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Thursday, September 20, 2018

MIM Faux Gilding

MY BFF, Linda: Lins Craft Corner surprised me with a visit.  She was suppose to come down for SAF in August, but because of my total Knee Joint Replacement we canceled it.
I thought it would be a nice distraction from laying on the couch most of the day with ice on my knee.  We both wanted to do the MIM, she was much quicker about getting hers done as I had to take a few breaks that resulted in me falling asleep on the couch with the ice machine!  LOL
I finally got 'er done!  I am playing with MIM where Laurie is showing us some faux gilding by using embossing powders.  You can watch the video HERE. I used gold, copper, and liquid platinum.
I actually used real gilding flakes for the edge of my PTI Pearced Feature Frame.  I decided to edge both the outside and the inside of the frame.  And I didn't worry about keeping the lines straight, I was going with more of a messy look I guess you could say!
The "blessing" sentiment was actually embossed with copper which in real life helps bring out more of the copper in the leaves.  Here in the picture with the lighting it looks gold, but it is NOT!
this was a very fun technique and I would like to try it on other images using different colors of embossing powders.

Friends I am still struggling with getting my knee to bend.  Last Friday I had it manipulated, (yes I was totally OUT for that procedure).  The doctor was able to bend it no problem, so there is no reason why it couldn't or shouldn't bend.  Yes there is still some swelling but not a huge amount.  The skin just feels so tight and taut, it hurts to bend.  Now I see PT 3 times a week and the doctor is thinking I should go into some contraption called a Dynasplint brace, and from the looks of the video looks very uncomfortable.  We shall see what my therapist things of that!  I think I would like to see him 5 days a week instead! (LOL).  I am very slow about getting things made and then posted, too many breaks for the couch!
Here is a look at Laurie's card:
Thanks for taking a look...have a great weekend!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, September 17, 2018

CAS Christmas Card September Challenge

We are half way through our month and we have more inspiration for you!
Once again we are looking for a wreath on your clean and simple card
 CPD: Wonderful Wreath
Casual Fridays: Snowy Sayings
Go see more cards from the design team and join us this month in making another Christmas card!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge ~ September ~ Leaves

Hi Friends, I needed to play along with the September TWOFER Challenge because I just love leaves and that is the cue word for this month!  I didn't do anything creative with my leaves, just kept them as leaves (lol).
 The stitched pierced frames from PTI was finally back in stock and boy did I jump on that and ordered itas soon as I got the notice!  I am playing with PTI Leaf Prints here, the first card is more of a fall/autumn even a thanksgiving kind of card.
My second card is a thank you card and I pulled out PTI Modern & Marbeled because I wanted to add some gold gilding flakes to the card because so many of the colors of the leaves that pop out this time of the year is full of gold and yellows and oranges, I just love all the colors of the leaves.
I used a Nuvo Glue pen to add the gilding flakes.  I even added some Nuvo pale gold drops on the card.  The sentiment was die cut twice, once in green and once in white with the Nuvo gilding flakes on the word after it was die cut.
Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Seize the Birthday ~ Die-cuts or punches

The topping this time is all about die-cuts or pull them out people and make a birthday card using DIE - CUTS OR PUNCHES! can make any kind of birthday card for ANYTHING GOES!  I hope you will play along with us and be sure to head over to the challenge blog to see all the fun cards made by the DT!
PTI:  Simple Impressions Celebrations
PTI :  Wet Paint III (sentiment)
And please welcome our Party guest:  Marianne.  You can find her HERE!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Playing for fun and The Flower Challenge #24

I have a special friend who lives in Indianapolis and I was lucky enough to meet her face to face a couple of years ago when my granddaughter was playing in a National volleyball tournament in her city!  And it might happen again this summer (fingers crossed!) the teams have to qualify to go, so let's hope she is on a winning team this year!  Anyway, Brenda of Inkspired to Stamp gifted me some die cuts and of course I just ran across them again and decided it was time to put them to use!
 I love the white lattice die and think it makes a perfect background for this lovely Hero Arts Nasturtium. The die is called double diamond Card Panel from Frantic Stamper.
And this was another die she sent me, I don't know the name of it, but I think is is lovely with the  lacey edge.  I placed the die and the flower on the card and decided it needed a little something and that something was a stencil...just a little soft touch in some of the spaces.  The flower is a Gina K Whimsical Flowers colored with copics.
Okay, that is two less from my stash...more to use!
And I have to give a big shout out to Brenda because she comes through for me just when I need it!  Sometimes it is a phone call, other times, there is a card in the mail and sometimes there is even a little package!  Like the other day, she sent me a Penny Black die set called pumpkins and leaves...I will be playing with that soon!  Thank you friend for thinking of I am off to Physical Therapy!

I will enter the top card in The Flower Challenge where it is anything goes.
Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Making up for lost time

I saw some cards on Instagram by Sweet Kobylkin and fell in love with her designs. She has one of her cards on her blog, if you click on her name it will take you to it.  My good friend Loll had explained to me a while back about a new to me product: Stampendous Frantage chunky metallic seasonings embossing enamel and guess what?  Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin used that on her card!
I tried it and was a little too heavy handed with the chunky and learn!
See what I mean?  It would have looked so pretty if I had used it sparingly!  I fussy cut the flowers and border strip.
 On this card I was following a Jennifer McGuire video on using labels and keeping the card a one layer.  The frame is an old PTI fillable frame that I masked, then I stamped the flowers above and below the frame, colored it, then took off the mask and made the frame and sentiment. She calls this" "Framed Stamping" and you can find it HERE.
I wanted to color one with pink and grays, so I made a strip at the bottom and did some fussy cutting.
I stamped the flower onto the pink cardstock with HA soft granite, I really like this gray and it works well when stamping the image on the envelope too.
This was actually the first card I made with this stamp.  I had cut a frame and wanted to use that with some selective coloring.  The frame is raised with some foam tape.

I do like strips of black stripes on cards, I think it is very striking I used it on both of these cards which was colored with copics.
Now you are probably wondering what is that stamp?
It is a Hero Arts stamp called Nasturtiums.

Thanks for taking a look while I just got to play in between naps and icing the knee.

Heart Hugs, friends!