Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Rainbow Card Challenge


 Hello card makers.

Welcome to my blog. I can't believe it's September already. And our color for this month is this gorgeous mix of amber!!! Beautiful for the Fall season, isn't it??? I am from Lithuania. We came to America when I was 10. The gem Amber is our national Gem. It comes from the Baltic sea, which borders our country and is easily found there. It actually is the sap that comes down from the trees into the water and forms this gem. That's why there are so many different colors, shades and little bits of "stuff" in the gem, as the sap drips and collects bits and pieces. Also, Amber is very soft and does not withstand a lot of abuse (like an opal). So it's not expensive like hard stones. It's used a lot in their paintings and crafts.

Now that I've given you your lesson for today. Let me show you the card that I made with this color. 



I used Bristol paper, and stamped the background with Simon Says "Poppies Background" stamp with Versamark ink. I love, love that stamp. It is gorgeous!!! Then embossed it with Queen's Gold embossing powder.

From there, I wanted to use a new die I bought (Simon Says again), these delicate beautiful leaves called "Eucalyptus". I really had trouble with these. The gold glittery papers that I thought would work beautifully, did not. They were a thin layer of gold on shiny white and they separate. I had to glue them together while they twisted and turned in every direction... Maybe one of you reading this has a good gold paper that you like to use????

Anyway, then I cut the words from a normal gold paper and adhered the front to a kraft paper. I know it looks gray in here, but it's not, it's kraft. The glittery thin frame was cut from a different kind of paper, but it would not have worked for the leaves. 

Oh, and I also make an envelope from papers that I have collected over the years. It feels so special when a person receives a card that is in a beautiful matching paper. If you don't do that, give it a try. Your lovely card deserves a great presentation!!!

So there you have it. 
I really enjoyed making the card, but I spent a lot of time and frustration getting it together. Most cards come together in a day.... but then there's that one, that just won't let you off easily... Do you have those???

Please join us this month using this beautiful color.
Write me a comment and let me know how it goes...

Thanks for visiting me,
Elena DT  


Sunday, August 30, 2020

August Card Chain Challenge

Hello, friends in blog land...

Here it is the first of September. I can't believe it. 
Fall is just around the corner. 
It's been so hot here in Ohio for most of August and, I hate to admit it, I'm looking forward to some cooler weather.
I love summer though, so I know I will miss that warm weather soon enough.

My life has become quite different since my husband died, and as you can imagine, the worst part is being alone 24/7. I have a dog, and that helps a lot, but I am so extremely grateful for my God whose presence is always with me. And for my card making, that keeps my mind in a happy, creative place. It would be so much harder if I didn't have a place to go to where I can relax. Let my mind go to wonderful places and beautiful colors.

So here is the card I sent to my assigned recipient:

      I used Bristol extra white paper and colored with several different colors of blue and teal until it came out to a teal background. I wanted it a little more green than what I got but I did not have a green that worked.  
      Next I used Versafine ink to stamp Poppies Background by Simon Says and then emboss with gold. I love gold embossing on flowers. 
      The die cut leaves are from Simon Says too and I just love them. They are the Eucalyptus leaves. They're so delicate with those lines in them. But I had a heck of a time getting them cut out. Some of my gold turned out to be a two layer thin paper that fell apart with this intricate die. And some just weren't bright enough. I ended up covering them with Versafine and embossing with a clear, kaleidoscope powder. They are much prettier in real life than in the picture.
      The Hello and the thin frame were cut from a gold paper.
      After that I was stumped. It just needed something and I couldn't figure it out.
My daughter came in and after looking at it said, "it needs something deep blue!'
"What?" deep blue??? How does that work with teal??? I was looking through my butterflies at the time and found this dragonfly in a deep blue and a teal inlay!!! Couldn't believe it!!! There it was... PERFECT!!!

I love it when it all comes together like that!!!
If you have not tried this Card Chain Challenge I hope this encourages you to do so. It's really fun sending an actual card to someone you don't know and receiving one from someone else.

I'm also entering this card into this challenge:

Thank you for coming by,

Elena

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Rainbow Card Challenge

Hello blogger peeps,
I am so excited to tell you that I have been invited to be on the DT team of the Rainbow Card Challenge!!! This is a first for me and I feel like I don't know anything!!! I keep having to ask questions like crazy.... so if they don't fire me after this month... then I might make it!!! I'm really hoping I make it.

This is a challenge that uses rainbow colors 2x of the year and monochromatic colors the rest of the months. Their inspiration pictures for the colors are just gorgeous and my head goes spinning with all kinds of ideas as to what kind of a card to make. Take a look, this is the inspiration photo for August...
Isn't that beautiful???
So, I knew I had to use this background I had made when I was playing with some alcohol inks a couple of weeks ago. It seemed so perfect to me.
Here's my card: 







So the background is alcohol inks applied to the wrong side of 4x6 photo paper.
I got this information from Mindy Eggan https://mindyeggendesign.com/. It was very helpful to me. 

The white flower is a die cut I have had in my stash for a while. I cut it 3 times and glued it together to get that full flower effect. Then I added some gem stones that mimicked those rubies on the inspiration picture. 

I framed it twice to support that white flower.

This was a very fun project for me. 
I enjoyed it very much.
I love making backgrounds... but then sometimes I have a hard time finding how to use them.

Thank you for stopping by.
Hope you enjoy and leave a comment.
I would love to know you were here.

Elena


Rainbow Card Challenge

 Hello card makers. Welcome to my blog. I can't believe it's September already. And our color for this month is this gorgeous mix of...