Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bunny Hop

You may have noticed the Bunny Hop badge in my sidebar.  Gail, one of the gals leading the Card Chain Challenge, is turning 50.  To celebrate she's having a bunny hop with prizes.  I've never been much of a collector--unless you count cardmaking supplies--haha!  However, I do have a bunny collection of home decor, yard ornaments & music boxes.  We even had a real bunny in our front flower bed this week for the first time.  Because of my love for bunny images, I also have quite a few stamps & some dies.  One of the first companies I was introduced to some 20 years ago was Magenta.  Three or four stores near me at that time carried Magenta stamps & this is one of my favorites. 

It's actually not that easy to use, though, being large & very detailed.  Good thing I still have my old fashioned stamp positioner so I could stamp multiple times with Versafine Vintage Sepia on the smooth side of wc paper.  The panel was die cut with a smaller AJVD rectangle die which cut off the places on the edge where I couldn't get a good inking.  I did a soft watercolor wash of Distress Ink victorian velvet over the entire image.  Then I added more of the ink over the bunny in the foreground.  I very carefully darkened some of the brown to give more definition & thankfully I didn't ruin it!  I spritzed with a gold shimmer mist, mounted it to gold cardstock & then attached it to a card base covered with a brown panel. 
Didn't like any embellishments, so I ended up with a nice, flat note card ready to mail.  I'm also entering Word Art Wednesday.  Beautiful sunny day, so Fritz & I are off on another walk while hubby finishes washing his vehicle.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
Edited to add: Also entering Through the Craft Room Door.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Using Scraps #3

Here's my last card using scraps from This Card & it's my last entry for the Impression Obsession challenge.  This time I used the last big roses scrap (IO Sketched Roses) along with a scrap of the solid cardstock I colored with the same 2 pink Zigs. 
The area between the the top 2 & the bottom rose was perfect for a sentiment strip & I used one of the IO Greetings Top Edgers.  I wanted an elegant look to this card, so after stacking the die cuts 3 high I heat embossed over white pigment ink with a very, very old satin embossing powder I used to use all the time--just love that look!  Tried to leave it plain, but in the end white & gold sequins won out--haha!  It was fun & challenging to come up with 3 very different cards using the beautiful left over scraps.  I'll never get tired of the Sketched Roses stamp!  Just scroll down if you want to see the other 3 cards.  I'm also entering DRU, Paru's Cardmaking Challenge & SSS Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Using Scraps #2

The Impression Obsession challenge is about to end, so need to post my final 2 cards made with the scraps from my First Card.  For the 3rd card I simple cut 3 thin strips from the smaller scrap of the IO Sketched Roses I embossed & colored with Zigs. 
I hunted through my green cardstocks & found one piece left of the color I needed--whew!  It's a beautiful light green textured cardstock that matches the Zig I used for coloring.  The IO sentiment from Anytime Sentiments was heat embossed with the SSS Antique Gold embossing powder--same as I used for the roses.  Finished off by rounding the top corners & adding green Nuvo drops.  The drops look like a darker shade of the same green in person--not yellowy like the photo.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.  I'll be back soon with the last card.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Using Scraps #1

The IO Sketched Roses is a large square stamp, so I had left over pieces from my last card.  Yesterday I decided to see how many different designs I could make with those pieces.  Here's the first of 3 cards. 
I took the longest piece & cut 3 little squares.  Remember, you need to heat the embossed edges after you cut them to seal the ep.  I love how the roses look on vanilla cardstock, so temporarily adhered the squares to see where the IO sentiment (B13027) should be stamped.  Then I used my Mini MISTI & 2 green inks to get the shade I wanted.  Decided to dry emboss one of my favorite folders, Anna Griffin's Rosa, before I mounted the squares with foam tape.  No embellishments needed, to my eye, so left it as is.  I'm entering Impression Obsession, the Snippets Playground (just for fun) & SSS Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pink, Green & Gold

Well, guess I just pull on my socks without even looking at my feet. Today I happened to look at my left foot & wow--it's bruised on the top & both sides.  Definitely sprained that ankle, but luckily it looks worse than it feels.  I'm walking fine & trying to follow hubby's advice to slow down.
The current challenge at Impression Obsession is to use pink & green--a combo I love, especially with gold. 
I knew immediately that I wanted to use the beautiful IO Sketched Roses, so I embossed it on Bristol paper with SSS Antique Gold embossing powder.  The coloring was done with 2 pink Zigs & I added some pale green for a hint of leaves.  The solid pink piece was made with the same 2 pink Zigs.  Debated about leaving it plain, but in the end I went with PPP pink sequins for embellishment.  I'm also entering W2CB, where my friend Cat is guest designing.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Flower Cards

So glad to have my laptop back after routine maintenance.  I have 3 cards to share--each different but all with a flower.
To start, here's my PTI MIM entry with a stitched stem, felt bloom & die cut leaves.  I had so much fun making this card! 
The Tag Along Holiday die cut is one Vikki gave me when we met in person.  The bloom die cuts are Corner Adorner: February, the leaves are Fancy Foliage Details, the sentiment is from Trendy Tree Tops & the background stamp is from BG Basics: Text Style.  I used New Leaf Cardstock & lightly brushed blue ink on the tag before adding the bloom with a very old button brad.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday.
Edited to add: Also entering Inspired by All the Little Things thanks to Darnell's suggestion.
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Next is a card using Poppystamps Stitched Blooms that were left over from This Card.  I used Spellbinders Squares & Lacy Squares to make the black frame. 
Fun to use twine for the stem & the sweet die cut leaves (thank you, Ros!)  A W&W border stamp made the black & white edge on the card front & I mounted the panel with thin fun foam.  I'm entering Poppystamps, Double D & SSS Wednesday.
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I've been wanting to try Rose Gold with navy, so that's the basis of my last card.  I embossed a scrap of cardstock with SSS Rose Gold embossing powder & die cut the Memory Box Arianna Sprig solid piece from it. 
The outline was die cut from a navy scrap & luckily I had enough to also die cut a mat using AJVD Polka Dot Rectangle Backdrop.  The sentiment from Poppystamps Grateful Heart was embossed with the Rose Gold powder--just love it, especially on the off-white cardstock.  The look of the embossing changes as you tilt it in the light.  
I've always loved pearls & still have tons, which fortunately includes the navy ones I used here.  I'm entering Memory Box & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Create It Wednesday~Gift For You

I'm up on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog today with a simple packaging project.  Lots of gift giving occasions coming up including Mother's Day & graduation, but it's also fun to surprise someone when they least expect it. 
I began by making a tag using the partial die cutting technique with a circle die to fit a Mini White Doily.  After Attaching the doily, I stamped the rest of my tag with the splatters from the Positive Thoughts stamp set using a Memento New Sprout marker.  A scrap of light green cardstock was die cut with a PPP Borders 3 die & I attached it to cover where the doily was cut in half.  It was easy to add the yellow & green hand dyed buttons using strong liquid glue.  I stamped the letters I needed from the Sketchy Alphabet stamp set onto more of the cardstock using black ink.  Thankfully I still have a bunch of punches, including a circle one that was just the right size for the letters.  I colored them with the green marker & added Stickles for some fun sparkle. 
There was enough of the cardstock to cut 3 thin strips for the bottom of the tag and I finished off with a twine bow.  Before attaching the tag, I stamped a few solid  & open hearts from the Love Coupon and Happy Art stamp sets.  There are lots of great products in the PRS Store & I hope you'll check them out.  
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