Sunday, January 24, 2016

Lavender and Hearts and signing up!


Simon Says-Create with Critters
Whimsy Stamps-With Love
Retro Rubber Challenge-Feeling Sketchy  RRCB30
Chocolate Baroque-light blue, green, yellow and pink

Oh I was dabbling with colours and got more on my fingers than the card. I did some smooshing-what is that you may ask? You take Tim Holtz ink pads (he's a big guy in the stamp business with his own line of stuff), stamp the colour on some hard plastic pad that wipes clean, spritz it with water and then lay the white card into the colour and you get some neat effects. I placed the white cardstock in pink and green (light) which gives the effect on the right side of the card. I used my cuddlebug and some nice shimmery pale yellow paper, placed it in the embossing sleeve I wanted and rolled it through the machine. I added a ribbon with some yellow gold and pink  colours and glued it in place. I took a stencil and I had some shimmery paste that is very thin and placed it on the heart stencil using a palette knife. You spread it like you do icing. I let that dry, cut it out and placed the hearts on with pop up dots. I took a stamp that I have had for, around 4 years, to stamp the sentiment and the butterfly is about the same time frame, which is also stamped and coloured a little. Some border stickers were added  as well as some pale pink hearts for a little bling. This will go to my dear friend who is one busy lady.


52 Christmas Cards-Christmas candles or Lantern
CHNC #2- Anything Goes as long as it is Christmas
Craft Your Passion-Always Anything Goes


I enjoyed creating this card with somewhat different colours than the usual Christmas scheme of things. It is 3D pop up style where you keep layering the candle image . I placed it on a nice golden/yellow card and the final lavender cardstock. It is finished off with silver border stickers.

Another 2 cards and I am on a roll....for me that is:)

In April there is something exciting happening...nope I am not going to Europe, going sky-diving(that would be  a nightmare) or meeting the Queen (unless you think of the local drag queen every city has), I am signing up, once again, for the Blogging A to Z challenge! Every day in April, except for Sunday, one blogs about anything you would like as long as you correspond to the letters of the alphabet. April 1st is the letter A, the 2nd is the letter B and so on. You can have a theme or  you can change it up every day if you want. I will not be talking about film stars this year even though I could keep on going. I will still stick to the same genre because it comes easy to me and I like easy (no comments please:))  This is a big event since almost 2,000 joined in on this event. I hope some of you will be become part of it. I have met some wonderful bloggers and I cherish meeting all of you and reading all of your blogs.

Have a great week everyone!

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  1. Both very nice cards; I liked the colors on the second one! Very nicely done! Looking forward to seeing what you are writing about this year for A/Z :)

    betty

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    1. Thank you-wish to camera worked better for the pictures

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  2. Hi, Birgit!

    You created two more lovely cards there, dear friend. I appreciate the atypical color scheme on the Christmas card. Lavender is every bit as festive as red and green. I look forward to following you through April from A to Z. Have a wonderful week, dear friend BB!

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    1. Thank you! I like that colour combo too. Are you doing the A to Z?

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    2. No, dear BB, I already have enough on my plate as it is, but I am eager to support, to the best of my ability, the daily A to Z posts of my best friends.

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  3. Welcome to the A to Z! I'll be doing it again too.

    The Christmas card in particular is gorgeous. Do you always give away your cards?

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    1. I do give away my cards and, truly, if there is one you would like I can send it to you

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  4. Love the metallic accents on your card. The text looks amazing the way you have it done. Great card! Thanks so much for doing the challenge!

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed the challenge

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  5. lovely card! I love how the image pops out. Really beautiful! :)
    Thanks for playing with us at 52CCT, hope you will join us again! xx Kaja

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  6. Hi Birgit, thanks so much for entering the Chocolate Baroque Challenge. Great to see you using up some of your older stash to create your card. Those hearts create a great focal point. Judith xx

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    1. Thank you:) This was fun and I tried something new

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  7. Two more lovely cards! I've decided against A to Z this year - I had a theme chosen months ago, but gave it some thought more recently and decided there were too many letters I couldn't fill without a lot of research. So I'll either save it for next year, or make an occasional series out of it. Good luck with yours - I'm looking forward to finding out what you come up with.
    The Glasgow Gallivanter

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    1. Oh bummer! I understand though. I love going with you on your walks

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  8. I hope these lovely creations are appreciated by the recipients.

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    1. They are and I found out most keep them which makes me happy

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  9. Great cards, the second really pops out indeed. The a to z will be fun to give a run.

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  10. Love the metallic touches on your card, Birgit! Thanks for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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    1. Thank you! I liked trying something new

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  11. Birgit, I love the card that you made for Retro Rubber! First of all, thanks so much for giving us some history of your stamps. Secondly, the texture and details are amazing. I have never tried texture paste but am thinking about giving it a go... Thanks so much for the enabling inspiration. Lots of luck with your A-Z blogging adventure! Hope to see you in the Retro Rubber gallery often!!

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    1. This is so very nice of you. I enjoyed making them and the paste is fun

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  12. I love the metallic hearts on the first card. That ribbon almost looks like a gold chain. Nice!

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    1. It does doesn't it? I never thought of that. Thanks:)

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  13. Lovely card and the hearts are very sweet!

    Here's to April. Great to know you'll be out there with us.

