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Easter is Coming March 19, 2015

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Daffodils are starting to come up in my yard.  The temperatures have remained above freezing.  Spring is on its way!  Officially, it will be here tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. EDT, but who’s counting the minutes??  Here is my card for the From the Heart Stamps progressive challenge.

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For this card, I started with the adorable Easter Trio image printed on Cryogen cardstock, and I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint the image.  After I watercolored the image, I used a Bic Mark It to color around the edges to frame them.  For the card base, I used some 6×6 Hambly Studio prints and a strip of Cryogen.  I rounded the bottom corners with my 1/2″ corner chomper.

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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.

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.

Christmas Challenge January 29, 2014

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Well, I’ve been under the weather, and it’s really put a damper on my creativity lately…  I’ve had images and projects half started and not completed.  Well, now that I’m finally feeling better I thought it was time to get some of these half finished projects off my desk!

So here’s a quick card I created using a very pretty candle digi from Digistamps4Joy for their monthly  Christmas challenge.

IMAG0838For this card, I used my Cuttlebug to emboss a snowflake pattern onto white cardstock.  The image itself is printed out on Cryogen cardstock, colored with Bic Mark-Its, and then decorated using Diamond Stickles.  The image is mounted on Jupiter Red Mica/Metallic.  I love the little bit of extra sparkle the Cryogen and mica/metallic papers lend to the image.

 

Mother’s Day Birdcage Card April 29, 2012

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Here is a Mother’s Day card I created using a digital image by Nana Vic for the CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge.

For this card, the background paper is from the Making Memories Brights Mat Stack.  I actually did some sewing on my Janome Sew Mini (although it’s not altogether straight…) on the card.  It’s the first time I’ve used the sewing machine on a card.  The light green twine is from my stash, and I used a Cuttlebug die to create the circle tag out of paper from my stash.  Then, I used an EK Success 1″ punch for the center and hand wrote in the word “Mom” for the tag.  The image itself is colored with a combination of Neopiko 2 and Bic Mark Its.

Envelope Gift Bags January 17, 2012

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Here’s another out-of-the-box item for me, but it will be useful as well.  I am making the bags to hold some Valentine’s Day treats for the ladies I scrapbook with.

All in all, I think this turned out pretty well.  I got the idea for using an envelope to make a small gift bag here. (The article says they’re recycled envelopes, but they all look brand new to me.)  In my case, I used envelopes from an old stationery set that I only had three sheets of writing paper left (but about ten envelopes).  I even used my very much ignored craft scissors with a fancy edge to cut the top.  I used a heart stamp and Spun Sugar Distress Ink to decorate the outside of the envelope.  The bow is created using a bow maker that my wonderful husband made for me last year out of some scrap wood and a dowel that was cut down to size.  The ribbon started to fray almost immediately and I had to tuck the unsightly ends under the image, so I’m definitely going to take a look at Imaginisce’s latest gadget that debuted at CHA that is supposed to seal the ends of the ribbon.  I used an adorable A Day for Daisies image called Petal Pixie and I colored her with a combination of Bic Mark Its and Copic markers.  Then, I used my Perfect Layers to mat her with a 1/16″ border.  I am totally in love with this tool.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Christmas Puppy December 11, 2011

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Isn’t this just the cutest puppy?

I created this card using an image that Just Some Lines donated to the CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge.  In order to make it a Christmas card (yes, I’m still working on them!), I added a santa hat to the image using the Sant Hat stamp by Paper Inspirations on some red cardstock from my stash.  Then, I used some white sand from The Dollar Tree to do the fluff.  It didn’t turn out quite as white as I’d hoped, but I think it will still work.  I colored the image with my Bic Mark Its and a Copic Colorless Blender.  The striped cardstock is by American Crafts, and the sentiment is from Just Rite’s Christmas Nested Sentiments set.  I used Iced Spruce Distress Inks around the edges of the image and the sentiment.

Frankie October 10, 2011

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Here is a card I made using Frankie Stein from Bonibleaux Designs Digis.

For this card, I used cardstock from my stash.  I colored Frankie with Bic Mark Its.  The rosette is also using cardstock from my stash, and the gem is from Hobby Lobby.

The card is for the following challenges:

Bowl of Apples September 24, 2011

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Here is my card for the CDAC’s third round of progressive challenges, Mark’s Finest Papers’ challenge #74, and Crafty Katz’s Challenge #101.

For this card, I embossed some Reflections red cardstock with my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.  The textured cardstock is from my stash.  The ribbon is from Michaels.  The adorable apple bowl is a digital stamp from Glitterbabe.  If you’ve never seen her work before, check it out.  She’s one talented lady!  The butterfly is from a set of Martha Stewart stamps.  I heat embossed the butterfly and then colored it using Distress Inks in Barn Door and Mustard Seed.  The bowl is “painted” using Distress Ink in Weathered Wood.  The rest of the image is colored using Bic Mark It markers.

 

Vampire! September 18, 2011

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Here is a card I created using a great vampire image.  It is for the September challenge at Dude Time Doodles, Challenge #182 at Cute Card Thursday, and Di’s Digi Designs Challenge Blog Challenge #1.

This adorable image is Billy Bat from Bonibleaux Designs Digis.  She does some fantastic work, so please stop by if you like Billy Bat.  For this card, I used designer paper from my stash.  The image is matted on a piece of white cardstock that I colored a border with the Key Lime Bic Mark It marker.  The image itself is colored with Crayola colored pencils using Gamsol as the blending agent.  For the embellishment, I used my scalloped circle Nestabilities to cut one of glossy cardstock, one of acetate.  Then,  I embossed both with my Cuttlebug, sanded the “gloss” off of the glossy paper and embossed it with a spiderweb.  It is colored with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  The sentiment is from the Just Rite stamps set called Witch Way to the Treats.  I cut the sentiment out with the smallest of my circle Nestabilities, and then edged it with a black Neopiko 2 marker and the Weathered Wood Distress Ink.