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7/13/2018

Birthday Leaves

Welcome....and Happy Friday the 13th! Hope you've had a good week. Thanks for all the Anniversary wishes yesterday. We didn't make it out to dinner as planned. Our grass needed to be cut, and we were waiting until it cooled off a mite, around 7:30pm, to get outside. When Mr. suggested that it would be thunderstorms today, and thought he'd mow the grass later, I said "Fine, we can eat out later". Come 7:20pm, I looked out and it was raining! Not complaining, we needed the rain, and we'll go out tonight instead. He got out about 1pm this afternoon, as it was clouded over. Still pretty hot, and of course the sun came out. I have been trying to do the 'close trimming' with the walk behind mower, so I did my bit. Now we're all done and the yard looks nice for the weekend, and we still have a nice dinner to look forward to! Yay!

Here's a card that was made from waste paper on the table where spraying is done. Many times when boxes are shipped - there is a waste paper scrunched up to act as filler. It's not tissue paper exactly, but more like a thin newsprint type weight. It's perfect to line the table where I spray and do other messy techniques, and sometimes before I pitch it, I look and see some pretty color. This card is a good example. I hope you (and the recipient of this card) will agree with me. The color was created primarily from spraying brusho-s and probably some Lindy's sprays.

 
 
 
 
After cutting the sprayed paper into a usable section, adhered to a lightweight piece of white card stock. Cut this piece into 3 sections and placed on a black base.
 
Memory box leaf die was cut 3 layers - 2 from black c/s, bottom layer from white snippet, colored with copic black. Covered the top layer with Clear WoS, then added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze after adhering the die to the card. Did the same treatment with the sentiment. A few pearls, and it's done.
 
Since this card is basically ALL snippets, I think I shall zip over the Pond to say Hello to Parsnip and all the elves at Pixie's Snippet Playground for Challenge 330. Maybe there is a cool breeze out on the swings. Don't ya'll want to come along and play?
 
Thanks for dropping by....Have a great day. Hugs
 
 
 

7/12/2018

Anniversary Roses

Good Morning, and welcome. Today is our 55th wedding anniversary, and gosh, it doesn't seem like it was _that_ long ago, when 2 kids who were much too young to be married, got hitched. Then again, sometimes it seems as though we've _always_ been together. He's my best friend and can also sometimes make me madder than anybody else in my world. I expect he might say the same thing about me - in so far as the making mad or annoying part! Still he's stuck with me all these years, so I guess that's saying something. It ain't always been easy, and we've had our share of life's problems... but I can't think of anyone else with whom I'd have wanted to share 55 years. I can honestly say that as I look back over the years. I hope he can too. Nothing special planned for the day - dinner out tonight. We'd discussed a little trip, but with the weather so hot, I suggested we take a little get-away when it's cooler...maybe early fall - September or so. The leaves will be turning in the mountains, and we've always talked about going there to see that. Also thought about North Carolina's Outer Banks, but it would be hot there as well.

Anyway, here's the card I made; Mr. likes roses and he likes blue.

 
A Sizzix die set cut the 5 layered frame using 2 sizes of the die set. Used the in-between sized die to cut the embossed background. This time just inked the embossed piece (Sizzix Botanical 3D EF) with the WOW embossing pad, heat embossed with a Ranger Blue Pearl. (Meant to only heat emboss the raised areas, but I got the piece in the folder wrong-way round and it debossed). The blue pearl shows nicely IRL with a blue-ish sheen, but the photo just shows it as shine.  
 
- Cardinal has 2 layers - white snippets - and was a gift from a friend (thanks Bonnie). Added a pearl for his eye.
 
- Blue roses made with the Heartfelt mold and classic rose stamp and die.(used some white snippets cardstock). I've been practicing...I think the roses are turning out better than the vellum poinsettias. I know: practice makes perfect. Also finding that the c/stock weight makes a difference in how well the finished product turns out. A heavier weight seems to work better for me.  The roses are good to work on while watching mindless tv. Stamp, die cut, color with daubers. Put in the mold, spritz and put on the top part of the mold. Let dry, then glue the layers together. Should be real easy...the video makes it look very easy :-).
 
