Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Christmas Twofer

I missed the last Christmas Kickstart challenge, so this time I didn't put off making my entry.  The theme is Christmas Tree & there's a twist.  Darnell is the Guest Elf, so we're asked to make a Twofer.  That means you use the same tree product for 2 different card designs.  My fun tree is from SSS Color Me Trees.
The first card is my second attempt using Altenew Watercolor markers.  I white embossed the tree image 3 times, slightly curving the bottom edge on a wc panel.  Then I colored the trees with a green marker by adding color to the tree centers & pulling it to the edges with a small wet brush.
I added color until I was happy with the result.  Then it was time for the background--so scary!  I used light & dark blue markers with water.  When it was dry I added splatters of white gesso thinned with water & shimmer spritz.  I used Stampendous Shaved Ice & some prisma glitter for the snow.
Don't think I've ever used this sentiment from the 2013 Penny Black set called yuletide greetings, but I love it--here embossed in silver.  With the snow so sparkly, I decided to add shimmer to the trees with a pen--really pretty in person.  I'm also entering SSS Flickr 128, ModSquadRetro Rubber & SSS Wednesday.
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For the second card I white embossed the tree on a white panel which I then covered with Distress Inks barn door & festive berries.  I used a dauber & white ink with the SSS Zig Zag Dots stencil for the background.
SSS Holiday Frames was die cut from gray cardstock & a couple die cut IO snowflakes were brushed with a red shimmer pen.  The tree was brushed with a shimmer pen & covered with Nuvo Glaze.  A gray gem was added to the stacked snowflakes which I mounted with foam tape to the corner of the frame.  I'm also entering SSS Flickr 128, SSS MondaySSS Wednesday.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Friendship, Christmas, Easter

Almost the end of the month which means some challenges are about to close, so I made 3 cards.
First is my second entry for the Pinkfresh July Challenge.  I only have 1 PF die right now which I used for last month's challenge & for my first July entry.  This time I wanted to make something very different by only using the letters from Hello with a Bouquet.
I started by white heat embossing the geometric image from the PF Felicity stamp set.  Then I mixed Color Burst powders Ultramarine Blue & Pthalo Green with water & a drop of Liquid Pixie Dust.  I used a flat brush to paint over the embossing, alternating stripes of color.  I die cut the letters & mounted them with foam tape to a circle I stamped with with other images in the stamp set using VersaMagic Pink Petunia.
I sponged a little of the ink around the edge & added clear confetti.  Fun to make a circle card for a change.  I'm also entering SSS Monday & WAW.
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Next is my first card made with Ellen Hutson Mondo Holly & Altenew watercolor markers.
I can't wait to try the markers again.  The embossing powder is SSS Rose Gold & the sentiment is from the same stamp set.  I added splatters with Tsukineko Rose Gold Shimmer Spritz & Altenew Black ink spray.  I'm entering Rudolph Days & SSS IG Challenge.
Last is my entry for the July Poppystamps challenge.  The only PS animal product I have is the Serene Rabbit die, so I decided to make an Easter card.
I die cut PS Happy Easter Curve from the card front & inlaid the words.  Lawn Fawn plaid paper was attached to show in the open areas & the same paper was used for the rabbit.  I also die cut the rabbit from fun foam so it would stand out a bit more & brushed it with a shimmer pen.  The dots are Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher drops & I added a tiny black gem for the eye.
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Friday, July 26, 2019

Hello times 2

SSS has another new release & this one has a lot of things that appeal to me.  However, I hadn't used the darling Peeking Daisy die that was in my last order.  Decided to remedy that & here's my card.
I intended to use the panel with 3 positive daisy die cuts, but messed it up.  So I changed plans & covered each of the negative circles with a shimmer pen & Nuvo Glaze.  Then I cut 3 squares of beautiful DCWV glitter paper for mats.
I arranged the squares on a gray panel & stamped the sentiment from SSS Hello Friends.  To finish off, I added a black gem to the center of each flower.  Now for the rest of my unused stash to make an appearance on a card--haha!  I'm entering SSS Flickr 128 & ModSquad.
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I hadn't made a rainbow card or used my Distress Oxides in quite awhile, so that's how my next card started.  The colors I used are candied apple, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, lucky clover, faded jeans & wilted violet.
I die cut Pinkfresh Hello with a Bouquet, inlaid the outline into the panel & attached it to a black mat.  I die cut the letters again from black fun foam so they would have dimension.
The little word was made with TH stickers & I added shimmer Pico Embellisher dots.  I'm entering Pinkfresh July Challenge, WAW & Virginia's Show & Share.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Twofers & ITP

