Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanks and Joy

The fog never lifted yesterday, but the good thing is hubby cancelled our leaf raking duties!  We also enjoyed seeing the Oregon Ducks win their football game & I did some crafting--surprise, surprise!  Here's a heads up for you--Lori Hairston is once again presenting Visions of Sugarplums. 
The dates are Dec. 2, 3 & 4--don't miss it!  This will be my second year as a member of her DT--such an honor. 
Concord & 9th is one of my favorite companies, but so far I have very few of their products--none of them holiday.  Fortunately I have sweet friends who send me die cuts & now I have the Tree Ring Background stamp thanks to Rosemary.  I came up with a Christmas card for WCMC9 using the blossom from Floral & Flutter colored red & embellished with a green pearl. 
The tree ring is stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer & the little green dots are from the C&9 set called Flourish.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Frenchy's Florals with the Joy silver embossed twice. 
I dry embossed the card front with a piece of burlap--something I learned from Rosemary.  The stamped panel was die cut with AJVD Polka Dot Backdrop Rectangle.  I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges, HLS Christmas Challenge & ModSquad.
I was inspired by Kimber's tag design on Day 17 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  For my version I finally used a strip of red & green Washi I bought at least a year ago. 
I scored 2 lines above & below & used my Clear Star Gelly Roll pen for a bit of sparkle.
The word is from Hero Arts Merriest Christmas Wishes, the tag is Poppystamps, the bow is white crochet thread & the embellishments are PPP clear confetti.  I'm also entering CAS on Friday.
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With Thanksgiving this week, I'm counting my blessings.  So thankful for my blogging friends.  Thank you is the theme at Outside the Box & I used my MB Garden Birch Landscape stencil for the first time. 
I also finally opened 2 of my 3 Distress Oxide ink pads--Broken China & Cracked Pistachio.  I spritzed the panel heavily with Perfect Pearls & splattered some white gesso. 
I made a gray textured frame using Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles.  SSS Painted Thanks was cut from gray & white cardstock.  I covered the top layer with Crystal Laquer & finished off with PPP marshmallow sequins.  I'm also entering Country View Challenges, CAS-ual Friday Challenge, CropStop, Paru's Card Making Challenges, SSS Monday & Die Cut Divas.  Be safe if you're travelling & thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Red and Green with Sparkle and Shine!

I enjoy non-traditional colors for Christmas, but I never get tired of red & green.  Add sparkle and shine & I'm even happier!  
First is a card for SSS Flickr Challenge #84.  The theme is holiday, my favorite cards to make.  I also love foil & couldn't resist the new Gina K Fancy Foils--absolutely gorgeous in real life!  I got the red & green--should have also gotten the silver. 
Unfortunately, I could not get good results with my cheap laminator, so gave in & ordered the one Gina K uses.  Under $40, so not too bad.  Until it arrives, I'm back to using self-adhesive foam, which works great.  I had no trouble cutting the Memory Box ornament, even though the string & bow are very narrow.  You just press on the foil & voila!
The PTI frame was sitting on my table, but I wasn't happy with the plain white.  What a difference with simply brushing on a white metallic watercolor.  The card front was covered with a piece of green glitter cardstock that's pretty expensive, but I got it on sale last year.  So beautiful & totally no mess.  The word from SSS Joyeux Noel was cut from black scraps & stacked 4 high.  A single gem seemed like the only embellishment needed.  I'm also entering CropStopHLS Anything Goes with Dies & The Snippets Playground
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Next is my tag inspired by the one Tracey made for Day 16 of The 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  I don't have a die like she used, so instead I used a Penny Black stamp from christmas wishes. 
I stamped in white & embossed with a sparkle powder & stamped again in green.  After coloring the leaves green I added Star Dust Stickles.  The berries are covered with Christmas Red Stickles, as are the letters cut from MFT dies.
I fussy cut the top of the tag & used a PPP die for the bottom.  I tried many angles & lights, but just couldn't get decent pictures.  I'm also entering HLS Christmas Challenge & SSS Monday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Just Stamping

I love using dies in cardmaking, but there's something really therapeutic about just stamping.  PTI's designer, Lizzie, must think so, too, because she stamped the most beautiful Christmas card on Day 2 of Release Week.  I just had to case it for this month's CAWU Challenge.  In fact, I made 2 cards.  
First is a sympathy card with Turning a New Leaf stamped in Mint Julep & Spring Rain. 
The sentiment from Through the Trees is stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black.  Hard to see, but there are tiny splatters of the green & blue inks.  The stitching is Lil' Inker & the mat is Spring Rain.  I'm also entering SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.
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Next is a Christmas card with Snowflake Flurries stamped in Spring Rain, Lavender Moon & Sweet Blush. 
The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Blueberry Sky.  I tapped my Spectrum Noir sparkle pen over the panel which splattered it with little sparkly dots--so pretty!  The mat is Enchanted Evening die cut with Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle.  I'm entering Christmas Card Challenges, HLS CAS Challenge, SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

3 Cards and a Tag

I was supposed to address Thanksgiving cards yesterday, but used that time to make some more projects--surprise, surprise!  Good thing is I can do it today while we watch football.  Some challenges are about to close, so better show you my projects.
First up is my photo card for PTI MIM.  Ashley made Christmas cards, but the instructions just say to use a PTI product & a photo.  We had such brilliant Fall color this year, I thought the cherry blossom trees on our street would make a great Thanksgiving card. 
I did practice on a scrap of photo paper before stamping the sentiment from PTI Autumn Adornments & I used my Mini MISTI--thank goodness.  I had no problem with smearing, but did stamp multiple times with Versafine Vintage Sepia.  It still wasn't dark enough, so I did a top layer of Onyx Black & that was perfect. 
Struggled with the die cut leaves as I wanted something complimentary, but not distracting.  Finally settled on a small grouping from Fancy Foliage colored with Zigs.  I'm also entering SSS Monday.

Next is another felt poinsettia card & I did more French Knots--so fun! 
This MFT die may be my favorite floral die--wish it had a matching stamp.  The scalloped black oval is MFT Stitched Oval Scallop Frames.  I don't have Ellen Hutson stamps, but I do have Merry and Bright dies which I cut from black & brushed with Wink of Stella.  The dry embossing is one of my favorites (Anna Griffin's Feather Illusion) & I finished off with white Nuvo Drops.
I'm entering EH Mix with MFT, Christmas Card Challenges, HLS Christmas & Word Art Wednesday.
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One of my newest blogging friends is Tracy Freeman.  She provided the inspiration for my next card & tag.
Hopefully hubby will agree that this card works for his 20 something grandson's birthday this month. 
I used the layout of Tracy's card with the beautiful HA acorn die from Autumn Icons & a very old HA sentiment.  The papers are from a pad with copper foiling on kraft that Target had last year & the twine with the copper thread is from Michael's.  I'm entering ABHN, AAA where my good friend, Ros, is the GD, Casology ("Mighty oaks from little acorns grow") & DRU
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And finally my tag based on Tracy's Day 11 tag for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  I do love poinsettias & heat embossing, so I pulled out Penny Black's set called joyous from 2009 (gorgeous images!) & one of my first embossing powders--Egyptian Gold by JudiKins. 

The tag was cut with Poppystamps Tunnel Tags & the sentiment is from Hero Arts. 
I attached my bow slightly off center, like Tracy did & I think this will eventually be turned into a tag card.  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies.  Thanks so much for getting through this long post.  Your comments always make my day.