Sunday, August 13, 2017

PTI MIM #294: Monochrome Color Pop

This week was Stephanie's turn to challenge us for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday. Ever heard of monochrome with a pop of color? Monochrome isn't just black and white but various tones of only one color. Looky what I created without using black and white but rather shades of brown. This should work well for masculine cards, and I need three this month so it's a start. 





Thank goodness it finally cooled down here in Western Washington, and the smoke has disappeared after some much-needed rain last night. Praying the people in British Columbia are getting some relief from their ongoing fires. 



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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Kraft and Green Parakeet
Ink: VersaMark, Kraft and Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Mehndi Medallion and Keep It Simple: Birthday
Dies: Tag Sale: Quilted and MFT Stitched Rectangles
Other: Zigs, Foam Tape and Paintbrush

Saturday, July 29, 2017

PTI MIM #292: Color Blocking Three Ways

This week it was Laurie's turn to share a technique challenging us for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday. Her examples show three different ways to apply color blocking to our projects. 

Why is it that even though I manage to enter these challenges, I never seem to have the right cards on hand for the occasion? Perhaps it's because I can't keep up with all the sympathy cards needed lately.   Sad but true. Therefore, I made two different cards using color blocking.

Card #1 (using card stock)





Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Soft Stone, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Comic Strip Patterned Paper Collection and Vellum
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black and Delicata Silvery Shimmer
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies and Jolly Holiday
Dies: Life Is Beautiful
Other: Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Black and Foam Tape

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Card #2 (using inks on acrylic block & misted)




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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Amethyst Allure+White Basics and SU Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Bright Buttercup, Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet and VersaMark
Stamps: Inspired: Prayer
Dies: Inspired: Prayer and Cover Plate: Pretty Frame
Other: White Embossing Powder, White Crochet Thread, Foam Tape, Water Mister, Ink Blending Tool, Silver Pen and Sequins

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Papertrey July 2017 Blog Hop Challenge

Most everyone who follows Nichole's blog knows that the 25th of every month is Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop Challenge. We always get such interesting images to inspire us, and this month's vignette is no exception. Look at the soft blues, grays and a touch of antique gold in this beauty. 


photo source Once Wed



Let's just say I incorporated some of what I saw and went with it. 
Linda E shared her response on the Forum when the question was posted, Where do you find inspiration? "Someone made a suggestion to me a long time ago to find something that I liked; it could be a card, a photo, fabric, a pillow, whatever. Study your object for a few minutes, then put it away. 

Without looking at your inspiration piece again, go make a card based on your observations. I use this suggestion quite a bit." 

This is what I created without staring at the image on my iPad like I usually do. 





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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Limeade Ice and Simply Chartreuse
Stamps: Year of Psalms June and Turning A New Leaf
Dies: Mix & Mat: Pretty Brackets
Other: Ink Blending Brush, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Zig Painty Pen, White SU Chiffon Ribbon and White Foam (Amazon)




Saturday, July 22, 2017

PTI MIM #291: Emboss Resist Shadow Sentiments

So, it's time once again for another Make It Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink. This week Ashley showed us how to add dropped shadows on sentiments using the emboss resist technique. I actually created my card earlier in the week but didn't post, hoping I'd find time to try it again. (My white drop shadow turned a little pink from the Scarlet Jewel.) Making another one now isn't going to happen because my stamping room is a disaster. I usually put things away as I work, but just squeezing time to create what I needed was a bit of a struggle. My DH is mowing now so it's a perfect time for me to hide in that room and clean up my messes. I'm sure some of you can relate to this dilemma. Without further ado, here's my card.




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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Berry Sorbet and Berry Sorbet Bitty Dots
Ink: VersaMark, Scarlet Jewel, Berry Sorbet, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf and Tropical Teal
Stamps: Wonderful Words: Birthday and Humming Along
Dies: Sketched Shapes, Button Stacks and Humming Along
Other: Ink Blending Tool, Clear &  White Embossing Powders, Foam Tape and Twinery Twine

Sunday, July 16, 2017

PTI Create Along With Us Challenge: July 2017

Since it was New Release time at Papertrey Ink, it's time again for another chance to create along with the team. The details can be found on Nichole's blog. The idea is to use any project posted by the designers as inspiration, whether it be colors, design or technique. There are always so many amazing creations it makes it challenging to pick one. I saw lots of rainbows this week and was especially inspired by the card below by Nichole. 


