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Mini Album Insert August 10, 2015

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Well, this is something a little bit off the beaten path for me.  I have been working on a recycled mini album, and while I was looking for ideas to add to some of the pages, a Be Inspired Challenge email from Unity Stamps appeared in my inbox and I decided to give their scrapbook layout a try.

It is miniaturized somewhat since this is not a full 12×12 sized layout, but I think it works out!

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The album itself is a somewhat distressed album, so that’s what I tried to do for the inserts as well.  The base layer is a manila file folder that I cut down to approximately 4×6.”  The edges are distressed using Vintage Photo distress ink, and I sprayed it with a homemade watercolor spray ink.  I got the idea to create the spray ink from Lindsay Weirich’s post here.  However, instead of using liquid watercolor, I used some semi-moist Prang watercolors from the pan.  They were difficult to get out of the pan but the brown dissolved well into the water, and I added some of the mica eyeshadow from the Dollar Tree to get the shimmer.

Over the background, I stamped the tattered chicken wire stamp with Vintage Photo distress ink, and the Itty Bitty within beauty stamp in Jet Black Archival Ink.  The butterfly is colored using the Ripe Persimmon distress marker.   For the photo mats, I used a Die-Versions mini doily die called Lucky Scallop.  It is cut from brown cardstock from my stash.

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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.

Rose Card September 6, 2014

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Hope you are enjoying the first full weekend of September!

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For this card, I started out with Ruby Mica/Metallic as the base and embossed this gorgeous paper using Anna Griffin’s Garden Roses embossing folder to mirror the image on the card.  The image is a silver Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Sticker.  I colored it on watercolor paper using Distress markers and blending them with a water brush.  For the roses I used Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar; for the leaves I used Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint, and Shabby Shutters; for the background I used Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass.  The twine is from my stash.

Springtime Is Finally Here! March 28, 2014

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Today for McMahon 5 Designs Flashback Friday, I am sharing some adorable Gertie Goose projects using the Gertie Goose Spring images.  They are part of a set from Imagine That! Digis by Kris, created specifically for springtime.  She also has other images for the rest of the year.

This set is such a great deal because it comes with the images and the sentiments!

I created two cards using two of the Gertie images.

 

For this card, I started out with the image printed out on Cryogen cardstock.  I colored Gertie using a combination of Portfolio watercolor pencils and Distress markers.  I used a watercolor technique with the markers to match the watercolor pencils.  The image and card base are cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight dies.  Then, I inked the edges with Broken China Distress Ink and mounted it on cardstock from K&Company’s Sleepy Tree paper pack.

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Here is my second project.  For this card, I used Gertie dressed up as a rabbit for Easter.

Gertie Goose Bunny M5DFor this card, I began with the same Cryogen cardstock.  This time, I colored Gertie using the following Copic markers:  BG45, BG57, E30, E33, G14, R1, R22, RV0000, RV00, RV02, W0, Y06, Y35, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR02, and YR04.  I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight dies.  The pink cardstock is from my stash (I believe it is Recollections), and the designer cardstock is from the K&Company Sleepy Tree paper pack.  I embossed the pink cardstock with the Sizzix Courtyard embossing folder.

Hope you are finally enjoying spring weather!  Please stop by to check out the rest of the Design Team’s projects on the M5D blog.

 

 

 

Fun at the Farm August 23, 2013

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Today, I have a farm card to share with you.  It’s part of an adorable set by Imagine That! Digis by Kris, and it includes a variety of farm-related images and sentiments.  I fell in love with the little piggies, so they are the animals I incorporated into my design for today.

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The sentiment I chose to use, “Thought you could use a pig me up!” just made me smile… and the adorable little pigs were too cute to pass up.

Farm Friends Card using Pig Sentiment

Farm Friends Card using Pig Sentiment

The background paper is from my stash, and I darkened the edges using blending foam and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  The barn, pigs, and sentiment are printed out on  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, and I used the print & cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo to cut them out.  This time, instead of using the offset option, I had it cut directly on the edge.  The Cameo’s ability to cut fine details like the weather vane absolutely amazes me!  I thought that would never cut cleanly but it did.  I used the following colors of Distress Markers to color the images:  Barn Door, Black Soot, Fired Brick, Pumice Stone, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, and Weathered Wood.  The markers were applied using the fin tipped water brush.  For the sentiment, I cut the tag and the red frame using Just Rite’s Happy Everything Tag Making Kit, and I attached it using a gold Making Memories snap.

