Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Using Scraps #3

Here's my last card using scraps from This Card & it's my last entry for the Impression Obsession challenge.  This time I used the last big roses scrap (IO Sketched Roses) along with a scrap of the solid cardstock I colored with the same 2 pink Zigs. 
The area between the the top 2 & the bottom rose was perfect for a sentiment strip & I used one of the IO Greetings Top Edgers.  I wanted an elegant look to this card, so after stacking the die cuts 3 high I heat embossed over white pigment ink with a very, very old satin embossing powder I used to use all the time--just love that look!  Tried to leave it plain, but in the end white & gold sequins won out--haha!  It was fun & challenging to come up with 3 very different cards using the beautiful left over scraps.  I'll never get tired of the Sketched Roses stamp!  Just scroll down if you want to see the other 3 cards.  I'm also entering DRU, Paru's Cardmaking Challenge & SSS Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Using Scraps #2

The Impression Obsession challenge is about to end, so need to post my final 2 cards made with the scraps from my First Card.  For the 3rd card I simple cut 3 thin strips from the smaller scrap of the IO Sketched Roses I embossed & colored with Zigs. 
I hunted through my green cardstocks & found one piece left of the color I needed--whew!  It's a beautiful light green textured cardstock that matches the Zig I used for coloring.  The IO sentiment from Anytime Sentiments was heat embossed with the SSS Antique Gold embossing powder--same as I used for the roses.  Finished off by rounding the top corners & adding green Nuvo drops.  The drops look like a darker shade of the same green in person--not yellowy like the photo.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.  I'll be back soon with the last card.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Using Scraps #1

The IO Sketched Roses is a large square stamp, so I had left over pieces from my last card.  Yesterday I decided to see how many different designs I could make with those pieces.  Here's the first of 3 cards. 
I took the longest piece & cut 3 little squares.  Remember, you need to heat the embossed edges after you cut them to seal the ep.  I love how the roses look on vanilla cardstock, so temporarily adhered the squares to see where the IO sentiment (B13027) should be stamped.  Then I used my Mini MISTI & 2 green inks to get the shade I wanted.  Decided to dry emboss one of my favorite folders, Anna Griffin's Rosa, before I mounted the squares with foam tape.  No embellishments needed, to my eye, so left it as is.  I'm entering Impression Obsession, the Snippets Playground (just for fun) & SSS Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pink, Green & Gold

Well, guess I just pull on my socks without even looking at my feet. Today I happened to look at my left foot & wow--it's bruised on the top & both sides.  Definitely sprained that ankle, but luckily it looks worse than it feels.  I'm walking fine & trying to follow hubby's advice to slow down.
The current challenge at Impression Obsession is to use pink & green--a combo I love, especially with gold. 
I knew immediately that I wanted to use the beautiful IO Sketched Roses, so I embossed it on Bristol paper with SSS Antique Gold embossing powder.  The coloring was done with 2 pink Zigs & I added some pale green for a hint of leaves.  The solid pink piece was made with the same 2 pink Zigs.  Debated about leaving it plain, but in the end I went with PPP pink sequins for embellishment.  I'm also entering W2CB, where my friend Cat is guest designing.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Flower Cards

So glad to have my laptop back after routine maintenance.  I have 3 cards to share--each different but all with a flower.
To start, here's my PTI MIM entry with a stitched stem, felt bloom & die cut leaves.  I had so much fun making this card! 
The Tag Along Holiday die cut is one Vikki gave me when we met in person.  The bloom die cuts are Corner Adorner: February, the leaves are Fancy Foliage Details, the sentiment is from Trendy Tree Tops & the background stamp is from BG Basics: Text Style.  I used New Leaf Cardstock & lightly brushed blue ink on the tag before adding the bloom with a very old button brad.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.
Edited to add: Also entering Inspired by All the Little Things thanks to Darnell's suggestion.
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Next is a card using Poppystamps Stitched Blooms that were left over from This Card.  I used Spellbinders Squares & Lacy Squares to make the black frame. 
Fun to use twine for the stem & the sweet die cut leaves (thank you, Ros!)  A W&W border stamp made the black & white edge on the card front & I mounted the panel with thin fun foam.  I'm entering Poppystamps, Double D & SSS Wednesday.
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I've been wanting to try Rose Gold with navy, so that's the basis of my last card.  I embossed a scrap of cardstock with SSS Rose Gold embossing powder & die cut the Memory Box Arianna Sprig solid piece from it. 
The outline was die cut from a navy scrap & luckily I had enough to also die cut a mat using AJVD Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop.  The sentiment from Poppystamps Grateful Heart was embossed with the Rose Gold powder--just love it, especially on the off-white cardstock.  The look of the embossing changes as you tilt it in the light.  
I've always loved pearls & still have tons, which fortunately includes the navy ones I used here.  I'm entering Memory Box & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Create It Wednesday~Gift For You