It was a busy week and then we had company from Friday until this morning. After they left, I was in a hurry to create a sympathy card for a cousin and his wife, whose mother just passed. We were invited to a family picnic at their house today. This is what I created by coloring with my Zigs on watercolor paper and then die-cutting Paper Clippings: Thinking of You. A little spray adhesive saves lots of times with detailed die-cuts. The background is Limeade Ice sponged on with an Ink Blending Tool, added three black rhinestones and the sentiment white embossed on a black strip of card stock. 






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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Black
Ink: VersaMark and Limeade Ice
Stamps: Painted Petals
Dies: Paper Clippings: Thinking of You
Other: Canson Mixed Media Paper, Zig Clean Color Real Brushes, Ink Blending Tool, Spray Adhesive, Black Rhinestones and White Embossing Powder

Sunday, July 9, 2017

PTI MIM #290: Combining Stenciling and Masking

This past week was Betsy's turn to host Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday. She challenged us to create a one-layer effect combining stenciling and masking. Here's my creation that also fills the void of masculine birthday cards. 




I used Tag Sale: Quilted to make my own stencil and ink blended Hawaiian Shores. Splits: Happy Birthday design was stamped in Enchanted Evening and the sentiment in Americana. To keep it one-layer and on the masculine side, I added three white Nuvo Crystal Drops at the top of the tag. It really was a pretty quick and simple card and can see this in many other color combinations. Thanks, Betsy, for the inspiration and challenge!

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Oops, I just realized I failed to mask on my first card to quickly raced off to my stamp room to recreate the above card using the same colors. Only difference is I masked using a Splits: Happy Birthday die-cut when inking my homemade stencil. Then I stamped the design and sentiment. Added three Americana dots using Harvest Berries and covered those with glossy accents. Here's what this one looks like.




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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening and Americana
Stamps: Splits: Happy Birthday and Harvest Berries (dots)
Dies: Tag Sale: Quilted (used for my stencil) and Splits: Happy Birthday
Other: Ink Blending Tool and Nuvo Crystal Drops (white)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

PTI MIM #289: Building Wreaths With Small Images

Lizzie is hosting this week's Make It Monday Challenge for Papertrey Ink. For details and to watch her video, check it out here. The idea is to create a wreath using small flowers, leaves and accents. To begin mine, using a pencil I lightly traced a heart die from Limitless Layers: 2-1/4" Hearts. And then the stamping started using multiple stamp sets, ink colors and some ink splatters. This is what I created for the upcoming anniversary of my dear sister and BIL. 




Hope my Canadian friends had a great day yesterday celebrating Canada Day and to those in the good old USA, have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Ocean Tides and DCWV The Basics Stack (Joann's)
Ink: VersaMark, Bright Buttercup, Enchanted Evening, Scarlet Jewel, Amethyst Allure, Winter Wisteria, Ocean Tides and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Garden Grace, Peaceful Garden, Iconic Images, Painted Petals, Graceful Greetings, Bitty Bouquets and Humming Along
Dies: Humming Along
Other: American Craft Glitter Adhesive, Foam Tape, White Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush and Gelly Roll Glitter Pen

Sunday, June 25, 2017

PTI MIM #288: Pantone Chip Inspired Cards

Rushing to beat the deadline for this week's Make It Monday with Lexi for Papertrey Ink. It was too darn hot (mid-high 90s) in Western Washington to even think about creating anything until this evening. That is very rare here so most of us don't have air conditioning so it can be unbearable. Earlier this week my DH had me helping him paint our two decks and main entryway, including umpteen spindles. So glad that's over with for a few more years!

Anyway, the challenge was to be inspired by Pantone ink chips for our design and layout. This will be a technique I'll keep in the back of my mind for future quick and simple cards. Thanks, Lexi, for sharing this with us. Here's my take on the challenge. 





