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Jack-o-Lantern November 11, 2017

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Here’s a quick and easy jack-o-lantern card to make, which can also be made as a pumpkin for Fall/Thanksgiving cards.


For this card, I started out using Amber Mica Metallic cardstock. I used the Pumpkin Fold-It die set to create the card.  Included in the set are various shapes for the face and layering pieces for the pumpkin.  The stem is cut out of Kraft/Brown bag cardstock, and the face is my favorite Epic Black cardstock.  I inked the pumpkin with Memento Tangelo ink and then with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink.  The card front is embossed using an embossing folder, which gives it a little extra dimension.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!


Chocolatey Deliciousness May 13, 2017

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I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  Today, I’m sharing an adorable cupcake card.


For this card, I used a new die set.  It is a Sizzix die designed by Stephanie Barnard called the Cupcake Fold-it die set, and I think it is just the cutest!  This is the second card I’ve made with it since I got the set about a week ago.  It is perfect for birthdays, congratulatory notes, or just to brighten someone’s day.  For the card base, I used Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I used it for the card front as well. The way this die is designed, you can create either a top-folding or a side-folding card with it.  However, you will be missing a small portion of the die cut because of the fold in the card, so you do need to cut an additional card front unless the missing piece doesn’t bother you.  The cupcake liner is cut from some scraps of blue and grey paper, but that delicious chocolate-y frosting is cut from the equally delicious brown bag kraft paper.

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.

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.

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.

Go for the Goal! January 10, 2015

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Hope everyone has gotten a good start to the New Year and has possibly even taken on some New Year’s Resolutions that they are intending to keep throughout 2015.  My project for today is a card where a football player needs to go for that goal line.


For this card, I printed out the digital image (Football Humphrey) on Cryogen cardstock and colored him in with Crayola colored pencils blended with Gamsol.  The sentiment, “Super Star” is stamped onto Cryogen cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and backed with kraft brown bag cardstock.  The football goalpost and the green paper is paper cut from my stash.  The card base is also Cryogen cardstock, and I cut it using the Sizzix Framelits Basic Step Ups die set.

Here is a more top-down view so you can see the actual stamp used for this card.

20150110_140459_resizedThis card is being submitted to Imagine That! Digis by Kris’s Stamp of the Month progressive challenge.

Flappy Birthday September 21, 2014

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I’m sharing a super cute image by From the Heart for their progressive challenge.


For this card, I started out with the image printed onto Cryogen cardstock.  I used a combination of Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils to color the image, and then I mounted it onto some blue cardstock from my stash.  It is embossed using an Anna Griffin Cuttlebug folder, and mounted onto Neenah Desert Storm Kraft cardstock.  I wanted it to have more of a masculine feel to it since it is for my (soon-to-be) brother-in-law Mark.  Can’t wait to see my sister and him when they fly in on Tuesday night!

Owl Wish You a Merry Christmas September 20, 2014

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Happy Saturday!  Hopefully everyone is enjoying their weekend.  For today’s project, I have a card showing a couple of cute owls and some fantastic PaperTemptress.com products!



For this card, I started out with a Neenah Desert Storm Kraft cardstock.  On top, I layered one of the Hambly Studio overlays, this one from Package #3, that looks like wood grain.  The owls are a Digistamps4Joy image called Two-wit Twooo from the Progressive Challenge, and the sentiment is from the Happy Happy Joy Joy Word Art set.  Both the sentiment and the image are printed onto Cryogen cardstock, and the owls are colored with the following Copic markers:  100, C00, E13, E15, E50, E53, E57, E59, R22, R24, R29, W4, W7, W10, Y06, Y36, and YR24.  The sentiment is mounted onto Red Crepe Ruche, which gives it some subtle texture.  I also used Glossy Accents for the owls’ eyes.

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!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Owl Always Love You! February 8, 2014

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For today’s project, I have an adorable little owl tote that I cut on my Silhouette Cameo.

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The base of the tote is Neenah Desert Storm Kraft cardstock.  On top of that, the dark brown cardstock is Mushroom Brown Bag kraft text weight.  The whites of the owl’s eyes are cut from Cryogen – gotta love that extra little sparkle!  The polka dotted papers are from the Making Memories Scrapbook Basics stack, and the striped cardstock is from my stash.  Orange ribbon that holds the top of the little bag closed is from Michaels.  What a perfect little tote to fill up with some sweet treats!  Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.