Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hello & Valentine's Day

Very last minute entry for the Altenew January Inspiration challenge.  I smooshed 3 scraps of white cardstock with DI seedless preserves, carved pumpkin & mowed lawn.

Then I die cut my new Altenew Wild Rose 3D dies & added splatters of white gauche.  The background is Altenew Watercolor Stripes die cut from vellum & added to a white card with black splatters.
The sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings was white embossed on a black scrap & I added some black sequins.  I'm also entering WAW.
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Next is my entry for MFT Color Challenge 134.  Teal & gray aren't usual colors for a Valentine, but that's what I made.
I couldn't resist the MFT Mistletoe coverplate when it was 1/2 half off.  I inked the mistletoe with teal ink, covered it with watermark ink & embossed with Hero Arts Sparkle powder--really pretty in person.
The light teal cardstock was dry embossed with a swirly hearts folder for added interest.  I stamped the MFT sentiment on a light gray scrap in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  The mat was made from another scrap of the light gray cardstock which I inked with Morning Mist so it would match.  I'm also entering SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Christmas, Valentine's Day & Friendship

Love my new Uniko Rustic Wreath stamp set & at least I made one card before loosing the tiny dots stamp!  Anyway, the wreath was silver embossed & the dots were stamped in Ultimate Metallic Blue & clear embossed.
I added some silver splatters & attached it to a silver embossed circle.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist, die cut with a circle & mounted with foam tape.
Love the pine needles embossing folder which made the perfect background, I think.  I'm entering Uniko Challenge 57 & Rudolph Days.

Time Out Challenges has a fun theme--be inspired by something in your wardrobe.  I always got compliments when I wore this skirt with my red heels.
The Penny Black stamp called blissful is an old favorite which I white embossed on black cardstock.  I trimmed it down & mounted it to a black A2 panel. 
The MFT sentiment was white embossed on a black scrap & layered with a bit of red.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & The Snippets Playground
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Last is another entry for the Pinkfresh January Challenge.  This time I used the April theme of frames & shakers using my new PFS Circle Frame with Botanicals that was part of the wonderful giveaway I won from Ivana.
I used 2 more of the PFS Delicate Blooms die cuts still on my table.  These were colored with DI tattered rose, tumbled glass & cracked pistachio.  I attached the blooms between 2 layers of the frame die cuts & stamped the sentiment from PFS Delicate Wreath in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  I used a sparkle pen on the blooms & the circle frame.
The beautiful printed papers are from the PFS Felicity pad & I finished it off with gray splatters & clear sequins.  Looks kind of springy, but I'll probably send it as a Valentine.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020


I'm trying to use my printed paper a little bit more this year & the FMS challenge was the perfect inspiration.  I bought a 12x12 sheet of the hearts paper many years ago & I still really like it.
The card front was stamped with 3 PRS splatter stamps using DI festive berries.  I used the same ink on a scrap of white cardstock, die cut a heart from IO & dry embossed it with a dotted folder.  The white dots in the paper led me to color the embossed ones with a white gel pen.  Then I covered the heart with Shimmer Pico Embellisher & added it with the MFT sentiment stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.
This may be one of my favorite sketches, so don't be surprised to see me use it again.  I'm also entering WAW.
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Next is a card that doesn't necessarily look like a Valentine.  I use Valentine's Day as an excuse to send cards to friends & I figure they don't have to have hearts or red on them.  I had leftover die cuts from the first time I used my new Pinkfresh Dainty Blossoms set.
I smooshed these 2 with DI wilted violet, mermaid lagoon & cracked pistachio.  For the background I put fossilized amber on an acrylic block, spritzed & "stamped" the watercolor panel.  The sentiment from PF Delicate Wreath was stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne & I added dots of yellow Stickles. 
I'm entering Pinkfresh January Challenge using June for inspiration.  That month was Mix & Match which I did by using a PF die set with a PF sentiment stamp.

The calendar says winter, but here's what I saw walking Fritz today.  Maybe it will brighten your day if you have freezing temps, ice or snow!
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Valentine & Birthday Cards

I had one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments when TE released the Laurie Willison masking stencils.  Not in my budget right now, so I made one out of thin acetate & a rectangle die.  I attached it to a white panel that had a white embossed heart & sentiment from IO Valentine Hearts.
Then I brushed on a rainbow of Distress Inks: candied apple, abandoned coral, scattered straw, mowed lawn, blueprint sketch & dusty concord.  I added water & Perfect Pearl mist droplets.  I'm entering IO Have a Heart Challenge & SSS Wednesday.
Have a Heart 
Next is my entry for the Altenew January Inspiration Challenge.  I've been wanting to use my Altenew Tropical Fiesta watercolor markers.  Hopefully the colors are close enough to qualify.
I used a silver satin embossing powder with the Handpicked Bouquet image.  Then I dabbed on color with markers, spritzed with water & added more color until I was happy.  I backed it with a vellum die cut before attaching it to the gray panel die cut with Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Plate.
The sentiment from Floral Frame was stamped several times in Versafine Clair Morning Mist & I added black sequins which my friend, Rosemary, gave me.  I'm hoping the beautifully vibrant colors brighten the day for a friend's winter birthday.
Edited to add:  Also entering DRU.
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Sunday, January 19, 2020


Lots of items available in my sale pages.  Just leave me a comment if you're interested.

I sent Valentines to my family before I started stamping.  Now they're one of my favorites to make & today I have hubby's to show you.  The Twofer Challenge wants hearts, so I used the same stamp for another occasion as well.
Hubby's not really big on the color red, but he does like purple.  I silver embossed the row of hearts from Poppystamps Grateful Heart stamp set & colored with dusty concord Distress Marker.
Then I covered the hearts with shimmer Pico Embellisher.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped in dusty concord--also used for splatters.
I silver embossed the edges of the card front & added the panel with fun foam.  No embellishments for hubby & actually I don't think they're needed anyway.  I'm entering this one at WAW.
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The other card is for a fellow cardmaker--not someone I know.  I just found out she & her husband lost basically everything in the 2018 California Camp Fire.  The same row of hearts was stamped 4 times in Delicata Rose Gold.
Haven't fussy cut in a long time & it's not perfect.  Then again, I don't think she'll mind & I really wanted to make a frame.  I used a shimmer pen to "color" the hearts.  SSS Painted Hugs is die cut 3 times & inked with the Rose Gold--so beautiful in person.
I stacked them with one as a shadow & added a few rose gold sequins.  Very simple, but I really love the rose gold paired with gray.  I'm entering this one at Poppystamps From the Heart Challenge & SSS Flickr Challenge 141.
01-20 copy
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