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04
Dec

It’s a guy card!

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Over and over again I hear how hard it is to create a guy card – very challenging,people say, not much stuff out there for masculine cards, they say… So when I saw this weeks challenge at Shopping Our Stash  – “Happy Birthday Dude” I really thought about what would make a card personal for my husband.  We live in a lake house with wood virtually everywhere – wood paneling, wood floors, wood burning stove, 7 cords of wood stacked outside, you get the idea.  So, I knew wood had to be featured, and anyways, I really wanted to try the new Tim Holtz wood planks die and 3D embossing folder.  Now, my husband has this old flannel shirt that he wears ALL THE TIME, I mean he really loves this shirt   (and I love plaid and green)  so I decided to recreate the look for a background panel.  First I stamped the Altenew Buffalo check background stamp on moss green paper with Bluebird Archival ink, then I used one of the lines from the MFT Plaid Builder stamp set and alternated Prickly Pear and Peat Moss archival inks in between the Buffalo check..a touch of vintage photo distress ink to soften the edges and viola – an old plaid shirt.  The letters are die cut from Tim Holtz’ metallic kraft stock with the Sizzix Alphanumeric dies – 3/4″, then sanded roughly and inked with more vintage photo.  This was one of those rare times when the card ended up looking exactly like I saw it in my mind!


 

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~elisabeth

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27
Nov

Got Washi?

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This week’s challenge at Shopping our stash is “Washi, Washi, Washi!  While I don’t have a stash quite like Lauren’s, I was able to pull together a nice collection for this nature inspired, fall hued card.  While Washi tape is the focal point here, I couldn’t resist a bit of stamping.  I used The Concord and 9th set-Just Because and added a tree ring stamp from the Honey Bee stamp set – Hello Gorgeous!  Inks used are Archival ink (potting soil, of course)  and Wendy Vecchi blendable dye inks -stamped and watercolored. (orange blossom, sunflower, acorn and fern green).  Be proud of me – I’ve kept that cactus alive for almost a month now!

Thanks for stopping by!

~elisabeth

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25
Nov

On a roll!

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With all the Christmas cards I design throughout the year, you’d think I would have done a Jingle Belles challenge before this!  Well, I finally did one, just in time for their Holiday break!   The girls at Jingle Belles asked us to “bring them some Figgy pudding” and design a card inspired by festive food!  Since Lauren says her favorite holiday treat is Xmas cookies, I decided to make her a plate full!

I used a bunch of Sizzix dies on this one:  Stitched circles, Doily and Fresh Baked # 1 and # 2.  Sentiment and Frame is from one of my favorite sets from Stampers Anonymous, Simple Saying – CMS155.  (If you don’t have this one in your collection, get it – you will reach for it over and over again!)   The patterned paper is from the Authentique “Jingle” collection.  Oh, and glossy accents – lots of glossy accents.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

~Elisabeth

 

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23
Nov

Playing with Honey Bee

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This weeks challenge at Shopping our stash, SOS381,   is to create a card inspired by a food or beverage label.  So I went in my pantry and this box jumped out at me:

 

 

Probably because I really wanted some biscuits, or more precisely, biscuits and gravy, but I digress..

The layout and the color scheme caught my eye and I was ready to roll!  Here’s what I came up with:

 

The stamps are from a Honey Bee stamp set that I’ve been itching to get inky.  The image is colored in with Polychromos pencils with just a touch of sponged squeezed lemonade distress ink to soften things up a bit.

Now I’m off to work on the Christmas Card swap!

 

thanks for stopping by!

 

Elisabeth

 

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18
Nov

I did a card challenge!!!

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I used to LOVE doing online card challenges, absolutely loved being, well, challenged to create out of my comfort zone.  Color challenges, sketch challenges – you name it, I did it!  Well it’s been years since I’ve done one (at least 7 years!) and I decided it was time to carve out some time and get challenged!  This week I decided to join the Tic Tac Toe challenge at Shopping Our Stash.    (SOS380)

Choose a line, horizontal, perpendicular or diagonal and use all the elements in your card.  I chose straight down the middle – stamps (of course), stash more than 5 years old and Happy Birthday.  Here’s my card:

 

 

 

For the stamps, I used a lovely set from Concord and 9th called “Just Because” and a sentiment from Cats Life Press.

As to the “stash older than 5 years” part, I used a piece of patterned paper from Rouge De’ Garance from 2006.  I stamped the flowers and background block with some original distress inks that I have had for at least a dozen years – antique linen, tattered rose and worn lipstick.  (although they’ve been re-inked many, many times since then…)

The birthday wishes sentiment, leaves and branches were stamped with Archival ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Elisabeth

 

 

 

 

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