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Foiled Rose September 2, 2017

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For those who celebrate it, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Labor Day weekend with friends and family.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I hope you enjoy this card.

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For this card, I foiled some Eclipse Black cardstock using an Anna Griffin hot foil plate and the Go Press and Foil machine.  I am in love with the result!  The rose is layered on a piece of the ever-delicious Heavy Weight Clear Vellum which cuts like a dream!  Don’t be afraid to try it because it’s super thick.  The two die cut layers are on top of a piece of paper from my stash, attached to a card base of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

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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.

Spring is on the Way March 5, 2016

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Well, I certainly hope that Spring is here soon!  Even if it decided to elude us for a little bit longer, here is a project with some nice, pastel colors and flowers.

This project is for the current challenge on the PaperTemptress.com‘s Facebook page.  Please come over and check it out!  Any and all are welcome to join in on the fun, and we encourage you to try out a new technique, use a new-to-you product (like some of the luscious specialty cardstock Patricia carries) and just have a good time creating a work of art!

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For this card, I started out with All Dressed Up‘s adorable digital image “For You” which I printed out on Cryogen White and colored with the following Copic markers: B21, B23, E00, E11, E50, E51, E53, G21, RV00, RV02, RV04, Y32.  I used some Framelits to die cut the Cryogen and Juniper Berry Glimmer cardstock, and I mounted those die cuts on to Mountain Rose Glimmer cardstock, which I embossed with Anna Griffin’s Batik Floral folder.

Here are the guidelines for the challenge:

Theme – Anything Goes
Deadline – March 31st @ 9:00PM EST

Sponsors and prizes:

Paper Temptress: $20.00 gift certificate to one winner. If you use a Paper Temptress card stock and you are the winner, you will receive an extra $10.00 gift certificate. You must list the card stock used. Cryogen White is excluded.

All Dressed Up: 2 images, winners choice
https://www.etsy.com/shop/alldressedupstamps

Rules:
– 2 submission limit per person
-Post your entry in the photo album of the Facebook group

Upcycled Mini Album August 25, 2015

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For anyone who regularly reads my posts, they are usually relatively short.  Just giving fair warning that this particular post will be a long one.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone and starting to make some new types of projects, and this upcycled mini album is one of them.  I am sharing the photos of the album since I am really happy with how it came out.  It was a lot of work, but I can see myself making more in the future.  The inspiration for the album came from Jen of Eve’s You Tube video.  You can see it here.

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This is the cover of the album.  I don’t really want to put anything too dimensional on the cover because it may be stored on a bookshelf, and I don’t want it to be caught on anything.  The cover started out as a cracker box that was about the size of the envelopes I chose to use.  The envelopes were the non-sealing envelopes that were left over from my wedding invitations.  The cracker box is covered using what some cheap wrapping paper was wrapped around – it wasn’t a solid core of cardboard, it was this textured brown bag-type stuff.  I crumpled it up and distressed it using Vintage Photo distress ink, Weathered Wood distress stain, and some homemade shimmer spritz made from brown watercolor and some Dollar Tree eye shadow.

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This is the inside cover and first page.  The cover has a kraft envelope, leftover from a set of note cards.  I decorated it with some chevrons left over from the die cut arrow piece that you will see later on.  Virtually all the patterned papers used in this album are from the Recollections Fashionably Chic paper pad.  I cut a strip from one of the scraps and I put some Viva Decor pearl pen on the ends.  I glued the ends down so that the envelope flap can be tucked inside.  The first page has a scalloped circle cut from Neenah textured cardstock and sprayed with my homemade glimmer mist.  The scalloped circles are actually left over from a project we did for my sister’s wedding last year.

All the envelopes were given more of an aged look by using watered down Vintage Photo distress ink.  Then, I ran all the edges of the envelopes through the ink and let them dry.

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This is the first page with the insert pulled out.  I created a tag using a manila folder and a Spellbinders tag die.  It can be used to house some journaling or a small photo.  The tag is in a pocket that is attached using some eyelets.  The tabs are from Kaiser Krafts Decorative Rectangles die set.

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Here is the next set of pages.  I know the beautiful flourish and edge dies got hidden, but you will see them in later photos.  The envelope is another addition that can be used for journaling or a photo.  I stamped it using some flower stamps from a Unity stamp set, mounted it on some scrap cardstock, and sprayed it with the brown shimmer spray.  Oops, I forgot to include the reverse side of the insert… it is embossed and then the embossing is colored using Scattered Straw distress stain.

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Here is the flip side of the kraft envelope.  I decorated it using one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps called Many Petals.  I stamped it with white pigment ink and colored it using watercolor pencils.  The bees are from a MSE Bee Happy stamp set.  They are colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, and I can’t recall which stamp set the sentiment came from.  On the opposite side, the bird stamp is from the MSE Love set, and the beautiful corner die is by Anna Griffin.

