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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.

Not So Mini Album January 4, 2016

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Well, here’s to 2016!  It got off to a rather rocky start for me.  I spent most of Christmas vacation sick, and I even missed celebrating Christmas with the family since I was down and out with food poisoning.  I did, however, make it to my sister’s baby shower two days later, so I got to see many of the relatives I missed two days prior. I know I have also been quiet on my blog lately, but I was busy with shower things that couldn’t be posted until after the shower.

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Here’s a group shot of some of us before the shower (Jes was getting ready), so from left to right are Mark, Mom, me, Andrea.  Then, in front are Jack, Julia, and Emma.

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Here is a good shot of the parents-to-be!  Can’t wait to meet the little guy when he makes his arrival in March!

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This is a photo of the scrapbooking album I made for my sister, based on a YouTube tutorial.  You can find the first part of the tutorial here.  The cover is made using medium weight chipboard that I covered using light blue American Crafts scrapbook paper.  All the designer papers are from the DCWV Baby Boy stack.  The part on the left with the little “e” is a magnetic closure.  It opens a bunch of papers that will be perfect to add some larger photos to.  Many of the sections have pockets with tags, both large and small.

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This is what many of the inner pages look like.  They open up to reveal four places for photos on the inside, as well as the smaller photo mats.  The adorable photo stamp sets are by MayMay and can be found here.

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Here is a photo of a “clothesline” frame that my dad made.  People who came to the shower wrote down some well-wishes or advice for Jesyka and Mark inside the onesie.  Then, they hung it on the clothesline.  I cut the onesies from various colors of blue cardstock using a card file from the Silhouette store.

Envelope Album November 14, 2015

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Hello, everyone!  I hope that you are having a wonderful Saturday.  My project for this week is an exploding envelope album, which I created as a prize for my sister’s baby shower.

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I saw this album on YouTube here, and this is my version of it using some baby themed papers by American Crafts, some amazing specialty cardstock from Papertemptress.com, and some papers from my stash.

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This is the album with the main flaps opened.  The base of the album is made using the Envelope Punch Board and envelopes made from Neenah Desert Storm kraft cardstock.  This is a fantastic cardstock that will create a neutral background, fit for adding any papers!  The matting on the left envelope flaps is Earthstone and on the right envelope flaps is Basis Blue.  The gorgeous shimmery mint green in the center envelope is Serpentine Mica/Metallic, which may be purchased as part of the Spring Premium Package or by itself.

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The two mats on either end of the Serpentine Mica/Metallic cardstock are both from the Classic Linen 80# line in Graystone and Sage Green.  They add subtle texture to the album which I think sets off the shine on the Mica/Metallic even more.

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On the back of the album, I also used two kinds of cardstock from the Classic Linen line in Bluestone and Haviland Blue.  The third side is matted using Aquamarine Mica/Metallic.  The buttons for accents and ribbon for closure are from my stash, as are the patterned papers.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my version of the exploding envelope album and decide to give one a try!

Prickles Says Hello June 18, 2015

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Okay, here’s my card for the From the Heart progressive challenge.  I must admit, when I first saw the title of the image, it had me confused… but I read it as “Pickles Says Hello” not “Prickles”.  However, regardless of the name, the image is a cute one!

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For this card, I printed out the image on some Canson watercolor paper and colored it in using a combination of Spectrum Aqua and Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with these markers, and I love all the colors – particularly the bright ones.  Then, I used some rectangular dies to cut the image and background paper out.  I believe the background paper is from a DCWV paper pack; it is a denim design.  I used some green and white American Crafts baker’s twine for the bow, and I accented the banner, glasses, and butterfly using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.