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Thursday, January 17, 2019

FUSION BUTTERFLY

The Fusion Challenge features butterflies this time and I haven't done a butterfly card in ages!
When I took out my PTI Life is Beautiful stamps there was a butterfly already die cut that I had smooshed in some bright pink watercolors.  So I took my copics and added some shading in the colors from the challenge photo.  I created the background on soft gray cardstock by stamping various butterflies in clear embossing powder and put it on the same color card base.  Added a silver thread nest behind my butterfly and done!


I like the way the watercolored part of my butterfly is sort of spattered and gives some added texture.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

MESSY SNOWFLAKE BLIZZARD

Awhile back Dawn from WPlus9 had a video using snowflakes and heat embossing - and I thought it was such a cool look.  So did a CASE of her card.

I stamped a variety of HA snowflake stamps with Versafine ink on navy cardstock and heat embossed them with HA silver embossing powder.  Then I sprinkled more embossing powder around and heat embossed starting on the back so the powder didn't blow all over the place!!  Trimmed my panel down to 4x5.25 and added to a soft gray card base.  Added the silver sentiment and some blue sequins and done.  Trying to capture all the shine in the photo was difficult, but you get the idea I'm sure.
As a side note - if you are in the market for an embossing gun, this one from Hero Arts is worth every penny - I have had mine for over twenty years and it still works like a charm!!
A new challenge starts tomorrow at A Blog Named Hero so be sure to check it out. 
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Saturday, January 12, 2019

STENCILING + SPONGING

CAS Stencil is a new challenge that just began this January and had a go at it with these cards.



I used Altenew's Sketchy Floral stamp and the coordinating Floral Drape stencil for both cards.  The stamp and stencil are very large and I was able to get two cards out of the piece.  After stamping on white cardstock, I used the stencil and sponged in the color with a small dauber.  I added the gray shadow on the first card with a small flat brush.  The card base on both cards is a soft gray.

I am entering my card in CAS Stencil (sponging) and The Flower Challenge (pink and gray). 

 

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SNOWFLAKES

One of my goals for this year is to enter more challenges and today I have a card that fits into several.



My card is also quite appropriate for today here in Lincoln as we had our first snowstorm of 2019 with about 6" of snow.  Good reason to stay inside and make cards!!

I used emboss resist in silver on watercolor paper for my snowflakes and then dropped shades of blue watercolors onto wet paper.  I die cut the piece with a stitched frame with the outer part popped up with some foam tape on a gray card base.  

I am entering my card in Addicted to CAS (snowflake), CAS Christmas (blue and silver), CAS Watercolour (winter) and CASology  (frozen).

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

MASCULINE BIRTHDAY CARD

Needed a guy birthday card and this deer and the birch trees fit the bill pretty well.



Quite fast and easy and really liked the idea of all the "whiteness".  Although this isn't a Christmas card with a different sentiment it could easily be one.  I probably should have just left the sentiment off and then photographed it for the challenges but...oh well.

Dotty Jo has started a new Christmas challenge and the current theme is "Rudolph and Friends" and Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge is "Anything Goes with an optional twist of Reindeer" - so this will be an entry for both.


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Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 FAVES

In 2014 when I began my blog adventure, my first post was my favorite cards from 2013.  So today I am writing my 554th post with my 2018 faves.  Link on the captions to go to the original posts. 


Happy Birthday
Butterfly
Bicycle
Wonderful Day
Blue Sakura
Happy Everything
Blue Iris
Lovely
Joy
Red Bird
The bicycle card was a winner on Inspired by All the Little Things challenge and the blue iris was for my Casology guest designer spot.

As always, thanks for visiting today and all the other days of the year - have a wonderful 2019.