Hope that this card brought a smile to your face.  You can check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations on the McMahon 5 Designs blog.

Time for the Beach! July 12, 2013

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Well, summer has now been here full-blast!  Although yesterday was a welcome break from the heat and humidity… which I spent weeding since it was so beautiful out.  I figured it was better to do it while it’s cooler out than in 80-90 degree heat and a heat index of 100 or more!  Those are the kinds of days that it is great to spend at the beach, like this beautiful and relaxing image from Daydream Designs’ Beachscape Collection.

The image I chose to use is called A Day by the Sea.

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Beachscapes by Daydream Designs

Doesn’t this make you want to be relaxing on the beach, digging your toes into the sand??  McMahon 5 Designs has some really summer-y releases today to check out.  They are perfect for this time of year.

I colored this image on Curious Metallics Cryogen White cardstock using a watercoloring technique with Tim Holtz’s Distress Markers and a water brush.  The edges are highlighted with Black Soot Distress Ink, and the twine is originally white twine that has been colored with a B04 Copic marker.  This is matted on paper from My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic Saffron collection.

Please stop by and see the rest of the Design Team’s creations on the M5D blog.

Christmas in July July 1, 2012

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Well, it’s time for another TTCRD challenge! This time, the challenge is to create a project with a Christmas theme. I know with temperatures in the upper 90’s and a heat index well into 100+, I’m wishing for some cooler weather…. although not for snow yet!  Through the Craftroom Door is a great crafting publication that is online for your convenience.  You can access all the great ideas digitally, so it can be at your fingertips whenever you want to browse for new ideas.  If you haven’t heard of it, check it out here.  This challenge is being sponsored by Patricia from Paper Temptress.  If you haven’t heard, she offers luscious paper at fantastic prices, and the winner of this challenge is going to get a $25 gift certificate to Patricia’s store!

  • No more than 3 projects allowed for each challenge per person
  • We will use the Inlinkz system for entries as well as the gallery uploads
  • Winners will be chosen by random.org.

For this card, I started with an embossed card base from DCWV.  Then, I used Recollections red cardstock and my Cuttlebug to emboss some Christmas ornaments.  I chose to use two columns of the ornaments, and I used the debossed side for this particular card.  The ornaments, coal chunks and writing are done with Spica pens.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC; at one time, it was offered as a free sentiment but now I believe it may be available in Paulette’s store.  The sentiment is matted on cardstock from my stash.  The adorable coal bin is a digital image offered by Dustin Pike.  It is colored with Tim Holtz’s Distress Markers.  I used a combination of direct-to-paper as well as water to get the effect on the coal and the coal bin.  The tag is punched using a Fiskars tag punch, and the writing on the tag is also done with a Spica pen.  The tag is tied with crochet thread that I dyed using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Distress Markers! June 21, 2012

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Okay, so when I first saw these markers, I wasn’t sold on them.  However, after doing more research, learning more about the capabilities of these markers… and, of course, falling more in love with Tim Holtz’s Distress line…. I bit the bullet and purchased a set of markers from North Star Craft Supply.  Sandy is great to work with, and I always try to support small businesses.  They truly are one of the things that makes this country great.

The stamp set I used for this card is Stampin’ Up’s Love & Sympathy.  I colored the flower portion with Distress markers, and I really like how it turned out.  One of the best things about these markers (aside from them being reactive with water) is that I can color with them and not worry about coloring from light to dark.  That’s definitely an added bonus, as it really turned me off from stamping with markers before… well, that and the “work fast” thing.  I’m definitely not a fast crafter!

The background behind the image and sentiment is Distress ink, applied with the blending foam, in Tumbled Glass and Broken China.  The card base is actually a page from a book that has Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress ink on it, also applied with the blending foam.  And I used Corner Chompers to make decorative corners as well.