Sunday, July 16, 2017

Warm Color Combo

The current Impression Obsession challenge is to use summer or warm colors.  My first thought was to use yellow, blue & green. But then I saw some of my newest mini Distress Inks & decided to blend fossilized amber, abandoned coral & candied apple as a background for the IO Solid Tree stamped in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe.  
May be my new favorite color combo, even though I always say I prefer cool colors.  Then again, my favorite metallic is gold which I used to stamp over the sentiment so it wouldn't look exactly the same as the tree.  I also spritzed the panel heavily with gold Perfect Pearls--so gorgeous in person!  The sentiment looks hard to read in the close up photo, but it really isn't.
It would have been a one layer card, except I messed up using a stitched rectangle die.  Fortunately, I could just trim the panel a bit & mat it with brown textured cardstock.  Might actually like it better anyway.  I'm also entering CropStop, Freshly Made Sketches & Stamplorations Theme. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Christmas in July

Christmas in July has always been popular with me.  When I was a kid at summer camp I got our cabin to pick that theme for the cabin decorating contest--can't remember if we won! This year there are lots of blog features & challenges with the theme, so more to come.  Actually, I made a Christmas card for last week's PTI MIM challenge & here's my entry for PTI CAWU.  I really loved Laurie's black, white & gold card & was inspired by the gold on white die cuts, gold frame & contrasting card.  
As you can see, I used Pure Poppy cardstock instead of black. The die cuts from Spruce & Sprigs are stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz--my favorite gold ink.  I made the frame with AJVD Polka Dot Backdrop rectangles & sponged with gold. The sentiment from Botanical Blocks IV is gold embossed & I couldn't resist adding a few small PPP gold sequins. The panel is mounted with fun foam to the card front, so will need a bit of extra postage. I'm also entering HLS Christmas challenge, Die Cut Divas & Word Art Wednesday.
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Next is my first card using a brand new die from CASual Fridays.  Haven't been letting myself buy new stamps or dies, but couldn't resist the bell dies in the retirement sale.  I didn't have any bell dies, so that's my justification--haha!  
So fun to use the shape of an object for a shaker window & I tried out Stephanie's technique of stacked layers instead of foam--great when the opening doesn't have straight lines.  The shaker mix is white seed beads & Stampendous Shaved Ice.  I have 2 Lawn Fawn plaid paper pads that have hardly been used--love the look!  The PPP bow was the perfect size to top the bell & I added an iridescent gem that ties into the mix.  The sentiment from the first card was still in my Mini MISTI & was the right size, so I stamped it several times in DI pine needles which closely matches the cardstock panel.  I'm entering CAS-ual Fridays, CCCB, CropStop, HLS Anything Goes with Dies, SSS Wednesday & Die Cut Divas. I'm slowly catching up on blog reading--thanks for your patience.  Enjoy the weekend!
Edited to add: Joining the Summer Link Up at Merry Monday using #241 (red, green & white) or #240 (bell)--thanks for the suggestion, Linda.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cards for Friends

My favorite cards to make are Christmas, but next to that are cards going to blog friends when they don't expect it.  That's why I got the Lawn Fawn sentiment die many, many months ago.  So glad the July Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge is with Lawn Fawn, which got me to finally make a card with it!  
I began with a white panel & the foam stamp I made from EH Bold Blossom small die.  The inks are DI tumbled glass & cracked pistachio.  I sponged the edges with worn lipstick & didn't like it, but just kept going--I'll spare you the details--haha!  The next day I tried using a vellum panel over most of it & decided it was OK.  I inked a scrap with cracked pistachio & cut a strip plus the 2 Bold Blossom leaves which I covered in Wink of Stella.  
The sentiment is stacked 3 high & covered in Crystal Lacquer. Finished off with a few black Pico Embellisher dots.  I'm also entering CropStop, Stamping Sensations & Word Art Wednesday

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I loved The Play Date Cafe challenges--especially black & white with a splash of color.  So I was really happy to see that's the current theme for SSS Flickr #75.  I know you'll be shocked to see I chose a splash of pink--haha!  
I used SSS Falling Snow stencil with white ink on a scrap of black paper & also stamped a leaf cluster from SSS Sketch Ranunculus.  The blossom from the same set was stamped in black on a white scrap, as well as another leaf cluster & one blossom which I die cut.  The sentiment from Hero Arts Leaf prints was white embossed & trimmed into the little banner.  A piece of black ribbon covers the intersection of the 2 panels & the single blossom is partially matted with black & popped up.  The pink splash of color comes from Nuvo Rosewater Jewel drops.  I'm also entering The Playground  & Word Art Wednesday.  Hope you're staying safe with all the fires & flooding.  We're having one cloudy day in the midst of many full of sun, so spent the morning working in the yard.  I'll catch up with you soon.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Hello

When I saw the new Winnie & Walter Gossip Column Summer Fruits post it took awhile before I could tear myself away from that gorgeous citrus print dress--not that I could wear it! Taheerah actually found lots of incredible inspiration & her cards are just brilliant!  However, I thought this might be one challenge I'd have to sit out.  A few hours later it dawned on me that I have the Love Jar Hero Arts stamp set that includes a citrus image I've never used.

