for that, too.

I didn't have much room, so decided on a simple white cross stitch frame.  My sister & brother-in-law love it, so that's what matters.  I'm entering Country View Challenges Easter/Spring, Viriginia's Show & Share & WAW.
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Next is the card I made from the light version of the monoprint technique I did to make THIS CARD.  Love these Distress Inks together: mowed lawn, lucky clover & twisted citron.

I dry embossed the panel for added interest & attached white leaves & silver thread behind the IO sentiment done with the same inks. 

Finished off with Pico Embellisher drops & a PTI frame.  I'm entering Time Out .

One of my sweet blogging friends passed on to me some goodies that were given to her.  I used the wonderful Taylored Expressions My Redeemer Lives set of stamps, dies & an embossing folder.

I began by inking a panel with distress Oxide inks fossilized amber, spiced marmalade & abandoned coral after noting where the embossed design would be.  After dry embossing, I added some water splatters.  I gold embossed one of the crosses, used the matching die & blended the edges with fossilized amber.  The panel was mounted to a vanilla card whose edges were also blended with fossilized amber.  I used a single gold adhesive dot for embellishment & put the sentiment on the inside. 
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Friendship & Christmas

I have 2 very different projects to share today.  First up is my entry for Heather's W&W April Color Combo.  This time the challenge is to use all neutrals.

I began by die cutting the Do You See What I See? cover plate from white cardstock.  I trimmed it to the shape & size I wanted with my scissors & glued it to a Soft Stone panel.  The flower is made with 3 of the dies from In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers using dark gray & white cardstock--cutting 2 of each size bloom plus a center.   My favorite W&W die, In a Word: Hello, was die cut twice from white cardstock & once from dark gray.  I loved Nuvo Drops when I first got them, but now I can't seem to make drops with them.  However, they work great spread with a wet paintbrush on die cuts.

I used White Blizzard Glitter Drops on the white blooms & word--so pretty in person.  The little word from The Big, The Bold & The Happy was double white embossed on black cardstock.  A black panel was used for the mat, a pearl was added to the flower center & clear sequins finish it off.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground, SSS Monday & Time Out.
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Next is my entry for Christmas Kickstart where the theme is Snowmen.  I've been having fun combining cross stitch with papercrafting, so pulled out the MFT snowman pattern to make a tag card.

I used MFT Cross Stitch Tag & Scallop Cross Stitch Tag.  The sentiment is from a very old MFT stamp set.  I'm also entering CHNCWAW.
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Simple Birthday Card

Looking for a bargain?  Check out my sale pages.  Lots of new goodies have been added.

The current Impression Obsession challenge is to make a birthday card.  I thought it'd be fun to make kind of a frame using IO Three Little Twigs.

I stamped all 4 corners of a white panel using Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  The IO It's Your Birthday sentiment was stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate & trimmed with my paper cutter.  I cut a mat slightly bigger & sponged it with the green ink.

The panel was splattered with a brown Zig & matted with brown textured cardstock.  I added the sentiment with foam tape.  This will work for one of our male relatives, so no embellishments.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.
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