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Owl Date Book March 10, 2016

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I want to share a date book I made.  It is inspired by the creating a file folder journal, and the YouTube video I watched that was my original inspiration can be found here.  My date book really doesn’t look much like the original project, but I was looking to create a useful gift, and this is what I came up with.


The base of the entire book are file folders, cut down and scored as in the video.  The only difference is the last page, which is created separately because after I decided to do a year-long book, I needed one more pocket for December.  The owl is a Spellbinders die cut, the eyes are a scalloped circle punch and two flower Sixxix die cuts.  The little googly eyes are from Hobby Lobby (too bad I didn’t have the larger sized eyes, but I made due with what I had on hand), and the letters are foam ones from a scrapbooking kit I had bought years ago.  All paper is from my stash of scraps, and the inks are a combination of Distress Inks, Memento inks, and VersaMagic inks.


For January, I wasn’t sure exactly how I would decorate the book.  I chose a floral pattern, which is from a Recollections paper pad, and some Washi tape.  The owl stamps are all foam stamps from Oriental Trading Company, and the branch that most of the owls sit on is from the Hero Arts Owl Christmas clear stamp set.  The months and many of the mini decorating stamps are from a calendar clear stamp set.


For February, I used a Spellbinders Card Creator die in conjunction with a Pink Paislee clear stamp set and a variety of inks.   The heart paper used to decorate this particular set of pages comes from the K&Company Sleep Tree designer paper pad.  You can see one of the cards (also created from file folders) to write the dates on.  The book is meant to hold dates that don’t change throughout the year, so things like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. so the front and back of the cards is stamped with an area to write (MFT Journal It – Head of the Class stamp set).


As an educator, March is Reading Month, so I used the reading owl stamp, and although I’m not Irish by blood, I’m Irish by family so I chose to use some St. Patrick’s Day paper from the Sleepy Tree paper pad combined with some plaid from DCWV’s The Countdown Stack.  The mixed media type more grungy stamps you will see throughout the journal are from Stampendous’s Mish Mesh set, as is the stencil used to create the small green dots on the page.


April’s page consists of some “showers of love.”  The gingham checked paper is another scrap from DCWV’s Baby Boy Stack.  The adorable stamp is one that I got in the January 2016 Unity grab bag.  It is colored with some Crayola colored pencils.


Since April showers bring May flowers, I chose to use a flowered background paper here.  These papers were both cut using some Sizzix Framelits dies, and the embellishment is a small flourish die (My Favorite Things) that I cut using fun foam backed with Sookwang tape.  I had to cut it using my Big Shot and the Precision Base Plate since it was such a thin, intricate die cut.  I also curled part of the flourish a different way so that it would fit on the smaller paper in its entirety.  The stamps on May’s journaling card are from SEI’s Moravia set, which as some beautiful flowers and leaves in it.


For June, I used some scrapbook paper I had picked up at Dollar Tree many years ago. It reminds me of Father’s Day barbeques, and I cut it out using the Spellbinders set Diagonal Chevron.


For July, I used some scraps of patriotic papers.  The stars and polka dots on the white cardstock are Washi tape, and the three chevrons are leftovers from the previous month’s page.


I had a hard time figuring out what to do with August.  In Michigan, school doesn’t start in August, it starts in September.  There are no major (or minor) holidays in August, and it’s just plain hot and humid most of the time.  I wound up going with some under the sea type scrapbooking paper, which I left just by itself until the last minute.  It was too plain and needed something else.  I wound up using the circle stamp from the Stampendous set as well as tearing some scrapbook paper from my stash to look like water along the bottom, and adding some Washi tape along the top.


For September, I used the owl holding the apple, and I made a conscious decision to use green ink (I think it was bundled sage) for this particular owl so that the apple was green instead of some other color.  I thought red was a little too bright for this page.  The glasses are Washi tape, and the script is a stamp from the same MFT stamp set that the journaling cards is from.


The colored papers for this page are from my stash (I think they came from a solid Recollections cardstock pack), and the spider paper is some that I had purchased at Big Lots years ago.  I want to say it is from the Heidi Grace line, but I’m not sure.


For this page, the paper is again from the Sleepy Tree pack.  The colored papers, I think, are from a solid Recollections cardstock pack.


For December, I again used scraps from the Sleepy Tree pack, but since they were Christmas trees and the orientation was different, I made them go horizontally.  The background wonky stripe patterned paper is from the same paper pack.


Layered Flower Card October 17, 2015

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Hope everybody is having a wonderful weekend!

I really like how this layered card came out, so I wanted to share it with you.


For this card, I started out with Neenah Solar White cardstock for both the base of the card and for the colored areas.  I stamped the card using some flowers from Unity’s Best Wishes & Blooms stamp set in Archival ink, and coloring the images with Crayola colored pencils before blending the colors out with baby oil.  This was my first try using baby oil to blend, and I didn’t particularly care for it so I will be going back to using Gamsol to blend my colored pencils in the future because I feel I get a much smoother blend.  I thought it was worth a try though since Gamsol is toxic.  I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator Sets A and B to create the different layers. I felt the bright flowers needed an equally bright layer between them, so I chose to use Lemon Yellow from the Treasures line.  It gives the card a little additional texture along with the pop of color.  I wanted to add a sentiment as well, so I used the “hello” stamp from Unity’s Jar of Mixed Sentiments stamp set.

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.


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.

Valentine’s Day Kitty February 14, 2015

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For today’s project, I am sharing another Valentine’s Day card I created.

