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Monday, August 31, 2015

Stitched Leaves for PTI SAF

I have a card for the PTI SAF going on right now.  There isn't much time left as the challenges close tomorrow morning, but I had hoped to get a few cards in.  Here are my stitched leaves from the Leave It Be set that I am submitting for the Pins & Needles challenge..  I had watercoloured a sheet and then die cut the Japanese Maples.  I thought they would look good with gold stitching and I placed them on a strip of PTI striped vellum.  The Happy Birthday sentiments from Embroidered Elegance were gold embossed, adding to my gold theme :)

I used a card pattern layout, #11 from Nichole

A Missing You card...

Howdy!  I am back from Montreal after Neil and I visited with his sweet Mom.  I will eventually get around to commenting over the next couple of days.

I had seen Ellen's Pin Sights challenge before I left and had an idea, but ran out of time to complete.  I saw this morning that the challenge closes tomorrow, so away I went to the craft room to try to finish.  Here she is...
I used some direct to watercolour paper inking/dragging with the colours that I had to coming as close as I could to the challenge colours.  I then used a SSS die cut with circles in a straight line to make the circles border on the WC edge and inlaid more circles that had been made with the Picked Raspberry ink on WC scrap paper.  This was greatly inspired by the model's big yellow pearls necklace.  I was intrigued with the gals veiled hat, so I applied some Picked Raspberry distress ink to some tuille  and secured to white paper, then die cut the Wild Garden's largest bloom.  I then applied glossy accents to the cut petals, over the tuille and inlaid when dry.  The little rose die cut from the same Wild Garden set was cut twice, in yellow and pink and combined.  After arranging the florals under the WC panel, I die cut the two leaves from Wild Garden and brushed with my green ink (SU Pistachio Pudding).
That finishes the card and I am so happy to have been able to complete before the challenge was over...
Thanks for stopping by and hope your Monday is going well! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Avery Elle Ikat

Happy Monday!  Just a quick post for the Avery Elle Embossing challenge!

AEI♥U Challenge #27–Embossing!

I have been wanting to play with this NBUS (Did you see Darnell will be having another challenge next month!) Avery Elle Ikat Additions set and the Avery Elle embossing challenge presented a perfect opportunity to do just that!  I stamped the flower stems in Avery Elle Lemongrass pigment ink and clear embossed and then the flower heads in Versamark and used Zing Aqua ep.  The red is Ranger Geranium ep.  The little border from Avery Elle Dotted Borders die set was cut from white cs that I had inked up with Versamark and heat embossed with the same Zing powder.  The Thanks is Memory Box and is die cut and then inlaid.  Easy Peasy!

Hope your start to the week has been a good one!


Sunday, August 23, 2015

CTS-Thank You

Hope your Sunday is going well!
I made time to take a try at a card with the current CAS(E) this sketch #137 going on.
I sponged 3 different greens through a newly received 

Magenta stencil that I had angled onto a water colour card front...then I added some teeny stitches following the stenciled leaves with a fine black Copic pen and finally stamped a PTI sentiment in Momento black ink.
Simple and therapeutic!  
I see now that I probably should have angled the sentiment to follow the leaves...
So, I went back to the drawing board and made another, this time with gold dots and sentiment and a blue/green colour combo.  I am offering this second one for the MUSE challenge card made by Anita Bowden.  Hers is lovely!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Red, black and yellow...

One card for two challenges!  A beautiful inspiration photo, same one for each challenge!  

Curtain Call - Mason Jar

I started with the embossed border, using embossing powder in the 3 predominant colours in the photo.  The border stamp is from a Stamps of Life (2010) set as are the embossed flowers.  I cut some stems freehand from polka dotted paper.  I had a die cut mason jar in my stash that I could fill with the flowers.  The fun sentiment (Paper Smooches) from Bold Buzzwords is black heat embossed and I made the no. 2 pencil with a scrap of yellow cs.  My centers of the flowers are sparkly in real life as they are double coated with WOS black.
That is it!  I like the 3 colours together :)

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your day!

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Fall Line Up

It's my sweet husband's birthday tomorrow.  We have been married for 35 years and have been together since we were 16 years old.  That 41 years.  Hard to believe that all those years have past in a flash!  This card is for him and represents all of the changes we have experienced.  I was inspired by the sketch challenge going on right now at Freshly Made Sketches #200.  I must admit...It is new to me.  
Where have I been!?  They have a really exciting line up of prizes for celebrating along with them!  I have added this new to me challenge to my list!

I had a blast water colouring a sheet with distress inks and then cutting out all of these little trees.  I have some left over, so you may be seeing more of these in the future :)
The sentiment is a favourite of mine from a  very old SU set.  I made the "background" trees with the same die cut trees from fun foam.  I only wish that they were of a lighter and more faded colour. 
I will also be adding this to 
SSS Work it Wednesday - Die Cuts
I used some of those :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A cool breeze up there

It has been so very hot here these past few weeks!  The tomato plants baked, as did the peppers and squash.  
When I saw the challenge over at Memory Box "Cool Thoughts for Warm Days", I immediately thought of hot air balloons.  I have always wanted to take a ride in one and have imagined how quiet and cool the air must be whilst floating way day!

I used Memory Box hot air balloon dies to cut out from patterned paper.

I used the PS Celebrate sentiment from 
Bold Buzz Words and I heat embossed with black EP.  It is nice and glossy IRL!  I find these sentiments to be so cheery!  This is headed over to their 
Anything Goes challenge!

We might get some rain tonight...fingers crossed!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Gasp, a CASE, and a Twist

Happy Tuesday!

Last week, when I saw this card of Joni's, I gasped!  What a stunning beauty.  I can probably say that for all of Joni's cards, they are just that gorgeous and vibrant.  So...I was speaking with Michele, as we do just about every week, and we wanted to play cards again like we did here.  So, here we go..................

Joni's card

Here is my CASE
Not as gorgeous as Joni's, but I think I got the colours right?
I know I forgot to die cut a shape like Joni did...such an interesting element.
Oh, and then there is the bow...hers is just so perfectly organic.

And, here is my twist...
Pinks and oranges and golds.  I replaced the large sentiment with a stitch-like border stamp from PTI's Ombre Builders.  The die cut Thanks is Memory Box.
Thank you Joni for sharing your amazing and inspirational art !

I can't wait to see what fabulous creation Michele will show us!