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Monday, April 20, 2015

A Muse Congratulations

Already Monday and another Muse.  I did not get to play with Michele's wonderful blue inspiration last week and this week it's Marion Vagg with another   inspiring card and it's blue too.  It is a colour that I do not often create with, but I had some water coloured paper that I had used a couple of blues and a grey (black soot) and Mr. Huey's Blizzard spray on a couple of weeks ago and the butterflies were calling me...
I am currently making up some graduation cards amidst all of the sawing, hammering and comings and goings of the construction crew at the house.  It has been a crazy couple of weeks here.
Here is Marion's card

and here is mine
I started by using a PTI tag die that I cut from white linen CS from my stash and then used a Memory Box teeny butterflies die across the top of the tag.  I stamped a PTI sentiment in Smokey Shadow across the bottom part of the tag and then inlaid the butterflies that I had cut from my water coloured sheet.  I also cut a graduation cap from Smokey Shadow and affixed over the circle fastener on the tag.  The CS front is SU Baja Blue and I used a polka dot EF on it.  The little grey and white polka dot strip is a scrap piece that I added for a little foundation.  Pretty easy from this wonderful inspiration!  I think I will make up another with some pink and coral butterflies :)
Thanks for stopping in and have a great Monday!

Chriss



Thursday, April 16, 2015

A happy background


Make your own background...The current SSS Wednesday challenge  is asking for backgrounds and I did just that with some MFT stamps from Desert Bouquet and a couple from Clearly Besotted's Sunburst set.  
The SSS Work it Wednesday challenge is calling for STAMP IT!  
I had a lot of fun arranging these little clusters of ferns and florals and also added a tiny outline heart and super tiny trio of flowers from PTI.  The sentiment is Hero Arts and I stamped in Versamark onto vellum CS and heat embossed with Ranger white.  That vellum panel was tacked down with glossy accents under the sentiment and folded over the stamped white panel and finally secured to a Melon Berry panel.  I used Sage, Melon Berry, Lemon Tart and chocolate brown...oh and Regal Rose for the heart.  The vellum panel looks warped in the photo, but not so much in person.  Strange...
Thanks for stopping in!
Hugs-Chriss

Springtime Poppy Silhouette

Happy Thursday!  Lots of blooms in the garden this week, truly a special time of the year.  I don't have poppies blooming, but amaryllis, society garlic and gebera daisies are out there!  
I had to "make" my own poppies by spraying a white CS with Mr. Huey shimmer spray in Blizzard and I used my Memory Box poppy die cut to make several of these.  So VERY shimmery in real life, but so hard to capture in a photo.
I decided, after seeing Kristina's card here to make some cards using a Stamplorations brushstroke stamp from the Celebrate Artsy set and various Springtime colours of ink.  The ink colours that I used are PTI Lemon Tart, Limeade Ice & Melon Berry- SU Pistachio, Pool Party & Regal Rose.  This morning's CAS(E) this sketch #119 was a perfect guide for my layout!  Instead of using a bloom and heat embossing, I used the poppy die cut directly onto the card front and removed the rainbow of sorts bloom and replaced with my shimmery poppy. I cut the panel to a more narrow width and popped up on coaster board for a little more dimension.  I will be adding birthday and other sentiments to the cards as needed.  Great to have these in my stash!
I see over at AAA Cards that the current challenge is calling for a Springtime theme, and today's brand new Time Out challenge #29 is looking at Rainbows, so I will be sending over there too.  Thanks for stopping by , hugs-:)

'You can't make a Rainbow without a little Rain'


Monday, April 13, 2015

Birdies in the Middle...

Happy Monday!
I hope that everyone had a great weekend!  It has been warming up here and it is a little humid this afternoon.  We are expecting some rain, but it does not look too promising!  These little birdies (SU punch) are waiting out the imaginary droplets (my grey polka dots) sitting on the tall Memory Box leaf stalk (I cut these twice from magenta cs for a taller stalk).
The birds were water coloured with blue and black soot distress inks.  I then sponged the edges in the magenta ink.  My background was made by using an old SU polka dot background stamp with SU smoky slate onto a linen finish grey card stock and then I used another old SU background stamp called sanded and stamped it in white and heat embossed in Ranger white.  I happened upon a partial ream of this card stock in my closet...forgot that I had ever bought this and it was a pleasant surprise :)

Hope that you have had a great start to the week!
hugs-Chriss

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mother's Day in teal

Happy Friday!
I have been busy this week with making lots of Mother's Day cards for an order and doing lots of dusting!  And more dusting.  Construction dust is so fine and I am sure that it will be falling for weeks.  The renovation that is happening right now has been going on for two weeks and if we are lucky...two more weeks.
I am missing playing along with the challenges, but I wanted to make this card for the CAS(e) this sketch #118.  I made it from scraps on my desk.  The little fern fronds were watercoloured and fussy cut, same with the Mama Elephant flower and cut in half.  The sentiment is a Hero Arts and heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum.  Mounted onto a white card base and done!
Have a great Friday night!  it's time for a glass of red :)


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

More drama with a vellum bouquet

There is a meeting with my W.I.N.O.S. group tonight (women in need of stamps) and our challenge was to make a card using vellum.  I LOVE heat embossing pretty flowers onto vellum and fussy cutting them out.  I find it quite therapeutic.  Here is another bouquet that I put together after embossing onto a baby blue vellum that I have in my stash.  I thought it would look quite dramatic against the PTI Smokey Shadow cs.  The flowers are from 3 different sets...Mama Elephant "Summer Garden" for SSS, a SU 5 petaled beauty, long orphaned from her original set and a SSS set "Thinking of You".  The leaves are die cut from a sturdy PTI vellum cs with a very old Spellbinders die.  My inspiration is from this card that Lucy Abrams made this week.  Thanks Lucy for sharing all of your gorgeous and inspiring talent!  I am again linking up to the Time Out challenge.  This is my second cup!
Thanks for stopping in and I hope that you are having a great day!
hugs-Chriss


Saturday, April 4, 2015

A little drama...



Happy Saturday!
I have a lot of Mother's Day cards to make for an order and Kim's card over at the current Time Out challenge had me inspired to add a little drama to some of my florals!  I was attracted to her dark background, so that was exactly my starting point. 
I embossed my PTI Smokey Shadow with an old CB "Debossed Exotics" EF that I had cut down to a smaller size.  I layered it onto an aqua-teal foil card front and used a piece of pretty patterned paper with the greys and teals in it and made a long fish tail style tag that I stitched at the top.  My florals are a SU that I heat embossed with white onto grey vellum and a few layered PTI Circle Scribbles cut in white and the same foil.  I cut a couple of Memory Box teeny butterflies too and added to a floral center and top right corner. The Mom is a SSS die cut, twice cut from watercolour paper and stacked together.  That's pretty much it!  I am also showing a couple of other cards made from the same inspiration further down in the post..  Thanks so much Kim and the Time Out DT.  All are fabulous cards and inspiration!  
As this has some layering to it, I am also sending it over to the April challenge that Virginia is hosting Layers and Dimension.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!
hugs-Chriss






Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light it up BLUE for Autism Awareness Blog Hop



I am so pleased to be joining in on the Light it up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop today!  Let's do this!

You can see all of the great sponsors and details over on Veronica's blog
She and Tenia Nelson have worked so very hard to make this hop possible.
There are many generous sponsors involved with the hop too, so visit Veronica's blog or Tenia's to view all of the cards that are linking up for this very special hop!
For my my card, I used a Penny Black Floral that was stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with Ranger white EP.  I used TH distress inks to watercolour, cut the panel down and layered onto Marina Mist cs (it looks quite a bit darker on screen) and my SU sentiment is also heat embossed with white ep.

Have fun on the hop!
hugs to all, Chriss