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2014-08-17

Boy Cards and Dry Wall Tape

Hello Papercrafters!  Here are a few "simple style" cards for you.  I used the Close to My Heart "Windy Day" stamp set....I love this set - includes a boy and a girl flying kites and has some great sentiments with it. Later on  I will post an art journal page I made with this same stamp set.   

Here's how I made the card:
- I stamped the images on cardfront (excluding the clouds).
- colored in images with copic markers


- after coloring in, I took some dry wall tape and used it as a background stencil - used Cashmere inkpad and lightly sponged the color randonly on the cardfront.


 - I stamped the clouds on another piece of cartstock.  Cut it out.  Then used Crystal Blue inkpad to sponge color over dry wall tape on clouds.


Dry wall tape looks like this, I know, some of us didn't know that. lol.  It has adhesive on one side so it's great for stencilling:


- the sentiment was stamped on another piece of cardstock, cut out to form a banner and pop-dotted  to bottom  left side.


Here's another "boy" card. I used Crafty Secrets "Little Boy" stamp set - what a cutie, right?  I colored in with copic markers.  After coloring in, I used a blending tool and sponged Broken Glass distress ink around the image.  I pop-dotted the "curious cat"  die from Poppystamps, Inc. on left-bottom of frame.



Well, time for you to go out and use some of that dry wall tape you may have sitting around your garage!  Thanks for dropping by.  Have a glorious weekend!



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2014-08-12

Snowman, Poinsettia and Frostyville Border Equals What?

A card-in-a-box, of course!  Hello Papercrafters!  Today I played with "left overs" from last Holiday season.  I know, is it too soon to be making cute snowmen?  I think not. And since I had pieces/parts of  snowflakes, poinsettias, stars, a Frostyville Border, scrap patterned paper, red and green cardstock,etc.,  I decided to made this card-in-a-box using the following items:

-snowman: Joys of the Season cricut cartridge, cut at 4", colored in with Copics
-poinsettia: last years K & Co left over embellishment
-frostyville border die: Memory Box at StarlitStudio, #98146
-glitter glue: Glitter Glitz from CTMH, Z1313
-card in a box: digital file from Cutting Cafe or you can make your own which is fun to do

Here's a closeup of the focal point of the box:

Here's what the total card in a box looks like:

 And here is a close up of the border die so you can see the fine details of this steel die, love it!:

Any questions, please ask.  Would love to hear from you.  Please take the time to enjoy your day!



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2014-08-08

Art Journal Pages

Happy Friday to you!  As I mentioned before, I wanted to try art journaling for awhile now but never took the time to experience it with my own little hands! hehe.   While on vacation at Hilton Head last year, I decided to research the subject, get my mixed media supplies together and try my hand at it. I didn't take any classes but  I  did find a most wonderful & informative blog  (Vicky's) that really inspired me...I love her style....clean, artistic, not too messy nor dark.  So I played with the supplies I took with me (of course, I also went to a local Michael's to get a few items) and I loved it!  Here is a very simple page I did:



All I used was one of our new stamp sets from Close to My Heart, entitled "A Budding Friendship", a T. Holtz stencil ("Rays"), some distress inks and added some CTMH Liquid Glass to the flowers for lots of 3-d  glossy dimension.  You can find the CTMH items here at my online store.


 I love the wording included in this stamp set, "You Are My Favorite Memory!"  I think a special photo of someone could be added to this journal page and included in a scrapbook layout.



Here's a closeup of the Liquid Glass on the flowers.

Thanks again for visiting!  Check out Vicky's Blog.  Thank you Vicky for your wonderful inspiration!!  You'll really get blessed!  Any questions, please let me know.

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2014-08-06

Memory Box and Poppystamps Cutting Dies

Hello Stampers!  I wanted to post these cards made from Memory Box/PoppyStamps steel dies....I came across this company right before the Holiday Season last year (I know, where have I been, right?)  and I just love them!  Starlitstudios.net is where I purchased them.  Cindy was/is a huge help and I am certain she appreciated my enthusiasm for these steel dies! Please take a look and see if you enjoy these dies as much as I did. (Click on pictures for a closer look.)

Frostyville Border (98146) (don't you just love its name?)



Donnington Tendril (98764)
Lunette Butterfly (98745)

I used this beautiful flourish on one of our first Art Journal classes. I will show you more of this class later. 

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Viva Tree Die (901)


Venita Flourish Die (98772)
Fresh Foliage Die (98502)

Thanks for stopping by.  May you enjoy all the blessings of the day!

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2014-08-04

White Embossing

Hello Friends!  I never get tired of white embossing on my stamped cards...it's an oldie but a goodie, right?  In the brown card, I stamped all the  images in Versamark first, added white embossing powder and heat embossed it with my heating tool.  I then went back and stamped the same images, offsetting them just a bit to the right of the white embossing, in brown ink.  I completed the card by inking the edges in Frayed Burlap and Gathering Twigs Distress inks.   Please click on picture for close-up details.


For this pink one I used Distress Paints (peacock feathers, ripe raspberry and mustard seed) for the background.  I just rubbed the paint colors in with my fingers (loved the messiness of it! hehe.  Silly, I know.)  Love the vibrancy of these paints!  After it was dried, I  did the same white embossing technique on this one.  They look so much prettier IRL.

Thanks for taking time to visit me.  Believing you will be inspired to stamp your own "white embossing" artwork!  Stayed blessed.


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2014-03-07

Happy New Year! Er, I mean Happy Spring!

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Ok, I know  I'm way behind!  So sorry for that.  Wanted to say hello to my blogger friends and believing with you for a great SPRING time in another week.  With snow on the ground, it's hard to visualize  that but hey we just keep believing, right?  Here are a few items from my "Paper Blessings" papercrafting classes to inspire you:




Have a tremendously blessed day!


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2013-10-22

Fall is in the Air!

Autumn Greetings and God bless!

I wanted to share a few cards I designed for some of our "Paper Blessings" paper art classes.  Hope you will enjoy these:






Thanks again for visiting me!



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2013-08-01

Mini Book and Anna Griffin Folder


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2013-03-14

Nautical Inspirational Booklet and

and a few other class projects:







Anna Griffin embossing folders

 Spring Celebration card set:


Upcycled coffee cup sleeves:

Zenspiration artwork:





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