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Simple Birthday Card August 6, 2016

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Happy Weekend!  Today, I am sharing a birthday card.

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I really like how this card turned out, and I think it would be perfect for a masculine card as well.  I chose to do the card using only Neenah Solar White Classic Linen.  This cardstock is lightly textured, and I love how it looks.  The panel on the card base is embossed using Anna Griffin’s Feather Blanket embossing folder combined with a Sizzix stamp and die set created by Jen Long called Feather Wreath.  The stamps are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and Nautical Blue inks.

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Shaker Bookmark May 14, 2016

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Hello and happy weekend!  I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday.  Today, I’m sharing a different kind of project – a shaker bookmark!

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For this bookmark, I used my new toy, WRMK’s Fuse tool, a page protector, part of the Pink Sweet Tooth Hambly Studio overlay, and some heavyweight clear vellum to back it.  The bits inside the bookmark are homemade confetti I created using paper scraps and some punches, as well as some sequins and micro sequins.  The ribbon is also from my stash.  I thought the little bits looked like they were candy that could have been in the jars.

Foiled Carnations April 16, 2016

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I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!  For today’s project, I’m sharing a card created using some beautifully textured paper that is foiled – yes, foiled!

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For this card, I printed out a beautiful carnation image by Create with TLC using my laser printer on Epic Black cardstock.  This is an awesome black cardstock that has a very light texture.  Using toner reactive foil, I sent the image through my Minc machine, which resulted in this beautiful image.  I cut it out using a Ticket Framelits die and adhered it to a doily which is matted onto one of the beautiful Hambly Studio screenprints (a portion of Vintage Patchwork).  Since the screenprints are definitely a layering element, you do need to use a nice, sturdy card base.  For this purpose, I chose to use Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock.

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!

Spider Cider Card October 31, 2015

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Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it!  Hope you have fun trick-or-treating, handing out the treats, or just enjoying the Fall weather.

For today’s project, I am sharing a new-to-me technique that has been around for a long time – using a paper napkin as part of a decoration!

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I purchased the napkin at the Dollar Tree and learned about the paper napkin technique from a video on YouTube.  For this technique, you start out with a decorative paper napkin and take apart all the layers until you are left with only the top decorative layer.  The rest can be discarded.  I used Neenah Solar White cardstock for the image.  On my ironing board, I layered some copy paper, the cardstock, a piece of plastic wrap (cut to slightly larger than the size of the napkin), and another piece of copy paper.  Basically, the copy paper is to protect the surface of the ironing board an the plate of the iron from the plastic wrap.  Iron the “sandwich” with a high heat and the plastic wrap will melt, fusing the napkin to the cardstock.

Once the napkin and cardstock are fused together, you can cut it using either a guillotine paper cutter or scissors.  (Feel free to try with another type of cutter, but my sliding cutter didn’t do anything but tear the napkin!)  I trimmed around the napkin to even off the border.  Then, I embossed some Treasures 80# Mango Orange cardstock with a Cuttlebug spiderweb embossing folder.  After it was embossed, I inked it using some Memento Tuxedo Black ink before mounting the piece of cardstock with the spider napkin on top.

If you haven’t given this technique a try, please do!  It is an easy way to create a quick card.

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.

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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!

All My Love Mason Jars August 19, 2015

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For today’s project, I’m sharing a card I made using some gorgeous specialty papers from PaperTemptress.com and stamps by Unity Stamp Company.

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For this card, I started with a base layer of the amazing Azalea Mica/Metallic cardstock.  I embossed this and Epic Black cardstock using a Sizzix embossing folder.  I stamped the mason jars, hearts, and sentiment from the Jars of Love x 3 stamp set on Neenah Heavenly White 100# cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black and Ladybug inks.  The jars are colored using Spectrum Noir markers in BT1, BT2, IG1, IG2, IG3, and LY1.  I covered up the edges of the Epic Black cardstock using some floral washi tape and 1/4″ air duct tape.

Stamping with Chalk Pastels and Pigment Ink August 8, 2015

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Here is my project for today.

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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.

Mini Notebook July 25, 2015

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I’m really excited to share this notebook with everybody today.  The original tutorial I saw was done by Lawn Fawn, and you can see it here.

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In order to create this mini journal, I started out with some Cryogen Iridescent 89# cardstock.  You really need to use a heavier cardstock for the cover of the mini journal because otherwise, it will not hold up well with the closure.

I cut the Cryogen at 7 3/8″ by 4 1/4″ and used a Hero Arts stamp called Many Petals to stamp the design all over the cardstock.  The stamps are colored using Spectrum Noir markers (DR5, CR7, CR11, IB1, and I softened the edges of the IB1 using the colorless blender).

After creating the background for the journal cover, I scored it at 2 7/8″ and 6″.  I used my Cropadile to punch the hole in the journal flap, used a small circle die cut (about 1/2″ diameter) to create the “button” closure from Epic Black cardstock and attached it using a snap since I didn’t have any coordinating brads on hand.  I used a 3/8″ corner chomper to round the corners of the flap of the journal cover.

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back of mini journal

The paper inside the journal is five pieces of copier paper cut down to 10 4×6″ pieces.  I folded them in half using a bone folder, and then I used a craft knife to trim the edges of the paper down 2 3/4″ wide so that the edges will all lay evenly and not peek out of the journal cover when it is open.  The paper is attached to the cover using a stapler, but you could also punch some holes in the spine and thread more twine through to keep it together.

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journal, open to show pages

I attached some twine to the under side of the Epic Black cardstock with Glossy Accents, but any strong liquid adhesive will do.  After letting it dry, you can wrap the twine around the journal a couple times and keep it closed.  I also tied a knot in the bottom of the twine so that it wouldn’t unravel.

Hope you enjoyed this and will give it a try yourself!  These would make really cute little gifts, and you can truly customize them using specialty paper and stamps.

My First Shaker Card July 11, 2015

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Hello, everyone!  I couldn’t resist this stamp set – it was just too cute and I had to have it.  It’s one of the small Lawn Fawn sets called Sweet Smiles, and I think it’s a very versatile set since you can use those adorable faces with so many other stamp sets.  It does come with a die set, but I didn’t purchase that.

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For this card, I started out using Cryogen Iridescent 89# cardstock for the base and the front panel.  It gives the card a subtle shimmer, which I like.  All coloring is done using Copic markers: B29, G14, R22, R24, R27, RV14, T1, T3, T5, V25, Y08, and YR07.  I stamped the gumball machine twice and colored the front panel of the machine before cutting out the glass container part with a craft knife.  I layered the second piece of Cryogen cardstock behind it and lined up the images.  There is a piece of acetate from some packaging that I used for the clear front of the card.  The front panel and the pennant are popped up using dimensional adhesive.  I cut a piece of some absolutely gorgeous Vintage Silver Lustre Text weight cardstock to fit behind the machine.  This paper is so beautiful.  It looks like it has very fine brush strokes in it, and I love the texture and shine it adds to a project.  I had to die cut a circle in it so that the colored gumballs on the back piece of Cryogen would show through to the front of the card.