Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Two Holiday Cards

We're having a quiet holiday week.  With winter weather & Covid concerns, we just stayed home.  I'm always happy to make cards!  
First up is my entry for Inspired By Challenge 200.  I had no trouble picking a previous winning card for inspiration as I love the CAS candle card my friend Rosemary made for IB196.  I used the same colors of light gray, white, red & green. 
I finally opened the beautiful Elizabeth Craft Designs Festive Glow die set.  The sentiment from PTI Framed Out 9 includes the word "bright" as does Rosemary's sentiment.  The mat is Soft Stone & the sentiment is stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist.  Rosemary's panel was die cut, but I used a die from AJVD to emboss the edges of the white panel.  The bow is die cut from red felt & everything else from white scraps.  
The candle overlay is brushed with shimmer & the flame is covered with Nuvo Glaze.  I used Distress Oxides rustic wilderness, fossilized amber & spiced marmalade.  The sparkle on the branches is from Stardust Stickles. 
Next is a card for Uniko Challenge #68, Let's Squash It #15 (stencil & embossing folder) & SSS Flickr Challenge 191.  I've been wanting to use Uniko's Flower Power #1 stencil & finally came up with this card.  
I inked the stencil with Distress Oxide candied apple, repositioned it & inked with Distress Oxide rustic wilderness.  Wasn't sure I'd like the colors overlapping, but I do!  The panel was dry embossed with a Sizzix Poinsettia folder.  
The poinsettia, branches & sentiment are from SSS Peaceful Christmas. I love being able to use DO inks for stamping to match a background. I decided against bling & just added 3 dots of Christmas Red Stickles to the flower center. I lightly raised the petal edges which really changes the look.

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Sunday, December 26, 2021


Snow is not that common where we live, but we did see some flakes falling about 11pm yesterday.  Wasn't really a white Christmas, but it's been a very snowy day after Christmas!  So pretty when you don't have to be out in it.
I made one more card for Pinkfresh Studio December Holiday challenge.  Love my new PFS Fancy Oval die which I cut from green metallic cardstock.  The 2015 Christmas Wishes Paper Pack is a favorite, so I have to talk myself into cutting the papers--haha!  This beautiful one has about the same shade of green for the antlers as the frame, so had to use it. 
The popped up sentiment is from another paper in the pack.  Finished off with white & green PPP sequins.
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Thursday, December 23, 2021

PTI and Gina K

I'm trying to be a little more regular posting on my blog, so here are 2 more cards.  I enter most of the PTI challenges & certainly couldn't miss the challenge to create a simple but elegant card!  For me, simple doesn't mean quick, but I was happy with the final result. 
I die cut PTI Mix & Mat: Flourishes from adhesive backed navy cardstock.  Then I embossed the largest image from What the Doodle Snowflakes with JudiKins Diamond Sparkle ep--so beautiful in person. 
I added silver splatters & attached it to a small white mat so there was a little less of the silver card front showing.  The white was too stark, so I lightly brushed on some blue ink.  
I did the same thing to the sentiment strip with the silver embossed Uniko Stunning Snowflakes sentiment.  I'm also entering Christmas Kickstart.
I've been debating what to do for the Gina K December Monthly Mix Challenge, use ink blending.  We needed a card for a lady going through a tough time, so I pulled out GK A Happy Hello.  The blooms & leaves were clear embossed using the MISTI so I could flip the panel & restamp each image.  
That turned out to be an easier way for me to stamp an entire panel.  I used to always white emboss, but I like the slightly softer look you get doing emboss resist with clear embossed images.  The Distress Oxide inks are salvaged patina & cracked pistachio.  Really love how they go together.
For the sentiment I used the GK Friend die stacked 2 high.  I added a thin, black mat & white sequins after spritzing heavily with shimmer mist.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Pinkfresh Studio and Papertrey Ink

