Sunday, March 28, 2021

ITP/PTI and Stamplorations

We've both had our vaccinations now--such a relief!  Hubby had a sore arm & was tired after his second shot.  In 2 weeks we can have family at our house, according to the current guidelines.  Hope you're staying well & can soon get vaccinated, if you're not already.
I love that ITP/PTI are having frequent challenges & think I've only missed one.  Here's my card for the first What Do I Do With This? challenge.  
I loved heat embossing the first time I saw it over 20 years ago.  I have a huge stash of embossing powders, so had lots of options.  Decided to finally make a card I had in mind a long time ago using a tree from PTI Enchanted Forest.  I stamped the base layer using Cocoa Bean, Ripe Avocado & Simply Chartreuse.  Then I stamped the top layer in white pigment ink & poured on a mixture of white & Diamond Sparkle powder to look like glistening snow. 
The sentiment is from the same set & I used a scrap of Ripe Avocado for the mat.  The plain white card just wasn't the look I wanted, so I dry embossed with the Richard Garay Pine Needles folder--just right!  I'm also entering Rudolph Days & CHNCC.

Next is my card for ITP/PTI The Great Cover-Up.  A local craft store had Distress Oxide ink pads on sale for buy one get one free.  Couldn't pass that up since I've been wanting kitsch flamingo & one of the brown shades.  Oh my goodness--I love that new pink!  I combined it with squeezed lemonade & lucky clover for a Springy looking panel.  
It's been a long time since I used Splits: Just a Note & I really do love it.  After the panel was completely dry, I heat embossed the image in gold powder & the sentiment in Egyptian Gold which has sparkle.  
The edges were gold embossed & I splattered the card front with Distress Stain Tarnished Brass.  I'm also entering WAW.
Last is how I used my cardstock stencil die cut from Stamplorations Bloomtangled 1 die to make the card in my last post.  I trimmed it until I liked the look & attached it to a white card.  
Then I "colored" the flower with a shimmer pen & added Nuvo Glaze. 
The Stampendous sentiment was stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist & I added white Pico Embellisher dots.  I'm entering Stamplorations CAS Challenge & Anything Goes.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Butterflies and Flowers

Got my second vaccine dose & it hit me hard.  Fortunately, only lasted 24 hours.  Already it's given me peace of mind knowing I have some protection against Covid.
My first card is for Memory Box Beautiful Backgrounds, Day of the Month Club, Butterflies & DRU.  I did a watercolor wash & then stenciled with MB Texture Distressed Grid stencil & spritzed with shimmer mist.  
The inks are PTI Blueberry Sky & Enchanted Evening.  MB Moonlight Butterfly was die cut from pink glitter tape & vellum.  
The sentiment is Stampendous, the mat is Enchanted Evening & the dots are white Pico Embellisher. 
I wasn't very happy with the results when I first tried Kathy Racoosin's Print Making with Die Cuts technique.  But seeing all the great cards people are making for CAS Mix Up inspired me to try again.  
This time I used Altenew Watercolor Markers & a water brush to color Pinkfresh Studio Delicate Blossoms die cuts & blotted them on a watercolor panel.  I picked my favorite part of the panel to use behind the die cuts.  
The sentiment is from Pinkfresh Studio Delicate Wreath & I added Shimmer Pico Embellisher dots to the flower centers.  I'm also entering PFS March Challenge, Flowers & The Snippets Playground (flowers die cut from white scraps).

My last card is for ITP PTI The Great Cover Up, Floral card.  I gold embossed ITP Framed in Florals & a sentiment from PTI Wreath for all Seasons on a Bristol panel.  Then I watercolored with Zigs & a water brush for a soft, pastel look.
I debated about splatters, but decided to spritz with gold shimmer mist instead.  When it dried, I again stamped & gold embossed.  Love the bolder, gold lines.
I added light green Nuvo drops & attached the panel to an off white card.  I'm also entering Craftlandia Challenge 6WAW
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

More Cards

Finally got my driver's license renewed, so I'm driving legally again!  Not that I'm actually driving very often these days.  I don't have a passport, so decided to get the Real ID.  Wasn't sure I'd ever get on a plane again, but with the vaccine maybe I will!  
Here's a card I posted awhile back on IG for TTTC102.  I made a cardstock stencil from Stamplorations Bloomtangled 1 die, placed it over a wc panel & spritzed with Tattered Angels Turquoise Blue & Meadow Greens Glimmer Mists.  
The mat is Gina Marie Loopy Rectangle & the word is SSS Painted Thanks stacked 3 high & covered in Nuvo Glaze.
Next is my card for Gina K Monthly Mix Challenge & ModSquad Challenge.  I masked an area & blended Distress Oxides fossilized amber, spiced marmalade, broken china & faded jeans to give the impression of a sunrise. 
This is my first card using the sentiment & butterfly from Gina K A Big Hello.  The brown ink is Versafine Clair Acorn & I embossed the butterfly with Hero Arts Sparkle ep.  
I'm also entering Day of the Month Card Club where they're celebrating their 2nd Blog Birthday.  Thanks for the info, Gundi.

I also made a couple more Easter cards.  First is my entry for ITP/PTI The Great Cover-Up Challenge to make a watercolor card.  
Last time I got out the Garden Gild dies, I cut a bunch, not knowing how many I'd need.  Since they were die cut from Bristol, I colored a few of the leftovers with my Zigs.  For the background I did a watercolor wash of Blueberry Sky & added the Shape Shifters Oval 3 die cut.  
I die cut several of the Impression Obsession sentiment die cuts coloring the shadow with a green Zig & white embossing the top layer.

One more Easter card & this time I used a blossom from SSS Spring Flowers, a Stampendous sentiment & Cuttlebug Modern Wallpaper embossing folder.  
I added some color to the pink, textured cardstock with markers & brushed the petals with a glimmer pen.  
Finished off with charcoal gems & black enamel dots.  I'm entering Just Us Girls, TTTC104 (Die Cut, Flower, Coloring) & SSS Flickr #171.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

I'm Back!

Boy have I gotten lazy!  So much quicker for me to post cards on IG for challenges, so that's what I've been doing.  But I don't want to loose you, my blog friends!  Here are a few cards.
First is my last minute entry for TTTC103, SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday & Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes challenges.  I need some masculine birthday cards, so I used the bottom horizontal row (Green, Ink Smooshing, Dry Embossing) from the TTT board.  Just realized the tan looks like part of the card, but it isn't. 
The smooshed inks are Distress Oxides twisted citron, cracked pistachio & rustic wilderness.  After the panel was dry I stamped Stamplorations Leafy images in Versafine Clair Acorn.  The sentiment from an old Neat & Tangled set was stamped in Rustic Wilderness first & then Acorn to make it darker.  I dry embossed with We R Memory Keepers Geometric folder & added some brown Zig splatters.
I had fun mixing & matching elements for 2 Easter cards using SSS Bright Blossoms & Frames dies.  I found this beautiful springy green cardstock in my stash.  It's a lot brighter in person.
I die cut the blossoms from heavy weight vellum & from white cardstock.  The vellum pieces were put back into place in the white outline & vice versa.  For the green card I attached the die cut on top of the panel & for the white card I inlaid it.  I added another layer of the white cardstock inner pieces & brushed them with a shimmer pen. 
The sentiments were stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  The one on the green card is Impression Obsession & the other one is TPC Studio.  I'm entering SSS Flickr 170.
My username on IG is ggnursecreations, in case you want to see some more of my cards.
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I will visit you.