Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Muse Christmas Visions Challenge CVC25!

  Happy Wednesday!  It is the 3rd Wednesday of the month and time for  MUSE:  Christmas Vision Card Club Challenge! 

I just knew I was going to have to use my new PTI Enclosed Bell die and stamp set.  I cannot believe that they set on my crafty desk for almost a month before I got a chance to use them.   I am just over the moon with how beautiful these layered bells look assembled.  I am so glad I ordered them.

I die cut the bells with PTI Pure Poppy and Gold Foil card stock.  I inked the edges of the red bells with MFT Electric Red ink.  I stamped the holly and berries using MFT electric red and MFT Field Day inks onto PTI stamper's select white.
 I added the Background Basics Sheet Music stamp set stamped with MFT Field Day ink onto Field Day card stock.  I thought about adding some sequins, but I decided against it.  I really just love it the way it is.  The card base is PTI stamper's select white.

Whether you are inspired by the colors, the gold, the bells, or a Christmas song, I hope my card inspires you to create a Christmas creation of your own.  I can't wait to see what you create.  Make sure you link up your creations HERE!

As always thanks so much for stopping by!  


Curtain Call Pretty Pumpkins Reminder Post!

 Popping in with a Curtain Call Reminder Post!  There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Pretty Pumpkins!  

You have until October 25th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!

For my card I used Verve's Tall Oaks and Harvest Blessings stamp sets.   I stamped the pumpkins in Momento Expresso Truffle ink.  I colored onto the kraft with copics.  I stamped the sentiment using the same ink with some added soft green for the foliage.  I added some wink of stella to the pumpkins, stems, and sentiment.   I finished the card with a few tonal sequins.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!



Monday, October 19, 2015

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies!

I have a special post to share today.  I am guest designing for Top Dog Dies.  For my first card, I started with a piece of watercolor paper.  I did the smooshing technique using Ranger Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Dried Marigold, and Peeled Paint.

I used my heat gun in between each color.   Next, I added my die cuts from Top Dog Dies.  I die cut Vintage Alphabet die twice in black and stacked together the letters for some added depth and dimension to the "hello" sentiment.

 I added some loose threading behind and a sentiment below.  I finished with a heart die cut from Mr.and Mrs. Banner die set in white card stock and sponged with more of the Rangers Fired Brick ink.  I love the blend of these colors with the pop of the black letters in this fabulous font.  The perfect size letters, too!

For my next project, I used the Mr.and Mrs. Banner die set.  I wanted to create a wedding card that was elegant and full of love.  I started with some white linen paper.  I used the third die in this set to die cut two sets of graduated red hearts.  I glued the hearts together for thicker more dimensional hearts.   

I then used the the negative image as a stencil to line the hearts up and glue to the card.  To add a little pizzazz, I used glossy accents on all of the hearts.  They look really shiny and dimensional. I love the graduated effect as well.

I layered a gold metallic foil card stock behind the linen paper.  For the sentiment portion, I knew I wanted to bring in more of the gold metallic.  I die cut the Mr. and Mrs. banner three times.

I stacked three together, but instead of using all three in the metallic gold, I layered.  The bottom layer is white, middle layer kraft, and top layer gold.  This allows for a smooth transition from the white linen, but I do not have to use all my gold foil card stock to get the dimension I wanted.

For my last project, I am used the Make a Banner die set.  I started with watercolor paper.  I spritzed the paper first then brushed on different water color paints.  I used medium blue, water blue, and lime green shades.  I set it aside and let it dry completely.

Once it was dried,  I used the smallest of the dies in the Make a Banner die set and started die cutting the water color panel until I had twelve pierced squares cut out.  I added foam tape to the back of each.  I arranged my squares onto a white piece of card stock and layered with a pop of green to the white card base.

For the focal image, I used the largest of the dies from the Make a Banner die set and threaded a piece of black and white twine through it and glued to the back.  I added a sentiment in black ink.  I used foam tape with some loose threading behind to layer on the card.  I added an additional white embossed scissor cut sentiment to the front with more foam tape.  I finished the card with a twine bow and a few black sequins.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, October 10, 2015

October Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings! You have the until November 5 to link up, so feel free to play as often as you like.

Our October challenge is Black, White and Glam

October always has a bit of glamour and intrigue to it. A stroll through the craft store this time of year brings visions of glitzy pumpkins, gilded candelabras and rhinestones galore. So this month we’re challenging you to to get glamorous with black, white and metallics. Use the inspiration graphic or go off on your own tangent, just share a little bit of glam with us!

For my card I am using Verve's New Mercies and Beautiful Plain Jane stamps.  I used a printed linen framed paper.  I stamped the sentiment twice in the center using the MISTI.  Next, I masked the corners and stamped the leafy image from Verve's New Mercies inside several times using the MISTI for better coverage.  I finished with a few of the tiny gold stars from Verve's Golden Glam Shaker Mix.

Click here to link up your challenge entries

Challenge deadline: Thursday, November 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee7. Maureen
2. Amy8. Stacey
3. Betty9. Charmaine
4. Sankari10. Amber
5. Sarah11. Marisa
6. Susan

As always thanks so much for hopping by!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Going Batty!

It is time for another Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

The LEAD of this challenge will be invited to be a Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge!

I decided to use the picture itself as inspiration.   I loved how the leaves and the house blur in the background to create a beautiful blend of autumn colors.  I decided to use the smooshing technique to achieve this blurry effect.  I started with Ranger Scattered Straw ink.  I pressed the ink pad to a piece of acetate and spritzed with water.   I alternated between smooshing the acetate onto the watercolor paper or watercolor paper onto the acetate depending on the concentration of color I was trying to achieve.    I used my heat gun to dry the colors in between.  Next, I did the same with Ranger Peeled Paint ink.   To get some darker tones of the scattered straw I used the refill and put drops onto the acetate and lightly spritzed with water for a more concentrated color effect.   I die cut and stamped PTI Graceful Greetings with hybrid black licorice ink.  I added some foam dimensionals with loose threading behind.  I finished the card with a few clear sequins. 

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


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