Sunday, July 23, 2017

Warm Thoughts

I really wanted to use the darling Impression Obsession Spring Chickadee stamp given to me by my sweet friend, Maria.  
With the current IO challenge to use summer/warm colors, I decided to stamp the bird on kraft with brown ink.  I fussy cut the bird & another wing for some dimension.  I used my neglected gel pens to add a bit of color & mounted the bird to a panel blended with Distress Inks & sprayed with gold Perfect Pearls.  The shimmer is really stunning in person.  The sentiment from IO Anytime Sentiments was stamped in brown under the panel & I added gold splatters.  The little wooden embellishment from Freckled Fawn seemed perfect to finish it off.  I'm also entering CCCB & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

More Friendship Cards

I was without my laptop for a few days, so got further behind in visiting blogs.  We're in for a hot weekend, so won't be working outside & I'll catch up with you soon.
I was about to give up on the PTI MIM challenge: Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiments.  I only have a couple big word stamps & they have a design which didn't work at all!  Last night I decided to make a fun foam stamp with the Wonderful Words: Hello die & it worked!  
Obviously, I moved my stamp more than Ashley did, but I think it's still OK.  For the resist I used stencil brushes with Winter Wisteria, Lovely Lady & Tropical Teal.  For just a bit of interest & texture, I partially embossed the dots from an Echo Park folder that's one of my favorites. The butterfly from Butterfly Hope was stamped in the same inks & die cut.  I added clear sticker dots & the sentiment from the same set. Love having matching cardstock for the PTI inks.  I'm also entering ATSM & Word Art Wednesday.
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Next is another splash of color card, but with 6 colors!  Yep--used another little bit of my rainbow swiped piece.  
The little flowers are from SSS Hello Friends (2015) & I used an ink applicator tool to color the centers with the same Distress Inks. I added a drop of Nuvo White Blizzard glitter drops & stamped the sentiment from SSS Warm Wishes (2014). Most of my US friends probably don't want me to send them any more sunshine than they have--haha!  I'm entering SSS Flickr #76,  Retro Rubber & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Warm Color Combo

The current Impression Obsession challenge is to use summer or warm colors.  My first thought was to use yellow, blue & green. But then I saw some of my newest mini Distress Inks & decided to blend fossilized amber, abandoned coral & candied apple as a background for the IO Solid Tree stamped in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe.  
May be my new favorite color combo, even though I always say I prefer cool colors.  Then again, my favorite metallic is gold which I used to stamp over the sentiment so it wouldn't look exactly the same as the tree.  I also spritzed the panel heavily with gold Perfect Pearls--so gorgeous in person!  The sentiment looks hard to read in the close up photo, but it really isn't.
It would have been a one layer card, except I messed up using a stitched rectangle die.  Fortunately, I could just trim the panel a bit & mat it with brown textured cardstock.  Might actually like it better anyway.  I'm also entering CropStop, Freshly Made Sketches & Stamplorations Theme. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Christmas in July

Christmas in July has always been popular with me.  When I was a kid at summer camp I got our cabin to pick that theme for the cabin decorating contest--can't remember if we won! This year there are lots of blog features & challenges with the theme, so more to come.  Actually, I made a Christmas card for last week's PTI MIM challenge & here's my entry for PTI CAWU.  I really loved Laurie's black, white & gold card & was inspired by the gold on white die cuts, gold frame & contrasting card.  
As you can see, I used Pure Poppy cardstock instead of black. The die cuts from Spruce & Sprigs are stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz--my favorite gold ink.  I made the frame with AJVD Polka Dot Backdrop rectangles & sponged with gold. The sentiment from Botanical Blocks IV is gold embossed & I couldn't resist adding a few small PPP gold sequins. The panel is mounted with fun foam to the card front, so will need a bit of extra postage. I'm also entering HLS Christmas challenge, Die Cut Divas & Word Art Wednesday.
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Next is my first card using a brand new die from CASual Fridays.  Haven't been letting myself buy new stamps or dies, but couldn't resist the bell dies in the retirement sale.  I didn't have any bell dies, so that's my justification--haha!  
So fun to use the shape of an object for a shaker window & I tried out Stephanie's technique of stacked layers instead of foam--great when the opening doesn't have straight lines.  The shaker mix is white seed beads & Stampendous Shaved Ice.  I have 2 Lawn Fawn plaid paper pads that have hardly been used--love the look!  The PPP bow was the perfect size to top the bell & I added an iridescent gem that ties into the mix.  The sentiment from the first card was still in my Mini MISTI & was the right size, so I stamped it several times in DI pine needles which closely matches the cardstock panel.  I'm entering CAS-ual Fridays, CCCB, CropStop, HLS Anything Goes with Dies, SSS Wednesday & Die Cut Divas. I'm slowly catching up on blog reading--thanks for your patience.  Enjoy the weekend!
Edited to add: Joining the Summer Link Up at Merry Monday using #241 (red, green & white) or #240 (bell)--thanks for the suggestion, Linda.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cards for Friends

