Thursday, May 30, 2024

Birthday Keys

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Recently I took advantage of a great sale on embossing folders and bought this
embossing folder and die set.


I've embossed a piece of Desert Storm cardstock and gently swiped some Vintage Photo
ink over the raised keys.

The die that comes with the folder makes fabulous keys when cut
from foil cardstock.

It's a quick and easy card for the guys.

Challenges:
Seize the Birthday - Use Metallics
NBUS #62 - Never Before Used Schtuff
Can You Handle the Pressure - ATG with Embossing (did not use the option)

  




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Chocolate Chip, Vintage Photo
Paper:   Desert Storm, Naturals Ivory, Milk Chocolate, Gold Foil
Other:  Captivating Keys EF & Die set (SSS)

Enjoy!


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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Bokeh for Group of Seven Cardmakers

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This month the GO7 gals have been using the bokeh technique.


Pretty much it's a technique of adding white circles to a colored background.

I looked through my background box and found this piece of Gansai Tambi mop up.

I punched some different sizes of circles from a piece of vellum and
sponged white pigment ink through the stencil to add the bokeh dots.

Another background from that stash....


The background actually looked like waves and when I added the bokeh dots, it
looked like it needed a water scene.

I stamped and heat embossed with white on mixed media paper, then die cut
and watercolored with Zig Brush Markers.

and then I decided to go in a different direction....


Jack had seen a similar card on my computer and liked it.  Since he has a birthday
coming up soon, I thought I'd CASE that card and make him a money holder.

This time I ink blended a background.  I'm not good at ink blending and the background 
was already kind of splotchy, but I was glad that the sponged circles showed up so well.

If you look very closely you'll see that I embossed the panel with waves before
adding the whales.

Here's the inside. No bokeh there.  I'll tuck some paper money in the pocket
and the whale will help hold it in place.



You can find instructions for the technique and a video link at the 

There's also a linky if you want to try it and share it with us.



Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  BP Fancy Sentiment Strips (Spl)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Mixed Media (Strathmore)
Other:  Gansai Tambi watercolor, Gracious Leaves EF (MB), Curved Cap Pinpoint Layers Die (MB), Daisy Silhouettes die (MB), Copics (G21, E33, Y18, E97, C00, C0)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Seahorse Garden (Spl)
Ink:  Embossing Ink, Whisper White, Pool Party
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neenah Solar White
Other:  White EP, Seahorse Garden Dies, Zig CCRBM (Lemon Yellow, Tea Rose, Carmine, Oatmeal, Pale Green, Turquoise Green, Deep  Green, Shadow Mauve, Beige), Fluted Classic Ovals dies (Spl), WOS

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Carefree Wishes (PB)  
Ink:   Faded Jeans, Prize Ribbon, Black Soot (DI), Whisper White (SU), Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Licorice Black (MFT)
Other:  Handmade Vellum Stencil, Spellbinders 2023 Advent Calendar die, Seaside EF (ret SU), Magestic Confetti (Studio Katia)


Enjoy!


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Monday, May 27, 2024

Memorial Day

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Today is a day for remembering those that have fought for our freedom
and continue to keep us free.


Edited to add:  I colored these poppies with Distress re-inkers then added
touch up with watercolor pencils.

Also, being Monday, I'm joining Darnell with her I.D.E.A.S. where
the fourth Monday is Anything Goes.



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Brilliant (PB), Sentiment Strips (Alt)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Re-inkers (Festive Berries, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass), Whisper White
Paper:   Mixed Media, Black, Neenah Solar White
Other:  Curved Stitch Die (PB), Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencils (Ivory Black, Dark Green, Brown), Micron Pen, White EP


Enjoy!


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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Guesting Winter Bird with Plaid

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I'm exited to have been asked to Guest Design at
Rudolph Days this month.

Thank you Helen.  I am honored.


This was made from January's calendar page.
I'm trying to put the used pages on cards instead of in the UFO box.

I die cut it with a curve and added a piece of my favorite plaid paper.

and a close up....




Challenges:
Rudolph Days - ATG Christmas
Christmas Kickstart #86 -  Playing with Plaid


 


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Winter Birdie Swag (Unity), Christmas Sentiments (Kaisercraft)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Neenah Solar White, DSP  
Other:  Copics (E11, E13, E23, R29, R24), Border Builders Die (LI OOB),


Enjoy!


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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Christmas Star

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I hope you're having a good week.  It's like summer here with heat and humidity.
It's a good time to stay inside and work on cards.


This is pretty straight forward with die cutting and embossing.

I did swipe the embossed snowflakes with white ink and embossed the die cut
foil star with the same embossing folder.

Challenges:
Peace on Earth #64 - Mood Board below





Card Recipe
Stamps:  
Ink:   Betterpress Black, Whisper White
Paper:   Navy, Silver Foil, Neenah Solar White
Other:  Flurry of Snowflakes EF (Spl), Dazzling Star Die (Gemini), BP Merry Sentiment Strips (Spl)


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