Purple Coneflowers with White Embossing

Hi! I’m here with a bright card on a gray wet day. Just a quick post because I am nursing my husband who has come down with a very bad cold/the flu and we are also trying to get ready for our moving company. They are coming on Monday!

I CASEd the lovely Anita’s beautiful creation for as this week’s Muse.

Here’s my CASE of Anita’s beauty.I decided to leave mine without a sentiment for now. I like that it is one layer. I heat embossed in white on fuchsia cardstock and then colored with a variety of Spectrum Noir markers and a black Sharpie.I’m going to share this on Instagram for The Daily Marker’s 30 Coloring challenge.

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I used the same stamp as Anita. It is called Echinacea Field, by Imagination Crafts.

I happened to buy this stamp in Dunoon, Scotland this past summer after attending the Happy Little Stampers stamping retreat in Swindon. I had the pleasure of meeting Anita as she was there too. 🙂

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Grace & Peace,

Melissa

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Winter Birthday with Love

Hi! I’m here with a quick post of a 1-layer, ombré, Winter birthday card.slide001slide002slide001

I sponged on the woodgrain with a variety of blues and purples. I masked off half the card and sponged a medium blue onto the left side.

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I stamped the dark purple tree in the foreground and then masked it off.

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Then I stamped the bright blue tree and the dark blue tree.

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I added the sentiment, the shadowy snow, the swing, and the heart.

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Grace & Peace,

Melissa

P.S. I’m the Guest Designer at Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog for January please go here to see my post.

slide004P.P.S. I used the ARTplorations stencil “Weathered Wood” to make this card and I have a STAMPlorations discount code for you.  Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

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Just a Note – Silhouette

Hi! I’m here today with a quick post. I don’t seem to have much time to make cards “just for fun” right now, but here’s number two for today!Slide003I applied masking fluid through the ARTplorations stencil Bloom Silhouettes onto watercolor paper,

preview-web-stencil-045-BloomSilhouettesallowed it to dry and then did some watercoloring. Slide004I removed the masking fluid and then replaced the stencil and sponged on some dark blue ink.Slide001 Then I used a combination of cutting with a paper trimmer and some fussy cutting to trim down the panel.    Slide005

I stamped the sentiment onto the card base and onto the panel.

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I attached the panel to the card base and popped it up with some foam tape.Slide002

This was a fun card to make and would be quick and easy to duplicate.

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Grace & Peace,

Melissa

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Embossed Rainbow Hearts

Hi! I’m here with a quick post with 1 of 2 rainbow heart cards I have to share with you today.IMG_9893edited I will share the next card in a following post.

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I used some hearts left over from 1 of 2 cards that I made a year ago. Here’s one of the cards.

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I used my heart cover plate die to cut a panel of white cardstock, then pieced the hearts into the die cut, adhered them together with sticky label and dry embossed.

IMG_9901editedRainbow, ink-blending, heat embossing, hearts and a big bold……what’s not to LOVE?!

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Grace & Peace,
Melissa

P.S. Do you love rainbows and bright colors as much as I do? Do you like tutorials? Check out my tutorial for this Artest Trading Card (ATC) holder over at STAMPlorations:

Updated Sunday 14 August: I am very very happy to have one of my cards named an Honorable Mention by Virginia of Virginia’s View for her summer challenge!

Thanks, Virginia!

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Bright Fresh Butterfly

Hi!

Super quick post for the Card Concept #53:

Here’s my Clean and Layered card:

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This card is extra special to me because I made it for my friend, Cindy, while she was here visiting me in Germany from Tennessee.  She came for 10 days just to visit me! She and I belong to a card challenge which she started years ago. Cindy, Joy, Gerie, Sue and I are spread all over the place. We are in Tennesse, Virginia, Alaska, Pennsylvania and Germany, but we have fun sending each other our challenge cards every month. For our monthly challenge, we make 2 different cards according to a chosen theme. We make an identical pair for each member of the challenge, so 4 of each card. This month’s theme was ‘Spring.’ I can’t seem to make 4 cards that are exactly alike, so I should say that I made 3 more very similar cards to this one! 🙂

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My friend, Sue, asked me to explain how I made this card. So here are some instructions. 🙂

I stamped on the card base with:

Summer Silhouettes Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Then, I stamped the butterfly with this SU set on a small piece of cs: (I used the 3 large images, stamping in Melon Mambo, Melon Mambo again and then black)

Watercolor Wings Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

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Next, I partially die cut the butterfly using this die from SU: (bottom left die)Butterflies Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!

I did not photograph the partial die cutting, so if you have not tried this before please try doing an internet search for “partial die cutting Butterflies Thinlits dies” or ” partial die cutting” and I think you’ll find some great video tutorials.

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Then I turned the partially cut butterfly around sideways and then partially ran it through my embossing machine again. This time I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Mega Dies, Labels 17.

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I added the sentiment and some little dots (to disguise a smudge on this card) and the ribbon. The ribbon was very fussy, so I think that this was the only 1 out of the 4 that got ribbon. (Ric Rac from Really Reasonable Ribbon)

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That’s about it. 🙂

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Grace & Peace,
Melissa

I’d like to play this along at Creative with Stamps for their very first challenge! 🙂

UPDATED: I am very happy to share that this card was chosen by Mackie for a win at the Card Concept!

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Here’s what Mackie had to say: “I love Melissa’s beautiful butterfly on this gorgeous card!”

Thanks so much, Mackie!

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