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Friday, January 5, 2018

stealth follower adventures

Recently, I realized that I'm a "stealth" follower - I follow a lot of blogs, both personal and challenge, by loading them into my feed reader - The Old Reader if you're looking for one that's easy to use and has all the good stuff without the bad!  But, I don't usually click "Follow" on the blog itself, unless someone reminds me to, so they don't always know I'm part of the fan base. 

One of the blogs I follow that way belongs to Deb Smart, who creates some of my favorite "must-CASE" cards (CASE meaning "Copy And Share Everything"), including this one and this one.  (I didn't realize until today that they're related.)  I've had the second one open on a tab in my browser for weeks to remind me that I need more sympathy cards (unfortunately).  I didn't get to it sooner because I don't have the paper or ribbon Deb used.  I wanted to use the only ribbon I own which is in the current catalog, but I don't have any floral paper using Tranquil Tide.  I eventually figured out that I should stamp my own floral design, but the appropriate stamp set evaded me until the current What Will You Stamp challenge was posted, So, finally, I have this, which I think works well for Charlotte's feminine anything goes challenge at Watercooler Wednesday, as well:
stamp sets - Beautiful Bouquet, Painted Harvest, Thoughts & Prayers; ink - Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Tranquil Tide; Stampin' Write marker - Tranquil Tide; card stock - Soft Sky, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White; punch - Decorative Ribbon Border; Big Shot and Stitched Shapes framelits; Tranquil Tide 1/2" finely woven ribbon 

Another blog I've followed in "stealth" mode for a few years is Darnell's djkardkreations, and she's starting a new Twofer Challenge that I'm really looking forward to.  In anticipation of that (it starts January 10, 2018) I decided I should make a second card using the same stamp set - so here's my "twofer", for which I used the Freshly Made Sketches #318:
stamp set - Beautiful Bouquet; ink - Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Tranquil Tide; Stampin' Write marker - Tranquil Tide; card stock - Soft Sky, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White; Tranquil Tide 1/2" finely woven ribbon

Darnell's main requirement will be two different cards for two different occasions using the same stamp set; other than the two additional stamp sets used in the first card, I think my "practice run" may be considered a success - at least, I love them.  Hope to see you and your cards at some challenge blogs this year!


Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Kathe, what a pretty sympathy card. Yes, unfortunately we all need them now and then. I love the colours you've used and the combination of stamped and off-stamped images. The ribbon and dainty die-cut really add a lot to the card. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week and welcome back for another year of challenges.

Linda Callahan said...

Your cards are lovely! (I'm looking forward to the Twofer Challenge as well.) Glad you shared one at FMS!

Sue Vine - MissPinksCraftSpot said...

Love both of these cards, your colour selection is so delicate. Lovely to see you over at WWYS this week.

Amy O said...

Beautiful cards! I love the colors you've used and how you've used the ribbon. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Hi Kathe and Happy New Year. I love that you're a stealth blog follower, and you couldn't be following anyone better that Deb Smart. She's awesome and always has CASEable cards that inspire. Yours is very inspiring. I love the floral images you chose. Thanks for playing along with us at the Watercooler Wednesday Feminine Challenge this week.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Congrats on your win at What Will You Stamp. Awesome!

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