Saturday, February 27, 2016

February CCC

Hello Friends!

Today I am posting the card I made for this month's card challenge at the Society of Stampaholics. Come play with us, dear blog readers. It is so fun getting cards from all over the world.The monthly CCC (Card Chain Challenge) always has a color palette suggestion, theme ideas, a sketch and a list of products for inspiration. My card uses the colors, the theme of friendship and a cord. The photograph looks like I used white, but IRL it is Stampin' Up!'s Very Vanilla, their off-white-looking embossing powder and enamel dots that are definitely not white. These enamel dots are part of a Christmas bling set, however, they do have some ones in the catalog that are really white. Whoa, guess all the things I used are from SU, and no, I am not a demo!

To make the card I just embossed with the powder using a daisy-like stamp from the Forever Florals (SU) set onto a piece of Strawberry Slush cardstock. Using some Very Vanilla paper for a border, I mounted the front piece on a base card of retired Bordering Blue cardstock. The sentiment is embossed onto a scrap of paper and punched out. A pretty simple card; the kind I like the best to make! Besides, it used up a bit of the many hues of blue cardstock that I have been hoarding, er stock piling!

Today in Minnesota, it is spring-like with temps in the 50's. It won't last tho, with cooler weather coming next week. We usually get snow in March too, but today I could see some green grass trying to come up. The grass and the birds here must be really confused! lol

Thanks for visiting. Hope you will stop by again!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Spring Hills for PTI 9th Anniversary Challenge 10

Hello Again!  Today I got a wild hair (or is it hare?) to join the challenge at the PTI 9th Anniversary called the Alphabet Crafting Challenge.

It called for us to use the letters of our first name and to follow specific rules for each. So, for the J, which asked for a jewel, I used a bright yellow acrylic circle to represent the sun. The first E asked for embossing, so I used a Papertrey Ink Background Basics: Art Deco stamp and clear embossed it with off-white powder and VersaMark ink. This made for a hilly background area and also adds some texture to the card. For the A, the rules called for using a border. There are two. One around the focal point pictorial scene, and by layering the card front onto the card base, I have a second one. The two N's asked for new products. The Art Deco set and the PTI Spring Hills sets I purchased a while ago, but have never used. So new, right? The final E uses emboss resist made by sponging Stampin' Up! ink in Certainly Celery and Memento Summer Sky onto the spring scene, then wiping off the embossed part with a paper towel. Can you see the two sheep that I colored gray? Hope so. What fun doing this card.! I need birthday cards, so used the Happy Spring Birthday stamps also from the Spring Hills set for the sentiment. Yay, Jeanne is done! Oh, the paper is all from SU.

   Whew, a lot of work, the photography being the hardest part,  but I am happy with the results. Can you see the shiny embossing for the hills picture and for the sentiment? 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

One Valentine's Day Card


Today I finished the last of the three Valentine's Day cards I needed for my grandchildren. Two more were done, but I put them in the mail before taking a picture. Senior moment! Teehee

This card is the one I am submitting to CASology for their Week 184 cue card, Valentine.

Here I used  cardstock in an old purple colored paper from SU, (my DGD's favorite color) and embossed it with a Darice folder called Hearts. Don't you just love this embossing folder? Using the Heart of Hearts die from Memory Box, I first die cut the heart in light pink Bazzill glitter paper that I purchased from a local craft store. After punching out all the little hearts, I fussy cut around the edges to make a heart. Hard to photograph...hope you can see it on the left side. I love seeing all the wonderful Valentine cards all over blogland! It makes me smile to see so many. Hope you all can celebrate.

On a personal note, I send thanks to so many of you who contacted me and expressed their sympathy. I really appreciate it. Creating has helped.

Come visit me again. Your visits and comments are greatly appreciated!