Tuesday, May 28, 2019

You're Amazing! Yes, you are Julian!

Between April 29 and May 29 my three grandsons celebrate their birthdays, convenient but also a challenge! The oldest, Julian, shares a birthday on 5/29 with his Uncle George, my childhood friend Juliann, and President JFK. He's a busy pre-teen, plays trumpet and basketball, gracefully rides a snowboard, kindly teases his younger brother, and adores his Portland Trailblazers. Boy, do I love him!! At 12 he inspired a star-themed birthday card!

I stamped a white Bristol panel with distress oxide inks using Concord & 9s Marbled Turnabout stamp. The colors and pattern remind me of the Blazers team logo. The panel was cut with a large star die and also a second star in black for a shadow effect. The sentiment from SSS's Amazing set is white embossed on a black strip. The background stamped in black reinforces the celebration!

Linking this to a new challenge: AAA Birthday Card Challenges

To Infinity and Beyond! HB, Luca

I recently combined the Hero Arts "Sunburst Bold Prints" cling stamp and PTI's "Boy Basics: Out of this World" stamp set for my grandson's 9th birthday card last week. He thought it was spectacular and that I could make millions selling cards!! Bless his heart!

 The blue panel rests on an orange frame created 
with the largest PTI "Pierced Feature Frame". The
rocket was colored with Copics and cut with a PTI 
"Keep It Simple Frames" die.

Linking this card at AAA Birthday Card Challenges with the theme of Anything Goes and the current SSS Monday Challenge: Frame It

Saturday, May 25, 2019

May Blossoms

A month goes by quickly when spring arrives with flowers and weeds to admire and eradicate along with many birthday cards to make. The birthday cards will be posted soon but today I'm sharing two cards made with Altenew's Book Club stamps and dies

Card #1

The first card's floral image was inked in green, re-inked with VersaMark ink and clear embossed. Using Altenew alcohol markers, I colored the flowers and leaves and then die cut the floral image. The center circle was stamped with a PTI Walk by Faith sentiment. The floral die cut was attached with temporary tape to a lavender panel covered with a strip of Altenew's Gilded Ombre washi tape and then adhered to a white side-folding card. The focal point may be removed and used as a bookmark.

Card #2

This time the focal image was stamped with VersaMark ink, embossed with Ranger Fine Gold EP, and the center removed with a die from the Book Club set. Another floral image was cut from PTI vellum and a Butterfly Blooms sentiment was gold embossed in the center. Once more Altenew's Gilded Ombre washi tape was added to a card stock panel which was trimmed with a SSS Stitched Rectangle die. Gold sequins were added to complete the panel which was directly adhered to a PTI autumn rose card.

Cards linked to Altenew May 2019 Inspiration Challenge and SSW: Bright Colors    My photos from the yard and a bouquet.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Twofer April Card Challenge

I'm having a craft week it seems! I needed four birthday cards this week, another for our middle grandson who turns 11 next week, and many May birthdays to come. On Sunday I shared Altenew zinnia cards and today found more time in my craft space. 

This month's Twofer Card Challenge: Zoo Animals ends Thursday and nothing was inspiring me among the few animal stamps I own. I finally remembered Hero Arts MMH African Safari set that I purchased two years ago. The elephant stamped in two ink shades made a fun thank you card. Its matching die and other items from the HA kit worked for my grandson's birthday card.

   Card #1

Card #2

See you around the internet and Instagram

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Afternoon Cards

Today I stamped several die cuts creating a set of three cards 
and found a fun wood stamp suitable for CASology's challenge.
First the card set featuring a gorgeous Altenew zinnia!

PTI Scallop Stackers: Medium die 
Pierced Feature Frames die
Altenew Build-a-Flower: Flourishing Zinnia stamp/dies
Impress sentiment

PTI Mix & Mat: Plaid die
PTI Butterfly Blooms sentiment
Altenew Build-a-Flower: Flourishing Zinnia stamp/dies
Altenew Vintage Roses

PTI Scallop Stackers: Large die
PTI Wet Paint III sentiment
Altenew Build-a-Flower: Flourishing Zinnia stamp/dies

And now for my "leaper"

House-Mouse Designs (1999) Giddyup (Friend)
PTI Bunny Basket sentiment
Linked to: CASology: Leap


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Monday, April 8, 2019

Rennie Flowers medley

Sunday afternoon I played with a recent Altenew purchase.
Rennie Roses is unlike any other floral set I own and boy, is it versatile! I created three different panels: 1) using embossing resist with DO ink blending, 2) masking with a stenciled chevron strip behind the focal point, and 3) stamping off the edge on opposite corners with a scary (for me) splattering under a die cut sentiment.

Card #1
 Card Supplies:
PTI Shape Stackers: Large and Life Is Beautiful dies
Altenew Rennie Roses
Birch Press Celebrate Sugar Script die

Linked to: Seize the Birthday

Card #2
Card Supplies:
Altenew Rennie Roses, Hero Arts Borders Stencil
PTI Keep It Simple: Thinking of You
PTI Noted: Scalloped A2 die
Copics, PTI Bitty Big: Orange Zest paper, twine

I was drawn to the florals and colors in the
photo and used a clean-layered style.

Card #3
Card Supplies:
Altenew Rennie Roses, PTI Penned Elegance II stamps/dies
Altenew alcohol Artist Markers Set D 

I'm thrilled with the different results on this first inking of my
new stamps. It would be difficult to pick my favorite!

WISH YOU THE MOST beautiful day

Recently I've been shopping my stash more. It's easy to be distracted with new products and ignore purchases not yet inked or cut. As the adage says, I'm a crafter and therefore I hoard! The Hero Arts Paper Layering Neighborhood die D1535 caught my eye last fall. I have an older large HA village stamp that I've neglected but it didn't prevent this die from joining my architecture collection. Using houses and city buildings varies card designs from my go-to florals and is appropriate for many situations and individuals.

Card #1
Card Supplies:
HA Paper Layering Neighborhood die, Altenew Beautiful Day (sentiment)
Altenew Pan Watercolor 36 Pan Set, PTI kraft card stock, Bristol paper

Card #2
Card Supplies:
HA Paper Layering Neighborhood die, Altenew Beautiful Day (sentiment)
PTI rays? die (dry-embossed)

Entering Card #1 in JUGs Word Week #482: Houses