My favorite cards to make are Christmas, but next to that are cards going to blog friends when they don't expect it.  That's why I got the Lawn Fawn sentiment die many, many months ago.  So glad the July Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge is with Lawn Fawn, which got me to finally make a card with it!  
I began with a white panel & the foam stamp I made from EH Bold Blossom small die.  The inks are DI tumbled glass & cracked pistachio.  I sponged the edges with worn lipstick & didn't like it, but just kept going--I'll spare you the details--haha!  The next day I tried using a vellum panel over most of it & decided it was OK.  I inked a scrap with cracked pistachio & cut a strip plus the 2 Bold Blossom leaves which I covered in Wink of Stella.  
The sentiment is stacked 3 high & covered in Crystal Lacquer. Finished off with a few black Pico Embellisher dots.  I'm also entering CropStop, Stamping Sensations & Word Art Wednesday

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I loved The Play Date Cafe challenges--especially black & white with a splash of color.  So I was really happy to see that's the current theme for SSS Flickr #75.  I know you'll be shocked to see I chose a splash of pink--haha!  
I used SSS Falling Snow stencil with white ink on a scrap of black paper & also stamped a leaf cluster from SSS Sketch Ranunculus.  The blossom from the same set was stamped in black on a white scrap, as well as another leaf cluster & one blossom which I die cut.  The sentiment from Hero Arts Leaf prints was white embossed & trimmed into the little banner.  A piece of black ribbon covers the intersection of the 2 panels & the single blossom is partially matted with black & popped up.  The pink splash of color comes from Nuvo Rosewater Jewel drops.  I'm also entering The Playground  & Word Art Wednesday.  Hope you're staying safe with all the fires & flooding.  We're having one cloudy day in the midst of many full of sun, so spent the morning working in the yard.  I'll catch up with you soon.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Hello

When I saw the new Winnie & Walter Gossip Column Summer Fruits post it took awhile before I could tear myself away from that gorgeous citrus print dress--not that I could wear it! Taheerah actually found lots of incredible inspiration & her cards are just brilliant!  However, I thought this might be one challenge I'd have to sit out.  A few hours later it dawned on me that I have the Love Jar Hero Arts stamp set that includes a citrus image I've never used.

 
I've been wanting to use printed paper with my W&W hello die, so thought maybe I could make my own.  I started by sponging DI dried marigold on a white scrap & then stamped in Orange Zest.  Such a fun summery look, I think.  I mounted the die cut 3 high using Orange Zest cardstock for a slight shadow.  I also wanted the card to work for the floral theme at ABNH who is collaborating with W&W this month.  The daisy from the set worked perfectly for the look I wanted--just curved the stem in my mini MISTI to the right angle.  I kept the citrus theme using lemon yellow & lime green markers. Each color had to be stamped several times--so great having the stamp positioner!  I masked the flower & used a stencil brush with DI pumice stone & tumbled glass for a light background, but it needed something.  Just love the change I got by partially embossing the Echo Park dots folder using a small hammer.  
The word is covered in Wink of Stella, every other petal is covered in yellow Stickles & the sides of the panel are die cut with Paper Smooches dots.  I mounted it to a kraft card & tied some twine for embellishment. I'm also entering a2z ScrapbookingHLS Anything Goes with Dies, SSS Wednesday, SSS Work it WednesdayStamplorations Theme & Virginia's Summer Blog Party.
Edited to add: Anything Goes for Paper Smooches this month, so I'm adding my card to their challenge.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Summery Leaves for a Birthday

The Winnie & Walter Color challenge is about to end. Decided to make a second card & combine it with the new Rerun Challenge & ABNH where the collaboration is with W&W. Unfortunately, I forgot that the theme is florals--that'll teach me not to double check--haha!  
Shay's Rerun card with the symmetrical arrangement of trees inspired my design using 3 images from In Bloom: Renee's Leaves.  After white embossing, the leaves were messy watercolored with DI squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry & salty ocean.  The top line of the sentiment is from Hero Arts Find Joy (masked to use just the 3 words) & celebrate is from W&W Big, Bold Seasons.  I stamped with HA Field Greens, using my Mini MISTI to re-stamp just the word celebrate.  I sprayed the panel liberally with Heidi Swapp white Color Shine.  
The lined strip is done with Scenery: Stripes 2 & the same green ink.  I attached the strip to a larger piece of white cardstock covered with MFT Glitter Glaze.  A tiny strip of yellow textured cardstock was attached to the card front to tie in with the center leaf.  I mounted the strip with foam tape & added some PPP marshmallow sequins.  I'm also entering HLS Watercolor Challenge, Paru's Card Making Challenge, SSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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