Just added another pretty card to the Cards by Friends page, so I hope you'll check it out. And thanks for joining me today. There's a couple snippets on this card, so I think I'll jump the pond and visit the Snippets Playground for Challenge #330...why don't you come along?
 
Thanks for joining me today, and Ya'll have a great day. Hugs.
 
EDIT:  Just saw on A Mermaid's Crafts that DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge is Anniversary for today, so I hope this anniversary card might qualify! Thanks for the headsup Lisa!
 


7/11/2018

Inspiration Thank You

Good morning, and welcome to a sunny hot Wednesday in Upstate South Carolina. Recently our neighbor was kind enough to present such a beautiful card with a little birthday gift. I thought the card was so pretty that I wanted to try to use for the thank you card in return. I didn't succeed totally, and will try again, but having recently gotten one of the Gina K Wreath Builder sets, I decided to try my hand with the tiny flowers in that set.


Inspiration Card




My Card



The card base used was from a $1.00 pack of Dollar Store small cards, that was purchased enroute to one of the family kids' birthday picnic, as I didn't have time to make her a card. I thought a good way to use this pack up was to cover the front with whatever design I wanted. It's the perfect size for a thank you card.

Heat embossed the sentiment using Ranger Seafoam White. I didn't think to 'prepare' the flower stamps first (where you pre-stamp or sort of sand the polymer lightly) and some of them didn't stamp as well as I'd expected. Good thing for Misti. Used various cube inks for the colors, and this would bead up on the tiny stamps.  After stamping around the edges and creating a 'frame' for the sentiment, sponged a DI light pink shade and then tea dye, going darker in the corners. The Inspiration card has more yellow tones than my pink card, and I didn't do any 'stitching' lines, but I think my neighbor will like it.

Hope all of you are keeping cool as I know so many of my European pals are dealing with brutal heat as well as we Yanks are. Thanks for dropping in....I hope I got my visiting caught up. We were busy earlier in the week, so I got behind - Uh-gin! Life and Lazy get in my way too much!

Big Hugs. Have a wonderful day and come back when you have time.

7/08/2018

Christmas Card Club - Challenge 14 - White on White

Hello and welcome to another Christmas Card Club post. These 2 weeks fly by so quickly it seems. Christine selected the theme for Challenge 14 to be White on White with just a smidgen of color. So let's get to it.


 
 
- Sizzix Tim Holtz 3D Botanical was used for the background behind the Memory Box Shining Candles die. Cut white cardstock with a S/Binders Scalloped Labels One die. Then used WOW embossing ink over the EF, embossed this, then heat embossed with WOW White Pearl. This made the background show as pearl paper, while the flourishes are just the white cardstock. Very pretty look I think.
 
- Used Sookwang tape over white c/s to die cut the candles. Not a great idea, as the outlines of the candles were extremely fussy to try to place properly. Kept the flame part of the tape in place, while Ritz Cool Diamond microfine glitter was applied to the outlines and holly base, then burnished to a shine. Removed the flame portions, sprinkled a gold glitter over that part. Glued this over the background...(and that was a bit touchy as well, as the skinny outlines did not want to stick to the raised surfaces.)Then inlaid the inner parts of the candles into the frames, added a Warm Diamond micro glitter to the 'candles' and IRL - the slight color difference in the glitter whites shows quite nicely.
 
Heartfelt Poinsettia & Holly Clusters Stamps and Dies were used with a pearlized vellum to stamp, heat emboss with Wow White Pearl, die cut. Then used the matching mold to shape the flowers. Sprayed the vellum very lightly before using the mold to shape the flowers, and again, probably would have been better to not spray. However, once the petals had dried, I was able to glue and arrange the poinsettias. I wanted the poinsettias to hide the places where the vellum sentiment was glued down. The sentiment hides a lot of the holly cluster at the bottom of the candle arrangement, and I rather wish I'd just skipped having a sentiment on the front.
 
Do please take time to visit my team members to see their inspirations on Christine's White on White theme. Their blog links are on the right sidebar.
 
Have a lovely day, come again when you have time. Hugs