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This insert is, like the others, manila folder, and the arrows are more “trash” from t he arrow die cut that will be coming up.  As you can see, it was also sprayed with the brown shimmer mist.

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For this page, I used another Anna Griffin die cut out of light green cardstock from my stash.  It is a little difficult to see in the photo, but it is pretty in real life, and it matches the light green outline of the geometric pattern on the patterned paper.  Once again, you see another version of the Hero Arts Many Petals flower.  I’m not sure if you can see it in the photo, but the flower is black heat embossed, painted with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and then covered with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  I added some quarter inch double sided tape and covered it with some pink shimmery Dollar Tree mica eye shadow.

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For this page, I used one of the Spellbinders Card Creator dies to cut some fun foam using the Fancy Ribbon Threader die set.  I threaded some translucent silver ribbon through the die cut, and I added some lavender satin ribbon from my stash along the bottom.  The insert for this page is similar to the first insert as far as the creation of the tag and pocket.  This tag is stamped using a musical background stamp from Oriental Trading Company.  The scalloped circle is colored using Vintage Photo Distress ink and stain.

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This insert is plain, just sprayed with the brown shimmer mist… and I used the Anna Griffin die to cut some blue cardstock from my stash to decorate the page.

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Here is the Sizzix arrow die cut where I got the arrows and chevrons used on prior pages.  This is such an intricate die!  I used the Precision Base Plate to cut it with adhesive on the back of it, and it cut perfectly.  The insert is stamped using some flourish stamps from a Sizzix stamp and die set (For the Record #2).

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The scalloped circle makes another appearance… I thought they would be good places to either put photos or journaling.  And here’s the last appearance that the Many Petals stamp shows up.  This is created the same as the last one, only using white embossing powder.

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This page is also showing the ribbon marker on the very left-hand edge of the photo.  It can be used to mark any page.  Here is another beautiful Anna Griffin die cut on this page, as well as the insert for an orange-red envelope from my stash.  These elements are from a stamp set I’ve had in my stash for a really long time.  I’m not sure who made them; they are a clear stamp set.

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This is the decorated part of the envelope, using stamps from that same stamp set.  The sentiment is one I printed out ages ago as well, although I’d hazard a guess that it was a free sentiment from Create for TLC.  The insert on this page is embossed using a notebook embossing folder, then sprayed with the brown shimmer mist and inked using Vintage Photo distress ink.

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Here is a page showing the gorgeous Kaiser Kraft large flourish die.  It is really hard to pick up the sparkle on it, but I did brush the black cardstock with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  The insert has another scalloped circle as well as an Anna Griffin die cut.  I’m not really sure what the die cut is supposed to be, but I tend to think of it as a butterfly.

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This page I decided to leave blank, other than the designer paper.  However, the insert for this page, rather than being from a manila folder, is a piece of cardstock that I used with my Gelli Plate.  I love the metallic sheen that some of the paints have on this particular piece.

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For this page, I used a really old background stamp that I have – no clue who it’s by.  It is a bunch of small circles.  The floral stamps are from the Sweet Girl Sizzix stamp and die set.  The rectangle is one of the pieces of manila folder, sprayed and inked like the other pieces.  I added a doily cut from a Die-Versions die.  The shimmery strip is another piece of quarter inch double-sided tape covered with brown shimmer eye shadow.

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Here is the next page, using the corner Anna Griffin die again.  The rest of the page is blank, other than the black washi tape at the bottom.  The insert in the envelope is stamped using a Heidi Grace clear stamp set, inked using Vintage Photo.  The envelope is from an old stationery set that I had used all the note paper from.

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This is the reverse of the envelope, stamped with another flower stamp from the Heidi Grace stamp set.  For more details on the insert, you can see my post Mini Album Insert.

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Here is the reverse side of the insert.  I used another Anna Griffin die, cut from the geometric patterned paper and inked with Vintage Photo.  The flourish is also an Anna Griffin die, and I thought it really fit perfectly below the little duck.  This stamp is another Unity stamp called Chick in the Rain.  I love this stamp!  I colored it using some really inexpensive Rose Art water-based markers and spritzed it with the Tim Holtz marker spritzer.  The edges are inked in – guess what? Distress Ink Vintage Photo!

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Almost done…. This page has another Die-Versions die, Big Butterfly.  I love so many of the Whispers dies, as you can probably tell, since this is the third one used in this project.  The insert is lined using paper from the Fashionably Chic paper pad and the bow on top is made using Hug Snug seam binding, dyed with just Vintage Photo ink.

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Last insert!  This is pretty simple, stamped with some butterflies (not sure which stamp set) and sprayed with the brown shimmer mist… and the black file folder is from my stash.  I think I got it in a mystery box from MSE, but I could be wrong.  I fussy cut the two blue flowers from the paper pad, and I also added a yellow flower on the inside of the file folder.