I'm up on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog today with a simple packaging project.  Lots of gift giving occasions coming up including Mother's Day & graduation, but it's also fun to surprise someone when they least expect it. 
I began by making a tag using the partial die cutting technique with a circle die to fit a Mini White Doily.  After Attaching the doily, I stamped the rest of my tag with the splatters from the Positive Thoughts stamp set using a Memento New Sprout marker.  A scrap of light green cardstock was die cut with a PPP Borders 3 die & I attached it to cover where the doily was cut in half.  It was easy to add the yellow & green hand dyed buttons using strong liquid glue.  I stamped the letters I needed from the Sketchy Alphabet stamp set onto more of the cardstock using black ink.  Thankfully I still have a bunch of punches, including a circle one that was just the right size for the letters.  I colored them with the green marker & added Stickles for some fun sparkle. 
There was enough of the cardstock to cut 3 thin strips for the bottom of the tag and I finished off with a twine bow.  Before attaching the tag, I stamped a few solid  & open hearts from the Love Coupon and Happy Art stamp sets.  There are lots of great products in the PRS Store & I hope you'll check them out.  
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Monday, April 9, 2018

Masculine and Feminine Cards

Didn't quite finish these cards last night, as I twisted my ankle & fell going down the small step from the kitchen to the living room.  Talk about feeling dumb!  We've lived in this house over 25 years & I take that step 100 times a day!  I immediately iced it & am so fortunate it's already way better & only my ankle was hurt.  Hubby says I need to stop walking so fast & I guess he's right.  It's a lifelong trait which I blame on keeping up with my dad's long legs when I was a kid.  Anyway, today I finished up cards using SSS products.
First is my 5th entry for the SSS Wednesday Challenge & it's a BD card for my cousin.  He always answers the phone with "greetings" instead of saying hello. 
My last SSS order included a free gift--the die set Trees and Trunks which must be retired.  I immediately thought it'd be great for a masculine card.  There are lots of dies in the set & I'm going to have fun using them.  For this card I blended DI vintage photo & frayed burlap for the trunk and crushed olive & peeled paint for the top.  I added splatters & then blended a bit more ink to soften the look.  The background is faded jeans & tumbled glass blended onto the linen card with a brush.  The sentiment from SSS Thoughtful Messages (one of my favorite sentiment sets) was stamped in Hero Arts Cup 'O Joe.  Dug out a very old corner punch I bought specifically for masculine cards to finish it off.  I'm also entering SSS Flickr Challenge #94 & Flickr Love Handmade Cards.

Next is my feminine friendship card using SSS Heart Mandala stencil with DO inks worn lipstick, picked raspberry & abandoned coral--blended from the center outward on glossy cardstock. 
Pink & gray is one of my favorite color combos & I had a scrap of gray textured cardstock that was just the right shade for the mat & SSS Painted Hugs sentiment die.  The word is stacked 3 high & covered with Nuvo Glaze.  I didn't want to cover much of the beautiful stenciled image, but needed something else.  One of my many paper flowers came to the rescue.  It had the gem & was white--ready to color.  I blended on the same 3 inks & added some white dots & Wink of Stella.  Decided the circle needed to be mounted with foam tape.  Can't make every card flat--haha!  Speaking of friendship cards--check out the Card Chain Challenge.  I've participated for years sending & receiving a card each month.  You don't have to make a new card--send one that's in your stash if you want.  There's even a gift certificate from Taylored Expressions up for grabs this time.  I'm entering SSS Flickr Challenge #94.