I was lucky to win a PFS gift certificate recently, so I was able to get the PFS Wintry Forest stencil.  Shouldn't be any surprise that a gal from the beautiful Pacific Northwest would pick that set! 
I used Distress Oxide Rustic Wilderness, varying the intensity.  Kinda looks like layers of fog in the trees, which you often see in our area.  Wish I could say I did that on purpose--haha!  The snow was made by splattering white gouache.  I partially die cut the panel with PFS Braided Tag & attached it to a white card.  
One of the PFS Classic Holiday words was die cut from green metallic cardstock & a white scrap brushed with gouache mixed with Pixie Dust.  The white shadow was too stark, so I lightly brushed the edges with Rustic Wilderness.  I'm entering PFS December challenge.
Here's the card I made for PTI The Great Cover-Up challenge: Floral Joy to the World card.  I made a monochromatic bouquet stamping & diecutting images from PTI Joyful Florals.  
The inks are Autumn Rose, Lovely Lady & Weathervane.  The branches were stamped on Soft Stone diecuts to give a little variation since I didn't want to add another color.  The sentiment from the set was double silver embossed.  I splattered gray & silver inks on the bouquet & card front.  
You might be able to see Fine Prisma Glitter accents I did using a Quickie Glue Pen.  They add a lot of sparkle in person.  I'm also entering The Flower Challenge: Christmas.
We had such a dry Spring & Summer that we almost forgot what it was like to have rainy weather--haha!  Fritz really doesn't like heavy rain, so I have to act like there's a squirrel or cat in the back yard to get him to go out!  We both have good raincoats.  If it's just our usual rain we still walk, but not as far.  Doesn't he look cute?
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Friday, December 17, 2021

Two More Christmas Cards

I finally used the black ThermoWeb Flock Transfer sheets I bought a couple years ago for the Stamplorations nativity die.  I used black adhesive backed fun foam & it worked great!
The Distress Oxides I blended are wilted violet & prize ribbon.  The sentiment from AJVD Christmas Star was stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne & the circles are done with Stamplorations Circles All Over Texture Cover Plate.  
I splattered watered down black Zig ink & decided just to add a soft gold gem from my stash.  I'm entering Stamplorations CAS challenge, Stamplorations Never Ending Challenge & Christmas Kickstart.
I wanted to make another red & green card for Color Hues, so I combined it with the Dec. 10 PTI challenge to make a Joy card.  
PTI Border Bling: Yuletide was die cut from New Leaf cardstock & layered on a Pure Poppy panel. Istamped the sentiment from PTI Joyful Florals in Versafine Clair Nocturne on white cardstock. That was too much white, so I lightly inked the panel with New Leaf--much better! The flower from Into The Blooms: II was die cut 3 times from a Pure Poppy scrap & 3 times from PTI vellum. I've always loved embellishing with pearls, so used 3 tiny ones in each flower center. Finished off with Star Dust Stickles on the holly leaves. I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Poppystamps and Memory Box

My sweet friend, Maria, gave me Poppystamps Seed Snowflake Outline die.  I diecut it from Memory Box glitter cardstock which has an incredible sparkle.  
The hole reinforcer was cut using 2 little circle dies.  I blended & splattered PTI Hawaiian Shores ink in the center of a Poppystamps Tunnel Tag & stamped the W&W sentiment in black. 
I glued the snowflake in the center & gently lifted the ends.  Found the clear adhesive star in my stash & decided that was all it needed.  I'm entering Poppystamps December ChallengeEH 12 Tags of Christmas inspired by Day 4, Let it Snow & SSS Monday.
It's been awhile since I used Memory Box Frostyville Border die & it's perfect for the Memory Box December Snow Cards challenge.  Instead of having sparkly snowflakes, I die cut the border from white cardstock & attached it to a panel of DCWV soft blue glitter paper.
Poppystamps Happy Birthday Poe Script was stacked 2 high & covered in Nuvo Glaze.  Hard to see, but there's Frosted Lace Stickles on some of the snowflakes.  I need some winter birthday cards, so this one will be in the mail soon.  I'm also entering DRU & SSS Monday.

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