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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and Bright Buttercup
Ink: Bright Buttercup, Green Parakeet, New Leaf and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Some Like It Hot and Signature Greetings
Dies: Some Like It Hot
Other: Foam Tape, MS Scoring Tool and Gelly Roll Glitter Pen


PTI Blog Hop Challenge June 2017

How can it be the 25th of June already? It seems like it was just Christmas! Anyway, it's time for another Blog Hop Challenge at Papertrey Ink. Here's the lovely inspirational piece provided on Nichole's blog. 


photo source Anthropologie


Because we had such a busy Saturday scheduled, my mind told me I needed to get this card made Friday night and ready to post for Saturday's blog hop. Apparently, I was skipping over the 24th...thinking Saturday was the 25th, and it was way past my bedtime when I finished. Without further ado, here's my card. 



I started with a Stamper's Select White card base and added a strip at the bottom to ground my vases. This strip was embossed using the Linen/Canvas Impression Plate and then blended with Soft Stone ink and a blending tool. The vases were also ink blended with Melon Berry and Pinefeather, respectively, to which I added Glossy Accents for a watery effect. The Bitty Bouquet die cuts were stamped using Melon Berry, Bright Buttercup and Simply Chartreuse. I paint splattered some Pinefeather ink on the card base before assembling the card. One flower stem and the Melon Berry vase are adhered using SU Dimensionals. And that's a wrap. 


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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: Soft Stone, Pinefeather, Melon Berry, Simply Chartreuse and Bright Buttercup
Stamps: Bitty Bouquets
Dies: Bitty Bouquets and Mega Gracious Vases
Other: Linen/Canvas Impression Plate, Blending Tool, Paintbrush, SU Dimensionals and Glossy Accents


Sunday, June 18, 2017

PTI Create Along With Us: June 2017

Oh my, another great release by Papertrey Ink and so much inspiration again this month! Our challenge the week of release time is to select a project that inspires us to create something similar in design, technique and/or color scheme using older products we already own. It's challenging in itself to decide on an inspiration piece because they are all glorious. This month I chose one by Wanda that you can see here.




She used the new Textile Impressions, but the only set I own with something similar is Sketched Shapes. Since I had no idea what design to use for a 60th wedding anniversary, I went with this. Isn't that something worth celebrating?




On the same day we celebrate a milestone anniversary, we have a Celebration of Life to attend. Another friend lost his battle to cancer. Anyway, based on Dawn's card below, I went with a similar design and a different color scheme.




Here's my sympathy card. I'm patiently waiting for this month's release order to get To The Point Edger Dies in my hot little hands. 





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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and New Leaf Bitty Dots
Ink: Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Raspberry Fizz and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Sketched Shapes (arrows), Birthday Cheer (Happy), Wet Paint (Anniversary), Big Birthday Wishes (th) and Studio Calico Napa Valley (numbers)
Dies: Monthly Moments: Spiral Notebook
Other: Foam Tape, Baker's Twine and Adhesive Gem

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Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, New Leaf, Amethyst Allure, Enchanted Evening and New Leaf Bitty Dots
Ink: New Leaf, Amethyst Allure, Enchanted Evening and VersaMark
Stamps: Graden Grace and Inspired Prayer
Dies: Garden Grace and Edgers #3
Other: White Embossing Powder, SU Dimensionals and Shimmer Wink of Stella




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

PTI MIM #287: Baby Wipe Inking

It's been years since I tried the technique of using reinkers with baby wipes. Now I know why. Not only did I have inky fingers but my first two attempts at trying to create stripes for a nice plaid background were a bust. Therefore, I followed Ashley's lead in this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday and created flowers using SU Mauve Mist Reinker. My colors are limited because I haven't bought any reinkers since first buying Stampin' Up inks years ago. Since I stamped the Splits using Delicata Silvery Shimmer Ink on vellum, I added a strip of Soft Stone card stock to help the Green Parakeet embossed sentiment show up a little better. Duh, as I'm typing this post I just realized I used a paper towel instead of a baby wipe. No wonder my stripes looked ridiculous! Hopefully, it still qualifies for the challenge because I don't have time to recreate another card. We're leaving town early in the morning for the weekend to attend our grandnephew's high school graduation, and I still have to pack. This is it.




