Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Christmas and Anniversary

I'm feeling almost back to my old self.  Thanks so much for all the well-wishes.  Our weather has finally turned wintry--at least as far as the temps go.  We may even get a little snow tonight, which would actually be fun since Fritz would enjoy running around in it.
I've had an idea for a card to enter in the W&W Four Challenge & finally gave it a try.  You know how I love making Christmas cards, so I'm a happy camper! 
The flower from W&W In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals was stamped in Memento Rhubard Stalk & the branches from the same set were stamped in SSS Stone.  I used my extra fine white Sharpie on the flower centers to make them stand out a bit more.  Haven't done the camouflage die cut technique for awhile & this might be my favorite so far!  The Wink of Stella on the word is so beautiful & I used PPP Sparkling Clear Confetti for embellishment. 
I do love splatters, so couldn't resist adding tiny ones of the Rhubarb Stalk.  Told myself to open the card before die cutting the word, but would you believe I didn't?!  Where there's a will there's a way & sure enough, I saved it.  Just used lots of double sided tape to tape it shut & then attached it to a card.  Whew!  My card has several fours: flowers, branches, letters in the word & die cut word layers.  I'm also entering HLS Christmas challenge & WAW.

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Next is an anniversary card I'm entering at Die Cut Divas & Poppystamps.  I recently won the new PS die called Triple Heart Twirl & had to try it out. 
Using simple partial die cutting I got a row of 5 hearts which I backed with a very sparkly silver glitter paper scrap laying on my table. 
I mounted it with foam tape to a card front covered with blue cardstock.  The sentiment is from a very old well-loved Hero Arts stamp set called Find Joy.  I really like the look of clear embossing powder over Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink.  Three PPP Sparkling Clear sequins were added for embellishment.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground & Stamplorations.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Stripes

One final PTI Anniversary challenge left to enter:  Stripes.  I've barely used the stamps in the Don't Forget to Write kit, so pulled out the square with stripes to make a thank you card I need to mail on Tuesday. 
I love the scalloped card die which I have used several times.  The square is stamped in Spring Rain.  The big word is stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer along with the small words which were over stamped along the bottom with Blueberry Sky.  The little image at the top was stamped in the silver & over stamped in Enchanted Evening.  Finished off with Nuvo silver glitter drops.  I got worried that people might not think my stripes were big enough to count, so I'm entering this card at WAW
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I needed another card, so used my other idea to make stripes with images from Watercolor Wonder.  I used the same blue inks for the flowers from The Sweet Life, but couldn't get them to look true in the picture.  Actually they have more gray which I really like.
I'll enter this one in the PTI Stripes Challenge.  I used Delicata Silvery Shimmer for the stripes with Brilliance Starlite Black & Graphite Black for the leaves.  The sentiment from Take 3 Spring is stamped multiple times on a PTI vellum strip using Blueberry Sky.  The panel is die cut with AJVD dotted rectangle & the card front is covered with Blueberry Sky cardstock.  Needed a little something, so made a silver thread nest & added clear Nuvo glitter drops.  I'm also entering Stamping Sensations & SSS Wednesday.  
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Keep forgetting to share a picture of my new favorite backyard bird. 
It's a Hairy Woodpecker that no longer flies away when Fritz & I go on the deck.  Isn't it beautiful?  Thanks for your patience as I continue to catch up on my blog reading.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Rainbow Birthday

Taking longer to recover than I expected.  The worst thing is that I can only use the computer for short periods of time making it very hard to catch up on leaving comments.  I was finally able to get a card made just in time for the PTI Anniversary Color Challenge.  Decided to use one of my neglected PTI products: Lovely Layers dies. 
I used the rainbow color combo substituting Memento Love Letter for the Pure Poppy I don't have.  Sure glad I have the ImagineCrafts sponge daubers since the blending sponges are too big for this size stripes.  The embossing folder is one of my favorites: Anna Griffin Feather Illusion.  Boy did it change the look!  The little centers are covered with Stickles Star Dust & black Pico Embellisher dots.  The sentiment is from Heart-2-Heart #2 & it was great to use some of my huge stash of twine!  I'm also entering InkspirationalSSS Wednesday.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! 

It's time for another Create It Wednesday on the PRS Blog.  I made a fun wrapped card and included my first picture tutorial, so head to the blog if you're interested in more details.  

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I tend to shy away from partial die cutting, but just using a circle die like this is super easy.

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I stamped the front of the white card with hearts from Love Coupon and Positive Thoughts stamp using Brilliance Pearlescent Coral which is actually a beautiful pink.

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The inside is dry embossed with a tiny hearts folder & then I attached the white embossed cassette tape from the Daily Thoughts stamp set.  Fun to use a piece of lacey pink & white printed paper I've had for several years.  I added a couple sentiment strips from the Daily Thoughts Bits & Pieces

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The card is kept shut with a vellum strip which has a circle sentiment from  Daily Thoughts Bits & Pieces.  A message can be written on the back of the pink cardstock.  

