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 Wink of Stella 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.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Autumn Leaves

Happy Veteran's Day!  I'm so grateful for all the men & women who have & are serving our country in the military.  
Once a year I pull out my very old Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves ink pad that works just like it did the day I bought it over 15 years ago!  Usually I brayer it onto glossy paper, but decided to try stamping the gorgeous Impression Obsession Collage Leaf 5 which I've had since 2013. 

It's such a solid stamp that it worked beautifully.  The vanilla cardstock was too much contrast to me & fortunately I remembered my Copper Shimmer Spritz in the back of a drawer. 
It's really gorgeous in person & totally changed the look of the card.  The IO Come Ye Thankful sentiment (also in my stash 4 years) had been stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia, so no problem with the spray.  A variety of sequins provide embellishment & the panel was attached to a kraft card.  I'm entering Impression Obsession Falling Leaves, Allsorts, Double D, Retro Rubber & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Two More Tags

I'm really having fun this year with the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  Jo's gorgeous stars on Day 1 reminded me that I have Memory Box Star of Wonder dies which I've hardly used. 

My tag is cut from a soft black paper using a PTI die & the PTI sentiment is gold embossed.  The glitter tape I used for the stars wasn't a good match to the sentiment, but darkening them with a gold Wink of Stella pen made them work.  I added Sticko dots which I really love.  The dark gold ribbon is so beautiful & I tied it with a string saved from a clothing tag.  Used a Versafine cube to lightly color the white string to go with the tag.  This one will probably end up on a card.  I'm also entering Word Art Wednesday.
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My second tag took 3 tries, but finally got what I had in mind after seeing Kelly's tag on Day 3.  I loved her off the edge design & the classic red & green. 
My tag is cut with Poppystamps Tunnel Tags, the snowflake is Hero Arts & the sentiment is AJVD--thank you, Rosemary!  My stamping is done with VersaMagic Red Magic & Brilliance Gamma Green.  I have a huge ribbon collection as I used to buy it a yard at a time--seems like you're not spending much.  Of course, then I hoard it--haha!  May have to find more of this one--a favorite!  Decided to keep it simple & just add a single green gem (colored with a COPIC) for embellishment.  I'll probably use it with a loaf of my pumpkin bread.  The friend I give it to every year usually returns my cards when she's ready to dispose of them, so I may get the ribbon back--haha!  I'm also entering HLS Christmas, SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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