Tuesday, January 17, 2023

January Challenges

Thank you for the well wishes concerning my upcoming surgery.  I'll let you know how I'm doing.  Actually, I'm more concerned about hubby & Fritz adjusting to the changes we're going to live with for awhile--haha!  Seriously, hubby has been wanting me to have the surgery for over a year & Fritz adjusts easily as long as he's with his folks.  
Here are the cards I made for a few more January challenges.  First is my PFS Challenge Review entry.  I chose the August theme of Beautiful Backgrounds so I could use one of my favorite stamps:  Lush Vines.  
I gold embossed it & added a vellum Braided Tag diecut to the center.  I used more of the beautiful PFS Washi diecuts my friend Vikki gave me at our retreat last year.  Really love the font of the sentiment from Sweet Friend Floral.  The thick letters made it perfect for gold embossing multiple times to get a smooth, thick, shiny finish.  
Didn't like any embellishments, so just added yellow Stickles to the flower centers & attached the panel to a black mat.

Next is a simple Valentine using AJVD heart dies taped together & die cut from a red scrap to make outline hearts.  The pretty scalloped, mini slimline frame is from Trinity Stamps.  
I stamped the very old MFT sentiment in Versafine Clair Acorn & clear embossed.  Fun look to have the heart centers filled with Nuvo Glaze.  
I'm entering Die Cut Divas & TTTC192 using Hearts, Free, Shade of Red.  Great TTTC board designed by my good friend, Betty.

And one more Valentine.  Had to use some of the little red hearts left from the previous card.  I noticed cards on Pinterest using scrolls & hearts together, so I pulled out an old MFT scroll die.  This time I went with a red, white & gray color scheme. 
Luckily, I kept my old fashioned stamp positioner which I used to stamp an old favorite Amuse wood mounted sentiment.  Christmas Red Stickles glitter glue was added to the hearts which gives beautiful sparkle & shine in person.  
I added cardstock layers to the gray panel for a bit of dimension, but no extra postage required.  I'm entering JUGs & DCD via Flickr.
Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I'll get back to leaving comments on your blogs as soon as I can.


  1. A wonderful collection of cards, Greta. xx

  2. These are wonderful, Greta! The floral card is so pretty and I love the fun sentiment on the last one. I was concerned about my hubby with my surgery too since he works a lot of OT. Let me tell you, he has been incredible!! I wish the same for you!!

    1. Oops, forgot to thank you for joining us at Just Us Girls!

  3. Greta, what a beautiful collection of cards. The florals are so soft and pretty. The red hearts look grand on the kraft. Loving the swirl below the hearts in your third card. Keeping good thoughts. <3

  4. Sweet set of Valentines, Greta. Love the beautiful, embossed background layered with the vellum tag and pretty washi blooms! Sending you lots of good wishes for your surgery!

  5. Just gorgeous cards Greta. Hope all goes well for your surgery. I'm sure the boys in your life will cope and look after you in your recovery. Sending lots of hugs and good wishes for a fast recovery

  6. An array of pretty craftiness Greta, my fav this time is no surprising, the first one woth the florals, it's beautiful.

    If Fritz is anything like my girls he'll be happy so long as you and hubby are closse to hand.

    B x

  7. OH! What absolutely gorgeous work Greta, each one is superb. Hope the surgery goes well. Hugs

  8. Delightful cards!! Thanks for playing along our January challenge at Die Cut Divas.
    Wishing you a smooth surgery, and speedy recovery!

  9. Beautiful cards Greta, I particularly love the first one xx

  10. A fabulous collection of cards Greta! Thanks for sharing with us over at Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week and good luck with your upcoming surgery.

  11. Fabulous trio, Greta! Love the floral beauty on card one and all the hearts on the others!!

  12. I love that Lush Vines and it looks so beautiful in gold. Your Valentines look so pretty. The red on kraft card with the scalloped frame is lovely and the scrolls with added hearts is adorable. I'm sending you healing thoughts as you recover. Fritz will keep you company!

  13. All those wonderful cards! I really liked all those hearts across the mini slimline card with that beautiful mini slimline frame. So glad you joined our challenge at Die Cut Divas.

  14. A trio of absolutely lovely cards, Greta! Of course, the one you shared over at JUGS is the one that totally caught my eye! Soooo pretty!
    Please let us know how you fare with your surgery and recovery! Sending you lots of hugs and love! Woofs to Fritz from Lily!

  15. Great cards this time, well as usual!! I'll be thinking of you and wishing you well. I've had it and it worked well. Hugs.