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November 2014

Blue lagoon...

So are you one of those Black Friday power shoppers?  Or are you laying around in your sweats today, still stuffed like the turkey you had yesterday, and surfing the net?  If you are the second one, then you are here!  So welcome!

Wednesday I posted a card made using embossing paste.  Well, while I had the paste out, I added some SU! lost lagoon reinker to make a holiday card.  I used the PTI mighty bloom plate to make a die and then pushed the tinted embossing paste thru the die. 8I really like lost lagoon so I was tickled pink (possibly lost lagoon instead) with how this card turned out.  I kept my color choices simple – lost lagoon, naturals white paper and silver embossing powder. 9

The mad rush to Christmas has begun.  But I am done with my shopping so I am going to enjoy my December! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I will not be posting over the weekend but will be back on Monday.

Supplies:  CS:  SU! naturals white, lost lagoon, and vellum.  Die/Stamp:  PTI mighty bloom and PTI keep it simple season’s greetings.  Other:  Embossing paste, silver embossing powder, lost lagoon reinker, and sequins.

Mighty bloom...

I am so ready for some turkey!  How bout you?  I am winding down my Thanksgiving cards with my last card tomorrow.  After that, it will be time for Christmas! 1I die cut a template from some extra cardboard using the PTI mighty bloom die.  I tinted three blobs (my technical term!) of embossing paste with SU! reinkers – hello honey, mossy meadow, and tangelo twist.  I slathered on the mossy meadow, then did a few leaves in the tangelo twist and finished up with the hello honey.  I smeared the hello honey over all the leaves.  When I removed the template, the leaves all looked pretty yellow.  But once everything dried, the colors lightened. 4I finished the card by heat embossing a sentiment in crushed curry on a vellum belly band.  A few sequins and I was done.  If you haven’t tried embossing paste, you should.  It is easy to use and to manipulate thru die cuts.  Plus, it’s just fun!

Don’t forget to play along with the Retro Rubber color challenge.  Click HERE to go to the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! naturals white, vellum.  PTI kraft.  Die:  PTI mighty bloom cover plate.  Stamps:  PTI keep it simple Thanksgiving.  Other:  embossing paste, SU! reinkers, crushed curry embossing powder, and sequins.

Retro Rubber Color Challenge...

Welcome to the Retro Rubber Color Challenge!  We were tasked with using the colors brown, green, and cream.  Perfect fall colors. 

I dug out my one and only “official” thanksgiving stamp that I have had for a few years.  I found this stamp in one of my favorite stores in a small town where I used to live.  It was one of those stores that was chalk full of crafty stuff, cards, material, patterns, you name it.  They also took in gently used rubber stamps.  So I snapped this one up and have kept it ever since. 3

I stamped the image using Stazon black ink on watercolor paper. I used my SU! watercolor crayons and a blender pen to color the image.  This little turkey is so cute!  Then I went a little crazy with the stitched look.  I used Lil Inker stitched dies to cut the circle, the scallop border and the quilt pattern on the card.  A little twine and some pearls finished the card. 4 1

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS: SU! crumbcake, garden green, watercolor paper.  Dies:  Lil Inkers – stitched circles, stitched scallop, and quilted stitched pattern.  Other:  Stazon black ink, watercolor crayons, linen thread and pearls.

Blowin' in the wind...

Today I am playing along with the Friday Mashup challenge.  It is all about weather!  Recently we have had snow, below zero weather, a warm up to 40 degrees, and wind.  I decided to go with a fallish (yep, I am using that word again!) card about leaves.  The wind is blowing down the rest of the leaves that are still on the trees and the snow has melted away and now you can see all of the leaves that never got raked up this fall! 5The embossed images on the crushed curry don't show as well in the picture but are gorgeous in real life!

