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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.

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.

Birthday Bunny September 5, 2015

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Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone.  Hope that you are able to enjoy it!  Today I am sharing a birthday card.


For this card, I started out using the adorable bunny on a cake stamp from Unity Stamp Company’s eat ALL the cake stamp set.  I loved the look on the bunny’s face as he tries to peek over his big belly.  The image is stamped using Ranger’s Archival ink onto 135 lb Richeson watercolor paper, and then colored in using Rose Art markers (yes, the super inexpensive kids’ markers) and water.  This is a quick technique for using inexpensive markers to color cards and get a different look.  Scribble the color onto an acrylic block and then use a paint brush and water to “paint” the image and get somewhat of a watercolor look.  The sentiment is from the same kit.  I stamped it on Cryogen Iridescent 89# cardstock.  The background stamp is done in Bahama Blue Memento ink, and then I blended the ink color onto the cardstock.  Both the background stamp and die are by My Favorite Things and are made to look like washi tape.  I matted the image using the Spellbinders Card Creator dies on Cappuccino Sorbet Text, and again onto the card base of Neenah Desert Storm.  The photo doesn’t really pick it up, but I did go around the white space where the “sparkles” are, and I added some clear Wink of Stella so that in real life, the card does have some sparkle to it.

A Blog Hop with a Difference August 18, 2014

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Hi, I was asked to be part of this blog hop by Karen Stark.  The purpose is for us to get to know each other a little bit better.  I met Karen in a Yahoo Cricut group back in 2008 or 2009.  We got to talking and discovered that we have quite a few of the same interests as well as a similar philosophy on life.  Currently, we co-own a small Yahoo group that we share with a small group of ladies who feel just as passionate about their hobbies and enjoy a spot to talk about family, friends, interests, and life in general.

What am I working on?


Generally, I am working on creating cards.  This particular card is one I created using the Hot Stuff stamp set by My Favorite Things.  I used some older techniques including masking.  This is more of a typical card for me as far as the style since I usually keep things pretty Clean and Simple (CAS).  I do enjoy learning new things though, so I have been known to enroll in online classes and I’m currently enrolled in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class, which has been a lot of fun.  I do the occasional scrapbook and 3D project, but I tend to lean toward smaller things where I get the gratification of a completed project sooner.  I have been branching out into new mediums, however, including using modeling paste, stencils, and Gelatos.  But my go-to items for cardmaking are my beloved Copic markers and colored pencils, both normal and watercolor.  That inner child in me just loves to color!  I enjoy sharing my work, and I have been on some Design Teams, which are a great way to meet fellow-crafters.  Currently, I am enjoying my time on The Paper Temptress Design Team.

How does my creative process work?

Great question!  And when I figure it out, I’ll let you know!  Okay, well, really… there’s not any rhyme or reason to my creative process.  Although I do know that I will get burned out in one area and need to recharge by doing something else.  I get inspiration from the things around me, experiences, nature, and definitely from being around kids at work.  If I get too crazed with papercrafting, I will switch my creative outlet to something else like knitting, sewing, or quilting.

How does my work differ from others?

Another good question… and another one that bears some thought.  I guess I would have to say my work differs from others because I’m different and I put my heart into all of my creations – which is why it makes it hard to give some of them away!  And while I know I’m not an artist by trade, I like to think my little works of (he)art are made to be shared.  As my nephew told me in November while opening his birthday gift, “Aunt Danielle, I don’t think I have ever gotten a store bought card from you in my life!”  He’s 8 and adorable.

Christmas Card with a Bird April 13, 2014

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I really liked working with the image from Digistamps4Joy this month for the Christmas progressive challenge.


This image this month is adorable, and I colored it in using Prismacolor colored pencils, blending with the Gamsol technique.  I used Spellbinders dies to cut out the circle and the decorative frame.  The card background is embossed using cardstock from the DCWV The Luxury Stack Pearlized and Metallic stack and an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings set, stamped onto cardstock cut with Die-Namics Washi Tape dies and coordinating My Favorite Things background stamps.  I stamped the background with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and then went over that with the same color ink and an ink blending tool.

Happy Spring! April 5, 2014

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Happy Saturday, everyone…

Here is my project today.  It is a one-layer card, so I started with Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

One Layer Spring Card PT

Using a Spellbinders Labels Eight nesting die in conjunction with a My Favorite Things die, I created masks for this card.  I attached them to the card base using Scotch removable poster tape.  I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and a blending tool to create the base layer of the background and then spattered it with water droplets.  I have a chevron stencil that I used to add the texture.  I colored my Liquitex modeling paste with yellow acrylic paint because I wanted something brighter than white.  The paint thinned out the modeling paste, so there are some places where it seeped underneath the stencil a little bit.  After the modeling paste dried, I stamped the oval outline and sentiment (MFT stamps) using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The flowers on the corners are Petaloo Dazzlers.

A New Technique March 19, 2014

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Well, it’s Day 10 of the online card class, and I’ve got another card made.  It uses a dry embossing technique where the embossing is diffused.  The instructor then colored the debossed areas randomly with colored pencil.

IMAG0854For this card, I used a Sizzix embossing folder and a MFT Die-Namics die and stamp set.  The tiny hearts are from a ki memories clear stamp set.  I didn’t have gold ink, so I used Versamark ink and PanPastels in Rich Gold, Bronze, and Silver over the Versamark.  I really love how the PanPastels pick up and reflect the light.  The only part of the card I’m really not sure about is the colored pencil in the background… I think, given a chance to redo the card, I would probably leave the background plain or possible do something much more muted like add a little shimmer to the embossed areas.


Dragonfly Card May 4, 2012

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Here is my card for the Outlawz Creative Freebie Challenge.

For this card, I used cardstock from my stash for the background.  The dragonfly image is a beautiful one donated for the challenge by Sandi.  The dragonfly is colored using Crayola colored pencils with Gamsol and the Prismacolor colorless blender.  For the sentiment, I cut it out using a die and stamp set by My Favorite Things.  The flowers are pages from a book punched using a 1 1/4″ scallop punch.  The sentiment and flowers are then colored using Distress Inks in Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo.  The center of the flowers are Decorative Accents from Michaels colored in with Neopiko 2 marker.  The sentiment is stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink.

Index Card Box January 15, 2012

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Well, this challenge was just that — quite the challenge!  It was way outside the box for me, no pun intended… And this time around, we have Ippity by Rona offering a $15 gift certificate to one lucky winner, so get out your thinking caps and get creative!

This challenge for Through the Craftroom Door was a tough one for me… anything but a card!  So I went with something totally out of my norm, and I created a box for organizing stuff — whatever kind of stuff you’d like that would fit on an index card.  I was thinking I’d use it for organizing stuff like birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  I cut the template for the box using an SVG file from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff, which I purchased at My Grafico.  I created the alphabet embellishments using Spellbinders dies combined with Just Rite monogram stamps.  The front flap of the box and the little bird (silver) are embossed cardstock.  I used silver embossing powder and heat embossed each item 3-4 times, until they got to a thickness and sheen that I liked.  The flourish is another Spellbinders die that I spritzed with Sea Glass Glimmer Mist, and the little bird is from My Favorite Things, Contempo Cage.  I created the rosette using dark blue cardstock (Recollections) and my Martha Stewart scoreboard.  The box itself is cut from American Crafts cardstock, and the lid is embellished with DCWV cardstock from the La Creme stack.

This project will be entered into the following challenges: