Monday, September 18, 2017

Thanks so Much

If I didn't know better, I'd say it must be Fall!  So nice to have cooler temps & some rain.  You may remember hubby found a man who served for a few months in WWII on the same ship as his dad.  The men didn't know each other (800 men), but it was still very special to talk with someone who was in the same place at the same time.  Here's the card hubby is sending him & his daughter. 
The IO Collage Leaf 5 was inked with Distress Markers festive berries, peeled paint & wild honey.  I used my Mini MISTI so I could ink, mist & stamp until I got the look I wanted.  When it was dry, I over-stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz. 
I added some brown splatters before attaching the IO die cut sentiment (DIE234-M) which I cut from kraft & inked with VersaMagic Jumbo Java.  I'm entering IO Harvest Hellos, AAA Cards, SSS MondaySSS Wednesday & Die Cut Divas. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Warm Cards

I missed the last Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, but had to make something for the current Fall challenge as I just got Stamplorations Coffee for all Seasons. 
Very simple card & a smaller size--perfect for a coffee gift card.  I tied on some twine & added a brown pearl over the knot.  Fun to find a matching sequin from a mixed pack I got last year.  Hard to tell, but there is a gorgeous shimmer from spritzing heavily with gold perfect pearls. 
I'm also entering Stamplorations Theme, Stamplorations Never-Ending Anything Goes, Allsorts & SSS Wednesday.
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Next is my entry for ABNH.  The collaboration company for the month is CAS-ual Fridays & I immediately knew I wanted to use the wheat image from CFS Amber Waves.  I won the set years ago, but had only used one of the sentiments. 
Hero Arts Envelope Pattern was lightly stamped on the front of the kraft card--needed to be darker.  The wheat was gold embossed & then I used my Mini MISTI to stamp the Hero Arts sentiment multiple times.  This is the first time I've done double embossing--a bit tricky with a sentiment, but the MISTI made it possible.  I finished off with splatters of Distress Stain tarnished brass.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Fall Card

For once I'm actually going to have enough cards to send at Thanksgiving.  I like to do Fall colors & images & then put Happy Thanksgiving on the inside.  My card for Impression Obsession Harvest Hellos is one of them. 
I used one of my all-time favorite designs with DIs candied apple, abandoned coral & fossilized amber as the masked background for IO Three Little Twigs.  The gold embossed sentiment is from IO Anytime Sentiments.  I added brown splatters & mounted the panel with fun foam.  No bling as this is going to my brother and his wife & really, I don't think it needs any.  I'm also entering CropStopSSS Wednesday, Stamplorations themeThe Male Room.  Our weather is really changing--full sun, but in the low 70s at noon instead of close to 90--yah!  Actually we have rain coming & we really need it.  Seems strange to say with all the misery from the hurricanes.  Hoping the millions of dollars raised for relief will get used properly to really make a difference.  I keep thinking of Katrina & all that still hasn't been done.  Anyway,  thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Birthday, Friendship, Halloween

My sister is trying to catch up to me, but I always stay a step ahead--haha!  She is joining me in the Sr Citizen ranks, though, as she turns 65 this month.  The new PTI release includes another Cutaway Tag, but my spring die was still unused--shame, shame!  It cuts beautifully & I do love it.  
I colored with Zigs--different using them on small die cut images, but think it turned out OK.  I had the right size circle die to cut a piece of glitter paper for the backing.
I intended to use a white card, but I really loved the contrast with the shimmery blue cardstock.  The sentiment from Quilled Elegance fit perfectly & is stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black. I used fun foam to mount the tag.  I'm entering PTI CAWU as I was inspired by Nichole's Day 3 card.  I'm also entering CAS on Friday, & SSS Wednesday.
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Next is a friendship card for a blogging friend using a color combo I love--kraft, pink & white.
The lattice die is by W Plus 9 & the flowers & sentiment are from SSS. The flowers were fussy cut.  Maybe I don't always need dies--sure would save some money!  I used Rosewater Nuvo drops for embellishment. I'm entering SSS Flickr challenge, SSS Wednesday & Stamplorations theme.

Last is my entry for MFT Superstar CAS challenge.  So nice that there are random drawings as well as those considered the best of the best.  I made 2 different ones & finally decided to enter my Halloween card.  
The pumpkins from Primitive Pumpkins were stamped in Summer Sunrise on a white panel.  The green was done with 2 different markers & the sentiment from the same set was stamped in Vintage Sepia.  I used the larger MFT Chevron stripes die for a fun element.  
Bling is provided by little purple gems I've had forever & Wink of Stella. I'm not big on Halloween, but I do love pretty pumpkins.  This is definitely my kind of card.  I'm also entering Retro Rubber (bought Dec. 2013) & SSS Wednesday.  Long post--thanks for taking time to visit my blog.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fancy Joy

Thinking of everyone dealing with Hurricane Irma. Hard to believe it's happening again so soon after Harvey.  
I love using the word Joy on Christmas cards & remembered a Flourishes stamp set I've hardly used. Just have time to enter the challenge at Merry Monday.  
Finally opened my Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder--so beautiful! The color comes from a green Zig & Autumn Red Nuvo drops. I didn't want to add another color, so watercolored the word & the oval frame with Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls.  
I'm also entering ATSM, HLS Christmas, SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

More Fall Cards

Once again a major hurricane is heading to the US & my heart goes out to everyone in Irma's path.  We had an emergency alert for a severe thunderstorm today, but it turned out to be north of where we are.  I'm hoping it didn't start any new fires. We actually had sprinkles this morning & a brief rain shower this afternoon.  At this point, all moisture is welcome!  
Some leaves have already turned & I'm having fun making Fall cards. First up is my entry for PTI MIM: Small Images on Repeat.
I've looked at this sweet little tree from Through the Trees many times, but had no idea what to do with it until now.  I stamped with Perfect Medium onto ivory cardstock & brushed on copper, bronze & gold Perfect Pearls.  
Dug out an old square punch--glad I kept it.  After stamping the sentiment from Autumn Adornments on kraft, I embossed the panel with a Paper Studio folder. Added the twine bow & popped up the images.  I'm also entering SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.
I missed the last Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge, so decided not to put off making something for this one: No. 23, A Tree for all Seasons. I've had my eye on that set, but don't have it yet. My inspiration came from Vanessa's wonderful leaf card.  I just watched an old Jennifer McGuire technique video inking an embossing folder with a light color, then inking the raised part of the panel with a darker color.  I again used the woodgrain folder & inked with Memento Toffee Crunch & Rich Cocoa. Actually came out pretty good--yah!  

Wanted to use it for a different background with The Leaf Effect Cutaway. Kind of neat, I think.  Blue & brown is a favorite color combo, so used a blue textured scrap for the In a Word: Happy Cutaway. I've done shadows before, but don't think I've done a double one with 2 different colors.  The leaves are covered in Wink of Stella & the stamped word is from Big, Bold Seasons.  Almost gave up, but then I found a blue in the PPP Share Kindness Mix sequins that matched--yah, again! I'm also entering The Playground & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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