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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Soft Stone, Stamper's Select White and Clear Vellum
Ink: Green Parakeet, SU Mauve Mist Reinker, VersaMark, Delicata Silvery Shimmer
Stamps: Splits: Happy Birthday and Graceful Greetings (leaves)
Dies: Splits: Happy Birthday 
Other: Clear Embossing Powder and Zig Silver Metallic Marker

Friday, June 2, 2017

PTI MIM #286: Coordinating Card Pairs

Having been on vacation a week ago, I missed out on last week's challenge so I was eager to play today. Stephanie showed how she created two coordinating cards from one stamp set for this week's Make It Monday here on Nichole's blog. I cheated a little bit by using two sets because the sentiments in one just did not work for my coordinating designs. However, I used the same color scheme with mums and leaves on both. Here's what I created.


Coordinating Pair



One-Layer Thinking of You



Popped up the middle mum and leaves while the rest of the die-cuts are flat.



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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, True Black and New Leaf
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Amethyst Allure, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Mums The Word and Graceful Greetings
Dies: Mums The Word, Graceful Greetings, Fancy Foliage and Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical
Other: SU Dimensionals

Thursday, May 25, 2017

PTI Blog Hop Challenge May 2017

Not very often do I create my card early for the Blog Hop, but we'll be on vacation on the 25th so I'm ahead of the challenge. Nichole always comes up with such beautiful images to use as inspiration whether it's the design or the colors. This month is no exceeption. You can read more details here



print designed by the talented irtsya



Seeing blues, greens, peach, rose colors with flowers and leaves this is what I created for an anniversary card, which I don't send very often.



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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Vintage Cream and Black
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Ocean Tides, Melon Berry, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel and VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Painted Petals, Floral Sketches, MIM Mini Kit: Lovely Laurels and Spruce & Sprigs
Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles, Tag Sale: Quilted, Painted Petals, Floral Sketches and Spruce & Sprigs
Other: SU Dimensionals and Ink Blending Tool

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Create Along With Us: May 2017

Because it was Papertrey Ink May Release, our challenge is to select a card as inspiration from all those created by the Design Team. There were so many beautiful and unique designs it was hard to choose. Because we're getting ready for vacation, I wanted something I could create in record time. Yah, right! That didn't happen because I don't have the Ivy & Bloom dies that Keeway used on her ink blended/watercolored card posted here. Had to really scramble because the substitution ideas in my head didn't work. Plan C to the rescue and no time to remake. Here's my card. 




The Paper Clippings: Thinking of You die cut was adhered using spray adhesive. After ink blending and waterbrushing Limeade Ice and Hawaiian Shores inks, I decided to silver emboss the "Thinking of You" portion only. That was a "duh" moment with the heat tool loosened the adhesive and didn't melt the powder very well. With some residual of EP and no time to start over, I die-cut that portion only from DCWV Silver Metallic paper. Because I couldn't line it up well enough to hide that, I outlined the silver letters using a gray SU marker. If I had the time, I would have started all over again but that's not going to happen. It is what it is, and that's a wrap.


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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and DCWV Metallic Stack
Ink: Limeade Ice and Hawaiian Shores
Stamps: None
Dies: Paper Clippings: Thinking of You
Other: Waterbrush, Ink Blending Tool and Spray Adhesive (Silver Embossing Powder and SU Going Gray Marker)


Saturday, May 13, 2017

PTI MIM #284: Background Stamping with Sentiment Stamps

Sure is a good thing that Papertrey Ink has a weekly Make It Monday Challenge with the chance to win a $25 gift certificate. This certainly motivates me to get in my stamp room to create at least one card that I need in the near future. Today I followed Melissa's video sharing how she uses sentiment stamps to create a background and then appropriately embellishes the card. It's that time of year to make graduation cards, and I always design them specifically for the graduate using their school colors. Here's what I created today for a cousin's granddaughter. 




Thanks for stopping by, and I really do appreciate your comments. 
Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening
Ink: Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening
Stamps: Birthday Cheer, Celebrations and Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (EE stars)
Dies: Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical, For The Graduate and Modern Numbers
Other: Sizzix Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, SU Silver Embossing Powder & VersaMark Pen, Silver Glitter Paper (Joann's), Star Punch (stash) and Foam Tape

Saturday, May 6, 2017

PTI MIM #283: Watercolor Wash Backgrounds

Laurie Schmidlin shared her first video for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday, and she did a fabulous job. Her tips and tricks for creating a watercolor wash background were very helpful. Others always made it sound and look so easy. However, I don't think I've watched anyone watercolor and explain in such great detail why and how they do it until Laurie's tutorial. Even though my results aren't anywhere near as good as others, I know I just need to practice and let the watercolors and water do the work. This is what I created earlier today using Emboss Resist with watercolors. A few black splatters with popped up stars and a sentiment flag finished my card. 
 




