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Brusho Christmas Ornament Card November 26, 2016

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Hello, and I hope that everyone who celebrates it had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to spend it with family and friends.  For this week’s project, I’m bringing you another Brusho card.

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For this card, I started out with a card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Layered on top of that is some Pool cardstock, which is a gorgeous blue.  the ornaments are watercolor paper that have been sprinkled with Brusho in Sea Green and Alizarin Crimson.  I used some black thread to tie bows to the tops of the ornaments, and the sentiment is from the My Sentiments Exactly Holiday Squares set.  The dies are Crafter’s Companion Die’Sire ornament dies called Snowflake Bauble, Ornate Bauble, and Teardrop Bauble.

Brusho Christmas Tree November 12, 2016

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Happy Saturday!  Time for another Christmas card… I really like the way the tree pops on this card.

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For this card, I stared out using Sea Green Brusho on some watercolor paper.  I cut out the tree using the Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Seasonal Tree die, and then I used some scrap red paper for the pot the tree is in.  The card base is Neenah Solar White, and the black background paper is my favorite textured black paper, Classic Linen Epic Black.  The sentiment is heat embossed using a stamp from My Sentiments Exactly set Rockin’ Around with Tsukeniko white embossing powder.

Anniversary Card October 29, 2016

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I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  For today’s post, I’m sharing a card I made for my parents’ anniversary.

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The card base is the ever-gorgeous Rose Quartz Mica/Metallic on a card base of Neenah Solar White.    The heart images are from the Spectrum Noir Colorista In Full Bloom coloring pad, colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  The love die cut is from a Die-Versions die, cut out of regular card stock covered with washi tape.  I thought the card was finished, but it was missing a little extra bling.  In the final version, I added some small 3-D heart stickers from a very old K&Company set.

Christmas Deer October 15, 2016

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  For today’s project,  I’m sharing an easy Christmas card.

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For this card, I started out with some Neenah Solar White cardstock as the base.  I cut out the red mat using Neenah Classic Linen Red Pepper cardstock.  The deer has some copper Perfect Pearls layered on some Neenah Desert Storm with a strip of the Hambly Overlay Antique White Falling Snow.  The “Ho Ho” sentiment was cut using a scrap of green textured cardstock from my stash, and inking it with Memento Northern Pine ink.

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.