A Rainbow of Birthday Wishes

Would you believe I never made a shaker card? I don’t know what took me so long! But with this Birthday Wishes die from Simon Says Stamp, and some Distress Oxide inks from Ranger, it was a perfect storm.

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I LOVE these Distress Oxide inks. I love the colors, I love the way they blend, I love the way they react with water, I love everything about them.  I used Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China. After blending them on my card stock, I spritzed a bit with water and dabbed off the water with a paper towel, leaving those cool spots. There just wasn’t enough sparkle, so I added some Ranger Perfect Pearls. 

I added some foam tape to the die cut and sprinkled some small sequins (I think they are from Sulyn). I was tempted to add more sparkle, but decided to keep it simple.

Here is a more detailed shot:

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This was a very good play day!

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamp, Set, Match! Making Card Sets

I love making sets of cards. It just makes sense — I have the paper, the inks, the embellishments all handy, why not make several cards at a time? There are several advantages: I have everything out… I always have a quick gift ready should I need it … and I don’t have any leftover scraps!

Imagine my delight to see a sets challenge on A Blog Named Hero. What fun!

This week, I’ll share some sets I’ve made.

The first installment is this sunny yellow set:
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Almost all the stamps are from Hero Arts. Not sure where I got that bright yellow paper, it’s been around a while.

Here are a few close-ups:

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Thanks for stopping by! I’ll show more sets during the week.

Wow, What a Challenge!

Wow, talk about a personal challenge! Using 10 embellishments on one card? Yowza! I had to do it. The challenge is from Moxie Fab World and did I mention it required me to use 10  — count ’em 10! — embellishments?

Why was this such a challenge? Because I tend to hoard things, saving them them for the “perfect” project. So I broke into my stash of flower embellies and found these cute pressed flowers from Petals & Possibilities that I got a few years ago and never used. (Shame on me!) (Sorry, I couldn’t find a viable web site for the company.) Since I’m into Valentine mode, these heart shaped beauties were the perfect fit.

Take a look:

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Here’s the scoop: paper from Bazzill Basics Miss Teagen Sue collection; bird stamp with matching die from Prickley Pear, stamped with Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe, then highlighted with pearlescent chalk from Pebbles;  twill ribbon from Making Memories; baker’s twine from Close to My Heart; pressed flowers from Petals & Possibilities; pearls from Hero Arts.

The Moxie Fab Blog is offering several challenges from Paper Crafts’ new publication, “75 Creative Card Challenges.”

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Do check them out! As for me … I’m going to dig out some of my stash and use it with wild abandon!

White on White

I love seeing the blog challenges that showcase the amazing cards from fellow stampers. But I’ve never entered one … until now. I do love the look of white on white, especially with a little texture. So when I needed a card for a wedding, I figured … what would be better than a white card? Which fit in perfectly with the White Out challenge currently on A Blog Named Hero, a fun site that features all things Hero Arts. (if the direct link doesn’t work, try this.)

So here is my simple card:

The embossing folder and dies are all from Spellbinders; the sentiment is from an old Hero Arts set, Hip Hip Hooray CL494.

Do check out A Blog Named Hero for great inspiration!