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Happy Snowman August 19, 2015

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This is for the August From the Heart progressive challenge.

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For this card, I started out using the image printed on Bazzill cardstock, and I colored it in using Copic markers.  I know I usually write down the colors I use, but I wasn’t at home when I colored this, and I don’t remember which markers I used.  Sorry!  The card base is using cardstock from the K&Company Sleepy Tree paper pack.  I really liked the little Christmas trees with smiley faces.  The sentiment is from the digital image collection as well, and both the image and sentiment are inked using Distress inks.  The image has Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss, and Vintage Photo around it, and the sentiment uses only Vintage Photo.  I also rounded the right side of the card using a half inch corner chomper.

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Float to Your Happy Place July 9, 2015

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Well, Birdbrain is back with an innertube and a fruity drink, soaking in the rays and enjoying the sun.  Here’s my latest creation using this cute From the Heart Stamps image in their progressive challenge.

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This is printed out on Bazzill cardstock and colored with a combination of Prismacolor and Crayola colored pencils.  I blended them using a Prismacolor colorless blender.  The background is embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and my Big Shot.

Christmas In July July 8, 2015

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Here is my card for the Imagine That digis by Kris progressive challenge.

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Well, we’re more than halfway through the year, and (gulp!) on our way to the Christmas countdown… This adorable set of images and sentiments included one for a sweet Christmas, and I had a lot of fun coloring it.  I printed the image out on Bazzill cardstock and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I used my Perfect Layers ruler to cut the border in black cardstock, and mounted that on the card base, which is from a Christmas Recollections paper pack.  It’s a little difficult to see since most of it is covered up, but it is some really nice paper with Christmas ornaments on it.

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.

You’re so Tweet! May 19, 2015

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Here is my latest card for From the Heart’s progressive challenge.

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I printed this adorable image out on Bazzill cardstock and colored it with Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  The colors are blended using a Dove blending pen.  After coloring the image and letting it dry completely, I ran it through my Minc using gold foil before inking the edges of the Spellbinders die cut with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The die cut was then mounted on a DCWV card base from the Textured Cards collection.

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.

Alphabet Stamps August 17, 2014

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Here’s my latest card for the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class.  For this one, I used a clear alphabet stamp set that I have had for years and never used.  I’m not huge on using alphabet stamps because I have a difficult time lining them up and stamping with them.  Another downside to having just the letters of a single alphabet set means that I have to either choose words with no repeating letters or I have to stamp them individually.  Although I really liked the way the skinny letters in the class looked, I chose to use the alphabet stamps that I own.  I actually like the way this card turned out – yep, I’m surprised.

20140817_161620_resizedFor this card, I started out using Archival Ink in Jet Black on Bazzill cardstock.  I used Archival Ink because I thought I would watercolor on top of the ink like in class.  However, I didn’t have any lighter inks that are waterproof, so I wound up stamping the grey letters using Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  Obviously, that meant I couldn’t use watercolors on this card!  So instead, I used Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks to get a similar gradation of colors.  The original piece of cardstock was almost the same size as an A2 sized card, and the bottom portion faded to white, but I decided that I wanted to mount it at an angle, similar to the card done for class.  When I cut the piece of paper down, I lost that fade to white, but I’m still happy with how the card itself came out.