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2/24/2018

Art Impression Lucky Leprechaun

Hi and thanks for stopping by. We got back  from sunny Florida mid-week; our traveling pal wanted to head back north. He left sunshine in Florida, warm weather in South Carolina, arriving to snow in Massachusetts! What a change of weather in just 2 days....

While away, I worked on some St. Pat's images, and plan to hunt out some Easter stamps, so I don't have a boring repeat of what I did for Valentine's Day. I'll try to intersperse some Easter and St. Pat's (won't have that many St Paddy's I think), and perhaps some other motifs.... But here's a card I finished - finally.


This is my favorite of all the St Pat's (as well as Art Impressions stamps) of any I own. This little guy is such fun to color. His cross eyes always make me grin each time I color him, and his expression is just precious. Used a Penny Black Antique Frame rectangle, distressed the edges with DI. Worked again on my cloud skills for the background.

Some old DP from the stash, Impression Obsession Shamrock dies (2 layers, colored white snippets with green copic, then Luna Metallic Green, then WoS Christmas green).

Sentiment is VOS - stamped years ago when I was going to a stamp group. Borrowed a stamp and did a bunch on some card stock. Hand cut it, gave the shamrock some more green (this was in the pre-Misti days so not a great inking)...edged the outer bit with the same green as the little leprechaun, and hey, that's it. I have a niece-in-law who is 100% Irish, and I think she will enjoy this little guy.

Added some new Valentine cards to the Cards by Friends page, which I hope you'll take time to enjoy. These arrived the evening just before our trip, and are so lovely.

We have had some gorgeous sunshine & warm weather the past couple of days. Even got in a little porch time. I'm sure we'll get another frosty blast before Spring officially arrives, but in the meantime, we're enjoying the balmy days.

Come again when you have time. God Bless and many hugs.

2/17/2018

Christmas Card Club Challenge #4 - Reindeer

Welcome once more to our Challenge for our Christmas Card Club.  Zoe selected this week's theme - Reindeer - for Challenge #4 for 2018.

 
 



Today's card was a UFO, which came in most handy. We've got a visitor, and we're traveling to Florida. Had some unexpected family things that needed attention, so I was very pleased to find a topper done earlier as craft time was at a minimum. I believe this was a Desiree die and some American Crafts glitter paper (6x6 pack, which I buy any time I spot a sale. These papers have a thinner backing than some of the glitter papers that are so hard to die cut).

Put the created topper on a side fold card base, added a Starform sentiment sticker, and was able to get this Reindeer card ready the day prior to leaving for Florida. Very simple card but I do like the sky blue and pale gold together.

Please take time to visit my fellow team members to see their Reindeer cards; blog links are on the right side bar.

Edit:  As I publish this CCC post, we are in sunny South Florida, where it is about 82F, low humidity, so very pleasant outside. Got email from my relatives at home, that it's 48F and drizzling cold rain. Our Yankee friend is expecting snow! (FYI: Our house is occupied while we are away, and neighbors are good to keep an eye on things too.) I will try to keep up with commenting/visiting, but if I am slow, please understand. Doubtful if I do a new post until we return home however. Just chillin', enjoying our DD & her DH and granddogs.

Ya'll have a wonderful day, and come back when you can. Blessings and Hugs.

2/15/2018

February Twofer Challenge



Good afternoon and welcome. It's time for the second Twofer Challenge. This is a new challenge started by Our Darnell . The challenge is to make TWO cards, but use the same item(die, stamp, etc) on each card, BUT it must be for a different occasion.  So jump on over to see what the fantastic Design Team has created to inspire you, and check out the entries that have already been submitted - join in! When you do the linking, show both your cards together on the link.

 
Here's my Twofer cards side by side, which is the picture I'll link at February's Twofer Challenge.
The cards side-by-side:
 
 
 
Now here's the individual cards:
 
 
 
 
I was in the throes of making Valentine cards, and this little Hedgie was a UFO that was still on the desk crapalanche. Had the Valentine dies out, and found this Memory Box heart swirl, decided I could use it and perhaps take the center of the heart to create a green shamrock for the cards I will be needing for the next up holiday. Die cut this swirl 4 times to get that center piece, so have some extra dies now.Hedgie was die cut with a Gina Marie square die, matted with a S/B square die, and then the little heart trims were from the next Twofer card.  The heart swirl and the little heart motifs started out white, colored with copics. 

 
 
Recently received a package from some sweet bloggers containing speciality coated cardstock that some of their group have been using with brushos and other mediums. (thanks to you sweet ladies). Out came the brushos (in shades of green), Paper Artsy Infusions in Olive Green and a Gold mica spray. Did not pre wet the new c/s, but sprinkled the  brushos and Infusion powders over the surface, then spray starch. Let that sit just a bit to watch the colors fuse and bloom. Then decided to sprinkle some lemon yellow brusho and spray a bit of gold mica spray. Scrunched cling film, placed over the wet surface and left alone for a few hours.
 
One of the swirl heart dies was colored in copic greens...used the center heart waste to form the shamrock petals, glued over the heart shape. Added a gold sequin to hide the center join. An Impression Obsession shamrock die was cut and colored. The little red hearts that cascade down the Hedgie card above were from this shamrock, the piece that separated the 2 heart shapes of this corner shamrock. Added a smaller gold sequin to this shamrock. The gold horseshoe is a Your Next Stamp* die and the sentiment was a $1 cheapie clear stamp tucked in the St. Pat's supply box. Heat embossed with a gold EP (but not my fav Queen's Gold).
 
*a word about some good customer service from YNS: Ordered a stamp set from YNS that is geared to St. Patrick's day. A die set was sent instead, and so I emailed - received a very  prompt response, apologizing for the mistake, and assuring me that the stamp set would be mailed ASAP. Received the stamp set very quickly, and was told to keep the die set. This was my 2nd order placed with the company. Now that is MY idea of terrific customer service. Just sayin'!
 
  
Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Ya'll come again when you have time! God Bless and many hugs.
 

 


2/11/2018

Balloons and Ellie Valentine

Hiya....and another Valentine card. This image was in the UFO box, so just added some dp to a cardbase, die borders, and stamped the inside....oh yes, die cut and made a faux mat. A get 'er done.


No glossy accents added to the balloons on this card. The highlights are all created by Moi. No glare in the photo either. The tiny corner hearts are the cutouts from the border - this was an easy- peasy card to finish. I did add some Nuvo drops to the eyes, by placing a drop of the Nuvo on a scrap, then getting a bit on a straight pin and touching the eyeball. It added some spark to the eyes IRL. I always smile at this little Ellie. Hope you like it, and it makes you smile too.

Hugs & God Bless. As ever, thanks for your time to visit and leave a comment.