Saturday, March 18, 2017

Green, White & Gold

6a01bb07e17ff4970d01b8d2504422970c-450wiI don't often use green for a focal point, but the beautiful gown & hydrangeas in the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge mood board inspired me.  I used scraps of light green textured cardstock & vellum for the EH Bold Blossom dies.  Really love the look of gold Stickles on the blooms. The bouquet is attached to the WP9 die cut which I backed with a gold metallic panel.  
The sentiment from Winnie & Walter Big, Bold, Seasons was stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia.  I used 2 layers of cardstock instead of foam for just a bit of dimension.  I'm also entering The Playground, SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.  I'm working this weekend, but will catch up on my blog reading soon.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS Work It Wednesday.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Final PTI Challenge Cards

Hello from rainy Oregon!  I'm not complaining--no big snowstorm like the east coast & a great day for crafting!  I worked yesterday, so today I finished up projects for 3 of the PTI Anniversary challenges.
First is my entry for Day 2--use multiples of a single shape.  My first thought was Happy Hexagons, so that's what I went with.
Fun to also use some of the printed paper I got in the big sale. To be honest, it took me forever to decide on how to arrange the hexagons. I've got quite a few left over, so hopefully they'll end up on a card, too. The sentiment from Boutique Borders: Birthday is stamped in Autumn Rose & the mat is Scarlet Jewel.  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes With Dies.

The challenge on Day 3 is to use your favorite floral set. Meadow Greens has only 1 flower & maybe it's not my all-time favorite floral set, but I haven't used it much & I do love it.  
My first idea was a flop, but I was able to turn the watercolor panel over & start again.  Ended up with a card I like--yah! The Distress Inks are scattered straw, wild honey, peeled paint & shabby shutters.  I used a water brush to blend & then splattered some wild honey & peeled paint. Scattered straw Stickles was added to the flower center & I distressed the edges. The card front & sentiment strip are Classic Kraft & the sentiment from Through the Trees is stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia. I'm also entering Stamping Sensations.
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Last is the project I've been thinking about for days & finally made today. It's for the packaging challenge inspired by Rebecca's eye candy.  I was the designated gift wrapper for our family.  My folks put the recipient's name on the outside of the box & I did the wrapping--even for my own gifts! Beautiful papers & ribbons have always appealed to me.  
These days I seldom give wrapped presents, so my project is a gift card holder.  I used the Monthly Moments: Journal Card Pocket #1 die.  I used the eraser end of a pencil to make the gold dots & the sentiment from Lovely Layers was stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black.  Fun to actually use some of my Washi tape & a little clothespin.  I'm also entering Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

PTI 10th Anniversary Challenges

I made a couple more projects for the PTI 10th Anniversary challenges. First is my entry for Lexi's card & envelope challenge.  
I used one of my favorite techniques--emboss resist. The stamp set is Splits: Just a Note & the inks are PTI Aqua Mist & Ocean Tides with Brilliance Starlite Black for the sentiment.  I added Stickles to the dots--so pretty in real life.
I sponged with the same inks on the front & flap of the envelope, but kept it a bit lighter.  It's already in the mail to hopefully bring a lift to one of my blogging friends.  I'm also entering Time Out.

We celebrated our 35th anniversary in 2014 by going to a Seattle Seahawks football game.  It was so much fun & the woman sitting behind us was kind enough to snap a picture which turned out to be one of my favorites.  I mounted it to a decorated panel so I could sit it on a table. Somehow it ended up on the floor & before I knew it Fritz did a number on one corner.  The challenge to incorporate a picture gave me the motivation to re-do it.
I went much simpler this time & actually like it better.  The heart border die is from SSS & is brushed with Wink of Stella. PTI Wonderful Words: Love die cut is lightly watercolored with Distress Ink faded jeans & brushed with Wink of Stella. I'm catching up on my blog reading & truly do appreciate your taking time to visit my blog.  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Easter Blessings

I'm honored to once again be guest designing for CropStop. Now's the time to be working on Easter cards & for today's card I used my new Freida Curve Poppystamps die.  Isn't it beautiful?!
First the die cut was spritzed with Heidi Swapp Ocean Color Shine & then I painted over the leaves with Distress Stain bundled sage.  
I masked the Impression Obsession sentiment so I could gold emboss just the 2 words.  The die cut is layered onto another one cut from white cardstock to give just a bit of dimension.  I really love the combination of gold & pastels, so will use these colors together again.  I'm entering PoppystampsDies R Us & HLS Anything Goes with Dies.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Just Because

