Tuesday, March 28, 2023

A Few More Cards

Here's my last minute entry for the PFS March challenge.  I just went with the theme of layers.  The Sweet Friend Floral products are some of my favorites. 
The floral images are a single stamp which I heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum ep.  Love having stencils for the coloring.  Gina K mentioned in a video that you can slightly move stencils if needed to line them up & that's what I did.  Unfortunately, the single die to cut them out can't be tweaked like that, but, as I've said before, perfection is overrated!  I used Pigment Craft Co inks Himalayan, Blush, Balsam & Aloe along with Memento Dandelion & Peanut Brittle.  The Himalayan dried much lighter than it looked at first, but I didn't notice until after the diecutting was done.  I think the blossoms are pretty anyway.  You can't tell, but they're also spritzed with gold shimmer.  I die cut an embossed kraft panel with the outline die in the Braided Tag set, stopping before the hole.  The sentiment from the set was heat embossed on vellum using Liquid Platinum.  The card base is PTI Rustic Cream & I used beautiful pink jewels for embellishment.  Looks Springy to me, so I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.  I may put an Easter sentiment on the inside.   

Thought you might like to see the card I entered from IG for Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero--rainbow challenge.  
So fun to see a rainbow appear from blending red, yellow & blue.  I used DO crackling campfire, fossilized amber & faded jeans.  The HA Presents Background was embossed with HA Sparkle ep & I added Stardust Stickles to some of the bows & dots.  
The Poppystamps Happy Birthday Poe Script was stacked 5 high with the top layer covered in Shimmer Pico Embellisher.
I love Alexandra Renke dies.  This one uses the retired Eucalyptus Wreath.  I used white, gray green & gray cardstocks & layered them on a Soft Stone panel stamped randomly with text & stenciled here & there with molding paste.  The Altenew sentiment is stamped in Lawn Fawn Manatee.
This AR egg die is also retired.  I die cut it twice from a very old pink cardstock & layered them together.  The vellum leafy branches are from PFS Dainty Blossoms. 
The blooms were included with the egg & are covered with shimmer.  I embossed Poppystamps Serene Rabbit in Stampendous Sparkle Puff ep which gives texture & sparkle in person.  Love the sweet Darice embossing folder a friend gave me.  The sentiment is a very old wood mounted stamp.
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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Two Cards & a Tag

Need to get some cards entered into challenges.  I'll start with my entry for Woodblock Wednesday & Rudolph Days.  I used Penny Black's 2003 stamp called The Sound of Snow. 
I love the scene, but have had trouble using it for a card.  This time I stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn on an ivory scrap & it worked well.  I trimmed the panel down to fit inside the AJVD pierced rectangle die cut from SSS Matte gold cardstock.  I cut a frame to fit & popped it up. 
The Altenew sentiment from a mini stamp set was stamped in the same ink.  This reminds me of the old scenic Christmas cards, except for the red mat which is a beautiful rich color in person.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground since I used ivory & gold scraps.
Next is my entry for the Memory Box March Floral Favorites challenge.  I used the gorgeous MB Blooming 3D folder which is definitely one of my favorites!  
I inked the raised edges & embossed with WOW Bee Kind powder--so beautiful in person!  Poppystamps Happy Easter Curve was stacked 6 high with a black layer on the bottom to help it stand out just a little more.  I embossed the top layer in WOW Clear Braille Ultra High which gives incredible gloss.  But I decided it really need the color, so I reinked & embossed with the Bee Kind powder.  That gave it a unique metallic look--almost a patina effect.   I'll definitely do that again. 
The corners were rounded & I added a couple cardstock layers before attaching the panel to the card.  
I'm always happy to see a new PTI Challenge & this time we are to make a BD Tag.  A friend die cut a bunch of PTI tags for me a few years ago & I still have quite a few to use.  I love the design of this one which she cut from watercolor paper. I masked off the top before stamping images from Bold Blooms.  The inks are Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Aqua Mist & Hawaiian Shores.  I spritzed the inked stamps & repeated until I liked the depth of color.  I brushed the top with Aqua Mist & used a fineliner pen for the black dots.  
Couldn't figure out how to add a sentiment that wouldn't cover up too much of the stamping.  Finally decided to stamp these 3 from PTI Scripted--different, but I like it!  Luckily I got the Berry Sorbet ribbon from my friend, Rosemary, a long time ago. 
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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Guest Designing at Time Out Challenges

