Monday, August 14, 2017

'Tis the Season

We've had an eventful week.  Fritz was diagnosed with pancreatitis--fortunately not severe.  He seems to be more like his old self & no vomiting, so that's a relief. May be on prescription food the rest of his life, so I'm looking for a job--just kidding!  Small price to pay to have a healthy puppy dog.  Hubby located a man in his 90s who was on his dad's ship in WWII.  They didn't know each other, but hubby is going to meet him soon. Turns out he lives near a cousin, so hubby will see her as well.  Fritz & I will hold down the fort & hopefully I'll get a lot done.  Still no laptop, but I plan to get it today one way or the other! Yesterday we actually had a few hours of rain--such a relief. 
It'd be crazy not to get a card done for EH Mix it Up with Avery Elle--$50 gc is the prize!  
I stamped AE Winter Wreath & the sentiment in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy & covered the berries in Stickles Christmas Red.  
EH Leaping Deer is die cut from textured, shimmery dark beige cardstock & layered 3 high. Couldn't resist a few green splatters.  I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges, Merry Monday Summer Link Up (#244 Use a Wreath), Penny Black & More & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I will catch up with you as soon as possible.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Monochrome Color Pop

Missed last week's PTI MIM, but was determined to play along this week.  I don't have my laptop in spite of the repair shop saying "Wednesday at the latest"--not a happy camper!  The pc is set up for hubby & gives me eye & neck strain if I'm on for more than a few minutes.  All day to write one post!  
Anyway--the Garden Guild cover plate does take some work to cut, so I haven't used it much.  It really is beautiful & I love how it looks die cut from Cocoa Bean.  The individual leaves are die cut from Fine Linen & everything is attached to a Classic Kraft panel. The word from Don't Forget to Write is die cut 3 times from Melon Berry & is covered with Wink of Stella.  
The stamped words are from that kit, too.  I started to add some bling, but decided to leave it as is.  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies, Die Cut Divas & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks for your patience as I slowly get to your blogs.  Next week should be much better.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Christmas in August!

If you know me, it's no surprise to see another Christmas card on my blog.  They are my favorite to make & those are the products that tempt me the most.  In fact, I gave in when there was an additional 25% off the close-out price at MFT.  Those stamps & dies just arrived, but while I was waiting I took out the MFT Spring Wreath die to use for Color Challenge 74.  I find any wreath can be used for any season.  They're one of my favorite images.  
I placed the 2 die cuts in the negative cut from scrap paper while I sponged with green inks.  Then I layered them & added the bow from the same set done in the purple & turquoise--as close as I could get to the colors.  I covered it with Wink of Stella & added a clear gem.  My gem collection is huge, so decided to use a couple different sizes to embellish the wreath as well.  The background mat is a light gray cardstock cut with MFT In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares & I added green splatters before attaching the wreath.  The sentiment from W&W In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals was cut from the same gray cardstock & is clear embossed a couple times. Hard to see, but the card front has texture from PTI linen impression plate & the panel is mounted with thin fun foam. I'm also entering CAS-ual Fridays, CCCThe Playground, SSS Wednesday & Die Cut Divas.  My laptop needs a new part, so may get a little behind in commenting.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Shimmery, Sparkly Note

Penny Black Saturday Challenge
Time for another Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  This month we're asking for shaped cards--anything except square or rectangle. 
I used Heidi Swapp Raspberry & Ocean Color Shine mists. They were on close-out & what a great deal as the sheen is just gorgeous!  The hummer & the background were done by spraying & the frame was done with a brush.  This is the first time I've used the PB Let's Fly hummingbird die which cut beautifully using a simple shim even though it's detailed.  
I added Stickles to the solid die cut & made the eye with black Nuvo drops.  The sentiment from an old PB set was stamped several times using Brilliance Graphite Black.  I'm entering SSS Wednesday, Die Cut Divas & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS Work it Wednesday.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Impression Obsession Christmas in July

No surprise, I was thrilled to see the IO Challenge theme is Christmas in July!  I have some beautiful IO Christmas stamps & dies.  Decided for this card to use my newest ornament die (DIE032-J) with some spray mists & Wink of Stella.  
Delicata Silvery Shimmer was used on the edges & the hanger was die cut from a scrap of silver paper.  The beautiful branch die (DIE021-N) was cut from white cardstock.  I used liquid glue & Rock Candy Distress Glitter to get the effect of snowy clumps.
Joy (C8790) was silver embossed on the gray panel which was attached to the textured white card.  I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges, CropStop, Paru's Card Making Challenges & Die Cut Divas. Amazingly hot weather for us--hopefully some relief soon. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Happy International Day of Friendship

Just saw on the SSS Blog that it's International Day of Friendship.  That's really every day for me as I'm blessed with blogging friends all over the world.  I'm one of those people who mails a lot of cards--just ask my hubby who often takes them to the post office.  Here are a couple cards I've made over the last few days that will be mailed this week.
First up, get your sunglasses--haha!  I went kind of crazy with the background & almost tore the card apart.  Now that I've seen it for a few days, it's grown on me & will hopefully appeal to the recipient.  
I began with a blended scrap (my new favorite combo of fossilized amber, abandoned coral & candied apple) that had some failed stamping on it. There was just enough room to die cut the PTI word which I covered with Wink of Stella & Crystal Laquer.  
Tried a lot of colors & finally decided on kraft cardstock. The Stamplorations flourish image is clear embossed & I added tiny ink dots using my stylist.  The sentiment is from PTI Wonderful Words: Friends. The background is done with the same Distress Inks, but the yellow is mostly covered up.  I see lots of beautiful effects using water drops on DI, so really went for it this time using a lot more water than I usually do. Finished off with Lemon Drop Nuvo Jewel drops.  I'm entering Stamplorations Theme, CropStop, The Playground & SSS Wednesday.
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Now you can take off the sunglasses & rest your eyes with my Winnie & Walter July Color Challenge card.  Yep--used all the other pieces from the first card--yah! 

I do love my Brilliance inks, especially the pearlescent colors like the jade & lime used here.  This time I used the W&W The Leaf Effect Cutaway as a background for the SSS Painted Happy Birthday which I'd forgotten I had.  Once again the words are covered in Wink of Stella & Crystal Lacquer.  
I did the same thing to the Penny Black balloon die & luckily found a matching pearl.  I'm also entering SSS Flickr challenge #76 & SSS Wednesday.

We're bracing for 3 days of unprecedented temps--up to 110! Fritz is going to think he's back in Phoenix where he was born! No fires near us (knock on wood!) & no floods or tornadoes, so we really can't complain. Hope things are OK where you are & I truly thank you for your continued friendship!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Last Minute

I have 2 Concord & 9th stamp sets & a huge wishlist!  Luckily I also have super sweet blogging friends who are always willing to send me die cuts & that's how I got these beautiful C&9 blooms.  
The embossing challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9 is closing shortly, so right before dinner I finally sat down & made a note card.  Years ago before I started making cards, my favorite stationary to buy was dry embossed.  Fun to use an old Cuttlebug folder on a piece of textured white cardstock for the background.  The blooms were cut from Bristol, so I colored them with 2 beautiful pink Zigs.  
To add some shimmer, I brushed on the white paint in the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set.  Pink & gray is one of my favorite color combos, so I attached the blooms to a small gray square.  Another piece of the gray was used to cover the card front.  The big pearl makes it not very mail friendly, but can't make all flat cards--haha!  I'm also entering CAS-ual Fridays, HLS Anything Goes with Dies & SSS Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.