Thursday, March 22, 2018

Meeting a Friend

What a great week, as I got to meet a blogging friend.  Vikki & I were born 3 days apart in different states, but have both lived in Oregon for many years. 
It felt like we'd been friends forever & we will definitely get together again.  We both love playing in the PTI challenges & sweet Vikki brought me a bunch of PTI tag die cuts--just what I needed for this week's MIM challenge.  I sent Vikki some embossing enamels--hopefully they arrive in time for her to use. 
Found a new color combo I really love:  Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria & Sweet Blush.  The butterfly & sentiment are from PTI Butterfly Hope, the mat is PTI Mat Stack 3 & the background is Cover Up: Diamonds.  Since I was finally using some Stampendous Embossing Enamel (shabby white), decided to also add it to the edges of the mat, using Versamark ink.  I used a Quickie Glue pen before pouring the enamel onto the tag for my splatters--worked great.  Some of the glitter also attached even without any adhesive or ink & I really love the look. 
Finished off with white crochet thread wrapped & tied in a bow.  May end up putting an Easter greeting inside as I need another card to mail.  I'm playing just for fun at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge using lavendar & layers and at Double D.  I'm entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS National Craft Month.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mom's Pinking Shears

My mom was not a seamstress, but she did have pinking shears.  They're big & heavy with black handles--still work great.  One day I was looking for something in her old sewing box & noticed them, so decided to put them with my craft supplies.  Recently Helen mentioned using her mother's pinking shears & Tracy made a card I wanted to case.  Both influences can be seen in my entry for the current challenge at Impression Obsession
The beautiful filigree egg image from the set called Easter Eggs was randomly stamped & heat embossed.  Then I blended 3 Distress Oxides: worn lipstick, cracked pistachio & wilted violet.  Next I used the pinking shears to cut the wavy edge of a white panel & I stamped the sentiment (cut off the flourish) in Delicata Silvery Shimmer.  I have an inexpensive roll of white sequins in a container on my table & decided to use them instead of ribbon across the top--fun change for me!  The egg panel was attached with no adhesive next to the pinked edge, so it isn't flat even though I didn't use foam tape.  I'd planned for the eggs to be the bottom of the card.  However, as I was working the card was under my panel & the eggs showed much better with that little strip of white below them.  I think my mom would love that I used her shears.  Got a little tearful wishing she was here, but also brought back happy memories of my always loving mom.  
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

More Easter Cards

Started my card for PTI CAWU a few days ago & finally finished it up today.  I was immediately drawn to Heather's card on Day 4 of the release as I loved the layered striped kraft die cut frames.  It made me think of the stripes in the Mix & Mat: Flourishes die set. 
I used a scrap of kraft cardstock & cut it as usual.  Then I used another scrap & cut it again.  In order to layer the pieces for a crossed pattern, I had to extend the cutting of the second piece--just a little tricky, but it worked.  The images & sentiment are from Corner Adorner: February.  The inks are PTI Scarlet Jewel, Prairie Grass & Honey Nut, with Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate for the sentiment.  Think it might have been better not to do a shadow for the sentiment, but too late now.  The card & Corner Adorner die cuts are Vintage Cream cardstock.  Gold Pico Embellisher was used for the flower center & I'll put an Easter sentiment inside.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground, SSS Monday & SSS National Craft Month.
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Today I saw the sketch for FMS & immediately thought of the Stamplorations set called Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments.  I chose the lily image, turned it 90 degrees & heat embossed with Liquid Platinum. 
The coloring was done with pink, green & yellow Zigs.  A waterbrush was used for blending.  The sentiment from a company out of business was stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia.  I matted the panel with pink cardstock & decided to keep it very CAS with no splatters or embellishments.  I'm also entering Stamplorations Theme & SketchStamplorations  Never-Ending Anything Goes & HLS Watercolor challenge.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Friday, March 16, 2018