One of my good blogging friends, Cat, is now a member of the Twofer Card Challenge DT.  They are lucky to have her!  Just had to play along this time, especially with a garden theme.  I went old school & pulled out some wood mounted stamps.  The stamp both cards have in common is HA Wild Flowers.
Cat's favorite color is yellow, so for my first card I brushed a masked area with squeezed lemonade, scattered straw & fossilized amber Distress Inks.  Then I stamped Wild Flowers in Versafine Clair Pinecone along with the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings.
I splattered with the fossilized amber & used yellow cardstock for the mat.  I'm also entering WAW.
For my second card I stamped Wild Flowers in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy to nearly cover a white cardstock panel.  I filled in the empty spaces with 3 little flowers from the very old HA set called Pocketfull o' Posies.
I used a Spellbinder oval die to cut the window & temporarily attached it to the card front so I could stamp the very old, wood mounted Stamp Francisco birthday sentiment using Versafine Clair Acorn.  Then I added fun foam to the panel & glued it in place.  A few Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher dots finish it off.  I'm also entering DRU & SSS Wednesday.
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It's still time for Christmas in July, so my entry for ITP LFF is a Christmas card.  I loved Laurie's Day 4 release card with the coverplate & card the same color, so that's the one I cased.  I die cut PTI Bold Borders: Yuletide 3 times so it would stand out on the card.  Since it's a Christmas card, I decided to heat emboss with HA Sparkle ep--so beautiful in person.
I die cut a Spellbinders oval from Pure Poppy cardstock & attached it with fun foam in the center.  I've barely used PTI Splits:  'Tis the Season & it was just what I needed.  The image was stamped in Pinefeather & the sentiment in Pure Poppy.  The berries were covered in Christmas Red Stickles & the flames & holly in Star Dust Stickles.  The Stickles mixed with the ink to add just a bit of color to the holly.
I backed the die cut with an extra layer which gave it a little dimension.  This kind of card I only make way ahead.  The closer it gets to Christmas I tend to skip die cutting & just stamp cards in the interest of time.  I'm also entering VOSP in July.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

MFT Camp Create

Warning--long post!  MFT Camp Create is always fun & I've made 4 cards.

Day 1: Wonderful Watercolor
The background was made with Color Burst powders Ultramarine Blue & Pthalo Green mixed with water & applied to watercolor paper with a flat brush.  I also splattered both colors & die cut the panel with MFT In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares.  The panel was inlaid into a gray square.  MFT Peaceful Wildflowers were stamped in Versafine Claire Morning Mist, heat embossed in JudiKins Iridescent Sparkle powder & die cut.  The sparkle is beautiful in person.
I arranged the bouquet & added a silver floss bow before attaching it to the panel & stamping the sentiment from the same set.  I'm also entering MFT Birthday ChallengeCountry View ChallengesDRU & SSS Wednesday.
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Day 2: Remarkable Resist
I love emboss resist, but wanted to do something a little different.  I white embossed MFT Geometric Grid Background leaving some areas not completely stamped.  I taped the 2 MFT retired Chevron dies together & die cut multiple times until the entire panel was cut.  Didn't realize when I started, by taping the 2 dies together I also got a 3rd very thin chevron with each pass.  I kept all the die cuts in order on a piece of masking paper & then blended Distress Inks as close as I could get to the MFT Color Challenge, attaching them to a kraft panel as I went.
The gold foiled sentiment was done with MFT retired letter dies cut from adhesive backed fun foam & I added gold sequins filled with gold Stickles.  I'm also entering SSS WIW.

Day 3: Spectacular Shakers
Fun to use the MFT circle pouches to make a shaker--no foam tape required.  The card front was blended with Distress Inks victorian velvet, seedless preserves & aged mahogany & the shaker was backed with a black cardstock scrap.  More retired products used for this card:  Dizzy Doily die & On The Line sentiment.  To make it more festive, I heat embossed the doily with JudiKins Diamond Sparkle powder--so beautiful in person.
I found a little unlabeled bag of just the right sequins in my stash & couldn't resist adding some black splatters.  I'm also entering Double D & WAW.
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Day 5:  Glitzy Glitter
You knew there'd be a Christmas card eventually, right?!  I had fun using MFT Christmas Tree Window die, a prize I won at The Snippets Playground.  I used DCWV glitter paper--hard to die cut, but very pretty sparkle.
The pink was a scrap--just the right size.  The black frame is MFT Stitched Oval Scallop Frames, the sentiment is from MFT Trim the Tree & I added black splatters & clear gems.  I'm also entering ModSquad.
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