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Fun to do something a little different--hope I've inspired you to try it!  Be sure to check out all the great products in the Precious Remembrance Shop store and follow PRS on  Facebook , Pinterest , Instagram , & Youtube.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
PS--Thank you all for the well wishes.  I'm doing fine, but will take some time to get back to a normal schedule.  Thanks for your patience & I'll be by soon.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Special Birthday

Birthdays are always a time to celebrate the gift of life.  Tomorrow I turn 67 which isn't a "special" BD to most people.  However, my mom died of pancreatic cancer when she was 66.  I'm feeling especially blessed & grateful to be healthy & celebrating another year.  My mom wrote the birth announcements for all 3 of us kids & my dad always carried them in his wallet.  In case you didn't see mine a few years ago, I thought I'd share it again.  The picture is on the front & it opens to the poem.  That's my dad's handwriting.


I also have some cards to share.  First is my entry for W&W BD Bash Use Your Scraps challenge
A few weeks ago I die cut the True Multifaceted Border die from black cardstock attached to an adhesive sheet.  I'd taken off the outline, but the little pieces were still in my die along with the outline release paper.  The release paper actually stayed in place pretty well for me on a white scrap while I put each piece in place.  Then I just took off the release paper.  My favorite In A Word: Hello die cut was in a ziplock where I put left overs.  It was brushed with Wink of Stella & mounted with foam tape.  The black panel was also on my table needing to be put with the scraps.  Finished off with PPP Sparkling Clear confetti.  I'm also entering CAS on Friday & HLS Anything Goes with Dies.
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Next is my entry for the PTI Retirement List Set Challenge.  I think it's the first year with only one of my sets on the list & that is Mat Stack 3 Collection. 
I got 2 sizes of the dies years ago, not even knowing there was a matching stamp set.  I did discover it a year or so ago & got it, but had only used a sentiment.  I picked the fancy image & white embossed it on the white die cut.  Then I blended on PTI inks Amethyst Allure, Blueberry Sky & Spring Rain with the blue shades toward the center.  The sentiment is stamped in Brilliance Starlite Black multiple times to get it dark enough.  I die cut 2 Butterfly Hope butterflies from PTI vellum & stitched them together with silver thread.  I used an extra fine white Sharpie for the white dots.  Needed something under the butterfly & didn't really want more die cuts, so used the silver thread to make a nest.  The silver glitter negative was still on my table & decided it worked for a bit of sparkle.  Before attaching everything I splattered the card front with Distress Stain brushed pewter.  Decided not to add any gems or sequins & it's already in the mail.  I'm also entering WAW

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My final card is for the PTI Use Only Dies Challenge.  The die cut word is from Counting My Blessings & the Leaves are Fancy Foliage Details. 
I colored the leaves with 2 green Zigs & a water brush.  The Word was watercolored with Gansai Tambi Yellow gold.  I also added a bit of the gold watercolor to the leaves & splattered it on the kraft card front. 
I didn't glue down the ends of the leaves to give a feeling of some movement.  This one will probably end up being a Thanksgiving card.

I'm having a minor outpatient procedure, so may not be around Blogland for a few days.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by & I'll catch up with you as soon as I can.

Friday, February 9, 2018

2 Cards for PTI Challenges

Got my Valentines addressed so I can take them to the post office today.  Here are the last 2 made this year--both inspired by PTI Anniversary challenges.  
First is hubby's Valentine, inspired by the Transformation Tuesday Challenge.  I wasn't happy with the watercolor wash I did on this card I made last Fall. 
I tried again & still didn't like it, so changed to my trusty splatters--love 'em! 
I used the same word die cut & basically the same design.  Not sure I've ever used the cute balloon & string from Heart-2-Heart #2 although I've had that set for several years.  Took 3 tries to get the silver embossing done to my liking.  So simple, but I kept messing it up.  In the end I got a card I think hubby will like, so it was worth it!  I'm also entering AAA, SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.
Edited to add: also entering SSS Work it Wednesday.
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Next is my entry for the Floral Challenge.  I was going to use The Sweet Life which is one of my favorite sets.  However, I got Friendship Jar Flowers quite awhile ago & haven't used it much.  So glad I inked it up & hope my friend likes this card as much as I do.  
The inks are Brilliance Starlite Black & Distress Ink fired brick.  The black ink was used for some tiny splatters, too.  I used my scoring board to make a frame & popped up the sentiment which is from Counting my Blessings.  It was a bit tricky getting little pieces of the foam tape onto the top of the die cut, but worth it.  Finished off with PPP clear dots.  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies, Retro Rubber (got the flower stamp Nov 2016 & the sentiment long before that), SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday & SSS Send a Card to a Friend Day.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I'm way behind, but will stop by your blogs as soon as I can.
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