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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.

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.


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.


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.

Happy Snowman August 19, 2015

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This is for the August From the Heart progressive challenge.


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.

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.

Gertie Goose Umbrella M5D

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.




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.

Love You February 7, 2014

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Today’s project for McMahon Five Designs uses a Draw Me a Daydream image called Candy’s Heart.  This set is perfect for Valentine’s Day, which is coming up faster than I can believe!  This DMAD design comes with loads of sentiments that coordinate with the adorable image – it reminds me of a shy guy wearing his heart on his sleeve.  The sentiments include Be Mine, Hug Me, I’m Yours, Love Bug, Love You, Miss You, and Smile.

Love You M5D Danielle

For this card, I started out with the image itself and printed it out onto Cryogen cardstock before coloring it with the following Copic markers:  B91, B95, B97, C0, C3, C5, C7, C9, E11, E13, E17, R81, R85, and YR00.   The image is framed using the A2 Fancy Ribbon Threader Spellbinders die from Cindy Echtinaw Designs.  The pink ribbon is from my stash, and it is matted on K&Company Sleepy Tree designer paper.

Please stop by the M5D blog to check out the other designers’ creations.

Princess Card January 17, 2014

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Today for the McMahon Five Designs Flashback, I am sharing a card I made using the Studio 313 Princess Cupcake digital image.

Princess Flashback M5D Danielle

For this project, I started out using some gorgeous Neenah Classic Linen Epic Black cardstock for the base.  The cupcake image is colored using a combination of Crayola and Prismacolor colored pencils and then embellished with i-Rock gems.  I also added a line of hearts which are from the K&Company Sleepy Tree seasonal paper pad and the word Princess which is from a sheet of 12×12 High School Girl DCWV cardstock.  The heart is made of felt and popped up, and it is from my stash.  I  used the Art Deco Corner Chomper to add a little interest as well and round the corners.

Hope you are having a wonderful day, and please stop by the M5D blog to see the rest of the DT’s work here.


After a long break… May 30, 2013

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I am back to the world of blogging. Life certainly took over for a while, and I was down to minimal crafting during that time – you know, just what I needed when I needed it. However, on the bright side, I did get some different types of crafting done than just papercrafts. I forgot to get a photograph of it, but I did knit a shawl as a gift (what a lot of fun to dig out the knitting needles once again!), and I also did some vinyl gifts as well as some sewing.

However, here is my latest creation, an anniversary card. It’s done in bright colors, and it features a silhouette digital image by Karber.


For this card, I printed out the image onto Hammermill white cardstock.  The background of the image was done using a sponge applicator and Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, and Peacock Feathers.  I chose the bright colors to coordinate with the background cardstock, which is from a die-cut cardmaking pad by K&Company called Sweet Nectar.  Now why I’ve been holding on to these pieces of die cut cardstock, I couldn’t tell you… but I’ve had them for at least a year, and I’ve finally used them in a couple cards – one I made for my niece Emma, and this one.   These pieces of cardstock are double-sided, and they beautifully combine designs – something I have a hard time doing!  The black frame was made with the Spellbinders Card Creator dies, A2 Matting Basics A and black textured cardstock from my stash.  I used two different sized dies to create the frame.  The embellishment was created using some scrap white cardstock.  These stamps I used for the embellishment were designed by Cindy Echtinaw.  I used Cindy Echtinaw Designs‘ Words & Typewriter set and the Fancy Rounds 1 set to create the embellishment.  After I stamped them onto the cardstock, I punched it out with a 1 1/4″ scalloped circle punch, and then covered it with Glossy Accents.

This card will be entered into the following challenges: