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


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

  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.

  3. youur card is very nice
    hugs, Ŧĭƙĭ

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

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

  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!


  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!

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

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

  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.

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

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

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

    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

  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

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

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

  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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