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Whew!  Well, I congratulate you if you made it this far!  This is the end of the album, and I have just one final photo to share.

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After completing the album, I decided that it needed a little something else.  The binding is strong.  I used really heavy watercolor paper for the stack the deck binding because I did not want to worry about it not holding up.  I inked the paper, but I wasn’t crazy about how it looked.  You may have noticed the seam binding in between all the pages as you looked at the photos; I took some more seam binding and cut a piece long enough to wrap in between each page.  I colored it using Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone, and Old Paper distress stains.

I gifted this album to my sister and brother-in-law, and they loved it. Yay! 🙂

You Make My Life Beautiful May 22, 2015

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I am loving my Anna Griffin Minc foiling machine.  Here is another card I made using the Watering Can Tulips digital image for Imagine That digis by Kris progressive challenge.

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For this card, I printed the image out on Bazzill cardstock and colored it using Portfolio watercolor pencils blended with a Dove Blender Pen.  The sentiment is due cut using dies from the Just Rite Happy Everything Tag Making Kit.  The sentiment is foiled using the printed sentiment and some gold foil, and the border is using mint foil and one of the toner sheet decorative borders that were included with the purchase of the Minc machine.  I matted the image on some bright orange construction paper and inked the edges with Wild Honey Distress Ink.

Not One Tooth, but Two! March 21, 2015

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This is my beautiful niece, Emma.  She has finally lost not one tooth, but two!  It seems like one of those front teeth has been wiggly for a loooong time!  Judging by the photo, it looks like she’s pretty happy that the tooth fairy will be visiting.

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The image is called Tooth Fairy Joy by A Day for Daisies, and it is printed on XPress It Blending Card because originally I was planning on coloring this with Copic markers.  Instead, I wound up using Prismacolor Watercolor pencils, with a little bit of clear Wink of Stella on the wings.  They worked amazingly well, considering this cardstock isn’t really made for use with water.  I accented it with Ice White  Viva Decor Pearl Pen, and then matted the image using a combination of Epic Black (my favorite black textured cardstock) and a piece I watercolored using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on watercolor paper.  The larger piece of Epic Black is embossed with an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The card base is Treasures Periwinkle 80# cardstock.

Wild About You Valentine February 7, 2015

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For today’s project, I’m sharing a Valentine’s Day card that I made for my nephew.  He loves getting mail, so I know he’ll appreciate getting this.

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For this card, I started out with some purple cardstock from my stash and embossed it using the new Anna Griffin embossing folders – the ones where you can change out the sentiments.  Obviously, this card has a digital image, one of the Melonheadz freebies, where the sentiment would go, so I just embossed the frame, not the sentiment this time around.  The image is printed on Cryogen, colored with Copic and Distress markers, and matted onto black Basis cardstock.

Pumpkin PigWit! August 22, 2014

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Isn’t he adorable?  I love him!  He is the latest digital image in From the Heart’s progressive challenge.

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For this card, I started out with PigWit printed out onto Bazzill cardstock.  He is colored using a combination of Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils, and then I used Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks on the rest of the cardstock.  It is raised up using dimensional adhesive.  And the orange strip underneath is from my stash and I embossed using Anna Griffin’s Blooming Damask embossing folder.  I love how muted and beautiful the embossed portion is.

Background Stamp August 3, 2014

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Here is a card I created using Gelatos, which are a new medium for me.  For the card base, I started with Eclipse black cardstock, embossed with the Anna Griffin Olivia Lace Cuttlebug folder.  I thought it mimicked the background stamp pretty well.  The background stamp is by Hampton Art, called Double Vision.  I stamped it on Neenah Heavenly White 80# cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored it in with Bic Mark-It markers.  The.  The “tile” is actually two pieces of Heavenly White cardstock.  The top is colored using Faber Castell Gelatos.  I put the colors onto a solid stamp, spritzed it with water, and then stamped the image.  After cutting the image out, I cut out a border from another piece of cardstock and then covered that with Hematite Inka Gold.  Then, I attached those two pieces with foam dots to give it a little more dimension before attaching it to the rest of the card.

Snowglobe Card June 28, 2014

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Well, I’ve been reminded that we are now officially less than six months away from Christmas… so in the spirit of the holidays, here is a wintry card to share.  I am entering this into the Digistamps4Joy progressive challenge.

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For this card, I used Neenah Classic Linen Red Pepper 80# cardstock as the base, embossed with Anna Griffin’s Cherry Blossom embossing folder.  The image is a Digistamps4Joy image, which I printed out onto Cryogen cardstock and colored with watercolor pencils.  I cut the doily using heavyweight vellum from the Patriotic Variety Package.  The die is the Die-namics High Tea Doily, and as much as I love this die, it is a pain to cut!  I had to run it through my eBosser five times, rotating just a little bit each time, before it cut cleanly!   To make the snow sparkle, I added some white sand to the top of the fence and to the mailbox.