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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.

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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.

Foiled Carnations April 16, 2016

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I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!  For today’s project, I’m sharing a card created using some beautifully textured paper that is foiled – yes, foiled!

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For this card, I printed out a beautiful carnation image by Create with TLC using my laser printer on Epic Black cardstock.  This is an awesome black cardstock that has a very light texture.  Using toner reactive foil, I sent the image through my Minc machine, which resulted in this beautiful image.  I cut it out using a Ticket Framelits die and adhered it to a doily which is matted onto one of the beautiful Hambly Studio screenprints (a portion of Vintage Patchwork).  Since the screenprints are definitely a layering element, you do need to use a nice, sturdy card base.  For this purpose, I chose to use Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock.

Handmade Embellishments April 15, 2016

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Lately, I’ve been wanting to stretch my wings a little bit.  I’ve been working on some of the Mixed Media Morsels (here‘s a link to the first video), making mini albums, and using different mediums.  Well, another thing I have never really done is to try creating making my own embellishments.  Stacy (Pink Poodle Crafts) has an excellent blog post here as well as a YouTube channel that is just jam packed with creative ideas.

Anyhow, here is what I created using mostly scraps from my stash.

I absolutely love how these came out – and I thank Stacy for information on the technique.  I think these embellishments are going to be fantastic to use on cards or mixed media projects, and I shopped my stash to create them.  I also used some punches that I haven’t gotten out in quite a while – another bonus!  I did use a square punch to cut the tails because they generally came out much more even than when I tried to use a pair of scissors to cut them, and I also used a paper trimmer to make my strips.  I tried using scissors and (again) I found that the uneven edges just bothered me too much.