Sunday, September 25, 2016

September 2016 Blog Hop

September 2016 Blog Hop
Hello everyone! Back again with my second post today. This is my card for Papertrey Ink's September 2016 Blog Hop.

Inspiration Photo
Inspiration Photo
The challenge is to use kraft, twine, white, and green foliage. I couldn't wait to try out my latest purchase, Holiday Greens. I didn't hit send quickly enough, so I don't have the dies, but I do love that you can easily layer the images for a nice look.

For the pine cones, I decided to stamp versa mark ink over brown cardstock, then heat emboss with white embossing powder. I used PTI's Holiday Tags to cut out white and brown tags, and used the craft twine to tie them off. The sentiment is from Poppy Prints Christmas Blessings from 2011. I love this greeting set, and I'm not sure why I hadn't purchased it sooner! The finishing touch was using a strip of Gold Luxe paper down the side for a little dimension. Inks are Simply Chartreuse and Classic Kraft.

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Baby Boy Mini--Part 1

Baby Boy Mini
Hello everyone! I'm starting a series of posts for a mini album I am creating for my latest great-nephew. I purchased a 'onsey' mini album board set from Michaels. They have an array of sizes and shapes for mini albums now, and they are reasonably priced. I dug through my stash of papers and purchased a few new sheets to cover the boards. I edged the cardboard with Walnut Stain Distress Dauber by Tim Holtz.

The board set's first page has a heart cut-out.. I carefully trimmed around the heart on the front and back. I cut a large circle from acetate and adhered Sticky Thumb double-sided tape around the heart on the board to ensure a strong hold. I filled the heart with blue sequins and glitter I had on hand. Then I sealed the heart on the other side with another piece of acetate. I was nervous while I was doing this, but it turned out--thank goodness!!

Adhering paper and edging with Walnut Stain
This will be a rather thick album. I used to save cereal boxes, cut them out, then glue paper onto each side. That made the pages stiff, but not as thick. I really don't know if I'll be able to use all of the "pages" when I get finished adding the elements to each page. Less is more will be the rule for this project.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy for you....

A7 Card: CTD #410
Hello everyone! Today's card is inspired by Color Throwdown #410.  I was late for the link-up, but I still love the color pallet. This week's challenge colors are: peach, grey, and aqua.

This is super quick post for two reasons: #1) I'm behind on life, and #2) I haven't finished the inside of this card, but I plan to very soon!nLast week my hubby sent me a text telling me he'd experienced the worst day ever. I was naturally concerned...was it the boss...are you fired? Not either of those were the reason. It was something worse....his secretary of five years gave her notice! Oh man, you talk about taking the wind out of your sails! I began as a secretary, and believe me, all secretaries have a special place in my heart. Lacy is no exception.  After all, she's put up with my #1 for all of these years.

Patrick wanted a card to "make her feel guilty" for the outside the sentiment is "Happy for you..." but on the inside will be... "Sorry for us!" Truly, we all wish Lacy the best in her future endeavors!! All of the guys will write their own well-wishes to her on the inside. That's why my hubby ordered a "large card!" Enough of the sappy stuff...on to the card recipe!

Stamps: PTI's Turning a New Leaf, Embroidered Blooms, and Polka Dot Basics.
Inks: PTI's Berry Sorbet, Pale Peony, Hawaiian Shores, and Aqua Mist
White and Black Embossing Powders and sequins for accents
Glossy accents added dimension for the flower centers.
Paper: Soft Stone by Papertrey Ink [PTI]
Card dimensions: 4 3/4 x 7 1/8

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Create Along With Us

Papertrey Ink: Inspired Faith
Hello everyone! Today the cat's away, so the mouse is going to play!! Today's card is for Papertrey Ink's September Create Along With Us. I used Ashley Cannon Newell's Christmas card as my inspiration. She used a repeated background sentiment with a focal point along with white, craft and red as the colors. I just love her card, so I couldn't wait to give it a try.

Inspiration: Ashley Cannon Newell

As I participate in these challenges, I'm reminding myself to use stamps and dies that I haven't used yet. So, I pulled out the Inspired Faith stamp set, the tree from the Love and Marriage Stamp Set, Pure Poppy Ink and some Kraft card stock.

I stamped the tree image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder. I decided since I was pulling out the embossing powder, I might as well do several cards. I'm still in the process of doing that. I plan to make a few anniversary and wedding cards. 

