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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bow ties and bunnies

A new Fusion is up and when I saw this, I knew I wanted to create with both the sketch and a little bow tie.  This is another easy card.  
I cut out these PTI frames from a water coloured sheet that I had in my leftovers, played around with positioning after stamping the Happy Easter, both PTI and then stamping on the little bunnies from a SU set called So Cute.  These little bunnies have bow ties and I coloured with Copic markers.The stamping was done with SU Smoky Slate.
Thanks for peeking in and I hope your day is marching along smartly to a nice tune!

Starry Merry Monday

 I realized this morning that we are near the end of February.  Ten months 'til Christmas and less than that to start mailing out those cards.  Here is one that I made this morning for the Merry Monday Stars challenge going on this week.  I used a new vellum stars sheet from PTI for my card base, a PTI frame, PTI Joy die cut and sentiment and stars from SU punch.  The stars and joy word were die cut from white card stock that had been swiped and patted down with Versa Mark ink and sprinkled with Ranger Liquid Platinum EP.  I sewed my vellum onto a white card base with metallic silver thread.  Easy!
I am also offering this up at SSS Monday and Wednesday challenges.
Anything Goes                      No Rules 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink blog hop

It's the 25th today and that means time for the PTI blog hop.  It has been too long since I have participated and I am so happy that I made a card for the event.  Nichole gave us a beautiful inspiration piece.

I don't have this Quatrefoil cover plate, but had an idea yesterday as I was looking over my PTI order that I received on Monday.  The "Quilted : Spring" stamp and die sets are beautiful and after die cutting the large circular pattern from Fun Foam, I used the discarded inside of circle to use as a stamp.  It is liked a pinched, curved diamond shape and I stamped in a random pattern onto wet watercolour paper with various inkpads.  They are PTI Lemon Tart, Melonberry, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, Autumn Rose and Hibiscus Burst.  I also used a TH distress grape ink.
This is an out of the ordinary for me, like a kind of abstract art?  It was fun seeing the different colours together, but a little scary for me too without any organization on the card front.  I wanted a sentiment on the front too after looking at this crazy piece of inked art and I came across the "dare to be fabulous" from the Big and Bold sentiments.  These smaller lined sentiments are probably supposed to go on the inside of the card, but there you go.  It's my crazy card for the week :)
Another cool thing I discovered yesterday was that the new pages die for the new planner from PTI can be used as a frame.  I took one of the smaller negative die cuts and framed my sentiment!  That's daring...for me!

Lucky Muse

Friends are a dear and precious gift and I feel so lucky to have friends near and far, friends that I have known for a few months or 50+ years.
Shona Chambers is hosting over at Muse this week and her beautiful card leaves lots of room for inspiration!
Here is Shona's beauty below!  I love her embossed and repeated heart in circle strip.

For my card, I used the SU Pistachio Pudding CS as my base.  To it, I applied some more PP ink on the right hand side through a nylon mesh bag to create some subtle texture.  I have been watercolouring flowers from different stamp sets and these are from SU.  I added my watercoloured flowers, minus a cut out petal in a cascading trio.  I created the stems by just hand cutting some WC paper into thin curved strips.  I have shamrock stamps, but I like the whimsical look that these have and wanted to show how we can stretch our stamps by looking at them as a different use.  My sentiment is from PTI.  
Look at your stamps to see what you might come up with :)
Have a great day and thanks for stopping in!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Butterfly Birthday

Happy Monday!
Frigid temps here today and looks like tomorrow too. A couple of great days for staying in and crafting.  I have been having fun with watercolouring "parts" for future cards and today's card uses one of these so called parts.  The fabby 
Miss Darnell is hosting over at Inkspirational and the inspiration photo had me pondering from day one.  

