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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Muse Christmas Visions

Hello there!  It's time for the Muse Christmas Visions weekly challenge and
I am up for the MCV team this week with an easy concept to hopefully inspire you today!

Patterned paper background, a framed sentiment and a little embellishment.  An EasyPeasy jumpstart for the Christmas card stash.  
How many will you make?
Here she is...

The PP is from a 6 X 6 pad from a few years ago with pinks and greens and the colours prompted me to make a little ink layered poinsettia from the first Hero Arts monthly kit.  I even embellished the center with some rhinestones.   The little die cut holly leaves are from Savvy.  
 I am not saying that my stash of PP and rhinestones will diminish anytime soon, but it felt good to use these neglected items :)

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see your creations in the gallery!


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Muse Christmas Visions!

Oh, it feels so good to get back to the weekly Muse: Christmas Visions challenge!  

This is my first Christmas card for 2016 and I am starting with a very simple design and execution using a classic colour palette.  My border holly stamp is quite old from a company called Heather's Stamping Haven in Ottawa, Canada.  I must have bought this on a visit to Montreal, year's ago...I embossed in WOW pale gold EP onto Arches CP and used a cheapo w/c set from Michael's.  The set has all shimmer colours and I used two of the greens on my leaves and a red on the berries.  I also used the WOW gold EP for the Simon Says Stamp greeting from the Big Scripty Greetings Holiday set.  I love the way that the greeting tucks into the holly leaf border.
After looking at the finished card front, I decided to add some ruby Perfect Pearls liquid to give the berries a little dimension.
Are you starting your 2016 holiday cards yet?  I know I was so happy at the end of 2015 when my stash was considerable and I was not on the verge of a panic attack :)!
I hope that you can find some time in your week to play along if any of the elements used to create this card inspires you...(border stamp, classic colour combo, gold embossing, water colour, tucked in sentiment)
Have a great week!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Kindness-Case this Sketch

 Happy Monday!
It has been too long since my last post and I have so missed the card challenges!  I have a card that I made for a couple of challenges today with a NBUS stamp set from Winnie & Walter
"Kindness w/Evelin T Designs" with such beautiful varied sizes of trees and great sentiments!  Because this is NBUS...I am also offering up for the famous Darnell's NBUS challenge #6 going on right now!
I had a need for quite a few kindness cards and will be making lots of these to mail to the seniors/alzheimers residence where my sweet MIL lives and to personal childhood friends that visit my MIL.  You can imagine how very grateful my husband and I are...
Using a mask on the larger tree, I stamped a couple of the smaller sized on either side and coloured very simply with Copic markers. I used the CAS(e) this Sketch as a guide, but flipped the panel and made it a CAS one layer.  The sentiment is made from the same W&W set and stamped in Memento Tuxedo black a couple of times using the MISTI tool.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Playing cards with Anita

I am sure that you are familiar with a sweet gal in France, Anita, and her genuinely lovely comments!
Well, today is her birthday!
My friend Michele of I Card Everyone and I are playing cards together and CASE-ing Anita over at the Stamplorations blog!  Anita is the Guest Designer for the month :)
Here are Anita's beauties...

And here is my card that I created to celebrate Anita and her special day!
As you can see, Anita's cards are always perfect and CAS!

I went in a different direction with mine.
I focused on her hearts inside the circular shapes and her colours.  I used a lonely and old but NBUS Stampin' Up stamp from an unknown set.  She was begging to get inked up for this event!
I first stamped in SU Smoky Slate and made masks for the 5 heart encased florals.  When masked, I sponged distress inks over the panel, blending as best as I could.
The inked sentiments are from PTI Big Hugs as well as the Hugs die cut.
The sunshine die cut is from SSS. 

