Saturday, February 27, 2021

Christmas, Love, Thinking of You

Hubby & I both got our first vaccine doses.  I got Pfizer & he got Moderna.  Neither of us has had any side effects so far, except that his arm was sore for a day.  We're grateful to be in a small town with appointments going pretty smoothly.  I did have to stand in line about an hour & was so lucky it wasn't a rainy day.  Hubby went early on his day & no line at all.  No matter what, it's worth it!
Here's a Christmas card I made last year & never posted.  I used Lumberjack Days embossing folder along with PTI Spruce & Sprigs, Shape Shifters: Circle 3 & Botanical Blocks IV. 
I stamped & die cut the foliage in PTI inks & added glitter glue to the berries.  I tied the die cuts together with a white crochet bow & added some clear dots.  
I'm entering Rudolph Days & SSS Wednesday
Next is a card with a heart embossed vellum panel using TE Swiss Hearts ef.  I used an old Gelly Roll glitter gel pen to color some of the hearts--so pretty in person.  
Thanks to my friend Rosemary's inspiration, I die cut 2 AJVD hearts to make an open heart from silver glitter paper.  Then I stacked the PTI love die cut 4 high & double white embossed it.  I also stacked the hearts & colored the top one with the same pen. 
Then I put it in place, but left it slightly above the level of the word.  This might work for hubby's granddaughter's wedding card.  I entered Let's Squash It & SSS Wednesday via IG.

My final card was inspired by one on IG made by my friend, Ivana.  Her new company's grand opening is March 1 & I love the sneak peek card with a floral frame.  My version looks very different, but it does have die cut images framing a sentiment.  
I have a pack of PTI Fine Linen cardstock that I've barely used, so cut a panel & stamped ITP Nifty Plaid in Fresh Linen ink.  I moved the paper slightly & restamped, purposely not completely inking the stamp.  The blooms & leaves from PTI Garden Gild were die cut from Bristol & watercolored with Zigs.  The sentiment was stamped in Fine Linen several times & then in Versamark so I could clear emboss it.  
Love the ITP Essential Sentiments stamp set & coordinating dies.  I attached some fine, gold thread behind the sentiment before attaching it to the panel & added Shimmer Pico Embellisher dots to the flower centers.  Think I'll put an Easter greeting on the inside.  I'm entering ITP PTI Thinking of You Challenge & SSS Wednesday.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Altenew & Spellbinders

Big surprise this morning--got an email to sign up for my vaccine & my appointment is tomorrow!  In case I don't feel great afterwards, here are my latest 2 cards.  Hubby's granddaughter just got engaged, so gave me a good reason to pull out the January Spellbinders Small Die Kit.
The sentiment is Altenew.  I spritzed with shimmer spray & added glaze to the heart.  Hopefully they'll like it.  
I'm entering SSS Wednesday.  
I haven't used my Altenew floral dies in a long time, so I pulled out the Wild Rose 3D dies & used lots of scraps for the Altenew February Inspiration Challenge.  I brushed all the edges with Altenew inks & splattered with white gouache.  
A friend sent me the Altenew Watercolor Stripes vellum die cut which I attached to a soft stone panel.  The sentiment from Altenew Flower Vine was stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne & I added some yellow gems from my stash.  I'm also entering TTTC101, Vellum, Stripes, Hugs.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Memory Box, Poppystamps, Pinkfresh Studio

Three cards for February monthly challenges.  First up is Memory Box where the theme is Pretty Purples.  I pulled out some older MB dies to make a square friendship card using 2 shades of purple textured cardstock. 
The dies are Jasmine Frame, Moonlight Butterfly & Kaleidoscope Butterfly.  The top butterfly wings were cut from silver glitter tape & the body from a black scrap.  I added a few clear Pico Embellisher dots to the frame & stamped the sentiment from Poppystamps Grateful Heart.  I'm also entering SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday (die cutting glitter tape) & DRU.
Next is a card for hubby which I can use for our anniversary or as a Valentine, thanks to Poppystamps theme of I Love You.  
I've always liked the color combo red, white & gray.  I had just enough of the gray cardstock to cover the card front & I used one of my million white scraps to die cut Poppystamps Triple Heart Twirl.  
I backed it with a piece of red metallic cardstock I've been hoarding & white embossed the sentiment from Poppystamps Grateful Heart.  Love the little heart embellishments from Gina K & thought the white one was just right for this card.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground & Double D.
Finally, here's my entry for Pinkfresh Studio's Alphas/Words challenge.  I love PFS Classic Holiday Words dies & Delicate Wreath.  Decided to try coloring directly on the wreath with 2 green Altenew watercolor markers.  
I put the wreath in my Misti, colored random parts of the wreath, spritzed with water & stamped.  I repeated the process multiple times until I was happy.  Gotta say, the markers worked great for the technique!  The panel was dry embossed with Spellbinders Floral embossing folder & spritzed with gold glimmer mist--so beautiful in person!  
I die cut the sentiment from Tim Holtz red glitter cardstock & the shadow from vellum stacked 2 high.  Finished off with gold adhesive dots & a green mat.  This was really fun to make & I love how it turned it!  
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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Snowflakes Plus