Stitched Coaster Round UpPTI is having some fun 10th Anniversary Challenges & I finally finished my first entry which is for Lizzie's Challenge.  Stitching projects are the inspiration, but stitching isn't required.  As soon as I saw project #5, I thought of Snowflake Flurries.
I stamped  the image on Soft Stone cardstock in Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Pale Peony & Berry Sorbet.  The sentiment from Friendly Flowers is stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black. The little black dots are Pico Embellisher.  This is Take 2 since a big black blob ruined my first stamped piece.  I'm proud of myself for not getting upset & not giving up--haha!  I'm also entering Retro Rubber (image from 2012--my colors may not be close enough) & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Monday, March 6, 2017

March Madness--Oregon Style!

Figured the forecast was wrong, but sure enough--we got snow! Now that would not be surprising if I lived in Denver, but we don't even get snow every winter--let alone in March!  There were beautiful big wet snowflakes at 11pm last night & here's what it looked like this morning.  
Would you believe school was cancelled?!  Not sure why they panicked, but as expected by early afternoon Fritz was enjoying a sunbath!  

Last day to enter the Winnie & Walter 3rd BD Bash Challenges & here are my last 2 cards.  
First is a Christmas card for Kelly's Stencil Challenge.  
I sponged Distress Ink pumice stone through a stencil by MFT & then arranged die cut & stamped flowers & greenery from W&W In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals.  The flowers are brushed with Wink of Stella & Stickles embellish the centers. The die cut word is stacked 3 high with the top layer cut from silver glitter paper which is also attached to the left edge of the card front.  I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges & SSS Monday.
Next is another entry for Keren's Off the Page Challenge. My sweet friend, Cat, stamped the new Bed of Roses for me, as it hasn't come to my house yet.  
I colored with a couple purple Zigs & blended with Wink of Stella.  After die cutting it with a circle, I noticed the black die cut square on my table. It was just what I needed for a little different look.  The sentiment from Frenchy's Florals was stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black--my favorite black ink for sentiments.  I added some splatters with the ink, too.  Just learned a blogging friend suffered a stroke recently. Thankfully she's recovered pretty well & hopefully this card will brighten her day.  I'm also entering Time Out & The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

PTI and Winnie & Walter

Finished a couple cards for 2 of my favorite companies:  PTI and Winnie & Walter.
First is Kraft & Colored Pencils for PTI MIM.  I only have a few good pencils since I don't do much coloring of images & they weren't the colors I wanted.  
The Take Three sets have small designs which I thought might hide my lack of coloring skills--haha! I used the matching die cut to line up the images in my Mini MISTI & heat embossed them in white.  I used a couple pinkish & green Crayola pencils. Hard to tell in the photo, but I used more of the dark pink for the center flower.  For the sentiment (also in the MISTI) I stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia, then in Autumn Rose & then again in the first ink to get a custom color close to my colored pencils. Decided against bling & simply tied on a twine bow.  I'm also entering HLS CAS ChallengeThe Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge & Word Art Wednesday.
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Next is another card for the W&W 3rd BD Bash.  I'm entering the Mood Board Challenge with Heather P.  The gorgeous pink Daisy immediately grabbed my attention.  This is only my second card using In Bloom: Addie's Garden, so only one of these stamps had been previously inked.
I used the MISTI  so I could stamp multiple times using Versafine Smokey Gray to get the intensity I wanted.  Less intimidating to color only 1 image & I hadn't done the Spotlight Technique in ages.  I used 2 pink Zigs & blended with clear Wink of Stella for a beautiful shimmer.  The circle die cut is Lawn Fawn & is popped up with black fun foam.  I sponged the Smokey Gray ink on the card front & used it to stamp the sentiment which is over-stamped in Watermark & clear embossed.  This is the first time I've used the sentiment which is in a stamp set from The Ton which Virginia included in a giveaway I won.  All the sentiments are wonderful--think I'll just leave it on my table as they'll get lots of use.  I'm also entering The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge, The Playground (circles from snippets) & Time Out.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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