Friday, March 16, 2018

Baby Cards

Fritz & I have become friends with neighbors we walk by every day.  They have an almost 4 year old adorable little girl & now a new baby boy.  I didn't know the sex of the baby, so I made 2 cards to be ready once baby arrived.  The blocks image is from a local company that went out of business years ago & the sentiment is from an Easter/Baby set from The Craft's Meow--also no longer in business.
Here's the first card I made--intuition?!
I did emboss resist with DO cracked pistachio, removed color with a wet brush inside the blocks & then painted them with DO faded jeans.  Love how the sentiment matches by using the blue DO ink for stamping.  The dots are made with a PTI die from Mix & Mat Flourishes.  I'm entering WAW & SSS National Craft Month.
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Here's the girl version--also emboss resist but with DO worn lipstick applied heaviest in the center of the image.  I colored in the outside of the blocks with a white extra fine Sharpie--worked great!
The word is stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black several times using my stamp positioner.  For the left side of the card front I used the same ink to stamp the border from Winnie & Walter Scenery Stripes: 2.  I attached the panel with foam tape & decided against adding embellishments.  Hopefully my sister can use this card as there always seems to be someone at her church having a baby.  I'm entering AAA Cards, & SSS National Craft Month.
I also made a card & got a little gift for the big sister who always calls out "It's Greta & Fritz!" whenever she sees us--such a cutie pie.  Not a typical kid card, but hopefully she'll like it.
She likes bright colors & I LOVED using a bit of the beautiful Lawn Fawn plaid papers I've been storing--haha!  The word die from Winnie & Walter was stacked 3 high with the top layer covered in yellow Stickles.  Inside I wrote a note saying the baby was lucky to have her for a big sister.  She's doing well, but of course some problems at times having to share mommy after 4 years of having all her attention.  I'm entering WAW & SSS National Craft Month.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PRS Create It Wednesday~Celebrate

It's my day on the PRS Blog & this week's project is a bright, happy birthday card.  I began by cutting a panel of white cardstock with angles. Then I double white embossed the fun cassette tape image from the Daily Thoughts stamp set, using a stamp positioner. 
Distress Oxide twisted citron was sponged over the entire panel, adding more layers inside the images.  DO inks are very easy to blend, but another reason I decided to add them to my stash is the fact that they have pigment ink qualities.  That allowed me to stamp a label for the tapes & the card sentiment from the Oh So Fun stamp set, plus the star cluster from Daily Thoughts.  The dots are made by touching the tip of a waterbrush to the inked panel & blotting with a paper towel.

Love adding texture with an embossing folder, so that's what I did after the sentiment was stamped on the card front.  Fun foam was used behind the stamped panel to keep even dimension after it goes through the mail.  I think this fun green shade combined with the tape image works for a guy or a gal, especially one who loves music & isn't too young--haha!  

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Ombre Bunny

I came across the negative die cut from an older Hero Arts bunny in the mess on my table.  Just the excuse I needed to take a break from organizing & make a card! 
Worked great as a stencil with Distress Inks spun sugar & victorian velvet.  The die cut rectangle was also a left over, so one less thing to store--yah!  I got a beautiful Easter set from The Craft's Meow when they were going out of business.  The sentiment words from that set were stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer using my Mini MISTI so I could stamp several times.  I tend to use metallic papers for Christmas, but they can be great for other occasions, too.  Love the silver metallic for this card front. Tiny pink splatters & white Nuvo drops finish off my card.  I'm entering AAA, HLS Anything Goes with DiesSSS Monday & Die Cut Divas.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS National Craft Month.
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Friday, March 9, 2018