I was lucky enough to win the Uniko Stunning Snowflakes stamp set & I've made 2 cards with it.  First is a thank you card using emboss resist with DO faded jeans & wilted violet.  
I stamped the Simply Said Blocks sentiment in black ink multiple times on a strip of white cardstock using my MISTI.  I used black for the mat & added the snowflakes panel.  I'm entering SSS Wednesday (emboss resist) & Uniko Challenge 63.
I used the same Uniko stamp sets to make a birthday card for the Uniko 9th Anniversary Celebration.  This time I stamped snowflakes in DO faded jeans, wilted violet & rustic wilderness.  
The sentiment was stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black & I added splatters.  CAS, 1 layer card ready to mail.
Recently I watched Gina K's video & was inspired to pull out a dark Copic & give it a try.  I gold embossed the image from Gina K A Big Hello & colored all the vanilla cardstock with R59.  
Then I gold embossed again for thick, smooth lines.  The texture was made by dabbing with Alcohol Ink Blending Solution on a piece of felt.  The edge was made with a PPP die & the sentiment from Sketched Wreath Builder was stamped in PTI Scarlet Jewel.  
I colored the little hearts with a gold glitter pen & added gold splatters.  I used several pieces of cardstock behind the focal point before adding it to the card front.  I'm entering the GK February Monthly Mix challenge.
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Monday, February 15, 2021

Goodby 60s, Hello 70s

Lots of February birthdays in my family, including mine!  On Friday I turned 70 with a nice quiet day at home.  I relocated this first professional family photo.  Yep--I was born with a lot of dark, wavy hair.
I received lots of wonderful cards from friends & family.  I display them on the shelves where I keep my music box collection.  That way I see them when I'm in my recliner.
We missed the worst of the storms, but there was enough ice to bring down a lot of branches.  Lots of people lost power, but ours was only out a few hours.  Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day.  
Here are a couple cards I shared on IG.  I was inspired by the tutorial on SCS.  Instead of drawing, I stamped an ancient, unlabeled wood mounted lined heart image.  
Then I used the wet to wet watercolor technique with DI salty ocean & mowed lawn.  The word die cut from silver glitter tape & the sentiment are W&W. 
Next is a Valentine for next year made with the Spellbinders January Small Die of the Month kit.  I used a piece of light pink metallic cardstock I recycled from a store bought card.  
Hard to capture the beautiful soft color which I combined with gold & ivory.  
The dies are so pretty I almost didn't add a sentiment, but I do like this one from W&W gold embossed on a strip of heavy vellum.  I'm entering The Snippets Playground.
I don't know why I left the embossing folder that came with my Gemini Jr in the box rather than putting it with my other folders.  It's absolutely gorgeous & here's the first card I made with it. 
I inked one side with DI speckled egg before running it through the machine.  I colored the edges of the card & the PFS Dainty Blossoms die cuts with the same ink.  Love this old Spellbinders label die & need to use it more often.  I stamped the HA sentiment on it with the same ink--a big advantage to using the oxides, I think.
Last is the card I made for the current ITP PTI BD challenge.  I used the PTI Large Scallop Stackers die cut that a friend gave me & stamped Friendship Jar Flowers on it in Prairie Grass & Simply Chartreuse.  
The big blooms were stamped in Winter Wisteria & Versamark to clear emboss.  Then I brushed on Lavender Moon, stacked them 2 high & added clear gems.  The little flowers were stamped in Lavender Moon & the centers were filled with Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher.  I stamped the sentiment from Take 3 Summer in Cocoa Bean & used Winter Wisteria cardstock for the mat--remembering to cut out a rectangle from the center & replace it with white cardstock.  I added 4 additional rectangles to give just a bit of dimension.  Gotta say--love how this turned out!
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