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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.

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Bloom Where You are Planted April 3, 2016

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This card is for the Imagine That! digis by Kris Facebook DT call.

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For this card, I started with some Desert Storm Kraft cardstock.  I love how it embosses, and I think it’s a fantastic neutral card base that works for many different styles.

The image is Leesa’s Tulip, and I think she is perfect for Spring!  Not to say that I would know what spring is right now since we had snow today and are forecast to have more tomorrow – hoping none of it sticks!  She is printed on Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock and colored with the following Copic markers: 110, E07, E30, E31, E50, E55, E57, N0, N2, R08, R20, RV0000, RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06, YG13, and YG21.  Then, I used Sizzix Decorative Frames dies to cut the image, a frame, and a mat.  The frame is cut from some scrap paper from my stash, and the bottom mat is cut from green glitter paper.  I used some foam tape to pop up the cute little sentiment.

If you’re interested in applying for Kris’s Facebook Design Team, you can find the details here.

Spider Cider Card October 31, 2015

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Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it!  Hope you have fun trick-or-treating, handing out the treats, or just enjoying the Fall weather.

For today’s project, I am sharing a new-to-me technique that has been around for a long time – using a paper napkin as part of a decoration!

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I purchased the napkin at the Dollar Tree and learned about the paper napkin technique from a video on YouTube.  For this technique, you start out with a decorative paper napkin and take apart all the layers until you are left with only the top decorative layer.  The rest can be discarded.  I used Neenah Solar White cardstock for the image.  On my ironing board, I layered some copy paper, the cardstock, a piece of plastic wrap (cut to slightly larger than the size of the napkin), and another piece of copy paper.  Basically, the copy paper is to protect the surface of the ironing board an the plate of the iron from the plastic wrap.  Iron the “sandwich” with a high heat and the plastic wrap will melt, fusing the napkin to the cardstock.

Once the napkin and cardstock are fused together, you can cut it using either a guillotine paper cutter or scissors.  (Feel free to try with another type of cutter, but my sliding cutter didn’t do anything but tear the napkin!)  I trimmed around the napkin to even off the border.  Then, I embossed some Treasures 80# Mango Orange cardstock with a Cuttlebug spiderweb embossing folder.  After it was embossed, I inked it using some Memento Tuxedo Black ink before mounting the piece of cardstock with the spider napkin on top.

If you haven’t given this technique a try, please do!  It is an easy way to create a quick card.

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.

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.

A Christmas…. Dragon? February 20, 2014

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I’m giving a Christmas progressive challenge a try.  It is being done by Digistamps4Joy and so far, it has been a lot of fun.  This is the second month and so far, I am keeping up with it – we’ll see if I can make it all the way to December… if I can, it will give me a great head start on making Christmas cards.

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For this card, I colored the dragon using a variety of purple colored pencils (both Crayola and Prismacolor).  Then, I colored the Santa hat and ornament.  The image is printed on Cryogen cardstock and then matted on purple cardstock that I embossed using a Christmas ornament Cuttlebug folder and then again onto textured red cardstock from my stash.  I know I didn’t exactly use traditional Christmas colors, but I think it works.

This is being entered into the Digistamps4Joy progressive challenge.

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.

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Simple Christmas Card November 8, 2013

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For today’s post with McMahon Five Designs, I am using one of the sentiments from Imagine That! digis by Kris‘ newest collection.  This collection is a gorgeous set of Christmas ornaments and sentiments called Elegant Ornaments.  You can use them as they are in black and white, or if you want to add some real shine you can use the glittered color set!  There are so many options for this set, that it really is a great one to have.

Here is my project using one of the sentiments from the black and white set.

Clean & Simple Christmas Card

Clean & Simple Christmas Card

For this card, I used Cryogen cardstock and Neenah Classic Linen Epic Black cardstock.  To get the precise layering, I used Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Matting Basics A set of dies.  They are a definite time-saver since I was able to cut and layer the elements much more quickly than if I had to measure them by hand first!  It is difficult to catch in the photograph, but I embossed the Epic Black cardstock using a snowflake embossing folder.  Something similar to this card would be wonderfully simple to mass produce if you are going to make your own holiday cards.  You can change the colors of the layers and get a completely different look, too.

Please stop by to see the rest of the Design Team’s creations if you have a chance.  You can find them here.

Halloween Flashback October 25, 2013

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Well, it’s almost Halloween!  I can’t believe that October is nearing its end already – it seems to me that summer only just began, and we’re already needing to clean up the fallen leaves…

This week for the Flashback, I am using an adorable image called Halloween Kitties from the McMahon Five Vintage Digital images.

Here is my project using this sweet image:

Halloween Kitties

Halloween Kitties

For this card, I used some paper from my stash as the card base.  I can’t remember where exactly the paper is from, other than it was originally part of a 12×12 piece.  Feel free to leave me a comment if you can identify it!  The black cardstock is Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum.  I embossed it with a Cuttlebug spiderweb embossing folder and then sprayed it with Graphite Glimmer Mist.  The kitty image is printed out on Cryogen cardstock and colored with the following Copic markers:  0, E07, R08, R11, T2, T5, and YR09.  Both the Cryogen and Mohawk papers were cut out using Spellbinders Nestabilities square dies.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my project.  Please take a peek at the rest of the Design Team’s creations if you have a chance on the McMahon Five Design blog.