Easter Blessings

I'm slowly adding Distress Oxide ink pads to my stash--one coupon at a time!  I decided to use faded jeans & cracked pistachio with my favorite CAS design to make an Easter card for the Impression Obsession challenge
I blended the 2 inks in an area masked on a white panel & misted with Perfect Pearls before removing the tape.  The shimmer is really gorgeous in person.  Then I stamped the IO Solid Tree in VersaMagic Jumbo Java multiple times using my Mini MISTI.  Easter Blessings (B5430) was stamped the same way.  I added some splatters of the blue & green inks before mounting the panel with foam tape to a card front sponged with the faded jeans.  I tend to use this tree in the Fall, but I think it works great for any season by changing the color scheme.  I checked the DT cards & looks like IO is pretty lenient with the definition of CAS, in case you're thinking I didn't leave enough white space.  This will go to my brother & his wife or my cousin & his wife as I love using this tree on cards for men.  I'm also entering Stamplorations Theme.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS National Craft Month.
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Color Wheel Card

Lexi has a fun challenge this week for PTI MIM: Color Wheel Cards.  A long time ago I bought PTI Guide Lines from another blogger, but it seldom gets used.  Decided to pull it out for this challenge & I really had fun stamping. 
Lining up everything in my Mini MISTI made it super easy.  I stamped each color as many times as I needed to get them close to the same intensity.  The yellow is Memento Dandelion & the rest are from PTI: Enchanted Evening, New Leaf, Amethyst Allure, Summer Sunrise & Hibiscus Burst.  It did take some time experimenting with various inks to come up with my final choices.  Originally I stamped the sentiment from wonderful Words: Hello in black ink directly on the panel, but it was way too blah.  That led to an inlaid black circle frame, a white embossed sentiment on a stacked black circle die cut & a tiny layer of black showing on all 4 sides.  I needed to keep it pretty flat for mailing overseas, so just added a tiny clear gem to each image.  Simple, but cheery & hopefully it will bring a smile when the recipient opens it.  I'm also entering CAS-ual Fridays & SSS Monday (Rainbow of colors).  
Edited to add: Also entering SSS National Craft Month.  
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018


I love wreaths & that may be part of why I was drawn to Kimberly's beautiful cardReally, it's like a big wreath going off the edges of the card.    
I couldn't wait to try my own version.  First I colored 2 strips of vellum--one with COPIC R35 & the other with G02.  Then I die cut 2 of the blooms from SSS Floral Shapes (dies that match SSS Spring Flowers) from the non-colored side of the Coral vellum & 2 of the leaf clusters from the green. 
Delicata Silvery Shimmer was used for the stamping.  I attached the die cuts on a SSS Fog panel & trimmed off the excess.  SSS Painted Thanks was die cut from the fog cardstock & heat embossed several times with silver embossing powder.  I clear embossed another die cut to use as the shadow.  Wish I'd taken a picture before splattering with Distress Stain Burnished Silver--made a huge difference, at least to my eye. 
Added some silver sequins for a finishing touch.  I'm entering SSS Flickr Challenge #92 & WAW.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS National Craft Day.
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Distress Oxide Glazed Poinsettia

I love poinsettias & several of my friends made gorgeous cards for the Merry Monday challenge.  Unfortunately, I didn't get the post done in time to enter, but I used the MFT Sketch, so will enter there. 
Jennifer McGuire's video using DO inks, glossy cardstock & Distress Micro Glaze inspired me.  We happened to be in the town with a Michael's on Friday, so I used my 50% off coupon to get the glaze.  Must say, my results aren't as striking as Jennifer's.  It could be my very old glossy cardstock doesn't work the same as the TH AI cardstock she used.  I'm still happy with my card which goes into the "to be sent" box & not the "to be torn apart" box, so that's good--haha! 
The MFT poinsettia die set is one of my favorites.  I love it cut from felt, cardstock or designer paper.  The inks I used are worn lipstick, abandoned coral & cracked pistachio.  Two of the black die cut frames were on my table, so I layered them for a bit of dimension--really didn't need foam tape to my eye.  Before attaching the frame I masked the inside area so I could brush worn lipstick through the MFT stencil.  I also stamped the word from an old HA set using my Mini MISTI to be sure I didn't mess it up.  Then mounted the poinsettia & added a big, clear gem.  That, of course, keeps the card from being flat, but it was just the look I wanted--worth it!
I'm also entering HLS Christmas, The Snippets Playground, SSS Wednesday & WAW.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS National Craft Month.
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