Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Some Ghosting!


Tonight I am posting a card made for the CAS Stencil Challenge for March that calls for a new technique to me. Ghosting. Glad it's not requiring a Halloween card, 'cuz it is way too early, right? I need my Spring and Summer first. LOL

So here is my card:

I admit to CASEing Loll's colors found when I watched her video on how to do ghosting. Thank you Loll! But I really do like Distress ink Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo together. Otherwise, my card is quite different.

To make this card, I dug through my stencils and chose an ARTplorations one by Sherry Russ at STAMPlorations. This one is called Dots and Dashes. I've never used it before but I think it adds dimension without making the card hard to mail. I cut out a portion of the inked piece with Lil'Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Rectangles. Then I popped up the image on fun foam. Brand unknown. I actually did not have any white, so use some aqua fun foam that matches. A simple white card base from PTI hopefully helps make this card CAS. I die cut the word thanks from Spellbinders Phrase Set One set three times from snippets of the white cardstock so that the word stands out. Because I used snippets, I am also entering this card to the Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #348.

Done. The card was pretty simple to put together once I chose which section of the stenciling to use.

Many thanks for visiting. See you next time.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

I've Been Busy!


Hello Friends!

As you may know, I spend a lot of time reading other people's blogs. Being retired does have its benefits! :) So I get a lot of ideas of techniques and interesting challenges to enter. Today I have three cards finished recently that fit my findings.

A Challenge:  CAS Christmas Card March 2019 Challenge.  This is also the First Birthday Celebration for the challenge. Congratulations. Such wonderful submissions to enjoy each month. I've been lurking for most of last year and joined this year. So here is my submission number 3.

It was easy to choose which one of my stamps showing a deer, as this little fawn and his friends will never leave my stash. He or she is retired from the Stampin' Up! set called Forest Friends. Isn't she adorable?

The background was made quite a while ago with Brusho Black powder sprinkled through the Tim Holtz and Sizzix cover plate die called Birch Trees. The black powder when moistened shows all these other colors; fun! I had used Ranger water color paper so spritzing with water made an interesting forest. The fawn was stamped with SU Early Expresso ink although it looks black in my photo, so I used a thin mat of black to frame the picture. I added some white gel pen for snow under and around the deer to make the card look more like winter. A simple sentiment from Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks IV set finished off the card. The main image is placed on a side folding A2 card base also by PTI. I do hope it is CAS enough. What do you think? I am really pleased to add this card to my 2019 holiday card stash.

A CASED Card for CCC:

At a SU card workshop I recently made a almost one-layer card designed by Kelly Emerson (who says she saw it on-line somewhere) and tweeked her design by adding the yellow flowers. Anyway, the green and black colors fit the March Card Chain Challenge which asked for lime , bumblebee, and charcoal AND also fits the friendship and spring options. My recipient has her card.

The checkered part is SU Granny Apple Green DSP placed on a 3-1/2x3-1/2 folded black card that opens up instead of the usual whole card opening. Inside is a 3x3 piece of white where I wrote a message to Jerrie. The yellow tulips were cut with a Penny Black die called Tulips with SU retired Yo Yo Yellow cardstock. I colored the leaves with my green Ziggy. The sentiment is also from a SU set named Incredible Like You. A layer of white and the green finished up the card. I love the brightness of this card.

A 3rd Card:

Next I got out my neglected Eastern Palace set from SU that came with many dies, DSP and stamps. This card is the same design as the one just above. This time you can see how the little card opens. The card base is in Tranquil Tide and the medallion is of Dapper Denim cardstock. I again put a small piece of white inside for a message. The Happy Birthday is stamped with a 1992 wooden stamp that I use often. I really must put this whole set to use soon again. It's very special, I think.

Well, that is all for this time. Thank you for stopping by. Please come and visit me again. I love visitors!! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Lots of Snippets

Hello Out There!

Today I am posting a card for Di's Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #347. I found the suggestion to use a die when I was surfing for ideas on using my NBUS Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder Templates. I like the way the card came together and it was fun to make. Busy, but fun!

I have a one gallon size plastic bag of snippets of paper for each range of colors that I do save or hoard. I probably will never use most of them, but the pieces sure come in handy when I want to join up with the fun Playground gals.

Trying for a rainbow effect I used mostly Stampin' Up! snippets of paper. I die cut these cute bows with my Poppystamps, Inc. die called Fluffy Bow. I used the 4" size GK template and a Sakura Quickie Glue pen to adhere the bows. The placement was easy as I did it all with the help of my MISTI. As others have said, whatever did we do without the MISTI? I cut out the center of the wreath with a circle punch. The happy bows remind me of birthday fun so I found a stamp from a Spellbinders cling set called Birthday Balloons that fit perfectly. I heat embossed the sentiment with 2-3 layers of WOW white embossing powder for lots of shine. My card base is SU Basic Black that I think shows off the colorful bows.

It occurred to me that I could up my photography a bit by finding a new place to set up the card. This was done on top of my tv cabinet where I have a clock and lots of plants right near a window. This worked out, I think.

Thanks so much for visiting. I sure appreciate visitors. Bye for now.