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    1. Thank you and yes jumping into the A to Z this year again

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  14. Your candle card is stunning! I love the colors you chose...thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at CHNC Extra! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

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    1. Thank you so much. I wanted to make this for a long time

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  15. Those are really amazing. Puts to shame what stores offer.

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  16. Some lovely smooching Birgit...romantics hearts...lovely, the candle card is so different ,I love a pop up 3D card.....well on your way to a crafty card stash....xxxxxxx

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    1. I am on my way and that makes me giggle with delight

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  17. I love lavender - the color and the scent. These cards are both so pretty!
    Glad you are signing up for another A-Z. I wasn't going to but my resolve is weakening LOL.

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    1. Oh I hope you will because you always write something interesting. Thanks for the lovely comment

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  18. I love your creativity, Birgit. Two more awesome cards! What do you mean by layering the candle image? Do you tape/glue several layers of a same image on top of each other? Curious minds need to know.

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    1. That is what I do and it is easier than you think. You need the image, some paper and pop up dots

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  19. Really love your hearts card! It's an art piece!!!

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    1. That is so very nice coming from an artist like yourself

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  20. These two may be your best yet.
    I signed up for the A-Z.

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    1. You do such beautiful cards, Birgit. You should be proud:)

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  21. Those cards are preciously beautiful Birgit! Looking forward to doing the A to Z with you!

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    1. It will be fun Vidya and glad you signed up too

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    1. I don't know but I have seen that on other card making blogs so I am going to say...yes:)

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  23. Great cards. I think I saw you on the A to Z list just a few above me.

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  24. Two gorgeous cards here, Birgit! Your ink smooshing on the first one came out fabulous love the accents of gold and silver. Your second card is simply stunning!! Your friend will be so pleased to receive such a gift!

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    1. Thank you so much. I think we all need some silver and gold:)

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  25. Wonderful cards! The first one that you submitted to Retro Rubber looks like you had lots of fun making! Love the metallic accents so much! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber and hope to see you in the gallery again soon.

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    1. I did have a lot of fun! I tried something new and I was glad it worked!

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  26. Pretty smooshing, Birgit. Just stopped by to see if you saw that you were a lucky winner during the STAMPlorations release hop (check out the blog)! Congrats.

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    1. OMG! Really? I didn't know. I will check it out. Thank you

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  27. Your cards are gorgeous. I'm sure your friends really appreciate receiving something you worked so hard and long on. I admire your attention to detail and patience to get it done!

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    1. Thank you and it is always so relaxing to create these

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  28. Enjoyed these 2 beautiful cards. #1 is wonderful with the various techniques you've done, and the paste hearts look so great (like very thin metallics! Good job on the evenness of the layer). Smooshing is very pretty. #2 is just gorgeous with the colors & the flame of the poinsettia. May not be exactly 'traditional' colors, but it's most elegant and lovely. TFS & Hugs.

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    1. Thank you:) I did have fun with the smooshing and getting the layers on to make the hearts. I had fun for sure

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  29. I, too, am doing the challenge. I'm not sure what my theme will be (or if I will even have one), but I enjoy meeting new people.

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    1. It is fun and sometimes winging it may be a lot of fun

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  30. I, too, am doing the challenge. I'm not sure what my theme will be (or if I will even have one), but I enjoy meeting new people.

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  31. I would pay good money for that first card, but I would be more inclined to frame it than to give it to someone else. It's a beauty.
    Happy Tuesday, Birgit.

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    1. Thank you so very much. That is sweet of you to say. I know she will keep it. She wants to make a scrapbook and place my cards in there

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  32. Smashing, I can see you've really put your heart and soul into these awesome cards. A to Z is just around the corner, I think memes is a possible runner.

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    1. I do put quite a bit into my cards and they are fun indeed. The A to Z will be coming up faster than we think

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  33. Your card with the hearts is just beautiful, I love all the metallic details and the colors you chose, a very sweet and elegant Valentine.
    Thank you for playing along at the Retro Rubber challenge this week.

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    1. Thank you so much. I enjoyed making it

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  34. Good luck with A to Z! I look forward to cheering you on.

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  35. Beautiful and tons of detail! How fun! Glad you joined us at Retro Rubber!

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  36. I enjoyed the info on film stars last year.

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    1. I know and I was tempted to do a 3rd but I am slightly changing it

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  37. c'est une très jolie carte Birgit, chic et élégante, très richement mise en valeur, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52CCT, biz

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  38. Glad to see you making AND entering card challenges, Birgit. You have an eye for colour. Your first card is lovely and feminine and romantic. Something so Jane Austen about it. Your second make really does pop off the card front. Love that too!
    x Asha

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    1. Thanks Asha! I always enter my cards in challenges...I just missed Chocolate Baroque last time.

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  39. Your Christmas candles are absolutely beautiful with such dimension. So elegant. Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge at 52CCT this week! Deborah DT

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  40. Such beautiful cards! I had no idea about all of the different techniques. It sounds like a fascinating art to get into because there is so much to play around with and learn. Great job! :)
    ~Jess

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  41. Lovely cards! I really love the layered effect you achieved with the candle. Thank you for playing along with us at Craft Your Passion. We would love to see you again!
    ~ Bonnie DT

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  42. Gorgeous card, both are really lovely! thanks so much for joining the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge this time
    Claire xx

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  43. Love the metallic hearts! Thanks for joining Retro Rubber.

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  44. Lovely cards Birgit. I am going to have to give that smooshing a try myself. Good luck with the Chocolate Baroque Challenge.

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