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Hello, Pumpkin! September 29, 2015

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Life’s been crazy around here lately, so my mojo has been on hiatus.  I hope it comes back soon – and in full force!  This little girl was too cute, and I am happy with how this flip it card turned out for From the Heart’s progressive challenge.

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For this card, I used Stephanie Barnard’s Ornate Flip It’s #2 Card die, and I cut it out of 130 pound Richeson watercolor paper, which I love because it is super heavy.  It makes the card flip with ease. I cut out the adorable image of the Pumpkin Patch Girl using my circle Spellbinders die after coloring her with the following Copic markers:  B000, B32, B41, B45, E00, E04, E08, E11, E19, E29, E49, E50, G20, YG61, YG63, YR02, YR04, and YR09.

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The designer paper, which I cut using the same dies as previously mentioned, are from the K&Company Sleepy Tree paper pack.  I think they are perfect for a Fall card.

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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.

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.

Prickles Says Hello June 18, 2015

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Okay, here’s my card for the From the Heart progressive challenge.  I must admit, when I first saw the title of the image, it had me confused… but I read it as “Pickles Says Hello” not “Prickles”.  However, regardless of the name, the image is a cute one!

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For this card, I printed out the image on some Canson watercolor paper and colored it in using a combination of Spectrum Aqua and Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with these markers, and I love all the colors – particularly the bright ones.  Then, I used some rectangular dies to cut the image and background paper out.  I believe the background paper is from a DCWV paper pack; it is a denim design.  I used some green and white American Crafts baker’s twine for the bow, and I accented the banner, glasses, and butterfly using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.

Hamlet Pigwit Being Shy! April 26, 2015

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Here is my card for the From the Heart Stamps progressive challenge.

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I had such a great time creating this card.  I created the background using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on watercolor paper.  I love how bright the colors are for the background.  Hamlet PigWit is printed on XPress It Blending Card and colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  I matted the image with some Mica/Metallic cardstock that is (unfortunately) no longer available, and it was my last piece!  I love how the dark brown sets off the image though, so I had to use it.  The three pearls on the bottom o the card are a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

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.

Always Love You February 23, 2015

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Well, between frigid temperatures and other household woes, I wanted to create something spring-y and fun to lighten the mood!  This adorable chickie by From the Heart Stamps fit the bill perfectly.

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What a fun card to create… I started out with the image printed onto Cryogen cardstock.  Then, I used a combination of Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils to color the image.  I added some Wink of Stella clear pen to the top of the bird’s eyelids and to the flower petals, as well as to the pearl necklace which I left white.  I used some Fired Brick distress ink around the edges, and I trimmed it with some twine colored with an RV19 Copic marker.  The background is from the Basic Grey 6×6 paper pad called Highline.  This paper pack is full of fun geometric designs, and it was hard to choose one for the background of this card, but I thought these bright colors played well with the image.

I will be entering this in the FTHS progressive challenge.

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.

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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.

Snowman Thank You January 12, 2015

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Who could resist this adorable snowman?  I certainly couldn’t!  This is the first month of the 2015 Stamp of the Month challenge.

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This is the Little Snowman stamp by From the Heart Stamps.  And since I have a few thank you notes to get out after the holidays, he and his sentiment are just the thing.  The little guy is printed on Cryogen cardstock and colored with Prismacolor colored pencils.  I blended them out with Gamsol.  Then, I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the image and mounted it on the background, which is stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and embossed using a Sizzix stamp and embossing set.  The snowman blended in too much with the background, so I also added some Fired Brick Distress Ink around the snowman to play off his red Santa hat.

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!

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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.