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Sweet Thank You September 17, 2016

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Good morning, everyone!  I hope you are having a fantastic weekend.  Today, I’m sharing a thank you card I made for a very dear friend of mine with the help of some gorgeous specialty cardstock.

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For this card, I went a little bigger than my usual A2 size, and this is done as a 5×7.  The image of the perfume bottle is from the Spectrum Noir Colorista marker pad called In Full Bloom, and it is colored with a combination of the Spectrum Noir and Colorista markers.  My card base is Solar White Classic Linen cardstock, and I matted the image using one of my favorites from the Spring Premium Package, Vintage Silver Lustre text weight.  The Thank You is cut using a Die-Versions die from Greystone, which is also from the Classic Linen line.  Thanks for stopping by!

Fun Paper Tassels August 20, 2016

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Hopefully, everyone is having a wonderful day!  I’m sharing something a little different today – paper tassels made using some of the beautiful papers that Patricia carries at PaperTemptress.com.

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These tassels sure are fun to make!  To start, I used some 24 gauge wire and made a loop at one end.  These three tassels are made using Haviland Blue Classic Linen, Neenah Solar White 80#, and Mango Orange 80# cardstock.  To create the tassels, I started with a homemade quilling tool to get the paper started.  Then, I removed the tool and replaced it with the wire, loop toward the bottom, and I glued it to the paper.  The paper is rolled around the wire, with some glue added as the paper was rolled to secure it and keep the roll tight.  I added a dollop of hot glue to the top of the tassel to help secure it.  Then, I added some bead caps and beads to the top, creating another loop at the top when I was finished.  This way, the tassel can be attached to whatever you decide to create.  To decorate the top of the tassel, I also used some Washi tape.

Mixed Media Book Pages August 19, 2016

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Today, I’m branching out again into the world of mixed media.  I was inspired to give this a try after watching Shemi Dixon’s YouTube videos.

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For these pages, the idea came from this video.  She used inexpensive watercolors from Michaels.  The ones she used seemed to have quite a bit more filler, and her colors came out much more chalky.  I was using my set of 16 Prang watercolors.  They are not artist-grade by any stretch of the imagination, but they produce nice, bright, translucent colors.  Even with the darkest colors, you can still see the text beneath the paint.  I used a combination of paint and metallic markers to do the designs on the stripes of paint colors.

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These are some flowers.  I had a lot of fun creating them. Again, they were inspired by another one of Shemi’s videos.  I did mine a little differently, and the petals aren’t as curled.  Again, I used book pages to make these.  I cut out some wonky circles and then I drew on them with oil pastels – the kind that are not water-soluble. For the most part, they did a good job resisting the watercolor that I layered on top of them.  Shemi used brass brads, but I did not have any of those, so I used some yellow gingham covered brads that I have had for ages as the centers.  I’m not sure what I will be using these for, but I had fun making them for sure!  Hope you enjoyed my projects today.

Simple Birthday Card August 6, 2016

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Happy Weekend!  Today, I am sharing a birthday card.

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I really like how this card turned out, and I think it would be perfect for a masculine card as well.  I chose to do the card using only Neenah Solar White Classic Linen.  This cardstock is lightly textured, and I love how it looks.  The panel on the card base is embossed using Anna Griffin’s Feather Blanket embossing folder combined with a Sizzix stamp and die set created by Jen Long called Feather Wreath.  The stamps are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and Nautical Blue inks.

Christmas in July July 23, 2016

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Hello!  Well, we’re having a serious heatwave here in the Midwest, so it’s the perfect time for a Christmas in July card…  If you’re caught in the same insane heat as we are, please stay safe!

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For this card, I used one sheet of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock.  Since this is a top-folding card, I cut it the long way so that I had a piece that was 4.25 x 11″.  Then, I cut the embossed layer of the card to 4 x 5.25″ and embossed it using a snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The wreath is cut using two Spellbinders scalloped circle dies, and then I created the spirelli design using American Crafts green and white baker’s twine.  The bow is from a scrap of ribbon from my stash.  The idea for this card came from MayMay Helms.

Foiled Roses July 9, 2016

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Here is a throwback post I did foiling roses.  I used plenty of technology to create this card, including my printer and Minc.

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For this card, I started with a card base using Earthstone from the Classic Linen Package.  It is really hard to see in the photo, as it is underneath a sheet of the most awesome Vellum that I embossed using an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  (If you have never used this vellum before, it is so worth it!  It is heavy duty and embosses like a dream!)  The digital image is an old one from Paper Squirrel, and I printed it out and colored it using Portfolio watercolor pencils before foiling it with light pink foil on my Minc.  The banner is cut from a piece of cardstock from my stash and the sentiment is a My Sentiments Exactly rub on.

Birdcage Card June 25, 2016

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Today’s post is a card I created to use as a graduation card.  However, it is versatile enough to be used for many different kinds of occasions.

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For this card, I started with a card base of Basis Blue, cut using a Sizzix scalloped card die.  The birdcage die is a Tim Holtz Alterations die, and I used Pearl Glimmer.  The bird is die cut using Classic Linen and Brown Bag cardstock.  The gem accents are from Hobby Lobby.

Shaker Bookmark May 14, 2016

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Hello and happy weekend!  I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday.  Today, I’m sharing a different kind of project – a shaker bookmark!

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For this bookmark, I used my new toy, WRMK’s Fuse tool, a page protector, part of the Pink Sweet Tooth Hambly Studio overlay, and some heavyweight clear vellum to back it.  The bits inside the bookmark are homemade confetti I created using paper scraps and some punches, as well as some sequins and micro sequins.  The ribbon is also from my stash.  I thought the little bits looked like they were candy that could have been in the jars.

Foiling and Brusho April 30, 2016

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Happy Saturday!  For today’s project, I’m sharing a card I created using another foiled image and some Brusho.

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Sorry about the photo, but it was very difficult to get a decent photo of the foiled part since there was more solid foiling. The cucumber image was a freebie from the TLC Creations blog. The black paper is the gorgeous Epic Black from the Linen line which is currently on special for 50% off.  Go and nab some while it is at a fantastic price!  The cucumber image is matted on Solar White, also from the same line.  I used a combination of Lemon Yellow, Sea Green, and Turquoise Brusho on the white cardstock and let it air dry before matting it onto a card base of Epic Black.  The floral border peeking out from above the cucumber image is cut using one of the Pocket Pen Pal dies, cut from some scrap paper from my stash.  I inked it with Tea Leaves VersaMagic ink and embossed it using some Ranger Holographic embossing powder.

Hot Glue Roses April 24, 2016

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Staying in the whole handmade embellishment theme, I tried my hand at some hot glue roses.  I saw this technique on Maymay Helms’s channel here.

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These are made using a high temperature Surebonder glue gun.  I found that I had to wait to drop the rolled rose shapes onto the blob of hot glue.  If I dropped them immediately into the blob of hot glue, the entire thing melted.  I’m pretty happy with how these turned out, and I can make them in whatever colors I want or need.  These happen to be painted with two coats of Watermelon Adirondack acrylic paint.