Sunday, August 3, 2014

Thank You and Birthday Wishes!

Happy Sunday!  I have a couple of cards to share today!  Both are all for SCS 2014 Dare to Get Dirty Challenges  for the Fan Club Members.  Not a FC Member?  Be sure to check out the Fan Club so you can join in the fun!

For the first card, I wanted to try paste.  I have to admit that I have never tried it before.  I have see it done, but never taken the plunge til now.  I must say I love the final results.  I have had this paste for over a month then saw this Recollection Milk Paint powder on sale at Michaels and decided to blend the two.  If you can icing a cake, you can do this.  

In this picture, I was mixing the green.  I used about 2 teaspoons paste for each color.  I stirred  and made sure the paste was a frosting consistency then spread over the stencil.  The paste is still a little grainy, but spreadable.

The picture to the left shows how I had the stencil taped down with post it notes going around the edges of the stencil and card stock.  This provided covering for my work area as well.    To create the look in the card I had to overlap the colors.  There were some thicker and thinner areas.   There were a few areas where the paste got underneath the center since I did not adhere the stencil down in the middle.   I was okay with that.  I like the variation and distressed look.    

I removed the stencil which die cut with MFT Cover Up.  When I peeled the stencil out of the paste there were a few pieces of the card stock left behind.  I picked those out with a needle.   It was not bad.  However, you will need to work fast so plain card stock does not get too wet and really peel.  I let it dry overnight and it was ready the next day.  

For this card I am using MFT Card stock sampler (sweet tooth, steel gray, tangy orange, razzle berry, orange fizz, gumdrop green, bubble gum), Blueprints 12, Blueprints 15, Fishnet Cover Up, Mini Rolled Roses, and Four Corners dienamicsI used LJD Blissful Butterflies for sentiment.

My second card today is for my Dare to Get Dirty Challenge (DTGDgbedwright)!  I am using MFT Card stock sampler, Blueprints 15, Tag Builder Blueprints 1, Pierced Circle Stax, Happy Birthday Background, Diagonal Stripe Background, and Birthday Chalkboard Greetings stamps.   I just love these fun colors and the cool layout!  Works fabulously for a Birthday Card!  This card is also sporting some homemade enamel dots.  I got the idea from Julia Aston who shows how she did it on her blog.  I did not use the same beads, but it worked so it is all good.

Playing along with a few blog challenges with these cards.
Simon Monday Challenge:  Letter J-  Just do it!  I used embossing paste!  Simon Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes!
Curtain Call:  Anything Goes

As always thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. WOW, your first card is a stunning piece of art. Great job with using the paste for the first time. And that powder you got from Michaels looks like so much fun.

    Your second card is also fabulous. I love the colors you used.

  2. Two great cards Betty! love your embossing paste with the stencil - lovely colors on the paste! Thanks for the shout out on the enamel dots from beads!

  3. Both are fabulous Betty. I do love that first one and I got to find some of that milk paint. :)

  4. Looky at you go with the embossing paste :) Gorgeous flower cluster too. Wonderful work on the second card too.

    Looky at you go with the embossing paste! Great texture and flower cluster. Wonderful second card too :)

  5. I love the use of diamonds.

  6. Two wonderful cards, Betty! I am in love with the first one, gorgeous colors and dimension, and your 2nd one is bright and graphic! Thanks for sharing these with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  7. These cards are fantastic! I love how they both have those energetic pops of color! I love not only the layered colors, but the layered shapes on the birthday card. The zig-zags mixed with the circle make a stunning combination! On the first card, I was so intrigued by how you mixed the paste with the paint powder! I would've never thought of that and I adore how it turned out. What a unique idea! In fact, I remember seeing those same paint powder sets at Michaels and was tempted to buy them, but couldn't think of what I'd use them for. If only I'd seen your technique sooner! :) You've given some great inspiration here and I'm so glad that you shared these with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! I really liked the positive way you interpreted our J theme!

  8. Gorgeous cards Betty! Love the textured background on the first and beautifully embossed sentiment on the second!


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