Saturday, March 28, 2020

Easter and Christmas

I decided to try taking my pictures near a different window & so far the colors are much better.  Yah!  Now I can show you the Easter projects I finished a few days ago.
Thought I'd send my sister some MFT cross stitch tags to help her pass the time.  That inspired me to stitch one myself & here it is.
I chose one of the MFT Easter Egg patterns & just reversed the colors so I have more blue.  The sentiment is from PTI Mat Stack 3 & I used a bit of lace at the top instead of twine or ribbon.  I may attach it to a card like I usually do with tags.  I'm entering SSS Wednesday.

You may remember my acrylic paint flowers card inspired by my friend, Helen.  Before I bought that set of paints, I tried making a panel with some Distress Paints.  One of the colors was really light & the panel didn't look good to me, so it just sat on my table.  That was some time last year!  After making the card for CAS Mix Up, I decided to black emboss images from Poppystamps Little Kindness & see how they looked, rather than throwing away the panel.
Surprise, surprise--enough of them were worth using to make a card!  I fussy cut the images & splattered them with Distress Stain tarnished brass.
The purple textured scrap was also on my table & this time I remembered that Helen had stamped foliage in black before adding her flowers & leaves.  I used PTI Turning a New Leaf & absolutely love how it looks!  The black embossed sentiment is a very old one by Stampendous & I'm not sure it had ever been used.  The panel was matted with black cardstock & I added gold sequins.  I'm entering Poppystamps, SSS Wednesday & WAW.
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I took a break from making Spring/Easter cards to get back to Christmas for Rudolph Days.  Most of you know I really love classy, elegant cards.  That's what I made using Uniko stamps Winter Foliage & Season of Beauty with a color combo of ivory, gold, green & red.
The holly was inked with Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy & Thyme.  For the berries I used Brilliance Rocket Red & Pearlescent Poppy.  The last time I actually went into a store before the virus attacked, I bought a gold Pentel Sparkle Pop pen.  I held my breath & used it to color the lines & dots.
You can't believe what a difference it made!  I've tried to use glitter glue in the past for little areas where I wanted gold sparkle, but the pen works so much better.  I gold embossed the sentiment & the edges of the mat.  I'm trying to make flat Christmas cards & really I don't think the focal point needs to be popped up.  I'm also entering ABC Christmas & SSS Wednesday.

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  1. I love your tag card, Greta. The tag die is one of my favourite dies, easy to combine cardmaking and cross-stitch. The design of your Easter card is wonderful, love the rich colours. Your Christmas card is beautiful, so classy and elegant. xx

  2. So many sweet and wonderful projects! Your stitched egg is absolutely fabulous and I love all your beautiful cards.

  3. you certainly are in a holiday mood, Greta - love how you rescued your purple acrylic card - it turned out beautifully - pretty CAS Christmas card - and of course the cross stitch is always wonderful - must try and do some more as I think I still have a few that you sent me last year

  4. Wonderful cards and a wonderful cross stitch tag. I love seeing your designs. I did finally get another card made today with some leftovers I had around. Good time to use them up.

  5. Ooh, how PRETTY! I LOVE them ALL! The cross stitched Easter Egg tag is lovely and I LOVE how you ended up using a panel that you thought you couldn't use - YAY YOU for re-purposing it into those pretty flowers! And I also love how you always get some pretty gold embossing onto your holiday cards! Elegant indeed! :)


  6. A disparate collection of cards, each unique and inspiring. Love the cross stitched tag, something I used to enjoy, but have set aside lately. Love the way you rescued the panel and created such a gorgeous card with acrylics and thanks for the shout out too. The crisp, clean and elegant Christmas card is superb; perfect for posting. A bit of shimmer and sparkle always makes things pop.

  7. What amazing cards Greta. Love the cute tag and your floral card is really beautiful. Love the black leaves on the purple background and what great use of the coloured panel. Your Christmas card is very elegant.

  8. Congrats on your win at CAS Stencil!!!! I'm so happy for you!
    Beautiful cards again and those black embossed flowers look amazing! What a great save. Love the stitched tag and such an elegant Christmas card!

  9. I love your CAS Chrsitmas card Greta.

    Sue xx

  10. Hi Greta,
    what very lovely creations.
    I love your Rudolf one it's really super and that gold pen edge looks very wonderful.
    Brilliant work on all.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  11. Wonderful stitched easter egg tag and that was thoughtful to send some to your Sister for her to do Greta. Vibrant and eye catching second card and such a beautiful CAS Christmas card x.

  12. Love your stitching, Greta. The patience...hats off. Your bundle of flowers is lovely in all their colors. The Christmas card is pure Greta! Hugs and stay safe.

  13. Such neat stitching and beautiful too, your Sister will be thrilled by the patterns, I'm sure. YOur second card is fabulous, love the layers and the darker colours work so well together and then your so very elegant Christmas card is beautiful. I love that gold sparkly pen too LOL.
    Keep safe and well
    Faith x

  14. I used to love doing cross stitch, I must get some out again as your little easter tag is great. It is funny how you can not like something and then after putting it away, see it in a different light. I love those bold flowers for Easter. Your Christmas card is very stylish xx

  15. Well you have been busy Greta and using up snippets too! The stitched tag is lovely (and I admire your patience!) and I love the way you tried out the flowers in a different way with such success. Most of all though I really like your Christmas card - such a simple but effective design. Know what you mean about those pens too! Vicky x

  16. Your Easter egg cross stitch is so pretty and how nice you sent your sister some too. Lovely painted flowers and a great choice of colors for them. A lovely Christmas card with the touch of gold and adding the sparkle pen to the stitching is awesome. Congratulations on your card being chosen in the CAS Stencil challenge. It is so beautiful.

  17. All your cards featured are so beautiful!
    The Rudolph Days Challenge card looks great. I love the holly with that added sparkle from the gold metallic pen. Your design is modern and so lovely with the gold embossed sentiment and the crisp lines of the holly.

    Thanks for taking part in the March Rudolph Days Challenge.

  18. Greta, you are really going to town, and what else are we supposed to do all day when we are isolating in our own home, right? I really love all the cards you made, your Christmas one is gorgeous, I like keeping things one layer too...or at least not adding a lot of dimension, just to be sure it can safely go in the mail without added expense! Heart Hugs, keep safe, who knew it would get to this stage, right? I thought we were just being careful for Darnell, but that sure blew up in our faces, didn't it?

  19. Hi Greta
    Love the cross stitch tag ... th cards are stunning to
    Hugs Sylvie
    Stay Safe
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  20. Wonderful cards! Love the way you stamped the holly - it looks fab!
    Thanks so much for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  21. Just stunning! Thanks for playing along with us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.


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