Monday, September 25, 2017

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge


Blog Hop InspirationHurrah--it's time for the monthly PTI Blog Hop!  I love the inspiration piece with it's beautiful Fall colors.  Decided to make a birthday card with Fall colored flowers on a dark background.  The Sweet Life images are some of my favorites, although I still have a terrible time lining up the layers.  Finally decided to go with what I had anyway.  I stamped with a variety of inks on ivory cardstock & then sponged with one of the light colors to soften the look. 
The sentiment from PTI Quilled Elegance is gold embossed on the dark chocolate panel.  Instead of splattering with gold, I pulled out a very old Magenta stamp. 
I still love splatters, but this is fun for a different look.  I'm also entering CAS on Friday & The Playground.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by--enjoy the hop!
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Thank You Kindly

Most of you know I love the PTI MIM challenges.  This week Dawn made a beautiful card for the theme of Mixing Florals--using more than one stamp set.  I'm one of the few people who actually doesn't have a bunch of PTI floral sets, per se.  Quite a few of my sets do include some flowers & I ended up deciding on a wreath card. 

The card base is made with a die from Don't Forget to Write--so feminine & beautiful.  The wreath, flowers & greenery stamps are from Twig Wreath & Garden Guild, with a sentiment from Quilled Elegance.  I used a bunch of PTI inks with the largest flowers done in Autumn Rose.  The little strip of matching cardstock was added to my hand cut sentiment banner & 3 matching pearls provided just the look I wanted.  I love die cuts, but sometimes it's fun to just get back to stamping.  I'm also entering Stamplorations Theme & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

MFT Superstar Cards

Shakers are listed in the MFT Superstar Innovation Master challenge category.  I really love the MFT shaker pouches that eliminate the need to use foam, so I made this card which also works for MFT Color Challenge 77
The larger MFT Dizzy Doily die was dry embossed on gray cardstock & cut out by hand.  I also used scissors to cut out the center for the pouch to fit through.  The doily & the card front were sponged with DI pumice stone.  An image from MFT Peaceful Wildflowers was white embossed for the shaker background.  The shaker mix is made of dark blue, light blue & pink glitter with some clear seed beads thrown in. 
I stamped the image from the same set in pumice stone, using my mini MISTI so I could stamp multiple times.  White waxed twine was tied in a bow & embellished with a pearl before adding the panel to a white card.  I'm also entering SSS Monday.

My first attempt at an entry for the MFT Superstar Coloring Virtuoso was a complete failure.  Last night I decided to try something completely different & I'm happy to have an entry for the random drawing. 

First time to open the Flashy Florals dies--so pretty.  I actually colored with 2 purple & 2 green Copic markers--going for darker in the center.  I used my white Sharpie for the dots & added Wink of Stella to the bloom, along with a glittered white dot. 
The sentiment from MFT Tag You're It was stamped on a white panel die cut with MFT In & Out Stitched Rounded Square.  The same die was embossed into the black panel & I added the white one with fun foam.  Hubby mailed this one to surprise his daughter as he just found out that Sunday is Daughter Day.  I'm also entering ATC, SSS Monday, The Coloring Challenge & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
Edited to add: Also entering SSS Wednesday since the white panel is mounted with fun foam.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Thanks so Much

If I didn't know better, I'd say it must be Fall!  So nice to have cooler temps & some rain.  You may remember hubby found a man who served for a few months in WWII on the same ship as his dad.  The men didn't know each other (800 men), but it was still very special to talk with someone who was in the same place at the same time.  Here's the card hubby is sending him & his daughter. 
The IO Collage Leaf 5 was inked with Distress Markers festive berries, peeled paint & wild honey.  I used my Mini MISTI so I could ink, mist & stamp until I got the look I wanted.  When it was dry, I over-stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz. 
I added some brown splatters before attaching the IO die cut sentiment (DIE234-M) which I cut from kraft & inked with VersaMagic Jumbo Java.  I'm entering IO Harvest Hellos, AAA Cards, SSS MondaySSS Wednesday & Die Cut Divas. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Warm Cards