I have come up with the above. All parts of this card have some sort of texture and that's what I was aiming for based on the inspiration.  I started with a sheet of card stock in my stash from PTI.  It's hard to see, but it has a grey-ish blue tint from the pattern on it.  I believe it was some sort of a grid cs to use with their Guide Lines stamps.  I was never able to quite figure out how to use the stamps with it, but lets just say that this is a NBUS item now put to use.  I used an old EF called Debossed Exotics for even more texture and then used an old SU Linen background stamp and stamped over the whole card front with Dove Gray from Staz On.  If you click on the pic you can make it out.  The PTI butterfly was cut twice, once in grey vellum and another time in a metallic chartreuse.  After cutting the chartreuse, I also used the die with a tan embossing mat to dry emboss the butterfly.  The butterfly's body is made up of one of my watercolour leaf sprigs that I heat embossed with Ranger liquid platinum and used distress inks on watercolour paper.  This little leaf sprig is quite old and I don't remember if it was from a Hero Arts set or a K & Co. set.  If anyone knows, let me know...pretty please.  I hand cut the sprig and layered over as the body.  It has a slight arch to it and I like the organic feel.  The PTI Birthday wishes sentiment is also heat embossed with Ranger LP onto a scrap vellum strip and a little sewing on the edge with metallic silver thread finishes it off.  The card is also headed to the following challenges.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you are having a great start to your week!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A teal and orange thank you

Happy Saturday!  
I wanted to make a card for the Fusion challenge, Teal, Orange and Brown and this is what resulted.
I masked off a section of my PTI Vintage Cream CS with micropore tape and sponged on some PTI Tropical Teal, then used the same little ferns from MFT that I created with yesterday and inked up in SU Baked Brown Sugar, stamped off on a scrap piece of paper and then onto the sponged teal strip repeatedly.
I then went hunting for a strip of PP for my horizontal panel, this is a strip from an old DCWV Naturals pad.  I then used an umbrella die cut from Memory Box and cut out of a teal linen textured CS, cut it up, selecting the center part of the umbrella and inverted.  Now I had my "bowl" to set some flowers in.  I drew some thin stems and added my flower tops.  They are punched out of some old PP from an 8 X 8 pad DCWV again called Cafe Mediterranean.  I added 3 seed beads in a gorgeous teal colour to the centers.  My sentiment is a SU stamped in Baked Brown Sugar, full strength this time onto a punched 
1 3/8" circle that I sponged with the teal ink.
Looking at this beautiful inspiration photo now on the screen, I wish that I had incorporated some woodgrain...
Have a great Saturday!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Golden and berry colours

Happy Friday!  I hope those of you in the northern parts of the US stay warm and safe this weekend with the pending storms.
I created todays card for a couple of challenges.  I knew when I saw the colours over at the ColourQ challenge #280 that I wanted to make a floral something and when I worked with the sketch going on at CAS(E) this sketch,#111,  I came up with this.
I stamped some SU flowers in Versamark and heat embossed with gold, than watercoloured them using SU Blackberry Bliss and Wisteria Wonder from ink pads that I swiped onto an acrylic block and also a combination of the Blackberry Bliss and Picked Raspberry distress ink to come close to Raspberry Ripple.  I let these dry before I hand cut.  On my card front, I stamped some small leafy images from MFT Desert Garden in Versamark to create a subtle horizontal border.  I then arranged the flowers adhered and added some gold seed beads for the larger flower centers.  I die cut a Mom word from SSS once in gold foil and another in Blackberry Bliss CS and layered over each other with just a slight nudge to create the Blackberry shadow.  That's a card for the Mother's Day stash for the local CoOp grocery stores.  I know they will be wanting to celebrate Mother's Day and I hope to be more prepared for their order!  
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Anita's Birthday

Bonne FĂȘte ma belle!
I don't know if this made it's way to Anita yet...but wishing her all kinds of wonderful wishes!
Bisous, Chriss

As this was a masking project, I will offer it up for the Mask challenge going on at Addicted to CAS and, beacause it is made with flowers and a butterfly, off to Hero Arts Nature challenge!
I used The Mama Elephant for SSS "Summer Garden" flower and was inspired by a beautiful birthday card that I had received from Anita last fall.  I made a mask for the selected flower and tried to create a tumbling effect.  The flowers were coloured in various shades of blues (at least the Copic blues that I own) until I achieved a colour that I thought was pleasant and centers of the flowers' curved pebble like shapes were dotted with a .2 fine black marker .  Lots of dots :)  My butterfly die cut is a recent PTI purchase and I used some grey vellum to layer.

Thanks for peeking in!