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Layered Flower Card October 17, 2015

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Hope everybody is having a wonderful weekend!

I really like how this layered card came out, so I wanted to share it with you.

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For this card, I started out with Neenah Solar White cardstock for both the base of the card and for the colored areas.  I stamped the card using some flowers from Unity’s Best Wishes & Blooms stamp set in Archival ink, and coloring the images with Crayola colored pencils before blending the colors out with baby oil.  This was my first try using baby oil to blend, and I didn’t particularly care for it so I will be going back to using Gamsol to blend my colored pencils in the future because I feel I get a much smoother blend.  I thought it was worth a try though since Gamsol is toxic.  I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator Sets A and B to create the different layers. I felt the bright flowers needed an equally bright layer between them, so I chose to use Lemon Yellow from the Treasures line.  It gives the card a little additional texture along with the pop of color.  I wanted to add a sentiment as well, so I used the “hello” stamp from Unity’s Jar of Mixed Sentiments stamp set.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 🙂

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.

Mini Album Insert August 10, 2015

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Well, this is something a little bit off the beaten path for me.  I have been working on a recycled mini album, and while I was looking for ideas to add to some of the pages, a Be Inspired Challenge email from Unity Stamps appeared in my inbox and I decided to give their scrapbook layout a try.

It is miniaturized somewhat since this is not a full 12×12 sized layout, but I think it works out!

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The album itself is a somewhat distressed album, so that’s what I tried to do for the inserts as well.  The base layer is a manila file folder that I cut down to approximately 4×6.”  The edges are distressed using Vintage Photo distress ink, and I sprayed it with a homemade watercolor spray ink.  I got the idea to create the spray ink from Lindsay Weirich’s post here.  However, instead of using liquid watercolor, I used some semi-moist Prang watercolors from the pan.  They were difficult to get out of the pan but the brown dissolved well into the water, and I added some of the mica eyeshadow from the Dollar Tree to get the shimmer.

Over the background, I stamped the tattered chicken wire stamp with Vintage Photo distress ink, and the Itty Bitty within beauty stamp in Jet Black Archival Ink.  The butterfly is colored using the Ripe Persimmon distress marker.   For the photo mats, I used a Die-Versions mini doily die called Lucky Scallop.  It is cut from brown cardstock from my stash.

Sunflower Card June 27, 2015

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Hope you are having a wonderful start to the weekend!  Here’s a bright, sunshine-y card for today.

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For this card, I started out with some Light Yellow Basis 80# cardstock, and I embossed it with a Sizzix embossing folder.  The image is from the Unity Stamp Company’s Best Wishes & Blooms set, stamped on Richeson watercolor paper.  I colored it using the Spectrum Aqua markers.  The circles are cut using Framelits, and I mounted the watercolor paper onto some Emerald Green Classic Linen 80# cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Die-namics Happy Hellos set, and I cut it out of a toner sheet and foiled it with gold foil.

Finishing Strong May 23, 2015

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Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year.  All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out!

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Thank you for visiting, and I hope that you’re enjoying the blog hop!  What bittersweet news to hear that Operation Write Home will be closing its doors.  I wanted to take part in this final blog hop to help it to finish strong.

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Here is my card for the blog hop.  For this card, the base and main layers are made from Columns 80# cardstock in Solar White and Red Pepper.  The white cardstock is stamped with Unity‘s Secret Garden stamp in Versamark Ink and then embossed with navy embossing powder.  I colored some white crochet thread with a red alcohol marker and wrapped it around the card.

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