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Peacock Birthday Card January 9, 2016

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Happy New Year!  I hope that everyone has had a wonderful start to 2016.  Here is a bright, cheery birthday card I created for a friend of mine whose favorite animals are peacocks.

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For this card, I started with a base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I used an ATC sized stamp from Art Neko from this sheet that I got as a birthday gift from my parents.  I love the images on these stamps and the fact that they are deeply etched red rubber.  I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored the image using the following Spectrum Noir markers: BT1, BT2, CT4, EB6, EB8, GB3, LG1, LG3, and LG5.  I then colored in the background using a Tombow marker (452) and a paintbrush to fill in the background color with water before going over the entire image with clear and black Wink of Stella pens.  The sentiment is from a Sizzix set called Birthday and Frames, and it is stamped using Memento Nautical Blue.  I embossed some beautiful Treasures 80# Pool cardstock with an Anna Griffin embossing folder that I felt set off the feathers.

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Quick Christmas Card November 28, 2015

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Wow, I can’t believe it is almost December!  Here is a quick and easy Christmas card to make.

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For this card, I used a Darice stencil with Christmas ornaments on Neenah Solar White cardstock.  The stencil has some light adhesive on the back, which made it easy to color with since I knew it wouldn’t move.  I used Spectrum Aqua markers to color in the ornaments, and then embellished them with a clear Wink of Stella pen and some gold Stickles.  The sentiment is by My Sentiments Exactly, and to frame it better, I went over the outer edge of the card using the True Black Spectrum Noir marker.

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.

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!

Prickles Says Hello June 18, 2015

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Okay, here’s my card for the From the Heart progressive challenge.  I must admit, when I first saw the title of the image, it had me confused… but I read it as “Pickles Says Hello” not “Prickles”.  However, regardless of the name, the image is a cute one!

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For this card, I printed out the image on some Canson watercolor paper and colored it in using a combination of Spectrum Aqua and Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with these markers, and I love all the colors – particularly the bright ones.  Then, I used some rectangular dies to cut the image and background paper out.  I believe the background paper is from a DCWV paper pack; it is a denim design.  I used some green and white American Crafts baker’s twine for the bow, and I accented the banner, glasses, and butterfly using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.

Another background Stamp August 16, 2014

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Here’s another card I created from Day 1 of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class… 

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I really like the concept of this card, even if this rendition of it is imperfect… so I will try it again.

For this card, I used the Hero Arts Large Fabric Design background stamp and Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Evergreen Bough, and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.  This is the second generation of the stamped impression.  The first one I tried to cut the squares by hand and they just weren’t even enough for my liking, so I didn’t have enough squares to fill the card base as I’d planned.  I still have those pieces though, and I’ll use them in another project.  The second thing I will change about the card is I will use smaller dimensional adhesive, as I think these squares were a little hard to control being popped up high compared to their size.  The sentiment die cut Thanks is from the Silhouette store, and then I colored over it using a Wink of Stella clear pen.  Attaching the sentiment pushed some of the tiles, so I’ll have to be more careful next time!