I decided to use four strips of color CS and glued them to a solid piece of cardstock.  Then I versamarked the leaves from the SU! Wonderfall stamp set and clear embossed them.  I really love how these images turned out!  The down side of this effort is the paper became wavy from the heat of the heat gun.  But I am kind of liking that!  I used a Lil Inker stitched rectangle to trim out the cardstock.  I heat embossed (with clear) the sentiment and added some linen thread and a semi metal button. 6

I think I am going to give this a try with snowflakes or some other Christmas images.  In the meantime I will enjoy the earthiness of the images and colors I chose to work with and I hope you do too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS: SU! crushed curry, always artichoke, cherry cobbler, crumbcake.  Stamps:  SU! wonderfall.  PTI keep it simple Thanksgiving.  Dies:  Lil Inker stitched rectangles and PTI linen impression plate.  Other:  versamark, clear embossing powder, button and linen thread.

Bountiful Blessings...

Happy Friday all!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?  And then it’s Christmas!  Yikes!  Where did this year go?  Before Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, I have a few more Thanksgiving cards to show. 

I am playing along with the Reverse Confetti SFYTT for November.  I am also continuing my use of the same color for the layering.  I used the PTI herringbone impression plate to make the layer stand out from the base.  I love the texture that this impression plate gives to the card. 6

The frame was cut using two layers of old olive and two layers of mossy meadow.  If I were to redo this, I would have just cut two to three layers of one color.  I have layered more than one color before on other die cuts and you can usually see the layer of colors.  This really didn’t happen on this card – but that is OK. 7

I am taking the weekend off from posting.  I have several projects to get done so that I can free up my Thanksgiving week to prepare for my hosting duties.  Please come back Monday and see what I have made! 

Don’t forget to play along with the Retro Rubber color challenge this week.  Ironically the colors I chose for this project would have worked for the challenge!

Have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! very vanilla, old olive, mossy meadow, soft suede and color me autumn dsp.  Stamps:  Reverse Confetti give thanks.  Dies:  RC give thanks label.  PTI herringbone impression plate.  Other:  SU! soft suede ink, linen thread and button.

Thank you...

I saw THIS card that Beth Beard made recently and I decided I needed to case the idea.  My card did not turn out as beautifully as Beth’s but I will use this technique again.

Beth said that she clear embossed these SU! autumn accents die cuts after sponging ink on white CS.  What an awesome look the clear embossing gives the leaves.  I embossed strips of CS and then cut.  Mine turned out with white specks but I am going with the idea that it gives the leaves character. 13

Anyway, I made this card for a gift I received recently.   Quite by accident, I layered the naturals white on hello honey and then I realized that I meant to choose a different layering color.  But I think it was a happy accident.  I like the effect of the same color layered on each other.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! mossy meadow, cajun craze, hello honey and naturals – white.  Stamps:  SU! Another thank you.  Ink:  Memento rich cocoa.  Die:  SU! autumn accents.  Other:  SU! crushed curry twine and clear embossing powder.

Stained glass...

At this month’s card club we tried the faux stained glass look.  We got a choice of a couple of stamp sets so I chose this one.  I have tried to resist this particular stamp set but I am not sure how much longer I can. 11

We stamped the image on vellum, gold embossed and then used markers to color on the back of the image.  Then we scored the vellum and backed it on SU! all is calm dsp.  This was a fun and easy technique to try.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Don’t forget about the color challenge over at Retro Rubber!

Give Thanks...

I set out to do all Thanksgiving cards until Thanksgiving.  Well, that plan went out the window yesterday!  But at least today I have a semi Thanksgiving card for you.  I used one of the trees from the SU! Festival of Trees stamp set and decided to make it look fallish.  Is that a word?  I don’t think so.  Anyway, I stamped the tree in four colors – taking the tree from spring to fall. 3

I used the sentiment from the SU! Holiday Invitation stamp set.  I love the font and it looks really good embossed.  Before you think I made a mistake on the backing of the sentiment – I did that on purpose.  I really didn’t care for the entire flag to be surrounded by the soft suede. 4

I wish I would have thought of this card for my card club this month.  It would have been quite easy to mass produce.  I am playing along with the Sugar Pea Designs monthly challenge of give thanks.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! naturals – white, soft suede.  Stamps:  SU! Festival of Trees and Holiday Invitation.  Inks:  SU! mossy meadow, cajun craze, crushed curry, and soft suede.  Other:  SU! gold embossing powder, button and twine.