I repeated "makes all things possible" in the background and die cut "Faith" several times to create a stacked sentiment. I finished the card by adding stitching lines around the panel and edging the card with Pure Poppy Ink.

There is still time to play.  Just check out all of the cards the design team created [click here], pick one to inspire you, and join the fun! Thanks for stopping by!

I'm updating this post to show you the other cards I made. There are two cards for weddings, and the middle card will be for my sweetie on our 35th Wedding Anniversary!!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Thank You Card Set-CTD #409

Color Throwdown #409--Thank You Set
Hello everyone! This is a quick post about my latest for Color Throwdown #409.

I decided to make a set of Thank You cards because I have need quite a few lately! I love the bluey-aqua and yellowy colors this week for the color challenge. While I don't think my colors are perfect match, they do work well together.

I used StazOn black ink for the stamping and Tombow Brush Marker #993 for the yellow. I used a water brush and PTI's Aqua Mist for the second color. I had so much fun coloring the images that I also decided to finish the inside of the cards as well as the envelop flap! The stamp sets used were: Cocoa Daisy Limited Edition "Gypsy Soul" and PTI's Mum's the Word.

There still is plenty of time to play this week!

CTD #409

Finally, I would like to send this "Thank You" in remembrance of 911. So many of the first responders are still dealing with the aftermath of this tragedy as well as all of the families who lost loved-ones that day. I send my sincere sympathy and appreciation to all of you. We will never forget--

Image result for 911 ribbon image

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Challenge with Challenges!

MIM #260:Black to Color
Hello everyone! I'm just letting you know, I'm not the best with challenges...and I'm not the worst...but this Make It Monday #260 just about had my lunch! I watercolored, I used Stazon, I tried to emboss, I used my Tombow brush markers...I tried just about everything....but nothing really worked. I finally turned to my tried and true method of card-making...blending of colors, and it worked!  Take a look at Daniell Flander's Video...I'm hoping you can create something closer to her inspiration piece!!

To be honest, all I know is I used PTI's Peonies on Parade and a flourish from Graceful Greetings II. I know I used Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, True Black, and Winter Wisteria for the blended colors. My technique was to lay down Harvest Gold over the leaves and flowers...except the middle flower, first. Then I blended color over the H.Gold to create a natural and variegated look. The leaves are more yellow than green, but that is because the dauber I was using was new.

I finished the card with a sentiment from Bold Blossoms and some washy tape. The cardstock is honestly some sort of steel's a color I'm going to purchase more of! :-) Then I used Simply Stone for the inside of the card and stamped a repeat of the pattern on the inside. You'll have to trust me. I couldn't upload the photo. I finished it off with more washy tape...and I'm pleased with the results!

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor-free Monday!

Thank You Card
Hello everyone! I certainly have enjoyed this three-day weekend. But as always, it's time to say good-bye to this weekend and hello to the work week! Today, I'm participating in two challenges: Little Tangles Challenge #72-Sketch and Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes!

I finally have purchased a Neat & Tangled Stamp Set: Scandinavian Prints. I haven't had a chance to play with it very much, but I am in love with the sentiments. The sketch is stripes with an oval sentiment block.

I decided to shift my sentiment to the left and use PTI's Circle Scribbles Die to off-set the sentiment. For the background, I ran across a watercolor panel I had completed several months ago. I cut 1/2" strips and stamped the sentiment "thank you for always being there" from the Neat & Tangled stamp set.
Sentiment--Black Embossing Powder
I added the main sentiment stamped on vellum and set with black embossing powder with a staple. For the stitching, I used Paper Smooches Wise Dies.

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Little Tangles Challenge #72 

Simon Says Anything Goes!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Make it Monday #259

Thank you card set
Hello everyone! Hope your Labor Day Weekend is a restful...or...a fun one! Today I'm participating in Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #259 Ombre Cluster Stamping technique. Dawn's technique was so super simple that I decided to make a set of card. I think the off-set black outline gives the card a 60's feel. It adds the right amount of texture for this one-dimensional panel.

For this card set I used the following from Papertrey Ink:

Stamp set: Bold Blossoms
Inks: Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, and True Black
Paper: White, Soft stone, and Bitty Dot Navy

After I made the cards, I decided to darken the centers with my Tombow Dual Brush tip marker #N15. That gave just the right pop. Thanks for stopping by!