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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.


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.


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


Upcycled Mini Album August 25, 2015

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For anyone who regularly reads my posts, they are usually relatively short.  Just giving fair warning that this particular post will be a long one.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone and starting to make some new types of projects, and this upcycled mini album is one of them.  I am sharing the photos of the album since I am really happy with how it came out.  It was a lot of work, but I can see myself making more in the future.  The inspiration for the album came from Jen of Eve’s You Tube video.  You can see it here.


This is the cover of the album.  I don’t really want to put anything too dimensional on the cover because it may be stored on a bookshelf, and I don’t want it to be caught on anything.  The cover started out as a cracker box that was about the size of the envelopes I chose to use.  The envelopes were the non-sealing envelopes that were left over from my wedding invitations.  The cracker box is covered using what some cheap wrapping paper was wrapped around – it wasn’t a solid core of cardboard, it was this textured brown bag-type stuff.  I crumpled it up and distressed it using Vintage Photo distress ink, Weathered Wood distress stain, and some homemade shimmer spritz made from brown watercolor and some Dollar Tree eye shadow.


This is the inside cover and first page.  The cover has a kraft envelope, leftover from a set of note cards.  I decorated it with some chevrons left over from the die cut arrow piece that you will see later on.  Virtually all the patterned papers used in this album are from the Recollections Fashionably Chic paper pad.  I cut a strip from one of the scraps and I put some Viva Decor pearl pen on the ends.  I glued the ends down so that the envelope flap can be tucked inside.  The first page has a scalloped circle cut from Neenah textured cardstock and sprayed with my homemade glimmer mist.  The scalloped circles are actually left over from a project we did for my sister’s wedding last year.

All the envelopes were given more of an aged look by using watered down Vintage Photo distress ink.  Then, I ran all the edges of the envelopes through the ink and let them dry.


This is the first page with the insert pulled out.  I created a tag using a manila folder and a Spellbinders tag die.  It can be used to house some journaling or a small photo.  The tag is in a pocket that is attached using some eyelets.  The tabs are from Kaiser Krafts Decorative Rectangles die set.


Here is the next set of pages.  I know the beautiful flourish and edge dies got hidden, but you will see them in later photos.  The envelope is another addition that can be used for journaling or a photo.  I stamped it using some flower stamps from a Unity stamp set, mounted it on some scrap cardstock, and sprayed it with the brown shimmer spray.  Oops, I forgot to include the reverse side of the insert… it is embossed and then the embossing is colored using Scattered Straw distress stain.


Here is the flip side of the kraft envelope.  I decorated it using one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps called Many Petals.  I stamped it with white pigment ink and colored it using watercolor pencils.  The bees are from a MSE Bee Happy stamp set.  They are colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, and I can’t recall which stamp set the sentiment came from.  On the opposite side, the bird stamp is from the MSE Love set, and the beautiful corner die is by Anna Griffin.


This insert is, like the others, manila folder, and the arrows are more “trash” from t he arrow die cut that will be coming up.  As you can see, it was also sprayed with the brown shimmer mist.


For this page, I used another Anna Griffin die cut out of light green cardstock from my stash.  It is a little difficult to see in the photo, but it is pretty in real life, and it matches the light green outline of the geometric pattern on the patterned paper.  Once again, you see another version of the Hero Arts Many Petals flower.  I’m not sure if you can see it in the photo, but the flower is black heat embossed, painted with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and then covered with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  I added some quarter inch double sided tape and covered it with some pink shimmery Dollar Tree mica eye shadow.


For this page, I used one of the Spellbinders Card Creator dies to cut some fun foam using the Fancy Ribbon Threader die set.  I threaded some translucent silver ribbon through the die cut, and I added some lavender satin ribbon from my stash along the bottom.  The insert for this page is similar to the first insert as far as the creation of the tag and pocket.  This tag is stamped using a musical background stamp from Oriental Trading Company.  The scalloped circle is colored using Vintage Photo Distress ink and stain.


This insert is plain, just sprayed with the brown shimmer mist… and I used the Anna Griffin die to cut some blue cardstock from my stash to decorate the page.


Here is the Sizzix arrow die cut where I got the arrows and chevrons used on prior pages.  This is such an intricate die!  I used the Precision Base Plate to cut it with adhesive on the back of it, and it cut perfectly.  The insert is stamped using some flourish stamps from a Sizzix stamp and die set (For the Record #2).


The scalloped circle makes another appearance… I thought they would be good places to either put photos or journaling.  And here’s the last appearance that the Many Petals stamp shows up.  This is created the same as the last one, only using white embossing powder.


This page is also showing the ribbon marker on the very left-hand edge of the photo.  It can be used to mark any page.  Here is another beautiful Anna Griffin die cut on this page, as well as the insert for an orange-red envelope from my stash.  These elements are from a stamp set I’ve had in my stash for a really long time.  I’m not sure who made them; they are a clear stamp set.


