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Beautiful Tutu April 25, 2014

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For today’s McMahon Five Designs Flashback Friday, I am using a gorgeous Fairydoodler image called Dressed Dummy.

This is such a beautiful and unique image!  I absolutely love it.

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For this project, I started with a normal base layer of white cardstock.  It is covered using a page from a book that I crumpled up and then colored using Tea Dye Distress Ink and water.  The gorgeous digital image is printed onto Cryogen cardstock and then colored with Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  Watercolor pencils have become a new favorite of mine.  They are a virtually mess-free way to color images and get a beautiful result.  For this card, I used a regular fine paintbrush and a cup of water.  After I colored the image, I matted it onto some tagboard from my stash and then again onto some Mushroom Brown Bag Kraft paper.  The strip of purple is cardstock from my stash, embossed using the Carmen Lace Anna Griffin embossing folder.  Another new thing for me with this card is the bow.  I colored it using Dusty Concord Distress Ink, Hug Snug seam binding, and some water in a Mister bottle.

Thanks for taking a peek at my creation this week.  If you have a chance, the rest of the design team would love it if you stopped by the M5D blog to take a peek at their projects as well.

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Spring Is Sure to Follow April 19, 2014

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Well, according to the sentiment, Spring has to follow Winter… but Old Man Winter definitely doesn’t want to loosen his grip!  Nevertheless, it’s past mid-April and hopefully warmer weather is here to stay!  Today, I’m sharing a spring project using a gorgeous Mica/Metallic text weight paper.

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For this card, you can use whatever type of card base you like best.  I covered the card base with Azalea Mica/Metallic text weight.  It embosses like a dream – even with the thinner text weight!  I used one of the gorgeous Anna Griffin Cuttlebug embossing folders called Jolie Lace for the background.  I also used a piece of green cardstock from my stash, embossed with the Juliet Lace Anna Griffin border embossing folder.  I love how it looks like ribbon, but it’s paper.  On top of that, I layered a piece of cardboard that I cut out with the Tim Holtz Alterations Frameworks Chevron die.  Then, I painted it with Viva Decor Inka-Gold in Hematite.  The image I used is Spring Medley by From the Heart, one of my favorite digital stamp designers.  I colored the image with the following Copic markers:  B000, G14, G16, R43, R56, RV69, and Y06.

This card is being linked up to the progressive challenge for April at From the Heart.

Christmas Card with a Bird April 13, 2014

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I really liked working with the image from Digistamps4Joy this month for the Christmas progressive challenge.

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This image this month is adorable, and I colored it in using Prismacolor colored pencils, blending with the Gamsol technique.  I used Spellbinders dies to cut out the circle and the decorative frame.  The card background is embossed using cardstock from the DCWV The Luxury Stack Pearlized and Metallic stack and an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings set, stamped onto cardstock cut with Die-Namics Washi Tape dies and coordinating My Favorite Things background stamps.  I stamped the background with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and then went over that with the same color ink and an ink blending tool.

Accordion Card April 11, 2014

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Happy Friday, everyone!  Hope that it’s the start to a wonderful weekend for you.

For this week’s project, I created an accordion card for McMahon Five Designs.   I started out with a Fairydoodler image that is actually part of a set.

As you can see, I chose to use the image of the teenage boy.  I printed him out onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White (80#) and colored him in using a combination of Bic Mark Its and Copic markers.  Then, I used the Karen Burniston Sizzix Accordion Flip 3D Album die, Karen Burniston Frame & Label Bracket die, and Karen Burniston Framelits Labels & Stitched Frames dies to create the accordion card.

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For this project, having all the dies in the set really made the project easy to put together.  I kept the image of the boy clean and simple, just using some of the die-cut stitching to embellish his frame.  I used the very heavy Neenah Classic Crest Solar White (110#) for the card base.  Having a sturdy base is especially important with this type of card since so much of it is already cut away.  The blue and polka dot cardstock is from my stash, and the end sentiment, which reads “See you on the flip side” is from TLC Creations.

Just as a note, if you decide to create an accordion card, make sure you decorate the entire card (both front and back, if you choose) before you put the card together!  Although it is possible to still add some embellishments, many things become difficult or impossible to do without taking the card apart first.

If you have a chance, please check out the rest of the Design Team’s projects on the M5D blog.

Happy Spring! April 5, 2014

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Happy Saturday, everyone…

Here is my project today.  It is a one-layer card, so I started with Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

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Using a Spellbinders Labels Eight nesting die in conjunction with a My Favorite Things die, I created masks for this card.  I attached them to the card base using Scotch removable poster tape.  I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and a blending tool to create the base layer of the background and then spattered it with water droplets.  I have a chevron stencil that I used to add the texture.  I colored my Liquitex modeling paste with yellow acrylic paint because I wanted something brighter than white.  The paint thinned out the modeling paste, so there are some places where it seeped underneath the stencil a little bit.  After the modeling paste dried, I stamped the oval outline and sentiment (MFT stamps) using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The flowers on the corners are Petaloo Dazzlers.

Happy Birthday Puppy April 4, 2014

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Happy Friday!  Can you believe it is already April?!?  I am so thankful for the warmer weather, rain and all, that we have been getting after the seemingly never-ending winter we just had.

For this week’s McMahon Five Designs project, I created a birthday card using “Surprise Dog,” an image from Imagine That! digis by Kris set called Birthday Dog.

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For this card, I started out with the image printed onto Cryogen cardstock.  It is colored using a combination of Prismacolor and Crayola colored pencils blended with Gamsol.  I then inked the edges using Tea Dye Distress Ink and a blending tool.  For the card base, I used cardstock from my stash and the Amelie Lace Anna Griffin embossing folders along with the matching die.  I love how they are perfectly sized for cardmaking.

Please feel free to visit the M5D blog to see the rest of the Design Team’s creations.