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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black and VersaMark
Stamps: Celebrate Big and What The Doodle: Piece of Cake
Dies: Sketched Stars and Sketched Shapes
Other: "Cheap" Watercolors, Paintbrush, White Embossing Powder, WOS Shimmer, and SU Dimensionals

Sunday, April 30, 2017

PTI MIM #282: Stenciled Watercolor Backgrounds and SSS Monday Challenge

Betsy is up this week for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday showing us how to use stencils for watercolored backgrounds. Her card is just gorgeous, and I love the colors she used. But, I had to be a bit different as I set out to make a card for my grandniece's 12th birthday. (Note to self: I need more stencils with designs that flow like Woodblock Prints.) This is what I created. 



I will also be entering this in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: We've Got Your Number. 



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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Mint Julep, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores and SU Summer Sun
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Mint Julep and Summer Sunrise
Stamps: None
Dies: Big Basics: Wish Big and Modern Numbers Die
Other: Cover Plate: Pretty Frame, Modern Background Stencils, Paintbrush, Spray Adhesive and SU Dimensionals

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge 2017

Can you believe it's already the 25th of April, which means we're almost one-third of the way through 2017? It's time once again for another Blog Hop Challenge at Papertrey Ink using the image below. You can read all the details here

April Inspiration

print designed by the talented Megan Carter


Rather than use flowers like I usually do, I opted to layer Life Is Beautiful butterfly dies colored using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.





Thanks for stopping by, and I really do appreciate your comments. 


Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White and SU Going Gray
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade and Delicata Silvery Shimmer
Stamps: Big Birthday Wishes and Mini Kit: Color Pop Florals
Dies: Life Is Beautiful, Wonderful Words: Birthday and Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical
Other: Ink Blending Tool, Zigs, WOS Shimmer, Waterbrush and Rhinestones

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Butterfly

Just finishing in time for the approaching deadline of Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Splash It On. Anyway one can incorporate water into a project qualifies for this challenge. I did some brown and white watercolored splatters on my yellow card base. I think this one qualifies for a masculine birthday card, which can be a bit more difficult than the usual floral creations. The brown rectangle, popped up using foam tape, is woodgrain embossed with an oval cut out of the center. A vellum butterfly adorns the corner of the frame, to which I added four yellow Nuvo drops to hide my foam tape. Here's my card.




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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate and Vellum
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Sketched Shapes
Dies: Woodgrain Impression Plate and Oval Nestabilities
Other: Paintbrush, Watercolors, Foam Tape and Nuvo Crystal Drops


PTI MIM #291: Patterns Behind Die-Cut Windows

This week it's Dawn McVey with Make It Monday for Papertrey Ink. She shared with us how she adds patterns behind die-cut windows so I just had to give it a try. If you want more details on how to play along, head over to Nichole's blog. You can view Dawn's gorgeous card on either website. Since I don't yet own Gran's Garden, here's what I came up with for a thank-you card. My SU Basic Gray card base is a bit smaller than the usual size so the Garden Grace floral spray could hang over the edges and still fit in an A2 envelope. 




Since I heat embossed the popped up Garden Grace die-cut, I should have watercolored them or used my Zigs rather than stamping over the embossing powder. I'll try that next time. Using Green Parakeet, I ink blended the "thanks" die-cut which is four layers thick. Added three sequins to finish it off with a little bit of bling. And there you have it for today.



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Supplies: (all PTI unless noted)

Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst and SU Basic Gray
Ink: Green Parakeet, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz and VersaMark
Stamps: Garden Grace
Dies: Garden Grace, Cover Plate: Pretty Frame and Wet Paint Cuts
Other: Garden Gate Stencil, White Pigment Ink (Joann's), Sponge, Ink Blending Tool, White Embossing Powder, SU Dimensionals and Sequins (stash)