This is the decorated part of the envelope, using stamps from that same stamp set.  The sentiment is one I printed out ages ago as well, although I’d hazard a guess that it was a free sentiment from Create for TLC.  The insert on this page is embossed using a notebook embossing folder, then sprayed with the brown shimmer mist and inked using Vintage Photo distress ink.


Here is a page showing the gorgeous Kaiser Kraft large flourish die.  It is really hard to pick up the sparkle on it, but I did brush the black cardstock with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  The insert has another scalloped circle as well as an Anna Griffin die cut.  I’m not really sure what the die cut is supposed to be, but I tend to think of it as a butterfly.


This page I decided to leave blank, other than the designer paper.  However, the insert for this page, rather than being from a manila folder, is a piece of cardstock that I used with my Gelli Plate.  I love the metallic sheen that some of the paints have on this particular piece.


For this page, I used a really old background stamp that I have – no clue who it’s by.  It is a bunch of small circles.  The floral stamps are from the Sweet Girl Sizzix stamp and die set.  The rectangle is one of the pieces of manila folder, sprayed and inked like the other pieces.  I added a doily cut from a Die-Versions die.  The shimmery strip is another piece of quarter inch double-sided tape covered with brown shimmer eye shadow.


Here is the next page, using the corner Anna Griffin die again.  The rest of the page is blank, other than the black washi tape at the bottom.  The insert in the envelope is stamped using a Heidi Grace clear stamp set, inked using Vintage Photo.  The envelope is from an old stationery set that I had used all the note paper from.


This is the reverse of the envelope, stamped with another flower stamp from the Heidi Grace stamp set.  For more details on the insert, you can see my post Mini Album Insert.


Here is the reverse side of the insert.  I used another Anna Griffin die, cut from the geometric patterned paper and inked with Vintage Photo.  The flourish is also an Anna Griffin die, and I thought it really fit perfectly below the little duck.  This stamp is another Unity stamp called Chick in the Rain.  I love this stamp!  I colored it using some really inexpensive Rose Art water-based markers and spritzed it with the Tim Holtz marker spritzer.  The edges are inked in – guess what? Distress Ink Vintage Photo!


Almost done…. This page has another Die-Versions die, Big Butterfly.  I love so many of the Whispers dies, as you can probably tell, since this is the third one used in this project.  The insert is lined using paper from the Fashionably Chic paper pad and the bow on top is made using Hug Snug seam binding, dyed with just Vintage Photo ink.


Last insert!  This is pretty simple, stamped with some butterflies (not sure which stamp set) and sprayed with the brown shimmer mist… and the black file folder is from my stash.  I think I got it in a mystery box from MSE, but I could be wrong.  I fussy cut the two blue flowers from the paper pad, and I also added a yellow flower on the inside of the file folder.


Whew!  Well, I congratulate you if you made it this far!  This is the end of the album, and I have just one final photo to share.


After completing the album, I decided that it needed a little something else.  The binding is strong.  I used really heavy watercolor paper for the stack the deck binding because I did not want to worry about it not holding up.  I inked the paper, but I wasn’t crazy about how it looked.  You may have noticed the seam binding in between all the pages as you looked at the photos; I took some more seam binding and cut a piece long enough to wrap in between each page.  I colored it using Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone, and Old Paper distress stains.

I gifted this album to my sister and brother-in-law, and they loved it. Yay! 🙂

Bee Happy August 22, 2015

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Hope that you are enjoying your weekend.  For my project today, I’m sharing a bright, happy card.


For today’s card, I started out with a base of an awesome, bright Lemon Yellow from the Treasures collection of cardstock.  This cardstock is great for adding some subtle texture and amazing color to your project.  I stamped the little bees from the My Sentiments Exactly Bee Happy stamp set on a strip of watercolor paper and colored them in using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.  Then, I added a little sparkle with a Zig Wink of Stella clear pen.  The black stripes are cut from Black Pearl Glossy Cardstock, which is absolutely gorgeous and difficult to photograph!

Stamping with Chalk Pastels and Pigment Ink August 8, 2015

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Here is my project for today.


For this card, I started using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, cut down to slightly smaller than a typical A2 sized card.  I sprayed my Rubber Stampede Aspen stamp with water, and then I colored it using chalk pastels.  I stamped the background.  I used some designer paper from my stash for the background from the Sleepy Tree K&Company paper pack to cover the card base.  Then, I cut another piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and inked up a flower stamp from the SEI Moravia set using some Colorbox pigment inks.  I carefully inked the center of the flower in Canary.  Then, for the petals I used Marigold and Orange or Orange and Scarlet, and the edges are inked using Lime.  The sentiment is from the My Sentiments Exactly Nature Speaks set, and it is stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The twine is by American Crafts.

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.

Valentine Kitty

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.

Hombre Christmas Tag Card August 16, 2014

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Here’s a creation that combines a technique from the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class as well as the image from the DigiStamps4Joy progressive challenge.


