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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Muse Times Two

Happy weekend! If you're reading this in Canada or the US, it's not even over yet, thanks to the Labour Day long weekend! It just so happened I had a little time yesterday and today to play with stamps and ink, and made a couple of cards. My friend Ardyth runs two different card challenges, and I made one for each. 
First up, Muse Card Club, where Sarah Platt is the current Muse with this card: 


When being inspired by someone else's card, I almost always use the card design as one of my inspirations. This time, I decided to set myself an extra challenge by purposely not using the same layout. Instead, I primarily focused on the faceted heart with Brushos colouring it, and the layered sentiment. Here's my version: 


Faceted heart, check. Layered sentiment, not quite so much, but I couldn't quite get the layered thing to work for me with the supplies I had. Because I wasn't using Sarah's card design, I added a little interest by embossing the main white panel before adding everything to a white card base. After cutting the watercolour heart, I used a small heart punch from the same piece to make two faux enamel dots. (Remember when we would have said they were faux brads? lol) 
Onto Ardyth's other challenge, Muse: ChristmasVisions. Here the Muse is Kim Makortoff. Here's her card: 


this time I planned to go for a much more straightforward CASE (copy and share everything), but the stamp I initially thought would be perfect didn't work the way I wanted it to. Instead, I used a stamp from a set I bought last year but hadn't yet used. My version:


The evergreen garland was just the right size for the top and bottom of the panel. I was even brilliant enough (for me lol) to turn the panel in my MISTI instead of repositioning the stamp so the top and bottom images would be the same distance from the edges. A little brown pencil crayon for the pine cones was all the colouring needed. The big sentiment is embossed in red glitter embossing powder for some festive shine. A few red star sequins take the place of the berries in Kim's card. 
Since my evergreen bough is seeing ink for the first time, I'll add this to Darnell's current NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenge. 
That's all from me for now! 




Supplies: (Happy Anniversary) white & blue cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, vellum, Simon Says Stamp Essential Greetings stamp, chipped sapphire distress ink, Zing clear embossing powder, Winnie & Walter Flawless Heart & unknown Happy dies, Darice diagonal stripe embossing folder, Magenta Nuance purple watercolour powder, Glossy Accents, pop-dot tape; (Merry Christmas) white cardstock, red Craft Smith card base, Stampin' Up Festive Fireplace & Hero Arts Lowercase Christmas stamps, Versamark, Stampin' Up garden green & real red inks, Zing red glitter embossing powder, MFT blueprints 24 stitched panel die, Prismacolor pencil, red star sequins

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15 comments:

foleysfriend said...

Beautiful interpretations of the MUSE card; loving how versatile you are, with more or less "literal" interpretations; thank you for visually demonstrating two approaches to the MUSE card; it's very helpful to me.

Michelle said...

Two wonderful cards, both gorgeous!

Ardyth said...

These are great! I absolutely love the brusho background of your heart and the change in layout. And your CAS beauty for MCV is perfect with the increased amount of festive red! Thanks so much for joining us at Muse and MCV this week, Lindsey!

Barbara Godden said...

Fabulous job with the Muse challenges. Love that heart it's gorgeous, especially with the watercolouring with brushos. Great thinking on the turning of the misti too.

Birgit said...

A great card and classy!

Lady Joyful said...

Both of your cards are stunning takes on the Muses! Really lovely!

Jenny Colacicco said...

Wonderful cards!! I love the first that heart die is lovely - great take on the Muse

Jacquie Southas said...

A couple of terrific cards, Lindsey! The garland is perfect for the MCV challenge!

Linda Caler said...

Great cards. We got here from Muse. Glad we stopped by!

Marilyn said...

Two great cards and wonderful interpretations of the Muse and MCV, Lindsey.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Two sensational CASEs, Lindsey! I think your blue Brusho art behind the heart is breathtaking! You know how we do all these nontraditional colors at Christmas now? We'll I think a heart like this for Valentine's Day would be fantastic! I have passed on that faceted heart die before, but now ....

And I love your pretty CAS evergreen and pine cone CASE for MCV, too! It might not be what you initially had in mind, but IT WORKS!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #7! Hugs, Darnell

Tracey McNeely said...

Both of your Muse cards are just fabulous Lindsey! Love that Nuance watercolour powder heart and your Christmas card is perfect! See you on the weekend!! xoxo

Tracey McNeely said...

Ooops, sorry you used Brushos not Nuance! Still gorgeous!

Robyn Oliver said...

Fabulous take on the Muse card Lindsey, lovely fresh Christmas card

Sarah Platt said...

WOW! Awesome cards here Lindsay and I'm thrilled to see you played along with my Muse card and showcased too. So well deserved. Your watercolour technique with the brushos is gorgeous and love how you've kept your own unique style using the facetted heart and scripty word to tie in with my card. Simply fabulous and thanks for sharing. Sarah x