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Anniversary Card October 29, 2016

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I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  For today’s post, I’m sharing a card I made for my parents’ anniversary.

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The card base is the ever-gorgeous Rose Quartz Mica/Metallic on a card base of Neenah Solar White.    The heart images are from the Spectrum Noir Colorista In Full Bloom coloring pad, colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  The love die cut is from a Die-Versions die, cut out of regular card stock covered with washi tape.  I thought the card was finished, but it was missing a little extra bling.  In the final version, I added some small 3-D heart stickers from a very old K&Company set.

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Envelope Album November 14, 2015

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Hello, everyone!  I hope that you are having a wonderful Saturday.  My project for this week is an exploding envelope album, which I created as a prize for my sister’s baby shower.

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I saw this album on YouTube here, and this is my version of it using some baby themed papers by American Crafts, some amazing specialty cardstock from Papertemptress.com, and some papers from my stash.

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This is the album with the main flaps opened.  The base of the album is made using the Envelope Punch Board and envelopes made from Neenah Desert Storm kraft cardstock.  This is a fantastic cardstock that will create a neutral background, fit for adding any papers!  The matting on the left envelope flaps is Earthstone and on the right envelope flaps is Basis Blue.  The gorgeous shimmery mint green in the center envelope is Serpentine Mica/Metallic, which may be purchased as part of the Spring Premium Package or by itself.

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The two mats on either end of the Serpentine Mica/Metallic cardstock are both from the Classic Linen 80# line in Graystone and Sage Green.  They add subtle texture to the album which I think sets off the shine on the Mica/Metallic even more.

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On the back of the album, I also used two kinds of cardstock from the Classic Linen line in Bluestone and Haviland Blue.  The third side is matted using Aquamarine Mica/Metallic.  The buttons for accents and ribbon for closure are from my stash, as are the patterned papers.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my version of the exploding envelope album and decide to give one a try!

Flip It Birthday Card September 19, 2015

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I’ve been having so much fun lately playing with Stephanie Barnard’s Flip It dies… with what we call “Birthday Season” starting soon in my family, I’m getting a jump start on some birthday cards.


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For this card, I used the Decorative Flip-Its die.  This is a Bigz die, and I ran it through my Big Shot using Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.  If you use this particular die, you will need to use a very sturdy cardstock, otherwise the card will not want to stand up and flip very easily.  It benefits from a nice, thick cardstock.  Since I didn’t have the coordinating die cuts for this particular card, I hand cut the side and center pieces out of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and Lapis Lazuli Mica/Metallic.

It is difficult to see, but I stamped a birthday cake and candles on the Lapis Lazuli Mica/Metallic.  The stamp is from the My Sentiments Exactly Cupcake B-day set.  It is embossed using Ranger’s holographic embossing powder.  The happy birthday sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Die-Namics First Place Award Ribbon set, embossed using Ranger’s clear embossing powder.

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The inside of the flip portion is stamped using Nautical Blue Memento ink and a sentiment from the Jillibean Handwritten Sentiments stamp set.

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.

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.

Graphic Flower Stamps August 13, 2014

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Here is my take on the graphic stamps lesson from the Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps 2.

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For this card, I started with some plain, white cardstock.  I used the Just for You stamp set from Close to My Heart.  Not exactly what was done in class, but it’s the closest thing I have to a solid graphic set of stamps, and it’s one that I had gotten and not used before.  This isn’t exactly my normal stamping style, so this was way outside the box for me!  I used a variety of chalk inks for the flower petals, and I tried to keep the flowers to warm and cool tones.  Then, since I didn’t like the plain center, I stamped the medallion with copper pigment ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder, cut it out, and adhered it with 1/16″ pop dots.  The green is also embossing powder.  I created masks for all the flowers, covered up the stamped images, and then used VersaMark ink and some green embossing powder.  I wanted a little pop of a solid color for the sentiment so it wouldn’t get lost, so I used a piece of scrap dark yellow cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and then used the VersaMark Dazzle ink and more clear embossing powder.  I really like the subtle shimmer that the Dazzle ink adds.  The flower image is mounted onto Azalea Mica/Metallic, an absolutely gorgeous paper, and I rounded the corners with a 3/8″ corner chomper.

Sparkly Card May 17, 2014

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend so far!


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The image is the freebie for the on-going Progressive Challenge by From the Heart Stamps, and it is printed on Cryogen cardstock, then covered with Sookwang double-sided tape (I used two pieces of the 2″ tape), and then covered with Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter and colored with Zig markers.  Then, the image is layered onto text weight cardstock in Cryogen White, Jupiter Red, and Lapis Lazuli.  These are all part of the Patriotic Variety Package by Paper Temptress.

 

 

Spring Is Sure to Follow April 19, 2014

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Well, according to the sentiment, Spring has to follow Winter… but Old Man Winter definitely doesn’t want to loosen his grip!  Nevertheless, it’s past mid-April and hopefully warmer weather is here to stay!  Today, I’m sharing a spring project using a gorgeous Mica/Metallic text weight paper.

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For this card, you can use whatever type of card base you like best.  I covered the card base with Azalea Mica/Metallic text weight.  It embosses like a dream – even with the thinner text weight!  I used one of the gorgeous Anna Griffin Cuttlebug embossing folders called Jolie Lace for the background.  I also used a piece of green cardstock from my stash, embossed with the Juliet Lace Anna Griffin border embossing folder.  I love how it looks like ribbon, but it’s paper.  On top of that, I layered a piece of cardboard that I cut out with the Tim Holtz Alterations Frameworks Chevron die.  Then, I painted it with Viva Decor Inka-Gold in Hematite.  The image I used is Spring Medley by From the Heart, one of my favorite digital stamp designers.  I colored the image with the following Copic markers:  B000, G14, G16, R43, R56, RV69, and Y06.

This card is being linked up to the progressive challenge for April at From the Heart.

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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Buzzing Into the New Year January 11, 2014

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…with tons of snow and record low temperatures!  Yikes!  Hopefully everyone hit by the extreme cold and snow have been able to stay safe and warm!  We had school canceled on Monday and Tuesday, so it gave me extra time to make Valentine’s Day cards for the first graders I work with.

Valentine for Paper TemptressFor this Valentine, I used Jupiter Red Mica/Metallic for the card base.  It really sparkles in the light!  I cut out and embossed Cryogen White cardstock using my Spellbinders Heart Squares die.  The bee stamp and sentiment are from Heidi Grace’s Cheerful Bee clear stamp set.  The bee and sentiment are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored using a Yellow Blaze Sharpie.

Valentine Envelope for Paper Temptress

A glutton for punishment?  Perhaps… but again, with the time on my hands I’d rather be crafting than cleaning, right??  And this is how the custom envelopes came to be… This particular envelope uses paper from the DCWV Stack 8.  I cut the paper down to 5.5″x5.5″ and then used We R Memory Keepers’ Envelope Punch Board to create small enough envelopes for my little Valentine’s Day cards, which are 2.2″x3.2″.

These Valentines are quite small so I had to make a decision whether to put them in an envelope at all or just fold them over and close them with a sticker.  The envelopes won out; I am under no illusion that they won’t wind up in the trash, but the cards and envelopes were also quick to make and I hope that the kids get a little bit of enjoyment out of them!

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