Friday, December 8, 2017

W&W and PTI

Took a break for mailing cards to make a couple more for some challenges I hate to miss.
First up is my W&W card which I'm entering in Heather's Color Challenge and Rerun No 26
Shay's Rerun cards inspired me to stamp my background with some of the little words in Big, Bold, Seasons.  I brushed on some brown ink after I finished stamping.  The panel was mounted to a light gray cardstock which I also used as a shadow for the noel die cut.  The little snowflake stamped on the word in 2 shades of blue is also from Big, Bold, Seasons.  The lightest blue was brushed on after the stamping as the stark white didn't seem to go very well with my background.  Just for fun I added some silver thread under the brown panel & finished off with my newest Mocha sequins.  I'm also entering ModSquad & Word Art Wednesday.
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Next is my card for Betsy's PTI MIM Challenge to use a fan brush to make trees.  Let's just say I won't be getting rid of my tree stamps--haha!  However, it was really fun to go way out of my comfort zone & hubby was very impressed--yah!  May end up making this his Christmas card. 
I have no idea why I bought a fan brush, but now it's actually been used.  I used Prima Confections watercolor & as you can see I made a forrest of trees.  My theory was that each tree didn't have to be so good & it worked.  I wanted to keep everything pretty soft & muted, so I used white watercolor for the snow.  I used DO broken china & DI weathered wood for the background before I painted the trees.  The sentiment from Splits: 'Tis the Season was stamped in Enchanted Evening & matching cardstock was used for the mat.  I didn't want to add embellishments, but needed a little sparkle. 
Fortunately I finally remembered to use my Quickie Glue pen with prisma glitter--so easy & pretty.  Guess I better get back to sending cards.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
I'm also entering CropStop, HLS Christmas Challenge, VOSP & Word Art Wednesday.
Edited to add: Thanks to Esther for letting me know about the Repeat Impressions DCC126--Glitter challenge which I'm also entering.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tags with a Feminine Twist

So many fun events in Blogland for the holidays.  One of them is 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist at Ellen Hutson's Blog.  Still trying to get Christmas cards signed & mailed, but I have made a couple tags.  The Day 1 challenge is 3D Die Cuts.  Jennifer McGuire's tags totally inspired me as I had several CAS-ual Fridays die cut bells on my table & had been debating whether or not to try the technique. 
I brushed 4 of them with a white metallic watercolor & attached the beautiful pinkish purple glitter Washi tape which definitely makes this a feminine tag!  I followed Jennifer's tutorial--fun & easy technique.  I used crochet thread through the holes at the top of the bells to give a finished look.  The Poppystamps Tunnel Tag was die cut from gray textured cardstock.  I stamped the AJVD sentiment on a white cardstock scrap, ran it through with the die & glued it on below the bells.  I'm also entering DRU (Sentiment: I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas), HLS Christmas ChallengeSSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.
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My next tag was inspired by Julie's felt tree tag for the Day 3 Challenge: Naturally Neutral.  I love her color combo of kraft, white & black, so that's what I used.  However, I switched it around to a white tag & a kraft tree. 
The tag is made with AJVD Polka Dot Backdrop Rectangle & the tree is Impression Obsession.  The embellishments are a wooden star covered with Pale Gold Nuvo drops & little pearls also done with the drops.  It was a bit tricky using the drops on felt. 
I attached the kraft felt tree to one cut from white cardstock, slightly offset to hint at snow.  The sentiment is AJVD & I added little dots of Frosted Lace Stickles.  For an extra feminine touch I used some beautiful lace across the bottom before adding the black & white twine.  I'll probably turn this one into a card--really love how it turned out.  I'm also entering DRU (Silent Night),  HLS Christmas Challenge, SSS Wednesday, Die Cut Divas & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

VOSP Day 3

It's VOSP Day 3 and my final card shows the true meaning of Christmas. 
The nativity die from Stamplorations was cut from transfer paper so I could cover it with silver foil.  I attached it to another cardstock die cut for just a bit of dimension.  The black card front stitching is done with Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle & I added small white & silver splatters.  The beautiful sentiment from AJVD was white embossed.  Didn't think any embellishments were needed.  Sometimes less truly is more.  There are prizes to be won for leaving comments on the participating blogs, but you must leave a comment On Her Blog telling Lori you want to be in the running.  You can also enter the VOSP Challenge where the prize is a $20 gift card to Mama Elephant.  Thanks so much to Lori for including me in her team again this year.  Enjoy all the inspiration & thank you so much for taking time to stop by.  
I'm also entering AAA Cards, SSS MondaySSS WednesdayDie Cut Divas & Stamplorations Anything Goes.
Edited to add: Also entering CAS on Friday.
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Saturday, December 2, 2017

VOSP Day 2

Welcome to VOSP Day 2.  I didn't do any stamping on yesterday's card, but for today I began by stamping my own printed paper. 
The twig wreath from PTI Wreath for all Seasons was stamped in Pinefeather & the dots in Memento Love Letter.  I matted the panel to a piece of Pinefeather cardstock.  The frame was made with white linen cardstock & Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles--2 layers for dimension.  The sentiment is made with 2 stamps from the same stamp set. The word Merry was stamped twice & Christmas three times using Love Letter.  I trimmed the end into a flag & inked the edges.  The branch from PTI Spruce & Sprigs was stamped on vellum, die cut & brushed with a sparkle pen.  Finished off with a few white Nuvo drops.  There are prizes for commenting on the blogs each day, but you must leave a comment On Lori's Blog saying you want to be in the running for a prize.  You can also enter the VOSP Challenge for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Mama Elephant.  Enjoy all the inspiration from today's Blogs.
I'm also entering PTI MIM, SSS Wednesday & Die Cut Divas.  See you tomorrow for VOSP, Day 3.
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Friday, December 1, 2017

Beginning and Ending

Life is full of beginnings and endings.  Today marks both for me as I post my last DT card for PBSC and my first card for VOSP 2018.  
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I've enjoyed trying to inspire fellow bloggers every month at PBSC, but felt it was time to step down from the DT.  Lori is so sweet to once again ask me to be on her team for VOSP--I'm so honored.  I don't make many cards with no stamping, but the beautiful PB Winter Wreath die can stand alone. 

I began by embossing the die on a panel of kraft cardstock & then I cut it from another piece.  I added a bit of Stickles & glued it into place, leaving the ends free except for the holly leaves at the top.  I layered 2 red sequins & filled the center with more Stickles. 
Red, kraft & white is a favorite color combo for the holidays and it's great to make use of this beautiful candy cane paper.  I added Stickles to the narrow red lines & it really does make a difference in person.  I'd love to see your holiday PB cards in the PBSC gallery this month.  There are prizes to be won for leaving comments on the VOSP blogs & you can enter cards for the VOSP Challenge.  You need to follow Lori's instructions HERE to be in the running.  You must leave a comment on Lori's blog stating you want to be included in the prize drawing.  Enjoy all the inspiration on both blogs & good luck with the drawings!

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