I'm so honored to have been a winner at Time Out Challenges & to be guest designing with the talented team.  It's time for Inspired by Words and here's the quote from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.  "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."  
I decided to make a scene with the sun shining while snow can still be seen in areas on the ground & the trees have green showing amidst the snow.  
I stamped & die cut the trees from PTI Enchanted Forest.  The snowy layer was made with Stampendous Puff & Sparkle embossing powder which gives great texture along with sparkle.  I also embossed the edge of my MFT snowdrift using the same powder.  The pictures don't capture how pretty it is.
I used a circle mask I made from a die & blended Distress Oxides in blues plus a bit of aged mahogany for my winter sky.  The sun was done with squeezed lemonade.  It didn't look wintry enough, so I decided to try giving it a light wash of white gouache.  Figured I might have to start over, but it actually gave just the look I wanted!  The mat is PTI Dark Indigo & I used the matching ink to stamp the sentiment from PTI Friendly Flowers.
Hope I've inspired you to join the gallery.  Top Flight Stamps is sponsoring the challenge.  The winner will get a $25.00 gift voucher to spend at Top Flight's store & an offer to Guest Design for a future challenge.  

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Monday, March 13, 2023

Catching Up

As usual, I've made a lot of cards, but haven't posted them here.  I'll start with my entry for the March Poppystamps challenge to use only die cuts.  I embossed a white scrap with Stampendous Sparkle Puff 3D embossing powder & used it to diecut a bunch of rabbits.  It gives texture & sparkle--really pretty in person, but I couldn't get a decent picture to show it.  
I watercolored Flower Field Corner with Zigs, splattered white gouache & added Pico Embellisher black dots.  I tucked in Poppystamps Serene Rabbit & attached it to the blue panel die cut with one of Poppystamps Pierced Borders & splattered with gouache.  Poppystamps Scribble Thank You was die cut from a scrap covered in packing tape.  It gives the look of glaze with no mess or drying time.  A sweet Darice embossing folder was used for the background. 
Many of you know I really love elegant cards.  It was easy to make one for Easter using Altenew Floral Acanthus 3D folder embossed on PTI Vintage Cream cardstock. 
I carefully swiped over the raised edges with my Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad & splattered with gold watercolor.  The IO sentiment was die cut from SSS Gold Matte cardstock & I cut a strip for the edge of the card. 
Pearls are my favorite, but I seldom use them these days because of the needed extra postage.  But some cards just have to have them!  I'm entering Time Out Challenges via Flickr. 
I made another elegant card for Time Out Challenges using the same Altenew folder.  This time I embossed vellum, trimmed the panel down & attached it to cream cardstock. 
PFS Fancy Oval Frame was die cut from SSS matte gold cardstock.  I looked through all my ink pads & markers to find a purple that matched the Bazzill Concord Grape textured cardstock.  
Finally, I remembered to check my Versafine ink cubes & found Imperial Purple was just what I needed for the old wood mounted sentiment.  I gold embossed the edges of the oval & added Lucy's Iridescent jewels. 
My final card is for Just Us Girls Rainbow challenge.  I used rainbow foil for the Unity/ThermoWeb Wild Garden toner card front.  It's so beautiful in person as it changes color with every turn in the light.
I die cut The Stamp Market Just Vine from a scrap of PTI adhesive backed gold cardstock, leaving out some of the inner leaf pieces.  It's the same shade of gold as what's in the rainbow foil.  I took tons of pictures to try & show the beautiful colors & shine.  This one isn't bad, except that the red truly looks red in person.
Memory Box Hello Friend Posh Script was die cut from vellum & black cardstock scraps.  I used SSS Micro Dot Sheets to attach a couple layers of the words & to attach the words to the shadow.  I used the much stickier Ecstasy Crafts Sticky Specks to attach the sentiment to the card front.  The Sticky Specks don't work for delicate die cuts, in my experience, but are great for sturdier ones.  I finished off with 3 black sequins.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground.
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