I am wishing Anita a most beautiful day filled with everything wonderful!
Bonne Fete ma Belle!
Bisous xxx

Friday, February 12, 2016

PS (Petals & Scribbles)

Happy Friday!
It is a gorgeous day here today with unusually high temps in the 80's and that gets me thinking of Spring clothing.  It just so happens that the latest Nordstrom catalogue arrived earlier in the week and I spied this darling little dress that I thought would be a perfect inspiration for my PTI challenge where we are asked to create a card from a piece of clothing in our closet or an online retailer!
 Here is my finished card with a pic below of the inspiration piece.

 I used the Circle Scribbles, 
two leaves from Beautiful Blooms II and one of the Keep it Simple sentiments from the Happy Birthday set. This was a blast to make and it really did not take me more than 30 minutes!  
I used Winsor & Newton professional Quinacridone Magenta to paint over the Scribbles.
I love how it turned out :)

Happy Week-end!

I am also adding this to the 30 Day Coloring challenge

Thursday, February 11, 2016

CASE-ing Amy

I am always amazed at the quality and variety of cards that the PTI team creates, month after month and this 9th birthday celebration is at full strength!  There are challenges going on and here is an offering from me.  We are to create a card inspired by one of the Design Team members and when I saw this card from Amy yesterday, I knew I wanted to create a few cards in this style!  So I am playing along with the Create along with us monthly challenge!

 Here is Amy's

Here is mine

I first die cut these pretty frames from the Keep it Simple series and arranged over a panel of the PTI striped vellum that was layered over a pink card front.  I then die cut a bouquet from the Bitty Bouquets set using the tulips and stamped in pink, Hawaiian Shores and a craft green for the leaves.  I white heat embossed a sentiment from the Baby Button Bits set onto black and hand cut the banner.  Onto a strip of the same vellum, I black heat embossed the "little cutie pie" from the same set and wrapped behind the layered panel.  A narrow slip of the pink Bitty Dots PP finishes the card...
I made this this afternoon after receiving some wonderful news from a friend that her new granddaughter had been born!  Oh Joy!
I also have another friend that was blessed with twin grandchildren yesterday, so I must say...truly a busy and joyous day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Another masculine card!

Oh, I am having so much fun with the Winnie & Walter Belated Birthday challenges!  This time around I am creating for the Inlaid Die Cuts challenge from Mayuri!

Here is her fabulous the colours!

I created mine with the help of the big Hi cutaway and a border from the Goldie Trims set.  I used some herringbone patterned fabric that I backed onto a white CS and set to die cut the fabric layered panel and then also a front dark grey panel.  I had absolutely no problem cutting the double layered swatch!  The Goldie trim die cuts were cut into the grey panel and removed and then into an ochre CS that I thought matched one of the colours in the fabric.  I adhered with glossy accents when I did all of the inlaying.  The extra grey cuts were put to use in between the ochre coloured ones as an overlay onto the grey CS panel for a little more dimension.  I may add a vellum black heat embossed Happy Birthday sentiment to this...
That's it for this challenge!

Winked Masculine Birthday

Onward with the Belated Birthday Bash and the challenges!
Gayatri has created a gorgeous background on her card!

Her blending is superb!
I attempted this technique to create a background for a masculine Birthday card using the Confetti cuts stamp set and some more masking.  I did have a little trouble with my blending and the tiny masks that I made with the Confetti die cuts in that my masking paper was not adhering as well as hoped (maybe I could have chosen larger  images for this technique) and I could not really work the ink blending very well, so it is a little swirly, but I think it adds a little more movement to the card overall?  I started by stamping the selected images with Memento black ink and then masked them,  I blended a few DI's of blues and purple, removed the masks and then applied WOS white and clear to the stars, WOS black to the other shape.  The big Happy was die cut twice from black CS and the top 3rd layer is an enameled looking black CS.  I added a vellum banner that I stamped/black heat embossed the birthday word from The Big, The Bold & The Happy and wrapped around the front panel.  The little star confetti sequins are from my last order from W&W.  
I will be using this technique again and making more backgrounds!

Here is a close up...can you see the winking?

Thanks for stopping in!