Friday, June 30, 2017

Bouquet of Good Wishes Card

A quick post today, as we are heading off to help my cousin celebrate at her retirement party.  I had fun stamping these petunias from Penny Black....
 I used Penny Black's Trumpet Song 40-377, inking the stamp with Tim Holtz distress inks and stamping it on watercolor paper.  I used my Misti so that I could do layers of inking and stamping.  

The background is done with distress inks in a wash, and Penny Black's script background stamp, intermittently stamped.
The verse is from Penny Black's Gratitude set 30-105.  

Dies are Our Daily Bread's double stitched rectangles.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Simon Says Work It Wednesday - What are your working on?

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I'll be back tomorrow!



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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sing A New Song Retirement Card

I needed a card for my cousin who is retiring from her job as youth director/religion coordinator after 30 some years.  This little goldfinch caught my eye.  
The stamp is from Serendipity stamps, and is called Goldfinch #1219QCL.  I stamped the image in the corner, inking with distress markers.  I painted the image with distress markers, using them as watercolor.  I fussy-cut an extra set of flowers, and attached them over the base with glue dots for added dimension.  The little notes are from the same stamp set.  I used some Faber Castell soft pastels with a makeup applicator for the soft background. 

I used Concord And 9th's Perfectly Penned stamp set to create the verse.  "Sing A New Song" is one of my favorite songs that we sing at church....and I thought it was appropriate for a retirement card.  I retired from my job as church secretary when our parish closed, so I know the mixed feelings retirement brings.  After three years, I am now perfectly happily retired, and learning my new song! 

Back to the card.... I used the double stitched rectangles dies from Our Daily Bread Designs, and layered the panel onto some coral card stock, then onto a white A2 card.  A strip of decorative paper along the left edge, and some clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh finish off the card. 

I am entering my card in the Time Out Challenges challenge.  The theme is Celebrations...with the optional twist of one layer.  I think retirement is something to celebrate! 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you had a great day.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Casual Fridays Stamps Challenge Card

When I saw this stamp set by Casual Fridays Stamps, I simply had to have it.  I love that Treble Clef, and the verses in the set are perfect.  
My card today is for the Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Card Challenge.  
The stamp set I used is called Big Treble, and the die is also from Cas-ual Fridays Fri-Dies.  I love when a die coordinates with a stamp just expands the possibilities!

For my card, I used a white card stock panel, and with my Clarity stencil brush, I softly added some Tim Holtz distress ink in abandoned coral, starting fairly dark, and fading softly to white at the bottom.  I stamped that amazing verse on it with the same ink.  The verse is actually one stamp, I just inked the top part, stamped it, cleaned off the stamp, then stamped the bottom part.  

For the treble clef and hearts, I used the Big Treble die.  I used the same die to cut the extra hearts, just using that part of the die.  

A little crystal clear sparkle from my Spectrum Noir sparkle brush, and some Pretty Pink Posh droplets finish the card.

The challenge is to use coral, aqua, and gray.  I may not have tried these colors together were it not for this challenge, but I love how they complement each other.  I like the way they work together. 
 Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you had a good start to your week.  



Friday, June 16, 2017

Penny Black Sharing Spring Card

I have had a very busy few weeks.  Hubby had eye surgery, and we were busy with lawyers to sell his mom's camp, working in my garden, yadda, yadda.  You know how it goes.  Before I knew it, three weeks had gone by and I hadn't posted, or even stamped all that much.  But his eye is coming along nicely, camp has sold, and my garden is growing nicely.  I can't resist spending time in it every day favorite place to be during these lovely, warm days.  There's just something about digging in the dirt, tending my plants, and just 'being.'

The card I made today is for my granddaughters, and, of course my daughter and son-in-law.  They live in Buffalo, and though it's only one and a half hours away, it's far enough that we don't get there as often as we would like. 

 Don't you just love these cute little bunnies from Penny Black?  I couldn't resist.

Stamps:  Penny Black Sharing Spring 3613J (bunnies)
               Penny Black Salutations 30-014 (miss you)
Dies:  MFT Die-namics Stitched Tags
          Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders
          Sizzix Borders 658954

I stamped the image with Ranger Archival jet black ink onto Strathmore Bristol smooth paper, then water colored it using Tim Holtz distress inks rubbed onto a palette.  I used pastels to sponge the background.  When the water coloring was dry, I used my Polychromos colored pencils to add shading and enhance the images.  I added shimmer with my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush. 

I layered my card with patterned papers and dies, then the image, which I had cut with the stitched tag die.  I stamped the 'miss you' phrase, and added a rhinestone for the tag, and that was that.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Penny Black At Allsorts  - Anything goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything goes

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge - Their final challenge - so sad to see them go!  

I hope you are enjoying your spring.  I savor my early morning walks, before people are stirring.  The birds are singing, and little critters running to and fro.  The air isn't too hot yet.  It's just so peaceful and quiet, and so very lovely.  Then, coffee on the deck with my hubby, overlooking my garden, with the hummingbirds and orioles at their feeders.  It doesn't get much better than this!

Thanks so much for visiting.  See you back soon.