Tuesday, February 24, 2015

No matter the weather...

Hi everyone!

Have you seen my friend Maureen's, Throwback Thursday posts on the Wplus9 blog?  If you haven't you need to check them out.  Maureen posts three cards using the same basic layout and design elements and a "throwback"  stamp set on the third Thursday of each month.   This feature has been turned into a challenge and I couldn't wait to play along.  I am a HUGE fan of Maureen's work.  We were to use an older Wplus9 set and use any of Maureen's cards as inspiration.  I was inspired by her layout and the use of silhouette images.  

For my card I used a technique we featured in Technique Toolbox, Creative ways to use dye ink pads: Direct to paper.  I used PTI inks in Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Tropical Teal.  I used the set Pretty Patches: Umbrella and matching die.   The sweet little heart by the sentiment is from the new set, Sending Sunshine.

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My next card was also inspired by Maureen.  This time it was her card that she featured in her latest video in The Classroom on StampNation.  Her lesson was on Inspiration, Movement & flow.  Though I didn't follow her lesson, I was inspired by the circle element and colors on her card.

StampNation members can click here to see the video and lesson.

I followed the sketch at The Paper Players.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

First card:
Ink:  Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal (PTI)
Paper:  Black
Accessories:  Black Twine (The Twinery)

Second card:
Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes (SU), Keep it simple: Sympathy (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark


  1. Wonderful cards ,loved the inking on both of them :)

  2. Kristie, your cards are amazing! I think I want to CASE the second one as I'm out of sympathy cards and yours would calm any soul...
    Hugs and keep smilin'...

  3. Awesome cards....I love your backgrounds, such fun techniques! Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players!

  4. These are fabulous Kristie!! Love the blending and the colors you used!

  5. Beautiful cards with perfect blending. The sympathy card is stunning!

  6. Oh this is fantastic!! I love the ombre coloring. Stunning!

  7. Fabulous cards, great blending and colors!

  8. OMGoodness! Your sympathy card sponging is GORGEOUS!!!

  9. WOW!!! Both of these cards are stunning!! I love the blending that you did!!

  10. Love how you were inspired by Maureen. Gorgeous.

  11. I love how the blended ink highlights the stitched border! Fab wee umbrella and perfect sentiment (cute little heart). Both cards are flawlessly inked in soft, soothing colors. The image and the inking creates a beautiful sympathy card.

  12. These two cards are both stunning. Really love the inking and blending, and the silhouette stamps look so dramatic.

  13. Beautiful cards, Kristie! Your interpretation of our sketch is simple and elegant. Beautiful colors and images for a sympathy card. Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  14. Beautiful cards Kristie - some beautiful backgrounds there and wonderfully executed. Thanks so much for joining us for our sketch challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

  15. Both cards are gorgeous! I love that mix of rich blue and purple on the bird silhouette. So pretty! Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players! :)

  16. SMITTEN, congrats well deserved!!!!!!


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