Saturday, February 25, 2017

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

I've never been sorry I chose a career in nursing, but after more than 40 years I must admit I prefer cardmaking challenges to those at work--haha! I'm not planning to renew my license next year, but am continuing occasional shifts for now.  Yesterday was very busy, so I relaxed after dinner by making my card for the PTI February Blog Hop.  
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Today I had to run an errand out of town while it wasn't raining, so just now getting my post done.  I was reminded of my older stamps like Rosie Posie during the Past, Present & Future celebration.  Fun to use it again, along with the newer Rosie Posie Step 2.  The hexagon image was stamped on a Smokey Shadow panel in Brilliance Starlite Black.  I stamped the stem die cut in Delicata Golden Glitz & the fussy cut blossom was stamped in Amethyst Allure, Lavender Moon & the gold.  
Used Tiny Tags for the sentiment & left the gold thread ends longer than usual because I liked how it curled. Debated about adding something to the flower center, but decided against it this time.  Bet there's a big variety of projects in the gallery this month--enjoy the hop!  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Christmas Card with Die Cuts

OOPS--looks like Maureen & I got our wires crossed, so I'm not the GD this month.  Instead I'll add my card to the challenge.
Most of you know how much I love making Christmas cards, so of course I said yes to guest designing for the February Rudolph Days challenge. Maureen runs it the 25th to the end of the month & the random winner can choose a die or a stamp.  My card uses the beautiful Elizabeth Craft poinsettia that was a gift from Maureen for being a DT member last year.
I colored the die cuts with Zigs & blended with WOS instead of water. The shimmer is really gorgeous & I plan to use that technique again.  
I've had the tiny gold beads for many years & need to remember to use them.  Attaching them with Diamond Glaze worked like a charm! Love this Penny Black Joy die cut which was brushed with WOS & then covered in Diamond Glaze for a nice shine.  Lots of inspiration from the DT & in the gallery--hope you join in.  I'm also entering HLS Christmas challenge, SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Running Out of Time

Challenge deadlines are coming right up, so I have 4 cards to show you. Feel free to just look at the pictures--tried to write less, but still a long post.
First is a card I made yesterday for the Hero Arts Flickr Scramble.  
I brayered a piece of glossy photo paper with HA red to pink ombre ink pad & then stamped the 2009 Large Dot Flourish in Brilliance Graphite Black.  The HA sentiment from 1996 is stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer.  I'm entering a2zRetro Rubber & Word Art Wednesday.
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The next 3 cards are for the PTI challenges which have given me so much inspiration to use the sets I currently own!  The first one is for Celebrating 2008 & Nichole's Out on a Limb card inspired me to use one of my earliest purchases--Lovely Leaves.  
I've used this sentiment but never took time to figure out how to stamp the leaves on the branch.  Need more practice, but still love how it turned out.  The leaves are stamped in Green Parakeet & then watercolored with the same ink using a tiny brush.  The berries & mat are Berry Sorbet while the branches & card front are Classic Kraft.  The dotted leaves were stamped in Classic Kraft on the card front.  
The berries are so tiny I decided to add shimmer to the leaves instead & it's really pretty in real life.

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My card for Celebrating 2009 uses Guide Lines--a stamp set I bought from a blogger doing a purge several years ago & I'd never used it.  As soon as I saw Nichole's card using Giga Guidelines I thought maybe I could use a small image stamped multiple times for the same idea--& it worked!  
I used Lavender Moon for the image & mat & Brilliance Starlite Black for the sentiment from Splits: Just a Note. Clearly my taste runs to simple, as this is one of my favorite cards.  I want to try the other images & various color combos--could make a nice gift set.  I'm also entering ATSM & The Playground.
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Last is my card for Celebrating 2014 inspired by Dawn's card. I usually stamp black, brown or white on kraft, but really love the look of these colors that Dawn used: New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse & Pinefeather.  
The stamp sets are Meadow Greens & Twig Wreath.  I used AJVD Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop Dies.  I'm also entering Dies R Us.  Thanks so much for making it through this long post--I appreciate every one of you!
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

3 Cards

Don't have all my chores done, but did work on a couple cards--surprise, surprise!  
First up is my card for the Winnie & Walter Ink Blending challenge.  
I sponged a square card with Distress Inks festive berries & seedless preserves.  The poinsettia from In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals was clear embossed & the sentiments were silver embossed.  I splattered with Distress Stain brushed pewter & decided not to add any bling.  I'm working on one layer cards for Christmas, so happy to have one more done.  I'm also entering Allsorts, CropStopChristmas Card Challenges.
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Next is my entry for PTI Celebrating 2011.  I'm so happy one of the showcased sets is Year of Flowers Collection.  
It was one of my earliest PTI purchases, but I haven't used it very much. Laurie's card done with Zigs totally inspired me, so I white embossed 4 of the florals on Bristol paper.  I chose fairly soft Zig colors since I need a sympathy card.  The panel is spritzed heavily with Perfect Pearls.
I love the floral panel, but then it took me several hours to actually make it into a card.  Thankfully, I do like the soft yellow frame & white embossed edges on the sentiment strip which was my very last idea!  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.
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Last is a card I posted on Flickr & thought you might enjoy seeing.  
The color scheme was inspired by CAS-ual Fridays, so I'm entering there. I used festive berries & worn lipstick Distress Ink pens to color the hearts which are from SSS Heart Banner die.  I covered them with WOS & Diamond Glaze before putting them back into the outline die cut from SSS Fog cardstock.  
The sentiment is from SSS Hello, Beautiful & I finished off with splatters & clear sequins.  I'm also entering Die Cut Divas. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Christmas & Birthday

Two big challenges going on right now for two of my favorite companies--PTI and W&W.  I finished a card for each of them last night & hope to make more.  Have to get everything together for the tax person first & then I'll reward myself with a marathon stamping session--haha!
One my most recent PTI purchases included A Wreath for all Seasons which is showcased for the Celebrating 2010 challenge. I pinned a lot of examples including the striking Christmas card made by Dawn.  I hadn't used that particular wreath image yet & I also have the Mat Stack 3 die, so I basically copied her design.
Dies have really spoiled me & Dawn's wreath looked perfectly cut, so I checked to see if I'd missed getting the die. Nope--she had fussy cut & I was pleasantly surprised to discover how easy it was to do.  Rather than stamp, I just added Christmas Red Stickles for the berries. I lightly sponged aqua mist onto the die cut & used my Mini MISTI to do the stamping.  Love how you can use lighter inks for sentiments with that wonderful invention. Now I've opened & used all 3 paper pads I got in the $1 sale--yah!  Buttons are so bulky I decided to stick with enamel dots & fortunately I had the right shade of green.  I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges, HLS Anything Goes with Dies, SSS Monday (tool is Mini MISTI) & Die Cut Divas.
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The W&W Leaf Effect die cut has been sitting on my table for a long time, so decided to make it into a card for W&W Ink Smooshing BD Bash challenge.  
The smooshing was done on wc paper with Distress Inks bundled sage & fossilized amber.  I've found it works best for me to do 1 color at a time, drying in between with my heat gun.  I also vary the amount of water for different layers which gives added texture.  The leaf die cut is covered with Elizabeth Craft Champagne glitter, which for some reason did not go on evenly.  I decided to embrace that look--hoping it kind of goes with the smooshing.  The sentiment is an IO die cut which I stacked 6 high & clear embossed. I'm also entering Dies R Us, Seize the Birthday & Word Art Wednesday.  Still catching up on my blog reading--thanks for stopping by.
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