Valentine Kitty

For this card, I used Heavenly White cardstock to give the card a firm base.  Then, I covered it using some winter designer paper from my stash (I believe this is from one of The Paper Company’s packs).  The kitty is a digital image by From the Heart Stamps; Faith Skrdla is one of my favorite digital stamp designers, and I have been using her images for years.  The kitty is printed on Cryogen cardstock – my all-time favorite cardstock for coloring just about anything!  The kitty and heart happen to be colored using Crayola colored pencils and Gamsol.  I matted the image onto the ever-gorgeous Jupiter Red Mica/Metallic after cutting it out with a heart Spellbinders die.  The sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly Valentine’s Sentiments set, and the glitter is Martha Stewart Cherry Popsicle, adhered using Red Line tape.

Christmas Joy November 15, 2014

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For today’s project, I am using a new-to-me technique of melting crayons.  I started with an adorable digital image that has lots of open spaces by From the Heart‘s progressive challenge.  I used a candle warmer to melt the crayons, and I used a normal box of regular crayons to color.  I tried this on Cryogen to see if the subtle shimmer would come through the crayon but it does not.  The background is a watercolor wash, and the shimmer does sparkle through that though and the crayon resists the watercoloring!


The image is mounted on Red Pepper Linen cardstock, one of my favorite reds, and the background is from one of my new favorite paper lines – Treasures Grass.  It adds another layer of subtle texture and a bright pop of color to any project.  The ribbon and snowflake embellishments are from my stash.

Happy Birthday Puppy April 4, 2014

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Happy Friday!  Can you believe it is already April?!?  I am so thankful for the warmer weather, rain and all, that we have been getting after the seemingly never-ending winter we just had.

For this week’s McMahon Five Designs project, I created a birthday card using “Surprise Dog,” an image from Imagine That! digis by Kris set called Birthday Dog.

Happy Birthday M5D

For this card, I started out with the image printed onto Cryogen cardstock.  It is colored using a combination of Prismacolor and Crayola colored pencils blended with Gamsol.  I then inked the edges using Tea Dye Distress Ink and a blending tool.  For the card base, I used cardstock from my stash and the Amelie Lace Anna Griffin embossing folders along with the matching die.  I love how they are perfectly sized for cardmaking.

Please feel free to visit the M5D blog to see the rest of the Design Team’s creations.

A New Technique March 19, 2014

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Well, it’s Day 10 of the online card class, and I’ve got another card made.  It uses a dry embossing technique where the embossing is diffused.  The instructor then colored the debossed areas randomly with colored pencil.

IMAG0854For this card, I used a Sizzix embossing folder and a MFT Die-Namics die and stamp set.  The tiny hearts are from a ki memories clear stamp set.  I didn’t have gold ink, so I used Versamark ink and PanPastels in Rich Gold, Bronze, and Silver over the Versamark.  I really love how the PanPastels pick up and reflect the light.  The only part of the card I’m really not sure about is the colored pencil in the background… I think, given a chance to redo the card, I would probably leave the background plain or possible do something much more muted like add a little shimmer to the embossed areas.


No More Ice Fishing March 14, 2014

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…at least until next year, I hope!

For Flashback Friday at McMahon Five Designs, I’m sharing a card I made using some wonderfully masculine images by Daydream Designs called Gone Fishing.  Although I didn’t choose to use the coordinating sentiments on this card, there is a set that can be found here.  They go very well with the various images and can be used for many occasions.

Gone Fishin Danielle 031414 M5DFor this card, I started with the various images, which I combined using Word.  I had a lot of fun overlapping the images.  Then, I printed them out onto Cryogen cardstock and colored using a combination of Crayola and Prismacolor colored pencils.  I used the ink blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the image and the sentiment (stamped with the same ink and Just Rite stamps onto Neenah Desert Storm kraft cardstock).  I matted both portions of the card onto a plaid cardstock from my stash.

I hope you enjoyed my card and have a wonderful weekend.  If you have time, please check out the other creations on the M5D blog.


Stop and Smell the Daisies March 7, 2014

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For today’s new release at McMahon 5 Designs, I am sharing a card that still has me thinking positively that Spring is eventually going to get here! This digital set is from Imagine That! digis by Kris called Spring Sheep.  It includes a variety of sheep and coordinating sentiments.

Spring Sheep Card M5D DanielleFor this project, I started with the image and sentiment printed out onto Cryogen Iridescent cardstock.  Then, I colored the image using a combination of Crayola and Prismacolor colored pencils, blending with Gamsol.  I cut around the image using a decorative paper trimming blade, and then mounted it onto cardstock from the K&Company Sweet Nectar die cut cardmaking pad.  Since I made a 5×7 card using cardstock intended to create a 4.5×5.5″ card, I had some extra, which I turned into a banner.  It needed a little “something” so I stamped small flowers from the Stampin’ Up Itty Bitty Bits stamp set using Lady Bug Memento ink.

Hope you enjoyed my card, and please stop by the M5D blog to see the rest of the DT’s creations if you have a chance.

Ready for Spring February 22, 2014

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Well, I know we technically still have a month before spring hits, but I’m ready for it to come!

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So with that in mind, I’ve created a more spring-y card for Paper Temptress today.  For this card, I used a really fantastic stamp set called Seeds of Friendship by Flourishes LLC.  A really great thing about this stamp set is that all of the internal features (below the banner) are individual stamps.  That means you can add whichever words and flourishes you decide you want to use.  It gives the stamp set a huge amount of flexibility!  The image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Cryogen cardstock and colored with Crayola colored pencils, blended out with Gamsol.  This is matted onto green polka dot paper from my stash, and then again onto some awesome Mushroom Brown Bag Kraft paper.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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