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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In my thoughts. . .

Hello everyone - I hope you had a fabulous holiday and New Year.  In case you missed my last post I am on a new Design Team! This is my first card for House of Cards, a monthly challenge, which typically involves your choice of a color scheme as well as a theme - you can choose which one you'd like to play with.  This months challenge is:
You can use either the Colors or use a Building, or both, in your creation. 

For this challenge I chose to work with the colors.  I have been cleaning out my craft room and I literally just gave away a perfect stamp set that I could have used for this, but, such is life.  Here is my card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
Kraft Card Base
Maroon Cardstock
Scrap Silver Cardstock
Unity Stamp Co. "Bunches of Love", UK-669A (739) - sentiment
Unity Stamp Co. "Blossoming thoughts & wishes", UK-754A (930)- flourish
Embossing Fluid
Stampin' Up Sterling Silver Embossing Powder (disc, but they still have silver)

I recently was able to buy a few sentiment sets from Unity Stamp Company so I broke those open to use on this card as well as trying my MISTI (that I am embarrassed to say I have had for months!) after studying many You Tube Videos (how did we ever learn anything before You Tube?!?) anyway. . . 
I started this card by lining up the sentiment and the flourish with each other, inking them up with the embossing fluid, stamping, then taking the flourish and repeating the steps.  I finished off with the silver embossing powder.


Another look
After trimming the maroon panel, I attached it to the silver panel.  Now, that might seem like an easy step.  Should be an easy step.  Was it easy? Not the first time.  I didn't realize the maroon card was thinner stock than I'm used to using. And I typically use a wet glue when making my cards because I get a bit of grace time to wiggle stuff around before it dries.  Well, I put my glue on the back of the maroon card and slipped it under the tile I have on my desk so it would dry nice and straight.  I checked on the card a while later and was horrified to discover that the maroon panel had a HUGE blob of glue right under the sentiment and nothing I did helped.  I ripped the card apart, hoping I could somehow spread the glue.  Nope.  Dried it with my heat gun to try to lessen the buckle the blob of glue had created.  Nope.  Only one thing to do - start over.  I took a long break (as I am prone to do as opposed to wrecking my craft room like a crazy person) and made another maroon panel.  This time I used a dry adhesive and it worked. I'd rather not learn these little lessons but it could have been worse.  I didn't save the panel, or the other two I made with another embossing powder or the one I made with a different sentiment.  I did fussy cut the pretty flourish out before I trashed the other tries - who knows, they may show up on a different project.  

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read through my trials.  I do hope to see you entering in the challenge at House of Cards.  Honestly, there is a whole month and you could win a cute badge to display as well as some well earned bragging rights.  As for me, I am off to shop for some glue dots, double stick tape or something like it.  Fondly, Christi

PS: Since I am entering so many challenges were the subject is NEW I thought I would make it simple and tell you what I used that is new.  The stamps are new, both sets that I used were just bought and while I have had the MISTI for a while, it's new to me as this is the first time I've used it :) 

I would like to enter my In My Thoughts Card in the following challenges:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps (January) - Anything Goes 

Just Us Girls - Word Week - Word is NEW 

Sweet Stampin' - Something New 
Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday Challenge - New
Little Red Wagon - #375, Something New
The Artistic Stamper (January) - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper Magazine - (January) - Anything Goes

25 comments:

  1. Congrats on your new team -- lovely card. The silver really adds a nice touch - Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

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  2. Card making is plenty of trial and error for me o, but it's nothing as satisfactory as when you have that flow where everything just works, that happens too:) it's a simple and stylish design. Simple is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Pia! It's SO nice to see you :)

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  3. youur card is very nice
    hugs, Ŧĭƙĭ
    ≽ܫ≼

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    1. Thank you Fiki! Love your card on the SUYP site! Happy fifth blogaversary :)

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  4. Great card! The silver is wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

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  5. Beautiful card! Such a wonderful design!! Very elegant!

    Congrats on your new DT!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

    hugs...
    Melissa

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  6. I would not have thought to use silver with these other colors. It is very pretty and I like the folksy look of the stamps you used. :). Thanks for sharing with us at Just for Fun Rubber stamps!

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  7. Great card, love the colours. Thank you for joining in this months challenge on The Artistic Stampers blog

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  8. Beautiful stamping and colour choice, lovely CAS design.
    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.
    Chris
    x

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  9. Such a lovely card! These colors go so well together. Thanks for joining the Just for Fun challenges! We hope to see you again soon.

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  10. This is lovely! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

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  11. Welcome to the team, Christy!
    What a beautiful first card!!! Very elegant with the silver embossing!
    Hugs, Rosi

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  12. Gorgeous card, Christi! I love the colors you chose. Welcome to the team!
    Hugs,
    Em HOC Teamie

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    1. Thank you for your kind words - took me a bit, but I think I've got the hang of it now - LOL LOL xo

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  13. The maroon looks great with the craft - and the silver embossing is beautiful! I have often ruined a piece at the last minute - dropping an ink bad on it or laying it onto an open ink pad - stamping the inside sentiment crookedly - the trials and tribulations of hand made cards! Congrats on being on the DT! and thanks for your kind comment on my blog! Julia

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Julia - I appreciate it :)

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  14. CAS! AND red is my favorite color! Glad you could join us at Just for Fun Rubber Stamps!

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  15. Lovely card, glad you pushed through the problem with the glue. We have all done things like that from time to time!

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