Monday, August 22, 2016

a Couple of cards ...I would be late to my own funeral

I missed Color Throwdown! Grrrr I am now thinking of throwing down something in frustration since I have only myself to blame......


Color Throwdown-An orange, Mossy green and light pink-Missed it!
Craft Your Passion-Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps-Make your mark
Simon Says-Make for the border (I hope I got this right)

This card is for my best friend, Loretta, who is just the bee's knees (what the hell does that mean anyway??) and we are just meant to be friends forever! Her birthday was yesterday and she is going through one of the toughest times in her life and all I can say is how proud I am of her and will always be there for this wonderful lady. If she read this she may throw up:) I took some basic white cardstock and stamped and embossed in gold, the flowers. I used my tombow markers-I took my marjarine plastic dish and scribbled the marker on it, took my paintbrush, dipped it in water and placed it in the scribble. From there I "painted" the pot, leaves and flowers. I had the cut out remains of some shiny white paper and used my alcohol inks and dabbed it all over to get that mossy green with some orange peeking through. I layered the card in orange and soft pink, added the butterfly and pearls. I took some orange stickles and squeezed out the glitter around the border. She liked her card:) My hubby thinks it looks like it came from his grandmother's time:)


CHNC-Cute or Anything Goes Christmas

I was inspired by the song, and I have to admit, the video that was posted by Cherdo on the Flipside for her Battle of the Bands. The song she chose for the battle (you listen to 2 versions and pick which one you like better-it's a fun challenge-you can learn about it over at Battle of the Bands) is "Somewhere Only We Know." It's a lovely song and I have to admit I was taken with that video for my inspiration here. The bear comes out of hibernation to be with his bunny friend who really loves their friendship. I took some white cardstock, placed some tree stickers on and cut out a piece of paper to make it look a little hilly and used blue and purple stamp colours to colour in the sky. I took off the stickers and was left with the white impression which I then glittered up:) I cut out the tree with my sizzex machine and used perfect pearls to create the nice green colour on the tree:). I stamped the animals and used my gamsol pencils to colour them. I added the presents, some stickles here and there and Voila! I think this turned out pretty cute.

Today was a very nice day but it is supposed to get hot once again so get out your tiniest violin for me and play me that sympathy song. Hey! What song would you choose for such a hot summer?


58 comments:

  1. I like the 2nd card. Sorry to say but I kind of agree with your hubby on the first card. Not that it's not nice, but it definitely has a throwback feel.

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    1. Hahahaaa...that's aok. Each to their own.

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  2. Throwback cards are all right.
    I really like the second one. It's cute.

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    1. Thanks Alex. Glad you like the cute card

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  3. Hi, Birgit!

    I love the orange, green and pink color combo you selected for Loretta's old fashioned birthday card and the whimsical menagerie on your latest Christmas card. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU! :)

    You asked:

    << What song would you choose for such a hot summer? >>

    I would choose "Summer in the City" by John Sebastian and company:

    All around, people looking half dead
    Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend BB!

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    1. Oh great song! I love that song. Glad you like the birthday card I made

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  4. Me too, love the Christmas card.

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  5. I like the card you made for your friend, it is quaint looking. Both are nice though. I think I would call the summer of heat "Endless Summer." Not a song, but wasn't it a movie
    Betty

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    1. Glad you like that card. I think it was a movie

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  6. The second sure paints a nice scene indeed. Both are great though. Bess knees means the same the mutts nuts, whatever that is lol

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    1. I thought the scene looked good. I. Not sure what that means or mutts nuts

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  7. Maybe the theme to "Frozen" would cool people down?

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    1. Ahh yes that song.....I am not a fan but that's aok

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  8. A truly pretty card. I love the pot of flowers and the colours. Perfect for my challenge. Thank you for fluttering by. Hugs Mrs A.

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  9. What a lovely pair of cards Birgit. I love the retro look on the first one and the alcohol ink background is gorgeous behind your pretty flower panel.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM.

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  10. Both cards are just lovely. I do like the Christmas scene with presents under the tree. Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge at 52CCT this week! Deborah, DT

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  11. One of these days you must do a video tutorial. Unless of course you've done that already...

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    1. I have not done one and not sure how to do one. If I ever lean, I will do this

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  12. Birgit, you are so creative. I especially like the birthday card because you brought in so many different ways for mark-making! It is lovely and a real treasure for your friend!!!

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    1. Thank you so much. That is great coming from an artist like yourself

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  13. Go here: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/the-bees-knees.html It'll tell you more than you ever need to know about the origin of "the bee's knees!"

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    1. Ha! I was hoping someone would follow up on this. I'm going to check out the link too.

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  14. If you were busy making art, then all is forgiven!

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  15. Doing a little catchup visiting this evening, and am so enjoying both of these pretty cards. #1 is lovely with the gold embossing, and your painting is exquisite. This looks like an old cloisonné painting. #2 is equally well done, & the frosty feeling it invokes is just great for this hot weather. A summer song that fits just now, how about "Summer In the City"? I can't think who sings it! TFS & thanks for the good wishes you sent my way! Hugs

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    1. Thanks so much. I'm glad you like them. You are the second one to choose this great song

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  16. I love both cards. One is feminine and pretty. And one is so cheerful and whimsical

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  17. I'd choose Hot Blooded by Foreigner. It's been miserably hot here too. Ugh.

    Of course, Loretta liked her card. It's gorgeous. The second one is adorable. Kids and adults would love it.

    Virtual hugs.

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    1. got a fever of a 103! I do do more than dance...that's a great song! She did love her card

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  18. The first song that popped into my head was Seasons in the Sun - but it's depressing so it can pop right back out again! Summer - The First Time Ever? Creepy. Summer Lovin'? Nauseating. I give up. Nice cards though.

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    1. I like the season in the sun even if it is depressing. Glad you like my cards

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  19. Two super card Birgit....love the stamp on that first one!.....it's lovely weather here in England we are having a real summer this year sat out and had lunch in the garden yesterday....heaven......summer in the city for me! Xxxxx

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    1. That's a great song! I wish we had your weather. Thank you about liking my cards

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  20. Really beautiful card. I am sure your friend will love it!Happy to see you in the ATSM gallery. All the very best. Nandini DT

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  21. Love the b-day card. I sure hope your friend is able to catch a break, eh?

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    1. She loved her card and she does deserve a break but this is just the beginning....

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  22. The first card is pretty. I love the butterfly.

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  23. You're amazing, Birgit. Love ya. :-)

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  24. Woo Hoo! Congrats on being the What Off woman.

    Sorry to hear your friend Loretta has been having a rough time.

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    1. Thank you...thank you very much:) This is, sadly, just the beginning for her

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  25. I'm just thinking Christmas. It's been a blast, but I'm done with summer.

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    1. You and me both! Bring on the cool air

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  26. I'm just thinking Christmas. It's been a blast, but I'm done with summer.

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  27. Hi Birgit: Lovely birthday card - I like the flowers. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion Challenges! - Patti (CYP DT)

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  28. I see what your hubby means about the first card but to me that's part of its charm. I love it!

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    1. Yes, you are right and my hubby doesn't like that style but glad you do and that my friend does:)

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  29. Sorry you missed the throw down- but thanks for sharing the cards. Both are great and so different from each other. Love that your friend got such a special card (she sounds great). :)
    ~Jess

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  30. I think both cards came out great but that second card looks like it has a story to tell. Super adorable!!

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