I missed the last Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, but had to make something for the current Fall challenge as I just got Stamplorations Coffee for all Seasons. 
Very simple card & a smaller size--perfect for a coffee gift card.  I tied on some twine & added a brown pearl over the knot.  Fun to find a matching sequin from a mixed pack I got last year.  Hard to tell, but there is a gorgeous shimmer from spritzing heavily with gold perfect pearls. 
I'm also entering Stamplorations Theme, Stamplorations Never-Ending Anything Goes, Allsorts & SSS Wednesday.
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Next is my entry for ABNH.  The collaboration company for the month is CAS-ual Fridays & I immediately knew I wanted to use the wheat image from CFS Amber Waves.  I won the set years ago, but had only used one of the sentiments. 
Hero Arts Envelope Pattern was lightly stamped on the front of the kraft card--needed to be darker.  The wheat was gold embossed & then I used my Mini MISTI to stamp the Hero Arts sentiment multiple times.  This is the first time I've done double embossing--a bit tricky with a sentiment, but the MISTI made it possible.  I finished off with splatters of Distress Stain tarnished brass.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Fall Card

For once I'm actually going to have enough cards to send at Thanksgiving.  I like to do Fall colors & images & then put Happy Thanksgiving on the inside.  My card for Impression Obsession Harvest Hellos is one of them. 
I used one of my all-time favorite designs with DIs candied apple, abandoned coral & fossilized amber as the masked background for IO Three Little Twigs.  The gold embossed sentiment is from IO Anytime Sentiments.  I added brown splatters & mounted the panel with fun foam.  No bling as this is going to my brother and his wife & really, I don't think it needs any.  I'm also entering CropStopSSS Wednesday, Stamplorations themeThe Male Room.  Our weather is really changing--full sun, but in the low 70s at noon instead of close to 90--yah!  Actually we have rain coming & we really need it.  Seems strange to say with all the misery from the hurricanes.  Hoping the millions of dollars raised for relief will get used properly to really make a difference.  I keep thinking of Katrina & all that still hasn't been done.  Anyway,  thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Birthday, Friendship, Halloween

My sister is trying to catch up to me, but I always stay a step ahead--haha!  She is joining me in the Sr Citizen ranks, though, as she turns 65 this month.  The new PTI release includes another Cutaway Tag, but my spring die was still unused--shame, shame!  It cuts beautifully & I do love it.  
I colored with Zigs--different using them on small die cut images, but think it turned out OK.  I had the right size circle die to cut a piece of glitter paper for the backing.
I intended to use a white card, but I really loved the contrast with the shimmery blue cardstock.  The sentiment from Quilled Elegance fit perfectly & is stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black. I used fun foam to mount the tag.  I'm entering PTI CAWU as I was inspired by Nichole's Day 3 card.  I'm also entering CAS on Friday, & SSS Wednesday.
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Next is a friendship card for a blogging friend using a color combo I love--kraft, pink & white.
The lattice die is by W Plus 9 & the flowers & sentiment are from SSS. The flowers were fussy cut.  Maybe I don't always need dies--sure would save some money!  I used Rosewater Nuvo drops for embellishment. I'm entering SSS Flickr challenge, SSS Wednesday & Stamplorations theme.

Last is my entry for MFT Superstar CAS challenge.  So nice that there are random drawings as well as those considered the best of the best.  I made 2 different ones & finally decided to enter my Halloween card.  
The pumpkins from Primitive Pumpkins were stamped in Summer Sunrise on a white panel.  The green was done with 2 different markers & the sentiment from the same set was stamped in Vintage Sepia.  I used the larger MFT Chevron stripes die for a fun element.  
Bling is provided by little purple gems I've had forever & Wink of Stella. I'm not big on Halloween, but I do love pretty pumpkins.  This is definitely my kind of card.  I'm also entering Retro Rubber (bought Dec. 2013) & SSS Wednesday.  Long post--thanks for taking time to visit my blog.