For this project, I started with the two tags.  I stamped them with VersaMark ink and then used Ranger’s Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder on it.  It did a fantastic job on the tiny text – I honestly wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it worked.  The Merry Christmas tags are a stamp from My Sentiments Exactly.  I used Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, and Bundled Sage Distress Inks to create the different layers of color on the tags.  The digital image is colored using Prismacolor colored pencils and Gamsol for blending.  The card base is Bazzill cardstock that I debossed using a snowflake embossing folder.  I used the ink blending tool to add some Weathered Wood Distress Ink around the edges of the card because the stark white was too bright.

New and Exciting Announcement from TTCRD’s Challenges December 1, 2011

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Can you believe it’s December already??  I certainly can’t!  It seems like 2011 just flew by… and now it’s almost gone!

However, before it disappears, we have a new announcement from Through the Craftroom Door… A new monthly sponsor for our challenges is Aletha with Ippity!  What does this mean for you?  Well, if you join in on the TTCRD challenges and fulfill the requirements for the challenge, then you will be placed in a drawing to receive an $18 gift certificate to shop at Aletha’s store at the end of the month.  So please join us in the fun and you might win this awesome prize!  This is in addition to the prizes being offered for each bi-weekly challenge, by the way.

Aletha's Ippity Store


And now on to the challenge details!  For this challenge, the theme is Happy Holidays.  The requirements include creating a holiday card using 3 embellishments.  You could win a Gilli Goodie Bag from anaRy of Gilli Stamps!  What better way to bring in the holiday season than with a new bag of goodies from Gilli??

For this card, I used Lil Chef Gilli.  Nothing brings the holidays home for me more than family, friends, and homemade baked goods and cooking!  My aunt is one of the best cookie makers that I know, and she always brings over the best cookies for ALL the holidays!  (We just finished off her turkey and leaf-shaped cookies that she brought over for Thanksgiving.)  The background of this card is from Basic Grey’s Eskimo Kisses paper pad.  I loved the wood grain as the background… The ribbon and sparkly twine are from MSE.  I also used iRock gems in the upper right-hand corner of the card.  They are actually purple gems.  I also used Jessica Lynn Original‘s Yummy Cookies set to make the cookies that Chef Gilli “baked.”  The thumbprint and peanut butter cookies also have Rock Candy Stickles on them to give them a sugared look.  Last, but not least, I used the C is for Cookie word collage from TLC Creations and matted it on some paper from my stash. The images are colored with the following Copics:  0, C00, C1, C2, E00, E02, E23, E31, E33, E39, E42, E43, E44, E47, R32, R39, RV66, RV69, YR21, and YR31.

This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Sweet Christmas Girl November 26, 2011

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Well, after a very busy holiday weekend, I finally got some time to sit down and create a Christmas card.

This adorable little girl is a creation from Sandi’s Samples, which was donated for the Outlawz Creative Freebie Challenge.  For this card, I colored the image in with a combination of Copic and Neopiko 2 markers.  The Copics I used are B16, B60, B63, B66, E00, E02, and E33.  I also used a Uniball Signo white pen to make the highlights on the patent leather shoes and on the bow.  The white “fuzz” on the Santa hat is white sand from the Dollar Tree, and the shoes have Glossy Accents on them.  I also used Spellbinders’ Layered Poinsettia die and a Floral Doily Accent die at accent the card.  The larger gem is from Hobby Lobby, and the smaller heat set gems are Tulip gems.  The background paper is from the Recollections Fashionably Chic paper pad.  I also used Old Paper Distress Ink to distress the die cut image.  The stamp in the center is from MSE, and it is stamped with Festive Berries Distress Ink.

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Christmas Wreath November 13, 2011

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This beautiful wreath is another free digital image that was donated by Anne Fenton for the Outlawz’s freebie challenge.

I really like how this card turned out.  I used a light tan colored Reflections cardstock as the base.  I embossed it using the Sizzix Sugar Plum embossing folder, and I then used Forest Moss Distress Ink to make the embossed portion of the background pop.  I spritzed the card base with Frost Shimmer Spritz to give it some shine.  The wreath is colored with Bic Mark Its and then cut using a Peony Spellbinders die.  The sentiment on the tan cardstock is by MSE, as is the flourish.  They are stamped with Cottage Ivy and Rhubarb Stalk Memento inks.  I also used pop dots to raise the faux ribbon so it would stand out just a little more.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:

Christmas Ornament Card November 13, 2011

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Here is my card using Sandi’s gorgeous poinsettia Christmas ornament digital image.

Sandi has generously donated this ornament image for the Outlawz freebie challenge.  If you want to check out more of her work, you can check out her blog.  The designer paper is from my stash.  I used a Spellbinders scalloped oval to cut out the embossed holly (Sizzix Snow Globe embossing folder).  The ornament is colored with my Bic Mark Its, and then I used a white Sharpie poster paint to make the highlights on the side.  I also used an American Crafts metallic marker in copper to color the top of the ornament.  The bow is accented with Diamond Stickles, and the holly berries are Rouge Perfect Pearls.  I used a stamp from a Christmas set of clear stamps by MSE for the sentiment.  It’s a little hard to read in the photo, but it says, “May your holidays be shiny and bright.”

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