Baby Cards

Fritz & I have become friends with neighbors we walk by every day.  They have an almost 4 year old adorable little girl & now a new baby boy.  I didn't know the sex of the baby, so I made 2 cards to be ready once baby arrived.  The blocks image is from a local company that went out of business years ago & the sentiment is from an Easter/Baby set from The Craft's Meow--also no longer in business.
Here's the first card I made--intuition?!
I did emboss resist with DO cracked pistachio, removed color with a wet brush inside the blocks & then painted them with DO faded jeans.  Love how the sentiment matches by using the blue DO ink for stamping.  The dots are made with a PTI die from Mix & Mat Flourishes.  I'm entering WAW & SSS National Craft Month.
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Here's the girl version--also emboss resist but with DO worn lipstick applied heaviest in the center of the image.  I colored in the outside of the blocks with a white extra fine Sharpie--worked great!
The word is stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black several times using my stamp positioner.  For the left side of the card front I used the same ink to stamp the border from Winnie & Walter Scenery Stripes: 2.  I attached the panel with foam tape & decided against adding embellishments.  Hopefully my sister can use this card as there always seems to be someone at her church having a baby.  I'm entering AAA Cards, & SSS National Craft Month.
I also made a card & got a little gift for the big sister who always calls out "It's Greta & Fritz!" whenever she sees us--such a cutie pie.  Not a typical kid card, but hopefully she'll like it.
She likes bright colors & I LOVED using a bit of the beautiful Lawn Fawn plaid papers I've been storing--haha!  The word die from Winnie & Walter was stacked 3 high with the top layer covered in yellow Stickles.  Inside I wrote a note saying the baby was lucky to have her for a big sister.  She's doing well, but of course some problems at times having to share mommy after 4 years of having all her attention.  I'm entering WAW & SSS National Craft Month.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PRS Create It Wednesday~Celebrate

It's my day on the PRS Blog & this week's project is a bright, happy birthday card.  I began by cutting a panel of white cardstock with angles. Then I double white embossed the fun cassette tape image from the Daily Thoughts stamp set, using a stamp positioner. 
Distress Oxide twisted citron was sponged over the entire panel, adding more layers inside the images.  DO inks are very easy to blend, but another reason I decided to add them to my stash is the fact that they have pigment ink qualities.  That allowed me to stamp a label for the tapes & the card sentiment from the Oh So Fun stamp set, plus the star cluster from Daily Thoughts.  The dots are made by touching the tip of a waterbrush to the inked panel & blotting with a paper towel.

Love adding texture with an embossing folder, so that's what I did after the sentiment was stamped on the card front.  Fun foam was used behind the stamped panel to keep even dimension after it goes through the mail.  I think this fun green shade combined with the tape image works for a guy or a gal, especially one who loves music & isn't too young--haha!  

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Ombre Bunny

I came across the negative die cut from an older Hero Arts bunny in the mess on my table.  Just the excuse I needed to take a break from organizing & make a card! 
Worked great as a stencil with Distress Inks spun sugar & victorian velvet.  The die cut rectangle was also a left over, so one less thing to store--yah!  I got a beautiful Easter set from The Craft's Meow when they were going out of business.  The sentiment words from that set were stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer using my Mini MISTI so I could stamp several times.  I tend to use metallic papers for Christmas, but they can be great for other occasions, too.  Love the silver metallic for this card front. Tiny pink splatters & white Nuvo drops finish off my card.  I'm entering AAA, HLS Anything Goes with DiesSSS Monday & Die Cut Divas.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS National Craft Month.
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Friday, March 9, 2018

Easter Blessings

I'm slowly adding Distress Oxide ink pads to my stash--one coupon at a time!  I decided to use faded jeans & cracked pistachio with my favorite CAS design to make an Easter card for the Impression Obsession challenge
I blended the 2 inks in an area masked on a white panel & misted with Perfect Pearls before removing the tape.  The shimmer is really gorgeous in person.  Then I stamped the IO Solid Tree in VersaMagic Jumbo Java multiple times using my Mini MISTI.  Easter Blessings (B5430) was stamped the same way.  I added some splatters of the blue & green inks before mounting the panel with foam tape to a card front sponged with the faded jeans.  I tend to use this tree in the Fall, but I think it works great for any season by changing the color scheme.  I checked the DT cards & looks like IO is pretty lenient with the definition of CAS, in case you're thinking I didn't leave enough white space.  This will go to my brother & his wife or my cousin & his wife as I love using this tree on cards for men.  I'm also entering Stamplorations Theme.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS National Craft Month.
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