I've been wanting to use printed paper with my W&W hello die, so thought maybe I could make my own.  I started by sponging DI dried marigold on a white scrap & then stamped in Orange Zest.  Such a fun summery look, I think.  I mounted the die cut 3 high using Orange Zest cardstock for a slight shadow.  I also wanted the card to work for the floral theme at ABNH who is collaborating with W&W this month.  The daisy from the set worked perfectly for the look I wanted--just curved the stem in my mini MISTI to the right angle.  I kept the citrus theme using lemon yellow & lime green markers. Each color had to be stamped several times--so great having the stamp positioner!  I masked the flower & used a stencil brush with DI pumice stone & tumbled glass for a light background, but it needed something.  Just love the change I got by partially embossing the Echo Park dots folder using a small hammer.  
The word is covered in Wink of Stella, every other petal is covered in yellow Stickles & the sides of the panel are die cut with Paper Smooches dots.  I mounted it to a kraft card & tied some twine for embellishment. I'm also entering a2z ScrapbookingHLS Anything Goes with Dies, SSS Wednesday, SSS Work it WednesdayStamplorations Theme & Virginia's Summer Blog Party.
Edited to add: Anything Goes for Paper Smooches this month, so I'm adding my card to their challenge.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Summery Leaves for a Birthday

The Winnie & Walter Color challenge is about to end. Decided to make a second card & combine it with the new Rerun Challenge & ABNH where the collaboration is with W&W. Unfortunately, I forgot that the theme is florals--that'll teach me not to double check--haha!  
Shay's Rerun card with the symmetrical arrangement of trees inspired my design using 3 images from In Bloom: Renee's Leaves.  After white embossing, the leaves were messy watercolored with DI squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry & salty ocean.  The top line of the sentiment is from Hero Arts Find Joy (masked to use just the 3 words) & celebrate is from W&W Big, Bold Seasons.  I stamped with HA Field Greens, using my Mini MISTI to re-stamp just the word celebrate.  I sprayed the panel liberally with Heidi Swapp white Color Shine.  
The lined strip is done with Scenery: Stripes 2 & the same green ink.  I attached the strip to a larger piece of white cardstock covered with MFT Glitter Glaze.  A tiny strip of yellow textured cardstock was attached to the card front to tie in with the center leaf.  I mounted the strip with foam tape & added some PPP marshmallow sequins.  I'm also entering HLS Watercolor Challenge, Paru's Card Making Challenge, SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Birthday & Christmas

I've had the rest of my DI rainbow panel sitting on my table since I made my card for Poppystamps last month.  Decided to use about 1/2 of what was left for the new Just Bling It challenge.  
My sweet friend, Brenda, sent me lots of Poppystamps Stitched Butterflies die cuts, so I pulled out vellum & cardstock in different sizes to layer.  Hopefully my one beautiful bling dot will qualify, as it really seemed like all that was needed.  I added some little black splatters & the sentiment from Poppystamps Hope and Thanks.  I'm also entering DRU, HLS CAS, Paru's Card Making Challenges, The Playground & SSS Wednesday.
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Next is my PTI MIM entry.  Honestly, I did not see Kim's card until mine was already done--as they say, great minds think alike!  This was a really fun technique--check out the video if you haven't.  
I made an acrylic circle stencil using a die & saved packaging.  DI pine needles was sponged for an ombre effect going from lower right to upper left.  The masks were made with a die cut berry image from PTI Spruce & Sprigs.  Then with the masks removed & the stencil left in place, I stamped the berry image in DI festive berries & added Christmas Stickles. The sentiment from PTI Snowflake Flurries was stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black--a bit softer than black. I sponged the edges of the card front to match & attached the panel with foam tape.  Couldn't find an embellishment with the right colors in my stash, so decided to just use a bow made with a beautiful textured ribbon.  
Thought it still needed something, so covered the bow with painter's tape & sprayed with Perfect Pearls--just love that shimmer!  I'm also entering Christmas Card ChallengesDie Cut Divas & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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